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Tippy dreams of one day changing the world, but still has to figure out how to exactly. She likes words and its capacity to invoke great emotion in people. On this silly little blog she chronicles travel, music, food, advocacy, pretentious things like books, film & art, and of course everyday life.

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  • October 28, 2012 11:01 pm
    A page from The World is Round, a children’s book written by Gertrude Stein and illustrated by Clement Hurd
Find out more about The World is Round here

    A page from The World is Round, a children’s book written by Gertrude Stein and illustrated by Clement Hurd

    Find out more about The World is Round here

  • October 9, 2012 12:47 am
    IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER.
The most  overwhelmingly good thing just happened. One of my tita’s just decided to give me all these books that used to to belong to her! I’m so happy I could cry!  View high resolution

    IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER.

    The most  overwhelmingly good thing just happened. One of my tita’s just decided to give me all these books that used to to belong to her! I’m so happy I could cry! 

  • October 5, 2012 12:25 am
    I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. View high resolution

    I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

  • October 4, 2012 9:29 am

    Dear Prudence, Across the Universe version

    "The wind is low the birds will sing
    that you are part of everything”

    One of my favorite Beatles lyrics of all time.

  • September 30, 2012 8:30 pm

    Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. 
    - Thomas Merton

    The Bangkok Arts and Culture center is undoubtably one of my favorite places to find and  lose myself in at the same time. 

    Bangkok, Thailand. May 2011

  • September 24, 2012 7:34 pm

    5 One Liners from Movies Perfect for Times of Transition

    While I was in the process of looking for a job I found that a lot of the comforting things I’d hear about my predicament came from different films that I would watch. For anyone who has ever been in this specific situation, or in any time of transition, I’m sure you know how difficult it is to be so unsure of what could happen in the future, or for what the outcome of things could mean for your life. When it gets a little too much to handle though, hopefully these lines give you motivation, perspective, and reassurance that things are going to turn out just fine. 

    1. An Education

    I started looking for a job in June because I was hell bent on taking the summer vacation to rest bum and just waste the days away. In the months of April and May I did zero job hunting so when June rolled around and it was actually time for me to look for a job, I realized that I was actually so afraid to start the process of applying, interviewing, and the most gut wrenching part of it all-waiting for a response. For a while, I was so scared of going through the motions of job hunting that I found myself not doing anything at all because I was so crippled by my fear to even start. But then one night, while I was still in that “scared to find a job” slump, I found myself watching An Education and this line from the movie just spoke to me and told me as it was. It’s not hard understand: If you don’t do anything, nothing happens. Plain and simple.

    2. The Art of Getting By

    The Art of Getting By wasn’t a great movie, but I think it has its strong points when you gauge it as a “time of transition” type of movie. I particularly appreciated the part of the movie where one of the characters tells Freddie Highmore’s character to find what he cared about and what he believed in. I can imagine how hard it is to pursue something you don’t care about and believe in. At the end of the day, I think believing in what you do is one of the most important things you have to do.

    3. Little Miss Sunshine

    This one’s a classic. Whenever I watch this scene from Little Miss Sunshine where Steve Carell’s character tells his color blind nephew who learned who couldn’t be a pilot due to his condition, to do what he loved and to just fuck the rest, it sends chills down my spine. It’s one of the most powerful lines from the movie, and it can get you so motivated to go after those dreams I’m pretty sure we all have. 

    4. Reality Bites

    This line from Reality Bites I actually find comforting more than anything else. I’ve always found that this movie makes a lot of  sense when it comes to realizing what being an adult really means. One of the things I’ve learned so far from being in this transitional time of my life (as given emphasis to by this line from Reality Bites) is that I still have so much to learn, and that I shouldn’t fret over the fact that I don’t know everything. 

    5. The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club is the perfect coming of age movie. There’s so much to take from it. Personally, I like how it tells you to not worry about being so alone in your strangeness, because everybody is strange in their own way. Times of transition usually call for having to step out of your comfort zone to enter the great unknown full of situations, experiences, and people who are all so unfamiliar to you. For me- especially in the case of unfamiliar people, I worry that they may not like me and that something may be wrong with me because they don’t. But taking a cue from The Breakfast Club, we’re all bizarre in our own little ways, it’s just more obvious in others than the rest. But I guess it’s in our being bizarre that we learn how to embrace who we are, or if need be- make right the things we should improve in ourselves. 

  • August 30, 2012 9:06 am

    "Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it."

    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

    The perfect thing to believe in today.

  • August 30, 2012 12:23 am

    Pitch Perfect, Directed by Jason Moore. Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson

    This doesn’t look like it’s going to be great. But I’ve never hidden the fact that I occasionally, (read: more often than not) have the worst taste in  movies- so I don’t care if Pitch Perfect ends up being utter and total shit. I’m over the moon with excitement to see this. And really, there’s nothing I could ever hate about a musical film centered on a college A cappella group singing competition, cute boys that sing, and Rebel Wilson.

  • August 27, 2012 11:05 pm

    Doctor, you say there are no haloes
    around the streetlights in Paris
    and what I see is an aberration
    caused by old age, an affliction.
    I tell you it has taken me all my life
    to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
    to soften and blur and finally banish
    the edges you regret I don’t see,
    to learn that the line I called the horizon
    does not exist and sky and water,
    so long apart, are the same state of being.
    Fifty-four years before I could see
    Rouen cathedral is built
    of parallel shafts of sun,
    and now you want to restore
    my youthful errors: fixed
    notions of top and bottom,
    the illusion of three-dimensional space,
    wisteria separate
    from the bridge it covers.
    What can I say to convince you
    the Houses of Parliament dissolves
    night after night to become
    the fluid dream of the Thames?
    I will not return to a universe
    of objects that don’t know each other,
    as if islands were not the lost children
    of one great continent. The world
    is flux, and light becomes what it touches,
    becomes water, lilies on water,
    above and below water,
    becomes lilac and mauve and yellow
    and white and cerulean lamps,
    small fists passing sunlight
    so quickly to one another
    that it would take long, streaming hair 
    inside my brush to catch it.
    To paint the speed of light!
    Our weighted shapes, these verticals,
    burn to mix with air
    and change our bones, skin, clothes
    to gases. Doctor,
    if only you could see
    how heaven pulls earth into its arms
    and how infinitely the heart expands 
    to claim this world, blue vapor without end. 

    -Monet Refuses the Operation, Lisel Mueller

  • August 14, 2012 9:57 am

    My First Crush, a film by Julia Pott

    Using real interviews with people about their encounters with first love, their animal counterparts tell their tales of humor and heartache.

    This is absolutely wonderful.