MEXICO: Dia de Muertos in Oaxaca

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The Day of the Dead is about giving respect and honouring our loved ones who passed away, but here in Mexico they do it in a festive and colourful way.

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On a dia de muertos tour arranged by my amigas, I went to the southern part of Mexico in a place called Oaxaca (wa-ha-ka). Packed in a small bus, fellow travellers and I were brought to a local public cemetery. 

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There was a stage with loud blaring speakers, a street market selling food and souvenirs, people offering us pan de muerto (a special bread during the day of the dead) and hot chocolate de oaxaca for free.

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There was a bit of pushing and shoving to get inside the cemetery.

Once inside, a sensory overload!

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Friends and families gathered around elaborately decorated graves, the air a mix of marigolds and smoke from burning candles, mourning melodies sang by hired musicians accompanied by their guitars.

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It’s like one big fiesta for the departed.

It feels good to be alive!

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MANILA in M E X I C O

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On the road from the airport to the city, I see eateries and sidewalk vendors selling their wares.I see crazy drivers cutting in and zooming by. I see busy street and crazy traffic.

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The sound, the smell, the order in the chaos –  everything feels familiar.I could very well be in my city.

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Then I see colourful houses and buildings, some hand painted signs in Spanish (which I adore!!!). Okay, this is not Manila. 

Si, I am in Mexico City!

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Mexico is a place that feels like home

— but not quite.

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I’m excited to be here! I can’t wait to try out real mexican food, go gaga over their folk art, understand Frida Kahlo, and most especially to experience the Dia de Muertos.

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NYC on a budget

NEW YORK CITY ain’t cheap, but you can find ways to make the most out of your trip without really spending much. So, here are some NYC “Tipid Tips.

Chillax in CENTRAL PARK

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Find a bench or sprawl on the grass – have a picnic, read, draw, write, or in my case, watch the world go by.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

A friend gave me this tip – you can see all the masterpiece here for only a dollar! So, instead of buying an entrance ticket which costs around $25, tell them you are going to give a donation instead. I was a travelling artist and out of work, so a dollar will do 😉

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Check out some Art in CHELSEA

It’s a wonderful neighborhood full of galleries. So if you love modern and contemporary art, this is the place to be, and you get to see it all for free.

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* I will make another blog entry on the different exhibitions I saw on Chelsea 🙂

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follow your art: A YEAR AFTER

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The 1st of JUNE marks a year of my independence, a year of just following my heART…I may not be as stable financially, but I am at my happiest.

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I am grateful to be able to eat food that fills me up with joy, to still be able to ride cabs when needed be, to have my nest that I adore, to have a place in my heaven on earth to create…

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To be humbled by people who entrusts me to do things and also earn from it, to no longer be enticed by retail shopping, to be able to live simply, to hang out and have inspiring conversations with kindred spirits, to be able to realize a concept and collaborate with so many artists…

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To still be able to travel, to have all this time to just follow my he/art, to have supportive friends and family, and to have the privilege to be a full-time heArtist.

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There’s a lot to be thankful for. I feel very blessed.

ARURUTEYNKYUNIVERSE!

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May the fire in me keep burning,

like this clockwork orange skies outside my window.

HEY MoMA: MOment with the MAsters

On this journey of following my art in New York, I know it is but appropriate to pay my respects to the masters who’s been teaching me how to “playnt.” It was June last year when I became a full time artist and felt the need to take my art into a new direction.  I usually work with photographs or videos, then I thought of dabbling into painting. I found “the Art Book” (or shall I say it found me, hehe) and decoded its layers, I felt I was being taught by the masters. And since I’m not really a painter, I call what I do “playntings,” or playing and painting.

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Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth
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The Park by Gustav Klimt
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Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita by Diego Rivera

As expected, there was a long queue winding outside the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). After forever I was finally able to get in, and boy the museum was packed! Good to know there are a lot of people who wants to see works of art, but bad for me because there’s not much time left to see everything. To be able to make use of my time wisely, I went right to the top floor and worked my way down.

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Night Fishing at Antibes by Pablo Picasso
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Evening, Honfleur
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by Georges-Pierre Seurat
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Gustav Klimt
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Water Lilies by Claude Monet
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Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin by Vincent Van Gogh
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The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

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Girl with a Ball by Roy Lichtenstein

Hi Messieurs Klimt, Van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Monet and Picasso. It is wonderful to see your brush strokes and study the layers up close. Finally we meet again. I have seen some of your works before but I understand them more now.

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