Glassine Visions~

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Seattle’s Garden and Glass Museum showcases the magical worlds created by glass artist Dale Chihuly.
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Chihuly creates huge glass wonderlands,
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resembling hallucinatory under-seascapes,
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full of phantasmagorical deep-sea creatures.

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Mirrors create reflective visions like crystalline creatures from outer space.

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There are magic mushrooms,
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glowing like alien forms,

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in surreal secret gardens.
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Visiting here one feels much like Alice with a two-way ticket to wonderland!
Cheers to you from the inventive worlds of Dale Chihuly~

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The flower-embedded paper of Madagascar

e MORFES

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Antaimoro is handmade paper made from the avoha tree bark and is decorated using pressed fresh flowers and leaves. The bark is soaked and pounded into a pulp with wooden mallets,  then spread and decorated with plants or local flowers and  placed in the sun to dry. This cream-colored decorative paper is used to make lampshades, envelopes, bond paper and even bags.

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Vices and Gainful Destruction are Conceived by the Selfish and Evil-Minded

VICES AND GAINFUL DESTRUCTION

ARE CONCEIVED BY THE SELFISH AND EVIL- MINDED

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

People travel to places after being told by friends that they are worth visiting, aside from reading about them in magazines, both printed and televised…so they spend for it. Their need to see places have been conceived by other people and various forms of media that practically, entice them to embark on an adventure. Without the encouragement, people will not even think of leaving their home because they have no idea that beautiful places exist somewhere.  It is in this manner that the evil-minded have conceived vices for their unsuspecting victims to enjoy, such that, they will attain a euphoric state of satisfaction when they indulge themselves in them. Later, these vices which could be alcohol, cigarette, gambling, and drugs would develop into some sort of necessities of their victims. At the end, the evil-minded have become successful in creating the needs for their victims.

 

There has been no need for bombs and guns until such need was created by people who thought of gainful destruction. Along with what have been made to attain a selfish motive, the manner, with which they could be used have been conceived, so there are wars and terrorism. Had the evil-minded not brought forth into the world such instrumentalities of destruction, people would have thought of just reaping the grains in the field as they get ripe, hunt for food needed for a day or two, enjoy the moon when it is in its fullest, and worship Nature as a manifestation of a powerful Force….in other words, just lead a simple life, until today.

 

The tendency of man to abuse has underlined his evil-mindedness. And, because of that, practically, everything that has got to do with life has been abused, such as, kindness, authority, trust, love, Nature, food, water, medicine, animals, plants, mental faculty, etc. His disdainful selfishness has eventually, led him to a gainful destruction that likewise, leads him along the path of self-destruction!

 

 

 

Sa Pag-spoil ng Anak, Dusa ang Matatamo

SA PAG-SPOIL NG ANAK, DUSA ANG MATATAMO

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Mali ang panuntunan ng ilang mga magulang ng mahirap na pamilya na gustong gumawa ng lahat ng paraan upang hindi madanasan ng anak ang hirap na dinanas nila. Dahil diyan, habang lumalaki ang anak ay ni hindi man lang ito nakadanas na mautusang maghugas ng pinggan o magligpit ng pinagkainan o magwalis ng sahig. May mga magulang ding ayaw magpakain sa anak ng gulay o tuyo, kaya di bale nang mangutang basta makabili lang ng hotdog o di kaya ay madala palagi sa Jolibee ang anak upang makakain ng hamburger at ispageti.

 

Habang lumalaki ang anak, lalong tumitindi ang pag-spoil ng mga magulang na may maling panuntunan. Kahit halos wala nang pamalengke, may mga magulang na sa kagustuhang hindi kuno magmumukhang kawawa ang anak kapag kasama ang mga kalaro ay ibibili ito ng mamahaling laruan kahit nakatambak lang ang mga naipong iba. Sa pagpasok sa eskwela, dapat ay naka-aircon van na school service sa halip na tricycle upang class ang dating dahil mahal nila ang anak. Ayaw ding pakainin ng kaning lamig o sinangag na tawag ng spoiled na anak ay “lumang kanin”.

 

Tungkol sa bagay na ito, may isa akong kaibigan na pinagyayabang pa sa pagkuwento ang tungkol sa nagagalit na anak kapag nakita siyang nagsasapaw ng kaning lamig sa sinaing. Kapag ganoon ang ginawa niya, natatawa pang sinasabi ng kaibigan kong ayaw nang kumain ng anak kung hindi ipag-oorder ng pizza-for-delivery. Minsan namang namasyal ako ng maaga sa kumpare ko, pinakape ako at dahil maliit ang bahay, ang pinaka-sala ay kainan na rin nila. Nakita ko ang nakahaing almusal na sinangag, tuyo at piniritong talong. Nang tawagin na nila ang anak ay nagtanong pa ito kung may bagong sinaing, at nang sabihang, may sinangag naman, ang sagot ng anak ay, “yuck!”.

 

May isa akong alam na pamilyang naghirap dahil sa pag-spoil ng tatlo nilang anak. Naremata na ang bahay ay nakademanda pa sila ng estapa dahil sa hindi pagbayad ng utang. Resulta ang mga nabanggit dahil sa luho ng mga anak. Kahit ordinaryong empleyado ang tatay, bumili ng kotse at iginapang ang buwanang bayad, upang may “service” na magamit sa pagpasok sa eskwela ang mga anak, kahit hindi naman mahirap ang mag-commute mula sa kanila dahil sa dami ng jeep at bus na dumadaan. Nakatapos ang panganay pero nag-asawa agad at sa kanila pa tumira, at ang masaklap, parehong walang trabaho! Ang pangalawa ay nakatapos pero adik naman kaya tamad maghanap ng trabaho. Ang bunso ay nasa high school pa.

 

Ang misis ay may kanser sa matris kaya matindi ang gamutan. Nawalan din ang tatay ng trabaho dahil ang pinagtrabahuhang travel agency ay nagsara kaya nagdrive na lang ng Uber car. Isinanla nila sa kaibigan ang bahay subalit dahil sa taas ng interes na 3% kada buwan ay umabot sa puntong hindi na nila ito kayang tubusin kaya na-remata. Nakiusap ang mag-asawang mangungupahan na lang upang hindi mapaalis. Pumayag naman ang kaibigan sa halagang 6thousand kada buwan. Tumigil sa pag-aral ang high school na anak, at nalaman nilang nahatak ng barkada upang mag-call boy kaya pala halos hindi na ito umuuwi, hanggang sa magpaalam na itong magbo-board daw sa Pasay sa barkada niya dahil may mapapasukan daw siya malapit doon.

 

Kaya ko nalaman ang kuwento ng kaibigan ko ay sa akin niya unang inalok ang bahay nila noong isinasanla pa lang nila ito pero tumanggi ako. Kaylan lang ay nagkita uli kami upang sabihan akong patay na ang misis niya at humihingi ng tulong upang maiuwi sa probinsiya ang bangkay. Hindi na ako nagtanong tungkol sa mga anak niya.

 

Maraming ganyang kuwento ngayon, subalit ang masaklap ay nagmamaang-maangan ang iba na hindi daw nangyayari sa kanila DAHIL HINDI DAW NILA INI-SPOIL ANG ANAK NILA….kaya?

The Sound Of Silence – It Is Deafening

And I Didn`t Look Back

This is on repeat because it fits right now.

The Sound Of Silence

By Disturbed

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer…

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Quezon City Memorial Circle (PH)

No Juan Is An Island

Dreamy, rousing and outright Instagram-worthy – these are often how I describe a captured sunset experience. Most of us rave about the setting sun’s beauty along the beach. I, personally, consider it as one of the most spectacular moments. But since I work in the metro, a sunset view by the beach is a rare sighting. After working for more than a year now in the Greater Manila Area, I have come to scout places where I can draw out inspiration.

One particular place I find really inspiring is the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC). The “Circle” as locals would call it, has to be one of the prominent landmarks in Quezon City. Through the years, with the endless efforts of the local government, it has been undergoing a lot of changes so as to attract more tourists.

The Quezon Memorial Circle is a national park and a national shrine…

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Borobudur & Prambanan: Indonesia’s Soul

No Juan Is An Island

Yogyakarta (often called “Jogja or Yogya”) is a city on the island of Java known for its beyond visible traditional arts, cultural and intellectual heritage – hence being regarded as Indonesia’s “soul”.

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This special region of Indonesia is sternly independent and protecting of its customs, and still headed by its sultan, whose Kraton (a royal palace) remains the center of traditional life, despite Yogya being a large urban centre – making it one of Indonesia’s most liveable (and lovable) city!

What makes it more lovable? Yogyakarta is home to two of Indonesia’s most important archaeological sites, Borobudur and Prambanan!

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Set amongst dewy, forest-clad hills near the city of Yogyakarta is a structure built in about 800AD. Borobudur is regarded as one of the world’s most extraordinary temples. It is made up of 72 stupas — mound-like or hemispherical structure containing relics, typically the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns) each…

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