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Receipt Story

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I was going to have some sorbie with my friend at a teahouse across school and I agreed to wait for him at the hall lobby. He was taking longer than I expected so I sat on a bench, started to get bored, and began to think of things to do.

I fished my phone out of my pocket. I could tweet, post a photo in Instagram, check my Facebook account, visit my blog, read on iBooks, or play a game. But my battery was running low at 15% and I might need it for more important purposes since I was going out. I put my phone back in my pocket.

I wanted to read “Hamlet”. I opened my bag. It wasn’t there. I suddenly remembered that I put it on my bedside table before going out. 

I wanted to sketch. I looked for my notebook. I left it in my study. I started looking for paper. I realized I have receipts so I took my wallet, got a couple of them, put my wallet back inside, and closed my bag. 

I took my pen from my pocket and I started to draw the tree in front of me. No, I can’t draw a tree. I decided to write. I decided to write this. 

I wrote this because I wanted to do something and this is the way where I can do something. I pursued in doing this because I understood what I wanted to do. Then I share it with you, because I am simply happy with what I did. 

As I was writing this, I realized how we allow ourselves to think more about things when we sit down, relax , wander, wonder, wonder, and wonder until we begin to understand. Giving time to ask ourselves and understand what we want leads us to the direction that we need pursue. And with this, I’d like to think I’ll eventually end up in a happy place. Because. 

LIttle did I know that my conversation with my friend over sorbie will be the “ultimate” version of my receipt story. I say “ultimate” because we talked about my life and/or my career perse. We sat down, we relaxed ourselves with sorbie, we wander on random thoughts, until we wonder on the making of my very own story. I asked, he answered, and I now understand what I really want. I now understand how I can someday put my hands on what I want. 

I know it will be a loooong way but I am signing up for this. I know it is a battle out there but I’ll do this anyway. Hard work and courage!

Whistle on, Kat

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Rainbow Creations

It is raining cats and dogs here in the Philippines so my mom thought that it is about time for her to get a hand on a pair of shoes suitable for the weather. I let her check on Melissa last Sunday. I personally have a pair which I bought two years ago that I use almost every day at school, rain or shine. I must say my pair is super sturdy — it is still in one piece until today. Moreover, Melissa has a wide range of selections with each one in a fashionable design. No awkward feeling of wearing “just” plastic so you actually get a lot more than the price you paid. After my mom purchased a simple black one with a little shiny ribbon on top, the sales lady handed us a freebie — Melissa’s 2013 magazine: Plastic Rainbow.
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I opened the magazine the next morning and I my eyes suddenly became ecstatic with what they were seeing.
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Aaahh! COLOURS! So much colours it feels like a dream! The magazine kept on giving me surprises as I happily turn to each page. I swear, my eyes kept growing and growing.
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These images are Melissa’s inspiration for their new collection. I wonder what I can do with the same visuals. Hmmm…a couple of things are going on in my mind right now 🙂
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Imagine how these can become something else, something beautiful. We use them to create something new, giving the people of the world another piece of inspiration where new things can also come from. Another wonder of life, I have to say.
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I am really looking forward to use these images one day. I’m curious about the one thing I could create from a million possibilities. Create yours too! It will definitely be fun! *Winks*
Whistle on, Kat
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Missing Summer

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We had a sweet, rainy afternoon in Manila today so we decided to stop for bread and coffee before heading to a store to buy some clothes that my favorite fashion designer, Camille Co, designed. I was too excited and hungry at the same time but I opted to fill my tummy first to prolong my excitement (Oh no, am I a masochist?!). I was thinking that maybe filling my tummy with some bread will calm myself. Yes, it did…but not for long. I will tell you my story later on. Keep reading 🙂

So this chilly weather made me think about summer. This year was the best and I realized how I miss it soooooo much! Here are some snapshots of my Summer 2013.

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This was in Puerto Princesa, Palawan when our family went island hopping. The island at our back is Cowrie Island where we made our first stop. Swimming at the ocean with me is my sister and my little brother.

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This is how my siblings make fun of me — burying me in the sands of Pandan Island! Oh no, am I a mean sister?? I should be not! Hey, I’m the one who’s making their homework and presentations sometimes! *Rolls my eyes*

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Next, we went to Pambato Reef Snorkeling where I had fun the most. Here we got to see amazing underwater creatures. I feel so bad about not knowing how to swim so I could have freed myself from the lifejacket and had the chance to chase these fishes. Oh, how fun would that be! But no, I am so bad at swimming that I got a C in P.E. (LOL! I’m still happy I passed, though.)

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Two (bad) shots of a rich and abundant reef. I really do have to go back one day and take photos of this with a much better camera. I’m sorry, our family was in a hurry then that we didn’t get to bring a camera so we ended up renting a digicam on the way because it would definitely be a sin not to capture such picturesque.

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After Palawan, we had another family summer outing. This time in our hometown in Batangas. I was with my mom, my siblings, my grandparents, and my cousin.

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Clear skies and beautiful waters as we ride the motorboat from the port to the beach resort.

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Hello, sunset! Isn’t it gorgeous? I so love this. The feel of the water during this time was heavenly, made even perfectly by our silhouettes dancing in the waves and the echoes of our voices. We actually saw the sun set! Too amazing! Aaah! Nostalgia is hitting me. I MISS THIS.

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My brother and sister riding a boat in the after sunset.

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My mom took this photo. Yes, she’s a faux photographer. I think I am too 🙂

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And after a looong day and a restful sleep, here’s what greeted my sight when I opened the cottage door. All I managed to say was, “Wow.”

We had more summer getaways but I don’t have the photos right now. This was definitely the best summer. Yet. The season gave us the chance to bond as a family — experiencing and discovering new things together. These moments will be forever treasured.

Sipping coffee in the chilly afternoon rain with my sister and parents while reminiscing my summer made me realize how blessed and happy I am to have them beside me, rain or shine. Through the experiences that I’ve been through even at the young age of eighteen, I have already learned that there is no one else I can turn to but to them. There will be no other people as supporting, as understanding, as nurturing, and as loving as them.

P.S. …and as tolerating as them when I found out in the store that Camille Co’s collection isn’t released in the malls yet. I almost cried. I whined for many hours.

But thank God, it’s available online already! I placed my order a few hours ago. Yay! I’ll blog about it when I received the package. Thank you for taking time to read my post. Love you all.

Whistle on, Kat

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Once On This Island: The Making [One]

I am currently enrolled in a Production Design class in school and we are required to design “Once On This Island” for our first project. I was more than eager to work on this because I am loving the course so much that I desire to be a professional production designer someday. With that, I went to work straight away and did some research on the background and the setting of the play.

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The play takes place in the French Antilles. The time period is a little vague to constrict a particular year to it. Nevertheless, I chose 1920s in Guadeloupe since it was the point in time which most likely commensurate to the events that are happening in the play. Guadeloupe in the 1920s was an assimilation of French and Caribbean cultures as evident in the structure of their houses, the ways of their clothing, and the kinds of food that they were eating. This is a bit challenging for me as a student because it calls for the infusion of cultures without saturating both too much as there still have to be a distinction between the French and the Caribbean (not so much on the Guadeloupean) because that is the substance that I really want to point out in the story.

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This is the color palette that I am planning to stick to. The movie “Nim’s Island” was the first visual that came into my mind so it definitely became an inspiration. Blue, pale blue, white, beige, green, and blue green. I am also planning to substitute the abundance of palm trees to sugar canes for a symbolic purpose on peasantry vis-a-vis inequality.

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So basically, I want the attack to be on the colonial operation viewpoint of the story. Yes, “Once On This Island” is a musical play that conveys love, happiness, and courage but I want to work this musical with its undertones reverberating in the stage design.

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After doing emotional research and digging photos for some inspiration, our class went on to the next step of the process. I began to pen my ideas and exhausted myself for three hours just trying to sketch the stage that I want to put up for this play. I’m sorry, I’m really bad at illustrating figures and space conventions. But I do try my best because I really want to design productions one day 🙂

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Okay, I survived the drawing part. But…take a look at my final illustration. TOTAL FAIL. This is definitely not how I imagined the stage to look like. Ugh, it does look like a kid’s art work. It looks like a playground. This is a little frustrating but I have more ideas in mind to make this a lot better, hopefully.

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Alright, so I’d better work on that now so I will have something to share in this blog — the final product of my second draft. I’ll keep you guys posted. 🙂

Whistle on, Kat

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This is Kat Buted

Hi, everyone! So I decided to create my own blog simply because I had an epiphany today. It was the late afternoon of August 14, 2013 when suddenly everything came into light and I just knew exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life.

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You see, I want to do a LOT of things. I want to write, I want to take photos, I want to make films, I want to design houses and productions, I want to act, I want to sing, I want to cook, I want to be a gym buff, I want to be an endorser.

Yes, all these things I can do (except for cooking, go to gym, and pass as an endorser) which is why you can call me the jack of all traits but the master of none. But not for long, I hope. Because this time I do have a direction. This time I am ready to learn more and be better in the things that I am passionate to do.

I want to blog because I want to share my journey with you as I learn, struggle, and learn, and struggle, and learn. Let us all enjoy (and make fun of, sometimes) how we all grow up to be the kind of persons we want to be. This is Kat Buted (Katrin Erika Alcantara Buted) and thank you for reading my post. I hope you continue to read my next posts and join me as we all continue to fully discover ourselves while doing the things we love most and being with the people we care about most.

Whistle on, Kat