Monthly Archive for October, 2010

“Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” – Year Seven–even though I somehow missed Year Six

Another Halloween and in going back to copy and paste my annual Halloween post, I just realized that I somehow missed posting this last year. So it has been two years since I last posted this slightly updated version of the original “Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” post made in 2004.

I think I might have forgotten to post this last year, because I actually planned to go to my friend Dave’s Halloween Bash and was worried about putting a costume together: Miss Scarlet from Clue. But in reality, the costume wasn’t that difficult to put together because, I was just trying to find another reason to wear that ugly red dress I wore to the first Blogger Prom and all I had to do was to convince Yoshi to let me buy (and carry around) a red pipe wrench all night.

This year finds me crowned as the reigning Blogger Prom Queen (Hey! Can I just wear my tiara and call that a costume?!) and living next door to annoying neighbors– #neighborhooddrama or #neighborhooddorama! I’m a little scared to be at home for Halloween because I really don’t know what this neighborhood has in store for us tonight. I may wake up and find the front of my house egged or TP’d. If only being Blogger Prom Queen meant that I could live in the Official Blogger Prom Castle, but alas, the Blogger Prom Kingdom was rocked with subprime mortgages last year before I took the throne. Last I heard, the Castle is in the midst of being foreclosed upon. Bummer.

Actually, I was supposed to meet up with EB in Vegas for Halloween, but I canceled the trip, seeing as I’ve been traveling almost every weekend since Labor Day. I also got sick last night, so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t fly to Vegas on Friday night as planned. But since I had not planned on going to any parties in L.A., it means I’ll probably be sitting inside the house, hiding in the dark from the trick-or-treaters since I didn’t even bother to buy candy this year…

Nonetheless, I am taking a couple of moments to post my annual Halloween story in honor my Mom, who is in Taiwan (again) this fall.

Happy Halloween.

Joz at the pumpkin patch in 1984.  I like how my eyes are closed in this shot.  (How did 20 years go by so quickly?!)When my brother and I were kids, we learned about most American traditions for the first time either on television or in school. Since our parents had come from Taiwan to the United States only a couple of years before I was born, they pretty much learned about American holidays at the same time my brother and I did… and that was usually when I came home from school talking about something I’d learned in class.

Of all the various American holidays we’d learned about, Halloween was especially exciting because my Mom had fun with “dressing us up.” Although she claimed that she didn’t know how to sew, she always came up with costumes for us… like the year my brother was a cowboy with a little red cowboy hat and matching vest, and I was an Indian squaw complete with feathers in my hair. Having costumes meant that we were sufficiently prepared to go trick-or-treating and to come home with a bag full of candy that we weren’t actually allowed to eat, since it would “rot our teeth out of our mouths.”

My mother has a background in medicine, having gone to medical school in Japan and then becoming a pharmacist in Taiwan. Although she liked getting us in costumes and taking us trick-or-treating, she never allowed us to eat the candy we brought home because it was full of sugar and artificial flavors and colors. Since we weren’t allowed to eat the candy, the strategy was to take us out early & to give away the candy that we had received earlier in the evening. We didn’t mind having our candy passed back out again; Mom had scared us about the dangers of sugary treats and really, the candy wasn’t important to us… we just loved the costumes and going door-to-door.

One year, my Mom informed us that our cousins were planning to come to our neighborhood so we could all go trick-or-treating together. We would be going at later time than our usual “early shift.” Since our cousins actually kept their candy, Mom decided that rather than re-distributing the candy my brother and I got via our front door, instead, our lucky cousins would go home with a double-bounty of candy, theirs AND ours! That also meant that Mom would actually have to prepare treats in advance for Dad to pass out while we were trick-or-treating.

And since I was starting to have neighbor kids in the same classes with me, I started becoming concerned about exactly what candy was being given away at our front door. I still remember the day Mom returned from the supermarket, proudly announcing that she had purchased “the BEST trick-or-treat goodies” for the neighborhood kids. My brother and I excitedly went through the grocery bags but we didn’t find any Smarties, M&Ms, little Snickers bars, or even candy corn.

“Mom?” I asked, combing through the groceries. “Where are the treats?”
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My and @TheOtherYoshi’s much healthier dinners

I had a Cobb Salad and Yoshi had a Chicken Caesar Salad.

Pasadena, CA
10/30/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

(Not my) dinner at Lucky Baldwin’s

Pasadena, CA
10/30/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

Lunch on Friday at Corner Bakery



Lunch on Friday at Corner Bakery, originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

Uptown Turkey on Harvest Toast – A delicious combination of hickory smoked turkey breast, crisp applewood smoked bacon, sliced avocado, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise.

+ Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Chips.

Los Angeles, CA
10/29/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Joz’s #AAJA 2010 Convention Slideshow, made by John Sakata

It’s hard to believe that AAJA Convention in Los Angeles was more than 2 months ago, but it’s true. Last month, AAJA LA Chapter’s webmaster John Sakata put out a call for AAJA Convention photos, so I sent him a bunch. He was nice enough to put together a slideshow and a story for the AAJA-LA website.

It has taken me a month to post this on my own blog, so who knows if I was ever going to get around to posting some of these pix, so a super-huge THANKS to John for publishing this.

The slideshow includes my snapshots of:

THANKS AGAIN to John for putting the slideshow and story together! Here’s the story…

SLIDESHOW: Time machine back to the AAJA National Convention with “Joz!”

Take a four-day look back at the AAJA National Convention through the eyes of AAJA-LA board member, Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, who runs http://www.8asians.com.

Follow Joz as she has her photo taken with former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, and legendary Asian American journalist Connie Chung. Photos from the LA Times Media Access workshop, Convention Gala, which featured keynote speaker Laura Ling, and the Opening Reception are also included.

From August 4-7, more than 700 journalists participated in the 21st Annual AAJA National Convention at the Renaissance Hollywood, the first National Convention to come to Los Angeles in 17 years.

Leave a comment below, and tell us what your most memorable moment from the convention was!

Here is an excerpt from Joz’s personal blog on her unexpected face-to-face encounter with a woman she idolized as a child, Connie Chung:

Living in L.A., seeing famous people is fairly commonplace, so I really don’t get “starstruck” very often. But Connie Chung isn’t just a “celebrity,” she’s a journalist who inspired me and countless other Asian American women to become journalists. While my career path diverged from journalism after college, blogging has provided me an outlet back in– so it was great to be included in the mix at this year’s Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) National Convention.

I don’t know when I first got the idea that I wanted to get into journalism or broadcasting, but I remember watching Connie Chung on the evening news with my Dad. I specifically remember that my cousin Nina had an autographed 8×10 of Connie Chung’s headshot under the glass surface of her desk and I remember how envious I was that she had that. (Back then, I didn’t know you could just write in for a SASE and get an autographed picture.)

This year’s AAJA National Convention was held in Los Angeles and themed “Back to the Future,” a nod to the fact that AAJA was founded in L.A.. The Opening Reception brought many of Asian American pioneer journalists on-stage and although there were some people I’d never heard of until that night, there was no doubt that everyone there knew who Connie Chung was!

If Connie Chung ever needs an ego boost, all she has to do is go to an AAJA Convention and she’ll find herself surrounded by young Asian American women who were inspired by her. To be more accurate, she will find herself surrounded by a mob of women who will push, shove, and in some cases, kick their way through a crowd to get a photo with her. If I ever doubted the
tenacity and persistence of a female Asian American journalist (not that I ever did), then I was reminded that night when I got caught in the photograph melee with @GilAsakawa.

Scenes from #sdaff11: Actress Lynn Chen of @ActorsDiet taking pix at the CAPEusa Reception before @SDAFF Gala

I love Lynn! Such a sweetie and one of my favorite food bloggers! It was great to see her at the San Diego Asian Film Festival!

Here is a picture of her "hard at work" for The Actor’s Diet. (Haha! She’s so cute and having so much fun!) This reception was held right before the Gala so she had just gotten hair and makeup done but hadn’t changed into her pretty dress yet

Her SDAFF Gala post is at bit.ly/aTLska

Thanks also to CAPE for hosting this great reception!

www.actorsdiet.com
www.capeusa.org

CAPE Mixer @ San Diego Asian Film Festival
Mission Valley Marriott
San Diego, CA
10/23/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

At the theatre to see YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang, starring @GregWatanabe

Also with Yoshi and the fabulous Traci Kato-Kiriyama.

San Diego, CA
10/23/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

At the screening of @onevoicemovie @sdaff #sdaff

San Diego, CA
10/23/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

I’m no Giants fan, but evidently most of my friends are. Check out this screenshot of my Facebook feed from tonight…

I only slightly edited this screenshot, but this is in essence, what
my Facebook feed looked like tonight. (I should have expanded some of
the comments before taking the screenshot because some of the comments
are HILARIOUS.)

PS – One of these things is not like the others…

Facebook Feed
The Intarwebs.
10/21/2010.

-Joz
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Due to popular request, this is my signature:  (-_-)  Did someone blink?
www.jozjozjoz.com

Spotlight on K-Town’s Steve “Mohawk” Kim

Originally posted at 8Asians

MTV IggyK-Town Exclusive: Spotlight on Steve (MTVK)
Steve

I’m loving these spotlights that MTV Iggy is doing on the individual members of the K-Town cast. A few weeks ago, Eddy dished about Scarlet Chan, one of the biggest personalities on the female side of the cast… now let’s talk about Steve “Mohawk” Kim, the only member of the cast who actually lives and parties in L.A.’s Koreatown in real life.

This guy is hilarious and this video perfectly captures his personality and attitude in a short 3 minute clip. “What you see is what you get” with Steve and I love how he doesn’t hold back as he rates the women in the K-Town house, talks about what he is attracted to in a girl (“face: #1 and boobs #2…”), and of course, waxes philosophical about his distinctive hair.

Now I know I’m no hot chick, but when we were talking at Audrey’s Night Out last month, Steve literally could not finish a sentence/conversation with me because a hot chick walked by and he just turned, stopped her, and started talking to her instead of me. I didn’t take this too personally because I had actually been talking to Peter Le (also from the K-Town cast)– and also because not 30 seconds later, I witnessed a group of 5 or 6 pretty girls heading toward the elevators catching his eye. He ditched the first hot chick mid-sentence, followed the group of girls down the hallway, somehow talking his way in between the group of girls, and ended up with a girl in each arm by the time they pushed the “down” button in less than 3 minutes.

Say what you will about the guy, but there’s no denying his ability to spot and get the girls. If you’re a guy, you probably wish you had this guy’s smooth moves. And remember ladies, if you want to catch the eye of this mohawked man– it’s face first, THEN boobs. (Plan your plastic surgeries accordingly.)

The official Twitter announcement that @jozjozjoz was @BloggerProm Queen!

At last night’s post-East West Players G3 Summit with @jozjozjoz, @ItsMeCoffeeGirl and @t_2_the, the first official Blogger Prom Queen has been planned! Details to come!!!

Yamashiro
Hollywood, CA
9/22/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

So @TheOtherYoshi says my alarms are “ridonkulous” — here’s why…

This was the first page of like 15 alarms I set to make sure I didn’t oversleep yesterday.

Los Angeles, CA
10/20/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

The final bottle count was 35, but should have been 37

We were supposed to have 37 but 2 bottles from BV didn’t get packed. (There is also a full case in the car.)

Now I am sad we are flying instead of driving. This is going to a debacle at the airport.

(I knew a trip with EB without a travel fiasco was impossible! Our record still stands!!!)

Our hotel
Bay Area, CA
10/17/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Round 1 at Espetus Churrascaria



Round 1 at Espetus Churrascaria, originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

San Mateo, CA
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

Just starting at Espetus Churrascaria in San Mateo: fried polenta, fried banana, Brazilian cheesebread

Notice the coin is green!

San Mateo, CA
10/17/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

At Olivier Napa Valley where I dropped a jar of fancy mustard.

Don’t worry. It didn’t break! But I bought it anyway! It was toasted garlic & herb mustard.

St Helena, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Joz at Sterling Vineyards



Joz at Sterling Vineyards, originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

I’ll have to come back when it’s not raining.

Calistoga, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Olive oil, vinegar, honey, chocolate and salt tastings in St Helena

What a crazy combo of flavors!

St Helena, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

At wine tasting #2: Sterling Vineyards

Bummed that it’s raining. About to get on the tram

Calistoga, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

Coming down the aerial tram Sterling Vineyards

Calistoga, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

Joz at the @BVwines tasting room



Joz at the @BVwines tasting room, originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

It’s only a little blurry because I’m only a little drunk.

Rutherford, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

Receipt at @BVwines; we are just getting started.

Seriously just starting.

Rutherford, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

At the main BV tasting room but may move over to the reserve tasting room @BVwines

Beaulieu Vineyard

Rutherford, CA
Napa Valley
10/17/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

At Taylor’s Refresher/Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet in St Helena

I can’t believe they renamed this place.

St Helena, CA
10/16/2010.

-J
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www.jozjozjoz.com

The road to Trefethen Family Vineyards

I am sitting out this round but am along for the wine.

1160 Oak Knoll Ave
Napa, CA
10/16/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com




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