PREVIEW – We Stand On Their Shoulders: The 12th Annual SFSU Fil-Am Community Mural Celebration

Filipino Art Mural

Kaisahan Balita - Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor

BPatrick Racela

Join Mula Sa Ugat (MSU) for We Stand On Their Shoulders:The 12th Annual SFSU Filipino-American Community Mural Celebration on April 8th and 9th at Jack Adams Hall from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. Wednesday April 8th will consist of an educational component covering the history and meaning of the mural. Thursday April 9th will consist of the celebration with free food, giveaways, and performances. We hope to see you there! You may RSVP at our FB event page:

SFSU Filipino-American Community Mural, the only piece of its kind on a college campus in the U.S., Photo: San Francisco State University

The vibrant history of the Filipino people has long left its mark in the city of San Francisco. From the manongs and manangs who found refuge in Manilatown after completing seasonal work along the west coast, to the young Pinoys and Pinays who found a…

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Blog Update 1/24/19

My apologies dear readers, A family member death caused me to post pone my blog.  School resumes for me next week so the blog will be on another hiatus. I’m unsure when I’ll have time to resume and finish my Maquia review. I can only hope that I might have some time during the summer.   Stay tuned to Personal Musings.

Favorite Anime Films (Non-Studio Ghibli)

In no particular order, here are my favorite anime films outside of Studio Ghibli.

Ghost in the Shell(1995)

Arashi No Yoru Ni (One Stormy Night)


A Silent Voice

your Name

Summer Wars

Pokémon Movies (1,2,3, 5, 6, 8,9.10)

Miss Hokusai

Evangelion Rebuild Films (1.11 & 2.22)

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms





Anne with an E (Season 2 Analysis)

Preface: There has been a ton of improvement in the second season compared to the first season. The show seems to finally establish its identity while keeping true to the spirit of Anne of Green Gables’ world. In addition, the cast of new characters: Cole, Bash, Mary, and Ms. Stacey leave a memorable impact upon their first appearance. I’m excited that Season 3 is in production because I’m looking forward to what surprises are in store.


#1 The show has a more established identity while keeping true to the spirit of Anne’s world.

#2 The side characters are fleshed out and given more character development.

#3 New characters: Cole, Sebastian, Mary, Ms. Stacey

#4  Gilbert’s voyage aboard the steamship liner

#5   Ms. Josephine’s Spring Party

#6   Christmas at Green Gables

#7  The Avonlea Christmas Play

#8 Prissy choosing to continue her education instead of getting married to Mr. Philips.

#9 Ms. Stacey’s appearance

#10 Sebastian & Mary’s wedding

#11 Character development for Matthew and Marilla

#12  Gilbert aiding a pregnant lady with her delivery



#1 “Fake gold subplot” with robbers

#2 Ruby’s overt crush on Gilbert

#3 Avonlea’s racism against Bash

#4  Cole being bullied by Billy

#5 Ms. Stacey being treated as an outcast by Avonlea folks

#6 Anne meddling into other people’s affairs

#7 Anne taking her anger out on Gilbert

#8 No Lady of Shalot Scene

#9Moody being clumsy

#10 Anne’s worry over the fox




Blog Update 12/29

My apologies for the late update. I’ve been busy  celebrating the holidays and spending time with friends/family. I’ve been on holiday break since December 20th and I’ll return to school on January 28th. I’m in the midst of writing a novel so most of my time will be devoted to that and other writing project. However, I will have my Maquia review up.   I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I’ve started this blog! I’d like to thank all my readers for all their  kind and insightful comments on my posts. I’m quite grateful for all their continuous support.

Stay tuned to Personal Musings and Happy New Year!

Announcement!: 1/13/19, Due to the death of a family member, my blog will be put on hold until further notice. My Maquia film review will hopefully  be finished at a future date. – Josella 


When You Lose Your Ability to Fly

Whims from Valadae

“But we each need to find our own inspiration, Kiki. Sometimes it’s not easy.” – Ursula, from Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Kiki Painting

It happens to all of us Creative Souls at one time or another. The passion we have for doing what we love seems to fade, or become disjointed, or disappear altogether. We lose our ability to step into that ‘zone’ of inspiration and use its flow of energy to fuel our talents. Nothing we do seems to come out right. The things which once emanated so easily are choking to a halt, or crumbling out in obscure fractures. It’s almost as if our natural talents have simply up and abandoned us, leaving behind an emptiness we desperately need filled.

Sometimes our efforts to restore this sudden, awful loss of inner-ability come to futility. We end up trying to force something out, or copy a design from someone else which…

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