Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Easy art projects @ Venusbuzz.com

What to do with your kids on a rainy day? Check out my easy art projects at Venus:

Travel to Scintillating Cebu with a4trip

Did you know that Ferdinand Magellan died in Cebu? Here's an article I wrote on Cebu for the guys at a4trip.com:

If you're planning a trip to Cebu, you can get the a4trip.com guidebook right here:

Monday, December 29, 2008

In With the New & The Ox Baby @ Mother & Baby magazine

The new year's fast approaching and I'm so excited. My son will be starting kindergarten, I'll be going back to working a 5-day week (since I've completed my Masters thesis) and we're buying the apartment we live in. I've got so many things planned for 2009, so I hope everything will turn out well for us. What is it about the beginning of a new year that gives us such a buzz? The chance to start anew perhaps?

Well, I've been suffering from a spot of writer's block for the last few months, and I think it has something to do with my brains being fried and my energy being zapped by all the effort put into completing my thesis. So, for the new year, I'm looking forward to regaining my vigour and to be inspired by anything and everything around me. Next year will be a fun writing adventure.

Now, to kick off the new year, I've written two special articles for Mother & Baby magazine. The first, In with the new year, talks about teaching your kids about making resolutions. The second article, The Ox Baby, tells you what you need to know if you're expecting a little one in the Year of the Ox. Happy new year everybody! May 2009 be filled with much creativity and inspiration for us all!

Mother and Baby January 2009

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Enter sandman

Why 'Enter sandman'? Well, because I was stuck for a title and I'm listening to Metallica... Anyway...

Some people say that personal websites and blogs are all about blatant self promotion, and I say to that "So what if they are?". In the end, it's about wanting your own space and making your mark in the world, even if it's just a virtual one. Everyone should be entitled to it.

This blog usually serves as a reminder to myself of the work that I've done. It propels me forward, reminding me of my small contribution to the world. Writers (freelancers like me included) need motivation like everyone else. Sometimes we run out of ideas. Sometimes we run out of steam. Sometimes we doubt ourselves or what we've written.

We feel bad when we get negative feedback from editors or clients or friends. We get caught up in the great struggle that is life. We have our failings. Sometimes our writing isn't as good as we hoped it'd be.

But, I suppose, it's our appreciation of joy, pain, gain and loss that makes life worth living. Otherwise, we'd be empty shells. Writers write, painters paint, sculptors sculpt and builders build because we feel emotions. We put our feelings, desires, anger and even hatred into action. It's what makes us human. What can I do? I keep on writing.

Artistic weekend & BookXcess @ Venusbuzz.com

I had a great weekend at KLCC, at it had nothing to do with shopping. Check this out:

Plus, where can you feed your book 'fetish' for less money that usual? BookXcess @ Amcorp Mall, PJ. Check out this bookstore with a heart:

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Venus - Venus buzz!

I'm very happy to introduce the new and improved Venus website - VenusBuzz.com. To kick things off, I wrote two articles on kids art. The first is on understanding children's artistic development.

The second is about seeing things through their eyes.

Welcome 2019: Time to Grow

Happy New Year everyone! I'm so so excited for 2019 and everything that it'll bring. I'm starting the year with gratefulness for...