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‘Perpetuate our tradition by way of meals’ | Guam Information

Antonette Castro, also referred to as Netty Cee, is a particular schooling instructor at Kagman Excessive Faculty in Saipan within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

She started her profession as an schooling teacher in 2014.

However this educator of scholars in ninth to twelfth grade can be a social media influencer on the favored app TikTok.

the way it began

Netty Cee started TikTok together with her unique rap music, in English and CHamoru, which was influenced by worldwide artist Cardi B.

As a result of gradual traction, she was inspired by her family and friends to begin doing mukbangs – content material targeted on consuming meals – and comedy part-time.

“I by no means actually needed to submit recipes,” mentioned Netty Cee. “I do not contemplate myself a chef. You realize, however then additionally, like, it got here from household and buddies that requested me, like, ‘hey, you know the way to make this.’ I will inform them the recipe. After which typically they will get it and typically they will not get it. So that they requested ‘are you able to do it once you simply make a video exhibiting easy methods to do it?’ It wasn’t my factor. After which in the future I similar to, ‘OK, properly right here we go.’ I believe I posted a meals recipe video, like, in 2020 nevertheless it was simply, you already know, the sort the place you are simply holding the digicam. Like I by no means actually confirmed my face.”

However that wasn’t hitting the spot both, she informed The Guam Every day Submit.

So, Netty Cee began serving up scrumptious content material to her greater than 100,000 followers, demonstrating easy methods to cook dinner CHamoru and American meals.

“And so after I tried by placing myself within the precise video whereas I am cooking it,” she mentioned, “it really went viral. More often than not, the content material is the meals that I wish to eat that day. For instance, if I really feel like consuming chopped steak, or greens, then I will make it after which file it. And typically it is, like, stuff folks request. I put a query on Instagram saying ‘Hey, what recipe do you wish to see subsequent?’ And folks would remark and reply to it. And so my content material is form of based mostly off of that, too. They wish to see a cooking video. So right here you go.”

Her favourite meals to cook dinner are crimson rice and fried hen.

Netty Cee hopes that her content material is a optimistic affect and educates followers as properly.

“I hope they be taught one thing from it,” she mentioned. “I hope they will perpetuate our tradition by way of meals and, clearly, plenty of the issues I cook dinner should not precisely conventional. However that does not imply you possibly can’t take it and make it the standard manner. So I simply hope they take one thing they take and so they can be taught from it. They’ll feed their households with it. And plenty of occasions it is budget-friendly. No, as a result of I am all about saving cash. And it is aside of who I’m. Proper, as a result of meals is a giant a part of any tradition. And you already know, the meals that I eat could be disgusting to some folks, however, you already know, to our folks, it is, like, ‘oh, my gosh, so good.’”

The humorous character with a contagious chuckle averages greater than 10,000 likes per cooking video, which introduced her rely on TikTok to greater than 1.6 million likes.

Go to to Guam

In the meantime, the TikTok star lately visited Guam, utilizing up private depart.

Netty Cee shared the main points of her journey to the island.

“It really got here as a result of I used to be provided a possibility to file a music video,” she mentioned. “STG Filmmakers really reached out to me and mentioned, ‘hey, I noticed your cooking video and I mentioned, “Is that basically your tune?”‘ and so it began from there to ‘hey, I wish to file your music video for this tune.’ I am like, ‘oh, yeah, please,’ you already know. So it really was from my meals movies.’”

The music video that was shot was for her unique “Nothing Into One thing.”

“’Nothing Into One thing’ is my first-ever CHamoru-English rap tune. I didn’t ever wish to rap in CHamoru as a result of, personally, I simply did not suppose I might rap within the language. I can communicate CHamoru and I perceive it however I can’t communicate it fluently. So why would I wish to do a tune when you already know I am unable to even communicate CHamoru. So, really, began that evening, I wrote my first verse, which was the CHamoru verse,” she mentioned. “And from there that form of tune simply form of wrote itself virtually, despite the fact that it took perhaps two, three months to complete and however nonetheless. In order that tune simply talks about how I principally really feel like we got here from me and my household. We eat from nothing. No, we’re not wealthy. We additionally simply haven’t got a lot. However simply because we do not have a lot doesn’t suggest that you just can’t make one thing out of that. And I hope that tune evokes folks to know that it does not matter the place you come from, it does not matter who you’re. When you’ve got a dream, and you’ve got ardour and grit, you may make it.”

Netty Cee is not at present engaged on any music, nonetheless, she hopes to take action quickly.

“Nothing Into One thing” may be listened to on all streaming platforms, she mentioned.


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