Denice Quimbo, a.k.a. Ruru, talks to Underdog about her current companions in her room. The artist, who creates lulling and colorful bedroom beats finds solace in the indoors. Her familiarity with inside spaces reflects in her music, all of which you can plug into your ears when you want the sound of everything else to hum quietly in the background.
Here are some of her recommendations for unlocking worlds and melodies that you can access from the confines of your room. With music buried in Switch games, webtoons, galaxies from book pages, these go to show that isolation doesn’t have to mean you’re pinned to one spot (if only metaphorically).
I used to want to be a piano major as a kid after doing classical piano lessons for a while but I never thought I would resonate with such music until now. The dynamics and velocities, crescendo, decrescendo, and tempo rubato had been injected into my bloodstreams without me knowing it fully. Since I’m doing music full-time now, it’s like I’m learning backwards realizing that phrasing and all that was previously mentioned — all these nuances — was what the music relied on to deliver the story. Notes scattering, cascading like dominos into a chaotic melody. I first heard this piece playing in Zelda: Breath of the Wild after chancing upon one of the Great Fairy Fountains. The first movement lands strong, playing a tragedy. The second movement — a switch of perspective, a brief window of reflection. What’s delectable is the taste it leaves in your mouth once you’ve digested the soul — searching cantabile. And when the coda happens, the main melody pierces into the layer of emotions that you thought weren’t there when the song began.
I borrowed this book (which started as a webcomic) from my sister who had borrowed this book from a friend of hers. The pentel pen drawings show dialogue in your ordinary 21st-century set-up, but in the lens of a surrealist. Every character written reminded me of someone in my life — which adds to the humor and wit already embedded in the piece. My favorite character in the book is Everlasting Boy. You’ll see him in his many attempts to elude death and the depth in how illustrator and author portrays this. The allegory and anecdote scrambled in an invisible storyline underneath the highschool setting makes for awesome company, spending time with the mystical creatures and students of the academy.
If you’re a dummy for self-help books but have a short attention span like me, I think you’ll like this one. It’s an app that takes articles and cuts relevant parts of it into little post-it notes and you can choose to save ones that strike you the most. Like Pinterest but for reader wanna-bes (A.K.A me). There are categories of articles to choose from and it makes the mindless act of scrolling more productive. I realized this when I decided to do a little detox from social media scrolling with a close friend of mine. I’ve found that I tend to scroll on random apps for no reason because of muscle memory.
Gardening! ASMR! Cute Piñatas that you want to protect at all costs! What’s not to love? I played this game when the XBOX 360 first came out and it instantly became my favorite. If you like gaming but are a fully-fledged pacifist, this might be the game for you. It’s a really simple gardening/breeding game with really exceptional graphics at the time it was released. The best thing about it for me is the graphics and overall design of the game. The piñatas are hella cute and the textures make the game so calming to play – digging holes, or laying down grass, fertilizing plants, or simply whacking piñatas to dissolve into pieces of shiny candy.
I’m honestly not one for reviewing books, but there are a few books I’ve read that have played an important role broadening and shaping my perspective of the world. Simply put, The Martian is a book about man’s conquest for more (after all he has already done, chewed up and spat on the planet earth) — and what makes colonizing what it is – be it in destroying, overwriting, or planting trees, and starting anew. Man feels as if though he is entitled to something, anything, and everything — thus bringing some of the book’s best lines into play:
“We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.”
“Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.”
“It is good to renew one’s wonder, said the philosopher. Space travel has again made children of us all.”
What I love about fiction is how we are free to un-origami the work, and fold the edges of the paper onto ourselves. Then the book becomes a mentor to the reader, his or her philosophy having been unraveled in the most enjoyable way he or she could have done it, and you, always hungry, would never leave without having learned.
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