Weekend Getaway on a Holiday

On National Heroes’ Day, being a no-work holiday here in the Philippines, I had the opportunity to go with my brother’s family to Mt. View Nature’s Park. It was a supposed to be an outing for his company, but since it’s mostly run and managed by him, my sister in law and my other brother, it ended up to be a family outing as well, with a buddy of his and his daughter.
The day started out as sunny, and we were pretty stoked. I, in particular, as they don’t always you invite us to their getaway. Anyhow, I was glad for the chance to spend time with my nephews and niece. Sadly it had to end quickly because by mid morning, the temperatures up in the mountain park started to drop. By lunch time, it was already foggy and drizzling.
But before we called it a day, I took my darling niece on a little trip to see the kalaws or the Philippine hornbills, a lone but crazy monkey and a peaceful python(?) snake. You can see from the pictures above that she was excited to see kalaws and the monkey, but not too ecstatic to see the snake.  She also enjoyed riding on the back of the zebra statue. She even made a joke about it, which is quite amusing for a 3-year-old to say.
Thankfully, the fog lifted and we were able to drive safely down the mountains in time for a late lunch, and me to continue cleaning our room.
It was a short activity. Nevertheless, it was fun.
If you want to visit the place, these might come in handy:
Entrance fee: P50.00/person
Swimming Pool: P100.00/person
There are lots of other things to do in the park. Not just swimming. The view is stunning, especially at night, so you might want to stay overnight. I haven’t tried staying at one of their cottages but the say that a P1,200-cottage can fit 5 to 10 people.
I took a picture of the contact numbers in case you want to make reservations.

A Butterfly Necklace for a Darling Niece

Yesterday was Hallie’s birthday. She turned 3, by the way. And as a gift for a toddler who’s more kikay than I am, I thought I’d give her something that’ll suit her girly-girl personality: a wired necklace and a bottle of nail polish.

It took me an hour to make this choker-style butterfly necklace because I had to solder the jump rings so they wouldn’t fall off. Knowing that my niece can be pretty rambunctious at times, I had to make sure they stay on the neck. I used a 14-inch suede material for the necklace. On an adult, it fall just a slightly above the clavicle area. On a toddler like her, it falls just right.

I wanted to take a picture of her wearing it, but then she was running wild last night. So I guess these pictures will have to do.




Butterfly necklace. Available at Drea Drazz Handmade Jewelry.
The second gift I gave her was a bottle of toxic-free nail polish from Girlstuff Forever. Now I know she’s way young to do that, but I noticed that whenever her mom paints her nails, she would follow suit. Heck, she even asked me to apply eye shadow and lipstick on her one time.
Of course, considering that nail polish can be very toxic, I wanted to give her something that’s safe to wear. I couldn’t find Hopscotch Kids here in the city, which is a brand of water-based nail polish, so I opted for something else. Scotch was a better alternative but it was waaaay beyond my budget. Plus, their store is in another neighboring city. Thankfully I found Girlstuff Forever so I went to the mall to purchase one.
What I like about their products is they don’t use harsh chemicals, making their bottles of nail polish safe for girls of all ages. What I don’t like, however, is the smell. Also, they don’t have many colors to choose from. Hopefully, they’ll open a kiosk here this year (from what their customer rep. told me). Nevertheless, Hallie liked it. She had her nails done as soon as she unwrapped her present. See?


The colors looked gorgeous on her tiny hands. And she looked even more adorable when she put her hands up to blow them dry.
Anyway, that’s about it. You can find my butterfly necklace on my Facebook page. So if you want to order, just head over to Facebook.
Happy Birthday, Hallie!


My New Addiction and Reign-Inspired Accessories

I have a new addiction and it’s the TV series called Reign. I know the first season just ended and I’m way behind it. The show’s excitement has probably died down on your end but not for me. I’m in love with the show, and the romance between Mary and Francis. They’re a cute and adorable couple.

But that’s not the only reason I spent copious amounts on the computer and smartphone streaming the show and finishing the entire in less than two weeks. For one, the show had me in their soundtrack. So beautiful and romantic. Two, the dresses,or shall I say the costumes, are lovely. The story is based on the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, peppered with romance and drama, but my, oh my, they added a modern touch to their clothes. So gorgeous! And three, which happens to be the main reason I love it, is their accessories. They’re just amazing. Here are images I got from reignfashion.tumblr.com:





This images are not mine. They’re from reignfashion.tumblr.com.

See what I’m talking about? Although the drama’s period is set in the 16th century, their costumes aren’t boring to look at. I even find them lovely and interesting that I went ahead and made some earrings inspired by the show. Here they are:



For the first and third design (which are practically the same except for the wires used), it was inspired from one of the pairs of earrings Queen Mary wore. I tried to look for a clip of that scene but couldn’t find it. The 2nd, however, was something that came out of my mind. I like that it’s vintage-y, which is something they would probably wear in that era. I still have one coming, but I ran of tiny glass crystals so that will have to wait.

In the meantime, I’m selling them over at my Facebook page, Drea Drazz Handmade Wire Jewelry. If you want to buy a pair, just channel your order through the page. I hope to see you there.

Anyway, that’s my recent addiction. And while my ‘gusto’ for the show hasn’t faded yet, I’m going to make more designs in between item orders.

By the way, if you’re a stickler for history, you might find the show a disappointment. Although the shows is about a Scottish queen of yesteryears, some points in the story aren’t really historically accurate. For example, Francis is not tall and hot, like how he was portrayed in the show, but rather short and sickly. But if you’re in for drama and romance, you might like the show like I do. I like period dramas, but I don’t dwell on accuracy that much. I’m more in for the emotional high and gorgeous costumes and accessories.

Happy Monday!