Day 208: 07.31.17

Despite being sticky, sweaty, tired, and hungry, I’m glad our tean of teachers went home smelling like hard work.

Our classroom is 95% complete in design, but my confidence in leading the class is only 60% as of now.

Egad. Bless us all tomorrow.

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Day 207: 07.30.17

Since I couldn’t sleep for a nap this afternoon, I just decided to watch at least an episode of another Joe Cheng drama titled, “The Rose”. It’s actually his first drama and he was praised by a lot of people for delivering so well for a first timer, especially his character was quite eccentric. I always come across this title when I was looking for Taiwanese dramas to watch, but I never gave enough interest in it since it seemed quite dramatic. I read about the incest angle and also that Joe Cheng’s character is “gay”, but I dunno, it’s only now that I’m watching it.

Well, I’ve watched three episodes in a row today. It’s addictive, as they said. Yes, there’s the incestuous element, but it really doesn’t bother me that much. It should, since I have two brothers, but I’m confident that kind of love will never bloom between us. Thank you to “Boku wa imotou ni ko wo suru (I love my little sister)” for disturbing me prior, so the shock of this element is not so strong anymore. And as I’ve said, there’s something very entertaining with the show. The interaction between characters is very natural, almost dull at some points, but their conversations have a flair of humor and intrigue, that it keeps the viewer glued to their seats. The characters themselves, at this point, I feel still have a lot of layers to shed, so I’m going to watch more.

Actually, I really want to watch more, so I’m going to finish things I have to prepare for work tomorrow so I can watch at least two more episodes before sleeping.

As of now, my favorite characters are Fu Rong (eldest sister) and Han Kui (youngest), but I can’t help but love Bai He and Jin as well. I love even the housemaid Po Po! My gaaad~

I thought I’d never be ready to see Joe Cheng paired with another person other than Ariel Lin, but he has good chemistery with Ella too. So I guess, I can watch Ariel’s “In Time with You” soon, too. But of course, ArJoe will always be my OTP. ❤

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23 more episodes! yay! Still a long time to bond with this new found gem of a show. ❤

Day 206: 07.29.17

Spent two extra hours at school to lessen the workload for Monday, and I realized there’s still really a long way to go. I reckon Sunday would still be a working day.

I just hope I find time to write that flash fic I should be passing by Monday.

Anyhow! Dined in a cute little Japanese resto with the BFF today!

The interior is cute with the abundance of darumas and cute animations to remind people of their policy of NO DOUBLE DIPPING of food in the special sauce.

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“Resist the urge to dip again” LOL

We ordered Curry Chahan (fried rice) and the beginner set of kushikatsu (fried random stick food). Nothing very special about the fried food and I thought it was expensive. For nine sticks of single serving and small pieces of random finger food, that costed us 480 pesos. The chahan was so so yummy though, so that at least balances my opinion of this place.

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Would I go back? Maybe after a long time.

 

Day 205: 07.28.17

It’s still pretty cold and rainy today, so I wore my new shoes again!

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This 50 peso-find have very soft, comfortable insoles. Moreover, it matches my dresses and long bottoms so well. They look hip and the extra length of my high socks gives extra fashion point to it.  Not to mention, this is the perfect rainy wear. Since it is high-cut, it keeps my feet dry. 😀

On the other hand, I realized that my collection of colored pens reflects my impulsive personality best:

Day 203: 07.26.17

It’s crunch time at work because next week is the start of the new school year. We’re lacking time for classroom preparation plus we feel like being in a limbo again because of our boss’ decisions.

Seriously, stop imposing your childish whims to us!

Haaaaay.

Anyway, some good points today:

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My netbook, Taemin, had been working as long as me! I got him when I began working back in 2009. It’ has been 8 years! WOW! After a few replacements of battery, charger, and screen, he’s showing signs of deterioration, but he’s damn fighting! I’ll make good use of you my dear, until the end. Thank you for still fighting with me. ❤

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Ever since I began wearing lipstick, I rarely used lip balms and glosses. I use balms when my lips get really dry, but this one is dual purpose since I get the lipstick shade that I like–natural lang–then I can feel the menthol element which tells me the balm is working well. The greatest thing about it? It’s so affordable!

Day 201: 07.24.17

I’m officially a student again!

Enrolled for –hopefully– my last subject to get my teacher’s certification then have my license exam next year.

I heard from a friend that this subject, Philippine Education System, is demanding requirement wise, so I might have to stall any plans for baito (part time job) since I’ll be really busy.

Anyhow, I’ll do my best!

Day 200: 07.23.17

Mom’s back!!!

Hahaha! I woke up to a noisy household in which I realize, this is my kind of normalcy still. No matter how comfortable I am being alone, I still would always prefer a noisy household with my mom and her TV. 😀

On the other hand, since mom is making it up to me for the whole week that I did everything in the house, doing a marathon of ISWAK and its sequel, They Kiss Again (TKA) went smoothly. Meaning, I didn’t have to mind washing the dishes, cooking or feeding the dogs! I just lazed around and watched my show.

Ahhhh…My dream vacation.

LOL. Anyway! As I mentioned previously, perhaps making a short review of ISWAK and TKA would be great to write here since I realized, after watching the shows for the nth time, that it is ultimately, my favorite show ever. For reasons I will enumerate now:

ISWAK and TKA have varying focus of affection

Of course, within the show, we know the thinking of all characters involve; however, what I mean is that in ISWAK, it is more of Qiang Xin’s (heroine) point of view. She was the character who started the plot, with her confession letter to Zhi Shu and being shot down in public. Her love for Zhi Shu moved him, as well as the story. Throughout ISWAK, we only see glimpses of Zhi Shu’s growing interest, and eventually attachment to Qiang Xin. So the viewer, like Qiang Xin, is kept in wonder if there’s actually a clear chance of getting the prince until of course, the end.

TKA showcases the married life of ZS (Zhi Shu) and Qiang Xin (QX). As an audience, I was very excited to see how ZS shows affection towards QX. We see him now as more affectionate and one of his hobby seems to be kissing his wife (kilig!), but then there’s still the sharp-tongued ZS who does not hesitate to criticize his wife if he deemed it needed. Of course, audiences are already aware of how QX shows her affection, so it is ZS’s methods which I think were highlighted more in the show. The sequel emphasized many sides of him, especially in relation to his wife.

Amazing Actors and rounded characters

If there is one element that I’m really picky about in movies, TV series, or written stories is character. I always seem to knit-pick on this, so I’m very happy that ISWAK and TKA serves this well.

ISWAK as the springboard for TKA establishes the characters, especially of SZ and QX. There’s not much development in ISWAK except maybe for attitudes towards each other, but then the characters are already lovable as is, and there’s not really a very big conflict to bring about a massive change in character. Supporting characters were also established in ISWAK. I love the Jiang and Yuan family for being such jolly families. The actors are so natural in interacting with each other, that I really forget sometimes they were just acting. Even the smallest of roles like extras seem to shine for each scene they play. In TKA, there’s where the characters develop further. Well, I guess aside from Jiang Mama and Papa who are already perfect as is, most of the support and of course ZS and QX were given more dept in the sequel. As TKA tackles more on marriage, family, work, the characters matured in the story. ZS and QX matured as husband and wife, from not understanding each other’s feelings (mainly ZS, eherm, his jealousy) and intentions, to growing professionally and independently from and with each other. Even minor characters like QX’s bestfriends had backgrounds and backstories.

Romance, drama, comedy rolled perfectly into one like fine maki

Where do you get a drama which can make you giddy and excited with the romance, laughing your head off with the crazy characters, and make you reach for tissues because of the drama? WHERE?! Do point me to other titles because I’m claiming TKA as the only one drama which had seamlessly done it like magic. ISWAK is more light-hearted because, well, it’s high school romance. TKA has the realistic aspect of marriage, starting a family, career, and basically making your life not fall apart while maintaining a relationship. In life, sometimes you just blush, laugh, or cry with it.

 

Alright, most of the things I highlighted here are general observations and I’m not even pointing out to evidences, but then I do recommend this drama highly. There had been several versions, but I still think the Taiwanese version wins hands down. They owned it. The story is originally from a Japanese manga, but the added parts, and the highlight of Taiwanese culture makes it so unique too.

GO WATCH NOW!

Day 199: 07.22.17

Sometime today, I started missing watching an old Taiwanese drama titled, It Started with a Kiss (ISWAK).

ISWAK was really big in Asia back when it was first aired, and I think it was still popular when I chanced upon a box set of it in Quiapo (yep, you know it. *wink*). Eventually, it was also brought to the Philippines, but I think it never gained that much popularity to have the actors invited here. Too bad because I have a big, big crush on the actor that played Jiang Zhi Shu, Joe Cheng.

CAN YOU PLEASE MARVEL AT GOD’S GIFT TO MANKIND AND THE REPEATED ERADICATION OF OVARIES BECAUSE OF SAID GIFT.

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So despite my mental challenge decoding the Quiapo subs (very, very bad subtitle), I was smitten by the drama. The handsome actor is a feat of course, but I still would vouch for the amazing drama that it is anyway.

Perhaps I’ll post a short review of it next time.

Oh! And Mamoy’s coming home tomorrow. YAY!