Significant Life Episodes from 2012 & A 2013 Preview
2012. You have been a squeal-inducing season-ender, a cliffhanger, a climactic denouement.
Everything in my life thus far has led me to this point, and this year has been a big culmination of all the lessons and experiences in my life thus far. It’s been filled with turning points, and memorable / fulfilling / challenging experiences. In 2012, I’ve managed to:
- Become pesco-vegetarian in January (started eating fish again in September, but will probably get off it again)
- Throw together another Anteroom Sessions
- Explore yoga
- Travel alone (Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, Philippines - Dumaguete)
- Travel for an extended periods of time (two and a half months around Asia; Nearly two weeks in Baguio, and again in Dumaguete & Bacolod; and again in India)
- Stay at the Hariharalaya Center in Siem Reap for 2 weeks and reaffirm things I had already been thinking of
- Resign from my own company (it is the bomb I referred to in the last paragraph here)
- Journey 31 hours from Battambang, Cambodia to Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Chat with monk Tiko in Chiang Mai
- “Train” an elephant
- Learn about textiles in Ock Pop Tok, Luang Prabang
- Stop whining thanks to COPE in Vientiane
- Learn about eco-tourism practices from Jetwing Sigiriya and Rainforest Eco Lodge, Deniyaya.
- Kick a guy in the balls (I’ve been wanting to do this since high school / college)
Proclaimed as the country’s biggest art show on their event page, BLOOM might truly be one of the most significant markers or contemporary art among today’s younger generation, with some 80-90 artists participating in the multi-media exhibit.
Set on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Cubao X, this event promises to revive the art scene and youthful and idealistic energy that was alive and kicking in Cubao X years ago, which I dare say was also momentarily revived by Punchdrunk Panda’s Anteroom Sessions 2, an event/project I’m proud to have seen through to fruition earlier this year.
I really love such efforts towards making creativity and community thrive. And while Anteroom may not seem as big an effort at promoting the arts as Bloom, I’d like to think of all such endeavors as a collective movement. :)
Having said that, I also jumped on this chance to finally show some of my paintings to the public. I’ve been dabbling with watercolor painting on and off for some two years now. And I while feel small exhibiting next to some really talented and successful contemporaries, I also feel a triumph at finally just putting it out there.
So here are the pieces I submitted for possible display:
This has been the happiest video I’ve had to edit so far. :D
Granted, it took me two months after the event before I actually churned out this video, mostly due to the amount of footage, my workload, and sometimes, most of the time, really just procrastination. But yeah, I found myself smiling stupidly and laughing while reviewing the clips.
I’m bummed that I had to cut out a lot of other fun footage (I imposed a 2.5-minute limit upon myself, for the benefit of those with attention deficit), but I think that essentially, what I have on the video is representative of the good vibes and happy energy of the night (happiest moment is 1:29). :D My work here is done.
I wonder when the next Anteroom Sessions will be. :)
IMMAP Open Mic Night: A Fishbowl Evening, with Birds
I was fortunate enough to have attended IMMAP’s 1st Open Mic Night at Craft last year, however, indefinite procrastination got the better of me and I didn’t get to blog about it. At least I’ll be able to blog about IMMAP’s 2nd Open Mic Night this time, which was held at The Peninsula Manila’s super Twitter-themed Salon de Ning last Friday, April 13. (Check out Carlo Ople’s blog post for details on the Twitter theme and other event particulars.)
Believe it or not, this is the abridged version of post-Anteroom Sessions 2 thoughts. :P
Anteroom Sessions 2 & bringing Cubao X back to life
Jen of Punchdrunk Panda shares her “abbreviated” thoughts on Anteroom Sessions 2, which was was held at Cubao X last March 31, 2012.
She would be overjoyed if you read until the end. :)
Anteroom Sessions 2: A celebration of creativity & passion
A novel by Jen Horn
But I guess I can start with A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make Anteroom Sessions 2 such a happy, heart-warming, memorable event. My current Punchdrunk Panda team is little, but through our collaboration with so many other groups and individuals, and with help from people we’ve worked with before, we managed to pull off yet another Anteroom Sessions.
Thanks to Heima for co-presenting the event with us, whose store interiors also inspired us to create our tent decor. One day, we hope to have a PdP office/store that evokes similar feelings of I-wanna-stay-here-forever. Special shout-out to Bong & Madel!
We would also like to thank our inspiring and happiness-inducing performers: DJ Only Revolutions, Tarsius, Gentle Universe, Slow Hello, Love Never Dies, Ang Bandang Shirley, The Strangeness, Techy Romantics & DJ Joey Santos, for pursuing their musical inclinations and sharing that with us last Saturday. We hope that Anteroom Sessions 2 helped more people discover your talent and realize how awesome our local indie music scene is. :D
Many thanks to our fellow pop-up shops: Agos, Artwork, Electromagnetic Tentacle, Junk Studio, KLoi’s N KLay’s, MaPapel, Moonleaf Tea Shop, Sophie’s Mom, Ukay Alalay, Vesti, Vnaltik, Yuki who also decided to come on board with us and showcase their wares. You are proof of Pinoy ingenuity, wit and resourcefulness. :)
Thank you also to Red House Productions’ Patrick Vinalay & Nailen Garalde, and to Chyna Lo for creating the webisodes for our skimmer design teams, whose skimmer designs we launched that night. You can check out all the webisodes at Punchdrunk Panda’s YouTube.
Thank you to PdP artists OJ Desuasido, Joseph Velasquez, Rob Cham, Tof Zapanta & Ge Mapa for creating Anteroom Sessions 2 gig posters, which were also exhibited during the event. So happy to have such passionate and talented people like you in our pool of our artists!
Of course, I would like to thank my PdP team, Nica Kim, Pauline Santillan, and Steph Yu for putting up with my abuse. Haha! I commend you guys for being at the venue since morning, helping me setup and prep (long before the event proper), and perhaps silently praying with me as I asked the heavens to let the rain keep pouring down in the morning so it would stop by afternoon. (It was literally flooding in the street in front of Heima that morning. Thankfully, we were only inconvenienced by a little rain in the late afternoon.) These ladies were standing up pretty much the whole time too and were hungry, thirsty, and undoubtedly tired at the end of the night, but I still saw the smiles on their faces. I love you, guys! You have no idea.
Thank you also to Jonver David & Joseph Velasquez, former members of my PdP team but always part of the bigger PdP family, for helping around with various things: moving the PdP booth, keeping things dry, setting up the projector, looking for my co-host Thysz, who also did a smashing job, while I ran around like a headless chicken, bouncing around from the stage, to the Punchdrunk Panda booth, to the other pop-up shops, to the Cubao X gate when (horror of horrors!) they prevented people from coming in during Earth Hour.
By George was it a tiring day/night, but oh so worth all the beads of sweat and severe leg cramps and muscle pain that I am still experiencing right now due to fatigue. When I get thanks from the event performers and pop-up shops for the opportunity to be a part of the Anteroom Sessions project my heart swells, and I just feel that we are as indebted to YOU guys as well. So, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
We created Anteroom Sessions for people to discover and celebrate Filipino talent and creativity in design/art (through our own products, our gig poster exhibit, and all other pop-up shops), music (through our performers), and film (through our webisodes), and if we were able to achieve a bit of that through our efforts, then we are happy pandas. Our product launch was just a good excuse to throw a party for you all.
I also have to thank EVERYONE who joined us at Anteroom Sessions 2. Even if you are not among the people that I singled out above, thank you so much for coming to support the event, for giving local indie music the recognition it deserves, buying proudly Pinoy-made products, and helping bring life back to Cubao X!
It’s weird that I’m feeling tears welling up in my eyes (Agh! Sorry for being such a girl. Oh wait, I AM one), but I can’t help but feel that we did good with Anteroom Sessions 2. Aaaand…goose bumps again. Agh! I’m just so happy!! I cannot even begin to express in words the high I am still on from all the good vibes from Anteroom Sessions 2. I guess some might say that we’ve come a long way from the first Anteroom Sessions at Moonleaf Tea Shop in September 3, 2011, but this sustained, ineffable happiness is not much different from what I felt after that.
I will be forever grateful to everyone who’s just been so game to humor our little ideas, collaborating with us and making these crazy seeds grow into something bigger and better than we initially imagine.
We hope you all had a blast, and that you will be with us if (or when) we put together another Anteroom Sessions some day.
Your happy headless chicken,
Jen a.k.a. Nomad Manager
And kids, it’s time to “excite yourself without touching yourself”, as my uber classy colleague Nica says here (warning: rated R).
I already wrote the press release for Anteroom Sessions 2, which you can pretty much find on the FB event page, so I’ve not much left to say here, really, other than I’m so excited every time I think about it. Sometimes, Nica and I are just carrying on with our work, and I’ll burst out with a “Shet, excited na ako mag-Anteroom”, or I’ll close e-mails with all sorts of excited-ness vs. the basic Cheers/Cheerios/Cheerios with milk/Etc.
Again, Anteroom seems to always get bigger than we initially imagine. But yeah, hopefully, we always keep it small enough to feel like a relatively intimate, but super special/awesome/spectastic/orgasmic hangout with all our Punchdrunk Panda friends. :) *blush* :”>
This will probably be the last BIG thing we’ll do at PdP for a while, as we’ll be indefinitely semi-lying low after this (first said here), so I really hope we’ll have a good turnout, and that we’ll get a really get a good response from the event, because pretty much everything we’ve been working on for the past 2 months has been all for Anteroom Sessions 2.
So yeah, be there, or be a trapezoid!
Punchdrunk Panda & Heima present ANTEROOM SESSIONS TWO
Cubao X | March 31, 2012 | 4pm-11pm
Poster by OJ Desuasido
Kick back with us as we go indie music-making, pop-up shopping, paper-crafting, webisode-watching, and more!
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
Love Never Dies
WITH POP-UP SHOPS BY:
(as of 02.28.12)
AND CRAFT PROJECT BY:
AND PDP WEBISODES BY:
Red House Productions
Anteroom Sessions is all about showcasing budding independent brands and talent. And as a company that passionately supports creativity through their graphic-designed products, Punchdrunk Panda acknowledges others who actively follow their creative inclinations, and provided this avenue to share their passion with others.
With the success of last year’s Anteroom Sessions, Punchdrunk Panda will be holding another leg of the Anteroom Sessions at a bigger venue to bring a bigger crowd to the event.
Anteroom Sessions 2 will be held in partnership with home & lifestyle brand Heima at Cubao Expo on March 31, 2012 from 4-11pm. In keeping with the idea behind Anteroom Sessions, there will be indie music performances, pop-up shops, paper crafts, and webisodes screenings about the design teams for Punchdrunk Panda’s new skimmer collection, which will be launched during the event. Punchdrunk Panda’s skimmer design teams include JP Cuison & Saab Magalona, Ge Mapa & Selena Salang, Kitkat Pecson & Patricia Prieto, Kasey Albano & Arriane Serafico, and Robbie Bautista & Cheyser Pedragosa.
The first Anteroom Sessions started as a modest idea to show off some Punchdrunk Panda sample products at a milk tea place while screening photo shoot webisodes and having a DJ (a coaxed boyfriend) mix some tunes. Gradually, the idea grew and grew, and with everyone who decided to come on board with Punchdrunk Panda for this event, Anteroom Sessions became bigger than the team imagined.
For interested brand partners / pop-up shop merchants or other inquiries, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, SMS 0915-8048683, or call 861-3577.