Mar 19, 2017

My List of Best Romantic Comedy Korean Drama – Most Highly Recommended (Part 2)

Hello everyone. I know a lot of you has been waiting for me to post an update for Korean dramas. I truly apologize for not posting anything for the longest time. I have been busy since I moved to the US. The funny part, though I haven’t posted an update yet, but I have been watching Korean dramas since I got here. Without further ado, here’s the second part of my list. Click here to check out my first (long!) list if you still haven’t.
 P.S. I always write my short reviews in a simple way. It’s always based on how I feel about the dramas. If you can’t see a drama listed in here, either I haven’t posted it yet, or I haven’t watched it yet, or I just simply don’t like that drama. 


GOBLIN
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★★

Main Cast:
Gong Yoo as Kim Shin (939 years old, goblin)
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak (19, human bride)
Lee Dong Wook as Wang Yeo (late 30s, grim reaper)
Yoo In Na as Kim Sun / Sunny (mid-late 20s)
Yook Sung Jae as Yoo Duk Hwa (mid-late 20s)

My Short Review: THIS! If you haven’t watched this yet, please do! Goblin definitely made it to my number one spot of my favorite Korean dramas of all time. I don’t have any complaints at all, it’s perfect even with its flaws. The plot, cinematography, the chemistry between the cast, the bromance, and of course, I love how it doesn’t have a cringe-worthy love triangle. I truly love the writer of this drama, Kim Eun Sook. She is also the one who penned Descendants of the Sun, The Heirs, A Gentleman's Dignity, Secret Garden, and Lovers in Paris which happened to be all my favorites. 


WEIGHLIFTING FAIRY KIM BOK JOO
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★★

Main Cast:
Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo
Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung
Kyung Soo Jin as Song Shi Ho
Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Jae Yi

My Short Review: I cried so much when this show ended. This truly hits a home run. Such a feel-good journey from start to finish, and with a perfect happy ending. I love how the storyline tackles topics that most of us have been through at one time or another – first love, one sided love, breaking up/heartbreak, fighting with friends, a sick family member, and more. These things are what most of us are experiencing on daily basis. Cast wise, I can’t express enough how wonderful I thought the acting was, not just the main leads, but all the actors in this drama truly gave life to their roles. The chemistry between them, Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk, is too damn real! I truly wish they would date in real life. Haha! I could honestly go on and on about how awe-mazing this drama is, and never run out of positive things to say. If you haven’t watched this yet, please do!

Mar 18, 2017

My First Year in the US: A Recap

365 days ago, despite all the “what-ifs” I had in mind, I hopped on a plane from Manila to California with one suitcase and two brown large boxes. That travel was an emotional roller-coaster. I didn't want to migrate to the US and I didn’t want to leave my Mom behind, but I thought it was time for me and Daniel to build our foundation as married couple. What I mean by that is by living together. We were in a long-distance relationship for 6 years. No kidding! For that 6 years, we have only seen each other 4 times; in Malaysia for 3 days (2010), in Hong Kong for 3 days (2010), in Philippines for a month (2010, when we got engaged), and another month in the Philippines (2012, when we got married). If you’re asking how we survived 6 years without seeing each other that much, I’d just say maybe because we are both crazy in love with each other. 

On top of Mount Tamalpais

Already, I’m just about to cap off my first full year of living in the US.  I guess it’s true that time passes quickly when you are enjoying yourself. What are my conclusions after living here for a year? Am I homesick? Maybe but not really. Am I happy? Absolutely. Being here in the US, living with Daniel, is without a doubt has been one of the best years of my life so far. I’ve done more living here. Completely different from my lifestyle when I was in Makati City. 
Before I share with you the highlights of my first year in the US, let me share with you something. I just think I should write this. If you are in a relationship with an American and thinking of moving to the US, Spousal visa would be the best option. I lost count of how many times I have mentioned this in conversations. I was in a spousal visa. One week after I arrived in the US, I received my SSN in the mail. Exactly a month after my arrival date, I received my 10-year Green Card. It was all sent to me automatically without filing anything. My friends who arrived here in a fiancé visa had to go through so much stuff to get their papers done. It took 8 months to a year for some to finally get their legal documents done. I do have a friend that has been here for over a year and still haven’t received her Green Card yet. Essential point, if you are torn between fiancé and spousal, spousal visa is I think the easiest and fastest way to settle down in the US.
Anyway, the last 365 days has been very interesting. Let me share with you some of the highlights in my first year in the US.  

Oct 25, 2016

Hanford, CA: Asia Garden Chinese Restaurant

Yesterday, after Daniel and I watched a 49er game (we lost! ugh), we decided to eat out. Well honestly, it’s more like I forced Daniel to eat. I actually felt guilty as I know he is currently on a diet (starvation mode) for his Navy PRT test. For that test, he needs to keep certain body measurements to pass it. But he is a good husband. He can’t let his wife starve. Lol


Anyways, I had few restaurants (around Hanford) in mind that I want to try, one of them is this Chinese restaurant called Asia Garden. This tiny restaurant is conveniently located in 505 E 7th St, Hanford, CA, right at the intersection of White Street and Seventh Street.

THE FOOD: It’s only the two of us, plus my hubby is on diet, so we really can’t order too much. But I told myself that I will go through each item on their menu in our next visit/s. 

Oct 18, 2016

Our Quick Trip to Hollywood

Hello friends! It’s been a while. I have tons of stories that I would like to share with you all. First story would be our quick trip to the sunny and glittery Hollywood in Los Angeles. This story has been in my backlog list for months now. So, without further ado, let me share with you our mini Hollywood trip. 

We parked right across Dolby Theatre. It’s where the Oscars are held. 

Who hasn’t heard of Hollywood? I’ve wanted to visit this place for years and finally got the chance when I moved here in the US, on a spousal visa. First impression; it’s not what I expected it to be. Not bad, it’s just that I have always thought this place would be glamorous and all just like what I see on TV. I felt sad seeing a lot of homeless people camping along the side walk. 


Anyways, the first thing we did when we got there (besides finding a parking space in which we end up paying $20) was strolling down the Hollywood Walk of Fame searching for our favorite’s stars. We spent 25 minutes looking for Ellen DeGeneres’s star, but unfortunately, we couldn’t find it. But we did found some of our favorites; Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, and many more. 

Aug 2, 2016

Mederma: The Most Effective Scar Treatment Gel I've Ever Tried

Please note that I am not affiliated with this company, and I am not getting paid for writing this review. I am just a very satisfied customer, and I want to share my experience with Mederma.


On January of this year, my cat accidentally scratched my face - a very lengthy and deep scratch – an inch from my right eye down to my jaw line. I would lie if I’d say I didn’t get upset when I saw my bloody face, but I can’t blame Amber because it was an accident and I know my cat loves me. Honestly, when that accident happen the first thing I had in mind was, “shit, this will leave a crazy big scar!” Yup, that’s how pathetic I can get when it comes to scar. But who doesn’t? Scar can make almost anyone feel self-conscious.

Anyway, after that accident, I spent tons of time searching through Google of ways on how I can avoid scarring. I tried everything. I took care of my wound really good. I did the “wound moist healing”, and it was very effective. I kept my wound moist by putting petroleum jelly and Bactroban antibiotic ointment.

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