Find Out Why Anime Lovers Are Booking Flights On Spring Airlines


Imagine yourself on a plane. The captain has just made his announcement, flight attendants have gone through the mandatory safety procedures, and then oh yes! Here comes spiderman making his way down the aisle, asking you if you would like a drink to go with that bag of pretzels.

Wait, what?

Shanghai-based Spring Airlines just launched their first cosplay-themed flight, en route from Shanghai, China to Osaka, Japan, beginning on July 18th. Fictional characters on this flight included our favorite superheroes Spiderman and Catwoman, as well as the Croods, and a variety of anime characters. Apparently at some point during the two hour flight, the cosplay characters also parade through the aisles for a fashion show to show off their costumes.

Check out the pictures below!









Adorable Thai Commercial Reminds Us That Technology Can’t Replace Love

I don’t know about you, but in my day, an elementary kid with a cell phone was simply unheard of. Well that’s certainly not the case anymore. I’ve seen 10-year-olds bring brand new laptops to school, 5-year-olds with the latest smartphones, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across parents using an iPad to distract their toddlers from being too loud in public places.

I guess there’s no avoiding it. Advances in technology are bound to affect our youth. Don’t get me wrong. I see the benefits and if I’m being really honest, I think we’re all a little relieved that those loud, little ones have a reason to stop screaming and chasing each other while we’re in line at the bank.

Despite this, I can’t help but feel a little empty as technology continues to replace what’s familiar. Who knows how far this will go? Already in Japan, you can replace your relationship for a virtual girlfriend and who can ignore their plans of virtual waiters?

It can get pretty scary to think about all the changes to come, so we were quite relieved to see this Thai commercial which reminds viewers that no matter what, technology can’t replace everything. Specifically, technology can never replace love.

Check out the adorable video below where a new father learns this lesson first hand.


What This 20-Something Does For Her Grandmother Who Raised Her


Most young women in China today are primarily concerned with finding a good job, a decent apartment and eventually, maybe a responsible husband. Taking care of a grandmother in her late 80s is not normally a part of the life of someone in her 20s. However for Chong Qing-native Huang Li Hua, who has a both a job and a boyfriend, she is the sole caretaker of her 88-year-old grandmother.

Although it is unclear what happened to Huang’s parents when she was a child, Huang has said that her grandmother was the main person in her life who raised her. All she’s doing now, she modestly told reporters, is “giving to my grandmother those things she gave to me when I was a child.”

Just what is she giving her grandmother exactly? Feeding her by hand, manual air conditioning on hot days, and basic caregiving like helping her wash her face and tie her shoelaces — just like her grandmother had done for her when she was little.








But that’s not all. Huang’s grandmother, Wong Ziu Siu, lived most of her life in the village and now that the grandmother-granddaughter duo are living in the city, Wong has had some difficulty adjusting. Huang doesn’t like leaving her grandmother at home alone when she goes to work. While most people in Huang’s shoes would hire a caretaker or send her grandmother to a nursing home, Huang was determined to care for her grandmother herself. Her solution? Every day, Huang takes her grandmother to work by piggyback.





On a normal day, Wong sits outside the restaurant while her granddaughter tends to her duties. Occasionally, Wong even helps with small tasks. After work, Huang carries her grandmother all the way back home.





If that isn’t the picture of true familial love, I don’t know what is.

Fashion & Food? Check Out This Perfect Combo in Kara Birkenstock’s “Style Bites”


“With a last name like Birkenstock, it was really natural for me to start talking about shoes and fashion,” jokes Kara Birkenstock.

And while you may initially think of the popular German footwear label when you hear her surname, at the rate Kara’s going, it’s only a matter of time before the name will bring to mind the talented and beautiful host of Lifestyle Network’s Style Bites. This daily series, which premiered April of this year, satisfies viewers’ cravings for the two things Kara loves most: fashion and food.

Kara began her love affair with fashion at the age of 15 when she began to model. ”I used to do gymnastics competitively,” Kara recalls. “When I got too tall – I had a big growth spurt when I was 14 — I had to quit gymnastics. So I started to model and I realized my height worked for me.”

The Thai-Filipino American model’s love for food goes back even further. “The Thai side of my family has always been in the restaurant business. My grandma had one of those street carts, and my aunt and mom now have a Thai restaurant in the Bay area.”

So when Lifestyle Network, the newest channel launched by Filipino media group ABS-CBN International, approached Kara and asked her to come up with a concept for a new show, she already had the answer.

“It was a whirlwind experience,” laughs Kara. “They approached me in December and by January we were in production and had 24 features to shoot. It was all airing by March 30th!”


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Style Bites features the best of fashion and food in four segments. In “Glam Guide,” Kara shows us some of the biggest fashion trends and red carpet secrets. “Designer Dish” gives us the first look at new and hot designers. “Taste of the Town” features a restaurant or food spot of Kara’s choice, and “Cook Like a Chef” takes us into the kitchens of renown chefs who gladly show us how to make famous dishes.

And above all else, Style Bites gives audiences a chance to watch Kara do what she loves while talking about what she loves.

“I love hosting,” gushes Kara. “This particular experience with Style Bites is like a dream come true. It’s the perfect combination.”


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Check out this perfect combination for yoursel.! Style Bites airs daily with new episodes premiering weekly on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here.





“Lifestyle Network is the newest channel launched by ABS-CBN International which was created almost 20 years ago to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of its flagship product, The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino content distribution company in the U.S. The company offers telecommunication, retail, theatricals, money remittance and cargo services, online audio and video streaming, IPTV, On Demand, along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home. Based in Redwood City, CA, ABS-CBN International is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company, through ABS-CBN Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ABS-CBN Global Hungary Kft. For more information, visit”

Why Everyone Loves Marc Anthony Nicolas, Host of Filipino American Talk Show “On Your Marc!”


Out of the countless reasons you should check out Lifestyle Network’s newest talk show On Your Marc!, the biggest reason has got to be the show’s host, Marc Anthony Nicolas.

With his addictive personality and contagious laugh, it is clear that Marc is quite a natural. This may be why many are surprised to discover that this is Marc’s first time actually being in front of the camera. Prior to On Your Marc!, he was a production assistant for a reality series called Starting Over, a casting director for MTV, a booking producer for The Tyra Banks Show, and a three-time Emmy nominated producer for The Talk on CBS.

And even with this impressive list of achievements, he admits that he was once headed towards a different path completely. “I grew up in a Filipino family and, of course, we always want to please [our parents], and my mom and dad wanted me to become a pharmacist,” Marc explains. “So I became a pharmacy assistant, and I while loved helping people and making them smile, I would get home, watch shows and dream of being a TV producer. I would always wait for the end credits, and I always dreamed of my name being there.”

Marc decided to chase his dreams, and with a little luck, some good networking and a natural ability to charm, he eventually got his wish to be TV producer. Seems like a happily ever after, right? Well, not just yet. Marc is clearly someone who enjoys a challenge, so even after achieving the goal of becoming a TV producer, he kept going.

Flash forward to present day and now Marc has stepped out from behind the cameras to host his very own show. On Your Marc! is the first Filipino American talk show that features Hollywood celebrities in a fun, quirky, never-before-seen way.


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Marc with Sharon Osbourne


“As soon as I found out Lifestyle Network wanted content for their network, I immediately wanted them to look at my pitch for On Your Marc!. I prayed every night and when I found out that they actually wanted the show, I was jumping up and down and I was so excited,” Marc laughs. “I’m part of a network that I’m proud of.”

During the show, celebrity guests participate in quirky, fun games such as the “Question Marc Wheel,” “X Marcs The Spot” and “Book Marc.” Yes, you are seeing a common thread there. Additionally, on every episode he teaches his guest a little Tagalog, the official Philippine language.

“This may be the only Filipino talk show that [the celebrity guest] will ever attend and it is my job as the host and executive producer to set a prime example for the Filipino community. After all, when I grasp my dreams, it is not only for myself, it is also for my community.”


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Marc with Olivia Newton John

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Marc with Vanessa Lachey


Check out what all the fuss is about! On Your Marc! airs every Sunday at 9:30 pm on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here




“Lifestyle Network is a living and travel guide that understands the lifestyle needs of modern Filipinos around the globe. As multi-faceted as its audience, the channel brings a myriad of entertainment choices that inspire. To the new generation’s citizens of the world, Lifestyle Network is the only guide and companion that helps enrich their lives and expand their universe. Exploring corners of the world. Satiating gustatory curiosity. Creating luxurious havens. Mastering the art of living beautifully. Relaxing and empowering, this is the channel that helps you live your dreams and live your passions.

A TFC premium channel, Lifestyle Network’s programming is a unique combination of original and acquired shows airing 24/7 in English.  Broadcast across the country, it is available through satellite, cable, and video on demand platforms. To find Lifestyle Network in your area and for exclusive content online, visit “

Singapore IKEA Gets Creative With Rescue Pup Adoption Campaign


The next time you take a stroll through IKEA, you won’t just be casually “testing” out their comfy leather sofas; you’ll probably be begging your spouse or family member to take home a rescue pup.

In addition to their picture-perfect displays of family living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, IKEA has now added cardboard cutouts of rescue puppies to complete the homey ambiance. Just to, you know, give you an idea of what life could be like with your new furry best friend, and maybe tug at your heartstrings a little as well.

According to Business Insider, IKEA first began this creative collaboration with the pet adoption agency Home for Hope in Singapore, in hopes of helping adorable shelter puppies find homes across the nation. On each of the puppies cardboard cutouts is a different barcode that customers can scan to see more details about each of the specific puppies.

Though it was quite a process putting all of it together, the campaign has already proven successful, with eight puppies adopted so far. IKEA’s branch in Tempe, Ariz., has also recently launched the same program, and all six of their displayed cardboard cutout puppies have also found homes as well.


“Because sometimes, a furry friend is all it takes to complete your home.”









Watch the simultaneously adorable and heartbreaking video below:


4 Ways To Rock the Crop Top This Summer, Courtesy of Camille Co


Yes, I know. The comeback crop top fad this summer is no new news. Day after day, I’ve seen the tops continuously hit the racks at all my favorite clothing stores. If you’re anything like me though — someone who leans toward the “fluffy” side of the Asian figure spectrum — it can be a little daunting to try the midriff-flaunting look.

As it turns out, Filipino fashion blogger and Spanish fashion brand’s Mango’s newest “It” Girl Camille Co, is the ultimate answer to my question on how to pull off the crop top look, without concurrently destroying my self-esteem. On her lookbook page, as well as her own fashion blog titled Camille Tries to Blog, Camille shows us a variety of different ways we can rock the look in a more chic way.

Here are some of her outfits we love:

1. Pair a basic crop top with high-waisted shorts with a fun print, and throw a leather jacket in a bold color on top, for an edgier look.




2. Pair the crop top with a mini skirt, and a loose blazer for a night out.





3. If you’re going somewhere fancy, wear a strapless crop top with a high-waisted skirt and of course the essential pumps.




4. A crop T-shirt works well with a high-waisted pencil skirt; pair it with slip-on sneakers for a casual look.




You can also follow Camille on Weibo here.

How This Indian Food Delivery Business Is Giving McDonald’s A Run For Its Money


For those of you who are 20-something, I’m going to take a wild guess that you are probably pretty acquainted with, and perhaps even on first name basis with, the guys that run the fast food chains closest to your office. And hey, no one’s judging you — on busy work days, In-N-Out drive-through is the ideal solution to satisfy your hunger needs.

But let’s all be real here — not even the juiciest of bacon cheese hamburgers will ever match up to Mom’s homemade fried rice, with just the perfect ratio of rice, meat, eggs, green onions and spices. Oh, look at that, I’m already drooling.

Some 500,000 Indian men from Mumbai, who are nicknamed the “dabbawalas,” came up with a brilliant solution so that hard workers in the city could both save the money they would have spent on eating out and have home cooked meals made by their loving wives or mothers — delivered straight to their schools and offices.




Of course, this delivery service comes with a price for the dabbawalas. Every morning, these half a million men first travel house-to-house to pick up the steaming hot tiffins (tins that store the food), which they then transport all over the city on their bikes, through the blazing heat and maddening traffic. Collectively, they pick up and deliver around 200,000 meals a day.


With so many different moving parts involved in this system, it can get pretty messy. So along with all the food, the families and the delivery people, there is also a code system. By now, the dabbawalas say they have it all imprinted in their minds, so they know the exact location of where each tiffin goes.




According to NBC, their system is so efficient that they have a “six sigma level of efficiency,” equating to “making one mistake per every six million deliveries.” Even with odds like that though, the dabbawalas have admitted that there have been mistakes where tiffins were given to the wrong people who sometimes lack the courtesy and eat the home cooked meal given to them anyway.

Despite all the hurdles these men jump through on a day-to-day basis, Pawan Agarwal, head of the Mumbai Dabbawala, said of his colleagues, “It’s hard work, no doubt about it … But they feel that serving food is serving God so they feel happy to do this business.”

Another dabbawala worker also spoke up on how their business remains so successful. “Many people in this city prefer their lunch fresh, prepared lovingly by their wives or mothers,” he said, adding that despite the many restaurants cropping up all over the city, the business has been continuing to grow 5 to 10 percent every year.

Take that, McDonald’s.


“Mistresses”‘s Catherine Haena Kim Dishes On Working with Yunjin Kim and a Surprising Famous Relative


Summer can be a television wasteland, full of reality TV and yawn-worthy specials. But one juicy show that will keep you hooked is ABC’s hit summer series Mistresses, based on the successful UK television series of the same name. And to add to your viewing (guilty) pleasure this season is the show’s newest addition, Anna Choi, played by Korean American actress Catherine Haena Kim.

Basically, Anna is a head case who becomes a patient of psychiatrist Karen Kim (played by Yunjin Kim of Lost fame) after a failed suicide attempt. “She’s a bit lost, far from home and trying to find her way,” says Catherine of her character. “Dr. Kim swoops in and takes her under her wing.”

On preparing to play someone who no longer wanted to live, the Queens, N.Y., native says, “It was especially intense for me because I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death as I was preparing this role. It’s one of the saddest things to me when someone feels hopeless, utterly alone, or feels like they have no one to turn to for support.”


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As for working with a fellow Korean American actress, there seems to have been a camaraderie on set. “[Yunjin's] humble, generous and makes it all look so easy,” says Catherine. “She gave me so many valuable pointers on set and always checked in to make sure I was getting everything I needed as an acting partner. She definitely set the bar high for me, and I just tried to meet it each time.”

Here, we get a glimpse into the everyday life of the 30-year-old.

Most embarrassing moment on set: No embarrassing moments on this set, but when I booked my first big role ever, I was probably 14 and got to play Irene in my high school production of Crazy For You. I left my mic on and went to the bathroom. In a quiet, emotional scene on stage, everyone heard the “cha-ching cha-ching” sound of the paper towel dispenser after I washed my hands. At 14, I thought life was over. Ha!

Any hidden talents: I’m really good at arts and crafts, like friendship bracelets, etc.

Go-to comfort food: When I miss home, I sneak away to K-town and eat dol sot bibimbap [rice mixed with vegetables in a sizzling stone pot]. I’ll also always settle for french fries and ranch dressing.

A habit you need to break: Biting my nails

Something about you that would surprise us: I’m related to the former President of South Korea, Park Chung Hee. He’s a distant relative and maybe even by marriage, but I remember my grandparents talking about him growing up. I totally wish I had some secret number I could call a la Olivia Pope: “It’s taken care of.”

Last time you cried: Monday. I had to say goodbye to someone.

Your celebrity crush: JFK, Jr.? A man who can command a room, loves his family and roller skates down the streets of New York in an American flag bathing suit. Awesome.


Word or phrase you overuse: “At the end of the day …”

Go-to karaoke song: Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll.”

Pet peeve: Entitlement.

Favorite quote: I recently heard Johnny Depp say, “With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.” I think it applies to acting, life, love, everything.

Guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Staying up way too late talking to my girlfriends about absolutely nothing.

Occupation in another life: Probably a doctor … or a lawyer, right? Ha!

Current favorite song: Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys.”

Someone who we’d be surprised you are friends with/follow on FB/twitter/Instagram: Vanessa Simmons. We worked together on a little project. She’s such a sweetheart.

What’s cool about being Asian: Especially if you’re first generation born in the U.S. like me, you’re hopefully lucky enough to get fully exposed to two different cultures, two languages, and two types of food. Asians are so family-oriented and community focused in a relatively selfish society. Eating is even all about sharing plates and sitting down with your whole family. We respect our elders. My grandparents helped raise me and my brother. I love that.

Scroll down for more of Catherine on Mistresses.

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Season 2 is well on its way, so if you haven’t been following, now’s the time to catch up. Mistresses airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Main photo by Benjo Arwas. Show photos by ABC/Eric McCandless.



Who Called Model Chrissy Teigen Fat, Jeans Designed By Lions, And Other Must Reads of the Week

Our must-reads of the week.

1) Thai American model Chrissy Teigen says Forever 21 once fired her for being “too fat.” (READ HERE



2) Chinese shoppers spend their naptime in IKEA, create hilarious pictures. (READ HERE)  



3) Traditional Korean-style study rooms reinvented in America. (READ HERE



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4) Oh look, a hideously racist necklace. (READ HERE



5) Activist Malala Yousafzai’s 10 greatest contributions to to humanity. (READ HERE




6) Will the British historical drama Downtown Abbey add an Indian character? (READ HERE




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7) MIXED BLOOD: Take a closer look at the “typical American family” with this photo series. (READ HERE



8) Meet Yang Lan, the “Oprah of China.” (READ HERE)



9) This is what happens when a Japanese zoo recruits its animals to create a collection of jeans. (READ HERE



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10) #NailedIt : Documentary following the history of Vietnamese-owned nail salons. (READ HERE