Archinect - University of Santo Tomas (Kellyn) 2017-10-19T05:20:41-04:00 working and red dots kellynsee 2007-08-07T05:16:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>following the advice of fellow architectors, i suddenly decided to work. yes. work as an architectural slave.. ehem.. i mean intern. and one thing i can say is, it is totally different from school. although i am still having loads of fun (trust me when i say this, FUN) and I am working at the best modern firms in the Philippines not as a cad operator but as a designer/slave. hahahaha. if you want to check out the office here's the website <a href="" target="_blank"></a> they're one of the only modern architecture offices here in the Philippines and i am so glad to be part of it. even if it's only for a month till i say goodbye to manila and study again in milan.<br><br> just had to ask. how come there isn;t a red dot where philippines is?</p> transformers and from a third world country/developing country, with love kellynsee 2007-07-03T09:23:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>from a third world country or the more politically correct term-- developing country, with love. <br><br> as i was surfing the internet this afternoon i've come across this movie website called "black gold" ( <a href="" target="_blank"></a> ) and i suggest everyone watch it. it tells of poor countries who supply coffee to the developed country and tells us about fair trade etc. <br><br> although it just gives a little peek as to what the movie is about, i just cant get over what the guy from ethiopa said: "we want your trade, not your aid" <br><br> although it might seem like an ungrateful prick but what he said is true. we need developed countries to buy stuff from us at the fair price rather then making themselves look like the good guys by giving aid left and right but operating sweatshops all over the place. (hello, n* are you listening to us)<br><br> on a happier note, i just saw transformers at this new mall (lazyboy theater seats have suddenly become the standard). i wasnt all excited when my friend told...</p> Bum and Grad School kellynsee 2007-06-24T12:50:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>from my previous blog entry i guess everyone already knows that i'm done with architecture. but surprise surprise i got a scholarship to study *again* (grad school) at thepolitecnico di milano in italy. This goes sooo into my plan of going to grad school and getting paid for it (i had nightmares of studying in the US and with all those newscasts about student loans are just scary-- we get today show here hehe) <br><br> so after almost 4 months of enjoying my freedom of not working, travelling(i did the asian tour thing that i planned earlier) helping around with the family business(that sounds so mafia-ish) and basically just having fun, i've again turned my back on the real world and just went back to school. <br><br> i really hope i made the right decision. i mean, how many chances do i get to explore europe for free(technically) right?</p> graduation kellynsee 2007-04-02T11:23:11-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>as i have already said before.. a typical schoolyear here in the philippines usually starts in june.. and ends in march. and as everyone knows i'm already in my 5th year and i'm graduating this year.. or shall i say i already graduated last friday! <br><br> the graduation was held at the school grounds.. in front of the main building. at first we were complaining how corny it was that it was outdoors(it is sooo hot right now here you wouldn't want to go out in the afternoons) so it was pure torture that we had to be there at 4pm when the sun was out. and some were complaining how corny it was that it was being held at the school grounds since other colleges have it at the cultural center or some large auditorium.. but what the heck. it's way cheaper to rent and my parents havent been to my school.. ever. <br><br> but in the end it was great. got to spend the ceremony with my family, my friends and my professors. the venue was amazing, they even had fireworks and everything! even though it was hot...</p> of growing up and learning things kellynsee 2007-03-10T14:19:32-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i am sooo happy my dad (finally!) allowed me to do things on my own. for the 1st time in my life he allowed me to travel on my own overseas to singapore next week. i'm not that excited about the trip per se but i'm really excited about the fact that i am now a trustworthy person. <br><br> now i don't know who i can bug in singapore. heard shopping is good there. but it's also good here. <br><br> i've been to a ton of beaches here in the philippines and went abroad with my family for family vacations but i've never travelled alone. ever. so cool right? although i'm meeting my boyfriend for a few days and staying with family.... i'm still alone. slight. haha. oops. well my parents didnt come along right?</p> deliver me from evil.. or thesis deliberations kellynsee 2007-03-04T12:04:08-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>after 2 weeks of nothingness, i've decided to post how my thesis deliberations went. well i passed! got a 92.5 out of a hundred, surprised myself with my grade. (haven't told my parents yet) and decided to show off how it went. <br><br> i was super stressed that day sooo i have no comments regarding skin condition and.... hair condition. hahaha<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> full view with the jury staring at me with evil eyes<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> now where did i put my parking plan<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> yahoo! i passed!<br><br> also, i would like to thank the whole archinect community for all the help, rants, raves, discussions and reality checks (oldfogey, myriam etc). thank you thank you thank you!</p> the whole world kellynsee 2007-02-28T12:39:05-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:09-04:00 <p>... is now open for me. while talking to a friend about career direction-lessness.. i just realized how wide the world really is. <br><br> i think i have to explain a bit why i'm finishing school this week. <br><br> here, school generally starts in june and ends in march. we have our semestral break during the whole of october, christmas break the regular time (last 2 weeks of december and 1st week of january) and summer starts end of march. since the school has to prepare for graduation and whatnot, graduating students usually start their finals really early (the undergrads will end their schoolyear mar 23) and our graduation is on mar 30.<br><br> so anyway back to my slightly mundane thoughts..<br><br> i just realized how my life isnt sectioned anymore into portions anymore by my parents. since there's no more school. there's no more 7 years of grade school, 4 years of high school and 5 years of college. now whatever i decide will carry over to the nothingness of my whole life and i cant just section it anym...</p> archi-mafia kellynsee 2007-02-28T00:15:28-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>now that i have a ton of free time, i started to move my files from my pc and laptop to cds because both arent cooperating with me anymore. while doing my deletion i stumbled upon a project given to us last year in our professional practice class. it was to design a architecture portfolio with our group being the principal architects and.. such. so we made a folder with our pictures etc. i can't help but laugh when i saw the pictures we did because we were laughing our asses off when we were thinking of how we wanted our portfolio to look like. some said we looked like an archi mafia off to scare people who didnt know who corbu was. <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> mafia picture<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> the partners<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> of course we had to have our office<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> oohh a montage. <br><br> that's it. someday all those will come true except of course we'll be standing in front of our own projects. haha </p> it's the end (of so many things) kellynsee 2007-02-26T11:01:44-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>after MONTHS of not blogging.. (sorry about that archinect), after all the stress has left my body.. after passing (yes! i even got a really really good grade) my thesis and after 5 years of blood sweat and tears..<br><br><br><br> ..i'm entering my last week of architecture school. hopefully i dont screw up on the final exams. <br><br> i'll be posting my acknowledgements next time. now i have to start thinking as to what i'm going to do for my future. <br><br> as they say, this is it! my life is "finally" starting. no more being a spoiled brat, no more whining about bad service, no more relying on my parents if something happens. as of now, i am officially on my own. <br><br> 1st thing i'm going to do is learn how to drive.<br><br> so here's to no more drivers!!!! here's to me becoming the person i'm supposed to be! i am so excited. </p> very poetic/christmas-sy kellynsee 2006-12-25T06:23:00-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:13-04:00 <p>living in a place where "cold" is never described with the weather.. there's something ironic about drinking hot chocolate all the time here. (it's just me, trust me)<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> it's like drinking hot chocolate in my summer clothes. hahaha. <br><br> so anyway as i was cleaning out my photos from my hard drive.. i saw something very poetic about this picture. i actually have no idea what it is but it sort of reminds me of something,<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> please tell me what it is. </p> tropical santa kellynsee 2006-12-24T12:16:39-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> i really pity the poor guy who had to wear a santa suit in this weather. but we were inside the hotel and it was cool inside anyway. haha. <br><br> happy holidays everyone! thesis endorsement kellynsee 2006-12-16T12:35:28-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>thesis endorsement day is over.. sleepless nights (yeah right) are starting for 2nd endorsement day for january. wheeeee it's a fun ride </p> christmas construction in manila kellynsee 2006-12-02T10:59:19-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>as i refuse to get stressed by thesis, i do a million things to destress myself. 1st of all i eat a ton now just to wake myself up. food here in manila is the best you'll ever find the world over. trust me, i've travelled a lot with my family and manila food is still the best. whether it's cooked japanese style, filipino style, american style italian etc etc.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> now that the dept of tourism has something to thank me for, i'd like to share how christmas construction in manila has started. since we are a predominantly catholic/christian country, christmas is big here. more on the traditions than with the santa and other trimmings department stores have come up with. but as of late, malls and dept stores have gone the western route and started to introduce santa to us devout catholics here. how santa goes into houses i don't know how since we do not have chimneys or heating here. <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> gingerbread house contruction at gateway mall, cubao, quezon city, manila <br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> roof shingles of gingerbread ho...</p> never getting stressed kellynsee 2006-11-27T11:52:45-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i just told my friend i don't get stressed. that doing my thesis is the most fun im having in all my architecture career and how i don't know why when they were doing their thesis they were complaining all day about not finishing anything on time. <br><br> eek. i'm now stressed that i told someone i don't get stressed. <br></p> UST professors have gone high tech! kellynsee 2006-11-22T10:29:48-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i'm happy to notice that our professors have gone high tech. <br><br> many(even the old ones-- no offense!) who doesn't look like they know anything about computers and the internet are actually surfing.. using their laptops in school etc. <br><br> in a country where the percentage of people who use the internet is 9.1% and where about majority of the old people who refuse to accept technology is also huge (aka my dad, where's the on button in this laptop? where's the screen?) i'm happy to see our teachers accepting the use of downloaded material, emails and autocadd for passing our projects. <br><br> thank you God of technology and the internet that you've finally blessed our school with teachers who are more than willing to learn.<br><br> so if any UST professors are reading this, say hey! and tell me who you are. haha! so i can say hi back when we meet in the hallways. </p> grand time! kellynsee 2006-11-22T10:21:52-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:09-04:00 <p>as everyone who reads my blog probably knows that i'm doing my thesis. believe it or not, i'm having a grand time. finally i now know that architecture is for me. making up stories regarding my building (as to what might happen inside) is fun to do and "creating experiences" for people is so much fun. <br><br> I'm also so amazed as to how we turned out. this afternoon we were comparing projects with some classmates and looked at what theyve finished etc.. and i'm so amazed to find out how grabd their plans are and how amazing everything looks. <br><br> Architecture in the Philippines is finally looking up, well for me anyway. <br><br> on a side note, as i was talking to some people from school awhile ago.. a group started a website for architecture students from all over the world. Just in case anyone's interested, the site is <a href="" target="_blank"></a> try and visit it and meet other architecture students from all over the world!</p> are there anyone from the philippines? kellynsee 2006-11-13T10:42:48-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>particularly from UST, UP and the other schools? (sorry i dont know any other schools!) if there are anyone from the philippines, i'd like to refresh this much asked question,<br><br> what is filipino architecture for you? <br><br> just curious. <br><br> nobody's accepting my idea of telling the jury for thesis that the design for my thesis is filipino design since i'm a filipino and i designed it. i can do that RIGHT? even if nobody agrees with me i'm still doing that. haha.</p> still and quiet kellynsee 2006-11-10T13:42:26-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i love the stillness and quietness of 3am. keeps me alert. </p> 1st day of school! kellynsee 2006-11-06T13:11:50-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:09-04:00 <p>it was our first day of school today after the month long semestral break. nothing much happened, just that no one showed up. great though because i got to get out of the house. and i got to do my thesis outside. the inside of my room isn't inspiring anymore! :)<br><br> we had to pass something for thesis tomorrow and i am so dead. final floor plans are due and i'm only halfway done. so decided to get some coffee from starbucks, (a venti mind you.. where i always get stares from the coffee guy/girl because i'm too short to order a drink with a cup larger than my stomach) so i can finally finally finish what i have to finish<br><br> who would've known i fell asleep right after downing my giant coffee. <br><br> now i'm rushing.. yet still have time to write in my blog. :)<br><br></p> monkey people kellynsee 2006-11-01T00:02:25-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>i was talking to my friend earlier and he told me the funniest thing. he was chatting online with some american and the american asked him where he was from. when he said that he was from the philippines the american was shocked to find out that we actually have internet connection in the philippines. i so don't wat to comment on that. funny though right?<br><br> so let me say 1 thing, we, the people from the 3rd world DO have internet connection and other technological advances. it's just that not everyone has them at home or in the office. and not all of us live in the moutains. some of us do live in cities.</p> "architect's" block? kellynsee 2006-10-31T05:27:35-05:00 >2017-10-12T10:16:03-04:00 <p>is this the right term for it? since it's like writer's block, but i'm technically not yet an architect so can i call it this or is it designer's block? i don't knowww :)<br><br> does anyone ever get this? and how do you solve this? especially when you have something to pass in a few days?<br><br> realized that i have nothing to do as i discovered that my cellphone can't text smiley faces. now that's bored.</p> thank you for a much needed vacation! kellynsee 2006-10-22T01:36:49-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:07-04:00 <p>as i was doing my thesis during the 1st few days of semestral break.. a thought came into my head. <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> how i wish i could be doint this instead of staring at the computer. <br><br> so i said to myself. why not? we don't have classes for a month, and even though i have to finish my thesis... i still have time, right? <br><br> or so i thought. <br><br> the day we came back to school to meet our adviser for our sem break assignmets.. i was shocked (well, not really) to find out that we had a ton of assignments to do for our thesis and a million revisions on the thesis book. <br><br> after much contemplating.. i decided to just go ahead with my vacation. but then, i just realized i didn't have money for plane tickets, hotel room and everything that came with going to the best beach in the world. <br><br> suddenly it occured to me. i dont go to the mountains as much anymore. so i thought hmm. why not work there? do my thesis where i am "one with nature" so to speak. so i packed my bags, left with only my laptop in hand and ...</p> of laser cutters and 3d printers... kellynsee 2006-10-21T02:00:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>....yeahhhhh we don't have that.<br><br> as i was browsing through the archinect school blogs, i couldn't help but feel a wee bit jealous and amazed at all the cool stuff other schools had. i mean.. what? laser cutters? only businessmen use that for corporate giveaways.. 3d printers? i only saw that in discovery once! the only thing we have in ust is a plotter.. (take note, 1 plotter) that we can't use for free and the cadd room.<br><br> the funny thing about it is, many are still complaining that they're school didn't get this type of printer or that kind of cutter. <br><br> i guess its about us living in the third world that we do not get to see those kinds of things except during trade shows and discovery channel shows. <br><br> although we did get to use some of the cool testing machines in school. and this was our closest thing to technology. they told us that this machine has been in ust for...... more than 30 years. i dont know. <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> this is a UTM.. universal testing machine. <br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> wait for it, its going to ge...</p> at night kellynsee 2006-10-10T09:14:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>it was one of those rare moments when AS (architectural science) class was cancelled. we were supposed to have a quiz that i didn't study for, and i'm petrified to death as i'm one of those people my friend calls "dyslexic in math" so we decided to get dinner instead as we were dismissed pretty early that day (6pm!)<br><br> as we were heading home we saw this sign on a rope on the field: <br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> what? fireworks? so we decided to stay at the new "plaza-like" area of the school.<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> lights on, <br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> lights off!<br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> the new fountain<br><br><br> good thing we did! <br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><br> and these are the things we do here in the university. haha!</p> basketball champions kellynsee 2006-10-02T09:31:58-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>basketball in the Philippines is like football in USA. it is the most important game of all the university leagues in the uaap. (university athletic association of the philippines.. i think) and the university of santo tomas just one another championship. i may not look it but i'm a closet ust fan. somewhat. i hoped that we win the thing is i just dont have enough of a school spirit to pray for it. but it came. congratulations ust tigers, you deserve it. as they say, go USTe. that's the only cheer i know. </p> finally, the pictures kellynsee 2006-09-20T12:26:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>sorry, i'm just starting with this blog thing. :)<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> this is how our school is like. believe it or not, this is right in the middle of smelly, busy manila.<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> and this is our building, architecture building that is. says a lot right?<br><br><img src="" alt="image" name="image"><br> at night. the gateway to our school as they say. <br><br> now that i know how to post pictures.. i'll blog more often as i always have my camera with me. haha. makes no sense</p> my school kellynsee 2006-09-20T12:17:43-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:07-04:00 <p>i'm sorry to make this short but i just took pictures of University of Santo Tomas and never realized how old it looked. great though!</p> timing is of the essence kellynsee 2006-09-16T01:54:34-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:06-04:00 <p>this has to be done. on time and with beautiful words. i'm not talking about the blog. i'm talking about the thesis book.</p> not the usual kellynsee 2006-09-07T08:03:42-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p>Unlike most schools around the world, we have been in school for 3 months now. We started school in June since that's the official end of summer here in the Philippines. As stated in my bio, I;m now in my 5th year in architecture and is currently doing my thesis. the only thing i can say about thesis? i'm having a ball. <br><br> odd huh?</p> hello from the southeast asia! kellynsee 2006-09-05T10:09:34-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:06-04:00 <p>hello architecture world from the beautiful country of the Philippines! (clap, clap clap)</p>