“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.”
I am trying to figure out as to when my fascination to these sacred hoops started.
Sacred hoops which are best known as Dream catchers.
I just saw this curtain made of dream catchers in my most loved colors and had this assumption that it is somewhere far and someplace I can not easily access. Doing my research, said curtain is just a few towns away from my hometown.
So I asked my foodie buddy (who have been supporting all my wishes all these years) and head to Batangas one weekend. So there, I saw it right in front of me. =)
The place is called Purple beetle. It’s a coffee shop and they also sell Dream catchers and other Bohemian stuff.
Since then, it has been one of my favorite stuff. I started collecting it at every chance. I even wished that Pandora would come up with dream catcher charms, and like they heard my prayers, and I was so ecstatic to discover they came up with one, so instantly it’s already in my bracelet.
You will see dream catchers in my bedroom, in our living room, in some of my bags as key chains, in my notebooks. =)
After my mama passed, and I’m trying to make use of her stuff (she used to create dresses as a profession) and I’ve got lots of fabrics , laces and beads. I made key chains out of it and eventually, I thought of using beads (fabrics) as charms, and collect them and soon enough, I was already selling them.
Handmade with love. ❤
Trying to find the right market, we decided to visit this only place that’s endorsing Bohemian culture and the most number of Dream catchers that you’ll see in the Philippines.
Dreamland Arts & Crafts cafe in Tagaytay is so huge and displays all kinds of Dream catchers and it gave me too many ideas in my mind, I even brought some beads from them. =)
It’s like a museum of all things boho and crafty. It’s so me. True enough, there’s too much for me to learn.
I am so amazed with the varieties. It comes in all sizes and colors and used different materials too.
I learned that they also have one in Batangas though the one in Tagaytay is bigger.
They have accessories too.
It is really beautiful here. Like I found my tribe. =)
There is a cafe, we just had drinks and that awesomely prepared nachos.
They also have a bed and breakfast, and getting a peak to its’ interiors, the boho vibes is literally extended to each room.
They say I’m a dreamer (but I’m not the only one), I wish to have a similar place right in my home (where my mama used to create lovely dresses), not as big as this, as long it’ll showcase all of my creations.
I think it is timely that our visit happened to be almost New Year. I left the place with just one feeling in my heart, I am so inspired. I wish them more success and I think it’s not gonna be my last visit. Dreamland felt like home to me. =)
They are so transparent in supporting local artists. =) It is evident in all corners.
Should you wish to visit, their address is: Calamba Road, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite, Philippines
Steam billows, the teapot fragrant. I enter a state of desires diminishing. Within the stillness, a further pleasure. Nothing coarse or superficial. This is drinking tea. – The Minister of Leaves: Republic of Tea
For a long time now, people are converting their lifestyles into a healthier one. I for one, is a coffee junkie and is guilty because I could have choose tea over it, but I didn’t.
My foodie travel and all in between buddy is a coffee addict too, however, she’s been hooked to teas lately. Years ago, I remember her just having one at every chance, if she spotted her favorite milk tea brand which is Dakasi.
We know that teas like coffee is rich in anti-oxidants too. And upon my first time to try this milk tea, I instantly love it and religiously researched for the best ones.
So what’s with milk teas? What kind of tea are they using and mixes it with milk and tapiocas? Or pearls or boba? Oh, another reason why I intentionally not that interested is due to my lactose intolerance to tea and milk. It is really hassle on my part to discover that my tummy is in trouble and I’m not home yet.
So, I really wondered, who (and where) this Milk tea craze began? I’ve been seeing Bubble tea stations here and there. In just one street? There are like 2-3 stations in awesome interiors and ingenious names. Hear some of them:
Sharetea and so on.
From where the teas came from? and where is the best tea coming from? I see symbols of the Buddha in most stations. It misled me into thinking it is from Thailand or India, and thinking that Taiwan is a Buddhist country too. Is it an indication that their teas came from the same country? Or of course only those with “Thais” on their names. =) When other countries like India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, are Buddhist too.
The countries that grow the biggest production of teas are China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya. While they are mainly grown in Asia, South America, some parts of the Black and Caspian tea. Other countries like America and Africa are trying to grow their own due to demands. https://www.palaisdesthes.com/en/understanding/countries/
It is said that tea is the most consumed drink after water.
The only tea I’ve known in my entire life are Twinings, Lipton and Nestea. I heard about Oolong tea when my sister in law encouraged me to drink it due to its’ high-dose of anti-oxidants. And the famous “salabat” which is made from ginger is something I really detested and we also refer to it is tea. My mentor used to make some for me before my performance as I used to sing during elementary days. I didn’t like its’ taste, I just have to drink it as swift as I can so as to please my mentor since they will be calling my attention if I wouldn’t be able to reach some octaves during rehearsals. I do not like the taste.
Nowadays, I even see on Social media, liters and liters of Bubble teas are being brought home by junkies. Perhaps, I should look at it positively, they are doing something good to their bodies. Instead of consuming softdrinks which I stopped drinking too for years now. They are having teas. =) Just a warning, tea on its’ own is healthy. however, when you mixed them with sugar and milk, the benefits of it is greatly reduced, when all I thought is that I’ve gone “healthier” drinking milk teas lately. Let’s discover which countries produce teas.
The Top 10 countries producing teas are as follows:
Twinnings is the oldest tea shop in London. It’s flagship store being 300 year old historically. Their pride is on challenging the status quo of tea. With a history dating back to 1706, quality tea has always been at the heart of what they do. Renowned for creating vibrant and aromatic blends that are loved by all, from Earl Grey and English Breakfast to Chai Lattes and super fruity infusions, they focus on the details, because it matters most. https://www.twinings.co.uk/
Tazo – Farm—>Kenyan highlands to the west of the Rift Valley, the tropical provinces of northern Argentina, the mountains of West Java, the beautiful settings in Malawi, the bustling port cities of Mombasa and Dubai.
Tazo’s founder: Steven Smith, explained the name and it’s as good an indicator as any of the spirit of creativity, adventure, and originality that TAZO is built on, comparing it to the whirling mating dance of pharaohs of ancient Egypt. It’s also synonymous with the cheery salutation used by residents of Easter Island in the 5th century. It’s pretty incredible. He conjured unexpected flavor blends by mixing unconventional ingredients wherever and whenever he found them. And he did it with style. https://www.tazo.com/us/en/
The Republic of Tea – Farm: Sri Lanka, India, Japan, China, Taiwan and South Africa.
The Republic of Tea is a privately owned American tea company based in Larkspur, California that makes and sells more than 300 varieties of teas throughout North America. The Republic of Tea is known for packaging its loose teas and tea bags in tall, cylindrical tins. https://www.republicoftea.com/
Lipton – Farm: Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, and China.
Lipton is a British brand of tea, owned by Unilever. Lipton was also a supermarket chain in the United Kingdom before it was sold off to Argyll Foods, to allow the company to focus solely on tea. The company is named after its founder Thomas Lipton. They have a long-term goal for sustainable tea production and sets out the strict standards of pesticide and chemical use their suppliers must meet. https://www.lipton.com/us/en/home.html
Yorkshire Tea – Farm: Africa and India.
Yorkshire Tea is a black tea blend produced by the Bettys & Taylors Group. It is the most popular traditional black tea brand sold in the UK. In 1886 Charles Edward Taylor Founded CE Taylor & Co., later shortened to “Taylors”, the company was purchased by ‘Betty’s Tea Rooms’ which today forms Bettys & Taylors Group. https://www.yorkshiretea.co.uk/
Celestial Seasonings – Farm: Colorado
Wild herbs hand-picked from the rocky mountains of Colorado, Celestial Seasonings serves more than 1.6 billion cups of tea a year. Included in their lines are green tea, chai tea, rooibos tea, wellness tea and Cool Brew iced tea, and the ingredients, over 100 of them, are sourced from over 35 countries. They’ve grown so much since they first started out picking those wild herbs in the Rockies, and still driven by that same entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for making tea that’s good for people and the planet. http://www.celestialseasonings.com/
Harney & Sons – Farm: China, Taiwan, Japan
Harney & Sons is an American tea company founded in 1983 in Salisbury, Connecticut, and now located in Millerton, New York. They specialize in high-quality loose teas and herbal teas, and offer several products that are organic and certified kosher. https://www.harney.com/
Dilmah – Farm: Sri Lanka
Dilmah is a Sri Lankan brand of tea, sold internationally. The company was founded in 1988 by Merrill J Fernando. The name Dilmah was chosen by combining the first names of Fernando’s sons Dilhan and Malik. https://estates.dilmahtea.com/
Dilmah is the brand that Picked is using. It is one of the nicest coffee shops in our area.
Bigelow Tea Company – Farm: Sri Lanka
The Bigelow Tea Company is an American manufacturer of dried teas based in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was founded by Ruth C. Bigelow in 1945, based on a recipe she marketed as “Constant Comment” tea. https://www.bigelowtea.com/
Tetley – Farm: Africa & Asia
Tetley is a beverage manufacturer founded in 1837 in Yorkshire, England. It is the largest tea company in the United Kingdom and Canada, and the second largest in the United States by volume. Tetley’s manufacturing and distribution business operates in forty countries, selling over sixty branded tea bags. https://www.tetley.co.uk/
And while we’ve finished dissecting what countries produces the best tea, So it now answered my wonderings why most of the shops I’ve seen has an image of the Buddha. =) Now, how do we classify a good tea?
According to Seven Cups, also an American tea company based in Tucson, Arizona: “Green tea should taste fresh, not stale, and should not be too astringent. Black tea should be full bodied and fresh. In general, good tea has a sweet aftertaste and should feel very slippery going down the throat. The aftertaste should linger for a noticeably long time, like the feeling you have after listening to music, when a good tune lingers. Some teas can provide a very interesting taste by sipping some water while the aftertaste is present, the effect being quite dramatic.
Remember that tasting tea is like tasting wine: slurp it to aerate it (unlike in Western countries, in China slurping your tea is a sign of appreciation and knowledge and not considered bad manners!), let it slide down the middle of the tongue in one sip, and down the sides of the tongue in the next, followed by the whole tongue with big slurping. Pay attention to the subtleties and the complexity of the tea. A large part of learning to appreciate tea is learning to slow down and pay attention to the subtleties.” https://sevencups.com/learn-about-tea/how-to-judge-tea/
So why the need to add milk to tea? One of the practical reasons based on history is:
That in the 17th and 18th centuries the china cups tea was served in were so delicate they would crack from the heat of the tea. Milk was added to cool the liquid and stop the cups from cracking. This is why, even today, many English people add milk to their cups BEFORE adding the tea! https://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/texte/drink_tea.htm
Makes sense right? And another reason is:
Adding milk creates a smoother flavor and slightly sweetens the tea. It’s a popular way to serve tea in many parts of the world and it is an easy way to dress up your average cup of tea. A perfect way to mellow and smooth out the flavors of tea, particularly some of the bitter notes especially found in black tea.
The addition of milk results in a less astringent, less bitter flavor. Not only does milk cover up the flavor of the tea, but it also binds to some of the bitter chemical compounds found in tea. Some of these bitter compounds are very beneficial to health. Due to this, if you’re drinking tea for health reasons, tea without milk is a better choice. https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-milk-tea-765143
Health-wise, here are the top 10 healthiest teas you might want to stick into drinking:
Well known for its calming properties, and preliminary evidence supports this. It may also help relieve premenstrual symptoms and high blood lipid, blood sugar and insulin levels.
It relieves discomfort of the digestive tract. Studies have found that peppermint oil can help relieve nausea, cramping, spasms and stomach pain.
Best known as a remedy for nausea, and studies have repeatedly found it to be effective for this use. However, several studies have also found that ginger can help relieve period pain, and it may offer benefits for people with diabetes.
May help lower high blood pressure and fight oxidative stress. However, it shouldn’t be taken with a certain diuretic medication or at the same time as aspirin.
Prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold. While several studies have found it to be effective for this use, the evidence on the matter is conflicting.
Preliminary evidence suggests that rooibos tea may help improve bone health and reduce heart disease risk, but more studies are needed.
Improves cognitive function and memory. It may also benefit colon and heart health.
May improve antioxidant levels, heart and skin health and even aid in relieving anxiety.
High in vitamin C and antioxidants. Its anti-inflammatory properties may reduce inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Studies have also found rose hips effective at fighting aging of the skin and reducing stomach fat.
Let me personally add Oolong tea. So that makes it 11. =) Oolong tea may not be as well known as green or black tea, but it has similar health benefits. These include benefits for heart, brain, bone and dental health. In addition, it may boost your metabolism, decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and protect against certain types of cancer. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/oolong-tea-benefits
Why the craze?
There have been a few stores offering milk teas for the past years, however, there is a significant growth and popularity (probably because of social media) of this Milk tea trend, of people drinking milk tea, of business owners putting up one even there is a milk tea station some blocks away from theirs. Look at how the trend went on.
Thankful to Yummy.ph I discovered while doing my research that Carmen’s Best have a milk tea variant already. I really must try it. =)
This is what’s good about blogging, learning is truly infinite. Honestly, it took me days to do my researches, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Becoming an instant fan of Milk tea, what I define best is that I can taste the earthy flavor of the tea, better yet, experience its’ aroma. The creaminess of the milk, just the right sweetness (although most of them asked your preference), and the quality of the pearls or “sago”. It should be chewy for me. =) As I enjoy each cup, I can’t help but wonder, what brand of tea are they using? =)
So, here are my dozen favorites:
Hongkong King’s Milk tea
Currently, drinking a cup of milk tea makes me happy, just like coffee does. I have more on my list of brands to try. Though, I’m glad that those within my area great ones too. =) Also, since sugar is my number one enemy here, it’s a good thing that they now asked for your preferred sugar levels. So it isn’t 100% for me. =)
Nowadays, with the millennial’s meme that “Milk tea is Life.” I think I could agree. =) #pearlfever #milkteatrend #milkteaislife
“By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.” ~ Satsuki Shibuya
I came across this sort of quote from Steve Maraboli’s posts (I am an avid follower of this guy): “If not now, When?” And all those things I wanted to do came bursting in my mind. One of them is to really be able to surf, to stand in that board and really experience what’s it like. So getting an opportunity to be gone out of town, I chose going to Baler for my surfing experience.
I’ve always thought that surfing is so much fun. =) Even if I discovered some bruises when I get home. Lol!
There are actually several places in the country that can give you the best waves, when this is my choice due to other reasons (one of which is that, it isnt just a pleasure trip but a business trip too!)
So come weekend, there I was catching the last trip bound to Baler with Jen, my foodie travel and all things in between buddy. Aside from the surfing experience, we definitely love the food in Baler.
Jen was the one in-charge as to where we’re staying and I really love what she got for us. It is very affordable (via Agoda), very clean and the staff are so accommodating and helpful. I don’t mind staying there again when we go back.
Though, I found these equally great places to stay in Baler. So, we might try them too.
And my original choice to stay: Balituk.
If you’re commuting, it is best to reserve your seats a few days prior your intended date to visit. There are only two trips bound to/ from Baler:
While when you’re driving, it’ll take you four (more or less, because stop overs are really awesome right?) hours to get there if coming from Manila.
Aside from being able to stand in that surf board, we also get to see the biggest Balete tree in Asia. And a side trip to the Hanging bridge in Zabali. Said bridge connects two Barangays, Brgy. Tibang and Brgy Sabang. It is located at the endpoint of Zabali road. It isn’t just a spot for tourist but very useful to the residents too.
Towering more than five stories high, this 600-year old Balete tree or is also known as Millennial tree is one of the reasons why I can’t wait to visit Baler. Weird to some as it may sound, It’s been years when I learned to get my energies from trees. So I took advantage staying with it for long and leave the place with a smile in my face. =)
Oh, please also visit my niece’s cool place: @lilwarung.baler and @kokoanatural.ph located at Dogtown Collective. She’s got a lot of great stuff in store for you. =)
What’s travelling without buying local goods? =) When I shop, I really get to appreciate the artistic skills of my fellow Filipinos. Isn’t it great to earn while doing what you love?
I definitely must go back, because I missed the Light house. =( And there are three. And some really great rock formations along the way. =)
If you happen to visit my Instagram page, you wouldn’t believe (even myself), that I’ve already posted more than 9,000 photos (and/or videos) to date.
It has been a coping tool of mine. One of my many. I indirectly express my feelings through my posts, be it bliss, the blues, the triumphs and everyday struggle to live my mantra of loving what I’m doing and living for what I really love.
Along with this, I am awed and inspired by the following pages:
When it comes to Interior Designing. Aside from what we’re pretending to be (me and hon as Chip and Joanna the second), Ms. Munro’s abode is literally a house of treasures. I love everything about it. The paints, the frills, the images and all. It’s like saying “It’s so me!” =)
I love to travel and Ms. Wilson’s page is such a great site to learn of new places. What more? She’s a fabulous and glamorous traveler. I am so amazed with her flair for fashion. And by the way, I love her tattoos! She reminds me of my soul sister without the tattoo. =) As she is a very private person, she might kill me if she finds out her page is included here. =p
This definitely occupies my first in my bucket list when it comes to satiating my lust for travel. Not only for being located in one of the most beautiful countries I’ve known. I fell in love with its’ interiors the first time I saw it, swooned by it, and the colors, yes, the colors, makes me happy all the time.
I am not much a fan of neutral colors, we all know that my hungry eyes crave for bright and bold ones. However, I can’t help but fell in love with her page. How she intricately (or is it spontaneous like her eyes were trained to see one if she sees one) chooses a photo of a place or an object and if you look at her page from afar, they’re all in the same shade. It is truly magnificent to me. A friend of mine commented that she might be just using a single filter provided by Instagram though I think they’re originals. =)
PS – She is my niece. =) And I am so proud of her.
This one is another Filipino Entrepreneur who makes beautiful shoes according to its’ clients’ wishes. I think I’m going to ask them to do me a pair soon. =) Hulma is a Filipino word for a mold to fit.
Oh, when I’m super sad, I just have to go to his page, watch him being himself with his pretty wife. I actually love them and is my favorite celebrity couple. =)
The Gentleman Wolf
When I’m so in love? I go here. I cry. I smile. I laugh. I sigh. Just by reading everything about love, it’s here.
I was able to personally talk to him through exchanging messages and this is what Mr. Joel Clemons, a Therapist, had to say: “We are here to experience love, we deserve to share real love.” And I just had to agree. He offers coaching and counselling too for those who needs help.
Naughty Teas (and Mangelka) A Lifestyle Photographer/ Content Creator
I once dreamt of myself (me from another time), in another place, with a milieu being very vintage and very light. When I saw this page, It has transformed me to that old dream. Exactly the things I saw in that dream, except for two things: that magenta 17th century clothing. And that I do not like tea that much. (–,)
Being one of their many followers and an advocate of animals safety, I show my support by following all of their great works. I encouraged other friends too to follow them and donate if possible.
MnMs has one the best Advertising campaigns in the F&B/ Confectionery Industry. It lights me up watching them especially their videos. The M&Ms characters are the cutest for me. =)
Blossom and Dill
Oh how I love flowers. Who doesn’t? And this page perfectly translated all its’ wonder and beauty. Sophie Witham has one of the greatest eye for this delicate subject. As Christian Dior said: “After women, flowers are the most divine creations.” Check this page, and you’ll see why.
And last but not the least:
Trois Petites Filles
I do not know that much about this woman named “Victoria”. And this is why I am enthralled by her page. I am mesmerized by her mystery, her sensuality, motherhood, her love for Art and her scrupulous eye for it. For me, She is the epitome of a beautiful soul.
Not a day will pass without me visiting them. They’re all inspiring and sprinkles me good vibes every minute I spend looking at them with an immeasurable admiration. It literally makes my day. =) And inspires me to do more, be a better person, push myself more, exert more effort, and become the best version of me. I think this is my way of expressing that I am grateful for them, and all those inspiring pages out there. #onlineinspirations
Do you have your own top favorites too? Please tell me! (–,)
“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”
― Hazrat Inayat Khan
Hi guys! When I saw this console/ foyer table below, my mind wandered and randomly thought of some of my favorite things, it is so beautiful, and as a Designer, it buoyed me to take advantage of my blog site and share with you some tips how I came up with my own version of a dressed-up console table.
So here’s my formula for creating an eye-catching foyer or console table for your home. It is very simple yet dreamy.
During college days, the term “eclectic” refers to a collection of several items (in different themes) collated into just one design. Nowadays, it is referred to as Bohemian.
Since Bohos are innately travelers by nature. They mix and match varying elements that they’ve acquired from their travels and come up with a very unique and beautiful outcome.
And this is how I am going to do it in my own eclectic way. It is very relaxed and carefree.
I must not forget to mention that during my college days (early 1990s). Design principles at that time was a little stricter. You can’t mix something printed with another printed. Or not follow the color wheel in color scheming. While Color blocking since the past years have been widely used already, be it in Interior Designing and/ or Fashion industry.
People are no longer scared to explore and go beyond what is norm.
Now, or few years ago, designing has become more liberating. I can’t help but be soo glad that I can combine a specific print or pattern with another. Whereas, during my younger years, my attention will be called. Now mixing and matching is just so much fun.
You see, how we appreciate varieties nowadays. =) It’s so festive and perky. =)
Working on several Designs lately. I thought of translating them here. And I would have to start into creating a really pretty console table. That first thing guests would see, welcome them and where vibe will be extended to all areas of the house. Just like a good introduction when you’re reading a famous book.
Please note that the same principle can also be used on other areas of the house, as long as there is a blank wall. It’ll automatically serve as one of your focal points, catching everyone’s attention. =)
I’ll be limiting my list of requirements to just 10:
The console table itself
A painting, a clock or a mirror (I’d choose two – a mirror and a clock in one)
wall sconce or a table lamp (I’d choose wall sconce)
A flower vase
A scented candle in glass
Something useful to be lined with the vase and bust, I’m choosing a catch all tray
And 3 native boxes under the table
Please remember that above doesn’t need to be brand new, try to check some of your old stuff at home, and I’m sure you’ll find some items to fill them in.
I’ve created below so you can visualize the finished product.
So what are you waiting for? Be your own Designer now and create an awesome console table for your home. =) You may want to visit my blog from time to time for more Interior design tips! =)
They used to call me “Laguna girl”. I grew up in San Pedro, Laguna in the Southern part of the Philippines. An only daughter with an only son.Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First is to write. I used to sing (I specifically love the stage), I read a lot,
I cook simple to challenging recipes for my loved ones, I travel to capture breathtaking pictures (inheriting my passion in Photography from my late father), a nature lover, I find rainbows, butterflies,
rainbows and trees as God’s most beautiful gifts.
I love it that traveling allows me to try and learn cuisines that are new to me (being a foodie) and I get to meet different people too.
I do abstract painting, I am a Craft enthusiast (quilting & scrap-booking), all of which are my own way of expressing my love for life and surround myself with anything but pretty.
Blogging makes me happy and I want to see if I’m going to click in this premise. Sharing anything that might benefit my circle and mankind too, specifically my fellow Filipinos here and abroad.
I’m a color devotee and been in love with the color purple or violet.
I like pink, red and teal too! =) I dreamt of joining that team who does colorful outdoor murals. Or anything that has to do with the Arts.
Coffee is my water,
and my comfort food are: blueberry cheesecake, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because it is my favorite, along broccoli with prawns and mushrooms Chinese style. =)
I love “Stitch” – that grinning indigo pup and still in love with Daryl (remember those muscles in the series “The Walking Dead”).
I have a sort of vintage taste for Interior Designing and Fashion (must be the gypsy in me). I am awed by it validating my wondering if I am an old soul.
Ultimately, I intend to be a not so famous Author someday. =) I’m just waiting for God’s time for my first book to be published.
Please drop by for a comment or two, you are always welcome here, come fly with me “On Purple Wings!”(–,)
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