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"Take Me There" (feat. Papa Johns)
My morals are built around the people I choose to include in my life. Mainly, my family. I have been riding high for majority of the year now and haven't really gotten to see my family. Mama Nell is back in town visiting so I figured it would be a great time to have my cousins and my adopted siblings come by, just to catch up and talk about life. I haven't seen my bro Jamie since I did the Let The Music Be Your Guide remake in June. We've all been so swamped living our lives. To have everyone in one location is not normal. Not everyone could make it though. Courtney Just had emergency dental surgery, so my sister sat this one out. Steven has been sick and is already off at college and Braeden has been swamped with work and classes. My best friend Dan is in another country, sister Jenny just started teaching 2nd grade, Ranjot is at a wedding in Canada, Pete is on the cover on Men's Health Magazine (i'm so proud of my bro) and Sam & Erik are off working in Vegas (and inspiring me of course). So i'm left with the family that could make it. I'm grateful to be with them, even if it is just for a few hours of drinks and pizza from Papa Johns.
I would have loved to have everyone be here. Growing up my family had the BEST parties. Every single week was a party. Even on school nights we had our family together and have bbqs til at least 11pm. I miss those so much. I live a more public life than my family does. When i'm able to include them in my work, I always jump at the opportunity. My circle is very limited and the people who i hold close mean the world to me. I'm so glad Jamie had a free day to come hang out with me for a bit. My brother is always working, but he always squeezes in time for me. He just got a new job with more flexible hours, so that is one thing we can cheers to. Sissy Dash has been off the radar for months, but having her back and back full time has filled a missing piece that was very noticeable. Mama Nell is back in town and continuing to move forward on her journey. I'm so proud of her and so happy to see her smiling. I haven't seen my cousins Nellie and Josh since Christmas. Growing up Me, Nellie, Courtney and Dash had a web show called Time Is Sick and later Home Movies. My hardcore og fans know exactly what I am talking about. Anyways, we documented our lives. Things like the parties, our fun sleepovers, all of that was documented. When i'm feeling lonely I log onto my private account and watch the episodes back. Yes, I feel lonely sometimes, lol. I mainly cringe at them, but they do make me laugh. Nellie and I sat for a bit and talked about our really wholesome upbringing. When you are Chamorro you have a very lively childhood. I can't really describe the feeling. It's like Christmas but it's not. You know what I mean? My childhood was filled with good food, music, dance, games, movie nights with the family, you name it. I'm very blessed that I have such fond memories. As an adult it is a little hard for us to all be in one location most of the time, but when we are all together it is like no time has passed. It has been months since I have seen everyone, but it feels like no days have passed. Seeing each other over pizza and beers, even that is special. I'm so busy living and exploring this new life of mine, but I always have breadcrumbs from my old life shining through who I am now. I often say, I wish I could go back to the 90's. For just one day to be a kid and run around without a care in the world. I can't do that. But I can bring forth those feelings I had back in the day so it can take me to that great big place in my heart, with one dozen wishes. Ever since things started becoming more busier and life started opening doors for me, I feel like the kid I was back in the 90's is still here and now he's the one that is out living a life and letting loose.
Jamie and Dash stayed behind with me and we talked for a good 3 hours about school, old films and tv shows we used to watch and where everyone is in life now. We also looked at my collection of photos from our past. I tend to keep old pics in photo albums. We just sat there and laughed and looked back at where we were and look forward to who we are becoming. Like I said, it is as if no time has passed. I need my family to balance out the much larger world that I am now becoming apart of. They take me there and they keep me grounded. They keep me feeling like the good parts of old me are still around. It's nice to come home and have them with me even if it is for a second. I may be an adult, but i'm now an adult exploring the world like a rugrat... This time in this big playground called San Francisco.
Photographer: Dom Baza & Dashia Robinson
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Stories From My Life - Chapter 8
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Stories From My Life
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