A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a mensch from Boston.

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At Seventeen: What I Learned From Oscar de la Renta

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October 22, 2014 • Beauty, Friendship, Growing up, Prep School, U.S.A.

My arms ached, I was so sad. The boy M. I loved was graduating. He used semi-colons and spoke in subjunctive phrases. Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus, he wrote in my yearbook, and I had no idea what that meant because I didn’t study Latin and when he told me, between math class and… Read More ›

Religion »

Why I Didn’t Walk Down the Aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D

(8) Our recessional was "(Hey ya!) I Love You."

I don’t want to cry. That’s what I told my fiance J. when I asked him if he were amenable to walking down the aisle to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.” It had some historical significance for us: the first time he karaoke’d was my 32nd birthday. In a claustrophobic space at a rent-a-room karaoke… Read More ›

Friendship »

At Seventeen: What I Learned From Oscar de la Renta

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My arms ached, I was so sad. The boy M. I loved was graduating. He used semi-colons and spoke in subjunctive phrases. Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus, he wrote in my yearbook, and I had no idea what that meant because I didn’t study Latin and when he told me, between math class and… Read More ›

Immigration »

I’m One Syphilis Test Away From My Green Card

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On the last day of classes in June, my lawyer D. called to tell me that my number was up in July. He said it as if I had been waiting for salami and Swiss at a deli counter. Call me when you’re back from the Philippines and we’ll file then.  Aw, I said to… Read More ›

Interracial dating »

“Are You Attracted to Asian Men?”

(9) When I go to the Philippines every summer, I bring back a stack of magazines with me, like this copy of YES!'s 100 Most Beautiful Stars. It's amazing how powerful seeing a magazine with Asian faces can be for me. When I need the inspiration, I pull them out and flip through the pictures.

I’m gonna ask you a question, S. said. Don’t be offended. I’m wondering– Shoot, I said. Are you attracted to Asian men? What? I asked, though my hearing was A-ok. You’re avoiding my question, she repeated. Are you attracted to them? I hate that question. I get it more often now that I am with… Read More ›

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