Thursday, December 24, 2015

Heart of Compassion Food Drive Luxarmor Blade Demo



I went to the Heart of Compassion Food Drive in Montebello, California which is in East Los Angeles on the Saturday before Christmas.  Not knowing what the event was completely about, I went thinking I was just going to skate and was not prepared for the tremendous amount of kids that were at the event.  I brought my new toy, a GoPro, and not knowing how to fix the settings, I filmed everything on the Square settings instead of wide - rookie mistake.  After the kids saw everyone blading, they were very interested in trying our skates.  Thanks to my Xsjado blades, I was able to give a few lessons on my easy to put on skates.  

The Lux Armor boys put some ramps together and did a blade demo for families that were underprivileged and are going through financial hard-times.  These people waited in line for several hours to receive gifts that they are currently unable to afford. Some parents were laid off, and/or are financially in need.  They played games that provided an opportunity to receive toys.  Others were given a free haircut, Christmas trees, and food for dinner to have a proper holiday and hopefully help these families get back to some financial balance.

This was the first christmas I was able to give people the gift of blading.












Monday, December 21, 2015

Juiced Sucka Foos - Brian Krans Bachelor Party




At the time I started this blog, another bad ass writer who has a few publications now, was Brian Krans. His passion for blading was infectious and it was only natural that I was able to collaborate Blading with Chef Knives with his writing situation, Bladeordie.com

He resided in Norcal and I, in Soulcal so our visits were very few and far between but when we linked up it was Bladerism at its finest. Several years have passed now and we have grown, and with the Juice Sucka Foos it led him to his then fiance, now wife, and they put together a Bachelor party at every Blader's dream skatepark, Woodward West.

I haven't bladed with these guys in their element since the Culinary school days when I lived in Napa, California. Their crew is still going strong, with Filthjuice.com being one of the coolest websites online, Ivan and ESG being their filmer & photographer with three top pros from Razors, Rollerblade, and Valo.

When you hang with A players it will only naturally charge up your energy and bring out tricks you would never even realize you had. Thanks for being family JSF and keep doing your thing. It brings the best out in people. Much love from Soulcal.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Naked





is an amazing photographer who shot this epic spread of me that we released for my most recent interview/conversation I had with Wheelscene.  

After the interview, I felt naked.  I exposed everything, left it all out for everyone else to see.  This is the company I work for, this is my position, and the conversation became a little heated, but, I respect my interviewer, David McNamara, and felt as if he was doing his job to speak for the public.  But, we both spoke from the heart, and I could not have been any more honest.  

I know these things normally are kept behind walls but, I believe for this company, after being in the hands of so many people, it got lost, and I hope now there has been a better discussion with the people who helped me get here, the people who believe in the brand, and blading, and to help them know that the company is on a lifeline but, I hope to help take it in a better direction.  Like all things, Xsjado is rebirthing, and we will continue to try some out of the box things, and find our niche amongst blading, and in all wheel sports. 

Lots can be said about the last photo... 

But, I guess theres a lot of things that can be said about blading in general... 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Next Adventure

Xsjado Website July 13th, 2015












This website took forever, but, it is finally here. 

New icon, New team, a whole new mind state. 

Nothing can take away how proud I am to announce, with a sigh of hard-work relief, that I designed this website, from start to finish, and I will continue working (with what I have) to make Xsjado something worth sharing with your friends.

Http://www.xsjado.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Back By Popular Demand

Before I departed southern california to train as a Chef in Napa's beautiful vineyards back in 2007, I was spending most of my free time blading and participating in all of the debauchery at the Westminster house (a blader house where the 2 feet cast lived), and after we bladed, we drank and partied with people from all over the area.  Among some of the cool people I have been honored to meet was Russell Mariano - a non blader but, was just as awesome and I later found out he was behind the scenes with Arlo for Gost clothing.  Those few interactions with Russell were always good times and life happens, where we have to work and it distanced us, but, thanks to Social Media, and this blog, like true millennial's we were able to keep in touch.  


Maybe more than 8 years later, Russell had a crazy idea.  Russell, now into Cross Fit, wanted to host a dinner for his friends, that required everyone at the party to wear suits -in Mad Men fashion, and combine it with his love for food as a Foodie.  He requested my services to have a Personal Chef come over and present a thoughtful menu.  Because of our Filipino heritage in the states, we came up with a menu that was very true to my style and I was more than happy to come out of my hiatus. 
  



The first two items I made were OK, maybe signs that I was a bit rusty, but, the fan favorites that I was able to give the most love to were the lollipop chickens, brined over night, tossed in ginger, green onions, and jalapeños for a green kick, that was delicious on its own and if you wanted to be greedy, tonight was the night, with a sweet chili dipping sauce.


In true foodie fashion, I took the parts that are most often frowned upon, but, are celebrated in the culinary world and especially the Filipino culture by taking the peasant cuts of the pig, snout, ears, and I added pork shoulder to make the infamous Filipino pork dish, Sisig.  Now this item is a labor of love, first boiled for four hours, then marinated, and chopped, and then sautéed with Onions, Bellpeppers, and Jalapeños.  I then took it a step further, with an apple jicama cilantro lime cole slaw to refresh the palette and instead of tortillas to make Tacos, Russell wanted to use Rice buns (bao) to make an asian styled version of the Latin favorite.   



Taylor came, and supported, and everyone wondered when she was going to sing but, tonight she had the night off and instead was eye candy for the Chef.  


If you're looking to host a private event, and want a Chef with a lady that has a beautiful voice, we would love to share out talents.  

Please visit the Sound Bites page on this blog, and lets discuss how we can make a memorable night for you and your loved ones.