TV Musings and HAIRRRR

2.27.2013


Remember this little guy? His hair has grown so much! I can't quite bring myself to actually cut his hair yet though; he looks all lush and happy the way it is ^_^ The downside is that he's kind of bald in the back :\ Either they didn't put enough seeds in the back of the pot or the sun wasn't hitting it right...

On a random note, I just caught up on Walking Dead and Castle.

Classic ice queen type that just melts in the hands of the wrong guy -_-

Walking Dead: WTF, Andrea?! You are being just insufferable lately. Just stab the dude already! She blinks like a dumb cow when the truth is staring her in the face - I mean seriously. Mr. Pirate and a bunch of his gun-totting followers disappear for a few days and she finds Rick & Co short 3 members and a leg and she STILL thinks the Governor meant well?! On the plus side, she clearly has terrible taste in men, so this is very in line with her character -_- I'm curious to see how Rick's accidental banishment of Tyreese will end up. Tyreese and the chick seem like the good sort but the other two jackasses in their group can pop off anytime. Unfortunately, they'll probably die after they lead the Governor right into the prison's bowels.

On a happier note, glad to see Daryl back and quite frankly I'm a little surprised to see how much chemistry there is between him and Carol. Carol was quite a drag through the first couple of seasons but she's pretty wicked now and not afraid to tell him what needs to be said. And Hershel continues to be a favorite of mine. I like how he's all nice and quiet most of the time but has no problem calling Rick out on his incessant moping and somewhat manipulatively gets to Merle. Sly dog that one ;) Merle's bookworm and knowledge of the Bible was a nice twist on his character too....hmm, just a reminder to never judge a book by its cover ;)


Castle: Really liked the two episode story arc! Last week's episode was better in terms of suspense, especially since I knew they wouldn't kill off Castle's dad just yet, but the introduction of Castle's dad was LONG in coming. I always suspected the dad was a spy ever since Season 4, Episode 16 (Linchpin), but it was cool to finally see him.

My only tiny qualm with the episode was - jesus, Alexis has been kidnapped, transported overseas, held in a cage, and yet manages to have perfectly curled hair and makeup till the very end?! Obviously not a huge deal at all, but little details that make it clear appearance is taking precedence over the show's "reality" drive me nuts. Sort of like in Chuno when Lee Da Hae's hanboks stayed miraculously clean and makeup perfectly applied during the weeks she was on the run from the law -_- It didn't help that Oh Ji Ho, who was standing right next to her, looked like he hadn't showered in months xD Of course, ultimate blame must be cast on the director and the underlying current in the show biz that women on TV must first and foremost be pleasant on the eyes no matter what the situation - clearly women always smell like roses and poop daisies. That said, I still love the show to pieces - would very much dig a reunion between Rick's dad and mom one day!

Jungsik: The Flavors of "New Korean" Cuisine

2.25.2013


This is a loose continuation of the NYC trip I took in January (previous recaps in this series, The Library Hotel and Jean George's). This post is all about another awesome restaurant I visited while in the city - Jungsik, the only Michelin rated Korean restaurant in the city. It's located in TriBeCa and though it technically serves Korean food, the restaurant has been hailed for creating an entirely new, modern category of Korean cooking - "New Korean" cuisine.

It was quite easy to get a reservation through OpenTable. Reserving a week or so in advance should do it. The only thing is that they're not open on Sundays, so plan accordingly. There was also a load of construction going on so we had trouble finding the restaurant with all the scaffolding in the way. It probably didn't help we were there at night though :]

OOTD (or Night): Empty Spaces

2.20.2013


I thought I'd try and post an outfit of the day...or night rather. It was incredibly windy - props to the "deep" hoody that stays on my head even in crazy gusts of wind.  I feel like this picture in particular captures my mood lately. *sigh* I thought I had left that emo side of me behind in high school... but I guess some things never change.


Coat: Mackage Adana in Stone
Jeans: The Limited 678 Colorful Skinny Jeans
Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless Ankle Boots


We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. 
- Orson Welles

Review: Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks

2.18.2013


I haven't bought lipstick in awhile, but when I saw these at the drugstore, they called my name!! Must be the swoopy font and jewel colored caps...  I picked two pink-ish colors, but I have my eye on the orange tints too, particularly Orange Attitude and Coral Ambition. I have a bad feeling I'll be going back for those :P

It's interesting to see the sudden wave of what I see as "Asian style" makeup (delicate lip colors, dewy face makeup via BBcream, cat eyes paired with subtle eye colors) in America nowadays.  Everyone from drugstore brands like Maybelline and Revlon to brands like Tarte, Boscia and Urban Decay is selling BBcream now and there is a growing influx of glossy, light lipsticks being released.  My guess is lighter hued, more shimmery eye shadows will be the next big thing (makes sense with spring and summer around the corner too I reckon) and that the (in?)famous "bare face" makeup look is going to become a trend in the coming year.

BBcreams, Star Candy and Hairy Mice (no, I couldnt think of a better title :P)

2.17.2013


Hurray -- 3 day weekend!   I was a little down on Friday, but a package I ordered from Ekilove had a star-shaped candy in it, which totally cheered me up (that and the package itself of course aha).


One thing I've been working on this weekend is this massive BBcream review...I went crazy and bought a ton of drugstore BBcreams. I've been wondering how American brands would adapt what has been, up till now, a distinctly European/Asian beauty product. My SkinFood Mushroom BBcream has been my favorite for years, but what with BBcreams taking America by storm these days, I figured it might be a good time to find a dupe.   For one thing, I generally pay $20-25 to import my BBcream and most of the drugstore BBcreams above just at just $10-12/tube.  Also, I'm just a curious soul :)


Last thing - a friend got me one of those "Sproutlet" grass kits for Christmas.  A couple weeks ago I finally watered it and in 2 weeks it promptly started sprouting grass!  The long legs on the mouse kind of scare me, but I can't wait till there is enough hair to give it a haircut :}

Hey, hey, hey it's Valentine's Day!

2.14.2013

Source: Imgur

Despite Tard's woebegone expression, I actually quite like Valentine's Day! I'm as single as a...single person, but god I adore Valentine's Day! Well...holidays centered around sweets anyway ;) Valentine's Day rivals Christmas in the amount chocolate that ends up laying around the office - perfect for my raging sweet tooth :)

I had a pretty chipper morning too - the sun was shining, I got a ride to the Metro station, and interviewed for some radio show! Some guy was walking around asking what the best Valentine's Day gift would be; I said something boring like "Time to be with friends and family," but it was kinda cool. The fact that there's a 3 day weekend coming up makes my day even better...wootwoot!

And totally random, but I've been looking around for a decent, compact camera good for recording vlog videos. A T3i is nice and all but a real pain to carry around just to get plain and simple HD video. Any suggestions?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Review: Kai Ultra Absorbent Turban

2.11.2013


What better way to start a bloody Monday than talk about a disappointing product? This definitely ranks pretty high on the list of most random (and useless) things I've ever bought. For some reason, this product just called my name - every time I saw it on Sasa, I was so tempted to buy it, just to see how much faster it would dry my hair. I dunno, I guess a towel just wasn't cutting it for me ;) Then one day, I just snapped and got it - so true to form, here is my review!

Purchased at: Sasa

Cost: $13.00

Description: Kai Ultra Absorbent Turban (Perfect Cap) is made of micro-fiber textile. With more and denser intervals in between, it absorbs water more quickly and effectively. Dampened hair is so delicate that it may be damaged as rubbed by towel or under hair dryer, resulting in dull, rough and rigid hair. Kai Ultra Absorbent Turban not only dries up the wet hair, but also wraps your fringe so that you can put on makeup and dress up more easily.

Packaging: Nothing special; it's just a plastic box with the little white cap inside. I couldn't read any of the writing obviously, but clearly this is supposed to solve all your wet hair frustrations ;)

Experience: For a bit of background, I'm a 'night shower-er' who prefers to have her hair air dry, mostly because I don't know how to blow dry hair properly. I minimally style my hair in the morning and my ideal morning includes my hair being perfectly smooth and ready to be put in a neat little bun or hairband without hairspray.

I've used this several times for the last 2 months. It's nice in the sense that it keeps my pillow from getting soaked and keeping my hair out of my face during my nighttime skincare routine + sheet masks. But it sucks because if I leave this on longer than 10 minutes, my hair the next morning is plastered to my head. It looks like I have "hat hair" and no amount of straight ironing/blow drying etc can fluff it up again.


Pros:
  • It's soft and well-made. Very cozy, high quality material.
  • It stays on your head quite well. The edge is elasticized and tight - it actually squeezes your head a lot more than I would like and if you leave it on too long, it will either leave an imprint on your forehead or flatten your hair for rest of the day.
  • I assume it's machine washable. I've tossed it in the washing machine a couple times and the material still feels the same.
  • It does dry your hair faster. I would say, while my hair normally air dries in an hour or so, the cap cuts in half. The cap is usually drenched when I pull it off my head, so it does seem to do a good job soaking up all the water.
Cons:
  • My hair didn't seem softer, but it is less puffy when I use it. However, I don't think it has anything to with their "ultra absorbent" microfiber material, it's just because there is something flattening your hair while its drying.
  • As I said before, this cap gives your severe "hat head" if you fall asleep with it on like I'm prone to doing.

Overall
Despite being an overall well-made product, it's still a very useless one. A regular towel can do everything this cap can do, with the exception of being slower at drying your hair. What really kills this product for me though, is the fact it plasters my hair to my scalp and makes it really hard to style if I keep it on longer than 10 minutes. Ironically, this time limit basically means I can't leave this on long enough for it to help dry my hair. And when I forget to take it off quickly, the next day I have really hideous hair that can only be fixed by getting it wet again -_- Very ironic.

So in a nutshell, I don't really recommend this to anyone :\ I'm not even sure what to do with this product right now...I mostly use it for wiping up toner or serum I accidentally drop on the table.

To get a view from the other side of the fence, here is a review of this product from Lotus Palace.

I wonder if they are all really spooning naked....

Also, totally random, but I feel like I've been talking with a British accent all day. I went on a "Fresh Meat" marathon this weekend and now even my thoughts sound British! As I read this blog entry in my head, it sounds like JP is talking >_<

The show is obviously rife with raunchy humor xD but the show is pretty good at balancing the shexy stuff with heart. I think Vod's my favorite (even though, I confess, I don't understand what she's saying half the time or get what she's wearing all the time). Howard is my second, who is closely followed by Oregon, for some strange reason. She really grew on me after she (finally) dumped Tony and I find her desperation to hide her wealth so she can fit in really moving. JP and Kingsley are alright by me but Josie is annoying me right now because she is being so friggin wishy-washy -_- Well, both she and Kingsley are I guess.

This is the first British show I've really watched and I find it interesting to see the cultural differences and similarities of college freshmen in college. I feel like people from the UK are a stereotyped in America as very prim and proper (it's the accent), but this show proves two things: 1.) that college freshers/freshman are pretty much the same everywhere - raunchy, rather immature, often live in disgusting, fire-hazardous housing, and very confused about their futures. And 2.) British television is definitely has a higher tolerance for nudity. Anyway, it's a fun show with lots of memorable characters and naughty humor, check it out if you're bored!

A Jean George's Restaurant Experience

2.05.2013


Let me preface this post by saying I obviously I had completely forgotten to check my ISO settings before snapping these pics. My grainy photos do no justice to the dishes at all. However, in my defense, the food was so good, I was rather distracted ^^

Jean George's is a 3 Michelin Stars rated restaurant located right at the foot of the Trump International Hotel. The owner is French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and this restaurant is just 1 of 5 restaurants in NYC with 3 Michelin Stars :) Also - totally random - he is married to Maria Vongerichten, the host of Kimchi Chronicles!!

According to Michelin star rating, it is one of the top 5 best French restaurant in the Americas (US, Canada, and Latin America). It also remains one of the few restaurants in the city awarded four stars by The New York Times. The current executive chef is Mark LaPico. The restaurant has a 70-seat capacity in its Jean Georges dining room. There is also a separate sister restaurant located next door, Nougatine Café bar-lounge, which has a casual dining room. In good weather there is also seating on the Mistral Terrace. The restaurant was designed by architect and restaurateur Adam Tihany.

I booked through Open Table about a month in advance and luckily, there was one 7:30pm slot open. It was all quite painless. I would say if you want to eat here, reserving about one month in advance will allow you to get a good slot.

This was my first experience eating at a Michelin rated restaurant and it truly was an "experience" in every sense of the word rather than a mere "dinner."

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