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Hello, I’m Astrid, I used to live in Manila and worked in digital media but my life has changed a lot and this blog has slowly evolved from documenting my intentional living to including writing about many things such as culture, being filipino, and the millennial immigrant experience.



I live in a 60-year old home where I tend to my only living plant, a hydrangea, as well as stray cats I find sleeping on my balcony. I take writing and art classes, walk my (cousin’s) dog on weekends, cook mostly on my days off, read a lot of graphic novels and try to write screen plays and short stories.

During the year I worked as a Digital Content Producer in Manila, I felt so stressed out that I found myself carving out a space where I could find some semblance of peace . I was living to pay rent and so travels and getaways were limited. I turned to everyday things like cooking, music, quiet cafes and spaces that were more accessible. This is how my old blog, Love & Fiction came to be. I wanted to share how I tried to live slowly even in the city. My definition of slow living is intentional living. I don’t see it as an aspirational status lifestyle but more about pacing myself with my life’s own seasons and rhythm.

Now called The Art of Everyday – my blog is mainly divided into two parts: SLOW LIVING and the WRITER’S CAFE.

SLOW LIVING is where I share what my slow city life is like. In Curated Corner I share films, music, books, podcasts, spaces and other discoveries I find comforting. I also share activities or events, be they an art class,a writing class that nourish the soul.

In Nourish, I share the recipes I come up with in my small messy kitchen.  

In WRITER’S CAFE I pour out all my writings from fiction, literary prose to essays, nostalgia pieces, travel diaries and the more mundane experiences of everyday life.

My dream for the Art of Everyday is to feel like a library cafe where people stay for awhile, linger,  browse through and get caught up.


Like me, a lot of my readers are ‘lurkers’ – quietly enjoying reading blogs but never interacting with the authors because… well, I’m shy around strangers and never really know what to say. But I am a real person and quite chatty, with a range of interests and sometimes too much knowledge on show business. My blog may look a bit more made-up but I’m not a Stepford Wife kind of girl. I’d like you to get to know me beyond my personal brand. I share more about my background and bits and pieces of my life on my newsletter. I want you to be a regular of this small “cafe.” It would mean so much! So if you haven’t yet, click subscribe to The Art of Everyday down below. Glad to meet you!