Ayala Museum launched their new campaign entitled Inspire Every Day last Saturday, and opened their doors free of charge for an entire day full of fun and creative activities. Kayo and I decided to go and spend the day there.
Upon entry, we were greeted by different inspirational booths set up by a number of big brands who partnered with Ayala Musuem in their creative campaign. Fully Booked was one of them and they put together a fun activity that encouraged both love for reading and art appreciation. They gave away little blank booklets and provided art materials which people could use to write and illustrate their own books or life story. Kayo made a really cool cover art for his.
Various titles were also on display, available for browsing, to spark inspiration.
While people were exploring the different booths and exhibitions, the Manila Symphony Orchestra brass and woodwinds section played a set of sweet, lighthearted pieces at the activity floor. I loved it! The music set a perfect mood for the event.
Afterwards, our friends from Fully Booked gave a cute and sprightly interactive storytelling. I specifically enjoyed the reading of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, where the audience participated by chanting a chorus.
At the ground floor gallery was contemporary artist Jana Benitez’s exhibition entitled Life Force. It was a display of 35 large-scale paintings, all new, surrounded with writings on the walls of random thoughts, notes and ideas by Jana. This exhibition will run until August 31.
It has actually been about ten years since I last visited Ayala Museum, so it was very interesting to revisit their permanent exhibits. Taking of photographs was not allowed in the upper floors but they have done many changes in their set up and displays since the last time I was there, and I thought it was a beautiful improvement.
Kayo and I especially enjoyed the Fernando Zobel exhibit called Journey Into Space. The way he played with lines, gradients and negative space in his paintings and sketches was riveting to me. We also really liked the Gold of Ancestors, which is an exhibition of over a hundred precious gold artifacts. It was impressive how fine and intricate these pieces are.
In the middle of the day, we took a break and left the museum for a few hours to get an ultrasound. The purpose was mainly to check on how things are in there with the baby but also to find out what the gender is. We were pretty excited! It was also my first time to get one done at St Luke’s Medical Center – Global City and I was so impressed with how fast and easy it was, considering we walked in without an appointment. The clinic and waiting lounge was also very pleasant and spacious.
I’m utterly grateful to find out that the baby is doing perfectly fine, is active, healthy and in just the right size. We were also thrilled to discover that we’re having another little girl! It’s just the cutest thing! I’m so curious to find out just what type of girl she is and how different she will be from sunny Summer and sweet Emma.
I woke up the next morning feeling really good and happy that I was inspired to make a mini bunting. Yes, you know how I say if I could, I would make buntings for every occasion? Well, discovering that we’ll be having another daughter was something I just had to celebrate, so I did make one! It had three paper birds in slightly different sizes, one for each daughter, and I hung it on the wall by my night table.
The rest of my Sunday was slow but glorious. As some of you may have noticed on my Instagram feed, it was pie day at my in-laws. all you have to do is look at the pictures to understand just how great a Sunday we had.
Over all, it goes without saying that I had another blessed weekend. I was inspired, I dined very well, I enjoyed great company and the best of all, I had a glimpse of my new baby girl. I’m ready to face another week of household chores and motherly duties with many happy thoughts in tow.
I hope you all had a blessed and beautiful weekend too!