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wasn’t lyn just a baby? tempus fugit. producing whipsmart progeny.

it seems she was this teeny girl in the video below. the video actually stars her “mini-me”, leila.

i know i whinge about this quite a bit, but i miss my FAMILY! (or should i say pamilya?)

annie sipahimalani, dialect, family, filipino, kampampangan, polynesian/spanish/english mix, provincial, spanish inquisition, tagalog words with built in accents

pamiliya kamay.

my sister annie, my niece joi and i were translating some english words into tagalog yesterday. why? well, we are filipinas. and even though we weren’t raised on an island in the pacific, we are still proud of our heritage and like to feature it up as often as possible.

tagalog is a very interesting tongue. children in the philippines study english from day one. (so if you encounter a filipino that cannot speak english, you are talking to a teency minority.) tagaolog is a national language as is english (thank the US military for that shite.) but here is where it gets interesting: 

  • there is a huge spanish and catholic population…an artifact of the spanish inquisition.
  • the language is a combination of polynesian/spanish and english.
  • even if you don’t understand tagalog, but you DO understand spanish…you can connect the dots. just listen for the spanish and english words you hear. you’ll be speaking tagalog in no time.
  • the provincial language (of which there are thousands) of my father bears little or no resemblance to tagalog.  he is from a province called pampanga. the dialect is called kampampangan. i know enough to tell my female relatives (the chefs) that i’ve had enough food and i cannot possibly eat any more; to tell a kid to “go away because i don’t like you”; and a few other phrases that keep me in the good nature of my short brown family.
  • pamiliya kamay? it means family hand. the word for family – “pamiliya” has a built in filipino accent layered on top of the spanish word for family – familia. we decided we like words with built in accents (filipinos are famous for switching b/v and f/p.) with pamiliya, we don’t have to guess!

other words we like: rebolber (revolver), halo-halo (mix-mix), kili-kili (armpit),

agit kamay, annie sipahimalani, artists, brand/identity, crafty thingies, drag, etsy, family, fashion, filipino, goals, new goals, obsessions, one-offs, online resources, procrastination, retail, retail therapy, super crafting ability

family gets it done. agit kamay soon to be on etsy.com

it’s about time, is all i can say. joi, my huge-brained and very witty niece has put her foot down to get both my sister annie and me selling our many crafty items on etsy. seriously, we should have done this the day etsy went online. we’re always making utilitarian items but one only needs so much of their own stuff (psalm 2,852). 

i am charged with the job of branding and identity, we are all taking snaps, perhaps annie can be the administrator. i’m thrilled, because i can get stuff outta here AND make money at the same time. capital.

samples will appear here soon, along with the link to the etsy site.

admiration, barack obama, belief systems, chosen family, family, first family, inspiration, michelle obama, optimism, tenderness

good energy prevails. and family is where it’s at.

i love my family so much. if i was given the opportunity to select my ideal family, i would choose them. foibles and all, they are the bestest. and being in that family makes me a better person.

czech out how barack obama responds to a question about inspiration:


Q: What inspires you? How do you stay motivated? 
A: I’m inspired by the people I meet in my travels–hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I’m inspired by the love people have for their children. And I’m inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.

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more politics. i can’t help it. i’m deeply concerned.

this election has been driving me crazy for longer than a minute and i’ve been really outspoken about my choices. but now that the pedal is really hitting the metal, i have some sincere concerns about the world (not just the country) will face:

what if john mccain keels over and dies? surely they would impeach palin. right? please agree here.

why did john mccain select palin? methinks it was impulsive and now an albatross around his wrinkly, pale neck. what was he thinking? i think he wasn’t thinking.

if you take the L out of palin you are left with PAIN.

palin just (last year) received her US passport. how can someone who recently traveled out of the country (for the first time) be a proper choice for vice president? foreign policy is a huge concern here; she isn’t even well traveled. she doesn’t know the name of the canadian prime minister. she doesn’t think that saying she knows about russia by seeing it from alaska is really naive! it begs the question: does she know she is actually seeing siberia and not where the real political action is? does she know russia broke up years ago and is no longer the soviet union? i am just asking.

SIDEBAR: what follows is my opinion. it sickens me when i see palin holding up her mentally challenged child to the crowd as if he was a trophy or some other award. she also claims she CHOSE to have the baby, downs syndrome or not. to be truthful, she didn’t choose because she doesn’t believe that choice is an option when pregnant. the crowd roars when they see this spectacle. but truly…no one, absolutely no one wants to have an abortion. the anti-abortionists seem to think women whimsically go out and get pregnant just so they can have an abortion. it’s a painful and difficult choice to terminate a child. but it’s a choice. having a choice is part of freedom that is guaranteed us by the constitution. the person who decides about the outcome of a pregnancy is the person carrying that baby and NO ONE else. SIDEBAR END.

can the world afford to have another president who can’t calmly and sensibly speak with other leaders? as we have seen in his countless appearances on telly, mccain is defensive, easily unnerved, inflammatory and doesn’t really answer questions asked of him. he answers the questions HE wants to answer. not a good thing. he thinks pundits are pundints, and says warsh instead of wash. doesn’t that make him seem even more like bush? i haven’t heard him actually say it, but my bet is that he also says nuke-ya-ler. do we really want the same old thing? (and i do mean OLD.) surely, if nothing else, it’s boring. don’t people like a change of pace? face it folks, what we have is NOT working. at ALL.

mccain is very scary. what’s even scarier is that many voters are pro-mccain because of the war hero shite. margaret cho said in her blog: “if mccain was such a good soldier, then why was he captured?” [apologies to margaret if the quote isn’t verbatim.] the question is: do all war heroes make good presidents?? the answer: no, they do not. 

bush has dug the US deeper into the ground than any president in history. he’s made the deficit a happy gigantic monster, perhaps so large it cannot be unraveled; he’s made the country a laughing stock throughout the world; he’s seriously, seriously just barely above average. while traveling, i claim canadian citizenry. saying you’re american while traveling is the firearm equivalent of putting a target on your back. and honestly, i’m embarrassed to be american at the moment.

i want the smart guy to win this election. with a shout out to jay smooth, [this is the time to elect the nerd, the smart guy]. that nerd, that geek, that smart and clever person is barack obama. i think alot of the appeal mccain/palin have is they don’t intimidate the lemmings of the country. they think, wow, i can relate…i can have a beer with this guy, or i can totally relate to being a mom. AHEM. i want the president to have gigantic brain that is incredibly knowledgeable about the law, the world around him, is smart enough to surround himself with the brightest of the bright, is refined, polished, dignified and capable. i want the president to be waaaaaaaaaay smarter than me. of course, i would be delighted to have barack and michelle as dinner guests, but i would be honoring them. i would not be kicking back and tipping cheap beers with them. 

please know i don’t personally wish mccain or palin by saying these things…i am just stating the opinions of someone who has traveled (passport received at age 16, now, well, i am lots older), who is educated, who can think critically and who truly cares about the future. i just don’t think mccain and palin are in the right line of work. they aren’t going to realize their full potential by being elected. mccain should probably bow out and potter around with his buddies in the service and focus on donating some of that fortune he shares with his wife to philanthropic concerns. yes, i said SHARE THE WEALTH. palin, i feel would make an exemplary guard in a maximum security prison. i am certain much of her constiuency is there, she wouldn’t have to be concerned about deceit [prison is full of naughty people] and she could put todd palin away where no one would have to look at his unctious, swarmy, white-trash ass ever again. well, maybe i am a bit of a little hater. but these are truly just suggestions.

isn’t it enough that the world isn’t like the jetsons (as was promised in my childhood)? do we have to backpedal even more? NO. we need to move forward.

my energy today and tomorrow will be focused on moving forward, to progress and for common sense to prevail. PLEASE join me in electing the smart guy.

art, chestnuts, chestnuts roasting, don't waste sunday in nyc, dopamine, hedonism, just like i pictured it. skyscrapers and everything, london, moma, muji, neurophysiology, new york city, no label, norepenephrine, norepinephrine, retail, retail therapy, saks

a nyc sunday. blue sky, crisp air, chestnuts roasting, moma and muji.

a sunday in new york can never be wasted by sitting around drinking espresso all day long. one must leg it, get out and see the sights.

the eyes got a full dose of unbelievably blue sky and rooms filled with great art and design; the nose smelled chestnuts and transported me back to my undergrad days; the ears were filled with vendors yelling, cabs honking, people chattering, sirens sirening; the tongue had to continue with the chestnut theme…and they were indeed delicious. the fingers had a busy day too–shooting a gazillion photographs. i love digital cameras; best thing since sliced bread.

and why do i include muji? i dunno. i guess because i have this uncontrollable need to spend money. better i get retail therapy there than in saks fifth avenue. one had to travel to london to the nearest muji outpost but there are now two shops in nyc. the japanese concept of “no label.” my concept of good design meets good price meets utilitarianism meets timelessness. i bought few things, but trolling around and looking at all the thoughtfully displayed and designed japanese items just made me happy. i guess muji is the retail equivalent of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.