Booksphere.

Today, at the insistence of my Director and RO, I took 2 hours TO off work today. It’s gearing up to one of our busiest periods of the year and I pray I will stay healthy throughout and come out the other end all okay haha. It really seems like it will be an intense 3 weeks to a month.

Instead of heading home though, I detoured to Somerset and went to library@orchard aka one of my favourite libraries in the country. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing with its white shelves, high ceilings and roller ladders (is that what it’s called?)

I legit took close to two hours just browsing the numerous shelves and absorbing as much of book essence as possible. Does that make sense haha. It got me thinking about why I do this – aimlessly going round the shelves with not much of a to-read list in mind. I think it helps me destress. The past week or so has been a bit stressful on the home front and work isn’t helping either. So it was just very chill to get a bit of “me time” at the end of a busy week.

Separately, the YA collection at library@orchard is a bit disappointing. I looked up at least 7 titles that I wanted to check out but all of them were not available. There were copies at BP library though hurhur. So note to self: next time you want to go to a library, just go to BP.

Also, I’m aiming to finish three books this weekend so that I can at least attempt to catch up to my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. I just finished rereading Illuminae an hour ago. Hopefully I can get to the other two books soon and quickly too *muscle emoji* 

I hope you all have a nice weekend ahead! Rest well~

Music Bank in Singapore.

Oh wow, okay, I’m really writing this. It all happened nearly 24 hours ago and I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I’ve seen BTS (and 4 other acts!) already. Cries take me back to yesterday.

In case you didn’t realise, this is going to be a long post. Also, I’m only going to be posting the photos cos I miiiight be making a short compilation video of the performances. I’ll be linking performances (from better angles) whenever possible!

Okay, I reached the venue around 4pm (after putting my work laptop at home first) because I stupidly lost my physical tickets that they mailed out a few weeks ago. And I only realised when I reached home that day. Luckily I called the organiser and they told me I could reprint the tickets at the venue! Yayyyy.

At the venue, there were a lot of people selling/giving out fangoods and this is what I got!! I also spent a lot of money but shh I’m not gonna count.


I made quite a few “friends” in the queue as well! Honestly, this is my favourite part to going to a concert solo – just striking up a conversation with the person next to you and being all giddy with excitement that you’re seeing your favourite acts very soon.

Inside, the venue was really great. It’s about half the size of Indoor Stadium so it’s really cosy and I feel like any seat that you get would still have a great view of the stage. I had Cat 1 tickets so wow I was really near to the stage!

And then it started.

They all came out singing Singapura hahaha (is that our default song now for foreigners lol) and I saw Kim Seokjin for the first time and I am not kidding when I’m saying this but I legit teared up seeing him and the rest of Bangtan. Omg this man has me whipped. He was beautiful and flawless and *insert other amazing adjectives here*


Mamamoo started first and boiiiiiiii. My girlcrushes on Solar and Hwasa just x10000 from now on okay. I’m pretty sure they sang live most of the time but the playback track was sometimes too loud to tell. But their vocal runs was amazing. And when they did their sexy drops (which was a lot)…I was a goner hahaha. They only performed 4 songs but it’s okay they performed all my favourites hehehe.


Red Velvet was next and erm you could tell right away that they mostly lip-sync to the music. Which is an irony cos during the special stages later on, the members could sing live pretty well?? Maybe they don’t have the stamina yet for dance+sing at the same time? But it’s okay RV is really a cute band I just love bopping along to the songs. I lost my shit when the Red Flavor went on though. That song is a bop. And, the member that had to speak English (was it Wendy? I still don’t know their names lol) was so cute omg, you could really see she was nervous but it was so cute seeing her nervously speak. Gah, adorable.


They had special stages as well! The first one was Kdrama of Singapore (or something along those lines) and they had some members from the different acts perform the OST from Love in the Moonlight and DOTS! Spoiler alert: no one from BTS was in the special stages, which is a pity!!! I felt like either JK or Jimin could easily have done it but oh well. The only thing that stood out for me was Onew singing Gummy’s You Are My Everything  from DOTS (nice move btw since he’s in the cast and all). He really made the song his own and managed to pull off the high notes despite it being tailored for a female!


Next up was CNBLUE. Now, this was the act I was most unsure about cos I haven’t heard any of their songs. But I can say now that I’m a fan. Their songs are great, have a rockish feel, and their stage presence is there. I think they’re one of the most senior group in the lineup, and it definitely shows in their performance. They just felt very at ease on stage, like it was their second home. My favourite song is Crazy/Micheoseo? Idk but that word was repeated a lot of times in the song hahaha.


They had two special stages – Fever Night of Singapore and Melody of Singapore and it was pretty cute but nothing outstanding. I can’t remember when Taemin performed but should be in this segment and oh my god. He’s truly the dance king on stage (link: here). I really wished he performed this song in Japanese though (it was originally a Japanese single) cos I feel like it suited the song better. But wow. Those moves. I’ve always been a sucker for contemporary dance so I was all heart eyes over him.


Up next, BTS oh my god. The crowd literally pulsated when the intro vid was on and ahhhh I completely lost my shit. I don’t even know if I have good shots from their set cos I was having too much of a good time dancing/singing/screaming along to the songs. They started with Blood, Sweat and Tears and holy shittt you could tell they sang live from the get go. And their dancing was on point too! How do they manage omg these talented people cries. Not saying anything bad about the other groups, but when BTS danced, it was on a whole other level. They put 110% in their dancing and the moves are all executed so sharply.


Halfway through the song, I realise that my eyes keep going over to Hobi. I don’t know what it was. He has this stage presence/aura about him that will just keep your eyes glued to him. He looks very happy on stage and you just know he’s born to be a performer. I don’t know how I could explain it but yeah, that’s the closest I could get to describing it haha.


They also performed a medley of Boy in Luv/Danger/Run (link: here)and ahhhh these underrated singles. I love them.

They did a bit of a fanmeeting segment in the middle of their set where they called two lucky fans from the lucky draw of phone numbers that we were told to put in earlier before entering the venue. I know there’s a lot of controversy (see:here) but I definitely agree that the girl who first went up on stage was not the person who got called. She pretended. And get this, she was sitting directly behind me! So the guys were looking in my general direction hehe. But omg I feel so disgusted by her now. Another fan could have taken a photo with Bangtan that actually legitly won the draw.


BTS ended their set with Fire and omg I’m so happy that they chose Fire over Not Today. No offense to Not Today, but Fire is still the anthem to me. That performance is always electric (see:here).


Shinee closed the show and wow idk who was responsible for the lineup but good job them for choosing Shinee over BTS despite their popularity now. It’s only right since Shinee is the sunbaenims. They performed View first and ooooooh another song I lost my shit to. Minho wasn’t there though (I think he’s busy filming his drama cries) but it was okay I still have my Jonghyun and Taemin hehe.

Then they had the ending stage where everyone came back on stage to say goodbye and I caught a very cute Jinkook moment!! It’s up on my fangirl account lol hi here.

And then the whole shebang ended sigh.

I really had loads of fun and definitely recommend for Music Bank if the lineup is something you like! Each band performed about 4-5 songs so it’s really quite worth the money!

And now, I patiently await for news of Wings Tour Round II.

 

Bagel adventures.

I was dared by my colleagues to join a dating app (my first ever, gasp) on Thursday and I’ve only just properly gotten into it. Never thought I’d be a girl that uses dating apps lol but here we are.

I still find it weird that there are people on the daily that ‘likes’ me based on just a couple words and photos on the internet. I find it a bit creepy and majorly fascinating. If I was still in uni, I might want to write a paper about it haha.

Anyway, there was this pretty cute guy that ‘liked’ me yesterday and I thought I could start chatting with him after work today. But I didn’t know that there’s a time limit!! He seemed pretty cool too – he likes kpop and he loves going to concerts and has evidently gone to Japan before. Majorly cool. Sigh. I hope we get to meet on the app again haha.

I also managed to convince Syu and Jacq to join the app haha. Looking forward to comparing our bagel adventures~

#recommendationwednesday The War by EXO

EXO brought their A-Game y’all. Their new album is amazing. It’s the first album of theirs that I can listen to track-to-track without feeling bored. There is no filler track at all. They’re all great on their own.

My favourites right now are: Kokobop, Forever, Diamond, Touch It, and Walk on Memories. Especially Forever, omg I cannot get enough of Chen’s voice when he pulls that long note *heart eyes*

You can definitely expect me buying concert tickets to their tour next year when they come by our shores again (they always do, they always come every year this is unfair cos even though I like EXO it’s not a group I stan you know? Why can’t BTS be like this cries)

 

Dress phase?

A year ago, I wouldn’t even think of picking up dresses while shopping. I don’t really see myself as a girly girl (whatever that means) or a demure one who wear dresses most of the time. I am a bit tomboy-ish – I love playing video games, watching animes, murder/mysteries – but not too much. I’m somewhere in the middle.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve bought 6 dresses this week. 2 today during lunchtime (totally unplanned), and 4 on Zalora just now. This might sound a little extreme but I haven’t bought clothes in a while and I have been itching for dresses lately. I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Plus, I might have found a favourite brand of dresses online. It’s Taiwanese brand Tokichoi and all their dresses are so cute and very me. At least the me that I am right now.

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And how could I not when the dresses are this cute? They’re also all a steal – with 3 of them being under $20 each and the last one under $25. I’m gonna have to pair that pink one with leggings cos I have a feeling it’ll be too short but I am still going to look cute hehe.

Will probably wear the blue dress that I bought from Lalu today on Friday to work and I’ll take a photo when I do! I tried it out in the shop and Aq immediately urged me to buy it hahaha. Hopefully the dress doesn’t cause too much of a ruckus like the yellow one I bought from Adil did. I can be very shy hahaha.

A female Doctor? Hell yes.

I’m a bit late to this but last week BBC announced that the 13th Doctor would be Jodie Whittaker. When I first heard the news, what hit me was not the gender (lol that was the furthest thing from my mind) but that I know this name, this name sounds familiar. And it was. She’s one of the main characters from Broadchurch – the grieving mother. The next thought that hit me was omg this will be so good her acting was really good in Broadchurch.

And then, as expected, the internet happened. Seriously at this point, it’s 2017, how does gender matter in a fictional character? It’s not even something of utmost importance, like the gender pay gap, and already some segments of the internet are up in arms that a fictional alien is of the female gender. What. I can’t understand the anger.

What is even more confusing is that it’s pretty much canon that when a Timelord regenerates, everything is up in the air, gender-wise. We had Eleven (Matt Smith) who immediately checked if his parts are there once he completed regeneration. We have The Master who became Missy/Mistress. GENDER SWITCH IS A THING IN DOCTOR WHO. Gah. It’s not even about being politically correct at this point. This gender switch doesn’t feel forced or unnatural cos it’s been a fact of the show for so long.

Honestly, I am looking forward to Thirteen. I have fallen a bit out of the loop with DW but this invigorates me to start watching the seasons with Twelve in them so that I’m caught up by the time Jodie takes the wheel. Idk if she can be in the same league as Ten (ah, he’ll always be my Doctor) but I’m looking forward to it.

And now, I’ll end my post with this fantastic video from NerdyAndQuirky:

 

#recommendationwednesday The Financial Diet

This is an amazing Youtube channel, guys. So far, my experience of adulthood and being in my 20s is a scary and exhilarating one where mostly everything is new. I’m glad The Financial Diet exists cos at times it feels like it’s the only rope given to guide me, at least financially, through adulthood.

Definitely, definitely recommend. I picked up some good tips from it! Like having an emergency savings set aside that can at least carry you for 6 months (touch wood in case something happens) before spending on anything else. I’m still looking into how to invest my money so that it’ll “work for me” but I still need to do more research on that. Idk, the word ‘invest’ itself sounds so intimidating and capitalistic and something not me haha. But we’ll see how things go 🙂

A lift encounter. 

I had my most embarrassing work conversation to date on Friday, just after I knocked off work. 

I ended up being in the same lift with a POH (let’s call him S; to throw anyone working for the G off lol) and he started some small talk on our way down. This is nice of him I guess since he’s a very busy person, he could have easily kept the silence like I usually do in such lift journeys. 

But he asked me 3 times in that short span of time whether I’m really working here. I mean, 3 times. And each time, I’m like yeah I do, I really do. Funny thing is, he’s going to be one of the GOHs for an event that I’m in charge of this coming weekend 🌚. I brought that up and he’s like yeah yeah I saw that on my calendar. I think he was a bit embarrassed after that haha. 

Am I really that young-looking 😭 I mean it was Casual Friday so I was just wearing a dress and my leggings and my backpack so I guess I didn’t really look professional but stillllll. 

I didn’t expect this to be one of the woes of being a working adult but look where we are now. 

#recommendationwednesday Come Back Home – BTS

New BTS song means it’s an automatic recommendation lol. But I really love this one!! It’s a remake of Seo Taiji’s song of the same name but I’m pretty sure the rap parts are new and from BTS themselves. It sounds a bit more like their older sound and the lyrics bring to mind Nevermind or Tomorrow (still my ultimate favourite songs by them) aka working hard for a brighter tomorrow. Still bitter that Jin’s lines are so limited in this song but boiiiii he nailed that falsetto in the beginning! They could have added another verse of it somewhere in the middle of the song but oh well. My boy has improved his singing so much *wipes away proud tears*

Bonus video: Youtubers reacting to BTS (yay to the fandom growing bigger!)

Scratches.

Almost my whole family has been getting mysterious scratches on their bodies. My mother has it the worst with two long and somewhat deep scratches on her forearm. My sister has it on her thigh. I have a mysterious one on my knee.

We all don’t know how they got there.

Not sure if it’s something supernatural (it has happened before), but I’m honestly a bit freaked out.

Please, please go away, beings. We don’t want anything to do with you.