BOOK: I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson


From Jandy Nelson’s Website:

‘’Jude and her twin brother, Noah are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff dives and wears red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways … until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as someone else — an even more unpredictable new force in her life. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half of the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake the world. ‘’

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It has about everything; love lost, failed marriage, homosexual love, sibling relationship, parent-children relationship, passion, living your dreams, art and death.

  1. The world starts somersaulting.
  2. Even when I’m eating pizza, I wish I were eating pizza.
  3. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once one grows up.
  4. If Mom died, the sun would go out.
  5. Her face is being swarmed by happiness.
  6. Because we’re all broken. I mean, aren’t we now? I am. The whole world is.
  7. The smile and accompanying crookedness hijack his whole face.
  8. Things don’t really turn out like you think.
  9. You need to be brave even when you’re afraid. That’s what it means to be a man.
  10. What makes you say the opposite of what every cell in your body wants you to stay?
  11. Mothers are your parachutes
  12. The world is a wrong sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?
  13. I love you, I say to him. Only it comes out as ‘Hey’.
  14. You give me chills. And you give me global warming.
  15. You have to see the miracles for there to be miracles.
  16. Everyone gets a one’and’only and you’re mine.
  17. He laughs a laugh so happy it blasts about a billion balloons into the air.
  18. It makes my chest ache with joy, horses-lunging-into-rivers joy.
  19. You can’t help who you love, can you?
  20. I think you can devastate me.
  21. Who knows if destiny is just how you tell yourself the story of your life?

TRAVEL: Pinto Art Museum


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F – I – N – A – L – L – Y.

After a year of asking him to bring me to this place, a year after everyone has gone, a year after discovering this place when no one seems to know about it yet. — and yet, I’m still the last person to go here.

Nonetheless, thank you for this surprise! 😀

PintoArtMuseum, you were remarkable. I am certain the artists are grateful for places like you. I also love your choices. The artworks in your Gallery 3 were Mind Boggling and thought provoking.

Artists, I can never assess how you were able to depict the society with a stroke of your brush. You all have talent. I envy you.

For those who have not visited this place, I highly encourage you. And for those who just went here for IG pictures, at least appreciate the art and the story behind it.

TRAVEL BAGUIO: TAM-AWAN VILLAGE


We’re oozing out the artist in ourselves. Ergo, we decided to stop by Tam-awan Village.

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Tam-awan Village is considred the Artists’s Village and the Gardens in the Sky of Baguio. It was also established by the National Artist, BenCab.

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The place is full of greenery and in every corner, an artwork.
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This is a hut turned gallery.
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Inside the Tam-awan Village, you will see structures of Hut. There are different types of huts as to the level of the family in the society. It will show you how the actual huts, where families actually lived.

There is also a portion in the village where you may ask one of the artists to sketch you. It will cost you Php 200 per head and it will take only about 15 to 20 minutes.
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For all the art enthusiast out there, dare not miss paying a visit to this place. You won’t regret it

TRAVEL BAGUIO: BENCAB MUSEUM


After experiencing the tiring trek to La Presa, we head out to BenCab Museum.
Coming from the city, it would probably take you 30 minutes.

This museum permanently houses the works of our Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Cabrera. — the reason behing the Museum’s name. He is widely known as the Master of Contemporary Philippine Art.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts in 1963. He has exhibied widely in places as far as Asia, Europe and United States.
Aside from his collection, some galleries also exhibits other Filipino Artist’s Works.

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General Admission is at Php 100. While Senior Citizens and Students are priced at Php 80.

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You will be greeted with these paintings and you know for sure, you’re in a good place for art.

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I believe you can say that he is very fond of Bulol Sculptures.

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Some of the paintings you will see there.

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They also have a rather popular gallery: Erotica.

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I am glad we have this kind of museums that cater to Philippine Art. They deserve more time and exposure. Filipino artists deserves more attention and appreciation.

Km 6 Asin Road. Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet

THOUGHTS: Hangad ko’y Ikaw


I found this when I was cleaning my room. In my Filipino class, we were tasked to create a poem in 10 minutes. And thus, this.

I’m sorry that the poem is in Tagalog (Filipino’s dialect)

Aking pagmamahal, ‘tong walang katumbas

Kaligayahan ko, sayo natamasa

Mga pighati ko, ikaw ang lunas

Binigay ang lahat, sa aking prinsesa

Gustong masulyapan, kahit san pa man

Hindi mapakali, pag wala sa mata

Saan man humanggan, tanging ikaw hanap

Hangad ko’y ikaw, Magpakailan pa man

Ang pinipita ko, marining ang tinig

Kung sakaling ako’y, tikis mo pang mahal

Ibalik ang dati, ang tangi kong dasal

Panahong akin ka at tayo’y iisa

Lamuray ang puso, pagka’t may iba na

Kulang na lang, ako’y sikadin palayo

Aking talisuyo, di magbabago,

Sapagka’t kailanma’y,

Ikaw ang hangad ko

–  Johanna Dela Cruz

EVERYDAY: Sip and Gogh


Uhuh! It was a surprise all right. 😀 I have been wanting to do this like forever. Unfortunately, the place was far from our usual spot – Makati or Ortigas. Luckily that week, they had a session at Podium! Yayy!

So what exactly is Sip and Gogh you may ask?

You pay Php 1,000 per person – You get to paint (everything is free – apron, paint, canvass) and a glass of wine (may it be white or red).

IMG_6566 Welcome Aprons for the Participants! :)) Are you ready to Gogh?IMG_6561 IMG_6569 A palette of white portions of color splatters. :)) 3 brushes, a small towel and a picture of the pattern.  IMG_6571 Now, for the process of completing the pattern. Don’t you worry now. A host will guide you step by step. Literally, every flicker and movement of your brush, they’ll guide you. 🙂IMG_6575 IMG_6581 IMG_6586 IMG_6593 IMG_6600 IMG_6604 The complete pattern. 😀 IMG_6609 IMG_6613 IMG_6618Definitely more fun! 😀 Yayyy! Wuhoo! It’s worth a try. Hopefully, we get to try other patterns next time! Thank you, Babe!

LEARN: Creative Mess


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Research participants in a room where papers were scattered on a table and the floor came up with5 times more highly creative ideas for new uses of ping-pong balls than those in a room where papers and markers were neatly arranged.

A disorderly environment seems to aid creativity by helping people break from tradition, order, and convention, the researchers say.

 

– http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/10/dont-tidy-up-before-you-do-your-creative-thinking/