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Monday, October 18, 2010

In-sites #23: Taka Maka Blog

I have worked at several companies in my lifetime and I have to say I'm fortunate enough to meet plenty of co-workers that are very ambitious outside of work. My current day job is full of go-getters. It's f-n amazing and so inspirational.

This entry is about one of my officemate named Pascal. He has a funny and informative blog. It's mostly about fashion but there are other fun discussions as well. You have to read his blog... It's the SHIZNITZ.
Check it out:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Our Work: Jilie's 3rd Beachy Birthday

When Mrs. J told me she wanted to have Jilie's (her daughter) birthday in Capitola I thought AWESOME!!! This kid has the best birthday locations. Then I went on vacation and got really sick. So sick I was suggested to have my tonsils remove. I had to be on bed rest for 10 days. Of course those 10 days ran into the birthday party date. Wahhhhh.

Oh well.. So I said I'd help with the map for the invitations. The front was designed by tonypsd. An awesome illustrator. I wrote about him a few time. He's so freaken talented.


I bought candies and gave the parents vases/jars to set up a candy buffet. I wished I was there but I got texts and compliments of the buffet. I'm so glad it look so cute. Here's the set up a few days before to show Mrs. J:


Here's the set up that Mr. & Mrs. J did. Photos by Mrs. J's sister-in-law: Rosy.

More photos to come from the pro.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Personal Spiel: Family first

This year has been a busy and trying year. Busy=good. My family went through an ordeal this year. I really should stop the dramatics because in reality we're all healthy and living. It just that for over 25 + years we lived in our little 4 bedroom home on Camargo Court and last May we had to say goodbye to it.

It was heart breaking because it was the meeting place. I live in South San Francisco now, a sister lives nearby Camargo Court, and another sister lives in San Diego. If we wanted to gather it was that place we would gather. And it was THE place to hang out when we were kids. So much memories. In the end it was for the best. The economy went down and it got the best of us. But now we're stress free from the mortgage and look forward to making wiser investments this time around.

Flash forward to the end of August... I saw on Facebook Margaret Jacobsen advertising a family photo discount. A light went off in my head. What if I can get the family we are today together and start new memories? Let's do it for a happy occasion like my dad's and youngest sister's birthday and the oldest niece's first year of kindergarten (tear- happy ones I swear).

We are anxiously awaiting the proofs from the pro but we took some behind the scenes. Just for the occasion I made a little quilt for my dad as his real gift to present to him. My poor dad raised a house full of girls (including my mother :P). Eventually each one of us will get married and the family name will trickle out but I wanted him to know it'll always be a part of us no matter what.

I worked with Fabrics on Demand (great company) to print my art of a cheater quilt onto fabrics. The art are of colors and fave hobbies of every person in my immediate family.


Here are our behind the scenes shots. Photos were taken by me and Mr. Mad.

Oldest and youngest sisters

sisters goddaughters

Obviously someone is more of a ham than others. Maybe because she had her wonderful purple make-up done by her Auntie Jennie of Pretty Dolled Up.

The MEN in the family

mens copy

Grandparents w/their Apo's (tagalog for grandchildren)
parents grandchildren

Sheila the birthday girl

My Sisters for Life


Enjoy those precious moments. Because they go fast.

Oh and by the way... you think my family was coordinated in colors because we're good like that? I'm very detailed:

color inspiration copy

Note: color inspiration - Color inspiration for family shoot. Sunset colors is the focus Since that's dad's fave colors. Sources are from GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Macy's.