Thursday, September 15, 2016

The ABCs of Journaling: A Book Launch

As a fan and follower of Abbey Sy, I was (again) so happy to find out that she will be releasing a book on journaling. I've always wanted to save my memories on paper but I wanted it to be more creative. Not just words, I want to make my piece come to life so I can feel the moment once again as I browse through my notebooks. Abbey was always on top of my list when it comes to best handwriting! Hands down the best! So I was more than excited when I got an invitation to her book launch! A step-by-step book on JOURNALING? Now I can start my own journey too!(:

Photo Wall

A few days back bestselling author and artist Abbey Sy launched her new book, The ABCs of Journaling at National Bookstore in Glorietta 1. As expected, the place was packed and everyone was excited to see the author and learn journaling only from the best.

Exclusive Pass!

As expected, the CROWD!

There were "stations" around the area. Stamping Station, Sticker Station, Flat Lay Station and an Instax Photobooth Station. Whew! These stations were meant to make your journals more personal and eye-catching.

SIDE NOTE: Sa sobrang crowded (haha!), I was only able to get some stickers! Yes, from start to finish all the stations were crowded. Kaloka!

Flat Lay Station


The ABCs of Journaling

I love the book. I swear, super sulit for P350! It is packed with all the information and inspiration you'll need to start your own Journaling Journey!

A Book Launch

Presenting the very TALENTED Abbey Sy!

Abbey was teary-eyed as she thanked everyone who helped her with her passion project. She really poured her heart out in creating this book.




Props for the Flat Lay Station

Abbey shared some tips on how we can start journaling and her good friend Kaila also joined her on stage as she showed us her sticker-filled notebooks!

Kaila Ocampo sharing some of her journals

Book Signing!


I think the hightlight of my day was when Abbey remembered my name! Super STAR STRUCK moment!(:


To all the journal addicts and fanatics out there, you NEED this book! Run to your nearest newsstand, bookstore, convenience store or supermarket now na!

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The ABCs of Journaling: A Book Launch

Friday, August 26, 2016

Balay Dako: Of Cool Breeze and Cozy Feels

Mom's birthday was a bit of a torture for me since I was suffering (yes "suffering" is the right word) with asthma. But yes, we just HAD to celebrate it on the day itself, so I had no choice but to tag along. Good thing I did! Because Balay Dako was surely worth the trip! Maybe I'm living under a rock or something... But Balay Dako is BY: Antonio's. Yes, THE Antonio's, so yeah, expect good, flavorful food!

Since we live somewhere here in Laguna, Tagaytay is just a short trip for us. But eversince I had babies, going there takes time and usually happens (now) during special occasions. So in between the shortness of my breath, I was still excited to experience this place. 

Again, I am no food blogger, so I can't describe their food in a coloful way (haha!) and I apologize for not having too much info, I was fighting for my life as I enjoy their food (asthma attack!).

Balay Dako

As soon as we parked, this huge ancestral house welcomed us. How I wish we had this as kids so we can visit Grandpa and Grandma during the weekends and just play, tell stories...

Homey vibes

Place was HUGE!

We chose the corner table

Lovin' the tiny details

Youtube-ing (sorry, no wifi during our visit)

B-E-S-T Salabat EVER!

I am not kidding when I said this is the best Salabat I ever had. Hindi siya matabang. And I didn't tell them to make it sweet ha. I finished 2 cups! And you know what, it actually made me feel better.


Since mom's birthday was way back 1st week of August, I forgot the price of our Group Meal. I think it was around P5,000-6,000 good for 10pax? Something like that! But for our group, super sulit! With takeout! Food was good!

Happy Family!(:

Amazing interiors!

After our amazing meal, we went upstairs to check out the view. It was so cold! If you're out on a date I recommend dinning upstairs.(: So cozy! There was a DJ that time, so it was a bit noisy. I am not sure if this is a regular thing...

The Bar

Cool breeze and cozy feels

I heard they offer breakfast (P650/head I think?) and again, the second floor is the best place to sip a warm cup of coffee!

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Balay Dako: Of Cool Breeze and Cozy Feels

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rainy Days and Leather Crafts

Me-Times are "sacred" for me. Haha!(: So whenever I get the chance to be alone, I make sure to use it for something I really love to do. On some days I just relax and read a book, but a few weeks back I decided to join Alessa's Leather Crafternoon at Commercenter in Alabang.

It was a rainy weekend, but my mind was fixed that I was going to attend this workshop and so I did!

Lovely handwriting by Alessa (:

First, Alessa gave us a "semi" finished product already. I got this doggie. I just glued the parts on his face and attached the keychain. No sweat there!(:

Pratice! I just glued the doggie's parts (;

After that, we were on our own!

This was something new to me, so it was really a challenge to come up with a pattern and cut it! So the smaller the pattern, the harder it is to cut! The leather is a bit thick.

Making my pattern/shape

But it was worth all the effort!(: I love how my mini car turned out!

Can you guess what it is?

We had a "leather buffet" that afternoon. Meaning, we can use all the leather we can and create all the keychains we can. But of course, I only made 1! Haha!(: But, it's amazing how many designs you can come up with!

This is harder that I thought! Haha (:

Tada! (:

Hardwork=Amazing Pieces!

Creating leather keychains was challenging BUT relaxing! I didn't know we already consumed 2 hrs. of our day just cutting leather and bringing all the parts together!

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Rainy Days and Leather Crafts

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On a Monster Jam HIGH!

We are so blessed to have a mom who is very supportive of our interests. In this case, her "favorite" apo wanted to see Monster Jam for the second time, so she gave me, the hubby plus our two boys tickets to see the show live! This time around, she also included a Pit Pass (for my 6 year old and his dad), so they can get up close to those huge and loud monster trucks plus their amazing drivers! It was the best way to celebrate Father's Day!

According to her, she got all 4 tickets for around P4,300 plus 2 Pit Passes! I think that was 30-50% off the original price!

TIP: best to buy tickets months before the actual show coz they give big discounts!

Life-sized Hot Wheels Monster Truck!! 

 Just "hangin'" around!(:

My little boy was really happy and excited as he got to see the trucks up close and have his shirt signed by the drivers. It was indeed a dream come true for him! So the Pit Pass was really sulit!

 Awesome experience!

Puppy POWER!!


 Look how pretty Scooby's driver is!

4X4 Riders!

Amazing stunts by these riders!! 

HUGE! I tell you!

The show was REALLY loud. We brought our 2 year old son and he cried every time the trucks "roar!" Haha!(: Best to watch this if you can really handle the noise.

The arena was a bit small, but we still had a grand time watching all the stunts and hearing the noisy trucks! I personally like the bikes that went flying into the air!


You should experience watching the show atleast once in your life! I was screaming almost the entire time, cheering (eventhough I don't know any of them! Haha) (:

It was indeed a fun and memorable day for our family. We hope to catch it again next year! Hopefully in Las Vegas?(: Wa! Who knows?(:

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On a Monster Jam HIGH!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Coffee Project: Something New Down South

Whether you are a coffee lover or not, some cafes give you that relaxing, homey feeling. It's like entering a new dimension and leaving a chaotic world behind. Well, that's what I felt when I first entered Coffee Project here at Vista Mall, Sta.Rosa Laguna.

The place screams HIPSTER all over! And yes, one can't help but take (instagram) photos of every corner of this cafe!

 I love every corner!

When we went to Coffee Project, the place was so calm and quite. Most of the people were reading and some were working on their computers. SUPER PLUS for those working "online", they have fast internet connection and plugs/sockets all over!


This is the perfect place to just sit, sip a cup of coffee and enjoy a chit chat with a friend or simply just get lost doing some of your hobbies (watercolor perhaps?). And you can hangout as early as 7AM and as late as 11PM!

 Lovely isn't it?

 Take your pick!

Coffee price starts at P100 per cup and they have pasta, rice meals and desserts too! Price range around P150-250! Not bad! And the serving is a bit huge too! 

 One of my favorite spots

 Banana Muffin

 Sardine Pasta

If you know me by heart, then you'll know that I am Ms.Sardine Pasta! Haha!(: I can't control my craving whenever I see Sardine + Pasta on the menu! This one passed my taste buds! A bit sweet but really tasty!

 Coffee ofcourse!

Very satisfied customers!(:

So whether you're a coffee addict or not (like me!), I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay and experience at Coffee Project!

Coffee Project: Something New Down South