January has come and gone, which means it’s time for the wrap ups to start. I always create a wrap up where I talk about the books I read during the month prior to the post, as well as a wrap up where I discuss the movies and TV shows I watched, the music I listened to, and the things I did.
Burning – ★★★★
I saw some people mention Burning as one of their favorite movies of last year, or as one of the most underrated ones. When I discovered a cinema in Brussels was playing it for two days in January, I knew I wanted to go. I ended up really enjoying it! It’s not a movie for those who love to have every question answered by the end, but I think that’s part of its charm. Go into this movie not knowing anything, and message me with your theories when you’ve done so!
Searching – ★★★★.₅
Searching was actually the first movie I watched in 2019! Once again, inspired by people’s list of favorite and most surprising movies of the year. I would have never watched it without seeing it mentioned so often. The movie is described as following a father whose daughter goes missing. Nothing new, right? However, this story is only told through tech – FaceTime, security cameras, desktop screengrabs, etc. It’s a very interesting way to tell a mystery because it makes the audience feel like they’re investigating the disappearance alongside the main character.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo – ★★★★
I have a full review of this show coming up, so I won’t say too much here. Suffice it to say I absolutely loved it. Marie Kondo seems like the most adorable and respectful person on the entire planet, and I would protect her with my life.
What’s wrong with Secretary Kim? – ★★★★★
This has to be one of my favorite Asian dramas so far. I’ll definitely write a ‘thoughts on TV’ post on it soon, but I want you all to go watch it now. It follows a young Vice Chairman/CEO who has been at the top of his game for years. Partly thanks to his secretary, Secretary Kim, who has been by his side for 9 years. One day, seemingly out of nowhere, she tells him she’ll be resigning soon. The CEO, who is the biggest narcissist ever, just can’t seem to understand why someone would willingly quit working for him and decides to investigate.
Because this is my first life – ★★★.₅
I only watched a few episodes of Because this is my first life, since I watched the majority of it in 2018. I thought it was okay but nothing special. I didn’t understand the main female character, to be honest. Her actions became completely ridiculous to me by the end. However, it was an enjoyable show overall!
January always feels like such a long month, doesn’t it? It seems absolutely endless… However, I’m happy to report some pretty great things happened to me in January!
Obviously, I celebrated New Year’s with my family at the start of the year. It was nice to see everyone together again, and I ate some incredible food. Actually, I ate a lot of incredible food…
I made plans with some of my best friends as well. Here’s some of what I did with my friends: had lunch, went shopping, went to see a movie, had coffee, had dinner at some of my favorite places, went to the gym… Even the gym was fun because it gave me some time to spend with a precious friend!
I also hosted a Korean dinner party for some wonderful people I’ve known all my life. We cooked several dishes (japchae, tteokbokki, jjajangmyeon and tangsuyuk) so everyone could try some of the most popular foods! I think they liked it well enough!
Something small but incredibly wonderful is that I put some money aside to get my nails done. Getting my nails done is such a small thing, but it immediately makes me feel put together! I hate doing them myself, so I went to my favorite salon in my neighborhood instead. I go once every two to three weeks now to choose a different color.
Last, but most certainly not least, I went to Amsterdam for two days with a friend! We mainly went to see DAY6 in concert, but stayed the next day so we could sleep in and have some food together before we both went home. It was such a nice time, and I was so happy to spend time with her again! DAY6 was absolutely fantastic. I think it might have been the best concert I’ve ever been to. I also bought a DAY6 hoodie!
While I was in Amsterdam, I got an ear piercing as well! I’ve been wanting one for ages but never actually went through with it. It was one of my 3-monthly goals for 2019 and I’m glad I finally did it. Even though it hurts at times right now.
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Even though I find the tattoo story absolutely hilarious, I do quite like the song. It’s one of those songs I had to get used to. I didn’t like it the first time I listened to it, but it grew on me after a while.
Whoever said money can’t solve your problems
Must not have had enough money to solve ’em
WayV – Regular
This might be my favorite version of Regular. This song marked the debut of WayV (NCT China), and I couldn’t be more excited.
ATEEZ – Say My Name
I’m really impressed with this group. They’re so new, yet they’ve created a few songs I’ve absolutely loved already.
That’s it, my month of January! Although it was a long one, I’m quite happy with everything that happened. How was your month? Did you do anything fun? Watch any great movies or shows? Listen to some fantastic music?