December 25, 2012

Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, 
no matter how many times it's sent away.

December 09, 2012

unearthed: the 10 year old planner

Don't you just love it when you're rummaging through your clutter from college and found something you had forgotten existed? I never really threw things away so it's always sort of a treasure hunt for me everytime I look for stuff from way back. The other day, I found this:

My 2002 planner!

I remember being crazy about anything that glows in the dark, hence the stickers. It's a pretty girly planner and I was a bit of a tomboy (still am) so I usually cover my stuff with these.

Ok, before I show this to you, just remember that (1) I was 17, (2) putting z's in your name was cool back then, and (3) Akasha was a vampire in one of Anne Rice's books. Ok, here goes...........

Yes, I am cringing. And laughing. But mostly cringing at the memory of youthful ignorance.

In case you were too lazy to Google, here's a back story. I remember having the biggest crush on Tom Cruise then. And kids, before the sparkly vampires and topless wolves, we used to ogle at Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire. That's what introduced me to Anne Rice's novels. And Akasha was a vampire queen who had a thing for Lestat, etc. You know how it is with teens and love stories and vampires. So that's how I became "Akasha".

Here's a recipe for Iced Cafe Mocha. I don't know where I got it. Pink ink on pink paper.

Most of the entries here look like this. Since I was in college then, this planner was full of class scheds and projects that I need to do.

June 29, my birthday. For some reason, I have a few entries with "o, happy day!!!" on it. The number of exclamation points determine how happy the day went, I guess.

Priorities, man. I wrote this probably after the final exams before summer vacation. And yeah, I think that's all I did for the summer. :))

Awesome find is find. This is why it's a good idea to keep a diary (or blog). You get to look back and remember how cheesy/crazy you were back then.

October 20, 2012

a day of poking things

So I'm back at CraftMNL after a few weeks to attend another workshop, this time for their bookbind workshop with Nikki (from Junk Studio Crafts).

Yesterday morning, I went right after work to go stab stuff.

We worked on the 2nd floor this time. I remember going in the room and after the hellos, Nikki told me that I can start making signatures. I was like "whaaaaatt? I have to sign something....?" Good thing somebody was already there so I just kept sneaking glances at what she's doing and copied her. Haha! So signatures are these:

Five pieces of paper folded in half = 1 signature.

We made about 11 signatures for 2 coptic bound notebooks. We made 3 notebooks but the first one we did, we used padding glue. I'm probably going to use that one for lists. Oh if you're wondering about the ice picks, we used to poke holes in the signatures' spines. It's a wonder I finished this workshop without hurting my clumsy self. Look at all these pointy stuff!

So next we started doing the notebooks that has string bindings. We did 2 kinds of coptic binding: the exposed binding and the hidden one. Aaaaaand this is where I got all spaced out. It's like math with me. First time you teach me what to do with needles and strings, I just go vacant. Haha! I did tell Nikki that I needed a little help as my sewing skills are almost nonexistent. But she was really patient with me and after an eternity I finally got it!

This looks like something you use in an operating room.

Ta-daaaaaah!! It was really easy once I finally figured out what I'm supposed to be doing (instead of just zoning out). So yay!

While waiting, I took a bunch of photos of the studio (i want to live heeere...)

These are my hand-bound journals. This took us 4 hours to make and to see the stuff you made look this good... I'm sure glad I headed down here after work because this had been a stress reliever for me.

My favorite one was Ted Bundy shouting "Caramba!" Both are from a Life magazine from 1981(!!!)

Here's all of us. I was the oldest person in the room. :))

CraftMNL has a bunch of workshops planned in the coming months so if you want to be updates, Like their Facebook page ( Also, check out Nikki's stuff in Etsy (

September 24, 2012

seeing (and making) patterns

092312 - Sunday afternoon was a crafternoon for us. We attended a screenprinting workshop by CraftMNL at The Collective in Malugay St, Makati.

We've been dying to attend their workshops ever since I started stalking... er, following them on Facebook and thank goodness we were finally able to free up our scheds. So we hauled our asses off to Makati and got our craft on.

Say hello to Andrei and Sheina from Hocus Manila. I seriously love these two! They sure know what they're talking about and we learned a lot from them.

Here's Andrei showing us the photo emulsion and how to apply it on the screen:

If only exposing film was as easy as this...

Watch the image slowly reveal itself on the screen (really, I was uh-mazed!!)

We didn't really use this since we signed up for the pattern making screenprinting magic extravaganza (!!!) so we used patterns like this:

We had to try this, it looks fun.

Aaaaand viola!

It was a very fun afternoon. The possibilities of screenprinting are endless! We can finally cross this off our bucket list.

In other news, here are some shots of the studio.

If you want to attend their workshops, "Like" CraftMNL's page in Facebook ( Trust me, you'll love it. ;)

September 03, 2012

the day the sunlight decided to play with my hair

It was about 19 years ago when this trend started. I was in high school and everybody was getting red, blue or green streaks in their hair. At that time, I was too chicken to try anything drastic to my hair (I heard that it had to be bleached so the colors would show). So I forgot about it then, convinced myself that it wasn't for me. But it had always been something I wanted to do for a long time.

Fast forward to a few years. I watched the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and met Clementine.

I know that I will do it eventually. i just don't know when.

Then last weekend, I finally did.

It was actually supposed to be a dark shade of blue. But I kind of like how this looks now. At first it was blue-green but as it slowly fades, it's turning into a light shade of green.

It's like film. I love happy accidents. And this is most definitely an accident. That I'm pleased with. Haha! This earned me 50 quirky points. Say hello to your resident weirdo. I can't wait to show you my future tattoos (if I ever muster up the courage to do it.)

August 03, 2012

It's So Pink I Could Die!!

We must have entered the Twilight Zone because I didn't know a place like this exists in Alabang Town Center...

Welcome to Mochiko! The Yoshitomo Nara prints are what made me look twice. Well, those and the cats on the wall! They're all waving! I love how this place is designed. It makes you want to stay even if all they sell are mochi ice creams. Even the boyfriend thought the place was cute. :))

New favorite hangout! If you're curious (and I bet you are ), Mochiko is located at the ground floor of ATC's new wing. Ch-ch-check it out!

July 28, 2012

big girl decisions

So last week, we went house hunting...

Although we sure picked a weird time to do it. It was raining small animals because of a typhoon. It hadn't stopped raining all night so water was everywhere. But we promised the broker that we'd meet with her (and we were giddy to see the house) so we braved the rain.
It was not exactly a house house. We found a pre-selling condominium near the place where the boyfriend and I work. I was adamant at first because I know zilch when it comes to real estate. I was raised in "the suburbs". But when I saw the place, I actually saw ourselves living in it. I looked at the boyfriend and saw the same. He loves it as much as I do!

We've been together for almost 6 years now so this is a really exciting time for us. It's a weird feeling, really. I feel so... grown up. :)

When we stopped by Ikea in Singapore earlier in the year, we fell in love with the place. The best thing is, they have showrooms on the 2nd floor! So we took a bunch of pictures. I didn't realize that our future home would look so much like those little rooms.

If you haven't figured it out yet.... Yes, we bought a condo unit!
Ahh the paperwork is crazy. I let the boyfriend talk with the broker about money matters. I just know I would space out once we talk about downpayments and balloon payments. Ugh. You can talk to the boyfriend about that, I do not have the necessary attention span for all that. :))
Exciting times for both of us, yes. We have already decided how to decorate the condo. I just hope we don't jinx it!!