19 Jan 2021

Pandemic Comfort

While many of my friends turned towards bread baking at the start of the pandemic, I made a beeline for pastries. I’d buy more than I could finish, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve always turned towards food as a way of comfort. In Asian cultures, food is our love language and rejecting it at any time is considered offensive. As I go through my Instagram and choose photos I want to share from my daily life, I’m realizing even some of the more mediocre photos of nothing actually mean something. Though small, they tell some sort of a story.

There were days in a row where I wouldn’t leave my house. On the rare occasion that I did, [Whole Cakes] would be a stop. Often times, that would be the highlight of a few days I had. I wasn’t at the bakery for more than 10 minutes, but I enjoyed selecting the pastry that I would have for breakfast upon returning to my home. Then I would pick out my afternoon snack and the slice of cake I’d have for dessert. It was a whole event. On one occasion, I went to Whole Cakes to pick out a box of assorted pastries for my brother and his roommates to share because picking them out for myself just wasn’t enough.

My thoughts wouldn’t process about why I was doing the things that I was, but it was clear what I wanted. I was seeking a normal activity during abnormal times. I could be buying anything from my pre-pandemic life, but pastries filled a void in addition to my own stomach. There’s something about a delightfully small treat that can make your days better. I’d go on to repeat this same activity every few weeks. The day that I crossed the barrier into being a regular felt like some sort of achievement. Wins like this were few and far in between during a pandemic.

18 Jan 2021

BTS AMA

Ahead of their album release, I did an AMA with followers on my Instagram about all things BTS. I probably had too much fun answering these. While it was great in this format, I wanted to capture this on Yow Yow! too. Here are some of the questions and answers from this session and with a little more elaboration for some.

Whose fashion style do you like the most?

I can absolutely say for certain that this belongs to Taehyung. In general, he has figured out what styles have worked for him and in what feels like a shorter amount of time. I also joke with a friend that whoever his stylist was during the “Dynamite” era deserves a pay raise. This period of time was made for him. Runner-up after Taehyung would be Jimin.

Favorite Song That’s Not Wildly Popular?

Paradise. Growing up, I heavily leaned towards more of an R&B style and similar songs like this one in their catalog always end up being my favorite. There’s a very sultry feel to the single which can likely be credited to Jungkook and Jimin, but everyone does their part well. I’ve loved this song for a long time, but always thought it never got enough attention. Actually [NME] has a post where they rank every BTS song and this one is ranked 25 and should be higher in my opinion.

Which song has your favorite choreography?

This is easy for me – “ON.” I was introduced to BTS through “Boy With Luv,” but when “ON” premiered, I was watching this music video repeatedly to try and learn this choreography. I don’t feel like there’s anything that even compares to this level of technicality in choreography pieces. This is not only my favorite piece from them, but likely my favorite of all time from any artist or musician.

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17 Jan 2021

Song of the Day

Kara Marni – Trippin

Last week was the first time I had ever heard anything from Kara, but it’s the hook that drew me in. Sound familiar? Kara pays homage to the classic “1 Thing” by Amerie released in 2005. Once you hear it, you’ll remember why you loved it so much. We love her spin on this which totally transforms her song and making it her own.

17 Jan 2021

Recipe to Try: Extra Petite’s Garlic Noodles

What kind of person would I be if I didn’t master at least one recipe during the pandemic? It’s hard to believe that just 10 months ago, I was a woman living in the city with an empty pantry and a refrigerator that was always 30% full. After I returned from Thailand and understood that shelter-in-place was right around the corner, I guess you could say I went into panic mode. Since March, my kitchen has completely transformed. Like riding a bicycle, I was able to quickly figure out a few recipes that I could rotate through on a weekly basis. Since noodles are often my carb of choice, I needed something that was fast, easy, and incorporated whatever I already had at home.

My hope someday is that I’ll be able to share with you all some of my favorite personal recipes, but for now, we’re going to lean on Jean Wang of [Extra Petite] I hope you’ll all love this recipe and be as addicted as I am for her [garlic noodles].

17 Jan 2021

8-Year Old Army Meets 42-Year Old Army

I often times get asked what the demographic of fans looks like for a K-pop group like BTS. Naturally, you want to assume it is young teenage girls. We associate it with that because for some of us, as young teenage girls ourselves, we loved boy bands growing up. The phenomenon around BTS though is that they don’t cater to one specific type of demographic. Attend one of their concerts and you’ll find a mixed crowd with people from all different age groups. Think because the majority of their songs are sung in Korean that the fans won’t sing along at their shows? Wrong. Their fans all over the world can sing in Korean too. After being an army for five months now, I’m not even able to pinpoint what type of genre they lean towards. They can do it all.

In things that popped up on my YouTube feed today was the most endearing video of two Army fans meeting each other for the first time. Despite that age gap, they’ve got quite a bit in common with each other.

17 Jan 2021

Blog Roundup

  • The Kamala Harris Vogue Cover Has Issues [Refinery29]
  • The Grammy Awards Have Been Postponed [Nylon]
  • The Unlikely Connection Between Wellness Influencers and Pro-Trump Rioters [Cosmopolitan]
  • A Reservation for Insurrection [Intelligencer]
  • 10 Things You Never Knew About IKEA [Cool Material]
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  • The Best Sandwich in Every State [Food & Wine]
  • Governor’s Ball 2021 Announced For September [The Fader] honestly how
  • Why Do I Spend Weeks Avoiding Tasks That Will Take Me 10 Minutes To Do? [VICE]
  • You Know Awkwafina, But Have You Met Nora Lum? [Harper’s Bazaar]
  • How Instant Ramen Became An Instant Success [Business Insider]
  • How TikTok’s ‘For You’ Algorithm Works [Wired]
  • Netflix Promises At Least One New Movie Every Week in 2021 [The Verge]
  • Yelp Will Display How Well A Restaurant Is Observing COVID-19 Guidelines [Eater]
  • Ariel Pink Goes On Tucker Carlson [The Fader] And no, we don’t feel bad for the guy at all.

16 Jan 2021

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: Bling Empire (Netflix)

At some point, we’re going to have to address how we feel about Asians being portrayed in shows like this. We tolerated House of Ho, but one episode into Bling Empire and I’m already finding it’s a lot less cringe-y. Actually, it is more comparable to Selling Sunset, which people (myself included) seemed to love on Netflix. In the first episode of Bling Empire, we get to know the players and the competitive drama between Anna and Christine. It’s wildly childish, but it’s not my life so I find it highly entertaining!

What We’re Listening To: Death Cab For Cutie – The Georgia EP

Death Cab has always been a constant in my life since I was young so we’ll never miss any kind of release from them. The E.P. itself is short and sweet, but we’ll take what we can get in this pandemic. My favorite tracks so far seem to be “Flirted With You All My Life” and “Metal Heart.” There’s a charming cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls” included that I also think is worth a listen.

What We’re Wearing: Hunter Rain Boots

We were in muddier areas this past week and it was the perfect excuse to slip these on. When I was living in Seattle, this was considered a staple. I haven’t had much use for them in California, but I knew I couldn’t leave them behind. Not only are they perfect for rainy days, which may actually be leaving us as we inch closer to spring, but these will protect you in any smaller streams that you may cross. Those occurrences are rare, but this actually happened this week!

What We’re Eating: Crab Arancini

I was craving pizza earlier this week and have a weakness for Beretta’s Margherita Burrata. It pairs perfectly with their crab arancini that they have as an appetizer so I added this to my order as well. It’s the perfect snack, but I’d happily and easily turn this into a meal. They also serve it with a sauce that reminds me of a sriracha mayo that I honestly need to just have on hand in my kitchen at all times.

16 Jan 2021

Zendaya for GQ

Zendaya is our woman to watch in 2021 and beyond. This year, she has a highly anticipated film slated to come out, has been on numerous best dressed lists (even in a pandemic) and will return as the lead to her HBO series, Euphoria. She may have gotten her start on Disney Channel, but she’s not a Disney actress anymore. Her recent work has proven that. This February, she’s on the cover of GQ and this photoshoot highlights her duality both in front of the camera and off.

The pandemic has caused all of us to re-evaluate our lives and while many of us were embracing rest time, Zendaya sought out work. Malcolm & Marie was one of the few films that were shot early on in the pandemic slated for release on Netflix. Rumor has it that it will make her a contender for Best Actress.

For the full cover story and more photos, read [here]

16 Jan 2021

All the Things We Watched

With the ongoing pandemic, we’ve had plenty of time to catch up on all things television and movies. You would have thought that we’d have time to get through our entire list, but somehow that list kept on growing. In 10 months, I consumed everything from tv shows, movies, documentaries and concert specials. I even kept a list of everything I watched in intervals of time. I considered dropping everything here, but instead, I’m going to pick my top 10 from each category.

Television Shows:

  • In the Soop
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Crash Landing On You (Netflix)
  • High Fidelity (Hulu)
  • Dave (Hulu)
  • Emily in Paris (Netflix)
  • The Boys (season 1 and 2) (Amazon Prime)
  • Umbrella Academy (season 2) Netflix
  • Dash & Lily (Netflix)
  • Love Life (HBO Max)
  • A Teacher (Hulu)

Movies:

  • Palm Springs (Hulu
  • Work It (Netflix)
  • Over the Moon
  • Happiest Season

Documentaries:

  • The Last Dance (Netflix)
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama (Netflix)
  • Athlete A (Netflix)
  • The Weight of Gold (HBO)
  • The Speed Cubers (Netflix)
  • Spelling the Dream (Netflix)
  • BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (Netflix)
  • Break the Silence (Weverse)

Concert Specials

This category was the smallest so I’m going to share all the ones I watched.

  • BTS – Map of the Soul ON:E
  • Happiness Continues: A Jonas Brothers Concert Film (Amazon Prime)
  • Taylor Swift – City of Lover Concert (Netflix)
  • Shawn Mendes – Live in Concert (Netflix)
  • Excuse Me, I Love You – Ariana Grande (Netflix)

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