Speakeasy, Speak Love by McKelle George

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The title pulled me in, the cover made me interested in it even more.

My first thought was that it will be a novel touching on poems, you know because of the word speak, haha. I thought wrong though. I was not familiar with the word “speakeasy” and never bothered to read the summary of the book before actually reading it, so I was actually looking for something that is in relation to poetry til maybe around half of the book when I decided to research what speakeasy mean. haha.

According to Merriam-Webster, speakeasy (n) is a place where alcoholic drinks were sold illegally in the U.S. during the 1920s.

Not knowing what speakeasy means plus not reading the summary and no prologue nor date indicated made me confused altogether. I thought I was reading a contemporary novel all along when, in fact, it was set in the 1920s. hahaha. This is probably the main reason why I did not enjoy reading the book much. I was confused on the setting of what I was reading half the time.

The way it was written, you’ll never know it’s set in the 1920s unless you are familiar with the word speakeasy, you have read the summary before reading, and except for that one time in the book that a date in the early 1900s was given.

I did like the characters though, when I understood the setting, I appreciated the characters and how they are presented more. It kinda reminds me of Pride and Prejudice, maybe in the sense that the characters are so stubborn in admitting that they have fallen in love. Beatrice and Benedick, Hero and Prince. What I like about the book is the diversity of characters. Benedick’s your dreamer rich white guy. Beatrice is your opinionated, smart, fallen, white girl. Hero is your pampered, curvy, poor, white girl. Prince is your poor Italian guy working hard to survive. Maggie is a black girl whose voice is the sweetest. John is an Italian mafia with a soft heart. And Claude, well Claude is your typical rich guy who likes trying something new but still would choose richness over anything else.┬áThe characters are not typical characters of the 1920s.

I actually did not understand the main focus of the story. Sure, it has something to do with speakeasy of the 1920s or maybe how the Italian mafia works in the US during that period. I did enjoy the bickering of Beatrice and Benedick and because of that I read the novel til the end.

Overall, I didn’t like nor hate the book. It’s just a book good to read if your passing time. It’s not the greatest but it’s an okay book, an interesting one, I guess, since it touched on the concepts of the 1920s that are not much depicted in books. One thing it thought me though, I still have a lot to learn in history.

While You Were Sleeping Korean Drama Review

 

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It’s been a long, long while since I have watched a korean drama, or series for that matter. However, I’ve been really intrigued by When You Were sleeping. I have a love-hate relationship with Suzy, especially with her acting, but when I watched the trailer, I was sold.

I just finished watching the drama and over-all i loved it. It started with a bang. When I watched the first episode I was really thrilled and excited. It’s jam packed and fast-paced. Eventually though, it cooled down and went to the normal pace of korean dramas, but still, the interest is there.

While You Were Sleeping is about Hong Joo (Suzy) and her prophecy dreams. She dreams about the future and had a hard time accepting it until she met Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk), who shortly after meeting her, started having prophecy dreams as well. Completing the trio is Woo Tak, a police officer, who got entangled in the story after being saved by Jae Chan from a car crash. Jae Chan helped Hong Joo, albeit unknowingly, accept her gift and acknowledged the fact that she can try to change her bad dreams but must be prepared to face the changes and repercussions on the flow of time.

While You were Sleeping also showed an improved Suzy for me. Her previous acting was just okay for me, not good, not bad either, although, there are some scenes of hers that I really could not connect and can very much feel that it’s just acting. Probably, her character matches her personality, but I really like what she showed here. Plus the ever brilliance of Lee Jong Suk’s acting, the combi was perfect.

But most of all, what I like with the drama is that the writer knows the story from inside out and presented it to the audience in a manner that the big picture was detailed into small frames, providing room for excitement each episode and a big hug at the end.

While You Were Sleeping is one of the chill, nice dramas. It may not be the best but it definitely won’t disappoint. Plus there’s the second male lead discovery. It’s okay that Woo Tak (Jung Hae In) didn’t end up with Hong Joo (Suzy) because he is mine. hahahha.

To The Boy Across the Globe

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You’re 18, I’m 25
God, if I’m committing a crime, help me, stop me, save me
I don’t know much about love
As i got zero, nada, no experience romantically speaking
But maybe someone could save me, help me, I’m falling.

I don’t know much about love
Only about heartbreaks, and pain, and suffering
And maybe that’s why I’ve avoided it for as much as I can
Never thought one day I’ll be entangled in one

I know the rules about love, that much is pretty etched in my heart
You know, I didn’t spend all my days reading mangas, novels, watching dramas for nothing;
I know we’re not meant to be; we’re not even supposed to be
So i don’t know what I’m doing, why am i falling… for nothing?

It started out with a chat
A “Hey there….What you doing?”
You asked if I had a snap, and I told you I have
“I told you I have” means I don’t have one right now but am willing to download one if that’s the only we could continue to talk

I am app-phobic but you made me search lessons on Snapchat101
We’ve exchanged snaps, and i got now 282
But still I don’t know your name and I’m afraid to ask
I’m afraid to ask your name because then it will get personal
Knowing your name will feel like there will be a chance, a hope, and i don’t wanna go there;
I don’t wanna prepare my heart from falling to the abyss when it is already on the edge of a cliff

A few hours became days and days became weeks
And now we’re red hearts for each other, keeping the fire burining;
We’re time zones apart but we still match as you go about your usual day and I work during the night

I don’t even know how or why it started;
We’re practically strangers and strangers we still are
But somehow you’ve brightened my dull days and made me look forward
to every vibration of my phone for it means you’re now free to talk
I’m feeling foolish feeling the feelings I mock all those years;
But maybe that’s just the way love is, intruding and all-consuming

So to the boy across the globe, and yes you’re just a boy,
I guess I am now on the process of loving you, even when I don’t want to.