gold monogram invitation design

Wedding Invitation Design Project


This was my first time doing a personal lifestyle product photography shoot of my designs. I normally take photography for others and never have dedicated the time to capture my own things though I really should! Anyway, I’ve finally found some time to edit the photos of my wedding invitation design project for a special client of mine based in Vancouver, Canada. She was one of my last clients I have taken on prior to my move to Australia and was fortunate to partner with Junica from Junebugs on this project. Her expertise in designing the physical print and product complemented my digital design skills very well.

I designed the monogram to be elegant and timeless by using the first letter of their names. I’ve translated the style across her invitations, envelopes, response card, menu and welcome sign using a modern san serif font coupled with a calligraphy font. I really enjoyed the whole process from the designing to the printing stage. Seeing the project come together as a whole and holding my printed designs felt like an awesome accomplishment. Because we live in a world where a lot of things are now digitalized, holding a physical print was special.

Hope you all enjoy the photos!



Sydney: Challenges, Rejections, and Successes


It’s my third week in Sydney and I’ve come across some challenges, many rejections and success.

Prior to my move, I’ve booked an Air BNB at Wolli Creek to stay for the first 2 weeks in Sydney and decided that during my timeframe there, I’d look for a more permanent place to settle. The hosts were exceptional friendly and very welcoming when my partner and I arrived.

During the first couple of weeks, we looked for potential places to lease in Sydney and soon came to quickly realize that it was difficult to land an approved lease. Properties are extremely competitive and scarce with an average of 10 groups inspecting a unit when viewing for a place to rent. (It is by-law that each individual must view the unit prior to submitting an application to rent a unit) With no prior local rental references, jobs, or rental history, it was near impossible to land a lease. Given our 2 week timeframe, we were definitely in a time crunch. However, we didn’t give up after several rejections. We visited several suburbs of interest and physically walked into Real Estate offices and talked to the property managers for available listings. Although many of them told us to check online at for availability, we insisted in meeting property managers in person. And you know what – it paid off! We met an incredible helpful property manager named Andrew in Wolli Creek and told him we recently moved here from Canada. Although he didn’t have any properties at the moment to rent, he told us he had one coming up in a week and told us to check it out. He was extremely helpful and went out of his way to let us know how to strengthen our application. We applied for the unit after we met Andrew for the second time and inspected the property along with a few other groups who were also interested. Luckily, Andrew vouched for us when our application was presented to the owner and we landed the lease! In conclusion, it’s very important to form in-person connections because a simple conversation and body language can tell a lot about a person. By meeting people in person, these interactions formulate trust and a genuine connection between one another.  

After overcoming this challenge, I’m currently in the middle of another challenge: finding a design job in Sydney. It’s much harder than I’ve anticipated because of my visa having work restrictions. My working holiday visa allows me to work up to 6 months per employer full time with no sponsorship needed but many employers are just not interested once I say I’m on a 417 visa (even though I have the experience and design portfolio to prove I can be successful in the position). Also, just my luck that sponsoring an employee is now x-amount more difficult with the recent changes to the 457 visa. Unlike other working holiday visa candidates whose goal is to gain some money to supplement their travels, I’m actually looking to settle in Sydney, gain local design experience, and genuinely want to be part of the design community. Although I’ve received many rejections and silent responses, I’m not going to give up. When life gives you lemons, squeeze all the juice out of it, hydrate yourself, and keep moving forward. That’s my moto! For every rejection I receive, I’m closer to a success. Not all rejections are bad because I’ve also met some amazing people along the way and they’ve helped point me in the direction for prospective opportunities.


I recently finished watching the movie “The Founder,” and learned how Ray Kroc transformed McDonald into a real estate franchise empire. I definitely recommend watching this movie because he goes through many challenges and failures before reaching a huge success. Also, persistence is a key attribute to success and he never lets any challenge / failure get in his way. I find this movie very motivating and I’m definitely going to be persistent in my job hunt.

Fun fact – I realize why Canadian people call McDonalds – McDicks! Mac and Dick were the brothers who founded the burger joint McDonalds! Coincident? I think not!
Thanks for reading and following me along with my adventures!

Life’s Adventure


Posting my very first blog ever and on my blog I plan to write about my life’s adventure, design projects, collaborations, and photography. My first blog post will be more personal and hopefully my readers will get to know me more while they follow me on this adventure. Many of my close friends know I’ve recently left Vancouver and currently embarking on a year journey to Sydney, Australia. I applied for the Australian working holiday visa back in November and once I got approved, I planned my move. I’ve left my job, friends, and family back at home in Vancouver to move to a whole new country and culture. I didn’t have a place or a job lined up in Sydney but that didn’t stop me from moving. I’m so thankful that I have my partner Theodore to follow me on this adventure.

Many people think it’s a huge risk that I’ve decided to drop everything and go, but I think of it more as an opportunity. An opportunity where I can explore a different culture, take my career in digital design internationally, and to learn to overcome challenges in life as they get thrown at me. I won’t say this is going to be easy but I’m willing to take on this challenge. I’ve been in Vancouver my whole life and always wanted to live and work in another part of the world. It was time for me to spread my wings and leave the nest for the very first time. I’m ready for this journey!


Everyone asked why I’ve decided to go Australia out of any other places in the world. I’ve chose Australia because I believe there’s a lot of potential opportunity here to grow my career, and I think I’ll really enjoy the lifestyle that Sydney Australian offers, and it’s beautiful. It’s definitely warmer than Vancouver! Personal note – everyone knows I get cold very easily and even in the spring/ early summer in Vancity I’ll still have my mini heater on. Another reason why I choose Australia is because I want to settle in a new country where I can communicate easily – no language barrier,  a culture that supports a healthy lifestyle, and opportunities to explore new creatives. I definitely look forward to spending more time outdoors, learning how to surf, and hugging koala bears!

I’ll update as I settle into the land of Oz in the coming weeks! Wish me luck!