Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rainbow Beach

I spent the past week in Boracay with our Hilario clan (31 in our party!), but in spite of our huge number,  it was a pretty relaxing trip.

We were there for my Tita Florian's 60th birthday celebration, and we dressed up the beachfront in neon, with glowsticks and pompoms, sparklers and sweets. The birthday cupcake tower was made of the famous calamansi muffins from Real Coffee, each one topped with washi flags.Rizza's neon bracelet stack + buko juice valet
I had a rubber stamping session with Flow as well! (Photo credit: Noelle Hilario)

On Sunday morning, we all hopped on a boat that took us to Puka Beach.
The last time I was on Puka beach, it was so windy and the sand was so harsh against my skin. This time, the waters were calm, so we lay down our lagus and hung out there for a while.I searched the sand for the colors of the rainbow! This is what my nephew Hoops and I found, and I arranged the shells in r-o-y-g-i-b-v order (with the neutrals in one corner! haha)
Just before we left the beach, the bats gave us a sky show and flew over us to get to the top of the mountain.
:)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer-in-the-City Faves

I never imagined summertime to be this crazy, but here I am holding workshops and crafternoons at least four times a week, leaving me with only three days for a working weekend (which falls oddly on a Tuesday-Wednesday). Hello, blog, I've missed you! Here's a random list of some of my summer-in-the-city favorites.
Brown Brogues. I purchased this wonderful pair online and find myself living in them everyday.
Pipino's vegan chocolate cake. Is this too narcissistic? Haha. It's my current fave dessert, and learned over our family lunch yesterday that kids love it, too!
Nuts for nuts. I was running some mall errands and chanced upon a kiosk that sells all sorts of nuts. I love the idea of making your own mix, and went for almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and dried cranberries. Perfect snack!
Olive-scented oil and perfume...among other things. From Oryspa and My Goodie Bag.
Teaching kids. I'm having so much fun giving them art activities to learn from and play with, and I'm always amazed with the things that they create!
Doodling orbs. When everything gets to busy inside my head, I like getting lost in the motion of drawing these flowers. 
Pinching clay. I learned pottery for the first time about a month ago, and got my first pieces yesterday! In the middle is a paint palette, and the band-aid looking thing is a calligraphy pen stand. I think I like pinching and slabbing more than going on the wheel! :P

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Travel Diary: Batanes

Their airport is probably the most peaceful one I've been to. With only one flight into Basco (which turns around back to Manila right after it arrives), the airport is only busy in the early hours of the day.This was our view on our drive to the hometel. Of course we asked our driver to stop so that we could take photos :P
Later in the day, we visited Fundacion Pacita, where E&E's wedding will be held. It was a long afternoon of wedding planning, and we tried to get as many tasks done in our quick trip.I was a bit starstruck when I met their gardener Richard.
I am in love his manicured gardens!
Tukon Chapel

The next morning, after some of Em's church errands, we stumbled upon the tourist center, and the lady  in charge of the place had two of her interns accompany us as we walked around town to shop for souvenirs. I spotted some interested things along the way:A local art gallery
Love the blush and peach colors (with mixed prints!) of this old lady walking the streets.
Also, there are flowers everywhere. Even the most humble homes are dotted with spring color on their front porches.
 
Colorful wooden double-doors

Woven handicrafts
Painted type on found woodBreathtaking sights
The famous lighthouse and boulder beach
And the end of another day, doodled.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Stationery

Spent the first day of the month with my favorite painting materials:
Sakura Koi 24-color palette, Ecoline drawing ink, and a 005 micron pen
I also brought out my unused watercolor set from the traditional Chinese art store in Hong Kong. I love the rich, deep shades! Also in the kit is a waterbrush that's perfect for travel, and a black brush pen. Anything that's easy to lug around gets extra points from me! :P
I kind of just went crazy with the underpainting, glazing, and overlaying doodles. :P