PROUD MAMA

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I am blessed with children who needs little motivation to learn. They are the type who would grab any given situation to learn. Not entirely academic which I am so glad they are not so much into, but practically everything worth retaining for future use. Some are actually mundane and insignificant like watching life hacks on youtube.

I would always tell them to wonder and often time be inquisitive so their memory bank will come in handy when in need. Lately though, I learned that it is not enough to ask but it would yield meaningful results if we ask the right questions. So I have been training them towards that highway of inquiring.

Backstory : Twice in a row for my Sam as gold awardee. I missed the first one because I was in Seoul for another kind of learning.

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Morning walk

Today I decided to revive my morning habit of walking to familiar places but expecting to experience and see things differently.

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Backstory : Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” (source google)

A date with Sebastião

He is legendary, iconic, and insanely creative. He is an activist and economist who breath art. In his TED talk he shared that photography is his life and so much more. He did  not only take fleeting moments, he has live his art. His photograph turned into books, tv shows, movies, and powerful advocacy that impacted his country and the world.

“So many times I’ve photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet. I had one idea to go and photograph the factories that were polluting, and to see all the deposits of garbage. But, in the end, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence.”

Sebastião Salgado

I was blessed to personally witness up close his amazing and impressive body of work now on display at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre. Like all other art exhibitions, cameras were prohibited to protect the copyright of the artist and while my eyes were feasting on the photos, my shutter thumb was restless.

He is an inspiration, my art peg not only for his brilliant captures but also for his passion to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Backstory : Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. He has traveled in over 120 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these have appeared in numerous press publications and books. (source:wikipedia)

Sweet Sixteen

I was clueless how to raise you 16 years ago. There was no parenting manual, I was not fully ready to embrace the fact that I am going to be responsible for another human being. But you and I made a great team. You helped me in ways I could never imagine. You assured me many times that you and I will be just fine. Even if at this point you still couldn’t sleep in your room or fold your own clothes, you always had your ways of showing how responsible you are.

You taught me a plethora of growing up stuff I could never learn from someone else. I wish to be that same person who will excitedly listen to your stories at bedtime or during meals. Even when I am white and gray, I wish to still own your pains or carry your burden.

I love you more than what love means. Happy birthday Chi!

Backstory : Chi got her name from  Goo Goo Dolls

For the Love of Arts

It was a random visit on a lazy Sunday. It was an hour drive from where we live. It did not surprise me that it was almost empty since people these days are happier in the chaotic malls.

Backstory : MOCA or Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bangkok is close to the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Accidental Artist

My husband is an artist, I am not.

We used to work together as graphic artist-copywriter, and it was during those extended hours in the advertising department of APGC that my curiosity for palettes and pantone came to life. I had no formal training but I was armed with a desire to pursue something that is not within my comfort zone. It was all I needed.

Fast forward to today, I am not even sure if I qualify to be called an artist, designer, and whatever else it’s labeled, all I know is that I am having one amazing ride.

 

Backstory : Ekamai International School is the first international school in Bangkok Thailand.

The best president PH never had

Dear MDS,

We chatted over onesies during a 3-day store-wide sale in the bustling SM Cubao. You had three close in security escorts but I managed to get into you because I needed something not for myself but for my friend Ton who adored you big time. You even asked me if green would be good for a baby boy, and I replied “I am not sure because my kids never wear anything except white.” “I will go for white then,” you said.

You held my hand, leaned in to ask what I needed and gladly obliged to my request for an autograph. “What is your friend’s name?” I blurted Ton. “Is he Antonio, can I write Antonio instead of Ton?”

We parted with big smiles and even wished me well for my master’s comprehensive exam. That swift but sheer encounter led to extensive research and reading of your past and present papers, books, journals and even your love and downtime with Heart Evangelista.

We had more than a minute encounter but for some reason I felt connected, encouraged, and valued. This could be a good enough reason to miss you and your love for justice, education, and the law.

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P.S.

I voted for you twice as president, by the way.

Backstory : Mirriam Defensor Santiago or MDS served in all three branches of government in the Philippines. Her resume is incredibly awesome. She died in her sleep today. Even in death she never fail to amaze.