Recommendations: Korean Dramas

You saw the title and you still decided to click? Well, thank you, and I’m sorry in advance for sucking you into the K-Drama hole if you’re not already in it. I’ve watched a good chunk of dramas over the past few years, so today I’ll recommend you my top five, along with a few others that I’ll be mentioning casually.

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Before I get into my list, I must mention Reply 1997 (“응답하라 1997”). I know there’s a “Reply” series, but this one specifically is iconic. It was the first drama I ever watched, so it holds a special place in my heart and it’d be wrong for me to skip over this. This drama is a bit older, but just as entertaining and heart clenching as the others. You’ll definitely fall for Jung Eunji and Seo In Guk if you haven’t already!

 

 

 

 

Now, for the actual list of my Top 5 Korean Dramas. This list is in no particular order, so keep that in mind!

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (“역도요정 김복주”)

Oh, man. I laughed so hard while watching this drama. It’s funny in the realest of ways, and I even found the characters to be relatable sometimes. I was a bit skeptical about watching it because of how much hype there was surrounding it, but when I pulled the trigger and finally watched, I kicked myself for not watching it earlier. My friends who are pickier with dramas even admitted to loving this one, so that’s saying something! Nam Joo Hyuk was so charming here and Lee Sung Kyung really put on a show for this role. I applaud her for the work she put into this role and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Because This is My First Life (“이번 생은 처음이라”)

Ah.. Now this was a relatable drama. The main character is very meek and awkward and ridiculous. She made me cringe a good number of times, but also warmed my heart just as much. The supporting cast also did such a wonderful job. I really enjoyed the side storylines and issues that were brought up in this drama. I also loved seeing the male lead (Lee Min Ki’s character) warm up over time and really become human throughout the story. I don’t even know what drew me to this drama, but when it ended I remember being so happy I watched it.

 

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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (“김비서가 왜 그럴까”)

Oof, this is another kick in the gut. I fell in LOVE with this drama. The chemistry between these two actors is out of this world, oh my! It doesn’t help that both of them are absolutely stunning to look at. I seem to have a soft spot for Park Seo Joon and this drama just doubled that spot in size. I love the many facets of his character, from the protective side of him, to the thoughtful and loving side, to the troubled, emotional side. There’s also a cameo from the couple in the previously mentioned drama, which made this one all the more exciting!

 

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Are You Human Too? (“너도 인간이니”)

This drama was so weird! I watched this rather recently by recommendation of my boss. Oh boy, I really got into it. I watched it day in and day out. I even loved all the science, tech and AI parts of this drama. Even if it’s not real or accurate, it was really interesting and made me think a lot! Overall I found it very entertaining. I also enjoyed that the girl in the drama was the cold one, which was a refreshing change. Strangely, I think I cried a good number of times watching this one.. I wish I could watch it again with fresh eyes. There were so many exciting twists and turns!

 

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Touch Your Heart (“진심이 닿다”) / Goblin (“도깨비”)

I really can’t discuss one without the other. I watched Goblin back in 2017. Cried nearly every episode. Tears streaming, nose blowing, everything. I couldn’t believe it ended. Anyways, these two stars of Touch Your Heart were the second couple in Goblin. So many people can agree that this couple was just as good, and sometimes better than the main couple. Sorry! It’s true though. A few months back, when I heard they were going to star in a drama together, it piqued my interest. Naturally, I forgot about it and the drama started, but right before it ended, I jumped in. I could barely get myself to sleep. I wanted to watch every second of it! Something about Lee Dong Wook is so.. Heartwarming. Maybe it’s his huge eyes and soft, tiny smile. I adore him. His chemistry with Yoo In Na is incomparable, and if you don’t agree, just watch the behind the scenes. I really didn’t want to see these characters and their story come to an end, but alas..

Okay, now that I’ve written an essay about all these dramas, please choose one and get started! I think I’m about to dive into an oldie, She Was Pretty (“그녀는 예뻤다”), because I’m now in desperate need of something to watch. If you do try out any of these, please comment down below and let me know what your thoughts are! And you need someone to gush over these with, I’ve got you covered.

xo,
Kris

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Let’s Talk: Eating Alone

Who here enjoys the moment when you first see your food? Whether it’s a server setting down your plate at a restaurant, or opening up the meal you ordered at the take out place nearby.. If you really pay attention, it’s such a satisfying moment. The visual of the food, the smells wafting through the air.. It’s magical.

If our food is enticing and brings about feelings of satisfaction, why is it that we need other people in order to enjoy our meal? Honestly.. We don’t!

Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy being alone. Though there are times I’m not completely comfortable with it, I have come to enjoy eating alone. I think a lot of people have a fear of this, or find it really awkward or unpleasant. For me, at least, it’s allowed me to spend my eating time as I wish.

If I’m eating with another person, chances are, I have to engage in conversation. Trust me, I 100% enjoy eating with others and I often do. However, there are some expectations when you eat with someone else. You don’t usually eat your food at the speed you’d like to, because you’re either engaging in the conversation, or maybe eating at the same pace your dining partner is. You may not even think too much about your food because you’re too focused on the person/people you’re with. Unless that’s just me..

Nonetheless, if you eat alone, you do as you please. You can order what you want, as much as you want. You’re able to eat your food slowly or very quickly if you please! (Though I don’t recommend eating too quickly.) Being free of someone else, you’re able to let your mind wander to whatever it takes interest in. Watch the people around you. Tune in to a few mealtime conversations. Think about what you need to get done and get organized, mentally. Daydream a little. Or just focus on the food. More than anything, I recommend doing this.

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If you’re hesitant, take small steps. Don’t go to a huge restaurant that’s busy with groups of people and couples and friends. Start off getting something small at a casual place. Enjoy your coffee by yourself at a cafe or local Starbucks. Grab lunch somewhere casual, where most people go for takeout. Somewhere like a plate lunch place. It’s usually quite empty anyways. And if you’ve worked your way up to restaurants, but still want to start small, that’s great and that’s fine! If you’re at this point, I recommend going to a Japanese restaurant. I specifically suggest a ramen shop if you have one near you.

Ramen is a pretty quick meal, but that’s not why I suggested it. Many shops have seating areas with very small tables, fit for only one or two people. A number of ramen shops even have solo dining areas. You’ll find these in Japan as well. These solo dining areas are usually “at the bar” as one might say. These seats are right up against the kitchen. You’re basically facing a wall! In the picture posted above, I was really facing the wall. If I stood up, I could see the kitchen staff making the ramen, but sitting down, I could only see their upper bodies because I’m short. In short, my space against the wall allowed me to forget that there were a number of people dining around me. I didn’t have to look at them. I was able to enjoy my meal. I suggest you try this too! Ramen is a good place to start. It has so much flavor and depth for you to focus on. So, really. Focus.

Indulge in every aspect of your meal. Eating is rarely a mindful action anymore. Food is a beautiful thing we find ourselves taking for granted. Enjoy the smell of your food. Savor your first bite. Try to figure out what ingredients are in your dish. Think about what specifically makes it good. (Unless it’s not..!) Simply enjoy eating. Notice the feeling of your body getting filled, and the feelings of hunger subsiding. These feelings are all so satisfying if you give yourself the time to notice it. Try it. Even if it takes a few times to get comfortable. Embrace eating alone.

Recommendations: Podcasts!

Podcasts have been my new method of passing time. Sometimes I have mindless, busywork to do and don’t want my mind to wander. I find that when it wanders, it takes me to dark places and negative feelings. I also want to gain something amidst my busywork, even if it’s in a small way. Podcasts do that. I’ve been trying to test my comfort zone, trying out a variety of podcasts, some that don’t even interest me at first look. Through this search, I’ve found a few I’d like to share. I’ll give a few specific episode recommendations as well!

1. How I Built This with Guy Raz: NPR
If you’re familiar with podcasts, I have no doubt you’ve heard of this one. Guy Raz sits down with the founders of companies we all know and love. These founders guide us through their journey, filling us in on how down and dirty they had to get in order to reach the great success they have now. It always leaves me feeling inspired. It’s also such a great reminder that you don’t really get anywhere without some hard work. And you may not get there on the first try.

I have so many episodes I’ve loved and want to recommend, but the ones that I’d encourage you all to listen to include the episode with Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan’s journey with methodMiguel McKelvey’s WeWork episode, and Emily Weiss’ chat about Glossier.

2. Girlboss with Sophia Amoruso
As a 23 year old female, I can’t explain how encouraging it is to listen to females talk about their journey, their struggles, and give advice. That’s pretty much what Girlboss Radio is all about. I’ve admired Sophia Amoruso for so long, and I just love her easygoing vibe and the way she speaks. Again, I had some trouble picking out just a few episodes, but this is what I’ve narrowed it down to.

As a longtime follower, I’d recommend Michelle Phan’s episode. She’s so graceful and easy to listen to! Aimee Song is so cool and I think she and Sophia have similar, chill personalities that I vibe with, so I definitely recommend her episode as well. Gabby Bernstein’s episode was also pretty awesome and the path she’s taken was such an interesting one to learn about. I haven’t listened to it yet (HOW? I don’t know either!), but I know I’ll love it so please do listen to the chat with Joanna Coles, because I’ve admired her for so long.

3. Perfectly Imperfect with Regina and Christine
I’m so bummed this podcast isn’t around right now. Regina and Christine felt like friends, or dare I say, older sisters? They covered topics most females can relate to, and I loved some of their takes on what it was like growing up in an Asian household. There were a few times my inner voice screamed, “This is my life!!!” It’s an easy listen so I think you can get through a few episodes a day, but I have a few you should start with.

The one that I needed the most was the Post-Grad Struggles episode. I’m still struggling and it’s been nearly a year, so I might have to give this one another go sometime soon. I know it’s the episode after it, but the Expectation vs. Reality: Life in Your 20s talk also was a NEED in my life. If anyone’s feeling the way I am, know you’re not alone! Lastly, Jenn Im has been one of my favorite influencers for.. Gosh, I don’t even know how long. Anything involving her will always be a favorite.

These next few podcasts are ones I’ve only listened to an episode or two of, but will definitely be tuning in to more:

4. On The Line with Estée Lalonde
I can’t believe I didn’t start this podcast earlier. I love Estée and have been watching her for years. I adore her friendship with Amelia Liana and it had to be the first episode I listened to. Surprise, surprise! I loved it.

5. The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show
The one episode I watched I highly recommend. Seth Godin is a genius, but everything he says is so easy to understand.

6. FOODBEAST’s The Katchup
They’re so entertaining, I could listen for so long! I hope all the episodes are like this, because the one I listened to recently with @foodwithmichel’s Michel PhiPhak and it was so, so good. Can’t wait to tune in again.

7. Abroad in Japan
I love all things Japan, and this allows me to learn more about it and enjoy with not only my eyes, but my ears! I watch Chris’ YouTube Channel from time to time and recently found out that he hosts his own podcast. I needed to jump in immediately!

Honorable mention podcast episodes:
Design Details Ep 21: Startup Lubricant feat. Bin Chen
Guts N’ Glory Podcast: “New York to Tokyo” with Lindsay Arakawa

Podcasts I haven’t listened to yet, but want to: Oprah Super Soul Conversations, The Wine Down by Wine Dialogues, Bon Appétit Foodcast, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Glossy Beauty Podcast (specifically the one with Glow Recipe gals, Sarah & Christine), Ologies PodcastAsian Boss Girl, Stuff Mom Never Told YouA Taste of the Past (especially the China Street Food episode because I’m a sucker for street food!), & Don’t Keep Your Day Job.

I’m sure, in time, I’ll have an abundance of podcasts to recommend to you all, but this is where I have to cut it off. I hope to recommend something else next time! Maybe something a little different, like face masks? Or maybe snacks? ‘Til then.

xo,
Kris

New Wave Friday x POW! WOW! Hawaii

On Friday after work, instead of going home as I always do, I took a turn. I drove into the hustle and bustle of New Wave Friday at Ward Village. Why? They were holding an event celebrating the end of this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii, and I wanted to check out the special events going on. As you will find out below, there were quite a few.

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When I got there at around 5PM, I made a beeline straight for the Eventbrite tent. There were already people waiting! I, along with all those people in line, RSVP-ed for the free tote designed by Pow! Wow! founder, Jasper Wong. He was actually there, too, in a booth of his own down the road, painting the featured Lexus model of the evening. He was so quick! Every time I passed him, he had made his way far around the car.

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One of my favorite deals of the evening was from Via Gelato. Sure, they weren’t a pop-up booth at the event, but they were one of the lucky businesses who made use of their space, and the buzz that surrounded them this evening. The $1 Keiki Cup deal was brilliant, and left a line of people out the door! My mom and I were lucky to beat the crowd and scored two cups of our own — Chocolate Haupia + Salted Caramel with Brownie Batter, & Coffee + Fudge Swirl. I saw this $1 promotion on their Instagram, so Hawaii peeps, hit that up!

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After meandering the streets a bit, we decided that most of the food lines were just too long. Don’t get me wrong, they looked amazing! Istanbul Hawaii definitely caught my eye because I don’t often see Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine around (though I wish I did!). We hopped in the short line for MoDo and Watanabe Bakery’s joint booth. They had a deal — for $5 you could get both a MoDo doughnut and curry pan. Score! They were so good and fresh, I’m craving another.

I walked around for a good while, observing and basking in the buzz. I had to stop by one of my favorite stores, MORI. It sells a ton of things (clothing, jewelry, stationery, home goods, etc..) made by local brands and artists. Every time I walk in there, something new and exciting catches my eye. I especially loved their new corner setup!

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The night was short and sweet, and I didn’t buy much.. But I was so glad to be out. I often spend my Friday nights at home, which isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong! However, it felt refreshing to stray from my normal routine. Sometimes we just need a little spice in our lives! I hope to have a video up to show you all just a bit more from this night, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this short read.

xo,
Kris

A Warehouse Paradise

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With Oahu being as small as it is, you’d think we’d be well aware of all we have to offer. We’re not. At least, I’m not. I find new spots everyday, which I’m thankful for because it keeps life exciting on this little rock. I want to share with you this absolute gem I recently found. I’ve known about it for a while now, but I’ve only just been able to pay a visit. It took me a while to hit it up, but I don’t want anyone else to live in the dark any longer!

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Paradise Ciders is the first hard cider company to hit the islands. I absolutely love their logo. The island-apple combo? So creative! These guys have taken cider to a whole new level with their locally inspired flavors, including “Leid Back Lilikoi,” “Pineapple Mojito,” and my favorite, “Guava Lava”. You’ll find them at shops and restaurants around the island, but you must stop by their Tasting Room in Kalihi. If you’re of age and enjoy a drink with a bit of a bite, this place is for you!

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Stop by when the sun’s going down. The string lights turn on and you instantly feel the atmosphere change. It’s cozy. The cider is cold but you feel warm. The place buzzes with good conversations. Their sweet pup, Kaia, roams around the tables, peeking up at those who have food, but never approaching. She’s shy and sweet.

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You look up at the menu. The 12 flavors can be a bit overwhelming. I mean, let’s face it — every flavor looks enticing! There’s a solution. The four drink flight for $8 is the best way to taste a few of ciders you have your eye on. Bring a few friends and get all 12. Trust me, it’s worth it!

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When I hopped over to Paradise Ciders after work last night, I opted for a flight. I chose all the drinks my friends didn’t try. That left me with “Mango Daze,” “Kickit Lime,” “How Do You Like Dem Apples Pears,” and “Cucumber Sour.” Cucumber Sour really hits you with the scent of the cucumber, but the taste isn’t as strong. It wasn’t completely my jam because I’m not so much a cucumber girl, but you know what was? How Do You Like Dem Apples Pears! It was light and fruity, crisp and just what I needed. Overall, though, Guava Lava is the way to go. Maybe it’s the island vibe of the drink that got me, but it’s just so good!

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It’s pretty easy to spend a few hours here, chatting away or playing an intense game of jenga. So make it your next post-work hangout spot and enjoy the moment with some friends! Paradise Ciders is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 3pm to 8pm. On Sundays they’re open from 1pm to 6pm. And if you need food, no worries! They usually host Pop Up Chefs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On other nights, there’s pizza by the slice.

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Tips for Starting Your First Job

1 Research, research, research!

Research your company, research your co-workers (to an extent!), research everything you can. You want to be as prepared as possible, so try to have at least a vague idea of who you’ll be surrounded with. Maybe know a little about who your competitors might be, or what companies you company does business with if that information has been made public (via social media, company website, etc). It never hurts to know a little too much.

2 Take notes on what your co-workers are wearing and follow suit

Make an effort to make conversation at lunchtime, if other people seem to be in a chatty mood. Lots of people are glued to their phones for that half an hour, but try to be present in the conversation if one is happening. It’s a great way to get to know others in a short period of time, and makes it easier to find your place within the office.

3 Stock up

Bring snacks, maybe even have a drawer full! Sometimes the hunger creeps up, or maybe you need to stress eat for a second. Bring healthy snacks to work, and make sure there are a variety of things you can choose from. Bring salty snacks like pretzels and something on the sweet side like banana chips. I always suggest having some tea on hand, or even instant coffee if that’s your jam. Sometimes you just need a caffeine kick.. Trust me.

4 Be conscious & bring your own stuff

Stay hydrated, stay caffeinated (if you must). Bring a reusable water bottle, reusable straw, and reusable mug/cup and store it in your office. Bring a plate, utensils, and a bowl too! That way you don’t have to buy any utensils and you’ll be able to stay conscious of the environment.

5 Save! Make it a habit to split every paycheck

When you get your paycheck, split it, and save it. What I do whenever I get my paycheck is split it. I put half into my savings. I split the other half again. I put one half of that into my checking account, and the other half into a different savings account. The savings account I just mentioned is for trips and fun activities, but my main savings account is for life expenses.

6 Know your worth

No matter where you work, know your worth. Perhaps you don’t get along with everyone and your co-workers don’t become your best friends. That’s okay! However, you should understand that you are an important part of the team. What you do matters. Don’t let anyone mistreat you. Try to keep work from becoming an unsafe space for you, and know when it is (if it ever becomes one — but I hope it doesn’t). Work is a huge part of your life now, so don’t let it drive your mental, physical and emotional health into the ground.

Last bit.. It’s okay to feel lost and unsure. It’s okay to not feel 100% engaged in what you’re doing, or feel less passionate than others around you. It’s your first job! You will learn so much. You’ll learn about the field you’re in, your strengths and weaknesses, and you’ll even acquire new skills. Just think of this as a stepping stone to a better version of yourself.

xo, K

What I Love Lately

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김비서가 왜 그럴까 | What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim
This! Drama! I have watched quite a few Korean Dramas, and this one was recommended to me by at least two friends. Park Seojoon and Park Min Young star. He’s the narcissistic vice president of his family’s company and she’s his quick-thinking, hardworking secretary. She shocks him one day by announcing her resignation, and the drama follows the aftermath of it all.. I recommend giving this drama a try if you like comedy and romance, and a bit of drama! I’ve been hooked. I’m so sad to see it end so soon, and wonder what drama I’ll sink my teeth into next..

 

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NEOGEN – Real Ferment Micro Essence
I ordered this from Soko Glam after hearing so much about it online, and especially from Joan Kim, one of my favorite YouTubers whose recommendations I trust completely. I remember hearing that your skin “drinks up” this product, and it really does. I delicately pat this on, and in a few minutes, it feels as though my face had never been touched! I don’t enjoy sticky residue, and this product leaves none of that. However, my face has been feeling incredibly moisturized lately. Could it be as a result of this product? Maybe!

 

Jay Park – Yacht ft. Vic Mensa
Who doesn’t love a summer bop? No one. Because everyone loves summer bops! Also, shoutout because I see Diamond Head in the background.

 

Jessi – Down
Because I’m a summer bop enthusiast, here’s a second one. I look up to Jessi. She’s breaking barriers and exudes the kind of confidence and attitude I wish I had. I’ll forever root for her!

 

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Playground Tattoo | @playground_tat2
Ever since I saw one particular tattoo on this account, I’ve been itching to get one. I love how delicate the artist’s work is. It’s amazing how creative it can get even though they are so simple and small. I’ve always liked tattoos, but never new quite what I wanted. Now I know. I knew I wanted it right when I saw it. To keep it a secret until I get it (if I do!), I won’t share which one I want (it’s not pictured!).

 

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Apple AirPods
Don’t hate me! I followed the trend, but I don’t regret it one bit! In my own defense, all I can say is that I use these all the time. I use them when I watch videos or listen to music at home, especially when I’m doing an activity, like putting things away or washing the dishes. I’ve also found them incredibly useful at the gym. I forgot how annoying it can be to run or lift weights with messy earphone cords.

I hope to get more creative with these posts in the future. Happy weekend, everyone! Stay hydrated. I don’t know where you are, but it reached 90° where I am and that is about all I can take. Stay hydrated, folks. 🙂

xo,
Kris

To Read or Not To Read

It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a book. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a book unrelated to my college courses. I admit it! I slacked off on reading in college. I never felt the urge to invest in even more books after putting down at least $200 every semester. More so, I never felt the urge to read more than was asked of me in college. It’s a shame, but hey, I’m back and I’m itching to pick up a book! Or forty?

I’ve learned about some great books, so I’ve listed a few that have made it to the top of my “to read” list.

Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
I recently went to Barnes & Noble with a friend and she picked up this book. When she went to check the price with an employee, he couldn’t stop raving about it. He was a huge David Sedaris fan, and has even gone to his readings! That night, I looked him up and found that he was topic of an article on TIME that I really loved. I can’t wait to get this book. It’s supposed to be literally laugh out loud funny!

When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
This book has been recommended far and wide. A friend of mine read it for school and really liked it. If I recall correctly, it even made him cry, and he doesn’t cry easily. It’s also one of those bestseller books you see everywhere. I’ve also seen people I admire reading it, from YouTuber Joan Kim to BLACKPINK member, Rosé. I think it’ll be a tough read because I cry quite easily, but I definitely need to get to it soon.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck | Mark Manson
It’s time to start reading self-help books/guides. This one looks like a good one. Honest, real, and perfect for “this generation.” It claims to “cut through the crap,” and I’m all for it. BLACKPINK’s Rosé, who I mentioned earlier, was also caught reading this. It’s safe to say I’m intrigued. It’ll be my first dip into the self-help section, and though this take on it is a bit wild, I’m still excited!

1984 | George Orwell
A classic.. That I somehow have not yet read. I’m not usually the best at making sense of classic novels, but I really want to try. 1984 sounds really interesting, and for some reason it has come up a lot in conversation over the past few months. I want to know what it’s all about!

The Japanese Mind | Roger J. Davies
I read excerpts of this book while I studied in Japan. We were required to read it for a class, so I definitely skimmed over pages here and there. Japan fascinates me. A few friends and I recently stayed up until 5am discussing Japanese culture, among a variety of other topics. Also, I’m Japanese! I’m considering taking up a Japanese language class because I really do want to learn. Hopefully I can get myself to read this before taking a language class.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette | Maria Semple
For some reason, this book has always stuck with me. Maybe it was the cover. It intrigued me, and is quite striking and therefore memorable. People raved about this around the time of its release. Is it finally my turn to get in on the fun? I hope so.

What are some of your favorite books? What book are you itching to pick up next? Please share below!

xo, Kris

Friday The 13th

It’s been a while! Senior year has been stressful. Life could be better. However, I’m here to take note of a few things I’ve been really into lately and remind myself of a few things I want to get into.

New Music Friday, the source of my sanity.

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I type. It’s the only way I get my hands on songs I never would have found on my own. I wish they did this for Korean music, as I’m quite a fan and am not the best at keeping up with the constant flow of songs being released in the industry. I recommend it to anyone who needs new sounds in their life!

Foundr Magazine’s Instagram account found me.

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As I scroll through my Instagram feed first thing in the morning or between classes I often pass at least one post from Foundr. I don’t remember ever following the account, but recently I’ve been very glad I did. Sometimes we all need words of encouragement but can’t necessarily ask the people around to give it to us. This is where Foundr’s Instagram comes in. The account gives me the quick boost I need to keep my chin up as I tackle the rest of my day, instead of simply muddling through it. It also gives great tips that take you a second to understand. My personal favorite as of recently?

The trick isn’t adding stuff, it’s taking away.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Satisfying cravings through Honeykki (꿀키) 

I’ve been trying to cook more, and I hope to keep this up! Maybe it’ll result in eating out less. Honeykki is my savior when it comes to Asian (mostly Korean) cooking videos. Her videos are clean and clearly labeled, and the recipes never seem too difficult. Before I tried my hand at cooking, I only watched her videos to satisfy my Korean food cravings and for ASMR-style relaxation. I hope to make her Gochujang Stew (고추장찌개) sometime soon. An added bonus is that it helps me expand my Korean vocabulary!

Tune in: How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Someone in class mentioned this podcast. I wish I could say I was a “sucker for podcasts,” but unfortunately I start them and often don’t have time to finish. There are so many I actually have interest in but I have commitment issues. I really want to get into this one. I think I’ll start with the one about Airbnb! Note to self, tune into How I Build This by the end of this weekend.

To My Future Self

..And whoever else may be reading this.

I’m 21 years old, and all I can think about right now is a K-Pop group of seven, my next physical, and hot cheetos. This is the real me.

We begin here, on July 5th at 12:03 AM. There’s not much to say, if anything at all. I’ve just about ended the most interesting parts of my life thus far. I studied in Florence my first year of university, studied in New York the year after that, and recently finished up a semester in Tokyo. I have one more year of university ahead of me, but this will undoubtedly be both the most stressful and most boring one yet.

Why start a blog now? Good question.. With all the free time I have, I figured it might be a good time to start something new. This is a personal project, maybe one that won’t last, but let’s hope it does. I’ll dump my thoughts here, hopefully along with some photos and videos. If you’re interested, stick with me.

 
♡ Kris