Bruno Mars Serenades 11-Year-Old Girl Injured by Drunk Driver

Right in the middle of a recent concert in Ohio, Bruno Mars stepped off stage to personally serenade one of his adoring fans, leaving the rest of the audience in a fit of hysterics. After all, it’s not often a world-famous Grammy winner singles out a fan to serenade. I mean, can you imagine all the jealous fangirls that would create? That’s a road no celeb wants to go down, so why all the attention to 11-year-old Zumyah Thorpe?

Well, as Bruno Mars puts it, she’s “an inspiration to the world.”

Last March, Zumyah lost her pregnant mother as well as both of her younger sisters when a drunk driver in a pickup truck collided with their vehicle. Zumyah Thorpe and her older sister survived the crash, but Zumyah suffered from a traumatic brain injury that left her unable to walk and talk. Doctors seriously wondered whether or not she would be able to gain these skills back.

Then something amazing happened.

Zumyah wasn’t about to give up. She began to improve her speech skills with the help of something very specific: Bruno Mars songs. Doctors soon discovered that Zumyah could sing, and she knew all the worlds to her favorite Bruno Mars songs.

“I am absolutely convinced that singing those Bruno Mars songs and being able to say ‘Bruno Mars’ is in itself a miracle,” says pediatric neurologist Dr. Nancy Bass, “and knowing all the words to the songs has helped her recover.”

Mars got wind of the amazing story and the impact his music had on Zumyah’s recovery. This obviously pulled at his own heartstrings and Mars chose to acknowledge it. During his concert, he shared Zumyah’s story to the crowd before hopping off stage to give her a special performance.

Was the audience filled with jealous fangirls that night? Nope. Just an audience that loves Bruno Mars even more.

Check out the heartwarming performance below:

 

Cutest Video Ever: Little Taiwanese Boy Comforts Girl on First Day of School

Remember when we were little and all the fairy tales were about a brave prince saving a beautiful princess?

We eventually grew up and realized that this fairy tale is nothing like reality. After all, we don’t need a prince to “save” us. And anyway, a lot of guys don’t even come close to the prince you may have once dreamed about. (Maybe you realized you prefer princesses over princes!)

Whatever the reason may be, we all grew up and got cynical. Well, this next video, reportedly trending in Taiwan, may have you believing in chivalry all over again.

In this video, which is currently one of the cutest things we’ve ever watched, a little Taiwanese girl is scared and crying during her first day of kindergarten. Luckily for her, she befriends the sweetest little fellow who tells her that he’ll protect her. He even offers to sleep next to her during nap time to keep her safe. Ah, the innocent days before hormones made everything complicated.

Check out the video below and be prepared for uncontrollable squealing.

 

This Makeup Tutorial Won’t Teach You Anything About Makeup, But It’s One of the Best We’ve Ever Seen

Let’s be honest here. There are about 43,670,746,827,946 YouTube makeup tutorials that you can choose from. Asia and Asian makeup is currently at the forefront of the cosmetic world so it was no surprise to us that this past month alone, we’ve seen amazing makeup tutorials on fake lashes, electric winged eyes and smoky eyes from Asian vloggers. Clearly, we’re in no shortage of these.

What we do want to see more of are videos like the following from YouTube personality Anna Akana. Known for her sass, her down-to-earth personality and her DGAF humor, Akana recently released a makeup tutorial called “How to put on your face.”

It teaches you absolutely nothing about makeup.

Instead, it focuses on something that doesn’t have countless videos online. As Akana puts on her makeup, she shows us how to cover our eyes with eyeshadow optimism, how to shape and fill in our eyebrows thoughts and how we need to find just the right amount of blush kindness. Oh, and cat eyes. (There’s no hidden meaning there — she just really likes cat eyes.)

We know what you’re thinking. This sounds “motivational poster” cheesy, but somehow Akana finds a way to avoid cheesiness while giving a very positive message. The video was made in response to all the requests she received so we’re left to assume that she either didn’t want viewers to know her makeup secrets (seriously though, how does she look so cool?) or she just thought this message was more important.

The best part of this video? She reminds us that it’s OK (and important) to care about both your appearance and care about your well-being.

“In other words, does what you do out here match what you feel in here?” she says. “Because I believe confidence and how you carry yourself is going to affect more of your relationships than anything else. If everywhere you come from is from an insecure, inadequate place, you’re not gonna be a very fun person to be around. So make sure you take care of this [inside and outside] when necessary.”

 

Photoshop Experiment Shows Every Country Has A Different Standard of Beauty

If you pick up a dictionary and look up “most ridiculous beauty test in existence,” you’ll find yourself looking at Asia’s Finger Trap Beauty test. Fine, it may not be in the dictionary, but that’s certainly how we feel about a “test” that judges beauty based on whether you have a tall nose, a small jaw and really long fingers.

Twenty-four-year-old journalist Esther Honig seems to be on the same page as us about these ridiculous and unattainable standards of beauty. Honig recently did a experiment about ideal beauty around the world and the results reinforce what we’ve believed in all these years: There is no one standard of beauty.

Think about it. If the Asian Finger Trap test determines beauty, then what about those, like myself, who don’t pass this test? Does this mean we should go cry ourselves to sleep because no one will ever find us attractive?

Nope, I don’t think so.

Honig recognized that one person’s perception of beauty is completely different from the next. How can we think of a single test as the all-knowing judge of beauty when the definition of beauty is constantly changing? In Asia there’s the finger trap test, but in America there’s the “thigh gap” obsession. Clearly, those are two very different scales and yet they both “determine” beauty. Confused? You should be.

To prove her point, Honig contacted 40 Photoshop-savvy individuals from more than 25 different countries. Their task was simple: edit her photo and make her beautiful.

The results blew her away. All the Photoshopped images were drastically different from one another.

“I hope this forces viewers to reconsider their concept of beauty and the expectations they hold themselves to,” Honig says. “When we compare unobtainable standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all that more elusive. It almost neutralizes the belief in a universal beauty.”

So the next time you feel ugly because your strong eyebrows simply can’t conform to the trendy short and straight “K-pop eyebrows,” remember in India, you’d be gorgeous.

You’re welcome.

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Before & After: Indonesia

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Before & After: Morocco

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These People Think Japanese Snacks Are Gross

I don’t know about you, but I could sure use a green tea kitkat and a lychee jelly cup right about now, but apparently these Japanese snacks aren’t very appetizing to an unfamiliar tongue. At least thats what seems to be the case in this video.

Earlier this month, we showed you a Buzzfeed video of Americans Overreacting to Asian Food. That video was basically 4 minutes of Americans acting like Asian food was the worst thing in existence.

As it turns out, Buzzfeed has another video showing Americans tasting yummy Japanese snacks. No one can dislike Japanese desserts right?

Wrong. The reactions to the snacks still included a lot of cringing. We will admit that these taste testers were much less insulting and very willing to try the food in comparison to the previous video. Here, there is much more confusion, shock and even some curiosity instead of disgust.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think. As for me, I’m gonna keep eating fruit gummies, thank you very much.

How to Get BIG Asian Eyes with Fake Lashes (Video Tutorial)

Is there anything wrong with small, sharp eyes? Absolutely not. A number of Asia’s most popular models and celebs rock small eyes.

Despite this, there is no doubt that big eyes are currently the desired look in Asia and it seems like people will stop at nothing to get it. We can’t even count all the ways Asians have tried to achieve bigger eyes. There are big pupil lenses, tons of “big eye” makeup methods, the popular double eyelid surgery, eyelid tape, eyelid glue, and (we kid you not) double eyelid training glasses.

Today, we’re gonna keep it simple. What’s an easy way to get bigger eyes without hurting your wallet with surgery? False eyelashes.

Makeup guru xteeener is here to show us all a couple of tips and tricks with fake lashes so we can get big Asian eyes.


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TIP #1: Choose the right kind of glue.

There are tons of false eyelash glues available. Be sure to check out your options. Some dry on clear while others dry on black. Some are dispensed from a tube while others are applied with a wand. Don’t be afraid to explore.

 

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TIP #2: Be careful when removing the lashes.
You may cause the lash to lose its shape if you remove them harshly. xteeener shows us various ways in the video below.

 
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TIP #3: Trim your lashes.
Before any gluing goes on, measure and trim your lashes to avoid discomfort.

 

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TIP #4 Patience.
Wait 10-30 seconds after applying the glue to the lash band. This way, you’ll avoid the lash slipping and sliding out of place.

 


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TIP #5: You have options.
Some lashes are attached to a thick black band while others have a clear band. You can choose between natural-looking lashes, full lashes and even doll lashes. Be sure to explore. xteeener gives a number of great lash suggestions you can try out.

 

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TIP #6: Layers.
If you want a more full/voluminous look, don’t be afraid to layer lashes on top of one another. Layering lashes of different lengths and volume are even better.

 

 

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TIP #7: Placement is everything.
You can drastically alter the shape of your eye depending on the way you place your fake lashes. Check it out in the video below.

 

 

Liked the video? Be sure to check out xteeener’s official website and YouTube channel!

Tearjerker Alert: Cancer Patient’s Final Wish to Marry the Love of His Life

Get your tissues out. You’ll be needing it.

A video from the Philippines has just been released and has already gathered over 2 million views. What could get this much attention this quickly? The beautiful and painful story of a cancer patient’s last wish.

Just last month, Rowden Pangcoga was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer. The disease took over quickly. Realizing his time was limited, Rowden made one final wish: to marry Leizl, his beloved girlfriend and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.

Earlier this month, they fulfilled that wish. By the time preparations for the wedding were complete, Rowden’s state had gotten worse and he was unable to leave the hospital. This didn’t stop them. It was ultimately decided that the wedding would take place at the hospital.

The viral video shows footage of the beautiful and heartbreaking wedding. In a hospital room filled with tears from loved ones, the couple said their vows.

Less than 10 hours after the wedding, Rowden passed away.

“Our family would like to thank the Main Man up above, Jesus Christ, for orchestrating this very inspiring story. And for giving us enough time to give Rowden what he wanted, and show him how loved he was.”


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Incredible Chinese Cosplay Duo Gain Worldwide Fans

The term “cosplay” was first used in 1983 as a way of combining the English words “costume” and “play.” Since then, cosplay has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon. In Asia, it is seen as a significant aspect of pop culture and often influences Japanese/Asian street fashion.

Over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of impressive cosplay (such as this adorable Miyazaki-themed cosplay), but no one has impressed me quite as much as these guys.

A cosplaying duo from China has recently gained viral attention worldwide. Trust me when I say this attention is well-deserved. The 22 and 23-year-old look as if they just stepped out of a manga. Their slender build and tall figures have certainly helped to create the illusion of anime characters. The boys have recreated a number of looks from animes such as Kuroko’s BasketballFree!Detective ConanReborn! and Sailor Moon.

As you can expect, fangirls have been going crazy for them. CRAZY.  They have allegedly caused nosebleeds because of their sexiness and leave girls crying because of their beauty. While we’re sure these are all exaggerated comments, it’s still pretty funny to imagine.

Check out their cosplay photos below and keep in mind that we are not responsible for any nosebleeds, tears or excessive squealing.

 

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Move Over Cat Eyes, Asia Has Fallen in Love with Puppy Eyes

We’ve spent years trying to perfect the art of cat eyes. We’ve spent our mornings frustrated with uncooperative liquid liners and we all know the struggle of uneven wings.

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Well, it looks like a makeup trend from Asia could mean the end of our winged eyeliner struggles. Move over cat eyes, Asia has fallen in love with puppy eyes.

Instead of winging eyeliner upwards, like you would for cat eyes, puppy eyes are created by extending the eyeliner downward. The goal of this is to have rounder, sweeter and cuter eyes. As you may already know, this innocent look is in high demand in Asia.

Charlotte Cho, cofounder and CEO of online Korean beauty retailer Soko Glam says, “Korean-style makeup always has to do with looking youthful and fresh, hence puppy eyes.”

So how exactly does one achieve the adorable puppy eye look? Check out the following video where beauty blogger bubzbeauty gives a step by step tutorial.

Still not sure if this look will work for you? Well it turns out that the choice between cat eyes and puppy eyes actually has a lot to do with your natural eye shape. People with sharp eyes may have a bit of trouble with the puppy look, but those with round eyes will discover that this method is actually much easier to achieve than cat eyes. Many round-eyed Asians have chosen to go for the puppy eye look which compliments their face better and emphasizes their natural eye shape.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of what look would be better for you.


Don’t Let Social Media Traps Ruin Your Relationship

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat — they’re all great … until they’re not. Columnist Ethel Navales navigates the murky waters that is social media and exposes some traps and pitfalls. 


As soon as I answered my phone, I heard Rebecca crying on the other end. I didn’t even need to ask why she was crying. Facebook had answered my question through a big, cruel status update:

“Rebecca went from being ‘in a relationship’ to ‘single.’”

After a few minutes of cursing the entire male gender (you know, the usual post-breakup rant), Rebecca began telling me what her ex-boyfriend did wrong. She told me how she had a “gut feeling” he was flirting with other people on Snapchat, how he was obviously hiding their relationship because he didn’t Instagram their dates, how he still had pictures with his ex-girlfriend on Facebook (the audacity!) and how he could never go out without checking his phone every five minutes.

See the common thread here?

Victims of social media traps are easy enough to spot as an outsider, but if you’re the victim, my guess is you don’t realize it. You firmly believe that your suspicions are sound no matter how unreasonable they are, you have a need to check your significant other’s profile every chance you get and, most importantly, you’re convinced that all this is normal. So I’m here to help you out. If you’re guilty of any of the following, then go grab yourself a seat next to Rebecca: You’re a victim of social media traps.

 

 

 

 

TRAP #1: THE SNOWBALL
Have you ever rolled a snowball down a hill? It starts small and as it makes its way down, it accumulates more and more snow and gets bigger. Well, in this case, the snowball is suspicion.

Like I said, it can start small. A pretty girl likes your boyfriend’s Facebook status. No big deal, right? But then you see that same pretty girl comment on his Instagram. Come to think of it, wasn’t this the same girl with the flirty tweets from a month ago? Before you know it, you’re snooping through a stranger’s profile and — Oh hell no, your boyfriend liked one of her pictures?!

In hindsight, you’ll agree with me: you sound a little crazy. A few minutes ago, you couldn’t care less if your boyfriend liked someone’s picture, but now that you’ve fallen into the trap, it’s a big deal. As you can see, this social media trap has a way of getting people to make mountains out of molehills. You end up over-analyzing harmless social media interactions. The once sensible you is now starting a fight because your boyfriend simply liked a picture. Think about it.

 

 

TRAP #2: THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
A known downside to social media is that we end up comparing our lives to the Photoshopped, hyper-edited lives of others. Unfortunately, we do this with relationships too.

You stumble across a picture of your friend with a bouquet of roses, and you have to show your boyfriend “how cute it is.” Innocent? Nope. It’s really a subtle way of pointing out that he doesn’t get you roses. Or maybe you came across a cute picture of another couple and suddenly you’re thinking the worst about your own relationship. Since your boyfriend doesn’t post cute couple pictures, maybe that means he’s ashamed of you? Maybe he’s hiding your relationship? Maybe he’s into someone else?!

I’m going to go ahead and stop you right there, you poor thing you.

The sensible you knows that you shouldn’t compare your relationship with others. After all, other people only post pictures of their happy moments. You know this, but once you’re in the trap, the only thing you can think about is why you never get any damn roses.

 

 

TRAP #3: A DANGEROUS STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE
Your sensible side knows that there are tons of reasons your boyfriend may still have pictures of his past relationships. Your sensible side knows that he probably doesn’t realize those pictures are there. Your sensible side knows that he’s simply too lazy to go back 50 pictures and delete one.

But once you’ve fallen into this trap, your sensible side goes out the window. Social media tempted you into digging into the past, and you didn’t hesitate. Admit it, you’ve stalked your boyfriend’s exes so much you probably even know their favorite color.

Next thing you know, you’re mad at your boyfriend for that necklace he got her … three years ago.

 

 

TRAP #4: THE PERMANENT THIRD WHEEL
With addiction, the first step to healing is recognizing the problem.

If you can’t eat a meal without taking a picture of it and posting a “foodie,” you may have a problem. If you can’t go anywhere without checking in, you may have a problem. If you live by the motto “pics or it didn’t happen,” you may have a problem.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for capturing the moment, but not if it takes away from actually experiencing the moment. Besides, we all know that a sure way to piss your date off is to make your phone a third wheel.


 

If you’ve found yourself falling into any of these traps, don’t worry. We’ve all gone through it at one point. Instead of assuming the worst, try talking to your significant other about any concerns you have first. I’m sure he’ll delete that ex-girlfriend picture once you tell him it bothers you. If he doesn’t, the solution is simple. Dump the dude and go find someone who buys you roses.

I’m just kidding. Kinda.

 

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here.