The Milky Bun is the Latest Dessert Craze

 

What should you expect from a bite of After Ice Cream’s Milky Bun? Be prepared for a mouthful of delightfully cold homemade ice cream stuffed inside a warm, glazed donut — the perfect dessert hybrid to satisfy your summer sugar cravings.

The creators of the Milky Bun, Scott Nghiem and Andy Nguyen, were inspired by the sweet Hawaiian bread and ice cream combination they had eaten at home as kids. Since opening their first Afters Ice Cream in Orange County, they have been trying to incorporate pastries into the store’s frozen dessert menu.

“Having bread and ice cream is much more a common thing in Asian countries than America,” Nghiem said. “We couldn’t easily explain to people that bread and ice cream would be good together.”

Instead, they let the taste speak for itself. After removing the donut hole and tweaking the donut recipe to better accompany the texture of ice cream, Nghiem and Nguyen introduced the Milky Bun. It was met with great enthusiasm. Now, customers will wait in line for up to three hours to get their hands on the donut-ice cream offspring.

Afters Ice Cream offers a variety of unique ice cream flavors that you can choose from, including Jasmine Milk Tea, Vietnamese Coffee and Cookie Monster. The store then uses a special waffle-iron-like machine to seal the ice cream of your choice inside the donut, complete with toppings.

Milky Bun Day Everyday

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The success of Milky Buns gave rise to three more Afters Ice Cream locations as well as other stores that have begun to imitate the popular treat. Unfazed by the knock offs, Nghiem and Nguyen said they would continue coming up with fresh new treats for their sweet-toothed fans.  

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Milky bun party!!!

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Reactions to Cringe-Worthy Yellowface

 

Try as you might, there’s really no way to justify yellowface. Some argue that old films only used it for comedy purposes, but when we see non-Asians dressed up in hideously exaggerated costumes to try and mimic “Asian features,” we really don’t see anything funny about it. Even more argue that celebs (like Katy Perry) simply have a big and innocent interest in Asian culture. But these individuals don’t seem to see the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. And of course, there are plenty of people who say yellowface in movies are just examples of brilliant acting, but in a world where Asians don’t get half as many roles available to them, why take away another role that should’ve gone to an Asian actor? (Looking at you Aloha.)

To try and help more people understand this concept, Buzzfeed just released a video of East Asians reacting to various movies and TV shows which featured yellowface. If you don’t quite get why yellowface is insulting, maybe these reactions will make things clear.

 

 

This isn’t the first time Buzzfeed has tried to tackle the issue of racism towards the Asian community. For a hilarious segment, comedian Jenny Yang once again joined forces with Buzzfeed, took to Facebook and asked people to reply with questions they have for Asian Americans. As expected, the questions ranged from horribly racist to ridiculously ignorant. Many people legitimately wondered how we procreate since they apparently never come across pregnant Asian women. Good thing Jenny Yang was around to answer all of these.

 

 

And on a more serious note, Buzzfeed asked their Asian staff members to recall moments when they experienced racism. Sure enough, everyone had a story to share.

 

 

 
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Disney to Release ‘The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki’ Blu-Ray Box Set

 

Hayao Miyazaki fans, get ready for this exciting bit of news! Disney has just announced that they will release The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki in a beautiful Blu-Ray box set. We first saw this set when it was released in Japan in June of last year and now, Western fans will get the chance to bask in Miyazaki’s glory as well.

In 2013, we were all heartbroken after hearing that Miyazaki– the talented co-founder of the celebrated Japanese animation film studio, Studio Ghibli– announced his retirement, claiming The Wind Rises would be his last feature film. But you can all let out a sigh of relief because Miyazaki is currently working on an upcoming short for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. Much to our delight, it seems Miyazaki has only retired from making feature length films. The project will take an estimated 3 years to complete, but why sit around waiting for the short to be finished when you can spend that time celebrating Miyazaki’s incredible work?

The blu-ray box set, which will be available exclusively on Amazon on November 17th, will contain Miyazaki’s eleven feature films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises.

If you’re a hardcore Studio Ghibli fan and already have all these films on Blu-Ray, you will probably still want to pick up this box set for its bonus features, including Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun)– a 1972 television pilot that was directed, storyboarded and animated by Hayao Miyazaki. The box set will also include three episodes of the 1972 anime series Akado Suzunosuk (Little Samurai) which were storyboarded by Miyazaki. In addition to these disks, the set will also contain a book which “explores the themes and techniques of this revered Japanese filmmaker, and selected text from Hayao Miyazaki’s initial notes and creative proposals for the production of each film.”

Excited yet? I know I am. Until the box set is available, you can hype yourself up even more with the work of talented Vimeo user dono, who has created an impressive tribute to Miyazaki by recreating his most famous characters in 3D settings. Check it out below.

 

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Indian Beverage Company PAPER BOAT Raises Money for Children’s Education With Hashtag #FloatABoat

 

When I was little, I loved origami. It was a quiet activity that required patience and attention, effectively keeping me occupied during long car rides or when my parents were busy. Over the years, I’ve folded hundreds of my favorite paper cranes and stars, but some of my most favorite memories are the times I folded fleets of paper boats.

I was inspired by a story my mom had shared with me about her childhood. When she was a little girl, there was a particularly bad typhoon that hit Taiwan, flooding the streets and the first floor of their home. It might sound like a nightmare, but for the children it was time to play in the water. My mom would sit on the couch, tuck her legs to keep them dry, and fold paper boats. Once she had a collection, she would carefully float them in the water, watching them drift around the living room. Wide-eyed, I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I was determined to build my own squadron.

Finally, when it rained hard enough in Southern California for the streets to be flooded, I couldn’t be more excited. I was ready. Grabbing an umbrella and my paper boats, I ran out into the rain to squat down next to the gutter. One by one I set my boats on a journey down the street. When the water was moving quickly, the boats would have a wild and rough ride. Other times, the water slowed and the boats would sail lazily down the stream as I followed alongside on the sidewalk. Soon, I was out of paper boats, but I was a very happy child.

As I grew up and became busy with school and life (plus Southern California wasn’t getting as much rain anymore), I forgot about that joy. In fact, I didn’t think about those paper boats until recently when I heard about an Indian beverage company, Paper Boat. The company is encouraging followers to relive their favorite childhood activity and remember “the simple pleasure of making a paper boat and setting it to sail in the nearest puddle.”

They are asking the public to put up a picture of their own paper boats on Instagram with the hashtag #FloatABoat. For every Instagram post, Paper Boat will put ₹20 towards supporting children’s primary education.

All the proceeds will go towards a West Bengal based humanitarian organization called Parivaar, an institution that works to provide total care and overall development of children from categories like orphans, girls highly vulnerable to exploitation, victimization and trafficking, street children, abandoned children, extremely impoverished children from tribal areas, etc.

 

 

“Our Hope Floats campaign has deliberately been mounted on digital — especially social media — making it easy for everyone to participate in. Anyone, anywhere, with just a piece of paper, can hop aboard,” said Neeraj Kakkar, founder and CEO, Paper Boat.

So the race is on! Make a paper boat (or a hundred), upload a photo of it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FloatABoat and relive some great childhood memories while helping other children create theirs.

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Alcoholic Boba? BOBA 7 Is LA’s Hot Spot for Boba Booze

 

Tucked away in the back of a little Thai restaurant in LA lies BOBA 7, a boba shop that will revolutionize the way we see boba forever. To anyone 21 and over, let me introduce you to alcoholic boba. Yup, you read correctly. A dangerously delicious idea that originated in downtown Los Angeles, BOBA 7 has answered the cries of our fun-loving generation by infusing two Asian American staples, boba and alcohol.

Back in 2012, USC graduate Elton Keung had the brilliant idea of creating the first alcoholic boba establishment in Los Angeles. It began with a simple pop up shop and three years later, Boba 7 has now become one of the hottest boba spots in Los Angeles due to their inventive and well crafted drinks. They have many unique options to choose from, such as their signature Green Tea Heineken, Bobagasm and Barackbobama. Aside from their punny names, BOBA 7 also offers specialty drinks that are non alcoholic such as their famous Horchata milk tea. Check out some of their fan favorites below.

 

GREEN TEA HEINEKEN

The Green Tea Heineken blends an entire bottle with their sweet honey boba for a delicious summer refreshment. Photo via Facebook.com

The Green Tea Heineken blends an entire bottle of Heineken with their sweet honey boba for a delicious summer refreshment. Photo via Facebook.com

 

BOBAGASM

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The Bobagasm was the original alcoholic boba drink. With a blend of Irish cream, Kahlua and honey boba, this drink is nothing short of decadent and will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

 

HORCHATA MILK TEA

The Horchata Milk Tea, the first of it's kind is a unique blend of cinnamon and honey boba. Photo Via Yelp.com

The Horchata Milk Tea, the first of it’s kind, is a unique blend of cinnamon and honey boba. Photo Via Yelp.com

While boba with a Heineken might not sound that refreshing, Elton Keung assures us that they devised a way to balance out the simple taste of beer with the sweetness of honey boba. Together it blends into a perfect harmony of ingredients.

With adults in America working 9 to 5 jobs regularly, a trip to happy hour is no longer just a treat– it’s a necessity. What better way to start the weekend or a night out than with “grown up boba.” So next time, if you are ever in Los Angeles, listen to this sign below and leave your stress at the door and enjoy a nice boba drink. Who knows? Boba booze might become the next big trend! But always remember to be safe, and never drink (boba) and drive.

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Photo via Facebook.com

 

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The League of Kitchens Provides Intimate Cooking Classes Taught by Immigrants

 

My parents are immigrants from Taiwan, so I was fortunate enough to grow up on my mom’s great cooking. Now you may not think this is such a big deal since you’ve probably had Chinese food countless times, but after venturing out into every Chinese food restaurant I could find, I quickly realized that I never found my mother’s dishes at any of the Chinese restaurants here in the US.

You see, my mother’s dishes were deliciously unique and family friends always complimented her cooking, often asking for recipes and tips. But if you weren’t friends with someone like my mom, how could you taste authentic cuisine from far away countries? Well we’ve found something that will surely give your taste buds a treat.

For people looking to try authentic cuisine and learn how to cook it themselves, The League of Kitchens may be what you’re looking for. The League of Kitchens “provides talented, immigrant home cooks with cash and New York foodies with a chance to do more than just sit in the kitchen and listen to stories of the old country.”

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Photo courtesy of newyork.seriouseats.com/

Founder and chief executive of The League of Kitchens, Lisa Gross, is the daughter of a Korean immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker. Always having been interested in the way that food can bring people together, Gross was inspired her to create a place where foodies can learn how to make Afghani, Argentinian, Bangladeshi, Greek, Korean, Indian, Lebanese and Trinidadian dishes from women who grew up eating and cooking the cuisine themselves.

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Photo courtesy of newyork.seriouseats.com/

More than 100 immigrants go through an interview process to determine if their homes and kitchens are suitable for the program’s requirements. Their English also needs to be proficient enough for them to teach effectively for five-and-a-half hours at a stretch. The cooks are paid $25 an hour and are fully reimbursed for the food costs and supplies that goes into the preparation and clean-up process.

The small class size and even smaller New York kitchens provide a more leisurely and intimate atmosphere and makes it seem less like a strict, formal cooking class. The five-and-a-half hour classes are held on weekends and cost $149 per person with no more than six students. There are also two-and-a-half hour classes available for $95. Be sure to check the official website for more details.

Feature photo courtesy of leagueofkitchens.com

 

 

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Korean Men’s Fashion vs. American Men’s Fashion: Who Wore It Best?

 

Men’s fashion has been evolving rapidly not only in America, but in Korea as well. No more 10% mens fashion, 90% women’s fashion at clothing stores. It’s time to break the stereotypes because men are now putting in just as much time and effort into their looks as women. However, with every trend, each country has a different style. Today, we’re comparing Korean men’s fashion to American men’s fashion and you get to decide who wore it best.

 


 

ROUND 1: CUT-OFF SHORTS

 

KOREAN MEN

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Photo Via ulzzangheartkpop.blogspot.com

Korean men’s fashion prefers a well-fitted, tailored look. This applies especially for any type of pants. With cut off shorts, Korean men tend to go for a more fitted look that cuts off slightly above the knees. If looking high end and preppy is your taste, then Korean men have this one in the bag.

 

AMERICAN MEN

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Photo via stylishwife.com

The American approach for men’s cut off shorts is very different. They prefer a looser fit, to give a casual and comfortable vibe. Their cut offs also end right above the knee, but they tend to have a loose cut rather than slim fit. This gives the look a more relaxed appearance. If the sporty “I just put on whatever (but not really)” vibe is what speaks to you, then American men win this round.

 


 

ROUND 2: FLANNELS

 

KOREAN MEN

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Photo via itsmestyle.com

With a smaller plaid design, Korean men prefer a softer pattern for their flannels. Flannels can also range from small plaid to bold colors for a nice pop in summer. Korean men definitely pull off the boy next door plaid look and can somehow make it look super cute, while still being hot.

 

AMERICAN MEN

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Photo via tumblr.com

With larger, more boxy plaid patterns, the American flannel style tends to look more masculine and edgy rather than playful and fun. When you think of flannels on American men, you either think burly lumberjack or hipster bad boy. Either way, sign me up.

 


 

ROUND 3: BLAZER

 

KOREAN MEN

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Photo via wheyisolate.co

Korean men tend to pair their blazers with more casual shirts to dress down their outfits. Often wearing lighter colors or pastel fabrics to match the summer trend, these looks are both sophisticated and fresh. There is nothing sexier than a man who knows how to look put together and fun.

 

AMERICAN MEN

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Photo via express.com

When American men put on blazers, they are not messing around. With a nice comb over and a little spritz of Calvin Klein, they’ll have a line of admirers around the block. There is a reason why blazers are always worn in professional settings. They mean business.

 


 

ROUND 4: DENIM JACKET

 

KOREAN MEN

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Photo via koreanmalemodels.tumblr

Denim jackets can do no wrong. Korean men usually wear denim jackets that are well fitted and have a classic darker wash.  Pair them with a snap back and a loose flannel and you have a Korean heartthrob.

 

AMERICAN MEN

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Photo via refinery29

The denim jacket on American men is making a huge comeback. These jackets give their wearers a very vintage, easy going vibe. A nice acid wash paired with dark denim or black jeans will make any American man look like they are about to take you on a coffee date while reading you hand written poems.

 


 

ROUND 5: BUTTON UP

 

KOREAN MEN

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Photo via brandedgirls.com

A button up is classic for a reason. It looks good any time of the year and they way it flatters the male figure is an art. With Korean fashion, the classic look has been mastered, and tucking a crisp button up into a tailored pair of slacks will make anyone a believer.

 

AMERICAN MEN

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Photo via Royalfashionist.com

American men take a unique twist on the button up trend by introducing the half sleeve button up. Bringing a trend back from the 90s, cuffing sleeves are a must; and if you have the biceps to show for it then by all means, roll up!

 


 

ROUND 6: THE TANK

 

KOREAN MEN

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Photo via kalyadanis

It is not the culture in Korea for men to bulk up the way that Americans do. With leaner frames, the tank top is loosely fit rather than tight. With a light cotton material, these tanks flow effortlessly on their bodies and Korean men know just how to rock them to make them look comfortable and fashionable.

 

AMERICAN MEN

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Photo via toomanyhotguys.wordpress.com

And finally, the infamous “Bro Tank” as known by us here in America. A classic tank top look rocked by many fraternity boys across the nation. This look is the perfect tool to highlight all those muscles. Even though we hate to boost their egos, these tank tops do have a way of charming us over.

 

 

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Jamie Chung Becomes New Face for Make Up For Ever Campaign

 

Any Make Up For Ever fans in the house? You can count me in that roll call as well! The Sephora brand certainly lives up to its name because it stays on foreverrrr. Rain, tears and sweat stand no chance against this beloved brand. And it seems Make Up For Ever has given us one more reason to love them, and her name is Jamie Chung. My favorite cosmetic line and one of my favorite actresses teaming up? What is life!?

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Jamie Chung’s down-to-earth vibes, her trendsetting sense of style, and her liveliness on and off-screen make her the perfect canvas for Make Up For Ever’s vibrant colors and Pro-grade formulas. The cosmetic line’s campaign wants people to turn their confidence up a notch through the art of makeup, and unleash their inner artist. From two-tone red lips to graphic teal eyeshadow, Jaime shows us how we can rock these statement looks in the video below.

Alongside Jaime, Andreja Pejic joins the campaign not only as Make Up For Ever’s first openly transgender model, but also as the first transgender model to land a cosmetic contract. Together these beauties encourages everyone to celebrate their individuality and “Be bold. Be unexpected. Be you.”

 
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Giant Panda Celebrates 37th Birthday With Two Guinness World Records

 

Jia Jia, a giant panda living at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, celebrated her 37th birthday yesterday with two Guinness World Records. She is both the oldest giant panda ever living in captivity and the oldest giant panda currently living in captivity.

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Jia Jia was presented with a birthday ‘ice cake’ made of a block of ice with grenadine and mint syrup with vegetables inside while her human caretakers celebrated with a panda-shaped ice cream cake. – Photo courtesy of Kin Cheung/AP

Guinness World Records adjudicator, Blythe Ryan Fitzwilliam, was there to congratulate Jia Jia on her longevity. In human years, Jia Jia would be about 110 years old. The average life expectancy for a giant panda is 25 years. Only eight out of about 400 pandas living in captivity today are older than 30.

Jia Jia was born in the wild in Sichuan, China, in 1978 and was given to Hong Kong Ocean Park in 1999 with her mate, An An, who also marked his 29th birthday. The previous record for longevity was held by a male panda named Du Du, who was also caught in the wild and lived to be 36. While Jia Jia is still ‘moving about’ and is in stable health, she is suffering from cataracts, high blood pressure and arthritic pain. She sleeps a lot more and is not as active. But the park’s veterinary service director, Paola Martelli, reassures that “she is aging gracefully, just like your grandma.” Jia Jia has had six babies and four are still living.

Giant panda hugs for the birthday bear and a toast for many more years of good health to come!

Feature photo courtesy of Kin Cheung/AP

 

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7 Inspiring Interracial Power Couples

 

While there are many reasons why interracial couples are beautiful, we love that they show the world that race means nothing more than a difference in skin color when it comes to love. That’s certainly the case for our very favorite interracial power couples in this list.

These featured couples have achieved so much both on their own and together. Through their actions, they have shown the world that it isn’t about two races coming together, but two people and two cultures that are being shared. By highlighting these power couples, we are celebrating everything that they have accomplished, and we are recognizing the influence that Asians are slowly but surely having on society.

 


 

NICOLE WARNE and LUKE BOLT

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Photo via herfashionbox

Nicole Warne, also known as Garypeppergirl, is not only being a successful model, creative director, stylist, blogger, ambassador and entrepreneur, she also gets to add the title of wife to her very impressive credentials. Engaged to Australian professional photographer Luke Bolt, Nicole and Luke continue to remain a powerhouse couple both professionally and personally.

 


 

TERRANCE HOWARD and MIRA CRISTINE PAK 

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Photo Via nydailynews.com

Academy award nominee and the star of a new series, Terrance Howard now gets to welcome a baby boy into his family. Being biracial with African American and European American heritage, Howard’s son will also be part Korean thanks to his wife. Mira Pak has both beauty and brains, owning her own restaurant while handling a modeling career. Even though this couple wed only after a month of dating, they continue to prove skeptics wrong by being a beautiful and happy family.

 


 

LORDE and JAMES LOWE

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Photo Via Eonline

James Lowe and singer Lorde were pushed into the limelight in 2013 when they were the victims of racist cyberbullying. Thankfully, the incredible couple was able to shake off the haters and focus on their beautiful relationship. With no motivation for fame, Lowe and Lorde are clearly just two offbeat kids in love.

 


 

MAGGIE Q and DYLAN McDERMOTT

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Photo Via dailymail.co.uk

Maggie Q has been a recent powerhouse, both representing women and Asian culture throughout the media. The amazing actress met The Practice‘s Dylan McDermott who is her equal in both talent and success. They balance each other out in a way where neither of them overpower the other. Instead, they uplift and support each other’s success.

 


 

JOHN LEGEND and CHRISSY TEIGEN

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Photo via Rollingout.com

Every girl secretly dreamed that John Legend’s “All of Me” was for her. But that beautiful ballad was written for his gorgeous wife Chrissy Teigen. Chrissy, having a Norwegian father and a Thai mother, is a biracial bombshell. Aside from being a model, she works hard as a writer and cook, and she devotes her love to her husband. Even though Legend’s silky voice and emotional ballads have swept the hearts of millions of women, he only has eyes for Chrissy.

 


 

JENN IM and BEN JOLLIFFE

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Photo via gurugossiper

Jenn Im, also known as Clothesencounter, rose to fame through YouTube and has been dominating the fashion and blogging scene for years. Recently getting together with member of English Rock Band’s Young Guns, Ben Jolliffe, Jenn and Ben have been the dream team. Not only are they interracial, they are an international couple as well. With Ben living in England and Jenn in America, they prove that long distance relationships can work and that time apart only makes the heart grow fonder.

 


 

MARK ZUCKERBERG and PRISCILLA CHAN

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Photo Via telegraph.co.uk

Maybe one of the most literal power couples out there, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are ironically the least talked about. Even though– thanks to Facebook– they are one of the richest couples in the world, this married pair keeps a very low profile. Modest in their success, they enjoy each other’s company and quietly continue to dominate the world.

 


 

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