In retrospect: February

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February was slightly less busy, but a bit more productive. Now I understand what it really means to take it one day at time. Sure, I still indulged in fantasies about "the future" from time to time, but I made sure my feet stayed on the ground. I was not given in to worry about what is yet to come, nor did I feel hurried to accomplish significant feats, which is not to say that I am aimless. I do have some (vague, unwritten concepts of what I'd like to refer to as) goals and an (even more vague and also unwritten) action plan, but I am taking it easy and letting go of the elements that are out of my control.


1. February was eventful. For one, there was Art Fair Philippines' third run. It felt a bit more crowded this year which I suppose is good news. I used to be so hipster about these things but now, setting aside the hassles of not having enough space to move around in, I think it's great that more people are showing support for local talent (some of which happen to be my friends).

BTW, Art in the Park is happening on the 22nd! Will I see you there?

2. Nuffnang's Blogopolis summit also happened. That was fun too. Primarily (but not solely) because I finally had my fan girl moment with Joaquin. I passed on my compliments for a 2010 horror film that he directed. I chanced upon Dagim once upon a Cinemalaya event and I remembered it as one of the best films I saw that year. (Amazing performances by Marc Abaya and Martin Del Rosario.) I've been bugging our friend Misha (the film's producer) for a copy since our adobo days but that is yet to materialize.

3. I opened myself up to meeting new people again, by way of Aldous' Sweet Ecstasy invite. (Side note: I have much apprehension about being surrounded by strangers. I always feel like I'm doomed to let loose a lifetime of awkward. I'd like to think I did fine this time.) I like being in the company of people (especially interesting if they happen to be fellow foodies) who enjoy trying out new things.

4. Braved weekday traffic to support the thespian endeavors of my uber talented friend, Ber Reyes. First, there was Blue Repertory's In the Heights, a musical story that centered on a Dominican-American community in New York City. If I'm not mistaken, Ber was credited as assistant musical director. Mad props to the Blue Rep kids for giving everyone a great show! I don't really expect much from school plays (we had Theater Arts in college, something's bound to go cray cray somewhere along the way) but Blue Rep has raised the bar. Then there was Fringe Manila's Wordplay, where Ber performed tandem spoken word poetry with Bym Buhain. No shortage of feelings that evening.

5. In fitness news: February saw major slackage in yoga practice. For no good reason.

6. Getting relatively better at managing money.

7. Getting relatively better at managing feelings.

Chewing on this for the month ahead:

"Lately I’ve been thinking about who I want to love, and how I want to love, and why I want to love the way I want to love, and what I need to learn to love that way, and who I need to become to become the kind of love I want to be ... and when I break it all down, when I whittle it into a single breath, it essentially comes out like this: Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe." —Andrea Gibson

*art and words put together by berlin-artparasites

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