Sunday, May 29, 2016

Beautiful Sunday# 215 - End of May

This week.... it was filled with mistakes, stupidity, self-pity moments, and a little accomplishment along the way. 

The week started with a bad case of colds, fever that ended with a painful cough. I'm feeling way better now but not my special brother whom I believe, I have infected. The weather is not helpful for recovery. I will wake up with the usual summer heat and end the day with unexpected rain showers. The rainy season is starting to enter again. Time to dust off the raincoat, plastic shoes, reliable foldable umbrella and additional Vitamin C intake. I had scheduled presentations over the past week. It wouldn't surely help when one is infected with colds, cough and a husky voice. :P If I was 7 years old, I would probably look and sound cute. But at this age, never mind. Hahahaha 

In the middle of the week, I was caught again with some fears, worries and realizations. The problem with these kind of grown up struggles, there's no one to rely on but myself. It's only me, me and myself, who can address everything. How to be a grown up? As always, the answers are up to me. Sometimes, I can't understand if it helps that I'm surrounded by older people everyday. In the workplace for instance, I have colleagues who are about to retire. They only have 3 to 5 years left to work. Amidst all my current grown up concerns, I often imagine myself decades from now. My greatest fear is to end up as a sad and pathetic retiree. When my work life is over, I don't want to feel regrets, bitterness, that later build up to depression. After drowning myself with all these worries and fears, I will wake up to reality, discovering the pile of ongoing concerns. Starting with an empty wallet and checking the calendar how many days on the next payday?  I'm dead. Hahahaha

Meanwhile, here are the few beautiful things that made the past week.

Beautiful Postcard from Terra - I love the painting featured in the card. Thanks Terra! I would love to see more works from this artist.

Thank you Marieken for the floral postcard! I love the colors and the pineapple on the envelope ;P

Who can still remember the characters featured in the plates? 

I grew up in the era when ABS CBN imported cartoons produced by Japan's Nippon Animation. This Japanese company has been very successful in turning famous European novels to cartoon animations. Among the few I love include The Secret Garden (Si Mary at ang Lihim na Hardin), A Little Princess (Sarah and Munting Prinsesa), Sans Famille (Remi) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (Cedie ang Munting Prinsipe). 

I hope someone of my age can remember A Dog of Flanders. The famous Nello and his dog, Patrasche. Both the cartoons and the novel shared a very sad story. I think this Japanese produced animation started my fascination with drama series, where the lead character is oppressed and later finds his / her moment of redemption. In the case of A Dog of Flanders, it unfortunately led to a very sad ending. A very sad one that made me sad for days. That's how I was easily affected as a kid... and I guess, even today. Hahahaha

On the last photo is my recent addiction..... Mother E, you are partly to blame for this. I'm collecting commemorative plates of Peter Rabbit. If you know other sellers offering similar limited edition plates, please send me some tips. :)

The last three photos showcases the Aduana Building in Intramuros. It was established around the 1820s and has survived wars and earthquakes. It used to be the home of several government offices and even the Sto. Domingo Church. Sadly, the building remains as a historical artifact. No clear efforts from the government to restore or revive this rare architectural masterpiece. 

May is about to end. Goodbye Summer! At this time last year, I'm already given my teaching assignment. With the implementation of the K-12 program, I'm not sure if there's still an opportunity for me to teach. The additional year in high school caused the absence of freshmen students in college. This has cause some problems in most colleges and universities, especially for those who don't offer Senior High School. This is another struggle I have to deal with. 

Typing this, I also realized that it's halfway 2016 already. I don't want to over-analyze things. I have this tendency to commit paralysis by overnanalysis. As always, I'll leave things as they should be. And somewhere along the way, I hope to have the opportunity to plan something great and hopefully, make it happen one day. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Book Museum Cum Ethnology Center Marikina

The visit to the Book Museum was one of those unplanned and random trips with friend A. We decided to meet on one weekend. The usual meet up happens inside the mall. But probably because of our ages, our taste and preferences seem to change. Tita of Manila feels Hahahaha We have been visiting museums and other "non-mall" places lately. I booked our museum tour on a Friday lunch via their Facebook page. I thought we will be denied because my request came in a very short notice. Surprisingly, we were accommodated to their guided tour slot at 1 pm. A little tip to those who have plans of visiting the museum, I highly recommend the guided tour. Your visit will become more meaningful with the tour guide that does not come with any additional fee. Yes, you read it right. Visitors only pay for entrance fee of Php 100 and the rest is free! Shout out to our tour guide name Cherl / Sherl! She was very patient and accommodating.  

The museum is owned by the patriarch of the Rex Group of Companies. The famous and one of the oldest publishing houses in the country. The entire museum is a showcase of the owner's collections. The main museum serves as a repository of the owner's book collections, gathered from all the countries he had visited. I intentionally did not show actual photos for the benefit of those who have intentions of visiting. A few things I love the about the book collections is the smallest book in the world, smallest carving of the last supper and the first cover release of Harry Potter.

Aside from the book museum, the two other building houses another favorite collections of the owner. Indigenous items from the Cordillera region ranging from accessories, clothes, to the famous traditional wooden caskets. The other building contains pieces from indigenous groups from the Southern region of the country. It was entertaining to see the contrast of Northern and Southern cultures in the Philippines.

The owner also happens to be a big fan of James Dean. Hence, the reception and waiting area is filled with his memorabilia.

For more information about The Book Museum, visit them on their Facebook page here

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautiful Sunday # 214 - Transcend

I'm not feeling well while typing this post. In the middle of summer and some rain in the afternoon, I started feeling a bad case of sore throat. Knowing my body, any indication of sore throat would lead to colds, fever and will round up with unexplained cough attacks. I took a leave tomorrow to attend to some family related concerns. With the way things are going, looks like Monday will be spent for recovery. I would not leave Sunday without preparing a Sunday post. So here are the few beautiful things that made the past week.

A slice of cake and the favorite taho for breakfast. And yes, I eat cake for breakfast on weekends... when budget permits. :p 

Found this pack of Lavender seedlings from Wilcon. The challenge, will this ever grow in my Father's garden? But the more important question, will this Cath Kidston inspired trowel contribute in the growth of my dream Lavender field. ;p  

The cutest aroma candles in mini mason jars! I wanted to hoard all the fragrances just because of the daintiest and prettiest packaging. You can purchase these mason jar candles at Robinsons Department Stores. Although honestly, I find them a little expensive. A cheaper version can be found in Japan Home.

Still about cuteness.... brought home another anti-KonMari item. Hahaha I discovered another world of everything handmade via I love Hand Made Ph

Goodies from Hong Kong - Thank you to my cousins A and M for these gifts from Hong Kong. 

In the middle of the week, I got an unexpected package from Leah. Thank you for the Bensani Charms. It complements my Alex & Ani bracelet. I also love the Beatles card from Hallmark. Thanks Leah!

I'm having The Voice USA's Season 9 in my playlist. I'm loving Team Gwen Stefanni's rendition of Ooh Child. My message of the song translates to me. 

I have a lot of stories and sentiments to relate this week. But given my current condition, all I wanted to do is curl up in bed, drown myself with Vicks VapoRub and see my bank account fatten up because my clients already decided deposit their payment. Hahahahaha That's surely the best cure!

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Book Stop Project Philippines

I cannot remember where did I exactly learn about The Book Stop Project. The nearest I can recall is is within the newsfeed of my Facebook account. I saw the concept being installed in the gardens of Ayala Triangle.

The Book Stop Project is a mobile and open library that implements a complete honesty system. Anyone can borrow or exchange books, no need for identification and other documents. In order to increase and maintain its collections, everyone is encouraged to donate books. 

I was surprised to see a number of college kiddies eagerly browsing and enjoying the few collections left. A proof that there's still love and life to print! My attention was also caught by a few street kids sharing and enjoying the hardbound picture books. And contrary to your fears, they didn't take away the books. I stayed for a while and was amazed by the discipline instilled on them. They returned and even volunteered to arrange the books on the shelves. 

I highly encourage everyone to share a few items from your book collections. The place is also a good avenue for the KonMari disciples. :p If you have books that do not anymore spark joy, leave it on the shelves of The Book Project. It will surely give joy to another eager reader. Some of your books may just be consuming space, collecting dust and mites. Give your old and excess books a new life by sharing them to another hungry reader. :) There are no restrictions as to the type of book you can donate. But of course, the project may not be the best place for your FHM magazines and the like. :p As I have said, the library is open for anyone .... even for kids. :) 

The Book Stop Project is currently housed at Plaza de Roma in Intramuros, Manila. It's the park fronting the Manila Cathedral, Palacio del Gobernador (the building that houses the Commission on Elections) and restored building of Ayutamiento de Manila (currently the home of Bureau of Treasury). I love the location because I'm one of the few old souls who still appreciate parks with a backdrop of the old and magnificent architectural structures of Manila. 

I can offer a little assistance for those who want to share their books.. You can send a few books to my address and I can leave the books for you. Just feel free to drop me an email. Although I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO VISIT and EXPERIENCE the sharing process for yourself. Your visit to Intramuros will not go to waste after all. There are several things to do in Intramuros.

The Fort Santiago is just across the street of Plaza Roma. A few blocks from the Manila Cathedral is the San Agustin Church that houses its own museum, classic cobblestones, Silahis Center, Babara's Restaurant, Puerta Real Garden, and the famous walls that give you a picture perfect view of Manila. Just ensure that you bring a fully charged camera and mobile phone. Your Instagram and Facebook feed will look good after a trip from Intramuros. :p Skip the mall on one weekend and spend a day tour in Intramuros.

Credit goes to WTA Architecture and Design Studio for the structure of The Book Stop Project. You can directly contact them should you wish to become a regular book donor. 

Follow The Book Stop Project in Instagram and Facebook 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Beautiful Sunday # 212 - Reality bites

Current Mood ... or probably my week long mood : worried and irritated. Much of these were attributed to the aftermath of the national election. Over the past months, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were filled with sentiments about everyone's choice for the highest position in the country. I want to believe that everything will subside after the election. However, I'm aware that everything will intensify on the succeeding days.  What I have not expected, the outpour of election related posts seemed seem to further escalate. I promised not to become another contributor, but the child of this "candidate" was too hard to ignore. I cannot imagine how the children of these "candidates" have become so tactless, foul mouthed and (apologies) stupid. Given that most of these kids were brought to expensive and prestigious universities abroad. This just proves that sometimes, money can't really acquire everything. 

In the middle of the week, I was dismayed with the attitude of this popular celebrity and blogger. It felt like I was able to open a can of worms beneath her smart, elegant and welcoming personality. Disappointing. Same as with a schoolmate who made me doubt if we really studied in the same all girls school. Hahaha As far as I know, we share the same teacher in Philippine History. We used the same reference materials, attended and exposed to a number of fora about human rights violations and watched countless documentaries about the darkest years of the country.  As much as I respect her opinion, part of me feels regret and disappointment.

Setting aside these election related sentiments, let me share the few beautiful things that made the past week.

We had Yellow Cab delivery to start the weekend. I was able to finish some freelance works last Saturday. I figured out this was a good way to celebrate with my family.

I received some nice vintage postcards from Marieken and Terra. And contrary to the principles of KonMari, I acquired another unnecessary stuff again. Hahaha I took home this cute plush toy from a trade fair. 

The blue stamps! Thank you Marieken for the rare shades of blue stamps.

The last photo was produced by accident. It made me remember my growing up years when (you might not believe me), I wanted to become a fashion designer. Hahaha I used to draw and sketch a lot. Every one predicted that I will take Fine Arts in college. Somewhere along the way, I can't remember how it happened. My interests shifted to writing. I remember telling my mother I wanted to become a journalist. When it was time to go to the university, I ended pursuing a degree in Economics.  After four years, I become a corporate slave who tries her best to become a good teacher, frustrated photographer / stylist and a freelance writer. Don't ask me to explain everything. :p

Writing this, it made me question myself what I really wanted to become. A few months ago, I was having this conversation with my friend, MFA. She gave me two options

a. a rich girl with poor grammar
b. a poor girl with impeccable English grammar

I need to choose. I told her that I wouldn't chose any because none of my goals were provided. When asked what I really wanted, I told her I want to marry a rich, smart and handsome guy like Song Joong Ki..... which unfortunately does not exist in reality. HAHAHAHAHA

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

P.S. This is the first time I published a Sunday post on a Monday. I made the stupid mistake of overlooking time and not hitting the publish button. Now look who has become stupid? Hahaha The title of this post now perfectly fits me. Hahaha