Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Plans + Christmas Wishlist + Upcoming Posts

Hey, everyone! So I've been super busy this semester with school, work, and .. napping lol. I don't know what happened, but I'm just so tired this semester that I haven't had time for a lot things because I just don't feel motivated to go; I don't blog, I haven't gone to therapy, and I haven't been able to edit any videos. But with 2017 coming, I plan on changing a lot of things and making time for the things I like to do.

This is my last week of classes and then I have 4 finals. I also leave for Japan next Thursday, so I have to study for finals and pack at the same time! I'm just ready for this semester to be over. It wasn't as stressful as last semester, but it was kind of hard. I already have my classes for next semester, and I'm kinda nervous, but I think I got this! The class times are a lot better to have more time for myself, even with working 3 days a week. So I'm excited, because 2017, I'm predicting, will be a good year.

On another note, my Christmas wishlist is now posted! - You can view it here.
One of my friends wanted me to do it this way because she liked the idea that she could claim the gifts and told me it would be easier for her if I did it this way.

While I'm on the plane, and especially when I come back from Japan, I will be blogging a lot. So here are a few upcoming posts:

  • 20 things I need to start doing
  • 2016 reflection
  • 2017 resolutions
  • Japan haul
Okay, bye!! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

My 20th Birthday Wishlist


My 20th birthday is at the end of this month and so these are a few things that are on my wish-list at the moment. My friend Joana wanted me to make a wish-list online like I did for Christmas, but I decided not to for my birthday.



The main thing I want for my birthday this year is an Amazon gift card. I'm trying to buy myself this printer that's almost $200 that I've been wanting for a while now.




The second thing I want for my birthday are gift cards to: Urban Outfitters, Lush, Sephora, Barnes & Nobles, American Apparel, and Panera. These are places I like to go to a lot to, I forgot to add Target, haha. Having gift cards to these places would be very helpful.

1. Copic Markers - They are expensive, so I wouldn't even mind if someone just got me one tbh, haha. I want to start collecting them because I want them for my crafting hobby. I love the pigmentation of these markers.

2. American Apparel's Denim Backpack - I've been wanting this in the lightest of the 3 shades for a long time now - a really long time. I like the slouchy look it has and it would be a bag I could use all year long.

3. "Buttloose Tina" Pop Figure - This episode just cracks me up, like all their episodes tbh. I want this to add to my Bob's Burgers collection.

4. "Gene Belcher" and "Burger Suit Gene" Pop Figure - I love Gene. He's such a good kid and makes me smile. I want these to add to my collection too.

5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S Pop Figures - If you really know me, you would know that Friends was my show when I first moved to the states. A coworker showed me that these exist and I've wanted them since. Having the Joey and Chandler ones are a must for me.

6. EXO's Growl Repackaged Album (Korean Version) - This album has my favorite EXO song on it and has a lot of good throwback EXO songs that I enjoy.

7. BTS's Wake Up Album (Regular Edition) - I love anything BTS x Japan things, so this album is something I need, haha.

8. BTS's O!RUL82? Album - This is one of the 2 BTS Korean albums that I don't own, so I need it, haha. The songs on this are so good.

9. BTS's 2 Kool 4 Skool Album - This is the other BTS album that I don't own, that I also need to own, haha.

10. Unicorn Light Up Slippers - I actually don't need this, but I just think it's really cute. It would be great if there was a plushie of this.

11. Fingers Crossed Temporary Tattoo - This is just so me, haha. I think it'd be cute to have this for a little.

That's it for my birthday wishlist. There a few other things that I really want, but I didn't post them on here for reasons, haha.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

BTS "For You" + "I Need You (Japanese Version)" Unboxing


 Hi, everyone! So this post is to talk briefly about two BTS Japanese Albums.
  • For You - Version A (left)
  • I Need U - Regular Edition (right)
Both these albums are amazing!! "For You" is my favorite BTS song ever, and it's in my top favorite songs of all time. If you don't know, my ultimate bias is V/Taehyung and he looks so, so good in both of these album covers. *cries*

The first album is the "For You - Version A"
It has 2 songs + a DVD.
The 2 songs are "For You" and "War of Hormone." The DVD, I have yet to watch, includes the jacket photoshoot making and an unreleased video.

The second album is the "I Need U - Regular Edition"
It has 3 songs + a random photo card.
The 3 songs are " I Need U," "Dope," and "Boyz With Fun"
The random photo card was .. Jungkook! It was my second time getting him as a photo card. My babyboy is so beautiful.



If you're more interested in the albums and what it looked like, I made a video on it!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tag: Be My Valentine

Hello! It has been so long since I've made a post on this blog, I apologize. I honestly didn't think I would be this busy this semester, but I am. I had all these posts planed out for January but I just didn't have the time to get around to it + edit videos. My friend Jennelle bought me this new journal though and I'm dedicating it to this blog. I really like blogging so I'm going to try to schedule in more frequently from now on. But enough of me rambling, let's begin this tag!


1. Valentine’s Day…over hyped or a fun day to spread the love?
I think it's a fun day to spread love with your significant others and friends.

2. What was your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
I would have to say two years ago was my best Valentine's Day memory. I was a senior in high school, my boyfriend picked me up from school with balloons and a rose. We had Panera for dinner with my aunt and cousin, then we went to a fondue place for dessert that night.

3. Conversation hearts or chocolate covered strawberries?
As much as I think conversation hearts are cute, I love chocolate covered strawberries.

4. Choose a celebrity to be your Valentine.
Kim Taehyung or Kim Namjoon, of course. I am honestly in love with them.

5. Who are you celebrating Valentine’s Day with this year?
My valentine, my boyfriend. He asked me with a hot pink rose this year, it's a really pretty color.

6. What is your Valentine’s Day dinner plan?
Because it's on a Sunday this year, I won't be having any dinner plans. I'm actually not feeling Valentine's Day this year because I've been so busy with school lately. We are going to go to lunch though, then I want to go back home and just study, lol.

7. Red or Pink?
Pink!

8. Flowers or candy?
I would prefer flowers, just because I'm not a huge fan of candy.

9. Sushi or pizza?
This is a hard question, haha. I like both, so I choose both. Well, if we were going out then sushi, but if we were staying in then pizza.

10. Beer or wine?
I don't drink, but wine is a bit more fitting for Valentine's Day.

11. Describe your perfect Valentine date night.
Both of us are dressed nicely, go to a fancy dinner, take cute pictures, exchange gifts, and then probably go home and watch movies all night, haha.

I hope you all enjoyed this tag! Let me know if you do this tag too.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

SEVENTEEN "Boys Be" Unboxing

A little over a month ago, I got my Seventeen album in the mail. I got it on the first day of finals week, which I was incredibly happy about. The quality for the video I made came out really bad on my GoPro, but I decided to post it anyways. It was my first unboxing video, so I was excited! The video will be at the end of this post. My reaction to my photo card made me laugh, haha. Well anyways, let's begin!

 This is what the album looks like. There are 2 versions, HIDE (pink) & SEEK (blue). I got the SEEK version because I saw unboxing videos on both albums and the SEEK version comes with each member's "diary" entry and I really, really wanted that one, haha. I think I like the photo-book for the SEEK version better than the HIDE one too. Well, the HIDE one had more pictures taken during the day in nature while the SEEK one was more at night and dark. I like the cover photo of the box on the pink version better though, because it's more colorful, but oh well.

Tracklist:
  1. 표정관리 (Fronting)
  2. 만세 (Manse)
  3. 어른이 되면 (When I Grow Up)
  4. OMG
  5. ROCK
This is what it looks like when I open the box. In the picture above, the poster is showing first, but if you watch my video you will see the order it actually came in when I opened it was: photo-book, poster, postcards, and stickers, and CD.

I went through the photo-book quickly in my video, if you're interested. Its not really clear, so you could look up other unboxing videos on YouTube if you're interested, haha. But if you want to hear my reactions as I unboxed it, please watch it! The photo card showed up a few pages into the book. I WAS SO HAPPY (you'll hear my in my video, lol.) Joshua is my #1 favorite in Seventeen. He was the first person I liked from them before I watched a music video or heard them sing. I love him so much and call him my boo, hehe.

This is what the poster looks like. I think it's really cute, haha. I love how Vernon, DK, Joshua, Dino, and Mingyu are all on the top around each other because I really like them. Then it makes me happy that I Woozi is on the bottom because I love him too. I wish Wonwoo got to shine on this poster, but I can see him a little in the middle. I thought The8 on the side was funny, haha.

 These are the 5 post cards that it came with! These photos are also in the photo-book. I plan on just putting them on my wall, haha.

These are the stickers it came with. It's only one sheet, but I think they are so cute. The pictures are in the photo-book and the drawings are from some of the member's individual "diary" entry pages from the photo-book.

The last thing was the actual CD, but I didn't take a picture of it. It came in a blue paper sheet? You can see it in my video, haha.



Please subscribe, like, and comment! I know the video wasn't very good, I'm so sorry lol.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

December Favorites + Fall Semester Summary + 2015 Reflection + 2016 Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone!! I decided to put 4 posts in one because the first two things I'm going to talk about is really short, haha. The last two go together. So let's begin!

My monthly favorites for December are just three things: my blanket from Target I got on Black Friday, Monsta X, iKon, and Hulu. That's all I could think of as my favorites for the month, haha.
This Fall semester, I took 15 credits. I had literature, art studio, and 3 classes for my major. I got A's in all my classes except art; I got an A- in there. I had a 3.96 for the semester and ended it with a cumulative GPA of 3.51 which I am so proud of myself for. That has been the best I've ever done my whole life, I couldn't believe it. I started the semester with a 3.28(?). This semester, I also made a friend and her name is Kathleen. I am so glad I had the courage to talk to her because she definitely feels like someone I could be friends with forever and have as that "college friend."
2015 I think was a good year. I think I became a better, stronger person. I tried new things and visited new places. I went to seek help about depression, started therapy, did good in school, and distanced myself away from people who didn't truly make me happy. I also made two friends: Jennelle and Kathleen. I also got into K-pop which I love, haha. 2015 was a good year that passed by way too quickly. I learned that to seek for help, to put myself first, and to not worry about losing others is okay. I ended the year being happy with school, realizing how much I love my family, and learning that I can't grow as a person if I live in the past. I came to the conclusion in the past week that I'm ready to move on from someone who tremendously hurt me.
Here's to the first of 366 days in which I hope to be happier, healthier, and a better version of myself.
Every year for the past few years, I make resolutions. I make 11 usually, and the ones I made for 2015, when I looked back on it, I actually accomplished everything. I was surprised and happy with myself that I did. The first 5 of my resolutions for this year are from last years, haha.
So these are my 11 resolutions for 2016:
  1. Try to make healthier choices.
  2. Try to not ridicule others.
  3. Be the best person I can be.
  4. Organize and clean more often.
  5. Try to relax every day.
  6. Be kinder to myself.
  7. Make room for more sleep.
  8. Try to have more positive thoughts than negative.
  9. Cook something every month.
  10. Read at least 3 books.
  11. Try to allow myself to feel open and alive.
Thank you for reading this post, if you stuck through it till the end! Haha. Let me know down below what your resolutions for 2016 are if you have any. ~

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