Strangely Beautiful Mix

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Here’s a mix of what we often play whenever we work on handmade stuff. Music keeps us inspired and imaginative. We wander through the world that only Hayao Miyazaki could make with the melancholic tunes of Joe HisaishiClub 8‘s Strangely Beautiful album also gave us an idea of making plushies that are out of the box. Say a bunny that doesn’t really look like one. Sheep that has deer’s antlers or cat’s ears. Who cares? As long as we make them cute and cuddly.

01. Ashitaka and San- Joe Hisaishi (Princess Mononoke OST)

02. Il Porco Rosso- Joe Hisaishi (Porco Rosso OST)

03. Oka Asan- Joe Hisaishi (My Neighbor Totoro OST)

04. You’re a Beautiful Loser- Acid House Kings

05. Stay By My Side- Club 8

06. Saturday Night Engine- Club 8

07. Undertow- Ivy

08. Honey & Clover

09. Butterfly- Tornado Tatsumaki

10. Still- Moscow Olympics

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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!

Succulent Hunt

Made a short trip at the plant haven called Manila Seedlings recently for succulent hunt. I remembered my man brought me there during our first few dates. As an Interior Design student, he used to go there for landscaping projects and he has this wild fascination with plants.



Succulent faves

Dish garden inspirations


We’d like to grow some greens at our little space and succulents are just right. We also bought some bird’s nest hanging plants. There are more charming plants available but we need extra space for it. This kind of nature trip is best ever, isn’t it? Hope to visit there more often and buy other kind of plants or build my own pond. That’s an ultimate dream. xx

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?