Monday, April 6, 2009

11 reasons why i havent blogged in ages

1.Did photography work for a New Zealand Magazine

I was commissioned by a Kiwi Magazine in Auckland to shoot Dean Williams, who used to be a big media personality in New Zealand before moving to Cambodia to open a funky cocktail bar called Miss Wong.






2.Sent my son to school for the first time

Yup, he’s officially a student at the International School of Siem Reap as we’ve been trying to convince him for the longest time that he is NOT Yet an adult.




3.We’re building a new store

We’re expanding and we’ve just opened a new store at the Alley West called POETRY. It’s a total lifestyle experience offering Don’s clothes, vintage finds, original jewelry from designer friends like Jor-el and Tita Jaki all the way from Iloilo, Philippines and a gallery for my work on “words” as well as for other up and coming artists based in Cambodia and the world over.








4.Opened up a solo exhibition at the Angkor National Museum

The Saffron Spirit makes its way to the Angkor National Museum alongside the kingdom’s ancient treasures. I couldn’t have been more thrilled!




5.Prepared for a trip home

Spent two weeks in Iloilo picking up pieces of my childhood memories and rebuilding our home after the devastating flood last year. Most of our family pictures were gone and my paintings and artworks have vanished into oblivion, but all is definitely not lost…



My mom, lost 90% of her garend and plants which is her source of life and income... but she has moved on quite well....




We had a reunion with relatives on my mom's side so we are slowly rebuilding our connections and lost memories.... all the lost pictures, books and what nots would have to be relished again... on a new perspective....


6.Turned another year older in Cambodia

Celebrated my 31st year of existence on this planet with family and friends. I actually shared the birthday week with Vincent, one of my photographers and good New Yorker friend Elizabeth Kiester.




7.Am being featured in a magazine with two great friends

Fah Thai Magazine, Bangkok Airways’ inflight magazine, is doing a feature on me, Don, and Elizabeth on our efforts to make Siem Reap the next best fashion destination in the planet. Hehehee.


8.Did a load of wedding shoots and temple shoots

Work work work. Need I say more?


9.I’m helping redesign the National Museum in Phnom Penh

One of the projects I’m really looking forward to do! Got in through the help of American friends John and Narisa McDermott!


10.Did a Suitcase Sale

One of the cool stuffs we’re doing on the Alley West…


11.Prepared for my sister’s graduation

After 4 years of gruelling tuition payments, and other miscellaneous out-of-this-planet expenses, my sister Love Grace has finally finished her Nursing degree...



The ceremony in itself was more suffering that you could bear than 4 years of school combined... the graduation lasted almost 7 hours and the keynote speaker spoke for more than 2 hours! To top it off, there were almost 500 nursing graduates alone! There were around 300 honor graduates (cum laudes, summa cum laudes and magna cum laudes)... the reddeming point is that my sister got an award for outstanding nursing graduate from the Baptist Church Organization in Ohio. She also got a loyalty medal for going to the same university from kindergarten.

I think they ought to give awards too for those who endured the entire ceremony...

28 comments:

blagadag said...

i can't help but cry. welcome back. am most happy to hear the good things He bless you and your family after the storm. keep blogging, superstar.

Luis Batchoy said...

and the coffee date that never was, or still in the loops. Now show me some lovin and vote for me in RBP's blog of the week. Kampanya na to!

http://www.rainbowbloggers.com/

The Zen Bitch said...

kaya naman pala nag-disappearing act ka from blogging e supermega kabisihan ka! tama nga si don (yes, nagkita na kami finally!)... anyhoo, glad to have you back! contact me when you're in PP, and i'll do the same when i'm in SR. best of luck!

Sharon said...

oooh, it's ok, the blogging world heartily forgives you...for you had the 11 best possible reasons for being away!! seriously, wow. keep it up;)

Blue Rose said...

welcome back! happy to hear some news from you again. super busy ka talaga ha. ingat lagi!

kegler747 said...

Uy, big time na big time ang dating ah. Talagang busy na busy ka nga. I will visit yung lolo ko sa Iloilo maybe next month.

lucas said...

HAYS! KUYA LOVEN! YOU'RE REALLY BACK! WAAAAAAAAA!

been a while and i can understand why you needed that blog leave...tsk...you're plate was so full.

papasok na pala si Freedom. I bet he'd be a genius like his dad. and he's cute as ever...

the new store looks really elegant. am not surprised. ahehe! and i like the concept--POETRY. :)

ang daming blessings sayo. mafi-featured kapa sa mag. cool!

belated happy birthday na rin... hope to read more from you...hehe!

God bless.

oo7 said...

i visited this place so many times...
at last you came back,

missed you bro...

gr8 to see you are good and doing well.
be regular now :)
cheers

Jake said...

Need you say more?!

Keep on rolling and spooling and raise the flag high.

:)

LENORENEVERMORE said...

sending your kid to school must be quite bittersweet...all grown up now...before you know it they are at a prom party!;) PS: I've linked you...it's about time I added my link list! ~Take care*

eDreGiN said...

-Brotherhood, I am happy that you're back! Halos lahat tayo naghibernate, but of course for different reasons, hehehe' Anyhoooo, kailangan magsulat ka na ulet lage at nakakadismaya pag alang new post, huh' hehehe. I am glad you're doing good...regards sa boung pamilya'Ingat kayo lage dyan'

Anonymous said...

Im counting for the days that finally you will be home again. Puli na di. Palangga ta gid ka.

Sreisaat said...

Hi SpoolArtist!
You deserve that holiday -- hala sige, enjoy guid.

Borneo Falcon said...

Good to see you back

Jake said...

Wow! I envy you! Now I want to cry!

Love all the photos and your life!

Mabuhay ka!

Ingat palagi :)

chezza said...

hey! you're back! :)

fuchsiaboy said...

waaaaaahhhhhh!!!!

pasalubong!!!!! ;)

arollerskatingjam said...

Hurrah, for all that you have accomplished and all that is ahead! So glad to hear of all the exciting things in your life!

-Megan

the spool artist said...

thanks guys! and i seriously thought you've all erased me from your blogrolls for my long absence! cheers to all of you!

@luis batchoy: yup, i owe you big time... bawi lang ko when you come here for bakasyon! hehehe

PUSANG-gala said...

wow---a lot of BIG and good things happened to you in such a short time Kuya Loven--really glad you still made a comeback. You have a lot of things to celebrate and a lot of blessings to be thankful for......

I am very very happy for you kuya---few years from now---majors magazines and newspapers in the Philippines will surely speak high of you----

proud namn me store kana dyan----

and---

belated happy birthday nga pala...cheers sa lahat.....

KRIS JASPER said...

YEY!

Uve been gone for 3 months?????? OMG.

I hope I can have a SIGNED copy of that Thai mag (yung featured ka)

Oh I saw a falling star!

I wish

I wish

I wish

REDLAN said...

Nagpuli ka gale? Daw kadali lang haw. In 3 months damu mayo natabo cmu ba. Congrats!

the spool artist said...

@pusang gala: thanks anton! sana mag dilang anghel ka. hehehe.

@kris jasper: yup, i cant even believe it... three months seemed like forever. glad i still know how to type! lol

@redlan: oo, kanugon gid gani kay i never had a chance to see you guys! maybe next time!

alex said...

WOW! welcome back

you had a lot of things on your plate grabe

anyways, congrats to ur sis and belated happy bday to you!

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