The Bay Area meets June with the flaming hot SUN!
Yes, folks. Summer has arrived early here in the SF Bay area.1 Hit it, boys of MADKID! 🎶☀⛱
Okay, proceeding. Hope you enjoyed the summery song! ☀😎
I kept telling myself to blog more often, especially here, but I feel like I would be blogging about the same stuff over and over again, just like in the previous posts. Well, maybe anyway.
In some ways, I’ve spent my entire month doing half-and-half: half-#100DaysOfCode, a bit of #100DaysOfJapanese, and the rest MADKID fan social media campaigning for the music video above. Other than that, there’s also real life. I’ve been somewhat hiding from the rest of the world doing the mentioned three, not because I didn’t care what was happening in the real world. Lots of shiznit have been happening around the world, all kinds of shiznit. There’s so many of them that it’s becoming a norm in this era of the 21st Century.
That being said, moving forward. ☺
A little “fiction” story…
Imagine yourself being best friends with your little brother, from the diaper days until your adult days. You’ve never really kept secrets to each other and you always had each other’s backs, no matter what. Of course, you’ve always had some bickering back and forth, but that’s normal with any sibling. Still, even if the both of you had eventual younger siblings, the both of you still remain BFFs because of the closer age gap and other relatable reasons.
As the years pass by, you branch out from each other eventually and make new friends, starting in school. Middle school came, high school came, college/university came, and of course, the people you work with at your (array of) job(s). One of these days, one of you would end up meeting someone special who may potentially become the love of your life. In this situation, your brother was first and you’re still single. As a proud older sibling, you give your congratulations and support for him for finally deciding to settle down, start a new family, and carry on the family name. You as a (would-be) web developer was specially requested by your brother to build their wedding website and get commissioned for it. You wanted this wedding site to be the best you could ever build, after all, it’s your brother. Right?
Everything seems hunky dory until a bomb suddenly explored right in front of your face, as well as the face of your parents, when some stranger started to bombard you, and worse of all, your mother, with several messages on Facebook Messenger2 smearing about your brother’s bride-to-be. And then your parents start to question the integrity and the background of your future sister-in-law. In fact, you learn that your brother hasn’t exactly told everything, or “properly” introduced the bride to the family, even if he actually did properly introduce her to the family.3 Everything about her is a mystery, and whatever the smearing came from this stranger that bombarded and flooded your Messenger with all the crap you shouldn’t be seeing. Everything suddenly fell apart and the wedding was canceled, if not postponed.
Ever since then, things have changed, not only with the relationship between your brother and the parents, but also your relationship with him. You didn’t have much opinion about what has happened because, after all, it’s not your place to intervene with an adult man’s life, brother or not. You always felt like you knew him more than anyone else including the parents, however at this point, you suddenly feel slightly drifting apart from him. You begin to wonder what was going on and what was going through his mind right now. You knew that it must have hurt him that something like that can ruin his eventual special day. Your parents were also adamant in advising your brother to never associate with that woman ever again.
But, if you think about it, it’s love, you know?
Midway through the year, you learn somewhat the hard way from the parents that he and she eventually got back together. You already had your gut feelings about this when you noticed that your brother hasn’t exactly been coming home from work and end up staying somewhere else and that you only see him once a week (Sundays). And then you don’t get to see him again until the next Sunday. Sometimes you don’t see him at all until in two weeks. You thought that he was just living his life like the way you live your life: work, social life, the usual stuff. You begin to wonder about him and even though you feel that you have the right to contact him, you decided to back off.
Fast forward till this time, where you were just busy doing your own usual business of coding (for work or side projects) and social media campaigning for your favorite boy group when you had to go downstairs and grab a drink and caught a bit of your brother and your parents arguing. On top of that, you hear your mom in tears also. They all fell quiet once they saw you heading to the kitchen. The silence eventually gave you the signal that they don’t want you to hear what was going on with them. You then hurry upstairs and lock yourself in your room and do what you normally do and let them proceed with what they were arguing or discussing about. Even though you didn’t want to get involved with the drama, you start to have a feeling that they were arguing about the same woman whom he got back together.
Again, it’s love.
A few days later, just as you wake up in the morning and then enjoy your day off from work, your mom approaches you and asks you if your brother has ever talked to you about anything “personal.” He didn’t, you answered her. She then tells you the story that your brother and that woman have married civilly without a single word to anyone. Not even you, not even your parents, not even your younger siblings, probably not even his own friends too. No one.
Your mom wanted your opinion, with a tone that tells you that she was expecting you to feel the same (angry, shocked), however, in a way, you feel numb at all this. You begin to wonder yourself why you could not give a reaction to your mother, even though she said that she wanted to let you know anyway. After she left, you start to ponder yourself why you didn’t feel a thing. Was it because you just had so much respect for your forever best friend knowing he’s old enough to make his decisions? Or was it because you knew that this was going to happen eventually, it was written all over his face all this time, except you ignore it and get distracted with your own life?
Since that day, you haven’t seen or heard from your brother. It was just a week, maybe he just needed to have some time off from the family. You feel that eventually he’ll stop by for a visit and maybe find some kind of closure between him and the parents. But at the same time, you also feel that you may end up losing contact with him and who knows when you’ll hear from him ever again, whether you do what you can to reach him or not.
So, place yourself in that situation and imagine that the “you” in this story is you. What would you do about this situation? How would you feel about this situation? Help the narrator/writer of this “fiction” story if you want to. Much appreciated.
May was Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
Regardless of my dad’s past condition with his cancer, he was still involved with the committee holding the monthly weekend cultural festival to commemorate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. I used to attend these festivals from before, but because of my very ugly schedule in which I have to work on Saturdays, I have been missing this special occasion.
For those who know me a bit know how much Asian pride that I have in me. The decades-long debate of “Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islander?” is still ongoing on discussions with advocate associations and even colleges and universities here and there. Frankly, even till today, my answer will still be the same.4
Whenever this month comes up, I do what I can to show my pride and happiness of being Asian by sharing the values I’ve learned from my family growing up in the Philippines and eventually moving here as a child. I still speak the native language and also proud and happy that I also know another Asian language (Japanese) on the side too. I get along with many other different Asian dishes that suit my palate. Also in the process, I get to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions that many Asian and Pacific Islander nations have made to the American society. I’m not even going to comment on the current government because it has been sinking lower than the pits lately. But rather, I celebrated our contributions in history including today.
Among one of them, BTS winning another Billboard Music Award a few weeks ago. And also, the release of their newest album Love Yourself: Tear. I was never much of a K-Pop fan but the album has good songs with complex but straightforward messages within their lyrics.5 Sure, BTS may not be American-born Asians, but they’re still Asians who broke the language barrier within the American music industry without even have to make any English language versions of their songs.
And then, there are the very talented boys of MADKID. Sure, they’re still fresh and new, but they’re making their way to the top in small, simple steps. Their release of their second major single Summer Time (music video above) will be coming out on CDs (in Japan) and digital audio via iTunes, Spotify, and other digital media outlets this July 4th. As part of the social media campaigning at the last few weeks of May, we gave the music video its goal of 50K likes before the 30th of May midnight (Japan time), and then we see yet another new music video of the single’s B-side uploaded on YouTube.6
… lastly, congratulations to the graduating class of 2018!
… especially those graduating from high school and college/university.
Speaking of MADKID’s B-side music video recently uploaded on YouTube last Thursday, here it is! Forever young‘s message is a reminder to all the youth and young adults out there that opportunities await for them in the real world. And when you do grasp those opportunities, you’ll definitely be forever young throughout your life, regardless of the age you may be.
In short, don’t ever lock yourself up and stay in your comfort zone. Don’t be recluse slackers! You may be alive right now but you’re not actually living if you do decide to lock yourself up. Get out there, explore the opportunities you may find, get into the interests you always wanted to get into, harness it, and make it yours. I think the lyrics of this song makes perfect sense and it also makes it a perfect song to dedicate to all the high school grads and college/university grads out there.
Hope you enjoy! 😊💪
On the sidenote...
- way too early… [↩]
- luckily my Facebook is on private and didn’t get exactly interrupted by the “dings” I’m hearing from it… [↩]
- not sure if you know what I mean with this one… [↩]
- If Filipinos are considered Pacific Islanders, wouldn’t that also mean that the Indonesians, Malaysians, Taiwanese, and the Japanese be considered Pacific Islanders too? They’re all island nations and they all lie in the Pacific Ocean, surrounding the Philippines as well. In addition to that, our values and beliefs heavily aligned with the majority of the East and Southeast Asian values and beliefs more than those of the Pacific islands. Sometimes I don’t understand why some Filipinos don’t want to associate themselves being “Asian.” I’m happy being considered an Asian, thank you. [↩]
- checked the translations of the lyrics, of course [↩]
- In Japan, they call this track a “coupling”… [↩]