Being a self-taught designer has one major disadvantage. It is that gnawing, churning feeling in your gut that makes you wonder if you're doing anything right at all. That ever present wondering was the primary reason I elected to put myself through PCCI 's (the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging) two-day training workshop on Publications Design. The other reason being that no great designer is born by parthenogenesis, I wanted to have someone I can refer to as my sensei and gain the confidence of having learned from one. I spent the last 2 days with eye-opening lessons, mind-rocking design decisions on our exercises and heart-pounding critiquing session. At the end of it all, I slept like a log in a storm. Spent. Satisfied. Yet hungry for more. You run a meaty workshop, Sensei...

These happy shiny people were the ones I walked along the path with. From far left is Tina, Jazz, Sir Ige, JL and yours truly. Photo by PCCI's own Sir Jun Miranda. (Pardon my crappy scanning, i will upload a better one soon)

Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), the country's premier digital arts training center, is operated by industry-recognized practitioners of leading applications in print, web and multimedia. We offer world-class training in Adobe, Apple and Corel products.

Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI)
2nd Floor, Kodak Building, 2247 Chino Roces Ave.
(formerly Pasong Tamo),
Makati City, Philippines
TEL +63 (2) 759-3087 | FAX +63 (2) 892-5281
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I've been to uncle John's many times before. But I felt there was something strange today. Carrie wouldn't talk to me the whole trip. Even though I can barely comprehend a word she say most of the time, I would still rather she humor me with the usual gibberish. Oh well, I'ts gonna be fun seeing my cousin, Justin, again. We get along really well even though he's just half my age. I left Carrie with Uncle John and Aunt Betty so Justin and I can get on with our usual fun. I can't always keep an eye on her. Sooner or later she's gonna have to learn to do things without me.

Time really flies when you're having fun. It's already dark, so I figured We would be staying here for tonight again. Except that I can't seem to find Carrie anywhere so I went to ask Aunt Betty. "I'm sorry, Gary, but your mother went home already. You're too young to understand now but from now on, you have to start getting used to calling me mom."

A week has passed before I was sure mom was not coming back for me. I was 4 years old.
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Posted On 11:11 AM by nerdluck | 0 points of view

Graphikapinoy's maiden issue went out into the cloud yesterday and I downloaded it as soon as I got the SMS from Mon (the brains behind GPM) announcing the fact. I was already excited about this release weeks ago when I learned that it will feature Inksurge, Dan Matutina, and Camille del Rosario. All of whom are so brilliantly talented and inspiring to say the least. I, personally, have been a fan of these guys for quite sometime now. Getting an insight on how the gears in their heads work is a real treat for me.

Kudos Graphikapinoy for helping raise awareness for the flourishing Filipino design scene. Can't wait for the next release.

Graphikapinoy is a free downloadable pdf magazine in support of the Filipino creatives. A convergence of best talents from all aspects of the design industry whose works shall be showcased in every issue.
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Click to view my Personality Profile page

I'm not really a fan of these personality test sites but here's one that I really enjoyed taking. Many thanks to gizelle for sending me the link. If anyone is interested in taking the same test, just click the image above. (too lazy to put up the link)
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This April in Baby Magazine

Posted On 11:05 AM by nerdluck | 2 points of view

We got a hot one here!!! This month's Baby is chock-full of hot summer essentials. First off in the list is THE LIST of summer workshops and activities for your little kids. From theater to music to science and reading to sports and everything in between. your kids are sure to have a fruitful and fun summer to remember for years to come. Speaking of fruits... you and your families are sure to love creating your own fruity smoothies off our "Fruit Math" feature. Enjoy it while splashing around in the pool with the little one. Just be sure to read "Water babies" beforehand to help keep it a safe and fun experience. For those who are planning on going on a trip, read Antonette Reyes' Family Finance and learn her tricks on planning an inexpensive summer trip.
Baby Magazine, the Philippines' first parenting mag is now in it's 12th year of service to Filipino parents. For subscription inquiries, you may contact Baby Magazine through the following:

Phone: (+63 2) 728.36.55

update: I forgot to mention that the cover photo was masterfully captured by Bobot Go at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. That is Kiian Huey Tolentino(SM Starbaby winner for visayas-mindanao) on the cover. And that really is his hair.
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