A few days ago, a friend sent me this image entitled “How much would it take to get married in the Philippines?” and joked about how she probably wouldn’t get married anymore.

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I don’t know where she got this, but if this image is yours, let me know so I can take it down or give due credit.

It reminded me of my own wedding four years ago. Truth be told, it wasn’t the fairytale wedding that I dreamed of when I was younger… but now that I’m in my mid-30s, a small wedding of ~50 guests really was a good and practical decision.

Granted, we did spend around S$ 10,300 (~Php 356,000 in 2014), you have to consider that the peso equivalent goes much further. Currently, the local purchasing power in the Philippines is 72.1% lower than that of Singapore. If we held the exact same wedding in the Philippines (same number of guests, same services), we would have spent much less than this. …

Sticky notes are a UX Designer’s best friend. (Don’t get technical with me on this and say “Actually, it’s the users/personas/paper and pencil, et cetera”. You can have more than one best friend. Also paper and pencil are already two things. This is supposed to be a fun article.) But sometimes I can’t help but ask myself these questions — how much trash (the literal kind) do all the UX Designers in the world generate from ideation sessions? How does this affect sustainability? It seems I’m not the only one asking these questions.

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The short answer is yes, sticky notes (the 3M ones at least) are recyclable. But if you’re looking for other ways to reuse them, you can turn them into Sonobe modular origami balls to spruce up your office desk. …

I hate public speaking. Ever since Jocelyn whooped my ass in third grade debate, I never found the confidence to speak in front of a room full of people again. I doubt any of my classmates remember that day. I can’t even recall what the debate was about, nor which side I was on. I just remember Jocelyn standing up with her right hand on her head, her left arm stretched out, signalling a rebuttal. The teacher let her speak and she proceeded to throw a KO that I will never recover from.

A little over a month ago, Ladies That UX (LTUX) Dublin, which I co-organise, held its first meetup since its relaunch. We did a placemat session where each lady wrote down what we would want to get out of the group or what we would like to see the group do. The first thing I wrote was 5 Minutes of Fame, which was having an attendee present during the first 5 minutes of the meetup. The aim was to boost presentation skills and confidence while providing a safe environment to do so. …


Tiffany O’Keeffe

UX Designer. Visual Designer. Paper Crane Maker. Aspiring Aerialist and Acrobat.

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