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...
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...
Personal Notes: DIY, Arki, Birthday, ETCETERA....
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
LArch Notes: My New Design Collage Projects +...
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...
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. WHY IS TWITTER CLOSING DOWN POSTEROUS?
TravelNotes: My Legaspi Wander-ful Photos, No.1
Had one of the most dramatic photos of Legaspi City. This is a snippet of the few things I captured and loved. Can you see the person at the center of the frame?
Foodienotes: Small Talk Cafe, Finally!
“Must try and definitely worth it!” Last Saturday, we ended two days of scholarly presentations with good food from Small Talk Cafe. Finally, after my n-th visit to Legaspi, I was able to try one of the “talked about” restaurants, which was also listed as “top 1” in this promotional magazine article—- (photo above was taken from the Facebook account of...
Design Notes: Designing a Wine and Cheese Party
Have you tried doing an impromptu wine and cheese party? We had one last December. The very accommodating owner-hostess was a dear, architect friend who experimented on her recently acquired apartment unit. She made certain changes to accommodate her “working environment”—a mix of dark brown’s and white’s, a good collection of art, cat images, books, and...
PERSONAL NOTES: DYSFUNCTIONAL AND...
A week of no internet is my idea of zen. Didn’t know PLDT will do that when i’m rushing submittals and presentations for the Bicol conference! Just last weekend, we were offered new telpad and PLDTwifiDSL units just because we were “valuable customers” (20 years!). The offer was nice, additional speed for 500php (not really true, i do speedtest.net checking and it was...
Personal Notes: Crazy but Readable
Last year, I finally convinced myself to buy an ipad for the main purpose of reading. It was the battle between an ebookreader and the ipad that functions both as a bigger version of my ipodtouch and an ereader combined. I was very happy with the purchase, less eyestrain during long days of simply reading and less armstrain from the gazillion books I always wish of bringing to...
Personal Notes: My Current Obsession List
I’m currently obsessing on jewelry pieces, a certain “branded” bag, my own resort, and stereograms. I find it to be out of tune with my “Simplify 2013” life goal, nonetheless it makes me dream of superficial thoughts for a moment. A Cartier Love bracelet, A Pandora charm set, a PS1—these things I can’t seem to afford in one swipe of the card (or atleast...
Larch Notes: UP DESIGN EXPO 2012
(Because I think I promised to post one of the things I look forward to every year…) I forgot to post one of the few events (of the organization and the college) that made me smile last December. Saw a very spectacular installation at the atrium. It was charming, very enthralling, and definitely a change of the academe environment. The installation was part of a bigger event...
Travel Notes: The Magnificent Christmas Display...
Allow me to put down in writing the very unexpected trip to the glitz and glimmer that was Christmas 2012 at Dr. Absin’s Villa. I always think of Dumaguete as the City that sleeps at 8pm. I remember and be very nostalgic about it all the time how we always have to be home early after visiting the only mall to what was a very rustic / bucolic institutional environment. Those who had...
Personal Notes: BV at the Mayor's Office
I haven’t had a dose of bad luck for 2013 (it’s my yearrr!!!!) till today. Say hello to business transaction 101 at the Cainta Municipal Office. One thing I hated about the struggle for business permits renewal was the way things were handled by some of the staff. Although the process was rather smooth compared to the 2011 set-up (thank you to the staff inside the Public Center. They...
Personal Notes: And I'm Back!
Back from our annual Visayas vacation. This year, we had it in time for the Christmas Celebration. It gave us a chance to see what was inside Dr. Absin’s “Christmas House” at Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete!:) And we were not disappointed. Happy Holidays!:)
Personal Notes: Conversational and My "Christmas...
Just so I can bring out thoughts that I may not be able to look back to when posted on twitter: Happiness is a case in point. When the excitement of the “Christmas rush” kicks in, Filipinos go beyond their usual routine just to buy precious happiness-wrapped-in-glittered-red. This season, my happiness involved a lot of fabric shopping. It was not aesthetically wrapped with fancy...
Personal Notes: December Christmas Hype
What I was doing the previous weeks for my mom / house / myself. This was my own way of welcoming the season in the most outrageous fabric prints of Santa and “Merry Christmas” in rows na paulit-ulit. It was also my personal way of honing my “makina” skills. This high speed sewing machine needed some serious workout plus it was almost a year since I last used it and I...
LArch Notes: What "Was" for the Month of November
The only LArch related “instagram special” update. Decided to try design criticism activities. This time, I let the class design their own civic space and choose the most apt / most feasible / most “nakakatawag pansin” design from the 29 design outputs (Big Happy Class!). I love this photo because I felt how they somehow hone the “design critics” in...
Personal Notes: The Happy Place at Cubao-X
I always consider Cubao-X as a happy place—a place full of art and novelty items you seldom see inside the A/C infused malls. Aside from Bellini’s (that i find memorable), The Reading Room (that doesn’t really pertain to a bookstore), Green Halo (Previously Halo, currently a place where you can eat healthy meals), Janylin (and all those shoe stores that sell less...
Bag Notes: Bag Talk 2
One thing that excites me when I visit thrift shops are their bag collection. Remembered having a random thrift shop visit with my batch mates before. It was the place to go to every time we wish of wearing unique pieces for presentations, etc. It works very well with our budget, and it does not sacrifice the materials needed for our plates. One problem though was the rarity...
Personal Notes: Simba and the bag!
Simba is so cute in this photo! While I randomly played with my bags for my next blogpost (for tomorrow), she randomly thought of being in it. Or perhaps she was wondering why Kimba can’t visit her today (Damn this rain). She’s so adorable when she’s not excessively hyper.
Personal Notes: Memory Bloggin' from June to...
I usually bring my big camera, the one I fondly call Dainty because the name sounds like the camera model, during events that may be categorized as “precious moments”. It was exactly the reason why I bought it three years ago (just before fashion week. I wanted to have better quality photos of the dresses I might like during the event). I regret some moments when I simply cannot bring...
Bag Notes: Bag Talk #1
Cleaning my digital workspace allows me to see my old photos. Allow me to savor my “bag” moments by phlogging some of my more memorable bags, circa 2007-2008. I’ve never been “adult” in choosing my bags. Bags to me are like toys: quirky and happy and full of precious trinkets. Plus, I haven’t really felt the need to buy the more expensive ones. It will...
Personal Notes: Instagram-ming my October
This is my October in a nutshell: Our newest workplace at Matalino Street. I changed my work-thesis-address just because SBC and Kenny’s open earlier than Starbucks and because I eat rice during lunch (i need the carbo and the sugar to energize). I started feeding the kitten this pet’s milk just because she needed the nourishment. Unfortunately, “Hello”...
Thesis Notes: Finale
This is a year filled with goodbye’s.
Larch Notes: Texture and Trees
FYI: With the death of the “freedom of speech/expression”, I shall post less “personal notes” and more academic / larch / travel/ food / random posts not related to my everyday random ideas (that plus I’m almost done with thesis!!!). Above is a photo of the possible play of tree texture at the vertical plane. Aside from the relaxing abode of this envelope of...
Personal Notes: When Happiness was Relative
Gone are the days when happiness was comparable to a tall can of Pringles. Those days when life was a bliss just by seeing my favorite cartoon show on television. If I could be young and bring back the joy of playing at our frontyard minus the torrential rains, I’d pay an extra dime to do so, or perhaps exchange heaps of gummy candies for a moment to relive the carefree years. When...
Personal Notes: Jux-tifying my posts! →
Personal Notes: Where I Was
(Photo Source: Ibay Sicam) Final glimpse of me and my thesis. *fingers crossed* Isang hinga na lang.
Personal Notes: Somewhere San Pablo
A photo update of where I was during my 1-day thesis break. Spent with my HS barkada at that very cold (literally… ang lamig ng tubig!) abode hidden in San Pablo, Laguna.
Personal Notes: Beware of The Dysfunctional Globe
To quote from my friend’s twitter account, “Just discovered today that Globe Telecoms Eastwood upgraded my plan without my consent with a free phone I never received. Wow! @talk2globe” After trying to solve the problem of a dysfunctional sim card this morning at Globe Technohub, my friend found out something worse. Her other postpaid account got upgraded to a higher plan with...
Fashion Notes: Marchesa for the Cut and Details,...
(image from http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/S2013RTW-MARCHESA/#17) Trying to change my wardrobe to include key pieces that shall be mixed and matched randomly on a very randidhumdhummmm day when I realized that I haven’t visited Style.com lately. Look what I just saw. Carefully detailed and very well thought of patterns and cuts (own opinion). All from the...
Personal Notes: Eastwood Kitten Surprise
Last Saturday, we became instant parents to these two “suplings”. Several realizations right after seeing this bbm photo. How can cars be designed to fit a perfect nesting place for cats? These kittens were found inside the engine/hood/bumper of a Vios, and although I doubt that Toyota car designers were the ones to blame for such a mishap (aren’t all cars...
Personal Notes: Family Lunch ala Vikings
Closely resembling it’s etymological definition of ”going on an expedition”, Vikings Luxury Lunch Buffet was definitely an experience. It would have been apt with the current flooding situation of Manila, that going on an expedition was really what was expected especially with us braving the threatening rains and floods of habagat as we try to savor a weekend away from such a...
Personal Notes: The Garb that is My Long Weekend
Like the rampant FB updates and tweets of i-am-away-to-a-place-beyond-the-usual, my long weekend was simply a reflective vacation, the abnormal serenity of my social media spaces. The garb may simply emphasize the length of the “weekend” stated, but I guess the allegory of the weekend is lost when I write down the non-exclusivity of the said holiday “fiesta” from my...
Larch Notes: A Dreamy Dedon Evening
This is me being dreamy. Nestrest is my to-die-for-and-droolworthy want. Something I hope to buy given ample money to spend on a very random functional material for my garden. And who wouldn’t enjoy this Obelisk? A complete set for four fashioned to look like the classic Obelisk. Then I see a dog seated at the Orbit aka the loveseat. Which is more familiar in this revamped photo...
ArtsyNotes: Why I Hate Blah and Love Pinkness
I purchased a new pen pouch just because I’ve been bringing all my pens to class—all tied together with a hairband or a rubberband that I randomly saw at my faculty desk box. Since I hate the idea of setting a bad example to the class (i’ve lost a recently purchased white board marker for darn sake, and another new pen), I finally gave in to the temptation that is National...