Sunday, December 26, 2010

A funny Road trip story 11/2010

These two random guys thought it would be cool to get out of their car and take a walk while they waited for traffic to move.  Turned out, traffic  moved a little faster than they had expected.   As I passed them by in my fast moving car, they both frantically got their cell phones out to get in contact with their other friend driving the car (everyone's headlights illuminated their worrisome faces).... they started jogging... lol.

On my 11 hr. stuck in traffic road trip from SD to SF I memorized license plate numbers..... I just remembered why I don't normally celebrate the holidays.

Aug. 2010 at Del Mar Fair, San Diego, I get my face bashed in.

I was summoned for a challenge by the one and only Allan--master of evoking the wild/daring side out of any and everyone.  Challenge: find the exit first out of a fun house made out of a maze of mirrors... challenger: Daniel. Being competitive by nature, I ran across the sign that said CAUTIOUS NO RUNNING! What happened next? Yes, you guessed it: I ran into a mirror running at a gazillion miles per hour.  I fell to the floor, blacked out, and got up in a millisecond with a dazed look on my face.  I was a deer in the headlight with blood dripping profusely everywhere... and it felt amazing. hahahah.  The first thing I remembered after the incident was the kid I pushed out of my way at the entrance prior and thought "Man, Karma rears it's head at the weirdest times."  hahahahh  I still won and that's all the matters. MUah hahah haaaaa.  Thanks Allan.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Brain Tuning (2006)

tracking button
press it
receive a so called “clear” picture
made to fit your denial scheme
dream dream dream
tick tock ticks
blame time
and let it take the fall
let gravity pull it towards the center of your brain
dirve you insane
drive you in circles forever
on a hydroplane
unless the water drains
where do you stop
exactly where?
without a care?
kill the follicle that fuels the life
and scrutinize the darkeness in the strife
1% objective
200% subjective
green is green
the light is either on or off
billboard conditioning the mind as conditioner to the hair
minds are shapen and things are not what as they appear
manipulated authenticity without a care
strip you of your costume
see you bare
see nothing
past your first, second, third layer
distorted, lost
dial tone-

The essence of Life

impossible to store everything in such a small cubbyhole
but with the help of my soul
I’ll construct and expand to what my mind and heart demands
the things i prize and cherish… with the help of this blog, they shall not perish
atoms that compose me are the sum of my experiences
without experiences, no life
non-existant status as a wife, no happiness and strife
no raw fish, no food comas, no wish, no kisses, hugs, and tugs, and snuggle wuggles
i’ll start here, i’ll start now
i’ll get on  life’s buses as they come
and later compile my experiences in an album
listen up blog
thanks for not being such a hog
thanks for letting me sleep over
i can’t wait till we play rover
soul, you’re safe here
live life, live on
no one can touch you ever from dusk till dawn

Book Took a Hook Poem (2007)

Book took a hook….
Grabbed my brain… silly
.. ..
Tossed in a blender
full of thoughts
Got caught in distraught
Hit truth in a sales
Perverse to immerse
.. ..
Ah book you crook
You Took one look
.. ..
One look too much
Too much too touch
Too deep, too steep
Watched me sleep and
Through endless
Oh book I am not
Not what you bought
Wrong person
Your message worsen
.. ..
Unhook what you took
Book you crook
Go back to your
lonely nook
.. ..

Construction Girl

One of the Funnest Jobs ever!  All of the amigos brought their own stoves everyday and always offered me fresh Mexican food straight from their Senioritas at home.  In times of struggle, they came to my rescue--I was surrounded by superheroes.  I also felt like a queen considering the fact that I was the only girl among electricians, plumbers, cement layers, the whole nine yards.  Heck, I was granted my own porter potty.  Life couldn’t get any better than this.

At the time, I was working for RND Framing where my position was of course, framing.  The first week on the job was a test where I had to do remedial work around the site–sweeping in the hot blazing sun and putting tools back where they belonged.  Of course in knowing that these tasks were only to see if I could hack the heat, I set out to accomplish all of them, no questions asked (extra motivated to not make a bad impression for myself and women in general).  I was quick to win the trust of my former boss Basilio Viorato and we immediately became family.  He definitely made it for top 3 bosses of all time.   The unit in the above picture is only one among 8 others that me and the team worked on for about 6 months.

Framing Language

Enrique, One of My Favorites

meet the electricians

How in the world did I end up here?  Let’s say I’ve been assisting my dad with carpentry projects since I was a kid.  It was time to upgrade from tool time in my garage.  Can you believe that I had my own tools hahaha!

Suz and Kat's adventures in L.A. (1/26/2010)

Cuban food that Suz couldn't stop talking about.  I understood why after the heavenly goodness touched my tongue.

Suz (left) and I (right) Before the club

during the club

Korean Spicy Tofu Stew

After the Club hahaha.

mannequin orgy hahaha. best part of the tour

there was a traffic light at a freeway entrance and i stopped at a point where couldn't see what color it . at that point, i just took off . -suz fav.
to live n die in L.A.

Eulogy for Jason Joiner, one of my best. 1/18-3/28/2010 R.I.P.

The most essential part of life is of the essence
and it's extracted by your presence
your vibe, your smile, and the way you link words and ideas together
you've introduced me to an unknown kind of weather
a weather where worry, stress, and evil doesn't exist
where you can take a piss in the alley in bliss
where laughs turn into an elixir for the soul
and where you feel nothing but whole
you'll always be my number one wing man when it comes to putting on a show to entertain
as i continue our little game,
your spirit shall forever remain
within my thoughts, my words, my heart, my smile
I'll concoct stories that ears will perceive as worthwhile
I'll make you proud
I'll continue to seize every minute of every hour of everyday as we have in the past
compare and contrast
even after many hours have passed
make stories up about random specimens on the streets
eat pizza bread treats
drink V8 splashers
laugh then repeat
adventures of Kat and Jay
union city, San Diego, Stocken... The whole San Francisco Bay
to be continued... this is not the end
I'll fuel this eternal flame forever for you my dear friend
I love this guy.

My Blue Staffie Gunther rockin black Frames

Stay tuned for more photo shoots and silly videos of Gunther =)

Melissa, my not so little cousin's 21st Birthday

November 10, 2010
Meet Melissa...
...and her heaven sent BROWNIES!!!!
vatos of Nasty City...  oh wow, I've been replaced.
During Melissa's elementary days her mom took her next door to my house every morning before school and we always watched Pokemon without fail.

I can't believe I used to bathe this little rascal and rinse her butt whenever she went potty lol.

Whenever she called me "Katherine" instead of the desired "Ate Katherine" (filipino way of addressing elders lol), I'd immediately say, "What did you call me?" hahahahah. This lesson was ingrained within her and til this day she still calls me "Ate Katherine..." even though she's the same size as I am and not to mention, an adult.

She seldom complains about anything and when she does, her complaints sound like jokes.  She knows how to carry a conversation and most importantly, she's always smiling.  I love her. Pokemon buddies for life.
Lumpias are inherent of a Filipino party. They are like Siamese twins joined at the hip. MmmMMmm
Auntie Nene, both cook and mom, may seem like a strict person at first glance, but she's completely the opposite.  As a kid with a fresh license, she trusted me enough to lend me her car so that I could make it to a punk rock concert (saves the day ahhh! lol).  Now that's love.  I'm even surprised that I'm still alive hahaha.  Don't worry Melissa, she'll let you come here to SF. Plan persuasion shall be put into action immediately. hahahah
Auntie Nene and Auntie Susan <3<3<3
Melissa and Brian, My lover boy posing as a heart.  Four words: MAAD (Mother's Against Asian Dramas).
Nilaga. Slow cooked beef shanks and ribs with potatoes, cabbage, and peppercorns.  A traditional hearty Filipino Dish.

My experience with Jumpstart AmeriCorps: making a difference while gaining knowledge and help in paying off student loans

Length of service: August 2009 – May 2010
Joined through: San Francisco State University (you can also join through City College San Francisco).  Here is a full list of university partners.
Jumpstart for a Day event pictures
At the beginning of my senior year at San Francisco State University, I started thinking about how prepared I really was to make it out in the real world.  With little to no hands on experience, I came to conclusion that I wasn't prepared at all.  I sought opportunities related to working with children and ran into Jumpstart at school.  Little did I know, it would turn out to be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my life.  The task was challenging, but a good kind of challenging--the challenging that helps broaden your perspective, develop critical thinking skill, equips you with more tools for life, and makes you into an overall better person.  The kids are eager beavers with soul and my days with them will never be forgotten.  Days were filled with songs, laughter, food, the most random cute questions in the world, and most importantly, love.
Jumpstart is a program affiliated with AmeriCorps that recruits and trains thousands of college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, helping them to develop the language, literacy, and social skills they need to succeed in school and in life.  Click here to visit their official website.
*Reflect on your Jumpstart experience this year. What have you gained by working with Jumpstart. What would you change, if anything, about your year as an AmeriCorps member? How was your experience working with a low-income community?
I’ve gained so many intangible skills, fond memories, and long-lasting relationships throughout my service with Jumpstart (to name only a few of the endless benefits -education award of $1300 &  living allowance).  There’s no better way to learn than by hands on experience and Jumpstart gave me just that.  Jumpstart has presented me with the opportunity to fully immerse myself in a challenging environment that in turn, has helped me grow.  I’ve also learned that children living in poverty stricken areas aren’t destined for doom.  They have opportunities to excel in life just like others in more financially stable areas, but they have to have good dispositions toward school.  These dispositions are influenced by the adults around them and that’s where AmeriCorps fits in.
The eagerness of the teachers, parents, and staff at Southeast Head Start to break stereotypes and go against all odds gave me strength was encouraging and to be working amongst such people made me feel like I was part of an important movement.  I feel more well rounded having obtained teaching experience in a low-income community with a diverse crowd.  There are many negative stereotypes on low-income neighborhoods and it seems as though many people have written them off without first giving them a chance.  After my experience with Jumpstart I learned that with a little inspiration and encouragement, you can take off with your dreams despite all odds are stacked against you.
Community Service Statement
Throughout life, I've encountered people that have inspired and motivated me through tough times where I've felt helpless and alone.  As a kid, I was unaware of how much they've done for me, but as I grew older, I realized how much time and effort they've contributed to my well being.  In honor of these people, I've set out to give back to others what they've given me--hope, encouragement, respect, a voice, joy, and a drive to try my very best.  Such characteristics, I believe, are ones that contribute to the good of all humanity.  A little inspiration has gone such a long way and I can't imagine where its influence will end.  With Jumpstart AmeriCorps, I set out to inspire as many people and children as I can in hopes that someday they too will be able to prevail in all their endeavors.
Community service not only satisfies my hunger to help those in need.  It also opens my eyes to important issues in the world that often go unnoticed, such as poverty and the inequalities that follow.  With more knowledge, comes more power; and with more power, I can make more of a difference.

*How can you use your experience in Jumpstart and AmeriCorps to continue to grow as a leader and make an impact on your community? How does this experience tie into your future goals?
Everything I learned in Jumpstart, I’ve instilled within my psyche.  The skills I’ve obtained are invaluable and will essentially aid in my goals to becoming the best teacher I can be.  I think the biggest influence I can have on my community and on the world in general, is to instill positivity within children and give them the tools they need in accomplishing their future aspirations.  Not only was I taught specific techniques in dealing with children, I was also taught how to be observant and to look at situations through more than one perspective.
*How did you support the language and literacy development of your focus children?  How did you support a group with children whose needs were so different?
I made an effort to come up with activities pertaining to the subject matter to keep children engaged.  They’re more likely to learn and hit curriculum objectives when their interest is at peak levels.  I implemented techniques obtained from jumpstart training such as asking open-ended questions, providing developmentally appropriate practices, and stimulating as many senses at one time to help kids internalize lessons to help develop language and literacy skills of my focus children.  I made a strong effort to be a good observer every session so that I can assess their skill levels and with this information was I able to custom tailor plans according to their special needs.  As long as all of the children are given activities they can handle, they stayed engaged.  This is how I supported a group with children with varying learning styles and needs.
Sessions: (there are many session times available to fit into your schedule)
My sessions were every Wednesday and Friday from 8:40-11:30AM
A Typical day at the preschool:
1.    Welcome (3-5 minutes)
PURPOSE:  Children learn to transition to Jumpstart from their previous activity. Children understand the elements of the Jumpstart session and what comes next.
2.    Reading (approximately 15 minutes)
PURPOSE: Children develop an interest in and enjoyment of stories, develop an initial understanding of selected vocabulary, develop oral language skills and develop comprehension of the story and related content knowledge.
3.    Circle Time (approximately 15 minutes)
PURPOSE: Children begin to notice that some words begin with the same sound, building phonemic awareness.  They will also concentrate on activities that aim at building alphabet awareness.
4.    Center Time (approximately 50 minutes)
Purpose: Children build language and literacy skills while engaging in specialized centers    including: writing, books, puzzles and manipulatives, dramatic play, and art.
5.    Sharing and Goodbye (3-5 minutes)
PURPOSE: Children learn to recall and talk about favorite activities through conversation.
Children begin to look ahead and think about upcoming session activities.
My resume with Jumpstart:
    Helped build language and literacy skills (ages 3-5)
    Crafted developmentally appropriate lesson plans tailored to each child’s specific needs in order to better facilitate learning
    Modeled and supported problem solving and adult-child interactions
    Built meaningful relationships with children, actively participated, and encouraged participation
    Modeled and coached high quality Corps Member/child interactions
    Planned and organized a range of individual/group activities, including role play, movement, dance, singing, games, arts and crafts and nature activities
    Built meaningful relationships with parents to better address their child’s needs and informed them on their child’s progress
    Took initiative in a team of five to create activities to better engage children and aid them in achieving curriculum goals
    Ensuring that the health and safety of children and staff is maintained at all times, both inside and outside the classroom environment
    Constructed 2 portfolios documenting development of focus children (available upon request)
    Earned a Reader of the Year award for demonstrating best practices in reading to children
450 hours of service with Jumpstart
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me!