My mom always remembers the day in 1986 when we left Guam and moved to the States (my bros were here already, but my dad stayed there for another yr to keep working). #MigrationStories #NewBeginnings #sacrifice #love

My mom always remembers the day in 1986 when we left Guam and moved to the States (my bros were here already, but my dad stayed there for another yr to keep working). #MigrationStories #NewBeginnings #sacrifice #love

Yes, I actually created one of those e-cards.  If this goes viral, then know you saw it here first (not gonna lie, I’m kinda hoping it does).

Backstory: Last week I witnessed this dude approach some of my homegirls when we were at a sports bar watching the Laker game and all he said was, “Ay…can my group kick it wit ‘chall group?” My friends were sweet about it and politely declined the first few times, but he kept on persisting.  I was crackin’ up b/c he just couldn’t take a hint…until one of the girls said, “NO thank you.  We’re fine with who we’re with right now.  WTF?!  Who does that?”  He finally caught her drift and walked away, not in another area at the bar, but literally six feet away from where we were (awk-waaaard).

A few days later, I told another friend this story and asked about some of the worst/corniest pickup lines she’s ever heard.  Knowing that that’s not my steez, she asked me about for the cheesiest line I could think of and the one in this picture is the first thing that came to mind (though I guess it would be more for someone you already knew as opposed to someone you just met).

We laughed, but then she said, “Okay, but how far into the playoffs are we talking about?” This was a great question that eventually led to a whole breakdown of the different levels of “liking” someone. Maybe we’ll publish our groundbreaking results one day, but here are two of the main conclusions we drew:

1.) It’s one thing to miss a playoff game, but she must be one special girl to miss a Game 7 for (from the first round through the conference finals).

2.) If I were to miss Game 7 of the NBA FINALS, the one that determines who the champion would be, then she’s wifey material fo sho (though in an ideal world she wouldn’t put me in that position.  Or better yet, she’d be right there with me screaming at the TV). haha.

Random conversations: gotta love ‘em!!

Yes, I actually created one of those e-cards. If this goes viral, then know you saw it here first (not gonna lie, I’m kinda hoping it does).

Backstory: Last week I witnessed this dude approach some of my homegirls when we were at a sports bar watching the Laker game and all he said was, “Ay…can my group kick it wit ‘chall group?” My friends were sweet about it and politely declined the first few times, but he kept on persisting. I was crackin’ up b/c he just couldn’t take a hint…until one of the girls said, “NO thank you. We’re fine with who we’re with right now. WTF?! Who does that?” He finally caught her drift and walked away, not in another area at the bar, but literally six feet away from where we were (awk-waaaard).

A few days later, I told another friend this story and asked about some of the worst/corniest pickup lines she’s ever heard. Knowing that that’s not my steez, she asked me about for the cheesiest line I could think of and the one in this picture is the first thing that came to mind (though I guess it would be more for someone you already knew as opposed to someone you just met).

We laughed, but then she said, “Okay, but how far into the playoffs are we talking about?” This was a great question that eventually led to a whole breakdown of the different levels of “liking” someone. Maybe we’ll publish our groundbreaking results one day, but here are two of the main conclusions we drew:

1.) It’s one thing to miss a playoff game, but she must be one special girl to miss a Game 7 for (from the first round through the conference finals).

2.) If I were to miss Game 7 of the NBA FINALS, the one that determines who the champion would be, then she’s wifey material fo sho (though in an ideal world she wouldn’t put me in that position. Or better yet, she’d be right there with me screaming at the TV). haha.

Random conversations: gotta love ‘em!!

I used to be one of those people who felt like it would take another person to complete me, but those are unfair expectations to place on someone. Now I believe you have to be right with yourself first so that when you do find someone, they’ll complement you as a partner as opposed to “completing” you.

"So many of y’all feel like all you need is to find a boyfriend and girlfriend and all of a sudden all your problems are gonna go away and it’s gonna fill some deep gap you have inside your soul — it’s not. If you really feel like you need another person to make you happy, then you shouldn’t be in a relationship."

Real talk, yo (sprinkled with bits of comedy).

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[ah yeah, another dope track from the Beatrock Music fam.  This was a truly collective effort from my talented friends and kasamas who laced the vocals, produced the beat, and designed the cover art. Peep the MC’s description below]:

Happy Valentine’s Day,

On February 14, 2010 we released the “Blood of my Heart” downloadable single to give the listeners a preview of the album (Remittances) that Fatgums, Mr. Rey, and I had been working on for nearly a year. Strangely enough, “Blood of My Heart” was one of our most downloaded singles. And to this day I still get a lot of random shout-outs from people that claimed that that song had helped them process through their very own complicated relationships, partnerships, and love affairs.

As we move forward with our forthcoming EP, which is still untitled, we decided to give our audience another sneak preview of what’s to come… therefore we are proud to bring you the “Love is Contagious” single. With this piece we tried to capture the concept of love in its broadest form, and not relegate it to simply being about romantic or sexual love. As cultural workers rooted in progressive politics and ideology, Power Struggle wanted “love” to represent the struggles, sacrifices and unrelenting spirit of working-class people.

We have to give a special thanks to DJ ET for blessing us with this beat, which is his first production effort on Beatrock Music. ET is responsible for a large chunk of the production on the upcoming EP. We also want to thank Kayla and Claire DLR for lending us their beautiful voices on the chorus. Keep a lookout for visual artist/painter Mark Canto who painted the cover of this single, as well as the cover of the “Blood of My Heart” single. Lastly, big-ups to Fatgums for executively producing all our albums, probably one of the most principled dudes I’ve met in the music industry.

Hope y’all enjoy. Now go hug somebody….

-Nomi of Power Struggle

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[ah yeah, another dope track from the Beatrock Music fam. This was a truly collective effort from my talented friends and kasamas who laced the vocals, produced the beat, and designed the cover art. Peep the MC’s description below]:

Happy Valentine’s Day,

On February 14, 2010 we released the “Blood of my Heartdownloadable single to give the listeners a preview of the album (Remittances) that Fatgums, Mr. Rey, and I had been working on for nearly a year. Strangely enough, “Blood of My Heart” was one of our most downloaded singles. And to this day I still get a lot of random shout-outs from people that claimed that that song had helped them process through their very own complicated relationships, partnerships, and love affairs.

As we move forward with our forthcoming EP, which is still untitled, we decided to give our audience another sneak preview of what’s to come… therefore we are proud to bring you the “Love is Contagious” single. With this piece we tried to capture the concept of love in its broadest form, and not relegate it to simply being about romantic or sexual love. As cultural workers rooted in progressive politics and ideology, Power Struggle wanted “love” to represent the struggles, sacrifices and unrelenting spirit of working-class people.

We have to give a special thanks to DJ ET for blessing us with this beat, which is his first production effort on Beatrock Music. ET is responsible for a large chunk of the production on the upcoming EP. We also want to thank Kayla and Claire DLR for lending us their beautiful voices on the chorus. Keep a lookout for visual artist/painter Mark Canto who painted the cover of this single, as well as the cover of the “Blood of My Heart” single. Lastly, big-ups to Fatgums for executively producing all our albums, probably one of the most principled dudes I’ve met in the music industry.

Hope y’all enjoy. Now go hug somebody….

-Nomi of Power Struggle

It’s all better now…

I’ve been in a weird, semi-emo funk at work lately. It might’ve been brewing for awhile, but it’s probably come to the forefront now since I’ve been so busy handling my own responsibilities along with 100% of someone else’s job duties (a co-worker who’s on maternity leave). Seriously, yo…I’m literally doing the work of two people. While the last 4 weeks (only 2-3 more to go!) might’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back, it’s not the root cause. Without getting into too many mundane details, I’m basically considering a career change. I haven’t gone through this in a few years, so I almost forgot how much of a mind f**k this thing can be.

Anyway, the whole point of this post is that the one good thing about going through trying times is that it really gives me a chance to write and express myself. It’s been over two months since I wrote a complete verse, and even then that was because I had a strict deadline to meet before a show. I’ve tried to write so many times these last few months but haven’t been able to do anything, which has been really frustrating. I think my decreased attention span played a part, but it was mainly because there was no motivation or inspiration.

I finally got rid of my writer’s block tonight and feel completely liberated! I’m smiling ear to ear right now because I was able to finish a full verse in one sitting, which is something I haven’t done in months. I can’t front — I’m pretty proud of myself right now. haha. Sure, I’m still looking for answers and trying to figure things out, but once again, Music came to the rescue.

It’s all better now.

krystletugadi:

Hello to my dearest family and friends,
After many long days, countless hours, and one super HUGE hurdle to overcome…
I am finally pleased to announce that I will be releasing my very first album, TIME, on 11.11.11.
It’s definitely been a long time coming and I am so delighted to share with you my experiences, my writing, my soul, my music to each and everyone of you.
Thank you all so much for your continuous love and support!  Please save the date to purchase the album and to COME OUT TO THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY that evening!!
We will be giving you a taste of what the album is going to sound like in the days to come!  So keep a look out!
I love you all SO SO SO SO MUCH!!!!  Please spread the word!  To the clouds we go!! :)
All My Love,
Krystle Tugadi
P.S.  I am SOOO EXCITED!!!! :D



Can’t wait to hear this EP! Be on the lookout for this talented singer, y’all!!

krystletugadi:

Hello to my dearest family and friends,

After many long days, countless hours, and one super HUGE hurdle to overcome…

I am finally pleased to announce that I will be releasing my very first album, TIME, on 11.11.11.

It’s definitely been a long time coming and I am so delighted to share with you my experiences, my writing, my soul, my music to each and everyone of you.

Thank you all so much for your continuous love and support!  Please save the date to purchase the album and to COME OUT TO THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY that evening!!

We will be giving you a taste of what the album is going to sound like in the days to come!  So keep a look out!

I love you all SO SO SO SO MUCH!!!!  Please spread the word!  To the clouds we go!! :)

All My Love,

Krystle Tugadi

P.S.  I am SOOO EXCITED!!!! :D

Can’t wait to hear this EP! Be on the lookout for this talented singer, y’all!!

revisionphotos:

This probably won’t be deemed as an “artistic” picture, but it’s still one of my favorites.

The two people in the shot are my mom and dad after my mom came back from a 3 month stay in the Philippines. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the second longest time they’ve been apart in their 38 years of marriage. I think the longest time was roughly 9 months back in ‘84 or ‘85 when my two brothers, my mom and I moved to California while my dad stayed behind in Guam, tying up loose ends while working and sending us money from across the Pacific before he moved here with us.

I usually don’t have these cheesy/romantic type of posts, but to me this picture symbolizes the Love that some have found and that others are still searching for. 38 years (and counting) is a long time to be with someone. They’ve had their ups and downs like everyone else, but seeing how giddy they acted around each other on this day proved to me that the Love is still there. It’s definitely a source of inspiration…

revisionphotos:

This probably won’t be deemed as an “artistic” picture, but it’s still one of my favorites.

The two people in the shot are my mom and dad after my mom came back from a 3 month stay in the Philippines. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the second longest time they’ve been apart in their 38 years of marriage. I think the longest time was roughly 9 months back in ‘84 or ‘85 when my two brothers, my mom and I moved to California while my dad stayed behind in Guam, tying up loose ends while working and sending us money from across the Pacific before he moved here with us.

I usually don’t have these cheesy/romantic type of posts, but to me this picture symbolizes the Love that some have found and that others are still searching for. 38 years (and counting) is a long time to be with someone. They’ve had their ups and downs like everyone else, but seeing how giddy they acted around each other on this day proved to me that the Love is still there. It’s definitely a source of inspiration…

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