Demon Slayer Mugen Train Review: Keep Your Heart Burning, Grit Your Teeth and Move Forward

Kon’nichiwa, genki desu ka? ^^

In an attempt to write a short review, alostdandelion is back to talk about the well-received and loved anime Blade of Demon Destruction (Kimetsu no Yaiba) or Demon Slayer for short. When you hear of this anime, does Nezuko automatically pop up in your mind? Because even back when I still haven’t watched this, my answer would be YES. I believe that Nezuko is like the face of this anime and… Nezuko-chan kawaiine! ♥

I’ve actually heard of Demon Slayer before, and seeing a number of posts online made me think that this anime was big. Too bad I didn’t have the interest to watch anime back then, I could’ve joined the hype. 😦 but it’s better late than never right?

So, exactly how did I end up watching this series?

I have this friend whom I ended up going to the mall with because she wanted to buy a Demon Slayer merchandise shirt from UNIQLO. Surprisingly after seeing the designs, I found myself buying one for myself too. Funny as it seemed, since I had no idea about this anime, my friend shrugged it off and smiled at me. And her simple words “You should try watching it too,” had successfully convinced me. To my dearest Jira, thank you for telling me to watch it. And just to let you know, I cried my heart out watching the movie last night. :’)

For the UNIQLO merchandise shirts please see Demon Slayer Philippines’ post:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/demonslayer.philippines/posts/160778436190327

My goal is to make this review short so I’m going to talk more about the movie after giving an idea of what this series is about.

Demon Slayer, from the title itself, is an anime about a group of talented and strictly-trained swordsmen who vow to protect mankind from flesh-eating and blood-drinking demons. The story mainly focuses on Tanjiro Kamado whose whole family was slaughtered by the strongest demon alive, Muzan Kibutsuji. In great relief, one of his siblings survived, Nezuko Kamado, who unfortunately transformed into a demon after making it alive.

The turning point here was when the two siblings were met by Giyu Tomioka, a hashira or high-ranking demon slayer. Giyu’s intention was to get rid of Nezuko but witnessing how she protected her brother led him to a conclusion that these two siblings’ situation could be different. He eventually set them free and instructed Tanjiro to find someone. With Giyu’s recommendation, Tanjiro trained for 2 years under Sakonji’s strict supervision and successfully became a demon slayer himself. Filled with determination and passion, Tanjiro fought demons alongside his sister and protected mankind, bearing within him his goal of finding a cure to turn Nezuko back to human.

The movie started from where the series left off, with Tanjiro and his fellow demon slayer friends Zenitsu and Inosuke being assigned to hunt a demon down at Mugen Train. They happened to meet flame hashira Kyojuro Rengoku sitting inside the carriage and realized that they were sent there to assist him. The group encountered two demons and successfully defeated them, but little did they know that there was another demon waiting to attack them.

The group fell asleep under a spell casted by lower rank demon Enmu who at the same time had instructed four people to enter their dreams and kill them. In Tanjiro’s unconscious area, the boy appointed to kill him had successfully found his core spirit but instead of destroying it, he was moved by the ambiance that he fell to his knees in tears and guilt.

Tanjiro was able to wake up from his dream with the help of Nezuko and his late father, seeing his friends still asleep with strangers bound to them by rope. He immediately asked his sister to help and ended up attacking three of the four people who ambushed them. He left the last boy unharmed, knowing that he was ill and did not want to fight.

Understanding that only he could fight at the moment, Tanjiro made his way to the top of the train where he found lower rank demon Enmu waiting to meet him. It was not long before Tanjiro could successfully slash his neck but only to know that Enmu had already merged his body with the moving locomotive. Tanjiro knew the passengers’ safety had been jeopardized and could only think of his sister Nezuko to help him. Running through the roof, he yelled to call her when Inosuke suddenly showed up which made him somewhat happy and encouraged.

The two, along with Nezuko, worked their ass off cutting the countless veins that grew to prevent them from attaching to the people who were sleeping. It was tiring for them and they knew it wasn’t the solution. That’s when Kyojuro entered the scene and instructed Tanjiro to locate the demon’s neck with Inosuke.

Tanjiro met with Inosuke at the roof and both hurriedly ran towards the train’s main engine where they found the demon’s neck. Finding it was easy, but cutting it took great effort and strategy as Enmu fought back and defended his life simultaneously. After continuous trying and attacking, Tanjiro was finally able to slash the demon’s neck using his special technique Hinokami Kagura. They defeated the lower rank demon which also caused the train to derail and fall to the side of the tracks.

Tanjiro ended up lying on the ground, wanting to get up and help rescue people despite his injury. Not long, Kyojuro checked on him and taught him a way to stop the bleeding in his stomach. It was then when they sensed a strong demon, Akaza, who turned out to be Upper Rank 3. He immediately attacked the injured Tanjiro to which Kyojuro countered using his sword. The demon was rather chatty and kept telling Kyojuro to become one of them because he suited it.

Kyojuro instructed Tanjiro and Inosuke to stay and not interfere before proceeding to fight with Akaza. But even if they wanted to help, one was injured, and the other thought that he would die if he stepped in. They watched the fiery battle between human and demon, both unleashing several skills to attack the other. Eventually, Kyojuro was able to cut through Akaza’s upper torso but at the same time felt the demon’s arms pierced through his body. Despite the condition he was in, he remembered his mother and continued to fight. Kyojuro raised his sword and cut the demon’s neck, but knowing he could barely make it, he decided to hold Akaza down and wait for the sun to rise and burn him.

Akaza realized Kyojuro’s intention and immediately fled into the forest with Tanjiro throwing his sword at him. The demon managed to escape, leaving Tanjiro and Inosuke heartbroken and crying over Kyojuro.

Why did I write about this movie?

This movie left such a strong feeling and impression to me. I watched the series last Saturday, the movie just last night and it still seemed so fresh. Maybe not the details, but the pain I felt in my heart. Most scenes made me cry since they involed family, sacrifice, and acceptance. For an empathetic person like me, it’s not new to have myself cry over their acts of selfless love, I cry at the simplest things.

Another thing was about Zenitsu, I remember crying over his story too. He wasn’t really that outstanding, and his grandpa knew that very well. Instead of pushing him to learn all forms / techniques, he advised him to study even just one… and to master it. It may be funny to some how he could only use one form but the message of acceptance and understanding here resonated so well it made me cry. Salute to you, grandpa, and to Zenitsu for mastering the first form of thunder breathing!

Of course Nezuko and Tanjiro’s story made me cry too, especially when Nezuko shed tears as she attacked her brother. It was a battle between her human and demon self, to survive or to save. I love these two siblings, actually wish I have a brother to look after me as well. 🙂

So in conclusion, I wrote about Demon Slayer because it softened my heart and at the same time made it strong and hopeful. Just like how Tanjiro’s personification moved that boy inside his unconscious area, and how Sabito and Makomo encouraged Tanjiro. I received the message well. 🙂

Other Bits to Love

This scene broke my heart. Not only did I cry here… I bawled my eyes out I wonder if the other tenants heard me. 😥

What’s a beautiful piece without quotable quotes? 🙂

I specifically love the “keep your heart burning” part, it conveys a lot of message depending on how you translate and understand it. Oh and yes, I cried at this part. ><
We don’t cry to solve, Inosuke. We cry to release. And it’s alright.
Your efforts and sacrifice have been recognized, Kyojuro. You were amazing. So rest well and be bappy with your mother up there. :’)
Giyu Tomioka. My love. Lol sorry. Come to think of it, if it wasn’t for this guy’s understanding and observation, the story could have ended at episode 1. He could have just killed Nezuko. Well done, Giyu! I’m excited to see more of you. :’)
It’s painful to witness a comrade pass away, especially if you could have done something to prevent it. But you were injured, Tanjiro, and that demon was far powerful. 😦

So that sums up my review for Demon Slayer series and movie. I’m not sure if I succeeded and wrote only a short review but who cares? :))I

Do I recommend this anime? HECK YES. It’s definitely worth your time and feelings. I actually finished the series in a day’s time because I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen next. >< I’m hoping to see more of this in the future and gladly share how it shapes me as a person. ❤

“Keep growing.”

Our Times: A Period of My Youth 我的少女时代 Review

“Why haven’t I discovered that meeting you was the best part of my life?”

A lot of us probably have someone dear in our hearts, someone whom we can’t seem to forget (or choose not to), someone we decided to keep. That even if 5 years have already passed, or maybe even 10 years, we would still remember them from time to time with a smile or tear on our face. That someone may be your best friend whom you shared your heart with but lost contact with, that desk mate whom you’ve once hated but eventually fell in love with, that teacher whom you thought disliked you but was actually only trying to mold you, that potential love interest whom you chose to let go of, or maybe it could be that one particular student who unknowingly took part in making your school life more interesting and memorable.

All the memories we hold on to, all the people we choose to keep, all these… a part of us.

Do you also have some people from your school days whom you still treasure deeply in your heart?

Because… I do.

我的少女时代, literally translating to My Girl’s Generation or The Time of My Maiden Years, is a Taiwanese movie released last 2015 starring Darren Wang and Vivian Sung. The story focused on the life of female lead Lin Zhen Xin (Joe Chen) who was a hardworking office lady who had imagined living the best life, winning in both career and love. But the painful reality stroke her after she accidentally heard her young subordinates talk behind her back at a convenience store. Hearing such painful words, she started to see her life at a different perspective and realized that she wasn’t really happy.

She took out a tin box from the drawer and sat on her bed, looking through the memorabilia she’s kept as she listened to the radio. “Would you sometimes miss the time when you were rather naive and dared to dream? Is that part of your still there? Do you still remember those people who played an important role in your life?”  After the DJ’s introduction, an old but familiar song was played as the scene transitioned back to her high school days.

“Do you like who you are now?”

The young Lin Zhen Xin (Vivian Sung) was your ordinary high school student who studied hard to get good grades. Just like other girls, she spent some of her days fangirling over an idol, singer-actor Andy Lau, and had a crush on the school’s smart and sporty guy Ou-Yang Fei Fan (Dino Lee). She was living a normal life, enjoying her youthful days with joy and playfulness until she received a cursed chain message which turned her world upside down.

Fearing the misfortunes that might occur if she did not pass forward the message, she was forced to send out copies to people she disliked. One of them was the school’s bad boy, Xu Tai Yu (Darren Wang). He was the leader of the school gang and his friends called him “boss.” He belonged to the batch’s bottom section and was involved in fighting with other groups from outside the campus. Zhen Xin decided to send him a copy of the chain message because of his image, but also because he was not in good terms with her school crush.

And by doing so she had no idea, that this would result to their lives being entangled. ♥

Tai Yu and his friends later discovered that the letter was Zhen Xin’s doing. His friends then approached her and brought her to a rent-a-movie place where Tai Yu waited for her with Ou-Yang’s photos and the letter she gave him all scattered on the table. Being the hot-tempered and aggressive guy he was, Zhen Xin naturally felt scared to be in the same room with him. He asked what her favorite film was and had the staff change films. Just then she heard him say, “Let’s be friends,” which both surprised and confused her.

But Tai Yu’s definition of friendship meant Zhen Xin becoming his errand girl – doing his homework and buying him breakfast with specific yet confusing instructions. He also took her to skip class and told her that she would regret not doing so in their school uniform. She ended up going to the roller skating rink with them where a fight broke out because Tai Yu skated with his foe’s girlfriend. This incident reached the school supervisor and because Tai Yu threatened to harm Ou-Yang, Zhen Xin kept her mouth shut and claimed that she couldn’t remember what had happened.

Zhen Xin had no choice but to get along with Tai Yu, but despite the mischief her friendship with him had brought her, being friends with him also meant loyalty. Tai Yu was at the faculty office being scolded by a teacher when Zhen Xin came in to admit her wrongdoing. He overheard the conversation and proceeded to interrupt her confession, taking the blame of giving the faculty member a copy of the chain message. She was told to step out of the office when she heard about Tai Yu’s educational background as she walked at the hallway. Feeling grateful and moved, Zhen Xin thanked him as they walked through the aisles of the shop. He shrugged it off, telling her that it didn’t really mean him any harm. :’)

But the thought of Tai Yu being an honor student from his previous school got Zhen Xin wondering. What could have caused a top student like him to change so much? She looked through that school’s yearbook and discovered that Ou-Yang used to be in the same class as Tai Yu. Thinking that he might know, she approached him at the basketball field and asked without hesitation. By that time, she learned that the two were actually good friends, and that he wasn’t really a bad person, he was just hurt and carrying a burden in his heart. Zhen Xin felt that burden and was sad after hearing the story. As his friend, she wanted to help him get back up, she wanted him to become him again. It took her some effort and physical pain to make him realize though, that his friend’s passing was not his fault, that it was that person’s choice and that he had no control over it.

“Even if A-yuan could do it over again, he’d still go into the sea. But it’s our own decision, not your responsibility.”

“Can you be Xu Tai Yu again?”

Tai Yu eventually made peace with his past and accepted that the accident was not his responsibility. To fulfill Zhen Xin’s request, he did his best to correct his ways and aimed to become better – to be Xu Tai Yu again. He started to properly wear his school uniform and treat the teacher with respect that when he saw his chaotic classmates fooling around, he hit the desk with his hand and yelled at them to pay attention. It was also surprising for the teacher to see him act that way that he even asked Tai Yu if he had any question. With only one student in the class having the correct book for the lesson, he approached him and asked the rest of his classmates to gather around and listen to the teacher’s discussion.

Tai Yu started to study hard and it was a drastic change that surprised the whole student body. Zhen Xin initially thought that it was because she brought him back to his senses but part of her also considered the fact that it might be because he wanted to get into the top 10 mock exam passers to impress her classmate Tao Min Min (Dewi Chien) whom he had a crush on. Coincidentally, he was actually able to catch Min Min’s attention. She even took the initiative to talk to him and offered him help if he ever needed it.

At this point, Zhen Xin was starting to like Tai Yu as seen through her actions and expressions. One night as they walked through the alleyway to her place, she asked him what type of girl did guys like which he translated to as what type of girl did Ou-Yang like. Wanting to find out his ideal type, she continued to ask and was told that he liked Japanese girls. Now that she knew his ideal type, Zhen Xin happily bought a magazine about Japanese fashion and hairstyles to try and learn more. On her way home, she saw her brother’s girlfriend who was waiting outside their house. She smiled in awe, seeing her hair and clothing were similar to the girl on the magazine cover that she even held it up to see the similarity.

With her help, Zhen Xin changed hairstyles and was able to catch both Ou-Yang and Tai Yu’s attention as she stepped into the canteen. But even if Zhen Xin did it for Tai Yu, he knew that the person she liked was Ou-Yang. Thus, he pushed her to meet him, smiling as he convinced her. :’)

Tai Yu did his equal share of helping Zhen Xin win Ou-yang’s heart to which Zhen Xin thought was doing himself a favor so that he could chase after Min Min. Eventually, they both succeeded and ended up with each other’s love interests. It was a happy conclusion for our main leads… was it? 🙂

Disclaimer: Sooo I’m going to stop here and leave you hanging on purpose. I don’t want to give the best part of the movie as I wrote this to convince you into watching it yourself. I honestly think that people have been sleeping on this, and it kind of saddens my heart because for me it’s a gem, a good find. If you’re into this type of movie, I suggest you to watch it because…

There’s more to the movie. 🙂

Why I LOVE Our Times?

This movie has always been a favorite that no matter how many times I re-watch it, let’s say from time to time I do, it never fails to make me shed a couple of tears and feel moved. Honestly speaking, I feel something in my heart every time I watch it. A feeling of love, perhaps?

From the plot, the setting, the actors, the production, and most of all how the story was written – I just love everything about this movie. I actually discovered it a little late, but it’s always better late than never. 🙂

My heart reaches out to the innocent and developing relationship established between the two leads. I admit, it’s common, you can see this setup in most books or movies, but every piece has its own specialty, making it unique and lovable in its own way. And maybe after watching, you’ll fall in love with this movie like I did. The warm feeling will always be in my heart, along with the impression of true friendship and love. ♥

Knowing most of the actors in this movie is a plus! I grew up watching them, to be honest. And it’s no surprise to me why they were in this movie. Seeing the director’s name during the movie’s introduction made me smile because I knew that name. I grew up watching and loving the Taiwanese series she’s produced and taken part of and there’s just a lot of them to mention but the most notable ones for me are 100% Señorita, Prince Who Turned Into a Frog, Autumn’s Concerto, and my most favorite, Fated to Love You.

Ms. Frankie Chen, thank you for making my life exciting and meaningful! Your works are gems and I will always keep them in my mind and heart. ♥

If you liked Thailand’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love, then I guarantee that you’ll definitely like this one too.

The female lead – Joe Chen Qiao En.

Among the 4 Taiwanese series I have mentioned above, 3 of which starred Joe Chen as the female lead. I suppose she’s in good terms with our lovely producer but her acting is commendable and I have always been a fan of her. I first knew her when I watched Taiwanese Drama 100% Señorita on our local TV channel. At first I didn’t really like her, maybe because of the role she played, but as my dad pointed out her strengths, I slowly understood and came to like her. My dad even told me, “Joe Chen is the key character of this series, the story used her face.” And once again, I was convinced. Yes, my dad watched with me. :’)

She’s well-known both in Taiwan and China for her acting and she’s played numerous roles receiving recognition from the audience. Not only does she act, she can also sing and dance! She was a member of the Taiwanese girl group 7 Flowers alongside Joyce Zhao, Ivy Lai, and Jade Qu. Ah, good old memories of fangirling! :’)

My queen’s not only talented, but also kind, giving, and humble. She also donates to shelter stray dogs and cats which made me love her more. ♥

The title song.

The story alone is heartwarming, let alone the title song 小幸运or Little Happiness sung by Hebe Tien. I feel like the song was specifically composed for this movie and it’s just amazing how they matched each other. I just couldn’t help but fall in love with both. For your reference, I have here my translation of the song from Mandarin Chinese to English. Of course I want to share the good stuff, oh and, you can sing along using these lyrics. uwu

Watch at your own risk. :’)

Little Happiness

I hear the raindrops falling on the green grass

I hear the school bells ringing from afar

But somehow I don’t hear the sound of your voice

Calling for my name with love

Loving you, I have yet to know what it was

Just when we parted,

I can’t seem to forget

Why haven’t I discovered that knowing you

Was the best part of my life

Maybe that time I was laughing in my tears

Maybe I was chasing the stars in the sky

We people, tend to forget

Who had always silently looked after us through all the storms

So you were the happiness I want to keep

We didn’t know how much we were once this close to love

The heart you had, you fought the world for me

Soaked in the rain with me

In every scene was you

Oh I felt how sincere you were

Meeting with you was my luck

But I have lost every right to cry for you in my tears

But even in a sky I cannot see

You open both your wings

And meet your destiny

How lucky she would be

We stumble and fall in this journey of youth

Having the beauty of living and learning

It’s too late to thank you for giving me strength

Making me become who I was

My Favorite Part?

The plot twist. It made me cry real hard (I’m a crybaby). That’s it. It’s better to see it for yourself because as I’ve said, there’s more to the movie. 🙂

PS: Yes, that’s our one and only Dao Ming Si / Jerry Yan. Cameo! ♥

Conclusion.

For people like me who hold on to such precious memories, who have someone significantly somehow occupying a space in their hearts, cheers to us for valuing these to present, for taking them in positively and using them as a driving force to live life beautifully and with meaning.

If you’re up for a light romantic comedy movie, you should give this movie a try. I’ve never been too persuasive when writing reviews but this movie is an exemption. I want more people to know it because it’s worth watching. ♥

“Thank you for showing up in my youth.”

You Are My Glory: For More Stars, For The More Distant Galaxy ✨

It’s been almost a year since my last post and I suddenly feel bad for not being able to update. 🥺 although part of me knows that no one reads my articles. 🙈 I honestly feel like there’s a blockage in my head which stops my mind from producing quality reviews and articles so please bear with me. >< Nevertheless, here I am again, sincerely hoping and praying that each and everyone of you is safe and healthy. I’ve got a couple of friends in my circle who are currently sick and as a caring and empathetic individual, I can really feel for them, most especially because I’ve been there. 🥲 Loves, I hope you all get well soon! Please don’t forget to take your vitamins, stay hydrated, and observe proper hygiene. ♥

Sooo proceeding to my story, I’ve recently splurged into some Chinese series, yet again, and came upon some good ones. 👏🏻 The first one from my marathon list was King’s Avatar. I just randomly watched the trailer on Netflix and surprisingly, it was to my taste? Well, aside from the male lead being one of my biggest celebrity crush, I just found it worth watching. I did finish this one and it was soooooo good I ended up fangirling over Yang Yang again. ♥ Wanting to see more of him because the spark has been rekindled, I watched Tomb Raiding Notes even if he didn’t have much air-time there. I love Tomb Raiding series by the way! 😊 Afterwhich, I watched a couple more of romance comedy series WHEN I stumbled upon a video on Weibo while randomly searching for Yang Yang photos. 🙈

This video was the deciding factor for me to finally watch this series I’m about to share. It’s a fan-made clip of Yang Yang’s roles – Xiao Nai (Love O2O) and Yu Tu (You Are My Glory). Of course I know Xiao Nai very well, but the latter, I have no idea at all. But seeing Yang Yang still looking good and dashing as ever, it’s a recent series by the way, I became really curious about it. Not to mention the posts on Weibo that were all commending Yang Yang’s improved acting and of course his good looks, that even ladies in their 50s fell for him. ♥

Credits to Weibo account 一只波贝贝

I’ve actually heard of this series already as it was storming Weibo and other social networking platforms. I just didn’t get the proper chance to take a look at it because I thought it was more of a serious genre where you get to think hard and connect pieces. 😅 And this actually caused me to delay watching it because I didn’t want my head to hurt. 🥲 Anyway after all these circling, I ended up watching the series all thanks to the fan-made video and positive feedbacks.

And my feels…? 🙈❤️

You Are My Glory or 你是我的荣耀 tells the story of famous actress, model, and endorser Qiao Jing Jing (Dilraba Dilmurat) crossing paths again with her high school classmate Yu Tu (Yang Yang) who worked as an aerospace engineer. Despite being in completely different fields of work, they were brought back together by an online mobile game named King of Honor.

Just around Jing Jing’s contract renewal as the King of Honor’s ambassadress, a video clip of her terrible gameplay was uploaded online which garnered a lot of attention and comments. The issue was immediately resolved when she agreed to take part in the game’s upcoming event and join a casual match with random players. To prepare for the said event, she decided to use her 1 month break to learn and practice playing. At first, her manager’s husband was coaching her, but seeing that it was not effective, she decided to practice on her own instead and not trouble them.

Jing Jing used her alternate account to register and log into the game when she noticed that the only contact on her friends list – Yu Tu – was online in the game as well. While recalling how she ended up creating that dummy account to befriend her high school classmate, she suddenly received a game invite from him to which she gladly accepted. Despite being a newbie, she joined them and played casually while her teammates told her off for playing poorly. As the episode progressed, they discovered that she was a girl and that Yu Tu had no idea who she was despite being friends online. From this point on, Jing Jing continued to play with Yu Tu and his friends, asking them to carry her in games so she could practice and at the same time get in touch with her high school crush.

Later on, due to an article about Jing Jing being rejected after confessing that circulated online, their class group chat was filled with gossips which had a negative impact on Jing Jing. Yu Tu was informed of the issue and went straight ahead to clear things up in the group chat. Jing Jing on the other hand was somewhat moved that she started to find out how Yu Tu was doing. She found out from her best friend that he worked as an aerospace engineer, when all along she thought he worked in the banking industry. Knowing that he pursued his dream, it made her happy and want to see him in person.

Being the actress Jing Jing was, she did her best to convince Yu Tu to come over at her place and fix the air purifier she bought. The two eventually met downstairs, smiling at each other after 10 years without communication. Right at that time, she grabbed the chance and persuaded him to be her coach who would teach her how to play King of Honor with flying colors. ♥

My Love for You Are My Glory. ♥

King of Honor 王者荣耀 👑

The game incorporated in this series greatly resembles a game I’m also fond of playing. Players of the same game would definitely know right away. 🙈 I love how they inserted the game into the series which made it fun and exciting to watch, and also how it played a big role in reconnecting the leads. As I’ve expected, he’s good at playing King of Honor in this series – an all-rounder, he can use any hero to play. ❤️ No wonder Jing Jing would ask him to teach her. 🙈

Another thing I like about this game are the heroes. They. Are. So. Cute. And. Adorable. 🙈 I’m referring to the support and mage heroes that Jing Jing first used to practice and play with. I think one of them was Cai Wen Ji? She even sang a cute song while playing and teasing Yu Tu. 😂 But! Aside from the cute ones, are the cool ones. I have 2 more favorite heroes, Zhu Ge Liang and Bai Li Shou Yue. I can’t remember their roles but I remember how they look like and they look really good. You know, that handsome cartoon something, how they were drawn and brought to life. 🙈 You’ll get to know them when you watch the casual match Jing Jing participated in! 😊

I enjoyed every game scene to be honest. I love seeing it when they clash and use their skills, most especially when they focus on Yu Tu’s gameplay. 🥰 Oh! The CGs were pretty impressive too, I’m giving them a thumbs up!

Having watched Yang Yang’s series with games in them brought so much joy and excitement to me as a game enthusiast. Not only did I get to witness a beautiful match, I also got to swoon over Yang Yang’s professional acting. 🙈❤️ Yang Yang and his gamer roles supremacy! 🔥

A Battle with One’s Self

Yu Tu’s dream was to work studying the stars and the farther galaxies. But despite being in a job he loved, he couldn’t help but think twice because of his family. He found out that his parents went to the city for a medical checkup, and during his visit, he overheard them talking about their financial situation. As a son, it broke his heart to know of his parents’ worries and struggles without them directly telling him. His work didn’t pay him much compared to working in the banking industry, and because he wanted to give them more, he decided to quit his job and shift careers even if it hurt him.

It takes great courage and sacrifice to give up something you love. It’s an act of selflessness. I know a lot of working individuals can relate to this, that instead of making their passion their profession, it goes the other way round just so they could make ends meet, or sometimes for the sake of bigger income. Personally, I don’t feel the need to have something I love as my source of income. But for some, I know it’s crucial and meaningful, it makes them value their profession more. It’s like working and enjoying at the same time. I may not relate much to his situation anymore but it gave me an impact because of the struggle, the sacrifice, and because it was hurting him. Who wouldn’t want to give what’s best to his parents, right?

I admire Yu Tu and his family though, because eventually he stood up for what he loved and his mother was there to support him. It’s the mother giving way for her child, and I can’t even. 😭 oh, Jing Jing also wanted him to continue working as an aerospace engineer, besides, “You are already the rabbit who has seen the most stars.”

Me: so Jing Jing is Chang E and Yu Tu is the rabbit? If you know the story. 😅

Lightness & Cuteness. 🙈

The recent series I have watched are all light and lovey-dovey, well, except for Tomb Raiding. 😅 I was actually left broken and hanging after watching that one so I decided to go for something light, something that wouldn’t make me process how this and that happened. 🤣 and guess what! You Are My Glory has it all! 🙈❤️ The chemistry the leads have can make you feel all giddy and uwu. Yu Tu was the cold and reserved type, while Jing Jing was mischievous and outgoing. They’re the perfect combination to balance each other, right? 😊 PS: these are only some of the ❤️ scenes, there’s more for you to witness. 🥰

Jing Jing asking Yu Tu to take revenge on one of the players in the game because he made fun of her. 😅 but Yu Tu said her hero can’t kill yet, so maybe tease for the meantime? 😂
Just Yu Tu starting to appreciate Jing Jing. 🥰

Relationship Development ❤️

I have 2 words to describe Yu Tu and Jing Jing’s relationship development – mature and innocent. It’s mature in a way that when they come to a misunderstanding, they communicate and go the extra mile to reconcile. Both characters were understanding and considerate, they match up well with each other’s rhythm. Like Yu Tu for example, he’s observant and logical, he got familiar with Jing Jing’s behavior and adjusted right away. Jing Jing on the other hand was more of the childish and cute type. She could be playful at times, to which Yu Tu at first found strange but later on played along with. 🙈

It’s also innocent because it seemed like both of them were falling in love for the first time. Or maybe they really were? I’m not too sure, but both of them have had relationships before, and both didn’t turn out well. 🙃 Their relationship seemed pure and innocent, maybe it was partly because of how Jing Jing acted but looking at them closely, it’s really heart melting. It’s the type to make you go awww. I also admire how respectful and straightforward Yu Tu was, like if I were Jing Jing I’d probably melt just by looking into his eyes while he asked permission for the things he were about to do.

So I know this relationship’s possibly too good to be true but who knows, maybe this kind of couple does exist in the real world. And I’m also considering their age here, they’re both around 29-30 and come to think of it, it’s a possible time when you’ve become grown-up enough to handle things with maturity. 😊 yay? nay? 😅

I’m sorry I can’t explain very well, maybe you should just see for yourself? Yes, I am encouraging you to watch it! 👏🏻

Guan Zai asked Yu Tu how come they’re only dating now and not 10 years ago. Just Yu Tu admitting he had poor judgment back then.
Yu Tu clearing up the misunderstanding between Jing Jing and his friend.
When EQ meets IQ.
It’s a little childish of Jing Jing, I know, but Yu Tu handled with all maturity and understanding because he wanted her back.
Laughing at these 3. They were paparazzi trying to get scoops of Jing Jing and Yu Tu. And after watching them for 2-3 days, they claimed to have become innocent.
I have no words for Yang Yang portraying Yu Tu. He did such an impressive job. 😭 the kiss on the forehead. ❤️
His hand behind her head.

Princess Qiao Jing Jing 👸🏻

One thing I love about her is her heart. She’s all famous and rich, but her heart remains humble and kind. She wants nothing but the best for you, her intentions are all good. 😊 She was somewhat laughed at because she confessed to Yu Tu during high school and was believed to have been rejected because she wasn’t that smart. But despite those bad comments, she still lived happily without holding any grudge. She’s a generous princess too, giving some of her branded clothes to her best friend Pei Pei. Lastly, I love how considerate she is, always thinking of the other person. ❤️

Yes, Jing Jing is definitely me because I still get amazed just by watching gamers do their job. 😂❤️
Sharing the same EQ, my dear. ❤️
:’)

Yang Yang 杨洋 🐑

There is no doubt that I watched this series because of Yang Yang. I loved the 20-year-old Xiao Nai, and fell even deeper when I met the 30-year-old Yu Tu. It’s like he’s been upgraded, a total level-up. 😂 His acting has improved a lot too and.. hahaha he still remains the bubbly guy he is, always laughing and happy on set. 🙈

In conclusion, this is a beautiful watch. I even gave it a 12/10 rating right after watching it. 😅 I may have not shared the details perfectly, but I guess I was able to express my love for this series, somehow. As I’ve mentioned my head is currently blocked and it’s my first time writing a review again after a year. I’ll practice and write more, hopefully. :’)

So do I recommend this series? YES. Looking back now, it’s actually just a simple light series for the audience to enjoy. But as you watch it, I assure you that you will feel happy and excited to watch the succeeding episodes. You’ll look forward, I swear. I even watched it at a slower pace because I didn’t want to end it. 😭

“愿世间普通的我们, 闪闪发光.” – 杨洋

“May the ordinary us in this world, shine bright.” – Yang Yang (from his Weibo post)

Easter Egg 🥚

Happy birthday Yang Yang! 💙 生日快乐 我们的杨洋 💙

Intense Love 韫色过浓 Review: Sweet Together ♥

Hello! I sincerely hope and pray that you’re all doing good, living healthy, and are safe despite this ongoing pandemic. It’s surely a pain in the heart to see all the changes happening and people adjusting to the new normal. I’m sure we’ll get through this, so long as we have faith and discipline. ^^

After almost two months of not posting anything, I’m back again and ready to share my thoughts on the second Chinese drama I had in my line-up, as recommended by my dongsaeng Ruthleen, Intense Love or韫色过浓. I watched this last July, and I know, it’s long-overdue. Actually, the thought of not watching this drama came to my mind, since, according to my dongsaeng, it’s just a simple light romantic comedy drama that’s full of lovey-dovey acts. I’ve considered not watching this after peeking into one of the episodes but I ended up watching it anyway. ^^

Intense Love is your typical drama with a dose of cuteness all thanks to the lead female character Su Jin Bei (Zhang Yu Xi). Su Jin Bei was a famous actress-model who had good reputation because of her professionalism, work ethics, and of course, her skills. But even as a public figure expected to act composed and cool, Jin Bei also had her cute and clumsy side in her, which was later revealed in the drama series. Jin Bei got involved in a car accident protecting rookie artist Xu Jia Wei (Shi Ming Ze) and was rushed to the hospital emergency room where her eyes slightly opened, vaguely seeing a medical staff wearing a face mask waving his hand to check her consciousness. She woke up the next morning after undergoing minor surgery, only to remember a kissing scene with the doctor who was on night duty, mistaking that he had harassed her. She reported this matter to her manager Wu Di (Wu Yang), who came barging into the head doctor’s office, blaming an innocent doctor, Xiao Yuan Song (Julio Wan Yan).

While Wu Di was out discussing matters with the head doctor, another doctor came into Jin Bei’s room to check on her. She was intently looking at him, with her memories before and after the surgery suddenly coming back to her. She had recognized him to be the doctor she shared a kiss with last night, but she chose to remain silent and observe him. Being the superstar she knew she was, she expected the doctor to make moves on her, or to show extra affection towards her, which he did otherwise. The doctor finished Jin Bei’s checkup and was about to leave when she called his attention, asking if it was him whom she kissed with last night. The doctor came to a stop, and without facing her, he explained that it was the anesthesia’s side effect which had caused her to do such act. Jin Bei was left inside her room talking to herself when she received a call from her mother, asking if she had met her fiancé who was working in the same hospital she was admitted at. Jin Bei came to a pause after recalling the name of her fiancé, claiming that it sounded familiar. She quickly turned around to look for her attending physician’s name, which was, yes, the same name as her fiancé’s – Zhou Shi Yun (Ryan Ding Yu Xi).

From that moment on, Jin Bei schemed to win over Shi Yun’s heart and later dump him when he’s completely fallen in love with her. It was a revenge for not acting like how a fiancé should be, although she really didn’t put at heart that playful fixed marriage promised by their mothers. 🙂

It was a roller coaster ride with how Jin Bei’s warmth and cuteness melted the cold heart and reserved personality of Shi Yun. ♥

My Thoughts?

Intense Love was a good watch. It gave a light feeling which suited my current standard for watching series / dramas. Because of this pandemic, I started to seek for romantic comedy themed series and I’m so glad that this one’s exactly like how my dongsaeng described it – all lovey-dovey and simple – which was actually good for my heart. Good thing I went with watching this one! ♥

What I liked about the series?

Okay to be honest with you guys, I actually watched this because of the lead actor – Ryan Ding. I came across an uploaded video on Facebook (wow I have plenty of time!) of his recent series The Romance of Tiger and Rose, and right away liked him. *w* He’s good-looking, okay? Who wouldn’t want to watch a series with such handsome face? XD

Okay, kidding aside, there is one point in the story which I came to appreciate one to two weeks after watching. I know, it hit me really late.

This point was something I used to practice. I’m saying used to because I’m not really sure if I’m still doing it now although I still firmly believe in it. Ever heard of the saying “Turn the other cheek”? I’m not sure as to why, but this message was the best I could receive from watching Intense Love.

Why? 🙂 I didn’t want to give the whole story away but I’m going to share this part where the message resonated most to me.

Su Jin Bei was friends with her junior actress and co-star Gao Zi Tong (Zhang Yao). Since Jin Bei was the limelight of every scene, with production crews treating her fondly and favoring her, Zi Tong felt inferior towards her. Zi Tong started to somehow resent Jin Bei despite the kindness and understanding that Jin Bei had shown her. It even got worse when Zi Tong witnessed how the guy she liked confessed his feelings for Jin Bei and got rejected. Her resentment grew to a point where she plotted schemes against Jin Bei that later on ruined her career and turned the tables around.

Zi Tong finally got the fame and respect she had always yearned for but she still didn’t stop and crossed the line further. She recommended Jin Bei to be casted in the movie she was making, convincing the production team to let her join. Jin Bei, who was currently in a career slump, did not hesitate to accept the offer. She went to the filming site with Wu Di who had to leave her to take care of other agency matters. Zi Tong and Jin Bei got into a verbal argument before filming, with infuriated Zi Tong pressuring the director to change the script on the spot. The director initially declined her request, but Jin Bei entered the scene and straight-out agreed with what she wanted.

They started to film following Zi Tong’s improvised script, with Zi Tong almost injuring Jin Bei’s arm because of excessive force. A loud yell was then heard which halted the filming, with the major sponsor of the movie stepping in, asking Zi Tong to let go of Jin Bei. He announced to the whole production team that Jin Bei would be taking the lead role, and that Zi Tong would be excluded from the project. It turned out that Jin Bei knew the major sponsor, whom she thanked wholeheartedly. He smiled at Jin Bei while shaking his head, telling her that it was not him who was silently looking after her, and that he only stepped in because someone asked him to.

Jin Bei then came running outside of the filming site, seeing that someone waiting under the rain. Just then she realized that she was being looked after at, that she was important. That person came meddling into Jin Bei’s affair not only because she was already being mistreated, she was aggrieved without even doing anything wrong. Despite all the bad things that Zi Tong had done to her, she chose to let her off the hook, she chose to turn the other cheek while trying to understand Zi Tong’s feelings. She actually even chased after Zi Tong, after knowing that she had left the filming site.

And this right here was where it hit me. That maybe people hurt other people because they, themselves, are hurt too; that they only needed comfort in order to lessen the pain they are feeling. I told myself that day, “Intense Love isn’t just about being clingy and giddy, it’s also about being kind and turning the other cheek. It’s about being a decent human being.”

I was happy to recall this feeling, because at one point in my life, I learned to apply this too. I learned to turn the other cheek; I let people mock me, not giving too much attention to what they say to me, I let them. And the result? It turned out to be unexpectedly good. :’)

At the last part of the series, Shi Yun’s words also made me realize about how little time we may have. The volume of Shi Yun’s line, “I don’t want to waste time anymore” serves as a reminder for us to check in on those we truly care for. You love someone? Don’t just tell them, show them, make them feel you love them. And from then on, I started to slowly reach out and connect with those people I cherish, while I still have time, while we still have time. As of this writing, we came across a lot of misfortunes and passing that have occurred which left my heart somehow aching for the friends and loved ones of those people. 😥

Sadness aside, one more thing that I liked about this series is of course, the soundtrack. They don’t have it on Spotify so I had to download them elsewhere for me to listen to the songs because they’re lovely. My favorite is When Love Comes 爱情来临的时候.

“Can’t stop loving you, lucky to have met you

Fall in love with me, sweet together

Every minute every second, every moment

Love is present in our hearts

Each day with you is worth remembering”

Lastly, the side stories! Chinese dramas have a thing for cute side stories. We have, I think, two? I’m not going to elaborate much about these two couples but they did make me smile and feel all giddy. I’m rooting for the second couple, the gamer couple! 😀

If you’re looking for a cute and light series to watch, you can go and check this one out. It’s true that there’s not much twists and revelations to it but if you want to laugh and feel giddy cute, you can try this one and I guarantee, you’ll learn to love our dear Su Jin Bei. ♥

♥ “Turn the other cheek.”

Skate Into Love 冰糖炖雪梨 Review: Dreams Don’t Shine, What Shines are People Who Dream

July 16th, 2020 – it’s been four months since COVID swamped the country with still increasing cases every day. With Metro Manila now under GCQ, let me just ask, how have you been? Well whatever your situation, I am hoping for your safety and wellbeing. May you and your family be always safe and free from any sickness!

Having a reduced work schedule and feeling all tired and stressed because of news that never fail to surprise us, I kept myself busy and distracted by, as usual, watching Korean dramas until I ran out of supply. I choose what I watch and found Mystic Pop-up Bar somewhat interesting, well, to my liking. But at that time it was ongoing and I had to wait for new episodes to watch. 😦

I have this dongsaeng (younger sibling in Korean), Ruthleen, whom I’ve known for 10 years already and who’s very close to my heart. ♥ I was actually scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I saw a short clip of a Chinese drama. I must admit, the lead actor’s visual caught my attention, not to mention his height. 😀 so I sent a message to my dongsaeng, knowing she’s currently in to Chinese series. She recommended 3 series and one of which had that good-looking guy as the lead. :”> His name is Ryan Ding Yu Xi by the way! ^^

The first one she recommended to me was Skate Into Love. It was very dear to her, it was her most favorite Chinese drama. Second, Intense Love, where Ryan Ding (my baby) was the lead actor. Third, A Little Thing Called First Love, starring Lai Kuan Lin. ♥

So these were the 3 Chinese dramas she suggested, and me, being an obedient unnie (older sister), abided by her sequence. 😉

First on my plate was Skate Into Love, basically the subject of this write-up. 🙂

At first, I was actually hesitant to watch this. My mind was like… I’m not really a fan of ice sports – ice hockey, figure skating, and short track speed skating… the story revolved around the protagonists’ college lives which included these sports which were also their majors. It didn’t hurt to try, I affirmed and so I went and watched the first episode. The next thing I knew, I was already binge-watching. > <

My Thoughts?

Skate Into Love was about young passionate college students chasing their dreams. Well, except for Tang Xue (Janice Wu) who was forced to take Veterinary Medicine as her course. She was once an athlete, a member of her school’s short track speed skating club until an accident during a competition which made her choose to give up.

Years after, she entered college with her best friends Liao Zhen Yu (Qin Tian Yu) and Xia Meng Huan (He Xuan Lin). There, he met her childhood deskmate, Li Yu Bing (Steven Zhang), who was labelled Bing Shen or Ice God in their university. He was well-known for his good looks and of course, his playing and game skills as the leader of the university’s Ice Hockey team.

From that point onward, Tang Xue slowly opened her eyes and came to a realization of what she really wanted for herself. Seeing Li Yu Bing passionately play in the ice rink knocked her senses and made her want to chase her own dream. But of course, it wasn’t easy at all. She needed support and boosting, she also had her parents to worry about. But her friends cheered for her, they helped pave the way in achieving what she once thought was impossible – to get back on ice.

What I liked about the series?

I did it on purpose, not giving away all the good and heartwarming stuff because maybe a part me was hoping you would try and watch it too? 🙂 There’s just a bunch of things that I came to like while watching Skate Into Love. Sooo~

First off, the actors. They really wowed me. I was in awe watching every scene on ice with the thought “was it really them?” hanging in my mind and remained unanswered until I finished all the episodes and went hunting for behind the scenes. I would describe their acting as natural. It’s like you’re a college student casually walking past by them, seeing them, hearing them – just like how college students typically were. Steven and Janice did a really good job on this one. Their words and actions pierced right through my heart. 😥

Steven on the other hand, held a college diploma for Chinese Opera which, according to my dongsaeng, was the reason why the way he acted seemed so professional and natural. Like in this scene, look at how his facial expression progressed. Bonus: he sings and plays the piano well too!

Usually, Chinese dramas are dubbed to improve noise cancellation and proper standard pronunciation (Mandarin). Sometimes the actor would dub himself, sometimes not. But for this one, they used their own voices. There were scenes in particular where even their voice acting exceeded expectations. You know that sense of feeling the person’s anger, sadness, and pain whilst listening to their voice as they spoke? I felt that and it felt real. Ang sakit.

I have nothing but praises to give the actors who made this series a success. Not to mention the months of training they underwent to make the scenes breathtakingly real. /claps/

Second, the story and side stories. Being a romance comedy, like any other series out there, it gives the same giddy feels to the viewers. But the first episodes of Skate Into Love focused more on the characters’ lives which meant their dreams and their professions, something to be taken seriously of since it’s about their future. The story actually emphasized more on each character’s struggles, pain, fears, and passion more than the love story itself.

The romantic part gradually appeared somewhere at the middle, with a normal progress I should say. I’m not sure if this may seem unrealistic to some but the message conveyed, or the message I received rather, spoke of selfless love. The way the story developed and adding how the actors portrayed the roles somehow met with my idea of selfless love; especially with Zhen Yu and Meng Huan’s love story. :’) The guy was continuously giving and exerting effort as a way to show his love and it was very moving for me. Oh and not only did the students have love interests, but the coaches as well. ♥

Third, the story also focused on family and friendship. I think it’s quite normal for families to have arguments and disagreements, right? In this series, Tang Xue and her cousin Zhou Ran (Chu Yue) attended the same university. Zhou Ran disliked Tang Xue for always stealing the limelight during their childhood, thus, making her college life somewhat troublesome. Tang Xue had a close relationship with her parents, until she kept something really important from them. We all make mistakes, and Tang Xue made one mistake which made her father furious to the extent that he had to travel from their hometown down to where Tang Xue attended college.

This part showed the fears and worries parents have for their children. At first we get to only see one point to be considered, and that was me siding with Tang Xue, until I heard what her father had to say. Believe me, I bawled my eyes crying at this part because her father only wanted what’s best and safe for her.

Tang Xue and Li Yu Bing just have the best friends ever who would wholeheartedly look after them through ups and downs. I admire how sturdy the foundation and bond of their friendships were, and, not to mention, how it was formed. 🙂

Fourth, what’s a series without quotable quotes? 🙂 Here let me share some of  the quotes that moved me I had to screenshot and share them through this post. I may have passed that expected age where young teens strive and dream, but then I question myself, is it really too late to dream?

Last, but not the least… the soundtrack! I love the songs from this series. Some of the songs are heartbreaking, like when you hear it, even if you don’t understand the lyrics, it will bring sadness into your heart. 😦

My personal favorite are Steven’s A Ray of Hope because of the song’s meaning which actually tells you to go for your dream. I liked the song too because Steven’s voice was so rich and powerful, as expected from an opera actor. *o* and hearing him singing made me want to sing too, like sing well and correctly, not just casually sing. 🙂

Another favorite is Land of Ice and Snow, performed by none other than one of the story’s actress, He Xuan Lin. I loved how her voice sound cold and relaxed. I also found it challenging to sing because of the curls? I don’t know what you call them but it’s progressing from one note to another in a short span of time. I’m now able to sing it well and properly, thanks to casual singing in the shower. 😀

Sorry it’s in Chinese TT

Would you re-watch? A BIG YES!

So there you have it, my review of Skate Into Love. It’s really a good watch, it’s a hidden gem. Even I didn’t expect to like it this much, to the point of writing about it and sharing to the world. You can relate with the characters and part of the stories, but I think what brings us together is the common yearning to dream.

“Make your passion your profession.”

Great Escape: Escape and Survive

Amidst this ongoing pandemic happening globally, people may suffer from overthinking and anxiety which could later lead to sickness and loss of interest in life. “Laughter is the best medicine,” they say, but in times like this, I myself, can find it difficult to laugh. Witnessing all that is happening, it truly pains one’s heart. L

Being a sensitive person, I easily get affected by my surroundings, especially if it concerns safety and stability, because we all want to survive, at least. People try to distract themselves by doing fun stuff like for me, I went back to watching Korean dramas ever since the lockdown was implemented. You know, just a simple way to divert the tense feeling and avoid thinking of the bad stuff. I recently indulged myself with medical dramas which really set my drama standards high. Talk about equipment and prosthetic! The last drama I watched was D-Day, but the one that got me stoked the most was Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim. ♥

After looking for new dramas to watch, none of them seemed to catch my attention. I tried watching When the Camellia Blooms and Hi, Bye Mama, but they both felt boring to me, or maybe the phasing was too slow? I was supposed to start watching 100 Days My Prince when I randomly caught up with Nicole (a close dongsaeng of mine who’s been a Kpop fan for so long now) through Twitter. We talked about Busted season 3 and how we’re both excited for the broadcast this coming November. I also told her how I missed watching it and laughing like crazy that she ended up recommending this certain show to me she thought I might like and… poof, I was automatically hooked!

Are you a fan of escape rooms? 😉

Great Escape or 대탈출 (Dae Tal Chul) is a South Korean reality entertainment show being aired at tvN featuring Kang Ho Dong, Kim Jong Min, Shin Dong, Yoo Byung Jae, Kim Dong Hyun, and P.O.

From the title itself, it’s pretty obvious what the show is about – escaping!

Escape and survive.

The show currently has 3 seasons, and its 3rd season is currently being aired Sundays on tvN at 10:40PM.

Season 1 – July 1 to September 23, 2018

Season 2 – March 17 to June 9, 2019

Season 3 – March 1, 2020 – ongoing

What’s with Great Escape?

Last year I was able to experience playing escape rooms, hello Breakout Manila, and the maximum number of rooms at the venue was I think 3? Not to mention that the rooms were particularly small after being divided into different rooms per concept. I was able to enter 3 out of 4 rooms with pure enthusiasm and passion, all thanks to our supportive managers! But I wasn’t able to escape though. 😀

I swear you really have to use your head and think when playing this game, not only in terms of solving and finding crucial evidence, but also putting the clues together. You have to be observant and clever because, like what Kang Ho Dong says, “Everything is a clue.”

Great Escape is not just a typical escape room show; you don’t just escape from rooms, you escape the whole establishment. Talk about level up, right? How fun could it be being locked up in a whole building or house and escaping it with no time limit? They have to keep filming until they escape, that’s the rule of the show. Haha! They were locked inside for like 8-10 hours and it was really exciting to watch.

The first episode of season 1 was a gambling site setup. The location was a 2-storey building with a storage room, secret room, office, gambling area, and an expanded warehouse at the back. I thought it would all end at the ground floor, but I thought wrong. 😀

Plots

What makes each episode exciting are the different plots and stories that were prepared. Ranging from zombies, evil spirits, prison break, hospital scenes and the list just goes on, you would have an idea on what the next episode is about during the preview. It spoils and gives viewers the anticipation to look forward to the next concept, as well as the strategies used to escape because believe me or not, sometimes they solve clues just by pure luck and coincidence. Well, I think we all do, at some point in life. 😉

Production Team

I have nothing but praise for the production team that worked hard to achieve such realistic and immersing environment. They arranged everything so neatly well that you’d literally drop your jaw out of surprise and awe. It may not seem realistic to the viewers since we’re watching them on the screen but imagine being there, standing in their feet, having no idea how the escape would go or if they would even be able to escape at all. 😀

Having experienced playing the game itself, there’s this process at the beginning where they assist you entering the room with blindfolds on and after removing them you see yourself in an unfamiliar place – this process will raise your curiosity and promote immersion in the game. Thus, I strongly believe that room arrangement and preparation play a BIG role for the show’s success. I give the team all the praise they deserve for a job well done! I couldn’t help but commend them, seriously.

Effects

From hologram, visual and audio effects, descending and ascending platforms, secret passages, the additional helping characters who made the setting more realistic (zombies and mental hospital patients), everyone just did a job well done. They acted so well you’d freak out and immerse in the stories you’re in. They were all remarkable I feel so proud of them. I was really impressed I kept clapping and cheering while watching them. \^o^/

Cast

As for the cast, /facepalm while laughing/, I sort of wanted to thank them. They really, really, really made this pandemic sadness lighter and easier for me. Like, just the thought of them being trapped in one room or getting scared out of nothing… makes me smile and shake my head.

Kang Ho Dong, the leader of the team since he’s the eldest and bravest. He unites team members and helps them develop their skills. Like for Dong Hyun, he kept asking him to take lead because he wanted him to regain his courage. Kudos for the strongest man who force open cabinets!

Kim Jong Min, also known as Kim Discovery because he solves and finds clues by chance, by mere discovery. I love this guy. Just seeing him smiling makes me smile and laugh a little. He deserves all the love! ♥

Shin Dong, the brains of the team who solves difficult puzzles and patterns. I was surprised to see how clever he was and it was also mentioned he has an IQ of 148. Wow.

Yoo Byung Jae, the briefer and also brains of the team who actively summarizes the clues they’ve gathered. He’s the guy with initiative that he’d do things even before the team asks him to.

Kim Dong Hyun, the funniest I guess? Ever since he started filming for this show he became more and more sensitive. He’s actually brave, he just gets easily surprised because seriously, this show’s setup gaming is lit. They took it to another level.

P.O, the youngest one who clings to his team and discovers clues by accident as well. He listens to his hyungs well and do what he’s told, especially during the evil prison episode where he had to muster all his courage and face the scary stuff. He has keen senses too. ♥

Personally, I think the team is well balanced. Dream team! But what’s more special about them is chemistry. They’re all considerate with one another, they look after each other, they all have good sense of humor, and most of all, they have teamwork. They know how to attack the other, without offending them. 🙂

Presently, the show is airing its third season and is currently at episode 8. I took a sneak peek and saw that they were at an amusement park. TT

I’m currently at season 2 episode 11 and I can’t wait to proceed watching until the latest episode. But after checking, episodes 7-9 of season 3 aren’t subbed yet and I guess I’ll have to watch with my nose bleeding and head aching from comprehending the small amount of Korean words I know. :/

I recommend this show to escape room fans, or if you just want to laugh and think a little, go ahead and watch at your own risk! 😀

Bonus! ♥

Kawit’s Fight Against Covid19

As the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus continues, local government officials are stepping up. For our Mayor Angelo G. Aguinaldo of Kawit in the province of Cavite, the great-grandson of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, it never hurts to be one step ahead. He pledged to donate his entire monthly salary to COVID-19 relief operations until the pandemic ends. He is donating his earnings to help provide adequate food to all residents of the municipality. This makes me proud to be a citizen of Kawit.

Let me give you a glimpse of our LGU’s efforts in fighting covid.

As early as Community Quarantine was declared, Kawit has already closed its borders to its neighboring cities to ensure that the disease will not spread in the municipality. Disinfection chambers have been installed in the entry and exit points of the town.

It has also been installed in our town’s Public Market.

Strict implementation of the enhanced community quarantine is observed. The LGU also provided each household relief goods on a weekly basis – delivered house to house by the hardworking Barangay Officials of Kawit. So far, we already received three packs since the March 15. And when the mayor said, every household, he means every household! From the underprivileged, middle class, and even those who are living in the first class subdivisions.

Our town Kawit is very vulnerable with the spread of Covid19. Because it is the first town from Manila , which is the epicenter of Covid19 in the Philippines, and as well as being surrounded by municipalities of Cavite which has positive cases. Hence the LGU has implemented strict preventive measures to ensure control of the spread of the pandemic.

Aside from the daily efforts our LGU has been providing in ensuring safety in the community, our mayor also gives a transparent update on his Facebook account on what is happening in our community.

Some local establishments joined the fight against covid by donating face masks, alcohols, sanitizers , sacks of rice, canned goods, noodles and packed meals to the frontliners and volunteers.

Our family on the other hand decided to create DIY PPEs for the frontliners. We also cooked packed meals and prepared sandwiches.

Sadly, just yesterday, in spite of the tireless effort of our LGU – our Mayor, other local officials and frontliners, it was announced that our town has it’s first confirmed Covid19 positive case.

The LGU is now doing contract tracing and other actions have been taken following the report on the first positive patient.

All photos were grabbed from Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo’s Facebook Page.

#KawitFightsCOVID19
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Dalgona Coffee, with a Twist…?

You’ve probably heard of or seen the famous drink that’s been taking over the internet, especially now that people are confined into their houses, missing the sweet taste of milk teas, frappes and other refreshing beverages. As I have read from some articles, this trending drink debuted on TikTok, with I don’t really know how because I don’t have a TikTok account. 😀

Dalgona or commonly known as ppopgi in Korea, is a famous traditional candy made from the mixture of melted sugar and baking soda. They come in adorable designs and shapes, but what’s more amazing is to watch how they are being made, or cooked, I should say. 😊

I once came across a variety show, EXO Showtime, where the Korean members toured the Chinese members around the traditional villages of Korea. The attention of the members was caught by the hal-abeoji (grandfather in Korean) who was making dalgonas in the street. Wondering how the delightful treat was made, they carefully watched how the candies were cooked from being a mild thick mixture into becoming the yummy candy on stick.

You literally have to keep mixing the sugar and baking soda in the small container over the heat to get the right texture before finally transferring it on a flat surface for decoration and wrapping.

Photo Not Mine CTTO
Photo Not Mine CTTO

After giving you an idea of what the actual dalgona is… Dalgona Coffee, anyone? 😊

Honestly speaking, I have no idea why they called this drink Dalgona Coffee, maybe because the primary medium is sugar? 😀

But people seemed to miss the taste of sweet beverages and came upon this easy recipe online. This is how a Dalgona Coffee should look like, with the so-called dalgona mixture floating on top of the milk.

Photo By Erika Dizon, originally from Spot.ph

I’m not a coffee person, with even a little dosage of coffee making me palpitate, although I love its aroma. So, I thought of trying to make Dalgona Coffee, I mean, the Dalgona beverage using a different ingredient and what I came up with is using Swiss Miss as the medium, instead of coffee.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoon chocolate powder / coffee is the original ingredient

2 Tablespoon sugar

2 Tablespoon hot water

1 Glass of milk (your choice)

The key to make the mixture float is to whip or beat the mixture hard. Consistent mixing is needed to make it fluffy and light, in order for it to float, like how it should be. 😊

I tried mixing continuously, for like 30-40 minutes using a fork, but my hands grew tired and being the impatient person I am, I gave up. So it ended up like this.

Flop 😦

I’m actually down for the fluffy thing since I like whipped creams on top of my chocolate drinks. But the moment I put the mixture into the milk, it literally went dooooooown, and it had me laughing at myself. Maybe next time I’ll try using a mixer, if there will be a next time, and maybe a mixer. 😊

I know we’re all getting bored and stuffy inside our houses, so if you feel like refreshing yourself up with some sweetness, you can always try making Dalgona Coffee, or experiment your own drink. 😉

NATURE REPUBLIC – EXO Edition Water Tint- Unboxing and Review

When you are in the fandom, buying stuff they endorse is not a surprise.

In our previous post, alostdandelion unboxed Chanyeol’s (Picnic Peach) version of the Nature Republic EXO Edition water tint liptint. We also purchased the other two shades in Lazada and arrived in just 3 days. Suho is my bias and Baekhyun is my daughter’s bias so we ordered Very Berry and Oh! Orange!

Major Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, 1, 2-Hexanediol, etc.

Product Description:

  • Moisture water gel type tint gives non sticky feeling
  • Sweet Fruity Scent
  • Comes with a scented photocard of 1 member per liptint
  • Price – Php 645

The packaging is simple and nice. What I like about the liptint is that it glides smoothly into your lips. They feel very comfortable and not heavy. It has a sweet, fruity but not overpowering smell.

These are some swatches for your reference.

Overall I do like this product. They are very pigmented and long lasting. They stay in your lips even after eating.

PROS:

  • It comes with free EXO scented photocard (LOL)
  • Lasts pretty long even after eating and drinking
  • Comes in great colors
  • Pigmented

CONS:

  • Always out of stock
  • A bit pricey for a lip tint

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?

If you are an EXO-L and loves beauty products, you gotta have this lip tint. It comes in three colors that you can choose from. Will I buy this product again? – YES!

If you’ve used this product, please let us know what you think.

Dr. John Review: Recognizing and Sharing Someone Else’s Pain

“There’s only pain with an unknown cause. But remember, there’s no pain without cause.”

Amidst the global pandemic swarming the news and social media by storm, I, as a normal citizen of this country, felt the importance of medical knowledge. I strongly believe that it is a necessity to be well informed and equipped with legitimate information when facing such issue that may cause you your health. With all the ringing and panic this is bringing to us all, I found myself getting interested in medical videos. 😊

You know those random video clips on Facebook showing up when you scroll and scroll? Medical videos caught my attention particularly, from The Good Doctor (American version) to Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim and many more. I suddenly felt the need to like feed my mind with a bunch of medical stuff – which I did. 😊

This video clip where a female doctor was attending to an unconscious inmate whose neck was swollen, finding it difficult to breathe due to his blocked airways caught my attention. Then there came this fellow inmate meddling, voicing out his diagnosis and telling the doctor what to do caught my liking, and I had to find out what the title of the series was.

Aside from knowing the lead actors of the drama, I found the series quite intriguing. How come an inmate was knowledgeable in medical stuff, confident enough to diagnose the patient and instruct the real doctor, even dared to question her identity, asking if she really was a doctor? I had my guesses in my mind, thinking that the inmate might be a doctor. So my question was, what made him become a prisoner? What was he doing in the penitentiary?

Dr. John, a well-known Korean medical series was broadcasted September of last year. It mainly focused on the character of Cha Yo Han (played by Ji Sung). He was an anesthesiologist imprisoned for performing euthanasia on a terminally ill patient, since the procedure was not legalized in Korea. Through the first episodes, you would discover what kind of a doctor Cha Yo Han was, showing nothing but dedication and concern for any patient he encountered, even his fellow inmates.

Yo Han was released a couple of days after and was hired by a big hospital as a professor, leading a group of resident and fellow anesthesiologists under the Pain Management Department, where he then met the female doctor Kang Si Young (played by Lee Se Young) whom he knew back from the penitentiary. They met again as professor and resident, making me look forward to more of the series’ contents.

Not only did the series show amazing ways of diagnosing and treating patients, feeding the viewers with uncommon ailments, it also sent off strong messages for the mind and for the heart. It wasn’t your typical romance type of medical series; it was more about life and pain. There were “giddy” instances from certain scenes but when you watch further, you’d not only learn about medical practice but also about how patients feel when being treated, specifically those who were terminally ill, where hope seemed uncertain.

What made the series more thrilling was, Yo Han himself, was a patient. He had this uncurable condition called CIPA (Congenital insensitivity to pain and anhidrosis) where he was unable to feel pain, and because of this, people were after him. Some curious, some wanted him to fail. How could a doctor who couldn’t feel pain cure other patients? Was he there to mock them? Was he there to study and observe? Only the patients he cured could tell, as he mentioned.

The person after him most was the prosecutor who sentenced him to 3-years imprisonment, Son Seok Ki (played by Lee Kyu Hyung). He continued to watch Yo Han’s actions and decisions, anticipating him to perform euthanasia on other patients, wanting to sentence him again, but later on realizing that he was not the bad doctor he had always imagined him to be. It was also revealed that the prosecutor was ill, having stomach cancer in its third stage.

As the series progressed, it was revealed that Yo Han was suffering loss of hearing and blurry vision due to his CIPA. According to his doctor, the ticking bomb inside of him might go off anytime, leaving him the choice of giving up being a doctor to live a longer life. But being a doctor was everything to him, what could he have chosen?

I’m not going to reveal the rest of the story, I don’t want to spoil people who still haven’t watched it. But I’m telling you, it’s really, really good! 😊

Overall, it was a good series, a light one to describe. Even if it’s just a simple realistic drama tackling the possible daily lives of doctors and patients, the anticipation of watching the next episode was there. It will make you crave and wonder what’s going to happen next, you would basically want more. Thumbs up to the production team! 😊

What made me smile most was how Cha Yo Han would always sanitize his hands before attending to a patient, be it in the penitentiary or in the hospital. Hand-sanitizing is a must! Most especially today. ☹

Kudos to the actors! Ji Sung never fails, indeed. 😊