Book review: Pulse by Michael Harvey

This book is dark, contains profanity and the theory of quantum entanglement. I've read some reviews about how some of these characteristics turned some readers off from the book, so I thought to give some warning about that. Pulse by Michael Harvey My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is riveting and I couldn't [...]

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goodreads and book reviews

So, I signed up for an account on goodreads. I had one long ago, or so I thought. I couldn't remember the log-in info at all, so I figured to create one for this blog. If you'd like to add me as a friend or follow, feel free to do so here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/94855605-portfolio-cnw I'm fairly [...]

Food review – shave snow at Powder, San Francisco, CA

I had my first taste of shave ice in Taiwan. The summer treat was surely unique to me as I've never had anything like it---red beans, tropical fruits and cream topped over literal shave ice was one of the tastiest and interesting desserts I've ever eaten. Fast forward to my trip to Oahu after trying [...]

Food review – dan tat (egg tart) at Golden Gate Bakery

I waited in line for this flaky (does anyone else think this word looks funny? I had to Google it to make sure I spelled it correctly) crust, sweet soft custard filling for over 20 minutes I think. I told him, "This better be worth it." He gave me this half smile and his left [...]

Music video review: MONDO GROSSO / ラビリンス

There's something so powerful and romantic about this video. The cinematography is shot well with a clear vision of beginning to end. I admire and wish I could dance so freely as the woman in the video does; so comfortably in city streets as if she's in her home like a child at play. Similarly, [...]

Product review: Baggu Chestnut Duck Bag | sustainability

A little story....I feel so lucky to have found this bag. I was exploring my favorite Salvation Army store and came across this gem right before I was going to check out. I felt that it was very durable and cheap: $2. I needed a bag big enough to carry my small laptop and also [...]

Music video review: Want You Back, HAIM

After watching and listening to this song for a few days now, I decided to write some thoughts that stood out to me about this music video. Firstly, I believe it was filmed in one shot, which is really amazing. It's being live, but not. The timing & execution for everything (the dance moves, singing [...]

Documentary review: Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens

Before the Flood features Leonardo DiCaprio and intertwines his own story, environmental activism and more importantly, featuring professionals in the field & their data, this film touches upon the very things we need to take action on right now. I encourage you all to take the time to watch this. It is on YouTube and [...]

Concert review: Jason Mraz with the band Raining Jane

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane are geniuses.  They are yummy together like peanut butter and jelly; smooth and sweet.  Their humor, timing and undeniable talent was what created the whole concert atmosphere so fulfilling and soul stimulating.  With most concerts I go to, a lot of the energy stems from the audience I stand beside, [...]

CD review: Lights Out by Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson's album, Girls and Boys, was the first one I heard of hers.  It was fantastic and still holds the position as one of my all-time favorites.  This may sound really weird, but years ago, I would listen to her songs while working out at my university's gym facilities.  There was just something inspiring [...]

Television show review: Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

This 90-minute episodic series produces seamless story-telling that is arguably better than most 90-minute films out there.  I suppose I should say that I am late to the party, for this show's been kicking it since 2010.  While dining with my friends a few years ago, one of them suggested I check this show out.  [...]

Television show review: Veronica Mars, created by Rob Thomas

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I sat on our semi-comfortable couch and finished the entire series of Veronica Mars (link leads to the Wikipedia page).  With the film debuting in just a few days, we  were just in time.  Although I've seen it all in the past, it was worthwhile for me to [...]

Film review: Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón

This newly released film, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is a very original film. It began with a vast view of Earth seen in space. The calm, silent scenes made it feel like I was watching a documentary on Nova. The pace was slow and the tone was uncertain. We were introduced to the two main [...]

Book review: The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

Tone/mood: dark, sad, tragic with a bit of humor cnw rating: will not/unable to read again I will be completely honest.  I did not like this book.  Please do not assume that the author is a bad writer.  Contrarily, Jane Hamilton is actually quite an exceptional writer and that made it difficult for me to [...]