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?

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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 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 #15

What’s Up hasn’t been around for too long and it has its rough patch but we are at the last What’s Up for 2018. Next year, the structure will have its own polish and I’ll talk about it later on. I still have a few little decisions to make about it to work out.

Let’s just get started!

READING

  • A Kiss For Christmas by Melody Grace (review)

Currently reading: The Slippery Slope ( A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

You can just read the review for A Kiss For Christmas. The only thing I have to add if you didn’t read the review is that I am done with contemporary romance for a bit (like at least a year if not more). However, moving on to better things, I am back to reading A Series of Unfortunate Events and moving on to Book 10 to get ready for Season 3 which launches on January 1st. Excitement is an understatement. Plus, these books are thoroughly entertaining and amusing.

PLAYING

unravel 2

  • Unravel 2

Currently playing: Bound

Its the holidays. I have a whacky and rather out of the ordinary busy work schedule this week but the husband and I recently picked up Unravel 2 (which I’ll talk about as pre-boxing day deals in an upcoming post) so we got to playing that this weekend. Its short but the coop aspect is super fun. We are still working on the challenges which are pretty challenging ( as expected). Review for that in the new year while I edit all the playthrough for the channel. January is going to be busy so editing overtime to get things sorted out in advance. Still one more Game Warp podcast in editing right now and should release soon. In the meantime, you can also go and check out our latest podcast sharing our Top 10 Games Played in 2018.

WATCHING

  • Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
  • Dreamworks Home: For the Holidays (review)
  • Trolls Holiday (review)
  • Christmas Wedding Planner (review)

I am a huge Ellen DeGeneres fan. I love watching The Ellen Show snippets online. It goes without saying that I had my eyes on Relatable launching on Netflix and started it up the day it released. It is a pretty fun time. I like Ellen’s humor for the most part. A few bits didn’t land quite as effectively but it is still a fun time with lots of laughs.

As for Christmas marathon, which is officially over as this goes up, its Trolls Holiday that brought a lot of musical fun even if it wasn’t exactly a Christmas movie but more of a holidays sort of thing.

BINGING

sugar rush

  • Sugar Rush (Season 1) – Rewatch
  • Happy Do Re Mi (Season 1)

Currently binging: The Inn (Season 2), Who’s the Murderer (Season 4),  Meteor Garden 2018 (rewatch), An Oriental Odyssey (rewatch)

A lot of the same going on in binging. I have way too many TV binges that I haven’t written and want to write so I’m taking on some time to rewatch and buy some time. Its not a bad thing as it does give me a better perspective the second time around. I’ve polished up the TV binge segment a little over this year so I like the structure of how to approach it now which helps a lot in making them easier to write. With that said, the main rewatch this week is Sugar Rush. I always love rewatching cooking and baking shows so it was a ton of fun. At the same time, Happy Do Re Mi finished this past Saturday. Its been a fun time and I’ll do a little overview of it as well.

In terms of current ongoing stuff, The Inn should end soon from what I’ve seen in social media. As for Who’s the Murderer, I’m picking up a lot of the clues now and starting to get involved as I watch to figure out who I think is the murderer and making some good assumptions. Its both a really involving experience whether its about thinking about life in general or deciphering the cases.

That’s it for What’s Up in 2018!
Thanks so much for being here! I know that my segment changed from written to videos to written again!
There’s a lot of polish to do for this segment so bear with me as we head into 2019 in the next one.

What’s Up #14

 

READING

Stinky Santa

  • Stinky Santa by Otto Fishblanket (review)

Currently reading: A Kiss For Christmas

Reading has been light to say the list since I read a kid’s book for last week. The next one that I chose, A Kiss For Christmas is having a rough start because its a genre that I want to leave behind but it happens to be the only book in my Kindle that is Christmas-themed. So it’ll have to do. No problem, right? We’ll see if the review for A Kiss For Christmas actually gets released by next week’s What’s Up since its three short stories.

 

PLAYING

Gaming is slowly getting back on track. The sales are coming in for the holidays and we’re trying hard at our place to pick up some games at decent prices but also not go crazy since the to be played list is still pretty huge. However, the playthrough for Remember Me has resumed on the channel and the review is already up. We have lots of outstanding things to take care of for Game Warp and I’m working hard on doing that while also diving into something new like She Remembered Caterpillars which constantly gets me stumped in the puzzles. So that game is in sporadic doses. Other than that it is mobile games and I will reveal all that for the mobile games round-up for December.

If you want to check out more game reviews from Game Warp, you can check out the Youtube channel HERE or the blog HERE. Year in Review 2018 and Top 10 Games Played is currently in editing phase so we will have a new podcast episode released this week and probably the next one as well to wrap up the year.

WATCHING

  • Super Monsters and the Wish Star (review)
  • A StoryBots Christmas (review)
  • The Christmas Chronicles
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Ready Player One

Its been a busy week in terms of movie watching. I took a little break and put two shorter Christmas animated specials from Netflix. Its a nice little change in pace to do a double feature. With that said, we finally did get around to watching Christmas Chronicles. The review for that is coming up. I liked it quite a bit. Then there were two movie rentals expiring so we watched John Wick: Chapter 2 and Ready Player One which both exceeded my expectations. I’ll have those reviews up after Christmas probably since we’re about to head into the daily Christmas hurrah with the final 5 days countdown to Christmas day. It was a good week for movies 🙂

BINGING

An Oriental Odyssey

  • An Oriental Odyssey
  • A Love So Beautiful (rewatch)

Currently binging: The Inn, Who’s the Murderer, Happy Do Re Mi, My Little One

And An Oriental Odyssey finally finished last Friday, leaving me with this empty feeling. I currently ended up restarting it because I have a crazy idea for next year and of course, I love to add and expand so I’m just using it to not only fill my void but to see how time consuming something like this would be. Either way, I liked the series a lot. There’s a lot of debate among fans whether there will be a sequel. I’ll talk about my thoughts on it in the TV Binge (which I think might be next year because I’m structuring something new for the blog). The only deal is that I need to figure some way to angle it in and figure out what I might take out and how feasible the whole thing is. On that note, I’m refraining from starting anything new so I’ve been rewatching TV series. I know I’m going to take that all back when I post that I started something new. But for now, everything I’m watching currently is just weekly uploads on Hunan TV Official Channel. You can find it HERE. A lot of the variety and game shows do have English subtitles so check it out if you’d like.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
Last week was heavily Christmas focused and its going pretty good on that level.

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

What’s Up #11!

I have a feeling that I’ll be keeping the written format through the rest of the year to at least get a routine back. Meanwhile, I’ll iron out some of the recording issues like lighting and whatnot with a few trials and maybe set up and such. However, here we are. I promised to get back on a weekly basis even if it won’t be that exciting but I think its a nice cleanser from some of the focused bits on reviews on whatever form of entertainment and as this project always was to bring together all my projects and give an idea on what I’m doing even if I don’t review the stuff right away.

Let’s jump right in!

READING

Archie Vol.4

  • Archie, Vol.4 by Mark Waid

I can multitask like a crazy person but I only have one pair of eyes so if I choose movies then I don’t get to read. I did reach my Goodreads Challenge for this year so anything else is just extra. As I figure out my December reading list, I’m filling in with some lighter things like graphic novels. I have a nice idea for 2019 reading right now that I’m shaping together. At least something is coming together, right?

PLAYING

Piffle

  • Piffle
  • Scriptum

I haven’t had time for gaming for the reason based on my WATCHING section below and the only having a pair of eyes that I mentioned above so I’ve mostly been playing mobile games, before bedtime or on the bus or whatnot. Piffle has been my main focus this past week. However, I’ve been trying to figure out a space to successfully finish a play through of Scriptum which is an augmented reality room escape. Its a pretty neat idea that I think needs a few bug fixes but it essentially scans your room and turns it into the game space to do the room escape. I’ll talk about it more in the upcoming mobile game roundup.

WATCHING

Fugue

  • Hammer of the Gods
  • Montreal Dead End
  • Deadsight
  • The Hoard
  • Fugue

Nothing like a film festival to give a nice kick in the behind to bump up movie watching time, right? I’ll talk about the whole remote coverage experience in the upcoming Weekly Adventures. My pick out of these goes to Fugue and honorable mention would go to Deadsight. I’m still working on Fugue’s review mostly because its hard to avoid spoilers so I’m struggling with it but it should be up soon.

TV BINGING

An Oriental Odyssey

  • An Oriental Odyssey (Huace Web Series)
  • The Final Table (Netflix Originals)
  • The Inn (Season 2, Hunan TV)
  • Who’s the Murderer (Season 4, Hunan TV)

Everything I’m watching is currently playing either on a Youtube channel or released in full on Netflix. However, I spent a lot of time catching up with An Oriental Odyssey and it gave me a day of both sad tears that lead to bawling and tears of joy from just how hilarious some of the scenes were. I think there’s 2 weeks and a day left of episodes before the series ends. I usually wait for the end of the weekend to binge the 6 episodes released but I’m not sure if I can resist at this part of the series. We’ll see. I have my eyes on another series afterwards to start. With that said, I’m always eager to start Netflix Original global competition shows so I’ve started watching The Final Table. At this point, I’m halfway through the competition so should be done soon and prioritize the TV Binge since I have a few thoughts on it already.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
I’m slowly moving out of the Chinese TV series phase (kind of, but not really)
However, I have a few ideas related to the direction of the blog in 2019 that came up this week which I’m considering how to implement.

What have you been reading, playing, watching and binging?

What’s Up #10 The Final Catch-Up

What's Up

Seeing as you all seemed to enjoy the last post format and I’m a bit tight on time for recording and editing so we’re back to this to last catch up phase. This part of What’s Up runs through the first half of November to the end of last week.

READING

eternal hunger

Its been a really good two weeks of reading especially when all three books were really good. However, my standout pick goes to Eternal Hunger that adds a really lovely setup for a vampire story making it such an elegant and classy read that is always enjoyable. To be honest, all three books were all fairly different genres so it made for a very interesting change of pace. Fantasy, Horror, Romance was all covered this month at different points making it an even more memorable month.

Currently reading: I’m not reading anything right now. But I did start the chinese novel for Rush to the Dead Summer after watching the series in October. I’m also planning on getting some graphic novels as light reading done before the end of the year and/or read some outstanding books that was sent to me for an honest review. Clearing out the backlog is the priority right now.

PLAYING

  • Double Kick Heroes – Early Access Update
  • Tetris Effect – Demo
  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight/Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight – Demo
  • 60 Parsecs!
  • Burly Men at Sea

You can find the playthroughs of each of these on the Game Warp channel. I do have to say that out of the fantasticness of Double Kick Heroes and how impressive and even the changes its made since its initial Early Access launch, I have to recommend that especially if you enjoy rhythm games with a shoot ’em up twist. However, I was pretty impressed with Tetris Effect demo as well but that has to do with my having a soft spot for  Tetris as its the first video game that I ever played. Aside from that, the playthrough currently still running on Game Warp is the first run of 60 Parsecs! which is a day by day survival adventure story heavy on narrative and strategy. The review for that one is coming up soon.

Currently playing: A lot of mobile games mostly. I am about to do the new DLC for Hidden Folks, finish up Remember Me and continue working on some more routes to take for Burly Men at Sea. I’ll be checking a demo or two and have a few games that I need to work on. Also prioritizing clearing out backlog, like unwritten reviews.

WATCHING

Alive 2018

  • Anaconda
  • Central Intelligence
  • Mimic (Movies & Tea)
  • Baby Driver
  • The Whistler (short)
  • Altered Skin (BITS, 2018) (review)
  • Moonlight
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (review)
  • Alive (BITS, 2018)

I didn’t realize that I had watched that many movies but I guess it makes sense seeing as Blood in the Snow Festival is coming up (November 22nd) and there’s some coverage. The first review is already up for Altered Skin. With that said, Alive is one that I’ve enjoyed a lot as a horror thriller.  The review will be up very soon. Honorable mentions for this time goes to Moonlight, Mimic and Joe Versus the Volcano although for an fun time, Central Intelligence with The Rock is a pretty sure bet.

Currently watching: BITS 2018 films. Not listing specifics because what fun would that be, right? You can head over to Blood in the Snow festival page to check out the list of films HERE.

BINGING

LOVE O2O

  • The Inn (Season 2) – currently playing
  • Love O2O
  • All Out of Love – currently playing (might have just finished but I haven’t finished it yet)
  • Who’s The Murderer (Season 4) – currently playing
  • An Oriental Odyssey – currently playing

I’ve been still in the Chinese drama phase so watching most Chinese game shows like Who’s the Murderer which is in the Season 4 (but I haven’t seen the previous ones) and plays a little like Clue where you have to investigate and there’s a murderer mixed into the suspects and a detective in different scenarios and stories to find the truth. Or something like reality shows like The Inn which is my happy place every Friday evening after work as that is when the new episode goes live on Youtube. Its a show about a rather famous couple who builds an inn with various young stars as their employees as they set it up and get it running to build up the economy for that area. As for actual TV series, I have currently have on repeat is Love O2O which is finally a series that has captured by heart because it does so many things right not to mention the chemistry is off the charts and the dialogue and characters. Love it all. However, the one that I started afterwards because of one of the supporting actors in Love O2O, Yecheng Zheng is a main lead in a series currently playing called An Oriental Odyssey which I’m having a lot of fun watching also. Its more than halfway released although I’m only at episode 23 or something.

Currently binging: All the above that is currently playing? An Oriental Odyssey is my current obsession as I catch up with the latest episode soon, I hope. I do plan on finishing All Out of Love since I just saw a bunch of posts on Weibo about the finale.

That’s it for this What’s Up!
We are finally up to date! Yay!
Stay tuned next Wednesday for what I’ve been up to this week!

Curious question: Do you prefer this segment in written or video format?