Portia Placino

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

Memories of Painful Pasts: Human Rights Museum

One of the most thought-provoking things that I have witnessed in Taipei is their┬áNational Human Rights Museum. Albeit all the sensitive issues that this may provoke, at the very essence, … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lights of Sigur Ros

Before Taipei, I have never even heard of Sigur Ros. My music taste got stuck in the 90s for some time. The past few months has been a rediscovery. Sigur … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Outside the Museum, walking Taipei

I love museums, obviously. But not all artworks are found inside museums and galleries. Some of the most interesting ones are found outside it. Such accidents could be really quite … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

National Museum of History, Part II

Part I was actually my previous post, the Petit Louvre. As I said, we got to visit the museum at night, which is a very rare opportunity. Unfortunately, we only … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Petit Louvre at the National Museum of History

I’ve never been to the Louvre. I hope to remedy that someday. But I have been to the Petit Louvre! Thanks to the opening cocktails of Museum 2012, we got … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

3-Dimentional Art History

One of the most interesting presentation of art history I have seen in recent memory is the┬áMuseum of Taipei University of Education‘s modern art timeline. Basically, they have a linear … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Museum 2012, getting there

Why was I in Taipei anyway? I was there for the Museum 2012 conference. But being in a conference means much more than just sitting in conference rooms. I was … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Witch House, of bras and obscenity

It happens to the best of us. You are wandering around a new city, a new country, trying to preview your venue for a conference, the next thing you know–you … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mykonos, Grecian escape within Shida night market

My favorite cafe discovery happened on the first day. I don’t think our other cafe discovery would top this one. Mykonos is right smack within the Shida Night Market, near … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · Leave a comment
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I baked apple bread and it tasted wonderful. There's nowhere to buy bread now, I only hope I have enough stock of flour. Come to think of it, it should've been the first on my list. I used spelt flour here, I prefer using alternative flours that have a higher protein content, for the little one. #baking
Leia's plate. We try to eat as healthy as we can, for as long as we can. We can't say for sure what the future holds, but we try to keep going for the little one. We'll just make do if we run out of money or access to fresh food. For now, its as if the world is not in chaos. I suppose for the little one, it really is not. Both her parents are here and she sees her extended family more than she ever did. So, I guess that's it. I just know she misses school because she tells me the names of her classmates and teacher. Having a child in times of crises is really complicated.
Before we found out that we can't even get things delivered now, we were in a happy zone with the spices. We usually get random spices when we travel and move around. But we haven't moved around much since the baby and almost not at all since the beginning of this year. It finally caught up on the spice stash. I know this is a luxury right now, but food needs herbs and spices for flavor! Toddler loves them too. We finally found a supplier but we had to "quarantine" the spices for 24 hours first. The spice rack was replenished somewhat, the smell was intoxicating, and the colors vibrant. I wanted to take photos but little one woke up from her nap and I had to clear the cayenne before she gets to it. If only I can send out the smell of this, so amazing. Anyway, I still need to find suppliers to get us by. We have no quarantine pass and we haven't accessed our atms in like 3 weeks. Online ordering was our lifeline but it is congested now. Sigh. We shall survive to experience better days again. For spices, contact @theurbanspices . They are great to talk to and they have quality products!
Outdoor play while the parents are busy having their afternoon tea. They can really invent their own game at this point. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay
As outside as we're ever going to be. For now. Thank goodness for this small garden. I need my sun and wind. Picnic, while remembering the good old days and hoping for more beauty to come. Eventually.
Of simple joys and tinkling laughter... #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay