One of the downsides to being an introvert and a homebody is that I’m going to eventually run out of ways to introduce my monthly roundups, if I haven’t reached that point already. What will it be this time? Saying how busy the month was? (It heckin’ was.) Or how crazy the weather has been? (So. Much. Rain.) Or maybe even how fast time has flown by? (It’s already spring, y’all!)
March comes like a Lion, or 3-gatsu no Lion, is one of those series you’d completely dismiss if someone else hadn’t talked you into watching it in the first place. I mean, why would anyone want to watch a 40-plus episodes anime about a sad teen who plays shogi? I’ll tell you why. This borderline masterpiece of a series is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and everything in between.
I swear New Year’s Day was just yesterday, yet here we are on the day before March. With Lunar New Year preparations and festivities, a bunch of birthdays, and a pile of projects, February went by in the blink of an eye. Somewhere in between, I turned 25, which came with its surprises and annual quarter-life crisis. Fun.
I didn’t expect to figure everything out by the time I hit 25, nor do I anticipate doing so by the time I’m 30. But I did learn plenty of lessons along the way that I hope will help me and others ascend into adulthood more gracefully (or at least less stressfully). So I present to you all 25 lessons (in no particular order) that I’ve learned in 25 years!
Boy, is it good to be blogging again! Towards the end of 2017, I took a break to tie up loose ends, spend time with family and detox, so to speak. It was a stress-free way to end a rather stressful year, and it helped set the tone for the start of 2018.
While I didn’t make actual resolutions this year, I’m pretty happy with the personal accomplishments from this month alone, from running for the first time in three years to voluntarily getting out of my comfort zone on a few occasions. Still working on fixing my sleep schedule, though, because it’s currently 3:31AM as I’m typing this post up.
Speaking of blog shtuff, I did managed to finalize the new color scheme for the blog redesign that will be rolling out next month. Thanks to family and friends who gave me some insightful (and heartwarming) feedback, I’ve put together a new color palette that I couldn’t be happier with.
t’s the first day of November and people are already busting out the Christmas decorations and blasting their holiday playlists – whatever puts them in the holiday spirit despite this 100 degree weather we’ve been having.
Weather and other small talk aside, since October – like most months later in the year – seemed to pass by at abnormally high speed, there’s not much to say about it. With the end of 2017 just around the corner, every aspect of my life just swerved into the fast lane. And while the month felt like a blur, I became more appreciative of small breathers and outings. Never underestimate good authentic tacos, board games and discounted chocolates the day after Halloween.
If I had to rate summer’s lineup of anime, I’d give it a solid “meh.” Save for My Hero Academia (which carried over from the spring) and a couple of Amazon exclusives that deserved more attention than what they got (no thanks to a double paywall), there wasn’t much to get excited about. Thankfully, a new season means a fresh batch of series to dive into. With highly anticipated shows and the return of favorites, like Food Wars and March Comes in like a Lion, the fall lineup is gearing up to be a strong one to round out the year.
After surviving what I can only hope is the last heatwave of the year*, I’m fully prepared to leap into my second favorite season: AUTUMN!
September was an oddball month filled with new projects, spontaneous outings and even more spontaneous buys (I’m so sorry, my poor bank account). I found out that I really love ube bread pudding and that I can cook up a decent steak that probably wouldn’t offend Gordon Ramsay too much. I also celebrated my brother’s 20th birthday and caught up with friends I haven’t seen in an embarrassingly long time. All in all, it was one of the better months of the year and not a bad way to start the last quarter of 2017.
Anime was one of the things that I thought I would grow out of, and for a while that was true. But as it turns out, it’s just something that grew and matured with me. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some ridiculous shows out there that make think “Damn, anime really is trash.” But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, I suppose.
You know what isn’t trash? Shinsekai Yori, also known as From the New World.