Rainy Martini

July 27, 2015

Photodump! Yay?

I have more random photos for you guys. Well, a weekly (or in my case, monthly. Or monthsly, since it takes me months to update these days) collective photos is fine for the lazy ass. But said lazy ass should at least have the courtesy to chronologically arrange things. Which is not happening today.

That sushi illust was only drawn yesterday morning after I got off from work. I would've been satisfied with it but I messed up my hiragana characters and now there's no taking it back! Haha. Remember: think before you ink.

But I cut those guys out! Seeeee!

Note from 07/27/15: I wrote the words above three weeks ago, and I don't have the exact date. This post sat in my drafts for that amount of time and I'm only finishing it now. Haha. 

I went to Pico de Loro again with my boyfriend and his family for the long weekend. I thankfully didn't have work on Independence Day so I seized the opportunity and went bitching. I mean beaching.

Lololololol I can't remember where I got this from, but this was during my stint as a Yelp scout. Wait. Oh, it's in Makati. That was taken right after my pre-employment medical certification. I had two hours to kill so I decided to walk past the usual places I go to in Makati and got lost, which isn't new. Apparently.

And this, I was supposed to use this as my new blog header. I've been wanting to change it for MONTHS now and for some reason I still haven't. The piece was going okay until I stupidly decided to add a fucking baby bird which ruined everything. No offense to baby birds, they're awesome and cute but the one that I drew? Ugh.

Earthings! got invited to Up Dharma Down's private music video launch for their new single. I would blog about it in the future but you can read more about it here and here. Niko got to interview them for a couple of minutes, and I unfortunately didn't get to take a photo with Armi, because I was in a bad mood by the time she walked past me and I averted my gaze when she made eye contact. I snobbed an awesome singer. Whyyyy.

Most antique shops in Cubao Expo sell vintage cameras.

The district I work at tries so hard to errrr promote art and creativity, despite the very corporate air the place has. I kinda like it.

A matcha latte for the flu-infested girl. I'm not even sure if sick people should drink coffee.

Some of my new work colleagues.

Uhm, yeah. My first whole-body photo of me on a sunbed. Yay yay? Nay?

Some purchases again, I got to buy more pens but I'll blog about it some other time. Hey why don't I make a post about my favorite pens? Ohohoho.

Meet Peach! He was given to us by our neighbor but he fell sick a few days in. I then had to have him confined in the vet for around four days just to save him. He had anemia and infection and it really was heartbreaking to see him all huddled up, shaking. But he's in good health now. I'm also thinking about renaming him Pitch instead lolol because I thought he was a female!! See I gots no eyes for balls. Hahaha.

Yeah this section close! Do nots opens.

This is the watercolor-and-ink piece that I gave Reese. Kick me for not writing a short message at the back. I didn't know if I should or not but I should've at least written something like "To Reese" hahaha.

I'm not sure if this is the finished-finished version because I always do last-minute inking, but it's finished enough.

I worked on her on the same day, but I only got to finish the whole piece a couple of days later.

Finished. I didn't like it at the time, but the indigo background faded a bit and it looks naisu!!

Pretty succulents. I'd really want to own some of them but I'm way too paranoid. What if they die under my care? I think a person is super fail if a plant like that dies on them hahahaha.

A doodle from months back, right before I "stopped" drawing for a couple of weeks or so due to errrrrr personal issues.

And yes, you get to have a cake. That slice of red velvet(!) isn't as good as it looks though. The actual cake was dry but the white chocolate and cream cheese were obviously of good quality. Maybe I got a previous day's leftover? Huhuhu.

July 03, 2015


Yes, you read it right. I attended Reese Lansangan's collage workshop! I've always admired her music and art, so imagine my delight when I could finally, yeah finally meet her. I almost couldn't go, because reasons. But all of a sudden I could, because well, reasons. And attend the workshop I did. Because Reese-ons. One question: you read what right? I mean look at my opening sentence lol. I kinda thought I wrote something before that but apparently I didn't. Because reasons??

I had one problem though: work (actually no, I had 99 problems like Jay-Z) I'm back on the night shift and I go out at 6 A.M. (so yeah if you wanna terrorize me outside my office you know what time to drop by. Not that you would, because I'm pretty sure you're scared of the yandere in me. Lol). The workshop wasn't until 1 P.M., and my hunhun would arrive at around 10 A.M. To make things worse, I didn't have any access to our sleeping quarters! The great plan was to sleep for at least 4 hours and shower and boom. None of that fucking happened and I ended up staying in our cafeteria, re-watching the entire first season of Sword Art Online. Yay Kirito. Yay zombie me.

Yes, you read it right. I was on full-on zombie mode when everything happened. See, we still had so many hours to kill before the workshop, and I was freaking hungry. My very own stomach was kicking me. On the inside! No pun intended.

Hey wait, the shower thingy happened. I swear I showered that day. Promise!!!

My hahaha motto for the day was pretty much "outside I'm smiling, but inside I'm dying", or maybe not the last part. Because I was am a zombie, remember?

Reese did a small-screen presentation, by the way. Why do I always get carried away with my stream of consciousness. Sigh. There was a little discussion on what collage is and how it started, which pretty much piqued me because I had always thought collaging had been around for much longer. There were a few slides of her first artworks, talks on how she gets her materials, her inspiration, and how we can learn from it and maybe take it from there. I would talk about the things I learned but it'd be unfair. For me and for her.

She then had us pick three cards with subjects on em, just to help us get started. I got "bad driver", "your friends" and "snake". It took me a while to decide which card to work on first, mainly because I I developed this aversion to adding a poetic value to every single element on the pieces I work on. Like, "this wing represents my freedom of speech, and the white of the paper represents my purity. Meaning I want to free my purity which makes no fucking sense, because the world doesn't make sense". Not that I don't care about interpretations—believe me, I do. A lot. But only when I'm looking at other people's works!!

You see, I'm new to traditional art and I thought long and hard why I subconsciously don't do it. Thankfully, I have it all figured out. Since, yes, I'm fairly new to this thing, I didn't realize how much I wanted to focus on the technical stuff first. Like learning color values, swatches, where the highlights should be, et cetera et cetera. I wasn't good at drawing and I didn't really draw-draw during my teenage years. I kinda painted and did a lot of photoshop thing but that's about. Most of the time I just hoard art materials, because the feeling makes me high as fuck. Not that kind of high but you get the idea. It makes me happy, it's almost equivalent to what I feel when I think about my hunhun and my cats. Almost.

Reese advised us to label our stuff—we were encouraged to bring our own materials like magazines, glue, stickers, washi tape, all the collage thingy. Niko bought me those scissors and he so kindly labeled it with a sticky post-it. I feel so bad because I had to peel it off. I needed to cut more precisely. Heh.

He planned to just drop me off Paprika (where the workshop happened) and get lunch somewhere but ended up staying. You see, they already kinda know each other and although I was the first one to hear her sing live, he was the one who got to attend her first exhibit. The workshop lasted for around four hours, and he made himself busy by conceptualizing his new essay on awkwardness.

And speaking of awkward... I WAS MEGA AWKWARD AS FUCKING FUCK. I dunno, I had always identified myself as an extroverted introvert, but all I did was sulk on my chair waiting for things to begin. Maybe it was the zombie in me.

We didn't have enough time to finish all three cards, and I ended up finishing two. I only had around ten minutes to glue things together and I just cut everything I could: photos of Kermit, bras, punched circles. I should've added more bras though.

Reese also brought some of the stuff she sells: zines, postcards, stickers. I got one of each and I distinctly remember feeling exhilarated because postcards. AND STICKERS! STICKERS!! Which I lost, by the way. All of them.. Yes, the exhilarating haul was a goner.

And ooooooph. Remember this illustration I made a few days before? It was actually inspired by her, although I haven't told anyone until now. I'm just too shy to admit to someone that I errrr. Whatever. Hahahaha. Really, whatever and never mind. Thanks. Also, I'm not shy. I'm fly as fuck and me and my fellow chickens can prove that.

Imagine the look on people's faces when they learn that someone brought them a gift. I like giving gifts. (AND I LIKE RECEIVING THEM SO IF YOUUUU YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANNA GIVE ME SOME, YOU CAN. HAHAHAHAHA)

Walked around BGC trying to figure out where to go next. We're horrible at thinking of where to go and what to do. We mostly just want to sit and hang out and talk about politics. Really! Sometimes we make fun of people but that's errrr. That's between us two. Wink wink.

The sexy-looking banana choco chip pancake from CBTL. It's horrible. It was dry and bland and I dunno. But the waiters were so nice to us, which is of course a plus. Customer service yo.

No you won't see my whole face today. Or night wherever you are. But you'll get to see this....

Your Friends
Collage on paper

May 09, 2015


Remember when I didn't have any equipment but I did anything just to keep this blog running? I don't think even Pepperidge farm remembers because I don't either. Well, I didn't. Up until I found myself looking through my archives for any photos that are relevant to my current part-time job. My posts are excruciatingly long photo-wise, so I didn't have any excuse to skip any of them because I was freaking waiting for them to load. Now I'm a bit nostalgic and sad that I let decay creep into this blog despite my keeping it alive. I also know how much it sucks for me to open every single post with me complaining about how I rarely blog anymore, and repeat. And repeat. Vicious cycle eh?

But this post is relevant, in spite of the redundant opening. Well. I often ask myself, "to whom do I blog for?" which was so wrong, because I had also forgotten that I used to blog for me. Even before this blog was getting so many daily hits. I didn't care before, so why should I now?

So, what have I been up to?

Well I just decided that the question above is errr narcissistic so I'm not going to answer that.

I got another full-time job and it will definitely affect my blogging vow(?) so errrr. Earlier than expected, yes. I wasn't even planning on applying. See, I have this writing gig so I wanted to be done with it first before fetching new responsibilities like a pail of water or fresh cow's milk. My former officemate, Mommy Carmen, referred me to one of the companies she was applying for. So I got a call from said company I nicknamed "Udder". I mean, it was in the name. So don't blame me. So yeeaaah, I got a call from the freaking company and I said I would go the next day.

I could've easily ignored my promise but I am a Stark and a Stark is honorable. So the bottomline is, I easily got a job offer from them but lolol ended up signing for another company. I would very much like to write about my previous experience but it deserves a blogpost on its own. So yeah.

Hey, these photos aren't chronologically arranged. I just found them in my VSCO Cam folder and shrugged and uploaded them here because YEAAAH. I deleted my photo and social apps because I kinda quit social media for two weeks I think,

That sign literally means "you can't pee here" or "put your dick back in your pants you can't pee on this wall motherfucker".

Ooooh this floral crown cost us a lot. My sister made it for me, and pretty as it may be, I'd rather buy from someone who's mass-producing them because dang, artificial flowers are fucking expensive.

Some Cubao Expo hauls. I was out exploring Cubao with my boyfriend. Actually it was just him exploring Cubao. I grew up in Quezon City so harhar. That is an original watercolor painting by Denver Garza. I follow him on IG and I didn't know he was having a popup that day. I kinda creeped him out on purpose by telling him that I follow him on Instagram and that he follows me back. To which he crumpled his face in astonishment. Or maybe even fear.

What! I'm pretty sure he followed me back when I followed him. Hahahahahahhahahaha I swear. Anyway. I have yet to have the piece framed but I absolutely love it. He's such a talented man, isn't he?

That's my boyfriend holding up my #UpperDecade tribute. See, his blog turned ten years old last March! I'm not sure if he liked it though.

I'm using her as my all-around avatar now for some reason.

Nothing better than a plate of red velvet cupcake to reward myself for being such a spendthrift. I accidentally squandered half of my remaining allowance when I purchased those Holbein watercolors hahaha. I didn't mean it though. I swear it was an accident.

This was taken at UP College of... Many Cats? I can't remember what the college is called but I do remember her saying that because there was a lot of (hostile) cats around that area.

I bought cheap lunch and waited for her. I also worked on this macaron study.

I rarely see this type of candy these days! But oh swit childhood.

We then went to a milkshake bar in Maginhawa just to try it out. See, I hadn't made much progress on my macaron study LOLOLOL.

But wait! I actually finished the painting inside the milkshake bar! Yay macarons!!

That's my boyf's contribution to my (now finished) Hopefully Daily project.

This beauty right here is Himari. She's my high school classmate's kitty cat. Pretty eh?

Behold, a work-in-progress and my brown legs having goosebumps!

My favorite fineliner brands. I tried some other names like Artline and Kuretake ZIG. I genuinely hated the Kuretake liner I bought. Maybe I should do a post reviewing fineliners....

I was walking up and down Maginhawa street for my writing gig. I live right nearby.

How I celebrated my Easter. It wasn't easy drawing on an egg btw!

And this is a photo of my cat giving birth. We named her baby Matcha, but she died when a huge rat tried to steal her from her mum.

Final photo! Whew. I wasn't sure I could finish this post but I did. Quick goodbye because I gotta go! Byers. And remember, you're not allowed to pee anywhere. Yes you've read it right.