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And, finally, we came up with a more compound one, attempting to study, if not defy, the limits of style, structure, and media, thus, departing from the margins while keeping space, as we know it, undefined, so to speak. With the book’s dynamic approach to an age when we are all subject to compartmentalized outlooks and fed with a prepackaged sense of identity, it’s a challenge to insist on finding meaning and value in ubiquity.

Lines of Lila Book Cover Art

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Sometimes, while you’re trying to outsmart time behind your work desk, you meet with your thoughts and ask questions you dare not ask your kitties. Then you try to find a way to impart that conversation to any surface you can find. And when you do find it, the universe simply opens up its doors to usher you in.

Lines of Lila Sketches and Scribbles Lost Rhyme

Lost Rhyme, ink on paper, March 9, 2017.

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Half-empty words wash away
the narratives, spilt favours,
modern fatigue —
we owe the landowners —
as our worn out pleas
flee in silence.
Our kins rode the wings of fate
in begging fashion,
shoveling their own
craving for death.
We mourn for old debts,
for we are tiny pebbles
in a shore of gluttons.
What purpose do our lips serve
when we speak pass the clouds?
While we cease to embrace
the pen with our tongues?
We dug out the snare, fist and spine.
They fed on our spirit.

-Armineonila M., 2016

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Green Dreams
Armineonila M.

I lost your grip
in the thunderstorm, and you,
likewise, lost mine
under the dragon’s breath –
a huge firewall stood
between us – a dead end’s curse,
cirrus clouds loomed
from a distance tainting
the sun’s rays, no illuminated path
the rainbow’s bend dared
deny us a destination.


Lunhaw
Tagalog translation by a friend

Nawala ko ang iyong kapit
nang bumagyo’t nagrilim, at ikaw,
ganoon din, nabitawhan kita
sa lilim ng dambuhalang hininga –
‘sang ga-bituing pader ang poder
nating sangga – sumpang sadya,
malabalahibong ulap ng kilabot
mula sa di-kalayuan ang lumimlim
sa mga sinag ng araw,
naglaho ang daang matuwid
arko ng balangaw ang tumindig
upang ipagkait sa atin ang tagpuan.

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It’s not everyday that I bump into a dear friend online. But what’s more thrilling is that, once I do, I am greeted with such artistic charm and passion. This is what I see in these Baybayin calligraphic impressions intricately penned by alurij_.  Dig into it and admire the beauty of a culture embedded in each delicate stroke.

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Mini musing:  We read ingredients in the same way we read terms and conditions.

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As I was preparing for more exciting features for Lines of Lila, I tried out the Autodesk Sketchbook Flipbook and thought of making an animated teaser. It was fun! Watch the line breaker in action. Well…sort of. 😀

 

Mini musing: I think, therefore I need coffee.

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Before I share my brief thoughts on Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, first, I would like to share this adorable message from the Red Queen which I’m sure you’ll all heart.

Now, back to my thoughts. Disney’s production team, famous for its elaborate visual fetishization of Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, brings us this new not-so-Tim-Burtonish loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel, Through the Looking Glass. Disney’s film version, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which I will refer to as ATLG, takes us back to the “Underland” with a multi-plot time travel theme minus the time travel paradox. And, guess what? The Thenardiers had a touching reunion, too. Aww. Knowing Carroll as a pedantic logician, the sequel, or should I say, prequel, seemed to have missed some spots in nailing a good interpretation of the illusions of Time, who in this film sports a clumsy mustache and an infamous Borat expression. So, learning from ATLG that we all literally travel through time, at least geographically, we are taught that you can break, steal, escape, or even mock Time with possible consequences, of course. The whole conundrum the characters had to surpass is mandatory to make Mr. Mad Hatty mad again. Ha-ha!

The production’s creatives, under the steering wheel of director James Bobin, breathe into the film a quasi-surrealist, quasi-realist historical timelapse toward the all-mechanical industrial era, juxtaposing the bland, almost draggy Victorian backdrop, in which the silly but empowered protagonist, The Alice, defeated the Jabberwocky poem. He, he. No spoilers here. Fairly speaking, I was quite enamored by the visuals, especially the sort-of-Victorian set, with a little help from my spectacles and my 3D glasses. Yes. It’s pure MADNESS!!! On a side note, I got to watch the film on two pairs of looking glasses while drinking a cup of symbolism. Overall, ATLG is not really that bad for a screen adaptation. It’s just that, time flies so fast ATLG’s plot could hardly catch up with it. Sigh. So I highly recommend that you grab a popcorn now and read the book. My verdict: 4/10 (the additional 3 was for the 3D effects, in case you’re wondering).


Mini musing: 

Super goo
oh, super goo
how ze adore you
pamper the quick fixes
of the whinny super gloo
gloo to the gums and boo
that do gummy bubble gammy
in the loo
oh, super goo
ditzy little substance
for the gooey, gooily
you, goo-goo eyes
quit this Friday zoo

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