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Monthly Highlights | May 2021

May was a rollercoaster ride, a fairly nice one.


Streaming service(s) might change from the time of writing this post due to the services’ contract with the movie/TV show networks.

Naruto: Shippuden, the series, was getting way too heavy for me, so I figured I’d watch the movies whilst I mentally prepared to continue on with the series. I realized that the movies included spoilers from the episodes I have yet to reach, with major ones being unfortunate events towards special characters who have already paved their way into my heart. I will forever be heartbroken over what happened, but I have also learned to accept that these events had to happen in order to convey a sense of reality and further development of the other characters.

I am grateful to have begun watching Naruto and being a part of their shinobi world. Though it’s only an anime, I have learned so many more life lessons through characters who have never physically existed than anywhere else in my entire lifetime. The creators, illustrators, and voice actors of this anime surely know how to make the characters come to life and feel as if they are a part of who we are and motivate us to go after our goals in life.


I’ve always loved Naruto and Kakashi Sensei’s bond from the very beginning, of course after Naruto and Iruka Sensei’s own. Although I was upset that Kakashi basically abandoned Naruto to personally train Sasuke during the Chunin Exams, I was always hoping that their bond would grow stronger as the series progressed, and I was not disappointed when I saw Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire. I always enjoy seeing the Konoha 11 working together on a mission, and together with Naruto’s will of fire to protect and be there for his loved ones made the movie so much more special.

Maturity Rating: TV-PG • Genre: Shōnen Anime, Action • Original Language: Japanese • Streaming Platform: Netflix


Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower is another favorite, mainly because *spoiler alert* this is where we get to see Naruto informally meet his birth father and team up to defeat the enemy. It is also the first Naruto movie that made me cry, and if you’ve seen it, you’ll probably know why.

Maturity Rating: TV-PG • Genre: Shōnen Anime, Action • Original Language: Japanese • Streaming Platform: Netflix

ザ・ラスト 劇場版NARUTO -ナルト- ー (THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE) (2014)

I honestly can’t stop re-watching The Last: Naruto the Movie. It’s practically the only Naruto arc that focuses on a love story, THE love story between Naruto and Hinata *cue fangirl scream* I’ve always wanted these two to be together, and I was ecstatic that this film focused on their relationship. Hinata is such a sweet soul who has always believed in Naruto, and I’m just so happy that she gets to be with the man who she’s loved her entire life. I’d like to quickly point out a comment I read about their romance because it’s too true and good to go unnoticed (credit to the original commenter): “Hinata fell in love with the weakest boy in class, married the strongest man of all five nations.” The ending had me bawling in tears of happiness, and I wish there would’ve been more scenes where we get to see their love further develop. I know that this movie is called, The Last, but can there be an exception to create one more?

Maturity Rating: TV-PG • Genre: Action, Romance • Original Language: Japanese • Streaming Platform: Unknown

Baekhyun – “Bambi – The 3rd Mini Album” || Taemin – “Advice – The 3rd Mini Album”

Baekhyun and Taemin have enlisted this month. No Baekhyun and Taemin content for almost two years. I can handle it. Maybe. Probably.


But, while they’re taking a break from the limelight, I will be engaging myself with repeats of their third mini album that came out this month, I believe. Upon first listening, I was immediately hooked by their melodies and their soulful voices, which each deserve a *chef’s kiss*.

Right now, my favorite from Baekhyun’s album is Amusement Park. I find the lyrics so sweet, and I’d be smiling while listening to the song. My favorite from Taemin’s album is If I Could Tell You ft. Taeyeon. It’s also another sweet song and one that I personally connect with.

I guess my music taste for their albums focused on the sweet moments of the lyrics this time around.

Digital Software


I’ve heard of OneNote for years but hadn’t used it because I honestly didn’t find it useful, well at least until this past month. I began using this software to keep track of my current design project – primarily for the research phase of the project. I’ve been finding it quite helpful in keeping my notes and ideas organized, as well as looking more pleasant than simply having them done in Word (which is no hate as I do a lot of my other writing on there). I have not utilized its full potential, but so far, I’m loving this digital notebook.



Earlier in the month, I received my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination. I am beyond thankful that I had little to no side effects and that I was able to give my body stronger protection against the virus.

I do understand, as I hope others understand as well, that the vaccine does not translate to being immune from the virus. Fully vaccinated individuals can still get the virus, and can still spread the virus to anyone else. Being vaccinated at least allows our body to prevent the virus from fully taking over and helps to contain the symptoms that are typically expected to arise.

With that being said, I am still going to wear a mask outdoors, especially when I’m in a space that multiple people visit. I will continue wearing a mask until I personally feel safe and comfortable to not wear one, which might take months.

(My experience taking the vaccine) …

On the day of my first dose, I didn’t get any sleep at all, as I was very nervous about any side effects I could get. After eating a good breakfast, and a 30-minute ride to the vaccination site, I was surprised to see many people waiting in line. When I booked an appointment, there was a section to choose my time of appointment, and so I believed that there wouldn’t be that many people around the same section of time.

Apparently, the appointment time didn’t matter.

As I got closer to the actual vaccination building, I saw two other line formations I had to stay in. One was an incredibly long, zig-zag line. After about 30 minutes, my feet reached the platform of the vaccination building. At this point, I was very sleep-deprived, tired, and cold as it was drizzling. I was greeted by whom I assumed were volunteers who asked me general questions about my health and requested to see my appointment confirmation. I then proceeded to enter the building into a room where I was met with another zig-zag line. This one was much shorter and went by quicker.

Finally, after a total of about 50 minutes, I got my injection (didn’t hurt), and waited an extra 30 minutes for observation (I have an allergy, and those with allergies are required to wait an extra 15 minutes). Thankfully, I felt fine throughout the entire observation and was able to head back home.

I began feeling soreness on my vaccinated arm towards the end of my ride home. I took Tylenol after eating dinner to be prepared in case a fever was coming. Over the next 48 hours, the soreness increased for a whole day and decreased by the second day. I had no other side effects, and a fever didn’t appear.

My second vaccination had a whole other story.

I was able to get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast. When I got to the vaccination site, there was barely a line, and I was able to get my vaccine within 10 minutes. The injection, again, was quick, and I didn’t feel anything during my 30-minute observation period.

This time, I took Tylenol after eating lunch just to be on the safe side. During the early evening, I did notice that my injection area was redder than usual, and felt warmer than the rest of my body. I figured it was simply the vaccine, so I wasn’t worried.

The next day, I woke up to excruciating pain on the right side of my neck (the same side as my vaccinated arm). It was extremely difficult for me to turn my head, and I was basically on bed rest the entire day. I actually stopped taking Tylenol after taking it twice, which was a bad idea, as signs of a fever began showing the next night. So, I took the medicine again. The following morning, the pain in my neck decreased, and I was able to move my head better. My fever began slowing down, but I still took my medicine at the appropriate times of the day.

Other side effects I had from the second dose were: morning nausea, tiredness, and an increase in appetite. All of these symptoms thankfully went away by the fourth/fifth day after I got vaccinated.



  • Taking a mini-break;
  • Getting back to designing;
  • Being fully vaccinated;
  • Spending more days outdoors;
  • Staying grounded.

A gratitude list does not have to include major life events (but include them when they do happen). Simple blessings, such as showering with clean water, are overlooked privileges to be grateful for.

Incorporate or reserve at least 10 minutes of your daily routine to write at least three (3) things you are grateful for.

We all need a good reminder to keep our feet on the ground.

“There is magic within all of us.” –Unknown

Keep being inspired and take care always,


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