Friday, April 21, 2017

I Know Nothing About Art But I Visited Pinto Art Museum Anyway

In all honesty, I learned nothing in my Humanities class back in college, blame my cute professor! It was all his fault. No, he wasn't incompetent, in fact I thought he was. It was just he was cuter than the lessons, hahahaha! Hi Sir, if you happen to come across this blog! I hope you still remember the thin girl with short hair sitting somewhere in the second row with her equally pretty friends :) (Landi!)

I have been planning to visit this museum which was not so far far away from where I live ever since I saw it on social media. When I finally had the free time, I forced my cousin to come with me since she was just sitting at home killing time while waiting for her papers to go back to UAE where she works. So off we went to Pinto Art Museum which was just a kendeng away from the city proper of Antipolo.

Let me share with you this really nice quote that I found in Instagram a couple of days ago:

"Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant.  He said, 'Do you ever know what the birds are singing?  You don't. But you listen to them anyway.' So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look."

Bingo! That's just us, right? The normal people who would not even distinguish which art is a Renaissance or whatever but just love looking at paintings and sculptures and anything that is called a work of art.

If you are not from anywhere near Antipolo, you won't be having a hard time looking for this place. Ask directions if you are driving your car, using the famous Antipolo church as the landmark, do this by singing along to the tune of Tayo Na Sa Antipolo, at Doon, Maligo Tayo! And if you're commuting, the jeepney and tricycle drivers would be willing to help you out, just yell "yeah, we're visiting the Pinto Art Museum, we're cool! I'm sure you wouldn't get lost! The place is very accessible.

Armed with my humble Samsung J7 Prime, I took more than a hundred photos when I was there so forgive me if I had a really hard time choosing the best one for you. So just scroll down and take a look, and I hope you like them:

At the entrance, you would be greeted by a staff, ask you to log your name on a record book, pay for P 200 each, (students and senior citizens have discounts) and a map of the place would be handed to you. Wow, the place was bigger and lovelier than I expected so I wished we came earlier in the morning (we arrived at around eleven so imagine the sun glaring brightly at us! The photo above was my first shot.

Pinto Art Museum is located in a residential area in Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo. I think it's not just enough to call it a museum alone. It's so big there's a chapel inside, a cafe, a swimming pool, the landscapes of beautifully manicured lawns, and with plenty of beds with white sheets in almost every corner, I don't know what to call it. Everyone who went there were so right, the place is Instagram worthy!

There was not a corner that I did not find anything artsy in here. I tried to look for a trash bin to check if they're also artistically made but I did not find one. Sorry, I should ask one of the staff pretending I was throwing away a candy wrapper. Maybe next time! :)

Photo above is one of my favorite spots. Inside this gallery are arts from the Ilocos region ( hope my memory serves me well, arts inside were labeled, correct me if I'm wrong and you've been there) And that curtain, which was made of something I wasn't sure if it was a fruit shell or what, I can't even tell. I would love to have something like that in my house!

Walls are all white, with windows that let light and air inside you would not need a flash for taking pictures. It was almost noon time so were a little sweaty wandering the place, but the cool air outside the gardens were relaxing. I wanted to jump in the pool but there was no sign that swimming was allowed,

One of the most memorable paintings I saw in my whole life was the famous Spoliarium during our field trip back in high school. The painting scared the hell out of me it even haunted me in my dreams, lol! Seriously, I wanted to see that painting again. Hope to check out the National Museum again soon. And take another back pose of me, like the photo above.

Back to Pinto Art Museum, there's a corner where I thought the paintings were alien inspired, because, the faces on those paintings were distorted and creepy, like that one above, and they were drunk. Now I regret that I did not really pay much attention to my art appreciation class back then. How would I interpret this painting now? Tsk tsk tsk!!! Ha ha ha!

Like they say, the place is a feast for the eyes, with so many beautiful and colorful paintings of all sizes, I lost count of how many galleries and rooms we entered, I even lost track of time I did not expect that two hours was not enough to see the whole place! If you're planning to come here, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, don't wear high heels and heavy make up. For art's sake, just don't, lol!

It was a weekday when we went there but there were a number of people inside, even in the cafe, so imagine this place on weekends and holidays right? The museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, and I assumed they have some maintenance works on Mondays, where they are closed. Better check the schedule :)

At first I was only interested to have a few cute pictures for my boring IG account, but the place would make you appreciate the beauty in even the simplest of things... like...uhm... a door. Okay, not funny! You know what I mean, right?  Who owns the place? What does he do for a living? Go google! There are plenty of articles written about this all over the net. Go check this article HERE very helpful.

Amazing view over one of the decks, and one blog I visited,  here you can watch the beautiful view of the sunset. Are you among us who loves the sunset? This place is for you! I would surely come back here for the sunset!

There's a place off limits to visitors. I guess these are still under construction, I'm thinking it would be really worth it to go back and hopefully these constructions in progress are done. I'm not exaggerating if I tell you a second visit is worth it. Namnamin ang ganda ng paligid! Maybe I would try a meal or drink in the cafe, if I have extra money.

Can you imagine life without art? I can't! Thank God for art! When things in life hits us really hard, sometimes it's art that helps us go through and cope with it. It helps us pour our frustrations and hopelessness into a meaningful kind of experience.

So! I'm running out of thing to say, but there's just one thing I want to tell you. Don't just be contented in seeing this in photos. Go see these art pieces for yourself. It's really worth it!

PS, all photos above are mine, raw and unedited. I did not  use any filter at all.

Thank you and leave a comment, tell me what you think, I'd love to hear it!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Can We Have Spring in the RP?

It's been hotter outside lately, summer is really getting into my nerves. Sometimes I think and argue with myself if I should feel lucky because I work in a space with an airconditioning unit right behind my back spitting cold air that pierce through my soul, literally and figuratively, because there were times it makes me feel miserable, and an utter sense of low self-esteem I cannot explain. No, there is no reason to feel lucky in this situation. I have thought of quitting my job but that's just not the wisest thing to do at present. So I'd keep my feelings to myself and be very patient for as long as I can bear it.

I should write about spring in the Philippines but where did my first paragraph go? Sorry loves! My back is aching right this very moment I'm writing this :) Spring, according to the web is the season between winter and summer. We don't have winter here, and our seasons are called wet and dry and you all know how wet and how dry we all can be in our beautiful archipelago.

I recently read a fiction where the story happened in Virginia, and in the novel, they have one of the loveliest spring in the US. Yes, I have imagined all the details the author have in the book and I wanted to go right there to see the colorful spring they've got. I wish we have that here. I can only dream of sitting under a tree with orange, red and yellow leaves looking like they're trying to outnumber each other. Anyway, enough about spring dreaming, I promise to visit Virginia during it's springtime when I get filthy rich! Hahahah!

Tomorrow is April 1! Wow! We are done with the first quarter of 2017 and what have I done?! Well, I have filled my Instagram with lots of beautiful photos. Hey, they are beautiful to me, don't argue! :D And here's one of my favorite:

I'm glad that it's Friday. This week has been shitty! I'm sorry for the word. Some people at work really tested my patience, and I failed when I promised myself I'd still be nice. But I'm still glad I was able to not to get so stressed. I'm happy this week has already passed and come Saturday, my sweet laundry is waiting for me.

Oh life!  Hey, this is my boring IG you might want to follow me. Let me know you read this post. I love you! :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Island That Is Boracay

Hey guys! I'm back! But this post has been long overdue. It was when the rest of the world was decking the halls with bells and folly, I went to Boracay with my beach body, I mean buddies! :)

It's never too late for post about a beach get-away that was spent in December because, you can feel it, summer has just began (at least in my part of the earth!) :) This was a nine-month vacation in the making because the ticket was purchased in March 2016 (if you really want to spend less money for a two-way air fare, you need to be patient for those airline promos, wink!) just like what we did. A vacation that was very cheap even a minimum wage earning woman can afford.

Meet the gang! Four lovely ladies who spends time together a lot (that's because we work in the same company and we have no other choice! No, they're awesome and we're fabulous! And boy do I need to tell where is that island when I know for sure Boracay is just one of the most sought-after beach in the Philippines? Anyway, from left to right: Me, Cel, Joanne, and Joy at the shores with the sands at our feet, the wind blowing our hair and the perfect water summoning us with its mighty powers. Oh that was a really lovely day!

Landed destination safe and sound
Did I mention it was my first time to fly? And I had the privilege (which I did not enjoy) to get the window seat. I said I was fine at the aisle, I said it was fine if hips of strangers keep bumping on my arms (and worse face) because I have fear of heights. I could not look down when I'm at a higher locations. I could not! But then, my seatmate insisted. So I ended up seating by the window despite my diplomatic protest. How was it. Oh it was fine! I was fine when the plane shook during its take-off and landing. But it was when I saw how the earth looked down from up there scared me. I almost cried. I felt so little, so insignificant to the vastness of the universe and the mysteries that goes with it. Okay, I'm overreacting!

 When I looked at the window and stared at this beautiful clouds, it was only then I understood why some people dreamed to fly. That feeling I could not form into words. That same feeling when Harry Potter soaring with his Firebolt escaping the dragon in the Tri-Wizard tournament? Almost. Well, I can fly again but not the window seat next time! :)

After around three (or four) hours of travel both land and air from Manila to Aklan, we reached Boracay mid-afternoon and the beach was crowded. It was a Sunday, the weather was perfect, and the place was awesome so our minds did not entertain anything that our bodies said tired. We changed into our sexiest (yeah!) clothes and hit the beach right away. FYI, it was a challenge shopping for summer clothes in the months where people were busy shopping for gifts, so excuse our OOTD's if that's the sexiest we can get! (Laughing out loud and winking out hard!)

I love the beach. I dream of owning a house just right next to the shores. I love waking to the sounds of the waves in the morning and the same gentle sound would rock me to sleep at night. I love the salty winds messing my hair along with the trees swaying to its rhythm. I would walk on the shores with the sands massaging the soles of my feet while collecting beautiful sea shells I could find. And in the afternoon, I would sit under a tree staring at the sunset contemplating about life (even the life after this life) and our reason for existence. Oh the dream life! :)

So how was the trip? I had a blast! Definitely a must see place you would never go back home grouchy! I intended (or tried whichever word works best) this post to be a bit of a how-to-travel-to-boracay-with-a-little-money-post but with my noisy thoughts, look how this has turned out? I'm sorry, I know I cannot do that travel blogging by now. I'm a lousy travel blogger! I can't even remember the name of that house we stayed where we had an awful experience. But anyway, I hope to blog another awesome vacation next time and will try to make it more information-loaded and helpful next time. I'm sure there's plenty of blogs out there that could help you if you have plans of visiting the island.  

Until next time. I love you for reading. Let me know what you think, please, please, please! :)

Thank you Ate Pretty Yzet Macay for the permission to use her photos.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Of Valentines And Hugot Lines

February 14 is half a month ago, but I can still feel the spirit of the "love month" lingering around. Blame businesses, we were all caught up and sometimes, escape is hard.

I'm never one among the crowd, but you can't help not miss out the fun. Social media has played a major influence on everything getting to caught up on what is love has to do with our lives. I guess it really makes the world go round and round. 

A couple of days before the 14th, while watching the news that said broken heartedness is bad for the health, I asked my husband how life was like for him after his break up with his ex. He was very young then, and years before he met me. His answer made me think very deep, he said that it was like living without your arms and legs. Ugh! Amputated?! 

Which makes me realize how those hugot lines makes everyone can relate to, and for those like me, entertained and amazed by the emotions the statement brings.

Let's define "hugot" shall we? It is a Filipino word meaning "to pull, or to draw out". Hugot lines means a statement that came from a very deep emotion, most commonly a very painful romantic experience. (For my non-Filipino readers, like I have any, hahaha)

I'll see if I can come up with my own original hugot lines!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blog It 52 - 2 My 2017 Reading List

In my early years in college, I developed love for reading fiction in English. It was in high school when I started to read Tagalog romance novels we used to rent for five pesos during weekends. By accident I had read one Nancy Drew The Ghost in the Blackwood Hall (hep, I did not google, this is just based on my memory, is this right?)  book, and that's where it all began.

Back then, I had no one to borrow books from. I did not have any friends who read a lot and owned many books so I had to content myself with borrowing books from the library and read them if there were long weekends. During those times when internet was not yet popular, I had limited choices of books to read.  I told myself when I graduate and found a job, I would buy myself books and read everything I ever wanted.

But that did not happen. Books were expensive, my salary was small, and I only contented myself with what I could afford,  so was my love for reading had started to die ( or rather ignored it). But now I'm glad there's internet - thank God for this wonder! I don't need to list down what it can do to a book lover, do I? :) And jeez, ebooks are fantastic! I can read while waiting for my turn at the supermarket counters!

Anyway, I cannot make a list of what to read for 2017 but I do have plans of reading more than I did in the past years. I have my phone, an ebook reader app and some few ebooks that are still waiting to be opened. I still have some paperbacks at home collecting dusts and just waiting for me to touch them! All I needed to do is to just find some time, lol!

My goals is to read three books in a month. Yes, only three because I'm a slow reader and still learning how to read fast. My job, some personal stuff, and social life (like I have one!) and the need for more sleep steal some of my reading time. I will try to make a list of those I have finished reading, and published it here, If the stars will align in my favor, I would even make a review, lol!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog It 52 - 1 New Year Resolution, Projects or Goals

Getting the idea from March to December's Blog-It 52  where I am taking the challenge to post one entry a week (keeping my fingers crossed). I think this is a really good one for me who, most of the time, don't know what to write.

For the first week of the year, I am supposed to make a post about new year resolution, project or goal. I'm not the type who makes new year's resolutions because I find it very hard to discipline myself, so I guess that should be my resolution. Discipline myself. And, uhm don't procrastinate, lol!

As for projects, I cannot think of any. I am not a crafty person and the only project I have been keeping is this blog that even until now has not improved yet, lol! 

As for goals, late last year I have been thinking of taking up MBA. I realized I needed something to boost my self-confidence career wise. I can say that as of now, I am eighty percent decided to enroll and finish master's degree. I hope I'd be able to keep myself motivated. 

I have also been reading a lot of articles about self-improvement. I know there's so much in myself to improve so I'm taking little steps at a time, and I can feel some progress and it makes me more motivated to help myself to become a better me.

I hope that at the end of 2017, I'd be able to be proud that I have accomplished these goals. Good luck to me! :)

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