I actually don’t know where to begin with this particular blog post. I mean, usually, I’m in the mood to do one thing more than the other: the main post, the editing of the photos or the preparation of the text. But, with this one, images & ideas are bursting from my mind and I just need to chase them all before they go away!
Above: Guess who went crazy over the washi tape at the Hey Kessy Shop? 😀
Last Tuesday, as I was heading towards Mansy’s place, I really thought we were supposed to hang together & make ice candies. As soon as Mansy opened the gate at her place, we were both puzzled. I had loads of stuff with me and ready to go inside while she was all dressed up and ready to go. I really thought she was leaving me alone in her studio. I asked her in a concerned tone, “Are you going to leave me?” and she answered “Aren’t we going to Pinto today?” We paused for a few seconds then we almost died laughing, realizing that we had different interpretations of each other’s text. Hahaha. I worked on a stop motion project & did a tour of her new Hey Kessy shop before leaving for the Pinto Museum.
Above: At the Hey Kessy Shop: What’s not to love? 🙂
Wooden tables: check!
Arts & crafts: check!
Washi Tapes: check!
Natural Light: check!
So, I’m looking at these rows of Baker’s Twine & washi tape and partly smiling & chuckling. Just three years ago, I was this random customer buying washi tape & twine from HeyKessy.com. I don’t remember anymore how that e-mail evolved into a personal exchange but I’m just grateful to have met someone who’s also passionate about these crafty things! :)
Above Left: Mansy’s signature paper craft work Above Right: Handmade air-dried clay plates!
Above: Washi galore! I know a lot of you are dreaming of having something like this at home. Hehehe.
Curious yet? You can find the Hey Kessy Shop at 71B E. Abada St., Loyola Heights, QC. It’s open from Wed-Sun 11am-1pm, 2pm-7pm. 😀
After the shop tour, we then headed to Jeepney Bistro and had some hearty soup. The hubby Ponggo loves beef so much so when I’m not with him, I always make it a point to get my dose of fruits and veggies!
We drove to Pinto Museum in Antipolo and it started to rain. But, Mansy & I agreed it was our kind of rain–the relaxing kind. Mansy definitely loves leaves and nature and it’s apparent in her art.
On the other hand, I was telling her that while growing up, I used to think that living in the city was the coolest thing. Now that I’m older, I actually enjoy going on road trips, surrounded with greens and going somewhere where I can rest my senses, soul…and especially ears!
So many picturesque spots in Pinto. I actually made Mansy face the painting. I forgot what it’s called but this photo of someone looking at an artwork has been going around on Instagram for a while now.
Above: Pinto’s New Annex. I’d like to pretend I live here!
It’s been a year since Mansy invited me to visit the Pinto Museum in Antipolo–it’s a city situated in the eastern part of Metro Manila. Unlike most cities, it’s on top of a mountain range. *I just realized that I actually have a view of Antipolo from my place!* So, we were supposed to go last week but typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) happened.
Above: Mansy in the room of giant paintings! We both agree that this is our favorite part of the museum.
I have a confession to make: I think I stared at the plants more than the paintings. I mean, I’m just in awe on how these things have been laid out so artistically: the positioning of the leaves, how the vines would fall ever so perfectly & effortlessly.
Above Left: That’s me. Ehehehe. I was taking tips from Mansy on how to pose because I always freeze in front of the camera. Haha. Well, you can still see how tense my shoulders are. Haha.
We were in a room full of mixed media paintings & I was teasing Mansy that she should meet this artist! He’s her soulmate! They both love stamps & plants! Hahahaha.
There’s just so much to admire: from the white spaces, the lush nature that surrounds it and the art it inspires!
Above: I just stood at this corner & was in awe on how architecture is a totally different design problem-solving process. I mean, just look at that chandelier & arch perfectly situated on top of an interesting staircase!
Above: Uh…Yeah…More “Hello, welcome to my house!” poses from me. Hehe. This is the last one from the series, I promise. 😀
We didn’t know that we actually spent more than three hours inside the Pinto museum, we thought we were just there for thirty minutes. Or, maybe we were having so much fun absorbing bit of inspiration that we could!
On our way home, Mansy suggested that we drop by the Crescent Moon Cafe for an afternoon snack! Thanks to the Waze app, I could finally explore places like these without the fear of getting lost or getting stuck in traffic. *I totally sound like a Waze ad. Hahahaha.*
That’s our all Filipino merienda: suman (glutinous rice cake with coconut milk), a slice of Mango, coffee & brown sugar!
We didn’t want the day to end! It was so relaxing and refreshing. We were able to feed our eyes, souls and tummies that day! Thank you Mansy taking me to Pinto! I can’t wait for our next road trip! 🙂
P.S. Can’t wait to see more of the Pinto Museum? Check out Mansy’s blog post about Pinto here.
P.S. Want to go to the same route as we did? Here are the details:
Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo
Crescent Moon Cafe
Ascencion Road, Barangay Dalig, Antipolo
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