Karin Vermeer

Two days after arriving in Utrecht, Deepa and I walked into the Galerie de Vink in the city and saw this huge painting inside.

Karin Vermeer

It was just one of those things I wanted to have. I talked to Jeroen about it and dragged him inside.
Found out it was affordable and about 1/3 the price of huge paintings in Metro Manila.
But first I had to think about how to send it home. I looked for a shipper online before going out of town to Eindhoven, Nuenen, Antwerp, and back to Utrecht.
I finally found a shipper and today I dragged Jeroen back to the gallery. It was now in the window.
And I bought it!

Karin Vermeer

I haven’t really bought anything of significance during this trip, except for a new Cos wardrobe and a bag. So I felt this was a great way to remember our trip to my husband’s hometown.

Dutch artist Karin Vermeer combines digital art and photography with acrylics, oils, modeling pastes, gels, chalk, colored pencils, and many other unusual materials to create modern art portraits like these.

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Reva by Karin Vermeer 2007

Karin Vermeer

Frida by Karin Vermeer 2001

Karin Vermeer

To see more, go to http://karinvermeer.nl/

Titanic Mystery Solved premieres Sunday

HISTORY™ sets the record straight in Titanic Mystery Solved.
In the most extensive exploration and imaging of Titanic’s wreck site ever undertaken, HISTORY™ illustrates what happened structurally to the ship—minute by minute—after the collision with the iceberg.
Unsinkable Titanic shows how blind faith in technology and a series of errors condemned hundreds of people to death, and how it could have been very different.

Titanic key art

As the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking approaches, a team of scientists, engineers and imaging experts have joined forces to answer one of the most haunting questions surrounding the legendary disaster: How did the “unsinkable” ship break apart and plunge into the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912?

HISTORY™ seeks to answer these questions, once and for all.
Two years ago, in a major, exclusive underwater expedition, HISTORY™ took part alongside the world’s top underwater experts, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and RMS Titanic, Inc. in the most thorough and exhaustive study of the wreck ever undertaken.
The undertaking yielded unprecedented new discoveries and the first comprehensive map of Titanic’s watery grave.
This two-hour special documents this mission, captures the high-tech mapmaking process, unveils astonishing pieces of never-before-seen wreckage and presents the expedition’s unexpected findings.

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Premieres April 15, 2012 at 8 PM on SkyCable Ch 25 • Cablelink Ch 44 • Dream Ch 30 • Destiny Cable Ch 57

Repeat airings:
16 April (Mon): 1am, 9am, 8pm
17 April (Tues): 2pm, 11pm
18 April (Wed): 7pm
20 April (Fri): 10pm
21 April (Sat): 2pm
23 April (Mon): 2pm
28 April (Sat): 7pm
29 April (Sun): 3am, 10am

For more information on Titanic Mystery Solved, visit http://www.historyasia.com/titanic

Miss Dulce was here

From London, Mich Dulce followed me to Nuenen for some quality time. It was Easter Monday. The town was deserted.

Mich Dulce in Nuenen

Signs that Miss Dulce was definitely in town: the Mac screen that could use some Windex

Yup, MIch Dulce is here

The compact that begs a replacement

Mich needs makeup

The groceries on the floor

Mich's stuff

While I would’ve wanted to stay indoors during the 5-degree weather, Miss Dulce wanted to have dinner at the predominantly pink Puff Inn.

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We were the only two customers

Mich Dulce

The food wasn’t the greatest but Mich seemed to like her pink pork chop

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I loved the Dutch “spork” called florkje, which came with the Crème Brûlée

spork

The bill came with heart-shaped mints, which she liked

Puff Inn

Mich Dulce

I love old mirrors. And you?

Cecile van Straten

http://www.puff-inn.nl/

Piet Hein Eek, Part 1

Biologically I am 70% Filipino and 30% German/American/Spanish.
Inside I am 50% Filipino, 40% Japanese, and 10% Dutch.
Whenever I see great Dutch design, I am proud of that 10% of my heritage.
They say all Filipinos can sing. The way I see it, all Dutch are artistic. Well maybe most of them.
I’m lucky to have a father-in-law who appreciates art and design. He was the one who gave us our own Rietveld chair at home.

Rood blauwe stoel/ Rietveld, 1918

For his 70th birthday, my father-in-law chose the Piet Hein Eek events space to accommodate 100 friends and relatives from all over the Netherlands. (more on this later)
As an added treat, guest were treated to an informal tour of Piet Hein Eek’s massive showroom and workshop, where you can buy anything on display.
Let me show you some of my favorite pieces.

Cecile van Straten

The Dutch designer works a lot with rough, distressed, and recycled wood, with touches of bling

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Aside from mixing all kinds of wood, he softens the pieces by adding cushions made from all kinds of mismatched fabric

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

The beds look so comfy

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

I love that they sell the log cabinny woolen blankets

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

And the pillows

Piet Hein Eek showroom

The lamps

Lamps

Jeroen loves this chair

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Ben, too

Jeroen loves this chair

Here’s a crib

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Kiddie beds

Piet Hein Eek showroom

and kiddie chairs

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

A magnificent bookcase

Piet Hein Eek showroom

and iconic Piet Hein Eek closet

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

Piet Hein Eek showroom

My favorite thing: the Bless Wallscapes

Bless wallscapes

Bless wallscapes

The Piet Hein Eek wallpaper

Piet Hein Eek wallpaper

The nieuwe natuur wallpaper

Nieuwe natuur wallpaper

I’m not nearly done. More in a bit.

http://www.pietheineek.nl/

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