A Yearender (or, so long 2017!), and 2018: The Year for Light

Whew, 2017 finally came to an end, and I couldn’t be more grateful. 2017 was my year for mindfulness, and at the beginning, I thought it would be all about more ways I could be more mindful in my thoughts and actions. To be honest, I envisioned myself all enlightened due to my daily meditations and super diligent in my journaling.

 

Boy was I ever wrong.

 

I’d like to think of all the things thrown my way as tests where I was unprepared–the big breakup, work changes, moving, etc. etc. I kept trying to tread water in flashflood after flashflood and in the end I finally gave up fighting it and decided it might be better to just float.

 

And float I did.

 

If those were tests, I’d like to think of myself as the master makeupper–wherein I took makeup tests because I haven’t learned my lessons yet. Those makeup tests involved lots of yoga and meditation (haha, it was a year of mindfulness after all), a trauma yoga workshop, a sound meditation workshop involving soundbathing, retreats in faraway places, going wayyy out of my comfort zone by dating again (lol), and learning how to ask for help when I’m drowning. It felt like one of those movie montage scenes after a breakup: finding myself, lots of self-discovery, trying new activities, learning what I look for in a partner (and what dealbreakers are), and also tons of #adulting. I am grateful I survived all of it, and I am grateful that I still have that optimistic side of me that knows that this too shall pass. And that I’ll pass those makeup tests, so help me, Universe!

 

I am glad my heart wasn’t hardened by everything–I believed in finding true love again (and my rose quartz crystals certainly put me in the right state of mind), and some time later, that’s exactly what happened.

The biggest lesson I learned this 2017 was trusting myself and my intuition, and taking care of myself as well. I learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not know the answers all the time. I learned how to take opportunities that would help me grow as a creative, even if it was out of my comfort zone. I learned that life wanted to give me nice surprises, if I opened my hands and eyes to them. I got magical messages from the Universe via the law of attraction and synchronicity. My family and friends were there for me when I needed them the most, and I am forever grateful.

 

We ended the year with a farm and beach trip, very similar to trips that saved my heart and sanity in the middle of the year, proof of the Universe’s magic yet again.

 

To you: Thank you very, very much.

 

Highlights of 2017:

❤ Hobonichi feature!

❤ Collab with Moleskine

❤ Live demo with National bookstore and Ban.do

❤ Being asked to be a part of Creative market Dubai

❤ My own brush calligraphy has been turned into a font by mixfonts.xyz (look for “Daydream”

❤ Meeting KB ❤

❤ Journaling a LOT.

 

My word for 2018 is light. Lightness of heart, without baggage or drama, and being a beacon of light for myself and others. Lightness of body too, if I’m in the mood for it, but since I am more for living in the moment and listening to what my body wants, that might take the backseat for a bit. I’ll try to eat healthier and exercise more though, the usual start of the year resolutions, heh.

My 2018 goals include:

❤ Making time for art

❤ Consistent journaling and writing

❤ Lots of selflove and selfcare

❤ Consistent yoga and meditation

❤ Kindness to myself and others

❤ Healthier food choices

❤ Using my best stuff now

❤ Living each day as if I paid for it already

 

I hope 2018 is kinder and brighter for all of us. From my still-beating heart to yours, have a great year ahead! 🙂

 

 

 

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What I’ve been up to: October/November 2017

My heart has been happier than usual lately and I’m finding pockets of time to make art!

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Enjoying my #nopaintnogain sketchbook from @hueandai  (buy your own from @commonroomph!). If you follow me on instagram (@mabuhaydiy), you can see my timelapse videos of how I painted these. 🙂

Exploring the city with new eyes:

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Making care packages and loving the gudak app:

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Filling more and more pages in my journal!

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How have you been? 🙂

Happy times: My very own font and being featured in the Hobonichi life book 2018

Hello! How have you been? I’ve been adjusting to my new work but am still here and I missed you. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well  as well.

I have fantastic news–my brush calligraphy has been turned to a font you can use!

It’s called “Daydream” and I was so honored to be a part of this project from http://mixfonts.xyz together with Alessa from @lifeafterbreakfastph and @christine.herrin. I’m a fan of the works of these 2 ladies so this is beyond thrilling for me. 🙂

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Check out Mixfonts.xyz to get the font. 🙂

P.s. I also got featured in Hobonichi’s 2018 life book together with my friends from hobonichi users ph group! I got so so excited because I’m a huge hobonichi fan.

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Artsycraftsy challenge: my own sparkly handmade watercolor set

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!

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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:

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The night before was Thursday night which meant it was #Artsythursdays wherein I paint more for myself:

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Last night I painted

Exploring the universe: Lime and Basil resto, Cavite

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:

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Loved this appetizer! Gourmet kwek kwek haha. Wish we could order this, would probably have eaten ten or fifty.

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Catfish rice and grilled pork

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Pad thai

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Sticky rice with mangoes. So pretty!

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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:

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On our way home it poured and when the rain stopped we were treated to majestic skyscapes. I snapped these pics on the road:

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P.s. we munched on yummy kutsipan (pandan kutsinta) on the way home–you can buy this from bahay pastulan:

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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:

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I LOVE IT.

What I’ve been up to: June 2017

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.

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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:

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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. 🙂

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Saw titas @ella_lama and @marie_lama in the @commonroomph popup! Also saw superwonderwoman @romaagsalud and her fiancee hard at work:

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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!

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Happy to see a lot of Pinoys supporting local handmade:

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Rode the same p2p bus going back to Makati and snapped some photos of the glorious sunset:

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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!

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Review: Paper Mint TN inserts and planner stickers

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!

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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.

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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? 🙂

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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. 🙂

Exploring the universe: Virgin resort, Batangas

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:

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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. 🙂