Movie Review: Never Forever

EDIT Feb0810
Check out the comments for hints if you like~ Other readers have left their input :)

So last night…being the very cheap person that I am (I got my recent VISA bill…omg…I should starve for the next month…or two…) I watched Never Forever online. (I won’t say where.) I remember browsing a blog, and seeing a trailer (this is the korean trailer, but you still get he main idea of it.) for it. It caught my eye, so when I saw it, I got some snacks to munch on, and started the show.

If you don’t know what I am talking about…
Hancinema Link
Wiki Stub
IMBD

Anyway I thought that the movie was somewhat interesting. I liked that the movie started with death, and the connection that was made with the end of the movie. Or the connection I felt that was made. Anyway, I thought that the performance by Vera was a heartfelt one. Not too shabby at all. I have seen the ‘Immigrant’ guy in some Korean posters for dramas, and actually was somewhat surprised by his acting as well.

Ok acting aside. The story was alright. I bit more sex than I like even at my age, but it was necessary (kind of) for the point to be made…I thought that the idea that Gina tried to get across to us, as the viewer, was a good idea. I liked the transformation of Vera’s character, in establishing herself instead of constantly trying to please other people, as the reason that was stated by her husband, as to why he fell in love with her.

Anyway my reviews on books, and movies, aren’t all that great. I know. But I really didn’t think it was a waste of time to watch this, and if you don’t mind the nudity, it’s alright. Of course not something I would watch with my mom. But I discussed the ideas that were presented with her, and we had an interesting talk.

The one beef I had with the movie. Was the ending.
I am going to put my beef in black, so if you want to read it, well highlight it…I guess. otherwise…if the trailer seemed somewhat intriguing to you, try checking it out. Obviously as it was her first project as a producer/director? there was room for great improvement, but…whatever.

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I loved that the one phone call made, was to his place. Where Sofie was seeking sanctuary. He had faith that she would be there? Anyway… But the fact that the screen blacks out, and then we see her on the beach, with her kid running away, and she’s pregnant. Well…I wanted to see the guy again! I wanted a firm “Hey! I am now married to the right guy!” visual. I read up on an interview with Gina, that was found on The Unarchivable. Her point is clearly valid. It makes more sense to put the emphasis on that…but…it would have been nice to see him with her as well :P

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Online Review: Aldoshoes.com

Oh Aldo.
How I have this extreme love-hate relationship with your merchandise.

I placed an order last Wednesday, right after I placed my Adidas order. I was really excited to get the shoes, seeing as they were a steal. 3 pairs for $89 (taxes all included).

Though I was hoping that they were just being cautious about their shipping time (3-6days for normal shipping), I got mine Tuesday afternoon. Spring shoes was much faster…and they are supposed to be the same company (though I fully realize they aren’t shipped from the same place.)

Well I was excited.
I carefully scanned the site to select boots. Unfortunately for me though, I had started looking a little too late, so I missed out on the boots that I posted on the sister site. Never the less, I saw 3 and placed an order.
I was greatly disappointed.

Firstly:
The rubber soles did not feel like rubber, but instead some hard plastic compound. If anything, 90% plastic, 10% rubber. For all three of the boots.
Secondly:
I normally wear size 38 in Aldo boots. Actually I should say I have ALWAYS worn a size 38 at Aldo. Very rarely do I need to try on 37’s. I have known this for quite some time now. And yet…I struggled a LOT to get these boots on. I am not pregnant (at least to my knowledge…unless I am the next Mary…), so there is no reason that my feet have grown. And sure enough, they haven’t! But I found that they were extremely tight to fit my feet into.
Thirdly:
These boxes are going to be hell to haul back to a mall. I am not all that tall. 5’3ish. And they come up to my waist, stacked sideways of course…short side, not the long side.

I loved the styles. The pictures on site, were pretty bang on for the real thing. Unfortunately I felt that they did not fit, true to size, and I was disappointed by their “rubber” heels. I would have liked faster shipping…but that’s only cause I think my neighbours were starting to think I was weird for sitting on my windowsill, with my dogs, waiting for the UPS man to come! HA.

This was my first time shopping online with Aldo. In the end, it wasn’t the best experience, because of my two major annoyances. But really…if they had, I would have been thrilled. I was able to grab the size I needed, they are cute, and well, I’m sure I would have loved them otherwise.

Plus, they have a decent limit on free shipping. $80 is not unreasonable, seeing as other’s are charging something more than that.

Online Review: Shopadidas.ca

I first noticed the “sale” through RFD forum. I was enticed because of the coupon code of 25% off an order that was available. I don’t like paying shipping, so I picked out several things to pass the $100 mark, for free shipping.

Website:
Con’s

  • Website is very slow at times.
  • There were several pictures that don’t show up, despite having shoe sizes in stock.
  • There is no link back to the products, through your shopping cart. Meaning if you you want to change something, you have to research the product. (Luckily they have a search function that works pretty well.)
  • They should include a size chart that actually works. It wasn’t viewable for some reason, or was restricted to only men’s, or the pdf didn’t open.
  • kid’s selection could be much bigger
  • several prices tend to change once added to the shopping cart. (usually when there are several different colours. I was gonna buy a track jacket, only to realize that the colour I wanted was full price, while the baby blue was 45 :( )

Pro’s

  • A decent selection of choices, from shoes, apparel, to accessories
  • Many of the products have a few different views, making it easier to see the product you want to buy

(Yes the con’s seem to out weigh the pro’s…but some of the con’s are minor, especially if you aren’t a stickler like I am.)
Anyway I placed my order, Wednesday at 1am, and received my order 11:40am Thursday. Which, is as fast as Spring shoes, when I ordered from them during the summer. I quickly tore into my boxes (Came in 3 different boxes). I was disappointed that my Missy Elliot shoe box was pretty mangled (cracked, creased, taped). I like the box cause it also has Missy’s logo on it. Anyway, I bought 7.5 women’s shoe, since I send to run in the middle of sizes, but I found that these are a tad too big. I would much prefer 7.0

My shoe

So I’m going to have to see if I can sell it off…And perhaps buy another pair. Oh man online purchases are addicting :P

Anyway to conclude.
I am pretty impressed with my purchase. I love what I bought, and they were true to the pictures that were provided. As long as I can use a coupon code, I think it was a great choice in ordering from them.

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Bio-Oil: Specialist Skincare…

Bio-Oil Main Site

So, I had first heard of this…perhaps near the end of 2006. I was saddened to read though, that it was only available where the Kangaroo’s live. When I visited the site, I saw that it was scheduled to come to Canada…eventually…

Now a little over a year later, patiently waiting, instead of having a siblings friend bring it over, they have been introduced into the Canadian market, and I have my hands on it.

Actually I’ve had my hands on it for a few weeks now. I was looking out for it, but it seemed sold out, or certain SDM’s just didn’t carry them. I bought mine for 13.99, and a week later, it was 11.99. Darn! Anyway the point is, that I have my hands on one, and will be starting my own review with pictures.

A lot of people stated that the product didn’t work for them. When asked how long they stuck with the regime, they stated something along the lines of “a few days, to a few weeks.” The product does state that it needs to be continuously used, for a minimum of 3 months to show significant change. Just thought I would add that, cause I was a little annoyed with people who gave up after using it for a few days.

Anyway, I have currently been using Jamieson’s Vitamin E cream. So I guess all I will be doing is substituting my Bio-oil for the E Cream. And luckily, cause it is still quite cold and dry out, my skin will hopefully soak up the Bio-oil  easily.

Ok so for general information:

  • I’ve got combination skin. Oily around the T-zone, pretty dry everywhere else
  • I’ve got stubborn blackheads on my nose, and along my cheeks
  • I tend to break out more on the temples and forehead (I blame my hair and shampoo)
  • So basically I’ve had very mild acne (or so that’s what the specialist called my skin when I went in a few years ago,) for most of my life. I truly believe that I will be one of those females who will break out, well into her 30’s
  • I have a bit of redness around my nose area, and the sides of my mouth. It is a killer when covering up
  • My skin, isn’t the best. My pores aren’t crazy huge, but they are somewhat visible
  • I am not a vegetarian, and love my sweets (I mention this cause some people say that skin varies on food intake. So I’m just covering all my bases to fill you in as much as I can, about my skin

I also have a recent burn…well kind of recent,  September, from a baking sheet, that was straight out of the oven. That nasty little scar has plagued my arm, so I will be testing this out on it as well. I hope it will show some lightening of the skin, which is all I really ask for. I will also eventually test it out on an
Anyway, I will be posting my reviews (either every other day, or weekly, I haven’t really decided yet,), and pictures (hopefully) on my reviews site.

I will let you know how things go :)

Just two other links I would like to direct people to…

Makeupalley Reviews

Soompi Forum Review

Online Window Shopping: Boots


Aldo Boots

Originally uploaded by Rasilla

With all the slush lately, I’ve begun looking for a new boot.

(This way I won’t have to buy new shoes to change into when the occasion of wet, soggy boots kicks me in the back.)

Anyway…the problem lies in the fact that…I am incredibly picky.
True fact.

I’m picky when it comes to my footwear. Which is why I really hate buying shoes (and love it at the same time…).

Anyway seeing as I am in the comfort of my home, as of this very moment, I thought I would look up Aldo and Spring Shoes, to see what was available.

My current picks are to the side…

Going ClockWise
Almond Toe CHANDLERA
I have been quite fond of this boot for some reason. I know it may not be something that is very “Winter Friendly” but it has a wonderful elegance to it which constantly draws me to it. It has a very Louboutin feeling to it, IMO.

Knee High MARKUSA
Another sleek looking pick. I love that the leather runs as if it is a whole piece. The continuing flow of the boot fits my taste. Sleek and simple. The only draw back is…I am quite famous for getting stuck in sewer grates…Yeah I know…Just my luck.

Casual VIVACIOUSA

The only problem, I found with flat Aldo boots, is that for the most part, the soles are made with some really flimsy material. So after a quarter of winter wear, the soles are significantly run down. That in turn causes some problems with the feet, and back, seeing as the heels are now lower than the front part of your foot. But because they are cute, I do other things, such as putting in extra thick soles, or re-soleing (is that a word?!) them after the winter is over. I was draw to these seeing as they seem to be made of rubber. Meaning it is much stiffer, more reliable than the other material I have had to deal with, plus it is thicker. And it has toggles!  Toggles are fun :P

Bronze MASSIMOA
I’m not that into this style, but with this combination of colour…I can’t help but consider this as well. I will fun into the problem I have listed in the previous boot…but…it’s cute in some weird way!

Pointed Heel DURENA

I like this boot, mainly cause of the heel. It gives it somewhat of a vintage boot feel, because of the tapering heel. The texture on the boot gives it a lot of character as well.

So seeing as I have made a few selections, my only action now is to list what it is that I need in my boot.

Need:

  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • A well rounded sense of style
  • Survive at least a block of slush (not a lot of boots will do this…but…it would be nice to have one that does :))

I know for some, this is a backward way of thinking. To pick, then narrow down by finding the ones that fit your needs specifically…but…that’s how I roll. If I end up picking a boot from Aldo, I’ll let you know…

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Kdrama: New Heart

The series started in December I believe, but I only recently started.

Mainly cause I have this thing where I prefer to watch dramas when they are done, so I don’t have to wait at the cliffhangers, and torture myself for the next episode.

Unforunately though, they are only at episode 19 of 24.

A friend of mine told me that it was really good…and I just couldn’t resist.
Wiki Link

Anyway I found it to be quite the interesting drama. Though I do need to rely on the fan subs a bit more than I would normally, but with all the medical talk (which according to a few sources on net, aren’t all that accurate. But hey, its a drama, so I don’t sweat over that aspect of the show), I do need them so I don’t have to read the descriptions of whatever they have diagnosed. I did find that it was interesting that they did include mini written explanations into the drama, to help viewers include themselves into it.

I can’t say that the acting is amazing, but definitely better than the others I have watched over the past year, so I am pretty satisfied. Though I can’t stand the Mimi character. The whole, innocent, baby acting…But I mean if she’s annoying to me, and she is supposed to be annoying, I guess she is doing a bang on job.

Plus, how could I not watch this, seeing as Lee Ji Hoon is in it :P

Anyway there is a really good reason why this is the top 2nd/3rd show, running in Korea right now. If you like drama, and well medical ones, then I would think that this wouldn’t disappoint you.

My only advice?
Wait until it’s done, and watch it all in one go. Then you don’t have to suffer, waiting for the next episode to come out…

Countdown to episode 20…commencing now.


Drooling Over Organization…

So I have this love for Ikea.
A cousin of mine, would flip if she found out.
In my defence though, she has the money to pay for ‘better quality’ stuff.

Anyway, I love getting those little flyers in the mail, that shows the glamourous ways that the Ikea stuff is organized, and outfitted into certain rooms. I drool over the catelog when I get them, and get a bit antsy when my friends receive theirs before mine (I worry I won’t get one…ok!).

So…I frequently visit a certain blogger (quite the silent reader)…I love how she incorporates vintage, 80’s, wild stuff into her wardrobe, and make them work for her. For some, I could never imagine myself wearing some of the stuff, but that is mainly cause I cannot stand to stand out (I’m working on it!). Anyway I admire how she pulls things off, and seems to carries herself with such a confident charm…

Alright, so why am I writing about this?

Well I checked on the blog yesterday and was floored by all the pieces of clothing, accessories, etc that she possesses. I was also drooling over how she organized her ‘closet’ space. It is gorgeous. I personally wanted one like that from Ikea, though not for clothes, but for my book, seeing as the wood shelving is much sturdier than what they offer for that of books. But when I saw all her clothes, acessories, etc arranged in that fashion…made me wish I could have one installed for one side of my room. Ok…maybe two sides of my room! haha.

Anyway, I’ve been looking around for new ideas to organize all the wonderful crap that I have collected over the years. The packrat in me refuses to throw things out. Which, could be good in some ways, I have found uses for many things…but when it comes to the really needless stuff (such as old notes and exams from psyc and soc classes…) I should really toss them. But in my defence, I have found a few friends to pass them down too..that is…When I can actually part with them.

Alright, so onto something else.
Valentines Day. Was quite amusing. I woke up late, tried my best to avoid Valentines colours, tried to look somewhat presentable, and went off to teach a few kids. Then I got a text asking me to go drink Soju with a friend. I thought we would escape the presence of very PDA type people…but boy was I wrong. Still had fun catching up with my friend, and laughing about a whole bunch of stuff. Vague. I know, but at least this day wasn’t spent loathing the fact that I am single.

Actually, I welcomed it.
More on that later…

flickr group…sweetness.

another flickr group