Saturday, May 3, 2014

camaya beach resort ,bataan

Late last Friday, Dai texted me asking if we were interested in going on an all-expenses-paid day trip to Camaya Beach Resort in Bataan the very next day because her friend Jill, who handles marketing for Camaya, had free passes available. Having no plans for Saturday, we immediately said yes. Sloan was already in bed and Mike and I couldn't help but laugh at the thought of surprising him with a beach trip the very next day.

Of course, the little boy was very much game when he found out we were going to the beach! We met up Dai and her friend Gracee at the ferry terminal in the CCP complex. After a bit of a wait, we were off! The ride took about an hour and 15 minutes or so, and thankfully was really smooth. I was little worried about Sloan possibly getting seasick, or worse, both Sloan and I getting seasick.


The weather was scorching and as such, perfect for hitting the water. We first stayed in the beach area, where Sloan had the time of his life playing.






Then we headed to the pool area, which I really liked. For one, the kiddie pool was spacious enough as compared to other kiddie pools which are usually small, and the thing is, adults who are watching over their kids have to get into the water too, so it ends up being quite crowded. Also they have a lovely infinity pool.





For those not keen on hitting the water (bakit pa kayo nag-beach? Hahaha!), there's a game room where you can play video games, air hockey, and there's also an arcade where you can play old school games, like Pac-Man and Dig Dug! Very cool.


Camaya also has an area where you can play billiards, foos ball, and ping pong. Sloan tried all three when we were done with swimming.


I have to mention that when he picked up the cue stick, he raised it up high, motioned as though he was reeling something in, then he turned to me and said, "Mommy! Fishing!" Haha! Hurray for imagination!

That was a really fun day :) And was exactly what I needed to, because I had been on an emo funk days before the trip. Enjoying a day away from the city and having fun with my family and good friends was just what the doctor ordered.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

how michael looks like


Yes, that is exactly how he looks like. Happy 0430, Michael! I love you.

(Words by The Rocket Summer. Papercut by yours truly.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

cheap thrill: flying kites


What was supposed to be a trip to Luneta Park ended up being a kite-flying session at the Quirino Grandstand. I had been wanting to check out the park because I haven't been there since I was around nine, on a field trip when I was in third grade - but since we parked just beside the Grandstand, we ended up getting sidetracked by the fun, colorful kites that people were flying. 

It looked like a lot of fun and we decided to get ourselves one and try it as well. Vendors around the grandstand sell kites for as low as P50, and are kind enough to teach you how to assemble it. While it's not rocket science, it's quite a challenge when you have an excited toddler at your side :)




Mike took the lead while I chased around Sloan who decided to run about while waiting for his dad to get our kite up in the air. When Mike was able to accomplish that, he turned over the string to Sloan, who happily watched the kite soar while running to keep it afloat. 



It was Mike's first time to fly a kite and he said it was fun. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to give it a shot myself, but we will definitely back here soon. 


There were lots of families in the Grandstand who were also flying kites, and it was nice seeing people bond over a simple joy :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

favorite faces

I remember writing several years ago in my old blog about how I find Rosamund Pike and Emily Van Camp absolutely beautiful. They don't have to slather on much makeup nor wear anything spectacular for one to appreciate how pretty they are. It's like the more you stare at them, the more their beauty draws you in. Man I am such a fangirl hehehe.


It was in a James Bond movie where I first saw Rosamund, and then later on in Pride and Prejudice. As for Emily, it was in a TV series called Everwood in the not-so-popular Channel 9, which was my go-to channel when I didn't have cable yet.


Both girls are such big stars now. Emily plays lead in the hit show Revenge, which I have not been able to follow, but am planning to catch up on that soon. She also played an important role in the latest Captain America movie, and I'm guessing she will be back for the next installment of the franchise.


Meanwhile, Rosamund has been doing a lot more movies, the latest of which is the movie adaptation of the book Gone Girl. I am so excited about this one, having read the book and immensely enjoying it - more so because it has David Fincher at the helm! Definitely looking forward.


To this day, these two beauties remain my girl crushes, and it makes me giddy that they are now shining brightly in Hollywood. I'm like, mahal ko na kayo noon pa man! Haha :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

la union hits


We went to the beach!!!!!

Can you tell how happy I am about that? Haha! It’s been ages since I last saw the sea, and I’ve really been wanting to go so we can give Sloan a proper introduction to the beach, especially now that he’s at an age where he really enjoys the outdoors and appreciates experiences like this one.

It was still dark when we took the bus to La Union, and it took us seven hours to get to our destination: Brgy. Urbiztondo in the town of San Juan. We were pretty anxious about how Sloan would take to the long bus ride, but he was such a trooper. Mike and I are so proud!



We stayed at Flotsam and Jetsam, a lovely, hip hostel which was recommended by Dai. The place had such nice decorations and the crafter in me was so happy with all the vibrant colors, the DIY stuff, and the re-purposed furniture!





Our room, the Sea Suite, was clean and dainty.



Swimming in the hostel’s beach area isn’t allowed though, because apparently the current’s really strong. We had to walk a few minutes to the swim and surf area.

When we got there, Sloan immediately took to the water.


Meanwhile, Mike took surfing lessons – and crossed an item off his bucket list.


We had dinner at the hostel and their Margherita Pizza, Truffle Fries, and Fried Chicken are highly recommended. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it was really, really good. I'm actually wishing I could have some right now. That pizza, especially!


FlotJet attracts mostly young people, and I was a little worried that the bar area, which was pretty near our room, would be noisy and keep us up at night. But we slept soundly, and if there was a party happening at the bar, the noise didn’t make its way to our room, thankfully.

The morning after, we hit the water again before our noontime check out.



We had such a great time and I’m really thankful we got to go on this vacation. It was a pretty short one, just an overnight stay mainly because everything else was fully booked for the weekend and we were actually lucky that we were able to get a room even just one night, considering this was a last minute thing. But what's important is that we were able to maximize it. I’m pretty sure we will be back :) Here's to more adventures for our little family!

Monday, April 14, 2014

papercutting



Sometime last March, I attended a papercutting workshop conducted by Mansy Abesamis of Hey Kessy. It was really fun getting to try something new that’s somewhat connected to my current crafting obsession.

The class was held in vegetarian restaurant Pipino in Makati, and there were about 15-20 of us. It was great being among people who are also into creative projects – some are really into the arts, while others are crafting newbies who would like to add learn a new skill, just like me.


Mansy gave us some worksheets to practice on, before working on our own design. The workshop was fun, although practicing by myself at home, I find myself wishing there had been more tips on coming up with a design. This is the part that, as I will later discover, is really challenging, more than the cutting itself. Making sure that the design has enough to hold the piece together can be quite tricky, lest you end up with separate pieces. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m not much of an artist who can draw by hand. My final piece looked really kiddie next to the awesome creations of some of my classmates hehe.


My work is very easy to spot, yes? Hehe :)

Here are some of the other stuff I’ve done so far:


 

 

Clockwise from top left: 1) This is my current favorite phrase. Lettering is one of my favorite things to do. 2) A letter J for my friend Jeje, who recently celebrated her birthday. I was honestly had second thoughts about giving it to her, because it’s pretty amateurish hehe. But she loved it and I am so happy about that! 3) With a few drawings - of course I stuck to things I know well, like the tree and bahay kubo hehehe. 4) M is for Michael! 

I think I’m slowly figuring out my own style in papercuts, but I have to polish it a bit more. Whenever I check out the hashtag on Instagram, man I get so insecure with what expert cutters could do! Sobrang gaganda!

I certainly need moooore practice, but I trust I can figure it out. Let me get some new blades first :)