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What is First Bar?

There is no big background story to the name really. It came about at a public restroom in a ski resort when two of my good friends and I were lined up at the sinks, chatting away through the mirror and then realizing how much we look like a Cingular/AT&T commercial. I am the shortest among my friends, and from then on I was dubbed the โ€œfirst barโ€ (among many other similar nicknames).

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I was born and raised in the beautiful Republic of the Philippines, left for the United States at 23 with a suitcase and a degree in architecture, and am currently living my expat life as an architectural designer here in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has been my home since I officially moved here in 2005, and I have quickly grown to love this city, the people and the culture. And yes, even the rain too.

I initially started this blog to set up an online portfolio for my artwork, but along the way I have found myself channeling my creative energies elsewhere–in the world of crafting, sewing, graphic design and photography to name a few.

In a nutshell this blog has become my online journal/pin board/scrapbook of sorts where you will find notes and musings about the things that I love and the different hobbies that I get myself into whenever I don’t have my work hat on. And more importantly I hope I can offer up some creative inspiration to anyone who is looking for it.

YOU! Thank you so much for stopping by. Please make yourself at home.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. that is so cool that you’re an architectural designer and have a passion for creativity! I am planning on college for architecture next year and my father is an architectural designer as well. Looking forward to seeing your posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 26, 2013
    • Hey Sarah! Looks like you’re having a lot of fun traveling. And great photos. I love traveling too, although I wish I could do more of it. Best of luck with college!

      July 26, 2013
  2. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    The rules of the award are at

    March 16, 2013
    • Petrel41, thank you so much for the gesture!

      March 18, 2013
      • Well deserved ๐Ÿ™‚

        March 18, 2013
  3. I’m from mexico and moved to Seattle just last year! ๐Ÿ˜€ Loving this city more and more every day too! ๐Ÿ˜€

    March 15, 2013
    • That is awesome. Glad to hear you’re loving it here!

      March 18, 2013
  4. like the illustration… reminds me of the movie Catch me if you can.

    May 24, 2011

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