I spent January bing-watching HBO’s Girls! In fact, I finished Seasons 2-4 that same month and I am obsessed with the show. I love its realistic portrayal of a twenty-something millennial’s life. Every time I watch the show, I feel like I’m watching real life. And I have to say that the characters are one of the show’s strongest points because they’re so real. They make a lot of mistakes and they’re very flawed- many of them often have a tendency to be self-absorbed and lazy as many twenty-something millennials are often labeled as. They’ve also each got their own brand of quirkiness. My favorite characters would have to be self-absorbed Hannah, eccentric Adam, and naive Shoshanna.
I can’t wait for Season 5 this month!
Kylo Ren on SNL
The Star Wars craze was still up and about in January, which was a good thing because Adam Driver was to host Saturday Night Live. I eagerly waited for this episode and was really happy when they did end up throwing in a Kylo Ren skit.
I’ve watched the video so many times and it always makes me laugh!
Winter by Marissa Meyer
I dove into this book the second I started reading it. I absolutely LOVED reading the first part- so much that I kept rereading certain chapters because I didn’t want this book to end. I was indenial that this was the last book in the series. I just couldn’t let the Rampion Crew go. I will miss all their adventures.
However I read the book in a not-so-good-time. I’m only giving it a 4.5 / 5 stars as a personal rating because I was either too preoccupied or too distracted with other things so it took me a while to finish reading the whole thing. I got stuck in the middle part and stopped for a while. However once I started reading again, I literally flew through the last part.
Winter was well-written and like the other books in TLC series, the multiple point-of-views shifted seamlessly. The characters were the strongest point again. The ending also wrapped up nicely. Everything was tackled on, even down to the tiniest details. Once again, props to Marissa Meyer for another stellar book. If you haven’t read any The Lunar Chronicles book yet, what are you doing with your life? (If you haven’t noticed, I’ve mentioned this series a lot in my posts lol)
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Last January 30-31, I attended the annual Graphika Manila event. For those who don’t know, it’s a two-day conference where they invite different speakers who are practitioners in the creative industry, to give talks about their experiences. These speakers come from different parts of the world.
I especially enjoyed this 2016th edition because of the speaker lineup (I went this year to see Timothy Goodman and Simone Lego, two artists I look up to) and the inspiring talks I got to listen to. I picked up a lot of creative learnings that I will keep in mind as I pursue my dream art career.
This is their lineup of speakers this year:
- Benjamin Su of Pixar Animation (Bonnie from Toy Story That Time Forgot was based on his kid!)
- Tosh Kodama of Imaginary Forces
- Luke Choice of Velvet Spectrum
- Matthew Encina of Blind (clients include XBOX and Coldplay)
- Timothy Goodman (the man behind 40 Days of Dating)
- Gemma O’Brien (the Australian letterer who designed the logo of Troye Sivan’s Wild)
- Richard De Hoxar and Luke Choice of Vault 49
- Si Scott (the British calligrapher behind the Beautiful Creatures movie logo)
- Simone Legno of Tokidoki
- Patrick Cabral (graphic designer and letterer who has done work for Havianas and Jessica Walsh)
- Valerie Chua (painter and illustrator who has done work for Christian Louboutin Asia and Keds)
- Harvey Tolibao (comic artist who has done work for Marvel comics and IDW Publishing)
I will be going into more detail about my Graphika Manila 2016 experience in a future blog post.