Eddy goes dragon boating for the first time! And Steph sweats a lot.
Fire! and power outages.
Okay so this is more fun than we thought. First, Universal Studios for Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle. Second, IKEA for a bookshelf and maybe a rug. Next… we’ll see where our adventures take us.
We have officially launched our social media!
You can expect instant updates about our performances, activism, date nights, and more. Follow/like us and YES we do follow back.
We do not have a Snapchat because we don’t really.. get it, BUT our YouTube channel will launch on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 for our 10th Anniversary and 2nd Wedding Anniversary.
To be honest, we primarily use Instagram, but it’s all connected anyways. Keep in touch and we’ll see you soon.
On Saturday, Eddy and I went rock climbing at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth. The company I work for has a program that trains high school interns as outdoor adventure guides specializing in rock climbing while also teaching marketing and leadership skills to be entrepreneurs. We got the chance to be able to attend their culmination ceremony for free! I was so impressed with the students’ professionalism and enthusiasm. And it’s always so cool to see the youth in person — I’m usually just at the office staring at a computer screen, so why this work is important sometimes gets lost. It was also really cool seeing some students I met about two years ago when I conducted a marketing workshop for them at their schools — and now they’re applying to college!
There were a few things we discovered after rock climbing. One was that you rely much more on your legs than you do your hands. As one student noted to us, “Your legs are stronger than your arms.” Another is that you really have to trust the person who is belaying you. I remember as I made my way up the wall, I could see the rope pulling down to keep me stable according to where I moved. Third, you get a lot of support from the people on the ground. The students would shout out tips on where you can put your feet, and yell phrases like “You got it!” and “Just a little farther!” It was incredibly encouraging.
It’s been really fun going on these adventures. First, it was camping with the kasamas of KmB at Malibu Creek State Park. Now this. Eddy and I want to go camping again soon… We shall see!
Looking back at old posts on this blog (and there’s not too many), I saw that we mentioned recording my poem, “Death March,” for a collaborative project with a talented magician and friend, Andre Echave. I also realized that we didn’t share the finished version on here.
Filmed and edited by David Lazaro of the Prime Poetry League, we combined magic, poetry, and the Filipino-American experience. This first run of our Magic POetry series addresses the current movement fighting for full equity for our WWII Filipino-American veterans, survivors, and families. I’ll let the video speak for itself.
Next segment will feature one of Steph’s poems!
I am active on Twitter now. Follow me at @egana_jr if you dare. There is an underscore, not a period so take note that it’s different from my Instagram. I tend to post about social justice, writing, and self-care reminders.
My “most popular” tweet is about #Wokemon. I don’t know how it happened, but this is maybe the closest I’ll ever get to going viral.
So #Wokemon is the best meme ever. Childhood + Consciousness. Can't go wrong with that.
— Eddy (@EGana_JR) July 20, 2016
After the exposure, I had some interesting threads with folks about #BlackLivesMatter, free speech versus hate speech, and the faultiness of this country’s two-party system. It gets the conversation going, although limited to 140 characters.
Before, I didn’t get Twitter at all. Now I know that it can be volatile or harmless. It’s tricky to understand initially, but it makes a lot more sense now. I think so, anyway.
This is a project that dates back to 2007 according to organizational e-mails I’ve recovered. That is four years before Stephanie and I became involved with KmB, Pro-People Youth. Fittingly, this is better late than never.
We held our first recording session with the kasamas: Jay, Chris, Kacey, Manila, Andrew, Cheryl, and Cy. It was super fun having everyone in the living room, and we were able to record some chants down too. The neighbors might think we are some crazy Filipinos, and maybe they are not wrong because who else spits poetry with no shoes on inside the house. Us.
Community IS family.
Shout-out to Tuesday Night Project, Our Mic, One Mic Collective, common ground, and The Definitive Soapbox!
Each Sunday Jump holds a place in our hearts, but this especially is one for the memories. This is not about competition, this is about collaboration. Safe spaces are very, very necessary.
From May 31st to June 14th, we celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary and belated honeymoon (#SteadyMoon) in Tokyo, Japan. It is hard to believe that it has been a year already since our wedding, but married life is everything we imagined it to be. Here are some videos from our adventures!
Crossing Shibuya Crossing
“What Are You Doing?”
First Thoughts about Maid Cafe
Sushi IN Japan
Manga, Manga, Everywhere
Sinbad Looks Familiar
J-Hip Hop to Harajuku to J-Pop
Two Anti-Imperialists at the Imperial Palace
For more photos, you can follow our instagram profiles at @stephsajor and @egana.jr or search #SteadyMoon. Too many to post on here, and plenty more on our Nikon and GoPro. Best vacation ever!