Work: My first cover story

Fafi – 2009

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Reflect: Wings

My friend and I were skipping around Central after we attended a talk. It was one of those light nights, where we walk with a feeling of exploration versus hurriedness. He saw the wings from the corner of his eye and said, “Hey V, lets a pic of you in front of this.”

Wings have been a major theme in my life the past few years. I’ve always loved stories of angels. I’ve always loved taking long-haul flights and being in the air. I’ve always loved the feelings of lightness, fluidity and freedom. I resonate greatly with feathers. I’ve posed in front of different movie posters or art prints of wings before- but never in front of a gorgeous, full-scale sculpture of wings. This pic felt like a metaphor for my life at the moment- golden, free, limitless.

Releasing burdens and pain from the past is so healing for me.

The artists statement beside this piece was this, “The human being who experiences the Wings is the one who has been granted use of them for life, an empowering capability that allows him or her to ex-perience the countless tongues and cultures of different societies. Those who wear the Wings are given ownership of them, a gift to imagine the endless possibilities surrounding their existence.” (Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin)

Ready for the next flight.

Photos: Echelon Recap


Photo recap at Echelon Tech Convention in Singapore

Somehow I feel like everything I’ve learned covering and working in fashion shows/tradeshows, plus selling in retail, has evolved to help me in this world of tech.

Funny where the road takes you.

Especially this company-with it’s roots in streetwear- now evolving into a tech business that creates digital art dispersed through digital stickers.

Trust the natural evolution of your path….

More Photos After the Jump…

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Work: Calyxta Cover Shoot

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Hello self-promotion! I normally feel shy and self-conscious when I talk about my work, but this time I don’t really feel that awkward. Maybe because this shoot isn’t about “me!” but more about my relationship with my older sister Teresa.

Manila-based beauty website Calyxta recently featured me and Teresa as their June cover girls. (Thanks Guys!) I don’t always get to shoot with Ter, especially now that we live in different cities. We are also on different paths, with me on my own solo journey, and Teresa, on becoming a mom.

What I loved about this shoot was that it explored our relationship as sisters in the industry, and revealed new layers about how it was for us growing up.

Click here to read the full article and check out the video we shot after the jump…

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Meet: Sofia Cope, Graphic Designer, Blogger, & Founder of Queencult and Viva La Manika

For some people, women who hold down a multitude of jobs at the same time (while killing it) is such a crazy concept. Gee, thanks. But from what I’ve seen the past couple of years, the limited perspectives of what one “can do” are currently being shattered. There is a surge of creative energy, and amazing next-gen tools, within the new generation that enables them to pursue whatever their hearts desire.

Sofia Cope is one of these women. The way she creates multiple platforms for her many voices renders me speechless. While I have never met her personally, we have so many mutual friends back home that it feels like she’s just that one girlfriend I’ve known forever but we never get to hang. I remember stumbling upon her Instagram feed and saying, “Damn she’s dope. I wanna work with her.” A few months later, I ended up doing a short Q&A on Sofia, and have decided to re-post it on my blog-with a few more Qs that never made it to the final cut.

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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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Photos: Tokio Adventures

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A few weeks ago I was in Tokio with one of my closest girl friends from Singapore. We decided to spend the Chinese New Year break over there to get some much needed rest, relaxation, and research.

Since we are both interested in the fields of fashion, art, and design, we knew that Tokyo would be a perfect spot to find new ideas. I really take inspiration from all the details from the different spaces; you can really feel how complete the vibe is by just looking at the pictures.

Here are some photos from the trip after the jump.

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Photos: Kaws | Clean Slate Exhibition

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. I haven’t seen a Kaws exhibit since maybe around 6 or 7 years ago in LA, so it was nice to hear that there would be one here in HK. This recent exhibit entitled “Clean Slate” was about “wiping out the past and starting over again.” This 7 meter tall statue, which would usually stand solo, now carries with it 2 youngins- pretty much showing us that he’s moved on to other parts of his life. I could resonate with this theme lately because it does feel like that phase where everyone just wants to hit the refresh button and move forward.

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