Phoenix - (You Can’t Blame It On) Anybody
Caught myself grooving in my swivel chair. Embarassing habit.
Good thing I texted my bosses Happy New Years this morning. Turns out they’re out of the country and work resumes next week. I should be right around the middle of the sea right around now, crammed with hundreds of other grumpy passengers with holiday hangovers had I not.
The photo above is from work. We were going for a Modern Family inspired Augmented Reality greeting card. haha
I really like how I’ve been spending quite a lot of time out of the house lately. It feels right being around people who’re right around my age.
I’ve been working nights with the sausagefest that is Project57. It’s a fairly tedious production, what the team’s been we’re working on so we’ve been at it seriously, specially now that it’s getting perilously close to the deadline. Anyway, because I have work that I can’t put off on mornings, with these successive OT’s, the week’s work has finally taken it’s toll on my body.
I know from experience that trying to sleeping off a few days of non-sleep doesn’t work quite well for me. It makes me feel eternally exhausted, like no amount of sleep would cut it.
It’ll sound absurd but what I do is drink coffee. For me it takes the edge off, so instead of feeling an exhausted kind of sleepy, it keeps me awake but I can lie down and take a good rest. Sooner or later in my own sweet time I can sleep.
Mom just dug out her old coffee machine and she made me a cup after dinner. I don’t know if I’m imagining it, (maybe because I find the cafe style steam wand so cool) but I think it tastes better than what I’m used to having from our dual drip coffeemaker. Mellower but rich, I don’t know.
We all decided to work from home tonight and it feels good to be in just spanks and a huge t-shirt sipping on this coffee.
Why, hello, love! I’ve been gone quite a while nay?
Here’s a little story, then. Since the 8th, we’ve lost four of our employees. Not all of them at once, of course, one by one in the space of a week. Gone. Poof. Along with our good shirts and underwear and, we now discover, a bunch of carefully pilfered utensils and flatware from our kitchen.
So we’ve been at it, non-stop, just mom, dad, my sister and I.Since June 8 we’ve been having 5am-10pm work hours with all four of us in sour moods by around noon. We have no choice but to keep at it. Funny thing is, with everything that’s going on, we thought about an all out physical and operational revamp for the store for two days by ourselves. Two days closed plus a Saturday was maybe enough time for us to think of a way to keep the business going.
Mom, dad, the sister and myself. Talk about DIY. This is honestly the first time since that I’ve felt strong enough to go online. I think I have to give us some props for holding out til now. I mean, running a diner with just four people is quite hard. There’s purchasing, cooking, baking, serving, TONS of cleaning plus you have to slap on a smile on top of that.
Sometimes I wonder what other sort of misfortune I have to endure this year. I feel like I’ve had 5 years worth of life experience since the year started.
On a less depressing but not entirely unrelated note, did you know I’ve grown out all four wisdom teeth about two years ago. I might have miscalculated because I seriously have one more coming out now.
And my future employers should know I only use the latest, most sophisticated layout programs available :))
I haven’t slept in a little short of 2 days but I still can’t quite make myself to, what with all the sugar I ate (I’m rabid as five obnoxious seven year olds) so I thought of making a portfolio for some of my business-related projects. MS Powerpoint is amaze. Remove background whoooo! Haha. I kid. I kid.
What is art? We use the term loosely around here because we have a simple idea of what it should be. Art is subjective. What’s art for me may not be art for you. But who are we to define what’s beautiful and meaningful to one person?
Our theme for this month is Art just like all our April issues. But this time we’re including more feature articles compared to our previous April issues. One of which is our conversation with Dia Frampton, another The Voice alumna, during her visit to Manila. We also have photo diaries from New York (taken by Cru Camara, one of our photographers who is currently studying in our dream school) and Stars Live in Manila. Justin Timberlake’s comeback is also one of the biggest headlines this year and you know we did not hesitate writing a story about it.
Ecks Abitona, our fashion editor, also covered one of the many exhibits that happened in the past few months, Art Fair Philippines for this issue. A lot of magnificent contemporary artwork adorned the walls of The Link but nothing was quite like “Then It Happened”, a series of photo-realistic paintings by none other than our cover boy, Luis Santos. His skills and vision as an artist is incredible. Find out more about his story on page 70.
We are still ironing out a few kinks from our rebranding and our new website so please let us know what you think by emailing us. The whole process involves a lot of decision-making so we need your help and you can do so by answering this survey. Who knows, we might be seeing you in your favorite bookstores someday.
I hope they let me stick around a bit. haha. yay!
Mementos from when I had been away. I’m really beginning to appreciate holidays to a whole new degree now. For the past month this little learning company we’re supposed to run all throughout term has been keeping me on my toes. Our first week has been grueling but kind.
I’ve never had cramps this bad since training season back in High School. Not to mention the migraines I’ve been having lately. I’ve never had these this frequently before. But I’m so glad about the happy reception from our school and the online community of friends and acquaintances. We’re selling something we call funcakes. They’re like a cross between an obanyaki or korean cake (but actually our recipe’s derived from a local Maranao delicacy, bruâ) and a donut. And we zapped them into something you can pop in your mouth.
This could be just some mad fad, but I’m thankful for it nonetheless.
So how have you been? I’ve noticed a handful of followers since the last time I logged in. Hello! What did I ever do to deserve you?
Tamtam Funcakes Business Launching
Mindanao State University, Iligan Institute of Technology
November 28, 2012
Palakasan 2012 Opening Montage
About a month ago, on a whim, I asked to apprentice for my school’s multimedia team for our annual Intramural. I was quite impressed with last year’s production that I thought I wanted to be a part of this year’s. Also, I had a few guy friends already in so it was easy as mentioning it over and over until they finally offer to let me tag along. haha
I’m just a tiny part of this video but I’m pretty happy about how it came out. This had been a six day production from inception to screening so it meant walking the streets at 10pm after class and a quick bath to spend the night at another home with crazy talented people til my class the next day:
Here’s the team on 7AM’s. I might say we got along quickly and very nicely.
Tiny bit of advice for low to mid-income kids who want to study art but can’t afford art school: kid, there are a million other places to learn and all you have to do is ask. It takes a bit of effort, but what is a little effort compared to dough you don’t have. HA!
Tzaddi Esguerra 2012
The millionth edit. If I get married I’ll just write my invitations on a piece of paper and have someone photocopy it and stick it inside some generic envelope. Or send text messages and emails in Arial 11.
It’s kind of sad when some of your work get scrapped out because they’re hard to execute with materials available or other resources or the shyness of the people you work for. It’s specially sad if there are just a particular handful of people they have to please and you have to change a whole lot of the design.
I really like white on kraft paper. And the jar of fireflies I drew. And quite a lot of other things I drew specially for the project. And the witty copy. And the knotting piece of twine when you open the invitation and the—
Jim and Agnes by Edwin Orbe Studios
The Same-Day-Edit video we made last Saturday. Yay. I was just a tiny part of this video but I had such a good time just ogling over the camera cranes and sliders and gliders and the L-lenses.