Friday, December 20, 2019

Yennefer is the Real Star of 'The Witcher' Series

'The Witcher' is finally out on Netflix and I can finally talk about it in detail!!!

I first watched 'The Witcher' a couple of weeks ago through press screeners, but I didn't have anyone to talk to about it. I'm hoping that now that it's out on the app, more people have watched it. I am also hoping that the people who have watched it are fans of the books and/or the games. Coz seriously. I need to geek out about this. If you've seen it, please hit me up!!!

So, as just mentioned, I have been a huge fan of the Witcher books for a while now. And then, a few months ago, somebody forced convinced me to buy the game on Switch - and my life changed forever. What I thought was already pure love for the books turned into an intense passion bordering on obsession and it literally made me turn almost every topic that people would bring up into a Geralt moment. I even thought about getting a WWGD (What Would Geralt Do?) bracelet made, but I don't know where to get that done. If you have leads, please let me know. :p

In the Witcher series, however, my love for Geralt has faded and has instead turned into a love for Yennefer.

Don't get me wrong. I loved Yennefer in the books. I felt like I could relate to her more than to Triss. But when I hit that part in the game where Geralt takes Triss to a masquerade ball (which is like my ultimate favorite type of event in real life), I let my girly feelings take over and chose Triss. My love for Yennefer has come back to the surface through the series, though. In fact, Yennefer totally steals the show for me, and I watch it solely for her.

When I first started watching 'The Witcher', I'll be honest and say I wasn't really 'feeling' it. I felt like too many parts of the book had been left out, no matter how cool the battle scenes were and how much it gave us the gamer feels in the fight scenes and with the scenery.

By Episode 3, however, I found myself clapping and shouting. "YES. THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE," I thought to myself. Yennefer single-handedly - okay, that's not true... she had some help from the striga, which was as spot-on to the book as could be imagined - turned my entire feelings for the show around. EPISODE 3 WAS BAD-ASS.

And from there on out, I found myself looking forward to seeing Yennefer more than seeing Geralt - which is really saying something since I am a Superman-loving straight woman, who used to crush on Henry Cavill real bad.

And it's such a great thing how the female leads in this show don't feel forced. I've seen many shows and movies where I felt like they were trying too hard to portray women as strong to the point where it was too forced. But everything about Yennefer in 'The Witcher' is believable and relatable. And she is just so darned... ergh. I just... I wanna be her.

As mentioned before, I wasn't entirely happy with the show in the beginning. I hated the cast and how they didn't fit any of the descriptions of the books or any of the looks that I had become accustomed to in the game. They even just sorta set Triss aside as a side character, ultimately forcing you to ship Geralt and Yen (though before playing the game, I was on that ship myself).

But if you decide to stop comparing the series to the games and to the books and just enjoy it for what it is, I have to say that it is definitely a good watch. You might struggle to like it in the beginning, as you did with 'Game of Thrones' (come on: we all did!); but I promise you that Episode 3 will change your mind.

And if it doesn't, then I guess we won't be able to geek out together.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Little habits go a long way.

A lot of people have been commenting on how different I've been lately. The resting bitch face has been replaced by a constant genuine smile. The impatience has been replaced by understanding and a helping hand. The anger has been replaced by pure happiness. And the constant feeling of annoyance has been replaced by contentment.

I honestly don't know what it is (kidding - I know exactly what it is :p), but it's like a heavy load has been lifted off of my shoulders. I've made little habits that have apparently gone a long way in terms of my general overall demeanor, and people have been noticing.

Flex ko lang new phone ko. Char.

I wake up everyday (when I'm not groggy on meds) at 6AM, carry my puppy to my daughter's room and wake her up gently and with a smile on my face, no matter how tired I may be from work (or Netflix-binging) the night before. I do my errands when I realize I have errands instead of procrastinating until the last minute. I drink more water than I do coffee. I quit smoking.

I practice breathing exercises when my mom is cranky so I don't add onto the negative vibes in the house. I reach out to workmates when I feel like they need some help. I make it a point to spend more time with my friends instead of locking myself up at home, even if it's just to go out to work together in a coffee shop. And I always ask people how they are at random times because I genuinely want them to know that I care and that I'm here.

Glasses or no glasses?

I also make sure I get enough me time, be it in the form of getting my nails done, getting the perfect bikini wax, or putting on a facial mask before bed. I also make it a point to allot time in my schedule to put away my phone to read or play a bad-ass video game for a few hours just because those are the little things that truly make my geeky self happy.

Check out my beautiful new necklace that reminds me so much of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones'. It was a gift, but you can check them out at @talabykyla on Instagram for more pretty accessories.

Most people automatically assume that I'm "blooming" because I'm in love. And while I have gone on a couple of dates recently (if you can call it that... I don't really 'date', so it's awkward for me to say that), I wouldn't attribute the changes in myself to him specifically.

I basically just made my New Year's resolutions early, consciously making the decision to make changes in my life in order to feel at peace and to improve as a human being. After all, with so many shitty people out there, why add to the negativity, amirite? So from today forward, let it be known that I am the new and improved Angel - Angel 2.0, if you will - with a brighter Instagram feed, an active TikTok account (follow me: @lilmisswonderwoman :p), and a better outlook on life.

What are your New Year's resolutions for 2020?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

You deserve better.

(These are old photos.)

When you're stuck in a bad relationship, your friends will usually tell you that you shouldn't settle for whatever it is that you're in. They will tell you: "You deserve better." And most of the time, you won't believe them. It's hard, after all, to believe that someone whom your current significant other can't even stay loyal to would deserve anything better than exactly that. But I am here to tell you that what your friends are saying is 100% true: you do deserve better.

You deserve to be pursued every day of your life. Don't settle for someone who makes you feel like you're a burden or a mere option in theirs. You deserve someone who makes you feel like they really want to see you - someone who tells you their intentions and makes sure your plans push through when you make plans.

You deserve to fall asleep with a smile on your face every single night because you're in the arms of someone who makes you feel safe. You deserve to keep smiling when you wake up in the middle of the night seeing and hearing them sound asleep on the other side of the bed because they know you like your personal space in bed. You deserve to then wake up in the morning to them smothering you with snuggles and cuddles and light kisses - and not because they're secretly hoping for morning sex, but because they genuinely just appreciate your being next to them.

You deserve someone who listens to your strong opinions and accepts that you don't always agree on everything, and that that's okay. You deserve to spend long road trips that you love in utter silence, taking in the scenery and the music and the moment, without being interrogated about why you're being so quiet. You deserve peaceful mornings, peaceful meals, and a peaceful heart. Always.

You deserve to feel contentment and happiness in ways you have never felt before. You deserve to be snuggled and cuddled when you least expect it. Your hand deserves to be held by one that reassures you and makes you feel secure. You deserve to be part of someone's plans - not just today, but in their future. You deserve to be told that you matter. You deserve to be cared for, loved, and adored. You do. All day everyday.

If they make you feel otherwise, leave. Don't waste your time on a dead end and open yourself up to the possibility that there is someone better out there - the 'better' that you deserve, the 'better' that I have finally found.