My Hobby

By Ally Hi everyone.  Those of you who have chosen to subscribe to my blog have no doubt seen the flurry of activity today.  I needed a distraction from COVID-19 and the like.  This has been a very busy season for me and between learning about COVID-19, keeping my staff and family safe from COVID-19, … Continue reading My Hobby

November 27, 2019 [Family drama] History repeats itself

My Country: The New Age By Ally I love my mother, that’s undeniable. It’s no accident that in all the Themes of the Month I’ve volunteered writing for, she’s mentioned in the majority of them. She’s always had a flare for the dramatic because her tumultuous history begets the drama she bears. She’s the oldest of … Continue reading November 27, 2019 [Family drama] History repeats itself

December 2019: The Year of Romance—My year of K-dramas, 2019 edition

By Ally   Romance is a Bonus Book My brother is getting married at the end of this month. “So what?” You say? He's in his middle age and this is his first marriage, where marrying was something he never intended to do. For reference, I wrote an end-of-the-year piece last year (https://freethekimchi.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/when-you-cant-ignore-life-because-of-kdramas/) that mentioned … Continue reading December 2019: The Year of Romance—My year of K-dramas, 2019 edition

August 29, 2019 [Hey, that’s me] And my dysfunctional family

Life Is Beautiful By Ally I, again, was not going to write this month, but sometimes you don’t get to choose what you do. For me, writing is therapeutic, and I need a boatload of therapy right now. K-dramas are restorative too and sometimes hit more close to home than we realize, and in that proximity, … Continue reading August 29, 2019 [Hey, that’s me] And my dysfunctional family

July 24, 2019 [Villains] Pure evil and the actors who play them

Lookout By Ally “Some people are just evil,” as quoted by my husband–a psychiatrist and the doting, affable counterpart to my awkward aloof self. There’s no traumatic backstory, their family lives are seemingly intact, and you just look at them and wonder what made them that way. This is where he would say that some individuals … Continue reading July 24, 2019 [Villains] Pure evil and the actors who play them

November 26, 2018 [Scene stealers] Well-rounded idols

Circle By Ally I read something on the Beanie wall a couple weeks ago about a friend of a Beanie being really harsh on idol-actors. The friend said something to the effect of, “They should just sing, dance, and entertain in that one capacity. They have no business acting or doing anything outside the very narrow … Continue reading November 26, 2018 [Scene stealers] Well-rounded idols

September 15, 2018 [Trend inspirations] Bad hair today, representation tomorrow

Radio Romance By Ally I’m Asian American. I was born and raised in the U.S. I lived in a town where the minority population was less than two percent. I was one of two Asian kids in my class. One of six in the entire elementary school. I’m also a child of the ’80s, with the … Continue reading September 15, 2018 [Trend inspirations] Bad hair today, representation tomorrow

May 21, 2018 [Dramas and Food] And then there was Let’s Eat 2

By Ally I have a huge confession to make. Historically, I have not enjoyed eating. Not in an I-have-an-eating-disorder-way or anything, but some people just eat to live, while others live to eat. I was the toddler that my parents had to chase around the house to eat, the last child at the table because I … Continue reading May 21, 2018 [Dramas and Food] And then there was Let’s Eat 2

April 12, 2018 [Drama-induced shopping] Three times one drama influenced how I spent my hard-earned cash

The Lonely Shining Goblin By Ally When this monthly theme was introduced, I had no problem finding something to write about. I am the person advertisers advertise to: a stable income with control of that income, somewhat materialistic (although I really try not to be—I just like nice things!) and persuadable. However, I was really unaware … Continue reading April 12, 2018 [Drama-induced shopping] Three times one drama influenced how I spent my hard-earned cash