Name: Tim Ivanisko
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: U.S. Navy
Describe your background.
I grew up in a small town about an hour north of NYC with my parents, brother and two sisters. It was a great upbringing. I joined the U.S. Navy after high school and have spent most of the past years living in Hawaii.
What bad habit would you be willing to give up if it guaranteed you would live to be 100?
Who wants to live to 100?
What is one food that you will NOT eat?
Any kind of insect.
Describe your favorite vacation. (more…)
The producers behind the “K-Town” reality show are back and bustier than ever in their latest YouTube offering, “Roll Models,” a reality show documenting the lives of import car show models and go-go club dancers of Southern California.
The two-minute trailer is about what you would expect but with more thong-clad buttocks shots than one would normally see on any given day. But, hell, it’s Friday!
The show is being touted as revealing a subculture (car show modeling and go-go dancing apparently go hand-in-hand) that has yet to be explored and while that is certainly interesting, I think it’ll be the butts that puts the butts in the seats. (more…)
Korean pop singer Son Ho-young was rushed to the hospital on Friday after he attempted to commit suicide using the same method as his recently deceased girlfriend.
Son reportedly lit a coal briquette inside his car in order to die by carbon monoxide poisoning in a church parking lot in Seoul, but he escaped from the car when it caught fire.
A passerby called firefighters and Son has since been in the hospital where he’s receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries. (more…)
Analysts Unimpressed by North Korea “Dialogue” Offer
Wall Street Journal
Chinese news reports that a special envoy from Kim Jong Un had “agreed to accept China’s advice” to have “dialogue with relevant parties” didn’t do much to impress seasoned North Korea observers, who noted the lack of any indication that Pyongyang was putting its nuclear program back on the negotiating table.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported late Thursday that during a meeting with North Korean envoy Choe Ryong Hae, senior Chinese official Liu Yunshan repeated Beijing’s view that six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program should resume as soon as possible.
Those talks, about providing North Korea with aid and other incentives to roll back its nuclear ambitions, stalled in 2008 when the North walked out of the discussions. This year, Pyongyang enshrined nuclear weapons development into law at a parliament meeting.
Women Forced Into Wartime Sex Cancel Meeting With Japanese Mayor
New York Times
Two South Korean women who were forced during World War II to provide sex to Japanese soldiers canceled a meeting on Friday with a Japanese mayor who had caused an uproar by appearing to defend the system of wartime brothels.
Earlier on Friday, the cabinet of Japan’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, passed a resolution to support a 1993 apology that Japan issued to women forced into sexual servitude during the war. The motion was apparently intended to appease other Asian nations angered that Japanese leaders seemed to be seeking to whitewash the country’s past.
N.Korea town opens to Western tourists
AFP via Google News
North Korea’s authorities have opened the border town of Sinuiju to Western tourists, Chinese-based travel agencies said, despite international tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear test in February.
The move opens up the possibility of foreign tourists being able to make day tours to the secretive state, a considerably cheaper option than the more expensive multi-day trips currently on offer.
The country is largely sealed off from outsiders, with Western travellers allowed in only on strictly controlled tours.
Mitch O’Farrell Beats the Candidate From Nowhere, John Choi, and a Union Machine
Here’s the final tally, although some absentee and provisional ballots are still being counted:
Mitch O’Farrell 11,556 53.1%
John J. Choi 10,224 46.9%
Choi’s candidacy was so odd that it perked up the slumbering members who sit on the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times, people who often back candidates who get major help from cash-rich unions but whose track records are grist for a civics lesson in bad government.
Jurors begin deliberating for insanity phase of Rancho Cucamonga man who killed his mother with a golf club
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Calif.)
Closing arguments on Thursday wrapped up the insanity phase of the man who killed his mother with a golf club last year.
Now Luke Kang’s fate is in the hands of the jury panel, who deliberated for about an hour before leaving for the day. The jurors will return to the West Valley Superior Court on Tuesday to continue deliberating.
Kang, 28, of Rancho Cucamonga was convicted on May 8 of first degree murder and assault causing great bodily injury for the attack that happened at the home he shared with his parents.
Hero prom kids say crash changed their lives, and their driving
A video made at the crash scene shows classmate Peter Kim carrying one of the children.
But when he came home from the prom, he had to convince his parents Kevin and Jung Mi Kim that he wasn’t making up a story about why his cream-colored tuxedo was torn and blood-stained.
“I’m very proud, now,” said Kevin Kim, teasing his son at the Rotary breakfast. “I thought he was a little baby. Now, he’s a very thoughtful person. He jumped out of the car at the accident and tried to save the people.”
Young Adults Will Make or Break Obamacare in California
KQED (San Francisco, Calif.)
Most of us know someone who doesn’t have health insurance. In my case, it’s my little brother, David Kim.
David is 29-years-old and recently earned an advanced degree in international relations. He hasn’t been able to land a full-time job with health benefits. The two jobs he has now are temporary, and with such a precarious work situation, he just doesn’t think he can afford health insurance.
“I’m totally aware that if I get sick then I’m doomed financially,” Dave told me over a lunch break. “And maybe that’s not a very financially sound decision to make, but it is nonetheless a risk that, for the time being, I’m prepared to take.”
Takei Says Cho Good Choice for Latest ‘Star Trek’
AP via ABC News
Portraying USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the latest “Star Trek” movie comes with big shoes to fill, but the man who played the part in the TV series and six films has given his blessing to the actor currently playing the role.
Even though George Takei — whose portrayal of Sulu made him a science fiction legend — said he had not yet had time to catch recently released “Star Trek Into Darkness” due to his busy schedule, he feels John Cho is the “ideal choice” to carry on Sulu’s legacy due to the actor’s “charm, intelligence, dash and sharpness.”
“When (director) J.J. Abrams first announced he had cast Hikaru Sulu, I got a call from John (Cho) asking to have lunch with me,” Takei said Friday in Singapore, where he attended the inaugural Social Star Awards. “He was very curious about the intensity of ‘Star Trek’ fans and doing comic conventions, but he was more concerned about how the fans would accept him because they have identified the character of Sulu with me for so long and he was worried about how he would be received.”
Fake Psy Fools Stars at Cannes
A man impersonating rapper Psy has been doing the rounds at Cannes. He was spotted at various parties and events at the film festival, taking photos with celebrities and even fooling the organizers.
“Photo service FilmMagic posted photos labeling the man Psy as he was escorted by security to the Martinez hotel on May 21. He was wearing a blue blazer, white pants and Psy’s signature sunglasses,” wrote the Hollywood Reporter.
Jonathan Gold Ranks the 101 Best Restaurants in L.A.
The Los Angeles Times has released Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants today (subscription required). It’s the first time the Times critic (and former L.A. Weekly critic) has put out a dining guide list since taking the job at the daily. And the list is ranked, 1-101.
So what’s the No. 1 restaurant in Los Angeles, according to Gold?
Providence, Michael Cimarusti’s sustainable seafood, intensely seasonal fine-dining restaurant, which, incidentally, is also the place we named “Best Restaurant” in our most recent Best of Los Angeles issue.
Urasawa comes in at No. 2, Spago at No. 3, the Mozza empire at No. 4, and the top five is rounded out by a food truck: Kogi (the only Roy Choi enterprise on the list). The only other food truck on the list is Mariscos Jalisco.
by STEVE HAN
If you ever get tired of the same old Korean instant ramen, here’s something new you can try.
Chapaguri, a mix and combination of Nongshim’s Chapagetti and Neoguri, has taken South Korea by storm in recent years. The popularity of this mashup of instant ramen exploded after being introduced last February on the TV show Daddy, Where Are You Going? [아빠! 어디가?]
Sales of Chapagetti, which comes with a black bean sauce, and Neoguri, with its spicy seafood sauce, have both recently eclipsed that of Shin Ramyun, which had held the top sales spot for in Korea for years.
So, as Chapaguri has been on KoreAm’s must-try-out list for quite some time, we went out and bought Chapagetti and Neoguri, which retails for about $2 each. Then we consulted Koreatown ramen connoissuer Yongjoon Lee to help make it. (more…)