My Favorite Things: January 2016

January was a sort-of “trial month” for me. You can view my recap here or proceed to read My Favorite Things by directing your focus below.


HBO Girls


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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Graphika Manila

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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:

I will be going into more detail about my Graphika Manila 2016 experience in a future blog post.



Kaela is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who draws inspiration from her quirks, childhood nostalgia, and pop/sub-culture.

10 thoughts on “My Favorite Things: January 2016

  1. The Kylo Ren skit made me laugh so much, I had tears in my eyes the whole time oh man, having it run on the background whilst I type this is hilarious. HAHAHAH!

    I loved Winter, I definitely give it a 5/5. I think I just love the characters and the ending and the whole plot way too much (it reminded me of Hunger Games which is maybe why I love it so much) 😀 I’m really sad it ended but I have heard rumours on a continuation – I’m currently reading Fairest, have you read it?

    1. The Kylo Ren skit is the best thing ever! XD I watched it 10 times the day it was out.

      I know! Winter reminded me a lot of Mockingjay 🙂 I thought I was the only one who noticed haha XD I read Fairest before I read Winter. 🙂 Have you read Stars Above though? I’m reading it right now. And yes, I can’t wait for that new Lunar Chronicles graphic novel that Marissa Meyer recently announced. It’s going to be EPIC for sure! I just can’t enough of the Rampion crew. I love them so much XD

  2. I also am excited about the new season of Girls. I found some of the characters annoying at times, but that’s the authenticity of it. Love it!
    I loved Adam on SNL too, super hilarious!

    1. Yep, I agree with you. To me it’s why Girls stands out; the show features a realistic portrayal of twenty-somethings. And millennials in their 20s can quite a whiny and self-absorbed bunch.

      Adam on SNL was the most epic thing! 🙂 I didn’t think I could love watching him more. I was already a fan of him in Girls and Star Wars.

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