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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Day 3. I fed my starter last night, after 30 hours. I discarded half of it and fed it as I found in the online recipe, 1/2 cup flour and a little bit above 1/4 cup water. Then it just, exapanded! It is now 4x the starting volume! Now, I don't know what to do. Original recipe said it should be ready in 5 days after it doubles in volume after daily feedings. But, it doubled in volume yesterday. And now, it is like this. I knew it would probably rise faster because it is warm in the Philippines, but... Oh wow. **I don't keep it by the window, I keep it on top of the cabinet. I just placed it there so I can get a better light for the photo. #baking
I wanted to make a simple white bread, but I realized that even though I have all-purpose flour, I only have muscovado sugar, so the bread would still be brown. Lol. Then I added some dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, just because. I adjusted the milk, hoping it would be more cake-y. We'll see. I hope our little one eats it, she was not a fan of the apple corn bread, she does not like rough textures the past few days. She ate a bit of the commercial white bread from the main house though, so we'll see how this one will turn out. #baking
Goodness, look at that yeast culture. Is that the yeast? Is it alive? The noontime heat made it double in size! I know I'm just supposed to leave it alone, but I am fascinated! #baking
Yeast culture day 2. Are those bubbles slowly showing up? According to instructions, I should feed it tomorrow. Let me know what you think! This is the first time I am doing this. #baking
Hoy Portia, akala ko ba absolute emergency food yung instant noodles? Bakit kakalahati na yung 10-pack? Hoy konsensya, napagod ako maglaba! Gusto ko ng noodles! Eh asan yung iba pa? Lulusot ka pa! Lol. Kaya ayaw ko mag-stock ng ganito eh.
A new weekly ritual... Kudos to TFMs who does this weekly from the beginning. It is exhausting. Don't look too closely as there are food stains that I am leaving for the sun to take care of. Lol.