In The Met Lab:  Japanese Design Curiosities and Filipino-Japanese Furniture

It has been a while since I have planned to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and finally I was able to check its box on my list.  It is situated along Roxas Boulevard but it is quite unfortunate that no jeepneys seem to cross that certain road.  I knew I would spend a ton of time there so I ate lunch beforehand.  Thank you Subway (eat fresh)! 🙂

While the museum has its old world charm, the current exhibit focused on modern design – that of the Japanese.  Frankly, I could not understand why most of my colleagues go crazy about Japanese culture.  However, when I was exposed to it (hello, Daiso and anime) I began to understand little by little.  There was something delicate and wise about their designs.  The character of ‘modern’ in modern houses is typically derived from Japanese aesthetic.

The exhibit showcased one hundred works from about the early 1900s to this time with different sections such as house wares, clothing, disaster relief, communication, transportation and medical apparatus and equipment.  Everything was happiness!  Nevertheless, what I particularly liked is the Issey Miyake dress which is so genius I hoped I invented it, and this awesome foldable helmet.  There was also a super kawaii ramen tool as you allow your food to cook.  The stationery sets were divine!  Also, I only ever saw the bread maker in Begin Japanology, and here I saw it in the flesh – or the plastic, or whatever it is made of.  There was a versatile and highly functional coat with a lot of pockets so you could basically bring your entire home with you in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.  The architectural model series was really genius as well.

Discourses in Design:  Philippine Japanese Cultural Linkages was also a temporary exhibit.  This on the other hand displayed furniture, fixtures and ornaments made by Filipino artists inspired by the Japanese culture.  I loved the capiz series, the chairs which reminded me of Pixar, the humungous metal fixture fronting the lobby and the sofa which I so adore I could probably sleep on it for a day after finishing a good book (perhaps Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

The second floor housed many works by contemporary and modern artists.  No pictures could be taken but I hope I had one wherein I am next to Rodel Tapaya’s painting.  It was my first time to see one in real life and really I could stare at his works for hours and just marvel!  The second floor too showed performance arts, some as scripted movies, others seemingly out of the blue like one wherein we witness ceramics thrown away and broken on the concrete floor.

I had a great time in The Met and I would definitely visit again soon.  I wonder what is in store next?

By the way, they have a legal Met Lab, if we need a fix.

Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard,
Malate-Manila (1554), Philippines

Php 100.00
Children above three years old, students, adults & foreign guest.
Private school all levels.

Php 80.00
Senior citizen and persons with disabilities.

Museum Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30pm
Gold and Pottery Galleries: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 4:30pm



Travel Gear: Goga Mat Tech by Skechers


Skechers GO STEP – Pose

I love travelling on foot; I believe it gives a more intimate experience with the place I am visiting. Nonetheless, I almost always find that my very flat shoes contribute to very sore feet at the end of the day. Walking is both a joy and a necessity for me – I am currently studying and to get to and from campus, walking would be my best option. I like my walking shoes to be light on the feet and comfortable on the soles. I was also looking for something durable enough to keep up with me on my adventures. Alas, my search ended when I saw a good pair by Skechers.

I kid you not when I say it was a podiatric epiphany. Literally – I knew I had to have them and I knew the pair would be one of my favorites. Thanks to Belle de Jour’s Perks of A Bella coupon, I was able to purchase mine with a huge discount! 🙂

I love the feel, fit and style. Also, I know that it would last me a long time. When I buy a pair of shoes, I make sure that it is cost efficient; shoes are investments. Good ones  will take us places we never imagined we would be in – for better or for worse, but here’s to hoping that it’s the former.  Experiences shape our character, and they are best faced head on whilst wearing good armor.

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Did not see this coming.

Case in point, this stylish pair was what I wore on an achievement (one that I never really thought my work would be recognized for). They were as well worn when spending time with a loved one. In addition, I also wear them on my part-time job and they are becoming a part of my ‘uniform’ when I explore the city. Perfect for strolling and walking around, I know they are also excellent companions when doing Pilates, HIIT and of course, yoga.


Bonding in spa.

The team of myself and my shoes is just getting started with our adventures and we are both excited for what is in store for us! 2016 is a year of adventures and we cannot wait to tackle our next one!

Good shoes take us onto exciting adventures – nearby or trudging on the other side of the world.

I’m looking forward to perusing the earth with my trusty pair.

Flaunt that Glow with Jergens


I love attending Belle de Jour events.  Life is a continuous process of learning and as such I love to acquire information especially about those that are going to help me grow in my journey in life.  This experience would be even more rewarding if shared with the people of the same passion; interacting with the other Bellas is amazing.  They are competitive (games), and sprightly (socially).

Of course, being the freeloader that I am, the freebies are irresistible.  Always. 🙂

This was an intimate event and the venue was fitting:  I thought we were guided into Platform 9 3/4 as we went into a secluded room in The Blackboard by Chef Michel.  There were only a couple of seats and I am glad I was early for only the first 40 ladies will receive a loot bag.

The program opened with an icebreaker which was about passing a message and the girls from the winning team each received a gift pack from Jergens (lotions were everywhere).  There was a primer on the history of Jergens and the different products they have.

Mademoiselle Donna Cuna-Pita’s Skin and Style tackled about the different body types (pear, apple, ruler, full figured, hourglass) and how to dress according to each effectively.  This has been the basis of fashion for women, and if we want to be more powerful and confident on how we appear, this is definitely one of the pointers to follow.  Dressing for skin tones was as well discussed and it was interesting on how different colors appear on everyone respectively.  From my perspective, this is where either the clothes wear you, or you wear the clothes.

However harsh the fashion industry might be when it comes to the ideal body (and everything), this was a philosophical nugget I digested:

The true secret to looking good is taking care of yourself and having the confidence to flaunt and celebrate what is uniquely beautiful about yourself.(1)

The second talk was regarding The Art of Instagram.  Though I do have an account and post every now and then, I am no Instagram fanatic (except perhaps for the vintage filters).  Some people consider this petty, but to some this is their bread and butter (especially those concerning fashion and beauty) such as Ms Marj Ramos.  She taught us about how to take photos that are Insta-worthy and also creating an online portfolio through this social network.  There are different tricks to achieve great photos through handheld devices (color schemes, balance, exposure, shadows and highlights, choosing an interesting background, simplicity, etc).  We also discussed flat laying, which became an activity later on.  Whether we like it or not, Instagram is not only a trending photo album – it reflects our personality as well.  All these suggestions are helpful if we want to achieve fine shots, but at the end of the day, it is a personal account and hold responsibility for it, no matter how much we like to post anything and everything.


My attempt at flat laying.

There was a delectable buffet in between the talks courtesy of The Blackboard.  Perhaps this is understated, but I love their iced tea. 🙂


While waiting for the other girls to take their shots with this backdrop, I tried on a few lotions.

It was an warm event full of learning and meeting new people.  I definitely am looking forward to future Belle de Jour Passion Series.~tdn

Biblical Truths: The Jungle Book

I have not read the book by Mr Kipling nor have I seen any prior media about The Jungle Book.  Therefore, this will be based on an almost fresh set of eyes.  And be warned, there will be spoilers, or a variant of them. 🙂

The Jungle Book is a Disney film, and being a Disney girl, it is only fitting I see the flick.  I have not seen a Disney film for a while and indeed I missed a lot of their movies in theatre.  Seeing The Jungle Book was a delight – it is in general a film for children, but the messages underlying the film are adult in nature.  This is a family film, and it is one of those films I would love to watch over and over again.  Everything from the cast choices, setting, plot, visual effects, sound is superb.  They had me at the Disney opening title!  I would have hoped there is an animated short though..or will that only happen in Pixar films?

As technically amazing as it is, what will make me remember The Jungle Book is the tug on the heart strings.  The biblical messages were subtle; however, when we realize them, we are enlightened by the truth revealed by God.  Here are the top three lessons I learned from The Jungle Book based on the Word of God.

1. Raksha:  No matter where you go or what they may call you, you will always be my son.

We are God’s adopted children, and as such we are given the same rights as those of blood family.  Mowgli was treated as one of the pack – he might be called a man-cub, but Raksha, Akela and the rest of their cubs treated Mowgli as their own.  He never felt like an outcast, and though he felt different, they encouraged him and enveloped him with love and belongingness.  This is what God wants us to see – that we belong to him and he is our Father.  He is more than willing and able to give our wants and needs.  He protects us always.

Ephesians 1:5-6

He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

2.  Kaa: Are you alone out here? What are you doing so deep in the jungle? Don’t you know what you are?… I know what you are. I know where you came from. Poor, sweet little cub. I’ll keep you clossse. Let go of your fear now… and trussst in meee…

This is how the world would like us to think – that we are alone.  It lets us fall into a trap wherein we will find false security.  It blinds us into the earthly desires that would only ever make us happy for a short while.  It lets us adhere to unrealistic standards to fit in.  At the end of the day, it only ever hypnotizes us, and little do we know, we are being consumed – alive.  And it is off to its next victim.

As children of God, we are only passersby in this world, for our real home is in heaven.  We must not be one with the world and fight against the warfare in the enemy’s turf.  We are its primary targets as believers but we know it is not going to devour us as we are fighting the battle from the standpoint of victory.  We must always be on guard.

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

3.  The Fear of and Desire for the Red Flower

The animals were frightened by Man’s Red Flower as it caused them destruction.  On the other hand, King Louie wants it to control the jungle.  The Red Flower is synonymous with power – it can cause destruction, fear, greed and despair if it falls on unready and unwise hands.  Many who go after it for the wrong reasons are consumed and often times never come back from such pitfall.  If wielded with righteousness however, through power one can be influential and can lead a pack capably and prudently.

Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

1 John 4:4

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


We are God’s children and we are foreigners.  We are to flee from the evil desires of youth and not conform to the patterns of this world.  And just as Mowgli knew his identity and claimed his home in the end, so must we – we are the sons and daughters of the King of kings, and we are citizens of heaven.

PS:  I love how the physical ‘Jungle Book’ closed in the end. 🙂

Poiesis: A Fusion of Visual Art and Music

It is almost a requirement for every artist to have an exhibit at least once in his lifetime.  An exhibit serves as the exposure of these creative minds and would communicate the ideas that he has to the public.  If all is successful, he will have sold a lot of his works, or at the very least influence the audience of the messages he would like to convey.  But there is that bottom line – as an artist, exposure is a must.  It not only presents our works to a fresh set of eyes but we learn from our co-artists and the audience as well.  It is a mutually beneficial experience that is necessary for growth as a creative mind.

Last April 16, FA 11 V opened our first exhibit in Mr Fernando Sena’s Buenas Artes Studio.  It was an event that launched us as freshmen into the real world of the art scene.  Poiesis a collaboration between the UP College of Fine Arts and College of Music, wherein the students from the latter composed musical pieces as inspired by our art. It was indeed an exhilarating and an interesting experience, sharing our own aesthetics and learning about another art form that could inspire us, too.

It was a modest opening, but it spoke a lot of the milestone that we have now.  We are indeed grateful of this moment (for I know not all first years are given this opportunity) and it is something we would reminisce five years from now.  It is a beacon in our journey.

We are thankful to the people who supported us during this occasion – the generosity of the gallery team, our professors who encouraged us, the families and friends who celebrated with us, and the fellow artists who were there – these ingredients made one amazing day.

Here’s to more exhibits and to more blessings that we could share with others.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Fernando Sena Buenas Artes Studio
77-B R. Alvero Street, Loyola Heights, Xavierville Subdivision

Quezon City

(02) 275 2886

Discovering #TheRealJesus

Because God is our Father, we are sons.

Because Jesus is our Lord, we are servants.

Because the Spirit is holy, we are saints.


This year would mark the second Jesus Festival that I attended.  I had such a very good experience last year that I immediately went and bought pre-selling tickets right after the event.  It was quite far from my location (the south, and I am from the north), but I knew the event would be worth it!  And it was. 🙂 As per last year’s event,  it was held at SMX SM Aura.

I hate to admit that I was late for the second day event.  The first day (18 March) began at 5 PM for the registration.  I was not able to attend so I promised myself that I would be there for the whole-day event instead.  My friends were not there, but I met some new ones.

Pastor Lawrence Kim started his preaching within the central theme of celebration (dancing specifically!).  He particularly highlighted the story of the prodigal son, in that it is not the son’s story, but the father’s.  He was rejoicing when his son came back and repented, and prepared a celebration for him.  Only the grace of God changes a person on the inside and out, and it is His grace that sets us free from bondages.

The afternoon rally I attended was about Real Love led by Pastor Stephanie and Albert Isaac.  We learned that we cannot give what we do not have, and that there is nothing hopeless when you are in Jesus.  Real love is pure and committed. Everyday we must make a choice, and that is to follow Jesus and submit to God.  Also, feelings are not a good measure of the truth, and that nothing good comes from a bitter heart.


Ptr Chad Mansbridge

Acceptance, Affirmation, Authority.  Pastor Chad Mansbridge reminded the church of our identity in Jesus and the things we can do.  We must know ourselves, for that will determine how we behave.  We reveal the name of Jesus when we live as we truly are, and when we confess the identity of Christ, we confess our identity.

We are new creations in Jesus Christ, and should no longer live in the clothes we shed when we were living in the darkness.


Ptr Paul Chase

Pastor Paul Chase’s preaching centered on the power of demonstration, because it is the proof of evidence.  The nation is ready for the real Jesus, and the church must act in faith.

I only hoped the worship was endless! 🙂 Getting ready for next year’s event. 🙂


The atmosphere of expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.