Monthly Archives: January 2014

Show Luo’s “Fantasy” in Japanese (MV)

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Show Luo commonly known by his Chinese nickname Xiao Zhu (Little Pig) has released his single Fantasy in Japanese.  Check out this  King of C-Pop‘s music video.

The music video in this post are not mine, Please see Pony Canyon Official You Tube Channel for more videos.

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Sorry Guys, Only True Love will Unhook This Bra

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Photo Credit: Ravijour.com

Ravijour a Japanese lingerie company created a bra that will unlock if the women wearing it is in love.  The bra has a hidden sensor chip, that communicates to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. When the bra wearer’s heart rate goes up reaching the “true love rate” the bra hook is automatically released.  For now this bra is not for sale. It’s part of Ravijour’s 10th Anniversary Mood Up Campaign. With a minimum purchase of 5,000円 (about $50.00) you can enter to win a chance to test it out this bra in six different cities (you pick the city) across Japan. Five lucky couples will be selected, according to Kotaku.com.

See Ravijour.com for their spring lingerie collection.

The video in this post is not mine, please check out Ravijourmovie for more videos on their collections.

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Bizarre Art Display made of Human Bones

jawbone-artIt looks like something straight out of a horror film.  Two tall glass towers filled with over 2,000 jawbone fragments. These were on display as art in an upscale plastic surgeons clinic. These are actual bone fragments that were removed from approximately 1,000 of this surgeon’s patients.  The purpose of the gruesome art display was to show potential patients the skillfulness of the surgeon.  Sort of like a piece-of-mind for the patients before the surgery.  After publishing pictures on the internet of his clinic with the jawbones art, the photo received negative comments and complaints were filed with local authorities.  The surgeon was fined 3 million won or $2,796 for not properly disposing by-products from surgery.   A small fine to pay for this surgeon who charges $3,200 for the popular V-shape jaw surgery.

Check out before and after photos for the V-Line procedure.  Please note these pictures are from an actual clinic in Korea and is NOT the same surgeon that was fined in this post for the jaw bone tower.   

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Duck Lips Please

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You wouldn’t believe whats trending in South Korea. Permanent duck lip surgery.  Its called 입꼬리 수술 – ip-kkori susul – lip tail surgery.  Apparently, its not new, but its trending among the young girls in South Korea.  Its a procedure that turns a downward lip, upward.

Check out more pictures from Kotaku.com

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Photo Credit: Kotaku.com

Would you want to look like “The Joker” forever?  Yes, this surgery is permanent, you can watch the procedure from Aeon Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery  called “Smile Lipt” (smile+lift= Lipt) below.

The video in this post are not mine. Please see  Aeon Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery website www.eng.aone.ac  for more videos of their procedures.

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ANA Pulls Racist Commercial

What are your thoughts? Do you find this commercial to be racist?  ANA intention was not to be racist according to Japan Today. The commercial aired January 18th, 2014 and is spoken in english with japanese subtitles to promote ANA international flights.

In the commercial two ANA pilots talk about going to Vancouver and Hanoi. One pilot offers the other a hug, the response back was a blank stare “such a japanese reaction” (public affections between men are not common in Japan).  “Lets change the image of japanese people” said the pilot that offered a hug. This is where the commercial gets strange, “of course” replies the other pilot, now he is wearing a blonde wig and a fake big nose.  As you can imagine the ad sparked negative responses and customers canceling their loyalty cards.  ANA posted an apology on their Facebook page and has pulled the commercial.  What are your thoughts? Do you find this commercial offensive?

The video in my post are not mine. You can find the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCjxzpSrFP4

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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin Restaurant

A leisure stroll through Waikiki with my son and husband we ended up at Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin. A restaurant for tonkatsu lovers.  Tonkatsu a breaded deep fried pork cutlet often served with shredded cabbage.

We were quite impressed when we walked in.  The decor was cozy and welcoming, the restaurant was just at the end of their lunch rush when we sat down.  The menu was simple.  My husband was disappointed to find out that curry was not available.  Katsu Curry is served everyday until 4:30pm $15, but not on weekends or holidays.  We were there on a Sunday (figures).  Their Katsu Curry is also available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights for $17.  My husband ordered the hamburger plate. His order came with 2 small hamburger patties (it tastes very close to the ones from japan), salad and japanese soft cooked egg and of course rice and miso soup. It was delicious.  My son and I ordered the popular Ginza Tonkastu Set.  Ours came with Tonkatsu with a heap of shredded cabbage, rice and miso soup. The tonkatsu was absolutely amazing.  It was tender and juicy not dry, not over cooked. Wow! I was impressed.  The menu is quite pricey, but well worth it if your looking for authentic Japanese Tonkatsu in Waikiki.  Take out is available. You will find them in Waikiki at 255 Beachwalk. For more information on their hours or on parking, please call them at 808-926-8082  or check out their FaceBook for more information.

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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin’s popular Tonkatsu Set
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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin’s Hamburger Set
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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin’s Tonkatsu Sauce
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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
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My Husband, youngest son and me.Photo Credit: ionasiatrend.com 

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I can never get them to take a serious picture
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Yup, thats me in the background
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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
Located in Waikiki at 255 Beachwalk

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Japanese Dinosaur Prank (Video)

Crazy Japanese prank.

Here are some other pranks you may enjoy.

Human cockroach trap prank  (video)

Marshmallow Eating (video)

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Does your face give away your age?

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Old lady (Photo credit: N.Calzas)

Crepey skin and turkey neck can make you look older than you really are. Varying from person to person, signs of aging begins in our late 20’s (eeks!).  Sagging skin, crows feet and marionette lines (smile lines when your not smiling) are signs of facial aging. Smoking, pollution, sun exposure, sleep positions and facial expressions are just a few factors that contribute to this facial aging.

English: 1BKV Collagen triple helix

English: 1BKV Collagen triple helix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe I speak for the majority of mature adults, in that we would all like to look and stay young looking.  The question is, how?  An important factor in keeping and staying young is collagen.  Collagen is a protein that is found in our bodies (for the scientific breakdown check out SmartSkincare.com) it is essential for younger looking skin. Im sure you have seen commercials and ads mentioning collagen enhancing moisturizers.  Collagen added in our skincare is nothing new, but many times these magical promises of skin plumping miracles fall short.  The collagen molecules are either too large or too small or bogus all together, so the product is not helping you achieve that younger look.  Some that do work, usually give us that temporary satisfaction.  Since Im no doctor or scientist checkout SmartSkincare.com they inform savvy shoppers like you and me about products and their ingredients.  This quote is taken from their site: “SmartSkinCare.com is an independent skin care information portal for savvy consumers. We don’t sell skin care products or cosmetics. Nor do we endorse skin care manufacturers. Our goal is to help you make genuinely informed choices in skin care and rejuvenation.”

Theres got to be another way to get this collagen. In Asia collagen liquid drinks have been very popular.  There are many brands out there and of course they all claim they have that “magic pill” in this case “magic drink”.  New to America, Lac Taut Brand has some very impressive Data and Safety Profile this is quoted from their site:

  • “FDA classifies ingestible collagen as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)”
  • “Taut collagen peptide is comprised of 90% Type I Collagen (shown to support skin and joint health) and 10% Type III, providing the highest quality and effectiveness out of 28 types of collagen*”
  • “Taut is manufactured in Japan according to stringent GMP (good manufacturing practices)”
  • “Each ingredient is tested and certified safe by Japanese independent standards organizations”

“Packaged in sealed glass bottles for optimal sterility and integrity”  Made specificly for the American market, there is no fish taste or powders to mix, just drink! and let science do the rest.  I have not tried this product yet. I’ve been wanting to try a collagen drink, but wasn’t sure which ones were worth trying.  I was so impressed with the scientific backing, I had to write about it.  For more information on this company and product please check out their site at www.renewalliance.com

There are many other ways to increase collagen.  I will continue on this subject in a series of different methods to help increase collagen to stay youthful looking.

I would like to hear from you if you’ve tried this product and what your thoughts and results were.

If you tried another brand of liquid collagen drinks please let me know which ones you liked or ones I should stay away from.

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Got7 “Girls, Girls,Girls” (MV)

This new Korean Boy Band Got7 just released their 1st music video “Girls,Girls, Girls”

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Pro Makeup Brushes for the Everyday Gal

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Some of my Makeup brushes

I am often asked which makeup brushes are the best.  I can only speak for the ones I have personally tried and I have tried quite a few different ones.  My personal favorites are from 2 different brands.  Sephora Pro-Brushes and MUD Brushes. Sephora-Pro brushes were created with high quality natural hair and synthetic hair.  The synthetic brushes offer a tricolor blend of bristle and anti-bacteria treatment to keep your concealer and foundation hygienic. Each brush is hand cut, and dipped in black lacquer 9x giving it a beautiful shinny finish.  The feral is chrome-finished with the brush number and sephora flame etched in. This chrome will never fade or tarnish. There are 40 Pro-brushes in this collection. My ultimate favorite in this collection are the foundation brush #56 Pro Flawless Airbrush for the ultimate foundation finish (#58 would be my second foundation brush choice), Angled Blush Brush #49 for the perfect cheeks, Precision Concealer Brush #45 for the perfect concealer blend and the Pro Airbrush #55 for ultra smooth powder finish. MUD (Makeup Designoryis another great must have for every gal’s makeup brush collection. This unique collection of high quality premium brushes is designed to ensure perfect performance. Only the finest natural and synthetic fibers are chosen for each brush. My personal favorites are the 210 Angle Liner Brush for perfect precise lines. 330 Shadow Fluff Brush for perfect shadow application and Crease Brush 800 for the perfect crease blending.

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Apparently, my cat Maili loves my brushes too!

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Maili, just loves my brushes!

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Pro-Brushes for the everyday gal

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