Afternoon at The Ringling Museum (Plus Giveaway!)

This has been the busiest December of my entire life. I have so many tasks to accomplish before Christmas eve and I’m not even halfway done. Life has been throwing me curve ball after curve ball lately and I haven’t even had the time to breathe and take it all in. So one day, when my hubby and I finally had an opportunity to relax, we decided to visit the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida last Monday. I wasn’t interested at first because I thought the place looked like a circus (literally) since it was named after The Ringling Bros., who were owners of one of America’s largest circuses. I was wrong, of course.

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The Eye-Popping Street Art of St. Petersburg

Mural by Ricky Watts

St. Petersburg is a millenial’s paradise. It has a vibrant community of artists, skateboarders, surfers, and young entrepreneurs and professionals, making it (arguably) the hippest neighborhood in Florida. If you were to ask me, I’d like to live there too. It has everything I’m looking for in a place–the beach is just a stone’s throw away and there are plenty of museums, galleries, gyms, quaint novelty shops, and cafes to explore. But perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when talking about St. Pete is the street art.

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Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs

Here is the second half of our Tarpon Springs photos taken mostly on Dodecanese Boulevard. This section of Tarpon Springs is filled with colorful brick-walled shops that look like something out of a film set. No wonder they chose the district as the location for the movie Beneath the 12-Mile Reef in 1953.

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South Carolina Stopover

Our first stopover on the way home to Tampa, Florida was South Carolina. While I was taking my master’s degree at the University of the Philippines, I studied American culture and literature, and the African-American history is one of many topics that fascinated me. And so, Chad and I decided to have a quick lunch in the historic town of Charleston and check out the nearby places while we were in the area. We drove through the amazing Ravenel Bridge, a cable-stayed suspension bridge over the Cooper River in SC that connects downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

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Understated

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This week has been absolutely chaotic. Aside from juggling projects, I also had to go back and forth to Makati for work and errands. I really can’t imagine living in the South. The traffic is terrible and many people always seem mad and in a hurry. I honestly don’t know how they can stand commuting to Makati everyday. It takes real guts you know, especially if you’re wearing all white.

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I wore this ensemble to a meeting a few days ago. I bought this midi skirt last year but I never had the chance to wear it. Besides, I was in good spirits so I felt like dressing up. There’s something really elegant about this color, no wonder brides always prefer a big white dress for their special day.

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Commuting wearing this color is a different story though. I was always on the lookout for stains. Thankfully, nothing happened. But during my trip I was able to reflect on a lot of things. I really like having lots of alone time because that’s when I study people and think about life. Also, when you’re stuck in a bus full of people eager to go home, there’s not much you can do. I wondered if Metro Manila’s traffic situation is ever gonna improve. It’s worse every year, even though politicians vying for public office always promise they’re gonna fix it every election season. Of course they don’t.

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All we get are band-aid fixes instead of permanent solutions, because it’s easier to steal money that way. I guess what this country needs is not only an expert on law and economics, but also a person who has conscience and a pure desire to uplift the nation. But I don’t think that person is here yet. Every candidate right now seems to have a hidden agenda.

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I just wish the voting public will be more discerning this time. The current surveys are not looking good, but I’m still hoping for the best.

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