Sunday, December 18, 2011

DB Christmas Wishes

Sharing an image of the company "This is Me" Christmas tree.

The tree is "fuller" since this picture was taken - but it gives you an idea of what this awesomeness looks like.  Everyone was asked to design a frame that represented "me". It was really interesting to see how people saw themselves and expressed it through this frame.

We were supposed to get a real tree but this never happened for some reason. lol.

Sharing as well the electronic Christmas card we sent out to clients. An animation of the ever-growing DB tree, updated for our 25th anniversary this year! Click here por favor!

DB Naughty or Nice Christmas Shenanigans

About 1.5 months ago, management asked myself and 3 others to take ownership of the company Christmas party. 

It was a bit of a daunting task to put this together ontop of regular "end-of-the-year-mad-rush-to-finish-everything" work. We started out with grander plans - but due to time, commitment and budget, we trimmed it down and focused on making what we had the best it could possibly be. Why bother if it would come out half-assed right?

This project was really team-work with a capital T, and an awesome team at that!:

  • 4 email teasers and printed invitation accomplished (throw back to my "copywriting" days, lol)
  • SGD 900 raised for a charity (in lieu of usual Secret Santa)
  • Lucky draw prizes collected (from rice cooker to travel vouchers to an ipod touch - none of which I won, hehe) & mechanics ironed out
  • Theme approved that everyone seemed content with (ie: can be interpreted in which ever way to appease the "game" and the "not so game")
  • Food and booze tested  (food was AMAZING)
  • Venue secured (very much suited our company's quirk vibe - check it out here)
  • Photo loop sorted
  • Special cocktail concocted 
  • Hosting hat dusted and shined 
Party was yesterday and I'm happy to share that the event was a smashing success! A huge sigh of relief & and accomplishment as all tastes and personalties were satisfied. 

Sharing an invite, our menu and snapshots of the night care of KC. 

FR w/ HI - our Xmas Elf!
Queen of Tarts  Hearts & Black Swan
Badboy BS & Angelic SJ
KC with TG (aka Jack Sparrow)
Minnie Mouse in the house
Boys from "The Hangover"
Immortalizing my outfit - as goodness knows when I'll ever wear it again!
AL - our glamour lump of coal
Bright coloured peeps
Ashton & Demi

Friday, December 9, 2011

DVD for Dummies!

Because I don't have cable, my recent obsession has been renting movies from my neighborhood DVD rental.

I remember thinking to myself every single time I had to remove a DVD from it's case: "why is this so hard to bloody remove from it's case".

I FINALLY figured it out when I saw "PUSH" in the center locking device of a DVD case. You don't yank out the DVD, you push the clamp so it loosens up and then you can pull it out! A total AHA moment. lol

Jusko. It couldn't be more obvious that my knowledge of DVDs (if any at all) is via bootleg copies. IE - CD inserted in crinkly plastic and paper sleeves!

On another note, neighborhood DVD rental. Retro huh? Reminds me of the time I was renting VCRs when I was dorming in college. Or when I would flip through laser disc rentals when going to the supermarket with my mom growing up.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gingerbread Man

Tangled wires have always bugged me. Case in point? Earphones. 

Thought I solved my problem a few months ago when I started using velcro fasters. You know those things that come with Nokia phone chargers? Anyway, it was great at the start but it got old (and annoying) fast. For a number of reasons but mainly because I became too lazy to properly fold my earphones into a bundle. 

I've found a lovely alternative that will hopefully be both more effective and quicker. Found it in a bookstore filled with other wonderfully "essential" knick-knacks

Meet my gingerbread man. He looks dashing wrapped in earphone don't you think?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Nothing But Bokeh

We did an evening shoot to put into context the lesson about long exposures.

I couldn't leave the class without asking how to create an image with bokeh.

According to, bokeh: "is the photographing technique of aesthetically blurring the background; to exaggerate the effect of the lights shinning in the background/foreground."

As per my last work stint before moving though, bokeh is an effective tool for creating dynamic and contemporary visuals. Also known to drive work-mates so mad that random shreiking of "BOKEH!" can be expected.

Unfortunately, due to the lens limitations, I really can't do anything BUT an image full of bokeh (ie: hanggang wall paper lang ang dating) - but it's cool nonetheless ya?

Bokeh (and then some) images below! Dedicated to my bokeh buddies :)

Friday, December 2, 2011


Immaculate, white, seemingly crisp edges.. yet.. bouncy! Getting the first few rubs out of these erasers are always so thrilling - I kid you not. I love Staedtler erasers!