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So You Want To Get Started On Calligraphy?

Or know someone who does?

Want to learn how to write beautifully? It's time to get into calligraphy. You can take workshops, self-study, or even learn online. We're here to point you in the right direction.

  • Sign up for a workshop. If you don't know where to begin, joining a workshop is a great start. There are a lot of calligraphers who offer workshops (either private or with a group), so you're in luck! The fee might be a little pricey, but apart from learning how to do calligraphy, you also get to take home kits that usually include a pen, some nibs, and practice sheets.

    Check out these links for those who offer calligraphy (and lettering) workshops.
    Abbey Sy
    Anina Rubio
    Googly Gooeys
    Ink Scribbler
    La Bella Scrittura
    Life After Breakfast

  • Practice makes progress. Calligraphy doesn't just happen overnight. You need to keep practicing your strokes to get them right. Set aside an hour or two to sit down and just write.

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  • Use the right tools. There are some sites that offer kits in case you want to try learning calligraphy on your own. Check them out below.


    via Craft Central

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What new hobby would you like to learn this 2015? Leave a comment down below and let's talk New Year's resolutions!

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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