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Bits of Bliss: The 2nd National Children's Book Awards and The Mind Museum

So this happened last Saturday:

...and this:

(Thanks to Pergy and Mia for the photos! :) )

Last week, I got an email telling me about how my children's book, Judith and the King of the Sea, was one of the nominees in the 2nd National Children's Book Awards. The awarding was going to be at The Fort, in The Mind Museum. I think I almost fainted with excitement upon reading the wonderful news.

Thanks to GASFI, I was going to experience attending this bigtime event, which I could only dream of. We were also going to be touring The Mind Museum afterwards, one of the items in my bucket list. This was the week when I won that beautiful leather bag from JackTV so I felt really, really lucky, and blessed. I couldn't wait for Saturday.

When Saturday came, I woke up and felt sickish. I had pottery classes that morning, but since I didn't feel well, I just got my glazed pieces and rested a bit at home. Here are my finished pieces and some of the earth/sea-inspired pendants that I made:

Lunch before the event, at Racks:

I was nervous when I entered the room since I didn't really know the other persons there, so I sat with this lovely lady named Mia, and chatted her up, and ended camwhoring. Fun! My book is there, at the lower left side of the screen:

The nominees. So many awesome books, I would give awards to every book if I could:

I especially love the books in this series, for the blind:

Saw Ony Carcamo again! What a pleasant surprise:

It's their party and I'll camwhore if I want to:

With the master, Robert Alejandro:

With the GASFI gang:

Also saw the super-talented and nice and amazing Pergy! I'm a fan, since the 90s. Pergy, remember how I sent you that dorky fanmail when I saw your works in that lj community? Remember our Booksale trips? Ang dami nating napuntahang branches nun, sarado na yung iba ngayon. Once a fangirl, always a fangirl:

Mind Museum time!
I wasn't able to take as many photos as I've wanted because I got distracted with experiencing it and attempting to read the caption and and and

Here are some of the highlights of my Mind Museum experience:

♥ That slo-mo and fast-mo crank
♥ These mushrooms which were rubbery and changed color:

♥ I remembered that conspiracy theory in Ancient Aliens:

♥ I only saw this in science books, now I have lived to tell the tale:

♥ Science centrum nostalgia!

♥ TRUTH: I am deathly afraid of butandings. This is me conquering my fear a bit:


♥ I highly enjoyed the rubbery textures scattered in the exhibit. I would like the walls of my bedroom to be pink and rubbery, like a huge tonsil:

Other silliness:

The Kiddie Park area! I didn't think I would be allowed inside but I got in, played hurriedly because my folks were waiting for me and it was raining. Mighty exciting!

Met my idols from Ang I.N.K.! Yihee haha :)

Ate at Just Thai after. Almoranas level ang anghang, but this was pretty:

And this:

It started raining while I was in the outdoor kiddie park. That was why you had to see a dorky girl running all around Burgos circle that night, a shawl wrapped around her head.

Dessert at Johnny Rockets afterwards to help us get rid of the spiciness in our tongues. The jukebox plays modern cds instead of vinyl:

Had a strawberry milkshake:

By the way, here's a photo of me without makeup:

My mom went to the Anvil warehouse sale again and now I finally have my own copy of these babies. Love.:


Posted by: a rose-meow smile (blushingmad)
Posted at: July 31st, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)

Congrats on your award!! That must be so exciting! :)

I loved loved loved these photos. So amazing. You are so inspiring. How can I live my life more fully?! I struggle with that all the time. I will just keep trying until I get it!

Posted by: let's start the rainbowlution! (aphazia)
Posted at: July 31st, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
kat mcleod

I didn't win, but the experience was very awesome :) Thanks for dropping by dear! :) Your comment is so sweet and thought-provoking, thank you for that! :) More often than not I do not know what I'm doing, but know for sure that I only agree on doing things that make me truly happy. That is my recent mantra. Also, I'm really, really shameless (I mean sure, I'm paralyzed by shyness a lot of times, but I try my best to overcome it). I have reached this point in my life where my real life intersects with my digital life, and by that I mean sometimes I meet my online idols. Here's the part where I fangirl like a dork and that's where being shameless comes in, haha. I also enjoy fangirling, actually. It's a recent fact that I discovered about myself. My sent box is filled with cringe-worthy fanmail sent to my idols from all over the world (writers, artists, singers, actresses). And surprisingly, some of them are even nice enough to reply! This continues to amaze me. This is also what inspires me to write more fanmail. Haha.
I like trying new things too! Maybe not things that scare me too much, but things that I think I've always been interested in (poi, pottery, fashion illustration). I'm a fan of workshops and seminars, especially if they're free. I also discovered that I like making new friends (virtually or in real life). I swallow my nervousness as best as I can and dive into conversations, or initiate one. :) But most of all, the happy rule applies to me as well:

Do what makes YOU happy, be with people who make you happy, surround yourself with things that make you happy (my bunting atop my office cube and my colored pens never fail to cheer me up at work), and explore new things that interest you and give you joy. But through reading your lj and from what I know of you, you're already a master of this process, so just keep at it, and marvel at the opportunities that await :) ♥

Posted by: Allie Principe (Allie Principe)
Posted at: July 31st, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)

Parang ang dami lang nangyari on your Saturday haha! Ahh your finished pottery stuff look amazing! <3 Still so proud to have a friend who has written a book and nominated for an award hihi.

I got a pretty decent haul at the Anvil Warehouse Sale as well, although it's a far cry from yours! XD

Posted by: let's start the rainbowlution! (aphazia)
Posted at: July 31st, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
kat mcleod

Thank you! Hihi. I wanna see your loot! Aayain kita dapat kanina for a quick milktea break after work pero maulan hehe.

Posted by: patricia (clenchedsoul)
Posted at: July 31st, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
☁ rockstar

i can feel your happiness and excitement in every part of this post! congrats again! :) those pearls and that ring — i love the way you accessorise! also, that mind museum looks amazing! i laughed when i saw that picture with your crazy hair hahaha. did it go back to normal the moment you let go?

Posted by: let's start the rainbowlution! (aphazia)
Posted at: July 31st, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
kat mcleod

Thank you! Hey you noticed! Haha. :) I was nervous about being electrocuted when I did that, since ate specifically told us that if we let go, we should jump off the podium. I didn't notice if it immediately returned to normal hehe.

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