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. 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : New

I’m far from being vegetarian.  In fact, I jokingly call myself a “flexitarian” (a part-time vegetarian). I do my best to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my diet as often as I can.  It’s not always easy because I’m so accustomed to eating meat and processed foods. So, a few years ago, I decided to be more mindful of what I put into my body and how I treat my body.  I read more health articles and I incorporate the use of apps like Fooducate and Water My Body into my lifestyle.   I try to eat less meat and more vegetables.  I even have a Nutribullet that I use to make all sorts of juice. 

But with all the reading and mindfulness,  I never got around to having wheatgrass– until today.   And now, having tried it, I’m glad that I made the choice.  Don’t get me wrong,  it still tastes like freshly mowed grass and has an undesirable aftertaste.   I’m still glad I drank the shot.  I figure that I could have had a glass of soda/coffee/shake/smoothie, but it would just do more bad than good.  I would only regret the empty calories and how it’ll just make me feel sluggish and unsatisfied.

I’m hoping that this choice to down wheatgrass shots instead of soda will help me to make more healthy choices and substitutions.  

Making any changes health wise?   Let me know in the comments below. 

Photography 101: The Natural World of Southern Guam

A view from Umatac

A view from Umatac, Guam.

 

I don’t get to go to the southern part of Guam very often, but when I do, the views are nothing short of breathtaking.  When I came upon this view, I whipped out my cellphone and took a quick photo.  My phone’s resolution does not give the view justice at all.  The hills seem to be reaching the heavens and seem to go on for miles and miles.