Archive for November, 2007

New Look

Saturday, 10 November 07

I feel change in the air. I’m taking it as a sign to shake things up a bit, to do something new–like revamp my blog’s look. It’s about time anyway. I celebrated my 2nd birthday as a webnaut about 2 weeks ago. I moved Disturbing the Universe on All Hollows Eve last year. I was planning to do something with the design for this year’s anniversary, but I haven’t really had the time to sit down and think about it.

*Sigh* … I still cannot decide whether I want to completely change the layout, ditch Kubric, and go for something else. Hmmm… maybe next month. A new header will have to do for now.

Decisions, decisions. Am taking this thing waaaay too seriously. Heh.


Unique Christmas gifts from Magic Poppet

Monday, 5 November 07

Magic Poppet Design Studio

Christmas season has officially begun here in the Philippines. For those of you who are already working on your list and are thinking of buying something unique for your loved ones, may I suggest that–ehem, ehem–you get them custom made jewelry or an art work from–ehem, ehem–yours truly. :)

I have been making jewelry for more than a year now. It started as a hobby (don’t they always?) and then word got around that I could this and that, and then the next thing I knew, I was designing my very own website to sell my stuff! Yeah, sounds serious. :) I’m still adding some items here and there, so I can’t give you the web addy yet. I’m going to launch it real soon, though, so you don’t have to wait long.

You can start ordering now, though! :) Most of the pieces I create are custom made, so I try not to duplicate my designs. I will launch my “retail” line soon, but until then everything I make will be one-of-a-kind… which what makes them more special. :) Get in touch with me if you are interested in getting an original piece.

Here are some photos of some of my previous works:

Eat Your Heart Out

I made this one for a lady who wanted to have jewelry with a spoon and a fork. I gave her a dozen utensils in one necklace! Oh, I name each of my creations. This one is called “Eat Your Heart Out.”

Blue Pod Earrings

A friend ordered more than a dozen pairs of earrings from me about a month or two ago and she gave them out to her friends. We had a meeting and we talked about each one of her friends on the list. “Blue Pod” was for S who liked to go to the beach and look at the cool, blue ocean. I used Swarovski Crystal Pearls for this one and made the wire beads myself.

Wire Stilettos

If you’re not into accessories or jewelry, you might want to check these: I call them my “wire couture sculptures.” I made the first set for BARBA in May and people have been asking me to immortalize their favorite shoes and tops and skirts ever since. I also accept commissions for my other sculptures. You can see them here.

Interested? You can see more of my jewelry and wire art here. If you want something similar and original then email me ( and we’ll talk.

Ho-Ho-Ho. I hope to hear from you soon.

P.S. Am launching Magic Poppet Design Studio this month! I used parts of Valter Nepomuceno’s Black Minimalism WordPress theme for my website (and the photo above).

In Memoriam

Saturday, 3 November 07

The Little One

Little Loki
August – October 2007

Names have power. I was thinking about that when I named the latest canine addition to our family. The maid rescued him from the neighbors who were bleaching his fur with Chlorox (I guess everyone—including pets—have to be immaculately white to be deemed acceptable in Philippine society). He was a mischievous little rascal with sad charming eyes, sharp teeth and claws. He made his presence felt the minute he trotted in—he emitted a high pitched bark and tirelessly yowled at the older dogs who were shocked, scared, excited, and intrigued by his presence. No one attacked; a lot of sniffing and tail wagging ensued. At the end of the meeting all the witnesses agreed on one thing: the new Alpha Male was in da house.

Loki was the only name I could think of and he lived up to it as days and weeks passed by. Like his namesake, he was getting increasingly endearing and dangerous at the same time. He loved to lick people’s toes and gently nibble on their ankles. Once their guard was down, though, he would viciously attack their flip-flops. It usually took 3 pairs of steady hands and a crowbar to pry the mangled rubber slippers from his jaws. The other dogs also fell victim to his wily charms—they would run around, chasing after a bird one minute and then, frustrated, the Little One would pounce and start chomping on their tails the next. He was beguiling and unpredictable, but we all fell for him.

We didn’t realize, though, that as he wormed through our hearts, something else was worming through his. He lost his appetite last Tuesday and moped around all day. On Wednesday morning they found blood in his stool. He was gone by 7PM that night.


Here’s to you, sweet Loki. I hope that you are somewhere in canine Heaven playfully harassing other dogs and having your fill of your favorite Havaianas.

Goodnight, Little One. You will never be forgotten.