So, I took a mini break and flew to the Philippines for a 2 week vacation. Nothing crafty to report. The Philippines isn't a big crafting mecca (unlike Japan or Korea) but don't feel too sorry for me. I ate so much and had spa treatments and even had some time to work a little bit on my Redwork.
But, I wanted to share some photos of my travels. It is called Sonya's Garden and it is a restaurant/ bed and breakfast/day spa located about 1 1/2 hours outside of Manila.
The restaurant serves a buffet (one set menu daily) highlighting the vegetables grown in the premises.
Some of the beautiful china.
It is a tranquil (no unruly children allowed) and calm oasis where you can get away and just unwind, enjoy a spa treatment, maybe do some embroidery or learn the art of doing absolutely nothing!
Sonia's Garden reminds me of life around the turn of the century- when people ate foods from their garden served on fine china, take siestas outdoors under a canopy or shady tree, play cards or do some embroidery and listen to the vitrola record player at dusk and enjoy a sangria and dance an the evening lit by fireflies, candles and the moonlight.
If a picture paints a thousand words, then I will just allow them to do all the talking.
Here are a few of the daybeds located around the garden for a quick nap or Tete-a-tete.
Here's one of the little cabins for overnight visitors. Sliding windows are made of Capiz (windowpane oyster) shells.
Back in Manila, I spied a kalesa (horse drawn carriage) in the old district of Manila. When I was little, my mom and I would take a kalesa ride from my dad's office in the textile district called Divisoria to Chinatown for lunch and a movie.
You could fit 2 adults in the carriage. The little seat upfront is for the kutsero or driver. Some of the kalesas are brightly and beautifully decorated and they definitely all have a waste sack so the horse does not leave a mess around the streets. Not a lot of kalesas are around anymore. Like any big city, people are in a rush and riding a horse carriage isn't the most time efficient.