It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Episode 7 & 8


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’s been 8 episodes…


It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Episode 5 & 6


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! 


July 2020 Yoga Playlist

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


My Top 5 Yogi Items

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.

Yoga Leggings

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.

Yoga Mat

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.

Yoga Block(s)

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.

Water Bottle

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).

Hand Sanitizer

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)

Yogi Skincare

Happy July 4th yogis! My skincare has changed so much in my 30s. I used to be an oily combination type in my 20s but now it’s just dry in my 30s. Below is everything I’m using on a daily basis to care for my skin.

You can find most of these products on Amazon, Sephora, Costco, Innisfree, YesStyle, and many other sites via Google shopping. Some things that vary for me comes to serums, masks, and night-time creams depending on season and weather.

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Step 1. Cleanser: Because my skin is so dry I start out with a basic cleansing oil. DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil does a darn good job with cleansing without stripping my skin of all my natural oils. Smells just like olive oil.

Step 2. Exfoliant: I alternate the days I use the Pore Cleansing Facial Foam from Innisfree when I need to get more grime/dirt off my faces. The charcoal base makes my face feel really clean.

Step 3. Facial Mist: I mist myself after cleansing my face/shower with Avene’s Thermal Spring Water and when I need an extra lift, I use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir. Smells herbally but I like it.

Step 4. Mask/Serum (optional): This is when I decide if I want to treat my skin to something different but on most days (because I’m lazy) I skip this step.

Step 5. Facial Oil: My face needs more moisture after hot showers so I use the Nuxe Multi-purpose oil and pat it in my face. 

Step 6: Eye Cream: I also pat it Innisfree’s Youth-enriched Eye Cream to prevent wrinkles.

Step 7: Lip Balm: When I don’t drink enough water, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is the way to go before I head for bed.


Other Products

Treating Acne: I use the CosRx Acne Pimple Patches overnight to get rid of any bumps. It flattens the pimple overnight. And if it needs and extra umph, Moa’s Green Balm does the same and has all natural ingredients.

Sunscreen: I bought a pack of Thank You Farmer’s Sun Project Water Sun Cream because it’s a moisturizing sunscreen that is 50+ and PA+++. SPF = 50+ in blocking UVB rays for 50 mins and PA+++ means it’s blocking UVA rays. (The Klog explains this way better than me)

Muscle aches: All yogis have experienced muscle aches and my favorite oil blend to use is Saje’s Peppermint Halo. It’s also great for cooling and soothing headaches and dizziness (especially after hot yoga).

And the *most important thing for skincare: Eating well, Getting Enough Beauty Sleep, and Drinking lots of water. Definitely helps with skin to look glowy and hydrated and no amount of skincare products can change that.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Ep 3 & 4


Our main girl Moon Young has just the right amount of assertiveness!  I don’t know how she’s able to declare that she saw Gang Tae in her dreams. Such a boss! Love how she just speaks her mind that way. She’s even more hilarious when she asks Gang Tae if he wants to sleep with her loudly so that the rest of hospital could make assumptions about their convo. She has a way to keep him on his toes and I love the chemistry between the two!!!

Episode 3 was filled with action. I appreciate the diagnosis on why the patients act up the way they do whether their illness comes from the constraints come from parents, friends or society. It really touches on the point of why society believes mental illness is something to hide. I particularly like how this episode is able to touch on Gi-Do’s illness. Him showing up at his father’s campaign really drove it home with him wanting to be acknowledged vs. being hidden or fixed in a psychiatric hospital.

Episode 4 was emotional after Moon Young’s dad chokes her again and the whole story about Zombie Kid. Slightly depressing and gory. Again, the idea what the parents think the child needs vs what a child really wants. Moon Young and Gang Tae exchange some harsh words with one another. Even so, I really can’t wait as we are left Gang Tae looking for Moon Young in the rain (such a K-dramatic moment).

OST of the Week: Sam Kim’s Breath is soooooo good! Definitely on repeat and added to my next yoga playlist for July.

Corepower Yoga Auditions

CorePower holds its auditions on a monthly cadence in the Bay Area for any new instructors. The audition day usually lands on the last week of the month. If there are new studio openings, the audition dates will coincide with Intensives (training). Be sure to get on the email list of when auditions are happening as it’s difficult to get an audition slot.

My Audition Experience (May 2019)


After teacher training, I wanted to audition for CPY so I could start teaching asap. I opted out of extensions so I decided to do intensives for both Yoga Sculpt and C2. Intensives are a great and free way to get the training (similar to extensions). You learn to set intentions/themes and use music cues. Intensives are two whole days (usually a weekend) and you practice teach with the Master Trainer for your region.

Yoga Sculpt Audition

This was the first intensive I attended and I was super nervous when teaching with weights. The audition consists of a sculpt series* sections and auditions with about 4-5 other potential teachers in your group. For this audition, it is super important to do the muscle action cues. *Sculpt Series includes: Tricep Kickbacks, Narrow Rows, Wide Rows, etc. in chair post or crescent lunge (cueing from downward dog)

C2 Flow Audition

This was my second intensive and definitely a lot more similar to C1. This audition consists of a Sun B flow. Again, you book audition slots with 4-5 other instructors who will act as students in your class so doing assists and setting the intention here is super important. 

In total, the individual audition lasts for about 5 minutes. The entire audition is 30 mins with all the other yogis auditioning. After the audition, the trainers will ask each person to describe how teaching makes them feel in one word (supposedly to tell them a lot about your personality?)

Overall, quite an interesting experience as I’ve never auditioned for anything else in my life. I had lots of fun learning and developing more teaching skills. *Tip: Auditioning with folks that you feel comfortable assisting helps. I had several yogis in my audition group that helped each other out that way. I passed the C2 audition and was able to “intern” right away (more to come later). 


Inside Weather – Review


I’ve been testing out boutique furniture brands, picking up a couple of things here and there to upgrade into adulthood from my Ikea furniture. Don’t get me wrong, Ikea is still the way to go for the sake of simplicity and it’s great prices. But definitely ready to get a few staple pieces for long-term use and support local businesses. 

Inside Weather has a lot of cute decor items and accessories but one of the pieces that caught my eye was the Nordic Coat Rack. It looked simple enough to put together at first glance but actually took me a good 20 minutes, with the pieces falling over twice. But hey, no tools used. I’m not sure how it will hold up but it’s definitely not meant for moving around once you’ve put it together. 

Delivery was less than perfect as there has been a multitude of delays of furniture shipments. The first reach out from their support team came 5 days after the confirmation stating that items in my order were delayed, but not specifying which items. After two follow-ups, the rep finally said some items were getting shipped out (again, very confusing which ones) when they were originally out of stock until end of July. Unsure what was happening next but then only half the items, one being the Nordic Coat Rack arrived two weeks later. I’m still awaiting an update on the rest of the items.

I give them 0.5 bonus points for adding these cute cat paw leg covers to stop the wood from scratching the flooring. Overall a decent shopping experience but probably won’t be repurchasing anytime soon because I’m not huge into customizing my furniture. I prefer simpler things.

Teaching at Corepower Yoga

Getting hired at Corepower Yoga was exciting because I had been going to classes there for a year and the instructors are all wonderful. Unfortunately for me, the excitement dissipated within a month. The studios are wonderful, students are amazing, but the ROI on time spent wasn’t there for me. There are also certain expectations of sales to move up in the totem pole…typical for a corporate company. Below is a list of all pros and cons from my short stint there.


1. Yogis of all ages and ethnicities

2. Good acoustic and heating in studio (decent amenities for showers)

3. A lot of feedback from yogis before and after class once you get to know them

4. Paid training classes to improve teaching

5. Free classes for interns and instructors (+1)

6. Lots of opportunity to sub for other instructors




1. Pay is minimum wage and untimely

2. Time commitment is huge (you have to arrive 30 min before class and stay 30 min after class to check in students, charge people for towels, water, etc.)

3. No pay for admin time (making playlists/sequencing)

4. Lack of diversity in peer teachers 

5. Selling teacher trainings as part of a rating system

6. Amateur management

7. Intern period for 30 classes 

8. Limited time slots for newbies

After figuring out the pros and cons, I decided that I would practice at Corepower to support for fellow yogi teachers but will definitely teach elsewhere as there are many other studios that pay teachers to skill accordingly. Corepower generally has a high turnover of instructors and most of them are in their early 20s. The company incentivizes selling of teacher trainings through bonus structure mentioned here.

Crash Landing on You


Crash Landing on You is one of my top dramas for 2020 so far. It has two good looking main leads, awesome OST playlist, and a great plot! Albeit a little farfetched…but that’s what makes this romance so fun. Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) gets saved a bazillion times by Ri Jeong Hyuk (Hyun Bin) and somehow survives all the political madness of her family and the animosity between two countries. It’s also pretty hilarious how incapable she thinks Ri Jeong Hyuk is by questioning everything he does.

My favorite episodes were definitely when the whole crew was in “North Korea”. Love the concept of a simple lifestyle and how it goes against everything that happens in modern day South Korea. I’m sure people go to sleep a lot earlier with no electricity. Two of my favorite things about this world is that the pawn shop measures the value of everything by ‘weight’ and Captain Ri’s soldier group. Kim Joo Muk (Yoo Soo Bin) who is a secret K-drama fan (every can relate to binge-watching dramas) and Choi Ji Woo fan is definitely relatable.

Captain Ri is the perfect gentlemen and a wonderful main lead in every aspect, except for the fact that he’s had a fiance since the beginning of the series. This drama revolves around the fate and destiny that brought these two people together so I’m happy about the ending. Switzerland looks like a beautiful place to visit and definitely on my travel list. Who’s with me that these two should get together in real life?!