20 ml More

So it was a Friday evening – September 29th, to be exact. We met at The Loose Moose for after work dinner and drinks.

While waiting for RV, I took a look at their wine list. They had three options as far as quantity for the red wine I was eyeing. 5 oz, 8 oz of 1/2 a litre.

I leaned forward to Tai and asked, “Hey… I’m going to have two 8 oz glasses anyway. Is that around the same amount as 1/2 a litre? Would I be better off just getting the 1/2 litre?”

Tai pulls out his unit converter app, “Let me check…”

I wait.

“Oh yeah! You’re saving yourself $2! Annnd… you’re getting 20 ml more wine!”

“20 ml more?”

“Yeah! Hey – that’s an extra sip worth!”

So yeah… I got the 1/2 litre.

Tai’s logic was very, well, logical. How could I dispute it?

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BTS Mic Drop

I have nothing really to write about as far as my life, currently. But I did want to just add this BTS live performance of Mic Drop because it is crazy good! Good song, good choreography and just overall a really good performance!

There are so many elements I love about how BTS raised the bar up from just this one song alone…

0:22 – 0:45 : J-Hope is just so badass here. Even before he starts rapping where he continues his badass-ness. Honestly, I can’t describe it in mere words. All I can say is after watching his intro, he’s my new hero.

1:40 : Jimin does this body/hip shake that reminds me of Bollywood. I love it! Any world influence when it comes to music/dance, always catches my attention. It means the band isn’t afraid to be open and try new things.

2:03 : Jimin leading this sequence where he leans to his left and bobs while circling his arms in the same direction. Everyone else follows in sequence. This is my favorite part of the choreo.

2:15 : Epic Rapmon entrance. And he keeps going with such fierceness I think he’s about to bust through the screen! I love the way he punches the air to emphasize his rapping.

2:37 : Jungkook, always the hard-working maknae. During this whole comeback, I really feel like all his hard work has paid off. In this part of the dance sequence, V joins in and they both just rock that stage together!

3:33 : Jin gets his moment in here too. And I’m glad because he really brings out this slow-bit of the song with his vocals. In fact, as much as I like Jungkook, it’s nice that this song didn’t focus as much on him (something I find happens often). I felt it was an even distribution of all their parts together. As my daughter points out, they are pros in how they transition from one member to another during their choreo and I couldn’t agree more!

3:40 : Lets talk about V for just a bit. One thing that always impresses me is how he can bring such animated facial expressions to the plate. He does not disappoint during this performance.

4:08 : Suga. Mic. Drop. Enough said. 🙂

Confessions No. 14 – Black Sheep of the Family

Maybe it’s because from the get-go, my MIL pushed her ideas on me about the norm of a proper wife and mother. Maybe it’s because, as much as I do care about them, I find them so much more conservative than I am that I feel suffocated after visiting them for a mere two days.

Maybe I’m just a shit-disturber. And I enjoy seeing people squirm.

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RED!

When my 13-year old daughter used semi-permanent red hair dye I couldn’t help but take a photo (making sure it was in sunlight to really bring out the red) and email it out to my in-laws.  I included an image of one of her k-pop biases, too. Because her red sort of matched his. And he’ll be every image of not-conservative, bad-ass (to them) and just all wrong for them. And because I’ve been annoyed that they’ve treated her like a little girl, not listening to me to stop buying her children’s clothes that are childish and pastel, I just wanted to shove it down their throats… she’s NOT a baby anymore.

She’s an individual. She’s becoming her own person. And if they want to remain close with her, it’s better to accept it. Embrace it! And enjoy this time because it won’t last long. In a blink of an eye she will be an adult. She will really then being living her own life. And it’s better to try and get to know her as she goes through so many changes because this is, I feel, a critical part of her development of who she will become later down the road.

Is this Becoming a K-pop Blog?

I swear, I never imagined I would be posting about K-pop THIS much. Though, it’s mainly my fascination with BTS. Here’s the thing… While they are not the first K-pop band I tried out (because of my daughter), they ARE the first band I’ve experienced a K-Pop come-back with. And what a crazy comeback! With record breaking views on YouTube and top 20 iTune & Amazon sales for their latest album Love Yourself, I can feel the energy from this entire process.

With their latest come back release, DNA, I did not anticipate how much went into the hype. Not that it was just fluff-hype. I was actually really impressed with the marketing and teasers! With different concept photos and teaser videos – they know how to keep their fans on edge.

I just have one question – do they ever stop? Do they ever take a break? These K-pop idols sound like they have exhausting lives. Not only are they learning the new songs, the new choreography, practicing, going on a variety of Korean TV shows, performing come back shows, going on International Tours as well as Korean/Asian concerts, participating like crazy on Social Media on their spare time, but I’ve learned they take part in some of the production of the songs, writing lyrics, etc.

It’s insane to think some of them are still finishing university and when they were a trainee, they still had to focus on graduating high school. For these idols, they haven’t had a ‘normal’ life since they were 15 years old.

Business Trips – Like a Parallel Universe

Business trips are sometimes a strange phenomenon. For up to a whole week, life is almost a 180 from home life. At least for me.

In same ways, it’s kind of a nice change. Lets face it, I have a cleaning service – everyday! I’m only living out of my suitcase so there is no clutter. At least not with me – vacationing with my husband and daughter is another thing as they don’t mind just throwing things around. I’m a tidy-traveler. I still believe in some level of order. So when I travel for business, it’s actually pretty awesome to get MY way of living. Clutter-free!

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The Camby – lobby

And not that I cook that much at home, but there’s no ‘what are we going to eat today’ ordeal. Or having to finish leftovers. It can be a different restaurant (i.e. different menu) daily. And the gym is just an elevator ride away!

Of course, there’s also the downside of business travels… I do miss my family after awhile, the work hours are long because since they have you there, they want to maximize your time (which includes lunch and dinner meetings), the commute is a bitch (specifically airport security) and you can only eat out so much before you get sick of it (though, I eat a really healthy breakfast and lunch in attempt to balance the more extravagant business dinners I  go to most nights).

And don’t get me started on the time change!

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The Camby – The Lounge

And then there’s the sleazy side. Yeah – I never thought I’d be writing about this because lets face it… I’m too old for this to happen to. If I were doing more business travels in my 20’s, I could totally see this occurring more often. But, as I found out such people do exist; it’s those hotel bars and single travelers looking for other available single travelers interested in a one-night stand.

And it doesn’t matter if there is a wedding ring present or not. That doesn’t seem to deter it from happening. Because lets face it, these people are just looking for one-night hook-ups. The person being married or not is of no concern of theirs as long as that person is game for well… whatever.

Anyway – of course I did not take the bait. After all, all I wanted to do at the end of the day was go back to my room and right into bed. TO SLEEP!

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The Camby – Different notice sign in each elevator. This was my favorite.