Why I Love Miss Bennett (or Why My Heart is About To Be Blown To Smithereens From all These Feelings)
[In the ever-so-slighty-off-a-million-in-one chance Miss Bennett sees this, I do humbly and sincerely apologize in advance. The happiness made me do it.]
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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This week. Has been wonderful.
So much love has happened on my Tumblr, and now I want to share the love here, too.
So, you folks know of my love for Steam Powered Giraffe, yes? Well, a bleary and troubled mid-week somehow led me to Rabbit's Tumblr, and...
The name is Bunny Bennett, esteemed sirs and madams.
I cannot begin to tell you how my heart feels right now. Her responses to people's questions and her stands on certain issues made me feel valid, brave, a bit wiser, and a bit more courageous.
I cannot begin to tell you how my heart feels right now. Perhaps I can, because I dared to write about it.
And that's how I fangirl -- I go all Cyrano de Bergerac inside, in a non-romantic way.
I slept immensely well that night, no nightmares. I felt thankful and very, very lucky to have reaped some wisdom from her, and then, you know what happened?
My heart. Oh dear Miss Bunny, you are going to send me to the hospital for this.
Which is perhaps all well and good. I would trade this weak, bloody pulp of a heart for one made of steel and gears and springs, if only to be a little bit more like her.
This is how I get high.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Friday, June 15, 2012
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- The importance of DIY and Crafts.
- A plastic spoon rose pin for you to make.
- Make a classy lace halter bustier DIY. Great for dinner dates and ladies' nights!
- [Pour la Lolita] A mini tricorn hat tutorial, with free downloadable patterns! If you've been lusting over Marie Antoinette's hat in the movie, now's your chance. (PS: Naergi is in the process of reproducing the entire costume! I'm dying here! We're rooting for you, Naergi!)
- DIY galaxy print on a shirt. See, bleach can be fun!
- The pocket-tie -- be free from clunky-pocket syndrome and wrecked pant lines!
- DIY fish-tail skirt. Also known as "the mullet skirt" -- business in the front, party in the back!
- If you've been weeping over books with beautiful covers lunched on by termites, weep no further. Give the beloved book a stylish second life as a DIY book clutch.
- Music for the reluctant studyer. It... rather helps, actually.
- Okawari! (Pour me another one!) How many Studio Ghibli characters can you name?
- For bibliophiles out there: psychologists discover how people subconsciously become their fave fictional characters. What do you think?
- [Pictograph] Time for Tea: The History and Customs of High Tea. I find myself leaning more to High Tea.
- Cornish Game Hen, The Plea, and The Loaf!
- Terry Pratchett is not scared of dying, but of "dying badly." Amazing man.
- Scrat was real! It's is proven, because Science.
- [Game Time] Factory Balls 4. If you like color, problem-solving, and sequencing, give this game a go.
Motivation Friday: Steal Like an Artist
Friday, June 15, 2012
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homemaking, or something like it
Finally, some semblance of order in our apartment!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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This is what happens when I get up earlier than James, see to the litter box, and decide that some empty boxes have just got to go.
Ignore the flat iron. He's kinda lost.
Videos + Music: Steam Powered Giraffe
I have weird crushes. And I revel in them.
Friday, June 08, 2012
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When a particular group or person has two or three of my favorite things wrapped up in on gorgeous package, that makes me crush on them even harder.
Take Steam Powered Giraffe, for example.
Wasn't that awesome? See me beaming with glee and making my cheeks ache from all the smiling. I can't stop rocking out, and no, you can't make me.
Ureshii + Calooh Callay!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
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Things that made me happy this week:
- Being well-taken-care of. I've unfortunately had to stay home on absolute voice rest for majority of the week due to the combined efforts of laryngitis and pharyngitis. (Wow, talk about another two-in-one.) However, it feels great to be pampered and seen to by James. Our days have been idyllic and quiet, and all in all, I think this was the kind of rest I was looking forward to.
- Hot shrimp porridge in the morning. 'Nuff said.
- Currently savoring Catching Fire of The Hunger Games trilogy. I'm constantly a ball of emotional emotions when I read it. Yes, you read that right, it makes my emotions have emotions. God, that President Snow, I hate him. And Peeta! Poor bebe.
- Anime I love right now -- Aquarion EVOL (great opening and ending music themes, great character development, and oh the relationships!), Acchi Kochi (for light-hearted fun), Sankarea (love and zombies), Kimi to Boku 2 (the hijinks these boys get into), Medaka Box (I swear, that girl does everything -- and can do everything -- in epic proportions), and Tsuritama (for the bright colors, fun art, and fishing trivia!)
- In this cold weather, the cats are perfect hot water bottles. They vibrate, too.
- Tidying up corners in the flat. It feels good to be able to do some focused cleaning. I've still half a mind to toss out certain boxes we don't need anymore, though.
- Bonding over Immortal Throne and lean pizza. While most of the gaming world are right now slugging it out with demons, abominations, and surprise error stops in Diablo III, James and I have gone Greek and hunt satyrs, cyclops and medusae. My Corsair and his Soothsayer are getting along quite famously. Yes, the family that plays together, stays together.
- These cute kittens are earphone jacks. Seriously.
- If you're into whimsical 3D animal jewelry, I highly recommend these cute rings from Dotoly on Storenvy.
- Here, have some cake pops as spools of thread.
- On your chalkboard table.
- That you made with chalkboard paint you mixed yourself.
- Well, here's some unlikely fun -- a mashup between Adele and Britney Spears. Booty-shaking encouraged.
- A color game of great skill. James said it's actually harder than it looks, and I agree. It's hard, and it's fun!
- Manga reads -- Ooku. An epidemic in Edo-period Japan has wiped out three-fourths of the country's male population. Women have taken on traditional male roles in the home, on the streets, even in positions of great power. Male survivors, the seed-carriers, are deemed precious, and the most beautiful of them are sent to serve in the Shogun's Inner Chambers. It's a very intriguing view on gender roles, politics, and relationships, rendered in archaic language.
- John Cleese speaks on the 5 factors that make your life more creative.
- Here's also how Fear and the Creative Process work together,
- Now then, for the Alton Brown fans -- a listing of links to Good Eats episodes.
- "Yes, even Batman will be largely forgotten, at some point. Maybe in your lifetime. Sorry. So you need new cult icons to replace the old ones."
- For you lovely readers out there of the frillier persuasion -- So You Want To Be a Lolita Model.
- Also from the same author, But Being a Lolita is Hard!, a particularly inspiring piece on creating yourself.
Cook it! Honeyed Cottonii (Guso) Seaweed Salad
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Now for a bit of education. This type of seaweed is known by a number of names. Scientists will know it as Kappaphycus alvarazii, a very good source of carragean. Carragean is used to help keep things viscous, moist, and gel-like, and can be found in a lot of things -- fire extinguishers, lipstick, shampoos, bread dough, beer, and ham, to name just a few. It's also commercially known as cottonii seaweed. If you find yourself in a local wet market, just ask for Guso. (Remember, say it with a glottal stop on the last syllable.)
Now, I'm not entirely sure if I should even but calling this entry "Cook It!", because, well, there's practically no cooking involved. None whatsoever. (Except maybe for the blanching bit, but you wouldn't call that cooking per se, would you?)
Guso is usually seasoned with a mix of vinegar, chopped red onion, and some green peppers. If you want your seaweed with a nice spicy bite, that's fine. Let me show you my own sweeter version.
Callooh Callay is back!
Monday, May 28, 2012
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- Thanks to Mary, I've just discovered just how wonderful the designs of JC Buendia, Eric Pineda, and Dolce and Gabbana F/W 2013 can be. Hnnnnnnnnng.
- Ashita no Ousama. Yuu is a simple country girl who most people think could learn to be more stylish. An afternoon at the theater lights a spark inside her, and many mad-cap circumstances take her well into the art of the stage. Seriously, the manga had me at "Theater".
- The Word Project: Odd and Obscure Words in Bricolage. Nurgling is such a lovely word.
- From Gala Darling -- Mermaids galore. Gor-geous.
- Braid your t-shirt a la Banana Republic. Remind me to do this to a number of my shirts soon.
- A Day at the Park -- a web comic on questions, answers, and the virtue of a lack of meaning. Worth a read, in my humble opinion.
- Droid-, Dalek-, and Death Star-dresses, oh my!
- Kaming Mga Seroks, a sci-fi short story by David Hontiveros of clones, culture, civil rights, and a conniving conspiracy of continental capacities.
- Cean Irminger's fabric prints made me go nuts in glee. I will own these pretties and make beautiful things out of these one day, so I do swear by my left hand. It is a good hand.
- How to style two types of braids: a reverse crown braid, and a braided hairstyle that I now realize is so like Dominique Swain's in Lolita -- this time, with bangs. Both quite elegant, and great for hot weather.
- Two extremely educational links from PJ on geishas: The differences of Maikos and Geikos, and a guide to kanzashi through the months.
- The History of English in Ten Minutes.
- How the Chicken Conquered the World. Yum! -- with some science, anthropology, and culture on the side.
Cook It!: Kinunot, or Demonfish Cooked in Coconut Milk
Why yes, you read the title right.
Monday, May 28, 2012
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About a year and a few weeks ago, Mik and I found ourselves stranded in a whale shark-watching resort in Donsol, no thanks to man-high floods on the main road and terrible weather. The resort staff and tour team kept us mostly-dry and warm, and fed us, educating our palates a bit more.
Everyone, meet dinner.
Cook It! Hearty White Corn Soup with Moringa
Corn. I love corn.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
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When I was in college, my trips to the UP Physics Building often meant a chance to sneak out and buy a pack of Japanese Sweet Corn and bring it home. It tore a gaping hole in my backpack for sheer size and bulk, but hey, I was bringing three kilos of wholesome deliciousness home, so there.
Then there's grilled sweet corn at stands that dotted the campus. It seems my dad was one of the blessed few who were privy to their locations and hours.
And there's Hominy, or White Corn.
I love White Corn. It's got body and chewiness to it, and boiled long enough, it pops and puffs up and coagulates into a mushy porridge of deliciousness. Add some sugar and grated coconut, and you have some wonderful form of heaven-in-a-bowl called binatog. (Another wonderful recipe for yet another time.)
I went out to do my wet market run earlier this week, and went home in sleepy-addled glee with a kilo of the stuff nestled in one of my bags. James and I ate well the morning after, and here's how we did so.
The Butler Did It!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Butler's been part of our household ever since the earlier months of 2012. He's currently four or five months old, and weighs about four kilos.
I... guess that explains the picture, yes?
Butler does not mew. He yips. Like a puppy. and I think, a bit like a high-pitched Basenji.
He also has a thing for going after dangly things (that includes towel corners, watercress, and unhooked bras, oh my), talking to himself all by his lonesome, and being yaoi with Bandit.
He seems to enjoy being seme more than uke, but let's Bandit have his fun anyway. I love my yaoi boys.
Here's another shot of Butler, being all cute and sleepy:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Hi everyone, and welcome to all-new, tasty-fresh, and piping-hot edition of Ureshii! It's been a while since my last ureshii post, and it's good to be back in the swing of things.
Things I am thankful for:
- Sewing again. Aside from the eco-bags you've probably already seen, I've begun cannibalizing my own petticoat to re-sew and fit it according to Susan's measurements. For all the work I have cut out for her, she'll need the extra poof, not me.
- Reminiscing with James about schoolyard treats and comics over a spaghetti breakfast. An assortment of candy, chibi Street Fighter stickers, plastic Ultraman inch-high figures, and twenty-peso comics that made our fingers smell of glorious dusty newsprint. Yeeeeeeeah, those were the days.
- Spending time with lovely like-minded folk like Mary, Fai, and Arman talking about creativity, confidence, public opinion, and doing what you have to do, for you. I'm also very thankful for friends like TJ, Anton, Adrian, and Mezarc for pointing me to right direction and widening my creative "review of related literature".
- Relishing two of Nick Bantock's books -- Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence, and The Museum at Purgatory. Many, many thanks to Fai for letting me in on this new pleasure. Mr. Bantock has this gift for creating characters and telling stories through crafting almost anything he can set his mind to -- fake correspondence, tops, games, stamps, postcards, you name it. The Museum left quite an imprint on me, and I find myself wanting to tell stories with the same caliber that he does, in my own way.
- Making a speech for PJ for her wedding day! Omigoshomigoshomigosh. So stoked! Again, take it way, Rainbow Dash.
- Playing catch-up with my dad and grandmother on the telephone. It's been five months -- five months! -- since I last saw them. Talking to them and taking in their wisdom and experience is a balm to my soul.
- The Avengers. Need I even say more? This movie, I like it. Another! Joss Whedon is our king.
I er, think I just became a Whovian.I just became a Whovian! Woo-hoo! I have currently added Doctor Who to my roster of loved shows, and I am love-love-loving it! The Ninth Doctor is a pretty cool fellow, and I can't wait to see more of his adventures. I'm also looking forward to meeting the Tenth and the Eleventh! Bowties. Bowties are cool.
*Psst. Plus points for getting the references in the list up yonder!
More bags join the fray!
Three came around, one was given away.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
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Making things: recycled shopping bag from a pet food sack
Friday, May 04, 2012
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Blog under construction
Hi, all. the blog is undergoing some major makeover, so do sit tight. :)
Monday, April 30, 2012
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Another -- Anamnesis
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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I was finally home after my wet market duty at 4:00am. I had been lugging around about seven kilos of fresh meat and produce from one city to another. My sandals were mucky, slightly slippery, and smelled of chicken liver and fish scales. I smelled of fish scales and exhaust pipes. My hair was mussed-up, and I wanted a bed badly.
James had the above song playing. The stroller handle and vegetable bayong were out of my hands, and beside the table. My eyes had forgotten how to focus. I felt my arms being lifted around a neck, and another pair of arms finding their way around my waist.
Then, slow, subtle swaying. A warm and gentle nose nuzzling my cheek.
I guess he knew how worked up I could get on a wet market run. And I think I remember asking him why we haven’t ever slow-danced yet. We slow-danced to the ending theme of a horror-suspense anime, and it was warm and lovely.
Dusting off drawing skills, and getting it done
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Hi, guys and dolls. I've simply been letting my creativity take me where it wants to go. It feels a bit like when grown-ups let kids drag them to places unfamiliar, impractical, and maybe even a bit embarrassing, but as these sort of things go, it's never a dull moment.
It seems the place of choice at present is
(There, I've said it. Currently quelling inner panic, but I think I'll manage.)
It's been ages since I've taken pencil to paper, but well, you know, why not give it a try? It's good practice, gets my ideas out in the open to see how work-able and do-able they are, and I don't really lose much, except perhaps a bit of my comfort zone. Plus, it's a good way to beat the living daylights out of my self-consciousness and self-doubt, and just get the work done.
Self-doubt and panic attacks
Kicking self-consciousness and constant worry to the curb can be a good thing for us to do, no matter how scary the thought can get. I say scary, because it's been noted that every time we set out to do something we've never done before, there's this tiny, nervous voice at the back of our heads that sets panic alarms off.
"Oh wow, this is kinda new for me. I wonder how well I can pull this off. Can I actually pull this off? I mean, other folks do it so amazingly well, I don't know if I can get up to their level. Oh gosh, do I even have the right skill set for this? Do I have the right perspective to this? What if I do it and give it all I've got, and it comes out an absolute fail next to their work? Was I meant for this? What the hell am I even doing here?! How could I even think I could actually do this?! I can't even --"
It sure does to me.
I want to stay in this lovely glow the weekend has given me.
Monday, April 16, 2012
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Thank you for James teaching Fai and Anja Magic: The Gathering 101, then have me mentor along as they kicked each other's asses most awesomely with Koth and Venser decks.
I am proud to be a Brony.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
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You may notice for a number of posts that some of my pictures seem to vanish. Just like that.
It seems that Tinypic enjoys my pictures so much, it makes like they're tasty and eats them.
Quite disconcerting, I assure you.
So, I'll do what I can to remedy this problem. Thanks for your patience, folks.
Tutorial: How to Make Yoga Shorts from an Infinity Dress
Monday, April 09, 2012
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Getting into the Yoga habit.
There are just some things that you just gotta do for yourself.
Monday, April 09, 2012
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I was sweating and heaving and groaning and shaking and holding on for dear life through the poses. And that was just the warm-up, by the way.
Blog Spotlight: My Random Food Delight
Hi everyone. I want you to meet my friend, Mik.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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So, I'm on a Jose Rizal Roll right now.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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(taken from my Tumblr post.)
The man is an inspiration, and quite an impeccable dresser. Him, and his coterie of Ilustrados, I believe.
This makes me start thinking about a number of things: the environs and atmosphere at the time, the position of women in society during his lifetime, and how he would have influenced these and changed everything had he lived longer.
This brings forward another speculative idea: Rizal, Luna, Bonifacio, Mabini et. al. have successfully overthrown Spanish rule and the Church's iron grip on the public. The political and societal landscape of the Philippines in the l800's have drastically changed. Women now have access to education and critical thinking, are allowed to hold properties and jobs once thought exclusive to the masculine realm. Women now also enjoy certain liberties in terms of gender, choice, etc. How would this affect the Art of Dress in that period?
I’m verging a bit on Steampunk in the Philippines, gender symbols and clothing, and more. I still need to research and let my mind generally play around with the idea. We’ll see what comes out of this madness.
Note to self: Read his letter to the women of Malolos.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Sarah Kay -- If should have a daughter...
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Poet Sarah Kay performs her poems B and Hiroshima, and talks about growing up, letting Life paint her poetry, and writing ten things you know to be true.
Dear Ma, (or what I did throughout the last few months of 2011)
(Prepare yourselves, good people. This one's a doozy.)
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
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First off, Happy holidays to you and Tito Tom!
November and December have been pretty hectic, dizzying and even exhausting. The last two weeks have seen me juggling fourteen to fifteen mentally- and endurance-challenging lessons all-day everyday non-stop. I'm just glad most of my learners have decided to take a break for the holidays themselves and concentrate on relaxing so I can relax too! It makes me very thankful that I have a happy place I can come home to at the end of every shift.
So, on to a few happy points for sharing.
ye old card catalog
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