I’ve been caught up in another slump as of late, I feel that being in quarantine, these feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and loneliness comes up to me even more and more. I feel that, in a way I am lagging behind everyone that I see on social and that at this point in my life I am somewhat stuck on what my next step would be for my personal growth.
There are a lot of things that I want to do and plan on doing, like taking up another course either in Digital Marketing or in law, enrolling myself in a formal cooking school, getting more active in my business. However, sometimes everything seems so overwhelming that I can’t seem to segregate which task comes in first.
I know that everything now can be possible with just a click of our mouse since it’s all online now, however even though it is the new normal I sometimes wish we can just go back to those days of face to face learning and interacting with our peers. I consider myself a people person and I thrive in personal interactions with peers, for me that’s how I learn best, being exposed to other people, taking note of their ideas, plans and thoughts on various subject matters.
I guess, I’ll just have to reassure myself then that this too shall pass and that I will get over this phase soon. I just have to negate all those negative self-talk induced to myself and just re-strategize my plans with the current set-up and make learning more fun to me once again despite the absence of the personal touch. That said, I would like to start off this week by blogging about one of the K-dramas on Netflix that I have been binge-watching as of late. It’s called Love Alarm, this post is a follow up to my previous write-up on its Season 1, a couple of weeks back.
This is the second installment to their first season on Netflix and only contains 6 episodes a little shorter by 2 episodes as compared to its previous season.
The season opens up four years after the initial launch of the Love Alarm dating app, and four years since we were first introduced to the complicated love triangle of Hwang Sun-Oh (Song Kang), Lee Hye-Yeong (Jung Ga-ram), and Kim Jojo (Kim So-Hyun). Now, Love Alarm got a 2.0 update that allows users to see projections about their potential matches.
Sun-Oh, still wants the closure that was missing from their previous breakup and Hye-Yeong decided to fully pursue Jojo in this season blatantly admitting his feelings towards her even though it may come off as one- sided since she could not ring back his love alarm.
In this day and age, where all of us are quite dependent on our phones and even in choosing our life partners and love matches we sometimes head on to various dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid to find someone that matches our interests and complements our personality. This is the same dilemma that the drama seems to mirror, how people have become so dependent on the apps and on AI to determine the fate of their love lives and how their future with someone would pan out.
Eventually with a couple of roadblocks and plot twists the storyline ended up with everyone getting their share of the pie even though it might not bode well with the popular opinion.
Jojo ended up with Hye-Yong as she finally came to terms with the ghosts of her past and finally accepted her past fully, battle scars and all as she ran the Jeju Marathon where a lot of memories came flooding back in. Sun-Oh got the closure that he wanted, and despite having a broken friendship with his bestfriend Hye-Yong because they loved the same woman, they reassured each other that they would always be there for each other.
The plot also discusses how ones own volition comes into play here, with the installation of the shield in the app which makes JoJo’s feelings obscure to the person that she likes. It actually allowed her to see other people within her vicinity who also took a liking to her and were content on admiring her from the sidelines. Aside from that, I love the character that Yuk-Jo espouses. Fairly independent, a CEO of her own fashion company, passionate in life and in love and until the very end she never got tired of giving chances to the person who holds her heart which was Sun-oh.
I guess, that really is the essence of love, you continuously persist and forgive despite the challenges and setbacks that may come your way.
Of course, binge-watching on these episodes would be no fun without the usual grub. So since, I wanted something easy to munch on and quick to prepare we decided on having the Taiwanese Chicken Poppers from Coocoo House PH.
Here are the ingredients as follows:
- Coocoo House PH’s ready to cook mix
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- canola oil or peanut oil for frying
- 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
- cilantro/ carrot for garnish
Next one is how we prepped it up,
- Pour 1-2 inches of oil into a deep skillet. Preheat over medium heat.
- In another shallow dish, whisk egg, milk, salt and pepper together.
- Make the mixture into small rounded balls
- Toss the rounded balls into into the egg mixture, Make sure you coat the chicken completely.
- Place chicken pieces into hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side. (About 3-4 minutes per side.) Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.
- Transfer to a large bowl and toss with sweet chili sauce. Divide into two equal portions and top with carrot and cilantro. Serve.