Welcome to the next episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast!
This episode, I continue with the What’s Up 2021 as we dive into a double week recap for Weeks 12 & 13. No reading this week as there hasn’t been any progress in general however some fun bit to talk about as I discuss Little Nightmares 2, some horror movies from Shudder as well as a new Chinese series that has lived up to my anticipation so far. Theoretically the last double week recap as we get caught up with What’s Up!
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.
As I consistently fall back to the original written format and also a few days late, this is the last week where this is the case as I was catching up with sleep and regaining my mental energy, I have a new game plan for next week and its going to get that next podcast episode out. For now, let’s keep with this format.
I promise to do a quick highlight of the past 3 weeks that were in written format since there are some little thoughts of a various things. This week might be a little different as I looked back and realized that I got confused with my weekly recap timeline so maybe this week might be a little less to make up for the mistakes.
Currently reading: The Visitor
As I fall behind on reading, I made zero progress on The Visitor. The hope is to get back to reading and finishing it in the coming week so fingers crossed 😉
Steam Game Festival Demos
Rain on your Parade
Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery
Lost Words: Beyond The Page
Children of Silentown
A Perfect Day
Ghost On The Shore
Cats and Other Lives
As I put together this week, I realize that I forgot to wrap up the Game Warp post for the Steam Game Festival. Tossing that onto the to-do pile. However, I did play some solid demos. One of them had a funky bug that shut off my PC but if they fix that bug, that game might be the ones with more potential. Of course, being a backer for Lunark also makes me a little bias but at the same time, the demo did not disappoint as in the world building while the controls needed a little polishing. Aside from that, Ghost on the Shore, Lost Words and Children of Silentown definitely are ones that I added to my wishlist after the demo as well.
As I get things back on track, movie watching has been on a low. Hustlers being the only film that I watched in the previous week (as I mentioned before that I’m behind so its like more than 1 week ago). I’ve heard good things about it. I do tend to stay away from films with Jennifer Lopez as the ones I’ve seen were pretty meh however, this one is alright. Everyones does a good job. Where I had issues with it definitely was not the acting but more the execution and pacing. I will discuss it more in a review post.
Currently binging: Who’s The Murderer S6, Shine! Super Brothers, Fourtry S2, Share Life, A Journey For Love, When We Write Love Story
With the wild workload thats been hanging over my life in general, its the first week that I have kept everything fairly stable and not a whole lot of new shows. The only one thats new is A Journey For Love is actually not that new except that I forgot to mention it before.
Beauty From Heart finished up and I’m working on the TV binge right now. So many thoughts for that one especially with the message its portraying and the character development. The husband and I finished up Sweet Home as well. The TV binge for that was released yesterday so you can check that out. In a nutshell, its pretty good and I like post-apocalypse films and creature features so right up my alley. There are some little issues here and there but overall, I’m hoping that it gets a second season.
Shows like Fourtry Season 2 and Shine! Super Brothers is at its last few episodes. Good thing because next one has some new things and the next season of Produce Camp and Youth With You is coming up so its going to be kind of wild soon.
Thats it for this What’s Up! What have you been reading/playing/watching/binging?
Surprise! We’re back to the old format for What’s Up this week! The main reason is that I’m overloaded with work (as you may have noticed by the lack of posts this week) so I’m literally taking out some time from doing overtime for work to get this post done quickly. The past week was alright in terms in content but nothing super exciting, as expected with how busy work currently is with the deadline right around the corner.
Either way, we’ll be back to podcast format next week but for now, let’s check out what’s up this past week!
The Littlest Dinosaur by Bryce Raffle & Steven Kothlow
Currently reading: The Visitor
I got this book this week as a part of an upcoming blog tour in March so I’m way ahead but it looked so cute that I couldn’t resist to give it a read through. Its a children’s book so its an easy read. I won’t dive too much into it or else there won’t be anything else to write about in the actual blog tour later on.
In other news, I’m trying to finish up The Visitor as a review commitment which I’m already a bit behind on so that’s the next book to wrap up as top priority once my eyes have time to look at my Kindle.
Death’s Gambit (incomplete)
Currently playing: (that’s a good question because I’m not sure, but probably Call of the Sea/The Medium/Tell Me Why Episode 2 & 3 or Control)
I’m starting to see a pattern in the first two categories. Donut County is a game recently added to Xbox Game Pass and also the next game that we looked at over at Game Warp as a fun short discussion. Its a fun little game that does help kill time and destress mostly. Its not complex or deep but its rather soothing and a little comedic depending on your humor. Given my brain power right now, this was exactly what I needed. Plus, its only a 2 hour game so its pretty much one to play in one sitting. What’s Donut County for those not familiar with indie games or haven’t heard of it before? You play BK the raccoon who owns the donut shop who is playing this game on his phone that helps him earn points that opens up holes in the ground and eventually swallows up everyone in Donut County underground and all to get a quadcopter which is pretty much like a drone of some sort. Whacky premise? I know but it has its charming elements.
The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
Edge of Fear (2018)
Super random picks this week for movie watching. Plus, they were blind watches since I didn’t even know the premise when I started it up. Its slim pickings to say the least and with that said, The Land of Steady Habits easily takes this one. While I’m not sure that I get the movie completely and it didn’t connect with me quite as much, there’s definitely something there in the story especially talking about parents, moving on and entering a new phase in life. Its also a lot about blame and responsibility. Plus, the acting was pretty good overall.
That’s in comparison to Edge of Fear which wasn’t a bad premise but the movie was way too overacted. Everything felt so over. I recently saw a movie in the past few months that felt similar to this one but was executed much better. This one had its own issues even though the second half did redeem itself a little.
Currently binging: Who’s the Murderer S6, Shine!Super Brothers, Beauty From Heart, Fourtry S2, When We Write Love Story, Share Life S1, Sisters Who Make Waves S2, The Treasured Voice S2
If you listened to the last podcast, I was excited and worried about The Uncanny Counter’s big season finale. You can check out the review of the season right now (link above) but the ending was pretty satisfying overall. Its already reviewed so I’m going to leave it at that.
A lot of the same in terms of variety shows and even dramas since in terms of Chinese drama, I’m left with only Beauty From Heart which as the show goes on, I’m starting to question why I’m watching this and why the two main leads took this series as they are the best part of it and the only reason that I keep watching. Every other character is so frustrating to watch and written so poorly. I’m debating the next series now (but leaning towards continuing The Wolf and Legend of Fei but I felt like I didn’t want to risk the possibility of bawling my eyes out so I decided to put it on hold until the work rush was over). I really should watch My Little Happiness but something about it is also not hooking me a ton, probably the first male lead.
As for new shows, Sisters Who Makes Waves Season 2 started up. There’s a few ladies here that I personally love a lot so its caught my interest but then Season 1, I didn’t even finish watching it so we’ll see how long I hold onto this one. The other is The Treasured Voice which I just forgot to talk about in the previous week on the podcast but its a fun one about singers chosen by 4 judges/singers to pair up and perform a song that would be classed as a hit song. I like singing shows overall so its pretty cool. Plus, they have actual music critics on the show so its pretty fun to watch the discussion of it.
That’s it for this week’s What’s Up! What have you been reading/watching/binging/playing?
Another week has gone by in 2021 and another episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast is here!
Its been a busy and wild week whether its with job or falling behind with projects and having to shift things around in my schedule. However, a lot of the categories are still fairly packed and mostly on track and a lot of things have pulled through at the end so I’m still relatively pleased with how the week went on. Once work schedule slows down, things should see a better rhythm instead of always releasing the podcast episodes later than I’d like.
This episode of Tranquil Dreams Podcast, I do a recap of Week 3 of 2021 for the next What’s Up 2021 for what I’m currently reading, watching, playing and binging as well as what’s been done and completed and some possible plans for the coming week. There’s a few highlights and some quick descriptions for the new additions from all categories: books, games, movies and TV. Blog tours, blogathon announcements, tossing an idea for a future Tranquil Dreams discussion piece in this episode as well.
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.
Another week has gone by! This week was pretty good. Got a little bit of everything done!
Egg by Ross Victory
Currently reading: Wayward Kindred
A little bit of reading this week as I prepared for the next blog tour commitment for Egg which is coming out tomorrow. I won’t say too much since its a short story as to keep a bit of freshness for the review. Its an interesting one to say the least. As for other things, I’m still slowly reading Wayward Kindred, which I do want to wrap up before starting up the next novel for another blog tour commitment. I really need to organize these blog tour commitments a little more sparsely.
Currently playing: Hyperdot
The highlight for this week is Gnog that I completed 100% achievements on Steam. Its a rare situation so I like to mention it. With that said, its a fun little puzzle game with some great soundtrack. Its super feel good and just made me so happy to play it. I probably will do a quick little review for it.
I’m starting to work through the Xbox Game Pass. Its going to be the priority for this coming month as of end of November. I’m trying to at least get through some of The Game Awards nominated games available there while also playing some games that I’ve wanted to play in a while but didn’t get around to the last time I had the Game Pass. Maybe I’ll keep it for another month depending on how I feel and how much time I can commit to it in January. The first game is a very simple game called Hyperdot. I’ve played other games similar to this before so it doesn’t feel that unique but visually its done pretty good and there is a certain amount of variety. I’m halfway through at Level 50 and just wondering whether there’s anything else that will be new. Might stop and move on to something else if nothing new happens by Level 60.
Game Warp has finished up some production meeting so we’re going to be back on track which means, I need to get back onto the planned gaming and get some more content out. I’m planning on having some streaming plans that probably will start early next year but maybe earlier, if I figure out a schedule.
Angela’s Christmas Wish (2020)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
I’m focusing on the holiday films lately to get this Holidays marathon going on right now with more content. Fairly ahead with movie watching, just a little behind on writing. Honestly, these two new Christmas/Holidays films are pretty decent. I do like Jingle Jangle for that one thing that its a pretty fun musical and the whole set and music is rather good. Although that’s not saying Angela’s Christmas Wish isn’t good which hit me in the feels with their ending.
Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas (Season 1, 2020)
The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Season 1, 2020)
Everybody Stand By 2 (Actors Take Your Place 2, 2020)
Currently binging: You Are So Sweet, Sing or Spin S2, Shine! Super Brothers, The Wolf, Our Song 2, Meeting Mr. Right S3, The Romance of Tiger and Rose
Would you look at that? I’m working on my TV binge stuff backwards as I mentioned last week (or in the Adventures post, I can’t remember). Anyways, it seems to be working out much better than the prior plan. Sadly, Forget You Remember Love wasn’t my highlight this week. It just was too long. You can check out the review linked above. It was pretty cute in parts but some parts was just a little too frustrating. For people who are big fans of the original series, they might still enjoy this one though.
My highlight this week goes to Everybody Stand By S2 which is an actor competition variety show. Its for different actors from various backgrounds and experiences to perform in a competition with renowned directors on different pieces to finally stand out in the end based on audience and industry votes as well as online popularity votes. I never saw the first season but this season did reveal a lot of really great actors and actresses as well as some familiar faces. Plus, the director crew are all rather well known with Vicki Zhao (best known for her directorial piece So Young and her actress career in Shaolin Soccer), Kaige Chen (director of Farewell My Concubine), Derek Yee (Director of Full Throttle, One Night in Mongkok, Shinjuku Incident) and Jingming Guo (Director of Tiny Times, Cry Me A Sad River). An outstanding crew of directors to say the least which makes it all the more fun to watch.
With that said, some new additions this week as I continue to work through the popular series that I skipped over this year with The Romance of Tiger and Rose as well as starting up a new variety show called Shine Super Brothers to create a group of more sophisticated performers/celebrities, etc. I’m watching it mostly for some of the celebrities that joined the show. Plus, I did finish 2 Netflix Original series. Holiday Home Makeover and Holiday Movies That Made Us both were pretty fun to watch as well and only 4 and 2 episodes respectively so very quick binges. I’ll be doing a post for it soon so I won’t talk too much about it right now.
That’s it for this week’s What’s Up! What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?
Welcome to another Weekly recap! Week 47 friends! Its almost the end of 2020 and winter is definitely arrived for us as we’re snowing outside as this posts goes up! Its been a decent week overall. Sorting out a few things and finding time to do some other bits and pieces of stuff. Work is still a bit wild so I’m taking it easy on the blogging front so its been fair and few for posting schedule (which let’s admit is close to non-routine at this point). Let’s check it out!
Currently reading: Wayward Kindred
I haven’t actually started it but I figured I needed something to cleanse my palate from reading novels so I wanted to check out my latest graphic novel addition from TO Comics that I had backed for Kickstarter. They always publish really awesome content but they had mentioned that COVID-19 has caused some potential issues so hopefully, it won’t be the end. I haven’t gone back to check on the news regarding the TO Comics situation. Excited to start this one up.
We finished an entire game in one sitting on Saturday night which was crazy. Its been a while since we’ve done that. Typoman: Revised is a pretty fun platformer. Short and sweet for the most part. Its fairly straight-forward and plays with the use of battling with words. The words do get a little more repetitive by the end as to which to make but the final battle is about quick reflexes so that was pretty fun. I’ll get a review on Game Warp soon. Game Warp activity should be getting back soon with written reviews as our main focus and the podcast being discussion content but we are organizing schedule to make it all work out right now. Too many projects, too little time..haha!
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given (2020)
Work It (2020)
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
The Crossing (2018)
This week has been pretty great on the watching front. A good pile of fun stuff. Kevin Hart’s latest Netflix Comedy special is very to the times as the audience is all wearing masks plus, its overall a fun time. Some bits worked a little less but that’s normal in any stand-up comedy show. I had a lot of laugh out loud moments so for me, that’s already pretty good.
On the movie front, there were some meh movies but I’ll talk about Princess Switch’s sequel for next month’s Christmas rundown. The movies that I’ve been watching on repeat a lot in the background or whatnot is Dumplin’ and The Crossing. Dumplin’ is a feel-good movie through and through and The Crossing is this indie Chinese film that is done so well. Every time I watch it, I see these subtle details that make it even better. Really awesome stuff! If anything, its made me really focus on hunting down some indie Chinese cinema. There seems to be a lot of hidden gems and some upcoming talent to discover.
Currently binging: Meeting Mr. Right S3, You Are So Sweet, Professional Single, Walk Into Your Memory, Our Song S2, Sing or Spin S2, Detective College S3, Everybody Stand By S2, The Wolf, Nothing But Thirty
Everything I’m watching is fairly decent although I’m debating whether to finish Walk Into Your Memory right now as its starting to lose its appeal halfway through. Professional Single and You Are So Sweet are my faves as its really just sweet romances overall but Professional Single is ending soon so I figured I’d share that one since the pairing is really cute.
As for new series, I started up a ton of new things, the only two that will stay right now is The Wolf which was a surprise drop that came with a lot of news which is why it caught my attention. Plus, its the first series of Sean Xiao released after the dumb news stuff that happened in February 2020 which I believe might still be stirring up another wave of stupid, but hey, I support the guy since I don’t think the situation is his fault. This series has high potential to be those revenge and love stories which I might find frustrating. Right now, its still okay. We will see since Sean Xiao hasn’t even showed up yet. I’m hoping his existence will help since I’m really not enjoying the main actress’s acting style. Some issues but nothing detrimental just yet since its only 6 episodes in.
With that said, I decided to finally start Nothing But Thirty because that was the breakout series this year about three ladies in their 30s experiencing different things. It churned up a lot of talk and its been recommended to me so I figured that I’d check it out. I’ll report back when I get further whether I think its worth all the chat.
That’s it for this week’s recap! What have you been watching/playing/reading/binging?
Its another week! And I finally remembered what day of the week it is! Improvements, right? Getting things back on track and trying to pull myself out of all this delayed posts that need to go up. Either way, this week was okay. I took things a little slower but its all moving forward gradually. Plus, its mid-November, which means I can start putting Christmas decorations in the house which making this gloomy autumn feel a little less gloomy.
After a huge reading frenzy for Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, I managed to get it up on time. Its a pretty decent book and definitely so because of the authors that was involved in all the stories compiled. I’ve only actually read one or two authors other works in this list but definitely going to look up some of their other books.
However, The Girl On The Train has been sitting around in the currently reading for a while so I’m going to work on finishing that. Once that’s done, 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge will be done and I can start surpassing it. I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch though, right?
Double Kick Heroes
Currently playing: Numberzilla
Technically speaking, Double Kick Heroes is still something that I’m playing. I did finish up the second difficulty, Hard Rock and will working on some of the achievements. However, I’m on the 3rd difficulty Metal and I might have plateaued at one of the levels so I’m going to put it aside and start something else on PC soon while having it in the background as something to go back to. Double Kick Heroes is still a fun game. There’s some hidden achievements that will open up new levels that I’m aiming to do. For rhythm game lovers like myself, its a fun one especially since it packs the beat ’em up concept and zombies and metal. For a non-metal music listener typically, I liked a lot of its music.
As for right now, I’m playing Numberzilla on mobile. Surprisingly zen experience. It plays with matching numbers and a little simple addition to play through the puzzle. A fairly challenging sort of game seeing as I’ve only been able to clear the board once (or it might be just my own issue).
Still thinking about the next PC game to check out, I’ll check in with that next week.
A quiet movie watching week as I spent more time reading over the weekend and watching some TV and such. Either way, I did a rewatch for upcoming Season 6 production for Shark Week for Movies and Tea for The Reef. It’ll be a while before that gets released. Finally went back to finish up Michelle Buteau’s Netflix Comedy Special, Welcome to Buteaupia which was pretty good overall.
That leads up to the only new watch of the week making it no choice but to highlight it and that’s Robin Hood. It’s an alright movie. Its pretty much what is expected for this one. I had rented it as a cheap rental and it was going to expire so had to watch it. I do like the Robin Hood story and they shuffled it around a little. I couldn’t help but compare it to the Robin Hood segment for Once Upon a Time though, which feels like I probably shouldn’t…
Dash + Lily (Season 1, 2020)
Love Signal S3 (2020)
The Journey Across The Night (2020)
Currently binging: Meeting Mr. Right S3, You Are So Sweet, Professional Single, Walk Into Your Memory, Our Song S2, Sing or Spin S2, Everybody Stand By 2
This week saw a few shows wrapping up. Love Signal Season 3 had its final episode where it had people from all three seasons showing up for a final little talk. I’m sure its a last minute arrangement due to issues with one of the candidates for Season 3 making them have to edit out a lot of content. At the same time, I also started up Dash + Lily on Netflix in preparation for December content. Its a fun series especially in COVID times where we can’t go anywhere and it goes on a little New York adventure.
However, my highlight goes to The Journey Across the Night which ended. The series itself is pretty good. I just thought maybe they ended it at a point where it could have gone on to more interesting premise. I’m hoping its all a plan to have a Season 2 but I don’t know. It has a focus on mental illness and the ending hints at this misunderstanding of this mental illness that takes on nice little twist. Either way, I’m going to do a TV binge on it at some point. Maybe clear out a bunch of this before the end of the year (which seems like it’ll arrive faster than I can imagine).
The only new addition this week would have to be starting up a drama that was released earlier this year called Walk Into Your Memory also starring Eden Zhao in You Are So Sweet. I have to say that I still like it using his own voice instead of being dubbed. Either way, we will see how both pans out. I can’t say I’m really engaged in Walk Into Your Memory so its something of a filler series right now.
That’s it for Week 46 recap! What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?
Another week has past by. I have to say to due to my current real job workload, the stress is getting to me so things are a bit behind on wrapping up the film festival reviews. I’m hoping to get it done soon but its the reality. Its also the reality that I’m coming to terms with right now that this unfixed schedule for blogging will be what’s going to happen for the next while until things settle down in real life so to not add extra stress. With that said, I’m still taking some time to relax and as its beginning of November, I’m starting to finalize a project (or two) for next year to change things up a little or maybe better wording it as changing the format of some of the segments right now.
Either way, that’s whats been going on behind the scenes for myself. Figured that I should address the weird posting schedule that’s been going on for the past month or so.
Let’s recap what happened last week!
Currently reading: Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, The Girl on the Train
Starting up this book for an upcoming blog tour commitment! Reading is definitely on the low right now but look forward to this next week.
Currently playing: Double Kick Heroes
Taking a little time to game a little more to just break through everything and to relax. Nothing like a rhythm game that packs in entertainment, focus and music. I finished the game once on the easiest difficulty to get back into the groove and working through it a second time on the medium difficulty (Hard Rock difficulty) which was how I had played it in early access. Its the difficulty that I enjoy more.
The movie watching has finally dropped back down to a normal amount. As Blood in the Snow Festival wrapped up over the weekend, the last few movies were all fairly decent. I’m working on the last 2 reviews right now to at least get that done and over with. I’m a bit delayed on the remaining Festival du Nouveau Cinema reviews with four reviews left or something. Just a quick update. The highlight of this week goes to Come True, the final movie of the BITS festival and happened to sweep up a lot of the festival’s awards, all of which I do agree with. Its a very unique story, premise and the ending is fantastic.
I rewatched The Farewell for the Season 6 production of Movies and Tea and it actually resonated even more on the second viewing. It seems that I never reviewed this one before here (oddly) so I’m going to get one up. As for the surprise of the week, it goes to the rental, A Simple Favor which is not my pick of the week but one that I had a lot of fun watching. Review coming up once I get back to double features.
Go Newbies (Season 1, 2020)
Currently binging: Sing or Spin S2, Love Signal S3, Professional Single, The Journey Across The Night, Our Song S2, You Are So Sweet , Meeting Mr. Right S3
Go Newbies wrapped up. It was a fun little show about celebrities getting their driver’s lessons and the whole process. It was pretty fun to learn about the different laws in China and it was a fun experience overall to see how their driving tests are structured. Learning new things while having fun is always a good combination. No TV binge post for this but I do hope that they do a second season.
As The Journey Across The Night and Love Signal S3 heads into one more week before it ends, I’ve been looking for some new things to watch. You Are So Sweet is the latest one which is so far fairly generic but I like the cast and its about voice acting business which is a cool angle. I do have to say that Professional Single is still the most anticipated watch for me every week and variety shows like Our Song S2 and Meeting Mr. Right S3 also really entertaining.
A super late What’s Up this week! Like I said, funky post schedule. What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?