Friday, July 31, 2015

Piaget's "I Come In Peace"

I love going to art exhibits.
When I learned about Piaget Martelino’s  “I COME IN PEACE” Art Exhibit, my curiosity arose. I liked the title. It reminded me of an alien movie I watched before.

Honestly, I was not familiar with the artist/painter. I just googled his name and  I learned that Piaget was born in the era of Post War and Philippine Martial Law. He was a finalist in the 2nd Art Association of the Philippines-Exhibition Center for Contemporary Art Abstract Painting Competition. 

All the information I got was enough reason why I should really show up at the exhibit.

I almost didn’t make it because the weather was so bad at that time. However, I really wanted to see his works so I went there. 
I came early. The invite stated the show will be on 22nd of July and will start at 6pm and will be held at A Space Manila, located at 110 Legazpi St. across Greenbelt 5 in Makati. However, it didn’t open on time. I blamed it on the weather.  "I Come in Peace" exhibit opened an hour and few minutes after 6pm. 

I Come in Peace was a collection of masterpieces of acrylic on canvass. Noticeably were 2paintings of naked women with elephant’s head. Back in my school days, I knew that the principle qualities of the elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. The enormous head of the elephant signifies Wisdom and Knowledge. I wanted to personally ask him about those 2 particular paintings but didn’t get the chance. 

Moreover, there was also an elusive art form he created using assembled wood with black light painting which was very noticeable. It was a masterpiece so moving and intriguing at the same time.

After seeing and admiring the artworks, and after drinking some booze, I headed some place else. I wanted to stay longer but seeing that Piaget was so busy talking to his friends, and knowing that I only got a slim chance of having a chitchat with him, I just left. There were so many things I wanted to ask and learn from him but, I chose to leave. It was a bad decision because the night capped off with a live ART BATTLE. I missed that.

Anyway, here are a few photos I took. Let me just share with you the artist’s works.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CoWorking Space: A Culture of Me To A Culture of We

Coworking spaces is defined as membership-based work spaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting.

When I first heard about it, I wonder if it actually works. 

There’s this coworking space I went to last Wednesday in Makati. It’s called A Space. I went there to watch an art exhibit. The artist/painter rented one of the spaces there for his show. It was supposed to start at 6pm. The weather was bad at that time. It was raining cats and dog so I went there early. 

While waiting for the exhibit to start, I was welcomed by one of the coworkers named Genie, a sweet girl who showed me around. She introduced me to the world of coworking space. She let me roam around and check every corner. I was able to take a few shots from my Iphone. I saw some group of people busy working in their preferred rented spaces. I can sense that they were working and having great fun at the same time.

I found a special place for me too. I got my Microsoft Surface out of my bag and blogged. The wifi connection was so strong. I even prepared myself a cup of coffee which was free flowing. I was able to finish my blog and had it scheduled for future date posting. 

A Space is the place to be if you want to get things done. It is an alternative place for people to work.

A Space isn’t like a traditional office. It comprises of associates who work for a variety of different companies and projects.  

People will not feel that they have to put on a work persona to fit in. Plus, I believe that working among other people doing diverse kinds of work can make one’s own work identity stronger. 

More importantly, there is a big possibility of learning from other coworkers from whatever exceptional skill sets that they can offer or make available to other community members.

A Space
110 Legazpi Street

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On Traveling Solo and Finding The Right Words To Say

I have read countless pieces of writing about how exciting and fun it is to travel alone. Others who already did it even said it was empowering. Apparently, more and more people went with the flow. On social media, traveling solo has gained popularity or to put in a more updated word - it is trending.

I myself have been doing it for the past couple of years now. I did several backpacking trips to different places in and out of the country. Despite the fact that I met a lot of fellow solo backpackers and exchange awesome stories with them, I can still say that Solo traveling may not be for everyone.


I dare say it is not for everybody particularly those who were born introverts. It ain't for the shy type of person. If you plan to try it, you should be vocal and know how to express yourself.

I remember when I went to Phnom Pehn in Cambodia some years back. There was this Japanese girl I met who cried hard because she got lost and had a difficult time going back to the hostel where she was staying. She was too shy to ask for directions from the locals and not even confident enough to talk to other tourists because her English vocabulary was very limited.

On the contrary, I also experienced the same thing when I went to Mueang Boran (Ancient Siam) located at Samutparkan Province in Thailand. I got lost but the funny thing was, I enjoyed it because I was able to see different unique shops along the corners and discovered interesting  spots which were not featured in any travel shows or magazines. What's more, I found joy in talking and asking the locals for directions. 
I don't speak their language and they don't understand English. It was awfully hilarious because despite the language barrier, we communicated using body language and hand gestures. We were laughing out real loud while having that kind of conversation. I found my way back to the hostel.

Traveling alone is thrilling but you need to be fearless and must be geared up to face any problems that might arise. Good communication skills play a vital role in any journeying stage.

if you finally decide to take the plunge, ask yourself if you can strike a conversation with a total stranger. Can you start a simple chitchat? Can you do the initiative of introducing yourself to unfamiliar people?

If not, ask yourself this time by knowing if you can endure the idea of eating alone. How about going to a bar and drinking all by yourself? Can you dance without a partner at a local club? If not, then just be satisfied on staying in one space and place. 
Traveling solo is not for you.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Lighthouse

“If you are a lighthouse, you cannot hide yourself; if you hide yourself, you cannot be a lighthouse!” 

“Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night 
for the goodness of everyman.” 

“If you open your eyes very wide and look around you carefully, you will always see a lighthouse which will lead you to the right path! Just watch around you carefully!” 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Carabao

by: Romeo Naces

Knee-deep in flowing, verdant grass 
near the creek beside 
the hill,

a black carabao feeds on freedom, leisurely roams 
at will.

On its massive back, a delicate, 
white egret 

the feathers of its slender neck the morning breeze