Ever since I've been bitten by the DIY bug, my knack for cutesy assortments never faded away. It stuck like bubble gum and no matter how much I convince myself that I'm a craftaholic on the road to recovery, I always end up on the road to the craft store. Such was the case when I made Papemelroti a major item in my Manila travel itinerary.
The smell of paper excites me. I like its texture, the smoothness or the roughness that go with each page. I love its color, the shades that go on and on in a rainbow that never ends. Paper compels me in a way. You know, the kind of compulsion that "fictional vampires" have the capability of. I know it sounds weird and cray but it's a hundred percent true. Blame my love for books and crafts for this addiction. Now, imagine my elation when I first stepped into Papemelroti last year all thanks to my cousin Ryche. I vowed to come back should I visit Manila again and I promised myself I'd snap photos too! And so I did.
I for one believe that architecture is art and I happen to be someone who loves and revels in all things art related. I have a knack for staring at buildings, landscapes and interiors with my mind going off in artsy-craftsy wonderland. I know a work of art when I see it and I'm pretty sure that SM Aura Premier is one of them.
Every time I sit down for a meal I always wish that I could skip everything and go straight for dessert! That's how fond I am of sweets, ice cream and baked treats in particular. So here's my question for all of you. How do you like your ice cream? On its own, on a brownie skillet, amongst cookies or drowned in strawberries? I'd obviously pick them all and I have to say that Magnum Manila's take on these dessert mashups are nothing but extraordinary and gastronomic!
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Without batting an eyelash I'd scream for ice cream! My closest friends and family know how much I adore this sweet treat that I'd gobble it up even if the rain beckons. I don't mind the cold. It's the fireworks of flavors I'm after. As crazy as that sounds, it's a true story so it wouldn't sound silly anymore if I told you that I enjoyed Magnum Manila twice in one day. Or is it?
Think about thousands of fairy lights softly twinkling before your eyes, a choo-choo train to carry you around a Christmas village and a bucketful of smiles on everyone's faces. It was as if a magic wand waved us to a place of lights and cheer. I hate to disappoint but we didn't get to go to the Great Hall at Hogwarts; however, it was somewhere equally as magical and charming as that called the Meralco Liwanag Park!
One of the best things that happened to me on my way to Manila for the holidays was when our plane flew over the Taal Volcano. It was around 6:00 am in the morning and majority of the passengers were asleep (my mom, sister and cousin included). I felt like I was in a state of bliss as I gaped and stared at the natural wonder. I was in a deep state of awe that I forgot all about my camera, hence the lack of a photo. But hey, it made it even more special. It also made me realize that our eyes are the best lenses there are in the world. No device can ever compete with the beauty that our eyes can see. Don't get me wrong. I find photography an art and a way of living. I happen to revel in it too. But have you ever wondered how sometimes no matter how we angle our shots, they still don't appear as vivid and beautiful as the way we see them?