Snakehead

I’ve known Evan Jackson Leong for over a decade since the grassroots marketing days of Better Luck Tomorrow. As long as I’ve known him, he has always had a greater vision for the Asian American community and has always pushed the envelope to make things happen.

Snakehead has always been Evan’s baby. Way before Linsanity or even 1040 (two documentary projects which I served as Assistant Editor). He wrote this script way back with the intention of making it his narrative feature film debut and now that time has finally come.

As Evan says, every single project he has ever worked on has been “for the community and by the community.” Absolutely true. I have firsthand experience and will vouch for him for life. He is truly someone who is passionate about getting our stories out there and despite any limitations, he will always find a way to do it with excellence.

If you are down, let’s make a movie!!!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1509864142/snakehead

Power Play

My friends at Sketch Juice made a really fun short film that is currently ranked #1 for the People’s Choice prize in My RØDE Reel- the world’s largest short film competition! Not only does it demonstrate a great use of RØDE gear, it’s got action, comedy, and an awesome cast.

PLEASE VOTE FOR THEM: http://www.rode.com/myrodereel/watch/entry/2591

How I Became a Dog Lady

Last year in April, I downloaded an app called AllPaws. It’s like Tinder, but for finding adoptable dogs near you. I guess you could say I was bored with actual Tinder and decided to look for a different kind of mate 😛

So while I was swiping through profiles, a little lady named Matilda caught my eye. Without thinking too much, I filled out an adoption application for her. Soon after, Adopt Me Rescue contacted me to set up a time to meet.

When we first met, it took Matilda two hours (in which she had to be forcefully encouraged) to come near me. She was extremely skittish and clearly had deep trust issues. I learned that when she was rescued, she’d been living in a car for four years with a homeless couple and had signs of physical abuse. For her to not attack me was actually huge progress as she’d been in foster care for awhile.

Having had some time to think about it and also not really connecting with Matilda right away, I realized I wasn’t exactly in the best place to commit to a dog mate. However, it just so happened that Matilda needed a new foster home. I’d already been dog sitting for several of my friends and was used to having dogs in and out of my place, so why not foster her?

The first night that Matilda arrived, she wouldn’t come out of her crate and I didn’t want to force her. Eventually, I carried her crate to my room and while I was getting ready for bed, she decided to come out! She was the cutest little thing and seemed to be curious about me. She had this side tilt to her head (possibly from the abuse), so she kind of walked a little lopsided towards me and then got on her hind legs to paw at me. “Well, hello there, Matilda!”

From that point on, Matilda was sweet to me. She would curl up in a ball and sleep next to my head, greet me at the door, and follow me around like a little shadow peering at me with those curious eyes of hers. While she was mostly an angel at home, there were certain things that would trigger the wild animal in her, like crossing paths with other small dogs on walks. She also really did not like men. One time, David Choi came over to hang out and she pounced on him and seriously attacked him. Oi vey. I definitely acquired some battle scars having to hold her back a couple of times. Cuz’ when this girl got the wild eyes, she would be out for blood! I guess you could say the streets had made her tough and what she really needed was just a lot of TLC.

Anyway, long story short, I felt like I got to see the beginnings of a transformed dog. She learned to chill out a bit when it came to other dogs and meeting new people. And after three weeks with me, she was adopted by a lovely woman and given a new name: Tilly. Yesterday, I received this photo of Tilly and it was just such a blessing to hear how well she’s doing a year later:

Doesn’t she look so happy and healthy? 🙂

#ThrowbackThursday

Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra on Netflix today!

A few years ago, a friend saw this photo of Ali Wong on Angry Asian Man and thought it was me. Huge compliment yo! This woman is funny as hell. The last time I saw her do stand up was when she was headlining the Punchline in SF the same weekend she got married and she freakin’ killed it. About a year after that, while 7-months pregnant, she recorded her first one-hour comedy special. Shoot, she’s so hardcore, she’d prob do stand up even while her water was breaking lol. Anyway, as of today, y’all can check out her special on Netflix! It’s called BABY COBRA.

I can’t wait to watch!

Megan Lee is STRONGER.

Oh yes she is.

#MusicMonday

LAAPFF 2016

The 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival came and went by so quickly! Here are my highlights!

JodiLong
Getting inspired by Jodi Long’s Opening Night speech.

The Tiger Hunter
Laughing, crying, and smiling throughout The Tiger Hunter.

Tanuj
Stalking Tanuj Chopra.


Hating on Big Phony a few times throughout the festival.


Escorting Karin Anna Cheung to the unexpectedly funny The Unbidden.


Watching friends in films.


Catching up with some of my fave film festival peeps.

ABDC
Forming a new dance crew with Jenny Yang and Anthony Ma.

AWC
Mistaking the dude in front of me for Patrick Epino (three dudes to my left).


And hosting fellow actress and Asian CineVision’s Festival Director, Judy Lei, who gets special thanks for hooking it up with Opening and Closing Nights. Good times, good times. Until next year, let’s create our own opportunities as Jodi Long would say! And maybe I’LL have a film in the fest next year! ;D

P.S. – A Sung Kang sighting is always a highlight.

Party Bro Real Estate

Had the opportunity to play with comedians Frankie Quinones and Terrence Newman in this Funny Drop video for Mas Mejor. Check it out!

#ThrowbackThursday

Valentine’s Day with the Tripsters!

In Korea, there’s a special holiday post-Valentine’s Day just for single people. According to Y.J., our Korean American Tripster, 짜장면 (jajangmyeon), a Korean Chinese black bean noodle dish, is to be eaten by single people with black souls and saltiness in their hearts. Lol.

Technically, in Korea, on February 14th, women give men chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Then on March 14th, “White Day,” it’s the men’s turn to express their love with gifts of white chocolate, etc. to women (Japan, Taiwan, and China also observe this holiday). And then on April 14th, “Black Day,” single people who did not receive gifts on either Valentine’s Day or White Day can celebrate this day by wearing black, drinking black coffee, eating jajangmyeon, etc.

In my opinion, Valentine’s Day has always been such a highly commercialized bullshit holiday, so way to go, Korea, for making that bank. At least you give us a fun excuse to get together for food 😛 As for Lee’s Noodles, the jajangmyeon was good, but I liked the 짬뽕 (jjamppong) aka spicy seafood noodle soup better. The 만두 (mandu) aka dumplings and the spicy soy garlic Dok Dok Chicken were pretty damn good, too.

So whether or not you’re single, if you’re ever in Koreatown, Lee’s is not a bad option for Korean Chinese food where Dok Dok Chicken is also on the menu.

Lee’s Noodles
401 S Vermont Ave, Ste 1
Los Angeles, CA 90020
http://www.yelp.com/biz/lees-noodles-los-angeles

New food adventures w/ Tripsters!

Happy Friday, everyone! If you know me, then you know that I love to EAT. So it’s no surprise that I’m part of a new web show where I get to eat… A LOT!

Our first two episodes introduce you to two Japanese spots in West LA. And if you happen to dine at one of these restaurants before the end of the month, we have some special deals for you! Just watch until the end ;]

Tripsters stars Narisa Suzuki, Y.J. Gold, Kane Lieu, and myself!

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Tripsters.tv/

#FoodieFriday

Tag, You’re It! – Bobby Choy

Whoa, it’s been over a year since I wrote a “Tag, You’re It!” blog. Well, today’s a good day to write one! Featuring this guy who I really hate. J/k. Singer/songwriter Bobby Choy aka Big Phony is actually hands down one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world. Seriously. In the almost 10 years that I’ve known him, he’s just always been so awesome.

I can’t exactly remember how Bobby and I first met. But I believe a mutual friend introduced us via email or Myspace or something before Bobby moved to LA from NY. I do remember that after a bunch of my guy friends met him, they all thought that he was the nicest guy EVER. And of course, he turned out to be a jerk. J/k. I’m just playing into his whole “I hate Big Phony” thing that’s part of his self-deprecating humor. Anyway, wow, time flies. Didn’t feel like too long ago when we were kicking it in the same circles, but in reality, Bobby’s been in Korea for the last several years doing some big things. And now, he’s about to embark on his 6th full length album which you can help make happen ->

As long as I’ve known Bobby, he’s always been so willing to help others. He’s definitely been there for me many times! So I’m definitely backing this 6th album and hope that many others will support Bobby not only cuz’ he’s one of the best people ever, but because he’s also an extremely talented musician with depth and stories to express through his songs. So please, check out his Kickstarter!


When I visited Korea in 2013 and Bobby spent the day being my tour guide!

P.S. – Bobby and I used to talk about playing brother and sister on screen one day and I’m actually really hoping that it’ll happen. So dear writer friends, will someone please write these roles for us? Pretty please? 😛

Official Bio [edited]:
Bobby Choy (Big Phony) is a singer/songwriter born and raised in New York City. At the age of 14, Bobby’s family relocated to Los Angeles, leaving him in New York City so he could attend the legendary School of Performing Arts and Music and Art. Living alone at such an early age, Big Phony devoted his time to writing in his New York City apartment.

After college, he moved to Los Angeles to be closer with his family. It was in Los Angeles where Big Phony began his pursuit to be a singer/songwriter. He quickly built a devout fan base with his songs and performances. In early 2006, he returned to New York to build that same kind of following and began to split his time between both cities crashing on couches and aerobeds.

In 2011, Big Phony made the decision to relocate to the country his parents originally hailed from – South Korea. He currently resides in Seoul, where he continues his journey and commitment to be an artist.

Hate him at: bigphonymusic.com