Exploring the universe: Staying in Chitose, Japan 2019

If not for the kind elderly man my dad was able to talk to in the bus, we probably would have been very lost in Chitose haha. From the airport, we rode a bus but had a challenging time communicating with the bus driver even if my dad had some Japanese lessons. We almost went down several stops before our real stop if not for the kind lolo stopping us each time, with our luggage and all lol.

When we reached the place, we had help from kind strangers because we couldn’t figure out how to open the locker containing the keys to the unit…or the keys to the entrance doors hahaha. We did enjoy exploring the area for the nearest convenience store though!

Tofu steak, yummy pork chop, lemon Sprite-like drink, potato soup, kelp onigiri and inari sushi. All for me LOL because I was starving:

p.s. I ate lots of ice cream afterwards too. No regrets!

Unattractive but yummy cheese curry cup noodle, which I deeply miss, for my midnight snack:

I acclimatise to a place by eating a ton of local ice cream HAHA. The frozen delight memories serve as my souvenirs and as expected, I was spoiled for choice in the dairy capital of Japan lol (don’t quote me on that, I have concluded that on my own, but my research tells me that the best milk is from Hokkaido because the nature-y setting makes the cows very zen-like and chill):

The best melon ice cream in the world for me:

The sky was dreary when we arrived but this sight made me happy:

True story: We had to buy water so my dad got the hugest bottle in the store. I was parched so I refilled my water bottle and took the hugest gulp and swallowed. And it burned my throat because guess what…

It wasn’t water at all.

Hand for scale. My Japanese-reading friends told me it was shochu, which is a Japanese distilled beverage with less than 45% (!!!) alcohol. I don’t drink nowadays so this was a complete shock to my innards and my state of mind hahaha.

So you can take it from me. The above is NOT water. My dad kept on lookong for random strangers he could donate it to. Because, sayang lol

I had to stop and smell the flowers because: lavender growing near the pavement deserves to be appreciated…

…and also, I wanted to blow on the random dandelions because I never see them here in Manila haha:

The deserted playground was a bit spooky though:

There weren’t a lot of people or cars outside when we were there and we heard loud booming sounds that was too industrial to be thunder but too loud to be machines (which crept us out). Also, it looked like this at night when the bus drops you off yiii:

But! It looked great and not scary at all during the morning:

Inside the compound:

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Exploring the Universe: New Chitose Airport, Japan 2019

I’m so in love with this airport– they had lots of Royce, a chocolate museum and Sanrio stuff. All the things I love, plus a food court with lots of free samples haha. I was in heaven.

But first: the view from the plane!!

Sunrise time plus me refusing to sleep because I was speedwatching onboard movies, trying to cram as many as I can by fastforwarding them lol.

Beautiful airport with lots of stamps and this giant hydrangea ball.

I got butter corn ramen, from the ramen hall (?)

But really, I was more excited about this:

I spent a good chunk of time watching how the Royce chocolates were made:

I couldn’t concentrate too much on enjoying the museum because I kept on thinking about how I wanted to do so many things like explore the food court and all the Sanrio shops HAHA:

Also, Doraemon! I am pretty clueless about Doraemon so I won’t be making any comments haha but um.. what a roumdboi?

For the first time in forever…I won in the claw machine during my first try! And I got cinnamoroll, the cutest cinnamon roll/rabbit/doge(?)

LOL stock photo: Girl smiling at plushie butt

My dream would be a Royce degustation or just a sampler box with all the Nama flavors. The winner here? Houjicha. What a revelation.

Up next: The one where we stayed in a place where we heard loud ominous booming noises outside like we were in a post-apocalyptic film set lol haha

What I’ve been up to: July and August 2019

Hello hello! How have you been?

I’ve been enjoying life offline for the past few months and have been focusing on inner work and my health.

I recently got certified in Reiki level 2, and this means I can offer distant healing services for balancing and healing you mentally, physically and emotionally. Send me an email for more details and my rates, and as a bonus I can add a personalized oracle reading for you as well, if you have questions you need enlightenment on. (Email: mabuhaydiy@gmail.com). I grew up in a family of Spiritists, started by my great grandfather and his cousin and headed by my late grandfather. They used pranic healing to help me get relief from stress-induced asthma attacks growing up, so I was always fascinated with healing modalities and energy manipulation. I feel like this is my purpose and it feels so good when I am able to share that light with others. 🙂

Also, I am the featured artist of the Filipino food subscription box @chibundleph for their Summer Harvest box!

You can read more about how you (yes you!) inspire me in my creative process and other sources of inspiration in their blog:

https://chibundle.com/blogs/stories/summer-harvest-art

Here are some of my divination tools which I’ll use for giving you more clarity with the question that you might have when you book a reiki session with me (can be in person as well, or distant healing).

Above is a gouache painting of a flower field in Hokkaido, Japan. I usually pick a significant memory and image from a place I’ve visited and paint it for my future self. You can search for all similar paintings (I have one in Bali, Taiwan, Singapore and New York) using the hashtag #mabuhaydiytravelpaintings in Instagram. 🙂

I’ll be blogging more about our recent Japan trip soon, so stay tuned!

Hope your day is filled with good vibes. 🙂

Exploring the Universe: Japan 2019 (Nakajima and Aoba park!)

I came back from a wonderful trip to Hokkaido, filled with so many delicious desserts and beautiful flowers. Thank you Universe!

I loved our trip to Nakajima Park in Sapporo, a park where I wanted to live. There was a rose garden, a tranquil zen garden and this quirky playground:

Lol at this photo of me

I loved this bird and it became my company for a good hour:

I gasped when I saw the rose garden! I smelled each one and was very content to just marvel at how beautiful they were.

At Aoba park in Chitose, I was so happy to be walking in a lush forest again. I happily ate my strawberry pon de ring and I lay in the grass while butterflies circled me afterwards:

Look at the coolest playground with the zip line which I really, really wanted to try huhu:

Blessed with angel signs through the gifts above!

A white butterfly kept following us, since we started our walk. It lingered in our windows when we were inside the bus and entered the bus as well! When it went out it lingered near our windows again. Such a magical experience. 🙂

I enjoyed seeing this path and feeling safe and supported while I walked on my own:

We also found the crystal blue fountain before we left! We didn’t think we’d find it because of the vastness of the park but it showed itself to us:

Exploring the universe: Singapore 2019

Hello friends! I just came back from a wonderful trip to Singapore where I stuffed myself with as much kaya toast as possible, journaled and officially became an instagram wife to my good friend Mons haha.

It’s my third time in Singapore and I did observe that it’s hotter and more humid this time? I changed my shirt around three times because I was sweating too much haha.

It was my first time to try a capsule hostel and I fell in love with it! We got a pod in Spacepod and it was cozy and private. Better than normal hostels because you had a curtain you can lock and it was more quiet inside each pod:

We primarily went there for Gardens by the Bay but it rained on the day we were supposed to go so a lot of areas were closed. It was also super hot and humid that day so we opted to stay in the nice hostel and journal together, which we both enjoyed greatly.

Since we were both big Gudetama fans, we celebrated Mon’s birthday at Gudetama Cafe! I wanted to visit this for the longest time so this alone made the trip worth it haha:

We even wore Gudetama shirts for the occasion 🙂

The newly-opened Jewel Changi was also all sorts of awesome, but what we really wanted was to eat at Shake Shack and visit Tokyu Hands together because we’re both fans of the shop. The line was long but it moved quickly and we were starving and sleep-deprived so we enjoyed our expensive burgers haha:

I regret not buying even one small Pikachu here at the Pokemon store:

The gudetama zodiac toys above were so cute!

Matchy matchy!

You’ve probably seen a trillion photos of the indoor waterfall at Jewel already, so here’s a photo of an installation I loved as well:

I got addicted to these cheesy chicken pops and cheesy chicken balls from Old Chang Kee. We were lucky there was a shop beside our hostel and I think I bought them each day we were there:

The cheese sauce wasn’t too salty and complemented the crispy chicken well. It tasted to me like a mixture of cheez whiz and sour cream which resulted in something really yummy.

For our first night, we prioritized Gudetama Cafe. This had beans, mushrooms and a salad on the side plus bacon and sausage. I think this can be shared, just have an extra order of soup which you can also share:

Since we both wanted to go to the beach but our schedules didn’t sync, we went to the beach at Sentosa, painted and napped:

First time to try cendol!

We visited Bras Basah complex for Art Friend and Cat Socrates:

Met up with my friends and we had yummy satay at Lau Pa Sat:

Haji lane was as colorful as I remembered.

For our last day, we visited Little India and Clarke Quay. I enjoyed painting at Clarke Quay while we sipped Liho Singapore tea (Fruit tea with fresh watermelon, grapefruit and other fresh fruits inside):

We left Singapore with this glorious sight in the plane window:

P.s. Made a flipthrough of my Singapore travel journal! Check it out below:

Exploring the Universe: Zambales 2019

For a quick family vacation, we stayed at Casa San Miguel in Zambales where I spent the afternoon painting and relaxing:

We headed to Pundaquit beach and since it was a weekday there were no crowds and it was even more enjoyable:

I was able to have a lot of “me” time and the break helped me decompress and reassess what I value the most. Glad to have spent time with family.

What I’ve been up to: March 2019

Hello hello! March has been one exciting ride so far. There’s been a lot of changes workwise (more on that in future posts) but I think I’ll be able to post more regularly starting April and I’m looking forward to sharing weekly updates with you. I missed blogging lj style.

Spring has sprung and local trees are in full bloom. There are Palawan cherry trees in the park where I take my lunch walks and they make me smile and stop for a few minutes just to admire them:

I was able to attend Stickercon for the first time! I remember last year when I suffered from major FOMO because I saw how fantastic everyone’s hauls were. This year, I knew I should follow my heart and give it a visit. It was my first time visiting the famous Bayanihan center too, home to a lot of conventions I want to attend so this sparked so much joy.

There were 2000 visitors for this one-day event. That was insane!

(Check out my haul in my instagram account: @mabuhaydiy)

The visit to Art in the Park is an annual tradition for me and my family. I’m listing it here for accountability: Someday, I want to have an exhibit of my works in the park or in a gallery or restaurant somewhere. I want to sell my original paintings and artworks–they’ve been waiting patiently here for someone to love them haha.

The bubbles smelled so wonderful! I could have spent a day just standing there near the bubble machine, I was delighted to see everyone smiling when they saw the colorful bubbles near the entrance. 🙂

I also won a hand poured half pan watercolor set from Daniel Smith! It was such a great feeling knowing that gorgeous palette is now mine, since Daniel Smith is one of my fave brands. Thanks to @des_artroom for this!

Am leaving you with these stickers of encouragement from @edenstreet and @pluma_ph. Have a wonderful week ahead! Talk to you again very soon!

Soapmaking adventure!

I made my own soaps last weekend and it was such a magical experience. I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos because I was in the “flow” state, and totally enjoying myself.

Here are some of the soaps I made. Top to bottom: Cool seasalt breeze, Garden blooms in Rose and Jasmine and Yin yang with activated charcoal.

I plan on making more and selling these soon! Stay tuned!

What I’ve been up to: February 2019

Belated happy galentine’s day!

Woke up that day with someone knocking on my door and when I opened it saw my partner waiting outside with a huge bouquet. I’m a sucker for grand gestures so this made me melt and was a great start to my day 🙂

A week before, I was lucky enough to be able to hang out with Lauren Hom! Thanks to titas June and Ella for organizing this. I think we probably scared her by teaching her the values of a frontpack in Manila lol:

I’ve been playing with my sunset photos and made a grid using the tutorial of @mattcrump. I also made a banig-inspired pattern made of it:

Learning more about the tarot has always been in my bucket list so I got myself a practical magical deck. She and I are becoming close friends and I even got the same card twice after shuffling when I asked the same question. Magic. I was so inspired by it that I started a project wherein I wanted to complete the major arcana using my sunset/sunrise photos. Check it out with the hashtag #mabuhaydiytarot.

Here’s the moon and the star:

I also experimented with a more minimalistic approach to my journaling:

I got myself some Shin Han PWC artist grade paints from the sale last month. I played with them in my journal:

Exploring the universe: Taiwan, part 3

My stationery dreams came true in Taiwan. I probably got too carried away but no regrets, for sure. My friend Ella mentioned that what she loved about Taiwan is how they had so much awesome stationery merchandise by local artists from stickers to washi tapes and I’m glad that locally that’s starting to happen in my country too. There are now a lot of locally-designed washi and numerous stickers from various Filipino artists in stores like Common Room and Craft Central and that makes me happy. Ella mentioned a shop called Ma Ma Umbrella shop near Songshan cultual park and we spent a good 2 and a half hours there, just browsing and shopping hehe.

I had a hard time choosing which to buy because they were all so lovely and well-made.

We also went to several Eslite branches and I wasn’t able to take photos because I was in a hurry to shop haha. We still had a lot of items in our itinerary and the day was almost ending eep.

Finally got to try the OG milk tea from Chun Shui Tang. The inventor of bubble tea in Taiwan, they said. This was inside Eslite in Songshan Cultural Park. 30% sugar and the chewinees of the pearls were perfect. My fave from this trip.

The foodtrucks outside Eslite were cute:

We also tried this jasmine and lime concoction from Ice Monster. I can’t imagine being able to finish this by myself, look at how massive it is:

We went to the Red House at Ximending:

The lines were so long in this stall selling popcorn chicken called Ji Guang Xiang Xiang Ji. Or 1973 chicken?

The best popcorn chicken I’ve tasted, and best calamari too! Or something like calamari? Our order came with fried squid which was fried in the same batter as the chicken. Really yummy. While my gf stayed in line here, I got a bit lost because I was looking for milk tea for our drink. I wanted to try fiftea here even if we had a fiftea branch outside our office in Makati haha. I saw some people drinking it and asked several where to buy it. Of course with the mazelike structure of the area I couldn’t find it immediately but after much perseverance and more stopping people with fiftea drinks asking where they got it I saw the place!

I got lost somewhere here because the streets sorta looked the same to a tourist haha:

The fiftea drink I got was just okay. Zero sugar and the pearls weren’t sweetened so it very much tasted like… water lol. Wrong decision to not have a bit of sugar.

We played taiko drums and high tech Pong!

I was so happy when I saw a Sanseriya branch here! I remembered trying Sanseriya in Ueno Japan and loving it so I was excited to eat those garlicky escargots again. Really bad photo but really scrumptious snails:

Ending this with some fave memories from the trip:

Stumbling upon this sight of Taipei 101 outside at night:

Gorgeous travel brochures:

Sent myself mail! Hope it reaches me!