the adventures of yoshi

outfit post: hat days are the best days…

Posted in People by yoshi on August 18, 2011

As my hair is growing out, some days, I have no patience to deal with it so I’ll wrap it up and top it off with a hat.

Yes. That’s more like it.

For those of you who never knew me in my Cali days, I was quite the Erykah Badu fanatic lol. I’m talkin’ long tribal skirts, bamboo-ish chockers, and head wraps galore… with a mix of goth – BAHAHAHA WTF?! I’ll have to find photos at home to share with you.

Anyway, my style has since grown, but I find that I feel most comfortable once I throw on some big ass hoop earrings, a hat or bandana of some sort, and of course, some swag =)

I’ll admit, some days I’m totally influenced with what I see online through “fashion” blogs and what my girls are wearing because they’re so absolutely stylish and up on the latest trends, but who am I kidding, I’ll always be a little bit of hip-hop, doowap and… black on black (can’t think of a rhyme for that one doh!).


outfit deets: dress off nasty gal | sandals steve madden | fedora H&M

Asian Heritage Month: HBO’s East Of Main Street Trailer

Posted in Culture, People by yoshi on May 24, 2011

happy asian-american month!

follow filipino-americans willy santos (pro-skater and awesome dude overall) and (black eyed peas) as they and chinese-american master chef anita lo as they share their stories of their lives as asians making their dreams come true in america.

but not only do they follow these superstars, HBO has also profiled 14 other asian-americans, one of which is my good friend hyun (he’s also one of the few guy friends i have that has seen me in a bikini gah!)

here are the two HBO’s trailers of East of Main Street:

WTF is planking?!

Posted in People, Random by yoshi on May 20, 2011

this video explains it all…

you think this will catch on soon? i think so, i’m actually planning new plank posts lmaoooooo.

but please note, one guy died while planking on his balcony…

winner of Doodle 4 Google is from my elementary school!

Posted in Artsy Fartsy, People by yoshi on May 20, 2011

my friend izelle shared this on my facebook. the 2nd grader from monte verde elementary, matteo lopez, has won the 2011 Doodle 4 Google competition.

not only his his illustration the first thing you see when you open up google, but he’s won a $15k college scholarship and a $25k tech grant for my old school!

yea… monte verde produces some pretty creative kids eh? *wink wink lmaooo jk jk.

the contest asked kids to answer the question: “What I’d like to do someday” to which matteo answered, “become an astronaut and explore space” awwwww =)

he was one of 40 finalists from an entry of 107,000! congrats matteo!

"Space Life"

when i was his age, my top 5 “when i grew up i want to be’s” were:
– lawyer (took up political science in college… got my degree that lead to a different path as you can see)
– doctor (did the whole pre-med thing in college, lasted a semester lmao)
– broadway singer (particularly the role of kim from miss saigon hahhhaha – realized i was only good in the shower)
– professional dancer (i sucked at choreography, i blame it on short-term memory)
– artist (i’m great at drawing circles…)

what were your aspirations when you were a kid??

on the Manila MOVEment…

Posted in Food for Thought, People, Travel and Trips by yoshi on May 6, 2011

ever since my eye-opening homecoming trip to the Philippines last may with the bf, and having full length discussions with my aunt, who’s also my ninang, about the Philippines’ future and tourism, i’ve absorbed a new kind of pride… not just “pinoy pride,” more like… social, or maybe even generational pride. nevertheless, the fact that i see young balikbayans and true pinoys/pinays working together to make a social change in the Philippines, is a movement that i want to be a part of.

now of course this kind of social change has been going on for years and years – i know this because my aunt has worked at the  department of tourism for as long as i can remember – a very important leg of Philippine government as tourism makes up a huge chunk of the country’s weatlh.

now, not only did my aunt take the bf and i to some of the best beaches and towns of the Philippines, but she also showed us how much the country has grown the past few years. introducing us to eco-friendly establishments like the el nido resorts in palawan. seeing and experiencing these places and people first-hand, struck a chord in me. the last time i had been to the Philippines prior to this trip, was when i was about 15. back then, poverty was on every street, every corner, EVERYWHERE.

there is still poverty, and yes, the Philippines is still considered a 3rd world country. however, there has been an escalation in social and economical activism – you can see it everywhere. the streets are cleaner, new housing developments, even MORE malls. i don’t believe i even encountered children knocking on our car window begging for money. i was very shocked – in a good way.

not only has the Philippines grown economically, but they are no longer a nation that is “behind the times.”

you see, growing up my friends and i would make fun of “fobs” (fresh off the boat folks). we, being 1st or 2nd generation filipino-americans, saw ourselves apart from our fellow pilipinos living in our homeland.

to us, the Philippines was the home of our PARENTS, our GRANDPARENTS, not us. it was a land so different than what we know.

we were americans, they were fobs.

our parents watched tv patrol and tfc. all we saw and understood was crime, death, corruption in the Philippines. never did i recall filipinos glorifying the accomplishments they received in, say, advertisement, fashion, or culinary arts. hell, even anthony bourdain’s Philippine adventure was a let down – did you guys watch this episode?! the guy they chose was a total misrepresentation of us! BLAH!

this is why tourism in the Philippines has suffered for so long! filipinos have struggled with their identity, forfeiting all the majestic glory of their islands, and focusing their efforts on the destruction of their own people.

WE are the reason we are too scared to visit our homeland! “be careful, you might get kidnapped!”

this NEEDS to change. it HAS to change.

some of the people leading the way to “healing manila,” are people like sarah and banj, my aunt, rosario, teresa, nante, vicky, and so many others.


they are slowly breaking through the mold we’ve created for ourselves. they are making us PROUD to call ourselves filipino.

so thank all of you, wherever you live, for promoting our homeland in a positive light – “Together, we can Heal Manila.

PS. Round 2 of #ManilaMinds is had a discussion at co[LAB] about tourism –CLICK HERE

Arriane also gives a great recap HERE.


Posted in People by yoshi on March 14, 2011

images via the big picture

HOW TO HELP: (via grease and glamour)

The Red Cross is the key aid organisation collecting donations for relief efforts following Japan‘s earthquake and tsunami.

The Japanese branch of the organisation is overseeing around 80 teams on the ground, but donations are being taken at branches around the world.

You can make online donations through the British Red Cross or you can download donation forms to post. Cheques should be made payable to British Red Cross and sent to British Red Cross, Japan Tsunami Appeal, Ref: ON2011, Freepost NAT21787, Paisley PA1 1BR.

The the American and the Philippine Red Cross are taking donations by SMS, which the Red Cross piloted after the earthquake in Haiti last year. For donations from the US, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. In the Philippines text REDAMOUNT to 2899, or DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882 for Globe subscribers, and REDON to 4483 for Smart subscribers.

Alternatively, donations can be made to the Japanese Red Cross through Google’s Crisis Response site, which also offers resources and information about the disaster.

The Salvation Army is also using SMS to take donations. Text the words JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation – make sure you respond YES when you receive a “thank you” message. You can also take the more tradition donor route, donating online, by phone, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Save the Children UK is taking online donations and credit and debit card donations over the phone. Call +44 (0)20 7012 6400. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Meanwhile, Plan has launched an appeal for funds, along with World Vision in the UK and the US, and Islamic Relief.

Christian Aid and Oxfam have not set up separate appeals for Japan, but you can donate to their general emergency funds.

InterAction, an alliance of US-based international NGOs, has published a list of its members that are collecting money for the relief efforts. You can pledge money directly to the 22 organisations mentioned, which include Relief International, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity.

PayPal has set up an online store to take donations for Save the Children, GlobalGiving, HandsOn Network and the American Red Cross. It will pay all contributing costs.

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Posted in People by yoshi on November 9, 2010

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contego eyewear photoshoot BTS…

Posted in People, Photography by yoshi on November 5, 2010

the other day, i participated in a photoshoot for an eyewear brand called CONTEGO EYEWEAR. i can barely model for my own “outfit posts” so can you imagine how difficult it was for me to model for this?! lmaooooo – nonetheless, thanks guys for including me!!! i hope i didn’t ruin it!

we did the shoot in front of cafe habana, jarah and sarah of gear collective brought the models together along with contego owners mikol and aaron. it was pretty fun and chill and the photographer bon was nice to work with – plus, my hair had hair envy bahahahha!

we wrapped up the shoot to do some casual product shots inside while we munched on some yummy cafe habana goodness.

mikol and aaron

nathan and martin - hotties

ashley (such a sweetheart) and my girl jarah

the lovely sarah and bon - i want his hair

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