my hobby.


Honestly, I have a few things I enjoy doing when I am free. I personally like to think I am an introvert and I prefer my own company. I would say I have a couple of hobbies like listening and discovering new music as well as watching TV shows on Netflix, but today I am going to talk about bullet journal (bujo, for short.)

It all began when I stumbled across a video of a YouTuber who posted a video of her bullet journaling her monthly spread. I was amazed at how she managed to pull a whole monthly planning system beautifully with a theme all by her doodles and hand-lettering. At that time, I was already using scraps of paper to write down my homework and tasks with small doodles to paste on my wall. As I dived further, I discovered an interest I didn’t know I had.

So, in the early of 2018, I decided I wanted to start my own journal. However, at that time I was very into the crazy K-Pop wave. K-pop journals were also very popular at the time so I thought why not combine the two? I went out and bought my very first journal. It was a dotted Muji notebook and I was beyond zealous to start crafting. When I got home, I printed a bunch of pictures and used all the resources I had. I decided to go for a red theme. In the beginning, I was just experimenting around, and tried out a couple of different layouts. Other than planning my weeks, I also made a few spreads expressing my feelings about new albums, songs and even events I participated in.

Wrote a spread about Box Office Production

However, I sort of stopped journalling for a while in 2019. Actually now that I think about it, I have no idea why. Maybe I was busy with my exams, or maybe at that time I thought it was becoming more of a chore rather than something I enjoyed doing. But this year I rediscovered my interest. I’ve been journalling since January and there hasn’t been any time this year where I thought it was burdening me. I think part of the reason why was because I sort of had a solid idea of what works well with me, and added personal touch on it.

I bought a ring notebook online in January, but by March I found out I wasn’t utilising the journal as well because I found the notebook uncomfortable to work with. So, I went to Popular and got myself a new notebook. Now nine months later, I am already on my fourth journal book!

My current December 2020 spread!

Now I have a coherent style that I stick to when doing my monthly spreads. I love surfing through Pinterest and YouTube to get inspirations, gathering my stationeries and racking my brain trying to piece together a theme that is pretty to look at. I really enjoy bullet journaling, and things that revolve around that. For example, I love stringing together gifts for my friends like brainstorming creative ways to make a card and putting the present in a handmade bag. Journalling gives me peace, and allow myself to find joy in the smallest things while listening to music. I hope everyone out there is able to find an activity that gives them the serenity and feeling of fulfillment that journalling gives me.

P.S,
If you were curious to know, these are the themes that I’ve done!

2018 journal – KPOP in different colours
January 2020 – Fireworks (Mustard Yellow)
February 2020 – Hearts/Valentine’s (Pink)
March 2020 – Bees (Yellow)
April 2020 – Lavender Flowers (Pastel Purple)
May 2020 – Mosques (Gold & Dark Blue)
June 2020 – Monstera Leaves (Pastel Green)
July 2020 – Vintage Scrapbook (Brown)
August 2020 – Koi Fish (Orange)
September 2020 – Hot Air Balloons (Blue)
October 2020 – Moon (Grey)
November 2020 – 2000s Web (Red & Pink)
December 2020 – Funky Prints (Orange, Purple, Turquoise, Blue)


-n.

my meemaw.

From what I’ve always known, grandmothers had always been this caring , sweetest mother-like figure to most people. I envy those who are close to them. Personally, I have a strained relationship with her. She was quiet and prefer to sit and observe people and believe it or not, I’m very reserved around my extended family too. Sure, we’ve had small talks but I wouldn’t say I am the closest to her.

Despite that though, my grandmother was very thoughtful. Every time we meet her, she would softly whisper to us asking whether we’ve eaten or not. Recently, her health had worsen. She cannot move by her own and truthfully, senile. It is really heartbreaking to see her bedridden most of the time and she would get our names mixed up–her face pale, wearing the same lace cream cardigan.

Maybe I am not the closest grandchild to her, but I hope at some point I made her smile. I keep her in my prayers and wish her a long, blissful life. Oh yes, this reminds me. . . Looks like I have to ring her some time soon; Need to keep her in check, away from the Coca Cola bottles and durians!

-n

reviewing : Game Night

Game Night (2018)
Genre : Crime, Action, Comedy
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

Summary :
Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother, Brooks arranges a murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.

My thoughts :
Last night I decided to watch a movie, consider it as some of reward and to let loose a little. After what seemed to be forever choosing a movie to watch (I’m very indecisive… like it’s actually REALLY bad) I decided to settle with Game Night. I clicked ‘play’ with a high bar set in my mind, like I was hoping to be MINDBLOWN. So basically, Max and Annie hosts game night almost every week. They live next to a cop name Gary whom used to a part of their group. However, Max and Annie stopped inviting them after Gary and his wife got a divorce because he was pretty creepy. He just stands at his driveway while cradling his dog, observing his neighbour. That night, the couple had their accustomed game night and told their friends to park far away and sneak in so that Gary might not get offended. That was the first jumpscare from the movie, like my bed shook and at this point I was hoping I didn’t wake my sister up. . . (actually I did hope she would, it was midnight and I was scared)

Anyway, fast forward– Max’s brother, Brooks was in town after a year away in Europe. The two siblings had always been very competitive and stuck in a never-ending feud, with Max always losing. Let’s just say he was irked to find that his big brother had just purchased his dream car. The following week, the group of friends went to Brooks house for game night. He told them that this was going to be the best one yet. The former had arranged a murder mystery party for them until they got entangled in a very dangerous mafia crisis. Brooks was getting taken way by actual abductors. They had a whole fighting shenanigan, but throughout the time their friends sat and watched to laugh not knowing that the scene wasn’t a stunt at all. Brooks was taken away and so began the adventure for the three couples to find him.

I would say that this movie was packed with action that gets you gripping the edge of your seat, quite comical (not as much though) and basically a wild ride. Some of the scenes containing blood and injuries were pretty brutal. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but someone got SUCKED into the airplane engine, and when I tell you I GASPED. Oh, and there are quite a few number of twists and I loved it. Although I have to warn, it can get messy and confusing a little so make sure to always keep up.

To finish off this movie review, the movie was good. Personally, my high expectations killed the whole experience though. When it comes to crime movies, I want plot twists and mystery, the anticipation and guesses to who is the real criminal and that sort of fun stuff. But hey, you should give it a watch. Just make sure to not have such a soaring expectation like me!

-n

my k-drama recommendations

  1. Hotel Del Luna (2019)
    Genre : Fantasy, Romcom
    Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Summary :

    Jang Man Wol is a hotel CEO. Hotel Del Luna is not to be mistaken for a regular hotel; for it is meant to serve the deceased (crossing between life and death). This was her punishment for her mistakes years ago. She is beautiful, but she is fickle, suspicious and greedy.

    Ko Chan Sung worked as the youngest assistant manager ever at a multinational hotel corporation.Due to an unexpected case, he begins to work as a manager at Hotel del Luna. He looks level-headed, but he actually has a soft disposition.

    My Thoughts :

    A must-watch. In the beginning, I wasn’t even bothered to watch it (prejudice to Netflix Originals) However, I am glad I decided to check it out after all. Despite it being a “ghost” k-drama, it is not scary. . . although watch out for a couple of jumpscares in the beginning. The drama revolves around Jang Man Wol and Ko Chan Sung meeting and helping the clienteles of Hotel Del Luna. It is actually eye-opening and conveys many messages we can learn from. My advice to you is PLEASE prepare tissues especially when it comes to Jang Man Wol’s history and what happened in her past life that caused her a relentless damnation.

  2. Memories of Alhambra (2018 – 2019)
    Genre : Sci-fi, Action
    Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

    Summary :

    One day, a few corporations received a strange e-mail from a young man in Granada, Spain. The man wanted to sell a game that he created. It was an AR game. Out of curiousity and the utter need to get away from his life, Yoo Jin Woo whom is a CEO of an investment company visits Granada, Spain. He tried the game and ended up twisted in a strange affair.

    My Thoughts :

    A few things in the k-drama didn’t really made sense but hey, it’s called fiction for a reason. It has a really nice and unique plot, something to stray away from the common sappy romance. The drama really makes you ponder and imagine if something like that would to happen in reality. Since most of the scenes were shot in Granada, the setting is very beautiful.

  3. Touch Your Heart (2019)
    Genre : Romcom
    Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

    Summary :

    Oh Yoon-Seo is a popular actress. She is famous for her beautiful appearance, but her acting is bad. She gets involved in a scandal with the son from a chaebol family. Her acting career declines precipitously.

    Oh Yoon-Seo hears that a famous screenwriter wants her to play the lead female role for a drama series. The character works as a secretary for a lawyer. To gain experience for the role, Oh Yoon-Seo is required to work as a lawyer’s secretary for a few months. Meanwhile, Kwon Jung-Rok is an attorney for a law firm. He is arrogant and cold-hearted. One day, his boss asks Kwon Jung-Rok to let actress Oh Yoon-Seo work as his secretary for 3 months. He is not happy about the situation, but he has to accept.

    My Thoughts :

    This drama is definitely your cliche k-drama that makes you cringe and frustrated because you KNOW the main characters like each other yet they refuse to admit it. I included this in my list of suggestion because there are some who are looking for a more laidback story, something more for de-stressing. The lead characters have really good chemistry (as they’ve acted as a couple in a different k-drama, Guardian : The Lonely and Great God). All in all, a lovely and lighthearted drama to watch that can melt almost anyone’s heart.

These would be my recommendations to most of you who don’t know what to watch, or want to stray away from “common / popular” k-dramas. . . although these are actually pretty known. Nonetheless, I hope that you would enjoy my recommendations. I have a lot more dramas of different genre and synopsis that I would like to talk about some other days. I hope you look forward to more of my entries!

-n