Monday, February 18, 2019
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To Bangtan's eternal sunshine, mood maker, and dance leader, happy 25th (26th in Korean age) birthday! Thank you for your ability to brighten up any atmosphere and mood, your weird sound effects any time you're on camera, your insanely beautiful smile with the most perfect teeth, your unparalleled dance skills and body control, your incredible and charismatic stage presence, and for being our Piece of Peace.

Photolog 2019: Day 48 of 365

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Gamja-tang with rice cakes and extra kimchi for dinner at Owl of Minerva, one of my favourite winter meals, ever. It's kinda tedious to pick out all the meat from the bone, but it's always worth it.

BTS V LIVE [J-Hope]: HOPE Day countdown๐ŸŽ‰


Honestly, birthday V Lives are the best. There's so much happiness and joy and chaos, and god, I love these boys so much!


Sunday Video Love: Boy Meets Evil


In honour of Hobi's birthday tomorrow (well, today, if you're on the other side of the world), here's his solo track, also known as the intro for Wings, featuring one of the most impressive, epic, intense choreographies I've ever seen.

Photolog 2019: Day 47 of 365

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chelsea and I were craving tonkatsu for dinner, so we decided to try out Katsuya, a restaurant chain that is solely dedicated to katsu and has consistently good ratings. We decided to get the cheese crabmeat croquettes to start, and then we each ordered the original pork loin katsu. Surprisingly tender meat (pork loin can be really tough because there's such low fat content, but this was still soft and moist); the most excellent airy, golden, crispy skin; and a lovely sweet-savoury gravy that accented the meat perfectly (as opposed to some other sauces, which can overwhelm the flavour of the meat). The croquettes were also amazing, with a satisfying ratio of potato to crabmeat to cheese, coated in a tasty crunchy batter, and topped with a creamy tartar-mayo sauce. Our server was lovely as well; super-sweet, attentive, and cheerful. 100% recommend. Will definitely come back when the tonkatsu craving hits!

BTS V LIVE [Suga]: ์ฝ˜์„œํŠธ์—์„œ ๊ฐ“ ํŠ€์–ด๋‚˜์˜จ๋“ฏํ•œ ์Šˆ๊ฐ€


I was not expecting a V Live today, let alone one from Yoongi. I think I always expect him the least because he's such a private, low-key person, but it's occurred to me that they generally only do V Lives when they're on tour because they actually have the time (I think the only members that do V Lives in Korea are RM and Hobi, and it's always in their studios). What I appreciate about Yoongi's V Lives the most is that he keeps his answers short, simple, and to-the-point. He doesn't exaggerate or beat around the bush or feel the need to embellish or elaborate. He just keeps it real. Add to that his lower timbre, and his V Lives are actually quite calming. And the more I observe his actions and movements, the more I am convinced he was a cat in a previous life, the little meow meow.

Friday Five: QotD

Friday, February 15, 2019
This week's Friday Five:
  1. What kind of drunk are you? My body doesn't seem to metabolize alcohol, so I'm a totally-sober-for-the-first-three-hours-but-blacked-out-after-four kind of drunk. Hence, I don't drink.

  2. What's one of your language-related pet peeves? Using 'of' instead of 'have.' Like, there is no "should of." It is "should've," as in "should have."

  3. What would be a good question to ask people you've just met, if what you really want to know is what they're passionate about? You know, an alternative to "What do you do?" or "How do you know so-and-so?" Using "Tell me about..." instead of a question. I use this a lot at work with my clients. It creates more of an emotional connection with the person you're talking to, so they feel more open with you.

  4. When you get home super tired and super hungry, do you usually eat first or sleep first? Eat first. I'll just make something really fast, usually a sandwich or a bowl of cereal. And then I'll pass out in bed.

  5. You're taking an exam. You aren't sure about the answer to question 5, but you know it's either "lions" or "tigers." You get to question 11 and realize whatever the answer to 5 is, 11 is the other answer. Do you write "lions" as your answer to 5 and 11, thereby ensuring you'll get one of them right? Or do you write "lions" for 5 and "tigers" for 11, risking two wrong answers but giving you a chance at two right ones? I've never been in this type of situation where it came down to these two probabilities in an exam, but I suppose I'd write "lions" as my answer to both questions. I don't make high-risk investments.

Photolog 2019: Day 46 of 365


Had a long, tedious day of office work today, so I thought I'd treat myself to a Honey Burst Waffle at Golden Bubbles. Add some butter and it would make an excellent breakfast food as well.

Photolog 2019: Day 45 of 365

Thursday, February 14, 2019

My Valentine's gift to myself (the very best kind of gift, really) arrived just in time today! I had an $8 coupon from Sephora's Chinese New Year promotion plus cash back from Ebates, so I decided to get three shades of the Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick in Sweet Talk, Crazy 4U, and Hunny Bun. Because what better gift to get myself for Valentine's Day than the most adorable heart-shaped glossy lipsticks?

Photolog 2019: Day 44 of 365

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Well, well, well! Look what I found on the playlist at work today! And guess who replayed it about 18 times in the course of eight hours much to the chagrin of her co-workers?

Photolog 2019: Day 43 of 365

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Another 20 cm of snow today. (They already plowed my neighbourhood once this evening, and another 10 cm accumulated.) I'm really, really ready for spring now.

Run BTS! 2019: Episode 63


As much as I love Run BTS! episodes at random public locations (like the zombie episode, the water park episode, or the bungee jumping episode), I've really missed them just playing games in their studio. They seem more at ease and more natural, and I think we get to see more of their true personalities here. And, yes, I'd vote for Jeon Jungkook as class president, too.