Field trip: Dapitan Market

Last September, I visited the Dapitan Market along Dapitan Street, Manila. I didn’t know it was that close to Suki Market where one of my uncles buy fresh food. My dad asked us to visit Suki before to buy fresh ingredients that were not usually sold in Pio market.

I accompanied Kn’s househelp in order to add variety to their meals. Kn stays near that area for schooling.

Christmas decors were already put up! In the Philippines you might thought it’s already December in September.

Some decors hanging on the ceiling over looking the street.

We went there around 9 in the morning so there were only few cars passing by.

I fancied this basket. I like its color and style. When we asked where it came from, the vendor told us it’s from my home town! I wonder where I could find it.

Another weaved bag in a different shape. They used abaca here. The other bag is dyed.

Some doorpost planks for decor. I would love to post one of these to my wall!

More decors and weaved baskets at a cheap price. There were also some catering essentials like plates, glasses, spoons and forks.

Wood chopping boards!

These straws can be used to create other crafts. I would like to use them in my future projects!

Although I didn’t buy anything from the market, now I know where to find these stuff when I need them.

What are your current discoveries so far? Feel free to comment them below.

Stay inspired,



Musings: dark & rainy days (Part 2) + theater visit

Hi everyone! I’m sorry to greet your December 1st with silhouette & gray photos but I hope these will inspire your winter season. I also hope you’re having a blast as the Christmas season starts. How are you going to celebrate Christ’s day?

Sun set in Ayala Center while waiting for my friend

Antique clock that my aunt bought for my parent’s engagement

Construction site on the look out.

In contrast with the silhouette photos, I want to share the set in the recent show I watched with my cousin. It was actually her requirement in school and I just tagged along.

I am amazed of the lights and how the props were creatively used.

Lights can totally add to the drama!

These people were doing a wave dance before the audience!

Liza Macuja-Elizalde shared some imagery that ballerinas use to convey meaning. I wasn’t able to get the context fully but the introduction helped.

Stay inspired,


Happy Monday + Updates 11.27.17

How are you all? It is already the end of the month. I was just reflecting last week if I made use of my time wisely. I was reminded that sometimes progress cannot be measured especially in terms of our relationships with other people.

This week I was challenged to spend quality time with the people I value the most.

It meant doing some errands with my dad despite my headache and sleepiness. Chinese food is his comfort food and he really enjoyed this mini snack time in between work.

My college best friend also had a post birthday celebration. Her cravings for coconut pie was satisfied with this!

I read in a book that the most difficult thing to do in life is to find balance in all areas of our life. I think it is true but with the help of Jesus, who was able to do it while He was on earth, we can also do it.

I hope we will not regret at the end of our lives that we weren’t able to spend quality time with the people we love. Start taking action this week.

How will you spend quality time with someone this week?


In the kitchen: home cooked meals (Part 3)

In this series I’m posting some dishes that I would like to bring to my parent’s table. Hopefully I can convince my aunt to cook these for me.

Shrimp sautéed with broccoli, corn bits, and mushrooms. We also added garlic and onions of course.

Coated shrimp. I love its sweet and crunchy taste!

Steamed veggies. Any will do as long as they’re not overcooked. I like my veggies half cooked. How about you?

Steamed fresh fish with tomatoes. In my parent’s home we rarely eat fresh fish. I just learned to appreciate them because of Teaz.

Fried fresh fish. I love the variety of fish! I hated eating this before because I need to debone. I guess we all need to grow up in terms of expanding our palettes.

My dad used to say, God has given has a variety of meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits. God gave them all for us to enjoy! Let us appreciate the food that He has given us but let us not forget to thank Him. After all His creation points everything to Him.

Before this post ends, I challenge you to eat one type of food that you don’t normally eat this week. Let me know if you have taken part of this challenge by typing your comments below.

Stay inspired,


Happy Monday + updates

My sisters and cousin spent most of the time doing some crafts, art works, restoration and decluttering projects last week. Thanks to the work and class suspensions brought by the ASEAN summit.

I woke up one morning seeing this incomplete artwork with several art materials on the table. It is a beautiful mess!

Khelly applying clear spray paint on her restored white sneakers.

Capped off the week with a cup of rice tea at Kaya restaurant with the family.

Have a nice week ahead! I hope you’ll be able to do the things that you plan to do.


Musings: Rainy & dark days

The past few months we experience rain here and there. I always like to take the opportunity to capture moments including these. In this series I want to share the pictures that I took.

Teaz brushing her teeth before preparing to bed

This yellow crane brightens the dark atmosphere in dela Rosa.

Bathroom backlight

Kn waiting for dad to unlock the bike

Stay inspired,


Happy Monday + updates 11.13.17

How are you all? This week I hiked Mount Pulag with my friend Michelle and other new found friends!

It was chilly and rainy but I had a great time up in the mountains. It was definitely not a good weather but we were able to brave through the heavy rains and muddy trail.

Michelle and my other trail mates pushed my endurance and strength to the next level. We were hiking up and down in fast paced motions. The tour guide even told us we finished the trail an hour ahead!

I am in awe of how God designed this mountain. Some parts were filled with pines, some with mossy plants and some others with vegetation.

What are the things that you are looking forward to do? I hope you’ll be able to finally do them.

Have a wonderful week ahead!