Happy 2017, friends! 🎉 It seems that I’ve decided to start the year strong with three scheduled blog posts in a row, haha. Make sure to check out my 2017 Resolutions and Blogiversary post if you haven’t already and would like to.
So, the beginning of December was slightly stressful because final exams had me like:
But I managed to survive. I did end up getting a couple of B’s/B+’s in 4 of the 9 courses I took, which is disappointing to a degree because it’s worse than how I normally do in school. But you know what? I’m totally happy with the results, because my GPA didn’t suffer too much and I have no plans on pursuing further education after I graduate pharmacy school. Plus, one of the B’s resulted from a ridiculous curve in pathophysiology (and pharmacology; it’s a combined course), so I should be very thankful. 🙏🏼
As for the second half of the month, it was quite restful and relaxing. I did stay busy with working at the family salon and running errands that I’d put off for the entire year in my free time but I also indulged in countless of frappucinos when I was out, finished an awesome drama called Nirvana in Fire (if you haven’t already read about how it gave me all the feels, click here), and spent time with my good friends and father.
And I’m still on winter break, which means I have some time to finish catching up with book reviews and blog hopping before I return to school. The spring semester begins less than a week on the 9th, however, and then I’ll be in hibernation again.
So that was my month in a nutshell. Now let’s get on with recapping the other parts of my December (plus pictures), shall we? 😉
December Blog Posts*
*in publication order
- Summing It Up: November 2016 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
- Princess Weiyoung [Cinematography/Animation] 7/10
- Nirvana in Fire [Cinematography/Animation] 10/10
What a sad, sad month in the book blogging department. This is the first month since I’ve started to blog where I didn’t post a single review on here (or on my Goodreads). I’m in the process of drafting six but I haven’t had the will to finish them. Sigh. I’ll be better, I promise.
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Me and my dad drove to Charlotte to eat at a Vietnamese restaurant and shop at the Asian market there for Viet groceries. This is our holiday tradition (or sometimes we got down to Atlanta) since we don’t exactly celebrate Christmas because we’re Buddhists.
I was really spoiled and received nice gifts from my friends, most of them were books (or gift cards to buy books) and food, which are my two favorite things in the world. I’m not going to share the books because I’ll include those in a future book haul post, but here are a few of my favorites from the presents I got.
I don’t keep up with the ex-Exo members anymore, to be quite honest, but this song is so beautiful and I hate that I wasn’t aware it existed earlier. It’s just the type of music I’ve been listening to as of late (R&B, electronic, etc), too. And it’s nice to hear Luhan’s voice once again after so long .(I also had a mini Luhan kick and discovered “Let Me Stay By Your Side,” which is from a drama or movie (I’m not too sure) and I like the rock elements in that one.)
I guess it was predictable that I’d share Exo’s new song, For Life. As (almost) always, I prefer the Mandarin version. Plus, my bae, Yixing, is the first to sing. So proud. :’) This is the first year where I haven’t bought Exo’s Christmas album off iTunes right after their release, but I’m sure I’ll fix that this month in January when I have more money to spend. (I’ve been trying to not use that much because I need to take care of my upcoming spring semester tuition bill soon. Not to mention end of the year Christmas presents, taxes, and payments have had a toll on my checking account. Priorities, priorities.)
Around Christmas, it only feels right to listen to ballads. At least to me. This one has been on constant repeat because I love the vocals. I hadn’t heard of this singer prior.
LOL. So let me explain. I’m sharing this video not because of the actual content (though it is kind of cool). I just really love the instrumental as the background music so, so much! Its light, cheery beat is perfect for the new year, I think.
If you guys read this post, you know that I AM SO HYPED.
For obvious reasons if you saw my last post of 2016, I’ve been listening to the entire Nirvana in Fire OST a ton lately; it fits so well with the drama. And, after 54 episodes, you bet I was attached to this opening theme.
A similar case happened with Yuuri on Ice‘s opening. It’s hard not to belt out “WE WERE BORN TO MAKE
VICTUURI HISTORY!!!” after hearing it 12 times. XD Oh and it’s really interesting that the opening had slight changes to it throughout the series.
What I’ve Been WatchingI can’t gush about this historical drama enough. This is seriously the best of the best; I highly recommend it for the meticulous, well-written storyline and complex, well developed characters. Gah, there’s so much to love. All the folk that I know that have watched it praise it infinitely as well (therefore it’s not just me). The only downside is that the first few episodes are confusing because they’re setting up the story and setting, but if you can get past the slow beginning you won’t be able to stop until you reach the end. I did create a review so if you want to read my full thoughts read that post. However, I do think that review is a lot more positive than I meant it to be. In hindsight, now that the post watching high is over I realized I had a lot of problems with this drama. It was certainly entertaining and extremely compelling because of the fast paced storyline. Also, Luo Jin and Tang Yan’s onscreen chemistry is on fire. Reasonably so, too, since the couple recently confirmed they’re dating in real life. But aside from the gripping storyline, fast pacing, and main couple’s chemistry it lacked a lot in the writing department (so many dreaded loop holes!), the acting was pretty awkward sometimes, and the CGI effects were so cringeworthy (I still cannot get over that butterfly and cliff scenes). It didn’t help that I saw Nirvana in Fire right after this. The latter blows this one out of the water, for sure. I have to admit that I originally thought this was going to be another fluff anime that would be entertaining but lack substance with its straightforward storyline. Thankfully, it wasn’t how I imagined it’d be. I was pleasantly surprised with this series’ progression in 12 episodes. Yuuri grew so much under Victor’s guidance and influence. One of my favorite aspects to the show was that when Yuuri skated his programs his reflections weren’t withheld from the viewers; we got to witness beautiful skating but also uncover his thoughts. I also love that viewers get to meet and follow along several character arcs aside from the main three (Yuuri, Victor, and Yurio). Also, this was my first M/M romance and yaoi/BL anime, and it was a nice change. Is anyone else squealing that #Victuuri is definitely a thing now? #PossibleWeddingBells? And Yuuri’s last free skate performance was breathtaking and moving to watch. I’m so proud of him and Yurio for breaking their personal records and Victor’s. (Finally Yurio’s heart has melted, Yuuri has gained confidence in himself, and even Victor has matured.) Gah, episodes 10-12 were fabulous. I can’t wait to see what they mean by “second level.” The second season set for next year will surely be just as fab as the first, I hope.
I’ll end this post with the ending from Yuuri on Ice, which is so new years appropriate: (I love the Instagram-esque theme, hehe!)
Edit 5/23/17: So the original video I posted was taken down (probably for copyright reasons). YoI‘s ending is super cool but I could only find the audio on Youtube. But watch the anime if you haven’t already, and you’ll see what I mean. XD
Just a heads up that I’m about to return to posting bookish posts after this one goes live. Finally, right? So stay tuned for that in the future. As always, thanks so much for reading, and until next time!