POSTCARD #6: Say Yes Mural at Fitzroy, Melbourne 2017

It’s three in the morning and I can’t sleep. I haven’t been writing, and I can’t really share anything ~current~ for now. But this postcard will do. I thought I’d write you one.

I was in Australia when people were asked to vote for marriage equality. It wasn’t even a vote to make it law but the energy throughout the city can be felt. I knew immediately they would say yes. Or at least 57.8% of them.

I would see the rainbow flag anywhere – in posters, in lights, in the fricking city hall. In murals, especially. I love how the city bloomed with art in this occasion – like there’s no other way to do it.

And in December, it was made law. Gay people can marry in Australia. And it was beautiful. So, so beautiful.

Traveling can indeed open your eyes but also leave oneself with frustration; and ask – why do I stay where I do?

Can’t wait to travel again.

NextAct ONE Festival by Bonifacio Arts Foundation and Globe

NextAct ONE Festival, the first mural-centric arts festival in the country

As we speak now, eight (8) artists are now tirelessly painting otherwise dull-looking walls around Bonifacio Global City. The Bonifacio Arts Foundation (BAFI) and Globe, launches ArtBGC NextAct ONE Festival – a weeklong mural festival featuring a mix of international and local artists painting across the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) district. ONE, will be the first arts and culture initiative of this size and scope in BGC and will be a transformative event in the development.

Their creations will come to life on the building walls of One Global Place, Bonifacio Technology Center, Icon Plaza, C1 Building Bonifacio High Street Central, The Palace Pool Club, all the way to the smaller facades of Bonifacio High Street.


“Globe is very excited to be part of this endeavor as part of our continuing The NextACT campaign. It is very fitting to collaborate with LeBasse Projects and BAFI as it breathes life to what ACT is all about – Art, Community and Technology. These three (3) elements are the anchor of the country’s first-ever mural-centric arts festival which brings together a community of artists and art communities here and abroad, and through technology and social media, we expect this Festival to reach the rest of the world and mark another milestone in art history,” said Joe Caliro, Head of Retail Transformation and Management at Globe.

If you wanna keep tabs on what’s happening over at ONE Festical, here’s the schedule:

Day 1 | May 22
Artist’s Reception
7PM, The Palace Pool Club

Day 2 | May 23
Watching Session
4PM-10PM, One Global Place wall
5th Ave corner 26th St

Day 6 | May 27
Watching Session
7PM-10PM, Icon Plaza wall
7th Ave corner Federacion Drive

Day 8 | May 29
Art Gallery in Fully Booked
5PM-10PM, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street
11th Ave corner Lane O

Day 9 | May 30
Closing Party
Bonifacio High Street Central Ampitheater

The art-centric event will conclude with a live painting from 16 local artists accompanied by acts from DJs and bands like Severo, BP Valenzuela, She’s Only Sixteen, Techy Romantics, Taken By Cars and Pupil on May 30.

For details and updates, visit or follow BGC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The city will be pretty, and I hope it stays!

Huhugoat courtesy of Words Anonymous

I actually did intentionally avoid commenting anything because [refer to the picture below]. This may be not current to some because it has been circulating feeds for quite some time now but you may want to watch again. Because again [refer to the picture below]. ANG SARAP MAGMURA PAGKATAPOS MANUOD OKAY (what happened to not commenting. kthanksbye)

Ang Huling Tula na Isusulat Ko para sa ‘Yo
Juan Miguel Severo

Pangako ‘yan, at totoo.
Hindi ko alam kung magiging ga’no kahaba
kung kasya ba sa isang pyesa, ilang pahina,
ilang minuto ang itatagal at ihahaba nito
kaya posibleng hindi ko agad makabisado.

Pero pangako ‘yan…
Ito na,
ang huling tula
na isusulat ko
para sa ‘yo.

Itaga mo ‘to sa bato
abutin man ako ng umaga dito
hindi ko ipipikit ang mga matang ito.
uubusin ko ang lahat ng salita
na posibleng tugma
ng pangalan mo
o ng anumang tawag ko sa’yo,
(mahal, sinta, irog, pangga, babe, beh,
bae, asawa ko, mine?
wifey, bae,
kulet, kapal, k*pal, walangya,
p*ki, p*king *na ka) ano pa ba?
Wala akong pakialam
kung abutin ako ng ilang talata dito,
pero hindi ko na pwedeng patirahin lang,
dito sa loob ko,
ang mga salitang ito.

Kaya pangako…
Ito na,
ang huling tula
na isusulat ko
para sa ‘yo.

Magsisimula ako sa umpisa,
sa kung paanong nginitian mo ako at tinanong kung saan ako nakatira
hinidi mo nga pinansin,
ang mga agiw sa dingding.
Hindi ka nga natinag sa ipis na biglang dumating
sa iyong pagbisita.
Pero hindi mo rin man lang din tinignan
ang mga libro
na nasa tabi ng kama ko,
natutulog din.
At tangi ko noong kapiling.

Magsisimula ako sa umpisa,
sa kung paanong niyakap mo ako
noong sabihin ko sa’yong,
“Mahal Kita…”
Sa kung paanong hinalikan mo ako sa noo
sabay sabi ng:
“Mahalaga ka…”
At ako naman ‘tong si tanga,
dahil hindi pa nalilinawan
na ayaw ko
na maging mahalaga,
ayaw ko
na maging mahalaga…

Hindi ako antigong salamin
na matagal mo nang pag-aari,
na tinitignan mo lang
para ipaalala sa sarili mo na
maganda ka.

Ayaw ko
na maging mahalaga.

Hindi ako telepono mong
dududukutin lang sa bulsa,
kapag kailangan mo ng solusyon
sa kawalan mo ng koneksyon,
sa mundo mong masyado nang malawak
para bigyang atensyon ka pa.

Ayaw ko
na maging mahalaga.

Hindi ako kwintas na isusuot mo lang
sa piling-piling mga okasyon,
kapag mayroong mga sitwasyon
na pakiramdam mo ay kulang ka pa.
Hindi ako para ibalik
sa loob ng isang kahon
kapag matutulog ka na sa gabi
sa takot na masakal ka sa yakap ko
kapag mahimbing ka na.
O ibalik sa loob ng kahon
at itabi sa sulok ng isang aparador
sa takot na manakaw ako ng iba.

Ayaw ko
na maging mahalaga..

Ang gusto ko…
ay mahalin.

Ang kailangan ko…
ay mahalin.

Kailangan ko na mahalin mo ako
gaya ng kape mo sa umaga,
tanggap ang tamis at pait,
kailangan para sa init
pero hindi isinasantabi
dahil lang nanlamig na.

Kailangan ko na mahalin mo ako
gaya ng sarili mong opisina.
Kabisado kung para saan ang ano
kabisado kung nasaan nakatago ang alin.
Kabisado ang mga itinatago kong patalim,
silbi, dumi, lihim..


Kailangan ko na mahalin mo ako
gaya ng unan mo sa gabi.
Niyayakap sa ginaw,
sinasandalan kahit na mainit,
binubulungan ng mga pinakatatago mong panaginip.

Ayaw ko
na maging mahalaga…

Ang kailangan ko
ay mahalin…

At nagsulat ako noon
hanggang sa mahalin mo..

Kaya patawad
pero magsusulat ako
hanggang sa maubos ko
ang lahat ng salita,
na posibleng tugma
ng pangalan mo.

Pero magsusulat ako,
para patawarin mo.

Dahil minsan
may nakapagsabi sa akin
na ang hindi raw marunong magpatawad,
ay hindi makapagsusulat.

Kaya mahal
sa pagkakataong ito,
sa huling pagkakataon
na magsusulat ako ng tula
para sa ‘yo,
gumawa tayo ng kasunduan…

Patatawarin kita,
pero patatawarin mo rin ako.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko pagtahan,
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo pagluha.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko pananahimik,
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo pagsasalita.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko pag-alis,
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo pananatili.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko sa ‘yo paglimot,
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo sa akin pagpili, mahal.

Gumawa tayo ng kasunduan:
Patatawarin kita,
pero patatawarin mo rin ako.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko pagbitiw
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo pagkapit.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko paglayo
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo paglapit.

Patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko pagsuko,
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo pagsugal.

At patawarin mo ako
sa hindi ko pagkamuhi sa ‘yo,
at patatawarin kita,
sa hindi mo sa akin pagmamahal, mahal.

Gumawa tayo ng kasunduan:
Patatawarin kita,
pero patatawarin mo rin ako.

Para sa wakas
ay matapos ko na itong tula,
na masyado nang matagal nang nakatira dito.

At patawad…
kung magiging masyadong mahaba,
at maraming masyadong boladas.

Pero pangako:
huli na ‘to…
huli na ‘to…
huli na ‘to…

Magsisimula ako uli sa umpisa,
sa kung paanong nginitian mo ako
at tinanong kung saan ako nakatira…

Magsisimula ako uli sa umpisa,
sa kung paanong nginitian mo ako…

Magsisimula ako uli sa umpisa…

Magsisimula ako uli…

Magsisimula ako…

Ito na
ang huling tula
na isusulat ko
para sa ‘yo…


Ito na
ang huling tula
na isinulat ko
tungkol sa ‘yo…

Tang ina mo!
Tapos na ako…


#Bangcock Day 2: Museum of Contemporary Art and Soi Ekkamai


It was our second day in Bangkok and we decided to try the breakfast buffet at Baiyoke… Hmmm nothing special. I was at least happy they poach their eggs. I was sooooo tired the night before that I think I ate three of those plus cereals and bucket loads of tea.

IMG_5881IMG_5882Sunrise view from the Baiyoke buffet floor


We decided to split ways that day because not everyone of us wanted to go to the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Chatuchak area. Baiyoke is near Ratchaprarop Airport Link City Line so we boarded a train there and transferred to Sukhumvit BTS to Mo Chit. We planned to ride the bus but, meh, it was difficult to figure out where to board. Plus all the signs were in Thai. So we just took a cab to MOCA, because the sun was harsh that day, too.

IMG_5887This cafe greets you by the entrance. They serve a decent Iced Americano, and a couple of pastries as well. 

IMG_5888IMG_5889IMG_5890The MOCA hosts a big collection of paintings, sculpture, and mixed media art pieces from local art influencers in the country. 

IMG_5891IMG_5892Vachara Prayulkan


The Thai museum was built in honor of King Rama IX and of Italian sculptor and Father of Thai Contemporary Art Corrado Feroci, also commonly known in Thailand as Professor Silpa Bhirasri. It was in 1923 when Feroci came to Thailand by invitation of the king to teach Western Art to Thai students. It was those days, too, when Thailand was beginning to open up and welcome western influences to modernize Thailand and shield themselves from foreign invasion.

IMG_5894Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit – my favorite piece from all the paintings in the museum. 

DSC02107IMG_5897IMG_5900Thavorn Ko-Udomvit


Even in Modern Thailand, religious art central to Buddhism, the predominant religion in the country, is highly influential. Several art pieces tell the story of Samsara and Nirvana and how different supernatural entities influence these two.

IMG_5905IMG_5906Preecha Thaothong

IMG_5907House of Phimphilalai

IMG_5908IMG_5910Sudjai Chaiyapan

IMG_5911Keittisak Chanonnart

IMG_5912Sompong Adsurabhan


IMG_5918Tetsuya Noda

IMG_5919Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew


It was lunchtime when we left the museum. After getting some postcards from the museum shop and resting in the cafe, I decided to go to Soi Ekkamai and see what I can find there. Just off Sukhumvit, it also has its own BTS station, Ekkamai hosts a number of interesting shops in Bangkok. Mostly dubbed by locals as a hipster soi (wtf hahahaha) a number of holes in the wall call this part of Bangkok their home. As per research as well, it hosts a number of independent cafes. Sounds like my kind of area to get lost in!


I don’t think I’ll be able to get over the fact that authentic Pad Thai is really yummy! Before starting my walking tour of the soi, I found this vintage-themed restaurant called Cafe Classique which offers all the Thai food you can think of. I was still half-full from the buffet earlier but I couldn’t pass up for Pad Thai either. The prices were a bit higher than what you would normally pay on a Southeast Asian trip but I didn’t care that much.


I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity for authentic Thai massage as well! Along Soi Ekkamai is Health Land, one of the more popular chain of spas in the city. I was almost sold to have my massage on the cheaper ones but having myself pampered in this albeit expensive spa was one of the highlights of my trip. It was well-spent baht on an hour and a half worth of massage. Next time I’m in Bangkok, I’ll really make it a point to stay in Ekkamai instead!


I also found this quirky book cafe which sells postcards. As you know, I’ve been postcrossing and I make it a point to buy and send postcards wherever I am. Too sad though, the books available were all in Thai so I couldn’t buy any.

IMG_5947IMG_5948IMG_5949IMG_5950IMG_5951More quirky specialty stores like If I were a carpenter.


I was having too much fun that next time I knew I needed to be back at the hotel because we were going to have the Hangover Tour for the night! I was sad to have only so much little time in Ekkamai! 🙁


Up next — what happens in Patpong stays in Patpong… or not?!

*With photos from Con and Val

Stories of what have I


Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 10.02.34 PMFrom Rina Nakano‘s Oscillate


tr10From Saori Nakamura‘s “I was in the quiet place all too soon.


13974157613_ae2fe963ed_cFrom Hannah Reyes‘ From Tel Aviv With Love


403317729_623e5307d7_oFrom Wawi Navarroza‘s Saturnine


Marlboro-Country-BatanesFrom The Poor Traveler‘s Marlboro Country: Racuh a Payaman, Batanes

They say a picture says a thousand words; and some even has stories to tell. But not all pictures do, and not all stories are worth the time. I’m drawn into these stories; of love – to another man, to places, to material things, to emotions, to experiences; of lessons from misadventures; of fun and sadness; may be sober or choleric or even a forming array of varying energies; may it be up and down the emotional rolling hills or a consistently climactic climb. Stories interest me a lot because I love learning from other people’s experiences and I feel like I can, one day, tell my own inspiring stories of what have I.

I’ve been musing on different blogs and I find myself amused of their stories – written or photographed. Reading these blogs challenges me to a better storyteller, and encourages me to take on my own adventures and journeys. I’m sharing them to you and I hope they inspire you as they had me.

Art in the Park 2014


I sometimes catch myself fantasizing about the art bazaars in the streets and markets of Paris and New York and actually the whole of Europe. Now we don’t need to go out of the country for art and maybe some weekend market finds and lunch!

See you there!

Extra Early Christmas Gift Ideas: Muni x Moonleaf 2014 Planner

I’m having the knack of making extra long titles. What the heck. Anyway.


It’s always a pleasant feeling to collaborate on something awesome. And not just awesome. Something this awesome is not just awesome. It’s great.


This planner is a collaboration between the cultural creative collective Muni PH x milk tea wonder kid Moonleaf x 12 local artists (some of them I’ve worked with through Punchdrunk PandaDon’t you love how meta that cover is! It is love!


The goal is to produce a planner that encourages mindful living. We at Moonleaf Tea Shop want to embrace responsible and mindful living so we approached Muni to come up with something that will materialize this vision — hence the Muni x Moonleaf 2014 Planner. For a couple of years, we’ve done the planner among ourselves only, and now it’s time to collaborate!


The latest addition to the Moonleaf planner family features 12 illustrations of 12 local artists – with postcards to complement the spreads and for everyone to share the love! There are also tips to constantly remind you to live mindfully, without sacrificing the joy of that which living gives us (I sound like the Dalai Lama already.)


This is my favorite artwork – it’s Simplify by OJ Desuasido – the same guy who designed the panda in PdP! It’s just so simple and self-explanatory! Here are other snippets of the other artworks —


Muni is holding a giveaway here so if you wanna score some swag – don’t think and click now! Also, if you wanna pre-order stuff, you may do so here and Muni will deliver it to you when stocks fill up!

It will be available also in all Moonleaf branches, so keep tuned in!

Learn more about:
Muni x Moonleaf

Sam Smith x Studio Ghibli

Photo from The Dissolve

Alternate movie posters are the shiznit! It’s been the thing since a few years back, and these creative people just keep churning out amazing work! These collection of photographic adaption of Studio Ghibli films are my latest finds. In The Dissolve, where he is a regular, Sam Smith explained why he did a very minimalist photographic remake of Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises poster (and of other Studio Ghibli animated films) where he related different inspirations from album art to Bible cover (what? YES. Read it.)

Miyazaki’s final film might be exploring some prescient themes, personally and globally, concerning creative determination and the drive to carry on through difficult conditions. At least, this is the idea the quote inspired for me: The image of a crude paper airplane lit by candlelight atop a messy, exhausted workspace, which I quickly re-created and photographed at my desk. The maddening landscape of an artist’s desk is a familiar one to any creative, and Miyazaki has made special effort to capture this image for posterity among the rooms of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

I believe it takes a heavy amount of both imagination and passion to make these kind of artworks. Hats off, Mr. Smith! This will go down to my moodboard indeed.

And a Studio Ghibli marathon is in order!

April is when winter fell

People can get really creative about pop culture and its world just keeps on reincarnating into something more beautiful each time. I wish I can draw kickass illustrations, too!


I’m especially talking about Mike Wrobel who recreated the Game of Thrones characters into their 90’s alter ego. He’s a graphic designer who manages his own studio in Tokyo, where he recreates a lot of characters from different TV shows (check his tumblr) He really has a penchant for color, and gangsta, and grunge which I really like. Check out these (but first, look how Mike recreated the dragons into weird looking cats)





Oh Ned Stark, you live in our hearts. Sir Jamie Lannister, hello! This was before he got sliced, though


And you can do everything to Joffrey, and he’ll always be hot! And nasty. GUN!



Pun intended. Mike you are uncanny!




He managed to incorporate the different characters into their 20th century counterparts (now in what century were they based anyway?) It’s reflected in each color used, each clothing and accessory, each redefinition of facial expression. It’s uncanny that we can make it a 90’s retold story of High School drama or something.


And we all know that the 90’s is all about brands and logos.






Another witty addition. Did’ya get it?


Even the white walker joins the gang, anticipating summer eh? Keep cool, Mr. White Walker!



Starks, rest your soul.

Now if only I could draw like that!

via Escapist Magazine

If you visit his Society6, these images are for sale in iPhone cases!!! OMG time to shop, guys! Who to buy first? Hmmmmmm. Also, can’t wait when April comes! I hope that kind of justifies my lame title haha!

Kapitolyo is Happening!


You all know how I love Maginhawa, and how I will choose a neighborhood restaurant over a.) more upscale ones, b.) those found in the mall, and c.) just plain expensive. And besides, most neighborhood establishments have this homey feel that seems so hard for those located in commercial areas to imitate. There’s ingenuity in that feeling; as if you’re at home; so homey it will make you linger a little more than you expected. It also fosters a community! Just take Moonleaf for example, and how they made Maginhawa experience a different brew.

Plus, you might find some really good, hole in the wall, food finds, and maybe that one you’ve been waiting all your life.

Full of cheese. Pun intended.

Graphic Food Map by Heima

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