December’s gonna be great

I’m on a very brief (I swear) respite from studying to document the very large hole SMTown Live World Tour III has left in my heart (and wallet). I don’t confess to being an SM stan since I much prefer BlockB.A.P, but now that EXO has officially joined SMTown, well, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Although EXO only performed ‘History’ and ‘MAMA’ and they were up quite early on, the rest of the concert was just… asdfghjkl;lkl;’

I really didn’t expect to enjoy myself as much as I did. Yes, despite the fact that the clouds decided to rain all over us towards the last few songs and despite the fact that my poncho was a cheap piece of crap that barely covered me and left me soaked. I especially enjoyed Super Junior‘s performances because they sang a lot of their songs live and their stage presence was impressive, even though Leeteuk and Siwon were missing from the line-up.

Some highlights off the top of my head, in no particular order:

  1. EXO, of course. I was waving my EXO-M lightstick around like a mad woman, and may or may not have screeched like a banshee each time the camera flashed to Lay. (Though I found out later that he hurt his back and slumped forward from the pain mid-way through ‘History’ ;___;) I was so excited when EXO-M started off the ‘MAMA’ perf since K usually do it, so we get to see Kris and Xiumin lip-shouting hee ^^
  2. Eunhyuk‘s Singlish moments when Suju was introducing themselves. I can’t wholly remember but I think he even pulled out “Do you happy lah?” at one point.
  3. When the fangirl was wrapped in a KyuMin sandwich at the end of ‘Just the Way You Are’, I swear I could hear collective envious sighs all around.
  4. I usually roll my eyes at Kris’ attempt at swag during the SMTown ‘Like A G6’ performances but watching it live was seriously… :O And when Kris, Amber and Key climbed onto the substage that was so freaking close to where I was sitting, oh god, I. Cannot. Function. With Krisber being chummy and sitting by the edge of the stage and diva Key making fab faces at the camera, the performance was too flawless for words.
  5. Um, JongMin porn during ‘Internet War’? Kthxbai. I vaguely recall Ying Xin saying something like “I shouldn’t say this but omg that was so hot” LOL. But understandable, because omgitwassohot.
  6. I’m not sure if ‘Open Arms’ has been performed previously but it was SO GOOD. I especially liked Baekhyun‘s voice in the song. Such a good rendition, ahhh~
  7. When Suju did ‘Superman’, complete with their overdramatic entrance and then ‘Bonamana’ later, I was so captivated. Those two were definitely among my favourite performances of the night, along with Donghae and Eunhyuk’s ‘Oppa Oppa’. Consider me an ~E.L.F.~ now… loljk but they were that good.
  8. And the end with ‘Hope’ with LayHan being cute spraying water on everyone (ft. Sehun running off like a little girl), and KrisLay going off together at one point ~MY FEELS~ And Tao with his panda hat!!! (Even though I only saw this later in fancams.) I thought the rain would make everyone stay at the main stage, but they were all running around the different stages and being fanservicey. What a perfect end to a perfect four-hour concert.

But now I have to accept the fact that I’ve been to one of the biggest K-pop events in existence basically, and that it’s over now (WAHHH BUT I DON’T WANNAAAA). And here’s a highlight reel for Dinoseoul that Michelle edited (because wow, that’s totally helping me not wanna turn back time and return to Friday night).

Ahem, moving on to December… Some things to look forward to (so I don’t sink into an SMTown-induced funk):

  • Sundown Festival 2012 + press con. Yay I can’t wait to see BTOB live! Hmm… Gotta think of some non-fangirly questions to raise during the press con. AH ILHOON-AH NOONA IS COMING
  • Then once my exams are finally over, I get to celebrate with some RaNia heh. Idk I think it’ll be fun! Gotta do my homework and listen to their songs first though.
  • Then I’ll be meeting up with some of the poly kids for dinner, and finally get to see the two now-bald boys whom I haven’t seen in 5ever
  • I’ve also got Main Comm handover for FOC ’13, which will hopefully not be as awkward a night as I think it’d be…
  • Followed by two days of emceeing at NEX Citigems which will put a cool 350 bucks in my pocket (at the expense of my pride, but ya know…)
  • And then my second ever independent trip out of Singapore to be reunited with my Yixing (lolol just let me please) cause I’ll be going for the 2012 Asia Super Showcase in Malaysia! It’ll be a night of the underdogs because the line-up consists of Super Junior-M, EXO-M and BTOB (heh again). I am so excited for this, I cannot even. I really hope EXO-M (1) sings live and (2) have more than just two songs.
  • I’ll also be going to Chiang Mai in the second half of December and I heard the weather’s lovely, and the place is lovely, AND THERE’S WI-FI IN THE HOTEL ROOM *celebrates*

December’s gonna be guh-reat. I can’t wait.

SMTown, my body is ready for you

I’m collecting my VIP tickets tomorrow afternoon, and I am officially excited for this Friday! Where will I be going? Why, only the biggest K-pop event of the year – SMTown! It took me awhile, but now I can’t wait to sit in my seat for four hours and be completely blown away. Although we won’t be getting any new songs from EXO since their comeback wasn’t scheduled for November as I’d hoped (sad face), I’m still excited, nonetheless.

No longer will an ocean separate me and my Yixing – though I guess since EXO will be pretty much stuck at the main stage all the way at the back, it might as well be an ocean… But our eyes shall meet across the sea of fangirls, and our hearts shall be together ~as one~ Ha…ha. *poker face*

EXO-M was in Taiwan recently and they did an interview for Yahoo, which was released today, and my goodness, when did they get so funny? Chen and Lay are trolls. Luhan is pretty much half-Korean. And I swear, Kris is slowly creeping up my bias list. First with his damn alpaca, and now with his sense of humour. I can’t.

Now I’m off to load up the SMTown setlist on my iPod and let it accompany me while I study.

Really, Taiwan?

Just when I was so happy to see Jiro Wang in something good again after the disaster that was Absolute Boyfriend, and basically everything he’s been in after ToGetHer, the guy has to go and get casted in something that is sure to be a hot mess.

Yup, Taiwan has hopped on the bandwagon (rather blindly, might I add) and has decided to remake the wildly successful (internationally, at least) You’re Beautiful. This comes after Japan’s version Ikemen desu ne last year, starring Takimoto Miori and Tamamori Yuta.

I’ll admit You’re Beautiful was my crack drama of 2009, and the draggy second half won’t dim my love for it. It was the first time I was introduced to the Hong Sisters‘ zany brand of humour, and I was absolutely in love. Months and years after it first aired and with my rose-tinted glasses finally off, I’m definitely aware that the drama came with its fair share of flaws. And when Japan announced its remake two years later, I was pretty receptive to the idea. I mean, I did kinda miss the show, and I wanted to see how different it’ll be.

…Not that different, as it turned out. I absolutely love the male lead, and I thought he really balanced the quirky and the heartfelt very well, and wasn’t as exaggerated a character as Jang Geun Suk‘s Hwang Tae Kyung. But I never did finish the drama because if I wanted to watch You’re Beautiful done well, I’d take my DVDs out for a spin, instead of watching the same thing in Japanese.

And now we have a Taiwanese version with Jiro as the male lead… because that’s totally necessary. How many more times can he play the same character type? But I guess instead of being a washed out popstar, he gets to be one in his heyday this time. Jiro definitely has the ability to pull this off flawlessly (even if he is a little old for the role) but I just want him to stop being the only good thing in every single piece of work he’s in. With that said, I’ll still give the drama a whirl though, and I hope to god they’re able to remake and not just replicate. Because Taiwan’s knack for over-the-top antics may actually be the saving grace that will help change things up. I can only hope.

(Source: koalasplayground)

Give it a go go go

I started watching the C-drama Drama Go Go Go today with Ruby Lin, Jiro Wang and Lin Geng Xin, and it’s so nice to see Jiro in something good again. But I am second lead-shipping so hard, it’s not even funny (though I mostly ship him with me more than anything so um). Luckily, I do love me some Jiro, and I have remaining Jiro feels left over from his ToGetHer (still my fave TW-drama of all time)/Fahrenheit days so I have faith he’ll turn the tables around once the romance heats up.

But in the mean time, Lin Geng Xin is making me make whale noises at my screen each time he shows up. And he is a 1988-er! Insanely young and romancing a 36-year-old onscreen? Props. I’ll just sit here and cry a little from his perfection and let the pictures from his sizzling May Elle Men photoshoot do the talking.

(Picture credits: Baidu)