The 100-Day Project (First Week Recap)

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I’ve been trying to break free from the monotony that is my life. I figured it was time to for a new habit. This was why I joined the SSSVEDA, so I could start feeling comfortable in front of the camera and maybe really start a vlog of all my travels and whatnot. So far, it hasn’t worked for me yet. I’m too lazy to film myself. The second (and last) video I posted for this month was done after 127 takes. Ugh, it’s too much work for me, so I guess I’m gonna have to put that down and move on to other things, which brings me to the 100-day project.

I found out about this through one of the people I follow on Instagram. Actually, I first stumbled upon Elle Luna on Medium when I read this article which I found extremely inspiring. So what is the 100-day Project? It’s a project by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent urging people to do / make something for 100 days, starting April 6 up to July 14. In my case, I chose 100 days of handwritten words. I think it’s doable because I can write anywhere and any time. It doesn’t take up a lot of hours, but still allows me to take a moment each day to practice calligraphy and my handwriting.

I will be posting a recap every week until July 14. Here goes the first week:

April 6 – April 12

Great Eastern Women’s Run 2014

Last Sunday, I took part in Great Eastern Women’s Run 2014. It was a couple of months ago when I decided I would go to Singapore for a visit and while I was contemplating that, I searched for runs to be held anytime near my birthday and I found GEWR. I registered right away (didn’t even have a plane ticket then!).

It was my first ever out-of-the-country run and I was psyched! I promised myself I was gonna run the entire 5K this time. I know, I know, it’s just a short distance and I’ve registered to dozens of 5K runs before… but I’ve never completed the entire 5K without stopping to walk.. =_=. And as much as I would like to tell you that I did what I promised, I can’t because it didn’t happen. I didn’t train like I was supposed to because I was sick the entire time since I got to SG and didn’t want to risk running everyday in rainy weather for fear of aggravating it.

Race Day

I was so scared to get lost while trying to get to the event location so I purchased a shuttle bus ticket. It was a mistake because even though my run would start at 8am, I was in the location as early as 4:30am! TT_TT… There were no seats and I didn’t want to sit down on the floor (germaphobe alert! LOL). So I was standing up the whole time. Not to mention, I had walked a good 20 minutes to get to Sengkang station where the pickup location was. So, you could pretty much say I had a decent warmup before the run. LOL, but my legs were hurting by the time I finished the 1st kilometer. D:

Experience

I had a few tearful moments during the entire event. For one, I was alone and I had nobody to talk to. Everybody else had a friend with them and were taking selfies or wefies or whatever you called them. I just felt like events like these needed to be experienced with someone. Second, it was just a happy moment participating in something like this outside of the Philippines, and in a place close to my heart. I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. Singapore gave me a lot of memories and all of them came rushing back as I was walking / running past the familiar places.

Again?

I will definitely do this again. My best friend Ellen wants to go to the StanChart run next year. I may come with her. Who knows? I might be running a half-marathon by then!

Lettering

I’ve always liked lettering. All my doodles consist mainly of handwritten letters but I never really explored the art.

The other day, after drawing a logo for my sister, I remembered how great it felt to actually use a pen. I have been so used to typing that I forgot how much I loved using pens (I collect them, and notebooks too!). So, that got me started. I pulled out an old sketch book, a couple of my pens, a pencil, and wrote whatever came to mind. Here are a few of the things I’ve worked on so far. Pretty rough, but I’ll get better. Someday.

I’m doing an OPM (Original Pilipino Music) Series where I hand-write lyrics from Filipino songs. I posted my first one today which was from Yeng Constantino’s Jeepney Love Story. I’m pretty excited about this because OPM deserves some good lovin’ and I get to practice my lettering too!