Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Want to Join the OPPO Reno Sunset Rose x MAC Workshop This Weekend?

Everybody loves a stunning photo - one that combines great looks, stunning backdrops, and perfect lighting to capture the interplay of art and technology.

Through a partnership with MAC, OPPO sets out to illustrate the artistry and skill of makeup artists and bring them to life with the perfect headshot.

With the vision of showcasing creativity in beauty beyond face value, OPPO is collaborating with cosmetics powerhouse MAC for a beauty workshop to be integrated into the Reno Collective Pop-Up Art Exhibit this August 17-18 at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

This will be the third leg of the pop-up exhibit featuring immersive art installations, with activities and interactive spaces especially dedicated to the Reno Sunset Rose colorway.

At this highly-anticipated workshop, celebrity makeup artists RB Chanco and Sylvina Lopez will doll up several girls from the Reno Collective with MAC, using their creative vision to create looks inspired by the limited edition OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose.

This interactive workshop will allow participants to learn the creative process behind applying makeup from professional artists and use the same techniques to recreate the OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose look using MAC products.

The workshop will be open to the public with limited accommodations of 20 slots, all at a first-come-first-serve basis. Exclusive special treats also await the first 5 in line. If you want to join, simply head to the designated OPPO x MAC booth as soon as the exhibit opens.

After getting glammed up, you will also get to experience a magazine-quality portrait shoot with Miguel Alomajan.

The new Reno Sunset Rose colorway is inspired by the color of white roses meshed with the soft pink hues of the setting sunmaking it a fashionably superb gadget  that combines functionality with style. 

Launched last July, the limited edition OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose is equipped with a 48MP rear camera and 5MP front camera that guarantees picture-perfect portraits, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor for long-lasting performance, and an AMOLED panoramic screen for a vibrant and immersive viewing experience. Aside from the limited edition Sunset Rose colorway, the OPPO Reno also comes in Jet Black and Ocean Green.

Visit the OPPO Reno Collective Pop-Up Art Exhibit and join the exclusive OPPO X M·A·C workshop this August 17 and 19, at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. Workshop starts at 2PM.

The limited edition OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose retails at Php26,990 and is available in 55 select OPPO concept stores nationwide. The OPPO Reno also comes in Jet Black and Ocean Green. To know more about the Reno, visit their website here.

If you're in love, Love Alarm will ring.

Nakakaloka this new Korean drama series that's coming to Netflix this August 22!!!

The premise is pretty simple... If you're in love, Love Alarm will ring. If you're in love, you cannot hide your feelings.

Let's take a moment to pause and reflect on that. What if this app existed in real life? Would you download it? Would you die of embarrassment? How would that work exactly? And it's not just love ha. The alarm will also go off if you're just crushing on someone!!! What if everyone is using it? Would you give in to the peer pressure? I. Can't. Even. Begin. To. Imagineeeee. I would probably just keep beeping non-stop.

That's where smart girl Jojo in the series comes in. While everyone is talking about and using the app to test their love and popularity (high school-me probably would have downloaded it now that I've typed that), Jojo is one of the few exceptions as life itself is an uphill battle for her.

However, Jojo soon faces a love triangle between Sun-oh, whom she is fond of, and Hye-young, who has a huge crush on her.

Watch the trailer here:

Love Alarm is based on a popular Korean webtoon of the same title by Chon Kye-young, whose other works like Unplugged Boy and Audition have a strong following in Korea.

Looking for more K-Dramas to watch? Check out these 6 original titles on Netflix you're sure to love!

6 Original Titles on Netflix K-Drama Fans Will Love

I never really understood the fascination with K-Dramas... until someone literally forced me to watch 'Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo'. That's when I fell down the rabbit hole and became so obsessed, I never looked back. :p

Netflix has been a great help at satiating my thirst for K-Dramas and they have continued to grow their K-Drama library this 2019 with original titles that you can only find on their streaming service (provided you aren't a pirate, that is). Here are some of the original titles that have come out and are coming out this 2019 that you definitely shouldn't miss!

6 Original Titles on Netflix K-Drama Fans Will Love

Svaha: The Sixth Finger

Svaha is a mystery thriller starring Lee Jung-jae and Park Jung-min that revolves around Pastor Park, who is hired to expose a religious cult. He learns of a young girl's murder and starts to connect the dots. An obsession of another young girl by a religious fanatic also builds a mystery that confuses Pastor Park.

Watch the trailer here:

Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff is a drama series starring Lee Jung-jae and Shin Min-ah about the world of political aides who are normally outside the spotlight, portraying them as the real players in politics.

Designated Survivor: 60 Days

Designated Survivor: 60 Days is a Korean adaptation of the American TV series Designated Survivor. It stars Ji Jin-hee, Lee Joon-hyuk, and Heo Joon-ho. The story revolves around a politician who becomes President because everyone in the Cabinet ahead of him dies in an explosion at the National Assembly. During his stint as President, he tries to uncover the truth behind the explosion.

Watch the trailer here:

My First First Love Season 2

My First First Love Season 2 is here, continuing to portray how the five characters grow as young adults. Of course, all five main characters - Jisoo, Jung Chae-yeon, Jinyoung, Kang Tae-oh, and Choi Ri - all return for the second season.

Love Alarm Season 1 (August 22)

Love Alarm Season 1 is finally showing next week, and you'll love the premise of it, I'm sure! Based on a popular Korean webtoon of the same name, Love Alarm features an app that sends out an 'alarm' when someone who has romantic feelings for you is within a 10-meter radius. Can you imagine how that would work in real life? :p

Watch the trailer here:

Vagabond (September 2019)

Vagabond is an action spy drama series starring Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy. The story revolves around stuntman Cha Dal-geon, who gets involved in a plane crash and ends up discovering a national corruption scandal in the process.

Watch the trailer here:

Kim Minyoung, Director of Content in Korea for Netflix, shares that Netflix started adding Korean titles three years ago and they've seen how this has attracted new audiences who are discovering the Netflix viewing experience for their K-Drama viewing.

There's no time like now for K-Drama addicts like me to refresh their Netflix watch-list with this host of new Korean original titles.

What are some of your favorite K-Dramas? Give me a list to watch, please!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

After 2 years, I had another psychotic episode.

It has been almost 2 years since I last felt the pain and strain of having schizophrenia. That seems like a long time. So long, in fact, that I honestly thought I was okay. Healthy. I was off meds. I was no longer visiting my psychiatrist on a regular basis. I had found a person I considered my home. I was in a good place.

And just like that, the inevitable happened: I experienced an intense psychotic episode - so intense that all I wanted was to get away from everyone and everything. I didn't even try to reach out to anyone anymore. I just listened and gave in to the voices in my head, and delved head straight into what I was hoping was the end.

When I woke up, though, I was still breathing in this shit hole of a body with a stomach newly cleared of many delicious painkillers and the same clear thought in my mind: "I want to die."

This, of course, warranted another visit to my psychiatrist, which has resulted in another round of month-long meds in the form of antipsychotics and sleeping pills. I have also been put on an alcohol ban and a *wait for it* casual sex ban. Lol.

Right after my visit to the shrink, I immediately went to my best friend's house. She had been gone for the weekend and had missed this emotional turning point of my life, and I told her everything. She made me ramen. She talked to me. She kept me company. And then she took me to eat samgyup.

It's such a small and trivial thing to some; but I don't remember the last real meal I had, and she readily made me food when I showed up at her house, and then even took me out to eat my comfort food because - and I quote - "you don't eat anymore". People don't usually notice things like that, you know? People don't usually care beyond what happens when I'm around them, you know?

I have once again reached rock bottom in my life, and I'm pretty sure this won't be the last time that I reach this point (this is a real mental illness I'm suffering from, after all); but I am grateful for all of the little things that happened after the episode.

I am grateful for Gizelle, who never gets sick of my broken self (or at least doesn't show that she's sick of it if she is) even when I'm a bitch at work sometimes. I am grateful for my workmates who always check in whenever I post depressing shit on social media. I am grateful for seeing old friends, who serve as reminders of better days.

I am grateful for the strangers who message me and point out the courage I never noticed I have. I am grateful for oppas who help me forget my broken heart, if only for a few moments. I am grateful for Korean food and how it can put a smile on my face in my lowest moments.

I am beyond grateful for my friends who surprisingly share my mental struggles; I never noticed because they seem so strong in their own lives. You give me hope. And lastly, I am grateful that God repeatedly gives me chances to live, no matter how many times I throw myself at Death, practically begging to finally be taken away.

Life is hard. And for me, it never feels like it will ever get better. But somehow, some way, the right people come along at the right time to try and lift me up out of my "funk", as my doctor calls it. The good news (if you can call it that) is that my doctor says I'm not beyond repair. She says I'm still at a better place now than I was when I first visited her. And she says the meds might make things better.

And so, here I am trying to make better choices - conscious choices. Here I am, once again swallowing pill after pill, just waiting for things to get better. Here I am, battling that desire to die and hoping that I'll hold out before God Himself finally gives up on me and lets me go.