Portia Placino

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

Sleep and immaterial labor

Being online is a very distracting process. Years before, we existed without the consistent need to check things online. But things have changed, and sometimes, I feel addicted to that … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Former West Propositions

Former west brown bag from Portia Placino The Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, and Prospects was participated in by around 150 students form all over the world. The levels of … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Woman’s Story: From Feminism towards Post-Feminism and Back

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino What is a woman? What defines her? Is she different? How so? These are some of the questions I asked as the strength of … Continue reading

September 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

Perception and Theatrical Embodiment

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Once again, I am staring at a blank sheet of paper as I struggle with the topic I am working on–psychoanalysis and phenomenology. Neither … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

Marxism at the height of Capitalism

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino “Iskolar ng Bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban!” This is a familiar battle cry. What kind of UP student are you, if you have never heard this … Continue reading

August 25, 2011 · 3 Comments

Eye of the Flâneur (?):Re-Evaluating Modernism

Soft lighting, generic jazz music, cheap wine, flowing beer, canapés, dimsum, finger foods and pretensions—that pretty much describes the stereotypical gallery opening in the “modern” art world of Manila. People … Continue reading

July 28, 2011 · 4 Comments

Seeking Beauty and the Sublime

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino This specific topic has been troubling me. After pondering long and hard about it, I am stuck. I’ve read all of the reading assignment. … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

Janet Wolff’s Social Production of Art Critique

The Social Production of Art: Neo-Marxism in Aesthetics and Art Criticism by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino   Janet Wolff provides a neo-marxist take on aesthetics and art criticism. Neo-marxism … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

David Davies’ Art as Performance Critique

Art as Performance: Performativity in Aesthetics and Theoretical Practices by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino “Artworks must be conceived not as products (decontextualized or contextualized) of generative performances, but as … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · 1 Comment
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Life with a toddler, without so many words... #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
Motherhood is transformative. I'd rather see myself through the lenses of transformation, rather than of loss. I do miss the old days at times. I find it helpful to do something for myself that would not benefit the little one in any way. In the morning, it is coffee. Making Vietnamese-style coffee quietly while chaos ensues is meditative. The slowly dripping coffee on our Bat Trang mugs, a gift from Hanoi, is music. Drinking the coffee while its hot, now that can be a challenge. Lol. #coffee
Messy playtime is good playtime. Lol. Little one seems to enjoy her made-to-order mattress. Should've done that a long time ago, as she likes the feel of our big bed. (Uratex can do that for you, fyi.) She's been using a toddler bed ever since she managed to climb the crib set-up. She's not even 2 yet. We also retired her play fence, as we have to keep it open anyway. We've re-arranged our place and now she has her place. Her bed transitions into her play place, not pictured are her cabinet and book shelf. It is often chaotic, even if we tried to curate her toys as much as we could. Our favorites are her wooden toys and actual kitchen things that she uses as toys. Of course her mega blocks and duplo sets are great as well, but that means there are blocks everywhere. It is plastic, but good quality ones. Her coloring area is not being used as much as it used to be, but that is how she is, there are seasons to her toys. Then she also has her "friends" and random knick knacks and homemade toys. We didn't buy her any battery-operated ones, we opted for wooden, open-ended, and pretend-play toys. Each day is different, only chaos is constant. At least now, she's asleep. For today, and always, I also need sleep. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay
Snapshots while resting from market shopping... There's a whole world outside of the grocery store. Its important to know where food comes from. #toddlernarratives
Nakakapagod naman mamalengke... Tapos ipapamigay lang ni Mommy yung saging sa mga bata. Share daw at empathy. Ano ba yun? Pahingi na nga lang ng juice. Dami dala bag ni Mommy, no to plastic daw. Buti mababait manininda. Sabay bili naman ng juice, weh, dapat my dala siyang lalagyan. Mommy talaga oh... #toddlernarratives