Mochi Everywhere






What up? I’ve been going nuts with these mochi/ Dango plushies. Have piles of other colors to be done as well. I need to make a great number of it for the birthday loot bag I will be sending some friends soon (for my birthday mail swap last July). Definitely long overdue, my gosh! Yeah so I have to make it more exciting and worth the wait. These plushies are good help. Halloween plushies are also playing in my head. Gonna make some for sure. But I do hope time won’t run out before the Halloween.
Hang in there, beloved friends. I just got one more plush workshop to go and another I can not reveal yet and the mails will be out soon. Yet so sorry for all the delays.

I post a new series on my Instagram entitled Mochi Talks wherein Mochi plushies talk about anything related to their photos. Follow me @joyceechan or search the hashtags #mochitalks.



Strawberry Mochi

Totally stoked with this new diy project- mochi pin cushion and later on developed as key chain in one. Mochi is getting rad these days but this was actually inspired by Dango from a tear-jerker animated series- Clannad. See them in the closing song and don’t be surprised if you found yourself having LSS. Too adorbs.


Dango (団子) 🍡is a Japanese dumpling and sweets made from mochiko (rice flour), related to mochi. Will post more photos soon. They will be available in my plush shop, too.


Make up dilemma solved!

I’m not really a fan of make up/cosmetics. I’m the one who just go to work wearing BB cream and lip gloss. Sometimes, no make up at all. Though I admit I often look pale/plain especially on the webcam (I teach ESL online) or client meet ups. Also found out how haggard I looked during craft fairs because of skipping make up rituals. Of course, it’s okay if I just go to the grocery or hang out with friends, but not ALL times. I can still recall how my Personal Development prof would reiterate “Put on make up, you zombies!”.

So glad my favorite blogs gave me some rays of sun by sharing something about easy-peasy yet outstanding make up tutorial and inspirations.

Minna May– Aside from her talents in illustration and graphic design, I dig her taste in fashion, too.

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A bold lip how-to on Frankie Mag online!

Because I’m always on the go (and I hate heavy make up), totally trying some of these! I promised myself I will wear red lips on Fridays. My students start to notice it now. Perhaps I’m quite excited to kiss the weekend hello and try to look fresh even after a helluva week. I go crazy with coral and nude lippies, too. What shade are you into? x


Another Minna So tip, slightly blot a tissue on your lips after you apply your lipstick to make the lip color long lasting. More of her beauty tips here.


Red lip Fridays selfie hihi

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?



10a Alabama haul


Another Arts and Crafts Fair was held at 10a Alabama last July 20-21. Which means another haul! In fact, it’s been over a year since Monsterella joined 10a Alabama. We’ve met most of the crafters/ sellers along the way. One way of helping each other is to buy or sometimes we do “X-deals” where we exchange our handmade goodies instead (that’s the most exciting part ikr). You get what you love and they get what they love among your work. What a very sweet deal. There are always a lot of wonderful stuff at the fair. Your wallet should get ready for it.

As for me, I really need to control my expenses since I buy a lot in previous fairs, I got to take home these cuties nonetheless.

top L-R: Inkylivie place cards, “believe” bracelet from Bits and Pieces PH aka hellogelibee, Austen scent by Aromateria Scents and Sensibilities

bottom L-R: leather purse from Bags by Rubbertree and wooden clothespins from Artefacts

Inkylivie  paper goods are so pretty. She also has 4 piece cards with envelopes for 200 pesos only and more. All designs were hand-drawn by her too bad I wasn’t able to take photos. I did last minute shopping that time. I bought these as Thank you cards for my birthday mail swap.

Geli, also a part of Pop pins, finally launched her own line of hand-picked and handmade goodies through Bits and Pieces and this bracelet belonged to it. I chose “believe” for so many reasons. Check out her on stock items.

I’ve been dying to try solid perfume by Aromateria and take note I got it through an X-deal. I traded a crafting apron for the Austen scent. She loved it and used it right away to attract other customers/sellers. Instant endorser, indeed. Told you, X-deal is the sweetest thing. I’m not sure if solid perfumes are just new in the market but I find her scents really good and handy. I just wish I wouldn’t mistaken it as my lip balm haha. She also offers other aroma therapy products all handmade with love.

Next is what I consider a gift to myself. I totally love all the bags and other leather crafts of Bags by Rubbertree. So hip and long-lasting for sure. Selection of colors is wide and catchy. I wish to buy me their sling bag, too. I need to work harder for it, though. Lastly, we needed clothespins to hang our totes and they just came in handy.

I swear there are more goodies I really love but I will just save my money for the next fair. Hope you can take a visit at 10a Alabama. If you’re from Quezon City, it’s just nearby St. Lukes, E. Rodriguez. I just mentioned a few here to give you ideas of what to check out at the fair. I also made another quick shop guide here. The most thrilling part is everything you see at the fair were all handmade and designed by the crafters/sellers. You may also have a chit-chat with them.

See you there next time?


birthday mail swap

How come I forgot to update this blog about my birthday mail swap? Ugh!

Last July 14th marked my “quarter life crisis” and the 6 years of love with J. In other words, that’s how important that day was so I decided to throw a birthday mail swap with dear friends. They would write a birthday-themed letter/card/postcard or create anything handmade as a present. I asked them not to buy anything because handmade means a lot to me. Already received some in the mail and can’t wait to reveal what’s in each of them on this blog soon. Others will be sending theirs as well. WEEE!

In return, participants will receive a mail together with my birthday giveaway. Birthday giveaway is pretty exciting I can tell. Itching to work on it.

It’s my first time to host a mail swap. I have joined Mansy‘s mail swap before and got to meet new friends and like-minded people. Hope to make a bigger one, too. How do you like mail swaps?




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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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Buksan ang summer (Baler Trip)

I’m soooo lazy for posting this late! And even lazier for not giving much details. That’s for my next post, I promise. Haha! It’s just too hot these days plus I was caught between my desk job and Monsterella! But one thing’s for sure. It’s beach season so everyone can’t wait to hit the waves. Let me share some photos of my Baler experience like a couple of months ago. Hehe. I truly want to go back because of the awesomeness of this place.

After taking the 2am Five Star Bus (from Pasay), we arrived in Cabanatuan City before 4am. A UV express van was waiting and we had no choice but to take it because the public bus starts at 7am. We woke up (if ever we really had a sleep) to a wonderful view of some dams in Pantabangan (halfway to Baler). But I forgot to take some photos. Boo!

Good morning, Baler! 

Just before 9am, we reached Baler and hurriedly checked in at a beachfront lodging house and had breakfast at the “Rolling stores.” We were eager beavers to start our day trip, we had some troubles with the tricycle drivers. Note: Tricycle is the means of transportation in Baler since you won’t see any public jeepneys there. A tricycle driver serves as your guide. (More stories about the tricycle drivers and the owner of our lodging house in my next post. Yeah. It’s complicated like that.)

What to do in Baler (2 day trip)?

1. Have breakfast in Rolling stores.– Some typical carinderia that serves several dishes, name it they have it but don’t expect too much with the taste.

4/5 casts

4/5 casts

Balete tree

2. Climb up and take a pose on the 600-year-old Baler Tree. Some kids are waiting to guide you upon climbing it. They are experienced photographers, too. They know the right angle!


600-year-old Balete tree

2. River trekking to Mother Falls- Another part of the eco-trail. Tricycle drivers/guides will take you here right after dropping by Balete tree. In less than 45 minutes, you will be at the jump off to start the river crossing and hiking. We’re failed to reach the Mother falls at first try due to strong current. Yet we tried again the next day and everything was so worth it when you finally reached the grandiose falls. There’s also a small hydro power plant near the jump off site and the guides said it supplies electricity to a barangay nearby.

Mother falls

River trekking to Mother falls

Photo by Annie

Photo by Annie

4. Take some shots of the scenic view of Baler Bay before heading for Diguisit Beach.

Baler Bay

Baler Bay

5. Enjoy the splashing Diguisit Water Falls.

Diguisit Falls

Diguisit Falls

6. Picture taking and take a dip at Lukso-lukso Islets and Diguisit Beach. Feel the serene beach life here.

Lukso lukso beach and islets

Diguisit beach and Lukso lukso islets



7. Another Part of History-eco Trail is the Ermita Hill where you can find statues of one of the 7 families who survived a huge tidal waves in December of 1735. You can find the historical tunnel as well where it is believed many townsmen used it to escape the raids of the Moros and so on.


Ermita Hill


Have yourself a reward of picturesque views of the Baler bay from this hill.

Top- Cemento beachbottom- Sabang beach

Top- Cemento beach
bottom- Sabang beach


8. SURF!

At first, surfing didn’t cross my mind (and my budget) as I underestimated myself (I’m pessimistic like that). I was afraid to fall off the surfboard and get drowned haha. But when I saw all the pro and amateur surfers even my friends nailing it, I felt regretful. After a while, Teacher Candy allowed me to try it while she was taking a rest. Her trainer was a 15-year-old boy with six packs (take note haha). As expected, I couldn’t actually make it after few attempts but Angel (trainer) gave me a heads up. I couldn’t believe my eyes that I made to stand up on the board with a less than 10 minute practice. I promised myself that I shall return and do it all over again. It’s a lesson learned to me. Never underestimate yourself even if you know it’s hard but then after few (or more) attempts, you shall conquer that fear.

Surfing at Sabang Beach

Sarping pose! (I'm the apparition. hee)

Sarping (surfing) pose! (I’m the apparition. hee)

Sarping (surfing) chicks

Sarping chicks


Candy and her 15-year-old trainer, Angel (Whatta abs!)

me surf


9. Breakfast at Bay’s Inn

Second day was to enjoy the breakfast at Bay’s Inn, visit Ampere beach, and most of all, conquering the Mother falls. We were not able to cross the river on day 1 due to strong current so we decided to go back on the next day and our efforts were all worth it when we reached the majestic falls. The view was breathtaking. It’s my first time to see raging water falls like that. The water was so cold and refreshing. Too bad we had to hurriedly go back to our lodge to check out. We weren’t able to do the historical sites but that’s another reason to go back aside from surfing. Hehe. Breakfast at Bay’s Inn We started day 2 by eating breakfast at Bay’s Inn. They offer buffet that costs around 150php/person but we opted to share some meals since we wanted to taste home-cooked soup and vegetables. We ordered blue marlin sinigang, Pinakbet, and yangchow rice. We had no regrets because they all tasted so good. You will love it, too. Moreover, nothing’s more fun than to eat breakfast watching people playing with the waves. bays inn 10. Ampere beach. Unlike the other shores along Baler bay, this one is full of small and big stones, those our moms and grannys use to rub on their skin. haha! SAMSUNG

Ampere beach

Ampere beach

boy/girl band

boyband, yes?

(to be continued…)

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Nifty Links 3: DIY Totes and Tee

First post of 2013 is for Nifty Links! With lots of posts still in my drafts, I decided to make way for this first. I couldn’t resist sharing new finds from the interwebz.

Click on the links to be redirected. All photos are from the lovely blogs in this post.


2. How to print your own fabric with a potato via Childerhouseblog

3. Feather Tee via Sincerely, Kinsey

Are you a sucker for totes and tees like I am? I love to collect totes especially now that we need to control plastic waste. It’s good to know that tote bags are widely used in the metro these days. But how cool is it to make or design your own tote bag? These tutorials help us design our tote or tees aside from screen printing. I went nuts when I learned about iron-on printing. Does anybody try it already? NEED-TO-BUY-MATERIALS-NOW. HEE.

As per the hand-stamped feather tee, it’s so lovely, isn’t it? And this inspired me to make my own foam stamps, too.

Susuwatari (from the movie Sprited Away)

Pine tree  (inspired by everyday scene in the Cordillera)

Check out Eula’s blog post for a tutorial.

All of these are on my to-do list now. Give ’em a try, too!