I can’t believe that it’s already May, which means that we are one month away from reaching the halfway mark of 2020, and I have no idea what to think if this year yet. At this point in time, I can say that I have gotten comfortable enough with my daily routines that I can be flexible with it at times. However, I think that with a new month and the upcoming lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine on May 15 and shifting to a General Community Quarantine, there is also a certain feeling of uncertainty in the air.
This week actually went a bit smoother than I thought it would be, and as mentioned above, I’m glad that I’m comfortable enough with my daily routines and schedules that I can be a bit flexible with it when need be. For example, if my cooking day schedules change, as long as I know about it days beforehand, then I can easily switch things around, such as when my intense work and study days are.
Speaking of studying, I’m glad that I’m progressing a lot both in my studies in an online course I’m taking related to work, and in my Korean language studies as well. I’m still in review mode, but the topics I’ve been studying the past week have been a little challenging for me. I’ve been wanting to practice writing using the new grammar points I’ve learned during the week, but I haven’t started that yet. I think that doing so will help me get more used to the grammar points, especially the ones that I’m having a harder time with.
I don’t know what to think about the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and shifting to a General Community Quarantine instead. The government has been putting out a lot of infographics on the differences between the two (apparently, in the GCQ, people will be able to go back to offices, more stores will be open, but big mass gatherings are still not allowed), but of course, there’s still that fear that if we are not careful enough, there will be a second wave of cases in the country.
As for me, I don’t think I’ll be super comfortable yet going to the office. I don’t think that I’m psychologically prepared for that, what with my anxiety and my mysophobia, both of which have gotten way much better since the start of the year.
The Aspergirl’s Favorite Things for Week 5 (aka the things that keep her sane)
1.Kpop Comebacks -Oh My Girl’s 7th Mini Album “Nonstop” & NCT Dream’s Mini Album “Reload”- I was really excited about Oh My Girl’s comeback as this was my first comeback with the group and they didn’t disappoint at all! “Nonstop” is such a fun song that allowed the girls to explore a different concept and sound, without losing the essence of what Oh My Girl is. It’s really hard for me to get into Kpop girl groups, which is why Oh My Girl impressing me is a big deal indeed. This comeback was also my very first comeback with NCT Dream, and the mini album didn’t disappoint as well. Among all the NCT units, the music that appealed to me the most was NCT Dream’s, so I’m glad that they’ll still be able to promote as a whole group in the future. The album itself is solid- all the songs are good!
2.Discovering Two New Rookie Groups- Because the kpop boy group reality show “Road to Kingdom” started last Thursday, I decided to get to know the group called TOO. They were formed after going through an audition survival show and debuted early last month. I figured that I’d try to to get to know them as well as I already knew and am a fan of the other six groups on the show. Their debut mini album is impressive, and the title track “Magnolia” is surprisingly good. Someone suggested that I check out Starship Entertainment’s new boy group, Cravity, and I was really surprised at how good their debut album was. In fact, I enjoyed all of the songs on the album just a little too much. So far, these are the only two groups that debuted this year that I’ve checked out.
3. Celebrating My Brothers’ Birthdays – Family birthday celebrations are always fun, but it’s a little bit different when your in lockdown mode. It was nice, however, that we really spent it altogether as a family, and it was pretty low key, with amazing home cooked food, and I know that they enjoyed their birthdays nonetheless.
4.Redecorating My Wall- At the beginning of the year, I decided to decorate my wall with inspiring quotes, characters and people that I look up to or inspire me, some of my goals for the next few years, the skyline of Seoul (a place I do want to visit again one day), my fashion aesthetic, and the kpop groups I like. However, last Sunday, I decided to actually use some of the posters I have of my favorite groups and re-arranged it. In a way, putting up those posters is a dream come true for me as I’ve always wanted to decorate portions of my room like that.
5.Watching Onewe in Concert (and getting to know two more bands!)- With the whole situation going on in the world today, there are entertainment agencies and venues that are now putting up concerts online that you pay for. As soon as I heard that Onewe, a band I really like, was going to be part of Rolling Hall’s Open the Rolling Hall #1, I decided to buy myself a ticket to support and to see them, and I wasn’t disappointed at all! The live featured three bands-newly debuted band D.Coy, W24, and Onewe. Each band played a set each, and the live lasted three hours long. It was actually a nice and refreshing break from the usual kpop fare, and I got to discover D.Coy and W24 as well!
What the Aspergirl is Looking Forward to Next Week
1. Work- May will be a busy one in terms of work, but it’s exciting as we will be starting to implement and experiment with plans that have been in the works for quite some time now.
2. Discovering More New Music- I love discovering new music and groups I haven’t checked out, as the journey is fun, exciting, and usually full of unexpected surprises. For example, I would have never thought that I would become a fan of EXO or NCT, but apparently, now I am. I also want to explore indie korean bands (as in, actual bands in which the members play instruments) in the future as well.
3. Road to Kingdom- I’ve been looking forward to “Road to Kingdom” ever since it was announced as I am excited to see my favorite groups interact with each other, and I’m excited to see what kind of performances they’ll be showing us throughout the show. I know that two groups will get eliminated halfway through and only one will move on to “Kingdom”, the actual sequel to “Queendom”, but even so, I’m looking forward to seeing how these boys will improve. Also, I really do hope that despite the competition, the boys become friends, and that they’ll get enough buzz to finally be recognized more by the general public, both in Korea and internationally. (Although I really don’t like the editing that is done on the show at all.)
4. Continuing to Watch Search: WWW (Kdrama)- To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed in “Itaewon Class”, and was looking for another drama that could pull me out of that slump, and I think that the Kdrama “Search: WWW” is THAT drama. I’m only three episodes in, but I love how slice of life it is, and how it focuses on three ladies who are around thirty something and above.
5. Exercising Thrice a Week- In the past few years, I’ve been trying hard to actually regularly commit to an exercise schedule and routine. At one point I did Muay Thai; and just recently I was going to Dance Fitness classes at a gym nearby. However, it took a quarantine for me to actually commit to exercising twice a week, and now, I’m starting to try out exercising thrice a week. Hoping that it’ll last!
How was your week? What do you think of this brand new month? What are you looking forward to in May? Let me know in the comments below!