October 21, 2013
"How to use bad ideas to inspire good ideas: I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s. An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic! It’s as if we’ve broken the ice with the worst possible idea, and now that the discussion has started, people suddenly get very creative. I call it the McDonald’s Theory: people are inspired to come up with good ideas to ward off bad ones."

— Jon Bell - McDonald’s Theory — Medium

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October 14, 2013
"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

— Terry Pratchett

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October 10, 2013

tropicalesque:

Sipping coconut water by the beach. Gorging on fresh seafood. Drifting lazily down a mangrove forest river in a canoe with a singing guide. This is the life! Thanks to Cadbury Chocolate Philippines for treating us to this unforgettable trip. :)

What to do in Puerto Princesa, Palawan:
- Eat at Kalui restaurant. Best fresh tropical food of your life at an unbelievably low price.
- Skip the city tour. It’s a garden zoo and bakery thing which is okay but really nothing compared to the nature tours.
- Skip the underground river cave. It’s actually really beautiful outside the cave; see the first photo in this post. The cave itself is overrated. Unless you’ve never been inside a cave before, in which case, head to Sagada or Samar instead.
- The Sabang mangrove river tour is an absolute must-see. It’s underrated, gorgeous, and otherworldly. But slather on the mosquito repellent or wear pants and long sleeves. You may spot a small jeweltone-striped snake on an overhanging branch if you’re lucky. Score some fresh tamilok if you’re not squeamish— it’s delicious, like squid sashimi, except super soft. It’s not really a worm, it’s actually a kind of mollusk that lives inside dead mangrove trees.

Palawan, February 2013.
~ Feanne

October 9, 2013
"Begin each day with fifteen minutes of gratitude."

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October 8, 2013

tropicalesque:

Dumaguete beach sunrise, November 2012.
~ Feanne

September 29, 2013

tropicalesque:

Liquid gold. Looks computer generated.
Matabungkay, Batangas, Philippines, January 2013.
~ Feanne

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September 28, 2013

tropicalesque:

Morning on the beach. Wind and waves.
Dumaguete, Philippines, November 2012.
~ Feanne

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September 27, 2013
Why Are Some People Better at Drawing than Others? | Can You Really Learn to Draw? | LiveScience

Based on their research, the psychologists recommended the following techniques for getting better at drawing: Focus on scaling a drawing to fit the size of the paper; anchor an object in its surroundings by showing how it sits in space; focus on the distance between elements of the object and on their relative sizes; and focus on the size and shape of “negative space,” or the empty space between parts of the object. Lastly, they recommend thinking of “lines” as what they really are — boundaries between light and dark areas.

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September 25, 2013
"Artists can be very competitive. As an artist, I struggle with that myself. It is an irrational competitiveness that stems from the fear that another artist’s success means less success for me, or that there is not enough space in the world for both of us. In truth, another artist’s success is just proof that it can be done and therefore I, too, can be successful… There are already too many critics and naysayers out there who will put down our creative dreams. We creatives should look out for one another and empower each other."

— ~ Feanne writing for Anne Of Carversville / Rihanna Shows Us How Artists Can Empower Each Other In ‘Half Of Me’ Documentary

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September 24, 2013
Just wrote an article about the “target-market female” narrative, the cult of consumerism, making history “her story”, and the importance of crafting our own identities instead of allowing others to define us. It’s been years since I wrote for Anne, and I’m happy to be back! :)
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A Day In The Life Of A Target-Market Female is a powerful postmodern short story by Katie Brinksworth at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. The events are surreal, yet the tale is strangely familiar to every woman who has ever read a magazine or watched a commercial. It’s both comic and tragic as we recognize the ploys of advertising, and our own susceptibility to the lies of marketing. Read more.
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Just wrote an article about the “target-market female” narrative, the cult of consumerism, making history “her story”, and the importance of crafting our own identities instead of allowing others to define us. It’s been years since I wrote for Anne, and I’m happy to be back! :)

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A Day In The Life Of A Target-Market Female is a powerful postmodern short story by Katie Brinksworth at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. The events are surreal, yet the tale is strangely familiar to every woman who has ever read a magazine or watched a commercial. It’s both comic and tragic as we recognize the ploys of advertising, and our own susceptibility to the lies of marketing. Read more.

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