Nov 12, 2009  •  In Beauty, Korean

The Under-Eye Fat Experiment on Myself

Reader Amy suggested that I try Photoshopping under-eye fat deposits on myself to see if my theory proves correct.

What do you think? Do my eyes look larger with the under-eye bags?

For those who are wondering, this picture was taken after one too many drinks at a wedding,
when I proceeded to steal the ‘fro wig from the photo booth.

I personally think that my eyes DO look bigger with the under-eye fat deposits. Yes, I look tired and perhaps a bit older. But the extra shadow seems to create a more balanced look to my face.

Nov 11, 2009  •  In Asian, Beauty, Korean

Extra Fat Under Your Eyes May Make Them Look Larger

One thing I noticed lately is the prevalence of Korean celebrities who have large fat deposits under their eyes.

This picture of the new girl group Rainbow was what prompted my new curiosity.

Koreans (well, Asians in general) can have very warped views on attractiveness and appearances. I wondered if puffy under-eyes now counted as a desirable trait.

Internet searches brought up nothing, so I decided to formulate my own theory.

Asian blepharoplasty — otherwise known as Asian eyelid surgery — is performed in order to give the appearance of larger eyes. Asians even use glue or tape in order to create the crease that makes your eyes look bigger.

As you can see, a crease can make your eyes look bigger without changing the dimensions of the eyes.

I then wondered why the theory could not apply to the under eye area as well: can puffy under-eyes make your eyes look larger?

I am not talking about the under-eye bags that come with age. I am referring to the genetic kind — the extra deposit of fatty tissue that some people have even at a young age.

There was only one way to test my theory. I decided to take the above picture of Rainbow and remove, via Photoshop, the girls’ under-eye bags. See for yourself:

The difference is especially noticeable in the bottom right picture.

Still not convinced? Let’s try this picture of Kim Tae Hee, who is one of the most popular actresses in Korea right now:

Sure, she may look more tired with the bags, but you can’t deny that her eyes look larger with them.

I must confess that I was a bit disappointed with these results, because I do not possess this extra fat deposit under my eyes. I don’t even get puffy eyes when I’m tired…I only get dark, dark under-eye circles.

I’m still not sure if Korea has caught on to this phenomenon, as my Korean web-trawling skills are limited. However, I would not be surprised if a few years down the line, I start reading advertisements for under-eye deposit surgeries.

Do you have extra fat under your eyes? Do you consider them a blessing or a curse?

Nov 10, 2009  •  In Funny, Video Games

The COD Bug

Yesterday, J and our sister-in-law Annie were in panic because one of the most-anticipated games of the year was being released the next day (today) and neither of them had pre-ordered the game.

“How could YOU TWO of all people not have pre-ordered it?” I asked.

Neither of them had a good excuse.

(And Annie, I know you gave me a lengthy excuse but let’s face it: you can’t call yourself a true COD fan unless you place a pre-order on the first day that pre-orders are available! )

They called a bazillion GameStops in the area. They even had an innocent victim — J’s brother / Annie’s husband — run down to Chinatown to see if a copy was available.

According to J, this is what all the GameStops in the area looked like (image source).

Annie says that she was practically in tears at this point.

She then got in touch with a GameStop a bit up north who said they had some pre-orders left, but they would need to get there in 10 minutes to get it.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get there in time.

They then decided to swing by Best Buy, and as luck would have it, this particular branch was having a midnight launch party!

This is not J or Annie, nor is it a picture taken by them. It is a random image that popped up when I image-searched “GameStop” and thought it too funny not to share (image source).

I don’t know about Annie, but J played until 3am (“I’ll still get 5 solid hours of sleep for work!”) and will be high tailing it home tonight so he could get in a solid 6 hours of gameplay.

I am tempted to make fun of them even more, but came to the realization that I would probably do the same for a game I am passionate about.

What about you? Have YOU or anyone you know caught the COD bug?

At least I’m not the only one who finds humor with the world of COD:

Nov 9, 2009  •  In Geek, Web

Happy Birthday, Firefox!

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Mozilla’s Firefox!

I can’t believe it’s been five years — which is a looong time in the digital world — since J first told me about a new web browser that I just had to check out.

“I dunno, what’s wrong with Safari?” I asked. (Yes, I was a Mac geek and an IE hater even then.)

“Just…do it. You’ll like it. Trust me.”

And upon installation, my web experience was changed forever.

Let’s celebrate five years of the world’s best web browser by spreading the word and making the web a better place for everyone!

Nov 9, 2009  •  In Entertainment

Spoilers (Well, Not Really)


In the opening scene of the season finale of Mad Men last night, Betty Draper goes to visit Roger Sterling in a freshly mowed hay field wearing a huge white wedding dress and gets shot in the head with a rifle by an off-screen Jane. She was aiming for Roger, but the first bullet missed and he hit the deck like a good soldier. As the second bullet entered the back of Betty’s head, the camera swung around 180-degrees in a Matrix-like way and we see the bullet exit her neck about two inches below the ear. A ray of light shines through the hole as the bullet exits, as if Betty is made of pure light.

And then I woke up. I haven’t seen the actual episode yet. (Friends, don’t let friends eat late Vietnamese dinners.)

Seriously though…who watched the season finale last night?

Did you LOVE it as much as I did? I really do think that Season 3 has been the best season of Mad Men yet, and the final episode was the best of the season!