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Dear Diary

by macy
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired, What's Up |

This weekend is a pretty exciting one for me because I’m escaping to the beach with my craftiest friends. Since we all love to make beautiful things with our hands, we thought, why not put together a gathering that will allow us to invite people who are into the same thing as us?

So this weekend, we’ll be driving to La Union so we can craft by the beach. I’m already feeling lighter just thinking about it! Away from the noise, away from the clutter, it’ll be a good thing to unplug and create.

This time around, I’m giving a workshop—only my second one ever!—and I’m super nervous about it! We’ll be going old school and scribbling on notebooks like my friends and I used to in high school. We used to have pencil cases filled with colored gel pens and we’d draw, letter, and write everything down on our planners—something I’ve already forgotten to do with the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and so on.


As a practice of sorts, I doodled a silly food diary the other day. This is just one of the many ways you can journal and I’m excited to explore more ways to chronicle day-to-day activities with our campers.

If you’re interested to know more about the camp, just log on to! We might have a few slots left. :D There are so many other workshops and surprises in store for you!


Ayessa and I got to try The Halal Guys at the Mega Food Hall last week. We split a New York-sized platter between us and we still didn’t finish it! Bring your barkada to SM Megamall to #endthecraving. Let us know if you finish an entire platter by yourself!

Today at the 33rd annual Emmys, we stalked the hashtag #SmartGirlsAsk and were pleasantly surprised at the questions asked that weren’t “What or who are you wearing?” Started by @smrtgrls, #SmartGirlsAsk challenges media to ask more important, more valuable questions when covering red carpet events. Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is a community for young girls (and the young-at-heart) that champions women in volunteerism, activism, and cultural issues. Judging from these questions, we feel that the goal of #SmartGirlsAsk to create a meaningful conversation on the red carpet was definitely achieved.

Which Emmy nominee inspires you both offscreen and on?

What is the most meaningful project you’ve done?

How did you start believing in your own work and talent?

How do you handle failure?

What should every woman know how to do?

What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?

What’s one thing you do when you’re stuck creatively?

Tell me about a time when you were faced with insurmountable odds yet persevered to overcome.

Name a charity you believe in and why.

Even Britney Spears asked a question!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your teenage self?

If you could cover any red carpet, what would you ask?


Turn the Negative Into Positive

by macy
Monday, August 17th, 2015
Posted in Let's Talk, Spotlight, What's Up |

Over the weekend, I got to sit in one of Mansy Abesamis’s papercutting classes with the girls from Total Girl magazine. I’ve tried papercutting before, but one thing struck me from this weekend’s class. Mansy says this about the art, “You take away something to make something new.” Which is a beautiful thought, right? Crafts usually entail piling on things to an existing thing to let you create something new. With papercutting, you remove the paper to reveal something hidden in the negative spaces.

Here’s to finding the good in everything. Always.


Are you into crafting? Then you better get your tickets to this year’s Candy Fair. There will be tons of DIY with the cutest boys! Sounds like fun, right? Buy your tickets now:

#NowPlaying: Awesome Movie Soundtracks

by macy
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Posted in Spotlight |

I love listening to music—the first thing I do when I get to the office is unlock my pedestal and take out my headphones. My music preference isn’t really, um, definitive. I love Jason Mraz, One Direction, Stars, and D’Angelo in equal measure. One more thing I absolutely love listening to? Movie soundtracks. Don’t  you think it’s amazing when a song just fits a scene sooo perfectly? Like it almost echoes all the feelings you ~feel~ when the movie unfolds.

Sitting in the cinema the other night, catching an advanced screening of Paper Towns, the great music throughout the movie made me remember all the movie soundtracks I’ve used and abused throughout the years. Let me share a few favorite tracks from some of my most played movie soundtracks below.

“Let Go” by Frou Frou

At the end of Garden State, when Sam and Andrew kiss in the airport terminal.

“Oblivion” by Indians


When Augustus first sees Hazel in that blue dress she wore on their date in Amsterdam. (P.S. I totally bought a dress like it, haha)

“I Need You” by M83


Doesn’t this song make you feel exactly how Tris is feeling as she’s flying through the sky?

“Dead Air” by Chvrches


TBH, I don’t remember which scene this song was used in, but I love that Lorde included this in Mockingjay Part 1‘s OST.

“Stacks” by Bon Iver


There’s a scene in Paper Towns when Q feels like all his effort was for nothing. And somehow this song just says all the words he’s not speaking in that scene. It’s not part of the official soundtrack, but what a treat to hear it in the film.

If you want to listen to the entire OST (and you should because it’s really good!), click play below. I dare you not to bust a move when Saint Motel’s “My Type” comes on. Don’t forget to follow us on Spotify for more playlists!

And make sure to catch Paper Towns in cinemas starting today!


The Sunday Currently*

by macy
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Posted in What's Up |


READING I have not been reading lately. ): Still in the middle of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, but it gets a little creepy so I end up stopping. |:

WRITING Been practicing my brush lettering, trying to find my own style and applying everything I’ve learned from the workshops I’ve joined so far. My friend Mikko gave me a brush pen she got from Osaka and I can’t stop writing with it! I’ll be super sad when the ink runs out.

LISTENING Janet Jackson’s discography! I’ve loved her all of high school and I’m psyched that she’s coming out with new music. I didn’t get to see her when she last came here, so I’m hoping her world tour has a Manila stop!

THINKING Of what to paint on my nails next. I still have my glittery orange polish from last week, so I swirled some white polish in water so I could attempt this. Mine didn’t come out with as many swirls, but it’ll do. Check out my tiny succulents from a few weeks ago!

SMELLING One Direction’s You & I fragrance. I still like their first one best, but I love that this one has a charm you can use as a pendant—or a ring as I wore it in this picture. HAHA!

WISHING I could still head to beach this summer. For someone who loves the ocean, it’s a mystery to me how I’ve lasted this long so far from the shore. Hoping I could dip my toes into the sand and wear my new Havaianas!

WEARING Clothes fit for a two-year-old! Accidentally matched with my niece at her birthday party and I had to run around with her so I could snap a twinsies photo. She wore it better, for sure.

LOVING The One Direction interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Have you seen it yet? Especially love when they mentioned the little debate they had here (Luh ya, Harry, but Team Nuggets all the way!). Can you believe it’s already been two months since they were here?

WANTING This Oahu skirt from Shop Carisse. I’ve been obsessing over it and constantly checking back this page till I get my hands on one!

NEEDING To save up extra cash so I can enroll myself in Kelly Purkey’s workshops here in Manila! After attending Life Documented Manila’s beginner’s memory-keeping workshop, I can’t wait to get started on a new project. The first one I made was for my niece and I gave her the album for her second birthday. <3

FEELING Recharged and ready to face another week head-on. Was feeling under the weather before the weekend, so I holed up in the house and didn’t really do much except for catching up on sleep and my shows. The wonders that your body can accomplish when you give it enough rest. (:

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