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Sometimes The Best Gifts Are The Ones You Give Yourself

October 20th, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Diana

I have two male cousins that were born to and raised by the most intense woman I’ve ever met–my mom’s oldest sister. She’s my tough-as-nails, crazy-as-a-chicken, Hardass Asian Aunt and one Meanass Asian Mom. She probably thinks General McChrystal is a total pussy. Lady is intense.

In my aunt’s house, no drinks were consumed by children before their entire dinner (like a two-gallon bowl of Pho) was completely finished. Football games were not attended. Slumber parties were off limits. Piano was practiced at least two hours a day.  The icing on the cake? No birthdays were celebrated, either. No parties, no presents, nothin’.

I always imagined that if I had grown up in that house, I would have spent most of my time huddled in my bedroom, pretending to study or folding my clothes. In my alone time I would’ve thrown myself countless imaginary birthday parties, given myself infinite imaginary gifts, blown out hundreds of imaginary birthday candles. Why? Because sometimes it’s nice to celebrate being alive.

Anyway, the moral of this story is… well, there is no moral. And, to be perfectly honest, my parents threw me lots of nice birthday parties, and as a result I have blown out A LOT of trick candles in my day. I didn’t have to throw myself imaginary parties. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give myself a birthday present, because dammit, it’s my birthday today! Woohoo!

And I give myself… LANCE:

Oh, I love him! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Diana!

[via BoingBoing]
[YouTube: What a Wonderful World - ukulele with Lance :) ]

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Happy Hardass Asian Birthday

October 20th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Welp, today is my birthday. And to celebrate, my friend sent me this adorable video of a kid taking an avant-garde approach to singing the “Happy Birthday” song: a little feedback, a little beatboxing, a little more feedback, a little freestyling, a little sampling (“Old MacDonald”), some rhythmic laughter.

It’s so damn cute. So damn cute. But um, does anybody else hear his Vietnamese dad giving him the full-on shutdown? No feedback! No giggling! Stop messing around and sing the song professionally, like a respectable baby!

That seems a little Hardass for a birthday present, even coming from one of Us…

Thanks, jRu!

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Rick Yune

August 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


My boyfriend Jen’s boyfriend *Sigh* Our boyfriend, the delicious Rick Yune turns 38 this week.

How on earth should we celebrate? Here’s what I’m thinking.

New outfits…


Dinner…


AND our favorite part, gifts…


What are we waiting for? Let’s get this party started!!!

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Shake a New Leg!

August 17th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Congratulasians go out to Motola, a Thai elephant who just took her first steps on a brand-new, permanent prosthetic leg!

Sadly, part of Motola’s leg and foot were taken in 1999 by a land mine, which exploded at a logging area near the Myanmar border where she was then working. Ten years later, through the efforts of the group, Friends of the Asian Elephant (Motola’s actual new leg was made by Human amputee organization the Prostheses Foundation), the 48-year-old girl is happy and walking again.

We try not to let it happen too often, but this story really warms our stone-cold hearts.

Oh man, it feels so weird.

[NPR: Thai Elephant Takes 1st Steps with Artificial Leg]

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