Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Girls Planet 999 & Kep1er Songs | Review

It’s been a while since Girls Planet 999 ended and we are gearing up for Kep1er’s debut. I told myself, after Produce 48, I will not get so invested in another survival programme just because it was too sad watching the girls get eliminated from Produce 48. But… I got started on Girls Planet 999 from the first episode and I followed it closely every week. Lol.  

It was the whole scene with Choi Yujin and Fu Yaning that got me curious and once I started watching, there was no turning back...

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Goodbye 2021, Welcome 2022

What have I been up to in 2021? 

It’s just customary to post something at the beginning of a new year to summarise and reflect on the past year. Once again, 2021, has been eventful. 

When I wrote the “Hello 2021” post at the beginning of the year, there were so many uncertainties mostly about Covid and what we were going to expect in the upcoming year was just, well, pretty much unknown. As I’m writing this post at the end of 2021, I don’t think things changed very much… it’s still a big unknown. 

Thankfully, with the vaccine and more people getting vaccinated, we see safety measures getting relaxed and people are starting to travel again. Things are slowly returning to normal but definitely not the same normal as pre-covid days. It’s the new normal. Everyone had to adapted… everyone adapted and we made it through another year. Good job to everyone! 

So here are some of my highlights of 2021.

#1 Staycations 
Another year or staycations instead of being able to travel. The first staycation happened during Phase 2A and basically, during that period, we couldn’t dine out. It was a different type of holiday but it was still better than nothing. 

The second staycation of the year was at MBS for 5 days. It was a proper break. During that time, I got to visit different places and do different things that I don’t normally do. There are quite a few things I’ve not done and places around the country that I’ve not seen. It was good to be able to take time off for a full break. 

#2 Changing Jobs 
This is the main reason why I was able to take a full break. After working at this preschool for a year or so, I decided to move on and try something new. I may write another post on the challenges of being a preschool teacher some other time. 

This new job is a little outside of what I’ve been doing the past 7 years but it’s equally if not even more rewarding. Plus, I get more time on hand, compared to feeling stressed out and have no time to do anything but work. It’s been about 3 months and I feel quite satisfied with what I’m doing now. 

#3 Vaccination 
I’m putting this down as a significant event because at that point in time I was looking forward to them developing a vaccine and hoping that everything could return to normal one day. Although, there were many concerns regarding getting vaccinated, getting Covid was probably more risky than getting vaccinated. Of course, by now, we would know that getting vaccinated isn’t 100% protection against Covid but it protects us from getting the full symptoms of Covid. 

With vaccination, it also started Vaccinated Travel Lanes and by November, quite a few countries opened their gates to travellers. Hopefully, we’ll get to travel sometime next year. Korea, here I come? Or Japan? 

What are my plans for 2022? 
Currently, my only plans are to get my new workplace more publicity, and of course, I’m really hoping to travel somewhere. I foresee these two plans will be able to keep me busy for the whole year. 

I hope that everyone had a good 2021 and will continue to stay safe in 2022. 

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 갯마을 차차차 | Review

Once again late to the drama party by waiting for all the episodes of this drama to air before I started watching. However, this time, I managed to catch up with everyone else. I started watching this when episode 15 aired and completed it the day after the final episode 16 aired. So, I’m not that late to this drama party 🎉 but by the time this post goes up, it may be quite late.   

I did get some spoilers from those K-pop news sites and that almost made me decide not to watch the drama. I’m glad I decided to start watching drama.  

Warning: This post may contain spoilers so if you have not watched the drama, you may not wish to continue reading. 

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Stray Kids 24 to 25 | Review

It’s almost Christmas again 🎄 What’s Christmas without music right?  

Years ago, Christmas was a time for K-pop Christmas albums to drop. Lately, there have not been many Christmas albums. As such, I don’t think I've come across another Christmas song that I liked as much as EXO’s Miracles of December (2013) until Stray Kids’ Christmas EveL album came out this year.  

Here’s me trying to stay objective about this album as a new Stay ◡̈  

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Bioré UV Light Up Essence | Review

I haven’t been a big fan of using sunblock until recent years after learning that exposure to sun can cause additional skin problems like break outs, more moles and maybe even skin cancer in the long run. Since then, it has been an aim of mine to find a good sunblock.

The previous sunblock I was using was good but it was being discontinued due to a discrepancy in the SPF rating. I still had quite a bit left but after testing, the SPF wasn’t as high as stated which means I wasn’t getting that much protection… So I had to find another alternative sunblock fast. 

After looking around for a while, this Biore UV Light Up Essence sunblock kept popping up on my timeline. Plus, it was pretty affordable, ranging from $16 - $19. It also has SPF50+ PA++++. 

My thoughts on this product…