Saturday, June 11, 2011

After 3 years, another international trip!

My last trip out of the country, I believe, was to Japan in 2008. I was greatly blessed to be able to go to Osaka, Nara, Kobe, and Kyoto. It was a very fun and enlightening trip and I was so happy to be able to experience the Japanese culture in so many different cities on one trip. (^^)

On this next escapade, we'll be going to be to Singapore!!! It's so amazing because this is going to be the farthest destination I'll ever be traveling in my life! (*o*)

Once we get back, if you think the adventure is over, you're wrong. There's a brand-new one waiting for us when we get back; We'll be adopting the new doggie at the end of June. I've given him a new name, Duo Maxwell 'Scruffles' (my homage to Gundam Wing). xD The name is somewhat close to his old name so I think he'll catch on. We've given our own doggie only a million nicknames which she goes by so I think it'll work for him. ;P I feel like giving him a new name is appropriate because he's jumping into a completely new life. Might as well give him a fresh start with a new name.

I feel very grateful and appreciative to the fact that I have this opportunity to even travel. I know it's really expensive and not everyone has the money and/or time to do it.

I'll hopefully be able to recharge my camera so I can take some vlogs and pictures of this beautiful country. I hear that Singapore is one of the cleanest places in the world. Mom keeps telling my that chewing gum is against the law there so I can't bring gum, lol. That's okay though since I'm not much of a gum chewer anyway. I like my hard candy. (^.^)

Thank you so much mom and dad for giving me this opportunity to travel to another country~! (^w^)

Korean Drama: Lie to Me


I just started watching this about a couple weeks ago and I LOVE it! :DDD This drama is just too funny! The thing I really love about it is the silly couple fights that these two go through. I've been waiting a long time for something similar after Full House and this drama delivers. I also really love the chemistry between Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan. They really click and they both have that 'tension' before an intense scene. It really creates magic and makes me believe in their love. (^^)

The story is about a girl named Go Ah Jung, a civil service worker who, after encountering some interesting events, ends up in a fake marriage with Hyun Ki Joon, president of World Hotel. There are also many other side characters with cute little stories of their own that add richness of emotion and relationships to this drama. (^.~)

This story, like most other stories in dramas is still a bit on the cliche side being extremely predictable. Although I still enjoy it because the main actors have amazing chemistry together, the setting is pleasant and cute, and the supporting characters have their own screen time which gives a nice, lighthearted break between the main character's sometimes emotionally heavy stories.

I highly recommend this drama to anyone who likes outlandish scenarios with the snowball effect, silly and lovable fights between new couples, and cute supporting characters. Plus, the two lead actors have great chemistry together and they create a romance that is actually quite believable. Yoon Eun Hye's performances always manage to win us over in the end and this being the first time I've seen Kang Ji Hwan act since Hong Gil Dong, I must say that he puts on a very adorable performance and has a great smile. ("^.^")

Now time for some Kang Ji Hwan smexiness~!

So cooooool-! Sooooo sexy~! (*v*)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"What BAD timing" moments in K-dramas

We've all seen these. There's that one scene where the girl is walking away from her so-called enemy's apartment and about to drive home when guess who pulls in? Yes, it's her enemy, but she also has the girl's love interest in tow. Freakin' awkward sh*tty situation but of course, the universe loves to time everything just perfectly right up to the part when you're just about to get into your car when guess who arrives at the scene?

I know that K-dramas always love to play out these ridiculously outlandish scenarios that would only remotely happen in reality if it happens at all. But according to my own experiences, these "bad timing" situations actually do happen quite often in real life. (o.O)

For example, I've had quite a few times where I would be leaving a certain setting because I didn't want to encounter a certain somebody but right before I can get into my car, a certain somebody shows up right on time, like clockwork! And in that moment, I'm thinking, "Damn! What crap timing!"

There's even some situations (not necessarily bad) where it just happens so much that I just predict it happening. There was this one time that my mom and I were going to meet these two doggies at her co-workers house. We pull up into the apartment complex and park next to these two teens getting out of their car. Mom loudly asks the boy if visitors could park. Now in that moment, I thought, "I'll bet that these two teens are her co-worker's kids..." And oh happy day! After searching for a good 10 minutes for the apartment, we finally find it and guess who? The two kids were actually his children. I gotta say, I'm getting pretty good with my predictions. (>w<)

New family member

So about... last, last Thursday, mom and I went to visit her co-worker's house because we were going to meet his dogs. He lives in an apartment because their family had to downsize. The dogs are stuck in the hot garage all day while the family is out (which is most of the time). It's a sad life, especially for two mid-aged Jack Russell Terriers.

Jack Russell Terriers are a breed that need a lot of exercise and stimulation for their brains. If they don't get that, they can be destructive in the house and get "doggie dementia" as my mom likes to call it. (x_x)

We ended up spending the afternoon with these dogs, first taking them for a walk and then to our house to see how they would interact with our own dog.

It turned out that one of the Jack Russell's got along with our babycakes and she even tolerated him in the house!
When we took the dogs back to their original owners, mom told the guy that we would take one of the dogs by the end of June if no one else adopts him. I predicted that they probably weren't even going to look for anyone else because honestly, not to be overconfident and obnoxious, but we are true dog lovers and put the dogs first before many things. I think that shows to others who truly love their dogs. They want the best for their dogs and maybe we give off that positive and caring aura. In the end, my prediction was accurate and the guy gave us a call about a week later, telling us that their family wanted us to have their dog. They had a lot of other people wanting to adopt their dogs but they didn't feel comfortable with any of them. I can sort of understand how they feel because they only want the best for their dogs and wish to give them a home where they can be properly loved and cared for. We seemed to be trustworthy people who truly care for animals so of course they'd want to entrust their dog to us.

I was honestly having some severe anxieties about a few days after visiting those dogs because I was starting to realize the huge commitment and challenge we were undertaking, especially with the fact that we don't know how our own dog would react after a long period of time. But a person really can't hold onto their anxieties forever and after a few days, I stabilized. ^w-

I'm a bit more accepting of the fact that we will be adopting one of the dogs. I just hope for the best and if it doesn't turn out the way we want it to, that just tells us that we have to try harder until we get it right.