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The Weekly Recap (176)

Posted January 3, 2022 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that everyone has been happy and safe, and healthy lately. I know that it’s been quite a while since I last posted and I’m sorry about that. I was living it up. Haha, not really but I did go to Day 1 and Day 2 of the BTS concerts in Los Angeles and I had an absolute blast. I didn’t take many pictures of myself over there since the first day, I went by myself, and on the second day, I swore I was going to do better but I lied because I was too busy dancing like Jin at the end of the year award shows. Poor Meghan, I was sweating all over her too, haha. For my non-Army friends, this is what I looked like during both concerts…


I sang at the top of my lungs, too so I know that I was featured in every video of the people recording around me. I had an amazing time though. It was crazy how there were so many people there and everywhere that I looked, everyone was masked up correctly. I mean sure, we got a lot of shit for not being loud enough with our fan chants but whatever, I heard the chants, and we were all masked up so can’t nobody can tell me nothing.

Army is different though. I snagged a last-minute ticket for Day 1 since I was in L.A. for Thanksgiving and I went by myself but I never once felt like I was by myself. I was surrounded everywhere that I went. I chatted with other Army while standing in line, waiting to get in. Talked to someone from Canada, from NorCal, even a group of Army that traveled to Inglewood from Korea. Then once I got to my seat, I sat in between two different groups who included me in their concert experience, and though I’m normally very quiet amongst strangers, I felt very comfortable and even pretty grateful to everyone for including me. Two young girls (I’d say about early twenties) sat to the left of me and they were brand spanking new Army. They didn’t know a lot of the older songs but they still cheered with everything they had. Same with the ladies on the right of me. I screamed the fan chants and sang all of the songs loud enough for all of us and even after the concert, I walked out with everyone I sat with and they even walked with me to where I was meeting my best friend who was picking me up from the concert (because of course I didn’t drive, it was madness walking out of the venue but it was complete mayhem driving out). On top of how kind everyone was to me, I also saw trash piled up all nice and neat near all of the trashcans and tripped out seeing that too. It makes sense though because BTS strives to do and be better for us Army so I find myself striving to do and be better for them. I guess everyone at the concert on the days that I was there felt the same way.


The second day, I went with my niece Meghan and I was just as crazy in my happiness then as I was the first day. Brenna and Kenna dropped and picked us up from the concert and while we were walking into SoFi, we made sure that the Army’s around us didn’t walk alone. We helped the Army’s that were there by themselves take pictures, we held their stuff so that they can take pictures, we walked with them inside so they weren’t alone and we also made sure to help others who were lost get to where they needed to be. We sat next to a girl who traveled all the way from Japan by herself so when she tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to help her figure out how to meet up with the Army she sold her seat to, I gladly left my seat to help her figure it out. She was thankful that she gave me and Meghan a bunch of Japanese snacks and I thought that was super cool. We had an absolute blast singing and dancing along to every single song. The concert made Meghan even more Army than she was before and I love being a part of her Army journey. She’s watching BTS Run episodes while she’s on break from school and she’s loving every minute. She’s in grad school to become Doctor Meg so she’s always studying and doing school work. She’s also always stressed out so seeing her enjoy BTS content that makes her laugh and just happy makes me feel good for making her watch BTS videos with me last year.

I can’t freaking wait to see BTS in concert again because the entire show was lit and they performed so well. They were also so stinkin’ funny and just really good at their job. I was thrilled to see Sienna Lalau at the concerts dancing alongside the boys as well. She’s such a great performer as well. The concert was so much fun and ended the year on such a positive note for me. The whole weekend was magic and I can’t wait to do it all again….even jump in the Squid Game to get some concert tickets.

Aside from the concert, I went home again last month to spend Christmas with my Dad so that my siblings can come and go to their in-laws and not have to worry about my Dad being alone. I always have fun with my Dad so I was happy even though we stayed indoors the entire time that I was there because it rained cats and dogs every freaking day. I think the one gripe I had about my trip back home was that I can’t open my sister’s front door so one night it was pouring rain outside and I ordered pho for dinner and when it was delivered, I had to go out the back door, walk all the way around the house to the front, fighting with the wind and the rain that kept trying to blow my umbrella away, all for some damn soup. By the time I got back inside, my pajama bottoms were soaked but the soup was bomb so alls well that ends well.

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


The Red Sleeve (2021) | 4.5 out of 5
The Unforgivable (2021) | 4.5 out of 5
Demon Slayer, S2 E5

I’m so sad that The Red Sleeve is finished. I really enjoyed that show from beginning to end and Lee Jun Ho is fine as hell so I’m gonna miss seeing his beautiful face on my screen.

I also watched The Unforgivable with Sandra Bullock. That movie was good but it was also hard to watch because Sandra really went through it and that ending was bittersweet to me. I wish everything else had been wrapped nice and neat but oh well, the overall movie was a good one.

One of the highlights of my week is watching the weekly episode of Demon Slayer with my best friend, Therese. Our running commentary throughout the episode always makes me laugh. What cracks me up the most is how much we both love us some Tengen and can’t get over how big all of his wives boobs are. Hahaha.
What I’m Reading


Human Acts by Han Kang
Webtoon x BTS
Save Me

I’m finally reading some actual books, you guys! I’m participating in some book clubs this year and the first book up for the RM Book Club is Human Acts by Han Kang. This book is about the uprising in Gwangju and it is pretty dark and just..yikes. I don’t know what I was expecting but I wasn’t expecting so much death off the rip. This story is also told in like second person? It’s like the main character has amnesia and someone is filling them in on what’s going. I’ve never read this kind of story before so it’s interesting.

I also started the BTS webtoons, both of them and I’m really liking Save Me. Not much has happened in Webtoon x BTS so though I liked what I’ve read so far, it ain’t much. I can only read these webtoons in pieces so I’m starting all sorts of webtoons this week, I just know it. I’ll update again next week.
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (161)

Posted February 16, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments


The Weekly Recap is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a feature where I recap my week in books, movies, and kdramas. Since we’re still in a pandemic, I’m not doing much outside of my house and I really doubt you guys want to hear about my trips to the grocery store so stick around and let’s see what I got into this week.
What I Watched


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 3: Always and Forever | 4 out of 5
The Uncanny Counter | 5 out of 5
Time to Hunt | 4 out of 5
Burning | 3.5 out of 5
What I Read


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho | 4 out of 5
Time Magazine Collector’s Edition: BTS | 5 out of 5
What I Listened To


Love Yourself: 轉 Tear
Skool Luv Affair
BE
What I Got


Love Yourself: 承 Her
Love Yourself: 轉 Tear
Love Yourself: 結 Answer

I’m collecting all of the BTS albums (the actual albums, not just on Apple Music or whatever) and so far, I’ve got the first three (2 Cool 4 Skool, O,RUL82?, and Skool Luv Affair) then I have the special edition of the Skool Luv Affair and the BE album. This weekend, I added these three albums to my collection so it’s been a super great week for me in terms of my BTS collection. As far as photo cards? I got a J Hope, a Jimin, and a Suga so woo hoo for more photo cards! I’m still waiting for a V since he’s my bias but I get just as excited for any photo card so I’ll patiently wait for my turn to nab a V photo.

Eye Candy Friday


Park Jimin
Jimin, from BTS
What I Reviewed
Nothing. I really need to start writing more reviews and posts. Yikes.
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (160)
Eye Candy Friday: Park Jimin, Jimin from BTS
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (156)

Posted January 4, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Hey everyone!

It was a quiet holiday season for me. I’m here in Las Vegas now, away from my family but with the way that things are going right now, it’s probably for the best. It hasn’t been an easy time lately with this pandemic and all of this political BS, it’s been tiresome. Brenna and my nephew RJ have been with us since before Christmas and they leave for L.A. tomorrow so I’m going to miss having them around. They’ll be back for a quick stop next week Sunday but she’ll be making her way back to Utah so after that visit, I won’t see her again until the last weekend in February for my niece’s wedding. My kid is truly a grown-up now. So am I, for that matter. I got a credit card for her for emergencies and I’ve never been able to do that for her before. We’re both grown-ups. LOL.

Anyway, I hope that everyone had a great holiday and that the pandemic isn’t kicking your asses too much.

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


True Beauty | 4.25 out of 5
Run BTS | 5 out of 5
Run On | 3.5 out of 5
Naruto | 5 out of 5
All My Life | 2.5 out of 5

I’ve finally gotten a hold of my k-drama addiction. I’m not binge-watching shows that much these days and I’m watching the newer released k-dramas as they release weekly episodes. I’m watching True Beauty, Run BTS, Run On weekly but I’m binge-watching Naruto as well. I just got into Naruto right before the end of 2020 and I’m enjoying it so I’m watching it along with all of the other shows that I’m watching. I want to spank Naruto’s ass in every episode but I do really like the anime. The same can’t be said for Brenna’s movie pick for our New Year’s Eve, All My Life. That movie was super boring and I’m too old to pretend otherwise. It was a sad story for sure, even sadder because it’s based on a true story but the movie was boring to me. Ahh well.
What I Read


Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas | 3.25 out of 5
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen | 4.5 out of 5

I read two books in the last week. Woo hoo! My friend Holly recommended both of these books to me a while ago and Twisted Creek was a re-read for me. I enjoyed it but it was still a really slow read for me. The Bridge Kingdom, however, that book rocked my socks. I freaking loved it all. The suspense, the ill-fated romance, everything. So good!
What I Listened To


Dark and Wild by BTS
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt.1

I’m still listening to all things BTS. I’m making my way through their albums from start to finish and I’m loving each and every single album. I’m so sad that I didn’t know about these guys until this year. I missed out on some great stuff. Thank goodness for Weverse, YouTube, and V-Live.
What Made Me Laugh
For those of you who are starting the new year with a new diet. Here are some dieting tips from Kim Seokjin and Kim Taehyung. 🙂

There you have it, my weekly recap. How was your week?

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The Weekly Recap (154)

Posted September 21, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, TV Shows | 0 Comments


Last week was for learning the BTS fan chant, watching a whole bunch of BTS videos on Youtube, taking a night drive along the coast with my friend and talking about the shows we’re watching and the new BTS songs that we’re listening to and loving. We were so wrapped up in our talking that we missed the earthquake. Oh well.

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


Record of Youth
Do You Like Brahms?
BTS: Burn the Stage (The Series)
What I Watched


My Shy Boss | DNF
Master’s Sun | 3.75 out of 5
BTS: Love Yourself Concert in New York | 5 out of 5

Record of Youth, Episodes 3-4: Another solid week of new episodes of this show. I’m really enjoying the chemistry between Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam. They look cute together, they’re a lot of fun to watch and I’m really liking the confidence that Sa Hye Jun is developing. I just know that his best friend is going to start liking Joeng Ha. Ehh, I’m not looking forward to that development but I am dying to see Grandpa modeling.

Do You Like Brahms?, Episodes 5-6: The drama is really picking up on this one and I’m here for it. I’m really enjoying the romance between Joon Young and Song a. I didn’t think I’d be into this show because I’m not a listener of classical music and the only music that I really listen to on the piano is Church music. But I can’t wait for this week’s episodes, I’m itching to find out how Joon Young is going to react to Song a’s confession. He better get it!!
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (154)Never Have I Ever
by Lauren Blakely
Series: Always Satisfied #3
Published by Self-Published, Lauren Blakely on July 30, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 378
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 Goodreads Challenge

Falling for the enemy has never been so deliciously complicated in this standalone romance where a sexy single dad meets his unexpected match! Get ready for all the feels!

Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we're forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I'm falling for the enemy.

I'm not out to make friends. My goals are simple -- fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with...except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I've built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don't come around for guys like me...or do they?

We had another book besties zoom call last week and it was decided that we would read another book together and this was the book that was chosen. It’s a re-read for me but I’m excited to read it again. I absolutely LOVED it when I read it earlier this year so I’m looking forward to jumping back in.
What I Read


Shine by Jessica Jung | 4 out of 5

I finished this book this morning. It took me a while to get it read but I got it done and I’m glad that I finished it. Now I just need to write my review for it.
Eye Candy Friday


Jung Joon Hyung
Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo
What I Reviewed


The Man from Nowhere | 4.25 out of 5
Big | DNF
Tempted | DNF
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | DNF
Goblin | 4.75 out of 5
Fight for My Way | 4.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (153)
Eye Candy Friday: Jung Joon Hyung
What’s On My Radar for Next Week


Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Forgotten
Encounter

Discovering BTS has really put a damper on everything else in my life. I am loving them too much to focus on anything else. I don’t see myself becoming a k pop fan because if I get as obsessed as I am for BTS for another group, I wouldn’t have any time for anything else and I really don’t want that to happen. I mention all of that because these were on my radar from last week’s recap post and they’re back on my radar for this week. I’m going to get to these this week, for realsies.
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (153)

Posted September 14, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


I’ve gone down the rabbit hole that is all things BTS. I’ve got to be the oldest fan that they have (not true, I see old lady BTS Army TikTok) but dude, they’re a lot of fun. I blame Tae-hyung for wrecking my For You Page on TikTok. It’s all things BTS and Korean Dramas. I’m not that mad about it though because I’ve been enjoying watching all of their content. They’re fun to watch perform and now I’m even more annoying to Brenna because I used to just speak Korean phrases to her but now I sing to her in Korean too. LOL. The other day she was on my Etsy ordering some stickers for her hydro and she said that she’d buy me some so I chose my stickers and had to laugh out loud at our Etsy cart.

These are the stickers she got:


And these are the stickers I got:


She just shook her head and was like, “Mom, why are you like this?” Haha.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (153)Shine
by Jessica Jung
Published by Simon Pulse on September 29, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 Goodreads Challenge, 2020 New to Me Challenge

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knock-out debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls Generation.
What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Get ready as Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea’s most famous girl group, Girls Generation, takes us inside the luxe, hyper-color world of K-pop, where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success—and love—might be even higher. It’s time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE.

I’m picking this book back up. I started it a couple of months ago but wasn’t in the mood to read so I kept putting it down after every other sentence. I’m hoping that my reading slump is behind me now so that I’ll actually finish this one so umm..wish me luck? 🙂
What I Read


The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie | DNF
Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5

I tried reading The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie to discuss with my book besties on our zoom call yesterday but I was just not that interested in reading a historical book right now so I quit that book after 6 straight days of only reading a paragraph each time I opened the book. I jumped into Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews instead and yeah, that was just what I needed to keep my reading slump at bay. However, it was the only book that I read last week.
What I’m Currently Watching


Record of Youth
Do You Like Brahms
My Shy Boss
What I Watched


One Spring Night | 3.75 out of 5
Prison Playbook | 4 out of 5
Burn the Stage: The Movie | 4.5 out of 5
BTS: Global Takeover | 4.25 out of 5



Record of Youth | Episodes 1 & 2: This show started off really strong as I’m already obsessed with the two main characters, already shipping them and waiting on pins and needles for today’s episode. I have to wait until my lunch hour to watch it but I’m actually struggling to decide if I should wait until tomorrow to watch both of this week’s episodes together or not. Who am I kidding, I’m not waiting to see Park Bo Gum in a new episode. Haha, silly me.

Do You Like Brahms? | Episodes 1-4: So I discovered BTS last month after realizing that one of the guys in the band was in Hwarang, one of the dramas that I started watching. I like the character enough that I looked him up in BTS and before I knew what was what, he became my bias in the group (with Suga a very close second bias and I don’t care if that breaks the rules, I love them both!) and I have listened and practiced singing all of the BTS songs that I like and there are a lot of songs that I’ve had to practice. Singing in English is easy but singing in Korean? That’s hard as hell but I’m happy to report that I can sing the shit out of my favorite BTS song, Just One Day. LOL. Anyway, all of that to say that I started this show because the main male lead is a friend of V’s from BTS….that’s why I started this show. I gotta support my biases friends and I’m glad that I did because the pacing of this show is a lot slower than Record of Youth but it’s just as good. It’s more focused on the characters and I’m really, really enjoying this one so far. I’m happy that I have a new episode to watch and I’ll watch that today too. Yippy skippy.
Eye Candy Friday


An Min Hyuk
Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon
What I Reviewed


Midnight Runners | 5 out of 5
Romance is a Bonus Book | DNF
Kill Me, Heal Me | DNF
Playful Kiss | DNF
Descendants of the Sun | 3.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (152)
Eye Candy Friday: An Min Hyuk
What I Got


Teach Me (There’s Something about Marysville #1) by Olivia Dade
40 Love (There’s Something about Marysville #2) by Olivia Dade
Swettest in the Gale (There’s Something about Marysville #3) by Olivia Dade
Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3) by Lauren Blakely
What I Got for Review


Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
What’s On My Radar for This Week


Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Encounter
Time to Hunt
What Made Me Laugh

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

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