Tuesday, July 27, 2010

like the sunset.

"Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia." - Charles Schultz

Inspired by the rainy weather, I crawled right back into the endless sea of blankets, and swept right into my bed. Here are some of the tracks I listened to.

With artists such as Dustin O'Halloran, it slipped my mind whether I should look outside my window, to see if the skies had cleared up. Instrumental pieces are always soothing alternatives nearing the end of a busy week.

As we speak, I'm baking some wonderful banana loafs with walnuts. The entire kitchen is perfumed by these little cakes in the oven, kicking off Monday morning with a bang. Cheers to a wonderful week ahead.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

miniature cupboard atop life-size dresser

another one of our thrift finds from today

Thursday, July 15, 2010

human identity.

"Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when the person looks back—she will hear her heart."
- Paolo Coehlo

Monday, July 12, 2010

champagne supernova.

When you’ve found your once in a lifetime, any time is worth the wait.

I've forgotten how good it feels to wake up, voluntarily, in the early morning. Being quite the nocturnal owl (4AM has nothing on me, folks), I never seem to catch how amazing it feels to prepare breakfast, read over a newspaper, and go for a morning stroll around my neighbourhood.

The goal for the summer is to become much more appreciative of what we have. Start in the morning:

1. Give yourself some time to stretch your body, as you prepare for a stress-free day. Before moving out of my bed, I start up a playlist to get my senses going (check: morning mix)

2. I always prepare some fresh coffee and toast, and some fruits I pick up at the local farmers market. I always prepare breakfast before my shower, so I can take a little more time soaking my body.

3. Don't bother with the T.V, until your ready to head out. I personally feel that watching T.V destroys your natural vibe with the morning, so I instead pick up the newspaper, and get my read on. It's quieter, and much more relaxing, than having a news anchor throw you awkward topics at the speed of sound.

4. Breathe, love. Take some deep breaths, before you read over the daily agenda. This way, you can focus on what is actually important, versus what's on the schedule. I've begun this little routine, and I feel much more eased out throughout the day.

5. Little things add up, m'darlings. Try this routine out, and see how much calmer you become!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A thing of beauty...

is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never 
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep 
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
- John Keats

Photographs by Elaine Crisostomo


People-watching is always so intriguing. We do it in transit, on the streets, in coffee shops, around campus, and everywhere else we find ourselves in the company of others. There is always something curious about people as strangers. We are hooked by the mystery behind all the faces and the stories hidden behind such characters.

I found this photograph, among others, from an antique store a few months ago.
Scribbled behind it, in cursive, was "Taken Sept 24th, 1924/London".

The concept behind a photograph is quite poetic as it is meant to capture a moment in time and keep it frozen for as long as it can. I may never know what the man in the photo above was like, nor will I find out his name, but I'd like to think his photograph imparts a memory that still lingers to this day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The heat...

makes me want to crawl back into winter.
view outside Bio room

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Today, I realized how beautiful the sun can be. Summer has definitely begun (with constant work, over-sized bugs, and angry drivers), and I think that we should high-light some pre-check ideas to get your days in motion.

1. Try something invigorating, like cooking. I personally love to cook - making up experiments as I go, so I always end up in control of the things I eat. Try going on food blogs to grab some tips and recipes, so you've got back up plans for these long summer nights. My first place to check out, would probably be Simply Recipes. Don't be afraid of the steps, just make sure you're enjoying what you're creating.

2. Music is essential. Look up music blogs (http://hypem.com), or even mixtapes. I'm currently listening to: Kevin's Mixtape

3. Go for a walk, and explore your area. Snap some pictures, take some walks with pals, grab an iced coffee. Don't stay inside, when the weather's become much more appealing. I always carry around my camera, and my journal: this way, I'll always have something to doodle into, or capture great moments.

Harness that positive energy during the 2-4 months away from school. It's time to focus on personal energy, rather than the energy we reserve for our obligations.
Take time for yourself, and learn to enjoy your own time, with your own rules.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

summer mix

Summer '10 mix
A lot of my friends are out of town, all over Europe, Asia, etc. (Myra's current whereabouts is still unknown. Though, her cryptic e-mail from this morning hints New York.)

This past week, before Georgia left for Rome, I made her a summer mix. Being out of university for the summer has permeated a great deal of sulking, listlessness and overall blasé. And of course, having to face questions about your future at awkward family parties and long-winded lectures by the parental units about what-you're-going-to-do-with-your-life are becoming all the more frequent. It also turns out that I wasn't alone in such an unpleasant position. Hence, I decided to put together a pick-me-up/feel-good mix of sorts.

Browsing through my iTunes, I realized that almost everything I listen to has something to do with loss, grief, bitterness, heartbreak, suicide, unhealthy relationships, deceased lovers, falling out of love, unrequited love... you get the idea. This made the concept of the mix an almost impossible feat.