Kumusta / Hello

Sooo, there’s something you should probably know about me. I faked my way through pre-school, kindergarten and part of first grade. Little did I know that this experience would lay the groundwork for my design career and is the root of my high tolerance for ambiguity.

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I was born in the Philippines and moved to San Diego, California when I was four years old. I didn’t speak English. I wasn’t much of a talker to begin with, so not knowing the language of the country I just immigrated to didn’t exactly encourage me to develop into a social butterfly.

It did, however, make me a better listener and observer. Because I literally had no means of verbal communication with the other kids or teachers, the only real way I was able to connect with people was through visual communication and play—and snacks.

I eventually learned English; moved around a bit more; and picked up a design degree and an MBA. Although I did find my voice along the way, I’m still the quiet kid in the room who prefers to listen and observe people, places and things—an INFJ through and through.

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I connect with others through making, breaking and reimagining (not necessarily in that order) products, experiences, services, spaces and systems. And I still love snacks.

Salamat sa Pagbisita / Thanks for Swinging By