Bad Bird’s Private Tasting Event

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m such a sucker for contests and random draws. So, when I saw this in my email on the 25th of February,

I knew I had to try and enter their lottery draw for seats. The next day, I got this in my email:

Yey!

That’s a LOT!

The day before, I invited my bestie, Chiara, to have this feast with me. (And feast we did.) I was pretty excited because I’ve always wanted to try out Bad Bird, but never really got the chance to. We arrived at Robinsons Manila thirty minutes early and hungrily loitered around until 5:30 PM.

Little commemorative photo before anything!

Chiara looking over the menu.

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Quick Update: Journaling Workshop!

Just a quick milestone + life update!

Last month, I’ve been invited by Sakura PH to teach a journaling workshop under Scribe PH’s event, Dear Diary!

My students + the event organizer!

It was such a milestone for me because I’ve never imagined that I’d get to teach my passions this way in the past. I’ve been unconsciously journaling all my life, and have only recently placed more effort into it through my Hobonichi (you could see my January spreads here!) It gives me such joy teaching people my passions and seeing them express themselves in different ways through journaling and writing.

Can’t wait to meet my next milestone. In the meantime, I’ll work hard to reach it.

[Also, (shameless plug hehe) I teach basic brush lettering and journaling by groups or even one-on-one! If you’re interested, kindly shoot me an email at sophiaysabelledyu@gmail.com. Thank you!]

 

Big Bad Wolf Book Fair Haul!

After weeks of eagerly waiting (and saving), the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair finally makes its debut in the Philippines! I stayed up-to-date with the book fair, making sure that I didn’t miss a single post. Sure enough, they gave away hundreds of preview passes that’s good for the day before opening to the public. I-of course- had to join the contest and was one of the lucky people who won preview passes!

Bright and early on the 15th of February.

I invited my friends to come with me, as each pass allowed two people. Luckily, my university is near the venue (World Trade Center), so my best friend and I commuted. We left early in the morning and finally arrived around 8:30 AM, thirty minutes before opening!

I’m in love with the tickets!

Nicole and I! (My other two friends came in later and I didn’t get to take a photo with them.)

After impatiently waiting for thirty minutes, the doors finally opened and I was breathless with all the books around me!

Pays to go early!

I love how neatly all the books were stacked!

Gorgeous books for an even more gorgeous price!

Even their plastic is cute!

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My 20th Birthday Celebration!

And so, the inevitable happens. I’m 20-years old!

(L-R): Me, Chiara, Courtney, Nicole, and Stacy!

This year, I celebrated with my best friends one day after my birthday (which was on February 10.) I made reservations at a nearby restaurant called The Frazzled Cook. I was drooling over the menu as the day approached, and I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint!

We started off with their Pizza Caprese (Php 295), which tasted really fresh and cheesy;

then followed with Fish and Fries (Php 245), which was so soft and their fries tasted uniquely good;

next would be their family-sized Truffle Pasta (Php 515). It was incredibly fragrant, delicious, and creamy! Drool!

We ended dinner with their Seafood Paella for 5 (Php 600) – while it may look small, it’s kind of like buried treasure since you’ll have to really dig through it! Yummy. To down it all down, we had a single pitcher of Homemade Iced Tea (Php 225).

For dessert, we transferred to Victorino’s, which was conveniently nearby.

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Hong Kong 2017!

Tad late on this post! Oh, well.

Early November last year, I went to Hong Kong with my family for a short 4-day trip, and I was (again) in charge of the itinerary.

Day 1: November 3

Touchdown, Hong Kong!

We had snacks here (I ordered a mantou – one of my favs!)

I was pleasantly surprised to find a “My Cup Noodle Factory” here! (Something to do when I visit HK again.)

Since it was a short trip, and our only two priorities were Disneyland and Ngong Ping, we stayed at Novotel Citigate, which was literally 10 minutes (or less) away from the airport. It was super convenient because they provided us a free shuttle to the hotel from the airport, it was two stops away from Hong Kong Disneyland, and from our hotel window view –

Ngong Ping was just within walking distance!

Since it was still pretty early, I convinced my mom to go shopping with my in Causeway Bay (while everyone else took a nap to catch up on much-needed sleep.) No Hong Kong trip for me would be complete without a visit to IKEA, after all.

Day 2: November 4

Rise and shine! Today, we’ll be going to Hong Kong Disneyland – yay!

If you know me, I make it a point to go from opening hours and leave closing hours just to make the most out of my day.

My little sister, Hannah!

Sisters selfie 💖

It was such a beautiful, sunny day in Disneyland (though it did rain later in the evening.)

  We were welcomed in the park with a mini-parade!

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Hobonichi January Wrap-Up!

Hello, everyone! 💖
It feels great to write here again after so long! As usual, I’m busy with my academics and my thesis (so excited for this!)

Aside from those, I’ve also been busy filling up my Hobonichi every day! What is a Hobonichi? Well, it depends on the person using it, but for me – it’s my ‘life scrapbook’/ art journal. 🙂 I record the day’s highlights on it and practice my calligraphy, lettering, and illustration in it, too. As the title suggests, here are my January spreads!

First spread of the year! I wrote a letter for 2017 as a good-bye and my resolutions for the new year.

On the left, I wrote down some encouragement for the month. The right page officially starts the first Hobonichi day!

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Hokkaido 2017 (Part 2)!

 Without further adieu, here is part two! (You could read part one here.)

Day 3: September 2

I booked a private van via SkyExpress for today’s trip since we’d be traveling quite a distance. I got the Furano and Biei Day Tour package and it was amazing! The package included visits to Furano Cheese Factory, Jam Factory, Anpan Man Shop, Tomita Farm, and Patchwork Road. You could also request up to two stops without additional cost. This particular tour is only available from June to September.

Our driver for the day picked us up from the hotel early in the morning and off we headed for Furano! Our driver gave us about an hour or two per stop, as we only have limited time; which is understandable seeing that we still have a LOT of places to go! 🙂 Our first stop was Shikisai no Oka, which we requested as an additional stop. My cousin and I were the most excited because we saw photos of the flower fields online! And, boy, did it not disappoint.

Literally took my breath away.

Additionally, you could rent a cart to drive around (I think for 15 minutes)? Just make sure to bring your driver’s license.

(L-R) My cousin, my mom, and I

 

We had a mini-photoshoot with all the flowers!

Behind-the-scenes HAHA

Aside from a blooming flower field, they also had a small alpaca farm where you can pay ¥500 to feed them.

Aren’t they cute? Huhu they’re really fluffy too.

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Hokkaido 2017 (Part 1)!

This post is long-delayed, I admit, but it’s finally here! Yey!
The reason it took so long was the photos! I have a LOT of photos to share, so I’ll be splitting this blog post into two! 🙂

A few months ago, I went to Hokkaido with my family for a few days (August 31 – September 5, 2017). While I’ve been to Hokkaido in the past (Kushiro, to be specific), this would be my first time in Sapporo. I was in charge of the itinerary again and this is what we did:

Day 1: August 31, 2017

Our flight to Sapporo took a grand total of nine travel hours (including the layover)! We departed from Manila at 9 in the morning –

landing at Narita Airport by 3:00PM –

then flew off for Sapporo by 6PM and finally arriving at 8PM!

Phew! We rode the train to Sapporo Station and walked to our hotel, Hotel MyStays Sapporo Aspen, from there. We had takeaway dinner from the nearby Coco Ichibanya and headed to bed for another early start the next day.

Day 2: September 1

Waking up bright and early, we headed for Otaru.Otaru Station! It was such a beautiful day.

Otaru is so gorgeous and we were lucky to go on such a good day!

Just look at these flowers!

We arrived a little too early (I guess I was just too excited, woops) and most of the shops were still closed, so we walked around and took our time enjoying all the sights!

I love all the architecture and history of all the buildings here.

Coming to Otaru, I had a few things I knew I wanted to see and do (not to mention, eat hehe) – which I’ll get to in a bit.  Walking around, we encountered a small market that sold souvenirs, fresh Hokkaido sweet corn and melon, and dried seafood.

Sweet Hokkaido melons selling at ¥500 per slice! Expensive, but worth a taste. It’s so good.

Since all the stores were still closed, we headed for the Otaru Canal next.

There was an elderly man painting the canal and there were various artists selling postcards and their paintings of the canal on the side. I couldn’t resist and bought a postcard for myself.

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MIBF 2017 Book Haul!

Last month, just like every year, I went to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF, for short). As expected, my wallet wasn’t ready for it (despite me trying to save for a year.)  Unlike last year, where I was able to go to the MIBF on two dates, I was only able to go once this year.

My aunt and I started on the second floor for children’s books!

Check out the number of people there are on the second floor!

Unfortunately, my phone died by the time my aunt and I headed for the first floor, so I didn’t get to take any more photos 😦

Here’s my book haul this year!

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Sophie Bakes: Homemade Dog Treats

A couple of weeks ago, my little sister climbed one of our kitchen shelves and accidentally knocked over a jar of oatmeal. Instead of throwing it out, I decided to make dog treats instead (since my dogs started eating the oats on the floor like there’s no tomorrow.) I found this easy recipe from this website and tried it out.

That’s a lot of oatmeal.

The recipe calls for rolled oats, salt, egg, and beef broth or chicken broth. After I combined them all in a bowl, I found this bear-shaped ice tray (only because I don’t have cookie cutters at the moment) and filled it in with the mix.

I placed all the oat treats on a baking tray and popped it in the oven at around 325 degrees.

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