Posts Tagged ‘bloggy’

Take a deep breath

The weather is consistently warm, sunny, and gorgeous. I’m lounging around every day basking in it. I’m cleaning, organizing, reading, and enjoying my free time before the eminent job search (and therefore, stress). I’m also spending a lot of mental energy on this blog, energy that is not very visible since most of it is just plotting and deciding.

To be honest, for the last few months, this blog has been suffering through existential crisis. Existential crisis in a blog? I know, how pretentious, right? (What shall we name it? Blogxistential crisis?)

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Season of changes

Here’s some once-in-a-blue-moon admin stuff: New layout!

Say bye to the old and annyong to the new. Trust me when I say that I’ve been working on this layout on-and-off for about six months. Also trust me when I say I’m a lazy shit. :)

No huge changes to the overall scheme of the site, but I think I’ve always been a little iffy with two column layouts (blame that on years of Livejournal use) so here goes this one.

Bye bye, old layout! You’ve served me well for over a year.

Happy 2nd!

It’s the blog’s second birthday!

I started the blog two years ago on this day. I’ve kept a plethora of blogs, from personal, to fandom-y, and I started this one primarily to write about all my interests without getting too much into the personal stuff. And it’s worked so far — I hope!

I have interest in so many things, and I wanted a place where I can talk about pop, fashion, sociocultural issues and show pictures of things I’ve done, without pigeon-holing myself into one specific category. And one thing I’ve always struggled with in terms of talking about my interests is being proud of all of them and what they say about me.

There are certain things that I always thought were cooler and more “presentable” than others — writing about a Chanel bag is cool, writing about 13 boys dancing to bad music is not. Generally speaking.

So I found that I unintentionally always catered to a certain audience and saved the Asian pop stuff for the Asian pop audience, and saved the fashion stuff for the fashion audience and saved the photos for the photo people. That gets tiring, and I wanted a new place where I could just keep a blog that is representative of me through my interests, instead of keeping a blog that is about one interest, written by me. I’ve come to terms with my interests and my writing ability so that I can tell people, hey, it’s great that you come to my blog for fashion posts, but I also like it when boys do stupid things on variety shows and I will write about it, and you should still keep in mind that no one interest is greater or better than the other.

I’m uncomfortable with people thinking that Asian pop is just a bunch of weird Asianphiles who like to listen to songs in languages they don’t understand and then dabble in kawaii shit, and I’m uncomfortable with people thinking that fashion blogs are only real fashion blogs if there’s a pretty girl standing in pretty shoes carrying a pretty bag while posing in front of the camera like they don’t know they’re being photographed, while looking lost and posing hunched over.

So, this blog is my attempt to write about all these interests without feeling embarrassed of any of them, or that they should be reserved for only those who understand that type of subculture.

For everyone who’s been reading since the early days, I salute you! I’m glad I haven’t scared you off :) And for those who are new to the blog, welcome and enjoy!

Whee!!

Re-intro

I’ve run out of room on my closet walls to make wall collages, so I’m marking my territory elsewhere. I also didn’t want to tape anything down, so I hung some string and voila. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to remember to do this instead if taping is not an option. Can we get a “doy” here?

Anyhoo, I just wanted to plug some sites I’ve been frequenting, that I’ve put up links to on the side:

I tumble,

answer,

and tweet!

And some blogs that I’ve been frequenting a lot lately, which I will eventually update the “site” page with:

FoodRasa Malaysia, Simply Breakfast, Smitten Kitchen, and my favorite, it will stop raining*

Fashionle Blog de Betty, Maisons de Reverie, Stylites in Beijing

Pop cultureSasha & the Silverfish, Sociological Images, the Grand Narrative

On a random note, I went ice skating today! It’s like learning how to walk all over again.

Back from the dead..ish

So the blog has been severely dead for a while — posts sporadically but no real substance. Sorry bout that.

Ever since the Epik High concert went down, the Seoulbeats team in New York has been working our asses off even more so than we were when school was still going on, so things have been interesting. We have a lot of creative juices running for the site right now and I’m really excited about where we’re headed. I’m very happy that I work with such a bunch of creative, funny and good people. Even if I can’t see working on a Kpop site for the rest of my life, I love being able to be creative constantly. Even if a lot of stuff is trial and error, I enjoy trying and erroring in an area I like. Hey, I’m not majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies for nothing.

In between juggling an internship, a job, Seoulbeats, and personal projects, I didn’t really have any interest in keeping up with this thing. I’ve finally somewhat found a way to balance all these things so hopefully the posts I make going forward will be more substantial.

At the moment, I’m:

– Watching a lot of Alias. Rewatching, not watching. Love this show to pieces.
– Going to watch a lot of movies at the theaters. I really enjoy being in a theater, I don’t know why prior to this year I didn’t make it a regular part of my social life, lol.
– Been comin’ around with my internship. I’ve adjusted to it pretty well now. Still stressful at times, but gotta pay my dues. Hopefully, I’ll be working at the tents come September.
– Working on a Harry Potter project. Been re-reading the books and my love is back in full gear. Will disclose more when I actually get more shit going, heh.

Will post more soon! Expect some sort of Pixar lovefest asap. & here’s a song to kick off the summer days:

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Marie Digby — Umbrella (acoustic cover)