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This year (2016) marks the end of an era

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Upon the passing of the “Master Showman” German “Kuya Germs” Moreno, and Alan Rickman, who portrayed the iconic role of the stern but caring Professor Severus Snape, I sense that 2016 would be indeed the peak–of the so-called “Year of the Grim Reaper.”

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PAGTITIPON 4: A Remarkable Experience

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Participants bonding with each other before the second session.

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Yeah, indeed.

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Ooh. I absolutely love French Ultramarines. So far, ultramarine blue is the most pleasant color to my eyes–not in digital LCD monitors, but on paper.

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That cursive writing, tho.

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Randolph (left), and Cheska (right).

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Larissa of art.ticulate’s nib holder collection. Shi-ny!

Pagtitipon 4

24 September 2016
Warehouse Eight
Makati City

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It’s actually not only calligraphy–you also learn from the pros and artisans. What is actually a creative department? Every department, as per John Ed, has a creative side.

However, I think that Pagtitipon is about meeting new people–of ALL different fields.

Albie Casiño deserves forgiveness

He definitely deserves forgiveness. Thing is that, he should have handled the situation gracefully, rather than yakking and complaining–handling a dilemma in a graceful way might shame the oppressor.

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Also, I think Jake Ejercito does not deserve to be bashed. YET…

Jake, aminin mo na kasi na ikaw ang ama ni Ellie Eigenmann. Walang mawawala sa’yo, dahil alam kong mabuti kang tao. The thing with you is that, you condoned the fact that Albie deserves to be hit so hard.

In fact, Albie Casiño deserves forgiveness. He deserves a quiet life, even though he is a twat himself. Maraming nagsasabing mayabang talaga siya sa personal, but does that mean that he deserves to be a loser forever!?

APKORS NAHT!

And to address the dilemma to Andi Eigenmann

YES! I think you should calm your tits and shut your p*ssy right away. You ain’t setting a good example to Ellie, y’know. In fact, you proved that you’re becoming WORSE than the following:

  1. Cristine Reyes
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Angel Locsin

Well, at least they’re the butt of jokes–unlike you, you’re becoming the…

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Artambay sa South

October 1, 2016
Project Pie in Filinvest City, Alabang
2-5 PM

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We traded a lot of art prints, even borrowed and asked for a pint of paints from tubes. Oh, here’s an example of what Pin Calacal of TutubingKarayomPH gave us. Yee-haw!

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Pin of Tutubing Karayom told us, “Hoarding is bad, hoarding is wrong!” Well, I have to agree with that. After all, hoarding made my wallet cry T_T. So yeah, I told myself to make the most of the papers I have right now, because, no matter what happens, they’re still watercolor paper. LOL.

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…and here’s Kat, being proud of demonstrating how to STRETCH watercolor paper.

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Then here’s Carla Chua. Boy, this girl is really talented. However, she really has to go, so she hoped that her artwork will go to someone else. Hehehe.

So far, Artambay has taught me different things:

1.) AVOID hoarding at all costs – In fact, it will really make you damn broke.

2.) Persistence is key! Never give up.

3.) You could still practice your passion even though your field of expertise (or rather, profession) is completely different from one another.

4.) Socializing is also important. In fact, attending events like these will bring you closer to the best and the most veteran (if my usage of the terms are correct, perchance?) watercolor artists in Metro Manila.

5.) You learn different styles of watercolor painting.

 

So, yeah. Attending Artambay is really worth it! I told myself, I will persist on what I want to do, without thinking of higher pay. In fact, attending events without even thinking of someone dictating you made me feel more relaxed, no tensions and whatsoever thing I should be bothered about.

I will return to blogging

After a long hiatus, I almost wanted to quit blogging.

This is because, to be honest, I was surrounded by pure bad vibes. I think, I should go back to blogging and never turn back.

This time, Highlights of 2016 will have a new format. It won’t be posted in Youtube, however. It will be posted at the default Molybdenum Studios Facebook page–first.

There are new things I would like to share.

Stay tuned!

— MSP Founder and CEO

The 37th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia

So far, this is my second visit to the MIBF (second day and second time… my first time was last year hehehehehe).

DAY ONE

On the fist day, I saw this–Raissa Robles’s book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.”

My take: Wow. The Philippines plunged into foregin debt is because Marcos didn’t pay the debts on time–not because they STOLE money from the Filipino people.

…so if you are anti-Marcos, then this is a good read for you.

Finally got the best-selling book, “Why Nations Fail.” I recommend you this book (initial comments).

Art haul from National Bookstore booth. (:

DAY TWO

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? (:

Best Christmas gift for the photographer.


Go here if you have money to burn

Don’t go if you’re broke. Get good reads.

Mongolia: The most overlooked, “exotified” nation of East Asia


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INTRODUCTION

When you actually hear the term “East Asia,” usually people will only talk about China, Japan, and Korea. Oh, wait. There’s also this country that is really big—way bigger than Japan and Korea in terms of landmass. Yes, that is where the so-called “Yellow race” originate—and that is where the term “Mongoloid” comes from—the country of Genghis Khan: MONGOLIA.

Unlike Chinese, Japanese, and Korean races where you could distinguish which is which and who is who, in Mongolia, you could only distinguish one according to their size. THAT’S RIGHT. Mongolians are the stoutest East Asians you’ll ever meet—unlike their other, more well-known East Asian counterparts (who happen to be slim and slender people).

Mongolia is the only East Asian country that does not use its indigenous alphabet (the traditional Mongolian script). Instead, they use the Cyrillic script like most countries in Central Asia and Northeastern Europe.

It is called “Outer Mongolia,” since there’s Inner Mongolia, which is under the Chinese regime.

Mongolia is really exotic—in terms of geography. What makes it so unique from the rest of East Asia?

1.) It’s an elevated, landlocked country in the middle of Northern China and Southern Russia. Elevated? No kidding! In fact, its capital Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world due to three factors: Landlocked, elevated, and yes, the cold and notorious harsh Siberian winter (well, you could experience the harsh chills even in Seoul, South Korea due to its mountainous nature).

2.) It is the least vegan-friendly country in East Asia — Think about its cuisine. Yes, they eat all sorts of meat, even horse meat. Also, their national drink is airag—or fermented mare’s milk (yes, a female horse’s milk!). Reason: Most of its land is barren—not conducive for vegetation.

3.) Its culture is more technically conservative—compared to Japan or even the Koreas — Many Mongolians still love living inside the ger (yurt is the international term—more like a cylinder + cone-shaped tent with good insulation), even when living in UB (what they call their capital city). In fact, nomadic ways of life is still observed—esp. in the outskirts of the city.

4.) It’s capital city Ulaanbaatar/Ulan Bator (UB) used to be a nomadic city!

5.) There are Mongols (Mongolians who basically dwell outside Outer and Inner Mongolia) who live in Russia—there’s Buryatia, home of the Buryat Mongols (Siberia), and there’s this so-called “Asia in Europe,” which is Kalmykia—known for being the Buddhist capital of Europe. Kalmykia is called “Asia in Europe” is because, the people who live there are not Slavs or Turkic people, but Mongols.

6.) It is the only country that has revived Daylight Savings Time (DST) — Since 2015! The government said that it’ll be beneficial to the Mongolian economy.

7.) Mongolian looks are so far the most facially-diverse—as compared to China, Japan, and Korea, where most of their people are indentifiable and distinguishable. You could really tell who is Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—but Mongolian? Well, admit it or not, you’ll only know if the person’s a Mongolian based on their size.

8.) Mongolia started to transition to the modern world—VERY LATE. In fact, the first university in Mongolia was established in the 1940s. Pretty strange, huh?

9.) Aside from South Korea and Hong Kong, Mongolians could visit Russia without a visa.

10.) It is the only country in East Asia that does not use its native alphabet. Mongolia has adopted Cyrillic since the 1940s. It’s only Inner Mongolia in the People’s Republic of China that still uses the traditional Mongolian script—technically speaking, the traditional Mongolian script was only used for religious purposes in monasteries, and education in Mongolia before the 1940s were only accessed by a privileged few.

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FACTS about MONGOLIA

Endonym/Official Name: Mongol Uls
Capital: Ulaanbaatar (alternatively Ulan Bator, and its often called by locals as UB)
Demonym: Mongolian, Mongol
Religion: Buddhism (predominant)
Currency: Mongolian Tugrik/Togrog (MNT/₮)
AC Outlet: Type-C (Europlug/Schuko)
TV system: SECAM
Language: Mongolian (Note: They use the Cyrillic alphabet)
Traffic Handedness: Right-hand traffic (though there are right-hand drive vehicles in Mongolia)
Timezone: GMT +8.00 (UB); GMT +7.00 (Westernmost Mongolia, esp. Khovd)
Abbreviations: MGL, .mn
Daylight Savings Time (DST): Yes
Biometric Passport: No

Type of government: Parliamentary
Dual citizenship: Not allowed
Divorce Law: Yes

[Note: If ever there are disputes in this blog post, kindly correct me for this matter! Bayarlalaa!]