“Protect What’s Yours” (But No Shame in Vulnerability)

July is the cruelest month — partly because it is the time of year when heat waves are at their highest (in the northeast coast of the US). But it is also the time of year when I must learn the harshest lessons in my relationships. Continue reading

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Misgivings and Reminders

{{another unplanned post, but it is for release}}

This time of year does not get better, with each passing year. I am not sure why that is, but it always springs up this sense of dread as soon as June draws to a close.

Looking through journals, planners, and social media posts from the past two years (excluding deleted accounts), I try to make sense of it, like I am one of the members of the Behavioral Analysis Unit. (Currently, Criminal Minds is my sort of calm meditation.) My profile shows that it is around this time of year that I find myself feeling lonely–a constant that has stayed since high school.

It’s silly, right? I should have outgrown that stage by the time I entered adulthood. Everyone else has. Why haven’t I?

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{{COMING SOON}} A YouTube Channel + Website About Filipino (Literary) Works

I would like to announce an upcoming project that I have been working on for the past few months: a YouTube channel + website called {getlitfilam channel} (or, stylistically, getLITfilam)!!

{getLITfilam} is a space created for discussing works by and about Filipinx(*). At this point, we will focus on literary works–novels, poetry, memoirs, non-fiction articles, plays–through analysis and reviews, while also providing historical context and personal anecdotes that touch on “the Filipino experience”. In the future, I hope to include other narrative forms of media and interviews with authors, creators, and influencers from the community.

Currently, I am working with a team of amazing people to put this project together. It will be launched next month, so hopefully we will have things up and running by then!

To get an idea of what {getLITfilam} will be like, think of Thug Notes onĀ Wisecrack meets various Anime review channels meets HappySlip (sorta) or swoozie06 (minus the animations, sorry~). But the influences run deeper than just favorite YouTube channels… Continue reading