May 2015 Favorites

This post has been in my drafts list for five whole months! Wow! I’m so sorry I neglected you May 2015 Favorites. I was starting my first trimester of pregnancy when I began writing this, and that meant a lot of fatigue and laziness (more than my usual hehe), which I didn’t know was actually because of the pregnancy! So I stopped writing it mid-post and just never got around to finishing it before June ended. And now it’s October.

It’s crazy ridiculous, I know, but I wasn’t myself back then.

But now that I’ve pledged to bring back my monthly favorites post, I’ve decided to finally FINALLY FINALLY get around to finishing this…without really deleting what I’d already written since I still want to share my sentiments from back then and just thread things together to how I think of them now.

Anyway, here we go!

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Book Projects 2015

At the end of last year, I declared to myself and the universe that 2015 will be a year for book projects. And even before 2014 ended, I already had a few book-related prospects lined up.  As always, God has been generous and His love is overflowing.

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Life Changes

When the husband and I got married two years ago, we made an agreement to start trying for a baby only after the two year mark of marriage. We needed to know if we could survive each other first haha! Kidding, kidding.

It was a decision we made because we wanted to get to know each other first as husband and wife, to enjoy each other’s company in new ways, and to give each other the time to adjust to living with a person we’ve never lived with before. Continue reading

April 2015 Favorites

April was all sorts of cray (spilled over to May too), hence the delay in uploading my monthly favorites. I was actually done with the canvas a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t find the time to write the blog for it. So much fail!

I’m not going to waste this short amount of free time though, so here we go!

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Bloom: Flowers x Letters

While 2014 was the year of investments and attending workshops, 2015 is the year of bravery and conducting my own workshops!

Yes, you read that right! But because I’m still a little bit scared to do it myself, and I would really jump at any opportunity to collaborate with her, I will be conducting my first set of workshops with my friend Arlene Sy.

We’ve teamed up and designed a 4-hour WATERCOLOR LETTERING and FLORAL PAINTING workshop, priced at Php 3,500.00, where we will share the techniques that we’ve learned and developed over the years, guide you through exercises, and help you apply the techniques you’ve learned to come up with your own positive piece of artwork to bring home!

Each intimate session will be open to ten (10) participants only because Arlene and I wanted to get the chance to interact with students as much as we can.

And lastly, just as a bit of trivia to share with you, we decided to call the workshop Bloom because aside from the floral painting aspect, we also aim for the experience of learning and the final output that the participants will be making to leave each person feeling fulfilled, inspired, and…well, blooming!

Are you interested? Please sign up at For inquiries, you can also e-mail us at


Hashtag Pin It Pinas

If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you would have already come across several blog posts mentioning how Pinterest is such a big part of my creative life. I even wrote an entire post about it and how it helped me with my wedding planning!

So when the opportunity to take part in building the Philippines’ Pinterest community as a content curator came knocking at my door, I immediately said yes! I’ve received e-mails to promote and blog about brands before, but a lot of them were brands I’ve never had any experience with or even brands that I didn’t believe in.

But Pinterest is different because I am already a part of its world as a user (I visit it everyday, and pin quite a lot) and it’s really helped me be updated with the creative world (and more, because I also go there for home decorating inspiration and recipes). It’s also helped me survive those dreadful artist’s block moments. Continue reading

Hokkaido Haul

Over the Holy Week break, I joined my family on a trip to Hokkaido in Japan, hitting cities such as Sapporo and Otaru.

I didn’t really plan to do any art supplies shopping because it was a guided tour but I still managed to find some treasures, both ones that I’ve been looking for and ones that I didn’t expect I’d even see there.


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Traveling with Art Materials

I’m headed for a quick trip soon, and as per usual, I bring a bunch of my art materials.

It used to be that I’d bring bulky items with me and never get to use them, but this time around, I’m gathering my smallest materials and bringing just the essentials. And yes, try my best to actually journal my way through the trip.

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Tools of the Trade

Originally uploaded on March 18, 2015
Last updated: October 13, 2015

I’ve been getting quite a number of questions on Instagram about the materials that I like using and would recommend, and I’ve been wanting to create this list since last year anyway, so I decided to compile everything for anyone who’s interested.

This did take a while because for the last few months, I kept adding to the list and it always felt like it wasn’t ready for sharing. But enough of that! I can’t keep procrastinating, right? I’ll just have to surrender to the fact that this list is always going to be flexible and I should just add to it whenever I find a new material that I love.

So without further ado, here are my beloved materials and recommendations!

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