I “like” way too many posts that I see on Tumblr. If only there was a way to put them in categories like “funny”, “gifs”, “music”, “sexy”, “food”, “inspirational”, “photography”, etc; It would be more convenient to look back on my liked posts that way.
A lot of people say that you have to experience some type of hardship to appreciate the money you have. Some kids/teenagers get money from their parents and spend it so quickly and carelessly as if it grew on trees. It’s not until they grow up and finally get a job that they realize just how hard it is to earn money.
For me, I never experienced money problems growing up. My dad would always give me extra pocket money whenever I’d go out. I never asked for the money, but he’d give it to me anyways.
It may seem that he was spoiling me, but he did so because of his past. He also taught me how to be grateful for the money he’d give me.
When my dad was younger, he and his siblings grew up with nothing in the Philippines. They lived in a house made out of bamboo floors and had nothing really entertaining to do.
When my dad was a teenager, his family didn’t even have a radio. They didn’t have a TV, either. Their neighbor felt so bad for them, that she’d occasionally have her TV facing outside her window towards my dad’s house so that my dad and his sisters could watch.
When my dad would hang out with his friends after school, he didn’t have the money to do certain things with his classmates. They would walk around the city to hang out, but when they’d come across some type of restaurant and decided to eat, my dad would leave and say he had to go home. He would lie to them about going home because he had no money to eat out with them. He’d be too embarrassed to tell them, so he’d come up with some lame excuse to go home.
When my dad got his first job, it was at a car shop for a millionaire. Even though he worked for a rich man, he still got paid shit. One day, my dad was working on a car when his boss came up to him to pay him; his boss threw the money at him while he was crouched on the ground working. My dad said that moment was the shittiest he ever felt in his life. His boss treated him like he was nothing and threw money at him as if he was a beggar.
He ended up grinding harder for money and went to Saudi Arabia for better work when he got older. He spent 7 years there saving as much money as he could, which eventually allowed him to go back to the Philippines and buy his mom an actual house instead of that bamboo shit. Buying a house for his mom was something that he promised her he’d do back when he was a teenager.
After he moved to the US, he eventually started to make a lot of money. He’s not hella rich (he’s just making average income), but he’s grateful for every cent that he earns because he knows what it’s like to grow up poor. We have a nice two story house, HDTVs everywhere and he’s able to provide for his family without a lot of stress.
That’s why whenever he knew I was going out with friends, he’d give me extra money. He remembers those moments when he was too embarrassed to be with friends because he was poor, and doesn’t ever want me to feel that same way. If my friends decided they wanted to eat out, he’d want me to have money to go with them. Even when I would be taking girls out on dates, he’d occasionally give me extra money so we could go to nice restaurants instead of just regular fast food joints.
All of this makes me look spoiled since I was given money when I was younger instead of earning it myself, but I really did appreciate it as if I earned it. I don’t feel that I needed to experience some type of hardship at the time to realize how hard it is to make money. Thinking about my dad and what he went through in his past is what made me so grateful for everything I had. I learned from my dad’s history.
That’s what kids and teens need to do more often; they have to realize the hard work their parents put in for them and how they try to give them the childhood they never had.
I had to bring my grandpa to the ER yesterday, we stayed there for about 5-6 hours. I was told by my auntie that I could have just dropped him off at the hospital and that she could watch over him instead (since she knew I had plans with my friends), but that would have been fucked up on my part if I didn’t stay with him. He’s my grandpa, I want to be there for him.
He’s doing fine now, but he’s staying at the hospital overnight because the doctors are trying to prevent an infection from happening on his right foot. They’re also trying to have the blood circulating more consistently there. It’s not as bad as it sounds, though.
The great thing about my grandpa is that he’s always in a cheery mood and knows how to brighten people’s day, even in a situation where he’s clearly in a lot of pain. When we got to the room where he was able to lay down in a bed, the nurses did a lot of tests on him. It was quiet for most of that time, until it was time for him to get his IV’s. This female nurse literally took around 5-10 minutes trying to find his vein. She already had the needle inserted in his arm, but had a difficult time finding the vein. She went on for a while trying to locate it, and eventually needed another nurse’s help to find it. I felt bad for my grandpa because he showed a lot of pain on his face.
Once the nurse finally got everything right, she apologized to my grandpa for any pain she caused during that little situation.
Then, my grandpa looks at her, smiles and says, “It’s okay. When I see your face, I don’t feel any pain… you’re beautiful”.
He was spitting game at her. haha. I just thought it was funny to see an 80 year old man trying to flirt with a 20 something year old woman and succeeding at making her blush. He kept going on with it for a while, but it was clearly just for fun. He really did make her day, though, and made everyone’s time in the ER filled with laughter and smiles.
I did feel bad towards the end, though. He clearly didn’t want to stay overnight and just wanted to go home. Even before he was told he had to be admitted, he kept asking me when we’d be done so that he could finally leave the hospital. It sucks. I never feel relieved when I know he’s by himself.
I always check the backseat of my car whenever I'm about to drive home late at night.
Last year I was in a situation where I was stuck in a police station in San Francisco from around 1am to 4am. My car was left in some ghetto ass area in SF and when I was released from the station, I got back to my car and noticed that some of the items I had inside were messed with. I had an umbrella in there that was closed, but when I got back to the car it was opened. Also, when I got back home I realized that a closed box inside the car got cut open. There were no signs on the car that showed it was broken into. No broken windows or anything like that, and I know that I locked all the doors beforehand.
Ever since that moment, I developed a habit of checking the backseat of my car before I’m about to take a drive hella late at night. It sounds stupid, I know, but it’s just a normal tendency for me now. I also watch too many movies and I’m used to seeing those cliche scenes where someone gets into their car and there’s some type of killer just chillin in the back; I automatically associate that to real life, as lame as that sounds. lol.
The Lineup for America's Best Dance Crew 6 (And My Rant About Crew Selections)
The 6th season of America’s Best Dance Crew premieres on Thursday, April 7th on MTV. These are the 10 crews who will be competing this upcoming season:
787 Crew: Meet one of the fiercest cliques to hit the ABDC stage. Their fusion of tricks and acrobatics, combined with their street finesse and Latin flavor, are sure to dazzle the dance floor.
FootworKingz: Welcome to the stage a dance style never-before-seen on ABDC. Blink and you may miss their incredibly quick foot movement in unison with music played at 160 BPM. Even better? This ultimate synchronized crew are actually two battle-cliques representing the West and South sides of Chicago. Here, they’ve united to draw attention to their one-of-a-kind dance style.
IaMmE: Although this hip-hop crew originated in Houston, its members hail from all around the globe, including China and the Czech Republic, and have performed with the likes of Justin Bieber, Fat Joe, Cobra Starship and American Rejects.
Iconic Boyz: With one member as young as 10 years old, these New Jersey boys are the literally freshest dancers to ever compete on ABDC. They hope to impress the crowd with their unique mix of hip-hop and street jazz.
Instant Noodles: Say hello to this season’s b-boys. The Los Angeles-based crew, with roots in Taipei, Taiwan, aims to build on the already unique style and share what makes them distinct.
JAG6ED: This all-girl collection of contemporary pole dancers are on a mission to change the image of of their craft, replacing erotic connotations with jaw-dropping acrobatic ability.
Eclectic Gentlemen: With their focus on being clean-cut and well dressed, these suave hoofers from North Hollywood bring a professional style to the stage. The crew currently teaches workshops and has traveled the world with big-name musical acts, but hopes to attain individual recognition on ABDC.
Phunk Phenomenon: Boasting a blend of modern and traditional dance styles, this co-ed crew from Boston is ready to wow the West Coast. In addition to performing, this group promotes “Hip Hop for Hope,” which raises awareness for Sanfilippo disease.
ReQuest: These New Zealand ladies are currently riding high as the 2010-11 World Hip Hop Dance Champions. They hope to showcase their moves while fusing cultures together and inspiring girls around the world to dance.
Street Kingdom: Despite their rough pasts in inner city Los Angeles, Street Kingdom’s co-ed members have made a fresh start — and it’s all because of a shared passion known as KRUMP.
There’s only one crew on that entire list that I can easily see winning Season 6, and it’s I.aM.mE Crew. They have sick choreo, versatility, and they come up with a lot of complex performances. They also have a huge fanbase already, so if they’re on their A game it will definitely be hard for other crews to get more votes than them.
For people who view ABDC as a regional battle, this may be bad news for fans of the West. IaMmE is from Houston, which means they’ll be representing the South. The West has won all 5 seasons so far, but how long will the championship stay there?
IaMmE could possibly be the first ever Non-West crew to achieve that goal of winning a championship. They would also be the first Co-Ed crew to do that (all of the previous winners have either been an all-boy group or all-girl group).
There will be a lot of competition and this season could be entertaining, but I have one complaint: I personally think this season is slightly rigged when it comes to picking the crews.
There’s a certain crew in the West that was labeled by most as “the crew to beat” for Season 6. Their name is Mos Wanted Crew. If you took a look at the list above, you’ll see that their name isn’t on there. For some reason, ABDC felt that the most hyped up crew in the LA auditions wasn’t good enough.
Mos Wanted Crew is a group that consists of amazing choreographers and talented dancers: Brian Puspos (formerly of SoReal Cru), Jun Quemado (of Team Millenia), Jawn Ha (GRV), Lando Wilkins (of Boxcuttuhz), Ricky Cole (Kinjaz) and more. They’re basically like an All-Star team when it comes to dancing, but for some reason they didn’t make it on ABDC6. It’s surprising how a group filled with so much talent and dedication didn’t make the cut, especially since they were already considered to be good enough to win Season 6.
Oh yeah, did I mention that one of the crews that made it over Mos Wanted is a damn pole dancing crew?
There seems to be a problem on ABDC where the producers sometimes go for diversity instead of actual talent. Instead of picking all of the breathtaking crews that they find, they’d rather pick crews who aren’t as good, but do something different. That’s why in previous seasons, we’ve seen crews like a square dancing hip hop crew, a clogging crew, a vogueing crew and more. I admit, those crews are still good, but just because they’re different than the typical hip hop dance group it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better.
I guess ABDC thinks putting diverse crews will give the show better ratings since each crew can attract certain demographics, but I disagree. The people who watch the show are dancers and dance fans; a good way to get ratings are to actually put the best crews. It makes for a more competitive season, and more competition = more entertainment. I’m all for having unique and rare dance groups on the show, but only put them on if they’re legitimately the best from the auditions.
It’s unfortunate that groups like L0st Kidz and Mos Wanted Crew can’t make it on the show. Or maybe Mos Wanted Crew got cut so that the competition will be a little more fair for the South and the East?
Justin Bieber is a girl? His voice has now broken. Justin Bieber is gay? He is with Selena Gomez. Justin Bieber is a crap singer? Justin Timberlake and Usher fought over him, and all the big names want to collab with him. Justin Bieber sucks? He has his own movie. Justin Bieber is selfish? He gave $1 million to Japan. Stop being jealous and learn to appreciate that some people are a lot more talented than you, he just followed his dream. How would you like it if you got hated on for no reason? Reblog this if you respect Justin Bieber.
Exactly how I feel. I used to hate on him when I first found out about him, but what’s the point of hating on some 16 year old that’s just living his dream? It’s not like he’s some cocky singer that keeps showboating, either. His tracks are all humble and down to Earth.
I have to shoot some footage for a music video tomorrow, but I can’t find my camera’s shoulder mount anywhere. Hopefully I don’t have to resort to using a damn tripod since static shots look so boring and dead most of the time.
So yeah, I’m still kind of disappointed about this.
There’s a movie called Contagion that’s currently being filmed in San Francisco. It’s starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Laurence Fishburne, among others. Even Demetri Martin (who is one of my favorite comedians) is going to be in it and Steven Soderbergh (the director of Ocean’s Eleven) will be directing the star studded film.
It sounds great and all, especially since it’s so rare for movies to be filmed here in the Bay Area. However, the reason why I’m disappointed is because I missed a chance to be a part of the movie.
Back in late January, the producers of this movie were holding casting calls in SF for extras. They basically accepted anyone who wanted to be in the film. I was aware of the casting calls at the time, but I wasn’t able to make it because I was still on vacation in the Philippines. I ended up missing out on the two days of auditioning and casting.
I know, being an extra in a movie isn’t even special, right? Most extras just get treated like crap on set, a lot of them barely get any screen time, and if they do show up on a shot or a scene they’re most likely shown out of focus. They don’t even get their names on the credits, either.
For me, being shown in the movie wasn’t the main reason why I wanted to be an extra.
I wanted to get cast in the film just so I can actually be up close with the production. I want to see all the setups, the cameras, and how the actors and directors work on a big budget feature film. It would have been dope. I have aspirations of directing big films someday, so being a part of an extensive movie like Contagion is still significant for me even if it’s just for a completely minor role as an extra.
When I’m finished directing all these music videos and a couple of independent shorts over the next few years, I’ll do some type of shit like Contagion. I would normally say “hopefully”, but right now I don’t want to just hope, I want to actually make moves towards accomplishing my main goal of doing big things.
It’ll take me a while to do any of that since I’m going to be busy in school studying optometry (I just feel like going ham and being an optometrist/filmmaker/photographer etc). Later on, I’ll most likely have to quit one of those occupations to make more time for one that’s gaining more success, but for now I have to stay humble and continue to make moves.
Not only to help out in the shelters and with search and rescue, but I also want to take photographs to document the aftermath of the earthquake and the tsunami. There’s so many heartbreaking sites: The ruined towns, the mournful faces, the displays of devastation due to demolition. Everything. It’s an emotional time in Japan; I’d like to take some powerful captures there and share the photos with the world as a way to bring more awareness on how crucial Japan’s predicament is and how they need our help.