FREEBIE ALERT! Lorra Elena x SheenaLovesSunsets Collab

I don’t get to do much painting these days because of mommy duties, but I’m super thankful that creative friends still remember me and ask me to do simple collaborations with them.

A couple of weeks ago, Sheena Sy of SheenaLovesSunsets.com asked me to create some lettering to go with her illustrations for a travel-themed downloadable set for YOU! Yes, YOU!

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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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Konnichiwow! My Japan Photo Diary 2014 – Day 4

On Day 4 of our trip to Japan, the husband and I decided to break away from the bigger group and explore Tokyo by ourselves. We had several stops on our list that the rest of the family wouldn’t have appreciated as much, so it was definitely a good idea to spend our 4th and last day in Tokyo as a free day.

Since we started traveling together, the husband and I have also figured out each of our trifecta of must-visit places. His include a bookstore, an art store, and an electronics store. I also have the same first two items on the list, with a coffee shop as my third.

This day was our attempt at hitting most of our goals.

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Konnichiwow! My Japan Photo Diary 2014 – Days 1 and 2

This is going to be a long, photo-filled entry, but I hope you enjoy going through my Japan travel memories as much as I had fun making them.

Just as a note, we got an agency to help out with our preparations but they weren’t good at all and we could definitely have done without them. I still say that DIY travel is still better!

You can catch a more detailed account of my horrible experience with this travel agency at the end of this post, but I’m leaving it there so those who want to focus on the positive and happy moments won’t have to read it.

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Anyway, Japan was a delight and it was a konnichiwow experience indeed!

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Heyjow by Joana Ballesteros

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I was supposed to blog about this earlier this week but I met some unfortunate technical difficulties that just delayed my ability to finish my workload and be able to write about Heyjow. While that problem’s temporarily settled, I’m taking the opportunity to finally share with you Joana Ballesteros‘ beautiful creations.

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Summer Favorites v2.0

Last week, I got a message from my website’s server that the hard drive I’m on just crashed and all data from March 9 onwards were affected. Although they tried to recover the lost data, sadly, they couldn’t restore anything.

And that’s why I’m trying to post this again.

Re-writing something that I’ve already finished and posted (and actually liked the final version of) is always a little hard for me. I don’t feel that I will ever be able to write it the same way again and that it’ll turn into some subpar version of its former self.

So I’m not going to try and re-write what I’d already written last week. Instead, I’m going to try and share the same content but in a slightly different way. No pressure to recreate!

If you’ve been following this blog recently, you’ll know that I’ve been drawing more and posting more work as well. When there aren’t any client work that I’m allowed to share in full detail or at all, I fill the space up with personal work. It’s my #lorra2014 promise to myself, to always encourage my creativity to come out in whatever way it wants to at the moment.

Last week, it wanted to come out in the form of an illustrated list of summer travel favorites.

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Vuma-valentine’s!

Valentine’s Day is over and done with, and a lot of people would say, “Good riddance!” The husband and I didn’t go out of our way to celebrate it in the past five years, but we chose to go the extra mile this year because this is the first Valentine’s Day that we’re celebrating as husband and wife. It’s kind of cheesy but we’ve given ourselves a free pass to consume all the figurative cheese we can get.

Taking the short drive to Tagaytay is one of easiest ways to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a while, without having to ride a plane or spend so much. And that’s why it’s one of our favorite places to disappear to.

For the previous weekend, spending time in Tagaytay was also a welcome respite for us because we spent the bulk of the week working with the rest of the Pushpin team at a big and crucial event in Bohol.

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Baguio Eats

Research is always a part of my prep work for any kind of traveling that I do, although this “research” mostly consists of looking for food places to try out. Searching for local flavors always excites me for an upcoming trip and Baguio was no different, especially after I read about so many exciting and delicious Baguio-famous establishments.

Our gang tried several Baguio restaurants during our weekend trip there, but these three were my personal faves!

HILL STATION

Address: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City, Philippines 2600
Tel. No.: +63 74 424 2734
E-mail Address: info@hillstationbaguio.com
Website: http://hillstationbaguio.com

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Mt. Cloud Bookshop

When the husband and I travel, we make sure to pass by at least one local bookstore if there are any. In Baguio, that was Mt. Cloud Bookshop. We first heard of this magical sounding place when another friend traveled to Baguio before, dropped by, and saw one of the husband’s books being sold there.

Before going there, I was already imagining the feeling to be like how a kid would feel in a candy store (although when I was a kid, it was always always a bookstore because books trump candies any time) and Mt. Cloud did not disappoint.

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The Sights on the Way to Baguio, A Photo Diary

As January was ending and making way for February, a bunch of my friends and I made our way to Baguio. We were all excited because we had heard that it was now an easier and faster drive with the new TPLEX and other road developments connecting Manila to the north.

I was still 12 years old when I last visited Baguio, and it was the only time too, so I was looking forward to this trip for weeks!

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