Design

Art Fair Philippines 2018

February to March has always been a special part of the year for me. As a child, I am most excited about this part of the year because of the summer vacation.

Also, maybe because it signals the start of the year for me to start afresh and get more inspiration for the coming year. Speaking of inspiration, what better way to get inspiration is from seeing beautiful art and just flood my sense of sight with all the beauty and non-coordination in the form of art.

Second time to attend ArtFair Philippines and the visuals are as shocking and pleasantly surprised at the same time. Every corner of the fair boosts great pieces both from local artists and internationals alike.

For this year’s ArtFair, we decided to visit the fair on a Friday which I think is a good idea. Last time, we went there on a Saturday and it was so jam packed, like literally they stopped the admission sometime after we went in. This year though, you need to buy your ticket ahead of time and choose a schedule that suits your liking the best. Like I said, we booked a Friday schedule and we opt to get the latest timed entrance. This year, we had more time to really go around and feast our eyes with visual treats.

My highlights for this year’s artfair, I got a chance to go face to face with a Yayoi Kusama art pieces. I was so “kilig” with looking at it personally as I was an instant fan when I read about her artwork maybe 5 years back and this was the very first time that I got the chance to see her artwork with my own eyes. In case you do not know Yayoi Kusama, she is the one behind the Infinity Mirrors exhibition that went around the world and hopefully she can bring it here in the Philippines. There was an exhibition last year in Singapore and I totally do not have the time to fly to Singapore at that time and that was my biggest regret last year.

For the local ones, my total favorite was the series made by Yeo Kaa titled “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry”. Does it sound like a Super Junior song?😊 I came across Yeo Kaa from last year’s ArtFair and immediately liked her aesthetic. She uses pastels on all her medium, but the theme is so dark that her artworks shows depression, anxiety and other emotions. To sum it up in one word: Melancholy. You can also see all her great artworks on her Instagram page @yeokaa .

Another one that brings home the bacon for me is this artwork entitled “Inception of Life” by Roy Dwi Antonio.

I promise to visit and support our local ArtFair (and artists) and hopefully to visit more artfairs in our neighboring countries soon. I am eyeing Art Basel in HK, Tokyo Art Fair and Korean International Art Fair.

‘Til the next pose and post!

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Coffee Crawl 001 – Legazpi Village

One Friday afternoon, me and my friend, Sharmie, decided to have coffee. Well, it’s not a simple plan just like that. We have been trying our best to have coffee get together for the longest and we failed miserably because of our schedules and prior commitments. To give you a short back ground, me and Sharmie are both coffee lovers. We cannot start our day without our daily dose of caffeine. Sharmie has always been asking me what coffee shops I frequently visit and I have decided to bring her in one of my most favorite neighborhoods to get great coffee here in Metro Manila.

Me and Sharmie – Off To See and Taste The Coffee

To be exact, we have visited a total of four coffee shops all in Legaspi Village in Makati City and we call it our coffee crawl date.

As you have probably know by now, I am a big lover of coffee house aesthetic and most of the time, I prefer the quaint, not-so-secret coffee houses over the franchised ones.

First stop is The Curator. This visit is my fourth time in Curator and I can consider it as one of the best shops to have your coffee. I really envy those people who work nearby as they can just pop in and out of this secret coffee shop anytime.

Minimalist

Shake O Wat O

Curator’s design aesthetic is very minimalist mixed with a slow club hits that remind you to just slow down and have fun. The music they play kind of reminds me of Boracay backdrop whenever I’m there that tells me to to just slowdown and enjoy my cup of coffee. I also consider Curator as one of the most pleasingly aesthetic coffeehouse I have been to (together with the coffeehouse in Mozaic Design). Sorry but I am big fan of neutrals and thinking of having that color scheme when I get my own place soon.

Hint of Greenery

Happy Face

Off to the next stop is Yardstick. Another must visit place for all coffee lovers out there. Yardstick is workshop place for coffee roasting. Aside from roasting their own coffee, they also supply beans to different coffeeshops.

Happy Face (Part 2)

Yardstick aesthetic is bright like exposure level +50 in snapseed. It is so bright there, given that the place is a workshop. What’s great with bright places is it makes everything pop and will help you process your pictures easier. I also love the color scheme they have selected for their coffee cups.

Love The Colors

Hard At Work

All Hearts for the Coffee

Before going to our third coffeeshop, we stopped by a garden in the middle of the city. It gave our body some lieu way to process the caffeine we had and to enjoy some greenery in the process.

Garden

Zen

OOTD ~ See my previous entry for details

After that quick side trip, we moved on to The Local Edition. Out of the places we have visited so far, Local Edition is the most jam-packed.

Teaspresso

That Cheesy Goodness!

Always Doing The Most

Sharmie have to pass on drinking some coffee and I opt to get their teaspresso instead. I think I ordered the exact same thing the last time I was there. Their grilled cheese sandwich was the best grilled cheese I had and it is so affordable, I really recommend the grilled cheese sandwich in The Local Edition.

Last but not the least, one of my most fave if I will tally all the coffee shops I have been to, Fundamental Coffee would end up on my top three list. Unknown to many, Fundamental Coffee is only a few steps away from Glorrieta. I really love how people do not really notice this coffee place and I want to be greedy and not to share this place with everyone.

Happy Face (Part 3)

Contemplating What To Order

Iced

That’s our coffee crawl in Legaspi Village in Makati. Me and Sharmie are planning where to do our next coffee crawl. Check out her facebook account as she was able to post a vlog about our coffee crawl day. This coffee crawl is definitely not the last one and you can see more of Sharmie on the next coffee crawl post.

Thanks Sha! Until The Next One! 

This post is for all those coffee lovers out there. Manila is really bustling with great coffee house and I am happy to see the growth of third wave coffee in our dear country.

‘Til the next pose & post!

PS – Click the LINK for Sharmie’ s vlog. 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Day Two) 

Part two and second day of our trip to this wonderful place in Bataan, Philippines.

Chillin’ And Windblown Hair


Fountain Moment


Bougainvillia Life

Lights in The Noon


One day is not enough to take in what Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar offers. There are a lot to see and every corner of this property is instagrammable.

Happily Walking


Time Travel Thru a Tram


Waiting…

The walking tour from the first day almost covered what you want to see in the whole property and we used our second day like our own personal time to look more closely to the different houses and appreciate the architecture and design a little bit more.

Adobe House


Wide Space, Cobblestone and Pink Haired Me


Believe it or not, we were not able to come near the beach as we were too busy with taking in the beauty of the entire place. Too bad that I even brought some swimwear but in the end was not able to use them. Maybe I’ll use them on my next beach trip instead.

Angels


One of My Ultima Fave Spots in Las Casas


This quick and somehow educational trip is a way to start my summer (or maybe the only summer trip I have this year 😂) and I see myself in the near future that I’ll be coming back to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to see the new houses and attraction this place has to offer.

Morning Light


Wallflower



‘Til the next pose & post!