This 23-year-old singer/fashion designer/blogger talks about the joys of getting out of your comfort zone.
knowing THAT Good Work Takes Time I’m working on my EP, but I don’t want to make anything that sounds rushed. It takes time to write songs from experience, and I don’t want to release anything that isn’t me, so I’m taking my time. My music is influenced by R&B, electronic music, and the ‘80s. I’m just putting together all these different sounds. I don’t even care about being unique anymore, I just want to show people who I am and see how they take it. Philippine Popular Music Festival (PHILPOP) and asked me to sing it. At first, I felt like it wasn’t my thing because I wanted my first single to be something I wrote. It was a challenge for me to connect with Philpop’s market since I’m more into indie. But I knew PHILPOP would reach many more people than my usual listeners, so I decided to try it and see where it would take me. And it was fun—i met new people, such as songwriters who I would love to work with. It was a good experience, all in all.
I like getting lost in a foreign city. It’s really scary, but when you find your way back it’s such a relief and it’s so rewarding. While you’re lost, you’re not looking for anything, then you come across a nice café or boutique you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. When I travel for work, I have a translator with me. But when I get lost by myself, I just have to be like, “Hi, English, anyone?” It’s fun because it’s like a social challenge. I used to have a really hard time introducing myself to strangers and starting a conversation. Traveling really helped me with that because if you’re on your own, you can’t rely on others to start a conversation with you. You have to push yourself to get to know them or to get where you want to go.
killing HATERS WITH kindness
Some people diss my skin color, and it’s fine since I like standing up for morenas. I don’t let it get to me ’cause when I travel, people say, “I love your skin color! I love your hair!” Haters know nothing about you, and they’d probably want to be your friend if they got to know you. Why would you feel bad about someone who clearly has so much hate in them? Sometimes I even fire back. But I don’t say anything mean. I PM them something like, “Hate brews hate, love brews love. What’s the point of your message? What are you trying to prove? Anyway, I hope you don’t say this to anyone else. Just have a good day, God bless you.”