Serenitea with Hannah

Back then when I was still in college, I had a blockmate who had the same hobbies as me. We both love Japanese anime, music, drinks, and drawing. So we bonded over that. We were also sort of neighbors (within 20 mins of each other) so we had no problems meeting up even if its impromptu. 90% of the time, we meet at Serenitea Banawe:

2016 08 serenitea banawe wall outside

They didn’t have this last year!

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This Serenitea branch already had 3 renovations I think. We were already patrons of Serenitea wayyy back at their N. Roxas – Banawe branch! When you think of it, 7 years!? Emeged. We didn’t do plates or our thesis here as I recall. We did however, met here during our practicum meetings prior to our last college plate, our review sessions for the board exam after college, and during our every other month catch up as licensed interior designers or just our art tambays. What I would like to say is that – this branch holds a special place in my heart ♥. HAHA. REALLY!

Anyway, I met up with Hannah 2 weeks back for our drawing session. I brought out my Prang watercolor set and some Canson Montval sheets I got from my SG trip.

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2016 08 serenitea escoda brush defect

This is my Escoda Reserva brush. I’m not sure if its supposed to look like that but I don’t like it. Will try to get it replaced ASAP. This is expensive!

I wish for more days like this.

Winsor & Newton Cotman

After months of deciding, I finally bought my own Winsor & Newton Cotman set!

2016 08 W&N box

Ta daaaaa ♥

Since I can’t afford the 45 set yet, this will do. I ordered mine from The Opinionated Store. It was my first online purchase from a local art supply store. It was hassle free! I just messaged my order on their Facebook page, selected the method of payment (Online bank) and delivery (LBC), and I got it the next day ♥.

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So pocket friendly!

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Just like yummy candy ♥

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With a travel brush!

The W&N Cotman sketchers pocket box is Winsor & Newton’s student grade. The colors included are: Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue,  Ultramarine, Intense blue or Pthalo Blue, Viridian, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Chinese White.

I can’t wait to try my new bbs. ♥

Happy Birthday!

2 days ago was my Inggo’s birthday. We celebrated it by taking advantage of a certain buffet’s birthday promo. The birthday celebrant can eat for free as long as they’re accompanied with one paying adult.

2016 08 niu vikings

Niu by Vikings at SM Aura.

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2016 08 niu beef medallion

Special order of Beef Medallion with wine cubes.

2016 08 niu dessert

Their dessert station has macarons!

2016 08 niu birthday cake

This was supposed to be the end of this entry. But for his birthday dinner, he convinced me to eat at Four Seasons Buffet at Araneta center instead of a restaurant since it will be cheaper due to the birthday promo. He also said that we could eat at Burger King instead if there are no tables left at said buffet, but they had one last table left for two. So by fate, we ate at another buffet that day.  Please don’t ask anymore about the aftermath.

2016 08 four seasons buffet

Four Seasons Buffet with its Shabby Chic interiors.

2016 08 four seasons buffet wall

Pretty details.

Belated Happy birthday to my Overwatch partner, restaurant & cafe date, travel buddy, best friend, and the love of my life! I love you soooo much! ♥

Portraits (July 2016)

I’m back to doing portraits! The “to do” list is still long but at least there’s progress. It’s a weird yet fuzzy feeling that there are people who requested an artwork from me. So here are the ones I did this July. Apparently, July is also the #WorldWaterColorMonth.

2016 07 Portraits 1

Office mates.

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2016 07 Portraits 2

Gifts for the Senior Architects.

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Left: My online game friend requested a portrait / Right: Birthday gift for an office mate.

2016 07 Portraits 4

VERY late birthday gifts for my friends. ♥

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VERY late birthday gifts for my friends ♥.

My portraits are not 100% the same with the reference photos, but I feel like I’m improving a bit. As usual, progress and continuity are important to me. Whenever I browse my blog, I feel this sense of accomplishment like “Hey, I did something for this month! I’m productive! I didn’t just laze around & played video games all weekend!”. Haha.

Here’s to more art in the future.


Watercolor Ramblings

I am envious of the watercolor collection of my watercolorist peers. I only have my trusty Prang & the occasional Reeves pan set with me. Oh, but how I want, and I mean really, REALLY want my own Windsor & Newton 45 pan set. I’ve been dreaming of this set for years, but I never had the money to buy it. Then, my watercolor brand knowledge became wider when I joined local art groups. Now, I also want to try the Gansai Tambi for florals, White Nights, Mijello, and lots of Daniel Smith colors!


What an expensive hobby. But you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. It makes me happy, and that’s the only thing that matters. ♥