Studies and sketches of girly girls with a bunch of quotations. I love taking down quotes. I collect them in fact–in a notebook solely dedicated to quotes. Uh-huh. In the third picture, that’s a part of lyrics from the song Same Mistakes by The Echo Friendly. And on the last picture, those are from a speech Tavi Gevinson gave. She is awesome. I need to watch her movie Enough Said.

And my current scanner is an ancient one. It’s a bit color-confused. Forgive the uneven-ness. 

View From The Top

26 floors above Cebu city and the view is to die for. 

Thanks Butalin for taking us up there! :D  

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Aerial view of downtown Cebu. Osmena Blvd at the right. 

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It was a cloudy day, meaning no sun to be seen at sunrise.

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Imagine waking up to this view everyday. That’s my friend Chatt enjoying the view.

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We were right next to Club Ultima. 

My Amigurumis

Back when I had all the time in the world and I didn’t have anything better to do, I made these: 

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Albeit the designs aren’t very original (google “amigurumi”), the patterns I used I made myself–stitch by stich, line by line. These were made for my friends and classmates. Maybe in the future, I’ll make amigurumis again. :D

My friends and I supposedly were going for a trip to see the famous whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu. We were super excited, but then when we got there, the fishermen were on a strike.

Of all the days to put up a strike, it was on the day we were there!

We drove almost four hours just to get there and we ended up leaving.
We didn’t want to waste our weekend and the four hour drive so we came up with a spontaneous plan B! We were determined to have fun!

Our plan B consisted of eating lechon at Carcar City and then going for a river tour in Aloguinsan. We heard great things about the river from Chatt and Is and since we didn’t want to waste the day, the rest of us willingly obliged. 

So that picture up there is where we ended up. Taken by Buts I didn’t have one of those water cases for DSLRs so I couldn’t bring my camera along with me. :( I would have wanted to take pictures of the scenery.

We traveled all the way to where the river opened up to the sea and had fun swimming and kayaking and trekking the surrounding mountains and just having plain fun–making the most of our unfortunate event during the morning. 

The river is called Bojo River and if you book before you go there, the staff will greet you with necklaces of lace and will entertain you during your stay. They also have delicious native food you can try. :D

We’re planning to head back south again to finally get our chance at those whale sharks, otherwise known as BUTANDING!  


Batch 2005 never fails to have a reunion every year around Christmas time. This is the only time when almost every one of us comes home for the holidays.
Our class president has always been in charge with the parties and he always comes up with fun themes. 
This year, we’re having a blacklight party where everyone is required to wear funky shades.

This will be a blast. 


And I made that poster/flyer/invite thingy. :D 


Last November our house was one of the many that got destroyed. Around that time, I was barely a month in my new job and my colleagues had pledged money to help our family. It meant a lot given that I barely knew them. 

So as a token of my sincere gratitude, I went back to making amigurumis so I could give each of them a handmade gift. I  didn’t have a lot of spare time so making 20 owls took time. And now I’m finally done! 

I actually made 23 but my first attempt failed and I had already given two to a friend.

I know owls are so last season but if I was to make 20+, it had to be a fairly easy pattern and I saw this really cute owl pattern over at garnstudio. 

PS. Taking these pictures were a challenge. I was holding the light and the camera and focus all at the same time. I didn’t have a tripod/light stand. :p


Sent the owls to their owners today! See here.

A Retrospective

My last post triggered me to do this–to take a look back at what I’ve been doing for the last decade or so.

I’m having an identity crisis of sorts.

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And this doesn’t even include my venture into photography, which has always been a frustration of mine since I could remember.

Padung Sa Ilaya

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I was lucky enough to be a part of a group show by the WAWART contemporary art group. I managed to finish one painting in time for the event. I call this Padung sa Ilaya (Going Upstream). I wanted to show the Great Salmon Run but the fishes ended up looking more like koi… Hmm. But on the bright side, the Chinese couple who did the frame showed interest because koi fishes are believed to bring luck or good fortune or something of the sort. 

The theme of the show TAHAS. To understand the word better, here’s an excerpt from the curator’s essay:

This strong sense of personal errand that one has to make in life as the ultimate measure of one’s worth is implied in the Cebuano word “tahas”, which can mean “task”, “duty”, or “mission” at the same time. The native faith is seen as some kind of a pledge or promise to God that we make or impose upon ourselves.

On the opening night, BATHALAD SUGBO released SKINA BALAK, an e-book anthology of Bisaya poetry written by Bathalad members.
Aaaand… If ever you’re in Cebu, you can check out the exhibit at Persimmon, Mabolo. Exhibit will run until January 21.
I’ll post pictures soon. Thanks to Wawart and to everyone who came last night!

16x27 inches // Watercolor on 100% cotton paper