Pups with Pop Culture Panache!

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up! Enjoy this final post of adorableness!

Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-bat dogs!

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up! I'll be sharing photos throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

Teddy bears, clowns, cowboys and more!

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up! I'll be sharing photos throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

The athlete (dogs) of Tompkins Square Park

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up!

Since dogs are family too, I'll be sharing photos here throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

God Loves a Terrier!

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up!

Since dogs are family too, I'll be sharing photos here throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

God Loves a Terrier

Tompkins Square Park Dogs...dressed as other animals!

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up!

Since dogs are family too, I'll be sharing photos here throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

Tompkins Square Park Dogs...dressed as Food

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up!

Since dogs are family too, I'll be sharing photos here throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

Dogs Dressed as Food

Happy Halloween...from the dogs of Tompkins Square Park!

Last weekend, Curtis and I had the pleasure of visiting Tompkins Square Park during the Halloween Dog Parade. While we didn't enter the main judging area, we had a great time walking through the park and seeing the delightful pups all dressed up!

Since dogs are family too, I'll be sharing photos here throughout the week in the lead up to Halloween - enjoy the adorableness!

Les Chiens Adorables

#MyAAPIStory: "It was easier to do family reunification in Canada. They actually practiced it."

 
Carolina, Atilano, Almira, and Amanda finally reunited in North America. (Baby Clarissa was too young to make the trip, but met her oldest sister at home in Canada.)

In this third and final installment of Atilano and Carolina's immigration story, they talk about how they had to move to Canada from the US in order to finally be reunited with their eldest daughter. Part 1 and Part 2 are also published on this blog.

Transcript

Carolina (C): Daddy was sponsored by his boss in Newfoundland who recruited him, Shao nan Huang. Promised him that if he will take the job in Newfoundland, he would work for a kind of visa where he can bring his family.

Atilano (At): My option was Canada, Australia, those kinds of things. Since Canada was closest, I wanted to go to Canada. But for some reason I only applied in the eastern part of Canada. And the first one I wrote to, Newfoundland, took me, so I said, “oh, good.” But I had, before we got there, I actually had a landed immigrant visa. Which came as a permanent resident in the States. Having a landed immigrant visa allowed me to petition direct family. That's what happened with Almira.

C: It was just easier to family reunification of Canada was, they actually practiced it. US had the policy of family reunification but it never happened. They would deny visas. That's why Ate and I were left behind because they would deny visa even if they had supposedly wanted to keep families together.

At: Almira had to enter through the United States because that's where I got my landed immigrant status from Boston, and so all of my paperwork was going through Boston.

C: The port of entry would have been Boston to Halifax. Halifax was the – there was no Newfoundland connection.

At: We didn't know anyone in Boston. We knew Tita Fely in New York, we flew her to New York instead so they could have a little reunion there, right?

C: The one who brought Almira was Romeo de Gracia's sister.

Amanda (Am): Okay, Tita Kiddie is -

C: Kiddie and Chona, I think the three of them was the ones bringing Almira.

Am: So did we drive to Boston from Newfoundland?

C: Yes.

A: Okay.

At: We flew actually. We flew from Newfoundland to Boston. For some reason we wound up in Boston, and then we drove from Boston to New York to pick up Ate, and then stayed there a couple of days or something, then we drove back to Boston so we could fly out of Boston and clear the visa thing with the office there. And, but, on the way from New York to Boston, we had to have deadlines. The flight was scheduled and all of that. But on the way from New York to Boston, we drove at night, and it was in the middle of a snowstorm. Bad bad bad bad snowstorm. So we were driving in this car, right? And from Connecticut, the good thing was that they had all of the snow plows working that night. So I kind of followed one of the snow plows. So they cleared the highway and I was following them. And then we got to Boston, did the papers, and then, yeah.

C: When we were in Boston, we visited his professor, Remy Rosales in her house and you were running around with Almira in her house. And then I think we flew to Halifax, because I remember a, a plane, that we got off the plane or something like that. 

 

#MyAAPIStory: "My family will use any occasion to celebrate and prepare food."

Mike describes his family's Thanksgiving traditions, a holiday they only started celebrating once they immigrated, but one that fit in to the Filipino customs of preparing and celebrating with food and family.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPIStory: "I think of all my family, I was the most excited to come here."

Mike describes how and his family felt when they realized they were immigrating to the United States; i.e. not going back to the Philippines. As the youngest in his family, Mike had a different take on immigrating than the rest of his family did.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPIStory: "In America you should really be careful about how many pizza slices you order."

Mike learns a valuable lesson in cultural differences when he orders pizza in Jersey City. While he didn't have formal education on how to acclimate to US customs, he learned quickly!

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPIStory: "Our lifestyle was not quite what it was like in the Philippines."

In this interview, Mike describes the sad event of purchasing a VCR and the first moment he realized that his family's lifestyle was not what it had been in the Philippines.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPI Story: Teaching Filipino Dance in New Jersey

In this interview Mike talks about his mom's passion for teaching Filipino dance, and how her troupe kept her family connected to their roots and culture.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.