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22 May 2019 @ 06:56 am
Sometimes you just need to take a breather.  
There's been a lot of negativity lately, from things in the news to just various places online. So, in hopes to combat that for just a little bit, here are a couple of YouTube recommendations that are calming/soothing/interesting/non-serious that can probably help take some stress off.

Li Ziqi – I randomly stumbled upon her channel recently, and I've been addicted to it ever since. Li Ziqi is a young woman from China who makes videos usually surrounding preparing/cooking food and handiwork that all relates to traditional Chinese techniques. She primarily posts on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent to YouTube) where she is quite popular, and has since gained more popularity due to her videos being transferred/reuploaded onto her official YouTube channel for a wider audience. Watching her videos is not only relaxing, but it's also inspiring and educational as well. While everything is purposefully filmed stylistically, her videos are still a beautiful work of art, especially just seeing her doing all the stuff she does and knowing how much hard work it is to plan these videos out in advance. Based on what I've read from translations people have provided and such, she has lived a difficult but humble life, and continues to do so with these videos and providing for her grandmother and her rural hometown.

One of her videos that went viral, which was one that introduced me to her, was her making bamboo furniture, but her entire channel is fantastic and an absolute treasure.

Karolina Żebrowska – I also randomly discovered her because one of her videos popped up in the "recommended" section and it looked interesting (this was the video) and I really liked what I saw. She's basically someone who has an interest in vintage fashion, and does a lot of videos focusing on different eras, trying on clothing, giving details and trivia of a particular era, and so on. Funnily enough, I recognized her since one of her videos did go viral a few years back which was mostly a critique/criticism on those "100 years of" videos that companies ended up doing and giving her take on some of the real unseen women throughout history. I'm surprised she didn't gain more traction, but perhaps that's just because I like these kinds of videos and learning more about these kinds of things. Plus, I really like her sense of humor. She may be a smaller YouTuber, but she's definitely worth checking out nonetheless especially if you're interested in vintage clothing or just merely learning about different eras of fashion.

Music recommendation: Erutan – while she may not upload videos that frequently, she has quite a handful of music that I love listening to. Her voice is soothing and gorgeously angelic. Some of my favorite songs of hers are, "The Willow Maid", "Jabberwocky", and "Come Little Children".
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author_by_night: LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapideauthor_by_night on May 22nd, 2019 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! I'll have to check them out lately.

Lots of negativity - not that I disagree, mind, but typing this i'm considering a Facebook hiatus. Not because of politics, but just... you can't disagree with anyone on anything, even nicely. (Although sometimes I wonder if in trying to make it clear I'm not being hostile, I come across as being hostile. I don't know. I'm just done with it ATM.) Again, not even talking politics.

Edited at 2019-05-22 07:54 pm (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 22nd, 2019 11:56 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy them. :D

It's understandable to want to take a break from a certain social media, if nothing more than because you need a mental break from dealing with things. I've noticed that even if you come across as nice it doesn't always translate well tonally in text so people will automatically get defensive and hostile, as though it is a personal attack against them. So, I can understand wanting to just distance yourself from that situation for a while, just for you own mental health before you go back again, if you decide to go back.
tabaquitabaqui on May 22nd, 2019 11:02 pm (UTC)
Wow! Those are both some amazing vid recs. I could watch that young woman make furniture all day. Amazing. :D

Thank you!

I've been on and off furious and revolted at my country/the news/my government so, yeah....very helpful.
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on May 22nd, 2019 11:34 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. :) And yeah, I can watch her do pretty much anything, really. She makes it seem so effortless, even though I know in reality that's not the case, but nevertheless her videos always captivate me every time I click on them. They have this kind of serene feel to them, so it's calming going from one video to another.

I think having something to escape to, whether it's a video or music or a book or television show, is a good thing to get away from the stresses of life or just anything that is negative/anxiety-inducing.
tabaquitabaqui on May 22nd, 2019 11:35 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I mean - I love to read and write, anyway, but the last couple years, my fic (reading and writing) and my 'shows', and my writing/chatting with my bff is what really helps me decompress and destress and bascially not bitchslap pretty much...everyone.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on May 30th, 2019 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, that bamboo couch video was amazing.

And weirdly enough, I've already got Karolina Żebrowska on my 'to go through her channel' list, since I'm interested in all sorts of costuming and period things.
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2019 03:34 am (UTC)
Li Ziqi is just amazing, she puts out not only quality videos but also shows us how much hard work can surely pay off with the kinds of projects she ends up doing. I'm just in awe of her. Her entire channel is phenomenal.

Karolina's videos are fascinating, her channel is definitely worth checking out when you have the time.