Oh yes she is.
Oh yes she is.
The 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival came and went by so quickly! Here are my highlights!
Getting inspired by Jodi Long’s Opening Night speech.
Laughing, crying, and smiling throughout The Tiger Hunter.
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.
Forming a new dance crew with Jenny Yang and Anthony Ma.
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.
Had the opportunity to play with comedians Frankie Quinones and Terrence Newman in this Funny Drop video for Mas Mejor. Check it out!
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.
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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!
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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
The last time I wrote a reflection blog was exactly three years ago: 2012. Hindsight is always 20/20. That blog was inspired by the previous year’s reflection. So why didn’t I write on December 31st, 2013 or 2014?
If you look at #12 of what I wrote on the last reflection blog, I was in a place of healing. Long story short, 2013 and 2014 were both a part of that process and I was definitely in a completely different mindset. In 2013, not only was I healing emotionally and spiritually, I was also healing from a severe case of shingles that broke out on the right side of my face. It was a pretty dark time for me which involved a lot of isolation and depression. After getting out of my hermit shell, I went into 2014 with a bit of an “I don’t give a f*ck” attitude. I got into a relationship that wasn’t right for me, started drinking heavily, and kind of lost myself.
On July 9th, 2014, a pastor I knew from Taiwan passed away suddenly. I attended his “Celebration of Life” service and this deep stirring started happening in me. I was being reminded of who God had called me to be. At the same time, I was still with this person that wasn’t right for me and I started to have this heaviness on my heart that needed to be released. Just a few weeks after that, the relationship ended and God was there for me through it all. Even when I wasn’t exactly there for Him. That’s actually how I got saved in the first place, ten years ago on September 11th, 2005, but that’s another story. Anyway, mid-2014 was a very transitional time for me. It involved a lot of purging and refocusing. As a matter of fact, I disconnected from all of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) for the last four months of the year in order to reconnect with people who mattered. It was a time that I truly discovered who my real friends were and had my family (both biological and spiritual) to lean on.
2015 was truly a new year for me. I shed a lot of old skin. And quite literally, too, with the scarring from the shingles. In the tradition of the former reflection posts, I shall list 15 highlights of this year:
1. I started dreaming vividly again.
2. I got back into a Bible study with an amazing group of women.
3. I hosted “FOBluck Tuesdays” for season 1 of Fresh Off the Boat (potluck + FOTB… get it?).
4. I started studying with Joe Anthony after having taken a hiatus from acting classes for over a year. His class started challenging me in new ways and has definitely been stretching me. There’s still a lot of work to be done here.
5. In March, I started collaborating with a very unique group of individuals on a pretty awesome creative project that could only be put together by God.
6. During pilot season, I went out for a lot of amazing opportunities. I may not have booked anything, but I definitely had a lot of fun auditioning.
7. Several divine encounters happened with people that were all so intertwined that I’m just in awe of how God can connect the dots.
8. In April, I started speaking with a therapist on almost a weekly basis. She has helped me immensely in seeing the real me more clearly.
9. Also, in April, I started fostering rescue dogs on top of the dog sitting I had already been doing. My place actually became quite the revolving door for different dogs for awhile.
10. In September, I met MY dog, Moki. They say that the dog chooses you… and in short, that’s what happened. She was rescued from an illegal backyard breeder. Within a week of fostering her, I knew she was my dogmate. Three weeks later, when I took her to the clinic to get spayed, I found out she was pregnant with at least three puppies.
11. On October 19th, Moki had FIVE puppies. Five is the number for grace and I kid you not, the fifth born, little MoMo, has a CROSS on his chest.
12. Out of yet another divine encounter, I was led to a new Bible study where once again, dots continue to be connected.
13. In October, I booked a major commercial, joined SAG-AFTRA, and booked my first Co-Star on a major TV show.
14. On December 1st, my niece, Audrey, was born.
15. A few days later, I was arrested for a DUI.
In summary, this was an extremely fruitful year in terms of meaningful relationships and new experiences that I’m incredibly thankful for. Some of you may be wondering how #15 is a highlight. Well, as weird as this might sound, I thought that being arrested and spending the night in jail was actually a really good experience. Aside from that, I completely saw God’s hand in the whole thing as soon as I sobered up. I won’t get into the details now and it’s obviously something that’s still in progress. But I will share with you a big revelation I had from this experience: If driving is a privilege in our society, driving in the Kingdom of God is a major privilege and the keys can be taken away at any time. Whether you believe in God or not, you can’t deny I’ve been pretty blessed or fortunate this year. And going back to who God has called me to be… well, drinking like a fool definitely ain’t part of the picture. #15 may have very well saved my own life and the lives of others.
There’s much more that I could go on and on about, but I actually need to wrap this up as I’m already running late to a NYE gathering. So guys and gals who have actually read all of this… wow, thanks for “listening.” I just felt like I NEEDED to write this blog. It’s probably the most free-flowing blog I’ve ever written where I’m not actually going back to edit and censor the hell out of myself as I’ve done many times in the past.
Anyway, on December 31st, 2015, I’m definitely taking a real hard look at myself with all my blessings and all my flaws. For 2016, I think God just wants me to sit in the passenger seat and be his ride or die. It’s not a bad place to be.
So *cheers* with my imaginary glass of champagne. I pray that you all have an amazing 2016 full of blessings and truth.
Cat’s out of the bag. I was on American Horror Story: Hotel recently!
Yes. I got to wash Lady Gaga’s feet. But that’s not at all what I thought I’d be doing before we filmed. I actually thought I’d be filing or painting her nails. So one of the ADs who had previous experience as a nail technician taught me how to properly file and I even got to practice on one of the prop department guys.
Before we filmed, we had a quick rehearsal. Gaga had just come out of filming a sex scene and production was a little behind schedule, so things moved pretty fast. I was already grabbing Gaga’s feet and fake filing her nails before we even got to speak to each other. When we finished rehearsing, we looked at each other and said, “Hi!” She then introduced herself as “Gaga or Stefani” and said I could call her either because she loved both. I asked her if she wanted me to really file her nails and she said, “Absolutely! Do whatever you need to do!”
When the crew was setting up the shot, director Michael Uppendahl decided he wanted me to be in the earlier process of the pedicure. It was actually Gaga who told the props guys that there should be a water basin for her feet to soak in. She also had someone grab her personal essential oils so that she could add it to the water to make the experience as real for herself. She then said, “I might as well enjoy this!” and dabbed some lavender oil onto my palms, too.
I told her I didn’t have much personal experience with mani pedis, so she gave me a lot of pointers on what to do. She even showed me how I should grab her foot firmly and with full on eye contact that could either intimidate or empower, she said, “Don’t be afraid to touch me.” In between takes, she was nothing but encouraging. There was one take where I accidentally knocked over some of my mani pedi tools and when we reset for the next take, she said, “You’re doing great.”
For my first Co-Star experience, this was a dream. While my one line of dialogue was cut from the end product, I am still so thankful to have had this opportunity. It was definitely an honor working with someone as talented and empowering as Lady Gaga. It was also pretty awesome watching how she collaborated with the director and the crew. Whenever she spoke, she would command the room. And even with her megastar presence, she still had a grounded and real vibe about her. At one point, she laughed and said to our director, “You know, Michael, I have no problem exposing any other part of my body, but when it comes to my feet… this is terrifying.” Lol. Awesome, awesome memories.
Thank you, Gaga and AHS, for such a positive experience. <3
It’s PSYber Monday. I can’t wait to try the “Daddy” dance on the dance floor. LOL.
New music and new video from the Royal Pirates featuring Enik Lin. Welcome back, guys. Looks like y’all put a lot of heart into this one.