Portia Placino

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Day 20, Beyond Productivity

I signed up to Writing 101 with a vision that I would complete every assignment thrown my way. It worked out that way the first two weeks but life seem … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 7 Comments

Day 17, Fears and Dreams

I am afraid of losing my dreams, my ideals. Today, Mary Jane Veloso will die. Too many Filipinos don’t care. Somewhere along the line, we have forgotten the dreams of … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 6 Comments

Day 16, for Mary Jane

Tomorrow, Mary Grace Veloso will die by firing squad in Indonesia. She was poor and desperate. She wanted a better life for her children. She, like many women before her … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 25 Comments

Day 12, Hadron Super Collider Theorem

Sometimes, we just end up watching too much Big Bang Theory. Portia: When we go to Switzerland, can we go and see the Hadron Super Collider? Ian: Why not? Though … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Day 11, Home

I wake up with the sun in my eyes. My window with pink lace curtains greet me good morning. I stretched, taking in my cotton candy pink room in. It’s … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Day 10, Ice Cream

“I want ice cream,” I said, on a warm summer day. “I won’t stop you,” said Ian. I cream is happiness in a cup. It’s a simple as that. As … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 8 Comments

Day 9, Red sweater and a dream of spring

“There’s a grief that can’t be spoken. There’s a pain goes on and on. Empty chairs at empty tables, now my friends are dead and gone. Here they talked of … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 8 Comments

Day 8, Observing a café and death to adverbs (not quite)

Finally able to sit outside and have breakfast. That was the nearest stop, I can still remember how terrified I was the first few days. #berlin A photo posted by … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

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Awesome handcrafted ice cream shop. We tried double jeopardy (mix of chocolate and coffee ice cream) and tarragon ice cream on ice cream nest. Everything for P100 (a little over $2). Double Jeopardy was rich while the Tarragon was refreshing. The chocolate ice cream was made with batangas and davao tablea (cocoa) while the coffee ice cream was made with batangas barako coffee. Ice cream is best when its made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The ice cream nest is nice, rice krispe treats biund together by marshmallow mix. Loved it! #icecream #gamerchef #local When you live alone, sometimes you live on leftovers. But leftovers can be turned into great dishes, such as a mixed rice dish. I basically sautéed a chopped head of garlic on extra virgin olive oil. When brown, I tossed in leftover chopped sausages and leftover corn and cheese frittata. I added lots of herbs--rosemary, thyme, and basil. Sprinkled some salt and pepper to taste, added a but more corn. Then I mixed in leftover brown rice. I also sprinkled some cayenne pepper after cooking for a little bit of spice. Voila! A meal for this stormy holiday weekend. #lunch #cooking #recipe #leftover Yes, I am childish like this. I get excited with the prospect of trying out a chocolate bar for the first time. The fruity berry smell as I unwrap it, the crunch and sweetness as I bite into it. The simplest of things can be so poignant. (Royce really is a must-try--nama, truffle, plain chocolates... Lovely.) #chocolate #musings #dessert We moved the plant near the window for some sunshine as well. Any tips or advice? The stems and leaves are all over the place. We removed the stems that looked dead and the yellowed leaves. After a few weeks it looks a little taller with new leaves. But we don't know what more we can do. #office #plant Signs of renewed life and growth in the office plant. Please help me with some plant-growing techniques. So far, its been watering, keeping it company, playing music, and singing. We hope for more life in the office plant. #plant #life #office Craving this. #gamerchef when will we go back? Lol. #pasta #food #foodie