Update: August Favorites

This month has been quite busy with finishing up summer activities and settling into my first month of school. With an apartment, car, and schedule, this semester is just full of new experiences.

This semester is the first semester that I feel like I’m learning new things. In high school, I have already touched on subjects like Chemistry, History, Calculus, etc, but this semester I’m excited to learn new things in Organic Chemistry and Statistics! I’m also experiencing a new learning environment. One of my teachers basically talk the whole class, never writing anything on the board, which I have never experienced before. I wouldn’t say that this is my favorite type of learning.

My MCAT studying has completely come to a stop. I’m currently taking 18 hours, not counting the time I spend in multiple labs and volunteering tutoring position ever week. I decided to take 18 hours since most of my classes were subjects I’ve been familiarized with since I took AP classes in high school. It is manageable, but I will not likely take this many hours after this year. I’m honestly terrified of PCHEM that is around the corner. What does this class even consist of? Well, I guess I’ll have to find out when I meet up with my adviser.

As you can probably already tell, September has only gotten busier! I’ll like to apologize to all followers and new followers of my semi-hiatus at the moment. I promise that I’ll get back to all your messages and comments ASAP!!

A message to my freshmen readers: It might be stressful trying to put everything together and settling in, but it’s going to be okay! You’re going to miss home and your friends at one point, but you’re going to see them again! Stay on top of your studies, but don’t forget to relax and hang with some friends when you get the chance!

Blog Posts:

As expected, there are less blog posts compared to the amount in July since school started. I’ll like to post more drama reviews, but it looks like I won’t be able to post as often. I also plan to continue to provide more academic tips; throughout the year. Let me know if there is any subject or concerns you would like me to touch on! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below or start a conversation on Instagram! Hit the follow button on WordPress or via email to stay updated!

Drama Review: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Update: July Favorites

Studying Tips

Why You Should Drop that Class

Birthday Month:

August was also my birthday month. I didn’t do anything special on my birthday, but I did enjoyed this whole month catching up with friends and family members.

One of my friends made this book storage for me, probably because she knows I always have a high stack of books on my desk. This is probably the cutest DIY present I ever received! I might do a desk tour once I settle down!

Knitting:

I completed a lot of knitting/crocheting projects this month! KakaoTalk_20170906_104826677

I made these two crochet pink Totoro inspired amigurumis to decorate my new apartment. I don’t have a pattern because I basically designed it as I crocheted. The adorable bear was a gift from another friend.

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Over the years, I’ve gotten tired of the plain and thin sweaters sold around the stores. Whenever I find cute chunky sweaters I’m always driven away from the material that is used or the price. I decided to take things into my owns hand and knit this Honeycomb Aran by Patons. It took me almost two weeks the first time I knitted this half of the back because I kept messing up! But working on half of the front, it only took me 3 days! Practice makes perfect!

Many comparable chunky sweaters like this are sold almost $100 in stores, if not a couple hundreds of dollars. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish this sweater by November! Continue reading

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Why You Should Drop that Class

For most of the states in America, school season has already started.

For most schools, you can drop out of class within the first week of school without a record on your transcript. After that you can drop out of class after a certain period of time with a W(withdrawal) on your transcript. I highly do not suggest that you drop any courses unless you are 200% sure the course isn’t for you. You should always keep pushing yourself in your studies. Don’t easily choose the drop out option. If there’s a slight hint you can handle the course, don’t drop out. If you are going to drop a course, it would be better off to drop your class at the beginning so that you focus on your other classes or choose a different class to take.

Projects are Too Difficult

The first and foremost thing you should do when you go to your first day of lecture is READ THE SYLLABUS. Typically, the syllabus should note your responsibilities and big projects or assignments you must complete. If these projects are too difficult for you to complete, you might consider dropping out. Continue reading

Studying Tips

Today was actually my first day back at university. I tried so hard, but I still had to take morning classes, physics at that! I’ll probably need to fix my sleep routine, because I was still half asleep at 8:30 A.M!!

Since school season has already started, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh some studying tips to excel in your classes!

Syllabus Notes

Read the Syllabus. Create a schedule. Note each due date and exam dates. Note all responsibilities you have for the class, such as talking in graded discussion, turning in your assignments in the proper folder, and organizing your assignments correctly.

Keep a Positive Mindset

Studying is worth the time and effort because knowledge is power. With a positive mindset, you can turn your worst subject to one of your best subjects.

Take Better Notes

Maybe the style of notes that you are taking is not as efficient as you think it is. Try different styles, such as Cornell notes, quick outlines, charts, or bullets, to see which helps you remember lectures better. You could also change the way you’re taking notes such as typing notes in class rather than handwriting them down.

Try reorganizing or paraphrasing your notes. This will help imprint concepts into your mind. DO NOT write everything down word for word. Do not be too absorbed copying in quantity. Instead, learn concepts and materials from your notes as you write.

Color Code Your Notes

Color Coding your notes may speed up your memory if you keep the colors consistent. If you’re taking a test asking for which macromolecule makes up an enzyme, you may recall the answer in one of the biochemistry notes you’ve taken in blue.

Highlight Your Notes

Highlighting the important part of your notes or parts that you do not remember may help you remember which areas you need to look over. However, highlighting a majority of your notes would not help you.

Online Lectures // Class Lectures

Although lecture slides are posted online, this does not mean that it would not be beneficial in attending class. Instead, look over the lecture slides before class so you could actively learn the material as your instructor presents it to you. Don’t work on other assignments in class. PAY ATTENTION! Continue reading

Update: July Favorites

For the first part of July, I was overwhelmed with paperwork and dreadful adulting tasks that I hope will become easier throughout the years. However, the later part of July was very relaxed, which I know I will have to compensate for next month!

Blog Posts:

I think that this month marks my most productive blogging month yet! I’m still trying to finalize some Drama Reviews of dramas I watched so far this year, so please stay tuned!

Update: June Favorites

What to Take to College

Fourth of July Weekend in Dallas

Freshman Dorm Tour

Drama Review: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

I Started a Medical Journey Journal 

Drama Review: Cambrian Period

Drama Review: Goblin

YouTube:


I love how all these concerts and KCON events are bringing Korean enthusiast YouTubers together. I love all of their personalities and interactions with each other.

Music:

There was so many music releases that I loved that I’m afraid would make this favorite list too long.

BTS released their “Come Back Home” MV early on this month. This song is actually a cover of Seo Taiji’s song. I love the cover, especially the high falsettos.

Okay, can we talk about how LIT Zico’s new album is? I love all his tracks in Television, but “Fanxy Child” is my favorite at the moment. It is also the cypher track featured in Show Me the Money, which is a rap competition show that I hope to start soon!

G.Soul’s “Bad Habit” is so calming. I love how relaxing his voice and beats are. He’s definitely one of the underrated RnB/Soul Korean artists out there. I hope he release singles with H1GHR MUSIC RECORDS soon!

AKMU has always been such a cute sibling duo. “Dinosaur” is an adorable fun summer song! “My Darling,” another released song is also bomb.  There’s something about their music that always leave me feeling happy!

After debuting in 1PUNCH with Samuel, One finally redebuted as a solo artist. I’m loving the groove in “Heyahe,” but “Getting By” is also a hit. I’m excited to see his future songs! Continue reading

Drama Review: Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Three Miles, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms/ Eternal Love/ Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Ep: 58


Drama Reviews are coming, I’m telling you!

This drama has multiple names, but I got to say Three lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms is my favorite. Yes, the title is very long, but very beautiful. It details the story of the drama. Love withstands the span of three lives and three worlds. This drama is beautiful in each and every way!

This fantasy drama is based on a novel. There is an English version, To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi, that I need to get my hands on!

Crystal Liu and Yang Yang star in Once Upon a Time, the movie adaption of this drama that was released earlier this month! I have been dying to watch it, but it probably won’t be a few months until a good quality and subbed video is available online. If you know of any sources please let me know! As always, I will most likely still like the drama version more, because most movie are super condensed. But I can’t wait to see these two beautiful actress and actor on screen!

Bai Qian(Yang Mi) is the only daughter of the Fox King from the Qing Qiu Fox Tribe. At a young age, she disguised as a man named Si Yin and became the trouble maker, seventeenth disciple of Mo Yuan on Kun Lun Mountain. Tens of thousands of years later, she enters a trial after being injured while resealing Qing Cang in his “prison.” With no memory and power, she enters the human realm as a human named Su Su, who innocently falls in love with Ye Hua. After her trial, she returns back to her home as the Bai Qian, who meets Ye Hua again for the first time as the respected High Goddess and female monarch leader of Qing Qiu.

There was so many pretty pictures for this drama. Please do click to blow it up on your screen!

Mo Yuan(Mark Chao) is the famous God of War. He enters a brutal war with the Qing Cang(Lian Yi Ming), the king of the Ghost Tribe.

I think I’m going to be as brief as possible for my character introductions so as not to give anything away~

Ye Hua(Mark Chao) is the crown prince Black Dragon of the Celestial Tribe, the heir of the Nine Heavens. He is very responsible and mature for his age.

Li Jing(Zhang Bing Bing) is the second prince of the Ghost Tribe. Known to be a womanizer, he later falls in love for Si Yin. However, he betrays her only to realize that she is the only one he truly loved.

Xuan Nu(Zhu Xu Dan) is Bai Qian’s childhood friend. Envying Bai Qian’s beauty, she takes a potion that allows her to look exactly like Bai Qian. Coming from a lower status, she uses Bai Qian’s appearance to seduce Li Jing. She plays as a spy for the Ghost Tribe and becomes Li Jing’s bride. Continue reading

Drama Review: Goblin

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Goblin: the Lonely Great God

Ep:16

Long overdue drama review but here we go!

Kim Shin(Gong Yoo) was once a famous general who won the love of the people. Unfortunately, he was bestowed death by a jealous king. However, he was given a chance to live the rest of his life as a goblin, a lonely immortal who protects other souls, by a divinity. In order to end his lonely life, he must find his bride, who will remove the sword stuck inside of him. He continues to live on for hundreds of years carrying on all the sad memories alone. However, his life starts getting interesting when he encounters a young high school student, Ji Eun Tak(Kim Go Eun), calling herself as the Goblin’s Bride.

These episodes were so long, about 1.5 hours each! I was excited for this drama since it featured Gong Yoo. I loved his movie, Train to Busan, and decided to give this drama a try.

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Kim Shin(Gong Yoo) is a goblin who spends his life searching for his bride to relieve him from his curse. He is responsible for protecting souls and balance on earth.

252523525235Ji Eun Tak (KimGo Eun) is labeled as a missing soul since she was not meant to be born. The Goblin actually saved her pregnant mother during a car accident. As a result, she is able to see and talk to spirits.

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The Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) is in charge of escorting dead souls to their next life. His house and the process of escorting deceased souls are beautiful. Each soul is given tea that allows him/her to forget all their memories of their previous life before moving forward. He has a special black fedora hat that prevents others from seeing him. Grim reapers have no memories of their previous lives. They have absolutely no name and identity.  Being a grim reaper is the punishment for committing the most deadly sin in their previous life.234124234.jpg

Can we just look how beautiful these two are in the picture above? The bromance between the Grim Reaper and Goblin is on point. Continue reading

Drama Review: Cambrian Period

Cambrian Period

Episodes: 24

Zhan Shi Li (Han Chin) is known to be of great influence, owning several businesses and casinos. He adopts sons and raise them into a gang to do the dirty work for him. Each son undergoes strict training in order to be chosen as the heir of the mafia business. Tian Yin (Zhou Yu Tong) is a naive girl who decided to visit her friend in the southern island. However, she accidentally becomes a hostage in a gang fight, believing that the gang fight was a part of a drama shoot.

I started this webdrama a couple of days ago, and finished it very quick. I was completely obsessed with this drama.  I never planned to watch this drama until one of the OSTs randomly popped up on my YouTube recommendation feed.  After watching, I immediately started watching the drama.  Alright, I anticipated watching this drama as a guilty pleasure sort of drama, mainly for the romance between the main couple, but I should have known that the mafia business and police would also take up a lot of the story. It was more melodramatic than what I thought it was going to be.

The music in the trailer gives off a mysterious and ominous atmosphere, and I love it.  I love watching Chinese historical dramas, but I think Chinese crime/detective dramas are starting to replace my favorite genre, especially the dark melodramatic ones. My favorite one, so far, is Love Me if You Dare. In both Love Me if You Dare and Cambrian Period, I like how the screen looks dark and sort of washed out/has a lower contrast(?). The way the drama is filmed makes me feel the dark and mysterious mood of the dramas. I was surprised that Cambrian Period was a webdrama since it was so enjoyable to watch. I was so excited to watch Seige in the Fog/Color of Night(another crime/detective drama) but unfortunately, airing has been pushed back to the end December or perhaps, next year.  If you happen to know of any good crime/detective Chinese dramas, please let me know!

The ending OST might be the most beautiful OST that I’ve ever heard. I’ve had this song on repeat all week.

Hou Ming Hao also sings one of the OST tracks.

Unfortunately, I could only find Vietnamese dubs for the majority of this drama. I was so sad that there was no English and barely any Vietnamese subs available. I really do not like Vietnamese dub, especially if it is with only one person dubbing every character in a monotone voice. Hopefully, English subs will come out soon!

Jian Zi (Hou Ming Hao aka Hou Neo) is one of Shi Li’s adopted sons. He is different than his brothers in that he is kind and innocent. He lives by the sea, running a small bar. However, he has another identity, Lian Bu, a masked assassin.

This was my first drama with him in it. As a new actor, he is pretty solid in his acting! He has a baby face that allows Jian Zi’s adorable and naive character to come out well, but makes it harder for him to act as an assassin and gang member. I’m looking forward to watching his other dramas and his upcoming movie, Monkey King 3!

HE WAS A SM TRAINEE RUMORED FOR NCT! Neo is absolutely adorable.  I normally do not fall for baby faces, but there’s something about him that made me fall. I cannot even imagine how I would be if he actually debuted with NCT. Honestly, he would probably be my bias. He was in a Chinese boy band and released some singles, so I’ll probably be checking them out soon.  I’m also thinking of watching the Baby Let Me Go show he starred with other popular celebrities such as Jackson Wang from GOT7 and Henry Lau from Super Junior, taking care of kids. I think I just developed a celebrity crush after this drama.  Continue reading