Homespun and Fun
CRISPY PORK BELLY

CRISPY PORK BELLY

Rose Castro uses her turbo broiler that cooks with...

 
PEACH JAM AND MORE

PEACH JAM AND MORE

For peach jam, please refer to Sue’s Apricot Jam...

 
APRICOT  JAM

APRICOT JAM

After picking apricots from her tree, Sue recalls...

 
MEMORIES QUILT

MEMORIES QUILT

Connie has loads of keepsakes from way back. These...

 
BISTEK

BISTEK

Bistek is classic Filipino-style beef steak. Savor...

 
REPOTTING PLANTS WITH SCRAPS

REPOTTING PLANTS WITH SCRAPS

With an artist’s trained eye, Jojiee sees beauty...

 
PASS THE MALUNGGAY POWDER PLEASE

PASS THE MALUNGGAY POWDER PLEASE

No dull moment for 7-year old Mika Mendoza even in...

 
WE GOT MAIL AND TIPS FOR CLEANING FABRIC BAGS

WE GOT MAIL AND TIPS FOR CLEANING FABRIC BAGS

Each handcrafted gift bears a personal message of ...

 
 

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Be inspired!

We aim to spark creativity through tried and tested ideas from friends who share what they do best.
Be inspired with family recipes, arts, crafts, and gardening projects for fun and profit.
Because working from home need not be a chore.
Be dynamic and productive as we engage, reinvent, and stretch ourselves.
We'd love for you to share your ideas too.

About the Author

Joy Manalac is a writer with an extensive background in Marketing Services and Communications. She studied Communication Arts at St. Paul College Manila.

She wrote the corporate stories in “Simply Delicious,” the 50th anniversary cookbook of Liberty Commodities Corp. In 2016, this bagged 1st prize in the “Gintong Aklat Awards ” and 3rd prize in “The International Gourmand Awards," likened to the "Oscars" for the food industry.

She likes to write short and crisp lines, taking to heart her late Dad’s advice to write simply. What she loves most about writing is the cadence. As a tip, she suggests for writers to find their rhythm. There is melody in the play of words and phrases – the pace, lilt, and sway that lend music and grace.

Joy loves to tinker in her garden that needs a lot of tending. She enjoys the company of school chums who are keen about plants, coffee, and cakes. She takes inspiration from two spirited sisters, Monica and Zita . She can cook with a cookbook on hand and can craft with just enough nudge from Zita.