Long before Medicine sought my heart and time, words stood by me and held me in a sweet warm embrace. And here again, they remind me that we are far from done on this journey.
Maybe someday I'll love again.
Rakuten Viki Takes the Crown
It’s a Friday evening. You have shut down the work computer for the weekend, taken that much needed walk with the dog outside, planned your house cleaning and stocking schedule for the weekend and even managed to fit in 15 extra minutes of mindfulness with some meditation. Champ! With the load of the week behind you and tomorrow’s troubles to be taken care of tomorrow only, it’s right about time to unwind with some drama, specifically a K-Drama or C-Drama. Of course, there are tons of sites to watch your preferred drama from, paid and unpaid, which can also be a headache if you are uncertain what to do when spoilt for choice. Depending on how important picture quality, sound, subtitle and translation quality and the possibility of picking up a bug are to you, you can find a site to quench the thirst for a thrilling or ‘normal’ feelgood C-Drama or K-Drama. Of these sites, I have found Netflix, which was my first and original source of K-Drama, and Rakuten Viki to be the least problematic and most helpful. Bothe have strengths and weaknesses that set them apart and at the end of the day, with all these considered, here are reasons why I pick Rakuten Viki over Netflix many times over for an enjoyable Asian drama viewing experience. The third reasons tops them all.
'Love Like the Galaxy' is absolute nuts - and I'm here for all of it!
As I write this, the note next to the thumbnail of the next two episodes says 'Available in one day'. I have checked and refreshed this page on the app several times in the past 24 hours and over the past few days as well, always harboring this miniscule hope that ju....ust maybe they slipped and decided just this one time to release the new episodes earlier - dreams are free after all. But, it is as it was the last time I checked, and I have to wait. Usually this is no problem. If there has to be a wait for new episodes of a drama I am watching, I just wait or get into a different drama altogether while I patiently wait for enough episodes of the on-going one to be uploaded before going back to it. But that is hardly the case this time around! For some reason, it seems almost impossible to put down this drama series. As I cautiously read through the comments by fellow viewers - a feature of this platform I both love and hate (a story for another post) - I see that I am not alone in this eagerness and impatience. There are tons of comments expressing impatience for the next episodes to be released, some confessing to having gone to watch on an external platform because they couldn't wait any longer and many, like me, who said they were re-watching the past episodes while waiting for the new ones.
Into The Deep
Self. You stood at the shifting edge of the wide expanse and thought it only a pool. A dabble here with fingers, a dabble there with toes in its shallow, foamy, welcoming breaths in and out had left you hungry for more, for what you could not see. And yet its draw you could barely resist.
Only Introverted, Not an Imposter
Scan the room and you will very likely see me, vigorously nodding in agreement to the guy in the horn-rimmed spectacles speaking about the stock market and the effect this whole bloody viral epidemic is having on his shares, or looking with interest at the blond with the pony tail and social competence of a bumblebee, or right there staring at my phone for the seventeenth time. Still none of those beats me fiddling with the rim of the empty glass I’ve been holding for the past hour.
The first time I willingly cut my hair was 7 years ago. On a warm Sunday afternoon after family lunch, I slipped out of the door after a quick goodbye to my parents and drove myself off to my friend's home. Only she knew what plans I had that day and it was better left at that. The ride there was filled with as much anticipation as nervousness. I had doubts for sure, but I was fully committed to this and had zero plans of turning around. At my friend's home we wasted little time on pleasantries and got right down to business. A hair band held my thick, long, silky relaxed hair in a pony tail. 'Hey, this is the last chance, are you sure about this?', she asked me, taking a step back to allow me that chance to pick up my stuff and leave. 'I'm ready', I said, taking one last long look at the hair I had nurtured, pampered and adored for the past 12 years before the scissors appeared. It took all of five minutes and there I sat with the newly detached ponytail in my hands and the remnants of relaxed hair atop the new growth staring back at me through the hand-held mirror. 'Not bad', I thought to myself as she proceeded to shape the hair until it was mostly all natural, only allowing myself to feel a momentary pang of loss. There! It was done! I had finally done this after months of contemplation and planning.
- Top Story - August 2022