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Your Fear Is Real

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I've been feeling scared a lot lately. The fear of failure, of being left behind, of the world. I'm scared of public transportation, of eye contacts, of paying groceries and other people queuing behind me. I know it makes no sense and it sounds stupid but I want to write about it either way. I guess, in some ways, I'm willing to treat this like a therapy I never got to experience in real life, with a shrink. Similarly, to remind myself that despite what people say, my fear is real.

I Need To Be Thinner


Based on the title, I think it's obvious what this post is all about. But just in case you haven't picked the pieces up, this post will be all about body image. My body image issues which is something I've been struggling with for years. As I'm typing this post, I'm still facing the same problem although not as intense as it used to be.

Tips On Surviving Design School


If you're new to my blog, chances are you have no idea what course I took in college, what my major was or any of those things. Quick heads up, I graduated from design school, majoring in Interactive Digital Media which isn't entirely graphics design but isn't completely different either — which I'll explain later. As such, I have a few suggestions (or tips and tricks, if you must) on what to expect or how to handle things like assignments and deadlines when you're currently enrolled in or are thinking about pursuing arts and design in college.

How I (Try To) Read More


If you follow me on twitter, you probably knew about how I've been binge-reading lately. Binge-reading? That's good, isn't it? Yes, of course. The thing is, I haven't been reading a lot for years; the last time I activated my bookworm mode was, what...3-4 years ago? I was a quick and focused reader when I was still in high school. Fast forward to college, I haven't been able to do that. This year, I'm willing to change that and make reading as part of my daily routine. I, too, have several tips on how to stay focused when it comes to doing it.

Thoughts On Ads


A couple days ago I received an email from a media convergence offering me the chance to collaborate. A year ago I received an email asking me if I'd like to monetize my blog by placing ads banner on my blog. To say I was surprise is an understatement because I never thought I'd receive such offers. I mean, my blog isn't that awesome, you know? I end up abandoning the offer for placing ads on my blog. And allow me to explain why.

Clocked 006 | Catching Up


I missed a month of weekend highlight post because I'm lazy like that, ha! Then again, if there's nothing interesting, I wouldn't write this post down. For this week, I have certain things to recap so let's go.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater


I'm not one who writes book reviews often because I personally think other people deliver it better than I do. Still, I want to write a review for this book because I love it so much. I even finished this book in 3 days, guys. THREE DAYS. When was the last time I finished a book that fast? Years ago. It's a nice accomplished feeling to finally feel that spark again. Long story short, let's do this.

Mlkboard 005 | Duotones


If you can keep up with the Kardashians then you wouldn't have problems keeping up with the latest design trend that's going to be part of 2017's Big League. Right, I just made that up but I'd like to think I delivered a good opening for this post. Regardless, the first moodboard of this month will feature all things duotones.

Disappointing Young Adult Series



Books are expensive and reading takes a lot of time so when I found myself spending my money on disappointing books or series, I can't help but to regret it big time and wish I can sell them. Likewise, I also used to read a lot of young adult series but I've stopped since 2012. Why, it's because most YA series tend to be redundancy with disappointing plot or character development. Still, if I were to pick the worst series or books I extremely regret purchasing, these are the books that made it to the list.

I Am Not Dressing Up For You


One annoying thing that bothers me is when someone came up to me and ask, "so you're into makeup now? Did you get yourself a boyfriend / crush?" For the record, yes I am in a relationship but that has nothing to do with me wanting to look presentable. I chose to look presentable because I want to, because it makes me happy and feel a boost of confidence. I'm doing it for myself and not for other people or my boyfriend, even.
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