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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

BTS Festa 2018: Small but Definite Happiness List — Jimin, V, and Jungkook


And, of course, the maknae line. Jungkook talking about the satisfaction he gets from putting on moisturizer after he washes his face is the most relatable thing, ever. Also, I am just so soft for Jimin, my little mochi angel.

BTS Festa 2018: Small but Definite Happiness List — RM, Jin, Suga, and J-Hope


I knew I was going to miss BTS' 5th Anniversary Prom Party live because it started at 20:00 KST (7:00 EST) yesterday so I knew I'd be dead asleep (it was my day off), but as we all know, ARMYs are extremely diligent about uploading any and all BTS content so I've been able to watch clips here and there (I originally posted the subunit performances here, but they were taken down due to copyright claims, sadly). But until the official replay of the show is available on VLive (it needs to be approved by the Media Rating Board first and have subtitles added), I'm enjoying watching each member talk about their "Small but Definite Happiness List." (I relate to Suga on so many levels.)

BTS at The Late Late Show with James Corden: Fake Love

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It's been less than 30 minutes since this aired on TV and it's already been uploaded. Bless the Internet.

Photolog 2018: Day 164 of 365


Just watched my babies perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden. I gotta say, the boys all look fucking fine here, especially Jimin.