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

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

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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…)


delurking day March 9, 2009

Filed under: blogging — lifesavorer @ 1:55 am

Dearest readers,

This just in from MetroDad:

I just found out that apparently Monday is something called Official Delurking Day, a day when readers of any blogs are encouraged to leave a comment on all the sites that they read. According to my buddy Chris, “The Official Delurking Day is back. Read the site? Comment. Comment all the time? Cool, do it again. A little shy? Come on, comment – you know you wanna. Take it to the streets – go comment all willy-nilly all over the blogosphere.”

I finally delurked on two of my favorite blogs yesterday.  For some reason, up until I heard of this delurking business, I had never once considered engaging myself, even to respond to a simple audience poll or to ask the blogger my own questions.

So please, I’d love to hear from you.  It’s okay if you don’t want to answer the questions at the end of my entries.  At least tell me who you are, where you’re from, and how you’re doing… please?  And you’re more than welcome to raise your own questions.  After all, unlike many sites, commenting on WordPress doesn’t require site registration.

With fingers crossed,

Is it unethical of bloggers to ask their readers to delurk?  How often do you comment on blogs?


a different kind of builder March 7, 2009

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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…)


taiko high! March 4, 2009

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Update: KyoDaiko has opened up registration for an introductory taiko drumming class!  Classes will start on April 29 and take place every Wednesday night at 6:15-7:30 PM at the Asian Arts Initiative.  For the application form, contact Matt Palmer (

Aside from the occasional hours-long splurge (more frequent since I have returned home), I avoid television because I generally detest commercials. But I have to admit that quite a few ads have stuck with me over the years, including this one:

The commercial above features TAIKOPROJECT, whose company I had the pleasure of enjoying for 2 hours last night.  No, I did not attend a performance – their concert won’t take place until Friday night at the Annenberg Center in West Philly (ticket info here).  I instead had the privilege of attending their hands-on drumming workshop. (more…)