March 2020 Playlist

Mar 31, 2020

Hold On // Colby O'Donis
the other girl // Kelsea Ballerini x Halsey
not ur friend / Jeremy Zucker
Boyfriend (remix) // Mabel x Tiesto
Mistakes // Jonas Blue x Paloma Faith
New Me // Ella Duke
I Love You's // Hailee Steinfeld
I Can't Stop Me // Sabrina Carpenter x Saweetie
i don't think i love you anymore // Alaina Castillo
Healing // Arlissa
Knew You // Kailee Morgue
Good Together // Shallou x Ashe
changes // ili
Get Loose // SR. Gent x Constantine
Ride Or Die // Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo
No Way! // Bazzi
New Me // Ellee Duke
Over It // Anna Mola
A Thousand Cuts // Ruby Ibarra x Ann One
Roxanne (rock version) // Fame On Fire







♥ What did you listen
to this month? ♥

{Watch, Read, & Listen} Crip Camp, Thorn, & The Other Girl

Mar 30, 2020




♥ watch, read & listen is a weekly feature where I share and recommend
my current movie, book, music and podcast obsessions every monday. ♥



Watch: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution on Netflix


In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp "for the handicapped" in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers who felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California - a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community - where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions. Co-directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country's largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, Howard Gertler and Ray Lifchez, Jonathan Logan and Patty Quillin, LeBrecht, and Newnham. Starring: Larry Allison, Dennis Billups, Judith Heumann.





Read: Thorn by Intisar Khanani


A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own.

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.


Listen: the other girl -- Kelsey Ballerini x Halsey



{Watch, Read, & Listen} Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, Super Adjacent, & Asian Enough Podcast

Mar 23, 2020



♥ watch, read & listen is a weekly feature where I share and recommend
my current movie, book, music and podcast obsessions every monday. ♥


Watch: Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (2020)



An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story.

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo








Read: Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari


Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting "What to Say to a Hero" speeches in her diary. Now that she's landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.

Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she's sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who's clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.

In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it's like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

Queer superheroes? Yes, please!

Listen: Asian Enough Podcast



{Watch, Read, & Listen} Devs, A Phoenix First Must Burn, & Colby O'Donis

Mar 16, 2020



♥ watch, read & listen is a weekly feature where I share and recommend
my current movie, book, music and podcast obsessions every monday. ♥


Watch: Devs on Hulu



In Devs, an FX limited series, a young software engineer, Lily Chan, investigates the secret development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in Silicon Valley, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend. Devs stars Sonoya Mizuno as “Lily Chan;” Nick Offerman as “Forest,” the CEO of Amaya; Jin Ha as “Jamie,” Lily’s former boyfriend; Karl Glusman as “Sergei,” Lily’s boyfriend; Zach Grenier as “Kenton,” Amaya’s Head of Security; Stephen McKinley Henderson as “Stewart,” one of the top minds working in Amaya’s secret development division; Cailee Spaeny as the young, brilliant “Lyndon;” and Alison Pill as “Katie,” the gifted quantum physicist and second in command at Amaya. [Summary from Hulu]

Starring: Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier and Stephen McKinley Henderson

**CW/TW: mention of suicide**




Read: A Phoenix First Must Burn, edited by Patrice Caldwell



Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking BeyoncΓ©’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Publication Date: March 10, 2020

Listen: Hold On -- Colby O'Donis



{Watch, Read, & Listen} Juju, Wicked As You Wish, & New Me

Mar 9, 2020



♥ watch, read & listen is a weekly feature where I share and recommend
my current movie, book, music and podcast obsessions every monday. ♥


Watch: Juju: The Web Series (2019) 


Described as “Charmed meets Insecure,” Juju tells the tale of three friends’ magical awakening in New York City on the youngest’s 27th birthday. As they struggle to harness their newfound powers and break a generational curse extending all the way back to Salem, their biggest adversary yet looms on the horizon: every day adulting. [Summary from Black Nerd Problems]

Created by Jhe "Moon" Ferguson. Starring Janel Koloski, Dierdra McDowell, Daniella Borgella

Pitched as Charmed meets Insecure, Juju: The Web Series is a mini web series that focuses around three best friends wherein they discover they are witches - namely descendants of Yoruba witches, created by a Black woman, Jhe "Moon" Ferguson. Literal black girl magic.

Black witches, no black pain, no slavery, no lynching or white saviors. This is the show that we need and it's done the way it should be. Watch season 1 and then pitch in the kickstarter for a season 2.



Read: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco


Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona. Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic. Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.

Listen: New Me -- Ellee Duke



#TakeActionTuesday It's Super Tuesday!

Mar 3, 2020



#takeactiontuesday is a weekly action tag that careaction.org started on twitter
to dedicate tuesdays to take action on issues that is important to you.
i took part on twitter and brought it onto the blog.


In the US, today is a special Tuesday called Super Tuesday (as you may have seen on Twitter). Basically, it is voting day for the primary elections in many states. So if you haven't already, today is the last day to get your votes in! This #TakeActionTuesday post will be especially political (for obvious reasons) than usual, so... let's get to it.


☾ One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and from spreading viruses is to properly wash your hands, as demonstrated in this video by WebMD.

☾ Demand congress to pass a clean bill funding the coronavirus response, with this call script from 5 Calls: 5calls.org/issue/coronavirus-covid-19-emergency-cdc

☾ Donate to Global Giving's coronavirus relief fund: globalgiving.org

☾ Giving Tuesday every day. Check out GivingTuesday's do good calendar for March for inspiration in ways to give back: www.givingtuesday.org

☾ End child marriages, gender-based violence, patriarchal laws for girls worldwide with Save The Children: child-rights-now.org

☾ End workplace sexual harassment with Futures Without Violence by shifting your workplace's culture toward accountability, safety and equality at checkyourworkplace.com

☾ Primaries are just the beginning. There's still work to do until the presidential election this coming November, so volunteer in your community (or in the comfort of your own home) for a candidate. If you're inclined for a volunteer opportunity, here's how you can volunteer to get out the votes for Elizabeth Warren: events.elizabethwarren.com

☾ Need help deciphering all the props, measures or getting to know the candidates that are on your ballots? Here are two non-partisan resources to help you out:


☾ Contact your congressmembers to pass H.R. 4092 The Safe from the Start Act, which works to help protect women and girls from gender-based violence at the onset of humanitarian crises: care.org

☾ Take back the Senate with Indivisible Guide's project to replace 10 Senators in key states: paybackproject.org

☾ Call your Senators to pass HR 35 the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, a legislation that would make lynching a hate crime, with this call script from 5 Calls: 5calls.org/issue/emmett-till-lynching-hate-crime

☾ A step-by-step guide to DACA renewal: informedimmigrant.com/guides/daca-renewals-2020

☾ If you have the resources/access, please consider donating to the Irenes Family fundraiser to help bring a mother of two back home who was unlawfully taken from their home by ICE. Her kids are Deaf and she is the only member of the family who can communicate and advocate for them. Donate here: gofundme.com

☾ If you want to get involved in political activism, find a local Indivisible group near you: indivisible.org/groups

☾ All things voting, voting rights, voting FAQs, registrations, volunteer opportunities can be found on rockthevote.org/voting-information

☾ If you're able to, please donate to Evelyn's funeral fund for her little brother who took his own life: gofundme.com




Resources, call scripts + action guides provided by:
5calls.org
ballotready.org
ballotpedia.org
paybackproject.org
indivisible.org
rockthevote.org
events.elizabethwarren.com
checkyourworkplace.com
globalgiving.org
givingtuesday.org
child-rights-now.org
informedimmigrant.com
gofundme.com



♥ How are you taking action around
your community/country this week? ♥

{Watch, Read, & Listen} Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, Unspeakable, & Asian Boss Girl

Mar 2, 2020



♥ watch, read & listen is a weekly feature where I share and recommend
my current movie, book, music and podcast obsessions every monday. ♥


Watch: The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez on Netflix


Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger investigates the tragic death of an 8-year-old California boy who endured horrific abuse by his mother and her boyfriend, along with the fractured and complex systems that failed to protect him.

In 2013, 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez died as a result of horrific and prolonged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. In the wake of the tragedy, a demand for justice and accountability exploded in Los Angeles County. This six-part documentary series from award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger (Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press) offers an inside look at the trial as well as an eye-opening investigation into the government systems that failed to protect Gabriel, despite multiple reports and warning signs. Along with shedding light on an important story, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez serves as a wake-up call to reexamine the structures designed to protect children in need.

TW/CW: child abuse; trauma; death of a child

This docuseries is NOT for the faint of heart. Please head the trigger warnings before watching.

Read: Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology, edited by Celine Frohn


Unspeakable contains eighteen Gothic tales with uncanny twists and characters that creep under your skin. Its stories feature sapphic ghosts, terrifying creatures of the sea, and haunted houses concealing their own secrets. Whether you're looking for your non-binary knight in shining armour or a poly family to murder with, Unspeakable showcases the best contemporary Gothic queer short fiction. Even dark tales deserve their time in the sun.

Publication date: February 28, 2020


Listen: Asian Boss Girl podcast



February 2020

Mar 1, 2020

Highlights


☾ My grandma came back home from Philippines!

☾ The blessing of having a rare 5 days off of work in a row (that I requested lol). Although it'll hurt my paycheck come next pay period, I needed it to rest and spend time with the family now that my grandma is home.

☾ Amazing publishers reached out with some awesome diverse and #ownvoices e-galleys that I've been excited for and some I haven't heard before but sounds incredible.

☾ Mail-in ballots for the primary elections came in this month!

☾ Payday landing on Valentine's Day. Makes coming in to work that day worth it.

☾ Did a little early spring cleaning and decluttering, and sold some things I had but never used/wore. Might as well pass it along to someone who'll use them and make a little commission off of it.

☾ Scheduled tax appointment. Okay, it's not exactly exciting but it was a feat to finally get in touch with my tax person to finally set up an appointment and not stress about it anymore.

☾ Finding new bar shampoo + conditioner that comes in recyclable packaging to try.

☾ A coworker whom we call "Tia" fed us a whole feast at work on a Sunday shift with nachos, homemade cheese and salsa. Plus, Mexican cookies for a sweet treat.

☾ Volunteering with local orgs/movements to textbank, mail postcards and canvass for Elizabeth Warren, and seeing old mentors from poli-sci courses we took and from volunteering with ACLU of NorCal in 2018. It was so good to see them and volunteer with them again.

☾ My debit card was declined while I was buying some cold medicines and soap for my parents after work one night, and I was $5 short in cash then a kind man behind me covered the difference for me in a random act of kindness. So grateful that there are still some kind humans out there.



Lowlights



  • Missing out on the Love N Queen Mary author signing event in Long Beach, CA this month. I will have to make their next event Love N Vegas in Vegas this coming October. Someone hold me up to this!
  • Pre-booking/planning flights and accommodation for YALLwest next month is looking expensive and stressing me out. I don't want to book anything yet until after I do my taxes and know that I can afford the trip after paying taxes. Fingers crossed it pans well.
  • Someone in New York had charged my debit card somehow, so I had to file a fraud claim and my bank blocked my card for a week until they issued me a new debit card. Not having $ to get gas for work or a few essential items until I got my card was HARD. It was definitely an exercise to go for so long without funds. I couldn't even get cash from the ATM because my card no longer worked. Lesson/pro tip: always keep some cash handy in case of these situations or emergencies.
  • Family got sick and I managed to avoid contracting the cold for a week until I finally caught it. Luckily with the help of zicam, emergen-c, electrolyte water, ginger + turmeric soup and honey tea, it only lasted for two days.
  • Even though my grandma came back from Philippines, we've only had her back for a week before my auntie stole her away from us for two weeks. The little siblings were especially bummed about this.


Book Haul


   
    


The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell [eARC from Netgalley]
Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry [eARC from Netgalley]
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles [eARC from Netgalley]
Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay [eARC from Netgalley]
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke [eARC from Netgalley]
The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall [eARC from Netgalley]
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jiminez [listened to on cloudLibrary]  
East Flows the River by Michelle Kan [bought on Kobo]


   

     
 


The Deep by Rivers Solomon [bought on Kobo]
Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal [eARC from Netgalley]
Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud [listened to on cloudLibrary]
My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis [bought on Kobo]
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong [bought at Half Price Books]
Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again by Dan Pfeiffer [bought at Half Price Books]
A Time for Dragons: An Anthology of Philippine Draconic Fiction by Vincent Michael Simbulan, Andrew Dilon [gift from grandma from Philippines]
This Is My America by Kim Johnson [eARC from Netgalley]
No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard [bought on Kobo]
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim [borrowed from a friend]


What I Read


   

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell
East Flows the River by Michelle Kan
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jiminez
Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis
Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival by Ines Bautista-Yao, Mina V. Esguerra, Chinggay Labrador, Marla Miniano
The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again by Dan Pfeiffer


What I Listened To


Know Your Worth // Khalid x Disclosure
Pretty Brown Skin // Diamond White
Be Okay // Jordan Fisher
Do Better // Lil Donald
Only the Young // Taylor Swift
Forever // Justin Bieber x Post Malone x Clever
Power Trip // Klassy x Ruby Ibarra
Heartless // Diplo x Julia Michaels x Morgan Wallen
Reminds Me // Kim Petras

[full list on my February playlist]

Adventures


I went to San Francisco with my mom to pick up my grandma from the airport but we didn't get a chance to stroll/explore anywhere outside of the airport or the Tanforan shopping plaza before we drove the two-hours back home.

Posts This Month


February 2020 Gratitude

February 2020 Playlist

{Watch, Read, & Listen} Gentefied, Say Her Name, & Jordan Fisher

{Story Diary} East Flows the River by Michelle Kan

{Watch, Read, & Listen} P.S. I Still Love You, Yes No Maybe So, & Only the Young

{Story Diary} Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra

{Watch, Read, & Listen} Just Mercy, Black Girl Unlimited, & Khalid

January 2020

Looking Forward To in March


  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  • Getting back into volunteering/political activism more again.
  • Booking flights + accommodations for YALLWest (fingers crossed I can afford to do so).
  • Longer days and sunlight!
  • Getting my taxes out of the way already.


♥ How was your February?
Share your recaps in the comments! ♥
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