August 11, 2008
Am I the last to discover Natalie Coughlin, Olympic swimmer, was born in my hometown, went to my alma mater (Go Bears), and is part Filipino? Bet she’s my ‘little’ cousin! I’m telling folks I taught her everything she knows: which Vallejo thrift store has the best retrofunk clothes, what food stand has the filling-est nutella crepes to lipsmack during study breaks in Berkeley, and the healthiest ground turkey lumpia recipe for family potlucks (one must stay fit for Olympic training). What’s homegirl teaching me? Truly, if local pinay Bear can go for Gold, then anything’s possible for me, too.