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Saturday, February 27, 2021
I absolutely applaud Jeremy Lin for continuing to speak out against the racism / violence against Asian-Americans, because he just recently experienced one in the G-League. I'm glad the Warriors organization and the league are looking into it, and the culprit (or culprits) need to be punished. If you allow this to happen, it'll continue to happen. Jeremy Lin is not about calling out any individuals, but some of us like myself won't hesitate to.
Asian-Americans / Asians should no longer be submissive and quiet. The stereotypes have harmed us for decades, for the longest time. In my opinion, it's more important for us to continue to spread awareness in building an army of support, and to continue to become more happy and successful across all industries. Self-esteem, self-assurance and confidence are indications that you are the real deal - you can even laugh at yourself.
Kudos to Daniel Dae Kim / Daniel Wu and others for spreading awareness. At this point, we might need a Crime Task Force around our areas or dangerous areas for our people.
You can't hope or pray for World Peace if you can't even solve problems or can't even find solutions at the Micro or societal level (racism / discrimination, poverty, etc). This never made sense to me.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Nobuyuki Tsujii's "Elegy" (original composition) is very inspiring and beautiful. I might record / upload it as a tribute as well.
If you see a beached whale on the side of a hiking trail or mountain, you'll probably know who that is haha. Hahahah. The ultimate form of Asian-American discrimination is absolutely deleting D-So's Ass Cheeks from his social media haha.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Another hilarious podcast by D-So (with Nick the Ear and Pat "O'Reiley" - he's hispanic but his name can be manipulated to sound irish haha). The "Corn Fuckers state" or whatever it's called haha. It's been awhile - "The Mind of Mencia". If there is anyone who can make fun of their own race, it's probably Carlos.
I completely get why native Hawaiians might cop attitudes. But they are generally very friendly and hospitable. Respect the culture. Otherwise, Nick The Ear is Comin' After You as he's comin' after Gavin Newsome hahaha.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
I am not a piano guru, so other than the popular Steinway concert pianos - I would not know what other brands are quality. I just have a used Kawai - it appears to be a good brand. I can imagine that a new Kawai would be even more spectacular.
I heard about the new "Mortal Kombat" film - the Asian Avengers fo' sho' haha (perhaps more thoughts on my Film page). Congratulations to Timothy Chantarangsu and his wife as well.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
It's comforting to hear that there are volunteers and continued support / outreach to protect and escort the Asian-American / Asian elderly. The movement is just beginning, and should never end - to continue to build support and to speak out. Kudos to NextShark and its endeavors. Find out more on their website. That's what we need, more AWA (Asians with Attitude) haha.
Well, the snow melted pretty quickly. The wet stuff or precipitation would do that - it is that season.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Valentine's Day weekend snow storm - yesterday's relentless onslaught appears to top the previous winters here. The winter a few years ago was a doozy - actually, that was the dooziest (one major storm after another). It's a "Winter Wonderland" at least, with the fluffy stuff. But the aftermath is going to be a pain alright - shoveling, unable to drive for awhile. Where are the damn plows? Right, they don't go on local, remote roads. It's time to call "Mr. Plow" haha.
Ed Park's story was hilarious the way he presented it (but at the same time, very real and a reason we should always have a sharp tongue / be witty). It's like, "Ah yah fat boy, why don't you go to hometown buffet and no msg fuh you!" haha. Remember - if you are not Asian, it is called being racist. Pretty simple and self-explanatory.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Happy Year of the Ox!
Our first snow event this weekend - brace ourselves.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Valentine's Day weekend snow storm - yesterday's relentless onslaught appears to top the previous winters here. The 2018 or 2019 winter was a doozy - actually, that was the dooziest (one major storm after another). It's a "Winter Wonderland" at least, with the fluffly stuff. But the aftermath is going to be a pain alright - shoveling, unable to drive for awhile. Where are the damn plows? Right, they don't go on local, remote roads. It's time to call "Mr. Plow" haha.
Ed Park's story was hilarious the way he presented it (but at the same time, very real and a reason we should always have a sharp tongue / witty). It's like, "Ah yah fat boy, why don't you go to hometown buffet and no msg fuh you!" haha. Remember - if you are not Asian, it is called being racist. Pretty simple and self-explanatory.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Kudos to Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu for being proactive in spotlighting or pushing the racist attacks on Asian-American elderly and others to the limelight in coverage. They have been active on social media, and it's slowly but surely coming to light. Sign the petition as well on change.org. Change is never going to happen if we do not speak out and find support. Solidarity.
D-So would make a fine bodyguard / security haha. Check out his Instagram rant - we all need to develop wit, sharp tongue for our own benefit. I'm gettin' there. Armed security might be needed in various Chinatowns I suspect at this point.
Monday, February 08, 2021
While the new "F9" trailer or spot is nice, I hope there is another one - one with Han Liu and Earl (aka Virgil Hu? haha) in it. After all, the official trailer has shown his return.
The K-Drama "Hush" was another pleasant surprise. Very down-to-earth with good messages - no outrageous or vile characters (perhaps that lady who was harassing the intern - but to only to a degree). It highlights the important message of the ills of discrimination with no accountability whatsoever, and how it can affect anyone through corruption / scandal.
Sunday, February 07, 2021
I'm glad to hear that "Minari" received SAG award nominations - now it's time to win. Congratulations to Steven Yeun as well for his nomination - interesting article here:
Watch in select theaters or the virtual screenings which begins this month.
Another sign that you overeat or eat large portions too quick - bowel obstructions. It's been awhile, but I had symptoms the other day. It's part constipation, abdominal / stomache pains or aches, some nausea. I definitely need to take my health more seriously before shit hits the fan again.
The Asian-American or Asian elderly need our Asian bodyguards or somebody to walk with who can put up a fight (the D-So body types who have fighting skills or at least can improvise / can take down the culprits in self-defense). Senseless violence and barbaric acts might be characteristics of certain races, but we Asians need not be meek about it in terms of defending ourselves. We just need to continue to find support and speak out against violence against Asians. It should be a federal crime type of severity in my opinion. Offenders should not be left unpunished.
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
It was a weekend full of streams / shows - the AWC tournament, the Video Game Pianist streams, Best Leftovers Show on Netflix, etc. Fun times haha.
I've been curious what Randall Park has been up to, since he has deleted or removed all of his social media it appears. Well, you always do a search. Randall Park can be currently seen in "Wandavision" - based off his MCU character. Speaking of which, when is the trailer for "Shang-Chi"? C'mon, Simu Liu.
I'm not much of a fan of the Fung Bros. (or Fang Girls? haha). But I get where they are coming from, where they might imply that all Asians need to support each other (in terms of unity and strength in numbers, I agree somewhat). However - they do not consider the various Asian experiences or cultural differences when saying that. As a result, it is not as simple or easy just to "support the cause". Anywho - still watching the "Being Fat" podcast - hilarious and intuitive.
Dustin "Screech" Diamond - the character was certainly a major reason why the original SBTB was funny. All the turmoil and drama that might have followed - unfortunate.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
I'm not much of a fan of eating leftovers, but there are foods that are just as delicious as leftovers than when fresh (pizza is one of them - depending on style). On the opposite side, there are foods that are just disgusting even just after a day. Imagine having to create something out of leftovers (inedible as some might be haha). That's the premise of Netflix's "Best Leftovers Ever" - it's even more funny watching D-So gobbling up almost everything haha. Hopefully, there'll be another season.
"It's Everyone vs. Andrew Yang". Apt title, but it also seems like - "It's Everyone vs. Asian-Americans / Asians" considering the amount of discrimination and racism across industries. Keeping fighting the fight, and find support. The most important thing is your own happiness, success and well-being.
Friday, January 22, 2021
The Video Game Pianist's live streams have become 4+ hours - but a lot it is hands-on transcribing on the spot, as well as interacting with the subscribers in chat for "guess the theme" games. I certainly would not be able to identify most of them.
It is tough to troubleshoot internet issues - whether it's the signal, the modem or other. I should have figured that the modem needed to be closer. Either that, or upgrade to 5G. I still run out-of-date OS and other drivers, but they're all still hella expensive. In this digital age, it is imperative to have a stable, fast connection.
I might need to get a surveillance or security camera for some investigating.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
I'm not sure how much you can trust foundations, or charitable organizations. But I'm certain a lot of them have worthwhile causes. For me, AAPI causes are priority above all else - simply because we need changes in this damned society the most. And then music.
The Lang Lang Foundation has educated a lot of up-and-coming pianists - I enjoy their collaborative activities and events, such as the mulitple piano / pianists performances. Music is for everyone - should never be limited to what is offered out there (pigeon-holed only to the privileged and the biased). There are plenty of hidden talents on Youtube or other social media platforms. Go find them.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
I also became a bit fat because of "Funny Fat Fit", or D-So's vlogs - "I Hate Diets" haha. And by the way - Santa IS Asian apparently. Both Randall Park and D-SO can attest fo' sho'.
Daniel Dae Kim on Nat Geo - do not have that channel unfortunately.
Underrated / Surprise K-Dramas that I found myself actually liking - "Was it Love?" and "My Dangerous Wife". I'm mainly into dramas / thrillers (as well as some supernatural or interesting stuff as well - "Strangers from Hell", "Sweet Home", "Counter" - for example). But there can be one or two surprises in genres that I usually dislike. To each their own.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Here is actually a good cause - from Jason Tobin's twitter, help spread the word and get "Warrior" renewed for a third season. I filled it out (hasn't been anything worthwhile these days): https://help.hbomax.com/feedback
There are plenty of great talents on Youtube and social media platforms - Andrew Huang, the Video Game Pianist, Sungwon Cho, Nobuyuki Tsujii, etc. Never accept the discriminating status quo - it pays to go above and beyond the stereotypical fare, and to broaden your horizons by finding new, hidden talents out there.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
I have a lot of catching up to do in regards to the Video Game Pianist's piano streams. If not already, have a listen or watch VGP's performance of Beethoven's 32 Variations. Countless listens or views for D-So / Ed Park's "Being Fat" podcast hahaha. Must be my absolute favorite. "Cute in the face, big in the waist". There hasn't been anything worthwhile these days fo' sho'.
Here's a very informative article on "Warrior" and the episode "Enter The Dragon":
And an interview about the "Minari" film:
Friday, January 08, 2021
Congrats to Sungwon Cho aka ProZD for surpassing 3 Million subscribers. Ricky Berwick - you are on your way.
One of my favorite Sungwon's videos - "Goofy sings Snow Halation" (saved on my playlist), and his skit compilations of various snooty characters. Not to mention - his renditon of Peter Pan from memory.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Apparently, F9 is aiming for a theatrical release come 05/28/21. I think it's worth it - the "Justice for Han" is coming full circle. With Covid protocols in place for theaters, it might still work. Just don't crowd the lines at concession stands. Justin Lin has also recently tweeted that there are no plans for any new seasons for "Warrior" (for now - I think it's still pending), but the folks at hbomax have to get their shit together and renew the show.
Check out Yuji Okumoto's interview (talking about "Cobra Kai", "The Paper Tigers", and his family / Kona Kitchen:
Friday, January 01, 2021
2020 was a year the entire world would just like to forget - but it also exposed the worst in humanity. For us Asian-Americans and all Asians - it should always be a "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" when it comes to fighting the fight and continuing to speak out against racism and discrimination. I can't and won't speak for others, but I'm more than happy to support all Asians simply because - unity, and "strength in numbers".
Films or activities for the AA in 2021 to look forward to:
Sung Kang in "F9"
Daniel Dae Kim in "Stowaway"
Simu Liu in "Shang Chi"
Steven Yeun in "Minari"
Justin Chon in "Blue Bayou"
Any or all Asian-American Youtubers (congrats to D-So on "Leftovers" - I'm on my tenth listen for the "Fat" podcast episode haha)
That's it for now, unless there's something I'm forgetting. Hopefully, John Cho has something in the works.
Oh yeah - Cobra Kai S3 has finally arrived. Watch at your own pace.