Month: July 2021

Episode 147 – Family Matters: TFAL Talks Taking Care of Family

“As the days go by…it’s the bigger love the family.”

Growing up in communal households, many Filipino Americans sense the unspoken duty to take care of their families.  Whether it’s taking care of one’s own children, or one’s parents, or new, adopted members of one’s family, we all know we have some form of obligation to something outside of ourselves. In this very personal TFAL episode, the crew discusses our roles as caretakers for our families. Did we do that??

All four of us have gone through tremendous life changes over the past year – and we’re not just talking about COVID.  We all found ourselves as new caretakers of other members of our families.  Joe (and his boss, Gerlie) are now raising a young daughter, Ryan is now co-raising the children of his girlfriend, and Elaine and Mike are now taking care of Elaine’s recently widowed mother.  Listen as we discuss our experiences as relatively new family caregivers.  Through it all, we are both embracing as well as learning from the challenges of our new responsibilities.

Do you have any experiences in taking care of your family members?  Let us know!  Email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL.

 

Episode 146 – No Crying in Baseball: A Conversation with The Baseballogist L.A. Gamo

Take me out to the ball game

Take me out with the crowd

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

I don’t care if I ever get back 

Let me root, root, root for the…

 

How many of you have had the opportunity to sing this song at a baseball game? Filipino Americans love sports, however our fandoms lean towards basketball, a sport where the average height of an NBA player is above 6 feet. Would it surprise you to know that in Philippine history, baseball was once the most popular sport amongst Filipinos? (https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Big-Boys-Imperialism-Philippines/dp/0803255462

 

In this episode the TFAL crew share how they all became baseball fans before having a conversation with The Baseballogist L.A. Gamo, a Filipino American content creator who is highlighting the sport of baseball on his instagram (@baseballogist) and Youtube channel (The Baseballogist). L.A. shares his story and his love of baseball from a kid playing tee-ball to playing college baseball to his role now as a coach and baseball ambassador. Take a listen to the episode to find who’s favorite baseball clip is this scene from Naked Gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-S-eeInJVk

 

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Which baseball team do you root for?  What’s your favorite baseball memory?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com!