Saturday, November 22, 2008

gloomy sunday

It's a rainy Sunday morning and the cookies I baked earlier are cooling on the racks. Today is our big production meeting. To boost morale, I'm going to serve chocolate chip cookies. I'm in Alabang for a day and a half so I took the time out to do suburban housewife-y things: baking, paying bills, buying groceries, getting a manicure, hanging out with the dogs, and blogging. Soon I'm going to have to pack up my clean laundry, my yoga mat, the cookies, and drive back to Malate to prepare for the meeting.

We're making a movie! How on earth did I get myself into this?

I'm just going to take it one day at a time. Plus, I'm thinking positive.

Anyway, some pictures from the tech survey:

Interior of a building from Paradise Heights, the mass housing project at Smokey Mountain.

I've often played cooking with Danielle and Alix. I was glad to see these kids enjoy the same thing. They had plastic plates and vegetables. And a Beatrix Potter tray. I want get toy donations but I'm worried I'll never collect enough toys for all the kids at Smokey. But for sure Danielle and Alix will help me jump start the toy drive.

This is behind the trash dump. Despite the constant smoke, it looks really amazing.

Local color in Paradise Heights.

Mr. Monkey was the highlight of my day.

Paradise Heights in the distance with Juan Caguicla in profile.

The gang's all here. Well, not quite. Julia (Location Manager) was off somewhere talking to people. Francois (DOP) and his guys Gerry and Jun (gaffer and key grip) climbed the hill behind us while we put on our boots and soaked up the local atmosphere. From left: Leroy (Production Designer), Mateo (Director), Alec (2nd AD), Dawn (1st AD), Mark (Sound), Juan (behind-the-scenes), and Cayo (Sound assistant).

My room mate and I certainly get around. Two months ago, Julia and I were at a ballet gala at the Cultural Center, sipping champagne while wearing couture. Here we are at Smokey, still hamming it up for the camera and still having fun no matter where we are.

Bim-Bim, 4, and Natalie, 2, hanging out at the Co-op office. Bim sang "Lupang Hinirang" for us with additional lyrics. She's a smart cookie. Meanwhile, Natalie counted to ten and struck a pose. Too cute.

Burning wires in the trash dump. I suddenly remembered lines from Bjork's "Hyperballad":

We live on a mountain
Right at the top
There's a beautiful view
From the top of the mountain
Every morning I walk towards the edge
And throw little things off
Car parts, bottles and cutlery
Or whatever I find lying around...

Mr. Teddy Bear Soldier here broke my heart.


Venisse said...

Hey Ri! So happy for your new project and your blog. Today was the start of "Clean out the Kids room". Have loads of toys for the Smokey Mountain children : )

ria said...

Yay, thanks so much Ven! Danielle and Alix are great kids because you're a great mom :0)

More good news: my friend Jenny from Hong Kong also wants to help out with the toy drive. Yay!

Can we put a small poster in Kids First about the toy drive? Maybe other parents will see it and have stuff to donate. I can easily pick up and leave it first at my mom's house...

ria said...

PS. Also, Jiggs is a great dad! Good parenting is no joke no? Of course I only have Pierre... Hahaha.