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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May nang-aagaw na po ng ice cream ko. Huhu. Tig-isa na tayo sa susunod. Lol. She loved Sebastian's rose and dark chocolate ice cream. Naubusan na po si Mommy. #toddlernarratives
My wild child is ready to take on the world, barefoot and all. #toddlernarratives
Today's splurge in the Sunday market was the asparagus. Tried to make a pretty plate for the little one, but she only wanted the egg whites. She's an adventurous eater, but sometimes, she eats what she eats. Lol. #toddlerfood #toddlernarratives
Where the wild things are... #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
Thanks Grandma for the toy cabinet. We will never have a truly Montessori play area, we love colors too much. But we tried editing her toys as much as we can, sticking to sturdy toys that she loves. We let her choose her toys at the toy store whenever we feel that she's ready for a new one. We wanted to avoid plastic toys but it is not possible in this case, so we make sure that if its plastic, its at least good quality ones. The mega blocks and duplos are sturdy and helps develop critical thinking and fine motor skills. My Mom kept some of my nice toys and passed them on, like the boat with animals and kitchen stuff, both of which are tupperware and are still nice. The wooden toys are really nice--stacking boxes and irregular blocks from hape, fruits chopping set and alphabet blocks from discover imagination. There are no battery-operated ones, there's plenty of time for that when she's older and really wants one, but that day is not today. I hope we'd be able to keep the toys under control, that's hard work so far, culling toys that I felt are inappropriate or are too much. She has a birthday coming up soon enough, maybe a wishlist is again in order? Lol. #toddlertoys #toddlernarratives
22 months. Our little one is 22 months old, I don't know where the time went. I grabbed these photos from playschool a few days ago and showed some to her. I realized that not only can she name herself in photos, she can also identify her classmates by name as well. Amazing. We didn't even teach her that. Well, to be honest, we don't really "teach" her anything, not in the formal sense of the word. We agree with the philosophy of learning through play, so we try our best to let her experience the world and play as much as she can. That's how children learn best, it seems to work just great for her. As her teacher already told us, she loves the arts and crafts area and she does not shy away from different colors and textures. She's very active and playful, which means we are exhausted most of the time, but it is so worth it watching her thrive. 2 months aways from her second birthday and we are rendered breathless most days. #toddlernarratives