My Thoughts on ‘Solomon’s Perjury’

Solomons Perjury (2016-2017)

Cast: Kim Hyun-soo, Jang Dong-yoon, Seo Ji-hoon, Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-joo

Director: Kang Il-soo

No. of episodes: 12

Synopsis: After a student of an elite South Korean high school has been found dead on the school premise, the cause of death is widely believed to be suicide by teachers, and police detectives as they try to sweep the situation under the rug fearing for the reputation of the school. However, students become restless as a letter appears claiming it was not a case of suicide, but rather murder. Upset with the adults for ignoring their requests and belittling them the students take it into their own hands to find out the truth by holding a school trial. The story is based off of the Japanese novel of the same name by Miyuki Miyabe.

Review

The world of Korean dramas is generally dominated by romantic dramas, which is nothing bad but can get rather boring and arduous watching the same plot over and over again but within different characters – such as ‘rich guy and poor girl’ and ‘bad boy and good girl’. These dramas are not bad, I actually enjoy watching these types of dramas. However, it is very satisfying when a drama does show up that is not based solely on romance, but instead focuses on society where teenagers are generally looked down upon for ‘not understanding’ and an education system that only cares about saving face. Solomon’s Perjury does all this through the story of each character who plays a significant role in the trial in regards to finding out the death of the student.

The series shifts between the present and the past which also forces the viewer to attempt to fill in the gaps on what happened that snowy Christmas night which lead to Lee So-woo’s death. Throughout the series I found it interesting that the classmates within that school were not interested in what actually lead to his death, but rather if it was a case of murder or simply suicide. Truthfully no one in the school really cared about Lee Soo-woo as a person, he was someone in school who was just part of the background to all students – he was not handsome, he was not rich, and he was not smart. Therefore, in high school he was considered irrelevant by his peers. The only time he was ever truly considered as an actual person would be his infamous fight with the notorious school bully Choi Woo-hyuk (also the number one suspect to his death) which lead to Lee Soo-woo’s expulsion, despite the students who witnessed the fight it being Woo-hyuk who was at fault – beating the boy almost to the point of death.

That is when the series starts to pull apart at the first criticism present with society and is notorious in high school that being silence or specifically the inability to speak up. Despite Choi Woo-hyuk being known by many of the students amongst the school as a bully who enjoys inflicting pain on the students no one ever speaks up about it to a higher authority. In addition, when the school called upon for witnesses to report what exactly went down between the two students no one spoke up. Was this due to fear? Fear from what? Fear from Choi Woo-hyuk finding out or fear from being labelled a tattle tale from the other students. Of course from silence rumours are born and from those rumours are false accusations. The series does this in a way that causes the viewer to think, as silence is such a normal thing in our society, especially in school where students refuse to converse with teachers but are more than happy to share stories and embelish them with their friends. This of course leads to chaos and a skewed perception of certain incidents. 

That is when the second criticism presents itself – corruption. The school board committee from the outside seems like its operations are working in the best intentions of their students. They did this by hastily holding counselling sessions for students and even having a funeral service for Lee Soo-woo with the student body present. However, all of that was simply a decoy created by the committee to hide the wrong-doings of the school, especially to Lee Soo-woo who they viewed as a threat, someone who prior to his death was challenging the power of the school. Of course, after the death of Lee Soo-woo the school went hard to silence any thoughts regarding the nature of Lee Soo-woo’s death especially those who questioned whether or not it really was a case of suicide. The teachers then begin to oppress their students of any such thoughts as way of forcing them to forget the incident. However, when the higher forces attempt to oppress those below them a rebellion is born. The rebellion in this case is in the form of a school trial, which does more than uncover what truly happened to Lee Soo-woo, but the secrets of the school and of various students are revealed as well these include the the defence counsel, the defendant Choi Woo-hyuk and of those in the prosecution. The show showcases to the audiences what happens when those question the system and atttempt to rise above from it and form their own decisions free from the punishment from higher forces. 

I honestly enjoyed this drama very much and I think that it should gain more recognition from more people. I highly recommend that people watch this drama as it is quite thought provoking and made me look back on my school experiences throughout high school, and the various sneaky operations of my school (my school wasn’t like the one predicted in this drama, but there were certain situations created by the school that were bothersome to most students). The series is available on Netflix with all tweleve episodes and it is honeslty a hidden gem to watch.

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It has been a hot minute since the last time that I have wrote a review on a film or tv series and it is actually very refreshing. Anyway I have finally finished my last exam, and am free from high school and can finally dedicate all my efforts to my blog. I was actually going to write a post about my current skincare routine and how I got rid of my acne scars, but it is literally so hot in Melbourne (35 degrees today) that I just couldn’t will myself to do it. However, I will get down to writing it soon along with a video. Regardless I hope you guys enjoyed my post and please tell me if you have seen this drama series and what your thougths were.

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ANOTHER SOUP RECIPE

Hello my lovelies,

Long time no see! I have seriously missed you guys so much so, I decided to take a break from studying to share with you all this recipe for mixed vegetable soup with noodles. Despite it being spring here in Australia, I managed to catch a cold…most likely because I was studying too hard and stressing myself out too much. I guess I don’t mind being sick if that means I get soup all day, so I can’t complain. This recipe is kind of one those eyeball recipes, so I didn’t really measure out the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 an onion (red or brown)
  • 1 whole broccoli
  • 1 whole medium-sized carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • Handful of green beans (haricot verts)
  • 1 tbsp of oil (any oil will do)
  • Water (enough to cover the vegetables)
  • Half a handful of spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp of veggie stock powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of rice flour (pretty much you can use any flour as a thickener)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method 

  1. Cut your veggies into bite sized pieces, I personally like to vary the different shapes of the vegetables
  2. Turn your stove on medium heat and place a medium-sized pot over and add the oil. Wait for the pot to heat up slightly
  3. Add the onions just to release some of the fragrance
  4. Once it starts to lightly brown add in the broccoli, carrot, and green beans and stir it around for a while till the colour starts to brighten
  5. After a couple of minutes add in the zucchini
  6. Once the vegetables have turned a brighter colour, add water into the pot. You want to put enough water in so that all the vegetables are submerged. Also add in the spaghetti and veggie stock and stir to disperse the veggie stock evenly.
  7. Leave the lid half on the pot and leave the soup to simmer.
  8. Once the soup starts simmering add the rice flour to add as a thickener, and stir the pot until the flour dissolves. By this point add in some more water because the spaghetti will absorb a fair bit of water. I didn’t add in extra water and my soup lacked a lot of liquid.
  9. Add salt and pepper and leave to simmer with the lid half on for about ten minutes or at least when the veggies are all cooked.

That is pretty much the recipe right there. You can either choose to have the soup on its own or I had it with some baguette because carbs are friends. Hope you guys will try out this recipe and if you do please share with me your thoughts.

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TheMakeupDumpling

Serious Life Update

Hello my lovelies,

I’m not going to lie it feels really weird jumping back on to this platform and chatting with you all. This post is being made pretty much to sum up as to why I have been absent from my blog and the future of my blog.

So, if you guys do not know I am currently in my final year of high school and my VCE exams (similar to SATs) are coming up in less than two months. This means I have been frantically studying trying to prepare for these exams which will dictate the path my life will follow after high school. As a result, it is safe to say that I have been freaking out and have had no time for anything else and that means my blog. Honestly, the days just seem to pass by me in a strange hazy blur.

It really does pain me that I have not been able to talk to you guys and share with you all my favorite beauty and cosmetic products. Because I really do enjoy talking to you guys in the comments section below, it just makes me so happy to know that there is people out there who enjoy reading my posts and share my passion for makeup and beauty.

Now that I have finished my explanation for my recent inactivity, I am excited to share with you all my plans for the future with this blog and life. As soon as my exams finish I will have about a four-month gap between then and university and in that four month gap I have a lot of things planned. First off I will be doing a lot of travelling not just in Australia but also overseas. I will going down to Apollo Bay in Australia which is a popular travel destination in Australia and overseas I will be going to Singapore and the Philippines. I plan to document my travels there and share with you all not just on this blog but also on my YouTube channel, so please stay tuned for that. In addition, I plan to do a massive empties/favorites of 2017 post and video because I have tried out a mix of different products.

That is it, I hope I have answered some questions for you guys who have been wondering about where I have disappeared off to. I will see you all soon!

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TheMakeupDumpling

Taste Testing Filipino Snacks

Hello everybody,

My Mum just came from the Philippines today, so that means she brought back some native snacks! As a result, today I’m going to be tasting these snacks with you all and sharing my reaction.

Boy Bawang Cornick

To be honest with you guys I wasn’t really a big fan of these. They packed a lot of flavour, but i just wasn’t into them. i doubt it was because of the strong garlic flavour because I’m a big fan of garlic. I would say that these ball shaped crackers are the perfect bar food they would hand in hand with beer though.

Banana Cracker

I was really surprised by these because I honestly expected them to taste sweet, because of the banana chips you get here in the west are sweet. However, they weren’t sweet, they  were largely plain with a small hint of salt. Despite, the plain taste I found that i just couldn’t stop eating these, they were actually pretty addictive.

Jack n Jill Chiz Curls

I would dub these as perfect movie food because they didn’t make that loud crunch like most chips do. They were soft and dissolved in your mouth as soon you bite them. The cheese flavour was quite unique it was milder than Cheeto’s but had more kick to it than Twistie’s.

Gene’s Otap de Cebu

This was a hard flaky pastry with sugar coating the top. I personally liked it and thought it was a great little snack, as it wasn’t too sweet. The only negative I had to give was that due to the flaky pastry it is a rather messy food to eat.

Cebu Dried Mangoes

Normal mangoes are amazing, so of course dried mangoes would be just as amazing. I would say that dried mangoes would be a great alternative to lollies, as they have the same sweetness and chewing power (I did not know how to word that).

Jack n Jill Chippy BBQ

The texture of these reminded me of Grain Waves but they were thicker. I wasn’t a big fan of these either, the flavour was almost like the garlic balls. Again I would probably pin this under the bar food category, as I can imagine it would go great washed down with beer.

Lady’s Choice Peanut Butter

Compared to normal peanut butter, I would say that this peanut butter is thicker making it harder to swallow. However, it is smoother too, with more of a peanut taste as it is not masked by an obscene amount of sugar.

Also guys if you would like to know who the Giveaway winner was I would suggest you check out the YouTube version of this article which I have linked down below.

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TheMakeupDumpling

Earring Collection

 Today I’m going to be sharing with you all my earring collection in hopes of inspiring you all fashion wise. I am doing this because I always felt inspired after seeing other bloggers share their clothing/accessories collection whether it be handbags, shoes, or earrings. Most of these products were purchased from Lovisa. Honestly, if you want to get a great bargain when purchasing earrings or any other type of jewellery go when they have sales such as ‘5 for $10’ or ‘3 for $25’.

  • Pom Pom Earrings

These pom pom earrings have become a favourite piece in my collection. They are just the cutest things ever which add a certain flair to any outfit. Not only are they eye catching but they are a great conversation starter with others.

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  • Silver Geometric Earrings #1

For someone who despises maths, I have a strange fascination with geometric earrings. I especially love them when shapes overlap each other. I feel that by doing this it gives the face and an outfit more dimension and substance.

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  • Hoop Earrings #1

Honestly hoop earrings are an essential in my opinion for everyone out there. Hoop earrings are a classic fashion piece, which I believe are timeless. To me hoop earrings symbolise being fierce, sassy, and confident. Hoop earrings make any outfit more strong and bold.

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  • Hoop Earrings #2

If you’re like me and have an unhealthy obsession with hoop earrings, then you most likely have pairs with different textures and designs.

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  • Coin-inspired Earrings

If one has a plain outfit and would like to spice it up a little bit, I would actually suggest that one puts on a pair of earrings which are intricate in detail.

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  • Twirl Earrings

These earrings I wear to formal events when I want to look cute and simple. They are a very dainty pair so one needs to handle with care.

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  • Drop Earrings

These earrings are one of my favourites, but they are the most frustrating to put on. This is because the backing is super long and thicker than a normal one, as a result it is difficult to push through and does feel uncomfortable at times.

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  • Holographic Studs

These studs I bought to give my ears a break from large statement earrings.

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  • Silver Geometric Earrings #2

Again since I love geometric earrings, I had to own more than one pair.

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  • Studs with Thread Backing

These are just normal studs with a thread backing. They are great for casual outfits and wear.

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  • Small Hoop Earrings

One needs to hoop earrings of all shapes and sizes, so I have small ones.

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That’s the end of my post, I hope you guys enjoyed reading. As usual i have linked my YouTube video version for you all to check out. Please drop your thoughts in the comments section and I’ll see you all soon.

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TheMakeupDumpling

Van Gogh: Four Seasons Collection

Today as part of my French cultural unit at school I got to go on a school trip to the National Gallery  of Victoria (NGV) in order to see Van Gogh’s Four Seasons Collection. The whole purpose of this collection was to focus on not only Van Gogh’s famous works which he is known for (Starry Night, Sunflowers), but his earlier works and the works that inspired himself. The theme of the collection were the four seasons of winter, summer, spring, and autumn which together symbolised the circle of life.


I thought it was amazing to see that Van Gogh was inspired not only by other western and European artists but eastern and Japanese artists. Van Gogh based many of his later works off of Japanese woodblock prints which focuses not on depth but on emphasising lines. I further enjoyed the evolution of Van Gogh’s works from the grey and dull drawings and paintings to the then more vibrant and colourful paintings with colours that stand out and contrast each other.


The only downside at visiting his exhibition was that there was a lot of people and that meant a lot of pushing and shoving and being unable to see most of the work. Aside from that it was truly beautiful and I am so lucky to have visited the exhibition. 

Furthermore, what I love about the NGV is that they have some exhibitions on display for FREE! Which is great if you wanna pop by and just have look at some art.

Being a French Exchange Student

Hello my lovelies,

Today I’m going to be sharing with you my experiences of being a French exchange student. Back in 2014 I was an exchange student in Bordeaux, France for about one month. So, I want to share with you the comparisons between France and Australia and things you should take note of before going there.

School hours

Be prepared for long hours at French school! In Australia, school starts at 9 in the morning and finishes at 3 in the afternoon everyday. This obviously differs in year 12 when students get free periods, and they can leave school earlier.

In France school starts at 8 in the morning and can finish at either 12, 4, or 5 in the afternoon. This really ruined my system when I was there because I had to adjust to a different flow, and I found myself being very fatigued throughout the whole day. However, after a week I did manage to adjust to the flow and new schedule.

Policies

One of the main things that shocked me in French school was the fact that smoking was legal, as long as it was outside of the school gate. It was so strange to see all the French students congregate outside of the school and light up a cigarette. This is because in Australia smoking on or anywhere near school premises is the biggest ‘no, no’.

Lunch time

In Australian schools you get around an hour off for lunch and you can either have a packed lunch from home or you can buy something from the canteen. What I hate about Australian is the fact that we are not allowed to eat inside. It’s frustrating during the winter because no one wants to stand outside in the cold and eat their food.

In France students eat indoors in the cafeteria, and they have a hot lunch. They have a ‘plat principle’ which is a main meal, they then can choose from cheese, fruit, yogurt, and a dessert.

Uniform 

In France students do not need to wear a uniform to school and are allowed to wear free dress. This differs from Australia, as in Australia you have to wear a school uniform. I wasn’t really nervous when it came to wearing free dress in France…in fact I was thankful. Let me rant a little, I hate school uniforms in Australia. They are expensive, not comfortable, and are made of the worst material. Personally, I liked wearing my own clothes which I feel comfortable in.

That’s all the comparisons I can think of, and I hope you enjoyed reading this.

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TheMakeupDumpling