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. πŸ™‚

Learning is cool (and fun!) with SM Stationery

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. πŸ™‚

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:

ARTSY/DIY COOL:

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. πŸ™‚ 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:

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To use or not to use? Erasers that can also serve as miniature toys:

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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!

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MINIMALIST/PREPPY COOL:

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When I was still studying, we didn’t even have this option of having clearbooks or folders with cover designs! Looks amazing and classy:

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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. πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚

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These acrylic containers look so good and can store your highlighters and pens for your desk:

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TECHIE COOL:

They have powerbanks, usbs, sd cards and other accessories for your laptops and computers. That unicorn powerbank is on my wishlist:

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COOL AND CHIC:

You can never have too many pouches/pencilcases:

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These are post-it notes! Loving the many different nature-inspired designs:image

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BEST DEAL AWARD:

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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:

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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. πŸ™‚
TIP: You can personalize these with these cute patches (which I bought and are now in my journal covers):
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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. πŸ™‚

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QUIRKY COOL:

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):

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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:

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There were so many cute pouches and pencil cases and coin purses!

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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.

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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:

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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. πŸ™‚

Here are some more picks and deals to inspire and excite you:

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How cool is that? Happy shopping! πŸ™‚

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What I’ve been up to: May 2017

Just came back from the surprise long weekend which gave me some time with my family. πŸ™‚

We went to Tagaytay where I bonded with nature and flowers haha:

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I was able to make a lot of art there and play with my sakura gelly rolls:

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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:

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I was able to try @ella_lama’s new vute notebook! Look how pretty it is:

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Tried using various materials on it like watercolors and markers. Loving the paper!

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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:

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Hope you’re having a lovely summer! πŸ™‚

A colorful artsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest 2017

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!) πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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!

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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:

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I doodled on this ice cream cone because I adore ice cream:

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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!):

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There were a lot of colorful markers which you can use to doodle or color in these artsy installations. A crowd favorite. :

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Everything was so. Tempting.

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Thankful that I got to bond with the titas (who were also in last year’s Art Fest!) Ella, June, Geli and Trish πŸ™‚

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Just had to pose here–glittery giant cuties? Yes please!

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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:

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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:

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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). πŸ™‚

Thank you, SM Stationery,Β 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!

Follow SM Stationery PH for the latest updates, events and promos:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smstationeryph/
Instagram:Β https://www.instagram.com/smstationeryph/

Have a fun, artsy summer! πŸ™‚

Quick peek: What’s in store for you at the SM Stationery Art Fest 2017

Calling all lovers of art (and stationery!): Heaven is a place on earth! πŸ™‚ The SM Stationery Art Fest (@smstationeryph on instagram) is paradise if you love stationery and creating art. They partnered with major stationery brands too, like Sharpie, M&G, Faber-Castell, Elmer’s, Ifex and Pilot. The best thing is, it runs starting today until April 23–which means you can hoard to your heart’s content and join all the art workshops they’ll be having this weekend. Check out my previous post for more details regarding workshop schedules. πŸ™‚ Take a look at some of the photos that I took below and treat yo’self! πŸ™‚

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Summer artsy possibilities with SM Stationery’s Art Fest 2017!

Summer is my ultimate favorite. I consider it the season of possibilities: you can opt to relax at home or take a soothing vacation somewhere, or you can maximize the sunny weather and be productive with classes and workshops. 

I want the best of both worlds, though, and since art workshops are challenging and fun but also gets you in the “flow” (i.e. a state of being in the zone/peak performance), I consider it both exciting and relaxing. πŸ™‚ If I could, I would join all the art workshops that exist, haha.

Try it for yourself with the variety of art workshops in SM Stationery’s Art Fest this weekend. Check out the photos below for more details:

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I can’t wait! See you! πŸ™‚

What I’ve been up to: April 2017

We went to the beach! My first beach trip for the year, and it was at Laiya Coco Grove, Batangas. Spent a lot of time journaling and attempting to paint:

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Went to a Hobonichi meetup where the Tokyo Hobonichi team joined us! πŸ™‚ Here’s our hobonichi stack photo which is more of a hobonichi wall haha πŸ™‚

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Attended sakura gelly roll’s kawaii journaling workshop with chichi! Drew a bikini babe because summer haha:

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Joining #the100dayproject because I want to push myself again. Hope I can finish this project! Mine is #100daysofobsessions:

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P.s. Makiko, the illustrator for Hobonichi drew us in our planners! So awesome.

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I gave them a washi watercolor artwork inspired by my sherbet hobonichi. I hope they like it:

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Happy times, thank you

It’s when you feel too busy to make art that you probably should make art, if you were me.

I resist it a bit with chores and work as an excuse but find that it’s just like a workout–once you’re there you can’t seem to stop and you feel pretty great after.

I was inspired by FRUiTS growing up and read an article on how the fashion situation in Japan is so different now due to stores like Uniqlo. Did this washi tape fashion collage using my handmade @seamountainco palette and I find that tearing washi tape is incredibly soothing.

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Quick watercolor portrait in 15 minutes–I didn’t use a pencil here so I was just modifying it as I went.

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Happy that K and I are trying new restos again.

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Joined my first #protonsworkshop and it was a collab with gogogelato and we got to eat lots of gelato and even see the process of making it–I got to churn some buko lychee sherbet which I took home after. Also met a lot of new friends, which makes my heart very happy. I hope you are having a good March too, wherever you may be.

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What I’ve been up to: March 2017

Happy summer! Summer is my fave season and I’m so honored that I got to be the one to make the March 2017 journaling prompts for #HobonichPH:

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HobonichiPHChallenge if you’re participating! πŸ™‚

I had so many happy moments these past few days:

😙 I got to try and experiment and make my own handmade rose gold watercolor paint! Kinda obsessed with rose gold recently and I thought I’d try and make paint with this hue in mind:

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Success! It took a lot of trial and error but happy with the outcome. Brought it with me to a mini artambay with my washi and sticker-loving friends yesterday.

😙 Got new washi tapes (first group buy and so worth it!) and mildliners yesterday and got to bond with friends:

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😙 Attended the #ArtfairPH with K, her first time:

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😙 I also painted mini abstract paintings which I turned to stickers using handpainted watercolors made by @seamountainco πŸ™‚

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😙 I uploaded several flipthroughs of my past journals and travel project life in my youtube channel, if you want to take a peek: http://tinyurl.com/mabuhaydiy2011journal

I hope March has been good to you too.

Digitizing my journals in Youtube

Hello! πŸ™‚ Super excited to share with you something I’ve been working on–my journal digitizing project! I have so many journals since childhood and I’ve been meaning to archive its contents for the longest time and I’ve decided that I’d share it with you! πŸ™‚ This is also for me, when I’m older and super forgetful, and is a way to document my progress and journey as a creative. I also plan on showing my stationery collection, art and book hauls and process vids too. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚