CIRCUITS OF FEVER

Photolog 2018: Day 200 of 365

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Yes, dinner at Deer Garden again. I couldn't help it. I was craving their Malay laksa noodle soup all day long. So I went with Maegan and Jason again tonight after work and we all ordered the same soup (I had mine with udon, beef balls, and beef brisket this time). I'm sure I'll get around to trying their other soups at some point, but I'm enjoying the Malay laksa way too much right now. I think I need to make this a weekly occurrence.

Photolog 2018: Day 199 of 365

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I did say I was gonna go back to Golden Bubbles really soon, didn't I? Tonight's pick was their limited edition taro mochi egg waffle with taro ice cream. The mochi egg waffle itself is quite excellent, with the nice chewy texture of the mochi complementing the soft, fluffy egg waffle really well; the taro flavour is very mellow and not overly sweet, making it a great canvas for a variety of toppings. Which is why I regret getting the taro ice cream with it. I know, you'd think they'd be perfect partners; both Maegan's boyfriend, Jason (the hand model), and the employee at Golden Bubbles recommended this combination. But the taro ice cream has a similarly mild flavour, so when combined, they don't have a very exciting flavour profile. It needed something sweeter (like whipped cream or Nutella or caramel sauce) and tangier (like strawberries or raspberries) to give it more contrast. But hey, no regrets, 'cause that's the fun part of trying out different egg waffles! If they still have it on my next visit, I'm think I'm gonna go for the HK milk tea egg waffle...

Photolog 2018: Day 198 of 365

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today's Taco Tuesday (two chicken, one fish) is brought to you by Moxie's. $3 each after 9:00 PM!

Photolog 2018: Day 197 of 365

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Monday, July 16, 2018

All day thunderstorms means noodle soup. Today's choice: Budae Jjigae ramen.

Makeup and Beauty Blog: Monday Poll, Vol. 533

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This week's Monday Poll:
  1. Where do you usually put on your makeup? My bathroom.

  2. Which would you rather do: an eyelash perm (a.k.a. lash lift), eyelash extensions, or eyelash tint? Lash lift. My lashes are stick straight, so I would love to not have to use an eyelash curler everyday.

  3. Do you have any psychic abilities? No, but I usually have a good intuition about things.

  4. Something you'd like to eat today? Noodle soup. In the mood for some comfort food.

  5. Have you ever taken in a stray? No, I barely have time to take care of myself let alone an animal.

G.C.F in USA

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Jungkook has blessed us today with another beautifully shot, beautifully edited G.C.F. However, G.C.F in Tokyo and G.C.F in Osaka seem more intentional, created with a specific artistic vision and narrative in mind, and a clear, true message that JK wanted to share with the world; this latest Golden Closet Film seems to serve the audience more than the creator. G.C.F. in USA marks the first time that all of BTS has appeared together in Jungkook's side project; you can see the love and comfort between all the members —  and that in itself is a beautiful thing — but there is a lack of passion and storytelling here as compared to the other two films, which are far more personal. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with this, but it does seem that JK was filming these scenes for the sake of filming; it's a little more reserved and restricted, and serves as more of a nostalgic behind-the-scenes video for BTS.

G.C.F in USA is filled with these fleeting moments of happiness, but the lyrics of the song are contradicting the visuals, which alludes to some sort of depression or anxiety that JK isn't ready to reveal. Judging from the song choice and lyrics ("When We Were Young" by Lost Kings), it seems that JK is at odds with his own feelings. He's so amazed at what he and his members have achieved as a group, having broken all these records in such a short amount of time, and feels so lucky and fortunate that sometimes his life doesn't feel real; but with all these accomplishments comes a huge, crushing burden and a crippling fear of failure, and he just wants to stop time and go back to simpler days when they weren't as successful but were far less worried. Without this specific song, however, it would just be a well-edited BTS travelogue, which makes me think that he prepared this for their fans more than for himself. (Although this proves that JK uses an incredible amount of thought when choosing the song for his films, especially ones that aren't in his native tongue.)

Each G.C.F has its own merits, of course, and while Tokyo is still my favourite, I do appreciate that each short film has its own theme and emotional attachment. I love that Jungkook can so beautifully capture his youth and the dynamics between him (the director) and his main subjects (one or more of his hyungs/members). One thing that you can always count on these videos for is an artistic eye for filming, muted colour filters that create a wistful mood, sharp and seamless editing skills, and an incredibly apt song choice. If Jungkook ever decides to give up on music, he could very well become an accomplished film director. I just hope he doesn't give up his passion for storytelling.

Photolog 2018: Day 196 of 365

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

I don't know what it is about Sundays. It might be because I don't work on Sundays often, but an 8.5-hour shift feels like 22 years. Needless to say, it called for after-work nachos with extra guac and jalapeños.

Sunday Video Love: Tomorrow

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I'm pretty sure I've posted a different live performance video for this song before, but BigHit just released this as a Bangtan Bomb (the actual performance was from last October) so I obviously had to post it again because it's my favourite track from Skool Luv Affair (actually, the whole "school trilogy," if I'm gonna be honest) and also because I think this is their most underrated choreography (and it's one of my favourites).

Photolog 2018: Day 195 of 365

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Went to Pacific Mall looking for a new daytime moisturizer and came back out with a full-blown Korean skincare haul.

Saturday Nine: I Love Lucy (1951)

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This week's Saturday Nine:

You can hear this week's song here.
  1. Before today, did you know that the "I Love Lucy" theme had lyrics? No, but I'd also never heard of the song before today.

  2. Since its premiere in 1951, I Love Lucy has never been off the air. Are you a fan? No, but I've also never watched a single episode of this show.

  3. On the show, Ricky Riccardo supports his family by performing in a nightclub. Do you know anyone in show business? I used to know many people in local rock bands but I think all of them have disbanded by now. I did know Care of Die Mannequin somewhat personally because we used to go to a lot of her old band's shows and would talk to them after their sets, but she was so high all the time that I don't think she remembers most of that time in her life.

  4. Lucy and Ricky's best friends are Fred and Ethel, their landlord and his wife. Are you friendly with your neighbours? I'll say 'hi' to them if I see them outside but my interactions with anyone in the neighbourhood are pretty limited.

  5. One of the most popular episodes has Lucy and Ethel working on the conveyor belt at a chocolate factory. When did you last have chocolate? I had a mini dark chocolate Kit Kat after dinner last night.

  6. Another famous episode has Lucy promoting Vitametavegimin. This tonic is made with vitamins, meat, vegetables — and 23% alcohol. Do you read the ingredients statement before you take an over-the-counter medication? Or do you trust that it's safe because it's on the store shelf? I actually do read the ingredients for over-the-counter medication, but since I don't actually know what like, 98% of the ingredients are, I also just trust that it's safe because it's over-the-counter. Canada's fairly strict about over-the-counter medication, though, so I don't really question it.

  7. I Love Lucy was filmed before a live audience. Desi Arnaz (Ricky) always maintained he could identify the chuckle of his mother-in-law, who attended every taping. Do you know anyone who has a distinctive laugh? I would say my friend Tuta. She has a higher pitched, very giddy sort of laugh. It's really cute and cheerful. The most distinctive laugh I have ever heard is not from real life, but from videos only, and it's from Jin of BTS. It's so distinct, in fact, that there are actually thousands of compilation videos dedicated solely to his laugh. If I were to describe it, it would be "windshield wiper."

  8. The show ended when the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz marriage ended. Have you ever had to choose sides when a couple broke up? No; I'm not usually friends with both people in a couple equally. I'm usually closer to one person over the other to begin with.

  9. Random question — You must eat the same dinner, every day, between now and Labor Day. An identical menu, no deviation. What will you be having? Noodle soup. More specifically, ramen (preferably thick) with pork belly and soft-boiled egg in a pork bone broth, like the Tonkotsu at Sansotei. To be honest, I don't think I'd get sick of it even after eating it everyday for two months.

Friday Five: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks

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Friday, July 13, 2018
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What are some titles in your to-read stack? You know, I used to read a lot but I haven't dedicated any time to books this year. If I'm going to be frank, I spend all of my free time at home consuming BTS content rather than reading or watching TV shows. But I do want to finish Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (I actually already have it but have only gotten past one chapter), get Still Me by Jojo Moyes (mostly because I already read the first two books in this series), and eventually start the Cormoran Strikes series by Robert Gailbraith (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling).

  2. What are the highlights of this weekend's to-do list? Sadly, I have work this entire weekend, so I don't really have a to-do list.

  3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to? I haven't watched a movie since Pitch Perfect 3 last November, so I've missed a lot of films (I didn't even watch Black Panther, which everyone and their mothers were talking about), but I actually really, really want to watch Incredibles 2. I don't know if I'll actually get the chance to (in theatres, anyway), but Pixar films are always a must-see in my books (except for maybe Cars). I'll probably end up getting it on DVD.

  4. What's something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week? Well, I've been meaning to get a haircut for like, two months and it hasn't happened yet, so we shall see.

  5. What's an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven't touched in at least a year? I don't have any. I don't start projects, to be honest, because I know that I'll have to dedicate a certain amount of time that I don't have (or am unwilling to set aside) for such things. I'm not really much of a hobbyist.

Photolog 2018: Day 194 of 365

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Chelsea and I went to check out Gyugyuya, a popular Japanese curry house that recently opened a full location in Scarborough (they have one at Pacific Mall, but it's apart of a food court so it's takeout only). I opted to get the Ton Katsu Curry, because it seems to be one of their signature dishes. And man, it might be one of the best tonkatsu I've had in the city. The meat here is tender and flavourful and it has the perfect pork-to-breading ratio, with the perfect crunch in every bite. The curry, what Gyugyuya is known for, has a smokiness with a hint of nutmeg that sets it apart from other Japanese curries, which can often be too runny or too sweet. It's also not too expensive, with a good portion size that's filling but not overwhelming. Will definitely go back when the curry cravings strike. I'm totally eyeing the gyu curry for next time.

The Concrete and Gold Tour: Foo Fighters — My Hero, Monkey Wrench, Best of You, and Everlong

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My videos from last night's Foo Fighters concert are up! If you follow my Instagram, you know that I always post one-minute clips of various songs from concerts I go to, but I only take full videos of my most favourite songs. And when it comes to Foo Fighters, these are my top four, and you might notice that three of those are from The Color and the Shape, which is one of my favourite records of all time. The last time I saw Foo Fighters live was in 2005 — they were promoting In Your Honor and "Best of You" was their latest single — and I can't believe it's already been 13 years. It honestly doesn't feel like that long ago, and I gotta say, Foo Fighters still performs with as much showmanship and integrity as they did back then. They're just incredible musicians and performers and I don't think there will ever come a time when I won't want to see them in concert.

Photolog 2018: Day 193 of 365

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Foo Fighters. 50,000 people. Biggest concert I've ever been to. Never seen anything like it. Foo Fighters is the one band that I have loved the longest and most consistently (21 years and counting). First saw them live in 2005 at Molson Amphitheatre performing in front of 16,000 people, and they still play with the same enthusiasm, humour, and graciousness 12 years later, in front of three times more people. Ever hear 50,000 people singing along to "Everlong"? It's fucking surreal. Videos to come.