Recent Loves

Saturday, March 28, 2020


It's been a while back since my last Recent Loves post, and I figured it'd be nice to have a series on this, wherein I get to share a quick roundup on my recent interests, recommendations, and moments to you, dear reader.

A SONG FOR YOU


Nothing by Bruno Major


I had this song on repeat for days. It's calming, and the lyrics are sweet. I can easily imagine a scene in the movies where two lovers share an apartment together, and they're simply enjoying each other's presence. Or maybe it can be me in my house doing everything I need to do while in my pyjamas! A lovely song for while we are all staying in.

SOMEONE TO GET TO KNOW




Oohyo's Q&A video


I discovered Oohyo back in college while I was hunting for Korean Indie music to listen to while studying. I liked her insights on her songs which I saw she explained through her Bandcamp page. I find that her thoughts are most profound, and her lyrics are meaningful too. My favorite song of hers would be Youth.

I liked her Q&A video since she answered them directly, and since she doesn't disclose much about herself online, it's great to know her daily thoughts and interests. I like how she likes the film Frances Ha (2012) !!


SOMETHING TO WATCH


Crash Landing On You

I know you've probably watched this (it seems most of the world has), but I just finished watching Crash Landing On You! It's a pretty slow and long Kdrama for me, yet there was still much to love about it. There was always that question hanging in the air, will they live happily together or will they not, if they do, how? More than the romance though, there were also great yet unlikely friendships formed, we got to witness a love that bloomed yet was not meant to be, and we got to take a peek at daily life in North Korea.


I've said this a couple of times to my friends, but the show has reminded me that love is in the subtle gestures. I'm still healing from my emotional attachment to the show (specifically the last episode), but I'm positive I will feel better soon.


Big Fish

I recently got to open my hard drive back in college. I went through my movie files, and rewatched Big Fish by Tim Burton. I think there are some films that I don't get tired of seeing no matter how many times I rewatch it. Aside from the pleasing aesthetics of the film, it reminded me of the beauty of storytelling.

To put simply, it's about a father who had the gift of sharing about his adventurous life stories to everyone, especially to his son who has heard it for many many years. This made him doubt whether his father was telling the truth or not because each time his father told it, there was some element that changed. Whether true or not however, that's just how storytelling is; it's how we pass on a little bit of ourselves to others.



This was my favorite scene from the film, without a doubt! I loved it so much that I painted it.


PLAYING WITH COLORS


I used to always think about wanting to have more time to paint, but I felt like I never really had the time. Now, there is time, and I suddenly feel like I just might have all the time in the world to keep painting. It keeps me sane.


These kinds of cacti are the easiest to grow. They're pretty much shaped like tongues and they grow fast, just place it on the soil and if you care for it enough, it will produce another tongue in perhaps the next week.


I'd like to think my white marker adds more character to whatever I paint. 


I've been baking a lot of banana bread with my mom. It's a great time for us to bond, and I really just love warm banana bread. Sadly though, our flour expires at 3/29 so we had to bake lots of it in the past week. Recipe is here!


A MOMENT OF LOOKING OUT 


I've been working from home for these past 2 weeks, and haven't really gone outside except for stepping outside in my garden for some sun at 7AM. Many would think that working from home is completely convenient, what with less pressure on waking up early to battle the rush hour, or leaving the office late to avoid yet again the traffic, not spending on the commute, not putting on work clothes or makeup, or eating out.. while these are good and great things, there is also the tendency of having unclear boundaries of personal life and work life.

In most cases, there are people who have to figure out how they're going to deal with all their responsibilities at home while making sure they are productive with their work. In my case, I tend to want to work even more to the point that I would no longer stand up from my seat. I felt like I had to push myself even more especially since I'm just at home anyway. No excuses! Can't be a lazy ass.

A few days into this though, it made me feel even more tired. It can be a struggle to find our sense of new normalcy. It's nice to have the benefit of working from home for at least two times a week, but to work from home full-time is another entirely different thing.



One time though, when I felt like I had to look at something else aside from my laptop screen, my eyes wandered towards the window. I could see how sunny it was outside, how the sky was a perfect shade of blue, and the trees were swaying along with the breeze. I stared at that scenery for a good 5 minutes.

Despite everything that's happening during this time of quarantine, the sun still shines so brightly. Looking out from this tight bubble I've placed myself in, I found relief in the warm bright sun. It was beautiful outside, yet I was feeling tired and placing a sense of urgency that was larger than myself. It made me think that, it's not the way to live at this time, yet I ought to feel what I'm feeling. It's how my body feels and is responding to the changes after all, and that is okay.

But what I do next is equally just as important. That is why, dear reader, I take my breaks seriously from now on. I set up alarms if I have to. I sit down and eat my meals with my parents. I lie down on my bed for 15 minutes to rest my eyes and my mind. Breaks within my day are non-negotiable, even if I have to force myself to do these. Life can go on while I take a break, and by all means it should, that is totally fine.

After all, in order for us to properly take care of the things we are entrusted with, we should first start with taking care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves knowing that we were created by God, knowing that He created all things, acknowledging that He lets the sun shine everyday, thus we can face tomorrow with hope. There is time for work, and there is time for rest. Much can be learned in this season, and I choose to see it that way and to continually hope.

Psalm 62 : 5 - 8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from Him.

Truly He is my rock and salvation; 
He is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.

My salvation and honor depend on God.
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in Him at all times, you people,
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge. 

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How are you, dear reader? What have you been loving lately? I would love some recommendations.

Also, if ever you need someone to talk to, please do feel free to reach out to me through Instagram. I'm game to talk about anything and everything, if you need someone : - ) Stay safe always.

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10 comments

  1. Yes, it's definitely essential to prioritize breaks! Even if they're just small breaks for coffee or tea, or a nice walk outside in the park. You should check out Conan Gray's Kid Krow record. I've been listening to that on repeat all week! :)

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    1. Breaks are indeed important! I'm incorporating more of it into my day definitely.
      Thanks for the recommendation, Erin! I'm listening to his Kid Krow album now :)

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing! Your paintings are so lovely. And yes to breaks! This past week I've given myself more and it really helps.

    xx Chelsea
    www.organizedmessblog.com

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    1. Thanks Chelsea! It's so easy to lose track of time especially at home, but creating a structure while doing wfh is equally as important as if I'm in the office. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  3. I loved this. I've been reading often. No time to comment sometimes but I have been here :)

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    1. Thank you Vanessa, my heart leaps to know there are kindred souls like you out there! ♡

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  4. Oooh I haven't heard of Bruno Major before. It is interesting to learn about the different types of music out there. It has been years since I watched Kdrama! I need to check out Crash Landing on You, hehe. Koreans do a great job with their stories and cinematography. I love the different artworks you have done!! Looks amazing! I totally feel you right now... It is kind of weird that there's no commute, yet I am here... Just doing things to keep my mind off of the fact that we are in lockdown @__@.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Since I discovered Bruno Major's "Nothing", I've listened to his entire album. haha! Crash Landing On You got me back into Kdramaland, so I totally recommend it. There's surprisingly many things to do while on lockdown, but I've also learned the value of not doing anything at all for a set amount of time. : - )

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  5. I've heard Big Fish before but haven't watched it yet, it's on my list now. Thank you for introducing Oohyo as well! I listened to her songs and everything's peaceful and calm, it would definitely be added in my "breathe in, breathe out" playlist. (Also not a silent reader anymore hahaha!) :D

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    1. Heeeeellooo Denise!! Finally, I have heard from my silent reader haha! Big Fish is great, I think you'll enjoy it :) Oohyo is awesome!! enjoy listening to her songs~ miss you and hope you're doing well!

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