Saturday, July 14, 2018

another year, another birthday

My daughter Mahala is here in the US to celebrate my 62nd birthday with me. It is rare that we are around for each others' birthdays as we live apart most of the year.

At the Roman Gallery, Met Museum

This visit has been particularly packed full because she is only here for four weeks instead of her usual three months.

George Washington Bridge behind us.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘Resistance’ handbook for America’s snowflakes

This year Independence Day celebrations are pretty dismal in the United States of America. Too many of us are still reeling from the upsetting news of our incarcerated immigrant children.

Children are seperated from their families. Locked up in heavily guarded secret locations. Forced to represent themselves in immigration court. At the mercy of a broken and bigoted government.

The UCLA handbook specifically defines “Trumpism” as a movement that consolidates power through white supremacy, misogyny, nationalism, xenophobia, corporatism, and militarism.

Published by the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California Los Angeles, a publicly funded institution.

The organization calls on urban planners to abide by four simple rules:

  1. Refuse to design, plan, or build systems that divide and oppress communities, including the proposed wall between the US and Mexico.
  2. Declare spaces ‘sanctuaries’ to undocumented immigrants, while planning sanctuaries for all victims of injustice.
  3. Commit to abolishing mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex, while expanding ‘abolition’ to all systems that promote racial and social exclusion.
  4. Reflect critically and historically on the political economy of planning to understand and resist our complicity in systems of racial capitalism and patriarchy.

“We can begin by calling hateful ideologies by their proper names and working to delegitimize and eliminate them.” ~ UCLA

Keep a watchful eye people of the world. We are the vanguard of the future.

Monday, June 18, 2018

color my world

The weather is gorgeous. Flowers are in full bloom. Trees and bushes are resplendent.

Mahala in coming to town tomorrow - yay! Cause to celebrate for sure.


Happy days are here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sunday in the City

For a native New Yorker "the city" can only mean our one and only New York City - the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, bright lights - big city.

Yesterday NYC hosted two international parades - the Philippine Independence Day Parade and the Israel Day Parade.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

what makes our heart sing

What is my vocal culture? What is this term exactly? How do we define what it means? 

Simply put it is the music genre, style or art form one resonates with the most. The one that touches and inspires me. The one I can listen to all day everyday. The one that brings me joy and enlivens me.

Dayak Maiden, Borneo

Among the many different vocal styles, there are - sacred, secular, Baroque, Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, solo, choral, operatic, madrigal, jazz, pop, etc.

Popular music encompasses blues, jazz, country music, easy listening, hip hop, rock music, and several other genres. There may also be a subgenre within a subgenre such as vocalese and scat singing in jazz.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

the ultimate inside job : happiness

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

If so then fake it til you make it just won't cut it when in essence we are our message.

Ahura Mazdā

redefine success based on the size of our heart instead of the size of our home~ Jay Shetty

Who and how we are in our lives nurtures us or we wither up and die missing out on fulfillment and joy. Putting our hearts on the line otherwise our lives are truly at risk.

Monday, May 7, 2018

appreciating our teachers

In the US, the National Education Association describes National Teacher Day  “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.  This year it takes place on May 8th and is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

Born and raised in the East, the meaning and purpose of "teacher" in Western terms seems rather short sighted and too shallow.