Archive for April 2014

was finally able to go to a 10a alabama fair, huzzah! fairs and bazaars like these are waaaay better than going to the malls, people are friendlier and more helpful. also, i found so many treasures!


washi tapes, i bought some more to add to my growing pile, because washi tape are ozummm!


there were so many assorted knickknacks, papercraft, and prints!


i got some little prince bookmarks for my sister because she stockpiles on books and loves all things french.


found some thread and paper pads in a corner, i swear every nook and cranny of the place has something nice to offer.


there were lots of handmade plush toys too! i regret not buying this bunny.


they even had beer soaps! bought butterscotch and cervesa negra, it smells really nice.


aside from all the nice artsy stuff being sold, 10a alabama is also filled with art, there were lots of installations around. there were paintings, prints, and doodles on the walls. plus, the furniture are artworks too.


but the best thing about 10a alabama is that they have a resident cat, that’s him snoozing on a chair, so adorbs, hihi. for this little guy, i will definitely come back to the next fair.

yun lang.

♥ melai

sometimes, you just want to chill out with a good friend. invited maki to have dinner sometime back., we were supposed to have ramen but we somehow ended up in papa john’s pizza. i’ve never eaten there before because my fastfood pizza default had always been shakeys.

thought i was getting maki some dinner kaso merienda pala yung na-order namin, haha!


rootbeer, nothing special but they use paper straws, i like the colorful ones.


salad for maki, because healthy mode siya.


carbonara, maki gave this to me because of the milk or whatever was in it that would turn her stomach into something evil… err, something that would give her a stomachache.


chicken bbq pizza, it was good although they should have called it baby chicken bbq pizza. i have a handheld mirror that’s the size of the pan it’s in, lol.  all cute orders, not too bad because i wasn’t too hungry and didn’t want to upset maki’s stomach but do not buy them when you are dying of hunger.

yun lang.

♥ melai

i forced asked maki to come with me to the balloon fest this year. that meant waking up in the middle of the night plus traveling at 2:00 am in the morning equals one grumpy bestfriend, hahaha. but after finding our tour group in the middle of ortigas, and trying to sleep in a chartered bus, complete with a screaming kid, we made it to lubao, pampanga, where the philippine international festival 2014 was held.


it was still dark when we arrived but we were greeted by mini kites, giant beer, and stalls selling hot air balloon lanterns and kites.


we had some free time before they launched the balloons so i decided to have pork adobo binalot for breakfast because my stomach was grumbling. it was good, it had been a long time since i had salted duck eggs for breakfast. also, the stall was being manned by one whole happy family who joked around with me while they were preparing my food. thought that was cute.


while waiting for the balloons, i still had the chance to photograph my travel factor id. it was pink this time for the girls, i had a blue one for our baguio trip before, so i was pleased. also very pleased with the coordinators this time, they were polite and made sure we were comfortable, except for the screaming kid in the bus, nyahaha!


my old chucks are becoming my new travel shoes. also, there was a grass field where we could sit on unlike the last balloon fest.


found more stalls that sell miniature hot air balloons like pancakes, and finally…


a poor skinny optimus prime asking for donations. didn’t get to take a pixxor of bumblebee and iron man though.


this pixxor was taken by nyles, from work. maki is smiling in this pixxor. wait, what? hahaha! anyhoo, we headed towards the front to see the balloons…


oha oha! my favorite hot air balloons are the yamaha motorcycle, the caraco ice cream, and the giant blue jug. the good thing is that they didn’t do a race this year, instead they made the balloons fly and hover around, even the latecomers were able to see them.


the balloons in midair look pretty ozumm and no, the beer ones do not float, hehe. aside from ogling balloons there were other things you can do at the festival…


there were paragliders to watch out for…


or you can play with the non-screaming kids…


there were so many food stalls and food trucks as well… all those food smells and good drinks! maki treated me with onion rings from bk!


we also lounged around in the grassy area where they set up a giant screen showing one of manny pacquio’s previous fights. thought that was a good way to keep the people entertained.


maki and i got souvenir shirts too! these were silk screened on the spot. mine’s blue with red and i wore it when i got home.


there were other things that were good for pasalubong… i bought pianono rolls, which were really good, i wish i’d bought some more and an oregano herb, it’s the dominican kind i think. yes, for some reason they sold plants during the fest, i hope i find cherry tomatoes next year! over-all i really had a blast, special thanks to my best friend maki who’s willing to endure my quirks every now and then.

yun lang

♥ melai

i was half zombie, half melai when i went to heykessy’s washi and papercutting workshop a few weeks back. usually, my writing hand can endure long periods of stress but after working for more than 13 hours, it was already shaking. both hands actually. so i trudged to pipino along jupiter street, which is just some meters from our building, like the undead but with less gore. hahaha.


i got to sit at the kabisera, prime seat at the head of the table. woooo! it meant not having to bump elbows with the other participants. the private room they had reserved for the workshop was small but it was cozy.


the papercutting kit we received had the practice sheets, a personalized rubber mat, a wooden frame, a precision knife, and heykessy’s march postcard. huzzah! we also had…


rolls of dangerous addiction err… i mean washi tape. we all get to have one for free but i bought an extra one. either that was self control or maybe i was just on zombie mode. the other participants kind of hoarded, nyahaha!


i made a kitteh! decided not to do something elaborate because i was dead tired. papercutting can really stress you because it kind of makes you oc on getting perfect curves and straight lines. this is kind of a nice skill to have though, but needs a lot of focus… you might accidentally stab someone, lol.


everyone’s else’s work. i remember liking the whale one. so eun, had a blast cutting up paper and ogling pretty washi tape at the workshop. will try this again soon!

yun lang.

♥ melai

i bought some imported butter spreads a while back, i’m still stingy, it’s just that i re-purpose the jars, heehee. some brands are already available at the local groceries and becoming less expensive though.

opening them for the first time makes me really excited because they have an untouched flat surface where we can leave an impression. also, i’m mababaw so here…


made a bear on reese’s creamy peanut butter because bears are ozummm. this thing smells really good, tastes great with bananas.


left a star on speculoos cookie and cocoa swirl. gahd, i eat this by the spoonful. it’s really bliss just by itself.

i’ve been seeing some creative local spreads with pretty artwork on the jars like ‘chocnut butter’ and ‘awesome chocolate con crema’ but i hope we also get more artisanal ones from other countries like france and germany… mangroven honig and avocado honig sound so amazing. so eun, time to find some super delicious bread!

yun lang.

♥ melai

hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.