Archive for April, 2015

Will Friedle Roundup

A collection of all things Will Friedle have been floating around online. Oh, I just love it. I’ve been showing recent pics of him to my friends and also seeing his pics online and most of the comments were something along the lines of “Oh my God! He looks the same!” See? Frozen.






I like how he was completely thrown off by this voice actor, Jon Bailey.

Anthony Tyler Quinn joined Instagram and seems he’s really getting the hang of it!
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Other pics I’ve found online. Maybe you’ll recognize yourself! The internet is truly a vast and perpetual space of randomness but some pics are from a few years ago and if you compare them to the more recent pics, you can see how different Will looked back then. Seems he worked pretty hard to bring back Eric Matthews, circa 1999 and he obviously succeeded.
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Damn. I have more pictures in my phone of Will Friedle than I do of my family. Anyway, here’s an interview he did with Comic Book Resources.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Mr. Feeny and Eric Matthews coming to Girl Meets World next month and I am super excited for fans to see it. I haven’t seen Mr. Feeny’s episodes but I trust it will be wonderful and satisfying. I’m actually quite concerned about seeing comments from Boy Meets World “fans” who absolutely refuse to watch GMW and only want to watch the episodes that Eric or Shawn or Mr. Feeny are in. That makes no sense. How will they understand the relationships between every character? What about the characteristics of each person in the Matthews family and friends who make up the “world” to begin with? And most importantly, if you want to watch old BMW characters on this new show, you have to collaboratively work together to keep the show on the air. If ratings don’t keep up, there isn’t going to BE a show for you to see your old favorites. Thank goodness for the fans from Season 1 who watched the show or else you may NEVER have gotten the opportunity to see Eric or even find out what happened to Mr. Turner, who by the way, is filming his episode this week!

I don’t normally get worked up over nothing but I love what BMW did for my generation and the next generation deserves to have a show affect them in the same way. And yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I’ve said this before. Whatever you say online, you have to take responsibility for it. If you’re going to be an “adult” and trash a kids show, you have to be able to stand behind every word. Even if you didn’t intend to cause other people to not watch the show, it could still happen. And in case you’re not aware, I bet you Michael Jacobs sees what people are saying on Twitter or YouTube or wherever. GMW is his baby and a parent will do everything they can to protect their baby. So, if that means surfing around the internet trying to find out who are GMW friends and who are GMW bullies, then so be it.

Would you say these negative things to them in front of their face? If so, fine, let’s have a healthy debate about it but spewing hateful words calling the show “painful” to watch (so was some of BMW Season 1) or it’s too “colorful” (really??) or it’s too “corny” (it’s a kids show so…) is just downright irresponsible and disrespectful. I think we should just agree to disagree and support just to support and if you end up loving it, great. If not, oh well. At least the next generation will have a show to love and I know for a fact that kids do love it. My friend’s 17-yr-old daughter even loves it!

Here is the Season 1 pilot and it is adorable. (Credits are muted)

Here is the Season 1 Finale and it is also quite adorable. They did a tagback! I love those…

And here is the promo for Girl Meets World Season 2!

Clean Eats and Jam Out

Have I ever mentioned how wonderful life is? I keep having these amazing moments in my life and I can’t believe all these things are happening. Thursday was a pretty awesome day. First, I wake up, get on the scale, and find out that I finally moved past the 4 lbs that I’ve been yoyoing up and down all month and get into losing the 5th lb. Second, I get an email saying that my favorite band, Finish Ticket, is coming by my house to drop off a vinyl of their album, Tears Your Apart. My HOUSE!!! WHAT??!!! The part that was really cool was that I got an email asking exactly when I’d be home because they said they wanted to deliver it to me specifically when I was there because I had been such a long time loyal fan. *THUD* Third, I found out that I won tickets to a concert at the Great American Music Hall where Seeking Empire, Happy Fangs and New Diplomat were playing! I had interviewed Seeking Empire and New Diplomat a few years ago for a website I was helping out on and they are just such great bands. Seeing them perform Thursday night and for free topped off my night! And then yesterday morning, I got on the scale and I had lost another 2.2 lbs. Whut whuttttt!!!?!!

Here are some pics from Thursday:

Brendan Hoye & Michael Hoye from Finish Ticket
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What a wonderful day. Right now, I’m listening to my new record and some other records, drinking water and roasting veggies. And for the first time, I’m actually really excited about them. I’m roasting potatoes, red bell peppers and colorful carrots which I seasoned with avocado oil, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, rosemary, dill, and himalayan pink salt. Can’t wait to taste it! Ever since I saw that pic with me and Will, I just felt heartbroken. However, from that broken heart, I rose from my ashes and decided that this was going to be the last year that I’m overweight. My imagination of how I want to look standing next to him motivates me to get healthy. I’ve actually been pretending I’m in a weight loss challenge with Will. And of course, it super helps that it seems he’s been trying to get healthy too. He posted that he was doing a juice cleanse and there were pics of him obviously going out running or something. Gawd, I’m just jealous by how much weight he’s lost, but I will get there. I promise. And if I ever do get the chance to stand beside him and take a photo again, I’d better look good. I don’t even actually care what he looks like, he’ll always be a beautiful person to me.

So, the things I’ve been doing lately to get healthy is mainly working out and eating clean. I’ve been cooking a lot more and researching about clean eating. I started cooking without sugar and making foods that are good for me. I have a Filipino vegan chef friend, Astig Vegan, who has made lots of vegan foods for me to taste and because of her, I am no longer disgusted by the sound of something being vegan or vegetarian. Last weekend, she taught me through text messages how to make cashew cheese and it turned out delicious!

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Also made gluten free, grain free & sugar free brownies. Sooooo goooood!!
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You know, they say…

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However, after eating clean for about 3 weeks now, a friend of mine who I see almost every week told me I did look thinner. What?!!! I was shocked. I mean, I did look in the mirror and thought about whether or not there were any changes but I just wasn’t sure since I see myself every day. However, it’s great to know my efforts are actually working. I always used to just give up after 3 weeks because I never felt like anything I was doing would be lasting. Fortunately, I discovered Amelia Freer through Sam Smith’s weight loss story and I’m so grateful! I’m currently reading her book “Eat. Nourish. Glow.” to help me along. I’ve tried low carbs, I’ve tried no carbs, I’ve tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, oh my god. So many phases of hell I’ve put my body through and it finally said to me, “STOP! Just be good to me.”

Amelia Freer writes “Listen to your body. It’s smarter than you.” I completely agree. I’ve actually said these words to friends of mine who were dieting and yet, I never listened to these words myself. I know the body finds ways to tell you what it needs. If your pee is super yellow, it’s telling you you’re not drinking enough water. If you’re craving veggies when you never have before, it’s telling you that it doesn’t have enough nutrients. If you get sleepy in the afternoons, it’s telling you that you’re not getting enough hours of sleep at night or that you’ve had too much sugar. In my previous eating habits, I never listened. I ate based on scent, thoughts, desires, and cost. Today, I eat to nourish my body rather than for convenience. I also cut out a lot of sugar. Amelia says that sugar has been shown in studies to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine!! I did hear that before and I believe it. Whenever a coworker brings sweets to work and I refuse by saying I’m on a diet, their answer is always “Oh please. One is not going to hurt you.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. One WILL hurt you because you’ll get another sugar craving later in the day and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it until you have it and the worst words you can say to yourself on a diet is “I might as well…” No thanks, I’d rather not spiral down that sugar hill, gang. Go on without me.

While typing this, my veggies finished roasting and they smell and taste delicious!
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Yummy yummy yummy. I never thought I would enjoy a grain with just veggies but I do. Yeah, there are potatoes but since everything else is healthy and homemade, I’m gonna say that’s ok. I ate this with some bulgur rather than white rice. Tastes great! I feel so proud of myself today. Anyway, have a great rest of the weekend and may everything good happen to you. I love life!!

My Next Producer Role Project

Woohoo! I finally got to launch my Indiegogo campaign for the full-length play I’m co-producing, “There’s The Moon And Then There’s You.” It also ended up trending on Indiegogo’s Theater tab! I hope that’s a good thing.

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The play is written by a friend of mine, Christina Ying, and it is absolutely beautiful. It is the story of a Vietnamese man, David Nguyen, who dreams of going to the moon while living the harsh reality that is his life. His wife is the 24-hr caretaker of her disabled brother, Caleb, and their married life is no longer the honeymoon it once was. David gets the chance of a lifetime to fulfill his dream of going to the moon but when his wife stands in the way of his dream, David resorts to drastic measures to find his happiness.

When I first read the play, I honestly fell in love. It was a real page turner! And that speaks volumes as I am not an avid reader unless they are diet books, cookbooks or notebooks. I’m really excited to for audiences to watch this play. It is a story worth telling. The characters are not your average, run-of-the-mill personas. They are people of color, they are relatable, and they play a poignant part of Asian-American storytelling.

Also, our director, Lorna Velasco, is dubbed the “Mother of Bindlestiff.” Bindlestiff Studio is a little blackbox theater that is like the Asian-American Northern Californian version of The Groundlings Theater in SoCal. Bindlestiff has given a creative voice to so many people in my community and I’m so proud to be a part of it. I don’t think I would be the person I am today if I didn’t have the Bindlestiff community in my life.

I would love for everyone to be supportive of this project. The story needs to be told and with enough help, we can make the run of this play an absolute success. I know we’re not Broadway but just because something is on Broadway doesn’t mean everyone will love it. With this play, I feel pretty confident that everyone will love it.

It will be mounted 5/30/15 – 6/13/15 at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th St @ Howard St., San Francisco.

I can’t wait. Check out our promo video!

Will Friedle at Wonder Con 2015! Finally!

Ok, I think my love for Will Friedle is getting out of control. It may be time to scale back a little. At the end of the day, I am an adult and have responsibilities to tend to…but then again, I ain’t got no kids so, fuck it! I love being able to just leave at a moment’s notice. He tweeted that he was going to be at Wonder Con 2015. My first thought was “Oh NOW you wanna go to Wonder Con? Not when I was there back in 2011? Not when you were a MAIN character for Thundercats?! Comic Con in 2012? 2013? What about ATX?” Sigh…checked my calendar, cancelled my appointment with my tax guy and rented a car. The panel was on Sunday morning so it was actually pretty perfect. I had lunch with some friends on Saturday that I couldn’t cancel…ok, if it was on Sunday, I probably would have cancelled. I’m such an asshole but they would’ve understood. Wonder Con is so chill on Sundays compared to Comic Con in San Diego. I actually really enjoyed myself this time. Well, Wonder Con was chill back in 2011 when it was still in San Francisco but since they moved it to Anaheim, I assumed it had gotten much bigger. Here is the Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts panel he was a part of:

Yeah, I dunno why Will didn’t correct his name. As a person who spent her whole life hearing people mispronounce her name and saying nothing, I finally realized the importance of correcting your name, because it matters, because I matter. Will, you matter. Anyway, so Will’s not even listed as a guest in the program schedule online so if not for Twitter, I would never have known he was there. Enjoy having Will on Twitter, guys. He won’t be there forever so just relish in it for now. However, Twitter has its disadvantages too. You’ll end up seeing pictures you don’t want to see, which is exactly how I know what that feels like and it is not a pretty feeling. I felt it the day after the GMW pilot taping that was cancelled. I was half a block away and he visited the set with Rider. HALF. A. BLOCK. AWAY!!! Right next to Roscoe’s Chicken n Waffles, man! I never wrote about that experience due to the level of trauma it was for me. Ah well, what could I have done? Stood outside the gate waiting for him to come out? I’m not gonna do that. That’s borderline stalker-y and I’m not about that.

Although, I have to say that it was really fun to pretend onstage. That’s exactly what my Will Friedle pieces were about in “The Ladies & The Tramps.” I created an exaggerated character who goes above and beyond her fanaticism for Will Friedle and the pieces were dispersed throughout the show, creating an arc that resulted in pure satisfactory resolution and not to toot my own horn but it was brilliant and so fun to play. Lauren and I were in a piece called “Plan B” where we played a couple of crazy girls reenacting a scene from Napoleon Dynamite outside of an address that may or may not be Will’s house. That piece is so physical and always had me out of breath at the end. Apparently, audiences loved it too.

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Anyway, my trip was good. No super dense fog this time since I went in the daylight so I didn’t have that “Omg, I’m gonna die out here” feeling that I did that first time. Luckily, all my friends are aware of my Will Friedle fanaticism so I just go to LA and stay with them anytime. The last time I went, I brought 30 It’s Its in a dry ice styrofoam container as a “Thank You for indulging my love for Will Friedle” present. In exchange, she is there to capture my exciting moments and here it is:

He said “I know this lady here” and my first thought was “Haha! I am soooo not a ‘lady’ but I’ll indulge you.” I can get pretty down and dirty. ;0) Y’know, he is just the sweetest celebrity ever and I hope everyone who wants to meet him gets the chance to because they will just love him even more. Will Friedle is a sweetheart like Cory Matthews so imagine that. He’s so gracious and kind and sweet and funny…okay, I’m super jealous. After we left, we went to grab food at the food trucks and while waiting for our food, Zane said “Look, there’s Will” and motioned behind me. I didn’t believe her of course but I turned around anyway and there he was. So, I slowly turned my head away back towards the food truck, hoping he didn’t see me. I know, you’re probably wondering why did I do that. Why didn’t I just talk to him? Well, after meeting so many celebrities, you just kind of know when to push forward and when to pull back. That was a pull back moment. Besides, he was with his gf or wife or life partner or whatever. What could I say?

There was just nothing I would’ve wanted to say to him unless he was alone so that I can embarrass myself on my own. I just, you know, normally, when I’m around celebrities, I’m really calm. Like when I met Jason Marsden? Super calm. No freak outs. On the inside, yes, freaking out a little bit but on the outside, nothing. Maybe that’s why he invited me to his Locker 13 premiere and yes, I totally went. He’s so nice too, not surprisingly. However, I dunno what it is about Will that makes both my insides and outsides just completely lose it and melt and I feel stupid afterward. When I’m normal, I don’t talk fast, I don’t smile all the time, and I don’t forget what I really want to say. I cut it out of the video but between my first pic with him and giving him the shirt, I completely forgot about the shirt until Zane reminded me and even then, I didn’t want to give it to him anymore but she forced me.

This is a list of things I wanted to say but didn’t:
1. “How are you?” Common courtesy, Ava. Common courtesy. You’re an asshole.
2. “I heard you’re writing your 3rd episode of GMW. What’s it about?” Not that he would have told me due to NDAs but I still would have liked to ask.
3. “Why did you take so long to return to GMW? Why not come back in the 1st season like Rider did?” I mean, I did have this theory that he spent a year revamping himself to return back to the 2000 version of himself through working out, shaving and cutting his hair but that’s just a theory. Would have loved to hear it from the horse’s mouth.
4. “What’s your writing process like? Do you use Final Draft?” My writing process involves waiting for inspiration, writing down funny things I hear in my phone so that I can revisit them later, and lots of time spent cooped up in my place, laptop open, and napping in between. Oh, and pencils. I like to write on paper with a pencil in a composition book. The sound of the pages turning after you’ve written on them, I dunno, something so serene about it.
5. “What’s your favorite Asian food? Have you tried Burmese?” I’m just genuinely curious because it’s one of my favorite Asian cuisines.
6. “Will you do the Feeny Call right now?” This should have been number one on my brain…but of course, we all know what was on my filthy brain so it was clouded. Completely clouded.

Ok, reflections. After watching that video of me and Will, I’ve concluded that I hella need to lose weight. No joke anymore. This is the last year that I will be overweight. I used to fantasize about my meeting with Will and in that fantasy, I am not fat, I am normal. Unfortunately, I don’t know what “normal” is but I can’t allow this to continue any further. Whether my theory is true or not, I choose to believe that if Will can do it, so can I. I joined a gym, bought a heart rate monitor, started eating cleaner and walking during my work breaks instead of surfing the web. Damn, I hella wanna challenge Will to a weight loss competition. That would SOOOOOOOOOOOOO motivate me. Haha!

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Sidenote: Just found out today that Will’s episode “Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels” is going to air on 5/15! He tweeted the 14th but I guess he’s at happy hour and that’s ok. I can’t fuckin wait to hear what people say, especially the Boy Meets World fans. They are going to lose. Their. MINDS.