Whats Up Week 15

Welcome back! This week has been really good. I actually was getting some stuff done over the weekend and found a lot of new TV to keep me company in the background. Heavy on TV is not too weird as TV binging is still my fave activity which requires the least amount of energy. Old habits die hard, right?

READING

  • The Collection of The Negatives (The Blood Rising Book #1) by Violet St. Karl

Currently reading: Forever People

We will keep this short and sweet. I wrapped up The Collection of the Negatives and its for a blog tour next week so look for the review then. I took on another blog tour the week after for Forever People so I’m currently reading that one.

PLAYING

  • The Unfinished Swan

Currently playing: Omnicube, FutureGrind

So many things to continue and yet, the husband and I decided to get back to finished The Unfinished Swan which we probably started playing at least half a year ago and then stopped because I fell asleep while he was playing. We actually restarted the game and finished it in almost one sitting. I’m going to get back to Omnicube and FutureGrind the coming week. The Unfinished Swan is one that I’m pretty eager to talk about so you should see the review once I get a moment to sit down and write it as well as the playthrough. Giant Sparrow is known for its narrative excellence so suffice to say that this debut game for them definitely has a few things to talk about especially seeing how well their following game What Remains of Edith Finch, which was our top 3 games of 2017.

WATCHING

spider man homecoming

  • Leatherface (2017)
  • Flipped (Review)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

After last weekend’s crap fest of movies, I decided to take a break from the Netflix alphabet since I’m relatively ahead and started the week on a spontaneous bad weather day where my husband couldn’t get to work and decided to watch Leatherface which wasn’t good but I have a little something to talk about for that one. Something that I’ve thought about regarding all these movies coming out for these iconic horror characters. That’s coming up at some point. But we’re here to look at the good stuff. The first, of course, is Flipped which I rewatched for Friday Film Club because I just love that film so much. If you don’t know what Friday Film Club is, its a double feature over at Movies and Tea where every Friday, Elwood and I each pick one movie that we want to share. You can see the post HERE. Flipped is my standout movie of this week however, its a rewatch so I figured I’d choose from the first time viewings and well, the choice would have to be Spider-Man Homecoming which I rented recently to catch up with the MCU films. Its pretty decent but I’m a bit fed up of how many Spider Man movies we’ve had in like the last 15 years or something and the different Spider-Mans we’ve cycled through.

BINGING

The Singer 2019

  • The Singer 2019

Currently watching: The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Legend of the White Snake, Go Fridge! 4, Great Escape, Viva La Romance 2, Produce 101, My Daughter’s Boyfriend

The Singer 2019 finally ended! Its a pretty cool professional singing competition. The fact that they added in those little changes to switch things up and people got eliminated but had a chance to come back all had their uniqueness. This was solely voted by the audience so its a different experience altogether. I’ve learned that my tastes differ quite a few times and sometimes there is no reason on how people choose their faves. It was a nice few months of following this and I learned about some singers that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Because this is a singing competition, I’m not going to do a TV binge on it.

There is more and more currently showing stuff that I’m watching hence why the list keeps getting longer and I’m starting to fall behind on some shows, specifically talking about The Legend of the White Snake which I’m behind starting this week as only watched 2 of the 6 episodes released (and I might give it a little break also because the show is entering a slightly cringe-fest phase). While I did add some older seasons of stuff over on WeTV on Youtube like Go Fridge (Season 4) and Produce 101 (because they have a new season called Produce Camp 2019). Everything on WeTV is translated title because they don’t have official English titles for it. My favorite show right now, no competition at all, that is on my mind constantly is The Brightest Star in the Sky. Only a few weeks left of this one…

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

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What’s Up Week 14: And the second quarter of 2019 begins

As we enter into the second quarter of 2019, things are finally seeming to get some balance as nothing seems to be too skewed to one category, which is how I’d like for this segment to go (but I know its only a rarity). Either way, I don’t deliberately do anything so it was all a relatively fun week.

READING

fables vol. 2

  • Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) Review
  • Fables Vol.2 Animal Farm

Currently reading: The Collection of Negatives

The Illuminae Files did not disappoint and actually its made me crave for some more sci-fi reading adventures (although I usually end up regretting it afterwards). Its the format and structure of this one that really works for me. Of course, I’m falling behind in the Goodreads Reading challenge with 8 books completed out of 40 (2 books behind..although one of the selections had 4 books together..so am I still behind?). I am also working on some of the other little things sitting around like graphic novels and such, which leads me to Fables Volume 2 Animal Farm. I like the Fables thing especially with Telltale Games The Wolf Among Us that really worked for me, sadly with the company’s shutdown, the sequel isn’t happening. Maybe some other company will pick up on the idea and adapt some game in that realm, we never know, right?

PLAYING

futuregrind

Currently playing: Omnicube, FutureGrind

Back to some previous titles that I put down and forgot to get back to. Surprisingly fun with company rather than solo even if these are single player games. They are more indie titles  and things that take priority. The first is a puzzle game called Omnicube which is about shifting colored boxes into their colored portals. It got pretty challenging after a while. As for FutureGrind, its a fun little arcade game where its a bit like Trials but with a two wheel bike that you have to rotate to go on the right colored rails. It sounds easy but things get a little harder. Both of them have a back story to it. Either way, I’ll be getting those playthroughs up on the channel soon :). I’ll be gaming more to build up some backlog for the second half of April when things get too hectic to even think about gaming, let alone editing.

WATCHING

incredible hulk

  • The 5th Wave
  • Gods of Egypt
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Ouija

My double feature segment may be in order but I don’t always follow the order when watching it, mostly because my husband wouldn’t watch some of those movies with me so I bumped them backwards. Among a bunch of not so good movies (notice the pattern yet?), the standout this week has to go to The Incredible Hulk. I had the initial ambition of doing my own little Marvel marathon until I realized that I only had Phase 1 films from MCU and then Netflix pulled a lot of the older ones and I wasn’t going to rent or buy them so I quickly dismissed that idea. Anyways, I finally caught up with The Incredible Hulk which was the only Phase 1 movie that I hadn’t seen so now to catch up with the newer titles, starting with Spiderman Homecoming next in line.

BINGING

On My Block s2

  • On My Block (Season 2, 2019) Review

Currently binging: The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Singer 2019, Mr. Swimmer, Great Escape, The Legend of White Snake, Viva La Romance (Season 2), Master in the House

TV series is going to be the death of me. So many new ones, variety and drama, and they were all on my radar and came out at the same time. The Singer 2019 is hitting its finals so that is going to end soon and I’m still taking a break from Mr. Swimmer (probably will until I get another 4 more TV binges done to thin out the backlog more) however keeping it here so I don’t forget to finish it up. The issue with Great Escape and Viva La Romance Season 2 is that they are only able to watch full episodes on Mango TV app and that app isn’t compatible to Chromecast so its a pain to watch on the phone so I only watch it certain times of the day. My guess is Master in the House is going to be the same way as it seems Mango TV is taking this new approach probably to maximize their profits from their own app and not benefit YouTube. I get where they are coming from but its just inconvenient. With that out of the way, my fave series right now is The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Legend of White Snake which is currently streaming on Tencent app.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
The starts of the 2nd quarter has been pretty good!

What have you been watching/playing/reading/binging?

What’s Up Week 13: The first quarter of 2019 is behind us!

what's up

Another week has gone by and as March wraps up, the first quarter of the year is done. Since I’ve been really enjoying the written formats of this, I think that I might do a video format soon of things. I haven’t forgotten about doing videos but its just been incredibly busy that editing anything seems to be hard to find time for nowadays. A seasonal round-up sounds like a good way to do it where I’ll just highlight some fave movies, TV, books and games in the first quarter. I’ll get around to it soon before the rush starts.

READING

Obsidio

Currently reading: Obsidio

So close to the end but yet, when this week ended, Obsidio is still in progress. I’m at the big showdown part now where things are going to be chaotic. I don’t usually like to start those parts without having sufficient amount of time to read it all in one go. I honestly can’t wait to finish it because its been one heck of a ride. Not only in terms of this book but the entire trilogy. A part of me wants to re-read all of the trilogy back to back and see how it works without all the gaps in between. But then, I have a ton of books in the TBR pile, both physical and on Kindle.

PLAYING

Thumper

Currently playing: Thumper

Gaming has been real sparse as I dive into working on the Mobile Games Roundup. I don’t usually list the mobile games to keep a surprise factor for that post. Since it was my birthday weekend and there’s been still a few game reviews to get done. I took a break with new things and went back to try and get back some Thumper skills to at least try to get past where I’ve been stuck for the past 2 year (well, I stopped playing it about 2 years ago or something….). Its a work in progress but I’m getting better. Things get back to normal next week. This might still be in the currently playing but I’ll have something else done.

WATCHING

Life

  • Eloise (2016)
  • Crimson Peak (Rewatch – Original review)
  • Life
  • Jaws 3
  • Jaws: The Revenge

In between some bad Jaws sequels, a below average horror film, a sci-fi film and a Del Toro gothic romance, its really hard to truly pinpoint what was worse. I can tell you there was only two of these which I enjoyed more than the other three for sure and then out of those two, one of this was a rewatch that proved to not live up to how I thought of it the first time. That pretty much narrows it down to one choice, Life. Look, I know that a lot of people gave this movie crap for its similarities to Alien but I thought it worked. Its not Alien but then that movie is a freakin’ classic but Life does a good few things great. I’ll review it soon, once I think of what to pair it up with for a double feature. Still, if you haven’t seen it, give it a chance. It might just surprise you.

BINGING

my amazing boyfriend 2

  • My Amazing Boyfriend 2: Unforgettable Impression (2019)

Currently binging: The Singer 2019, Mr. Swimmer, The Brightest Star in the Sky, On My Block Season 2, Great Escape

So…luck has it that April is just around the corner and while one series is wrapped up, everything else that I had my eye on in 2019 for Chinese drama is getting released. Choices, right? I did a test run of a few of them to see which one caught my attention the most to keep watching. You might see some currently binging rotation going on. Of course, Friday also saw the new season of On My Block released which I’ve been waiting for desperately since the cliffhanger ending in Season 1 last year. My Amazing Boyfriend 2 finished finally and boy, was it a fun ride. I actually think the change of cast worked great and hopefully, maybe they’ll do a third one with this cast but then with Mike Angelo heading into his first role in Hollywood, maybe he won’t do China stuff anymore, although Bingbing Fan also had that development and still stayed in the Chinese entertainment. So who knows, right?

With that said, new things on the list goes to The Brightest Star in the Sky which I’m liking so far and then a new Hunan TV variety show called Great Escape which I had posted the trailer on the Facebook page and is an escape room sort of deal. I can’t say the first episode was really exciting but I can see that once they find their rhythm, it could be fun. While The Singer 2019 is heading into the semi finals and finals so its getting exciting because all the people I like made it through so far.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up Week 12: Accidentally Binging & Random Movie Viewing

Another week has flown by. A lot of stuff happened especially with my office having some changes that took away from some personal time. With that said, this week is one of the more balanced ones as I managed to get things done in all sections.

READING

Obsidio

Currently reading: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Obsidio is going a bit slower than expected. It always is a slower starts as I try to catch back up to the things that gone on in the previous two books, not that they really rely too much on it as the basis are generally reiterated again. However, some of the characters did overlap. I’m about 20% done at this point (and probably haven’t updated my Goodreads progress in a while as I’m writing this). So far, its still pretty good and is setting up for what this novel’s race for time is. The format still works really well. We will just have to see how things go from here and hope that it wraps up the trilogy in a satisfying way.

PLAYING

her story

  • Her Story

Currently playing: Mortal Kombat X – Towers

Our next Game Warp review is for Her Story. We are finding a pace in doing longer and shorter games as much as possible to hopefully keep episodes going more frequently . There will be a first hour or first half hour gameplay of Her Story going up on the channel at some point because this story is all about unveiling the story through piecing together 6 different videos. Its a pretty cool idea but then I’m not going to talk too much about it since the episode will come out in the next few weeks.

If you missed it, Mortal Kombat X podcast review has been released. Talking about MKX, I decided to go back to check out some of the other modes and dive a little deeper and landed on the Towers mode which is essentially using a character and fighting 10 opponents. At the end, a little story parallel to the one in story mode plays out in art images. I want to eventually get through all the fighters but so far I have only gone through 2 of them with the husband.

WATCHING

jaws 2

  • The Cave
  • Jaws 2
  • Death Note (2017)

Its a real mish mash of randomness this week in terms of watching. Probably the most random since the beginning of 2019. I’m trying to do a random alphabet Netflix thing. Not official or anything. A lot of good stuff is coming up and I wanted to clear out more films in the mean time. Call it a preemptive strike in anticipate for the crazy April month coming up. The standout film of this batch might be a bit tough but I think Jaws 2 was the surprise of the three. I didn’t expect The Cave or Death Note to be anything too special but Jaws 2 took a good angle for its sequel and I like the execution pretty well.

I’m working through some double features now and hoping to get it out soon. Its a work in progress to work through the lesser backlog (although still there).

BINGING

  • Accidentally in Love (Netflix Original, 2018)
  • My Little One 2 (2019)

Currently binging: The Singer 2019, My Amazing Boyfriend 2, Mr. Swimmer

Took  a little detour and break from Mr. Swimmer as most Chinese dramas tend to take the last 10 episodes and turn them into mega frustrating and emotional and stupid bits before it gets to whatever finale. To save myself from breaking anything, I decided to take a moment and watch something else. Who would have thought that it was a binge-fest of Accidentally in Love, a Netflix Original Chinese drama which was so much fun that I finished it in less than a week. It has perfect episode lengths (35 minutes or so), perfect series length (30 episodes) and the fun and cute tone with some infectious characters. I’m so excited about it that I want to write up the TV binge right away (it won’t happen probably). To be fair, My Little One 2 also finished up and I also liked it a ton. The finale wrap-up episode was a really nice one. I need to go back to finish Season 1 for the sons version, which I’m about halfway through.

 That’s it for this What’s Up!
Things are picking up and finding its balance again!
It never lasts but the point is to try 🙂

What have you been up to?

What’s Up Week 11: TV Binging Through Staycation

Welcome to Week 11 of What’s Up! This week has been a little bit mixed. Some things happened more than others. Its what happens when I spend a lot of time having time off. I’m going to be super honest that I have massive TV binge tendancies that started the earliest so it is my best destressor. So, no doubt its a huge part of what I do when I go on staycation (regardless of the backlog).

READING

two sisters of borneo

  • The Two Sisters of Borneo by Ian Hamilton (Review)

Currently reading: Obsidio

I am focusing on getting back to book series that I have put down. Finishing The sixth installment of Ava Lee series, The Two Sisters of Borneo, was a great reading experience. Still a pageturner series, which is always great. While I have the next book released which was the prequel to the series (odd, right?), I decided to go back to The Illuminae Files final book in the trilogy, Obisido. I loved the first two books so much that I just couldn’t resist. I’m still fairly early in the reading for Obsidio but the book tends to go pretty quickly due to its immersiveness.

PLAYING

  • Candies ‘n Curses
  • Liar!
  • Mortal Kombat X

I went lazy on gaming this staycation. Probably shouldn’t because well, we do have a game to review but I didn’t end up starting it until late. Prioritizing things that probably could have been pushed later in the schedule. Oh well, what’s done is done. I did a lot of mobile gaming. To be accurate, I played Liar! which is a visual novel sort of game which I’ll talk about in the next Mobile Games Roundup and went back to play Candies ‘n Curses that I talked up in the last Mobile Games Roundup (HERE) and also went back to polish some MKX skills. There’s not a whole lot to talk about there.

WATCHING

a monster calls

  • A Monster Calls
  • Battleship

Movie watching has definitely slowed down and I’ve hinted it enough. I did need a little break from it after the immense blogathon and marathon craze. It will pick up after I get through some piled up backlog, which should bring forth at least 2 more double features. With that said, the highlight movie (not that we had a lot to choose from) is A Monster Calls. I had a few issues with pacing for it but there is a lot of style and visuals to it and a nice twist to it all that I appreciated more and more as I watched further into the story. As for Battleship, I’ll talk about it when I do the double feature when we get there in a few weeks.

BINGING

queer eye

  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2, 2019)
  • Queer Eye (Season 3, 2019)

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Singer 2019, Mr. Swimmer, My Little One 2

The currently watching (that I haven’t discussed too much of in the last two weeks) has been pretty good. Some of them are nearing their final episodes. There is 8 more episodes of My Amazing Boyfriend 2 to go, 2 to 3 more episodes of The Singer 2019 and probably the same for My Little One 2. As for Mr. Swimmer, everything is out but I’ve slowed down as the drama has intensified but I’m about 10 episodes  more to go to wrap that up. As for what I did finish, I binged some newer shows (which I’ve prioritized TV binges on…or trying to) and that’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown Season 2 and Queen Eye Season 3.  The latter was almost a one day binge and that is just because its so awesome.

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up!
What have you been reading/watching/binging/playing?

What’s Up Week 10: There is never enough TV series…

Ten weeks have gone by this year! Its incredible to think that a lot of happened. March is a bit two-fold. On one hand, everything has balanced out as the movie watching blogathons and marathons have both simmered away, leading to a shift in finding other little things to work on. I have a pretty good idea on what to tentatively schedule in for a lot of these sections to clear out a lot of commitments that have been just sitting in the background. I’m catching up with stuff and also trying to stay current and minimize backlog. Hopefully in due time, you will start seeing a lot of these things pop up in written form (or video format. I realize I’ve been neglecting it and not going to lie that I forgot…).

READING

two sisters of borneo

Currently reading: The Two Sisters of Borneo by Ian Hamilton

The Two Sisters of Borneo is still a great ride even at three quarters into the book. There’s this really great thing but for once in a pretty long while, I finally figured out a part of the twist from the clues in the novel. Its something to be happy about mostly because this one takes some unique turns in the plot usually . Its still very fast paced so I’m looking forward to see how the last quarter goes.

PLAYING

gunhouse

  • Gunhouse

Currently playing: Eastshade

Talking about gaming, I always take little breaks from open world games here and there so its a bit slower but the husband wanted to give Gunhouse a whirl. We got it for Playstation Plus free games and its something that looked like its right up my alley. We both ended up playing it on our own accounts. I’m putting together a video for it soon for the Game Warp channel.

WATCHING

pacific rim

  • Wall-E (rewatch)
  • Up (rewatch)
  • Knowing
  • Pacific Rim (rewatch – Review)

Lots of great movies rewatched this week. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the only film that I walked in on my husband watching (and have no desire to start at the beginning after finishing it). Knowing is really quite a let-down, mostly when it has the twist which is too far-fetched for my liking. Either way, the double features for all these random movies are coming up soon. They are in the works. As for Wall-E and Up, you should have already seen it go up as my blogathon finale triple feature HERE. And as for Pacific Rim, that is for the next Movies and Tea episode…well..we’re a bit ahead of the game because I’m going to be coming up to a busy time so it’ll be in 2 episodes. In the meantime, I did link an older review for when I first watched Pacific Rim. It probably isn’t too good in the writing (but I didn’t check so who knows.)

BINGING

mr. swimmer

  • Lipstick Prince

Currently binging: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2), The Singer 2019, My Little One 2, Mr. Swimmer

I know it sounds kind of crazy and you’re asking the heck is Lipstick Prince. To be honest, I’ve watched only all the episodes I had access to and could find on Youtube. There are few that I haven’t found yet but I already have a very good idea of the show itself. It is pretty funny and cute to watch. Its structured a little like the idol dramas centralizing around four young male celebrities as they get distributed tasks to put make up on one female celebrity and try to charm them throughout. Its only 10 episodes but very hard to find everything as its not through the normal channels. I’ll do a little write-up on it soon.

On the other hand, what’s life if not adding on even more TV series, right? I’m starting to feel like I have some TV series attention deficiency issue. I promise you that I started Mr. Swimmer for a reason. Well, one reason…because I was looking up Mike Angelo because of My Amazing Boyfriend 2 and that is also how I landed on Lipstick Prince. I’m almost halfway through Mr. Swimmer (not quite) and while it has some very comedic bits, it is also very dramatic and nearing the halfway point, the drama is getting a bit high, the situation is getting a bit frustrating and some characters are genuinely pissing me off. So I’m taking it a bit slower as to not raise the blood pressure too much on my end.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been up to?

What’s Up Week 9: The Rare Two Great Films In A Row…

Week 9 of 2019 was a pretty productive one. Busy to say the least but still a lot of things accomplished. Still a lot of writing in the backlog waiting to be done but things are moving along. Especially now that we’re part of the way through the blogathon and February is finally done so romance films are (almost) behind us.

READING

two sisters of borneo

  • The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae #1) by C.S. Johnson (Review)

Currently reading: The Two Sisters of Borneo

With the first half of the year being as busy as it had been and I’m on the verge of just absolute fatigue and almost burnout (I’ll talk about this in the next Weekly Adventures post), reading on the bus has been fairly slow. If you are my Goodreads friend, then you probably see that I’m falling a tad behind on the Goodreads challenge but I’m fairly confident that I’ll make it regardless. Finished up the novella The Princess and the Peacock which is a decent fairy tale retelling of sorts for the blog tour and that review is up. I’m finally diving back into Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee series, which I absolutely adore so its a nice change in pace and The Two Sisters of Borneo may be the sixth book in the series but man, its still so fantastic and I’m only 15% or so into the book.

I don’t have any concrete reading obligations in March (yet) so I might just dig through my book shelves and get back to some franchises that I love but have put down for a while.

PLAYING

39 days to ,ars

  • 39 Days to Mars

Currently playing: Eastshade

As I play a bigger game in the background, the husband and I finally sat down to play co-op adventure game 39 Days to Mars developed by It’s Anecdotal. Its about two silly men who construct a rather silly spacecraft to go to Mars. Pretty much, its a fun game with a lot of hilarious dialogue as you go through all kinds of puzzles from the different parts that break during the travel. I’ll be working on the review soon-ish..seeing as there are about 3 more reviews sitting in the to-do list (that I’ve started but didn’t finish for various reasons).

WATCHING

Us and Them

The final week pretty much for Valentine’s marathon was a crazy affair mostly because I had a lot of movies that I enjoyed and two that I absolutely loved to absolute death. Then there was some that were quite meh. But then that is what happens after extraordinary films and it explains my reluctance for the last 4 films of the marathon. Two still need to be watched and written up as double features outside of the marathon but I will still see it through. With that said, I started preparing for the blogathon conclusion post as well which usually is a double or triple feature. With that said, my highlight (if you haven’t read that double feature for T & U) is This Is Not What I Expected and especially Us & Them. It got me thinking about a lot and feeling all kinds of feelings. Its just so fantastically structure with all the little details and how it is filmed. If you have Netflix, you should definitely check out this Chinese Netflix Original film. I can’t look at that poster without my thoughts going back to the movie.

BINGING

miss rose

  • Miss Rose (rewatch)

Currently watching: My Amazing Boyfriend 2, The Singer 2019, My Little One 2, The Big Family Cooking Showdown (Season 2)

I finished rewatching Miss Rose which puts it in priority for the next TV binge (at least thats the plan). Everything else is still in progress. This is an alright Taiwanese series and I watched it mostly for Roy Chiu since he’s a pretty decent actor (and also the male lead in the recently released Netflix Original film, Dear Ex). My Amazing Boyfriend 2 runs from Thursday to Saturday for 6 episodes per week, My Little One 2 and The Singer 2019 are the Saturday new episode shows and well, The Big Family  Cooking Showdown Season 2 finally got released on Netflix with a whole facelift in judges and only some small themes similar to the first season. I’m only 4 episodes in so also watching this slowly. There’s not a whole lot to report here. TV binges are still piled up like a mountain (surpassing the game reviews pile now) so I’m going to focus on it now that marathon is done (and blogathon is ending soon). However, no problems on that because TV is still bringing me a ton of joy!

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been up to?