I love the Philippines. Filipinos are, without a doubt, some of the friendliest, most fun-loving, outgoing and easygoing people in the world. And that is quite an awesome combination!
I call Manila 'home' - and PAL (Philippine Airlines) also happens to be my favourite airline.
I also quite like Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)... It's nothing special in terms of modernity or facilities but checking in, Security, Immigration, Customs and all of the usual rigmarole generally work pretty smoothly. You can even get a smile out of an Immigration Officer - sometimes! Now that is saying something!!
And you always get a nice welcoming chorus somewhere in the arrivals area at Christmas time.
But... (Moaning Poms!!)
How long will it be before Watsons realise that they do need to stock up on antacid tablets before Christmas and the New Year? (Not in the middle of January.) IE, When the demand is bound to be higher and supply chains are always severely disrupted? Or, how long before suppliers in general start to realise that essential supply chains do need to be maintained over the Christmas and New Year period?
...Or that it is actually quite a good idea to have more than two or three taxis working NAIA, the main international airport, on New Year's Day? (Not just let them all take the day off because they have hangovers from celebrating on New Year's Eve?)
Funny as hell, that! When I cleared Customs at NAIA (MNL) the other day and saw the state of the queue for the official airport taxis, I managed to bluff my way past the guard who was insisting on preventing people from going upstairs to the Departures area - (where you can generally hop into an incoming, non-airport taxi that has just dropped off a departing passenger) - even though the queue for taxis at Arrivals was probably about five or six hours long...
Basically, I used the momentum of my heavy suitcase to get myself onto the escalator up to the Departures level. Then, once I was safely on the escalator and moving steadily upwards, I made a big show of looking for my onward domestic ticket... By the time the guard realised what I was up to, I was already halfway up and it was too late!
There was no angry exchange and there were no hard feelings. I just lamely explained to the Guard that the queue for regular taxis was ever so slightly on the unbearably long side - and we both smiled as we said goodbye!!
The Philippines! I just love this place! ❤️
'Not too much time for painting in recent years... I have a portrait of my youngest daughter on the go - and I will definitely finish it one day. (I started it when she was 16. She is now 19 - so I will have to finish it while she is, technically at least, still a teenager!)
Photography... Well, this little blog of mine is also supposed to be about some of my attempts at photography, so here are a few snaps I took of the Shinkansen, on a recent (work-related) trip to Japan.
The photos I posted on Facebook created quite a few comments and I have reproduced some of these below:
Vic Rolfe I was talking about the Shinkansen to a friend in Kokura. He said he couldn't understand what was so special about the Shinkansen! "It's just a train, right?" Just a train??!!!! Well... I suppose - for Japan, yes!!
Luis Reyes Ordinary train lng sa kanila
FB Friend:" Beautiful, wish we had those here in Australia. "
Vic Rolfe Ideal country for it... Japan has spent a stupendous amount of money over the years building that network. At least, you wouldn't need too many tunnels, for a start off!
Vic Rolfe City center to city center, all over Japan. Every station on the Shinkansen network is surrounded by hotels, so you just get off the train and walk for two minutes to your hotel. In Japan, unless you are going from one end of the country to the other, it is actually quicker than flying, by the time you get stuck in a traffic jam just getting to the airport. Then you have to check in and get through security.
Luis Reyes Ganda ng train
Vic Rolfe These things don't spend all day in the station, either. They arrive on time and they have to leave on time - exactly to the second. Hence the announcement as you slow down on the approach to Hakata (Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan) "If you are planning to get off at the next station, then you need to get all your stuff ready NOW and start making your way towards the doors.." (or words to that effect!!) I am not sure how long they stop for - but it can't be very long! That's for sure... 1 minute? 2 minutes max!!
Well... Another failed software upgrade, resulting in the site "hanging" yet again, was the final straw!
Cut a long story short - but I actually asked Liquid Web to just cancel my server contract and delete my two remaining websites.
It was only when I remembered that I still need a couple of the artfreaks.com email addresses, that I decided to keep artfreaks.com going, in some form, at least.
The other site is now well and truly history. I personally deleted all the files for it, on my old server - and I didn't bother to make any sort of back-up copy.
And now I am down to one site only, I might even have a bit of time to try and get artfreaks.com back into some sort working sense?!!
New here, so on and so forth...I'm a hobbyist photographer, with main interests lying in photographing insects/other invertebrates. I don't have a fancy camera, but I do spend time making sure everything that needs to be in focus is the light conditions are just right etc etc.
So yes, will hopefully be uploading some images soon.
Ever since I was a little child I was afraid of dying. The thing that scares me the most is the fact you are no more; your just not here anymore. I’m terrified of leaving everyone behind once I go; just that thought alone scares me to death. What happens to you after you die? I am also worried by the unknown of dying and, what happens to your soul. I have had many people in my family pass away. The one that had me face my fears the most was my dad’s own passing.
My dad passed away when I was eighteen years old; it will be two years in February. My dad had cancer and was put into remission, but about six to eight months later he was diagnosed again and was terminally ill. After we found out he was terminally ill the doctors said he had a month to live; in the end that’s all we had left with him.
When we brought him home we got hospice in right away. Hospice is a service where they bring in a death bed, have a nurse that comes in a few times a week and I want to say she was a social worker who came in to be there for us. My mom, brother and I all witness he slowly pass away. The only good thing about him passing that way, instead of a freak accident, is that we all got to say good bye to him.
It’s hard to admit that there are good things that can come from someone close to you dying. After you go through something like that it changes you; sometimes bad but also it can be a good change. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I haven’t faced that; it has also made me face my own fear of death.
I believe that my dad is still with us; I believe his spirit is here watching over my family and me. I have always believed that there is some form spirituality out there; even through my own confusion with my belief of God. My belief of there is life after death became even stronger after my dad left us. When I didn’t believe in God anymore I used to picture where my dad was. I would imagine a lake in the middle of the woods, at night time, even though it was dark outside it wasn’t freighting. Knowing my dad is with us gives me comfort for when I die one day.
If I were to die tomorrow I know my dad would be there. I wouldn’t be with the rest of my family and friends, but I would still be with people I know. I would love to see my dad again but I can’t until I met my end. Just to hear him say I love you again would be amazing. I hold on to the hope that we will see each other again one day.
After watching my own dad die I am less afraid to die. I know he will be there for me when I need him, just in a different way now. Of course it stills scares me, but I feel a little less scared of it now. It’s going to happen one day, so why not try to see the positive from it. That’s how I like to view the world; always look for the positive in a bad situation.
The title to this entry is an allusion to the break-up of my first, slightly unsuccessful marriage - and my descent into the pits of hell with the second.
That was all over ten years ago but, today, I find myself wondering why I devote so much time and energy, (never mind money,) to a bunch of websites... It costs me well over $US 400 a month, just to keep them "on air." I can only take so much of my paid job, so could this just be a diversion to keep me busy and keep my mind away from thinking about the past? Then there is the fact that I invariably, deliberately mess-up any kind of developing relationship with the opposite sex. I certainly don't feel ready to get hooked again. Not just yet... Maybe not in the next ten years. Maybe when I am already dead?!
Then there is the art. Making amateur art, without any kind of pressure to pay the bills with the proceeds, is quite a relaxing pass-time and, like the web sites, it dose keep my mind occupied on mundane things.
Sometimes though, it is a real struggle just to get motivated; pick-up a stick of pastel and make some kind of mess on sheet of paper. Even that takes a real effort when I am not in the mood. It's just as well that I am not into oil painting... I'd never even get all that gear set-up!!
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I have been reading where Google has released information that it may start puting it's first page ranking up for bids on search. To me this would hurt the small business people that do not have the budgets of the large corporations.
The example that I saw used one dollar per click as an example which could be bid as high as five dollars per click. Man...I can just see Google sending me a bill saying today 5000 people clicked on my sight and bought nothing...that will be $5000 please. No way! From the statistics I have seen that 70% of potential customers will not click on adds that come up under search anyway.
I suppose this is a way to hide paid advertising from customers by charging for search ranking. Plus they do not guarantee first page ranking anyway-even with the paid search plan.
For those of us trying to maintain a sight I suppose we could try for page 2 or 3.
I could better understand the system if it was a commission on sales results of some sorts.
My humble opinion is that Google in it's largeness is becoming very greedy. I understand that they must make a profit but it should not come at the expense of putting the small busness out-of-business.
Google should remember that Yahoo and Bing are waiting in the background for the opportunity to become # 1.
The completion of my latest painting represents two 'firsts' for me!
Firstly, having been struggling with issues of lack of inspiration, finding the tiime and actually being able to complete my previous painting, (started last year some time) - this is my first complete painting of the year 2012
Secondly, this is my first ever painting that was not based on a photograph - and no photographic reference material was used - not even for the large (lily-like?) flower...
The koi pond, right in the middle of that lovely, rough and very green cottage garden lawn was just my idea of a perfect view from my ideal kitchen window!
Let me know what you think!
Window With a View
Seems lately that I have so many distractions that I find no time left to paint. First it took me quite a while to learn how to put up my own website. http://www.papadanart.com. This I finally accomplished with the help of yahoo's small business tools. You will not realize the accomplishment of building a website for a guy that still carries a dumb phone.
Then we have the distractions of other folks, usually family, that think every little snag in their life should be a great emergency for ME.
These seekers of opinion do not realize that I gained my wisdom from making many of the same dumb mistakes that they are making.
Soon I know there will come a day that I can turn once again to my painting and the gradification it brings to me.
I hope to start another series. Maybe the last series(Crazy Island) is out of my system. I have no idea what the next series will be but I am sure it will be a learning experience for me.
Suffer through those anoying distractions that take us from our painting or whatever our method of expression may be. It just makes the return more enjoyable.
Have a great day. Papadan.
Today, I managed to get started on a new pastel painting. (Apart from finishing-off another one that I started last year some time, this is my first art of 2012!!)
The initial outline of my painting, at the end of the first session.
Up until today, I had only ever painted from photographs. Photography is a hobby of mine and, as much as possible, I try to use my own photographs as reference material. However, my printer has been out of ink for some time and I have not been able to buy a replacement cartridge.
So, today was different! For the first time ever, I started something purely from scratch, using nothing more than my imagination.
Having just about run out of excuses, to put off the day when I knew I had to pick up a stick of pastel again; I attached a blank sheet of paper to my board. And then I sat there and just stared at it, refusing to leave my studio until a scene came into my mind and pastel had been applied to paper. At one point, I even considered taking-up abstract art painting! I thought about just putting a few random strokes of color on the paper and then seeing what developed from that. Later, I almost started to attempt a mighty steam locomotive pulling a train past a station platform - which, for some reason, was going to be full of people completely wrapped-up in their cell phones...
Anyway, a pretty tame scene that I knew I could handle purely from immagination, with no reference material at all, came to mind. It's nothing more than a simple view of a garden, as seen through the kitchen window of a country cottage with pink walls inside the kitchen. Not very ambitious, I know - but i just wanted to get started with something and I figured that it needed to be a simple scene... Maybe, once I get back into the swing of things, I can try something a little more ambitious?
I have wanted for the longest time to be able to paint from memory and also from immagination. Now, just because my printer is out of ink, I have finally been forced to give it a try.
This is not even the slightest hint of a shuffle for anyone else - but it is one massive leap for me!!
This art work is my fathers. He has not been doing well so I offered to get his artwork out to the masses. I hope you like it and please give any comments you may have. if you want to see all pieces go to www.grandaddyearl.com. ]
04-07-2012, Today I took a step in my plan to make a difference in the art world. Over the years I have worked in sales and marketing but my heart has always belong to the world of art. As a high school art student, I fell in love with copper etching. oils and pastels were ok but I could not get enough of the copper etching portion of the class. Once the class ended and I could not find a way to continue on my own, I experienced withdrawals. My desire to be an artist begin to burn out and finally I turned to sports to file the void. Over the years I would dabble in oil painting projects but I could not rekindle that fire that once burned within me. It was not until I met an unknown artist by the name of Jay Burley that I begin to understand my place in the Art World. That brings me to The Curator's Shadow, the Art Book. I begin trying to help Jay get his work seen by the world. We put his work on Tee Shirts and other clothing, even coffee cups. His work was all over the web, Youtube, Myspace even Facebook. Working with Jay reminded me of all the talented people I have come across with limited or no way to get their work seen by the public in a way that would do justice to their talent. The Art Book was the answer, a way to record a piece of history that would last and be shared for years to come. The Curator's Shadow will become a National Treasure, showcasing the work of artist the future may someday label great masters. To give our new website a look see click here
I wish I knew what year Norm Darwish made this photograph. I tried to contact him on his website but, no response back. I can find information on a lot of his work, just not this series. I guess it might have came from his flowers theme. It is so beautiful, it is so mind boggling that he does this flawless of work with color pencils
I recently purchased a painting from goodwill (kind of vintage looking) I think it might be by an artist who was experienced in hand painting reproductions of famous artworks. I found another painting that was a reproduction of "The First Kiss" and was sold with the same signature as the artist on my painting (which was also sold to soneone on goodwill). I have tried to research this artist but have been unsuccesful. I guess my question is, does anyone know the name of this painting, or what is it a reproduction of? Or perhaps, does anyone recognize the signature. I am planning to keep this painting concidering that reproductions are a highly priced item sometimes, and it is soo beautiful. But since I know that the artist does reproductions, I really want to know if this is a repo. too, or an original of the artist. Thank you for any response back. With all the ship paintings to research, after a while, they are starting to look the same.
My grandparents have come under some major financial stress and they're house is in jeopardy. They had these paintings they have collected over the years and are trying to find out if they have any real significance and might have something that could help them financially. There is one that appears to be one of the "Highwaymen" from Florida in the 50's and 60's that I have had someone on the Highwaymen website verify that it is Livingston Roberts' work, but he never replied back to me to give me a title of the painting or any other information. Any help anyone can offer would mean a great deal to me and my family. All the pictures in the link above have all the information I have under them. I think most of these were purchased in Florida if the helps any.
Thanks in advance,
<p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>Renowned Danish author Orla Nygaard and World of Art Award Winning Danish Artist Asbjorn Lonvig <br /> have so far published 3 children's books on LuluPress.com, the world's best in the print on demand concept.<br>The print on demand concept is printing and shipping after ordering and paying.</acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym> <a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-worlds-best-beagy/15743892"><img style="width: 238px; height: 307px; border: 2px solid" src="http://www.lonvig.dk/colorful-news-father-2-arms-around-dog.jpg" alt="The World's best Beagy" hspace="10" vspace="10" /></a> <a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/beagy-will-be-beagy/15586242"><img style="width: 222px; height: 308px; border: 2px solid" src="http://www.lonvig.dk/colorful-news-two-fat-ladies.jpg" alt="Beagy will be Beagy" hspace="10" vspace="10" /></a></acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>Two Books have been published in English. They are about a family who buys a dog (a Beagle). <br /> The father is skeptical because he does not think he has time enough to look after the dog. <br /> However, he becomes so fond of the dog that he decides to bring up and train the dog himself. <br /> Unfortunately, things do not turn out the way he thinks and hopes. Time after time things go wrong <br /> and very far from what he had expected, which results in a number of comical and bizarre situations.<br /> You can see comprehensive previews on LuluPress of the books: Preview "The World's Best Beagy" <br /> and preview of "Beagy will be Beagy".</acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>You can order these 2 books by clicking on the motifs shown above - you will be navigated directly to <br /> the books on the LuluPress markedplace. </acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>The 2 books mentioned above have been combined and published in Danish. <br /> The book title is: "Biggi Verdens bedste Hund".</acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym><a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/biggi-verdens-bedste-hund/16105197"><img style="width: 200px; height: 261px; border: 2px solid" src="http://www.lonvig.dk/colorful-news-father-2-arms-around-dog-danish.jpg" alt="Biggi Verdens bedste Hund" hspace="10" vspace="10" /></a> </acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>Nygaard & Lonvig, Denmark is very satisfied about feedbacks.<br /> One of the most positive is this:<br /> </acronym></p> <p style="font-style: italic; font-family: Arial"><acronym>Dear Asbjorn.<br /> I wrote to you when I received the books that I thought they are beautiful.<br /> I liked the titles of the books. Very memorable. Children and parents can relate easily to the titles and<br /> chapter titles. The colors of the covers and the art on the covers is very appealing for children as well as parents. <br /> I love your geometric art and think it goes really well with the story contents.The inside of the books are very nicely done. <br /> The page layouts are very clean and the art and story go really well with each other. <br /> One can follow the story easily by looking at the pictures.<br /> </acronym></p> <acronym style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-style: italic">I liked the stories very much. Each had humor and a strong concept of family values. </span><br /> <span style="font-style: italic">The stories are lessons as</span><span><span style="font-style: italic"> well, but these lessons do not distract from the fun aspect of the book.</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic">For very young children, each chapter could be made into its own book.</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic">The books are WONDERFUL!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic">All my best,</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic">Ellen Fisch *</span><br /> <br />*) </span><span>Ellen Fisch</span><span> lives on Long Island, New York. <br /> </span><span>Ellen Fisch</span><span> </span><span>has a BA in Art from Brooklyn College and a MA in Art from New York University.<br /></span><span>Ellen Fisch</span><span> i</span><span>s a fellow artist to Asbjorn Lonvig, she teatchesis.<br /> </span><span>Ellen Fisch's general</span><span> jud</span><span>gments are second to none.</span></acronym> <p style="font-family: Arial"> </p>
MY ARTWORK IS AN ARTSITE WHICH FOCUSES MAINLY ON PAPER ART. ALL MADE FROM PULPED PAPER. WHERE EACH PIECES IS PURELY CRAFTED LOVINGLY BY HAND TO CREATE A ONE OF A KIND WORK OF ART. HENCE NO ONE PIECE IS THE SAME, AND A ONE OF A KIND COLLECTION OF ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVITY. A RECYCLED ART WITH EMBELLISEMENT AND A FUSION OF THE OLD AND THE NEW, THUS A TIMELESS PIECE OF ART. IT IS A WORK OF LOVE. HOPE YOU CHERISH IT AS I DID IN CREATING IT. WOULD YOU BELIEVED THAT WHEN I MEMBERED IN A PAPIER MACHE ARTIST GROUP. NO ONE CREATION IS EVER THE SAME. I WAS REALLY SURPRISED BY THE VAST CREATIVITY OF THE IMAGINATIONS OF THE MEMBERED ARTIST. ALL ORIGINAL WORK OF ART. ANYWAY DO YOU KNOW THAT PAPIER MACHE ART IS A FUSION OF DIFFERENT ARTS. ITS A FUSION OF DIFFERENT MEDIUM OF ARTS. SUCH AS CARVING(WOOD),POTTERY(CLAY), SCULPTURE(ROCK/METAL), AND PAINTING ALL ROLLED INTO ONE CREATION. HENCE ITS A ONE OF A KIND WORK OF ART.
My first complete painting of 2011...
Pretty Po Kami 001
From a self-shot photo of a young teenage Filipina girl on Facebook.com
There was another painting that I finished in January but it was started back in November of 2010. It was supposed to be erotic art - but it is certainly one of the worst paintings that I have managed to produce in recent years:
The struggle continues, as they say!
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My name is Jon Kubic and im a musician. Im looking for artists/film makers/photographers to contribute towards a project I am running.
Please take time to visit my website.... www.kubic.co.uk
Im looking for artists who think that they could contribute towards interpreting my music in either film, art or photography. Please note that at present, this would be unpaid (im not getting paid yet for it !!!), but would just be being done for the love of the art (which is what im doing it for with this particular project)
In a sense, im looking for someone to characterise my music and my band through their artwork. At present, there is only one song on the site, however, we have another 3 in production at the moment.
Please feel free to drop me a line if you are interested. Contact details on the website.
Hi! It's me ShioriWolf. I am kinda new here I guess. I joined and then forgot about this website.... Theres not much that goes around here is there? hmmm.... Anyways i will be putting up more art soon... maybe..... if i remember.
It's a struggle. I am glad I only have one site to deal with right now.
So now, having managed to get image editing in the Gallery sorted-out, I now find that I can't upload any new images?!!!
Never mind... We will get there in the end.
I will post a new comment on my blog when this is sorted...