Morning Matters

Morning Matters

Manila is beautiful at 5:00 in the morning. When 2016 started, one of my resolutions was to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. I would go to bed at 10:00 PM and wake up at 5:00 AM before anyone else in the house was up. Those few hours spent by myself made my days slower and more focused – and I totally loved it. Of course, as the weeks passed, life got in the way of my morning routine and it has been so long since I got to have that perfectly placed seven hours of sleep. But, that’s fine. Yesterday was the first official day of Holy Week and instead of going on our usual trip to Tali Beach, we decided to have a staycation here in the city. It’s been great! I spent hours and hours just doing my thing – which is basically sitting outside with my art box, some good life books and my Muji sketchbooks. And Spotify. Haha. And I even had time to go downstairs and watch that sunset by Manila Bay, which was still beautiful despite the evident pollution in the pink sky. It was exactly what I needed. The past weeks have left me overwhelmed, tired and kind of empty. I’ve been quite stuck in the aspect of personal creativity. Like I forgot how I used to make art for the sake of art. And I forgot what I used to do  for just me – not for the Details Ink Instagram, not for any client, not for school – but, just for me. Which was so bad because as my annual week of rest...
Introduction

Introduction

Hi there! My name is Kara Pangilinan. I’m the owner and artist behind Details Ink! After awkwardly and intentionally hiding behind the brand name for almost five years, I am finally making the decision to be braver about my work. Hee hoo hee. So, yes. Hello. 🙂 I’m a 21 year old BS Architecture student at UP Diliman. I really, really want to take a master degree in Urban Planning. Hopefully, somewhere in Europe or Australia. When I was around 10 years old, I created this big dream city system thing that I seriously believed would fix all the problems in the Philippines… People from informal settlements would be trained to make nice art out of recycled materials. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and proper housing, food and education would be provided in exchange for their services. I called it Prapelopia – which was a mix of Papelmelroti and Utopia. Haha! Anyway, that crazy idea I had as a child… is pretty much the basis of my undergraduate thesis… Huhu. Good luck to me. Anyway. I have a tendency to ramble. Like now… Hm. I grew up in the musical theater world and still love, love singing. My whole family loves singing, actually. Aside from that, I have this chronic problem of not being able to say what’s on my mind – which is probably why I can fill up pages and pages with my thoughts, in a manner that no one will be able to completely understand. Haha, that’s intentional. In line with that, my Details Ink booth set up at bazaars was designed by yours truly, to serve a special function: to hide me from the...