Saturday, January 24, 2009

On January 11 we celebrated the transferring of my mom's ashes to the crypt just over a year after her death. It was bittersweet occasion for all of us. It was a reminder of her departure and gave us the sense of closure we needed to push us along accepting she is gone.

It was a beautiful and simple celebration that started with mass at Manila Memorial, followed by the blessing of the crypt and transferring her ashes into the crypt. It was a sunny day and we all sat outside in garden chairs listening to the priest talk about his own personal tragedy of losing his father. When you go through the trial of losing someone close to you, you often feel like you are alone in the world. While the world around you continues to turn, you often feel frustrated that the world doesn't stop for you. It's comforting to hear stories from people who have gone through the same challenges, it reminds us all that we really aren't alone at all.
After Manila Memorial, we all headed over to our apartment for lunch. My family and I have always loved Cibo. Every vacation to the Philippines we would stop at the glorietta branch, which is just across our apartment, to have lunch there. It's quick and easy Italian food. No fuss, just simple pastas, yummy dips and our favorite white or red grape juice shake. My dad raised the idea of asking them to cater and it turned out to be the perfect choice. Although we were initially concerned about fitting 30-40 people in our house, with 2 tables for 10 inside, 1 table for 10 in the balcony along with several cafe tables and cocktail tables sprinkled around it turned out to be perfect with more than enough room.

Cibo's buffet spread was delicious. From a delicious truffle pasta to rosemary garlic beef, thinly sliced, to deep fried stuffed zucchini flowers, everything was presented beautifully and certainly satisfied everyone's appetite. The flowers they provided were beautiful, all white with just a hint of green here and there. My mom always loved arranging flowers and with her excellent eye for color and design, people were always impressed. We wanted to make sure that the flowers would not disappoint her and Cibo certainly rose to the challenge.
The party was filled with family and friends who were close to my mom. We were especially touched that our family friends, the Lais, flew all the way from Vancouver to celebrate the occasion with us. Karla's boyfriend Kendrick flew in from Hong Kong as well. All in all, it was a great gathering, with the wind blowing a cool breeze throughout the apartment. My mom always loved throwing parties, she loved preparing the food, planning the menu, picking the color scheme for the flowers, table cloth and plates. Arranging the buffet table complete with candles and decorative accessories depending on the occasion. I think she would have been thrilled with this one.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I know know, where have I been. Sorry, been back at work. Scroll down, see the mind museum post, I love my job, remember? So since I've been back, I've sunk back into the depths of my creative madness at work. I'm back into the swing of things for the Mind Museum. The team and I have been working on the technology gallery which is a mezzanine that hovers over the ground floor where the four main galleries are. The technology gallery showcases human ingenuity, which separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is all about what we have done, with what we know.

For example, there is a node in the tech gallery called Who We Are where we showcase the things we value as human beings such as fashion, art, literature and music. In Here To There, we showcase our ability to create transportations that allow us to travel through various spaces - from earth to universe, through the clouds and up above, underground and through the depths of sea. It also showcases the fact that we human beings value speed and efficiency.

We have started to do a model of the tech gallery. There are five nodes that run through the space:
  • How We Live

  • How We Know

  • Who We Are

  • Here To There

  • How Things Work

Our concept is to create these fluid forms that go around the eliptical mezzanine like a ribbon. These ribbons will become the platforms for the content of that node, or the ceiling from which exhibits can be hung, or even seats for consoles and rooms for enclosed exhibits. These ribbons will also intersect strategically where contents overlap for the nodes.
These were our early concepts for the tech gallery. I'll upload photos of the scale model we're working on soon.

Friday, January 02, 2009

New Years Brunch

On New year's day, we all took our time in the morning to wake up, greeting the new year lazily.  After getting dressed, we went to Country Club to have lunch by the poolside. With the sun out, it was the perfect weather to laze about.  We doze in and out as we laid back on our seats partly under the shade of the white tent and partly under the heat of the sun.  My dad kicked back with his newspaper, while the three of us stared sleepily at the kids playing diving into the pool and people wandering about.