Currently Craving:

Kevin is getting a lot of shoutouts on Yow Yow! this week.

It’s not rare for me to get the late night munchies right before bed on…just about any given day, but I like to think I practice a little bit of self control. So lately, I’ve been buying packaged vegetables with ranch (my mom hates this stuff) so that I can snack if I need to in a healthy way! However, my late night snacks weren’t always like this and when I got hungry this evening, I was reminded of some classic childhood times. There’s something really endearing about having not only childhood traditions, but a brother that you can share them with! When we were kids, Kevin and I were all-star bakers and we LOVED cake mix probably more than the average household. It felt like every Sunday we were allowed to bake a cake and each week we’d compare if it was too dry, too wet (just so you know – this means it wasn’t cooked enough initially and we were probably on the verge of salmonella) or just right. These cakes would last us a week because we’d treat ourselves every night (and after school) until the next Sunday when we baked another cake!

Readers, did you have any quirky childhood traditions with your sibling?

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Soppy Pt. 2

I can’t believe that it was back in 2013 that I wrote about Soppy for the first time. It feels like just yesterday that I was falling in love with these illustrations of a real-life couple turned cartoon as they venture into moving into together for the first time and fall in love. Well, a year and a half has gone by and the comic has spiraled into a book that was just published back in December. So cute – someone get this for my birthday pls. Comic artist Philippa Rice captures all of those precious little moments that couples in real life know to be so so true of themselves – choosing what to have for dinner that night, who owns what side of the bed, and brushing your teeth side by side. Swoon, right? Trust – you’re going to want to click for more.

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Song of the Day

Cashmere Cat ft. Ariana Grande – Adore

I mean, have we ever met an Ariana Grande song we didn’t love?

Well, yes, but that’s not the case with this one.

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Bay Bridge to Darken on Friday

There are so many pretty parts to San Francisco, but the Bay Bridge lit up is definitely near the top of the list. I remember when I used to have this view on a weekly basis and how much I a) loved it and b) took it for granted when it was no longer a constant. It is absolutely gorgeous. This coming Friday, however, the lights from the world’s largest LED light sculpture will come down as there was only a contract for a 2-year display.

People loved the Bay Lights so much, though, that the nonprofit organization behind it, Illuminate The Arts, managed to raise $4 million to make the exhibit a permanent fixture.

The 25,000 LEDs will come down so Caltrans can perform maintenance on the bridge cables. They’re planning on having them back up by February 2016, though, just in time for Super Bowl 50.

We’re so sad to see them go, but time flies and as long as they’ll be back, we won’t pout about it.

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Song of the Day

SOAK – Sea Creatures

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Eddie Huang for TIME Magazine

I have to admit that when I first heard about Fresh Off the Boat becoming a television series on ABC, I wanted to boycott the show. I had seen the commercials for it and the acting sometimes made me cringe, but it wasn’t until Kevin told me that he was entirely caught up on the series that I thought it deserved a shot. How quickly I changed my tune…

I was afraid that by others watching the show that Asian Americans would be faced with those confirmations about our stereotypes or that everyone would immediately assume that my childhood was exactly like Eddie’s which was going to be portrayed negatively. In fact, my childhood and my brother’s was a lot like Eddie’s and it wasn’t portrayed negatively. I am now a fan of the show and I think it does something great for Asian Americans. It gives us something to relate to because I can guarantee you growing up, I never felt like anyone could really relate to me in this sense.

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Find Foxy Films

Almost every evening, I come home from work and spend a little time with my television and my laptop looking for material that I’m going to post that day. I’ve had the same routine since college. 85% of the time it’s something that will be a quick post – something involving fashion, a funny photo, a Song of the Day, something that requires me to write so little because at the end of the day, I’m just tired.

This morning, my brother’s friend Phil launched his new short film company Find Foxy Films as a way to bring real stories to life… so I decided to be a little less tired this evening. Last summer, Phil unexpectedly learned that he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Nodular Hogdkin’s Lymphoma and immediately started chemotherapy. Though he had to put his dream job working in the film industry on hold, he wasn’t going to let that stop him from doing what he loved while still getting the treatment he needed in Seattle.

Find Foxy Films will give you a look into those big moments we may face in life in both a personal and intimate form. Some documentaries he has in production will highlight my brother’s two friends becoming parents for the first time and raising their child Asher as he explores his first year while another friend ventures into developing a cooperative brewery in Washington. We will also see Phil’s experience of battling cancer from his own eyes. Above is a scene from Happy Happy Punsalan, which I know you’re all going to love. I am really excited to see all of these films come to fruition.

I was thinking about writing this post all day at work and knew that when I got home, it had to come before anything else. Here are three takeaways that we’re going to leave you with:

  1. Asher is officially the cutest baby we’ve ever seen.
  2. My brother is surrounded by these incredible and strong people that he gets to call his friends.
  3. An inspiration and a role model to everyone in your life, Phil, we always knew you were destined for incredible things (especially after I saw The Short Game I knew for sure) and we’re rooting for you!

To learn more about Find Foxy Films, please visit their website and like their Facebook page.

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Song of the Day

Who Is Fancy – Goodbye

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Wedding Mondays

So this wedding video had me at Lord Huron and from there things could only get better and better. Set in Normandy, France, this couple threw a stunner of a wedding. It’s hard to pick a favorite element from this because everything kind of happens at once – the lace dress, the floral headpieces, and oh my gosh – that first look. I’m not even sure when the first look became a wedding trend, but it is so much better than that old rule of you can’t see your partner until you walk down the aisle. But… you know me, I’m not one for traditions anyways.

So this venue is the prettiest thing we’ve ever seen. To view the entire wedding feature, click here to see everything at Green Wedding Shoes!

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Girl Scout Cookies Can Be Yours Year ‘Round

Every year around February and March, the look in my friends’ eyes start to get crazy. Thin Mints and Samoas are all anyone cares about and all anyone is talking about. The sight at a Girl Scout troop is enough to send people sprinting towards them with $20 dollar bills. I know all this because that girl was once me. Uh, I was the one with cookies on the brain – just to clarify – not in a Girl Scout troop. Earlier this week, it was announced that Wicked Cool Toys would be putting out a Girl Scouts Cookie Over – yep! Just like the Easy Bake – so that you can make your own Girl Scout Cookies whenever you feel like eating them. The only downside? You’re going to have to wait for fall, but after that, you  can have these cookies whenever you want instead of just once a year.

The oven will include a Thin Mints cookie mix, and the company will offer replacement packets for Trefoils, PB Sandwich, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Caramel, Chocoalte Chip, Sugar, and Oatmeal. According to the press release, “there’s also a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.”

Christmas list – check!

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Japan’s Sweet Robot Bears

It’s official. Japan is totally winning on the generosity scale. Designed by a Japanese robotics company called RIKEN, the “Robear” was designed to assist the elderly in a number of ways by lifting them in and out of their beds and helping them into and out of their wheel chairs – a task that can sometimes be a burden for caretakers. Japan is expecting a much larger elderly population in the next coming years and sees the Robear as a huge benefit so that those who would like to take care of their elderly parents can instead tend to their jobs and have the Robear step in. Wow. Can I just have a Robear for assisting in my day to day life?

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Song of the Day

Mushiba – Darkness

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Dolce & Gabbana

I normally wouldn’t love this, but I find this to be very pretty.

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Ariana’s Tour Underway

The Honeymoon Tour is already underway and we couldn’t be more excited! So far the reviews have come in a little bit mixed saying that Ariana is still gaining her confidence, but by the time she gets to us in the Bay in April, we think she’ll be nailing it! I’m really looking forward to the show not only cause I’m a fan and have been before she even had a singing career, but because I’m taking my gal pal Sheila who also happens to be one of my favorite co-workers. I knew that there wasn’t anyone else I could take when we found ourselves driving up to the city one night and singing along to her latest album. As we get closer to the date, we’ll be sure to post more updates and videos as they come in. For now, we’ve got the set list!

1. “Bang Bang”
2. “Hands on Me”
3. “Best Mistake”
4. “Break Your Heart Right Back”
5. “Be My Baby”
6. “Right There”
7. “The Way”
8. “Pink Champagne”
9. “Tattooed Heart”
10. “One Last Time”
11. “Why Try”
12. “My Everything”
13. “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart”
14. “Love Me Harder”
15. “All My Love”
16. “Honeymoon Avenue”
17. “Break Free”
18. “Problem”

How could she leave Baby I off this?!

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