Hello, everyone! It’s really been a while. I hope you all are doing well!
A few weeks ago I added an “Update” widget on my blog’s sidebar that shared I was taking an unplanned hiatus due to my heavy work schedule. (A lot of the nail technicians were on vacation and some of them quit their jobs unexpectedly so I had to fill in, which meant I was essentially working full time for seven days a week.) So with everything happening so sudden, I didn’t do much blogging or get a chance to release a official hiatus, so I’m going to do that now.
I’ll be working a lot more than I planned this summer not only to help the family business because it’s currently understaffed but to save money for school since my leftover undergraduate scholarships only covers a part of my pharmacy school tuition. So I still won’t be around too much as I used to be. And while I was away (for 10-ish days, which may not seem like much) I liked the space between my posts. And I hope to continue posting less. I think it’ll be better this way especially since I know this fall semester is going to be tough. I think getting used to this new schedule with my blog will be beneficial and healthy for me anyway.
So I guess what I’m trying to say with this introduction is: I’m not really on a break from blogging. I’ll still be around, but count on a more unstable posting schedule from Xingsings here on out! I used to post about 2-3 posts a week. Now that may not be the case anymore. Sometimes it may be still twice a week or even once a week, whatever my work (and future school) schedule will allow! I will try to continue to visit everyone’s blogs but definitely not the frequency as I used to before. Hope that you all can understand and support me with this decision. ^.^
But anyway, onwards with the monthly recap and favorites post, huh? 🙂
June Blog Posts*
*in publication order, not by favoritism
- You Know Me Well [Book Review] 3 Stars
- Summing It Up: May 2016 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
- Book Haul: May 2016 [Book Haul]
- Risuko [Book Review] 2.5 Stars
- The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) [Book Review] 1 Star
There has been such sad news across the US this past month (the Stanford rape case, the murder-suicide shooting at UCLA, Christina Grimmie’s death, and the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub). I have a lot of friends that go to school in California (a few at Stanford and UCLA) and it was really sad hearing about what was going on over there. And I wasn’t a massive fan of Grimmie’s music but I did enjoy some of her older cover collaborations on her Youtube when I was a teenager. I feel so sorry for the people that knew and loved her personally or as a singer on stage. And I’m not going to even go into about what happened with the nightclub in Orlando. Anyway, I hope that you all wherever you live stay safe!
June is a pretty important month for me because of Father’s Day since I’m so close with my dad. This year’s holiday was especially eventful (and weird) because my mother unexpectedly visited me and my dad. My parents separated amiably and permanently when I was eight years old, but I still have a pretty awful relationship with my mother. The last time I saw her was actually three years ago. Anyway, the visit wasn’t as bad as I was expecting and it was definitely more calm than the previous times she visited me, which is something to be thankful for.
I also hit 1K followers on Instagram, which was exciting! I’ve been thinking about a hosting a giveaway as celebration for hitting the milestone, but to be honest I probably won’t because I’ve spent too much money in June and I
sort of really hate the idea of giveaway accounts on Instagram being a part of this process. But, who knows, I may do one if I reach another milestone in the future. And if you haven’t already noticed, I’ve started watermarking my photos when I can now. (Because in June someone actually used one of my photos without properly crediting. Sigh, I’m flattered but also unsettled that people actually do that…)
Thank you all so much for 1K! ❤️ But even more important, I'm so, so thankful for the friendships and bonds I've gained from starting this account since June 2015. (To be exact: June 26, 2015. So almost a year!) You all have been so welcoming and kind in this community. Anyway, thank you all for the support! Truly it means a lot. 💕☺️ ——— Complete side note: I must get my beautiful hands from my dad? Just kidding. But he really was a great sport to allow me to take photos of him making a heart-which was so unmanly as he claimed. 😂 #book #books #bookstagram #bookcase #bookshelf #bookshelves #shelfie
*You all may notice that I started to use my Instagram posts. This is because I’m actually running out of space in Xingsings’s media. I’m already at 40% and I’ve only been blogging for 1.5 years… It’s probably due to all the graphics and photos I upload to use in my posts. Anyway, I do plan to continue to blog for a while more so I’m going to try to conserve my space. So from now on, when I can, I’m going to try to use my Instagram photos. :3
Design + Happiness and Ban.dō Pins
Shop Ban.dō 2016 Agenda
Finally got a new agenda for the upcoming fall semester. I got a lot of great use out of my Kate Spade one but I really wanted to give ban.dō a try this year. And I sort of bought some accessories… The prescription pill pin has "chill pill" on it. The irony. I'm going to wear it on my white coat as a joke. 😂 Don't worry, I'll go back to bookish posts after this one! #bandofun #shopbando #bando #agenda #planner #pins #bookstagram
Kawaii Stickers (CuteThingsFromJapan)
A few weeks ago my Lokai bracelet broke so I wanted to get a new one for a while. I noticed that for Shark Week @livelokai released a limited edition Shark Lokai (as seen pictured). They partnered with Discovery Channel; the proceeds of the Shark Lokai will support Oceana, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's ocean. Just wanted to let you all know if you're interested in joining the movement in a small way! 🌊🌊🌊 #sharkweek #livelokai #savetheocean ——— #book #books #bookstagram #bookworm #igreads #igbooks
Triangular Nails (?)
BTS’s Young Forever Album
Exo’s EX’ACT Albums [Monster (Korean), Monster (Mandarin), Lucky One (Korean), and Lucky One (Mandarin)]
(WARNING! LOTS OF VIDEOS THIS MONTH!)
Honestly, I haven’t listened to as much Korean music since 2016 began, but because of Exo’s recent comeback the Kpopper fire has resparked in me. 😄 (You’ll soon see how many K-pop favorites I have this month!)
Like I said, Exo recently came back with two songs, Monster (the MV above) and Lucky One (which I’ll link somewhere below). I like both songs quite equally. However, with the first listen I did find Monster catchier and the one that will probably appeal to fans more because of the choreo, concept, and song itself. The music video is confusing as ever, which isn’t a big surprise since SM Entertainment is known for have such obscure MV storylines. And I, personally, don’t like the dark concept (like heck no to that piercing that Baekhyun wears the majority of the time in the MV), but the choreography looks tough and is pretty satisfying to watch!
Update 7/30/16: I’m not sure why Mnet decided to make the original video private but here’s another upload of the same video.
As for Lucky One… I can’t even express how much I LOVE this comeback because of this song. Lucky One is very much 90s pop with some modern funk and disco twists. And honestly, between Monster and Lucky One, I certainly think this one suits the Exo members’ voices more. And it may be my favorite track of their promoting songs they’ve released thus far. It’s totally going to be my summer jam. ☀️ 😀
Oh and a part of me also feels partial to this song because Yixing has so many parts. I’m so happy. 😭
A lot of BTS’s music is very similar so I sort of gave up on them after a while, but after my friend let me borrow her CD I became a fan of this song.
And because of that BTS CD I started to listen to a track I was already in love with before: Butterfly. This may just be my all time favorite song by BTS (along with I Like It).
Taeyeon’s solo debut, I, was on repeat for so many months last summer. She’s definitely my favorite Korean girl group idol turned into solo artist. Her voice is just omg. And DEAN has such great vocal control. This collaboration was everything I could have asked for, and I adore the summer-y LA vibes from the MV as well.
I wasn’t much of a fan of Hyomin because her title songs never seem to be the type of music I was into, but, in June, I really loved this track from one of her older albums.
Hyomin is actually part of a girl group band named T-Ara. And through listening to Gold, I was able to discover this track by one of Hyomin’s fellow girl group members, Jiyeon. The song is kind of dramatic, but I really like it with the choreography! (I’m a sucker for good dancing, obviously…)
This song reminds me of a mix between old school R&B and traditional ballads. It’s normally not the type of music I like to listen to, but I really loved it in the month of June.
1 Million Dance Studio has returned (thank goodness!), and this one was my favorite choreo from them last month. Eunho Kim really seemed to capture the message of the song!
And yes! We’ve finally reached the end! It literally took me so long to create this post because I kept stopping to rewatch the videos I’d link, haha. >.< Anyway, thanks so much for tuning in, as always. Let me know what you did in June or if you’re a fan of any of the videos I included for this month’s Summing It Up post. Until next time, friends! 😀