7.22.2014

Postcard Collaboration: Postcard # 1 (Greece)

Ideas come and go. Sometimes we think about them in a moment, for a second, and then forget about it or we think about it, deeply think about it, think about it more, and then try to allow its existence to the world. For countless times, I had made some of my ideas into the real world (discreetly, academics/work and other important things aside, like making small bookmarks with words of encouragement on them and insert them into random books at my university library. There are other things, too; you'd probably know them if you try to read everything in this blog which will cost you time so you don't want to do that!) One of them would be this collaboration with photographers all over the world. 

ABOUT THE COLLABORATION:

Back in 2012, I wanted to write a poem for each kind of poetry there is out there. At least ten. That was the primary idea. And then I decided to make a postcard out of them and send them to strangers. Then another idea popped in, supporting the primary, which is to collaborate with photographers and lomographers. So then I ventured through Flickr and Lomography websites. I selected five digital and film photographs that could be a great topic to my poems. As it is a collaboration, I did not just grab the photographs (also becuz ~duh~ dats bad!), I sent e-mails to the photographers about my fairly simple project. Most of them were delighted about it and very nice enough to give me their trust -- re their photograph and their mail address (!)  for they will receive the postcard version of their photograph along with my poetry about it.

Having gathered ten photographs, I already started writing my poems. It was not that easy though for I wanted to somehow feel each photograph so I can write about it. It was not a serious thing; I worked on it on my free time.  So it took me more than a year to finish them. Once I have organized the poems, I sent e-mails to my collaborators about the progress. I did not expect them to remember me, the stranger who wanted to shamelessly collaborate with them, but turned out they were glad about the news. Haha!

The positivity I got form their replies made a great impact on me. So I printed each photo and made my simple drafts on each postcards' designs on the back. I manually wrote each poem and a message of thanks.

Although it took me several months to make the small idea into the world, I did enjoy the time I spent working on each of them. Now, as of July 2014, I have sent half of the postcards to their respective owners. I am still waiting for the replies of the other half. I understand that it is not safe to give out your addresses to anyone on the internet. I might just ask them if they want me to give the postcards to my friends or to people from Postcrossing. So anyway there you go. It may have taken a long time to finish but I am glad I did not give up on that idea. Looking back, I can not remember what made me think about it but it sure does make me smile every time. And please don't judge me when I say: you are amazing, at least in your little world, self! You deserve a plateful of pizza!

I really like the thought of sending postcards to strangers all over the world. It gives me that sense of freedom to reach out other places and other human beings through my words in a form of a snail mail -- or for this matter, a postcard! 

So, here is postcard # 1:  A postcard sent to Greece


Lake 
Diamante Poetry: D. G. Bersabal; 
Film Photography: V. Anastasiou


Lake
Serene, magical
Moving, soothing, enchanting
Deep, extreme, sanctuary, refuge
Far-reaching, far-ranging, blossoming
Photographic, territory
Land

7.18.2014

A postcard sent to Berlin


A couple of months ago I made a postcard for a fellow Postcrosser whose name is Nicole from Berlin. She likes hockey, coffee and writing among other things so I made a simple drawing for her. FYI I did my best~ :p She learned the Russian language when she was young so I wrote Kофе for coffee and Eishockey for Ice Hockey. Thanks to her, I now know two Russian words! :)

It's been a long time since I've had my postcard venture so maybe sometime soon I can make time for it. Long live snail mails!

7.11.2014

Back to basics.

So, hi. I want to write about how my life has been for the past two weeks but that would be too long to recall so I'll tell you about the very last day of that two-week span which is today. Today was okay. It still felt weird to wake up knowing that after six months my routine on weekdays would be different but familiar. I just finished my casual employment as a junior system administrator. It was fun but I have other choices and decisions to make. So, here I am again. Back to basics. Today, I spent my mornings and afternoons sleeping. I slept in my bed and then on the sofa (while my sister was baking cupcakes!). I ate a lot. I get annoyed easily as well but that's probably because my mind is not ready to think about other things yet. It just wants to focus on what's going to happen next week. I've read that when a person sleeps a lot, that person must be dealing with depression. And somehow that's how I see myself as for today but I don't see it as a weakness. I'd like to see it as part of the process. I guess that's how it is. When you just left your job, even if you like it or not, there's that teeny weeny bit of loneliness. But it will just go away once you get to decide where to go after this.

I have my hopes up for something bigger. Something that will take me somewhere. I know there is something out there. I just know it. *Breathes heavily*. Let this day be gloomy and the rest of the night be the same but tomorrow will be different. Bring it on, life. I am ready.

Also, today, as I've said, my sister baked some cupcakes which probably is the highlight of the day.


The carrot cupcakes with chocolate droplets. :)

6.07.2014

A Telescopic Text: I Woke Up.

 Hey, internet! It has been a busy yet happy and exciting though (kind of) confusing life so far however I managed to write something, at least, for the joy of writing itself! The feeling of amazement when you get to write at least three sentences that you know to be true (after a whirlwind kind of life~) is amazing! Hahahaha ok enuf~ so, I stumbled upon a cool website where people can write some telescopic sentences and for the past couple of months, I randomly thought about making my own. Just in case you don't know about it yet, the website Telescopic Text is, kind of, a database of amazing telescopic sentences made by amazing users of the internet~ you might want to venture it and may it inspire you to contribute for the love of writing and life~ Yay hahaha!

Here's mine, entitled I woke up.

5.20.2014

I feel at peace in the midst of so much change



After how many years of hoping for a change of lifestyle, I can finally say that I have achieved it now. Well, maybe, somehow. I don't know how it started -- no specific time and date, not even any magical moment -- but I can definitely differentiate the then and now. No, I had no brutal experiences but I sure had so many nights wasted on feeling alone and useless. It does help to let yourself get lost for a while because you always end up trying to find the best way to go and you somehow get to know yourself even more. Though there is no assurance if you end up somewhere all-things-happy, life does not evolve because of happiness alone anyway. There are always opposite sides in every thing in this world. Honestly, though I know things are a little bit different for the better, I still feel the same way but I learned how to deal with it. It's true that when you get older, you get wiser. That teenage angst will vanish in just a snap if you let it slip away and move further away from it instantly. I learned that I am the only one responsible of my feelings even when other people are involved or even when other people actually made the situation worst (I had a hard time understanding that). It depends on how you choose to react to it: laugh at it or take it seriously. You know your cue when to be serious or not. Sometimes I forget the lessons I have accumulated through the years and it makes me laugh at how forgetful I am. But the thing is, for every same problem I encounter, there is always a little bit of additional to its solution. Now that is where I get to learn new things, by stumbling on the same thing over and over. That makes me kind of excited at life, I guess. Because what else do I have to do with my life but to learn, make mistakes, learn, re-learn, laugh, cry, connect, re-connect, and feel among others.

I guess being 23 means being comfortable at how you are and discover more about yourself. I received a text message from an unknown person this morning and it says about feeling yourself, experiencing yourself, working on yourself, and loving yourself. And it somehow just reconnected to what was in my thoughts. By being in this state where everything changed slowly over time, I guess I should also move along by minding myself. It does not mean being selfish nor being self-centered but knowing more about yourself so you can be ready to connect or re-connect to anyone anytime by presenting yourself more than you used to.
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