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Friday, January 31, 2014

School Life 31. 1. 14

Being a senior with four classes makes school seem as if it's a drag and a chore. I'm glad it's Friday. I've got a weekend ahead of me that's not-so-busy, but eventful. It's Chinese New Year! I had dinner with my family last night, but we've got a party scheduled for tomorrow. Wait for that blog post! 

On the other hand, today was really fun! We had another Korean Club meeting and being the end of the month, we taught the kiddies how to make food. Normally, the officers like myself help the members, but seeing as we would do all the work, we rationed that they'd do it themselves and have us just supervise. Today, we made tteokbokki! Korean spicy rice cakes in a very spicy sauce. 

Beforehand, I went home to gather all the utensils needed. Lauren met up with me to help judge the cooking later on. 

Lauren of How the Cookie Crumbles! Her blog is still under construction, but do wait for it! I took her OOTD, something simple but stylish!

Both of us had a little meeting regarding our blogs. I'm designing her header! We also chatted about current events and whatnot. The daily grind basically. 

Another overcast day. We parked at the back of the school so we could beat that hellish traffic. 

Started the meeting off with Nikki introducing the members to the dances they'd be learning for the annual Culture Shock.

Cooking begins! Tteokbokki is a traditional Korean dish, normally eaten at street food stalls. The stew is made from the pepper paste with leek and onions. I like mine really spicy! If you've seen a Korean drama, you know what I'm talking about. 

We split the members up in three groups. I didn't get to take a picture of Group 1's final product, but it didn't taste very well, LOL. In my opinion, Group 3, the group I supervised turned out the most authentic. 

Group 2 came at a very close second! They ran out of their odeng/fish cakes faster than we did.

Group 2 had less people, but theirs tasted really good too! 

This was ours! It had the thickest sauce and most savory flavor. Even our club advisor was eating from our pot. 

Our lovely board, minus me and Secretary Marylin! Tech Editor Priscilla, President Hana, Vice President Esther, Secretary Nikki, and Treasurer Cathy.

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


What do you get when you cross world renowned designer Alexander Wang and iconic headphone brand Beats? You get this super sleek, and very modern collection. 

 The collection features Wang's sleek matte black colours, along with his famous gold accents. Each one comes with their own glossy case, zipper, and clip. The pieces price at $499 for the headphones, $299 for the speakers, and $149 for the earbuds. Not surprised at the price, or the fact that is a limited edition collection! Only 1000 of these units are made. I'm not so sure how many are left since these were offered on a presale event on December 15th on the official Beats website, and went on sale publicly on the 16th at Alexander Wang's official site, and Beats's respective one as well. 

WWD held an interview with Alexander Wang and he states that "it felt right and a natural choice for me to give the Beats Studio headphones, Beats Pill and Urbeats earbuds a clean, minimal look with a luxe sensibility.” 

As for my personal opinion, I can honestly care less for Beats. I find them to be extremely overly hyped and way too expensive; but with the Alexander Wang collaboration, I can say that he gave the brand a very modern and very minimalistic redesign that I can honestly say is super cool, and definitely stylish. Alexander Wang kept the "Alexander Wang" look while still being on a brand other than his. Hats off to you Mr. Wang, you've done it again! 

Not a Manic Monday.

I think the general population can agree that Monday is definitely not the best day of the week. To some it is so daunting that the mere utterance of the word can cause chills. I think I'm over exaggerating to an extent, haha. However, if you're efficient and positive, you can turn your Monday blues into something a lot less glum.

I haven't seen my two best friends in a long time. Due to me leaving the country during winter break, and due to their unpredictable schedules, I hadn't had the chance to see them! One and a half month of not seeing each other. I don't count texting or messaging on Facebook or Twitter because it isn't the same as the real thing! Originally, we were supposed to hang out Friday but because of our schedules we had to think fast. So why not Monday? 

One text message and a change of pants later, they were on their way! 

I love this stainless steel/porcelain teapot my mom got at TWG! The red crocodile skin tray is a good contrast to the chrome, white, and yellow. 

Bit of background knoweldge! My two best friends are Tiffanie and Lauren. I've known these two since I was a freshman in high school and them being sophomores. I still remember the first time meeting these two. Unofficially, I met them through this old chatroom with a webcam system through our friend Mari, but officially, I met them the first day of high school. Three years and a ton of laughs later, we've grown close to the point where we can openly say when we're about to fart, lol. 

What kind of host would I be if I didn't provide snacks to my guests? A terrible one, I don't think I can ever live with the idea in which I invite people over and not feed them. Ghastly thought! 


With what little time I had on my hands (Lauren and Tiff were coming in an hour) I decided to go the easy way and bake premade boxed cookies. Hey, I'm no fancy shmancy baker but these cookies were damn tasty! Since they were still a far off distance, I went ahead and took some pictures around my kitchen. What else can I do to waste an hour and a half? 

 My mom attended the Chefs to the Max Benefit at RX's Boiler Room two weekends ago. She came home with this wonderful signed menu featuring all the chefs who attended. So jealous she got to meet Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Bobby Flay! 


Before I knew it, Lauren and Tiff came as soon as the cookies were baked.

Lauren! Bio Major and a completely talented baking expert. She just started her blog, and you can find that right over ((here)).
Tiffanie! Film Major and one heck of an amazing singer/vlogger/youtuber person! You can find her youtube channel right over ((here)).

We spent the majority of the afternoon catching up on our lives and whatnot, you know, the usual. Ordered pizza because it's a tradition! When you're at my house in the afternoon, it is only right to have pizza. One thing I love the most about the friendship I share with these two is that even if we are stuck doing absolutely nothing, it'll still be fun no matter what. I go by the philosophy that it is the people you are with, who make the event better. 

Stole this shot! Tiffanie's probably going to be mad when she sees this (SORRY I JUST HAD TO). She realized Bertie Gilbert, whom she loves so much, is two years younger than her. Aw snap. Oh and it'll be her 19th birthday this Saturday!

It is a Monday after all, so after a few slices of pizza and a cup of tea, these two had to go back home. Sucks how I live in New Henderson, it used to take 10 minutes to get to my place back when I lived at my old house, but since moving here, it takes them almost 20 minutes :( 

We are however, going to go on a movie marathon NEXT Monday. We wanna watch all the Academy Award nominated movies before the Oscars. 

My sister got back from LA later that night and she brought back this super awesome skull! Cute and Creepy, just like me. (lol)

I hope your Monday was as great as mine! (I know it's Wednesday already shh). Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 27, 2014

What I've watched so far.

So far, 2014 has started off on a very good foot for me. I hope it has also for you! It's only been 20something days since the new year and I spent the majority of those days going ahead and watching many, many movies. Mid-January right after my mid-terms, I had this long five day weekend. What's something to do better than seeing sunshine? Having a long movie marathon. 

"The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”
― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

Movies are such an integral part to life. They give you brain food! I love putting myself in the character's place and thinking about how or why I would react to such things happening in the film. Not only is the art aspect completely beautiful, but the technical aspect of it all is just completely jaw dropping. This is why I admire my best friend Tiffanie so much for being a film major, I know one day she'll have her name on an Academy Award. 

Those five days at home were spent watching these wonderful movies. 

1. Amelie

Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain or The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain is probably one of the most underrated films I've ever seen. Nominated for five Academy Awards and being the recipient of Best Film at the European Film Awards, Amelie tells the tale of Amelie Poulain, a shy waitress in modern day Paris who after the death of Princess Diana, decides to change the lives of around her for the better, while struggling with her own personal isolation.
Amelie, played by the gorgeous Audrey Tatou, is one movie character that in my opinion, is so iconic. One of the scenes that stood out to me was when her personality was described. "Instead, Amelie cultivates a taste in small pleasures. Dripping her hand into sacks of grain. Cracking Crème brûlée with a teaspoon. And skipping stones in St. Martin's canal."

The French film is filmed in such a gorgeous way. The camera angles are in a constant fluid motion that goes back and forth first person, to third. What makes me love this film even more is that sometimes, Amelie breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the audience, giving the movie a personal touch. 

Mathieu Kassovitz, who plays photographer Nino Quincampoix, on the hunt for Amelie.

The colour red is a huge factor in this film. Throughout the movie, everyone is filmed into an almost sepia-yellowish tone, and certain colours are accented throughout. Red, being Amelie's colour. 

If you have the time, I do suggest watching this wonderful, wonderful movie. 

2. I Saw The Devil 

Complete change of genre for this one! I am a huge fan of Korean cinema, and anything with Lee Byung Hun and Choi Min Sik is a must-see. 

I Saw The Devil or Angmareul boatda, is a classic revenge and hack-and-slash film. Lee Byung Hun plays Soo Hyun, a husband whom will go all out in regards to avenging his gruesomely murdered pregnant wife. Soo Hyun is a secret service agent for the National Intelligence Service and fully uses his connections to find the culprit. 

Choi Min-sik of Old Boy fame, comes back after a self imposed exile in Korean cinema as sadistic and villainous serial killer, Kyung Chul. A race against time is played when the two go head to head. 

Personally, I thought this movie was an absolute different genre. It had me at the edge of my seat and for the majority of the time, I was biting down on my pillow at all the gore going on. One scene in particular had me looking away, in which Kyung Chul lures a man into giving him a taxi ride, needless to say, only one survived that night. 

If you're up for a thriller that'll keep you guessing what happens next, I do highly recommend these. 

3. Stuck in Love 
Stuck in Love is an American independent romantic comedy film that features an ensemble cast. The stories all obviously revolve around "love" but the overlying theme of family is heavily present. This fantastic film revolves around the lives and love lives of the Borgen family. 
Greg Kinnear plays Neil, a successful novelist who is still in love with Jennifer Connelly's character, Erica. Neil is still hungover the fact that Erica had left him for a younger man and yearns that one day, she will return to him and their family. Nat Wolff of Naked Brother's Band fame plays Rusty, Neil and Erica's youngest son who is only starting to find love. Kristen Bell plays Tricia, a young twentysomething who serves as comic relief; she is Neil's booty call and often gives him advice on how to mend midlife crisis.
Lily Collins (who I worship because she is so beautiful and I love everything about her) plays Samantha, Erica and Neil's eldest daughter, and Rusty's older sister. Samantha is a newly published author, following in her father's footsteps. Due to the divorce, she has no love left for her mother, often shunning her and shutting her out of her life. Samantha loves bad boys and doesn't do romance, but things change when she meets Lou, played by Logan Lerman. 
Though this movie is centric on love, it's theme of family as a whole is clearly evident.  The musical selection in this movie is also phenomenal. 

I found myself awe-ing a ton during this movie, quite a fan of the witty dialogue exchanged between Samantha and Lou. 

4. The House

Another Korean film up here! As much as I love live action movies, I am a sucker for animation. The House, a 2011 Korean animated movie, further proves that animation can do so much. In my opinion, The House, or Jib, is mainly visual eye candy rather than a story to take in. I was completely in love with how it was animated, it was something I'd imagine one would see in the late 80s on Nickelodeon. 
The House, tells the story of young woman who is an after school tutor moving into a lesser than posh area to make ends meet. She calls the place ghetto, and severely hates where she is, up until she realizes that the spirits of the buildings around her, make things a lot less complicated. 
The animation is combined with real life elements, shown by the screen captures above. The House was something beautiful in the most simple of ways.

5. Penelope
I am literally kicking myself because I had no idea this movie existed until as of recent. Christina Ricci was my childhood crush for gods sake! 

Tiffanie and I were actually talking about this movie and how it is so underrated and it deserves to be recognized more! Penelope is a modern fairy tale. It tells the story of how way back in their family tree, a man fell in love with the servant girl, yet with their social differences, was forced to lie about their relationship. The disgruntled maid threw herself off a cliff, and with that came the apparent rage of her mother, the town witch. The town witch placed a curse on the Wilhern family and that their first born daughter would have the face of a pig and that the only way to reverse the curse was to have "one of their own" love them. Years pass and all Wilhern's have boys, that is until Penelope is born. 

Catherine O'Hara plays Penelope's mother, caring but at the same time extremely over bearing. She sets up massive blind dates with many suitors in order to break 25 year old Penelope's curse. 

What I completely love about this movie is the fact that they make it apparent that flaws on a person do not reflect their character. Penelope having a face of a pig doesn't reveal that she is a smart, caring, and lovely girl. My gosh this was a great movie. 

James McAvoy plays Max Campion, a down on his luck gambler who is hired by private investigators to reveal Penelope. Little did he know, he'd care for her. Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame plays the private eye hell bent on exposing Penelope. Rounding out the cast is Reese Witherspoon, who plays Penelope's best friend and guide to the real world, not to mention she drives a damn awesome Vespa. It's got wings! 

These movies have made a profound impact in these 20something days. Though I did intend for them to be background noise, I didn't realize how amazing these movies would be. If I were you, I would go ahead and watch them. 

What movies have you watched recently?

Art Obsession: Shogo Sekine

As people, we obsess over certain trends in life. Whether it be fashion, food, or music, there is always an obsession. Myself, I'm obsessed with many, many things. Ramen, the colour black and blue, Copic Markers, and mugs only are at the top of the list in my obsessions. 

If however, there is one thing I am completely obsessed with nowadays, it is most definitely something that has to deal with art. Nowadays, I fawn and gawk over the artwork of Tokyo's Shogo Sekine. 

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Sekine-san is a freelance illustrator/letterer that creates wonderful collage-like drawings in pen that are published in various Japanese fashion magazines. His fashion illustrations are simple and very minimalistic in design. As a follower of his wonderful blog, I've noticed that many of his pieces remind me so much of Miss Lecroc's work, yet his still remains extremely original.

 I love the cluttered way he draws. Neat and sharp lines with bright colours are also very apparent in his work. I am envious of the way he does lettering! My handwriting isn't terrible, but the way how his looks like a digital font is just way too inspiring. I can strive to be as great as him one day! 

Sekine-san's work displayed amongst various Japanese magazines. Super amazed that he was able to draw for Verbal Jint and Yoon Ambush, two figureheads in Japanese hip hop and fashion. His doodles for UNIQLO are also super cute. The way his lines are seamlessly executed is something I'm very jealous at! 
 A commission for EMODA SS 2014.
As simple as his illustrations are, Sekine-san puts immense detail in all of his work.

Completely in love with this Zodiac/Constellation doodle he did. It looks so simple, but every artist knows that this is years worth of practice. 

Sekine-san also has various works on plates and mugs, I've been trying to look for places that sell them, but I believe that he customizes it for himself. 

HE EVEN DRAWS FOOD. Minimalistic design at it's best. 

Loving all the textile style he does. If I were an interior designer, I wouldn't hesitate upholstering a couch with these drawings. Chic yet simple.

Happy reading, and I hope your Monday is going great! 

for more information on Sekine-san please view his blog right over (here) or, email him at shogosekine319@gmail.com