Hustle like it's hot

People have always asked me about my two cents on leaving the corporate world and pursuing passion. Well, you can always quit your job and do what you love - but don't expect a smooth cruise. Life just doesn't go that way.

Quitting my corporate job meant losing a fixed and stable income plus fancy benefits. It was a big decision to make, of course, but what is life for if you don't take risks, right? I had no back up plan, really. Quitting didn't mean I lost game. Mankind, by default, is driven to survive - and given that human nature, I was programmed to do what it takes to live day by day. I'm telling you, it wasn't easy - bordering bankruptcy with monthly bills to pay, struggling to find myself in different industries, the list could go on and on. Do I regret my decision to leave the corporate world? The answer is NO, with so much conviction.

My mantras in life have always been "Live free", "Take risks", and "Tiwala lang". This entire journey has made me put so much trust in the universe - but of course you don't just sit there and wait for the universe to give you something. You have to work for whatever it is if you really want it. I'm grateful that after a roller coaster ride of careers, I can finally say that I'm happy with what I'm doing. Art has always been something I've been most passionate about. This whole experience has taught me to keep learning and expanding my horizons, and to hustle as hard as I can. The possibilities of what I can do as an artist should be as endless as the ocean.

So yeah, if you're going to ask me if pursuing a career in art is something worth it, I'd always say yes. Pursue your passion but be ready to take risks, fail, endure consequences, and hustle. Whatever career you choose to be in, put your heart into it. Everything else will follow.

Good luck to all the risk takers out there! xx


P.S. Workshop schedule here

Art Day

May 21 is pretty hectic but it's going to be loads of fun! See you guys at the ff events:

May 21: 11-2pm Watercolor Calligraphy Workshop

Learn the basics of calligraphy with a twist! Instead of using dip pens, we will use brushes and watercolor! See poster for more details.

May 21: 3-4pm Postcard Making Demo at Shangrila Mall

Join us as we launch the new stamping products from Tsukineko to add to your art supplies list! I'll be doing a postcard making demo using Tsukineko Stamps and Zig Kuretake products. The event is from 11:30am to 6pm (my demo slot is 3pm). See you there!

May 21: 5-8pm Sakaling Hindi Makarating Screening

Watch the benefit screening of our Indie film Sakaling Hindi Makarating at UP Cine Adarna, 5pm. All proceeds will go to the treatment of Direk Ice's mom as she battles Brain Cancer. A little help will go a long, long way!

Reserve your tickets here.


I've been obsessing over monoline calligraphy for the past few months! It's a break from the usual/traditional pointed pen and brush calligraphy - which is what I need because I'm always on the look out for other ways to write and use whichever tools I have at home. Everyday I challenge myself to write more too esp. since I've focused primarily on painting for the past months. People have been sending me inquiries and questions on what this magical pen is they've been seeing on my Instagram feed and to end that curiosity, here's a quick run through of my current favorite tool:


B nibs come in different sizes and brands. I got my Brause B-nib set (0.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm) from an online store in the US a couple of years ago, when I was still crazy about hoarding things which I really didn't use back then. You can check to search which stores carry the product in your location.

*Update* Locally (Philippines), you can buy B-nibs (Speedball brand) at Deovir stores and Scribe Writing Essentials stores.

L-R: 0.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 2 straight holders

L-R: 0.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 2 straight holders

I frequently use the 2mm nib on a wooden straight holder. These nibs have an ink barrel which holds more ink as opposed to regular nibs without barrels. I haven't really used them for anything except monoline calligraphy, but I'll let you guys know if I find another writing use for these nibs.


I try to experiment with paint and ink. In most cases, I use watercolor paints and dilute them with water. I also use fountain pen and calligraphy inks like J.Herbin, Higgins, and Zig Kuretake Mica gold ink. As long as the paint or ink isn't too thick in terms of consistency, then it should flow properly when you write.

If you are going to use watercolor, then you can brush the paint over the nib or you can dilute it a little and put it in those dinky dips for easier dipping.

Brands of paint I use: Zig Kuretake Transparent watercolor set, Dr Ph Martins Hydrus/Radiant Concentrated Watercolor, Sennelier WC, ShinHan PWC, Lumi Accent Color



I haven't really tried flexing these nibs and I primarily use them for monoline calligraphy. Here are some samples I made.


Hope this mini review encouraged you to try out other ways to write beautifully. Happy inking, folks!

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