The spontaneity of Ben Thomas

Chanced upon Ben’s Art on Facebook — something I love about social networking. I first met him when he was about four years old. His mom is a cousin of mine. I saw Ben again last year when they visited. Though I saw him sketching when they were here, I never really got the chance to sit down and absorb his work. He’s not my friend on Facebook, but by a stroke of luck, I found myself clicking his page and browsing through his images.

Ben Thomas got me hooked. Young as he is, his range is thick. His artworks make me think.

Early this year, Ben had his first art showing in Hawaii. Check it out here. He is currently based in California.

How old were you when you started sketching?
I’ve been drawing since I can remember, maybe at two or three years old. Most kids start out drawing/coloring at an early age, but don’t stick with it later on in childhood. I never stopped.

How would you describe your art?
My art is a collection of subconscious imagery, often done right there “on the spot” with little or no sketching or refinement involved. I use a lot of Ball Point pens for drawing, acrylic paint as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. My work is very personal.

Bartek in Ilocano means drunk. This made me really smile.

What do you miss most about the Philippines?
I’ve been to the Philippines three times so far to visit my relatives in Manila and Laoag. I love the food and being able to connect with my mother’s cultural heritage. It’s always a good time.

To get updated on Ben’s work, like Ben’s Art Facebook page or follow

Happy Easter, dear readers! New beginnings… wish you joy!

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Family date night: Frontrow Fashion Café and Wellness (NEW in Laoag!)

Before I go to bed, just one more quick post before the news gets stale.

Though I was dog tired from tending my BlauEarth Community Ties spot at the eco-living bazaar ’til sundown, I hanged out with the kids at the most current coffee bar in town, the Frontrow. It’s a cushy café that offers hot and cold coffee and chocolate treats, fruit smoothies and healthy pastas. Oh, it has a little fashion nook, how so original?

The interiors are done in soothing colors. I personally love the apple green chairs.

Premium coffee blends from Switzerland.


Really nice people, Frontrow owner Precy Llanes  (also franchise co-owner of Chow King Laoag) with son Joshua and friends.

Heirloom artwork collection from Precy’s late mom, artist/painter Rosita C. Mallari of Baguio and Switzerland.

Unique art. Love ’em.

The bottle on the right is Precy’s favorite, a European landscape painting.

What was so funny, Ericke?

In this corner… hahah, the girls.

It’s not about the shoes, it’s the tale of the mottled skin… thank God, only in the cold; and it’s in the genes.

Goofing around for my camera.

Maybe, I could feature the pastas next time. I wanted the Pasta Janet with interesting kare-kare sauce, but, unfortunately, the pastas will be available on the grand opening. The café had a soft opening, I think, last Friday.

I had a slice of their mocha crema de fruta and it was good! The prices are really cool.

Frontrow is on the second floor of the M&P Bueno Bldg. along Panganiban St., Laoag
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