Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday7: Blurring the Line between Work and Play

ONEI specialize in wobbly calligraphy. Haha. Did this for my friends' wedding invitation envelopes. (And I will only do this for friends! Such a tedious task. :P)

TWOPJ went to Cebu for work and brought back a box filled with my customized LifeAfterBreakfast weaves from Anthill Fabric Gallery! I almost teared up (left side, outer cheek) when I laid them all out for this photo. Kilig! Haha. I'm so excited to turn them over for production.

THREEAfter a meeting in CBTL Katipunan the other day, it started to rain. I didn't have an umbrella, so I was stuck in the building. Decided to get my nails done and tried Sebastian's sapin-sapin ice cream. SOooooo crazily good.

FOURFinally visited the GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan. It's a great (nearby) getaway from the polluted city. I joined the first part of the Flow Farm weekend. Was able to squeeze in a meeting over lunch, too!

FIVEFriday did NOT feel like my usual frantic Friday because of Couples Bowling Night! Buddy and Pat were the clear winners, with strikes and spares that made us all look like wimps. Disco bowling to MJ tunes is the shizz!!

SIXWe launched The Burger Taft to the media last week, and after all the madness, I created my own "salad" burger: tofu patty, no buns, mango salsa, pinapple slice, sliced onions, lotsa lettuce, and garlic sauce. It's my new favorite!!!

SEVENHad another Watercolor Crafternoon yesterday at Pino. Thanks to all 25 participants to came to join me, instead of watching the ADMU-DLSU game. (WHYYYY are the games scheduled on all my crafternoon dates?? Hehe.) I'll be posting the new schedule of workshops on Tuesday, so watch out for that. And it's October tomorrow, so I'll be posting the printable calendar, too!

Happy Sunday! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Visit the MioFightsCancer at the Ateneo Grade School Fair!

From September 27 (today!) til the 29th, MioFightsCancer will be at the Ateneo Grade School Fair, selling greeting cards, magnets, notepads, stickers, gift tags, and more, for only P300 and below! All the products were designed by Mio himself!Mio will be there manning the booth, so you'll get a chance to meet this little modern-day hero. They're also selling their newest products: iPhone 4/4s cases with some of the stARTwithMio works! StARTwithMio is a project I spearheded a few years ago, to help raise funds for Mio's medical needs.
Follow @miofightscancer on Twitter for more updates.
Proceeds of the weekend's sales will help organize chemokids' Christmas party and every purchase worth P1k above entitles you to the iTouch & iPod Shuffle raffle promo c/o iStudio. Hope you can visit and support the MioFightsCancer booth! :)

Win a Burger Project Barkada Treat for You + 5 Friends!

BRGR The Burger Project, the unique burger joint that allows you to create-your-own burgers, has tied up with miss-match, the superfun fashion site that allows you to create-your-own outfits!
Head on over to their website to learn how you can win a Barkada Burger Treat for you and 5 of your friends at the Magingawa, QC and Vito Cruz, Manila branches!
The Burger Project gives you total creative control over your burger as you select from
five (5) types of Patties (100% Angus Beef / 100% Beef / Chicken / Chorizo / Tofu) in single, double and triple decks; four (4) types of Buns; six (6) Cheeses; 18 Premium and Basic Toppings, and ten (10) kinds of Sauces. Head over to miss-match and mke your outfits as creative as your burger choices!


BRGR The Burger Project
122 Maginhawa St, Teachers Village, QC     |   G/F The Grand Towers, Vito Cruz St, Manila

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Morning Crafts: International Day of Peace

Quiet Sunday mornings are the best time for crafting.
Made this bracelet charm using silver metal clay & rubber stamps.

Join me for a Jewelry Crafternoon on October 6, let's make charms and pendants!

Happy International Day of Peace to all! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Craft Supplies Shopping in Hong Kong

Hi, I'm Alessa, and I'm an art materials addict.

The thing about arts&crafts materials hoarding is that you feel like what you have is never enough. I'm lucky that I use them for my job, so at least I can sort of justify this addiction. :P

Today, I was supposed to write about our other foodie finds in HK, but as I was unpacking my suitcase, I got too excited seeing all my craft loot! Here are some my purchases:

PAINT & INK1 Sakura Koi Watercolor Set of 24 colours (I didn't even know they had 24-colour sets!)
2 Sakura Micron pens
3 Calligraphy Ink Stick
4 Calligraphy Nibs
5 Kuretake 6-pan paint set with felt tip pen. (Need to experiment on this because I have no clue what it's for. Ceramics, maybe?)

WOOD6 Laser-cut wooden bookmark
7 A new wooden ruler to add to my collection
8 Gold, silver and sepia stamp pads
9 Uppercase Alphabet stamp set
10 Mini wooden clips

CLICK11 The Impossible Project's color shade Polaroid film. I'm giving Polaroid one last shot before I give it up. Film is just too expensive and I'm not happy with the Impossible Project's silver shade film.
12 Rainbow Instax film
13 Extra battery for my Canon G12

PATTERN14 Printed graph pads
15 Washi tape
16 Rainbow washi tape was too cute to resist
17 Sailor-themed fabric

Here's a little guide for those of you planning a shopping trip in Hong Kong soon:Man Luen Choon Chinese Stationeries sells almost everything: pigment, rice paper, brushes, ceramics, craft supplies, and books. Thing is, it's a bit hard to shop there if you can't read chinese characters. The men over the counter were busy entertaining the other customers, and I was shy to ask too many questions. So I just bought what I knew: and Ink Stick, and a paint set.
Our hotel was about 2 blocks from K11 Design Mall. Love exploring that mall because there's always something new to see, and every corner features something related to art, fashion or design. On the 3rd floor, there's artJAM where you can join a painting session, or purchase art materials from. (Can you spot the acrylic neon paint? I had to stop myself, haha.) One floor above it, you'll find HKID gallery, a kiosk that features handmade goodies by local artists and some craft supplies as well.

Kong Yick at Sai Yee street in Mongkok reminds me of our art supplies stores here in Recto. I zoned in on the micron pens and watercolor sets. They also have an assortment of calligraphy nibs from Japan.
Just along the same street (Sai Yee) are a bunch of other craft supplies stores. There was even a yarn shop there (but we didn't have enough time to go inside). And on the corner of Sai Yee and Bute Streets, you'll find the Art Supplies Professional store.


Man Luen Choon Chinese Stationeries
2nd floor of Harvest Building, 29-35 Wing Kut Street, Central, Hong Kong

K11 Art Mall
18 Hanoi Roi, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Kwong Yick / Craft Supplies Store / Art Supplies Professional
Sai Yee Street cor. Bute Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong

City Super
(various locations around Hong Kong)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Date Night: TBLS Kitchen Studio in Hong Kong

PJ and I love staying (and saving! hehe) at home, so we hardly go out on dinner dates. But when we do go on dates, we go ALL OUT. "Love, let's go on a date for our anniv!" "Sure, where do you want?" "Hong Kong!" "Game!"

Haha, just kidding. This is so NOT a last minute trip. In fact, the reason we're here is because of elcheapo piso-fares, purchased months and months ago. Got our roundtrip tickets for P3k only! But those savings were offset by one unique dining experience, which is how we celebrated our 4th year together (including a year and eight months married!).

Private kitchens have (ironically) gained much popularity in Hong Kong. Chefs open up shop in discreet residential buildings, and one can experience dining a multi-course set menu at the 'chef's table' next to an open kitchen.   Each course is introduced by the chef himself. Reservations are always required, as there are limited seats. In this particular one we went to, TBLS, there were only about 14 seats total. And on a Monday night, the place was packed.

We took the Mid-levels escalator to Hollywood Road, and found #31. There is a password given upon reservation, and you use that to enter the building.
TBLS Kitchen Studio is on the 7th floor.
Finally, some aircondition. It's so hot in HK now!

We only had to wait a bit before our meal was served. I requested for a vegan meal via e-mail, and it was great that the chef accommodated my request. PJ had the regular (non-veg) set meal.Amuse Bouche:
Asparagus fritter on corn & cilantro, adorably served in a teenie airtight jar!
Appetizer: Mini Cauliflower Sloppy Joe. This one was really yummy.
Watermelon Gazpacho
 Salted Pear Crisps & Eggplant rolled in greens, served with balsamic reduction
 Tofu with Tomato & Avocado Tartare with light soy sauce 
Portobello Steak
It was cool how all my vegan dishes were plated the same way as PJ's!
(That's duck breast on his plate.)

Palate cleanser: sorbet with Hoegaarden beerAnd lastly, two desserts! Chocolate & Strawberry Sorbet, and Tofu Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich with Raspberry Jam

Tablespoon Kitchen Studio
7/F 31 Hollywood Road, Central, HK
+852 2544 3433

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

DIY Silver Pendants at the Jewelry Crafternoon on Oct6

I'm finally opening a crafternoon for Silver Clay! :)
For this workshop, we'll be designing, molding, and firing our own pendants.

First three (3) participants to sign up & pay for the class will get a free 92.5% silver chain necklace!

To register, please fill up the form below.

There are also still slots available for the Watercolor Workshop on September 29!
Click here to sign up.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday7: Shades of Jade & Jewelry-Making

ONEMorning meet up in Laguna with Muffin

TWOMy kind of shopping: freshly harvested bananas, coconuts and pineapples sold on the side of the road

 THREEShades of Jade

FOURWove stretchy gold bangles while waiting for my sister's x-rays (dislocated foot)

FIVEI'm  back to teaching jewelry to gradeschool and highschool students every Wednesday. We made these rope & gemstone necklaces this week.

SIXBig thank you to Aika for this surprise gift! I tried it on the old school nameplate bracelet that I got from   the Baguio market. Now I wanna engrave on everything! :P

SEVENStamped totebags with a triangle-cut eraser! (I obvi went crazy on neon textile paint!)

Happy Sunday to all!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Express Your Fashionali-Tea

 Wear Pinoy. 
 Take a sip. 
 Strike a pose! 

A couple of Fridays ago, Patty and I attended the launch of's new Style Gallery, which shares Postura Project's mission of upholding the spirit of fashionalism. The Express Your Fashionali-Tea project is a partnership with Moonleaf Tea Shop, and encourages fashion-lovers to wear Pinoy, actively support local brands, inspire others with their own style, and win cool prizes while they're at it!

For the event, I chose to wear these sandals by Renegade Folk (available at The Ramp in Glorietta/Shangri-la & Aranaz in Greenbelt 5/Powerplant) and a bed jacket from Brown Belly
Posing print on print on print with Miss-Match makers (hehe :P) Pierra and Chinggay Labrador.
Moonleaf Maginhawa

Chinggay introduced Miss-Match and the contest mechanics,
while Thysz told us more about Moonleaf.Arriane of The Postura Project encourage everyone to join her campaign in wearing something Filipino every day. (We all really should.)
The ladies of Renegade Folk were also there to show their support for the project. 

Here we are with our Moonleaf drinks, and our Renegade Folk shoesies!

It takes two easy-peasy steps to join:
1. Take a photo of yourself wearing at least one local brand, 
and holding your favorite Moonleaf drink.
2. Upload your photo in the Style Gallery on

Five (5) winners will be chosen each week and will win prizes from Moonleaf, and Postura Project's partner brands including Renegade Folk, The School of Satchel,, and Headware.

Submit your entries until October 5, 2012. For more information, visit!