Guys, it’s not k-pop!

It’s frustrating how people who don’t listen to Korean songs generalize all songs sung in Korean as “k-pop”. I think people forgot that pop is a genre and there’s a lot of other genres that exist out there and the fact that Korea is not a country that’s limited to producing only pop songs.

Of course this is a problem with an obvious root; the role of k-idols and the tsunami-like hallyu wave spread all around the world. It can’t be helped that Korean idols really contribute a huge chunk in globalizing Korean music industry. Groups like Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, Big Bang and so on are even known by the non-kpoppers (a term widely used nowadays) thanks to their huge publicity all around the world. I know k-pop is not everyone’s cup of tea. Those who like it really fall for it, and those who don’t really have a lot to say about it. I was once on the sideline, watching and not understanding the whole hallyu wave craze. Who knew it’d be like this today. Heol~

But that’s not my point. I admit I am an avid fan of Big Bang before anyone else in this industry, mainly because it was them who brought me in this whole “madness” if I could put it in an appropriate word. Big Bang is such a big name, a leader in k-pop, a force to be reckoned with. I’m also a fan of Shinhwa, B.A.P and JYJ. These four are very much in the k-pop category. I dare mention these four as I am very much familiar with all the members, their habits, their appearances on shows, songs and albums and fandom inside jokes.

Others, not so much. Well I sometimes listen to new songs that come out either by accident, or if on a good day, by my own will. Some songs got my attention and I’ll download them, some, I’ll just listen once in Youtube and that’s that, or even worse, some I didn’t even bother listening to. The event in which I actually download other idols’ songs is rare. Probably 2/5 chance? I do have my bias in some idol groups and personal favorites, like Junhyung, Onew, Junho and a few others, but that’s only about it.

Now on to the point of this post. I admit I am thrown off by this whole k-pop genre too, at times. Sometimes I understand the feelings of others who hate this genre with their guts. It’s very different from the whole mainstream concept that we grew up with, which is strongly conquered by the North America music industry. Having a bunch of guys in eye-liners and flashy outfits and even flashier hairstyles dancing and singing pop songs in a language that sounds alien might be too much to digest for certain people.

But I have come to accept this.

But I’m not particularly a fan of that. I listen to a lot of songs outside the k-pop genre. Even more than k-pop, too if you minus out Bigbang. I’m probably one of the hugest fan of Epik High, even before they got mainstream after entering YG. I listen to indie bands like Delispice, Standing Egg, Mad Soul Child, Big Baby Driver, Vanilla Unity, Dickpunks to name a few. I love ballads. At midnight I’m always on a search for good ballad songs which is why I like 4MEN, Sung Shi Kyung, M to M, Vibe, Sweet Sorrow and a lot others. I enjoy watching Immortal Songs. I wish I Am A Singer is played on tv too. Sometimes I found songs from legendary singers like Lee Seung Chul, Im Jae Bum, Boohwal, Lee Moon Sae, Cho Yong Pil, Kim Dong Ryul that I like. I listen to them a lot too. I’m a huge fan of Roy Kim and people like him.

Other than that, since I watch a lot of dramas, I listen to a lot of OST, which usually fall into the ballad category. Groups like Busker Busker, Nell, 10cm, Ulala Session are so popular in Korea but not much internationally. These people aren’t in the k-pop circle, but mainstream enough not to be called indie. So what are they? Whatever it is it’s definitely not k-pop. All of this is not k-pop. 

The other day I was on Omegle and they had this new feature of typing in a certain keyword and they’ll connect you with strangers that have keyed in the same keyword so you can chat with people that have the same interest as you. I typed out k-pop out of the blue, and was connected with fans of SuJu, SNSD, B2sT and a lot of other idols. I asked each ad everyone of them whether they listened to Busker Busker (I really wanted to share my love of the boys with others) but all of them answered no. Frustrating!

Some people might ask, why do you listen to these korean indie bands/non k-pop groups or singers when you can find other North American bands that play the same genres? I have thought about that and I think it has to do with my love for the language. Even when I hated k-pop before, I have always liked Korean language. I’d follow Korean tourists in malls just to hear them speak. It’s also the fun in learning other language, the satisfaction you get when you understand that language. I’m very much interested in anything Korean. I taught myself how to read and write, and now I can watch shows without subtitles and understanding 70% of it, depending on the contents of it.

This has been a long post, something I have always wanted to let out from me, even if it is in a form of a blog post that might not even be discovered by anyone. If you have reached the end of this post, it is either you can connect with my concern or you just scrolled past all those paragraphs. Whatever that is, I’m glad to have all this typed out.

xx

Im Jae Bum – For You

You know how when a new song comes out, you listen to it all the time like that’s the only song you listen to for maybe one or two months but after that it just becomes an antique in your playlist that even when you put them on shuffle and it comes out you just skip to the next song? This is not that song. I really listened to this song for the past two years without fail. I didn’t know the song is based on his true story until I saw a comment from a Korean netizen in a video of his performance in I Am A Singer saying it’s from his own story. I was in tears listening to the lyrics again T.T

Nobody really sing this better than the man himself but if there is a cover that I like best out of all the singers that have covered this song, it’s Lee Hayi. Her low tone is something fresh to hear compared to the original husky tone this song was sung in. Jaejoong sang this song too and although I’m such a fan of him (people who know me know my undying love for JJ) but I didn’t like his version of it. Another cover I enjoyed listening was of 4MEN’s Shin Yongjae, he sang it on Immortal Song when Im Jae Bum came to the show.

Dating Agency: Cyrano

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This is a drama that I’ve been waiting for since I heard of its making, Dating Agency: Cyrano. Now for those who are fans of Korean cinematography pieces, you might probably seen the movie Cyrano Agency that this drama is based from.

This drama probably has a lot of viewers among SONEs as SNSD’s Sooyoung is acting as lead. Well I am probably the only one who came to watch this drama for Lee Jong Hyuk. I loved him from Gentlemen’s Dignity which shot him to mainstream popularity, he’s also in my current favorite variety show Dad! Where Are We Going aka Appa Eodiga. Not to forget Lee Chun Hee and also two flower boy-like actors Hong Jong Hyun and Jo Yoon Woo (arang ahhh~~~) He’s such a cutie in the drama!

I have something for tvN’s romcom dramas. Queen Inhyun’s Man, all three Oh! Boy series, Reply 1997 and few more works I enjoyed watching, they never (so far) disappoint so I’m looking forward to this drama. Even the first episode was filled with star-studded cameos. I might not remember all but to mention a few there was Lee Chung Ah, Ji Jin Hee, Lee Yoon Ji, even SHINee’s Taemin.

Still confused about the love lines in this drama, because so far the love line highlights were all focused at their so-called clients. I’m not sure if they’re gonna pair Sooyoung and Lee Jong Hyuk up because that’d be so weird with their 13 years gap in age, so I’m hoping the script doesn’t lead to that road. I don’t mind if she has one with Chun Hee though. He seems to show some affection in Sooyoung’s character.

I’m actually very satisfied with Sooyoung’s acting, because I thought she’d flunk bad thanks to the bad acting her fellow SNSD members showed us (ahem Yoona Yuri Jessica ahem). I’m always very skeptical about idols venturing in the acting department because they always suck, except UEE, but I was pleasantly surprised with Sooyoung, so far.

Okay I’m off to watch the fifth and sixth episode, it was just out!

Bbyong, x

He sings about the spring

This is such a random 3AM post, but here’s some photos, well actually just two photos of Roy Kim‘s cutest one shot made public ever. I was already a fan of him but when I saw him guesting Hello my heart just meltttttttttttttttt.

Are you ready for extreme cuteness?

Are you?

ARE YOU?!

Brace yourself……………………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isn’t that bandana and apple hair combi the cutest thing ever?!?!?! I love you Roy Kim’s stylist/coordi/hairdresser! You have reached the peak of your career with this mere decision.

I went through so much trouble finding just this pair of decent photos. Tried searching on google but nothing came out, just screen cap from the episode. I wanted the official photo. Found the thumbnail on KBSW facebook but still I wasn’t satisfied. Finally I went to KBS official site and found it! I can never navigate myself in the website if I didn’t know how to read and understand hangul *clap clap to myself lol*

It hurts to even see your name

Cause I’d be reminded again 

and it’s uncomfortable

and unpleasant.

All the stupid things I did

come flashing at night

in the day

when I’m thinking

when I’m not thinking

but I’m not like that now

I’m a far cry from that now

but just know this

I don’t hate you

I just want to get off each others’ path

not having any connection at all

and not see your face again

cause it hurts to even see your name.

Spring: My 10 Perfect Songs

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Spring’s here! Well technically not /here/ where I live where it’s hot and humid all the time. I really wish we’d have a distinct four seasons like other countries do. Spring would have been my favorite season. I love flowers, it’s such a feast to the eyes. Yeouido must be packed with couples by now, with its hundreds and hundreds of blooming pink cherry blossom trees. So romantic! So here I post my very own spring playlist, in which I put ten songs which I thought suit the lovely romantic themed spring. Although I don’t know if I actually grasped the concept precisely, seeing how I’ve never experienced spring personally *cries*

Nevertheless, here’s my take on songs for spring.

1. Busker Busker – Cherry Blossom Ending

What is spring without Busker Busker? They totally carved their spot in the spring season with this song. The song title even speaks for itself. I really love Busker Busker and while this might not be my favorite song from them, it surely won the hearts of many as they made history in the Korean music industry when this song re-entered the music chart a year later after its release during well.. spring!

2. K. Will – Love Blossom

Love blossoms in spring! This up-beat song it perfectly fitting, especially for couples out there. The lyric was written to compliment the season well. Check out the video if you haven’t. The song really gets you going and the music video captures the occasion of spring romance starring Infinite’s L and Sistar’s Dasom. You won’t regret!

3. Jay Park – JOAH

The music video doesn’t really portray that standard spring feel to it with its graffiti walls alley and streets. But hey, isn’t Jay in red beanie adorable? He IS the flower in this music video.

4. M to M – Really Want to Say Hello 

I posted this song in my previous entry here. This ballad song is from the drama Lie to Me. The drama was shot during spring and there was this one memorable scene where Kang Ji Hwan kissed Yoon Eun Hye under this cherry blossom trees pathway and the petals were falling on them (most probably drama crew in action behind cameras pouring the petals for them-lol totally cuts of the romance sentiment off from your imagination right?) and this song played. It’s my favorite drama OST too, give it a listen.

5. ZE:A X5 – The Day We Broke Up

Spring can’t be all lovey dovey. While this is a song about a break up, those who don’t know the meaning of the lyric would think this is just another up-beat song. I like this sub-unit of ZE:A. It’s easier to grasp, with smaller number of members. These five boys have the perfect look for spring.

6. Kim Tae Woo – High High

Not to be mistaken with another song of similar title by GD&TOP. This is another up-beat song from a drama I like so much that I’m now in the middle of watching it for the third time, A Gentleman’s Dignity. This drama was also filmed in spring.

7. IU – Good Day

This is actually a sad song despite its tempo. A song that sky-rocketed IU to her success with her exceptional three octaves that proves her singing skill and secured herself in the hearts of thousands of uncle fans.

8. Busker Busker – Calling You

I don’t even know if this is relevant but it will be because Busker Busker is the icon of spring. This is my favorite song from Busker Busker. The original version is a tempo slower than the one they played live.

9. Infinite – Man in Love

Nam Woohyun’s high notes, Nam Woohyun’s high notes, Nam Woohyun’s high notes!

10. G-Dragon ft Kim Yoona – Missing You

This is from Ji’s One of a Kind’s album. I love every track from this album and I thought of this song. Doesn’t this song make you feel good inside? Maybe I’m missing you~~

There are lots of other songs such as Roy Kim’s Spring Spring Spring and IU’s Rain Drop, but I could only get ten in there or else it’d be a really long list. Some songs might not be suited for spring at all, but these are the songs I listen frequently now. I watch a lot of variety shows and since it’s spring in Korea right now, all I see from these shows are flowers and really good weather (I’m done with long months of winter and coldness), so it makes me want to listen to these songs. Although I can’t experience it myself, when I listen to these songs and close my eyes, it’s spring in my heart 🙂

Result day

Finally got my exam result back yesterday. I thought I’d die from anxiousness when the email came 3 in the morning. I was typing an entry at that time, but deleted it halfway out of anxiousness, heh.

To be completely honest and I know some will hate me for saying this, I was really disappointed.

But I didn’t really want to show that I was disappointed, because I don’t think that’d be polite for others who got low pointer and were upset with their result. But still, hiding it won’t completely make it disappear. I was really hoping for a four pointer. This is what I hate about expectation. You crush when it doesn’t exceed.

Last semester I got a 3.91 pointer, which not until today, I believe was my result. That was my first exam. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how well do you have to do to reach certain pointer. I was predicting 3.2 pointer, back then. And then that digit came out in the email. This was exactly six months ago. And honestly during that six months, up until yesterday, I doubted that 3.91, I really did. I had a lot in my mind back then.

“Did the office messed up other student’s result with mine?”

“I think they keyed in the wrong ID”

“Something might have gone wrong with the system” 

So I had a lot of concern with this semester’s result. But I can’t help but wish for a four pointer after seeing last semester’s result (though still filled with doubt of its legitimacy). But I didn’t get a four pointer. My pointer even decreased this semester, though not by a large margin, making my total CGPA 3.89. It’s really the curse of the last paper. And physics. Physics and me, don’t go that well. And apparently chemistry too.

Meh.

But I still have hope for a four pointer though. Haven’t got my UPU pointer, in which they take the three best subjects only and this pointer will be the one used for entry requirements in local universities.

So now that we’ve got our final result, I think it’s safe to say that I officially have no on-going connection to our foundation life anymore. Goodbye, it wasn’t that nice while it lasted.