1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I did my first cleansing diet ever!!!!! I love food and to be deprived of it for 10-15 days was ahm interesting, haha. I documented myself everyday which became the jump off point to my Consumption concept :p
Created shredded tees, accessories and other handmade with love goodies.
Launched different sites (blog, online portfolio, ROCK&RULE online shops (etsy & weebly) and shared it to the world.
Opened a paypal account and my very own french bank account.
Brought my art to the dark side ;p Collaborated with different artists/dancer/musicians. Put up a show on my own. Had my first video/performance.
Talked about what I do in 15 minutes for PechaKucha night.
Watched Wicked the musical and right after saw the Porn Idol (where men went full monty) in London, hahaha.
Went to my first big concert in Paris (Tori Amos).
Lost my mac and bought myself a pc.
Lived in an atelier facing the Seine and stayed there 2 months longer than I expected.
Left my job as a director/edit supervisor of almost 10 years and began a new life outside my comfort zone.
2. Did anyone close to you get married?
My yakker friends – Lovey & Joms, Jasonzaks & Agayskee – I missed both their wedding in Manila 😦 but I was one of the witness for Mawj & Henri’s wedding in France 😀
3. What countries did you visit?
Last year, I was in Japan for a shoot (my first and last out of the country trip for I-Witness.) This year, I went to visit the queen in London and gobbled up some waffles and frites in Belgium.
4. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Mo’ money, regular but flexible work, a band, new artworks and discipline to really study/practice/converse in French.
5. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Rekindling my relationship with my sis. Passing on the torch to other I-Witness colleagues. Using a pc and editing the video installation in Adobe Premiere (I’m used to Avid & FCP). My expositions and the birth of ROCK&RULE 😀 Leaving my comfort zone and starting a new adventure.
6. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting the racket.
7. What was the best thing you bought?
Plane ticket, art books and a ticket to the Tori Amos concert.
8. Where did most of your money go?
Food, metro tickets, entrance fees for exhibits, postcards/magazines from museum shops, materials for my ROCK&RULE shop and my trip to London.
9. What did you really, really, really get excited about?
Getting my Talents & Competents visa approved and my sister giving birth.
10. What song will always remind you of 2010?
PARIS by Friendly Fires. “One day I’m gonna live in Paris, I promise, I’m on it!”
11. Compared to this time last year are you:
Happier? Ouais!!! Thinner? I was a bit heavier in 2009 but this year I’m not too far from my after-cleansing weight so I think I got a bit thinner, naks may pag-eexplain. Richer? Financially no but experience-wise, yes yes yo! 😀
12. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Created more artworks and explored more career opportunities.
I missed a lot of events in Manila this year but what I really regret missing was the Probe’s farewell party. Sigh.
13. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sleeping super dooper late (like 6 or 7am) and surfing the internet!!!
14. How did you spend Christmas?
I organized a Christmas party ala Yakkers complete with theme, charades, things to let go, exchange gifts and homemade meals with friends here in Paris… Then for Christmas eve, A & I celebrated it with strangers from around the world!!! The professional musician didn’t turn up for the party so I sang, played the guitar and jammed for everyone 🙂
15. How will you be spending new years?
With a bang!!! Will celebrate it with friends here 😀
16. What was your favorite TV program?
We don’t have tv but we download stuff from the net… We watch episodes of True Blood, Dexter, Flight of the Conchords, Breaking Bad, Simpsons, South Park, Futurama…
17. What was the best event you attended?
The open mic cum farewell party for me with friends at Conspiracy, Fete de la Musique, Paris Nuit Blanche, avant premiere of The Radiant Child, FIAC. Too bad I missed the avant premiere of Black Swan where I could’ve met Darren Aranofsky…
18. What did you want and you got?
The approval of my long-stay working visa / my carte de sejour and a show at Cité des Arts.
19. What did you want and not get?
A job and a band.
20. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mmmm tough one, will mention the films that I really liked. The radiant child – a documentary on Basquiat, Exit through the gift shop – a documentary by Banksy, Anime films like Paprika, Amer beton, Summer Wars…
21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old did you turn?
I just got back in Manila after my 2nd Artist Residency in Paris that time, spent an afternoon with a very good friend and celebrated it with the yakkers and a couple-friend in Van Gogh is Bipolar in the evening. Jetro and Robert reserved the whole place for us 😀 Read old emails from friends and finally shared my private blog to everybody 😀 I turned curly 33.
22. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Bringing my parents here, getting a steady income, speaking perfect French!
23. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Rainbow brite meets Punky Brewster and then said hi to Edward Scissorhands
24. What kept you sane?
Art, me-time, my A, real conversation with friends, blogging, nutella crepe and milkshake, cooking for loved ones, my walks, chats and email exchanges with family & friends, shooting around with my camera…
25. Who did you miss?
My family, nephews, yakkers, good friends, yobags tribe, k-bunnies, our I-Witness team, AF classmates, barkadoodles.
26. Who was the best new person you met?
I met Elliot Erwitt (master photographer), Beth Orton (musician), Tamara Davis (director of the Basquiat documentary) and the musicians/artists I collaborated with for my show “I consume therefore I am.”
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Hmmm this will be a series of clichés but it really rings true this year… Well dreams do really come true, never stop believing, if you really really want something just go for it and always believe in yourself because who else will 😀 haha
28. Quote or Song Lyric that sums up your year:
Unti-unting mararating, kalangitan at bituin,
unti-unting kinabukasan ko’y magniningning
hawak ngayoy tibay ng damdamin
bukas naman sa aking paggising
kapiling ko’y pangarap na bituin…
HAHAHAHAHAPPY HOLIDAZE EVERYONE!!!
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