2019 begins on somewhat of a bittersweet note. In case you haven’t already heard, the daily blog for You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF) has been shut down. As revealed in the message on the site, with many projects in both traditional and new media in various stages of production, it has become too difficult for the founders and creators to also uphold the daily blog as well. YOMYOMF will continue to have an active presence on social media; specifically on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Continue reading “In Search of an Asian American Outlet”
About Baybayin – For Surat Magazine – the very first publication written entirely in Baybayin in over 50 years – I contribute a poem on how learning this script writing system has contributed to my overall understanding of my Filipino heritage.
This is the Only SNL Skit Featuring Jason Momoa You Need to Watch – For YOMYOMF, I spotlight a very particular skit from the night actor Jason Momoa was the guest host for “Saturday Night Live.”
SIGNAL ROCK Sheds Light on Philippines’ Toxic Patriarchal System – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s opening night film gives a glimpse at the long embedded patriarchal attitudes that still exist in the Philippines.
A Grimy, Working Class Singapore Unfolds in “A Land Imagined” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s closing night film shows another side of Singapore from the one seen in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
The Cast of “The Debut” Reflect on Film’s 18th Anniversary – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I interview several of the cast members of this groundbreaking film, as they look back on their experiences of making it.
Judith Hill Releases Postponed Music Video for “Back in Time” – For YOMYOMF, I shed a light on an old yet new music video that is released two years and eight months after it was supposed to originally come out.
Gene Cajayon Discusses His Journey in Filmmaking and the Making of “The Debut” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I speak with the film’s director about the 18 years since its release.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS and AQUAMAN: The Significance of Their Timing– For YOMYOMF, I spotlight the personal significance on the fact that “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Aquaman” came out the same year and what they did for me in terms of representation.
YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: AQUAMAN – The Offenders and I close out the year by sharing our thoughts on one of the better films to come out of the DC Extended Universe.
Enlightenment Blog Feature on Lola By The Bay! – Author Reno Ursal shouts out this blog and the post I did about him and his upcoming novel, Enlightenment.
As promised, today I’m taking a brief pause from my hiatus to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that it has been two years since the release of my second novel, An Absolute Mind. Continue reading “Happy 2nd Anniversary to “An Absolute Mind”!”
The Significance of that One Cameo in “Crazy Rich Asians” – For Multiracial Media, I shed a light on a particular cameo from the film and the significance her appearance had to me. (BONUS: Kina actually shared the essay with her followers on Twitter!)
YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: SEARCHING – About a week away from its nationwide release, us Offenders discussed our thoughts on this Sundance-recognized psychological thriller starring John Cho.
As I had explained in advance, this last weekend of the month is incredibly busy for me, and so naturally, there hasn’t been as much time nor head space to come up with something substantial to write for this week. However, with “Crazy Rich Asians” out in theaters for a week and a half now, I figured that re-sharing the links to all the pieces I alone have written about the film prior to and after its release would make for a good Recommended Analyzing post. Continue reading ““Crazy Rich Asians” from My Certain Points of View: Recommended Reading”
I pause today from my regular blog post. It’s been a busy few days, and starting next week, things are about to get even busier.
I would, however, like to you remind you all that “Stories High XVIII” begins its run next Thursday at Bindlestiff Studio. If you are interested in going, you can buy your tickets here.
In addition, I will be appearing at the Local Authors Book Fair two weeks from today at the Mountain View Public Library. It’s a free event, and so if you are in the area, I hope you come out to that as well.
And with that, here is what you missed: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: The One Day Early Edition (August 5th-11th)”
First-Time Reactions to ENTER THE DRAGON – For YOMYOMF, I share my reactions to my first time ever watching “Enter the Dragon,” in honor of its 45th anniversary.
Kelly Marie Tran is Returning for STAR WARS EPISODE IX – For YOMYOMF, I help bring to light that a certain actor, whose future with the franchise has been unknown, is finally confirmed to be coming back.
With several tasks going on at once, I feel the need to pause today from my usual Saturday blog post. No worries though, for I shall aim to have one up next week. In the mean time, here is what you missed: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: The One Day Early Edition (June 17th-23rd)”
The title alone speaks for itself as to what this post is about, and to be quite frank, this has not been an easy decision for me to make.
Since my update about my third novel from back in January, I unfortunately still haven’t made a lot of progress with writing it. My most recent update on it is that I’ve managed to hammer out a fairly long chapter in it – and by recent, I mean that this was a little over a month ago. Continue reading “The Decision to Put My Third Novel on Hiatus”
30 Years Later, Studio Ghibli Double Feature Stands the Test of Time – For YOMYOMF, I wrote about the commonalities that Studio Ghibli films “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Grave of the Fireflies” share, as well as the stark differences that make them the classic films they are, 30 years after they were originally released.