Three Wealth Levels

I heard this on a recent podcast of “How I Built This.”  According to Butterfield, there’s three levels of wealth.

  • First Level = Not have to worry about debt (credit card/student loans).
  • Second Level = Not have to worry about how much a restaurant costs.
  • Third Level = Not have to worry about how much a vacation will cost.

I have to say this is an interesting way to look at wealth.

Hyori’s B&B

I’ve been watching this Netflix show called Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast.  It’s a reality TV show that stars Lee Hyori (a popular Korean singer), Lee Sang-soon (her guitarist husband), and the hired staff Lee Ji-eun (also a very popular Kpop idol known as IU).  It’s a reality TV show but at the same time it doesn’t feel like a reality TV show.  There’s a sense of peacefulness that the B&B host and staff exude by living on Jeju Island.  Perhaps through the magic of TV editing, the first few guests that arrive all seem to have this desire to get away from that “city life” and explore Jeju Island.

After watching a few episodes, the guests that were chosen to stay at this B&B are are extremely lucky and fortunate because these guests literally get to interact with Ji-eun the hired staff and not IU the Kpop star.  I didn’t realize how amazingly lucky the guests were until after Googling IU.  She is very popular in Korea as a singer-songwriter, collaborator, actress and performance artist.  I looked her up on YouTube definitely I liked a few of her songs (You&I, Good Day).  Her music spans multiple genres from R&B to very pop rock.  Her vocal range is amazing as well with the ability to hit the high octaves in Good Day as a great example.  With all that IU star power,  the guests still treat her as if she’s an ordinary person.  It’s an experience of a lifetime for both IU and the guests.  You certainly won’t find that type of treatment in US.


***Edit 27JULY2018***

While watching the last episodes, I finally realized what the nagging feeling was that I couldn’t verbalize when I initially wrote this post.  Throughout the show, Hyori/Sangsoon/IU displayed this sense of humanity that is lacking in many reality TV shows (at least in the US).  Of course this could be a total TV edit job, which if so, that was very good editing.

But hear me out… Unlike the competitive nature commonly seen in US reality TV shows (think Survivor, Bachelor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, etc), Hyori’s B&B centered around the human element when random strangers meet other random strangers.  Throw in some background knowledge from Hyori chatting with the guests and you get a sense of a human connection.  You have the 3 siblings.  You have the young married couple/hairstylist.  You have the long distance couple.  You have the four male friends on vacation.  Every single interaction between these guests and Hyori/Sangsoon/IU reveals some aspect of the staff that normal TV wouldn’t see.

Throughout the show, you see Hyori showing an empathetic side that not many Kpop star would probably show.  I think she realizes that if she can just listen to the people who are distraught/hurting is in itself helping heal the person.  I saw it pretty clearly with the 3 siblings group when the eldest (who is in her 30s) asked Hyori for some advice.  And then you saw it again with the “musical duo” group when the two were just worried about their future.  I don’t remember the exact words Hyori said, but after reading the subtitles, I got the sense the Hyori wanted to let these two girls know that being yourself is the best type of person you can be.  It may seem that other people are judging you but in reality they have the same exact concerns that you have.  She knows because she herself went through this with the microscopic spotlight of being a Kpop star.

And finally, watching IU in this show, I got the sense that she just wanted to be treated as a normal everyday Korean girl.  I don’t know if the producers knew/planned for IU to work there and subsequently warned the guests ahead of time to not be star struck.  But you certainly saw the “wow” factor in many of the guests while all IU wanted was to just wash dishes.  In some ways, the show was her release from stardom.  I’m glad the guests treated her as a regular girl.  I’m pretty sure she has at least 39 life long fans.



The Break

Michelle Wolf (wiki) has a Netflix comedy show called The Break similar to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.  However, her show is much more experimental, edgier and I think talks about random topics that she probably cares about.  And I also don’t think she cares what other people thinks about her topics considering how she roasted Huckabee-Sanders at the White House Correspondents dinner.

So I’ve been watching her show on and off.  But her Season 1 Episode 7: How Dare You? had a segment about pro-life supporters.  She goes on to comment that if a person was truly a pro-life supporter, then it would be logical to also assume they would also support healthcare, childcare, education, gun control and the environment.  The conclusion being that these other policies promote human life through a variety of different means.


Her bit starts below at the 35s mark.


It’s interesting to think about.

Twice at KCON LA

I listen to a lot of music.  Generally it’s either pure classical music (Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mozart) or electronic dance music aka EDM (Corsten, Oakenfold, Tiesto).  Most of the music I will listen to is mainly for the melody and/or the tempo.  The music also won’t have lyrics that I can understand because I tend start singing along if I understand the lyrics (like in American songs).  Because of this reason, I also don’t always listen to what is playing on the radio.

Lately, someone introduced me to a Korean pop group known as TWICE.  They are extremely popular in Korea after being formed via a reality TV show known as SIXTEEN.  Their musical style is very integrates hip hop, R&B, and pop into catchy tunes.  They are very similar to an older Kpop girl group known as Girl’s Generation/SNSD.

Anyways, there is a convention called KCON LA.  For intents and purposes, it’s basically a music festival featuring Kpop artists performing live.  TWICE is apparently coming back to KCON LA.  Although my current situation doesn’t allow me freedom to participate as an audience, I took a look at the registration process.  Considering just how much data that gets collected (and lost/stolen), the amount of data the people at KCON want is pretty amazing.  Remember, this is just a registration page to purchase tickets.  These questions should be asked AFTER a user has registered.


Coma Coffee Roasters

July’s Angels Cup comes from Coma Coffee Roasters.  The beans are from Ethopia’s Limu region, a region that I haven’t tasted beans from.  It’s northeast  of the Yirgacheffe region.  This map shows the regions of Ethiopia which puts the different locations into perspective.


The beans have a very subtle aroma of different berries, peach and a hint of spice… maybe cinnamon or cardamon.  What’s interesting to me about these beans is that I don’t really smell that earthy nuttiness each time I open the bag.  In quite a few past beans, I generally smell the nutty, toffee aroma upon opening the bag.  After grinding the beans, the subtle berry aroma still persists but the hints of spice disappear.  After using the Aeropress, the liquid espresso has a strong chocolate aroma prior to adding milk.

My first reaction on the first sip was that the latte does not have that nutty, toffee flavor.  It was mind blowing after having so many lattes that have that nutty, toffee flavor.  Yet the lack of this flavor brings out a different profile that I’m not used to.  The berries and the peach flavor are still there. Each sip is smooth and also envelops the mouth with a subtle chocolate feel.  Together with the berry flavor, the chocolate milk lingers at the back of the mouth with such a pleasant aftertaste.

The Last Straw…

Starbucks recently announced that it would be getting rid of straws by 2020.  That’s great for the environment!  They would probably be using a clear version of the lids that they use for the hot drinks.  However, that works well with liquid drinks.

What about for those ice blended frappuccino? These drinks are “thick/heavy” similar to a milkshake consistency.  I would think that a straw is required for these drinks.

Fitbit One

I use a Fitbit One to track my steps on a daily bases.  Lately, I have noticed that the number of friends who are still using Fitbit has declined to just 2.  Furthermore, the current installed firmware version 6.64 is a horrible.  It apparently is powering down randomly and doesn’t power back up upon movement.  I can’t seem to get it to power back up and respond to even the button pressing OR when it’s plugged into the charger.

That’s ridiculous.  Before 6.64, my Fitbit never had this issue.