Friday, January 05, 2018

2018 Goals

1. Read more books. 

2. Go back to Japan and make sure to learn Nihonggo within 6 months. The objective should be able to read and speak Nihonggo fluently. The writing part can follow later, especially the Kanji. 
3. Travel more. The first half of 2017 led me to Nagoya and Hiroshima. This year, I hope to travel at least another island in the Philippines and to explore more of Japan.

4. Be good at drawing and painting. So far, I am on thr right track. I might consider joining some art club for further improvement.

5. Plank, plank, plank. I am not into gym membership because based on experience,  I ended up spending more than my usage. Planking requires zero spending which suits well to my schedule and attitude.

These are pretty realistic goals I hope to achiev within this year. Cheers to 2018!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017

Early morning route to work. Cebu's Marcelo Fernan bridge (a.k.a the Second Bridge) 

Photo taken from the old bride.

2017 was different. It was unexpected compared to the last two previous years.

Looking back on the list of goals for 2017, I was able to achieve 3 out of 5. Not bad, eh. First, was painting. I am proud to say that I am getting some direction unlike before, I could barely find some inspiration to begin with. It started in January when I happened to have bought nice looking canvas at Flying Tiger (it's like Denmark's version of Daiso) in Lalaport. Other than that, I did some pretty coloured-pencil drawings.

Next, was rewatching the whole Star Wars franchise. I did watch all except for Episode III because it bored me.

The last one was "Something big should happen". It did happen and somehow, it can't be denied that I do feel some slight regret. Although schedule, work and daily life have been stressful, it has been nice waking up with Amber. She has grown a lot since I came back and as expected with kids her age, constantly asks a lot of questions.

As for books, I have not even reached half of Angela Duckworth's Grit. It only goes to show that I have been very busy and less lonely because it is in loneliness that books become my best friends.

In spite of it all, I am determined to get back with the bigger world. Hoping before Natsu 2018 kicks in, I will be walking the streets of Chiba and Tokyo again. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

It's November already...

Before I begin, I was supposed to do my usual Random Five post but due to Blogger not bothering to update their app, my current OS no longer supports Blogger app. Hmm, thinking of migrating to WP.

Anyway, I will be sharing what I have been up to. Inspite of the usual craziness of the world and watching Disney channel with Amber, I was able to squeeze some time for art. Inset photo shows my artworks by Acyrlic gouache on canvas. The Tiger and Black Bear were my recent works.

(L-R) Tiger - Sept 2017, Cat - March 2017, Black Bear - Nov 2017, Wolf - Feb 2017, and Lion - Jan 2017. The last one is my favorite art in the form of person, Amber at 3.

Not the best but on the way there. I know I still have a long way to go considering I have lapses in between but so far, it feels good after seeing my works on my walls.

As much as I thought I would have a lot of free time while in Cebu, it is actually insufficient. Work time plus the en route time (traffic and distance) eats up most of my day leaving me no time to do other things. Well, i need to re-orient myself to Life. 

I do miss solitude..but too much of something is bad enough (quoting a Spice Girls' song).