Bucket List

Cook a full meal for my Mum

My Mum has been such a constant supporter in my life especially in taking care of my needs. She enjoys cooking so I want to give those experiences to her by making a full homemade meal.

Plant a tree

I love plants but I have been unsuccessful with keeping them alive by myself. I open to the type from bonsai to oak. I want to leave a mini legacy through the life of another organism-specifically a plant.  

Be published in some format

I enjoy writing so it would be a cool accomplishment to have it published. Throughout my life I have written various pieces from poets to articles. I would prefer it in paper, maybe in a collection with other writers.

Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner

I have always been interested crime as seen by my collection of mystery novels. Being involved in a fictional whodunit seems exciting as I can put my skills to the tests. All the fun without the fear.

Experience a sensory deprivation tank

The modern world is always stimulated. I have meditated before so having all my senses removed could allow more relaxation and peace. I have heard about the various experiences people have had so I want to feel it for myself.

Make gluten-free bread from scratch

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at the age five and since then I have strictly followed a gluten-free diet. I luckily live in a time and an area which makes it easy to do so. For example I have had ample accesses to various types of breads, one of my favorite foods. I also appreciate the fine art of baking so I would like to accomplish this as a way to try new things.

See the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights has always seemed like such an awe- inspiring wonder especially as it is completely natural. The colors seem so mystical due to their unlikely appearance in the sky.

Ride Orient Express

I first heard about the Orient Express from reading Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express. Upon further research, I learned more about how beautiful and scenic the ride is in addition to be a luxurious experience.

Learn how to dance

I use to dance when I was young but I haven’t in a decade. I would like to get back into it as it is a fun activity that is also good exercise.

Write 50 letters.

I really like writing letters as I find it a lovely way to express yourself to others by collecting your thoughts in words. It may seem like a low number but I want each one to be meaningful and maybe to different people.

Hopefully more posts to come -K

 

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Proper Picks # 4: Podcasts

My podcast intake has increased recently as I wanted to diversify my media consumption. Though many included are more entertainment, others expand to education or new ideas. All can be found on most podcast apps while some are also on soundcloud and YouTube.

The Protagonist Podcast

For those of you who enjoy the characters of fiction, I hold this podcast highly. I do prefer listening to the episodes where I have consumed the media mentioned before though you can dive in blindly as they include summaries.

I recommend the episode about National Treasure. It is full of jokes and crazy turns. If you prefer crazy original tangents try the Christmas edition podcasts. The hosts were presented with a title of a real Christmas movie and presented their ideas of what the plot is by it alone. One of the highlights is a movie called the Custom Mary as both the real and fake plots were outrageously quirky.

The Stoop Storytelling Series 

The people featured come from all walks of life and the rawness from the live performance adds to the enjoyment. Each story is powerful in its presentation and their uniqueness. Very useful for short time intervals as each episode is made up of three short stories.

I would encourage you to start listening by examining the titles that interest you and then range out from there as there is a diversity of stories.

Popcorn with Mitchell Davis and Jack Ferry

This duo embraces nostalgia and their friendship to create a humorous movie podcast. A major plus is that you don’t have to watch the movie to enjoy the podcast. I find it fun to examine the childhood classics under lens of adult maturity.

I suggest starting with a movie you are familiar with to get the utmost enjoyment. I started with Who Framed Roger Rabbit? with Elliot Morgan as the guest.

Modern Love

Love is universal and can be so varied as evident by this podcast and the New York Times Column it comes from. I find so much wisdom from the emotion and experiences which are read by celebrities. Also often after the story the host often invites the writer to give a reflection/update about the story and the insight from the editor of the column.

I advise a listen to any one of them though you may be treated to heart-warming or heart-break. A few options from me to you are: In A Small Bag, Seeing the World Through My Wife’s Eyes, and/or DJ’s Homeless Mom.

My Favorite Murder

If you enjoy true crime and comedy this podcast is a great combination. The hosts, Karen Kilgariff  and Georgia Hardstark, embraced their interests to create an entertaining show that has a wide following as seen by their expansive tours.They accept their flaws and hold awareness to real important issues.

I understand that this one is not for everyone but it is worth the shout-out.

I would advise starting from the beginning in order to appreciate the little jokes and throwbacks throughout the episodes.

Beautiful Anyomous

The podcast features a unique concept as the host, Chris Gethard, answers a call from a random stranger who call ins. Though I have only listened to a few episodes, I am deeply invested due to the wide range of topics and the real quality due to the lack of identity.

I recommend starting with whatever topic/title grabs your interest. For me I started with Hipster Chaplin because I realized that order doesn’t matter.

These are just a few for now. Have a listen and let me know which ones you enjoyed.

-K

Journaling jostles my journeyo

Recently I have increased the amount of writing I do through my journals. It has opened my thoughts to deeper reflection. I have had many attempts on keeping one up though failed due to different factors (time , self-pressure, etc.). This time I was much more successful as I opened all boundaries to be all encompassing in the subject matter. I decided to share some topics that could help spark ideas for anyone to express themselves.

  1. A quote with a response to it: pretty basic while promoting depth
  2. Stream of Conscious: classic that is always different
  3. Picture and reflection: great for focusing upon memories
  4. Ideas to do/planning: from intentions to converter goals
  5. Reviews: of anything you enjoyed or did not and why
  6. Memories: written in a descriptive fashion can help capture the moment
  7. 6 word stories: forces concise diction and creates new modes of expression

These are just of the few ideas that I incorporate in my journal. As I have made it broad I also have more artistic creations. For example I collage old New Yorkers and complete scraps of image with my own sketching. I will explain more in a later post.

Have a good start to the year!

-K

Movies of whimsical nature

Oh its been another while. I have been in the midst of very busy times but I figured since I enjoy these I would like to share them. These movies are currently all on Netflix and I watched them over the past few months to relax in between the stress. Some make you think while others simply make you smile.

Toys

A good, classic Robin Williams film that contains lots of nostalgia (even if you are not from the era). Visually it is pleasing to enjoy the colorful expanses and inventive machines. It has some drama that is paired well with the comedy which makes it great to hang out and watch for fun.

My Life as a Zucchini

A powerful look into a complex story that is underrepresented in pop culture. This Swiss-French narrative explores a boy who loses his parent and is sent to live at an orphanage. The story is displayed in a unique fashion as a stop-motion, adult animation.

Sing

A predictable, family-friendly movie that I feature purely for the music. Tori Kelly’s vocal are a major reason just to watch it. Though the story line is a bit weak, I enjoyed the lovely animation especially in the dancing.

Blind Date

Another French film though live-action that is wholly original and feel-good. You have never seen piano played like she does. The comedy plays heavily off the concept that the protagonists choose not to see each other though they live next door. This Rom-Com is good for any date night.

The Little Prince

A beautiful watch that makes you think and makes you feel. Must watch for everyone at any age. That’s all I can say.

 

Hope you take some time to soak in some wonder and awe.

-K ❤

Illusions in the midst of Hopes

As one who is affected by anxiety and tinged by depression, I recognize the issues that are hidden in the reality of society. We tend to project acts of normalcy in order to calm our fears or angers. When relationships are bonded deeper, insights are more likely to reveal themselves–hopefully for the better.

For me, sometimes I hold onto those illusions in hope that they can later become reality. As if pulling on dreamy strings can make real music later on. 

In a lighter side, I can also believe that hope can sustain dreams for a better future. Illusions do not have to be tricks or mirages though it is connotative of them. 

I have been journaling in various ways to expresses the swirling ideas in my head. For example, focusing on gratitude or just random doodles. It is helpful except when I am past the point of that reducing stress.

Excuse the moody post as in effort to post more.

-K❤️

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/illusion/