I can’t believe it’s been weeks and weeks since I’ve done the Share Your World challenge (or rather, posted my answers on time – they’re all in my drafts and way way late to post them now)! But fear not! I’m on time this time!
What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?
When I left home, I rented one of my grandmother’s apartments together with my two brothers, who left home at the same time, with the reasoning that I couldn’t possibly live alone and be safe. Forget that the apartment was 75 or so steps away from our house, but that was apparently as far as my relatives wanted us to go and still give us that illusion of being on our own. It was a one level apartment with two bedrooms and it was right next to the sewer (and in the Philippines, when I saw sewer, it’s like an open canal, which was what we called it – cán-al). And because the Philippines is pretty much a tropical country, where there are two seasons (hot and hotter), houses were pretty much wide open. You had cut-out cement windows to let the air filter in and all that. You could put chicken wire to prevent rats (yes, I said rats) from coming in, but they still found a way to get in.
So, what I didn’t like about that apartment were the rats – or this one particular rat because somehow they all looked the same – that would make it into the house, especially at night. In my mother’s house, we had over 20 cats and dogs combined so rodents were pretty much non-existent. But in this little first apartment – with no pets because my brother had had enough of pets – even the trip to the bathroom at night was pretty much a risky undertaking, if you didn’t want to risk having a rat run past you, and even step all over the tops of your feet in the process (yes, it’s a memory).
What kind of art is your favorite? Why?
While I love paintings, I’m always awestruck by sculptures. To sculpt a thing of beauty from a piece of marble or a rock takes incredible skill. Sure, these days, they’re pretty much aided by computers sometimes, but I don’t think that was the case back in the time of Da Vinci and Michaelangelo. There were no 3D renderings to help them with their creations. I also love looking at clay sculptures and one of my favorites sculptures is Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer of Fourteen Years done in beeswax and found objects, including her tutu. I can just stare at this for hours at the Met, which I will do this summer.
How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?
I’m the second of three children, and the only girl. That doesn’t mean I was the favorite though. My older brother is way more charming than I am and has way more fans that I ever could have, and my younger brother is just way cuter. Even now. I also have an adopted brother, so that would make, in non-birth order kinda way, three brothers.