The Geo-Geo

(your friendly geographic Geornal)



June 26, 2017

​Déjà vu in the French language means “already seen”.  Coming to Puerto Vallarta’s “old town” did not just feel like I have seen” this landscape” before.  It was as if my reveries (some actively recurring in my mind still and many others from seemingly distant lifetimes ago) have come alive and manifested themselves.

The infinite view of the sun setting into the Pacific Ocean, the creamy white houses on the hillside, the clay t...

December 7, 2016

I have pitched a few design ideas to various “juries” and design “Calls” from all over of the world.  I usually end up designing not an object but "systems", "enterprises", or "organizations".  As a geographer, I see objects as sets of relationships, often complex and dynamic, riddled with politics, economic tensions, social construction etc. 

But I have come to realize how problematic Design competitions can be. 

The conund...

October 11, 2016

“Fierce” does not emerge from fear.  Ferus, which is the Latin origin of the word “fierce” means “untamed” or “wild”.  Fear, on the other hand, comes from Old English word for “calamity”.

There are many ways to draw connections for these two words.  Is it savagery that brings out fear? Or is savagery the product of fear? Or both?

The sauvage as the source and the product of fear: what a hopeless case.  How does one come out of th...

September 21, 2016

I weep. I fold.

The skies weep. Images and news of wars, of blood, of bile thoughts and malice, of life mistreated, of people hungry for justice, of people with empty words… of seeming hopelessness… of poverty in the mind and the soul… and of leaves curling and falling… I fold.

Uttanasana is a standing forward fold posture in Yoga where one will find the head below the heart.  It requires a graceful act of bowing down and meeting ones...

September 1, 2016

In an interview at the model management office, I was asked why I might consider modeling “professionally”.  The answer for me was simple, I want to be part of creative projects and creative processes.  I look forward the most to a “construction project” of visual strategies, scenes, and images, and to be an instrument for other artists.  Of course, what that might mean in actual practice, I am not really sure, but I thought I’m old...

August 17, 2016

Stillness is a state that is NOT devoid of meaning.  In fact, I found that in stillness, both in the mental and the physical sense, all sorts of memories, thoughts, and visions seem to pour out and come to life.  In a world where we get conditioned to chase dreams, to strive hard, and to be restless, time is always running, and time is running out fast.  But in stillness, time becomes infinite. 

I was positioned across...

August 3, 2016

The human spine is such a wonder to discover, to behold, and to feel.  Along this stack of vertebrae, we find the seven (7) main “energy” vortices or chakras (as in Yoga) which are associated with the biological systems of our human anatomies.

Table Lifted from “Anatomy Comes Alive” Course Material

I find deep sense of empowerment from this thought: each spine in a body has intrinsic (Divine, if you must) “powers, vortices, energies,...

June 13, 2016

The churches and Churches in the Philippine Islands have been quite literally “cemented” by these Giant Clams (Tridacna gigas).  These gastropods assimilate carbon and calcium, and secrete proteins in their mantles (conchiolin/ conchin – I just love the sound of this word, “kon-kin”) to host aragonite crystals that make their shells very hard.  Exploited for construction and for food, the Giant Clam remains to be a threatened specie...

April 9, 2016

Art provides us with opportunities to re-experience or re-inhabit the places and objects around us.  Art allows us to feel and to connect with objects or landscapes in ways we may have not done before. And in this discovery and new experience, we create new "spaces".  Through art, we can make the "invisible" visible with a new "lens", or with a new symbol, or with a new life experience. Through art, we might be able to redraw what o...

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