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. 🙂

What I’ve been up to: October 2016

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I painted these and tried embossing for the first time for #YOUniverse! You can see some of it inside Local Edition coffeeshop, and I feel so grateful that the stars aligned and made my wishes come true: I finally got to try embossing and I was able to fulfill that dream of having some of my art displayed in a shop/store (even if only for a while!) Thank you, lucky stars, and friends @gelibalcruz and @kimilulifecoach for this opportunity. 🙂

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Remember when I attended Valerie Chua’s floral painting workshop last year? I found the drawn peony template and I colored it using my new van gogh watercolor set. Loving this set and how great and pointy the brush is. I wanted to practice coloring so I did that last night. 🙂

These two below were painted using tutorials of @inkstruckstudio! I really had fun playing with the van gogh set and that’s what I used here as well. The pigments are smooth and highly saturated, just a bit goes a long way:

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Happy Halloween in advance! Here’s a hipster manananggal for you:

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Parkfest at Nayong Pilipino!

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See that higante? That’s what the #ARTitasofManila and I painted for the Parkfest event at Nayong Pilipino. The event aims to revive our beloved Nayong Pilipino through showcasing the works of local creatives. We were very lucky to have been invited to be a part of this event. 🙂 We got the Mindanao higante and we scheduled a day for painting it and painted from 10 am to 8pm! Super worth it though, especially when we see that the crowd appreciated our efforts. 🙂

Here are photos of the other higantes:

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With the artitas (missing Lai and Airees). We are eternally grateful for the help of Tita Geli and Tyang Ella too, thanks Titas!

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There are so many beautiful artworks made by Filipino creatives in the park, and you can visit the park till 7pm today to see the works for yourself!

I joined Richelle’s chalk walk and started to draw this merbird using white chalk but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it. Happy that when I returned to it some kids have already colored some parts:

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Ceramic butterflies by Iori:

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Streetfood art by Camy:

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Wire sculptures by Maikala:

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Bamboo art chimes by Geli, Anina, Carl and Jelvin:

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There was a cotton candy stall, a sorbetes stall, ihaw-ihaw, other food items and arts and crafts stalls.

Hi Pierra, Cynthia and Arnold!

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Kalesa by Abbey:

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Flowers by Mabby:

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Interactive kalayaan mural by Ella and June:

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Jeep art by Patrick and John Ed:

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You can tie your wishes for the Philippines here and here’s mine:

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So grateful we got to be a part of this nationalistic and art-filled venture. 🙂

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:

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Challenging myself: loose watercolor portrait

I’ve realized that my number one love is still watercolor. I have been learning so much from doing daily paintings, from books, from attending workshops occasionally and from tips of helpful friends.
As a challenge to myself, I painted an imaginary lady using only two colors: alizarin crimson and yellow ochre and no pencil lines 🙂

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I want to do more! 🙂

Also, today starts my #100happydays till the next year starts and I’m glad to report that I won as the 400th customer in subway today which meant I got a free meal! I was waiting in line, thinking how awesome it would be and whaddya know the universe granted me my wish! 🙂

Hope your day is filled with good vibes, wherever you are now.

#booksiwanttomarry project

I started this project since Ella and I saw a book at National with illustrated bookshelves. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for the longest time but seeing that book gave me that push. So I started this personal project, featuring books I love. It made me realize most of the books I love have been given away or loaned to friends though, so I’m making do with existing books here.

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See more painted books on my instagram: @aphazia
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Artsycraftsy experiment: The Unbubu project

I can still remember that incident when I was a freshman in highschool. A classmate was asking if anyone had a highlighter. I’ve been reading about that in the makeup section of magazines but wasn’t that knowledgeable yet in the world of arts and crafts (i.e. Highlighter pens) so I asked her out loud: Ano yun? She looked at me as if I didn’t know what water was. “Highlighter! Yung panghighlight ng books! Ang bobo mo naman.”
Except she said it in that pa-cute way: “Bubu”

Of course, her words stung–I was an overly-conscious pre-teen and was over sensitive.

But that’s the past. I’d like to think I have more knowledge in the world of makeup and arts/crafts supplies nowadays. I hope the ates at Natio aren’t annoyed when I butt in when they’re asked by the customers about which pen/paint is better hehe. I speak from experience now because I am a pen/arts and crafts materials addict/hoarder (this childhood trauma might be the root of that lol).

I’m actually proud of my past self for daring to ask. Never be ashamed to ask–it’s presumptuous to think that we know everything.

I made my #unbubu project because that incident made me value the importance of humility and curiosity. And of being kinder to others.

But it’s also pun-ny and I love puns.

I’m mixing Buffy quotes with photos I painted from Bust magazine:

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Before that, I painted Shailened Woodley:

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And Ellen Page:

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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!