Weekly Wishes #5

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Hey guys! It’s Monday again. Feeling blue? Kick that feeling to the curb right away. Listen to some good music, do some stretches, watch a funny clip, put a smile on your face even if it’s for five seconds.

Today’s Weekly Wishes picture prompt is happiness (Don’t forget to link up with Melyssa!). I immediately knew what picture I wanted to use. Here’s a picture of a bonsai tree from the temple we go to and a simple quote. Isn’t it beautiful? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bonsai this big though I’m sure there are bigger ones out there. I believe this photo was taken on the same day I had a deep conversation with an elderly but immensely wise nun and this picture reminds me of her words of wisdom. Why, hello, yes, if you’re wondering, we’re Buddhists. =)

Okay, now on to the recap of last week’s wishes:

  1. Get things on my non-online to-do list done. – Fail.
  2. Leave more comment love.  – I did leave comments on some blogs that I really like so I guess that’s counted?
  3. Write more posts. – Fail. Yes, I even managed to not follow up on my weekly series, boo.
  4. Find a gift for my friend. – Fail. I didn’t manage to find her gift so in my mind, it’s kind of on an IOU basis now. I bought her dinner though.
  5. Cook more. – I made a few meals so yes, success!

Yup, last week was crappy in terms of completing my weekly wishes but I did reach a couple of epiphanies so that’s good right?

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This week’s wishes are really simple :

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  1. Remind myself that I’m awesome and that I don’t have to please anybody in my posts. I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been feeling discouraged lately. But then I re-realized this: If people don’t like our posts because we don’t fit into specific boxes or because we don’t have this or that, the simplest solution is the little button on the upper right corner of the screen ^__^
  2. And because I’m awesome, I should write better posts. I’m open to suggestions as to what kind of posts you like though.
  3. Watch more TV shows. Season 3 of Person of Interest premiered last week and it was just… EPIC. I’m not going to spoil it for you so don’t worry. Let’s just say that this show needs to win awards… oh, and they need to get rid of Root because she’s annoying. Elementary also premiered last week and I just watched it and it was SMASHING (my not-so-subtle hint at Sherlock’s greatness). My mom is considering giving it another shot – she should – so I’m excited. I’ve also started watching Wandering Samurai with Skye and we LOVE it. Can you tell by my many capitalized words that I love these shows?

How relaxed are my wishes this week?! VERY, right? Yup, I’ve decided to take it easier. What shows are you watching this fall?

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If you missed out on last week’s posts, here they are:

  • Music Monday #4 – Guess whose Wrecking Ball we’re loving?
  • Adventures with ArtSkye included a weekly wish in the post. She totally achieved it this week so go ahead and congratulate her on achieving her first weekly wish!
  • Wordless Wednesday – What quote did I put up this week? Can you relate to it?
  • I talked about my idea of a good time. What is your idea of a good time? Link your post in the comment, I’d love to read it.
  • This week’s favorites was fun to list down.
  • My Fashionable Friday included a gorgeous leather skirt so check that out.
  • We got our first blog award! We loved answering the questions and everything. We didn’t even mind not receiving much response. I dunno, though. I love a good long post but I don’t think people have the time nowadays to read through a 1000 word post.

That’s it from us! Hope you have an awesome week!

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TV shows we’re looking forward to this fall

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Elementary

Guys, come on, who doesn’t like Elementary? Okay, don’t answer that. I know there are some freaking diehard Sherlock fans out there who are ready to bash Elementary at a moment’s notice. Seriously, though, please don’t leave me a miles-long comment about why Sherlock is superior to Elementary because I’ve seen all that I need to see on Tumblr and it is naaasty.

I like Elementary so there. Admittedly the first episode wasn’t exactly stellar and usually I cast aside TV shows whose pilot episodes don’t catch my attention but I decided that I was going to be more optimistic and give it a longer test period. So I kept watching and it kept getting better and at the end of the season I was crying, silently begging for more. Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller who has the most fascinating array of facial expressions) and Joan (Lucy Liu) are so cute together – I love the dynamics of their multifaceted relationship which is strictly not romantic. Finally, a decent TV show without any wild and unnecessary sex scenes (Suits, I’m looking at you and looking hard).

P.S: I love Sherlock’s cute/fugly sweaters.

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Person of Interest

Person of Interest, you will not force that ridiculous routine of one-episode-every-other-week-or-whenever-you-feel-like-showing-up-on-TV onto us this season!!

This is our FAVORITE TV show of all time. Jim Caviezel, hellllllll yeah. Did you see him in the Count of Monte Cristo (which I typed as Mount of Conte Cristo before realizing and backspacing it)? You should. The book is ALHDSFLDJG SO GOOD and the movie was just as good. And Michael Emerson from Lost? I never watched Lost though…

I do have to warn you that you will get hooked to this show and you will never be the same person again after watching it. Hahah! How true that is, you’ll have to decide for yourself by watching it. Note that I’m trying to persuade you to watch it in every sentence because it really the most mind-boggling, well-written show.

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White Collar

Gah, the storyline has been getting poorer and poorer so I’m hoping that this season they’ll do something to bring it back to its old awesomeness. Why does this happen to most TV shows anyway – start out great but slowly get crappy and off-topic?

P.S: At the risk of sounding shallow but not caring, we’re still going to watch it because of Matt Bomer.

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Arrow

Yes, Arrow has slowly crept up our list of TV-shows-to-watch. It started out as a filler for us while we were waiting for other shows to come back on air but what the heck we watched it till the end and we don’t have many complaints about it except some parts of the acting and script. We need to see some Olicity (Oliver + Felicity) because Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy have zero chemistry so that part really needs to go.

Can’t wait to see what next season brings.

Now moving on to TV shows that we need to catch up on:

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The Big Bang Theory

Hah, I’ve been stalled at season 6 for months now. I really need to catch up to whatever season they’re at. C is still stuck somewhere in season 4, not sure if she’ll keep watching though.

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Supernatural

We kind of stopped watching after they took out Bobby but we’re thinking of picking back up where we left off. Is anyone up-to-date with Supernatural? What’s the deal with the Winchester brothers and Cas now?

We’re  happy that they’ve put Misha back in as Castiel. The only reason we kept watching after season 3 is Destiel’s (Dean and Cas) bromance. C and I are not on the Sam bandwagon, in case you were wondering.

What shows are you looking forward to most? Who else is with us? Do you watch any of the same shows that we watch?

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Annual time for reflection

Happy New Year’s Eve, folks!!

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While I’m at it, here’s a cute Peanuts comic strip,peanut-newyear

A few more hours to 2013. Weird to be typing 2013… Anyway I thought I’d do a little summary of how our year has been and what we’ve put on our ‘like’ list and what we’ve dumped unceremoniously into our ‘ugh, hate’ list.

The entertainment part of our year in review.

In the music section, we didn’t really find much worthy to be put on our music player except music from a few bands/musicians:

  • Boys Like Girls
  • Carly Rae Jepsen (you’re judging so hard, I know LOL!)
  • Matchbox 20
  • Owl City
  • Train

You’re probably going, What the heck is wrong with you? How could you have liked only 5 albums in ONE year? Hmm, about 95% of the music on the radio is crap and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. I mean, if we can have G#ngnam and that ‘We are Young’ song playing on the radio, the music industry is pretty much doomed. No, I am not kidding and no, I do not care if you are offended. That G0tye song was just as bad. Yeah, we don’t listen to the radio anymore.

Some other singers/bands we do not quite care for: One Direction, Rihanna, Taylor Swift (Why is she even still considered a COUNTRY singer? And can she stop whining about her ex-boyfriends already?), Nicki Minaj, Fun, Justin Bieber. I’m sure there’s more to add to the list but that’s it for now.

Well, I’m pretty sure if we had looked harder, we might have discovered new non-mainstream music. If you have any suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comment box. No, we are not fans of indie music, sorry! Oh my, this is making us look like picky (music) eaters.

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In terms of TV shows, we added tons of new shows to our list of ‘watchables’. The pictures below are ranked in terms of how watchable the show is. From top to bottom: watchable to ALL-TIME FAVORITE YOU SHOULD GO OUT AND BUY THE DVD watchable.

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Covert Affairs

Possibly the cheesiest spy show anyone could ever add to their list of guilty pleasures. There’s not much to this show – most parts are cliche, the characters are silly (almost undeveloped) and the lines are supremely corny – but we found ourselves watching it till the end. It might also have had something to do with the fact that we were waiting for other TV shows to come back on air again.

Cheesiest part of the whole show: Annie wears Louboutins in almost every single episode and she has tons of designer shoes but she’s new to her job. Somebody please explain to me as to how she pays for her shoes. Maybe there’s a secret to not having a stable income but being able to splurge on Louboutins. Miu Miu heels for me, please, thanks. O:)

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Arrow

Okay, Stephen Amell, you’re ripped and I know lots of guys who would LOVE to be able to do that exercise with the steel bar that you do but can you show a little more emotion and depth while playing Oliver Queen? Also, green leather does not do your superhero alter ego justice.

This show is alright but it does have its ups and downs. Some episodes give hope to the next but sometimes the next one turns out to be a disappointment. But it has potential so we’ll keep watching and keep hoping that it will get – for lack of a better word – epic.

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Justified

Personally, I like Raylan. He’s great. None of my friends know how to appreciate this show but it’s their loss. There’s always something interesting going on in Harlan County and you can see each character grow in every episode.

I wonder if Winona will have a girl or boy.

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The Vampire Diaries

I started watching out of boredom and now I find myself looking forward to the next episode. I have to give it credit for not being overly corny or ridiculous like Twilight. The first season was so-so and now I’m at season 2 and it’s getting exciting. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Have I read the books? Nope. Frankly, after the Twilight saga, I didn’t think I could stomach any more so I didn’t get past the first few chapters of TVD.

I have a soft spot for Damon… shhh! Ian Somerhalder looks disturbingly like someone who used to be my friend. Creepy, I know! Not too big a fan of Stefan who is the Edward of TVD. C and I agree that Jeremy is annoying.

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White Collar

Matt Bomer. The only explanation needed to describe this show.

Okay, fine. It’s not just his gorgeous looks (Matt, let’s be friends! I love you!). I like the dynamics of the show and there is real growth in the relationships. Neal and Peter work so well together but there’s always this part of Peter that is afraid Neal will screw up and go back to his old ways which makes their relationship complicated at times. Ugh, and Neal is brilliant and looks oh-so-dapper in a suit! Loved that episode when he parachuted down the building.

Then there’s Mozzie who is basically the secret star of the show with his paranoia and ingenuous wit. We love Mozzie! Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, can be pretty cool and helpful in some cases but we’d love if their adorable Labrador gets more screen time. 😉

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Suits

White Collar should be down here but I’m too lazy to swap pictures. Discovered this show by accident when one day I was channel-surfing and this was the only show that didn’t look boring. Who else thinks the theme song is hilarious?!

Suits is SO clever. I’m all for lawyer shows and this one does NOT disappoint. Witty conversations, complicated lawsuits, office politics, office romance, Harvey and Donna – what’s not to like about Suits?! One thing though, Mike becomes a bigger douchebag with every episode.

Watch this and you will get Litt up!

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Chaos

Chaos is a discontinued TV show but C and I love it!!! They should have given it a chance… and a bigger budget. That would have helped. The four of them – Michael Dorset, Rick Martinez, Billy Collins and Casey Malick – are so funny and they work well as a team of misfits. Why couldn’t they have done something to save this show?! I honestly have no idea what TV companies think when they cancel good shows and let stupid reality TV continue airing.

If you have time, go find all 12 episodes and watch them. Admittedly, the sets are bad and story lines are mediocre but the acting is good and with a little more effort, it could have been a hit!

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The Big Bang Theory

Oh, this is HILARIOUS. I don’t know why we didn’t discover this earlier. They deserve all the awards they’ve won. It’s funny, smart (beyond smart) and well done in so many aspects. Who writes the dialog?! They should be given awards. Combining witty and intelligent conversations is no easy task, I’m sure.

I started out watching it alone in college during my breaks but now I’m watching it again with C and my mom. We literally roll on the floor laughing while watching every episode. We’re semi-geeks so that’s another reason to be so into it.

Watch it and follow the epic lives of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and Penny! It’s AWESOME.

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Person of Interest

Here we are! At our ALL-TIME FAVORITE TV SHOW. POI is ashdfksdjmind-fricking-blowin’! Have you ever watched anything so deep and well-written? The main idea of the show is stopping crimes before they happen. If this idea seems familiar to you, it’s probably because Early Edition has the same idea. But this is far from Early Edition. POI is in a league of its own.

If the other shows mentioned above are clever, this show is the epitome of brilliance. Slight exaggeration but well-deserved, I’d say. Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson portray John Reese and Harold Finch perfectly. I wouldn’t have anyone else play their roles. Detective Carter and Detective Fusco as their aides just make the show better. There are so many angles to the show and it always leaves us on the edge of our seats.

One word: Bravo!

Oh, and we LOVE Bear! <3

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The movie department, however, has been deeply lacking in movies that make an impact on us. We did adore The Avengers and Taken 2 but 75% of everything else was just horrible.

Movies that were good/not too shabby:

  • Man on a Ledge
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Lockout
  • Safe
  • The Bourne Legacy (this borders on not that great and boring but the motorcycle scene was cool)

Movies we could not sit through because they were just so bad and movies that made us feel like our time was wasted:

  • The Hunger Games (Sat through the first 10 minutes, couldn’t stand the screaming, skipped the rest)
  • Looper (Oh god, this was bad! We had free tickets so we went to watch this and regretted it. Horrible sci-fi movie)
  • Step Up Revolution (Worst of the lot, no doubt… the script was cornier than Twilight’s, the plot was a mess and the dancing wasn’t even that mind-blowing)
  • This Means War (Eww, it was a bad rom-com)
  • Snow White and The Huntsman (Lots of mumbling and it was a bit too dark for our liking)
  • Magic Mike (Sat through 10 minutes, watched Channing build a roof, gave up on the rest of it)
  • The Amazing Spider-man (First off, we don’t even like Andrew Garfield.. I don’t even know why we tried to watch this. Andrew can never be the Spider-man that Tobey Maguire was. Emma, you don’t measure up to Kirsten Dunst’s MJ Watson either, sorry. Why remake a perfectly decent movie so soon?)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (I know y’all loved it but it just wasn’t our cup of tea. The plot had too many holes in it, almost like suggesting we read the book before we watch it??)
  • The Vow (He didn’t end up with her, what the heck?)

Yup, gonna get flak for our list but who cares?! We have yet to watch most of the movies that came out this year but we’ll get there…?

Okay, on to the video game part of 2012. I am proud to say that I managed to play at least 2 new games this year – Batman:Arkham City and Counter Strike:Global Offensive. I didn’t finish Batman but it was a really good game. Catwoman should be with Batman!!

C and the brother bought me CS:GO so I started playing. I’m not too good at it but it’s fun. They’ve been trying to get me to play Portal 1 and 2 but I’m not biting… yet? LOL.

I did watch C play Batman, Crysis 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, Battlefield 3 and CS:GO. My observation, AC3 sucks but Battlefield 3 rocks. Connor, you can’t replace Ezio, not with that ‘tude of yours. I’m not too sure how I feel about Crysis 2 since (SPOILER AHEAD!) Alcatraz suddenly became Prophet at the end.

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