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Beach Week

I spent 5 days last week by the sea: 3 days in Puerto Galera and 2 in La Union. I wouldn’t call myself a “beach person,” just because I don’t go to the beach enough. I love actually being there, lazing around and reading or swimming or jumping onto the next oncoming wave. I don’t like how fussy I feel getting there. I realize that the hassle is just all in my head (and that laziness and the lack of want to do/start things is leeching into even the pure joy of meeting the ocean, but that’s another story). So even though I didn’t get to technically get to swim in the beach on either of these trips (for srs: small awkward beach front & THE CRIMSON WAVE), they’ve made me want to spend more time away from the City, by which I mean Manila, which is getting more congested by the day.

In the advent of the Listicle (barf), here are some things I learned this week, by being at the beach. (I actually wrote something like this after a trip to Hong Kong in 2010, which you can read here, if that’s something that interests you?)

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1. The world is big, and it’s not out to get you. I get punched in the face by this realization every once in a while, but I think it’s good to be frequently reminded. Setting your problems or worries or, against the grandest scheme of things makes them seem easier to overcome and get through. A lot of my worries stem from what I understand to be social anxiety (as accurately explained by Krysty here), but when I remove myself and think about it in context of the world, what ever problem that is just becomes easier to deal with.

You see the ocean, and you imagine how big the world must be beyond what you can see, and even then, it remains a pale blue dot.

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2. You can’t neglect your relationships. I can be very solitary and a lot of human contact can tire me out (again, see “Social Anxiety”) but I think I sometimes push people away without really knowing it or meaning to. I’m working on it, so if you’re my friend and reading this, you should know that socializing and interacting is a really taxing thing for me, but I’d appreciate it if you were patient and worked on improving my issues with me. LOL. No pressure or anything… Just. I don’t know, I mean. I’m trying.

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3. I’m OK with my body. I’ve touched on this (non-)issue many, many times but I guess I didn’t really feel as comfortable with my body any other time as much as I do now. Which is weird because I keep going back over to my “heaviest” weight range. But you know, there is a big difference between not really caring and not caring at all. And right now, I don’t care at all if people think I look like a whale.

This is the only bikini picture I will post here, because it was taken from the back, and I like how it looks, HA.

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(I did buy a yoga mat and plan on exercising more regularly now, though. I think it’s really just something I need to make time for, despite frequently not being “in the mood” for it. Your body needs to be fit and healthy, dummy!)

4. Try to leave a place better than you found it. I’ve been increasingly worried about human consumption and waste for the past few months. I know it doesn’t seem like it because I keep buying things. Well, it’s hard to kick a habit, but I’m working on it. The thing is, despite how beautiful the places I’ve been to are, there are some telltale signs of neglect, always done by the hand of a human. It’s so ironic that one of the first things we’re taught in science class is that we are stewards of the earth, and yet we are the single worst species to ever inhabit the earth. We are the reason for its inevitable downfall.

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I took a walk with my dad along the beach in Puerto Galera to take some pictures. We saw a line of demolished structures by the shore when we were first dropped off at the resort. At first, I was so intrigued by them because it’s such a random thing to see along the beach. But then, I realized that that was a waste footprint made by humans.

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And, I know that not everyone leaves useless structures around like random bits of trash, but even throwing plastic into the sea, which is such a simple, obvious no-no, people seem to find it so easy to guiltlessly do. How hard is it to keep a wrapper in your pocket, to throw it away the next time you see a trash can?

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Even in these rock formations, I saw a lot of human debris. Despite the “no littering” sign. Some bits were floating in the water. Frankly, we are being really shitty stewards, and just thinking about the sheer enormity of the damage we must be doing to the environment really terrifies me. It’s scary.

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5. Life is unpredictable. The best thing to do is to ride out the wave. I think it’s pretty obvious that I am not very good at coping with things in a healthy manner, especially when it comes to change… which is weird because I don’t think I used to be this way. Anyway, my point is to take the hand you’re dealt with and just ride it out and make it as good as you can. The waves in La Union were really tiny when we went (off season), but usually, you have to make do and you should find a way to make it a valuable experience for you, instead of complaining, etc.

Anyway, here are the rest of the photographs that I couldn’t match to my “lessons.” Some things are just good in themselves and do not need to be lessonified.

Puerto Galera with fambly, for random Deal Grocer and Mama reasons.
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The poop trail.

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We stayed here! The property is narrow, so the beach front was kind of weird to swim around in because that’s where the boats were parked also, lol. We just swam, but the view was beautiful because on one side, you had mountains, then when you turn around ever so slightly, you’re met with a view of the sea.

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Still, really beautiful view.

La Union with Seabiscuit Films as a tag-along on their company trip. La Union (we stayed in San Juan) was amazing. Two of the Seabiscuit partners, Nicky and Sabs, are so in love with the place and I can see why. The trip was too short and frankly, ruined by my period, but I hope to be back sooner rather than later. Loved this place so much.

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The most water exposure I got.

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River, the surfing dog!

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A snorkeling man.

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Halo-halo with yema.

It was my first time in both places and I didn’t get to swim in either ocean. Sometimes just being around more of the actual, undisturbed world is enough.

Originally published in May 2014.
Original URL: http://nothingspaces.com/blog/2014/05/beach-week/

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Thoughts From Places: Japan 2014 & Other Things

Yay, a video! I’ve been meaning to make a video for a while and when it comes to “I’ve been meaning to” for me, I don’t really realize just how long a thing I’ve been meaning to do has been left to percolate until I actually backtrack and check. In the case of video-things, the last one I uploaded was four months ago.

Like I said in the video description box, this isn’t a “real” Thoughts From Places video, mainly because I don’t even talk during it. I just wanted to give the editing-to-music a try, but it ended up being somewhat sleepy because the song I used was a bit slow, though it is gorgeous. (It’s called “A City I’ve Never Been To, A Girl I Never Knew” by Bones Like Snowflakes.)

Also on the list of things “I’ve been meaning to” do, I made an Instagram ‘teaser’ for this video, which was probably done in a very hard way. I tend to try and figure things out for myself, only to find out that there are easier ways to do the things. At least I’m trying, yeah?

For actual thoughts from these places, visit the blog posts I made of the trip

Tokyo, Part I
Tokyo, Part II

Kyoto

For Bones Like Snowflakes music, check out them out on Band Camp.

Honestly, I think I have devolved into a “no man,” and that kind of terrifies me a little bit. I have been dragging my feet trying to do the things that I know in my heart I want to do, so there’s that. I don’t know what has happened to me; I can’t exactly pinpoint where things went south. (However, I am on the up & up, I guess!)

In Nothing Spaces news, I updated my About page, my F.A.Q., and my Colophon. Just because they were severely outdated. You know, for someone who spends a lot of time online, pretty much all of my blogs and accounts are outdated.

In Cool Things That Will Happen, we (as in my family) have a group show next week at Silverlens. Gathered Narratives opens on June 5, so if you feel like popping over, please do so!

Here’s the Facebook Event, if you need more information. We hope to see you there. :)

Originally published May 2014.

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Wanderland 2014

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Just a quick post on Wanderland, the music festival that happened on May 17th. I had no intentions of going, but changed my mind because I wanted to see The Drums again! I saw them in 2012 for Laneway and it made me such a big fan of theirs. I actually got to do a phone interview with Jonny Pierce (vocals) for Supreme, which you can read here. In case you wanna!

Anyway, the Wanderland set-up was so goooood. I normally detest festivals (lola at heart), but there were so many things in Wanderland that made it such a good venue. There were carnival-type games, which in my opinion could have been more improved to look more festive and inviting, and a shitload of food stalls, and a non-PortaPotty restroom for people who do not feel like peeing in an upright coffin. The design and detail of everything made my graphic designer heart feel all fluttery. I didn’t get to take a lot of photos, but my friend Reena’s Instagram has a few photos of the little details.

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Lols and Jaff

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Me and Sarie

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Last Dinosaurs. I caught them at Camp Symmetry, after which they apparently flew here (didn’t get to see them), and I guess now they are back. The frontman is the kyotest thing we ever did see. I don’t really know a lot of their songs, but they did a fun cover of The Strokes’ “What Ever Happened.” Read More

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#YSProm

I’ve got just a few photos from #YSProm, which happened fairly recently. Young Star, the Friday youth section of The Philippine Star!

My first newspaper piece (aside from another one from high school I’d rather not talk about) was for Young Star, and I remember being super terrified by it because I had to interview all the tenants of The Collective. Y’all know how I feel about interviews. Heh.

The Young Star Prom was super fun, it was nice to emerge from my little hermit cave for a few hours. The giveaways were totes, and my brother Luis and I were asked to make a design:

Inside were a printed invite made by Fly Art and a pair of Sunnies by Charlie! The Rockwell tent was decked out in awesome TV-like towers showing scenes from the 90s, geometry and a really pretty neon pyramid, all designed by Pperheads. I can’t find ANY of their sites (???) but trust that it was a magnificent set up!

A big thanks and congratulations to Young Star, from a nagpupumilit adoptive family member, lol. <3 Looking forward to what comes after 18.

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Vader Boy

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Vader Boy opened on May the 4th at Secret Fresh Gallery, which is in Ronac Art Center in San Juan. Secret Fresh invited a bunch of artists to let loose on Vader heads (I think the blank heads might be available for purchase? I’m not sure) and use them as they would a blank canvas. The results are pretty awesome.

I participated in two similar projects before, one using a skull as a base (as in Dia de los Muertos) and one using a blank Munny. It’s always interesting to see what everyone comes up with after you go through your own process.

This project was done in conjunction with Imagine Nation Studios. It also officially launched VADERBOY, a 14-inch limited edition toy (30 pcs, 5 one-of-a-kind exclusive versions), and VADERHEADS D.I.Y. that are available for purchase in case these customized VADERHEADS inspires you. A Vaderboy costs Php 12,500, but you can get a Vaderhead for Php 1,000.

The participating artists are:

Lawrence Aliwalas of INS – JeAA – Melbourne Aquino – Arnold Austria of Jagnus Design Studio – Darrel Ballesteros – Bato – Bjorn Calleja – Chill – Jigger Cruz – JP Cuison – Mariano Ching – Bembol Dela Cruz – Maria Delfino – Beejay Esber – James Esguerra – Everywhere We Shoot – Fa Bo – Egg Fiasco – Maurice Gaerlan – Sarah Gaugler – Gori – Karl Gustav – Bree Jonson – Jood – Potti Lesaguis – Miko+Jolo Livelo of Punchkick – Dino Lopez – Gene Paul Martin – Jason Montinola – Nemo – Leeroy New – Epjay Pacheco – Milch Pe of INS – Mark Perez – Quiccs – Ranelle Rain – Isabel Santos – Luis Santos – Soler Santos – Nikko “PissvoidGSM” Samson – Ice See – Sonny Sunga of Jagnus Design Studio – Tawnie Tantay – Mimi Tecson – Tripp63 – Sydney Valdez – Wesley Valenzuela – Michael Villagante – Whoop – Bryan Yabut – JJ Zamoranos – Cos Zicarelli

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#30BraveDays: The Last 15 & Wrap-Up

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A little late, but here’s the second part of my #30BraveDays, which I did back in April. The idea, which was started by Arriane, is to just do one brave thing each day.

Comparing my list now to the first fifteen days looks kind of great! I think I did “bigger” brave things this time around. I focused a lot on my career and health goals. I’ve been thinking about life a lot, and honestly, I think that even if I believe with all my heart that I tried everything… there may be a small chance that I actually didn’t. I was talking to Sarie (Day Nineteen, haha) and I explained to her that I do try a lot, but I always have to battle this part of myself that is completely unmotivated (and I do mean completely), and that’s hard.

Ultimately, I decided that it was harder to live a life that I wasn’t completely happy living. So here we are. I plan to carry on doing more brave things in this future. I don’t think I can consciously keep track of a brave thing each day, but I think this exercise made me more attuned to the need for bravery.

If you’re interested in reading about this half’s list and some other realizations from #30BraveDays, click the cut. Read More

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London Calling

My entire blog was deleted in June 2014, and I’ve been reuploading old posts. This is a republished post from May 2014.

I was never really particularly drawn to London as a place, and I can’t figure out why. Here are some snaps of the final leg of our 2012 trip. I guess this kind of fell by the wayside when I was feeling meh about life in general, but looking at the photographs, I think I wouldn’t mind going back and popping in for a visit.

When I save enough money, of course. London is pretty expensive, and I don’t usually notice that when I travel (bad at math and all of that).

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Pretty sure this is Buckingham Palace. Read More

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Harry Potter & Typography

Or, more design really. Back in 2011, I had a post on Disneyland and Typography, in which I posted photos of pretty use of type in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Well, it might surprise you to know that I have posted exactly zero pictures of my London leg from my trip to Europe two years ago. However, one such highlight from the trip was a visit to the Harry Potter studio (WB has a studio tour), where they shot some scenes of the movie. I obviously took my time, and a billion photos, so I suppose we’ll start here.

If you have seen the Harry Potter films, you might have noticed the beautiful, whimsical designs of the wizarding paraphernalia. I remember being drawn to the Advanced Potion Making text book in The Half Blood Prince, particularly. After that, I began to notice how well-made everything was. Since 2001, the graphic design work in Harry Potter’s world was created by the duo from MinaLima Design, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima.

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Most of MinaLima’s work were displayed behind an enormous glass case before the part where we got to see things like 4 Privet Drive (!!!) and the Knight Bus, as well as the next part which housed the robotics and miniatures.

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The Quibbler, Umbridge stationery, propaganda! Magical Ministry memos/paper airplanes.

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(Umbridge’s rating form for teachers, lol.)

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GIVE ME THAT TICKET.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes — OH MY GOSHHHH???
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LETTERS & CORRESPONDENCE

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From Lily to Sirius. BAWLLLLL.

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Ron’s Howler.

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Kwikspell letter addressed to Filch. :(

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Ink, though I suspect this might be Muggle brand.

BOOKS aka everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

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TOO HIGH UP FOR A MIDGET LIKE ME. :(

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BEEDLE THE BARD.

MISC. PAPER THINGS AND EVERYTHING ELSE

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Now, this has some books, too, but you can see an invite to the Yule Ball, and up close…

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… Fleur’s scrap of paper! Inside the Goblet of Fire!

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O.W.L.s forms and potion labels.

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I think this is a map of the Quidditch World Cup grounds? Look! Monies!

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I would not tote this around.

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Cliff notes, lol.

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More of the Marauder’s Map and…

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… Dumbledore’s will. :(

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The glass case of emotion wonderfulness D: D: and a lame guy in front of it.

And look! The Black Family Tree:
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If you’re salivating right now, select prints are available at The Printorium, MinaLima‘s print shop. Shop the Harry Potter Collection. Shop the Harry Potter Premium Collection.

Read more about MinaLima and their graphic work for Harry Potter at Creative Review.

As for the rest of my Harry Potter bawling day Studio Tour experience~, I hope I can post about that soon!

New at West

Four new shows opened yesterday at West Gallery and here are some photos! I get super self-conscious when I bring a DSLR (I just use the kit lens, heh), but I tend to not post anything I take with my small camera… so self-conscious DSLR-ing it is!

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Gallery 1: Fan Fiction by Mariano Ching and Yasmin Sison. I died. Everything was so beautiful. I mean, I think it’s no secret how much of a fan I am of these two, lol. But their paintings especially, I love. These pieces were works on paper, each of Nano’s were done on vinyl inner and outer sleeves, with the records still inside. Read More

Casual Consumption No. 2

I posted my first Casual Consumption entry back in January. I thought it would be a great thing to revive now. I have a weird non-system of keeping track of things I enjoy so this, in theory, should help.


One of the Internetty things I enjoyed was this video by Hank Green, one of the Vlogbrothers. He discusses the age-old question WHAT DO GUYS LOOK FOR IN GIRLS and touches on the societal implications of this very question.

Also on the Enjoyed Immensely part of life, this Interview of John Maeda by The Great Discontent. Now, I usually enjoy TGD interviews anyway, but this one by Maeda, one of my heroes, is particularly inspiring.

“When you’re taking a risk, you can either be audacious or courageous—two different things. If you have audacity and take on a risk, it means you don’t know what you’re getting into; you’re walking through a door, into a dark room, with no idea what’s there. If you have courage, it means that you know exactly what’s behind that door; there’s something dangerous, hard, and it’s going to make you really uncomfortable. I think you get to be more audacious when you’re younger because you don’t have as many experiences to reference. When you’re older, you know a lot of patterns; you know exactly what’s behind that door, and you don’t risk as often. In that frame, I have to say that I have always chosen to be audacious, even though I shouldn’t be. I have the courage to be audacious.” — John Maeda

I ran into this article on Into the Gloss, about how a junk food junkie turned vegan because of a serious illness (worth the read, for real). Then, I found her fabulous blog, Deliciously Ella. I’m making my meal plan right now, mmm.

Other awesome links:

  • Telekinesis covers The Kinks’ “This Time Tomorrow” for the upcoming compilation, I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson
  • “What Suffering Does” by David Brooks
  • Type Wolf, which is a useful type source for research. It has several suggestions for type usage, as well as great open source recommendations.
  • F Yeah Female Youtubers is a Tumblr dedicated to women on YT! They have a master list, which has a ton of girls listed.
  • Speaking of YouTube, I’ve been enjoying the occasional Crash Course lesson every few days or so, particularly those from science and literature.
  • And speaking of lessons, I’ve revived my Skillshare activity and am slowly going through all of the classes I impulsively enrolled in.

In terms of television, I finished my Pushing Daisies rewatch, and breezed through a couple of series namely Orange is the New Black and Broad City. I’ve caught up with Hannibal, Game of Thrones (which I stopped watching), and My Mad Fat Diary. I am currently in the middle of House of Cards (ep 5 of Season 1), New Girl, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Suburgatory, Community, The Crazy Ones, Awkward, Survivor, and Silicon Valley, as well as a rewatch of Dead Like Me. I’m also dipping my toes into two new shows, Bron/Broen and Borgen, both of which are subtitled and difficult to marathon.

I mean. I watch a lot of T.V., I realized. I like them all a whole lot, except maybe New Girl, Suburgatory, and The Mindy Project, recently. I’m not sure I’ll keep watching The Crazy Ones after this season.

I think that’s it for now! See you next time, whenever that may be. Hopefully sooner rather than later, but who knows with me, eh?