Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Yoshi made dinner!

Yoshi made dinner!, originally uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!!.

Miso ramen with kamaboko and hard-boiled egg; steamed broccoli.

Yum! Thanks, Hunny!!!

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!! on 31 Mar 09, 6.08PM PDT.

Weekly Twitter Updates through 2009-03-29

Present from LADWP

Present from LADWP, originally uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!!.

Well it’s not so much a present because I’m pretty sure I paid for it already via my past electrical/water bills. Thanks, LADWP!

Even so, it was pretty cool to open the front door and find a little green giftbag sitting there.

The "LADWP giftbag" included:

the reusable green bag (hello, new lunchbag)
two CFL lightbulbs
a magnet
information on "saving water" and "bright ideas" (ways to conserve)

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Chick-Fil-A song… dedicated to the guy on the living room futon

h/t: LoisLaneLive

Gyoza FAIL!

Gyoza FAIL!, originally uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!!.

Remind me not to leave the kitchen while cooking. Doh.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!! on 23 Mar 09, 8.12PM PDT.

15 dozen large AA eggs for $16.19

At Costco. Where else?!

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!! on 22 Mar 09, 3.28PM PDT.

Weekly Twitter Updates through 2009-03-22

How to Meet Asian Women on Facebook

A friend of mine updated his status message on Facebook with the following:

Hmm. On second thought, I guess that’s really “How to get targeted for ads on ‘How to Meet Asian Women’ on Facebook.”

Either way, I filed this under “Tips on How to Find Guys Trying to Meet Asian Women.”

My Other Grandma’s birthday

Last Tuesday was my paternal grandmother’s birthday, but just 4 days later was my maternal Grandma’s birthday.

I don’t talk a lot about my maternal Grandma because I don’t think I ever got over losing her. Losing her was the hardest thing I ever went through until we lost Dad. It’s hard to believe but this year will mark 10 years since she passed away.

Anyway, Saturday was (maternal) Grandma’s birthday but because Yoshi’s family was visiting from out of town, I was not able to join my family to do a chanting service for her.

Instead, on Sunday, my Auntie E invited me over to her home for dinner with my Uncle T and my cousin T. I know that Sunday night is their cherished “family night” (cousin T is off at college now, so he’s only home on weekends), so I felt honored to be included. After a huge feast-like dinner (ribeye steak, chicken sausage, corn on the cob, baked potato, steamed broccoli and cauliflower), we each had a slice of mango pudding cake for Grandma for her birthday. Cousin T cut a special slice for her and then he & I presented it to Grandma as an offering at an altar table in their house for her.

Happy birthday, Grandma. I miss you everyday.

Weekly Twitter Updates through 2009-03-15

On Monday night, I attended a screening for “TOKYO!” (the movie)

tokyo_city_11x17_72dpiA friend of mine was nice enough to invite me to a VIP screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood of “Tokyo!” (not to be confused for “Tokyo Sonata“) last week which was sponsored by (among other orgs) Sapporo beer. I mention this first because, even though I don’t drink, I was initially tempted into going because I heard that there was going to be free beer. This is out of character for me, but it turned out to be a good thing that I went because the movie, which should have been the motivating factor for me going, turned out to be great.

Bong Joon-Ho, Léos Carax and Michel Gondry, Directors of Tokyo!Tokyo! is really three short movies in one — a triptych — each set in Tokyo and directed by visionary directors from around the world: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Léos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge), and Bong Joon-ho (The Host). Ok, well, maybe not “around the world” so much as “two French directors and a South Korean,” but the results are some really interesting takes of different aspects of the dynamic city that is Tokyo.

I’m glad I didn’t know anything about the movie because I had no expectations for the film going into it. So I’ll give you my mini review without giving anything away.

The movie presents three different but compelling stories and visions set in Tokyo which border on the surreal and outright bizarre, but not so weird to leave you totally confused. Each piece was visually-appealing in its own way.

My favorite was the third piece (Shaking Tokyo) by Bong Joon-ho, followed closely by the first piece (Interior Design) by Michel Gondry. I was particularly intrigued and touched by the hikikomori main character in Shaking Tokyo. Ayako Fujitani, who plays a half of a young couple who is moving to and settling in Tokyo, is great in Interior Design.

The middle piece (Merde) by Léos Carax is appropriately named (Merde is French for “shit”); it begins with a highly entertaining opening scene and goes downhill from there.

Despite a somewhat negative opinion of the middle piece, I still found it fairly compelling (I didn’t fall asleep and I was mad tired) and worth watching. If you’ve seen “Tokyo!,” I’d love to know what you thought of it.

Presented by Liberation Entertainment and Vitagraph Films, the film already opened in New York and Chicago (limited engagements), but it opens in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose on 3/20, and in other cities such as Washington, D.C. (3/27), San Diego and Philadelphia (4/10), Columbus, OH (4/24). (Updated Screening Schedule)

Incidentally, both “Tokyo!” and “Tokyo Sonata” will be screened at SFIAAFF this year, but I know that “Tokyo!” is already sold out.

Not to worry, Bay Area folks… 8Asians is doing a ticket giveaway!

Thoughts of Grandma, Grandpa & Dad

Tuesday would have been my Grandma’s 86th birthday. When I think back to when she passed away last August, it seems like it was so long ago, even though the time keeps flying by so quickly. Such a strange paradox, because even though my Dad passed away almost 3 years ago, that seems like that happened more recently.

Anyway, on Tuesday morning, I was awakened by a phone call from my Mom. I don’t know if she realized that it was my Grandma’s birthday (both my grandmothers had the habit of celebrating their lunar birthdays, so that day varies from year to year).

My Mom called to tell me that she had just gotten a phone call informing her that one of my father’s best friends, Mr W and his wife L, who now live in Japan, are coming to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks and he requested to visit the place where my Dad’s ashes are interred. When my Dad passed away, Mr. W was stuck in Japan and couldn’t make it to my father’s service, so he asked my Mom if he could meet her to pay respects to my father.

I think it was this news that shook a bunch of memories about my loved ones out of the nooks and crannies of my head. I’d been sick for most of the week with flu-like symptoms and though I felt “foggy headed” all week, I found myself being stricken with fleeting memories of my Grandma, Dad, and Grandpa all week.

I thought about my Grandma’s birthday and the year we gave her a small lemon tree which is now a big lemon tree behind the place she lived.

I thought about my Dad’s cherished hat which was especially autographed by Taiwanese President Lee Tung-Hui for him on his 60th birthday.

I thought about my Grandpa and his jovial smile and how he used to make chao mi fen/炒米粉 (fried vermicelli) using two pairs of giant cooking chopsticks to mix all the ingredients over the stove. For special occasions, we would often have hot pot at the big glass table and he would always sit at the head of the table that was the opposite of where us kids sat.

I think about all of them all the time, but I try not to spend too much time being sad over how much I miss them all, but I guess once in a while it has to happen.

So as I was thinking about them this week, I didn’t cry. I just… missed them very much.

One of the traditions my grandparents began was having a formal family portrait taken around their anniversary, December 26. Usually we took the pictures at home via tripod & self-timer, but the picture above is a section from our family portrait done in a professional photo studio one year. I think I’m about 4 years old in this picture and I’m in my Dad’s lap, sitting next to my Grandma & Grandpa. I still remember that night vividly. I especially remember how fascinated I was when the photographer came around with the light meter and I kept asking what he was doing with it. I can’t believe the three people in this picture with me have all passed away.

One course of a ten course meal

My mom says this is a steamed “sheep head” fish in Chinese. Nice


2am, originally uploaded by !!! :: jozjozjoz :: !!!.

Time for bed!


Weekly Twitter Updates through 2009-03-08

Gems from my Twitter feed and the IMs which follow

So I promised to write more, so it’s 3am and I’m taking a break from work (yes, work) to write a little something based on some Tweets I posted about dinner last night.

  • Fogo for dinner. Meat overload. Will I get the meat sweats?
  • (2 hours later) No meat sweats to report. But I do SMELL like meat.
  • And then:

  • There was a woman who looked like Thomas Jefferson at Fogo last night. I got yelled at for taking pix. But everyone agreed: she did look like TJ.
  • @MykalBurns: LOL. How could you NOT take pictures. I wouldn’t have yelled; I would’ve encouraged.
    me: I did take a couple, but they were way blurry.
    you had to see her
    it was the combo of what she was wearing and how she had her hair
    I was SO distracted by her all throughout dinner
    Finally someone asked me who/what I was staring at
    and i said, “the lady over there who looks like Thomas Jefferson”
    And they were like “wtf, you are crazy”
    but then they looked and EVERYONE agreed
    She DID look like she came straight out of the American Revolution
    @MykalBurns: How do you know it wasn’t actually Thomas Jefferson? It could happen.
    me: Good point. She was better looking than the cat lady with too much plastic surgery who was sitting on the other side
    @MykalBurns: The ladies with too much plastic surgery creep me out.
    me: Yeah
    she was REALLY bad with huge hair and everything
    It was very bizarre
    Her skin on her arms made her look like she was 50-60
    but her face was cat like all taut and pulled like leather, no wrinkles
    i didn’t take pix of her, though
    she’d have broken my camera
    @MykalBurns: Why do women (and some men) do that to themselves? How can they possibly look in the mirror and think, “Oh, yeah. I look good.”
    me: then the guy at my table who was sitting facing TJ could not stop laughing after i’d pointed her out
    he kept looking at her and laughing
    shaking his head and saying “thomas jefferson”
    @MykalBurns: Do you s’pose if she heard she would know she’s the one who looked like TJ?
    me: I don’t know
    we were sitting about 3 tables away from TJ lady but the cat lady was only 1 table away
    so it was more likely she heard us being catty (hah!) about her
    @MykalBurns: LOL.
    me: i’m horrible when i’m sleep deprived
    and meat laden

    I should make a rule that I am not allowed to IM or blog when I’m this tired and this filled with meat.

    Imagined Futures Conference in Los Angeles for up and coming APA artists

    imaginedfuturesAs a graduate of the UCLA Asian American Studies Department, I am usually pretty interested in events that are sponsored by my former department at my alma mater. The upcoming “Imagined Futures” conference definitely piques my interest not just because of my UCLA ties, but also because they are bringing some very interesting speakers together for this free(!) event.

    Presented by the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA, and the Japanese American National Museum, “Imagined Futures” is a one day conference for up and coming Asian Pacific American artists on May 2, 2009 from 1pm – 5pm. (Pre-register online). To tackle questions like, “What does the future hold of Japanese American and Asian Pacific American communities?” and “What is the role of the young artist in defining our community’s future?” the organizers have brought together a distinguished panel of speakers and workshop facilitators.

    Ok, I’ll just say it. George Takei is going to be there! I love George Takei!!! Aside from George Takei, a few of my friends are actually presenting workshops (which one to attend?! such a dilemma!). Ok, ok, let me get ahold of myself.


    Conference Program
    The one day conference takes place at the Japanese American National Museumin Little Tokyo from 1-5pm. After a keynote address, participants will learn from established artists in two hour workshops. The workshops will be followed by closing remarks and a reception.

    1-2pm: Welcome

  • • Special Opening Performance by UCLA’s NSU Modern
  • • Opening Remarks by Prof. Lane Hirabayashi, Koji Sakai, and Emily Morishima
  • Keynote Speakers

  • • Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot
  • • George Takei, Actor
  • 2-4pm: Workshops

  • • Filmmaking with director/writer/producer Quentin Lee
  • • Anime/Comics with the author of the biweekly column “Asian Pop” for the San Francisco Chronicle, Jeff Yang
  • • Blogs/New Media with Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man
  • • Spoken Word/Hip Hop with LA hip-hop sensation Shin-B
  • • Fiction with award winning writer, Naomi Hirahara
  • • The Art and Business of Clothes with Ryan Suda of Blacklava
  • 4-5pm: Closing Light Reception

    Anyway, I already pre-registered online… will you be there?

    (Some Workshop Descriptions below)
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    Twitter Updates for 2009-03-02

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