Monthly Archive for November, 2009

Joz on the train from Taipei to ChungLi on her birthday

Every time I take the train in Taiwan, I think of my Grandma. She
used to take us on the train to Taipei and back all the time.

On the southbound train from Taipei to Chung-Li

Koji & Joz after the Asia premiere of THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

A fun and funny movie and great Q&A with the filmmakers (Director
Quentin Lee, Star Karin Anna Cheung, and Producer/Writer Koji Steven

This shot was taken after the screening but before we all jumped into
cabs to the afterparty at OPUS.

Shin Kong Cineplex in XiMenDing
Taipei, Taiwan

Joz in the Grand Market of Taipei 101

This was before my bad Taiwanese haircut.

Taipei, Taiwan

Joz’s last day in Singapore

Picture of Joz from the roof of the building we were staying at,
overlooking the Singaporean skyline.

Novena Square

We made it to Singapore! (Details within…)

I’m glad I took Thursday off as my first day of vacation because we really needed the time to pack and prepare for our trip. We didn’t get as much cleaning done as we’d wanted to, but Yoshi’s parents (who are staying at our place while we’re gone) should be used to the filth in our house by now.

Our adventure really started from the time that we left the house with our two ginormous suitcases + carry-on bags. We had to meet up with Yoshi’s Dad on the Westside so he could drop us off at LAX. Although we arrived at LAX over 2 hours before our flight was supposed to depart, the line (or queue as they say here in Singapore) was so long that we were one of the last folks to board our flight. Since we still had phone service at LAX, we were still tweeting about people in pig flu masks and huge snaking lines. But the one thing we didn’t have a chance to do was to stop and buy some bottled water after crossing the security lines. This was a big mistake and we’re still paying for that now.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

Thankfully, our first flight was more or less uneventful, even though it took over 13 hours to get from LAX to Taipei. I was overheated for the entire flight and wasn’t drinking enough liquids. Yoshi was cranky and getting swollen feet because we weren’t moving around enough. We were both starting to feel old as our bodies didn’t want to cooperate with the long flight. Nonetheless, we both managed to snooze for a few hours at a time on the plane, while being interrupted for food once or twice. And I watched JULIE & JULIA (or is it JULIA & JULIE?) while Yoshi watched G.I. JOE. And then we both watched UP together (again), as well.

As our flight descended toward Taipei (Taoyuan) International Airport in Taiwan, it was still dark (approximately 5am local time) and Yoshi poked me when the landscape came into view. I can’t believe it has been 12 years since I’ve seen Taiwan. I felt my eyes tear up as I thought of my Dad and Grandparents and pulled myself together. The Taiwan segment of our trip is still days away!

We disembarked from our plane and wandered through and eerily empty terminal to get to our connecting flight which would depart to Singapore about 2 hours later. None of the store or eateries were open this early in the morning and we were miserably thirsty! I wanted so badly to get a bottle of water for myself and a Diet Coke (or anything carbonated) for grumpy Yoshi, but it was not to be. None of the airport businesses would open until 6am! Though my Mom left us with an envelope of Taiwanese currency before she left California, I was bummed that she didn’t leave us any coinage… the stores may not have been open, but I could see vending machines full of soda, water, and juices taunting me from every direction!

Finally, 6am rolled around and the businesses opened shop. I finally was able to break my bills into coins and get some drinks. After hydrating a little, Yoshi and I returned to grab a light “breakfast” of spicy braised beef noodles and xiao long bao at the airport. I don’t know if it was because we were hungry or because all we’d had to eat was airplane food, but we both thought the food was yum. We finished with just enough time to run to the restroom, pick up a gift for our host in Singapore, and jump on the flight… this time, we WERE the last ones on the plane!

The flight from Taiwan to Singapore was another 4 hours. I wanted to read more of I LOVE YOUS ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE, Lac Su’s book I brought specifically to read on this trip, but I started feeling a little bit of motion sickness so I decided to close my eyes and nap for the flight. I woke up again when the pushy flight attendant made us both wake up, sit up, and take some food. I was still full from our food at the Taiwan airport, so I didn’t eat much. But by the time all this was done, our flight was almost over and I could feel us descend toward Singapore.

Our first time in Singapore!

We were met at baggage claim by our wonderful hosts and were whisked away to their home! After Yoshi and I were able to take much-needed showers, we all headed out for a short ride on the MRT to Orchard Road and one of the ginormous malls there. We went to UNIQLO, hoping to find a billboard of Daniel to send back (they didn’t have the HEATTECH stuff up, so no Daniel pix), wandered around MUJI for a bit, and then the first thing we ate in Singapore was chopped ice cream. I had the sweet corn ice cream in a wafer; Yoshi had mango.

We got in a cab as we finished our ice cream sandwiches and went over to Arab Road to wander around the shops. We all got hungry and decided to go to Little India Arcade where we stuffed ourselves silly at Banana Leaf Apolo. The onset of food coma set in almost instantly– combined with our jet lag, we decided naps were in order.

But of course, back at home– instead of napping, I am blogging. Yoshi made the smart decision to nap but I won’t get to sleep since I just received our phone call letting us know we should be getting up and getting ready to meet up with folks at our next rendezvous point… more to come for Day 1 in Singapore!

Opening Night of PO BOY TANGO at @EWPlayers with Director Oanh Nguyen & Playwright Kenneth Lin <-- @endofscene

Opening Night of PO BOY TANGO (West Coast Premiere)
East West Players

By Kenneth Lin
Directed by Oanh Nguyen

West Coast Premiere!

Shark Fin Soup. Drunken Crab. Black Feather Chicken. Po Mama’s
Chinese cuisine evokes the joy of cooking and her son, Richie Po has
the palette to prove it. When Po Mama dies and passes her secrets
onto him, he reunites with Gloria B, a "Soul Food" chef in the making.
Together they use Po Mama’s TV cooking tapes to discover a deeper
understanding of food, culture and the recipe for friendship.

Starring: Dennis Dun, Jeanne Sakata, Esther Scott

Set Designer Shaun L. Motley
Costume Designer Erika Miller
Lighting Designer K.C. Wilkerson
Sound Designer Nathan Wang
Property Master Christopher Scott Murillo
Projection Designer John MacDonald
Culinary Consultant John Lau
Stage Manager Darlene Miyakawa

Little Tokyo
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Photo from Saturday Night at the Grand Opening of Agura on La Cienega @jozjozjoz @ItsMeCoffeeGirl & Carritta

I love how Jacqueline and Carritta are towering over me because they
were both wearing cute high heels. Of course, my feet didn’t hurt at
the end of the night because I was in my flats.

(Later on, Jacq and I ended up meeting up with @MykalBurns for late
night eats at Sanamluang Cafe on Hollywood Blvd (Thai Town). So much

Thanks to @ItsMeCoffeeGirl for the invitation and the picture, taken
on her Blackberry!

Agura Restaurant
West Hollywood, CA

At the grand opening of Agura. Better now that a lot of ppl left!

Ive had Steak tartar, quiche, shrimp salad, California rolls.

And some random drinks. Hope there were no roofies in anything I drank.

Agura Restaurant
Grand Opening Party
West Hollywood, CA

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Saturdays rule. Leaving a planning meeting for the @AAJA 2010 National Convention

Crap. My 2010 calendar is filling up like nuts.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

Jee & Joz of @8Asians + Steve of ChannelAPA: video promo for BANANA on 11/21/2009

Although I’m in the promo above (mostly because I’m in LA and Steve was able to make time for us in his studio for this video), I’m not going to be at the event because I’ll be in Taiwan at the time.

But if you’re in the Los Angeles are on November 21, 2009, be sure to check out BANANA, where Infamous Asian American Bloggers Unite to Chop It Up. This is probably the largest group of Asian American bloggers ever assembled. The event is organized by author Lac Su (I Love Yous Are For White People) and television/film producer Steve Nguyen ( LA correspondent). It’s an opportunity to meet the people behind your favorite blogs as well as hear important discussions about the future of our voice, where it will lead to, and how we can come together to find common grounds and focused endeavors to voice our opinions about relevant issues affecting our community. The event will be held on the USC campus on November 21, 2009.

Bloggers slated to appear include Angry Asian Man, Minority Militant, 8Asians, Hyphen Magazine, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, Mochi Magazine, VisualizAsian, Neaato (Network of Entertaining Asian American Talent), Antisocial Ladder, Bicoastal Bitchin’, Soompi, DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese American Network), Channel APA, AZNRaps, AArising, Nikkei View, and Kimchi Mamas.

Other bloggers that can’t make it but will still support the event include Alpha Asian, Disgrasian, Asian American Movement, and BigWowo.

A bunch of the 8Asians will be there representing, so come out to the event and say hi. RSVP for the event here.

At dinner w/ @jeewsuh & @steve_nguyen at Furaibo (photo is just the food)

Chita Dinner Box.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

W/ @jeewsuh at the LA premiere of VINCENT WHO? (A must see documentary)

Thank you, APAP

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress hosts a sold outc standing room
only event.

So many amazing people here and so many who contributed to the
production of the film.

Thanks especially to producer Curtis Chin.

So many familiar faces here tonight. Very nice to have "family"
together tonight.

Little Tokyo
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.

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