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This cheesy and cringe-worthy video is trying to “promote” Singapore

I love Singapore and I always recommend everyone visit at least once to experience its diverse culture, cleanliness, and amazing food. Unfortunately, I think the Singapore Tourism Board deterred some people from visiting after they released a very cringeworthy video aimed to bring tourists from the Philippines to Singapore. Thankfully, the video has been pulled from their site after receiving a lot of negative feedback.

You can still watch the video. However, I must warn you it’s pretty painful. Just wait until you get to the end…


(Thanks, Rob!)

Japanese Starbucks coffee mugs give off trippy illusion

Nendo Starbucks mugs

If you’re a “half glass full” type of person, you just might love these Starbucks coffee mugs designed by Japanese designer, nendo. The mugs have designs at the bottom of them so that when they are turned or stored upside down, they appear to look as if they are actually full with a Starbucks latte, americano, or macchiato. This concept incorporates the company’s philosophy of being fulfilled and having a positive mentality. Unfortunately these awesome coffee holders are only being sold in Japan. I’m jealous of all the Starbucks drinkers over there!


Adorable girl learns to say no to strangers

Teaching a kid about stranger danger has never been so cute! The viral video shows a Korean mom teaching her little one to say no to strangers if they ever try to lure her to go eat cookies, ice cream, or go swimming. While she’s tempted to say yes to an unknown person, her mom makes it very clear she must say no. It might take this cutie a few more lessons, but in the meantime we can’t help but admire those huge eyes and pinchable cheeks!

(Thanks, David!)

Sushi pajamas for the sushi lover

Sushi pajamas

If you’re like me, you can never get enough sushi. If you go to bed dreaming of sushi, you’ll love these sushi pajamas! Apparently these jammies are famous among celebrities and was also worn by Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The only downside is these PJs go for a pricey $88. But what’s awesome is, it”s also available in wasabi green!

Angry customer speaks out against nail salon

If you’ve ever been to a nail salon, you’ve probably had that uncomfortable feeling that the nail technicians are talking about you in Vietnamese. Well, most likely they are. Being Viet myself, I can definitely attest to that. Because I don’t look very Vietnamese, there have been times where the lady doing my nails would talk crap about me in Viet, only to be embarrassed when I started speaking to her in Vietnamese, too.

Lisa Pham, a customer from League City, Texas, recently had a bad experience at a Vietnamese nail salon when she walked in and a worker called Lisa “ca map.”  The term means “shark” or “fat fish” and is used to call someone fat in Vietnamese slang. The technician basically announced, “Hey, the fat girl wants a mani and pedi.” Upset, Lisa walked out of the nail salon without saying anything. When ABC interviewed the worker at the salon, she explained that “ca map,” also means someone who spends a lot of money. She also said, “Whenever we work with customers, we barely speak Vietnamese so that way customers don’t feel like we’re talking behind their back.” I call B.S. because I’ve never heard “ca map” used in any other way other than to describe someone as fat. Also, rarely have I been to any nail salon where the workers aren’t talking about their customers in Vietnamese. This is a stereotype that needs to be changed in order for these nail salons to be respected as a professional business.


(Thanks, Victor!)

Asian baby goes viral with Business Baby meme

Business baby meme

Reddit user, C0LDBLUERIBB0N, posted a picture of his friend’s son eating in a high chair and looking serious talking on a toy cellphone. Now, the photo is viral with hilarious meme captions depicting what he could be talking about on his phone. Whether he’s rescheduling his nap time or arranging for a tricycle to pick him up at the airport, this baby means business!

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Huy Fong Foods now offers tours of Sriracha factory

Letter from Huy Fong Foods


As a kid, I’ve always dreamed of visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Now, I want to visit the Sriracha factory. It looks like I’m one step closer to achieving that dream because Huy Fong Foods recently sent a letter to the Sriracha Cookbook Blog  inviting them on a free tour of the 650,000-square-foot factory in Irwindale, CA. Although Huy Fong have been facing some legal challenges over the past few months, it’s not stopping them from opening their doors to the public.

Tours are available between 9 am to 3 pm on Monday to Friday. Call customer service at (626) 286-8328 to schedule an appointment. Perhaps you can score yourself some free samples or even better, bottles of Sriracha to get you through the Sriracha shortage!


Seahawks vs.49ers game explained by Taiwanese animators

So it looks like Americans aren’t the only ones super pumped for this weekend’s NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks! The Taiwanese animators who are famous for their unusual interpretation of American news stories, decided to give us their take on the rivalry between the Niners and Hawks which involves super gluing toilet seats, sharks, and a firing squad. I moved to San Francisco from Seattle so I’m going to be safe and not say which team I’m rooting for. But regardless of who you’re cheering for this weekend, check out this hilariously crazy video!

(Thanks, Pat and Victor!)

Is bun bo hue the new pho?

Homemade bun bo Hue
There’s no doubt pho is pretty amazing. Not only is it yummy, but it also is the best remedy for hangovers and colds. I love pho, but there’s one Vietnamese noodle soup I love even more than pho, and that is bun bo hue. Maybe it’s because our family always had pho on a regular basis and so it doesn’t seem as “special” to me now. Or maybe it’s because I recently found out my grandma used to deliver bun bo hue to the last emperor of Vietnam, which I find pretty freakin’ cool. But when it comes down to it, I’m a bigger fan of the taste of bun bo hue over pho.

This dish originated from the city of Hue in central Vietnam and the broth is made by simmering beef bones and beef shank together with lemongrass, which creates a flavorful broth that combines spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors. A spicy kick is usually added to the end with some chili paste. Also, instead of the flat rice noodles found in pho, bun bo hue uses the round cylindrical rice noodles. Load it up with some beef shank, oxtail, and pig’s knuckle and you got yourself a complete bowl.

I’ve been noticing that bun bo hue has been growing in popularity at Viet restaurants now. I’m not sure if it will ever be as popular as pho but I know I will always have a spot in my stomach for each!

Sriracha Apocalypse approaching: shipments halted until mid-January

Empty Sriracha bottle

Just as we thought things couldn’t get any worse, the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for Huy Fong Foods, which means  not allowing any more shipments of Sriracha until mid-January. This is because the Department of Public Health now requires the sauces must be held for at least 30 days before they can be shipped to food distributors and wholesalers. Not only will the supply of Sriracha be affected, but other sauces produced by Huy Fong like Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek will also be subjected to the same guidelines.

Damon Chu, president of wholesale Asian food supplier Giant Union quoted, ”We have already received more than 30 angry phone calls today,” Chu said. “It drives me crazy because this is the first time we have been in this situation.” He claims that aims his company could lose about $300,000 in sales due to the halt in supply.