Monday, June 12, 2017

A Day In Tanay, Rizal Province

      So yeah I went riding again the other weekend (June 4)  hehe. Gotta take every chance to ride out of town before the rainy season starts pouring in. Shah and I took our bikes up to Tanay, Province of Rizal, via Marcos High-way. This time with George (far back) who's also a Mga Independent Biker member. Also with us is Shah's big sister Jane (white helmet)  and her friends. So we're 8 riders with different motorcycle types and we called this trip the Chopsuey Ride lol!

      It feels so good to ride again to Tanay via MARILAQUE Highway  (a.k.a. Marcos Highway and Marikina-Infanta Highway). The twisties, steep roads, and mountainscapes made it a choice route to many motorcycle riders.

     We reached our destination, the Martessem Mountain Resort, around 8 AM. Typically, riders would meet up early in the morning and ride to places like these for breakfast, chit-chat, then ride back to Manila just in time for lunch with their families hehe.

    But Shah, George, and I -  we had something else in mind after that delightful breakfast in Martessem on that beautiful sunny day. We took our bikes over 5 kms further to Sitio Aguho Sampaloc in Tanay and checked out the

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Pahiyas Experience

   I've  been to Lucban twice already. But only on this third visit I get to see the Pahiyas Festival  in this famous town of Quezon Province. My past trips to Lucban were on a motorcycle and I went with a different rider group on each trip. This time, after 9 or 10 years, I  went back to Lucban with just one companion - my friend Sharon on her custom motorcycle that she calls Muffin  = )

    I met Sharon through a motorcycle club of which we are members and we did a lot of out of town rides with the group (Mga Independent Bikers) from 2002 to 2007. After a long hiatus, both of us are trying to get back  into doing long rides outside Manila (She already had a head start, actually hehe).
   Well now that I have a new helmet, new motorcycle battery, boots, a backpack to match my bike,  a powerbank for my iPad mini, and a selfie stick,  all I need now is a destination.

    And the Pahiyas in Lucban is just a perfect start!  Luckily Sharon and I are both available to go riding on a Monday. The Pahiyas Festival always take place on the 15th of May, regardless of what day it falls.

    So we met around 6 PM in Alabang and took the National Highway to get to Calamba (because our bikes are sub 400 engines). We took a break and some pictures in Liliw, then reached Lucban around 9 AM.

   Here are some pictures I took as we roamed the streets of Lucban during this beautiful day:

    Pahiyas means "precious offering" in Filipino and it's the day when this agricultural town celebrate harvest day in honor of  St. Isidore the Laborer (San Isidro Labrador). On this occasion houses are decorated with vegetables, fruits, grains, and colorful leaf-shaped wafers made of rice.
    Prizes are awarded to houses that wows the most. Makes me imagine how I would design one if given a chance.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Making A Dreamcatcher Mobile

     Hello again! Let me share to you this project that took ages to complete LOL!  It began December last year when I decided to make use of a bunch of yellow feathers and yarn that was originally for a costume project that didn't push through in 2013.

    So in Divisoria I bought some beads, a roll of ribbon and rattan loops to make dreamcatchers that I intend hang as a mobile in my room.

     It actually took days before I started weaving the "webs",  It was quite easy and fun - therapeutic even. My dreadlock artist also make dreamcatchers and he sells them at his shop. I guess I learned how to do the weaving by just looking at one of his finished pieces  -  following where the string goes. Well I really don't have to teach you how it's done hehe you can always Google for tutorials.

     The first (and the smallest) of 5 pieces was completed after almost 2 months. It took a while before I could find a chord with the right shade of yellow. I even had to to replace the ribbon that is wrapped around the loops. I thought I can never go wrong with the colors by going monochromatic. But because they are all of different materials, the tone and vibrance of golden yellow varies and they seem to compete with each other when put together. I dunno maybe I'm just being OC haha!

       Originally, I had this design in mind for my dreamcatcher mobile. Then I realized  my ceiling is not high enough for this. Also, I will need longer sticks to achieve this balancing effect. So I thought of just hanging all 5 dreamcatchers in one branch that is, at the most, 1 meter long.

     Of course that perfect branch didn't show up sooner. I actually didn't know where to look. So my dreamcatchers just laid around for months while I was working on other stuff - you know, the ones that pay the bills hihi.

          Then last month, while walking around my village I saw a guava tree in a vacant lot. So I hurried home to get a saw hehe. I understand that it will take a year for this branch to be completely dry. But I just let it sit under the sun for a week to somehow get some moisture off.  Anyway,  I wrapped the branch with ribbon and attached "crystal" buds and flowers.

    So here's the finished product (after nearly 5 months), installed above my bed. I hope you like it.  I'll call this piece "New Beginnings". Such is given to us in every golden sunrise.

    Maybe I'll make another one - a big one for the wall that looks more organic, using indigenous materials. But before that, I'll make a green one as requested by a friend. ^_^

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Six Years of Bohemianism

Ahh March is here and that means this blog is now 6 years old. Not much posts last year (well 21 posts is not bad hehe). I remember back in 2011 when I created this blog, switched to being a freelancer, and started learning how to screen-print, I have a blog post almost everyday then.

     Now after 6 years, with more things to do, the time I have for some of the things I love doing goes to that which pay the bills (sounds familiar? hehe). But I have been trying to keep a good work-and-leisure balance. I say "work-and-leisure" instead of "work-and-life" because work is part of life. Work is that boring stuff that I do that has nothing to do with my creative and business goals haha! On the other hand, "leisure" for me includes the work I do for Buhay Bohemio aside from the personal creative work I do that gives me no profit (or at least no immediate profit).

    Actually 2016 was like a break period for Buhay Bohemio. After an exhausting order of prints late in 2015 by my dreadlock artist and friend Avhel a.k.a. Pinoy Dreadman, which severely clogged my silkscreen stencils, I decided to not print shirts for a while and just do computer graphic work for regular clients. Mid 2016 I started buying new inks that is less quick-drying. By August of the same year, I already started printing stocks of Buhay Bohemio shirts but was not ready to sell. I was only able to print size sets for 4 different designs, when my desk job started to pile up in the last quarter. So my apologies for all those un-replied inquiries! :- (

   Anyway, this year I am really determined to get back into printing on a regular basis. Last January I finally accepted printing 85 pieces of tops for Pinoy Dreadman (after waiting for a year). This time using slow-drying inks and with an assistant. Yup, finally an assistant. His name is Pol and we worked in the same jewelry-making company before. He'd like to try his hand on screen-printing too so I taught him all I know about printing multiple shirts with just one pressing table haha! Soon I will show him how to emulsify a screen and burn a design with a light box.

   And speaking of assistant, I already have another person to help me with my graphic work. Particularly for vector files needed for the monogrammed products of Customized Chic. Her name is Lani and she's a new mom who also would like to do freelancing work while taking care of her baby at the comfort of her home. Oh she's also an artist from the same jewelry company that I worked for haha small world! Well I'm certainly glad that my assistants are people that I know personally.

   So yeah I'm pretty excited for 2017. I feel that everything's slowly falling into place and I will have a lot of good things to talk about in this blog. I'd like to thank all my followers, both the visible and incognito, for finding the time to read  the stuff that I post here all these years. I really appreciate it! :-)  If you are more active on Instagram as I am,  you can follow me there too! Hihi ^ _ ^