Clumsy Clariss

Nov 27, 2017

Aamir Khan is my male Beyonce! He never ceases to amaze me with many of his inspiring films and superb acting. It all started after watching 3 Idiots, Laagan, Taare Zameen Par/ Every Child is Special, PK and now Dangal. I think it's the best film I have seen this year that tackles various social and political issues. So for you who have not seen it yet, now is the time! 

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Dangal (meaning wrestling) is a story of a great wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir) who never had his chance to win gold medal for his country because well, lack of funds and support from the government and his own father. He then worked a regular job to sustain a family, hoping that one day a son can fulfil his dream to win gold for the country. Unfortunately, all he has was four daughters. 

One day, an unexpected turn of events got his hopes up when he discovered that two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita (played by Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhtnagar) can actually fight. Mahavir came to realization that a gold is a gold; whether a son brings it or a daughter. Thus, begins his adventures training his daughters to win gold for their country, while wrestling society's old prejudices. 

Nov 14, 2017
Being born in a country with tropical climate, the idea of snow and winter wonder land is completely magical to me. It's like being in those countries experiencing snow is like being a royalty or those characters from Harry Potter or Narnia, you name it. Who never dreamed of that?

Back in my childhood days, I remember how my siblings and I dreamed of snow using soft ice we collected from the freezer. It was funny but I bet some of you did that too. Came to college days, I had another way of experiencing snow when my cousin and I visited a man made snow village in Manila Ocean Park. This village was just a small room with snow replicate inside and it was so cold we had to wear a jumpsuit provided by the staff before we entered. It wasn't really spacious so you don't get to fully enjoy the winter village. But that day to me, was already a memorable experience.

Fast forward to now that living in Norway, I was on my way to do some errands, a little moody because of migraine, when I noticed it was raining. But it was more like soft white flakes, slowly melting once it landed my skin. My mood suddenly turned the other way, because finally I'm experiencing snow! It was my first ever snowfall!

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After my errands, on my way back home, I still couldn't take off that big colgate smile on my face. I felt like every drop of snow is tickling me. I saw kids outside playing, wrestling on the ground. Err. It's embarrassing but deep inside I want to join them and make a snow man. But, I need to hurry back home. I was out for like an hour and honestly the cold bothered me. The temperature was below zero degrees. So, I quickly got inside and made myself a hot chocolate drink. 

It was a beautiful first snow fall and it brought a lot of memories back when I was just day dreaming of it. 

Nov 9, 2017

Architect Sou Fujimoto, speaker for the #NordicArchitectureFair
When you travel to a new place, it's impossible not to learn. You will always, by any means, bring something with you back home. 

Just yesterday, I was in Gothenburg to attend the Nordic Architecture Fair 2017. It was a 2-day conference and exhibit jam-packed with architects, town planners, developers, property owners, engineers, exhibitors and students to share expertise and learn about the future of architecture and the society. It was totally overwhelming being in that kind of event. Mainly because for me, meeting with prominent architects in the Nordic region is like meeting celebrities. It was far beyond words can explain! Another reason is that, there's a lot of interesting topics and ideas to take in, you wish you could get them stay in your head for just too long. 

Okay, now you ask me, what I learned, aside from design strategies and so much technicalities? Here are some take aways from my 2 days in Gothenburg.

Nov 1, 2017

Oct 10, 2017

It was a beautiful Saturday morning. The sun was up, the sky was clear. The temperature was cold and crisp, probably in between 7-14 degrees. 

I slipped into my hiking clothes topped with an off white sweater and a pretty thick coat I usually wear when going out in the cold. I wore my Northface hiking boots and checked if the sandwiches were in the bag. An hour later there I was, joining a group of expats in Norway, to my first Internations event: a challenging hike to Mørkgonga and Gyrihaugen, around 50km away from Oslo. 

They said it's a "norwegian thing" to go for hiking, mountain climbing and all those outdoor activities, you name it. I said, back home in the Philippines, a lot of people are in this kind of adventures too, myself included. I remember I was  only 8 years old when mom and her brother brought me and my siblings to the province to go camping. At a very young age, we knew how to survive in a forest I would say. So I felt, I was trained for this, I can manage. Later did I know, it was tougher to go hiking in countries with a challenging weather like Norway. 

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