I-Mei Ice Bar Mania

I posted a while back about I-Mei Pudding Ice Cream Bar. There was a 2 for $7 sale a couple weeks ago, so I hopped on the chance on buying other flavors I haven’t tasted yet. My friend bought Pearl Milk Tea and Matcha Red Bean flavors (which I unfortunately forgot to take photos of), and I bought Melon and Mango.

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I Hear Your Voice

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What an amazing k-drama. I tried watching another drama after Doctor Stranger, but towards the end, I was skipping scenes and I still haven’t finish it… not that I want to because I simply lost interest. Then, I decided to watch this drama because I realized it only has 18 episodes!! That’s something considering a lot of k-dramas go up to 20.

Anyway, I have not been this impressed by a korean drama since I watched Time Between Dog And Wolf back in 2007. I Hear Your Voice is a courtroom drama that delves into the realms of forgiveness versus revenge and the consequences of these actions, of the justice system, and of truth/morality.

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I Am Malala

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I Am Malala is a beautiful and empowering memoir written by young education activist Malala Yousafzai that teaches us the power of the pen. In a nutshell, the book talks about her family and hometown, and how everything changed when the Taliban appeared and took control.

As school is quickly approaching, I am dreading the thought of returning to monotony and many all-nighters. Reading this book reminded me that I should be grateful that I have the opportunity to learn unlike some who are less fortunate. I often forget how privileged I am to be living in a country where I am allowed to attend school despite being a girl, and how I am encouraged to speak and share what’s on my mind.

If you ever have a chance, I recommend picking up a copy of I Am Malala. I leave you with a quote:

โ€œI don’t know why people have divided the whole world into two groups, west and east. Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.โ€

โ€”Malala Yousafzai

Mealtop

After eating dinner at Valley Fair’s food court with my friends, we went downstairs to try Mealtop, a South Korean shaved ice shop. According to my friend who has been to Korea, the shaved ice is exactly the same as the Mealtop in Korea. The menu is stripped of unnecessary items and focuses on the basics. The $4.95 shaved ice comes in Original Milk, Green Tea, Fruit, and Coffee. Each shaved ice comes with a cup of red bean and two chunks of mochi. You can replace red bean for fruit for $1.00, but who can pass up red bean?! Mealtop also offers drip coffee, bottled water, and soda. Like I said, very basic, which is also reflected in the interior design.

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My friend ordered Original Milk, which looks pretty in its white glory.

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My other friend and I shared Green Tea. The green tea flavor is delicious albeit on the sweet side, so I preferred eating it on its own. Nevertheless, the divine combination that is green tea/matcha and red bean cannot be denied entrance to one’s palate. The red bean complements the green tea shaved ice wonderfully that I wonder if the side topping will go well with other flavors. The texture is very light and soft, and melts in your mouth. However, since my family owns a shaved ice maker and the shaved ice it produces vaguely resembles Mealtop’s,(EDIT: After making shaved ice at home, I realized the incredible difference in texture and crossed out what I said) Mealtop’s shaved ice seemed somewhat pricey to me.

You definitely can eat one by yourself as the portion is on the small-medium side. I think the presentation is nice, and the ambiance makes me want to visit Korea even more. If you are ever around the area and you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, head over to Mealtop ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still curious of the other flavors, so I might try them next time.

Doctor Stranger

I haven’t watched a k-drama since high school, and there are many reasons why, one being the notorious love triangle plot line. So when I came across a medical drama called Doctor Stranger, I thought k-dramas were finally mixing it up and I thought I would give it a chance. I somehow managed to finish all 20 one-hour long episodes, but I felt like it was unnecessarily dragged on and the ending was lackluster.

Doctor Stranger is about a South Korean, Park Hoon, who was kidnapped as a child and brought to North Korea with his father who is a cardio surgeon. He follows in his father’s footsteps and becomes a doctor as well. Hoon manages to return to South Korea and works at a prestigious hospital for the sole purpose of earning enough money to rescue his girlfriend from North Korea. However, there is one doctor at this prestigious hospital who looks exactly like Hoon’s girlfriend; thus, drama, confusion, and a love triangle plot (or should I say square?) ensues.

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Comic Con 2014

What a crazy weekend that has left a huge impression on me. I can see why some people spend so much to attend San Diego Comic Con. The conventions I have attended previously pale in comparison on so many levels. The sheer amount of people waiting in line to see panels and walking around the vicinity is overwhelming. I tweeted that no one has the right to say #linecon until they have waited in line to get into Hall H. On Saturday when the WB Studio and Marvel panels occurred, the line extended around the boardwalk and it seemed to never end. And here I was thinking the previous day’s line was ridiculous. Pushing my way through a sea of people in the exhibit hall was crazy as well, especially when one of the bigger booths like Lionsgate or Marvel were giving out swag. Don’t even get me started when there were signings going on at the booths. At that point, it feels like you’re a salmon swimming up stream with all your salmon friends. I’m not making much sense.

Overall, I am truly grateful to have attended panels, swiped some killer swag, and gotten autographs from awesome people.

I won’t go into too much detail as I am currently compiling a video/vlog about comic con. Hopefully I won’t chicken out and actually make it. I realized it has been two weeks and I still haven’t touched my videos yet.

I will just leave you with some photos. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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Dreamworks panel
Dreamworks panel
Dreamworks panel
Dreamworks panel
Bones Panel
Bones Panel
Sherlock and Molly cosplayers :D
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Doctor Who cosplayers (left  to right): 11, Captain Jack, 10
Doctor Who cosplayers (left to right): 11, Captain Jack, 10

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Guardians of the Galaxy

I am finally getting around to professing my love for this movie. I haven’t been to the theaters since Frozen mostly because I don’t want to fork over $12 when I can wait for what seems like an eternity for the blu-ray/dvd release and watch it home over and over again. I am waiting for you Captain America: Winter Soldier!! Moreover, I was tad weary of attending opening night showings after attending the midnight premiere of The Hobbit after work (and falling asleep halfway into the movie… for only several minutes. Don’t throw rocks at me, please!).

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
Type: movie – American
Director: James Gunn
Genre: Superhero, Sci-fi, Comedy

Synopsis: Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. (source: imdb.com)

Rating: ★★★★★
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