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. 

Latest Asian Trend: This $1300 Camera Will Give You the Perfect Selfie

There’s no denying it — Asians love taking selfies. How much do we love them? Apparently, enough to dish out $1300 for a camera designed specifically for taking selfies. Talk about obsession– uh, I mean.. devotion.

We’re not quite sure when selfies became a worldwide phenomenon, but we are sure that this trend is still going strong and Asians are at the forefront of this selfie-obsession. TIME magazine created a list of top 100 selfie-crazed cities in the world. As you may have expected, there are quite a number of Asian cities on this list. In fact, the world’s most selfie-obsessed cities are both located in the Philippines.

Well I’m sure they would all love to get their hands on a Casio EX-TR35, more commonly known as “the selfie camera.”

So how exactly is this camera catered to selfie-taking? Well for starters, the camera takes away the usual difficulties of physically taking the selfie. There are multiple buttons on the device which allows you to hold the camera in whatever angle you’d like. If reaching out to touch the button ruins the aesthetics of your picture (oh, the struggle!) there is voice control and a count down feature. Tired of physically holding the camera? Well the Casio EX-TR35 has a stand which can help you take your picture from afar.

If that horrid habit of blinking gets in the way of your perfect selfie, have no fear! The Triple Shot feature takes three continuous shots with a single press of the shutter button to prevent accident blinking.

And the quality of these selfies? Well a selfie camera wouldn’t be a selfie camera without offering special effects. Allegedly, the various “make up” options can whiten, brighten and smooth out your skin. So after a few edits, voilà! You have the perfect selfie.

Many individuals, such as Kai W who reviews this product in the video below, cannot justify spending $1300 on a selfie camera, but the woman in the video (who ends up taking 2395925 selfies) clearly gets it.

Watch the video below and let us know what you think. Would spend $1300 for the perfect selfie?

Proof That Kpop Isn’t Just For Koreans

It’s officially summertime and you know what that means– it’s time for another KCON. KCON is the first ever Southern California K-pop convention that allows fans to celebrate Korean entertainment and culture. 

We still have a few months before KCON 2014, but the recent confirmation of appearances by Girls Generation, CNBlue and IU have us sitting on the edge of our seats. We can’t help but reminisce about our experience last year and how much it opened our eyes. KCON showed us that it’s perfectly fine to be a Kpop fan even if you’re not Korean.

For today’s #FBF (Flashback Friday), we’ve decided to show you why you should be excited for this year’s KCON. Here is what we learned a year ago:


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I first became interested in Kpop with the release of DBSK’s Hug in 2004. Like any young fangirl, I blew up my social media sites with pictures and videos of my newfound love. However, I received an overwhelming amount of criticism from friends:

“But you’re not Korean?”
“Why are you into this? You don’t even speak Korean.”
“Korean music is really weird.”
“But you don’t understand what they’re saying.”

Fast forward 9 years and the rise of Kpop has become a world-wide phenomenon. The very same people who questioned my interest in Kpop are now jamming to Big Bang and criticizing me for not hearing the latest song.

The point is, times have changed and this weekend was quite the eye opener. It had not yet hit me that many of the Kpop fans I knew weren’t actually Korean. In fact, when a Korean co-worker told me that most of the hardcore fans aren’t Korean at all, I assumed she was joking.

I was obviously proved wrong.

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This past weekend was the 2nd annual KCON– a Kpop music festival held in the United States which presents an opportunity for American fans to come together and share their love for Korean Music. I expected the crazy fangirls, the intense cosplay, the neon-colored fan signs and the korean food galore. What I didn’t expect, and was pleasantly surprised to discover, was the cultural diversity of the event.

Upon entering the festival, I was met with a sea of color. No, not the bright pink Mnet bags and the neon green Bibigo balloons. The palette of ethnicities was beyond impressive. Because of my initial experience with Kpop, I had expected this festival to largely consist of Koreans along with a handful of Pan-Asians. I assumed that I would meet the same criticism that my friends initially gave me about being unable to understand the language, but a visit to the dance workshop area proved otherwise.

The stage was covered with every race you could think of: Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans and various other non-Asian folk. Not only did East Asians show their presence, but Southeast Asians and South Asians did as well. Fans who clearly stated they were not Korean were singing every single word of their favorite songs and impressively showcasing the intricate dance moves to these songs. Yes, these fans took time out of their lives to memorize lyrics to Korean songs without actually knowing Korean. Now that’s dedication.

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The more time I spent at the festival, the more I came across cultural diversity. I came across a Caucasian man, well into his 30s, who excitedly purchased a heart-shaped fan with the pictures of 2am printed on it. I came across a group of Latina girls sporting G-Dragon hats, shirts and even sneakers. I came across a non-Asian boy, who couldn’t have been older than 12, perform the choreography of Growl so well that even EXO would have been impressed.

I came out of this KCON experience realizing that the beauty of this festival was not in the performers and the pretty concert. The beauty was in the fans who attended. Never once was anyone criticized for their racial background or their inability to speak Korean. This was a place for fans, whatever color they may be, to get together and celebrate their fandom. This was a place where it didn’t matter where you came from and how you looked — you were accepted because you loved the same thing.

As Korean American rapper, Dumbfounded, mentioned during his panel “Asian Americans in Hip-Hop”, Kpop is special because of the different kinds of people it can bring together. Clearly, Kpop should be applauded for the array of fans it has been able to captivate.

Good job, Kpop, you’re doing it right.

 

 


This story was originally published on Aug. 27, 2013.

Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. 

 

Childhood Photos of Your Favorite Asian Celebs

Remember that awkward pre-teen stage? No matter how many times you try to forget that horrid chapter of your life, the mental images are probably burned into your memory. Well we have some good news. Everyone goes through strange childhood stages. Everyone. That includes some of your most favorite Asian celebrities!

So if you still feel like you’re going through an awkward phase, check out the photos below. Some of the most gorgeous Asian celebs had their facepalm moments too. There’s still hope for all of us!


 

1. Steven Yeun

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3. Brenda Song 

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4. Vanessa Hudgens 

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5. Bruno Mars 

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7. Mindy Kaling

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10. Jenna Ushkowitz

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Coca Cola Invents Creative Caps That Give “2nd Lives” to Bottles

Coca Cola is responsible for tons and tons of plastic bottles discarded every day after people are done consuming their beverage. As you can imagine, this can be quite damaging to our environment.

Thankfully, Coca Cola is well aware of this and wants to put forth various solutions to the issue. One such solution is the environment-friendly campaign launched in Vietnam called “2nd Lives.”

For this campaign, Coca Cola has teamed up with award-winning ad agency Ogilvy & Mather China to invent creative, fun and usable caps that will encourage people to reuse their bottles.

There have been 16 new bottle caps created which can turn your used Coca Cola bottle into a lamp, a pencil sharpener, a spray bottle, a salt & pepper dispenser, a bubble wand, a weight, a soap dispenser, a water gun and much more.

Clearly, this campaign has heart behind it. Check out these “2nd Lives” caps in action in the following video.


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Korean Humanitarian Uses Taekwondo to Change the Lives of Syrian Refugee Children

The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan began in 2012 and has opened its doors to over 100,000 people who have fled their homes due to the Syrian civil war. Charles Lee, a South Korean humanitarian, witnessed much of this chaos during his 14 years spent living in the Middle East.

More than half of the Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp were children under the age of 18. These children lost their home, their school, their friends and even family members. Understandably, the children were in a state of despair. Lee felt that he needed to do something to lift the spirit of these children.

He then recalled being inspired by his experiences with Taekwondo back home in Korea. Recognizing the positive teachings of the sport, he decided to open a Taekwondo school at the Zaatari refugee camp in July 2013.

“These children have seen their family members killed and tortured,” Lee recalls. “My ultimate goal is to raise them to be he next generation of leaders. And Taekowndo is the right tool to deliver that message.”

Has it helped the children? Absolutely.

 

The small group of 60 kids has now turned into a school with classes four days a week and a wait-list three digits long.

Parents claim that the martial arts help their children gain a sense of sportsmanship and helps them keep active in the camp. Most importantly, parents have said the training helps their children cope with the trauma of the civil war.

Currently in production, After Spring is a documentary which takes an even closer look at the Taekwondo class by following the families and students in Lee’s class.

The filmmakers are currently raising funds to travel back to Jordan and explore deeper into the stories of Mr. Lee and his students. To support them, check out their kickstarter here.

Take a sneak peak at After Spring below and learn more about the documentary here.

Unbelievable Photo Shoot: Models Dive 25 Meters Underwater

Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong has truly outdone himself this time. Von Wong has put together a breathtaking photo shoot all done underwater.

The photo shoot took place 25 meters under the sea in a 50-year-old sunken shipwreck off the coast of Bali. As you can imagine, a lot was expected from the models who had to dive the 25 meters and hold their breath for the perfect shots.

Each model was handpicked by Von Wong and had to be experience freedivers. That meant they had to be accustomed to diving without oxygen tanks. Instead of the usual photo and lighting assistants, this photo shoot required the help of experienced safety divers who provided oxygen to the models from their oxygen tanks.

And don’t get us started on how dangerous this shoot was! There were times when the models needed to be tied down to the ship so they wouldn’t float away. Creepy? You bet. One wrong move could have made this photo shoot a fatal disaster.

Luckily, Von Wong had the difficult photoshoot under control. Beautiful, flowing dresses were provided by Bali-based designer Ali Charisma. The dresses helped to achieved the look of mermaids who would lure sailors into the depths of dark waters using their beauty.

Was it worth the risk? We certainly think so. The photos are beyond breathtaking and the two models, Nora Li and Camilla Argent, are doing just fine.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video to get a more in-depth look at this complicated photo shoot.

 

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