Savoring Life in Philadelphia

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how ya been? March 31, 2009

Filed under: career — lifesavorer @ 10:00 pm

Been busy getting acclimated at work.

Been fighting a nasty cough and failing miserably.

Been wondering if I’ll someday die from respiratory malfunction.

Been eating unwashed hand fruits and greasy Thai take-out food – FYI, big no no when one is ill.

Been drinking more water than usual – you know what that means…

Been looking forward to this weekend’s (more…)

 

job #1 March 13, 2009

Filed under: career — lifesavorer @ 9:01 am
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Great news before I bounce for the day (Piz, are you disgusted?):  I’ve been hired!!!  Hip hip frickin’ hooray?! (more…)

 

reclaiming my good health March 10, 2009

Filed under: career — lifesavorer @ 1:46 pm
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Last night I went to bed at 9 frickin’ p.m. and it took me SIX hours to fall asleep.  SIX.  As in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, SIX.  I didn’t fall asleep until 3, so I slept for only 6 hours.  Why, of all the days in a year, would my body choose to disobey me the night before a job interview? (more…)

 

a different kind of builder March 7, 2009

Filed under: career — lifesavorer @ 9:55 pm
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I am accustomed to the state of not belonging.  Since my conception, I have been the oddball.  Unlike my four older brothers who were born in Viet Nam, I was conceived in a U.S. acculturation center in the Philippines and born with a vagina in South Philly.

I grew up playing with my brothers’ hand-me-down G.I. Joe and Transformers toys.  I never delayed in tearing off all the limbs of my few dolls.  My parents noticed that I was so fascinated by my father’s tools that they bought me a children’s plastic tool set, but I would never stop reaching for real, hard, heavy hammers and the loud snap of a tape measure.  I remember spending hours at a time, measuring objects in my house: the length of the floor from point A to point B, the height of a chair, the width of my palm.

I’d like to say that I grew up to be someone with a prestigious title: an architect, an urban planner, or even a carpenter like Christ.  But no, I’m nothing of the sort. (more…)

 

foolish girl March 5, 2009

Filed under: career — lifesavorer @ 7:05 pm
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Is this how heart palpitations feel?  I am so nervous.  Earlier today, I received an interview request for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship at the D.C. office of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization. (more…)