AKMU Studio was 200% amazing

Buying tickets to AKMU Studio was somewhat of a snap decision. In the period that AKMU’s ticket sale was announced, I think there were at least four other artists also coming in that period of four weeks or so. If I remember correctly, APink, Day6, Got7 already announced that they would be coming.

I really wanted to go for Day6 because I missed last year‚Äôs. But it being a fan meeting held me back. Also, I didn‚Äôt have any friends who were equally as interested in Day6 as I was, so if I went, I‚Äôd be going alone ūüė¶ So I kept thinking that okay I‚Äôll think about it and maybe buy the tickets just before the concert if I do decide to go.

So it was with that backstory that my sister and I decided to get AKMU tickets. Because I was already slightly bummed about not being able to go for Day6, my decision to go for AKMU came a lottt quicker, despite me not really knowing their songs. But I think a big reason why I came to the decision so quickly was having Mei go with me woohoo company. Plus we both knew AKMU would be a great group to watch live, and the tickets weren’t that pricey (as compared to other Kpop concerts) so… decision made.

TBH I actually kind of forgot about the concert as it approached. It wasn’t even like we bought the tickets way in advance. It was probably only about a month in advance? But I guess it’s because I’m not crazy in love with AKMU like I was for EXO and Big Bang so I wasn’t exactly counting down to the concert. But luckily I remembered in time to brush up on my knowledge of their songs. Can’t go to their concert only knowing like 2-3 songs after all teehee.

CONCERT DAY – 9 December 2016

First time going to Kallang Theatre and WOW is that place a throwback into the past or what. The theatre‚Äôs been around since 1970s if I‚Äôm not wrong. The staircase even has a well-worn red carpet laid out on it, much retro. To be honest, I probably would have walked past it if not for the throng of young people crowding around in its vicinity. Not to mention the enterprising people hawking AKMU wares ‚Äď from headbands to a fan with the face of Suhyun/Chanhyuk printed on it.

// DIGRESSION: I rly don’t get that though. Why would I want to fan myself with their faces?! Is there supposed to be something poetic about fans fanning themselves w their idols’ faces? Or maybe it isn’t a fan, maybe you’re just supposed to hold it up but then again my question is why??? I mean obviously they know you are at their concert right? Why must hold up their faces L O L. PJ and I had the same logic when we made the page for the One Direction scrapbook that 91.3FM sent several years back. Instead of pasting their faces, we just printed a picture of ourselves HAHAHA. They’d want to know what kind of people are their fans don’t you think??

#winninglogic //

Sissy and I were SO surprised when we walked into the theatre because it was so small. Smaller than… UCC theatre? It was q a small and intimate venue, quite perfect for AKMU we thought. But we bought the cheapest tickets so ofc our seats not v close also. But we were thinking that we’re not rly going there to watch them anyway, more to listen to them, so it doesn’t rly matter where we sit.

LOVED LOVED LOVED the stage set-up. They explained that the set was designed to look like their recording studio but to me, it kind of gave off the feeling of an old records store also? Not that I know what an old record store looks like but I’ve watched enough Taiwanese movies to know hahaha. The brother-sister duo opened the concert with the high-energy How People Move from their latest album Spring. It was so GOOD. Was bobbing my head along throughout hahaha.

As usual I’m not good with remembering what songs they performed and in what order. Plus I don’t recognise the names of their songs so that makes it like doubly hard. But the song that gave me goosebumps and made me sit up and listen was Melted.

I have never heard a more beautiful rendition o m g. I remember so clearly that they had a screen down so the stage was partially obscured and swirly purple patterns were projected on the screen like yknw when you used to listen to music on Windows Media Player there was all that abstract patterns thing going on. Okay my description sounds damn uncool. OH OKAY I found a video that someone must have illegally filmed hahaha pls watch to get the sense of what I’m saying:

Trust me it was SO much better irl ‚Äď the atmosphere everything SO on point. And their voices echoing throughout the theatre‚Ķ it was such an ethereal experience.

OK actually the main reason why I am writing this post is because I wanted to talk about the performance of that song hahaha. It really left me in awe because it was so so beautiful. Melted never rly made an impression on me because that same album had Give Love which is more my style (upbeat and happy and easier to listen to). But this rendition of it blew me away and I thought ah, listening to it live is truly different.

There were a couple of segments where the sibling duo were chatting w the audience but they are so awkward it’s quite adorable hahaha. Could tell that they were fumbling with what to say, maybe because of the language barrier? We were pretty amused. Dee Kosh the radio deejay came as an emcee, along with a translator. I can NOT understand why they would get someone who doesn’t at least listen to their music to emcee. I mean okay, I guess these people won’t go nuts seeing the idols irl but then it also makes the interviewing less interesting to watch because the emcee doesn’t really know much about them.

Like there was this part where they were asking for fans to request songs for them and I was SO hopeful that they would sing something impromptu because that would be amazing right. But then because they couldn’t hear what the fans were shouting, Dee Kosh suggested they sing Lucky which was scripted anyway SIGH. I wonder if they would rly have sung the suggested songs?? So I was thinking if Dee Kosh was a fan or checked them out before, he probably could have made out that the fans were asking for them to cover 2NE1’s Ugly/Lonely and ofc Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips (which they did sing eventually so yay).

Mei and I really enjoyed the concert and I think one of the nicest parts was towards the end when they had everyone stand up and they sang their more upbeat songs again. Everyone was bobbing along and rly enjoying themselves. It was pretty cool being at a concert where a part of my heart wasn’t like longing to abseil down to the stage to fall into their arms HAHAHA. Like I could wholeheartedly enjoy the concert as it was rather than plot ways for them to notice me hehe.

Oh and during the encore, we were SO SURPRISED when the two of them came off the stage to walk along the aisle!!!!! Omg rly when does that ever EVER happen in Singapore during kpop concerts hahaha. If Big Bang did that I think the fans would go insane. Also the security’s so tight sigh. But I guess because AKMU aren’t really idols per say so it was slightly safer for them? So I saw Chanhyuk super up close because he was standing near the end of my aisle woohoo cheap thrill.

All in all, we really really enjoyed the concert. There was this sense of satisfaction like ok that was money well spent because the concert was that enjoyable. Usually at the end of concerts I feel q tired (but also satisfied la) because I spend a lot of my energy screaming my love for the group HAHA. But for this one, I just sat back and enjoyed the music which is a rather lovely experience too.

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satisfied faces after a 10/10 concert
AKMU Studio was 200% amazing

DAY6’s ŽÜďžēĄ ŽÜďžēĄ ŽÜďžēĄ (Letting Go)

Soooo Day6 is finally back with Daydream! I’m not one to follow the teaser stage of a comeback (too¬†impatient, just give me the real deal!!) but it’s hard to miss the very tumblr-esque images and feel that they were teasing.

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check out the overlay and disembodied hand mysteriously reaching out to the unknown

Does it belong to a hipster tumblr or what!! HAHA. But you cannot deny the attractiveness of the design I think? The font used for the poster also fits in with the theme quite well I think. I cannot identify fonts so all I can say is that the sans serif font contrasts pretty well with the image overlay and contributes to the overall minimalist feel of the poster.

Plus they’re using¬†a teal (seagreen? idk what colour you would call it but I like it) colour theme so I¬†was rather looking forward to their comeback because SO. PRETTY. Is it my ~aesthetic~ (so out of this lingo thing but rly what does this even mean?!)

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No idea why the image looks so low-res and actually quite no effort lol¬†but the colour’s so pretty

Day6 debuted with The Day back in September last year with a rather different colour scheme – more earthy colours – probably because it was autumn in Korea? Okay NO idea why I’m talking so much about colours ridic HAHA¬†maybe because I really like the colours they used to tease their comeback this time. Anyway what I¬†wanted to say because the colourful digression was that THEIR DEBUT WAS SO STRONG.

But JYPE¬†adopted some¬†new marketing tactics for them then and they didn’t appear on broadcasts ūüė¶ Means no music shows, no variety shows, NOTHINGGG. Only V-app haha and it wasn’t even their dedicated channel then, they¬†used the official JYP V channel zz. They also did live performances – both domestically and overseas (THEY CAME TO SG WHEN I WASN’T HERE D: !) – I couldn’t really understand this marketing tactic but apparently they were trying to market DAY6 as a -real- band focused on music and all that. NOT THAT I DISAGREE I realise¬†people might read a sense of sarcasm in that statement.¬†I cannot say if it worked or not because I’m OBVIOUSLY not Korean and have no idea how the domestic reaction to DAY6 was.¬†I surrounded myself with positive people about Day6 only hehe.

Not that it was difficult though because really, their debut album was AMAZING. Every song was good and catchy in its own way. And I cannot pick a favourite. Congratulations maybe? Because title song and I’m mainstream like that. But FreeŪēėÍ≤Ć is very good too and a great opening track to their mini-album.

They also did a lot of covers that were posted on YouTube!¬†One of my all-time favourite Day6 covers is their cover of their labelmate TWICE’s Like Ooh-Ahh:

I absolutely LOVED their refreshing take on the very bubbly and cheery song. What stood out the most in that cover for me was Im Junhyeok’s vocals and the way he transformed the song (that’s the guy in sunglasses playing the keyboard).

So imagine how upset I was when¬†the news of him leaving Day6 broke T.T There was this¬†thing about how he was accused of dating a fan who apparently wasn’t even a fan of him¬†initially. Okay I’m not going¬†into details because I don’t want this news to be what people think about when they hear Day6 yknw. They’ve GREAT music and they should be famous for that rather than for a scandal grr.

Awhile after that news broke, they announced that they were having a comeback YAY. But without Junhyeok. NAY ūüė¶ ¬†Okay obviously without him right lol he left already. Anyway, I took awhile to listen to the comeback because I was busy with school but I’ve finally checked it out so here’s my opinion on it.¬†Disclaimer tho, I’m no music critic and visuals matter A LOT to me because #superficial. So my opinion won’t be that insightful¬†or grounded in musical knowledge/critique of their musical style. (Actually¬†then you will wonder why I bother right lol but I just wanted to blog about Day6)

Okay so here goes nothing my first review of an MV!

Very very helpfully, JYPE has provided closed captions English subs on the video WOOHOO.

White borders frame the MV which frankly annoys me (cf EXO’s Call Me Baby) but I guess they wanted the widescreen thing. I¬†briefly wondered why didn’t they use black¬†borders to frame it. The MV opens with a shot of the band (now only 5 of them SIGH) in shadows. Then OOH PARK JAEHYUNG! (or Jae Park.¬†Seems like he’s going with that stage name meh.)

He starts the song and the¬†camera movement’s pretty interesting in that shot; the way it zooms in and out and you realise that the two people sitting at the ends of the table were both Jae. Okay minor point and I will stop narrating the MV now because that’s lame.

From the outset, the song establishes itself as a letter (or speech?) of sorts to someone. Specifically a someone whom they apparently need to leave¬†because s/he has moved on from¬†their relationship. And the breakup is really because they want happiness for the other party. It’s a¬†bittersweet breakup song where we get to hear one party’s¬†inner thoughts and feelings: He doesn’t want the breakup but then he recognises that the breakup is what the other party needs and is willingly but reluctantly going through with it for the sake of the other party. He¬†reminisces the happier times ¬†but recognises that it belongs to the past.

IT’S

SO.

SAD.

Especially because I guess I wonder if it’s not just a simple song about a breakup among¬†lovers but also in part a letter to Junhyeok? Which I would think is a link¬†that most fans¬†will make. It reminds me of the time when 2PM released 1.59PM after Jay Park left actually. But in that case, I felt like it was a bit more calculated to milk the situation. Probably because artists now have a greater creative¬†freedom than back in 2010 so Day6 did¬†play a role in making¬†the song.

I think the song is elevated because of contextual reasons as well. It could very well just be a song about a breakup but because there’s the possibility of it relating to Junhyeok, suddenly the song takes up a far more impactful meaning.

The MV itself deviates from the teal colour theme which is a bit sad lol but then the overall feel fits the song. Unlike Congratulations, there is no storyline in the MV. It only depicts the members performing the song WHICH is another contributing factor to the possible context of the song?? Like if the MV portrayed a broken love story, it would destroy our fantasy that this song is dedicated to Junhyeok.

Love the chorus of the song¬†as well. Title song is beautiful and I¬†hope the rest of the album is as good. So glad Day6 debuted and is bringing us such good music. Also, they were performing on music shows this time!! Hoping they also get to appear on some other broadcasts to promote themselves in a more mainstream manner. I think JTBC’s Finding Sugarman would be a rather nice place of them to perform with its focus on music and remakes of old songs.

Abrupt end to this post because I’m tired and spent too long on this post.

Okay because ST¬†also said my end very abrupt, here’s his very pretentious opinion on it. SO WOOHOO please welcome my ~guest blogger~

“Hi it is guest blogger.

Firstly let’s talk about DAY6’s insane talent. Their debut was fantastic. I think the last time I was so impressed with a debut was…………………….. Dalmatian? Ok probably not that long ago but they’re the first boy group that comes to mind.

When we think of bands the norm is to have one person in one role – lead singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist etc. BUT DAY6 CAN DO EVERYTHING. In all their songs, all of them sing (very well!) and it seems that they can play other instruments apart from their own ‘speciality’ as well.

The first few seconds of Letting Go start out with amazing harmony. Just an a capella, raw demonstration of their vocal talent which sets us up for the rest of the song.

The first verse has a minimal guitar riff in the background which really accentuates the vocals of the guy who is singing. Sorry I dunno their names yet but if you watch the MV you will know how they look like. In the first chorus the singer changes and more instruments are picking up, adding to the intensity.

The lyrics fit the music well because the relative quietness of the first verse reflects how the presumed couple in the lyrically are sitting silent facing each other, with nothing said between them. In the first chorus, they sing about their own emotions and the struggle they face in needing to let go, let go, let go, as if they are contemplating whether it’s the right decision, and the fragility of this decision is made more salient by the wavering instrumentals.

This only makes sense when we juxtapose it with the second verse and chorus. The second verse talks about their past and how the memories are precious, and this is emphasised with the base line and kick bass. Musically, the listener is beginning to feel riled up. Lyrically, there is a sense of regret that all the good memories are to go to waste. This culminates in the second chorus which – though lyrically the same – is much more decisive and thus painful. It’s like watching a Taiwanese drama where the mother has to abandon her child for some reason (like giving the child away to a wealthier family or something). At first she’s debating whether or not to do it (first chorus). Eventually when she hardens her heart and decides to leave the child behind despite the child crying for her, the combined effect of action and emotion always lead to tears. DAY6 achieves a similar heartbreaking effect.

Continuing the analogy of Taiwan drama mother, the rap is the equivalent of a montage as the mother runs from the child. It’s fast-paced, desperate, reflective and hopeless at the same time, but the ultimate wish is that the other person will lead a better life without them. When the final chorus begins there is a drop in the beat (you know the thing that shows like to do where the character runs and runs and a montage plays and s/he suddenly stops and stares pensively into space? Something like that), and the rest of the final chorus progresses in a way that affirms themselves that their decision was a right one, something that is confirmed by the song ending on a resolved major rather than a hanging diminished.

So step hor I cannot take myself also. But since the theme of this post is obnoxious I decided to let loose HAHA”

Thankies ST for contributing your v long analysis ^^

 

DAY6’s ŽÜďžēĄ ŽÜďžēĄ ŽÜďžēĄ (Letting Go)

Sassy Go Go: High school drama surprise

I must say first off that I was probably already predisposed to liking Sassy Go Go. Reasons why are as follows:

  • Eunji! In another high school drama! SOLD.
  • I tend to quite like high school dramas
  • Ji Soo. JI SOOOOOOO. (Okay but to be completely honest, Sassy Go Go was the first drama I saw him in. BUT WHAT’S THERE NOT TO LOVE?)
  • Lee Won-guen has the crinkliest, cutest, “I’m intelligent and you are cute” eye smile
  • Eunji! High school drama!

But there were several things about the drama that I found a bit embarrassing initially. First of all the title – what is “Sassy Go Go”?! The English title of the¬†drama is Cheer Up. EITHER WAY it¬†sounds super cheesy?? Especially Sassy Go Go LOL. I remember feeling a bit reluctant in telling people¬†the title of the show heh.

Another issue was the plot synopsis. Like huh okay dance club = losers. Cheerleading club created¬†by combining the dance club + elites of the school? Also elites of school are those who study v well omg what kind of universe is this. I couldn’t really get it. Since when did nerds rule the school!? It’s always the good looking ones / the artistic ones / the athletic ones etc. This was some weird universe man. ¬†Also what’s with cheerleaders? I’ve never rly heard of cheerleaders in a K-drama. Music and dance definitely yes but cheer?? Err.. okay.

I wonder if¬†people didn’t give a chance to this drama because of the above reasons, like I read that the ratings for the¬†drama were quite low? But IT IS SUCH A GOOD DRAMA. FOR REAL. FROM AN UNBIASED STANDPOINT. It’s such a waste that it didn’t get the recognition it deserves. And the drama was rly carried by Eunji and the other young actors sigh is that why also? Because people just label it as an idol drama? :/ SAD.

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Even the poster looks cheesy omg

Okay now about the drama. To be honest… I¬†finished it about two weeks ago? So I don’t remember it as clearly as I¬†would like to (goldfish memory sigh). First off a plot synopsis which I think more accurately conveys the story of Sassy Go Go:

Sassy Go Go centres around Kang Yeon-doo (played by Jung Eunji) and her friends. We are first introduced to her and her band of merrymakers in the dance club, Real King and we learn that the whole club are the people who are at the bottom of the food chain in their school, Sevit High, because they are literally ranked the lowest (in terms of academic scores). Their school is¬†practically run by the rich kids’ parents who are able to manipulate the principal (because money always calls the shots in these dramas). The parents are obsessed with their kids’ grades and with having their children enter prestigious universities – especially Kwon Soo-ah’s (Chae Soo-bin)¬†mother who has lots of money and thus influence in the school. The school shuts down Real¬†King because anyway the members are losers in the school and provide no value AND they even *gasp* dare to disturb the members of Baek Ho (a cheerleading club, but only in name because the members are the elite students who basically only meet to… study. Together. In silence. At their own desks.) with their loud music.

Obviously these two clubs clash (because the school has no other clubs yknw even tho there are other students). The plot¬†point used to drive the drama is that Soo-ah’s mum decides that she needs to build her ‘specs’ and thus the school has to¬†make their students cheerlead (Baek Ho becomes a cheerleading club for reals) and win a competition so that Soo-ah gets to build her specs.¬†The story then continues to explore how the students of the two clubs (on the different ends of the school¬†hierarchy) become friends as the line between the two dissolve as they work towards a common goal with supportive teachers (ALWAYS A MUST IN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMAS). Along the way, Yeon-doo also starts to form a closer bond w Kim Yeol (Lee Won-guen) and Seo Ha-joon (Ji Soo). SO WE ALL KNOW WHAT’S GNA HAPPEN RIGHT. But remember she also has a childhood friend in Ha Dong-jae (Cha Hak-yeon). Just enjoy the ride of confusion as your heart gets pulled in multiple directions.

Wow I think that’s the longest plot synopsis of any drama that I have written. Okay now¬†as usual, here’s what I rly liked about the show:

Disclaimer: I will try to indicate spoilers as and when I accidentally on purpose include them, but no guarantees. So read at your own risk if you haven’t watched the drama and are intending to (which I strongly encourage. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS).¬†

I thought it was the friendship and the rapport that the actors have with each other that really carried this drama. I really enjoyed seeing the friendship in the drama. Kinda like the friendship that I enjoyed in Reply 1997. But different ofc. Reply featured a whole group of childhood friends who grew up together. Sassy Go Go has a group of people slowly becoming friends and defending and protecting each other. We get to see how their friendship develops and how there no longer is any line between those who can study and does who cannot. They even start to help each other in their studies aww. Eunji really also makes things v comfortable for everyone РI wonder if I like it so much because her character here is in some ways similar to her character in Reply? Both are really loyal to their friends and follow their heart.

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FRIENDSHIP!
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(childhood) FRIENDSHIP!

I feel that the drama also explores what it means to be a student today. Should we be grades-obsessed and merely work hard to get into a good university? Is it the only thing that matters? The drama seems to point towards no, but you can make your own conclusions. What I took from the drama was the chance to reflect on my own experience. The drama talks of specs building, and in Singapore, students do something similar where they join activities just to build up their resume. The drama poses the question of whether we give up our happiness now just for the chance of happiness in future? It questions the logic of working hard now and totally neglecting play so that we will be happy in future. I personally think there can be a balance. Of course the drama presents the extreme of the Baek Ho kids who just study without enjoying themselves. Gradually the kids start to learn how to let go and become 18 year olds themselves which is the message Sassy Go Go is sending I guess?

Another thing that I enjoyed in the drama was the juxtaposition of familial love. Yeon-doo gets the loving mum, Ha-joon and Kim Yeol get the misguided¬†dads and Soo-ah gets the grades-obsessed mum. (Oh wow just realised that the drama feature more of a single parent thing over a set) We see how the parents’ behaviour (and expectations) affect the way the kids behave in school and how they interact with other people.

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OMO LOVELINE BTWN YEONDOO’S MUM AND KIMYEOL’S DAD? HOW?!?!?!

 

-SPOILERS HERE ONWARDS- 

I really liked how Yeon-doo’s mum treated her daughter with respect and put her first for everything. Her love for her daughter was¬†manifest through kind words and displays of affection. In contrast, Kim Yeol’s dad¬†truly loved his son but didn’t know how to show it. His distance from Kim Yeol as the he grew up caused a rift between father and son which made their relationship very awkward as Kim Yeol grew older. Don’t even need to mention Ha-joon’s freaking ABUSIVE FATHER WTHHH. Omg my heart BLEEDS FOR YOU HAJOONIE. And Soo-ah’s mum. Goes to show that abuse isn’t just physical. The mental torture and pressure that Soo-ah is under from her mum doesn’t justify the horrible HORRIBLE evil things that she did but it helps to explain it somewhat.

AND OK I KNOW YOU MUST BE LIKE WHY HAS PUISAN NOT MENTIONED THIS. I WILL NOT DISAPPOINT AND PROUDLY SAY IN CAPS THAT I LOVE THE LOVELINES IN THE DRAMA. And Ji soo. I loved Ji soo as Ha-joon SO MUCH in the drama. At first I was really rooting for the Yeon-doo/ Kim Yeol couple. Then I was very confused as to where the lovelines were drawn. Was it gna be a Yeon-doo/ Kim Yeol/Ha-joon loveline? Or was it going to be Yeon-doo/ Kim Yeol/Dong-jae? BUT WHY IS HA-JOON LINKED TO SOO-AH NOW?? Oh wait now Soo-ah is friendly with Dong-jae with the frequent encounters OMG WHAT IS GOING ON. I was so so confused with the lovelines. But they settled on the key love triangle in the drama like halfway through phew. THEN I STARTED TO BE V TORN. NOW DO I WANT KIM YEOL OR HA-JOON??? But it was pretty obvious that Kim Yeol was gna end up with Yeon-doo. CONFIRM. Plus she has feelings for him!

So¬†now the¬†problem is how are they going to deal with Ha-joon and his broken heart. MY POOR FRAGILE HAJOON I WILL LOVE YOU COME TO MEEEEE. To add to the issue, Ha-joon and Kim Yeol are BFFFFFFF T.T DON’T WRECK THEIR FRIENDSHIP OVER A GIRL. THIS DRAMA IS¬†NOT GNA¬†PULL A NOBLE SACRIFICE-LOVE-FOR-BROTHERHOOD-BUT-IN-THE-END-LOVE-WILL-PREVAIL PLOTLINE ON ME. Plus they only got 12 episodes lol not enough time to do it. Also¬†at the same time YEON-DOO CANNOT BE ALONE. But I legit¬†didn’t know what I wanted from the drama hahaha. BUT ULTIMATELY I thought the drama handled it really well –

After all, the main point was for Ha-joon to be able to start caring and loving someone. For him to start living his life as he should rather than just breathing and passing time and staying alive. And Yeon-doo gave him that. She gave him a reason to smile, to want to protect someone OMG AND TO SMILE LA BASICALLY. He was so so incredibly happy even to be punished because it was with Yeon-doo.

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DON’T LET THIS GET WRECKED BY ROMANCE. Look at the happy smile :’)
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Punished for sneaking out?
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It’s ok becos he was w Yeon-doo and now he has a photo w her ūüôā

(Above images credited to this drama recap)

My favourite part of the last¬†episode is how they showed how Ha-joon has made his peace with Yeon-doo and Kim Yeol dating and the three of them have found some sort of equilibrium. It doesn’t seem awkward and they’re happy so I’m happy ^^

But I did¬†find the last episode quite rushed. Too many things had to happen in that last¬†episode which I thought¬†ended the drama on a waaayyyy too hurried note. I felt that I couldn’t properly emphasise with Ha-joon’s character development (in how he finally stood up to his dad) for example. (Only giving that as an eg becos I cannot recall the rest LOL). The saving grace of the last episode is the epilogue depicting how the characters are now – how their friendship continues and how familial ties are slowly being rebuilt and strengthened. Without the epilogue I would have been quite thoroughly disappointed ūüė¶

-SPOILERS END- 

It’s probably quite clear from my above review as to who stole my heart in the drama. It’s not to say that I don’t like the main couple in the drama of course. What’s there not to love? I enjoyed how they complemented each other and how they changed each other for the better, providing a balance to the other’s more extreme personality. Eunji really shines in these roles. Lee Won-guen also omg MORE CRINKLY EYE SMILES. MORE. I love the way he cherishes her and recognises her for her potential. What starts off as a mild interest in this strange, different girl blossoms into¬†care and concern and finally love :’)

All in all, the drama really surprised me. I didn’t expect myself to enjoy it as much as I did. I honestly would smile to myself as I watched it and it was so so torturous waiting each week for the episodes to come out and for subbers to English sub it sigh. Once again really grateful to people who sub K-dramas. ¬†So if you’re looking for a drama to while your time away, this drama only takes 12h to finish. WATCH IT NAAAOOOOO. Then you can message me as you watch it so I can relive the beautiful moments in this drama hehe.

(The images I used in this post are hyperlinked to the original sources of the images unless otherwise stated) 

Sassy Go Go: High school drama surprise

Angry Mom

I started watching Angry Mom because of Ji Soo actually. I was watching Sassy, Go Go and noticed him (as well as Lee Won-geun but he didn’t really act in any other dramas that I thought I would be interested in :/ ) so I decided to check out Angry Mom. So I guess you could say I was predisposed to already favour his character? But I must say that¬†the character he plays in the drama is rly v appealing to girls (hello, emotionally damaged bad boy w a cute smile?! What’s there not to love?) so I’m sure that even if I wasn’t primed to like him, I probably would¬†still have fallen for his character.

Bonus digression picture of the bromance in Sassy, Go Go:

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cr to Koala’s playground

Anyway. Angry Mom.

Doesn’t the logo look a lot like some cooking mama logo??

The basic storyline is that Jo Gang-ja’s (played by Kim Hee-sun) daughter was being bullied in school because of her¬†connection and friendship to a student who was outcast by the rest of the school. So the title of the drama is immediately obvious haha. She gets¬†into¬†protective lioness mode and decides to infiltrate her daughter’s high school to find out who was behind the bullying. And in doing so, she discovers that the bullying is a mere small manifestation of much more devious going-ons in the school.

I imagine the conversation that happened before they decided with the title to be quite amusing:

A: So what should we name our drama??
B: How about Mom goes to school?
A: Can you not be so obvious?!
B: How about Schooling Mom?
A: pls can u not.
C: Omg how about Angry Mom???
A & B: GENIUS. U R A GENIUS.

Seriously though hahaha. It’s such a simple title but I think it rly encapsulates the essence of the drama? The whole series was basically carried by Kim Hee-sun¬†for me. She’s the moving force of the whole drama, the catalyst to change in the Angry Mom world. But ofc it’s not just one Angry Mom. She rallied other Angry Moms to bring down the corrupted officials and woohoo.

What I liked about the drama is that even though it deals with corruption in the government, it lightens things up with the whole undercover mom in school thing. There are also running gags (eg the eggs breaking?? didn’t really notice the significance but¬†it was there. Also Han Gong-joo and her minions were hilarious) that kept things light and kept me interested. I’ve never been one for the dark and heavy, political dramas (hence the reason I gave up on Pride and Prejudice) so I really appreciated the funny in Angry Mom.

I was quite hesitant about starting the drama though because I suspected that¬†it would be a bit similar to School 2013 in how there isn’t a loveline (which I rly need la to FILL THE LACK OF LOVELINE IN MY OWN LIFE). And as it turns out, there wasn’t really a loveline sigh. But there was one-sided love on the part of Go Bok-dong (the role that¬†Ji soo plays) for the main character and THAT WAS ALL TO SUSTAIN ME SIGH.

Super cute tho the scenes where he started falling for her then realising that she’s like what, 16 years older than him? LOL. And he’s all like OMG DIES I FELL FOR AN AHJUMMA. But he’s so adorable!! I loved watching him try to protect her even though she’s older and how he acted all tough and stuff hehe.

Look at him getting all worked up by himself

Just gna squeal about him a bit more because omg ISN’T HE ADORABLE HAHAHA. Like a little puppy tryna protect his owner against like a bulldog or smth hahaha. Totally out of his depth but he still tries. WHICH I SO LOVE!! It’s so cute when they get all flustered on their own. Also, he somehow reminds me of Bobby so it’s a plus there hahaha. He even has that whole ‘actually a good guy but circumstances made him bad, he¬†just needs someone to love him’ thing going on. Sigh. MORE OF HIM PLEASE.

Anyway. The drama involves the main character bringing down corrupted politicians. The thing about dramas that involve corrupted politicians is that it tends to get very tangled. All the old men who hate on each other but work together and have secret vaults omg can you please. It requires too much cognitive effort for me to remember who’s who and how they’re connected and who hates who and who’s the illegitimate son of who etc. SO TIRING. I watch a drama to escape from life guys, not to make my life more complicated!! So I usually give up on those dramas because¬†AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.

So I really appreciated that the bad guys in Angry Moms were not thaaat difficult to differentiate. Also they established their links a bit more obviously. Also it was interesting how it wasn’t like all¬†bad guys weren’t totally one-dimensional?¬†They were given backstories and I guess we could kinda see from¬†their point-of-view. Of course there were some one-dimensional bad guys who were rotten to the core boo. SUCKS TO YOU!

I get that it might be q unbelievable that one woman can be the downfall of (at least a part of) a corrupted system. But I think that’s the main point of the drama? Don’t poke the sleeping lion AKA don’t mess with children because they’ve got their parents behind them. Which is really sweet to me.

Bullying in high school isn’t something that I can relate with very well. I think what makes the drama so awesome is¬†the familial and the friendship love that it features. Bullying and corrupted politicians are put to a stop thanks to love which is super touching don’t you think?And it’s not the guy swooping in to save the day but the mum. Who can’t relate to that?!

One¬†gripe I have about the drama is the Jo Kang-ja’s husband’s character was quite the one-dimensional one. His story wasn’t really developed and if anything, he seemed more like a plot device. All he did was try to stop her from going to school, and do his job (aka unknowingly working for the bad guys because his character is a bit dim like that). The way he kept bringing up divorce was a bit incongruent with the idea that he loves his wife a lot (something that the drama tried to portray once in awhile). He really seemed like a non-entity for me so I kinda expected them to break up? But nope. So that part was a bit weird for me.

Other than that though, I think Angry Mom is really one of the dramas I’ve really enjoyed without an obvious loveline which is awesome hehe. Episode 15 was so so tragic and sad for me, I really liked it.¬†One of my favourite parts of a¬†dramas is watching the characters (who previously hated each other) band together and fight a force larger than them. It’s rly vv touching to see :’) Ep 15 really played the whole tragedy part v well + it was q sensitive about it I thought. So yep really enjoyed it. Plus the¬†scenes of Ji Soo hehe. Looking forward to seeing more of him in Sassy, Go Go ^^

Final picture of Ji Soo to end the post:

Angry Mom

OMG, got my heart stolen hehe

Cheesy as cheese title of blog post but it rly expresses how I feel about Oh My Ghostess. Can’t believe my journey with Na Bong Sun and Chef and Shin Soon Ae is over ūüė¶

omg

I remember¬†reading about the previews/ teasers for the show and I immediately was like OK MUST WATCH. Partly because I rly loved Park Bo Young in A Werewolf Boy and Hot Young Blood and partly because I thought that premise of the show was interesting –

Shy and timid Na Bong Sun (Park Bo-young) gets possessed by Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul-gie), a ghost who believes that the only way of ascending to heaven is to sleep with a man¬†and in the process¬†gets a complete personality makeover.¬†Her sudden chirpy attitude¬†confuses her coworkers in the restaurant she works at, and most of all, it confuses Chef (whose real name doesnt matter. Becos he is just Chef). The ghost realises that¬†he is the “man of vitality” AKA the only man she can sleep with (because rules of the drama/ he is the male lead) so in Bong Sun’s body, she aggressively pursues him. Bong Sun agrees to the ghost¬†possessing her after awhile because luckily enough, she has had a thing for Chef (Jo Jung-suk) since forever. So it all works out! Kinda. Also it’s important to note that Soon Ae died mysteriously because drama is not just¬†about romance yknw.

I was so blown away by Park Bo-young’s acting skills eh really. Prior to this, I’ve only seen her in the two movies I mentioned above. AND RLY. Isn’t she the cutest ever omg so pint sized and adorable rly.¬†Anyway!! The characters she played in the movies were¬†similar in that they were a bit quieter (albeit in different ways). In AWB, she was sickly so already that limits how spirited she can be. In Hot Young Blood, she was the gangster schoolgirl was¬†too cool for school. Which meant we don’t really see any aegyo from her either because what kind of leader of a group of girl gangsters (what do you call them actually? the collective noun I mean. gang of gangsters? gaggle of gangsters??) would show any weakness. SO I THINK. She must have stored up all that aegyo and unleashed it on the unsuspecting¬†audience of Oh My Ghostess.

The thing is, the ghost possession was SO BELIEVABLE. It was great because we saw her as Bong Sun first and we also saw Soon Ae the ghost – two characters who are totally polar opposites in¬†personality. THEN. We saw Park Bo-young acting as Bong Sun possessed by Soon Ae. Give it some time for your head to wrap around that LOL. But IT WAS RLY BELIEVABLE. Like it didn’t feel like Bong Sun suddenly became lively (for us audiences in the know), rather, I honestly felt like Soon Ae was IN Bong Sun. The mannerisms, the way she spoke, etc – everything was reminiscent of the ghost we were introduced to.¬†There was no trace of Bong Sun at all. Park Bo-young was really the star of the show for me.

Ofc PJ would disagree and label Chef and Joon (one of the assistant chefs) as the show-stealers:

pj4

All in all, I was really satisfied by the drama. It was great that it wasn’t a straight up romance drama and I really liked how the subplot (is it really counted as a subplot tho.. that’s assuming that I put the romance as the main plot. Ok yes I will assume that) weaved into the main romance of the show. I guess one littleee niggling thing is that they kinda rushed the subplot a bit? I thought that they would get to the mystery solving a lot¬†sooner but in fact the bulk of it happened rather quickly nearing the end of the series? But still, it was a good build up I guess! The drama littered clues for us to figure out the truth, but partly because of that, a lot of it was waiting for what we already knew to happen? NOT THAT IT DETRACTED FROM THE GOODNESS THAT IS THE DRAMA OFC.

— SPOILERS AHEAD —

1. Chef/ Bong Sun/ Soon Ae’s relationship

There were certain points of the drama that I was¬†rather worried about but I’m SO incredibly glad that the writers somehow pulled everything together and it worked yknw. One of the main concerns I had was when there was this extended period that Soon Ae was possessing Bong Sun. For one, as viewers we would be¬†connecting more with Soon Ae than with Bong Sun – who is supposed to be the main character. I wanted to emphathise with Bong Sun as Bong Sun, not Soon Ae as Bong Sun. More importantly, plot-wise, Chef was falling for Soon Ae!! I remember feeling quite worried that all the instances of him falling¬†in love was with Soon Ae’s actions, her words, etc. WHERE WAS BONG SUN?? I wondered. I¬†was also wondering why Soon Ae didn’t bother filling Bong Sun in whenever she came out of her body – isn’t that the polite thing to do? But okay it worked out.

I was so glad that Bong Sun decided to come clean about Soon Ae possessing her. Her growing unease at how Chef was recalling memories he made with Soon Ae and not her was evident and I thought it was really important that they worked out the issue rather than her letting it slide and pretending that she was the one that made all those memories with Chef. It was rly heartbreaking though, when she realised that Chef wasn’t remembering conversations and dates with her but rather all that with Soon Ae. I was like NUUUUUU BONG SUN ūüė• And I remember the scene where she confessed, Chef was left in the cable car and in his shock, he forgets to disembark and the car carries him upwards and away from her. I was rly like THIS IS SO POETIC. I really love scenes like that!!

I remember¬†feeling quite confident that Chef was in love with Bong Sun. My confidence stemmed from how he¬†did like the girl that was conveyed through¬†Bong Sun’s¬†blog (AKA the true her when you strip away all that shyness) and how he was already¬†looking after her in his on brusque way¬†before all the drama (lol pun) happened. But then the extended period of possession came and Chef¬†started a relationship with Soon Ae in Bong Sun’s body and I was like OMG NO??? D:

I think Chef realised that he actually still likes Bong Sun and I think the writers tried to lead us to that conclusion as well. Imo it still didn’t feel that convincing. But I kinda suspended my disbelief a bit. I would have liked them to dwell a bit more on Chef’s emotional conflict about which girl he liked but I guess time was running out and we had to focus on the subplot hahaha.

2. Soon Ae

CAN I JUST SAY THAT THIS GIRL IS Q ADORABLE ALSO? Not as adorable as Park Bo-young sorry but still she’s so cute! And so wronged in the show. I loved her character growth – from a ghost whose only concern was to sleep with a man to¬†one who truly worried for Bong Sun and wanted the best for Bong Sun and Chef.

I also loved her relationship with¬†Shaman unnie (who btw also had a rly cute relationship w Chef’s mum omg why are all the relationships in the drama so cute!!). The scenes of Soon Ae being chased by the Shaman unnie were quite hilarious and juxtaposed with how she sent Soon Ae away… omg. It was really super sad yknw how she developed affections for the ghost after all that time spent together and then she had to say goodbye SIGH. I was really quite sad at that scene.

Also the scene where Soon Ae sent her father back to the living world omg. HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME SHOW. ūüė• So heartbreaking how she stopped him. But I thought that scene was rly important to because it gave her dad the opportunity for closure to her death.

3. Sung Jae

Not sure how to feel about this character but I thought his last moments (or what we thought were his last moments la hor) were vv well-handled! Like how when he recalled the happier memories he had with his wife and with Soon Ae when the¬†evil spirit was momentarily out of his body and how he struggled with himself (or with the spirit?) and finally chose to fall off the building. I found that part a bit awkward though, like huh like that the evil spirit die already?!? But okay I’ll just go with it.

The backstory of what happened before the car accident with Eun Hee was interesting.¬†He struggled with himself before he just couldn’t kill his father (there’s still a good Sung Jae inside!!) but I think ultimately the evil spirit won when he just rolled over Eun Hee omg urgh EVIL TTM.¬†Im Joo Hwan’s a rly good actor omg rly scary how he could look so kindly but at¬†the next moment have a¬†chilling look of murderous intent on his face. Amazing leh rly.

I would have liked to know why he married Eun Hee after the accident tho. Like isnt that a bit morbid of him?! So I was thinking that it might have been a combination of guilt and maybe eventually love from the kind Sung Jae that was somehow still trapped inside the body. Sigh poor man.

—–

I cried for the first half of the last episode sigh.¬†I mean, we all knew that Soon Ae had to leave but I wasn’t prepared to be so emotionally affected by her goodbyes with all the different groups of people she had interactions with?? And I thought it was rly generous of Bong Sun to lend Soon Ae her body to say goodbye to Chef YAY BONG SUN!

The second half of the episode was like a catching up of their lives after all that hooha. Also there was a jump of two years in time where Bong Sun had¬†2 years away to learn to be a chef herself (also away from Chef!). SO CUTE how he was so anxious about her and tries so hard to play it cool hehehe. One of Chef’s cutest character traits. Then Bong Sun comes back and all is right with the world again:

Go to Europe become so liberal wow

— SPOILERS END —

I really really enjoyed this drama sigh. And I think one of the best things was having PJ watch it at the same time as me?? It was so amusing watching her fangirl over the drama and Chef and Joon LOL. I thought the plot and the characters were both quite amazing and rly rly super enjoyable to watch and follow.

So to end off, I have a guest appearance from PJ:

fangirl!pj
fangirl!pj
“I WANNA HAVE NA BONG SUN’S LIFE”
Pls note the last line HAHAHA
Pls note the last line HAHAHA
OMG, got my heart stolen hehe

On Choi Jin Hyuk and Pride & Prejudice

I’ve been watching Choi Jin Hyuk’s latest drama Pride and Prejudice solely because he’s acting in it. Talk about bias hehe. ¬†But actually,¬†he isn’t the usual type of guys I like! Ask any of my close friends who are usually the victims (well, I don’t think they’re victims, but I suspect they might feel that way /shrug) of my excessive fangirling and they’ll most likely tell you that my type (omg I have one) tend towards those who have baby faces / are pretty boys. Andddd I don’t really think CJH fits into any of the two categories?! I mean, he’s of the same age as Song Joong Ki, and they don’t look the same age (right? right??) In short, I think he looks old la.

But handsome!! He is so very handsome I think. Plus he has this gloriously deep voice that is really nice to listen to. No idea what he’s saying of course, but his voice is v soothing. Which is odd I think because I’ve never really liked a voice before. I¬†usually am a more visual (read: superficial) person. Okay but I guess if CJH was less handsome I probably wouldn’t like his voice as much.

Featuring baby Guk from Emergency Couple

Also I think he’s been playing really nice¬†characters in the dramas that I’ve seen him in! I first saw him in Emergency Couple which I watched because of Song Ji Hyo. After that I saw him in Fated To Love You as the second male lead. And now in Pride and Prejudice! All his roles involve him being really nice to the girl. In Emergency Couple, most of it was him trying to win back his ex-wife when they meet again years after their very traumatic divorce. Cue very cutesy moments where he tries to get her attention. And all the glowering by the corridors because¬†of jealousy and threatening the second male lead “You can’t like her!” omg. I love. His fate in Fated To Love You (lol) was kinda sealed man. I haven’t really seen a nasty second male lead, have you? The ‘neighbourhood oppa’ to Jang Nara’s character… sigh. Supportive, sweet, kind!! And funny. He tends to get¬†characters with a wry sense of humour which I really appreciate. The little smirk and like I’m so pleased w myself feel hahaha. I really like that. I was worried that I wouldn’t really like him because I didn’t like Dylan in the Taiwanese version of FTLY. Thankfully the Korean version paid more attention to the two leads and I didn’t dislike his character yay.

And now Pride and Prejudice!

I was having quite a difficult time with this drama because romance isn’t at the forefront. I’m not used to watching Korean dramas that aren’t IN YOUR FACE with the romance.¬†Here,¬†romance takes a step back for the lawyer-y stuff since it’s supposed to be about prosecutors who fight injustice – that kinda thing.

The¬†reason why they chose to use the¬†same name as the Jane Austen novel BAFFLES me. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to¬†Google for info about the show?! I have to remember that I’m searching for “Pride and Prejudice Korean Drama” -.- I get that the characters are kinda prideful and prejudiced but then really… NO OTHER NAMES THEY COULD USE?! Aside from how I wasn’t used to¬†romance taking a backseat, if I’m not wrong this is the first prosecutor drama I’m watching! I watch Hong Kong legal¬†/ crime dramas more often because they’re so common so I’m quite used to how it works on TV. But I’m completely new to how the Korean judiciary system works in drama-land so that took some getting used to. Like, why is it that the prosecutors are investigating cases?! I thought it was up to the police?! *confused*

Also the drama was pretty dim. As in lighting-wise. I like bright, happy scenes. But this being an investigation-led drama, it tends to get a bit dark (both themes-wise and colour-on-my-screen-wise) which I don’t really like because I can hardly tell who’s who. Plus I have to read the subtitles so it gets a bit difficult to really follow what’s going on. So I get a bit annoyed and skip through scenes a bit. Then I get confused. Like when did this character appear?! Am I supposed to know who he is? Did I skip out his appearance / forget about him? So yeah, not very¬†easy to watch.

So I was quite close to¬†quitting the drama. Plus the female lead didn’t really appeal to me because she kept going all “I KNOW YOU KILLED MY BROTHER” on CJH’s character which was annoying because if she just USED HER HEAD it was pretty obvious that he didn’t do it -.-¬†I only got more into the drama at roughly episode 7/ 8 where the characters suddenly seem to be tied together by their pasts in very interesting ways. Plus she finally stopped accusing him of murdering her brother -.-

They’re currently investigating a case about corruption. I realise the thing about such dramas is that they have one seemingly irrelevant case then it either blows up to be the thread of the ENTIRE drama or they have many seemingly unrelated cases which dum dum dum all point to the criminal. I can’t help wondering if this drama’s gna be taking the first route. The case that ties the main characters together seems to involve corruption in some way so there’s a chance it might happen! Yippee exciting times ahead. I finally feel like the plot is getting somewhere I’m¬†interested in instead of them just solving random cases with no link to the larger scheme of things.

So I decided to continue with the drama. Hope it’ll be a good ending! Only 11 more episodes to go. It’s probably gna end when¬†I go for exchange man I suspect.

On another note, two more exams to the end of finals!

[UPDATE] Actually getting kinda bored with the drama already because it’s so dark colour-wise. I personally prefer brighter-themed dramas. Might continue watching¬†when I feel v bored tho because I quite like the side couple. Will see! [/UPDATE]

On Choi Jin Hyuk and Pride & Prejudice

YG Family Concert

14 Sept 2014

YG FAMILY CONCERT IN SINGAPORE YO YO YO

Where do I even beginning writing about this fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience? I remember casually saying that I would love to go for a YG Family concert a while before they announced that they were coming to Singapore.¬†I’ve heard so much about how YG concerts are incredible for their fee~ling and I already had a taste of it during the F1 concert when Big Bang performed last year. So when I heard that they would be coming to¬†Singapore all together, it wasn’t even a should I go but WHEN ARE THE TICKETS COMING OUT. Hahaha.

Gna skip the whole ticket buying process and go straight to the concert because it’s been so long. Also because it’s been so long, I’m just going to blog about the concert by feel. As I always do¬†heh.

Quite simply, the concert was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to overall. Not that I’ve had a lot to choose from (SNSD, F1, EXO only, so embarrassing haha). But¬†I honestly enjoyed this concert so so incredibly much. It’s kinda different I guess, after all, this is a multi-artiste concert whereas I’ve mostly been to concerts held by a single idol group.

Attended this concert w my Kpop fanily (who has been quite dormant lately… all too busy with our lives sigh) and my sister because even she didn’t want to miss out on the rare opportunity. Unfortunately our seats weren’t that good sigh. I was at¬†about the same place as I was for EXO’s concert (read: far away) but nearer to the centre. The catch was that our seats were the highest up omg CREYS.¬†But as I later realised, being higher up meant that I could really jump around and fangirl to my heart’s¬†content.

The bunch of us met for dinner then headed to the stadium. This time I was like OKAY GUYS I GOT THIS. After all, I was there less than a month ago for EXO hehe. So I wasn’t as confused as before! Found our seats quite quickly (+ disappointed slightly because we were so high up and right in front of one of the lights meh) and settled down. Choonz even brought her lightstick from Big Bang’s concert!! Omg we so inadequate. HOW COULD WE GO EMPTY HANDED!!!

Okay on to the concert.

TBH I think the absolute BEST thing about a concert like this¬†is the collaboration stages.¬†After all, we kinda get to see them performing their own songs with a way way better view from the comfort of our homes on YouTube. But the collaborations stages… FANCAMS ARE NOT ENOUGH MAN.

CL and GD covered CL’s solos – The Baddest Female and MTBD omg SO FABULOUS. The both of them are really so so incredibly cool that it’s unreal. Plus having the lyrics changed to suit GD since he’s the baddest male hahaha I LOVED IT.

Daesung and Seungyoon’s cover of 2ne1’s Ugly was one of the most hilarious pieces of the night. Partly because they changed the lyrics from “I wanna be pretty” to “I wanna be rockstar” omg PLS GUYS NO JUST NO HAHAHAHA SO HILARIOUS REALLY. Plus they were really dressed in rockstar-ish clothes – yknw, the shirt w the tongue sticking out. Quintessential rockstar t-shirt. I loved the energy of the song + the hilarity, it made for a great great time.

The performance that really took the cake was Big Bang performing 2NE1’s I Love You, complete with scarves and all. SO unexpected and awesome and fabulous AND ALL THE WORDS I CANNOT DESCRIBE IT. I miss boy idol groups covering girl groups songs so much. I remember there was a period where they kept covering girl group songs. But Big Bang is so way past that stage and into the cool stage that I really didn’t expect them to be so goofy and CUTE about it omg ILY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING SUCH JOY AND AMUSEMENT.

I was thoroughly thoroughly entertained throughout the concert.¬†Even during Epik High and PSY’s segments!! Not that I don’t like them. More like I don’t listen to any songs by them but after that¬†night I immediately went to Google the songs they sang hahaha.

PSY in particular was a great performer. He was so down-to-earth and made conversation with the audience (ikr, how it is possible to make conversation in a concert w hundreds of people, but he did. You just have to take my word for it). He was so engaging and made sure that the audience were on their feet (literally, like he MADE¬†everyone stand haha) during his performance. Plus the English subtitles for his songs were supremely helpful. I liked that his songs were meaningful and that he tried¬†hard to engage the¬†audience despite our language barrier and his understanding that the audience likely only knew three of his songs (honest. He said it himself). I think of all the performances, his was one I¬†probably will remember for a long time because of how he engaged the audience. I’ve really never experienced something like that. I really felt his sincerity. Even¬†while I doubted him saying that the Sunday audience was better than Saturday’s -.-

I think I screamed the loudest when WINNER came out. I was really proud of them, of how far they had come since their WIN days. I’m so glad they won and that they got to debut and¬†were even performing in Singapore!! It was really like a dream come true (for me. just to clarify. hahaha). I couldn’t believe that the boys I watched practising so hard on WIN were now in front of me onstage in Singapore!! Amazing. And so so happy for and proud of them.Really hope they continue to do well and that YG will continue giving them opportunities to shine because I find them so talented. It would be a waste to send them back into the training room and focus on iKon (whom I now love as well. Sigh. The carousel will never be full). Even ST agreed!! He¬†really liked Just¬†Another Boy hoho.

Shouldn’t be biased and leave out the¬†2ne1 girls who are really omg the QUEENS.¬†I used to like Minzy the least when they first debuted but I think now she’s really matured a lot. She’s improved so much in terms of her vocals and her confidence + dance skills are quite quite amazing.¬†2ne1’s another group I’ve liked since their debut with Fire (unless Lollipop is counted) and it’s really cool to see how they’ve changed since their debut. They’ve become so cool and like whoa untouchable. Yet we have Dara who’s so cute and 4D aww. I really admire CL’s confidence too. It’s hard to believe that she’s only 23 this year. Where did all that style and fierceness come from?!

And Big Bang… I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BUT THEY IMPRESS ME EVERYTIME OMG. Especially GD hahaha. Of course. To sum it up, I have one photo:

my love!
my love!

KIDDING HAHA.¬†Seungri wasn’t able to make it for the Singapore leg of the tour because he had his (mysterious) accident just a few days before. Q sad about it mainly because I think Big Bang was kinda affected by his absence which makes me sad. Big Bang is best as five I think. Nonetheless, their performances were great ūüôā Especially GD omg. There’s something about him that makes him so enjoyable to watch and just… omg FALL IN LOVE WITH. Like CL, there’s this untouchable aura about¬†him when he performs, like he’s too cool for you, for me, for the WORLD. But then when he smiles, I think it could light up 100 lightbulbs. His smile is so cute omg like with a tinge of shyness. It’s like a different person from when he’s performing – GD vs Jiyong. Sigh.

Case in point:

omg pls my heart.

Anyway, from our seats… we got great views of the screen. HAHA. But the atmosphere was electrifying for the lack of a better word. I was jumping up and down for most of the concerts.¬†Had to stop and rest for awhile. And take breaks to drink water to make sure I can still continue screaming and singing along. It was basically a huge karaoke fest for me. And releasing all my pent up fangirl-ing feels from only watching them on my laptop screen. It was a great great night.

bye bye ygfam
bye bye ygfam

Oops LQ photo because I was still using Butter then and Butter cannot handle the zoom it had to go through since we were so high up lol.

I had so much fun during the concert. And I guess that’s what concerts are about right. Having fun,¬†watching your idols irl (and not having your heartbreak because they’re so near yet so far cf EXO).

Will def go for the next YG Family concert if they come to Singapore again ūüėÄ Pls bring iKon and Akdong Musician w you pls pls pls.

YG Family Concert

EXO’s The Lost Planet

I write this post with a heavy heart. Just earlier today the news broke that Luhan filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment and sigh. Life will really never¬†be the same (for them) again. For me also in a way I guess. I can not say that Luhan is my bias from EXO anymore ): I got a huge shock when i read the news and just like the previously¬†time¬†when Kris filed his lawsuit, I immediately searched for more information but really there wasn’t anything because all we know for certain is that he filed the lawsuit. It’s really quite upsetting but at the same time a part of me is quite glad that he now has a way out. I was really quite concerned about how there were so many reports about his poor health and how his fear of heights is worsened by the regular flights around ūüė¶

So I felt that since today is the day marking the end of EXO OT11 (urgh I hate that they are 11 only. Imy Kris) as I know it, it would be quite appropriate to reminisce happier times of the concert.

Buying the tickets
I CAMPED at my computer to buy the tickets I remember. I was wiser from my experience of buying the YG FAMILY concert tickets the previous week so I tried to log in earlier. But I actually didn’t feel as anxious this time. In fact it felt easier to get the tickets for EXO as compared to YG FAMILY! I suspect it’s because I bought the tickets during the priority sales for OCBC cardholders. Thank goodness my mum has an OCBC cars heh. I bought the tickets back in early/mid July, before I went to Korea! The concert itself was on 23 Aug, Saturday. I remember I was in school on Friday when I realised they touched down in Singapore. FINALLY BREATHING THE SAME AIR AS EXO MY LOVES.

The long awaited concert day!!!
I had to go for ballet that day because I was already skipping¬†the rehearsal to go for the concert. SMALL SACRIFICES. So after ballet, I¬†showered and rushed down to Stadium to meet PJ. It was PJ’s first (and probably only) Kpop concert! Woohoo so proud of her! ^^ We decided to grab a quick dinner at Popeye’s since we had some time before the concert started.¬†Went to look for Susu who was working after dinner! Susu¬†used to work as a part-time usher at Indoor Stadium.¬†We were rather excited to look for Susu because she was dressed in the new uniform that was in a rather ugly shade of blue. Plus PJ wanted to take revenge and take a photo of Susu working because that’s what Susu did the last time during the Juventus match that PJ was helping out at.

TO OUR UTTER SURPRISE, we didn’t even have to look for Susu!! She just appeared in front of our eyes. To be honest, I didn’t even recognise her. It was PJ who recognised her. Susu really looked quite quite different with her hair tied up. And she was super frustrated dealing with all the over-eager fans who could not ‘SELF-REGULATE’!!! Hahahah omg the “Can y’all please self-regulate” that Susu was shouting was SO hilarious. After awhile PJ and I decided to stop disturbing her (plus we already took enough photos of how she¬†was wearing black socks with black flats) so we went away to find the East door.

Met Yin Juin, her sis, and Ruoxin on the way! Helped them buy the tickets hehe.¬†Fellow fans must stand united together!!! The queue to go in was HORRIFIC omg. It¬†went down the stairs and even u-turned and came back UP the stairs omg wth. I thought there wouldn’t be a queue since it was allocated seating!! It was probably the bag check slowing down everything zz. Oh well. ANYTHING FOR EXO.

I was so excited while queuing hehe. Saw the¬†container/trailer trucks thing with EXO THE LOST PLANET plastered on it and started plotting how I could sneak myself in there. Then I think someone intelligently pointed out that¬†there wouldn’t be much point oh well. Finally they scanned our tickets and we got in omg THE ATMOSPHERE WAS SO EXCITED. All the hopes of the fangirls crammed into the indoor stadium… I could really feel how everyone there was in love with EXO really.

We took some time finding our seats because it was a bit complex and we were seated quite high up sigh ūüė¶ But what to do. Too much love but it doesn’t translate to enough money to buy good seats.. ūüė• I remember we were quite angsty when we were looking for seats because it was almost time for the concert to start already and they were playing EXO songs and the fans kept SCREAMING SUDDENLY omg damn heart attack inducing really. But they were just screaming¬†because a nice song came on hahaha -.- It was quite funny also because¬†the fans were singing along but then because they were playing the¬†Korean versions it was a lot of “SOMEONE CALL A DOCTOR lalalala … EH OH TOO MUCH YOUR LOVE dum dum OVERDOSE” hahahaha.

They opened the concert with¬†something that quite resembled the¬†haka which PJ and I found quite hilarious hahaha. Like they looked super not fierce. Maybe becos they’re so skinny?? Then it just looked quite like cute little boys trying to be fierce¬†aiyooo.¬†Tbh I’m not that huge a fan of people appropriating cultural references like that. I mean like, EXO¬†probably doesn’t know the cultural significance of it to the Maori people and here they are using it to open a concert. But it’s EXO so I forgive everything HAHA. I never said I’m not biased ^^

I think the first few songs they performed were from their debut mini album which I haven’t really listened to.¬†The first song they performed that I knew was Moonlight! YAY LOVELY SONG. But then they had dancers acting as flowers?!?! Which was really ?!?!?! for me and quite distracting.

PJ's photo taken during Moonlight
PJ’s photo taken during Moonlight

I was torn between joy and an aching pain in my heart. My heart was CLENCHING from how they were SO NEAR to me but so far at the same time. Omg I really couldn’t stand it. I was trying to find a way that I could somehow fly down INTO THEIR LOVING ARMS. I also felt quite touched by the knowledge that they were performing so hard FOR US! THEIR FANS!! Omg I love it. This love between idols and fans… I think it cannot be explained really. You need to experience it to know it. The desperation the fan feels for¬†recognition by their idol. Anything would do really. A tweet, a comment, a smile, A DIRECT GLANCE FROM THE IDOL. Omg all these seem like such small insignificant things right. But if I received any one of them from¬†any of the idols I love I think I would collapse from utter happiness. Cannot sleep for 10 weeks. LOL

I¬†screamed my love for them that night really. EVERYTHING ALL THE FEELINGS IN MY HEART. It was the only¬†way I can get my feelings across to them.. ūüė• To thank them for the joy they have brought to my life sigh.

I¬†especially¬†liked it when they spoke to us. How Baekhyun (or was it Chen?) was mocking Suho for his English omg SO CUTE. Prodding him to¬†speak in English more before Suho finally gave up and said “My limit, limit” HAHA. Oh gosh so cute. I was also really happy that Lay, Luhan and Tao¬†had a segment where they were speaking in Chinese (as like a brief interlude before¬†something else happened). Them speaking in a language I can¬†understand without subtitles (kinda) made me feel infinitely closer to them. And omg when Tao pressed the ‘car key’ and D.O. came out in a bathrobe SQUEAL HAHAHA.¬†He really looked super cute with his expression of confusion sigh.

Oh and Luhan’s solo. THERE WAS ONE PART WHERE HE LIFTED HIS SHIRT WAIT AH I FIND A GIF. OH I FOUND A PHOTO INSTEAD hehehe.

HAHA HIS FACE THO.

I think I screamed just a littleeee bit louder when he did that. Just a bit. I couldn’t hear what he was singing though. The screams were OVERPOWERING. But gosh so proud of him!! And he did the Scorpion move. I will forever link that move to Infinite and Before The Dawn tho.

The other song that left a huge impression on me was My Lady. They performed it lying on the floor in front of a mirror so the effect was really really cool. I was wondering what on earth the mirrors were there for then I OOOHH DAMN SMART. I really loved it.


Video of it above with terrible sound quality. But you can see the effect right! AMAZING. GENIUS IDEA. I AM FULL OF PRAISE FOR IT. I really liked it.

I really enjoyed the brief moments of interactions and cutesy fun. Oh yes they performed Sorry Sorry, Dream Girl, Run Devil Run, Gee and Genie!!! SO CUTE. I loved the little homage to their sunbaes hehe.

All in all, I really enjoyed the concert¬†although it was painful to watch. It’s¬†even more painful now knowing that I will ever only see 10 members of EXO… ūüė•

Oh yes must include PJ’s recount:

Cause we were on the 3rd level during the exo concert she planned to absail down to the stage during a sad song using these thick wires that were hanging down from the ceiling and scream EXOOO I’M HEREEE HAHHAHAHAHA i rly don’t let you forget what you said during the concert hor HAHAHA

-.- Not true okay. SHE WAS REALLY DESPERATE ALSO HAHAHA. I have never seen her like that eh really. “KAAAIIIIII I’M HERE KAAAAIIIIII¬†MY BABY” hahahaha omg PJ I love you hehehe.

Oh then since PJ and ST think I should I include this… Lay was talking about Singapore has a ÁĺéšłĹÁöĄŚ§úśôĮ. I swear HE SAID THAT THE¬†Ś§úśôĮ IN FRONT OF HIM¬†IS śĖįŚä†ŚĚ°śúÄÁĺéšłĹÁöĄŚ§úśôĮ OKAY!!! So I just repeated after him lor.. “śąĎÔľĀÔľĀ śąĎśėĮśĖįŚä†ŚĚ°śúÄÁĺéšłĹÁöĄŚ§úśôĮÔľĀÔľĀÔľĀ‚Äú Of course I meant a collective¬†śąĎ… hehehe (insert shy face).

So that’s the end of my recount of my The Lost Planet experience. Sigh. Once in a lifetime really. REALLY BECAUSE LUHAN WILL NEVER PERFORM WITH EXO AGAIN. Omg my heart aches.

EXO’s The Lost Planet

School 2013

It’s the end of Week 5 of school and I just finished the whole School 2013 in exactly a week. That’s 16 episodes y’all. I’m not sure if I should be proud or ashamed of myself tbh.

Bye bye Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin :'(
Bye bye Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin ūüė•

I was looking for a drama to watch because I wanted to see Lee Jong-suk’s handsome face hahaha. I quite liked him in Secret Garden but I haven’t watched any of his subsequent dramas. I¬†rejected¬†watching I Hear Your Voice because the look of the couple felt a bit off to me just by pictures a lot. I also didn’t want to watch Doctor Stranger because I didn’t get good reviews about the ending from my mum. So I was left with School 2013. I didn’t want to watch it at first because I knew there wasn’t a strong romance storyline in the drama. But then I decided I had to watch it to see¬†what the hype was about. Plus, I was quite intrigued by Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin’s real life friendship and wanted to see how it translated to the drama. So I started the downward spiral into the drama.

The whole week was basically me trying to rush the drama so that I could move on with life. I was so caught up with it really. My emotions rose and fell as the kids in the dramas faced hardships after hardships. I wasn’t very bothered by the lack of romance in the drama because the¬†plot felt so realistic and I felt like it really captured emotions of teachers and students quite well.

While it was definitely dramatised (duh, since it’s for TV right), it didn’t feel too overboard. The drama was simple and was really quite heartwarming. Even though there were times were it felt like it was a bit draggy (just a bit though, because after all it’s only 16 episodes), I never really minded.

The ending of the drama was interesting in that it didn’t feel like an ending – you know, those neatly wrapped up kinds with all the ends tied and everyone has a happy ending (except the bad guy). It was quite open ended, with the feeling that the characters in the drama would go on to experience other hardships. but they won’t really go down the wrong path because of what they’ve experienced and all that.

Another thing I liked about the drama was how it told the stories of various characters in the class. I’ve watched some dramas where they will focus overly on one character’s back story and the rest kind of fade into the background. Then when that character’s issues are resolved, they forget about him/her and move on to the next story to tell. So it feels very chaptered. Whereas in real life, we all know that the storylines will¬†all affect each other and nothing’s so isolated like that. Each character’s troubles will affect the others’. Especially when they’re all situated in one classroom together. I thought School 2013 handled this really well. It never felt like one episode was to be dedicated to this character.¬†And the troubles they faced all impact each other.

My favourite thing in the drama (like most other people I assume) is the friendship between Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin’s characters’ friendship. SO FRAUGHT WITH TENSION. Them making up was such a complicated process and I’m so happy that the drama didn’t complicate it. Watching them when they finally started to repair their friendship was SO satisfying and I really grinned and felt so happy that they were friends again.¬†I almost cried¬†at the pain that the both of them were feeling – one dying from guilt and one¬†unable to forgive, yet wanting so badly to¬†move on. The both of them only had each other and¬†at the turning point of their friendship, because one couldn’t face losing the other, he decided to run away. URGH NO. My heart BREAKS for the pain they went through. I almost cried at the scenes where they were slowly peeling back the scabs from the scars they gave each other. Another thing I’m really pleased about is that the drama didn’t give them one scene to just make up. It took a lot of effort for them to¬†gradually open up to each other again, to find back what had been lost. And I really appreciated that¬†because it made them making up so much more meaningful.

SO IN CONCLUSION. I really enjoyed this drama.

I shall end with this gif of one of my favourite scenes. Credits to this tumblr!

SQUEEEEEEAL
SQUEEEEEEAL
School 2013

Commitment (to support Kpop)

26 November

Commitment!
Commitment!

¬†No prizes for guessing what this post is about! ūüėÄ On the Monday of recess week as I was travelling to meet ST at Yishun, Susu called me with a piece of very surprising news! She asked if I was free the day after. Naturally I asked why. TURNS OUT SHE WON TICKETS TO WATCH A PREMIER OF TOP’S MOVIE COMMITMENT!! Omg of course I’m free right. Not free also will clear my schedule LOL. Free movie tickets + TOP’s face on the big screen, what is finals??

With a happy heart, I met susu on Tuesday evening to watch Commitment. The movie was supposed to start at 7.15pm but we met at 6.30pm oops. I think it was my fault, We collected the tickets and then had one of the fastest dinners I’ve ever had. I think we ate our sushi dinner in less than 15 minutes? At a restaurant no less. LOL was amazing. Then we hurried back to to the movie theatre and settled our stuff down and ran to the toilet because we didn’t want to have to go during the movie.

I QUITE ENJOYED THE MOVIE REALLY. Like there were quite a few moments that I almost cried because it was so touching. And TOP is really handsome. Andddd I think the thing about his acting is how emotive his eyes is? HAHA I SOUND REALLY CHEESY HERE. But it really felt like he conveyed a lot of emotions through his eyes only. His character was more of the stoic type – which kinda seems like the character he pro trays most of the time LOL. So a lot of times his hurt/pain/emotional turmoil was shown through his eyes/actions. SIGH. TOP is really a rather good actor.

Plot-wise I thought this movie was slightly better than Secretly, Greatly. They kinda have the same premise. A North Korean spy in South Korea, and both main characters were in it kinda to protect their loved one. I actually prefer the first part of Secretly, Greatly because it’s brighter, more light-hearted than Commitment. Commitment starts off dark and ends of with sort of a more positive and hopeful note. Even though I don’t think anyone reading this will watch but still, shall not be a spoiler ~ To me, Commitment ended off in a more believable note? Susu and I didn’t go like omgwthisthismoviedoing as much HAHA. But there were some moments that seemed a bit out of character and huh? moments. BUT THE TOUCHING MOMENTS WERE SO SHINING AND LOVELY I WAS VERY HAPPY W IT.

That said though, Choonz watched the movie but said it was slow-going and probably not that great a movie unless you just wna see TOP. I quite disagree with that tho >: (

So yup, we went home after the movie. First time going for a movie premier ~ Thanks susu for inviting me yay. NO BREATHING UP NEXT CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH IT. YURI + SEO IN GUK + LEE JONGSUK! :O

Commitment (to support Kpop)