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Courage, Compassion, and Wonder through community and service! It’s our digital digest about all things happening Eayikes happening,
5 days ago
Soulversations #8: Alex Yoon, Leadership Style, Being on a Cleanse, Optimal Balance In Life
In this episode we get to sit down with Alex Yoon aka Yooney, co-founder of Eayikes, and someone I've come to know and grow with over the years. In the past 3 and a half years living together, we lived a pretty embedded experience: working on Eayikes together, living together, working our day jobs together (in the same department and same position), playing on the same basketball together, and sharing many of the same beautiful, wonderful friends. Being that intertwined, you can forget to slow down and just check in with each other and chat as human beings. That's what we did here. We talked about being in the middle of a cleanse together, leadership styles, learnings, and what the future of Eayikes might look like. Enjoy!
1 hr 11 min
Nov 12, 2020
Soulversations #7: We Are Fantastico, We Are Transcendent, We Are Love, Fear Is Not Real
In this episode we're connecting with the unicorn, Silvia! Silvia is people power, love, joy, and life force in its purest form. We met her when volunteering at LACAN, and the joy with which she serves the community is infectious. Silvia dedicates her life to service and making sure people have what their basic needs met. She's an artist, a mother, a hair stylist, a dancer, and lover of breakfast at anytime. If your soul needs a pick me up, please give Silvia a listen!
1 hr 3 min
Nov 5, 2020
Soulversations #6 Switching Up Your Life Course, Eye Contact, No More Mr. Rice Guy
In this episode, we connect with the homie Mr. Ralph Hsiao of Rice Guys, a day after they had finished cleaning out their kitchen as they look towards new life ventures. We talk about the journey of grinding for your craft, what it's like to have free time after 15 months of hustling, and the process of doing the inner work and healing. The self reflection and vulnerability Ralph brought was next level, and made the conversation a powerful moment to capture and to be a part of!
Oct 29, 2020
Soulversations #5:A Whirlwind Wedding, Parental Firsts, Make us Some Babies
In this episode we're chatting with Phil and Karlene aka Philene Cuisine! They were married this past weekend in a small intimate ceremony at Zion National Park, and this is our late night decompression of the weekend in the parking lot of a Victorville Panda Express parking lot inside of Esther's RAV 4. It was a beautiful weekend built around the idea of an intimate group, a people powered wedding, and the powerful convergence of loved ones!
Oct 22, 2020
Soulversations#4: Finding Stability, The Foster System, Going To The Army
In this episode we're chatting with a one of a kind personality and special human, Lance! He's an original Eayikes camper, and at only 21, has lived a tough road, but he takes it all in as part of his journey, and he keeps his hope at the forefront. He's got a fascinating personal story with a heart that understands that he's made for greatness, and is willing to commit to the journey and the hard work of it all.
Oct 15, 2020
Soulversations #3: Peace of Mind Compton, Texas Style Burritos, Pain and Joy
In this episode we're eating Texas style burritos in Compton with Kani and discussing community. Kani is an organizer, and the founder of Peace of Mind Compton, a community hub and space. His love for the city and his perspective on the duality of pain and joy, and how community comes from that was straight wisdom. He's got a powerful vision and a deep love, and he's putting in the time for his community.
Oct 8, 2020
Soulversations #2: Being A Refugee, Fasting for 3 Days, Unconditional Love
In this episode of Soulversations we sit down with Esther, a hallowed member of Eayikes! She is compassion, unconditional love, and wisdom all personified in a wonderful and gentle soul. She shares about her family escaping the dictatorship of Idi Amin, learning to fast when food was low, and how she loves harder when people bring hate to the table.
Oct 1, 2020
Soulversations#1: Breakthroughs with Mom at 72
Soulversations is our podcast focused on creating deeper and more meaningful connections in our relationships. Originally a booth at a party to help people meet, it turned into a connection building card game, and now it's also our podcast to show how asking questions, taking the time to listen, and holding space for each other can transform our relationships and self. In this episode, Ray connects with his mom after her visiting home for her 72nd birthday. She drops knowledge and insight as they discuss over their morning breakfast tradition whenever Ray leaves for Socal after a trip to The Bay.
Jan 30, 2020
EIYP#13 - Stratton, Community Service, Social Anxiety
Yooney & Kyle kick-off 2020 with a new episode of Eayikes In Your Pocket, a conversation centered around community service and personal experiences with giving back. Here at Eayikes, one of our goals has always been to help people discover and develop hearts of service, so we had a great conversation with our good friend Stratton Constantinides about how he's grown to become more service-oriented as he navigates adulthood. We also dive in with Stratton about social anxiety, something he's only beginning to experience later in life. A lawyer by day, surfer by morning, musician by night, Stratton is an all-around true gentleman who definitely loves to dance to Lukas Graham! Shoutout to Ava Nguyen for linking Stratton and Eayikes up with the Border Angels organization during the 2019 holidays, and our friend Araceli of Speaking From The Heart, whose tireless work and collaboration with Eayikes continues to nurture more and more interest in helping our neighbors across our southern border! Find out more about Border Angels at borderangels.org Eayikes In Your Pocket is our podcast covering all things Eayikes, in our quest to infuse more Courage, Compassion and Wonder in the world. You can listen to this episode and all past episodes on Spotify, iTunes, and Podbean!
Dec 23, 2019
EIYP#12 - Sonia, Culture Shock LA, ASMR Chip Challenge
It's our final episode for 2019! We wanted to reflect on the year and connect with one of our most treasured peeps in the community, Sonia! Sonia is the company director for Culture Shock LA, a non-profit hip hop dance organization. Outside of that Sonia also works at a non-profit serving families and is an all-around life force of positive energy and motherly nurture. In our conversation we discuss Culture Shock LA, our 2019s, hear some killer voice overs from Kyle, flow states, and play a round of guess the ASMR chip eater. It's our longest podcast yet, as it was such a valuable, reflective, rejuvenating, and affirming conversation to share with each of us together. So kick back and chill with us on this one, it's good times!
1 hr 21 min
Oct 15, 2019
EIYP#11 - Dakarai, Collages, and Messed Up Audio
Hellllooo! It's been awhile, as we've been regrouping and strategizing for 2020. A lot of life has happened, and we've been flowing and working on our self care. Today we talked with Dakarai who will be leading our Wonderfull Wednesday with his collaging, as well as spinning a vinyl set at our HallowEayikes party next weekend. Naturally, taking such a long break, I set up the mic but managed to record us through my computer mic. Pardon our audio, but this content is golden!
Jul 19, 2019
EIYP#10 - Campout Reflection, What Does This Mean For Eayikes, Audible Release
We've had a couple weeks to process on the wonder that was Eayikes Campout. We headed to Angeles National Forest to unplug, connect, take in nature, and learn from each other. Without any cell service, running water, and 123 of the flyest people you could meet, it was one for the books. It truly was a breakthrough and profound experience for us. The 3 of us wanted to take an hour together to process and see what it all means for the future of Eayikes.
Jun 5, 2019
EIYP#9 - Rest In Power, Long Beach, Privilege
Got word earlier this morning that a student I used to work with in Long Beach, Anthony, was murdered. After sitting with it throughout the day, and going through the book we made together as a class during 2014-2015, thoughts and questions began to swirl in my mind and are still going. From the idea that all lives are not valued the same, to just plain why? It's something that's fully not processed, but I hope that in some way speaking about the experience with him can raise folks' mindfulness about their own lives, and let Anthony leave an imprint on folks lives of who he's never met. Peace.
May 24, 2019
EIYP#8 - Feminism, Discourse, Dog Instagrams
In this episode we sit down with our friend, Professor Ava Nguyen to talk about feminism today and the divided nature of discourse in America. She drops knowledge on us and shares perspectives from her own experience and research that hit us, and have already got us examining our own biases and places for us to improve upon. It's packed full of wisdom nuggets and points that will have you checking yourself. Check it out!
Apr 19, 2019
EIYP#7 - Kunal and Lawrence, Life Questions, Getting the World To Empathize w/ Characters
In this episode we sit down with our good friends Kunal and Lawrence, whose acting journeys we've enjoyed for many years now. We asked some life questions and chatted about their relationships with acting. It was dope to hear about their internal processes for being in an industry that is such a grind, and the humanity they maintain. Most of all, it was it just felt good to catch up with two old friends that you're really damn proud of and inspired to be able to watch them grow in their work and life. "It's reminding people of their humanity...as minorities in acting it's about changing perceptions, we only get to play characters who are the idea of who we are."
Mar 15, 2019
EIYP#6 - Toast and Jams, Moody Slough, Esther & Kimiya!
This episode was all recorded at the end of our event Toast and Jams. It was a feel good Sunday where we broke bread, discussed our connections with music, had staring contests, danced to Daddy Yankee, and had a grand ole jam session. We chatted with Matt about concepting the idea, Esther about her connection with music and experience as a refugee, had a live performance from Moody Slough, and a convo with one of our youngest Eayikers, Kimiya!
Feb 25, 2019
EIYP#5 - Flawed Humans, Omar and Hannah in Parenthood, Love Bombs
This episode is with two of our closest friends and Eayikes OGs, Omar and Hannah. We hear about their journey into parenthood, their wishes for Aleia, and a 3 minute interview together. We also have Tommy and Matty call good friends randomly and drop some love bombs on them, the outcomes are pretty tight. And a recognition of us as flawed human beings just trying our best.
Feb 4, 2019
EIYP#4 - 2019 Vision, Lela Boom, Sonia Park
We're talking this episode about the direction and vision of Eayikes for 2019, as it marks a new level up for us, and a new place of learning. We also play an interview from Paris with our friend Leslie aka Lela Boom, who couchsurfed with us 3 years ago in Long Beach while on a world trip. We catch up and see what she's learned in the time since. Then, get to hear a 2 minute interview from our very own Sonia, who is our motherly heart and ambassador of child like wonder!
Jan 11, 2019
EIYP#3 - Paris Workshop, Flo From France, Experimental High School
We recently went on a trip to visit Paris and Amsterdam to soak up the culture and take some time to reflect on the end of the year. One of those days was a workshop we were part of at Lycee Autogere de Paris High School, that really expanded our idea of what is possible with Eayikes. It was all thanks to our old friend Flo, who we met at Shaktifest, a yoga festival a few years ago. It was beautiful day of connecting and gaining more insight into Paris, and our world's overall.
Dec 7, 2018
EIYP#2 - Game Night for Skid Row Coffee, Yoon on Yoons, and Mr. Mike Song
In this episode we're talking about our game night for Skid Row Coffee, and the beautiful outcomes and learnings from it. Then you get some Yoon on Yoons with a 2 minute interview from Yooney, then a compliment off with his sister Jennie. We also caught up at the game night with the incomparable man of passion and wisdom Mike Song, asking him about dance and how he keeps his wonder! Check out and learn more about all the super homies doing work on IG! Skid Row Coffee - @skidrowcoffee rctngl - @rctngl Mike Song - @mikeosong
Nov 15, 2018
EIYP#1 - The Beginning, Meeting Kyle, Mexico Trip
It's our first episode of Eayikes In Your Pocket. It's our digital hangout about the community of Eayikes, and the building up of courage, compassion, and wonder. We'll introduce ourselves, chat for 2 minutes with Kyle, and share about our trip to the orphanage in Mexico with Speaking From The Heart. Ch Ch Check it out!