The Mediocrity of Netflix’s DEATH NOTE

I tried. Seriously… I tried. But like all American adaptations of great Japanese anime, it has disappointed me in more ways than one.

I did, though, tried.

I tried to watch it as it is supposed to be – an adaptation. However, it still failed to deliver. I must stress that everything that made the original great and remarkable was non-existent in this film. I wondered what was going through the minds of the writers, producers, and director during its production.

Have they watched the original anime series? How about the Japanese movie adaptations? Has any one of them read the manga as well?

It may be just an adaptation, an American version of the original, but why take away a big factor of what makes Death Note extraordinary and create something so cliché and mediocre?


The characters have no chemistry. Lack character development. Entirely Lacklustre.

I find it a total shame not to have seen in this film one of the reasons (if not THE Reason) that made the anime so great – the chemistry between Light Yagami (in this case, Light Turner) and L. Two geniuses clashing brain power is electrifying to watch, it keeps you at the edge of your seat as you wait to see how each one would try to overwhelm the other. Two chess players patiently deliberating strategies and moving at their own pace until one cries checkmate.

You won’t see that in this movie.

Unlike the cool, calm and collected genius that Light Yagami was, Light Turner turned out to be a loser in high school who just happens to be quite smart (total American high school cliché). Of course, we don’t really have much proof of his supposed genius because of lack in character development, but he did get a chance to use his head by the end of the movie; albeit in a rather uninteresting way.

Also, they made him into a pathetic fool, controlled by a psychotic girl who is just plain annoying and with no depth in character whatsoever. An extra on the side who is mainly there to serve its purpose then discarded afterward. Totally unlike the sweet Amane Misa.

L, whose actor I’ve been initially disappointed with and mentioned HERE, was not as enthralling as the original one either. Though I did like the contrast in his clothing from the original L, the character is just lacking in so many ways. And when he started being overly emotional and acting like an immature brat, I just gave up and just wished the film to end.

L and Light

Willem Dafoe, who played the death god Ryuk, and whom I thought would be this film’s saving grace wasn’t enough either. They’ve turned Ryuk into a manipulative monster who doesn’t really add much spice to the story.

He doesn’t appear much either…

The storyline was too fast-paced for its own good. The two main characters (who basically are the core of the story) have suffered greatly due to this and the way they’ve concluded the story was too rushed to the point where it seemed like the people behind the film just wanted to get it over and done with.

The result? The ending didn’t leave me wanting more… I was just glad it ended.


Overall, Netflix’s Death Note is an utter let-down and an entirely forgettable version of a great anime series.

EXO (Shimmy Shimmy) KO KO BOP

I can’t help it. That “Shimmy, Shimmy” needs to be added to the title.

Last July 18, SMEnt finally released EXO’s comeback song Ko Ko Bop, much to EXO-L’s delight. EXO’s been lying low for a while so this comeback is definitely much-awaited and considered long-overdue to fans.

So here are my two-cents on the video and the song. Yes, I do have two separate opinions about the MV and the song itself.

The MV is trippy (in a very good way)! As expected of most Kpop music videos, the colors are basically “in your face”. The blues and greens, which are very prominent in the video, give off a pretty cool aesthetic. Combined with the splashes of reds, yellows, pinks here and there reminded me of those colorful gumballs. Basically, I think, the whole video is one Gumball Machine and EXO and everything else are gumballs.

No? Ok, I’m stopping right here.

As always, the boys’ visuals never disappoints, and though I facepalm myself everytime I see Baekhyun’s mullet and Kai’s dreads, the group’s overall look still hits a punch.

And yes I have to make mention of Kai’s well-toned abs, Sehun’s slightly open shirt, and Xiumin! OMG have you seen Xiumin?!? His visuals in this comeback definitely stood out!

Ko Ko Bop is… I don’t really know how I feel about the song. I didn’t like it when I first heard it so I’ve listened to it a couple more times just to see if my opinion would be slightly different. I think after doing so all I can conclude is that it is an okay song. There are definitely parts where it sticks to you like Chen’s “It goes down, down baby” (Chen’s vocals always gets me) and the part where they sing “Ah woo”, which sounds really good by the way, BUT was it a strong comeback song? I think no.

I remember when I heard Growl for the first time, I knew right off the bat it was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G song, and I still think so. I even blogged about it at that time because I was that impressed by it. You can check out the post HERE if you’re interested. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same impact with Ko Ko Bop.

As a whole, EXO’s 4th album “THE WAR”, is for sure better than their previous ones. Their sound definitely matured and got better and I really dig that. I just happen to finish listening to the album last night,  and I must say, for now, my favorites are “Going Crazy” and “The EVE”.

Speaking of The EVE, how excited was I to wake up and see this golden fancam on my youtube feed?

There’s a non-fancam version of this performance, but I prefer this one better because I get to see the group dance as a whole without the camera going back and forth between members and making me dizzy af. Plus, we can all better appreciate their very rude choreography in this angle more.

I died! asdfghjkl! (credits: gangbangjimin.tumblr)

I want an MV of this song ASAP!!!


Burger Boutique

It is Friday again, the only day I’m able to call mine. I do miss the days when I get to have two days off. Anyway, it was afternoon and I was strolling around with a friend at Gulf Mall and doing one of my favorite past times – window shopping – when hunger strikes us both. As usual, we wanted to dine somewhere we haven’t tried before, so I checked my ever helpful Zomato app to see what restaurants around the mall’s vicinity we could find, so as not to go too far.

Browsing for a place to dine didn’t take long despite having too many choices. Food reviews and photos alone already helped pique my interest and a photo of a flame-red burger at Burger Boutique certainly stood out.


Obviously, I’m not much of a food blogger. I don’t normally blog all the foods and restaurants I’ve tried and been to. However, I do make exceptions for places that made quite an impression or has really tasty food that I would confidently recommend to friends and to people in general.

And so to start off, these are what we ordered.

Sticky Maple Buffalo Shrimps (42 QAR)

I love these Buffalo Shrimps! They are sweet and tasty and definitely one of my faves. One thing I should remark though is that it was kind of pricey since it was just a small portion. About 6 or 7 pieces only.

Commando Fries (35 QAR) – Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Grilled Onion, Jalapeno, Crispy Roasted Onions and West Coast Sauce.

Good for two people! It’s well seasoned and really tasty. Both my friend and I enjoyed it.

Dynamite Slider (30 QAR) – Cheddar, Grilled Onions, Jalapeno and Chipotle Ranch Sauce

The very reason why I chose Burger Boutique. These sliders are so pretty! Instagram-worthy to those who like to post pretty foods on their IG. Was it good though? It is. It was very spicy with the Jalapeno though, but you can certainly request not to add it if you prefer a less spicy one. The bun was really soft, which I would have liked if only it was able to hold the chicken patty well.

Midnight Slider (24 QAR) – Cheddar, Lettuce, Mustard Sauteed Onions, House Pickles and West Coast Sauce

Unlike the Dynamite sliders, the soft buns worked well with the beef patty and the combined taste of the mustard and west coast sauce is really delicious. Between the two sliders we’ve ordered, we both agreed that this tastes better and is perfect with the soft bun.

The Amazing Waffle (50 QAR) – Banana, Fresh Berries with Milk and White Chocolate

Being a sweet-tooth that I am, I can never not order dessert when I dine out. So we tried out their amazing waffle since I was legit craving for a waffle. You could say this one satisfied my craving.

Vanilla Shake (?) and Lemon & Mint (22 QAR)

For drinks, I always order anything lemon and mint, while my friend ordered a vanilla shake. Note that the vanilla shake was not on the menu and was something that we tried to ask if they make one. Fortunately, they do and so my friend was able to have one.

Overall, would I go again? Totally! The service was pleasant and so is the ambiance. Moreover, I’m looking forward to trying more of their menu. I really do feel like there’s more to try and that, for me, is something.


Burger Boutique Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


I’m at it again. This unwanted feeling of monotonousness is making me numb. It occurs every year – like when something happens that makes you fall into boredom’s abyss. At least that’s what I was feeling as of late, not that everybody knows that, but my complete lack of attentiveness on certain aspects of my daily life is telling me that I have to do something quick to break the state of ennui I’m in.

I haven’t posted a blog in a while. I cannot seem to concentrate on a task properly and all I’ve done as of late was check out Netflix, watch random videos on youtube, and binge myself on Kpop. And you know what? Every time I’m on my Kpop/Jpop fix, it meant only one thing – my life’s excitement is at an all-time low and listening to Kpop/Jpop, which has always been my guilty pleasure, is my surefire refuge at moments like this.

For months, I’ve been wanting to read some of the books I’ve hoarded since last year, but to no avail. There was this book titled “Demian” by Hermann Hesse that I really wanted to read. I have the ebook already saved. The book piqued my interest after learning that the music video of one my favorite Kpop groups was inspired by this book. The MV itself was very fascinating. The thought that it was inspired by that book is definitely something I know I should check out. However, my current attention span is limited and I lose focus a lot. I’ve read the first few lines and I just can’t concentrate on it so I end up not continuing.

Anyway, I do have a lot of things I wanted to blog. My list is piling up and as time goes by I’m no longer sure if I’ll be able to do it all. I guess I’ll just have to try again some time…

Let me end this post with the MV inspired by Demian. The song is called Blood, Sweat, and Tears by BTS.




BTS, BBMAs, Blood Sweat & Tears

A lot of B’s there.

So I had to do this. Like I seriously had to do this…

I know I haven’t been active on my blog lately, but this news got me all fired up and ready to say hello back to my blog! It got all my brain juices flowin’. My inner fangirl is screaming and shrieking like a banshee! So just to warn you all, this is going to be a fangirl post. I lot of my followers may not be able to relate, but to those who do – Annyeonghaseyo!!!

So I woke up yesterday morning to this news all over twitter –  and I was shook!


First off, let me give a small intro to the group, just a little, cause we might take all day if I try to dissect BTS in a post. Maybe I’ll do an appreciation post specifically for BTS if any of you requested it, but right now I’ll just go back to the topic at hand.

So BTS, an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan (English trans: BULLETPROOF BOYSCOUTS), is a 7-member South Korean legends boyband formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013, and has been gaining popularity locally and internationally especially internationally ever since. They are known as one of the very few Kpop Groups who co-writes and produces their own tracks.

Billboard magazine recognized the group as one of K-pop’s top competitive music producers of today: “Co-writing and producing on nearly every track, the K-pop phenoms proved how they can compete with top pop acts.” All members of the group participate in composing and producing the group’s songs. The Daily Dot describes them as “setting a standard for the bands that will come after them. Their souls are in their performances because they helped to create them—an investment that makes all the difference between memorizing dance routines and embracing them with passion.”

Yes, they’re that talented. Plus their dance choreographies are LIT!

Anyway, they’ve been continuously breaking records at the Billboards for the past year or two. And now they’ve been nominated for Top Social Artist Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Going against big names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendez. This also gained them the title as the first Kpop group to be ever nominated for the BBMAs.

After the announcement last April of their nomination, fans (aka ARMYs) have questioned whether the boys will attend the award show or not, and since ARMYs are eager to see BTS at the BBMAs, this happened – the voting which started last May 1st (and will end at 6pm PDT on May 21st) produced this result in only 24 hours – a showcase of the fanbase’s dedication to BTS.


After a week of voting, ARMYs prayers were answered, and an official announcement of their attendance at the BBMAs was confirmed. A photo of their invitation was even uploaded to BIG HIT’s Official Twitter Account.

Current votes as of today (5th of May)

ARMYs are savage voters don’t you think? Gotta love all that support! ❤

Also, yesterday was also the release of BTS’ Blood, Sweat, and Tears MV (Japanese Version). You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this version to get released. It was confusingly beautiful. LoL!

I am not even going to try to look for hidden connections and theories about this video BTS’ MVs are full of those because trying to do so is seriously giving me a terrible headache. I’m going to be leaving that to the experts!

Annyeong! ❤