don’t hide / un – mask

For those of you who care, I had a blast (like always) in Boston and Rhode Island. It allowed me to realign my passions and get some perspective on my next chapter in life. Besides all the mushy feelings, I had a blast hanging out with some old friends, and making some new friends in one of my favorite cities in the world. The thing I love about traveling is you never know who you’re going to make friends with. alcohol plays a big part in this too (~_^). 

Now that vacation’s over, it’s back to reality – back to work, to-do lists, and unloading photos from my camera. In between all the work, I got to have some fun. So, I decided to play around with a couple masks and filters.

I took this photo of Providence, Rhode Island, after my campus tour at RISD.



Realistic Adjustments.


Unrealistic Adjustments.


What Do I Wear ?!

I’m heading off to Boston/ Rhode Island in two days! I actually just went to Boston back in October, but I felt like my trip wasn’t completed. I left half my heart there, and I had to go back and recollect. Not to mention, I found a sweet deal — $125 RT! Thank you, JetBlue!

Now that the tourist-y stuff is out of the way, I’m excited to experience Boston like a true Bostonian (?). I decided to take a one day trip up to Rhode Island, as I scheduled a campus visit to one of the programs I have been dreaming to attend. Might as well, right?

All this itinerary excitement aside, last time I checked the weather app, it was snowing. What is snow? I actually have never seen snow fall before in my life. I don’t know how cold it is. I don’t know what it feels like. What is snow? Have I mentioned I was born and raised in SoCal?

With all my deep thought-provoking questions, I decided to ask Google how people dress in the snow. Most importantly, I still want to look cute. So, I asked Google how people look cute in the snow.

untitled-1Anybody from the snow Boston/RI that can confirm if these are accurate? I don’t want to overdress, nor do I want to underdress. I don’t have snowboots, so will rainboots suffice? Do people use an umbrella in the snow too? My knowledge of the snow has only been from what I’ve seen in movies. So, any tips and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Brush It Off

I decided to play around with some brushes, and create some custom brush tips.. for some future projects?

Software used:

Adobe Photoshop

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Giving the BAE One More Chance

I ended my August with a surprise weekend trip up to the bay for one of my best’s birthday. There’s something about SF that you have to understand – that is, I hate it. Well, I don’t hate it. More like, I just don’t feel comfortable up there. That is a direct result of my last trip up there.

Here’s a quick Rough Digest’s version of it: We were chased by a homeless lady holding a stick, got lost in Golden Gate Park in the evening, took a wrong left turn up Haight Ashbury, and the bus forgot about us so we hiked up the opposite side of Lombard street by foot. And, that was only the half of it. Suffice to say, I was so glad to be home in my suburban lifestyle.

Because my best wanted to go to SF, I scrounged up every last courage I had and confidently flew up there to spend her birthday in style.

My expectations were already pretty low, but I remained hopeful. I really wanted to fall in love with SF. Continue reading “Giving the BAE One More Chance”

Wanna Be An Ambassadorian?

ambassadorians_bannerOur church is having its annual small group fair, and guess who’s in charge of making the banner. I feel like the church is such a safe atmosphere to exercise one’s creative passion. You know they’ll be right behind you supporting you, rooting for you to succeed. The brothers and sisters that go through life with you will be honest in telling their feedback.

I was instructed to make the banner short and concise, and not too foofy, in a 11×17 format.

To slightly fill up the remaining excess space, I made a small illustration demonstrating the fellowship of our group.

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I used Adobe Illustrator to create the illustration in symbols.

All I have to do now is open up an InDesign page, write in the texts, and drop in the illustration.

I had envisioned the top “Ambassador Church” to be an open lettering, therefore I went with Desdemona. To perfectly capture the young, hip nature of our group, I decided to go with the bubbly Debby. For a classic and traditional vibe, I went with my most-used Orator for the time & place.



A Day in My Life

Working in luxury retail, my schedule is extremely unpredictable. No two weeks are the same. I decided to map out my “usual” 9-5 average day, and this is what it looks like.

Software used:

Adobe Illustrator

joanne's day

I usually set my alarm 2 hours in advance (6 a.m.) because I know I snooze for at least the first hour. After my 5 alarms, I get up and drink a cup of water. Then, I go through my Snapchat stories, Insta-stories, mail, messages, Twitter, and anything else that interests me on my phone. When I finally am able to force myself to get up, I brush my teeth and shower. Choosing an outfit usually takes awhile, especially if I have nothing in my closet (first world problems, right?)! Makeup time! Now that my body and my face has come to life, it’s time to wake my mental state up with some caffeine. Now, let’s drive myself to work, so I can open up shop. As I mentioned, I work at a luxury fashion retail company. I’m not going to reveal where or what, for personal reasons, but that icon is a mini clue. What should I eat for lunch? That’s always everyday’s question. It’s finally 5:00, I am free! What should we eat for dinner? After dinner, my friends and I love to go out and unwind with happy hour. Lately, I’ve been ending the night with some nighttime Rio Olympics. What’s your favorite sport to watch? I always enjoy the Gymnastics, Swimming, and Track & Field. I simultaneously work on my next design project (any ideas?). Contacts out, washing my face, and brushing my teeth to get ready for bed. As I get snuggled in, I take out my journal and reminisce about what I did today and what I learned today.

What do you do in a day?