From rain to sunshine

Rainy afternoon in New York City

I’m probably being overly optimistic with the blogpost title, but it’s stopped raining this Saturday, and the sun is being lazy, hiding behind some clouds.  We were pelted with rain and wind yesterday as you can see from the view from my window above taken late Friday and it rained all night.  It’s just nature taking care of us again, making sure we have enough water to sustain spring into summer.  Thankfully — at least in our area, that is — we didn’t have an over-abundance of mother nature’s blessing.

I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend.  Hoping to create a few pieces, and sending off some Zentangled Mail Art from Swap-bot that you can read more about at my craft blog, Gotham Chick, once I’m able to post (link to be supplied when the post is uploaded…).  I was supposed to mail it out this Saturday, but I ended up leaving my ‘inserts’ in the office.  (Mailing on Monday then!

I did my postcard giveaway video in connection with some lenticular (3D) postcards I picked up from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which I had picked up this week.  I got so excited seeing the new postcards displayed on their rack when I hopped over the museum shop before meeting up for the ride home, I had to grab a copy plus an extra before they ran out.  I had advertised the giveaway at our Postcrossing Philippines Facebook group and I promised the drawing would be my Saturday.  I wanted to show that it was all done above board, so the video pertaining to the actual drawing is straight-through, uncut, so there are no substitutions, cuts or what-not.  All fair!  =)  I’m sending the winner’s postcard prize (I had them choose the artist) via snail mail with some extra goodies.  Playing postcard santa!

I guess now that THAT’s done, I can look at maybe beginning another Philippine Map hand-drawn postcard before the weekend ends.  (I currently have five finished which I am dying to post but scanning the PC has been too much trouble.  I will try again next week.)

So here’s the video I worked on this evening.  I’m totally bushed after editing it and putting music to it, so no, you don’t have to bear with my narration/spiel.  It was fun to make, though.

If you’re interested to get any of the postcards in the video, please e-mail me at postcardmailbox at gmail.com.

Enjoy!

Video Reveal: 30 days of blogging prompts journal for Swap-bot

I finally found the time to edit and create the final video reveal of my 30 days of blogging prompts journal which has already made it to my partner.  The next thing is for me to organize the posts in this blog according to the prompts — at least for the ones that I actually published.

I am keeping a copy for myself and have two photocopies on hand.  I’m still thinking about whether or not I should offer that as a give away.  (Now who would even want to read all that about me? LOL)

Enjoy!

Minibook Swap – Video Reveal

My swap finally made it to my partner who was rather happy with what I sent, so I’ve edited the video a little by adding an opening billboard and a closing billboard.

I had to improvise using one of my blackberry cams perched atop an inverted plastin bin in front of me.  I used to have a video cam I’d attach to one of my computers for video chats but I’ve long since misplaced it and can’t find it now. =(  I think this is a good first attempt at a video all the same.  I’ll try to shoot the next one with the video option of my camera.  It’s not as easy to shoot when you’re trying to keep out of the frame.  Ha!

I will need more arm clearance next time because I’m due to shoot my Book of Treasures. I’m already a bit delayed but I’m making it worth the wait. Meanwhile, here’s my mini-book reveal:

Between swaps

I’m almost ready to wrap up my Blogging Prompts for 30 Days Journal Swap — happily.  Meanwhile, I’m editing the first video of a minibook I had sent out last week.  I thought it would be a good way to document what I had made as pictures won’t do them justice.  I will wait for until the recipient actually gets them because I’d hate to spoil the surprise. 

So with my birthday week over, I’m officially 47.  Birthdays are a double-edged sword in many respects.  They bring both good and bad thoughts and memories and I can understand why some people opt to just let the day pass without a celebration.  That might just be the case the next time I hit another birthday.

I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time playing Angry Birds these days.  Most nights, I even end up staying way past my midnight bedtime because I’m trying to clear a level.  With all the updates, I’ve actually had to brush up on my pig-smashing skills and I kind of like it.  =)  I think I’m going to lay low with the swaps after I complete the ones I had signed up for already.

Meanwhile, I have my Book of Treasures to finish tonight.  (If not tomorrow, hopefully.)  Another video to make once done.

A must-watch video featuring Atty. Jonathan John O. Sarte

I know I’m biased.  He is one of my dearest friends from way, way back but this is one video worth watching, more so for those with families back home with issues or possible issues regarding succession or inheritance.  Atty. Rod Nepumoceno was also a friend from Ateneo Law.  This is a very enlightening discussion that makes it easy for any lay person to grasp these legal issues.

A favorite song: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Here’s a song from Keane I’ve always considered a favorite for its haunting melody and message and I’m uploading for the benefit of a friend who just discovered the song recently.

Around a year later, Lifehouse did a cover of the song and here it is:

I can’t quite make up my mind about which version I like better but both are haunting and just as addicting to listen to.  It just sticks with you.

Somewhere Only We Know

Songwriters: Chaplin, Tom; Hughes, Richard; Rice-Oxley, Tim;

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute, why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute, why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go? So why don’t we go?

Oh, this could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know
Somewhere only we know


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The Angelo Report: My budding Film Maker

Would you believe that this particular clip of Angelo’s has picked up almost 17,000 hits over at his youtube channel: The Angelo Report?!  Even I was blown away by the popularity of the video considering it was made by a child on a very child-like topic.

It took a while for this fact to sink in with the boy who was not too concerned about views or hits, and was just having fun emulating his idols on YouTube by creating videos of his toys.  For my part, I have always tried to encourage him in anything he likes — and I am just so amazed at how this medium has given him a channel to express his creativity, and at the same time develop his self confidence.

Just like anything on the web, people are not always going to be pleased so while I am not too happy that it is not 100% as far as the “like” function is concerned, and there was a crude comment I pulled out, I am trying to get people to comment on the video because Angelo doesn’t care so much about the hits as the number of people commenting and rating his work.  It’s a seven year old doing his own thing — we have no pretensions of being a serious film maker.  He is probably thinking of being one eventually but for now, I’m just so thrilled to see him having fun doing it.

The three comments there are somehow strange in that the spelling and grammar is not even at par my with 7-year-old.  One comment referred to the racer who was the inspiration for one of the Cars (The Movie) character, which makes me think, people should stop a while and see what the video is about before thinking they know more than the filmmaker.   Another one was asking where Angelo is from (seeing he is Asian talking the way he talks) because she couldn’t place his “acsent” — and that wasn’t a typo.  The comment I took out was a crude comment in broken English about not liking his video.

I’m just being the defensive Mom, I know.. why can’t people just let the kid have fun?  Some people just don’t have anything better to do.  I remember the grief I went through when certain bloghoppers made a habit of trolling blogs they would attack with all these unsavory comments.  Why even bother?

Right now I am just so impressed by the way he’s coming out of his shell and thinking of new ways to showcase his videos.  We’re still trying to get him looking at the camera when he chooses to have himself as part of the shot — and he’s getting better at it.  I’m also trying to get him used to showing the object which is the subject of the video long enough for the viewer to see it — but if you look at his first video which we did last year and compare it with the other things he’s done, you’ll see my boy is growing up.

So if you have the time, please do stop by his channel on YouTube and leave a comment.. Even just hitting the “like” button will mean a lot.  He’s already looking at George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.. right now, other youtube filmmakers continue to inspire him..