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My Favorite Things: August 2015

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I’m participating in Eirene and Raisa’s “My Favorite Things” monthly blog linkup again this month, so here are five of my favorite things from July and the beginning of August.

My Favorite Things: A Blog Linkup

Cafes

This month and the last and probably the one before that too, I spent a questionable amount of time and money at cafes—I’m at a cafe right now. This is all despite my indifference towards coffee. Anyway, Tara helped me up my cafe game by introducing me to Good Afternoon, a British tea room.

There we had afternoon tea. It was lovely.

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I also blogged about my love for cafes here: Things I Like 002: Cafes (2012).

Super Junior’s Devil ♥

I like classical music, Korean traditional music, and boy bands. ♥ 10 years after debuting, my favorite boy band is still going strong. In July, they released an album, which of course I bought.

Below is the main music video for the album. If you like cliched action movies, watch it as the MV is fun and basically one cliched movie plot after another crammed into 5 minutes. ^^;

Being Valedictorian

I’m giving the valediction for my graduate school this month (lol wut?!?), which is a bit scary, but if academic street cred. exists, I think this gives me some. For 3 out of 4 semesters, I studied piano on the side and worked full time because I loved piano so much there was honestly no way I would have quit and my job was great too. Anyway, I’m contemplating doing a post of unconventional and perhaps dangerous (to students’ GPAs) academic advice. Interested? Regardless, feel free to check out what I’ve already written:

Mini Favorites

Samsung Laptop

First, there’s my computer. My incredibly portable half-tablet half-not Samsung Smart PC has been amazing. Unfortunately, my beastly Alienware is misbehaving. I’ve run everything (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom) on my little baby without any problems. I never expected this laptop to do such heavy work, but I’m so glad it can. Second, I’ve been listening to Harvard Business Review’s IdeaCast. Normally, I’m a big fan of Freakonomics, but this summer I’ve been loving HBR’s.

Harvard Business Review Press publishes the best thinking in the areas of business strategy, general management, technology, leadership, human resources and innovation. Intelligent business readers turn to us for answers to the questions they face every day, and for the guidance and debate that will have a profound impact on their lives — both personally and professionally.

I’m not a business person, but in the podcast they discuss fascinating things such as being digitally overloaded, employee perception, and social media. Anyone can listen to and enjoy it.

Cancer Research UK

I said that I would feature a different charity each month, so August’s charity is Cancer Research UK. I learned about this organization when Jem mentioned it in a post. Cancer research is obviously important. ^^

I also donated to Doctors Without Borders and, at least, for the rest of the year, I will continue doing so every month. While it’s fun to highlight a random charity, it’s also important to consistently donate. Charities have lots of expenses and in many ways dependable/steady streams of income are much better than random donations. It’s hard to plan ahead when your income is unpredictable.

That’s it for me. What have you been loving this month?

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18 Comments

  • Reply Tara August 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

    HEE! I’m so glad you’re participating in this again! 😀 AND YES FOR CAFEING! It’s fantastic that you love cafes like I do! Let’s explore more of it when we can! Love your photos of Good Afternoon! They came out so pretty! 😀

    And, and, annnnd congratulations on being a valedictorian! That is an amazing accomplishment! So proud of you!

    Also, nice Samsung Smart PCTabletWhatever! I’m so glad you have that since your beastly other thing is being uncooperative :(

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks! And let’s absolutely explore more. Yeah, as soon as I have a decent amount of free time, I’ll be getting my computer fixed (or at least trying to). ^^

  • Reply Michelle August 13, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Is that Super Junior’s new single? YIKESSSSSS, I’m going to go back into my boyband obsession XD

    I love cafes, only been to one, but I hope to go to more one day; and also, that’s awesome! Congrats on being valedictorian!

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you! It is Super Junior’s new single. ^^ I hope you get to visit more cafes soon.

  • Reply Chynna August 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    You’ve had afternoon tea before me, who actually lives in Britain. I find that hilarious, haha. I really want to have afternoon tea, though – but the good ones over here are quite pricey.

    The place you went looks so pretty! And tasty! And ooh, I just want to grab the food out of my screen and munch.

    SJ always know how to make my heart race. Gadh, they still got it~

    I’ve just been loving that it’s my birthday month, haha.

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Haha. I find it funny too. It is a bit pricey, but if you can, you should try it at least once. It’s fun. I

      t’s ironic that they’re Super “Junior” because they’ve been around for so long, but I’m glad that they’re still going! Happy birthday!

  • Reply Trisha August 17, 2015 at 3:53 am

    I really admire how you can juggle between school, piano lessons, and a full-time job! That is no mean feat! I actually hate it when I get assigned to multiple projects at work that both require me to treat them as priorities. Congratulations on being valedictorian! You soooooo deserve it!

    As for cafes, I’ve been longing to do some alone time in cafes in the northern part of the metro (Quezon City). Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with the place and scared to navigate alone since I had one awful experience around the area when my necklace was snatched by IN BROAD DAYLIGHT so I haven’t attempted to go. Hopefully I can do it before I leave. I kinda doubt I can coerce my ex to accompany me and we’ll have some sort of study date (I can write or read a book while he reads cases).

    On another note, I’ve just been told that there’s a possibility that I might leave for New York in the first week of September so South Korea might be a no go for me. I will definitely plan another trip in the future though, even if it means traveling solo! 😀 I’m planning to send you a postcard once I get settled in New York.

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      THANKS! When it comes to productivity, though, I’m not like most people. My juggling of things sounds far more impressive than it should. It’s hard for me to explain this, but doing all of those things at once was, ironically, helpful. I needed to work because if I’d only been going to school I would have gone crazy with boredom. I needed piano as well. My job and piano lessons kept me happy. Basically, I was just trying to have fun and because I was having fun/staying busy I could focus on school work without getting obsessive about it.
      I hope you get to explore some before you leave, but you can also check out the cafes and things in New York!

  • Reply Raisa August 18, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Congratulations on being valedictorian!! That’s so awesome. 😀 And definitely a huge accomplishment with everything else you got going on! You totally earned it. <3 I was valedictorian in high school, so welcome to the club? Haha!

    I'm intrigued by your Samsung Smart PC! I've never heard of that before.

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks! Congrats to you too! ^^
      I really like my PC; it’s useful. It reminds me of the Surface, except it’s not just tablet-y.

  • Reply ariane August 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hi! i just randomly passed by your blog , it is so amazing and super cute!!
    Congrats on being valedictorian! two thumbs up for you :>

    dearchubby.wix.com/marp

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks! Your comment is sweet.

  • Reply Kristine August 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I love this post! For the past few weeks, I’ve been in cafés just studying and sipping on my usual iced lattés. Speaking of tablets, I wish I had gotten a different tablet that ran WINDOWS 10.

    Chantelle, you are AMAZING! Congratulations on your achievement! You always seem to go above and beyond and I admire you so much.

    Just curious, how are your photos always so picture perfect?! What camera do you use?

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you a lot! This comment is really nice! ^^

      I graduated, but ironically, I’ve been in cafes studying a bunch as well. I have an entrance exam in October for more school…

      Most of the pictures in this post were taken with my Canon 60D and a wide angle lens, but I also used my phone.

      Your tablet won’t let you install Windows 10? :(

  • Reply Uglyfish August 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations on being valedictorian! That sounds very exciting, and such an achievement! Good Afternoon looks amazing, and so quaint too. I’ve never heard anything by Super Junior’s Devil so I’m listening now, and I love their video! I’m a big fan of Samsung’s tech – they always seem very capable and usually robust. I miss my old Samsung laptop. Doctors Without Borders is a wonderful charity. I give to Action for Hearing loss and WWF. I’@d like to donate to many more, but I need a better paying job first! Hope you have a wonderful week.

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks for commenting. ^^ Unfortunately, I can’t say that my Samsung laptop is robust because I’ve broken it a few times, but my experience with their customer service has been amazing~ (fixing it within an hour or so for free).

      I’ll have to check out Action for Hearing Loss. I’m not familiar with them.

  • Reply Pauline August 31, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    That cafe looks super duper cute, I’m so jealous! In the UK, we have just your typical starbucks and costa, and some cuter smaller cafes but it seems like in Korea theres a lot of cute cafes – I love cafes too especially in the colder season.

    I also donate to Cancer Research myself and have done some fundraising for them when I volunteered a year ago. Its such a good cause and has helped us move forward, I’m glad you’re donating!

    • Reply Chantelle September 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      That’s funny because I think of the UK as a place full of beautiful afternoon tea spots. ^^ But it is true that there are a nearly unbelievable number of cafes in/around Seoul. It’s almost as if everyone here is cafe crazy.

      Thanks for the comment.

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