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Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Holidays


A holiday card design by maritessb; Photo taken by ed pingol photography


Hello out there. I do plan to return to blogging, soon. I do have lots to share, I really do. It just that I've been sick for 2 months so I haven't had the motivation other than trying to figure out what is wrong with me. The reality is... I quit smoking a year ago. I did have 1 more pack (not a whole pack) 6 months ago. Now I'm really feeling the realm of the damages I have done to my lungs. My allergies are heightened, my simple cold feels never ending, and today I finally saw my doc after countless emails to get what I thought I should've gotten in the first place. Blah!

So hopefully *pray to God* I'm good as new in a week. It really sucked to be out of commission for so long. House chores, work efficiency, and socialization had to be sacrificed. I started to lose it a bit at times.

I did manage do some holiday design. The one below is for An Inspired Event's (a coordinating event business) holiday card.

Front



Back



**photos used in front card: row 1, ph 2 ed pingol photography; ph 4&5 rich yee photography. row 2, ph 2 gh kim photography. row 3, ph 1 lex tamayo. row 4, ph 1 ed pingol photography and the rest of an inspired event. card design and illustrations by maritessb.com**

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!! And may the new year bring you and your family brighter and bigger things to look forward to. Talk to you soon.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our Wicked Birthday



Wow... what a day. I need to blog when I have the photos available. We had a photographer for the night :)!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Our Work: Mrs. J and I

**cheering** We love parties.. yes we do! How about you!?!?!
Here's a sneak of a Super Hero party we did last week! We're waiting for a few more photos to come in from the pro-photographer of the event.



What is "An Inspired Event"? You'll know soon.

My 2 bff's and I are throwing a very intimate dinner and musical. I'm excited. It was my first and already my favorite musical ever. I've watched musical movies... not the same as seeing it live. Here are some teasers of our party planning for you.


We took photos to decorate my place and use for out "countdown". I'll post tomorrow our "one".




I'm a big Pacquiao fan and I didn't know we scheduled it on the same day. I'm glad 8 girls are still going with us to celebrate our bdays. What a way to welcome "32" in a special, unique way. I feel extra special that they are still attending even though our boxing rep from the motherland is honoring our country that day:). Love you ladies! You're the bestest!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Things to do: Gingerbread Clothing & Ri Couture Trunk Show this Friday



who: Gingerbread & Ri Couture
why:... because shopping for clothes while sippin champange is guaranteed good times!
More info below
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Gingerbread & Ri Couture is having a trunk show this friday!!!! Bring Some Friends & Forward this to everyone you know in SF! Come by and support!!!

Friday, November 6 (10pm-closing) @ Atmosphere, Northbeach (SF)

- Free general guestlist till 11 pm (For free guestlist visit www.a3atmosphere.com )
- Trunk show and designer showcase
- Champagne reception and h'ors-d'ouvres 10-11pm

Produced by Leah Hutt, this trunk show/designer showcase will feature Gingerbread Clothing (www.gingerbreadclothing.com) by Heather Guevarra Arcega,
Ri Couture (www.ricouture.com) by Heather & Janu as well as other established & up and coming local designers.
DJ Chucky Brown will be playing all your favorite hip-hop, party bangers, and house classics.

For bottle service inquiries contact Gary Vinson 415.722.2530
For large parties/bachelor/bachelorettes/birthdays ping jay@a3atmosphere.com

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Personal Spiel: I love awesome costumes part I


Source of image here


I love awesome costumes. I've seen some out there. I'll post when I see them. This one I saw browsing through Craftzine.com's blog. Check out the whole article for more info: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/10/princess_peacock_costume.html

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

I can't believe how fast this year has gone and I've been so dormant. Hopefully soon I have time to blog what has happened. I felt my life had been turned upside down for a moment. *SIGH*

But I saw the absolutely cutest thing in the 'whole wide worldz' (<---inside joke, that phrase from one of my friends once and can't resist to repeat it). Anyways, just as much as I've been neglecting blogging I've skipped a lot of reading blogs. I wanted to see what Bakerella has cooking for Halloween because on top of making costumes I want to bake cupcakes. Because... I don't have enough to do.

Anyways I went back a few post after reading her Halloween treat instructions and saw the cutest proposal story EVER. Ok, not ever, but pretty close. I love big, grandeur proposal and this takes the cake. Literally.

Read the proposal here then the whole story and results here. And here's the snippet:





You could give these cake pops for:

An engagement party
A wedding shower
Wedding favors
You could even propose with them
Imagine how cute they would be with some sweet little tags.

Okay, forget imagining… let me just show you.

















All images and quotes from here.


I literally had tears. I'm impress he really does know his gal. Bakerella you're a genius as always!

Have a HAPPY and SAFE Halloween and weekend folks!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Vacation 2009: Road Trip



Haloo!!!! We've recently took a road trip to Las Vegas and Disneyland. I haven't gone to Disneyland since Mr. Mad and I got together. We totally took advantage of the "Just Married" and "Birthday" button. We wore it all day. It was so cool. We got greetings everywhere we went.

I wanted to share a few photos we got from our Disney's Photopass. It's a great new service they have there. The images are expensive but at least if you want good photos of your group without asking strangers to hold your camera now you can. There are these photographers that scope the common areas family want group photos of. You give them your Photopass, they take the photos, then scan your card. You sign on their website and there are all your images. It's so cool. As you can tell I haven't gone in a really long time.

Enjoy!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Things to do: October Art Explosion's Open Studios


You have to check it out at least once:

Art Explosion's Open Studios
Featuring Gingerbread Clothing by Heather Guevarra Arcega
& over 100 other artists

FRIDAY OCT 9th 7-11pm
SATURDAY OCT 10th 11am-6p
SUNDAY OCT 11th 11am-6pm

744 Alabama Street
Studio #229 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110

Open studio shows are always a unique and exciting opportunity and this fall AE will be putting on the biggest show we have ever done. There will be over 135 artists showing work from their studios this October. You can see and purchase many different kinds of art, meet the artists who created the art and see where and how they work. These warehouse shows offer a great opportunity to explore the local mission art scene and buy original art work directly from the artists. Please come by and check it out!

Free Admission
Free Refreshments

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Update

Hello! I'm on vacation refreshing. It
Has been trying times. From a power
outage wedding to two funerals -yeah that crazy. So I'm deciding to get out with my husband and his relatives on a road trip. I hope everyone is well and healthy. Take care and I'll write more soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Giveaway Opportunity!


Source of image here


I wanted to let you know Ati of Gekd Boutique have notified me that she's giving away this beautiful necklace pendant. It's called the Maori green jade Hei Toki. Perfect for gifts for grooms, fathers, etc. All you have to do is go to her blog to find out how: http://gekd.wordpress.com. Check it out soon. This ends Oct 4th, 5pm PST.

I hope everyone's doing well. I've become a dormant blogger. Bad blogger. I'll pick up soon. We have a wedding this weekend :). Baby brother in law is getting hitched! So busy busy. I'll post soon on some design I worked on.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Things to do: Art Opening


Two events not to miss. They were sent and will be featuring my friend the beautiful Heather Guevarra Arcega

Art Explosion Open Studios
Summer Art Series
Reception
Friday September 11th 7-10pm
744 Alabama St Studio #229
Free Admission Free Refreshments



Come visit our artists at their open studios shows on select Fridays this summer. Over 100 artists will open their studios and join the featured artists showing in the main gallery. Find great deals on local artists paintings, jewelry, fashion, photography and more!

Help us celebrate 15 years of showing art in San Francisco.

Sept 11, 2009 Friday 7-10pm
Gingerbread Open Studios
744 Alabama Street
Studio #229 2nd Floor
SF, CA 94132

Please join us for an open studio this Friday, September 11th from 7:00pm -10:00pm.

Our studio is in the Art Explosion building which is open to the public on select Fridays to showcase their artists. For those of you who missed our studio opening come on by and check out our new spot. For those of you who came to it, come on by and do it all over again!
Hope to see you soon!

oxox Heather
www.gingerbreadclothing.com


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Sept 19th, 2009
Runway Confessions Fashion Show
*Featuring Gingerbread Clothing by Heather Guevarra Arcega
September 19th, 2009
6:30 pm to 9:00pm
Jason’s Restaurant in Greenbrae, CA.


Elégance Event Planners would like to invite you to participate in the first annual Runway Confessions 2009. Runway Confessions is not an ordinary fashion show that you see every season. Elégance Event Planners, founded in New York, brings the elegant touch of international cultures, customs, and grandeur of finesse quality like no other event planner. Tori J. Cuddigan, founder and world renowned interior designer and event planner, has planned, coordinated, and executed hundreds of expositions, events, fashion shows, and galas around the world. Several of these events include and are not limited to famous international fashion designers, celebrities, and institutes.

This benefit will contribute to providing scholarships to the local student designers to further their education in the fashion industry and/or help them start a new line of fashion wear. What does this mean? Elégance Event Planners is pleased to present local top fashion student designers from the bay area. These student fashion designers have specifically tailored their lines for this fashion show and can’t wait to see their models strut their creations on the runway. You will also have the opportunity to purchase the designers’ line at a silent auction after the show.

The date for this fashion show is on September 19th, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 9:00pm at Jason’s Restaurant in Greenbrae, CA. This fashion show will be first in its class and in the history of Marin County. What makes this different from other fashion shows that have taken place? First of all, this is a cocktail reception fashion show. Jason’s Restaurant has made an exquisite custom made menu for this show. If you already love their menu… wait till see the menu for the show.

The cocktail reception will be begin at 6:30pm and the fashion show will be at 7:30pm. After the fashion show, Jason’s Restaurant will open a section where you can show your moves and dance the night away!

Reserve your ticket(s) now!!!!!!!!!! Space is limited!

www.elegancebytcdesigners.com/events.html

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Motivational Monday: No limits



I am amazed when Passion posted this on Twitter. I've always admired Passion (a known Vblogger on youtube.com) for his singing ability and started to follow him. This artist that made an portrait of Passion is DOKNOCK of Supercrew (ABDC Champions Season 2). I love how he captured the whole session in a video. Makes it more personal I think. And and I like how this goes to show you that you aren't limited by what people know you for.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Motivational Monday: Your Dreams

It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.

- Erma Bombeck


So true. I have realized something really big lately. I've had always been afraid of not pleasing everyone. I have to stop that and keep working hard. If people don't like it they can move on. Someone will admire my work, and one day I'll believe in my worth.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Things to do: Gingerbread Studio & Ri Couture Studio Opening


I know I haven't been writing lately. It's been crazy. I've been making life choices as far as who I am and who I want to be. It's not career choices. It's more physically and mentally. I'll explain soon. But I did want to share something I received from my friend that was featured in the fashion show (see previous post):

Gingerbread Clothing and Ri Couture are having a studio opening this Friday August 14th from 7:00-10:00pm.

We are in the Art Explosion open studio showcase. We would love meet other artists as well as show our friends and family our new work space.
Come by, check out both my lines, and have a sip or two of wine.
Let's celebrate together the opening of the Gingerbread Clothing & Ri Couture Studio.

oxox Heather


Art Explosion Open Studios

Summer Art Series

Reception

Friday Aug. 14th 7-10pm

744 Alabama St Studio #229 (2nd Floor)
Free Admission Free Refreshments



Come visit our artists at their open studios shows on select Fridays

this summer. Over 100 artists will open their studios and join the

featured artists showing in the main gallery. Find great deals on

local artists paintings, jewelry, fashion, photography and more!

Help us celebrate 15 years of showing art in San Francisco.

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Here's one example of her dress.


Image source provided by http://www.gingerbreadclothing.com/


Check out her site: http://www.gingerbreadclothing.com/. I will be featuring my fave/inspirational designers on my new blog layout. She's the first to be on it.:)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Things to do: APAture Runway III




Saturday, August 8, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St., SF


Attention local fashionistas – Be the first to experience fresh and eclectic collections from 10 up-and-coming fashion designers at APAture Runway III, featuring LA-based eco-couture designer Linda Wong of The Battalion.
Our lineup of emerging Asian American designers includes Heather Guevarra (Gingerbread Clothing), Amy Ho, Faithy Leong, Jarvinia Li, I Shan Liou, Loretta K Nguyen (fiftyseven-thirtythree), Erica Varize (Evarize), Brian Yee (Bok Choy Apparel), and Shani Solomon (MXW). Take home clothes hot off the runway by bidding in our live auction of designers goods!
All proceeds benefit KSW’s 11th annual APAture, a multidisciplinary arts festival of emerging Asian Pacific American artists, happening September 17-26.

Admission: $10-20 sliding scale at the door or $8 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com

APAture Runway III is sponsored in part by SOMArts Cultural Center, FLINC and ProvoCraft.


Editorial Note: One of the designer is a personal friend of mines I met through my current employer:Heather Guevarra (Gingerbread Clothing). We are very proud of her since she has left the company to pursue her own clothing line. She's one to watch and will be going places. You don't want to miss her contribution to the show.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Personal Spiel: 201st entry and Academy of Art

Not everyone was raised with a college fund. I remember when asking my mother about going to school in Hawaii and her response "How are you going to pay for it?" I couldn't believe what I heard. I thought once you have kids you start a college trust, etc.

So I worked and couldn't figure out what to do college wise. I went to a community college off and on. Eventually I went to a vocational school and obtained my AA in Business Administration. Yay I finished. But I went on and tried my hardest to get my BS in Business. After several failed attempts.. I realize I like the data entry portion and some of the technology background (I minored in MIS) and was good at it. After awhile I realize I LOVE graphic design. It wasn't until after my wedding I felt it's something I want to pursue. I maybe late in the game but I'm going to try.

SO I blogged before about Academy of Art giving away FREE summer workshop. I took 3 of those classes. I have to say my favorite was Graphic Arts. Go figure. Our 3 days together my teacher came up with a syllabus revolving reinventing a band/musical artist's logo and album. This project touches on how to develop and polish your idea, work with type, and learn about layout.

We started with our mood board. I did ok on it. Some people didn't get it. But I did sooo much better in my logo and album cover. I need to fix my photoshop skills but the concept and layout was nailed.





Here is the original album:


Source of image here


The inspiration of the logo:

Source of image here


:) I'm very happy. And what a great 201st blog entry by sharing something I acomplished.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My work: My Wedding Monogram



Once a upon a time I got compliments of our wedding monogram. For those who doesn't know the purpose it's basically a logo. The logo either represents the couple, their wedding theme, or usually a collaboration of the couple and theme.

I was reading http://logodesignerblog.com/ and I was so proud to see this quote:
“In logo design, a circle is usually used to convey stability and stasis. It’s the reassuring shape that says, “we’re here, we’re settled, we’re steady, you can trust us.” - John McWade.




I like ours alot. I did two color difference. one is the full color and the other is a 1 color for stamps or gocco. "M" represents our married last name. The flower is a silhouette I made tracing an orchid. Then of course our first name below it and the colors represented the two tone of browns we used for our wedding theme. It's simple and easy to replicate big and small. It took me several drafts to get it right but it's worth it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Last day to vote.


Please pick me:

"Pattern1"

Vote here

Here's the post it was featured on: click here. Thanks for your support.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Motivational Monday: I'm appreciative of little acomplishments

I feel like I'm on cloud 9. Don't get me wrong my life isn't without drama nor challenges now that great things have been happening. I think even if you're in the right direction the other side of things will fall further and further away cause syou to finally let go. It's hard to let go of the comfort way of life.

So two weeks ago I saw NKOTB in concert again. Two years in a row. I was starting to regret it but end up having a fantastic time. Who you go with totally makes the events so much more fun. I met Jabbawockeez, my favorite winners of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. And I danced the whole night. I went with 7 gfs and at time I felt NKOTB was singing to me the whole time.

The classes are interesting and I'm learning ALOT. It's a bit of a challenge with work. Having an inconvenient schedule to the group isn't fair. But we're trying our best to make up for it working OT on the weekends.

Last great thing... I've attended the Renegade Craft Fair in SF yesterday. WOW. What an amazing time of shoping and gazing at true artists' works. My friends and I were so in awed of the details, displays, and works of these people. I was turning into pro-Handmade but I think this pushed me to the edge. Although I'd love to wear indie made clothes... most of the fit doesn't apply to plus sizers. So I have to resort to store made products. Eventually I'm hoping to learn how to create my own pattern and make my own clothes for the mean time. It was an inspiring show overall.

SIGH! I feel like I'm learning a lot about myself, my enviroment, and the path I want to go. I'm so grateful for the experiences - the good and the bad side of it. Hopefully you all can find that. It's refreshing to feel a little at peace in this world of chaos.

Don't forget to vote for me. http://blog.spoonflower.com/

Pattern 1 is my entry.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Personal Spiel: My designed was picked by Spoonflower!


A design by Maritessb


I was excited to hear that Spoonflower (a website you can custom fabric more info here) picked my design for this week's contest. Yesterday when I received the email... I was like what is this new newsletter format for the weekly contest. It read:

Designer,

I'm just sending you a quick heads-up that we're planning to run your design in the Spoonflower contest going out this week. If you have any questions, please let me know.

The competing designs will be:

http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/19189
http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/4525
http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/21348
http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/25053
http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/23060
http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/22149


Thank you very much for participating!

Best,
Stephen Fraser
Spoonflower


It took me a good 5 minutes to understand. Yay!!! Here's my entry: http://www.spoonflower.com/explore/23060


Here's how the fabric look printed.. Don't mind the bad yellow cast on the photo. I was trying to make a light box and totally failed.



That is my week's high. Even though I haven't won... I am glad to picked among the submitters. As they say, "It's an honor of just being nominated." But it couldn't have come at better time. Just when I was feeling bummed about dropping a class, missing my family and friends, and working overtime like crazy the smallest reward feels so significance. Thank you Spoonflower.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Motivational Monday: I need fitness in my life

Everyone tells us to "stay motivated." Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say keep going, don't quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it's going to hurt? Why?

Because it's going to be different this time! Because you can't accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don't is staying motivated. If you're motivated, you'll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you'll reach your goal."

-Excerpt from Sparkspeople's Newsletter article "9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated
Rediscover Your Drive" click for article here.


I had to drop a class. 5 classes were a lot even if it was for a short amount of time. 3 of the classes weren’t my part of my original plan but it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on. If I didn't have them on my shoulders I wouldn't be stressed out. I've been eating poorly.. not working out... sleeping less. So I've decided to take it next quarter. I did put a lot of work into it. But I've decided to try to put exercise and eating right a priority. I have a competition with my friends to win. :)

Why has this all of the sudden surfaced. I was looking through my photos for an art project and I haven't found 1 good photo of me. It's depressing. I need to nip that feeling in the bud.

Happy Monday.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vacation 2009 #4 & #5


Continuing our Oahu 2009

Day 4 Driving All Over East Oahu

Oh man I was sore, sore, and sore from Day 3!! So we kinda took easy. We did our drive around the east side of the island starting with an AWESOME breakfast at Boots and Kimo's in Kailua.



This is the breakfast place to be! In fact... I think we're going to eat there everyday next time we stay in Oahu.



Then we drove by Lanikai Beach, Waimanalo, & Hawaii Kai. In the neighborhood of Lanikai we saw a "Lost Turtle" sign. I thought that was the cutest thing but Mr. Mad wasn't slowing down for me to take a photo of it.

We stopped in Hawaii Kai's Starbucks to hang out until Ross and Costco was scheduled to open so we can buy souvenirs there.



Oahu trip tip... never buy much gifts near Waikiki Beach. Soooo expensive. Stick to my recommendations and ask locals as well. After our drive we went back to the hotel and rest.

After a long nap and relaxation we walked down Lewers St. for dinner and to see what was new to us Waikiki Beachwalk for Cheeseburger in Paradise. Food was ok... but service was slow for no one being there. I mean a group came in after us and got served their drink. We didn't even receive a menu after being seated. Mr. Mad was so angry he started to time them. After 30 mins you'd think we would've left. But then the waitress came and she was apologetic so we stayed..Then to the hotel to sleep.

Day 5 More Souvenir Shopping and Beach Day



We started off with a light breakfast downstairs of our hotel. We received our car rental and headed straight to Aloha Stadium for the Swap Meet. My husband would prefer not to go there lol. But this is the cheapest I've found to buy gifts for my family. The first year we went to Oahu together I spent $300 and circled the stadium 3 times in 5 hours. He was toasted, and I mean burnt to the crisp. This year our visit was quick because it was my 4th time and I think I've finally mastered the Swap Meet. My tip: every quarter of the way is the same kind of items, the price difference between the vendors are not much of a difference, and make a list before going. Mr. Mad was Mr. Happy by the time we left because we've spent under 1 hour there. He he he.

Afterwards we went to Walmart to get a few things for our beach day and eat lunch at L&L barbecue. There are several of chains in California but we hardly eat it. For some reason Hawaiian local chains are sooo much better in Hawaii. We've been to several in Oahu and Big Island and hands down... we cannot complain.

We went back to the hotel and rested before our walk to Waikiki beach. It was too windy for both of us to be in the water at one time. We didn't bring any valuables in order to swim with each other but our towels and mats were going all crazy with the wind. It's ok... I was loving the ocean as I am a water baby. Mr. Mad was ok that I took longer than him because he doesn't enjoy the waters as much. We had a boring lunch and a so-so dinner at Ala Moana Mall and slept early so we can pack early for our last day. *sad face*

One more day to report and we're done. Yay for almost completing a feature.
To see more photos on Day 4 and 5 click here.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Motivational Monday:Never give up

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.


- Bill Gates


As discouraging as it can be when you have unhappy customers don't let them down. Learn from that experience and grow. Happy Monday folks!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Vacation 2009 #3


Thanks to Shell and Gekd. Two great bloggers I've met. They are both aspiring women.Both of their sites are very informative, creative, and you can tell they both have heart of gold. Thank you so much for your kind words. The support from others has been overwhelming. It feels like it reconfirms my decision to chase after my dream. Things are turning up. It's a lot of work but I'll get there.

So... in light of the holiday weekend I'm going to finally wrap up my Hawaii trip. None of these photos are processed. But husband and I were testing our photo taking ability these days so I believe they look decent enough to share. If you want to read about Day 1 click here or Day 2 click here.

Day #3 WALKING all over Waikiki

Or what it felt like. We walked from our hotel to Shorebird at the Outrigger for their 2 for 1 buffet. Then we walked to the plank that was outside the restaurant for photo opportunity. Afterwards we walked to the International Market Place and had Dole Whip. It's basically a pineapple yogurt treat that's made with Dole pineapples. Then walk up and down Waikiki beach before retreating back to our hotel to rest.

We drove to Ala Moana mall for lunch and shopping. This trip didn’t feel complete if I didn't stop here. I never really buy anything but I love this mall to walk. It's an outdoor mall with shades. Then we checked out Fabric Mart. Hawaiian fabric for CHEAP! Cute ones too! We hit up Wal-mart for our 4th time then returned to our hotel to rest.

For dinner we hit up Puka Dog by walking there. Oh boy... the mango relish and guava mustard is to die for. If you ever go Oahu or Maui.. it's treat. Expensive for hot dogs but ONO-licious.




For more photos of our walking journey click here

Monday, June 29, 2009

Motivational Monday: Going for the gold

In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.

- Henry David Thoreau

If you follow my tweets you would know I got in the Academy of Art’s free workshop program. My July is booked with workshops and school. I have a few events to attend but anymore I have to say no to them. Although I'd love to see my family and friends and have a good time I have to focus on me. I have moved an hour away from the friends and family. It wasn't intentional. This is where my husband and I agreed to live due to his job. I started working here myself and been here for 1.5 year. It was difficult because I was used to stepping out on to my porch and immediately knowing my environment. I knew the temperature well, grew up with my neighbors, and my friends were a 2 to 20 minutes drive. My sister was in the next room and the other sister a 5 min walk. I saw my nieces every other day and my parents everyday. It was a lot of adjustments for me: new job, new city, and new husband. But I got used to it.

This year I’ve decided since my family and friends are an hour away to take advantage of the quiet time and get something accomplished for myself for a change. I’m always helping people. I haven’t done much for myself in a long time. I always joke I’m the soccer mom with no kids. One day I heard myself say it for the 100th time and thought… wow that’s a little sad. Most people without kids took advantage of the time to either throw themselves in work, workouts, or school. And for 1 year I have done none of that. So as of last week I’m in school and I got accepted into the Academy of Art’s free workshop program. I’ll be attacking the gym as well. Socializing will be on the backburner until I can get my act into a routine.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Personal Spiel: Remembrance


Source of image here


Yes we all know the King of Pop has gone. I just wanted to share a few of my memories of his music. My fave station was playing all request of MJ's yesterday afternoon. Made me tear as I recall the memories.

"Rock with You" - I heard this song over and over again as I work on one of my bff's slide show for her boyfriend. I thought what a great song to include for their couple's montage. Fun, light, and it's so them.

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - I used to play my 45's as I clean my bedroom for our family party screaming this song. It’s my official song of Christmas.

"You Are Not Alone" - I had a male bff back in high school. This song was dedicated to him. Sooo cheesy but at the time I was sooo in love with him. HA HA HA!

"Living Off the Wall" - I had a phase in life where I hit up a club every week and party until dawn. When a house dj played this song in his mix it was my official going out song.

"Man In the Mirror" - This is the song when I first heard it I was amaze. This is the best song of Michael.

"Billie Jean" - My fave to sing when I was child. I don't know why.

"Thriller" - The video special on MTV... I remember being in a small room with my cousins at my Great Aunt's and Great Uncle's house (both deseased as well) waiting to eat bbq. I didn't know it was a movie special or something and thought this was the longest video in my life. It was all entertaining of course. He he he.

I can go on. His music chronologies with my life. Thank you Michael Jackson. Your talent and gift had made us fall in love, get through heartaches, enjoy life, and appreciate it. May you RIP now.

Have a great weekend everyone. Just because we lost very influential people this month we haven't lost the inspiration they have given the world.


Source of David Carradine's image here, of Ed McMahon's image here, and Farrah Fawcett's image here

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Latest Work: Gift of Time For You



Here's a sample of my latest work. I’ve been helping with business logos. One of my recent client is Elena from Gift of Time. It’s her company where she’ll do various personal assistant tasks to save her clients time. Here is a brief description she gave me to start her design brief:

I will be helping people with things they don't have time to do themselves on an everyday basis: running errands, picking up and dropping off items. While people are away I would walk their dogs, water their plants, house sit, and even wait for PG&E, Fed Ex, etc. I will be helping elderly with items they can't do on their own. Take them to pick up prescriptions, groceries, to and from appointments, helping do things around their house. Pick up and drop off of kids to and from day care, school, after school activities. Pick up and drop off of pets to and from the vet or bathing sessions.


The image above was the first draft I had made. She didn’t set any requirements and/or color. I had total freedom of the design. Here is the finished product she had chosen.





If you're interested in her services let me know. I do know her personally and will send you her way. I strongly recommend her. She very dedicated and will provide great customer service.