got soaked at SOAK

Got soaked in art and music, that is!

Heh. The higher the temperature, the cornier I get, apparently.

Last Saturday was the first ever SOAK Music and Arts Festival. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first of its kind in the city. There are many events just like this in other parts of the country and I’m glad the idea has been introduced to the Queen City of the South.  Because music? Good. Art? Gooooood. 

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The event was held at the Family Park. I grew up in this park. I came to the city for college when I was 15. The malls were too far from our apartment and to be honest, they weren’t my thing. But this park was only a 5-minute walk from where we lived. I enjoyed coming here on my own to draw and just look at the trees. Or draw the trees. Funny memory: I was drawing some of the trees one time when a family (dad and his two sons) came over to ask me what I was doing. That scarred me for life. It made me realize I do not like to create with an audience. 

But it felt great to be back.

Here was my display:

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There were no tables provided so we improvised. And in the process, I realized that displaying my handmade items this way is actually better all around. We don’t have to lug around a lot of things; only one cylindrical bag for the rack and tarpaulin stand and another bag for the items. More people also actually came over to check out the purses/bags due to the arrangement.

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Not related: It’s my birthday today! NEW YEAR. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES. No, I shall not start writing in all-caps this year. 

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got questions? ask diego

Summer is in full swing in my little tropical city. Between around 8 in the morning until dusk, I can hear kids playing on the street fronting our house. Yep, it’s summer all right. Ranging in age from five to pre-teens, these little humans stay oblivious to the unforgiving heat while playing traditional games (e.g. patintero, hide-and-seek, etc). That alone is enough to make me smile but sometimes, they shout out truly uproarious things.


Girl to her friends: When I grow up, I will be rich and have a twin and I’ll be mean to her just like in that telenovela.


Girl to boy: You’re not playing. You don’t have playmates. You’re only playing on your phone.

Boy: But I have games.

Girl: Yes, but THAT is not fun.


Another girl while playing “teacher:” Listen! Okay, 4 + 4?

“Students:” Eight!

“Teacher:” WRONG!

I just about fell to the floor laughing to that last exchange. The “teacher” was so sure that her students were wrong. Kids can be hilarious, especially on days when you want to distract yourself from this crazy summer heat. Which is why I am loving PLDT Home DSL’s new star, 7-year old Diego. Check out the TV advert HERE.

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curses them coin purses

If I were to jot down notes about our bazaar participation experiences, one of the sentences that you will likely see is this:

People like to buy tiny and affordable things.

Vague? Well, in my experience as both buyer and seller, items that are small and cost less than a hundred pesos are often bestsellers. Think trinkets and cutesy stationery and other somesuch merchandise.

Which leads me to the recent additions to the line of products we often sell at bazaars. Coin purses!


These are roughly 2 by 3 inches. The designs above showcase the skull coffin logo of Black Bile. Below are some of the newer ones I’m making for the Soak Music & Arts Festival this Saturday.

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The designs, by the way, are stamped. This means, of course, that not only do I love the fact that these coin purses sell well, they’are also incredibly fun to make. I enjoy every process, from stamping the design to the actual sewing. I may have mentioned here in the past that I do not like sewing small things but those that involve zippers are the exception.

So to recap: Small and affordable things sell well at bazaars. Sewing small things isn’t so bad when there is zipper involved.

 Also: The content of this post is in no way implied in the title. I just needed a word that would rhyme with purse and also be alliterative with coin. 

UPDATE: Here are the finished coin purses:

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