In this mini episode, the TFAL crew and Vincent Collyer, TFAL graphic designer, talk about their experiences traveling to the Philippines, and how crazy it is that I have never set foot on Philippine soil. Is it really more fun in the Philippines? Is it time for me to make the journey to the motherland? Let us know! Tweet at us @TFALpodcast. Comment on This Filipino American Life. Email us at email@example.com
Last night was the Comedy Comedy Fest kick off event at Seoul Sausage. It also happened to be the birthdays of two Asian Americans in entertainment, Daniel Dae Kim and M. Night Shyamalan. Tsismis Coucil (Eseel &I) knows how to throw the best birthday parties for your imaginary bffs. There will be balloons. There will be streamers. There will be big heads on sticks that you will want to take pictures with because why not?!
There was cake. So much cake. SO MUCH DELICIOUS CAKE.
Many thanks to Chef Dara Yu for providing the cupcakes. They were SO GOOD. Why were they good? Well a) they were bite size, so you didn't feel like you were gorging yourself, b) they were bite size so you could eat the equivalent of one whole cupcake but not feel THAT bad because they were mini, and c) they were bite size and super delicious and I may or may not have done A and B.
It wouldn't be a birthday party without a sheet cake. Thank you to Vons for holding it down on the traditional birthday cake end.
The party also was the reveal of the new Comedy Comedy Fest mascot, "Marcel the Piñata." They had fun with DDK and M. Night. They're available for pictures at Comedy Comedy Fest shows. Marcel is looking forward to some laughs!
What's a birthday party without blowing out some candles DDK & M. Night were there in spirit (and in big head form) as Jenny Yang, (producer of Comedy Comedy Fest), and the Comedy Comedy Fest leadership team blew out the birthday candles on their behalf.
Rad moments made by some rad folks. Huzzahs and thank yous all around for everyone who helped out and attended the kick off party!
Check out more pictures from last night's festivities on instagram: #comedycomedyfest
Do you want to be a part of this magic comedy madness? Volunteer info can be found here: Comedy Comedy Fest Volunteer Sign Up Form
Do you want to watch some rad comedy from Thurs, Aug 25th-Sun, Aug 28th? Buy Tickets here: Comedy Comedy Fest Tickets
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Welcome to August. The month where I apparently decide to take on several projects to be involved in like a crazy woman. It's going to be a fun month!
Wednesday, August 10th is going to be an awesome day! It not only is Daniel Dae Kim's birthday, it is also M. Night Shyamalan's birthday as well. It is also the date for the Comedy Comedy kick off for the Comedy Comedy Festival! Join us at Seoul Sausage for some birthday party good times. There will be cake, food, and drinks! RSVP here:
AUG 10 Festival Launch Party+Daniel Dae Kim & M. Night Shyamalan Birthday Party
In order to get you hyped for some birthday cake, why not participate in American Idle: A Space Out Competition. The deadline is today! You think you can space out for 90 minutes for a cash prize? You know who thinks you can't? This person:
If you beat Keiko you get her kick ass original pieces. Sign up! DETAILS AND APPLICATION TO COMPETE: http://bit.ly/americanidleapp16
August also happens to be our anniversary month! That's right. Mike and I got married in August and we want to celebrate with our family and friends at Disco Manila. Both of our parents are fans of disco. Pops Oblivious would share stories about his time in the Philippines, dancing the night away to VST. I'm quite excited for this show. It's going to be an awesome time. Plus it's a part of Grand Performances. I love this series. It isn't a summer in Los Angeles without a concert in California Plaza!
And lastly SAVE THE DATE! FPAC 25 is coming! Samu't Sari. October 8th, 2016 at Echo Park Lake.
Dear lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place,
Apparently you chose to ignore the street sign. It said "No Left Turn. 7-9am, 4-6pm. Except Sat & Sun. Transit Bus Exempt."
Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place. It seems like you did not appreciate my friendly honks. When I noticed you were trying to turn left I did the friendly "beep!" which I did to remind you that you can't turn left. Instead of the friendly wave you used your left hand to point at the sign. A sign which reads:
"No Left Turn. 7-9am, 4-6pm. Except Sat & Sun. Transit Bus Exempt."
So I beeped again. Another friendly "beep" which you responded by waving me off, essentially telling me to go around.
Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place, perhaps you thought this sign did not apply to you. Perhaps you thought your Nissan Z automobile was a transit bus. Indeed your sports car is not a Metro bus. It is a car. A car that is supposed to abide by street signs.
As someone who was born and raised in Los Angeles County, specifically the San Fernando Valley, your obvious indiscretion and flat out choice to ignore the sign made me upset. So I honked my horn one more time. It was not friendly honk but a longer BEEEEEPPPP.
And that did not dissuade you. Because Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place, you are a special type of Hancock Park Asshole who gives no fucks and doesn't care about the commuters behind you. To which my San Fernando Valley, 818 born & bred self could not help it as I lowered my window and yelled,
"IT'S NOT 6 O'CLOCK!"
I did not call you a bitch. Or a cunt. Or a privileged piece of shit that you are. I simply pointed out the time and the fact that you were not legally supposed to turn left because the sign, Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place said,
"No Left Turn. 7-9am, 4-6pm. Except Sat & Sun. Transit Bus Exempt."
So Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place in your Nissan Z. I hope you got to wherever you needed to go. Perhaps it is an empty home because your husband left you for a much younger version of you. Perhaps it is a full home of people that you can't stand. I don't know. But I do know this Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place, I now understand why my immigrant mother would get irately angry at privileged assholes who constantly tried to cut her down and tell her she was wrong when she was simply pointing out the truth.
So Lady who yelled fuck you to me on 6th and McCadden Place. You enjoy your Hancock Park Privilege. There will always be people like me in their cars honking and yelling at you for pointing out you SHOULDN'T BE FUCKING TURNING LEFT ON MCCADDEN PLACE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 4-6PM.
Go fuck yourself,
Another Los Angeles Commuter who is sick of your shit.
My cousin Vince is the bestest. He's my go to guy for design jobs, not just because he's family, but because he's creative and always kicks ass with my random requests. He designed the new This Filipino American Life logo, which I absolutely love.
Anyone who loves Philippine dried mangoes knows this packaging and it's totally the perfect way to combine coloring and This Filipino American Life! These sheets will be at #ColorYourTroublesAway | July Jam
Thursday, July 28th, 7-9pm
POT Lobby Bar @ The Line Hotel
Come by & color with us!
This Filipino American Life - Episode 3 Filipino American Gangs in SoCal - Where are you from and where are you now?
Episode 3 of This Filipino American Life is now up! On this episode we talk Filipino American gangs in Southern California. Joe, Ryan, and I talk about our experiences with that culture and we talk to Dave, a FilAm who grew up in that lifestyle. We learned a lot on this episode and we probably could have talked to Dave for a lot longer!
Thoughts about the podcast? Tweet at us @TFALpodcast. Comment on This Filipino American Life. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some bumps in the road production wise, but we finally got a mini episode up!
From This Filipino American Life:
Hilaw Pa, or Still Raw, is the topic of this podcast mini-episode. Listen to the #TFAL crew as they discuss random half-baked ideas from dinuguan breadbowls to ice cream freeway vendors. If you have a crazy idea that you are dying to get out there in the world, but will probably never pursue, feel free to email us or leave a comment.
Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here, or subscribe to us on iTunes here!
In terms of my life I think of several mascots that have defined my life. I went to Pinecrest elementary school where this weird logo with a Pine tree that formed a face defined my childhood self. Then I transferred to St. Genevieve Elementary School where I became a Spartan. Followed by St Genevieve High School where I was then a Valiant. UC Irvine made me an Anteater. USC made me a Trojan.
Tuesday Night Cafe made me a TNC-er. It will forever be a part of my life. Mike was the resident dj for so many years. I've performed poetry and told stories at TNC. This is family. I may not recognize the audience anymore, but it still feels like home every time I step into that courtyard.Tuesday Night Cafe is now 18 years old. And in the month of July, TNC is holding a fundraising party to fund a season's worth of shows.
See you on Tuesday, July 19th!
From Tuesday Night Cafe - July 19 - The KeepTN free show!
Tuesday Night Project presents:
The 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Cafe
The 18 Show...again!
KeepTNFree Campaign Continues
We don't do this often...but when we do, we do it big. Join us as we celebrate our 18th year and the our annual KeepTNFree fundraising campaign.
Now the longest currently running Asian American mic series in the country, TNC highlights new work in visual and performance arts from the Los Angeles and Asian American artistic community in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Join us for our 18th season at one of the longest running free public arts series in Los Angeles.
Named Best Los Angeles Open Mic by USA Today's 10Best, Best Free Downtown Performance Series Los Angeles 2013, and one of Ten Great L.A. Open Mic Nights for Music by LA Weekly!
Hosted by: Johneric Concordia
Beats by: DJ Waxstyles
- Angeline Dy
- Peter Su
- Taz Ahmed
- Jason Oymun Fong
**OPEN MIC GUIDELINES**
Open Mic sign-ups and lottery at 7 pm
You must arrive before 7 pm to sign up for the lottery
Three 5-min open mic slots are available
Open Mic Lottery Guidelines can be found at: http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/about-tnc/
**Can't make it out? Watch online!
Live broadcast begins at 7:30 PM at:
Transport and Accessibility:
The venue is close to the train stops for Gold Line Metro, and bus stops for the DASH Downtown A, and Montebello Bus Line Route 40.
Available street parking is free after 8 pm.
Parking is also available at:
Aiso Street Parking Lot
1st and San Pedro/Judge John Aiso
$3 Flat Rate after 5pm (lot open until midnight)
#KeepTNFree 2016 What does Tuesday Night Project and #KeepTNFree mean to our community? Will you support and help us reach our $12,000 fundraising goal?
Donate now: http://bit.ly/TNPdonate2
And find out more at http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/keeptnfree
Happy Birthday Oblivious! Three years ago I started this journey on tumblr. Thank you tumblr for sending out blog birthday emails because I'd probably never remember the date Oblivious started. Oblivious is now the age of toddler that explores the world like a drunk baby dictator.
Thank you to all the folks who have been on this oblivious ride with me. I couldn't do it without you all. Since Oblivious has started I've changed my handle (RIP @hoodnerdgirl), started a podcast or two or three, did a few interviews, and launched #ColorYourTroublesAway.
This year I worked with Form follows Function on Walking With Grace. I'm super stoked to share that I'm working on a new documentary about Short Flags. Yes Short Flags.
At UCI I met several South Bay (Carson, Torrance, Cerritos, Long Beach) kids who were all about this drill team meets flag sport. Mike, aka Strawberry Farm Boy/the husband, knew short flags because Oxnard and Channel Islands High School were powerhouse short flag schools back in the day. And from the youtube videos I've researched, Channel Islands is still a powerhouse short flag school. St. Genevieve High School (my high school), which for all intents and purposes was the Filipino American school in the Great-One-Eight in the 90s, did not have short flags. We had drill team. Those were the girls who would go compete in these regional/national competitions.
So why a short flags documentary? Because I'm curious about why this sport is dominated by Filipino American girls.
When I mentioned short flags to my fellow This Filipino American Life podcast show Joe, he also had no clue what this sport was about. As a fellow 818 person, he had no experience with short flags. When I sent him a clip his response was
"It's like kali meets singkil fan girl meets modern dance."
I had never thought of it that way, but it made total sense. When we did singkil for PCN, I can recall some of the fan girls talking about short flags. They knew how to hold the fan, how to have their facials be on point, and how to get down the choreography because of short flags.
Did you participate in short flags? Was this your life? Will you share you story? If so, please fill out the form below! If you have any questions feel free to contact me or my partner Eseel. Our contact info is listed in the form.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Color Your Troubles Away: June Pride last night. It's always a good time gathering together with folks and partaking in some coloring. The world has been topsy turvy lately. Coming together for a night of good food and good times was much needed. It felt good to reconnect with folks from API-EQUALITY LA and The Park's Finest.
When I first started Color Your Troubles Away it was a way to come together for stress relief. It then turned into a traveling event that supported local businesses. I could not have done these events without the support of The Park's Finest, Wanderlust Creamery, and Tribal Cafe. Bringing Color Your Troubles Away to different spots was fun albeit stressful, so I'm proud to announce that Color Your Troubles Away now has an official home! We will now be at POT Lobby Bar at the The Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles! Join us on Thursday, July 28th, 7-9pm to kick off our new residency.
If folks would like to collaborate with Color Your Troubles Away and host one at a different location, I am totally open to that! Email me at email@example.com and let's talk!
#ColorYourTroublesAway Organizer of coloring events in Los Angeles|#TFAL#TFALpodcast This Filipino American Life podcast @tfalpodcast|Writer of Obliviousness
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