"What greater gift than the love of a cat." – Charles Dickens Being afraid of cats for as long as I can remember, not once have I thought that I'd learn to adore them leg-clinging furballs. I used to repel them so much this blog post will cause my sister to be shookt! LOL. But now… Continue reading Feline Friends at Miao Cat Café
There is little doubt that technology’s impact today is fracturing young minds and causing a meltdown of core values that were once the fabric that held families together. With the amount of gadgets being used in this digital age, kids tend to heavily rely on technology for the majority of their play time, thereby limiting the opportunities… Continue reading Kiddie Arts and Crafts
“I thought I’d always be alone.” Clay’s voice is heard while a dreamy clip of him and Amber is seen in sepia, as if nostalgic of a distant past. “Why?” she asked. “It’s what I deserve,” was his reply. “Oh, that’s a bunch of hooey,” she said, as she reaches out for his hand. Movies headlining the importance of… Continue reading Valuable Lessons From ‘Old Fashioned’
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
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’
“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’
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:
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
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
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
I first encountered The Fault In Our Stars in an Instagram post of a friend and since then, I’ve been intrigued by the title. This catch phrase of John Green’s fourth solo novel was derived from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar where one Roman nobleman, named Cassius, says to another: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not… Continue reading The Philosophies of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
It was as if the world has stopped. At least for a little while, it didn’t matter if there were papers to finish or topics to study. After all, meeting in person one of the many writers you admire is worth the time of day. The four hours of travel and two hours of waiting… Continue reading The Love Poet
Don’t be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don’t be too bitter lest you be spewed out. This Yiddish Proverb is certainly a wise advice if we’re not talking about cakes and cookies. Bake a cake too sweet and chances are, it will no longer be consumed after the first bite. We all love… Continue reading Home Baked Sweetness
Peasant blouses, prairie skirts, gingham dresses, denim overalls, crocheted bolero, laces, calico, chiffon, velvet, satchel bags, loafers, oxford shoes, and everything f-l-o-r-a-l. These are just some of the elements under the vintage umbrella and staple pieces in any vintage wardrobe. As much as it is in art and photography, a retrieval of the past in… Continue reading Good Old Vintage
After signing, I handed back the attendance sheet to the receptionist and was about to pay for the ticket when she gasped at the sight of my name. She then asked me how I am related to Nicanor Abelardo. It was such a pleasant surprise and blessing that upon learning that I am indeed related… Continue reading The Philippines-Japan Friendship Concert
‘How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?’ ~Sherlock Holmes It was my father who introduced Sherlock Holmes to me when I was in grade school. Since then, The Great Cases of Sherlock Holmes has become one of my favorite books.… Continue reading The Sherlock Series: Bloody Genius
I’ve recently finished watching a Japanese series called Nodame Cantabile* and it has left me beaming with renewed hope and inspiration. Based on a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya, Nodame Cantabile‘s live-action television drama version became an instant hit worldwide in 2006, as well as its Animé version in 2007.
After our Scrapbooking 101 session, let’s have another round of crafty fun (yey!) with some Do-It-Yourself projects.
One of the most awaited events for Larc~en~Ciel fans in the Philippines had finally arrived. On the roof deck of Elan hotel in Annapolis, one scorching Sunday, L’arcoustic celebrated Larc~en~Ciel Philippines Street Team’s first anniversary. With 40 attendees, the group’s highest turn-out so far, the first-ever acoustic jamming session was a smashing success.