Portia Placino

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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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#gamerchef took this photo a while ago. Far from any glamour, such is parenthood. Leia turned 3 months yesterday, and with it, the signal of my time as a full-time mom coming to an end. As short as it is, it still feels like an end of an era. We're enjoying this incredibly challenging time together, as much as we possibly can. Along with the preparation of my syllabus comes the preparation of Leia's routines, as well as breastmilk that we've started freezing bit by bit since she was a month old. There are things that must be adjusted, some must be given up. But that is the story of life I suppose. We make our choices, we move forward, and hope that more doors will open when the time is right. Pikachu is here to help us. Lol. #babynarratives
Our precious little Leia is 3 months old today. She's definitely not an easy baby, but she will smile her most adorable smile and it will all be worth it. I think. (Lol.) She likes grabbing things now and putting them in her mouth. She's attempting to roll but can only manage a side roll. She loves to talk and make a lot of noise. You can definitely tell if she's happy or upset, she will let you know. Right now, she can't sleep, so I am her bed. I just hope I don't drop her. Goodnight little one, I hope you get some sleep tonight. We missed #mtg Nationals 2018 and Antoni's first birthday celebration, but we'll make it up to them soon enough. #babynarratives
Is it bed weather again? Unfortunately for Leia, bed weathers are challenging. She does not like the sound of rain. She's a spring/summer child. #babynarratives Photo by Picture Company
This was Leia at 2 months. Finally managed to bring her to a photo studio. I wanted a newborn photoshoot but it didn't quite work out like I wanted. She did not cooperate much during the photoshoot actually, but they did manage to get some cute shots regardless. Maybe we'll get another shoot when she can manage to sit. I think our little one would like to explore space while fighting the dark side. Lol. #babynarratives
Our little one is 12 weeks old, I can hardly believe it. Her hands and fingers fascinate her, and she recently discovered her feet. She also likes feeling our pillows and looking at the patterns of the pillowcases. She's our adorable one and she's growing too fast. Yet, she still cries when Daddy is away. #babynarratives
Took this a few days ago... Once you get over the fact that a crying baby is stressful, it becomes really funny. Look at that face. Lol. She does smile, but its easier to photograph the crying. Smiles disappear after a second, cries usually last a while. #babynarratives