The materials included  in our kit plus brush pens (and Sharpies to be delivered to our home addresses since they didn't make it on time for the workshop)

The materials included
in our kit plus brush pens
(and Sharpies to be delivered to our home addresses since they didn’t make it on time for the workshop)

It’s been a very hectic first quarter of 2014 and month of March.  It’s the end of our 7th year in homeschooling which means wrapping up another schoolyear, doing portfolios, taking year-end tests, and still trying to catch up with our goals for the important subjects like Math and Science. Moving in chores have become more frequent and thus, more physically taxing. It’s also time to narrow down options for summer activities this April and May and choose those where schedules will flow smoothly and driving around town would be bearable in the summer heat!  Imagine all these taking place all at the same time, leaving me drained and wanting some kind of escape!

I really feel burnt out and all I can think of is V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!  Well, I still have to wait for a few more weeks till my family goes out of town for our yearly beach trip.  In the meantime, pausing a few minutes (or sometimes hours) to write down my note for the dayspending a few hours doing arts and crafts, meeting up with my so-called “playmates” on art dates, and learning a new craft are my survival tools, just to give me the frequent breaks I so need.  

Just last Sunday, March 30, Arielle and I, joined a workshop together.  It was called a Modern Calligraphy and Creative Lettering workshop by Alessandra Lanot of Life After Breakfast at The Burger Project in Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati, one of the restaurants owned by Alessa and her hubby.  Even if it was my second time to attend a calligraphy workshop, the first time with Ink Scribbler, I learned new techniques and additional info about calligraphy, which is the art of writing beautifully.  

To me, it was a quiet Sunday afternoon, perfect to unwind the crazy week that had just passed. Perfect to end the month of March.  Perfect to end the first quarter of the year.  Perfect to officially start April and summer.  And last but not the least, it was also a perfect bonding moment with Arielle, who looooves ink and paper! 

It was an afternoon of learning the proper way of using our calligraphy pens, of lines and swirls,  of up strokes and down strokes, and simply creating something beautiful with pen and ink.

Perfect way to spend my Sunday afternoon

Arielle working on her worksheet

I just love those flourishes!

Alessa doing a sample of
creative lettering

Arielle’s own version of
creative lettering!
What she wrote is so true!

Arielle (in her fave skirt she sewed herself!) and Alessa 🙂


How did the first three months of 2014 go by for you?  What’s your form of “escape” when life gets you really occupied?


  1. Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

    Can’t believe that January to March has come and gone. Unlike previous years though when I’ve wondered what did I accomplish in the last few months, I could honestly say this time that I’ve been very productive – 3 workshops attended (2 of those 3 with you), an art playdate (also with you!), among others. I don’t mind the busy-ness, as long as I get to create to energize myself. Looking forward to more playdates and workshops with you (and our respective families)
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    • racquel
      Posted April 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

      Hi, Dette! Ang bilis, noh! You’re an inspiration to me because you really make time to create and do art 🙂 Your doodles and artworks are beautiful!

      Sayang, we weren’t able to chat in Alessa’s workshop. I thought kasi we were still going to transfer to Pino 🙂 I also wasn’t able to introduce Arielle to your nieces.

      Till our next workshop or playdate! 🙂

  2. Posted April 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM | Permalink

    Hi Racquel! I really enjoy seeing your notes on Instagram. The writing is just as beautiful as the messages. 🙂 Please keep it up! 🙂

    • racquel
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

      Hi, Carmel! Uy, thanks! It’s my 365 notes challenge for this year, my first challenge actually 🙂 Hope to meet up with you sometime soon…join us in our art playdates? Will invite you to the group! 🙂 Thanks again for your words of encouragement, Carmel!

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