When I say range, I mean Song Joongki

Because I’m kinda not yet over My Name is Loh Kiwan, I’mma flex my boy right here. 🙂 I think Song Joongki is one of the best actors of his generation, and his body of work speaks for itself. I also love how he stretches himself at every turn, taking opportunities to work on new characters, new genres, and new directors/actors.

Love this nine-and-a-half minute feature of some of his work available on Netflix*. Check it out! <3

*Some of the shows/films featured might not be available in some territories.

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TVXQ! sings their greatest hits on Killing Voice

So I don’t think I ever posted my boys on here, but now is as good a time as any to share their awesomeness on this space. TVXQ is a duo (formerly quintet) that has been in the KPop industry for 20 years now. Yup, you read that right. Twenty years. Two decades. And putting aside my grudges about SM Entertainment not handling them very well, I’m happy they are still around and still slaying. Very hard.

Last month, they had their duo comeback and 20th anniversary celebration with an album called 20&2, and gifted us with a bunch of new material, including music videos for Down and Rebel, music show performances, as well as an amazing Killing Voice appearance (check out the video above). If you are only getting acquainted with TVXQ now (just like a bunch of YouTube reactors are—we LOVE to see it), this is a very good place to start. 30+ minutes of U-Know Yunho and MAX Changmin singing some of their greatest hits, y’all. It’s enough to make a grown up Cassiopeia cry.

Ask me how many times I’ve seen this, and I’ll say YES.


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#KiligCafe Chats: Book & Coffee Talk with Brij, Chi, and Jay

Last Saturday, Brij, Chi, Jay, and I did a livestream together on the #romanceclass channel. If you’ve been following our activities since the pandemic started, you’d know that we started doing livestreams like this to be able to still get together as a community despite being in community quarantine. We did that for two years, and it was just a refreshing, chaotic experience to be in the room with three other people during this stream!

Our theme for the night was brewing coffee is pretty much like brewing book ideas, and we had a lot of fun chatting about our experiences doing research for the books we wrote, how we handle manuscripts when the ideas are “underextracted” or “overextracted,” and of course, making and tasting coffee!

Watch the stream below:

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When coffee is life

I think I was in junior year in high school when I started drinking coffee—the instant, powdered ones (Nescafe + Coffeemate + brown sugar…you know it), not the fancy, overpriced ones (yet). That was the year when I juggled academics, rehearsing for a dance competition, and writing a play for the drama club, and 24 hours didn’t seem like they were enough.

Coffee has been part of my daily life since then that something feels off with my universe if I spend an entire day without it. There’s been a time I wasn’t allowed to touch coffee for a month because of GERD, but that’s another story. Fast forward to x years later, and this coffee lover is trying to learn the basics.

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When food and kilig go hand-in-hand

*points up* I was one of the guests for #RomanceClass Podcast S5’s 1st episode featuring food and kilig! We had a lot of fun talking about the food we incorporated in our NomCom: Tropetastic Kindness Bundle 2 stories, and also managed to make ourselves (and the audience) hungry in the process, LOL.

If you have been reading a lot of #RomanceClass books, you’ll have noticed how much we love including food in our books. From the popular champorado in Summer Crush and Second Wave Summer to the scandalous biko in Alta: A High Society Romance Anthology, to the scrumptious mangoes in Mango Summer and the many, delicious meals the Aguas family had in If the Dress Fits, food is an inevitable part of our stories. I personally think it makes the characters and places more relatable, more vivid. It also adds an extra layer of interest for me, because I tend to want to try the dishes mentioned in the books (especially if I haven’t had them in a long time, or ever).

What’s a dish you’ve wanted to try or have tried because you’ve read about it in a book?

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