Birthday Dinner at Maison De Sushi

Birthdays are a perfect excuse to binge in great food; in my case, that meant Japanese food.

I can practically name two places on top of my head that I wanted to try Japanese food. The first one was a newly opened and well-known Japanese restaurant, and the other one was a Japanese buffet restaurant, which was highly recommended by a former colleague.

It took me the last minute to finally made a decision, and for obvious reasons, the Japanese buffet won. What reason? It’s a B-U-F-F-E-T. I plan on bingeing, remember?

A lot may have heard and may have tried dining in this restaurant already. I, myself, have known about it since last year, but have yet to get the chance to try it. This is definitely a good chance to do so, and yes, it’s Maison De Sushi.

Firstly, let me share some food photos I was able to capture on my phone just to show how scrumptious our dinner was.

Shrimp Tempura

The shrimp tempura is definitely one of our favorites. We ordered it twice and would probably have had two more rounds if we weren’t so full from the amount of sushi we’ve tried in between.

Sushi Heaven! Hear me scream people! I forgot some of the names though. I did mention before that I’m terrible at food blogging, I tend to forget important details. In any case, you can check their Tablet Menu to see photos of everything they have. Though not original, it’s pretty cool that they’re also using a Tablet. I appreciate it when I’m able to see what my food is supposed to look like, whether it would be an accurate representation or not.

The Dragon Sushi (It is not its exact name, but yes I’m calling it that), is a definite must-try. I highly recommend it. It was delicious. However, since it is part of their “special menu,” there was an added 25QR in our bill, but definitely worth the price. The Beef Teppanyaki was also part of the “special menu,” and we were told by someone (I’m going to assume he’s the owner or the manager) that it was a new addition they’ve created. I  have to say, it was kind of him to personally come to our table. I also ordered their Candied Chicken Wings just because I happen to love the taste of sweetness in chicken.

Matcha/Vanilla Ice Cream with Banana Tempura

There’s not much variety on desserts, which I think is pretty standard with Japanese restaurants or mainly with Asian restaurants, so we just opted for their ice cream. Actually, we wanted to try their charcoal ice cream, but unfortunately, it is not available at that time.

Other foods we’ve ordered (that I have no photos of) are their Miso Soup, Pad Thai Noodles, and Tempura Rolls. Not much of a fan of the Tempura Rolls though. It has to be eaten as soon as it hit the table to appreciate the crunch of the seaweed wrap. It is not bad but still not as tasty as the others.

Hmm… my face is shaped like a steamed bun. 😀

As you must know, my birthday happen to fell on a Thursday, so I had to make a reservation beforehand since I’ve been told it could get really crowded on Thursdays.  When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the staff and immediately sent to our table.

Since the staff was aware of my birthday, while we were waiting for our orders, the lights suddenly dimmed, and a group of women in kimonos sang me a birthday song as they clap their hands and twirl their Japanese umbrellas (wagasa). I was surprised that they have an official photographer for celebrations like this and took photos of my family and me with his SLR. He asked for my email afterward and sent me the pictures he took for free!

Furthermore, as seen in my photo above, instead of a cake, I was given 4 pieces of sushi with a lit candle. You didn’t read that incorrectly, there really were 4 pieces of sushi at that time, but I was so excited trying to hold it up while they were taking my photo that one fell off. Ha!

Anyway, I find the idea of an official photographer taking photos of their customers during a celebration like this pretty impressive and considerate of them. Added points for customer service if I do say so myself.


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Am I Happy?

It’s that time of the year again. A time when another number is magically added to my age. Ever since I’ve reached my 3rd decade years back, somehow I kept constantly forgetting my age after that — believe me when I say that it was not intentional. It seemed like my consciousness has decided to stop counting, and if ever anyone dared to ask me of my age, I would have to whip my trusted phone out just to calculate. As if that isn’t enough of a sign of just how old I am becoming.

Time sure goes by fast. I feel like I should force myself to take a moment’s pause just so I could contemplate on things that had happened thus far in the past year and so. And as I am here, sitting at the back of a taxi writing this, I wonder if today I am finally able to answer my life’s recurrent question… “Are you happy Kim?”

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” 
— Abraham Lincoln

Happiness has always been my life’s ultimate goal and so is probably everyone and asking myself this question every year on my birthday allows me to see things in my life perspectively. However, I often wonder if doing so is a healthy thing as I can’t help but shed a tear or two whenever I can’t answer in the affirmative. There are just so many things I wish I could do and hope to achieve that life tends to get really frustrating when everything seems to be going in the opposite direction.

We often hear people say that if we want something, then we should make it happen, but then making things happen is always easier said than done. Others, who are more accepting, would be telling you otherwise that things may just not happen for a reason; but then my curious nature would constantly wonder “what could the reason be?”. I can’t help but feel stuck in more ways than one as I hear an invisible clock ticking somewhere in the distance telling me to “HURRY UP!” or worse, “TIME’s UP!”

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” 
— Omar Khayyám (The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám)

However, as I again grow another year older and hopefully wiser, one other part of me thinks slightly differently. The part, that despite all of life’s vexations, sings praise for this added year of life. The part that sees this as an opportunity to achieve its ultimate goal of happiness — of attaining inner peace and contented bliss.

No matter how long this quest for happiness will take, it will be a roller coaster ride. Always full of ups and downs, twists and turns — an epitome of dangerous thrills and more.

One hell of a crazy and fun ride…

    “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” 
— Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)


BTS ‘Love Yourself’ HER and My Fangirl Feels

BTS (aka Bangtan Sonyeondan, Bangtan Boys, Beyond The Scene, Boys That Slay and all kick-ass names you can think of) finally dropped their much-anticipated music video last September 18, after months of pleasurable agony ARMYs have experienced along the wait. It was an exciting ride nonetheless; for BTS has been feeding ARMYs with tweets, posters, highlight reels days (and weeks) before their comeback.

I’ve yet to receive the album I’ve pre-ordered through their official site; however, I’ve finished listening to the full album as soon as it became available on iTunes. I just needed to hear it ASAP. Also, since my Korean is almost non-existent, I did took the effort to check out on Youtube the English subs and Romanization of each song. So here I am now, wanting to share all my thoughts about the whole album.

But first, let me just get this out there… I FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!

BTS tracklist

Intro: Serendipity

ARMYs have already heard this song before the tracklist was dropped. Thanks to it being the INTRO for the album, a Comeback Trailer MV featuring Jimin was released on September 4.

It was the first time that someone from the vocal line was featured and I can’t help but think how perfect Jimin looked in the MV. The video itself was aesthetically pleasing to watch and adding Jimin, with his angelic blonde hair, makes everything more beautiful. The dominant yellow color and blue hues against the neutral backdrop is just too appealing for all my senses. Jimin’s voice fits the song perfectly.  It is a pretty chill and relaxing song and I’ve played it too many times to count. My favorite part of the song was where he sang 넌 내 푸른 곰팡이 (You are my blue mold/penicillin) at 1:14. The melody and Jimin’s voice is just overall perfection.


This is BTS’ Title Track and I was at work when the MV was released last September 18.

As a title track, it took me a few listens to really get down to it. I find the sound totally different from their previous releases, which I know isn’t a bad thing because they always try something new with every comeback and we have their albums to prove it, it kind of left me wondering the first time if it’s a good Title track or not. Don’t get me wrong, the song itself isn’t bad, it’s just me questioning if it was a great Title track. Nevertheless, I love all of V’s parts in this song (not that I am biased, but yes he’s my UB) and I really appreciate that he was singing in his natural voice. And Jin! We finally get to hear Jin sing more lines and have more solo shots in the MV. I’m pretty sure a lot of Jin stans are very happy.


The song they’ve collaborated with The Chainsmokers.

I find this collaboration a great success. Best of Me is a really good BTS song and you can definitely hear the influence of The Chainsmokers in the beats and melody as you listen to it. Though I’m not a huge fan of The Chainsmokers, they do have songs that I really love and made me look forward to a lot more of BTS’ collaborations with other artists. If this song is any indication, ARMYs would hear a lot more of great music from BTS.

DIMPLE (보조개)

Vocal Line in their element. Probably my favorite song from the vocal line second to House of Cards (because that song is just sexy af). The line distribution for this song is so satisfying and the song itself is very catchy. Of course, I can’t get over the fact that they’re able to create “illegirl” and use it in their lyrics – only BTS can do that.

That Dimple is illegal (ille-gal)

No, it’s dangerous, oh yes

So I call you illegirl (ille-gal)

You’re existence alone is a crime


Before I heard this song, I’ve already seen a lot of tweets saying that this was BTS’ diss song to ARMYs. Of course, dissing ARMYs is never a good idea unless you want to dig your own grave, but BTS is the only one who can diss ARMYs and get away unscathed. In fact, ARMYs find it so sweet and endearing that BTS would create such a song. Yes, I know… it’s weird and funny but cool for us ARMYs.

Anyway, after I’ve heard the song for myself and seen the lyrics, I don’t think it’s a diss song at all – it’s a SEDUCTION SONG! Don’t believe me? See these lines….

You’re not being punished

Come here, I’m your paradise

Can’t close your eyes (2x)

You can throw a fit but it’s no use (Don’t reject me)

Just close your eyes, tune your ears

And that is just a small part of the lyrics. Probably the reason why I’ve seen someone (fan of another group) who is trying her best to petition the banning of this song and BTS – I would love to post the receipt for this claim but I cannot find the tweet anymore. Will do a screenshot if ever it still exists because last I saw it, ARMYs are everywhere in the comment section.


The iconic speech of Bangtan’s great leader Kim Namjoon. Why am I not surprised that they’ve included this on the album? One of the things I love with BTS albums are the Skits and I must say that their Billboard moment is the perfect Skit to add in their new album. Pretty cool actually.


Now, this is a BTS Song! I knew this song will be my jam the first time I heard it. I actually wished Mic Drop was the title track after hearing it – I was that in love with the song and I have not even seen the English lyrics yet. The song just gave me this visual image of a sexy Bangtan and with kick-ass choreography. Well, I wasn’t far off the mark on that one because in their first Comeback Stage they performed Mic Drop and it was LIT!!! I can’t stop (internally) screaming!!! It’s pure perfection – the outfits, the choreography, the stage, the camera works, the boys themselves! I knew MIC Drop is THAT song and I just can’t stop playing it!

Take note: this song also has the most perfect line distribution among the members.

고민보다 GO

Loosely translated as “Rather than worry, Go”, but mostly known as Go Go, is another one of those songs with a very catchy tune. The YOLO YOLO YOLO part sticks to you the same way it did for me with BST’s (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) WONHE MANHI MANHI. I also adore its’ fun lyrics of spending earned money while still young and to just don’t worry too much and have fun. BTS also performed this song in their Comeback Stage and I was really caught by surprise by the choreography. I never expected it to be cute, fun and full of memes. This is like the 21st Century Girls of this album. I have a feeling that this would be the song they would do a Halloween dance version of and I just knew it would be full Bangtan fun!


If the vocal line has their own song, so does the Rap line. The song was co-produced by our genius Suga and is the perfect Outro for this album since the album is basically named HER. The song reminds me so much of the classic BTS sound – somewhat School Love Affair Era if I’m right, and I believe ARMYs who have been with BTS from the start would feel a little nostalgic with this classic tune.


So those are the main tracklist in the album. There are, of course, two hidden tracks that Rapmon mentioned and I’ve already heard both on Youtube. One was a Skit: Hesitation & Fear where BTS basically mentions they’re BBMAs win, they’re achievements, of how far they could go up and their fears of falling after reaching the top. It’s a very heartfelt conversation and I can’t help but admire them more. They are just so real to me and I never stanned a group as much as I do with BTS.

The next hidden track was called SEA and it has the most soothing melody I could fall asleep with it on repeat. It was produced by Rapmon and said to be inspired by Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84” (I feel the need to check that book out). It’s also another of BTS’ songs where I feel is very personal and real – I guess that’s what differentiates BTS with other idols I’ve admired. BTS songs just felt more personal for me. You know that they have a hand and a say in every song they release and that makes their music so relatable.


As a whole, this album is a 100% BOP! The vocal line shone brightly in this album for me – Jin has the lines he deserves, Taehyung is no longer growling but is singing in his deep, natural voice, Jimin did the perfect Intro, and Jungkook is just overall the golden maknae that he is. Of course, I’m not going to forget the rap line because seriously they add the perfect spice to every song and are the embodiment of BTS’ sound.

After hearing the whole album, I also understood why they chose DNA as the Title track, despite me thinking that MIC Drop would have been a better choice – DNA just has that fresh sound that is really different from the rest of the songs. It’s a new and unique BTS sound and worthy of being the Title track on its own.


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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!!!