Saturday, July 31, 2010

ManilArt 2010

Had a great day at the ManilArt 2010 Contemporary Art Fair at the Mall of Asia, SMX Convention Centre. It was very inspiring to see the works of the country's finest contemporary artists.  Thanks to my friends at Boston Gallery who gave me a free pass.

Tinatamad ako magtype, here are some pics I managed to take.

SMX Convention Center H4 -ManilArt 2010

The Ticket! :-)

Yeabah!  It's free! :-)  You's always good to have some connection in the business. :-)

This work has an "added-value" light and audio effect. One of my fave at the fair.

The guy beside me is Demet Dela Cruz...creator of "Push the Red Button to Activate" - that's the mixed-media painting behind us.

(Oil on canvas)

(Mixed media on canvas)

(Mixed media on canvas)

(Oil on canvas)

Metal Sculpture (the intricately designed wings move - run by electricity, of course.)

(Oil on canvas)

Mixed Media on wood. Can you find the hidden Mickey? hehehe..

(Oil on canvas)

(Oil on canvas)

Dedicated to the call center peeps. (Oil on canvas)

(Metal sculpture)

(Oil on canvas)

Futuristic Bull (again, not the title)

(Oil on canvas)

(Oil on canvas)

(Oil on canvas)

(Oil on canvas)

(Acrylic on canvas)








A group of young artists (I assume they're younger than my age), preparing the stage-wall.

The ManilArt'10 will run until the 1'st of August, at the SMX Convention Center (Mall of Asia).  Tickets are sold at 200Php.  Souvenirs like shirts, posters, umbrella, and ManilArt'10 catalogue are also being sold at the venue.  Believe me - the exhibit is more than your money's worth.  XD

Friday, July 23, 2010

PRESENTING: Mon objet d'art!

FYI: The title is a French phrase for "my work of art".  Ok...I will try to make this post as short as possible. Gawd. Tamad. I just really want to show you guys what I have done so far with my new hobby. I started learning oil painting sometime last week. Yeehee! XD I didn't take any formal lesson, mind. I just made a few research on my own about oil and acrylic painting, studied it, bought the basic tools, and started hitting the canvas a day after.

I've already tried doing some sketches using charcoal and graphite before. I believe I posted some of them here. Anyways, since I have nothing better to do at home aside from growing hair and belly and digesting a few of Neil Gaiman's (geeez...It has been almost a month since I started reading the American Gods and I've only finished half of the book to date), I decided to start a new hobby, which is painting. How did it start? Hmmm.... A friend invited me to see her friend's exhibit last June in Yuchengco Museum in Ayala, and then early this month I also got invited to see another exhibit of Manuel Garibay in Boston Gallery in Cubao. Well, to make the long-boring-story short, I got inspired seeing all those paintings. Though not really good, I knew that I can draw using pencil, but I never actually tried handling a brush and using oil and acrylic paints. Well, I did some water coloring in elementary but that doesn't count. And so, after buying the basic tools (which are quite expensive, especially the brushes and paints), I started to, errr, you know, play around with it. I didn't want to waste the paints as they are really expensive, so I decided to do a simple design that any elementary kid can do using crayons. Below is the first (ever) painting I did. Notice the contrast in texture of each color (naks, may paganito-ganito pang shitness, akala mo professional, haha).

(no title yet..)

(dyaran...naks, hehe)

Paintings are supposed to be titled, but I don't know what to call this one yet. I'll give it a name someday, don't worry. This is a simple design painted on a 10 x 14 inch pre-stretched white canvas, which is already primed. Skilled painters normally prepare their own, but for beginners like me, you can get a primed and ready to use canvas at any National Book Store. I started this using acrylic paints on the first layer (this is some tip I found on the internet) so it dries easily. On the second layer, I used oil paints with a bit a linseed oil and liquin original to make the oil flow smoother (I was experimenting so i tried using both). The rule here is "fatter-over-leaner". That means the oil paint on each layer should have more volume than the paint below it. I had to let it dry for about 5 days before I started on the third layer...and dyaran...that's it! XD Simple, but it's something I can definitely hang on my wall.

Next is my second painting, and ahem...I never thought it would turn out this good. (Drum rolls please....)

(no title yet.  not bad for a beginner, eh?)

Okay, I know it's not the GOOD good, but hey, I never painted before and this is just my second work! And yes, I am proud of it!  Like the first painting, I also do not have a name for this yet. This is oil on 15 x 20 inch pre-stretched white canvas. The first painting, which is very plain and simple, took me more than a week to finish. But this painting, which I did just this afternoon, only took me about 3 hours (let me hear you say, "What?!"). Unlike the first painting, which was done by layers (I do not know what technique it's called), I used the "wet-on-wet" technique on this one.  I watched some learn-how-to-paint videos in youtube and that is where I learned about this wet-on-wet technique. I love the clouds and the mountain on this painting. I wanted to make the mountain bigger but I was afraid I might fuck up (thus wasting the canvas and the oil - which means wasting money), so I decided to make it small to be on the safe side.  I was just experimenting.  Believe me, even I was really amazed that my first landscape painting didn't look bad (pretty good for a beginner like me, huh? teee heee!). XD  I would have to let both paintings dry thoroughly, maybe wait for 5 or 6 months, before I can put on varnish to protect it.

A friend in facebook once said I have so many talents - hmmm. I told him I'm an apprentice of many things but master of nothing. Which is true. But heck, I have talents! Weee! XD

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's in the blood! [on being hot and rich]

Went out today with Creamer and watched the Twilight Saga, Eclipse.  Teee heee! XD.  I haven't read the novel (never will), so as expected, I bugged creamer with many questions while we were watching the picture (thank you so much Creamer for the patience. XD)  We also watched the New Moon when it was shown last year, but, honestly, I don't remember much about the movie.

I'm not going to write a review about Eclipse.  Pfft, many already did and I don't want to add up to it.  I liked the movie, but it's not really the best.  Disney-Pixar's animated movie, UP, still tops my chart.  [Errr, what's the connection?].  Quite a few quotable quotes, but the one I remember the most is, "I am hotter than you.", Jacob to Edward.  Haha, o sige ikaw na hotter!  He actually meant warmer, as in body temperature, not the other hotter that you have in mind now. 

Nasa dugo lang yan! (It's in the blood!)

Was watching TV Patrol earlier and one of the news was the recent list of Forbes Asia's Richest Men in the Philippines.  Henry Sy, still, is the richest with an estimated net worth of $5 US Billion (woooohoooooo!!!), followed by Lucio Tan with $2.1 US Billion, and John Gokongwei Jr. with $1.5 US Billion.  Geez....What are they going to do with that money?  Today's exchange rate: 1 U.S. dollar = 46.4900046 Philippine pesos.  If we do the math, $5 US Billion is equivalent to Php232.45 Billion.  Imagine that!  If I were Henry Sy, and let's say, if I were to live another 100 yrs, (given that each yr has 365.25days, and assuming that the exchange rate remains the same in the next 100yrs), I could spend up to 6,364,309.00Php each day!  That's spending around 265,179.54Php every hour in 100 years!  The total population of the Philippines is estimated at 94,013,200 million according to National Statistics Office.  With this data, Henry Sy can give Filipinos 2,450.00 Php each and still live with Php2.1 Billion.  Holy flying cow! 

That was just here in the Philippines.  Just imagine if we talk about the richest man in the world.

In my current financial and economic status, I effing envy Henry Sy! @_@

We have a copy, at home, of Entrepreneur Philippines' "Success Secrets of the Country's 50 Top Entrepreneurs".  Of course Henry Sy is in the book and I learned a few facts about him.  Chinese immigrant Henry Sy came to Manila from China (where else) before the second World War.  He was only 12, and his family had no money when they migrated  He only started attending formal school when they got here.  Yep, he was already 12 when he started Grade one.  He entered college at age 26, but because of his booming buy and sell business at that time (selling shoes, I believe), he had to quit college after two years, and concentrate on his business.  Now, he's (dyaran!) the Asia's shopping mall king, and one of the planet's wealthiest people. That's a real rugs-to-riches story.  And more than 40 years after he quit college, De La Salle University conferred on him an honorary doctorate in business management in 1999.  He was already the shopping mall king before he got his doctorate.  You see, not having a formal college education is never a hindrance to become financially successful.  (So yeah, quit school jerks!  Stop wasting your time!  Diploma is just a fucking piece of recycled paper that doesn't really hold a meaning! - ok, now this is just a joke.  A college degree is always a plus).  Success came to Sy only as a result of hardwork, and errr....I do not know. @_@

Here's a Golden Rule according to Henry Sy: 
There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money.  If you fail, do not be discouraged; try again.  When you do well, do not change your ways.  Success is not just good luck; it is a combination of hard work, good credit standing, opportunity, readiness and timing.  Success will not last if you do not take care of it.
-Entrepreneur Philippines' "Success Secrets of the Country's 50 Top Entrepreneurs".
Henry Sy (ID photo, hehe)

I'm feeling inspired now.  Teee heee! XD  But wait, how come the richest men in the Philippines are Chinese (Sy, Tan, Gokongwei,)?  What happened to the many intelligent and hard working Filipinos their age? @_@

Siguro nasa dugo lang talaga.  (Maybe it's in the blood.)

Well, I'm going to bed now and dream of sleeping in bed of billions of dollars with Ashley Greene (Alice in the twilight saga, just so you know) in my arms. Teee heee! XD

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sabado, July 03, 2010 ()

Left home at quarter to 5 for my morning walk, and decided to take my jogging-route the other way around.  From home, I walked down the road to RITM - only to find out that their gate doesn't open till 6am.  Arrggh. Hence, I went back and took the original route. Its just the same distance anyway.  It's not their main gate that connects RITM to our village, just so you know.  It's just a small gate at the rear part of RITM, only passable for humans (and acting-humans).  I believe RITM is paying some amount to our Home Owner's Association so their employees and patients (usually suspected SARS, aH1N1 and other viral and diabolically-threatening-disease carriers) can pass through our Village.  Why am I telling you these?  Errr...sorry, just lack of interesting info to share.

Wait, where's my "Congratulations-You-Posted-4-Entries-in-Just-One-Week" banner shitnitz here? Haha.... I really don't have much to talk about at this early morning, but I got nothing better to do so I might as well type something.

I don't feel like blathering today.  Here are some photos instead, which were taken earlier this morning during my walk-slash-jogging.

  • South Super Highway, a few minutes before 5am.  Crossing the bridge over SLEX, going to Bayanan.

  • Filinvest Corp City now.  I just passed the Asian Hospital and the creepy abandoned building.  (Why did I not take a photo of the Asian Hospital?)

  • Signage already says where this road is going, duh.  Where else....

  • To the jungle ..... at 5:27am.  Weather was perfect!

  • Some flower-bearing tree along the road.

  • A building in the middle of the jungle?  Hmmmkei, it's not some building.  It's RITM.

  • Sunrise at 5:48am.  It was supposed to be bright and beautiful, but the true colors didn't show.  Arrgh.  The photo appeared darker because of the sun's reflection.  This photo was taken using my 3yo N73 phone, not some expensive dlsr, hmmmkei?!  My phone's camera can adjust to the ambient light source, but duh, I'm jogging... I don't have the time to reduce the exposure setting.  Point and shoot.

  • The Palms Country Club a hundred or so meters away.  (I've been here twice during CVG-Alabang's Christmas party, 2007 and 2008)

  • Do I need to tell more?

  • Finally, home!  Hahaha...ok, this is not ours.  Teee heee! XD  This is just some house I passed by while walking back home.  I thought it deserves a picture.  I'm going to rob this house build myself a house like this someday.  Teee heee! XD

Gawd....I'm tired.  Expect more pics in the future.  Ok, I'll bring a real camera next time. XD  Meme taym. Z.


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