Weekend Hits: Art in the Park

First stop for my Go Biking Project was at an annual gathering of artists, craftsmen, art galleries, and aficionados none other than Art in the Park. First time to visit here last year and I was left in awe. Good thing Jordan and I both got ourselves bikes beforehand and some friends from Talahib Peoplesmusic invited us for a ride. Since they are also inclined in arts and crafts, I suggested to drop by the event that one fine Sunday afternoon. We rode from Paco, Manila to Salcedo Park, Makati.

art latagan


storage gone cute


I was busy snapping and rubbing elbows with acquaintances, I forgot to take note of the artists. Next time, yes!



Some of the locally renowned galleries who were present in the event were: Neo-Angono Artists CollectiveBlanc GalleryResurrection Furniture and Found Objects GallerySecret FreshVinyl on Vinyl, FEU and TUP Fine Arts, and many more.

I learned how to ride a bicycle when I was in grade school. I’m a self-taught and I had too many bruises and scratches before I finally made it. Though I took a break from it and I had to start all over again. This time on the open road. Considering limited bike lanes and some arrogant motorists in the metro, you can imagine how shaky I am. I’m trying to overcome being submissive on the road. My instinct, of course, tells me safety first but there are times you have think quick before situations get worse.

Back to this ride, I was not confident with my jap bike so I asked Jec to lend me her spare one. Therefore, I rode her mini velo with coaster brake and it’s new to me so we had to get along for a time. Though it didn’t let me down. I was too anxious I was checking the brake all the time. After Art in the Park, we headed for Mall of Asia for dinner then went back to Paco via Roxas Boulevard (there’s a bike lane along the bay, wee). I believed my mental awareness moved to the next level haha. It was a thrilling ride. I was with experienced bikers, they were good in maneuvering. I got inspired and decided to get myself at mini velo, too. You will see it on my next posts. My new buddy.


(Weekend Hits is a compilation of my biking adventures. I ride a bike on weekends and take snaps of fascinating things from my city (and hopefully other destinations, too). Follow my adventures here or on Instragram.)


Indie Fix: Month Long Sleep Mix by Happy Tears


New mix from Happy Tears a.k.a Ge Mapa.

Month Long Sleep
/a mix by happy tears

01. Metal – Majestic
02. You Lost Me At Hello – Tesco Chainstore Mascara
03. Single Beds – Night Flowers
04. Eurostar, The Musical – The French Pop Dream
05. Our Composition Book – Wild Nothing
06. Under Water – Acid House Kings
07. A Last Minute Miracle – Kaleida
08. I’m Not Gonna Grow Old – Club 8
09. Northern Lights – Allo Darlin’
10. Jeremy (Magnetic Fields cover) – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
11. Month Long Sleep – Pups
12. The Catcher In The Rye – Azure Blue
13. Break It To You Gently – Camera Obscura
14. Camera Shy – Lockets

Download mix here.


Geraldine Mapa, the lovely wife of Diego Mapa of Pedicab/ Tarsius, is one of my fave indie music aficionados. She also founded Roomix– all about extended versions of everyday objects inspired by both retro and futuristic visions. Music, arts, and crafts roll up in one. Most of her selected songs/bands became my fave, too. Thanks for another inspiring mix, Miss Ge!

Indie Music Fix

Haven’t posted my indie music fix here so here it goes. I’m thinking of making this as another blog series since my heart really goes for music particularly indie. I usually get to know them from my fave music bloggers, friends’ mixtapes, and other indie mixtapes on the web especially SEA INDIE (South East Asian Indie). Sometimes, I accidentally catch them perform live and search more about their music and next thing I know, I’m having LSS already. This is how music inspires me, too. I listen to these while making my own craft, when I’m on my way office, while having breaks at work, when I feel down. Music is contagious, indeed.

1. Eyedress– Nature Trips 

Philippines must be proud of having Eyedress as one of its local blooming artists. I’m dying to see him perform live. Also, one of my girl crushes is her girlfriend, Maya Kibbel. They are my fave internet couple, haha! Anyhow, he’s music is such brilliant. I love his playful synths and washed out vocals.  Other songs I’m fond of are White Lies, Everything We Touch Turns Into Gold, and so one. Know more about him here.

2. Spazzkid– Magical Oahu

Not from his current album “Desire” but definitely one of my faves. Mark Redito’s also one half of My Parasol believe me they are so fancy. Spacetalk  makes me feel like dancing while being high on love. Back to “Desire”, can’t choose what’s the best because they are all. Take some time to listen and support him by purchasing it for only $10 USD. Check out the limited edition “Desire” T-shirt, it’s too pretty I’m getting myself one. (Hello self, you’re broke again.) HEE

 3. The Strange Creatures– Stargazer

A friend shared this on Facebook and J started to play it on repeat. But he forgot their name so we lost track of it for a while. Good thing I saw this mixtape post and it’s one of them. My heart skipped a beat because other tracks in the compilation were so good like Ang Bandang Shirley- Polygonal Graphs and the next track–

4. No Rome– Tru Feelings

Liz of Spellboundph was the one who mentioned about No Rome. They performed at one of Heima’s design talks + live music events but sadly I wasn’t able to catch it. Good thing this track also belonged to the latest SEA INDIE mixtape and I just said “Wow!” while listening to it. Hope to catch them live soon.

That’s all for now. As you know, the ones I featured here are all proudly Filipino but their music is definitely world-class, IMHO. Do you dig any of these, too?



fete dela wsk

Fete dela Musique ’13, MNL

Reggae stage



Main stage








CBI crowd


with Armi


Martin Luther BB King of Naive New Beaters. Seriously.


Fete dela musique aka WORLD MUSIC DAY taking place on June 21 in cities around the world. It first took place in Paris.

In Manila, bands perform in different stages depending on their music genre- world, reggae, ska, jazz, hiphop, and so on.

This year’s fete was amazing as always. We look forward to the next.

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Life in Low-res 2: Film is not dead


Hello! That was quite a short hiatus. All I did was work, work, and work. But oh, I’ve been prepping for something cool that’s why you have to stay tune. Notice my new header? Yes, I changed it for a much better and broader blog. It means this blog (Hello Cheechako) will showcase more of my crafty side back to back with (mis)adventures and daily musings, and other things I’m digging in. I’ll do my very best to make this a nifty place as possible. I love suggestions and violent reactions, so comment here if you want. 🙂

Meanwhile, this post is certainly about Lomomanila event that was held last year. I forgot so many details though it was mainly about lomography exhibit by some enthusiasts here in the PH. There were pop-up shops in the event as well and we (Monsterella) had a chance to consign some items with Twee Shop. We made special LOMO sleeping masks for this event and to our delight, many grabbed their own for the love of film cameras.


Pixlr express never stops impressing me so I made something new for my photos plus the washi tape clip arts from Pugly Pixel. Check out my Life in Low-res pt.1: It’s a Washi day for some washi actions. I go crazy about washi tapes since the first time I stumbled on it. Now I’m patiently waiting for my order from Heykessy for my current diy project. 

Till my next post,