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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Catching Fireflies Won't Make You Any Friends

A little sketchbook gouache painting I dashed off tonight for this week's Illustration Friday prompt: Midsummer's night. We're fast approaching midsummer, eep! So many things I still want to do before the summer's over, like catch an outdoor cinema night, see the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA, take a weekend break out of town, go up to the Eyvind Earle museum in Carmel, hike...so much to love about summer. Especially those long, warm summer nights.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bad Girls Throughout History: 2nd Edition

Getting ready to print a second edition of my zine (and book) Bad Girls Throughout History. It's gonna be bigger and badder with at least 4 new illustrations. Stay tuned...getting my zine/book wheels grinding and getting ready for APE!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dumplings With My Dumplin'

Let's start off the week with some home cooking. These veggie dumplings are a perfect Sunday afternoon project as it requires both some time and an extra pair of hands. Usually one package of gyoza wrappers makes a big enough batch for you to freeze half for the rest of the week.

- one head of napa cabbage
- one carton of baby bellas (portobello mushrooms)
- one package of tofu (the half pack kind)
- handful of chives, chopped
- two cloves of garlic, also roughly chopped
- one package of gyoza wrappers
- a small bowl of water

Wash & cut up veggies, chives and garlic, then chop 'em into tiny pieces in a food processor. Feel free to chop them all at once, I just have a small food processor so I did it in groups. Mix them all together in a medium sized bowl.

Then taking the gyoza wrappers (mine are wonton wrappers because that's all the store had, gyoza wrappers are usually round), and fill with a spoonful of filling. Then wet the edges with water, using your fingers, on two sides (or half the wrapper if using proper gyoza wrappers). Fold the other side over, and crimp the edges together with your fingers.

Et voila, you have a dumpling!

Put them in the fridge for an hour or so to firm them up before you cook them. Lest you turn them into one mushy monster dumpling if you cook them right away, ask me how I know.

To cook: there are many different schools on this, but I usually heat up oil in a pan, place dumplings bottom down and fry for a few minutes. Just as they start to brown at the bottom, add a splash of water and then cover the pan, steaming the gyozas for 8 minutes (until the wrapper is translucent).

Dipping sauces, aka the real reason to eat dumplings, are a free for all. Start with soy sauce as a base, then add as your heart desires: fresh garlic, chili garlic sauce, sriracha, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds...

Saturday, June 25, 2011



I've had this illustration up my sleeve for awhile as it was a birthday present for my bff Cathy, who is in vet school right now. It's a portrait of her poodle mix Zoe, after she had liked the ones I did of my own dogs so much.

Drawing animals, especially dogs, are my favorite so if you'd like to a pet portrait of your very own, feel free to email me!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sandwich at the Lourve

Another meal in Paris: a tuna sandwich with strawberry juice at the Café Richelieu in the Lourve. The sandwich was so-so, but because it was in Paris, it tasted a million times better.

My traveling-companion-and-partner-in-crime Allison and I sat outside and had a beautiful view of the Lourve pyramid and courtyard, so despite the mediocre sandwich (which tourist-y places always seem to offer in spades) and the crazy wind, it was a perfect lunch.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What I Ate in Paris

First breakfast in Paris.

Croissant (perfect).
Coffee (black).
Cake (just a small bite).

Monday, June 20, 2011

Neon Boneyard

One of the best places I've ever visited: the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. It used to be a dump where the company that was responsible for all the casino signs (which were rented) would put old and outdated signs. Now it's been rehabbed into an incredible collection of Vegas history.

Totally worth a visit - just make sure to book an appointment through their website since they don't have normal visiting hours yet. And book it at least a month in advance - the tours fill up super fast.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Get Up and Shake The Glitter Off Your Clothes Now

Our trip to Vegas was so fun! It was Liz's first time in Vegas, and since it's like a second hometown to me, I was thrilled to share it with a friend who would love it.

We went for some business and some vacation, though even the business side (the Licensing Expo) involved horse-drawn carriages. And the vacay part involved drinking pina coladas in the pool, and lit up carousels and a parrot aviary.

Some of my Vegas trip tidbits for anyone heading out there any time soon: Paris and Bellagio are my favorite hotels. The Bellagio weekend brunch will change your life. We tried out the new Cosmopolitan's buffet, Wicked Spoon, for dinner - and it was great.

Had a frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3, which is the closest we West Coasters can get to it. Visited the Neon Museum for the first time, and I was having heart palpitations from happiness! I love Vegas, especially vintage Vegas, and this little sign graveyard was incredible. This visit deserves a more detailed post on its own, which is forthcoming: stay tuned on Monday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Las Vegas!

How to Roadtrip to Las Vegas

Breaking out my How to Roadtrip to Las Vegas illustrated map since I'm headed out to Sin City bright and early tomorrow morning! My friend Liz and I are headed to the Licensing Expo and then we have a date with the Neon Boneyard. While I'm going to miss my boy and my pups a ton, I'm so excited to be going on a super inspiration-packed and poolside-pina-colada-sippin' girls' trip, even if it is just an overnight one!

P.S. Click on the image and it will take you to Flickr where you can view the illustration even larger - and read all the details I found through research/being born Asian and having all our family trips growing up be to Vegas.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Like The Deserts Miss The Rain

Last weekend, Ryan and I took the long (7+ hour) road trip out to the Arizona desert to visit his mom. We brought two puppies, ate too much fast food along the road, and went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert museum.

Who knew there'd be a museum dedicated to things that are already...everywhere around it? There were zoo life animals - adorable ones, like a vicious black bear and a handful of fox varieties...all sleepy in the 10-in-the-morning 104F degree heat. There were also non-cute ones, like rattlesnakes and Gila monsters galore. But mostly, there was lots of gorgeous desert life.

The desert, especially a lush one like this, reminds me of some crazy apocalyptic wonderland leftover after the oceans have dried up.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Lipstick Garden

Ryan and I have wanted to collaborate on creative projects for a long, long time, especially little film projects. We're finally taking that first big step with this little stop motion test! Let us know what you think + any tips, advice, films you love, etc. and want to share about stop motion.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Style Section: Marchesa


This week, while researching bejeweled objects in fashion for a personal project, I stumbled across this gorgeous dress from Marchesa's Spring 2011 RTW collection. Everything is so right about this...except that it's not in my closet.

Happy Sunday, friends!

Friday, June 3, 2011


One of our favorite things to do as a couple is try out new restaurants. We try to do this at least once a week, but I get obsessed and want to go back again and again whenever I find someplace I love.

Most recently for brunch, that place is Canelé. Simple, incredible menu, the best coffee (from L.A. Mill), and one of the few places I have to get two breakfasts: the baked pancake and the eggs en cocotte (which are just baked eggs, but somehow they make something so humble spectacular).

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Kitchen Inventory

kitchen inventory

A little over a week ago this little illustration was posted on one of my favorite tumblrs, Things Organized Neatly. It totally made my weekend.

This was an illustration for a collective magazine I worked on in a class last term, and it ultimately didn't make it into the final publication. As a group, we decided on the theme of "house", and made illustrations, stories and variations on that theme. Here are some shots of Pardon Our Dust below:


Another one of my illustrations that actually made it in.

Back cover.

If you want a copy, leave a comment or send me an email.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Blog!

I've been plotting, wishing, and working on this new blog for the last couple...what seems like years, but really just days. Not a huge amount of changes cosmetically - same header for now, though there are plans to change it seasonally, but a world of change on the internal workings.

Finally updated to a blog where you can just click "older posts" at the bottom, where the archives are automated, and the labels are cleaned up. Also, reshifting to a more focused blog that's about my process + work, a catalog of my interests + inspirations, and hence easier to navigate.

I started this blog in 2001, and of course things have changed. But instead creating a whole new blog, and though the name is silly, I decided to just remodel this one cause I'm a little attached to it. I'm sentimental that way.

Sooo happy to finally check of one of my major to-dos for the last couple years. Let me know what you think!

P.S. I apologize in advance for the flooding of your Google Reader because of the week of backlogged entries I transferred over. Won't happen again.
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