The Weekly Recap (167)

Posted April 19, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

This week was a week of reflection and then filled up with things that made me happy to get me out of my melancholy thoughts that came with the anniversary of my Mom’s death and the general shit show that is our world these days. I didn’t do much, outside of my normal routine and I was okay with that. I like my daily to-do lists and I even like cleaning my house. So weird. Who even am I? I hated cleaning the house growing up. So I don’t have anything new to report though my book collection is slowly coming together. I’ll have my bookshelves filled up in no time.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I Watched

Taxi Driver
Rookie King
The Show
Weekly Idol
Law School
Haikyuu, Season Three

I spent the week in front of either my computer or my TV, watching different things and I didn’t realize until now that I had watched so many different things. There was a lot of BTS content consumed but I’m not about that since the boys kept me entertained.

Taxi Driver is fast becoming my favorite drama of the year (and it’s only April). The show started pretty strong, making me sit up and take notice of not just the main character, but of everything the show is about and the other characters as well. This show isn’t a romance drama but man am I hoping that the main guy doesn’t end up with the prosecutor. I’m pushing for him and his coworker, the hacker girl to heal each other of their tragic pasts. We’ll see where this goes but boy am I hoping for my ship to sail.

Viki’s got some BTS content on their site now and boy did my membership get a workout for all of the hours of BTS that I watched on there. Rookie King, The Show, Weekly Idol were some of the stuff that I watched this week and I enjoyed all of them. I really enjoyed seeing the boys early in their career performing their older songs.

Law School started this past week and the first two episodes are pretty interesting. I’m curious enough to keep watching and though I wasn’t blown away the same way that I was with Taxi Driver, I’m still excited to see where this new show takes us. I watched Haikyuu, Season Three over the weekend and it was another season of great storytelling. I’m really invested in everyone’s story on the team. My favorite character is Hinata and this season highlighted a lot of why I love him. The determination to be great with this guy is just so freaking good. I love it.

BTS Begins: 2015 Memories
5th Muster: The Magic Shop
Love Yourself, Speak Yourself Tour: San Paolo

This week was also for Bang Bang Con 2021. For me, it started on Friday at 11pm and ended, Saturday morning at damn near 7am. Your girl stayed up for all three concerts and had a grand ol’ time in my room, dancing and singing along with my Army bomb. I’m already looking forward to how lit I’m going to be at the concert. I’m ready…and of all the concerts that I’ve watched, I think my favorite is the 5th Muster, The Magic Shop. They sang most of my favorite songs during that concert and I thought I’d take a nap during that concert since I’ve already seen it (multiple times) but nope…I stayed up and sang along to Jump, to 2!3!, to Boyz with Fun, to Dimple, Pied Piper (Pied Piper JK is something else!) and don’t even get me started on the vocal line’s version of Ddaeng. That whole concert was a mood and I was here for it all, even at 4am!

Don’t get me wrong, I hella loved the first and third concerts. Early Suga was something special to behold. When he goes off during the Cypher performances, I was like okayyyyy Suga!! Then there was their performance of Born Singer (so good!) and I ain’t gonna front. I cried during the last concert when Jimin and JK were crying. But I thought the same things that they were thinking during that concert. They’re a Korean group that sings songs in Korean and they had Brazil singing along word for word to all of their songs…IN KOREAN. You can see the awe on the boy’s faces as they performed and took in the sight of all of these people showing up in Brazil for them. I’m telling you, these guys are legit.
What I Read

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary | 3.75 out of 5

I read this book not too long after I finished The Switch and I enjoyed it though there were some slow parts in the middle. Still, Beth O’Leary is definitely an author that I will be paying more attention to these days.
What I Listened To

Film Out by BTS
Ugh by BTS
Boyz with Fun by BTS

These songs are making me so happy right now. Each song is so good and Ugh and Boyz with Fun never fail to get me hyped up for my day. When I’m mad at people that I work with or just work in general, I throw my earbuds in and turn on Ugh and Boyz with Fun and I get to work. I can’t stay mad if I’m listening to those songs.
What I Got

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

I’m telling you, my home library is really coming together. Sure, mostly it’s filled with all things Ilona Andrews and BTS but the books are coming in and it’s making me super happy.
What I Got for Review

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Pick Up by Miranda Kenneally
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (166)
A Letter to My Mom
What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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A Letter to My Mom

Posted April 13, 2021 by Rowena in Family | 8 Comments

Dear Mom,

Today marks the tenth anniversary of your death. I miss you so much and I think about you a lot, especially lately. We’ve been through a lot in the last ten years but I want you to know that Dad is doing well. He’s still faithfully going to the same dialysis center that you went to. He’s still golfing every Tuesday and Thursday with Eric and Lucky. He’s still eating everything he’s not supposed to be eating and drinking Coke, instead of Diet Coke. He’s still the same happy-go-lucky man that you married and though he’s getting older in age, he’s still a young kid at heart and we love him to pieces (as does everyone that comes into contact with him). He turns 80 this year so that will be a big celebration for the family. I talked to him this morning and he was getting ready for golf and still cracking jokes with me and Ingrid about everything under the sun. I know that he misses you as well and he plans to visit your grave today after golf to spend some time with you.

I won’t make this a sappy post about how much I miss you and can’t live without you but I hope you know that you are missed and you are still loved by everyone left behind. Lots of things have happened in the last ten years. You have 25 grandkids and 3 great-grandchildren. Yeah, your grandkids are adding to your legacy and I know that you would have loved to hug all of the kids close so I’m sad that you’re not here to see all of your babies all grown and some, with their own kids. After the ones you knew and loved, Lillian was born then Caleb came not too long after Lily, then finally Rockne joined the family. After Rocky was born, then came Caiden, Chloe’s oldest, and then Jax, Jarred’s son, and last but not least, Princess Lasi.

In other news, I moved to Vegas so I’m not in California today to sit with you and the rest of the family at your gravesite like we normally do on the anniversary of your death. Pete and Delene talked about going to the cemetery this morning so I’m sure you have loads of flowers to decorate your resting place. We’re in a pandemic right now so the world is a lot different from when you were here with us. Everyone wears masks (or well, they’re supposed to be anyway) when they go out in public, public places can’t have more than 25% capacity though certain places are starting to open up again. It’s been a pretty rough few years for everyone around. We’ve lost so many friends and family that we grew up with to a pretty devastating disease that spread through the entire world. The world got angry and is being mean to our Asian friends because they’re being blamed for the hard times we’re facing right now and it’s been pretty devastating to wake up every day to more unfortunate news from around the world. So it’s been hard and pretty scary too but we’re getting through because what else can we do? We’re a strong bunch though so I’m sure we’ll weather this storm as best as we can.

I miss you, Mom. I miss everything about you. I miss hearing your voice, laughing with you over everything under the sun, and I even miss doing your dialysis stuff for you every single night. Remember the first time that Dad left us alone for the weekend so that he can be the Priesthood representative for the Youth Conference and I forgot to clip one of your dialysis tubes so it flooded your bedroom and you were so mad and I was so scared that I called Dad at midnight, crying because I thought I killed you? It didn’t make a lick of sense since you were healthy enough to yell the house down but I was so scared that night. Do you remember when we laughed and laughed and laughed about it when Dad got home? You’ve left behind a lifetime of memories that I cherish now. You’ve taught me a lot about life, about how to live, and though I’m not perfect, I’m trying to be the kind of daughter that you’d be proud of. I’m strong-minded just like you and stubborn as all get out but I promise I’m working on it. LOL. I love you, Mom and I hope that you’re resting in paradise because you deserve it. Even though you were meaner than all get out, you’re still my favorite and I miss you every day.

Rest in peace, Mom.

Love you always,

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The Weekly Recap (166)

Posted April 12, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Last week was Spring Break and my brother brought his family to Vegas to get away from L.A. for a little bit so I took the week off too. It was so much fun to have family in town and I adore my brother’s kids so spending time with them and my Aunt and her kids, was like having a mini family reunion and I was all about it.

After my brother and his family left, I took it easy the rest of the week and watched a lot of cafe vlogs, bakery vlogs, and I start watching Taxi Driver with Lee Je Hoon (from Signal). There have only been two episodes so far and I’m completely hooked. I guess it’s time for another suspenseful drama. I’m also looking forward to starting Law School with Kim Bum and the older sister from Reply 1988 this week. Lots of great stuff to look forward to.

Brenna came out to Vegas this weekend to get some stuff out of her room to take to Utah. She moved into a house with two of her cousins so she’s living the big girl life and though at first, I was a little disappointed that she jumped into a lease so quickly after getting a job, I’m over that and now I’m just thrilled for her. We’ve always done things together and even though we’re apart now, we’re still a team and we’ll figure everything out together like normal.

My home library is coming together quite nicely though there aren’t that many books still… I’m working on it, I promise! I’ll share pictures soon, for real.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I Watched

Haikyuu, Season Two | 4.25 out of 5
Misaeng | 3.5 out of 5
Raya and the Last Dragon | 4 out of 5
Godzilla vs. Kong | 3.5 out of 5

After finishing the second season of Haikyuu, I took a short break to watch Misaeng, thinking a slight change of pace was needed but while I enjoyed the show overall, it was really slow. After finishing that show, with my brother and his kids in town, we did a couple of movie nights and watched Raya and the Last Dragon and then Godzilla vs. Kong. I haven’t watched ANY of the Godzilla movies or any of the Kong movies so I went into this movie not knowing what to expect but my nephew Rocky wanted to watch it so we did. I ended up liking it too…not enough to watch the other movies though. *shrugs*
What I Listened To

Spring Day by BTS
Dimple by BTS
Singularity by BTS

It was a slow jam kind of week so these three songs got a lot of playing time. Spring Day is one of my top BTS songs, I just love it so much and the performances for all three of these songs are just phenomenal.
What I Got

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

Slowly, but surely, I’m making progress in building up my print library. I actually forgot to get more books this week because I took a break from all things computer and I normally order books off Amazon so I only got three books this week. I’ll jump back on this project this week, for sure though.
What I Got for Review

The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

This book looks too cute to pass up so it was added to my review pile this week. I’ll read it soon.
What I Reviewed

Signal (2016) | 4 out of 5

The BTS Listen: BE
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (165)
What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Weekly Playlist (6)

Posted April 1, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

One of my favorite things to do when I was back home in L.A. was to take drives with my friend B Nice so that we can listen to our newly discovered favorite songs by BTS. We both discovered BTS over the pandemic and have been crazy for all things BTS. When I moved to Vegas, those drives stopped but I decided that I’m going to use my blog to share what songs I’m listening to each week with both B Nice and everyone else who reads this blog.

This week’s bunch of songs got a bunch of different songs that will make you sit up and take notice, haha. But seriously, these are some of my favorite songs so I know that you guys will enjoy them as well.

Spring Day is one of my all-time favorite BTS songs. It’s right up there with Magic Shop. It’s a fantastic song on its own but when you look up the theories and understand the inspirations behind the making of this song, it’ll make you cry. It’s a really popular song and if you know anything about the Sewol Ferry incident in South Korea from a few years ago then you’ll understand for yourself why this song is so special for Army. The music video is amazing as well, check out this video out because it’s an excellent theory video. Prepare yourselves though, it’ll make you cry for sure.

Dimple is a catchy song that made me laugh because they legit sing, “So I’ll call you illegirl…” because her dimples should be illegal. Hahaha. This is a vocal line song so there’s no J-Hope, RM, or Suga but if you want to watch their performance of this (and you do want to watch it), check it out here. I’m telling you, it’s catchy as hell and fun to sing along to.

If you want to watch my bias slay a song, listen to Singularity. V continues to impress the hell out of me with his vocal range. He can do it all and this song is so freaking good.

What songs are you on your playlist this week? Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be BTS. Share in the comments!

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The BTS Listen: BE

Posted March 31, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

I started listening to BTS albums from the beginning of their musical journey and this series will feature my thoughts on each of those albums. There are a lot of albums but there are also a lot of solo work that I’m interested in covering here on the blog so I decided to just name this feature, The BTS Listen because I’m an organization nerd and things need to be well organized for me or I get itchy.

This week, I’ll be featuring the BE Album. The BE album is the pandemic album that BTS worked on to gift Army with something that will help us cope with being stuck indoors throughout the pandemic. Aren’t they so good to us? This album is a short but packed album that tops off at 28 minutes on the listening scale.


Release Date: November 20, 2020
Track List: Life Goes On, Fly to My Room, Blue & Grey, Skit, Telepathy, Dis-ease, Stay, Dynamite
Favorite Song: Life Goes On, Telepathy
Favorite Line: People say the world has changed, Thankfully between you and me, it’s still the same.

BTS is returning with their new album BE to unfold another chapter of 2020.

As a sense of helplessness looms in every corner of the world, BTS opens themselves up to express their mixed feelings about this situation—fear and anxiety mingled with the determination to overcome all this. The album consists of a total of eight tracks including the No.1 summer hit “Dynamite” and lead single “Life Goes On”. The latter speaks on behalf of everyone stuck in the new normality brought on by COVID-19: one day, the world stopped without any warning, streets erased of footsteps and the way out is nowhere near in sight. BTS echoes in a low voice the comforting message that in the face of unexpected turns “Life Goes On” and extends their hands towards the future.
The BE album dropped on November 20, 2020 and it was my first official BTS comeback. I’m not lying when I tell you guys that I was super excited for the release day. I woke up extra early to run to Target and get my album. Haha, funny story about the release day. I work from home so my days tend to blend together but I was so ready for November 20th to get here. It’s a week after my birthday and it was going to be a belated birthday gift to myself. So the day gets here and I’m up early as hell because I needed to go and get it before I started work. I got dressed, brushed my hair, put on some presentable clothes, and drove all the way to Target. I run inside, straight to the electronics section only to discover NO BE albums out on display. I was so mad so I’m like, okay it’s early so maybe they just haven’t put them out yet. I stop a worker and ask about any new BTS albums and she had no idea what I was talking about so I pull it up on my phone and realize that…it’s November 19th and not the 20th so I was too early and I had nobody to be mad at but myself so since the albums weren’t on sale yet, I bought some damn donuts and took my dumbass home. LOL. Moral of the story? Check your calendar before you have an attitude.

Anyway, let’s get on with the reason for this post. I can’t believe we’re already here. The latest album from BTS. I feel like I started this journey so long ago and it feels that way because there were a lot of albums to go through. Man, it’s been a blast for me. BTS fans have been super spoiled for the last seven years and they signed on for 7 more years? Yippy skippy!

This album kicks off with a slow ballad called Life Goes On. This is a group song and the other title track off the album. I have two favorite songs on this album and this is one of them. This song is such a feel good song that speaks on what the boys are feeling and going through during the pandemic. They’re just as sad as us but if we just hold on a little longer, life will go and we’ll be able to go outside again. We’ll be together again. I have so much love for this song and I don’t even care that I’ve heard this song a million times. I still love it dammit!

Fly to My Room is next up and it’s another slower song that features Jimin and V on vocals along with J Hope and Suga bringing the rap line goodness. This song speaks on exactly what we’ve been going through this last year. A year was stolen from us and being stuck in our rooms so we might as well make our rooms, our spaces into the places we love most in the world. This song could so be the world’s anthem for the last year. I love it.

Next up is Blue & Grey. This is the song that V wrote when he was depressed so it’s a slow ballad that I’m not going to lie, I cried the first time that I heard it. I read the lyrics along with listening to it and man, that man was hurting and I’m glad that I read what he said about writing this song. He explained that when he was having a bad time, he started writing this song and it helped him get his feelings out into the world and after he was done, the depression seemed to dissipate and he was able to let go of all of those feelings and move on. He’s a lot happier now and I’m so glad for him. Knowing the backstory of this song makes me love it so much more and though it’s a very sad song, there’s a wistful hopefulness to it that makes me happy.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard a skit with the boys just talking to each other but there’s one in this album and if you don’t speak Korean, I highly recommend checking this video out cause they’ve got you covered.

Now, it’s Telepathy time. This is my absolute favorite song from the whole album. It’s such a fun, upbeat song with a message of hope that BTS and Army will be reunited again and I’m so here for it. Suga wrote this song in thirty minutes and if that ain’t impressive, I don’t know what is. Do I love this song? Hella.

Dis-ease is the next song and it’s a J-Hope song that everyone is part of. J-Hope said that he got the idea to write this song by wanting to talk about sickness. He wanted to talk about his inability to rest properly during the pandemic because he was constantly working on things and that’s his dis-ease. We all have our own shit that we’re working through, a dis-ease, if you will and he packed those thoughts into this song and what we got was an up-beat song with a hopeful message that though you have a love-hate relationship with something, you can overcome it. This is a great song, with an old school vibe that I dug.

The next song, Stay, is a unit song that features Jungkook, Jin, and RM. It’s another upbeat song with what sounds like EDR influences. Jungkook spoke about this song at the BE global press conference and said that this song is about how even though we’re all far a part now, we still always stay together and if that ain’t the truth, I don’t know what is. It’s another fun song that lifts spirits and keeps us all together through the power of music. I’m all about it.

The last song on the album is a song that everyone in the world is familiar with. It’s the first song that BTS has ever released that is ALL IN ENGLISH. It got nominated for a Grammy and though the boys didn’t win, they still lit up the Grammy’s like dynamite (and so did Army, haha). Dynamite was the first song that released while I was already a BTS fan so I love it. Jimin said that this song is a song that he thought would lift Army’s spirit and give them something to be happy about and he’s right. I didn’t know that I needed 30 versions of this song but I’ll take them all.

Overall, this was the album we all needed in this crazy, wacked out time that we’re living in. BTS made this for Army to help us through the pandemic and we are so damn fortunate to have a group that loves us enough to do something like this. This album is too short but I don’t even care because it’s still packed with goodness that is still making me super happy, four months later. The physical album is a thing of beauty and I’m so glad that I got it. Photocards, postcards, great music, and posters of our favorite 7? Yes, please!! So good!
Favorite Performance

This is the performance I needed during this damn pandemic. I needed this whole album, to be honest, and I’m grateful that BTS gave us something to get us through. This song, in particular, is one of my absolute favorite songs on the album and I was so damn happy when the song started up on their MTV Unplugged show. This performance showcases a lot of what I love about watching these guys perform. You can see how much they love to perform for us. They’re so happy and it shows! I just love this performance to pieces.
Final Thoughts


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