When in Aix-en-Provence: I

i took part in an exchange program at school, so i had the chance to spend three weeks in Aix-en-Provence, France. it has been the best 3 weeks of my life. apart from eating way too much cheese, i have also been introduced to way too much french music in france. of course, being the…

Arrival: movie review

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars) i could have enjoyed Arrival (directed by Denis Villeneuve)  more- if i’ve been more contemplative, if i had been alone, if i had gone to the movie theatre to see it. but instead i watched it on my laptop, and so one aspect of it really stood out to me- its quiet…

“Spring Day” by BTS

CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT BTS’S NEW MV, SPRING DAY?????? so in case you don’t know what BTS is, it’s a super popular kpop group; and in case you don’t know what kpop is, (you really should reflect on your life choices) it’s South Korean pop music, a genre with stunning choreography, great songs and…

Dear Evan Hansen: musical rec

On the outside, always looking in Will I ever be more than I’ve always been? Dear Evan Hansen is breaking ground in the most tender and creative way: instead of dazzling costumes and fairy tale twists, or murder mysteries and your standard multi-love-story plot lines, it is a musical about social media, deception and, dare…

Kids of Appetite + Wrap-up + TBR

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! This month I finished two books, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (read the review here) and Kids of Appetite by David Arnold. For February, I am going to continue reading Night Sky Without Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I am also listening to History is…

Oscar Noms Om Nom Nom- 14 for La La Land and 6 for Black Actors

wrote this yesterday and wanted to share the pure BLISS with y’all oscars just made my day. La La Land won 14 nominations and i am LIVING. also as for best original song, i think Moana should get that one, so that Lin-Manuel Miranda would be one step closer to having Grammy, Tonys, Oscars and…

to a future beyond trump: books i want to write

Trump’s inauguration shook me, had me crying in fear, made me proud of all the people marching all around the world, and now it got me thinking- i thought about how to stand for who i am and what i believe in, when a caricature sits in the oval office and the world looks like…

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

Hello y’all! To celebrate the gorgeous new Beauty and the Beast movie coming out in March, I decided to do the Beauty and the Beast Book Tag! Thank you bookfandom1001 for creating this awesomeness and recommending me to do it. Their blog is amazing so GO CHECK IT OUT BEFORE YOU READ MY TAG! Rules :  1)Tag…

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick| review

“Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it.” title: Every Exquisite Thing author: Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Lining Playbook) genre: YA/ coming-of-age/ contemporary rating: 🌟🌟🌟❌❌     I was really disappointed by this book. It definitely does have a quirky plot line, but in general it was just-…

Niagara!

niagara at night. canon 5d. without tripods. (*hearty laughter, slaps forehead: silly me)

a day for the chinese-ness in me: Laba Festival

I guess you know you don’t have a life when you’re writing a blog post about congee… 😀 Yesterday was 腊八节, Laba Festival, a Chinese traditional holiday that my family celebrates every year.  It is on the eighth day of the twelfth month on the lunar calendar. On this day, my family goes to temples to worship,…

Ed Sheeran is Back & the World is Better for It

WHAT BETTER WAY TO START A DAY THAN WAKE UP AND FIND OUT THAT ED SHEERAN JUST DROPPED TWO NEW SONGS????!!!! So yes, after a year out of the spotlight, Ed Sheeran comes back with two tracks, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill”, which are going to be part of his new album,…