It’s been a looooong while since Ito and I have been to the ballet, not to mention to any big event since the pandemic (but thanks to the invitation from our good friend, Luis Espiritu, we found ourselves dressing up for a night out to celebrate the gala performance of Ballet Philippines’ 53rd season). Held at the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Main Theater, it was a great excuse as well to come together, see people, and catch up with friends who we haven’t seen in a while. In past performances, Ballet Philippines has always strived to showcase the hard work, commitment and dedication of...Read More
Typically when creating from scraps you will find me designing a patchwork or appliquéd dress, or maybe piecing together a collage artwork (to see some of the creations inspired during the last year, read “Sowing the Seeds” , “Painting with Flowers” and “Chaos and Creativity”). . But during this extended Manila quarantine I learned a way of creating from scraps that was totally new to me…growing vegetables from our kitchen scraps and experimenting on simple dishes using what we re-grew. I’ve never been a whiz in the kitchen (faaaaaar from it!), but finding easy recipes online that utilised the ingredients from our garden was a lot of fun. In addition, it really drove...Read More
It’s been a while since I last wrote about our home ‘adventures’ because we had quite a bit to do in the last few months, so I’ll just pick up where I left off. During the summer months, it was easy to dry leaves and flowers for our tisanes (read about that here, “Kitchen Tips: Alternative Teas”), but when the days started to get gloomier and the rains kept coming, we were left with a few batches of dried butterfly pea flowers that turned slightly moldy. Before tossing them into the compost bin, I decided to try experimenting and making them into natural watercolour. I took a big...Read More
Before anything else, I’d like to say that I am a beginner in the kitchen, so any tips that I am sharing are very easy to do and are things I recently learned during quarantine 🙂 Early on in the quarantine, I quickly found out that drinking multiple daily espressos was not a good idea because it heightened whatever jitters I was feeling (on top of leaving me with excess energy that had nowhere to go). I needed to find drinks that were soothing instead of stimulating, and hopefully something that would be good for our health too. Like most people, we have a malunggay (moringa)...Read More
I have to admit, before this year, Ito and I were never much of homebodies. We always loved traveling, exploring other countries or visiting different local islands, but these days spending more time at home really forced a change of pace for us. And it isn’t just us. For the majority, the quarantine brought about a slowing down, not only of the frenetic way we lived our life, but also of the instant gratification we had all gotten used to. At the start of lockdown (click here to read my first blog post, “When Time Stood Still”), our help and I began a small vegetable...Read More
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