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Jakeandme

Summer Song of 2014: “In the Still of the Night”

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July 24, 2014 • Friendship, Growing up, U.S.A., wedding

I was 10 years old when I listened to Debbie Gibson sing “In the Still of the Night” on repeat. I don’t remember whom I had a crush on, then, if I had one at all, but I played it on my auto-reverse Walkman until its batteries ran dry. I saw Dirty Dancing for the… Read More ›

Religion »

My Mother’s Wedding Guidebook: Ten Points

(1) My mother and me, 1982.

On J.’s Being White: Did you remind him to put on sunblock? On Engagement Rings (before J. proposed): You don’t need one if you don’t want one. On My Engagement Ring (after he proposed): It’s perfect. On Our Getting Married Three Months After My Sister (In the Philippines, tradition and superstition say that siblings should… Read More ›

Friendship »

Summer Song of 2014: “In the Still of the Night”

(1) Jakeandme

I was 10 years old when I listened to Debbie Gibson sing “In the Still of the Night” on repeat. I don’t remember whom I had a crush on, then, if I had one at all, but I played it on my auto-reverse Walkman until its batteries ran dry. I saw Dirty Dancing for the… Read More ›

Immigration »

Home Is Where They Don’t Ask For Your Papers

(7) Rocks, just hangin'.

I was on a panel of immigrants at a local university when the facilitator asked where home was for us. The talk was about immigrant experiences and our evolving identity in the U.S.A. I said that home was wherever someone had a toothbrush waiting for me.  I feel at home with people, but feeling truly… Read More ›

Interracial dating »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Lois Lane’s Head)

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It is my first Purim and my tongue is blue with cotton candy and I am about to get a second one when P., a high school freshman, takes my hand. Come, she says. You’re engaged. Time to get married. She gives J. a hat and a tie and she drapes a veil on my… Read More ›

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