Finally watched this slice of life movie, getting really pumped to see Eric Chou this September in Singapore. Great soundtrack and cute movie centered around the theme of “害怕失去，所以愛沒說” There are a lot of one-sided romances in the movie and it also made me crave fantuan. As we learn from the movie is greater My favorite character in the movie was the rapping roommate…
The grass also super green and why does every high school romance end near a train crossing…are there really that many train crossings? Check out the MV below 😉
Summer brings in all the new skincare and now that I’m getting closer to mid-30s, it’s important to switch things up and somehow even upgrade. Here’s some of my recent favorites!
Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine herbs: There was an awesome deal on this milk cleanser (2 for 1) and decided to try this out. It smells fresh and I’ve been using it in the shower and in the mornings the past month.
Sioris Calm Me Down Cream: Discovered this organic Korean skincare brand through JYP’s investment and have been using this calm me down cream as my night moisturizer. It’s super light and relatively inexpensive.
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La Mer Eye Concentrate: Eye cream is so important, wrinkle keep popping up everywhere nowadays. Definitely invested a whole lump of money into keeping those wrinkles at bay.
Neutrogena Original Rainbath: My favorite body wash for the summer as the weather gets up to 100 degrees.
Dr. Jart+ Face Masks: So calming and such a good hydrating mask for the summer
Eve recently premiered in June 2022 and I am thoroughly enjoying Son Ye Ji’s acting and comeback on screen since ‘It’s Okay Not to Be Okay’. She pulls off this “revenge” aura so well. It’s only been two episodes but the characters are all so evil and…dramatic. It’s a little bit crazy to think that to get revenge, people are willing to plot for 10 years, pretty intense.
Can’t wait until the two new episodes are subbed 🙂
Here are all the Korean dramas I either tried to finish or finished in 2021. The best is at the bottom 😉 #dramalife
Snowdrop – This has to be one of the slowest dramas I’ve watched in a while. I was hoping for Crash Landing on You feels since the story is based in North Korea. Think I partly only watched this because Jung Hae In was in this drama…
Melancholia – Seeing math in real life was interesting but the teacher-student relationship was pretty questionable. Do agree that problem solving is only fun if it’s an interesting problem you want to solve.
School 2021 Was initially really excited to see them tackle concepts that impact students in Korea but mostly revolved around corruption in society. The actors and actresses were all very pretty but seemed to lack a bit of substance.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha – there isn’t much to say about this one since the storyline is about a woman who moves from the city to the country-side to start her dental practice. I actually didn’t even finish this one because of cancel culture from the scandal Kim Seon Ho…
Nevertheless – I only watched 1 episode of this because the drama promoted smoking, cheating, poor human values overall…smoking is the absolute worst and I can’t bring myself to enjoy even if both the actors are good-looking
Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim – The young actors in this short 12 episode series were great, really rooting for both Nam Dareum and Kim Saeron.
My Roommate is a Gumiho – I can barely remember anything that happened in the drama besides the stereotypical story of the two main leads falling in love despite one of them being non-human. I actually quite liked Kang Hanna’s character and was definitely rooting for the 2nd female lead romance.
Doom at Your Service – I’m a big fan of Park Bo Young but I couldn’t bring myself to get into the drama and didn’t finish. It was missing something and I wasn’t excited about the chemistry between the two main leads.
Vincenzo – One of my absolute favs from this year. This is probably the best thing I’ve watched with Song Joong Ki since his divorce and Taecyeon was a delight to watch as the evil-doer and his little bro was even more hilarious. There were subtle hints of romance but really enjoyed all the plotting of both teams. All the scenes where Song Joong Ki spoke Italian were pretty epic.
Squid Game – Such a big hit, finished in 24 hrs and in two sittings because it was so good. Then thought to myself how great a costume like this would be for halloween and was quite saddened that it became overrated. My halloween costume became the invitation card to squid game which is quite easy to make from cardboard.
Blue Birthday – This web series came up from thin air. Also another one I really enjoyed with younger actors and actresses that did so well. Also this drama inspired me to possibly get a retro camera. But good thing I didn’t, where would I even develop the film?!! Storyline was clever and the method to travel back in time was pretty cool.
That wraps it for K-dramas in 2021 for me. There were so many more dramas that came out in 2021: Penthouse series, Kingdom #2, etc. But I haven’t even attempted those. Most of the genre I enjoy are the slice of life rom coms. Here’s to a better 2022 #dramalife #2022
Twogether: Lee Seung Gi (이승기) and Jasper Liu (劉以豪)
I binge watched Twogether one weekend and fell in love with Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal. These places are so beautiful and the whole series made me feel as if I were traveling…even though that’s probably not possible in the near future…
Lee Seung Gi and Jasper Liu’s communication through English, Korean, and Chinese makes it even more delightful to watch. And the whole series is produced by a former Running Man PD. Too cool! I’m neither a fan of Seung Gi or Jasper but the whole series went by so quickly getting to know the food and culture of each place they visit.
I love it when the two have to compete in all the challenges to meet their fans. Their first at yoga was adorable. Nikki, the instructor had her olive green lululemon gear on to teach them a bit of partner and acroyoga. It was definitely struggles for them.
Even though it wasn’t a spa massage, the two seemed to have a lot of fun during the challenge. The whole series is just a feel good show. Highly recommend! It’s only 8 episodes…
I am so jealous of Moon Young in this scene. She gets a hair cut and instantly has a weight lifted off her shoulders. I desperately want a haircut… Then, she has the guy of her dreams tell her she’s pretty, not in a condescending way, not because he’s looking for something, but in a very sweet and genuine way. Why is Kim Soo Hyun’s acting soooo good?!!
I also don’t know how Moon Young deals with her sleep paralysis on the regular. I’m glad she’s got a little Mang Tae to catch all her nightmares. I’ve only felt sleep paralysis once when I first got to college and changed my sleeping schedule. It was the worst feeling ever not being able to move but you’re awake. I attribute it to my late night exercise right before bed… Never again! Sleep is too important.
It’s also super cute how Gang Tae is jealous as one of Moon Young’s fans approaches her for an autograph and photo. Of course, she has an eye out for his shiny and sharp calligraphy pen, calling it “handsome”. Gang Tae gets super jealous thinking that Moon Young called her fan handsome and stalks off after their coffee time. What is it with drinking ice Americanos every time they order coffee in dramas?
Episode 8 ends with Gang Tae finally taking his “safety pin” off. No longer holding in his emotions and really giving it to an abusive man that slaps Moon Young. Man can throw a punch…it’s even more interesting when the camera pans over that Moon Young with a rock behind her back the entire time. She drops it because Gang Tae “saves her”. If he didn’t, she was really going to give it to the domestically violent man. And it’s just so her to respond that “It hurts” when Gang Tae asks if she’s okay.
Moon Young’s adamant honesty about her feelings is really refreshing unlike other dramas! I can’t wait for those two to go on a trip together…and where is my freaking kiss scene..it’s been 8 episodes…
Gang Tae and Moon Young end up at a love motel where our female lead really takes it upon herself to make Gang Tae uncomfortable and feel guilty about calling her an “empty can”, devoid of anything real or emotions. She’s so badass for admitting her feelings so boldly and this definitely pisses off our 2nd female lead, Juri. She goes crazy from her common nice girl demeanor with Moon Young confessing boldly to Gang Tae.
There are plenty of flashbacks of Gang Tae feeling second in his mother’s love after his hyung with down syndrome. The phrase that “Moon Gang Tae belongs to Moon Gang Tae” foreshadows his own brother, Sang Tae wanting to walk his own path when the duo ends up living with Moon Young. We also find out that Gang Tae ends up almost drowning while saving his older brother, but gets saved by Moon Young.
My new favorite character is the hospital director who has extreme psychoanalyses skills. He is very curious and is trying to figure out why Moon Young’s dad has begun speaking. It’s super creepy as we still don’t know why he keeps wanting to strangle his own daughter to death. He also knows the right buttons to push with every patient and every person he encounters at his hospital.
I’m extremely excited for the next few episodes as Sang Tae and Gang Tae both start living in Moon Young’s haunted castle of a house. Can’t wait until there is more drama between our leads!
Here’s my yoga playlist for the month of July 2020. Definitely all the feels with a core workout in between.
Intention for this month: Being Present. Really indulging in your practice: taking an extra breath in your downward dog, really sinking into your hips during Warrior II. Whatever it might be, breath and take it in.
“Everything you want is coming. Relax and let the universe pick up the timing and the way. You just need to trust that what you want is coming, and watch how fast it comes. You may not end up where you thought you’d be, but you’ll end up right where you’re meant to be.” – theloveinspired
One pro about teaching yoga is that you get discounts to shop at most of the yoga brand (ranging from 25-30% off retail/sales price). So I’ve tried my fair share of leggings, mats, water bottles, etc. Below are my yogi faves.
Lululemon Align Pant II 25″ (used to be known as the Lululemon Align 7/8). These pants are great for shorter yogis (I am 5’3″) and reaches my ankles at the perfect length. Taller yogis can opt for the 28″ They come in a variety of colors. I probably have 3-4 pairs in black and about 6-8 more in a colors of the rainbow. These pants have over 10,000+ reviews and feel like a layer of your skin.
Some others that are similar are the Alo Soft (not sweat wicking) and Athleta’s Elation. I have yet to try Nike’s Infinalon 7/8 but imagine it’s very similar.
Alo Warrior Yoga Mat: I have 3 of these mats… 2 in black and 1 in the pink Smoky Quartz. This is the most comfortable mat for all the quarantine exercises you want to do. I discovered the mat from practicing a lot of hot yoga. This one has the best grip (without a towel) and is super easy to clean with a wipe. I keep one at the office, 2 at home (1 for my husband and 1 for me). I highly recommend the black color as it seems the Smoky Quarts material is not as easy to clean.
A close second is either the Lululemon Reversible (Big Mat) or Manduka Pro Yoga Mat (6mm). I own the reversible and frequently use the Manduka one teaching at Salesforce.
Gaiam Yoga Blocks are lightweight but super sturdy whenever you need an extra assist. I have 6 of these and have used them relentlessly for modifications and support. Better quality than the CorePower Yoga ones.
BKR Water Bottles are made of glass and have a silicone covering. I find it to be the perfect water bottle and has a cap for ease of transportation. I prefer glass to any steel-insulated water bottle. Partially because it increases in temperature with the room so that you’re not shocking your body from the inside after warming up (even though it might feel good to have cold water in a hot yoga room). And just not a fan of the steel taste…it’s there…I know it.
Often times, I’ve kicked or knocked my water bottle over getting into Savasana and this one makes the least amount of noise vs. loud clanging from the steel water bottles.
Others that are yogi favorites: Swell, Hydroflask, Yeti
Miniso sells a great dupe of the BKR water bottle (not sure if it exists anymore).
Trader Joe’s Grapefruit and Lemon Hand Sanitizer is great before and after yoga class. During assists especially when assisting multiple students, I meticulously use hand sanitizer in between. I recently bought some but for some reason, this new batch does not smell anything like the one I originally bought before. Not sure if quarantine has changed the availability of some ingredients… It’s still moisturizing with Vitamin E and Aloe even though it’s 74% alcohol.
Runner Up: GermX (not as a strong to strip the skin of all its oils like Purrell)