aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 6 & 7

The Dan Matthews’ saga continues with a couple of crucial chapters of self-discovery. In episode 6, we follow Dan to Geoje Island, the place he was born. He tours the island with his family and has a glimpse of what his life could have been.  Here’s the episode:

In episode 7, Dan gets the DNA test results back to confirm the relationship with his family. Dan prepares for the biggest concert of his life as the International Korean Adoption Association Summit winds down. Dan also receives touching words of encouragement from important people in his life. Watch the episode:

I had a similar experience in the towns my mother and father were born. Traveling through the Philippines and learning about how my parents grew up was eye-opening. They had to travel far to go to school and lived very modestly. Just as Dan might have, I greatly appreciate how well I live in America. Have any of you had a similar experience? What was it like? Tweet me at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 5

Dan Matthew’s takes a trip around Seoul with Megan Lee and Simon/Martina of EatYourKimchi. They hang out, catch up and give him advice on what’s happened to him thus far with his biological family.Here’s the episode:

Seoul is an amazing city! Friends of mine who’ve come back say it’s a pretty cool place. I don’t really track Korean stuff as closely as I do Japanese stuff though. It’s definitely on my travel list! The gift giving though… great idea! I wish people gave me gifts every visit! Definitely a custom I could get used to! Living in America helps you to appreciate when you’re able to visit your home country. Looking forward to the next akaDAN episode on the ISAtv channel!

Have any of you guys been to Seoul? What’s it like? What’s fun? Tweet me at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 4

Part 4 is the one that tugs at my heartstrings the most. We get an inside look into Dan Matthew’s adoption experience as a baby and meet his foster mother Mrs. Lee for the first time since leaving Korea. Seeing the babies at the adoption center makes me grateful for parents who take the time to lovingly raise their kids. Without giving too much away, you can see Dan’s life was changed forever. Here’s the episode:

I completely relate to how Dan feels meeting his foster mother. I had a similar moment coming home to the Philippines and seeing relatives I don’t remember as a small child. It is difficult to reciprocate the love someone has for you with little to no memories of it. I am definitely grateful for that love and care and showed it to them throughout my stay.

Show love to the people around you because they do the same. Remember you are where you are because of them. You owe it to them to be great and lift others up. More with Dan when part 5 hits the ISAtv channel! Tweet me with your thoughts about this video at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 3

In part 3 of the akaDAN series, Dan meets his biological family! Have you ever been really nervous, excited, scared all in one moment? Well, imagine those feelings and magnify them by a million. Journey with Dan Matthews as he describes first contact with his Korean family and his reaction to it all. Also learn a little about the International Korean Adoptee Association (IKAA), hear from Korean adoptees, and take a look at his brother’s cool apartment!

More Dan when the next part releases. We hope you enjoy us bringing you this exciting series! Please let us know how you feel. Feel free to tweet at me with your thoughts and feelings @999HP!
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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 1 & 2

We continue to define and re-define our identity. One of my good friends Dan Matthews stars in a series documenting his journey to find his biological Korean family. Dan is a Korean-American adoptee and ever since I’ve known him, he’s tried to reconnect with his Korean heritage. He’s brought so many people together through his community work and performing solo and with his band, afterschoolspecial.

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I want to share his series to outline that continuous self-discovery is important. Very seldom do we see such material from Asian-Americans and Dan continues to create music and projects for our generation. In the spirit of identity, I hope it inspires you to connect with what you love and what defines you. Whether it’s the arts, hobbies or passions, we all have something that keeps us motivated to be our best and help us fully express ourselves.

In episode 1, Dan makes a surprising discovery and prepares for his trip to attend the International Korean Adoptee Association (IKAA) conference in Korea. From here, take note that every journey begins differently and sometimes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

More of this series when episode 3 releases. Look for more updates from us about the series and more about self-discovery to pursue what it is you love. I know we blog about geeky things but I also feel that If you’re not geeking out about something, you’re not living.
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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

“Nice Guys”

This may not seem like a big deal to all of you in the blogosphere but, I personally can’t stand when I see “Nice Guy” status updates or tweets. I’m sure you’ve seen them…you haven’t!? allow me to show you some examples.

“In the movies, the good guy gets the girl. In real life, it’s usually the prick”

“I’m a great catch, why can’t I find a girlfriend?” 

“All the girls I talk to keep asking “where have all the good guys gone?”. I’m in the FRIEND ZONE, where you left me.”

So guys pull this b!tcha$$ sh!t for a couple of reasons. Hopes that a particular crush ‘likes or responds’ to the status update, alerting any and all females that he’s single and is a “genuine” good guy, Thinks the girls who respond “want the D”. Guys most likely have some kind of ulterior motive OR they truly believe in the stuff they’re saying. Which in my book, is the worst.

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The problem with the nice guy mentality is that they think every guy who isn’t them is a “jerk”. They seem to blame there inability to get into a relationship on everybody BUT themselves, What “nice guys” fail to realize is that maybe they’re not getting any love because they’re insecure, passive aggressive, whiny, clingy, submissive, and boring. Nice guys constantly blame their failures on women having bad taste in men, and fail to even think for a moment that maybe they’re issue is that they have HORRIBLE taste in women and are bad at gauging whether or not a women is interested. Now I’m not telling you to go out in the world and act like a dickhead to women. Just grow a pair, stop being thirsty, and have the confidence to be yourself. and if your saying “it’s not that easy” well NO DUH! what in life is? 

now listen to this Player Hater Anthem from the ultimate “nice guy” Drake…

New Years Eve Survival Guide.

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t’s New Years Eve and you don’t know what’s in store. Tonight can either be one of the greatest nights of your life OR a huge disappointment. Don’t worry dude! I got your back. Just follow these steps and you just might make it home safely…maybe with a few fat b!*ches too. JK

1. Dress Appropriately
Yeah, lets go ahead and throw all that Ecko Red in the trash. Tonight, let’s try and stay away from the baggy stuff. Think sleek and well tailored…form fitting if you will. Try not to overdress, you don’t want to look like a pretentious douche do you?

2. Carry Cash and set a limit
We all can’t be T Pain…we can’t buy everyone drinks, and I’ve seen plenty of friends rack up a bill because they opened a tab with a credit card. Nothing worse than being stuck with a $600 bill that you can’t pay. Set a spending limit and carry cash. This way you can manage how much you drink and also manage who you’re buying drinks for, like that girl over there that you’ve been eyeing, the one with the huge mole on her forehead with hair growing out of it…you should probably rethink that.

3.Use your head!
Hopefully you’re not completely sh!t faced at this point. It’s almost time for the countdown and nobody likes to be alone for that midnight kiss. Remember to use that noggin of yours. Avoid any Exes, and try to find a nice chick, and by “nice” I mean, find someone who at least seems interested in you. Ever been shot down for a midnight kiss? yeah me neither.

4. Hydrate
Remember that the key to keeping your night going strong is NOT how many beers and cocktails you can drink but how much water you drink. 1 drink. 1 water. 1 drink. 1 water. This will also help with the hangover process tomorrow.

5. THE GOLDEN RULE
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. FIND A DESIGNATED DRIVER. Don’t be a dipsh!t.

The Peach Complex.

 

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, must have been in some kind of F’d up relationship with his girlfriend. He must have gotten his heart broken and decided to make a game based on his relationship to help men around the world relate and cope. Think about it! Princess Peach is the eternal cock-tease right? and we all know the drill: Peach gets knabbed by the forever horny Bowser and you, as Mario have to drop everything and claim countless lives just to get her ungrateful ass home. Peach makes absolutely no provisions to defend herself from her persistent captor, knowing all along that we’ll clean up all her shit. To make things worse she gets your awkward brother Luigi involved and now shes dragging your family in this shit. YOUR FAM BRO!


That’s rough. Try as you might to keep her safe, it’s never enough. It’s like shes constantly throwing  challenges your way to test manhood and heart. “yeah, you saved me last week but, what have you done for me lately?”

chicks…am I right?