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Art Journal 04/11/2014: Guess what I got in the mail?

Bangungot, or nightmares which involves paralysis and occasionally death, is phenomenon that can be easily explained with science. It seems that during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the muscles are paralyzed perhaps as a protective mechanism. What makes it scary is that this is often associated with visual or auditory hallucinations. But it really is pretty much harmless from a scientific point…

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There is no such thing as “talent”.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as talent. It’s just that some people are fast learners. Others are just naturally interested or drawn to something. Some people have extreme brain power. And yet others are lucky enough to have all of the above. But there is no such thing as talent.

“Talent” oversimplifies something that is so incredibly complex. As if you can make music or art or dance or…

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Art Journal 04/6-8/2014: Art lessons, the office and glaring green

Art Journal 04/6-8/2014: Art lessons, the office and glaring green

Art lessons!

I didn’t want to clog any feeds with straight on daily posts of sketches, so I decided to lump a few in one post. :)

It seems that I have less and less energy to think about proper composition the further into the week I got.

Art lessons!

Last Sunday, I had kids over for “art lessons”. They’re actually less real art lessons and more entertaining a few bored kids over the summer by making them draw stuff.…

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Art Journal 04/10/2014: Sheena Liam

A Sketch of Sheena Liam

Yesterday, Sheena Liam of Malaysia won Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2. And while many of my countrymen are now on the warpath, I think it was a deserved win. Sheena was one of my favorites early on.

I do agree, however, that Jodilly of the Philippines had the best overall portfolio (but Sheena’s was obviously a close second when I placed them side-by-side the day before the competition). Jodilly…

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Bato bato sa langit

Bato bato sa langit

I must remember that words are responsibilities.

It is not true, by the way, that it is a free country (or a free world) and I can say or write anything that I please. A single word or phrase may have the power to heal or to hurt. I love the way Ursula K. Le Guin puts this in her fantasy novel, The Farthest Shore:

Do you see how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and…

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ART JOURNAL 04/05/2014: Sketchbook Shopping!

ART JOURNAL 04/05/2014: Sketchbook Shopping!

Sketchbook Supplies

Sketchbook Supplies

As part of my commitment to bump art on top of my priority list, I have signed up for Sketchbook Skool.

SBS is a lovely, inspiring art course set up by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene. I was so excited for the first lesson that I stayed up until klasses opened at midnight (I was one of the first to post!), and watched all the videos (although I didn’t complete the homework right away because I…

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You look lovely today.

About 90% of all women in Davao City have their eyebrows shaped and plucked to perfection. Or at least, that’s the impression I get every single time I go there. The women of Cagayan de Oro City also seem to be catching up. More and more women I get on the jeepney with or meet on the street now have perfectly-shaped eyebrows,

Sometimes it makes me feel bad because I think that maybe I should care…

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Pork-clogged arteries

When you’ve seen countless people go through discomfort, suffering and death just because they can’t afford even the most basic medical care, it’s so hard to sympathize with a “sick” person who took part in stealing what could have saved all those lives and more.

I still maintain that everybody deserves quality health care. But not all the goodness in the world could stop me from feeling…

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The sea is PB29

The sea is PB29


This memory is all about colors.

My story starts with the trip back home. From Ormoc, Ate Xx, Ate Zarah and I got on a boat bound for Cebu City. I spent most of the trip de-stressing. That is, playing my latest favorite game, Guacameelee. (I swear this game is going to damage the keyboard of my new laptop in a matter of weeks.) So I wasn’t really able to pay much attention on the boat ride.…

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