Arts and Crafts Shops in the Philippines

When I first started out, I found it really hard to find the supplies needed for the craft. I live in the south, and local arts and crafts shops are hard to find, or too far, not to mention the local book stores rarely have the supplies. So, I’m making this list as a reference.

Aside from Deovir Art Supplies, National Bookstore, and Fully Booked (Note that Greenbelt 5 branch has most of the materials), there’s a store especially for Calligraphy supplies called Scribe Writing Essentials. Although their stores are located mostly in Manila.

So here’s the list for all the shops I found (The ones with the check mark are the ones I’ve ordered from, and are pretty friendly):

General Arts and Crafts:

Ink and water friendly paper

Painting Supplies (Watercolor sets, Brushes, Waterbrushes)

Holders, Vintage Nibs, Inks, and Inkwell

*This post is updated regularly

A new hobby

I have always been fascinated with Calligraphy. I recently followed a letterer, Seb Lester, and was always in awe whenever he posts his works. I tried calligraphy, sans the pen, and did it digitally. After posting, a friend of a friend contacted me to make her wedding logo (which I will post once their wedding site is published), and was pretty happy with my work.

So, I gave it a go and tried calligraphy.

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On Running

So, in the past year (August 2014 onwards), I started running during the mornings. I would wake up an hour earlier and jog. I did this in preparation for a fun run my sister and I joined in, which is Color Manila Nite Run.

Every morning, I would wake up, and think, “Should I run today”? I sometimes don’t. Other times, I just force myself to get out of bed, put on my running shoes, and just run (more like jog + brisk walk).

For the past few months, I started running less. A bit because of the cold, but mainly because of a change in schedule. On a positive note, I started joining Zumba classes on our village, and it was really fun! I’m now a regular, mostly on Saturdays.

To sum this post up, running and Zumba helped with my confidence. Lessened my food portions, and lost inches and a bit of pounds. Overall, I may be slacking with running, but this will now be a permanent in my life, and my long time goal is to get fit.