Monthly Recap: July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Listened to:




This month I've been obsessed with two artist I recently discovered on Spotify. I have to admit that I simply love the Spotify algorithm which suggests you new music based on your preference. After I've listened to Halsey all June and also July long, my playlist just shuffeled through some random songs and the most remember worthy to me were Lauv (especially Reforget and The Other) and Vérité (loving Nothing and When You're Gone). I was especially surprised by her Somebody Else cover. As you might know I really dig The 1975 and loved when I saw them live last year at the Lollapalooza. I even think I like her version better than the original one (and usually that is not the case)!
When I was at a sushi restaurant in Korea, they played an oldschool K-Pop playlist which was so nostalgic! After they played 거짓말 (Lies) by Big Bang I immediately had to add the track to my playlist. Haven't been listening to that song for years!
BTW this post is not sponsored by Spotify but I wouldn't mind if they reached out to me. ;)

Read:


Unfortunately nada. I've started Faserland by Christian Kracht, finished about a third of Daniel Kehlmann's Die Vermessung der Welt and still have so many books lying around. I even downloaded a bunch of audio books, but well ...

Watched:


  • 계춘할망 (Gradmother Gye-Choon) / Canola
    • I've watched this movie with my mom and oh god, wie cried so much, haha.
  • Kong: Skull Island
    • Some months ago I partly watched Peter Jackson's King Kong from 2005. I just was interested how the newest remake turned out and well, a bunch of guys firing ammo at biests, a lot of explosions and death. The end.
  • Hidden Figures
    • That movie was so good! Enjoyed it so much. The setting, filming style and the cast were awesome! If you haven't watched it yet, do it now!
  • Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1, 2, 3
    • Yes, finally the new season is out! But honestly the first few episodes were ... boring. Nothing really happened. I want the mind-blowing-"WTF-just-happened?!"-stuff already!
  • Sherlock Season 4
    • I totally forgot that the newest season of Sherlock had started this year. The first episode was quite long and even though the plot twists quite.. predictable? But the next two, holy moly!
  • Amar
    • The plot wasn't too exciting and the cast was okay (except Natalia Tena, she was great!), a sweet coming-of-age movie about the first love and its heart wrenching aftermaths. Honestly I didn't understand everything since I watched it in Spanish (still learning, ok?) but at least I learnt some new curse words. ;)
  • To The Bones 
    • Oh the hype is worth it! I loved Lily Collins' performance, the humour and filming style. I really, really liked how they dealt with the topic of eating disorders. Not too serious, not one-sided, not ridiculously. But very honest, very real.
  • Magic Mike XXL
    • Booooooooring. And often so stupid. It wasn't even funny. I guess I grew out of this flat American humour.
  • Allegiant
    • Yeah well. I liked Divergent still the most. And I expected a different ending (I spoilt myself and read the book's plot on Wikipedia). Was a bit confusing. 
  • The Incredible Jessica James
    • At first I thought it was a series only to realise that is was a movie. Really enjoyed it from the first minute (Crazy Tinder dates? Can relate so much.) and it was so empowering and really restored my self-esteem. Content-wise it was okay but I simply loved Jessica Williams for her character. So badass! 
  •  Limitless Season 1
    • Quite fun just to watch and not to think about anything too much.  

 

What I ate:

 


Since I spent most of the month in Seoul, I had much Korean food. That includes baekban, Korean BBQ, but also sushi, tangsooyook, boba, fish stew, Japanese styled paella and a loooot of gelato!
Back in Berlin I started to enjoy my beloved selfmade salads again, had a BBQ and banana bread, pasta, pizza, cocktails ... You get the idea.

Travelled to:


Well I've been most of my time in Seoul and flew back to Berlin about two weeks ago. Counts as travelling, right?

Feelings & Thoughts:


Oh July, you were an emotional and physical rollercoaster.


After my trip to Hong Kong and Macao I fell ill for a couple of days. The heat, air pollution and stress just knocked me out. After I recovered again, I went to party with some friends in Itaewon. Unfortunately I mixed a bunch of alcoholic drinks and since I struggled with cramps, took some pain killers and haven't eaten much that day, I had a miserable night after. I wasn't able to eat for a few days properly and due to all that I lost about 3 kg in Korea. Right now I am trying to gain my muscles back with proper workouts and healthy but rich meals and so far it is working out!
Oh and I went to a wedding and ate delicious steak!


In Seoul I visited the Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition at Dongdaemun Design Plaza. It was really well curated and interesting. If you have any chance to see the exhibition, please go! It will be worth it, promise.


I also enjoyed the Banksy exhibition at Ara Art Center in Insadong. There was almost nobody there so I had the whole gallery for myself. And the best part: You can visit it in Berlin now! But it is quite pricey in comparison to Korea (19,75€ regular, 17€ for students). Students paid about 11.000₩ (what is about 7€ or so), which is totally reasonable, but since I had some coupon codes, I only paid approx. 4€.


There was also a Detective Conan exhibition at the center. Since I had spare time I went in – and regretted it. It was interactive and you had to solve a murder case (it was Detective Conan, d'uh). Everything was of course in Korean and since I am not a Native speaker and don't do too well on logic riddles, well ... I had my problems. In the end I solved all the tasks (some of them even without hints! Very proud.) but even though I got the wrong guy, haha.


Straight after my arrival in Berlin I went to the #UdKRundgang party, the annual summer party of my university. Met a few of my friends and realised how much I missed those Berlin summer nights. It was also kind of a goodbye to my uni since I've (almost) finished my Bachelor's degree now.

One of my highlights was the reunion with my Banana girls. We hadn't seen each other for about two months so it was a really nice evening with cocktails, laughter and gossip. Cannot imagine we won't see each other regularly in the future since everyone heads to their own path now. One more Banana night before we all are heading to the big bad world!


One last thing ... I realised that I am making my mood too dependent on others. I have to get my mind straight and focus on myself. Something's not completely off my mind and I get anxious when it's around, but I am improving and recovering. Step by step.

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