Exploring the Universe: Tagaytay, Baguio and Bataan!

We toured some balikbayan relatives a few months ago. My cousins have been here before, but they were too young to remember their last trip in Manila. We wanted to take them to our fave places in Luzon, and hoped that they’d love it as much as we did.

First stop was Tagaytay (but oops, I forgot the name of the place, sorry!) I loved how homey the place was, it made us feel like we owned a grand house with a beautiful view:
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My cousin taught me and my brother how to play “Clocks” by Coldplay.

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We had a delicious lunchtime feast! Bulalo, adobo, pomelo salad, chicharon, tawilis with mango-tomato-onion relish. Yum!
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The place was filled with pretty art and knickknacks:
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There were birds everywhere, and monkeys! We saw a mother monkey with a child, picking off fruits from a nearby tree the next morning. Try to spot the monkey here:
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I love this fuschia santan:

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We also went to Bataan, and stayed at Las Casas de Acuzar, for that “like Vigan” experience, but nearer.

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The houses were beautiful during daytime, but creepy during the night. I asked my brother-“What if you’re given an overnight stay here for free, but the catch is it could only be for one person, and you’d stay in the really old houses without electricity, only gaseras? Would you do it?”

Ceiling fruits!

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Then, Baguio! It was freezing cold when we went, I was wearing several layers of clothing–first time to do it in this tropical country!

I like the breakfast served here:

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I met the friendliest beagle in the world:

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The brief Baguio trip is now a bit hazy, but here’s what I remember from it: The whole family visitng our fave Mt. Cloud Bookshop. Meeting Aileen, a friend I met online. Sharing meals at Hill Station (ice cream that looked like paint!). Drinking minty hot tsokolate e and eating ensaymada at Camp John Hay, while the sun bid us goodbye.

Life is beautiful. :)

 

Exploring the Universe-California 2014: Outside the Getty museum

If I lived near The Getty Museum, I would probably be there all day. The artworks inside the museum are astoundingly lovely, but I also love the succulent party happening outside in the garden/park area. I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the plants I haven’t seen before, and I can just imagine how prettier it would look like in spring (I was told that it was winter when I was there):

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Artsycraftsy exploration: From where I’ve been

I have a lot of stories to tell you, concerning the highlights of the past few months–but sometimes time slips by so fast. I’m in the process of organizing my photos and memories, and here’s a sneak peek. Having a virtual memory trigger is one of the reasons why I love having my blog, especially since my memory seems to fail me more each day. Right now it is around 3 am in the morning, and our internet is so slow during the peak hours so I have decided to stay up late and post as many posts as I can manage, if the connection would allow me. It’s for my future self anyway, and a few years from now, losing a few hours of sleep for something you love won’t really hurt anyway.

 

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Bucket list item: weed bouquet

I am in love with these flowering weeds along the road that I see each day on my way to work.
Knowing that they are weeds, I wanted to create a bouquet since they remind me of tiny grains of rice, fireworks:

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Remember that upside down mushroom flower vase I made a few days ago? I was able to use it yesterday:

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Good things: Books, tzatziki, and the sun setting

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Before the rain, this was my view. I drank my fave milk tea for lunch and bought groceries for the week ahead. I went a bit over my budget, but I was going to make tzatziki for the first time, so this was alright. I was able to watch a quick recipe for it at the house of my folks (we have been tv-free for around 7 years now), and I couldn’t wait to make it. I hummed a tune while I toasted the pita bread and got a bit distracted while grating the cucumbers that I slipped and grated myself. Ouch. There’s always a first time for everything, and now I know better. I was too lazy to remove the seeds and considered it as fiber, and too generous with the lime juice, but I like sour things, so it’s okay.

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It was messy and challenging to clean, so maybe I’d devise a neater system next time. I ate it while watching the sun set, and remembered my Booksale find:

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An autographed Erika Lopez book, the third one in the Tomato trilogy. Now I’m just missing the first book, and I’m confident that I’d find it in Booksale. Maybe next year.

With the other half of the lime, I made myself this dayap cooler with mint and honey, and began reading.

Artsycraftsy experiment: Glow drawings!

I’ve been drawing on this black sheet that Nayna found from Divi. I like the surprise colors I get when I begin scratching the surface. I recently was able to buy Vogue Paris for dirt-cheap from Booksale and I’m using it as reference:

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I also tried to write a fave poem in it:

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The mag also inspired me to make quick fashion sketches, prada-inspired:

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I splurged on a chinese brush you can fill with water, and with the leftover ink, made a quick sketch of a rocky cliff with the sea:

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Artsycraftsy adventure: Make temporary tattoos!

I felt so lucky and happy when I found out I had a slot in Alessa from lifeafterbreakfast’s temporary tattoo-making party.

So excited that I arrived an hour before the scheduled time lol.

When we started, I got so giddy and excited and started filling my paper with everything I fancied: merbirds, cats, a unicorn, some flowers:

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I got so excited that I accidentally ruined a third of the sticker sheet in my haste haha.

The unicorn survived though:

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With creative genius, Alessa. Her flower tattoo is too lovely for words:

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I then headed to the Global Pinoy bazaar at World Trade Center where I got these goods:

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Mini Bonifacio bust, handmade unlined notebook from @pluma_ph, adobo choco from theo & philo, chinese waterbrush from @craftcarrot and panda plush from cliqnship!

Artsycraftsy experiment: Make small flower vases

I miss pottery and playing with clay, so I got myself some airdry clay and made some vases.

They’re my earth, air, water and fire vases, since they’re inspired by groot, mushrooms, the ocean floor and a melted candle:

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Now to look for pretty flowers for these! I’m thinking of big blooms that I’ll cut short and bunch together or maybe making some paper flowers.

What do you recommend? :)

Bucket list item: Draw with kids

I was drawing at the mall when a mom talked to me about what I was doing. We talked a bit about loving art and I gave her my drawing since I was glad she appreciated it. :) Her kids love art, she said, and when they left, one of her daughters returned to look at me doing another drawing, which I then gave to her. After some time, we got to draw together, and her cousin and brother joined us. I even got to teach them how to make origami cranes, which always thrilled me since it’s one of my dreams to teach arts/crafts to kids.

She gave me her cute and quirky drawings before we parted ways:

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