* This is a backlog post from January and February, so sorry for the length :)
- Tarot reading. January 27, c/o Chard Ligsay. I last received a reading from my friend Chard in August, which gave me roughly 5-6 months for things to change. The biggest change was this: in the first reading I asked questions about getting to the right career path, and by the second reading I already had a job I love. The cards could tell I was happy. There were a lot of other answers, some I didn’t want to hear, but overall it was affirming and encouraging. If you’re interested in getting a reading from him, contact him for an appointment at this link :)
- Graphika Manila. January 30-31, SMX Convention Center, with Airell. After years of lusting over this creativity conference, I finally get to attend when I’m not a college student anymore. Haha. I think the conference is inspiring for any beginner or aspirant in the arts, which Airell and I definitely still are. My favorite speakers were Valeria Chua (watercolor illustrations), Timothy Goodman (design & illustration), Harvey Tolibao (comic artist), and Gemma O’Brien (lettering).
- Fitch Anniversary Party. February 5, Borough @ The Podium. My office threw a party for its fifth anniversary, and it was probably the most drinks I’ve ever had in one night. Amazing night, though. If you haven’t read it, you should also check out this article on millennial work culture written by my boss.
- Valentine’s Day. February 14. I don’t usually celebrate hearts day, but Airell made a joke about how I should take him on a date and I took the challenge a tad too seriously. Haha. I got us evening tickets to watch Deadpool and dinner reservations at an oldies’ restaurant called Chef & Brewer. We must have been the only diners under 40 in that place. But it’s okay because we had Bailey’s mudslides and sizzling kare-kare, which I still dream about. Definitely my favorite Valentine’s.
- Roomie Sleepover. February 19, with college roommates. Easily one of the most fun and least stressful nights of the month, the four of us slept over at Sonya’s place for a night of reminiscing, food and pseudo-tarot readings. Some friendships remain golden no matter what.
- Art Fair. February 20, The Link Carpark. I attended this one with Fitches and extended Fitches. I last visited in 2012, I think, when it was less hyped and populated. I felt like too many people were there to fill their social media content calendars and not much else. I would blissfully ignore them if they weren’t blocking the view to take selfies with the art. (Why even??) That aside, I hope Airell and I can find a way to attend every year because the inspiration is unbeatable. And I will one day be able to buy artwork from my favorite artists.
- Good Vybes Festival. February 20, Aseana Open Grounds. This one was a life-changer. I attended Good Vybes with Fitches again, the same day as Art Fair, after a company partner got us on the guestlist. The festival line-up included Stars, Oh Wonder, Chvrches, and Passion Pit. So it was a whole night of wild music alternating with rest breaks on our blanket area.
- Anniversary trip. Feb 25-27, Nagsasa Cove. And to cap off the month, I rode off to Nagsasa Cove, Zambales, the land of no signal or modern technology, to wash off many months worth of bad vibes. I shared pictures of this trip on another post.
TV Series lately:
- Jane The Virgin (S01). JTV is currently deep into its second season, but I only just finished the first. I love love love this show for its weirdness and self-awareness, not to mention its characters who are easy to love and hate simultaneously. For a quirky script with telenovela-esque plot twists, it’s strangely relatable to real life. My real life, at least.
- The Librarians (S01-02). The Librarians is my new favorite non-mainstream show. The Librarians are guardians of magical artifacts around the world, and the Library is their beautiful command center. If you take out the magic, it’s about a group of nerdy underdogs who quit reality to chase myths, lore, and legends. I probably would not have loved it any less.
- Lucifer (S01). I started watching this with Airell and unexpectedly enjoyed myself. The show is only about 7 episodes in so it’s easy to start catching up. Based on a DC comic series, Lucifer is about the devil taking a break from Hell duties to spread some mischief among humans. The premise is intriguing and the character is super entertaining, but the storytelling does fall flat sometimes.
- Rec and Rec 2. One OT night at the office, my workmates played these two horror films in succession. It was memorable in good and scarring ways, and that’s the most I can say about the experience. HAHA. A follow-up marathon of Rec 3 and Rec 4 are inevitable, I think.
- #WalangForever. This is the only MMFF ’15 entry I got to watch. It was also my last date with my best friend Diana before she went back home. There were many things I didn’t like about the movie, but I did like how it showed (albeit poorly) life as inspiration for art. Not one of my favorite Filipino films.
- Deadpool. I watched this one with Airell on Valentine’s Day and I enjoyed it just enough. I probably should have expected the gore and the crassness (so to speak) of it, but it also didn’t turn me away too harshly.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain. I actually finished this book before 2015 ended, but it deserves a special mention for being such a good read. Famously the go-to guidebook on introversion, I think it’s a must-read for anyone who’s interested in the intro-extro spectrum. I’m an extreme introvert while my boyfriend is a longtime extrovert, and this book helped me understand us both a lot better.
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert. Big Magic goes on my future list of required reading as well. This time, it’s an easy and relatable textbook on creative living, including popular misconceptions about what it means to be creative. Like with any book, there are some concepts I didn’t wholly agree with, but I understand why they’re there and why some people need to hear them.
Links you may have missed:
- Goals for 2016
- Guidelines For Being Human
- On Managing The New Millennial Work Culture, Luis Arcangel
- The art of paying attention, Carina Santos
- There’s More To Art Than What’s On Your Instagram Feed, Belle Mapa
How have you been?