Category: Berlin Through Frog Eyes

Summer 2020: Balconya & HomeStudioVille

This year there will be no blog entry from me on some exciting adventure or wonderful travel experience for holidays. All travel plans have been cancelled this year, not just by me, but by the world and the obnoxious COVID-19. Anyone who has to travel via train, plane, or bus and any other local transportation

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Kinakapatid

We have a term in the Philippines for the relationship between the children of godparents – kinakapatid. It loosely translates into honorary sibling, the operative word being kapatid, which is sibling. My goddaughter is in town for a long overdue visit and it is pure joy to pamper her and enjoy her company. I welcomed

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The Agony of Surrender

When I moved to Berlin in 2017, the intention was never to remain here on a long-term basis. Once I set up my home, however, and things began to happen, I thought I might as well linger a little longer, give it a shot and see where the road takes me. I will spare you

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To Studio or Not To Studio

One of these days I am going to run into myself with all the things I have going on a the moment. July has definitely presented itself in my life as the turning point month of 2020 and my life in general. As many of you know, I embarked on the perilous journey of portraiture

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Summer? What Summer?

I had to pick up my medication from the pharmacy yesterday and had a lovely chat with the Spanish pharmacist on duty. She is about to travel to Spain to visit some relatives, and when I commented that it was very brave of her to do so, she retorted that it was downright foolish of

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The abomination of “Oldtimer”…

There is no denying that I have been battered and seasoned by life experiences to make me the strong and resilient FrogDiva that I am today. Call me stubborn, or call me impulsive, but the one thing you may not call me just yet is old. But can I be called an old-timer? I received

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Berlin 06.06.2020 – “No To Racism”

The announcement for today’s silent protest was spread through social media, and the original meeting place was Potsdamerplatz at 14:00, come dressed in black in support of Black Lives Matter. When Maike and I emerged from the subway and headed towards the meeting place, it struck me that there were very few people joining this

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In search of self-compassion

The photograph on the left is one of the more experimental images I have produced to date, and all due a lighting fluke. It all began in and with my bootleg studio set-up, where I used one flashlight above and another one from below while the rest of the room was in complete darkness. Did

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The Magic Within Bootleg Studios

It is almost a pity that #lockdown2020 is coming to an end, at least in Berlin. The lifting of the restrictions in in this city are nowhere as generous or liberal as the other German states, but nevertheless, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. Travel is still off my list of

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Berlin: has the snap turned into the bite?

The Berliner Schnauze (Schnauze = snout) is a term used to describe the rough, brusque, brutally frank and for all intents and purposes, rude snappy nature of the Berliners. There is prevailing myth that says before you get to know the true worth and warmth of the Berliner you must first pass through the snappy

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