Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reverse Aging?

Isn't it funny how when we're younger we want to grow up so we don't have to hear our parents say, "..when you're older" and yet once we're older we want to be younger. Kind of a generalization, but it makes sense.
I am by no means old, but I do find myself gravitating towards cute (you'll want a synonym to this word by the end) and child-like things. Although, who is to say cartoons, stuffed animals, and cups shaped like dinosaurs are specifically for kids?

With that in mind, I swear my husband and I are going to end up with nothing but cutesy decorations in our place. Not to the extreme that it looks like you're walking into some bizarre toy store, I have my limits too. Just more color and hints of cute things would be nice.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Weekly Fav's :: Breakfast Switch, Commentaries & Studio Ghibli

Tell me, who made the rule that we can't eat breakfast food for dinner?

I'd like to say, don't tell me what I can and can not eat for dinner darn it--in a stern voice. Anyway. Since I can remember, I love eating "breakfast" food for dinner. I don't do it as often as I used to, but when I do it's fantastic and satisfying.
My husband usually wears the apron in our household, but I can at least make good breakfast food. According to him I make the best pancakes and breakfast burritos. I agree, no modesty intended.

Practice makes perfect and I've perfected (mostly) a slightly crunchy outside and fluffy on the inside pancake. Not sure if it's something I could ever explain, it's more of a 'feels' cooking--thing.

Raise your hand if you love commentaries.

Well I do. A few weeks ago I wanted to listen to the commentary of Part I for the 4th Twilight movie (I read the books when I was a teen, so I feel obligated to watch it on screen), but my sister is the opposite and doesn't like to break the movie magic, so to speak. So, I did not get to listen to it. And that's my sad story.

Last weekend though, I was not denied watching some commentaries from one of my favorite series, Psych. Quick humor, clever references that go over my head, interesting plot lines, what is there not to love?
The hubby and I always sing and dance along to the theme song at the beginning. We're not the only ones, right?

"...I know you know, that I'm not telling the truth. I know you know, they just don't have any proof."

Slowly my husband and I have been watching each Studio Ghibli movie made and our most recent viewing was The Cat Returns. It was a bit unlike most of the Ghibli movies I've seen and I can't quite put my finger on why. It was certainly one of the more light hearted movies and even the style (the look of the characters mainly) of it was a bit different from what I'm used to. Not drastically, but still noticeable.

I recommend it if you're in the mood for an easy to consume (though there are a few parts that make you think) and simple fun-time anime.
(Images top-bottom: one, two, three, four, five, six)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Where Do You Come From? Inspiration For Blogging

Was the title confusing? Silly, of course I know most of you are from Earth. What I meant was where do you find your inspiration to blog? Depending on the type of blog, I can imagine your answers could potentially vary greatly. This question doesn't apply merely when you have writers block, well that is included, but at any time.

One approach I took last night to find inspiration was reading through my list of potential post topics and adding to it. I recall reading on a favored blog, problogger.net, a guest author had mentioned that he has a list of post topics in the hundreds. Plural folks and in the hundreds for goodness sake. I wish I had such a large reservoir to pull from. I currently have just over 50 ideas to pick through, which may seem like plenty but there are times none of them catch my fancy to write about. Thus my desire to build onto it.

I use Microsoft's One Note to organize my blogging world--stuff. I have one page dedicated to my topics of choice and so they make sense I have them categorized, such as beauty, culture, DIY, food, inspiration, language, and so forth. They're also alphabetized too because organization is cool.

Where else do I find inspiration?
Everywhere, but some specifics:
  • Simon and Martina because they're a ball (or balls?) of creativity. I love the skits they create because it gives me ideas of pictures I can take for funzies.
  • My hubby. He's chalk full of possibilities considering his background, born and raised in Thailand and whatnot. It feels like more of an effort to find information on Thailand, so getting it from a source so close and personable is pure gold.. Or silver, I like silver better.
  • Cliché-ish, but the music I listen to and the music videos I watch. The styles I see may inspire a new way to utilize my wardrobe, and the message of the song has inspired some of my relationship posts.
  • Bloggers and YouTube peeps. It only makes sense, I follow folk that share similar interests so it's natural to draw inspiration from what they talk about.
  • Everyday chores. Really. I even wrote about enjoying washing things by hand.

My list could go on and on. In a sense it may be easier for me to draw inspiration from so many places because my blog is a general lifestyle blog. I talk about anything that interests me. Although I would say that my bubble here is leaning more and more towards mainly Asian items, to put it broadly. 

I give props to folk out there that are far more focused, like style, food, travel bloggers and so on. I don't think being focused on one topic is limiting per say, just more challenging in some aspects. For example, yes I enjoy playing with my style and I have ideas for DIY clothing projects to revamp my wardrobe, but I personally feel like I wouldn't have enough jive to stick to that one topic.

Back to my curiosity.
Where do you draw inspiration from whether you have writers block or not?
Where do you record your ideas?

(Pics by weheartit.com)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Drama Review :: A Gentleman's Dignity

SPOILERS, they will happen in this review. Hope you don't mind.

I was truly and pleasantly surprised with this drama. When I read only the synopsis, call me age bias, but I thought what can be interesting about the lives of [almost] middle age men? I could only visualize a half hearted comedy/melodrama that lacked depth and hard to like characters. The reality was the complete opposite. I never thought I could like four full grown men so much. That sounds a bit odd, let me rephrase: I never thought I could like and appreciate the friendship between four men. Yeah, I think that sounds more dignified... Did you see the play on words? Well, I am easily amused.

I loved the comedic dynamics between the four lead actors, left to right: Kim Soo Ro, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Min Jong and Lee Jong Hyuk.
I'd only ever seen Jong Hyuk in one other drama, which was serious and sad. I haven't finished it, but I've seen enough to say that this handsome bloke can act serious and as a charmingly immature character like he does in A Gentleman's Dignity. This was the first time seeing the other three gents and they've perked my interest to check out other material from them.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sad Blob to Happy Blob

When you're in a sad blob slump, like I am today, sometimes you just need some cuteness overload to perk you up. Let me share with you possibly too much kawaii-ness that may in turn make you puke a rainbow. Was that an oxymoron? Sounds like one.. and perhaps not the best introduction. Instead, you should just listen to the following song which sounds like it was inspired by fluffy bunnies in a sparkly magical land--while perusing the pretty and cute images.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentines Day in Thailand

Roses are red
Violet's are blue
Honey is sweet
And so are you

That was the child's version. Now for the original/grown up version.

The rose is red, the violet's blue,
The honey's sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou'd be you.

"St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus."
Not all countries that celebrate Valentine's Day are [for the most part] Christian, like France who is mostly Catholic. In any case, Valentine's day is largely a western holiday, celebrated in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., France and Australia.
I feel like most holiday's never originate the way we think, often the opposite. It seems Valentine's Day is the same.

 "The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer's poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century."  
Well thanks Geoffrey.

I personally don't rank Valentine's Day high on my chart because I'm all for celebrating and showing my love for my husband everyday. He thinks the same way, hazza! 
Well that's all nice and dandy, but what is Valentine's Day like in Thailand you wonder? Let me sum it up for you: it's a western holiday that is popular among only the young crowd. Oh, you want a little more substance? Okay okay.

As mentioned, the holiday is only popular among high school and college age for the most part. Any older crowds don't particularly give a hoot. 
When my husband was younger and did give the holiday some credit, for one special lady he bought a 5 foot teddy bear. Wow. As potentially awesome as that sounds, I'm happy with my personal teddy bear, the hubby. Aw, sweet moment there guys.

Popular Gifts: 

Just the teddy bear, not the adorable animals, just so we're clear.

Gifts common in the US are equally common in Thailand.
The selling of these gifts differ on one aspect. For whatever reason, the US loves to sell holiday paraphernalia many weeks sometimes months, plural, early. Valentine's Day items pop up usually right after Christmas, some places a little earlier. In Thailand, however, you won't see a sea of pink and red until about a week before and really only in larger cities. Makes sense for them [particularly] since the holiday is only popular among a small age range. 

That is the short and sweet of it, folks.
In comparing how one country, Thailand, celebrates this holiday, do you have any traditions tied to Valentine's Day?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weekly Fav's :: Photography & Chat-Time

Yes! I have a new toy to play with. Well, it's technically old (9-ish years old), yet new to me and it's not really a toy, but I see it as a toy. Anywho, I've finally been able to practice photography. I talked about wanting to learn about it for my 2012 resolutions, but never really got to. Um, good things come to those who wait patiently?
Using my husbands fancy pants photography equipment, I took fancy pants pictures for a near future post. It'll be a review on beauty products and I had fun playing with props--with the products. I think that made sense.. Soon you will see my skillz, with a z.

I was able to visit my sister this weekend and one of the many reasons I enjoy seeing her pretty face is because she too enjoys talking about K-pop. This is such a needed outlet for me because although my hubby lovingly tolerates my frequent ramblings about the world of K-pop shtuff, I need someone who will more or less fan-girl with me. Not creepy fan girl times, just talk for a few hours about it without tiring. That's not too much to ask for, right?

One of our goals when she and I visit Korea, some day, is to experience a boy band concert. Boy band in our eyes are groups like SHINee or U-Kiss. I have a feeler though that Amachan highly leans towards seeing SHINee. OH, oh wait. I just remembered she would also like to see JYJ or even TVXQ. We both fell for K-pop thanks to the once 5 member group DBSK/TVXQ. They'll always be our bias.

Yoochun, left, is my bias and Jaejoong, right, is my sister's bias from the used to be 5 member DBSK.

I'm sure there's a topic that you fully enjoy, yet only a few or even one other person appreciates too. For me it's K-pop that I can only gush about with my sister. My husband absolutely loves numbers and fixing computers, but he can't get super detailed with me because it will go over my head.
What is something you love, but few others around you also appreciate?

♫  Eric Nam - Heaven's Door | DGNA - Love Parade | TVXQ - Mirotic 

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(Pics by weheartit.com)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Casual Date, Trail Adventures

With the weather a bit warmer, this past weekend the husband and I wanted to enjoy a casual date at a trail--and to break our hermit habits for a couple hours. The hubby had borrowed a lens from a friend so he brought along his camera to play with it. Being the willing genuine pig, the following visuals is what ensued. Should I mention that I have a background in theatre? Yes, yes I think that will help clear any questions that may arise. 

..Bum shot.

 Get ready, set, Go go go!

 Oh yeah, feel the burn.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wash Your Rice, Or Else

You will hear/read varying opinions on whether or not to wash your precious rice. Cooking dinner last night gave me a solid reason for yes, yes you really should. However, this was a special exception. The hubby and I don't cook sticky rice very often, so it stays in its dark space under the cupboard for long periods of time. A quick horray for the long shelf life of rice.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekly Favorites :: Improve, Cartoons & Cuddles

Getting back into the swing of blogging, I've been spending time--perhaps too much time--tweaking and making improvements to my little bubble here. Not that I've been an A student for following some basic rules of blogging, but I'd enjoy laying out my two senses on the subject. I have a couple sources that have been quite helpful and I'd like to share it with you friendly folk. Sound good?

What is it with me and cat pictures? ..They're adorable and funny creatures. TRUE.