• Blog,  Workshops

    Art Mod Fair 2017 with Faber-Castell

    Last June 11, I went to the Art Mod Fair in SM Megamall Megatrade Center for a Watercolor Floral Workshop with a dream brand. I was first contacted by Faber-Castell when I was in Japan and I prayed so hard to make our schedules align so we can make this collaboration a reality. I’ve been using Faber-Castell since I was a kid and to work with them now that I am an adult who is moonlighting as an artist is really a dream come true. I’ve first used the classic red watercolor pencils and I just bought a blue line (art grip) watercolor pencils from Sekaido and I must say the difference…

  • Blog,  Travel Diaries

    Travel Diary: Hakone 2017

    After our day-trip in Kyoto where we did endless walking and sightseeing, our next adventure is trying the onsen in Hakone. I’m the mastermind behind this onsen trip naturally because I’ve seen it in anime shows and it looks so relaxing. The closest onsen I’ve been was back when we stayed in a skii resort in Niseko and the house has a onsen-like bathroom. But that time you can control the hot water while in Niseko the hot water is already all prepared and you just have to jump in (though I will caution you against that, more on that later). From Tokyo to Hakone, we had to take the…

  • Blog,  Travel Diaries

    Travel Diary: Kyoto 2017

    We were supposed to go to a day-trip to Kyoto during our 2014 Japan trip but due to my unexpected knee injury, we had to cancel it and just stay in Osaka. I thought it wasn’t a big loss since it’s mostly temples. When we finally pushed through with the day-trip to Kyoto this year, man, was I super shocked that Kyoto is such a beautiful place! One day is not enough to explore it’s beauty! We visited Kinkakuji Temple also known as the Golden Pavilion. There’s so many people so it was difficult to take a solo shot haha! I think it would be nice to share how we travel. So I was…

  • Blog,  Monthly Retrospective,  Personal

    Art Weekend at Commercenter Alabang

    I was invited by Artnebula to conduct a Realistic Florals Workshop last May 6 at Commercenter, Alabang. I didn’t hesitate to the offer because (1) it was artnebulaph, an online artshop which I love, providing the materials, and (2) it was going to be in Alabang! I only held one workshop back then in Molito and I really wanted to have another session in the South. We need more art events here! Artnebula also prepared booths for the invited artists to sell their merchandise! So thoughtful! I’ve never tried selling any of my merchandise (if I have any) in a booth so I had to think about what to print to…

  • Art supplies,  Blog

    Art Exchange Exhibit and Holbein Clester Watercolor Pad Review

    Joined the Art Exchange exhibit last April 18 to 25 where the theme was World Map. The exhibit was held in Greenbelt 5 and organized by The Craft Central. I was pretty excited to get my invite to the exhibit before my trip to Japan. I actually used the Clester watercolor pad I got from Sekaido for the painting since it was the biggest paper I have. More of my thoughts on Clester after a little back story of how I came up with the exhibit concept. The theme itself was a challenge since the first thing that came to mind for maps was earth and I’m no expert on…

  • Blog,  Personal

    Staycation at Rockwell (plus where we ate)

    Our family checked in at Aruga by Rockwell for a short staycation for the holy week. We rarely go to the Powerplant mall so it’s a refreshing change of scenery. I’m mostly sharing here where our family ate when I’m not locked up in the room, binge watching Daredevil or painting. We stayed in the bedroom suite, good for four persons with two rooms (1 king and 1 queen sized beds), 3 bathrooms, small functioning kitchen, laundry room, dining room and living room. For Friday dinner, my brother agreed to cook for us. We actually brought our own ingredients, including the sea bass and scallops. My mom prepared a salad bar and uncle brought…

  • Blog,  Travel Diaries

    Travel Diary: Tokyo and Shinjuku 2017

    Let me start off this travel diary by saying that I never thought I would be back in Japan again, with my family, so soon. After our trip in Hokkaido two years ago I thought it would take me around 5 years, to earn enough for the family, to go back to my favorite vacation destination. But my mom is not getting any younger and our lives are not getting any easier – what better time than now? So when my mom was down with traveling we wasted no time in booking our plane tickets and hotel (she might change her mind!). We decided to complete our itinerary from way…

  • Blog,  Monthly Retrospective

    January, February and March 2017 Retrospective

    Journaling my highlights, lowlights and other thoughts in this post. I meant this to be a monthly thing but realized that I really want to commit to this only on the 3rd month of the year. As a scrum master by trade I know how important it is to do a retrospective after a certain time in order to help improve the process and the team. It’s not only applicable to work and now I’ve come to realize how much this could have helped me if I started sooner. This won’t be entirely watercolor or art-centric but I’ll try to add any awesome materials I purchased in this post as…

  • Art supplies,  Blog

    Sekaido: An Artist’s Heaven

    I wasn’t mentally prepared for Sekaido.   Just like what people who’ve been there told me, it was an artist’s heaven. Sorry for the lack of photos because I was given only 1 hour to roam the entire building and shop, else my family will leave me. *panics* Sekaido is nearest from Shinjuku station. There’s a tourist information center when you get out of the station and they kindly pointed me to the right direction. The tourist information center is near 3 cherry blossom trees so that’s the landmark! I think 15 minutes was spent being overwhelmed with so many things to see. If it’s your first time in Sekaido, I suggest to…