And so we’re told this is the golden age

Happy 2007 to all of you πŸ˜€

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A few scenes from MY December:
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One of my bestest friends Sheila was in Manila last month so naturally Tips and I dropped everything to meet with her for good ol’ lunch and coffee. And then of course there were the family reunions and get-togethers galore (my dad flew home for a vacation and so did Arn’s brother Jing1 so the families were complete2 once again :)): miscellaneous pre-Christmas lunches and dinners with relatives and friends, Christmas eve dinner and Christmas day lunch with my family, Christmas day dinner and day-after-Christmas breakfast and lunch with Arn’s family, our day-long wedding anniversary celebration, day before New Year’s lunch and dinner with Arn’s family, and then New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day lunch with my family. Whew!3

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From left: our kitty by the Christmas tree, the last of Papa’s kaki (persimmon) pasalubong before I mercilessly sliced through it with that little knife beside it, Papa and Mama at Seven Corners, my ice cream teppanyaki being tossed together, half of the batch of red velvet cupcakes I baked for our families, and Arn and his brother Jing at the NAIA canteen “Windows of the World” minutes before his flight back to Sing.

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So how’s everyone’s internet connection doing since the great, year-end quake4? We’re on PLDT-DSL and it’s been buggy for the past week to say the least. There are days when Google and Gmail loads quickly but then I get stuck loading my own webpage for 10 minutes5. I wonder how it is in other Asian countries. Shei? It’s comforting to know though that repairs are under way and here’s hoping that normalcy is restored in a week’s time.
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By the way, the January-June 2007 issue of Wedding Essentials is set to come out this month — it may even hit the newsstands this weekend. Please watch out for it because it might be our thickest and most comprehensive issue yet.
UPDATE: I just received a hot-off-the-press copy from our ed Marbs and the girls and holy guacamole it’s dooper thick! See the pic.

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It’s 285 pages thick, not counting the ads (with the ads it clocks in at 340 pages). It’ll be on newsstands by next week so pretty please grab a copy if you can. It’s still at P250 and I promise you it’s worth every centavo (hey it’s less than one peso per page!). Will write about the issue in detail once it’s officially out. πŸ˜‰

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Last but not least, a big hearty THANK YOU goes out to everyone who’s bought shirts and merch from my Cafepress stores! As of this writing, I’ve sold a total of 97 986 997 1008 shirts and when it reaches a hundred I’ll be listing down all your names so you can send me photos of yourselves wearing them, alright? πŸ˜€

  1. Who’s been based in Singapore since October[ back]
  2. I’m sure my other brother Christopher was with us in spirit, literally, like I’ve always believed…[ back]
  3. So yes it’s true, when you get married you will eat twice as much as you did when you were single because there are now two sets of families to eat with. πŸ˜‰[ back]
  4. Thank goodness nothing but our internet connection got hurt.[ back]
  5. My official excuse for not updating πŸ˜‰[ back]
  6. As of today, Jan 5! I know it’s not that big a deal since others are selling 10x as much but to me it’s already *huge* considering all I’m investing is a bit of computer time and design savvy.[ back]
  7. As of Jan 5, 6:23 pm, I can’t believe it. You readers must be my lucky charm. πŸ™‚ One more to go…[ back]
  8. As of Jan 7, 2:10 pm. Hip-hip hooray!![ back]
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No need to hear the music play,

Your eyes say all there is to say
The stars can fade and they can shine
‘Long as your face is next to mine.

I don’t need a crowded ball room
Everything I need is here
If you’re with me
Next year will be
The perfect year.

Arnold & Cynthia
Thank you for making these past three years nothing short of perfect, baby. πŸ™‚

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And may 2007 be perfectly wonderful for all of us πŸ˜€

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Johnny played guitar, Jenny played bass

There’s an excellent feature on pop-up books and artists including paper engineer extraordinaire Robert Sabuda over at Pingmag1. I’m a big fan of his as I’ve been fascinated with pop-ups ever since I was a little girl.2 That fascination naturally manifested itself in our wedding invitation (have you seen it?) and my book collection which consists of dozens of children’s books, a fraction of which just happen to, you know, pop up.
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In case you want to build a pop-up book collection too, here are my three favorite pop-up books of all time for your consideration:
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Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Commemorative Pop-up by Robert Sabuda
Arn gave me this book as a gift while we were still dating so I keep it in its original plastic packaging for protection πŸ™‚ The abridged text is true to Frank L. Baum’s original, and the pop-ups and illustrations don’t distract and rather enhance the unravelling of the story. The paper sculptures I featured in the above photo are, clockwise from left: (1) the glittering green and gold Emerald City (complete with 3D glasses!); (2) Dorothy meets Glinda; and (3) the launch of the hot-air balloon.
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Botticelli's Bed & Breakfast
Botticelli’s Bed & Breakfast by Jan Pienkowski
This is pure genius! You open the book a full 360 degrees, tie both ends of the book covers together using the attached ribbons and voila, it’s a 3D “bed and breakfast”. And mind you, it’s not an ordinary B&B but a fictitious inn supposedly belonging to the great Botticelli. Fifty-six great artworks are scattered throughout the ten “rooms”: try and find paintings and popular icons (like Whistler’s mother and Michelangelo’s David), and the masters themselves (clue: Vermeer is in Van Gogh’s bedroom). You can pull-out tabs, open secret doors, and unlock underground hideaways to find all hidden artworks; or you can take a guided tour courtesy of a little guidebook (but where’s the fun in that? πŸ˜‰ ) This book was a lucky find at Strand Bookstore3 sometime in ’98.
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The Elements of Pop-up
The Elements of Pop-up by David A. Carter and James Diaz
This book is for the aspiring (read: wannabe) paper sculptor/engineer. The title says it all: the book contains all the building blocks you’ll ever need in constructing whatever kind of pop-up you need or want. It lists the different types of pop-up techniques and “mechanisms” in pull-apart form in order for you to better understand how they’re made. Even if you’re not in the stationery business and simply just want to make cute greeting cards for your friends it’s a really good buy.
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By the way, I know I owe you a list of my web design heroes but for now, why don’t you check out BP’s list of The Best Designed Filipino Blogs for 2006.

  1. One of my favorite online mags![ back]
  2. It all started when my parents bought me a Sesame Street pop-up book when I was 8 which I’ve kept all these years, never mind that it’s now all dog-eared and dirty.[ back]
  3. My favorite haunt in lower Manhattan.[ back]
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And the lights are flashing on your window sill

Hello, I hope you can support the following projects that my Arn recently worked on1
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  • Cast 10: Issue 10 of the charming Nautilus Comics series that revolves around the lives of high school stage play actors. Story by Jamie Bautista, art by Arnold Arre.
  • Graphic Classics: Jack London volume 2. Arn illustrated the somewhat tragic Jack London story “The Wit of Porportuk”, adapted by Tom Pomplun.
  • Bandang Pinoy, Lasang Hotdog. A re-issue of the original Hotdog Tribute album which was first released in 2001. The line-up includes all of Hotdog’s best-known, well-loved songs and a host of today’s hottest bands.

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I was supposed to write a travelogue about our trip but work got the better of me and so I only managed to make the following articles2:

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We’re currently putting together the 5th issue of Wedding Essentials and the articles and features are pretty amazing as always3 so for the brides-to-be reading this, I hope you’ll watch out for it. πŸ™‚
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Here are a few photos to whet your appetite4:
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Among the perks of being freelance is that Arn and I can work anytime of the day and still be able to squeeze in some R&R like an occasional movie (or grocery) date, coffee with a gal pal at a nearby mall, dinner with a best bud, the odd blog entry, and the once-in-a-blue-moon-thank-goodness-for-Nest-for-making-it-happen night out with old friends.
[Soundtrack of the night: opening riff of The Final Countdown]5
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The bunch in front of the spanking new Blow-up Babies branch at Serendra: Buddy, Earnest, Myrene, Arn, Lia, Raimund, and Quark
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The “shiny happy people” shot. We contemplated having dinner at “Abe: Where Good Friends Dine” but it was just so given, diba?
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Because Cupcakes by Sonja was closed for a private function (hmph!), we ended up having dessert at Cafe Mary Grace which actually turned out to be a great idea (You have to try their Tsoknut Tsokolate, it’s a yummyness!). This photo was taken before the waitress recognized Quark6 and asked to take photos with him. A few minutes later, she also recognized Budz and Raims7 and then asked to take pictures with them and eventually the whole group hehe.
UPDATE: Coolness, Nest has a complete recap of the shiny, happy night out including the dialogue between Jona (the very friendly girl who waited on us — Ms. Mary Grace, in case you’re reading this: she’s a keeper!), Quark, and Budz when she realized who they were, hehe. Clicky click, velly funny.

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  1. I only played supporting roles in these projects — you know, scanning, photoshop and layout/FA work. It’s really me hubby’s show. πŸ˜‰[ back]
  2. They’re quite detailed so if you’re planning a trip to Japan, be sure to check em out before you go.[ back]
  3. Kudos to Marbs and the girls! And as always, I hope to do them justice with the design and layouts.[ back]
  4. I’ve to be careful not to give away too much to avoid dealing with copycats flatterers. Remember?.[ back]
  5. Tinenenent… tinenentnentnent! Pasensya na, panahon namin ito.[ back]
  6. “Wag Kang Lilingon“! He’s also directing two films for the MMFF — “Super Noypi” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. Show him some love and watch his films, yeah.[ back]
  7. Who were bandmates in… Rivermaya! Ahehehe. πŸ˜‰[ back]
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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my talented graphic novelist husband Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]

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