But I think, as we get older and sense that memory is deceiving and strange, we also do this to remind ourselves it did happen. That despite the disconnect that time creates, and any negative residue collected within ourselves, there was joy.
Sure, I was collecting things in an online space. But it still felt like clutter, fit for shoe boxes under my bed. And with Pinterest, my aspirations no longer floated in my head. They were right there: discoverable, pinnable, and recyclable by others. Aren’t my dreams supposed to be elusive? Unable to be bookmarked?
Alone, I sobbed. Yet I sobbed with Facebook open—his life revealed and exposed in bits on my screen, his friends spilling tears on his profile. I sobbed at home, by myself, but also with everyone else.
One afternoon in our high school library, I noticed my friend studying a glossy, colorful postcard of sorts, folded into a few sections. She opened it horizontally to reveal a triptych of thick paper. A jumble of text was plastered all over, on the front and back. She handed it […]
Facebook makes us jealous. Competitive. Depressed. Facebook stirs up that fear of missing out. Facebook’s meaningless, frictionless sharing—think automatic Spotify updates—makes us care less. Facebook is destroying our friendships. Our connections. What it means to truly interact and be social. And so on. You’ve heard this all before. There are […]
Just before I went on a trip to Las Vegas, I was in Egypt. I’d been in Egypt for most of October and into the first week of November, then flew to Vegas for 11.11.11. In Egypt, I spent a bulk of my time in Cairo and escaped to the Sinai and Red […]
My feet. Always dirty. And my soles? Cracked. They have turned hard from being exposed each day. My nose is overloaded: traffic fumes, cigarette smoke, cherry-flavored shisha tobacco, incense. I hear sounds in the middle of the night: the prayer on a loudspeaker, the voice haunting and mesmerizing. A cat’s […]
I’m standing in front of a gray EDLAND nightstand, tracing its edge with my finger. I glance at the tag dangling off its side. 32 1/4 inches long. I stare off. At nothing in particular. I’m in the bedroom showroom at IKEA; it’s overwhelming, just as the living room section had […]
The Precita Center in the Mission District of San Francisco. For years, the Precita Center has been a cultural institution, education center, and neighborhood hangout for kids and young adults in the Mission and beyond. Faced with funding cuts, writer and educator Gabe Martinez—who manages the center’s GED program—started organizing a quarterly arts and […]
We become heavy when a loved one passes away. Weight in the form of tears and wails. Yesterday, my godmother, Lola Maxima, used a concoction of wine and steaming hot water to cleanse guests in the home of the recently departed—my uncle Mike, a loving father to three cousins with […]
The art on the walls of Clarion Alley, in the Mission District of San Francisco, calls out with its vibrant colors, eccentric iconography, and socially conscious messages. Stroll the alleyway—between Valencia and Mission and 17th and 18th—and find Southeast Asian elephants; a black-and-white mural of forceful fists and graphics reminiscent of […]
One afternoon, I took the tram from Lisbon to nearby Belém, about 15-20 minutes from the city center. The location from where Portuguese voyagers set off to explore the world, Belém packs a lot of history—and grand sights—within its borders. My day trip, in photographs: The Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a statue […]
Random moments from the streets of Barcelona: sights, food, and art. A night shot of graffiti in Gracia. Baked goodies through a window. Peeps on a wall in Barri Gòtic. A view of Passeig de Gracia from the rooftop of La Pedrera. A colorful facade in El Raval. Cargoles de […]
In the whimsical world of Antoni Gaudí, buildings take on a life of their own. Fancy, slightly phallic sculptures on the rooftop of La Pedrera. Mosaic-surfaced masterpieces atop La Pedrera. A colorful staircase inside La Pedrera. A reflective, amoebaesque facade of La Pedrera. An exit of La Pedrera, leading to […]
Above: @AJEnglish tweets mixed with top, promoted, and other tweets from my stream. Please refrain from laughing at my rudimentary Photoshop skills. Yesterday, I had multiple CoTweet and HootSuite dashboards open on numerous browsers, scanning the streams of 40+ Twitter accounts at once. I was the operator of the Nebuchadnezzar, sifting through the […]
I was overwhelmed by all the things to do and see in Berlin, and was particularly moved by the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish (Jüdisches) Museum, two of the city’s major sites of Jewish history and culture. A dose in photographs: Holocaust Memorial Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, the Holocaust […]
I’m an outsider looking in on all that’s happening in Egypt. Since January 25, I’ve been overwhelmed, amazed, and inspired by the Egyptian people protesting on the streets of Cairo and throughout the nation, following #jan25 and #egypt tweets on Twitter, watching the live stream and coverage on Al Jazeera English, […]
I have always loved food. Food brings my massive family together, year after year. Our Filipino feasts are plentiful; the sight of plates and hot trays on multiple tables is overwhelming. Meanwhile, my mother and aunts always think there’s never enough. My Thanksgiving dinner begins shortly. I’ve compiled some photographs […]
I usually read up on a city before a visit: customs, an overview of history, must-see spots, restaurants, bars, parks… For Lisbon, however, I chose not to do any research, with the exception of finding my hostel, the Travellers House in historical Baixa. I thought it’d be fun to figure the […]