ukiyo – living in the moment

UKIYO – Living in the moment. detached from the bothers of life.

There have been so many beautiful learnings from the Japanese culture which I’ve kept in my heart for years now. One of which is Ukiyo. It is to live in the moment. An effort to focus on the now and what is good.

I also like Kintsugi. The Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Credits: https://www.nbcnews.com/better

Their punctuality. That time is gold. And it is one of the best expression of respect to other people. How hard-working are they. Their politeness. They are one of the healthiest country. Their food is also one of the most intricate in preparation and presentation plus they are healthy and equally good in taste too. Their application of cleanliness have been a practice like no other. 5S originated from them right.

We have almost 200 countries all over the world and it is nice to know that each of them has an influence to the other.

Though for now, I found myself motivated by Ukiyo.

Ive been fighting off being knocked down by the news we’re getting everywhere on top of the pandemic. This was like those I read or watched years ago, like Outbreak or Perfect sense or Doomsday. All of humanity just like a fleeting balloon.

I have been contemplating on how I will be able to do the desires of my heart, and when. Like they tag it: #lifegoals.

I sometimes feel I “might” run out of time, this is for the young. I already consumed more than half from my sands of time, and keep on praying Oh God, please let me see myself doing them. These prayers kept me silent and in deep thought. At some point, hopeful.

Good and bad times in all my breathing life, at my age, seems overwhelming, though it was said, your “in” trays will never be empty. You will be passing and there’d be more you will leave in that tray.

While those I was able to finish are realizations that God was with me all along.

It brought me to choose, what counts most and focus on it (them), to decipher how I define the remaining days of my life.

Tomorrow is always concealed. So I choose to focus on the now. And release myself from being trapped in this chaos. As Ukiyo. I chose to live in the moment. For tomorrow, is another day.

Beautiful boho soul(s)

 “ We are all Wanderers on the earth. Our Hearts full of Wonder. And our Souls full of Dreams. ” ~ Gypsy proverb

To meet someone living the life you wanted is not only inspiring but life-altering as well. It’s like you were directed to a path where your heart beats faster.

It was so many moons ago when I first met Ms. Evelyn. It was year 2008 more or less. Her Souvenir/ home decors shop is situated in her home at Tacloban City.

It was such a pretty place, there’s a huge lush garden, and if I remember it right, the items she sells are somewhere in the back area and I was able to purchase a few as gifts. One item I also got from her shop is this.

Must be that butterfly.

Getting a peak of the interiors of her home, amazed me. It was a combination of modern furniture and antique ones, a plethora of collection by an artist like her. She is a Designer too. =) She probably detected my sense of wondering and she invited me to go inside.

She showed me this massive antique wooden cabinet, which we call “platera” as a child (I just hear it from my parents and grandparents), it’s where we keep our dinner wares and flat wares and all those things you need to prepare the dining table.

However, the doors aren’t made of glass. It’s made of wood as well and with delight she gladly open them for me to see what’s inside. And to my amazement, it was a collection of blue and white ginger jars in all sizes. Each one prominent in its’ own. I didn’t dare touch them, I was just contended gazing at their beauty.

Something like this. #ctto

According to her, she accumulated them from her travels. Some are gifts and definitely most of them are categorized as antiques.

It reminded me of my cousin’s collections too.

Her house upon first glance is literally boho eclectic.

I do not know why I didn’t take pictures from her place, I only have her business card. But the vision of it stayed in my mind up to this very moment.

There were years in my life when I got addicted into scrapbooking. =)

It actually prompted me to let the energies flow inside of me and practically do what I love. And it is to proceed with my plan to create a boho chic home, or convert my parents’ house into a boho one, realizing that if I didn’t start right away, it’d really take me a while.

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I have limited resources, since most boho homes achieve its’ look because the owner probably is a traveler or a collector and the decors are accumulation of souvenirs from all her travels through the years. When I no longer travel so often, though, lucky enough to have traveler friends who gifted me with souvenirs from different places. I think, it’ll take me years to complete it.

Though the process itself is gratifying. Just ticking off one from the list excites me each time, like a lifetime commitment, this is what I want to do, and to not ignore even a single chance, Be it made by me, purchased, a friend’s gift, something I recycled or upcycled. An advocacy to save Mother earth by limiting build-up of land fills. This is what I wanted. That just by looking around from where I live, It’ll make me happy. And I have no intention of really being something else. This is my focus. Because from this, I’d be able to re-open my mama’s shop.

Anyway, after the pandemic, my priority is to travel. Again. =)

Just recently, I’ve found a virtual friend who resembles Ms. Evelyn. Time and again, It is astonishing that I met different people with the same hobbies or interests, and they are all truly inspiring. Meeting them personally and discovering their pages from Instagram.

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Just like Happy Nest in the Tropics.

Honestly, when I first encounter her Instagram page, I didn’t expect that it’s in my country. It is so unique. If you go further, her home is the epitome of an artist’s canvas, the works of a bohemian by nature.

It literally spells happiness! =)

We were discussing things lately, and I told her that our taste might be eyesore to some, though for us, it is what makes us happy and keep up our spirits. And then she said, well, we are increasing. Which is apparently true, I have met so many friends in my IG account, the same circle loving the same niche. Before I was in love with Ibiza boho girl, The spotted zebra (which I recently featured in my blog: My 1 dozen most favorite pages at Instagram and true enough, it surprises me that I’ve been seeing those pages I follow are also following Happy nest in the tropics.

Look at those fascinating colors!

It gave me a certain bliss, that, Hey, I found my niche. ❤

As to why following them makes me happy. Their abodes are bursting with happy colors, stunning flares, like every corner is pleasing to the eye. Our pair of eyes. Be it brand new, vintage or antique, recycled, upcycled, name it.

So uniquely designed

Another thing that is truly inspiring with Happy nest in the tropics is that she appreciates and validates handmade crafts that are made locally. Which is a good thing as she is literally helping out these businesses. Empowering them to do more, create more, inspire and be inspired more.

Empowered women empowering other women =)

This ignites the fire to bring forth the talents and passion of creating beautiful things and share it to the world.

That part is my favorite. =)

Check it out and witness the boho chic beauty of her own heaven on earth, the good and magical vibes it radiate, and be excited like I am (finally found my tribe) to be motivated by her day to day pursuit to stay happy and creative, gleefully shared to remain connected via Instagram. =)

Happy reading my boho sisters! ❤

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Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.” 

-Adrian Michael-

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.

Yey!

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. ❤

I did this, hand-made 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.

This is so deep.

Should you wish to visit, their address is: Calamba Road, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite, Philippines

You can call them at:

LGBT Community – What if it is us?

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My growing years specifically my College days, I am exposed to same-sex relationships. I spent more than 4 years in an all-girls school, so I’ve seen this kind of relationships. It was unaccepted then so usually they are kept secrets. However, friendships meant accepting each other for who we really are and trying our best not to judge, because at the end of the day, we do not want to be judged too.

Even the Pope, being the leader of the Catholic church had to say something about it. And of course, it created too many discussions.

The Pope Francis Statement That Changed the Church on LGBT Issues

“If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Two years ago Tuesday, Pope Francis uttered these words, sending shock-waves throughout the Catholic Church and the world. His position stood in contrast to that of his predecessors: Months earlier, Pope Benedict XVI suggested that gay marriage was a threat to global peace.

Source: https://time.com/3975630/pope-francis-lgbt-issues/

Back in college days, I’ve had female suitors who were even prettier than me, sending me sweet cards and flowers and chocolates just like a male suitor would do. I’ve learned my way to say no gently. I say prettier, because cross-dressing isn’t not that prevalent at that time.

I may not be very vocal about it, however, through the years, I really support and understand them. Same thing goes with being rich or poor, my love for others weren’t conditional.

I’ve had many friends of different kinds. And I love them all equally without any conditions. I post on my Social media from time to time my admiration to some gays or lesbians I found in movies or in the internet. Though, I am not an advocate.

I have more gay friends than lesbians. Though, I love them all.
My travel, foodie, everything in between buddy

Recently, pondering upon this concern. I think It’ll now become my advocacy, since I witness too much judgement.

What if it is us? How would we feel if we’re judged as if we no longer deserve to live a life that’s happy and fulfilling?

Isn’t it the same way when Social media dictated that only the thin ones are pretty? Thanks to personalities and influences of people who will make everyone feel that there’s no need to save a room for hate (and bashing and judging and being harsh to others is something that is just normal to most people).

I’ve had qualms writing about this. Yet, I had to take advantage of this blog to express that they are human beings like everyone else is too. Like you. Like me.

It is more of what we feel right? Much more than we think. Love is an emotion, yes, and a mindset and a decision all in one.

If we feel that love and felt it is wrong because it is felt to the same gender, and since it is a universal law, or we were oriented that a man is only for a woman, and vice versa, what is the exact feeling that we would feel if we follow that orientation? I think it can only be sadness, and being hard on ourselves because in the dark, we might ask, why am I feeling this way?

It is sometimes, or most of the time confusing to me, because it is said that “No man is an island” and that all our actions, we need to take into consideration all the people who will be affected with our decisions.

But are we to spend our whole life pleasing others? Or it’s okay to please others, it makes us feel good being okay with almost everyone, or we should be revising the question like: Can we just let them be?

Photo source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/08/24/16/how-joey-mead-discovered-angelina-mead-king
If this isn’t love? What else can it be?
Photo source: metro.co.uk

You just don’t know how much I’ve learned from these 5 gorgeous and fabulous men?! Tan, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Antoni of Queer Eye. #netlfix They have such big hearts, almost immeasurable. #fab5

My conviction isn’t that strong on this topic, so I’m rerouting it into something like equality. That we all have that right to love and be loved. It’s the greatest feeling. It’s the purpose of life. To love. And be loved. Even my faith didn’t’ encourage me in any way to judge or hate! It’s an old teaching too right?

And love means acceptance. How I accepted my gay friends for who they are. And how thankful are they for people like us who didn’t judge them.

Photo source: abcnews.go.com

I’ll just end this by saying “Nobody’s perfect.” So let’s try our best not to speak and act as if we are.

Featured image source: http://www.thevintagenews.com

I’m in the mood for Mood boards!

If you love designing, people will love your design. ~ Onur Mustak Cobanli

Coming from 2 blogs on Interior Designing. I thought of sharing with you my ardor in preparing “Mood boards”.

Though for those who haven’t encounter this yet, let me explain first what is a Mood board. A Mood board is very similar to a Vision board or a Dream board. It is like a manifestation tool through a collage or sets of photos of the things you want to happen or see them happening.

Having a dream board and placing it somewhere you can see it all the time allows you to own it. Your thoughts of having them, or imagining yourself with them actually brings them to life. In living colors! =) It’s like a reminder of the things you want to see happening very soon.

The same principle is applied into Mood boards. It is practically your actual recommendation to your clients. An effective way to communicate your thoughts and visions and easier for clients to understand.

It also allows the clients to see right away your exact idea and proposal so immediately from there, you can already discuss whether the client likes it or not.

It enables them to visualize what the place would look like. What specific items to use, what matches their preference, what color fits a particular color, and if what they want is feasible or not, if it’s nice to look at, giving consideration to aesthetics and functionality.

Through this, clients can also anticipate budget to allocate upon seeing the furniture, the accessories and other stuff to complete a space or room as desired.

It is a powerful tool to perform Creative Visualization.

It is an initial presentation to your client, like a first draft to fine-tune and finalize things. First and foremost, it works both ways, it helps you and your client to come up with the final and approved design prior to execution.

Here’s a list of the usual items you should include:

  1. Color palette
  2. Furniture recommended
  3. Accessories
  4. Furnishings
  5. Lighting fixtures
  6. Swatches of window and floor treatments and upholstery
  7. Source of inspiration
  8. Floor plan
  9. Moods the space adheres to create through use of positive adjectives. Example:
  • cozy
  • rustic
  • comfy
  • glam
  • happy

10. Short descriptions

11. Don’t forget to tell a story, put titles on your recommendations, below are examples of titles:

  • A Charming Retreat (for a country-side rustic bedroom for a 30 year old career woman)
  • A Bachelor’s pad
  • An Adventurer’s Abode
  • Purple Royalty
  • Southern Chill
  • Timeless Beauty

Please take a look at some of the mood boards I’ve lovingly created in the past:

My Mood board for my parent’s living room.
For a Tea Shop
For a Rustic Store

While here are some of the most creative mood boards I’ve seen online. Try searching for some as your inspiration. =)

Here you will notice that the inspiration used are red flowers.

Photo source: saccaldesignhouse.com

While in this Mood board, you can already identify colors preferred and there are short descriptions.

This is the ideal Mood board, it includes the floor plan or the lay-out and the actual materials to use.

While this one, the Designer was playful enough to include Inspirational quotes imbibing the mood of her plans and visions.

Usually, for Mood boards such as this one, there is an attachment that includes detailed list of materials to use.

Mood boards aren’t just for Interior Designers, it is also being utilized by Fashion Designers, Make-up Artists, Event Planners (especially Weddings) even Travellers utilize them too.

Also, there are sites online that can give you pro tips and help you prepare amazing ones (like it isn’t your first time) such as milanote.com, creativebloq.com, gomoodboard.com. There’s a lot out there. Even “apps”. =)

Try one and I’m sure it can only spell happiness as it brings out the creative juices in you. Please remember that there is always an “artist” in all of us. =).

Play around, research, spice it up with things that inspires you, those items you wanted to see at home. It can be outlined properly, or it can be a collage. It’s your call. Don’t limit yourself. It’s like dreaming and it’s okay to dream. Dream big. =) The bigger, the better! =)

P.S. As a reminder, Mood board is also different from Color board or Swatch board. This is where all the materials to use are reflected as your reference of the colors approved by the client.