Frau’s 2017 consumption

Music

Last year, I wrote that the KPOP enthusiast in me was on a hiatus. This year, however, it made a comeback (get it?) and I went full-on KPOP for a good ¾ of the year which would explain why most of the music and artist I listened to may not be familiar to you. Don’t worry though; I was still updated with what was going on in the pop punk scene and some local bands – and they write songs in Bisaya, Tagalog and English!

Top pick: BTS – Spring Day, 화양연화 album series

 

The thought that the songs are in a foreign language may cause other people to skip over BTS but I urge everyone to try and take a listen to their three-part album series. Even though I listened to KPOP before, I was not able to get into this group until this year.

Spring Day is a song from BTS’ repackaged album You Never Walk Alone. I first heard the song on Produce 101 season 2 when a Vocal team covered it for a challenge. I searched for the original version and I felt like I struck gold because that’s what it is. The instrumentation and the lyrics fit well with the sentiment/ feel of the song. The music video is stunning. It was the one that got me into the group and will remain as my number 1 BTS song of all time for a long time.

Each album in the series contains your typical high-energy, fast BPM, hype songs but to balance it out, there are also slow, laid-back songs and ballads. Since the songs are in another language, I searched for the translated lyrics and to my surprise, their songs also dealt with topics that some of my favorite bands have written about. Youth – the pressures of society, doubting/ believe in one’s self, change, achieving dreams, etc. I personally call the 화양연화 album series as the KPOP counterpart of The Wonder Years’ album trilogy.

Honorable mentions:

  • AGUST D mixtape
  • The Rose – Sorry
  • Red Velvet – Peek-a-boo
  • TAEYEON – My Voice – The 1st Album
  • Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry (pahabol fave because I just heard them for the first time at KBS Gayo Daejeon)
  • Neck Deep – The Peace and the Panic (personal faves: Heavy Lies, 19 Seventy Sumthin’)
  • Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter (personal faves: Want Me Around, Everyone Lies to Me)
  • Mid-2000s OPM bands’ hit songs

 

Books

I have taken an effort to read more paperbacks rather than e-books this year. Not that I went on a book shopping spree, but I bought a hard copy of most of the books that I had a strong intent to read. I do still read epubs especially since it’s convenient when I need to pass the time on the road. Here’s my list this year:

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
  • It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
  • The Quarter-life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (cos Kafka on the Shore wasn’t available in store)
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (started around Christmas time but I have yet to finish it)

 

TV and Movies

Honestly, I was not able to watch as many movies as I did in 2016 (because most times I was just sad and spaced out) but I think I most of the shows and films that I was able to see were good and/ or entertaining. I can’t really remember every movie and show I watch but the ones on this list are the ones that easily come to mind.

 

  • Girls’ Generation 1979 – Korean drama adaptation of a novel by Kim Yong-hee. This is the stand-out pick from everything this year. The cinematography and the setting were outstanding. The plot was interesting and relatable. Click here for the teaser for the drama.
  • Coco – it’s not just a kids movie y’all! Everyone in the theater was at any one point in the movie in tears. The takeaway that I got from the movie is to give importance to remembering loved ones, alive or otherwise.

 

That’s it for last year’s round up! See you in the next post. Peace out!

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 7

Reading

I just started reading Demian by Hermann Hesse. I found out about it because I’ve watching a lot of BTS-related videos lately. Some of its passages are read throughout the trailer videos for their Wings album and those got me intrigued.

Writing

Aside from this post, nothing. Ug, I need to write more often or journal.

Listening

Citizen’s entire discography on Spotify. Stoked for their upcoming album! Listen to them here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0znuUIjvP0LXEslfaq0Nor

Thinking

“How do I recover from this sickness as soon as possible?”

Smelling

Cheese flavor from the chips that I’m currently eating

Hoping

To get some rest soon

Wearing

Shorts and sky blue shirt

Loving

Sleep

Wanting

To feel genuinely happy and stress-free

Needing

A break, maybe?

Feeling

I feel like shit. I know this is because I treated my body like shit for the past few weeks.

Clicking

Facebook

The Sunday Currently Vol. 6

Reading

English lyrics/ translation for BTS’ songs especially those off of their latest album, “Love Yourself: Her”

Writing

This Currently post but aside fron that nothing. I’ve been putting off writing on my journal for days now. Ihdk why.

Listening

Jung Sewoon – Never Mind (a.k.a. the Tsundere song)

Thinking

Wow, uhm, about a lot of things. The future, purpose/ passion vs. practical, the “right” path, etc. The most recurring thought this week though goes to: “Is going back home really giving up?”

Smelling

DURIAN! Hahahahaha. My lil bro brought some from home and I almost ate it all in one sitting. #HelloHighblood sana yun buti napigilan ko.

Hoping

Every time I feel like this, all I’m hoping for is some clarity. To be in the eye of the storm, even if it’s just for a short time.

Wearing

Black leggings and yellow shirt. Glasses. Hair in haphazard bun, as always.

Loving

Slow KPOP songs

Wanting

To feel genuinely happy and stress-free

Needing

A break, maybe?

Feeling

Body – tired. Mind – exhausted.

Clicking

Opened tabs with BTS lyrics for each of my favorite songs.

  • Save Me
  • Butterfly
  • Dimple
  • Run
  • EPILOGUE: Young Forever
  • MIC DROP

A moment of silence for the exhausted

“I’m not growing up
I’m just burning out
And I stepped in line
to walk amongst the dead”

Burnout, Green Day

Work has been hard lately and at times I feel like the world is punishing me. Being an introvert, the biggest struggle that has been recurring in my life after graduation is the fact that the line between work hours and personal time is blurred. I get that people development not only happens when you and your colleagues are at the workplace; that it also needs to happen outside of it. But for me, giving away most of my time to other people sucks the life out of my own self.

I do understand and accept the fact that I am part of a start-up company that is growing and that I need to be hands-on, I also know that I need to pause even for just a bit – for myself, for my soul. After all, I am not (and no human is) capable of working like a dog for days on end without crashing, dead-tired.

The reasons above are probably the reason why pockets of silence and moments of pause are so precious to me these days. In the stage of life that I’m currently living in, these have become rare and welcomed surprises that saved me from burning out.

#

siesta
quiet afternoon in bed

 

Junior standing: 5 tips after two years of #Adulting

Hi! This is Frau and I am now into my third year as a member of the “real world” where adult things (uy, pun intended) happen. I don’t have a lot of experience yet but who’s to say I’m not qualified to give my own advices? No one! So, read on and hopefully some, if not all, helps you in one way or another. 🙂

 

Me when asked “y u give advice?”

Advice 1: You do you – there’s no point in trying to keep up with what is the “uso” if it doesn’t genuinely resonate with you and your identity. For example, I like listening to pop punk and to KPOP, too. It might seem like a weird combination of genres to some people but I don’t care, what matters is I enjoy both. So, guys, please…

read the books you like

listen to the music you like

do things that you like

try things that you’d like to try

Advice 2: Don’t be afraid to seek help when things get tough. I’m guilty of trying to do everything alone and keeping everything in for as long as I can. I did that for the last 21 years so why can’t I continue doing it, right? Well, my friends, I realized I can’t carry on with that habit because a. it’s not good for my mental health and b. I don’t know all the answers and other do. But for this point, I’m not just talking about mental struggles but all kinds of struggle. Feeling down lately? Talk to a friend, family member or a therapist (if you can afford one). Don’t know how to solve a problem at work? Ask a senior or a mentor. You get the idea! You can’t always do things alone and oftentimes, you don’t have to.

Advice 3: If you want relationships to work, put in the effort needed. To be honest, I’m not good at chatting people up online or even texting just to catch up so I reaaaaally need to work on this till now. Good thing my friends are quite low maintenance so they don’t always need to be constantly hanging out (hi friends, sorry for this and promise I’ll be better #peace). They say the people you are five years ago may not be the same people you are close with now but, if you work on maintaining communication, hanging out and whatnot, then who’s to say it won’t be a lasting bond?

Advice 4: Fail forward. We cannot always expect to do everything right but what we can be sure of is we will fail at some point. When these failures happen, one thing to remember is to stop wallowing in the failure part and start thinking about the learning. How you will apply what you learned from that experience so it won’t happen again? Or at least the next time it happens, you know what to do. Accept the fact that you failed – own it – but keep in mind that that failure has given you an insight on what you can do to move forward.

Advice 5: You don’t always have to be ON. Okay, okay, I know we live in the digital age and everything is on the Internet. But you know what, as much as I love the online world and everything it offers, it’s exhausting (or at least to me, it is). Constant scrolling through mobile apps is now everyone’s go-to exercise. Communication has become so convenient that people sometimes have no regard about personal space/ time and they expect everyone to be, too. I even feel like sending an SMS has become obsolete because hello, Frau, y u not uses Messenger just like everyone?

Guys, sometimes we need to unplug and notice the things happening in our immediate surroundings. Get in touch with the real world (don’t get philosophical with me on this) or if you’re not the type of person who needs time off, respect those who do.


So yeah, those are my tips for you millennials and non-millennials. Apply what you can and discard what you cannot. Welcome to the real world! #

The Day-off Currently Vol. 1

Hello! Before you get on with the post, just a little head’s up for future “Currently” posts. I have work on Sundays so I usually am too tired to write so I’m changing things up. Posts of this kind are now called “The Day-off Currently” ‘cause my days off are more interesting. That’s it.

Reading

I just finished a fiction book called The Hating Game so as of the moment I’m not reading anything. BUT! I have a pending book on my list, the one I talked about in the last edition (see, I forgot about it).

Writing

My end of the month report for February. I sound like a legit adult doing office work, don’t I? HAHAHAHAHA. Also, trying to remember what events and happenings I have this March since I have to put them up in my planner or else, I forget about them.

Listening

Currently playing Taeyeon’s first full-length album “My Voice”. She’s a KPOP singer and member of SNSD.

Thinking

Nothing in particular. Exactly at this moment, it’s: “What happened to We Are The In Crowd?”

Smelling

The lingering smell of white onion from the dinner I cooked earlier

Wishing

For continuous sunny days and strength when storms roll in

Hoping

To get a long vacation soon (away from life, maybe?)

Wearing

Grey sort-of cropped top and blue workout (?) shorts

Loving

The music video for Taeyeon’s single, “Fine”. Check it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHXUM-6a3dU

Wanting

Sensible sandals that I can wear to work or to ganaps

Needing

Enough drive to pursue passion projects

Feeling

Post-exercise bliss

Clicking

Posts on crush’s blog

Loves of my life

So, yesterday was Valentine’s (Valentines?) day and in honor of the spirit of declaring one’s love, I am giving a shoutout to the things and people that give me love or that I really love.

I love…

  • My family, of course. Even if they are a hard bunch of people to deal with, my family and extended relatives are always the people who make me feel loved any time of the year.
  • Gegen and Frams. These two are my siblings; one is my real sibling and the other a sister-from-another mother. Yes, I know I just mentioned my family in the first bullet but these two deserve their own spot.
  • Happy crushes. You know, those innocent (CHAR) crushes that everyone has, or not. For me, my “happy crushes” is just that – they make me happy and yes, kilig. I don’t want to be with them though, IRL. That would probably ruin the whole fantasy. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

In love with…

  • Pop punk love songs. Of course, this genre is known for writing about girls and relationships so there are a handful of songs that would make any girl feel giddy. I mean, why bother getting a boyfriend when I have Derek Discanio to serenade me, right? My all-time favorite kilig State Champs song is “Leave You in the Dark”. Some of my other faves are Box Car Racer – There Is, All Time Low – Painting Flowers and Neck Deep – A Part of Me.
  • Korean dramas. Yes, kinain na ako ng sistema. I am totally in love with good k-dramas and the characters that are in it. There is nothing like a good cry or laugh brought by a solid episode, whether it be a light-hearted romance or a time-travel, historical love story.

I guess that’s all. XOXO