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I have moved to ActionJoJo.com!

Hi friends and faithful readers!

After months of dreaming about it, I have finally moved my blog to ActionJoJo.com!  In a short while, this website will be automatically redirected to ActionJoJo.com so please be sure to update your bookmarks, readers, and RSS feeds to stay in touch!  If you have subscribed to this blog, I ask that you subscribe one more time to the new site.  Changes are on the horizon for ActionJoJo and I want you all to stay with me for the ride.  Future posts will always center on the theme of culture and include more great info on the borough of Queens (NYC), my future and past travels, and my new career as a yoga teacher!

The new site has two new posts.  One centered on the annual New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center

…and the other, on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) and the Sicilian traditions associated with this feast day that remain alive in Queens.

Thank you all for your loyal readership!  It means a lot to me to have your support!  See you at ActionJoJo.com.  Now, go out and explore!

Love,
JOJO

Cabin Fever

Day 4

Woke up with a throat the felt like a cat clawed at it.  Feel a little better today but decided to spare my colleagues my germs and terrible cough.  I’m proud that The Husband still went to 7am bikram without me.  Starting to get cabin fever folks.  Thank goodness there’s hot tea, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and online episodes of Cranford at PBS Masterpiece to prevent me from going totally crazy.  All these Anglophilic amusements are suddenly making me want to visit England.

Recycle Your Old Sneakers

Just dropped off our ratty, old sneakers at my local Niketown. Nike has a great program called “Reuse A Shoe” that accepts any brand of athletic shoes and recycles them to create raw materials for new basketball and tennis courts, and running tracks. Check out their website for a local drop-off station near you or ship your shoes to their recycling center in Oregon. Pretty cool, eh?

Chopped!!!

I was so sick of the long hair, which I’ve had for years so I decided to chop 10 inches off. The last time I cut my hair short was in 1999. It was even shorter than this, a pixie cut. I would say this is a Katie Holmes-inspired bob.

When the hairdresser was done, my head felt lighter. And on a hot, humid day like today, the back of my neck and shoulders feel bare and cool. I kept the hair and plan to donate it to a charity like Locks of Love. Pantene has a program that accepts hair donations too.
I can’t wait to hear what my colleagues in the office will say when I walk in tomorrow!

Where the name comes from

Ever wonder why I call myself “ActionJoJo”?

In college, everyone called me “Jo” and my best friend called me “JoJo”. During our senior year, my friend Katie, who had just returned from a junior year abroad in Germany saw me and shouted out “JoJoAction!” Huh? She never called me that before. She explained it like this:
When I was in Germany, there was this hit song called “Jojo Action” by a group called Mr. President. Every time they played it, I thought of you! ::starts singing::
Listen JoJo Action
Gimme satisfaction
JoJo c’est la vie
Well, needless to say, she called me that ever since then. When I created this blog, I tried to use “jojoaction” but it was taken. So “ActionJoJo” was born!
And for a real treat, here’s the music video to the song!

Update! Read all about it.

I notice that I’m the kind of blogger who pauses and stops writing for a long time for a variety of reasons. Then, I somehow get inspired and I pick it up again. So here I am. Back. Almost one and half years later. Lots have happened since March 08.


Celebrated my 10 year college reunion. The weekend was amazing and it made me realize how much I missed my 4 years at school.

Barack was elected president! Woot! I still love me some Hillary and was disappointed when she lost to Obama. Nevertheless, I’m happy with how things turned out.

I became an official TripVlogger for a travelsite called TripFilms and I’ll be posting some of the videos I made for them on our trip to Hong Kong. We owe them videos on the Philippines so I’ll be posting those soon too. In the meantime, you can check out my videos at Tripfilms here.

MoJo and I went to Hong Kong for New Year 2009 and then on to the Philippines for two weeks to visit my family.

I started practicing Bikram yoga in mid-March and I am an official Bikram junkie!!! I was inspired to try it because of the inspiring healing story of the creator of this yoga, Bikram Choudhury. He crushed his knee in a weightlifting accident as a young adult and Western doctors proclaimed he would never walk again. He proved them wrong. This practice has healed countless people physically, mentally, & emotionally including myself.

I had arthroscopic surgery back in 1991 and my knee was never the same. I always likened my knee to a shattered vase pieced together. Over the years, it would lock out, feel tight, feel like there were air bubbles in. I didn’t have any strength in it nor flexibility. In March 09, I was leaning heavily on a banister to go down stairs because my knee didn’t feel strong enough. I’ve been an active person despite working out at the gym, running, power walking, hiring a trainer. But over the years, my knee just weakened. Besides the knee, I had other joint/muscle issues: I pulled my back out several times, the tendons in my shoulder were starting to fray causing severe paine, my wrists hurt (I thought I had carpel tunnel), my ankles were starting to hurt. In fact, you can read me blog about it back in 2005. I felt like I was a 30 year old living in a 60 year old body. It was depressing to say the least. One acupuncturist friend who treated me told me that my body has a tendency to produce high levels of acid (caused mainly by stress, anger, and the food I eat) that is causing my joint pain/injury. She recommended that I sweat the acid out. Enter Bikram yoga and the inspiring story of healing by Bikram himself. I made a commitment to practicing 5-6 days a week and after 5 months I am so happy to say that all my joint paint has virtually disappeared. I say virtually because my knee pain has decreased tremendously and is on its way to healing fully. I feel like I’ve been given a new body with my regular practice. In addition to all the physical benefits (did I mention that I’ve lost weight), emotionally and mentally I’m also a different person. I am happier, more centered and at peace, and most importantly, I’ve been able to manage the stress in my daily life so well. Things that would make me fly off the handle before, don’t bother me anymore. It’s been an amazing and transformative experience. But I had to earn it. Healing on any level is not passive; it is an active engagement of your mind, body, and spirit. It takes commitment, hard work, discipline, and yes, sometimes pain to achieve breakthroughs. There’s a time and place for medicine. Yes. However, I feel our society has become so dependent on pills to solve our issues when in fact pills just treat the symptom (and create more problems with side effects) and don’t target the cause.

And most recently, we just came back from vacation. We went on a 9-day cruise to the Caribbean. Let’s just say I’m not running to sign up for my next cruise. It was good to spend time with MoJo’s family and not have to work for 9 days. The best part was sitting on a deck chair, facing the horizon and reading a book. Other than that, I can do without the overconsumption of food, alcohol, and goods. I’ll stick to off-the-beaten path traveling unless it’s a cruise to the Galapagos or the South Pacific!

The video camera has arrived!

It’s here, it’s here!!! MoJo and I ordered a Sony Handycam DCR-SR300 thanks to a recommendation by photographer extraordinaire Tony Yang. We are very excited to use it.

Look out for a future vlog by me, a sign of things to come…