MAARTE Fair 2016…

Maarte Fair 2016

“I was created to create.”

Maarte Fair kicked-off 3 years ago and much as I want to see it then, time didn’t permit me.

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Since 2013…

So come 2016, I looked forward to it and kept an eye as to when it’ll be held and of course where.

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Photo source: http://www.manilashopper.com/2016/08/maarte-fair-at-8-rockwell-august-2016.html

Upon seeing the event’s title, I remember our own exhibit before I graduated from college. It says: “Artenikulasa”. It featured our actual execution of what was in our thesis. It was held at Shangri-la mall, in Mandaluyong City.

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OMG! 1993! ahaha

Being “maarte” might insinuate a not so positive thought to many, however, with me, at times I am being associated with everything that is “maarte”, I didn’t mind and even took it as a compliment.

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Ground floor of Rockwell 8..
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Best booth awardee..
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Everything is nice and pretty…

I’d rather be known as “maarte” than be bland, not necessarily being up to date with all the current trends, just making sure there is artistry, be it with the way I dress, the way I fix my sanctuary, even with my cooking and how I blog or write as well.

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Due to a really very busy schedule, and hunting for friends who would take their time out just to accompany me, even if at times it’s not their cup of tea, I found my way to see the fair on a Sunday. It’s the last day of the event. For the last three years, it’s been held every last weekend of August, from Friday to Sunday.

I had this fear of not being able to make it again this time, for one, I got sick last week, the whole of Saturday was pre-planned to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday and I made sure that Sunday would be free. And I had to mention being thankful to my ever supportive buddy – Jen, she is not just my travel and foodie buddy but also my art buddy as well. I am good to attend it alone, It’s just that it would be great to share with her this experience and get her views too.

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Cheese platter…

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Anthill from Cebu was there..=)

So this it, finally I get to see the fair. I could not express how happy and excited I was to make it and see myself witnessing artisans from all over the country showcasing the best of their crafts. It was an assembly of individuals with a common ground. Their love for art.

An artist’s life has two sides like a coin, the other is the realization that you are one and the other side is living the realization. They are the other side. While I, I think I’m on my way.

The artist in all of us is seen in all our surroundings. It is there each time we speak, it is traced in our gaze, it is evident in our every actions, with the way we express ourselves and it is felt in our hearts. You would instantly notice it upon meeting another.

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The fair was a gamut of everything that is nice and pretty and tedious. I say tedious because it took someone’s time and effort and laborious days and nights to finish a masterpiece. Signed with uniqueness.

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Time is gold…

And once it is finished, it spelled happiness in every artisan.

You will also wonder as to what inspired them to create one when passion is calling their names out loud. To create a piece, there is always an inspiration behind, and believe me, each story is uniquely interesting.

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Buslo.. and intricately embellished clutches..

Creating a piece for me is like two souls intertwined, the one who created it and the one who was why it was created. That piece itself is like a bond that will pull them together for as long as the memory can recall.

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Every artist can evolve… everyone can…

These are the things that inspires me as well, so I am looking up again next year to witness all things beautiful reborn. Who knows, I might see myself as one of them too.

I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

Broadly speaking, I am not much into seafood, but when when we talk of shrimps, hhhmmn, I could have just hoard anti-histamine medicines from the drugstores.

I haven’t been visiting Makati in a while, and been planning to visit Bubba gump for a long time. I have frequented this place years ago when my work is still located in Makati.

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Facade..
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And there’s the famous bench where guests have their photos taken..
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Menu..

10 years ago, Makati was one of my two options when it comes to malling and eating -out, the other one is Alabang. Nowadays, there are options everywhere. =) The country has evolved and comes with it is the escalated taste F&B Industry has to offer. They are now capable of giving variety to most consumers. Both for its’ look and taste of their food.

For me, it is a good thing, as I am a natural foodie. =) When you check my weekly viands at home, it is very balanced, since my mom had to follow a stricter diet due to old age. I give into my cravings outside (some feast both for my tummy and eyes) a secret I kept from my mom, or else, she will torture me with her own cravings too. =)

So, I had this chance, and even if Greenbelt, or the streets of Makati offer hundreds of equally worth – it food spots, I am much into trying Bubba Gump for the nth time.

It’s just that I binged over lunch at 2pm, so we weren’t able to get as much as we want. It was only half past 500pm.

And we opted for the Shrimper’s heaven.

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Hefty..

And for our dessert, we had Mama’s bread pudding.

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This is my first time to try this and I must say it is one of the best pudding I’ve tasted. =)

You wouldn’t believe, foodies as we can be, we apparently requested the attendant to pack our food as we weren’t able to consume even half of it. We almost forgot that it’s American size.

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Still, I am happy to be here again. =) Thinking of this place as characterized by some of the elements I mostly love, not just shrimps, but the photos of some scenes from one of my most favorite movie of all time. =)

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Oh the lieutenant!

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I also have its’ book which hubby gave me. One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. He used to say It is our story.

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I wondered if I’m like Jenny? (–)

PURPLE TREE: Bed and Breakfast…

Purple Tree: Bed and Breakfast…

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.” ~John Ruskin~

The positive effect of the Full Moon is still with me. Tons of good news I have received in the days that have passed. And in one way or another, I’d like to believe that on top of committing mistakes unintentionally, I have also made a lot of things through the years that are right.

Feeling grateful, I also thought of givin’ myself a break. To unwind and relax and enjoy “me” time over the weekend.

Well, not literally “Me” time since I was with my ever loyal foodie buddy to accompany me spending my “Me” time. Besides, she is that one of those few friends who will give me all the freedom to literally be myself. And she is one of those reasons why I am thankful. Apart from my son, my job, my mom, my close circle and God. Nothing is inside my heart but gratefulness.

So we thought of a “staycation”. A 2 days and 1 night vacation just to change our environment and be away from our daily routine.

Being fascinated with the color purple. I came across a Bed and breakfast just an hour away from home. As their tag line says:

“Your home away from home.”

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The Purple Tree…(–,)

It is truly a happy place (plus the fact that my favorite color is all over the place), it is within a city, but ironically, it gave us a kind of peace and quiet. The only sound I’ve heard while I was there is the rippling waters from the falls situated at the edge of their 5 feet swimming pool and the water fall from a few fountains.

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Retreat mode..
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5 feet deep..
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The courtyard…

It was nice to know that I still can do a few lapses and Jen’s  swimming skill is improving. She’s on her way to mastering on how to float and do freestyles as well.

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I was so excited to plunge..
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Apparently, all guests were already in their rooms and the pool was all on our own.
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I instantly transformed into a mermaid..
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I’ve always loved the water..
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I almost do not want to stop swimming…
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However, we all know that swimming is exhausting..

Another sound that I appreciated is the jingle of a favorite network which I have been watching when I was living a life in a suitcase some years ago. This network was my company all the while I was alone in a hotel miles away from home.

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I guess Jen enjoyed it just as much..
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Apart from being purple, they are “green” as well.. Those toiletries are so cute… =)
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Our room was with a pocket book too..=)

What made it more befitting is the fact that they featured a mini gallery of a famous Filipina artist – Dulcie Dee.

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We know for a fact that I’ve always admired the work of fellow artists..
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It amazes me all the time!
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And Jen appreciates it too..=)

This experience resulted into us planning that we thought it is best to do this more often, sometimes with our family as well. Definitely a stress-buster.

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Till next time Purple tree! =)

They were days well spent. Nothing to worry about, relaxed mind, sweet thoughts of the future, planning ahead, positivism and laughter out of recalling some encounters in the past.

Yes, I’d like to agree to be doing this more often. =)

Purple Tree’s Amenities include:
– Cable Television
– Wireless Internet
– Swimming Pool
– Garden & Courtyard
– 24- Hour Security

It is located at:

35 President’s Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Contact details:

– +632 9450420

– thepurpletreebb@gmail.com

http://www.purpletreebb.com/

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Dayrit’s is a tenant of Purple Tree… Which happens to excite us all the more… (–,)

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2 birds in one stone..(–,)

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In case you’re a foodie, you are just a few blocks away from Paranaque’s Food Mecca. =) Enjoy! =)

 

 

What’s with COASTERS?

What’s with Coasters? 

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” ~Eckhart Tolle~

At a time when I see tables in veneer or solid wood everywhere. Our house then, all tables of which are in glass tops instead. It was specifically chosen by my father.

He was also very particular that it must be clean and preferably shining all the time. We always have a supply of Pledge. He wants to make sure that they are clean, dust-free and glossy.

It is also his rule that guests if offered a drink must be provided with coasters. We have all kinds. Glass, wood, cork board, laminated sheets, etc.

My father was the most influential person in all of my life. Ironically, we used to argue most of the time. I see myself in my son, as we also quarrel and argue a lot over petty things more than the more important things that matters which I guess is worthier.

This training from my dad is where my fond of collecting coasters began.

While I was still young and adventurous and fearless. I would dare asking from restaurants if I can bring home one of their coasters as souvenirs.

I remember that Italianni’s even offered something to us since our order took more than the usual waiting time before they were served. The Manager was very apologetic and asked if we want something else from their menu for free, but we declined since we appreciated their humility enough that we let it pass when others might take advantage and grab the offer.

As the Manager was about to leave our table, I saw an opportunity. I called her back with the sweetest smile that I could give her, I requested from her if I can just have one of their coasters as a souvenir. =) And without batting an eyelash, she gladly offered me one. I was so happy then.

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I got this. I intentionally requested for this since I am also collecting Coke souvenirs..

During my travels, I make sure I bought coasters if I find one. I got a set from a Designer turned full-time housewife in Tacloban but since her artistic side is something she can’t sacrifice on top of being a wife. She put up a business. A souvenir shop where all items came from her numerous travels too, and that is where I got those shabby chic coasters which I instantly eyed from her collection.

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Shabby chic..

One Christmas, I even bought dozens of it from Starbucks and gave them as Christmas gifts to my office mates.

Then I wished for a wooden type with a peacock engraved on it, however, the price of it is shocking. One weekend, my foodie travel buddy surprised me with a “no occasion” gift and its a coaster! Wooden and engraved with a peacock! This soul mastered the art of pleasing me all the time. I was so grateful.

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Peacock!=)

I find them very stylish as well.

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Loved this!
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This one I often use everyday because of its’ depth..

My house is not the Zen type “less is more” type of dwelling. It now looked like a gypsy’s abode with all the trinkets and knick knacks and decorative pieces, souvenirs from my travels scattered all around. Though I make sure they’re not an eyesore yet as my mom will really reprimand me about it. As when you get to see our home, they’re just full of colors. All of it, vivid. I am bored with white or anything monotonous. I want happy colors and so is my house.

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Some from Starbucks and personalized ones from a Flea market I’ve been to years ago.

Passion comes close with alterations at times. I saw one of the most unique coasters. It has a very simple design as oppose to my usual preferences like floral, shabby, full of colors and the like. And they are very expensive too. I immediately bought them before I come back to my senses. For a change I got stripes in black and white. Very “Kate Spade” kind of design. And literally those coasters are from Kate Spade.

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Gave in to this..

Of course, I’ve got a set that’s Shabby chic too, it came with a case.

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Total of 6..
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This one came from my son as a gift..
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Very simple..
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Souvenir from my son’s prom..
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This one is made of ceramic, it used to be gilded on the edges, they were erased by time.. #wearandtear
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Freebies..
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From Bubba gump..=)
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From Peperoni Pizzeria

I plan to make my own soon, a quilted one. A lot I’ve seen which instantly inspired me. =)

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Courtesy of: https://www.pinterest.com/varbizu/beezycrafts/
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Courtesy of: criss cross http://www.sleepingbearcrafts.com
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Courtesy of: gedcarpizo.com

Like some who collects like the sky is the limit. I am the other way around. Its not like “I can’t get enough” thing. There’s a moment when it felt like “Okay this is enough”. And I’m happy about it. Besides it is not just coasters that I collect.

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I have like hundreds of coasters at home.

Getting strained from life’s realities, collecting some of the stuff I am fascinated about gives me an uplifting feeling especially upon seeing them surrounding me. In my bedroom, in our living room, dining room even in our bathroom. It uplifts me from within. It is very important that I follow what my heart and soul is dictating me. Otherwise, I will be very bored.

As Kurt Vonnegut said: “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.”