Fresh page, part 3: ART

Can you believe I've made three posts already for this year? 😁

For this year, one of my goals would be to bring back creativity in my life through personal passion projects. Creativity should not only be part of my job (which I'm thankful that it is), but also part of my every day life.

And this is how I plan to do start bringing back the art in my life:

Fresh page, part 2: HEART

Continued from the previous post!

Just to manage expectations based on the title -- this is not about my love life, okay!

Earlier this month, I joined Purposeful Creatives' #Braver2018Challenge to help me set braver goals for 2018. (You can find more information about the workshop / challenge in a blog post by Arriane Serafico (founder of Purposeful Creative) on how to set goals for the new year.) Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish the challenge but, I did do the pre-work and some of the missions. Now at least I have in mind what I want to do / be for this year.

(I might be able to tell you more about some of those goals in succeeding blog posts)

And I called upon some charmed friends to help me harness positive energies from the universe to help me with these goals 😉

Fresh page, part 1: ARTE

And I'm back! I can't believe I let a whole year go by without updating my blog :( Okay, let's all move on from that and catch up, ayt?

So, how's your new year coming along? Are you setting the pace for the year already, or just testing the waters out?

I've always treated January as a time to ~reflect on the past year, and ~contemplate what I want to accomplish for the new year, not only because it's the first month of the year, but it's also my birthday month! Growing a year older can really make you think long and hard about the future :P

Okay, but before we go ~deep, I just want to share some new things I've been trying out, and then some small passion projects I'm hoping to do this year, and then some of my plans for next month.


I am taking one photo per day for 100 days!

Okay, so what brought on this madness?

The month the candidates filed their COCs

This month, the certificates of candidacies were filed. There were hundreds of them, descending upon the Comelec office. We watched and stared and tweeted as they posed for the cameras, smiling, announcing their alliances. We were dismayed and confused, none of us knowing if our country still has a future.

But I didn't notice any of this because

This month, the month the COCs were filed, by some coincidence, was the last month to register as a voter. People rushed to Comelec offices or satellite registration sites, some patient and prepared, others lining up in the wrong queue. And the deadline loomed, and the people scrambled to register.

But I didn't notice any of this because

On COCs filing month, which was voter registration month, it was Halloween also. And the world prepared their costumes and tricks and treats, with hallways decorated like haunted houses or office areas looking like animated films. All so cute and scary and out-of-this world, more than social media could hold, with Halloween costume parties going all-out.

But I didn't notice any of this because

On the COC-filing-voter-registration-deadline-Halloween month, the musical floodgates broke with new songs and videos released by Adele, Justine Bieber, Drake, Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande. We were engulfed in tears by Hello and Used to Love You, danced to Hotline Bling and Sorry, and was generally confused by the man singing the chorus in Focus.

But I didn't notice any of this because

That month, the COC-filing month, the last month of registration, the Halloween and new music month, was also the month that: Duterte didn't file his certificate of candidacy even though people campaigned outside the Comelec office for him to do so; Khloe and Lamar didn't push through with their divorce for medical decisions when Lamar was hospitalized; Lando raged through the country leaving destruction and floods in the northern regions; a new trailer and premiere dates came out for the new Sherlock special, entitled "The Abonimable Bride"; Miriam announced Bongbong as her running mate; the hashtag #AldubEBTamangPanahon set a new record worldwide with 41 million tweets; the Zola saga captured Twitter imaginations.


From the Threadless The Day The Saucers Came shirts

I didn’t notice any of this because
I was sitting in my room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at my cellphone,
wondering if I was going to should call.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Day the Saucers Came