Andrea Cervantes is Beruna Girl, designer & illustrator from Laguna, Philippines.

Because Tumblr is great and my followers are the best, I’m giving away free stuff! I’ve printed out some of my Fringe covers that I made and some exciting notebooks (more about them later!), and decided to give them away to 3 lucky people.


This is exclusively for people who have tumblr blogs but I’m feeling really generous, so if you happen to scroll through this blog and have a tumblr blog, you have 2 more days to like and reblog my post! Visit my tumblr for the rules and prizes, reblog and like, and cross your fingers for good luck! <3

So my brother got a lot of books from the MIBF and although technically they’re his, I can still borrow whatever I like! Also, I’d like you to say hello to my maneki-neko coin bank, which I found in a discount store and is uber cute (ububububububuuu).

October Books

  • I don’t know why I didn’t start on Trese early on, because I’m a fan of this Pinoy comic genre – the crime-solving/procedural with the help of supernatural beings from folklore (however, I’m not a fan of Grimm and OUAT). But it’s surprisingly good and I’m glad that I’ve started it! Also, I’m really happy that most of these writers and artists are still inspired by local folklore and myths, and I’m glad that they never tone them down. Alexandra Trese reminds me of stoic superheroines in scifi whom I love, but I’m more interested with the Kambal, her bodyguards.
  • About a year ago I tried picking up my brother’s favorite book, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, but I felt that the lead character is too much like him, and reading more from the book seems like an invasion of privacy. I’m trying to read it again and I hope I can get past that and focus on the story.
  • WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT LOVELY EDITION OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. It’s one of my favorite books growing up, and I’m just all grabby-hands at this book.

I’m proud of the fact that I get to read more this year. I hope I can go back to reading plenty of books next year – I have a long list of ebooks to read and nothing to read them with (except my laptop, but that’s too heavy to take anywhere).

Pretty excited to share these to you guys! After some weeks of getting lost in the mail, look what came into the office yesterday:


My Moo card samples have arrived! Haha, as you can see we’re not too shy to open the packs at all!

 A few months back, I signed up for an account with my brother, and we both saw Moo’s free business card promo. I’ve wanted to make my business cards myself so I didn’t think much about it, but my brother signed up immediately. After some months, he received his cards. I was impressed with the printing and the paper quality so I had to sign up!

Moo can also send you free sample packs, where customers can choose from the various products they offer before ordering. I wanted to know how the luxe cards and stickers on the sticker books would look like, and I’m so giddy when I finally had them in my hands:


I am so tempted to order more cards and more items from them! But for the meantime: here are my cards!


I love the finish and the crispness of the printing. Also, these samples are absolutely free! Imagine how your actual orders would look like!

Moo lets you play around with your layouts and upload your own images for business cards, stickers, mini-cards, and more. If you can’t make layouts by yourself, you can choose from various layouts they offer. Also, you can print different images on each card! These will be shipped in beautiful boxes and booklets, so you can carry them on the go. It’s pretty straightforward and very convenient if you don’t have the time or software to make cards at all.


A bit of advice: if you’re shipping to Manila and you’re on a budget, it’s more affordable to ship using the UK website than the US, but you would have to wait longer for the package to arrive.

Personally, I would prefer making my own cards with an offset printer – something that Moo’s not offering yet. I would like to experiment with printing methods and other techniques with paper. But Moo has colored me impressed indeed, and would think about them for other projects and needs. Will definitely recommend these to friends, and I can’t wait to send these new ones out! Thanks Moo!

Hey guys! I have an ongoing collaboration with my friend, makeup artist and photographer Em Smith.



Em Smith is a makeup artist and photographer based in Houston, Texas. She grew up in Marinduque and Manila, Philippines, and I met her when we were both artists for a local fashion brand. I’m always floored by her photos and her conceptual and “no-makeup” makeup, so it’s an honor to be working with her! So excited for the next ones!

I’m back! Again! Haha, I miss this blog so much, it pains me not to have so many updates that I planned. 🙁

I’ve been admitted to a hospital during the last week of September and went home during the first week of October. Initially, people thought I was having appendicitis; the pain turned out to be really bad gastritis. It had been painful for some days but I’m just happy that no surgery was involved, I recovered quickly, and very thankful that I didn’t have to pay so much.

I was never afraid of hospitals, and although the thought of having surgery made me nervous I was relatively OK with the experience. I got to try a lot of tests – MRI, ultrasounds, the works! – which would make other people run to the hills at the thought of it, but it had been all very interesting to me. I guess that was just the inner geek talking. I was aware that I’m missing the final season premiere of Fringe, so those tests reminds me so much of Massive Dynamic (although third world hospitals are the last things that would remind you of Massive Dynamic) and Walter’s crazy experiments.

Staying in the hospital made me read my September reading list faster. These are the things my brother picked up at the last Manila International Book Fair (Doraemon appears because these are his books, hahaha):

September Books

  • I fell in love with Roberto Bolano’s Amulet that I’ve read it thrice (while waiting for checkups and test results) last month. I fell in love with the premise – the non-linear story of a woman trapped in a bathroom in a university under military occupation for weeks – and upon reading it, realize that it’s basically who I wanted to be in college before I went full-nerd again.
  • Mom and I read all the Ocampo books while I was in the hospital. I’m happy that my mom still had a thing or two to learn from history, and I’m glad to see that she got to enjoy some books again. I’m relieved that Ambeth’s recent columns are published in book form, because it’s a pain to look them up in the Inquirer Opinions archives online.
  • It should be stated that I haven’t seen a Manuel Conde movie in its entirety (mainly because obtaining copies is next to impossible), but the clips and archival pictures shows how gorgeous his movies are. I’ve read The Cinema of Manual Conde in my uncle’s house Baguio years ago and I’m glad that we have our own copy too.

Health issues. Sigh. I guess this year wasn’t so good to my health, despite of me living in better conditions and having better meals and HMO – but then again, maybe they’re the accumulated stress and problems of the years I lived in the city. They do take a toll on me emotionally, but I always remind myself that I have lots of things to be thankful for. I’m more productive and active, and I learned to let myself get over some disappointments and worries. I guess my body is still adjusting, but I am still liking the change, and I hope everything syncs together harmoniously.

  • I am so in love with Soasig Chamillard’s saintly Pop Culture sculptures because they are so ironic and beautiful! I am raised as a Catholic and I get how the identity of women can be relegated into the familiar silhouette of Marian statues, and vice versa – especially while one is growing up. Probably the first time in a long time I was moved like this by an artwork!
  • I’m neither an Australian nor a businesswoman, but I found Women in Business very inspirational, plus the layout is so lovely. Bookmarked it if I ever get to go back into selling my stuff. 🙂
  • I’ve been tinkering with type this year, and this guide by H&F-J helped me a lot! I violated most of the rules here (heh) but sometimes you just have to use the right tools for the trade.
  • Design*Sponge wants us to know that it’s OK to say no (to upcoming projects, that is)! I wish I read this years ago and it could’ve saved me lots of trouble!
  • Frugal By Choice is becoming one of my favorite blogs to read even if I don’t have time to cook or DIY everything. Apart from the interesting projects, it inspires me to be practically frugal with my time and money… even when it hurts.
  • Because I’m trying to lose weight (huhu), Tieka of Selective Potential is my peg! Apart from her amazing fashion sense, I appreciate her being open about her weight-loss journey and how she slowly felt comfortable in her own skin. I hope I can do it too!


I’ve talked about my personal blogging history some months ago, and I’m happy that a lot of people who read it remembered their first websites and blogs, and how the community was back then. It’s funny how blogs started out as these angst and hormone-ridden personal diaries and evolved into the media of sponsored, young fashion and food enthusiasts. My younger self would rant about this – reclaim the blogs! – but now I appreciate what these bloggers are doing and I’m happy for them that they can merge their personal life with more productive things.

Last month I decided to delete my Livejournal, Blurty, and DeviantArt accounts. I just woke up one morning and told myself, “I am not andreavenge anymore, and I haven’t opened them in years, so what’s the point?” I used to keep my blogs as a reminder of how I was back then, and to look up some graphics I did or old photos I had. It was hard to click the “delete account” button, to say goodbye to all those dysfunctional stories and all those growing pains, but as a social tool they don’t really serve their purpose as they did before.

I believe that I wouldn’t be a little better if I didn’t go though my blogs, and I do appreciate the things, opportunities, and experiences I learned while growing up and blogging. I read through my old blogs and I found out that I didn’t know where they were headed, and what they wanted to say. Or maybe I grew too old for them, this blog being so very different from them now. I wish I knew myself better then and invested on a better blogging platform so I can sync them with my new ones, but I guess that having this new platform and my own domain is a sign that I’ve known myself better now.

This week, I received a notice from Multiply that they will be deleting personal accounts to give way to more online store accounts. I had a hard time deciding to delete this account because I used it as a massive photo dump, and I displayed most of my favorite web layouts there. With a heavy heart, I finally backed up the photos and took one last look at my layout before I cancelled the account.

Somehow it feels liberating and refreshing to start anew with the times, and watch yourself grow again.


Hello everybody! I’m still alive, hahaha! Also, like a good fan, I can’t stop myself from posting a pic of September from Fringe this month.

Work and weekend trips dominated my August and early September, but it’s not as dramatic or emotionally-wrenching like July, so everything is good. Right now I’m focusing more on losing weight, which I’m happy to report that I am doing successfully but slowly! I didn’t think that I can cut down on the sweets and eliminate the chips and other junk food like I did before, but now I stopped craving. I just got back into the habit of exercising too, so I hope rains or really bad weather wouldn’t get in the way or I have to fight my way with the bros and work out with our EA Active 2 on the PS3.

It was Fringe‘s anniversary last September 9, and although I am really, really sad that my favorite show had to go, I’m so happy being a fan of it and I certainly won’t forget this show long after it ends. As a tribute, I collected all my Fringe covers into one page here:

Fringe Essentials Covers

It looks so good in the iPad (also, we have an official office iPad, because my boss is awesome)! So glad that people in the fandom love them, and I’m glad that most of my friends started tuning in because of my covers. I just wish that there would be a season or two more to enjoy.

I’ve been doing a lot of fan work, like wallpapers and gifs, these past few months. I guess working on a field entirely different from graphic design had made me miss Photoshop and Illustrator, and I’ve been enjoying them as a mental and creative activity. Although it’s pretty much a short-attention-span, instant-gratification thing and I don’t get to own some rights, it’s still a productive activity which I enjoy immensely.

But then I had an opportunity to design something for a very strange client this month, something I’ve been dreaming of doing ever since! So excited to share it with you, and although the final art wasn’t really my most favorite of what I did, I see it as a foot in the door and a start of a great adventure.

So how are you doing? How’s September (the month – although tell me asap if you’ve seen Observers around)?

holiday work?

Updating from work on the holidays! To Muslim readers, have a good holiday. 🙂 (That Japanese doll means nothing though, it’s one of the cute dolls our company have on display.)

Um, actually, I thought I retired from photography but what am I doing now? 😛 But hey I’m doing something that I can also submit to Things Organized Neatly, so oh well. Also, I’ve been doing some work on this rush project and I am excited and actually wishing that they would like it. If it pushes on, I will be so fulfilled!

I hope everybody’s having a good holiday today. Rest easy and take care! 🙂