closed encounters

I’m taking a typography class taught by a very cool teacher who suggested that we visit some art museums and local galleries in the area. So a friend and I went to some spaces in La Jolla last Friday.

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San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Unfortunately, majority of the museum was closed because they were working on a new exhibit. But, we did take a walk through the sculpture garden and checked out the Photography in Mexico exhibit for free!

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Going Out of Business by Mel Bochner

The Quint Contemporary Art is just a flew blocks away from the MOCA. The Troublesome Exhibit, which sadly ends tomorrow,  featured some cool pieces including two of Matthew Brandt’s works made entirely out of bubble-gum.
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Really enjoyed Girardoni’s piece which incorporates color, light, and sound.

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Shadows by Marcos Ramirez Erre
After the gallery, we had a late lunch at IKEA and both ordered a salad, hazelnut chocolate, and swedish meatballs.

I also scored a $5 hamper!

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Speaking of art and design, I visited SDSU for Tom Sachs‘ lecture about two weeks ago! Overall, it was a really insightful talk and it was great to know the reasons behind most of his grand projects, especially like that of the “Space Program”. He even wore the Nike Mars Yard shoes he designed!
EdwinHimself put together a post of 5 valuable quotes from that night. Check them out.

#22 Shulman

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Visual Acoustics (dir. Eric Bricker) is a magnificent documentary about Julius Shulman – the man who pioneered Southern California’s Modernist Architecture with his photographs.

A man of wit and passion for the environment, he worked along side architects such as Frank Gehry (Disney Hall), Albert Frey (Frey House), and Richard Neutra (Kauffman Residence). Most of his photographs were taken in black and white  to emphasize the contrasting geometric patterns found in these modern homes. Some say his photographs, carefully taken with the concept of a “one-point perspective”, make these houses seem even more beautiful than they are in real life; that his prints actually sell these buildings in the market.

One of his famous photographs (seen above in the poster) is of the Stahl House - Case Study House #22 designed by Pierre Koenig in 1960. It sits atop the Hollywood Hills (known to be an unbuildable site) overlooking the city of Los Angeles.

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The Stahl House is a popular set for film and fashion shoots even to this day. It was used in movies such as Galaxy QuestPlaying By Heart, and The Big Lebowski as Jackie Treehorn’s home. It was also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a safehouse!


If you’re interested in photography and architecture – heck, if you’re interested in art in general – I HIGHLY suggest you watch this documentary. Shulman is now a very big inspiration of mine. Sure he’s worked with big names in the architecture world, but in the end, he’s really an ordinary guy who is very passionate about what he does! And with that, I’m going to make it one of my life goals to visit at least one of the houses he has shot.

Julius and his garden

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What’s in A Name?

Phoebe Philo in Vogue Paris by David Sims

Phoebe Philo is one lady whom I wish was my ninang (godmother in Tagalog). And I’m not saying that just so she could gift me with Céline goodies (although that would be so nice of her~), but she is someone who radiates this rare coolness.


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THIS OUTFIT WON ME OVER (ESPECIALLY THE ADIDAS STAN SMITHS)

She’s a goddess really. So casual, a little masculine, simple, her smile, her stance…Let me stop here before I start making a shrine in my closet. She assures me that the manner in which you carry yourself is what’s more important than the way you look or dress.

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Here’s an outfit I pulled together of things inspired by Phoebe and my latest obsessions.

Factory Warmspun Turtleneck Sweater – J.CREW

White Air Force 1′s low
– Nike

Crash full length denim
– Stunning Lure

Personalized “Carrie” necklace
- MyNameNecklace

and Pharaoh Hounds because they’re so beautiful!

Anyways, I hope you all are enjoying the winter holidays! And as the year comes to a close, I only wish for the best in 2013! Things are looking up and I couldn’t be happier :+)

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GAX V: Guam 2044

Exactly a month ago, the Guam Art Exhibit opened its fifth installment at the GAX Gallery Space with a more futuristic theme to close the end of the year. I asked my cousin, Gino, to check it out with a few of his friends and report back his sights and overall thoughts about the exhibit.

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There were an abundant of artists who participated in this installment (about 53) and all artists showed off their styles through various art forms including street and graffiti art, surfing photography, “weird” sculptures, glass arts, and oversized acrylic paintings to name a few.

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A few nights were reserved for special activities. Sex Karate, High Rise, and SGAL performed live, writers participated in a poetry slam and artists sat in for live paintings.

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Visitors had the opportunity to leave their marks on a white SCION.

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GAX is a great ongoing project for people on Guam to explore the realm of arts. It’s also an excellent way for people across the globe to know that we’re not limited to paintings of flowers or photographing pretty sunsets (among other things you may find typical under “island art”). I’m proud to say that contemporary art is quickly making a strong (and hopefully long-lasting) appearance on the island and I can’t wait to see what all these artists have in store for the next installments.

All photos courtesy of Sebastian Caliguia 

BOBEZCAPADES #2

Sam Levenson once said,

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.” 

And sharing the magic behind bubble tea is exactly what they did at the Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan, the home of the first ever, original, bubble tea. The video below, which I happened to curiously stumble upon whilst Googling about the birth of boba, unravels the secrets or the essential ingredients for the ultimate boba experience.

Places to try:

  1. Tea n More  Here, I usually get the Rose Milk Green Tea, which is about $3.25, and a lot cheaper than Tea Station’s. Located in Clairemont, San Diego, CA.
  2. Bobalicious – I have not been here enough to experience other flavors, but I really enjoyed their Green Milk Tea. Extra points for their reasonable pricing. Located in Mira Mesa, CA. 
  3. Bambu — It was my first time coming here, and I had the Grass Jelly Milk Tea. But, this was actually my second time having Grass Jelly Milk Tea, and the first time was at Tea Lane in Rowland Heights, CA. To this day, I’m still clueless about the chemistry of the drink itself–whether or not it contains a secret grass ingredient, but other than that, THUMBS UP. Bambu is located in San Jose, CA.  
  4. Tapioca Express – My pleasant experiences with Tapioca Express are limited, but hope is instilled in me once again, after having their Earl Grey Milk Tea. The place was a hit with a customized menu and happy customers. Located next to Boiling Crab in San Jose, CA