My Top 10 Surprises During Pregnancy

What I know about going through pregnancy was based from what I’d observed from my family & friends. I never knew how much limited I know until I get pregnant — imagine my surprise. You get pregnant, you get morning sickness then your tummy grows big. All women talk about how painful it is going through labor. That’s it. That’s all I know. Ok. Of course, I learned something from my biology class — about the x & the y chromosomes stuff. But they never tell you about what a pregnant woman experience until you are pregnant.

Chromosome

1. gas

Because of how your insides are being squished I can’t help passing gas like a frat boy. It’s one of the most embarrassing things you have to deal with. I just make sure no one’s around. Sometimes the problem is, it doesn’t choose when & where.

Spicy Tuna Salad

2. no eating of sushi

When I learned that I can’t have this until you’d finished nursing because of possible bacteria contamination to the fetus, I started dreaming about sushi…specifically, spicy tuna…! This is one craving I can’t have.

3. not drinking coffee/ green tea

I drink a half cup of coffee & 3x of green tea everyday. I’m a green-tea-holic. I mean, how can green tea suppose to be bad for you? That was my thinking. Then I learned that green tea would increase the chance of miscarriage, especially herbs that’s not cleared by your OB Gyn.

4. the cost of having a baby

It’s still an abstract idea until it’s happening to you. It helps that I have health insurance but man, how bills piles up & I haven’t given birth yet.

5. constipation

It’s the most uncomfortable feeling in the world but when it happens to you everyday, you’ll get crazy. Then, I found my solution: prune juice – it’s not that bad.

hulk

6. growing pains

And so I thought, your skin just adapts to the growing tummy and from the outside, it looks like it’s happening gracefully. Not in my insides. I’m sure you’d watched at some point in time Dr. Bruce Banner transforming into “Incredible Hulk”  & he looks really pained. That’s how I feel.

7. pimples

I thought after puberty, that’s the last time I’ll ever see an infestation of pimples. This is not just, “I slept late last night” one pimple. These are PIMPLES!!! Aren’t pregnant women skin suppose to be glowing? I suppose my hormones chose something else.

8. porn boobs

My hubby loves this. And I thought I was having breast cancer! LOL! Ooops! Knock on wood! Barbie girls, get pregnant so you don’t have to get breast implants.

9. not knowing your pregnant until…12 weeks after

I think this will only apply to women who have irregular periods, pregnant women who have no morning sickness (lucky me!) & couples who had stopped trying to get pregnant. Surprise is an understatement. Even though we want to have kids, we were in a daze for a week.

10. fetal movement

Because of my frequent gas experience, I can’t pinpoint exactly the first time I felt my baby wriggling inside me. It’s only a week ago that I became sure. The amusing thing is that whenever I finished eating, I do feel the movement. It kinda reminds me of my brother’s puppy who gets excited whenever he feeds on his treats.

EWP Studio Lab Project: The Marriage of Cruz & Chu

It was such a great experience for me participating in this show which was the culmination of the East West Player’s Studio Lab Project- The Marriage of Cruz & Chu: Our Big Fat Filipino-Chinese Wedding Banquet as part of the Arts Education program headed by Marilyn Tokuda. With the support of the Artistic Director Tim Dang & the Board of Directors, this project would not have been possible. Our Director & teacher, Leslie Iishi noted that audience support of the artists’ creativity is critical in nurturing talent and growth of the artist.

Mother of the Groom & the Bride
Mother of the Groom & the Bride
The Bridesmaids
The Bridesmaids

The cast consists of old & new students from the EWP’s Actor’s Conservatory. It’s interesting to see how the old students had took on an informal mentoring role to the new students w/ the teacher’s nudging. It’s quite a process. The cast also took on production responsibilities which I think was important to make any performer grounded about the totality of the production. The guest artists were just awesome. They had helped out with their time & creativity to make this project a success, too.

Banner Design by Thea
Banner Design by Thea
The Bride, Groom & Officiant
The Bride, Groom & Officiant
The Groom w/ the Groomsmen
The Groom w/ the Groomsmen

The day of the performance itself was quite something. I’m always in awe of how a good production unfolds before your own eyes & things just all comes together. The East West Volunteers were very professional & had boundless energy to give.

Leslie Iishi & Tracy Burns
Leslie Iishi & Tracy Burns
Research Group @ Tony & Tina's Wedding
Research Group @ Tony & Tina's Wedding

The audience’s positive response was very satisfying to any performer & there’s a possibility of having this show being restaged so I’m appealing for your support again.

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“THE WEDDING PARTY”
The Cast
ROMEO CRUZ (the Groom) – Vance Lanoy
JENNIFER CHU (the Bride) – Miho Ando
DAVID WANG (the Best Man) – Jhemon Lee
TRACY HART ( the Maid of Honor) – Khristine Palomo
ROSARIO “ROSIE” CRUZ (Mother of the Groom) – Thea Ivens
ROBERT LEWIS CHU (Father of the Bride) – Willie Wu
ERIC CHU (Groomsman/Brother of the Bride) – Patrick Chien
PREMAR SANTIAGO (Groomsman) – Chris Calumpong
JOSEPH GARCIA (the Ex-Boyfriend) – Art Dumindin
LEEONG (the Minister/Wedding Singer) – Jimmy Matsuki
Special Guest Appearances
ELAINE LE – Marcy Hiratzka
KAREN WU – Carin Ka-Yan Chea
FRANK (Wedding Planner)- Greg Watanabe
The Nisei Widows Club Ladies:
Takayo Fischer
Emily Kuroda
Jeanne Sakata

Production
Written & Developed by the Director & the Students of the Studio Lab Project
Director – Leslie Ishii
Arts Education Director – Marilyn Tokuda
Stage Manager – Justin Fisher
Set Designer – Thea Ivens
Graphic Designer – Jimmy Matsuki
Costume Designer – Marcy Hiratzka
Costume Assistant – Andy Apuy
Crew – East West Volunteers:
Gordon Lee, Jessica Yang, Halley Kim, Ana San & Chon Lee
* Special mention to Elpidio Ebuen in participating for the Cruz-Chu Slideshow

Fireworks In The Sky

Last July 4, my hubby & I enjoyed ourselves with the sights & sounds of the Starlight Bowl. We brought picnic basket w/ us for dinner: spinach ravioli w/pesto, spicy buffalo wings, chicken caesar salad, blackforest ham sandwich, cherries & strawberries.

It’s less popular than the Hollywood Bowl but it has become Burbank’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue and has entertained generations of Southern California families nestled in the Verdugo Mountains. It has convenient location, great sight lines, grassy picnic area and comfortable seating.

Mascot Personalities During The 4th of July
Mascot Personalities During The 4th of July
Burbank POPS
Burbank POPS
Kite Flying
Kite Flying
Starlight Bowl
Starlight Bowl
The Start of the Fireworks
The Start of the Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks

It has become an annual tradition to have the fireworks every July 4th of the year which marks the high quality family entertainment presented that day and each Sunday evening throughout the summer.

This remind me so much of New Year’s Eve in the Philippines. For some reason, I still enjoy & miss the street fireworks there.

Wedding Direction Cards for Michelle

I finally finished my sister in law’s wedding direction cards last month. What I did was to use photoshop & use images from mapquest & the venue’s website. Her theme is traditional garden wedding w/ green & coral colors. At the back of the card is the text of the actual direction to the venue. We used Overnight Prints as our card vendor for this one. For 50 pcs., it’s only $18.95 + shipping which is very economical. She loved it! — I’m glad 🙂 Our next wedding project is designing her place cards.

Michelle's Direction Card
Michelle's Direction Card