Jamie Chung Has the Cutest Reaction to the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

If you’ve been active on social media lately, chances are you’ve probably run into the Ice Bucket Challenge. In fact, this has caught the attention of celebs such as Lance Bass, Elizabeth Banks, Martha Stewart and most recently, Jamie Chung.

The premise is simple enough. You take a freezing bucket of ice water, dump it onto your head, record it, post it on social media and nominate some friends to do the challenge as well. I don’t know about you, but usually I find myself rolling my eyes at these “chain letter” challenges. Call me uptight, but I doubt I would choke on cinnamon, chug a can a beer or dump ice water on myself just because “everyone else is doing it.”

 

 

But as it turns out, I ought to listen to my grade school teacher about not judging a book by its cover. There is apparently much more to the Ice Bucket Challenge than what meets the eye .The challenge is an effort to use social media to promote ASL awareness. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States, is a neurodegenerative disease which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.

What does this have to do with freezing ice water poured uncomfortably on one’s head? Well, after you are nominated to do the Ice Water Challenge, you have 24 hours to complete the challenge or you must make a donation to an ASL charity. Either way, more and more people are curious about the disease and the viral challenge has undoubtedly raised ASL awareness. According to the Huffington Post, there has been a 1,000 percent spike in donations to the ALS association since the beginning of the Ice Water Challenge.

Just a few hours ago, Audrey cover girl Jamie Chung participated in this challenge and it’s definitely a must-see. Let’s just say, if I dumped a bunch of freezing water on my head, I doubt I’d look that cute.

 

Chung then posted a second video challenging none other than Vanessa Hudgens! We’ll definitely be on the look out for that one.

 

Viral Video Alert: Tiny Floating Asian Babies

Radio Station STAR FM 93.9 uploaded a video onto their official Facebook earlier this month and it already has 170,000 shares and even more likes. What could possibly captivate people this much? Adorable Asian babies, of course!

In this video, a pair of chubby-cheeked babies are relaxing in a small tub using baby neck floats. It’s quite a sight if you’ve never seen this odd little contraption. The device is used to not only keep the baby afloat, it also encourages good exercise and allows babies to explore their body movements.

 

The cuteness of these babies in their tiny donut floaties have left many squealing in delight, but that’s not all. The adorable video has been met with an alarming amount of criticism from those who are unfamiliar with the device.

Many have voiced concern and even anger. They have called the parents “stupid” for leaving the babies with a device that looks “uncomfortable and dangerous.” Admittedly, as cute as they were, a part of me couldn’t help but worry for the comfort of these babies as well.

Thankfully, many Asian netizens have pointed out that baby neck floats have been around in Asia for years. In fact, an American company named Otteroo, sells the device and goes into detail about its comfort and  safety. According to the official site, this device helps satisfy mental curiosity, encourages water familiarity and helps physical development and coordination.

 

Have you tried a baby neck float on your child? If so, tell us your experience!

 


The Purr-fect Coffee Break Spot

Themed cafés have been around forever. You’ve probably heard of the famous Rainforest Café that can be found all over the United States or the Hello Kitty-themed café’s in Asia. Now, cat-themed cafés that started in Taiwan a dozen years ago are becoming a trend and are slowly hitting Europe, with North America and Australia soon to follow later this year. It’s pawsitively quite frightening how quickly this trend is growing. Japan alone is home to a reported number of 150 cat cafes where locals and tourists alike enjoy sipping their hot beverages while being able to admire and play with different breeds of cuddly kittens and cats.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Mixing food and feline does not sound sanitary nor appetizing, but the cat cafés are already thinking one step ahead. Before approaching their furry friends, customers are politely asked to disinfect their hands with a hand sanitizer, provided by the café. Some cafés even have a “look but don’t grab policy.” Even with restrictions however, these cat cafes are highly popular, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation or else the whole situation could become a cat-astrophe!

Here is a list of top cat cafes to visit:

1. The Cat Café Budapest in Budapest, Hungary

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2. The Café Neko no Niewa in Singapore

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3. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London, England

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4. Le Café des Chats in Paris, France

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5. La Gatoteca in Madrid, Spain

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Audrey Readers Have Adorable Asian Babies

When we began the Adorable Asian Baby series, our readers couldn’t get enough of it. We brought you Adorable Asian Babies with Puppies, Adorable Asian babies in Halloween Costumes and even Adorable Asian Babies Who Dress Better Than You.

As it turns out, many of our readers are parents of their very own Adorable Asian baby and we needed to get a glimpse of all these cuties. A few months ago, we asked you all to submit a picture of your own Adorable Asian baby and you certainly didn’t disappoint us. Check out some of our favorite submissions by Audrey readers like you!


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Aaron Lee, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Rice and seaweed soup (miyuk gook)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Don’t dress boys up in clothes that look like girls clothes. No matter how cute baby boy is!
My favorite way to wake my parents up: With a kiss on the cheek
What I want to be when I grow up:  A Los Angeles dodger!

 


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Ryan Lee, 6 months old
Favorite Asian food: Korean sweet potato (goguma)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Fuzzy hats makes any cute baby cuter!
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Pooping in the middle of the night
What I want to be when I grow up:  A professional golfer.

 


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Natalie Kim, 19 months (picture taken at 14 months)
Favorite Asian actress/actor:
Song Hye-Kyo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear something cute and comfortable so you can run around everywhere and still look cute
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Sticking my finger up their nose
What I want to be when I grow up: Anything I want to be!


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Addison Pham, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Pho
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Lee Min Ho (I’m a korean drama addict like my mommy)
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Glasses are cool
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Screaming “miilllllkkkkk” in their ear
What I want to be when I grow up: A singer like Anna and Elsa on Frozen


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Audrey Madison Valmoria, 2 years old
Favorite Asian food: Everything (as long as I can dip it in ketchup)
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Hello Kitty is my girl!
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear anything and everything! You’ll still be cute.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Falling out of my bed…
What I want to be when I grow up: To be able to stay up past my bedtime.

 


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Ian Inho Park, 3 years old
Favorite Asian food: Kimchi
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Pororo
My fashion advice for Asian babies: Wear what mom wants you to wear.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: Run around the house and be loud, real loud.
What I want to be when I grow up: A doctor! (And that was his answer. He likes to play doctor and probe my ears and mouth)

 


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Skylar Inji Park, 4 yearrs old 
Favorite Asian food:  Rice and gim (roasted seaweed)
My fashion advice for Asian babies:  Wear anything blue, you can’t go wrong with it.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: : Say “shee” (means pee in Korean) in a really panicky voice.
What I want to be when I grow up:  A super model (She walk around the house balancing things on her head while she cat walks)

 


Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 2.13.58 PMHope Shun-Sum Chan, 2.5 years old
Favorite Asian food: Rice and ramen… separated into bite-sized portions so that i can easily use my chopsticks to nom nom it all up
Favorite Asian actress/actor: Me! No… really… me. I love acting silly or pretending to be a zombie or a kitty. Someday you will see my name in lights after the word “Starring”. Oops there I go being super Asian and overachieving… I just answered a later question, didn’t I?
My fashion advice for Asian babies: For you little girls, princess all the way. Every skirt or dress magically transforms the wearer into a princess. For you little boys, I prefer the preppy banana republic, or if you can afford it, burberry look. Slightly nerdy or studious looking is the way to my heart.
My favorite way to wake my parents up: I tend to wake up… grab the ipad… unlock it… open the Netflix app… select my profile… and pick out a cartoon to watch. My mom will usually wake up to watch it with me because she’s just as geeky as I am.  Marvel comics or Powerpuff girls are popular wake up alarms.
What I want to be when I grow up: I want to be everything… which is why I am going to go into acting. That way every time I take on a new role, I will have a new job to learn and perform. If that falls through… I am going to join S.H.I.E.L.D as an agent. Stopping the bad guys and saving the world looks like something I can stand for.

The Adorable Ye-bin is Back!

Do you remember this adorable little face? We’ll give you a hint. She isn’t afraid of strangers.

Yes, this is little Ye-bin. This cutie became a viral sensation when her video “Mom Tries to Teach Adorable Girl Life Lesson” hit YouTube and gathered nearly 9 million views. During the video, Ye-bin’s mother tries to teach her about strangers and being safe, but we get the feeling Ye-bin is so friendly that she would accept all sorts of sweets from strangers.

This time around, Ye-bin’s mother is trying to teach her how to say the phrase “I am scared.” Simple enough right? As it turns out, even the most simple of tasks becomes adorable with this little girl.

Throughout the video, Ye-bin struggles with the pronunciation of the phrase, but she isn’t bothered. In fact, she’s giggling the entire time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a child say “I’m scared” with such a cuteness.

The video was only uploaded yesterday, but it has already gathered over 30,000 views. Check it out below.

 

 

About a Boy, About a Dog: An Uber Cute Photo Series

Story by Julie Ha.

There are dog lovers, and there are baby lovers. But both audiences can appreciate a series of oh-so-adorable pictures recently released by L.A.-based photographer Grace Chon.

The Korean American, who previously shot photos for KoreAm’s feature story on the most popular dog breeds among Koreans, is a commercial animal photographer, but since becoming a new mom 10 months ago, she’s added babies (human ones) to her repertoire.

“I’m a total crazy dog lady and first-time mom,” Chon confesses. Her 7-year-old dog Zoey and 10-month-old baby boy Jasper, of Korean and Chinese descent, inspired this photo series called “Zoey and Jasper.”

Chon said that both “inexplicably love the camera, and when they’re together, it’s adorable.” Well, just take a look.

The photographer has been snapping photos of her dogs Zoey and Maeby dressed in absurd outfits for years, but after she had Jasper, she realized that dogs look “amazing and ridiculous” wearing baby hats. “I took a photo of Zoey wearing Jasper’s hat, and my sister had the brilliant idea of sitting themside by side in a single shot,” said Chon, describing the origins of this photo series.

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“Zoey is an extremely shy rescue dog and hates new things—they make her shake in fear. But for some odd reason she loves clothes and absolutely loves posing for the camera,” adds Chon. “Jasper, being a photographer’s kid, loves the camera, too.”

For more of these precious photos, visit http://zoeyandjasper.tumblr.com/.

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This story was originally published in iamkoream.com.

Who Knew Judo Could Be This Cute?

Anyone who is skilled in the art of judo knows that it should not be taken lightly. Although the name judo means the “gentle or yielding way,” an intense Judo match is far from gentle.

The objective of this martial art, which is derived from jujutsu, is to throw or takedown an opponent to the ground. You may immobilize or subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

The idea behind judo is to use your opponent’s strength against them and adapt to changing circumstances. Because it does not solely focus on one’s strength, judo can be mastered by anyone regardless of their body type.

Although judo welcomes all, we certainly didn’t expect to see these tiny girls on the mat for a judo match.

Our initial fear of the young girls getting hurt is quickly erased. We can’t help but squeal at how cute these girls are in their mini judo outfits. They bow to one another enthusiastically and take turns pinning one another to the ground.

By the end of the match, the girls simply run towards each other and hug before falling to the ground giggling. Watch the video below.

 

This Little Twin Stars Cafe Might Be The Cutest Thing Ever

Some of Japan’s cutest characters come from the popular and beloved company, Sanrio, which was founded in 1960. In fact, Sanrio’s most popular face, Hello Kitty, has become one of the most successful marketing brands in the world. Walk into any Sanrio store and you can purchase nearly anything Hello Kitty-inspired. You can get Hello Kitty pencils, bags, toasters, bathroom appliances and even laundry baskets.

So it’s no secret that Sanrio has done incredible work to globally market their main character Hello Kitty, but in Japan itself, you can see even stronger efforts to market some of the other 400 characters in the Sanrio family.

One method is through pop-up cafes. In Japan, a number of restaurants and cafes utilize a theme for their food and products.  These items are limited edition and fans rush into the pop-up cafes to purchase the items before time runs out.

Last year in October, a My Melody pop-up cafe appeared in Tokyo. The adorable and pink products were an instant success. Sanrio is taking over a pop-up cafe once again. This time, the cafe is based on Kiki and Lala who are more commonly referred to as the Little Twin Stars. Kiki and Lala were introduced in 1975 and the angel-like characters have had quite a large fan base.

Now their fans can enjoy pink and blue hamburgers, star-shaped pancakes and even the Little Twin Stars’ faces on top of a cup of coffee. Clearly, it’s all too cute to miss. If you happen to be in Tokyo, be sure to check it out! The Cafe will be themed Little Twin Stars until the end of May. Find out more information below:

Tel: 03-3477-5773
Email: info@the-guest.com
Facebook: THE GUEST

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This Adorable 3-Year-Old Will Make Your Day With His Dance Moves

Even if you have the worst case of the Mondays, 3-year-old Zhang Junhao will certainly make your day.

A Chinese reality show, which appears to be similar to America’s Got Talent, recently had the brave young boy on their stage to impress the judges and bring the audience to their feet.

The boy doesn’t appear to have an ounce of bashfulness as he hugs his luggage, calls it his baby and says he will dance with his baby. The second Zhang Junhao walks on stage, he puts a smile on the faces of the judges including celebrity judge Jet Li.

After running up to the judges to give them all a kiss on the cheek, he begins showing off his adorable dance skills. He does everything from the robot to karate punches to skipping. Zhang Junhao may be young and his dancing may be completely random, but he certainly seems natural at putting a smile on someone’s face.

He bravely tells the judges that he was not afraid to perform and he dances for his entire family everyday. He then tells the judges that he loves dancing because it makes his mother laugh and laughter is happiness.

Trust us when we say young  Zhang Junhao will put a smile on your face.

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The Cutest Yuna Kim Impersonation Ever

When Yuna Kim fell short of defending her figure skating crown at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, an entire nation was outraged by the results. In fact, an online petition titled “Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women’s Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgment at the Sochi Olympics” was created to bring justice to her name.

In the midst of all the anger, some people pointed out that Yuna Kim is far from a loser. After all, winning a silver medal in the Olympics is an amazing achievement. In fact, Kim even shared her sentiments on the ordeal.

“I did everything I could, so I’m satisfied,” Kim told Korean TV network SBS. “I didn’t make any mistakes, but I wasn’t as perfect as I was during practice. So I finished second, but as I said, the gold medal was never important. I did all I could, so I’m happy.”

Many South Korean netizens point out that she is still a winner in their eyes. Now, we’ve found yet another reason she’s a winner in our book.

The adorable Yerin Park is seen here doing the cutest impersonation of Yuna Kim. She may not get all the moves right, but her heart is in the right place. Kim has clearly become an inspiration to many young girls.

Check out the adorable video below.