5-Minute Warning II

Non-working holidays are a blessing. And that was emphasized this week because since Monday I was too stressed about working on this shirt design project, and I have to adopt this certain vibrant, cartoonish design style that are normally seen on brands like Threadless or Hot Topic.

My main design style, as you can see on The Dispatch, is very minimalist. But I do want to explore other styles, and this project gave me the chance to do so on a working environment. But man, Monday and Tuesday were really challenging. I was making sure that I get the style right but still add my own personal take on the designs.

I was tasked to finish 3 studies, and so far so good on studies 1 and 2. I still haven’t started on study 3, and I have another project with a hard deadline tomorrow. The shirts’ deadline is on Friday. Good God. Help me.

Conversations: Younger Brother and The Deranged Writer I

Younger Brother: You’ve been pretty busy this weekend.

The Deranged Writer: Yep. I was.

Younger Brother: What were you working on?

The Deranged Writer: Nope.

Younger Brother: Come on. What were you working on?

The Deranged Writer: No. It’s classified.

Younger Brother: Design work? Writing work?

The Deranged Writer: No. I can’t tell. Sorry.

Younger Brother: No, wait. Are you making cam shows?

The Deranged Writer: NO!

Younger Brother: [redacted]! REDACTED] IS A PORN STAR!

The Deranged Writer: NO, YOU ASSHOLE! YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

Listen: Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” (2007)

Soundtrack: Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” (of course)


I don’t remember that exact date in 2008, but I do remember that one fateful afternoon when I was talking to a friend of mine while we were on our usual MRT ride back home.

Mr. Rollins[1], that friend of mine I was talking about, asked me what my favorite Foo Fighters songs are.  Of course I love “All My Life”, the first song I heard from them, and their music video of it was the first I have seen from them. I also love the stage anthem “Best of You” and the motivating-and-feel-good “Learn to Fly”. And take note that I am only a casual fan of the band by then.

Mr. Rollins said, “Awesome! But have you heard of ‘The Pretender’?”

“No. Not yet,” I said.

“No way. You should check it out right now. I think you will like it.”

He gave me his earphones for a while, I plugged in it and after just a few seconds of the song’s gloomy Led Zeppelin-isque guitars and strings, my eyes got wider, my whole surroundings became more vibrant and I can feel the blood flowing all over my arteries and veins. (And for good reason.) That a very day, not only I discovered and liked “The Pretender” very much, I discovered my favorite song of all time. And I have my eternal thanks to Mr. Rollins for that.

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