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My Awesome June 2015

The end of July is fast approaching and I am behind with my posts.  I should have written down the thoughts in my head. I try not to dwell on the should’ve, would’ve , could’ve so here I am trying to write a decent post.

The highlight of my June was the Coron trip.  I am grateful for friends who made the trip more memorable. We all had fun. Some of them met for the first time in this trip but left the place as friends.

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While in Manila, I met other friends, too. These are my high school classmates.

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And these are my elementary friends. Technically, only two of them are. Mitzi became my friend way after college but she was already friends with Shirly and Wilbert. Gail is a friend from high school. I like introducing my friends to my other friends.

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Lunch at Mom and Tina’s with Mitzi, Gail, Shirly and Wilbert.

In June, I fulfilled my longtime wish… to visit the Rizal Monument in Luneta! I had to have my picture taken at this angle to avoid showing the Torre de Manila in the background.

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 I got gifts from friends. How awesome are my friends?  Grace sent me workout clothes and some cute stuff.

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I got layers of leche flan from Erns and egg pies from Teram. Yes, I love anything custard.

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I made homemade halo-halo and healthy ice cream.  The other colorful candies in the glass are just for the photoshoot.

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I did some fun art stuff. This is a random  art stuff which I did not use pencil. I started with watercolor and just added colors upon colors.

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I sent mail exchanges for the Flourish Forum friends.

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Because of all the fun things I did last June, I cannot remember working. I think it is a good thing when work does not feel like work at all.

Homecoming Dresses from Tidebuy

In a few months, homecoming season starts. It is that time of year where everyone in school comes together to celebrate coming back to school. Also, it usually signals the start of the football season. There is a line up of activities for the week to celebrate the school spirit. One of the many activities that students look forward to attending is the homecoming dance.  Young women dress up in the fancy dresses and young men arrive in their sharp suits.

In many cases, young women worry what to wear. As much as possible,  they would want nice but cheap homecoming dresses.  There  is a nice selection one can find here: http://www.tidebuy.com/c/Homecoming-Dresses-4369/ Cheap homecoming dresses do not mean they were done poorly. If you read reviews from those who ordered from Tidebuy, you would find  happy and well-dressed customers who would never think twice about ordering from Tidebuy again. 

Let me show you three dresses that caught my fancy.

1. Simple Scoop Neck Lace Button Short Homecoming Dress.  I love the lace detail and the seafoam color.  The dress has simple silhouette and you can comfortably dance the night away without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions.

 2. Simple Cheap One-Shoulder Ruched A-Line Short Homecoming Dress. A-line flatters any body type and the criss-cross design on the bodice can create an illusion of a smaller waistline as it shapes the midsection.

3.  A-Line Appliques Long Sleeves Bateau Neckline Short Prom Dress. If you want bold colors to stand out in the dance hall, go for red.  This type of style still looks sweet for a young woman. There is nothing too revealing with the dress style yet it exudes so much confidence and allure on the one wearing it.

Check out their online store and look for your favorites.

Artistic Inspirations: Kahlo, Dali and Kandinsky

I got into watercolor painting when I saw a video on how to paint a realistic apple.  From then on, I kept on practicing and I usually do that by finding inspirations from famous artists and their paintings. I am always attracted to paintings with pretty colors and beautiful subjects like flowers and landscapes.  However, I came across artists whose paintings evoke their emotions and struggles.  There are those paintings that make you think and process what the artist wished to convey.  Here are three artists with thought provoking masterpieces:

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo has painted many self-portraits in her lifetime. These paintings reflect her life story and the pain that she endured. Art must have been a good outlet for her to express her emotions. In my case, I have only done one self-portrait and it vaguely resembles me! It was not an expression of anything but a practice on skills and I came on a realization that I need to practice more.

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This is my self-portait. Not Frida Kahloesque. Not thought provoking. ha!

Salvador Dali

 

Salvador Dali is a Spanish painter known for his surrealist painting. Surrealism is a movement that tries to connect  dream to reality.  An example of  a surrealism by Dali is “Persistence of Memory” which showed soft clocks against a landscape. There are many symbolisms in the painting that reflect his thoughts. Some objects are incorporated together that does seem to relate to each other.  The painting makes you think and you can just be engrossed in it at the same time.

Wassily Kandinsky 

Wassily Kandinsky is a Russian abstract painter. He is known for his colorful masterpieces. His early works were  impressionistic which gradually transitioned to a period of abstract painting. He is know to have immersed himself into art theory which explains his use of colors in his painting. I love colors and I must admit that I do not understand abstract painting. But there is a something about Kandinsky’s work that makes you appreciate the artist that he is.

How about you?  Who are your favorite artists?

Thank you, Nuffnang!

Remember that  Lemon Squares Inipit Contest by Nuffnang? This was my entry.

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I won!  Thank you, Nuffnang!

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I was supposed to claim my prize after that Coron trip but our flight was delayed and traffic was heavy. We arrived Taguig at around 7PM.  It was a holiday the next day and I left on June 13 which was a Saturday.  Nuffnang sent me a message asking me when I will claim my prize.  I told Nuffnang that I have no trip to Manila anytime soon and asked if I could have my prize shipped. I do not mind paying for shipping.  Nuffnang replied that they will send the prize and I do not have to worry about shipping. I just have to send them my mailing address. Thank you, Ren Tupas of Nuffnang, for facilitating the shipment.

Today, my prize was delivered!

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I got baking tools. Now I really need to have my oven fixed.

This is my-happy-but-trying-to-look-cool face!

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