airplanes

Airplanes and Sky

8:00 AM

Remember when I talked about big travel things that I was going to do this summer? THE TIME. HAS. COME.

IT IS HERE.

YAY.



As you can probably tell, I'm just a little excited. Me and my family are headed to Taiwan this summer for my uncle's wedding and since plane trips aren't really a regular thing for us, it'll be awesome. 

If you know me even a little bit, you know that I love traveling and gosh I'm just so excited to be able to be in and see another culture for a little while. *happy dance*

Another reason I'm writing this is to tell you about how I get ready for major trips and whatever little tips I use to make traveling easier. Maybe they'll help you in a future trip. ^^





Any trip needs music, but especially one where there are multiple long layovers and a hugely long flight over the Pacific Ocean. I've been updating the music on my phone (music helps me sleep so much better too), which is fun and boring at the same time.

I'm a big K-pop fan so that's what a lot of the music on there is right now, but I'm also planning on adding some of my favorite good ol' American songs. 


Because of the looong layovers I mentioned above, I think I'm going to read a lot. :) I'm not doing the whole paperback/hardcover/real book thing this time, because 1) they take up too much room and 2) I want them to stay in perfect condition. I'm a bookworm, I will protect my books ;)

SO I'm stocking my Kindle up with reads. I don't have the money to buy new YA right now but I'm going to get some older books I want to read or track down some deals on YA in blog posts OR author Facebook pages.

These are the books I'm planning on getting:

     

(The Emperor's Edge Collection Bks. 1-3 by Lindsey Buroker [99 cents] & The Cage by Megan Shepherd [$1.99])



Taiwan is hot. Really hot. Humidly hot. That explains all the shorts and tank tops I will have crammed in my carry-on (and that's good on another level because those things take up waaay less space). 

I'm packing a dressy outfit (dress + heels) for the wedding and a less-dressy-but-still-kinda-dressy outfit just in case I need emergency "nice" clothes.

For the actual traveling, I'm gonna be dressed for maximum comfort. Traveling 12+ hours (sometimes all in one big chunk, which is what happens when you travel halfway across the world) is not fun. I'll be wearing leggings + tank top + hoodie (airplanes are cold) + comfortable shoes. 



Packing is always hard, and stressful, because first of all you have to pack everything you need in a little suitcase. Second of all, you have to pack EVERYTHING YOU NEED which means not forgetting important things like a toothbrush or maybe you know a phone charger. 

I'm pretty sure my mom and sister have re-packed their stuff at least two times each. 


So... how to pack? Make a packing list that you can check stuff off of and use when you come back to make sure you didn't forget anything in Europe. Roll your clothes. It uses like half the space. Yes, even your pants. 

Travel-sized stuff really comes in handy. You only have a a quart-size plastic bag in which you can only put liquids, gels, and aerosols 3.4 ounces or less. TRAVEL SIZE. Pack things like lotion (airplane air is dry as heck), hand sanitizer, etc.

my stuffs


>>> I wouldn't recommend wearing contacts when you're traveling by plane. Especially if your eyes get dry really easily, airplane air is super cold and dry. Not ideal.

>>> Having your own travel pillow is gonna be way better than anything airlines give you.

>>> Take an empty water bottle! You can't take one full with any drinks but you can use this to get water from fountains in between security and not die of dehydration.

>>> My favorite personal item (you can take a carry-on luggage + personal item) to use is a big purse. It can carry a lot, but it still fits size limits. Also, if you don't want to use a huge bag the whole trip, you can pack a small purse inside it.



Do you have any fun travel plans this summer? TELL ME ALL THINGS. I'm also still adding music to my phone so I would love any song recs.

Happy traveling!

assassins

Review // Death Sworn

1:26 PM


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I have been wanting to read this forever, EVEN HAD IT ON MY KINDLE, and just now read it. I feel so bad because this book was pretty friggin good. 



WHAT IS THIS:
When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.
But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world. 


(pros) 

I gotta tell you, the expectations for a book about assassins who live in caves and that also includes some magic are very high. It didn't fail me.


I liked it a lot. 

The premise itself is pretty unique. How many books have you heard of that are based around a society of assassins who have a home base underground in a complicated cave system? I haven't heard of any others and it's SUPER COOL. 

Also, assassin power plus sorcerer power? Yes, please. 

That, and the fact that the reader is just dropped abruptly into a story that's already in process without any explanation. There weren't any wordy explanations or paragraphs-long backstory. I had to piece Ileni's background story together as I was trying to understand the story happening right then. It's a method that could be easily messed up but I feel like the author did a great job with it. 

The plot was super intricate, intertwined, complex.... everybody was connected to everybody was connected to everything. There were so many connections that I didn't see coming that blew my mind. 




I loved the way the assassin characters were written too. The author made them seem human and yet have a big part of themselves that wasn't. Moments when they were the remorseless, soulless people you would expect them to be. It was scary to see that in them but done so well. 

Lastly, Ileni was a fantastic main character. She was bold and brave, yet human. She was still a little snooty from her sorcerer days and yet open to learning new things. She was smart and reacted to her situation like I imagine any sane person would--trying to predict if bad things would happen and being prepared if they did. (Which, is it just me, or is that completely lacking in so many YA books. JUST BE SMART CHILDREN.)

It was refreshing. 

OH. I almost forgot. Can we celebrate the fact that the love interest is actually younger than Ileni??? This never happens. It needs to happen more because diversity is realistic. And it needs to happen.

I rest my case. 


(cons)

I'm going to be slightly repetitive. I'm going to say it again. Honestly, the romance. 

I did like it overall, don't get me wrong. I liked both of the characters involved. I don't know how it could've be improved but it had so many elements of romances that have already been done. Hot and heavy isn't my thing and it's been done so many times that honestly I'm a little tired of it. 

And did I say Ileni was smart? She was in every instance EXCEPT THE ROMANCE.

She paid way too much attention to the love interest and way too little attention to her assassin students (being multiple you see) which was completely not smart in her situation. Because you know assassins are dangerous. 


That brings me to the point that: the whole reason this book starts is because Ileni's been sent to teach young assassins magic. So why isn't there more focus on the actual students and the teaching of them?? I was looking forward to those scenes so much and they didn't even happen that much. I feel like it was neglected and shouldn't have been. 


MY RATING:
(I really liked it)


Disclaimer: I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. All opinions or thoughts expressed are my own. 

life

HI E'ERBODY

11:52 AM

I'm baaaack. WOOP. Actually, I've been done with school for a week but I've still stayed busy with moving out of my apartment for the summer, trying to fit all my stuff back into my parents' house (impossible. it's impossible. we have like three couches and a bed in our living room), and getting some much-needed R&R. 


But never fear, I'm going to be blogging regularly again. I'm super sorry for the rocky blogging since I started college. I still need to figure out a rhythm and a niche that suits my new busier schedule I guess :(  (I'm super happy with how long I was able to blog pretty regularly throughout this semester though)

Again, regular posts are coming... this is just a HEY LOOK I'M ALIVE AND IT'S SUMMER.



It's a wonder I'm still alive with all the amazing Kpop music videos that have been released one. after. the other. Like um yes, I do enjoy watching Hoshi performing with his serious face thank you. 

So, that's it I guess. I'm sitting here contentedly, writing this post, rocking a totally uncoordinated outfit (plaid + stripes. don't do this at home kids), and it feels nice. 

P.S. I had a dentist's appointment the other day and on that day my lovely parents accidentally left my car boxed in the driveway by a car that I do not happen to have the keys to and I had to expertly maneuver in my car that cannot turn sharply and drive through the neighbor's hilly yard, out their driveway, and get to my appointment just on time. Such skill, much awesome. ;)

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