TWITL – week thirty-three – smoky skies

I just noticed that my WordPress is publishing to my Livejournal again. Well, it posted my previous post. Will it do the same for this one? We shall see… I had randomly clicked on the link to my LJ and was surprised to see my latest post. As I scrolled, I saw that my last post at LJ was for week FIVE. I don’t think anyone reads my LJ anymore but I like to crosspost to it because I have a permanent account and might as well use it, I say!

smoky skies

This whole week has been skies filled with smoke. The rising sun has been that orange hue most morning and we had a few days of that Mad Max/post apocalyptic tinge. It didn’t help that it was rather warm too. Alas.


Brand New Cherry Flavor (Netflix) – We finished this show over the weekend. It was so WEIRD but entertaining. It felt a bit half cooked in parts but the performances were great. I sometimes think I’m not one for horror but I find that I do watch some of it in certain instances. This show is definitely not for everyone and is most certainly for adults…

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) – The last episode we watched was the Christmas one and as always, that show is just a heart squeezer. I really enjoy it even though it’s never a show where I feel like I must watch when the latest episode drops. Does that make sense?…

What If…? (Disney+) – Two episodes in and I’m really enjoying this one. The second episode with T’Challa was so uplifting yet I couldn’t help feeling that melancholy at hearing Chadwick Boseman’s voice. I don’t think I’ve even watched Black Panther since he died though I’ve seen him in the other Marvel movies where he appears…

Kung Fu (HBO Max/CW) – We watched something like six episodes in one day! Then, looking at the list of episodes, realized that we’re missing episode ten and eleven. Maybe it was just a glitch? Otherwise, who the heck are we supposed to watch those episodes?!… I LOVE watching movies/shows featuring Asians, especially Asian Americans. But I do resist watching them sometimes too. I think part of me just doesn’t want to be disappointed. Well, I’m not disappointed by Kung Fu. It’s very well done with rounded characters and an interesting plot. It’s also a bit “CW” with the focus on the pretty and youthful but that’s a tale as old as time. It’s a fun show and as much as they say they’re in San Francisco, I know they’re not but let’s pretend. I do love how they drop names of real life cities in the Bay Area even if the places look nothing like the places they mention…


Reminiscence (in theatres/HBO Max) – Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, and Thandiwe Newton star in this movie. It was a moody piece, with a noir flavor. I liked it but I totally understand the less than favorable reviews it’s likely gotten. I think because the song “Where or When” also plays a big part in the movie, I became mesmerized by the movie. It felt a lot like Inception but mostly in the look. I was comfortable in the world created that I gave a pass for the slow bits in the movie. I guessed a couple of the plot points which of course delighted me but also bummed me because I like to be more surprised by such things. After the movie ended, I was glad to have watched it but definitely glad that I didn’t spend the money to see it in the movie theatre. So take that as you will…


Ben Barnes – How can I say someone I’ve known about since STARDUST snuck up on me? Such is life of a fangirl, I suppose. On Friday, his 40th birthday, he announced his upcoming EP, Songs for You, as well as the first single, “11:11,” which will be released in September. He shared a snippet of the video and is it too soon to say I’m already in love with the song? I find it super interesting that he has a song called “11:11” when one of my other favorites (Tyler Rich) has a song called “11:11.” What are the chances?

We’ve got 2 Broke Girls on the loop now, which means when we have the tv on and we’re not actively watching something, we just click on 2 Broke Girls and let it play. Well, the hubby clicks play on that show. I usually switch and click on The Big Bang Theory. I’ve watched most of 2 Broke Girls but on this third run (I think we’re on our third loop), I happen upon eps I hadn’t seen. We’ve gotten to the Randy episodes, which means lots of Ed Quinn, usually shirtless. I would say it’s ridiculous how topless he is on the show but then that might sound like complaining, which I assure you I am NOT.

Ed Quinn can still make me giggle

I took a picture of the tv when Ed was on the party bus and I posted it to IG story and tagged him, of course. It made me giggle when he reposted it to his IG story. So cute.


I really like my phone. Dare I say I love it? I love the battery life, the photos it takes, the great quality of video it shoots. I love the design, the color (Pacific Blue), the solid feel of it in hand. It’s great phone and the best one I’ve ever had and I’m perfectly satisfied that it’ll be my phone for next couple of years.

But lo, how interesting are the foldables right now? Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (what a mouthful) is super cool as unfolds into a small tablet. It looks like they definitely improved that outer display. But for me, my eyes and longing focus on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. It is The One that could have made me try Android again. If that phone had come out last year when I was in the market for a new phone, I might have jumped ship and gone for that Flip. I wish I knew someone who had one so that I could touch it and play around with it for a bit. It feels like the days of going to the store for some hands on time with devices are long gone.

I like watching tech review videos so here are a couple reviewing the Z Flip3:

I like TheUnlocker’s videos because he uses the device in a regular day while showing us the sights and sounds of New York.

And of course, always enjoy Michael Fisher (MrMobile) and his reviews. His enthusiasm for foldables makes me want one.


I like my Zoom background

We had our CPN Zoom chat on Saturday night. It’s always so great chatting with my friends. I was jealous of this month’s Universal Yum’s box. Everything sounded so yummy!

Here’s to a good week. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Wear your mask. And hey, get that vaccine that was just approved by the FDA. Please.