Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On food trucks and adorable drawings. | vol. 3

1. I saw a pretty view of the sky as I was walking one late afternoon and I fell in love with the striking colors of pink and blue, though I wasn't really able to capture it the way I saw it. Or maybe I was just having a good day. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

2. Had a hangout with a close friend of mine in Greenbelt, it was loads of fun. It had been so long since we last had a proper talk face to face. My only regrets is wearing heels, by the end of the day my feet were so tired I almost gave up halfway on my walk back home.

3. Saw this cute La Lola food truck and I just had to picture it because its a rare sight to see them in my place. I love their churros, especially the classic ones.

4. Went to my friend's house today and saw this adorable drawing (from an old school project of hers) of me and three of our other friends. I was really touched to see this because I don't really see this particular bestfriend of mine as much as I would have wanted to. However, we still strive to keep in touch (we've known each other for about 10 years now, it's amazing), and this just honestly surprised me!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Art in the park.

I have recently been to an art fair called Art in the Park that took place in Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City, Ph. last April 2, 2017 (okay, maybe not so recent.) This is quite near my place and I happened to pass across a banner that indicated this event.

Since 2006, Art in the Park has gathered together a diverse group of galleries, art schools, independent art spaces, and collectives for the country's most significant affordable art fair. An annual event organized by Philippine Art Events, Inc. for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in it's mission to create awareness for the National Museum and its network.

My mom and I decided to go around 5 in the afternoon after I did some research about it and found that it was open until 10 pm. 

Photos are blurry because they were only taken by my phone :(

The first stop was this sort of boat. I got really fascinated looking at this because it had hands under and a headless body as its passenger. I mean, why not? The first thought that came to my mind about its message was that in order to move, we need to experience some hardships and develop teamwork. Even without eyes, when the destination is in our hearts, we would be able to get there. Or something like that. What do you guys think?

This was one of my favorites. Especially the hanging fish. With the help of the breeze , it moved around and it really looked like it was swimming!

Not only do they have those, but as expected, there were paintings as well. Almost all kinds of art were included in the fair. Prints, photographs, sculptures, new medias, and paintings.

They also sell in affordable prices, PhP 50,000 (about $1000) and below.

We actually wondered how this would last till late at night, because obviously, the place would be really dark by then. Turns out, our worries were for nothing. They had a lot of lights hanging around that gave the place a pretty ambiance. The fairy lights were cute and matched the place too.

They also had a number of food stands and gave out free cocktails. 

Eventually, we got tired and got Chillz from a nearby Mini Stop and returned back to sit down on one of the benches the park offered.

Although we weren't able to purchase any artwork, it was a fun experience to look and appreciate the exhibits. We will definitely come back here again next year.

Friday, March 17, 2017


an image from the short film lifeline

Aside from writing, I've always been fascinated at indie short films.

The most recent one I watched was Lifeline written and directed by Sam Jones. This was really a heartbreaking memorable film. Definitely one of my favorites. It shows us what life really is for struggling people, specifically a mother and son. A glimpse of reality and human nature.
A story about Beth, a mother who is forced to the limit for her son Ash, putting her morality to the test. Lifeline asks how far we'd push ourselves for the people we love. The film shows that even in a brutally impossible situation, there will always be something human in everybody, a connection between every one of us.
If that doesn't convince you to watch it, it also won 1st prize at International BAFTA/OSCAR qualifying Rhode Island Film Festival for Kidseye Award 2016, Best Film at Cinemagic Belfast Film Festival 2016, Best Student Film, Nottingham International Festival and People's Choice Award, International IndieFlicks Festival 2016.

Films like these are what make me want to create one too. I think that short movies (or long, perhaps) is an art of someone's vision and they amazingly have the ability to inspire people. It helps people create what paper can't show.

What other short films do you recommend?

with love,
yuki motokane.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Living without a phone.

I was charging my phone in class when a bottle of oil smashed down on it. Now you may be wondering how that happened or how the oil was involved, or why I was even charging my phone during class hours. But that's a story for another time.

However, the screen of my phone cracked into the so called 'spider web art' with one-fourth of the LED screen broken. This led me to spending the rest of my school year (until now!) without a phone. Although I do bring a small keypad phone with me for emergencies. Technically, I don't have a phone because I don't have messages, games, and social media to distract me.

Hard for me to admit, but it did have it's benefits.

I got to be more social and had much more time to do productive things such as writing, reading, and doing some of my homeworks in advance. I became more observant of my surroundings and appreciated the little things I spend my time on when I have nothing to do.

The only disadvantage is when my teachers let us picture the notes on the board or handouts. I'd have the hard time of trying to jot down everything in my notebook before they move on to the next lesson. On the bright side, it helps me remember them more.

All in all, I think this is pretty helpful for me. I'm the type of person who always gets distracted when a phone is placed in front of me. I'd plug in my earphones and listen to music. I forget to look and appreciate my surroundings.

Let me just drop in one of my favorite quote:
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

with love,
yuki motokane.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Greetings to you, March.

February has come to pass and the month of March came to acknowledge me, or I to march. However, I had to greet it with a sneeze and a few degrees of fever.

Not only am I disappointed with my colds, but also my inconsistencies in this blog. So far, I've only made about five posts, even when I was planning to make at least four per month. No, I will not be using my lazy excuse of being busy. I admit I procrastinated.

Now this "I will stop procrastinating" had been in my new years resolution and to do lists for years. As you may have already guessed, I procrastinated in stopping my procrastination. Despite that, I can only post maybe two or three for this month because of incoming exams withing the last week of March.

I also noticed that I have been 'too chill' in my studies. I like to believe that I did quite well last quarter, but I have a feeling my grades are declining this past February. Catching up will take some time and effort, but I have some to give. With enough determination, I believe I can do it.

How did February go for you?

with love,
yuki motokane.

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