Sigh. Again, June was not that impressive in the reading and blogging departments for me.
But instead of labeling this inactivity as a unpremeditated hiatus or a slump as I have been doing this past year… I think I should confess that I’m slowly facing the reality that I’ve outgrown my enthusiastic blogger phase from 2015. I, honestly, no longer have the inspiration to post twice (or even once) a week as I did back then. I’ve come to accept that I’m more of a casual blogger now. I don’t see myself posting regularly or being super interactive like I used to anymore. But I also believe that this change isn’t a bad thing per se because even if it means that I’ll post less, perhaps, taking these breathers in between each post will give me more motivation to release more quality content. Besides, it’s a natural course for people to evolve and their interests to alter with time.
I didn’t intend for this to sound like a farewell or anything (because I’m definitely not quitting this blog completely yet), but I’ve just been meaning to get this admission off my chest for a while now.
Anyhow, with that disclosure aside, onto the real recap of this month. As I hinted in my last monthly wrap up/favorites post, I started my summer externship. And, gosh, it was an absolutely amazing experience. I highly encourage you all that are fellow students to apply for internships/externships if opportunities arise. I only participated in this one because it’s mandatory in the US for pharmacy students to have rotations, but I’m now so grateful that this is built in our curricula. Learning in didactic classes is nice but getting hands on experience (outside of lab) is so vital.
Also, quick warning before I move on. This post is going to be quite lengthy! I know that these monthly wrap up/favorites are probably my least viewed posts since they’re not strictly bookish, but I enjoy putting a lot of effort in them since they’re for my own benefit really. I view the compilation of Summing It Up posts as a diary of sorts, haha. The idea of being able to look back and see what I was into in the past appeals to me. XD
– What I Read –
I didn’t really have much leisure time this month so I only finished up the Dengeki Daisy series. (There are 16 volumes total.) Admittedly, I did read the chapters online with fan translations because I generally make it a rule to not buy manga unless I want to commit to collecting the entire series. And I don’t come to that decision until I know that the manga is super good because manga can get ridiculously expensive since they’re rarely on sale. I digress… This particular one was pretty marvelous. Immediately after finishing, I ordered 8 volumes from Amazon. It’s obviously another romance manga, but the plot and romance is quite unconventional and less cliché than most shoujo I’ve read in the past. The romance was so swoonworthy and the comedy was consistently fab. Anyway, I’m going to save the rest of my thoughts though and reveal them later in my review, which I hope to start composing soon as my impressions are still fresh.
– June Blog Posts –
- Summing It Up: May 2017 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
- Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t [Bookish Meme]
- Six of Crows [Book Review] 5 Stars
– June Events –
Father’s day was in June! To be honest, me and my dad don’t celebrate many holidays (if any really) but father’s day is still important to me since my dad has always been a influential figure in my life. So I gave him a hug that Sunday, lol. (We’re not exactly a household that does gifts-when it comes to people within our immediate family, that is.)
As previously mentioned, I was on my community pharmacy rotation (or IPPE1 (P1 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience)). To best describe what this is it’s basically an externship. I was working a 9 to 5 job Monday through Friday and was able to learn a ton form the people at my site. I am so, so grateful for this opportunity because I got to familiarize myself with doing things I had never done before outside of community lab (e.g. filling prescriptions, counting drugs, correcting desk audits, helping the pharmacist with administering vaccines, totaling the daily deposits, answering the phone, helping out with the hemophilia and mental health related stuff, checking/counting inventory for the quarterly inventory check, getting to check out prescriptions with the quality assurance system (with a pharmacist over my shoulder, of course), and even witnessing what it’s like when DHEC makes an inspection). I didn’t get technical and there was more I’m sure. But anyway, the staff at the site I was at were so helpful and I was able to gain a lot from this experience being someone that never worked in a pharmacy before and hadn’t had any hands on experience aside from a day of shadowing before I got in pharmacy school and pharmacy lab in my second semester of my P1 year. Anyway, this will forever be one of the most memorable months for me.
– June Favorites –
And, lastly, my final favorite from June was Book Boyfriend Box’s June Drama and Dating box. Feel free to swipe and take a look at all the photos of the content of the box if you’re curious. I was super happy with the chosen book and I’m going to put those cute magnetic bookmarks to good use.
– Video Favorites –
(I apologize. There are a lot!)
Predictable as I am, you guys can guess that I LOVED this comeback by NCT 127. I have to say out of all the NCT songs… my favorites are still “Limitless” (the massive harmonies in that chorus gets me every time) and “The 7th Sense” (because Ten bae is in that unit), but as repetitive and trippy as this song/MV, “Cherry Bomb,” is I like it more than “Firetruck” by a landslide. The grungy beat is probably what makes it appealing to me. And, gah, don’t get me started on the choreo. The move at 1:05 is so hot. Like I can’t. (Side note: I thought I should add that Yuta really caught my eye with this promotion. He looks so fly with this comeback.)
If you guys have been with me for a long time you would remember one of my first negative book reviews; it was published nearly two years ago (!!!) but I mentioned Boa in that post since it was pretty relevant at the time. Anyway, she’s a total queen; that “Kiss My Lips” album was pure gold. And she totally slayed with this single, “Camo.” It’s easily one of the most listened songs I’ve downloaded this month.
Gah. Aside from Yixing, of course, Taemin (or should I say TaeMAN) is my favorite Asian male solo artist. (Have you noticed that I tend to stan main/lead dancers in K-pop boy bands? It’s most likely because I have three left feet so I find dancers attractive.)
#pureaesthetic. That is all.
Believe it or not, it may not seem like it but I really do not follow K-pop as much as I used to. I was a massive superfan when I was a teenager and literally would “research” every new song and group as they came out. Now? Definitely not so much. I only learn of new groups through my friends that are still heavily involved with keeping up with all that goes on in the K-pop scene. Anyway, I found this gem of a group on my own last month and really, really liked this track.
With each monthly release DAY6 puts out I get more and more convinced that this band can do no wrong. Sunrise is just my kind of album; it’s fab.
In my opinion, Lee Hyori shares the throne with Boa. Believe it or not, “10 Minute” was the very first K-pop song I was introduced to by my Korean bff. Back then I didn’t like K-pop, but I remember jamming to that song with my friend, hah. Anyway, “Seoul” shows a different side of Lee Hyori and I like it. The cinematography is breathtaking; the angles and filters are so pleasing to watch. I also find all the relevant Seoul backdrops so relevant and nice.
I am pretty surprised with myself because there were a lot of favorite videos by female artists last month. I tend to gravitate more towards boy bands when it comes to K-pop but women singers dominated my playlist in June. “Singing in the Rain” has such a strange and cluttered instrumental but I love the chorus. (Also check out “Eclipse” if you like this. It’s another song by a member of Loona.)
Seriously, everyone that teaches/attends this dance studio is so stylish. The matching outfits was the perfect touch to this routine.
If you haven’t already caught on… I become total trash for couple dances from 1 Million, hah.
Fans of this series, Princess Agents, seem to prefer the opening but for me the ending is what takes the cake. The beginning of this track really hits the feels (I think because of the minor key). Anyway, this is probably my favorite drama from the ones that I’m currently watching. It’s nowhere near to the perfection of Nirvana in Fire, of course, but it’s really good if you like the defying-gravity-type-of-ancient-asian-martial-arts wuxia genre. Also, this show features an array of badass women characters, which I can’t complain about. And though Wiki and the opening/ending videos make it seem like a romance… that aspect of the show isn’t as prominent. Although, the downfall of this drama so far is the CGI; it’s ridiculously terrible and green screen scenes are so obvious. But the engaging storyline makes up for the terrible production. I love a good revenge plot and I’m already aware that this drama is going to take that route.
I really liked all the Produce 101 Concept Evaluation performances a ton, which why I’m linking them all here as a playlist. But my absolute favorite was “Never” because, of course, I’d root for the team with Jong Hyun. The fact that my Product 101 bias was in the group aside though, I also thought everyone in Nation’s Son did an incredible job. However, this also brings me to the subject that I AM SO BUTTHURT by the results of this show. My ideal final lineup consisted of Kim Jong Hyun, Kang Daniel, Hwang Min Hyun, Park Woo Jin, Ong Seung Woo, Kim Samuel, Kim Jae Hwan, Jung Se Woon, Lee Dae Hwi, Park Ji Hoon, and Lai Guan Lin. Of course, the chances of my dream group debuting together exactly as how I wanted were major slim so, rationally, I know I shouldn’t be disappointed… but I still am. Sigh.
Also, here is my favorite piano arrangement/cover of Produce 101 Season 2‘s “Pick Me” piano theme.
Like I said in my earlier comment… Overall, I’m kind of surprised but also not really with the results for this season of Produce 101. There were so many controversies/scandals associated with the contestants and each week’s 11-member lineup changed drastically. [SPOILER for episode 11; highlight the white text to read it] I’m still sad that JR, Se Woon, and Samuel didn’t make it into Wanna One, but I’m not going to say that the members that made it at the end were less deserving. Honestly, from the beginning of this show I was rooting for all the trainees. There was so much talent with this season; I hope that this isn’t the end for the elminated trainees and that I’ll see them living their dreams on stage someday. :’)
June’s most listened to piano piece goes to Nathan Alef’s cover of the themes from La La Land. I have not seen this film but I’ve been really enjoying the OST nonetheless. And Nathan is actually a pianist that’s been on my radar ever since I was in high school, haha.
– What I’ve Been Watching –To be completely honest, I found this season to be somewhat of a letdown. It may be because I don’t like this particular arc of the story… but there were some really slow episodes. Despite this though, the art was quite stellar. And omg, there were so many mind-blowing reveals with this season. I was so shocked because I’ve never read the manga. I hope that fans of the anime won’t have to wait for another four years before season 3 comes out because it ended on a pretty good cliffhanger. I only started watching this because I was waiting for the next episodes for Princess Agents (a drama I’ll talk about later in a few paragraphs below) to update. It’s another historical drama with a lot of fighting and action. And there are several romances ongoing weaved into the storyline but I just wasn’t feeling the romance nor drama at all. Luhan was
Trailer (with English subtitles):
I hope that June treated you guys all nicely! Rotations was a great learning experience as well as draining for me. But July is a month I’ll be having all to myself before I return to school mid-August so I plan on finally picking up Lady Midnight. Anyhow, thanks for reading and/or checking out this post. Hope to see you guys around! 🙂