The legend

How do you select moments to remember someone by when everything they did was so memorable?

Because of Mr. Glick, I was able to journey to Europe at age twelve and experience the thrill of international travel. I can still remember standing on the bank of the Thames, looking up at Big Ben and thinking how remarkable it was that people worked and lived in a such a magical place that felt like the inside of a history book. Eleven years after my seventh grade Europe trip I became one of those people while pursuing an MA in Chinese Studies…


Why is it that districts all around us have plans to reopen, while there are no reopening plans in sight for AUSD? I know it’s not because our kids are thriving with the current status quo, which sucks.

After a miserable spring experiencing the joys of distance learning with my five year old, a friend and I began homeschooling our four children together in September. While this has been the right decision my family and I have experienced many moments of joy on this journey, I’m over it. I’m done. I want to be able to drop off my sons…


There is so much about this pandemic that makes me feel guilty. Everyday I think of the thousands of people on ventilators that are going to die alone. I think about the people who have lost their loved ones and are trying to pick up the pieces in a broken world. I think about the healthcare workers who get up and go to work everyday, despite knowing what they are about to face.

I, on the other hand, get to wake up in my own bed, next to my three year old son and kiss him. My days of homeschooling…


I finished the first episode of Night Stalker last night. True crime is a genre I occasionally dabble in, but once I heard where the serial killer was from I could not resist this sleek new docuseries.

I am a third generation Monterey Park resident, born shortly after the events in the Netflix series. Growing up, the fear of strangers was deeply instilled in my bones. One sweltering day while walking home from school with my abuelita and sister, I turned down a ride home from a young couple in a Cadillac. After they drove away and I translated to…


Well here we are. Last Saturday I spoke with a nurse from Kaiser because I was experiencing fatigue, a low grade fever and muscle aches. I wanted a Covid-19 test so that I could hug my babies again without fear. The nurse urged me to be patient: “We aren’t conducting tests this weekend. I’m going to write a note to your doctor and I suggest calling the advice line Monday morning to schedule one. Hang in there. We’re living history right now.”

I’ve heard that phrase a lot since the start of the pandemic. We’re living history. It feels strange…


So here we are. Still. It is very strange how quickly we humans can adapt to change. Everyday I wake up. Everyday I stay home. This is what we do now. Last week was different. Last week I thought that I could start taking my boys to parks, beaches and hiking trails again. I was wrong.

My two year old got sick. Over 104 degrees fever sick. When I was holding his red hot body against my chest, rocking back and forth, and praying for his temperature to go down I was not worrying about all the places that were…


So this is happening. How is everyone doing? I’m trying to take things day by day and live in the now, which is difficult when the vast changes and challenges occurring in our society are so enthralling. My daily iPhone screen time usage is off the charts. I’ve been averaging 5+ hours a day while looking after my kids.

At the beginning of the week I was very optimistic about quarantine parenting. I figured, as a “stay at home” mom, I’ve been training for this for the past 5.5 years. I looked up the online resources, I made a fun…


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I spoke to Tian Tian today. She’s still in quarantine, but things are on the up and up. The number of new Covid-19 cases in Wuhan is decreasing day by day. Tian Tian and her family can now order from an online supermarket again and today she received a baby hair trimmer from an online retailer. Now her son Dang Dang will be able to have a haircut.

Earlier today I watched a documentary which showed the incredible response China took to slow the spread of the virus, from building two new hospitals in record time, to drafting health care…


He’s much bigger than that now!

I’ve been either growing or feeding a tiny human with my own flesh and bodily fluids for nearly six years. I have no memory of what it’s like to be a human in a non-symbiotic relationship. My body has not belonged to me in a long long time.

A couple of months ago I was picking dates for my future emancipation. I decided on a weekend in April when I would be travelling to San Fran sans kids. I was ready to stop nursing, but I first wanted to get my two-and-a-half year-old through cold and flu season with the…


Jennifer Tang reached out to me as the President of the Moms Club of Monterey Park and Alhambra back in September via Next-door asking to meet to discuss my perspective on raising kids in Monterey Park. We went to Ground Up for a coffee and ended up speaking for over an hour. She was full of energy and purpose that day, telling me about her background and all the things she had learned so far about our city.

She told me that she decided to run for office the day Stephen Lam told residents they were behaving like Nazis. She…

Rose Angeles

Mom, writer, yogi, beach bum, former expat from the SGV

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