1. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
    — Ellen Goodman (via awelltraveledwoman)

    (Source: zealotry)

     
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  3. natgeofound:

A well-worn stairway leads to a house on Oahu’s North Shore, November 1979.Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic

    natgeofound:

    A well-worn stairway leads to a house on Oahu’s North Shore, November 1979.Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic

     
  4. My heart needs the mountains like my body needs the water.
    — (via awelltraveledwoman)
     
  5. hollowedskin:

    thestoutorialist:

    maliceandvice:

    calantheandthenightingale:

    mydollyaviana:

    Disney vs. 7 early fairytales 

    The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up).  Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<

    But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales.  Especially Bluebeard.  We need a Bluebeard adaptation.

    Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself. 

    The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away. 

    "Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this

    Brilliant commentary.
    Now things are starting to make sense.

     
  6. carlosceldran:

Art Markets! Beautiful Things! Street Fairs! Manila Oh Manila! 
MARCH 15 and 16 
(Saturday and Sunday)
Mark your calendars. #Vivamanila

There couldn’t be a better weekend in March to come to downtown Manila. 

March 15
Saturday
@98BCollaboratory and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will both have art markets on Saturday March 15. CCP Art Market will be at the Cultural Center of the Philippines itself on Roxas Boulevard while 98B COLLABoratory will have it’s Saturday FUTURE market on Escolta after the Jones Bridge. 

March 16 
Sunday
Go look at cool pretty things at CITEM F.A.M.E at SMX. Then wander off to the PASINAYA Free Theater Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and cap the day at the super fun amazing INTRAMUROS Pasyal Sunday STREET FAIR on Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros. (Photo)

All the details of these events are available if you just google them. 

Oh - Go have dinner at Harbourview or Ilustrado, drinks at Bar 1951 or Oarhouse and walk through Luneta too if you find the time.

So pick up your phone. Book a hotel room downtown - bring your bike and enjoy the City of Manila!

#vivamanila

    carlosceldran:

    Art Markets! Beautiful Things! Street Fairs! Manila Oh Manila!
    MARCH 15 and 16 
    (Saturday and Sunday)
    Mark your calendars. #Vivamanila

    There couldn’t be a better weekend in March to come to downtown Manila.

    March 15
    Saturday
    @98BCollaboratory and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will both have art markets on Saturday March 15. CCP Art Market will be at the Cultural Center of the Philippines itself on Roxas Boulevard while 98B COLLABoratory will have it’s Saturday FUTURE market on Escolta after the Jones Bridge.

    March 16 
    Sunday
    Go look at cool pretty things at CITEM F.A.M.E at SMX. Then wander off to the PASINAYA Free Theater Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and cap the day at the super fun amazing INTRAMUROS Pasyal Sunday STREET FAIR on Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros. (Photo)

    All the details of these events are available if you just google them.

    Oh - Go have dinner at Harbourview or Ilustrado, drinks at Bar 1951 or Oarhouse and walk through Luneta too if you find the time.

    So pick up your phone. Book a hotel room downtown - bring your bike and enjoy the City of Manila!

    #vivamanila

     
  7. texturism:

we’re all connected. patakk aka paolo | via patakk: teddybear-hugs

    texturism:

    we’re all connected. patakk aka paolo | via patakkteddybear-hugs

     
  8. texturism:

    three covers for the viral campaign i shot for catapult.org - homeofthevain

    even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the world. international women’s day, observed annually on march 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe.

    catapult, a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to the advancement of women and girls, has released a startling new visual campaign in an attempt to make this year’s IWD “more than just a cover story.” the cover stories campaign features three mock magazine covers that highlight terrifyingly real human rights issues to push the conversation forward.

    the magazines display the grisly names child bride, good slavekeeping and thirteen — wordplays on the popular magazines brides, good housekeeping and seventeen, respectively.

    headlines such as "the wedding you’ll never forget but wish you could" and "who needs a childhood anyway?" float next to the young models. the cover of good slavekeeping pretends to cater to the human rights violators themselves, adding another dark layer to the already serious campaign.

    (Source: nikolatamindzic.com)

     
  9. Good morning! Here&#8217;s a pretty good sequence to start your day with. Start and end with a few minutes of quiet meditation, 5-10 deep breaths, mindful of your intention for your practice.  
fuckyeahnamaste:

a nice wake up sequence! 1) standing forward fold, really deep knee bend with arms interlaced behind your back. - in this one, i really like to think about bringing my hands towards the wall i’m facing! 2) side bend, with elbows grasped - think about lengthening BOTH sides of your body! 3) 3 legged dog variation - when your leg is up, bend your knee and think about opening your hips out to the side. you want to try to see your foot by your opposite butt cheek, if that makes sense :P 4) twisting lunge - open yr chest! you are a wonder! 5) knee down low lunge, opening your chest - here, you can use your hands pressing into your quad to lengthen your torso 6) extended triangle - even wider legs than maybe you’re used to! 7) elbow plank - getting the blood pumping a little bit now! 8) yoga squat - use your elbows pressing into your knees to prevent your chest collapsing!

    Good morning! Here’s a pretty good sequence to start your day with. Start and end with a few minutes of quiet meditation, 5-10 deep breaths, mindful of your intention for your practice.  

    fuckyeahnamaste:

    a nice wake up sequence!
    1) standing forward fold, really deep knee bend with arms interlaced behind your back.
    - in this one, i really like to think about bringing my hands towards the wall i’m facing!
    2) side bend, with elbows grasped
    - think about lengthening BOTH sides of your body!
    3) 3 legged dog variation
    - when your leg is up, bend your knee and think about opening your hips out to the side. you want to try to see your foot by your opposite butt cheek, if that makes sense :P
    4) twisting lunge
    - open yr chest! you are a wonder!
    5) knee down low lunge, opening your chest
    - here, you can use your hands pressing into your quad to lengthen your torso
    6) extended triangle
    - even wider legs than maybe you’re used to!
    7) elbow plank
    - getting the blood pumping a little bit now!
    8) yoga squat
    - use your elbows pressing into your knees to prevent your chest collapsing!

     
  10. On fouettés (and why I stopped dancing)

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    Last night, I watched Black Swan again and it seemed even more haunting than when I first saw it 2 years ago. Watching it, albeit the over dramatized and hyperbole in many parts of the story, brought back way too many emotions and memories. Though many criticize the film for being unrealistic and exaggerated in its portrayal of dancers’ lives, a lot of elements and scenes are familiar: the brutal treatment of pointe shoes as part of the prep ritual and ‘breaking them in’, the feeling of isolation and competitive atmosphere, the repetitive practice until you finally get it right (or, at least until the director approves), the obsession with form and perfection, etc. 

    Maybe I’m just going full circle, but after 15 years since I hung up my pointe shoes and dropped ballet altogether, I miss it more than ever. I miss the hours of rigorous practice, that brutal ritual of breaking in pointe shoes, the tensed frenzy backstage—the stark contrast of the ornate details onstage with the gritty mess backstage, and I really miss (really really) the few minutes onstage, alone, with a theater full of people but barely seeing them, with the orchestra, hearing nothing but the music and your own feet whispering against the linoleum.   

    One scene in the film that really hit home is the part where the protagonist, Nina (Natalie Portman’s very disturbed character), practises her fouettés in her living room. If you were wondering what a fouetté is (foue—whaaat?), it’s basically a classical ballet step of turning on one leg (clockwise), much like a pirouette, and the other leg whips out like a propeller. To make the long story of my abrupt-end-to-my-lifelong-love-for-ballet short, it was the one step that I struggled with the most in all my 8 years of dancing. It was also the climax and finale of my last dance as a soloist, wherein I had to do do 18. It isn’t much compared to the 32 fouettés en tournant in Odille’s / the black swan’s coda, but it was a source of immense pressure and frustration. In the end, I never nailed it, I never completed my solo, and I never danced ballet ever again since that night. 

    In retrospect, I understand now that it wasn’t that my feet were weak, or my legs weren’t strong enough, or that I lacked the skill. The only thing that kept me from nailing that turn (or more than 10) was my head and my fear of failing. At that time, I was scared shitless of falling during a turn, which essentially translated to failing.    

    I can’t help but wonder how things might have turned out if I didn’t let my fear and frustration get the better of me and just kept practicing, or perhaps allowed myself to do 10 instead of 18 and just treated myself better with a bit of patience. Or took a break instead of quitting altogether. This revisit isn’t meant to be regretful, but more of as a reminder: for whenever I’m struggling with my chaturangas (or any other pose in yoga) to just keep trying and trying and trying. Or, cut myself some slack and say, “okay not today, maybe tomorrow.”