Final blog AHH!
Anyways. I just wanna say that ETHS210 has got to be the most amazing class that i’ve ever taken. Every class time, i learned something new or something that refreshed my mind. I’ve taken other AAS classes but nothing compared to what we did in this class. I first want to say thank you to Irene and her IA’s Brian, Catherine and Marcus for making this semester that much more enjoyable. Just being in a class full of happy and smart people really does make the semester bearable. To Irene, thank you for being the most chillest and craziest (in a good way! :D) professor ever and thank you IA’s for being supportive and great critics whenever we needed criticism.
I got so many things out of this class that i don’t even know where to begin. From meeting amazing people to learning more about Asian roots; there really isn’t any words that can describe how fun and intense this class was. I loved it and if i could, i would take this class all over again. I’m leaving this class with more friends, more knowledge and more confidence and i couldn’t be any happier. SO THANKS everyone for the time we had and take care! This class truly defined the phrase, “Its not about the destination, but the journey”. If you ever see me around just say hi! :) Have a wonderful summer~! (I felt like i was writing a break up letter haha).
I don’t know how I can begin talking about my group, Fish Filley.. Fish Filet.. whatever! First day of class, I already knew Erika, Kristin, Audrey, and Steph. We met Tommy, Kevin, and Arthur by accident.. just kidding LOL! Thank goodness Erika knew Tommy because we formed an amazing group! We all started to click because we realized how alike we were. I will never forget creating our group name and chant. That was the most funniest thing ever! Just to let you all know.. majority of us don’t even like eating fish filet. As for the chant, we made it, or Erika came up with it 10 minutes before we had to present it to the class. It was the most funniest experience especially when we told the boys they had to shake their ass in front of the class. They didn’t want to at first, but they did it for the team ;). Also, our time at Japantown for the film festival was unforgettable! Just being with them made this class extra special. Being that we were a group that was half Filipino and Chinese, we learned new things about other cultures. Especially, for Tommy, Kevin, and Arthur who never tasted Filipino food until Iron Chef. Instead of leaving this class just knowing new people, I’m leaving this class with new friends. “FISH FILET WHERE YO BOOTY AT? WHOOOP THERE IT IS!”
For this free write, I want to briefly talk about the life of a girl/woman raised in a strict/old-fashioned Filipino family. Many people have their own views on what “old-fashion” means. Even though my siblings and I were raised in America, my parents still stuck to raising us by our Filipino values and morals. My parents spoke to us more in our Filipino dialect, Kapampangan, because they knew how it important it was to keep the language alive in America. Thank goodness for oriental markets, my mother always cooked Filipino dishes. The way my parents raised my siblings and I impressed my grandparents, and relatives in the Philippines because even though we were born and raised in America we understand the language, and eat like a Filipino. For instance, I know how to eat with my hands better than eating with a fork and spoon.
To get on with this blog, an old-traditional Filipino family is a patriarchy. Gender roles are so important to Filipinos. Men are the ones who make the money and take care of their family financially whereas women take care of her husband, her children, and her home. Growing up for me, I was taught the importance of keeping the house clean, and being able to cook. My grandparents told me a “good girl” must know how to wash the dishes, dust, fix the bed, sweep the floor, and clean the table in order to find a good husband (I was like five years old at the time). The boys didn’t have the pressure of doing this. A “good girl” can’t hang out with boys, or go out or else she is seen as dirty, or as a hoe. There are so many regulations towards girls than boys. I feel like women today have more independence and opportunities than women in the past.
An Asian American restaurant that I am reviewing is “American Sushi” in Pacifica. I love going here for sushi. I’m not an expert in sushi, but I love their sushi compared to other places. I’m a person who likes to have a bunch of stuff on my sushi, and this place does the job. It’s pretty pricey where the sushi’s range about $11-13 but you get your moneys worth. They even have a sushi challenge where you have to finish an 18in roll called “Freedom Roll” in 30 minutes. The employees are really nice and friendly. My family and I are regulars so they would give us free appetizers and desserts. I definitely recommend people who love sushi to try it out.
Our POP performance was awesome! I actually didn’t expect our performance to be that good. Props to all the actors who memorized the entire script and executed it perfectly. Props to everyone in the class who contributed to this performance. I had a great time being up there with my anti-homies, and dancing with my group (even though I messed up big time on the MJ song at the end, which was the dance I was looking forward to the most). Not to be biased or whatever, but I thought we had the best performance that night. Just cause not only did we have entertainment/comedy, but the point or message we sent at the end was more clear and strong than the other performances. Performing that night was worth skipping my nutrition class.
For POP, I was part of the dance group. I chose to do dance because I took dance class for 3 years in high school so I thought it would be cool to dance for this special performance. I am so glad I chose this group because we had an amazing choreographer/leader, Angelina! Also, I got to know new people and they were all cool to be with. We practiced for about 3 weeks on Tues/Thurs from 7-9pm.. that’s dedication. I would give us all an A! I enjoyed dancing to both songs, but I especially felt the MJ song had such a powerful message that related to our POP message. I will miss going to practice and being with everyone. I wish that it didn’t have to take this long in the semester to know everyone.
I am so glad that we did an amaaazzzing job on our POP Performance! I am so proud of everyone and all the hard work we all put in it and how great the whole thing turned out! The dance was so good and cool! Erika scared the shit out me with all her attitude, like forreal dammmmnn my bad so one can be hella mean! lol! I think the story we were telling was clear to understand and the message we were trying to everyone was done in an extremely entertaining and funny way. especially in the end with Prof. Duller and Jordan! The videos that were shown were really interesting because i have never actually seen any news footage or interviews on that, so that was cool to see. I think that everyone had a fun time and enjoyed performing! i know not all of us are professional actors or are taking any acting classes (Cough*Cough* erika) especially me!! I honestly do not know what possessed me to raise my hand when Prof. Duller asked who wanted to play the part of the Pro- Leader. Seriously I do not know why I did that, however i am actually glad i did it! it was something somewhat new for me, i haven’t acted in front of any one or an audience in like 3 years! especially having to be the Pro- Leader they had to be super enthusiastic and charismatic, so that was kind of hard for me to do! but in the end i think i did good, hopefully! i was kind of nervous when it came time to the performance because i might mess up on my lines, but i knew that i just needed to have fun and not care! This is something that I will always remember!
For this blog I am just going to share something that happened to me at work. So something really funny happened at me at work a few days ago, when I had two customers come up to me and seriously asked me if I was Filipino and Chinese. Really right out of nowhere when I was doing go backs, they came up to me and asked me. In my head I was like WTH? Random much! It was really random because it wasn’t like are you Filipino or are you Chinese, but are Filipino and chines e. right when they asked me, all I said was umm no I’m not , and they said oh we thought you were, after they asked me that they said are you Filipino and Japanese. I was like really why are you asking me this question. I felt so awkward right there like why me! But I kindly responded with a no, I’m just Filipino. I felt that was probably the most funniest and awkward thing that ever happened to me because it was really out of nowhere and unexpected, just straight up random. I have had people ask me what I am but that’s usually happens when I am ringing them up. They would ask me if I was Filipino so they can start talking to me in Tagalog, luckily I do understand some of it to get what they’re kind of saying but I cannot reply back in it to save my life. but yah i thought that was interesting and wanted to share.
For this blog I am just going to share my experiences I had with my POP group. I was in the Props group and I was the leader of the group. Overall my group was good, it was easy for all of us to get the stuff done like the posters and stage setting done, even though our stage setting wasn’t really done because of the change of space. With my group they were really cool because we were all on the same page of what each of us had to do. And if I couldn’t get something done, because I was practicing and remembering my lines, I would just ask some of them for help and they would help me out. I also think that we did good on the change of plans for the stage setting. If I were to grade our group I would give us an A, because on how we worked as a group and how we did whatever needed to get them done.