Throwback to Tokyo…

September 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

094A1810That’s me and my team getting settled before starting our interview with gyaru group Black Diamond inside a tiny “gal cafe” in Shibuya. Looking back, I still can’t believe that we actually did that and sooner than later you’ll be able to read all about it in the next issue of Scion Magazine. 

In the words of my favourite writer, Pico Iyer: 

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” 

Perhaps that’s why I enjoy traveling so much. The sheer joy of understanding things beyond my regular environment, the fun in learning something new, and the discomfort of sometimes never knowing what you’ll find. That last note is interesting… 

IMG_0893Above, a photo taken mere moments before I was almost carried away by a wave on Bansai Beach on the North Shore in Hawaii earlier this summer. Truth be told, I was never crazy about being in the water. But there’s something about losing my footing and the discomfort that comes with not having any control. Part terrifying, part exhilarating. And more often than not, something I seem to find when I’m out of town. 

Which reminds me that I’m overdue a trip. I think I hear Broadway calling… 




March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

A look back at my brother Derek’s wedding to one of my bff’s Alexis. #ADwedding

The Hangover:

Also worth checking out the Same Day Edit and  “Moments” – Save the Date Playlist here.

Thanks to Stories Worth Sharing and Chad Munro for capturing the occasion on film as well as my homeboy Shingo Shimizu for all of the design work.


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a diva is a female version of a hustler…

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Thanks to the MILLIONS team for coming by to check out all of the fun behind the scenes at Scion Magazine.

Also special thanks to the team in the background: Andy Lee, Jennifer Lee, Ivy Lam, the gsus fam, and go-go-dancing squatchy aka art director Shingo Shimizu.

no matter how your story begins…

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I hope it ends in love.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Japan in MVs

November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Whenever I’m on the subway, train or just walking around the city I always have my iPod on. Just like theme music, I’ve associated certain neighbourhoods, trends and styles to certain songs. I thought I’d share them with you…enjoy.

SONG: Nothing to Worry About by Peter Bjorn and John

Reminds me of: Sundays at Harajuku – Rock-a-billy kids (or shall I say men?)

SONG: Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

Reminds me of: Girls in Shibuya 109 and in Harajuku – and the picture taking at the start is like every photograph I’ve taken here…except it should’ve been “Cheeeeessseeee-u” instead of “super kawaii”

SONG: I Kiss Your Lips by Tokyo Ghetto Pussy

Reminds me of: the boys who line the “conbinis” (convenience stores) looking at anime porn and bikini model magazines

SONG: Bigger by Backstreet Boys

Reminds me of: Akhibara Maid Cafe – this video also has a lot of good imagery from life in Japan. Ramen shops, karaokes, cabs, Roppongi Hills, the guy in the PJs, Asakusa etc… great song too!

SONG: 2012 by Jay Sean with Nicki Minaj

Reminds me of: Partying in Tokyo – maybe not 2012 but definitely partying til 6 am in the morning!

SONG: Check it Out by Nicki Minaj & Will.i.Am

Reminds me of: My xB – okay well maybe it’s not entirely Japanese but I’m digging Nicki’s body suit. The suited audience reminds me of the Salary Men and Career Ladies you see in throngs on the train all dressed in similar suits, bags and shoes.

SONG: I Bruise Easily by Natasha Beddingfield

Reminds me of: Hostess Bars in Kabuki-cho and the girls who take 2 hours to get ready in the morning

SONG: Round, Round by Far*East Movement

Reminds me of: Drift Culture & Race Queens – even though I know this song was shot in an LA Garage and the Shibuya crossing was re-created!

SONG: Roboto by Styx

Reminds me of: Oh come on, as if you don’t think of this song when you think about Japan!

SONG: Love Letter from Japan by The Bird & The Bee

Reminds me of: Sega Joyopolis and all of the other arcades and sticker picture areas filled with Japanese school boys in uniform!

SONG: Intergalactic by Beastie Boys

Reminds me of: Commuting, Power Rangers fight scenes, and the general nonsensical things that take place daily in Tokyo

SONG: Read my Mind by The Killers

Reminds me of: my hood – with cameos from Gachapin, << that’s right he’s got almost one million followers, the tiny little school kids and the back streets of the suburbs, this video is not only one of my favourites but is also one of my favourite songs too!

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