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Casual Consumption No. 7

In lieu of a The Sunday Currently, I thought of doing a round of Casual Consumption. Just ’cause!

Books

I put my last list on hold (womp, womp, womp) and dove into Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. (Blame Krysty!) I’m really liking it so far—really much better than the film—and I’m only a couple of chapters in. I was hoping I’d finish a book in November—alas! I have been way too busy dealing with work stuff and the Christmas shopping I’ve put off for a really, really long time.

It was a valiant effort not really, but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish my GoodReads challenge! I’m so bummed, but I’m not surprised. Is anyone else doing this? How are you getting on with it?

Film

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I recently watched Boyhood, which I’d been meaning to watch, but was never in the mood for. But, shit, wasn’t that movie so beautiful? In case you’re not familiar (though I’m sure you are), Boyhood was filmed over a period of eleven years, following the life and growth of a young boy named Mason. The “plot” is kind of hard to explain without it sounding trite and blah, but it just follows around a boy and his family. Reading more about it, I realize how important collaboration is when you want to make something beautiful and meaningful.

Television

Aside from my usual fare, I forgot to mention that I’ve been watching Survivor (an OK season, but—), Awkward (still as painful as can be. Oh, how the mighty have fallen), and I recently finished watching House of Cards, season 1, which I stopped watching for some reason. WOW! I can’t wait to absolutely consume season 2. I also saw the pilot of From Dusk Till Dawn, but I was really, really, really confused and it turns out it’s because I never saw Tarantino’s film. I’m not sure if I’ll carry on with it, but there you go.

I can’t wait to get more into Bron/Broen and Borgen, both of which I also started quite a while back but never got to continue with. It’s a little hard for me to pay attention to movies with subtitles in them, since I get restless and usually watch while doing something else. But! When things get a little less busy, I suppose.

Art Shows

I was planning on going to some openings I missed while I was busy/away, but ended up only getting to see three new ones that opened in Silverlens: Gregory Halili’s Memento, Rachel Rillo’s flower flies mimic wasps, and Gene Paul Martin’s Homemade Drill, which I posted about here.

Food

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I’m dreaming of a Faux Twix-filled Christmas, but I’ve been eating a lot of crepes. I know this doesn’t count, but I’m aiming to eat a little bit healthier in the coming days. Ill-timed, it being the holidays and all, but I cannot postpone improving my poor health habits any longer, I think. It’s so scary when you hear about sicknesses that are out of your control, so when it comes to something I can control, like what I eat, etc… I figured I should at least attempt to reel in the consumption of junk.

However, I am craving for another meal at 12/10 and Relish, both of which I’d happily consider as my “exceptions.”

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Artwork Collab! + Collab! Launch & New at Silverlens

This next post will fool you into thinking I have a life (YAAAAS~!). I had lunch with my sister and Isa, who recently moved alllll the way down south. This is the first time I’ve seen her since even before we left for the US. SO, COMPLETELY OVERDUE.

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I know I am a self-proclaimed shut-in, but I had a really great time at the Artwork Collab! + Collab! Launch at 12/10 and Restock along Guijo Street. We got the invite a few weeks ago and it looked like this:

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Artwork Collab! + Collab! is a new collection of shirts for which they asked 10 of the country’s best visual artists to collaborate with each other to make some shirts. I don’t know about you, but a large chunk of my t-shirt arsenal (back when I wore them a lot more often) was from Artwork. The launch was held at 12/10, a new restaurant from the owners of The Girl + the Bull, and Restock Gallery.

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There are a total of 10 shirts—two designs for each pair. The pairs are Ryan and Garovs Vergara, Mariano Ching and Yasmin Sison, Ryan Villamael and Romeo Lee, Dex Fernandez and Lynyrd Paras, and JP Cuison and Apol Sta. Maria.

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All the shirts!

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It’s like they’re friends or something?

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Ryan x Lee + Ryan x Garovs

The shirts are available in Artwork stores today and they come in three cuts: regular, ladies cut (flowy-er), and a sleeveless shirt. Here are iterations of all the designs and all of the cuts, though each design comes in all three cuts:

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The Restock bear is super cute.

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I got one of Dex & Lynyrd’s designs and this new air plant from Isa, to replace the last one I murdered. It’s from Space Garden.

Thank you for the invite, Tinay! Congratulations to you and Artwork, as well as all the amazing artists that were a part of it.

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Something cool: we got to taste 12/10! Here is the really freaking good menu for the event:
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A choice between four drinks. We got an old-fashioned and a daiquiri.

OK, I’m going to warn you now. These are NOT the best food shots, lol. As if you needed telling, but there.

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Raw Tuna Salad. Soooo good, even though I’m not much of a mayo person. It’s kind of buried in tons of nori and panko (I think? Maybe?) crumbs, aka the best kind of pile there is.

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Mushroom Salad. Such a lovely mix of flavors. I told my sister that I was getting tired of mushrooms (???) but this completely changed my mind.

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Salmon Kushiyaki. First bite is truffle & sea salt = YAY FOR ME. Second bite is curry = DOUBLE YAY FOR ME. I don’t particularly like salmon but I could probably eat a dozen sticks of this and not get tired of it.

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Korean Fried Chicken. I liked the taste of this, and I love that they’re boneless (haha). The roasted eggplant puree, if I remember correctly, adds a lovely hint of smokiness that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Here’s something not surprising: I am not a connoisseur of food, to speak generally… and truthfully. But, I do know what tastes good to me and I was so thankful I got to taste some of 12/10’s food. I still haven’t eaten in The Girl + The Bull, which is all the way in Alabang, but I would go there if only for the Faux Twix Bar. hey served at 12/10 for this event but won’t be making an appearance on their menu. I mean, look at it:
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It’s got a lovely caramel layer that’s not too sweet over a type of biscuit, and topped a generous coating of dark chocolate sprinkled with a shit ton of sea salt. I ate three of these and I’m not even sorry.

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The girl and the bully.

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Guess what? One of the owners of The Girl + The Bull and 12/10 was a student of mine, haha. Congratulations Thea and Gab!

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Beng, me & Sarie!

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Then, we went to go see the new shows that opened at Silverlens: Gregory Halili’s Memento, Rachel Rillo’s flower flies mimic wasps, and Gene Paul Martin’s Homemade Drill. They’ll be on display until December 20.

Gregory Halili

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Rachel Rillo

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Gene Paul Martin

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I was bringing this around the whole day, lol.

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Luis, Dex, Raymond.

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Chai Chocolate Latte & a Bucky’s and Cream brownie at Toby’s.

Probably one of the funnest days as of late, and that means a lot coming from a misanthrope like me. Just kidding, I like people. I do!

Oh, and Happy belated Thanksgiving! I was surprised that so many of my friends celebrated Thanksgiving, but any time of the year that’s reserved for thinking about things you are thankful for is great in my mind. :)

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 4

You know the drill. Past volumes (ha) of The Sunday Currently can be found here.

Reading

I scored a copy of the latest installment in the very-long Percy Jackson universe, The Blood of Olympus. I can’t help it; I’ve been hooked ever since I started reading the series. This is the type of YA/intermediate fiction that’s really geared for not-quite-young-adults, but it’s something I enjoy reading. I haven’t started on this yet, but I might crack it open tonight.

Other than that, I’m still working on Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners.

Writing

Apart from this list, I am mostly brainstorming. I don’t know, you guys. I think I lost my mojo.

Listening

I’ve been listening to a bit of Yo La Tengo. Also, does this song sound familiar to you?

Thinking

Money-making schemes. Just kidding! I’m mostly thinking about the deadlines that I forgot I had. And how stressful social events are (and planning! And scheduling!) for someone like me. Such a stupid problem, I know.

Speaking of stupidity, I wiped clean my memory card filled with Korean photos by accident. So there’s that.

Smelling

The soap I used tonight, which was the Migabee Honey Pureberry Oilsoap–one of my favorite post-bath smells.

Wishing

For a data retriever that doesn’t crash every time I try to use it.

Hoping

I get a better grasp of my time… I know I shouldn’t “hope” this, and that I should actually just work on stuff on time, but you know, it doesn’t hurt to hope, too.

Wearing

Uniqlo ringer tee, boxers with roosters on them that Sarie gave me.

Loving

Tea! I love you, coffee, but I get some of my hot-drink fixes during the day from tea so that I don’t have to ingest unnecessary sugar. I’ve got my eye on a holiday set from TWG, but I am also a plebe, so I passed on it. For now.

Wanting

OK, so I know I said I was a plebe, but Barneys Warehouse is ON SALE (yes—clearance items on sale) but my credit card won’t go through! I am so mad, because this is probably my only chance at getting Helmut Lang origami pants.

Needing

Proper time management. And also Advil because period cramps are a bitch.

Feeling

SO NOT IN THE MOOD FOR YOU, PERIOD. I am also strongly feeling the need for speed; that is, I should probably go get my license, STAT.

Clicking

Open in a tab is Arriane’s post on “peg” culture and how she wants to avoid it. I haven’t read through it yet but—YES.

Hope your Sunday was (is?) great.

The Sunday Currently originator. Header photo was taken by Sarie in Seoul, Korea.

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Casual Consumption No. 6

I haven’t had much time to “consume” many things, just because I’ve been all over the place, but I thought I’d make a quick update anyway. Knowing me, it will probably not be as short as I think it will be.

Books

I have been reading Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners, a short story collection that I started before leaving for Korea. I usually read quickly on vacation, but I ended up not reading at all on this trip. When I got home, I came back to this book and snuggled in with it, and it’s great so far.

And because perhaps it may motivate me to read faster, I thought I’d share with you some of the books I plan to read after I’m done with Magic for Beginners. I think I would like to (finally) take on Doug Dorst’s and J.J. Abrams’ S, which I was so anxious to get nownownow, or if I’m still in a short story mood, I’ll try to get around to reading B.J. Novak’s One More Thing.

Maybe I’ll give Pride & Prejudice one more try. MAYBE.

Films

I haven’t been watching any new films, but I did recently watch Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro to prepare for the Studio Ghibli exhibit in Seoul, which we didn’t end up going to due to time constraints and the literal plethora of FUN THINGS you can do there. SEOUL IS AMAZING.

Anyway, I’d like to read Howl’s Moving Castle, but I’ll have to look for a copy first. Other than that, I went to see Mockingjay Part I because I still love Peeta deep, deep, deep down. It was not great.

Podcast

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This isn’t a typical category, but I’ve rarely been tuning into podcasts ever since Harry Potter ended and MuggleCast ran out of things to talk about. What? I’ll let my inner geek freak flag fly! Anyway, I’ve been obsessed with this podcast called Serial, which is an off-shoot of This American Life. In an episodic, serial (get it?) format, co-founder and host Sarah Koenig, tells a story “to get to the bottom of it.”

Season One explores a murky murder case involving a girl, Hae Min Lee, and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, the convicted killer. Many things don’t quite add up, so each episode (new ones out on Thursday!) reveals new layers and dimensions adding up to, hopefully, a solution to the unsatisfying conclusion thus far. The season’s up to episode 8 right now, but there’s plenty of time to catch up because you will devour every single episode and kind of wish you discovered it a little later so you can binge listen to more episodes.

Television

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I don’t have any new shows on my radar other than the stupidly hilarious and intensely endearing Jane the Virgin, though I’m thinking of looking into the now-canceled Selfie. Thoughts on this? Is it worth getting into if I hated Amy Pond with a passion?

I’ve also been (still) watching America’s Next Top Model because I never grew up, apparently. Also, Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor just wrapped up. I have many thoughts, but not as much feelings as I thought I would have. One thing, though, I love him. I think he might be my favorite after Christopher Eccleston’s Nine.

Quick thoughts: Downton Abbey is so slow. I feel conflicted about The Mindy Project, oscillating between “LOL!!!” and “This is insufferable!” This season’s guiltiest pleasure is probably Faking It, which is so bad, you guys. So bad.

YouTube

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT IS BACK ON! I know the rest of the episodes may take a while, but I am basking in these super funny ones. My sister and I have been waiting for this for so long.

“You took so long, not your candy’s gone! That’s what happens.”

Food

I don’t know what happened but all I want to eat these days is a large order of the original chicken wings from Kyo Chon.

Art Shows

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I’ll try to get the exhibit stuff ASAP, but the first show I saw after getting back home were three solo shows that were on the same day. The shows were at Blanc and were by Allan Balisi, Charles Buenconsejo, and my older brother, Luis. I blogged about them here, in case you missed it.

Speaking of which, I kind of want to get a new camera for on-the-go. Good idea, bad idea? I’m so in love with the Sony RX100!

Tell me what you have been consuming! Any recs welcome, but feel free to talk about stuff you didn’t really enjoy either.

… I knew this would be novel-length. Le sigh.

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November Shows at Blanc

I was going to work my way backwards, but then I figured that it might be better to just post this first, since the other shows I have photos of in my back log are over already anyway. Makes little difference if I post this up first!

On November 15, three solo shows opened at Blanc: Allan Balisi’s Possible Landing, Charles Buenconsejo’s The Way Up and the Way Down, and my brother, Luis Santos’ Momentary Lapses. We flew back in from Seoul at about 1am the same day, but I wasn’t going to miss this!

All the shows are on display until 6 December 2014. The photos here were taken by me or Sarie on her tiny camera, which is so nice that I want one for myself. (It’s a Sony RX100, in case you were wondering.)

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Allan Balisi’s Possible Landing

Allan Balisi’s Possible Landing combines his paintings with long tables filled with little images, partially erased with presumably the same white material that represents the blankness in his paintings. I love Allan’s style and the inclusion of these little pieces on the table really made the show whole to me. In some of the paintings, there are spaces of white that look like they could be vessels of images, and my obvious expectation was to see those images on the table instead. But, I was met instead with even more stretches of white—an undoing, an erasing, instead of a continuation.

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Charles Buenconsejo’s The Way Up and the Way Down

There’s something really distinct about Charles Buenconsejo’s work, in that you can tell it’s his. You know those people who just have this really individual perspective. For the longest time, some of my friends and I wondered about what constituted as “video art.” The medium feels so close to mass media, that we felt like it’s kind of hard to create parameters for it, I guess. Anyway, The Way Up and the Way Down features two films playing simultaneously of Buenconsejo’s condominium rooftop, on which plates and wares are broken, synced to a video of the actual installation, where there was a lot of breakage, too. It’s a stunning work, in a can’t-quite-place-my-feelings kind of way. Here’s an excerpt of a piece on Buenconsejo by Alice Sarmiento for Arts+.

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Luis Antonio Santos’ Momentary Lapses

OK, so first: Luis is my brother. It is natural to have a personal bias towards his work, though I can promise you that even if we weren’t so closely related, I would still admire what he’s created so far. In Momentary Lapses, he explores the aesthetics of glitches more, both in scenic distortions rendered in paint, as well as mixed media pieces, some backlit by fluorescent bulbs. My brother and I rarely talk about work, a territory we all so shyly cross, but it feels like a little blessing for me when I witness his process and when I see the fragments of his work that I see, piece by piece, come together in the way he meant them to look like.

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Like I said, all of these shows are up on display at Blanc Gallery until December 6, 2014.

The more I am engaged in the art world, the more I’m inclined to think that I don’t understand it. For a while, I let photographs speak for themselves, a little scared that of misinterpreting the artists’ intentions behind their show. I didn’t realize then that writing about art helps me make sense of what I’m seeing, which to me is worth more than the possibility of embarrassing myself with a misinterpretation. If I’m wrong or off the mark, it’s fine. It’s all part of the learning process anyway, and I still have a lot of things to discover.

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Whitney Museum of American Art: September 2014

Before the Whitney hauled off to their new location High Line (which opens in the spring!) from their Marcel Breuer-designed building in the Upper East Side, we got to see the Jeff Koons retrospective and some of the pieces in their beautiful permanent collection.

But, first!
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Jeff Koons

From Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts

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Ed Ruscha

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Andy Warhol

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Claes Oldenburg

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Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin, Jasper Johns

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Agnes Martin

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Mark Rothko

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Robert Rauschenberg

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Ad Reindhart

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Andy Warhol

From Edward Hopper and Photography

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New York Interior, Edward Hopper

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A Woman in the Sun, Edward Hopper

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Gregory Crewdson

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Second Story Sunlight, Edward Hopper

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I’m going to miss you, (old) Whitney.

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Korea-bound

Life Lately

My head is a jumble of updates… and I don’t know where exactly I should begin, so I thought I’d go from right now and work my way backwards. At least for this post. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or any other social network where that account is linked, you’d probably have an idea of where I was the past week and a half. (Hint: It rhymes with ‘soul!’)

As much as I enjoyed exploring new places and getting to do all these cool things—like actually stepping into North Korea—it’s so hard for someone who is a freelancer who has the natural propensity for laziness to get back into the groove. I’m talking about myself, obviously. I’ll be getting rid of all my blog backlog in trickles over the next couple of weeks—relevance be damned!—but I thought I’d kind of document what has been happening aside from all the fun trips I was on.

Hoodwink Art Wall

Hoodwink Art Wall - Carina Santos

Hoodwink is a men’s clothing store under homme et femme (who also handles Fred Perry, Comme des Garçons, Pylones, and Y-3, in the Philippines among others) that commissioned me to do a sort of art wall as their window display. This is my first ENORMOUS-SCALE work, which I rushed through before leaving for the U.S. Yes, that long ago! I don’t have decent photographs of the whole thing yet, just because it’s massive, so these Instagram snaps by me, my sister, and my dad will have to do.

If you are in the Mall of Asia (jk it’s at the) SM Aura area, please go visit it. :) It’s located at Hoodwink’s window facing the driveway to the parking area.

Halo-Halo Tago Lookbook

Tago

In an impressive display of cramming, I managed to finish Halo-Halo’s latest lookbook called “Tago” in the space between me arriving in Manila and right before leaving for Korea. Halo-Halo is a local bag brand that aims to infuse traditional flavor in modern pieces. Tago, for example, makes use of banig and neoprene together. I was so excited to work on this because I love their aesthetic and what they’re aiming for, especially since they’ve managed to meld together contemporary bag shapes with local fabrics and weaves without making them look tacky or pilit.

You can shop their bags here.

When in Manila & Spot.ph

In a fortunate series of events (ha), I found myself listed among great artists in both When in Manila’s 10 New Filipino Artists You Should Know Now and Spot.ph’s 10 New Filipino Artists You Need to Know while I was in Korea. It was such a great surprise because it’s no secret that I’ve been quite insecure and unsure about the things I’ve been making lately… at least on here. When I got back from my US trip, I resolved to really focus on just making nice things, and things that I like, regardless of feedback. So, it’s nice to see that other people seem to like my work, too. :)

Seoul, Korea

Korea

This was my first visit to South Korea, and I don’t think it will be my last. It definitely was more beautiful, fun, cool, etc. etc. than I was expecting (sorry, Isa). I admittedly don’t really know a lot about Seoul, so we kind of just went with an open mind and were we blown away. I’ll try to have pictures and some hopefully helpful info up soon!

And, that’s about it. For now, I’m getting my bearings and gearing myself up for both upcoming projects and also the hectic frenzy of the holidays. Oh, the irony.

Anyway, hi guys. I hope you’re all doing well.

Metropolitan Museum

Lunch on the Met steps, Sorta

(Not really.)

The visit to the Met(ropolitan Museum of Art) was, predictably, pretty frustrating. It’s the one museum staple (ha!) that always leaves me a little underwhelmed. I think it’s an effect of me being bogged down by the volume of their collection that has everything—from Native American to African to Egyptian to Greek, etc. etc.—that I end up with glazed eyes and a headache by the end of the day, which is when we leave… well, because we have to.

The extra frustrating thing about this visit was the lack of guards and security personnel. While we were going around the Modern and Contemporary Art wings, they closed off an entire floor due to the lack of guards. It was so annoying, seeing a Francis Bacon painting peeking at you from the other side of the velvet ropes, knowing that Rothkos and Stills and Twomblys were hanging out above my head.

(We also spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the Vermeers.)

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Sol LeWitt.

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Joel Shapiro.

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Chuck Close.

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Anselm Kiefer.

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A gorgeous black and white version of Ingres’ Grande Odalisque

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One of the special exhibits is a sort of retrospective of Garry Winogrand’s beautiful photography. I have no photographs from there—I wish I took some because his work is lovely and the kind of photos I’d like to make—but here’s a drawing that supplemented the show:

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We also got to see The Roof Garden Commission by Dan Graham with Günther Vogt, which coincidentally is only up until today.

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I wish it were a permanent part of the Met, to be honest.

OK, so a few things to keep in mind if you were wanting to visit this place:

  • Recommended admission for adults is $25, but you can pay however much you want to pay.
  • You will not be able to see everything in one day and live.
  • Don’t feel too bad about it.

Sidenote:

These updates are so drawn out, omg. I’m so sorry, I feel like this blog has turned really boring. Or maybe I’m bored with “dealing with backlog.” I don’t know!

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 3

The Sunday Currently is sort of like a weekly checkup of several items you are ‘currently’ in the middle of. It’s kind of like a diary of sorts, a documentation of your (or in this case, my) headspace at a particular point in time. Or, it could just be a way of passing the time on Sunday nights, which we all know really makes you want to kill yourself. (This is a joke.)

Reading

I am currently in the middle of Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners by which I mean I am done with the first short story. It’s called “Faery Handbag” and it is great. I could not get enough and was incredibly sad when it ended… because I wanted more. It made me think about my own short stories, which I haven’t even done in probably almost a decade.

Writing

What I’m not writing is short fiction. I’m currently in the middle of writing something about art for a magazine, and I guess that’s all I’m going to say about that. (I’m using outlines, guys. This is how desperate I have become for productivity.)

Listening

Frankie Cosmos’ Zentropy, which I found by accident when I was Googling Phoebe Cates. (Ha.) My favorite tracks so far are “Owen,” “Buses Splash with Rain,” “Leonie,” aaaand, I think, “My I Love You,” though the entire album is enjoyable if a little heart-wrenching. You won’t even realize it until your heart is in tiny pieces on the floor. Joejoejoejoejoejoe!

Thinking

About all the stuff I have to get done. P.S. I am going to Korea on the 6th, which makes me extra antsy about finishing work stuff, which makes me not want to work even more, if that was possible.

Smelling

Coffee, good morning.

Wishing

For the motivation to film and edit videos, because I actually enjoy doing those, believe it or not. Dignity, be damned!

Hoping

I get to work on my writing again. Oh crap, it’s time for NaNoWriMo again? I’ve joined since 2007 or something and never won a year, lol.

Wearing

What I wore to sleep last night.

Loving

My current passport. It is my favorite one so far.

Wanting

To banish my laziness forever?

Needing

To cut back on acquiring stuff. I have so much stuff, you guys. Pretty soon I will have no room in my room for myself.

Feeling

A little suffocated! Can that happen? Can you be a little suffocated, like Nearly Headless?

Clicking

Pottermore! After not signing in for the longest time. In case you hadn’t heard, JK Rowling released a new story on Umbridge for Halloween, and I’m making it my Sunday mission to find it and read.

The Sunday Currently Origins
Header is a painting by Annie Cabigting.

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October Favorites

Welcome to my sporadic monthly favorites! I always like doing these things, but I always forget to keep track of the things I do enjoy over the course of the month. (I feel like I have explained this already, but oh well.)

Film

20,000 Days on Earth
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“It’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a thing.”

20,000 Days on Earth
I didn’t get to watch a lot of movies while I was away—because movies cost an arm and a leg overseas, what the frak—but I did manage to watch 20,000 Days on Earth at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco with my brother and it was amazing. It is about musician Nick Cave and his life and creative process, although reading this back… It’s much more than that. I was scribbling in my journal in the dark, hanging on to whatever gem I might be able to haphazardly write down, because I have recently rediscovered the importance of writing things down… Anyway. This film was just beautiful and fitting for an enigmatic person such as Nick Cave. Click here to learn more about it.

Singles
I also watched Singles, an oft-overlooked Cameron Crowe classic, for the first time, and what can I say? Bless you.

Books

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What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
I haven’t really read a lot of books that I like enough to call a favorite, so this will be brief. Just one! This one. It is beautiful… and brought me back to a place in my life when I was scared of words like phenomenology and semiotics (a.k.a. college; hi Mr. de Jesus! Hi Sir Oca!). Peter Mendelsund was a classical pianist for thirty years of his life before he quit at the ripe ol’ age of 34 and tried to pursue something different. Normally, he is behind book covers, but this is a new book of his that tries to dissect and think about the actual act of reading. What happens when we read, what do we see beyond the words, what is being constructed automatically by what we come to understand from the words that we read. It’s amazing and lovely (and so was he!) and there are pictures.

Places

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Nevada
A welcome surprise as I was not looking forward to this leg of the trip… but we went to Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, and the Hoover Dam, and then I got really, really into the thought of Nevada. I posted some photographs on , but I’m still working towards the blog post for that.

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The Last Bookstore
My friend Marvin took me here when we met up in LA, and wow, it was amazing. I wish I had a proper camera because I just want to show you guys everything. There is a path that snakes through the back and up the second floor into a few installations and a “labyrinth” of books where all the books are just $1 each. In the end, I picked up two books for cheaper than usual: Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners and a collection of poems by Linda Gregg.

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Food

Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzels
OK, this was a real surprise. I hate mustard. I have hated it since I first saw it (childhood) and first tasted it (high school, from a classmate who was eating Piknik Honey Mustard. Hi Anna!) and I declared a quiet, seething war on mustard. And then I had a pretzel at a beer brewery and my life changed and I went through so many bags of this pretzel snack and I must say, writing about it, it’s making me want some more.

And that’s about that! I promise I’ll put more thought into these… I really do like making them. If you’re into beauty shit, I’ve got a monthly favorites up at my beauty blog, Softly Sometimes. See ya later.