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22 Nov 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Get Out of Thanksgiving With This Interactive COVID Risk Map [Lifehacker]
  • How Lorne Michaels Created Saturday Night Live [Far Out]
  • Curfews Will Do Almost Nothing to Stop the Spread of COVID [Curbed]
  • 10 Winter Cocktails to Warm You Up this Season [MyDomaine]
  • Second Life Podcast: Jenna Lyons (former President of J. Crew and now Founder of LoveSeen) [WhoWhatWear]
  • The Making of BTS’ “Dynamite” with David Stewart | Deconstructed
  • It doesn’t Matter If Trump Never Concedes, Twitter is Giving @POTUS to Biden [Gizmodo]
  • Why Even A Small Thanksgiving Is Dangerous [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Timelapse Videos Show How Much Our Houseplants Move in a Day [Moss and Fog]
  • People Are Waiting 12 Hours In Line For the First In-N-Out in Colorado [SFGATE]
  • A Pioneering Vietnamese-American Pop-Up Bows Out After A Stellar 9-Year Run [SF Eater]
  • Carine Roitfeld Has Some Thoughts on Emily in Paris [The Cut]

18 Nov 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Millennials Grow Up, But American Girl is Forever [Fashionista]
  • The World’s 50 Best Bars of 2020 [Hypebeast]
  • How to Carve Out “Me Time” When Work Never Ends [Fast Company]
  • 25 Movies Endings That Never Fail to Make People Cry [Buzzfeed]
  • It’s Time to Tell Your Family You Aren’t Coming Home for the Holidays [The Cut]
  • Here Are 6 Things to Consider About Holiday Travel [Vox]
  • Every BTS Song Ranked in Order of Greatness [NME]
13 Nov 2020

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: Dash & Lily

The holiday season just feels so different this year, doesn’t it? Normally, I would make my list of series and completely veg out on my parents couch spending all of my holiday break watching all of my shows. Naturally, my family would also be dragged along for the ride against their wishes. This year though, it’s just me! Dash & Lily has just come out on Netflix and I’ve seen it pop up from a few people that I follow on Instagram who are raving about the series. We’re suckers for holiday themes, but also hello! An Asian American female lead!

What We’re Listening To: DJ Wegun, Jay Park – Everybody Sucks

Okay, technically this came out about two weeks ago, but we’re behind! I stumbled upon the Jay Park trend hard this summer and have since gone down a pretty deep rabbit hole alongside BTS and other K-Pop artists. Each track seems to be in collaboration with another artist. With only six tracks, getting through this album is going to be quick, but let’s hope it’s a good one!

What We’re Wearing: [Aritzia Auxiliary Ribbed Cuff Beanie] – $35

It’s officially beanie weather! I don’t know about you, but I have been freezing in my home since before the start of the week and at all times indoors, I’m always wearing wool socks. When I threw on my beanie just a week ago to go outside, I felt like my head was reuniting with an old friend. How did we get here? Wasn’t it just summer? So the above isn’t the exact same black beanie I have from Aritiza, but it’s similar and still available!

What We’re Eating: Hog Island Oyster Co. Clam Chowder

This is wishful thinking! I actually don’t know what I’ll be planning to have this weekend, but if it’s nice weather (unlike today’s rain) I’d like to stop by the Ferry Building. I’ve been thinking a lot about cozy meals that just make sense around this time and Hog Island Oyster Co’s Clam Chowder is one of my absolute favorites.

12 Nov 2020

Emily In Paris Gets A Second Season

That was quick! Shortly after it premeiered, Emily in Paris became an overnight sensation and soon, everyone was talking about it on social and creating respective memes for the series. It’s hard to believe that I ever doubted what a success story it could be! In my defense, episodes one and two were quite questionable. But, did anyone really anticipate how it would end? Maybe. Whatever the case, those of us who were hooked on the show might get an ending to that cliffhanger and that’s all I care about.

08 Nov 2020

RIP Alex Trebek

I grew up in my childhood home with Alex Trebek every evening. My family wasn’t good at trivia or rather, it’s not something that we actively pursue unless it’s on Jeopardy. Despite not being great at it, we didn’t care. Trebek was a constant for many people in their evenings. Whether he, himself, knew it or not, he brought people together. More importantly, a lot of these people were families.

In 2020, there are plenty of shows with hosts. Not many of them have been hosting a show for 35 years, but I am left wondering what has made him so unique. It was his kindness, his warmth, and his nature of just being genuine towards every contestant that came onto the show. I never knew anything about his private life aside from the cancer he battled, but he never made that the entire narrative. Even in his last days or weeks when things may have taken a turn for the worse, none of his really knew. After a historic win for the country, waking up to this news doesn’t feel good, but unlike 45, Trebek’s legacy will leave a positive mark and memory on all of us. May he rest in peace.

Alex Trebek’s last episode will air on Christmas Day.

08 Nov 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Is Not Four Seasons Total Landscaping

Okay, wait, there really was not enough attention on this yesterday which is just the cherry on top of what I think is a nice victory for us. In a bizarre mixup, President Trump’s team thought they scheduled his press conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia. Turns out it was an establishment called Four Seasons Total Landscaping. As you see above, the press conference was in a lot? Headlines are also not letting go of the fact that it also happens to be next to an adult bookstore.

It’s not only just funny, it’s quite a blunder to have on the last day of the election – the day where a decision is made. I’m going to remember this forever. I don’t know about all of you, but I am certainly glad that this is all over. Onwards and upwards!


31 Oct 2020

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: Start-Up

Now that we’ve finished Record of Youth as of this week, we finally have time to start a new drama. There’s nothing stopping me from watching several dramas at one time, but I find that it’s easier to keep track of all the storylines and characters if I isolate them. In its first week alone, everyone was raving about Start-Up. Both my brother and cousin started this before I could and were talking about it in our group chat to which I felt extreme FOMO. Looks like I’ve got some catching up to do! Start-Up is airing new episodes weekly on Netflix.

What We’re Listening To: Ariana Grande – Positions

I’m a little bit behind on music as well since I’ve never got this whole album to get through and Jay Park’s! “Positions” the single is growing on me, but the reviews thus far seem so-so. As excited as I am to have new music during a pandemic, I know these times aren’t easy for anyone so I’m likely to get everyone some sort of a pass. And if I’m being honest, the album I’m most anticipating is BTS’s “BE!”

What We’re Wearing: [Morgan Lane Silk Face Masks] – $78 on preorder

I read something this morning that said the scariest thing you could do this Halloween is NOT wear a mask. If you’re going to be celebrating in some way, shape, or form, better mask up because cases are rising everywhere. I bought this pack a couple months into the pandemic when I started getting maskne and was suggested by my aesthetician to try silk. These have been a god send ever since. Naturally, the black is my favorite because it makes every outfit 10x better and edgier. We’ve got lots to say about these masks so we’ll make a dedicated post for it soon!

What We’re Eating:

One of my favorite traditions before Sunday football games is getting a set of spam musubi and a hot lunch plate from Takahashi Market in San Mateo. Because of the pandemic, they’re limiting the number of plate lunches they are serving and only doing musubi on pre-order and first come first serve. Kevin and I are going to try and make a stop tomorrow to see if we can snag some, but we have no idea how big the demand will be. These are my favorite snacks, but also double as a meal when I’m feeling lazy.

29 Oct 2020


Wowowow 2020 is already scary enough, is it not? Who asked for this COVID themed movie that is a look into our future? I was a little bit freaked out watching this trailer alone. Earlier this year, I got wind that this would be filmed after Sofia Carson and KJ Apa had signed on for it, but I’m already surprised that it has been completed and with a trailer. I am sincerely hoping that this doesn’t become our reality because this is truly frightening.

27 Oct 2020

Saved By the Bell Reboot

Doesn’t watching this trailer give you parody vibes? Why does the former cast all seem overly glamorized and not like themselves. I can’t tell if it’s the way that this filmed, but I have a feeling watching this series is going to ruin my childhood view of it. This is one of those shows where you have to see the first episode just to watch, but unfortunately, I don’t have high expectations.

24 Oct 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Top 100 Most Popular Foods in the World [Taste Atlas]
  • How to Deliver Bad News Without Being Hated [Fast Company]
  • The Falling Man [Esquire] published September 9, 2016
  • How Often Should You Work Out, Really? [Greatist]
  • America’s 20 Most Popular National Parks, Ranked [Thrillist]
  • Director Caroline Suh on Filming BLACKPINK [Nylon]
  • How Social Justice Slideshows Took Over Instagram [Vox]
  • When It Comes to Indoor Dining, Restaurant Workers Face the Greatest Risk [Eater]
  • How Chefs in the NBA Bubble Make 4,000 Meals A Week
  • South Korea’s Universal Basic Income Experiment to Boost the Economy


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