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Let’s Make Things

by macy
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Get Inspired |

What do you do on your days off? I like to make things with my hands. And lucky me, I’m surrounded by people who allow me to do just that!


Two of what I consider to be my proudest moments this year: getting to illustrate for ? V: A Life and Style Diary (have you gotten your copy yet?) and doing the calligraphy for my friends’ new book, Sola Musica (you can preorder it on Amazon!). I can’t believe that I’ve graduated from doodling on the margins of my notebooks to being credited as an illustrator or have my handwriting worthy of a book cover! What an honor. Thank you, Marla, Ines, and Stephie for asking me to do these projects with you.


I want to help out in my brother’s wedding preps so over the weekend, while coloring newspapers (haha) with my niece, I carved a stamp for him and my sister-in-law. Pretty cool that all their names start with a letter M so they can use this for whatever! (I can even use it, too.) After that, I went home to bake some cookies. I go by the handle “macysfields,” because Mrs. Fields was my idol growing up. All the first recipes I tried were from the Mrs. Fields Cookie Cookbook!


The next morning, I headed to the Hey Kessy Studio in Katipunan to get some crafting done. While my friend Mikko was holding her pressed flower workshop, I decided to come up with this collage featuring skills I learned from different workshops: watercolor, pressed flowers, and papercutting! The lyrics are from Jason Mraz’s latest album. <3


And to round up my wonderful weekend, I joined Hey Kessy’s craft gathering at the studio. You might be familiar with Hey Kessy because of their washi tapes. If you head to their newly-opened store at 71-B E. Abada, though, you’ll find even more pretty things to hoard! At the little get-together-slash-celebration, I met a lot of craft entrepreneurs who enjoy making things with their hands, too. We spent the afternoon painting clay plates. I stamped mine with words to remind me to always make space for the things that matter.

What about you? What do you do on your days off? (:


I absolutely love making things with my hands: handwritten notes, ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies, friendship bracelets. You name it, I’ll make it! So when we got invited to Bensimon’s DIY shoe event, I was super excited to go! When Erin, Kaye, and I got there, we were given a pair each and the freedom (and materials) to do whatever we wanted to do with them.

Call me a craft geek, but I had already been thinking of how to decorate my pair even before we got to Common Thread in Rockwell. I recently bought a few clay plates from my friend and The Candy DIY Book co-crafter Mansy and one of them had this French phrase on it: c’est toujours le bon moment. She told me that it translates to “it’s always the right time” and I fell in love with it and have been keeping it in my head as a mantra. And Bensimon, being a French brand of sneakers (I’ve always wanted a pair ever since I saw them featured on A Cup of Joshe had me at “French girls’ Converse”), I thought it appropriate to decorate with a Parisian touch. So when I sat down to DIY my shoe, I looked around and decided that I would embroider the words on opposite sides of my shoe.


I asked for help from Jof who figured out my thread-and-needle situation and suggested that I sketch my design with a marker so it would be easier to embroider. PS She gave me and Erin super cute surfer girl stickers. Check out her website at!


And here’s my finished pair! Love that when I stare down at my feet, I can sort of read the words. It’s a constant reminder to be brave and to not be afraid of trying something because, well, it’s always the right time. (:


Want to get your own pair to customize? Head to Common Thread in Powerplant Mall! For more information and to find a branch near you, visit!

A Lesson In French and Food

by macy
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites |

I had a BFF date with my bestie and we decided to try this new restaurant in Shangri-La Mall. I’ve been seeing Duck & Buvette on Instagram and wanted to try it out for myself.


We split three dishes between us: the D&B croque madame, the bikini sandwich (which is kind of like a croque monsieur), and duck ragu pappardalle. My favorite is a tie between the croque madame (my bestie and I both had to stare at the duck egg yolk when we broke it) and the bikini sandwich (mmm, truffle!). I like my food simple. (:

Turns out “buvette” means refreshment or coffee stall in French and it just so happens that D&B serves Intelligentsia coffee. I am only familiar with the name/brand because I always see it on actors and international style bloggers’ feeds (yeah, you know that coffee in hand shot #fwis). I tried the cold brew and my friend had the pour over. We both loved it and at just P150 and P160, it was a pretty good deal! We finished off with this super yummy Ghirardelli brownie topped with tons of hazelnuts.

Will definitely come back try the duck confit next time when I’ve got more of my girl friends with me (it serves 2 to 4 people!). What new restaurant have you tried out lately? And what dishes should we try?


D&B Duck & Buvette is located at the 2F Main Wing Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

Two Things I Love: Crafting & Eating

by macy
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites, What's Up |

If I could only do two things in my life forever, it would probably be eating and making something with my hands. And as luck would have it, one of our fave restaurants was holding a DIY temporary tattoo workshop plus new menu tasting. It was already a great afternoon in the making!

So this afternoon, Marla, Dyan, and I headed to Pino Jupiter to get our craft and eating on!

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We designed our own temporary tattoos while feasting on new treats from Pino. We absolutely loved this crazy good Bagnet Spring Roll. Other stuff to try from the new menu: Quinoa Salad with Berries (Quinoa with organic greens, dried berries, grapes, and tofu ricotta), Calamares Negra (Breaded squid rings coated with squid ink, served with crab fat lemon-aioli), and Kale Chips. There’s tons more to try so better head to PINO soon.


Don’t forget to end with a pastillas macaron! Om nom nom!



Sometimes when I log on to the Candy blog page, my mind draws a blank. What do I write about? And in true blog fashion, I always turn to memes or lists that have done their rounds on the webosphere. Here’s hoping it interests you and inspires you to post the same on your blog! Don’t forget to leave a comment with your blog link so I can read your list, too. (:


Reading: After finishing Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (was so curious about it after seeing the trailer for the movie, plus Marla’s recommendation), I remembered a book I had lying around forever ago. It’s nice to read a physical book after so long. I’ve been reading everything on iBooks (it’s so handy and light, hehe), but nothing beats the smell and feel of paper. My current read is Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep—another Marley-recommended read—which is an old coming-of-age novel, but I still think very much applies to the youth of today.

Doing: Been trying to spend more time with my favorite little person in the world and I took the day off yesterday to visit her. We played the whole afternoon and I was so happy to watch her walk around and giggle to herself every time I showed her a photo I had taken of her. Can’t believe she’s already one and walking!

Working on: Can’t say what it is yet exactly, but it involves a lot of nail polish. Haha! I love to bits, but it’s also quite fun to work on stuff outside of it. Plus, I get to work with two of my good friends on it so I’m doubly excited!

Watching: I’m a huge Lee Pace fan (anyone miss Pushing Daisies?), so when I saw that he had a new show on AMC (the same network that produces Mad Men—Steph, Sam, and I are big fans!), I knew I had to check it out! Halt and Catch Fire is set in the ’80s back when the personal computer was about to be big. It gets pretty intense, but I love it so far.

Loving: That two of my favorite musicians have new albums out! Ed Sheeran’s X is out and I’ve been listening to it on Spotify. My current fave is “Thinking Out Loud,” but that could very well change in the next few days. Jason Mraz’s YES! isn’t coming out till next month, but he’s been releasing a few songs plus this awesome short film that features 3 tracks from the album. How can you not love Mr. A-Z? I hope he swings by Manila when he tours this record.

What about you? What are you currently reading/doing/working on/watching/loving? Would love to read your lists, too!


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Japanese Street Dance Invades Manila

by: guest, 2015-01-27

Konnichiwa, Candy Girls! We were invited to The Japan Foundation, Manila  street dance show “Dance Dance Asia – Crossing the Movements” the other week at the RCBC Plaza....



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