The Good Time to be Had at Filipino Family Parties

October 19, 2013


I felt like a grown man every time I shook his hand. Uncle Rene. As a kid, I used to think of the Disney’s Jungle Book character King Louie when I saw him.  That song about being a human would instantly play on queue when I thought of him.  A super-laxed, balding, easy-smiling-but-not-cheesy brown man […]

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Life Lessons from Car Salesmen

October 7, 2013


For the past 5 Months, I worked at a car dealership, not as a dealer, but doing research. A very enlightening time for me, socially and even, emotionally.  I never imagined myself ever working at one because I was never a car person and didn’t think I ever fit in “with the guys.” I guess […]

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Protected: My Grad School Experience and its Realities

May 31, 2013

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Permanency, Perception, and Identity

May 20, 2013


I am struck by how people you identify with are “always works in progress” with unlimited potential, but how people you don’t know, you see as finished products, sometimes just straight up “dicks/assholes.” People you identify with have temporary statuses, especially if they are in a rough position.  They can deflect any and all criticism. […]

How To Beat a Speeding Ticket in California

May 1, 2013


Disclaimer:  I am not a lawyer.  I offer no guarantees whatsoever about any of the following tactics actually working, but they worked for me and my circumstance. If I could, I would rather not ever go through this again. I do not endorse speeding or driving past any speed limit, especially as a bicyclist and […]

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Identities Forged by the Khmer Rouge: There Is More to the Man Named Marin Yann

April 17, 2013


April seems to be a terrible month in recent history.  Columbine, Virginia Tech, Boston, what happens in the Middle East everyday. Its also Genocide Awareness month, the month where just about every genocide in recent history has began. I don’t know what the hell it is with April. But from enormous stories of tragedy, there […]

Posted in: The Last One

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