Explore: Kubrick

A few weeks ago, my friend took me to Kubrick, a bookstore-cafe that’s off my usual beaten path. Located in Yau Ma Tei, connected to the art house Broadway Cinematheque, this store had a charming air of authenticity and character that was so refreshing to walk into.

I am such a bookworm, and found myself digging into the stacks and stacks of obscure titles that I wouldn’t normally see in other bookstores. The reading culture has changed so much, with some bookstores focusing on only selling best-sellers (it’s a business after all), to the instant gratification attention span of people reading tweets/facebook/online media.

Digging into a good book requires time. It requires depth. It requires you to lock yourself away and get lost in something. Some people don’t do that anymore because they either don’t have the time, or they don’t care. (*cries inside!*)

But this place really brought me back to why I love reading. I love digesting words and thoughts. I love imagining things. But most of all, I love the smell of paper.

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Watch: Small Steps to More Happiness

Here is a little break from the real world to have some real talk.

I stumbled upon this video last night because I realized I have been quite busy and started to feel unbalanced. Making sure that your still on the path to happiness is so important and shouldn’t be left on the back burner just because one is “too busy.” Think about it, will it really matter a year from now? Ten years from now?

My work keeps me busy and definitely fuels me creatively and financially, but I recognize there are other things that fuel me intensely. Having authentic relationships, being honest and connecting with people, helping people through conversation- these things fuel me in other ways that are important to me and keep me on path.

Everyday, I let go of what no longer serves me. What my ego thinks I should do, how I should appear… that is really a complete waste of time. I’ve started to care less and just focus on what I want in my life and what I want to build for myself.

It feels amazing. The inner work feels amazing just as much as the outer work.

Attend: Rise Conference


Hong Kong

In between meetings and writing, here is something to update you on.

Emo-Emoji by The Digital Vandal will be at Rise Conference next week, July 31.

We were hand-selected to participate in this event and the whole team is flying in from Singapore for a few days. Find us at booth E150. xxx

Watch: CalCarries Philippines

My mother agency (in Manila) launched their Instagram account.

CalCarries Philippines is like my second family. I don’t get to see the other girls/guys so much because we are all bouncing around right now and evolving into new careers, but when we do catch up, it’s always filled with huge hugs and jumping screams of excitement.

I love these people so much and am grateful to have a strong home base that taught me a lot. Shoutout to Joey Espino, Audie Espino, Allan, Rose, and the rest of the fam.

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