My first EP (Fixed Points & Pendulums) launched June 22, 2012.
My second (Detours) launched June 23, 2013.
Listen to my band's entire discography here.
Check out one of my music videos below!
Jad Montenegro is musician and all-around bag lady. The music started out with Jad playing solo acoustic acts in Davao after moving here from Manila. She hosted two rock shows called Muzika del Sur and Durian Shake.
She eventually met and formed a band with drummer Dave Ibao and bassist Pjoe Sabanpan, who were both involved with their own bands at the time.
Prior to forming a band, Jad won Best Pop Artist in 2009 at the Muzika Del Sur Awards, and Best Music Video in 2010 for her song The Backyard.
They have since won other awards and been featured in a number of magazines and publications, notably Pulp Magazine and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. They were also artist of the month for Radio Republic, Davao Music Nation, Lieu Magazine, and altMNL.
In 2012 they were joined by Eric Luzada (lead guitar) and Carlo Garcia (drums). Dave Ibao shifted instruments (from drums to lead guitar).
The band is now composed of:
Jad Montenegro - guitar, vocals
Dave Ibao - guitar, backing vocals
Eric Luzada - lead guitar
Pjoe Sabanpan - bass
Garcia - drums, backing vocals
The band released their first EP Fixed Points and Pendulums on June 22, 2012.
They released their second EP Detours on June 23, 2013.
Listen to their entire discography here.
To support her bad habits, like playing gigs for free and producing indie albums, Jad works from home as a writer and graphic artist. She is married to professional comic illustrator John Amor, a.k.a The Boy.
Hey guys! It’s been ages since I posted a DIY! I’ve been busy with my band, work, and family stuff. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling this year, so I’ve been neglecting the blog. But here’s a DIY to make up for it!
As DIY’s go this tutorial was pretty easy to do. It t
k me about 2 hours, but that was because my sewing machine kept jamming. If you use tacky glue instead of sewing it’ll probably take you about 45 minutes!
Sewing Machine (you can sew by hand too, or use fabric glue)
Cool patterned fabric (pick a stiff fabric that’s not hard to sew through, easier to work with)
fabric marker for tracing around stuff (i just used a pen *shrug)
your ipad / mini
an old cardboard box ( i used a box our electric fan came in)
Trace your ipad onto the cardboard panels.
Make two tracings, then cut them out.
You should have two cardboard panels.
cut a thin strip of cardboard to act as a spine. This is only for reference - it tells you how much space to leave in the middle later when you sew everything together.
You can look at your store-bought ipad case to figure out how wide a space you need for the spine.
>Now arrange your cardboard panels and place them on top of your fabric. The fabric should be folded in half. Cut around the panels.
I taped my cardboard to the fabric temporarily while I cut around everything. this is what I was left with after cutting:
I removed the tape, all the cardboard panels, and placed my two sheets of fabric together.
I folded the fabric again and cut them in half, leaving me with 4 panels.
Okay, from here on out it’s diagrams (YAY!!! lol) because I was too lazy to sew, take a picture, sew, take a picture… :|
LOL. Anyway, here are IRL pics.
By the way, I didn’t come up with this tutorial from scratch. Basically I had this urge to pimp out my boring blue ipad case so I googled DIY IPAD CASE and got a whole lot of ideas. A lot of them were too fiddly for me, so I combined a lot of them and made some hacks (aka shortcuts) here and there because I’m lazy. littlemisslovelyvintage had the best (read: easiest) one, I think.
Anyway, some cons I can see to making a case out of fabric is this:
unless you use transparent thread or fabric that doesn’t fray, the seam is going to look kind of wonky. so I had to go over my middle seam 3-4 times trying to even it out (i used black thread, so I had to make sure it looked ok from the exterior).
Also, it is really hard to sew a casing that has cardboard inside it! Well, not impossible, but not easy either.
Also, sewing the elastic holders by hand was a pain. Because I hate sewing anything by hand, and the back has little black stitches from where I sewed through the cardboard. Basically, my hand stitching SUCKS, so I’m not too happy with the back stitches, but that’s just me.
All in all I think my case turned out pretty ok, and I found a use for my patterned fabric that I got off a sale bin in NCCC Mall for P25 a yard.
Hope you enjoyed this DIY!
My Favorite Photo Editing Apps For Android
Just the other week I someone asked me what I use to edit my photos on Instagram. Currently I work as a photo-retoucher at one of my day jobs, so it makes sense that that same obsessive compulsiveness to fiddle around with a photo carries over to pictures I take with my smartphone (a cheap Cloudfone Thrill 500g). I still use my Samsung Galaxy GT i550’s camera sometimes (takes pretty good daytime photos even from a moving car) and then I import the files to my bigger 5-inch phone for easier editing. I don’t really have a fancy setup, my phones are budget-priced and their cameras are average (leaning towards terrible, in the Cloudfone’s case).
Of course, the art of phone photography (whether it’s an art is debatable, lol) involves finding the perfect apps that allow you to be more creative and adventurous when post-processing them. The difference between professional (ish) photos I take with my DSLR and grainy phone pics is that I don’t need to hold myself back. It’s ok to have unrealistic, blurred, grainy, color-graded or over-vignetted photos on Instagram, it’s “creative”. Purple sky? Yes please!
FILTERS AND OVERLAYS: PIXLR EXPRESS
If it’s a pretty decently shot photo with not much change needed for exposure, brightness or contrast, then I simply head over to Pixlr Express (which seems to be a souped up version of Pixlr-o-matic).
It has a bajillion filters and plenty of features for corrective and creative editing. I especially love that it allows me to apply an action in percentages, so I can go light or heavy-handed when it comes to applying a filter or action (just like the FADE feature in Photoshop). It also has a lot of overlays (fake bokeh, light leaks) for when you’re feeling more retro than usual, lol.
One thing it DOESN’T have though, is curves, which for me is the clincher for a photo editing app.
HARDCORE PHONE EDITING: PHOTO EDITOR by MacGyver
If there was ever a harder app name to google, this is it. :| They could have picked a more unique name, you know? But this app is the BEST app in the entire app store for me because it has everything I need to make a picture awesome, including that mystical, almost impossible-to-find feature CURVES.
Here I’m just using a photo of the sky taken through the grubby window of a moving car.
Histograms are provide for the OC.
You can choose how many points to use for that particular Curves session, too.
It has all the features other apps have, and more. I love the fact that I can create actual workflows, and save them, just like actions in Photoshop. It’s such a powerful tool that I don’t know why this app isn’t more popular.
Here’s some that I created:
It gives you the ability to create your own personal filters rather than forcing you to depend on Instagram’s limited image-quality reducing stock filters. It also has an option for you to save in maximum quality. It has the fade option for actions and filters. It has mirror capability for creating symmetrical collages. It has resize for sharing to Instagram’s square format. It even has the clone tool. I love this app, and if I had to delete every photo editor I had and keep only one, this would be it.
SQUARE FORMAT WORKAROUND: INSTASIZE
Hands down easiest to use resizing app. All it does is resize a photo to fit inside the Instagram square frame, and sends you straight into Instagram to finish the posting. Dead simple, and I use it for 90% of my photos because most of the time I prefer to shoot in a non-square format. I also use Photo Editor for resizing, but I use Instasize for non-edited photos.
COLLAGES: PHOTO GRID
For when I want more than one photo in a single frame. GRID HD is a cool feature that allows you more customization when framing (border thickness, background).
The backgrounds are pretty cute (I hardly use them, but I imagine people who love scrapbook-style collages would).
I especially like taking 9 photos and putting them in this all-square grid.
It’s very cool to see all the photos you took over a period of time, and it’s useful for blog posts and DIY compilations on days when I’m too lazy to use my dslr.
CORRECTING: TOUCH RETOUCH
An app that seems to have perfected a hybrid of the clone and heal tools for mobile use.
You just brush over the offending blemish (I mostly use it for phone lines obscuring an otherwise perfect sky) like you use the mask option in Photoshop, and click Start.
Presto, imperfection gone. Certainly useful for vanity/beauty purposes, but I like it for urban shots that need a little tweaking to look perfect.
Mostly a matter of preference, but I really like making symmetrical photos. I prefer Photo Editor’s Mirror Effect since it doesn’t reduce image quality).
A hipster’s dream, lmao. For when I’m feeling goofy (which is all the time). Seriously though, CATWANG is a really unique app. I’m surprised there aren’t more knockoff apps following in its footsteps.
"Chillin Like Nabilin"
VANITY: PHOTO WONDER (forgot to take screencaps)
Photo Wonder is what I use when I take photos of myself (I hate the word selfie, but it is what it is), my mug, or my hair. It helps even out unflattering skin tones and if you want to make your boobs bigger (WHY?!) it has options to do that as well. Want to be unnaturally skinny? Photowonder is da app for it.
Those are pretty much my picks for editing on my less than stellar phones, what are yours? Lemme know!
Sup folks! It’s been forever since I blogged properly so I’m back with a DIY (of sorts). Here’s the short version, click read more for bigger pictures and how I got my sewing machine!
stinkyturnips asked: Hullo miss! Where can i possibly buy polymer clays in davao? I dunno wur to go. Ooor where do you get your polymer clay? :) thank you!
Hi! I think a stall in Gaisano mall sells polymer clay, near Port Cafe. But I get my polymer clay from a girl on Facebook:
Her name’s Chassy! :)
p.s. almost forgot, her polymer products are on display at Yellow Hauz Cafe! :)
There’s a bunch of things going on in this post and I’ll try to explain them in as detailed a manner as possible!
Before anything tho, ja notice how no one EVER has photos of themselves while they dye their hair, it’s always photos of the after?
IT’S COS IT’S FRAKKING HARD TO TAKE PICTURES WHILE DYEING YOUR HAIR :|
Also I look like a potato while bleaching my hair *shrug
Anyway, I had green roots because I wanted a gradient:
Which was kyot for a while but eventually I wanted my roots to match the rest of my hair so I decided to bleach them.
Put a new cut-up garbage bag all around my sink so it wouldn’t turn blue.
Wore a shirt I didn’t like and plastic gloves. 5 pesos at any pharmacy. Plastic gloves trump rubber gloves, rubber is hard to remove when wet.
Convenient: Hair Dyeing Apron from Saizen, 5 pcs a pack, P50 during their Banzai! Sale. Yay.
Wore for +10000 Glamour Points [and also so I wouldn’t turn into a smurf]
BLEACHING:Used 40 vol developer, mixed with blue bleach until creamy/pasty consistency, slathered on roots. Used gloves because I am not a masochist.
Waited 30 minutes. Bitstrips.com is my life. Rinsed.
Hello, orange and banana hair, we meet again.
Didn’t feel like bleaching a second time because we all know how that madness turns out [yeah, I’m looking at you bleach addicts] so I decided to tone my hair to neutralize the brassy yellow.
Brought out my Directions White Toner, but was unimpressed by the super light lavender tint and figured it wouldn’t take on my yellow hair.
Sooo, I decided to make a stronger one!
Check out my Directions Plum. It’s so dark it’s almost black. In reality it’s a crazy pink-based pigmented purple that will last you forever if you mix it with conditioner.
You can make pastel purple, mix it with blue, mix it with pink, or in this case, glop on the conditioner to make a toner.
Added a tiny amount, tip of the spoon scraped across the dye sticking to the lid. That’s how strong this dye is!
Poured in a LOT of conditioner. I eyeballed it.
(If you have super light hair, this mixture will turn your hair lavender if left on long enough. It’ll only last about 2-3 days before it fades into a white on silver on your hair.)
Slathered it on my yellow hair. Because my hair is not bleached to a pale yellow and I have some light oranges hanging around there, the most this will do is neutralize my orange to a dull peach, and the lightest yellows will turn very pale purple. Which is fine since I’m not going for white, I’m neutralizing. No need to be neurotic about the “purple tinge” if you leave toner on for more than 5 minutes.
After around 10 minutes, rinsed the toner off. Voila, no more glaring yellows.
Mixed a little blue into the turquoise dye just to make sure it came out more blue than green. Added conditioner to dilute the color a little bit.
Left dye on for 30 to 40 minutes.
Read Robopocalypse because sci-fi is awesome and it’s coming out as a Spielberg flick, too.
Say Robopocalypse ten times, fast.
After 30 minutes of not managing to get blue fingerprints on my book, rinsed the dye off with mind-numbingly cold water.
Towel dried hair, very gently.
Blow dried, serum-ed the heck out of it and straightened a little bit for going out.
Hair adventures under the tag “HAIR" on my blog.
The Boy and I love sushi (rice rolls. No raw fish involved unless you want it!) so we made our own the other night. Sushi is extremely filling—4 rolls are usually enough for me. My favorite part about preparing sushi is that it’s easy and no actual cooking aside from creating the sushi-zu (sushi rice).
This is my DIY sushi recipe, so it’s bound to have shortcuts. Apologies in advance. :P
(I bought EVERYTHING at the NCCC Mall supermarket in Matina.)
Nori (dried seaweed sheets)
2 cups cooked GLUTINOUS rice
(you actually need the glutinous kind, but we didn’t have any. I cheated. If you want authentic sushi, just buy glutinous rice, it’s easier to roll and won’t fall apart as easily.)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsps sugar
(photo stolen from the intarnetz because I forgot to take a picture. Also, white is preferred but I didn’t have any. The only difference it makes it that your rice will look sepia. :| )
1 tsp salt
(another stolen photo. Yeah, yeah.)
Soy sauce and wasabi
In my case I used crab sticks, cucumbers and cheese.
Sort of like a cross between California rolls and Philly rolls.
Philornia rolls. :|
First you need to make the sushi-su (rice + wine mixture)
In a small saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Cool, then stir into the cooked rice. The rice is going to seem pretty wet when you first stir in the mixture, so fold the rice over. Get someone to stand beside you and fan the rice to make it dry faster. If not, just fold the rice until it dries up and absorbs the mixture.
Lay out nori sheets. You need a bamboo mat, but I didn’t have one so I just laid it out on top of foil. Nori sheet needs to be rough side up, shiny side down.
Spread rice evenly onto the nori. Leave a quarter inch space at the bottom uncovered by rice.
Next lay out your fillers. I actually have too much on here, but hey, I like my sushi STUFFED. I don’t recommend this if you’re making sushi for the first time though, since over-stuffing makes it hard to roll everything up.
I used cucumbers sliced into long thin 1/8inch thick strips, cheese, and imitation crab sticks. Because I hate real crab.
Put water in the quarter inch space of nori that you previously left uncovered by rice.
This is the end “flap” that will “glue” everything together when rolled up.
Start rolling! Using a bamboo mat makes this easy, but you can put a dish towel or foil underneath the nori as well.
When you’ve rolled it, squeeze it a little bit to compress everything inside. Not too much though or the fillers will come out of the sides!
I’m done rolling!
Now all that’s left is to use the sharpest knife you have and cut everything into slices!
The wasabi, limes and soy sauce are mixed together when you’re ready to serve the sushi.
Enjoy your sushi!
It’s been a while since I did a DIY Tutorial sooo I’m excited to share this new one with you folks. It’s crazy easy and cheap too!
In fact, this DIY project cost me… nothing! I already had everything I needed for this. If you do go out and buy the materials though, it will cost you less than P100 for everything! Hail all Cheapsketeers!
Bright, fluorescent fabric/ribbon/string/yarn
(I had a buttload of fluoro yarn, so I used what I had around the house. Hence the term… Neon Yarmparty! I know, I know… this burden of being a genius is hard sometimes lulz)
You also need chain in any color you like, a tapestry needle if you’re using yarn, and locks for closing the chain up.
STEP 1: Thread yarn through tapestry needle and weave through chain!
STEP 2: Measure how long you want your bracelet to be
STEP 3: Cut off appropriate length of chain (which fits your wrist. I made my chain long enough to double over my wrist!)
STEP 4: Sew yarn through lock findings!
I also added a smaller piece of chain so that I could adjust the length of the bracelet.
STEP 5: Make as many bracelets as you like!
STEP 6: HAVE AN ARMPARTY!
And if your bracelets are 2x long so they double up like mine, they can also moonlight as necklaces!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Check out more of my projects here.
Hey, no problem! :) I love your artwork, please make more! :) Thanks so much for your kind words. heehee.
Today’s tutorial is how to create a galaxy “print” on a black shirt with just bleach and acrylic paint. I’ve seen a lot of how-tos on this on the internet, so I came to the conclusion that the “galaxy” look isn’t achieved if the end result:
1. Looks rushed
2. Doesn’t really look anything like a galaxy and more like an abstract painting
3. The materials used aren’t available.
So I thought I’d try doing it my own way! Let’s get right into it.
1. A spray bottle
2. Liquid bleach (I used a small bottle of zonrox).
3. 1 huge covering for the floor if you’re not working outdoors
5. Acrylic paint
6. NEW kitchen sponge cut up into squares (I used Scotchbrite without the rough side)
7. Old fine tooth comb and toothbrush
1. Lay out your shirt onto the floor covering. I used an old trashbag and a tank top I sewed myself that turned out too small because this is was first time to try it and I didn’t want to ruin any of my nice shirts!
2. Pour liquid bleach into spray bottle. Add some water. It’s better that your bleach is overly diluted than too strong because you can always add more bleach.
3. Once bleach and water solution is mixed in your spray bottle, test it on a small area of the shirt.
My solution turned out to weak so I added more bleach.
4. Here’s what my shirt looked like after I sprayed/splattered bleach on it. The “nebulas” are created by spraying one spot several times. Then I sprayed in a sort of circle to create a diffused “aura” around the “nebulas”.
Once I had something that looked decent I took the spray head out of the bottle and flicked the “straw” underside onto the shirt to create denser splats.
Bring out your sponge, scissors and acrylic paint. Have a piece of cardboard and a place to pour water and mix paint in. I just mixed and diluted my acrylic paint directly onto my trash bag, I was going to throw it away anyway.
Cut your sponge into cubes. Have one cube per acrylic color you are going to use. I used white, black, blue, yellow and green so I made sure I had at least 5 plus 1 extra for cleanup.
The cubes will have a definitive “square” shape when you press them down onto the fabric so I cut around them in a rough circular shape so it would look more random.
IMPORTANT: Wait for your bleach to dry before applying acrylic paint or else it will just eat all the paint up and when the whole thing dries the paint will be gone. Use a hairdryer if you would like to speed things up.
IMPORTANT: Always dilute your paint with water and never put undiluted paint directly onto your sponge. Always press the sponge TO the diluted paint and then press the sponge to the fabric. This allows you to build color instead of making ugly dense paint marks. The more blended your colors, the more “galaxy-like” the result.
Use a rapid, light dabbing motion to build up color. Imagine your sponge cube is a cotton ball - it helps with the imagery.
Here’s a rough approximation on how I applied and built up the different colors around the bleach nebulas:
I just applied little hints of diluted color around the edges of the nebulas and I tried not to go overboard.
Here’s what we have so far:
IMPORTANT: you can use diluted black acrylic paint to salvage mistakes. Just dab over areas that you want to fix.
Next bring out your old comb and toothbrush. Combs can be dipped in slightly diluted white acrylic paint to make bigger, denser splats, toothbrushes make a fine spray of dots.
I tried to concentrate some white “stars” near the nebulas. I also refrained from going crazy all over the shirt - the white acrylic sprayed all over can mute the previous colors if built up too much.
Wait for everything to dry (about 2 days) then wash.
Note: some people have reported that washing can take some of the vibrancy off the acrylic paints.
Here’s the finished product. Pretty sweet if I do say so myself! <3 What do you think? :)
Have fun making galaxies,
Anonymous asked: hi! i just want to ask where did you bought your ear findings from your diy cheater gauges tutorial :)) and love your blog! <3
Hi, thank you! :) I bought them on ebay super cheap! This Chinese seller makes every jewelry finding you can think of, plus a bajillion varieties of beads. Shipping is free if you’re patient like me!
Earring posts http://www.ebay.ph/itm/600pcs-Silver-Plated-Pad-Earring-Posts-Studs-4mm-D4-/150865392042?pt=UK_Crafts_JewelleryMaking_GL&hash=item23204731aa
I also get some findings from this Filipino seller: http://stores.ebay.ph/potofgold77