Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What I Had For Breakfast

Good morning guys! For breakfast, this is what I had: white cheese with basil leaves and sliced tomatoes on toast.

Here are the ingredients:
- 2 slices wheat bread
- 4-6 fresh basil leaves
- 1 small tomato
- white cheese (goat cheese, or carabao cheese)

Put thin slices of white cheese on top of the wheat bread, top with tomatoes and season it with pepper and dried herbs. Toast for 5-10 minutes in the oven at 200C

I did something wrong here though. I had already placed the basil leaves on the bread before putting it in the oven. Now they look sad and wilted. I should have added the leaves after toasting the bread to keep them fresh and bright green. But anyway, it still tastes good and I like how the tomatoes are warm and gooey.

I love cheese. Especially if they are white. If you are wondering where my family gets white cheese, we buy them in Calauan, Laguna. We do recommend the brand Hacienda Macalauan Inc. They have greek yogurt in different flavours, they have cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and different kinds of milk. I think they're already available in most supermarkets but my mom gets it in their farm in Calauan.

Enjoy a healthy happy breakfast!

Manila FAME 2014

Filipino designers and artists showcased their excellent pieces in furniture, home decor, and fashion accessories at the Manila Fame which was held last March 14-17 at the SMX Convention Center. Here are some photos of what I saw in the event:

There were a lot of woven products from lamps to bags to pillows. Manila FAME even highlighted the traditional art of weaving with special demonstrations and installations.

Some of the products were inspired by geometry. The most notable one was Vito Selma as his pieces are always sculptural. This table reminds me of Antoni Gaudi's studies that were displayed inside the Sagrada Familia. 

Also there were quirky products that caught my eye, like these leg planters and troll planters.

This was my favorite piece in Kenneth Cobonpue's latest collection inspired by the circus. 

My favorite for this year was South Sea. I love the intricate veneer work in their furniture pieces. They use materials like bamboo with walnut veneer with pearl, shells and lahar ash.

Manila Fame will have another event this coming October 16-19 at SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information on how to participate as an exhibitor or as a buyer, check their website here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Elle Decoration's Deco Talks

Co-presented by Proscenium at Rockwell, the first leg of the Deco Talks series will bring together three industry experts to examine how the nation’s growing list of renowned architects, interior designers and furniture makers are helping to redefine the Filipino design aesthetic in our present times, and cementing the country’s status as a hotbed for design talent. The panelists are interior designer Guillermo “Butch” Valdez, architect and furniture designer Leah Sanchez, and architect Anthony Nazareno.

“ELLE Decoration’s Deco Talks series aims to shine a spotlight on the Philippines’ global impact on the design world by highlighting the visionary work of the country’s design stars and rising talents,” says ELLE Decoration’s associate publisher Tom Castañeda. “Established luminaries like architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa and furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue have put the country on the map in the design world; and brilliant newcomers like our panelists Anthony Nazareno, Leah Sanchez and Butch Valdez are doing their part to make sure the Philippines gets the international acclaim it richly deserves.”

“Our Deco Talks program will highlight Filipino artistry and design at its best, providing further context to the Philippines’ growing influence as a design authority in the global market. Each panel discussion will spotlight the nation’s design pioneers, influences and trailblazers, taking a closer look at their visionary projects and their international impact. These talks are sure to influence the next generation of Filipino design stars,” Castañeda adds.

Deco Talks will be held on April 5, 2014, Saturday, at 4:00 p.m. at the Kirov Model Unit at the Rockwell Center in Makati, located near the Rockwell Tent. This event is free to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be available at the venue. To confirm your attendance, somply text your RSVP to Rob Rubina at 0922-8993448.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bali Adventure Part 5: Tanah Lot

This is my final post about my Bali Adventure. For our last stop, we went to Tanah Lot. Our driver told us Tanah Lot literally means land and sea. He showed us there were three temples located in the area.

The temple called Purah Tanah Lot is standing on rock formations by the beach. It is said to be one of the most important temples in Bali.

A long time ago, a wandering priest named Nirartha told the fishermen to build a shrine on the rock by the sea. It was supposed to be a place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Of course a lot of tourists and photographers were there to watch and take photos of the sunset. I mean, who would want to miss this sight?

The tide was low when we were there so it was fun to walk around the beach and stand on the rocks.

My sisters and I even saw a couple have their pre-nuptial shoot on the rocks near the temple.

And it was getting dark and windy so we had to go back home to our hotel.

We had a nice dinner in a local Warung. We asked the people not to give us spicy food but it was still too spicy for us. We were so embarrassed because the waitresses were giggling at the corner while looking at our watery eyes and our runny noses.

On our last day, our flight to Manila was cancelled because of a technical problem in the navigation system of the airplane. It took 36 hours to get the plane fixed, but the airport staff fed us and took care of us. We unexpectedly extended our stay in Bali for one more night. And to make up for this, our airline gave us a free round trip voucher that has to be used within six months. So I guess I'll be leaving again this year! And I will be sharing it again on my blog :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What I Had For Breakfast

Hi guys! How was your morning? Here's what I had for breakfast today:

It's called Tapsilog. It's a Filipino breakfast that is composed of Tapa (dried beef), sinangag (garlic fried rice), and itlog (egg). This meal is high in protein and it really fills you up. By the way, there are many other combinations of -silog meals like longsilog (with longganisa which means sausage), danggit-silog (with dried fried fish), and many more!

What did you have for breakfast? :)

Watercolor Leaf Garland

When was the last time you held a crayon? Here's another post that I made for the Childhood and Nostalgia issue of Katha Magazine. For this project we’ll show you how to make a leaf garland using crayons and watercolor. If you ask me, I really missed that waxy texture when you color with crayons! This is cute for nature themed parties especially since spring time is coming.

- Watercolor paper or oslo paper
- Crayons
- Watercolor paint
- Paint brush
- Scissors
- String

With your crayons, draw different kinds of leaves on the paper. You can pick the leaves outside and copy their shapes. They don’t have to be perfect.

Paint the leaves with watercolor. Use more water if you want to blend two colors or more. Dark watercolor over light crayon will look best! I really loved the green paint and yellow crayon combination.

Let the leaves dry for about thirty minutes. When it’s completely dry, cut them one by one with a pair of scissors.

Punch holes at the top portion of the leaves with a puncher then string them altogether with yarn, or twine. Another option is use a needle to string all the leaves together.

Then hang your garland by the window, around the walls, or anywhere!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bali Adventure Part 4: Ubud

Now I'm going to continue my story about what happened in Bali, specifically in Ubud. Ubud is a region famous for their craftsmanship like textile making, woodworking, silver filigree, and painting. 

The first thing in our list was to watch the Barong Dance. This dance was mainly about the fight between the Barong (tiger/lion) who is representing good and the Rangda (monster or demon) who is evil.

I enjoyed watching these two ladies dance, especially when they opened their eyes so wide I thought they were going to pop.

Outside the performance area were three men playing musical instruments made of bamboo. One even asked my sister if she wants to try playing. But she didn't, she was too shy.

After the show, we went to the place where they demonstrate how to make batik.

They use a wax resist dyeing technique and all of these are made by hand. My sister and I wanted to learn how to make batik on our own so we bought the metal tool that the ladies were using. We were so glad we bought the last two on stock!

We weren't allowed to take photos in the store, but I couldn't resist it. I just had to share how beautiful these are.

Up next was the Balinese painting demonstration. The man was showing us how the artist starts by pencil, and then inks the drawing, and then paints it with acrylic.

Everything was expensive, (well at least in our terms as we were traveling on a budget) so we didn't buy anything but the men in the store let us look around.

After the painting demonstration the driver took us to a temple in Ubud.

Saw these ladies making offerings at the side of the temple. Each offering costs Rp 10,000.00 ($1).

This is what the ladies were making. It is composed of flower petals, pandan leaves, and occasionally they add a few grains of uncooked rice.

After that we watched a woodworking demonstration. The lady told us they used different kinds of wood like alligator wood, hibiscus, molave, etc.

These old men have been carving wood for years. They were taught by their parents and they also taught their children how to do it.

This one is made of hibiscus wood. I really love how intricate this piece is. It probably took the artist weeks to finish just the head.

And then here are other sculptures that were on display.

After then we drove to Bali Pulina. It's a farm that grows several spices, cacao beans, coffee beans, and they also take care of the animal called luwak. The luwak eats coffee beans and poops it out. They collect the poop to make it into Kopi Luwak. It's supposedly one of the most expensive coffee in the world (for $5.00 for a tea cup)

It became popular when Kopi Luwak was mentioned in the movie "The Bucket List" starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. So here are the other spices that they grow. Can you name them all?

Here's the lady roasting coffee beans. Trust me, it smelled so good in there!

And then they took us to the area where we can sit down and enjoy the view of the rice paddies while tasting their coffee and tea (and the optional Kopi Luwak for $5.00).

Unfortunately it rained that afternoon, but we did enjoy looking at this view.

After that, we went to Tanah Lot, which will be on the part 5 of my Bali Adventure posts!

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