Monday, October 28, 2019

Forty-Two

In my teens, I had this crazy notion that I would die at the age of thirty. Perhaps due to the influence of silly romantic books, Jesus Christ, Jose Rizal, and a lot of famous people who died young. I'm one of those people who are always hyper-aware of the limited time that we have in this planet. I think it helped me a lot to reach most of my life goals and future plans, and to appreciate and value the importance of TIME, to organize myself, to appreciate things. Although, I may not show it outwardly, since I've never been any good at showing emotions, inside, I'm super grateful.

Of course, I did not die at thirty. After thirty, it was difficult to plan my life as I did not really plan anything after that age. But I got married and had a daughter and life just kind of happened and so many things just unfolded, one after the next, not totally the opposite of what I would have planned, had I planned my life after thirty. And of course, you guessed it right. After 30, I thought I would die at forty.

Of course, two years after forty, I am still here, alive and kicking and even sitting here, enjoying this cigarette and having fun dressed as Miss Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's for my Halloween / Birthday Party... all this, whilst mulling over these morbid thoughts...


It's getting harder and harder to plan life after you reach a certain age. You start to get comfortable in your own skin and you don't really want to change anymore and you start to not give a fuck about so many, many things. It's nice. Relaxed. Especially since I have kind of laid off a bit on my daily habit of poring over my face for the latest development in the wrinkles department.

If there is anything I have learned in my 42 years of life on this planet, it's that life is short. Time is the most precious thing you have. Use it wisely, and spend it only on things, and only with people WORTHY of it. Everything else is just noise and unnecessary clutter. It's best to give yourself and your precious time to the people and things that really matter.

Forty-two is not such a bad number after all. If you ask Siri what the meaning of life is, faithful to The Hitchhiker's Guide Book, it would say, "forty-two". And I can only agree.

P. S.

Fun Fact: Audrey Hepburn and I (also, Grace Kelly) were both born in the year of the Snake. My kind of company!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Somewhere in Time

Senti mode on the first day of Autumn...


This is something that I've always loved playing on the piano since I've actively started playing more than ten years ago. I find that the way it sounds (so romantic, and so sentimental), is just so totally fitting for the movie, which is one of my favorites because of Christopher Reeve. Not his best movie ever but I thought Jane Seymour was quite good in it. Not the best plot either, and a really silly ending. 😃 But it was good enough at that time and age.

Nowadays, I can only play the piano whenever I have more free time. Oh, and if I don't really sound so good, it's because I haven't really played in the last ten years, and I had no formal training. I've only taught myself how to play the piano and this was back before the golden days of Youtube tutorial videos. Hashtag humblebrag. 😉

Anyway, happy first week of Autumn!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Keukenhof

Went to Keukenhof with a friend mid-April during the Tulip Season. I also tried to do some painting plein air, but the madding crowd rendered the act impossible. Anyway, more of the story on the travel blog.





 Aren't these flowers gorgeous?! Thanks for dropping by and hope you all have a good week ahead!


Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Year in Watercolor Painting

I can't believe it's already been a year since I've ventured into watercolor painting. With the help of supportive group of friends and my family for inspiration, I am really quite happy with the improvements I've made over the course of a year...

My very first attempt at portrait painting in watercolor, which I made a couple of days ago.
Aside from organizing a monthly art session with my passionate group of friends, I've also decided to set aside a few hours a day to dedicate quality time to practice. And it really paid off, I think.

Gloomy clouds that I think, actually could use maybe some blues or purples to express more gloom
Over the course of the year, I have experimented with different kinds of paper, different brushes and different colors and brands. It was not very easy, and quite expensive. I will always be thankful to that very first painting book that I bought from a local author here in France (Marie Boudon) for giving that most useful tip of which brush to use for loose florals. It's my favorite brush of all time.

Some purple tulips loose florals
And I can't say enough how important the paper is. I now use the brand Arches because it holds a lot of water. But I guess, it really depends on what you want to paint. I find that after using Arches, I have become more flexible in using other types of paper. I can adapt the strength of the color and the amount of water to the type of paper I am using. I guess it also comes down to experience and practice. Speaking of which...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cape Verde

My first trip to Africa that did not really feel like Africa at all...





More on escapecapades.com...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Biko Birthday Cake

I've decided to make good use of the gorgeous rice from Cagayan Valley in the Philippines that was gifted by a friend, and decided to make some Biko. I found a simple recipe here. I just adjusted the sugar to my taste. And found that the rice needed more coconut milk than was mentioned in the recipe.

Gorgeous grains of Malagkit Rice from Cagayan Valley, soaked overnight in water.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Loneliness of Palindromes

One of the most beautiful things I have ever come across on the internet...


Merry Christmas and Happy New You... if there is such a thing!

P. S.
I find the creator of the youtube video a bit mad, or genius, or both.
Does anybody know if she's a real person or AI ?