August 27, 2013

August Favorites: Geek Haul

Usually when the money comes rolling in, a girl chooses to bag some beauty products first, a make-up haul if you will. But not this girl (or not this month teehee). Because sometimes, behind every girl wearing dresses and eyeliner, is a geek just waiting to escape. I finally got my chance to let my inner geek out this August with my aptly named: Geek Haul.
The Hand of the King Pin is the unique ultimate symbol of power in the Game Of Thrones universe. Any king can have a crown but not everyone has the honor of wearing this choice lapel pin or maybe Loras would say "it's more of a brooch." Whatever.
This one's official HBO merch. The solid metal gives it a weighty feel fitting for a man (or maybe even a woman) who can control a king.
A coat of red or a coat of gold, a lion still has claws and now I get to bear mine with my fitted burgundy House Lannister T-shirt. It's comfortable and soft, perfect for wearing when you need to be as unscrupulous as a Lannister or Janet Lim Napoles. Also in the bag is the 2nd volume of GOT's graphic novel, shipped all the way from USA courtesy of Joel. Thank you!
Joel, the Lannisters send their regards.
From House Stark to Stark Industries, it's not such a jump in logic to pick up this articulated Iron Man action figure as my gift to Joel. 
Isn't he cute? Hahaha
These little toys will remind me that GOT S4 will be here soon enough.
For now, I'll enjoy these babies.
 x
Millie


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Listening to: Angels and Angles by Late Night Alumni
       Loving: GOT and Iron Man
            =(: weather

Tensionado by Soapdish

Video.
Too close to home.
Too close, J.
x
Millie

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Listening to: Tensionado by Soapdish
       Loving: hehe
            =(: nuthin

August 26, 2013

Lana Del Rey in Numero Tokyo

It’s Tokyo and Lana Del Rey, What more could I want? Regard these independent objects d’art as you wish, but the collaboration of late 1960s glamour poses with anime inflections against soft-burnt creamy rainbow skies is emblematic of my generation’s contextual background. Historicism amidst modernity, western pop culture, eastern aesthetics and a femininity made for women, not men. 

Keep ridin’ Lana.
 x
Millie


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Listening to: Ridin' by Lana Del Rey
       Loving: Lost In Translation
            =(: mindfuck haha

August 24, 2013

Lost In Translation


Now, I understand Lost In Translation more and why it was critically acclaimed.   It reminded me so much of our time in Japan, when Mark would leave me in our hotel room or by myself to go around Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. I'd explore the streets on my own, much like what Scarlett's character did.

Before, my biggest childhood dream was to go to Japan, "the land of anime" as I presumed. Today, I would not even consider studying there. To be honest, by the end of our two-week stay in Japan, we kind of got bored and a bit lonely. Melancholic.
 Maybe, because it was winter. Or maybe, because it was a concrete jungle. Whatever it was, we'd still love to go back, but watching Lost In Translation made me cry for some reason.

x
Millie


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Listening to: Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders
       Loving: Lost In Translation
            =(: broken hearts

August 18, 2013

Restaurant Review: Café Juanita




Café Juanita long ago joined the ranks of Abé et al in forging a satellite empire of restaurants. Not content with the original in Kapitolyo, another branch propped up in Burgos Circle. Now, the empire has come full circle, with the latest branch in Molito, Alabang to fill the South with all sorts of Filipino delights.


No-one likes food empires, especially those that repeat the same restaurant in three locations. It’s crass and it lacks imagination. It’s not McDonalds. However, perhaps, we may make an exception with Café Juanita, because the food is just that good and Southrons cannot fight traffic up to the Fort or Pasig every time we want some good Filipino food.







Famed for decades, this beaut little resteau is gold not just for its funky, rainbow-nostalgia themed ambiance, but for its classic take on Filipino dishes. With everything from a killer pork adobo, Aligue pasta and fried whiting, this place is a serious player in Filipino cuisine. In many ways, it guards the centre of our cuisine, serving as both the measure and standard-bearer of what defines excellent Filipino food. The best part? Sampling different levels of bitterness for the Sinegang to make the perfect broth for your palette. It’s the oenology of broth.
Some may balk at such gestures or the bold decor, but that’s what make Café Juanita such a mainstay on the restaurant scene.

Don’t Say: Isn’t this the same one from Pasig...and the Fort?

Do Say: I want that Sinigang slightly more maasim, thank you

Pros:
* Classic menu, choice produce and complex flavours
* Extensive choices ranging from traditional to hispanic
* Generally great service from on-the-ball staff
* Swish interior design

Cons:
* It's not as good as the original


x
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Listening to: Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders
       Loving: Ox and Palm Corned Beef
            =(: broken hearts

August 12, 2013

This Is Gospel by Panic! At The Disco



This is gospel for the fallen ones
Locked away in permanent slumber
Assembling their philosophies
From pieces of broken memories

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart (2X)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart (2X)

The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues
Conspire against the odds
But they haven’t seen the best of us yet

If you love me, let me go
If you love me, let me go

Cause these words are knives, and often leave scars.
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told I never was yours
The fear, The fear of falling apart
Oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart ( 2X)
Oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart ( 2X )

This is gospel for the vagabonds, 
Ne'er-do-wells and insufferable bastards
Confessing their apostasies
Led away by imperfect impostors

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart (2X)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart (2X)
Don’t try to sleep through the end of the world
And bury me alive
‘cause I won’t give up without a fight

If you love me, let me go
If you love me, let me go

Cause these words are knives, and often leave scars.
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told I never was yours
The fear, the fear of falling apart
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
The fear of falling apart
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
The fear, the fear of falling apart

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
This is the beat of my heart
This is the beat of my heart
The fear of falling apart 
(4X)
_______________
Awesome video.
I felt his struggle.
If there were any music video to what I'm going throught right now,
bitches, it'd be this.
Lovelife theme song...now.
Not him...but HIM.
Le sigh.

x
Millie

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August 11, 2013

On People: Dale Mathis, Steampunk Artist

Dale Mathis
The Mechanical Playing Card Set

Our first encounter with Dale Mathis was after a private viewing of one his signature art pieces. It was unlike anything we had ever seen in our life. A mix of gears, glass and silver, it was a confluence of every aesthetic movement that had drawn us in. Part abstract, part engineering, part sculpture and part steampunk, Dale Mathis elevated the humble executive desk to a symbol of power and precision. For us it was power, imagination and history in detail, writ large. We had to meet the artist behind the work.
Dale and I in Michelle Jeppesen's birthday.
When we were introduced, we learned that his artwork was emblematic of his effusive personality: he was both wonderfully loquacious, yet spoke with such acuity - a perfect mix of functionality and resonance. We were charmed. We could have spoken to him for hours, about his diverse work, his encouraging life story and his experiences traveling the world for exhibits. 

As an ascendent internationally exhibited artist, working a diverse range of media and with an aesthetic and work process like no other, we were lucky enough to get a few more minutes of Dales’ time.
Quarter Till

Tell us something about yourself. 

Well my name is Dale Mathis, I’m considered a fine artist in the commercial art world. My style of art would be considered Steampunk or for those who are not familiar with titles, it has an Industrial old world look.

Tell us a weird quirk of yours. 
I get my best art Ideas when I’m in the restroom (doing number two)….Lol.

How did you start as an artist? 
I have been an artist as long as I can remember. About 15 years ago a good friend of mine at the time told me I should put my work in galleries. I didn't look at them as art pieces; I just looked at my work as personal projects or something to do on the weekend. He convinced me to let him put one of my works in a gallery. He did and one week later it sold in the gallery for $1000. After that I was bit by the art bug and the rest is history.


St. Jude Children's Hospital Project
Tell us something about your work. 
Most of my work has to do with my personal life in one way or another. Yes when you look at my work it appears to be just moving gears but If you look deeper there is a story there. I consider some of my pieces therapeutic. It seems to move people emotionally in one way or another and in some cases people can relate to my personal story with their own. The best way to deal with situations in life is to talk about it but in my case I build my story into a physical thing. When I was a kid my Mom would tell me I day dreamed a lot but my day dreams became physical things you could, see touch and feel.


Tell us about your typical day at work. 
Well it’s not as glamorous as you would think. Art is a business for me, I employ a lot of people to help me turn my creations into reality. Then there is the marketing side, distribution etc…. I mainly run my art business from the states with only the help of my business partner, personal assistant and accountant. I handle all the sales and marketing states side but all the magic happens in the Philippines with my business partner Cris Venzon and the DMSI team. That’s Dale Mathis Studio Inc. This is where the creative stuff happens.


Astrological Clock
Who or what inspires you and why? 
I get asked this question often; I’m inspired by life, no one individual in particular. I don’t have any role models I can refer too although I am a big fan of Salvador Dali’s work.

What was the best thing that ever happened to you whilst creating your art? 
Creating things are a great experience because everything starts off as a thought, a moment of eureka and evolves into something. It’s that feeling of fulfillment when you see the final thought turned into reality that is the best feeling for me.

Can you let us in on your projects or what you're working on now?
I have come to a point in my life where I’m ready to grow or evolve into the next thing. What I have done so far is great but I’m ready for something new. I have recently been working on smaller projects geared (no pun intended) toward the merchandising side of things. My work is generally priced toward the 1% of society. I have a big fan base and the majority of them tell me that they love my work but cannot afford it just yet and in a lot of cases, never will. I’m working on creating things that still have that Dale Mathis look but on a smaller scale and with a more affordable price tag. I’m about to launch a crowd funding project on the popular Kickstarter web site. I have created the world’s first mechanical 3D Playing card deck. It will be a playing card set that you play with and when you’re done playing cards, instead of putting the cards in your kitchen drawer, you place them in this picture frame designed around the deck of cards and then it becomes fine art, function fine art Dale Mathis style. It’s going to be EPIC..!!


What can you say about the art scene in the Philippines? 
Honestly, I have not seen it where I live in Pampanga. I have read about famous Philippine artist but unfortunately have not had the opportunity to meet any from Manila. I do have a good friend in Pampanga named Melvin Soledad Bongabong. He owns Melvin R. Art Shop in Pampanga and Olongapo. He’s one of the best Portraitists I have seen in the Philippines and musician. He is a true testament to how to succeed as an artist and then to turn it into a profitable business. Smart kid. I’m sure there is an art scene in the Manila area but I have not personally been a part of it. I did attend ManilART 3 years ago and was totally impressed with what I saw there. The show itself was great; the quality of Art was on the same scale as Art Basil Miami which is the premier show for fine art in the US. Hope to attend the show again this year.

What is the most memorable moment you have had as an artist? 
When I did my very first art convention show and sold $80,000 worth of art in 2 days. That was my Aha moment when I remembered people telling me to get a real job back in the day…
This super awesome coffee table
Dale's art in Rustans Makati

What message do you have for aspiring artists? 
It’s a tough business that is if you plan to eat and pay rent from it. Stay strong and don’t give up when people tell you to get a real Job… Lol..! If you live at home with Mom and Dad or your spouse supports you then have fun with it.

How do we contact you?

All images were taken from Dale's Facebook.
Go check him out!
x
Mark and Millie

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Listening to: Ridin' by Lana Del Rey
Loving: events
=(: bad weather

August 04, 2013

Playing Dangerous by Lana Del Rey


"Playing Dangerous"

Everybody knows I'm a good girl officer
No I wouldn't do a thing like that, that's for sure
The house was already on fire, I swear I'm not a liar
(Well) I'm a little shaken, but fine, thanks for asking
Tell me, do you always work alone so late?
Gosh, I don't mind if I'm standing here in my night gown
Do you really have to put those tight handcuffs on?

Looking at me, then suddenly,

I'm in love, I'm in love,
Lovin' hurricane,
I'm in love, I'm in love, 
Love in a hurricane

I've been bad, I've been wrong,
Playing a dangerous game,
I'm in love, I'm in love
Lovin' hurricane, hurricane, hurricane.

Let's get back in your cop car, officer.
You can ask me anything you want,
Anything, anything

Do you have a girl?
I don't see a ring on your finger.
Well that's interesting have you,
Ever thought of dating a singer?

The flames are getting higher, 
So is my desire
It's kind of exciting,
Don't you think?

I'm in love, I'm in love,
Lovin' hurricane,
I'm in love, I'm in love, 
Love in a hurricane

I've been bad, I've been wrong,
Playing a dangerous game,
I'm in love, I'm in love
Lovin' hurricane, hurricane, hurricane.

If you can't stand the heat,
Then stay out of the fire,
You might get what you, desire.
Boy, love is strange,
Sometimes it makes you crazy,
It can burn or break you.

If you can't stand the heat,
Then stay out of the fire,
You might get what you, desire.
Boy, love is strange,
Sometimes it makes you crazy,
It can burn or break you down.

I'm in love, I'm in love,
Lovin' hurricane,
I'm in love, I'm in love, 
Love in a hurricane

I've been bad, I've been wrong,
Playing a dangerous game,
I'm in love, I'm in love
Lovin' hurricane, hurricane, hurricane.
___________________

My current fave song. A bit slutty but quite sexy and a little bit dreamy.
x
Millie

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My Shoe Collection Update PART 6

While my shoe collection is certainly well-heeled, it was never designed for comfort or 8 hour stints in the office boardroom or the vissiccutdes of recovering from surgery. Enter the humble flat, serving as my shoe of choice for recovery and for work. 
No heels? The horror! But such is life, that sometimes, your personal style needs to take a backseat to your health. But who says we can't have fun with flats? Bold colours evoking the joys of summer brighten up my no-heel days. The low wedge heels for the office are muted and sensible for a hard day's work at the office!
Some cute flats I wouldn't mind having.






Anyway, here are the links of my shoe collection since 2010:
x
Millie


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Listening to: Playing Dangerous by Lana Del Rey
Loving: my mothufuckin 27-page proposal -_-;
=(: none
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