PERSONAL NOTES: Summer Travel, Summer Stroll
No updates lately!
Summer is “me” time.
It started with my official “march”. Finally graduated and finished my masters degree this school year. I dared to travel familar roads with unexpected new experiences shared with diverse people who are now very dear to my heart.
As a tribute (and gift) to myself, I designed and added corded lace to what was my most stunning dress creation. Couture dreams! Yes, I made my grad dress just because I wanted to save some moolah while challenging myself to do a dress in 2 weeks! Haha.
Several days after, I took a rough ride with my sister and her friends to the Pinatubo Crater Lake. The most exciting experience and the most breathtaking (literally) view. I am not really happy with the crazy steps down from where I was standing in this picture, but regardless of my “self discouragement”, I still went down and felt the cool water of the crater lake. It was definitely a sight and experience to behold.
After the Pinatubo climb, the family went to celebrate a family friend’s debut at Iloilo… most photos during the event were taken thru the measly pixels of my IPAD and my prime lens. My “harabas” camera lens finally gave up after that Great Wall of China Fall (yes, it lasted for almost 2 years! haha!). And to those who knew about what happened, do not worry. I had it in full recovery last week! HAHA! Finally decided to have it fixed.
Given the very enticing opportunity to see the beach, we woke up the next day after the Debut Party with the nice views of the beach. Hello Guimaras!
And the week after was probably one of my favorite. I finally saw the houses converted into Artsy Facade of agricultural magnificence! That’s me inside the “GINGER HOUSE”. This is my way of redefining the town of Lucban from my memory.
Glad they are “KIPING” it almost as colorful as it was when I was… 5?
Hope you all had a nice, colorful, and lively summer as well!:)
Personal Notes: Writing a Travelogue
I always dream of writing my travelogue.
Most of the travels I had, I capture thru drawings, photos, diary entries, and whatnots. I always bring a pen and a notebook with me when I travel to our province, drawing underneath the stars while sleeping beside the beach.
My childhood was a travel spree. Although we usually went around the country (and never outside the boundaries of the PH), I associated free days and vacation months to my travel season. If we skipped a vacation at the province, we instead had summer classes, traveled to studios to study art and music. My parents made me travel and explore as early as my crayola years.
Although I cannot bring back my funny drawings of the beach and the sand (I might have lost them during Ondoy), I now write about travels caught on my travel tools—my digital workspace and cameras.
Ofcourse, I’m keeping my tumblr for my most random thoughts and notes.
I am working on my travelogue somewhere in the w-w-w.:)
Personal Notes: DIY, Arki, Birthday, ETCETERA. Reminiscing My March!
My March is always the most breathtaking. My birthday falls on my annual “hectic month”, exactly why I love remembering how all the adrenaline rush and RnR happened despite the hurdle.
It started March 1, with my LArch 146 students lab work. We helped showcase the green house models of the ARCH class of Sir Litonjua by adding our nursery plants underneath.
Dinner at Cyma. OPA! It was also my first trial of the PicCollage app that I now abuse for collaging all photos I took every special day.
Because I now have my Piccollage app, I also did a nice “frame” for my LArch 12 Class Presentation that happened end of February.
Haraya 2013 happened. I was able to showcase my work and the students’ works. This model was done by the Interior Design students of the University who also took Arch classes as part of their course. This model made me want to bring in my Barbie’s and Poly Pockets. My students works were also featured!
I saw the QC Circle from a pedestrian level! Visited the Annual Orchid Show with the mother just to enjoy the display and shop for plants. As the adviser of UPCLAS, I had to support my students’ work too!:) They participated and made their own flora display. Although we had no orchid wonderland, the way they handled and showcased their talent already made me proud. Congratulations to the team!
Somewhere between the hectic month, we had visitors coming in to review! Congratulations to those who made it to this year’s LArch Licensure Exam.:)
In love with this pop-up collection that made my birthday so exciting. Thank ‘Yu for my Robert Sabuda Beauty and the Beast pop-up book!
Travelogue. I am trying to revamp my other blog to do a travelogue of all things nice, gastronomic, and exciting. This month, I took a short weekend break to travel with the family. SG view from the plane.
Looks like tilt shift! But definitely not. Sentosa Cable car view.
My lovely family at the Gardens by the Bay.
The day after my birthday, I attended a short talk delivered by Ma’am G.:) Although it was a very exciting talk, the news a dear friend told me after the talk made me sad.:( Posting this photo to remind me of how everything can be bittersweet.
We traveled to Candaba one weekend to attend a wedding. Somewhere between being lost and worried, we saw this very rural cuteness.
And Kuya Poel is back with all his art works and exhibits! Supporting one of my mentor-friend during his Exhibit entitled, “One Life”.
Because it was my birthday month, we spent another eating spree at Spiral. I love the cheese room!:)
Lexy and I visited Paj!:) I love this cute inaanak.:)
My favorite people in a Piccollage. Dinner, finally after several months!!:)
and giving back something to Him.:) Thank you for my March!:)
Holy week at Lucban.:)
Personal Notes: Summer Swim
Scheduled a weekday swim with the boys to prepare for my dream climb, 40-50 laps. 20 laps pa lang ako!
Persona Notes: My Birthday In A Blogpost, 2013
One of my not-so-traditional birthday happened this year. A year older than the day before the 7th of this month.
I slept early with a not-so-vibrant feeling of what may happen ahead. My parents told me to skip the official “happy birthday celebration” (official=food, good dinner, CAKE) my birthday just because my sister was on duty (plus we’re going OOTC…). I cannot understand that fact till now, how my birthday depended on another person’s schedule but nonetheless I still celebrated with the person who remembered and made me forget of the very different birthday plan.
Since there were no plans whatsoever at home (although I think i said something in the morning which made my parents buy pasta and food for dinner), I decided to go out, have dinner, and buy my own cake. I wanted to buy that Mango Bravo cake at Conti’s. The grandness of the cake just devoured my sweettooth craving that I caved into my funny takaw thought regardless of my rigid diet.
I opened a big box of goodies that same day— a harddrive to house my bulging files, a Sabuda pop-up book of my favorite fairytale, a new pair of Sperry’s that I currently murder to the death of its sole (overusing it again…), and my most favorite sweet surprise of a handmade pop-up greeting card. Our very thoughtful neighbor also gave me new lingerie! Girl stuff and happiness.
The greetings I had were not like that of previous years where a lot had to text me and post on my social timeline, but these sweet surprises of greetings from those who remembered are memories I treasure the most. What I find the sweetest (aside from the greetings I get from the people closest to me) were greetings I got from previous mentors who I thought would never remember! I guess there are people who do not rely on technology just to be reminded of my special day. Rare kind.
What I love about abusing the “birthday” excuse was my very exciting weekend after. We finally went out of the country as a family. It was a bucketlist thing, And it took me 26 years to accomplish.
My family usually go out of town. Being raised by “Bisaya” parents, we seldom stay at Manila during our vacation days. Most of our local travel involve Vis-Min flights to visit the relatives (or just for our swimming needssss), sometimes to the Northern parts of Luzon when a sudden urge to joyride hits the spontaneous spot of my bibo family. When I decided to buy tickets just to indulge on the most expensive plant conservatory I can ever invest on as of the moment, All of them were eager to join regardless of my fair warning of “lakad yun forever.” I’m glad someone dear to me pushed me into investing on that tickets. I haven’t paid him fully yet (hahaha!), but in exchange of it was something priceless.
We went to Singapore, the shortest but most exciting walking trip I had with my family.
The indulgence of commuting and seeing all types of people was my kind of thing. I love seeing and observing the social context, the cultural component (although almost devoid of the visual kind) was a plus in each walking trip. I see people and experience the fast paced movement. How I wish I can experience this everyday—the lack of “kaba” everytime I need to take a cab, ride the jeep, walk from LRT to MRT. In this country, I feel safe.
Although I love my homeland, seeing each exciting tourist magnets in this chunk of land made me feel hopeful about what our country can improve on. Perhaps a better socialized housing can bring down poverty, in hindsight more green open spaces to keep OPEN instead of BUILDING on it?
The rest of the juicy details i’ll post soon, probably on the other blog para mas formal… haha! Anyway, digressing on the topic na.
In a nutshell, My birthday was spectacular kahit walang fireworks blah-blah… I’m thinking of doing this again next yr. with a goal of climbing one of my sought after temple. Tralalala.:p
Personal Notes: Hiatus Month
Sorry for being on major, hibernate mode the past few weeks. It was my birthday month, had to attempt to manage my time more efficiently to be able to prepare for my birthday month weekend trip to SG just because I wanted a Gardens by the Bay stroll!
Even though the heat was excessive, I LOVE THE SUN for giving me better quality photos. Will blog more after the end of the semester! 2 weeks to go!:)
Personal Notes: Il Piccino Trattoria V-Day
We usually spend Valentines dinner at a nearby restaurant. Our common choice was the nearest “unlimited-salad place” at Katipunan (the ambience before the revamp was perfect for tete-a-tete). Eventually we had our birthdays as “perfect excuses” to extend the “katakawan”, exploring more restaurants somewhere beyond the nearby avenue and into the suburbs of Rizal and the crannies of QC.
What was exciting about February was its close connection to the terms, “hectic” and “deadlines”. February was the month when holiday backlogs were felt excessively. Being part of the academe sphere, I was always rushing research deadlines or doing thesis-related workload on the same month for the past few years! It was thoughtful and sweet to spend a day-off during this month just to be surprised with dinner reservations at places that serve good food. Add the very beautiful flora I received for the past few years.. (related to my job, too. I love pretty plants!:))
Valentine’s was the perfect time to eat minus the crazy ringing cellphones. It was a perfect excuse to feel mala-connoisseur for a moment.
This year, it was no surprise, Unlike last year where the hidden place was definitely surprising, I was told in advance about the place where we shall dine for this year’s V-day. I instantaneously googled Our Awesome Planet to check it. (Yes, I am a fan of OAP since forever.)
Inside this white gate is Il Piccino Trattoria.
It had this rustic feel that made me want to savor each moment spent outside the dining hall. The unkempt softscape made it rather cozy. Although I loved the home, I was also glad I wore a long dress that night to control the probable “mosquito issues”.
You go up this staircase towards the dining hall. After reading reviews of the place, I learned that the first floor was the family’s real home. The second floor was the only place dedicated to the dining public.
I was glad that couples (and groups of couples) hated this table! It was my idea of a perfect table with a perfect view of the garden. The alfresco dining table at the first floor was actually my choice, but again the mosquitoes that i was afraid of hampered my decision. Eventually we found out how the rest of the people hated this room! It was like having the whole room reserved for us.
The rest of the photos are altered to fit my crazy and crappy, design collage project. Here is a collage of the night that was:
Hope you also had a nice “katakawan” V-day!:)
Il Piccino Trattoria
162 Alfonso XIII Street, San Juan City, 1500
02-9648034 / 09178291900
LArch Notes: My New Design Collage Projects + Aquaponics!
I started collage works for my other blog. Exactly what made me think of revamping my photo blogging by doing more of it here as well. I left my pen though, so pardon the ugly handwriting on my design collages.
The site visit yesterday rendered good concepts for two of my classes. We were able to hear the very inspiring stories from our host institution, plus we were all given innovative ideas on how to start our own aquaponics garden! It was a very exciting field work. They even gave us free snacks with fresh harvest from their urban farm! Amazing!
What really touched my heart was how the institution was able to help street children and how they were able to maintain such a systematic aquaponics system. Hoping we can give them something back this coming April.
Personal Notes: Crazy, Hectic, and Sweet
Last week was crazy.
This week was hectic.
But the cranberry granita did the “stress cleanse”.
Have you been to Il Piccino Trattoria?
Just this one chance to rant.
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