Roll Models Countdown: Meet Gina Darling

If you’re a fan of the K-Town reality show – then you should also take a look at the producers’ next new show: Roll Models. Set in Southern California, Roll Models follows the lives of various Asian American import car models and gogo dancers. While there’s a plenty of negative talk and controversy around the show – we appreciate that this show adds on to the Asian American experience – namely, Asian American youth subculture. Hate it or love it – it’s a show featuring a predominately Asian American female cast. I’m definitely tuning in to watch.



Now, while we wait for the show to premiere on the 27th on the LOUD Channel, we did a fun 20 questions interview with some of the cast members – first up, Gina Darling!

NAME: Gina Darling
NICKNAMES? EXSUPERVILLAIN (Gamer Tag), Unicorn, and Gyna (Vagina…get it? Yeah.)
ETHNICITY: Vietnamese and Russian
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Northern California
GIVE US ONE REASON WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TUNE INTO ‘ROLL MODELS': Dude, it’s a show about hot chicks, boobs, and cars. What more is there to say?



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1. Your go-to karaoke song: I like to sing “Dreamin of You” by Selena. Also, if I’m feeling extra ridiculous, “Barbie Girl” gets thrown in the mix if I have a guy with me to sing the guy part. This is assuming that you’re actually able to get me to sing karaoke. It’s usually a once in a lifetime thing. Will never be done again.

2. Last time you cried: I usually cry when I talk about my parents. I love them to pieces and I turn into such a baby when I talk about them. They think it’s the cutest thing in the world.

3. What always makes you laugh: I love sarcasm. Good god, it makes me happy. I love when you can just sit around with your friends, talk crap to each other, and sometimes say the meanest things but still be able to just laugh it off. Also, stupid videos of animals yelling like humans.

4. Your go-to comfort food: Pasta. I LOVE pasta. It makes me unreasonably happy.

5. Last thing you ate: I had a Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich from Subway with an absurd amount of olives in it. I told the woman to “murder it with olives”. After a bewildered look, she complied. I LOVE olives.

6. Currently on “repeat” on your ipod: I’ve been listening to a lot of Trap music lately. It makes me dance like an idiot in my car. Currently, I’ve had Baauer and Major Lazer on repeat.

7. A guilty pleasure you don’t feel guilty about: Napping. I am a serial napper. My friends say that I’m like a fat cat because I can seriously nap multiple times a day.

8. Current favorite place: The Griffith Observatory. I’ve been a space geek since I was about 12 years old. I love anything that can bring me closer to the cosmos.

9. Favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise: I’m obsessed with coconut water. I drink it almost everyday. As for alcoholic, I’m not much of a drinker. I don’t particularly like liquor very much. I do love a glass of red wine at night though.

10. Current obsessions? I’ve been obsessed over a game called Last of Us. I beat it a month in advance before it was released due to some special circumstances. Now I’m just obsessed with talking about it to my friends that are now playing it. It’s such an amazing game!

11. Pet peeve: i hate when people walk in front of the TV or talk to me while I’m playing a game or watching something that I am really interested in. That’s an automatic death sentence right there. I also hate when people wake me up abruptly. I might wake up swingin’. Also, bad/slow drivers make me lose my mind.

12. Habit I need to break: I have the worst sleeping habits ever. I would sleep at 7am and wake up at 4pm. Apparently, a lot of neat things happen during the day that I’ve been missing out on. I wouldn’t really know.

13. Talent you’d like to have: I really wish I was craftier or more handy. I want to be able to build or make amazing things. Unfortunately, the last time I tried to be handy, I got a light bulb stuck in the socket when I tried to unscrew it.

14. Word or phrase you most overuse: “Dude.” “….w…what?” “Ain’t got enough peanut butter to be this jelly.” Ha! Awesome.” “That was…AMAAAAAZZIINNGG.”

15. Most treasured possession? Each of my parents gave me a teddy bear when I was about 3. I still have them and I will never get rid of them. I also have a piece of a telescope that my good friend Damiyan gave to me before he passed away.

16. Greatest fear? Super Villains never disclose such details!

17. Favorite childhood pastime or memory: Going to the park with my dad and him teaching me how to fight, dancing in the car with my mom, summer water fights with my family, secretly playing Mario Kart with my friends in English class, and just not really having any responsibilities.

18. Motto? “There is no such thing as failure. Tis’ just a work in progress.” Also, “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck ‘em” ― John Waters

19. What’s cool about being Asian: As an Asian female, we don’t get any really bad stereotypes. I mean Asian men have that “small penis” stereotype they have to deal with but us women don’t really have any problems of that type. Also, we’re small and compact, you can fit more of us into clubs.

20. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what occupation would you be doing? I would probably be focusing more on the gaming world. I currently work with Machinima, which is a huge company that basically covers all things gaming. I think I would try to be more involved with that.


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The Super Seed You Should be Adding to Your Diet

Author: Eugene Sung

In Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, the author briefly discusses an energy drink that the Tarahumara Indians consume before they embark on their ultra-long runs. For those who have not read the book, the Tarahumara Indians are known for being able to run up to 200 miles in one session… sandals. You may think that this mystical energy drink is loaded with taurine or Panax ginseng (e.g. Red Bull or Monster); however, the main ingredient is a tiny seed that became famous in the states for another reason.




No, the Tarahumara Indians did not eat Chia pets. Instead, they made an energy drink using chia seeds, called iskiate. Chia seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fats, manganese and phosphorus (good for your bones and teeth). They also have a very low glycemic index and may help stabilize blood sugar levels (when chia seeds are soaked in liquid, they develop a gelatinous coating that helps prevent spikes in blood sugar).


Chia seeds can easily be added to your diet. Try sprinkling the dry seeds onto Greek yogurt, in your cereal or in your salad. Some of my favorite chia seed recipes are:

Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding:

1/3 c. chia seeds
1 c. non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne (optional)
-Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight for at least 8 hours. Transfer mixture to blender and blend until completely smooth. If pudding is warm from blending, return to refrigerator until chilled.

Chia Breakfast Eggs:

1 egg
1 Tbsp of chia seeds (preferably white seeds)
half a small onion
handful of baby spinach
about 2 teaspoons of milk
-Whisk the egg and milk and soak the chia seeds in the mixture for 15 minutes. Chop the onion finely and gently fry in a non stick frypan with a little butter or oil until soft and slightly brown. Add the egg/chia seed/ milk mixture to the pan and stir until set. Add the baby spinach leaves and stir the mixture until leaves are slightly wilted. Season to taste, (great with a little sea salt and ground black pepper).

Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl:

1 1/4 c. almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 c. frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for garnish)
1 large handful fresh spinach
-Pour almond milk into blender and top with remaining ingredients. Blend on high until smooth, thick texture is achieved. Pour into a bowl, garnish with chia seeds and enjoy.

And of course, the famous iskiate:

about 10 oz of water
1 Tbsp dry chia seeds
a few teaspoons lemon or lime juice
honey or agave nectar, to taste (optional)
-Stir the chia seeds into the water; let them sit for about five minutes. Stir again, and let sit for as long as you like. The more it sits, the more gel-like the seeds and water become. Add citrus juice and sweetener to taste.


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About the author: Eugene Sung is a chiropractic physican based in Los Angeles. His specialties are evidence-based protocols for musculoskeletal injuries and nutrition therapy. He can be reached <a href=””>here</a>.

Dancing on Top of the Empire State Building in Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Despair”

I now have something new on my bucket list: dancing on top of the Empire State Building. Thanks to Karen O and her whimsical dance sequence on top of the historical landmark, I now have a dream of doing the same exact thing. The video for the band’s latest single, “Despair” was released today. I love how the songs starts off pretty slow – and builds into something grand at the end – the sunrise over New York City. The band also teamed up again with director Patrick Daughters, who also directed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps”, “Turn Into”, “Date With the Night”, and “Gold Lion.”

Catch it below:

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Dynamic Duos: Powerful Food Combinations for Your Health

Author: Eugene Sung

Mario and Luigi. Batman and Robin. Calvin and Hobbes. Hall and Oates. Sometimes two is better than one. Nutrition can work the same way as food scientists have been touting the benefits of food synergy (when components within or between foods work together in the body for maximum health benefits). Try these simple combinations to maximize your nutrition potential.


Onions + Black Grapes: Onions contain quercitin, a powerful anti-oxidant, which has been shown to provide cardiovascular protection and relieve allergy symptoms. Catechin, an anti-oxidant found in grapes, may help prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disorders. Combining these two can be a powerhouse for your cardiovascular system by inhibiting blood clots and boosting overall heart health.

Oatmeal + Blueberries: Whole grains, such as oatmeal, contain phytochemicals that can combat inflammation and disease. They also contain avenanthramides, which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol (oxidized LDL is more likely to encourage plaque buildup in the arteries). Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats over instant varieties.

Blueberries have long been praised as a cancer fighter because of their concentrations of ellagic acid. They also are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and K and manganese. A study published in the The Journal of Nutrition showed that the amount of time LDL was protected from oxidation increased from 137 to 216 minutes when vitamin C was added to oat phytochemicals.

Fish + Garlic: Fish is a good source of omega-3 fats and selenium, low in saturated fat and high in protein. Omega-3 fatty acids help lower blood pressure, heart rate, and triglycerides; improve blood-vessel function; and reduce inflammation. Remember, avoid farmed fish and opt for wild caught fish.

Garlic has been shown to be a cancer fighter (a study from the National Cancer Institute found that eating approximately 2 teaspoons or more of garlic was associated with a statistically significant lower risk of prostate cancer for the participants in the study), a detoxifier and it may lower cholesterol.

Researchers at the University of Guelph tested the effects of garlic and fish oil supplements, taken alone and together, on men with moderately high blood cholesterol. The combination lowered total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Salad Greens + Almonds/Avocados: The plant pigments found in brightly colored vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease, cataracts, and cancer. However, they need to be eaten with a small amount of absorption-boosting monounsaturated fat, which can be found in almonds or avocados.

An Ohio State University study measured how well phytochemicals from a mixed green salad were absorbed when eaten with or without 3.5 tbsp of avocado. The avocado’s fatty acids helped subjects absorb 8.3 times more alpha-carotene, 13.6 times more beta-carotene, and 4.3 times more lutein than those who ate their salads plain.

Green Tea + Lemon: Green tea contains catechins, which has been associated with lower incidences of cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, catechin breaks down quickly in a non-acidic environment and roughly 20% of catechin is available for absorption after digestion. A study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that adding lemon juice to tea increases the level of antioxidant utilization in the body more than 5 times.

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About the author: Eugene Sung is a chiropractic physican based in Los Angeles. His specialties are evidence-based protocols for musculoskeletal injuries and nutrition therapy. He can be reached <a href=””>here</a>.

The Daily SHAG | Kim Ji-hoon for Mens’ Health Korea

Actor Kim Ji-hoon, who was released from army duty last year, shows off what a mandatory military service could do to the Korean male celebrity body.

The actor will soon star in the upcoming SBS rom-com drama <em>Goddess of Marriage</em>, premiering on June 29th.



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Rancho Cucamonga Chinatown House Listed on 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in U.S.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation released their 2013 list for the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the U.S., which includes the Rancho Cucamonga Chinatown House. For those who aren’t familiar with the site, the two-story building was home to about 50 Chinese American laborers in 1919, as well served as a general store. The Cucamonga Valley Water District, who owns the property, was recently given the order from the city to correct some structural issues with the abandoned house. There is a current push for the house to be demolished, but there are some organizations who have banded together to try and save the property, known as the Chinatown House Preservation Coalition.

According to the organization, it’s been noted that the house is perhaps one of the last of the once-thriving Chinese enclaves in the Inland Empire and the rest of Southern California. The LA Times reported, “Advocates hope to repair the dilapidated structure and turn it into an educational space, highlighting not only Chinese American history but also agriculture and the expansion of the American West.” The coalition is also trying to raise money (over $1 million) to restore the site.


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The Lucky Gal: Eva Chen Becomes First Asian American EIC at Condé Nast

I’ve always been a huge fan of Eva Chen. I’ve been following her since her start at Teen Vogue and thought of her as a role model – not just career wise, but personally as well (her impeccable style!). However, when she left her post as the Beauty and Health Director at Teen Vogue, many have wondered what her next big stint would be. Since then, she’s done some high-profile consulting and held some contributing editor positions.

Now – she’s been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. Even cooler – she’s also the first Asian American Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Publications. Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour had some choice words about Eva:

“From the streets of New York City to Shanghai and everywhere in between, Eva is the quintessential Lucky girl,” Wintour said in a Condé-issued statement. “Lucky’s September issue will be her first opportunity to showcase her leadership ability, and I have every confidence she will meet the moment head-on.”

Congrats, Eva! We’re excited to see what you have in store for Lucky!


This Girl is On Fire: Eesha Khare Makes a Device that Charges Cellphones in 30 Seconds

“Design and Synthesis of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Nanorods for Flexible High-Performance Supercapacitors” – say what? Well, that was the name of the winning experiment of 18-year-old Eesha Khare who took the one of two runner-up prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for inventing a device that charges cellphone batteries in less than 30 seconds. It’s taken the science and tech world by storm for an invention that could eventually wind up in some of our hands in the future. However, the teen is not interested in commercializing it anytime soon – she’s headed straight to Harvard (where she will use her $50k towards her education).

The Saratoga teen also recently appeared on Conan to talk about her invention, lovecalls from Google – and her next invention. She’s quite likeable. Click on to see the interviews!

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Sleep Deprivation Links to Higher Risk for Breast Cancer?

I was always considered the night owl in my family. Ever since college, my sleeping patterns consisted of multiple nights burning the midnight oil (in addition to a couple of all nighters). Simply put, my body was pretty programmed to function better at night because it was the time of the day where I was least distracted and I could be very productive. However, a couple of months ago, I decided that I needed to improve my quality (and quantity) of sleep by adopting a normal sleeping schedule (aka, sleeping earlier and waking up earlier). It’s definitely helped with my mood and skin (well, I think it appears better).

However, I’m sure you all know there’s health benefits to getting more hours of sleep daily, but apparently, according to this NYT article, six or seven hours of sleep is still not enough. The article states that poor sleep does quite a number to your mood, productivity, and physical health (including your metabolism and weight control — this could add up to 10 pounds in a year!), among some factors.

However, one of the more alarming things that I came across in the article for women? A higher risk for breast cancer:

The risk of cancer may also be elevated in people who fail to get enough sleep. A Japanese study of nearly 24,000 women ages 40 to 79 found that those who slept less than six hours a night were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who slept longer. The increased risk may result from diminished secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. Among participants in the Nurses Health Study, Eva S. Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School found a link between low melatonin levels and an increased risk of breast cancer.

Hear that ladies? Keep the hours of sleep you collect daily in check – and your boobies will love you!