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Curbside Food Truck – Vietnamese Cuisine on the Fly

Curbside is the latest addition to the food truck craze that is breaking its way into Seattle.

Curbside is a Vietnamese food truck…well, actually it’s a trailer, and it sits stationary at the Shell Gas Station on Nickerson Street and Queen Anne. It’s about a block away from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) and is somewhere between the Fremont and Queen Anne boundaries.

As many in the area know, Curbside sat at the corner of the gas station waiting to open for months. Pending inspections and paperwork, people would constantly go by asking when would it open? Well, after frustrating months of working with inspectors, auditors, crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s, Curbside finally had its grand opening on March 19, 2013.

Since its opening, Curbside has had a warm welcoming into the neighborhood with people showing their excitement to the food trailer and coming back for seconds on the same day. The SPU area has been seriously lacking food, so this was a great change of pace for the locals and students, plus, it’s really affordable. According to most customers, the cost of eating out for them has gone dramatically down! So, after overcoming the difficulties of getting the truck up and running, Khang, the owner, and has been elated with the bustling reception and is constantly excited to meet who’s next in line.

Curbside Contact Info:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Curbsidefoodtruck?ref=hl

3 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119

#206-915-2581

The menu consist of:

Appetizers: Spring Rolls, Vegetarian rolls, Salad rolls, & Egg Rolls

Sandwiches/Banh Mi: Chicken, BBQ Pork, Viet Deli Meat, Tofu

Entrees: Rice Combo (bbq pork/sprimp paste -bean curd/Fried egg), Vermicelli noodle, Fried Rice w/ Chicken thigh, and Viet Beef Stew

They take both cash and credit. Their usual hours are 10am-4pm, but are extending to 6pm for now to test the waters since so many customers have gone by requesting an extension of hours.

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DIY Asian Fit Goggles – A cheap fix and solution

Your snow gear is really important when it comes to skiiing/snowboarding. You got to make sure everything fits right and is at the right comfort level.

Unfortunately for me though, being Asian, not everything fits me properly :/ With the lack of a bridge, my goggles never fit me properly; they all leave a giant gap at the nose area, that my finger could easy fish through. This basically means there’s a funnel of air that streams up that gap and into my eyes. So on windy-snowy days, or going up the lift, my goggles are basically ineffective.

We were pretty hesitant to buy Asian-Fit goggles though (and not just because most of the good looking ones are ridiculously overpriced)…The main reason for that is because the Asian-Fit goggles use completely different lenses, even if its the same model. For instance, I have Smith-Phenoms, and I have a bunch of spare lenses for it, but if I buy the Smith-Phenoms- Asian-Fits, the lenses for it are COMPLETELY different. This basically means I’d need to buy everything new and all my current goggle-gear becomes useless. Also, there are very few places that carry anything Asian-Fit in the United States, so good luck finding them in store and good luck finding lenses.

Well, instead of succumbing to buying Asian-Fit goggles, which I’ll emphasize again- there are VERY few of (especially in store), we decided on a quick and cheap solution! Here’s what I did! I’m not recommending people do this though, since I know people will end up jacking their gear up and blaming me, but here’s what I did, documented, so that people can see what others have done for a solution. So basically, what I’m saying is…don’t come crying to me if you glued this on your stuff and it didn’t work out. This is purely me showing you, what I did 😀

Foam from Fred Meyers

1) So I purchased foam for 10 bucks at Fred Meyers, and started cutting a small square piece out of it. I aligned it to my goggles, to where the nose was, and with a permanent marker, outlined the cut of the nose on the foam.

Cut out nose pieces

2) I then cut out the nose pieces of foam out; these come out triangular. I had to cut out a few extra pieces as trial runs since I goofed up a few times  and wasn’t sure of what kind of cut I was making. Also, had to make sure that the width of the foam was about the right size too. I was originally planning to use an exacto-knife, but a good pair of scissors seems to work better. They didn’t need to be precise, since the foam shapes to you. Plus, everyone’s noses are different. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that both triangle pieces are slightly different.

Insert foam pieces – then glue

3) Next step is to insert the foam pieces in and try them on!When I tried them on, I made sure that I didn’t see any gaps from the inside. If there were gaps, I just started over and cut out larger pieces. On a different pair of goggles (the neon-green-pair that is cut off on the far left of the photos, which are Smith IOs) I had to make a wider piece that extended out. Once they seemed like they fit properly, I tested them with double sided tape first. When it seemed all hunky-doory, I put a small amount of glue on, and voila (I only put a little in the middle because the glue hardens and if its around the edges, it’ll poke you).  I purchased gorilla glue for this since it says it works for foam and is also waterproof, but other glues could be a better option that I don’t know about.

I hope this helps you guys who struggle with this same problem! Oh…and as a disclaimer again, since I know there are a lot of foolios out there, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR GOGGLES. If you suck at arts and crafts, and dealing with cutting and gluing, you should probably find another solution or buy proper Asian fit goggles haha. Also, I can’t guarantee that gorilla glue works best for this either, but for me, so far, so good.

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Movie Review: Winds of September

Synopsis:

Winds of September is a coming of age story set in 1996 in town in Taiwan. The film follows a close group of  7 high school boys of various ages and their youthful struggles as graduation approaches. Known as the trouble makers of the school, their mischievous adventures range from riding motorcycles, smoking, cutting school, and sneaking into a pool at night. The key to this movie are the strong friendships between the adolescent  boys and how they handle it.

Review:

Winds of September approaches the story of these 7 youthful and high spirited boys in a realistic aspect. Director Tom Lin creates an atmosphere that can easily be related to and not far fetch from what true high school life was like; the only downside to this is that some might find this style to be a bit slow paced. Each character in the movie is recognized and distinct with individuality, and with their convincing performance, the story becomes even more vivid as the film lingers on relationships and youthful longings. The only con to this movie was that it didn’t stand out or leave a great impact to the viewers. Winds of September follows these boys and their stories very skillfully and the cinematography is sharp, but the lack of depth in the movie doesn’t allow it to pack a punch. Overall, it was a entertaining movie to watch and follow, but nothing spectacular.

My rating: 6.5/10
Should you watch it? It’s a movie without any big twist or climaxes and runs kind of slow. Purely a story about rebellious high school boys growing up. If this captures you, and you aren’t expecting flare, this will be right down you’re alley.

To check out other reviews on Winds of September check out the links below:
Time Out Hong Kong– 3/6
Imdb: 7.6/10
Dlaznmovies: 7.75/10

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Movie Review: Eorin Shinbu / My Little Bride

As of today, I am official done with my final exams! yay! My finals seem to go pretty well this quarter…but I guess I can’t really judge yet until I get my scores back…haha O well..anyhoo here is a movie review as promised! This is definitely on my list of movies-to-buy.

Eorin shinbu 어린 신부  My Little Bride

Synopsis:

Due to a pact  made by two grandparents, Boeum (Moon Geun Young) , an 15 year old high school girl and Sangmin (Kim Rae Won) a 21 year old senior art-student in college are arranged to marriage. Although they oppose the idea at first, they end up marrying and a comedic-comedy unfolds from there as the two try to continue their normal lives while being married and living together.

Review:

My Little Bride comes off as really odd and difficult to accept story since it is about the arranged-marriage between at 15 year old and a 21 year old, however, as you continue to watch the movie, you begin to love the story as the pieces fall together and the age gap begins to dwiddle through maturity. Yes, it’s your typical comedic-romance of cliche-ness that will have you figuring out this movie in no time, but at the same time, the movie is so well done that you just have to enjoy it. Not only do you grow to love the story line of the “naughty-pervert” Sangmin and teenage girl Boeum, but you’ll be laughing the entire time at the crazy antics that occur. As childhood friends growing up, you can see the developments of their relationship throughout the movie with a great twist of comedy and romance. Both great actors and a wonderful heartwarming story without the frustrating side stories that drive you mad. Some might think it’s too cliche, but it had me pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed it.

My rating: 9/10
Should you watch it? If you like cliche, romantic comedies, this is the perfect movie for you =)

To check out other reviews on My Little Bride check out the links below:
HanCinema– 9.2/10
Imdb: 7/10
Yahoo: B+

Want to watch the movie? Well you can find it streaming on Mysoju by clicking >here<

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Movie Review: Ai No Kotodama / Words of Devotion

Yay! I’ve made an actual post that’s something besides empty words and pointless ranting lol. I try to write more movie reviews..but I haven’t had the time to watch any movies  haha..oh how that doesn’t work….anyhoo, enjoy!

Ai No Kotodama 愛の言霊 (Words of Devotion)

Synopsis:

Ootani and Tachibana have been inseperable ever since high school. After graduating and confessing their love for each other, they begin living with each other happily. However, their pleasant future together becomes rocky when they end up meeting Yuki, an old female high school friend. Jealously, insecurity and suspicion begins to fall on the their relationship as Ootani fears that Tachibana will choose Yuki, a female, instead of him.

Movie Review:

Ai No Kotodama is a simple and easygoing movie about love and friendship between two males. The two main characters have 2 completely different personalities; Ootani is outgoing and lively, while Tachibana is more reserved. The relationship between the two is very natural and cute, and as you watch the movie, the overall mood is pretty happy, even in hard times, making this an easy watch. Another highlight of this movie is the acting. Both characters are VERY convincing and fitting for their roles. Oh, and due to my lack of knowledge with boy/girl names in Japanese, I had no idea this was a movie about gay love. It wasn’t until a few moments into the movie that I caught on hahaha… overall, this is a sweet and easy going movie. I don’t give this movie a very high rating though because it wasn’t anything extravagant that left me wanting more. It was a simple story, that just flowed and was expected.

My rating: 5/10
Should you watch it? It’s a realistic movie that’s sweet. There are a few, short “love” scenes in here that are done tastefully, but if it makes you uncomfortable, this isn’t for you, otherwise it’s a cute film.

To check out other reviews on Ai No Kotodama check out the links below:
Imdb: 5.3/10
Badbadz Reviews: 4/5

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Smiles from Summer

Summer was so good to me.

Right before I left to China and Janeemebe left to Korea, we sent a package off to Chua La (Leaf Temple), where we taught English and played with the monks while we were in Vietnam volunteering. Chua La is probably one of my most favorite places in the entire world right now. I have pictures of them on my wall and everytime I think of them, I can’t help but smile.

When we got back to the United States after our Vietnam trip, we all sent them emails and the few of them who could email or knew how, replied =D it REALLY made our days..but as the days progressed, emails gradually slowed down..but that didn’t stop us from missing them. In the package we sent, we each wrote out 18 or so individual letters to the monks! We didn’t get to know everyone, but of the ones we did, we wrote letters for. Not only that, but I had to translate them! and holy smokes..that had to take me at least 25-30hrs…..(my Vietnamese is REALLY bad). Along with that, we wrote a overall group letter that I translated and then photocopied, so that each of them got a copy! Janeemebe printed photos for them; she printed photos that had them in it, and also a photo of her, Emili, and me to make sure that they wouldn’t forget us =D It didn’t end there though! Janeemebe also made them individual bracelets with their names on them.

Since then, a bunch more of the monks have been emailing us and much more often =) Each of their letters are SOOO cute. One boy even told me about the day the letter arrived! It arrived on September 14th, 2008, which isn’t just my birthday, but was Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Moon Festival)! They told me that receiving the package on that specific day just made the everything even more the merrier, and how grateful they were to have people from so far away care about them =) Oh! and it’s not convenient for these boys to have internet access either, so I am so grateful to them for trying to stay in touch. (Most don’t know how to email..and when they do..they only write in the “subject” line instead of in the actually box part below lol)

Here is an example of one of the recent emails that they wrote us =) It is from Phuc Duc. Oh and when you see “Chi” it actually means “older sister.” Basically, it’s a polite way to address a girl who is older then them. My translations are SUPER rough btw…

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chi jennifer oi? o ben mi bay gio lanh lam ha ?chi nho ban ao am nhe ” chi nho bao trong suc khoe nhe “neu khong thi se benh day ”

Chi Jennifer oi. In American right now, it’s really cold huh? Chi remember to wear warm clothes ok? Chi remember to worry about your health ok? If not, you’ll get sick.

“em viet khong dau chi co doc duoc khong ?thoi em chuc chi manh khoe o!

Can you understand what I write? I wish for you healthiness!

quen nua chi nho luc chi den ngaycui khong?luc do em o trong nha em con viet mot buc thu cho chi nhung ma em khong dam dua em rat ngai.

I almost forgot. Chi remember the last day you came? At that time I was in the house/temple writing a letter for you, but I was too hesitant to give it.

em se tom tat la thu do.

( I don’t really know how to translate this…)

em cam on 3 chi da den day em trong nhung ngay qua . khi ngoi viet thu em da khong ngan noi nuoc mat cua minh.

I want to thank the 3 of you for coming. I look back on the days that have passed, and while sitting there writing the letter, I couldn’t hold my tears back.

trong khi hop em da khong lang nge mada lay thoi gian do viet thu cho chi do .

(I have..no dea…something to do with meeting us..and writing the letter. I asked my mom about this line and she has no idea because of the spelling errors. lol)

em xin loi vi khong dua la thu do cho chi .thoi baygio em khong co thoi gianchuc chi nhieu suc khoe va thanh cong trong cuoc song.

I am sorry that I did not give you the letter. Right now I don’t have any free time, so I wish you a lot of healthiness and richness in your life.

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So I know it sounds a bit rough translated..but it’s actually really nice sounding if you can understand the language =) but this gives you a rough idea right?

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Movie reviews: 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant & My Boyfriend is Type B

Usually, I’d be on top of finishing up my summary on my trip to China..but that requires SOO much work..To be honest, I’d be surprised if I did go back to sum it up. It was a GREAT trip and I’d love to blog about it, but the thought of loading photos and etc makes me tired just thinking about it right nowhaha..we;ll seee.

This is the first time I’ve done a movie review on Koreans movie! yay! hope you enjoy!

Naesarang Ssagaji (100 Days with Mr. Arrogant)

Synopsis:

Ha-Young (Ha Ji-Won) is a high school student who was just dumped by her boyfriend right before their 100th day anniversay. While walking home, upset and frustrated, Ha-Young kicks a can that ends up hitting Hyung-Joon (Kim Jae Won) in the face as he is driving his expensive car and it ends up running into a wall and getting scratched. Hyung-Joon demands her to pay him back, but she ends up running away..but of course, she dropped her wallet! Hyung-Joon ends tracking her down the poor high school student and writes up an “Enslavement Agreement’ that allows Ha-Young to payback for the damages through 100 days of doing errands, cleaning and etc for Hyung-joon. She eventually figures out that Hyung-Joon lied about the price for fixing the car and eventually seeks revenge.

Movie Review:

100 Days with Mr. Arrogant is another over-the-top crazy Korean comedy romance that will definitely make you laugh. Anyone who has seen My Sassy Girl or My Tutor Friend will definitely not find this movie to be THAT great. Although it’s a cute romance, it’s not a well made one. Hyung-Joon, who is suppose to be an all time arrogant hunk… doesn’t seem as arrogant as he should have been, and as for Ha-Young, her nutty and outrageous personality sometimes are a bit too much and annoying. And even though Hyung-Joon has Ha-young under a 100 Day agreement for her to be his slave, the “dreadful” and “terrible” tasks that he gives her don’t seem all that bad, especially once the movie progresses and the expected happenings of a cliche love story start to progress. Ok..I seem to be bashing a lot on this movie, but I did actually enjoy it. There was excellent pacing, and not a single dull moment between the silly comedy and sad dramatic parts. Even though the ending was completely predictable, I found this movie to be quite fun to watch, especially with a group of people. The romance, although difficult to follow, is quite touching and fun to watch.

Oh, and is it just me..or are Korean girls in most these movies just SUPER extreme and spunky!?

My rating: 7/10
Should you watch it? Cute and predictable. If you’re in the mood for some over the top humor and a cute chick flick, go watch! It’s quite fun.

To check out other reviews on 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant check out the links below:
Imdb: 5.7/10
KFccinama: no number/letter rating
LoveHKfilm: no number/letter rating- but is poorly rated! Warning: This review has spoilers.

If you don’t have the movie and want to watch it streaming, click >here< to watch it on Crunchyroll.

B-hyeong namja chingu B형 남자친구 (My Boyfriend is Type B)

Synopsis:

Ha-Mi (Han Ji Hye) is a college student who believes the notion that a blood type determines a person’s personality and compatiblity. One day she encounters Young-bin (Lee Dong Gun), a heart throb of the school, by accident while riding the bus and calls it destiny. Problem is…Young-bin has a type B blood type, which is known to be a person who is selfish and irresponsible, a definite no-no for women!

Movie Review:

My Boyfriend is Type B is a cute and funny movie, but quite frustrating to watch. Young-Bin, played by Lee Dong Geon, although handsome and macho, is a complete arrogant and self-centered guy. Han-Mi, played by Han Ji-Hye, is the opposite however, and yet seems to fall head-over-heels for him. Perhaps I am more liberal than others, but I think Han-ji Hye’s level of tolerance was just beyond belief! The movie has it’s cute parts and can be enjoyable at times, but it is also another cliche love story of the ups and downs of going out. The acting is great, but the story isn’t top-notch in my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed watching this quirky-Korean romance- I got mad, sad, laughed and so forth, but it wasn’t anything THAT special.

My rating: 6/10
Should you watch it? Predictable and frustrating to watch, yet…cute? It is a very Korean movie, with all of it’s silly quirks and humor that get you laughing, so if you’re in the mood for a typical chick flick with lots of ups and downs, onward you go.

To check out other reviews on My Boyfriend is Type B check out the links below:
Imdb: 5.6/10
MovieXclusive:(there are 2 reviews) B- by W. Lee or 2.5/5 by Linus T.
HanCinema: 9.22/10

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Whoot! I have sooo many movies to watch still! but if anyone has any recomendations, please let me know!

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