Sunday, September 29, 2013

PixaRoll Photos - The Results

Hello! I am still alive! It's just been hell in the office. We have so many new projects and I don't even have time to do crafting, update my blog, and even exercise. :( But anyway, I don't wanna talk about that. Let's talk about the good stuff. :)

So last week I received a package from Singapore. My PixaRoll photos are here! Hehe, I had to cover my address with digital washi tape (from Pugly Pixel).

The photos took two weeks to arrive at my home. I assume it's because I ordered again 3 days after my first order and they just shipped the 2 batches together to save costs. But nonetheless I am very impressed with how they all turned out. Even though some of the photos were low res (that was my fault, I used an iPod), they still looked really good. I am a happy customer right now! And you know what? It was worth the wait.

So here they are, a bunch of 4"x4" photos from my travels. I'm planning to redecorate my room, with Travel/World/Jetsetter as my theme. I just love and want to travel both locally and abroad (hey, nothing bad with dreaming, right?), and I will most likely stick these photos on my wall along with my other lomo photos that I took a few years back.

So, if you are impressed with the results that I had, then download the PixaRoll app on your phones and make sure to LIKE their Facebook Page because that's where they will most likely announce their sweet deals and other promos. :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Nutella Latte for a Rainy Day

Here in Manila typhoons and monsoons pass by endlessly, making our city so gloomy. While we stayed at home safe and dry, we also enjoyed a nice cup of Nutella Latte. This simple but absolutely delicious drink only has three ingredients: half a cup of warm milk, half a cup of coffee, and a tablespoonful of Nutella. You can add marshmallows on top and sprinkle cinnamon to make it extra special. Cheers!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sick Science Experiments

When I was younger, my older sister and I used to make fun science experiments at home like how to make Gumamela (Hibiscus) bubbles. We didn't really have iPads back then but there was TV and we used to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy. He made Science look so much fun by showing us cool experiments. That probably sparked my interest and I ended up studying in a Science High School. 

Anyway, there are these weekly videos on Youtube called Sick Science by Steven Spangler. He was featured several times on Ellen and other shows because he's such a cool science guy. 

via EllenTV

If he was my science teacher, he'd be my favorite science teacher (next to Bill Nye). You can watch their cool videos with your kids and try the experiments at home.

Like how to make a light bulb:

Or how to make this bubbling lava lamp

And these boo bubbles out of dry ice. Perfect for Halloween!

Check out more science experiments on

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pop Art Home

Yesterday I watched a documentary about Roy Lichtenstein's works displayed in Tate Modern. Along with Andy Warhol and other great artists, he spearheaded the Pop Art movement in the 1950's and 1960's and transformed low art (machine printed and mass produced) into high art.

Pop art is characterized by having big bright colors, graphic prints, and a lot of crazy vibe, and this can be translated into your home decor. To pull off that Pop Art look in your room, here are key features that you need to have:

1. Have a neutral background. Start with black or white. Or gray. I think it's best to keep the walls blank because we're going to fill the room with colorful pieces and having a neutral walls will balance this out. We don't want your room to be an eyesore, really.
by Sylvie Rochon via Style at Home

2. Hang a large scale artwork on the wall. That's going to be the focal point. Or you can also have a gallery wall of well curated Pop Art pieces. These pieces would usually have a graphic, comic-like feel.
3. Get a bright colored key piece like a sofa or credenza. Pop art is all about being bold, bright, and colorful. I prefer using solid colors, because we can use throw pillows to play with different patterns.
by Dmitriy Schuka via Behance

4. Get accent furniture pieces in mid-century modern style. How about a Bertoia chair, an Eames chair, or Saarinen's Tulip chair?
by Ana Maria Queiroga via Casa Abril

5. Pop Art has a somewhat tongue-in-cheek style. So don't be afraid to use accessories with quirky character. Those kitschy elements will complete the look.

Don't be afraid to be adventurous in designing your space!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Choco Mallow Biscuits

When I was younger, we used to eat Choco-Mallows for dessert. Those chocolate treats wrapped in foil are just nice and fluffy, and yummy in my tummy! Well, up to now I still do eat them. But now that I know how to make my own choco mallows in my own kitchen, it makes me giddy and feel like a kid again. I'd like to share with you this recipe of Chocolate Marshmallow Biscuits that I made for Katha Magazine. If you want to read more about arts, crafts and other handmade things in the Philippines, then click do check us out.

Choco Mallow Biscuits

Biscuit Recipe:
3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking flour
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven at 400F

Mix butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until well blended. Add in two eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla and continue mixing. Gradually add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt into the batter and blend everything using an electric mixer or just using a spatula. Let the dough chill for 1 hour in the freezer.

Once it has chilled, use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. You may use a cookie cutter or a small drinking glass to cut the dough into small circles about 2 inches in diameter. Lay them out on a baking pan with a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool in a rack while you make the marshmallow.

Marshmallow Recipe:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
2 egg whites at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin on a bowl with 2 tablespoons cold water. Mix and set this aside.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip the two egg whites with an electric mixer until hard peaks form.

Combine water, corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Do not stir when while the sugar is boiling. You will need a candy thermometer to check that the sugar mixture does not go above 235F (soft ball). When it reaches the required temperature, remove from heat.

Slowly pour the hot sugar, gelatin and vanilla into the bowl of whipped egg whites while mixing with an electric mixer. You will notice that the outer side of bowl will feel warm. Just keep mixing until the mixture cools down.

Transfer the mixture in an icing bag. If you do not have any, you can use a zip loc and cut the tip of the bag. Pipe the marshmallow onto the biscuits and let it set for about 2 hours.

Chocolate Dip:
Melt a pack of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler. Dip the marshmallow biscuits into the melted chocolate. Let them cool on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Makes 36 biscuits

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Real Living Space at Trion Towers

In line with Real Living Magazine's 10th anniversary, Real Living will unveil the Real Living Space, the ultimate shopping and design showhouse at the Trion Towers in Bonifacio Global City this weekend (September 14-15). You'll get to see four stylish spaces designed by Wilmer Lopez, Pam Tan, Wilan Dayrit and other notable designers in Manila. 

I was invited to take a sneak peak before the public viewing but let me show you what I saw. 

This bedroom was transformed by Elle Uy from boring to quirky by simply filling the blank wall with a set of colorful paintings.

Right outside the bedroom is a living room decorated by Kristine Neri. One of the key features of her design is using natural curiosities like antlers and twigs.

In another unit is a bedroom decorated by Pam Tan. I love the color scheme for this - black, white and a pop of yellow. Her mixing and matching of patterns created a romantic feminine character to the room.

And in the living room were accessories arranged by Wilmer Lopez. He created that retro chic look by combining vintage and modern items.

Downstairs was the craft room decorated by Rossy Yabut. While designing the room she envisioned a DIY savvy mom who can over her kids while making her projects.

Okay I won't give away the rest of what's in there because it's for you to see. :) I was so happy that each of us got some loot from the RL team. I got myself a free notebook from with DIY projects inside! Hooray for freebies!

It's not just the rooms that you should look forward to. RL is organizing free DIY workshop and a mini trade fair from September 14th to 15th. Yes you saw that, it's FREE. I will definitely be there to participate :) Check out for more details.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cardboard Glasses

It has been a bittersweet week for me since my sister and her daughters had left for Boston and now I don't have anyone to play with :( But anyhow, this is my last craft project with my niece before they left. It's just a simple pair of cardboard glasses.

When I made the cereal box finger puppets I made sure that nothing will be put to waste so I used the shorter sides of the box to make these. I hand drew these glasses but you can also download templates from the internet. For the handle, just tape a barbecue stick at the side. And then you're done. Easy as pie!

I'll still see them through Facetime but of course it's different when you get to hold them and play with them. She will be a big girl the next time they're going to visit us again.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Marrakech Style

Moroccan style is probably one of the trends that I see all over the internet. I'm not surprised that more and more people are in love with the unique vibe, and a more outdoorsy, laid back, bohemian character. If you want to try to capture that Marrakech style into your home, here are some tips that may help you.

Vibrant gem colors are nicely combined with neutral sandy tones. In the photo below, bright poufs make good contrast with the white rug, which also looks good against the dark floor tiles. For more texture hang brass lamps or place metallic accessories like candle holders.

Don't forget to play with pattern. I absolutely love their floor tiles. Morocco is famous for the intricate geometric design instilled by Moorish culture. Their religion does not allow the use of animals and human figures as part of decoration so that's why plants, floral motifs, and inscriptions from the Koran are very prominent in designs.

1. Fellah Hotel via Luxurious Magazine
2. Door via A Door a Day
3. Marrakech Tiles by Hanna Hiatt via Pinterest
4. Rugs via Billiebillie

Friday, September 6, 2013

Snap and Print with PixaRoll

Dy of Oh Hello Dy introduced us to an amazing app called PixaRoll - a photo kiosk in your phone. How does it work? Imagine taking awesome photos from your phone and then having them printed and delivered to your home. It's just too genius I can't even digest it in my brain.

The company that runs the app is based in Singapore, but this time we're in for a treat because PixaRoll is arriving in the Philippines! Here's the catch, if PixaRoll Philippines gets 1000 likes on Facebook by September 12th, then there's a chance of cheaper prints. So like like like!

I'm so excited about this that I can't even decide which photos to choose. But most definitely they will be from my travels. I have plenty of memories from those trips and once my photos are printed, they will remind me that I should travel and explore a lot more!

So stay tuned for my photos and for the mean time, like PixaRoll on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and on Instagram!

EDIT: See my photos on this post!!! :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pinwheel Turned Marbled Cookie Fail

Few weeks ago, I planned on making those pretty pinwheel cookies that you see in fancy recipe books. So I followed the instructions, which is to make a brown colored batch and white colored batch. I flattened them into thin layers and stacked them on top of each other. Then I rolled it and placed it in the freezer.

But I was so impatient that I took it out from the freezer too soon. So when it was time to cut them, they turned out to be mushy pinwheel cookies. 

Of course I didn't want my failed pinwheel cookies to go to the trash so I just pinched and rolled them with my hands until they looked marbled. Well... they looked too marbled that they kind of remind me of the shape of typhoons that I see in the news.

Anyway, they looked pretty decent. I just spread a dollop of cookie butter on each cookie and turned it into a sandwich. Not bad I suppose. I know this post isn't a tutorial, but at least now I know that I'm not supposed to be impatient when freezing my cookie dough.

What are your baking fail moments?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cardboard Finger Puppets

Hello all! How was everyone's weekend? Mine sure was exciting and fulfilling. I went to two design exhibits on Saturday, and yesterday we launched the first issue of Katha Magazine. So, if you haven't read it, you should check it out.

Anyway, this project is about making finger puppets, which is useful if you're into story telling with kids. Let me show you how to make them :)

We may have been eating a lot of cereal recently, especially since my nieces have been chowing on these for snack. That's why we have many cereal boxes lying around the house. Why not put them to good use?

I just used a small coin to trace the circles. And then I started doodling. I didn't really have a story in mind, so these characters were just drawn randomly.

Then I started cutting my characters with a pair of scissors. The cereal box was thicker than regular paper so I had to use bigger scissors... but I didn't realize it was going be difficult to cut those small circles with a huge pair! If you have a circle cutter that's about 3/4" in diameter then I guess life will be easier.

When you're done cutting your characters, start adding color! I used water color pencils for this. After coloring them with the pencils, dip your paint brush on water and lightly dab it on the cardboard until the colors are well blended. Once everything is dry, you can start playing with them! Yay!

And since I just drew random characters without even thinking of stories, I will just have to make one up. Like this one. I call this "The King Who Loves Animals"

And this one is... "Babushka and Her Dancing Daughter" haha.

Make sure your fingers could fit in there :)

Who would have thought? You could use four fingers! This could be useful for the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

We enjoyed making this, as well as making up voices for different characters :)

Even my two year old niece enjoyed playing with it!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Katha Magazine - First Issue is Out!

Finally, I can share this newest project that I am most proud of! Just a couple of months ago, my friends and I came up with an idea to make a bi-monthly online magazine about arts, crafting, and design in the local scene. We named our baby Katha Magazine.

Katha in Filipino means to create, imagine, or make something. That's what our online magazine is all about - reimagining creativity. You can read our magazine on Issuu and download a copy for free.

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