Fear of Failure

This is the very first illustration I made on the little sketchbook I bought last year. And so far, I’ve only filled 6 pages out of 60. I tried to get into the habit of improving my skill, but, somehow, I never got around it. I get discouraged when my vision doesn’t quite match my…

Therapeutic

It’s been a while since I painted. I was not exactly excelling at it. But, it was therapeutic. Therapeutic – this is the word that gets thrown around during paint nights, because it’s true. Some genius at my university thought so too. During Mental Health Awareness Week, the York Federation of Students (or YFS) conducted…

The Japanese Phase

In my Non-English Firsts post, I wrote about my Japanese phase. I think the following are probably worth noting: (1) Japan Video Topics When I was younger, I watched Japan Video Topics immediately after coming home from school. It was on this channel that was strangely on-air for only part of the day. But, as…

I Don’t Listen to Albums

Except for a handful, and here’s one of them. The first album that I really, really liked is Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm. I bought a bootlegged copy of the CD from a local mall near the university I went to 10 years ago (I don’t encourage you to do this). The most popular song off…

Conceit and Insomnia

I’m a little behind in my Poetry Workshop on Coursera but I’ll keep submitting poems because… YOLO. So, the 2 prompts for Week 3 are: (1) Write a conceit. A conceit happens when you need to argue for your metaphor because the object and the figure of the metaphor seem too far apart. According to…

The Library Saved Me

I’ve been busy with papers and exams for the past 3 weeks and it won’t end until this term ends. But, I’m proud of myself because I finished a book this year. It’s Craig Ferguson’s autobiography called American on Purpose. I got it through a service at the Toronto Public Library called Overdrive. It allows…

Altoids

MOOC’s are a good and cheap way to improve one’s skills in their free time. I enrolled myself in a Poetry Workshop on Coursera, conducted by the California Institute of the Arts. This week, we did Abstraction and Image. Every week, we get 2 prompts after the video lectures. For this week, I chose the…

Non-English Firsts

There were a lot of songs in my childhood and adolescence that were neither English nor Filipino and it didn’t bother me that I couldn’t understand the words. There was a general sense of ‘that’s catchy,’ period. This week I posted the very first Portuguese song I heard in my life on Facebook. Many of…

Sad Girl

I’m sleep-deprived. I’ve been binge-watching Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs and Bondi Vet. Especially Bondi Vet. Have you seen that guy? His jaw game is strong. Watching animals being cute and fluffy relaxes me. Someday I’ll have my very own dog. For now, I’m happy dogsitting my brother’s grumpy but delightful 13 year…

Eating in Toronto

I’ve lived in Toronto for the past 5 years. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favourite budget-friendly places to quell your hunger if you happen to be in the city. Click on the names to open a link to their Yelp/Tripadvisor pages. 1. Jerk Chicken from Rap’s Authentic Jamaican – Eglinton & Marlee (Midtown)….

Bess Clef Selects & Radio Days

This week, the groove is a little slow. I feel like this would fit in a 2-5pm slot on the radio, if only I had everything my way. I always thought the 2-5pm slot is the mildest of all daytime slots. It’s probably a siesta thing. On the other hand, radio stations are very specialised…

Bedhead

Have you had those afternoons where the sun looks really nice outside but you just can’t get yourself out of your bed? I have and I made a playlist for it. I used to call it Summery Daiquiri (really bad rhyming job there) but I decided summer will end soon, outside won’t look as bright…