Zico on the Block 1.5

This is my third entry of the day – guess I’m making up for lost time. Anyway, happy Chuseok everyone! And it’s about to get even happier because Block B‘s Zico gifted everyone with a new song off his mixtape Zico on the Block 1.5. I in no way understand Korean, especially when he’s rapping at the speed of light, but I’m intelligent enough to know that it’s good. I’ll just wait for some kind soul to translate the lyrics to English, and then confirm the fact that the guy’s a genius. And since Zico tweeted to spread the love, that’s exactly what I’ll do. Enjoy!

I absolutely can’t wait for my boys to be back on October 18. Ahhhhh new Block B material~ it’s been too long. I’m watching fancams of their Gyeongin concert, and I love how the whole controversy hasn’t seemed to change them. Here’s a fancam of them performing one of my favourite songs of theirs, ‘Synchronization 100%’, featuring Jaehyo clapping and laughing like a happy seal ∩( ・ω・)∩

They look so happy and healthy, and the fans are so loud, the entire video just puts a huuuuge smile on my face. The whole thing’s definitely matured them for sure, but I like that they won’t be shoved into that perfect, nice little box like we all feared Stardom would do. In fact, I think they’ve kinda went “fuck it” when it came to the whole appearance thing, which makes me all kinds of excited. I mean, Taeil got an eyebrow piercing! How many K-pop idols even have facial piercings? And Zico got a whole bunch of tattoos, and um well, Jaehyo still hasn’t cut his pretty, long hair like I furiously hoped he would, but still… I can’t wait. I hope they go all the way with this next comeback. Praying for only good things for these lovely, hardworking boys who deserve it more than anything.

Seoul Sunday (Part 1 of my Korean adventure)

I thought I’d write a little about my Korea trip, if only for myself, and to preserve the memories a little. I had such a great time there, but I think I didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have, until I actually returned home. I was there from May 11-18 2012, so a whole week in beautiful, beautiful Seoul. It was a whole four months ago, and I just want to return there ASAP because I miss everything about it, especially the food, and the sheer convenience of fansigns.

So many highlights in the trip, but Ying Xin and I aren’t exactly picture people (though I’m slowly becoming a selca-whore) so we don’t have a lot of photos to speak for themselves. My memory isn’t the best, so I’ve forgotten all the little little details, so this is mostly an overview of my trip there. I’ve only just watched the 8-10 videos we filmed with my cheap $30 video camera while we were there, and I swear besides sounding like a chipmunk (not helped by the fact that the thing distorts my voice soooo bad) and looking kinda gross in them (what is it about overseas air? I swear I usually don’t look that terrible), I really do crack myself up.

Pre-trip/1st day

Seoul marks my first ever trip abroad without the company of teachers or parents, so woohoo independence! We flew on SIA, and it’s something I always tell people whenever I talk about this trip because how insanely lucky was I to actually score a round-trip ticket to Seoul for $700? *pats self on back* I had the most mouth-watering donut once we landed at Incheon airport from Dunkin Donuts. It was one of those cream cheese and strawberry stuffed ones and homg what I’d do for another right now.

We stayed at Zaza Backpakers Hostel and it was the accomodations that Rachael, Vanessa, Melissa and I picked out when we were initially thinking about going to Seoul together as a foursome. But I guess they were kinda half-hearted about the whole trip, and so that fell through, but I’m so, so glad I ended up going anyway.

The building our room’s in a walk away from the actual office so that was quite odd, but it’s a stone’s throw away from Myeongdong station – super convenient, and we were quite literally in the heart of Seoul. The room’s tiny, but sufficient for the two of us. We didn’t need a luxurious, fancy place anyway since we’d be out most of the time. It was SGD70+ per night for a double room, so I would definitely recommend it, if you’re looking for a decent no-frills place, that’s both affordable and great, location-wise.

We were in a bit of a rush on our first day because I wanted to catch LEDApple‘s concert in Hongdae, which was at about 7 or 8pm. We landed in Seoul at about 4ish, so it was a rush to bus down to our place, settle in a little and then head out to figure out the whole transport thing. Their versions of EZ-link cards are just about the cutest things ever. I guess they also use normal cards to tap in at the train stations, but if you fork out a little bit more, you get cute little plastic cartoon character faces, like the Hello Kitty one I got, which basically serve the same purpose.

Once we reached Hongik University station, which is the station you’d get off at if you’re heading to Hongdae, we were all ready to get to LEDApple in Seoul Vol. 1, but we ended up walking quite a bit. It was at Soundaholic, which if you were to ask me now how to get there, I wouldn’t be able to tell you since I was basically tailing Ying Xin and letting her lead the way. I’m not the most uh, street smart… Okay fine, I’m a directions idiot. We got there right as the opening act, Toxic, began, and thankfully managed to get tickets at the door. They were 20,000 KRW (about SGD22), quite cheap for an idol band performance.

LEDApple isn’t in my top 5 K-pop groups, but I do love them quite a bit. They’re underrated, and I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to finally see them in their comfort zones and playing their instruments live. Hanbyul has such an amazing voice, and it’s just ‘nother whole experience listening to it live. He and Kyumin both got solo stages and the boys all looked so good too. I’m glad I saw KeonU before he left the group. Besides the club being a little stuffy (me being in my fluffy fleece-lined jacket totally did not help), I really enjoyed myself. And because they’re more idol than band, of course they did the typical fanservey thing and came out dressed as girls in one of their performances. And when they slowed down ‘Time Is Up’ for their ending performance – ugh it was perfect, I can’t even.

Dinner afterwards was basically whatever we could find while walking along the streets of Hongdae and we ended up eating fried rice. Mine was seafood, and it was honestly quite blah – not exactly the best meal to start my day in Seoul with. But still a good, good first day overall! One k-pop related thing down, a couple more to go!

Life update in numbers

Wow. I haven’t been on here in ages. That’s not to say I haven’t been inspired to write, or blog, because I have. I’ve just been so swamped with mid-terms the past week, that I haven’t even had proper alone time on the computer. It truly sucks. And it’s not like time away helped at all, since I’m still screwed from my two papers. Sigh exams will be the death of me.

What is the point of them anyway? Exams are for those who can memorise textbooks worth of information and vomit them all out word for word come D-day. Where are all the projects to test how you can work together in teams, or apply your knowledge to semi-realistic scenarios? 80 per cent of my grade for one freaking paper?! Insane.

I should have appreciated my poly life a little more because every single day in school now, I wish I could do away with my uni education. Though, yes, I am thankful for whatever few friends I’ve made during my time in uni, but… is this what they call an existential life crisis? At this point, the only thing preventing me from completely flushing my grades down the toilet, is the possibility of going to Seoul next year for my exchange. So besides the usual, uh, questioning my whole existence thing, here’s what I’ve been up to:

1. I’ve been enjoying my weekly one-hour Thursday dance classes a lot lately. I know most people I know make fun of me for “dancing K-pop” and I pretend to take offense, but I honestly couldn’t give a shit. I may not be the best in class (in fact, I’m 99.9% sure I’m the worst), but I really think I’ve improved in leaps and bounds from the first few lessons months ago. I enjoy it a lot, and it makes me feel fit (only exercise I get each week, hollaaaa~) woohoo! But I’m just one of those people whose feet and hands for some reason can never move together in a way that looks appealing, and it’s just a fact I’ve come to accept. *single tear*

2. I don’t get it. How do I still get new followers? I haven’t been on Tumblr in forever (I’m not kidding. One and a half weeks in Tumblr time is literally equivalent to at least two months.) and I feel like I’m out of the fandom loop already. What are my oppas up to these days idk, but I’m gonna try to dip my toes into the Tumblr pool once again and try to get up to speed.

3. I’m quite literally broke. I’m knee-deep in debt because my allowance is peanuts, and they’re all going to food and concerts. I’m looking forward to SMTown here on 23 Nov, if only to see my OT12 on stage in the flesh (because I stupidly missed the chance to when I was on my way back from Seoul at Incheon airport *slaps self silly* – but that’s a story for another day). I’m not much of a fan of the SM groups or an “SM stan” I guess is what they’d call it, but my love for EXO is enough to loosen my wallet and watch all my money fly away. Of course, I’m gonna do my homework beforehand and try to fall in love with the other groups in these next two months. I need to get my money’s worth, after all. The prospect of seeing my boys perform new songs is so, so exciting too. Oh please, oh please.

4. Sometimes you just need to blast some really loud music and drown out your thoughts though, and it’s a solace that K-pop simply can’t provide – as much as I love it. I spent a better part of yesterday, listening to all the music I used to listen to way back when. I was watching old The Used, From First to Last and Escape the Fate videos, and then I stumbled upon Falling in Reverse, which is Ronnie Radke‘s new band, and they’re so good. They make music that’s in a genre I can safely say is one of my faves – it’s all guitar-heavy with breakdowns and catchy-as-hell popcentric choruses. I love, I love, I love. Will do a separate post on this soon.

5. I finally had a good night’s out with Rachel two days ago, after being cooped up at home studying all week. It wasn’t anything fancy, but god knows I needed it. I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely love spending time at home, but sometimes you just need to dress up a little and go about town, you know? I watched The Thieves and I really enjoyed it. Recommended, for sure. A little heartbreaking watching my Kim Soo Hyun make out with Jun Ji Hyun, but since she’s a bonafide goddess, I’ll accept it understandingly while I watch tearily from the sidelines, pretending I’m her. (God I am such a drama queen haha) Gonna stick the trailer here to hopefully get at least one person to watch this Ocean’s Eleven-esque movie.

6. Now that I’m freelancing for Teenage, I do enjoy it a lot because I get paid to write about K-pop, but work is work is work. And deadlines are so very real, and sometimes you’re just not in the mood to write. I have no choice though, and I need to churn out a 1-page Super Junior article in a few hours. Time to read up. And I don’t get why people don’t take my writing for Teenage seriously? Um, how many of you can say you’ve had thousands of people read a piece of work you’ve written in a professional context and get paid for it? Yeah, I thought so.

7. Like I mentioned, I haven’t really felt like writing anything work-related, and I guess Dinoseoul kinda counts. It’s my and Rachel’s baby, and I’m glad hits are through the roof now, thanks to her timely ‘Gangnam Style’ review. I’m half afraid of what’s gonna happen once the fad dies down though. For now, I’m going to get started soon on my ‘Stop Girl’ album review for the site. I love these seven U-KISS boys and to get me a little fired up about writing, I’ll probably type out a post here, looking back at all their previous title tracks, till now.

8. And rejoice – the two of us got invited to our very first official press conference! It’s for Brian Joo and although I’m not what you’d call a fan, since I hardly know any of his or Fly to the Sky‘s songs but it’s nothing a little Google and YouTube can’t fix.

9. It’s recess week this whole week, which means I have no school. But it doesn’t make that much of difference, really, since I still have a shitload of assignments due both this week, and next week. I don’t even wanna go on and get into it. Sigh school is seriously cramping my style in every way.

10. It’s the last day of September, and I’m still alone. Time to wake up.

Commence the panic attack

Music: Crash – B.A.P

Mid-terms are in two weeks and I am officially freaking out. I’m literally drowning in my workload, but I haven’t been putting in any effort at all. And you know how some people say that, but it’s just so that they don’t seem like they’re so on the ball? Well, that is totally not my case. I haven’t been doing any of my readings except for Comm History & Theories, and even so, I’m behind on that. I spent the entire weekend just to finish my Film readings on Cinema Sound. Sobs. I’m currently trying to rush out a report, but I’m so distracted, and even contemplating opening Photoshop and making some gifs. Ugh, WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. My concentration is so shot.

The twin effect

The problem with going on YouTube is that it’s so easy to lose track of time and end up spending hours on there. Earlier, I watched a video that appeared on my Facebook feed, and next thing I know, I’ve watched over 10 videos from the same user.

But HE’S SO ATTRACTIVE THOUGH. He reminds me of a mix of jimmy0010 and charlieisocoollike. And the best part? THERE’S TWO OF THEM. Oh, yeah.

…How can they make opening mail so entertaining?
Kind of makes me tempted to send them letters myself.