Learn How to Make Traditional Korean Dishes From A Korean Rapper

Instagram videos seem to be getting more and more creative. You can find everything from quick comedic clips to a short vacation documentary. But what about a video series?

Oogeewoogee recently featured Korean American rapper, Lyricks, who began a mini cooking series which showcase step-by-step instructions on recreating traditional Korean dishes on his Instagram. During the snowy season at his home in Northern Virginia, he shows followers how to make kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage that is a staple side dish with meals. He also shows his process of cooking braised mackerel for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. As a cute and hilarious bonus, Lyricks also includes a few tips he learned from his “halmeoni” (grandma).

Step 1. SALT SOAK #kimchi #koreanfood

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Step 2. PREP THE MIX #kimchi #koreanfood A video posted by LYRICKS | THE BEAUTIFUL CYCLE (@lyricksva) on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:05pm PST


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Step 4. TALK SHIT (ADD PEPPER, ONIONS, SCALLIONS, GARLIC) A video posted by LYRICKS | THE BEAUTIFUL CYCLE (@lyricksva) on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:15pm PST


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Step 6. ADD THE REST A video posted by LYRICKS | THE BEAUTIFUL CYCLE (@lyricksva) on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:36pm PST

Step 7. MIX (NICELY)

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As Lyricks would say… Boom Bap!

I found his commentary quite entertaining and I look forward to seeing what else he whipped up for his followers, but was left curious at what some of the Korean words meant. Anyone want to help out and translate?


How Fashion Blogger Eugenie Grey Makes A Living Off of Instagram

For most of us, Instagram is an app we turn to when we want to be entertained by heavily filtered pictures of food, selfies and inspirational quotes. For fashion blogger Eugenie Grey who runs the popular fashion blog Feral Creature, Instagram is how she makes her living. Specifically, 46% of Grey’s income comes from sponsorships through Instagram. I know what you’re thinking. How?

Grey is a top user on Instagram mostly due to her savvyness and dedication. While she was lucky to join Instagram early–she joined just a months after Instagram launched in 2010–Grey emphasizes that her popularity is due to her “consistent, quality content” which in turn puts her at the top of the recommended users list.

A big part of becoming Insta-famous is posting often. Grey explains that she posts #ootd (outfit of the day) instagram posts almost every day. The #ootd hashtag is popular and by writing in the hashtag, Grey is able to widen her audience.

However, quality is just as important as consistency and Grey displays a meticulous, perfectionist attitude towards each of her Instagram posts. When she takes an Instagram of her Umami burger for example, Grey first removes the placemat underneath and messes with the placement of the cup and condiments to look more askew. Then she stands up to take the photo, making sure she gets an “eagle’s eye point of view.” Once the photo is taken, Grey retouches the photo to remove the dust and stains in the silverware.

Do you think you could make a living off of Instagram? Check out Eugenie Grey’s Buzzfeed below to see more of her Instagram-able life.


Top 7 Adorable Charaben (Character Bento Boxes) Instagram Accounts


“I Make Food That Tell a Story” reads @leesamantha’s Instagram description. Instagram has increasingly become a popular platform for showcasing kyaraben or charaben (short for character bento boxes), and has created a trend around the world of arranging famous characters and cute animals in lunchboxes.

Charaben had started as a way to charm children into eating their lunches in Japan. Since then, creative Asian parents have gained as many as hundreds of thousands of followers for snapping photos of the lunchboxes. Creating a balanced and appetizing meal with vegetables has developed into an art form.

Now, broccoli are trees, tomatoes can be found in between princesses, and between baked eggs and carefully placed seaweed, lunch has magically turned into a story waiting to happen.

Here are our top 7 favorite charaben instagram accounts:


1. leesamantha

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An adorable minion gets his own caption, written in cream on the soup.


2. asatoai

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This intricate platter stars some of the most loved Sanrio characters (best use of strawberries ever), complete with a sideplate of soy sauce.


3. pandora607

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Two frogs and a beautiful ham bow, complete with stars and subtle veggies make for a potentially goofy story.


4. akie_raisa

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Who could resist Olaf!? Some people are worth…eating for.




5. yukaritomaron

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This instagram features not just charaben, but the owner’s precious dog posing next to the lunchbox with “how-can-you-say-no” eyes.


6. yukotkk

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Set against a woodland backdrop, these nearly identical lunchboxes star tiny Doraemon flags and broccoli that looks like trees.


7. yooouuuk

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There’s a story waiting to be told with this character and a guest appearance of the piggy in the center.


To find more of these beautifully decorated bentos boxes, explore the #キャラ弁 hashtag.

Filipino Actor Uses Makeup to Transform Into Female Celebs


Paolo Ballesteros, a Filipino host and actor, has suddenly been making headlines internationally. Surprisingly, it’s not his acting and hosting skills that’s given him viral attention. It’s actually his unbelievable makeup skills.

Before all this international attention, the 31-year-old was most known for his acting, modeling and hosting. More specifically, he was known for one of his earliest hosting gigs on the television show “Eat Bulaga.”

Recently, his Instagram account has jumped up to nearly 500,000 followers and understandably so. In addition to photos of his adorable daughter Keira, his Instagram is filled with unbelievable makeup transformations. In fact, Ballesteros currently known as the man who can transform himself into any female celebrity using makeup.

That’s right. Looks like Michelle Phan has some competition when it comes to being the ultimate makeup guru. With the help of skilled contouring and wigs, he has transformed into Drew Barrymore, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, and even Ariana Grande. Needless to say, he looks nothing like the girls he transformed into.

Because of his interest in makeup, many who are unfamiliar with Ballesteros have questioned his sexuality. Apparently, he has never minded the question. After all, this isn’t the first time. He has portrayed many gay roles in the past causing fans to question his preferences. Ballesteros has confirmed that he is heterosexual and clearly, he has no problem going against the gender stereotype which says makeup only interests women.

Check out the transformations below!

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Kim Kardashian

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Julia Roberts

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Kristen Stewart



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Tyra Banks

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Ariana Grande

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Emma Stone

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Keira Knightley

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Jennifer Anniston

See more here!


Not For The Faint of Heart: Stomach-Churning Selfie Video On Top Of A Hong Kong Skyscraper


I’m not one who’s afraid of heights, but I certainly know my limits. This video, for instance, definitely goes above and beyond my limits.

This selfie video was taken by photographers Daniel Lau,  A.S. and Andrew Tso. It begins innocently enough by simply showing the trio eating bananas. The video suddenly causes all our stomachs to lurch by panning out and revealing that our innocent trio is actually sitting on top of a 1,135-foot-tall Hong Kong skyscraper.

Dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Selfie,” this video has already gained over 2 million views since it’s upload earlier this month.



Many of us may watch this video and shake our heads in disbelief, but for those of you who need more than 18 seconds to get your heart pumping, you can check out Daniel Lau’s instagram which features a number of gut-churning selfies on top of more dangerously tall buildings. Here are a few of our favorites.



Cruel, Inappropriate Comments Cause Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda To Quit Social Media


Just yesterday, we came across a touching message that Zelda Williams wrote for her late father, Robin Williams. Unfortunately, later that day, the biracial Filipina actress was so distraught from inappropriate comments and pictures concerning her father’s death that she decided to give up both her Twitter and Instagram.

Countless fans and celebrities (such as Dante Basco) used social media to express their grief over the death of the talented Robin Williams, who was found dead on Monday, August 11 after an alleged suicide. Unfortunately, aside from sympathy, humans are also capable of cruelty.

A pair of insensitive Twitter users tweeted rude pictures to her page that showed Photoshopped images of her father’s deceased body. Angered by this (as anyone would be), she tweeted for her followers to report the users.

“Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please,” she wrote.



Finally she decided to get rid of her account all together. She informed her followers that she would delete her account for a long time and maybe even forever. She expressed herself further on her Instagram where she shed light on people taunting her and judging her for the amount of photos she had of her father. We certainly agree with her when she called these comments “cruel and unnecessary.” Her post read:


I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo


According to Fox News, Zelda is currently not allowing the cruel comments to bother her further.

“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh,” she said in a statement. “As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”

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Song of Style’s Aimee Song Shows You How Celebs Vacay In Ibiza


It seems like every high-profile celebrity scheduled a sweet vacay to Ibiza this summer (Kimye, Bieber and Lohan, to name a few), and we weren’t invited (cry). But it’s OK — as long as we can live vicariously through the plethora of Ibiza-hashtagged photos littering Instagram and E! News, we’ll manage.

One of our favorite fashion bloggers who joined in the Ibiza festivities this summer was the lovely face behind Song Of Style — Aimee Song. Pronounced “aw-mee” according to her Instagram, Aimee lived it up on the star-studded Ibiza beaches with her sister and friends, and lucky for us, the popular Korean American fashion blogger documented her trip through an endless stream of enviable photos. As summer is winding down and fall is, well, falling right around the corner, we thought it’d be nice to daydream about cocktails on the beach and adorable bikini attire with a little help from Song of Style before sweater weather sets in.

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Indonesian Girl Takes Food Porn to A New Level

There is always that one person in your group of friends who, at meal times, just has to furiously snap pictures of whatever tasty plate has just been delivered to the table. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. They’ll stand or crouch sideways and basically disrupt the entire meal in an attempt to get the perfect picture — until the food is all soggy and cold.

OK, I’ll be the first to admit — most of the time that person is me. There are so many of us now though, that it’s actually become a thing. You can even follow Asians taking pictures of food on Tumblr here. It’s kind of a sickness, really, but we still do it anyway. No shame (sort of).

Indonesian Instagram user Melissa Hie, however, decided to take this whole concept even further. She created an Instagram under the name Girl Eat World and posted snapshots of our two favorite things — traveling and food. At each of the countries she visits, she buys an iconic food item from that country and takes a picture of it in front of a famous landmark. That, my friends, is some serious dedication to food porn. Bet I’m not looking as crazy anymore, am I?

According to the Huffington Post, Melissa gained 7,000 followers in just eight days with only 33 posts, and if you look at her pictures, it’s no surprise why. She’s been everywhere from Tokyo to London, and has eaten the most adorable Hello Kitty-shaped doughnuts, spring rolls, banh mis and Godiva strawberry chocolates. Oh, and Harry Potter fans, this one is for you — butterbeer, right in front of 4 Privet Dr.

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Butterbeer in front of 4 Privet Dr.

On how she became inspired by this creative idea, she told Huffington Post, “I started posting these food pictures to my Facebook, where I received positive feedback from friends, so I took more. One of them kept pushing me to create a dedicated Instagram since he thinks other people will enjoy it as well, but I only finally got around to it after my Japan trip — about eight months after I started taking these pictures. And that’s how the Instagram was born!”

Scroll to see pictures of this amazing documentation of food and travel.


Fresh Spring Roll in Vietnam


Hello Kitty Doughnut in Japan


Onigiri in Japan



Belegte Brötchen ( bagel sandwich) in Germany

Bánh mì in Vietnam

Bánh mì in Vietnam


Chocolate Chip Cookie in England


To follow Melissa’s Instagram, click here.

Image of the Day: 2NE1’s Dara Park Meets Steven Yeun

If you’re a fan of both K-Pop and The Walking Dead, be prepared to get your fan-girling on. Recently Dara Park instgrammed a picture of The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun. (Steven, is that eyeliner we see!?)

Sandara Park, a South Korean idol singer, actress, dancer and model, has been a favorite of ours for years. Park, who began her career in the Philippines as an actress, is most known as a member of popular K-Pop group 2NE1.

Apparently, Steven Yeun is among her numerous fans overseas. The actor, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, is rumored to be in South Korea for a visit.

“It was very nice meeting you,” Park wrote as the photo caption. Yeun not only re-tweeted the photo, but started following Park on twitter.

This certainly isn’t the first time that Sandara has befriended overseas celebrities. Just last year, Dara gained viral attention after a photo of Justin Beiber kissing her cheek made its way around the internet. Needless to say, fans seem much more happy about her friendship with Yeun.


Steven Yeun Writes Letter to the Thief Who Stole His Backpack

Story by Taylor Weik.

On Sunday night while the rest of America was watching the newest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead and praying our favorite Korean Walker-slayer would live to see another episode, Steven Yeun discovered that someone had broke into his car and stolen his backpack.

The backpack contained his computer, camera, book and notebook “full of my dumb ideas that I will never use.” Yeun, who plays Glenn Rhee on TWD, uploaded a photo of his car, back window shattered, on his personal Instagram account and typed out a letter to the backpack-burglar in the caption.

hey. asshole that broke into my car. I hope you enjoy what you find in my backpack. The computer I’m sure you sell to some other idiot. great. my camera is one of my favorite cameras. it’s my ricoh. enjoy the picture that I took on there of all the beautiful people that I love. but I hope you also enjoy the picture I took of my stupid messy room. you also took my book too, you dick. I was half way through that thing…now I have to start over from the beginning. that’s just the rules. but for real what pisses me off most is that you took my notebook full of my dumb ideas that I will never use. I loved those dumb ideas. it was a constant reminder for me to do better. now I gotta write down all those dumb ideas over again. those are the rules. one particular section had some stand up jokes in there. well there goes my 5 minute set that I’ve been working on about wizards, vertigo and chocobos. you’re a dick. but I still love you.

But seriously though, what kind of a person steals from the guy who plays Glenn?