Art close to home

I used to think that I had to leave the island to find excellent artwork.  But a lot lately, I’ve come to enjoy local  artistic talent such as those above. 

When I was younger I didn’t spend too much time dwelling on art or even cultivating any interest in art. I knew that I was not good at drawing and no one really encouraged me to learn more about art. (Not that I wanted to.) So, I don’t know exactly when that interest finally took root or what work of art inspired me, but I know that I must have given in to some sudden curiosity. It was probably something sudden like  a moment wandering in a random gallery which later became hours spent in a museum.

My fascination in art was often in other places far from Guam such as New York City and the West coast. So, having returned home, I wondered if that fascination would continue and if it would strike a chord like those I had seen Stateside.  And it has, in the small exhibitions in local galleries and in hotels and even shopping centers. I found myself wanting to know more about local talent and to see more artwork. 

Regardless of where and when I  admired art or my slow and gradual love of art, I am glad that I do not need to go too far to admire artistry and talent. 

A view from above

The picture above was captured while I was taking a break from reading.   I liked how I had a bird’s eye view of the people enjoying themselves at the pool.  I could see conversations happening, parents teaching their kids to swim, and people revelling in the sun.  Catching moments like this make me realize how lucky I am to be living on an island paradise.

#fmsphotoaday Day 1: Sky

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The sky over the Philippine Sea.

I couldn’t help but want to try out the #fmsphotoaday challenge this year.   It’s by no means a resolution of mine.  (I didn’t make any resolutions this year.)

So, I’m kicking off the first day of 2015 with a breathtaking view of the sky and the ocean.  Both of them having gorgeous hues of blues and being filled with movement. 

Anyone trying out the #fmsphotoaday challenge?  Please let me know.  It’d be great to share and see pictures coming from this challenge
 

Remembering 2014

2014 was a year of ups and downs and lots of good, bad, and the ugly parts to this year. But I won’t be one to dwell on what went wrong or, rather, the lessons learned, at least not on this blog.  I will, however, share in some of the highlights.  

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The Mulan production directed by Ernest Ochoco

First, I was lucky to enjoy a few of performances– Cantate, two Ernest Ochoco productions, and a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. 

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The tinala katne (dried meat) plate at Meskla's.

Next, I indulged in some good food both local and otherwise.  My faves were the pho at Pho Thanh Xuan (they have different variations, but 7 and 12 are favorites), the tinala katne at Meskla,  and the chirashi at Sushi Ebisu. 

Third, I met and made new people.  Some I work with and the others outside of work.  I also strengthened friendships while others I just became more mindful of and reconsidered.

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Returning to the tennis court after many years

Fourth, I started back up with exercising.   I joined a new gym, started a fitness schedule, and even added variety like more morning walks and tennis.

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French Quarter, New Orleans.

Last, I did a bit of travelling.  I was able to go to New Orleans and North Carolina.   I even got to visit New York City again. 

So, although this year was tough, I still consider this year a memorable and blessed one.  It’s a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye but the prospect of a different year ahead makes the goodbye a little more manageable.

I wish you all well this new year 2015 and thank you so much for sharing 2014 with me. 

Christmas in the islands

I know, I know,  Christmas is long gone, but I couldn’t resist just one more Christmas post.   This cute Christmas display is located in Guam’s Hilton Resort & Spa. It’s the first time the hotel included this display as part of their Christmas extravaganza. And it’s also the closest thing we have to having some semblance of snow. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I don’t think I will ever get over how beautiful sunsets are here on Guam.  For me, scenes like this have a way of reminding me more about the good things that happened during the day.  And if my day wasn’t so well, sunsets also console me with the prospect of another day.  So even if the sun wanes and the temperatures drop,  sunsets carry it’s own warmth and renewal.