Wanderlust: Puerto Rico w/ Thr33

May 3, 2012

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I fell in love this weekend... with my friends and with Puerto Rico. It was a much needed quick getaway to La Isla del Encanto, and definitely loved every minute. This weekend I'll update the post with more pictures and how we made sure to enjoy the weekend.

Retirement Party for the Old You

April 14, 2012

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Life isn’t easy, it’s a process.  With the highs come lows, and you know.  I’m sure you’ve experienced a heart ache or two before.  With sarcasm, I can say the last few months have not been the most delighted in the personal department.  I have no worries about the career, it seems to be making […]

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HeartBeat: “Rayando el Sol” Mana

April 13, 2012

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In the spirit of having just seen Mana in concert, I had to include a Mana song into the Heart Beat series. I love this song ... it's an older song, but the theme is timeless. This is one of the best songs that speaks the emotion of despair... even willing to travel the universe for a persons love, and nothing. I mean just look at the lyrics, "Es mas facil llegar al sol que a tu corazon" (It's easier to reach the sun than your heart). If that doesn't get you... I don't know what will. Enjoy the tune!

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HeartBeat: Train’s “Drive By”

April 12, 2012

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When I heard this song on the radio I immediately felt more upbeat.  It’s got a jingle to it and some some songs just do that.  Although the lyrics don’t share the happiest tale, they are still somewhat positive.  It’s like I told my friend, it’s a song that can easily be the theme song […]

April 11, 2012

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Originally posted on Growing | Slim:
Disclaimer: I’m not a native New Yorker, I’m actually a transplant.  If I live here any longer my roots are seriously going to start growing deep.  So, anticipating that I wont live here forever, I’ve decided to capture all the amazing experiences this Big Apple has to offer. So “Big…

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Big Apple Bites: La Esquina Criolla in Queens

April 11, 2012

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Dinner at La Esquina Criolla >>> AMAZING!! Part of the YWA culture is to eat together for dinner once a month - family style. When you like what you do and you like the people you work with, it's easy to spend 8-12 hours a day together. I see my coworkers more than anyone in my life. Of course we all have our own families, but it would be ridiculous to call our small team synergetically composed to operate like a factory of a million workers, anything less than family. We are a tight ship, and a crew that at all hours of the day has the "Open" for business light on. That just means, when we turn it off for our monthly dinner, we really make the most of it. This month we had the experience of travelling out of the Manhattan norm to the borough of Queens and experience some authentic Argetine meat!

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HeartBeat: “Somebody that I use to Know”

April 9, 2012

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Music is a wonderful form of expression.  I love music, and I love lyrics.  I’m always fascinated when I find a song that really grabs not just my ear but my heart.  I fell in love with this song for its unique sound, but totally couldn’t stop from listening to it on repeat for its […]

Hostos Education Project >>> Brooklyn Half Marathon

April 7, 2012

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Dear Friends and Family, On May 19th I will be running my first half-marathon in support of the Hostos Education Project. Many of you know my history with travelling to Guatemala (Global Visionaries) and Brazil (Amigos de las Americas) in the spirit of fostering positive change in the world. Over the last two years, I've had the privilege to be a part of a small group of friends working towards our aim in building ecologically sound, economically sustainable schools in Latin America. I am writing to ask that you support my run in the Brooklyn Half-Marathon by donating at our website: HostosEducationProject.org. This run will be a difficult task; I have never done something like this before. Although this is a personal challenge and I am doing this for me; more importantly it's because your donation will help build the very schools that children will learn in come this fall. I have no doubt these children will become the world leaders of tomorrow.

I am Joaquin >>> Who is a Chicano? What is it the Chicanos Want?

April 5, 2012

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I felt like getting back to my roots today and wanted to share some thoughts on the "Chicano" term I use to describe myself, if and when I don't use Mexican-American. Below you will find one of the most important literary works in the Chicano Movement of the 1960s, I am Joaquin. The poem illustrates the struggles of being faced with economic injustice and fighting for equal rights, simultaneously conveying the struggle in trying to find inclusion in a hybrid mestizo society. Below the poem there is an article, Who Is A Chicano? And What Is It the Chicanos Want? written by Ruben Salazar. I felt it would be a good juxtaposition to share both pieces together. The first with the fire of passion to brew the soul and another with a great take on trying to make sense of all the passion behind the loaded term “Chicano.”

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Hostos Education Project – Save the Date!

April 4, 2012

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It's been a couple weeks since I post, and I'm honest when I say I have a lot to share. The next couple of days will prove it! First and foremost, if you can I'm asking you to visit www.hostoseducationproject.org and check out what we are up to! The primary mission of the Hostos Education Project, formerly known as the Hostos Dream Project, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, is to develop a dynamic school environment for children ages 4 to 18 in the Dominican Republic. It seeks to improve the quality of education by creating an environment that addresses the needs of all learners, especially those with autism and other special needs. The design and construction of the school will put a special emphasis on environmental conservation. This model, once implemented, can be replicated in other areas of Latin America. If you're in the NYC area, please support this amazing organization by joining us at The Alger House for a night at The Dream Garden, June 7th, 2012. If you'd like to obtain a sponsorship package, please feel free to email me! Until the next post- Saludos! Emilia Cerrillo