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Links to Check Out — Flawless Skin, Wongfu Pro, Self-Esteem Boost, and Free Classes

  1. Melodee Morita has literally flawless skin and I’m not quite sure if its genetics or good daily habits or the skincare that she uses, or maybe all of the above. She is also a Japanese-English-fluent reporter for a Japanese television channel in NY and an accomplished ballet dancer. Melodee explains things in her video with both English and Japanese since she is bilingual, which I find really cool. 
  2. Wongfu Pro’s just turned 10 years! Philip, Wes, and Ted tell their fans how their process has been and what their lives have been like since Wongfu Productions began to create video skits in 2003. Whether you like them or not, there’s no doubt they are a talented trio who have brilliant ideas and high-quality productions. What they do to achieve their dream careers can serve to be an inspiration to us all. Since 2010, they have branched out to television web series and a variety show.
  3. Blogilates tells you that “Comparison is the Thief of Joy”. Here’s an excerpt from her blog: “Not all of us are born math geniuses or 6ft tall runway models, we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Remember that sometimes what you do not have is a blessing too. The reason why your quads and calves are “too bulky” is probably the reason why you’re the captain of your track team. The reason why you don’t have so many friends and you’re so soft spoken is the reason why…”
  4. Coursera, a hub of massive open online courses. Classes to register for… a choice from top universities… 10 week long courses ranging from biostatistics to science of gastronomy…video lectures and homework assignments and quizzes…for free. Need I say more? If you don’t know what to do with your summer, I suggest you register for one of these classes. You’ll feel productive, I promise you!

As always, hit the like button if you think this information was helpful or fun to know. See you in my next Links to Check Out~

Links To Check Out — Week One: Umeboshi, Makeup, Drama Fashions, And Kpop

Hello everyone! This is going to be a new feature thingy on UnderratedGems where I recommend links to inspirational or cool websites (or videos) that I find each week. The sections will change according to each week’s discoveries, so make sure to check them out every week for surprises. And here’s to hoping you learn or discover some new things while you browse my links.

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  1. Make Homemade Umeboshi 梅干: have you tried pickled vegetables 榨菜 or had preserved plums 话梅? Umeboshi are similar; tart in flavor, with a slight saltiness. In Japan, people will eat umeboshi on top of plain rice when they don’t have other dishes. It gives a kick of flavor and never fails to make my mouth water. I’ve seen umeboshi in Jdramas where the students will pack this into their lunchboxes. You can also find these pickled plums in snack form at Asian groceries. With this famous recipe on umeboshi, you can now make it at home!
  2. Kpop is Considered Childish Among Koreans?: Noticed how much of Korean pop music is present on Youtube or on popular forums? It. Is. Everywhere. (everywhere that is, when you have an asian community) Have you wondered that maybe all this hype about kpop is mostly centered around the international fans? This essay suggests that Kpop is actually not a focal culture of Korean people, but its main audience are pre-publescent girls. Whatever you make of it, ’twas an interesting read.
  3. Jenn Im’s Everyday Makeup Tutorial: Not every makeup tutorial out there will include commentary like “this liner is just whatever – it’s like the best whatever” and “my powder just locks everything in place and seals all my hardwork”. Quotable and funny, this girl knows just the things to brighten up a typical makeup video. Let’s not forget her eloquent choice of words. I bet men could even watch her vids without fast-forwarding to the end.
  4. Get This Look – Yoona’s <Love Rain> Fashion: I love fashion. I love dramas. What is there not to love about this? Well, I guess, the price tag.
  5. Recap of <Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo> Episode 3: I love the way SleeplessSpirits does the recaps. We are given lots and lots of yummy screencaps with some commentary and summarizing.

Have you read an interesting article lately? Share it with us in the comments below~ 

P.S. Help me come up with a title for this new feature! Something a little more creative than “Links to Check Out”. 



an off-topic food picture to lure you into my post! muahaha

Okay, so I haven’t been updating! That’s because of a hectic final exam schedule (the monster has been conquered and now I have no clue what to do for the rest of summer haha), and family stuff I had to take care of. Watch out for a Facts About Me for Liebster Award up next… Especially the people who tagged me 😉

Unbeatable, Post-Grad Edition?!

THIS. I had to say something after I saw this picture. Let’s begin with introductions. The dashing guy on the left is Zhu Zi Xiao. Beside him, putting on a cute pose is ever-popular Barbie of Korea, Han Chae Young – she’s the girl from famous Korean idol series Delightful Girl Choon Hyang if you haven’t recognized her already.

2009 seemed too long ago – that’s when Zhu Zi Xiao debuted in China as Soujiro from Chinese-version Boys Over Flowers. He caught my eye with his oh-I-know-I’m-sexy gaze and his comedy chops, even as a newbie in the C-entertainment scene. Zhu Zi Xiao is not the best actor, but I found him adorable in the drama, which is how I managed to finish it. I should mention that I found out his new drama Fairytale with co-star Janine Chang and Mr.CityHunterProsecuter a while back, but I don’t really feel like jumping on board with that. The lost-then-found identical sisters storyline, their switch, the boys who fell in love with them – everything was so cliche.

That is why Unbeatable vs Blue Dreams, a new series Zhu Zi Xiao is working on with Korean actress Chae Young brought me some hope to see this awesome dude take on a meaty(er) role in an exciting modern series. Hey, when I’m not watching romantic-comedies, of course workplace dramas are definitely next on my hit list! 😉 The title (无懈可击之蓝色梦想, for those who can read Chinese) gets me pumped up that the drama will be somewhat like the addictive, ultra-sleek modern series, Unbeatable…which made #5 on my top Modern Chinese Dramas to Watch post.  Fingers crossed, guys.

Ps. I was pleasantly surprised with Another Brilliant Life (also in #2 or 3 in my Top Modern Chinese Dramas post, check it out!), which featured a Korean actor crossover in a Chinese drama – Props to Park Hae Jin (the antagonist in East of Eden). Previously, I have had an adversion to Korean-crossover-idol-dramas solely on two factors: acting style between Korean and Chinese actors are really different so the story gets quickly boring ESPECIALLY when the Korean crossover lead starts brooding; plus the terrible dubbing is just…cringe. Anyways, I would really like to tell the producers or whoever in charge of this show to somehow incorporate the Korean actors without dubs. This is actually one thing twdrama Fondant Garden did, which I loved!  BUT I think they will not do it anyways (although I don’t see how that could be possible for Han Chae Young’s character, unless she’s learned enough Chinese to speak her lines well)… since one of the things I loved about the Unbeatable workplace drama was that nobody’s voices were dubbed! I heard Han’s learned a bit of Chinese, so maybe she’s up to the challenge (:

* To learn more about this drama, go to http://baike.baidu.com/view/8129785.htm Expected Airing Date: 2012 September

You Are the Apple of My Eye | In Three Sentences

Even if you haven’t lived 90’s era riding your bike to school or standing in lines for public phone booth, this mega-hit Taiwanese film of 2011 is pure nostalgia whatever decade you spent your high school and college years.

The subtle first love between bad student KE TENG (KE ZHEN DONG) and goody two shoes XIA YI (Michelle Chen) is both endearing and heartbreaking. Having the boy narrate the film brings an autobiographic, cheeky, and even rauchy touch to his story that I liked.

The ending is some of the best ones in long time and manages to ground us to reality while radiating sweetness from our main characters.

*This was an 110 min Taiwanese movie called You Are The Apple Of My Eye 那些年, 我們一起追的女孩 released on 19th August, 2011.

“Sky of Hope” First Impressions

As poignant as “based on a true story” paperbacks, Sky of Hope starring Li Qin and Lin Shen revived my hope (see what i did there) for cdramas. Li Qin, who plays the heroine, Grape. Grape was originally lived as a happy girl with parents and a brother. But her son’s autism and her father’s sudden leave from the family changed her childhood. Mom sends Grape to a boarding school and a misunderstanding causes Grape to run away, believing her mother ditched her for her brother. Switching to present day, Grape is a young adult and her mother comes back for her only to thrust her autistic brother for her to care for.

What the show brings to the table is not a makjang like you’d expect, but actually begins to get pretty hilarious when Mo Li (played by ever-charismatic Lin Shen) comes into Grape’s life. A little twist – Mo Li is actually the son of the woman who took Grape’s father away from the once-happy family. Anyways, from the first 2 episodes, the bantering/dialogue in general between the characters basically rocks ass. Also I have a soft spot for authentic Beijing accents, which is the prodominant accent the main characters here talk in. I’m excited to devour the subsequent episodes and let you guys know what I think about this!