Self Care Series 1: Giving and Receiving

As a young educator and master's student in education, one of the things I've realized throughout my career is that I continuously and unconditionally spread love. I show up to my full time position and utilize my resources and talent to become my students' champion, advocate, and mentor. I try and answer every question and…

The Not-So-Hidden Truth(s) of Silicon Valley

Captured during my 4AM commute to work this week. BTW, it took me four hours from Sacramento to Cupertino. This past weekend, I traveled back to my hometown in Sacramento. As I was shopping for ingredients to cook during a Friendsgiving event, I surprisingly ran into one of my history professors from San Jose State…

What College Graduations Mean to Fil-Am Families: Isang Bagsak

College graduations, particularly for first generation college students and/or immigrants, signify the new beginnings of an era and possible end to another. It is arguably the biggest step towards better opportunities and success for anyone. Contrary to jaded, graduated students, your degree is not just a piece of paper with your name on it. Your…

Growing up Filipino in the Bay: My Ilocano and Tagalog Upbringing

Any social commentary regarding cultural experience requires personal reflection and discussion, therefore the justification for this blog entry. I have always somewhat written about my unique upbringing in diaries and journals, and found that the more I wrote, the more I suddenly realized that some experiences are shared amongst Filipino-Americans specifically in the Bay Area…