Hope 2022 has been great for everyone so far! This is just a friendly reminder that the Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022 submission deadline is just around the corner in one week before February 14th. Remember that if you do want to participate or just have seen this and need a little more time, just give us a shout and we can work something out. You can reach out to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or Drew at email@example.com .
You can find all the info and guidelines and contact info to us in case you missed the announcement post, you can find all the details HERE.
We can’t wait to receive your submissions and see what movies you chose!
Welcome to 2022’s first adventures post and its all new and shiny. If you missed the 2022 Upcoming Plans post, this year I’m trying out combining the What’s Up and Adventures. With the current state this month of Montreal, Adventures are rather thin although I’m going on a completely new journey internally and physically so that’s something. With that said, Adventures to begin and then we’ll wrap up with the What’s Up at the end for a monthly round-up of the books, films, games and TV that I checked out.
Letterboxd Year in Review
Films Logged: 219 Hours Watched: 472 Most Watched Actor: Samuel L. Jackson Most Watched Director: Quentin Tarantino
Letterboxd Year in Review always arrives later than the year-end recap so here’s a quick overview of some of the stats there.
Booster shot is done! It went much smoother than the second dose to my surprise. I was pretty happy about it though since it meant that I could still do some stuff during the weekend as I recuperated. Not much to say there. I just had a little pain in my upper arm and that’s about it.
Its been 11 years of blogging with this blog! There’s been lots of ups and down in life and also a lot of changes in content and more projects coming and going. I had some plans for the blogiversary that kind of fell apart. There’s just a whole lot to be thankful for and really happy with how I’ve built this space even if sometimes it feels like blogging is a lot less popular and the familiar bloggers are slowly less and less everyday. Either way, I’m excited for this new year. Lots of fun stuff coming up that I’m just having a hard time getting off the ground mostly because of work deadlines and lots of overtime but that’s slightly better now so hopefully you will be seeing more frequency on the posting front!
What’s Up- January 2022
Welcome to the new style for the What’s Up as it pairs with the Adventures post! This time around I will leave most of the actual opinions to the reviews themselves which will be released within a month of completion for the most part. Might be a slow start yet again due to work schedule for this month however everything’s partially written. I usually do highlights as well for this section to share what I think stood out to me. In this new one, the titles will be in bold for those that I particularly feel is worth your time.
Books: Nothing yet. Books in transition to a new shelf.
Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast! This week’s What’s Up 2021 is covering Week 17. We are officially back to weekly format.
In this episode, I take a look at what I’ve been reading, watching, playing and binging on Week 17 of 2021. Reading is a little uneventful however among the many things talked about in the other sections, some of the highlights are talking about what makes Dumplin’ a worthy rewatch, a capsule review of Oscar-nominated Chinese film Better Days as well a dive into the wrap-up of Chinese idol survival competition Produce Camp 2021 and their new temporary boy group INTO1. I also share some upcoming plans on new discussion topics on my mind lately to add some variety.
Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast! Its time to go back to a weekly recap for the What’s Up segment as I discuss what I’ve been currently reading, playing, watching and binging. This past week had a few film rewatches and a discussion of my love for Netflix guilty pleasure TV as well as my thoughts on some Chinese TV series that I wrapped up: A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower and The Sword and the Brocade. Some of the few things that I discussed in this episode along with a touch on the lesser categories this week in reading and playing.
In a blink of an eye, February is over! A tad late, much like everything else in February. Its really unbelievable probably because the first two months of every year is just a pile of deadlines overlapping each other for work so I don’t really know what’s going on in actual life. Work is just taking a real good hit on my energy accumulated from the past year, so I just gave up on forcing myself to get some crappy post up and taking longer to release better content but less frequent. Hopefully you all have been enjoying the little content that I have posted up.
With that said, Montreal is definitely looking much more like winter in February. Some lower temperatures and a few snow falls and one or two snowstorms. With curfew still in place and things gradually opening back up more, its been rather mixed feeling on the whole situation in Montreal about how its improving on the pandemic front. The numbers sure look better but…as this post goes up, spring break (aka what started up the pandemic last year) is also happening.
With that said, all the everyday life stuff caught up, here were some few highlights of February! There’s not a lot as you can probably imagine but still, here we go!
Valentine’s Marathon (kind of)
Like past years, I tried to get a Valentine’s Marathon going! Try being the key word here. It was probably the last amount of posts and the furthest from the actual tentative schedule that I had initially planned. Still, I tried to do the most I could. I still managed to get my highlight post to end the marathon done and less movies meant some better picks overall. You can check it out HERE.
Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2021
We’re halfway through Ultimate Decades Blogathon currently (well, in the last week of it). The changed format is pretty cool and the selections by our guests have been very interesting for sure. If you haven’t caught up with it, you can check out the entries HERE.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year came around on a super busy phase and with the pandemic, it was a very simple version. I did manage to pick up some beautiful flowers. The bouquet split into 2 vases: one just tulips and the other of the rest of the batch. My mom also gave me some forsythias. The flowers did give the house a nice burst of energy and aliveness.
International Packages Arrived
I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided ordering online was a good idea. BUT, everything arrived after the expected over 1.5 to 2 months time. The first from Hong Kong (ordered at end of November) as I had this weird rush while browsing through an online store in Hong Kong to find a film and ended up picking up three movies, 2 of them that still hasn’t popped up on any online streaming service over the span of the wait. I can’t wait to watch them.
Next is a bunch of T-shirts from QwerTee (ordered end of December) which I didn’t take a picture of when I got the package so here’s a few of them. I have a Digimon Agumon Digivolve that’s currently in the wash and I also got my husband a FF7 Continue screen. It might have taken a while to get here but the quality is pretty nice. They do have some pretty good designs.
Update: Tranquil Dreams Podcast
As some of you may have noticed, Tranquil Dreams Podcast has been far and sparse and that mostly has to do with the real life job that’s taken over my life. With that said, as much as I wanted to do the podcast, I just took into consideration that there was no way that I could do it. However, instead of going back to the old written format, which I did for 3 weeks, I’ve decided that podcasts will aim to be weekly but if they aren’t, then the podcast itself will cover the missing weeks, just for my own organization sake and not having to flip back and forth as its a bit crazy some times to track. However, it will not exceed every 2 weeks.
Its FINALLY time for the next Tranquil Dreams Podcast!
After a few weeks off from the podcast due to work reasons, its time to get back on track. While the past 3 weeks of What’s Up had reverted back to the written format, this episode will not only cover the Week 7 recap but also mention some highlights of the last few weeks!
With that said, Week 7 had some signs of getting back on track. I talk a little bit about some of the future plans coming up as things slow down for next month or in the near future at least in each of the categories. There is some new little things and ideas that I had talked about before but haven’t had time to work on.
One thing that I do apologize for mostly in the second half of the podcast is that I’m having some minor sinus issues so I had to clear my throat here and there and then take a little break in the second half as it was starting to really bother me.
So…work apparently has no sign of slowing down. While I wanted to shift things around and get out 2 podcasts next week, I decided its probably best to just clear out this week before it gets further behind. I’ll have a bigger show the week after as a quick recap over the missed weeks. I realize that a lot of this weekly recap is rather ambitious thinking on my end however, things will get back on track once work slows down. Anyways, I will talk about the hectic work schedule in the next adventures post but for now, let’s check out the What’s Up and what’s been going on (obviously not too much considering my time is all spent on work).
Currently reading: The Visitor
Its disappointing to say but I’m still working on The Visitor as I fall further behind on the reading commitments. I’m just hoping to really find some time to get in a few hours and finish up this one and get the review out at this point.
Currently playing: ReCore
As a way to relax a little, I started up ReCore on the Xbox Game Pass that I had downloaded a long time ago but kept skipping over it. I didn’t play a whole lot of it, probably about a chapter or so. Its a rather decent game to say the least. The world and the gears and all is fairly easy to control and work on. There is different enemies and such that make it pretty cool. Of course, I’m still at the beginning so lots of time for it to ramp up in difficulty and challenge my limited gaming abilities especially when it includes shooting although I do love games with lock-on targets.
With that said, Steam Game Festival also started up since February 5th and I’ve been checking out some of those games. They belong to the next week so I’m going to talk about them all in the next What’s Up, hopefully in podcast format since I have some some thoughts and a good bit of games to play which I’m hoping to get an impressions post up on Game Warp. Suffice to say that progress is very slow.
Valentine’s Marathon has started but its a rather rocky road as with the current state, only 2 movies have been watched so probably the remaining bits will be mostly TV binge backlogs at this point. However, I’m still working hard on it. Luckily, the start off point was pretty good as Isn’t It Romantic is a fantastic romantic comedy that mocks romantic comedies so very fun overall.
As for the other two films, I had to bump those up in the watch list as I realized fairly last minute that they were going to leave Netflix Canada. With that said, these two were alright overall. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings is a few sequels in this franchise which I’ve only seen the first movie eons ago and haven’t seen anything in between so its a fresh watch however it feels pretty standalone so it was easy to follow and the whole monster designs and stuff in the fantasy elements are done super cool. As for Lila & Eve, its a revenge thriller sort of deal. The story itself is a pretty good and the twist is fairly decent although it feels like at one point, it has a few clue-ins on what the twist might be. However, Viola Davis is such a great actress that this movie is lifted up because of her and even for myself who isn’t such a big fan of Jennifer Lopez as an actress thought that she did a decent job.
Locke & Key (Season 1, 2020)
Currently binging: Who’s The Murderer S6, Shine! Super Brothers, Fourtry S2, The Treasured Voice S2, Share Life, Sweet Home S1, Beauty From Heart
As some of the shows start tapering out and some of slowly fallen off the radar for me, I’m actually clearing up some space for some upcoming shows that I have my eyes on and others that I want to finish from before once things calm down. However, I did decide to start up Locke and Key which is the definite highlight of this week since I did finish it fairly quickly. A great premise and well done show. I’m looking forward to Season 2 for sure. Plus, I’ve been looking through where to get the graphic novels to give it a read when I get the chance. This one is right up my alley.
As for currently watching shows, its really a lot of the same. Beauty From Heart has ended when this post goes up but these posts are generally a week in delay. I’m bumping it to talk about next week instead. Boy, do I have a lot to talk about for that show. Fourtry S2 and Shine! Super Brothers are also in the last few episodes as well. The husband and I decided to start up another Korean TV series so that’s the new addition as we started watching Sweet Home. I can’t say its as fun as Uncanny Counter and I’m super tired so reading subtitles is not something that I do for a long time so we’re about 2- 3 episodes in at this point.
That’s it for this What’s Up! A little disappointed to not get a What’s Up podcast done this week but instead of pushing it back a few days, going back to the written format keeps things a little more organized on my end. Some normalcy have mid February for sure. No guarantees on podcast next week but I’ll definitely try if things run smoother than anticipated at work (which is never the case as I’ve grown to realize).
What have you been reading/watching/binging/playing?
As you can tell, I’m still working out the whole recording and editing schedule so its getting published a little later than I’m hoping for.
This episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast, we take a look at Week 2 of 2021 for the next What’s Up weekly recap of what I’m currently reading, watching, playing and binging and the highlights of each segment along with a description of the new additions to the rundown and some impressions and thoughts.
Hey Everyone! As we approach the 10th blogiversary of Tranquil Dreams, its time to kick things into action with a new shift and that’s the official first episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast! I’m a little uncertain about how it all sounds and stuff since I criticize myself a lot and I’m not a fan of listening to my voice. Bear with me as I find the whole pace of solo podcasting and hopefully become a mildly entertaining host for the show! Its a fairly personal project since its going to be talking about things that I like.
Regardless, first episode will give a quick intro on what’s in store for Tranquil Dreams Podcast and the things that I will discuss and followed with the official move of What’s Up 2021 to podcast format with a recap of the first week. Episodes for What’s Up should go up every Friday at no set time (until I find a rhythm) then the goal is to get it out in the morning. Eventually hopefully moving to Thursday (fingers crossed). I haven’t edited in a long time so its taking longer than I imagined.
You can find the podcast on Anchor and Spotify as well as listening it via the player above.
As our holiday lockdown continues, we’re keeping very much to ourselves and waiting for our virtual game night with the normal NYE crew, I’m taking a little time to relax and put together the last post of 2020! Suffice to say that My December Adventures is less adventures and much more a recap of the year to the current highlights of the blog. Let’s go!
The only thing to highlight for December is that the Holidays Marathon happened. It was fairly well planned but not as well executed! However, it still happened and its all updated on the page HERE.
Its time for the recap of this year and where we’re at now. I want to skip through stats in general this year as its something that I’ve looked at fairly little although I am happy that in 2020 in terms of views did go up compared to the past year or two (at least from a quick glance).
Honestly, I’m a little surprised that the TV Binges for the Chinese dramas are ranking top posts for what I released this year. Some posts that I put a lot of heart into so I’m glad that they did top the list. I did 3 of these thinking that it was just for my own liking and not thinking anyone would be too interested. The Top 10 all time is not anything from this year but some older posts.
Books: I had set a goal of 25 books for the Goodreads Challenge and ended up reading 26 books.
According to My Year in Books on Goodreads, I read 5,129 pages with an average rating of 4.1 stars (which is fairly high).
While the ratings might change if I were to go back to look, the books that have made an impression:
Buried In My Past by Eva McKenzie
Blackthorn by Terry Tyler
Undead Ultra by Camille Picott
Conscience by Jonathan Pongratz
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Movies: According to Letterboxd, I watched 267 movies this year. I know that I did watch a whole bunch of short films that weren’t on the list and some festival films as well. So its definitely a little more than that number.
My top movies watched in 2020 (doesn’t have to be released in 2020):
One Cut of the Dead
Sheep Without a Shepherd
The Oak Room
TV: With over 15 TV binges sitting in backlog from this year alone, I have some work ahead of me. However, here is the list of 8 TV series that I saw this year (not all aired in 2020):
I’ve been focusing on Chinese dramas lately and because of that, it will bring in some changes for 2021. However, as we wrap up 2020 , I just couldn’t choose 5 so that’s how we’re at 8. And that isn’t even mentioning some of the variety shows that I watch which is a huge amount as well.
I’m sure all of you have better things than to sit around reading my recap on the year (despite the pandemic situation) so a much shorter post than previous years. By the way, this post published marks the 300th post published this year. The only little stats that I want to share. Its definitely not the best years in terms of posts but in terms of views, I think its been very good. Plus, I can’t remember the number of followers last year but I’ve past the 3000 followers mark so its pretty awesome!
With that said, that’s it for the December Adventures and 2020 recap! I have some small changes for 2021 that I’ll announce tomorrow!