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Life Lessons from Car Salesmen

October 7, 2013 by


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 […]

Meeting and Working with Marin Yann on his Memoir, The Last One

March 22, 2013 by


I edited all the contents and copy of this book.  A portion of my Saturdays 2012 and 2013 had been dedicated to the Starbucks in Signal Hill, Cyclo Noodles, Hometown Buffet, and the Dragon Club in Long Beach.  Mostly there by my side was the River Woman.  Always there was Marin Yann, author of the […]

The Necessity for High-Quality in Photography and Videography

February 17, 2012 by


DSLR cameras. I’ve never had one but I’ve seen many a person walk with one. I would then look at the quality of the pictures taken with those cameras. I was often nonplussed and then I wondered:  what could that $500 camera do that my $100 “point-and-shoot” couldn’t do?  It was very confusing. When I […]

Running Is Re-Socialization and Acculturation of the Body

February 16, 2012 by


I have not run much in the past 6 months since Fall Semester started, but am slowly getting back to it. Before Fall Semester started, I was running almost every day, religiously following Hal Higdon’s Advanced 5K schedule, en route to trying to become a medal winner for the Historic Filipinotown 5K runs in August. […]

Pussy Don’t Run Me

February 16, 2012 by


Said Ibrahim. Sunday morning.   Landlord Gilbert is at work. In the oven, my tater tots. On my mind, the self-described finest mujer that I’d met. Ibrahim was in the kitchen in front of my opened-door room. Ring!  Ring! I moved in to take my tater tots. Somehow we got into a conversation about his homey […]

Things Have to Become Horrible Before Molds Are Broken

February 15, 2012 by


No choice. There was no choice but… Barack Obama. There was no choice but… Jeremy Lin. I remember an Onion Article titled “Nation Finally Shitty Enough to Make Social Progress” at around the time Barack Obama was elected.  The Onion is a satirical publication, but sometimes there’s a lot of truth in what they write. […]

The Need to Express: Math, Language, and Hip-Hop

February 9, 2012 by


Whatever tool you use in front of people, be it the gift of spray-painting or rapping, the language of mathematics, they’re both modes of self-expression. Expression to communicate something to someone (s). For months, I’d been soul-searching probably way over-thinking my proposed thesis study of math students at the community college. At the heart of […]