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
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The Sunday Currently Vol. 5

Hello! The “Currently” series is now back on it’s regular programming.

Reading

I actually  just finished reading Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith so right now I’m reading Abbey Sy’s round-up post on her blog.

Writing

Well, this volume and also my daily report for our HQ.

Listening

Lately, I’ve been more into KPOP (BTS specifically) so I’ve been adding songs to my playlist on Spotify. It’s constantly on repeat right now.

Thinking

About what arrangement would work best for my sort-of bullet journal/ planner

Smelling

Honestly, nothing.

Hoping

Really hoping that my brother’s going to pay me back within the next week since I have a passport appointment coming up. Also, hoping for that appointment to go well.

Wearing

Old family reunion shirt and pambahay shorts as per usual. Oh, and eyeglasses.

Loving

There are a lot of things that I love currently. Here are some of them:

Music

Others

  • #Girlboss Radio podcast
  • New Philipps earphones
  • YayCam! Retro app
  • Funny BTS English interview videos

Wanting

Wanna One and Jung Sewoon’s debut albums to arrive faster than the ETA

Needing

Some genuine alone time – free from constant checks, social media and the invisible hand of work

Feeling

I have not processed what I’m feeling right now. Maybe sleepy?

Clicking

Emails

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

More than a decade under the influence

My current music taste is a hodge-podge of different artists. If you listen to my playlist on Spotify, you’ll be up for a lot of surprises since it includes artists from Whitesnake to Run DMC to SNSD to Knuckle Puck.

Attending Influence Night then made me think: if I trace back to the artists that made me listen to the ones I have in my playlist today, who would these be? I thought a lot about the possible answers to this question and this is what I came up with.

  • Air Supply. Every Sunday is Air Supply day in our home. Others included in our Sunday tunes are Bee Gees, Firehouse, The Beatles and Bon Jovi. It is due to this family routine that I can probably sing along to almost every Air Supply song out there. Also, let me just say that even though I may not look like it, I do listen to classic rock.
  • Michael Learns to Rock. Me and my cousins used to gather around the TV and play a cd with all of MLTR’s music videos. One of the first 90’s bands that I listened to and will still occasionally put on to this day.
  • Eraserheads, Rivermaya, Callalily. I remember 2005-2008 as the years when OPM bands were the “uso” among the fifth graders and high schoolers. I still have my high school autograph project were most of my classmates wrote Kamikazee, Spongecola, etc as their favorite band. For me though, my 12-year-old self was already familiar with OPM since my older brothers listened to Rivermaya and Eraserheads.
  • Yellowcard, Boys Like Girls, Paramore. These bands mark my branching out into the pop punk genre — although many will argue that these bands were not really “pop punk”. I remember being one of the only two people in our senior class who listened to Yellowcard (the other one was Jessa). Enter college and I find out that a lot of the kids in my age group were actually listening to Yellowcard, they were just not from my town.
  • All Time Low. The very first song I listened to by ATL was Remembering Sunday but the song that made me seek out the band is Break Your Little Heart. From then on, I was a fan. ATL was the reason  I found out Hopeless Records’ youtube channel and watch other bands (THE WONDER YEARS!!).
  • Knuckle Puck. Third year into University and  I was already into pop punk by this time. During the 2010s there has been a revival of the genre, the so-called “Defend Pop Punk” movement. Lots of new school pop punk bands were popping into the scene. I was behind in all of this but luckily, a friend sent me a link to KP’s No Good. I admit, at first I found it “noisy” especially the shouting at the start but I guess it just takes some getting used to. I now actually enjoy KP and all the other bands such as Seaway, Real Friends and State Champs to name a few of the popular ones.
  • Super Junior, SNSD. Yes, I do, in fact, listen to KPOP. The very first video I saw was Super Junior’s “It’s You” and I was intrigued. I did not – and still don’t quite – understand Korean but their dances and crazy concepts are enough to keep me entertained. But now, I mostly only check out SNSD and their members’ solo debuts and keep away from new groups. I don’t want to go down that rabbit hole again. Hehe.

My tip if you want to listen to new artists that sound similar to your influences is to try online radios. Even before Spotify had stations, playlists by genre and artist radio, there were already websites such as Jango.com that were doing that for me. Lucky for us, we now have these music apps on our phones that make music streaming and downloading easy. Also, talk to your friends who listen to the same or another genre/ artist and trust their suggestions.

What’s on your playlists right now? Comment below and I’ll check it out. 🙂