Portia Placino

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

Lighter side, on random coffee, cakes and cookies

Thinking about too much stuff just makes you hungry and sleepy sometimes. When conference food just isn’t enough, there are times that you just step out and see what else … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

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
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Quarantine life with a toddler. She's running out of pages in her sketchbook. #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
Noodle soup for Sunday evening. I hope for a bit of rainfall... Please...
I was excited to see what happened to the plants after yesterday's rain. After the typhoon, some plants sprouted. It was the same this time. Let me know of your thoughts! I'm just doing what I can with the resources we have on hand. I have not started with a compost yet, because I do not have an unused pail with a cover. (1) Tomatoes sprouted! At least I think these are tomatoes. I specifically remember putting them there and hoping for the best. Now here they are. (2) Honeydew melon are starting to sprout as well. I did not expect this and I honestly don't know what to do with them. Can they grow in a big pot? We just have honeydew melon and I took a shot by placing the seeds on soil. Now here they are. (3&4) I don't know if these are eggplants. They are growing where I placed the green bell peppers and eggplant seeds. But the bell pepper seedlings have pointed leaves, these are round. Or they could be a random plant that grows around here. Let me know if you have any idea. I am still drying some overripe eggplants. I don't really know how to propagate them as I do not have access to prepared seeds.
One year and one month later, she still loves these blocks! I guess they were right about open-ended toys? We can't rotate toys as Montessori suggested because we don't have the space. So we just arranged the toys that she does have in a low shelf. She rotates her toys herself, as she choses which toys to play with. Some toys stay ignored for days or weeks before being picked up again. We tried not to buy too much, though sometimes it still gets out of hand. Such is life with a toddler I suppose. Quarantine life means we make some new toys ourselves using paper, paper towel rolls, and random house objects. She still likes them. Oh, toddlers. #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
Yellow plate. Tortilla de patatas with butter turmeric brown rice. Still in quarantine but grateful for the rain, at least my headache is now subsiding.
My first attempt at calamansi muffins. Needs some adjustment but #gamerchef liked it. I want to make it lighter, online recipe used sour cream and I substituted yogurt. I think whole milk should do, it is what we have here anyway. I miss the ones from Boracay. #baking