I received an invitation from a bunch of young professionals from Melaka, Malaysia to join their “A Date with Bloggers,” an event to showcasing their rich food and culture of Melaka. It’s been almost four years since my last day trip there and since I have a spare ticket to use at that time, I decided to go and possibly explore the area in a few days. From Manila, I flew to the LCCT airport, got on a Melaka bound bus. One and a half hour later, I was at Melaka Sentral. I was met by a young local organiser of the event and took me to my lodge, Sayang-Sayang Guest House which is found on the Melaka Riverside. I explored the back of the guest house and was immediately awed by the sight of the river and rows of houses filled with creative murals. I got a feeling I’m gonna like it here.
Many would be familiar with the ancient musical instrument kulintang, consisting of rows of graduated pots laid horizontally in ascending pitch. We admire at its sound that have graced cultural presentations, yet are we aware of how it was made? Kulintang, gongs and even the elaborate designs of a Muslim jar are brasswares popularly made in Mindanao, particularly the oldest city in the region, Cotabato City. I visited Baranggay Kalanganan for the Cotabato Maguindanao Brassware Association Incorporated to see how a community painstakingly continues an age-old tradition, dating back to the Sultanate days, of making high quality brassware.
By this time, I had been used to the constant nagging of vendors. Initially they would eye you like a prey, ask where you are from, then give some trivia about the place or temple you are visiting, even accompany you around and finally ask to look at their wares without obligation to buy. On my way out from Nan Paya, I encountered this young persistent girl who tried to sell her lacquerware. I did look at the items she’s selling but decided not to buy the pair of owls (man and woman) that interested me that I found so expensive at 8000 kyat. As I head to the steps she was pleading. Telling me it would be good luck if I’ll be her first customer. She followed me to the exit with a face almost in tears.
National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, popularly known as BenCab made another milestone landmark when he built a Museum in his beloved town of Baguio. The BenCab Museum recently opened early this year and I had the chance to see the place. Never did I expect that a museum along Asin road in Baguio could be one of the best museums in the country I’ve been. It’s simply an art and nature fusion haven.
Did a quick doodle with color pencils here. It was for our Kris Kringle the other day at our office. The theme was “something you made by hand“, so I did this very quick doodle for my “baby”.
Today’s our company Christmas party and I was asked to be one of the Emcees. Arrgh! I really just want to be on the sidelines and eat and just take pictures. Anyways I hope I can pull this off, it’s just a small gathering anyways. Advance Merry Christmas!
It would seem I have been having trouble with the Sparm Karma plugin in WordPress, which produces some error when making a comment. Switched back to Akismet for now until I could figure out the problem so comments are ok again. Damn those Spam Robots!
Anyways, I was inspired by Sir Jeff of Dubai Chronicles to do my own digital portfolio. Actually it’s also because I got job interviews ahead because I’m thinking of switching jobs. And I thought it’s high time I update my portfolio so I spent much of my long weekend doing this. So if there are any creative openings you know please email me 🙂
You can check out my Portfolio here. It’s around 2mb.
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State of Emergency editorial
Did a quick doodle with a gel-o pen for the next issue of Philippine Mabuhay News. It’s what I thought of what’s happening right now with the media under the “State of Emergency“.