Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

I don’t normally write haikus (pronounced ‘high-coo’), but I thought I’d give it a try.  I’ve written what I call a “Chaiku” (pronounced ‘shy-coo’), a combination of “Chi-town” and “Haiku”-  yeah, laugh it up, you know it’s clever.  Here are some 5-7-5 format poems representing various sides of Chicago.  Enjoy. Write your own in a comment!

Maybe next year, Cubs.

Don’t stop believin’, White sox.

Superbowl shuffle.



The Windy City,

I love that skyline and the

Taste of Chicago.


I walk along the

beach, through the “wild hundreds”

and Michigan Ave.


Repeat the 3-peat

and see Michael Jordan fly,

no one is better.

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Dancer Pics

Posted: May 29, 2010 in Photos
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I thought I’d show you all some different forms of dance.  The shots I’ve taken range from cultural to liturgical. Maybe you’ll be inspired to get up and try out a few new moves yourself!  Stand up, move to the beat and don’t be afraid to let loose a little. Click on photos for a clearer, larger image.

Enjoy.

Hawaiian Luau

75-300 mm lens

Interpretive

75-300 mm lens, blurred edges

Paunjalay
75-300 mm lens
Hip-Hop
Wide Angle lens
Speedlite 420EX flash
Which one will you try?

I coach Filipino girls’ offensive/defensive line at school.

This is something that just sort of happened.  I’ve always seen myself as somewhat different for as long as I could remember.  As a youngster I really got into skateboarding, listened to scream-o rock music (still do), and wore 100% polyester dragon shirts to school… everyday. I wanted to be myself, and even though it’s not the average or stereotypical way of life for a young black boy growing up near Chicago, I liked it and that’s all that mattered.

I joined the Philippine Student Association at my university in hopes of broadening my horizon, and I became attached to the organization after a couple weeks of playing basketball with the guys and meeting some pretty cool people.  I joined their football team that plays UIC, Loyola, DePaul and NIU in a one day, tackle tournament in Chicago. The event is called Rice Bowl. I played defensive end for the men’s team and we went undefeated, taking home an awesome trophy in the process.

Long story short, I became Athletic Chair of the organization the next year and was  head coordinator for the annual tournament. There is also a women’s team which plays two-hand-touch.  When I became chair, I coached the girls offensive/defensive line  and set up all our practices.  It was hard work that year, but it paid off, as they  too went undefeated!  I was so proud of them, and was exhausted from the long year. The girls really heeded my advice and direction, and I couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated bunch.  They deserved to win.

We’ll try to bring home two trophies next year…

(Photo credits: hover over each photo to view photographers– check out their photos at http://www.brenansalgado.com/blog and http://www.flickr.com/photos/jondayrit/)

How’s That Taste?

Posted: May 19, 2010 in Photos
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Nothing To Do Tonight

Posted: May 8, 2010 in Photos
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