Category Archives: Art

Work-in-Progress Washi Wall

Our office just underwent a major renovation.  Aside from breaking down walls and re-assigning rooms, our entire space was re-laid out to maximize the total floor area of the office.

It was a pretty humongous undertaking, but I have to admit I am loving our new headquarters! ūüôā ¬†It’s definitely roomier, brighter, and more conducive to collaboration :). ¬†Plus, it was nice to start the year in new digs! I can tell that our employees are both excited and motivated :).

A new office also meant a new room location for me :). ¬†When I first moved in, the white walls were definitely screaming, “decorate me!!!”. ¬†Hahaha! ¬†You know what that means…project time!!! ¬†Hahaha! ¬†And for my first project, here is my Washi Wall!!!

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Since I didn’t want to drill any holes into my wall, I decided to “frame” my daughter’s artwork, as well as other interesting images with washi tape. ¬†I am loving the work-in-progress so far! ūüôā

What do you guys think?

I’m actually in no rush to fill in the space as I’m sure it will get filled with inspiring images in time. ¬†For now, it’s my personal little happy corner in the office :).

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Road Trip : Pinto Art Gallery

While many people were off to their various destinations for this 3-day weekend, my familia ended up having a forced staycation due to pre-bought Wicked tickets.

Anyhoo, despite my initial wistfulness over not being able to spend the holiday out of town, I eventually just decided to make the most out of my family’s time in the city by exploring a new place that we’ve always been wanting to visit, but never get to. ¬†For our first road trip of the year, we settled on trekking to Antipolo for a long overdue tour of Pinto Art Gallery. ¬†Let me warn you in advance that this post will be quite picture heavy. ¬†Hahaha! ¬†As expected, the gallery grounds and the art were so beautiful (spoiler alert!), that I couldn’t resist clicking away on my iPhone. ūüôā

Despite getting lost several times due to misguided directions from our GPS app, we finally reached Pinto after about an hour’s drive from Taguig. ¬†It’s actually easier to just follow the map from their website. ¬†Hahaha! ¬†If we did so, it probably would’ve taken us only 30 minutes as traffic was quite light that day (another perk of staying in the city during a long holiday :)).

To get into the gallery, there is an entrance fee of Php150.  This entrance fee gives you access to all 5 galleries, as well as to the upper and lower gardens.

Here is what we saw at Pinto:

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Art sculptures and installations all over the place…

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A charming and rustic chapel with many antique pieces I would love to have in my own home!

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More sculptures and art in the garden…

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These were kinda freaky and had a “My Precious”¬†kinda vibe to them, but it was also quite visually interesting especially the way there were displayed against the foliage.

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The architecture kind of reminded me of the structures you’d see in Texas or New Mexico (think: The Alamo). ¬†I love the use of stark white, especially against the vibrant art work :). ¬†According to Pinto’s website, the buildings were designed by Antonio Leano.

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We found this plaque right outside the entrance of Gallery 1. ¬†Love the quote from Dr. Cuanang–the owner of Pinto–when he said, “This museum is dedicated to their art, to their dreams and to the times we live.” ¬†Well said! ¬†Did I mention that Pinto is purely a museum of contemporary Filipino art? ¬†No masters here. Instead, as its name implies, it is an open venue for all kinds of modern art practice. ¬†You’ll find a lot of new and up and comers here in the fields of painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

Personally, I think it is truly wonderful how places like these encourage more Filipino artists to create, by providing them a wonderful space to showcase their work. ¬†I also think it makes art more accessible to everyone, less serious or for the “intellectual”, and definitely more fun!

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Here’s what we saw in Gallery 1…

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I found the pieces to be quite dark and dreary–not my style at all. ¬†Hahaha! ¬†I appreciated Gallery 2 more as it was filled with art from some of my favorite contemporary artists–Elmer Borlongan, Plet Bolipata, and Rodel Tapaya.

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The notorious Hari Sonik was on display in Gallery 2.  I find this character so intriguing, yet disturbing at the same time.  The H just finds him flat out freaky. Hahahaha!

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I was so drawn to this Borlongan painting. ¬†Definitely not as “dark” as his others.

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There’s also a very cute cafe inside Pinto. ¬†Too bad it was closed that day we were there. ¬†I read somewhere that the cafe is operated by Bizu during the weekends. I’m not too sure if that is still true, though :).

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Going down the steps from the Pinto Cafe will lead you to Gallery 3. ¬†Again, there were more interesting artworks to see…

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Can you believe these 2 different artworks were done by 1 artist? ūüôā ¬†Loving the reference to the jeepneys of old :).

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This was one of my favorite pieces…

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And now to the best part–Galleries 4 and 5. ¬†These two spaces had the most interesting pieces, and the nicest displays–truly, a visual feast! ūüôā

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A very timely “year of the horse” sculpture by Plet Bolipata. ¬†I think there were 4 of her sculptures throughout the gallery! ¬†I loooove her art! ¬†Incidentally, Plet is Elmer Borlongan’s wife :).

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By Leeroy New, another artist that I admire very much :).

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Sweet ride :).  Even the little one thought so :).

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Before we get to Gallery 5, I would literally like to take a bathroom break. ¬†Yes, I did take pictures of their bathrooms, but only because they were so pretty, and so clean! ¬†Did I not tell you that there were just too many beautiful spaces in this place?!? ¬†This bathroom is proof! ¬†Hahahaha! ¬†And that turquoise door…Haaaay! Soooo loving it! ūüôā

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On to Gallery 5…

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I was particularly drawn to these paintings by Emanuel Garibay too.  Not like his usual paintings, these are very bright and colorful.  I like the subject matter as well, especially the ones with the women in it :).

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Throughout the gallery, you will find arched windows or doorways that open to spectacular views such as this one.

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“Sit at your own risk.” ¬†A living room made entirely out of paper!

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There were also these 2 rooms we found at the last gallery–one looked like a bedroom, the other a den-slash-living room. ¬†It made me wonder if they were meant to be used for gallery guests, or were they simply a space to display artwork as well? ¬†Both rooms were very pretty :).

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What else is pretty at Pinto? ¬†The view, ofcourse ūüôā

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There are several rooftops in Pinto that give one a gorgeous view of the city. Definitely picture-worthy! And it was with this particular view that we ended our tour of the wonderful Pinto Art Gallery.  Like I said, no regrets that we ended up spending our holiday in the city, as we were finally able to visit this gem of a place :)!

The Best One Yet!

Ever since my first ManilaFAME experience, I’ve been hooked! ¬†Imagine an event showcasing two floors of the best locally made furniture, home accessories, bags, jewelry and fashion–gosh, this is what heaven looks like for a girl like me! Hahaha! ¬†So I’ve made it a point to troop down to SMX for every show since, for a little dose of happy and inspiration :).

And even after 3 expos, the giddiness I feel every time I visit has not died down one single bit. ¬†In fact, after the recent show held last Oct 17-20–their best one yet–I’m still on a high and totally inspired by everything I saw!

As expected, the furniture and home furnishings were truly extraordinary!  No wonder our local artisans are considered to be design trendsetters, and have truly sparked global interest in and demand for our products :).

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While I think there were less participants this time around compared to last March, the booths and the products were definitely nothing short of spectacular! Here were some of my personal favorites… ūüôā

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Ito Kish

Don’t you just love the wall treatment? ¬†And those Busilak Jars are LOVE :).

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Kenneth Cobonpue

I have nothing else to say but his booth was impressive as always :).  This shot was my paparazzi moment.  Hahaha!  Was hoping to meet him but this interview took a while :(.

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Balay ni Atong

Those lamps made from pieces of inabel cloth and wire were TDF!!! I also fell in love with a woven blanket, but it was a bit out of my budget :(.

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Catalina

Those colorful stools/side tables made me drool!!!  I want one badly!!!

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Schema by Kalikasan Crafts

The pendant lamps are a project for our dining room next year!  Excited!

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Vito Selma

*Sigh* His Geo coffee table has been on my wish list for like forever!!!

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Masaeco

I always love their booth display, and this time was no exception ūüôā

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Tadeco

Aren’t those light installations gorge? ūüôā

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Industria

They won the Katha Award for Best Booth Design :).

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Triboa Bay

Another favorite of mine.  Their pieces are so well designed, yet very functional!  Their trestle table is another one on my wish list!

This time around, there was also a special showcase called The Red Box, featuring the work of the rising stars of local design. ¬†These designers are part of a developmental program “aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity with the use of sustainable raw materials to produce design-forward products for the world.”

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Loved these tables and the lighting by Leah Sanchez.  Incidentally, aside from being an architect by profession, Leah is also one half of the duo behind Resurrection and Found Objects Gallery :).

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It was so nice to see the work of my favorite ladies from Bungalow 3oo on display during the show!  Bravo!

Even the Manila Wear section, now on its second year, had such a strong showing from its participant artists. ¬†I noticed a lot of fashion designers combining regional craftsmanship with their own unique aesthetic and style, setting the stage for next year’s trends and must-haves :).

It truly makes me happy to see the Philippine aesthetic finally having its time in the spotlight :). ¬†I’ve always been a fan of native arts and crafts, and it is quite wonderful that many designers have started incorporating not just local materials into their products, but traditional elements into their designs as well. Coupled with a modern twist or interpretation, the results are exquisite artisanal items that are really something to be proud of! ūüôā

Here is a small sampling of my favorite brands at Manila Wear…

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Vesti

These bags are not just so “now”, but I love the use of the traditional fabric! ¬†It was so nice to meet the designer and owner of the brand, who truly impressed me with her style and go-getter attitude :).

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Such beautifully crafted accessories from last year and this year’s Katha Award winner, Ann Ong. ¬†I’m not sure if I could wear the grasshopper on wood neckpiece, but I was definitely wowed by the intricacy of the design :).

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It was so wonderful to bump into Dennis Lustico! ¬†I am a longtime fan of his dress designs, and it is so nice to see how he has branched out into accessories–specifically, bags! ¬†Aren’t they bee-yoo-ti-full? ūüôā ¬†I super loved that yellow “bayong” he is standing next to with the acrylic handles, as well as the blue beaded clutch at the bottom of the picture. ¬†Ang ganda!!!!

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I also finally got to meet accessory designer, Ken Samudio, and had a fan-girl moment! ¬†Hahaha! ¬†To say I love his stuff is an understatement. ¬†More about it in my next blog post! ūüôā

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Another uber wonderful and cool accessory designer is Adante Leyesa. ¬†Not only does he have talent by the bucket-loads, but he’s super humble too! ¬†I just love his statement neckpieces and clutch bags! ¬†They are definitely showstoppers!!!

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I think my most favorite accessory designer of all time has to be Joyce Makitalo, though. ¬†Actually, between my mom and I, we have 5 of her gorgeous necklaces!!! ¬†I can’t wait to see her new collection which is coming out very soon! ¬†I am so sure it will be amazing!

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These barong dresses by Amarie first caught my eye at the MaARTe bazaar.  I would love to own one of these someday too :).

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Filip + Inna’s booth, and the various pieces they had on display totally took my breath away! ¬†Not only did I love the colors, but the embroidery designs were so exquisite! ¬†Hard to believe these are traditional designs from the tribes in Lake Sebu–they look so modern and contemporary! ¬†Again, more on this in another blog post :).

To be honest, I could go on and on about the amazing things I saw during ManilaFAME, but it would be even better if you guys had a chance to see the expo for yourself (watch out for it in March 2014!!!)! ¬†These pictures are but a fraction of all there is to see! ¬†As it was, I actually didn’t have much time to go through the entire show :(, so I had to breeze past other sections such as the OTOP (One Town, One Project), which features products from various regions all over the Philippines.

Don’t you agree, though, that Filipinos are soooo talented and creative? ūüôā Coming to a show like this will truly make you feel proud of our culture and heritage! ¬†I’m sure it won’t be long before the world starts appreciating it as well :).

Fab Find : Istorya Creations Hand-Stamped Jewelry

So I dropped by the Artesania Fair by Mercato Centrale this weekend. ¬†I intended to finally buy myself a pen hoarder from Bags by Rubbertree, since I’d been wanting one for a looooong time. ¬†More on that in another post :).

Since I was at the fair already, I decided to poke my head around and see if there were any new finds worth blogging about.

What I found was Istorya Creations :).

Istorya Creations is all about hand-stamped metals. ¬†Aside from custom-making each piece, the artist, Joanna, ensures that it lovingly reflects her customer’s unique story–hence, the name.

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I just love the thought behind Istorya.  I love that it is personalized and that each piece can hold such deep meaning for both the maker and the recipient.  I love that all the creations are hand-crafted, that they are cut and hammered by hand, and that they are perfectly imperfect when finished.  Whether it be jewelry, cake toppers, gift tags, or plant markers, these items are truly precious because they are crafted with a personal story in mind!

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So the next time you’d like to mark a special occasion, or if you are in search of a unique and meaningful gift item, try Istorya Creations. ¬†You can contact Joanna at 0906 467 8037. ¬†You can also email her at istorya.creations@gmail.com or visit her FB page for more details http://www.facebook.com/istorya.creations.

Instagram Inspiration Round-Up

I noticed I’ve been spending less time on FaceBook, and more time on Instagram lately. ¬†I love how it keeps me updated on what people I follow have been doing, and at the same time, it gives me a daily dose of inspiration!

This week, these were the images that caught my attention, and made me smile ūüôā

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Don’t you just love that console? ¬†*Sigh* ¬†I would love one of those for my home!

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Wise words.

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Sticker art on an elevator door.  Love love love the colors and the design!  Genius!

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These gift tags are too cute! ¬†If I’m not mistaken, they’re made with washi tape! ¬†And we all know how obsessed I’ve been with washi lately. ¬†Hahaha!

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I’d love to decorate a dessert table like this one day. ¬†So simple, yet so claaaazzzzz!

So there you have it, my top 5 Inspiring Instagram Images for the week. ¬†Hope they inspire you too! ūüôā

Fab Finds Mommy Edition

What was supposed to be a pretty straightforward retail therapy session for me, turned out to be more than I expected :).  And I mean that in a positive way :).

Last Saturday, I received news that my friend Nikki Yuson-de Guzman, one of the stylish women behind the cult brand Label, would be selling her versatile, easy-to-wear frocks at a kiddie bazaar in Dasmarinas Village.  First thing in the morning, I immediately made a beeline for the Dasma Pavillion, to get first dibs on her popular dresses.

As soon as I arrived, the plan was for me to go straight to Nikki’s booth, locate the dresses¬†I wanted to buy¬†(notice, this is plural! ¬†Hahaha! ¬†Syempre I was already assuming that I’d buy more than one! ¬†Hahahaha!), fit them, pay for them, and leave.

But looking around at the other booths and their wares, I knew that this shopping trip was not going to go as originally planned.  Hahaha!

First of all, there were a lot of sellers that I’d never seen in other bazaars before that offered either unique, or not so unique but very nicely made items for kids. As a mom, I can never resist buying stuff for A, especially when they are practical, cute, or educational. ¬†All of my fab finds in this bazaar definitely fit this criteria. ūüôā

Here are my top picks:

1. Think Tents

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This product is the brainchild of a former co-teacher and friend, Oona Mapua-Carlos :). ¬†It was such a pleasant surprise to bump into her in the bazaar, and to learn of her latest venture :). ¬†Think Tents is basically a teepee–a space where little ones are encouraged to dream, to plan, to imagine, to play, to read, to create, and maybe even to have some alone and quiet time. ¬†Such a simple concept, yet executed in such a cool way, right? ¬†The little miss actually took to it immediately, entering the tent and playing with the stuffed toys inside. ¬†I could already see how much she would enjoy having one of her own! ¬†Unfortunately, most of Oona’s tents sold out during the bazaar, so I had to place in an order for mine which will hopefully arrive in a couple of weeks :).

These would make perfect Christmas or birthday gifts for your inaanaks (godchildren), nephews, nieces, or even for the apos (grandkids).

To order, get in touch with Oona at thinktents@gmail.com.  Think Tents is also on FaceBook!

2. Sand Puff

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Priced at Php1200, this entire set was a steal!  It came with the sand, some molds, and the tray you see in the picture.

During the entire time I was going around the bazaar, it kept A busy and entertained :). ¬†What is particularly cool about this is that its feel and texture is so light and fluffy. ¬†No worries for the little girl, who does not really like the feel of real sand. ¬†It’s also non-toxic, and does not accumulate any bacteria.

To order, call Axel or Lea at +632 5346781 or +632 5348293

3. Peachtree Lane

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Lastly, this charming booth called Peachtree Lane immediately attracted my attention because of its cute set up, and the items it had on display.

The business was started by mompreneur, Natalya, who felt the need to create cute outfits for her children, that she could not find in retail stores. ¬†And definitely her clothes–especially the dresses for girls–are adorable! ¬†I love her choice of fabrics, and the easy, classic style as well!

She also had really cute bibs, burping cloths, and diaper bags for sale :).

Like Peachtree Lane on FaceBook or get in touch with them via cell at +63917 5294215 or via email at peachtreeln@gmail.com

Tuesday Happy : Office Corners

Ever since I moved in about a year ago, my office has been a perpetual work in progress.

It’s been a challenge to organize and decorate the space, and to make it more personal without having to spend too much.

Little by little I’ve been making some progress, with some improvements here and there.

This corner is my latest addition to date :

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Just looking at A’s collage all framed up like that makes me really happy :).

Coupled with a picture of the fam, a native basket, a matryoshka stuffed toy I got on one of my trips, and a small bunch of fresh baby’s breath, I think this corner looks charming and definitely, personal.

Now, on to the next…

Stay tuned!

What’s In Store + Happy Weekend : April 20-21, 2013

Looking for something to do this weekend?

You may want to check these out…

1. If you’re a foodie, head on over to:

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It’s the Philippines’ biggest benefit summer food fair, now back on its 3rd year! I particularly cannot wait to try new food items from the various specialty stalls that are participating in this event. ¬†One thing’s for sure, I must make sure to come with an empty stomach! ¬†Hahaha!

2. If you are artsy and love the environment, you may want to join:

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This event by WWF aims to highlight the importance of eliminating illegal wildlife trade through art! ¬†Looks like this will not only be interesting, but a lot of fun! ¬†There’s an entrance fee of Php300, but that will entitle you to a Doodle Kit, access to the booths, and will serve as your donation to the cause.

This is a wonderful way to do something meaningful for the environment, while at the same time spending quality time with your family!  I may just drop by with the H and the Little Miss!

3. If you love arts and crafts, and browsing for unique, vintage finds, make your way to:

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It’s the start of the weekend! ¬†And after a long, tiring work week, what better way to rejuvenate than to do some retail therapy?

If you’re tired of hanging out at the mall, here’s an interesting alternative! ¬†With retro and vintage, recycled and upcycled items for sale, there may be some treasures waiting for you here!

Have a wonderful weekend, folks!

Today, happiness is…

…a mother-daughter art collaboration!

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With nothing planned over the non-working holiday (intentionally so as I had just arrived from two back to back trips!), I was determined to do something creative and fun with the little miss :).

I’ve been feeling awfully guilty about not spending enough quality time with her lately (the pitfalls of being a working mom :(), so I thought it was time to bust out the watercolors and paint to Katy Perry! ¬†Hahaha! ¬†Yes, my daughter loooooooves dancing to Katy’s music!

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A did the lines, while I made the “dots”! ūüôā

Of all the artworks we produced, this was my absolute favorite!

It’s a good thing I remembered I had a spare frame from SM in our storage cabinet so in a matter of minutes our collaboration was framed and ready for display!

Simple pleasures :).

My dose of happy for the day :).

Foodie Friday : Wrong Ramen

Time for another Foodie Friday post, folks!

The H and I finally had a chance to try the newest ramen place in town–Wrong Ramen at Burgos Circle in BGC!!!

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What I love about this place is its slightly irreverent approach to this traditional Japanese fare. ¬†There is nothing typical about the ramen here, yet Wrong Ramen makes no apologies about it. ¬†It poses the question:¬†“Is it better to do Wrong Ramen Right, or Right Ramen Wrong?”

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Hmmm…“Ano nga ba?”

Read on and find out…

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We had the Enoki Mushroom Fries for starters.  To be honest, I could not really taste any of the mushroom :(.  Sayang because it sounded so good when it was described on the menu.  I think this is one dish that can still be improved on.

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For my main dish, I had the Sea Men Ramen. ¬†Catchy name, right? ¬†Hahaha! ¬†And it’s called so because it is a seafood ramen! ¬†There were clams, shrimps, and some squid rings, along with a good dose of bean sprouts and spring onions.

The broth of this soup was light, yet very flavorful.  I looooved it, and so did the little one!  Two thumbs up, and highly recommended!

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The H, on the other hand, ordered the Wrong Ramen Tonkotsu Rich.  From the way he slurped his soup, and finished his bowl down to the last drop, I guess I could say that he enjoyed his meal!  Hahaha!  I actually liked the slightly nutty taste of the broth too.  I only wish they added more pieces of pork, though :).

Aside from our meal, I also looooooved Wrong Ramen’s interiors! ¬†Although the place is quite small, I thought the minimalist tables with dividers were genius! ¬†Depending on the size of your party, the tables can expand simply by removing the dividers!

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I also loved the quirky art…

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…and this painting by Dan Matutina!

So despite its name, I definitely think that Wrong Ramen got a lot of things right!

No doubt, we will be making more trips back here! ¬†Thank goodness it’s right in the neighborhood! ūüôā

WRONG RAMEN, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, right next to the Apple Store, Telephone Number 823 8249

Tip: Try to come early.  Since the place is small, it fills up quite fast.  During the time of our dinner, they were not yet accepting reservations.