Key to a relationship (as told by dramas)?

So I’ve been watching these foreign Taiwan dramas on Netflix.  I’ve noticed an interesting pattern to the story lines.  They’re very formulaic that usually try to mimic  dating, heartbreak, communication faults and other “real world” experiences.  But there’s just one thing that I’m a little amazed that they usually do in almost every show.

That is that in these Taiwanese dramas, many of the characters do their best to hide negative information from the main female lead in order to minimize the female lead’s supposed ensuing heartache/sadness from hearing such information.  There is always one main story arc that dances around this negative information and is usually the critical piece of information that causes the conflicts.

Is there an underlying assumption that the female lead won’t be able to handle the information?  But then why are the writers making that assumption?  Why do the writers think that it’s OK to write a female character who is strong-willed, independent, and compassionate and yet won’t be able to think rationally through such negative information?  That confounds me… Is rational communication is ultimately one of the keys to a relationship?  If we take dramas as a sort of parable, then one of the lessons from these dramas is that effective communication must be key to successful relationship.

Kpop Star IU

After watching both season 1 and 2 of Hyori’s B&B, I was wondering who IU (Season 1 Staff) was. After reading about her and listening to her music, I’ve been obsessed with IU’s song called You&I.

There’s something about this song that makes it addictive. Is it her sweet angelic voice? Is it the steady “tick tock” beat? Is it the melody bobs up and down like a sine wave?

Now after listening, you might be wondering how obsessed? I’m burning mobile data to listen to her song on Youtube.

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.

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.


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.