“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  – Bob Marley (via BrainyQuote)

While I believe that nothing can beat classical music, I will not shun from listening to other genres, even though Mozart is the only composer who can chase away a migraine and give me writing inspiration.  Sometimes, however, you just want to listen to other types of music because your go-to genre cannot always represent how you feel.

Edit (as of 01/01/2017): Despite my mini-hiatus, I was still very obsessed with exploring new music; here is my updated music list, so please enjoy!


Below are a few of my favorite songs, separated by genre.



  • 殊途” (Different Ways) – S.H.E. (2016; Chinese Paladin 5 OST)
  • 成全” (Gratify) – Janice Yan (2016; Chinese Paladin 5 OST)
  • 不該” (Shouldn’t Be) – Jay Chou x aMEI (2016; Jay Chou’s Bedtime Stories)





  • La vie en rose” – Édith Piaf (1940; La vie en rose)
  • Sur ma route” – Black M (2014; Les yeux plus gros que le monde)




  • Suerte” – Shakira (2001; Laundry Service)
  • Limón y Sal” – Julieta Venegas (2006; Limón y Sal)
  • El Perdedor” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís (2013; Sex and Love)
  • El Perdón” – Nicky Jam ft. Enrique Iglesias (2015)

New Age


  • Take on Me” – A-ha (1984; Hunting High and Low)
  • Primadonna” – Marina and the Diamonds (2012; Electra Heart)
  • Blue” – Marina and the Diamonds (2015; Froot)
  • Sorry” – Justin Bieber (2015; Purpose)



  • Hey Jude” – The Beatles (1968; 1967-1970/ Hey Jude)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen (1975; A Night at the Opera)
  • In the End” –  Black Veil Brides (2013; Wretched and Divine; The Story of the Wild Ones)


While there are songs in languages that I do not understand, I still listen to them because language should not be a deterrent that prevents you from enjoying an addicting melody or beat.  French and Chinese music also use words that are specific to their language that cannot be translated, and when used, they create a beautiful story that us foreigners have yet to explore.

Also, while classical music is the best genre, I will not deny myself anything from the 80s, as strange as it sounds.  The 80s is special because you can play any song from this period and it will get you into a party mood.  I guess people who lived through the 80s truly understood what it meant to have a good time because I know I would have if I heard Wham! singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” live.


the girl who wants you to listen to Mozart and A-ha



“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen.  The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin (via goodreads)

Last year, I had a page with a list of books that I love, am reading, and am planning on reading.  I noticed that there was some interest on that list, so to help any bibliophile expand his/her extensive collection of books, I have updated and put together a new list of books, sort of like Oprah’s Book Club.

Edit (as of 01/01/2017): Thanks to my break, I have been able to update and add to my book list, so please enjoy!


All-time favorites

  • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (1475; Middle English)
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1603; Early modern English)
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • Hermann Hesse, Demian (1919; Translation from German)
  • Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929)
  • Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie (1997)
  • Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me (2014)

Current reads

  • Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924; Translation from German)
  • H. Lawrence, Women in Love (1920)

Future reads

  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605; Translation from Spanish)
  • Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1959)


While I am not pretentious, I am a huge supporter of reading books in their original form.  For example, The Canterbury Tales is best appreciated in the way Geoffrey Chaucer wrote it in.  I know that Middle English is hard to understand; I took a semi-extensive course on Chaucer’s work, and I felt like I was learning a new language from mixing Latin, German, French, and a cruder form of English.  However, it was worth it because I was able to formulate my own conclusions, rather than absorbing the translator’s unintended biases.

Words have different meanings depending on the definition and understanding that you have, so it becomes an exciting experience to take such pieces.  That being said, I wish to read Don Quixote, but my Spanish is nowhere as nuanced as a Spanish major or a native speaker.  Maybe in the near future, however, I will be able to understand and appreciate Miguel de Cervantes’ words fully.


the girl who may have bitten off more than she can chew

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