Friday, November 28, 2008

Getting down and dirrrty

There is a priceless sense of accomplishment in plunging into the unknown. I will never figure out why I hadn't tried it sooner, but just last week, I finally decided to get my hands muddied - literally.

Who would have thought getting dirt on your hands could feel so... tranquil? As the wheel turned, I could feel all the stress melt away. Of course, a new set of sore muscles replaced the pain I felt in my fingers, but it doesn't matter.

It's amazing how a gentle stroke of a finger can change the shape of a mound of dirt on a wheel. The clay felt like butter, slowly melting away. With unsure but steady hands, I made myself a couple of bowls, a mug, some miniature cake stands, and a few beads.

I was lucky enough to get instruction from famous potters Tess and John Pettyjohn at the Pettyjohn-Mendoza Pottery School. It was pretty intimidating, but was tons of fun! I can't believe I hadn't taken a class with them sooner.

If it weren't for my mom's prodding, I wouldn't even have enrolled. It was she who was keen on learning to mold pots and stuff. But what with the school closing this month (tomorrow, in fact) and her being in Bacolod, it was pretty impossible. So I decided to have a go, and see if it's something we'd be able to do ourselves.

And yes, it is definitely something we should start doing. I am hooked, and I am beginning to feel I have found my new medium.

Pottery, you should try it some time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I am not a techie. I do not know how gprs works, or what hsdpa means, or how the heck does one configure a very old and very battered Motorola SLVR's mms settings. And for the life of me, I can't even distinguish between cellphone models - I stopped counting after 3310.

If my 3310 hadn't died on me, I wouldn't have moved on to a new phone. I even held on to the battered old SLVR even as it started losing its keys and I couldn't type on it anymore.

But damn. I didn't know what I was missing until my dad bought me a swanky new smartphone. I can't believe I now actually own a cellphone that works - an updated one at that.

Push mail and yahoo go just might become my new best friends.

Thanks daddy!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Anthony Bourdain was here!

And thank God he didn't do the gasgas balut story.

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I do not watch TV often. I am more of a bookworm than a couch potato. The whole time I was away in college, I didn't have a TV! I don't see the point of having to endure cheesy commercials. Even cable channels have annoying tendencies to advertise their TV shows over and over -repetition drives me insane!

So on those rare times when I do plop down on the sofa to watch the boob tube, I choose my shows carefully. And one show I will willingly sacrifice my sanity over (damn those repetitive T&L plugs!) is Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. I heart Tony. His tongue-in-cheek take on all things food related is a breath of fresh air.

And what do you know, No Reservations finally lands on Philippine soil. About time! I have no idea what they're featuring or where they're going (I hope they don't skip a trip to Bicol - there's nothing like Bicol express or laing), but I did find a few hints from Tony's blog:

Well … I'm here. And the pressure is on. Luggage yet to arrive, I walk, unshaven, unwashed and in dirty clothes through the lobby of my hotel and everybody, it seems, watches the show. All eyes seem to follow my reeking carcass up to the breakfast buffet. People stop me and ask me what I plan to show the world of their country. Still stinging from the whirlwind of revulsion that followed last week's stillbirth, I wish I had a big floppy hat I could pull down over my head (if not my whole body). All I can say is "Don't worry. We're NOT doing balut. Been there. Done that." And privately think to myself, "Don't screw this up … don't screw this up ... don't screw this up."

Read the rest of his entry here. Can't wait to catch the episode!

Other shows I adore: Miami/LA Ink (not so much anymore), How the Best Is Done, Globe Trotter, and Disney Channel movies (haha!)

Filipina on Etsy's front page

Apol Lejano of is the featured seller on etsy! Read the interview here.


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