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All photos by Sarie Santiago Photography.

When Leona Panutat and Charlene Carlos approached me with the idea to hold a workshop in their gorgeous boutique, I was both excited and humbled! First of all, it’s been my dream to collaborate with them, ever since they launched L’Indochine some two years ago. (I had just visited their first shop in SM Aura back then!) Secondly, these ladies are such inspirations to me, in the way they balance life, family and work. They are supermompreneurs!

We talked about what kind of event would be possible, based on what we all had in common. In L’Indochine, their credo is inspired living, while here on Make it Blissful we believe in doing things meaningfully, whether it be work, homemaking, making a living, having a relationship, or doing anything creative. (I just mentioned all my blog categories, haha.) I then suggested a Journaling Workshop, with a twist: Instead of just general journaling, we’d connect it with L’Indochine’s travel and wanderlust angle. Hence, the gathering was dubbed as a Travel Journal get-together.

Travel Journal Invitation Layout

I invited some 20 ladies, my friends in the blogging community, creative community, small biz circle and also my current blog coaching clients. The gathering was held last November 11 in the flagship branch of L’Indochine at SM Mega Fashion Hall. The event was generously sponsored by Gourdo’s (scrapbooking materials galore), National Bookstore (journals, scissors, assorted pens, adhesives), Stabilo (pens and adult coloring sheets), Hey Kessy (washi tapes). The venue was decked in full travel-inspired glory by The School of Styling Philippines, and our yummy food was by my favorite Chelsea Kitchen. My husband’s new venture, Shophouse Cold Brew Coffee, also made its debut.

Let me tell the rest of the story of that day in photos, yeah?

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With Charlene Carlos and Leona Panutat, my inspirations! Thank you, ladies, for the trust and the opportunity to collaborate.

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Lovely paper planes made of maps floating above our gathering space! Thank you, Indy, and School of Styling Philippines!

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Our Journal Kits, filled with materials from our lovely sponsors.

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Me opening the workshop portion, and talking about my journey through the world of pen and paper, which is a totally different process for me than the blog (thank God!).

Me opening the workshop portion, and talking about my journey through the world of pen and paper, which is a totally different process for me than the blog (thank God!).

(I'm wearing a scarf by L'Indochine!! It was a Christmas gift, and it doubles as my nursing cover, haha!)

(I’m wearing a scarf by L’Indochine!! It was a Christmas gift, and it doubles as my nursing cover, haha!)

Happy people looking through their journal loot. (Lucien Villaruz of my favorite kids' apparel brand this year, Little Luli)

Happy people looking through their journal loot. (Lucien Villaruz of my favorite kids’ apparel brand this year, Little Luli)

My pretty blog coaching client, Tiffany Tuazon or My Baby Dragon and The Nest parenting hub.

My pretty blog coaching client, Tiffany Tuazon or My Baby Dragon and The Nest parenting hub.

Amber Folkman of @amommabroad, whom I first started following on Instagram and is now one of my favorite people, haha!

Amber Folkman of @amommabroad, whom I first started following on Instagram and is now one of my favorite people, haha!

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Camille King, also my blog coaching client, and currently one of our talented #makeitblissful moderators, too!

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Dearest #Blissmakers Ginger Arboleda (mommyginger.com) and Maricel Mendoza (asweetcottage.com) and Ginger’s baby girl, Zeeka

Journal time! I basically gave a short into into creative journaling, which isn't so much about writing per se, but about having a simple creative outlet and time for personal therapy (yes, it's therapy for me, anyway!)

Journal time! I basically gave a short into into creative journaling, which isn’t so much about writing per se, but about having a simple creative outlet and time for personal therapy (yes, it’s therapy for me, anyway!)

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We didn’t just journal about places we’d been to, but also places we hoped to visit one day, so kind of like “bucket list journaling”, if you will.

Em Sulit, another blog coaching client and one of my momspirations, too! She journaled her family's recent trip to Australia.

Em Sulit, another blog coaching client and one of my momspirations, too! She journaled her family’s recent trip to Australia.

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Mid-way through our journaling, Leona and I announced that we'd be giving away one of these limited edition L'Indochine travel totes, part of their holiday travel collection. This motivated everyone to submit their best-effort attempts!

Mid-way through our journaling, Leona and I announced that we’d be giving away one of these limited edition L’Indochine travel totes, part of their holiday travel collection. This motivated everyone to submit their best-effort attempts!

Kina-career!!

Kina-career!! (L-R: Tiffany Tuazon, Joana Gube of Hey Jow, Frances Sales of Topaz Horizon)

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And then we announced the winner of the new Travel Tote... Guess who won?

And then we announced the winner of the new Travel Tote… Guess who won?

... and the winner is... EVERYONE!! #OprahMoment when everyone went home with the Travel Tote. Yay! Here's our group pic.

… and the winner is… EVERYONE!! #OprahMoment when everyone went home with the Travel Tote. Yay! Here’s our group pic.

Apart from the journaling that happened that afternoon, Hey Jow and L’Indochine also announced and launched their Holiday Collection and latest collaboration under the #LIndochineLovesHeyJow team-up. My gaaaash, I wanted to buy everything! Congratulations on the collab, ladies!

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I also wanna thank Chelsea Kitchen for providing the delicious food for the afternoon. (I loooove the mushroom chicharon, soooo good! Thank you, Mela Sison, and Raintree Restaurants!) We also served my husband Ton’s new product, ready-to-drink single origin cold brew coffee.

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Shophouse Coffee is a homebased business that handcrafts cold brew specialty coffee in small batches. It's always been a dream of my husband to start a coffee business, and he finally did it. Yay! Please support it on Instagram, @shophousecoffee? Thank you!!!

Shophouse Coffee is a homebased business that handcrafts cold brew specialty coffee in small batches. It’s always been a dream of my husband to start a coffee business, and he finally did it. Yay! Please support it on Instagram, @shophousecoffee? Thank you!!!

Please do check out the full album of photos over on the Make it Blissful Facebook page, I posted them all there: L’Indochine x MiB Travel Journal Workshop! Thank you to Sarie Santiago (sariesantiago.com), for the photos. Thank you, L’Indochine, for entrusting this event to Make it Blissful and for the continued support! Thank you to all the ladies who came to spend the afternoon with us: I hope you can find your “me time” somehow through this little journal outlet, no matter how busy your days are! Finally thank you to our sponsors and friends who showed their support.

For more information on L’Indochine’s events and workshops, please follow @theinspirationseekers on Instagram! L’Indochine is located on the 4th Floor of Mega Fashion Hall and in SM Aura, BGC.

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