Mailbox Friday

I’m guessing the post office is all caught up from all the holiday backlog, because I got more postcards this week.   I love that some of my senders actually read my profile, ’cause it says I love visiting museums and art galleries in the summer. On the left is a work by Kees van…

10 Movies

Eto na Jolens ang 10 movies ko: (titles with names of directors) 1. Postmen In The Mountains by Huo Jianqi – there’s a scene where the lead carries his father across the stream and what that moment meant to both of them gets to me to this day. 2. Volver by Pedro Almodovar – this…

10 Books

Thanks for tagging me, Jolens. It’s always nice to be included in these things. Here are my 10 books: 1. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda – if you don’t feel anything after reading his poems, I will doubt the presence of your heart. 2. The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk – there’s a real…

I just received my first set of postcards!

It’s been a month since I’ve joined Postcrossing. Because I am a little impatient, I joined some Facebook groups including the official Postcrossing group, Postcrossing Canada and Postcrossing Philippines. I am so excited to report that I just received 4 postcards this week. I wasn’t entirely surprised to see that my first senders were from…

Montreal, Quebec City and the Quebec Countryside Part 1

Last year, we decided to get on a roadtrip that was inspired by the coffee table book in my brother’s house. Original destination: PercΓ© Rock in the GaspΓ© Peninsula. Beautiful, right? But we didn’t get there. Here’s why: (Night 1) Montreal I booked an AirBnb and we arrived past midnight. We called the host for…

Top Songs of 2017

Spotify made me a playlist for my top songs of 2017! It’s a long list, so I’ll just pick out my favourite 10 off of it. #1 Billy by Drama Duo – this reminds me of my first heartbreak. #2 Mood by Porches – this reminds me of wistful songs from the 80s, like Wishful…

First Zazzle Order

Finally, my first Zazzle order arrived! And after inspecting the postcards I had ordered, here are a few things to take note of: I love the postcards’ thickness. They didn’t skimp on that one for sure. The colours are vibrant. However, some postcards are better printed on glossy paper than matte (which was the default…

Obsessing Over Postcards

Because of my newfound enthusiasm for snail mail, I’ve been actively looking for postcards in Toronto. I found this today: Yes, it is THAT Daddy Long Legs! I saw this at Hanji on Bloor and Christie and I had to have it. It contains 12 postcards illustrating some scenes in the 1912 novel by Jean…

Dog Fever, Postcrossing and Christmas Dinner

I’ve been sitting my brother’s dog since they came back from West Coast 2 years ago. I love this old grumpy Yorkie (he’s 13!) so much that I have been thinking of getting my own dog for a very long time. However, my mom is allergic to furry pets and I live with her for…

More Epiphanies

I just finished my finals and I’m not doing anything. I love this feeling. I hope my grades will be good because I worked really hard. If you were to ask me 10 years ago about the way I studied, I would have told you it’s nonexistent. Since very recently, I discovered the wonderful feeling…

Fear of Failure

This is the very first illustration I made on the little sketchbook I bought last year. And so far, I’ve only filled 6 pages out of 60. I tried to get into the habit of improving my skill, but, somehow, I never got around it. I get discouraged when my vision doesn’t quite match my…

Therapeutic

It’s been a while since I painted. I was not exactly excelling at it. But, it was therapeutic. Therapeutic – this is the word that gets thrown around during paint nights, because it’s true. Some genius at my university thought so too. During Mental Health Awareness Week, the York Federation of Students (or YFS) conducted…