Despite not being the capital city bustling with urban life, Siem Reap is visited by more than one million travelers annually, marveling at intricate stonework and relics of what remains from over a thousand years of Khmer heritage, situated in its humble rural backyard. “Khmer,” which is both the language and the people, is pronounced by the locals as… Continue reading Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia
Whenever I have some free time, I try to squeeze in my favorite pastime activites such as watercolor painting. I’m new to botanicals so one Sunday, I practiced my beginner-level skills by painting one of the most beautiful flowers, the blue hydrangea. I used my ever-reliable Prang watercolor set, and a 7×10 185 cold-pressed watercolor paper from the prize… Continue reading Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Ernest Hemingway I started writing shortly after finishing reading my first hardbound book by Lewis Carroll. I fancied his words so much, both familiar and unfamiliar, that I begun writing what I thought were poems. Soon enough, I was able… Continue reading On Writing and Plagiarism
My decade-long college best friend and I had our usual mulling-over-life conversation last night over cheesecake doughnuts in a cold Krispy Kreme cafe. As usual, we took turns in venting out and listening to each other’s dreams and frustrations. Our four-hour heart-to-heart talk covered topics on family trials, financial challenges, career dilemmas, midlife crisis, ikigai, and whatnot. You see,… Continue reading On Uncertainty
Aired for seven straight years from 2000 to 2007, Gilmore Girls is one of the most dearly beloved series of all time. Despite its premiere on a small and undervalued network, in a time slot that placed them neck-and-neck with the then unbeatable series Friends (source), Gilmore Girls fared well through the years. And although creator Amy Sherman-Palladino left the show in 2006… Continue reading What’s to Love about ‘Gilmore Girls’
Chasing the Stars has been striving to promote positivity for almost four years now, and up to this very day, this blog endeavors to uphold the same values of always aspiring to do greater things. Despite this, I’ve had my fair share of gloom and despair last year for I am, after all, human. I’m saying this because… Continue reading Sunny Side Up
Though the true New Year starts during the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere “with buds on the branches, bird chirping in the trees, and flowers starting to bloom,” as my churchmate beautifully phrased, it is still worth looking back and evaluating the “past year,” at least from the calendar perspective. The first time I made a year… Continue reading Things to be Thankful for in 2015
“A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within.” The above quote by American writer and historian Will Durant is what I was immediately reminded of upon seeing Heneral Luna, for the movie depicted a people’s downfall as a culmination of strife among themselves. At first, I was quite hesitant to write about this Jerrold Tarog film, worried that… Continue reading The Success of ‘Heneral Luna’
Two months ago, my church friends and I had our most memorable three-day adventure in Ilocos! For this week’s listicle, I’ll be sharing 10 exciting things we did (and gobs of fun!) in our trip to the northwest part of the Luzon island. But first, below is our itinerary map to show you the route connecting the… Continue reading 10 Things to Do in Ilocos
For this blog post, I would like to share this thought-provoking, relevant, and simply motivating article by British concert pianist James Rhodes. Published in The Guardian in 2013, this story was later on illustrated in a comic by Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils. In such a creative and interesting way, Than was able to convey Rhode’s profound message – find what you… Continue reading Is That Not Worth Exploring?
For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, “Monochromatic,” I would like to share a piece of artwork I have created a month ago, with which I utilized said technique. In painting, the monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. Using only the composite color brown (produced by mixing red, yellow, and black pigments),… Continue reading Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears
The looming trend of the foodie era makes restaurants sprout like mushrooms after a rainy day, employing different gimmicks to lure customers in. But a new restaurant in Marikina, District 1 Grill and Sizzler, keeps it simple. No gimmicks. Just real, great tasting, and affordable food — the three things I like about this eatery:
The first man to ever stand atop Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, was quoted saying: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” I’ve proven this to be true when I climbed my first mountain. I struggled every step to the summit and had to literally drag myself up in the process. My friends and… Continue reading A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan
St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas, which houses the prized Bamboo Organ, was once again the venue for the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival held from February 19 to 27, with this year marking its 40th anniversary. Lauded as the oldest and most complete bamboo pipe organ in the world, the Bamboo Organ was… Continue reading Bamboo Organ Festival at 40
“When a bookmark tumbles out of an old book pristine and unwrinkled, it is like a gasp of breath from another century.” – Don Borchert, Free for All Today, when we Google the word “bookmark”, the first page of the search results will give us something along the lines of: “A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that is stored… Continue reading Bookmarked!
Four months ago, I posted a write-up on the auspicious beginnings of Chemistea that has stoked up the interest of quite a good deal of milk tea shop goers. And my opinion still won’t change—not even for all the tea in China. Of course, notwithstanding Chemistea having garnered massive accolade (TV5 News, Expat Newspaper, and Doon Po Sa Amin PH, to mention a few)… Continue reading Chemistea: More Than Just a Pretty Flask
“The best things are still made by hands.” This is what more than 100 years of Easter Weaving’s heritage proves and reminds us as it lives on to weave more quality woven products featuring the Cordillera way of life and patterns that reflect ours. For this feature, let me first share with you the meaningful tapestry poem… Continue reading Life Is But a Weaving
Aside from humility, long-suffering, and love, another crucial trait we need to develop is positivity. It is very vital for us to keep a positive attitude if we intend to say the right words and make the right decisions in every situation. It is said that attitude is like a flat tire–unless you fix it,… Continue reading In the Grand Scheme of Things
Your passing away didn’t come as a surprise. It wasn’t like it was all of a sudden, for you had been bed-ridden for years. It wasn’t as if your presence by my side will be missed, because you had not been there. And it wasn’t also like you had been the one whom I can call… Continue reading The Pink Rabbit
Being a night owl and thus a self-confessed late riser, breakfast does not necessarily exist in my daily schedule. And since the morning meal is often dubbed as the “most important meal of the day”, skipping it has always been discouraged. In my quest to restore my faith in breakfast, I’ve discovered one of the… Continue reading Oats in a Jar
Every now and then we scout for new places where we can unwind and hangout with friends. But what makes a good tambayan? For this case study, let’s take a look at what’s brewing in this emerging milk tea café along Shorthorn Street in Quezon City and see why it is slowly becoming a trending… Continue reading The Chemistea Reaction
In a past post, I have listed some of the most common flowers among the vast variety that there are. With flower fondness comes the fascination to learn the art of arranging them beautifully. One of the objectives is to coordinate them in a way that creates a pleasing sight thereby uplifting the mood of a certain… Continue reading Petal Plummage
Social media such as Instagram has long been proven to consume one’s life time and has been criticized for being an instrument to project a false and pretentious image of people’s otherwise mediocre lives. However, a notable number of Instagrammers have been able to turn it around and maximize the photo-sharing tool to boost their business, art, career, advocacy, and self-motivation. One… Continue reading Shiro the Bear
“Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” — Julie Isphording, retired American long distance runner Learning to appreciate the joy of joining fun runs, and feeling quite accomplished about having my first 10k run at the NatGeo Run early this year, I’ve recently tried my feet on the unfamiliar territory of barefoot running.
The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart – Mencius With the proliferation of tablets and computer games today, seeing children play tirelessly in backyards and alleys is rarer than it used to be, let alone witness them revel in museums. But unlike most museums where items on display are shelved behind glass only to be admired… Continue reading Kidding at Museo Pambata
Tales of struggle, liberation, and change. Such tales comprise the narrative aesthetically conceived in Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s The Philippine Contemporary: to Scale the Past and the Possible exhibition. A permanent display which opened on February 8, 2013, the Philippine Contemporary launches the museum’s “new strategic direction to integrate a heightened focus on modern and contemporary art by… Continue reading A Narrative of the Times
A couple of years back, local artists frequented Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium to draw and paint the blooms, the butterflies, and the backdrop scenery. This 1.5-hectare garden inside Rizal Park was once the site of an environmental advocacy organization, a restaurant, and a butterfly pavilion, making it a favorite venue for weddings, receptions, and anniversary celebrations.
Aiming to represent the cultural heritage of the Filipino people and the natural history of the Philippines, the National Museum of the Philippines acquires, preserves, exhibits, and fosters a wide collection of pieces in various fields such as arts, history, archeology, anthrolpology, ethnography, zoology, botany, and taxonomy. The National Museum is comprised of two separate… Continue reading The National Museum of the Philippines
Typically, museums are caged in enclosed, air-conditioned buildings. But Pinto Art Museum is specially unique for its open-air location which allows for a picturesque atmosphere. Being operated by the Silangan Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology, Pinto is situated in the spacious 1.2 hectare land of Silangan Gardens, the weekend retreat of neurologist and art… Continue reading Pinto: Opens Doors for Arts and Nature
We have been running in circles, cycles Singing hallelujah every day, today Passing by soapbox preachers, hearers Behind a montage of optimistic dreams But no one gets away unscathed, saved With a dormant spirit and ephemeral zeal For when all is gone, we smile a wistful smile And come back to our erstwhile self, sins… Continue reading Full Circle