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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


The Sunday Currently Vol. 10


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.


A tinyletter and some travel backlog posts.


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.


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


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




That wishes come true!


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


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


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


A simpler, better system for organization.


Relieved. That’s it.


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!

Lyra Garcellano - Finale - 2014-2015 - a

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.


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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Boston & Stockbridge, MA

We spent two nights in Massachusetts sometime in late September, before heading off to our next stop, New Jersey. I’ve been to Boston before (the same year JK Rowling gave her commencement speech at Harvard; I was there about 2 days earlier) but never on this side.

It was a lovely side trip, even though we didn’t do a lot of things and called it a “night” when there was still light out. Still, we saw a lot of beautiful things.

Some highlights of Boston:

Best salsa at Olé, Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors at the ICA, beer-infused pretzels and shandy (haha) at Harpoon Brewery, the sweetest fresh oysters I’ve ever had (served at the roof bar as cocktails—not with the seafood appetizer platter we got), CLAM CHOWDER OMG?, the best view—I love this type of moody lighting by the bay. Read More

2015 Resolutions


Happy new year, whoever you are reading this!

I’ve been trying to think of what kind of resolutions I’ll be making for 2015, or even the format they will take, and I think that I finally managed to think of something that works for me. I’ve been watching a lot of planning videos (sue me) and one of the videos I watched picked a word to kind of lord over all her decisions in 2015, and her word was “Simplify.” For a while, I thought about copying that, but I instead found a phrase—just today!—that I think manages to capture the things I want to do more of this year that I think I kind of neglected in 2014. Read More

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor

Chicago, My Kind of Town

Sometimes, I feel like it’s a great thing to go into something without a lot of expectations, just because you don’t really get disappointed… although, had I expected a lot from Chicago, I still would have been blown away. Like I said in a couple of past posts, I’ve only been to Chicago once before. When I was 4. So this was a whole new experience for me! And I kind of really wonder why not a lot of people talk about Chicago. It’s like a more laid-back New York. I love it so much. Read More


The Sunday Currently Vol. 8

Hello! I just came home from the mountains. We were very vigilant about the traffic so we left pretty early and got home pretty early (in time for lunch, can you believe?). Traffic on the way to Tagaytay/Batangas is terrible this time of year, so we were extra-paranoid and left for Manila at 8am.


I’m in the middle of The Sandman Vol. 8: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman. I have three days to finish the GoodReads reading challenge, but I also have a lot of stuff to do before the year ends. I’ve kind of come to terms with my failure, lol. I just have to try harder at reading more, even if all I want to do sometimes is nap. There’s just too many books in the world; I can’t ignore them!


I’m thinking about writing more reviews. To slow down mindless consumption and encourage digestion and reflection. Something like that.


The National’s “Sea of Love”


I can’t wait to see English Only, Please later. Big congratulations to Ms. Tonet Jadaone and A.N.J. :D


Pretty good! I just took a shower.


For more time. HA.


This is kind of funny/pointless, but I’m hoping that I make an effort to be a better person (in several aspects) in 2015. I’m trying right now, sure, but I’m failing… at least at the “healthier” self I’m aiming to be.


Still in pambahay, though I’ll change into MMFF-watching clothes in a bit.




To write something meaningful. 2015, I hope!


Better get my shit together, better gather my shit in.


Overwhelmed. But in a good way.


Hear The National Talk About How They Wrote “Sea Of Love”

… Well, this is a pretty single-minded post. Sorry? I’m not sorry!

The Sunday Currently originator

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

One of the super fun places we went to was the Shedd Aquarium! I really have no recollection of this city, aside from a bus ride and a sort of interactive exhibit, from when I was last there, but then again I was 4. (Am I making this memory up, parents?)

Anyway, we spent most of the day at the Shedd Aquarium on a General Admission ticket ($8/Adult. Full ticket price with all of the zones was $30.95 each. Um. No.) before heading on off to the Art Institute of Chicago, which is open until 8pm on Thursdays. Even with the regular price, we did manage to see a lot.

Sidenote: While I am against places like Sea World, I’m a little conflicted about aquariums, so I’m opening the discussion up in case anyone who’s reading this has strong opinions about it. I would love to talk about it, so please feel free to leave comments.


We rode the bus to the Field Museum, but realized walking home that it was relatively easy to take the train to a stop close to where the Shedd Aquarium was (same park as the Field Museum). So, off we walked! Read More