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The Sunday Currently Vol. 12

Even though I have an iPad mini, I find that it is still a bit hard for me to blog on the go. Anyway, hi from Taiwan! I’ve been here since the 10th and we’re on our last night. That photo above was taken in a beautifully modern tea house in Jiufen, the small town (is it a town?) in northern Taiwan that inspired Spirited Away.

Reading

I haven’t been reading much except for research on places to go or tips and stuff. I can’t wait to crack open a book.

Writing

I just finished writing postcards to send to people. I’m thinking about starting a postcard exchange thing. Well, I’ve been thinking about it for a long-ass time… Perhaps it’s about time I get around doing that.

Listening

Oh my gosh, I’ve got Grammy-nominated songs stuck in my head the past two days, it’s ridiculous.

Thinking

This is going to come across as real dumb, but I’m thinking about my Project Life album…

Smelling

Ugh, so our hotel is practically beside this store that sells pork floss that’s the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s mixed in with nori and sesame and they cook a big batch every day and the smell of it, wafting along our street, is such a beautiful smell.

Wishing

I’m wishing that I could have been here in Taipei in time for Hostess Club Weekend. Alas.

Hoping

To make the most out of the month and the next one. I have two more trips coming up soon. I don’t know how people who travel so much manage to work so much too,

Wearing

Jeans from Uniqlo, my favorite and only shirt from Cheap Monday, a sweater from Match Globe Fiftyfive, something I got in Korea.

Loving

Taipei is a huge enormous love, currently. The pork floss, the washi tape, the people, the food, the subway system, the Hobonichi Techo I found, the stationery, the airport. I mean, why is this place so underrated?!

Wanting

My suitcase to magically pack itself.

Needing

To set up my game plan for when I get back so I can jump into working right away, and figure this balancing things out.

Feeling

Mostly cold because this room is cold!

Clicking

I don’t have any links right now, but I want to share a few soon.

The Sunday Currently was pretty much stolen from siddathornton! Header photo is of me in Jiufen, taken by my sister, Isabel.

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2015, so far: January

Not a lot has happened in 2015, really, but here are a few things I wanted to remember post-January. I think it’s important to keep track of things like this, especially if you are as muddle-minded as me.

General Observations:

  1. I didn’t have as much idle time as I used to have, but there’s still room for improvement, especially since I sort of lost my shit towards the end of January and decided that all I wanted to do in life was to lie down on the couch and take cat naps.
  2. In terms of work, I surprisingly spent this month writing more than doing anything else.
  3. I had lots of fun with photographs and a conscious effort at documenting. I know that the general consensus right now is to put down your camera and ~be in the moment~ but sue me if I want to preserve a memory in an image instead of in words.
  4. There was a lot of “soul-searching,” aka admitting my fundamental weaknesses as a person.
  5. I have just been more present. Except for the last few days, but I’m fixing that.

Field Notes used up:

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Top row were started in December and filled up by January. L-R: County Fair, Night Sky (with sticky notes I never used), Cold Horizon.

Bottom row were used and filled up in January. L-R: Shelterwood, Red Blooded.

These are what I mainly use for writing and organizing, though I do have a Monthly and Weekly planner, and some bigger notebooks for longer drafts/thoughts/sketches, and some lists books.

Reads

Currently still in the process of The Empathy Exams—almost done!—The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones, and Yes Please. I like all of them.

Art shows I went to

I went to a ton, but I still missed out on a few. Why can’t my body be in two places at once! Here is a list of the ones I managed to visit:

  1. Finale: Amy Aragon, Lyra Garcellano, Ranelle Dial (blogged)
  2. Leica Club Gallery: Leica Club Manila
  3. Light and Space Contemporary: Oca Villamiel (written for Supreme)
  4. Vargas Museum: Forces at Work
  5. Blanc Gallery: Jordin Isip, Louie Cordero, and Melted City 2
  6. West Gallery: Mark Andy Garcia, Kurt Gloria, Buboy Cañafranca, Segue
  7. Finale: Wire Tuazon, Kieye Miranda
  8. MO_Space: Fernando Modesto
  9. Ateneo Art Gallery: Eric Zamuco

I’m still in the process of sorting out photos and thoughts. Apologies for the massive delay. I don’t know what it is about my brain these days. It honestly feels like a dinosaur processor and I want to kick it several times, if it meant that it would work as fast and as efficiently as it used to.

I’d like to:

  • Procrastinate less. Opportunities need to be seized, and no seizing is being done when you spend most of your “waking hours” napping or giving yourself a pep talk to start working.
  • Do more instead of planning to do more. Just do it, duh.
  • Learn more. I’m doing this thing called Skillshare Sunday where I attempt to slowly bu surely get through all of the classes I’ve enrolled myself in over at Skillshare. This isn’t going very well, but I’m not giving up!
  • Spend less. I’ve curbed my spending pretty significantly, but I still want to re-learn the difference between necessity and luxury, and learn it in an intrinsic way. I don’t want to want unnecessary things.
  • Write more. I know I said I wrote a lot this month, but I want to keep track of my days more. I think this keeps me grounded. I don’t want to float away again.

Header image is detail of Patty Eustaquio’s painting, on display at Art Fair Philippines.

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LACMA in October

A few snaps from LACMA. I hadn’t been here before (to my knowledge), so it was a welcome visit. I was pleasantly surprised by their collection, though I probably should have known.

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Chris Burden’s Urban Light

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Tony Smith’s Smoke

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Frank Stella’s Getty Tomb, Jo Baer’s Grey Side-Bar: Green Line, Cy Twombly’s Roman Notes #3

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 11

Wow, this is officially the list I’ve kept on doing the longest. Perhaps because it’s the most self-absorbed one? Probably. Not that this whole blog isn’t just a big ol’ tribute to myself… I mean, if you really think about it.

Reading

Today, I was reading Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones, and I’m very nearly done with Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams and Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. To say that this has been, thus far, a disappointment in my reading speed, frequency, and interest, is a gross understatement.

Writing

I’m trying to write a bunch of stuff for Supreme, because February is going to be such a busy month for me. I’m a little terrified but excited at the same time. I hope it doesn’t cross over to me not wanting to do anything. Because that happens when I feel too overwhelmed.

Listening

Aside from drowning my sorrows in some Ryan Adams, shamelessly living through some nostalgia c/o blink-182, I’ve been looping Aly Cabral’s “Would You Do The Same For Me” on loop. I found it on Petersen‘s Twitter. You can here it here:

Guess what? One of my dinosaur discoveries for 2015 is Spotify. I just got it and it’s making my life 1000x easier, since most of my music’s on my laptop and I absolutely haven’t transferred most of it to my desktop.

Thinking

About how my miniscule problems are so irrelevant in the greater scheme of things with all the crap that’s going on in the world.

But it still pisses me off how rude and passive aggressive some people can be.

Smelling

You know the smell of nothing? That’s what I’m smelling right now, and it’s a little weird.

Wishing

Well, honestly, I’m not really in a “wishing” mood because I’m feeling a little surly that these things are kind of good for nothing and in reality, you really have to work for anything you want to happen for yourself.

Hoping

To kickstart February with the same fervor I began January and lost along the way. So far, this has not been a success. As far as February 1st goes anyway. Most of today was spent napping. To be fair, I took allergy meds, but still. I’m sure other people in the world has made themselves some degree of usefulness today. Unlike me.

Wearing

A super old H&M tank when I used to still buy H&M (it’s got a peace sign made of flowers!) and boxers from Uniqlo.

Loving

Hmm, I’ve been really enjoying Spotify (hahaha), my Midori + Field Notes system that I need to remember to keep using. The past few weeks have honestly been such a listless haze.

Oh, I’ve been really loving Togetherness, which is a new show on HBO created by the Duplass brothers, the midwives on The Mindy Project. I’ve also gotten back into making videos, which I always found to be such a fun process, if a little tedious at times and kind of “not my thing,” because it’s talking in public, basically. Except it totally is. It’s My Thing.

And OK, even though I feel really shitty right now, 2015 has been a good year so far. I don’t know where all these feelings are coming from, but objectively speaking, it’s been a good 30 or so days. The fact that I had to delete “great” to type in “good” is probably a sign of something. I don’t know what of, but it’s a sign for sure.

Wanting

Cojones. Where can I get those? Ugh. I feel really quite rudderless and useless, and so many things all at once.

Needing

Motivation, probably. A pill that will make me more attuned to my “grown up” qualities. Because honestly, I feel like a child even though I’m well over 26. Yep, you read that right.

Feeling

Really, really disappointed by a lot of things and a lot of people, but I don’t want to be a dweller anymore.

Honestly, I sometimes feel like being positive is a choice, and I just want to have the capacity to make that choice, and also to make choices that are ultimately beneficial to me. Even if I feel, in some particular moment, that I really, really don’t want to make those choices.

Be kind, be kinder, be the bigger person, understand more, et cetera, et cetera.

Clicking

Here are a few of my favorite reads from the last week or so:

  • In Manila, Two Seasons, No Regrets by Laurel Fantauzzo, which is a beautiful piece in the NYT Modern Love column. I went to Ateneo to hear her Kritika Kultura talk with Ned Parfan, and Laurel read a bit from her YA novel in the works called Somewhere There are Trees, which should be finished. Eventually. But I want it now. Alas.
  • Friendship is Complicated by Maria Bustillos got me watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which to be honest, is kind of really fun.
  • Mr. President, Feel for the Fallen, an op-ed by Criselda Yabes is essentially how I feel about Noynoy Aquino being a no-show.
  • Why I’m dropping everything to photograph a river by Luc Forsyth. I saw this on my feed, c/o my friend Hannah‘s post and it’s just an honest read about losing sight of why you do what you do, and then reconnecting with the why.
  • On what could have been: by Petra, because like always, it is beautiful.
  • Liz Uy’s beauty philosophy is something I wrote for Supreme. Just a few questions. By the way, her power lipstick is “red, of course!”

This is a depressing TSC and I don’t really want it to be, but it’s where I am right now, and I don’t think people will care, anyway. And if they do, they really, really shouldn’t, because there’s too much crap to feel bad about in the world already.

This is just me figuring some stuff out.

The Sunday Currently was pretty much stolen from siddathornton! Header photo is of me and of Eric Zamuco’s Private Pool, taken by my sister, Isabel.

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The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco: Part III

My last San Francisco post had too many photos, so I thought I’d save the last day and give it its own post. Pretty fitting, since we did do quite a lot of things that day.

October 10

We went to visit Bader at Vintage Court, which is where we usually stay when we go to SFO (it was full on our dates this year), but he was on break so we popped by Chinatown for lunch first.

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After catching up—he’s retiring this year!—we went back to Golden Gate Park to see the de Young Museum. Fortuitously, it was open until 8pm that day (a Friday, but it doesn’t seem like it’s still open until 8pm these days, though!) so we went to go see the California Academy of Sciences first.

We saw it across the park and it looked so freaking Jurassic. Seriously, I said it before but I love San Francisco fog.

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The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco: Part II

A second post dedicated to the lovely San Francisco. You can find the first one here! Picking up for where I left off there, here’s what happened the next few days:

October 8

We went to Fisherman’s Wharf in the hopes of seeing Ai Weiwei’s installation in Alcatraz. BUT IT WAS BOOKED UNTIL PAST OUR LAST DAY IN SFO. Very disappointing. SFMoMA was closed for renovation when we were in San Francisco, so we were hoping this would fix our disappointment over that. Alas.

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A WHOLE MOUNTAIN BEING GOBBLED UP BY FOG.

We ended up going back to the Pier 39 side of Fisherman’s Wharf and I got ice cream and saltwater taffy like a child.

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Then we went around galleries near and along Geary St. so it ended up being a very low-key day.

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October 9

We got Mission Street Chinese, Pie at… Mission Pie, and Sightglass Coffee—AN AMAZING PLACE THAT I WANT TO LIVE IN—with Rachel, 1/2 of Silverlens. She lived in San Francisco for a while and was there to take time off of gallery work to make some pieces for her upcoming solo show. Mission District is a great area to explore if you’re in SFO.

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Sidenote: Mission Street Chinese was so good! I don’t usually like Chinese food, but this was really different. Apparently, it’s always full so we were lucky we didn’t have to wait at all, despite being a party of 6.

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Mission Pie! The coffee was cheap and unlimited but also not that good, haha. So we went to Sightglass! I liked the pie, though.

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We went to the branch on Seventh Street, but I know there’s one closer to Mission (20th Street). This place was gorgeous and the coffee was excellent, and they sold patches, and played Pavement, and had a bike rack to park your bike. Ugh, I’d honestly live there, in Sightglass, if I could.

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My brother and I saw 20,000 Days on Earth, the Nick Cave movie, at The Roxie Theatre. I wasn’t feeling like going—typical lazy-ass hermit me—but I’m so glad I went in the end. I’d been wanting to post more about this movie (I took notes in the dark!) so maybe watch out for that if I don’t end up getting swamped with other stuff.

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(Photo by my brother, Luis!)

“One day I will tell you how to slay the dragon.”

I underestimated the photos I took, so in the middle of writing up this post… I decided I’d do a Part III. It’ll probably be up by tomorrow! I still have to go through my photos from LA, Las Vegas, and Nevada, but wow. This really took a while.

I hope this helps anyone out anyway. I love travel posts, but I think it’s really more of a personal thing—an act of remembering—and not so helpful for other people. If you have any questions, though, always feel free to ask. :)

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The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco: Part I

San Francisco has always been one of my favorite places to visit and revisit. I once declared it as “the only place in the West Coast that I like.” I know better now, but this wisdom doesn’t eclipse my love for the land of Ghirardelli, Haight Street, and that bearded Starbucks barista at Beach/Hyde that I kept on checking out in 2008. Ahem.

We stayed closer to Union Square than we had previously (we always used to stay further uphill!) so the “new” SFO took some time getting used to. My dad also pulled a back muscle back in Chicago, so for a while we/they couldn’t really go that far out and explore. Don’t worry, it got better.

San Francisco is so picturesque, I can’t even begin to explain how much I love how this city looks. This is the first Project Life layout I posted on my Instagram a few weeks ago. I think it might be one of my favorites, but it could also just be the succulents:

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Again, San Francisco is just a good looking city. That’s probably why I love that spread so much. We did a bunch of things, which I will list down below, since that seems to be the easiest way to digest information these days: Read More

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 10

Reading

I’m currently in the middle of The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison and Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I’m thinking of dipping into Eric Gamalinda’s The Descartes Highlands for a bit of fiction.

Writing

A tinyletter and some travel backlog posts.

Listening

The last two episodes of BBC’s Good Omens (here). Three days left to listen from the beginning!

I’m also about to embark on something I’d like to call “Skillshare Sunday,” due to the fact that I’ve enrolled in several Skillshare classes only to leave them untouched and ignored. I feel like this would better me more as a person than napping more than I ought to on Sundays. Naps are great, but I just want to less like a slug, too.

Thinking

There’s no harm in trying. Also the garlic bread my mom is making.

Smelling

Essential oils I bought today! I got rosemary, which is supposed to help jog your memory, and peppermint, for soothing~ feelings.

Wishing

A PLANE TICKET TO MACHU PICHU.

Hoping

That wishes come true!

Wearing

An Artwork Collab! Collab! shirt (the Mariano Ching/Yasmin Sison one), a long blue skirt from Uniqlo and socks from Korea.

Loving

2015, so far. Might perhaps have something to do with me wanting to keep things positive—more or less.

Wanting

A holiday. A very long holiday. Just kidding, I just want to stop finding so many excuses for everything.

Needing

A simpler, better system for organization.

Feeling

Relieved. That’s it.

Clicking

I’ve been looking into scrapbooking (shut up) and I came across Kelly Purkey’s blog through Ch, and I’m just filled with fuzzies.

I’ve also been liking On a Wednesday for quite a while, so check that out if you haven’t seen it. They’re short interviews, on a Wednesday. :)

If you’ve been wanting to hear a few short stories from real people, come say Hi. Shoot a hello to me here, too.

The Sunday Currently was originally from siddathornton.

Photo is from Louie Cordero’s exhibit last night. It was taken by Sarie!

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First Week of January: Finale & Hole in the Wall

Although I have a pretty massive backlog, I’ve hit a brick wall with my travel posts, so here’s an interlude. On the first weekend of January, Sarie and I managed to catch the last day of the round of shows over at Finale. I’m pretty bad at keeping track of which shows are going on, so I’m pretty thankful my parents were talking about dropping by Finale that same day over breakfast.

Finale is one of my favorite art spaces in Metro Manila because their space is huge and open. I think it really adds to the shows, but that’s just me. We were able to catch Amy Aragon’s Amy is Here, Lyra Garcellano’s Sweep, and Ranelle Dial’s Adsciety. Read More

Casual Consumption 9

Casual Consumption No. 9

OK, I'll admit it: this is going to be a mishmash of things that have been “casually consumed” in the most general sense of that phrase. So, instead of only ultra-specific articles of pop culture, I'm going to mention a few other things (you'll see what I mean as I go along). Ahem.

FILMS

Aside from a steady rotation of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit since Christmas (heh), I've seen English Only, Please!, an MMFF entry, which to be honest was the only one I wanted to see. My sister really liked it, and I think the script and the charm is what carried most of the movie. If you think about it, the plot is a little convoluted, but I really enjoyed watching it. Think of it as the journey is better than the destination, which isn't bad at all.

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