My Favorite Things 004

 

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I HAVEN’T WRITTEN A SINGLE POST FOR THE MONTH OF JULY!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! NEVER have I had a single month without posting since I began this blog (March 2012), until now. I’m both very sorry to my readers (if any) and to myself because I’ve let this blog down for a month and it’s just unacceptable, especially to past me.

But anyways, I’m back now and I am never not going to post for a whole month, no matter how busy and uninspired I might be. Since I haven’t posted in a LONG while, I’m gonna post something happy and decent… MY FAVORITE THINGS!!!

1. Ice Skating

Yuri! on Ice has definitely changed my life, at least in a small scale. It went from watching the anime to watching performances of real life skaters to trying my luck with the ice and, finally, to wanting to actually be good at skating.

I’ve only been skating for eight months (about 10 times, more or less) but I’m getting rather good at it. My forward skating is getting faster and my form is improving, too. I can glide with one foot at a time for about 3-4 seconds. I can also backward skate by doing backward swizzles! I’m getting better at it and a bit faster, but it still needs work. I like gliding side to side and, recently, I’ve been trying to spin by making a circle on the ice. I can’t really explain it well, but it’s a really fun move to do.

If you haven’t tried skating, I suggest you give it a try. I’ve made three out of four of my elementary best friends try it and two of them seem interested to learn more. One of them actually learned how to skate as a kid, but she’s already forgotten while one of them was very determined to learn without a coach, which is very admirable.

I absolutely love ice skating and I’m planning to save up to pay for formal lessons because apparently an assist coach can only teach you the basics.

2. I Know It’s Today Animatic (by Sugarberry Art)

A few months ago, my sisters showed me this animatic of the song “I Know It’s Today” from Shrek: The Musical and I just really liked it since then. I’m including it in this particular board because I recently downloaded the song on my phone and now I’m experiencing LSS. It’s supposedly sung by Fiona in the musical, but here, it’s sung by a girl who’s tired of waiting for her prince charming.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch Wonder Woman in the cinemas, but I did get to watch this awesome movie! Unlike all the other Spiderman movies, it doesn’t start from the begin with the whole Uncle Ben arc, rather it starts after Captain America: Civil War which is Spidey’s first cameo in a Marvel film. I guess I like how they started it from there in a way, since that arc was already used in twice. And yes, both of those versions made me cry a lot, especially Andrew’s.

I don’t want to spoil you on anything about the film, so let me just say that it’s got a lot of action and I think a lot more can relate to Peter this time around with him being thought of as a kid by “the adults”, with him having a crush and wanting to go to homecoming with her, with having a super cool best friend, and with wanting to do more with life.

I’m not really an expert, but I liked this movie and, if you have the time, you should watch it, too.

4. Plastic Memories

I’ve had a copy of this anime for a while now, but I heard it’s a bit of a tearjerker and I wasn’t up for those until recently. I think I’d spoil you if I say that it’s a lot similar to a particular anime, so let me just say that I think it deals a lot with life, friendship, and love. I know my description’s pretty vague, but it made me cherish life more and it made me remember the quote “Memento Mori” which translates to “Remember that you have to die”. I gave it a 9.5/10 just because I felt something was missing, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Really solid anime and I definitely recommend it!

5. Ice Skating Tutorials

Related to the first item, tutorials from Youtube really help me learn how to ice skate better. Though I got an assist coach to check my form during forward skating and to teach me how to backward skate and stop, I think the tutorials are still very helpful to beginners and even for advanced skaters, as well. There’s a lot of them in Youtube, but the ones I’ve downloaded are from Hockey Tutorial, Eye Katie, and Sports and Outdoors.

Hockey Tutorial:

Eye Katie:

Sports and Outdoors:

6. The Flash

I just recently acquired a copy of all the episodes of The Flash from season 1-3 and I decided to binge watch before school starts. I’m already done with first season (binge watched till’ 3 am), so now I’m watching the second season. Since I’m a bit late, there’s A LOT of spoilers available on the internet, but I am sticking with just watching the series because if I spoil myself, even a little bit, I’d just want to know how things work out and end up not finishing the series.

I definitely think Grant Gustin is a cutie and a hottie (I mean, who doesn’t??) but that’s not the only reason why I love watching the series. It’s also cause’ of the action and the plot. The characters really have their own different personalities and the plot talks a lot about family, friendship, working hard towards your potential, and the future. It’s a really great series to watch and to follow (since season four’s coming soon!!!).

7. Inokori Sensei (English Cover by JubyPhonic)

Another video I’ve been slightly addicted to. I’m specifying a cover for this item, but the original one’s really good, too. I just can’t understand the Japanese characters in the title, so I just went with this one. I won’t tell you anymore about it cos everything’s spoilers, but it’s just a little over 5 minutes, so please do watch it!!

Original Version w/ English Subs:

English Cover by JubyPhonic:

8. Dean Fujioka

I knew him as the singer of the AMAZING Yuri! On Ice opening song, but damn this guy is really A LOT more than that. I found out he also acts in dramas (both Taiwanese and Japanese) and is fluent in four languages, besides his singing career! I just finished the last episode Please Love the Useless Me and thought to check the site if there were any more episodes when I saw the cast list and there he was! Dean freakin’ Fujioka!!

Not only is he an amazing singer and fluent in Japanese (1/4), but he’s also a great actor! Like daaaaaamn! You should really watch his dramas and keep in mind that he’s the singer of History Maker! I’ve watched two of them (Please Love the Useless Me and Hapi Mari). Also, he’s a 36-year old man married to a beautiful Indonesian woman with Japanese origins and they have two adorable children (twins!!).

Just keep that in mind when you watch the dramas haha. You’ll find someone, don’t worry.

History Maker (skip to 1:28):

Please Love The Useless Me:

9. ReLife

Like Plastic Memories, I had a copy of this anime for a while, but I only decided to watch it a few weeks ago. I’ve seen the manga around, so I was glad that they made an anime. It deals with friendship, a bit of love, and a lot about life. As you can probably tell from the title, the main character is given another chance at life and what he does from there on.. you’ll just have to see.

I gave the anime a 9.9999../10 only because it was cut too soon. I guess I’m just gonna have to read the manga. Also, it’s gonna have a live action this year!!

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And last but not the least…

10. Turks(‘ Shawarma)

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Well, that’s it for “My Favorite Things 004”! I really hope you give my suggestions a try cos’ they’re my go-to during sunny days and my silver linings during rainy days. I intentionally made it 10 things this time so that I don’t have to put a secret #10 haha.

THREE DAYS BEFORE 3RD YEAR!!!

Hope you’re having a great day and always always remember that you matter.

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My Favorite Things 003

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Hello again! I’m not really used to having classes during my supposed summer, so it’s a bit challenging having to go to school when all you want to do is to stay in bed and watch anime, read books, and the like. In my last post, I promised to make my next post somewhat decent and less rant-y and I haven’t posted “My Favorite Things” for a while, so finally, here it is!

1. Choices: Stories You Play

Since I wasn’t able to properly install a certain game in our computer, no matter how hard I tried, so I decided to try Otome games (From wikipedia: literally “maiden game”; a story-based video game that is targeted towards the female market). I wasn’t really hooked by any of it cause’ most were more on the story telling side than the decision-making side. But then I found this game, “Choices: Stories You Play”, which is not exactly an otome, I think, but it’s got a lot of decision-making and what you decide really affects how things will go.

The stories are really nice and it’s fun making decisions for the characters. There’s a variation, too! Not only does it have stories of the romantic genre (which I really like!), but they also have stories of the fantasy and mystery genres. You can play the first chapter of each of the books, but you’ll need keys to play the rest of the chapters. You get two keys every two hours, but you can only have two keys you can use MAX. Basically, four hours can go by, but if you haven’t used your two keys yet, it’ll remain two keys. AND there are decisions or outfits that require diamonds, which you earn every chapter you finish, but it’s pretty difficult to save diamonds. So yeah, the keys and the diamonds are the only kind of “downside”, but they’re not really downsides, per se. And you can opt to buy more keys and diamonds with real cash, but I’m not that rich.

The trailer’s for iOS, but the game’s also available in the Google Play Store.

2. Goblin

I’ve been watching more KDrama than anime, recently, but it’s cause’ they’re so good! I’m having a hard time trying to describe how amazing Goblin is, but let me just say that it’s got a bit of action, some scenes taking place in a historical setting, quite a bit of romance, a lot of plot twists, a cute and really energetic lead girl, played by Kim Go Eun, a mysterious and cool-looking grim reaper who’s completely innocent about plenty of things, played by Lee Dong Wook, and, of course, the Goblin, played by Gong Yoo. And that’s only scratching the surface! There’s loads more to it, so I definitely recommend you watch it! I made my family watch the first episode and my mom was hooked af.

3. Fight for My Way

Fight for My Way is another Korean drama, but unlike Goblin, it’s currently on-going, as of writing, so I have to wait every Tuesday for TWO new episodes. It’s more of a “slice of life” kind of drama and a bit of romance here and there. I like this drama particularly because it shows the reality of chasing after your dream careers and having to live as an actual adult. There’s a certain plot twist that I’m not quite over with, but the pacing is good and I recommend that you watch this, too!

4. Hamilton: An American Musical

Need I say more?

Just kidding, Hamilton is just ABSOLUTELY legen(-wait for it-) DARY! I can’t really find the word for it, actually. Amazing? Awesome? Magnificent? Well, I’d say it’s all four and more! The songs will leave you with the LSS for months, the characters portrayed as real and human, and it will tell you A LOT about American history, enough to make you ace that exam, I’d say haha. If you can, please please watch it on Broadway, or anywhere it’s available (I’m seriously not sure). But if you can’t, there are a lot of animatics and full soundtrack videos on Youtube!

And let me just say: LIN MANUEL MIRANDA IS A GENIUS!!!

5. Riverdale

I actually finished this in less than a week, before my summer classes started. I had heard a lot of about it from my friends who’ve watched it, so I decided to give it a shot. And personally, I wasn’t disappointed. I got hooked by the first episode and the suspense and mystery made me watch it non-stop. The characters have different sides to them, the plot is really good, and the ending leaves you wanting more.

6. Hot Dog Bush

Just minutes after I passed my last requirement for my English class last semester, I thought of playing at Y8.com, which is a site full of games. I remembered playing this particular one when I was a kid, so I tried playing it again and I realized that the game really gets you hyped up, in a way. It’s a food service game, but there’s a certain amount of money you’ve need to earn at the end of each day of the week and you serve in different venues. I couldn’t stop playing till’ I gave up trying to reach the quota for the day.. when I was already inside the alien spaceship.

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7. Waving Through The Window (“Dear Evan Hansen”)

I’m not deep into the musical, YET, but I really like this particular song because it’s a lot of people, including me, could relate to it. It’s about feeling like an outsider or a wallflower, someone who’s invisible to everyone else. “When you’re falling in the forest and there’s nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?//Did I even make a sound? Did I even make a sound?//It’s like I never made a sound.//Will I ever make a sound?”. I know it’s a bit sad and lonely, but, for me, it makes me want to make noise and make people remember me and all that. If you don’t feel the same, then just remember that I think you’re never really alone and that you’re a beautiful human being.

And if that song’s a bit too sad, then try listening to “Sincerely, Me”. It’s got a funnier and easy-going vibe, so it’ll cheer you up after listening to the previous song, hopefully.

8. “Tasty” Videos

During study breaks, for me, it’s really relaxing to watch Tasty videos. And I actually have a “Must Try: Cooking” library which are recipes that I will, hopefully, try to actually cook.

9. Nestle Nesfruta: Dalandan

It tastes as citrus-y as lemonade and addicting af. Absolutely perfect for a hot summer day!

And a secret #10 because 9 is an odd number and I just need a 10th one, alright? HAHAHA

10. Doctor Who… A G A I N

My copy of the new Doctor Who seasons are all gone and I’m left with Youtube videos. I didn’t realize I needed it back in my life till’ I watched the video with River Song and Capaldi’s doctor (12th doctor). I thought I’ve already passed this phase in my life, but boy was I wrong.

So, there ya’ go! 10 of “my favorite things”, at the moment. I’m still quite horrible at describing them and persuading people to give it a try, but I hope you do try at least one or two of them because they’re really better than how I’ve described them. I’m positive that they’re definitely worth your time, except possible “Hot Dog Bush” because you might regret spending hours and hours playing it. Just give it a try, but keep track of the time. Enjoy!

 

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My Favorite Things 001

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Okay, so I decided to try something new for this blog, since it’s a new year, after all. I’m not quite sure what to call it yet so, for now, it’s called “My Favorite Things~” because I thought of that song from The Sound of Music while I was working on it. Basically, it’s a collage(-ish) of the things that I like (am sort of obsessed about) during a certain time. And what I’m posting today are the things I’m currently hooked to.

1. Yuri!!! on Ice

I started watching the anime during the week before Christmas. I didn’t think I’d like it that much since I wasn’t really into sports anime, but I’m so glad that I gave it a shot. I loved it! I don’t really want to spoil anything, so you could savor everything when you watch it, so I’ll keep my comments to a minimum. Besides the love you feel (yes, feel) between the characters, I loved the skating scenes because of the music and the skating itself. My appreciation for figure skating has increased a lot because of this anime and you’ll see in the next items how much this anime has affected my Christmas break and my life, as a whole.

2.Michael Martinez & Yuzuru Hanyu

While I was watching YoI, I also tried watching real life skating videos because I became interested in figure skating, in general. So I searched up Michael Martinez, the first skater in the Winter Olympics to come from Southeast Asia (kinda sounds like Phichit from YoI haha) and Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics champion. I started with these two because they’re the ones I was most familiar with, but I’m browsing through more and more skating videos. I have huge respect for everyone in the skating industry- whether it’s figure skating or ice hockey- for being so passionate about something, for striving for what they love doing, for their immense dedication and perseverance, and so much more.

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Yuzuru Hanyu:

3. Ice Skating

Another reason  why I salute skaters is because I know firsthand how hard it is to try skating. I mean, I’m sure most skaters started at a very young age, but I’m sure that they had to go through a lot to be as great as they are now (and they are great). I’ve only tried skating twice, but I kind of understand why they chose to pursue it anyway- because of that amazing feeling of gliding around the ice. And that’s just gliding! How much more amazing would it be to be able to spin and execute challenging jumps? Right now, I’m only a beginner, but I think it would be such a privilege to be able to learn more about skating. It also inspires me to strive for a fit body and healthy lifestyle because a skater would need stamina, endurance, flexibility, and the like to be able to skate properly and for a longer time duration. It’s something that bugs me a lot, but I know it’s possible and that I can do it (like Yuri haha goals!)

4. History Maker (Yuri!!! on Ice opening)

Whenever I listen to this song, I get really hyped! Originally, the song is sang by Dean Fujioka, but I’m currently really into Caleb Hyles’ version. The song itself is wonderful as it is though. It somehow gives me hope and motivates me to be better than I am now. I’m not really sure of anything at the moment, but I know that if I work hard enough, I can reach my dreams and go really far. I don’t know about making history, but I think that every little achievement is a milestone towards the future I want for myself. More than making history, I want to make an impact that would affect the lives of other people in a good way. I remember wanting to be in history books when I was younger, but now, I want people to remember me in their hearts as someone who did good, as someone who lived a good life and who gave it her all.

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Caleb Hyles’ version:

5. Bungou Stray Dogs

My siblings have been recommending this anime to me for a long time, but I only decided to watch it after they convinced (kinda forced) me to watch the first two episodes. Saying it caught my interest would be such an understatement. I was taken by the plot and the characters, as well as the animation and the action. Like YoI, I don’t want to spoil you on anything, but it’s something I would really encourage you to watch. It’s got a balance of comedy, action, fantasy, and a bit of drama. The characters aren’t just characters, rather, they have their own distinct personality and characteristics that make them them. 

You’d also see Atsushi Nakajima there in my board because he’s my favorite character (sorry, Dazai) mainly because of the character development you’d see from him. I can relate to him the most and you’ll just have to find out how when you watch it.

6. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

I love this anime because of how light and funny it is. There’s almost no drama and, overall, it’s an easy-going anime. It’s something I’d watch when I feel too down because it’s funny enough to lift up my spirit a bit. I’m going to spoil you a bit by saying that it’s a reverse harem, but at the same time, it’s kinda not. They’re together not only because they like the same girl, but because they enjoy each other’s company. And, well, the girl is really into Boy’s Love (also known as BL), so that creates a funny twist to the usual reverse harem situation.  The characters are interesting in their own way and you just enjoy watching it.

As you could probably see, there’s more pictures of a certain character, Asuma Mustumi (aka Mutsumi-senpai) because I’m rooting for him. I mean, I like all the other characters, but he’s my favorite because of reasons you’d understand when you watch it!

7. Hamilton

I honestly don’t know much about this yet since I only started being a fan yesterday. It started when I heard my siblings listening and singing along to “Satisfied” and “Congratulations”. I decided to give it a try and ended up enjoying myself. I love the beat and the lyrics of the songs. I’ll probably search up more about it and listen to more of the songs in its soundtrack. Also, I hope that I’ll be able to watch it live someday.

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“Congratulations”:

8. Hot Seafood Salad

I’ve liked this dish for a very long time, but it’s been a while since I last tasted it, so being able to eat it this Christmas break was it’s own kind of heaven. I kept on saying “Oishii!” and “Umai”. I know that’s a bit weird, especially when heard by a stranger, but it can’t be helped. I loved the dish and I was only expressing how much I enjoyed the meal.  I want to learn how to make it, so I’d be able to eat it more often and so that I could share it with my family and friends.

And that ends the board of “my favorite things”. I got the idea to make this from something an upperclassman of mine used to do on her blog. Actually, my friend and I made our blogs because we were inspired of that said upperclassman, so yeah, you could thank her for this segment and my blog. I’d tag her here, but we’re not that close haha.

Most likely, I’ll be posting again really soon because college resumes in 7 days and I’m still having kinda mixed feelings about it. I’m mostly happy and positive about it though, so it should be alright.

‘Till next time~

(Note: Honestly, I started writing this post by typing whatever I felt, but I had to stop midway because I lost the inspiration to write. So I re-wrote this post, making it a bit more organized and what not, and it ended up pretty neat haha.)

 

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