Just Sayin

Happy many years ahead of us

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Through the years, some things just do not change. Like the way you tap your fingers while you sing a song; like how you play with your beard when you try to focus and think; and like how you always buy me that Hershey’s Chocolate bar every time you go to 711.

It’s amazing how you still manage to listen even to my overly repeated stories. And without fail, you always provide me with the warmth I need during rainy days. Perhaps, it could be scary at times knowing you know me too well. You know when I’m tired, irritable, and when I’m hungry. A man who could spell the difference between those seemingly similar sentiments is a keeper!

Life is indeed fun and exciting knowing you’ll always be my partner in everything. As you continue with your internship, just hang in there my love. After all, it only gets better and sweeter, my Hana.

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Calligraphy by Dawn

Lettering: A little progress

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about lettering or calligraphy. I never really thought I could do something like this because in the first place, I am not the one who writes in cursive. The first picture below was the FIRST calligraphy item I ever made. I copied this from a pinterest photo I could no longer find. I realized that the key was to identify which side should be thickened. If you’re using a brush or calligraphy pen, this should be easy.

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The photo below is one the most recent. I wanna try different styles in writing but what do I know? I cant even afford to get myself into one of those pricey workshops. I know, I can be stingy sometimes, but being jobless can sure make you one. (Laughter)

I can see a little progress over the months of writing. I have come to know how to use a brush pen and I’ve also tried watercolor paintings. Compared to other letterers, I am probably the least. But compared to my previous self, Hey! Not bad!

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Since I usually share photos of my works on instagram and facebook, I would usually get requests from friends asking me if I can make them one. Right now, I don’t have any plans of selling. As far as I’m concerned, I enjoy the thrill of just making and sharing them on IG. I’ve also made some of my works as gifts. I’ve given my boyfriend’s dad a couple of my works and I find contentment in the sight of my work being proudly displayed in the walls of his home. I’ve also given one framed work to a Missionary Pastor Tomlinson who was doing a mission in China together with his wife. For me, being able to share the Gospel to some homes and some people, is more than enough. The fact that I’m not getting money out of this doesn’t necessarily mean I am wasting this GOD-GIVEN talent. By sharing some of my works on my social media accounts, I get my friends to read Bible passages. And to me, that’s more than enough.

In whatever craft you’re into, always aim to glorify the Lord. 

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Calligraphy by Dawn

Earth has no sorrow heaven cant heal

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STORY BEHIND

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” There were times I would ask God why does He allow what He allows. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the sudden death of a friend and our pastor who’s suffering from cancer. And it is very moving and encouraging to see our pastor continuing in his faith despite the pain he’s going through. Actually, I painted this when a couple friend of mine got themselves into an accident last 2016 and up to now, the reminder remains the same. When we carry out our ministries and continue to serve the Lord, opposition and hardships may threaten to take away the joy and the peace in us. Sufferings should make us wanna get our strength from the Lord.

Calligraphy by Dawn

Anxiety to Ansaya teh!

I have decided to write about and share some of my calligraphy works here. Just so I have something to look back to should I feel like seeing my progress, if there’s any.

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MEANING

I saw this phrase ‘God turned my anxiety to ansaya teh!’in one of our weekly gatherings at church where this was written on the wall as a decoration. I decided to create a calligraphy item about it using a Gold Ink Brush Pen. Ansaya Teh! is a colloquial phrase which evolved from the Tagalog phrase: Ang saya te! which connote happy time or such a joyous event.


Short Story

When all’s been said and done

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The funny thing is I collected all the Starbucks Stickers for the 2017 Planner and actually bought (well, asked my mom to buy me one) a Navi 2017 Planner. Now, I have two cool and pretty planners and I’m not even at law school anymore! Not that I miss being that Starbucks squatter with her books and colored pens. It’s just that I haven’t figured out yet how to go about with the 2 planner thing outside busy-zone.

Currently, I have kept a list which my friends call “After the Bar” which contains all the stuff we’re supposed to do or we wanna do right after the Bar. These were the things we would’ve done had it not been for that guilt and the pile of backlogs we had. It’s supposed to motivate us and excite us for the long break ahead. Just to keep us on the track towards materializing all the life goals we never realized we had until we had to come up with the list: like solo travel, drive, get passports and visas, learn how to bake (or cook, whichever!) earn money, get a job, marry, have kids or just knit.

But the thing is, since that Monday right after the last Sunday of the 2016 Bar, I had only been to malls and watched Friends. Now, I’m still on its 3rd season. I can’t believe Friends went on for like 10 seasons! that’s like 10 years! Not to mention I have to watch Harry Potter 1 to 7 or 8 or whatever just in case I get to play Who Wants to be a Millionaire and not look idiot when asked about harry or hermione or gandalf. Wait, is gandalf in the potter series? or somewhere else? Plus I wanna start or restart with this blogging thing. Not that I have readers or what but it’s fun to reread previous posts and correct my own grammar or actually be reminded of what has been. So consider this post as a Step 1 for the blogging goals. I’m thinking maybe I should start on a different theme like, travel blogging or crafts but I’m too lazy for that. So for now, Hello Break! ooo Merry Christmas!

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SS: The Choice

“One more episode,” she said. As the white slanted arrow was heading on to the other file, her eyes were directed towards a post it note on her bathroom door, saying, “Every Second Counts.” A battle staged within her whether to give in or not. Her mind cannot decide. She gazed upon her open window trying to look for answers. “It’s a beautiful day,” she sighed. Then a sudden resolution came up on her as she leaned back on her folded pillows. Today’s too beautiful to be wasted. Every Second Counts.

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SS: Monday Afternoon

IMG_1095“On a hot Monday afternoon, her soul screamed for a cup of ice cream but she got herself a glass of water instead. On the edge of her bed facing the window, staring blankly into the ruins of the recent fire, she decided to grab a book under her bed and turned to where her instax film was and suddenly realized she left it there for too long now. Re-reading again the pages, she again thought of how nice a cuppa ice cream would be. But the lazy afternoon ray hit her and decided to take a short nap instead.”