Hello. My life has been through a lot of major changes lately and I’ve been trying my best to swim with it. I hope you’re all doing well and taking care of yourselves. Last weekend, my family was able to visit this quaint farm in Rizal, and I snapped some photos to help me remember how refreshing the vacation was:
Wow can you believe it’s already half of 2017? I am happy to report that I feel buoyant because of friends and family, and this little fellow called “art”. 2017’s first half was pretty tough, but we do what we can do to stay afloat. For me that’s artambay with friends and milk tea and making art as often as I can.
How about you? Let me know if you have self-care tips!
I organized my sparkly handmade watercolors in an altoids tin. I super enjoyed making these!
Clockwise from top left: rose gold, mermaid gold, sunset gold, sakura gold, graphite gold, midnight gold, galaxy gold, pomegranate gold. 🙂
I also painted parts of the face for practice using handmade watercolor paint from @seamountainco:
The night before was Thursday night which meant it was #Artsythursdays wherein I paint more for myself:
Last night I painted
I think this might be my fave thai resto locally– Lime and Basil Thai restaurant in Alfonso, Cavite has yummy dishes at reasonable prices. Thankful we got to try it as a family.
I’ll leave the detailed foodie blog posts to the bloggers haha but here are my faves and other lovely things that caught my eye in the place:
Loved this appetizer! Gourmet kwek kwek haha. Wish we could order this, would probably have eaten ten or fifty.
Catfish rice and grilled pork
Sticky rice with mangoes. So pretty!
Papaya salad. Loving all the edible flowers used as garnish! I noticed that they used various stoneware plates mixed with white ones which added a nice homey/rustic/swanky touch to the dishes.
The place was equally gorgeous:
On our way home it poured and when the rain stopped we were treated to majestic skyscapes. I snapped these pics on the road:
P.s. we munched on yummy kutsipan (pandan kutsinta) on the way home–you can buy this from bahay pastulan:
P.s.s. It’s my first time to try a baked alaska! We ate this in Krazy garlik since it was my dad’s wish for father’s day:
I LOVE IT.
I’ve heard very good things about the p2p buses and i’ve been dying to try it out. Yesterday I was finally able to do that with my good friend Nayna. 🙂 Yay for trying new things! I imagined it as a sort of mini field trip in the metro.
Nayna and I have been friends for 14 years! If we had a child, that child would be in high school already haha.
Inside @ritualph in Pamana building Makati. Hoarded the laundry soap which I use as my body soap because it smells like lemongrass. 🙂 Sort of like how I’ve heard a lot of peoplw use Perla for their face and my skin isnt very particular, so there we go.
We had a quick brunch in Makati and off we went to ATC to visit the pop-up of @commonroomph. I got myself a new beep card with wonder woman in it. 🙂
We saw @timipee! What a wonderfully small world. We rode the bus with her and I may or may not have changed my super drenched shirt (it was so humid and hot yesterday!) with the help of a scarf and N inside the bus lol. Only to remember that there’s a cctv inside haha whoops.
I love Serenitea in ATC because you can see what you’re drinking lol haha. In Makati the cups are made of paper but here they’re in plastic. It made me feel that the scoop was extra big and not squooshed up inside that flat plastic cover. My go-to drink here is the uji matcha pyramid and I keep on plugging it to friends I bring to Serenitea. Hi serenitea please get me as an endorser hahaha:
With Timmy and Nayna:
One of my fave moments was when while we were walking we heard a random boy say “tita” and we all thought he was calling one of us hahaha. He was talking to his legit tita on the phone btw. 🙂
Saw titas @ella_lama and @marie_lama in the @commonroomph popup! Also saw superwonderwoman @romaagsalud and her fiancee hard at work:
Truly enjoyed taking part in the common room challenges! Painted in wood for the first time which I super loved (they’ll use it in making their new home), made cranes and painted their creative and collaborative tarp!
Happy to see a lot of Pinoys supporting local handmade:
Rode the same p2p bus going back to Makati and snapped some photos of the glorious sunset:
It was a beatiful end to my day. Cannot wait to return to ATC for Common Room in the future! 🙂
Also, am joining Arriane Serafico’s #daretoshareIGchallenge and am already in love with it and the community! Thank you for this, Arriane! Am learning more about wonderful women and about myself. Here’s my journal page containing some self-care apps for the challenge and a food painting I did yesterday during our date. I was also able to draw and paint random passersby when I challenged myself to do that while eating. Might do more!
I was so excited and giddy when my TN inserts and planner stickers from @papermintph arrived. I’m a fan of locally made products and these really delivered. I got a book journal and I’ve been longing for one for the longest time and this one has the perfect size!
I love regular-sized TN inserts because my handwriting is big and messy haha so the space needs to be big as well without being bulky.
The weekly one is great as well–the paper can handle the ink of my brush pens (zig mangaka, artline markers, pentel touch) and the space for wach day is just right for me. I love the space on the upper right which can contain top three weekly tasks or inspirational quotes or a motivational word and you might not see it but there’s a grid there too so maybe some pixel art? 🙂
My favorite stickers would have to be the hexagon ones since they can be decorative and also used as bullets for tasks. In love with the plain brown craft covers too, which you can decorate as you please.
If you want to see all their other awesome products, do check out their instagram: @papermintph or their site: papermintph.com. They also have an fb page: facebook.com/papermintph.
P.S. Because @papermintph is awesome, they’re giving us a special treat: You can get 10% off if you purchase Php300 worth of products! Just use the coupon code: “mabuhaydiy10off”. You can use this code till July 17 so go go go! Happy shopping! 🙂
Thank you for letting me try your lovely products, @papermintph! Loving the thoughtfulness behind each and I can’t wait to play with these some more over the weekend. 🙂
I’m so happy that I was able to visit the beach twice in less than a month!
This time we stayed at Coco Grove resort, and I snapped some photos to help me remember how much fun we had.
Had a quick lunch at Cafeño, and I really enjoyed the tamales and the adobo flakes with rice:
So glad I was able to make some art at the beach! 🙂
I realized recently how much I missed blogging about where I’ve been and talking about those gems that caught my eye through the journey. Trying to change that, though! My trusty waterproof point and shoot Canon gave up after 10 years so am still thinking if I should buy another one like that. I loved it so much, and all my photos in the past were mostly taken using that. I dropped it so many times (once in the Great Wall where it almost gave up lol eep) and perhaps it should be laid to rest heh.
Anyway! Took some snaps in Virgin resort in Batangas and I have to say that it has the best shoreline in all the resorts we’ve tried in the area. Just take a look:
I’ve been pretty swamped with adult responsibilities lately and feeling a bit bummed. Luckily this trip gave me much needed “me” time. I played in the water, sank my toes in the sand, slept under a coconut tree and made art. All this while in the company of great friends. Thank you Universe!
And just like that, my blues were washed away. 🙂
It’s almost June and that means it’s time for some back-to-school shopping!
Back-to-school season meant cool new school supplies and it was something that excited me a lot growing up. I have fond memories of holding my required school supplies list from school and searching for the items with my mom, which I considered our back-to-school bonding ritual every school year.
When I was a kid there weren’t that many options when it came to school supplies and stationery. What I did to make my notebooks stand out was to personalize them using photos and ads that I fancied from old magazines. 🙂
I went to the SM stationery department in SM Mall of Asia and I felt that same giddy back-to-school vibe I always got before. I am happy to report that my wish as a kid has been granted– they have so many options for students/stationery lovers like me!
Whether you want to fit in or stand out, I’m pretty sure SM Stationery has endless possibilities for your type of “cool”. Here are just some ideas:
I located the washi tapes/stickers area first and was so thrilled that they have decorush deco tapes! If you haven’t tried these, they look like correction tapes but they have cute designs and can be used for borders in your notebooks or to decorate plain notebook covers or even to create labels in sticker paper to label your school stuff! I first tried this when I bought one impulsively from Japan. I couldn’t understand the directions but when I tried it I was hooked. 🙂 What’s even better is that if you have the case already you can just buy refills and the refills are interchangeable. Trying my best to resist hoarding these so you can also try them out haha:
To use or not to use? Erasers that can also serve as miniature toys:
I’m glad there are so many correction tape design options but it’s giving me this urge to start a correction tape collection lol. Just look at how adorable they all are!
When I was still studying, we didn’t even have this option of having clearbooks or folders with cover designs! Looks amazing and classy:
TIP: They have black notebooks with black paper inside and they are also selling a lot of metallic gel pens and white pens which you can use for a funner way of note-taking! I think the fluorescent ones would make you excited for jotting down your learnings from your different subjects. Maybe even try different-colored pens for writing down formulas or important dates, for example. 🙂
Headphones for editing videos or earphones for the long commute or ride in the school bus. I envy those who can study with music on, I couldn’t concentrate and would find myself singing along or humming along! My way of studying was to crunch ice cubes to keep me awake while making reviewers which I’d read over and over during the commute to school the next day. 🙂
These acrylic containers look so good and can store your highlighters and pens for your desk:
They have powerbanks, usbs, sd cards and other accessories for your laptops and computers. That unicorn powerbank is on my wishlist:
COOL AND CHIC:
You can never have too many pouches/pencilcases:
You guys, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it too but these awesome bags are only php399 each and it already comes with school supplies! Best deal everrrr!
If that hasn’t blown your mind already, the best part is that they’re packaged depending on grade level and can also be for highschoolers! I had such a hard time deciding which to get for myself (I fell in love with the bags and you can never have enough stationery lol) because the designs and colors are all so great haha. Here are some quick snaps of what’s inside this all-in-one school pack:
BONUS: You can also get a free watch with a minimum single receipt purchase worth Php1,500 from SM Stationery from May 1 to June 30. 🙂
TIP: You can personalize these with these cute patches (which I bought and are now in my journal covers):
You can use these patches to customize your notebooks and pouches as well! Saw a lot of plain pouches which can be jazzed up with these babies. 🙂
I don’t know about you, but my mood is instantly brightened when my stuff has silly animals or creatures haha (especially when they’re cats and there are tons of cat-themed stuff in SM Stationery):
There are matchy-matchy sets so if you fall in love with a print, you’re in luck! You can match your pouches and bags and pencilcases using the same print! I loved this quirky cat print and was delighted to see it in a drawstring backpack and in an insulated lunchbox:
There were so many cute pouches and pencil cases and coin purses!
One of my fave things about SM stationery is how the supplies per brand are organized so neatly and given ample space for pen tester fanatics like me haha. I could spend hours just testing out various pens. I kid you not.
Have I mentioned how they have all other items needed for school projects like boards and cartolinas and styrofoam and crepe paper? Because they have all those too:
If you’re planning on doing some back-to-school shopping at SM, don’t forget that your school supplies needs can all be found at SM Stationery as well! Save yourself a lot of time and effort and be like me and rack up those SM advantage points haha. 🙂
Here are some more picks and deals to inspire and excite you:
How cool is that? Happy shopping! 🙂
Just came back from the surprise long weekend which gave me some time with my family. 🙂
We went to Tagaytay where I bonded with nature and flowers haha:
I was able to make a lot of art there and play with my sakura gelly rolls:
Before we went to Tagaytay, I was able to join an impromptu artambay with my friends Ella, Marie and Monique! Monique painted this scrumptious Pocky artwork in my notebook:
I was able to try @ella_lama’s new vute notebook! Look how pretty it is:
Tried using various materials on it like watercolors and markers. Loving the paper!
Happy to be making art again! I noticed that when I feel that I’m too tired or stressed to make art that that’s when I should make more to calm and center me. Last night I was able to make an abstract artwork inspired by summer shakes. I used acrylic paint and used a pallette knife which I IMMENSELY enjoyed. Will make more tonight maybe:
Hope you’re having a lovely summer! 🙂
Last year, I was lucky enough to attend the SM Stationery Art Fest which featured my favorite stationery brands and had art workshops by creatives I look up to. (Thanks, Universe!) 🙂
This year, I had the pleasure of attending it again, and I couldn’t be happier. The timing couldn’t have been better too! I personally love that it coincides with the summer season, which is perfect for students on vacation and adults who are excited to learn something new for summer.
Stationery and art workshops are my passion and I looked forward to learning more about how to maximize the use of said office/school supplies. The workshops are so innovative and exciting, and are facilitated by local creatives. There’s a lot of cool workshops, like metallic mandala art, floral doodling, diy shrinky dinks, diy watercolor stickers, diy sharpie watercolor art, gothic and brush calligraphy, and slime making. I wish I could have joined them all! 🙂
Here are some photos I took on the 1st day of the event, which runs from April 19-23 at the Mega Fashion Hall. Loved the pastel theme this year, it looked so fresh and fun!
We loved these cute colorful icons displayed in stands. Resisted the urge to pluck them off and pose with them a la photobooth style haha:
Like last time, the participating brands had artsy activities you can try per area. The participating brands this year are Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Sharpie, Ifex Philippines, M&G Stationery, and Pilot. Being a stationery lover, these are all brands I adore and use. It was really fun seeing the numerous possibilities and artistic creations you could make with their products (and the creative and colorful product displays!):
There were a lot of colorful markers which you can use to doodle or color in these artsy installations. A crowd favorite. :
Everything was so. Tempting.
Thankful that I got to bond with the titas (who were also in last year’s Art Fest!) Ella, June, Geli and Trish 🙂
Drone shot/climbing up the highest floor in the mall lol. This was taken while Wednesday, papercutter extraordinaire, was setting up for a demo in partnership with Ifex. Loving the orange comma stage! I was joking how it was a nice flatlay prop/bed shot from above, haha:
Loot from the event, featuring products from the participating brands. Check out more colorful snaps featuring the above brands in my previous post. Can’t wait to make tons of art using these:
P.S. It’s their last day today! Hurry over to the Mega Fashion Hall and you might still get to join the art workshops and watch the demos (and hoard items to your heart’s content, haha). 🙂
Thank you, SM Stationery, for this fun event and thanks also to Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Sharpie, Ifex Philippines, M&G Stationery, and Pilot. Till the next Art Fest!
Have a fun, artsy summer! 🙂