Graphika Manila 2019: Beyond Expectations

The experience left me with a brighter outlook, armed with igniting words. From here, I look forward to push myself even more. 🙂

I attended the 14th year of Graphika Manila 2019 conference last 2nd & 3rd February 2019. I went to help out Michael in taking some video footage of his interview with some of the conference speakers. To be honest, I was expecting a conference with all the technical talks that I know nothing about. But it blew my mind more than I ever imagined that it gave me a whole new perspective, ignited my creative thoughts, giving my blog a sense of direction (working on it!). 

WHAT IS GRAPHIKA MANILA

It is a Philippine-based Conference on Creativity. Every year, the event showcases talented artists of multidisciplinary creative approaches in identity, art direction, animation, web, and even designed environments. The conference focuses on the creative side of design rather than technology.

This article is entirely all about my personal experience. For some reasons (which I will share later), I am not the best person to write about what exactly happened at the conference. So, before you waste your time on me, I have actually browsed this best article you can read about the details in Graphika Manila 2019. Check this link out: http://statusmagonline.com/in-focus-the-best-takeaways-and-highlights-from-graphika-manila-2019/

TAKEAWAYS

Although having to help out with the interview is fun, I kinda felt sad realizing that I wont be able to listen to all the speakers. I’m supposedly fine with that. I came without expecting myself to just sit down and listen to the talks. But when we had to get into the function halls to take some video footage, I was able to witness some speakers on stage. They were like rock stars sharing their humble beginnings, art stories and creative processes that brought them to where they are today. 

I have actually nothing to fret about. I may have not catch all speakers talks but I got a chance for closer encounters with them during the interview. With that, I was able to bring home some very insightful takeaways. The experience left me with a brighter outlook, armed with igniting words. From here, I look forward to push myself even more. 🙂

So, I can unfortunately only share with you 5 out of 12 speakers. Enjoy!

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Interview with Anthony Francisco, Marvel Studios’ Senior Visual Development Artist,

Anthony Francisco, a Fil-AM illustrator and concept artist currently working at Marvel Studios as Senior Visual Development Artist. 

Other than passion and creativity, Anthony taught me that commitment, resilience, and organization are as important, even for artists. He reminded of how being patient in the process can help your hard work pay off. For him, it took 20 years. He also added that,“humility is good but if someone is recognizing your work out there, go for it and claim it! You worked for it, you deserve it! It is yours!”. I have asked him if it is something like the concept of “too much of something is not good”“too much goodness is bad”, “too much love will kill you” and all sorts. He does not agree to this because it only adds a bad connotation to what is already good.

“A ‘good’ should only be good, and love is always good. It is a matter of right amount, right time, right place, or right person. I’d like to believe that  too much of right love is good. Too much of right humility is always good.  – Anthony Francisco

Anthony’s work includes feature films such as Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Chronicles of Riddick just to name a few. He designed Loki Ragnarok, the Dora Milaje and the Visual Father of Baby Groot.


Yeo Kaa, a Filipino Artist/Painter. We were not able to interview her because she was not feeling well. But I was able to listen to her entire talk.  My ears were all on her as she shared how she started her concept in art. They were all wild stories behind. She was criticized for being bad at drawing. She even failed in her art classes but it did not stop her from achieving her place in the art scene.

“Back in college, meroon kaming plate na ‘trapunto’ na Picasso style, tapos dun ko na realise na hindi naman pala kailangan na ‘realism’ para maconsider na magaling ka”-Yeo Kaa

I love how she transformed her ‘socially unacceptable’ impulses to her art. Her explicit themes of killing her prof who failed her thrice, and talking to her own panties can seem strange for some but this quirkiness is what kept and made her a unique and relatable artist. She has mounted a handful of solo shows in Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Germany.

Yeo Kaa is a the mad, quirky girl and that’s what the art world needs today. Below is my favorite painting that she shared during her talk.


Claus' Art and Creative Director, Justin Harder
Claus Studios’ Art and Creative Director, Justin Harder

Justine Harder, Art & Creative Director of Claus Studios. He was able to shed light to one of my confidence issues which is low-self-esteem. I always worry about not being so good at something compared to the others. But Justin stretched that the world is a competitive place and your creative ideas are valuable assets. Rejection is always around the corner. Learn from it, enjoy the process and grow.

“You have to be you and do not try to be somebody else. Do what you can do. Nobody else can do what you do” – Justine Harder

Justin has illustrated and designed numerous title sequences for film and television including Deadpool, Thor: The Dark World, My Little Pony: The Movie and Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update.’ Justin also is an officially licensed Marvel ‘Artist.


Next is Laundry’s Managing Director, James Sweigert. He is one of my favorites. His energy and passion to create more and inspire is burning like mad and it’s basking all on me and to the rest of the attendees! He’s got an incredible team where James never fail to highlight that  their individual backgrounds and experiences were never really a factor for their success. But instead, it was their fun and creativity to make things different and extraordinary that proved their place in the industry.

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with Michael (center) and Laundry’s Managing Director, James Sweigert (right)
“The longest journey an artist could make is from their heads to their heart.” James Sweigert

James Sweigert is an award winning creative executive in advertising and entertainment marketing over the past twenty years. He loves spending time with his dog, Duke Kahanamoku. He surfs in LA and around the world. James has also published a book entitled,“If You Say So”. I just wish I get a chance to read it.


with Aaron Draplin, founder of Draplin Design Co.
with Aaron Draplin, founder of Draplin Design Co.

Aaron Draplin made a lasting impression on  me. He is a graphic designer, author and founder of Draplin Design Co. (DDC). It has rolled up its sleeves on a number of projects related to print, identity, web development, and illustration. Priding itself on craftsmanship and quality, the DDC has made stuff for Nike, Esquire, Ford Motor Company and the Obama Administration. 

I was ecstatic to hear Draplin as he talk about his life as a designer and how he honed his craft through the years. For him, he used his skills to pay his bills, build his house, design for his family and nephew, working for friends, and most specially as tribute for his dad.

“You got to pay your bills, you got to make your money and do all that that adults do. But leave some room for some weird stuff.” – Aaron Draplin.

There’s something comfortingly sturdy about Aaron’s works. It’s simple by design, but doesn’t look cheap and made to leave a mark to the audiences.

He received a standing ovation from some of the attendees; a well-deserved feat for someone who’s made a mark in his career and published a book for himself, Pretty Much Everything’.

Watch this space for the Full Video of our interview with seven of the speakers: 3Dsense Media School 

 

 

 

 

 

Cebu’s New: MACTAN International Airport Terminal 2!

Cebu’s New Int’l Airport

The New Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 which was recently inaugurated last June 7, 2018 has began its commercial operations on July 1, 2018. I am pleasured to be one of its departing passengers on its second day, July 2, 2018.

From my almost 1 week holiday in Manila, I had a quick unexpected trip in Cebu to visit my family. Yes, I am a true-bloom Cebuana by the way.

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Upon my departure from Cebu back to Singapore, my mom and Michael sent me to Mactan Airport Terminal 1, as usual. It was to our surprise when one of the staff told us that if we are off for an international flight, there is a shuttle bus to terminal 2. She then gave us directions. Instead of looking exhausted and sleepy from our holiday, we were wide awake hoping that the shuttle bus will take us to the new terminal. And yes, it did!

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Merry-walking at MCIA  – Terminal 2’s Entrance

Home to a number of natural, historic, and cultural tourist draws, Cebu City is a top destination for both local and foreign visitors. The resort-themed Terminal 2 is for international flights, while the older Terminal 1 is for domestic flights. The new terminal 2 has a floor area of 65,000 square meters. Below is one of Michael’s stunning photos which he shared in his Instagram while we were waiting for my flight.

 

It was said that they have chosen a wood theme because wood is something synonymous to Cebu. Wooden Furniture is a big business in the province. The roof  has timber arches that look like an inverted boat hull, and a wave-like roof that evokes a tropical and resort-like feel.

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Cebu Pacific’s Check-In Counters

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MCIA’s  Boarding Gates

So far, the experience was really great! There were lots of surprises. But I must say that the entire process is yet not perfect, though. Here are some few points that you need to take note if you are taking off from the new terminal 2:

  1. No Food Shops Outside The Terminal 2
    While we were on our way to Terminal 2, I realized that I was so hungry and was hoping to have some great food with my loved ones before I fly off. Unfortunately, you can only find food shops inside the terminal 2. And only those who are with flight tickets can go inside. It was 4: 00 PM and my flight was still at 7:55 PM. I still have almost 2 hours to spent with my loved ones and I just cant let it pass. So, we went to catch the shuttle bus again back to terminal 1 just to hunt for food.
  2. No Weighing Machine Outside Terminal
    You can only weight your luggage/s at the check-in counter. In the event that you have excess luggage weight, you need to fix your stuff right there at the counter. Quite a hassle not just for yourself  but also for everyone else in the queue. It’s always better to have a weighting scale outside (just like Singapore’s Changi Airport).

Regardless of the above mentioned hiccups, I am very impressed and very proud  of the preparations at the departure area. It’s really of international standards! I am sure the arrival is just as fantastic too! Here are some impressive points from our new terminal 2:

  1. Free Shuttle Bus
    It is very convenient moving from one airport to another. I’m not sure how many seaters or how is the capacity but it is quite big. I also hope the cleanliness will be maintained in the long run.
  2.  High-Tech X-ray Machine
    The terminal is highly innovative featuring modern aesthetics. One of it is the technology called Automated Tray Retrieval System. Something new in the Philippines. There is an automatic conveyor that brings the tray below. Some areas need further improvement especially the unfamiliarity of passengers. Some were not able to properly use it. It’s a learning experience, though.
  3. Great & Wide Selection of Shops!
    I may have been pulling my hair when I learned that there is no food shop outside the Terminal 2. But when I checked in and as I searching for my Gate No., I was in awe with all the mouth-watering cuisines inside. They got Ritazza, Bonchon, Asian Kitchen, Ramen, and Burger King. There’s even Coffee bean too!

    I also enjoyed walking through all the fancy shops like Victoria’s Secret, Plug + PLay, WHSmith, Momento and of course this cant be missing, Duty Freeee!

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. Warm and Friendly Staffs

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    With its unique design of undulating wooden roofs, Terminal 2 was envisioned to demonstrate the “warmth and friendliness” of local culture, place and people. Having these lovely ladies all dressed-up with Cebu’s Iconic Sinulog Festival costume is just so smart and captivating! All the staffs were very polite; from the cleaners, securities, counter staffs and all. They will really take time to greet you with their sweetest smiles even when they are doing something. Something I did not experience from other terminals. They were also very helpful in giving directions. I hope they are doing this for both international and domestic flights.

4. Gifts
I am always fascinated with gifts (that’s why I have started a gift shop). Upon departure at the New Terminal 2, the ladies dressed-up with a Sinulog Costume gave each passengers a gift as they bid farewell when boarding on the plane. Not sure how long they will be doing this but here’s what I got. Cebu’s famous delicacy, Dried Magoes!
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The entire terminal is not yet 100 percent finished. Some areas have yet to be furnished. Passengers should expect more improvements, especially aesthetically, in the coming weeks and months. According to my research, it was designed by Hong-Kong based architectural firm Integrated Design Associates Ltd. with Filipino designers.

Considered the central gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao, the MCIA is the second largest airport facility in the country. No doubt. It is indeed the best airport in the country, by far!

Enjoy more photos below! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Café Talk Library: Cebu’s Bookworm Paradise

Bookworm Paradise

When I came home in Cebu for a short holiday last February 2018, Mike brought me to this cozy Cafe Talk Library at the heart of Cebu City, Philippines. It is located at the bustling Escario St. (near Capitol). If your are visiting somewhere around this area, this is a must place to visit where you can dine as you unwind or get work done. Or even when you are feeling anti-social at some point, this is my number one recommended place to get some lone time! It’s fine not to bring any of your gadgets because there are hundreds of books to enjoy with! It’s totally a bookworm paradise at the heart of  Cebu City!

When we went inside, I was grinning from ear-to-ear because it is my first time to visit such kind of Cafe (not sure if Singapore has). It did not disappoint me! Wish I had longer time to chill though. Mike has been sharing how much her dear sister loves the place. When we reached and ’til we were seated, only then I figured that for some reasons, it was Mike’s first time to go in one of those cubicles too! What a great memory together! Yay! And what do I mean by ‘cubicles’? Read on! 🙂

THE CONCEPT

I was amazed of the exceptional concept of this cafe that it was able to meet the ideal learning and studying avenue of this generation’s learners. The so-called ‘Millenials’! Café Talk foregoes the usual chairs-and-tables set up for quaint sections with small tables, pillows, and even stuffed toys, making it conducive for either relaxation or work. Im not sure when did this opened but I wish we had this when I was still studying. Cebu Doctors University’s old campus is just around this area. But I also thank God that I did not know about this. It will terribly tear down my pocket every time! I’ll share with you about their pricing later in this article.

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Anyways, it has booth or cubicles which creates atmosphere that is conducive for studying or learning. They have a really cute interior with two stories and the cubicles were numbered. Some have televisions and outlet if you are planning to bring your laptop and other devices. Some have balconies and a lot of pillows for a more chill vibe. It is good for couples and friends or just for a person who wants to be alone with a book.

THE FOOD

The meal was good though it’s a bit pricey for me. I think the food and drinks are priced the same as international coffee chains, and very limited choices for meals. You may take your pick from pastries, rice meals, hot or iced coffee, frappes, smoothies, and milkshakes. There were only two staffs when we went so we had to wait for a while for our food to be served. For me, although I am thin, I am a big eater. This is not a secret! I always run out of cash because of food. So if you are someone like me, just grab dinner outside where it’s cheaper and head to Cafe Talk for a chill with frappes or whichever you like. 😉

As the Café is open from mid-morning until late at night, you can drop by for a nightcap when you’re done touring the city, or stay for a few hours to finish your work (or TV series!).

Sooo, visiting Café Talk soon? Here’s their address:

Café Talk
N Escario St., Cebu City
Operating hours: 9 AM – 3 AM!

Enjoy more photos below 🙂

 

 

Behind The Scarlet Cape

Felicia Ow’s Scarlet Cape

Last Sunday, 21 Jan 2018, the Lunav Mass Fashion Show successfully broke the Guinness World Records & Asia Book of Records with most participants of 382 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. I am very glad to be a part of it! Thank you Ms. Harshini Sudarshan of HS Elites for that once in a lifetime opportunity. It was not in my plan but breaking a Guinness World Record is now off from my bucket list!

 

Of course, the video above is edited so it added a more dramatic and nice effect. 😀 I’ll share with you the original video later in this article.

THE CONFESSION

I have received wonderful comments from Instagram on how well I did my walk with Felicia Ow’s Scarlet Cape (Thank you! I really appreciate it). Although it was not perfect, every single comment really means a lot me. Why? Allow me to steer you back to the  main purpose of my blog which is to share struggles, achievements and inspiration.

So, here’s a confession:

I have actually modeled the Scarlet Cape on a fashion show three years ago. September  20, 2015 to be exact.

I was with the Singapore Fashion Runway (SFR) back then. We had three consecutive days of Fashion Shows. It was Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday was my very first step on a runway in my entire life.

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At the back stage with the rest of the SFR models (Photo courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

You can imagine how nervous I was while I was surrounded with seasoned models in Singapore. I was the only Filipino but everyone was very welcoming and encouraging.  Although we had workshops days before the show, it is still a different kind of nerve-wracking feeling once you are in the actual situation.

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Here was me. I may look calm and busy but I was actually trying to make myself comfortable by helping out in folding the clothes. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

One of the Singapore Fashion Runway’s mission is to bring together the local fashion designers in Singapore to co-create a unique fashion statement. A number of talented designers gathered to showcase their masterpieces.  As usual, models don’t  get the chance to choose what to wear. I believe it is a part of the job. There were already sets of outfits prepared for each models which they posted on the wall so everyone can be guided especially the dressers. Which also means that before the show starts, the models already know which outfits they will be wearing on that day. Each models flaunted about five outfits per day.

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Ms. Eileen Yap, founder of Singapore Fashion Runway, as she was briefing the models on the assigned outfits. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

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Here was me on the queue, nervously waiting for my turn to strut on the runway. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

All the designs at the show were incredible. But for some reasons, one of the designs that really caught my attention was the Scarlet Cape. It is so unique and empowering that it could give you a superwoman kind of feeling to conquer all your weaknesses and just be comfortable of who you are.

On the first day of the show, the Scarlet Cape was assigned to be worn by another model. I thought I wont get a chance to wear it already. But on the second day, I learned that some models aren’t coming so the outfits had to be re-shuffled. I was very excited that I faster checked the postings on the wall but too bad, it was again given to another model. On the third day, I prayed that there will be less models coming so I will get more chance of wearing it. And yes! Answered prayers indeed! Most models were busy on that day so they weren’t able to come. And finally, the Scarlet Cape was assigned to me! I was so happy that I faster shared the video to my mom when I got home. I thought I did well until I compared the videos from 2015 vs 2018. Here you go, see for yourself how stiff I was like a robot from the 2015 video.

 

THE TURNING POINT

As what people say, there is only one chance to make a good first impression. It is obvious to me now that  I did bad on my first walk with the Scarlet Cape. But not everyone gets a second chance and I am really grateful. I had an option to wear a different outfit but for some reasons, fate led me back to the Scarlet Cape.

My friends may be thinking that I’ve been having such a good and busy life with all the things that I have been doing; modelling, dancing, blogging/vlogging, or at work. The truth is, no. Just like yours, my journey is not all rainbows and sunshine. It is in fact mostly overpowered by darkness. I am one of those lost souls who are still knocking doors to figure my perfect spot. And recently, I got tired banging myself on doors I am not even invited. I felt that all the things I have been doing are just a waste of time. I got tired pushing myself that it even affected my performance at work. Maybe my intuition about myself was right. I will always be that shy person trying too hard to be someone but I will never be anyone. If I ask myself, I don’t even know what my goals are.

But things are starting to make sense now. I am really thankful with the opportunities I had with the Scarlet Cape. All thanks to the supportive designer! There are just times when we thought that we have already given our best on something but actually, we can still do even better. We tend to complain on things that don’t go on our way. But things don’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process.

So yes, my goals are clearer now. I may bear many scars from the doors I have been trying hard to open but I also carry with me the moments that would not happened if I did not dared to go beyond my limits since 3 years ago. I will continue to share about my journey and about the awesome people I meet along the way! I will inspire others in the simplest ways I can ❤

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SCARLET CAPE

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Photo taken after the Lunav Fashion Show. She really went to show her support. (Thanks Felicia!)

Felicia Ow is a Singaporean Fashion Designer who  always loves to use her hands to make all sorts of stuff. She pulls her inspiration from the things she sees and observes in her everyday life (eg. fashion, materials, environment, architecture, etc). She used to design clothing. These were some of her amazing designs with Singapore Fashion Runway (SFR):

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Photo Grabbed from Ms. Felicia Ow’s Instagram account. (Photo Courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

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Now, she has the founded Artz de Scrap where she creates one of a kind hand-made jewelry for those who love something different. Her style is special as she explore various techniques and materials to create artistic pieces that are unique and interesting. Her pieces are for those who are not afraid to show their personality and be different in a stylish way.  The accessories I was wearing from the Lunav Fashion Show are actually one of their masterpieces.

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Artz De Scrap’s Dark Cloud Necklace, Bracelet and Brooch Collection. (Photo by: Joseph Juban)

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Felicia Ow with Singapore local artistes (Mediacorp Tanglin Casts) wearing her handmade accessories for the runway show on SGCares Carnival. (Photo Grabbed from Felicia Ow’s Instagram account)

She is also one with Singapore Fashion Runway’s (SFR) mission which is to build fashion towards an inclusive community and to increase awareness and support for people with special needs. They put on a fashion show for the event, with special needs children and cancer survivors as models.

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Models rocking Felicia Ow’s Accessory during their recent ‘Fashion For A Social Cause’ on 13 Jan 2018.  (Photo Courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

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The recent ‘Fashion for a Social Cause’ event was also graced by PM Lee Hsien Loong, Ministers Grace Fu, Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister Desmond Lee, Minister Amy Khor and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (Photo Courtesy of Singapore Fashion Runway)

If you wish to find out more about Artz de Scrap, check out at their Online Stores:
– http://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/filiksia
– http://shopee.sg/filiksia
– https://sg.carousell.com/filiksia/

Atrz De Scrap

Social Media Accounts:
– https://www.facebook.com/Artzdescrap/
– https://www.instagram.com/artzdescrap/
– https://www.pinterest.com/filiksia/artz-de-scrap/
– https://twitter.com/artzdescrap

Artz de Scrap will also be at the Singapore Comic Festival 2018 Creators’ Market this weekend, 27-28 Jan 2018 (10AM-5PM).  Do drop by and check out more of their collections at: NAFA, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please feel free to share your thoughts at the comment section below. I would love to hear from you ❤

Where To Get That Great Summer Escape in Singapore?

Singapore Summer Escape

Rather than having four seasons, the weather in Singapore is summer, summer, and more summer all year round. But now, school is out, vacations are scheduled, and some folks will use up their remaining sick days for a leave. It is definitely a summer break fever in Singapore!

If you noticed, most people in Singapore are fun in arranging trips to remote countries just to enjoy the beach. Unfortunately,  not everyone gets the chance to do that due to time and work constraints. But fret not!  Here’s a group of friends who just gave us a great idea where to get that awesome summer getaway in this little island of Singapore. Let’s have a quick Throwback Thursday on their “Our Summer Story 2017”!

Phil, Dean, Ian, Irayori and Julienne spent their summer at the Tanjong Beach Club which is located few minutes away from the heart of the city. It is said to be a serene sanctuary located on the finest sun-soaked stretch of sand in Sentosa. One of the best kept secret place in Singapore with clean beaches and some elements of fun and adventure.

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On weekdays, the beach is believed to be a calming hideaway from Singapore’s urban jungle, offering a slice of tropical paradise. While over the weekends, the peaceful sanctuary transforms into a celebration of vibrancy and carefree parties that usually attract trendy crow, a perfect way to get acquainted with new friends. It is definitely a good escape from the daily life!

This sizzling gorgeous fellas obviously had a great time at the Tanjong Beach Club. Enjoy more of their  photographs and their short “OUR SUMMER STORY” video tinted with lush summer scenes!

 

 

 

 

Location: Tanjong Beach Club, Sentosa, Singapore
Models: Phil Villanueva, Irayori Gonzales, Dean Avelino, Ian De Guzman, and Julienne Boquiren.
Photo & Video by:  Takiro FILMS Production

 

 

A Sunset or A Sunrise?

Are you a team Sunset or a team Sunrise?

This is the story behind my Sunset or Sunrise painting. I did this few months ago. It was midnight and I was supposed to make revisions on an Artwork for my Client’s uniform. I was half-way done until I just suddenly felt like I wanted to stop and do something else.

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Are you a team Sunset or Sunrise?

This is the story behind my Sunset/Sunrise painting:

I did this few years ago. It was midnight on a weekend and I was supposed to make revisions on an Artwork for my Client’s uniform. I am working as Sales in a Uniforms Manufacturing company here in Singapore.

I was half-way done until I just suddenly felt like I wanted to stop and do something else. What was it? I also didn’t know at first. I just started scratching the ‘paint brush’ on the ‘canvas’ randomly, changing colors & forming shapes. I just went on until my fingers led me to a beautiful landscape. From there, more details started popping in my head making me more excited to add more details. .

I was just using Paint in my laptop at first then I moved to Adobe photoshop when I felt the itch to add dramatic effects.

The last photo above was the last progress I made where I realized I needed to stop because it was getting very late and I had to sleep.

The following day, I re-visited it and I knew something else can be done. I tried to emphasize the details. This is the beauty of digital painting. You get the chance to play around. It allows easier and faster modification. 

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Each glimpse of a beautiful sunrise will always be rewarding. Yes, It’s a sunrise .:)

So, why Sunrise and not Sunset?

As I shared the story, it was not really my intention to paint either a sunrise or a sunset. It was just a product of my supposedly ‘freestyle’ painting. When I looked at it, I started asking myself, “Did I just painted a sunset or a sunrise? Hhmmm..Wait! Is there even a difference between the two? I checked online and yes, there is! If we share the same question and you wish to find out, check this out: Difference Between Sunset And Sunrise

For me, I decided to call my painting a sunrise. Why? I have seen countless of sunsets and it’s glorious! It makes me feel like I am having a grand finale to end my day and at the same time reflect on how my day went. However, it’s predictable! I get out from work, find my way to gaze on a sunset, reflect about my day, go back home, grab some dinner, check the internet, chat with my loved ones, listen to music and get to sleep. There is almost nothing exciting or challenging about it. Well, I can look forward for tomorrow though. But come on guys! Let’s admit it! For some reasons (or should I say excuses?), we most of the time don’t get our plans done the next day. Chances are we might have forgotten about it or we are just completely don’t care like “Nah! Never mind…wait for another sunset to think about it again.” Procrastination at its finest. Just like your savings, right? (Ouch!..that sort of backfired right there! -.- )

With that in mind, it made me wonder how inspiring could it be to start my day with a beautiful sunrise instead, reflect on my plans for the day and how to achieve it. Sunrise gives the willpower of optimism. It fills light and hope for a day that is yet unknown. Yes, it is unpredictable yet exciting and encouraging. However, it is only caught in the hours when the people are quiet and heavy with sleep. For me, I honestly cannot remember when was the last time I caught one because I am a nocturnal animal. ^_^ I always like to stay up all night fighting the terrors of 3AM until I fall asleep too early in the morning and miss the sun’s rising. Every time I wake up, the sun is already right up in the sky shining so brightly and trying’ to make my skin ‘chocolatier’ (but tastier! kidding!). But that’s what makes the Sunrise even special. As they are saying goes, not everything that’s worth-having comes easy. Every time I catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise, it is always rewarding. 🙂

How about you? Are you a team Sunset or a team Sunrise? (=