What’s Up 2019: Week 6 Bring on the Romance Films!

Welcome to Week 6 of 2019!

I’m afraid to admit that things are still fairly in limbo this week. Although, I’ve been still fairly busy with Chinese New Year celebrations so put a few things to the side. I’m mostly recuperating some energy and playing catch up with writing and such. Yet again, Valentine’s marathon is still on so bring on the massive list of movies!

READING

one flew through the dragon heart

Currently reading: One Flew Through the Dragon Heart (Favan & Flew #1) by C.S. Johnson

I’m past the 30% mark of the book now. Its been pretty tiring in general so I haven’t put a whole lot of energy on reading but I need to pick up the pace and will probably finish this next week. One Flew Through the Dragon Heart is pretty cool. I’m liking it quite a bit especially with its setting and the use of magic and mechanics. The characters are pretty good so far as well. I have a few things that I feel a bit lacking but with only 30% of the book, there is lots of space for the story and character development to change my opinion on it.

PLAYING

Currently playing: Thumper

I have a million games (exaggeration) to get through but somehow, I only found time to play one level of Thumper in one week. Its pretty sad but the reality that gaming was the one that took the hit. It mostly has to do with the fact that I have so many reviews that I’ve started but not finished and its put me in a writing game reviews slump and gaming slump in general. The main goal is to get those done and then move on, and boy do I need to move along and play something else. However, if you haven’t played Thumper, you absolutely should because it is a fantastic rhythm game. I’m stuck on Level 6 which is why this playthrough isn’t complete but I keep trying to beat it.

WATCHING

guernsey literary

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Review)
  • How Do You Know (Review)
  • Ibiza (Review)
  • Just Friends (Review)
  • Krrish (Review)
  • Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner
  • Little Dragon Maiden (Review)
  • Midnight Sun (Review)

Valentine’s Marathon is still going very strong. The double feature thing is getting more hectic than I imagined (not sure why I didn’t expect it to be). However, its going to go on for the rest of the month to finish off the alphabet. I really want to get an entire alphabet round done again. Its been a while. With that said, we got a few good pairings here and while there are some fairly lackluster film choices that ended up on the viewing list. The standout films of this week goes to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which I loved so much that I used as the kickoff selection for the Movies and Tea blog’s Friday Film Club HERE), Ibiza and surprisingly, Midnight Sun. As an aside, I took a little moment on Friday night to watch the new Netflix comedy show for Ray Romano which was pretty decent. Some jokes landed much better than others but overall, it was a nice watch.

BINGING

Nailed It Mexico

  • Nailed It! Mexico (Season 1, 2019)

Currently binging: The Singer 2019, My Little One (Season 2)

At this point, I’ve binged all the Nailed It series, so when the Mexico edition was announced and then released last Friday, we got right to it on Sunday evening. Nailed It is about as bingeable as ever because its only 8 episodes of 30 minutes so that makes it so easy to get though because its such a small commitment. I should have the binge up very soon but overall, its a very similar experience just adding in the reading subtitles which might make the jokes a little harder to deliver. Other than that, the currently binging ones have taken a break on TV series and gone mostly on the stuff that is currently playing and I’m still enjoying The Singer 2019 and My Little One, especially the latter having a really meaningful latest episode.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
We have next week which will still be movie heavy for a part of it but things are picking up on other sections, I promise.

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

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What’s Up 2019: Week 5 Valentine’s Marathon Begins!

Week 5 is heavy on movies. Valentine’s Marathon was announced and right away, the movie section is full and packed yet again, perhaps to make up for the lack thereof of last week. At the same time, everything else is progressing forward as well, except for playing which still has some space to do more of.

READING

the girl from everywhere

  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Currently reading: One Flew Through the Dragon Heart (Favan & Flew #1)

Finished off The Girl From Everywhere right at the end of the week. Its pretty good. Its not a romance but more of an adventure and the fantasy element of time travel through sailing with maps drawn at whichever time and whichever world. Its an interesting concept and premise. The characters itself are also quite fun with mentorship, family and love all put into the equation here. The story takes a little bit to build up but in the final third of the movie, it takes quite a nice turn of events. With that said, i literally started very little of One Flew Through the Dragon Heart which is for an upcoming blog tour.

PLAYING

futuregrind

Currently playing: FutureGrind

I’ve taken a break from everything else and mostly took time to watch movies and TV series so gaming took a backseat as I still have a lot of editing in limbo after the work deadline ended. The only game I started was recent release of FutureGrind which is interesting to say the least. It has some comparisons to something like Trials but then it has its sci-fi factors as well. I’m only 10% in so I’m sure there is still lots to discover in the game.

WATCHING

Don't Go Breaking My Heart

  • All I See Is You (Review)
  • The Big Wedding (Review)
  • Candy Jar (Review)
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Review)
  • Endless Love (2014) (Review)
  • Hellboy
  • Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
  • Forever My Girl (Review)

Valentine’s Marathon is finally upon us for the first 14 days of February. Working on double feature means romance films are completely top priority. I started it later than I expected so the backlog is non-existent. However, in between that, I managed to get through Hellboy and Hellboy 2 for Movies and Tea as that is our next episode to review in the next recording. Out of these, Hellboy 2 is one of the better films however if it was for the romance film choices, I’d go with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Its fun and charming and full of some great roles played by very competent cast.

BINGING

fated to love you

  • Fated to Love You (Taiwan, 2008)

Currently watching: The Singer 2019, My Little One (Season 2)

After some fast and fun binging, I finished up Fated to Love You, otherwise called You’re My Destiny on Netflix. Remember this is the Taiwan version which is the first version released before a bunch of other ones were done. Its super charming to watch and reminded me of the traits of Taiwanese series which makes the second/supporting male lead the perfect man who never gets chosen by the female lead who also likes the flawed first male who has room to grow and develop. There is so much to love about Fated to Love You. I’m hoping to get this TV binge up during this Valentine’s marathon but I’ve been on a writer’s block writing up TV binges so hopefully I get out of it soon. I am still having incredible joy from The Singer 2019 and My Little One.

Overall, as with any marathon month, its a huge focus on movies.
I might make February focused on Romance films to finish up the alphabet because I won’t finish it in the 14 days for sure.
That’s it for this What’s Up!
What are you reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up 2019: Week 4 Currently in progress…

What's up

Welcome to Week 4 of 2019 recap! Currently in progress is the theme here. Nothing much finished, a bit of progress in all categories and well, what else can I say other than the fact that life takes over and things fall apart. Its pretty obvious when last week had 3 posts go up and its been a long time since I’ve posted so little in a week’s span. It happens, we pick up and move forward. Its not a foreign routine but this year had a lot more of other factors affecting my own time so life gets priority in these cases.

Let’s see what is still in progress then (although you might know if you had seen last week..so sorry for the repetition if that’s the case.)

READING

the girl from everywhere

Currently reading: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Its been a challenge to do anything other than work and sit around recuperating so reading on the bus has always fallen into a slow pace or just a very sleepy challenging moment. It has nothing to do with The Girl From Everywhere because its a pretty decent read. I like the idea and premise so far. I’m about halfway done and I think things are just about to take a change in pace and having some influential factors kick in. I’m pretty interested to see where the story goes from this point.

PLAYING

lemmings mobile

Currently playing: Mortal Kombat X, Lemmings (Android)

If reading on the bus has been affected, suffice to saying gaming has been almost non-existent. I’m still working on Mortal Kombat X on PC. However, when I get a chance, I mostly play on my mobile most of the time and the recent game I’ve been playing is Lemmings which has been revamped for mobile and its a pretty fun experience and has a pretty smooth transition.

WATCHING

look out officer

  • Look Out, Officer! (rewatch) Review

This sad sad category should have two more movies added in but one didn’t make it because I only listened to it and while I don’t feel like its going to be any better even if I looked at the movie, I want to give a fair chance to finishing actually watching it. And the second, I watched halfway for Movies and Tea and fell asleep from over-exhaustion from the work week and massive overtime. Which ends up with the fact that I rewatched Look Out, Officer from Stephen Chow because life feels better even when its busy whenever I watch Stephen Chow, any Stephen Chow film usually works.

BINGING

who's the murderer s4

  • Who’s the Murderer (Season 4)

Currently binging: My Little One (Season 2), Meteor Garden (2018 rewatch), The Singer 2019, Behind the Scenes, Fated to Love You (2008)

Surprisingly, nothing pairs up with overtime like TV series and nothing relaxes me like watching a few episodes here and there. Not only is this the only category that had progress as in Who’s the Murderer aired its final Season 4 episode and positive to have Season 5 as the last episode did a nice spin to lead to the first episode of Season 5 but I also started up some series while not finishing any other ones I’m watching, but its also the category with new series started like Behind the Scenes which is currently still in progress and started up Fated to Love You (the Taiwan version from 2008).

Overall, we’re in a buffer week where everything is in limbo.
But as stressful and crazy as real life as been, the little time I got to spend with any form of entertainment was pretty nice.
Even if it resulted in me falling asleep… I might have been a monster blogger a few years back but sleep has become more and more essential as I get older.

On that note, what have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

What’s Up – Week 3: Time for some Movies…

What's Up

Welcome everyone to the next What’s Up! Halfway through the first month of the year and its starting to feel like the destiny of this segment is going to be slightly like a roller coaster ride with a week of progress and a week of what’s in progress. However, I’m pretty happy with this week. Reading went well, movies went relatively already, gaming had some moving forward and TV series had a few wrap-ups as well.

Let’s see what went on last week!

READING

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

  • The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) Review
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

Currently reading: The Girl From Everywhere

This week has been great in terms of reading. I finished off the last few percent leftover from the previous week for A Series of Unfortunate Events series and then went ahead to read the third and final book in All The Boys I’ve Loved Before called Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Both are some really good reads.

PLAYING

mortal kombat x

  • Tsioque

Currently playing: Mortal Kombat X

We finished off Tsioque last week and the edit is going to take a little whilr as we did get stuck a few times. However, both the story and the game design itself is pretty entertaining and clever. I am about 3 games behind (counting this one) in game reviews so it will happen soon. However, with the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal last week, we decided to do our next feature review on Mortal Kombat X which I never finished the campaign. It might be short but I am not a skilled fighting game player so it may take longer.

WATCHING

bird box

  • Bird Box
  • American Ultra
  • Dredd (2012)
  • Blade II
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

As for movies, we did pretty well. Blade 2 is for the next Movies and Tea recording while Jumaniji: Welcome to the Jungle was a cheap rental I got during Boxing Day on the Play store. My husband’s been bothering me about watching Dredd so we finally did and it reminded me a lot of The Raid: Redemption but then this came first so he said maybe the latter is inspired by that movie structure. I don’t know but don’t think so. Its just similar. On that note, we are working through all the unwatched films in out movie collection for both my husband and I to break away from Netflix a little. So theres all that to expect. On the Netflix front, I loved Birdbox and will pair it with A Quiet Place for a double feature and finally caught up with American Ultra. I am currently debating a Kristen Stewart roles ranked list at some point so I might watch more of her films. I am starting to think Twilight is her lowpoint and she is better in other roles.

BINGING

my amazing boyfriend

  • My Amazing Boyfriend (2016)
  • Ugly Delicious (Season 1) – rewatch

Currently binging: Who’s the Murderer (Season 4), My Little One (Season 2), Meteor Garden (2018 rewatch), The Singer 2019

TV binges are not moving along fast enough. They are turning out to be the most time consuming segment but I love watching TV series so its staying. I finished rewatching Ugly Delicious and I do have something to bring up in the review which is a question that I have been pondering over this rewatch. I also finished My Amazing Boyfriend, a 2016 Chinese Drama headed for a sequel but retaining the entire cast except the main leads. I will talk about that in the TV binge. However, this is a fun one. It had a lot of funny moments and the chemistry between the leads are pretty good as well. As for the currently watching, I don’t really have anything new that I’m watching. Who’s the Murderer wraps up on Friday so that’s another one to add to the pile of TV binges to work on. 😉

Its been a pretty productive week overall!
Watching movies became a big part of progress however everything moved along pretty well also.
Lots of upcoming reviews to work on. 🙂

What’s Up Week 2: Everything in Progress

What's Up

Week 2 has definitely slowed down from the previous week. Mostly work and overtime has consumed a lot of my life and then there’s the whole getting sick part which zapped a lot of my energy, motivation and concentration. With that said, the weekend was a lot of trying to catch up with stuff and get things back on track. It is inevitable to have slow weeks here and there and this is definitely one of them.

On the note of structure of What’s Up in terms of written and video, I’ve decided to do a monthly video wrap-up which means it’ll be like a month look back and what I did and highlight the stuff that I thought stood out. At the same time, it’ll give me time to sort out some more in-depth video content probably like adaptation compare and contrast or something like remake and original comparison, etc. It really depends on what I find fun and if research is required, gives me time to put something together as well.

READING

The End

  • The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

Currently reading: The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

I’m really close to finishing The End of A Series of Unfortunate Events however, I’m still working through the last few chapters of the book. However, it has been quite a fun read. Its nice especially since I get to compare and contrast to the TV series and I have to say that it might be a nice approach to talk about how the changes benefits (or not) when I finish.

PLAYING

tsioque

Currently playing: Tsioque

Gaming has been a tad slow. It is to be expected as games take time to finish and I don’t usually sit down for hours playing them anyways. However, I am working through some back catalogue of keys we got that needs to be reviewed so I went ahead and started playing this point and click hand drawn animated game called Tsioque (pronounced “chiock”) and its surprisingly fun. Really looking forward to getting back to it and finishing it up.

WATCHING

bone tomahawk

  • Blade
  • Bone Tomahawk

I’m starting to prepare for the next Movies and Tea episode despite our previous one still in editing. However, I personally feel to look at Blade 2 would require watching the trilogy from the beginning so that is what I’m starting to do since I’ve never actually watched further than the first movie anyways so its a good opportunity to get that done. After that, we went ahead and finally watched Bone Tomahawk. My husband was sold on the Western, horror and Kurt Russell elements so that is how that choice was settled. Its a pretty good one. I’m not much for the Western film pacing so that was my main issue with a part of it. The review for that is coming up soon.

BINGING

who's the murderer s4

Currently binging: Who’s the Murderer (Season 4); Meteor Garden (2018) rewatch; My Little One (Season 2); My Amazing Boyfriend (2016); The Singer 2019; Ugly Delicious (rewatch)

I’m refraining from finishing anything new until I get some TV binges together. However, all the currently binging stuff is pretty straight forward. Who’s the Murderer will have their final episode next week, I believe. The just did part one of the final case and its pretty mind-boggling and fun to decipher. Definitely looking forward to part 2 this week. My Little One (Season 2) and The Singer 2019 will be my focus in terms of variety shows since they are new and pretty fun to watch. One talks about family and communication and society perspectives in China towards girls and the other is a singing competition between known singers. I only have 5 episodes left to finish off My Amazing Boyfriend so thats definitely moving along at a good speed and I’m enjoying it quite a bit while I took a slight break on Meteor Garden last week (and most TV stuff) to just catch up with other things in life. I test run a few new series but can’t say that I’m at the starting it officially point yet so not including those here. In terms of rewatches, I started up Ugly Delicious again as I realized that I never wrote the binge for that one.

That’s it for Week 2 recap!
Mostly everything is just in progress and not much has been done. With anything like this, next week should look much more inspiring. 😉

What’s Up 2019: Week 1 A Good Start

Welcome to the What’s Up 2019 for the first week of the new year. I know that I said that I’d do some more videos for it and I’m not lying about it except I currently am fighting a cold so its not exactly pretty to film under these circumstances. I have been pondering turning this into a quick podcast format so that I don’t have to edit video so much as also having an audio version for it. More and more ideas..just not sure what would work best.

Bear with me as I get out of this unwell phase and hopefully next week, I’ll get things back on track!

READING

the penultimate peril

  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11)

Currently reading: The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

I’m still working through the 4 book pack to wrap up A Series of Unfortunate Events currently. I’m getting one of the books done every week. To be honest, I’ve been kind of tired so I only read on the bus which also is when I sometimes take a nap (its not good to nap on the bus so I try to refrain). However, its still moving along quite nicely. I did want to read the book and watch the matching episode and as you will soon see, that didn’t go as planned.

PLAYING

Bound Game

  • Bound
  • What Never Was (official release on Jan 11/2019)

Currently playing: not decided yet…

Its been a pretty good gaming week. I finished up Bound this week which uses dancing with a platforming sort of narrative story. Its a beautiful game with some beautiful music and hints of a lot of my gaming faves however, there is something that I find seems to take away from the game. Aside from that, I tried out an upcoming free game called What Never Was that will be released on January 11th. Its an exploration puzzle game that takes less than an hour to finish. I’ll have the review this coming up very soon.

WATCHING

a quiet place

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (rewatch)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (rewatch)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (rewatch)
  • A Quiet Place
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (rewatch)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (rewatch)

This weekend, we wrapped up rewatching the Harry Potter franchise. It is nice to see that it still holds up and we had a lot of fun watching it. I haven’t reviewed any of them on the blog before so I’ll be getting that up either as a huge post or maybe individually, we’ll see how I feel about it. However, A Quiet Place also ended up on the roster, pretty much a year after its theatrical release and it was one that I was really anticipating in 2018 but decided against going to see it in theatres because other moviegoers could easily ruin the experience. I regret not seeing it earlier but liked it a lot. I didn’t love it because there’s one element in the story that I thought felt a bit forced and I’ll talk about that in the upcoming review.

BINGING

a series of unfortunate events

  • The Inn (Season 2)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 3)

Currently binging: Who’s the Murderer S4, Meteor Garden 2018, My Amazing Boyfriend, My Little One S2

The Inn finally wrapped up Season 2 on Friday. It was a sad thing to see leave. It had so many great messages wrapped in that one little show and was such a genuine sort of reality show that I got pretty connected with the celebrities involved. It seems Season 3 should be a go so I’m hoping that it’ll be coming back later this year or next year or something. January 1st also kicked off the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix which I was super excited to see but as you saw before didn’t manage to finish the books but still went ahead and finished the series. Its one of those shows that every season is better than the one before in my opinion. TV binge for both of these coming up soon.

As for some new shows that went on, one is a new reality show which is a girl version of My Little One that was aired last year. Other than that, I started watching My Amazing Boyfriend which as Janice Wu from An Oriental Odyssey. This is from 2016 so its more in line with a binge.

This wraps up the first week!
Some old and some new! Somethings got wrapped up as well!
What have you been reading/playing/watching/binging?

What’s Up #16

Whats Up

A slight miscalculation on my part that these weekly What’s Up is always a few days after the week ends for the previous week. That means that there is one more week of What’s up for 2018. Reason to be this accurate is just because I’m trying to change the titling and how to do that for 2019. Either way, its been a few more days than normal off from work, which means that I did spend more time doing stuff.

Let’s see what I’ve been up to!

READING

grim grotto

  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

Currently Reading: The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11)

Chugging right along with A Series of Unfortunate Events, I finished The Slippery Slope and moved along to The Grim Grotto. The holidays took away a lot of reading time that I usually would have on public transport to and from work. Its not a bad thing per se but I had wanted to get further with the reading before starting up A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, which as this posts goes up has just been updated with the final season.

PLAYING

Bound Game

Currently playing: Bound

I didn’t finish any games this past week. I’ve been playing mobile games  mostly to get better ideas on wrapping up the Mobile Games Round-up for December that just went live at the end of the month. However, for consoles, I’ve only been focusing on Bound, which I’m about two chapters away from being done. Its a pretty good experience although what drew me in the first place is starting to feel like a gimmick.

WATCHING

devil's backbone

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
  • The Christmas Chronicles – rewatch (review)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Overlapping Christmas usually means a lot of Christmas movie. However, this year we wanted something a little different so decided to watch the Harry Potter franchise. We got through quite a few of them. I also go to watch The Devil’s Backbone for Movies and Tea Podcast, a movie that I’ve always been recommended to watch since forever. I definitely regret not seeing it sooner because it is pretty awesome.

BINGING

The Inn

Currently binging:

  • The Inn (Season 2) – one more episode until it ends
  • Who’s the Murderer (Season 4) – ongoing
  • Meteor Garden (2018) – rewatch
  • An Oriental Odyssey (2018) – rewatch

I’ve been spending a lot of time rewatching Meteor Garden primarily. I want to work on the video or analysis piece that I talked about back in August when I was watching this series the first time. Lots planned for the new Chinese focused content so we’ll see where we go from there. On that note, The Inn only has one more episode left so I’m feeling kind of sad already in anticipation while I believe Who’s the Murderer might be wrapping up soon also.

This wraps up this What’s Up!
We officially wrap up the What’s Up for 2018 and we’ll have a fresh start next week.