Saturday, June 30, 2012

sea fairies

My favorite part of Manila Ocean Park is the attraction called Jellies. I didn't see such an attraction on our last trip to Ocean Park in Hong Kong. But maybe because that was so long ago (2004) coz I checked their site and they have the exact same thing now. Anyway, in the Manila theme park, I initially thought it was the novelty, the uniqueness, that attracted me to Jellies. But while writing this post, I realized there was something innately captivating about this attraction.

These translucent sea creatures in different colors were fascinatingly beautiful.

I quite liked the visual effect of the changing lights (I sure hope the lights aren't bad for them because I can't imagine having colored light in their natural habitat) and how the jellyfish semed to glow in blue light,

red light,

green light,

purple light,

and again, in blue light - this time with both Noah & Isabella posing in front of the jellyfish.

But when I got past the lights, I noticed how gracefully the jellyfish moved around in the water. They fluttered around the glass tank like elegant ballerinas. Probably because of their fluid movement and their glowing, translucent bodies - that I guess reminded me of fairy wings, I started to think of them as sea fairies.

Here's Isabella watching them so intently.

It was relaxing to watch them dance so gracefully. 

Indeed, the jellyfish exhibit was quite an enchanting sight.

Manila Ocean Park
Luneta, Manila
(632) 567-7777

Admission to Jellies is P150 per head (free for children 2 feet & below).
Monday to Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 9am - 7pm
No more tickets sold after 630pm

We've gone to Manila Ocean Park 3 times since it opened. There were busloads of people in the big lobby on both our weekday and weekend trips (probably scheduled field trips). Despite the crowd outside, the Oceanarium and the Jellies exhibit were not as filled up as I expected. Not empty, but not suffocatingly full.

Photos are my own and from heritage.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

super paper powers

Remember in my Tribute to Summer here, I promised to write a post about Noah creating handmade magic over the summer? Well, he did display a very specific super-power: a power over paper. After watching The Avengers movie here, he made costumes out of paper. Admittedly, Isabella helped him with his Ironman mask.

But he made the gloves himself with paper, crayons and oddly, some electric tape in his art bucket.

A week later, Noah made his paper Captain America costume.

Still with crayons and the stray electric tape...

Then later that night, he made Thor's hammer out of a leftover carton and the Tesseract out of paper.

The following night, he made Hawkeye's bow and arrow.

This time, he also used popsicle sticks and yarn.

Then my friend gave him a non-minimalist poster of The Avengers and he insisted on dressing up in his paper costumes and posed in front of the movie poster.

I love how he imitated each hero's pose... Which led to the need to make Nick Fury's eyepatch (with Isabella's help) at 11pm. Oh, he refused to sleep without a Nick Fury photo.

The following day, he made Hulk...

... and completed The Avengers. All out of... paper!

Yes, Noah certainly displayed super paper powers this past summer.

Photos are my own, edited via pixlr, and from here.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Today, I am loving...

Summer is really over. The rainy season is here again. As you know from here, I've been unperturbed by the rain since I got my Plueys rainboots. I used to hate the rain for getting my feet (& shoes) wet & muddy. But now, with my Plueys, I feel invincible in the rain! I delight in the idea of being able to stomp in puddles if I wanted to. I don't think I've ever done that, but gone are the days of walking slowly and on tiptoe to keep the wet feet or shoes to a minimum. Now, I don't just live with the rain, I actually look forward to it. So today, I am loving... that it's the season of rainboots once again.

I've always been a lover of prints. So part of the happiness of wearing rainboots is the fun print accent that my Plueys give to my work outfit. But for a while now, I've been obsessing over these solid-colored Hunters.

I don't know if it's because I find the woman so attractive and so long & lean. I also really like the matte gray-green color and wouldn't mind it in a matte grayish navy color either. Plus, solid-colored Hunters might allow me to wear my rainboots all day at work (because I change out of my printed Plueys to my regular shoes when I get to my cubicle. The prints don't seem office-appropriate.). After all, I see a lot of foreign celebrities sporting Hunters even when it doesn't seem like it's raining - like one of the Olsen twins here.

And if the quirky Aquarian in me gets tired of solid Wellies, maybe I can draw on them with a Sharpie like Jo did (remember Jo's inky Starbucks cups here?).

Awesome, right? She tested it by standing in the bath to make sure the ink doesn't run. So it's really possible! :)

Print or no print -- today, I am loving... that it's the season of rainboots once again!

Photos from annnniegirl, acupofjo, here and here.

Click here for the down-in-the-dots version of this post - why despite the obsession above, I cannot buy another pair of rainboots. Click here for previous posts from the Today, I Am Loving... series.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lego Tales: Noah's Toy Story Minifigs

We got Noah this Lego Toy Story 3 train set two Christmases ago (Christmas 2010). As you can see, he's got the real Lego minifigs of Rex, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bullseye.

But just a month later (January 2011), he decided to make his own Toy Story mini-figures out of Lego bricks!

I could not fathom why he would make minifigs out of Lego bricks when he had the actual ones.

Then again, maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. Because more than 2 years ago, even though he had an actual Buzz Lightyear costume...

... He still begged Isabella to make him Andy's cardboard box Buzz costume.

He drew the purple stripes himself with his crayon.

And played pretend-Buzz (or was it pretend-Andy?) for hours after.

I have to say that I love how Toy Story creations made out of cardboard and Lego bricks can bring just as much joy as the real thing!

Photos are mostly my own edited with pixlr except for the one from here and the Toy Story backgrounds on the pages of one of Noah's scrapbooks. I never meant for the scrapbook pages to get published so I didn't take note of the source. If you know where it's from, please email me so I can give due credit.

Click here for previous posts from the Lego Tales series. Click here for the down-in-the-dots version of this post.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Simple Trick: Storing Hook Earrings

Here's a quick & easy DIY hanger for hook earrings...

After one Christmas, I had a leftover sinamay roll in my giftwrapping stash.

So I recycled a small piece of ribbon and tied it to one end and hung the sinamay strip via a 3M hook on the back of my closet door. And tada!

Now, it's easier to pick which hook earrings I want to wear and they no longer clutter up my dresser or jewelry drawer. Plus, it prettifies the back of my closet with sparkle & color. :)

Photo are my own and from pinkwallpaper and here.

Click here for previous posts from the Simple Trick series.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

typewriter art

Who would have thought one could make art with a typewriter? Keira Rathbone makes extraordinary art with something as ordinary as a vintage typewriter.

Who would have thought one could make a portrait out of the ampersand, the pound sign & the colon?

Here's one of Nicole Kidman, still by Keira Rathbone (Check out her other works of art here).

These next ones were done by artist Paul Smith.

The Mona Lisa - via typewriter. He types over the same area over and over, creating evocative intricate shading.

Because of cerebral palsy, Smith needed to use his left hand to steady his right, when typing. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he often locked the shift-key down and made his pictures with the symbols on the number keys: @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _.

Aren't these landscapes amazing?

Who would have thought one could create art with a typewriter?

Photos from here, here, here and here.

Click here for previous posts from the Art series. Click here for a post about vintage typewriter key initial pendants and here for previous posts on the typewriter including a sort of eulogy for it.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

summing up this summer

The kids are back in school. Summer has officially ended. It was a great summer so I'm paying tribute to it via selections from the Accessorize Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook (which you might spy in Accessorize shops in the malls of Manila today).

Let me start with this summer's colors... Spring's pastels especially seafoam green and baby pink from here, here, here and here. And black as Gwyneth Paltrow wore here.

It was also a great summer for my family.  

Isabella took advanced ICE-skating lessons. Among other summer activities like these, Noah created HANDMADE magic all summer (will post about this soon). Best of all, we went on so many road trips (though not in what looks like a VW Kombi in this lookbook) which led me to many captivating tunnels like the ones here.

And of course, I captured them all with my cam.

Yes, it was truly a wonderful summer!

Hope you had a great one too!

Photos from here. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Noah says...

While we were watching the Sound of Music DVD, I pointed out the nuns - the "sisters" at the abbey - to Noah. And he exclaimed, "Those are sisters?! I can't believe a mom can give birth to so many!"

Oh my...

Photo from annnniegirl.

Click here for previous posts from the Noah Says series.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Color Obsession: tough pink

Of all the pastel hues, pink is usually at the bottom of my list. I'm not much of a fan of this soft, dainty color because I find it too saccharinely sweet for my personality. But lately, I've been drawn to sheer pinks. Or even really, really light pinks. 

I am drawn to baby pink dresses these days. The translucent pink drinks look so refreshing to me. And if I weren't allergic to nailpolish (see related post here), I'd be going for such sheer nails.

But I'd toughen up this soft, feminine hue somewhere else in my ensemble. Combining it with gold or silver hardware helps, I think.

But my favorite way to toughen up pink is by pairing it with olive green.

Let me leave you with my latest sheer pink discovery. I love it because it looks so purrretty in my bathroom.

And the best part is it's quite a tough pink because Neutrogena's Deep Clean technology effectively removes 99% of dirt, oil, impurities and dead skin cells. And with anti-oxidant pink grapefruit extracts, it helps stimulate healthy cell renewal. So it's not just purrretty for your bathroom, but also makes your skin purrretty and younger-looking too!

Photos from i'mjustsaying, pinkwallpaper, polkadotshoppingbag, polyvore and here. Polyvore picks are as follows: Reiss Kelly sequin top, Polo Ralph Lauren mill olive chinos, Alexander McQueen Skull leather belt, Mango two-tone pleated dress, Rigby dress, Barbour Gold Label devon quilt jacket, Diane Von Furstenberg Elena sunglasses.

Click here for previous posts from the Color Obsession series.