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!

Museum “me” time: Ayala museum

I’ve been to Ayala museum more than five times already and to be honest I just scan the areas I’ve visited very quickly. Until yesterday. I spent more than 3 hours there, just documenting my faves in my planner. I stood in front of these pieces and got a bit lost in the details, but I still carried on because I wanted something to remember it by. I am now considering getting a membership next year, and having a Saturday museum “me” time where I just draw every piece that I like. 🙂




What I’ve been up to: March 2016

This has been a beautiful, art-filled month! I was able to visit Yuchengco museum for the trade fair for women’s month and we were lucky enough to access the museum that day for free!

I’ve been so inspired by frannerd’s ‘Draw Outside’ series, so I tried drawing a fave Amorsolo painting too:


Here are my other favorite artworks. To know who made each, check out my instagram: @mabuhaydiy 🙂


My greatest purchase involves this midori traveler’s notebook insert. Still saving up for the cover, but for now, this works well for me. I personalized it with washi tape and a unicorn sticker:


I love the page size, which is challenging but also manageable for making art, and how I can use both sides of the paper, how it’s sturdy enough. My eyes are happy with seeing all the beautiful inspiring pages using the hashtag #travelersnotebook in instagram. 

Here are some pages I made:



My passion for stickers have been rekindled by this journal obsession. I’ve been making these handpainted stickers for a long time but seeing planner layouts made me interested again in making various ones. I made summery neon ones:


Good things: Finding my “style”


A wise friend named Geli gave me advice in brush lettering/calligraphy: Embrace your own style, she said.

I’ve been practicing daily-mostly foregoing my morning yoga so I could write a few words. I’m slowly learning what works for me and what doesn’t, so I just need to wake up earlier so I could squeeze in a few minutes of yoga too 🙂




Artsycraftsy exploration: From where I’ve been

I have a lot of stories to tell you, concerning the highlights of the past few months–but sometimes time slips by so fast. I’m in the process of organizing my photos and memories, and here’s a sneak peek. Having a virtual memory trigger is one of the reasons why I love having my blog, especially since my memory seems to fail me more each day. Right now it is around 3 am in the morning, and our internet is so slow during the peak hours so I have decided to stay up late and post as many posts as I can manage, if the connection would allow me. It’s for my future self anyway, and a few years from now, losing a few hours of sleep for something you love won’t really hurt anyway.


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Artsycraftsy exploration: Art Fair 2014

Every year, I try to attend as many arts/crafts events as my budget would allow. Those are my biggest investments: travel, books, materials and self-improvement. I get especially happy when the event is nearby so when they held Art Fair 2014 at The Link Makati, I immediately marked it in my calendar and waited for the day with bated breath. I have been to the previous one last 2013 and it was an unforgettable experience, which left me inspired and filled with wonder at the potential of some art materials.

This year’s Art Fair was just as special. I had more time to spare this time and I took my sweet time, visiting all the booths and lingering in front of my fave pieces.

Here are just some of my favorites. I’m fascinated with detailed work so my picks have astounding detail.

This is Untitled (Big Bang) by Gary-Ross Pastrana. Collage is quite challenging because for me it involves just the right amount of tension and balance in your composition, and this one must have took him a long time to finish. I like how he added a 3d quality to the paper pieces so it doesn’t just look flat:

These are by Patricia Perez Eustaquio, graphite on paper and glazed stoneware. Look at the textures she was able to create!

Yayoi Kusama, because she is queen. I was able to watch two documentaries about her at the Ayala Museum and it made me love her more. She is one hardworking lady! I thought her paintings were digitally done at first because of how crisp and clean the edges were, but as it turns out, she paints each circle painstakingly by hand (!!!). Wow.

Assemblage with old compacts–loved the theme and the execution. This is by Norberto Roldan, called The Beginning of History: Chapter 10:

This one by Iggy Rodriguez took my breath away when I approached it to study its construction. Entitled Dagit, it’s made of pen, ink, and acrylic on paper and sintra board assemblage. Reminded me of paper tole, but more badass.

Joy Mallari’s Illuminations, which focuses on the ancient Filipino mythology about the Bakunawa:

The astounding Alice in Wonderland metal sculptures by Daniel Dela Cruz:

Louie Cordero’s fiberglass tables:

I was also able to watch Rajo Laurel perform drapery magic, using the cloth as a sculpting material:

Did you check out this year’s Art Fair? What artworks were your faves?

Exploring the Universe-California 2014: Pre-LACMA visit and cats!

Before we went to the awesomeness that is LACMA, I went around the area to explore for a short time. I took snaps of colorful things and architecture and basically everything that caught my eye. Here’s a peek:IMG_7252IMG_7254IMG_7256IMG_7268IMG_7274I love cats, as you might have noticed, and my aunt’s in-laws have been adopting kitties and loving them as much:


My LACMA post deserves another entry, but I’m sharing one of my favorite photos from that trip here. I loved this interactive artwork, and couldn’t help but hug these plastic thingamajigs as well, after I saw this kid doing it. It gave me a happy. IMG_7276