Book review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Attachments is an entertaining and funny love story between two co-workers at a newspaper company called The Courier. They find love at the intersection of technology and the breakroom of a typical 9-to-5 job. The story starts by introducing friends Jennifer Scribner-Snyder and Beth Fremont [...]

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Book review: I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller

I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book brings out the warmth of 1990s nostalgia. It is a well-researched and thorough book on a seemingly simply loved sitcom only to find out there is much more involved from getting the show on-air to [...]

Video game review & gameplay: Borderlands 2

If you watch the video, I'm the player with the blue font! When would I ever have the opportunity to be a treasure hunter competing with scary monsters to find the ultimate prize in a vault? Never, unless I'm playing this game. This amusing, yet intense game has been an interesting change from the others [...]

Book review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I did not want the book to end. I loved Natasha and Daniel so much. After spending the day together, readers will learn a lot about them, life and love. The charming thing about this book is that there is [...]

I play Tetris |Puyo Puyo Tetris

I LOVE Tetris. It's as simple as that. I've played multiple versions of the game. I love Dr. Mario, Bejeweled and Tales of Montezuma to name a few. And well, Puyo Puyo Tetris which is the game featured in the video below. I remember being so good at it. I think I got it from [...]

Video game first impressions & gameplay: Yoshi’s Crafted World

As of late, there's been two distinct things in my life that I've always done, but haven't been this focused on as much until now and that's reading and playing video games. I've always enjoyed both throughout my life (with long breaks), but for some reason, lately it's been kind of what I've been craving [...]

Book review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas My rating: 4 of 5 stars Just another day in Neptune with Veronica Mars and her vigilante team of witty misfits who fight for justice, even if it means breaking the law sometimes. As a fan of the television series and the film, I was anticipating the charisma [...]

Book review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell My rating: 3 of 5 stars Two teenagers from completely different backgrounds converge when an awkward moment on the school bus results in them sitting together, which cemented a ritual they never intended to have. Gradually, their time together evolved from avoiding each other, to quietly reading and listening [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]