A Sample of My Work

Here are some pieces that I’ve designed outside of my corporate pieces – two are eco-bag designs (one for Ralphs and the other for Fresh & Easy), one is a 40th birthday invite, and two are invites for Unique Technique parties.

I designed this for a Fresh & Easy eco-bag contest - I was happy with my design but I didn't win. Boo. :( The winning design was well-done and well-deserved.

This is what I designed for the Ralphs eco-bag contest - results aren't in yet but either way, I am happy with my work.

My friend wanted something that expressed old school with use of one of his childhood photogs and a microphone signifying his career interest in radio.

For Unique Technique San Diego's 25th Anniversary

For a Unique Technique/Eli'gere party in Long Beach - I was just helping my friends out while their designer was unavailable.



1. What time did you get up this morning? 6am-ish
2. How do you like your steak? Medium-well
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Ramona & Beezus
4. What is your favorite TV show? Top Chef
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Where I already live – Sunny San Diego – second on my list would be Hawaii.
6. What did you have for breakfast? Just coffee.
7. Your favorite cuisine? Filipino but really most Asian cuisine.
8. What foods do you dislike? Onions and mushrooms.
9. Favorite Place to Eat? Mom’s house. Nothing beats her cooking!
10. Favorite dressing? A balsamic vinaigrette that my sis-in-law taught me – and ranch if I’m eating pizza. :)
11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? A white Toyota Sequoia…but not for long!
12. What are your favorite clothes? Jean, comfy tee and flip-flops.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? The motherland – the Philippines.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Usually ½ empty – I’m a realist.
15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere I can enjoy both city life and the water…probably here in San Diego.
16. Favorite time of day? I like the early evenings when it usually cools down and is not so dark.
17. Where were you born? El Centro, CA
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football – go Chargers and Marauders!
19. Bird Watcher? Sometimes, with Ella.
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m starting to be more of a morning person since Ella wakes me up early.
21. Do you have any pets? No, and probably won’t have any until the kids are grown and out of the house.
22. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? I’m designing something high profile for work and I’m getting a new vehicle soon.
23. What did you want to be when you were little? An architect.
24. What is your favorite childhood memory? All the wonderful food I ate as a child thanks to my grandmother.
25. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog.
26. Are you married? Yes.
27. Always wear your seat belt? Yes except for when I’m moving our car from the visitor spot to the driveway and vice versa.
28. Been in a car accident? Yes and I pass that location almost every day.
29. Any pet peeves? Ignorance, liars, unaccountable, arrogant, bad customer service, poor communicators – they are the worst!
30. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Cheese please.
31. Favorite Flower? Tulips.
32. Favorite ice cream? Hmmm…Mud Pie Mo Jo from Cold Stone
34. Favorite fast food restaurant? Burger King – so underrated
35. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? Zip.
36. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? If there was a kitchen renovation store, I’d do it there! LOL.
37. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yes, I stayed home on a Sunday and did nothing. That’s spontaneous for someone who is a big planner and has a ginormous to-do list.
38. Like your job? Yes.
39. Broccoli? Mmmhmm.
40. What was your favorite vacation? Our honeymoon :)
41. Last person you went out to dinner with? My 9 year old.
42. What are you listening to right now? Pandora radio specifically the Amy Winehouse radio
43. What is your favorite color? Right now it’s yellow. It’s such a happy color!
44. How many tattoos do you have? None.

Date with Mommy #2

Tonight I took our 9 year old out for a one-on-one date. She told me that she wanted to have sushi, so I designed our date to include that as well as a movie she’s been wanting to see – Ramona & Beezus, starring her fave teen actress Selena Gomez! As tired as I was from a long crazy day at work, I was very determined and excited to spend some one-on-one time with her. She is no longer the “baby” of the family and is now considered a tween with both little and big sister expectations. I wanted to give her undivided attention and just catch up with her – I honestly felt a little disconnected compared to last year when I wasn’t working and was with her every day, dropping her off/picking her up from school. I wanted her to know that although things have changed a little in terms of me being back at work full-time, that I love her, I care to hear what she has to say or think, and want to find out what’s new with her – uninterrupted. The end result was lots of conversation time about any- and everything, lots of holding hands, linking arms, and good laughs. I adored every minute of our day together. :)

The invite I made for our date :)

She picked this one herself - the Hawaiian roll - and it was delish!

One of our faves - the Yummy Roll

Going to work with the chopsticks...

Her little goodie bag...

And of course, a sweet ending - fried ice cream! Mmmmm....

Just the two of us - off to see Ramona & Beezus!

Peek-A-Boo, Whooo Loves You Baby Girl?

Here are some photos from the shower I hosted at our house for my Bestie/Sunsis. :) It was owl-themed so I tried to incorporate the theme wherever possible. I’m a marketing-head so you know me and having to “brand” everything. LOL.

The invite I designed (I even drew that owl, thank you very much - lol) - I got these printed at Vista Print.

The favors - I wanted to do something different instead of using cellophane or tulle (which I love btw), so I decided to buy remnant fabric at Walmart - one pack cost me a buck and was able to make four bags. I bought different colorful patterns and mixed and matched them so that they all coordinated together. Inside the bags were little bags of Lindt chocolates.

The sign says "a little bag of sweet tweets just for you - hope you had a hoot!"

Mini water bottles labels I designed using the same owl from the invite.

Not the greatest shot, but inside the frame was the menu for the shower.

Owl cupcakes - I was so determined to make these. The Hubby and I had fun putting these together.

Sunsisters :)

Happy Mommy-to-Be being showered with gifts

Ella & her godparents later that evening

Curry Potato Fritters

Inspired by a recipe featured in my Food Network magazine by Chef Aaron Sanchez, this is an easy gourmet appetizer that you can make with ingredients you may already have on hand. Perfect for a dinner party or potluck and it’s vegetarian-friendly. My veggie sis-in-law loved these!

  • 3-4 small potatoes boiled to tenderness (or if you’re like me, I microwave them for 10 minutes with the skin on, and just peel off the skin and mash later)
  • a handful of peas or any other vegetable you like
  • a teaspoon of curry powder
  • 3/4 to a cup of sour cream
  • a cereal bowl of flour
  • 3 eggs beaten with a splash of water
  • a bag of panko bread crumbs

As you can see, my measurements are super-liberal which means you can adjust everything to your preference. :) Mix the first four ingredients – the consistency should not be overly creamy. Make into balls – I used a melon ball scooper because the ice cream scooper made them too large for an appetizer portion – and flatten them out. Coat in flour, dip in egg and then coat in panko. Cook them in a shallow pan with vegetable oil until brown – takes only a couple of minutes. Serve with a mango chutney, Asian sweet chili sauce and/or sour cream. Enjoy!


The mixture - notice the consistency.

Before the flour, eggs and panko...

In the pan...

Ready to enjoy!

Digable Gift Ideas for Everyone

Taking a break here at work – my right brain is starting to hurt. Designing a 9×12 full color brochure is no stinkin’ joke, people! Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the challenge and creative aspect of it all – but like I said, my right brain is telling me to take a break. :/ So I decided to post some one-of-a-kind gift ideas for every kind of person in your life, courtesy of modcloth.com (my new fave website).

For the fashionable, retro, seamstress types...

For the foodies and musiclovers...

For the cute computer Helly Kitty-loving nerds...

For the cynical, anti-Martha Stewart, DIY hater types...

For those who are both eco-friendly and addicted to Starbucks...


More to come…

Delicious Discovery

A co-worker of mine came by one morning (yes, in the morning) with a box of these cookies and offered me one. I thought, ‘Sure why not, I’ll save it for later.’ Me not being great with eating a breakfast daily ended up taking a bite (then two, then three…’til it was bye-bye) sooner than I thought! Mmmmmm…what are these fantastic little guys??? Side note, if you know me, I’m not really down for the hard, crispy kind of cookies that sometimes tear the roof of your mouth or can potentially chip your teeth. I’m more of the soft, dense cookie type. But these were pretty darn good!

To my advantage, she placed the BOX of cookies next to my office space. What are you doing to me??? How could I possibly resist ANOTHER cookie when they are conveniently sitting on the desk right next to me? I loved them so much that I examined the box to see what they were called — and clearly, they were not a US brand and it was a name I had to say syllable by syllable like I was learning to read for the first time. LOL. So I emailed my co-worker and asked her where she picked these up. She wrote back: “IKEA. Yes, not just a furniture store.” IKEA?! Really? I had no idea their cafe consisted of more than just the Swedish meatballs they love to advertise in their annual catalogs.

I highly recommend these – they’re not your average cookie. A little salty and sweet, crispy and thin, dainty and delicate. And chocolate. Perfectly paired with a cup of coffee, tea or milk even! A nice little hostess gift or something to take to your next potluck. I’ve yet to pay IKEA a visit but make no mistake that I will be walking out of there with a box of these!




This week is going to be a fun one – I get to spend time with some of my best girlfriends! Today I had lunch with an old friend I used to work with and haven’t seen in probably 6 years! Another one of my girlfriends was there too – we all worked together at HSBC. It was so much fun reminiscing about our crazy boss, the interesting vendors we used to work with, and the random mix of boys we used to date. We’re all happily married now but we had numerous laughs today talking about our single days. I can’t wait to catch up with these girls again.

This Wednesday, I’m meeting with another girlfriend of mine who I worked with for nearly 5 years. It’s always a good time hanging out with her so I’m excited to catch up on life. And this weekend, I’m hosting a baby shower for my bestie so there will be about a dozen of ladies gathered for lunch and games.

I am so blessed to have such amazing women in my life – some I’ve known since I was a little girl, some I’ve met in middle school, some I’ve met during my career…all of the women in my life ARE IN my life because they are inspirational, supportive, beautiful people who have shown me love throughout the years. So thankful!

“A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future,
the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” ~Lois Wyse

Fun Finds Friday

Hi, blog! It’s a been a busy week but I’m baaaack. Skipped out on a few days including Random Thoughts Thursday, but I have something just as sweet – check out these fun finds! A little bit of hip, a little bit of chic, and a little bit of vintage in every one. ;)

Soft-serve ice cream machine with a super sweet sprinkle dispenser on the side!

I need to get one of these - so fun especially when I write my "Honey-Do" lists.

Perfect for when I make CD mixes for my girlfriends :)

Exactly what I think receipts are - CRAP, that is until I need one to return something.

I'd rock these socks all around the house!


The alternative to your boring little bookends.


I wish these were in stock - darn it!


Now how adorable is this wallet? Look at the inside lining - love love love!


Oh stationary, how I miss you so!



Next Project: Garden & Patio

Just like we re-did our garage into a functional office space and lounge and our master bedroom back into a place of rest and relaxation, we need to do the same for our patio. I do not have a green thumb by any stretch…BUT my parents do! I’m hoping to tap into their expertise to get our patio in order. Right now, it’s kind of an eyesore – mostly because we have no plants and flowers other than the overgrowing vines from the neighbors behind us (ugh) and recyclables everywhere – kinda getting out of control. So here’s my vision…tall potted plants, a bed of flowers and herbs (our first attempt at planting herbs was a big failure notably because it didn’t get enough TLC), touch-up our existing patio furniture with paint, move the grill to a different location, move the patio furniture to a different location, get rid of (or stow away) the white patio furniture to free up space, figure out a way to hide and contain the recyclables, and cover the two other ends of our patio fencing to match the long stretch of bamboo sheeting that the Hubby originally did. Eventually, the Hubby wants to build bench seating all along the fence and we would probably get rid of our patio furniture which I feel is a bit oversized anyway – he also talked about building an awning to provide shading and feel more room-like. Eh…we’ll see. So many ideas, but it will be a challenge especially with our family’s summer trip coming up. But it’s good to have plans in writing…at the very least, we can work on sprucing up our garden and rearranging the grill/patio furniture.