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11. the aftermath of suicide
reaching acceptance, little by little
writing - lifestyle
5.20.11 : feature column!

As I sit down, I take note of time passed. It's been two months since my aunt chose to kill herself, an eight-week span that's shaken me and my family to our core. Two months is a pretty decent chunk of time. My day-to-day life is easy to go about once again, and I can sleep without rewinding the details of her death in my head. But, her story still makes me shiver. In the time that's passed, I also discovered relevant details that colored my aunt's mindset in her last days. My cousins told ...
12. how do i mourn a villain?
processing the passing of a polarizing relative
writing - lifestyle
3.17.11 : feature column!

At this moment, I'm horrified. This past evening, my father told me that my aunt— my mother's sister— is dead. She didn't die of natural causes or any accidental circumstance, but chose to kill herself by jumping off her balcony from the 17th floor of her posh Manila condo. I am speechless. As I try to come to grips with the news of my aunt's suicide, I am stunted. In life, my aunt was a polarizing figure. Over the years, she successively acquired a slew of negative identities: the wife who ...
13. please don't whip my annie's hair
how will smith is ruining my pop culture with his children
pop culture - criticism
2.16.11 : feature column!

Somebody stop Will Smith. Though I've liked him since lip-synching "Parents Just Don't Understand" at my seventh-grade talent show, I believe Will Smith is on the verge of committing a second pop culture atrocity. Already guilty of purposely retooling The Karate Kid as a star vehicle to launch his son Jaden with, Smith is angling to remake the classic musical "Annie" for his daughter Willow- who hasn't got any proven acting skills past smiling. ("Whip My Hair" does not count as actual trainin...
14. the unsuperior chinese mother
debunking amy chua's parenting beliefs
general - lifestyle
1.19.11 : feature column!

As the product of a Filipino upbringing in America, my childhood is nowhere near as stereotypically severe as the first-generation Chinese kids I went to school with. Where my peers turned in longer hours of study for a perfect 4.0 average, my mother was fine if my report card consisted of A's and B's, and forgave the D+ I had struggled to earn in Calculus after nightly studying. Though I admired their straight A's, I was content with my decently good grades; in turn, they seemed wistful towards...
15. revisiting fatal attraction
understanding alex forrest, 23 years later
film - discussion
11.17.10 : feature column!

When I first watched Fatal Attraction, I was twelve or thirteen. While I'm not about to ever let my prospective tween progeny sit down to see it, my mother chose to rent it for my whole family, and even invited my fourteen-year-old brother's friend Tim to join us. Two hours, one hastily departing Tim, and a dead Glenn Close later, I sat petrified. Apart from feeling like my mother had left a bitter, indelible dent in my adolescence (yeah, thanks MOM), I vowed that I would never, ever be Alex F...
16. has top chef jumped the shark?
not yet, but it needs a project runway makeover.
television - criticism
9.24.10 : feature column!

At last, it's over. I usually apply this lackluster sentiment to intimate encounters gone wrong and uninteresting, eye-glazing conversations, but sadly, it's relevant in the case of my favorite cooking competition. This season of "Top Chef: DC" is over, and it's a relief. Mind you, I'm not giving up on the show. Given that it's injected my life with an extra level of foodie happiness I didn't think was possible with my pork-reverent life, I don't want to stop watching chefs overstress the Qu...
17. tales from a top chef dinner
how twitter gave me a firsthand taste of my favorite cooking competition
general - discussion
8.18.10 : feature column!

Anyone who exists in my orbit knows that I love "Top Chef." Here at Intrepid Media, I've written about it a few times, from making fun of Jaime Lee Curtis's criticism to interviewing past competitors Stefan Richter and Robin Leventhal. In recent broadcasts of this current season of "Top Chef: DC", I live-tweet my trash-talking critical commentary while occasionally chatting with cheftestant Kenny Gilbert. So, since 2006, I've generally reserved Wednesday nights for "Top Chef" viewings, and I'v...
18. the passion of the mel
looking past the mad man's unfortunate, definitive mouth-off
pop culture - criticism
7.16.10 : feature column!

Mel Gibson is nuts. I can't think of an eloquent expression that surpasses the efficiency of my aforementioned four words. After dropping the N-word to threaten his Russian babymomma with gang rape, I don't doubt that Gibson is all over the place. (His proverbial marbles won't be all in the bag anytime soon, either.) However, I can't say I'm too surprised at his horrific rant. Gibson's signature characters have always been fervent, unapologetic figures predisposed to rage. From the vengeful Ma...
19. where's my little black card?
if dina lohan gets a scoop, i want one too.
humor - criticism
6.21.10 : feature column!

Evidently, one of the best things to have for bragging rights in this increasingly plastic-happy age is a Little Black Card. Borrowing the prestigious appearance of a VIP American Express card, Little Black Cards look slick and promise privilege. It doesn't matter if said card is issued from the Foot Locker, or is only a not-yet-loaded prepaid from Russell Simmon's RUSH line, for it always looks good enough to wave around in the (numerous) instances I feel poor in this recession. I'm broke! ...
20. is enough indeed enough?
an open letter to roman polanski
news - discussion
5.21.10 : feature column!

Dear Mr. Polanski, Although I haven't seen most of your movies, you had me at Death and the Maiden. You made a huge impression on my then-eighteen year-old mind, for I've never forgotten the intense, confrontational tone of your film. However, with how I generally remember your name, I think you would have liked me better if I was underage- then and now. Though your 1977 transgression occurred long, long ago, your name is back in the news because of a freshly revealed instance of past misc...
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re: does this make me a mistress?

Very well written. And insightful.

re: oh oh, here they come

This is so raw and genuine, it's fantastic.

re: as long as it isn't babysitting

A subject many of us thirty-something women can relate to, and it's a fantastic feeling to know that we're not alone or weird for having such thoughts and leanings. Great piece!

re: life sans an iphone

This is excellent. Paced well and makes some great points along the way.

re: life sans an iphone

Strong voice. Really captures all the emotions around being an iphone user, and the silly snobbery, too.

re: life sans an iphone

A genuinely different perspective, written from experience and individual opinion. I like that!

re: how do i mourn a villain?

Raw and real.

re: how do i mourn a villain?

There is no sin in ambivalence with people like your aunt. I had an aunt who was very nearly just like her.

re: the unsuperior chinese mother

Nice connection between your own experience and the book as an entry point to the larger story.

re: the passion of the mel

Nice way to criticize someone who has proven to be not so nice.

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