14 February 2018

Asian Dramas I'm Watching & Loving!

City Streets

I'll be honest I haven't had much time lately to watch anything so instead of mentioning the best of what I've seen I'll just be mentioning a few that I've actually completed. I normally watch at least drama a week in preparation for these posts (I know, I'm addicted!) but it feels like my life is becoming an Asian drama recently but at least I've got a huge catalogue of them to refer to while I'm going through my own drama! Be sure to leave some of your recommendations in the comments as I'm always looking for new ones to watch especially ones that aren't Korean as they can be hard to find.

วุ่นนัก รักเต็มบ้าน
During a trip to Korea Aom meets a superstar called Mike on the plane who she eventually has to turn to help after being tricked by her sister. Upon her return to Thailand she finds that her sister has sold her family house and all her possessions to none other than Mike. So in an attempt to get her possessions back, she enters a contract marriage with Mike for two years but what started out as a business relationship between them becomes personal as they start to develop feelings for each other. This drama is actually based on a Korean one of the same name, which I've heard is the quintessential romantic drama but I've never seen it so I can't compare the two but funnily enough while watching it I was thinking how much Mike D'Angelo reminded me of Rain and then I found out that Rain starred in the original so they chose their lead well! The storyline isn't really unique when it comes to the romance genre but I loved the characters and it was nice to see the chemistry between Mike and Aom, they worked really well together and I enjoyed the humour and softness between them. After seeing this Thai version it makes me curious to see the original and the other Asian remakes, so they'll definitely be added to my watch list in the future.

You may be familiar with the popular America series of Entourage that follows a handsome young actor and his friends as they navigate the showbiz world and the Korean version is no different. I remember watching Entourage many years ago so I was curious to see the Korean version as there's been a trend in Korea lately with popular western series being remade, Criminal Minds also got its debut last year but I was searching for something a bit lighter and more humorous and Entourage did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the lead male actors and you really believe they've been friends for a long time! Entourage was popular for its cameos and the Korean version had many but my favourite was of course Amber from F(x) she's so adorable and funny as the CEO's assistant, I'd love her to do more dramas!

투모로우 보이
Ahn Tae Pyeong, is a young boy who lives for tomorrow despite the hardships life has thrown at him. He has lost both his parents and is in charge of taking care of his grandmother along with his four younger siblings but still maintains an energetic optimism towards life. I like breaking up my big drama marathons with these mini web dramas but I kinda wanted more from this one as it was just 5, 15 minute episodes and I feel like it would have benefited a lot in terms of plot and character if it was longer. N from VIXX stars in this one which was my main reason for watching and he's such a sweetie as the hardworking Ahn Tae Pyeong and I'll definitely be checking out more of the other dramas he's starred in. Overall the drama was short but sweet, maybe not something you must watch (unless you're a VIXX stan!) but it was an enjoyable easy watch none the less.

써클 : 이어진 두 세계
Circle is a sci-fi mystery drama is set in both the present day and the year 2037. As children twin brothers, Kim Woo-jin and Kim Bum-gyun, witnessed an alien coming to Earth which impacted the rest of their lives, now as a college student Kim Woo-jin begins an investigation into a series of suicides which are somehow linked to his brother. The second part of this series is set in 2037 on an Earth which is divided, where a crime detective wants to investigate the case of the missing twin brothers. This is one of my favourite genres and I think this is the first KDrama of this kind I've ever seen, right from the beginning I was hooked! I love how creative this drama was at presenting the two different worlds and it didn't feel overwhelming at all following the two stories. There was a nice contrast between seriousness and humour in both the worlds to, and the suspense as the story began to enfold and interlink was amazing. I'm surprised it was only 12 episodes though as normally Korean dramas run for twice that long, it seemed too way short to me but hopefully there will be another season made.

왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라-상속자들
The Heirs is about a group of young and rich high school students about to inherit their families business and their struggles, friendships, love lives, families and rivalries. This is a pretty old drama which a lot of people have probably already watched or at least heard of but I decided to give it a go as I've been missing seeing Lee Min Ho on my TV recently, now he's doing his military service, and needed something to fill the void. I do tend to find these sorts of dramas a bit boring and cliched (I feel like most Thai dramas have this exact same rich boy, poor girl, family drama storyline) but I found myself binge watching this one and I guess it was not just because of how adorable Lee Min Ho is but the other actors to, I really enjoyed all their performances. The scenes which they filmed in LA and San Diego were really enjoyable to and the scenery was so beautiful it really made me miss America! I kinda understand why this drama is scene as a classic now, while the story is quite cliched the performances of the actors really draw you in so it's definitely worth checking out.

What TV Shows have you been watching lately?
Love & Waffles

08 February 2018

The Geeky Girl Tag

This geeky girl tag has been floating around the interwebs for a while now so I thought it was about time I did it myself and hopefully share some things about my geek life that you didn't know before. I definitely identify with the word geek and I think it pretty much encompasses all aspects of my life and I totally wouldn't have it any other way. The most important thing is to be happy, so keep the things that bring you joy close and forget about everything else because they just don't matter!

What is your must-have tech gadget?
Probably my iPhone as I do everything on it from taking photos to talking with friends as well as planning my days and general adulting. My phone is especially useful when I'm travelling as I can use maps, google translate etc. to help me out when I get lost.... also Pokemon Go!

Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
I'm not into Harry Potter at all *shock* and I did try to get into it but for some reason I just don't really feel anything towards it and maybe it's because unlike a lot of the Potter fandom I didn't grow up with it HOWEVER I did one of those house quizzes a while back and it said Slytherin which is kinda ironic considering I'm deathly afraid of snakes...

Who is your favourite Doctor?
Eleven is probably my favourite, I really enjoyed the series back then and I think it was the first time ever in all the years of Doctor Who that I would actually look forward to watching it but unfortunately my new found love for the show kinda disappeared when he died and I did try to continue to watch it after he left but it just wasn't the same and lost a lot of its fun element that I had grown to love. That being said I am looking forward to seeing what the new Doctor is like and hope she will breathe new life into the show. I also have to give a special mention to Tom Baker who's my Dad's favourite Doctor as we've met him quite a few times at cons and he's always such a joy to talk to, he really is a character and completely embodies who The Doctor is.

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

What is your gaming system of choice?
I used to game a lot back in the day but I found it to be far too addictive and detrimental to my daily life so I gave it up and now I only really play Pokemon Go. I guess out of all the systems I've played my favourite would be the Nintendo 3DSXL or even the classic Gameboy as I really enjoy the portability of those systems and I'm kinda nostalgic about them, also Nintendo make the cutest games!

If you had a super power, what would it be?
Teleportation because it would save me so much time and money on air fares and I could see all my friends and family whenever and wherever I wanted. Seriously I think I've spent more of my life in airports compared to anywhere else in the world but I love travelling so much so that probably won't change any time soon.

Me & Stan Lee

What is your favourite fantasy world?
This is a tough one because they all have their perks and their flaws so I'm not sure I could pick one overall favourite. My tastes are so diverse to as I've always loved futuristic settings, seeing travel between solar systems, aliens and artificial life but I also love worlds with mythical beings, magic and epic adventures on horseback. Maybe I'll just pick the MCU because it has the best of all worlds with Asgard, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America hehe!

If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars!!! My Dad has always been a huge fan of Star Trek and I remember watching The Next Generation a lot as a kid but for some reason I never really got into it and found it kinda boring but I will admit I am enjoying the new movies although I haven't really gotten into the new series... Star Wars will however always have a special place in my heart, I grew up with it, I relate to it, I love the characters and every time there's a new movie I always get super hyped!

Captain America Tee

List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
Game of Thrones
Blade Runner
Sailor Moon

List your top 5 favourite video games.
Katamari Damacy
Animal Crossing
Ace Attorney
Professor Layton
American McGee's Alice

If you haven't done this already I tag you & make sure to link me to your answers in the comments!
Love & Lightsabers

03 February 2018

Finding Peace at Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

Yunju Temple was a whole new place for me to see in Beijing and the first destination we visited when we arrived. Our guide for the day was my Dad's friend who studies Buddhism and says it's his favourite place to visit when he's feeling stressed as it's a nice quiet place to relax and contemplate. I had been going through a stressful time prior to my trip to Beijing so it seemed like a great place for me to visit to find some inner peace and put me in a happier mindset for the rest of my trip.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

The temple is about an hour outside of Beijing and set amongst some peaceful mountains. I already felt much calmer upon our arrival there just being surrounded by the beautiful nature a stark contrast to the busy city of Beijing. It was the perfect setting for a temple and we were only a handful of people visiting that day so pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

The temple has six main halls of worship which are set on different levels that you reach by stone steps and each hall represents a different stage of Buddha's life from birth, to enlightenment, to death. I found the layout of this temple very interesting as the journey you made up each stairway to each different hall of worship seemed to reflect Buddha's ascension to Nirvana and the highest hall in the temple contained Buddha relics which resembled small pearls.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

In each hall of worship my Dad's friend would share stories of Buddha's life and it made me realise just how little I actually know about Buddha. I've had experiences of Buddhism my whole life with my family in Thailand being Buddhists but most of what I know is practice and very little about Buddha himself so hearing these stories made me want to learn more about him and gain a better understanding about the religion as a whole.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

I wouldn't call myself a religious person, I'm pretty open minded when it comes to beliefs and although I may not follow a specific one I do respect them and I enjoy visiting places of worship as they're often peaceful and give a good insight into people and different cultures. Buddhism I find particularity interesting though not only because of my family but because it's about personal growth, finding inner peace and enlightenment which I think is a good life goal for anyone to want to achieve.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

It was nice to walk around the temple and see so many practising monks there, each were busy reading scriptures, using prayer beads or just helping clean up the temple grounds. The quiet setting of this temple makes a nice peaceful place for the monks to just sit and meditate. It would be a great place for a temple-stay to but unfortunately I don't think that's something Yunju currently offers.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

One of the things I was most astonished and humbled at was seeing was all these stone tablets with Buddhist scriptures carved into them. There are a total of 14,278 of these stone tablets and the first was carved by a monk named Jinwan in the seventh century as he wanted a more permanent way to preserve the scriptures due to the fact Buddhists were facing persecution, he hid these tablets in caves surrounding the temple and work on carving these stone tablets continued for more than 1000 years. Now the excavated tablets are housed in a special "Sutra Palace" under the temple built less that 20 years ago and it's amazing to see just how well preserved they are considering their ancient age.

Yunju Temple - Beijing - China

My mind was in an unhealthy place before my journey to Beijing but this visit to Yunju helped ease some of those worries and I really enjoyed the calming atmosphere and the new things I had learned that day. Yunju is definitely one of the most interesting temples I've visited in a while and well worth a trip out of Beijing to see if only to enjoy some peace and quiet away from city life.

What places do you visit when you need to find some peace?
Love & Peace

31 January 2018

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (January 2018)


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! So I'm finally back in Thailand after my travels around Tokyo and Seoul, in fact I've been back a while but I got really sick so I've kinda just been trying to take things easy, heal and plan for the year ahead because my head is all over the damn place at the moment... I hope 2018 is treating you all well and here's to a new year full of new adventures!!

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Love & Lattes

25 January 2018

Anime I'm Watching & Loving!

Good morning, Honk

It's a new year so time for some new anime recommendations! Honestly I feel like I'm never going to catch up on the latest seasons because last season alone several of my favourite anime released another season and of course there were all new ones I was interested in as well as older anime series that have been recommended to me I still needed to watch, so at this point it feels like even if I watched one series a week I'd still never put a dent in that watchlist! But the good thing is I won't be short of new series to introduce to you all this year so I hope you enjoy these and the ones to come....

Kageyama Shigeo (a.k.a. "Mob") is a 8th grader with powerful psychic abilities. Mob keeps his abilities suppressed due to the negative attention he receives and if he lets his emotions reach a level of 100% he experiences dire consequences. Mob is surrounded by unusual spirits and strange organisations that want to utilise his powers but all he wants is to make friends and live a normal life. The opening of this anime is so colourful and crazy and I really enjoyed the overall animation style as it resembled some of the older artwork I used to enjoy seeing in manga.  Mob Psycho 100 also has the same author as One Punch Man and there are a few similarities in the protagonists not only with looks but their immense powers which they both don't really enjoy as they want to enjoy a simple life. I enjoyed the characters a lot in this anime especially the spirits, so it's definitely one to add to your watchlist.

Fukuzou Moguro is a travelling salesman who deals in things that give his customers their heart's desire, Moguro's customers are often lonely and he asks for no money in return only wanting to fill that emptiness in their hearts and see their satisfaction but things are not always what they seem and often the customers are left with terrible repercussions, especially if they break the rules of his deals. I love an anime that questions human nature and this anime reminded me a bit of Hell Girl in the way it was structured as you often see the customers falling prey to their own desires, but unlike Hell Girl this was a more humorous, light-hearted take on the subject. The animation style reminded me of ones I watched in my childhood and this may be because it comes from Doremon's co-creator Motoo Abiko which I found an interesting fact. Some of the stories had a clear moral to them while as others left me a bit confused and wondering why these people were being punished but this may have been a cultural thing as I know Japan has a lot of rules/etiquette I'm not familiar with and they're pretty strict about them. I also found Moguro maybe a bit too manipulative and pushy towards the customers at times which made me question if the customers are really the ones at fault or not? But either way the anime provokes some interesting thoughts and discussions.

Kousei Arima excelled at piano until the trauma of his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Kousei leads a monotonous life until he meets an unconventional violinist named Kaori Miyazono who encourages him to play and live again. I've heard a lot about this anime and I actually watched the live action movie first but the movie was a bit disappointing to say the least so I wasn't sure if I'd actually like the anime or not but thankfully I gave it a go and I loved it! The animation and the music is just so beautiful and even though I kind of knew what was coming there was so much more emotion and nostalgia put into in the anime compared to the movie that I couldn't help but shed a few tears.

地獄少女 宵伽
I mentioned Hell Girl earlier and to my delight found that they recently released a 4th series YEY!! So this series pretty much follows the exact same formula of the past 3 seasons but I do enjoy the episodic nature of seeing different people's stories, their struggles, the thirst for revenge, and the eventual consequences. Hell Girl is a lot more darker and heavier than The Laughing Salesman and more on par with a series like Death Parade, which you NEED to watch! If you've been following Hell Girl for a while though you might get a little bored of the repetitive nature because this series doesn't really add anything new or exciting to Hell Girl/Enma Ai's overall story, in fact compared to other characters she probably gets the least screentime and after over a decade since the first series was aired and 8 years since the last one you kinda want to see something a little new or different. Overall though I did enjoy the series, the stories were quite interesting albeit nothing new and it was nice to have Hell Girl back for another and possibly last season. I definitely recommend you checking out the previous seasons of Hell Girl if you've not seen them already as it's one of my all time favourite supernatural anime series.

Neo Yokio follows Kaz Kaan an upper class resident of "The Greatest City in the World" as he struggles to balance his decadent, fashionable lifestyle with his demon hunting duties. So... I wanted to mention this series as it's a bit of an interesting one with it being co-produced between Japanese anime studios, Studio Deen/Production I.G and Ezra Koenig that premiered on Netflix and is voiced by some pretty well known western celebrities! I'm not sure if there's ever been an actual  "American anime" before and I was intrigued to see what it was like and honestly I don't know what to say as I'm kinda divided. I suppose I would describe it as Japanese style with a very Americanised storyline and while it looks like an "old skool" anime the story line and characters are like something from Gossip Girl. I think with it being only 6 episodes it was hard to really get a feel for it and I think because I recognised so many of the voice actors it was a bit distracting although I did enjoy the fact that they were so similar to their characters, Kaz Kaan voiced by Jaden Smith and the famous fashion blogger voiced by Tavi Gevinson to name a couple. I think when it comes to anime what I enjoy the most is the deepness and the metaphors but with this one it was just completely vapid and shallow which was pretty much a reflection of the world of Kaz Kaan and maybe that's the whole point. It was quite humorous though, I did enjoy the satire and it also gave some nods out to other popular anime series but my favourite thing about the series was the Mecha butler Charles who was voiced by Jude Law which I feel like was a perfect match. I'm just not quite sure if it worked or not but I will say check it out if your intrigued as it's a super easy watch and let me know what you think about it in the comments.

What Anime have you been watching lately?
Love & Waffles

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