Category Archives: To do in 2014

Seeing Green

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I finally found kale at Rustan’s Fresh supermarket in Rockwell. I didn’t know that Salad Time sells them in a bag! So I got one and surfed the net for some yummy recipes. I asked my friend Google for “juice recipes kale cucumber apple” (the fresh produce I have in my fridge) and The Hungry Husky’s recipe for Apple Cucumber Kale Juice came out.

Basically, you throw in your juicer one apple, an english cucumber, 2 large curly kale leaves, and half a lemon. I have no idea what an english cucumber is so I just used a filipino one. 😉 The kale here in Manila is miniscule, so i added about 20 leaves. I also didn’t have lemons so I just used 15 calamansis as substitute. I also didn’t have a juicer so I dumped everything in my trusty blender and then poured the contents through a strainer. Oh, I added liquid to the mix. I just eye-balled it. 😉 I added water and orange juice (no sugar). I also mixed in a handful of cut wheat grass in there. The grass is for my cats, but I don’t think they’d mind if I got some for my drink. 😉

I’ve been drinkng my veggies for some time now (I drink whatever is available–salad greens, bok choy, malunggay, kangkong.) I never had to follow a recipe before; too complicated. I just like to invent things. 😉 I always add fruit to sweeten it. I have to admit, though, that the recipe of @megtoombs is yummy! I know it sounds gross, but I am actually eating some of the pulp. Gasp! 😉

I’ve been suffering from different ailments the past couple of months (since the beginning of the year, actually), so I would like to detox and eat healthier and go back to my yoga practice and pilates. Have a healthier lifestyle, in other words. I’m tired of being tired. Hopefully juicing every day will help me eat better so I would feel better about my body. Sigh. Baby steps, that’s all I am asking myself.

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Meditation Monday: Clean Out Closet

From Dori Midnight's Dirty Tarot deck: Clean Out Closet

From Dori Midnight’s Dirty Tarot deck: Clean Out Closet

In 2003 I went back to Barcelona to study Contemporary Art Practices. On the first day of school I met Dori Midnight, one of my American classmates. She was a self confessed “witch”—an intuitive tarot card reader, counselor, and healer. She was definitely one of the most interesting (hence, memorable) people in the group, but what she said to me on the first day was what struck me most about her. I had barely said hello when she said, “Hey, I had a dream about you last night. You were making floating sculptures.” I laughed because, 1) we had just met so how could she dream about me? and, 2) sculptures? I had never made a sculpture in my life! She insisted that that was what she saw and we left it at that. To cut a long story short, I did end up making sculptures, not because she planted the idea in my brain, but because at that moment I hadn’t received the painting materials that I shipped to myself before leaving Manila and that I really enjoyed sculpture class. I was a practicing graphic designer in Manila so it was such a joy to work with my hands. And I found out that I could express myself better though 3D art.

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

We developed a friendship while doing the course and before she went back to the US she gave me a precious gift: a deck of her Dirty Tarot cards. It is probably one of the most unique decks out there in the world; she designed it herself. It doesn’t have the Major Arcanas nor the Minor ones. She divided her cards into special categories (with each containing the four elements: fire, earth, air, water): body, home, food, transportation, sacred space, clothes, transformation, altered state, souvenir, and lucky omen. It looks nothing like a traditional tarot deck, but it’s the most responsive of all that I’ve seen. I was a dabbler in the art of divination, but I never really took it seriously until I got this. I didn’t read everyday, mind you, but I studied it and would occasionally read for a few of my chosen friends. And they all loved it. I eventually lost touch with Dori (My bad: I am not really good at exchanging emails; this was before Faceook), but I kept her cards close to me.

I shelved my deck permanently, though, about 2 or 3 years ago. I was going through a rough patch, felt overwhelmed by everything, and felt totally disconnected with myself. My intuition was nonexistent and I refused to do any inner work. Fast forward to last week: I receive a SPAM email from Dori’s address. I thought nothing of it. The following day an old friend asks for a reading, then about a week later another. Then last Saturday I get a personal message in Facebook from a highly spiritual and intuitive friend asking me if I still did readings. She just thought of me, she says. Strike 3 (or 4, actually). So I searched for my deck. I moved houses in October last year and could not remember where I put it. After about 3 hours (and running low on patience), I decided to look at my “trash pile” and opened an old shoe box. Lo and behold—it was there with my other neglected tarot cards. I felt guilty, but mostly relieved that I found it. I took the cards out of the pouch and it was like encountering an old friend. My brain was foggy, but I knew each one of them and I knew what to do. I definitely didn’t want to part with them again.

So I promise myself to use them again, maybe not for reading other people, but for helping me reconnect with my intuitive side again. I feel as if I’ve buried it a long time ago by not writing, by not blogging, by not making sculptures, and by not reflecting on things. I would like to use these cards to make me focus on things, to anchor my thoughts. Dori gave some suggestions on how to use her cards, and one of them was to pick a daily card to meditate on. I don’t think I can do this everyday (at least not for now), so I will go for a card per week to reflect on for the rest of the week.

The card I got last night (Sunday night) was “Clean Out Closet.” It’s description: Distilling. Making choices. Simplification and practicality. True desire. Purifying ritual to make more room for what you really want and need. Having intention in purging and consuming.

I’m getting goosebumps while I am writing this; it’s synchronicity at it’s best. This is exactly what I’ve been mulling over, not just physically, i.e. sorting and throwing things out, but also emotionally and spiritually. I need to distill a lot of thoughts and make clear choices. At least the cards are backing me up on this one and are asking me to sit still and figure things out. I am grateful for that.

I am still in the process of “meditating” over this card. Maybe I will write about it in my journal or maybe I’ll even share it with you here. We’ll see. But for now, I will dedicate my Monday posts for the cards I pick for the week. Let’s see where this new roller coaster ride takes me. 🙂 

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PS. Synchronicity at work

PS. Synchronicity at work

I got this in my mail from http://www.superherolife.com right after I published my last post. Yes, I agree! And that is why I have to do more personal art. 🙂

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Saying no. Not a bad thing to do at the beginning of the year.

I didn’t end the year with a bang; I ended it with a pfffft. I felt deflated and used up. Since October (after I moved to my new home), I’ve been working every single day, just a couple of hours of classes everyday, but no break, no weekends. It was a conscious decision on my part. It sounded good on paper and it worked well during the first week… by the third week, no so much. I forgot that I was not 20-something anymore and that I don’t bounce back to normal if I pull an all-nighter. You see, aside from my classes I was also doing graphic design projects, I was painting, and I had an exhibit in Ocotber. All good, and I am grateful, mind you, but it was slowly taking a toll on my body and my psyche.

Back to December 2013. I was tutoring kids up until the morning of the 23rd, then did my last minute shopping and preps for last minute orders for my MEOW shirts and illustrations. Again, very grateful, but I was exhausted. Christmas came and went (I had a great time with the family), and then off I go again working on some thing or another. Oh, let’s not forget the dinners and the parties. All great fun, but going back to not being 20-something, I realize I needed more time to rest after a night of drinking.

December 31st— I was ragged to the bone. I had lunch with my family and went home to clean up and get ready to go out to party. And then I said no. I said, to hell with it! Why do I have to party when all I want to do is rest and veg with the kitties (who were all sick, by the way). So I stayed in, home alone with the kitty cats. On New Year’s Eve. It’s not as bad as it sounds, actually. It was the best decision EVER. I was relaxed and was exactly where I wanted to be. I stuck my head out for a bit to see the fireworks, made some noise and talked and cheered with the neighbors. It was the way I wanted to spend my NYE.

And saying no after that became easier. I said no to dinners and get togethers (Why force myself to do it if I don’t care if I see any of them or not, right?) and I said no to resuming classes right away. I did have 3 hours of classes everyday from the 3rd to the 5th, but that was because I had promised to do it back in November. And I haven’t had class yet since then. I’m resuming my tutorials next week; this week I rest. I’ve been thinking a lot, doodling a lot… doing things I haven’t done in ages, but should be doing. I’ve started blogging again, see!! I want to make sure my head is on straight and my energy reserves are full before I rush head on into my work. I’ve got to get my priorities straight and not waste my energy on fluff.

The “saying no” part still continues. I got an offer to teach another class and I declined. As much as I love teaching and my students, I want to lessen my time away from my studio. Making more personal art is on top of my to-do-list this year. That’s the only thing on my list so far (hah!), but it’s a biggie. Let’s see how it turns out for me in the coming weeks and months. ¡Chao, Colacao, 2013! Here’s to a productive, soul-filling 2014!

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Happy 2014!

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A lot of things have happened since my last entry (23 September 2013!!!): I’ve moved (!), got myself a studio (!!), found a forever home for my foster cat Jello, adopted a new kitty… oh, wait, rescued a kitty and then adopted a new one (!!!), etc, etc… and the list goes on. BUT I did not write about these things. NADA, ZILCH, ZERO. I apologize to the handful of people out there who actually follow my blog (Yes, you three hahaha) and I apologize to myself for being remiss in doing this. I need to write and stay connected (for my sanity) and I haven’t done it in 3 months. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I have let myself get distracted by “real life” and static (read: Facebook!) and let fatigue take over my life. Now my brain feels dull and my spirit less sparkly. 

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So I am blogging today to remedy the situation. Here’s the feline family portrait I did the other day to celebrate Mr. Sungit’s (Twister’s) 3rd birthday (estimated only–he was about 4-5 weeks old when he found me). Here’s to a fabulous new year full of light, love, prosperity, creativity, good health, and purrs! 🙂 Oh, and lots of blog entries! 🙂