Archive for March, 2012

Time to Detox

I’ve made the decision to go on Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox. It lasts for 21 days and I’m hoping I will be able to complete it without falling off the wagon, as is my usual case. This detox is meant to get my body to release all the toxins that have built up over the years in my liver. Dr. Joshi says,

The job of the liver’s filtration system is to keep the blood as pure as possible. To do this, it has to sort out the good stuff from the bad and filter off the toxins. if your nourish your body with nutritious, freshly prepared foods and avoid pop, alcohol and processed foods, then you will give your liver the best chance of eliminating any poisonous chemical that it does encounter.

I’m excited to about it and yet fearful that I may experience yet another fail. However, I am highly motivated and I have every reason to succeed, now more than ever.

Ok, I might as well share. The reason being that I’ve decided to finally turn a stageplay I wrote back in 2007 into a short film. The content is based on body image and I simply cannot continue with this project and be a hypocrite about it. I know I will have a lot of support on this and once I start this, there’s no turning back because I’ve already put it out there on the web for all to see. I think I will begin the detox this weekend. I’m slowly starting to eat some of the items on the list just to condition my mind to embrace it slowly.

Things I can eat
White meat like turkey or chicken
Herbal tea or green tea
Eggs but not more than 3 or 4 per week
Fish (but no salmon/tuna)
Will or brown rice
Live yogurt
Ricotta, cottage, goat or buffalo cheeses
Dark green vegetables(stirfry/steamed ok)
Wheat-/Gluten-Free breads & cereals
Olive oil
Honey
Chicke peas, lentils and pulses
Salads w/o peppers & tomatoes
Onions, ginger, & garlic
Soy & rice milk
Guacamole
Hummus
Tofu & soy products

Things I can NOT eat
Red meat
All fruit except bananas
Dairy products made with cow’s milk
Alcohol
Potatoes
Wheat,yeast & gluten
Nuts
Tea & coffee including decaf (except herbal/green teas)
Jams & other spreads
Artificial flavorings like vinegar, mustard, and ketchup
Chocolate, sugar, and other sweets
Pre-packaged & pre-prepared meals

Sigh…it’s going to be a fantastic journey. Coolio.

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My Movie Etiquette

This is a bitch session. Not to be confused with a “betch” session which are fun & good times with your best of friends, but a “bitch” session. Not me being a bitch but me complaining about a bitch, which I don’t normally do unless I’m pushed to the edge.

I went to the movies with some friends the other night. We’ll call them Lina & Mina. We had to get in a line. A girl came by who is an acquaintance of Lina’s & recognized Lina, so they started choppin’ it up and she ended up staying in line with us. We’ll call her Devina. Essentially, Devina cut the line & went in with us instead of going to the back of the line.

The whole time we were in line, she kept going on about her blog & how she got free tickets. She said she called the theater & told them she was a blogger and they should give her free tickets because they should want her to blog about them due to her high view count. I stopped listening to her senseless ramblings about her goddess status at that point. My number one pet peeve is egos. I don’t stroke egos unless you deserve it.

When we got inside, Lina got sidetracked when she spotted another friend & started talking to them so we planned to save her a seat. Devina followed me & Mina into the theater & sat right next to us while seats on our other side got taken up by some other friends we ran into. Devina had an empty seat saved for Lina on her other side away from us. When Lina came in, she asked Devina if she could switch seats so that she could sit with us (the people she came with) and she said no because she wanted to be dead center. Really? You cut the line to stand with us and you won’t let us sit together? Really? WTFever! If you are that picky about your choice of seats, you need to show up early. That’s all I have to say about that.

So what do people do in these types of situations? Well, there are two situations here.

1) Friends who want to cut in line with you but you don’t want them to.
2) How do you tell someone they are being a bitch?

In the first situation, I’ve found the best solution is to tell your friends that it’s not a good idea because other friends had come earlier & the people in the back of the line had gotten upset. So what you can tell them is that you will save them a seat when you go in & they can come sit in those seats when they get inside. Once they’re in, they may choose the seats you saved or find another seat. That way, no one gets upset & no one is worried about not getting a seat.

In the second situation, if I had known Lina would have wanted to sit by us instead of her acquaintance Devina, I would have quietly asked Devina to move over one for Lina. If she refused, I would have politely said quite loudly, “Well, you cut the line by forcing your way in to get in with us and it would be nice & gracious of you to let those of us who came together sit together.” And if she still refuses, I’d go & buy a bright red fruit punch that will be accidentally spilling all over her fit.

Now granted, since people save seats, it is unreasonable for people behind you to get upset if they get in line with you. Seriously, what’s the difference, right? But it is the visual evidence that weighs more heavily for those in the back of the line who can see cutters & sudden feelings of annoyance or anger arise natually. These feelings are only really valid & applicable for a General Admission standing room only type of event.

So Devina, there are some words you may not be familiar with so let me teach them to you: Humility, Etiquette, and Tact. Look them up. Oh, and another one: Bitch.

And this concludes my bitch session. If you have any thoughts, feel free to chime in. What would you have done?

White Frog Premiere

Attended the opening night for San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival to see “White Frog” at the Castro Theatre. I usually don’t go to the opening night film because it’s expensive and I’ve never really had any compelling reason to go. But a friend told me to go because her friend & her friend’s mother, Ellie & Fabienne Wen, wrote the script together. Then another friend told me his friend, Quentin Lee, directed it. Then I found out Booboo Stewart was in it along with Joan Chen & B.D. Wong. These were pretty compelling reasons to go so I did. I brought my BFF with me and we had a great time.

“White Frog” tells the tale of a young teenager with Assberger Syndrome who loses his brother (also his best friend) to a car accident and finds a way to cope. The teenager is played by Booboo Stewart (from Twilight Saga) and his brother is played by Harry Shum Jr. (from Glee). Overall, I thought the film was pretty good. I think it’s really difficult for an actor to portray a mentally disabled character so I applaud Booboo for taking on such a challenge. Don’t think I could have done it myself. The only problem I had with the movie was that the lighting was a bit “hot” as they would say. It was so white that it washed out some of the faces of the actors. After the premiere, the director Quentin Lee, said that he didn’t know why there were technical difficulties, that the f-stop seemed to be off but normally, the lights are lower.

I’m not a movie critic. I’m just happy as long as I’m entertained which I was. Therefore, I’m not going to review the film. I’d just say that if you ever get a chance to see it, go for it. I really enjoyed myself, which was evident in both laughter & tears.

BD Wong

Joan Chen

David Henry Hwang with wife Kathryn Layng, Harry Shum Jr.

Booboo Stewart

White Frog Cast