Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MAY/JUNE FAVORITES ♥

My goodness!  It’s July ALREADY? (*cough* the end of July… *cough*)  The merry month of May flew right by.  But now that I look back, it was quite a busy month indeed.  My mum’s birthday, Mother’s Day, May Crowning, First Communions, end of the school year for me as a teacher, many babysitting jobs—I’ve certainly been a busy bee. 

Aaaand, the allergies.  They came, they saw, and they conquered.  One of the reasons why this post is so ridiculously late.

June went by just as quickly.  With Father’s Day, my birthday, girls’ camp, and my Cali trip, the days have just been flying by!  I can’t keep up, but I’ve been having so much fun that I really can’t complain. *^_^*


Alright, enough idle chitchat!  FAVORITES~

Let’s change things up a bit and start this monthly favorites post off with food.  During May I was a bit obsessed with Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos.  These are…amazing.  I love all kinds of spicy food, but I have an issue with the regular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos because those are just spicy and have no flavor other than spicy.  The jalapeño versions are delicious!  I craved sushi for most of June.  Specifically, the yummy crab tempura rolls from Sushi Island here in Eugene.  Yum.

As for drinks, I’ve been very into milk tea!  It’s sweet and refreshing—perfect for summer.  Seldom has a day gone by when I didn’t fix myself up a glass.  There are many different methods and recipes for making this popular Asian treat, so I’ve done a bit of experimenting until I found one that I liked.  As of right now, this is the one! 



MILK TEA

Ingredients
a pot of strong brewed tea
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
a can of evaporated milk, chilled

Directions
1.  Brew your tea according to package instructions.  Make it on the strong side.  Cool to room temperature.  You can use any kind of tea you want!  My favorites are Builder’s and matcha.
2.  Make simple syrup: Stir together sugar and water in a small pot and bring to boiling.   Boil for 5 minutes while stirring and then remove from heat.  Let cool to room temperature.  Syrup will thicken slightly.
3.  For one glass of milk tea: Measure about 2 tablespoons (more or less to suit your taste) of simple syrup into a tall glass.  Add 1 cup of the cooled tea.  Add desired amount of chilled milk.
4.  Enjoy~! ^^

Tips
Add strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, or any other drink/coffee syrup in place of the simple syrup to make flavored milk tea.  You can also add tapioca pearls (you can find these at any Asian grocery) to make bubble tea.


I also have a two beauty products to share with ya’ll this month.  The first is a hair product that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now but never got around to purchasing it.  Needless to say, it’s a fantastic product, and I will definitely be repurchasing this one.  Dream Curls Curl-Perfecting Spray by John Frieda.  I’m not a fan of heavy hair products such as creams or mousse, so I was on the market to find something that would enhance my naturally curly hair without weighing it down.  This stuff is perfection.  One of these days I won’t be lazy, and I’ll take some before and after pics to share with you guys. lol

The second product is a hand cream: Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Essentials Moisturizing Lotion.  Whew, long name.  I had this lying around forever (so long that I’m not even sure if stores still sell it, haha!) and finally decided to start using it about two months ago because I was noticing that my hands were getting quite dry, and my nails were breaking a lot.  I’ve experienced a huge difference with this product.  Because I’m always getting my hands into something and having to wash to them, the lotion hasn’t really helped with my dry hands, but my nails are so much more strong and healthy than they were before.  A product like this is a must-have for people like me who constantly wear nail polish.  Sometimes we forget how much polishes and removers such as acetone strip and expose our nails to damage.  I’ll be buying more of the lotion when I run out!


Song of the month!  Miracles in December [Chinese version] by EXO.  Yes, yes, Christmas in July.  This is a legitimate thing, at least for me.  X’D At this point in the year, I’m already longing for winter and Christmas to be here again.  Don’t mind me.  Hehehe.  Anyway, this gorgeous ballad takes me to the fairy tale land within a snow globe, full of dreams and hopes and memories.

Siiiigh.

But It’s summerrrrrrrr! (obligatory Olaf solo)



Finally, a film favorite for the month of May.  I saw quite a few this time around, so I had to think about it for a second.  Edge of Tomorrow was much better than I expected, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was far worse!  Sorry, Han Geng, your 45 seconds of screen time weren’t enough to redeem such a cheesy, superficial film.

Hands down, my favorite film for May/June is The Amazing Spiderman 2Holy guacamole on a toasted flour tortilla.  AS IF CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 DIDN’T GIVE ME ENOUGH MARVEL UNIVERSE FEELS.  I can’t even with this movie.  Nope.  NOPE.  It was, true to its name, amazing, but I will no doubt go crazy as a result of all these awesome superhero movies. ;__;  I sincerely apologize, but I really can’t say anything else about this without writing a dissertation.  I shall spare you that!



And that’s it for May/June! July Favorites soon to follow, LOL!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

APRIL FAVORITES ♥

Hello, my sweet music notes!  Alleluia to our risen King!  I hope you all have been having a very holy and blessed Easter season.  Mine has been nothing short of beautiful.

I’m going to be honest: I’ve been so distracted lately that I nearly forgot about writing this blog post.  Now that Lent is over and I’m out of school for the summer, I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of things that I can do!  Hahaha.  Sorry this post is a bit later than usual!

Anyway—my favorites for the month of April.  Here we go~!

Let us begin with a film, shall we?  Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Omg you guys.  This movie gave me so many feels.  I can’t even begin to articulate.  I’ll begin by saying that it is a great movie and I really enjoyed it.  So much action!  I was literally on the edge of my seat two or three times.  But I’m just a comic book nerd like that.  If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely GO SEE IT.  LIKE SOON.

I can’t really say much about it without spoilers, but wow, the storyline was quite unexpected.  In a good way, mind you.  I just wasn’t expecting it to be so intense and multi-faceted.

Let’s just say that The Winter Soldier makes me very excited—and curious—about the upcoming Marvel Universe films, particularly Avengers: Age of Ultron.

My music feature for this month goes to three-man Korean band Lunafly, composed of members Sam, Teo, and Yun.  The leader, Sam Carter, is half-Korean, half-British, and has a wonderfully clear voice.  He also plays guitar, as does Yun.  Yun is my bias (favorite member) for this group.  He has a lovely personality, and his voice is so warm and versatile.  He plays keyboards for the group.  Teo is on percussion most of the time.  Most of their stuff is vocal and acoustic, which ya’ll know I really like.



Believe it or not, I didn’t find them from listening to k-pop.  I was actually on YouTube looking for new covers of Pink’s Just Give Me a Reason, which is one of my favorite songs to sing. :-)  All three members of Lunafly speak English (Sam, being British, is fluent; Yun and Teo have pretty good pronunciation for a second language!), and they have many American pop (a-pop? lol) covers on their channel.  Their JGMaR is stunning.  I love it!



I have consumed so much food mostly dessert since Easter!  My food favorites for this month are Japanese candy and snacks, which I have been acquiring in packages from my dear friend, and from my local Asian grocery.  Lots of Almond Crush Pocky!  ♥  But my favorite is a new discovery called Chococones by Japanese snack company Meiji.  So yummy and addicting!  I can easily eat a whole box to myself during a single sitting.

I’m also back to my games!  Been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and I finally made some progress in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.  I got it as a Christmas gift and have only played it once.  That’s ridiculous.  XD  But my favorite game for the past month is Super Mario 64I bought it on the Wii’s Virtual Console.  This game, like many others on the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube, brings back so many fond memories for me.  Things that were tucked away in my heart and mind—brought back to life through a video game controller. 


Wow, so deep, Ashley.


‘Til next month, peeps.  ^_^

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New site features!

I’d like to start off by thanking everyone for 7,000+ pageviewsI’m glad that somebody somewhere out there is enjoying my randomness and is coming back for more.  ♥  I’m happy to have you all!

In an effort to improve the visitor experience of my blog, I’ve added a few new features.




ü  global visitors can translate the content of my blog into their native languages
ü  pageview count is now visible to public
ü  post tags, with links for quick navigation
ü  new page: “Picture of the Week
ü  new page: “Quote of the Week
ü  chatbox

Yes siree, Resonant Song now has its very own chatbox.  I’m especially excited about this new feature and I hope that you all enjoy using it.  You have the option of logging in via Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger, or you may chat as a guest.  Please keep your discussions family-friendly.  I have the power to delete messages!  ;D

Again, thank you all for your support.  I will continue to do my best in providing interesting and entertaining content.  ^_^

…See ya ‘round!