The Crazy Rich Asians Effect

Last year was a momentous year for Asians in Hollywood. “Crazy Rich Asians” not only won the box office several weeks in a row, it broke the misconception that there would not be an audience for an all-Asian film — especially one not centered on martial arts. Most importantly, it has sustained momentum, so that it would ensure that more Asian films – displaying all types of Asianness (ahem, you know Asia is pretty big, right?)– would be developed. And Boom, the biggest sale out of Sundance so far is “Late Night”, directed by Nisha Ganatra, and produced, written by and starring Mindy Kaling. In addition, Awkwafina who stole CRA is the star of two projects at Sundance, including “The Farewell” which is written and directed by Asian American filmmaker Lulu Wang. This type of follow-up was sorely missing 26 years ago when “Joy Luck Club” hit it big. Let’s hope it continues.

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Best Race of 2018

It was a bad running year due to the wonky foot and inconsistent training, so I skipped out on doing a review of my racing year. I just wanted to put it behind me and start fresh. But I came across a photo that reminded me of a race that I didn’t mention to anyone (except Trainer) that I was going to run. It ended up in a DNF – my second of the year — and was my best race memory of 2018.

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Traveling: Life in Singapore

My brother has lived in Singapore almost twenty years, so when I go to visit, I stay with him and his family. Here’s a little bit about family/life in Singapore.

1. School and Life of a 14-year old. Singapore subscribes to the process of streaming where students of the same year are put on one of four tracks based on their test results: Special, Express, Normal Academic, and Normal Technical. As a 14-year old, godson’s/nephew’s daily load is English, Chinese, French, math, history, geography, literature, physics, and biology. He is also on the debate team. And Boys’ Brigade (think Boy Scouts). One more thing – Junrui is also a top ji-jitsu athlete and represented Singapore in the Jiu-Jitsu U15 World Cup in Athens. Continue reading “Traveling: Life in Singapore”

five things: Boston

I probably wouldn’t have chosen Boston as a place to visit with my limited vacation time, but I qualified for this marathon so…To put my commentary into context, note that both my injured foot and the terrible weather limited our walking time, which under slightly better circumstances may have led to a more robust review of Boston. Anyway, here are my five takeaways from our four-day visit to Bean Town.

1. Biggest Lie. Vegan Lobster Roll. So let’s be honest, Boston is not exactly known as a culinary destination. It is, however, known for its lobster rolls. Husband is not vegan and was looking forward to this, but as a vegan, it didn’t enter into my eating plans. Imagine my happiness when Husband surprised me with a vegan lobster roll he got at Thinking Cup. OK, here’s the photo…you guys, what about this says lobster roll? First of all, this isn’t the right type of bread. Second, what lobster roll do you know has sprouts?!? Listen, the cauliflower “lobster” was fine, and really the sandwich was adequate too, but just call it a veggie sandwich. Don’t lie to me and tell me it’s a lobster roll, OK? I would have been happy with a vegan sandwich, but instead I was pissed about being lied to.

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Boston Marathon 2018 Recap: DNFing is Harder Than It Looks

Well, this wasn’t the trip I had planned when I booked it in February. It certainly wasn’t what I had in mind when I qualified for the Boston Marathon in November 2016. But life is funny, and it’s the trip I ended up having. Here’s the rundown on my trip to Boston to NOT run a marathon – runner’s version.

We landed in Boston Thursday morning and went over to the expo. Let me back it up a bit. About 15 minutes before we were going to board our flight, I realized I had left the one thing I had to bring: my Boston Marathon Passport.

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Three Changes from Year 1 to Year 2 of Veganism aka Turning into *That* Vegan

For the longest time it seemed like I was counting days trying to be a vegan. In other words, lots of “Day 3 – Vegan” entries in my training logs. All-in-all, it took me 9-years plus of fairly consistent effort to commit to veganism, plus another 15 years before that of vegan leanings, to finally become vegan. But when it finally happened, it was easy. Honestly year 1 to 2 flew by. Like I only just recently realized it was the month that I had become vegan and looked up the date to confirm: Yup, March 4, 2016. So besides it obviously getting easier, a few other changes have occurred that have moved me even more towards the Annoying Vegan category. TBH, as an introvert, if I’d known this is how I’d get people to stay away from me, I would have gone vegan years ago. I kid, I kid. Anyway, here’s what’s changed between years 1 to 2.

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