Field trip: Dangwa Flower district

I often fancied at the flower arrangement in our church. As I sat on the pew, I would normally draw while listening to the sermon.

After a while, I asked our administrator if I can pick some flowers after the service ends. She gladly asked Auntie Vangie.

Later on, Dara and I asked her if we can help in arranging the flowers. She gladly agreed!

After a couple of lessons, we went to Dangwa to buy flowers for our first arrangement. Sir Mark accompanied us since it will be our first time to buy.

I hope this can guide you in the fast approaching heart’s day!

We parked in front of this. There are lots of arranged flowers here but they are more expensive.

But you can also buy a couple of flowers and buy the wrapper separately.

We asked the salesman to arrange the flowers for us. His technique is to arrange the flowers like this:

(Photo taken from the internet)

Flowers in X then cut the excess stems and wrap with tape.

Here are some other pictures that I took during our visit.

Roses in different colors. According to Sir Mark they are mostly from China. These can be found on the other side of the street. We walked across via a small pedestrian crossing to reach this side.

All sorts of leaves in different sizes! They are all looking fresh!

Auntie Vangie’s suki.

More ornamental leaves for arrangements.

More succulents!

My shoes match the overall theme of this photo! Everything’s in autumn!

Women buying flowers. I love her hat!

This looks like a fresh lumpia on the street.

Sir Mark drew a draft of the arrangement that we did before we start looking for flowers and leaves. I learned that we should:

– have a general idea of what the arrangement should look like

– have a certain budget for the arrangement

We set P500 for this particular one but we ended up spending only P240!

– have good haggling skills

As always, I bring my notebook and pen with me!

(Photo by Achi Kim)

Until my next adventure,



Field trip: Berde in Ayala Triangle

Occasionally, restaurants located in Ayala Triangle are replaced by new ones. Rochelle and I got intrigued by Berde, a newly opened healthy fast food restaurant last year.

It looks like Salad Stop but it has a filipino twist.

Here are some photos that I took during our visit.

High chairs facing the wall. The space is small so in both ends, there are piled chairs to accommodate more customers who wish to eat the food inside.

There are also two doors (one for entrance and exit) to facilitate a more efficient system.

There’s Rochelle and a portion of her plate.

I ordered this one. It’s called Chicken Inasal. I personally love the raw pechay because we don’t normally eat it that way. It doesn’t taste bitter at all!

I hope I can try cooking this type of meals.


Musings: types + graphics

A couple of months ago I shared that I went to Greenhills Shopping Center to get my phone fixed. Although I have visited the place several times ago, I never really got the chance to explore on leisure.

Good thing Nikki was with me. We always end up doing the most adventurous things together because we like to look around, take photos and videos!

Here are some cool font designs and graphics that I found.

I never really know this brand but its type really sticks out! I also love the overall design. It gives a quirky and fun twist.

This flashing sign is eye catchy. It reminds me of diners and restaurant signs.

This canvas bag’s design is stitched! I thought it was paint but when I looked closely, I saw a bunch of thread weaved together. My aunt would totally love this!

I love how the buns are drawn. They are so cute! The font also matches the overall design.

We ate ate Le Ching because Nikki wanted to try something we don’t typically see in Ayala Malls. Apparently there’s also a Le Ching Too. Was it misspelled or did they actually named it as “too”? Either way, it is catchy. There were more people eating in this restaurant than the branch where we dined.

Their board is also cute! I like the idea of it since most restaurants would not normally post what’s unavailable so we end up choosing them and get disappointed.

Twinning shoes!

Here’s to more adventures!


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,


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,


Thoughts: Remembering the dead

It is customary for Chinese families to light red candles for the loved ones who passed away. It signifies that we are happy for their state in heaven. It is also customary to burn incense and “pray” to ancestors like what Mulan did.

While we still keep this tradition, I believe it is for the purpose of respecting the elderly in our community. People who grew up with their parents who are first generational Filipino-Chinese tend to be more sensitive when we dismiss their rituals.

For me All Saints’ day means visiting my grandparents’ tomb both on my mom and dad side. We also visit my great grandparents’ tomb on my dad side sometimes.

My uncle is really intentional when we go to the cemetery. He shares stories about my grandmother. He would often tell that she likes to paint and collect jewelry. He shares her beliefs and her experiences.

My uncle also likes to discuss the meaning of their names and other characters that are written in the stone.

When I took this picture my grandfather was already ill. It was his one year death anniversary at the start of this month.

This is a picture of my Angkong (dad’s dad). I like this picture a lot because of his stature and the waves! I never really got close to him because he was often out of the house playing mahjong.

When he was already bed ridden, my uncle asked me to let our Pastor visit him. It was really a hard time for us because we rescheduled his visit three times.

Pastor Collen shared about Jesus and my cousin, sister and I listened behind. Angkong could barely speak but I think He felt relieved. He also listened carefully. Afterwards, Pastor asked us to sing for Angkong. We sang Amazing Grace.

It was also the last time that I saw Angkong alive. Praise God for that one last chance to visit him and the opportunity to sing for him.

We also remember by looking back at their photographs. My grandparents’ house are filled with pictures!

My Guakong and Guama (grandparents on mom’s side) taken on my mom’s wedding day

I hope that as we remember our loved ones who passed away, we also remember to:

  1. Live our lives to the full. Live your life for Christ. Serve with your heart and hands.
  2. Thank God for the family and friends that you have (and show that you care)!
  3. Give your time, talent and treasures to the people around you (And not to spend most for our time on leisure).

I hope that when our time is up we will not regret anything. Remember that our lives are short. We need to make them count for eternity.