August 25, 2012

LA Strange: Korean Ghetto

Yeah, yeah, yeah…  I live in Korean Ghetto.  Theoretically, the building is still in K-town.  But there is a Mexican street vendor track permanently parked at the front.  And I am pretty sure people that occupy (yes, I mean occupy) building next to mine are all Hispanic.  And all five senses are there to vouch. 

1. Sight
I definitely have a view.  Mostly of the building an arms length’s away from mine.  However, aside from the scorched grass, which methodically gets a trim every Saturday and a shower every other morning at 420, gas meters, and metal bars, I see a lot of tennis shoes set out at the windows.  I am assuming, for the purpose of drying them out.  Which is puzzling, as I do not remember last time it rained.  Yes, the weather is always wonderful in sunny Californa-yay! Plus, if I got some wet shoes, would I set them out on the window sill? Hmmm… Wait, maybe this one belongs in smell category…

2. Hearing
Oh the sweet, un-replicatable, un-mutable soundtrack of K-town. Every weekday morning thru my bathroom window I hear my neighbor across the alley frying something in lard. Just the sounds of sizzling clogs my arteries right up. Persistent warning of a smoke detector. Screaming car stereos at ridiculous hours of the night (oh wait...that's just me). Hot Latin mamas yelling for their children.  Annoying ice cream truck tune (I didn’t realize they actually existed outside of cartoons).  Startled car alarms. Tireless police sirens.  Yapping dogs (someone even has his wireless named “iHearUrPuppyBarking”).  Hispanic Lil’ Kim talking on the phone in the middle of the night so loudly that I can clearly make out every single word.  I swear if I knew even a lil’ Spanish, I could probably learn the rest of the language from that convo. 
3. Smell
Fried onions – constantly.  Lard (is there a different word that would convey this any better?). Something that feels like stuff soaked in greasy tomato paste. Raw garlic chicken. Smoke. Lard. Pot. Showers. Did I mention lard? Morning mugginess of this fabulous city. Yup, all the usual stuff.  Though I don’t think anyone bakes around here.  I guess I am due to add a new kind of fragrance to this social establishment.
4. Taste
There are a lot of restaurants in Koreatown.  I don’t know if Koreans are any good at any other trades, but food they’ve mastered.  Although I haven’t eaten in any of the nearby spots, the food must be not only super delicious, but also super nutritious - cockroaches get bigger than my palm.  Every time I see one, it scars me for the rest of the week. Oh yeah, I am scarred permanentemente.  I do shop at a small Korean market that is a couple of blocks from my flat.  I have already tried seaweed, seatangle, picked relishes, squid, fish cake, kimchee, shirataki noodles, and I am still trying to figure out what salted shrimps might be used for.  Produce is definitely not from Korea, however, – too beautifully fresh.
5. Touch
Hmmm…  This one is the least used one. I supposed, if I could actually extend my hand out of my window, I would probably be able to touch the neighboring building. I could definitely toss stuff across the alley.  Otherwise, I try to touch as little as possible in my ghetto for sanitary reasons.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...  William Dillard was absolutely right: “Location, location, LOCATION!”


August 24, 2012

Going Bananas?

According to my super sis, "banana is a perfect snack".  And as always, she is absolutely right.  "A new study from Appalachian State University found that when cyclists ate half of one (banana) in place of downing a bottled sports drink every 15 minutes during a simulated race, they got an identical performance boost, plus added nutritional benefits" (Shape magazine).

Ok so I don't eat bananas anymore. Did I mention I live in LA now?  Here I much rather prefer a papaya.  I am exotic like that. Plus, bananas tend to overripe way too fast in this climate.  However, if I do, it is in the form of peanut butter Nutella sandwiches on banana slices.  Yummy Yum Yum!




Sourse:, September 2012, Shape.

August 22, 2012

RANDOM QUOTE: Christian Dior

"Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is no beauty that is attractive without happiness."

August 13, 2012


2portrait_bw_8x12Rick Genest.

He is art.
He is culture.
He is an attitude. 
He is an expression.
He is a product of the society.

Some things are simply amazing.
They make life beautiful.
Just accept it.

August 12, 2012


"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."

August 8, 2012

Lucky: What's In For Fall

1.      Burgundy

2.      Jeweled collars

3.      Tough girliness (or girly toughness?)

4.      White turtlenecks

5.      Patterned tights

6.      Kick flares

7.      High-heeled loafer pumps

8.      Neo-Baroque
Lucky, September 2012

August 7, 2012

Lucky: The Diet

  1. Mental Clarity - fresh berries
  2. Calming - bitter vegetables (bok choy, broccoli rabe)
  3. Sleep-Inducing - amino acid glycine (seaweed, sunflower seeds) and tryptophan (edamame, turkey, milk, pumpkin seeds)
  4. Mood-Lifting - potassium (bananas) and omega-3s (flax seeds, salmon, olive oil)
  5. Energizing - flavonoids (dark chocolate, caffeine, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, curry)
Lucky, September 2012, pg. 112.

August 6, 2012

My Healthy Hotness Principles

1.      Know yourself – Set your priorities straight.

2.      Work hard – Listen to your body.

3.      Watch what you eat - Moderation is the key; variety is an enemy.

4.      Keep track - Always be conscious.

5.      Love yourself – Find your own perfect life balance.

August 5, 2012


Have you ever wondered about this?

FITNESS FACE OFF: Cardio versus Strength Training & Weight Lifting:

I am pretty sure this “face off” is a million years old. So yes, I have also wondered – what is that that really works?  What is that magic trick that will allow me to remain hot forever?  The truth is there is no one thing that will work the same for everyone. 
I don't believe in diets.  I don't advocate any specific workout regiments. But there is something I have learned from experience - you need to find what works for you.  You have to know your body.  You need to take the time to really learn how different things affect it, which will help you design your own perfect balance. Also, you need to set your priorities straight.  You need to know your goals. Not very many of us get paid to look like a model. 

Bottom line: cardio will help you stay healthy – improve your heart rate, lower you cholesterol, breathe easier.  Weight training will help you shape your body.
On the other hand, I have read somewhere a long time ago that you are 10% genetics, 10% training, and 80% nutrition.  And that is the magic trick. The truth is you really are what you eat. Regardless of how much cardio or weight training you put in, you can nullify it with poor eating habits.  Yeah, yeah, yeah my mother is always right - eat less!
So I will tell you my secret – staying hot is hard work.  Literally manual labor (and the only manual labor that will ever be willing to do).  So to all the hataz out there – try running as much as I do and eating as conscious as I do, and you may even look as fantastic as I do.  Life is magic!

Cardio versus Strength Training & Weight Lifting Exercises at
Women's Health Magazine via @womenshealthmag