Friday, January 31, 2014

Xin Nien Kwai Le!

      Nice jianzhi horse huh? The Chinese celebrate their Lunar New Year today but the Year of the Horse actually begins on February 4, 2014, based on the Chinese Astrology Calendar. 

      The horse is a favorite animal and an auspicious symbol in ancient Chinese culture. Intelligent and fast, the horse was a very useful animal in the household and the battlefield. It symbolizes travel, competitiveness, victory, nobility and leadership. That's why paintings and sculptures of horses can be found in most Chinese homes and edifices. 

      But don't be too quick about putting a horse artwork in your home for good luck. Where you place it in your house actually matters. Like the image of  running horses, they say, should not point towards the front door as if they are leaving hehe. 

      Also the horse will either give you a free speedy lift or a kick in the butt. Depends on your animal sign. I was born in the Rabbit Year. According to Chinese Astrology, the horse is the rabbit's inspiration to run even faster. Cute, huh? But really, the pig and the rat is said to be my lucky animals.

      You've probably read or heard about your fortune for 2014 on the internet or TV.  Even if you don't believe in astrology you may have checked it out for fun or curiosity. Most websites pretty much give you a general or an unelaborated forecast - a less accurate one even. The element of the year is actually significant. This year is a Wood Horse Year and this horse has fire and earth with it too. So how does that affect your element and animal sign? Do you know that the element of your birth year is different from your lucky element? Find out about it at

      Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

     I've just sent these shirts to the US along with a few postcards, ordered by a new friend whom I met through this blog of mine. So he's my first American customer hehe. Thanks Michael!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

BuhayBohemio Tank Tops
Coming Soon

       I've been meaning to have some BuhayBohemio shirt designs printed on cotton tank tops. But these are for my dreadlock artist friend Avhel who provided the garment, around 2 dozens, and had them printed by me. Again he has beat me at being the first to sell my own Rasta-reggae designs on cotton tanks. But that's okay. I got paid for these anyway hehe. 

        Well I do hope to have my tanks ready by March. They're perfect for summer!

Friday, January 17, 2014

       I just love this movie poster. But where's the hobbit? Hehe.

     I've just watched An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug a few days ago and I was so delighted to see favorite characters again from Lord of The Rings and also new characters like the wizard Radagast, the elven king Thranduil, and the dwarf prince Thorin.

     I'm a LOTR fan but certainly not a LOTR geek hehe. I've never read the books. I only learn of a novel when a movie is made from it. And movies of an old magical world - yeah that's my kind of thing. ^_^

Friday, January 10, 2014

An Accidental Meeting
With a Veteran Artist

     I went to Cubao yesterday to buy blank shirts to replenish my stock. Before going home I decided to drop by Megamall for a snack, window shopping and to check out the art at the 4th floor.

     From afar I could see that the Art Center is filled with paintings of various sizes, subjects and styles and most of them are frameless and pretty aged. All by a single artist. And while I was having a closer look at the artworks with fascination, the exhibiting artist who happens to be present was fascinated by my long locks and he asked the attendant to invite me for a chat with him.

     The 82 year old artist, Jose "Pepe" Aguilos, Jr., is actually a distinguished Architect. He topped the 1955 National Architectural Board Exams, taught at Far Eastern University for 30 years, and designed and constructed many famous landmarks in the country.

     "Are you painter too?" He asked. "Yes. A frustrated one", I replied. We talked about his art of course (and how dreadlocks are made and maintained). He paints as a hobby, hence the varied styles and genres. He has also reproduced paintings by famous artist like Juan Luna, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Rembrandt.

     We also talked about digital art. He was very interested about how art softwares can assist in making real paintings and also about the technology of printing on canvas and other materials.

     I showed him some of my digital portraits posted online and he said they are good (Flattered! LOL). He even offered to paint one of my self-portraits and to let me watch him work on it so I could learn how to paint in oil. Really nice of him!

     This exhibit is actually his second. The first was in November 2006 held at the same venue. His current exhibit runs from January 1 to 14, 2014.  Check it out and if you're lucky you might get to chat with the gregarious artist. ^_^

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Take the Time to Do Nothing

      These are beautiful words from the book Finding Your Strength in Life by David Viscott, from the section Take the Time to Do Nothing. And that's exactly what I did in the first few days of 2014. (Click the note above to enlarge.)

      Well, not absolutely nothing. Nothing much at least. A few trifling tasks here and there. All done while in deep thought - recollecting, contemplating and dreaming. And we really need to take the time to do these "nothings" every once in a while. Especially now in these few days after the demands of the last holiday and before we go back to work in full swing tomorrow.

      Actually I hoped to do the nothings in a beach this weekend. It's really a good place to sense the expanse of the sky and the breadth of the horizon, along with the warmth of the sand and the coolness of the water. But that didn't happen because I got carried away with doing nothing for it to happen. LOL

      Well I'll try again next weekend. After all we got an entire year ahead of us. ^_^