Valerie Ann Chua

Apr 17

Resurfacing ii

Resurfacing ii

Natural Brown Hair

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I had the opportunity to get a new hair color from Matrix Professional. They’re a brand part of the L’Oreal group that specializes in hair care and color. I know this is an art and wip blog, but please excuse my randomness for the meantime. :D

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Apr 04

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Mar 28

Magnum Manila

Hey guys, non-art post but I just want to share that there is an absolutely wonderful thing going on in SM Aura (at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig) right now. It’s Magnum Manila! (In other countries, it’s called the “Magnum Pleasure Store” ~wink~) It’s a Magnum ice cream pop-up store where you get to design your own Magnum. Imagine a froyo/ice cream store except you’re concocting your own Magnum. Would you like some cheese and chili flakes with your Magnum? Pshhhyeah, you bet!

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They’re opening to the public on April 8 and it will be there for ONLY 12 MONTHS. You only have a year!! Yes, I am pressuring you to go! Apart from desserts, they also serve meals. This is what we had earlier:

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Salmon with mashed potato.

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Carbonara!

Marj and I were invited to the event. I took photos mostly of just the food. But I hope this is enough to encourage you to go and Instragram the hell out of those photogenic-looking dishes and desserts (You know you want to!). And of course, eat them.

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Rainbow cake and white chocolate Magnum. THE CAKE IS THE BEST.

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This one is Magnum with freshly baked cookie dough on a pan. The cookie tastes so GOOD! For some reason, the Magnum here tastes tons better than the grocery packs (which are already great as they are!). Maybe because the chocolate sauce is freshly dipped. Or maybe it’s because you are partaking in the pleasure of creating a Magnum bar for yourself. Yum!

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The wonderful Tasha is my seatmate. I’m a huge fan of her illustrations!! She’s dreampod on Tumblr! Follow, follow!

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Each bar you create is only P100 (that’s roughly $2.20). It’s really affordable. On April 8, the first 500 people in line can get to make their own Magnum ice cream bar for free!

(OK back to regular programming. Will post art stuff soon! :D)

Mar 21

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Mar 20

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Mar 18

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Mar 17

Most of March 2014

I was going through my phone photos and I’ve decided to make a culminating post of whatever happened in the past month or so. I haven’t been doing this at all anymore and I sort of regret not doing it while I was in New York. But then again I had too little time to write there. It was easy to just upload everything on Instagram. Microblogging is making me lazy! Anyway, here’s March 2014. I’ll make it a habit to post more of these in the future. Sometimes it’s nice to have a record to remind yourself that your month isn’t as uneventful as it seems.

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My cousin gave me an Instax notebook sleeve so I was sorting these the other day. I sometimes wonder about the longevity of these films. I hope they never fade.

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A few weeks ago my friends and I decided to give our pets a stroll. Chuchu (my classmate since kindergarden) and I brought our rabbits and Irene brought her cat. This is my sister and my rabbit at Fully Booked. Until now we’re still not sure if you’re allowed to bring pets inside.

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Me + friends. 100% of the time, people stop and stare and kids ask to pat. Rabbits are fun to walk! You don’t walk them, they walk you. I’ve done this a couple of times in the past 2 years. If you have a bunny who likes walking with a harness and you want to join me when we go out, just message me!

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Irene and Echo (Bombay Cat).

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This is my workspace at around 7am.

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My windows face east and my curtains can’t be drawn to close. In the morning I’m forced to wake up at sunrise. On the day I posted this, Time posted this article stating that Makati and Pasig (where I live!) in Manila rank the #1 selfie-est cities in the world. ‘Fo shame, Valerie!

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A friend passed by and got me Ben & Jerry’s. Thank you! I love Cookie Dough and the slightly powdery Peanut Butter.

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It was my mom’s birthday 2 weeks ago. It’s the 1st time I bought a cake for her (thanks Irene for recommending!). We’re not really close so I rarely give her anything and I guess some people would find that weird or that I’m such an ungrateful daughter. I’m in one of those Chinese families where nobody says I love you or nobody hugs each other. it’s such an awkward thing to do. Recently I came across an article about it. I’m not alone.

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Oh the wonders of dark lipstick! Erik's girlfriend gave me Vincent Longo makeup. The purple lipstick is my FAVORITE. Inner vixen unleashed! Everytime I wear this lipstick in NY, a guy calls out to me to tell me I’m pretty. It’s magic. I think every girl should get at least 1 dark shade in their lipstick collection.

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Watched Wicked in Manila. I’m not a fan of theatre at all. I had zero knowledge of the plot. Surprisingly the plot is far more complex than what I have anticipated, and of course the entire performance was exemplary. Great show! I’m actually glad that I was coerced to watch this.

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When I was away from Manila, a dozen of ramen restaurants started opening back home. Eating ramen is often a disappointing experience especially if you’ve lived in Japan for a substantial amount of time (well just a month but I was in Fukuoka, which is the ramen hotspot of the country, and we had ramen twice a week), and of course the price is no joke. And you know what they say, if you can’t finish it, it’s not good enough. So a week before I came back to Manila from NY, I had Ippudo Ramen, a benchmark name for a lot of ramen lovers. Now I’m back, my friends took me to Ramen Nagi. Hands down, this is the best that I’ve tasted in Manila.

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Aleyn gave me this tiny table last year. It has lucky characters inscribed on it. I’ve been on a bad luck streak these past few weeks, I felt that this needs to be somewhere proper. I was able to rearrange my shelf just recently and there it is!

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I’m moving my work area to a separate studio on the last quarter of the year. It’s difficult to work and sleep in the same room. I’ve been stretching out this whole setup for the longest time just because it saves money. Despite the inconvenience (omg commuting!), I guess it’s about time I move. Then again this has always been an issue for me because I always have long term travel plans and I might end up not using the space for months.

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Coral lippie for summer! I’ve been getting into lipsticks lately. I started buying lipsticks just last year. I never cared much about how I looked until now. Maybe I’m getting old.

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This was at the Type Kita exhibit and art fair. It’s amazing that there are so many great typography artists here. I bought a small sticker pack from Abbey (check her stuff out!). I went there together with Aleyn and Anjo. Our birthdays are nearing, which means we have something art-related planned for the month of May. I’m excited!

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Went into a Korean cafe called Cafe de Seoul along Taft and waited for my sister to finish school. I passed by my suppliers earlier today. Ah prices of everything increased by 8%. Inflation is painful! I have a weird relationship with cafes. Apart from overpriced drinks, my stay in cafes are always about waiting in contemplative misery. I love it and hate it at the same time.

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My sister tried out our grandfather’s Nikomat and got the photos earlier. Half of the batch turned out severely fried like these. We don’t really know the cause of it (we probably need to have the camera checked because it hasn’t been used for 20 years or so). That’s it for now. You can follow my Instagram for every-other-day updates.

Mar 16

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Mar 14

The Brief Divide

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Mar 11

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Mar 06

Rhode Island and Connecticut

RI and Connecticut weren’t part of our itinerary. We were at Boston and on the way back to New Jersey my uncle decided to take a detour. It’s roughly an hour or two away and it would be a waste to pass the opportunity to see these places. So far I’ve been to DC, Chicago and my home bases, NY and NJ. It would be nice to expand my state vocabulary.

If you’re wondering, these photos don’t necessarily describe Rhode Island. The houses and everyday living look absolutely different. Rhode Island is actually very nautical and colorful! Sadly I wasn’t able to take photos in the car. I was somehow exhausted from Boston. I felt pretty shameless for sleeping along the way to RI. If you have seen Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, it briefly sums up the aesthetic of Rhode Island and Connecticut. If I were to go back to the US, I’d definitely go back and explore more.

The Breakers was the first thing that came across my aunt and uncle’s minds when we decided to pass by Rhode Island. Most of the images below are from the mansion.

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I think these houses are from Boston. Just passed by it on the way to the next state.

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At the Vanderbilt Mansion. We only had 3 hours to spare and they felt this was an essential site to go through.

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Normally you’re not allowed to take photos inside but it’s the Christmas season so the staff allowed visitors to take photos of the trees—just the trees! If you’re caught taking photos of anything else, you’ll be reprimanded. I swear, those guys, they breathe down your necks!

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This is just the backyard. Even the sea is part of the backyard! The mansion is insane. I’ve never seen anything like it in real life. You can check the website to see what I’m talking about.

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Me + wind. It was really chilly that day and you pretty much don’t have a choice, just brave it up. Even if you wear something thick, your head and hands get all the beating.

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At Mystic Seaport Connecticut. At sunset.

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Afterwards we ate good food from a nearby fancy restaurant. Connecticut is lovely (at least on the coastal side, since this is the only part I’ve seen). There’s something really nostalgic about it. Or maybe this is what I’m feeling because I only see this in the movies.

Boston

When I was in NY last December my aunt and uncle invited me to go on a road trip to Boston so at least I could see it before I leave. My aunt and uncle spoil me too much. They take me almost everywhere!! I think some of my fondest memories in the US are brought about by my stay with them. The ride from Northern NJ to Boston took about 4 hours. Just as they say, the East Coast is rich in history. Old architecture is always a feast for the eyes. Tons of photos under the cut, mostly reddish. Boston is very red!

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Feb 28

I was working on this and my sister hijacked my playlist and made me listen to G-Dragon all throughout. Basically this hip deer is fueled by Korean hiphop.

I was working on this and my sister hijacked my playlist and made me listen to G-Dragon all throughout. Basically this hip deer is fueled by Korean hiphop.