At the end of every month (or the start of the next one), I wrap up the books I read and talk about the movies and TV shows I watched, the music I listened to, and the things I did. You can find my reading wrap up here. Let’s talk about my life in October!
October marked the last leg of my solo trip. I spent a few days in Busan at the start of the month, and then moved on to Jeju island. My first day in Jeju was spent climbing up the Seongsan Ilchulbong peak, also known as Sunrise Peak, and walking through the Manjanggul caves which is an incredibly big lava tube. If you ever visit Jeju island, I would recommend visiting both! They’re well worth the visit. I had plans for the other 2 days in Jeju as well, but ended up having to stay inside. Jeju was being hit by the side of typhoon Kong-rey, so hiking up Mount Hallasan or walking on the beach wasn’t really advisable.
After Jeju, I moved on to Bangkok for a few days. I was quite tired by this point, and spent a lot of time in Bangkok in the pool, in local restaurants, and shopping. Sorry, not sorry. I also got sick for one day, so I spent most of that day in bed.
After a little over 5 weeks, it was finally time to go home. One 12-hour flight, another 1,5-hour flight, and a 2-hour car ride late I was back in my apartment. (Leaving out all the time spent at airports…) While I absolutely loved my trip, I am glad to be home and get back into a routine. I’ve had something to do every day, appointments, meeting friends and family, etc. which all has been keeping me quite busy.
The Greatest Showman – 4 stars
I watched this movie on the plane from Bangkok to Oslo, as I had 12 hours to fill with entertainment. I had heard so many people rave about this movie, and I think that raised my expectations somewhat. This movie was quite different to what I expected it to be, but I found myself really engaged. I really enjoyed watching it! Although I probably won’t watch it again, I’m glad I finally saw it.
Crazy Rich Asians – 4.5 stars
I might be a bit biased here… Crazy Rich Asians was finally released in Belgium during the last bit of September or at the start of October, I don’t quite know. I took the train to Antwerp and went to the theater with my friend to watch it. We both really loved it, and I actually lent out my copy of the first book to her. I laughed out loud so often during this movie, and it was everything I wanted it to be. Even though I’m a bit confused about the ending… I do understand that movies and books are different forms of entertainment and this ending did work well for the movie.
A Star is Born – 4 stars
I went to the theater with two of my friends to watch A Star is Born together. All three of us really wanted to see the movie, especially after all the rave reviews we’d seen. I ended up really enjoying the movie, although I think I loved it less than most people did. The soundtrack of this movie is gorgeous, and I’ve already added multiple of the songs to my playlist. The movie was really touching and the ending was so… well, heart breaking. However, I didn’t feel drawn in from the beginning. For the first 20 to 30 minutes, I didn’t really feel any chemistry between the main characters, and the “romantic” moments felt so awkward to me! This isn’t the healthiest of relationships either. After a while it got better and by the end I was really enjoying it.
Rich Man, Poor Woman – 3 stars
I finally watched the last few episodes of this Korean drama! Although I enjoyed it, it definitely won’t end up on my favorites list. I felt like the main couple didn’t really have a lot of chemistry, and thought that the girl was giving up way too much for the guy.
Meteor Garden (2018) – 3.5 stars
I also watched Meteor Garden in its entirety! This is a Chinese drama, and I believe a remake as well. I did really like this, although I was quite surprised by the amount of episodes. It has 49 episodes which is a lot more than the Asian dramas I’ve seen so far. Were there cliche moments and tropes I think are somewhat harmful in relationships? Yes. I find that they are in most of these dramas. Did I still really enjoy it, and fall in love with the characters? Yes.
It’s time for the music section. Prepare yourselves.
Stray Kids – I Am YOU
Stray Kids’ latest comeback is a lot more relaxed and sweet than their previous ones have been. Those were more upbeat. I absolutely love Stray Kids. I think they are one of the most talented groups out there. And they’ve been putting out music so frequently!
Monsta X – Shoot Out
I’m so glad Monsta X is back to their darker, heavier music. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all of their previous comebacks! But this is their true style, and I love it.
NCT 127 – Regular (English ver.)
It’s no secret that I’ve fallen in love with NCT in 2018. Once again, their comeback is absolutely amazing.
The Rose – She’s in the Rain
I adore The Rose. I was lucky enough to go to their concert in Brussels last February, and see them perform in Hongdae in September. I’m probably going to their concert in Berlin in November too! Anyway, this song is so gorgeous!
Super Junior x Reik – One More Time (Otra Vez)
I do love me some Super Junior…
Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way (A Star is Born)
For some reason, this is the song that stuck with me the most after finishing the movie. I know that most people loved Shallow and the song at the very end more, but this song just struck a chord with me.
That’s it: my life last October. What did you watch, listen to, and do last month?