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The Magic School Bus Rides Again

We’re dipping back into a little bit of nostalgia this evening! I’m in love with Netflix bringing back The Magic School Bus. When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite programs and I hope it’s one that I can share with my own kids someday. How much more fun would school have been if we had all had a Ms. Frizzle?

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Cover of the Day

Alessia Cara – Drew Barrymore (SZA cover)

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Our New Bachelor

I am COMPLETELY here for this.

Arie was so dreamy on Emily’s season so I’m really looking forward to seeing him step up to this role. I joked with Leslie this morning that she can now sign me up for this, but we all know that could never happen!

Also this tweet right here:

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Una

I love to watch movie trailers and I love to get excited about what’s coming out. However, when it really comes down to it, these movie trailers and their dates get lost in my own timeline. I somehow always forget when they come out and when they are released, I don’t make time to watch the film in theaters. It’s quite the problem to have, but it’s been awhile since I’ve watched a trailer (other than “Mother” recently) that caught my attention enough to post it on Yow Yow!

In “Una,” Rooney Mara plays a woman who previously engaged in a relationship with her much older neighbor. The film flashes between present day and her as a child with actor Ben Mendelsohn. After discovering Mendelsohn in the present day, she finds that he has completely stripped himself of his old identity – he has a new name and apparently, a new wife. Currently the film is slated to be released October 13th.

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See In Blue | Dua Lipa

I’ve been enjoying The Fader’s documentaries lately – first with Khalid and now with Dua Lipa. We’ve been following her musical journey for what feels like most of 2017 so it’s cool to see an inside look at how everything all started. Also, if you haven’t checked out her self-titled album yet, it’s a must-hear and one of my favorites this year.

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Eggie by Jenn Im

I’ve been a longtime fan of Jenn Im’s for quite some time now and today is a big day for our favorite blogger! She announced that she’d be debuting her clothing line, Eggie, not too long ago, but today it is officially up for grabs. I thought I would share her video of her discussing her collection, but share with you some of my favorites below! Congratulations Jenn on your newest venture!

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The Moment I Found Out I Wasn’t White

I was advised a long time ago to keep not only my personal stories to myself, but also my views on politics to myself and away from social media. It doesn’t feel right anymore to stay silent. For months, I retweeted and quoted tweets never taking that firm of a stance on Yow Yow, but the news of the weekend has taken a toll on me. I’m distracted at work. I’m losing sleep because I am consumed by what is happening in our country. You can ignore all of this for a long time and focus just on what directly affects you, but the truth is – this affects all of us.

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I was 5 years old and in Kindergarten when it was pointed out to me just how different I was. My hair wasn’t brown or blonde, but black. My classmates had similar clothes to me and we were the same size. I imagined that everyone could speak two languages at home. I just didn’t know if it was the same as mine. No one had ever treated me as if I were different up to this point. You were considered the “bully” of our class. My parents told me to not engage and back then, I hadn’t discovered how confrontational I could be yet. I boarded the bus like I did every day and took a front seat because the sooner I could get off the bus, the faster I could get to my seaweed wrapped rice crackers that Grandma always put out for me as my afternoon snack.

You singled me out. Pointed to me. “Go sit in the back of the bus.” An order.

“Why?”

“You don’t belong up here.”

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Every day I climbed on top of the chair to talk to my mom as she prepared dinner for our family and she would ask me about my day. “Today, he told me to sit in the back of the bus. Why did he say this to me?”

What I remember is the glass shattering moment that I discovered how white I wasn’t. The part I don’t remember is the look on my mother’s face.

What I didn’t realize until I was much older was how much I tried to self-correct myself after this happened to me. For years in my childhood, I pushed myself to be athletic because I thought it was who I was supposed to be. I never liked participating in sports, but all of my caucasian friends were in cross country and track. I didn’t want to bring rice for lunch; I wanted a Lunchables. I stopped speaking Vietnamese until I forgot how to completely. Instead of embracing the culture that I grew up with, I did all that I could to be anything, but different so as to never feel as isolated as I was during that moment when I was five.

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I think about this story all the time, but I never thought to ask my mother about how she felt when I came to her until Sunday. I wish I had a recording of this phone call, not to share it widely, but because it was so honest and meant a lot to me to hear her own point of view. What she told me was that she never forgot that moment. Like me, she too, thinks about it. Back then, she couldn’t go too into depth about race or Rosa Parks or the kind of hatred that could live within a child without them truly understanding. I wouldn’t have understood it fully and I sure as hell could not have taken that discussion with me back to school. She admitted to me that she knew my life could be challenging and that I would have to always work harder and be smarter just to be considered equal to my peers. The expectations for me would be much higher and that I might endure more instances like this in my life in different forms. And I did.

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So I watched what reminded me of a witch hunt this weekend play out on Twitter. I read the articles about the young man named “Peter” who decided to March at UVA on Friday with a torch and then claim that he’s not the angry racist we see in that photo. And I wondered how a man this young could be taught to be this way – to have this kind of hatred in his heart. Who taught my 5-year-old bully to also have this same way of thinking? I’ve tried to be patient. I tried to understand and read the point of views from both sides to have this awareness, but I’m disappointed and frankly, heartbroken. I never want to have to explain this to my future son or daughter the way my own mother had to with me.

So your vote wasn’t the same as mine. It’s not about our egos and our pride, but let’s move forward. Let’s just agree that we need a better future than what is our current state right now.

And because this is an important recap from the weekend…

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Wedding Mondays

We are overdue for a Wedding Mondays post and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this one with you all this morning. I’m actually headed to a wedding this weekend – my last one of the season! – however, before we get excited about that one, I wanted to express how much it pained me to have to miss the nuptials of Alyssa and Eric. I’ve known both of them since my freshman year of college and even remember meeting Eric during my first week at orientation. They both have been great friends to me over the years so it was difficult when I learned I couldn’t make their special day.

This video was everything though. I’m elated to see how special their day was and it was nostalgic thinking about how their relationship blossomed into what is now a marriage when I look back on their years of dating in college. Alyssa was a stunning bride and I’ve never seen Eric look so handsome. These two are so perfect together <3

Thank you both for sharing some amazing photos and this video to catch me up on what I missed. I wish you two a very happy marriage and a lifetime of happiness together.

 

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Food Tutorials by David Ma

Following instructions or a recipe doesn’t always come easy to me. Sometimes I get tripped up on even the simplest steps. Other times I am better reading things out loud or just viewing a visual. Food artist, David Ma, recently created these recipe tutorials and molded them from the inspiration of four very well-known directors. My favorite is this “S’Mores” one inspired by Wes Anderson. At the source, you can check out the other pieces that will remind you of Quentin Tarantino, Michael Bay, and Alfonso Cuarón.

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Asian Bachelorette

Some of this is cheesy; a handful of it is spot-on.

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In A Heartbeat

Happy Saturday everyone! It looks like I’ve been busy on Yow Yow! today and that’s because I’ve mostly spent my day dedicated to it after a long week at work. I’m now getting to catch up on some things that I’ve been meaning to watch, read, and listen to and here is one of those pieces. In a Heartbeat is a short animated film about a boy named Sherwin who has a crush on another classmate of his. In a time where there is so much hate and negativity in the world, I seeing something that promotes love and acceptance above all else. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

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Siesta Key

Up until right about now, I totally thought the show was just called “Siesta Keys.” MTV is advertising this new series as the new “Laguna Beach,” but let’s just be honest with ourselves here…nothing will ever be able to replace the hole in our hearts that was Laguna Beach. Since four of the cast members from Siesta Key were sponsoring The Hills marathon this weekend (which I watched obviously) I decided that I they deserved an hour of my time for the premiere.

Initial thoughts:

  • The main character and also narrator – Juliette Porter is unlikeable. There’s a scene where she confronts the girl that her boyfriend (sort of? it’s unclear.) cheated on her with last summer and they end the interaction with saying they should hang out sometime. Why can’t girls just be real with each other?
  • In terms of diversity… only one-non white male is a part of the cast. I guess that’s more than can be said about Laguna Beach though.
  • Characters Kelsey and Juliette actually look the same. Is that mean to say?
  • So the reason why this series is happening is because one of the main characters’s  (the guy who happens to have 2 girls fighting over him) dad basically pitched the show to MTV
  • For a show that’s “unscripted,” it feels pretty scripted to me.

I should have written this post out while I was watching last night because I think I’m missing a few key thoughts. It’s not a show that I think will be intellectually stimulating for me, but it’s sort of like an awkward mess that you can’t turn away from. How these kids have so much issues at 21/22, I’ll never understand.

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Selena’s Music Video Is Better Than Her Song and Her Singing

We don’t really care too much for Selena’s “try hard” in her latest music video, but if I HAD to pick out a few choice GIFs, well, I definitely know what they would be:

Soap eating. Why use a toothbrush and toothpaste when you can get straight to the point?

Chic regurgitation.

Eyelash curler to tongue

But are you ready for my favorite…? LIPSTICK EATING. Look at our girl pushing the envelope!

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A Vending Machine for Homemade Meals

Now I haven’t done too much international traveling, but I’ll never forget my trip to Japan and how amazed I was by not only everything there, but the amount of vending machines everywhere! Those vending machines get so much use by the locals that it feels like such a norm as opposed to here in America. It’s also entirely normal to just buy decent food at a gas station according to my friends.

I loved this story about vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, who refills his curry and rice concoction twice a day using rice that he grows from his own farm.

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Nick Jonas on BBC’s Pitch Battle

I know this song has been out for months, but I’m still so smitten with Nick Jonas and this twist on the way he sung it this time. *swoon* The extra people are a nice touch too.

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