The Phantom of the Opera is here

GUYS! I am still psyched after watching The Phantom of the Opera and I cannot! Get! Over! It! I don’t have a strong background on musicals — unless you count Pitch Perfect and The Greatest Showman — because I’ve always thought that it isn’t my kind of entertainment. The first stage musical I watched was…

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Turning thirty-two

When I was in my 20s, I had a very different view of what my 30s should look like. For starters, I thought I’d finally be living in a condo or apartment of my own, bringing in money that could comfortably sustain my lifestyle, and have a shit ton saved in the bank I could…

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Art is political

In a previous post, I talked about finding a place for my art. This is one of the answers I came up with: art as an expression of my dissent on gross government incompetence. I used to not be too outspoken about my politics because it is such a polarizing topic, hence I also avoid…

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Art in the time of corona

It’s the third week of lockdown in Manila and the world has been taken over by nCov. In the midst of this pandemic, Ella Lama asked on her blog the same question that’s been in my head for weeks: does my art have a place in all this? When people have more pressing issues to…

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Random thoughts while the world is on lockdown

I’m typing this at 7:52 AM on a Sunday, which is not a usual time for me to be up. On an ordinary weekend, I’ll sleep at 3 AM and wake up twelve hours later, by which time my back already hurts from sleeping too much. But today is no ordinary weekend. It’s the first…

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The hardest part during social media detox

Last January 20, 2020, I decided to uninstall both Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. And what I realized is that it wasn’t relatively hard to stay away from these sites. The hardest part, for me at least, is taking that amount of free time I now suddenly have and putting it into more…

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Good bye, coffee (for now)

Okay, a little bit of correction: when I say coffee, I meant Starbucks. Here’s a short story: I used to judge people who love Starbucks. Like, what kind of poser would pay a ridiculous amount for coffee when there’s Nescafe that costs a few bucks and makes 100 cups? Until one memorable night when I…

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A short story on corporate attire

Putting an effort to dress up in a workplace that does not have strict dress code sometimes mean getting questions like, “are you going to a job interview?” It’s the usual assumption I also made a lot back when I was a T-shirt-and-jeans person. If you can go to work in workout clothes, bothering with…

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I’m tired of my excuse

Whenever artists I follow do a flip-through of their sketchbooks, part of me would be like, they have interesting subjects because they have money to travel and draw on really nice locations. Of course, that’s not really true. But in my head, it was a better excuse than admit the fact that I was too…

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