Audrey Column: Those Annoying Social Media Couples

Story by Ethel Navales.

In our new column about dating in the Millennial age, we give you a primer on Internet PDA. 

An older friend once said that dating must be horrible for us in this day and age. By that, she meant that we in our early 20s not only have to deal with confusing emotions and the general drama that comes with relationships but also have to deal with something much more complicated: social media.

As much as we try to deny it, social media is a huge part of dating. I can name a handful of friends who would argue the importance of being “Facebook official” and even more who are experts at Facebook stalking their potentials. To us, this is simply a way of life. So after all these years online, I’d like to think we have a grasp on what’s appropriate social media behavior. But then I remember: there’s always that annoying social media couple that proves me otherwise.

Now don’t go thinking I’m a bitter cat-lady who hates all relationships. I’m actually the opposite. I love romance. I love quirky matching sweaters, cheesy poses, sarcastic banters and even heartfelt declarations of love. But even I, who will avidly cupid my friends into relationships any chance I get, find myself aggravated with couples who can’t seem to walk that fine line between cute and annoying.

So how do you know if you’re one of those annoying social media couples? See if you do any of the below.


1. Relationship Spam

In one week, you’ve managed to post up a picture of you and your boyfriend every single day, and you threw in a few food pictures … with your boyfriend tagged in all of them. By the weekend, you’ve lost a handful of followers and you have no idea why. Congratulations — you two have become an annoying social media couple.

There’s a fine line between enthusiasm for your relationship and intentionally making it seem like you have no other life. If your last 10 profile pictures have been you and your significant other, you may want to mix it up or consider hanging out with those friends you seem to have forgotten about.


2. Internet PDA

PDA is not just that clingy couple in the restaurant that makes everyone else uncomfortable. What we post on social media is also very public and requires discretion. A picture of you and your girlfriend out at the beach? Cute. A picture of you and your boyfriend at the (500) Days of Summer bench? A bit cliché, but still cute. A picture of your boyfriend consuming your face? Horrifying. (And yes, this actually happens.)

And it’s not just photos. If you think your girlfriend looks pretty in her new profile picture, you’re more than welcome to tell her that, but you definitely should not, under any circumstances, publically announce what the picture makes you want to do to her. I can guarantee that your friends don’t want to read about you doing “that thing she likes” on Facebook. In fact, you giving us the mental image of “that thing she likes” makes us want to throw up a little.


3. #myboyfriendisbetterthanyours

You know a fast way to lose all your friends? Insulting them. If you’re proud of your relationship and you want the whole wide world to know, be my guest. But you will instantly go from cute to annoying the second you make your relationship about other people:

#myrelationshipisbetterthanyours
#youwishyouhadwhatwehave
#youknowyouloveus


4. Fighting Over Social Media

You know that awkward moment when a couple fights in front of you and you have to pretend you’re not there? Well, when you fight on social media, your friends are all still really uncomfortable. This includes passive aggressive status updates.

“I give up. I’m tired of being the only one putting in effort.”
“I should’ve listened to them when they warned me about you.”
“Apparently it’s OK to check out other girls in front of your girlfriend now. You know who you are.”

I know it may be difficult to make good decisions when you’re angry, but you’ll thank yourself later for your self-control. Instead, go talk to your significant other. Vent on a blog. Call up a friend and punch a few pillows. Besides, when you two make up, we’ll all probably know about it through a status, tweet, picture, mass email, text, snail-mail, carrier pigeon, billboard, cheesy radio dedication, and YouTube video flashmob.

I’m just kidding. Kinda.

 

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

This is What Happens When Your Father is A Dreamworks Animator

Nearly every kid wishes for super powers. Unfortunately, as the child grows up, they realize they may not get their wish after all. Luckily for 3-year-old James, his father isn’t ready to give up on his wish. Daniel Hashimoto, an animator at Dreamworks, has decided to make his son’s fantasy adventures come true.

His YouTube channel, Action Movie Kid has been picking up quite some popularity and for good reason! Using Adobe AfterEffects, Hashimoto transforms his 3-year-old son’s everyday activities into adventures.

A trip to the toystore becomes 15 seconds with a lightsaber. A toy gun lets young James soar up into the ceiling. Building blocks can fly and lego guns can shoot fire.

Sure it all seems a little dangerous, but luckily, all of it is just Daniel Hashimoto’s talented animation skills.

His YouTube channel’s description simply says, “My 3-year-old kid is awesome. He gets into some epic situations which remind me that life is an adventure. Subscribe and catch up on all his previous adventures here. c/o ActionMovieDad – Daniel Hashimoto.”

Check out his videos below:

Check out the Action Movie Kid Youtube Channel here.

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Grand Opening of Bourbon Steak LA

On March 26th, Americana at Brand opened Bourbon Steak LA — an award-winning steakhouse by celebrity chef Michael Mina.

This much anticipated steakhouse joins Din Tai Fung, Katsuya, Trattoria Amici, Frida Mexican Cuisine and Bar Verde. Clearly, Americana at Brand’s variety in restaurants is unbeatable

“Bourbon Steak Los Angeles features modern American fare, for lunch and dinner, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Selections of all natural, organic, grass-fed and hormone-free cuts of Black Angus, as well as Japanese and American Wagyu beef, are wood-grilled over live fire. Reimagining the classic American steakhouse, Bourbon Steak places an emphasis on playful menu offerings such as lobster corn dogs, truffle donuts, and a house-made root beer float. Ahi tuna tartare and Michael Mina’s famous lobster pot pie are prepared tableside with an eye-catching presentation. Seafood platters will also be offered, allowing guests to choose from a selection of fresh shellfish including West Coast oysters, Maine lobster, Dungeness crab and caviar served with warm blini. For dessert, guests have the opportunity to choose selections from the treat trolley, offering an array of dazzling cakes, cookies and confections, right from their seat. Guests can also expect Michael Mina’s signature items, like the Ribeye, named Best Steak in America by Esquire Magazine and the trio of duck fat fries deemed “America’s Best Fry” by U.S. News & World Report”

Additionally, the steakhouse offers incredible appetizer and drink options. In fact, Bourbon Steak Los Angeles will offer more than 450 different wines.

So if you’re looking for a traditional steakhouse with a dash of flare and excitement, look into this award-winning restaurant. Bourbon Steak Los Angeles is located at 237 S. Brand Boulevard (on the corner of Colorado Avenue) in Glendale, and will be open for lunch Sunday through Saturday from 11:30am – 2:30pm, dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm – 10:30pm, and Friday through Saturday from  5:30pm – 10:30pm with the Bar & Lounge open Sunday through Saturday from 11:30am  – close.

Check out the official website here.

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Must-See Origami Street Art

When Paris-born Mademoiselle Maurice spent time in Japan, she experienced earthquakes, a tsunami and the nuclear power plant explosion of Fukushima. The devastating experiences inspired the 29-year-old artist to remind others of the beauty life still has to offer. Maurice decided to do this by using an art she learned in Japan: origami.

During her stay in Japan, Maurice learned of the thousand paper crane legend. The ancient Japanese legend says that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. This legend is most known through the story of Sadako Sasaki who developed leukemia at the age of 12 because of exposure to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. In the popular book Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, Sadako folded a little over 600 paper cranes before succumbing to her illness. Moved by her efforts, her friends and classmates decided to fold the rest in her honor.

Maurice realized that she too could create beauty and emotions through origami. Rather than put her work up in museums, Maurice has decided to practice her craft in the streets so that the public could enjoy it.

According to her website, the goal of her work is to “break the monotony of urban living to bring a carousel of emotion to those who see her work.”

It takes her many days to complete each art piece. Mademoiselle Maurice has decided to involve local schools, organizations and volunteers to help her fold the beautiful paper creations and create art as a community.

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Check out her official website here. 

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2NE1 on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Recently, we discovered that supermodel Tyra Banks and the contestants of reality TV show America’s Next Top Model were spotted roaming the streets of Seoul to film. Banks and her crew arrived in South Korea on March 21st and since then, more and more exciting news has been revealed.

For instance, a number of entertainment sites reported that model, Lee Jin-yi, could possibly be a competitor this season. Also causing excitement is K-pop group BtoB who will appear on the show as dance judges.

Now it appears there is another K-pop group stirring up excitement. Popular girl group 2NE1 already appeared on The Bachelor earlier this year and now they will be taking part in America’s Next Top Model as as special judges.

According to dramafever, a source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”

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FAKY: A Multiethnic J-Pop Group On The Rise

Story by Taylor Weik.

Japan has produced a number of girl bands over the years. You have Perfume, the vocal trio who formed in 2000 out of the talent academy Actors School Hiroshima. Then there’s AKB48, the 88-member group that has sold more than 21 mil- lion CDs worldwide. But no J-pop band has ever been compared to other international vocal groups, like Britain’s Little Mix or America’s Fifth Harmony. FAKY has been likened to both, and they have only been in existence for about a year.

It was last April at Avex Academy, a Japanese school for performing artists, that the five-member girl group formed. Tina, Lil’ Fang and Anna (at 21, the oldest and so-called leader of the group) had known each other through dance classes; Mikako was a part of the same program in a different region in Japan; and Diane was the winner of Avex Audition MAX 2013. Their name is “a combination of ‘fantastic’ and ‘Tokyo,’” says Tina, the youngest at 16. “Even though it sounds like ‘fake,’ we like to think we’re the most real group here in Japan.” Since FAKY’s formation, they have already released two music videos for their iTunes chart-topping singles “Better Without You” and “Girl Digger” (they sing in English and Japanese), and are currently putting the final touches on their debut album, due out in April.

Tina says she represents the reason why they consider themselves to be so “real” — the teenager is biracial Japanese American, born in Atlanta, Ga., where she lived for four years be- fore moving to Japan. There are two other bilingual members of the group: Diane, who is also biracial Japanese American, and Anna, who is Japanese but born in New Zealand. Though Lil’ Fang and Mikako were born and raised in Japan, they’re both learning English to help establish FAKY as a global sensation.

“What sets us apart from other J-pop groups is our independence,” says Tina, acknowledging the comparisons to various international groups. “We don’t wear the same clothes like others do. Each of us has a different personality and we’re multiethnic. We’re not identical robots!” Indeed, each member boasts varying vocal inspirations: Anna is a Britney Spears fan, Tina and Lil’ Fang prefer the strong vocals of Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé, Diane leans more Lady Gaga, and Mikako is heavily influenced by J-pop bands.

Their fans are surprisingly diverse as well. FAKY takes special pride in the fact that their fanbase is largest in Turkey, and they hope to be able to visit the country one day on a world tour.

Right now, the girls are concentrating on voice and dance lessons, flying out to Los Angeles last October for training and to establish themselves overseas in the U.S. FAKY’s biggest goal as a girl group is to become role models for young girls, the demographic they most appeal to. “We want to encourage girls to be independent and not feel pressured by society,” says Tina. “As multiethnic girls, sometimes it’s hard for Diane and me to live in Japan. There are moments we feel like outsiders there, and even when we come to America, where I was born, we still feel like we don’t belong. We’ve grown to have strong cores, and we want to help others do the same.”

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

Taiwanese Idol Creates Hilarious Disguise to Avoid Crazy Fans in Public

Roy Chiu Tse is a Taiwanese actor, singer and race car driver/enthusiast. In addition to his multiple talents, the 32-year-old celeb is quite a sight for sore eyes. Roy Chiu is most known for his roles in the dramas My DaughterWaking Love Up, and Office Girls.

With nearly 20 dramas under his belt, it’s no wonder that Chiu has had some trouble being out in public. A simple walk through town can quickly turn into a crowd of crazy fans.

Unfortunately, Roy Chiu has admitted that he has a fear of crowds. So what do you do if you’re a star who needs a break from being in the public eye? Apparently, you make a believable (and hilarious) disguise.

Roy Chiu’s alter ego is Kim Won, a man in his fifties who works as a minivan driver celebrities. He has thick eyebrows, darkened cheekbones, a patchy mustache, high-waisted pants and a hunched back.

This disguise was so believable that Roy Chiu was  able to successfully hide from crowds and crazy fans during while filming in China.

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Tutorial: Get Instant Double Eyelids (Without Surgery!)

Currently, South Korea has the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery. In fact, Miss Korea Kim Yumi had absolutely no problem discussing her multiple procedures. Then there’s the woman who was so obsessed with Miranda Kerr‘s looks that she decided to go under the knife in an effort to look like the Australian Victoria’s Secret model. This phenomenon has become so normalized that a television show called “Let’s Beauty” allows audiences to follow along with someone’s cosmetic transformation.

Among the various cosmetic surgeries, the double eyelid surgery is the most requested and popular procedure for East Asians. The double eyelid surgery is designed to create or enhance the eyelid crease. The procedure is known to be simple and quick. As a result, many women appear to be getting the procedure done even in their teenage years.

Despite the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures, some people refuse to go under the knife and have looked for other ways to enhance their physical features. For instance, some Asian women are turning to photoshop for that confidence boost.

Then, there are some who turn to make up. If you’re hoping to get the appearance of a double eyelid, but you’re not planning on getting surgery for it, we’ve got just the thing. Here’s a tutorial on how to achieve a double eyelid using just make up.

 

Click here for a translation of the steps.

Audrey Column: SLUT SHAMING AND THE 30-YEAR-OLD (NON) VIRGIN

What happens when you tell your mom you’re not the virgin she assumed you were? As O.D.D. (Online Dating Diary) Girl found out, hilarity does not ensue. 

“You’re a slut who has wasted both her degrees. You’ve ruined your life.”

Those were the very words my mother uttered to me one night in my car after I revealed to her I wasn’t a virgin. Just minutes before, she had asked me about the guy I had been dating for a couple of months — specifically, why I was staying overnight at his place when I could just sleep in my own bed.

Like many traditional Asian mothers, my mom had chosen to believe that her daughter had remained a virgin for all three decades of her life. Most of my friends were puzzled as to why I chose to disclose that detail about my life to my mom, but in that instant, I didn’t want my mom to think that she still had a hold over my virginity — my body was not hers to keep the chastity belt on.

Then it got weird when she demanded that he ask her for permission for me to sleep over. It was as if she needed to hand over my body to him to hold and protect, like one of those traditional Asian marriages, where the groom offers a dowry to the bride’s family, except the dowry was him offering my mom some peace of mind that he would take care of me.

It’s no surprise that my parents never had the talk about the birds and the bees with me (thanks, school and cheesy romance novels). My mom knows that I know about sex because I was the one who talked to my younger brother about practicing safe sex with his girlfriend. But this was the first time that I shared private details about my sex life with my mom. Of course, sharing those details backfired on me (I shouldn’t have been surprised), but I was surprised that she actually slut shamed me. Because I wasn’t a virgin anymore, I became a failure in her eyes.

Slut shaming in society really only extends to women. The word “slut” is so easily tossed around these days. I’ll hear conversations between guys about how a girl “was a slut” because she turned one guy down, but was dating another guy. If a woman chose to have a one-night stand, she’s labeled a slut, and yet men aren’t susceptible to this label because somehow men are lauded for being sexual conquerors. Even worse, women slut shame each other for all sorts of reasons — or even for no good reason at all.

Of course, for my mother, me not being a virgin was not really about me. It was about keeping “face” and honor for a family name within a community — and that’s even more crucial because my community is small. My mom repeatedly talked about how his parents could know our family, and that it would have dire consequences (what they were, she was quite vague) for our future. We’re not royalty, and we don’t have some secret family fortune tied to me being a virgin, so I wasn’t sure what she was getting at. But what made it worse is that the males in my family are freely able to do what they want when it comes to sex.

I’ll admit, it’s hard to change the traditional views of many Asian parents out there. But I’m more concerned about the lack of safe spaces for Asian American girls who grow up in a slut- shaming culture. This idea of what and who is a slut gets passed around from individual to individual, whether it’s from our parents or passing male commentary. We internalize it, and what if, as we get older, we still end up calling our daughters sluts for doing what our sons do? It’s a big issue for women in general, but I think it’s incredibly important for women of color, as we pass on our values and ideals about sexuality and our bodies within our own communities.

So I will say this — I don’t regret telling my mom anything. I think it opens up opportunities for more conversations about topics that may have remained behind closed doors. While I feel my mom’s views haven’t changed overnight, I can say that she doesn’t really think I’m a useless slut who has wasted her degrees anymore.

The other day, I told my mom I was taking an exotic dance class. She wasn’t sure what that was so I bluntly told her, “It’s a stripper dance class, mom. We’re learning stripper dance moves.”

I thought she was going to jump on her slut-shaming tirade, but her response? “That’s nice. Have fun.”

I guess we’re making some progress then. Until next time … — O.D.D. Girl

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

‘America’s Next Top Model’ Filming in Korea

Story by Cassandra Kwok. 

Supermodel Tyra Banks and the newest contestants of reality TV show America’s Next Top Modelwere spotted roaming the streets of Seoul, causing a “frenzy” among local media, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Local residents have been reporting on the group’s whereabouts on social media, after host Banks and her crew arrived in Seoul on March 21. The group reportedly visited various city landmarks and popular tourist attractions, including City Hall and Gwanghwamun at Gyeongbok Palace, while filming the 21st iteration of the modeling competition, which will be coed this season.

Various entertainment sites reported that 17-year-old Korean model, Lee Jin-yi, could possibly be a competitor this season. Lee is the daughter of actress Hwang Shin-hye. In addition, K-pop group BtoB will appear on the show as dance judges.

The reality TV show is known for traveling to extravagant locations with the latest trend-setting fashion. Filming of the show will continue for next two weeks under tight security.

Residents of Seoul will be seeing much more than just models wandering their streets as South Korea has been taking center stage for several international productions this year.

In just a few weeks, the filming of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will be shutting down the streets of Seoul as reports have stated closures of many major roads and specified locations.

Earlier this year, ABC’s reality show The Bachelor filmed several episodes of its season in Korea, with contestants participating in a K-pop performance with idol girl group, 2NE1.

America’s Next Top Model will air on the CW in August.

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com.