Watch List

"Segodon" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Segodon” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This year I’ve started having a lot more “screentime” due to the fact that I have a Moviepass (which is awesome!), but I am also trying to watch more dorama, anime, and other Japanese TV. Actually, almost all the tv I watch is on TV Japan since I am a Japanophile, and I love some of the documentary and travel programs.

Anyways, here’s what on my watch list at the moment:

  • Segodon (Taiga) – Really good historical drama. I like most of the actors in it, plus my celebrity crush Kitagawa Keiko has a part.
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (Live action) – Silly fun and cute girls (and Kitagawa Keiko as Sailor Mars!)
  • Your Lie in April (Anime) – Liked the movie so why not? I also enjoy watching anime to see how the characters are drawn.
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Anime) – The story of the MMO junkie from a female point-of-view is interesting and over-the-top. She’s so kawaisou (pitiful) it’s funny.
  • Quartet (Dorama) – This one is by the writer of Anone, but the characters aren’t very interesting to me. A little too slow so far but I’m sure it will get better.

That’s it!

I hope you had a nice Monday. ☺


A Soft Murmur

Do you listen to ambient sounds when you work? My favorite is A Soft Murmur. The website audio is nice, and I also bought the app, so sometimes waves and wind emanate from my phone. 😄 It’s great for reading too!

Mix ambient sounds together to wash away distraction and help you focus or relax

Source: A Soft Murmur

Taking Vitamins

When I was growing up, my parents had us take vitamins every morning, and it wasn’t just a single multi-vitamin pill. It was multiple pills of individual vitamins, plus other supplements, like garlic or fish oil. Because of this, I became pretty good at swallowing several pills at once. I think my record is maybe seven at one go. Come to think of it now, that’s maybe too many vitamins?

Nowadays, my own kids also take daily vitamins, but their pill-swallowing procedure is not as efficient yet as mine is. And the technique is different as well.

When I take pills, I retract my tongue to the back of my mouth and drop the pills into the space behind my lower teeth, but in front my tongue. Then I take a swig of water and use my tongue to scoop the pills and water to the back of my mouth and swallow. It’s fast and only takes one gulp of water to swallow all the pills.

The rest of the family prefers to take a bit of water first, then drop a pill into their mouths, and swallow. But, they have to repeat this for every pill. I told them my technique, which I believe is superior, and they think I am crazy. 😄

I wonder which technique is the most common… 🤷‍♂️

This post was prompted by The Daily Post from WordPress.


"Darn Tough" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Darn Tough” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

So today I received something that I’ve been wanting for a long time now, but never pulled the trigger on: Darn Tough socks! I know, socks? 🧦 Well, yeah. A few years ago, a friend recommended these socks to me, raving about the quality and the lifetime guarantee. And I read about them and the reviews were almost all positive. But the only downside was the cost. However, I finally rationalized that these socks would last a lifetime, so I spent the $19 on a pair.

Honestly, the thing that pushed me over the edge with buying these is that I opened a new pack of regular socks, and the toe stitching was so uncomfortable and irritating that I couldn’t wear them. I was so disappointed, that I went to and ordered the Darn Tough socks. They arrived today and I’m so happy with them! The socks are super comfy and keep my feet warm. I mentioned in previous posts about how I am often really cold at work and have to bundle up. So, I’m hoping these socks will help maintain my body warmth. Plus, I have to say that the toe stitching is almost non-existent. They are probably the most comfortable socks I have ever worn. And if they ever develop a hole (through normal wear), I can just send them to the company for a replacement! How cool is that?

Anyways, I am stoked with this purchase. I highly recommended Darn Tough socks!

Have a nice evening! 😀


Wrist Check

"Seikos" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Seikos” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

The other day, Mariko found Koa’s Fitbit Charge in an old backpack. Koa said he didn’t really want it so he gave it to me, and I’ve been wearing it for a couple days. I wasn’t sure how it would feel wearing it on my right wrist since I usually keep a regular watch on my left. But I guess it feels good. The Fitbit Charge is pretty small and light, so I barely notice it.

The photo above is of my two regular watches. The one on the left is my go-to Seiko SKX007 watch and is always kept wound (automatically) since I wear it often. The Seiko SNK809 with the blue striped band is only worn occasionally, which is why the date is wrong. It’s also an automatic watch, which means that it powers up as you move around. However, if it’s not worn/moved for a day, it will run out of power. To start it back up, you just need to shake it a little bit and then you’ll have to set the time, which is quick. Setting the date is a little more involved because you have to set it to yesterday’s day/date, then advance the hands past midnight to flip the day/date and then keep going until you get to the correct time. (If you just set it to today’s date, you won’t be certain if the time is set to AM or PM) Because it takes a while, and because I also know that I won’t be wearing it again for a while, I don’t bother setting the date on that watch And that’s why it shows Tuesday, the 5th in the photo.

I hope you enjoyed that mini-introduction into the wonderful world of automatic watches. 😝


Yuta’s Take on Logan Paul

I have been following the Logan Paul controversy a bit, but didn’t really know who he was or what his videos were about. But one Youtuber that I subscribe to and respect, Yuta, posted his take on Logan Paul, and I have to say he’s spot on. After watching Logan Paul’s other Japan videos, I am kind of pissed off. Logan Paul is an asshole.

Please take a moment to watch Yuta’s video for his perspective.

🚫 Bullying

I don’t know about you, but I felt all kinds of emotions while watching this video.