Exploring the Universe: Farm life, Rizal

Hello. My life has been through a lot of major changes lately and I’ve been trying my best to swim with it. I hope you’re all doing well and taking care of yourselves. Last weekend, my family was able to visit this quaint farm in Rizal, and I snapped some photos to help me remember how refreshing the vacation was:

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Exploring the universe: Lime and Basil resto, Cavite

I think this might be my fave thai resto locally– Lime and Basil Thai restaurant in Alfonso, Cavite has yummy dishes at reasonable prices. Thankful we got to try it as a family.

I’ll leave the detailed foodie blog posts to the bloggers haha but here are my faves and other lovely things that caught my eye in the place:

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Loved this appetizer! Gourmet kwek kwek haha. Wish we could order this, would probably have eaten ten or fifty.

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Catfish rice and grilled pork

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Pad thai

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Sticky rice with mangoes. So pretty!

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Papaya salad. Loving all the edible flowers used as garnish! I noticed that they used various stoneware plates mixed with white ones which added a nice homey/rustic/swanky touch to the dishes.

The place was equally gorgeous:

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On our way home it poured and when the rain stopped we were treated to majestic skyscapes. I snapped these pics on the road:

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P.s. we munched on yummy kutsipan (pandan kutsinta) on the way home–you can buy this from bahay pastulan:

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P.s.s. It’s my first time to try a baked alaska! We ate this in Krazy garlik since it was my dad’s wish for father’s day:

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I LOVE IT.

Exploring the universe: Coco Grove resort, Batangas

I’m so happy that I was able to visit the beach twice in less than a month!

This time we stayed at Coco Grove resort, and I snapped some photos to help me remember how much fun we had.

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Had a quick lunch at Cafeño, and I really enjoyed the tamales and the adobo flakes with rice:

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So glad I was able to make some art at the beach! 🙂

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: 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! 🙂 Here’s our hobonichi stack photo which is more of a hobonichi wall haha 🙂

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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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Exploring the universe: Baguio 2016

I’ve always dreamt of having an artambay with friends outside of manila and recently that dream came true!
Visited one of my fave places in the Philippines, Baguio, with my friend Ella 🙂 Met up with Aileen and we had a mini artambay while munching on yummy pastries from Hill Station:

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I was also able to draw some Baguio memories in my travel sketchbook:

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Painted this linnet while we were waiting for the bus:

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What I’ve been up to: July 2016

Hi friends! July has been a pretty productive month, so far! I’m learning watercolor via a book by Yuko Nagayama. The first lesson is painting apples which I thought was easy. 2 hours later, and I almost gave up  haha:

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Have you watched Ghostbusters? Please do and have your kids watch it too. It passed the Bechdel test and is pretty empowering and just plain fun:

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Obviously I love Kate Mckinnon so I had to have that funko pop. 🙂 I’ve been making more comics too!

Here are my memories of NY via washi collages:

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I also tried painting flowers using gouache for the first time! I enjoyed the process:

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Painting in my travel journal a lot, and painting flowers more. I wanted to try that beautiful loose airy Yao Cheng style but I guess I’m just more a messy, cluttery type of flower painter. Lol. I am accepting this, Universe! 🙂 For more of my adventures, see you on instagram! @mabuhaydiy 🙂

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Exploring the universe: Hoover dam and Bryce Canyon 2016

We explored Hoover dam and I really loved the art deco style and all the astronomical-related details there:

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The door above was seen in the restroom, and I love how gold was everywhere: gold, rose gold, mint green and cream. 🙂

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Bryce canyon was majestic. I was able to go down in some areas but went back because the sole of my shoes didn’t have enough traction and I didn’t want to injure myself. I took photos instead, and stalked chipmunks.

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After New York, my cam’s memory card got so full so I had to resort to using my cellphone to take photos. These are all taken blindly with my phone. Samsung’s camera is clear, but i’m not too fond of it autofocusing all the time. Most of my photos are blurry lol and in the daylight I really did not see what I’m taking a photo of or if the photo was captured haha. It made me feel like it was an analog camera (every shot a surprise haha) which makes me feel a bit better. 🙂 Dear universe, I want a new camera with wifi please thank you lol.