What Would You Tell Your 16-Year-Old Self? Words of Wisdom Every Girl Should Hear

 

Anna Akana‘s most recent video lists off things she would tell her 16-year-old self if she could go back in time and do so. Although she is specifically speaking to herself and her own experiences, it is clear that much of her advice can apply to everyone.

“First of all, put yourself first” she says. “I know it’s hard because you’re such a romantic, but God dammit, romance yourself.”

In addition to loving oneself, she also adds that girls ought to stop putting one another down, stop being afraid of going out there and reaching goals, stop making decisions purely based on fear and, most importantly, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”

Even if you aren’t sixteen anymore, there are words of wisdom in this video for everyone. Check it out for yourself.

 


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Replacing Wrinkles With Muscles: Chinese Senior Citizens Who Are More Athletic Than You

 

Whenever I spend time with family members in their 50s and 60s, they like to remind me that my 20s are my prime years and physically, things will only go downhill from this point on. They usually follow this up with horror stories about joint and muscle pain, but I won’t go into that.

Now as it turns out, if I were talking to some of the senior citizens in Beijing, China, the conversation would be very different. In fact, I may find a few who would challenge me to a push up contest. And trust me– they would win.

Head over to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven Park and you will see it covered in senior citizens. No, they’re not there peacefully feeding pieces of bread to ducks (which would have been my initial guess). They’ve taken over the jungle gym to work out.

And these aren’t just tiny, delicate work outs either. Men are doing sit ups while hanging from metal bars, women are jump-roping and just about everyone seems to be able to do pull ups better than I ever could.

You may be surprised to discover that many of these athletic senior citizens didn’t actually exercise before retiring. With a job to maintain and kids to raise, many admit to not even caring too much about their physical fitness in their younger years. Now retired, the senior citizens finally have time to focus on exercise.

As expected, China’s life expectancy seems to have benefitted from this senior citizen hobby. Huffington Post notes:

Despite rampant cigarette smoking, suffocating pollution and some ghastly food-safety scandals, China compares favorably with other upper middle income countries on life expectancy. At 75.2 years, China’s life expectancy currently lags only 3.5 years behind that of the U.S., despite China having around one-eighth of America’s per-capita GDP.

 

Check out this video below and see their athletic skills for yourself. Keep in mind that nearly everyone in this video is over 60-years-old and retired. In fact, the man in the beginning is 86 and ran a marathon just four years ago.

 

Kiosk Disguised As An ATM Machine Helps Indian Women Report Rape Without Fear

 

There have been countless efforts to try and decrease rape cases in India where terrifying studies show that a woman is raped every 30 minutes. Although all these efforts (such as as anti-rape clothing) try hard to change things, rape continues to be a very serious and prominent issue in India.

Although much focus has been on rape prevention, what about those who have already fallen victim to this unforgivable act? Apparently, they face a whole new layer of difficulties when they try to seek justice.

According to Think Progress, a 16-year-old girl in Calcutta reported a gang-rape to the police. As punishment, the men raped her again and burned her alive. It’s very likely that many women do not report rape out of fear. After all, these death threats are apparently quite common.

 

 

“Women were being denied a fundamental right because of this fear of going to the police. Why should they need someone’s help to do something so basic?” said Joydeep Nayak, a senior member of the police force in India.

Nayak decided to create an alternative to going to the police station. Her solution? She created an electronic kiosk that allows women to discreetly report abuse without fear of backlash. The “Instant Complaint Logging Internet Kiosk,” or “iClik,” resembles an ATM Machine and has been installed in a bank in Bhubaneswar.

Nayak has even addressed the illiteracy issue in India.  For those who are unable to write out a report, the kiosk also records audio reports and scans written complaints.

“My dream is to have a kiosk alongside existing ATMs, in schools, railway stations and bus stations, all over the country — so that women can walk in, complain and leave without any escort or hassles,” Nayak said.

So far, about eight to ten women use the machine every day.

 

 

Not For The Faint of Heart: Stomach-Churning Selfie Video On Top Of A Hong Kong Skyscraper

 

I’m not one who’s afraid of heights, but I certainly know my limits. This video, for instance, definitely goes above and beyond my limits.

This selfie video was taken by photographers Daniel Lau,  A.S. and Andrew Tso. It begins innocently enough by simply showing the trio eating bananas. The video suddenly causes all our stomachs to lurch by panning out and revealing that our innocent trio is actually sitting on top of a 1,135-foot-tall Hong Kong skyscraper.

Dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Selfie,” this video has already gained over 2 million views since it’s upload earlier this month.

 

 

Many of us may watch this video and shake our heads in disbelief, but for those of you who need more than 18 seconds to get your heart pumping, you can check out Daniel Lau’s instagram which features a number of gut-churning selfies on top of more dangerously tall buildings. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

 

Why Everyone is Falling in Love With This Talented Taiwanese Drummer

 

Step aside Ringo Starr and Travis Barker, we have a new favorite drummer in town. From the looks of things, she intends to keep her spot as a favorite.

Known to us by her English name, S. White, this Taiwanese jazz drummer and street performer has been turning heads and catching quite a bit of attention. In fact, her official Facebook fan page has nearly 200,000 likes. Now don’t let her youth and petite size fool you– White packs a punch in her performances.

She is often seeing laughing, singing along and bobbing her head while rocking out to everything from Crayon Pop to Lady Gaga. Many media sites have praised her on being such a “cute and pretty” drummer, but the reason she’s on our list of favorites is her undeniable talent and charm. Simply put, she has so much fun during her performances that we can’t help but smile along.

Check out some of our favorite S. White performances below.

 

The 25 Most Common Dance Moves In The Club

 

For todays #TBT, we bring you Celeste Chen’s hilarious list showing the 25 most common dance moves in the club. Although the video was uploaded over a year ago on April 2013, rest assured that these dance moves are still alive and well in 2014. In fact, the video is meant to showcase the dance moves in Singapore clubs, but it’s safe to say we’ve seen “The Worm” and “The Awkward” just about everywhere.

Check out the video below and let us know which move you’re most guilty of. 

 

 

This video has gained over 1.5 million views, but Celeste Chen is no stranger to online popularity. Chen is a well-known blogger based in Singapore and after 9 years of blogging, she has gathered an impressive fan base of 100,000.

“My readers are interested in what thoughts I have about the newest gadgets, food, fashion and travel,” Chen writes in her official page. “Follow me, as I show you along the way about my opinion of whats hot, and whats not.”

 

 

Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You (PART III)

 

If there’s one thing our readers can’t seem to get enough of, it’s Adorable Asian Babies. We’ve showcased the cuties with puppies, in Halloween costumes and even squeal-worthy submissions from our loyal readers.

But a favorite among everyone seems to be the  “Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You” series. Apparently, we all can’t get enough of tiny tots who dress better than we ever did back in the day.

Who am I kidding? Some of these kiddos still dress better than us.

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Wait, MSG May Not Be So Bad After All?

 

If you think Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown have bad reputations, think again. They have nothing on the nearly 50-year-old bad reputation of MSG, otherwise known as monosodium glutamate. Interestingly enough, most people haven’t actually figured out why MSG has a bad rep.

Ask the average American about the substance and he or she will tell you that it’s bad for one’s health and should be avoided. But if you ask why, the conversation will probably be cut short. We’ve all heard the rumors of MSG being toxic, poisonous, cancerous, and may lead to fatigue and headaches, but where is the research behind it?

Turns out, this may have all been a myth.

 

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There are multiple studies which actually point out that MSG is no more harmful to our health than plain salt. Sure, some people have adverse reactions to MSG and if it is not consumed in moderation, it will lead to discomfort (like most anything else), but as far as consumption is concerned, there’s not too much to worry about.

Reactions, a series which “uncovers the chemistry in everyday life,” recently did some research about MSG. The flavor enhancer was first discovered in 1908 by chemist Kikunae Ikeda. Turns out, the bad rumors began 60 years later when a scientist tried to pinpoint why he was experiencing discomfort after consuming Chinese food, naming his symptoms “Chinese restaurant syndrome.” Because of this, assumptions were made about MSG. Talk about jumping to conclusions.

Find out all the facts in the video below.

MUST SEE: Filipino Girl Group Perform Breathtaking “Let it Go” Cover on Korean Show

 

I know, I know. You’re tired of “Let it Go” covers and I don’t blame you. In fact, when this video popped up on my newsfeed, I let out an exasperated sigh with an eye roll on the side. Again? 

But what stopped me from scrolling on was the incredible amount of attention this video was receiving. Koreaboo, a K-Pop entertainment website, posted the video on their Facebook and within 4 hours, the video gained a incredible 30,000 likes and nearly 20,000 shares.  Clearly, there was something different about this cover.

As it turns out, the video features four Pinays who were on Superstar K, a South Korean television talent show series. Trust me when I say this cover blew me away, and I’ve seen quite a handful of “Let it Go” covers.

Go ahead and check it out for yourself. I promise, it’s worth it.

 

Not tired of the Frozen mania? Check out some of our favorite Youtube Covers of “Let it Go” featuring Asian artists!


Kickass Cosplay Alert: Disney Princesses in Armor

 

Back in the 1980′s, Japan needed a name for the ongoing trend of people dressing up as their favorite cartoon, anime and comic book characters. They came up with the term “cosplay” by combining the English words “costume” and “play.”

Flash forward to present day and cosplay is now seen as a significant aspect of Japanese pop culture which often influences Japanese/Asian street fashion. Take a look at this Japanese graduation filled with cosplay and this duo who gained worldwide attention for their cosplay skills.

But that’s not all. Cosplay has also become a well-known term in America. We’ve seen our share of impressive cosplay from various comic cons and anime expos, but recently we’ve come across a cosplay worth highlighting.

A group of insanely talented women decided to cosplay as the Disney Princesses with one major twist: the girls were in armor and ready for battle. Quite a number of people have commented that the armor (or lack thereof) would be useless in a battle, but everyone has agreed that these girls are talented for making such intricate outfits.

Yes, these women show skin, but they are proud of it and clearly deliver the message: who needs a prince to save you when you can kick ass yourself?

Learn more about them here.

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ANNA

 

 

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ARIEL

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SNOW WHITE

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MEGARA

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