March 2017, I was flown to the concrete jungle where dreams are made of – New York City. Why I was ‘flown in,’ is still a matter in the works as of this post. But one highlight of that visit was the chance of meeting Casey Neistat, thanks to my then new friend – Jerome Jarre!

Casey being “DIY Casey”

I’ve been watching Casey Neistat ever since his video of that USD21,000 plane ride exploded. Since then, I’ve tracked back and watched his videos day-by-day – inspired of how he does what he does. I mean, who knew people could live the way he did? He simply changed the landscape of vlogging and social influence.

It was just earlier that year that I was able to send him gear, of which I was surprised that he’d eventually wear into a Nintendo Switch exclusive pre-launch event. But it was after that when he released a video I really admired. DO WHAT YOU CAN’T – a campaign in collaboration with Samsung. Luckily, I also met Paul who was affiliated with Samsung, is the one (if not one of those) actually involved and responsible for this campaign.

If you still haven’t watched that video up til now, stop and watch it.

It was with this positivity in mind that I opted to make the most out of my trip. I made exclusively designed long tees for Casey’s disposal. I didn’t really post about it given that it was a campaign between him and Samsung.

The design was simple. A handwritten linear design which somewhat imitated Casey’s handwriting done on a black long tee with a curved hem. Written backwards to be read against a mirror, it carries an apple to pay homage to the Empire State. What he did with it, I wouldn’t really know. But one thing’s for sure, I made sure I had one for myself.

Remember, you may not reprint this, and this isn’t, in any way, an official shirt. It’s something I did for Casey personally. If you want to get his merch, you may do so now that he’s selling his own via However, if you still want this shirt, be sure to Tweet Casey! Maybe he’ll oblige for a production!

How often do you get a person you look up to appreciate what you do and publicly announce it in the world wide web?

Ever heard of the $21,000 first class plane ride¬†experience? Yup. That’s Casey Neistat. And ever since then I’ve been following and watching back all his vlogs and envied how he makes videos for a living. I love videos, and it just seems like a great idea to create a lot for you and your friends to look back to when aging hits you bad. Which is why I created this personal video for my year 2016.

Through my friend, Kevin Yadao, who spent his new year down in NYC, I opted to send some goods over to Casey in his office address Рfitting for a guy who makes a living doing what he loves, amaryt? The night when Kevs arrived back in Manila, we met up and exchanged stories like we usually do when I suddenly got a lot of notifications from the @lovearmy Twitter account. People kept tagging and eventually I saw it.

Stoked! The next thing I know, Casey wore it in an episode featuring the Nintendo Switch with Shonduras.

Moreover, The Verge and Shawn also made videos of it featuring Casey wearing it!

Needless to say, we’ve opened up delivery options to more nations now via DHL option.

I’m sharing this to let you guys know that sometimes, you just need to take that extra step. Who knew a simple parcel to show appreciation and a bit of fandom lashed back quite beautifully. Keep on doing what you love and believing in yourself as you do it. Great things happen that way.