Arts Music Culture · Reflections

Kawaii Journaling ūüíē

To say that I’m a fan of using planners and journals is an understatement. I’ve heavily relied on them for my daytime schedules and nighttime reflections for as long as I can remember. From a simple diary, I love how it eventually evolved into various kinds such as bullet journal, traveler’s notebook, gratitude log, and… Continue reading Kawaii Journaling ūüíē

Christian Living

Keys to Developing Willpower

Trials being hard is given, but it is a Christian’s¬†lot to overcome. And the way to do so is by learning to¬†rule our spirit through self-control and willpower. As a review for the Spring Holy Days, I am¬†sharing five keys to develop willpower, summarized¬†from the inspiring and insightful¬†article of Mr. Rod McNair: 1. Flee temptation.… Continue reading Keys to Developing Willpower

Arts Music Culture · Christian Living

Kiddie Arts and Crafts

There is little doubt that technology‚Äôs impact today is fracturing young minds and causing a meltdown of core values that were once the fabric that held families together. With the amount of gadgets being used in this digital age, kids tend to¬†heavily rely on technology for the majority of their play¬†time, thereby limiting the opportunities… Continue reading Kiddie¬†Arts and Crafts

Books Movies Shows · Christian Living

Valuable Lessons From ‘Old Fashioned’

“I thought I’d always be alone.” Clay’s¬†voice is heard while a dreamy clip¬†of him and Amber is seen in sepia, as if nostalgic of a distant past.¬†“Why?” she asked. “It’s what I deserve,” was his reply. “Oh, that’s a bunch of hooey,” she said, as she reaches out for his hand. Movies headlining¬†the importance of… Continue reading Valuable Lessons From ‘Old Fashioned’

Arts Music Culture · Travels

Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

Despite not being the capital city bustling with urban life, Siem Reap is visited by more¬†than one million travelers annually, marveling at intricate stonework and relics¬†of what remains from¬†over a thousand years of Khmer heritage, situated in its humble rural backyard. “Khmer,” which is both the language and the people, is¬†pronounced by the locals as… Continue reading Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

Arts Music Culture

Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas

Whenever I have some free time, I try to squeeze in¬†my favorite pastime activites such as watercolor painting. I’m new to botanicals so one Sunday, I practiced my beginner-level skills by painting one of the most beautiful flowers, the blue hydrangea.¬†I used my ever-reliable Prang watercolor set, and¬†a 7×10 185 cold-pressed watercolor paper from the¬†prize… Continue reading Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas

Reflections

On Uncertainty

My decade-long college best friend and I had our usual mulling-over-life conversation last night over cheesecake doughnuts¬†in a¬†cold¬†Krispy Kreme cafe. As usual, we took turns in venting out and listening to each other’s dreams¬†and frustrations. Our four-hour heart-to-heart talk covered topics on family trials, financial challenges, career dilemmas, midlife crisis, ikigai, and whatnot. You see,… Continue reading On Uncertainty

Books Movies Shows

What’s To Love About ‘Gilmore Girls’

Aired for seven straight years from 2000 to 2007,¬†Gilmore Girls¬†is one of the most dearly beloved shows of all time. Despite its premiere¬†on a small and undervalued network, in a time slot that placed them neck-and-neck with the then unbeatable¬†series¬†Friends (source), Gilmore Girls¬†fared well through the years. And although creator¬†Amy Sherman-Palladino left the show in… Continue reading What’s To Love About ‘Gilmore Girls’

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The Success of ‘Heneral Luna’

“A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within.” The above quote by American writer¬†and¬†historian Will Durant is what I was immediately reminded of upon seeing Heneral Luna,¬†for¬†the movie¬†depicted¬†a people’s downfall as¬†a¬†culmination of strife among themselves. At first, I was quite hesitant¬†to write about this Jerrold Tarog film, worried¬†that… Continue reading The Success of ‘Heneral Luna’

Arts Music Culture · Reflections

Is That Not Worth Exploring?

For this blog post, I would¬†like to share this thought-provoking, relevant, and simply motivating¬†article¬†by British concert pianist¬†James Rhodes. Published in The Guardian¬†in 2013, this story¬†was later on illustrated in a comic by Gavin Aung Than of¬†Zen Pencils.¬†In such a creative and interesting way, Than was able to convey Rhode’s profound message ‚Äď find what you… Continue reading Is That Not Worth Exploring?

Arts Music Culture

Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, “Monochromatic,” I would like to share a piece of artwork I have created¬†a month ago, with which I utilized said technique. In painting,¬†the monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. Using only the composite color brown (produced by mixing¬†red, yellow, and black pigments),… Continue reading Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears

Food Drinks Dining

Food Feature: District 1 Grill and Sizzler in Marikina

The looming trend of the foodie era makes¬†restaurants sprout like mushrooms after¬†a rainy day, employing¬†different gimmicks to lure customers in. But a new¬†restaurant in Marikina,¬†District 1 Grill and Sizzler,¬†keeps it simple. No gimmicks. Just real, great tasting, and affordable food — the three things I like about this eatery:

Travels

A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan

The first man to ever stand atop Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, was quoted saying: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” I’ve proven this to be true when I climbed my first mountain. I struggled every step to the summit and had to literally drag myself up in the process. My friends and… Continue reading A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan

Arts Music Culture

Bamboo Organ Festival at 40

St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Pi√Īas, which houses the prized Bamboo Organ, was once again the venue for the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival held from February 19 to 27, with this year marking its 40th anniversary. Lauded as the oldest and most complete bamboo pipe organ in the world, the Bamboo Organ was… Continue reading Bamboo Organ Festival at 40

Food Drinks Dining

Chemistea: More Than Just a Pretty Flask

Four months ago, I¬†posted a¬†write-up¬†on the auspicious beginnings of Chemistea that has stoked up the interest of quite a good deal of milk tea shop goers. And my opinion still¬†won’t¬†change—not even for all the tea in China.¬†Of course, notwithstanding Chemistea¬†having¬†garnered massive accolade (TV5 News, Expat Newspaper, and¬†Doon Po Sa Amin PH, to mention a few)… Continue reading Chemistea: More Than Just a Pretty Flask

Arts Music Culture

Life Is But a Weaving

“The best things are still made by hands.” This is what more than 100 years of Easter Weaving’s heritage proves and reminds us as it lives on to weave more quality woven products featuring the Cordillera way of life and patterns¬†that reflect ours. For this feature, let me first share with you the meaningful¬†tapestry poem… Continue reading Life Is But a Weaving