Doodling: It’s More Fun in the Philippines

When situations, school loads and others are stressing me terribly, I used doodle to ease the tension and to unwind. I’m not a pro and not even good in drawing. But there’s something on the strokes and coloring the cute creatures on the blank sheet of the doodle art that just simply alleviates my stress and calm my heart.I just can’t explain the feeling. All I feel is that when I color the doodle art, it makes me feel more relaxed.

When I’m so much stressed, I pour out my heart coloring doodle art. I told you, I’m not a pro. hihi

Doodling Art

But doodling was like an underrated form of art in the Philippines. Most of the time people labeled it as mere of hobby or just for a leisure time. That’s why I was overjoyed to hear that Titus Pens is holding a doodling art competition, Titus iDoodle on-the-spot Ballpen Art Competition Battle of the Champions. I was entirely excited to attend the event to find out what’s in store for the doodling art in the Philippines. 

Doodling: It’s More Fun in the Philippines

From a mere hobby,  doodling in the Philippines has grown into something – a more respectable form of art. The competition has showcased the talent of thousands young artists in the Philippines. I felt delighted to discover how rich our country with bulk of talented people.

There are groups like the Doodle Art Enthusiasts  that features the talents of doodlers in the country. The group also aim to inspire other people through this art and empower every doodler on their talent. If you have the heart on doodling, I encouraged you to be part of their group so you can get to know more with other people who have the same passion on doodling. 





Youngest contestant I met on the event. She’s just 8 years old! Very talented indeed.

The theme’s competition is about promoting the Philippines or showcasing why is it more fun in the Philippines. Here’s the best of the bests that caught my heart:



One of the best entries! One way to appreciate that talent of young Filipinos



Promoting the beauty of Cebu through doodling!

Before the time was up for the contestants, I was able to take a shot of some doodle arts of the participants.


Highlighting Filipino values!


The love that never binds the Filipino family


This is my favorite output that I saw on the competition. This is the mark and the heart of a Filipino!

I do hope that this kind of competition will continue for the coming years. Let’s us showcase and highlight what we have.  This is also the best way to maximize the talent of young artists in our country. The event will teach you 3 things:

1. Appreciate and love our own

Don’t overlook what’s literally in front of you. Appreciate our own. Our country has a lot to offer, innumerable places to visit, and sumptuous food and delicacies to try. (Read here: Love Local: Marikina’s Best – Food.Shoes.Places)


2. Maximize what you have

If you have the gift and talent, show it to the world. Flex it once in a while. Don’t make it jelly. Put your passion on it. (Read here: The Time is NOW!)

3. Connect to the right people

You can’t do it alone. You need people who will bring out the best in you and will tell that you can do it. Most of the time your fear subsides whenever you find people who have the same interest and passion like yours. Connect to their group and get to know them. Just be careful on what group you’ll join and people you’ll connect. Make sure they are the type of people who will unleash your potentials.  (Read here: While You’re Still Young and Amazing)

I salute the Star 360 and Titus Pens for uplifting the Filipino talents through this event. 


Embracing Serenity: 2 Staycation Hotels in Ermita, Manila

You might have been bombarded with pressures, deadlines, and circumstances lately and you are still pondering where to go. Give yourself a break and include these 2 hotels on your next staycation trip.

1. Hotel Kimberly

If you are on a budget yet you still want to embrace tranquil ambiance, and quality service and facilities, then you should go to Hotel Kimberly. The Hotel is just close to Robinson’s Ermita and LRT Pedro Gil Station. Perhaps you are familiar with their hotel in Tagaytay but if you’re sick having long trips, you can still have their hotel experience at their Manila Branch.

Interior Kimberly

I love their interior! 

Their staff are very welcoming and they even invited us for a dinner but since we are running out of time we opted to decline and will just look forward for another invitation from them. 



Cafe K found just on the side of their lobby. Its ambiance is so cozy.

The following pictures are their rooms from Superior room to executive rooms. Their room rates are vastly affordable.

This is their smallest room or the Premier room that they offer. The space is well maximized that you can really feel relaxed upon checking-in on the room.

Deluxe Family Room. The room is certainly perfect for family.

Superior Room

Executive Room. Their rate for their biggest room is budget-friendly indeed. Regular rate is worth 5,900 per night but they have promo rate now worth 4,425, 25 percent off!

To check their budget-friendly rates, visit their website here 


 2. Miramar Hotel

An old hotel that has a lot of stories to tell. Built on the year of 1930, Miramar is classical and historical hotel perfectly located on Manila’s cultural hub and even facing the Manila Bay. The hotel is located along UN Avenue just beside the Bayview Park Hotel. 

From inside to outside look. Photo grabbed on Miramar’s website

What caught my attention is their wonderful paintings and artsy design wherever you go. 


Attractive indeed. Found in the Cafe Bar of the Miramar just beside the lobby




Small details and artsy craft have always attract me. Of course, a good and cozy rooms are already expected to a well-established hotels so I make sure I look for other details that hotel would stand out from others. 

If you’re into classical ambiance, then you can have your staycation in Miramar. But if you’re more into budget-friendly room rates and a relaxing ambiance, go to Hotel Kimberly. And if you’re still looking for more extreme relaxation than just staying on hotel, you can go hiking! Read my extreme adventure here

The tour was made possible by Ermita Malate Business Owners Association during their thanksgiving event #EMBOAHandogPasasalamat