A Summer of Art, Family and Friends

Our summers in Manila has always been unforgettable. This summer, in particular, was one I have to write about. I thoroughly enjoyed it because we did a lot of things that I loved.

Like most summer days, the kids and I stayed at home. We watched movies, swam and simply spent time together. We also developed a love for going to the arcade.


Cayenne, Tajmahal and me. 🙂

When my best friend Taj and her daughter Cayenne went to visit, we reenacted what they did the last time the three kids were together. They danced.

Later on, we went to Tom’s World and played one of their games which really placed a dent in my pocket. However, it was worth it. We all had fun and simply had a great time together.

The kids also went swimming and simply played together while Taj and I talked and talked.


It was a wonderful time spent with my beautiful single mom friend. Yes, she is still single. Just like me! 🙂 Don’t wonder why because we also don’t know why nobody is interested in us! We are awesome! Hahahaha!

As I mentioned before, we played some games and quizzes on the TV and here are some results of my answers. I was very satisfied with them because it described me perfectly!

On a special day, we also visited my sister Anna Carmela. I miss her very much. She really was the best among us. She was so strong, kind and generous. She was a beautiful person and how I wish she was still here with us. However, I know she lives in our hearts. Forever.


The siblings. Complete.

Now, painting is something I love doing. When I do have the time, I like getting lost in the world of colors and imagination. This time, my sister Monina showed us a cute way of painting over Pokemon cards. So here are some of our artwork.



Above: Painted by Heaven and Liam

Below: Painted by me

I really had fun doing these things with them. Family time is really something to treasure. Memories that we create remind us that our lives should be lived with love, laughter and joy.

Painting in Summer

Our creativity was sparked by Kandinsky‘s circles. I guided the kids to make different sizes of circles and to use the color wheel to paint them. We also copied a painting of a skyline which was really nice because I got to witness how the kids did their best to make the skyline of buildings and houses.

Heaven's Skyline with a Rainbow

Heaven’s Skyline with a Rainbow

The kids also created letter decors for their moms for Mothers’ Day. It was quite messy but extremely fun as I allowed them to decorate the letters of their own design.

With their finished letters

With their finished letters

We also tried our best to copy Ton Shulten‘s landscapes. We began with creating two curved horizontal lines. Then I asked them to draw vertical lines across them unequally. Then I asked them to draw vertical lines to create the houses, small squares for doors and windows and trees.

We decided to color the houses and the surrounding areas using warm colors and then the trees and the sky using cool colors. We used poster color paints. It took longer than expected but the results are awesome! We also tried using salt and watercolor but it kinda failed. Oh well. We’ll do our best next time.

We also did some pastel flowers.

Overall, I was glad I did the arts and crafts class. I loved the time I spent with the kids and it totally brought out my daughter’s creative side. I have to say, this was a summer well spent with my Heaven.

For the Love of Art

For the most part of my life, I have written countless notes, diaries, blogs and poems to keep me sane. I started making my own poems when I was 7 or 9 years old. My love for prose and poetry was fueled by my father. Later on, I learned how drawing and painting were also his passions. Thus I learned to love colors, mixing them up and creating my own paintings.

The past few weeks, I have slowly showed my daughter and other kids how truly wonderful it is to paint. I am hoping that showing them works of artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Dine and Miro would inspire them to be more creative.

These are the fruits of our imagination and love for art.

We used oil pastels and watercolors to create most of the pieces.

Sometimes, we get inspired by our own yearning for the beach!

It’s not really well-made but we did try our hand at optical illusions, using a bit of cubism. I had to outline their shapes with a black marker pen to make the image pop out.

It was also fun to see their reaction when we did color mixing to create our color wheels.

Pointillism was also something we tried. We used the ends of our brushes to make the dots.

Using oil pastels alone is actually quite difficult. However, I think we pulled it off.

Symmetrical shapes can help you create awesome shapes and figures, too! We simply placed the pain on one side of the paper and folded it in the middle to transfer it to the other side. This was fun!

Spattering was done to create a snowstorm. This was quite messy but just as fun with the other techniques on watercolor painting.

I actually have a busy week ahead. I plan to have them create letter decors for their moms for Mother’s Day. I also want to show them how masking tape can be used for painting. Plus, i have a lot of glitter I’m dying to use!

All of this, for the love of art and teaching!