Photo Diary: Calle Wright, Destileria Limtuaco, and First United Building in Manila

I’m guilty of not exploring my hometown enough, making me a tourist even in my own country. A few weeks back, I made plans with some friends to go on a Manila Day. We plotted out 3 spots we wanted to check out: Calle Wright, a newly-opened home-turned-gallery in Malate; Destileria Limtuaco in Intramuros, a museum of the longest-running distillery in the Philippines; and First United Building along Escolta. Despite the extreme heat on a Saturday afternoon, we found respite in a couple of airconditioned spots we got to visit. Loved going around the city and discovering new places. Would 10/10 recommend doing a Manila Day again! Enough chatter, onto the photos!

Calle Wright
1890 Vasquez St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
481 San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila

First United Building
413 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila

Currently / March 2018

Formerly a weekly themed post I adapted from That’s Chic, this is a list of my favorite things for the month.

Music Monday

So I’ve been talking about this collaboration since January and I can’t believe it’s finally here. We’re launching the #DandyOnaXPrima collection on April 21st and taking pre-orders starting tomorrow. I’ll talk more about this precious project in a separate post but in the meantime, here’s a little mix I put together to get you in the ~mood~. Hope to see you guys when we launch. Can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working on for the past three months. Eternal gratitude to my friend Mansy and her beautiful brand Dandy Ona for allowing me to design for them. I still remember the day I got my custom Twiggy ring (the first one, I think!) after sending Mansy all my inspo pins on Pinterest, lol. And now, I get to design my very own collection. *heart flutters*

Tasty Tuesday

Ate so many good things this month. One of my favorite meals was this one at Tyler’s with Abbey. I had randomly messaged her that I needed a journaling day with her and we made plans to do just that. We ended up doing a Q1 review and it reminded me that it’s important to recognize all the good things happening in your life, even the small seemingly insignificant details we tend to overlook.

Tyler's Cafe food

Wishful Wednesday

Hoping for more freelance gigs so I can sustain my current lifestyle. So far, the Universe has been quite generous so I can’t complain. But it hasn’t been that easy. Sure, there’s something to be missed about the structure and regularity of a 9-to-5 but not doing the same thing every day has its own charm. I’m finding myself reaching for my phone and planner more these days as I’m always worried I’ll double-book or forget an appointment. What a nightmare if that happens (thankfully, it hasn’t yet)!

Thoughtful Thursday



Fashion Friday

Can never resist the Ines de la Fressange line in Uniqlo. So I made a trip to the mall on launch day with my equally obsessed friend Koko. I ended up getting 3 items, including the gorgeous linen pants Ines is wearing in this Instagram post. Ahhh, I’m in love. ♥

Can you believe the first quarter of 2018 is already over? Ahh! Now, excuse me while I welcome a new month with a late Easter lunch with my family.

Ten Things I’m Thankful For

♡ spending a fun night with my friend L and our barkada before she flew off to her next adventure

♡ hamming it up at the dessert museum with some of my fave peeps. honestly, i wasn’t too impressed by the place but hey, the company was great!

♡ getting in some Q1 journaling! definitely need to sit down and do this every three months.

♡ plans getting canceled then finally falling into place

impromptu dinners (guys, I’m super kaladkarin!)

♡ finally getting to check out the alley at karrivin—definitely need to go back!

♡ snagging some choice ines de la fressange pieces from uniqlo, yasss!

♡ finalizing the details of my collaboration with dandy ona. please come! promise to share more about this soon.

♡ seeing my friends from my first job and trying iceberg’s sisig for the first time (yum!)

♡ being part of s & r’s low-key and extra chill wedding. everything was beautiful! best wishes, #themendos!

Trying Slab Pottery at The Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery

The first time I tried Slab Pottery (I keep typing poetry instead of pottery, haha) was a couple of years ago in preparation for Craft Camp Antipolo. We were there for an ocular visit and decided to make some pieces so we could pick them up in a couple of weeks’ time. We each had a kilo of clay to work with and Jali of Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery was there to teach us the basics.

We could make anything we wanted: a plate, a cup, even a spoon! We were asked to choose colors for the glaze they’ll apply when the pieces would be fired in a kiln. I had forgotten about them till a few months after, when we finally got our pieces back. I think I still have some missing (either they broke in the kiln or they got mixed up with workshop participants’ work).

Slab pottery pieces by Macy Alcaraz

They tell you to make your pieces a few sizes bigger since they shrink after firing. So that black cup which was supposed to be a tea cup has now turned into an inkwell for my calligraphy practice. Haha! The blue ramekin holds bits and bobs on my bedside table and I use the leaf plate as a catchall for my daily jewelry. The rest are just for display purposes for now and that tiny pendant is a gift from my friend Mansy, which she gave me late last year. I still haven’t found a necklace to hang it from.

Slab pottery pieces by Macy Alcaraz

The M is supposed to be a pendant but it’s a bit bigger and heavier than I thought it would be. Still thinking of what else I can use it for. Any ideas?

Slab pottery pieces by Macy Alcaraz

Haven’t been back to Crescent Moon since then but might be a good idea to swing by since it’s just an hour away from the city. P.S. Have you read my latest article on about resorts you can drive to on the next long weekend? They’re all in Rizal! Makes me want to go now.

Some friends and I are thinking of taking another pottery class, this time in Zambales. We haven’t planned anything yet but I’m looking forward to making something with my hands again. What about you? What are you excited to do this summer?

Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery is located at The Courtyard of Maia Alta, Sapang Buho, Antipolo, Rizal.

Currently: My Beauty Faves ATM

I’m no skin care expert, but from years of working for a teen brand, I’ve learned a thing or two about beauty products. From getting samples to watching different makeup artists and beauty editors, I’ve found brands that work for me and have earned a spot in my top shelf. Here are some of my recent purchases and what I love about them.

Drunk Elephant Rise & Glow

Been seeing this brand on my friend’s feeds and I’ve been curious about it for awhile. So when one of my friends posted a Rise & Glow Littles bundle for sale, I bought it so I could finally try for myself. It’s quite pricey but the Littles Duo of B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel and C-Firma Day Serum are lasting longer than I thought they would. Got these a little over 9 weeks ago and even with almost everyday use, I can still pump out product. I was telling my friend about how I’ve never really had major skin problems, but as I’m getting older and I feel like I need to take extra care of my skin.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light

My brother was in Germany recently for work, so I asked him to pick up the Rose Day Cream (in original and in light) if he could. I’m using the light variant now and reserving the original formulation for cooler days. Love the light scent and the non-greasy feel of this moisturizer. My face gets red especially in the cheek area so I like using products that calm my skin.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

I always walk into any Aesop store I see when I travel but never really buy anything because I get overwhelmed with the choices (and the prices, let’s be honest). But finally picked up a tube of their hand cream and I’m in love! I always have it in my bag so I can squeeze out some after washing my hands. Can’t get enough of the citrusy smell, too.

Glossier Solution

I’ve never used a chemical exfoliant so I have no point of comparison. But so far, Solution has been good to my skin. It doesn’t sting, doesn’t smell like chemicals, and even though I haven’t been having any breakouts before using it, I feel like it has kept the redness of my skin at bay. I’ve only used it for a week or so though, so I’ll let you know if I have any reactions in the coming weeks. P.S. I don’t use it every day, just every other night after cleansing and before putting on Super Pure or Super Bounce.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, Haze, and Dusk

My sister-in-law got me a tube of Beam when they were in NYC, so when I was ordering Solution and saw that there was a Cloud Paint duo set, I snagged Haze and Dusk. I’ve only tried Haze and like Beam, I love it! A little goes a long way with this product so be gentle when you’re squeezing the tube. Once I squeezed out too much and just used the excess on my lids. Monochromatic makeup ftw!

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

First saw this shade in 2015 but only picked up a tube on my last Singapore trip. There was a Black Friday sale and Patty was also going to buy something. Plus hello, two years is a pretty long time to be obsessing over a tube of lipstick. Haha! I love mixing it with my Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (part of a press package from Sephora when I was still with

Sephora Lip Scrub in Honey

This was part of a press package from Sephora then my friend Mikko also gave me one. I’m not sure if I also bought one because I currently have 3 tubes of this, haha! I’ve almost finished the first one and I’m pretty sure I’ll go through the other two also. This is great for sloughing off dead skin from chapped lips because it’s also moisturizing. I use this at night before going to bed and also before putting on matte lipstick.

What are your favorite beauty products right now? Any recommendations for combination skin that’s a bit red in the cheeks like mine? Let me know!

Photo Diary: Siama Hotel, Sorsogon

It was my first time in Sorsogon for a dear friend’s wedding and I wish I took more photos of the beautiful hotel we stayed in. I’ve seen photos of Siama Hotel on Instagram but seeing it in person sure was something else. We only stayed for two days (arrived on the day of the wedding and left the morning after) so I definitely need to go back and do an island tour when I have more time (and money, haha).

Wish I took more photos (thanks to my friends for sharing theirs) but here’s hoping I can make a trip back to see more of Sorsogon! Have you been to Siama Hotel? What other places in Sorsogon should I check out the next time I get a chance to go? Let me know!

Ten Things I’m Thankful For

♡ spending time with my favorite tiny human—who is no longer tiny at all! huhu.

♡ easy, reliable public transportation so I can see my favorite (no longer) tiny human. p2p is da bomb, y’all!

♡ catching black panther (michael bae jordan, my luv!) and the greatest showman in the cinema.

♡ witnessing one of my oldest friends finish her first marathon. didn’t realize how overwhelming it would be!

♡ exploring places outside qc, lol!

♡ new shows to watch: finished everything sucks and I’m down to my last 2 episodes of the new queer eye!

♡ nabbing another freelance gig—this time for content writing. this is my year of expanding and exploring and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

♡ going on an impromptu middle-of-the-week beach trip. relishing the fact that I can do this now!

♡ finally unboxing my glossier haul. already planning my next purchase. #hopeless

celebrating love all weekend. best wishes to marley and anton who had the most beautiful wedding in sorsogon! happy to have been there to witness it.

Currently / February 2018

Formerly a weekly themed post I adapted from That’s Chic, this is a list of my favorite things for the month.


Music Monday

I just finished the series Everything Sucks on Netflix over the weekend and I loved it. I especially enjoyed the soundtrack which transported me back to my own high school years. My high school experience was anything but sucky but this series reminded me of all my favorite shows, which I caught on the i-Channel on Sky Cable back then. Clarissa Explains It All (in which I thought about what kind of guitar riff would be played when I walk into a room, haha), Ghostwriter (I have a lot of random scribbles on the sides of my notebooks from pretending I had my own Ghostwriter), and Degrassi High (the one that aired in 1989 and not the one where Nina Dobrev and Drake starred 😋). Netflix hasn’t released a soundtrack yet but the folks over at curated one on Spotify.

I’m telling you, it will seriously transport you back to the ’90s. If you’ve seen the show, what did you think of it?


Tasty Tuesday

Still thinking about all the yummy food we ate in Seminyak. My favorites would have to be the Tuna Tartare from Corner House (I have never been a fan of guacamole until this trip!) and this Nasi Goreng from Good Mantra Cafe. Next on my #domaceticated list is to make decent Nasi Goreng! Anyone got a good recipe I can try?


Wishful Wednesday

Something I wrote on the morning of what would have been my mother’s 65th birthday.


Thoughtful Thursday

"everything has seasons and we have to be able to recognize when something's time has passed and be able to move into the next season. everything that is alive requires pruning as well which is a great metaphor for endings." -dr. henry cloud ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *cue scene from the secret garden about wick* ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When a thing is wick, it has a life about it Now, maybe not a life like you and me But somewhere there's a single streak of green inside it Come, and let me show you what I mean ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When a thing is wick, it has a light around it Maybe not a light that you can see But hiding down below a spark's asleep inside it Waiting for the right time to be seen ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You clear away the dead parts So the tender buds can form Loosen up the earth and let the roots get warm Let the roots get warm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When a thing is wick And someone cares about it And comes to work each day Like you and me Will it grow? It will Then have no doubt about it We'll have the grandest garden ever seen ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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In a lot of ways, I feel like February was a new season for me. Starting a new job, figuring out this new routine, and filtering the toxicity out of my life. It was a difficult past few months for me but I can’t believe how easy this transition has been for me so far. I don’t want to jinx anything by saying that but I’ve learned that when you want things to happen, you need to claim that they will. Always this or something better.


Fashion Friday

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My favorite purchase in Bali was this woven bag that I got off a roadside shop. It was an interesting shape (and one I’ve been wanting since I saw Aranaz’s Belem sling, which has been sold out since) and was much cheaper than everywhere else we looked. It doesn’t fit my wallet (haha) but it can pack a lot of other stuff. Other faves in this photo: Vanilla Patchouli Cedarwood body mist from H&M (smells sooo good), Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte from Nars (which I’ve been obsessing over for two years now, apparently), pins I got on sale from Stay Home Club and my 2018 mantra from Danger in Design (available at Hey Kessy ATC!), and a keepsake from Bali that I picked up from The Shang.


February has been pretty amazing. Can you believe it’s already the third month of the year in 2 days? Got to stop and breathe in the good before everything whizzes past us.

Everything Sucks still courtesy of Netflix

New in Poblacion: ABKD

I’ve only been to Poblacion once and haven’t been back until last night. Had dinner with some of my favorite peeps to eat with and I told them about my sister-in-law’s latest venture, ABKD on the ground floor of Z Suites (across Bucky’s). We decided to make it our first stop (we had two dinners, lol). Just from the name itself, it’s pretty obvious that their influence is Pinoy.

ABKD Cappuccino and ABKD interiors

Two huge fiddle-leaf fig plants keep you company once you step inside the cozy restaurant. Fresh from my Bali design obsession, I immediately recognized the solihiya fixtures above. It’s an open kitchen set-up so you can see the chef prepare your meal. We were planning to hop to another restaurant in the Poblacion area, so we shared three orders among ourselves.

ABKD Toast

We ordered the ABKD Toast (salmon, tomatoes, ricotta, truffle honey, poached egg on sourdough), Chori Burger with shrimp, and off-the-menu Eenie Meenie Bucatini (which is cooked a la carbonara, I think?). Split between four people, I was pretty full from the shared meal. I also had a cappuccino. There’s also a display case with bread a la panaderia—pan de sal, cheese roll, ensaymada, kalihim, pan de regla, pan de coco, Spanish bread, and more. I ordered some for takeout to share with my dad. We had it for breakfast today and I’m definitely going back for the Spanish bread. Mmm.

ABKD Bucatini

I loved the ABKD Toast and the Bucatini but I probably won’t come back for the Chori burger, which was way too hot for this spicy food weakling. Wish they would open early so I could have coffee with their bread.

How pretty are the plates and those edible flowers?!

ABKD Spanish Bread, ensaymada, kalihim

I was so full after but that didn’t stop me from having a second dinner (what’s new?). We crossed over to the other side of Poblacion to Ebi10. Loved the scallop corn and ebi tempura (batter was so light!). We walked around looking for a place to have dessert but eventually ended up just going back to the car. When my tummy is as hard as my forehead, I know it was a good meal. That or I’m busog. LOL!

ABKD is located at 5663 Alfonso St. Poblacion, Makati. On soft opening, 5pm to 12mn, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Photo Diary: Bali, Indonesia

It was my first time in Bali over the weekend and I fell in love with the place. All the gorgeous interiors and the yummy food makes me want to plan another trip back. I was there because my friend P was celebrating her birthday and asked me and L to join her. What was originally supposed to be a trip to Coron quickly became a Bali trip when they found out I’d never been. We booked tickets and our villa (swim-out suite! lol) and fast forward today, it’s over. Still dreaming of our post-breakfast swims and our neverending food trip. Enough, I’ll let the photos do the talking. Will list all the places we got to check out at the end of the post in case you want to visit on your next trip, too!

Astana Kunti Suite Apartment and Villa
 Jl. Dewi Saraswati III No. 39 Seminyak, Bali – Indonesia

Motel Mexicola
Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Kerobokan Kelod

Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak

Good Mantra Cafe in Kosta Hostel
Jalan Dewi Saraswati 3, No.77 Kunti 2, Seminyak

Cafe Bali
Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak

Potato Head Beach Club
Jl. Petitenget No. 51 Seminyak

Potato Head Beach Club. Jl. Petitenget 51B, Seminyak

Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak

Corner House
Jalan Laksmana no. 10A