Feb 7, 2016

DIY PLANNER (Tutorial, tips and tricks!)

For those who doesn't frequent coffee shops or ran out of budget to buy a planner or if you just want to customize your own, you can make your own DIY Planner just using your creativity! And probably some help from your local print shop. But anyway, making your own planner lets you include sections that you REALLY need, because let's be honest, store planners have lots of sections that we don't really use (read: bulkier than our school notebooks) and are just waste of paper and money. DIY planners can save you almost half of the price of the store planners, but you have to spend time with it! Don't worry! It's fun!

I've started making one just this November as a gift to my friend, from then, my mother asked me to make a few more for my brother's school teachers. This year I'm making my own and I want to share you my process of doing it!

First, you have to draft the sections of your planner and their number of pages.
And group them in total of four pages each group. This will help you in layout, printing and will make sure that there's no wasted space.

For example:

2016 Calendar with Holidays (1 page)
Letter to my 2017 self (2 pages)
Goals (1 page)

Wishlist (2 pages)
Monthly Savings (2 pages)

Homeworks (2 pages)
Meetings (2 pages)

(Weekly calendar view)
January  (4 pages)
 December (4 pages)

Memories (4 pages)
Doodle page (4 pages)
Notes (4 pages)
Contacts (4 pages)

The total pages should be ideally a multiple of four, and I usually end up with a 72-80 paged planner, depending on the number of sections and pages.

After that, I used Adobe Photoshop to layout the pages of my planner!
The usual size of each page is 8 x 5.5 in.
TIP: The planner will be ring-bound so allot at least .7 inch to the sides of the pages for punching holes, so when you are designing your pages, do not put necessary design elements here if possible.

From here, let your creativity flow!
I like to think of my color scheme and font family so from there, I could just play with the design elements.
If you are not familiar with the font sizes and spacing (aside from the 11 and 12 font sizes when doing school papers), especially on how it will look on printed paper, I'll give you some tips. Most of the time it depends on the font, but based on experience, 8-10pt is the smallest font size that is still readable on paper. For the writing lines, (Press Shift + - to produce a solid line _____  or  .  to produce dotted lines ..................), 16-20pt spacing is enough for someone to write on.

Here are some examples of my sections:




For the monthly sections, I intended to make it an open weekly calendar view, so the user will be the one to write the dates on and easier for me to layout. I just kept one .PSD file for it, so during printing, I'll be able to change the months.


For those who have their own printer like me, you can print them on a letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 in)
Just cut-off the excess .5 inch in either top or bottom if you want or keep it that way. In my case, I am using an A4 size photo paper for my cover (8.2 x 11.6 inches) so I need to cut off the excess.

After printing, cut them in half and arrange the pages.

For the cover, I am using an A4 size photo paper, ideally 180-220gsm so it will be thick. I also saw Elle of Simply Caramelle make her own blog planner cover by laminating it so it will be sturdy. I recommend that if you usually stash your things inside your bag so to prevent folds and scratches. I actually plan of doing that even though I have a leather cover from an old planner.

So now that you have printed your planner pages, organized and topped them with the covers, you could now let your local print shop do the punching of holes and binding them! So for me, I just spent Php 25 for binding!
If you don't have your own printer, find a print shop that could print your pages for you at a low price or limit the colored pages.

Here's how it looked!




See? It's easy and fun!
Start making your own planner now!


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Feb 3, 2016

Like to bike? Move to love.:Lakbay2Love

This is not your ordinary "travel-and-love" type of love story. Lakbay2Love makes you appreciate nature while falling in love and supporting a movement! For the past few years, we've been aware of the proposal to use bike as a mode of transportation instead of cars, especially if you're living near your office or school. This not only helps in decreasing pollution and traffic congestion, biking is also a form of exercise that's good for our mind and body.

Lakbay2Love started as an idea about seven years ago, as told by the director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, but didn't push through until Typhoon Yolanda happened. She wanted to promote biking not only as a hobby or a sport but also as a tool to save the environment  "one pedal at a time".
Concert set-up at UP Amphitheater. (Photo grabbed from Lakbay2Love FB page.)
Last January 29 was the "green carpet" outdoor premiere of Lakbay2Love at UP Amphitheater. It's a grass-covered area, and we're told to bring mats to sit on.   It was such a very chill experience, sitting and lying on the grass under the open sky, makes us appreciate the theme of the movie even more.  We really feel like we're one with nature! Lakbay2Love is the first bike movie in the Philippines, and the first to hold a green carpet premiere. Needless to say, they just proved every point of their purpose.
Dennis and Solenn join bikers for a bike ride around UP Acad Oval.
 (Photo grabbed from Lakbay2Love FB page.)
 The event started with a bike ride led by Dennis Trillo and Solenn Heusaff and the UP Bike Share community. The concert featuring bands from UP Music Circle, artist Joey Ayala and Solenn and Dennis sang featured songs in the movie, while the night gets dark enough to watch the movie.

BYOBBBB (Bring Your Own Bike, Baon, Banig, Bae!) Viewers bring their own food and mats (and love ones) while watching.
"Gusto kong matutong mag-bike" in the tune of Overdrive. Dennis and Solenn singing songs from the movie.
Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil with the lead stars, telling about the story behind the movie.

Lakbay2Love is a chill movie, a breath of fresh air. It won't make your heart ache, instead you'll be moved. The scenes will take you to different bike trails where nature is thriving while the characters show you that travelling to these places could be more exciting with biking.  I like how Solenn and Dennis kept it natural and light. The blend of the (love) story and the purpose was smooth. For one, actual bikers from different organizations were there, even the lead characters are into biking in real life. It gets to the viewers the effects of biking not only physically, environmentally but also emotionally. Those who want to improve their well-being in a thrilling way won't miss the chance to get the habit of biking.
 The ending does not disappoint!  I'm sure you'll watch until the credits!

I just want to grab a bike and a friend and go to the places they've been! I also learned a lot about  bikes in general and the organizations and events associated with biking. You'll also reminisce those times you've fallen in love and you've fallen out of your bike! Haha!

After the movie, they raffled the Trek bikes used in the movie! Lucky for those who got them!
Grab your dates and your friends and don't forget to drop by the theaters this February 3 and experience another kind of coming of age, travel love story through biking!
 Be part of the movement to save Mother Nature, one pedal at a time. Watch Lakbay2Love starring Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff and Kit Thompson. Directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil. Film by Erasto Films, with the participation of UP Bike Share and The Firefly Brigade.

Movie buddy! Thanks to this girl for being my companion and photographer for the night! 

Like Lakbay2Love 's Facebook Page to get updates on the screening schedules and more! 

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Dec 1, 2015

Hola España! (My Spain Itinerary)

Spanish culture has been part of Filipino lives ever since the colonial times. Going to Spain is like visiting your foster mother country that you haven't seen for years but still feel the intimate connection. Apart from the language, it is obvious that we inherited their architecture and food, thus this trip will be an appreciation of ART and GASTRONOMY! Spain was also influenced by Romans and Moorish architecture. Not only that, according to the web, the top restaurants, in fact the OLDEST RESTAURANT, in the world could be found in Spain! 
What are we waiting for? Vamos!!

Trip from Nov. 20 to Dec. 10, 2015
Departs Manila to Barcelona and leaves Madrid to Manila

Barcelona->San Sebastian/Bilbao-> Andalusia (Seville, Jerez, Granada)->Valencia->Madrid
Spanish Art + Gastronomy appreciation

Barcelona (Nov. 21-25) 
Nov. 20- Departure from Manila to Barcelona (approx 24 hours)
Nov. 21 - REST DAY

Nov. 22- Arc del Triomf

Restaurant Sant Pau by Carme Ruscalleda (Three Michelin star)
Carme Ruscalleda is said to be the only woman in Spain to receive three Michelin stars.

Nov. 23
-Parc Güell: Gaudí's Surrealist Park and Casa Batll
These colorful mosaic scenery designed by Gaudi have been used for a local magazine cover!

Nov. 24
-La Boqueria (market)

I'll pack up some local food to eat during my trip. La Boqueria is a popular market to go to!

Nov. 25
 -Madonna Concert (Palau Sant Jordi)

If you have the budget and the Queen of Pop is here? Why not?

San Sebastian-Bilbao (Nov.26-28)

Nov. 26-27-La Concha 
The most popular beach in San Sebastian!

Restaurant: Arzak (No. 17 at World's Best 50 Restaurants list in 2015)

Nov. 28
-Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum
The wave architecture was designed by Frank Gehry.
Guess what? I immediately thought of Ron Weasley. LoL #HarryPotterFanswillgetit

Restaurant: Nerua
Located in Guggenheim Museum. The entrance to the place is through the kitchen! WOW!

Seville-Jerez-Granada(nov. 29-Dec 2)

Seville: Nov.29-30
-The AlcazarThe Andalusia region was highly influenced by the Moors. The Alcazar is one of the Moorish palace built.

-Barrio Santa Cruz: Seville's Most Charming Neighborhood
Vibrant houses and cafes! 

Jerez: Dec. 1
-Learn Flamenco!

    -Sherry Production at Jerez de la FronteraAfter the knowledge I obtained during my beverage class, of course I won't pass this!

      GRANADA: Dec.2
      The Alhambra
      Another Moorish caste built in Spain.

      Valencia (Dec. 3-5)

      Dec. 3
      -City of Arts and Sciences
      Cultural and architectural complex composed of L'Oceanografic, Museu de les Ciences, Palau de les Arts, Hemisferic

      Dec. 4
      Restaurant: La Pepica
      Paella was said to be discovered in Valencia. Earnest Hemingway used to eat the dish here in La Pepica!

      Dec. 5
      Shopping at 
      Mercado de Colon
      Oh come on. How can a shopping place look like that?

      Madrid (Dec.6-8)

      Dec. 6
      -Ayuntamiento de Madrid
      This is just their CITY HALL!!! And it used to be their post office. *jaw drop*
      Spain's architectural buildings aren't just majestic, they are still functional now.

      -Puerta del Sol
      -Heart of the city. It's their zero kilometer point. (Like what Rizal Shrine to us)

        Dec. 7

        -Prado Museum
        One of the biggest museums in Europe and home to artworks of lots of artists.

        -Royal Palace
        It could rival Buckingham Palace in my opinion. But unlike the Buckingham, the royals do not reside here. Instead, this place is used for state ceremonies and such.

        Dec. 8
        -Restaurant Botin (oldest restaurant in the world)

        According to Guinness Book of World Records it's the oldest restaurant, established since 1725

        Dec. 9 -flight from Madrid to Manila

        Budget (estimated prices)

        And that's it! Hope to visit Spain soon!
        I'm already prepared for flamenco I guess! HAHA!


        Disclaimer: Photos, except the last two, are not mine. 

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        Sep 8, 2015

        Icings & Toppings: Your Personalized Pastry Selection

        Hello there!

        Last August 26, we had the chance to celebrate the 5th year anniversary of Brand Magazine and with its famous covergirls such as Gwen Zamora, Glaiza de Castro and Rhian Ramos, be with my blogger friend Elle from SimplyCaramelle, and indulge in these sweet treats by Icings and Toppings Bakeshop!

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