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.

  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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The past is a parade of countless days.

Sigh, vacation’s over. Arn and I are back from Japan but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet1. Our legs and backs still ache2 from all the walking, hiking, and running after trains we did, but so what? At least we were able to bring home a lot of happy memories, pictures, and Crunky3 to last us til… well, the next chance for another holiday4. I’ll write a decent travelogue soon — there’s way too much I want to share about the trip but I have to finish unpacking first. Seeya later. πŸ™‚

Japan vacation 2006

1. Wall of lanterns, 2. Astroboy, 3. Tendon setto at Minggei, 4. Wishing blocks, 5. Meiji Jingu Shrine, 6. Tokyo National Gymnasium, 7. Tokyo National Gymnasium, 8. Yoyogi Park, 9. Takoyaki, 10. NHK Studio Park, 11. NHK Studio Park, 12. Shibuya crossing, 13. JR train map at Tokyo Station, 14. Self-portrait at the Shibuya crossing, 15. Shibuya Station Mural, 16. Laputa Robot Soldier at the Studio Ghibli Museum rooftop garden, 17. Welcome to the Straw Hat Cafe!, 18. A side street in Shibuya, 19. Halloween masks at Tokyu Hands, 20. Manhole cover at the Ghibli Museum courtyard, 21. The “Nekobasu” (Cat Bus) shuttle service to the Ghibli Museum, 22. “Maid in Japan” girls in Akihabara, 23. Akihabara TX station, 24. Capsule toy vendos, 25. Entrance to the Ghibli Museum, 26. Postcard-pretty view of the lake at Mt. Bandai, 27. Hello, fishies, 28. Koi fish, 29. Autumn leaves in Fukushima, 30. Sticky rice balls, 31. View from the Tsurugajo Castle, 32. Tsurugajo Castle, 33. Aizu Samurai Residence, 34. By the lake at Mt. Bandai, 35. I’ve got Tokyu Hands, 36. Arn at the Design Festa Gallery
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More photos in my Multiply galleries:
* Harajuku, Shibuya, Omotesando
* Nippori, NHK Museum, Tokyo Olympic Gymnasium
* Studio Ghibli Museum
* Shibuya and Akihabara
* Fukushima Prefecture

… and in Arnold’s Flickr set.

  1. I bowed and almost uttered “arigato” to the customs officer at NAIA. This is what happens when you spend two weeks in Japan. (You just gotta love the Japanese, they’re such a polite society.)[ back]
  2. Ahh the signs of aging…[ back]
  3. I love Crunky chocolate but only second to Melty Kiss, particularly the Matcha (green tea) flavor. Unfortunately Melty Kiss was late coming out this year so I didn’t get to hoard boxes of them like I normally do, hehe. (It only appears on the shelves during late fall and winter.)[ back]
  4. Whenever that may be, sigh. Bitin![ back]
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Neon on my skin.

Greetings from Japan! Will post pics as often as I can so please stay tuned to see more Nippon goodness. πŸ™‚

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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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