The shaman that could not help me

My name is Tae-Wong, and this is my story. There is barely anything extraordinary about my life. Every morning, I wake up, shower, eat my breakfast and go to school. At school, I'm neither a popular kid, nor an outcast. I'm pretty average, tbh. In elementary school, I was popular with a certain type of … Continue reading The shaman that could not help me

The “Kabhi” Connection

I like to get down to the original meaning of things. For example, the Russian word for "thank you", "spasibo", comes from "spasi (tebya) Bog", which means "God save (you)". It's just a short version. In English, we say "bless you", when someone sneezes, or use the longer version "God bless you", depending on the … Continue reading The “Kabhi” Connection

Bromance (Taiwanese drama) costume analysis

Bromance is a Taiwanese drama series released in 2015. It follows a young boy, Pi Ya Nuo, as he becomes sworn brothers with the son of a mafia boss, Du Ze Feng. The only problem is Pi Ya Nuo was actually born a girl and her gender has been kept secret by her parents on … Continue reading Bromance (Taiwanese drama) costume analysis

Two Gong Yoo Dramas, Two Jarringly Different Costume Designs: Part 2

Please be sure to read Part 1. It's about costumes in Coffee Prince. 😉 In Part 2, we analyze another K-drama starring Gong Yoo called Dokkaebi (aka Goblin, aka Guardian: The Lonely and Great God). It's a love story between a 900-year-old Demon and a young woman, merely a mortal, destined to become Demon's Bride. … Continue reading Two Gong Yoo Dramas, Two Jarringly Different Costume Designs: Part 2

Two Gong Yoo Dramas, Two Jarringly Different Costume Designs: Part 1

I watch Korean dramas mostly for their costumes and interior designs. Most of the time, I like what actors are wearing. But there are two shows, both starring Gong Yoo, where the costumes differ significantly: Coffee Prince and Dokkaebi (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God). In all fairness, these dramas are ten years apart: Coffee Prince … Continue reading Two Gong Yoo Dramas, Two Jarringly Different Costume Designs: Part 1

Series B: The Andamans of the Galaxy

Colonel Kuen pressed his forehead against the cool glass of the spacecraft window. Before his gaze, the twinkling fabric of the universe lay bare. Quietly, Colonel let out a half-suppressed sigh. With only five inches of fused quartz separating him from outer space, Colonel peered pensively into the starry abyss. It was a perfect metaphor … Continue reading Series B: The Andamans of the Galaxy

Top 5 songs from Eurovision 2020 (that never happened)

As some of you may know, Eurovision 2020 was cancelled. Everyone was saying Russia was supposed to win this year, and I will dutifully mention their entry in this post, but I don't really like it that much personally. 1. Efendi - Cleopatra - Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 This music video seems to be Katy Perry's Dark … Continue reading Top 5 songs from Eurovision 2020 (that never happened)

All Our Dreams: English-language synopsis

(I've written 14 chapters plus Prologue of this book in Russian so far. I'm planning to finish it and to have it translated into English, perhaps.) Annotation In the future, a group of progressively-minded individuals creates a robot by investing their best talents, dreams and aspirations in a single human-like being. The robot is breathtakingly … Continue reading All Our Dreams: English-language synopsis

Top 7 Dimash Kudaibergen reaction videos

Back in 2015, I went to a singing contest in Vitebsk, Belarus. That was the first time I lay my eyes on Dimash Kudaibergen, an extraordinary singer from Kazakhstan. Fast forward to 2017, Dimash won the "I am Singer" reality show in China and shocked the audience with his S.O.S. song. And now voice coaches, opera … Continue reading Top 7 Dimash Kudaibergen reaction videos

Why “Death Note” is a stunning piece of animated cinematography

You can't study Japanese and avoid hearing about Death Note – arguably, the most popular anime series of all time. So, I decided to give it a shot. For the first couple of episodes, I was bored, to be honest. But once you have detective L. on the set, and the story unfolds, it becomes one of … Continue reading Why “Death Note” is a stunning piece of animated cinematography