Good things: Books, tzatziki, and the sun setting

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Before the rain, this was my view. I drank my fave milk tea for lunch and bought groceries for the week ahead. I went a bit over my budget, but I was going to make tzatziki for the first time, so this was alright. I was able to watch a quick recipe for it at the house of my folks (we have been tv-free for around 7 years now), and I couldn’t wait to make it. I hummed a tune while I toasted the pita bread and got a bit distracted while grating the cucumbers that I slipped and grated myself. Ouch. There’s always a first time for everything, and now I know better. I was too lazy to remove the seeds and considered it as fiber, and too generous with the lime juice, but I like sour things, so it’s okay.

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It was messy and challenging to clean, so maybe I’d devise a neater system next time. I ate it while watching the sun set, and remembered my Booksale find:

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An autographed Erika Lopez book, the third one in the Tomato trilogy. Now I’m just missing the first book, and I’m confident that I’d find it in Booksale. Maybe next year.

With the other half of the lime, I made myself this dayap cooler with mint and honey, and began reading.

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Artsycraftsy adventure: Make temporary tattoos!

I felt so lucky and happy when I found out I had a slot in Alessa from lifeafterbreakfast’s temporary tattoo-making party.

So excited that I arrived an hour before the scheduled time lol.

When we started, I got so giddy and excited and started filling my paper with everything I fancied: merbirds, cats, a unicorn, some flowers:

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I got so excited that I accidentally ruined a third of the sticker sheet in my haste haha.

The unicorn survived though:

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With creative genius, Alessa. Her flower tattoo is too lovely for words:

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I then headed to the Global Pinoy bazaar at World Trade Center where I got these goods:

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Mini Bonifacio bust, handmade unlined notebook from @pluma_ph, adobo choco from theo & philo, chinese waterbrush from @craftcarrot and panda plush from cliqnship!

My morning routine

Good morning! I’m a morning person–I’m the first to wake up (even when there’s no work!), I feel more energetic during the day, I worship the sun, and I enjoy how the days are longer recently here, more daytime please!

I love reading about the morning routine of people and thought I’d share mine.

When I wake up, I check my instagram feed for a quick dose of good vibes. I understand that the photos are curated to give the impression of being the best, showing the highlights of that day and I enjoy it so. The beautiful photos set the tone for my day, and it’s a huge source of inspiration.

While I’m boiling water, I water my babies. Look at how big they are now! I’m a proud momma.

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I do some quick yoga on my mat, and then proceed to eat my breakfast there, sitting on the floor:

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We have a legit dining set now but I still prefer eating here, heh.

My usual breakfast is tea with oatmeal. Sometimes I add honey to it or peanut butter, sometimes fruit when I have some. Mangoes are perfect for oatmeal!

When I want a power breakfast, I cook two eggs, sunny side up, with two pieces of whole wheat toast and jam.

On my way to work, I buy a glass of taho and fresh buko juice so I can have it with my baon bread with pbjam because I love having more than one breakfast. Like a true hobbit.

Cloud-obsessed

I consider going home as one of the best parts of my day (along with the intrawebs break, lunch break, and solving a software problem at work), because I get to see the cloud display in the sky during sunset.

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Since I was young, I’ve always loved gazing at the sky and imagining how it’d be like, stepping on clouds. Or eating them, since I thought they’d be like cotton candy. I even drew a character I named “Cloudina”. Years later I would get to taste a cloud during a hike up the mountains, but that’s another story.

A perfect day would involve lying in a sunshine-y but cool meadow filled with flowers and cats, surrounded by food and books/magazines, during four p.m. (my fave time) with all the time in the world to gaze up at the clouds and see the shapes that form there. There’d be superfast internet there too, and lots of tea and milk tea.

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How would your perfect day be like?

Wrap-up: 30 brave days (and 30 more)!

In a past post, I mentioned how I wanted to be “braver” and jump out of my comfort zone. Thanks to Wanderrgirl’s #30bravedays challenge, I’m happy to report that the past month has been a very exciting one! Check out new brave things I did:

✔ Play the harmonica in my instagram account
✔ Create art using a pin and nail polish (inspired by @paperfashion)
✔ Meet, greet, have my harmonica autographed by all the members of Moonpools and Caterpillars. Ask for a hug from all of them
✔ Paint my wooden matryoshkas. Do not fear messing it up.
✔ Make mango salsa
✔ Try and join something that would require me to pester everyone to vote for me
✔ Taste new indian food and dine by my lonesome: dhal soup, paneer pudina tikka
✔ Agree to make commissioned artwork in watercolors
✔ Digital papercut using photoshop and mouse
✔ Try making loom bracelets
✔ Start of teach yo’self challenge
✔ Highlight my fave passages from books
✔ Draw my dream dresses from fave designers and tag them
✔ Teach myself Italian (Thanks Booksale and Duolingo!)
✔ Embossed tattoos! Take advantage of my dermatographia
✔ Frida tattoo from SF
✔ Draw using found branches
✔ Draw using a mechanical pencil–with pink lead
✔ Draw on black paper using glitter glue
✔ Climb rocky cliff on my own
✔ Swim to balsa on my own! Snorkel on my own, dive from balsa (all by my lonesome)
✔ Do that string art glue thing
✔ Make 30-second gesture drawings
✔ Buy things I do not know from Taiwanese grocery, eat them: asparagus ginseng juice, vegetarian mushroom oyster sauce, five-spice tofu (which I ate raw kase pwede daw)
✔ Embroidery portrait of my mom
✔ Make a watercolor portrait of my mom for mother’s day
✔ Make fashion sketches, and use fresh flowers for the dresses of the ladies (inspired by @grace_ciao)
✔ Paint a bottle from a photo I took, using gouache
✔ Get both sides of my head shaved, take selfies
✔ Start a makeup blog

I love how this challenge sort of “forced” me to think of brave things I can do every single day, things I probably would have put off for a later time because there’s no sense of urgency. Because of this, I am now inspired to do more acts of bravery, acts that would make myself proud, no matter how small it might seem to others.

The grand finale is my new makeup blog! I’ve been inspired by these lovely women, and this is something I’ve been thinking of doing for the longest time, but certain fears stopped me before: lack of funds for swanky makeup, mah bitchface when not smiling and uneven face when smiling (very awkward selfies, you have been warned), lack of a nice camera/computer for taking said selfies, lack of self control which might render me deep in debt, etc. etc.

 

I conquered all my fears today. In the end, my desire for having one won, and the basic reasoning that the “if you don’t like it, don’t look at it” rule can be applied in this case for haters of my face/my makeup experiments haha. When I am old and makeup can be bought and worn automatically through tablets rubbed against your face, that blog will make me nostalgic for the good old days. And I like memory triggers so here I go!

Interested in my new blog? Here it is. 🙂

 

Sunset-obsessed

At the end of each day, I love the transformation of the sky into a giant canvas, with a different artwork each day. The best part is that it’s totally free for the entire world, and no two artworks are the same. Makes you feel good to be alive, doesn’t it? 🙂

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