Frequently Asked Q's
Where are you based currently?
I was born, raised and still am based in sunny Manila, Philippines. I'm in love with this messy city so though I plan to live in other countries for a couple of months at a time, I'll always still fly back home.
What tools do you use? Also, Go to resources?
It's just me, my journal, pen and Macbook with internet connection mostly. I color my photos on Lightroom and work on designs with Photoshop. My camera kit's super simple – just a 6D body with 50mm 1.4 prime lens. And I create all my digital drawings and lettering with an iPad Pro and Apple pencil.
I have way too much resources and tools, and I constantly discover more so I'll make sure to share often!
If you didn't go to college, how did you learn skills?
Hours and hours and hours and hours spent researching, watching videos, reading articles, burying my nose in books, listening to podcasts, stalking other creatives from around the globe, joining workshops, attending events, doing and failing and learning and going through that same process over and over again. One of the downsides of leaving school is that you're not spoon-fed by teachers nor encouraged by peers, but getting first-hand experience early on made me grow and learn so much faster. I'm glad I'm a nerd in my own way too, so leaving school worked quite well for me.
How does a typical day look like for you?
Oh man, everyday's different. Typical's just not possible even though I try my best to stick to routines. When it comes to work, I'm mostly sitting down sadly. I usually get admin work done first (and fast!) before proceeding to the heavy-lifting which includes researching, designing, working on concept decks, writing. This year I've also started working only work 3-4 days a week to give way to other priorities and activities, including time to relax and do things that I love – it's life changing!
What's your shop for? Every when will you have new items?
Partly for fun, partly out of need. I love curating items and as a minimalist, I'm constantly getting rid of my stuff, most of which are my personal faves and special in their own way. I'll be posting new items on the shop regularly so keep an eye out for new uploads every so often!
Which countries have you been to? Can you share tips?
I plan to share some travel-related posts over here eventually with some tips focused on creative finds, spots and experiences but please don't expect detailed itineraries since I don't intend to make this space a travel blog. Here's a list of my travels so far:
- United States of America — California, Nevada, Arizona, Virginia, NYC
- Canada — Vancouver
- China — Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an
- Taiwan — Taipei, Nantou
- South Korea — Busan, Incheon and Seoul
- Hong Kong and Macau
- Malaysia — Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang
- Vietnam — Saigon, Ho Chi Minh
- Europe — Amsterdam, Holland, Bruges, Antwerp, Paris, Switzerland, Rome, Venice, Barcelona, San Sebastian
- UK — London
- Australia — Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane
- New Zealand — Auckland, Rotorua
- Around my home country Philippines — all over Manila, Bohol, Cebu, Boracay, Palawan (Puerto Princesa, Coron, El Nido), Batanes and many other provinces like Tagaytay and Baguio
More questions? Get in touch or post your Q using the hashtag #AskChiara on Instagram. If you're not getting a reply privately, it's probably because I'm working on a full-blown journal entry with my A to your Q, which I'll be posting once a month ♡