Happy Thoughts of One Happy Kid

KJ Gonzales
Software Engineer from MNL, PHL and WEB DESIGNER IN TRANSIT.

And this is my own HAPPINESS PROJECT. :)

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I seriously asked God whether or not I should quit my current job. I asked him to give me a sign.

Few months ago, out of the blue, a high school friend asked me If i could apply for the Designer post at the hotel she’s working. I said I was not looking for a job that time then referred her to another friend. I let this one go.

Last month, a workmate resigned because he needed to work on their family business. He asked me if I could do freelance whenever he needed. I just said, go. I never thought this would be for real anyway. But then he said I should think of doing freelance. Okay.

Few weeks later, I purchased my own domain then started working on my Happiness Project.

After a few days, another friend asked me If I could design a logo for her company, then she started to recruit me as one of their developers. I thought it was a joke because she’s been known to be the clown of the class (without intending to be one). I could not - and still can not - resign immediately, therefore turning her offer down.

Then yesterday, another friend asked me whether I could do freelance web design and development for their client. This time, I said yes. But my dilemma is, I can’t - and don’t - price myself, my works, etc and she’s been needing a proper costing for the project. *sigh*

Finally, earlier this day, in the toilet cubicle of our office - I suddenly realized that God has been answering my question all this time. He’s been giving me SIGNS!! I found myself telling Him that, God I know your answer is for me to quit my job, but please let me take time to inform my superiors and finish our project first.

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you have been giving to me. ☺️


It’s important to be confident as an artist. SOLAR-CiTRUS shares what she has learned along the way to becoming more confident


I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly.  :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy!  You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through.  You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way!  Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!

Love your art, love yourself!

How did my birthday go? Well, it kind of went like this:

I woke up with the sound of two laughing people, and when I opened my eyes, someone had a Red Ribbon Mango Cake on hand (!!!) and my mom was just laughing (maybe because how they saw me sleeping).

And to my surprise, I just asked him, “Bakit ka nandito??” (Why are you here?). Hahaha. (Talk about unsweet girlfriend over here haha) So they let me blew my birthday cake and mom left us to make our breakfast.

I was overwhelmed just because it was the first time I had ever been surprised in my birthday! Apparently, they planned this a day before. :))

It was really a good morning of my happy birthday. :)

The rest of the afternoon turned out how I wanted my rest day to be. :)

At dinner, I treated le familia at Seoul Garden @ SM North Annex. It was a Korean type of night! Seoul Garden offers BBQ Buffet (from meat to seafood!) and other Korean dishes as well. They also have desserts bar - with several ice cream flavors, mini cupcakes, marshmallows and even Pinoy Halo-halo to satisfy our sweet cravings. (Taking pictures of the dishes served is not allowed, sorry!)

I had my second birthday cake from my Tita! And guess what, it’s a Nocciola Gateau by Caramia!! Omnomnom! My two favorite cakes! And now our fridge’s kind of full because of the two cakes. Hahaha.

And to end the day, I just bought colored pens as a birthday gift for myself (again). I’m as shallow as that. :)

It was really a happy birthday indeed. <3

43 plays
Maroon 5,
Billboard 5th July 2014 Top40 [Bubanee]

So I’m following the map that leads to you.
Ain’t nothing I can do
Following, following, following

Maroon 5, Maps

Because I cut my hair short, it’s time to update my avatar yet again!

I just wish my hair really falls like this, but no, my hair always fall so straight that I need to mess it up just to give my hair some volume.

Talk about straight hair problems, hah! But no, I love my hair. There are things I thank for having my hair like this: I don’t need hair treatments like rebond, relax, hot oil, etc! My hair has its natural dark brown color that I don’t need to dye my hair. :D

This is my Handy-dandy-notebook (even if it’s not handy at all!). This is where I place my doodles, typography, drawings, and some other artsy things. I have published a few of them, but I think 4/5 of what I drew here are not.

I just can’t believe that I’m really opening and drawing in this notebook again. The last time I’ve drawn here is like over a year ago? You see, I don’t have much creativity and time for so long. And I’m glad I’ve just bought my domain to start something new. Um no, to get back to where I used to be. :D

It’s not too late to chase my dreams after all. :)

I’ve got a gift for myself and it’s my own domain name and web hosting!! HOORAY! *confetti showers here!*

It’s been ages since I have dreamed of having my own domain name, (like my own WWW.KJGONZALES.COM!!!) and here it is! And seriously, I haven’t thought of it twice. I just searched for domain and web hosting sites, then eventually find myself paying a one year subscription for my very own domain and webhosting. Yes, impulsive buying! Hehe.

I have to, you know, before I can change my mind. :)) I’m fickle minded just like that.

To tell you the truth, I don’t have any plans yet on what to put on my website, or how will I design it… I just bought it without anything in mind but “THIS IS MY BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR MYSELF.” This is enough, right? x) And to bargain with myself more, domain + webhosting just cost me Php 1,640/year. It’s really a cheap deal!!

Now I’m just waiting for my website to propagate and I’ll tell you when it’s done! :D Temporarily, this tumblr site will reside in my own website via www.blog.kjgonzales.com and tumblr will redirect you automatically once my website has been finished propagating itself. :D

And by the way, I’ve got my domain & webhost at Zoom Hosting! :)

Without self-discipline, no one can help you. With self-discipline, no one can stop you.
What are the most common ways that you sabotage yourself from obtaining what you want out of life? How can you set up ways to short circuit these processes to prevent them from occurring?