Before this year, I didn’t know that May was Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month. While it has been a slow journey for me to become more acquainted with my culture and history, I know now I can appreciate this much more at my age. I think some of this has to do with the environment I grew up in and not having that kind of community until after graduating college and starting my career. Without even knowing how special this month was, we got into Korean drama all on our own and started to read and watch pieces that were all tied to the celebration of this month. By no means do I think that means I’ve done all the work that there is, but I’m excited to continue educating myself. I’ve really been enjoying this and have shared a majority of them here with you all!
Studio Ghibli Producer is Giving Free Drawing Lessons Online [High Snobiety]
Trump’s Refusal to cover up actually reveals his greatest fears [The Cut]
It hasn’t been easy seeing all of my friends having to postpone what will be the most important day in their lives. This was supposed to be a big wedding year for us and it’s all of a sudden not. Some of my friends have decided to postpone an entire year while others are still finding ways to honor their original date. I’ve been waiting to find the perfect socially distanced quarantine wedding to share with all of you for Wedding Mondays and I think we did!
Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary met as kids at church through their mothers. It wasn’t until adulthood that they would finally end up together. Their story depicts how they planned to marry in their hometown of where they met back home, but COVID-19 had other plans. Not wanting to let go of their original date – 5/10/20 the couple moved forward and married right on their stoop. Following the exchanging of their vows was the best wedding block party I’ve ever seen! The photos are a must to look at, but we’ve also got a video that captures it all. For the full story, check out their wedding feature on [Vogue]
It’s not a surprise to anyone that we’re all getting more screen time during quarantine. I’ve stopped feeling triggered by my weekly Apple update that tells me I’ve spent x percent more time on my phone than the previous week. What I’ve noticed, however, is that quarantine content is sometimes bringing out the best content. Influencers that I used to love before for their shopping and travel content have sort of faded. And now, those that I never paid too much attention to are rising to the top of my list. Here are some of my favorites on Instagram at the moment!
For years, you’ve watched me share a new quote or words of wisdom every Sunday. As cheesy as it may be, I happen to still like this even outside of Yow Yow! traditions. Illustrator Alessandra Olanow [aolanow] does this in the best way. Every day, we receive a new post from her and in uncertain times like these, I feel comforted by her words and cheeky illustrations. It’s also a nice thing to look forward to each day.
I didn’t actually start following Chef [David Chang] until recently after watching his latest show on Netflix. Because of that, I’m not familiar with the content he had pre-quarantine, but I’m loving what he’s posting now. You can tell that he hasn’t perfected his social media game and he’s not trying to. David struggles with opening cans one handed while filming in the other and daily frustrations with his family that he’s the one cooking every day. It’s entertaining and informative none the less. The things that he’s making aren’t anything like from his restaurants. They are simple meals using ingredients that you already have at home which anyone can relate to.
I cannot relate to any parent right now that is having to not only work from home and home school their children. Parents have always been the ultimate multitaskers, but this is truly next level. Since none of my own friends are at this stage in life yet or rather, their kids aren’t as grown, I’m getting a lot of satisfaction from [Max Greenfield’s] daughter just trolling him.
We had to throw another foodie Instagrammer in here! Shelter-in-place happened right around the time that the latest season of Top Chef began. Now [Padma Lakshmi] and David are friends, but they really do provide two different perspectives on at-home cooking during quarantine and social media content. Padma’s sharing recipes and filming as she’s cooking with step-by step instructions. Along the way, she’s even got her daughter helping her (and sometimes trolling her) throughout. It’s a fun behind-the-scenes look of seeing Padma in the kitchen and at home when she’s not playing host.
While in quarantine, we actually shared that [Harley Viera-Newton] and her husband Ross were hosting live DJ sets on Saturday afternoons. Since I’ve attended at least 3 Saturdays in a row now, I figured it made sense to add her to my list. It’s funny to say that this stream is the one thing that I look forward to on Saturdays, but we try and make it into a whole thing. I dress up, have a drink in hand and sometimes I’ll even find myself dancing in my living room even if it is silly to do on my own. I know that this can’t last forever because of course Harley and Ross have to return to their normal lives at some point, but it’s something I really have enjoyed.
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.
Cody Ko’s channel is the surprise treat I didn’t know I needed in my life. Ever since I discovered his channel, there hasn’t been one video I’ve watched that hasn’t made me laugh. I don’t want to get into a cadence of reposting every one of his videos here to Yow Yow, but I think I might as they come up from time to time. In the last post, we shared his commentary on the weirdest online dating show called “The Button” by Cut. This video above is a follow up to that and another round of cringe.
I’ve been rereading some of the last few posts I’ve written and it’s not hard to detect a bit of frustration in my words. I can’t even pinpoint it to one thing exactly. It’s the administration, or the fact that people are breaking quarantine, job loss, but also increased reporting of xenophobia. All these negative outcomes that I never thought could all be related (among others that I haven’t listed) are because of COVID-19. In a way, this has taught me a lot about consequences and impact. Reaching some peak anxiety tonight, watching this video came at the right time.
The video reminds me that I’m not alone. And sometimes even when we think we’re doing okay, we think we don’t need to hear that, but we do. Quarantine isn’t just happening in my city or my country; it’s everywhere but yet we forget. These emotions and overwhelming feelings are felt by many others in the world. This race to finish what’s in our fridge before things expire is not just a game that I play by myself. Counting while washing my hands to make sure it’s an appropriate time is now routine. “A Social Distance” brings us all together at once and was filmed in 30 different countries featuring a wide range of people.
The short film directed by [Ivan Cash] and [Jacob Jonas] was made through compiled clips sent by everyone and filmed via Zoom. However you may be feeling today, I hope this brings you a little bit of joy or a smile.