Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Narrative of Saunters at UP Sunken Garden

 

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It’s been almost a year since I last set my foot on UP Sunken Garden’s withered grasslands. This place gave me so much to remember. From finding a new love…back to sauntering the pavements and earth in solitude. But what seems to be a supposedly, lonely scenery became a happy, free ardor.

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I used to associate Keane’s song “Somewhere only we know” to this place. I sort of claimed that that one certain person and I treasured this place a lot. Why? We first dated here. We spent our Maundy Thursday here. And I fell for him right in here. Like “Is this the place we used to love? Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?”

Yes, it may have been heartbreaking. I may breakdown anytime ‘cause I haven’t done that in quite a while. But I am lucky to be accompanied by a loving friend.

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Being here at UP Sunken Garden gave me some sort of a whiplash and a bittersweet reverie. Somehow, the state of freedom smothers the feeling of nostalgia. The wind coupled with some dust alleviates the yearning of being with that person who along the way got lost in translation. The disposition includes the flashbacks – I see him right on the spot where we both sat and talk about the future. He wore a maroon shirt and I donned a yellow top and brown skirt. It was all too vivid for me to remember, how can I forget? I want to go sit on the grass where we sat, but I realized it’s too far from where I stood that time – too far to go back…that it requires the wind to blow him towards my way.

But I have promised myself to never dwell on the memories that will keep me coming back for more. I have promised to pursue my goals right in this place where everything seems calm and serene. It seems like it is a place where I can lash out and be happy. It seems like this place is very conducive to me.

It’s about time to pursue my goals – to study again at UP. I missed my chance one time, now it’s all in me. Probably one of the reasons why I keep on coming back here is that I knew it’s going to be my abode in the next few years… Never mind all the heartbreak I went through. I could probably thank the moment for calling me in to make me realize that I want to study here for MBA.

 

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Paint the town Red

They say everyone is born as an artist. When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen. But either way, I know a place where everyone is an artist… or could be an artist waiting for their calling. Just near ADMU, MC and UP. Where exactly? Capitol Hills Drive: Green Street! 😉

Last Saturday, March 22, 2014, I had an adventure scheduled with my very good colleague, Ruby. We’ve been planning this painting duo date ever since and it’s a good thing we were able to plan it successfully, squeezing this session within our busy life-work schedules.

I’m such a sucker for colors, drawing and acrylics that I suddenly felt the urge to go rehabilitate myself in Sip & Gogh for just a day. How did we do it? Here:

  1. Go to their website and check their calendar: http://www.sipandgogh.com/calendar.php
  2. Choose a session you want to join in. Log in if you are a member. Or sign up, if you wish to register.
  3. Then after reserving for seats, go to the nearest Metrobank you can go to and deposit the fee. Take note that every session has different rates. Ours is Php 1,000.00. Or you can pay thru credit card. Reservation is only valid for 48 hours. If you failed to pay within 48 hours after making the reservation, your seats will be gone gone gone.. However, you can reserve again. Kewl.

But anyway, here’s our fun experience in Sip & Gogh.

We arrived like 10-15 minutes late for our 4PM “Autumn Reflections” because we were so dotty about traversing University of the Philippines, Ruby’s alma matter and my future MBA school (hehe). But that’s fine since we arrived just in time for the first technique being taught.

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It’s really amazeballs how a work of art comes from simplest to picturesque! That’s what we painted first on a canvas – some sort of aqua/sky blue back drop that would resemble as waters and skies later on. And everything else follows. Really, you don’t have to be a painter to do this. But I did, since I have the love for art. 

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And what counterpoised (also, added poise) to our concentration to painting? These entrées:

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If you want to have some wine, be it a cabernet sauvignon or a chardonnay, or pinot noir, you must add Php 200. But in our case, we are very much drunk in water paints. So, no, we didn’t order a glass. However, non-alcoholic drinks like Four Seasons juice are served. For a more sophisticated brushing, we are given 2 slices of baguette with pesto butter and liver spread, plus cheese pyramids. Meat lover? They got it also for us. Only that I didn’t know if it is a salami or a pepperoni. But one thing is for sure, it is not a prosciutto (though it tastes close to that). See, Php 1,000.00 isn’t too pricey if you’ll evaluate the enjoyment and experience. Everyone seems to revel in the fun! Even the kids and kids at heart.

And after 2 hours of painting… we are so proud of our obra maestra that we strut it on Sip & Gogh’s wall of fame.

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And a little more…

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Take a look on my creation..

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And after being so engrossed on doing our own thing, it is then that we saw this part of the room..

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They say, art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful. I say, the more you inculcate art into your life, in every emotions you feel, in every obstacles you face, in every people you meet who makes you happy and gives you disappointments, in every way you can, the more you plot a vivid picture of your life.