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Kimchi eating contests, Fun and Faux pas at Hawaii’s 11th Annual Korean Festival

Hawaii’s 11th Annual Korean Festival was hot, yet so coooool. Being back from Korea, I’ve had my moments where I miss Korean culture and food. I spent a year entraining my life, mind and tastebuds to adapt, accept and love all the spicy foreignness of that culture; inevitably, I got Korean-ified.  Now it occasionally, rivals […]

July 18, 2012 8
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Feeding a Korean drama addiction: Hallyu’s Seo Ji-Seok in Hawaii

Hawaii is finally starting hook into Korean culture and it’s more than just Korean plate lunches, kimchi and Korean BBQ…
Ever since I’ve been back in Hawaii, I’ve noticed a change. Korean-ification. Much of this spreading interest to learn about Korea, is largely due to the popularity of Korean dramas and Kpop.

July 17, 2012 9
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Travel bucket lists and booking a role on Hawaii Five-O (Part II)

At Hawaii Five-0 studios in downtown Honolulu, I play my lines to the casting director in an bare room. It’s one scene and I’m an assistant to boss, who’s a murder suspect (Spoiler alert! …and murderer). I’m being questioned. The casting director has me perform it several times, adding different direction.

February 17, 2012 60
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I Booked a role on Hawaii Five-O ! (Part I)

Okay, some of you asked to see the competition…

Still wondering what some of those alternate plans for 2012 were, twerking with that university job in Korea? Here’s my hinted confession to one of those alternate things…

February 15, 2012 21
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Review: Where should you be in Hawaii this Halloween?

It’s fright week weekend and I’m in Hawaii to relive my nightmare with Boo! This year, the Halloween buzz is highlights two premiere places where the best scare is predicted to be. I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I’ve already had a head jump on both of them!

October 28, 2011 0
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“You Ugly American”: Is America a country that people love to hate?

Last week expat Laura of Gringation Cancun wrote an article titled, The Ugly Americans, and aired out her annoyances with encountering America-bashing in her adopted residence of Mexico. What shocked me and angered me, wasn’t only her encounters of negative American stereotypes abroad, but the fact they paralleled my own in the travel world, on my recent trip to Laos.

February 19, 2011 20
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REVIEW: Is there a vegetarian hell for sinning on the holidays? (Kabuki Restaurant, Waimalu, Hawaii)

Mom’s home cooking during the holidays? There’s nothing like it.

I’m not a big foodie by any means, yet there’s one foodie film I really appreciate– Ratatouille. I love that part where the curmudgen food critic, Anton Ego, takes a bite of ratatouille and the taste transports him back to childhood and memories of his mother’s home cooking.

Okay so maybe my experiences of home cooking aren’t exactly the same. But it’s what I felt when my mom brought a bento plate over to Korea on Christmas day and it was from Hawaii’s own Kabuki Restaurant in Waialua Mall!

My favorite? Musubi (rice ball wrapped with seaweed) and potato

January 10, 2011 4
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Mochi Culture in Hawaii

State-wide fireworks on New Year’s Eve are an annual ritual in Hawaii adopted from the Chinese tradition of playing of “firecrackers” as a symbolic act of chasing evil spirits away and inviting good luck, fortune and prosperity. Meanwhile, the Japanese community adds flavor to New Year’s Day celebrations with mochi…

January 14, 2010 6
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Christmas in Hawaii & State-wide Fireworks

Obama, the “Hawaii Kid” and State-wide fireworks spell one thing- spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Hawaii.

January 10, 2010 2
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