Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jeremy & Donald: Cholafied

Jeremy Lin will be living la vida loca for the next three years as a Los Angeles Laker.  Perhaps we'll see the point guard eating around San Gabriel Valley.
I had a realistic dream that Donald Glover announced his return to Community, last week.  A girl can wish.

Photo via Cholafied

Do you know this child?

It's this guy!

( Two stories about eyebrows )

ONE: In 1995, inspired by Gong Li in the film Shanghai Triad, I plucked my full eyebrows into thin lines.  I felt satisfied at my handiwork. My grandma, meanwhile, warned me not to over pluck because my eyebrows may never grow back.

TWO: Kayle, a British colleague of mine boasted bushy, robust brows.  They were, in my eyes, a wonderful blank pallet.  One day in 2000, Kaye and I were at a salon in Seoul having our hair done.  The salon owner styled both Kaye and me. At the end, she asked Kaye if she wanted her brows tweezed.  Kaye said yes, and after a few seconds emerged looking straight up like Kate Winslet.  The owner turned to me and asked if I wanted my brows trimmed.  I said yes.  IF I COULD STOP TIME AND REDO THAT MOMENT I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD!  The salon owner, despite standing a foot from me, called across the room to an ajumma sweeping hair off the floors.  She pointed for her to come and do my brows.  The ajumma approached and with shaky hands took an electric shaver to my face.  In one swoop, she cut a quarter of my left eyebrow off my face.  Fourteen years later it has never grown back.

These days Gong Li is back to fuller brows, as am I, with my left brow limping along.  Koreans recognized years ago that full brows vs. thin ones give a more youthful appearance.  One can see tutorials all over the web how to create Korean-style eyebrows.  Funny, but the site that tickles me the most is a site dedicated to K-pop idols sans brows.

Gong Li photos courtesy of The Film's the Thing, HK actresses blog, and Hawt Celebs

My '80s movie boyfriend is...

I have to admit, I was pretty psyched to take the Who's Your '80s Movie Boyfriend? quiz.  I hoped I'd be matched with Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles (1984).  Hell, I would have been happy with Duckie from Pretty in Pink (1986).

Alas, I was matched with perma-stoned surfer, Jeff Spicoli, from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).  Spicoli puts the "high" in...oh, never mind.  My girlfriend took the quiz and she landed Jake Ryan.  Argh!

Who is YOUR '80s movie boyfriend?  Take the quiz.

Previously on Ajumma's Pad: Yeah You, Jake Ryan

Pretty in Pink photo via Gallery Hip

Friday, July 25, 2014

Berries in the AM

My husband cut up strawberries this morning.  I thought they looked like cute, edible hearts.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If you want breakfast in bed

I saw this witty sign while shopping today.  It appealed to the crabby old lady in me.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The very best of National Lampoon's Vacation soundtrack

In the summer of 1984, my family along with my favorite cousin and his parents embarked on a cross-country road trip from Minnesota to Arizona.  Our paths mirrored that of the Griswolds on their infamous journey from Illinois to California in the 1983 movie, National Lampoon's Vacation.  Packed into our station wagons, we saw corn fields!  We saw The Rockies!  We saw mesas! Fortunately we did not see anyone like Aunt Edna or Cousin Eddie.  Unfortunately for my dad, he did not see anyone like Christie Brinkley. 

 As a tribute to the ultimate summer road trip movie, here are my favorite tunes from National Lampoon's Vacation:

1) Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham

 2) Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones

3) Little Boy Sweet by June Pointer

4) Dancing Across the U.S.A. by Lindsey Buckingham

National Lampoon's Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, was written by 1980s legend John Hughes and directed by brainy Ghostbuster, Harold Ramis.   

Photos via Big Pond Movies, Scientific American, ReMINDers, Save Colusses.  Thanks to MatthewSullivan83.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Margaret Cho, flaming idol

FlamingIdols suggests using this Margaret Cho glass candle votive on your gay altar.  If comedian Cho isn't your style, they also sell candles featuring Dolly Parton, Ricky Martin, and Bayard Rustin.

Top Tacos by Libby Vanderploeg

I'm quite taken by this vibrant illustration by Brooklyn artist Libby Vanderploeg.

THE GRUDGE as performed by animated bunnies

The Grudge is one of my favorite scary movies.  I never thought I'd see it condensed and performed by animated bunnies.