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Friday Five (11)

Posted May 20, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Friday Five

This week’s topic will feature five songs that I’m completely obsessed with right now. Or actually, five songs that are stuck in my head.

[1] Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.

Shut up, Ames. I love this damn song. Haha. JT delivers another summer hit that I will be getting my groove on to in the coming months.

[2] Leaving Me by Sammy J.

I went to see this guy last month in concert and I’m still on a Sammy J high. This has been a hit in my house and everyone is listening to this song on repeat. It’s a great freaking song about a subject we all know so much about, getting Dear John’d while out on your mission.

[3] All I Ask by Adele.

My nephew Caleb is 3 years and is the most adorable little boys, who also happens to be the baddest little boy too. He gets into everything, he jumps off of everything and he breaks everything too. But when you see videos like this one, how can you not love that little boy and this song too? Caleb gets all into singing his songs in the car too. It’s the cutest little thing.

[4] One Call Away by Charlie Puth.

Another little boy that can get down with the get down in the car is Luke. These last two songs are songs that I’ve come to love because Luke knows every single word, ooh and ahh for both of those songs and he never fails to crack me the hell up while he’s singing along to Charlie Puth and DNCE.

[5] Cake by the Ocean by DNCE.

This isn’t a song that I would probably like on my own but after hearing Luke get down to this song? It’s one of my favorites. Haha.

What songs are stuck in your head these days? What songs are you obsessed with?

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Friday Five (10)

Posted May 13, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Friday Five

This week’s Friday Five will center around my to do list. I have a crap load of shit that I need to do and not a lot of enthusiasm to get it done so I’m just going to talk about what I need to do soon.


[1] Chloe’s wedding: The DJ.

Samoan families like to share the wealth and my family is no different. I wouldn’t have it any other way but Chloe is getting married next month and my job is to pay for the DJ. The DJ that we booked is one of my favorite DJ’s who used to DJ the Youth Dances when I was younger and I can’t wait to get my boogie on but I need to get serious about saving money to pay him. I don’t have much left to save so I’m not that worried.


[2] Get Brenna’s summer schedule situated.

Brenna’s summer schedule for the past few years have been jam packed with activities. She plays high school basketball, she plays club basketball when she’s not playing high school basketball and right before school starts up again, she tries to fit in an end of the summer trip to Colorado to hang and relax with Helen and the boys. We got a tentative summer schedule for both high school and club but I haven’t done much but glance at it. I need to figure all of that stuff out so that I can plan and book Brenna’s airfare to Colorado. Get it together already, Wena. Sheesh!


[3] Go to Church.

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and our family was able to talk to both RJ and Chance. It’s always good to see and hear that our two missionaries are doing well and hearing their testimonies about their love of the gospel and the blessings they’re receiving each and every day never fails to remind me that I’m not where I’m supposed to be…spiritually. My goal last year was to go to all three hours of Church and make it a constant thing, not just a whenever I feel like it thing and I did well for most of the year but this year? I’ve fallen back into the habit of not making Church a priority. After talking with Chance and then reading his letter home this week, it was the kick in the rear I needed to get my stuff together (again).

That straight and narrow is so hard to stay on but really, I need to go back to Church.


[4] Get my June review pile down.

I have a bunch of June releases in my TBR pile but I’m sucked into the Psy/Changelings world right now. I can’t stop reading these books. I really, really love them but that June review pile isn’t going anywhere so I better get my crap together and get those books read and reviewed pronto!

At least the books in that pile are books I’m actually looking forward to reading. First up is The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen and following that is Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh…WOO FREAKING HOO!


[5] Catch up on Blindspot.

I’m so behind in this show but I love it too much to give it up so I need to carve out some time to catch up before the season finale. I need to know what’s going on with this damn show.

See you next week for another fun filled Friday Five post…haha.

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Friday Five (9)

Posted May 6, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Friday Five

This week’s Friday Five will be about shows that I used to love but no longer watch. I used to watch a lot of TV shows but I’ve found that lately, I just don’t care to keep up with a bunch of shows that I was following out of loyalty to the celebrity that I like on the show. But now? This is me.

[1] Arrow. I have watched Arrow since the first episode aired. I used to be so obsessed with this show. I shipped Olicity hard and loved the hell out of both Oliver and Felicity right from the very beginning. I was there when Felicity was just the nerd girl that Oliver occasionally used to find answers. I was there when the team was just Oliver, Diggle and Felicity. I was there through the thick and the thin but this season, I keep falling further and further behind because I’m just not that interested in what’s going on. I kept watching it out of loyalty to Stephen Amell who I adore to pieces…or actually, who I used to adore to pieces.

But on April 13th – on Mamba Day, Stephen Amell took to Twitter to talk shit about my favorite player in the NBA and while my loyalty to Stephen was pretty up there, it was nowhere near my loyalty to my Lakers and Kobe Bryant. You don’t talk shit about the Mamba on Mamba Day. So I gave up Arrow on the spot and my loyalty for Amell is a distant memory.

[2] The Flash. I used to watch this show a lot. I liked that it was a super hero show with a lighter feel than Arrow and I shipped Snowbarry so I wanted to see if they ever got together. I knew that they weren’t going to be canon or anything but I wanted them to share…something. We got little teases of it in the first season but nothing since then so I’m pretty much over this show. Not even Cisco saved this show for me and I love him.

I know that Barry and Iris are supposed to be the main couple but they just don’t interest me. *shrugs* Oh, well…like Mya said back in the day, I’ll be moving on…

[3] The Originals. Oh, the Mikaelsons. How I had such high hopes of enjoying your show since I loved the hell out of all of you guys when you were on the Vampire Diaries. Even when we were supposed to hate you guys on there, I loved you guys. I used to want Klaus and Caroline to get married and have miracle vampire babies so when I heard that they were getting their own show, I was excited. I thought it was going to be Vampire Diaries for grown ups. I looked forward to continue to love Klaus and Elijah and Rebekkah and Kol and well you get the idea….but it has been a real chore to watch this show. It’s always so slow and they killed the girl I wanted Elijah to end up with while still pushing him and Hailey (a ship I just never got behind).

Meghan loves this show but it’s so…boring. So now I just don’t watch it anymore.

[4] Empire. The first season of this show was on and poppin. I binge watched it and was sooo looking forward to watching the second season. All of the drama was fabulous, the music was great and I loved me some Jamaal but when the second season started and Lucious Lyon was in prison but still working in the recording studio *rolling eyes emoji* while plotting to take out his kids over a damn company, I wanted to take a page out of Cookie’s handbook and blow shit up. The whole show started getting ridiculous what with Lucious Lyon and his bootleg recording studio IN PRISON, the whole Dre thing was pretty stupid and I wanted to kick Hakeem in his damn gold teeth every week so I finally had too much and called it a day on this one.

Still, this was my favorite scene from this show:

[5] Scandal. The first couple of seasons of this show had me completely obsessed. I loved all of the drama and I loved the Gladiators. Every week, something was poppin’ off that had my mouth on the floor and it was always so stinkin’ good. Fitz and Olivia were circlin’ each other and the whole forbidden romance game was strong but as the seasons wore on, that whole relationship took a bad turn for me and I just haven’t been able to get back into the show.

The introduction of Jake (played by Noel from Felicity, yay!) kept me coming back for a little while cause I will watch Scott Foley in anything but in the end, even he couldn’t save the show for me. I’m just so done with everyone on that show, even Olivia.

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Friday Five (8)

Posted April 29, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Friday Five

It’s been a couple of weeks since Mamba Day happened and Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA. I’m still not over it. That night and that game will forever be special to me as a die hard Lakers fan but also as a Kobe Bryant fan. Going into that game, I was so sad because I grew up watching Kobe dominate on the court. I watched him win many games for the Lakers and I cheered him on for 20 years. Goodness, I can’t believe he played in the NBA for 20 years. It’s unheard of but if anyone was going to do it, it would be the Black Mamba.

Mamba OutAs much respect as I have for the Golden State Warriors and the Splash Brothers, I wasn’t going to pretend that I was going to watch them make history as the first team in the NBA to surpass the Chicago Bulls record of winning 73 games in a season.

That night was all about Kobe Bryant for me and for my family. I watched all things Kobe from the time I woke up until the wee hours of the morning following Kobe’s final game. I talked Kobe with my family, my friends and my co-workers. I’m sure my co-workers that aren’t basketball fans got tired of all of my Kobe everything but I couldn’t help it. Kobe was such a big part of my basketball loving life for so long so this week’s Friday Five will feature my Top 5 Kobe Bryant memories.

[1] Kobe tears his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors.

This was something that I’ve never seen before in an NBA game and I’m pretty certain we’ll never see again. Kobe Bryant tore his achilles tendon during a game against the Golden State Warriors and shouldn’t have been able to walk on but not only did he walk on the tear, he also shot two free throws, made them both to tie up the game and then walked himself off the court. He had to be in massive pain but he just walked off the court all calm as can be and was determined to come back even stronger.

In a game and time where superstars cry over the smallest fouls and have to be carted off the court in a wheelchair and then come back in the fourth quarter to play or be carried off the court by your teammates over something very minor, Kobe’s season ended in this game but he walked himself off the court….ON A TORN ACHILLES. He’s something else, our Kobe Bean.

[2] Kobe Bryant doesn’t flinch.

D’Angelo Russell is a rookie on our team this year and he likes to do this celebration dance when he’s on fire where he points to his forearm while running down the court, screaming, “I got ice in my veins” and while he’s a damn good basketball player, it’s really Kobe Bryant who has ice in his veins as we see in this video clip.

Matt Barnes is that player that I have hated on every team that he’s played on (well until he came to play for the Lakers) and I don’t think I ever hated him more than I hated him in this game. I remember watching this game with my family and laughing when Matt Barnes tried to get Kobe to flinch and Kobe didn’t bite. I don’t know anybody that wouldn’t have flinched but Kobe Bryant aint no bitch. He didn’t flinch.

[3] Kobe outscores entire Dallas Mavericks team with 62 points in 3 quarters.

I remember this game. Like most of the games, I watched it from home and I remember being so excited that Kobe outscored the entire Dallas Mavericks team through 3 quarters. The score was Kobe 62 – Mavs 61 at the end of the 3rd. Only someone with as much drive as Kobe would be able to do that.

I remember thinking about this game this past season when we were on the other side of the story. We’re playing Golden State and we’re losing bad. We’re losing so bad that one of the Lakers twitter accounts says, “If we were playing Klay Thompson, the game would be close.” and I remember asking my family, “Remember when Kobe outscored the entire Dallas team in three quarters?”

SMH…the good ol’ days.

[4] Kobe scores 2 clutch shots to win against Portland.

Kobe Bryant has completely spoiled Lakers fans with some amazing shots he put up over the course of his 20 year career. This is probably one of my favorite games where he saved the day for us. That first three he took to send the game into OT was one of probably the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed in my life. I mean, take a look at that shot…I’ll wait. Fast forward to the 3:20 mark and watch that play. Holy freaking shit, how he made that shot (let alone took it) was one of my favorite things about him. He was not afraid to shoot the ball and do the impossible.

That first shot is proof of that. He’s walked into arenas and was booed from the beginning to end of games and he still played hard. His determination to win was why even the great Michael Jordan said he’d want him on his team.

[5] Mamba Out with 60 points.

Mamba Day fell on the fifth anniversary of my Mom’s death. I was prepared to be an emotional wreck the entire day as I remembered one of the most important people in my life and watched as one of my most favorite players EVER played in his final NBA game.

I woke up with my Mom on my mind and throughout the day, she was there always near the front of my thoughts and then I got out of bed and turned the TV on. Everyone and their Mom was talking about Kobe, Kobe’s career and his final game that night. I dreaded game time. I didn’t want this to end because Kobe has spoiled the hell out of us Lakers fans with years and years of amazing-ness. Game winning buzzer beaters, five championship banners to hang in the Staples Center and many hours of game footage for future players to learn from. He was special to us Lakers fans because he carried on the tradition of greatness in a basketball arena that us fans are used to.

We’ve had some of the greatest players play for our team and all of them have said that Kobe Bryant is special…because he is and his last game in a Lakers uniform proved it.

He scored 60 points!

I’ve heard and read all of the haters say that he was handed those points, that it was an exhibition game but nobody watching that game would think that. He played all four of those quarters and just gutted every point out. You could see his determination to give the fans this last show. He was dogged tired but he didn’t back down. You could see his teammates urging him to shoot the ball, urging him to go out on top and he wasn’t going to let anyone down. He reminded me of a gladiator, fighting until his final breath and he really did leave it all out on the floor.

As sad as I was that we weren’t going to get another Kobe Bryant show, Kobe himself wouldn’t let us be sad. The show he put on for us in that final game shows exactly what set him apart from everyone else. What made him so special. His love for the game, his love for the fans of L.A. is special and I won’t ever forget it.

As a die hard basketball fan, I’m glad that I got to witness Kobe Bryant’s career but I’m also grateful that Brenna was able to witness it too.

In the end, this is me…

Thank you, Kobe.

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Friday Five (7)

Posted March 18, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Friday Five

I’m a huge book nerd who is always reading a book, looking for upcoming books to read or writing about the books that I’m reading. I blog about books over at my book blog, Book Binge that I run with my friend Holly. I’m all about the books. So it should come as no surprise that this week’s Friday Five is book related. Lots of bookish news dropped this week and I’m going to wrap up the five book news that had me looking like…

[1] Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy wrote a YA.

Two of my favorite New Adult authors wrote a Young Adult book…together. I’m beyond excited about this piece of news. I mean seriously. I’m so anxious that you could call me Genuwine. I don’t even care what the book is about, I’m still going to read the hell out of it. But here’s the cover and blurb.

Paper Princess
Paper Princess by Erin Watt.

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Yup. I’m definitely in.

[2] Kristen Callihan announced 2 new Game On books.

We’re getting 2 new Game On books! I am a huge fan of this series so this was very good news for me. Cal’s getting a book and so is a teammate of fan favorite Ethan “Dex” Dexter. Here’s what KC had to say on the matter:

What’s next for Game On?

Cal Alder and Tess Harper in currently untitled Game On book 4–Back to college we go!

Cal was her brother’s best friend and a constant thorn in Tess’s side. But when a high school prank goes wrong, he became her greatest enemy. Now Tess and Cal are at the same college and Cal is the lead quarterback. Wherever Tess goes, Cal’s name follows. She does her best to avoid him, but some pests just won’t go away.

Cal has always wanted Tess. But she’s been off limits and hates him for a very good reason. When fate throws them together one cold night, Cal decides enough is enough. He’s going to show Tess the real man behind the facade and convince her that they were meant to be. Game On.

Ooh, the best friend’s little sister trope. Yay, I’m all about it!

Some more Game On news delivered via KC’s newsletter is:

More Game On…

Jack Ryder -wide receiver and Ethan Dexter’s teammate- will soon meet his match when his team begins filming a training camp documentary and the head producer is the one woman he can’t stop thinking about.

Release date to be announced.

*happy sigh* Oh happy day!

[3] Kristen Callihan announced a new Rockstar Romance and it comes out in May.

Another tid bit that has me so freaking excited, I’m about to burst out of my skin? This little gem:
Idol by Kristen Callihan.

Idol, a VIP novel
Coming May 17th!
Yes, I stepped away from the world of football for a bit and dropped into the dizzy rush that is the rock star life.

Why did I do this? Blame Killian James, lead singer and guitarist of Kill John, the biggest rock band in the world, and Liberty Bell, a recluse who was perfectly content until a drunk yet undeniably hot guy crashes his bike on her lawn.

They had a story to tell and would not shut up until I told it.


KC also shared an excerpt for Idol and if you want to read it, you should sign up for her newsletter. Its a good one, I promise! Holly and I did a lot of happy squeeing once the newsletter hit our inboxes.

[4] Lauren Layne will start Lincoln’s book in the next couple of weeks.

In Lauren Layne’s newsletter that went out this week, she announced that she’s going to start working on Lincoln’s book soon and I’m excited. I’ve loved Lincoln since we first met him in Alex and Emma’s book so I’m glad to finally be getting his back story and learn all of his secrets!

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne.

Lincoln Mathis is legendary for his exploits with the ladies. As Oxford’s go-to guy for one-liners, one-night stands, and all things no-strings-attached, Lincoln has yet to meet a woman he couldn’t charm into his bed—until he meets the magazine’s new copy editor. Shy, bookish, and adorably awkward, she should be grateful for the attention of a handsome bachelor. But to Lincoln’s surprise, the harder he tries to win her over, the more she dodges him. Lincoln swore he’d never make himself vulnerable again—but for Tori, he’s going to have to break all his rules.

Victoria Blake knows Lincoln’s type all too well, and she has zero interest in becoming one more notch in his belt. After winding up as the butt of a mean-spirited prank in college, Tori learned not to believe that a gorgeous playboy could truly be interested in someone like her. And Lincoln is definitely a gorgeous playboy. But the more she gets to know him, the more she suspects that Lincoln’s sleazy swagger is a façade, carefully crafted to hide his pain. And maybe Tori can be the one to heal his broken heart—even if it means risking her own.


[5] Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh has a sparkly new cover.

My goal for the next two months is to catch up on this series so that I can dig into this new book which brings all of the couples from the series together to fight the bad guy in one book. Love this idea. I’ve wanted something like this from other authors so I’m thrilled that Nalini Singh finally did it.

Allegiance of Honor
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh.

The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

This sounds so freaking good and I have my work cut out for me to get ready for this book. I’m up for the challenge though.

See you next week…:)

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