Portia Placino

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

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Day 6, Big Bang Theory Life

My post is a little late today. I prefer writing in the mornings. But there were too many things going on. Sheldon was around today, so we had croissant and … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Day 5, A brief love letter

Wer liebe sucht, findet sie nicht. Sie überfällt uns wenn wir es am wenigsten Erwarten. Alles Liebe zu unserem Ersten Jahrestag (Georg Sand) I took a photo and I wondered … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Day 4, Loss at the Cemetry Gates

Loss. Where do we begin when we talk of loss? It’s so easy to talk of loss as an ending. But given time, you realise that the loss is just … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 12 Comments

Day 3, Commitment and Music

I still feel the cold, dry air that freezes my lungs. The bright, white snow that blinds my eyes. The bare trees… A sense of wonder. This is my memory … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

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

Day 1: Unlock the Mind

I’ve almost forgotten that I signed up for Writing 101. I just wanted to check out what it is. Also, I’ve had trouble writing for the past few years and … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Performing Romance

I’ve always been idealistic. I think it is the one thing in my life that I really want to maintain. I don’t want to end up jaded in the years … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

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
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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.