Friday, January 29, 2010

My Other Avatar

If you haven't gotten over James Cameron's titanic success Avatar yet, here's another Avatar I'd like to watch in IMAX 3D or maybe just 2D. Avatar, The Last Airbender (aka the Legend of Aang) from Nickelodeon.

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Only the Avatar was the master of all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless Fire Nation from conquering the world.

Suddenly, the world has gotten a lot more Spiritual.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Philippine Art Boom in Singapore

Indepth Arts News:

"Thrice Upon A Time : A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines"
2009-11-14 until 2010-03-14
Singapore Art Museum
Singapore, SG Singapore

From November 13, 2009 until March 14, 2010 at the Singapore Art Museum, Thrice Upon A Time invites viewers on a journey filled with the stories and art of the Philippines, an adventure spanning over a hundred years. The Philippines has a rich tradition of storytelling, with stories from her pre-colonial past to present-day tales, and this exhibition presents the epic story of the country and her people through visual art. The role of the artist-as-storyteller is highlighted within this exhibition and ideas about representation, authenticity, identity and history of the nation and its people are explored.

Playing with the classic line that begins those familiar stories, "Once upon a time", the show suggests that the best stories are told over and over again. The exhibition presents works from the Philippine grand masters to some of her most exciting contemporary artists, including Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Botong Francisco, Ben Cabrera, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Charlie Co and Geraldine Javier. Audiences will also have the exceptional opportunity to see two of the Philippines' most iconic and legendary masterworks, from Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, and a rarely seen painting by the Philippines' national hero, Jose Rizal.

Note: This particular Art Exhibit showcasing 70 rarely seen works and arguably one of the largest and most historically rich exhibitions of Philippine Art ever assembled outside of the country, will only run until January 31, 2010. I really wish I could go and visit, but the house-painter in me from doing so. It's a good thing the Ateneo Art Gallery where the Neo-Realist Masterworks Exhibit is lent from is much closer (literally) to home.


Jose Tence Ruiz,
Paraisado Sorbetero (Orange), 2004
Mixed Media Installation
Singapore Art Museum Collection

Juan Luna's Spain and the Philippines (1886)

For Art's Sake! Featured Artworks

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Friday, August 13, 2004

I don’t know what to say.

Julia Child was ninety-one years old when she died, late yesterday, in
her sleep. It’s the death that all of us want, after a life so full it
would seem she was one of history’s true lucky souls, if only luck had
had anything to do with it. She enriched the lives of thousands – my
life she quite literally turned around. She died well-loved, and I
hope she died well-fed. There is no tragedy here. It’s a day for
remembrance, and celebration.

So why am I so fucking sad?

I heard this morning. I was working on my book – I’m always working
on my book, only “freaking out over” would probably be a better term –
when the emails started pouring in. Condolences from my relatives, and
my friends, and my blog-friends, comforting me as if I was suffering
the loss of a family member. I never met Julia Child. I have no
particular reason to think she’d even have liked me if I had. I have
no claim over the woman at all, unless it’s the claim those who have
nearly drowned have over the person who pulled them out of the ocean.
And yet I do feel this loss personally, as a great six-foot-two hole in
my world.

Julia Child began learning to cook when she was thirty-seven years
old. She started because she wanted to feed her husband Paul. She
started because though she’d fallen in love with great food late, when
she did she’d fallen hard. She started because she was in Paris. She
started because she didn’t know what else to do.

Who knows how it happens, how you come upon your essential gift? For
this was hers. Not the cooking itself so much – lots of people cook
better than Julia. Not even the recipes – others can write recipes.
What was Julia’s true gift, then? She certainly had enormous energy,
and that was a sort of gift, if a genetic one – perhaps the one thing
about her you can pin down on the luck of the draw. She was a great
teacher, certainly – funny, and generous, and enthusiastic, with so
much overbrimming confidence that she had nothing to do with the
surplus but start doling it out to others. But she also had a great
gift for learning. Perhaps that was the talent she discovered in
herself at the age of 37, at the Cordon Bleu School in Paris – the
thirst to keep finding out, the openness to experience that makes life
worth living.

She was no bending reed, of course. She had no use for silly,
fear-driven food fads; she could be set in her ways, even mulish, and
when she wanted to she could be withering. That’s fine. That’s good
even. We don’t need saints. Who changes their life under the
influence of a saint? Okay – don’t answer that. But the point is –
Julia was so impressive, so instructive, so exhilarating, because she
was a woman, not a goddess. Julia didn’t create armies of drones,
mindlessly equating her name with taste and muttering “It’s a Good
Thing” under their minty breath. Instead she created feisty, buttery,
adventurous cooks, always diving in to the next possible disaster,
because goddammit, if Julia did it, so could we.

This morning, I was writing about lobster murder. As anyone who’s
here will remember, Julia’s instructions for Homard a l’Americaine were
particularly troubling. Now, bisecting a living lobster is not an easy
thing to do – not for the cook, and certainly not for the lobster. I
still feel a little bad about it, and this morning I was writing
something maybe a little resentful about how I had visited this torture
on a crustacean on Julia’s directive.

She told me I could do it, so I did, and it was hard. I don’t ever,
ever want to do it again – not for her, not for anybody. But it was
important that I do it once. Killing that lobster made me face up to a
lot of stuff that bothers me – stuff about responsibility, and hard
decisions, and carving (bad word, maybe) a place in the world I can be
comfortable in. I would not have done it without Julia to tell me –
“Go ahead – What could happen?”

There’s so much I would not have done. Because it would not have been
there for me to do. Without you here, I would be a different person –
a smaller, a sadder, a more frightened person.

So thank you Julia. Thank you.

I don’t believe in this kind of thing, and I sort of get the feeling
you don’t either, but I’m going to make an exception in your case. I’m
going to choose to believe that tonight, you’re eating sole meunieré,
with Paul, and you’re lifting a glass to toast whatever comes next.

Bon Appetit.

1:19:03 PM

No laughing

Just because you've seen one (funny pic), there's no need to laugh...thinking that there isn't any more. More funnyjunk.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2009 Best Movie

Twentieth Century Fox's 3D gamble pays off with billion dollar blockbuster

by Andrew Clark, New York, Monday 4 January 2010 23.01 GMT

They are 10ft tall, blue-skinned and inhabit the distant moon Pandora some 145 years into the future. But the Na'vi, a species of extraterrestrial eco-friendly hunters in the smash hit movie Avatar, have already made cinema history by raking in $1bn (£620m) at cinema box offices in just three weekends. Read more from The Guardian...

Looking at this picture alone gives me reason enough to watch it again. Woot!

All 2009 Movie Mash-Up

Good Editing. Nice picture resolution for all. Now I'm wondering how come I didn't see them this good? Of course I only saw 6% of the featured films...but still.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pax et Bono

Ten for the Next Ten by Bono

From one of the most celebrated/beloved rock stars of our time, a forward-looking New York Times article on his Top Ten List for the new decade.

Zero-ing in on Top Ten Children's Books

Top 10 Children's Books of 2009 from TIME.

Only skimmed parts of Top Ten Everything 2009 from TIME (linked from previous blog). Today, I'm zero-ing in on Children's Books. It's a good way to brush up on my rather lackluster reading skills.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Epic Disney Marvel Mash-up

First of all, let me say this: Me? I'm just a big fan of Comics and Comic (book) Art.

A look back: In August 31, 2009, it was announced that Disney wants to acquire Marvel Comics for a whopping $4B. This is how one (or two) artists celebrates the Epic Acquisition.

It's implication: Can you imagine what Toy Story 4 would look like? There would be a bunch of X-Men thrown into the plot or backyard, as it were...and the plot would definitely thicken.

Today, January 1, 2010: The Straits Times announces Disney acquires Marvel for $4.3B.

There's nothing to add beyond this line. Just another breaking news.