Earlier this year, I spent another couple weeks in Japan. It was my fourth time going to the Kansai area (read about past trips here), and I was definitely itching to visit a new place. Yes, Nara and Kyoto is great. But after visiting the same spots three years in a row, I was ready for a new adventure. I had to go wider than my regular radius, and learned about a heritage site a few hours away. Koyasan (Mt. Koya) is revered as the holiest place in Japan. I just had to make the trek to Wakayama prefecture to see what it was all about.
I’m so happy I was able to drag Ninna, Junjie and Anton on this trip. It took us about three hours by train each way. Truthfully, there was a whole lot banking on Koya. Koya did not disappoint. I recommend a visit to anyone who has a day (or two) to spare in Japan. Here are some of my favorite shots from that trip.
I’ve been lucky enough to walk the streets of Hong Kong many times this year. With the help of friends, Google and sheer luck, I’ve managed to round up a list of must-visit places for Arts & Crafts supplies in the city. Here’s a quick Arts and Crafts Supplies Guide: Where to buy in Hong Kong.
It’s definitely difficult not to fall in love with Japan. This year, I headed over to Osaka again for a two-week work & play adventure. Last year, I was still finding and learning my way around the city, so my search for craft supplies was quite limited. This year, I checked out new places and discovered that there was so much I was missing. Since there’s been this great Japan invasion this year, I thought I’d share with you fellow crafter a few of my favorite spots. Here’s quick Arts and Crafts Supplies Guide: Where to buy in Osaka.
Last month, I spent an afternoon with my family and the Ledonios at Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. It’s a must-visit when heading over to Antipolo. Here are a few of my favorite moments from that day!
I spent the Valentine’s Day weekend in Hong Kong with a couple of my highschool girls. We didn’t have a set itinerary. We just wanted to walk around, eat good food, scout for art supplies, take lots of photos and enjoy the cool weather. We accomplished everything! Here are some snapshots from our trip. Oh, and if you scroll down you can watch the video diary we made. 🙂
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it here, but I’m a product of Antipolo City. I spent most of my childhood running around our family compound situated at the end of Sumulong Highway. Our compound was known as the White House.
We’ve sold our property there, but a relative of ours kept their home and converted it into a resort. The resort is now named LeBlanc. In the last month alone, I’ve been to LeBlanc Resort twice. Had a Pressed Flowers workshop once, and a family reunion/sleepover once.
Tita Myrna made this mural in honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. I wrote about the Antipolo Cathedral in a previous entry HERE.
When we were younger, we kept bugging our parents and grandparents for a swimming pool. It wasn’t until now, over a decade later, that our childhood wish came true.
Food at LeBlanc is delicious. We were served plates of food tasting during the Pressed Flowers workshop. What a treat that was! At our family gathering, my Japanese aunt gave in to my request of DIY sushi. Yummy.
Beautiful flower arrangements are all around LeBlanc. I was so tempted to steal this bouquet to press the petals for later.
The Pressed Flowers workshop was an intimate gathering. It was a group of family and friends–the best kind of crafting, for sure.
I wasn’t able to take photos of everyone’s work (because we were too busy making things). Here are a few shots I managed to sneak in that afternoon.
Gotta love them flowers.
The next workshop will be on August 17, at Hey Kessy Studio in Quezon City. Sign up for the workshop HERE.
For our first full weekend in Japan, we decided to get The Amazing Osaka Pass that not only covered select tourist spots but also let the use of the subway. Here are a few photos from the first day we used the pass. Jac, Marie and I have been feeling like an Amazing Race team, so it was only apt that we popped by a few actual Amazing Race pitstops!
Whenever I travel, I always remind myself to look down when I travel. By that, I mean to notice the differences and intricacies of how tiles are placed, pathways are paved and walkways are painted. I know that “feet shots” are many a million, but after all these years, I still can’t resist taking a few shots when I’m out and about. Here are a few of my favorites from my trip to Japan!