Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Happy Cards

Why, hello there. Keeping this return introduction short, busy times ladies and gents, but tis good to be back. Hazza!

There is always something that puts a smile [back] on someone's facial area. I'm quite curious what is your's, yes you--and you over there in the corner. 
In no particular order, there are for sure three consistent things that always put a smile back on my face.

Le Husband
I consider myself a general ray of sunshine, however, when a cloud disturbs my space, he knows what to do and what to say to keep my view clear. Get ready for some extra sappiness--I feel lucky everyday to be with such a caring and understanding gentleman. I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about him. Awwww. Good times my friends. 

 See one of those rays? That is me. I also chose this image in place of my handsome husband because he loves biking. There is a connection, it works. xD

Korean Music
Don't ask me about the inner magical workings of this awesome music, I dare not question it's majestic ways. Dramatics aside, Korean a la musica really does have a sort of healing power for me. Good times and bad, it is my ray of sunshine--for my own sunshine? Perhaps we are rays of sunlight in the same sun... Not sure where that thought is going, but I think it works.

 I know, I know. Wouldn't it be great to see them back together again?

Thai Food
Hands down, my favorite food. It's just so dericious. The flavors, variety, textures and overall health aspect is better that most food in the US. I love that most if not all of the Thai dishes I eat doesn't make me feel heavy, nor feel a sense of regret like a lot of American food does. I'm sure many can relate to this feeling.
I don't dislike all American food, but if I had to choose what I must eat forever-more, it would be Thai food.

I just need to take my own photos of Thai food, it's hard to find good images. That is all.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Weekly Favorites: Picnic, iHerb, Cool Weather

Last sunday the hubby and I went on our first picnic together! Why, why have we not done this sooner? It was utterly relaxing and cutely romantic. Since we're not pros at this we didn't have any "proper" gear for this, not even a handy dandy picnic basket. We made do and---if I can stop my squealing inside my noggin due to cuteness overload, I could continue... Ahem, we went to a park we didn't know existed and let me just state that next time we'll have to go when little ones are in school because after our picnic I wanted to play on the swings, but were fully occupied. Swings are for kids and adults, mkay?

The weather was perfect for us to enjoy our time for a few hours. After we ate, we asked each other questions Thanik found in a book of his. You can always learn new things about your honey bun not matter how long you're with them. Eventually ze hubby found himself sleepy from the delicious noms and cuddled up in a warm blanket, so he tried to convince me to take an Italian nap with him. I resisted, not wanting to ruin sleepy time later, but I gladly welcomed the cuddle opportunity.

Do you have a favorite picnic story?


Is iHerb even worth mentioning here since I'll be doing a whole post about it?
Fine, but let me say this: It joom joom's my heart like a locket. 50 points if you can tell me the reference... In other words, it's WONDERFUL. Thank you and goodnight.



I am jealous of whoever get's to experience this magic.

I am loving the steady cool down from what was a summer that felt like a potential eternal oven. Seriously. I can finally wear layers, my favorite thing to do. None of this just jeans and t-shirt nonsense, no no. Give me a sweater, let me wear fantastically printed socks (which I need to invest in...) with my oxfords and perhaps add a light scarf for extra pizazz.
There's just something so magical about fall. The colors, the weather, the noms, the layers---perhaps everything makes it my favorite season.

I'm pretty sure fairy's live in this forest, where else are the little twinkling lights coming from?

Definitely not me, just love ze picture.

No matter where you are in the world, what is your favorite bits and bobs about fall?

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Sunday, September 9, 2012, Holy Grail For Beauty

Oh gosh you guys. Guys. Guys seriously. I think I found a favorite website to shop for beauty products and what have you. Amachan (do I still need to mention she's my sister?), thanks for this trap, really, thank you. Has anyone else heard of I've finally gotten around to checking it out and I'm pretty sure I heart it.

Amachan has been on an organic kick, which I'm sure is a permanent kick, and holy smokes I am glad. I've learned a great deal from her.. Organic does not always mean expensive, oh thank goodness no. I really don't like to spend a ton on skin care, but before I was blind to cheaper, so to speak, products that work just as well--heck I'm sure far better than chemically enhanced products. I'd like to have nice skin as much as the next sexy lady (Get it? Overused? Oh...), but I don't want to spend $40 on magical eye cream or $70 on serum that must be made of unicorn hair to cost so much. Ahem, I digress?

Anywho, to keep myself in check, I am limiting myself to three things:
1) Deodorant
2) Leave in conditioner moisturizer shtuff for my hair
3) Some sort of spray for my face to help it look bright, not dull


I'd like to smell fresh, mhm.

I learned from Amachan that deodorant should not block the sweat glands, only kill the unpleasant smell. So, I'd still uncomfortably sweat, but at least I won't give off any smell. I sure am making myself sound attractive... I've been using the brand Dove for sensitive skin and I do not like it. For one it blocks my pores, which again I learned it should not do. Secondly, I don't like that it leaves residue on my clothing, definitely not appreciated. Lastly, it um, doesn't always help kill the odor when I need it to. *sad face*

I would love to have such voluminous and bouncy hair as this lass from Brave. Thanks.

As for the hair, my sister and I have had the same issue of the ends being dry. I try to help my hair by combing it thoroughly a few times a week (perhaps I should do it more often), I don't wash it every day either, which you shouldn't anyway because you'd constantly strip your hair of its natural oils. Not all oils are bad folks. In any case, my hair is still needing extra help.

I know what you eat plays a large part in how your skin looks, but that's a whole other story. Bottom line is I would like ze extra help for my facial area to look brighter and glowing. Amachan has recently started using some sort of rosewater facial spray at night and I can tell it has some magical qualities. What's this? Positive results? Sa-weet. I'm excited to get this product for myself.

What beauty goodies do you folk have your eyes on? Any organic tips/tricks you'd like to share? Don't be shy.
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Friday, August 31, 2012

Unwind From a Busy Day

It's that time boys and girls, when there is little play time and you wish to be a kid again. Well, there are many pros to being a grown-up, so perhaps just more time to play will do. Anywho, I haven't had much "me" time to relax, so those moments are quite precious. Hmm, precious, who else thought of Gollum? Anyone? Ahem. During my moments of relaxation I've generally been gravitating towards two main things.
1) Simon and Martina
2) Ze Asian music, but mostly Korean like the boys below.

Oh wait this is their bums, though I'm sure some fangirl/fanboys could still identify them this way.

I'm listening to these handsome young men---looking so serious.

Ze Asian music works magical wonders for me. Whether at the end of the day to unwind or at the start of my day to get energized. Whoa, insight, perhaps that is largely why I married an Asian.. Sweetie, if you're reading this, you're completely and utterly wonderful!
It's alright folks, I won't get too mushy-gushy on here...yet.

The second consistent magical wonder is the always entertaining and awesome Simon and Martina.


It's gotten to the point where much of my [random] references are from Simon and Martina. I've even adapted some habits from them as well, which doesn't seem to bother ze husband so I think I'm in the clear.
Is it too much to ask for a thank you from them? I watch their videos so often and of course more than once. I know they make pennies from the ads played... I kid you, good googly-moogly I'm not that conceited. I really do love to watch their videos and read their blog. I'm sure I mentioned it in my post about them, but they very much remind me of my own husband and I. We never fight and are super lovey dovey with each other. Oh-ho, is this another insight folks?

Cuddle fest with Dr. Meemersworth and Spudgy.

What do you lovely folks do when you need to unwind from a stressful or busy day?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tumblr, Sharing Quick Blurbs


To some (professionals..?) saying the following is a "no-no," but I shall state it anyway. Ahem, oh life, how busy you can be. Since I have (unfortunately) not been able to post as often here as I would like, I have recently gotten into another outlet to share what catches my fancy, Tumblr. It's still a bit of a mystery to me, but I like to think I'm getting the flow of it quick enough. 

It can take me a few hours sometimes more to create a post here, which hasn't been feasible lately. I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Anywho, point being is since I can "produce" posts (more like quick blurbs) far quicker on Tumblr, you lovely folks can check there any time to see what is going on in my noggin. I'm not giving up here, have no fear (..if you have any), just simply Tumblr is enabling me to share my thoughts more often particularly during busy times. Tis good ya? 

I've kept the same name, thought it would be appropriate:
Since this post will be lost to time, you can always find the link in my About and Links page.. That sentence is ironic if you think about it. Lawlz.

Does anyone else use Tumblr? Veteran or not, please share any tips or tricks with the rest of the class in, hmm, how to utilize ze Tumblr.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

B.A.P. "No Mercy" Review

B.A.P., I think I love you more and more as time goes by. 
Right off the bat I wasn't fully in love with No Mercy. It took me [specifically] three listens for me to think, "Oh yeah, oh yeah this awesome." With Warrior and Power I was expecting a tune just as "I'll kick your bum" kind of vibe. No Mercy has a sprinkle of it, but more so "I'm a baller" and "Can't touch this" sort of flare.

I'm completely impressed with their choreography as usual. Any previous rap-type videos I've seen generally have the artist(s) doing random hand movements and shuffling awkwardly. I can let it slide because how do you dance in any suave manner to rap? I was glad to see that during the rap sequences in this video, they had a little somethin' planned out. I found it satisfying.

You can not miss their crotch grab dance move, am I right? It exudes confidence. Oh the memories of their bum slaps from Power. Although let's ignore the fact of how young Zelo is, mkay?
Anywho. I've expressed it before, but I love how confident, strong and powerful this group is. Most Korean male groups have a Sexy Heeyyy (thank you Simon and Martina) or cutie vibe to them, so I find B.A.P. to be a nice change.

Can I borrow your clothes, boys? Well thanks, I appreciate it.
I'm not sure of the attraction, but the ensemble Jongup is wearing in the image above, which is clearer in the video, is just--cool. I'm not sure if it's shorts worn over skinnies, but I dig the combo. I loved their outfits for Power too, which was completely fitting. Who wouldn't feel like a bad as* wearing torn up army gear? 

The baggy jumpsuits, if that is their proper name, look super comfy and only they can pull it off with their confident attitudes.

I know not everyone may be thrilled with the singing mixed with the rap. Perhaps some of the singing isn't hard edge enough? I will admit the singing particularly by Daehyun seems a little out of place in comparison, but I still have a soft spot for it. I would not change it. Likewise, I think they did a really good job blending rock, rap, hip-hop, beautiful singing moments, electronic elements aaaand the traditional Korean la musica. 
Some K-pop groups don't always blend their sounds nicely, for instance when they try to combine singing/harmonies, random rap sequences and the still popular dub-step breakdowns. The sudden switches are often jarring.


This rookie group continues to impress me. They never fail to give me energy and feel like a bad as* myself. I see them sticking around for many years to come.
What rookie group would you like to give a gold star to?

(Images, top to bottom: One, Two, Three, Four, Five)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekly Favorites :: INFINITE & 90s Style

Oh INFINITE, where have you been all my life? Ahem, well it wasn't until recently that I really started to like their unique sound which is a blend of an awesome ode to the 90s (at least to my ears) and a slightly feminine sound. What I mean by "feminine" is in some songs chorus'---the blending of their voices, ya---don't always have a manly sound. It's not a bad thing nor can some of the members help it. The maknae (youngest member) of the group, Sungjong, in particular does have a softer singing voice. 
It is not super common to come across this sound, so to speak, which I think was one reason why it took me several tries to have their music grow on me. I love the fact that their music has a 90s vibe to it since I grew up in that awesome decade.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Music For Your Blues

When I'm feeling down or having a bad day for whatever reason, I often drown my woes in a glorious dose of--music. My train of thought was starting to ramble in my noggin.. Anywho, point being I have my go-to groups and specific songs that I lean towards to turn my frown upside down. My choice of what makes me feel warm and fuzzy does change over time or rotate, as I'm sure yours does. Am I right? Of course.

Visual time; let me show you who currently tickles my fancy when I need a pick-me-up, music style.

Get down, get down, ge- ge- ge- get down. Bow wow- wow- wow- wow.
If I'm not in the mood for a cutie-sexy type of sound, I listen to this "manly" group. Considering the youngest is 15 in B.A.P., I'm not sure if I can even call them as a whole, manly. Ahem, they give me good energy in any case.

If I'm needing some serious pep, I lean towards DGNA. Love Parade is one of my favorite songs. Plus when watching the MV, how can you not be happy with their colorful outfits, cutie dance and chipper song? Shhh shh, it's indeed impossible not to be happy, I agree.

Oh Block B, you try to be swag and "I'm too cool for school," but you too know how to pull off the aegyo. 
Besides Zico, P.O. (the main rapper) is one of my favorite voices of the group. I'm a sucker for the deep rough and/or smooth voice; he has the latter.

Just tell me why...I go crazy.
Give it to my why.
Oh baby stay with me...*Korean words *
Cry, Y and Stay are three of my favorite songs of MBLAQ's that I love to listen to to get me through my woes. Thank you boys, thank you for serenading me in the good times and the bad.

Oh for them to be together again... It all started with them--DBSK--my love for Korean music.

Well, I mainly listed some of the groups that can always make me happy. Of course this is not all that I listen to, but at least what I have been favoring for the past few weeks. As a follow up, perhaps I could post some of my all time favorite songs. Thoughts?
Who do you listen to in good times and bad?
What are some of your favorite songs to turn your frown upside down?

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Weekly Favorites :: Languages & B.A.P.

Oh Block B, I need to get your CD some time so I can put you on repeat. Replaying you on YouTube is not so convenient. Still, you sure are fun to dance to and to attempt to sing along with even though I don't speak a lick of Korean---only a handful of words. I'm sure I'm making up words in the process. *claps*

...Ahem, as you may already know, I am still in the process of learning Thai, but for a bit of funzies I like to pick up bits of Korean and Japanese on the side as well. I won't properly learn either language until I'm at least semi-fluent in Thai. One language at a time I think is best. Amachan (my sister) has helped me decide to learn Korean after Thai since she'll be learning Japanese--or rather has started learning Japanese. It's fairly certain she'll study Japanese for a year in Japan, starting in the fall. Therefore, she'll be able to take care of me any time I visit. Hazza! This translates to me not learning Japanese until after Korean. Sorry Japanese, but you'll have to remain 4th on my list; I still love you though.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Drama Weekly :: Buzzer Beat (J-drama)

Yes! Finally! A real kissing scene. Do you know how rare it can be to come across an Asian drama that has a decent kiss scene? I don't want a PG-13 smooch fest, just a kiss that actually has emotion, that shows the characters like each other and aren't repelled by each other. Sure, I can understand wanting to be conservative in public despite looking like an awkward robot when you kiss. However, when in a private setting you're allowed to loosen up a bit. So, Buzzer Beat, thank you for at least once breaking this stiff habit. That didn't sound right.

Naoki's character, above, is very insecure about himself, which has constantly held him back from moving forward in life with basketball and his girlfriend. I suppose his girlfriend, a cheerleader, was never giving him the right confidence boost. She didn't hit the right note. That's where violinist Riko comes in to essentially help him grow some balls. Was that too forward?

I liked Naoki's character well enough, but sometimes he seemed too reserved for his own good, which would make him seem a bit dull at times. I mentally clapped when he'd suddenly yell, show a visible unhappy panda face or even shed a tear. Hmm, perhaps that makes sense. His character is insecure and slowly he builds his confidence, which reflects his mood changes? From just a pretty face to a pretty face with emotions.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Your Music Interests, Then & Now

Something that is always fascinating to hear (read in this case) is how folks taste in music changes over the years. What I listen to most often now is drastically different from what I used to listen to on a regular basis in high school. You have my attention now, I'd love to know:

How has your taste in music changed over the years from when you were a wee lass/lad till now?
What do you think influences you in these changes?

I wish my cassette walkman had been this colorful. Nope, I had a simple understated silver one. Cassette's, you will always have a place in my heart.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Amachan Dreams in Japan, Pt. V

Tokyo DisneySea is a popular destination for couples. The way Amachan explains it, it seems Mystery Man was most excited for the day adventure. He had a great time, enthusiastically guiding Amachan by the hand everywhere and proudly showing a little PDA, ho ho. No one is too old or too young to enjoy the awesomeness of Disney. (disclosure: I was not asked by any Disney authority to speak highly of their establishment, although I may be open to it…)


Mickey Mouse is perhaps too popular for his own good, making people wait an hour just to take a picture with him. With only one day to spend in the park, ze couple had to skip out on a photogenic moment with the iconic mouse. I guess the wizard hat will have to do.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How To Get An Asian Man :: Phase II

In this phase I'd like to address some tips on how to 'keep' your Asian. This will really only apply to those who are in or are considering a serious relationship with your Asian gentleman.
A top point will be to incorporate some of their culture into your  lifestyle. This really does help in bonding with your gentleman. I know that if I had never originally incorporated my husbands culture I don't think we would have as close a connection. After all his culture is a part of him, why not do your best to understand and accept it better? My wonderful husband was and is still very touched by the fact that I have been learning about his culture.

Songkran Festival, which happens between April 13-15.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekly Fav's :: Música, Delicious & Korean TV

I have quite a few favorites, more than I realized, so let's jump right in.

*sing song voice* Love love love love parade!

Love Parade by DGNA is such an addicting song. It's upbeat and positive, what more could you ask for? I discovered DGNA (Daikoku Danji  - 大国男児 or The Boss as known in Korea) within the past month or so and I'm really enjoying them. They're more well known in Japan compared to their home country South Korea. Understandable since their debut in 2010, they released one mini album in Korea and soon after moved on to Japan. At some point they'll "come back" to Korea and make a name, if you will, for themselves. Ya ya.

Anywho, I see a lot of potential in this young group and I mean young. The eldest is maybe 21 and the youngest, the maknae as they're called, is 18. It blows my mind how many Korean groups in particular will start out when they're as young as 15 or 16. I finally grew out of my awkward years maybe two years ago, when I graduated college.