BTS at Lotte Family Concert 2018: Fake Love and Mic Drop

Friday, June 22, 2018

I woke up to learn that BTS debuted their new hair colours today at the Lotte Family Concert in Seoul, and the entire fandom is fucking shook. I was one of the very few people who wasn't enamoured with the black hair comeback. Not that they don't look good in their natural hair colour (I mean, it's also my hair colour, so...), but I thought it was kinda boring, especially since we've seen them in so many amazing hair colours over the years. (Of course, I get why they dyed all their hair back to black; they had to film "Euphoria" which depicts them as much younger and more childlike, and Love Yourself: Tear is a much darker album in general, so the black hair reflected that. Plus, the upkeep is far easier, too. But I didn't love it.) Suga and J-Hope still have black hair, but RM and Jimin now have a kind of medium sandy brown tone (kinda wish Jimin went lighter and cooler, though, because I think he suits those tones the best — silver-haired Jimin forever has my heart), and Jin and V are now platinum blondes (which we have seen before, in the "Run" era and "Blood Sweat & Tears" era, respectively). But the most surprising by far is Jungkook, who is now rocking a reddish magenta (dragonfruit pink, if you will). Jungkook, who has always favoured dark hair and has never gone for shocking colours, now has the brightest hair in BTS. And it's a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Photolog 2018: Day 172 of 365

Thursday, June 21, 2018

I've basically spent my entire vacation so far just eating. (It's pretty much the best thing, ever.) I went to Korean Grill House with my dad for dinner tonight, and spent two hours stuffing my face with makeshift ssam containing various meats and copious amounts of kimchi, pickled daikon, and red pepper paste. My clothes smell like a chimney, but it was so worth it.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Went to Yorkdale with my friends Viv and Amanda this afternoon to finally check out The Cheesecake Factory here. I've been to The Cheesecake Factory many times before (basically every time I go to Buffalo) and have always enjoyed it, but when they finally brought the franchise to Canada (there's only one location here so far), I kinda avoided it due to the hype. (My friend Maegan went on a Friday night for dinner about a month ago and waited four hours for a table — she killed some time by going shopping, but honestly, she could have driven to the location in Buffalo, eaten there, and driven back in the same amount of time.) We got there around 1:30pm and there was still a half hour wait, so if you want to check it out, I suggest going after the lunch rush or just before the dinner rush.

I decided on the Chicken & Biscuits, which I'd never had before, and it was a delight. The gravy is what really makes the dish memorable here; it's flavourful with a good consistency, not so thick that it feels heavy but not so thin that it doesn't feel substantial. The chicken was really great, very soft and tender to the point where I could cut it with my fork, and there was a good amount of veggies, too, so it didn't seem as unhealthy as it probably is. I do think the biscuits could've be more flaky and buttery, but it's otherwise a really good, solid, comfort food dish. Highly recommend. And, of course, we couldn't leave without having cheesecake — it's The Cheesecake Factory, after all. We decided to share one cake among the three of us because we were already really full (if you've ever been to TCF, you'll know that their portions are gigantic), so we agreed on the Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cheesecake. It was glorious, of course, as most chocolate-hazelnut desserts are. It tasted like a Ferrero Rocher but in cake form. You can't really go wrong with it. Even for someone who doesn't really like chocolate can enjoy it because the hazelnut flavour is still very prominent. I also liked that it had the crunchy crust because it gives it some textural contrast so it doesn't feel as heavy.

Service was slow and inattentive, which is my only real complaint here. They know how busy they get, so they really should get an adamant amount of servers. The wait for food was above average (about 20 to 25 minutes) and the wait for our bill was even longer — we asked for the bill when we ordered our dessert and she even confirmed with us that we wanted to separate the bills, but she totally forgot about it, and when we finished our dessert, we couldn't find her for over 20 minutes, even after asking another server to get her for us. They've been open for a few months now, and they really need to get their shit together. So, conclusion, the food is amazing and consistent in quality as compared to the ones in the US, but the servers really need to be more organized. I'd say if the wait is longer than 45 minutes, skip it.

Photolog 2018: Day 170 of 365

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Took my friend Shannon out for an early birthday dinner at Grazie this evening. We decided to share a bunch of dishes to have more variety, so we ordered our favourite baked goat cheese salad (it's goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and grilled eggplant wrapped in phyllo dough and baked to a crispy delight), the fried calamari (a staple), and the Stefania pizza (creamy porcini sauce, mushrooms, fresh herbs prosciutto, arugula, and parmigiano). The service could have been a little more attentive but it's otherwise very friendly and accommodating. Grazie is always a reliably consistent option for delicious, authentic Italian food. There's always a wait for a table, but it's my go-to restaurant when I'm in the Vaughan area.

The After Laughter Summer Tour: Paramore — Passionfruit, Misguided Ghosts, and Misery Business


And my videos are up! I take clips of certain songs for Instagram posts, but I only capture two to three songs in their entirety to upload to YouTube. My choices this time because they were particularly noteworthy during this tour: their cover mash-up of Drake's "Passionfruit" and "Hold On, We're Going Home" (they originally performed it for BBC Radio 1 last year and did an amazing job, so I was surprised and delighted that they decided to play it as apart of their setlist for this tour); "Misguided Ghosts" because they haven't played this live on tour in years and it seems more retrospective and relevant now than it ever did before; and "Misery Business" because the fan performance (a singer and a guitarist) was particularly amazing this time (even Hayley said afterwards, "I was not expecting that!").

Photolog 2018: Day 169 of 365

Monday, June 18, 2018

Went to see Paramore tonight at Budweiser Stage. This is the 7th time I've seen time since 2005, and I've said this before, but they never fail to put on an amazing show. The energy is always incredible, Hayley's vocals are always impressively strong and consistent (even when dancing and jumping on stage), and I really felt that they gave 100% tonight. The crowd was great, too, which can make or break a concert experience. Even Zac said something like, "This is honestly the best crowd we've had on this tour, and it's the only date not in our own country." The setlist was well-rounded as well; of course, they played almost all of the songs from After Laughter as they're on their After Laughter Summer Tour, but they did add several of their more popular songs from Riot!, Brand New Eyes, and their self-titled album. They did a great acoustic set, too, that included their cover of Drake's "Passionfruit" — they're playing this on their whole tour, but it was especially appropriate in Toronto.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 529

This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Best music festival? I'm gonna say Vans Warped Tour circa 2000 - 2006. It got really shitty after that, but it had amazing band line-ups during that era. RiotFest is really good, too, but they don't come to Toronto anymore.

  2. _____ has leading man hair.  BTS' Park Jimin. His hair always looks good. But especially in the silver hair era (Fall 2016, during the "Blood Sweat & Tears" promotions). It was immaculate. He looked like a goddamn prince.

  3. Favourite accent? I'm gonna go with the popular answer and say English. You can literally say anything and it'll sound posh.

  4. I wish I had a robot that would… Cook and clean. Basically, I just want a housekeeper.

  5. Which has been causing you the most drama lately — makeup, skin or hair? I'm not gonna say drama, but my hair has definitely been pissing me off the most lately. It's gotten so long that I just don't wanna deal with it. I need to get a hair cut this week. I have no excuses. I'm on vacation and I have the time now, so I just need to get off my lazy ass and get it done.

Photolog 2018: Day 168 of 365

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's been over a decade since my dad's actually been here for Father's Day so I wanted to take him somewhere he'd never been before, and since he loves seafood and has never experienced a boil house, I decided to take him to Good Catch Boil House (which I like more than Captain's Boil because it's more consistent in quality and service and has better variety in their menu). Between him, my mom, and me, we had both types of Lobster Roll (cold with mayo and hot with butter, both of which are fantastic), the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, plus a pound each of mussels and shrimp (not pictured here because they're not photogenic). My hands will smell like garlic for the next two days, but it was totally worth it. And my dad loved it, so mission accomplished. A pretty good start to my vacation week, if I do say so myself.

Sunday Video Love: Bloom


Now that BTS Festa is over, I've had some time to catch up on some other music. (I know, can you believe it?) I gotta say, Troye Sivan has really been killing it with his latest material. I've been following him for five years now and it's been amazing to see this kid grow and mature though YouTube and then music later on. I've been playing this track as well as "My My My!" pretty consistently (they're always playing at my work, too), and I like them more and more every time I listen to them. Can't wait for his new album to drop.

Saturday Nine: Cat's in the Cradle

Saturday, June 16, 2018
This week's Saturday Nine:

You can hear this week's song here.
  1. This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? Not outside of English class in high school. I'm not really big on poetry; I prefer lyrics to music.

  2. The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was? I think like, 9:00 or 9:30? My parents always watched this Chinese historical drama around 10:00 and I remember we had to be in bed before that show started.

  3. When did you go to bed last night? Around 4:30am?

  4. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.) No, I'm not American so I never had to learn U.S. history or any of the Presidents. Obviously, I know the recent ones (Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, older Bush, Reagan, Carter), but I only know a few of the older ones like Nixon, Kennedy, Roosevelt. Plus, Lincoln.

  5. Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for? My friend Chelsea, probably because we like a lot of the same things (e.g. food and makeup).

  6. Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighbourhood library? Never. I haven't been to the library since I was like, 12? And I lived in a different neighbourhood back then.

  7. Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver? Yes. At least, in this city. I probably wouldn't be able to handle driving in really busy urban cities like New York or Tokyo, though.

  8. He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip. Always make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid when driving in the winter. If you don't and it's snowing, your visibility is fucked.

  9. Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favourite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? Winter Green.

Photolog 2018: Day 167 of 365


Re-watching the BTS Comeback Show Highlight Reel with hard subs (Bangtan Subs is a saviour for International ARMY, and provides the best and most comprehensive translations for BTS content), and found the section about Festa particularly funny because BTS knows us far too well. 

Friday Five: Opposite Day

Friday, June 15, 2018
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What food, normally eaten cooked, do you prefer uncooked? Fish.

  2. What food, normally eaten uncooked, do you prefer cooked? Vegetables that I wouldn't put in a sandwich. For example, carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower. It's not that I won't eat them raw, I just prefer them cooked.

  3. What food, normally eaten cold, do you prefer hot? Sandwiches.

  4. What food, normally eaten hot, do you prefer cold? Pizza. God, I love cold pizza.

  5. What are your favourite dinner meals to have for breakfast and breakfast meals to have for dinner? My favourite dinner meal for breakfast is, very commonly, pizza. (Preferably cold pizza.) My favourite breakfast meal for dinner is eggs, bacon, home fries, and toast. Or a Sausage Egg McMuffin and a hash brown from McDonald's. (And we can now, 'cause the breakfast menu is now served all day.)

Photolog 2018: Day 166 of 365


After being really good about bringing lunch to work for almost three weeks, I caved and treated myself to chicken tacos at Z-Teca. Happy Friday!

Photolog 2018: Day 165 of 365

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sushi night with Ronsee. I gotta say, Heart Sushi has been one of the most consistent AYCE restaurants with service, quality, and presentation. I never feel like they're "cheaping out" with the portions, either. But it's also possible that it's because the manager knows me.