Monday, November 16, 2015

Laro, Lasap, Lakbay

It's odd that November weather here in Manila feels a little too much like summer: even without direct sunlight, the heat outside burns! This tropical-blooded girl isn't complaining, though; I'll take this heat over fall & winter's freezing fingertips. I guess this summer-weather in November is Mother Nature's way of cooperating with us: this month, Havaianas Philippines is launching 3 new local designs! And guess what? I am one of those designers!! *squeal-jump-dorkydance-highfive*

Back in college, I used to live in shorts and tsinelas (you can ask all my classmates and teachers :P). Until now, my fave part of the day is when I can change into my flipflops! Haha. I love working with brands that I personally use, so when I was invited to collaborate with Havaianas for their local collection, I was nothing short of excited to design for a brand that I grew up with.

Plus, it really is an honor to be working alongside fellow designers Abbey Sy and Patrick Cabral. Each of us designed a pair of flip-flops for the Havaianas Filipinas 2015 collection, featuring the things we love about our country.

Abbey designed Lakbay, Patrick designed Laro, and I designed Lasap. The Havaianas Filipinas 2015 collection will be available this Holiday season, and only for a limited time!

The planning stages of the collection began early this year, and it was sooo hard for us to keep quiet about it! (What is excited. haha :P) Thanks to Havaianas, especially to Iya Cua for coordinating with the three of us to make the design and planning processes as smooth as possible. The last couple of months saw us meeting up for lunches to plan our upcoming event & a workshop at Hillside!

To launch the collection, Patrick, Abbey and I are teaming up with Havaianas for a creative afternoon of Three (!!!) intensive workshops!

The module covers Hand-lettering by Abbey, Flourishing by Patrick, and I'll be teaching Watercolor Washes & Monograms.

Each participant gets to take home a curated workshop kit filled with some of our favorite materials, including:
- Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen
- Dr. Ph Martins Concentrated Watercolor from CraftCarrot
- Canson Watercolor Paper sampler from IFEX
- Waterbrush from Craftdoodle 
- 30/0 Spotter brush by Silver Brush
- Lettering supplies

a special gift from the Havaianas Filipinas 2015 Collection!;)

Join us on December 6, Sunday, 1-6pm at Hillside Cafe!

There are limited slots available, so hurry and click on the link below to register:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Watercolor Lettering at Flow in the City

Join me on Saturday, Nov 14, 10am 
for a Watercolor Lettering session at Flow in the City @ Aruga Rockwell Makati!:)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Write With White and Gold - A New Calligraphy Workshop

My calligraphy workshops have gone thru many changes: from informal get-togethers to crazy calligraphy+lettering combo workshops. One of the best parts about organizing classes is shopping for the workshop kits, and I make it a point to fill them up with my current favorite writing tools. I guess this is also why the workshops evolve--because I have new favorites every time!:P

This November 22, I'll be teaching my 3rd Write With White Workshop. What makes this class so special is that I will be teaching both Calligraphy and Doodling with the Calligraphy Pen. Aside from mixing our own white ink, we'll also be experimenting with gold finetec. Each student will literally get a pot of gold (finetec, haha) in their kits!

Write with White & Gold Calligraphy Workshop

This workshop kit is the king of all workshop kits. :P

Each student will get a full-sized tub of Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White, a pot of Gold Finetec, Three (3) Pointed Flexible Nibs, a LifeAfterBreakfast Black & Gray Sketchpad, Ceramic Dish & Glass Jars for Mixing Ink, a Leather Pen Case, Workshop Zine & Handouts, and best of all, a beautiful Pearlized Resin Carrot Nib Holder locally made by The Curious Artisan!

Sunday, November 22, 3-6pm
FullyBooked BGC

There are only a few slots left for this class.

Register at

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2015 Printable Calendar

Love thinking of new ways to combine watercolor and ink. Did the watercolored typeface with watercolor, let it dry, and then sketched over the letters with a calligraphy pen + bleed proof white.

Also experimented with a watery and colorful alphabet + salt. 

Including the step-by-step process for these in my new workshop handouts for the Watercolored Type Workshop on November 15 at Hillside Cafe QC.

November also means that I get to announce something special that Abbey Sy, Patrick Cabral, and I have been working on since the beginning of the year!
It's so hard to keep it a secret, but we'll have to wait a few more weeks before we can spill the details. What I can tell you, though, is to Save The Date: Sunday, December 6, at Hillside. I promise you, you will want to be there! :P

Made some tropical leaves for the November calendar, mostly because I am dreaming of the beach. Hoping I can squeeze in an island trip during one of the many holidays this month! Also, the colors signify that November is World Vegan Month. Lettuce party at Pipino! :P

Download the November 2015 Printable Calendar here.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Timeout & Craft Shopping in Bangkok

I celebrated my birthday with a lunch with family, dinner with best friends at Hillside, and a time-out  trip (a.k.a. non-working, real vacation) to one of my fave cities: Bangkok!

PJ and I stayed at Hotel Muse, a 5-star boutique hotel in Soi Langsuan (near BTS Chit Lom).

Upon check-in, we were welcomed with cocktails & juices. When booking online, make sure you tick the button for their breakfast buffet!

Cloudy bedsheetzzz :P

My favorite part of the bathroom was the ceramic sink bowl!

Ordered room service as soon as we got there: veg pad thai. SO good!

Ok, now it's time for a craft shopping tour with me! :P

If you only have limited time to shop for crafts, I suggest staying in the Siam/Central area (BTS Siam/Central). I found great art supplies sections in the malls' department stores.

In most Bangkok shopping malls, the tourist is king. There's always some sort of promo, tourist discount (an additional 5-10% off just by asking "Do you have tourist discount?' :P), plus of course, Tax Refund. Which is why the goods come out extra cheap, even if you shop at the malls. Art materials there are surprisingly much cheaper than in Hong Kong!

My first stop was the BeTrend section of the department store at Siam Paragon. I was greeted by an entire shelf of Arches pads and blocks! Bought a bunch of hot pressed (pink) blocks ;)

CENTRAL WORLD: Siam Marketing
When I asked for a tourist discount / tax refund, the owner of the shop just smiled sheepishly and said that it's already so cheap, so they don't give discounts. It's true, though. I was able to buy more Ecoline colors (they had gray and white!) for 99 Baht, about 40Baht less than in the department store. Was also able to buy 1/2 oz bottles of metallic acrylic gouache that can be used as calligraphy ink, for only 45 baht each!

Good selection of pens and manga art supplies.

Best selection of art-related books: Kinokuniya Siam Paragon
Best selection of craft books (with Japanese selection): Kinokuniya Central World

Can't get enough of the BeTrend stationery sections in the department stores! Each one has a slightly different lineup of supplies, so they're all worth checking out.

EMPORIUM: Department Store (BTS Phrom Phong)
Home accessories

Love these wooden lamps! They were only 2000Baht each.

Hand-pulled art prints

 EMPORIUM: TCDC - Thailand Creative Design Center

At the top most floor of the Department store sits one of my favourite places to hang out in Bangkok, TCDC. It's a Library and co-working space--by membership only--but tourists get a free 1-day pass (just bring your passport), or you can pay a fee and get a 10-day pass. If I lived in BKK, I would definitely get a full membership here! Books, Magazines, DVDs, Movie & Music archives. Heaven for artists and designers.

Right next to the library are a couple of exhibition halls and a design shop.

(various locations around Bangkok)

So happy to have found Lemon Farm on the same street as our hotel. I was able to buy organic (and msg-free) mixes for Thai food faves Tom Yum and Pad Thai! I cooked the tom yum today and it's really good! :) Was also able to buy Galangal powder (essential for Thai cooking) here. Hoarded packs of these mixes, and thinking of bundling them up for Christmas gifts!

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Of course, no trip to Bangkok will be complete without FOOD! Here are some places we visited:

Though fairly new (there are still some unoccupied slots), Mercuryville looks like a chill place to hang. There's a rooftop bar (that wasn't full that time, because we were there during the end of Buddhist fasting), and there's also Veganerie, a dessert resto & bakery, and Kalpapruek, which is famous for their Thai food.

Had their iced chocolate with soy milk froth!

THONGLOR ART VILLAGE: Soul Food Manahakorn
Thai food, but not that many vegetarian options. The place seems to be popular with the tourists and expats!

NAHM at Metropolitan by Como (Lumpini Area)
We were finally able to get a reservation for dinner at Nahm. I got the vegetarian set meal. The funny thing is, my favorite part about the meal was the pako, which served not as a salad, but a savory dish. Dessert was great! I had (photo on right) coconut with crushed ice & star apple, served with sesame crisps. Personally, though, I enjoyed my meal at Gaggan more. :P

I thought that Bangkok was just for clothes & shoes shopping, so I was pleasantly surprised by the wide (and easily accessible) selection of art supplies. Tip for you hoarders: PJ and I took Thai Airways and had 30kgs of free luggage allowance each! :P Are you going to Bangkok soon? Take me with you!:P

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Workshop Schedule

Scroll down to see the list of Workshops & Upcoming Schedules


Watercolor Lettering 

Play with an assortment of brushes (flat, round, mop) and practice various lettering techniques. Learn typography basics and specific watercolor techniques to help you create your own watercolored typeface!

Workshop fee is P2750 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Sakura Koi 24 color set
- fine watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- lettering supplies
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates:
November 15, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC


Write with White and Gold
 Calligraphy & Botanical Doodles Workshop

Learn how to mix your own white ink. Write with gold finetec. Develop your own calligraphy style, and learn how to create botanical doodles using the calligraphy pen!

Each participant gets an oblique carrot nib holder locally made by The Curious Artisan.

Workshop fee is P3500, inclusive of this special White & Gold Calligraphy Kit:

- Resin Carrot Nib Holder locally made by The Curious Artisan
- Dr. Ph Martins Bleed Proof White (full size)
- Tachikawa G, Hunt 22B & Hunt 101 nibs
- Black & Gray Sketchpad
- Gold Finetec
- Ceramic dish
- Brush
- Glass Jars for mixing ink
- Zine & handouts
- Leather pen case
- meal & refreshments

November 22, Sunday, 3-6pm @ FullyBooked BGC


Botanical Watercolor 

Learn basic botanical painting in this watercolor class focused on flowers and leaves. Get to know your paints and learn how to mix colors better. Create motifs and monograms to help you get started on creating designs for commercial use. The first two workshops sold out in a day, so I've opened a new class!

Workshop fee is P2850 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Winsor & Newton Watercolor set (12 colors)
- professional quality watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- snacks & refreshments

November 14, Saturday, 2-5pm @ Hey Kessy Studio, Katipunan QC


Modern Calligraphy + Gold Leafing

Learn pointed pen calligraphy tailored to fit your own handwriting!

Workshop fee is P2500 inclusive of the workshop kit with:
- Wooden Straight Nib holder- Oblique Nib holder
- Three (3) flexible nibs
- A Bottle of Calligraphy Ink
- Practice Guides
- Materials for Gold Leafing
- snacks & refreshments



See you in class!;)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Printable Calendar

I've been looking forward to October for the past 11 months. :P 

October marks LifeAfterBreakfast's 4th birthday! I'm kicking off the month with a special WRITE WITH WHITE Calligraphy Workshop on October 3 at the Katipunan Art Festival.

I'll actually be there at the Festival the whole day, which begins with the STAMP SWAP at 10amAt12noon, I'll be doing a Live Demo for Botanical Doodles. Do come by Ninyo Fusion Cuisine on Esteban Abada for all the craft goodies!

I'm super excited to be part of this event because I've lived in Katipunan my whole life (til I got married :P), so I'm glad that there's finally a festival like this in our hood. Congrats to Mansy for organising this awesome event! Hope to see you all on Saturday :)

Oh, and of course, here's the October 2015 Printable Calendar with a simple bougainvillea pattern. I'm practicing my botanical drawing skillz for the live demo on Saturday! :P