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:

Southbound Cafe

“It’s not just about seeing beautiful places, it’s about seeing the beauty in every place…”

I have been blogging about Interiors lately. And this blog I must say is more about Interiors more than their food offerings.

We spotted this new cafe in our home town, in San Pedro City, Laguna. You will find it on your right if you’re coming from Manila. Upon reaching the city it is just across the huge sculpture of the rooster. The landmark of my hometown. Which I think is a very strategic location indeed.

What bricks can do.
The car plates are kinda masculine for me.
I love it when there are paintings on the wall. =)
The ropes, gave the entrance a rustic feel.

So it is a fusion of rustic and industrial and a dab of little quirkiness. I think I have loaded my mobile phone with more than 50 photos in all angles, the place has a charm of entertaining you in an amazing way and now I had this dilemma of choosing what photos to include here. Whew!

So, please take a look.

I think this coffee mural is the focal point of the place.
Be that as it may, not until upon looking upwards, I saw this striking chandelier.
I thought this shade of orange might be too bright for a place, though they were able to balance it with a teal. =)
Waiting area.

If you want it quieter, there is an enclosed area, providing you privacy.

There is actually a certain masculine feel on it. Due to the different symbols of cars: mags, plates, wheels, car logos, depicting the owners’ “could be” hobby.

My car for years. =)
My soul sister’s car =)
Our car when I was a kid. =) #beetle
Did I miss Toyota? I think this one will do and he will really love this! =)
An Audi perhaps.

So let’s check their food. =)

Aww, look at those Chefs! =) And that Sto. Nino…=)
The muffins looked good! =)
There are home-made donuts too.
Tableas.
Theirs is from Allegro.

Allegro is the exclusive distributor of the finest espresso machines, brewers, coffee beans, syrups, sauces and teas from Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Ceylon, the Netherlands, and the United States. Our products cater to hotels, casinos, culinary and educational institutions, restaurants, cafes, and franchise chains.

It is the result of someone’s passion with coffee and brought with him over 30 years of entrepreneurial and financial experience managing 7 Italian Cafes and a coffee equipment wholesale distribution company in Dallas and Houston, Texas, USA.

Info source: http://www.allegrobeverage.com

Honestly, I loved their coffee. =) Nothing spectacular with our pasta, though it met our expectations, and the nachos is okay, however, I rather see fresh tomatoes than ketchup like a real salsa. =(
You need not worry if the cake you choose will fill the bill. As they’re carrying a popular branded one. That famous maker of “Mango bravo” which is Conti’s.
So I instantly know what to get. =) The Choco overload cake. =)
I can’t ignore the fact that they’ve chosen a good color scheme. ❤
This fab bouquet administered a soft and feminine feel when masculinity is found everywhere. Nice move. =)

Nowadays, the loos are no longer left-out. Like there’s a match as to where is the prettiest loo. =)

I love the pebbles on the wall and that modern spatial lamp.
Look! We’ve got freebies too! =)
Photo source: quotesbook.com

So I am agreeing to this quote. =)

There are other tempting dishes from their menu. So, definitely, we will be back. =) As for the Interiors. All the elements were finely doled-out in all corners. =) Good job!

Their address is at #87 Mabini street, San Antonio, San Pedro City, Laguna, Philippines.

What I miss in Tacloban? (part 1)

As an Executive Assistant years ago, I get to be assigned to our branches nationwide, one of which that I frequent most is our Tacloban branch. That was actually my first assignment, my heart was broken as I boarded the plane on my way to Eastern Visayas. I am so sure I will definitely miss my mama and my papa and my son and hon and my friends back home. Never had I expected, that Tacloban became my second home.

T’was just a small town, the pace is very laid-back, the people are very kind. Just as small as it is, I never thought how big the town can offer. In no particular order, I miss all of these:

I should say that this is the most famous Italian restaurant here in Tacloban. It's near my hotel, a 10 minute walk and the attendants will openn the door for you with a warm smile in synch with the owners who often man the place and takes care of the guests' needs if necessary.

I should say that this is the most famous Italian restaurant in Tacloban. It’s near my hotel, just a 10 minute walk and the attendants will open the door for you with a warm smile in synch with the owners who often man the place and takes care of the guests’ needs if necessary.

Libro cafe, is an ancient house in Tacloban turned into a Cafe which for me offers one of the finest and creamiest blueberry cheesecake I've ever tasted. In here,  you will find hard to find books at a lower price. With staff that are so accommodating. You can stay there reading while having what's in their chalk-lettered menu and the owner would not mind.

Libro cafe, is an ancient house in Tacloban turned into a Cafe which for me offers one of the finest and creamiest blueberry cheesecake I’ve ever tasted. In here, you will find hard to find books at a lower price. With staff that are so accommodating. You can stay there reading while having what’s in their chalk-lettered menu and the owner would not mind.

Ocho grill I guess compete’s with Guiseppe’s being in the # 1 list when it comes to restaurants in Tacloban. Although, they are in different category, Guiseppes is Italian while Ocho’s offers All-Filipino cuisine, they boast their fresh-catch seafood. You will be asked to choose from the counter and they will cook it nicely for you. One thing that’s amazing in this restaurant is that their staff are powered by a lapel utilized to communicate with the rest of staff. Even if the place is jam-packed, worry not, as everything will go into places. Very efficient service. My favorite:Chili shrimps and Broccoli with quail eggs. By the way, don’t miss the scallops! it’s the best!

This one is from Sombrero. Their version of chimichanga. Mexican spices are too strong but I don’t mind because when you’re away from home, to discover that the place has a lot to offer, is really quite surprising. Besides, I’ve always loved chimichangas!

Sombrero has smoothies too which I take tons of! It's healthy and a good combination with spicy food! Behind is a picture of my son, I miss him terribly! The puppy beside him is Pocholo! (--,)
My son’s photo gets me by. Being away from them.

Sombrero has smoothies too which I take tons of! It’s healthy and a good combination with spicy food! Behind is a picture of my son, I miss him terribly! The puppy beside him is Pocholo!

Met a friend and dined in Ocho's...
Met a friend and dined in Ocho’s…

What better to enjoy the freshest sea food with a very good old friend. This has been so many years ago and I honestly regret not being able to visit this province in a while. Though, I hope it’ll be soon. =)