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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Look what the mail brought today! So sweet. Thanks @loolooapp crew! #looloo #foodreview We were able to grab a table at the oldest food place in Binondo. Back alleyways and everything. It seems so familiar, like many of the food centers in Chinatown of South East Asian countries.  #chinatown My very first Chinese New Year in Binondo, Philippines' Chinatown. Sensory overload. #chinatown Dragons and lions. Fire and smoke. Ongpin, Binondo, Chinatown. There are no words to express the experience, honestly. #chinatown There's a rule in Starbucks to never get my name right. And that is after I paid with a card where my name is reflected. Lol. I rarely go there anymore, except to play #magicthegathering with friends. Nahiri out of the box certainly enjoyed her new pink sleeves and drawing her first blood. #mtg #commander Needed to get up early and cook for the chef in training. The season of change is upon us. #gamerchef #breakfast