Motivational, Random, Thoughts

2015 Wanderlust

Hello everyone!

How time flies! It’s been such a long time since I last wrote. December has been a month for last-minute 2015 memories and adventures, for me. Oh! Before I forget, I’d like to take this chance and this post to greet you all (albeit very late) a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂

Before 2015 came to a close, we figured it would be a wonderful way to end the year with new memories. I thought it would be a good time to refer to my bucket list!

One of the few items on it are:

  • A visit to the Pinto Art Museum
  • Relaxed brunch at Rustic Mornings by Isabelo.

…and so we became adventurers!

The abundance of malls in Manila get tiresome after a while. Being a nature person, the city scene not quite the place to be. So we set out on an adventure, in search for a quiet respite from city living.

The one and a half hour (WAZE-less) drive to Antipolo became worth it, after witnessing the beauty of the Pinto Art Museum.

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Captivated by the rustic and mysterious ambiance of the museum.

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The building housing ancient Filipino sculptures and figures.

Situated among hectares of lush greenery, the small buildings’ architecture is reminiscent to that of Santorini.

 

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A little church, beautiful both inside and out.

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Yup, I’m particularly fond of this balcony! You could see the entire place from high up. You don’t see this much greenery in the city. Nature lovers, this is the place to be.

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The museum holds endless artworks from various Filipino artists: Paintings, String art, Installations and Sculptures. I stand in awe, marveling at the beauty that human hands can create.

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My comedian over here…

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..and my emotions right there.

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The biggest painting I have ever laid my eyes on. Beautiful. Amazing.

 

A stroll through the museum was an adventure in itself, by the end of the tour, our stomachs were begging for a good meal!

So, I thought of the second item on my bucket list, Rustic Mornings!

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Artsy-fartsy friends, this is the perfect place for a quiet brunch. 🙂

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I don’t normally take photos of food, do you think I should start to? I suppose the food and the ambiance here, is something that would be best experienced first hand. 😉

2015 did end wonderfully, in the presence of both friends and family. These two places topped it off really well, too. The year has been full of both laughter and sadness, both trials and victories too. With new memories and new lessons learned last 2015, I can’t even begin to imagine what 2016 has in store for me.

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There is always beauty for those who take time to look around. It’s still a lesson for me to learn to see the beauty in everything. It takes practice, it may even takes years, but when our eyes are open, I believe life CAN really be pretty amazing.

Cheers to new adventures this 2016.

Until next time!

 

XO,

Pearl

 

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Find Beauty Among the Ruins

Last summer, I went on a journey to explore the beautiful country of Greece. Little did I know that I would be overwhelmed with how seamlessly ancient ruins could weave itself beautifully into the fabric of modern Greek society.

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The majestic temple of Zeus standing tall and proud in the heart of Athens. Just look at how those columns have stood the test of time. Imagine how every piece have been put together by the ancient Greeks. It never ceases to amaze me.

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At Syntagma Square with these hungry pigeons.This first stop was followed by a magnificent trip to learn the history of the Acropolis Stadium. This was just my first glimpse of Greece.

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We were walking around the city of Athens during the first day and I couldn’t help asking: “What’s that structure on top of the hill?” My question was answered the next day when we climbed up to see that what is there is so much more than what I had expected.

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Seen from the city is Acropolis, the highest point of Athens. Beautiful isn’t it?

Sometimes in life, you can’t see the breathtaking view until you muster the courage to climb the mountain.

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During our day-trip, we ventured on a boat ride to see the different islands surrounding Greece. One of them is this quaint island called Hydra. This little island is a town in itself, with little shops and cafes near the water. What’s fascinating is that the townspeople here have donkeys to get around, nope, no cars!

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This breathtaking view where the sky meets the beautiful Greek dome-shaped architecture was taken from the island of Santorini. We stayed here a couple of days, and if I could, I would’ve stayed much longer. There were numerous mini-shops greeting passersby along the alley, from nifty book nooks to one-of-a-kind trinket stores.

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The town of Nafplio. Bustling with life through it’s diversity in art, music and delicacies.

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I love the bliss whenever I draw my adventures on my journal. It helps me remember not only the place, but also the little memories that come with my travels. When I look back, it’s the little moments that touch my heart to this day. Such as the time my mom and I shared a large Greek pretzel-like dessert, the ice cream cone I had in Athens despite the biting cold winds or the fact that not a day goes by without a serving of delicious Greek yogurt (yummy!), and the time when I looked down from the highest peak of Greece and thought to myself:

“All these man-made bricks, statues and temples  are truly majestic, but nothing compares to the beauty of nature that my God has surrounded it all with”.

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I am often asked how I find time to draw during these trips. Despite the hustle and bustle during the morning tours, I try to find time to relax in a cafe as a short pit-stop to write down the events that happened during the day. Always remember to write down the important details, you can sketch them later in the evening (if you aren’t too tired!)IMG_4458

The Greeks have a habit of drinking Frappe every now and then. I find that I also belong to this place where it is bursting with art, history, culture…and yes, coffee!

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The mystical trail of Delphi, after a hike atop the mountains of Greece.

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The Dyonisus Theater. It’s size and design is jaw-droppingly (if that is even a word) – incredible! It may be huge, but dropping a coin or stomping your feet at the center circle of the theater can be heard throughout the entire stadium.

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For those who are wondering, what is Greek food like? Three words. Fresh, Simple, Flavorful. This is my favorite, which I have learned to make at home. The Traditional Greek Salad. (Bell Peppers, Onions, Lettuce, Olives, EVOO, Tomatoes and Cucumbers, Generously topped with Feta Cheese!)

Aside from the Greek Salad, I have enjoyed the Greek Yogurt, to which none can compare. Not a day passed in Greece without us having a portion of this!

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Travelling is a perfect opportunity to experience something new. I give myself time to think when I travel, knowing that the adventure that lies ahead is so much greater than what I have left behind. It’s such a memorable experience when you put your thoughts and emotions down on paper, because every step of the journey is an adventure.

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I’m opening classes once more for a basic lettering workshop, and since vacation is just around the corner, I thought a travel journal would be perfect! If you’d like to learn the art of handlettering and how to start your own travel journal, you can

Register for the workshop here:

2015 TRAVEL JOURNAL WORKSHOP

Hope to see you soon!

Say yes to new adventures. 🙂

*All photos taken with an iPhone5

XO,

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Tools of the Trade (Features and Reviews)

Hello everyone!

I’ve been having a lot of inquiries regarding the materials I use for my art and lettering. This has inspired me to create a blog post for the materials I’ve tried throughout my journey. These pens, inks and watercolors are truly portable little rainbows that have brought much color into my life!


 

PENS

FILED NEOFINE FINELINER

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Review:

The Filed NeoFine Fineliner Set is truly a box of rainbows. Here is an artwork I made with the fineliners. The tip of these pens (0.40mm) enabled smooth writing and doodling. However because these pens are water based, make sure you don’t keep coloring / shading on the same areas as the ink will seep through the back of the paper (I used 80gsm paper). Using thicker surfaces such as vellum and 100+gsm might work better with this water-based pen. Overall, it’s perfect for note-taking in class. I’m sure I’d write with this in school to keep my notes fun and colorful!

 


 

BRUSH PENS

TOKYO FINDS BRUSH PEN

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Review:

These bright-colored pens are dual-tipped. It’s versatility makes it the perfect go-to for calligraphy and lettering.The two tips give an advantage for shading in large areas (brush tip) and for creating details too (slim tip). The ink is bright and not too thick that it would seep through the paper.

Shop: TOKYO FINDS

MARVY LE PLUME BRUSH PEN

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Review:

The Le Plume brush pen possesses a lighter hue compared to others. The ink is pretty thick and more water-based than most, it will seep through thin paper. Though I love the way it slides through the paper smoothly, and how closely it resembles the feel of using an actual brush.


MARKERS

SHARPIE FINE POINT

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Review:

One of my favorite brands! The all-around marker! These markers provide bold and bright colors, perfect for the creative at heart. Best to use thicker boards or paper, and all other non-porous surfaces when using Sharpie.

DONG-A PLAYON

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Review:

Although not the typical artist go-to, I love the black (twin tip) marker of Dong-A. I used this one for outlining and for shading, more often than not for my watercolor illustrations and lettering works.

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Review:

This one is meant to be a highlighter, but I always find a different purpose for my coloring materials. I bought mine from Japan.


WATERCOLORS

KOI WATERCOLOR

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Review:

I love, love, love my koi watecolor set. Although it’s a bit more costly, it’s a purchase I didn’t regret. The colors are bold and bright, just the way I like my palette. The watercolors are concentrated as well, use sparingly for softer tones.

KURETAKE GANSAI TAMBI

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Review:

I knew I should’ve bought myself a set of these during my trip to Japan last year! Luckily my boyfriend got this for me as a birthday surprise. The palette is very concentrated, meaning you can use just a little and have a solid texture.

PRANG WATERCOLOR

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Review:

The most affordable and has found it’s way to be called the “sweet” watercolor. Why sweet? It’s thick consistency makes the colors bold and bright. The watercolor has a syrupy thickness when added with a little water. Most people say that ants keep finding their way to their Prang palettes. Despite all that, yes, it’s also an artist’s must-have.

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FOUNTAIN PENS

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Review:

My first ever fountain pen. Also a gift from my boyfriend when he came back from Germany almost a year ago. I love that they have branches here in the Philippines so you could simply buy the refills (it comes in lots of different colors too! Next time I’ll try the neon yellow!).

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Review:

Very handy and writes smoothly. The tip is smaller than the usual fountain pen, but it’s the perfect travel fountain pen. I got mine from Japan and took home a couple of refills too, just in case I don’t get to visit Japan anytime soon!


For a complete list of tech-pens that I use, you can visit my other blog post about them here:

TOOLS OF THE TRADE (Part 1)


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Passion & Profession

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I’m utterly and indescribably thankful for how far the Lord has brought SnapperDoodles in a span of one year. When I left corporate, I never would have thought that passion, when pursued could open so many doors and unexplored possibilities.

On April 19, 2015 (Sunday), the article about how SnapperDoodles began was out on the newspaper! I recalled the events leading to this opportunity and I can only say one thing: “God is Good!”


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Pearlyn Choco, creator of SnapperDoodles Design and owner of Tiny Treasures PH, documents her thoughts and musings through typography and doodling.


MANILA, Philippines – It has been said that when you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

This rings true with 22-year-old Pearlyn Choco, the lady behind the well-loved Instagram account @snapperdoodles where she documents her thoughts and musings through  typography and doodling. This journey later on became her ticket to going full-time as an artist.

Pearl, who is also the creator of Snapperdoodles Design and owner of Tiny Treasures PH, found her passion in lettering, art and design. With her unique works posted on Instagram, she generated more than 14,000 followers in just 10 months. Pearl now continues to showcase her distinctive artistry online and social media platforms.

A petite lady with a contagious sweet smile, Pearl carries a reserved and innocent vibe. But the moment she opens herself up, one will see a strong and motivated person ready to tackle life’s challenges.

Pearl grew up in an environment where financial stability and security are viewed with high regard. So in college, she took up Management of Financial Institutions at De La Salle University. Even before she graduated, Pearl found a job at a multi-national company where she worked hard sticking to the “corporate routine.” A couple of months later, she left for another banking career but again, the 9 to 5 job didn’t allow her to have creative freedom. This fueled her desire to explore the field of arts more. So she mustered all her courage and decided to exchange the security of a stable employment for a chance to start fresh and become a freelance artist. “I took the matter to prayer and fasting because I was so desperate to find my purpose in life,” says Pearl.

SnapperDoodles, which Pearl personally defines as her life in snaps (photography) and doodles (typography), became her way of giving glory to God through the talent and skill He has given her.

In just a few months, Pearl was able to launch her own product lines, participate in bazaars and conduct basic typography workshops. Through her art, Pearl has inspired a handful of individuals to explore their own artistic sides while working on wonderful collaborative works with people whom she shares the same passion with. “If you think you can’t do something, you really wouldn’t be able to accomplish it. I was like that before but I learned to choose to think otherwise,” she explains.

Pearl finds beauty in simplicity, which is evident in her art. Lines, curves and a bit of color here and there reflects her simple personality. Like her art, Pearl believes that every girl is beautiful the way she is. “Nobody is perfect, and that’s one thing to accept,” she assures.

For Pearl, a confident woman is a beautiful woman but a little help from one’s trusted makeup brand doesn’t hurt. She uses Careline products to prep up and complete her look.

Starting with the face, Pearl uses Careline BB Cream as a base to hide imperfections and keeps skin fresh-looking. This BB Cream has three shades — Natural, Fresh and Nude — that perfectly matches the Filipina skin tone.

Pearl emphasizes her beautiful eyes using the Careline Color Pencil. Formulated to glide on smoothly, it can be smudged for a soft smoky effect or to create bold lines that will make the eyes pop.

Finally, Pearl opts for a soft natural flush using the Careline Oil Control Blush-on. It comes in 10 shades that will match her day-to-day activities.

“I believe that makeup helps enhance our beauty. Simple makeup helps us stand out,” Pearl adds.

As someone whose confidence shines through her simple, unique personality, Pearl is a good role model to teens who are finding their own place in the world. Through her experience, Pearl leaves a strong message to teens, “Do not live for other people’s approval or conform to someone else’s standards. Instead of hiding behind insecurities, find what you are best at and shine,” she says.

Looking back, Pearl is thankful for being part of the corporate world where she learned many things, acknowledging that it was a stepping stone to her higher purpose in life. “By the grace of God SnapperDoodles came to be and thank God my mission on earth has begun,” Pearl concludes.

Photography by Mot Rasay • Makeup by Mary Jane Arpa of Ever Bilena Cosmetics • Clothes by Jellybean

LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Passion and Profession


Here are some behind the scenes photos of the shoot with Ever Bilena for The Philippine Star’s Allure.

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It has been such a memorable experience, being interviewed by a fellow Christian too! It made us both so happy to see how God works amazingly in people’s lives. Getting all dressed up is definitely something new to me as well because I don’t normally wear anything as fancy as these!

Maybe I should start doing so now? 🙂

Amidst prosperity and loss,

Successes and trials,

There is only one thing that remains true:

God is Good!

XO,

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SnapperDoodles Quote Bags

Hello everyone!

The new designs for my Quote Bags are here! I made sure these are bigger than the previous one!

Without further ado, here are the specifications:


 

SnapperDoodles Quote Bags

These hand-drawn lettering designs are original artworks by SnapperDoodles.

PHP 250 (plus shipping fee, PHP 50 to Metro Manila and PHP 120 for Provincial)

-14×15 inches in size

– Black and white print only

– Machine washable

To order or for inquiries, please send me an email at: snapp3rdoodles@gmail.com 🙂

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SnapperDoodles Shares

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People always say, end the year with a BANG!

My year has been a time for self-improvement, career-changes and finally, an opportunity to give back to those who are in need.

I blogged about what ShareMovement is about here: Heroes, Blessed to Bless

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I praise God for the opportunity to collaborate with Jam Pangilinan of Share Movement this December 6, 2014. We hosted a small workshop where the students can learn lettering, as well as help the feeding program of JFM. The proceeds were donated to them to be able to reach out, in what little way we can.

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I personally met Karrots N. from the Global Pinoy Bazaar last November 15th, and I am so glad she came to this charity workshop too!

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I’ve been afraid of public speaking for as long as I can remember. This is by far the biggest class I’ve had since I began SnapperDoodles last June. It’s definitely a breakthrough for the Lord this year 🙂

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Most of my workshop students would say : “…but I have no talent in art! I never even doodled on my notebooks way back when I was studying! I give myself a zero rating in creativity!”

But I always tell them how wonderfully their works will turn out after the workshop. Sometimes it’s not about talent or creativity, it’s about having fun learning a new hobby. Life is a never-ending learning process. It’s not about how good you are at something, but how willing you are to try it.

You’ll never find your talent by holding back from the opportunities presented to you…

and that’s why….

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..we should Stop Dreaming, Start Doing.

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I also had the opportunity to meet Kisty of the Style Mermaid. I have always admired people who could see beauty through the camera lens. I take photos for my Instagram posts, but never as creatively as how she does it. Just. Amazing!

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Oh, yes, that’s a very useful book to learn lettering. I brought this along to help the students gain inspiration during the workshop activities.

What’s that fluffy yellow thing, you ask?

Those cute keychains are from FILED! Have you checked out their Doodle and Scribble planners? Perfect to start your 2015 with creativity!

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One 2015 Scribble planner was given away by FILED for our raffle. Such fun!

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Doesn’t this give out the SnapperDoodles vibe? Those streamers are perfect!

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Don’t get me started on those desserts. Those yummy, mini cheesecakes by Chakulits. If I could never gain weight, I’d beg Jam to give me the leftovers after the workshop. (HAHA, just kidding!)

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This is the group of world-changers this year. God has shown me how many people there are in the world who are willing to give what little they have for those who are less-fortunate.

Sometimes we don’t know what it is like to have nothing, but there are still many who face that reality each day. We are here for a reason and we are blessed for a reason.

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After all the pre-workshop jitters and nervousness, it all went better that I had anticipated (with many thanks to the crew of Share Movement and TROMS).

My 2014 ends with a big workshop with amazing people and a God-given opportunity to reach out. We are all blessed to bless.

 

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SPONSORS:

  1. Filed
  2. Chakulits Sweets and Pastries
  3. Green Selections
  4. Istorya

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

  1. The Rock of My Salvation Media Ministries
  2. The Style Mermaid
  3. When in Manila
  4. Share Movement
  5. Happy Folks Studio

 

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Life is an Adventure

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There aren’t many instances that got me speechless. Probably because I hardly left my comfort zone before June this year.

I always choose the safe side, where I am just plain-old, COMFORTABLE.

I am a pessimist, which brings me to over-think every situation. I can strike up a conversation, but I never tried to sustain one that actually lasts ten minutes. I can make artworks, but my fear to give more effort to create a masterpiece always gets the best of me. Deadlines? No problem, I can meet them, but I’m not sure I’m giving 101% in my work. I’ve maintained my weight but I’m not exercising enough to be physically fit. But amidst all this, I feel that something is still missing.

Sure I might be doing good, but like they say, there is always an opportunity to be better than who I was yesterday.

I came to realize how “dead” most aspects of my life can be because I’ve been living in the security of COMFORT. I always think: “Yep. That’s good enough.” At work, in gatherings, my physical health, I have constantly been giving less than 100%. Recently during the Sunday service in CCF, Pastor Peter said: “In everything, do your BEST for the Lord.” From then on, I began the conscious effort to glorify God through SnapperDoodles art commissions by giving it my all.

Also, by being a wallflower, I have deprived myself of trying new things. This year God has blessed me with a friend to show me how much I was missing out on. There is a whole world to explore, many things to be ticked off the bucket list and thousands of things to learn; and none of it could be made possible by constantly saying “no”.

You can’t travel the world if you refuse to leave the doorstep.

Life should be an adventure. Live for the moments you can’t put into words.

I will take on this challenge this coming 2015, to live life out of the comfort zone and do my best in all things – for the Lord.

 

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What Would You Do?

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Hello everyone! Wow. It sure has been a while since I last wrote. November has been such a crazy month (The good kind of crazy!). I never would have expected this month to be full of mini miracles and surprises!

The highlight of my month would be the Global Pinoy Bazaar held at the Rockwell Tent last November 15-16. I had my own little booth there to showcase my handmade bottlecap accessories – TinyTreasuresPH.

There I personally met most of my Instagram friends:

  • Geli Balcruz the lady behind those intricate calligraphy strokes and curves from Pluma PH
  • Keslie Dellosa who supports us, local artists through turning our artworks into temporary tattoos on Tat’s It
  • Mileng, the fun and friendly Filed marketing exectutive
  • Katia Naval or better-known as The Design Hobbyist on Instagram
  • Jenine, the awesome girl who handcrafts all her lovely flower crowns on Saccharine
  • Joanna Gutierrez, the prettiest metal smith  I have ever met shares her creations on Istorya
  • Ella Lama and who doesn’t know this bubbly artist of Ella Lama ?

 

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Aside from meeting new friends, my heart wells up with joy to see so many people supporting local artists and entrepreneurs. It comes rarely, when people actually see the value in handmade crafts. These things take time to create, each detail intricately put together and each piece made from the heart, by the hands of gifted people.

I always tend to look back to the past and see how far my journey as been, from being a corporate gal to a hungry artist. That’s why I posted my watercolor artwork above “What would you do if you weren’t afraid.” The original artwork was sold during the bazaar. Though it’s not with me now, I cherish the quote and the courage it gives me to do what I really want in life. “If I weren’t afraid, I would….” the list goes on, my dreams stretch far beyond my own capabilities but it’s never really wrong to give it a shot.

I love art so much, I fought for this chance to live my dream, even just for a little while. The one-year period I gave for myself will end in 7 months, it might seem like a lot of time left. But we all know how time flies.

Looking back, I never would have imagined I could step out of my shy, introverted nature and get to know new people who share the same passion as I do. I never could have guessed either, that a finance major like myself could ever live the life of an advertising graduate. My heart just wells up with gratefulness that God has given me an opportunity to see what life is like when you do what you love. All my life I thought art would just be a hobby for me, but somehow it has filled me with me with much purpose and joy when people appreciate the artworks I make. This is the one time in my life that I feel like I am actually SOMETHING to this world.

It’s funny how a small spark of courage could turn your life around.

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

 

Be Brave.

X,

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Heroes, Blessed to Bless

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This October I had the chance to meet up with Jam Pangilinan, the big-hearted woman behind Share Movement. What I thought would be a casual-meetup became a game plan for a mission this year 2014.

That day was truly an eye-opener for me… and I hope this post will help share our mission with you as well.

We can all simply order fast food from McDonald’s, sip a 100-bucks-worth-cup-of-coffee, or even eat beyond what we can in buffets that cost a fortune. But as we enjoy life’s pleasures, there are millions out there who aren’t as privileged. There are  many who would work until their backs break, just to earn enough to send their kids to school… (and yes, their tuition fees don’t even amount to that gorgeous pair of heels you bought yesterday.) I even know of a child whose birthday-wish this year is to have a meal from McDonald’s. For many of us, we can simply make McDonald’s an everyday thing.

What we often take for granted, are the pleasures many people could barely afford.

Who knew one afternoon could change how you see life? If we say life isn’t easy, how much more so for these people? These are the less fortunate, but they are the ones who make it a habit to thank God each day for what little they have.

Like myself, I believe there are hundreds of people who are willing to reach out but never really know how to. We can donate monetarily, we can give out our old clothes and even pack some canned goods, but when will help truly be enough for the many who are in need?

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Out of love for these children, this coming December, SnapperDoodles will be collaborating with Share Movement to give everyone an opportunity to reach out to these children – through ART. We’ll be hosting a lettering workshop where the proceeds  will be given to charity, with hopes we all could change someone’s life for the better. In this workshop you will learn a new skill, while extending help to the less-fortunate. Who said you could give without having anything in return?

This project is not a “You-should-because-you-could” thing though… Sure, it wouldn’t be an immediate 360 degree change to the world, but who knows how far one act of kindness could go?

We’re all together in this mission, right? I’ll see you there then!

Oh wait… I almost forgot to mention, the child I mentioned wasn’t able to get his McDonald’s birthday wish this year..

 

Let’s all join in. We’re all heroes, blessed to bless.

 

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What About Tomorrow?

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Hello and happy October 1st everyone!

Like January firsts, every beginning of the month seems to call for a mini-celebration and a new list of short-term goals. A mini-celebration to give yourself a pat on the back for all the work, blood, sweat and tears that got you through the previous month; and a new list of short-term goals to plan out what you would want to achieve in the future.

I was writing a letter last night, by the prompting of God. As I got deeper into the explanation why I keep up my work on SnapperDoodles, it dawned upon me that there isn’t much time left. (If you haven’t read my first blog post: My Story, God’s Faithfulness, it explains why I’ve set a goal to try this out for just ONE YEAR.)

Today marks SnapperDoodles fourth month. It may seem crazy that I count each passing month, as people would with monthsaries. But that’s because I’ve got six more months to go before I make the decision whether or not to go back to the corporate world. I dread each passing month because it gets me closer and closer to the “Expiry Date”.

Unlike my one-year goal, in life, we never truly know how much time we have left. I’ve learned a few things along the way during my limited time in SnapperDoodles:

  1. Learn to depend on Him, no matter how big or how small the choices you make. I assure you, it WILL make a difference.
  2. Start NOW. What do you want to achieve in life? It’s never to early to get started. Keep stalling and sooner or later it will be too late.
  3. Never stop learning. Life is a never-ending learning process. You learn much from the people you meet, you learn things about yourself, you see everything that goes on in life and make it a part of you.
  4. Let trials, disappointments and failures make you, not break you. Don’t whine when things go wrong, and most of all don’t be mopey and think that it was your own incapability that caused it. Sometimes closed doors open better ones, at the right time.
  5. Be thankful for the simple things in life. When you get home tired but safe, when you are surrounded by friends, when you finally get a bite of that dessert you were craving for, or simple moments shared with the family. There are so many blessings each day that we fail to appreciate. Imagine how the Giver feels?
  6. Smile while you can. Give generously. Love wholeheartedly. Listen intently. Help freely.
  7. Realize that our dreams are big, but God is bigger. When things don’t go our way, pray. There is always, ALWAYS a reason behind it. It might take a while to see, but soon it will be clear.
  8. Stop spending too much and appreciate what you already have.  You don’t need to splurge, money doesn’t equal happiness.
  9. Learn to slow down. In this fast-paced world, we always want it NOW: Fast food, fast service, fast internet… We, humans aren’t robots, some days we just need to calm down and take a stroll, meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, go on nature trips and see the beauty of life that we’ve failed to appreciate.
  10. Embrace the beauty of “diversity”. Everyone you meet has a different story and each with a different struggle, don’t judge.
  11. Life is not a competition. In our deathbeds, life just isn’t and never will be about who did better than who.
  12. Live each day as if it is your last. Pretty cliché, but you’ll never know, right?

 

Life is short. Pray hard.

 

XO,

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