My Life Lately: November 2016 - March 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It felt like November, December, January, February, and March were too short but I hope that I was able to spend it well. Wow. I still can't believe it's April already and we're in the second quarter of the year. I know it's been a while and I'll be sharing with you a bulk of what happened, what I did, and all of my musings for the past months in just one post. I hope you'll read it 'til the end.

Books

I'm so bad at reading these days that the only book I finished in a span of October 2016 to March 2017 is My Neighbor Totoro. I KNOW RIGHT!?!?! I don't even understand how I cannot finish a book lately. I wish I can really squeeze in some reading time on a normal and daily basis.
That's why in advance, I want to take this time to apologize to all the publishers who have been contacting me for blog tours, reviews, and spotlight features. I'm sorry for the delays and for not being able to respond as soon as I can but I want you to know that I'm really trying my hardest to be consistent and to accomplish everything.

Anyhoo. I'm currently reading the following awesome books:
I haven't updated my Goodreads yet, but I did some reading during my trip last week. I do it alternately so I can accomplish my goal for this year. (Oh please, help me reach it!)

Music

I'm pushing myself to discover more music and to catch up with the new releases. I've been a laggard ever since Grooveshark left me. Huhu I know. So my current jam is just the Global Top 50 of Spotify. I don't know. I just don't feel like thinking and curating my music lately. Tough times.


Games

I stopped playing a lot of games for a bit due to my schedule but I tried keeping up with my Disney Emoji Blitz. I love how I can play it even offline and while on the plane.


TV Series

As you all know I'm a TV show buff. I binge-watch everything and almost every time as long as I can. So here are the shows I recently watched and discovered (and some I forgot to share in the past few months):

  • 666 Park Avenue: I rewatched the show and I finally got to finish it. It was good while it lasted. It had so much potential. I wish it had a bigger fanbase because I feel like the series can show so much more. It was intriguing, scandalous, and dark. But too bad it got canceled and too bad on how they ended things.
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: One of the shows I fell in love with this year. I'm totally hooked and I can't wait for more. I can confidently say that it's better than the movie version and a good adaptation of the book series. Also, love Neil Patrick Harris. He's definitely the heart of this show.
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show Season 4: I'm currently catching up on the show just so I can purge it out of my hard drive. But I seriously still can't understand the hype. It's more of in the disgusting spectrum rather than the creepy and terrifying side I expected it to be since Season 1. People keep telling me that this season is better and what not (in general), but it's still meh for me. Though I liked the women empowerment depicted in this season but not enough for me to get hooked. I can't wait to finish it and for it to end.


  • Arrow Season 4 & 5 (catching up): Finally, I had the urge to finish season 4 and started season 5. It was becoming such a drag. My siblings are telling me that Team Arrow was able to turn things around already in season 5 but I needed more convincing. I was also informed to catch up with the other shows (The Flash, Supergirl, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow) for the interconnecting storyline. Oh well, we'll see.

  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1: Definitely enjoying this show! Love the witty banters of the characters, the personality of each protagonist, and how cool most of them are (*ahem* villains). Love this more than Arrow and Supergirl combined. Seriously.

  • Descendants - Wicked World: I haven't seen the live action movie but I'm enjoying the shorts. I've been binge-watching all the Disney shorts and they're all amazing! Love their content! Anyhow, villains rule here. I feel like the kids of the fairy tale protagonists' are all pushovers and whiners. It's a fun cute show! 

  • Disney Tsum Tsum Shorts: I had the most adorable time watching the Tsum Tsum shorts. Totally cute, easy and quick to watch, plus it's funny! I swear, these 1-minute clips won't hurt your schedule.

  • Marvel's Daredevil Season 1: I was actually watching Iron Fist first but I was advised by my brother to watch this first so I can understand the references. Obedient 'ol me followed suit and stopped watching the show below and started this. It's pretty dark and really good. Now I understand why the reviews are soaring high. But I need to rewatch some episodes since I was too preoccupied when I was watching 'em.
  • Marvel's Iron Fist Season 1: Good start. Love the action scenes best but I just find the Iron Fist detail too weird. But I can take that. But who would agree to me that Danny Rand and Oliver Queen look so much alike?

  • Powerless Season 1: It's a short and funny show. But I'm afraid it won't survive to get a second season. They need an oomph ingredient to it to make the people get hooked.

  • Riverdale Season 1: The show that butchered my favorite childhood comics. I haven't gotten a full grasp of it yet. I'm not as hooked as everyone else. I still don't get the obsession. It just reminds me of Pretty Little Liars and Scream altogether while Cheryl tries to be Chanel Oberlin but she's eons of miles away from the latter's wit. The only character I like here is Veronica since she's the closest I can get from the OG. So far, I'm using it as my background whenever I work and blog (like right now).
  • PS. I do like Bughead. I guess their light and darkness complements each other. I knew it from the first episode that it will always be Archie and Veronica, as always.
  • Santa Clarita Diet Season 1: Want a no-brainer show? Then you can go for the Santa Clarita Diet. It's mind-bogglingly weird but funny, thanks to Drew.
  • Smash: Loved this show. It was sad that it got canceled. It was like my free pass to musicals and theater arts. The drama, the songs... It was too good.
  • Star Darlings: Love how this reminds me of my Squad in the office (shout out to you guys). It's cute and too girly. I like it! I hope I can get my hands on the books soon!
  • Supergirl Season 1: Still too meh for my life. I'm really not a fan of Melissa Benoist and her acting. I just feel that this show is too forced but I need to watch this to catch up with all the crossovers. Ugh.

  • That's So Raven Season 1: This show never gets old. I wish the younger generation can enjoy this series, too.
  • The Crown Season 1: I don't know with you but there's just something with royal families that always kept me intrigued. So when I found out that The Crown will show the life of the Queen, I definitely can't say no to that. I love how genuine this show is. It's a must see. I promise.
  • The Flash Season 3: It keeps getting better but at the same time, it's getting messy and complicated. I hope it's just a setback because I like this show.

  • The Royals Season 3: Jasper and Eleanor forever, please.

  • Tsum Tsum Kingdom: A much real version of your favorite Tsum Tsum shorts.
  • Zoey 101 Season 1: I don't know why I started rewatching this but it was at the bottom of my series list. This is one of my background shows whenever I'm doing something.
Movies

  • Beauty & The Beast: It's a nice depiction of my favorite fairy tale. But nothing can beat the OG.
  • Lego Batman: Cute fun movie for kids and for all those who are kids at heart.
  • Logan: A heartfelt movie. It's like saying goodbye to an old friend. Love the action-packed scenes and it's surprisingly moving.
Events & Trips
  • Visited Korea last April 7 until April 14. I love the weather and it's definitely a beauty heaven.
  • I'm not really a Youtube person but I've been binge-watching all the Disney content. It's amazing and truly inspiring especially if you are into digital or social media marketing. Make sure to subscribe to their channel.
  • Also hooked with my favorite blog to date called The Klog. It's all about Korean skincare and beauty. Also Soko Glam!
  • There's a Japanese version too: Tatcha
Looking Forward To
  • Getting into contouring and strobing
  • Get all the cult skincare favorites
  • Osaka Trip in June
  • First Boracay trip in May
Plans & Wishes
  • To save more and to invest
  • Finish all my backlogs
  • Start my own business
  • Read all my books in my TBR pile
  • Travel and explore more
  • Get back my old body and be fit
  • Create more writing challenges
  • Need to start my book club
  • Be consistent with my 10 step skin care routine
I gotta be honest, but I find writing this whole thing exhausting. But I'm glad I was able to finish it already! Yay! I hope you enjoy my thoughts and reviews!

Love lots, xx

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269. My Neighbor Totoro by Tsugiko Kubo

268. Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

267. Think Like a Copywriter by Alastaire Allday

266. Heneral Luna: The History Behind the Movie by Vivencio R. Jose, Ruby Rosa A. Jimenez

265. Rumors (Rumors #1) by A.C. Arthur

264. An Armadillo in New York by Julie Kraulis

263. Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto

262. Our Love Grows by Anna Pignataro

261. Molly Rides by Adam B. Ford, Brian Berley

260. Noni Speaks Up by Heather Hartt-Sussman, Geneviève Côté

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