Photography & Digital Art, Travel

An Escolta + Estero Weekend

A few months ago, my friend and I decided to do something outside the usual Saturday morning routine. After breakfast, we rode a jeepney to Escolta and visited The Hub Make Lab and The Den (Map). Then, we walked through China Town under the heat of the sun to find the sea food place popularly known as Estero, aptly named for its location–right beside a tiny creek.

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Paige Smith of A Common Name Studio plants what she calls “urban geodes” throughout major cities. She utilizes building holes and pipes to house her artwork, created by paper and resin.

“You might go hunting for treasures, but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment,” Smith says on her website. If you live in one of the areas Smith has visited, be on the lookout for these gems—and perhaps be reminded to lookout for the unexpected treasures in your own life.