From Victoria Peak to Tsim Sha Tsui

(The Hong Kong DIY Trip 2 of 2)

We started the first day of November (the second day of our trip) early. After a quick breakfast, we walked to Gilman Street. From there, we alighted the westbound tram which took us to Murray Street.

From there, we walked to The Peak Tram station. The Victoria Peak is said to be a great spot to visit during the afternoon to evening. However, due to the massive number of tourists, we opted for an early morning visit. The weather was also perfect for a morning trek.


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Pandas, Sea Lions and Ghouls

(The Hong Kong DIY Trip 1 of 2)


Whenever we (my sister and I) mention travelling to Hong Kong, peers and colleagues would immediately point out Disneyland as a place to visit. However, when it comes to theme parks, there is one place we rather be and that was the focal point of our trip.

My sister planned to whole 3D2N visit to “Asia’s World City.” It took her months of preparation – from picking the most strategic location for accommodation to possible routes to arrive at the spots we want to visit. Of course, she is also considering my mom since this trip was promise we made to her.

We left Manila early in the morning for an 8AM flight with Philippine Airlines. We already checked-in online. Passing through immigration and other necessary checks took us a few minutes.

It was my first time to fly with Philippine Airlines. I was glad for the more comfortable seats and the in-flight entertainment. The USB ports are also available so, I plugged in my devices to avoid draining them midday.

We arrived in the hostel too early for check-in. So, we dropped off our bags and headed to Tsui Wah Restaurant across the street. Tsui Wah is a cha chaan teng or a tea restaurant which has over 26 branches around Hong Kong some of which are open for 24 hours.

After a short stroll around the area to pass the time, we went back to check in our room. In a few minutes, we were off to our first destination. Continue reading “Pandas, Sea Lions and Ghouls”


My Magical Archer

I have been playing the game Dragon Nest (South East Asia (SEA) server) for around half a decade. Recently they posted an event wherein the players are encouraged to draw their character and they will be given a special ingame item. I haven’t painted digitally for quite some time so I decided to give this a go.

For the said event, you don’t need to draw your character perfectly. It is not a competition. Whoever submitted an entry and followed the event guidelines will receive the reward. However, I got the competitive vibes and tried to make the best artwork that I possibly can. Do everything in the best way you can, right?  Continue reading “My Magical Archer”

Personal Reflections


SCAN_0019Wow. A whole month without an update. I was hoping that I would be updating more frequently. But alas, things like this happen.

The transition period from a year of employment seemed to hit me a bit late. I left my old job mid June. However, due to a few activities, – oh, wait, I guess visits would be a more appropriate term- I didn’t really feel the adjustment immediately.

The lack of updates does not mean that I have been completely slacking the past month as I have been working on a few personal pieces. I did finish a food illustration set and worked on a few pieces that would help me recall and practice what I’ve learned from the previous workshop.

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Events and Experiences

A Rainy Afternoon for Watercolor Florals

For quite some time, I have been following Ms. Carla Chua in instragram and I have been amazed on her growth as an artist. I especially admire how effortless her flower paintings look. From time to time I see her photos of workshops that she conducts.


I am interested in attending more workshops to enhance my skill. However, I usually have second thoughts on several factors and among them is the venue and of course, cost.

The first time I attended a watercolor workshop focused on flowers was with Joannie Candi and Mimi Camille way back in December 2015 in Lizzy Latte, Makati. While I did learn a lot from the workshop – techniques that I don’t think I will know on my own, I know that I haven’t fully grasped effectively painting watercolor flowers.

When Carla Chua announced that she will move the venue of her July 29 workshop to Plaza Cafe in Makati, I grabbed the opportunity to take enroll the class.

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Weekly Digest

A Passion for Food and Art

16-22 July 2017

coffee and doughnuts
Coffee and doughnuts: Sugary breakfast on the go

One look at my instagram feed and it’s obvious that I like art and food.

Most of the time, I sketch portraits – celebrity or imaginary. But in between the faces, I include photos of food that I prepare. Usually, the recipes are experimental.

Last week, I didn’t feel like drawing the usual portraits. I looked at my phone album to somehow find inspiration.

After a few scrolls, I considered drawing some of the food I have eaten.

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iflix Binge: Younger (+ a new series to watch)

When I first got an iflix account, I took sometime browsing for something interesting to watch, until I came across a familiar name.

Sutton Foster plays the role of Liza Miller, a mother of a college student who is trying to pass as someone who is just fresh out of the University.

I have heard about actress Sutton Foster because of my exposure to musical theater. She originated the role of Jo March in the musical adaptation of Little Women and has has won two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

A quick look at the synopsis piqued my curiosity even further. The show centers on Liza Miller, a 40-year old mother of one, who decided to get back into working after her soon to be ex-husband’s (the divorce papers are still in the works) gambling addiction has left them with close to nothing.

With the help of her bestfriend Maggie, they decided to make her pass as a woman in her mid-twenties in order that she can land a job, after a lot of failed attempts.

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Weekly Digest

Getting Back in the Groove

( 25 Jun-1 July 2017)

The young witch Kiki from The Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service

After a little over a year, I decided to resign from the 8-6 office job and move back to a freelance, home-based position. It’s crazy. With the current unemployment rate in the country, I was lucky to have a permanent job in a big company. But I ask myself, was it really worth it?

I would probably expound on that dilemma in a different post. For now, I rather focus on my return to creating more artwork.

So, what have I been doing lately?

As always, in between freelance projects, I juggle between watercolors and digital painting.

I am trying to create faster digital artworks. For now, I try as much as possible to paint in less than an hour. Somehow, I think that I am getting back to the groove.

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Events and Experiences

Art Basics with Mr. Fernando Sena


A  few weeks ago, I came across this poster while I was browsing in Facebook.

“A free art workshop!” I gasped.  It has a limited number of slots. And since that it is by a known art organization, these may be filled up quickly. So, I immediately entered my information and hit submit.

I have been looking for workshops to further enhance my skills and to learn even the basics – things that you can get from formal training.

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