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19 May 2018

The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

For one evening, I sacrificed a full night of sleep just to view the Royal Wedding and it was incredible. When Prince William and Kate Middleton married, I didn’t feel connected enough to the two of them to want to stay awake for the wedding. I barely even caught the highlights of it back then. That just wasn’t the case with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’ve been a longtime fan of Meghan’s since her very first episode on Suits. She is a bi-racial woman who played a strong-willed character on a show in a field that was known to be dominated by men. She was an actress, sure, but she continued to use her presence for good through charity work and speaking out firmly with her opinions on the world. Even without Prince Harry in the picture, she would have gone on to become a role model for many young women.

My adoration for Prince Harry would have come later, but it’s true what he said in an interview after they were engaged: The two of them make a great team. This morning’s wedding was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Is it a stretch to even say that it was the best wedding video of 2018? Probably not. For the last week, I’ve been watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle specials about their relationship, Harry’s upbringing without his mother, and even highlights on the late Princess Diana. Each time, I felt a little bit overcome with emotion (except for the Lifetime movie) and reflected that even though I never knew Princess Diana, that her sons really did grow up to be outstanding men who found the best partners in life for themselves and believe that’s likely what she would’ve thought too.

This morning, Meghan made her entrance into Windsor Castle’s St. Georges Chapel in a perfect white gown custom designed for her by British Designer Clare Waight Keller through Givenchy. It was a simple gown, but a look elevated by her five-meter long veil, hand-embroidered with silk threaded and organza flowers. Sitting beneath her veil, a beautiful tiara belonging to Queen Mary loaned to her by The Queen.

While Meghan’s first dress for the ceremony seemed quite modest to some, the second dress she changed into for the reception did not disappoint. This Bespoke Stella McCartney dress was fit for a modern princess and was everything we had ever hoped for!

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19 May 2018

Destination Wedding Movie Trailer

Every summer, I look forward to the real weddings I’m set to attend and the films that come out and represent every kind of wedding we’ve ever been to. “Destination Wedding” isn’t your average rom-com though. It’s the first I’m ever hearing of this film and this trailer, but we’re already intrigued. Winona Ryder used to have feelings for the groom and Keanu Reeves is a guest that simply hates love. Maybe these two will end up together? Isn’t that what happens in all movies like this? The film is set to be released August 24, 2018 and this is the 4th film these two have starred in together.

11 May 2018

Searching Movie Trailer

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

This film premiered at Sundance this year and I’m really intrigued by it! I rarely fine myself at movie theaters these days because… a) time b) money c) convenience, but other than Crazy Rich Asians, this will the 2nd movie I’m likely to see. I love thrillers like this and actually found out about this film earlier this year because someone I follow on Instagram is in the film. We all know John Cho for the comedies that he has been in previously; how cool is it to see him in something more on the serious side?

29 Apr 2018

Blog Roundup

  • You are what you eat on your pizza. April pizza horoscopes. [Bon Appetit] (one month later)
  • McDonalds’ interior design tricks [Market Watch]
  • Q-Tip will teach a music course at NYU this fall [Pitchfork]
  • Ace Hotel will be opening a location in Japan next year – Kyoto to be specific [Hypebeast]
  • Nike admits they could do a better job with hiring women and minorities in leaked internal memo [Hypebae]

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen at KFC. This was FASCINATING to me.
  • Why I wondered what happened to the Steven Alan store in Hayes Valley [Fashionista]
  • Who picks out the playlists you hear while shopping? [Racked]
29 Apr 2018

Crazy Rich Asians Movie Trailer

The trailer for Crazy Rich Asians debuted earlier this week and I’ve just been waiting to write a post about this. I haven’t read the book yet, but am making it my goal to finish it before the movie is released this summer on August 17th. I like the trailer, but I think I’m probably going to love this film even more. This is the first major Hollywood film with an all-asian cast since Joy Luck Club. In case you needed a refresher, Joy Luck Club came out 25 year ago.

My parents will laugh at this, but long ago, I dreamed of being an actress. I tried out for the school’s play in elementary school and when the audition process ended at 8PM and was way past my dinner time and closer to my bed time, I told my mother I wanted to quit. I didn’t have the stamina for that back then and that’s okay, but as I got older, I started to think about who my role models would be in the Asian community in this industry. I looked to Suchin Pak who was a news correspondent on MTV’s TRL and then went on to tell the stories of many others. I looked to Lisa Ling who more or less did the same thing, but over at CNN. I looked to my professor who was more like me in many ways that I could never imagine. I’ve always had a love for tv and movies and I couldn’t wait for those times when the Asian character was no longer just an overachiever in school with tiger parents. This is one of those moments and I don’t think it’s going to disappoint.

Based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, the romantic comedy is about Rachel (Constance Wu) an American professor who finds out her Singaporean boyfriend is actually from one of the richest families in Asia.

The film is directed by Jon M. Chu and also stars Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Sonoya Mizuno, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina.

13 Apr 2018

“Hot Summer Nights” Trailer

Is it crazy that we only want to see this film because of Timothée Chalamet? I know I’m not the only one that is obsessed with him especially after “Call Me By Your Name.” But I can say that we were fans of his ever since “Homeland.” So there.

31 Mar 2018

A Collection Part 50

On average, the process of putting together one of these posts takes about three months. To find images, I have about 10 Tumblrs that I circulate through. Each post roughly has about 50 images, but today, this one has less. I’m posting this one now though because I’m close to 50 and there won’t be any other Tumblrs that I’ll be viewing within the next couple of months. It has also been three months since I posted A Collection Part 49. I’m telling you all of this because that is the only structure I have when it comes to making these. There are no themes. I don’t spend any time re-arranging them in a certain order. The differences in size of images would normally bother me anywhere else, but not here. There are no patterns for colors. I can’t explain to you why I selected this image over that one and I don’t want to. I look at these photos so quickly and I save them in an instant the same way a normal human being would fill out one of those personality tests that you’re not supposed to think too much about it. That’s it! Since the migration, every other post before this has been skewed to the left. Starting now and with post #50, we’re going to center it. It just looks better!

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23 Mar 2018

NYC vs. SF Comics

Even though I’ve lived in San Francisco for eight months now and the Bay Area for nearly five years, it still feels unnatural calling this place home. New York City and San Francisco are both dynamic cities with its own flavor, culture and people. I haven’t spent that much time in New York at all, but these comics make me laugh mostly because it’s a reminder of how ridiculous SF can be sometimes. Check out the rest here and my favorites below!

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