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Charlene Sayo

Charlene Sayo
Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 18
Extremely mild-mannered unless provoked. I don't like clothes that require ironing and sweatpants are a godsend.


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When I posted an interview I conducted with Shannon Gibney from the Radio-BED website—a network of progressive podcasts—onto mine, I didn’t think it was going to cause so much trouble.  Disagreements could not be resolved and I left the collective soon after.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2013 2:24PM

Being a Guest in the Feminist Movement

In 1992, my mother joined The Vancouver Feminist Collective* (VFC).  In less than four months of her being hired as a program coordinator, she was fired. 

She did not steal money, physically abuse anyone, lie, or position herself as the Doyen of the group.  Nor was my mother aRead full post »

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AUGUST 15, 2013 2:58PM

Not Your Fetish: The Takedown of Day Above Ground


By now, anyone plugged into any social media network has heard that Los Angeles-based band Day Above Ground (DAG) has removed “Asian Girlz”, the music video Angry Asian Man founder Phil Yu concluded as the “the worst thing ever made.”  The baRead full post »

MARCH 6, 2013 12:32PM

Caviar for Working Folk

Kelp Caviar on Potatos-0


The popular girls, the ones who always sit by the boulder between the school entrance and the soccer field, like my Cats t-shirt. 

Where did you get it?  The ringleader asks.  She’s blond with blue-green eyes that are more green than blue, her lips areRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 12:44PM

Martial Law, My Father and Me

dad at 20 2 

 “You have to pick places you don’t walk away from.”—Joan Didion

 “Madali tayong makalimot / we forget easily.”—Known Filipino attribute



 The young man in this picture is my father at his university graduation.&Read full post »

MAY 17, 2011 9:15AM

In the Shadows


1988 was eventful.


A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution debuted in independent film festivals everywhere and catapulted its director, Nettie Wild to international recognition.  It was also my first of many life lessons in decorum a/Read full post »

MAY 5, 2011 3:17AM

Raw and Disorder

Like an episode from Law and Order: SVU, I woke up one morning to find my apartment the crime scene of debauchery and shame.

The evidence:  Empty wine bottles on the coffee table along with a half empty bunch of grapes, olives and marble cheese all shrivelled and stale. Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2011 1:54PM

Breaking up with Vino

wine and classy people

I started therapy because I was breaking up with Vino. 

If I didn’t get rid of him, or at least try I would become—if I wasn’t already—an alcoholic.  My habit of drinking alone in my apartment, accompanied with a pack of King size Dunhills, was testi/Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2011 1:45AM

Apocalypse Now

Unless you are a survivor of rape, abuse, torture; suffered a meth addiction, an eating disorder, cancer; you are a sociopath, a psychopath, have an addictive or split personality, I boxed “normal” people who went to therapy voluntarily to overcome their “depression” as either/Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2011 2:26PM

Good Vibrations?

*Hiya.  I just joined Open Salon and decided to post a little somethin' somethin' from my blog for you, OS bloggers, readers and voyeurs.  Enjoy.

Away from the clamour of Soho traffic, under the haze of jasmine incense and soft, amber lights, the coterie of zebra-striped dildos and octopus-Read full post »