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17 May 2020

This Weekend:

Doesn’t it seem like the weekends are just flying by once again? I guess in a way this means that we’ve adapted. I remember how early on in shelter-in-place where the days felt like they were stretching beyond just 24 hours. Now when someone asks me about my weekend, I can look back on it and actually feel productive. In California, companies are trying to figure out when it will be appropriate to return back to our offices. For now, it looks like I can expect a potential September return. If that’s the case, we’ll likely take a look at our current routine and modify it so that it’s sustainable for the next few months.

Here’s a little bit of what we’re up to this weekend!

What We’re Watching: The Last Dance (ESPN)

We’ve been watching this since the first night it premiered and I’m sad to finish the last two episodes tonight. It really has been an extraordinary documentary, if not, my favorite one of the year. I grew up knowing about how talented the Chicago Bulls were, but was obviously to young to comprehend the drama. For those of you who aren’t able to watch it on ESPN, the series will be on Netflix sometime next month for you to enjoy!

What We’re Listening To: Local Natives – Hummingbird (Deluxe Version)

Weekends are always reserved for some of my favorite albums. Whether I’m spending the day cleaning or writing content, I want to be able to have the soundtrack be something I’m familiar and comfortable with. I don’t think we’ll ever get sick of listening to Local Natives and even though this album is from 2013, it’s timeless in my eyes.

What We’re Wearing: Heels!

This isn’t the exact pair of Oak + Fort heels that I do own, but if you like these, you can save this [link] for when they are back in stock. Since we’ve been in quarantine, I haven’t worn any other pair of shoes except for sneakers. After all, we didn’t have a reason too! However, for a special outing yesterday, I wanted to feel a little bit more like my normal self. Contrary to what some may believe, it isn’t that difficult to put them back on again.

What We’re Eating: In N’ Out

It was my first burger of quarantine and boy, were we craving it! Since it had been so long, I wasn’t going to miss a chance to get my usual order – a cheeseburger animal style with well-done fries and a strawberry milkshake. To top it all off, we stopped next door at the Krispy Kreme to get a dozen donuts only to receive an extra free dozen on top of that! It was our lucky day!

14 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Alison Roman and Chrissy Teigen’s Feud Is About More Than Selling Out [Vox]
  • Protesters Inadvertently Prove They Can Work Out Anywhere [The Cut]
  • I Am 35 and Running Faster Than I Ever Thought Possible [New York Times]
  • Pedestrian Etiquette Guide for SF During the Pandemic [Curbed]
  • The Rise and Fall of TOMS
  • If you’re ordering pizza, make sure it’s not coming from Chuck E. Cheese [Food&Wine]
  • For Asians, Treating Our Mental Health Issues Feels Like Having to Pick a Side [Refinery29]
  • 17 Infuriating TV Moments That Should Have Never Happened [Buzzfeed]
  • The Hottest Thing A Man Can Do [The Cut]
  • Inside Masa’s $800 Takeout Sushi Box [Eater]
  • Center Stage Turns 20: [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Welcome to the Summer of Maude Apatow [WhoWhatWear]
  • Berkeley Will Fully Close Its Streets to Create Giant Outdoor Dining Rooms [SF Eater]
09 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Banksy Honors Healthcare Workers With New Artwork [Hypebeast]
  • ESPN Moves Up Release Date of 3 Upcoming Films [Sports Illustrated]
  • 5 Ways to Keep Bacteria Out of Your Beauty Products [Byrdie]
  • How to Structure Your Days When Time is Fake and You Have Endless Chores [VICE]
  • 21 Times TV Shows Killed Off a Character and Ruined the Entire Series For People [BuzzFeed]
  • In Conversation: Hayley Williams [Vulture]
  • Asian Parents Are Starring in the Most Wholesome TikToks [Buzzfeed] I honestly wish I were in quarantine with my dad cause I know we’d make the best dancing TikToks
  • TV Marianne Is Too Hot and Normal [The Cut]
  • 10 Cooking Mistakes Most Home Cooks Make [Cool Material]
  • Cloth Masks to Shop Now [Vogue]
  • Spike Lee’s love letter to New York [Fader]
  • That Isn’t Actually Michael Jordan’s House in ‘The Last Dance’ [High Snobiety]
08 May 2020

The King of Staten Island Trailer

It’s tough to call Pete Davidson someone that you “root for.” In the past few years, Pete’s dating scandals and honest mouth have created quite a stir. Despite that, he will forever be one of my favorite cast members on Saturday Night Live. I’m particularly excited for his latest project. While I haven’t read anything about it apart from watching this trailer, there are pieces that mirror his own life. We’re excited to see what will come from this!

03 May 2020

A Collection Part 57

It’s safe to say that this is the first time I’ve ever created “A Collection” while in quarantine. Let’s hope that in this lifetime, we don’t ever have to live through another pandemic. I used to look forward to these posts for a number of reasons. They were so different than any of the usual posts that I normally did for Yow Yow! Instead of spending a lot of time around the words I was using, this was my visual diary. It was calming for me to dig through the archives of Tumblr accounts I manually followed (I don’t have a Tumblr account!) and make a decision on what photos to include. It wasn’t always a simple yes or no. There’s certainly an intent for each one that is selected and for how I’m feeling at the moment.

Being in Shelter-in-Place now already for a month and a half, I thought I would have gotten to this post much sooner. It seems like I’ve found my calm through a number of other outlets during this time.

Read more “A Collection Part 57”
02 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Photos: Scenes of a New Normal in San Francisco [The Bold Italic]
  • Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated Virus Patients Dies by Suicide [New York Times]
  • Mexican Wrestlers Sew Luche Libre Face Masks to Help Fight Against Coronavirus [Hypebeast]
  • 10 Remote Homes [dezeen]
  • 19 Outrageous Dennis Rodman Stories [Vulture]
  • Restaurants After COVID [Slate]
  • The Spaces Between Us [The Cut]
  • Taco Bell Celebrates Cinco de Mayo w/ At Home Taco Bar Kits [Hypebeast]
  • How to Make Your Groceries Last Longer
  • How Normal People Does Sex So Good [Vulture]
  • 87 Cloths Masks To Shop Now [Vogue]
  • The New Rules of Chivalry [Valet Mag]
  • Love in the Shape of Cut Fruit [Refinery29]
02 May 2020

This Weekend:

It has been a month since we last did an update on this so I figured it might be nice to do a short little roundup of what we’re up to. We are now almost two months into quarantine and getting better at figuring out our rhythm.

What we’re watching: Normal People (Hulu)

Technically I finished this right before the weekend. Normal People was released earlier this week and with 30 minute episodes, the series flies by. We wrapped everything up in the span of two days. Now, I was looking forward to the release especially with the build up leading up to the premiere, but I hadn’t read the book itself. After watching the first episode, it was so easy to get swept up in the young love story of Marianne and Connell. In previous lives, we might have written off a story like this where a shy loner girl ends up with a popular jock, but this one is different and you’ll know it when you see it.

What We’re Wearing: [TAVIK Swimwear Louise Romper – $85]

Okay, so we’re starting to get a little bit creative with our loungewear in quarantine. I had purchase this piece specifically for my Phuket trip, but we didn’t get a whole lot of wear out of it while we were there. Since I want to prioritize being functional and comfortable while working at home, I decided to pull this out of my closet earlier this week. It also feel appropriate as the temperatures are starting to rise once again in the Bay Area as we inch towards summer.

What We’re Listening To: JoJo – good to know (Album)

There hasn’t been a shortage of new releases during this time and I am here for it. Actually for the first time, I’m able to not fall behind in new singles and albums. We’ve been waiting for JoJo’s comeback for some time now and I’m looking forward to listening to “Good to Know” over the span of this weekend. I was already a fan of her released single “Man” so I have no doubts that I won’t feel the same about the rest of her eight songs on the album.

What We’re Cooking: [Ramen Peanut Noodles]

I’ve been putting off this recipe for some time now and I’m not sure why given how simple it is! I’ve unfortunately had to toss two onions in this time that have gone bad because I haven’t made this recipe and that kills me. I’m not a very elaborate chef in the kitchen, but I’m great at making some quick and simple recipes. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I finally got my hands on some ramen from a Hawaiian market and now those possibilities are endless. My ramen game has increased 10 points, but I can also forgo ramen one night and making a stir fry like this above.

27 Apr 2020

The Last Dance

In some ways, I’m shocked that I haven’t shared this trailer yet on Yow Yow! but to be honest, this wasn’t one of the things that I was looking forward to watching yet. While indoors, I’ve been consuming an obscene amount of television shows and movies. Don’t worry – we’ve got a list that we’ll be sharing after this is all over. Originally, “The Last Dance” was supposed to premiere in June on ESPN, but with games being put on hold because of COVID-19, the 10-part documentary series had moved up its premiere date.

Every Sunday, ESPN airs two episodes from the series for a total of two hours. We just wrapped up week two last night and Sunday nights watching this series is the highlight of my weekend. Growing up, I was still too young to fully grasp the magic of Michael Jordan when he was nearing his final run on the Chicago Bulls, but that didn’t stop me from knowing what I needed to know about him. Within the first 10 minutes of the first episode, I was completely enthralled. I was confident that this was easily going to be the best documentary I’d be watching in 2020 and even though we’re not done yet and we have seven more months to go, I’m standing by that.

The documentary covers the 1997-1998 champion season for the Bulls and highlights many interviews from legends and never-before-seen footage. Michael Jordan is an incredible force, but even the documentary itself doesn’t always paint him in the best light. Watching these four episodes has made me miss attending basketball games and I’m really looking forward to when shelter-in-place gets lifted so that we can do that again.

25 Apr 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Michael Jordan’s Huge Baggy Suits Are the MVP of ‘The Last Dance’ [VICE]
  • Op-Ed: John Cho: Coronavirus Reminds Asian Americans Like Me That Our Belonging is Conditional [LA Times]
  • How to End a Video Call Politely [Life Hacker]
  • They Were the Last Couple in Paradise. Now They’re Stranded. [New York Times]
  • The Right Way to Play Monopoly [Vox]
  • Forget Edibles – Drinkables Are the Next Big Thing in Cannabis [The Takeout]
  • How to Tell Everyone in Your Apartment Complex That You Don’t Want to Hang Out in Quarantine [Mel Magazine]
  • Dua Lipa On How She Became the World’s Quaranine Queen [High Snobiety]
  • Georgia’s Governor Lets Businesses Reopen. Some Say No Thanks. [Wired]
  • 63 Cloth Masks to Shop Now [Vogue]
  • Kobe Bryant Had All-Access Film Crew Document His Final Season [Hypebeast]
  • Second Life Podcast: Joy Cho [WhoWhatWear]
  • Kansas City Is Now Home to a BBQ Vending Machine [Atlas Obscura]
24 Apr 2020

Anne Hathaway’s “Pillow Challenge”

In times of COVID-19, we are seeing celebrities dip way back into the past and reviving things that bring us a bit of joy and nostalgia. Fashion seems to be at a standstill during this time, but that hasn’t stopped people from getting creative with the “Pillow Challenge.” In a recent Instagram post, actress Anne Hathaway took part in it and with a nod to her former character as “Princess Mia” from “The Princess Diaries.”



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