B/ A.M. – Bench Beginnings: Miko Dee, Outsourcing Employee


Photography by JL Javier
Styled by Ecks Abitona
Produced by Margarita Buenaventura

Words by Margarita Buenaventura

Mornings are sacred. It’s where our rituals begin, whether that’s breakfast with loved ones or our first mouse clicks through what’s happening in the world. It sets the tone for the rest of the day: waking up on the right side of the bed is usually good, while spilling coffee on your favorite shirt or doing the walk of shame from last night’s drunken mistake, isn’t.

For some, sunrise marks a beginning, while for others, it marks a long day’s end. Through this series of morning portraits taken by JL Javier, we stole moments off of 10 people’s mornings to see just how varied we all are at greeting the day.

From the daybreak workout of a martial artist to the midday end of an outsourcing employee’s shift, we realize that our mornings may be different but they all matter, in small but special ways. And that in a year that just started, we’ve got many beginnings to look forward to.


11: 15 a.m. – MIKO DEE

26, Senior Analyst – ADP

Working in an outsourcing company, Miko starts and ends his day at odd hours. His shift begins at 3 a.m. when many of us are asleep, and ends at 11 a.m., when we have just started our days. His work hours are typically spent taking the human resources, payroll, and medical benefits concerns of his North American clients. An after-work ritual is a quick stroll around the mall, then he heads home and goes straight to sleep.

“Despite the odd hours, work is satisfying when I find the solutions to callers’ problems, especially those seeking help on medical issues.”


Sweater and chinos by BENCH








Sweater, chinos, and shoes by BENCH

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