Chinese New Year is usually celebrated with typical Chinese traditions like dragon dances, eating tikoy, displaying fruits & sweets and lighting fireworks. In additional to the usual, SM Supermalls set a new tradition of displaying Chinese artworks, paintings and painted porcelain plates inside their malls. For 22 years, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students have been displaying their works in different SM Malls every Chinese New Year. I believe they have been chosen for this occasion because the Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country. This year, as Chan Lim celebrates its 80th birth year, they are once again displaying their beautiful artworks and paintings at SM City North Edsa.
To open the exhibit and start off the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students conducted a workshop at SM City North Edsa The Block Atrium last January 15, 2017. Before teaching us how to paint, Sir Alex demonstrated a live painting for the audience to get an idea of how it’s done.
What started as something like this…
Turned into this! It’s amazing how he did it in less than 10 minutes! :)
What I noticed with Chinese brush painting is, the art really comes out from the strokes of the brushes. The direction and the angle of the brush and the strokes of the hand play a big role in this artwork. There are no outlines or pre-drawn pictures; it’s all based on what will come out from the flow of your hand.
It’s quite difficult at first, but you will be amazed at what a few strokes can turn out to be. If you’re interested to learn about Chinese brush painting, art classes are conducted in the Chan Lim family studio located in Pasig City. You guys can view their artworks at www.chanlim.com and you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend their classes. :)
Here’s my finished product. Sana hindi kayo nagexpect. Hahaha! :)
Robin Padilla, a close friend of the Chan Lim family, was also there to celebrate with them. :)
You can check the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students’ exhibit at SM City North Edsa The Block Atrium from January 15 to February 12, 2017. More than 300 artworks done in porcelain plates, scrolls and oil paintings are displayed! If you’re planning to know you’re “luck” this year, you can also check the Chinese horoscope predictions that are displayed at SM City North Edsa The Block as well. :)
Xin Nian Kuai Le, Everyone! :)
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I didn’t grow up in a family that does a lot of outdoor activities together. We’re the indoor type of guys when we’re all together. But growing up, I liked playing outside with friends (habulan, touch taya, taguan, ice water, etc. - I don’t know why I even enumerated thise because kids these days probably won’t understand half of it. Haha! Those were the days when iPad, Play Station and other online games are not yet very much accessible to kids.) I remember having a love-hate relationship with outdoor activities because they’re fun but I’m the type who gets really bad mosquito bites. They grow really red, big, swollen and itchy. And, mind you… those little pests like me. I can get up to 5 bites minimum when I’m out and I scratch them like crazy because they itch so bad. I used to be so insecure of my legs because I used to have a lot of wounds caused by the scratching of those bites.
It came to a point wherein my mom even brought me to a doctor that tests allergies wherein you’ll have a line of liquid drops on both your arms and they’ll trigger each area with a little tool to see where you’re most allergic at. And yes, mosquito bite was the worst for me. I think they gave me medicines or injections after that but my mom also made sure I always put OFF! every time I’m out to avoid getting any more ugly wounds on my legs. She was probably already partly tired of treating my insect bites/wounds and partly she felt sorry for me because she could see how much I was struggling with all the scratching. Being a kid, I never really liked the idea of putting lotion and let alone an insect repellant with a very strong smell, but I’ve learned to appreciate it over time. Maintaining the regular application of OFF! helped in minimizing the insect bites. My mom and I nursed my wounds and the marks it left for a good 2-3 years before my legs looked like brand new again. This may sound shallow, but imagine all the years I’ve lost that I could have worn a skirt/shorts when I’m out just because I had so many wounds. Haha! :)
That experience was traumatic and it could hinder you from doing a lot of outdoor activities. In my case, until now I still panic when there are a lot of mosquitoes in a place where we’re going to and I forget to apply OFF! on my legs. Yes, I love and appreciate it that much now. I’d rather smell like OFF! insect repellant for a day than regret a few weeks of scratching and a few months of wound marks on my legs. :)
So now, I always try to make sure there is always a supply of OFF! at home just in case I’d be needing it. I use it even for garden parties because that’s when mosquito bites would usually destroy a supposedly fun, worry-free & itch-free day/night. :)
OFF! made my mom and I worry less about mosquito bites, which also made me enjoy my life more because I am less scared of the outdoor and I can already wear my skirts and shorts. :D
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I've been working for a little over 5 years now and corporate life can be tricky. A sleek, nice and presentable business attire or smart casual outfit is usually a requirement but really... For a lady, the perfect bag for such an outfit is a handbag that cannot fit your laptop and all the gadgets that come with it. So, we end up bringing all our stuff in separate bags: our regular hand bag, a laptop bag and a lunch bag, among others, that are all most likely carried by hand. Struggle diba pero tiis ganda. :D
As my brother have told me before, the most comfortable bag to bring is a backpack and I couldn't agree more. A backpack just sits quietly on your back and won't be much of a bother unless it's heavier than your life. Pero, dyahe naman kung naka skirt ka, tower high heels, and a nice feminine top tapos ganyan ang ganap ng backpack mo. :)
A backpack that's simple, functional and on point is the best solution for these kinds of troubles. This Urbanize bag, for instance, doesn't look like you're going backpacking or going to school. It looks neat and appropriate for corporate. And... That's probably one the reasons why I got exicted when I first got it because finally I have a laptop bag that's very organized, not hard to carry around and pretty to look at, at the same time. :)
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