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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Singa, that is not yours! (Crushed Corn Toblerone was yummy.) #singa #chocolate #treats #travel #singapore Family lunch to welcome Auntie Mercy back to the Philippines. #family #lunch Found this interesting book at Littered with Books after wandering around Chinatown of Singapore. It's been in regular circulation in Italy since 1977 and was revised only once with a new introduction in 1985. It is still regularly used up to the present. This book was finally translated and published in English this year, 2015. It was written to address the Italian university students particularly from the masses that didn't have an advantage of cultural and intellectual upbringing. Hope this gives me inspiration and insight. #books #reading #umbertoeco #travel #singapore Come here and sit beside me. #travel #singapore Just read that this picturesque garden is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Truly loved walking around Singapore Botanic Gardens. #travel #singapore Now Showing: Frozen. Can't get any more awesome than this. #frozen #travel #singapore #hostel