Wednesday, December 9, 2009

latest thoughts

my goodness, it's been that long since i blog on here? well, time to blog some thoughts and updates...

since starting part-time schooling on top of working full-time, i've developed the tendency to put things off til later. basically procrastinating. but not just procrastinating school work and hobbies and such, but also feelings, thoughts, opinions, etc. when i was working in CA and even when i was still at berkeley, i had more time to think about the finer things in life. and now because i'm busy doing work, studying, traveling, i feel like i don't have the time to sit down and reflect on my life and the things i believe in. anybody else feel the same way? do i even make sense? i just feel that i am starting to lose myself.

i'm about halfway done (time-wise) with my master's program. yay! but i still have a lot to do: 5-6 classes, a practicum, a final project and presentation. and this is all on top of working full-time.

it was my second year in a row celebrating thanksgiving in the east coast. this year i traveled to NYC. good food. good times. ribs and choco-pecan pie will be my traditional holiday offerings. Props to Mark C. for hosting the dinner and giving me a place to stay in the borough where RunDMC, Nas, and LL Cool J call home.

i hate how all of these sales are making me want to buy stuff for myself instead of buying stuff for others this holiday season. but snowboarding and coldweather stuff is essential now that it's cold and snowing...right?

speaking of snowboarding. this sat will be my first time snowboarding in the east coast in the state where snowboarding was born...vermont! there any filipinos out there?

two weeks until i get to go back home!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Damn it's been a while since i wrote in this. And when i created this blog, i thought i'd be writing in it everyday haha. well better late than never...

boston (and maybe the east coast in general) makes u a more angry person. why?

-cars honk way more than they need to.
-some people don't acknowledge u in stores and such or don't say thank you or hi.
-boston sports fanatics (which is basically everyone who is from the area) are really aggressive and prideful and give u shit if u talk about any other sports team.
-there's been quite a few news articles about white boys committing acts of racism and racial slurs against asian americans in boston colleges.
-u get pissed off when people ask you if i speak english just cuz you look 'asian' and assume u don't speak english.
-because of the sterotype that bostonians are racist and ignorant, in your mind u assume than any white person is racist and ignorant and you're just waiting for them to say something about you so that you can talk back and raise hell and throw a fist or two.

aside from these lovely characteristics, boston is a pretty cool place to live in. i've grown fond of public transportation because it's so good out here. definitely puts BART to shame, but you have to cut BART some slack cuz of the geographical obstacles. not much seperates the different areas of boston, so places are pretty accessible by public transportation. and it's so hard to be a $59/month unlimited bus and subway pass! the only downside is that the subway shuts down before 1am and most buses stop running around 1am. this makes things difficult when u want to stay out late at a bar or lounge til 2am.

you'll actually come across really nice people here. some of the bus drivers are pretty friendly as are some store clerks. some people in my department are cool folk. and occasionally you'll see drivers stop for u if you're trying to cross the street.

the weather has been pretty weird in boston. i was expecting a humid, unbearable summer. it's been humid, but the temp has only reached the 70s and 80s. we've had maybe only one or two days 90 degree weather. what makes it weird is that one day it will be nice and sunny and then next day will be all cloudy or raining pretty hard.

things have been pretty busy for me. since my last blog entry, i've been working full-time (never gonna change til i get outta here), taking classes, and going on plenty of weekend trips. i passed my spring semester of classes with satisfactory grades. i've been taking summer classes and now taking my second summer school class and i just took a midterm for it (we are now entering week 4 of 6).

i took the opportunity to go home to the bay for memorial day weekend. the following weekend i went with chiara to see blackstar in concert in of the dopest shows ever. she came back with me to boston til i saw her off to go back to the bay and then to the PI for the summer =/. then rick and kay ann came into town and definitely had a good time showing them around boston and NYC. the following weekend my sister and cousin came into town and showed them around boston and NYC also. i was pretty exhausted by the time they left.

i finally had a break for a weekend until the next weekend where i went off and met my family for a trip to toronto and niagara falls--they're really dope places to visit. toronto is very international (yes, has many filipinos!) and has SF-ish and NYC-ish neighborhoods, many ethnic neighborhoods, and european architecture scattered throughout the city. niagara falls is pretty amazing too, but the area around it is pretty touristy.

last weekend mark, kat, kyle (from chiara's med school), van (from berkeley), and i checked out a casino in CT called Foxwoods--its supposedly the third largest casino in the world. it's no lie, it's pretty huge (twss) with like 5 or 6 casinos all connected together. has a bunch of restaurants and bars. the night we arrived mark, kyle, and i played at a really hot craps table. i ended up winning $300 that night but only to lose $200 of it the next day. oh well. better to come out on top than bottom (twss)

and just yesterday i checked out a pretty cool venue that someone i met through miguel (mark's friend from HS and currently NYC roommate) has been wanting me to check out for the longest time. man, what have i been missing?? this venue is actually an asian bookstore which is actually a front for an asian american community space where they host open mics, open music jam session, art showings, and straight up parties. a lot of underground poets, spoken word artists and MCs come through here whenever they're in town like giles li, bambu (yes, bambu of native guns) and magnetic north (yes, UCBs beloved magnetic north). the people who are a part of this community are students, activists, teachers, DJs, dancers, and musicians and all-around down to earth people. i met three filipinos that night, which is a record for me in boston haha. I met a couple of DJs who are really cool and looks like i might be working with them in the near future. i was also invited to the next jam session and scratch alongside the musicians as they jam away. pretty cool. this reminds me a lot of the community groups and spaces in berkeley and the bay. i felt immediately connected when i stepped inside this space and people there were really welcoming and friendly. hopefully i can use this to get back in the DJ game and step up to the next level.

i'm so glad to have found this asian-american space cuz i feel like i haven't found my niche yet here in boston. so far i havent felt really connected to many of the people i met. is it cuz i'm filipino and i am only used to hanging out with filipinos, asian americans, and other people of color and people at school and work aren't the typical people i'd hang out with? prolly. everyone else i've met are nice and all, but i just don't connect with them on many levels. the people who i feel are the ones i sorta connect with are those from california who have also been transplanted to boston. but with them it hasn't gotten to the point where we're close buddies and hang out all the time. i really miss having friends that i can hit up (or hit me up for that matter) and are more than down to hang out and chill or do something. hopefully i can find something like that here in the near future.

so that's just a summary of what i've been doing. long summary, but at least it's an update for those that care. the next update will prolly involve my first red sox game, trip to philly to be reunited with chiara, and my trip to japan!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Do you speak English part 2

yup. second time this year and during my time in boston that someone asks me this question. this time it was a young woman asking for help. i should have said 'fuck you' to answer her question. but i didn't. i just said 'i do' and walked away.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


...An old old wooden warship use during the civil war era? There's more truth to that here in Boston than the idea that there is a large variety and large numbers of ethnic groups all around. But don't get me wrong though, you'll find a good number of african-americans, latinos, chinese, african-carribeans. but they're pretty much segregated into their own neighbhorhoods (usually poor) and usually don't mix in with the white folk. this is probably true for cities in general. it's true that in the bay you'll have ethnic neighborhoods, but you'll come a cross a lot of areas, including the richer ones, where you'll find people mixed in together.

in boston you aren't going to find much filipinos. in public health there's me, kat, another in kat's class, and a half-indian/half-filipino. So at least 3.5 of us in the school of public health. a couple times i've seen and heard a couple talking in tagalog on campus. they could be nurses, who knows. but that's pretty much it for boston. i've heard there's a community of filipinos in one suburb outside of boston.

in my department, i am the only asian/pacific islander-american and one of three non-whites. there was four of us, but one of em (who i really liked and talked to the most here) left and was replaced by a white person. in my classes, it's mostly white females and i'm the only api male. it it depressing? sorta cuz i've never experience somethign this extreme before. but it doesn't bother me too much that i can't stand it. it's something that i got used to right away.

Monday, March 9, 2009

it's official

i'm in...
[iphone cameras aren't very good for close up shots]

basically, i am now and official student of Boston University School of Public Health! i was also awarded a $10,000 merit scholarship--but too bad i'm not eligible for it since i am a full-time employee of BUSPH. no matter. 95% tuition covered + salary > $10,000. as long as i don't lose my job within the next 22 months, then i'm all good.

now i have another reason to celebrate this week.

Friday, March 6, 2009

thank goodness for filipino moms

when my family came to visit over president's day weekend, my mom, with her motherly instincts activated, delivered some delicious home cooked food to keep me nourished for the next few weeks. she brought me:

sauteed short ribs (killed it)
chicken adobo (or was it pork?) (killed it)
salmon sauteed in ginger, onions, peppers (killed it)
2 rolls of embutido from valerios (down to 1.5 rolls)

can't wait to come back home!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

you speak english?

i was walkin out of my building after work and this well-dressed man with a tie, trench, glasses comes up to me and gets my attention. i take off my earphones and asks me, "do you speak english?"

at that point i was like what the hell?! for the next few seconds i give him a strange look and start walking away. he says, "what? do i look like a gangster?" yes, cuz people dressed up in a tie, shirt, trenchcoat and glasses look like gangsters, idiot. so i said "no, cuz it's the question you asked. is it cuz i look...." then he finishes my sentence and says "asian." i put back on my earphones and walked towards the bus stop. i think he said something, but i didn't hear him nor did i care to.

c'mon now, why would you ask such a ignorant question? we were standing on the grounds of a US public educational institution and i even had a backpack on. wouldn't you assume i was a student and automatically assume i spoke english? that would be an ok question to ask if we were in a foreign country, but not in the US. would he have asked that same question if i was white or black?

i didn't have to say anything else to school that ignorant motherfucker.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

i want...

to be a DJ....again.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

no heat!

for the past two months my room has been without heat while the temp has been dropping to the teens. sometime in november or october it had worked for one day but hadn't worked since. i pretty much left it up to my roommates to contact my landlord and didn't bother to take any action myself. so i let the cold days go by and was too stubborn to get a space heater cuz i didn't want to pay more electricity (even though my roommates use one, which screws me over since we evenly split the electric bill). i simply wore a bunch of layers and slept beneath 6 blankets to keep me warm in my own room.

(btw, under massachusetts law, landlords are required to provide heat to 68F during the day and 64F at night between Sept 15 and June 15. i had a whole class session on housing code. go public health!)

finally, i started getting fed up with shivering when i wake up in the morning and while i'm at home at night. i started calling up my manager to try and get the problem fixed. and then after a few days our heater started working again! and it still continues to work! just in time for single-digit weather.


i need to blog more.