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Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

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

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Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas

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

Reflections

On Uncertainty

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

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What’s To Love About ‘Gilmore Girls’

Aired for seven straight years from 2000 to 2007, Gilmore Girls is one of the most dearly beloved shows 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… Continue reading What’s To Love About ‘Gilmore Girls’

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Things to be Thankful for in 2015

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

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The Success of ‘Heneral Luna’

“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’

Arts Music Culture · Reflections

Is That Not Worth Exploring?

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?

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Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears

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

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Food Feature: District 1 Grill and Sizzler in Marikina

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:

Travel

A First Timer’s Quick Guide to Mt. Pamitinan

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

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Bamboo Organ Festival at 40

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

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Chemistea: More Than Just a Pretty Flask

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

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Life Is But a Weaving

“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

Reflections

Shiro the Bear

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

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Barefoot Running

“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.

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Kidding at Museo Pambata

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

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A Narrative of the Times

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

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Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium

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.

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The National Museum of the Philippines

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

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Pinto: Opens Doors for Arts and Nature

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