Making my dreams come true

It started with one of those locked diaries, which I confided in and hid for years. The urge to talk to people who would understand was too strong though, and this desire led me to start a blog of my own. Now I can also post photos as memory triggers and start an online conversation with friends and new friends from a topic close to my heart. I never looked back.

I’ve been blogging for over ten years (from livejournal to deadjournal to tumblr to wordpress) and it’s been such a great source of joy for me. I love all the connections I make, and the feeling of someone out there getting exactly what you mean, or smiling because of a post or a photo you took. I met a lot of new friends that transitioned from online friend to real-life buddies and our bond due to common interests/fandom is invaluable. I’m so grateful for them.

I’m trying to be braver and am teaching myself to dream big. Aside from being a virtual diary, my blog is also where I try to commit myself to change for the better–take more risks, try a #30daychallenge, join a readathon, or campaign for positive social change–these are just some of them.

In line with taking a big leap, I’ve decided to try my luck in this year’s Big Blog Exchange.

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I hope you support me in this grand dream! Please vote for me by clicking here. As of now, I’m number 4 in Asia/Oceania! YAY! (Thanks, friends!) How awesome would that be if I actually moved to the top spot? :)

Thanks so much and have a great day! :)

#Inspireeveryday at the Ayala Museum

Last Saturday, Cachi and I went to Ayala Museum’s Inspire Everyday event. I subscribed to their newsletter eons ago so I learned about this from that and I was really looking forward to it.

Good thing we arrived early! It was just around 10am, but the place was already starting to fill up.

The event also gave us a free museum pass, which I loved. My fave section is the Fullybooked area, where I fell in love with this Peter Pan popup book, got to meet new book-loving friends and got to peek inside Building Stories and S:

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I also checked out the Filipinas Heritage library, and left the place with my heart bursting with Pinoy Pride:

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I was fascinated by the short film about gold, and amazed by how rich we must have been before the Spaniards colonized our country. The EDSA docu left me teary-eyed (hello pms!) and I watched it twice because it made my heart swell.

Congrats Ayala Museum!

We’ve just released the 6th issue of Katha magazine (it’s totally free!)

Today, we released the 6th issue of Katha, with the theme “local colors”.
From north to south, we explored our beloved homeland to feature homegrown talent.

It’s dedicated to all the creative Pinoys who never fail to make us thankful and proud to be a Filipino.

Wander and get lost in the pages of our 6th issue and get a glimpse of the rich and vibrant colors that the country has to offer. Click here to read the issue: http://bit.ly/katha-issue06

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P.s. Katha magazine is one of the finalists in this year’s Tatt Awards! If you support our mission to empower, inspire, and unite local creatives or if you enjoyed reading our magazine, please vote for us here: http://www.tattawards2014.com/finalist/14/katha-magazine

You can use both your Facebook and Twitter accounts to vote, separately, and you can vote every hour! :)

Voting ends on August 3rd, 11:59pm. Please do tell your friends about it.

Thank you for your support! :)

Katha Magazine is one of the finalists in Globe’s Tatt Awards!

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The happiest of news! Our passion project, the free online magazine for Filipino creatives, Katha magazine (http://facebook.com/kathamagazineph) is one of the finalists for “The One” in this year’s Tatt Awards!

If you support our mission to inspire, empower and unite local creatives, please do vote for us here: http:// www.tattawards2014.com/finalist/14/katha-magazine

Please tell your friends! Thank you so much! :)

Oh hi, July!

This is my mom’s birthday month so we celebrated several times in several places. The most unforgettable part would have to be our short but super relaxing vacay at Balay Indang.

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Miniature vintage table

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I took lots of photos, swam, and ate my weight in their delicious homecooked meals. I’ll tell you more about it later! :)

A little help?

Hello friends! As you may know, I’m one of the founders of the free online magazine for Filipino creatives called Katha magazine (Here’s our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/kathamagazineph).

We started this magazine because we wanted to inspire, empower, and unite the local creative community. Inside our pages, you’d find collaborations and interviews with artists and crafters, diy tutorials and recipes, features about designing using upcycled or locally-sourced materials, and a lot of other interesting things all in favor of the local handmade movement.

This is our passion project and it’s totally free! (Read our 5th issue here: http://bit.ly/katha-issue05)

We truly enjoy discovering new talent and getting to learn more about the artistry and creativity of our fellow Filipinos. We hope you enjoyed the creative journey as well when you read our magazine.

We’re celebrating our first birthday soon, and we’re planning something extra-special for our readers and collaborators–but we need your help.

If you like Katha Magazine and believe in our cause, please nominate us in this year’s Tatt awards. 

How?
1. Kindly go to http://tattawards2014.com

2. Under “Category”, please select “The One”.

3. For our website, links:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kathamagazineph
Issuu: http://issuu.com/kathamagazine
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kathamagazine (@kathamagazine)

Thank you so much in advance! We’re working on our 6th issue right now as I type this, and we’re very excited to launch it in a few days. Till then, please add us on Instagram of FB for updates. Thanks again! :)

Teach yo’self: Watercolored seascape and a gladiola

The other day my folks came from Baguio and got me fresh flowers as pasalubong:

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I tried painting the gladiola, without drawing pencil lines because I wanted to try how to be spontaneous. And I was impatient.

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I also challenged myself with painting a seascape based on my memories of our local beaches. I didn’t use a reference photo so I did what I could and hoped for the best:

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I plan on painting this next. Maybe I’ll draw this in pencil first:

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Artsycraftsy adventure: Perfume-making!

It’s a longtime desire of mine to create my own perfume line. I am a bit in love with my sense of smell and I keep thinking of scent combinations that would maybe work (for me, that is). In my dream, I am making them all: perfume, cologne, solid perfume, eau de toilette, etc. Today that dream finally came true! Thanks, Universe!

(I’ve been skipping attending workshops even if they’re really tempting because I’m saving up for an exciting trip next year, but, well, life is short and this is in my bucket list, so at the very last minute I decided that if there was still a slot the day before, then that slot is for me. Wouldn’t you know it, there was one slot left! Hurrahhhh)

I have to note that I made my own solid perfume stick before though, and I loved the experiment so much that I wanted to make more. And make more I did.

CraftMNL had a perfume-making workshop with Lala from Simoy ng Haraya, and I was just so happy that I got to learn so much and try it for myself: From deciding which scent to use and combine, to the formulation of perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, body spray and solid perfume. And within a few hours only! Although as I’ve mentioned during the workshop, I enjoyed smelling the scents and combining them so much that a day might not be enough for me, heh.

Here are the fragrance oils we used. So many choices. More than thirty, I think? And they all smell amazing! I couldn’t contain my excitement, just sniffing each bottle. I had a hard time deciding which scents to combine because they were all so fragrant!

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When I finally got to combine them, I had so many combinations in mind I was a bit paralyzed with indecision–and in the end, my love for The Body Shop’s Olive Oil spray won, so I gravitated towards scents that included Olive notes.

 

We were handed graduated cylinders so we can measure the amount of oil and dilutants. To be honest, I kind of blanked during the math part because I hate math but Lala was so patient and kind to help me with the measurements. IMG_9245

Here’s my perfume and Eau de Parfum, wherein I tried to be creative with naming but I wasn’t able to prepare in advance so.. Happy Pride! (Also pride in making stuff yourself, pride in chasing your dream etc. etc.) IMG_9253

I enjoyed mixing stuff in the beaker and pouring them in the nifty containers. Then watching it harden. IMG_9259

 

My finished goods! IMG_9264

Group shot:
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We exchanged finished solid perfume like calling cards, which thrilled me to no end. I love how unique each one is:

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Hope you had a lovely Sunday as well! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

My morning routine

Good morning! I’m a morning person–I’m the first to wake up (even when there’s no work!), I feel more energetic during the day, I worship the sun, and I enjoy how the days are longer recently here, more daytime please!

I love reading about the morning routine of people and thought I’d share mine.

When I wake up, I check my instagram feed for a quick dose of good vibes. I understand that the photos are curated to give the impression of being the best, showing the highlights of that day and I enjoy it so. The beautiful photos set the tone for my day, and it’s a huge source of inspiration.

While I’m boiling water, I water my babies. Look at how big they are now! I’m a proud momma.

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I do some quick yoga on my mat, and then proceed to eat my breakfast there, sitting on the floor:

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We have a legit dining set now but I still prefer eating here, heh.

My usual breakfast is tea with oatmeal. Sometimes I add honey to it or peanut butter, sometimes fruit when I have some. Mangoes are perfect for oatmeal!

When I want a power breakfast, I cook two eggs, sunny side up, with two pieces of whole wheat toast and jam.

On my way to work, I buy a glass of taho and fresh buko juice so I can have it with my baon bread with pbjam because I love having more than one breakfast. Like a true hobbit.

Cloud-obsessed

I consider going home as one of the best parts of my day (along with the intrawebs break, lunch break, and solving a software problem at work), because I get to see the cloud display in the sky during sunset.

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Since I was young, I’ve always loved gazing at the sky and imagining how it’d be like, stepping on clouds. Or eating them, since I thought they’d be like cotton candy. I even drew a character I named “Cloudina”. Years later I would get to taste a cloud during a hike up the mountains, but that’s another story.

A perfect day would involve lying in a sunshine-y but cool meadow filled with flowers and cats, surrounded by food and books/magazines, during four p.m. (my fave time) with all the time in the world to gaze up at the clouds and see the shapes that form there. There’d be superfast internet there too, and lots of tea and milk tea.

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How would your perfect day be like?