Hang In There, Buddy

Adulting is hard stuff, but it’s not impossible.

It’s truly a process that I myself am still trying to understand and get a hang of.

I, of course, am no expert. I have only scraped the surface of this ongoing adventure called life.

There’s so much life to live every. single. day.

You see, it’s an interesting concept.

We are put in a bubble that is college. College is great and grand. All of a sudden, we enter the real world in just a snap.

The days in the library are gone and reckless nights of partying have slowly come to an end.

With the closing of that chapter in your life, you have a whole new one to write. Pages and pages of blankness ready to be filled. You have the pen and its your choice on what to write next.

It’s ok not to know, really. That’s still a part of your story.

You can move to a different city and start completely anew. You can move back home and have the presence of your family while you transition into this new life. You can take a gap year and go travel the world. You can go straight to grad school and study something you are truly passionate about. You can get on top of applying for jobs until you find that first opportunity.

The possibilities are endless.

Don’t let society dictate what you need to do.

Society has implanted the belief that in order to be successful you need to find a job straight out of college and then work, work, work, work, work. Did I mention- work? We are programmed think that success is having a job at a top company and being in corporate America.

Success is relative. Success is what you believe makes you happy.

With that, life is going to consist of many successes. Many struggles as well.

Sometimes it is easy to see others and envy what they have.

Maybe they have a job you wished they had. Maybe they own your dream car. Maybe they go on luxury vacations you have always wanted to experience.

However, it is important to remember that with those successes that others may have, there was a journey they had to go through to get there. A journey consisting of challenges that we may never know about.

And so, always remember to value what you have and the story you are currently working on.

You will get that first job. You will get that car. You will get that dream vacation. You will get whatever you set your eye on.

Keep hustling. Keep going.

I believe in you! 🙂

Sincerely,

My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams: Celebrating My Filipino American Culture

With today being November 1, Filipinx American History Month is officially over. However, I celebrate the diverse experiences of my people everyday. I am learning more about my identity everyday. I embrace my culture everyday.

October was just a little extra special.

For those of you who do not know: I am a Filipina American born from first generation immigrant parents.

My mother made the first move. With her siblings, she left her hometown of Tarlac to begin a new life in a completely foreign country. With suitcases, papers, and their little knowledge of the English language, she headed to the big city of San Francisco, CA. My father followed shortly after.

I will always remember and honor my parents’ decision. Because of their sacrifices, I am where I am now. Their decision is still transparent in my life every. single. day.

Now that I’m older and work, I always find myself thinking about the hardships my parents faced coming here. I think about how hard they hustled in order to provide and create the life I have now. Leaving all that they have in a country that they’ve always known for a country where they had to start from the bottom. I remember nights where my father wouldn’t come home because he had two jobs to work. I remember every Christmas my mother would fill up a giant balikbayan box to send over to family in the Philippines. They live a life of sacrifice to give me a life of exploration.

Being Filipina American is something I am discovering more and more about each day. My identity is shaped around both cultures. Going to school, I’d learn about the American mindset of working hard and beating the odds. Outside of the house, I’d learn about the beauty of diversity and realize that our country is built by immigrants. On the other hand, my parents prioritized instilling Pilipino beliefs in me and exposing me to traditions growing up. There was never a day that I didn’t hear Ilokano in our familial conversations and The Filipino Channel blasting from our living room television.

My love for food stems from the Filipino dishes my Lola prepared everyday for us. I always appreciated coming home to a home-cooked meal, with my family gathered around the dining room table.

Lola would always take out the tinik from my tilapia. Mommy would make sure to give me enough gulay whenever we ate Pinakbet. Sitaw was my favorite. This was a way they showed their love to me. Food is such a big part of culture, with filipino food always connecting me back home. The love put into every dish is phenomenal. Now that I am an adult, I hope to learn how to create the dishes my Lola used to make and pass on that love to my future family. The flavors are nostalgic. The dishes give me infinite memories. The food will always bring me back.

Outside of the food, what I’ve always enjoyed about my culture is the sense of community. I’ve always felt community growing up. From attending yearly culture and arts festivals to joining my university’s Pilipinx organization, I’ve always felt at home. We come together to celebrate us. In a country that implements systems that are against us, we come together to represent and rise above.

Although Filipinx American History Month is over, everyday is a celebration of the challenges we’ve overcome, the visionaries that paved paths for the next generation, and the bright future ahead of us.

I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams. It is my goal to making them proud.

Sincerely,

ARIGATO JAPAN: A TOKYO TRAVEL DIARY

Ahhhh Tokyo, I think about you at least three times a week. It’s been nearly two months since my trip and it has been hard to sit down and write this.

Tokyo was such an adventure. There was something new to explore at every corner of the city. With unique neighborhoods of different characters, I felt like I was being transported to new places everyday.

There are so many great things about Tokyo. From the hospitable people to the world-class food, I keep finding more reasons to come back for more.

The design of the city makes it the perfect place to go and explore. With the subway system being fast and clean, it made it easy to get around. Although I don’t know any Japanese, every person we met on the street was friendly and never hesitated to help with directions. From restaurant-lined alleyways to high flying skyscrapers, there were so many sights to see everywhere.

One of the biggest highlights of my trip was of course, the amazing Japanese food. I am always craving soba. I got tonkatsu on my mind all the time. I wish 7/11s in America were like the ones in Japan. One of my favorite things is food so you know when I travel, I go big. Japanese food will now always have a place in my heart.

I would love to come back to Japan to explore the rest of its entirety. Maybe next time, I won’t leave 😉

Sincerely,

CREATE & CULTIVATE 2019

Wow.

That’s it. That’s the whole post.

I don’t even know where to begin.

My time at Create & Cultivate had me at a lost for words.

It was truly such an empowering experience for me.

Excuse me in advance for using “empowering” 5738982 times in this post. Honestly, it’s the perfect word to describe it all.

It being my first time attending the conference, I had no idea what to expect. Although I have seen the glitzy Instagram photos, the exciting trailers on their website, tons and tons of YouTube vlogs, I still wasn’t ready for the jam-packed day ahead of me.

And so, I took the plunge and flew to San Francisco for the weekend! Heck, I got to visit my family when I was there so it was going to be a win/win situation all around.

Upon entering the venue, I was greeted by such warm vibes. In line, I met a few ladies who were also attending for the first time. Everyone was so ecstatic and friendly.

The venue was located in Downtown San Francisco at SVN West. It was decked out in very beautiful florals, vibrant murals, and whole bunch of colorful activations that came to life.

I really appreciated the details of the event design. From inspiring quotes painted all over the walls to the innovative branding apparent throughout the conference, I loved the attention to detail.

The day itself was packed with panels featuring female entrepreneurs, digital mavens, and activists, networking with boss ass women, Instagrammable moments, and a whole of treating myself. I was following the Track 2 route and had the chance to attend panels focused on social media and building brands.

Coming into the conference, I was a little intimidated being around all the buzz alone. Thankfully, I met Victoria, who constantly became my buddy for the whole day. Check her out at Stand Up To Standards. She is currently working on a platform dedicated to empowering women, sharing stories to defy the standards set by society & media. What a BOSS!

Brands like Alaska Airlines, PicMonkey, Planoly, Bumble, and heyRoven provided fun, interactive booths. I came to the conference for the content, came out of it with new content haha! I loved the new goodies I got to take home with me. I even had the chance to get my hair done. Thanks goodhairday!

Don’t even get me started on the food! The breakfast provided by OLLY kept me energized throughout the day. Me being the type that gets hangry by the afternoon, I was stoked to see there were snacks everywhere for us to grab. I got to try new brands I never heard of before that I definitely would like to try again.

Overall, Create & Cultivate was what I needed during this exact moment of my life. Not to be dramatic or anything, but it’s honestly so true. These past few months have been a lot of soul searching and realizing my true passions. Hearing women making it big in their different spaces empowered me to keep striving for more. Learning about their experiences of how they built their empire has sparked a fire in me to continue growing my side hustles and not being afraid to take a risk. I learned that I should never doubt my talents and passions. That I should embrace them and see them fly. That I should go with my gut feelings and see where they take me.

The speakers spilled so much valuable advice. I found myself jotting away in my notebook during panels! Here’s some wisdom I’d like to share from my notes:

  • “Do What You Love, Do What You’re Good At.”
  • “People don’t relate to Perfect.”
  • “Success isn’t likes, it’s the direct connections you create.”
  • “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
  • “In order to see change, it’s important to feel uncomfortable.”
  • “The risky way is the safe way, the safe way is the risky way.”
  • “Take chances. One day, you’ll be a CEO.”
  • “Enjoy the journey as much as the rewards at the end.”
  • “Own it. Whatever it is, own it.”

Thanks C&C! I can’t wait to create & cultivate the career of my dreams.

Sincerely,

P.S. Stay tuned to learn about my newest side hustle. For now, here’s my blog! I hope to crank out more content the upcoming weeks once my travels settle down. See you soon!

LIVIN’ MY BEST LIFE: LOS CABO TRAVEL DIARY

Hola! Don’t know about you but, I’ve been having major tropical travel withdrawals.

Missing the days lounging around on the beach, letting my skin glow with a Piña Colada in hand.

Although San Diego has gorgeous beaches and exciting nightlife, I truly miss my time in Los Cabo.

A month ago, I started my vacation by taking a plane down Baja California. At the very tip of the peninsula are the vibrant Mexican cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. There I spent rough 36 hours exploring their various local favorites and must-see attractions. I had a full day before my flight back to San Francisco so it was a definitely a “shut up and go” trip that I do not regret.

Immediately upon exiting the Airport, I was greeted by Cabo’s breezes and tequilas. At the shuttle waiting area, you can find a bar serving up boozy cocktails for you to start your adventures in Mexico.

Our home base was located in San Jose del Cabo, the quaint town among the two destinations. It was my first time staying at all-inclusive resort and I had the time of my life. We stayed in villas at the Cabo Azul Resort which were nestled on 12 oceanfront acres. Everyday was spent poolside or on the white-sand beach.

Although much smaller than Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo offered such charm. You can learn more about the history of the town while marveling at beautiful architecture. We walked around the Arts District which had a wide variety of posh boutiques, bustling breweries, and quiet cafes.

The more lively, busy city of Cabo San Lucas is about a 20 minute drive away from this town. Uber is accessible in most areas so we were able to easily catch a ride. Although I don’t speak any spanish and Eugene needed a refresher, we were able to get around town. Thank you, Apple Maps and Google Translate!

A must-see when coming to Cabo San Lucas is the iconic El Arco. El Arco is a rock formation located at the most southern tip of Cabo. It is said that this point is the extreme southern end of the Baja California Peninsula. El Arco brings together the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California.

In order to get there, you must go by boat. After walking around the marina, we found a very cheap Boat Taxi that toured us around for only 15 pesos. We were also able to see Lover’s and Divorce Beach, Sea Lions, and fishes through the glass bottom. I can’t recommend this enough! The boat tour lasted about 45 minutes and we were able to learn so much more interesting facts about Cabo. On board, there were snacks and beers to enjoy. Definitely made the experience even more fun!

I’m a big foodie so you know I have to rave about the food I had during this trip. I mean, of course you have to get Mexican food while you’re there.

I recommend Las Guacamayas which has locations in both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Whether you’re looking for a great place to eat during lunch or have late night munchies, this is the spot to cure your cravings.

From authentic tacos to fried cheese to fajitas, there were so many options to choose from. I went with antojitos which are thick corn tortillas with filled with meat, mashed beans, white cheese, and cream. It was Taco Tuesday the day we arrived so I had the obligation to get tacos. To this day, those are the best tacos I have able had. Please take me back!

A restaurant the concierge recommended was La Lupita! Focused more on tacos and mezcal, this trendy shop has all you need before a night of clubbing.

Speaking of clubbing, you can’t go to Cabo without experiencing their bustling bars and clubs. They are packed both during the day and night. Eugene and I spent a good few hours people watching, drinking cocktails at Mango Deck. It’s a nice place to kill time while relaxing beachside. They have interactive entertainment, with a mix of bizzaar competitions to get crowd-goers engaged. When we were there, there was a scavenger hunt and push-up contest. They offer 2×1 drinks, so we were able to get 2 drinks for the price of one during our visit. A great spot to grab a few drinks and look over Medano Beach.

Although I was there for such a short amount of time, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on vacation with Eugene’s family. I would definitely come back with a group of friends for a nice Spring Break getaway.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Take A Boat Tour to see El Arco
  • Walk around La Marina
  • Try authentic Mexican Food – Las Guacamayas, if you can’t decide!
  • Relax and grab cocktails at a beachside bar
  • Catch some rays at a beach or a pool
  • Walk around the Arts District in San Jose del Cabo

There ya have it, friends! Make a visit to Cabo…

and please take me along!

Sincerely,

(Actually) Adulting

Hello world! I’m back.

As I am typing this, I am in my new bedroom spending my Friday night with my essential oil diffuser on while listening to Asian Boss Girl’s “Mastering the Art of Adulting” through my vinyl player’s speaker.

Wow, there are so many things I want to reflect on that has happened the past several months.

Hooray! It’s been a good six months of post-grad. Since graduating the past March, it has been quite an interesting time.

Before I get into it, thank you to those sticking with me through this blog. Thank you for reading along as I navigate through this new chapter of my life. I appreciate it 🙂

Last update I made on this new journey was around the time commencement was.

Although that was only three months, it feels like it was a whole universe away.

I know, I know. I sound dramatic, but it’s true!

During the past three months, I’ve seen a lot:

  1. More and more friends moving away from SD
  2. The reality of paying bills
  3. The ongoing process of balance

Ahhhh, balance.

Silly Kaithleen back then thought that with college over, everything would just be chill and relaxing.

However, it’s been such a process trying to find balance in my everyday life.

I’ve always wondered how some adults made it look so easy doing things and fitting everything into 24 hours a day. From waking up early to work out to finding time to cook elaborate meals, I always wondered how people did all these things and still got to bed by 10pm. Oooh boy, I have learned that this person — may not really exist.

You see, this whole time I thought adulthood was all about getting my shit together and knowing what to do. I thought I would have a weekly routine I would commit to. I’d wake up at 5am everyday to do yoga and journal. I’d get home and work out. I’d have a meal ready to go and then I’d knock out.

I’m realizing that some days may be that way, some may not.

Sometimes I end up sleeping in after a late night, barely having time to get ready for work in the morning. Sometimes I get lazy to get myself to the gym. Sometimes cooking can take a while and I’ll end up eating dinner at 10pm. Sometimes I end up staying up watching YouTube videos until 1am and feel screwed for the next work day. And honestly, it’s all ok.

I’m learning that for the rest of my life, it’s going to be trying to find balance and navigating each day differently. I used to think that I missed college because I always knew where I had to be at a certain time and when I had to do things by. However, I love that everyday since then has been unpredictable.

Me, after my 8459303th time at IKEA this summer. Ahhh, I love furniture.

Some days I’m cooking a meal from my recipe book and enjoying it with a glass of wine. Some days I’m ordering take out and just watching Netflix.

Some days I wake up, meditate, and make breakfast before work. Sometimes I oversleep and make it in late.

Some days I find myself penny pinching, collecting coupons to save as much money as I can. Some days I end up impulse buying online.

Everyday has been different. Everyday has been new.

I’m learning to appreciate the beauty of growing up.

These past few months, I’ve finally noticed how I have changed. My mindset continues to mature and I find myself prioritizing certain things that I may have not thought of before.

I’m finding myself trying to find peace in my hectic everyday life. It’s been nice being able to just control the pace of my lifestyle.

I’ve gotten the chance to try new hobbies and find new interests. I got into listening to podcasts. I started to meditate again. I really enjoy interior design (lol but we already knew that.) I love trying out new household essentials. I’ve found myself choosing a night-in, reading over going out clubbing a few times. I’m starting to really enjoy cooking.

Along with that, I’ve been able to truly find my calling.

I traveled the past month and learned so much about what is important to me.

My time abroad solidified my need to constantly be on the move. My desire to always wander.

And so, I’ve realized that where I am now, isn’t where I am going to be forever and I am excited for a change.

I think I get so caught up sometimes about trying to find the perfect opportunity, but realistically, I have a whole life to explore my passions and talents.

I can’t wait to see where all of this takes me.

Cheers to a journey consisting of air-fryers, moments bumping into friends at the grocery store, and PTO.

Sincerely,

DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST: CALIFORNIA BEACH TOWN TRAVEL GUIDE

Ahhhh summer road trips! It’s finally my favorite time of the year to travel. The weather in California is beautiful right now, being the perfect time to explore.

I grew up a NorCal girl. All I knew was the Bay until moving down to San Diego for college. I’d like to say I am a SoCal transplant now. There are many things I can appreciate about both. NorCal has my heart but SoCal has given me an amazing experience. Both are unique in their own ways, and are known for very different things. However, Central California also offers a plethora of vacation spots.

My only experience with Central California is the long, gruesome drive down the I-5 between home and San Diego. However, one fateful trip down to Southern California, my family decided to take the scenic route. Back in 2017, we took a drive down Highway 1 (aka Pacific Coast Highway). The drive down was an extensive yet beautiful trip. I had the chance to fully experience the Pacific Ocean, with it being our guide down South. Every glance out of the car window was the view of the bright blue ocean. I loved it! I definitely felt at peace. I also had the chance to check out Bixby Bridge. Quite a sight to see! I have longed to come back ever since.

With the long 4th of July weekend, I wanted to take the time to unwind and go on a short trip! Eugene, Ernest, and I have been wanting to go on a trip in forever. We have been dying for an escape so we packed our bags and drove up the Central Coast.

The spots we visited:

Santa Barbara – UC Santa Barbara, Goleta Beach Park (great place for Sunset!)

San Simeon – Hearst Castle (of course!), San Simeon Pier, Coastal Discovery

Cambria – Drive down the coast and stop at a vista point to watch Elephant Seals

Morro Bay – Morro Rock

San Luis Obispo – try a farm-to-table brunch, Cal Poly SLO, Mission San Luis Obispo, Downtown SLO, Bubblegum Alley, Madonna Inn (Grab a piece of the Pink Champagne Cake)

Pismo Beach – Pismo Beach Pier (walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the nice view of the ocean)

Solvang – Ostrichland (The most unique thing we did during this whole trip!), Little Mermaid (it’s like the one in Copenhagen)

Here are a few photos from our travels:

Overall, this trip was one for the books. It opened my eyes to more of the beauty California has to offer. Next time we plan a trip around the Central Coast, we hope to drive further up to Big Sur as well as explore the various vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Whether you are coming from Northern California or Southern California, I recommend you all to take the trip! There are so many spots you can see no matter what direction you are coming from.

‘Til next time, Central Coast!

Sincerely,

THAT POST-GRAD THING

Hello everyone! We have made it. Since my last personal anecdote, a lot has changed. It’s been 4 months into post-grad! Surprisingly, I’m doing just fine. It’s all fine 🙂

With commencement over, my full-time job continuing on, and groups of my classmates starting to move away from San Diego, I decided this was the perfect time to sit down and reflect on the past couple of months.

Although I had graduated and finished taking my classes back in March, I can honestly say it finally feels real. Spring quarter of this school year gave me a plethora of experiences. Each week flew by so fast to the point that I am just now starting to process all the moments that have occurred. From experiencing my last Sun God Festival to taking graduation portraits with my closest friends, these past few months have honestly been a blur. Things happened in a blink of an eye. It’s wild to think about.

But then again, that’s college itself.

Bits and pieces of each school year play around in my head. Ultimately, it’s hard to remember and summarize every single college experience I’ve had. From the first time setting foot on campus to the last step down the ramp at commencement, college has allowed me to travel miles and miles to experience some of the best memories with some of the best people I can have during this time of my life.

As we get farther and farther away from commencement, I wanted to leave some thoughts here that have been in my head for while along with insight from mentors that have definitely shaped the way I view this new chapter.

  1. This is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.

Freshly graduated 22 year old trying to figure what the heck to do next. With this new found free time and the endless possibilities, you’re free to explore anything. This will be the youngest you’ll ever be in your career, so take advantage of it. Take a break and travel the world. Try out a new hobby that you’ve been putting off because of studying and homework. Apply to a wide variety of jobs to explore your different passions and see where your career can take you. Your early 20s are the best time to just live and explore a lil.

2. It’s okay to not have it all figured out.

Because honestly, who really does? I’ve been taking it day-by-day, trying to get into the swing of things. Since working full-time, I’m still trying to figure out how to balance everything and make things work. There’s so much freedom and time now, I can’t wait to figure out what to do with it. I want to be more smart with my money. I want to prioritize time to be more in tune with my well-being. I want to figure out how to grow my network and continue to cultivate the relationships I have. At the end of the day, I still don’t know what exactly I’m doing and how to achieve those goals for myself. And it’s okay. It’s a work in progress! We’ll get there soon!

3. Learning continues after college

You got a whole life of learning ahead of you. Like seriously?

I can finally read for pleasure (LOL!) I’ve been using my free time to watch YouTube videos on new random skills I want to learn like floral design and knitting. I’ve also been on the look out for local workshops and classes I can take to dive more into new topics I am interested in that were’t available to me at my university. Of course, travel has definitely been my favorite way to learn new things. I hope to continue to explore the globe and to learn more about what is around me (Let me save up first hehe).

4. Surround yourself with positive energy

Find those who will continue to inspire you! Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and will support you along the way. Positive energy is infectious, so keep the good in your life!

It’s refreshing catching up with friends, being able to hear their dreams in life. They inspire me to continue reaching for my own goals too! As for networking, take the time to meet new people who may share the same interests as you or are in the career field you would like to pursue. I will never regret the mxntors I was able to find through the networking events, Instagram DMs, and coffee dates I’ve participated in. Continue to grow your network with people who will uplift you in all aspects of your life.

5. Trust the process

Always. It’s going to take some time to finally understand what you want to do, where you want go, and who you want to be. Be patient. You’ll get to where you need to be. Trust your talents and abilities. You’ll achieve greatness.

There’s beauty in the unknown.

For the first time in a while, I don’t have a coherent plan for what’s next after San Diego… and that’s okay! I am excited to see what unfolds in the next couple of months. It’s going to be a quite an adventure.

For those who may also be in the same boat, hang in there. You have a whole life ahead of you. You’re doing great so far. 🙂

Sincerely,

Why PCN?

It’s spring which means its a hectic time of the year for many Pilipinx-American student organizations.

A long-standing tradition for many Pilipinx-American students is the “Pilipino Cultural Night” (or “PCN” for short). Whatever you call it, the Pilpino Cultural Night has been around since the 1980s. It is a tradition that continues today across the nation. It brings together the past, present, and future to create a production that highlights the beauty of our culture while shedding light on contemporary issues that affect us today.

The PCN is an expressive cultural form that allows Pilipinx-Americans to freely share their stories that are often times hidden.

Growing up, there was a lack of representation in the media I was consuming and had no exposure to Philippine history in school. What I knew about my culture was from the food my Lola made me at home and picking up some Tagalog and Ilocano growing up. There was a huge void. I didn’t know what it truly meant to be Pinay until coming to college. I didn’t know what it meant until my first PCN PCC.

Schools all over the country prepare for this kind of production every year. PCNs are grandiose, needing months and months of preparation to put on this show. Hundreds of students come together to make up these big casts and crews for these productions. It is a completely student-run show, bringing individuals from all different backgrounds. Whether a first-time choreographer or seasoned thespian, PCNs welcome all talents. Each year, it is refreshing to see each show come together. Each PCN is unique to each campus, with a hand-picked selection of modern and cultural dances nestled in between a thought-out narrative. These staged narratives highlight contemporary Pilipinx and Pilipinx-American issues that affect us today. From highlighting the immigrant narrative that relates to many families to shedding light on issues that are often times seen as taboo, PCNs are platforms for us to be unapologetic and share our true stories.

I’ve been a part of my university’s Pilipino Cultural Night – or in this case, Pilipin@ Cultural Celebration – all four years of college. The PCC space is a special one to me.

It changes every year.

The cast and crew. The story. The songs. The dances. Nearly, everything.

However, although most things change every year, one thing remains:

the sense of community you feel.

It’s amazing to see something grow from the ground up. Translating a script to real life. Hearing lyrics and arrangements come together to create a beautiful piece of music. Seeing movements passed down from generations and generations of people to present our kultura. It’s simply amazing.

And to have it be a completely student-run production blows my mind. It makes me so proud to be a part of it all.

And so, “Why PCN?” “Why PCC?”

I do PCC for many reasons. PCC has allowed me to discover and explore a part of my identity that I haven’t known for so long. It has given me the chance to experience my culture through such a powerful artistic and political platform. This production speaks volumes on a college campus, shedding light on issues that I truly care about. Lastly, PCC has allowed me to truly experience community. We struggle together, we rise together.

“PCN” is a beautiful process and I invite you all to take part in it.

With that being said, I invite you all to experience PCC.

UC San Diego Kaibigang Pilipin@ presents



Sincerely,


Immerse in a New World at LMNL

You know me… I’m always on the look out for a new interactive museum.

I’ve always loved going to museums. With the new trend of interactive, “Instagrammable” pop-ups, museums have definitely become more accessible and visitor-friendly. Museum-goers now have the chance to actually physically immerse themselves in the art. When going to these museums, the experience of being engulfed and expected to participate makes the art more enjoyable. Of course, I’m no professional Art critic, but these museums have definitely made my museum visits more memorable. That’s the beauty of going digital.

Art meets Tech, creating beautiful creations.

During my recent trip to San Francisco, I had the chance to visit Onedome, an interactive arts & entertainment space. Onedome currently houses two exhibits – The Unreal Garden & LMNL. Thanks to the student discount, I was able to check out both!

The Unreal Garden combines art and virtual reality. Onedome calls this experience, “mixed reality” for there is a physical space present that is decked out in 3D art that is only accessed through a virtual reality headset. Visitors enter a room with a VR headset and from then on are able to activate 3D art pieces with a simple touch or swipe. It’s honestly such an unique experience and I can’t really put what I saw into words.

The more popular exhibit among the two was definitely LMNL. The LMNL is a Labyrinth of Immersive Art that showcases 14 interactive installations that brings together mixed media platforms that include both video and sound. Visitors are able to play with their surroundings, having the power to control their experiences with media and technology.

LMNL definitely provided a plethora of photo-ops. Whether under the beaming, pretty lights or in front of their bold, colorful backdrops, Onedome for sure gave Insta-worthy pictures. I had a fun time and recommend you all to check it out!

Overall, it’s amazing to see how technology has impacted contemporary art.

Sincerely,