7.29.2013

The Wolverine

A super short non reviewy review. Can't get into much detail cause it's only been out a few days. Originally posted on my tumblr blog.

Don't judge me.

So I watched The Wolverine today and I don't know what to make of it. It was good but it didn't seem like much of a comic book movie. I'm starting to lose hope in the X-Men series on a whole. I laughed straight through X-Men: First Class, and now I get a movie that looks like any other action movie out there. It was also super awkward at times too. So much fillers made the final cut. Why?

I should have waited to watch it though cause my Japanese skills aren't as good as they used to be and the subtitles were in Korean. haha Ah well. It was good getting to watch another movie with Hiroyuki Sanada in it. I had the biggest smile on my face every time he was on the screen.

Random note: The makeup department, special effects team or whoever's in charge of this stuff could have done more work on Hugh Jackman. His age was showing in this movie, which obviously doesn't work with the character he’s playing, cause you know, he’s not supposed to age that fast. oops

In short, it's an awesome action movie, but I wouldn't consider it a comic book movie. Please take notes from Captain America: The First Avenger.

7.28.2013

Doctor Who: Waiting For 12

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Several weeks ago everyone was freaking out cause Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who, and I was really confused cause this was old news to me. Or maybe I can see into the future cause I'm pretty sure it was announced over a month before the most recent internet craziness. (maybe unofficially?) Either way, people were freaking out and making a big deal of it. I, on the other hand, don’t really care. Ok, that’s not true. I'm excited.

Eleven was my introduction to Doctor Who. After years of hearing about the show through commercials, my best friend and tumblr, I finally started to watch the show last November. As soon as I started the show I fell in love. It was different, fun and cheesy. I loved Matt Smith in this role, and I wasn't sure how I'd react to the other Doctors when I started to catch up. But then I got to Matt's second season; The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon. What the heck is this bullshit? It was like I was watching a completely different show. Time to do some catching up with the older Doctors…

I went back to Nine. (This is how my best friend went about it too.) When I started watching Eleven, I fell in love with the show. When I started watching Nine, I fell in love with the Doctor. And despite the fact that I can’t stand Rose, this season was amazing. It was even more fun and cheesy. I was going to switch back and forth between Doctors so that I wouldn’t be too behind, but Nine was too good, I couldn’t stop watching. I kind of regret that though, cause I watched it so fast and my heart broke when Nine regenerated. I cried for days. And every time I see Ecclestan’s face or hear his voice now, I start crying. Why did I start watching this show?

As upset as I was that Nine was gone, I was under the impression that Ten would be a great Doctor. Thanks for getting my hopes up tumblr. I started watching Tennant's first season and was less than impressed. So I switched back and forth between him and Smith. For a while I wanted to punch my computer. Ten was being mean to Mickey again. (Nine had warmed up to him by the end so I don’t know why Ten didn't like him.) I still couldn't stand Rose. And Eleven suddenly got really annoying. Like unwatchably annoying. The story line also started to get way out of hand.

I gave up on Eleven for a while, and focused on finishing up with Ten. After watching his second season, I didn't think I could hate Ten more. I was wrong. Season three happened. haha I really don't get why so many people love him. He's so rude, heartless and evil at times. I can't stand him. Bless Donna for getting me through his last season.

Don't read this next bit if you haven't yet reached the end of Tennant's second season...




When The Master died in Ten's arms and Ten started crying, I literally sat there stone faced. Like boohoo, you're all alone. haha So much hate for him. The only time I didn't hate him was in Planet of the Dead. I actually enjoyed him in that one. But then his regeneration happened. What a waste of my time. That was the most dramatic episode of this show that I have ever watched. It was like a final attempt to make people feel sorry for him or care for him in some way. HA!! Nope. That last episode just reconfirmed my hatred for him. 




Ok, can continue now...

Anywho, so I've finished up with Ten now and I'm back to where I started. I'm skimming through Smith's first season. Back to when I thought he was awesome. But now that I'm watching these episodes again, I keep thinking back to what one of my friends said to me recently. He doesn't seem like a Doctor. It's so true!! After watching Nine and Ten, Eleven doesn't seem like a Doctor at all. It's so strange. But the skimming is almost done, and I must return to Smith’s second season. Suffer through his second season. And hope that his third will be decent.

So I hate Ten and Eleven is becoming unlikable. This is why I am so excited for the next Doctor. I have high hopes for this next one. I'm hoping for a non-white man, but let's be realistic. According to a BBC Spokesperson from about a month back, "casting on Doctor Who is color-blind" and "it is always about the best actors for the roles." Which really means "We're actually racist and don't want a non-white person playing The Doctor, but we can't say that out loud so we'll feed you a recycled lie instead." I can't stand it when people go so hard when trying to defend their super white casting in movies and TV shows. How stupid do you think we are?

Well that pretty much sums up my feelings on New Who and why I'm looking forward to this next regeneration. Time to get caught up and meet this Clara person. Who's your favourite Doctor?

7.23.2013

Laundry

I'm not actually going to talk about laundry. I'm just waiting for it to finish. I'm back in Seoul now. Been busier than I thought I'd be. 

Wednesday July 17th, 2013

Wednesday night I didn't sleep cause I figured drinking was more important than sleeping through my last night in Gwangju. Love confessions, talking to strangers and trying to make people realise that I'm a real person. FYI, you're not a real person if you don't fit societies gender roles. ಠ_ಠ

Thursday July 18th, 2013
The goodbyes were the worst. Saying goodbye in Korea is a very over exaggerated and dragged out process, so it's a lot more painful then it needs to be. But no time for too many tears. Hopped on a bus to Busan next. I was half asleep for a lot of the ride, but when I managed to open my eyes and look out the window I saw some pretty awesome scenery. Korea is an insanely beautiful country. Every day I fall deeper in love.

Busan was awesome and stressful. haha But mostly awesome. I met some of the nicest people I've met to date in this country. Enjoyed noraebang (karaoke) for the first time in my life, and I wasn't even drunk. Ate some pigs' skin and got naked in front of strangers (public bath).

Saturday July 20th, 2013

Next stop Seoul. After a stressful night worrying that we couldn't get tickets back to Seoul, all was finally sorted out. This bus took five hours to get to Seoul!! Whoever said that Korea is a small country is a liar. I messaged a friend I met a few months back, and he invited me to a party at his studio for that night. haha What was I thinking? I was so tired.

Arrived in Seoul. Bit of confusion around the bus terminals for a while, but a couple or super nice people went out of their way to help us out. Parted ways and looking for hostels… Tired + Bad directions + Insanely heavy luggage = Me lost in Seoul. Yes I was crying in the streets. I wouldn't have been lost as long as I was (almost an hour) but I had to keep stopping cause my luggage was too much. Finally found the place. Showered and went on my way to find my friends place. A man helped me at the subway station. He was nice, but I got some creeper vibes. I could have taken him down easily so I wasn't too worried. But I got lost again and my friends had to rescue me. haha I was so useless that day. Almost died in the taxi on my way back, but finally made it to the hostel.

Sunday July 21st, 2013

My ass was in bed until 4pm. Nothing like catching up on sleep. Went to Hongdae to meet a friend I met in Gwangju. Ate dinner, got embarrassed by some foreigners, and went to The Ronin. Love that café, and buddy who runs it is so cute.

Monday July 22nd, 2013

Time to say some more goodbyes. Met some friends who I met in Gwangju for breakfast. I have officially given up on sandwiches in Korea. Chilled in Dongdaemun area, but the river thingy was closed. Went to Myeongdong and walked around a bit. Had some ATM drama. Went to Hoegi area with a friend. Showed her around Kyung Hee. Talked to the man who runs the waffle stand by my school a.k.a one of the many men I've fallen in love with in Korea. Went to Hongdae again. Went to The Ronin again. Walked home from the subway in the rain.

Tuesday July 23rd, 2013

Woke up late. Apparently the UK has banned porn. I don't get why. Protecting the children is a shit reason. I discovered porn at 9 and I'm doing just fine. So really, what's your reason? Still waiting on my laundry. Got a new roommate. My face is feeling pretty bad after using that ginseng mask last night. What a shame cause I like ginseng. Feeling super stressed about all the pictures I've taken in Korea. What am I really going to do with all of this?

7.16.2013

Cherry Blossoms at Kyung Hee University

April 18, 2013

My summer program is almost done and I'm sitting here trying to catch you all up from things I did last semester. haha Most recent posts haven't been to positive, but I have something to cheer you up a bit. If you like flowers that is. I don't like flowers, but I enjoyed going out to take pictures around my campus.


If you don't already know, I'm going to Kyung Hee University for the year. Kyung Hee has one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea. Don't take my word for it. Just ask anyone of the hundreds of people who showed up to the campus during cherry blossom season. 

This video was posted by my school on youtube.

Weekdays and weekends, KHU was full of people. I was so shocked that people would actually go to a university in their spare time with their families. 

Administration building


Some areas didn't look too good cause the rest of the trees are still bare.


Looks a lot better close up. 




I don't even know where I am anymore.


Boys school field and the campus housing behind it.

Ok, so that's not even close to all the pictures I took. But I'll put a bunch of the other ones on my picture blog and a few on my tumblr. It's weird to do just picture posts on this one and put in awkward and unnecessary captions. Check it out!!

7.08.2013

Never Again

Today I was more scared than I have ever been in my whole time in Korea. More scared than when North Korea threatened to attack. Ok, I wasn't actually scared when they were doing that, but you get the idea.

I had to do a group presentation in class on the Korean Wave (한류). haha Now that I see how it's spelled in Hangul, it makes so much more sense. Moving on, I was really ready for this presentation. I met with my group last night and we were all ready. Some, including myself, were nervous, but we knew what we had to do. We knew our sections, and we were ready to go.

Throughout the morning, I kept telling people how nervous I am. Get it all out there right? Then less pressure and maybe less expectation?

Just moments before the presentation, I was joking with my friend Kenya about the fact that I was in the theatre program in high school. Why was I stressing about this? This was nothing.

Even as I sat there minutes before my turn, I looked at the electrical socket thinking, "Winter, why are you freaking out? You know you're going to do fine. You always do fine." Well almost always. In my education class last year, I had a full-on panic attack right before my group had to go up.

So my turn comes up and I walk up knowing that it’s going to work out. *시작 I read the little bit that I had prepared at the beginning and then flipped back to the previous page. As I look at the next thing I'm supposed to read, I realise that it doesn't make sense. It looked foreign to me and I stumbled over my words, but I got it out. Then I see this on the next line…

"-quote-"

Ok no problem. So I look at the quote on the top of the page. It's the wrong one. Then I flip the page back to where I started. It's the wrong quote there too. Oh shit. I'm supposed to have three quotes on here, not two. And I just happened to be missing the first one I needed. *Queue the panicking.

I keep looking at my paper, the room is quiet and my damn quote isn't magically appearing. *Queue the shaking and watery eyes.

By this point my teacher said something to me. I can't remember what, and that's when I realised that I couldn't go back. I was lost, scared and embarrassed. Is this the shame that we'd talked about in class last week? I think this is when my teacher asked if I was ok. She came up to me and touched my shoulder. *Here comes the water works.

In front of my whole class. Just breaking down into tears like someone just died or something. wtf It was the most awkward thing. My back is turned to the class, my teacher is trying to comfort me and I'm trying to figure out how I can disappear. It was pretty clear that I wouldn't be able to calm down at that moment, so my teacher told me to take a seat.

I felt so guilty. I was worried for my group members. We were all nervous, but I actually cracked under pressure. I was worried that it might happen to someone else in the group. I didn't want to be the cause of that.

I was one of the most vocal people during the first half of my class today. My teacher would ask a question and I'd have an answer right away. No problem. But as soon as I have to present something that I've prepared, in front of everyone, I'm lost. Where'd all that theatre training go? Singing, dancing and acting in front of hundreds of people. I only freaked out once in four years of that. I actually thought that I should drop out of school. There's no way to recover from this right? Can you imagine being my head? It's awful.



I have calmed down now. After I left class, I went to get lunch box and snacks. (I appreciate the invitations for lunch. I just couldn't bring myself to be around anyone.) I said I wasn't leaving dorm until I have class tomorrow. I'll be sitting in the back. I watched an episode of Doctor Who, and actually enjoyed Ten for the first time, Planet of the Dead. And then I went to sleep. Which brings us to this post. Hope your day was better than mine. Just about a week left in this beautiful city then I'm back to Seoul.

And to my group members... 미안합니다. I'm so sorry.

7.03.2013

On Facebook

The more people you meet the more complicated life gets. And the more complicated facebook gets. I'm not a fan of fb, but I keep it to keep in touch with people who I know it will be hard to contact otherwise. That's the main thing for me. Family I don't need to have on my list cause I'll see them eventually right? Although I still do have family on there. Just an example. But this is not the same use of fb that other people have. Some are so quick to add you. Some people want to use it as a way to keep track of everyone they've ever met in their life. After one day of meeting someone they rush to add to their list. So quick to let a stranger know about your personal life? Why? Like this one I don't understand. 

So what now? Should I accept, or lie and say I don't have fb? When I accept these requests from people I barely know, they don't really know what they're getting themselves into. I am very opinionated. And while I am in Korea, I've been quick to bite my tongue in person until I really know you. All the possible controversial stuff is saved for online. haha I do have some decency ok. But you meet me once and add me, then all of a sudden I'm putting things online that maybe you'd rather not see or hear and then are angry with me. Like really, you have no idea how much I have been biting my tongue recently. It's not fun this one.

If I lie and then possibly get closer to you in future and having you as a fb friend seems logical, sorry, just watched Star Trek again, then what do I say? Kind of awkward isn't it? "Oh sorry I didn't add you earlier. There was a chance that I'd hate you and not want you as a friend online." haha Ok extreme one. I don't hate anyone I have as fb friend. And I don't see it coming to that. But also, someone try to add you and you don't accept but you gotta see them in class the next day. haha Max awkward.

I hate this idea that I have to tiptoe around my own fb account. Shutting up is not an option. If I can't speak my mind on fb then who's fb is it? If you don't know someone well enough to get their jokes or sarcasm, maybe hold off on pushing the request button. If you don't know how many siblings someone has or if they have any pets, just wait a bit. Facebook isn't a place where you should be getting to know people. That shit should be done in person.

I have made three friend requests in just over a week and one of them maybe a little premature, so I gotta keep this in mind too. Practise what you preach right? It really is the worst when all of a sudden you get something really shocking and/or offensive show up on your timeline and you wonder, "Who the hell would dare post such a thing!?!" haha It most likely will be the one you just added without actually knowing them.

So delete me if you must. Even if you've had me on fb for a long time. If what I say constantly offends or bothers you, delete me. You will feel a lot better without me on your list. Deleting people from fb is liberating. I'd rather you delete me and feel better than keep me on and constantly cursing me. haha Facebook is not meant to be a place you dread going to. 

Don't know how to end this one. I feel maybe this post will be taken wrong way by some. All I can do is try right? 

Here's a picture I took at Suncheon Bay Garden Expo last Wednesday...




...more to come