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On 2016

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post a 2016 wrap-up. Truthfully, I didn’t really plan to do much at the start of the year. I went with my gut a lot this year and just let life take me where it wanted. My decisions weren’t so planned out this year, and I am fine with that.

I didn’t think I would do much in 2016, and I didn’t, but the year surprised me nonetheless.

With that, I’ll keep things short and sweet.

Among other things this year I:

  • Rang in the New Year with my family in the Philippines — bringing together our entire extended family from Malaysia, Singapore, USA, and other parts of the Philippines for the first time in DECADES!
  • Rekindled my love for photography
  • Went to Seoul and met Tara
  • Reunited with friends and my aunt who I hadn’t seen in 11 years! (Also in Seoul!)
  • Visited my best friend in Seattle
  • Pitched my first campaign EVER
  • Said goodbye to my first “grown-up” job
  • Landed a job in social media & marketing

It doesn’t seem like I really did much this year, but I had little victories here and there. I’m most proud of finally deciding to focus on being a creative. It was a difficult choice and one that I’d been juggling for years, but this is what I want to do. I’m scared but excited and totally ready to keep making things in 2017.


Lights, Camera, Wait….what?!!

Welcome to another edition of Shayne tries to catch you up on what she’s doing with her life through her blog that probably only has 10 [awesome] readers. Thanks for joining me!

This week I’ve been really busy tying up all the loose ends with several projects that I’ve been working on. In a couple of weeks I am presenting a proposal for a marketing campaign. Next Tuesday, I present a different proposal for a final project. Earlier today, I took part in a broadcast, and some time this month another one of my articles for April will go live. Oh, and I just got back from Seattle!

Phew! I hope you don’t read my blog out loud because that last paragraph was a mouthful. Anyways, here’s a recap on how everything went down!

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While the Feeling’s Still Fresh: A Letter to Those Who Wrote-In Harambe

I took this photo and meant to post it yesterday morning to encourage people to vote. I didn’t do that and now I wish I did. Last night, I thought that enough of my peers would cast their votes to continue moving us forward. I believed in our generation, and I believed in my friends, colleagues, and everyone who showed me their progressive and inclusive values. I believed in you.

I also believed that you cared about your community. I thought that you would take the time to read up on what was happening in your own state, in your own city, in your own backyard. That’s where your vote matters most because you have to live with those circumstances the most.

Instead, we had people write in “Harambe” and willingly nullify their vote for the most important election we’ve seen in recent history. Oh, and let’s not forget about the ones who kept saying, “I don’t want to vote, our choices suck.”

They also decided not to vote at all because, in their minds, a vote in their state didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. With how close the numbers were in some states, I hope you realize that your vote did matter and you have no justification to post about the nightmare you are now Facebook-ranting about.

You actively chose not to exercise a fundamental right. Let this be the push you need to participate and actively seek to educate yourself and others on the issues that need to be solved and reforms that need to be made.

Your quality of life depended on this election. I hope you see that now and I hope that you can accept that your standing still was the most consequential action you ever chose to do.

Now, we have a President-elect that I hope to God will become educated about the people he now represents. I knew that in whatever way this election turned out, we all had to come together. But, man, now we really have to come together.


P.S.: Please keep the conversation going. Midterms are in 2018.

My Idol Knows I Exist

I’m trying to start a posting schedule. I know I promise a lot of things about this blog, so don’t mark my words about that. Ha! Really, I want to post more consistently, even if that’s just once a week. At least this place will get an update here and there. Eventually, my plan is to turn this blog into some kind of satellite blog for a portfolio/work-related website, but that’s way, way down the line.

Anyways, this week has been really busy. On top of that, I’m getting ready to fly out to Seattle in a couple of days. I haven’t really been in the city (aside from less than 24hr layovers) in two years. I’m excited to hangout at some of my old stomping grounds, eat at my favorite restaurants, and just be around the people that make up The Town. Before I get into travel mode, let’s recap the week that was.

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What’s Keeping Me Busy

Since winter’s coming, the days are getting shorter and I’ve been feeling a need to reflect. Most days, I think about the future, what I want to do, if I even like what I’m doing. To be honest, I’m probably pretty unemployable in the traditional sense. I don’t know if that makes sense. I’m too much of a daydreamer and I want more than just to push papers.

I have come to learn that the 9 to 5 is not for me. Will I stay around a little bit longer? Yes. Will I do this forever? No. I don’t have the courage to short myself in this life and get older, only to realize that I never lived life.  So lately I’ve been working towards transitioning myself out of this box and do work I’m passionate about — even if that means that I’m pulling all-nighters.

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