The Weekly Recap (168)

Posted June 7, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Hey everyone! You guys miss me? LOL. I’ve got no good excuse for my month-long hiatus, I just didn’t feel like blogging. I spent the last few weeks keeping up with my YouTube subscriptions, reading some books, reading some webtoons and cleaning my house. My sister did come into town for a week and stayed at our house so I played host and that was fun. Other than that, I’ve just been chilling and keeping to myself.

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

Law School: Law School is wrapping up and this week is for the finale. I’m really enjoying this show. After Taxi Driver, this was my second favorite weekly drama. Kang Sol A is still my favorite and I’m still hoping for something to happen with Joon Hwi. So last week, lots of plot twists and shenanigans pop off and the way that episode 15 ended, had me jumping for joy. These law school students are smart and they’re tenacious and I’m so here to see how all of this wraps up because Assemblyman Ko needs to go down at all costs.

My Roommate is a Gumiho: I was very interested in watching this show because I really enjoyed Hyeri’s acting in Reply 1988. I became an instant fan of hers while watching that show and so I wanted to support her new show. I’m glad that I did because this show is cute and it’s fun and it’s got a cast of outstanding visuals. Every single person in this show is drop dead gorgeous. On top of an amazing looking cast, the story is cute and the chemistry between the two main leads is great too. I’ll definitely be watching more of this.

Racket Boys: Taxi Driver finished last week so I was searching for something to take its place on my weekly drama watching schedule and came across this one. I adored the main character in Crash Landing on You, and Move to Heaven so I’m looking forward to getting to know him in this new role. I’m also really stoked to see one of the team badminton players play a character that I actually like, instead of the bully he played in Taxi Driver. The first two episodes released last week so I watched it over the weekend and I’m in. I love all of the badminton players, even the girls and the Mom in this show was in Sky Castle and I liked her in that one so I’m hoping that I’ll like her character more in this show.

Doom at Your Service: I’m all caught up on this show and it’s an interesting show that is different from the other shows that I’m watching on a weekly basis so it adds some variety that makes me happy. Park Bo Young is what drew me to this show (I adored her in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and Abyss) so I’m looking forward to supporting her in this show. So far, this show has intrigued me. From the storyline, to the characters, and to Park Bo Gum’s particular story, I’m completely hooked.
What I Read

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12 | 4.25 out of 5
To Sir with Love by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5

I finished two books this week and that makes me happy. I enjoyed both books though the Lauren Layne isn’t a favorite of mine. Layne has a way of writing that never fails to keep me interested in what comes next for her characters and that was the case with To Sir with Love. Volume 12 of Demon Slayer was another fantastic addition to that series and I’m seriously looking forward to the second season of that show to return.
Song of the Week

Butter by BTS

I’m still streaming the hell out of Butter. Being part of Army comes with streaming duties and I take mine seriously. I’ve never been as involved in a fan base as I am for BTS. I grew up being a fangirl of boy bands and even musical groups before but never like this. Butter is a great song and I absolutely adore it so it’s not a hardship to stream the song on Spotify and watch the music video on YouTube. If you’re Army like me, make sure you’re streaming Butter! We have streaming goals to meet and records to break! Borahae!
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (167)

Posted April 19, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 6 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 | 10 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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