Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Morning Light Art Gallery & Shop

I used to always complain about how little to no good art stores there are here in Davao. If you had thought the same, well, you're in for a treat. :3 Fellow artists, I present to you the Morning Light Art Gallery & Shop.
Lo and behold! Never did I think there existed such a lovely place here in Davao. I got too excited for my own good and my first reflex was to drop everything and explore. I was really only able to take three pictures before working myself into a frenzy. But all is good and well -- They have a Facebook page here where you can find more pictures of the place and the things they sell as well as the store's address and its store hours. C:

This is by far the only place I know of  that sells masking fluid, both removable and permanent sorts. It was the first thing I grabbed. I know I could have just bought it online but, I don't know, I don't trust the internet. ((:

If you happen to know of any other good art stores, please do share them. I'd love to know. C:
Maybe we could go together. :D

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Home is Where You Make It

I sit here at my desk with my eyes bloodshot red and a cup of coffee as my only company. I know I should be asleep at this hour but there's something I'd like to just get off my chest.

I chanced upon this on Tumblr and I cannot stress enough how much it struck me.

I was born in the Philippines but at the age of 3, we moved to Singapore. Growing up, I believed that it was okay that I didn't fit in. After all, I wasn't originally from there. I'm a Filipino and I'm from the Philippines. It was okay that I wasn't a 100% Singaporean because I really wasn't. I spent a good 10 years of my life in Singapore. I grew fond of the culture and the life there but my sense of belonging was never properly established. I was comfortable but, secretly, I still felt like a fish out of water and I still believed that my home was in the Philippines.

I managed to settle into secondary school (high school) but half way though the year, I find out we were to move back to Philippines. I was beyond devastated. I truly was. There was so much I was leaving behind. But even so, there was a part of me – which I was blind to at the time – that was undeniably excited . "I'm going home".

To cut it short, I ended up feeling alienated even in my own, supposed, home country. I knew I didn't belong in Singapore but if I don't belong even here in the Philippines, where do I belong then? I've been living the Philippines for 8 years now since we moved back and I still don't feel that I belong. This used to rattle me so but I've come to realize, after so long, that it doesn't really matter. Home is where you make it.

I suppose this goes out to the people who knows what this feels like.
I found my home in God. If you haven't already, I hope you find yours soon, wherever you decide to make it. ♥