Online Ceramics Class


I really wanted to take a ceramics class in Seoul. I followed a few Korean artists, and really love their style in creating bowls, mugs, and plates--usually in pastels color combination.

Months ago, Ava tagged us in an Instagram post of Mess We Made Manila, a new ceramics studio located just here in the city where I live. Our group planned to take one of their classes in Southbank Café + Lounge in Westgate Alabang, but they're always sold out! I think they only offer it to a maximum of 4 persons per class to practice social distancing. There are available slots by June, but that's also the month Ava's due to give birth! So we patiently waited for early slots to free up.

Months later, while browsing their page (kating kati na ako may gawin na exciting, haha), I chanced upon a new tab on their site that says "Private Class". Finally! The best part is their rate is still the same per head as enrolling in their other classes (Php 3500), as long as you gather 4 sure people to book the session (Php 14,000 total for 4 students). I messaged my friends, and Ava, Ash, and Paul agreed to take the private class with me.

We booked a class end of March, still a good month for Ava to go out albeit her pregnancy. We were so excited, but ECQ happened! They were good enough to ask us if we want to refund or rebook, and we always picked rebook for latter date since we really want to take ceramics classes. It was pushed several times to a latter date, until we got a message about the online Zoom class option. Btw, they are very responsive with all our messages via their Instagram--plus points for that!

Days prior the class, we already received our box that contains the materials we will need via same-day courier. We don't have to pay anything, everything's part of the fee. Both the day before and the morning before our class, we also received text reminders on what to prepare via a group chat. I really appreciate that they are very organized. 

Our task is to create 1 medium sized plate, a bowl, and a saucer. The clay given to use were pre-colored, and enough to accomplish these three projects. The published duration of the workshop is about 2 hours, but we weren't rushed which I also appreciate. It's my first time ever to try my hands on ceramics, so I had blunders here in there. Our teacher -- even though it's through a computer screen -- was able to teach us the correct ways and remedies for some of our beginners' mistakes. We were taught basic techniques and design ideas, but teacher is also very open to guide us when we showed photos of our "pegs". 

Overall, my friends and I had a great time learning ceramics. It's our first ever online workshop experience together, and we're on a high even a day after the session! Hehe! We can't wait to get our finished projects soon. 

Showing our favorite works, before ending the 2.5 hour class:

By the way, after the class, the team went personally to our houses to get our wet clay projects on the same day. They can opt for public same day deliveries, but were so considerate with our works getting damaged that they picked them up themselves! Take note, we live in different areas in Metro Manila--from North to South! 

They will take our projects to their studio for firing and glazing, then send them back when they are ready in about 3-4 weeks. Again, all deliveries are already part of the fee.

My works, while waiting for pickup:

What I Like About This Class:

1. Very neat and organized. Materials sent were sanitized.

2. Fairly priced, considering inclusions of Metro Manila deliveries.

3. Instructions were easy to follow, considering it's my first online crafting workshop and ceramics experience. They used two cameras in their studio so we can see the demo in different perspectives.

4. The team is easy to talk to, my friends and I all agree they're super nice and we were at ease the whole time!

5. They offered variety of projects and techniques, but teacher is also super open to our wild ideas (lol). Creativity was very much encouraged throughout the session.

Aside from the class we took, Mess We Made Manila also offered a Picnic Home Kit class before, mugs workshop, etc. They also sell ceramic pieces on their site, which are all very beautiful!

Anyway, will update this post or write a new one when we finally get our creations back! 

Visit for more information, or to book class!

What Makes The Philippines A Prospective Residence To Korean Students?


Despite the differences in language and culture, many Korean students choose to live in the Philippines due to these four reasons.

For years, Korean pop culture has enchanted many Filipinos. From Korean drama and music to food, make-up, and fashion trends, Pinoys can’t get enough of the Korean Wave. As a result, several Korean restaurants, convenience stores, and K-pop retailers have mushroomed in various parts of the Philippines in recent years. It seems like Filipinos love anything and anyone related to South Korea and this fascination won’t go away anytime soon.

Interestingly, many Koreans have taken the appeal of living in the Philippines for various purposes. In a commentary article by Inquirer, it was revealed over a million Koreans arrived in the Philippines in 2017 (100,000 of them already permanent residents). Manila has the largest concentration of Koreans living in the country, with Cebu in second place. 

So what exactly draws Koreans, specifically students, to live in the Philippines? Here are four possible reasons why:

Filipinos’ Fluency in English

Most Koreans go to the Philippines to study English. For many Korean families, sending their kids to study in the Philippines is more cost-efficient than sending them to study in other English-speaking countries. With many qualified English-speaking Filipino teachers in the country, it is no surprise that many Korean students choose the Philippines as their learning ground to become more fluent in the English language. 

Lower Cost of Living

The Philippines has a lower cost of living than South Korea or other Western countries offering high-quality education. Aside from saving on their kids’ educational fees without sacrificing education quality, parents can also avail of condo units or homes at affordable prices. 

For example, some Urban Deca Homes units can be rented for around Php 15,000 pesos a month. These units are well equipped with facilities that make learning from home conducive while providing a secure environment. Plus, the condo development’s location in Tondo brings future student tenants closer to their schools in Manila.

The Warmth and Hospitality of Filipinos

Koreans coming to the Philippines are often welcomed with warmth and love. They may experience the same hospitality and kindness in their schools and residences. With such warmth and kind accommodation, anyone will surely enjoy their stay in the Philippines.

Koreans are also warmly welcomed into the Philippines since many Filipinos are keen on learning to speak the Korean language fluently. In this way, Korean and Filipino students both learn from each other while embracing each other’s culture and way of life.

Close Proximity of the Two Countries

Flying from South Korea to international airports in the Philippines may take at least three to four hours. This is a more cost-efficient option for some families which is why they choose to send their kids to study in top-caliber colleges and universities in the Philippines rather than send them to other countries. Plus, the close proximity of the two countries lets parents contact their kids and vice versa without worrying about a significant time zone difference.

To sum up, there are many ways that the citizens of South Korea and the Philippines can learn from each other while also embracing their cultural diversity. Given these four reasons, it is not surprising to see the Philippines continuing to be a prospective residence for many Korean students.

#BekoHarvestFresh: A Refrigerator Technology That Will Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer


Before, my work entails traveling, so I’m always away. For the past year though, the whole family works from home, so we eat our meals together which means we need more food in the ref.

I’m a vegetarian, plus the whole family became health conscious now. We try to consume more fruits and veggies, and we even have Meatless Mondays. We even learned how to grow our own veggies in our garden, and store them inside this refrigerator so they’ll last longer. 

With Beko’s HarvestFresh 3-color technology, it recreates the 24-hour sun cycle to keep our produce fresh without compromising its nutrients. It means lesser grocery runs, less food waste, more savings, and of course healthier meals for the family. 

Total Quality Assurance provider Intertek Laboratories has independently verified that Beko HarvestFresh preserves vitamins A and C, which are two key contributors to a healthy lifestyle, for up to five more days.    During the first four hours of the HarvestFresh cycle, the crisper lights will shine blue, mimicking dawn and the first light of day. This is followed by two hours of green light replicating midday and a six hours of red light imitating the more muted tones of dusk. The drawers will then turn dark for 12 hours to represent nighttime. 

"We believe in creating technology that responds to the needs of consumers. With HarvestFresh, we are helping them eat healthy and vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables," said Gurhan Gunal, Country Manager of Beko Pilipinas Corporation.

Watch Beko Harvest Fresh Launch here:

For more information, visit Beko Philippines on Facebook or Instagram @bekoph.

Shop for BEKO online via LAZADA.

Japanese scientists discover fabric spray kills >99.9% of COVID-19 virus


Leading Japanese household company Earth Corporation has announced breakthrough clinical studies confirming that Natucair, its brand of fabric and linen spray, kills >99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Shintaro Noda, in charge of Regional Marketing of Earth Corporation disclosed that based on clinical studies made by the Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Center in Kobe, Natucair was effective in killing >99.9% SARS-CoV-2 in suspension.

With 17 testing centers in Japan and around the world, the Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Center is one of the most credible and trusted institutions when it comes to evaluating the efficacy of products to be used internationally.

The testing involved mixing nine parts of Natucair with one part sample of the SARS-CoV-2 using plaque assay protocol. After five minutes of contact, the samples were re-examined to see the effect on the SARS-CoV-2 particles.

“We are extremely proud of our team of scientists and researchers who have made this groundbreaking confirmation,” says Yuya Suzuki of Research and Development. “Everyday, Filipinos should be able to have options and products that can help them stay safe from the dangers of COVID-19 and we’re happy to add Natucair to that list.”

This scientific breakthrough comes at a timely moment as COVID-19 cases reported the highest surge in the Philippines since the third quarter of 2020. Since early March, the Department of Health (DOH) reported more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases daily, peaking recently with over 8,000 cases reported in a single day. 

As the numbers continue to rise, scientists and researchers continuously search to identify key risks of transmission that help the virus spread and how to potentially counteract these risks.

One potential point of transmission that should not be taken for granted is fabrics. Recently, the BBC reported a study led by microbiologist Dr. Katie Laird that looked into the survival rate of COVID-19 on commonly worn fabrics.

According to Dr. Laird, these fabrics “pose a risk for transmission of the virus.”

Laird’s study showed droplets of the coronavirus added to three commonly used fabrics: polyester, polycotton and 100% cotton. Scientists then monitored the stability of the virus on each fabric for 72 hours. It was found that of the three fabrics, polyester posed the greatest risk as the virus survived for the full 3-day test period. Serious risks were also discovered on the other two fabrics. The virus lasted for a full 24 hours on 100% cotton and six hours on polycotton.

Laird pointed out that these fabrics—commonly used in the uniforms of healthcare professionals that regularly come into contact with COVID-19 patients—pose a great threat. “If nurses and healthcare workers take their uniforms home,” said Laird, “they could be leaving traces of the virus on other surfaces.”

Shintaro explains that Natucair can become a handy part of every Filipino’s day. “As we all continue to remain vigilant and cautious in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is encouraging to find that Natucair effectively kills SARS-CoV-2. As Natucair is designed to be used on fabrics, we recommend that all Filipinos should make it a daily routine to spray down their shirts, pants, and other fabrics in their outfits including the inner cloth linings of shoes with Natucair.”

Shintaro remains optimistic that Natucair will have a positive effect in helping Filipinos live their everyday lives in safety and comfort.

“We believe that every home can benefit from having Natucair,” says Shintaro. “Natucair eliminates odors from fabrics while also killing bacteria, germs and viruses. Natucair does this with ease, convenience and practicality.”

For more information and updates, follow Natucair on Facebook.

Purchase Natucair online via Shopee.

Keep Up For The Last Time: Keeping Up With The Kardashians Now on its Final Season


 It's truly an end of an era when the Kardashians announced that their long-running reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians is on its final season. Attended the online nostalgic party of hayu Philippines last week to kick off the premiere of season 20.

It was 14 years of hilarious, exciting, and touching seasons where we got a glimpse of their everyday lives and we literally grew up with the family. If you missed out on previous episodes, it’s time to catch-up and grab this last chance to keep up with Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kris, Kylie, Kendall on hayu.

The first episode titled ‘Beginnings and Endings’ which premiered last Friday, March 19 once again sparked questions like- Will we finally get a reconciliation between Kourtney and Scott? What’s next for Khloe and Tristan? Will this show shed light on Kim’s ugly crying teaser on her Instagram during the last day of filming?

More snippets from our virtual party last week with hayu. We had food deliveries, talks on fitness and fashion, games, reenactments, etc! 

All these and more drama but for sure viewers can definitely expect a heck of a ride for this ultimate fam finale. So if you’re feeling quite sentimental or even just intrigued on what’s to come be sure to stay tuned and witness how the Kardashian-Jenner will bid farewell to the reality tv world. 

Fresh episodes are available every Friday on hayu on the same day as its U.S. premiere! All episodes are available via hayu

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