Category Archives: Annie

018. ⎡パパドル!⎦/ “Idol Papa” – Finale

So I finally got around to watching the end of “Papadoru”!


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015. Mushi-pan: A Super-Easy Japanese Snack!

While I was teaching in Japan, one of my favorite things to do was to participate in the home economics class when they were cooking, and one of my favorite lessons to take part in was about mushi-pan.

What is mushi-pan, you ask?  It’s a Japanese egg-based steamed bun that uses baking powder to rise instead of yeast.  It’s usually lightly sweetened, and can be found in any convenience store in Japan, usually with raisins, red beans, or chocolate chips dotting them for more flavor, since the bread itself is so mild.

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012. 2NE1’s New Release “I Love You”

2NE1 happens to be one of our few mutual favorite groups, so this is a collaborative post!

On July 5th, 2NE1 released their latest single “I Love You”, and on the 6th they released the accompanying video.  Stylistically it’s in between “I Am the Best” and “Lonely”, if that’s possible – once you hear the song, you’ll understand why we say that.  At first we were curious to see if the song would be able to live up to 2NE1’s last mini-album, which was full of hits.  The previews had us nervous and excited, and once we heard the culmination of the bits and pieces, it didn’t disappoint.

“I Love You” Music Video – CL

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011. SUPER JUNIOR’s New Release “Sexy, Free and Single”

SM Entertainment just released SUPER JUNIOR’s title single off their upcoming 6th album, “Sexy, Free and Single”.  As a grammar nerd, the title bugs me a little because I’m part of the pro-Oxford Comma faction of writers/readers, but that has nothing to do with this post 🙂

Actually, this post is about my thoughts on the video released for “Sexy, Free and Single” as a fan of SUPER JUNIOR!  And of course I’m super-excited because it’s the first video in 2 years to have one of my favorites of the group, Kangin, back from his mandatory military service!

Sexy, Free and Single

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009. Kalbi Burgers a la Annie

So, last year I asked my mom for her kalbi recipe.  I’m sure every Korean mother has a family recipe that they think is the best, and my mom’s no exception, and neither am I 🙂  In honor of the heat and summer (and a visit from my little sister), we decided to make some kalbi burgers, using the recipe and improvising a bit.  Here’s the recipe!

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008. TGI Friday!

Woo Hoo it’s Friday!

The weekend is here! 🙂

Not much going on this weekend. Annie and I are going to attempt to make Kalbi Burgers, with kimchi relish! Hopefully, they turn out to be delicious and we can blog about them! 🙂

That’s it for now! Going to start the weekend. Hope you have a great one yourself! 🙂

Here is a a little afternoon treat!










Hugs & Kimchi,


007. ⎡パパドル!⎦/ “Idol Papa”

It’s been a while!  I’ve been pretty busy with work, but now I want to hunker down and get a post out.

So, first I want to say that I recently watched the first episode of Nishikido Ryo’s latest drama, “Papa wa Idoru” (a remake of “Mama wa Idoru”, a 1987 drama starring female idol Nakayama Miho).  But first let me tell you a little story…

Ryo says, “Let’s go!”

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002B. FANIME CONVENTION 2012 – SAN JOSE, CA – 5.25-5.28

Annie here 🙂

So, as Kelli said in post# 002A, we went to Fanime for a day a couple of weeks ago.  We had a great time, though our experiences were very different.  Kelli’d never been to an anime convention before, and I’d been to Anime Central once before.  On top of that, of the two of us I’m the more knowledgable about anime/manga because of the time I’d spent in college watching/reading.  So I at least knew what to expect, while Kelli went in with more of general idea.

First of all, the culture’s a bit different from ACen’s.  To be honest, not that many Asians live in the Midwest, and so a majority of the convention-goers then had been predominantly white (though it may have changed since then – after all, I went in 2007, so it’s been 5 years).  Fanime has a much larger Asian American attendance rate since it’s based in NorCal.  And while you wouldn’t think that would change the vibe of the convention since it’s more about the collective love of anime/manga, it kind of did.  It felt like there was a lot less mistaken stereotyping of Japanese culture, which I think some American otaku are in the guilty of doing.  Also, it seemed like there was a broader representation of women…but I think that speaks more to anime/manga becoming more popular among girls in general now rather than there being more girls into it on the West Coast than in the Midwest.

So, before I’d gone to ACen, my roommate insisted we buy our passes ahead of time to avoid lines later.  It’s only after having gone to Fanime for a day that I realized how wise that was.  We waited in line at least an hour to register, and then another 20 minutes to pay, which is kind of crazy.  But it was worth it because I got to see Kelli’s reaction to things.  Her fascination with the cosplayers was fun to see, and I realized that her excitement over them made me feel nostalgic and rekindled my own fascination.  The amount of time and effort so many people put into their clothes was amazing.  Here’s a good example:

First, it’s pretty rare to see this character, Prince Ashitaka (of Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke”).  Maybe back when the movie had just been released it had been popular, but nowadays it’s a throwback…like trick-or-treating as Doug Funnie.  Plus, I think it’s more common for girls to want to cosplay as San, since it was more of a girl-power kind of movie.  The costume’s pretty awesome and I loved it!  But the great thing about anime conventions is that the attitude is sort of “anything goes”.  So we saw a couple of “Where’s Waldo”s roaming around, as well as South Park characters, Star Wars characters, myriad video game characters, and Adventure Time characters.

We hung around Stage Zero a lot, which I suppose to more seasoned convention goers might seem boring, but was just the right thing to do for a newbie like Kelli and a semi-newbie like myself.  We saw some audience-participation games going on to keep up a fun atmosphere in main lobby of the convention, plus the charity auction and the AMV awards.  AMVs are always so interesting to me, because it’s kind of like the mash-ups – taking things admittedly created by other people, breaking them apart, jumbling them up, and putting them back together artfully to entertain, inspire, and eventually draw out emotions from the audience.  I think it’s where great film editors are born.  Kelli posted her favorite from the show, so here’s mine:

It’s by Shin & Gunther’s AMVs 🙂  I’m a sucker for romance and the idea of fate is a sweet sort of idea that carries over in so many anime/manga.  I also love the song and even though I only vaguely know about the anime used, it pulled it together and let even people who don’t know the stories really enjoy it.

Anywho, that’s that 🙂  I enjoyed Fanime a lot, and can’t wait for next year!  I’m thinking about going as an Eito Ranger!  (Orange, of course – I ❤ Maru-chan.)

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