Portia Placino

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

Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

I walked around in a cold, darkened room, and there it was—Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio. I stood in awe for a moment, taking it in. I walked near it … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bach in the Subways

We spent Saturday evening celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday. It’s been a while since I listened to orchestra music, so I knew I really wanted to go when I … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Costs of Technology, Updating the OS

I decided to give in and update my Lion to Yosemite. I’ve tried upgrading to Mavericks before but downloading about 5GB is near impossible in the connection that I have … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Snow in Berlin

(I worked on this post some time ago. It went to my blog folder and I wasn’t able to work on it since then. Now, it’s St. Patricks’s Day, the … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

Going Back

I’ve been out of the writing and blogging loop for quite some time. There were highs and lows and everything in between. One thing’s for sure, I felt stuck. I … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 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

SONA 2013: Stories, lessons, and questions

Today, I was in my very first official mobilization. I don’t know exactly why it took me this long to actually join. But now, I finally did. I do not … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dancing in a Dream

Finding the Clärchens Ballhaus is one of the most unbelievable experiences in Berlin. I never would have been able to if I didn’t join the walk in the city with … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a 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