Category Archives: Inspirations

2013 Reading List


What’s in your reading list this year? The books I ordered through Amazon finally arrived last December. I have read 3 so far since the start of the year and looking forward to reading the other books. Getting inspired. Getting motivated. Acquiring the necessary skills.

What’s your reading list? What do you like to get out of it?

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Articles, My Simple Life


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Warren’s Circus Themed Party

Here are a few more posts of Warren’s AMAZING party! Sorry, I’m a proud mama! Proud that this project turned out better than expected. Proud that everything went as planned. No hitches. No hiccups.

Here’s an entrance signage (right picture) I had done by 4th Wall. Love Warren’s smile also in this picture with H. Makes all the planning worthwhile.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Our stage had this header on top. Check out the photos below for our full set design courtesy of 4th Wall.
Warren 1st Bday Party

We had these as our centerpieces. Each table is depicted with a ‘table month’. I printed out month numbers with a photo of Warren on that month. Our table centerpieces were either the faux pop-corn (Yes, they’re fake with glue caramels on top!) or the ferry’s wheel. Each table also had a votive of mini-marshmallow or chocolates. Unfortunately, the guests didn’t seem to be into either so they just ended up being thrown away.
Warren 1st Bday Party

For our program, I commissioned 3 acts (all courtesy of Balloon Republic).

Our host / magician / illusionist is Aldino. I didn’t get to watch his illusion but the smiles and the stares at the kid’s faces was worth it already. To entertain the guests while we were at the church, he did a few games which a lot of the kids participated in as well. Oh, check out the hanging acrobats on the ceiling!
Warren 1st Bday Party

Check out the lighted dance floors which all the kids loved! Warren loved it too and was the first one to crawl around it before the other kids caught on. The floors I rented from 4th Wall, as well.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

I also got an acrobat troupe! This I got to watch! They were amazing! Apparently, they were one of the finalists in Talentadong Pinoy.
Warren 1st Bday Party

Warren 1st Bday Party

We also got a balloon twister. Picture on the right. Warren is so into balloons so I could not not have this in his party. Kids and adults got to take home some of his creations. I especially love his fish on hook design.

I think what made this a really kid’s party is the fact that we really had lots of kids on the party. We probably had a little over 50 kids in attendance. Here is a picture of half of them.
Warren 1st Bday Party

More photos to follow.

Balloon Republic
187B D. Tuazon St. Quezon City
415 0671

4th Wall
PH Chua
455 2811 or 929 5203


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Warren’s Circus themed Tickets

Thought I’d share a few inspirations for Warren’s circus themed party. We wanted to have something to entertain the guests while we have not yet arrived at the party. Warren’s water baptism was at 11AM and the time I put in the invitation for the party was at 11AM. Since we had a circus themed party, I had a few vintage games put in to entertain the kids – Dart the Balloon, Pachingko and Spin the wheel. They were given out corresponding fake money prizes that they can use to redeem for toys they like at the redemption booth.

We gave all the kids game tickets at the entrance. Here were a few inspirations for the ticket designs. These were taken from Pinterest boards of various individuals. This app is really saving me tons of time and helping me organize my ideas.






This is our final ticket design and print. A kid gets a tape of tickets with 4 game tickets and a loot bag ticket. What do you think of our design?


SouvenirLab Co. Ltd.
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A Shoe a Day Project

This is my 5th post. 40 days in 40 different shoes. Not sure if I can still keep up with this as I’m finding it hard to not use some of the shoes already. Lets see how many more shoes I can post. The only new shoe I’ve bought so far is the one I used for Warren’s birthday celebration. Otherwise, I’m celibate from shoe shopping. 🙂




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Warren’s Party: Cupcake Toppers

My friend Anna from My Pink Wasabi offered to do Warren’s cupcakes. Excited to see what the cupcakes look like. But I’m sure they’ll be yummy! She recommended the chocolate flavor and that’s what we’ll go for. The kids will definitely love them. Can’t wait to see their faces smouldered in chocolates and icings!

In the meantime, I’ve decided to create some cupcake toppers to make it aligned with my theme. Here are some inspirations I like –


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Circus Themed Invites

It’s crunch time! Time to make invitations for Warren’s party. I have less than a month to go and this should have been distributed early on. Well, verbal invites have been sent out. This is on top of my TO-DO-LIST for next week. Here are some inspirations I have for the invitation –


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Blog Love: Sharlene Tan

My cousin, Sharlene Tan, has just launched her very own website –

You can access her food styling portfolio and monthly article in Yummy magazine (for monthly food ideas and recipes) on the site.

Love how fresh and organized the site looks.


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What is Anencephaly?

Thought I’d digress from my usual post of food, travels and stuff. I was touched by the story of the Walker family which is all around Facebook right now (Facebook initially deleted Baby Grayson James’ photo and banned Heather’s account for 24 hours. They later apologized to the family). Heather gave birth to Baby Grayson James. Baby Grayson James suffered from Anencephaly.What is Anencephaly?

Anencephaly is a defect in the closure of the neural tube during fetal development. The neural tube is a narrow channel that folds and closes between the 3rd and 4th weeks of pregnancy to form the brain and spinal cord of the embryo. Anencephaly occurs when the “cephalic” or head end of the neural tube fails to close, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Infants with this disorder are born without a forebrain (the front part of the brain) and a cerebrum (the thinking and coordinating part of the brain). The remaining brain tissue is often exposed–not covered by bone or skin. A baby born with anencephaly is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a rudimentary brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining consciousness. Reflex actions such as breathing and responses to sound or touch may occur.

Despite knowing that Baby Grayson suffered from Anencephaly early on in her pregnancy, she and her husband decided to push through with the pregnancy. Despite knowing that Baby Grayson would just live a short time, she still decided to bring him to life. The courage to push through and the faith in God are just some values I truly admire in the story of this family.

Check out her blog and her and her family’s journey during the pregnancy and after.



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Happy Mother’s Day!


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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Articles



Simple Design: Office or Art Studio

Been browsing the net for office or art studio designs and chanced upon this studio whose BEFORE pictures were amazing but whose AFTER pictures were even more amazing. Not really sure if I’d ever get to have an office this clean or even get to starting this project. But hey, its a good inspiration starting point.

This the the before picture. Not bad, right?


The studio is not big. It’s actually just the right size for me. I like the high ceilings though. 


A closer look at what’s inside the cabinets


Hmmmm …. where to find the money to have our office or studio renovated?

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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Design, Inspirations


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