Strawberries and flowers: Baguio 2017! ♥

When Ashley asked me a couple of weeks ago if we (Francis, Kaye, and I) would like to come to Baguio with them during the long weekends, I immediately said yes! Because #1: Ashley and Justin are such a good company to be with, , and #2: I’ve never been to Baguio. :)

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One week before the trip, we looked for a place to stay via AirBNB.  Ashley found a transient house which was not too far from Baguio’s city center, with a loft-type condominium unit that could fit 5-6 people. :) I saved 1,000pesos-worth of AirBNB points in my account, which we spent on the cleaning fee (which we later thought was a bit pricey, haha). We were still lucky to find a good place to stay, since the date we picked for the trip was actually the peak of Panagbenga Festival (we didn’t know this back then lol).

Note: Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival) is a month-long festival in Baguio every February, celebrating the season of blooming (spring).

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Warning: This post is very long and photo-heavy ^^

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Kawaii PH Flea Market

Last Saturday, the Kawaii PH Flea Market was held in Venture Space, Shaw Boulevard! I’m sure some of you have already seen some pics and posts about it, but I’d like to share with you some scenes from the *organizer’s POV*. :)

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♥ PREPARATIONS ♥

The planning started way back in December, when our friend Justine Chantelle shared with us some photos from their Lolita Meet (if I remember correctly), and some photos from Tokyo Fashion about a flea market event in Harajuku. [Thanks, Ja! ♥] The idea was to create a mini bazaar in which sellers may trade or sell their pre-loved stuff. I love thrift shops and flea markets, so I said why not! :) The rest of the KPH team was very excited as well when I shared the idea with them. Plus, giving a new home to preloved clothes is a lot more eco-friendly than throwing them away and buying new ones. Reuse, reduce, recycle! :)

In January, we opened a thread in the Kawaii PH Groups for venue suggestions. The venue needed to be in the middle of EDSA, somewhere between North and South Metro Manila. One Kawaii PH Community member, Rin, suggested Venture Space, a new events place in Shaw Boulevard. They gave us a discount on the rental fee since it’s our first time there! :D

We visited the place around the start of February to see how it looks like in person. It was really nice and spacious, and it even has its own cafe inside! :) The only problem we observed is that it’s on the 2nd floor of the building, so we need extra effort to make it more accessible, which is not really that much of a problem if we set up a tarp outside and guide posters, especially since the building is just a 5-minute walk from Starmall Shaw! :)

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They have cute latte art too! ♥

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Kaye, Mikee, and me negotiating with Rin haha :)) Photo by Francis!

After the ocular visit + initial deposit, we finally opened booth registrations. :) We planned to have 20 booths.

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The registration was off to a good start, and half of the booths were already rented by the first week! :) Lots of people liked and shared our posters, which is always a good sign. :D

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[Better-late-than-never-post] Let’s Draw Cute Things with LMP ♥ Workshop 2

Hello! Just want to share with you some photos from one of my two workshops last year! I know, this is literally so last year but like always, the memories are so precious that they couldn’t go undocumented. :)

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This is the poster I made for the workshop. I set the level to beginner but really, anyone was welcome to join!

♥ Preparations ♥

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Before the last week of August, all slots were already taken. I was so relieved! This time, the workshop would be held at the Kawaii PH HQ, so one week before the workshop, we went there to do some general cleaning. While cleaning we found some memorabilia from past Kawaii PH events. Our team doesn’t get to meet up that often nowadays, because of our busy schedules and the fact that we live too far from each other. *Sigh* This general cleaning has become so nostalgic.. T_T

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Note/Update: As of today, we have moved out of the Kawaii PH HQ due to reasons beyond my control. :( Typing all these stuff about our good memories there is breaking my heart, but it feels therapeutic as well to get it off my chest.

We used the 2nd floor of the HQ as a stockroom too so there was so much stuff lying around! It was really messy because we rarely get the chance (or motivation, sorry I just realized we were just lazy) to do a general cleaning.

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I organized the mess and the tons of boxes we had (got a back injury from lifting a super heavy box full of books), Kaye cleaned the walls, and Francis cleaned the tables and everything else. The outcome was unbelievable, hahaha. We did a great job. *thumbs up*

♥ Workshop Day ♥

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Tadaaa~ We totally transformed the HQ!

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The Perks of Being a Wildflower

Ironically subtitled “The Misadventures of a Non-art student/graduate” (also applies to anyone who is working a job that is not art-related but would very much like to). Or: “Fantastic Rackets and Where to Find them” *nervous laugh* I’m so sorry haha >< People always ask me about how I earn a living from my drawings, especially when I don’t have formal studies to back me up. So here’s a personal blog post about how not being able to pursue formal art education was not the end of the world for me (or you too, if you like).

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I’m a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate, and a board passer too.

Not being able to study art in college would possibly be one of my regrets in life, if I had any. But anyway, in the back of my mind, as an artist, I’ve always sort of considered myself a wildflower. Like the ones you find growing freely on the side of the road, in meadows and forests and rocky mountains. It’s a super cheesy metaphor, I know, but please humor me. :) Like a wildflower growing in the… wild, constantly adapting to the environment, finding and using whatever resources are available no matter how scarce they are, and just basically *trying* to survive on my own.

I’m not comparing art graduates and non-art graduates though! It’s just a little metaphor I used to use to console myself whenever I felt bad about not being able to pursue art studies. I always try to remind myself of the positives, like how wildflowers have their own charm just as roses in a garden do. Each person is given a certain environment to adapt to and a set of situations to work with, and how one deals with that makes the difference.

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Like what I said earlier, “wildflower” is just my fancy way of saying “a self-taught freelance artist with no (or very very little) educational background or formal training in visual/fine art”. Someone who won’t qualify in that first line of the hiring post: “Must be a graduate of an art-related course”. That sure sounds tough, especially when almost all design companies and art-related positions require a diploma (or at least here in the Philippines). That’s understandable, since the easiest way to effectively validate your qualifications is with a legal document that proves you have actually studied it and that you do know how to do your job. Quite reasonable, but, tough luck, because finding a job is hard enough with a diploma.. what more without one?

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Kawaii Stationery Party!

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Hello! I finally have a bit of extra time to blog, whee! :) I know I have a lot of other things I need/want to blog about, but I just feel like I need to blog about our most recent event first, the ♥ Kawaii Stationery Party ♥ while the memories are still fresh! So, here goes~
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My friends and most of my instagram followers probably know that I’ve rediscovered my love for journaling recently, as influenced by my friend Kaila (Rainbowholic) (she even gave me a Hobonichi Techno as a gift! I’ll post something about my #hobonichichi experience here hopefully this month), and best-selling author/artist-friend >///< Abbey Sy (we attended her new book #ABCsofJournaling launch last September, will also blog about it soon haha I told you I have a lot of other past events I need to blog about :)))! Most of my co-teammates in Kawaii PH caught the journaling fever too, especially Ashley and my sister Kaye.

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Coming soon: my #hobonichichi blog post featuring my super fat hobonichi hahaha

So when Moonleaf contacted us for a possible event collaboration, a journaling event was the first thing that came to our mind! We wanted a very chill event where people can just hang out, do some journaling, share stationery, and shop for stickers! We also wanted to give some stationery sellers and sticker artists an opportunity to market their stuff. Moonleaf has also just released their planner for 2017, so it was just fitting! :)

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