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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Netflix Review: Her Private Life

Have you ever been a KPop fan? I loved listening to Super Junior, 2NE1, and Big Bang back in the day, but I was never as big a fan as some people are today with BTS.  Still, as someone who used to fangirl for local celebrities, I totally understand the world of being a super fan. The Netflix series Her Private Life focuses on the life of a young woman working in an art gallery in South Korea who is secretly a fangirl for a KPop star/idol. 


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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Book Review: The Selection Series

I have been doing a lot of re-reading these days. Mostly fiction, mostly Romance, but also some Young Adult (YA) books that are targeted more for the teen market. Recently I have re-read a series of books from Kierra Cass called The Selection. 

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Quarantine Stories: Work from Home

There is one more week to go before the Enhanced Community Quarantine (supposedly) ends. According to the news, there are currently meetings going on about whether that quarantine will be extended or not. At this point, anything can happen. One thing is for sure though, I will continue to be working from home for the entire duration of the pandemic due to government rules social distancing, especially for people with “co-morbidities” like me. It appears that for the foreseeable future. I will be doing my work online at the mercy of my internet service provider and my aging laptop.  

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Beauty Review: Rose Quartz Roller

Beauty is a category I do not tackle as much in this blog. I think it is because I have always considered myself low maintenance when it comes to that department. Sometimes though, I give in to a trend or two to give it a try. I was looking at an ad from a beauty supply store on Instagram and decided that wanted to try their rose quartz beauty roller. 

According to the review that I saw online, beauty rollers are a trend these days because of its benefits for the skin. It is a massage and workout for the face, helping to slim it down by making it look less puffy by increasing the circulation of blood and lymphatic flow in that area. An added benefit is that it helps whatever skincare products you use to be penetrated by the skin easier.   


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Movie Review: Love Wedding Repeat

If you have followed my blog or social media for some time now, you would know that I love a good romantic comedy. Love stories are big on my movies to watch list, so when I heard that Sam Claflin (who I adored in Love Rosie and Me Before You) had a new one on Netflix called Love, Wedding Repeat, I decided that I was going to watch it and make a review. 



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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

On YouTube: Marion's Kitchen

One of my biggest frustrations is not being naturally good in the kitchen. The thing with me and food is that I appreciate it better than I can cook it. Do not get me wrong, I can cook. It is just that I am not as good at it as my sisters, who can make a meal from scratch and do not rely on recipe books to do anything.  I, on the other hand, prefer to do my cooking via an online search on YouTube, Facebook, or even Instagram for any easy recipe with ingredients that are not hard to find. I pick a dish, follow instructions from a printed recipe or watch a video and then I come up with a finished product. I think I take longer than most to finish since I tend to be a bit on the obsessive-compulsive side, but most of the time things turn out well. 

One of the people who I love to watch and turn to for tips and recipes that I would love to try out is Marion Grasby. She is a chef, blogger, and former contestant of MasterChef Australia, a TV competition that searches for the best home cooks in Australia. She was one of the frontrunners in her season but did not go all the way. Despite that, she was able to use her time at the show to diversify into other fields: she became a TV presenter, a cookbook author, and is the owner of her own food company called Marion’s Kitchen. Apart from all that, she is also active on social media. Apart from her website, she has her own Facebook Page, YouTube channel, and Instagram where she shares recipes for people to try out.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

My Meditation for Stress Relief: Coloring Pages

Art is something that has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. My father had an appreciation for it so drawing, coloring, and painting is something that I have been exposed to at a young age. While I cannot say that I have a talent in the arts, I enjoy the practice of making it and love seeing works of art that catch my attention. It has been a hobby for me to sketch from time to time. It gives me a sense of calm that is hard to find when I have a lot on my mind.

I think it is my appreciation of art that pushed me into the habit of coloring when I am feeling too much stress. There is something about the whole process that soothes me whenever I do it. During my early days of working, I used to buy coloring books (that were meant for children) or download coloring pages that I could work on. I remember my father shaking his head when he found out that I do this, but hey, whatever works right?

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Netflix Review: Crash Landing on You

With the news of North Korea and South Korea exchanging gunfire this morning, my thoughts suddenly went back to the Korean drama Crash Landing on You on Netflix. If those characters existed in real life, what could they be doing right about now? What would Captain Ri do?  

Crash Landing on You is one of the Netflix shows that became extremely popular here in the Philippines and is one of the highest-rated series in South Korea. It tells the story of Yoon Se Ri, an entrepreneur with a successful business empire who accidentally gets stranded in North Korea under the protection of a soldier/captain named Ri Jung Hyuk and his group of soldiers. Despite the risks and the odds (and several futile prior attempts), they can smuggle Yoon Se Ri back into South Korea.  

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Book Review: Blue Bloods Series

These quarantined times have allowed me to do some reading and I found myself going back to some old favorites, one of them being the YA vampire series Blue Bloods by Filipino American author Melissa de la Cruz. Writing a book that involves fantasy, action, and adventure is something I have wanted to do for some time so I knew that the author’s success in writing this series is something I can learn from.  

Here is a little review of the series: 

Set in Manhattan, the series of books follows Schuyler Van Alen, who tries to navigate around her newly discovered identity as a Blue Blood, otherwise known as a vampire. She discovers that she lives in a world where humans are unaware that vampires exist and live among them. These vampires, it is revealed, are actually fallen angels. They live on earth following cycles of life and death via a form of reincarnation until they are forgiven and allowed to return to heaven. On earth, they are led by the incarnation of the Angel Michael. He is supposed to be joined by his partner the Angel Gabriel but in the book, she is introduced as being in a coma, a result of not wanting to be bonded with Michael in this incarnation after falling in love with a human. I think this is an interesting theory about the origins of vampires and that new idea was remarkably interesting to me and I wanted to learn more through all the books.
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Friday, May 1, 2020

Quarantine Stories: Health

The quarantine we’re all in has given me a lot of time to think about several things. Mostly, it has me thinking about my health. While there are hospitals and a clinic near me to go toift I need a doctor, it’s not exactly something I’m inclined to do given the state of the world we’re in right now. With all my pre-existing health conditions I have, the best thing I can do for myself at the moment is to make sure that I stay healthy. 


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