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AsiaReviewerManiac’s Embarrassingly Lacking Year In Review (2015): Just don’t bother asking…

Hey all! *pindropping silence* I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday spent with your family and friends!! I know I know, possibly no excuses could ever save my ass for the unprecedented hiatus from blogging and from life in general. It has been one wacky second half of 2015 both in my uni life and also in my work life. All I can kinda say is that my random disconnection from the outside world kinda paid off, gifting me with my first 2 HDs EVER IN ALL OF MY UNI LIFE (it has been 3 years too long I’d say) soooooo I guess the break kinda paid off?? I don’t really want to say that leaving my blog like that was a great decision from the start, but this is kinda what happens when ‘life’ takes over. Uni just drained my desire to seek for dramas to watch as enjoyment, and so no drama-driven juices to write with was present, which in turn didn’t really give me enough ‘stuff’ (for lack of a better word) to blog about.

However, over the last 2 ½ months or so (once I finished the uni semester really) I just had the random desire to just watch anything, which led me to go on a random tangent of watching just Chinese dramas, one after the other. Sure, there was some Korean dramas in between (which were indeed much needed once you see this heavy list) but if you see literally have an overview glance of the list, it is literally just Chinese dramas. And each one is just heavy, heavy, HEAVY! *awkward silence* …You’ll understand once you see the list, trust me.

So, the main reason why I was convinced to make this long post is simply…I was just not in the mood to write a review for each and every drama that I’ve watched over the past 2 months. After starting and not finishing multiple multiple reviews over the past month and a half or so, I knew that enough was enough; I was definitely not gonna get any of these reviews out by the end of the year, full stop. And so, in order to give justice to some of these dramas that were in fact quite good and enjoyable, this post is going to be published as both a way to say “hey, I’m still alive” and also a way to say goodbye to a wacky, crazy and a clusterf*** of a year FOR ME! Ummmm, so without further ado, let’s get on with it!

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30 day Kpop Challenge – Day 16: *Sniff Sniff* So meaningful LOL

Day 16: Your favourite k-pop lyric (and a translation) 

Hi everybody! Sorry that I’m posting this a bit later than usual; in all honesty, I almost forgot about posting this entry up, so don’t expect it to be a very long one.

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Lim Jeong Hee(임정희) – Luv is (러브 이즈): UNNI!! I HAVE MISSED YOU~ *huggles and kisses*

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OKAY!! Hey guys and I am back with another MV review!! Today’s song is “Luv Is” by the wonderful and talented Lim Jeong Hee.

Unni~~~ I have missed you so! How could you leave me waiting for two years?!

Unni~~~ I have missed you so! How could you leave me waiting for two years?!

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Day 4: HOW COULD YOU ASK ME SUCH A QUESTION?! You sly dog, you…

Day 4: Who or what can’t you live without? Explain why.

Hello~~~ Welcome back to day no. 4! Today’s challenge is a really hard one. I have a couple of things/people who mean the world to me but it’s just so hard to cram it all down to one thing (lol duh?) so, I’m going to be really naughty and kinda make a list cause it is just too much torture to try and answer this question with only one answer.

Because, obviously, not everything is black and white, right?


1. My lovely family

(Not showing a photo of them here – personal reasons, sorry!)

This must be a given. Of course, without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. My beautiful, loving and caring family have always been there for me when I ever need support. I mean, what else could you wish for?

My father passed away in 2010 when I was only 15 years old. I guess this age is a really tough time because I’m old enough to remember, but just not old enough to forget. And I don’t mean that I want to forget it’s just…there are just moments that I wish I could but yet can’t. Since his passing, I’ve come to realised how much my family truly means to me, and I have lived on from that time since in this manner.

I truly believed at the time that I couldn’t live without him. He was my own blood-related father – the one who gave me my life today. I will go on never forgetting that, and I am truly, truly grateful to him for all he has done for my life up until that time period. Ahhh geez, my keyboard is becoming soaked…give me a sec while I wipe it up with my sleeve (gross, I know).

And so, thank you to my wonderful family and caring father who was there when he could be. Never could I live without them, and if I couldn’t I’d rather go with them then live a day without.

2. Super Junior

Ahhhh, my oppas...<3

Ahhhh, my oppas…<3

I have been a E.L.F ever since 2009 and rather than consider myself a fan, I feel as if I’m part of an extended family which stretches all across the globe and back. We as a community really are  amazing, I believe. Any person who is able to send this amount of love to someone/some people who they may have never seen before in real life, I think, are capable of anything. I myself have never seen Super Junior live before my eyes. We Australians had a chance before last year, but the concert got cancelled almost a fortnight prior.

Many of us were devastated (as we should be!) but I took a more positive outlook and told myself that maybe it just wasn’t the right moment yet. As the dedicated fans we are, we will continue to wait for them all and if I really, really become too impatient then, once I am capable, I’ll go out and find them myself (LOL)

All of them have given my life more shine, more warmth and more laughter. As you already know, I’ve been through  a couple of rough patches in my life and it was through Super Junior that I became someone who began to smile and appreciate the life that I have now. I almost believe that they were a gift from my father himself, as real living guardian angels who were capable of making a bad day, a good one instead. And so, they are another aspect of my life that I can’t possibly live without.

3. Youtube, Facebook, WordPress blah, blah, blah, yadda yadda (LOL)

Social truly is a matter of life and death LOL

Social media…it truly is a matter of life and death LOL

Okay, before you all misunderstand, what I really mean by this title is the fact that through these sites (I guess you could call them social-media…) that I had discovered friends and people who enjoy stuff that I love! Through Facebook, I was able to find friends who I had lost contact with for years and now, we act as if we had spent our whole entire lives together, side by side. Through YouTube, I discovered Super Junior, Kpop, Cryaotic, Clothesencounters and all of these different cultures who had so much to share in order for me to discover. Through WordPress, I was able to read, read and just READ on and on about some amazing people who have pretty amazing lives in comparison to mine. And I enjoyed doing that, a lot.

But especially through YouTube, I was able to discover so many people with passions of their own, and just wanted to share with everyone what they loved doing whether this was fashion, beauty, gaming, pop culture, music etc. I just loved watching them, and I honestly spend HOURS every day watching them. I always anticipate what I could find in my subscription box every morning. Some I must watch right then and there; others are always on my ‘watch later’ playlist. My love for YouTube will probably never die… I believe, eventually, that I will die before it will ><

So, this is probably a pretty good summary of what I can’t live without at this moment in time. There are plenty more but then the list will just never stop. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this, and got to understand my tastes/life/likings just a tad bit more. As always, hope to talk to you all very soon~~

❤ Yami Hyunnie ^^~