Virginia M Macasaet

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SELF-TAUGHT PAINTER - LIFE BLOGGER - KITCHEN GURU - AVID KNITTER - CRAFT BEER & COFFEE LOVER Solo Exhibitions: 1998 – Virginia’s World – Color in Life 1998 – Blessed Beings in Virginia’s World 2010 – Wind, Water, and the Blue Moon in Virginia’s World 2012 – Lost in Kyoto in Virginia’s World  

Back to Basics

It wasn’t just about the closing of Red Room.

It was a series of small things slowly piling up.


They all just came to head at the same time.

Red Room was the best cover up.


Scrambling to get back to center I searched.

Meditation here, small talk there, coffee at Philz.


Long walks, bookstore visits and meals alone.

Sitting on the bench and people watching.


Little by little they all added up.

I thought about my knitting needles.


And just like that I decided to knit again.

I have forgotten how quickly a knit and a purl can cure!


I haven’t been able to put my needles down.

Knitting every moment I can.


One doesn’t really have to go far to enjoy life’s perks.

You just have to remember where to find it!


Recent Comments
Ken Hartke
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..." I miss Red Room... Read More
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 05:21
Virginia M Macasaet
I agree with you Ken. I feel I lost many connections losing RR. But such is life, I met new ones just as it was closing down and... Read More
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:25
Katherine Gregor
There's something about working with your hands that really helps you feel centred and calm. As though bringing you into the pres... Read More
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:42
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My Wishful Thinking List

A fellow writer wrote a beautiful blog on “My Wish List” and as I read her piece, something inside stirred me along with her challenge to write a wish list of my own.  I thought, “why not?”  This fits in perfectly in my year of turning 50.  Reflecting back, here are a few standouts that I remember fondly:


1. I don’t recall what happened to my nanny home tutor.  I wish I had stayed in touch with her more often while growing up.  I don’t know whether my mother sent her back to her home province or if she left because she had to.  Looking back, I wish I knew the reason why.


2. I wish I had the courage to look up at the trees.  If I did, what would I have seen?  As soon as it started to get dark, I’d run home in fear.  My sensitivities as a child were high and I always felt invisible presences around me.  Someone or something was looking down on me as I ran home.  How I wish I had the bravery to look up!  


3. I wish I had kept my gemstone collection.  I was way ahead of my time then!  I came home from college and living abroad after 5 years and developed a fascination for the occult and the mystic world.  My own family couldn’t figure me out and had trouble accepting my weirdness.  In anger and frustration, I gave them all away.  What a treasure I had then!


4. I wish I had more time and opportunity to get to know my grandparents from both sides of the family.  Growing up, both grandfathers were already ill.   My grandmother on my father’s side was very attentive and caring however, I felt distanced from her.  If I could go back in time, the first thing I’d do is sit beside her, hold her hand and talk to her.


5. I never had a proper college graduation.  I graduated off-season and never marched on stage to get my diploma.  It was simply mailed to me.  I never wore a toga and never had the opportunity to throw my cap into the air.  I wonder what it would have felt like?


There are so many things one always wishes for.  It’s good to spring clean the mind too.  These are five good thoughts and wishes worth remembering!


Recent Comments
Stephen Evans
I often find myself looking back - I like your way, wistful (or wishful).
Saturday, 26 July 2014 01:50
Orna Raz
What a lovely topic and beautiful writing:-) Fifty promises a great decade of reflection and joy. I can say that as I prepare for ... Read More
Saturday, 26 July 2014 08:09
Virginia M Macasaet
Orna, please share what turning 60 onwards will be like when you arrive. As you know, I do love reading your stories!
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:36
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REMEMBER that nothing ever happens by chance alone.  Everything happens for a reason.  There are no coincidences.  Every occurrence is part of a master plan and a bigger picture.


CELEBRATE every step of the process in getting there.  Celebrate moving onward and upward.  Celebrate coming home.


BELIEVE in the bigger picture.  No pain, no gain.  Believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Believe in yourself.  Believe that in the end, everything will be alright.

Recent Comments
Rosy Cole
Absolutely agree, Virginia. I can see the challenge for you as an artist is that while keeping in mind the broader vision, you nee... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2014 20:58
Katherine Gregor
I agree. Beautifully expressed.
Saturday, 12 July 2014 08:10
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New Home Fresh Start

From red to green, looking forward to a fresh start.

As declared, what was left behind the red door remains.

From this point on will be a new beginning.


Green is good!

It signifies prosperity and growth.

I’ll make new friends.


Just as I know I will make new connections starting over.

Lessons learned, we keep on moving forward.

Optimism is key making no comparisons with red.


My journey while at the red room has taught me many things.

Now it’s time to let it all go and make room for surprises.

I am happy to have found a new home at the green room!

Recent Comments
Stephen Evans
Good to see you here ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 01:16
Rosy Cole
Lovely post, Rina! We share your sentiments. A former Prime Minister of these Islands, Margaret Thatcher - you may have heard of h... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:45
Virginia M Macasaet
very nice to be among brilliant and familiar faces! ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:16
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17 June 2020
Thank you for your delightful comment. It is good to reflect on a way of life that has been lost.
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Enjoyed this so much. Charming, evocative, and lyrical.
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