My Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination

Hurray! I’ve been nominated for my first blogger award! Thank you for the nomination, Yaansoon, whose beautiful blog I’ve been following since December 2013. Yansoon is an eco-entrepreneur who makes modern folk-themed handmade products from recycled and/or natural materials (Visit her blog.).


The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who “work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place.” What a nice description!

Award guidelines:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award logo in a blog entry.
  3. List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. State 7 hidden facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate other blogger friends for the award.

The award, to be honest, was rather unexpected as I have stopped updating the blog since I left Spain in April 2014. Once in a while, I see a surge in statistics on Hello Pomelo’s Facebook page which means that there are still people out there who find my old posts useful and interesting. This is very encouraging that in fact I have thought about reviving the blog on many occasions.

Unfortunately, now that I am back in my home country, the Philippines, I have other priorities in mind. I closed my two Etsy shops last year and have quit writing on my other blog, Denim and Gray. I now have a full-time job.

But this award is definitely making me look at things differently. Who knows? I just might re-open the doors of Hello Pomelo soon.

Until then, I hope that you can join me in my new venture – Olie Olie.

Seven hidden facts about myself:

  1. I’m a ghostwriter.
  2. On a holiday in Riga in 2010, we forgot to return the room key to the hotel front desk upon checkout. We still have the key to this day.
  3. I never liked the phrase “as per.”
  4. In college, I was invited for membership in the Atheists Circle. Tempting, but I said no.
  5. Before I visited Museu Picasso in Barcelona, I did not know that Picasso was also a realist painter.
  6. My right foot is (slightly) bigger than my left foot, and shopping for shoes is frequently an awful experience.
  7. I judge a book by its cover.

As for the nomination, I will do that tomorrow because I still need to go back to work. Oh, crazy schedule! ;)

Thanks to everyone who supported Hello Pomelo despite the hiatus! :)

UPDATE 8 May 2015: I am nominating Pinay Travel Junkie and Heels and Peplum for the award. They have been recognized many times by the blogging community but I think that one more award for their awesome talents would not hurt :)


A Gift for Me!

Look at this charming present I got this morning!

It was made by Adriana, one of the most talented people I know. She teaches pottery, bookbinding and calligraphy here in Castelldefels. (Yes, what can she NOT do? She’s a genius!) I helped her and a colleague put up a blog last month, and the notebook was her way of thanking me. While the work that I did on their blog was only minimal (it was more of helping them open an account, upload photos and such), I’m just happy to have received this gift. It’s beautiful! I’m thinking of using it for my sketches and design ideas. Thanks, Adriana! It was really sweet of you!

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gift 3

gift 1
Have you received a gift lately? What did you like most about it? :)


These adorable Nativity figures were hand-crafted in Barcelona by artist Ma. Aurora Castellano. Thank heavens we went to the Christmas fair over a week ago, or we wouldn’t have known her and discovered her creations! They’re about 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm each. So cute! (Click on the image to see the details on the figurines.)

Do you have a crèche in the house too? Tell us about it! :D


Good Times

Here’s a picture of the Christmas card I made for our team at work in 2006.

It all started with the sketch of our brilliant senior research associate (the one in the center), which I meant to give to him as a birthday present. But since it was Christmas time, I got inspired to make a “personalized” holiday card for our group as well.

So I drew myself and the other girls, too. Then I scanned the sketches and downloaded a Santa hat picture from the internet. With the help of Photoshop, voilà! We became (thin but still) jolly Santa Claus and his (vertically gifted) elves!

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Guess what? Seven years after, we still look the same!

Well,minus the Christmas hat :D

Drawing and Painting Class: Day 1

Yesterday was my first day in drawing and painting class at the historical Torre Climent Savall (Torreón Mediterraneo) in Castelldefels. The tower used to be one of the defense points of the city during the Middle Ages but nowadays, its basement and first two floors serve as the studio for the various art lessons given by the Associació Cultural Torreó Mediterrá. (More on that story soon!)

Our first lesson was all about composition. I was asked to do a quick sketch of the jar, bottle and flowers on a scratch paper. My initial composition was quite unsuccessful: it was small and lopsided. My second attempt, which you can see on the photo as the sheet of paper clipped to the board – was much better. It was big and centered. But it was so big that I had to omit the flowers in my composition!

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Then the real work began. I was taught how to shade using charcoal and kneaded eraser. The techniques are not entirely new to me, having been part of the art class back in high school. But, boy, that was 17 years ago! It wouldn’t be surprising then that, yesterday, it felt like I was holding a charcoal for the first time in my life!

After about two hours of coloring, smudging and erasing, this is what my finished work looked like. My instructor sprayed fixative on it so that the charcoal won’t smear.

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As my husband and I were walking back home, an old lady asked him where he got his calendar. We both looked at what he was holding – it was my charcoal drawing which she mistook for a calendar. Well, if my artwork is good enough for a calendar, then it’s good enough for me ;) 

For drawing and painting lessons, you may contact the instructor, Óscar Letxuga, at 664 521 924 or via e-mail: You may also get in touch with the coordinators Teresa de Juan at 650 913 126 or Adriana Silva at 665 823 565.