What’s Up Week 19

Another week and things are pretty much back on track. Some new things, some currently ongoing and some things finally wrapped up! Its a fun little bit of stuff here and there which is always good.

READING

Justice For Belle

  • Justice For Belle by Didi Oviatt

Currently reading: Crossline by Russ Colchamiro

Working on some ARCs and upcoming blog tour things in the reading department. Justice For Belle releases soon (May 15th) and the review is going up shortly after that time as I wrapped up the novel last week

PLAYING

danganronpa trigger happy havoc

Currently playing: Danganronpa Happy Trigger Havoc

A serious lack in gaming this week but I’m set on working further on Danganronpa while at the same time, I’m trying out some new mobile games for the next mobile games roundup as usual.

WATCHING

Deep Blue Sea

  • The Shape of Water – rewatch (review)
  • Deep Blue Sea

A week of rewatches specifically all for Movies and Tea preparation for recordings! The Shape of Water is the final film in our Guillermo Del Toro season two journey and then we head into our first after hours episode with our shark week selection. As usual, we have three after hours episodes upcoming after The Shape of Water is released. I won’t say too much about it.

BINGING

  • The Brightest Star in the Sky (2019)
  • Idol Producer (Season 1, 2018)

Currently binging: Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Le Coup de Foudre, Dream Space, Produce Camp 2019, Flipped

Finally wrapped up Idol Producer from 2018 which was last year’s season that sparked Nine Percent and a bunch of other entertainment company’s also introduced their own boy groups after their artists have more popularity from this show. I realized that the Idol Producer for this year had actually ended just in April or something so I’ll be checking that out once I’m done with Produce Camp 2019. I realize that I can’t watch two at the time or else I mix up the contestants. As for The Brightest Star in the Sky, that finished up with 2 episodes dropping into the following week and its a really great show. I think that the ending kind of jumped a bit quick to wrap things up in terms of the natural progression of things but it still has its priorities in its plot. I’ll talk more once I get the TV binge done. Just toss it into the backlog pile ;).

Most of the shows I’m watching right now is currently updated every week. Put Your Head On My Shoulder is in its final week or two. Le Coup de Foudre stars the very fun to watch Janice Wu and is also a relatively short series at about short of its halfway point, I think. Produce Camp 2019 is going on at a weekly basis and I do participate on the Weibo voting when I catch it before the time zone difference cut off time. In my mind, there’s slowly a good idea of what the 11 members of this group might be although, the participants keep improving and having different shining points. While Dream Space is supposed to be preparing for its 2nd season but I’m still watching the first one where its a somewhat social matchmaking sort of show but very different from what I’ve seen from the US or Canada and while I don’t review a lot of these shows, I think I might actually talk about it in a TV binge once I finish.

That’s it for this week’s What’s Up!

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

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What’s Up Week 18: Currently Ongoing Update

Welcome to Week 18 of What’s Up! We’re back on track now and things are slowly rolling back into action. Its mostly currently ongoing things but at least something is happening rather than nothing. It sounds a bit pathetic when I look at it but the energy levels are back to normal by the end of the week and its time to get more movies watched (and reviewed) and some more games as well.

READING

Justice For Belle

Currently reading: Justice For Belle

I’m currently reading Justice For Belle. I mean, I’m literally only 10% into it so I have the absolutely basics and set up of the story right now. However, this is an ARC so…it goes live on May 15th which should be around the time that I get the review up, maybe on the 16th. It gives me some time to finish reading and form my thoughts. I need to pick up my pace in terms of reading as I’m falling behind on the Goodreads Challenge.

PLAYING

danganronpa trigger happy havoc

Currently playing: Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc

I’ve been meaning to start Danganronpa for a while and finally dived in at the end of the week. I literally just finished the prologue and decided that I’m not playing this one with the husband because if thats the case, I have to read it out and its a lot of reading as its very much a visual novel with some mystery twist, I think. Anyways, this one is set for a long haul as I believe it clocks in at about 30 hours so not doing the recording for it either because its going to be too long.

WATCHING

the silence

  • The Silence

There is this new wave of movies that target your senses and the latest horror Netflix Original, The Silence is all about being quiet again just like A Quiet Place. I have a few issues with The Silence so its going to be interesting to write up that review. Overall, lets just say, it starts off good and spirals downwards real fast. Not the way you want your horror movie experience to be. Sad, because I really love Stanley Tucci and he gets this leading role and its for this lackluster horror film.

BINGING

  • Z Nation (Season 1)

Currently binging: The Brightest Star in the Sky, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Idol Producer, Produce Camp 2019, Flipped, You vs Wild, Brave New World, Escape Room, Z Nation

I’m enjoying everything that I’m currently binging but as The Brightest Star in the Sky comes to a close with 2 more episodes falling into the next week, its at the point where I’m having very deep feelings and love for this series. At the same time, Idol Producer is an older series so I ended up trying to be more on track with the current Produce Camp 2019 since I have some trainees in there that I’m really interested in giving some support for. At the same time because of Produce Camp 2019, I ended up pushing forward watching Flipped because of Kido Gao. I got back into watch Brave New World, a variety show and Escape Room as well is catching up as well. Z Nation is still the show I watch with my husband and we finished Season 1 and went right into Season 2. As for my pick right now is trying out You vs. Wild, an interactive Netflix series which I’m doing one episode per day and so far, its been quite fun. I’m liking it more than Black Mirror: Bandersnatch which I only tried for 10 minutes and stopped.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
What have you been reading/playing/watching/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 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 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 #13: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

You can’t say its wrong when almost everything I’m doing last week is holiday-related or perhaps more specifically, Christmas. So it sure is looking a lot like Christmas and while this doesn’t cover my other blog, Avenue of Daydreams, my photography blog, that place is turning my phone into a Christmas gallery as well.

With that said, let’s see what happened last week!!

READING

Mooseletoe

  • Mooseletoe by Tiffinie Helmer (Review)

Currently reading: *deciding what to read next*

Reading has been going a little slow on my end and that has to do with the lack of holiday books in my Kindle at the moment. I do have two more books that I found. I might have overlooked something because I honestly thought that I had more. Mooseletoe was kind of a finishing point for myself as I will line up a lot of stuff other than the easy contemporary romance genre because it really is getting irritating most of the time to read and then you know, sometimes I feel bad because it makes the one or two great ones that I read this year get lost in this really lackluster genre that I am realizing that I am not a fan of even if it is some of the easiest books to go through. A hint towards a few new directions in the reading department for 2019 already. Its really shaping up to some fun things in the new year. For now, we will just continue the holiday book trek until the end of the year.

PLAYING

  • Hidden Folks DLC Beach

Currently playing: She Remembered Caterpillars

As I kept saying in the last section, I only have one pair of eyes and each of these things aren’t quite multitaskable, although I do find myself sometimes TV binging and reading at the same time when I’m feeling super ambitious, so who knows, right? However, playing games is a very different thing. Currently the channel is slightly lacking in videos but I am working on Hidden Folks which is one that gameplay doesn’t quite work but a review is in the works. Its a fun little game that I forgot to write a review for when I played the main game last holiday season and now I’m doing a batch review of the main game and the DLC. I am currently playing She Remembered Caterpillars which is a narrative puzzle game. Its an interesting experience but I think I have a ways to go but gameplay will go up for this one soon-ish. Just a few gaming things to get out of the way as well. A new game plan for Game Warp posting schedule is in the works for 2019 so bear with me as I figure that out. We have some fun podcasts for year-end coming up which is currently in editing.

WATCHING

The Princess Switch

  • Isabelle (2018)
  • The Holiday Calendar (2018) (Review)
  • The Princess Switch (2018) (Review)

I’m not quite in holiday movie watching mode but to be fair, Netflix is just starting to launch a lot more of the holiday stuff this past week so I have a few other films lined up. My fave of last week had to go to The Princess Switch which pretty much surprised me on how much fun I had watching it. Vanessa Hudgens has always been this hit or miss sort of actress, at least in the few things I’ve seen but she really did nice in this fun little doppelganger sort of film in veins of The Parent Trap (review) and It Takes Two, also two films that I enjoyed quite a bit. The holiday movies is definitely getting better and better so hopefully, it keeps going in this direction.

TV BINGING

nailed it holiday

  • Love O2O (rewatch)
  • Nailed It! Holiday! (Mini Series)

Currently binging: An Oriental Odyssey, The Inn, Who’s the Murderer, Happy Do Re Mi

I know TV binge has been fairly the same over and over again but I’m taking the time to really just focus on a little less of TV since I have a ton of unwritten TV series which I have to go back and watch to remember what to write. I am enjoying (kind of) the catching series as they go live although only 2 more episodes of An Oriental Odyssey and its going to be over. Whoever decided that the last two episodes was going to be on one weekend needs a serious chat. But then, I’m hoping to get the TV binge done for that in a timely fashion and then rewatch it in one shot (as much as 50 episodes can be in one shot, right?).  I keep forgetting to mention it but An Oriental Odyssey does have English subtitles so I probably should have linked it before. My bad.

In terms of new things, I was super excited for a new limited series of Nailed It! for the holidays which seems like a fun time. So the husband and I had some time to binge the 7 episodes in true binging fashion so the TV binge is going up very very soon. 🙂