In the Sun

February! Whew, the first month of 2015 flew by so fast, I haven’t had time to write a proper entry for my blog. Well, to be honest, I did not really do a lot of crafting last month. I wanted to give myself time to recuperate from the busy months of November and December. Now, don’t you rejoice yet, coz I’m back! With my unwitty remarks and geeky crafting moments. ๐Ÿ˜

I had some free afternoon one Saturday last month. The weather was cool and the sun cast the perfect lighting, so I went to the beach and surfed. Not. I’m way cooler than that so I brought out my crafting tools in the garden. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Of course, I had to be surrounded by my pets! I thought they can learn a trick or two in cutting paper.

Now, the project. I wanted something new for my office desk so I made a quote about, er, vacations. I know, I know. Vacation already?! Haha! But I thought this would keep me motivated (sane?) during moments of stress and save my hair from being pulled out a lot.

I first wrote the text in freehand calligraphy on tracing paper. Then, I traced the wrong side of the image on to white paper to create a mirror image. And then, I cut them with my trusty craft knife.

This came out:

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Charlie was the perfect border: ๐Ÿ˜œ

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This is now on display at my workstation:

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What do you think of the quote? Agree?

Watch this video while you think about it. Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Capture the Good Times!

A couple of weeks ago, our family went for a vacation in Baguio, a tourist destination north of Manila. This is the go-to place for people who would like to take a break from their busy urban lives and enjoy cool weather and a laidback atmosphere. Now Baguio is a city, ย but it has this suburban feel to it where you wouldn’t have to keep track of time and everyone’s nice to everybody.ย I was just there earlier this year but I cannot possibly get tired of visiting this city with its beautiful parks and sites to see. There is just something about this place that makes me want to, as cliche as it may sound, ย stop and smell the flowers.

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Taken at the Baguio Botanical Gardens

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La Trinidad, a city just outside Baguio, is famous for its Strawberry Farm. Too bad strawberries were out of season when we visited, though they also have rows and rows of fresh lettuces to get lost in!

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This was taken at The Good Shepherd Convent. The convent sells products made by the Good Shepherd nuns. They carry items such as fruit preserves, strawberry and ube jams, cashew and peanut brittle, and coco jam. According to the City of Pines website, the money generated from the sale of their products is used for the different charities sponsored by the Good Shepherd nuns and also for the maintenance and upkeep of the convent. Cool, huh?

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They don’t call Baguio the City of Pines for nothing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This post may have been generally about my latest travel but of course I could not possibly forget to insert a papercut project, could I? This was a papercut I made a few months back, which my brother promised to photograph for me. I figured this would fit nicely in a blog post about spending quality time with your family.

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Locked Away in a Box

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As I have mentioned in my facebook page, I am spending some time off in my father’s hometown in Napti, Aklan for a few days. My mom and I were just blessed to have this trip pushed through, in the midst of the monsoon rains. I do wish the rains have stopped by now and that all of you back home are safe.

Anyhow, now that I am miles away from the city life, I made sure to store all things work-related in a box. At the back of my mind. Locked with chains and barrel bolts. At least for now.

I really believe we all need some time away from the real world once in a while. I am a strong advocate of this, especially to my friends who keep telling me they are getting burned out from work. Sometimes we just need to take a breather from it all and clear our minds. Trust me, it’ll keep you sane.

And don’t ever say that you don’t have the luxury to take a break. After all, they say the best time for a vacation is when you say you don’t have the time for one. ๐Ÿ™‚