It has always been a goal of mine to see Thom Yorke live. It didn't even have to be with Radiohead (though that would have been ideal). After hearing his solo album, The Eraser, I was convinced that the man is a musical genius. Perhaps a bit of a melancholy genius, but a genius nonetheless. So when I heard that Atoms For Peace were performing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, I knew I was attending.
Atoms For Peace at Barclays Center
Atoms for Peace is often called a "supergroup" because members include Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nigel Godrich (longtime producer of Radiohead), and Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.). I was excited, and yes, I had a good time watching these music legends dance psychotically on stage...
But I was a teeny bit disappointed that they didn't make more use of the arena. It's a stadium, not an intimate venue! I've seen Coldplay (and I don't even like Coldplay) at Madison Square Garden, and they did a much better job at making use of the space. Once you're selling out stadiums, you should rethink the "experiential" aspect of a show.
Haim at Webster Hall
Hopefully I won't be as disappointed when a different favorite band of mine, Haim, makes it to the level of selling-out stadiums. I've seen them 3 times now, each time better than the last! (This is including the time they had their mom and dad come out and sing "Happy Birthday" with the crowd, while their friend was onstage blowing out a candle on a cupcake.) They just dropped their album Days Are Gone, and I highly recommend it! The album has the sleek studio production sound, which is good and professional and all, but a live show is where you'll get all the grit and guttural yelling. Good stuff. Not many people know about Haim yet (unfortunately no supergroup members), but I'm hoping for their continued success. Their trajectory looks good - they're already Buzzfeed famous! :)
Chu-seok, aka "Korean Thanksgiving", is a time to celebrate a full harvest with family and friends. But for me, it's really about getting away from the city for a while. Going upstate to visit the family-run farms is probably one of my favorite things in life. The air is clean, the land is vast, and the apples are juicy and sweet. This year we visited Lawrence Farms Orchards and left with tons of apples: Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, etc etc. Then for veggies we went to good old Weed Orchards, and picked our own eggplants, tomatoes, and zucchini! I can't wait to make delicious dishes using farm fresh ingredients, and more importantly, APPLE PIES!And of course, I had all the yummy Korean foods traditionally associated with this holiday, including all the different colors of song-pyeon. On the way back down from upstate, we stopped for Korean stew at So Kong Dong (in Fort Lee, NJ), which was highly recommended to me by one of my co-workers - it didn't disappoint!
Hope you're enjoying the last few dregs of summer sun, before the chill actually sets in.Cheers (with rice wine) and happy harvest festival ( 추석)!
High school is pretty anxiety-inducing when you're a freshman. For me it was the first time I would be regularly commuting into "the big city." I was excited and nervous, and eager to get good grades in a competitive environment (because slacking is not even an option when you're raised by a tiger mom). 9/11 happened in the first week of freshman year. It's been a long time. When I think of that day, I remember red lights - from ambulances, police cars, fire trucks - as far as the eye can see. I remember the small window-view of the street abruptly vanishing behind thick grayness. I remember a teacher crying quietly to herself.That week passed, and many students did not come back to class. The air was bad. But a few months later, I was really just concerned with my daily life again - high school stuff. Boys. Clothes. Homework? Youthful ignorance was actually beneficial to me at the time. Looking back, I think it was too much to think of the world, the nation, the probability of more attacks. Now that I'm older, the memory of 9/11 feels more heavy than it did during those high school years. I grieve for all those who lost their lives just a few blocks away. But I also give thanks for all those brave men and women that jumped into action: the first responders. I remember all the red lights, rushing to the scene.You can find more info on the first responders (many became ill from the toxins in ground zero) at FeelGoodFoundation.
at McCarren Park
It's an extremely rare thing to see me outdoors on a weekday, during business hours. Even if the sun is literally begging me to come outside and play. One does not simply go out into glorious sunlight on a work day! So you can imagine my utter elation when I found out we were going to be:
This year the departmental Summer Outing was set to be a (civil) match of kickball and the grilling of good food (plus veggie options!). I couldn't have asked for better weather: 78 degrees and breezy. After my team played absolutely (ahem) flawlessly, there was a 4-4 tie. Unfortunately we lost in the final inning, but everyone knows that getting to scream, yell, and talk tons of smack are the real trophies of kickball. :)
- in a green park
- playing kickball
- day-drinking on a Thursday
I'm not particularly sporty, but baseball was passed down to me on my mother's side (my grandfather was, and my mother is, a baseball fanatic). When I lived in Seoul, I'd cheer for the Doosan Bears. Baseball games in Korea are intense - the entire crowd chants/sings a song specific to each player. The cheering is synchronized and hilarious. Anyway, anything remotely like baseball is a good thing in my book.After a competitive game in the field, we headed to Spritzenhaus for some Jenga and beers. I'm a fan of the Belgians, although I must note that my tolerance for alcoholic beverages is ridiculously low. At this rate, I'm going to be that girl that orders a seltzer water at the bar. Sigh. I blame my Asian Red Flush. It's always enjoyable to boo your coworkers and your bosses. LOL. Just kidding. I'm just glad to see that everyone knows how to let loose and have a good time. After spending the day at what felt like summer camp for adults, I bid farewell to my merry team and headed off to a Paint Along class.And well, by the time I got to painting, let's just say I was already pretty red in the face. More on that in another post, hehe.Hope you're making the most of your August - get out there and kick some balls!
Ah, Queens. I was born and raised there. I've eaten the BEST food there (all the best Chinese and Korean food is in Queens). It's the most ethnically diverse borough. The U.S. Open takes place there. Queens is so big, it's home to two international airports. And yet, this borough often gets overlooked in pop culture. It's better that way. The best kept secrets of Queens should only be discovered by word-of-mouth; rewards to those who made the trek out there in the first place. (Though, if you really need to know where I get the best Korean spa treatments, contact me.) So when I received a request for Queens-themed shoes, inspired by the Brooklyn Toile wallpaper (designed in part by Mike D of the Beastie Boys), I was immediately intrigued. I went and bought a new blue ink set and got right to work. Elements requested for the pattern were: Queens Toile Vans
- Silver Cup Studios sign
- the 7 train (hollaaaa)
- the Sunnyside gate
- 46th St./Bliss St. sign post
- RUN DMC + boombox
- the Mets Logo
- Queensboro bridge
- the Unisphere <--- of course
- a Lunar New Year dragon for Flushing
- Airplanes (since it's airport central)
- And lastly, to really personalize this pair for the recipient, I added her necklace with her family's initials on the back - wreathed with roses and flying doves.
Many sketches and layout changes later, the Queens Toile Vans slip-ons were finished. I'm really, really in love with this pair. The client ordered these for his wife, and I hope she loves them too!Check out more photos in the Gallery!xxAnge
P.S. Due to time constraints (I'm taking classes now) I can really only do select orders. I'm sorry! I wish I could do them all! :(
P.P.S. If you are on the waiting list and need an order by a certain date, please let me know.
Have you guys seen Sharknado yet?I couldn't stop laughing. The horrible stock footage, the 1995 CGI, the atrocious editing. Tara Reid!One more hilarious shark movie to add to the growing list (which includes Jersey Shore Shark Attack). Thanks Syfy channel!p.s. If you know any other shark-related B-movies, please send them to me. :)
The Tour De Queens is not what you might think (since it does sound a lot like a famous bike race that is happening right now...). It's actually an easy and leisurely ride that's open to all ages, which makes this bike tour perfect for parents in need of an outdoor activity to do with their kids.
Pets are also welcome (as you can see from the picture above). That corgi was the friendliest and happiest corgi I've ever seen. I'm also very bias towards dogs, so the previous sentence doesn't really mean much. DOGS ARE THE BEST, OKAY?
This year the TDQ started in Astoria Park (it usually begins in Corona Park) and was about 20 miles. Now, 20 miles on a bike isn't bad at all. But add the fact that it was 105 degrees with unbearable humidity, and well, it's another story. The fact that Astoria is basically 15 miles from my apartment was also a damper; the tour ended at 12:30-ish, which was also when the Heat Advisory Alert started, and I needed to ride back to my place with the beginnings of a sunburn. Cue violin.
But that's just me complaining. I actually had a really good time. It was cool to see all kinds of riders with all types of bikes. I saw the most awesome Hello Kitty cruiser being ridden by a girl done-up in a 60s style outfit! Ah, so sad I didn't get to snap a picture. There was also a great rest stop at Juniper Park stocked with bananas, oranges, and Kind snack bars. Nostalgia also kicked in during the ride as we went through Forest Hills, which is where I grew up. I was sad to see that good old Bagel Baron on 108th Street is now Bagelicious, but happy to see that the neighborhood is a lot cleaner and more developed than when I lived there. Shout out to the Central Queens Y! I still reminisce about those summer camps!
I'd recommend this ride to you, but I'm not sure if you prefer riding solo/without crowds, or if you like riding at all. Heck, you probably don't even like bicycles. So I'll just say this: there's nothing quite like entering a chilly air-conditioned room after a long day out in the sun. Pure bliss.
chilling in the A/C after the ride
P.S. More pics have just been posted on the Transportation Alternatives site! Check them out
So I had this pair of bright green Vans Authentics, and a request for Darth Vader came in. Vader has been done so many times, in so many ways, but I find myself drawn to the more comic iterations of the villain. I wanted to do something a bit simple and light-hearted, and the green kicks reminded me so much of green screens used on movie sets, so here are the results:
The boom mic guy is totally getting Vadered.
I know it was a big Internet meme at one point, and I'm all about those freeze-frame picture memes. Hadouken photo meme? Totally my jam. And I like the idea that even behind the scenes, Darth Vader could choke a dude.
Check out the Gallery for more pics!
These are off to Seoul, South Korea. I hope he likes them! P.S. I know these are the first pair I've posted in a long, long time. Thanks for your patience. I'll work on getting more pairs out this summer. :)P.P.S. RIP Google Reader. I'll really miss you and the thousands of articles you made me feel guilty about for not reading.
As you may know, I'm a fan of outdoor music events in the summer. Even when it's 96 degrees outside, there are no trees to provide shade, and barely any water around (okay there is, but it'll be like, $7.00 a bottle).
A few weekends ago, I went to the Root's Picnic in the city of brotherly love. One of my closest friends is currently living in Philly, so it was the perfect opportunity to catch up and see some of my favorite artists, including: The highlight of the sweltering day was definitely Macklemore, as he jumped into the crowd several times, effectively landing his left butt cheek right into my outstretched hand. It was awesome. His funny banter with the audience eased our aching feet, but after standing for over 5 straight hours, we needed to find replenishment.
We headed over to Morgan's Pier for good finger food and some shaded seating. I highly recommend this place; though it might be hard to converse over the loud music, there's a great view of the bridge and the river. Also highly recommended: Green Eggs Cafe for brunch, and Capogiro for the best and most interestingly-flavored gelato you'll ever taste.Hope you're also getting the most out of your summer! ^_^
Happy Father's Day to all the dads that got it right. I guess Darth Vader didn't, but oh well.
I'm working on a pair right now... and this post is a sort of preview! Can't wait til I can show you guys.