The first time I wasn’t happy with drawing

On January 2017, I decided to become a freelance artist; I was able to work with good clients during the first quarter of the year. By the half of the year, I decided to start writing a book I've planned in my head. In September 2017, I published my first ever e-book called Seedlings: A… Continue reading The first time I wasn’t happy with drawing

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A red car through red sandstone outcrops

A red car drives through the freeway towards the red sandstone outcrops of Valley of Fire. The Lumineers' Cleopatra album is on for the whole trip. My friend said that she had the playlist for over a year; I said I did not mind, because I liked the band too. I find traveling more fun… Continue reading A red car through red sandstone outcrops

Waiting for an eclipse on a mountain park

It was the 21st of August, 2017. It was overcast the moment I opened my eyes and gazed at the window. The sky and possibility of rain in the Las Vegas Valley tempted me to stay longer in bed and sleep, but I decided to get up instead. My cousin Jango stood there in the… Continue reading Waiting for an eclipse on a mountain park

Silence that can be heard

Our car fled up the mountain roads with the front windows and one back window open. My cousin did say that it would be cooler up in Spring Mountains (Mt. Charleston) - around 70 degrees. Truly, it was colder compared to the temperature in the flat lands. When one is out in the sun in… Continue reading Silence that can be heard

The Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you, Ms Mikee Federizo of Organicaholic, for nominating me for this award! Check out her blog for all things organic, healthy, and informative! What is the Mystery Blogger Award? “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of… Continue reading The Mystery Blogger Award

Walking with two Fathers

A few days after my Dad arrived in the US for a short vacation, I lingered on the thought of going as well - not for a vacation but for two reasons: 1) spending time with my Dad and family, and 2) stepping out of my comfort zone again. Before the flight which we only… Continue reading Walking with two Fathers

Purpose, perseverance, and relationships: May 2017 Lessons

This May, I find that my realizations and lessons revolved around purpose, perseverance, and relationships. On Purpose I've always deemed 'purpose' as something that is singular, grand, and fixed. It would show itself to me like this: Arli, you will work someday in an animation studio you love. If it doesn't happen, then my purpose… Continue reading Purpose, perseverance, and relationships: May 2017 Lessons

Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

*Featured Photo courtesy of my cousin Jango! For the first two times we've visited Vegas, we were able to go to Mt. Charleston in December 2014 and to Red Rock Canyon in June 2015. Although we did not climb any trail in Charleston, playing in the snow (my first time!) with my cousins is a… Continue reading Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

What is your Best Yes?

It was November 2015. A gentle warm light poured in through the large windows behind us. Worship started and ended with bright hopes and serene tunes, lunch was delicious, and the day was only starting. I listened intently to our speaker, Ms Rhiza Oyos, the founder of Pursuit Manila under Pursuit Community. It was my first… Continue reading What is your Best Yes?