One of the many wonderful things I love about London are the museums. There are over 240 museums in London catering to different people and interests — from Sherlock Holmes Museum to the British Museum. And unlike Paris and other cities, most of the government-funded and major museums in London are free admission! A lot of things in London are either free or cheaper through certain passes, but I’ll discuss that on another post. For now, let me share some of the photos (yes, it’s okay to take photos inside the museums!) I took when I went to visit the three museums in the South Kensington Area, also known as the Museum Quarter.
Thanks to the Internet, there are now at least a least a hundred ten ways to be productive, and it’s just a matter of finding which one works for you. I’ve read articles here and there, slowly trying to incorporate them in my daily life. Some work, some don’t. And today, I just want to run through three simple ways that could help me and you stay productive every day.
Applying for a UK Tourist Visa is fairly easy but something you shouldn’t underestimate. I was very fortunate to my travel goal of going to Europe was fulfilled before turning 25, so I’m paying it forward by helping you make their travel goals a reality. Applying for a tourist visa is like a stressful and risky game of poker. The only way to win, or getting an approved visa, is to play your cards right. I do hope this guide will shed some light and lessen your stress.
While I was brainstorming for ideas on how to write this blog article, the news on TV featured a story about Jose Angelo Ortiz, a man with cerebral palsy who handed his gift to Pope Francis during the Papal Visit here in the Philippines. The gift was a cross stitch made by foot.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects physical movement, so the fact that Mr. Ortiz was able to cross-stitch an image of Mama Mary using his feet is a perfect example that anybody can do crafts, if you put your mind and heart into it.
With this in mind, I’d like to share to everyone the event I attended a couple of weeks ago. It took place at this restaurant called Early Bird Breakfast Club in Century City Mall. It’s my first time to try their dishes, so let me just say that the food that they’ve served to us were delicious, ESPECIALLY THAT ADOBO FLAKES (PHP325!), but I’ll save that for another post. :)
Anyway, moving back to the event, it was an afternoon filled inspiring stories and words of encouragement as DMC — everyone’s favorite go-to shop needlework threads, fabrics and accessories — present their seven (7) partner artists and crafters who have successfully incorporated crafting into their everyday lives.
Just like Mr. Ortiz, these artists have different stories to tell. They found self-discovery and happiness by living a life of crafting. Something I can very much relate to while I was still pursuing the calligraphy and lettering last month. Their stories were very personal and intensely meaningful; and listening to them was enough to enkindle everyone’s creative spirit in the room. While I don’t have a copy of the video they’ve presented, we were given a brief about the artists’ background and their craft advice. If they were able to inspire me and 20 other bloggers in the room, then they’d definitely will inspire you.
- Alessa Lanot: Take something ordinary, pair it with something unexpected to create something extraordinary.
- Candy Reyes-Alipilo: Don’t be afraid to try something new. You can make anything with your hands as long as you put your mind into it.
- Karla Quimsing: Go for it. Be adventurous. Create something you love.
- Lenora Cabili: Start small. Don’t go for big projects and you discouraged halfway through cause it’s taking so long.
- Marielle Nadal-Reyes: See the potential in things.
- Michelle “Mikko” Karla Sumulong: Never be afraid to make mistakes.
- Trey Ajusto: Know the basics. Don’t be limited by the misconceptions about the craft.
1/2 of the partner artists: Karla Quimsing, Trey Ajusto, Marielle Nadal-Reyes and Mikko Sumulong
What’s your favorite advice? Personally, I think Ms. Lenora Cabili’s advice resonated to me the most. I get excited when pursuing big personal projects sometimes, that after a while, I get discouraged or uninterested. I want to finish what I start, so her advice is something I definitely need to apply in my life.
After the event, DMC also gave each of us a canvas bag full of crafts made by these wonderful women. My favorite would be the pouch and the dreamcatcher. The pouch’s quality is exceptional and the dreamcatcher is in myy world map. :)
Some of the items inside the canvas bag. <3
Let’s Start Crafting!
DMC and these remarkable people encourages the idea that everyone can create unique and beautiful things. They know that the opportunity to make something is infinite. DMC believes that if we dare our minds to create and think outside of the box, then we can come up with something that is beyond instruction manuals and patterns — something that we can call our own. So, to set things in motion, DMC is holding a 3-day weekend craft fair, entitled “DMC Handcrafted”, on January 30 to February 1, 2015 at Century City Mall Event Center, Level 5.
This craft fair provides a venue to help those who want to start crafting and those who are already into crafting. With over 20 exhibitors and art suppliers joining this fair, expect to see a range of handmade pieces up for grabs and materials to help you make your own little projects. Best of all, you also get an opportunity to meet DMC’s partner crafters who will be holding workshops FOR FREE! They will also be having a live music in the evening.
The free workshop has limited slots, but you can sign up through their Facebook or Instagram. It’s a first come, first served basis.
This event with DMC has definitely inspired me to pick up another craft hobby, perhaps knitting or crochet? Maybe I should try both? Either way, I hope to see you at Century City Mall Event Center this weekend!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DMC in conjunction with the Nuffnang Philippines. All thoughts and opinions shared on this entry are on my own.
Being born on the month of October, under the zodiac sign of Scorpio, I’ve always been attributed to the Element of Water. Without even realizing, water has always affected my life. I also believe that water cleanses and reenergizes the spirit, so after my trip to Pagupud, I gained an arbitrary sense of perspective and suddenly felt I finally had the courage to embrace the plans, changes and goals I’ve meant to pursue for a very long time.
My adventurous spirit managed to convince and invite a group of friends to go on a road trip adventure last August 2014. Originally, the plan was to go to Ilocos, only to find out that majority of them have been there before. Jaime then suggested that we go to Caramoan instead, and so we did.
And what a fun weekend that was! So without further ado, let me share to you our adventures to the southern tip of Luzon!