Book review: Me before you (A review I didn’t want to write)

Honestly: I heard many different things about this book. My friend told me that it was so good and I had seen movie posters of it. Well, I was traveling through Korea the other month and had some Won over and found the book at the airport book store. I got it: Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Here is what the book is about, without spoilers:

Lou is out of a job and desperately needs to be employed again. She is willing to do anything. Her family needs her share of income. So Lou takes the job offer of a caregiver for 35 year old former successful company boss William Traynor who is bound to a wheel chair after a being hit by a motor bike. He has secluded himself and is rather unfriendly to anyone around him. Lou takes it upon herself to make him see that he can still enjoy life.

My opinion (still no spoilers) :

So you guys, I was so addicted to the book. I couldn't put it down. It's real and it's captivating and it addresses issues in life you might even find a bit shocking. But it's true and honest a great read but be warned: it will move you to tears

Why I didn't want to write this review (spoilers from here):

The end was so hard to swallow for me and I couldn't agree with Will's decision to go through with Dignitas. I'm sure many of you guys felt the same, while reading. He found love, he found joy and it was still not enough. I also think, how Lou stated it in the book, that he is selfish. He is hurting a woman that truly loves him and doesn't want to loose him. But I understand his feelings of emptiness and that he could be who he wanted to with Lou and that he couldn't bear it. You might have noticed that he never confessed his love to her, even though he admitted that he cared for her and that that was the reason he couldn't tie her to him. It is a well written, honest and at times hard to read book. I gotta be truthful, I didn't like the ending. It made me sad and my thoughts were lingering long on this book and that's why I didn't want to review it. Because love didn't have a chance in the end. Depression and hurt won, even though there was a chance for his life to change and be better. When our life gets tough, do we just give up just because it's not what we expected it to be?


A Ramen Stadium

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been posting for a while. I was trying to get over my sickness. I’m still a bit ill but hopefully getting better soon. Meanwhile: here is an article I published on the blog Taiken about the Ramen Stadium in Fukuoka. I hope you like Ramen, I wrote lots and lots about it!

The Ramen Stadium in Fukuoka

Coffee and rest

I gotta confess: I’m not a big coffee drinker. I stay away from it mainly because I don’t like the taste and I don’t want it to become a regular part of my life. There are too many things I’m kinda addicted to and coffee shouldn’t start being one of them, haha. 

But the other day I had the whole house to myself, was able to do some laundry, hang it outside and sit with a good book in our guarded and chill. My parents have this good coffee maker so I tried making a latte. It was pretty good!


Valentine’s baking

I baked some cookies for my co-workers a day before valentines and gave them out on the 14th. I hurt my finger, too- don’t ask how. I’m a walking danger zone!!!!

They are different kinda of chocolates and baked goods you can give out on valentines day in Japan. Just the girls give out stuff to the guys. Either to their friends without any special romantic interest behind it. That’s called giri giri choco. And there is that kind that you only give out to the one you are interested in- is called homei choco and is usually hand made or wrapped in a special wrapping. I didn’t give out any homei choco this year- I actually never have. But I like to bless my friends with some cookies, even though my baking isn’t the greatest and the cookies are kind of ugly. I am really not good at baking and one of my friends said I’m getting better at it! *Yay*






Drama: Playful kiss


Weird title… I know! But not that bad of a drama! I’m pretty sure a lot of you guys will totally fall in love with this story! Playful kiss in the Korean version of “it all started with a kiss” and I personally gotta say that I love the actors! Both of the main actors are cute! The male lead is in Boys over flowers too! But let’s get to the story!

Playful kiss revolves around two high shool students whose characters and abilities are as night and day. Baek Seung-Jo is a genius of a student but also cold hearted towards anyone he regards as simple minded. Oh Ha-ni, a warm hearted and clumsy girl who had a crush on him for years makes the firs step and confesses her love to him- just to be rejected right away. She is crushed- but lifted in high spirit again when she and her Dad move in with Seung-Jo and his family. Ha-ni adores Seung-Jo and seems rather unimpressed by his harsh and cold words toward her. She clings on to him despite all difficulties and as soon as Seung-Jo knows it he has developed a deep care for her- and also a desire to share in her adventurous spirit. But he will not easily give in to his rebelling heart that tries to deny the feelings he is discovering.

The actors are great! And I love the main girl! She is really pretty! She is displayed as “not really pretty” in the drama but that is far off! She is adorable!!! The thing I don’t like about this drama is the constant rejection she gets. It drives me nuts! Why does she even bother to win his heart? He is the coldest and cruelest
guy ever! I mean, yeah, he has personal issues and needs to be drawn out of his shell and stuff but even when they get serious- he sill treats her like she is not really important. A guy should treasure and love his girl and not act like she is bothersome or a burden. The guy is supposed to chase after the girl!!!

If you don’t mind that part, go give it a
try! It’s okay if you have another opinion on it! I’m just the romantic type and I don’t like rejection and the feeling of not being worth anything to somebody else. There were defiantly very cute and heart melting scenes in there. Go give it a shot but prepare for Drama and stress ;) not a very relaxing Drama.

My points for this K-drama: 7/10