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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

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 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:


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.

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:


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:

Thank you very much for participating!

Stephen Fraser

It took me a good 5 minutes to understand. Yay!!! Here's my entry:

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