Portia Placino

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

A good night, listening to The Smiths

Tonight, I wrote a long entry in my journal. My first since the Faculty Center Fire of April 1, when I lost most of my books and catalogs and objects … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 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

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

Sleep and immaterial labor

View this post on Instagram On sleep and translations. #formerwest #hkw #berlin A post shared by Portia (@portiaplacino) on Mar 21, 2013 at 4:04am PDT Being online is a very … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Concurrence at West Gallery

Well, this is my first writing project of the year (outside of the 2013 backlogs). Aside from that, this is also a first for me to create an exhibition note … Continue reading

January 10, 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

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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Was stressing that the little one was not eating well in the past few days. She's transitioning to roughly mashed food and softly boiled/thinly cut ones. There were feeding times that she only wants to self-feed and would only take rice puffs and rice crackers. But today at school she munched on brocolli florettes and boiled pumpkins. For snack, I decided to flavor her rice cereal with a bit of pomegranate juice. And for dinner, we cooked pumpkin with nutmeg. She loved both of the things we prepared. Though I realized I did not follow the 3-4 days wait rule to detect possible allergies. Here's to hoping it will be alright. Yummy yum yum! #babyfood #babynarratives
The little one is 9 months old. Stranger danger, tantrums, clingyness, and sleep regression has befallen us. But, she's also pulling up and standing, walking while holding on to objects, eating a lot, and even self-feeding. Today, we even discovered that she can munch on small strips of brocolli and pumpkin. It looks like she's ready for spoon-feeding and baby-led weaning combination! She also got seriously sick, but she fought it like a champion. I think the best things I've heard about her are that she is tough and happy. Through her sickness, her pedia kept on telling me that she's matibay, tougher than babies older than her. Then we hear a lot that she's such a happy baby. When we were hanging out with @cerulean_ciphers, we understood what a bouncing baby literally meant. I often find myself asking the little one if I can borrow some of her happiness. But that's just it, that's the very gift of her existence. Onwards little one, we shall have a lot adventures soon enough! #babynarratives
Cooking mushy quinoa for little one's 9th month... Smells sooo good. #babyfood #babynarratives
Today's milestone is self-feeding! Yay! Love my spinach and peas edible rice teether. Nom nom nom! Tagumpay! #babynarratives #babyfood (Edible teether is Happy Baby Organics from @healthyoptionsph)
Happy birthday @hazgo88 !
The little one enjoyed her special quality time with her tita @cerulean_ciphers :) She enjoyed it so much that she passed out while waiting for our ride and she's still sleeping! Thank you for spending Saturday with us. Time is indeed the best gift, though the London haul is wow. Looking forward to our next food/chika/play session. #babynarratives