Coffee or tea?

Which do you prefer? I could go for either, but usually prefer tea. I love chatting over coffee or tea to catch up with friends, discuss ideas, and get to know someone.

How did you get into design?

Growing up, I’ve always been into art. During the GeoCities era, I started dabbling in Photoshop and hand-coding sites in HTML/CSS which led to a passion for graphic and web design.

Thinking more “practical” about a career with computers (and with my parents’ influence), I enrolled in college as a computer science major. After a year of realizing ‘this isn’t for me,’ I switched majors and graduated with a bachelors degree in Digital Media.

For over 10 years, I worked as a web designer in Miami and San Diego within the financial and online retail industries. I eventually transitioned into a UX/UI designer role, and continue learning through the Interaction Design Foundation and other UX publications.

Want to know more? View my resume.

Did you mention something about food?

Food is a big part of my culture. Anytime you’re invited into a Filipino home, you’ll always be offered food. It’s our way of showing we care, and it’s become my favorite way to connect with people!

I approach cooking and baking with a similar thought process to UX design. I think about who will be eating my food, figure out what they like (and if they have any allergies), look up some recipes, and try them out.

After initially testing a recipe and getting feedback, I tweak it to be healthier or more allergen-free. With recipe creation or experi-baking (experimenting + baking), I go through an intense iterative process to get it as close as I can to the perfect form of my original idea. Let me know if you’d like to be a taste tester. 😀

I also like to go out and try new foods and drinks. Follow my food adventures on Instagram!

How did you end up in Portugal?


Who knew that I would meet ‘my person’ online, on, almost 20 years ago and from another country! Learning a new language has been a bit difficult, but the overall experience here has been a nice change of pace from California/American life.

What's the meaning behind the name Aesthetic Reverie?

It’s really just my fancy way of saying beautiful dream. 🙂 

The logo is a combination of the letters ‘A’ and ‘R’ in the style of Japanese calligraphy. I’ve always had an affinity for Japanese culture and aesthetics (which might have been influenced by watching anime).

Group photo of board of directions with keynote speaker from Delta Phi Lambda Convention 2016
Group photo of board of directors with keynote speaker from Delta Phi Lambda Convention 2016

Any other interesting facts?

In 2005, I was one of 8 women to charter Delta Phi Lambda at University of Central Florida.

For 10 years, I volunteered on the national board as Web Director, Vice President of Records, and President. Serving at this level for the organization gave me management and leadership experience that helped strengthen my professional development.

I’m also a donor to the Delta Phi Lambda Foundation, which helps to fund scholarships, support philanthropic endeavors, and promote leadership education.