Exploring Typography

Inspired by Jim Carrey’s painting and a friend’s calligraphy posts on Instagram, I started creating this last night.

I don’t paint but I do best in drawing straight lines and symmetrical objects including, but not limited to, stick figures. Haha! When I was in high school, I always get a flat 1.0 grade in my technical drawing projects. I loved the feeling of “getting in the zone” when I’m using rulers, protractors, a compass or a mechanical pencil. Most, if not all, of my doodles back then were parallel and perpendicular lines together with shapes of squares and diamonds, forming a large non-existent object with symmetry in design, and one that can be likened to an abstract painting.

A senpai once told me I have a pretty good handwriting, too. When I write in all capital letters, people say that it almost looks as if it were typewritten, and not handwritten. I have always preferred writing this way, and in fact, back in the fifth grade wherein we were supposed to write in cursive, I wrote my name in all caps. I was warned by my teacher for not following instructions, but that didn’t stop me anyway. (Yes, I was kind of stubborn. Haha)

So here it is, my first attempt at typography. Far from perfect, but it’s a start. 🙂

original design © behance.net

Painful Friday :(

Having a meeting scheduled at 9AM, I woke up early with a nagging headache. I thought it will be gone after an hour or so but that wasn’t the case. Coupled with menstrual cramps, I certainly wasn’t in my best shape today. My officemate told me she experiences headaches every time she had her period. I don’t recall having these in the past though, so I did a little bit of searching  to check if they are indeed related. Here’s what I found:

Many women suffer from headaches at the beginning of a period. They are thought to be caused by a combination of the plummeting levels of hormones that occurs in the day or so before bleeding starts, combined with the release of prostaglandins from the womb that occurs with the onset of bleeding.

You can help to prevent the effects of prostaglandins (which can include period pains, and also digestive upsets) by taking drugs that block their action, such as ibuprofen (available from chemists) or mefenamic acid (available on prescription).

Ugh, so it was all because of hormones! I really thought I was going to faint so I rushed to the clinic right after our training. The nurse gave me two capsules of Medicol (Ibuprofen) and after taking one, I felt relatively better.

Something tells me I need to get back on track and start running again.


What Country in the World Best Fits Your Personality?

Took this online quiz that has somehow become viral on Facebook. Here’s what I got:

Personality Quiz Results
Personality Quiz Results

(1) You are driven in life by the search for meaning and have a passion for culture and religion.  True. I’ve been searching for the meaning of my life for a long time, until I realized that we don’t look for it, but rather, we create it.

(2) You are a deeply spiritual person who thrives in an environment where people question their existence and devote themselves to a higher sense of being. Yes, but I’m not really a “deeply spiritual person”. I have faith in the Supreme Being and I daresay we’re worshiping one same god, and that He goes by many names – for us Christians, he’s the Lord God Almighty. I’m not a regular churchgoer either, but every time I go to church, I’m doing it wholeheartedly and not because it’s part of a routine or someone’s telling me to do so. Faithful but not religious. :p I also think people have souls, and that we have soulmates. Haha

(3) You enjoy a stimulating environment and do best when you are challenged, mentally and spiritually.  Yes. I’m also a believer of positive reinforcements.

(4) You see life as an adventure and enjoy conversing with others on the big philosophical questions of life. Couldn’t agree more! I could do that all day long and still not feel tired. I enjoy listening to other people’s point of view, not only can I learn something from them, I also get to know them a little more deeply. Being an introvert, I don’t open up easily with people, but when I do, I have these kind of conversations with them. 

(5) Whether you are spending time in a bustling market, or meditating in a quiet garden, you are nourished by a society that is devoted to serving others. This I’m not sure of. Haha. The society in which I belong right now is far from perfect. People recognize the cancers of our society, but we are not doing anything to cure it. There are a few, yes, but unless we work together as one, we won’t stand any chance in our fight against it. Many have become passive. I, for one, is guilty of that. 😦

“I Do”

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

I received another invitation from a high school friend. Yet another wedding I won’t be attending. I already lost count of how many invites I had politely refused in the past. It’s not that I hate weddings, no. Just that I see marriage as another form of bonds – and you know how much I hate those. Nevertheless, I’m happy for these friends who have found someone they’re willing to spend the rest of their lives with. And I wish them joy and happiness as they start another milestone in their lives. 🙂

Lost Focus?

Want to completely focus but can’t concentrate on the tasks at hand? There are days when you easily get distracted by the noise and movements around you. You see, that rarely happens to me but today it did. So what to do? A few years back, I’ve discovered this method that totally works for me. Pick one song – it could be from any genre, but I usually choose loud music from American rock bands that I know of, or perhaps something soothing like a piano piece from Yiruma. Then place that song on your music queue and have it on infinite replay. After the first 4-5 repeats, you’ll realize that all the distractions get filtered out. Works like magic!

Today, it’s this song. 🙂

#devChronicles 06.05.14