While traveling in China, I learned that peacocks are a symbol of auspiciousness. It's said that peacocks have the special ability to ingest poisonous snakes & toxic plants; transforming them into nourishment without harm. Folklore goes further by describing that the colors of the peacock's feathers become even more vibrant and beautiful with the poison from snakes. Similarly in our own lives, we should train ourselves to transform ignorance into enlightenment, hatred into positive feelings & utilize the obstacles we face to emerge even better than before🦋
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Any foreign films that I should watch? I don't understand why so many ppl avoid movies w/ subtitles, maybe it has something to do with cultural disconnect...but honestly many of my favorite films are from other countries. I recently saw The Wailing & it was...well I won't spoil it for u.
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Do u guys keep a journal or a planner? One of my best tips for turning your dreams into reality: write it down. I'm literally so hyped to be teaming up with @Poketo to share this life changing tool with u guys. I use it every single day- morning, noon & night; it's called 'The Project Planner' by @Poketo#Poketo
_ @Poketo planners will not only help you get in the habit of writing your ideas down, but most importantly these planners will help you organize all your big dreams & goals into achievable long term & short term project based checkpoints @Poketo also offers a variety of cool stationary for your everyday life; #artforyoureveryday
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Got the opportunity w/ @Vans to do a street style look! I'm all about juxtaposition; decided to mix up these Sk8-Hi @Vans w/ some unexpected pastels#Vans#Sk8Hi
Btw I took this pic myself with my Dslr & a tripod as always if u want photo tips, check the link in my bio for some cool tutorials
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It's been 97 days since our heavenly fathers assaulted us w/ the Blood, Sweat & Tears MV...tbh I still feel just as violated as ever🥀
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1000th post ft. @MoonFiber hair products! (want more videos like this? Tap link in my bio & subscribe to my YouTube channel)
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1. Sprinkle @MoonFiber : LunarDust (for volume & texture)
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Filmed & edited by me. Visit YouTube.com/EdwardZo for the full tutorial along with many others or tap the link in my bio!
Yes. What #SteveHarvey said on his TV show about Asians is horrible, antiquated & untrue (for myself and maaaaany other ppl I know) It's always that much more disappointing when regressive rhetoric comes from an otherwise very talented & charismatic individual.
Am I surprised? No. People do & say what they think they know. Jokes are jokes, but when these false ideas are reinforced at the expense of a group that lacks a mainstream voice? Its overall impact is much more insidious. The reality is this: Asians (especially Asian males) are invisible in mainstream American culture. Of course people are going to have an extremely distorted view about us. Thankfully trends are shifting- hello new media globalization.
This post may or may not be immediately relatable to you, but for perspective: everyone wants to be acknowledged, respected, heard & understood. That we can all understand. It doesn't matter what group you identify with, being understood is an innate human desire. This is why representation is important, to be represented is to be understood as a human being- maybe not completely - but at least that much more.
In the end, the negative things people choose to do or say with their time is really just a grain of sand in the bigger scheme of things. The beauty of the digital age & new media is that we can manifest our own platform to create a positive voice, one that challenge old ideas. This is why I did the viral social experiment "Asian Guys VS White Girls" video on YouTube & why I continue to find innovative ways to break stereotypes & encourage progressive change. In the future I hope to continue to evolve my platform, but the overall message will still be the advancement of deeper human connections, positivity & understanding.
If you've taken the time to read this far I just want to leave you with this gem: be proactive in your passions instead of wasting time sending hate to people who are willfully ignorant & who quite frankly don't know any better. There is more to be gained by being compassionate & empathetic than returning hate w/ hate- and that goes for life in general
And yes I'm working on something really special for u guys
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Getting fit w/ @FitTea Super excited to be partnering up with @FitTea to help achieve my fitness goals in 2017#FitTea sp
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Check my InstaStory & SnapchatThe vibe of this place is sexy af! I wanna get nekkid & film my own version of BTS' Blood, Sweat & Tears MV here
Speaking of filming....I just finished filming 5 new tutorial videos for u guys.New video will be up this week! Link in bio
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Moments @GrandHyattTokyo#LivingGrand sp
1 of my fave things about @GrandHyattTokyo is that it's attached directly to a massive multi-mall in Roppongi Hills Tokyo. I've never seen anything like it; a huge maze of an indoor/outdoor mall (literally got lost at every turn) + a separate food mall. Yes I said food mall. In the U.S. we have food courts, in Japan they have food malls; floors and floors of culinary glory
Some of the many highlights of this hotel: lifestyle destination in heart of Roppongi, 200 pieces of art spread out through the hotel with a mix of Japanese & foreign artists, a total of 10 restaurants & bars! + a key feature: @GrandHyattTokyo has redefined the bathing experience in hotels, introducing the philosophy of Japanese bathing by having the bathroom occupying more than 1/4 of the standard room space
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Some real talk about who I am & why I do what I do: In the past year I've been fortunate enough to make several trips to Asia for work & collabs... as I'm sitting here in Beijing, I took a moment to reflect (albeit superficial) that...DAMN there are so many interesting good looking people here; I feel like I'm in a K-pop mv tbh (cue someone in the comments missing the point entirely & saying Beijing =\= kpop ) the point is...it's surreal for me in a way because growing up in the United States, there's always been a lack of visibility & representation in our media. If you are reading this & nodding your head - I am speaking to you. Take a discerning look; mediocrity is rewarded for those that are part of the status quo & for the rest of us we have to kick a55 20x harder to even be on a close playing field. Im sure many of you can relate. I never truly felt like part of the culture because I never saw myself in the people being promoted in mainstream media. It's this undercurrent of invisibility which drives me to create my own platform here on social media & beyond. I want to be a catalyst, break stereotypes, introduce new ideas, create dialogue & set forth change. Not just for myself, but for the big picture. People sometimes ask me: "why do you do what you do?" This is why. I am ever evolving, but as I am doing so I am building a family of people who share the same passions & life ideologies. People who are tired of the status quo. People like yourself. I thank u & love u for being an active part of OUR journey.
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Rooftop pool @ShangriLaTaipei with a perfect view of "Taipei 101" - one of the tallest buildings in the world. #ShangriLa lifestyle sp
Btw, If u need tips on how to take aesthetic photos or how to make your theme better for 2017 -make sure to watch my tutorials. I have a couple videos that I made to help u guys (link in bio)
I was recently invited to experience Keyakiza teppanyaki restaurant while working w/ @GrandHyattTokyo & im still dreaming about my meal there. おいしい!!!! sp
In Japan, you will find that people have such a meticulous sense of pride & care for their work. The way the chef tended to & prepared our teppanyaki lunch was like a painting. The result? One of the best pieces of Japanese wagyu steak I've ever had. I'm not exaggerating when I say this!!! it was perfect (no high end steakhouse in LA could compare!)
I highly recommend visiting Keyakizaka teppanyaki restaurant at @GrandHyattTokyo if you are ever in Japan! U will leave very happy🙃
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Taipei street style featuring @CalvinKlein#MyCalvins sp
Have u all seen my latest travel adventures on InstaStory & SnapChat? Having an amazing time here in Taiwan!
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Let's chill here & talk about: life, our goals n dreams, revolutionary ideas, the universe...the typo on my jeans.🙃
Thrilled to be partnering with @evenearprint for their new amazing H1 headphones! These earphones customize to your individual hearing with #EarPrint technology - it's officially my current favorite way to listen to musictry out the demo on the website & experience It for yourself (link in bio!) #EvenHeadphones
btw, what are some songs I should check out?
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If you want to know how I edit my photos & which apps/filters I use, I have an in depth tutorial on my YouTube channel. Tap the link in my bio to watch & subscribe for weekly lifestyle videos
I'm always interested in learning more about you. Other than Instagram, what apps are you currently using the most?
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Super excited to be teaming up with @JumpFromPaper backpacks to do a holiday giveaway for u guys. (Comes in a ton of different colors & styles! Up to $160 usd value) Giveaway rules:
1. Must be following me (@EdwardZo)
2. Like this post
3. Tag a friend in the comments below. One comment = one entry. You can comment & enter as many times as you want.
Entries will be checked & verified (so don't skip any steps)Winner will be selected from the comments & announced one week from today on my Snapchat Sunday 12/25 at 11:59pm pst. Good luck! #JumpfromPaper
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A donut for everyone who took an L on those sold out BTS tickets
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That live chat thoturn on my post notifications so u don't miss the next one.
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Some cool finds from Harajuku! Btw, tap the link in my bio & subscribe! Our YouTube fam is growing fast af
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Thanks @Strings_IC for hosting my stay in Shinagawa. In the states we have food courts, but in Japan there are food MALLS! I was blown away; just floors and floors of incredible food optionsOne of the many perks while staying at the @Strings_IC hotel
The location of this hotel is amazing-everything is connected via a modern pedestrian sky bridge (as a pedestrian u never have to share the road with any cars if u don't want to! Everything is connected via a walkway above ground level) and it's right next to the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo
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Hey u. Just uploaded a new video. Tap the link in my bio to watch
ps here's a pic from Roppongi Hills, one of my favorite malls in Japan
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