My Favorite Things – January

So it’s not February yet but it will be tomorrow and so I decided to go ahead and post this, haha[1. The post says Feb 1 but I swear I posted this on the 31st?? So WordPress is wrong lol]. January, overall, was pretty uneventful but thought I would do a favorites post for all the great things I encountered and discovered. So here are my favorites from the month of January –

  • Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask’s are stainless steel water bottles. They’re awesome! I got mine in a teal color, and you can also stick hot stuff in there and it’ll (supposedly) last for 6 hours. But I’ve only been sticking water in mine and I find that I’ve been drinking more water, which is a good thing. They come in different sizes, lids and colors.

  • New Journey to the West

One of my favorite Korean travel-reality/variety shows is called New Journey to the West. It’s basically about six people who travel to China and each season they travel to a different area. I love the cast and the show has been really entertaining so far! If you’re interested, KShowOnline has subbed episodes.

In other unrelated TV news, I was watching a Korean variety special (Elementary School Teacher on SBS) that came out for Lunar New Year and one of the grandma’s on the show said how blessed and thankful she felt to be able to learn how to write.

The grandma mentioned growing up during the war and so she was unable to go to school. She felt happiness just by being able to attend school – to learn how to write her own name, to learn how to write her thoughts down on paper and exchange those thoughts with other people. This especially hit home to me because both my grandparents from my mom’s and dad’s side suffered through the war and immigrated to the United States to give my parents and their children better lives.

I don’t know where I’m going with this but I guess it’s easy to take for granted the things you already have.

  • Korean Englishman

So this section is a revision to my post but I thought it would make a nice edition to my favorites post and decided to add it (even though I’m late)! The Korean Englishman is a Youtuber and if you want to enjoy funny videos and learn more about South Korea, his channel is awesome!

I’m not Korean Korean (I’m Korean American) and I find I’m learning more about Korean culture by watching his channel. His reaction videos are really funny and he’s currently doing a series on Ollie’s Dad, who is in South Korea right now (Ollie is one of the two people helping run the channel).

Highly recommended!

  • Being More Organized

As an online student, organization has been one of the skills I’ve gotten better at. Towards the beginning of April, I’m going to be going on a week long trip with my sister and a couple friends and so I’ve also had to become more organized with finances. I’ve also discovered I spend at least $85 on coffee every two weeks. I should cut it out of my finances but I can’t give coffee up

I’ve found that it really helps to keep a planner where you can jot everything down. Right now I’m using a notebook with gridded paper because I like the freedom to be able to write whatever I want without a certain template. Aside from fiances and schoolwork, I also jot down notes and writing ideas for my story.

“Being more organized” isn’t really an item but has definitely made my life a lot easier!

  • One Fell Sweep (Inkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

I’ve actually read quite a bit of books in January. I have lots of time to read books because I commute to work/school by bus two hours per day. I also read before I go to bed. The best book I’ve read this month is called One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. It’s book number 3 in her series and the most interesting part of the series is that it’s actually an online serial! All of her books can be read here.

I recommend the published versions though because the content is slightly different and more polished (editing wise). Here’s the summary for the first book:

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

The series could be categorized as paranormal romance but I would say it breaks the mold of the same-old story about vampires and werewolves. And believe me because I’ve read a lot of paranormal fantasy lately. Also, I’ve (recently) skipped the err… racier parts because I’ve read it all before and you can really tell whether or not the book has an actual plot if it can hold itself up without the racier parts.

I’ve also been writing down all the books I’ve read on my 100 Books for 2017 page, along with ratings. Although, I wouldn’t trust the ratings too much because they’re really a combination of how much I’ve enjoyed the book and whether or not the story is unique.

In other news, that is unrelated to my favorites, is that I’m planning on purchasing a film camera (and a scanner eventually). One of my favorite bloggers Kiki-li takes film photos. I did some research on film photos and whether or not I really wanted to buy one and decided I would! In April, I’m going to a trip to California with my sister and a couple friends and thought it would be really awesome if I could take some photos with film.

I thought it would also be cool to put those photos on my blog once they’re processed. I don’t consider (and probably never will) myself a “photographer” but I do think manually taking photos will help me become a better picture taker!

As always, thanks for reading!