Always the messy artist, yep, that’s me. Sorry for the mess on my desk! That’s what my desk looks like everytime I paint or do something creative. Anyway, tried my luck on lettering, I’m glad I can see some progress (though it’s still a bit messy here and there) on my skills. 

I was so frustrated with myself today (woke up late and missed my once-in-a-lifetime chance of being a part of a free PR seminar huhuhuhu) that I spent an hour or so ranting on twitter. Then I thought, what has already happened is done, so I should just do something worthwhile instead of being miserable. I haven’t spent weekend at home for the longest time and I’m so glad to have been able to do so today! I am always on the move and I thought I should go out today but then I realized I should stay home and try to do something. So I took out my pads, my brushes and my set of prang water colours and did some painting while listening to Taylor Swift songs (I finished all three albums btw) while exercising my so-called ~artistic skills~.

Oh Saturdays, when will I have a weekend like this again?

Adventure Diaries: Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca (dubbed in Malay as historic state) is one of the smallest states in Malaysia. The place was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2008. When I learned that part of our 5 day study tour was a day in a historic site in Malaysia, the geek and vintage lover in me was so excited! Malaysia was just one bus away from Singapore, (though mind you, the travel time was very long) and it was my first time to cross a border. Yep, another check on my bucket list! 

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With my friends outside a shrine in Malacca. The weather was very humid and the sun was shining too bright so everyone had their sunnies on. 

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Spotted a pre-nup shoot during our tour at Fort A Famosa. I love seeing pre-nup and wedding shoots, though I often see one in Manila (by accident and then I take photographs of the couple just because I love pre-nups).

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We climbed so many steps from Fort A Famosa to St. John’s Fort. Fort A Famosa was constructed by the Portuguese but after the Dutch invasion, it suffered structural damage. 

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This man was singing to Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak”. He sang both Filipino and Malay versions for us.

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This is Malaysia’s version of our “kalesa” or maybe our “tricycle”. This bicycle rickshaw is a big hit to tourists especially since it’s too girly and attractive. However, it’s too expensive so I didn’t bother trying. :p

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And then once again, there’s me and my love for lovely architecture. I still have so many places (and museums huhu) from Malacca that I wanted to visit but time was short and we are following an itenerary. Maybe I’d just come back here someday, if I get the chance. 

If given the opportunity, I’d love to explore more of our very rich Asian culture first before going to other continents though that seems impossible. Anyway, here’s to more travelling and adventure diaries. I’m so excited for more adventures to come! I’ll be sharing more travel photos soon. 

Love lots, Chenny :)

Foodie Diaries: Project Pie

One of my goals this year is to have a memorable summer full of happy adventures, may it be through food trips, travels or extreme sports. I’ve been so busy this semester and this summer is the time to venture out and explore! I’m glad to have started my Summer with my college best friends and crossing out things from “our” bucketlist. After a stressful hellweek (hagupit ng finals), my college friends and I planned a list of things we wanted to do this summer and one of them is eating in Project Pie.

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The interior was so cool. It’s a great place to chill with friends.

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Paolo and Cz, :)

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Me and my Highschool friend, Jerrold :)

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I’ve always wanted to try the concept of designing your own pizza and indeed it was fun! You get to choose whatever toppings you want for the same prize. Though I also wanted to try the bananuttella flavor, one round of pizza was more than enough to make me feel bloated. 

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After a week of stressful no-sleep paperworks, movie editing, exams, thesis revisions and PR campaigns, we think we deserved this break! I’m so happy to have started my summer with these people. 

I will still love you in the morning, baby.

Trying to push the negative vibes away this finals! Hello, hello finals week, you can’t bring me down. Well, that quote is something I’ve always taken for granted until one, lonely day, my friend comforted me and told me that there’s no point in worrying too much. So, push the negative vibes away and bring the positivity in! :)
I did my best for my first typography work. It’s not really that good but like what they always say, practice makes perfect. I hope I become better in this field though, I’ve always wanted to improve in this area.
Have an amazing week ahead! :)

Trying to push the negative vibes away this finals! Hello, hello finals week, you can’t bring me down. Well, that quote is something I’ve always taken for granted until one, lonely day, my friend comforted me and told me that there’s no point in worrying too much. So, push the negative vibes away and bring the positivity in! :)

I did my best for my first typography work. It’s not really that good but like what they always say, practice makes perfect. I hope I become better in this field though, I’ve always wanted to improve in this area.

Have an amazing week ahead! :)

A message from engineerxeph
HI Ate Chen! Not sure if to call you ate. But can I just say that your blog is.... lovely? Hihi. Have a nice day!

Thank you so much for the nice words :) I hope I could blog more often, just like before, by summer! :) stay awesome!

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post ka pa mooooooore :3 stalker mo na 'ko ngayon bwahahaha :*

I most definitely will after all the school works (thesis, campaigns, defense and prod) that we are in! Hay, I miss blogging so much :(

Adventure Diaries: Singapore, 2014

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Hello 2014! Wow, what a great start for the first quarter of the year :) I’ve always wanted to travel and lo and behold, here I am on my first legit travel post (though I’ve attempted before on some of my “adventure” entries) and I’m looking forward for more :) So, it’s my first time to travel outside the country (yay for a check on my bucketlist) and I traveled outside the country with my friends! (check again!) 

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Merlion Park! Too bad Merlion was under repair but still, there were so many tourists that day.

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China town was lovely. It’s also one of the few places to shop for a cheaper price (aside from Mustafa and Bugis). I bought so many lovely souvenir items and trinkets here. Also, I love the architecture. Ahh, I’m such a sucker for lovely architecture!

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More lovely architecture!

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I cannot believe that I was able to step into my dream university: National University of Singapore or NUS. Wow, I was so mesmerized when I saw how lovely this University was and how I would love to study here someday (maybe after college? :p). We were lucky enough to have been able to sit in during one of the classes about culture and media. 

I was a little intimidated at first when I saw how they do lectures, there were two projector screens with the lecturer in front. I learned that they record their every lecture and the students all have their laptops open with a copy of the powerpoint presentation that the lecturer is discussing. They take notes by typing through the footnotes (no notebooks huhu) and after class, the lecturer emails his recorded lecture for the students to review. Now, how high-tech and awesome is that?

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I met up with my Aunt who fed me with authentic Singaporean food. I gained 4-5 pounds while I was there in a span of 5 days because of all the delicious food (and buffet!) we’ve been to. The spicy crab was, according to my aunt, Singapore’s must try. Indeed it was!  

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Singapore is such a lovely place! Truly it was a fine city, full of lights, lovely architecture and delicious food. There are still so many sights to see and places to go to. I would definitely go back to this place. :)

You all seem like a hazy dream now, now that you’re gone.

You all seem like a hazy dream now, now that you’re gone.

{Bits + Pieces}- Of Food and Places
Hello guys! I know I’ve been MIA for the past month because of all the thesis and production work (plus hell week is here, hello) but I’m back! For my Bits + Pieces series, here’s my 2014 kick-off, Of food and places ;)
So far my 2014 has been great, it’s been full of silly adventures, laughter and of course, piles of school works. Thesis has beaten my ass out and there were so many sleepless nights, coffee addiction, rants and rattles all throughout the process. But I am proud to say that despite all that, I’m having so much fun! Well, what can I say? The odds were in my favor :)
College is really stressful especially this semester since we have like 6 majors and all requires so much strength, patience, talent, skills and knowledge plus hardwork to survive. My blockmates and I are fighting for survival and we know we’ll surpass this, as we always say, this too shall pass.
Anyway, so last week we had an ocular visit for our short film. We went to Ternate, Cavite and damn the place was so beautiful. Never have I ever seen such beautiful green fields and lush trees. We went around the place, it was just a small town yet the simplicity of it all made me want to stay and leave everything else I had behind. You know sometimes I feel like escaping from all these mess and starting a new life over again. Go to a place where no one knows me and just live there, stay there and enjoy the anonymity. Just become someone new.
Maybe when I have the guts and money, yes? Someday, maybe.
Then, of course there were those random pig-outs to relieve the stress out of our systems. Matthew (my thesis buddy) and I discovered this new burger joint that have really delectable and yet affordable burgers. The patty was so good I longed to buy another if not for the calories and cholesterol that junk food had. Junk food dates are great with friends especially after a long day of hard work. Then I also found this taco-ice cream which was okay but if you’re as clumsy and messy as I am, I assure you it’s not safe to eat because it’s really messy! And of course, there’s the nutella-flavored cupcake that my best friend, Nicole and I had during our cupcake dates. Ahh, dates with friends are the best stress-relievers ever! No pressure, just a person who’s willing to listen to your stories over good food. :)
Life can be a little over-the-edge sometimes but I believe that I can and I will survive a few more months until summer! Here’s to all the places, adventures and bucket lists we’ll share! Cheers!

{Bits + Pieces}- Of Food and Places

Hello guys! I know I’ve been MIA for the past month because of all the thesis and production work (plus hell week is here, hello) but I’m back! For my Bits + Pieces series, here’s my 2014 kick-off, Of food and places ;)

So far my 2014 has been great, it’s been full of silly adventures, laughter and of course, piles of school works. Thesis has beaten my ass out and there were so many sleepless nights, coffee addiction, rants and rattles all throughout the process. But I am proud to say that despite all that, I’m having so much fun! Well, what can I say? The odds were in my favor :)

College is really stressful especially this semester since we have like 6 majors and all requires so much strength, patience, talent, skills and knowledge plus hardwork to survive. My blockmates and I are fighting for survival and we know we’ll surpass this, as we always say, this too shall pass.

Anyway, so last week we had an ocular visit for our short film. We went to Ternate, Cavite and damn the place was so beautiful. Never have I ever seen such beautiful green fields and lush trees. We went around the place, it was just a small town yet the simplicity of it all made me want to stay and leave everything else I had behind. You know sometimes I feel like escaping from all these mess and starting a new life over again. Go to a place where no one knows me and just live there, stay there and enjoy the anonymity. Just become someone new.

Maybe when I have the guts and money, yes? Someday, maybe.

Then, of course there were those random pig-outs to relieve the stress out of our systems. Matthew (my thesis buddy) and I discovered this new burger joint that have really delectable and yet affordable burgers. The patty was so good I longed to buy another if not for the calories and cholesterol that junk food had. Junk food dates are great with friends especially after a long day of hard work. Then I also found this taco-ice cream which was okay but if you’re as clumsy and messy as I am, I assure you it’s not safe to eat because it’s really messy! And of course, there’s the nutella-flavored cupcake that my best friend, Nicole and I had during our cupcake dates. Ahh, dates with friends are the best stress-relievers ever! No pressure, just a person who’s willing to listen to your stories over good food. :)

Life can be a little over-the-edge sometimes but I believe that I can and I will survive a few more months until summer! Here’s to all the places, adventures and bucket lists we’ll share! Cheers!

"Sometimes, it’s easier to tell a stranger something very personal. It’s like there’s less risk, opening yourself up to someone who doesn’t know you."
 Linwood Barclay (via perfect)