Friends and Family

Yesterday was my dad’s funeral mass. We had close friends and family to stand with us during this trying time. 

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I am incredibly lucky to have the support I need at this time. I will not take anything for granted anymore. Life is too short. Make each minute matter. 

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Going Up

Yesterday, I found this staircase at the hospital with natural light. I couldn’t resist taking a selfie in the sunny stairwell. 

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I knitted as I cared for my terminally-ill father. 

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Then, I joined my US and Canada-based relatives as they toured the village where we all grew up. I stayed here until I was twelve years old. 

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We ended the day with dinner with Tarlac-based relatives and more Filipino food! 

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I drove them in the rain, and I’m happy that we reached their hotel safely. 

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I enjoyed my relatives’ company, and their visit reminded me that there’s nowhere to go but up. In tough times, there’s family I can count on, and faith to strengthen me.  

Paint, Sip, Laugh

Yesterday, I had fun painting at Sip and Gogh. I paid for my own session, and it came with a glass of red wine and a platter of salami and cheese. 

I enjoyed it so much! I chose to paint the Eiffel Tower because Paris is always a good idea. 

I also brought my knitting work-in-progress with me. It was awesome to see my knitting work along with the cafe’s colorful painting selections. 

I will let the photos speak for themselves, as my joy can really be seen in them. I also knitted the beanie which I wore during the session, just because the yarn matches the color of red wine.  

I was so inspired that I also sketched my breakfast and bar chow on my traveler’s notebook.

Indeed, when I spark my creativity, it cascades on to my other crafts like knitting and food illustration. I can see how crafting has made me happier and more resourceful. I look forward to more handmade lifestyle moments, and I hope to witness the positive effects across the other aspects of my life. 

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Galentine’s Day

I had dinner with my girl friend Chesca on Valentine’s Eve. We checked out 150 Maginhawa and we both had a lovely dinner. She had a Chinese rice bowl, while I had another meal in mind.

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I had this beef burrito rice bowl from Molcajete, and it was delicious!

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Then, I had this Davao Tablea chocolate cake from Wadough’s, the cafe from the MMFF 2017 tearjerker All of You starring Jennylyn Mercado.

Oh God, it was to die for. 

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Meanwhile, Chesca had this chocolate ice cream cloud from Up in the Clouds. 

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I also had my photo taken by the pretty wall. 

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We then proceeded to Grape Escape for some red wine and catching-up.  

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It was a fun and laidback Galentine’s Day with one of my favorite gals! Til next time!