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?

Movie sets, Kurios and Upcoming events :)

Yup, its a little mash up of a weekend personal post and little updates.

Its been a slow and quiet week over here in Tranquil Dreams.  I’m slowly getting back to my normal routine and getting back the energy as the jetlag settles down.  I’m hoping that at least my sleeping pattern will get back to normal soon.

The world around me hasn’t really been as quiet and this last week has been pretty exciting.  Its really helped to bring my energy back to par.

We have a few things to get through so lets get straight to it! 🙂

Since I’m laying off movies for a while, Netflix finally put up Season 4 of Glee.

Glee Season 4

Still missing Season 5 to be caught up. I binge watched all of it.  Its not quite as good as the first two seasons but I kind of like the mash-ups and the fresh blood brings an interestingly cute vibe to the group.  Plus, the whole New York NYADA times is cool. I love Kate Hudson’s character even if she’s not a regular.  Now I’m ready to get on with Orange is the New Black 😉

On Tuesday, I left work to a somewhat transformed street in front of my work. Its turned into old New York for a shooting of a film called Stonewall.  I read up and I believe it is directed by Roland Emmerich.

Stonewall

Stonewall

Stonewall

New York Taxis and Police cars

So very cool, right?

But it doesn’t stop there…

On Wednesday, apparently a section of Chinatown was transformed for the filming of The Walk directed by Robert Zemeckis starring the extremely charming Joseph Gordon Levitt.  My friend’s store was just outside the set so she had given me the heads up, unfortunately, I was really disappointed because my health is more important and I have my chiropractor appointment (which made me feel better).

But, things always have a way of working out and I took an extended walk on Thursday after work and guess what I found out? Evening movie set and shooting just on the street behind my work! Yay! 🙂

So, I dropped by to see if I could take any pictures and of course, they didn’t allow it when the actual filming started but the cars and setup was just amazing.  And no, I don’t believe I recognized anyone…

On Friday, the much anticipated Cirque du Soleil show Kurios, which my friend and I bought tickets for in May finally came around.  I left work a little earlier and went off to the ports of Old Montreal to the Cirque du Soleil tents full of excitement.  It was pretty chilly that day so I’m packed with layers.

Kurios

At the front door 🙂

Kurios: Cabinet des Curiosites looked amazing right from the get go.  Its my first Cirque du Soleil experience. Here’s a little trailer before I continue.

Apparently, even before the show started, my friend said I looked like I was ready to jump out of the chair while watching all the characters walk around.  And when the show started, the music was so upbeat and fun.  The show itself was exciting and everything was just perfect.  A mood booster right there! It has a somewhat steampunk style and a little Wizard of Oz sort of out of the world experience.  I know it’ll be touring to Quebec city, Toronto, San Francisco and whatnot.  You can go check out the site.  Its REALLY worth your time 🙂 I’m almost contemplating going to see it a second time…thats how awesome it was.  I just can’t wait for the soundtrack to come out!

Let me take a minute to calm myself down from all the excitement of just remembering it.

Okay! All good!

Saturday was pretty busy.  I had a few errands to run, a load of chores to get cracking on and well, I decided to go plant shopping with  my awesome friend, Phoebe @ Starry Traveler’s Road. I think it’ll be the last time this summer because its already getting a bit crazy. We discovered a new little place for plants on the way to the garden center we went to last time.  Here’s my new plants: some flowers and herbs 🙂

Scroll over the pictures to see what they are…

I have lots of new flowers since my yard needs a huge changing around.  The previous owner didn’t tend to it much so now I have a few mods to make during the summer.  I’m going to doing pots of nice flowers and trying to figure out what works with what.  Coming back from vacation, my basil was all grown up.  And the next thing is to try out the mosquito repellent container garden.  I hope that it works because it’ll be pretty awesome.

Yesterday I didn’t get to transplant any of these plants into bigger pots but I will be tending to that gradually in the next week.  This weekend was very busy since after that, I had to head over to my boyfriend’s nephew’s birthday party. It was very nice to hang out with everyone.

The highlight might actually be watching a bunch of grown men playing bean bags 😉

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As for today, I just got back home from some lovely tree adventure.  I’ll be posting about that in a few days, as I didn’t have hands to take pictures but my friends did and they turned out pretty good 🙂 I’m interested to see how it turned out 😉

I was going to go on about something else but its getting a bit long so I’ll talk about that next week after I put a bit more thought into it.  Maybe we’re looking at some new project ideas that I’d like your opinion on.

For next week, Hong Kong and some movies reviews from my flight.  This should be for about 2 weeks so it’ll give me time to plan out whats afterwards.  Especially since, July is going to be pretty jam packed with a friend’s wedding around the corner (with it a bachelorette party), my best friend flying into town, some outdoor adventures like maybe another tree and water slides, and also, FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL! I’m waiting for the schedule of that to go up.  I also bought tickets for Montreal Comic Con which is in September.  Boyce Avenue concert is coming up in October.  Life is happening, eh?

I constantly get asked whether I actually sleep.  Believe me, I do 😉

Before I leave, lets give you some happy music from Virginia to Vegas called Colourful.

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend! 🙂