About Me

Cedro-Masanori Ibañez Nishii

Back in the day…

My name is Cedro-Masanori Ibañez Nishii.  I was born in Los Angeles, CA.  I know I have a lonnnggggg name but both my parents are Gemini and it’s so hard for them to make decisions!  They definitely wanted my name to be unique and meaningful and not to mention something that started with a “C” so that they could sign everything as “ABC” for “Ardith, Brian + Cedro”… are they nerdy or what?!  Well, I can’t complain because for 9 months they were calling me “Dottie” or “Dottie-Boy” or “Dottie-B” because I was just a little dot on the first ultrasound when they discovered that Mama was pregnant.

  • Cedro = “strong gift” which is similar to my mom’s name, Ardith-Grace, which means “special/precious gift”… It’s also a conjugation of the Italian verb cedrare which means to flavor w/ citron/lime juice which my daddy loves to do w/ everything!
  • Masanori comes from a character in my dad’s Japanese name, Katsunori… Nori = virtue… Masanori = “crystal clear virtue”… What a coincidence that “crystal” is in my Japanese name!!! My O-Papa came up with it without knowing my parents’ magic crystal story! (The story about the feng shui crystal which supposedly helped them get pregnant the first night that my mama wore it!)
  • Ibañez is my mom’s maiden name.  It’s a Filipino thing for kids to take on their mother’s maiden name as their middle names.
  • Nishii is of course my dad’s last name.

After several years of being New Yorkers, my parents moved from NYC to LA in preparation for my arrival.  My mama and papa left behind some dear friends and family so they felt the need to keep in touch and of course, show off to the world about their new baby and their new life!  In the beginning, they posted live streaming videos, shared random posts on their Facebook accounts and sent VIP emails to my grandparents.  This blog was their attempt to consolidate all that information in one place.  If you prefer, you can just follow me on Twitter. If you’re interested in learning more about my mom’s pregnancy, check out her blog post describing her 3 trimesters.

By the way, here’s a master list of VIPs in my life in case you’re wondering who’s who in my blog posts:

  • “Drae-Drae” or “Haru-chan” is my little sister who I love like no other!  I have loved her even before she was born.  I used to hug my mom’s belly while she was pregnant so I could fall asleep.  Drae’s full name is Draelen-Harue Ibañez Nishii.  Draelen is the letter “D” followed by the letters of “Arlene” … Get it?  We needed the next Nishii’s name to start with the letter “D” and my parents didn’t want to name her Darlene.  It was my mom’s idea because my dad wanted her to share the same character as Tita Lisa’s Japanese name, Hisae.  For more details on Drae’s birth, you can check out my blog post about that.
  • Lolo and Lola = “Grandpa” and “Grandpa” in Tagalog = my mom’s parents, Dan and Gloria Ibañez.
  • O-Papa and Obaachama = our Nishii pet name for “Grandpa” and “Grandma” in Japanese = my dad’s dad and stepmom.
  • Grandpa and Grandma = my dad’s stepdad and mom
  • Tita Ging [prounounced “TEE-tah Jing”] and Tito Danny = my mom’s sister and her husband.  “Tita” means “Aunt” while “Tito” means “Uncle” in Tagalog.  Tita Ging’s real name is Arlene but no one but why call her that?!  We’re Filipino!
  • Quincy = my cousin and Tita Ging and Tito Danny’s daughter.  She’s like my first little sister.  Before Drae was born, people used to ask me if I wanted a brother or sister and I used to reply, “Just Quincy.”  She’s 2.5 years younger than I am.  I love making her laugh.  She is the best audience.
  • Koda = Quincy’s little brother.  I love him so much, too!  Everyone has to tell me and Drae to stop kissing and hugging him.
  • Tita Lisa and Funkle Ray = my dad’s sister and her husband.  Tita Lisa thought “Tita” had a nicer ring than the Japanese term for “Auntie” and Funkle Ray wants to be considered The Fun Uncle or The Funky Uncle!
  • “Ate Nuna” [prounounced “AH-teh NOO-nah”] = “Big Sister” in Filipino and Korean = my cousin, Elise, who is half Korean in case you were wondering.  She is Tita Lisa and Funkle Ray’s daughter.  Sometimes, they call her “Hana-chan” for her Japanese middle name, Hanae.  She is about 5.5 years older than I am.
  • Kuya Issei [pronounced “KOO-yah EE-say”] = my cousin and Elise’s younger brother.  He likes to call me his brother instead of just his cousin.  When he first met me and I was crying over something, he asked, “What’s the matter with my little hockey player?”  He can’t wait for me to grow up so we can play hockey together!  He is almost exactly 3 years older than I am.  Now that I’m not a baby anymore, we share a love of Legos.

Thanks for tuning in!  Here’s a relatively recent picture of me below.  I’m a little bit of a ham.

3 Responses to “About Me”

  1. prudence September 23, 2010 at 7:58 AM #

    good to meet you, CMIN. hope to meet you in person real soon!

    • Guadalupe January 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM #

      Interesting enough I was looking for some information about Japanese food and how to prepare lychee beverage, and poof the name of Brian Nishii appeared, as I clicked on this link other links came out. As this happened photos came out and saw that he has a beautiful family. I meat Brian when he used to worked in NYC at go Japanese restaurant; this took place many years ago, and lost contact with him. Now, the surprising news of him being a husband and a father, congratulations, wishing you the best of the best! Guadalupe from New York City! God bless

  2. Guadalupe January 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM #

    Interesting enough I was looking for some information about Japanese food and how to prepare lychee beverage, and poof the name of Brian Nishii appeared, as I clicked on this link other links came out. As this happened photos came out and saw that he has a beautiful family. I meat Brian when he used to worked in NYC at go Japanese restaurant; this took place many years ago, and lost contact with him. Now, the surprising news of him being a husband and a father, congratulations, wishing you the best of the best! Guadalupe from New York City

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