Hello April

What an imaginative title, amirite? 😂

It has also been more than 2 months since I’ve last updated this blog. Oh dear…

Though, to be honest, I don’t know what I should write about because I feel like there hasn’t been any updates worth posting about lately.

I’ve turned 29 in January. Then lune followed suit last month. We’ve been meeting on a regular basis now that we’re living in the same city.

I’ve been to the cinema several times since the start of 2018.

The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 Satra – 21 January

(This was very good, the trailer looked promising and the film itself did not disappoint. Lune and I actually made a mistake and saw this with the English dubbed and it was still fantastic! Highly recommend.)

Black Panther – 14 February

(This was blimming brilliant. I loved this film so much I had to go see it again. It was worth going to the cinema on a weekday. So many fierce female characters, unbelievably beautiful cinematography and fantastic script. Had me laughing and crying.)

Black Panther (again) – 17 February

(I think I cried even more the second time around. So. Good.)

Tomb Raider 2018 – 11 March

(I think I prefer the original from back in the early 2000s… Though Daniel Wu was definitely easy on the eyes…)

Pacific Rim: Uprising – 25 March

(I have been waiting for this since I first saw the first film. I really, really, really loved Pacific Rim so I knew that this sequel would never be able to top it. Still, John Boyega was pretty fab in it. Though it kinda felt like he was just being… himself in the film? lol.)

 

I’ve hosted another get together with my uni friends at the end of Feb, and this time around, we played a board game called Bang! instead of Wii. It was still a lot of fun. I’ve also discovered a great Indian restaurant opposite of my flat complex. ^^b

I also ended up with a mild case of food poisoning again yesterday, hence me being in bed before 7pm. 😂

Work is still keeping me busy though the 2-weeks holiday starts next week and everyone is just about ready for it. I have a super busy day tomorrow though so I just need to get through that before I can see the end in sight.

Oh! I’ve also been pretty good at going to yoga twice a week. It’s been a bit tougher this time around to do 2 sessions every week but I think I’ve still done better than most people who have signed up for it. I skipped it today though because I can still feel a bit of ache in my stomach.

(This entry is turning into a word-vomit isn’t it? And it’s pretty jumbled up too…)

Oh!! Drag Race! How could I have forgotten about Drag Race! I have finally jumped on the RuPaul’s Drag Race bandwagon and I have now seen why it is so blimming addictive. And so entertaining and so GOOD. I’ve binge-watched parts of Season 9, parts of All-Stars 2, the whole of Season 6, 8, 7 (in this order). And then I watched All-Stars 3 as it came out and now I’m already pretty invested in Season 10! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

You know what, I think I’d like to stop here tonight. ^^” Not feeling well and I think I should not fight the sleepiness that is creeping up on me.

Hopefully your Monday is going better than mine!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

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[June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday)

Oh boy, it has been a long time since I’ve written one of these posts. Even longer since the trip has happened! ^^” But hey, better late than never right? (I think this can become a new slogan for this blog, 😂)

Anywho, if this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Let’s get cracking on.

We could afford another late start to the day so I think we must have left our AirBnB after 10am. We still aimed to still be early enough to use the subway pass one last time to Tokyo station. (It being 48-hour rather than 2-day so we can still use it on the 3rd day as long as it’s before the time we start using it on the 1st day. Perks!)

We headed to Tokyo station so I can buy more goodies and to check out the Character Street underneath the JR Station.

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Brunch today 😉 Tonkotsu ramen~

We were hungry and since there is also a Ramen Street there, we had ramen for brunch. (Because it was late enough to be brunch, lol.) Tonkotsu ramen is my favourite and I believe this restaurant is called Ore-Shiki Jun.

We actually walked around a bit to try and decide which ramen restaurant to go for and i think one or two weren’t open yet. I kind of wanted to try another type of ramen just to expand my pallet but Ore-Shiki Jun caught our eyes the most. It wasn’t out of this world good (because I don’t remember much of it) but it was pretty decent.

After refueling, we walked around Tokyo station and I bought quite a bit of goodies which I’ll show at the end of this entry.

From my photos, we then hopped onto JR trains to get to…

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Takeshita Street entrance

Harajuku~ Yeap, again. lol However! There is a valid reason why we ended up in Harajuku again (other than the fact that it’s one of my favourite places in Tokyo).

But first!

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Banana and chocolate crepe

Another must-have at Takeshita street in Harajuku, crepe! Managed to get lune to have one as well. She didn’t want any until she saw that there was a tiramisu one and she ended up having that, lol.

The funny thing about these crepes is that I wasn’t that keen on them the first couple of times I visited Tokyo. I thought all of them would have lots and lots of whipped cream in there and I’m not the biggest fan of whipped cream.

Then a few years ago, I actually went up and read the menu just to see if they have any selections without whipped cream. Lo and behold, there’s a whole section without whipped cream so I’ve been getting at least one crepe per trip ever since xD

I tried to branch out from banana and chocolate fillings once with apple-cinnamon may be but I didn’t like it that much. So I think I’ll just stick to banana and chocolate for now, lol.

 

Anyway, here’s the reason why we came to Harajuku again:

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Soft kitty

For the cat cafe! It’s called Mocha Cat Cafe and there are several branches of them around Tokyo. I find the Harajuku one the easiest to find because I’m so familiar with the area hence this choice.

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Warm kitty

We also chose Mocha Cat Cafe, even though it is a bit pricey, because there’s enough information on their websites and their cafe in English.

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Little ball of fur

It’s a shame that most cats are asleep and didn’t appreciate us petting them…

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Happy kitty

There were also quite a few people around as well so there wasn’t a lot of space to just lounge.

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Sleepy kitty

I think we both went for the price that included unlimited drinks, but you really don’t need to. Plus, we were pretty full so we didn’t have that many drinks either…

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Paw paw paw

 

After Harajuku, we hopped onto the JR train to come to Shinjuku because I was on a hunt for drip-coffee for my dad. There’s a picture below to show how many packs I bought. xD

After my success with the coffee, it was dinner time!

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We tried to find a Japanese curry restaurant in Shinjuku. There must be at least one but we couldn’t find it. So in the end, we settled for okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) instead.

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We had to order 2 because there were 2 of us so we went for cheese and seafood I think. The cheese one was very good with pork and pesto sauce!

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This seafood one was a classic too. We were very full by the end of dinner.

It was still pretty light when we came out after dinner, even though it was close to 7pm. Bless long summer days.

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Beautiful evening sky above Shinjuku.

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It was a pretty chill day, we also had a full, fun day ahead of us so we headed back to our AirBnB.

 

I bought quite a bit of snacks today so here are the pics!

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This is my favourite Tokyo Banana brand product. It has caramel filling inside and they only sell this at Tokyo Station! There are also many Tokyo Banana kiosks at Tokyo Station and I always have to walk around a few times to find the right place. 😂

But it’s always worth it though and I always have to get them every time I’m in Tokyo. -^^-

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Here’s another Tokyo Banana brand snack, but I believe it was the summer’s special. The filling inside is custard and cream cheese I think. It was pretty tasty.

 

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Above: shekwasha (which is a type of tangerine) flavour Below: Dark chocolate sublime Kit-Kat

There’s also a fancy Kit-Kat kiosk at Daimaru department store in Tokyo station and I picked up these 2 things. I love dark chocolate Kit-Kat so I had to pick the sublime one up. The shekwasha looked interesting and I think it was dark chocolate as well so I tried one. I don’t think it made that good of an impression on me because I have no recollection of how it tasted like. 😂

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And here are how many pack of coffee I bought back for dad. 😂

 

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I’d say it was a pretty chill day for us, we started pretty late and ended the day before the sun has set. However, we still managed to walk more than 10km! I’m quite happy with that.

 

Next on the list: Tokyo DisneySEA!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

PS – finally finish this entry! ^^” I want to post this tonight since it’s the night of the super blue blood moon. I had to google it up why it’s called this. It’s a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in this calendar month. It’s a super moon because it’s close to the Earth. And it’s a blood moon because there’s a lunar eclipse that makes the moon appears to be a red colour! Pretty impressive. Especially since I can see it from my bedroom window! Can’t believe my luck…

It’s been 2 years!

I wanted to make an entry on the real day this year, and even though it was on a Sunday (14 Jan), I still managed to procrastinate enough to not get around to it! My excuse is that I had packing to do for a 5-day work trip but still, it’s mainly because inspiration hadn’t struck.

Anywho, who would have thought that I would still be here, 2 years later! Albeit with a lot less regularity in posting but I believe I’ve posted more entries last year than the first! (Mostly because of the 30 day writing challenge, lol.)

There are 46 entries in total in the second year so I suppose I have to make it a mission to post more than 46 entries in this coming year. This is looking to be more daunting… May be I have to bite a bullet and do another 30 day writing challenge… We’ll see.

Anyway, there’s really isn’t much to update on at the moment. This past week has been quite tiring. The work trip took us to Khao Yai and even though the temperature in the morning was great, the facility was a bit… basic.

I didn’t really sleep that well for all 4 nights and even though the activities during the day weren’t too strenuous for me, I was still exhausted by the end of the trip. I missed my hot shower and bed very much, thank you.

Not that it wasn’t a good trip, I’m glad I’ve done it. It was a great chance to get to know more people better and outside of our workplace. But I’m glad I’m back home last night. Crashed before 9pm (which was later than I expected) and spending all day at home today. I think the full night sleep last night kept me from getting ill so that’s good.

Anyway, I’m going to go and switch my brain off again now. I think I’ve earned it, xD.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

Hello 2018

Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had a lovely start to 2018. Mine was actually pretty good. I normally sleep through the countdown but this year, we stayed up to catch the firework which could be seen from my own balcony!

It was pretty sweet but then I was probably a bit dehydrated and did not get enough sleep so woke up with a pounding headache. I don’t drink and never had a hangover before even when I did drink, but I suspect that was what being hungover felt like. It was horrible.

So I spent the afternoon finishing up binge-watching Stranger Things 2!

And then yesterday, I’ve invited uni friends and co over to my flat to just hang out and play Wii games. There were about 12 of us in total and we ordered Lebanese food in and just had fun. We caught up and laughed and teased and now have more inside jokes. It was fantastic.

I feel a bit crappy today but that’s probably because I’m tired and did not have my first cup of tea until nearly 10am, which was a disgrace. But hey ho. Will have an early night tonight and start waking up early now so my body won’t have so much of a shock comes next week.

So yeah, it hasn’t been a shabby start to the new year at all. If anything, I got to spend time with family and friends, which is one of the most enjoyable things for me.

Here’s to many more get-togethers like this in 2018.

I hope your 2018 turns out to be an awesome year and that you are having a great week so far. Happy Wednesday!

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I binge-watched Stranger Thing over the New Year period. Started on 30 Dec and watched the whole of season 1 in one sitting. Could not stop myself. I tried to watched season 2 in one day again on the 31st but I was out during the day to go see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and then we had relatives in the flat so I couldn’t actually hear some of the dialogues so I gave up after episode 4. Hence it took me 2 days to finish off the second season. But it was effing brilliant.

The cast is absolutely phenomenal, the story line was tight and I love me some sci-fi. The drama was a tad bit too much for me but I love the character developments. Spoiler alert! Especially Steve Harrington’s. The number of memes I’ve come across and loved about Steve being a mom to all those kids at the end of season 2 is now my life.

Here are some of my favourite buzzfeed articles:

32 Things You’ll Only Find Funny If You Loved “Stranger Things 2”

Just 17 Hilarious Reactions To Steve Harrington In The New Season Of “Stranger Things”

31 Jokes Only “Stranger Things” Fans Will Find Funny

21 Times “Stranger Things 2” Made You Laugh Despite Everything

36 “Stranger Things 2” Facts For All You Addicts Out There

 

PPS – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was way better than I anticipated. I wanted to go see it because I love the original and this one has quite a cast (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin HartJack Black and Nick Jonas to name the main ones).

Again, spoiler alert! It really exceeded my expectation. I really liked how they had these big actors playing teenager characters. They were all awesome, especially Jack Black. Then the jokes. All of the jokes! There were so many of them and the references to all things relevant in 2017. Felt like I’ve made the right decision going to see this film in the cinema. My last film of the year! Woo!

 

PPPS – Jumanji also rounded up the number of films I watched in the cinema in 2017 to 23 movies in total. That’s almost 2 films per month! I don’t think I’ll be able to top it in 2018 xD

 

 

Films update: September 2017

I sat looking at my screen for a couple minutes, thinking about what I should blog about. In the end, I suppose I should write the last 3 films I’ve seen which didn’t make it into the last entry.

No idea how long this entry will take, considering how it took, like, 2 months to finish the last one. 😂

(Ohhhh, I can paste emojis into my blog, sweet! 😁 Though, to be honest, I just only need the smiling and crying face, the rest I can do with just letters/characters on my keyboard. 😏 Oh wait, I can do with a lot more smirking emojis in my blog. xD)

Anyway, I saw 3 films in September! One film per week for 3 weeks straight, loved it. It was just like being back in GZ where I have a cinema within a 15-minute walk!

Without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Oh! Almost forgot, spoilers alert! These are my thoughts and feelings about these films so the plots of the films will be talked about. Possible extensively for one of this films…

So yes, be warned, spoilers for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver and Kingsman: The Golden Circle ahead!

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (9th September)

I thought I wasn’t going to be able to catch this film in the cinema! It came out on 24 August in Thailand and I was just busy to go see it in the first or the second weekend after that. Then I checked the showtime for the 9-10 Sept weekend and found that only one cinema in town (Paragon Cineplex) had it on and it was on in the evening. I was just feeling lazy so I resigned to not getting to see the film on the big screen.

Then I was talking to my mum and she was like, go. And take your sister with you. o.O This is very unlike my mum but after more thoughts, I did want to go see it so my sister and so I went.

I thought the film was funny and I loved Samuel L. Jackson‘s character more than Ryan Reynold‘s. Ryan Reynold’s character was just a more, erm, what’s the word… Ryan Reynold played himself (again) but just a version who won’t take any risks? A person who has a contingency plan for everything.

Whereas Samuel L. Jackson was just being his charming self and it was fantastic.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Gary Oldman in the film as well and it was a breath of fresh air to see him playing a non-British villain, xD.

The film, however, pisses me off with there female characters. Elodie Yung‘s character, who supposed to be a strong, female character, fell short and needed Ryan Reynold to save her at the end. I don’t like their romance either. 😑 Was not impressed with Tine Joustra‘s character either, I think she played the head of Interpol or something like that. They both really fell short of being ‘strong female characters’ so I was annoyed by it.

I really liked Salma Hayek‘s character, Samuel L. Jackson’s character’s wife, though! She was fun to watch.

So I suppose this was a bit of a mixed feelings film but overall, I was entertained. The two main leads carried the film through and that was what I paid to see!

 

Baby Driver (17 September)

Now this, was a bit of a disappointment. I heard great things about the films and I loved a good soundtrack album to films so this should really be up my alley. It just, didn’t pull through for me. Some of the music was great but I didn’t like it as much as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

The first half was fantastic, great story telling, some great songs, Ansel Elgort‘s character, Baby, really pulled me in. Kevin Spacey was great as well.

And then, it kinda derailed in the second half. It started getting cliched, and not in a good way, and I just felt like some characters, like Kevin Spacey’s Doc, just didn’t stay consistent.

So yeah, it was a bit of a bummer because I really wanted to like it but it just felt flat at the end. I think out of these three films, Baby Driver is the one I liked the least…

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (21 September)

Oh, this one. I have very mixed feelings about this one.

Let’s start from the bit that I didn’t like first.

  1. How quickly they killed off Roxy. URGH. I don’t care if they’ve made it ambiguous enough that may be they will bring her back for the next one. It’s a fact that she was only in a tiny part in this one that annoys me to hell. I love a good, strong, female character and she definitely kicked ass in the first one. And yet, she only appeared a little bit, helping out Eggsy (of course he needed saving -.-), and then, BOOM, gone. T^T
  2. How they killed off Merlin. AHHHHHHHHH HOW DARE THEM KILLED OFF MERLIN LIKE THAT? I felt like it was worse than the shot in the head they gave Harry Hart in the last one! URGH.
  3. How there was so very little of Eggsy’s family. We got to see like, 3 seconds of his mum during the final scene but no trace of his little sister at all. Considering how important family was to Eggsy in the first one, this is so out of character. It also makes Eggsy seems a lot more selfish and more like a dick in this second one.
  4. His relationship with Tilde. Oh. My. Goodness. First of all, I can’t believe they reused her character. Secondly, how unrealistic is it to have them paired up and then married off at the end? That wedding scene made me so mad! Eggsy has only been a Kingsman agent for a year. And now he’s willing to give that up for a woman who doesn’t understand that sometimes, needs must in a mission, especially one that would ultimate save millions of lives? So. Unrealistic. Even for a spy film.

Things that confused me:

  1. What exactly does the Statesman do? Why were they not involved with the Valentine’s shit in the last film? Because they seem to have more advance tech and more money. I suppose it could be because they only came up with in for the sequel or they weren’t sure how well the first film was going to do so let’s not go into that much detail for the universe, but still. The Statesman still didn’t do that much in this film, most of the action was carried out by Eggsy and co. What did the other agents get up to when that many people suffered from Poppy’s drug?
  2. The role of Tequila aka Channing Tatum. Tequila spent about half of the film in a cryofreeze. From the posters I’ve seen, I was expecting him to be the lead from the Statesman but that clearly did not happen. What…? ^^” I get it that he’s more well-known than Pedro Pascal (aka Whiskey) but he wasn’t there for the majority of the film!

 

(The problem with being a procrastinator is that it takes me so long to finish a post and now I actually don’t remember all of the things I want to rant about this film… ^^” I’ll come back and add them on later if I remember it…? Unlikely but thank goodness for the ‘Edit’ button xD)

 

So let’s finish off this with the things I did like/love about Kingsman 2:

  1. The fact that Eggsy did become Galahad and inherited Harry’s house. I had to hold my screams in. MY HEADCANON. THANK YOU.
  2. I nearly cried with tears of joy when we FINALLY got to see that breakfast scene that got cut out from the 1st one. I felt cheated when I found out that they had that scene filmed but cut it off from the first film. BUT HERE IT WAS IN ITS GLORY.
  3. Harry Hart reuniting with Eggsy and Merlin again. ❤️ AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YASSSSSSSSSS
  4. Julianne Moore was amazing as the villain. The character was crazy, ruthless but still beautiful and freaking smart. And Julianne Moore played her so well, thumbs up.
  5. The action sequences. Still as fantastic as the first one!
  6. The jokes and scripts. Still had me laughing/giggling in my seat.
  7. Elton John playing his sassy self. Loved. It.

For all of its faults, Kingsman is still the only film franchise so far that motivates my inner writer and pushes me to churn out work. I managed to write a 10k, canon-divergent work to how I would have liked my Golden Circle to be minus the Eggsy/Tilde pairing that was pushed up our faces, where Roxy is alive and well and kickass-ing, where Merlin did survive and where Harry and Eggsy finally did something about the sexual tension around them. With a bit of help from Elton John. Because Elton John is the best.

 

So yeah, I think that is it for the films I saw in September. And because I am such a procrastinator, this entry is, what, 3 months late? ^^” But again, better late than never!

And to bring you all up to date with all of the films I’ve watched since September:

It would probably be an entry and a half if I want to write about all of these films properly. But let’s be real, it probably isn’t going to happen ^^”

Anywho, I better sign off here so I can just publish this entry (finally!).

 

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful time whether you celebrate Christmas or not! My family don’t because we’re not Christian but I do like the festivities and the idea of getting together and spending the time with the people you love during Christmas time. And I love all of the decorations and food! xD

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

 

 

Films update: May – July 2017

I contemplated putting a trailer for each of this film too (embedded on to here for your convenience) but then it’s too difficult to choose just one trailer! xD I mean, there is a trailer on the IMDB page, which is linked for each film anyway so hopefully that’s good enough!

Also, a warning to say that my rambling will contain spoilers of films, not just the ones that I watched but any other that I think are related to these films! So please be warned!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (5 May)

You wouldn’t believe how much I was looking forward to this film, considering how I felt about the first GotG.

It’s not that I didn’t like the first GotG, I just didn’t like it as much as other people… I’ve heard quite often how GotG Vol 1 was the best MCU film for the past few years and I just can’t agree with that. Sure it was fun and it does have a great soundtrack, but I was underwhelmed with the film as a whole. Especially the climax, it didn’t really hit my expectation. That dance-off bit? Threw me off and made me go, ‘WTF?! They can do that in a film like this??’

HOWEVER, there was a lot of hype for GotG Vol 2 and from the little promotions that I saw, it looked promising.

(I actively avoid promotions of films I definitely want to see so that the film can surprise me as much as possible. It hasn’t always worked out well but I’m still happy with this method for the time being. I definitely avoid movie trailers as much as possible because I find watching them can spoil the film for me.)

Back to GotG Vol 2. As I have mentioned in my previous entry, I hit the cinema as soon as I came back from Qingyuan which was the day the film was released in China as well. I was super jealous of lune, who got to see the film more than a week before me because the film was released one week earlier here in Thailand!

So I went the see the film with two friends. Only one was coming for sure in the beginning but I met up with Kathleen for dinner and she ended up joining us.

GotG Vol 2 definitely exceeded my expectations. Baby Groot is AMAZING. I love him so, so much.

AND YONDU. The Mary Poppin comment was just gold. AND THEN HE GOT KILLED OFF?!? WHY?!?!?!? So yes, I ended up crying again in the cinema. It almost became a thing now that going to the cinema with me might end up with me crying. ^^” BUT IT WAS SO SAD. I lost it when the other Ravagers turn up to pay their respect to Yondu and set off fireworks. Just thinking about it now gives me a bit of goosebumps…

I find the Ego’s arch and Rocket’s a bit cliched but it was still fun. The two hours passed by quickly, I enjoyed the film thoroughly and, of course, stayed right through to the end for all of the end credits.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is definitely one of my favourite MCU films now. 🙂

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12 May)

Here are the reasons why I wanted to go see this film:

1. I love Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim

2. I like myths and legends like King Arthur

3. apparently it got a great cast…?

4. er, did I mention that I like Charlie Hunnam?

You can imagine that I wasn’t really expecting much. I haven’t seen any of its trailers at all either so wasn’t sure what to expect (I didn’t even know that Jude Law is in it!).

So you can imagine my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

I’ve got to say, the humour is right up my alley. I laughed and snorted so many times in the cinema and I was hooked for the whole film! It was clichéd, of course it was. But I love clichés when they are done to my taste 😉

And yeap, the cast was fantastic. Not everybody will like it as much as I did, but I’m sure as hell very glad to have gone see it in the cinema!

I also found out later after I came out of the cinema that it was directed by Guy Richie, who also directed the two Sherlock Holmes films with RDJ and Jude Law! I actually really liked the first Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed the second one too so I think I do quite like Guy Richie’s films. It also made me go ‘ohhhhh, duh’ because the slow motion sequences in King Arthur were definitely similar to the ones in Sherlock Holmes.

Also, I didn’t know that Charlie Hunnam was in Queer As Folks UK version!!!

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (26 May)

I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to go see this film to be honest. I mean, I was going to but I wasn’t dying to see it. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean were good, #3 is my favourite which may surprised quite a few people. Apparently, many liked that film the least. But I loved the battle scene in the end and I liked how Will and Elizabeth Turner’s arc.

#4 was underwhelming for me so I wasn’t expecting much from Dead Men Tell No Tales. It got a good cast with Javier Bardem but I was mostly excited for seeing Orlando Bloom as Will Turner again! And that Keira Knightley would make an appearance as well! I kept waiting for her and I was almost annoyed that she might have not made it into the final cut because she did came up right at the end didn’t she? But then there was that post-credit scene as well… So happy for that.

Brenton Thwaites aka Henry Turner was also very easy on the eye. I’m glad that he’s joined this crew. Even if I found his arc to be almost exactly the same as Will’s during the second and the third film. Which, c’mon guys, can’t you come up with a new plot or something??

I wasn’t really a fan of Carina Smyth aka Kaya Scodelario though. I don’t know… her character annoys me even though she’s supposed to be a strong female character who is very much into science… I loved Keira’s Elizabeth Swann and she became a very strong female character. Kaya’s Carina, not so much to my taste for whatever reasons…

Anyway, I’d still go to the cinema to see the 6th one though if they ever come out with it. I am kinda curious to see where they would go with that post-credit scene.

 

Life (27 May)

It was a long weekend during that time (the Dragon Boat Festival I think) but none of my friends were around for that much so I thought, I’d go to see another film. Life got both Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in it. And it’s a sci-fi. Sure, IMDb has the film as ‘Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller’ but surely it can’t be that scary.

Well, I was wrong.

I should have listed to IMDb.

It was a horror film for me. *shudders* I almost left the cinema a couple of times as I was watching it. I had my hands covering my eyes for about at least a quarter of the film. It was terrifying.

I think the story line has a good philosophical approach, but the execution of it was too much for me. And having Ryan Reynolds done that much promotion for this film was a bit misleading.

Well, actually, I only saw him in one clip with Jake Gyllenhaal for this film and that was the WIRED Autocomplete clip but he was on the poster with Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal when he was the first to die and the other two were there right to the end! So yeah, misleading promotion stuff. I was very shocked when Ryan Reynolds’s death scene came because, as I’ve mentioned before, he was the first to die!! ^^”

I managed to stay through to the end because I needed to know how it ends. (Kudos to the twist at the end where it wasn’t the ‘happy ending’ we were expecting.) And Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting was superb in my opinion. I really liked his character.

Anyway, I think Life was a good film but the genre just wasn’t for me. And I have learned, the hard way, to listen to and trust IMDb.

 

(I’ve left this entry unfinished for a long while, and I’m not sure it will be finished tonight. I just want to contribute to it and see how far I can take it.)

 

Wonder Woman (3 June)

Oh, this film. There was so much hype around it and I was super excited for it even though I knew that setting too high an expectation can be the cause of disappointments. So I tried to keep cool.

The film came out on Friday 2nd June, but there was a work social event so I had to postpone it to the next day. (I also had something organised with friends in GZ since that was my last weekend on my own there but I had the afternoon free so I hit the cinema!)

I went to see it with friends and I was blown away. The film definitely met the hype and exceeded it to me!

I loved, loved, loved Gal Gadot. I think she was perfect for the role. She was my favourite part of Batman V Superman and I was a little afraid that she might not be as good in her own film. I was wrong. She was perfect.

And then Chris Pine. Chris. Pine. Urgh. He was so gorgeous, both physically and in character. It was heartbreaking that his character died because WE NEED MORE STEVE TREVOR DAMMIT.

I also loved the line, “I wish we had more time.” That hit just the right spot. The “I love you” after that, not so much. I though that was a bit of an overkill.

Themyscira was absolutely breathtaking on the big screen. And the Amazonians. So. Much. Love. For these ladies.

Oh! I also loved the fact that the war is WWI, and not WWII. I feel like we have enough of WWII on the big screen now.

So yeah, I absolutely loved this film. Even though I am an MCU fan, Wonder Woman was definitely one of the best superhero films I have ever seen. Possibly my favourite. May be. I can’t quite commit to that yet. ._.

 

The Lost City of Z (4 June)

As you can see, I went to see another film the very next day. Perks of having a cinema so near by!

Not going to lie, the main reason I was interested in this film was because Tom Holland was in it. xD So imagine my slight disappointment when I found out how little he was in it ^^”

Charlie Hunnam was still a joy to see though I’m not so sure about his character as a whole. RPattz and Sienna Miller, though, they jumped out from the screen to me. Really liked both of their characters.

I found the pace quite… slow and the the film, monotonous…? I supposed I was hoping for a more Indiana Jones type of film with a bit more action, rather than a biographical drama. My bad on that part since I didn’t allow myself to look up what the film might be like in details or even see the trailer. All I had was the title of the film and the posters. ^^”

Tom Holland was a joy to see though! Especially when he was a bit more grown up in the film, wearing leather boots xD Not a fan of the facial hair though.

The ending was also a bit bizarre. I was expecting a bit less of an opening ending? I had to come back and googled what actually happened, lol.

So another film I walked out of the cinema, wondering what I had just watched ^^”

 

Despicable Me 3 (17 June)

I was originally going to take (drag) my sister to go see Wonder Woman in the cinema but then I realised that Despicable Me 3 was in already. So I asked her to choose, and of course, she picked Despicable Me 3. T^T (lol)

I had a good time watching it though. I laughed with it and squeed over the minions and was quite entertained. I think I prefer it to The Minions Movie as well, lol. Steve Carell was great as Gru, as per usual. He’s becoming more and more attractive now that his hair is greyer. A silver fox indeed!

 

The Mummy (18 June)

Ah, now this was one that should have been promising. With a new Monster Universe and a great cast, I felt compelled to go see this first one in the cinema. Lune wanted to go see it as well so we saw it together with another friend. And I supposed I was entertained while I watched it but Tom Cruise, man. I’m not so sure about you…

I liked Russell Crowe and his character though and Jake Johnson! I’m glad he was brought back from the dead! lol (Sorry I don’t even remember your character’s name, Jake. I promise I really did like your character! Totally shipped you with Tom Cruise’s character xD)

If I have the time, I’ll probably go see the next one as well just because I do like the action-monster film.

Oh! Also! I recognised the scene that was shot in Oxford even though it wasn’t mentioned at all in the film! Well, I wasn’t sure whether it was really in Oxford or not but I was sitting there, thinking, that looks awful lot like The Radcliffe Camera, xD.

 

(It’s been a long while (again) since I was last writing this entry but I’m back again to try and get it finished!)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (16 July)

Oh. My. God. I had to wait so long to go see this film. This was when my back was not cooperating and I couldn’t sit for too long. I was initially going to go see it on Friday 7th of July, then I moved it to the weekend, then the following weekdays until I could finally sit long enough the following weekend. Urgh.

Even my sister, who was not a fan of seeing films, got to go see it before I did. (Because I gave her an idea to go see a film with a friend whom she has kinda grown distanced of but were meeting up and she didn’t know what to do when they hung out.) The silver lining of this whole ordeal might be how much she loved Spider-Man after having seen this. And how she’s been converted to an MCU fan ever since. She has now seen all of the MCU films and have been watching Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We now fangirl over MCU things together. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be honest, xD.

But I digress.

The film! It was a bit cliched but then I really do think that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man so far. For once, he actually looks like an awkward teenager! I loved Michael Keaton as Vultures, he’s such an amazing actor. It was an absolute joy to watch him.

I had to stifle a squee when I saw Coney Island during the climax! My Brooklyn Boys reference! And then the end with Tony and Pepper!! Eeeeeeee

I don’t ship that many canon-pairing but Pepperony is one of them. ❤

 

Dunkirk (27 July)

Ah, Dunkirk… I will confess that I went to see purely because of the male, British cast. ._. (I found someone jokingly called it DNK48 and yeah, I love it and have used the joke myself!) I especially loved Tom Hardy and James D’Arcy in this. And the way the film developed is quite cool with the 1 week before, then 1 day before then 1 hour before. Took me a bit to get on with the programme, but once I did, it was cool to see things panned out from different POVs.

The film itself was on the stressful side for me. I was on the edge of my seat and I was emotionally invested in it. I didn’t realise how little ‘actions’ there were and a lot more emotional things. It was, after all, a war film.

 

So there it is! Finally, I’ve caught up to… July ^^”

Since then, I’ve been to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Oh, it’s never ending with this film review entry, isn’t it? xD

I’ve just enjoyed going to the cinema to see films though, especially this year. I also have no problem going to the cinema by myself which makes it so much easier to just pop into the cinema, by a ticket and just go and enjoy a film! I definitely have at least 3 more films I have my eyes on to go see before the end of this year…

Let’s see how many films I’ll see in total in 2017!

Anyway, I am exhausted today so I’ll sign off here. Hope your week is going great!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – it’s been raining a lot in Bangkok at the moment. I think this is the 3rd grey day we’ve had in BKK, which is quite unusual! It does mean that it’s cool though, so I’m not complaining.

 

Life update: From May to now

I’ve just finished posting the latest Japan trip’s entry, but I thought I’d keep on with another blog entry. Better keep the momentum going xD I’m really not sure how to start or what to include so we are just going to let my fingers take over and see where they take us?

  1. I went to Qingyuan on a work trip for 3 nights, 4 days in the beginning of May. It was probably the only trip I’ve made into rural-ish China during my two-year stay in GZ. I was a bit apprehensive at first but it turned out to be a good trip.
  • We did some hiking, kayaking (which I didn’t do) and painted walls of a nursing home. The highlight of the trip for me is probably tea leaves picking and then getting to see how the leaves were processed. I even brought the finished tea leaves back home to Bangkok!
  • Also, another colleague that went on the trip with me was one of my closest friends in GZ so that made the trip even better. We made a great team 😉

2. Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as soon as I got back from the trip and my goodness, it was amazing. I definitely enjoyed it way more than the first one. (I didn’t really like the first one, the climax had me go ‘WTF?!’.) I think I’ll make another entry just for films because I’ve seen a lot of films since then. Anyway, this film got me into 80s music. The soundtracks from both Vol 1 and Vol 2 are amazing, though I probably prefer Vol 1.

3. I discovered laser tag. xD I know, I know, it’s not really something full grown adults should be into but I really enjoyed it. I’ve done it 3 times in a space of… a month? It’s a great way to work out! And I never really thought that I’d be any good at it but I’m actually ok with the aims. I’m also very competitive… xD

4. I’ve started driving! Well, I took driving lessons for about a month and managed to pass my driving test on Wednesday! I’m so happy and proud of myself because it’s been getting a lot more difficult to pass a driving test here in BKK and I’m not sure how I managed on my first go.

  • The staff there basically said that, on average, about 12.5% of people pass. We can take retakes but the place is so far that it would be so much of a hassle to go. I passed the written test last month, took it even before I started my driving lessons xD That was ok, I’ve discovered an app that gave me questions to try and that was a really great way to revise. I also had to sit through about 5 hours of orientation. That, wasn’t fun.
  • The practical driving test, I wasn’t so good at each maneuvers during my driving lessons. I wasn’t confident at all so it was such a great surprise that I managed to pass them on the day! Such good luck. The driving lessons themselves were nerve wrecking, obviously, but I’m not adverse to the idea of driving anymore. I was actually more nervous taking the test than taking the car out to drive on real roads xD
  • Don’t think I’ll be getting my own car yet but I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to getting a driving licence.

5. My family and I went on a beach vacation at the beginning of this month and I enjoyed the first 3 days immensely. I swam twice a day, 15 laps each and was at 7.5km record. Then I went and threw my back out somehow.

  • Or, well, some muscle inflammation in my back. It started with an ache on Wednesday. By Thursday, I was pretty much in pain. I had to sleep on my stomach and sitting hurt. Standing and walking was ok. I ended up sleeping on the floor on Thursday night because the bed was too soft for my back.
  • I woke up on Friday feeling much better and I was optimistic. Then I sneezed while I was on my feet. Oh. My Goodness. The pain that went down my legs almost had my knees buckled. Nope. Back to square one. Or even worse.
  • Long story short, I’m still not feeling 100% now and it’s been almost a month. I was so made at my body because it’d stopped me from going to see Tom Holland until more than a week later than everyone else. Urgh. I haven’t felt this betrayed by my own body for a long time.

6. I’ve also been on another trip last weekend to the North Eastern part of Thailand. It consisted mostly of us eating and sitting in a van ^^” We visited a few temples though and saw my aunt and uncle-in-law who moved up there about 6 years ago. This is a customary, twice-a-year trip for my family. It’s good for the soul and mind. We were very lucky to have moved the trip up to last weekend from this weekend because a water reservoir broke yesterday and many of the roads are underwater.

7. I’ve mentioned seeing GotG Vol 2 in the beginning of May so I want to just make a list of films I’ve seen. I will hopefully go into more details in some other entry.

Huh, I just realised that I kinda like seeing my films back-to-back, lol.

Overall, I’ve seen 14 films in the cinema so far this year (this may possibly be a new record). That is, on average, 2 films a month. I kinda discovered the joy of going to the cinema on Friday night too late during my time in GZ. It was so convenient having a new cinema within a 15 minutes walk from my apartment. Hence me going slightly overboard with the number of films in my last couple of months in China xD

There are quite a few more I want to go see this year too. I wonder how many films I’d get to see in the theatre this year.

 

So yeah, I think these are all that I want to have written down as an update in my blog. I’ll try and see if I can do a whole entry about my thoughts on all of the films I’ve listed out here.

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

[June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Writing these blog posts made me realised that it’s a brilliant thing I take so many photos. Or else I wouldn’t remember much about what I did on each day, unless there was a highlight to it like visiting an amusement park. As I was choosing the photos for today’s entry, I also realised that there was a gap for about a couple of hours during this day that I’m not sure what we did, lol. We’ll talk more about that when the entry reaches that point.

Anyway, back to our travelling blog post!

If this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

So we are still in Tokyo! It probably is my favourite city in this world… It’s the fifth day of our trip and we are also still subway-ing around Tokyo because we got a lovely 48-hour subway pass.

But first! Breakfast!

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From Yoshinoya near our flat.

A pork-bowl with lots of negi (Japanese leek) and a raw egg yolk topping with a small bowl of miso soup.

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While on the subway…

Also tea to get me through the day. Here is my favourite royal milk tea found in the Japanese convenient store. I don’t think every convenient store has this brand though, Family Mart does stock them but not 7-11 I think…

And I will stop here tonight. The battery of the laptop is dying and my eyes are drooping. Will hopefully come back to this soon!

 

And then I left this entry for over a month before I can manage to come back to it ^^” I’ve left it for so long that I didn’t remember starting this entry or how much I’ve written it until I saw the entry in my draft section yesterday ^^”

So here I am, coming back to continue by adding all of the photos first, since that seems to be a way to get me to finish an entry. Plus, now I can just keep typing and not have to fiddle with adding images.

Let’s continue with our day!

As you could probably guessed, we made full use of the subway because we had the subway pass and so went to Ginza. There’s a cafe there I had been wanting to try, since Henri Charpentier is one of my favourite dessert shops in Japan

Welcome, to Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier.

I was a little bit disappointed in the menu selection. There wasn’t anything that sprang out to grab my attention and I’m comparing the experience with their normal dessert line in department store kiosks, which usually leaves me torn with which one to choose.

In the end, I decided to go for a seasonal crepe dish with lime ice and zest, mango sauce and coconut crunch.

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I have to say, I was impressed with it. But then again, I probably wasn’t expecting much because this isn’t really my normal go-to dessert, lol. The lime ice was fantastic though and it went very well with the mango sauce and the crepes. The lime zest was a great touch too. I don’t think I was that impressed with the coconut crunch, but then I’m not that fond of them in the first place anyway.

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I, of course, also got a pot of tea. I was suffering from period cramps (it being the first day and all), hence the hot beverage. It was also probably why we didn’t do too many things on that day. I don’t think I could have coped with a lot of walking in my state.

(I am fortunate enough that I don’t suffer from sever period pains. It’s just annoying and makes me not want to do anything but to lie down, especially on the first day.)

Anyway, here are two photos of the interior inside the shop.

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Love how it spells ‘Celebration’. Woo!

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And here’s the entrance to the female toilet! How anyone could have found it without asking is a mystery. I asked or else I wouldn’t know.

 

And then I left this entry for, goodness knows how long ^^” Anyway, let’s see if I can finish this entry today.

After finishing with our lunch(?) at Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier, we went to a building that hosts a stationary store as lune was looking for something for her cousin. I browsed around but didn’t have the budget to splurge, lol.

After that… we must have gone to Shibuya! xD I don’t remember this bit but the pictures are telling me this fact, lol.

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Here’s a picture of the famous Shibuya crossing!

I think we went to Shibuya to go buy our tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort at the Disney Store there.

After we’ve finished in Shibuya, we then went on to Shinjuku… Here’s the point where there are a few hours gap where I’m not sure where it went. I think may be we went exploring in Shibuya to look for Animate just to look at anime/manga products. We definitely did that but I’m just not sure which day that was xD

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That sign on top of this building has been there since April 2011, so I make it a point to snap a photo every time. 

Anyway, we went to Shinjuku to get some dinner and I managed to drag lune to have my favourite Japanese dish: tonkatsu (or the pork cutlet).

There is a restaurant I wanted to try out at Takashimaya Department Store hence why we ended up in Shinjuku.

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One of my favourite part of Tokyo. 

The restaurant is called Katsukura, on the 14th floor. This was the first time I’ve tried out this place, and I was excited! I think we had to queue for a bit but it didn’t take that long.

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The bowl for the sauce. The toasted sesame can be crushed in this bowl and then the sauce added.

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This was the set I got where there was a piece of pork cutlet and this vegetable, wrapped in tofu skin then covered in bread crumb and deep fried like the pork cutlet.

The pork was amazing, I was totally hooked and Katsukura definitely made it on the list of restaurants I must visit in Tokyo. 😉

So in the end, it was a pretty chill day. Here’s a summary of how much walking we did today:

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Considering that we didn’t really have a plan and that I wasn’t feeling my 100%, it’s still impressive that we managed to hit 12km of walking!

Also, here are some of the goodies I’ve bought during the trip so far. They are mostly snacks xD

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These are some fruit jellies I bought back for my little sister. She wanted a mix of flavours so I got all that were available for her. 

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This is a ‘takoyaki‘ flavoured potato chips that I loved. I tried them the last time I went to Osaka (April 2015) and made it a mission to buy it again this time around xD 

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They are kind of like croutons but triangular shaped in 53% brie cheese flavour. 

And last, but not least:

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Ritz snacks with cheese fillings. So good.

 

So here you go, finally, this entry is finally done. I wonder how many months it has been ^^” Well, it’s actually a year and a month since this trip so I really should get going with the entry….

 

Anyway, I’m going to sign off here. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

Dating Profile Quiz

Nope, you didn’t read the title wrong. I took a dating profile quiz, lol. I stumbled upon this while going through old journals and saw my results from, er, 8 years ago. I gotta say, I don’t think I’ve changed that much… My ‘date’s profile’ on the other hand o.O

So here are the results:

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal – Politics matters to you, and you aren’t afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Intellectual – You consider your mind amongst your assets. Learning is not a chore but a constant search after wisdom and knowledge. You value education and rationality.
Adventurous – Just sitting around the house is not something that appeals to you. You love to be out trying new things and really experiencing life.

Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Intellectual
3. Adventurous
4. Big-Hearted
5. Wealthy/Ambitious
6. Practical
7. Traditional
8. Outgoing
9. Stylish
10. Athletic

Your date match profile:

Intellectual – You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Practical – You are drawn to people who are sensible and smart. Flashy, materialistic people turn you off. You appreciate the simpler side of living.
Conservative – Forget liberals, you need a conservative match. Political discussions interest you, and a conservative will offer the viewpoint you need.

Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Intellectual
2. Practical
3. Conservative
4. Traditional
5. Adventurous
6. Big-Hearted
7. Athletic
8. Outgoing
9. Religious
10. Stylish

Take the Dating Profile Quiz at Would I Date You 

 

I think my traits are pretty accurate though I didn’t realise that I would be considered this liberal, lol. The fact that ‘Conservative’ made it in the Top 3 of my match’s profile though, that threw me off completely. I don’t think I want a partner who is a Conservative.

I would like a traditional person, but if they are conservative, then there will be fights when it comes to political debates. Nuh uh. There are certain values I will not compromise and I don’t think I would be able to be able to be partnered with someone who do not share those values.

(Well, that got deep and personal, lol.)

Anyway, here are the results from 8 years ago.

From July 2009

It’s funny that ‘adventurous’ has made it for both times, lol. I would have never described myself as ‘adventurous’, but considered the fact that I have survived China, may be I am 😉

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – so many things to update on, so little motivation to do so, xD

PPS – Saw Spider-Man Homecoming on Sunday! FINALLY. It was great, I loved the final quarter of the film. Cannot wait to see more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. I love his Spider-Man.

PPPS – I had some sort of a muscle inflammation with my back muscles and I couldn’t bend down for about a week in the beginning of this month. And then I had muscle aches from other parts which had to work harder to compensate and urgh, it was not a pleasant experience. I felt helpless and frustrated. And then just lazy ^^”

 

Life update, June edition

Oh wow, it has been a long while hasn’t it? Though is it really a surprise? *looks up at the blog’s name*

Still, a lot has happened since the last entry. The most important thing would probably be that I’ve moved! My contract has ended in Guangzhou and I am now back in Bangkok. New job will start in August so I hope that I will have time to catch up on other things. Like blogging. (lol)

I’m also excited to be back in the land where vpn is not needed to get on social medias. I’ve missed going on IG on my mobile phone and I am now back on Twitter! (I’m blaming lune on that but I kinda enjoy it… I forget sometimes though that I have Twitter now so I seem to tweet in waves, lol.)

Packing up and moving was stressful. And I realised now that I shouldn’t have left it so late but my excuse was/is that I was waiting for two more suitcases! I’ve managed to forget at least two things in GZ and I’m kinda kicking myself over them. But hey, a lesson’s learned.

Also, my suitcases and luggage allowance was up to the brim! Had to open the suitcases up by the check in counter to transfer stuff from one suitcase to another because one of them was too heavy ^^” (There is a limit to 32 kg per suitcase… mine was 35kg in the beginning ^^”) That was probably the first time I ever had to do that. Well, there’s a first time for everything eh?

But now I am back in BKK and I suppose I’m kinda stuck in the in-betweens at the moment. I’m the only one in the family on vacation at the moment so I’m still kind of stuck with a routine. But at the same time, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands to do… something. Hence getting back to blogging (and also because lune has reminded me that I’ve got a blog to kind of keep xD)

Oh! I’ve been called down. I’ll (hopefully) come back with more interesting things to blog about later on this week but you know me… It may be another month before I emerge once more xD

 

With love,

From BKK