Thursday, August 30, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Vote to adopt

If you are considering adding a four legged member to your family, I encourage you to adopt from an animal shelter or start your search on Petfinder.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cheryl Burke looks fresh faced

If you're a fan of Dancing with the Stars or the Lawrence brothers (as in Joey, Matthew and Andy) you are likely aware that Matthew Lawrence and Cheryl Burke used to date. (I discovered this ten minutes ago.) Matthew looks mighty good these days, but I am actually posting about his ex, Cheryl.  I understand that as a performer she must wear heavy makeup that is visible off the dance floor.  But how cute is Cheryl Burke without her raccoon eyeliner and pancake blush?  She looks fresh-faced and ten years younger than usual!

I don't know if homegirl has single fold eyelids or what, but I can tell you I've practically given up on eye makeup.  Eyeliner and mascara get smudged on my eyelids, and I have no place to put eye shadow. When I see Cheryl without makeup I am reminded how a natural face can outshine a made up one.

Pics via and Zimbio

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I'd totally live here: Hong Kong

I could make myself very comfortable in this 560 square foot apartment in Hong Kong.  The one bedroom, one bath rental costs $26,000 Hong Kong Dollars per calendar month.  I believe the conversion amounts to about $3352 U.S. dollars monthly.

Thumbs up to the white walls and floors, windows on both sides of the flat, and the deep window sills.  They would be perfect for plants.  I'd likely upgrade to a larger fridge, though.

Looking at the small scale furniture staged in these wide angle photos, I can tell this apartment is TINY.  But I lived with my husband and three guinea pigs in an apartment this size, so I know it can be done.

I'd lose the bulky black bookcase and replace it with a colorful Eames coat rack.

How nice to have a washer in the unit.  True to Asia, there's no dryer though, which means renters will see a lot of their drying rack. Also, there's no oven in the kitchen. This did not affect my life one bit when I lived in Korea, but it may be disappointing to avid bakers.

This apartment has a spacious flow, unlike choppy, segmented apartments in traditional Asian high rises.

The beige bathroom leaves me feeling blah, but I like the ceramic fixtures.  The window in the shower is a nice touch, too.  I'd switch out the mirror to something cleaner-looking right away.

Why does the decor suddenly go from modern to Country French in the bedroom?  I think an armoire like this Ikea unit is more suitable for the space.

The only major drawback to this apartment is there are no trees or signs of nature visible from the windows.  I love big cities, but not seeing any trees or plants makes me feel boxed in and cut off from nature, especially if living 30 stories off of the ground.

In the big picture, real estate in Hong Kong is tight and mega expensive.  If I were to live in a flat under 600 feet in I'd want it to be a clean, blank slate like this Hong Kong apartment.  To see the listing for this (rented!) apartment, visit Home Net.

Obsessed with kawaiiculture

Kawaiiculture (loosely translated from Japanese as "cute culture") probably thinks she has a stalker.  I've been visiting her store on Etsy every day asking myself which necklace I'm going to buy.  I want all of them. As far as Ajumma is concerned, kawaiiculture's masterfully painted mini food combined with sparkly bobbles are perfection.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lady Gaga Japanese lover

This Lady Gaga fan gets mad props for the Hello Kitty in curly pigtails.  You can see more Japanese Gaga fans at Tokyo

Farewell, My Queen

Farewell, My Queen is on my "Must See List" along with the independent film,  Touch (2011).

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Yeah, you, Jake Ryan

The Washington Post has a "no duh" article that runs unnecessarily long about Sixteen Candles timeless heartthrob Jake Ryan.  The article's written by a man. That figures.

Back to school y'all

Kurt Cobain (this photo makes me a little sad)

Winona Ryder

Prince Rogers Nelson

Photos via tomashotelgwendafne, and City Pages blog

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Señor Chang writes in Korean

Dr. Ken Jeong may play a (neurotic) Chinese American on Community, but his character apparently can write in Korean. Back when Señor Chang made life hell for his Spanish language students, he was seen scribbling across the blackboard.  In two quick flashes, Korean was visible.  It appears Ken was writing his birth name "Jeong Kang-Joh."  No wonder Señor Chang's Spanish students were so confused!

Photo via elmolikeswasabi

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yin Yang birthday cake

A friend of mine turned six years-old this month.  He celebrated at his local Taekwondo dojang.  His cool yin yang cake, made by SweeTarts, was inspired by the South Korean flag.