Book review: Convenience Store Woman

These days I find it a privilege to be able to finish reading a book. Convenience Store Woman is only 94 pages though, perfect for when you've got nothing to do but roll over your bed for the rest of the night. At first, I thought this is going to be another plotless book, the kind I've learned to ex…

You Can Wind Down From Time To Time

After a few months of staring at my bookshelf wondering if it somehow just became a decoration in my room to make me feel and look smart, I finally finished reading a book! Apop has graciously provided us with books we can turn to when the whole world appears to be turning its back on us and we need to be r…

Another JDrama review: Perfect Crime

Here's to another Dori Sakurada drama review. We stan cute villain leads! After the cringe-y  Coffee and Vanilla  I wanted more of him to see when I'd finally stop drooling over him  if he's really a good actor because I'm not gonna lie, cringe-y or not, his acting in that drama was great, al…

Jdrama review: Coffee and Vanilla

Okay, I think I've seen this before, I told myself as I watch the cringe-y monologue of the female lead. Enter the mighty good-looking super young self-made CEO. Yes, I've seen this before, everything is oh-so-familiar. Then the first declaration of love happened before the first episode ends.  It cl…

On support systems, sleepless nights, and feeling alive

Reading for pleasure implies the existence of reading for pain, and I wonder if there's something in between. I have been reading books that are supposed to tell me how to do my job well, and they're teaching me a lot. And I've come to think of it, it's been so long since the last time a boss…

When life gives you lemons, make turmeric tea

I wanted this month to be over and write an entry for August. I wanted to share something uplifting - perhaps a piece of good news or a new milestone. Except that I can’t think of any. I feel so tired and my back pains are killing me, hence the turmeric tea, the pain relief rub on my table, and some lo-fi ve…

It's more than just coffee

Captain Ri and Yoon Seri lied to all of us - freshly roasted coffee is not as delicious as they said it is. Roasted beans should be left to rest for up to 10 days at least to allow for its structure to form. Yes, structure. Coffee has structure and I've fully experienced this just recently after having c…

Book review: The Nakano Thrift Shop

There might be spoilers ahead. It wasn't until I updated my Goodreads reading challenge that I realized it took me almost an entire month to finish reading this book. The Nakano Thrift Shop is a slow read, a book that I'd likely curl up with on a rainy Sunday afternoon, except it's dry season in …