Bruha Baddies
Language Barriers in our Community (Filipinx/a/o)

Language Barriers in our Community (Filipinx/a/o)

February 28, 2021

One of the many indicators in our diasporic community as Filipinx is language barriers. Philippines has many dialects, first/second/third gen and beyond are sometimes raised without the dialect of their family, parents make intentional choices about being an english only assimilated home, and the list of barriers upon barriers are complex, layered, and nuanced. 

Today we sit with the co-hosts (Daniel Nero, Nicole Espinosa, and Jean Munson) on their experiences with language barriers, navigating in and around that, or experiencing the marginalization that occurs when one language is superior over the other.

Host Recommendations:

Nicole:

  1. @tofutees is a young Black creative in Las Vegas with dope antiracist merch including embroidered dad hats, enamel pins and ZIIIIIINES. 
  2. @missminilife on IG and YT. They’re a miniatures artist who is Black. They recently uploaded a video of a diorama of George Washington Carver’s laboratory.
  3. Dr. Wanni Lie and her Tita assistant at Charleston Smiles Dentistry on the corner of East Charleston and Nellis. When I go in for major work, Dr. Lie gets me a prescription for 1 singulair drug. It helps. I have a lot of anxiety around dentists and teeth.

Daniel

  1. Shiny Stockings, by Count Basie
  2. McDo Pokemon Cards: Torchic and Cyndaquil
  3. Toast with butter and cinnamon sugar.

Jean

  1. @tagalogwithkirby (Joanna Your Tagalog Ate)
  2. @surbiborkay_art
  3. @lagimpodcast
Happy love YOU for YOU! In Her Purpose Special Guests Appearance!

Happy love YOU for YOU! In Her Purpose Special Guests Appearance!

February 14, 2021

Whether you celebrate Valentines, Gal-entines, or Pal-entines day, don't forget YOU in the equation! Jean Munson sits down with Co-Founders of IN HER PURPOSE book, coaching, and business Rose Buado and Jennifer Redondo-Marquez. Finding yourself can be a daunting task and this collaborative pinay conversation shares how you or anyone you know can navigate that transition with IN HER PURPOSE as a resource and support (especially in a community where women are expected to give more of themselves everyday to others).

 

Recommendations:

Rose

  1. In Her Purpose Ube extract on ihpshop.com 
  2. @timeless.love.creations on Instagram activity worksheets for virtual students 
  3. Purpose Check Up 

Jennifer

  1. 1 Gallon Water Bottle 
  2. Level Up Course starting Monday 
  3. Chez Couture Straps 

Jean

  1. Check out In Her Purpose today and share this episode out to continue the great and good things Rose and Jennifer are doing for the community.
  2. Small Netflix binge recommendation because it got me thinking about social media impact with conspiracies and cyberbullying: CRIME SCENE The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
  3. And the Social Dilemma

 

Happy love YOU for YOU! In Her Purpose Special Guests Appearance!

Happy love YOU for YOU! In Her Purpose Special Guests Appearance!

February 14, 2021

Whether you celebrate Valentines, Gal-entines, or Pal-entines day, don't forget YOU in the equation! Jean Munson sits down with Co-Founders of IN HER PURPOSE book, coaching, and business Rose Buado and Jennifer Redondo-Marquez. Finding yourself can be a daunting task and this collaborative pinay conversation shares how you or anyone you know can navigate that transition with IN HER PURPOSE as a resource and support (especially in a community where women are expected to give more of themselves everyday to others).

 

Recommendations:

Rose

  1. In Her Purpose Ube extract on ihpshop.com 
  2. @timeless.love.creations on Instagram activity worksheets for virtual students 
  3. Purpose Check Up 

Jennifer

  1. 1 Gallon Water Bottle 
  2. Level Up Course starting Monday 
  3. Chez Couture Straps 

Jean

  1. Check out In Her Purpose today and share this episode out to continue the great and good things Rose and Jennifer are doing for the community.
  2. Small Netflix binge recommendation because it got me thinking about social media impact with conspiracies and cyberbullying: CRIME SCENE The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
  3. And the Social Dilemma

 

Folklore about Familiars: THE PET EPISODE!

Folklore about Familiars: THE PET EPISODE!

January 31, 2021

CW/TWarning

As bruha/x with our witchy Walang Hiya ways, all the cohosts have pets aka familiars. Pets that we refer to often as our family members. I wanted to look up what the cultural relationship Filipinx have with animals. The top 3 things came up in Jean's google search,

  1. We eat dogs.
  2. Dogs are the number 1 pets by Filipinos followed by cats. (SURPRISINGLY!!!??)

This information on relationships conflict and the limited research creates a gap in knowing the actual closeness and fondness that exists in our culture with nature’s creatures. So today, our Bruha Baddies team sits down to reflect on familiars/pets and how they impacted us in healthy ways (mind & body) as well.

Sources used:

Allan B. de Guzman, Denise S. Cucueco, Ian Benedict V. Cuenco, Nigel Gerome C. Cunanan, Robel T. Dabandan & Edgar Joseph E. Dacanay (2009) Petmanship: Understanding Elderly Filipinos' Self-Perceived Health and Self-Esteem Captured from their Lived Experiences with Pet Companions, Educational Gerontology, 35:11, 963-989, DOI: 10.1080/03601270802708418 @ University of Santo Tomas

 

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Recommendations

Nicole

  1. VCA Mountain Vista on East Flamingo
  2. Brown Plant Girls on Etsy
  3. Bellesa Boutique dot com

Daniel

    1. Using your public library: I got a book (about bisexuality in the ancient world) through Interlibrary Loan. I also got 5 other books delivered to my “home” library because I requested them. I also listen to great courses and ebooks through the library apps. So many things to learn about. In transit: a book about Asian myths -- two are from the PI.
    2. Cast Iron Skillet: Truly a nice thing to have in the kitchen. They’re easy to maintain (only water and a non-metal scrubber, no soap –– then oil it up), and they’re good for cooking burgers, steaks, biscuits and gravy, stews, oh my god. So good so good. I’m southern now
    3. Scriabin Etude 42 no 5: For the pianists out there -- the tempo is marked as “affanato” meaning “breathless” or “without breath”. So the whole time, the melody is playing within a  storm, like it’s trying to get out of chaos --- and when it does, it’s pure tenderness. (But there’s only small bits of tenderness.) This piece makes me cry on really sad days. Give it a listen on YouTube.

Rose

  1. Listen to classical versions of songs. Makes you feel fancy (I’m having a Bridgerton phase)
  2. Trying not to take myself too seriously! I feel being able to joke about myself HEALTHily is a good way to have some sense of reflection and understanding
  3. Kristian Kabuay - baybayin.com

Jean

  1. Headspace the App for peace of mind and practice for noting (clearing the mind from anxious to do lists, self flagellation, and being mindful in the present moment)
  2. Drops the App is for intellectual stimulation (teaching myself tagalog bit by bit and was originally recommended by Nicole) It’s funny because the words I have a sense of familiarity is all the food terms like talong, hipon, and kape.
  3. Emjoy the App is for exploring my sexuality, kinks, self esteem, and desires. and There’s audio for masturbating to or exploring deeply rooted sexual trauma. There’s queer content on here as well.

 

Season 3: Redefining Rest

Season 3: Redefining Rest

January 17, 2021

Raised on the notion of meritocracy and that hard work leads to success, we reflect on work-from-home conditions from 2020. Does it challenge the Model Minority. If so, how? By making us negotiate whether or not we deserve to practice pausing. Guilt, being called “lazy,” and having to prove self worth through productivity may have come up for our Bruha Baddies hosts.

  • First BB RECS in 2021:
      1. Jean

        • Good pillows.
        • I am Co. 30 day affirmation cards
        • Being my own friend zine by @arcadell
      2. Daniel:
        • Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot
        • Chips Ahoy and Milk at night
        • Ginger Ale BoldAle 8
      3. Nicole:
        • Manta Sleep masks
        • Digital Passion Planner
        • The Bahay Kubo club on the Clubhouse app (co-created by Erwin B Valencia and Elise Bernal)
Season 2 Finale: 2020 Burnout

Season 2 Finale: 2020 Burnout

December 20, 2020

Half the team of Bruha Baddies (Daniel Nero and Jean Munson) reflect on the year and the meaning of life after 2020. Close out your year with some of these truths about self discovery with your favorite magical radicals!

Bruha Baddies to return on January 17!

And in case the holidays are hard, lonely, or boring, feel free to listen to any and all episodes on your commute or chill time. You've never alone on BB!

Art and Mental Health Series Part 3 with Co-Zi LV (@cozilv), Special Guest Gina Parham (@artofgina)

Art and Mental Health Series Part 3 with Co-Zi LV (@cozilv), Special Guest Gina Parham (@artofgina)

December 6, 2020

Many times in our Filipinx/a/o community art is something to stray from, romanticize, or only hold value if it's lucrative. On Bruha Baddies, we want to identify folks that use it as part of an overall healing for themselves that eventually encourages others to participate in art making too. This 3 installment brings it back from Cali and Canada, to Las Vegas.

Meet team Co-Zi Las Vegas (Comics and Zines Las Vegas) and within the team is Nicole Espinosa (BB Co-Host), Jean Munson (BB Co-Host), and third co-founder Gina Parham (@artofgina) as they discuss their friendship and community building through their art. Collectively they talk about their different journeys that led to their healing and planning committee.

 

Episode Recommendations:

  • Nicole
    • Milk + T (@milkandt) → Y’all know how I feel about the electoral college, but I’m gonna give my measly dollars to a QPOC business. IDGAF where the 45 fandom clowns have to go to get a boba and their yellow fever rocks off. Milk + T ain’t for them. Anyway, pleased as punch with the customer service at the West Side location, my Under Oat drink and the plethora of BOBA WASTED sticker swag Milk + T has to offer.
    • Samonte Cruz (@samontecruzstudios) → They’re a Canadian-based badass who posts really cool goldsmithing content and are rooted in decolonization (business ethics, land back, ancestral history, self care, etc). I stan TF out of them. They also made my wedding ring, which I get hella compliments on. Get to know more about them in an interview posted on their IG and buy from their shop.
    • Tron (@losingshape) → I’ve been in the TronDon since Livejournal, lol! Representation matters especially when someone who looks and loves like you is embedding ink on your skin. 10/10 would get tattooed again post pandemic. In the meantime, throw some dollars at her online store. P.S. Her partner Rainbow makes dope press-on nails.
  • Gina
    • I just rewatched this documentary, so go watch But I Love The Zine, it’s a documentary on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMOGGY4tqXE
    • Check out Noname Book Club for some great reading suggestions! They highlight books by authors of color. https://nonamebooks.com/
    • If you’re trying to learn a language, stick to it! In case anyone needed to hear it. 
  • Jean
    • Keeping a paper calendar, a good friend during zoom meetings
    • Headspace app for meditation (currently doing appreciation series)
    • Being open to delays in life, asking and articulating ya sick!

Where to find Co-Zi LV:

Facebook facebook.com/cozilv

Instagram @cozilv

Website cozilv.com

Email cozilasvegas@gmail.com (send us zines!)

 

 

Art and Mental Health Series Part 2 with Keet (@makeshiftlove)

Art and Mental Health Series Part 2 with Keet (@makeshiftlove)

November 22, 2020

Many times in our Filipinx/a/o community art is something to stray from, romanticize, or only hold value if it's lucrative. On Bruha Baddies, we want to identify folks that use it as part of an overall healing for themselves that eventually encourages others to participate in art making too.

Keet Geniza is our first international guest on Bruha Baddies and hails all the way from Toronto, Canada. They are an illustrator and they open up about artist block and social media's impact on art sharing. Tune in for their tips how doodling can save your day! We're fans of Keet's ability to artistically highlight fat experiences among pinays/pinxys, fat women of color, and queer women of color.

 

Ways to find Keet Geniza:

@makeshiftlove on Instagram

Etsy Store

Art and Mental Health Series Part 1 with Kayleen (@surbiborkay_art)

Art and Mental Health Series Part 1 with Kayleen (@surbiborkay_art)

November 8, 2020

Content Warning (CW): Sexual Assault

Many times in our Filipinx/a/o community art is something to stray from, romanticize, or only hold value if it's lucrative. On Bruha Baddies, we want to identify folks that use it as part of an overall healing for themselves that eventually encourages others to participate in art making too.

Kayleen is a polymath with art, counseling, and academics. In her avenue of zine making, she re-authors her survivor story and reaffirm her truths helping online and in person communities. Her zines have been conversation openers, and also a source of controversy among family, friends, and fans.

Follow Kayleen's work @surbiborkay and may you find the courage to journal, create dialogue, and own your story too.

BB Recommendations:

Jean:

  1. Jackfruit = LANGKA
  2. Mute Notifications in your settings
  3. Muting friends on a temporary basis

Kayleen:

  1. Growing my own garden
  2. Playing guitar and singing along to cheesy Filipino ballads

Nicole:

  1. I AM OBSESSED WITH KYLIE MINOGUE’S NEW ALBUM AND IDC.
  2. Beet juice

 

Cultural Fears with Peers

Cultural Fears with Peers

October 25, 2020

Content Warning (CW)

October is many things this month: Filipino American History Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Halloween season.

All these themes play apart in this conversation between Jean, Nicole, and Daniel. Join the ebb and flow of talking about trauma, taboos, and teka muna!

And as always, there's recommendations of the things we love at the end of the episode that help bring joy and fun into our lives and yours.

 

Here's a few:

Daniel:

  1. Air fryers cuz fried food
  2. Advocating for yourself at work: Coaching teachers didn’t go so well lol
  3. Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs instead of reading

Jean:

  1. Comics out of my Comfort Zone (The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen & Invisible Differences: A Story of Asperger's, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color)
  2. Jean Nidetch Women's Center- Healing work in Academia needing constant replication and emulation in more spaces

Nicole:

  1. Tennis’ spoopy cover of the Carpenter’s song “Superstar”
  2. A ratchet-wrench-screwdriver set that doesn’t belong to me.
  3. HOMEMADE S’MORES

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