Photos: Tattoo Envy at Geisha Ink

Got major tattoo envy when I passed by the Geisha Ink exhibit at Kee club last night. New York-based photographer Reka Nyari showcased her portraits of Akuma Suicide, who was dressed fully in her own intricately detailed tattoos. Hold your breath for more beauty after the jump…

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Attend: Alpha Omega ADD

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Manila, Philippines

Last night was a big night for two important people in my life. Archie, a homie for almost 8 years now, had his solo exhibit entitled “Alpha Omega ADD,” hosted by my sister Teresa’s company, Collective 88.

From first taking inspiration from graffiti culture and society, to now looking inward at his own experiences, Archie has definitely grown as an artist since I first met him. The external-internal shift has caused him to create from a space of peace, according to our last conversation.

Meanwhile, Ter has always been passionate about art and design. Growing up, I would always see her paint or go to exhibits when she wasn’t working on a shoot or a show. She started Collective 88, an art & design company, a few years ago to discover and support emerging artists from the Philippines. From commissioning artists for hotels & casinos (like Solaire) to now hosting exhibits for artists, Teresa is evolving too.

And because they are both close to me, I helped write the exhibit brief and artist bio for the press… Read more and see more after the jump…

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Reflect x Work: Self-Love

Here’s a post that has to do with some work I did + a ton of reflection-a throwback to the article I wrote for Rappler over 2 years ago on the importance of self-love.

This morning, I was reflecting on that concept because my room mate and I decided to create a “100 days of Self Love” challenge. Basically, we do something everyday that is an act of self-love; whether it’s consciously eating well or doing that one hour of yoga.

The idea stemmed from seeing these “100 happy days” posts on Instagram, and I wanted to put my own spin to it. (However, I’m not posting this challenge online because it’s just a nice, private, roomie ritual that we do and discuss at home.)

I remembered this article I wrote back when I was still living in Singapore. Those days, I was learning A LOT of life lessons about myself and about growing up. But it seems like this concept of self-love is something I will never stop learning about.

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Photos: Slow Down to Speed Up

Been in HK for a little over a month, and it feels niiiiiiice.

Since Jan, I feel like I’ve been jumping too fast. I definitely moved at a slower pace the last few weeks (ironic too ‘coz I’m in one of the busiest cities ever.)

I kind of just had to stop and say, “Whats the rush?!” Calm down V. Take time for yourself. Appreciate moments where you get to spend time with your friends, and do things you like to do- like cook in your kitchen or read a book. Sometimes you just need time to chill out and not beat yourself up with guilt over it. I had to learn not to freak out or compare my pace just ‘coz everyone around me is moving faster, while I was slowing down. (After all, hard work isn’t a show. Social media comparisons are the worst!)

So next week I head to Manila again, and I know the minute I land, I will hit the ground running. So better to take the time to breathe and enjoy the present. As I try to find #inspo all around me, I keep my eyes open for what to snap photos of. Sometimes things catch my eye immediately, while sometimes I just have to look a lil’ differently to see something I find beautiful.

More Photos After The Jump…

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Covet: Quidel Candles

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Dropped by the Woaw store (HK) a few weeks ago for an event & was able to cop my Quidel Candle <3

Based in LA, this hand-poured, artisan brand uses premium coconut wax while aiming to create distinct, quality scents. Quidel, which means “burning torch,” in Mapuche, is based off of the Native American belief in fire ceremonies as a ritual to welcome new energy into their life during the full moon.

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