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

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

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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Ok naman daw yung ramen pero mas masarap pa rin daw yung beef wonton noodle soup sa Mr. Ube. Lol. Little one likes her noodles! #toddlerfood #toddlernarratives
Sunday, let's play! #toddlernarratives
Our little ball of energy. I wish we have more accessible public parks here in the Philippines. I abhor malls, it was just easier to visit when she was sooo small. Now that she's bigger, commercial spaces with grass, gardens, and outdoor spaces are our compromise. We make do with what we have and encourage play as much as we can. You know she had fun when her clothes are absolutely filthy after. Lol. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay
A few snaps with the makeshift pull toy. Also, I rock the exhausted mom look with a giant coffee cup. Lol. Btw, Family Mart has cheap, good UCC brewed coffee. Their pastries are quite nice for their price point as well. Sunday treat while racing after the toddler. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay
Never thought that her makeshift pull toy would create such a stir in the playground. Lol. #gamerchef mentioned earlier that the little one might want a pull toy, as he saw her playing with the ones at school. Those things are expensive though, so I thought of making her some from the toys she already have at home. I was looking for extra shoelaces when I remembered I have some ribbons stashed somewhere. Our place is small, so we took her to that playground again so she can play with it better. Turns out, lots of kids were so curious about the pull toy, several kids even tried to grab it from her. Such simple things can bring about joy. #gamerchef also thinks that most kids play with gadgets nowadays so when they see simple toys it is fascinating for them. Anyway, the little one enjoyed her pull toy and I hope we'll come up with more interesting toys in the future. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay
People watching. #toddlernarratives