Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

A good night, listening to The Smiths

Tonight, I wrote a long entry in my journal. My first since the Faculty Center Fire of April 1, when I lost most of my books and catalogs and objects … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 post shared by … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 6 Comments
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12 hours of labor, medications, and an emergency cs later... Our little strong fighter is under observation, but doing well. She had to struggle against the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck that stressed her out enough to produce meconium. But again, she has strength within her. #baby #babynarratives
Extreme vulnerability grants the gift of clear insight. (Photo by Rem Zamora.) #baby #babynarratives @rem.zamora @pamschua
At 39 weeks, waiting. Its quite a journey. I've been lucky with all the support I have despite the challenges. I posted this on fb and it was just on fire, lol. Feeling beautiful, at any stage, especially at this point, is very difficult. Now, I have this special time photographed. Thanks for capturing this moment in my life @rem.zamora :) #baby #babynarratives
Our little pumpkin is just about ready, but still bidding her time. For now, I want to focus on our #greenlantern #gamerchef. He's my superhero. He made an important decision during this journey--he made it about me. What I would like, what would comfort me, what would keep me healthy and happy, what would keep me going. He focused on what is and the best possible course of action in the present. Pregnancy reveals a lot in people, who would actually care about my well-being and happiness vis-a-vis who would simply see me as a baby incubator. Too many feel entitled to me and my body, my decisions, what I eat, what I do, and even what I feel. #gamerchef on the other hand, simply accepted what is, and went from there. He went with me to all my doctor's appointments, laboratory tests, and ultrasounds. More importantly, he recognized me as me, with valid thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He never pushed me to sacrifice things in the name of our baby. He approached the journey as a partner and tried to find the best case scenario that would make me happy instead. He recognized that ultimately, it should be about what I want, at the same time offering his presence and support. This journey was far from easy, we are exhausted and we have barely begun. But I look forward to seeing #gamerchef in his upcoming role as a parent, he will be a great one. #baby #babynarratives (photo by @rem.zamora)
One of our last hurrahs before game time. Thanks for playing Lipio brothers! Lol. Also, yes Pat, stuffed crust is amazing. See you guys again soon. #edh #mtg #magicthegathering
Bun is almost done baking in the oven, we're waiting until the time is right. In the meantime, Sundate! Missed Relish, food is sooo good. Then passed by Purple Oven. Summer heat and all. #babynarratives #gamerchef