Holiday update

For those who don’t know, I’ve been in Chiang Mai for the past week, and it really is quite lovely here. The only part of Thailand I’ve been to is Phuket, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It’s not exactly a shopping paradise (though their Sunday night bazzars at Tapae Gate is huuuge) but I like the atmosphere here and the people are nice despite the language barrier.

Today’s my last day here and while I’ve had a nice time, I do miss home quite a bit (oh what I’d do for stable Internet connection~~). The reason why we came was mainly because my dad wanted to take part in the Chiang Mai marathon and wanted to drag us along by disguising it as a “family holiday trip”. The run was on Sunday morning, and despite my initial overwhelming dread, it turned out surprisingly okay. Let’s hope my one day workout is enough to make up for all the pigging out I’ve been doing. Thai food is both cheap and amazing. I think my brother’s had at least six different variations of Pad Thai from six different locations. Hmm…

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While I’ve been away, it seems that U-KISS, the idol group that first got me into K-pop, will finally be popping over to our shores in Feb 2013 since their last visit in Nov 2010. …Yes, I’m actually excited enough to dedicate a post to this.

I’ve seen the boys twice now – once in KL last year ((long story short: I cut work and endured a 6-hour coach ride to see them)), and another time earlier this year at the Simply KPOP taping in Seoul. Which was an amazing experience because the members were just all kinds of cute, and really friendly and down-to-earth, and it just made me really glad to be a fan.

But what I don’t like is that because they’ve have been around for so long, they have such a huge body of work that when it comes to performances, they only get to do their title tracks, which is merely a sliver of their entire discography. Which is disappointing for me because they have so many better songs that aren’t part of their promotional cycles. So I’m especially excited to hear that this time, they could be here for a concert, instead of a fanmeet so we’d hopefully get to really see what U-KISS is capable of.

As of now, it seems that the concert will be (1) in February (2) after CNY and (3) during a weekend, so that narrows down the dates to either 16-17 or 23-24. For updates about the concert as well as details that are soon to be released, do keep checking back with @Judyvein from Jig Asia.

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And finally, though I’m a little behind and it’s already Boxing Day back in Singapore… a huge Merry Christmas to everyone!

Here are some videos to be merry about:

Flower Boy Next Door just released another video teaser, which shows clips from Episode 1, and everything is so cute and fluffy and there’s eye candy everywhere and god, I hope it’ll turn out as good as it looks! The drama will begin airing on January 7 so mark your calendars!!

Also, BtoB, a rookie group that I couldn’t really bring myself to care about when they first debuted in March, have definitely shone a little brighter in my eyes since. I really like their personalities, and I especially love their energy and fanservice on stage.

They’ve had some experience with reality shows, and I’ve watched some clips here and there and the boys are adddoorrraableee~ I’m convinced this is a group you’ll never be able to have a permanent bias because they all have their individual charms. My favourites as of now are Hyunsik, Sungjae and Peniel. But ya know, that’ll probably change as well…

They’re currently filming for SBS MTV’s B+ Diary and here’s one of the clips from Episode 2, where the members are sort of in an… unusual dating show scenario. This made my cheeks hurt from watching because I was grinning so much.

And finally, some holiday greetings from my OT6, and the group who will always be 2012’s Rookie of the Year to me no matter what happens:

+ a bonus Christmas selca from Daehyun

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With love from Chiang Mai,

xx

Bye for a bit

This is me trying to take a decent picture of my hair after getting it cut yesterday. Okay, so I only chopped off an inch but still, this marks the first (and last) time I cut my hair in 2012. It’s a little tamer I think, or rather, I hope, so let’s hope it stays this way for a while. I’m thinking of dyeing my entire head but I’m not sure what colour yet. Hmm… maybe a trip to the drugstore is in order.

I also returned Ying Xin her Canon EOS 550D yesterday, after having it in my possession for at least a month, so it’s a bittersweet farewell. I’ll finally be getting a DSLR to call my own in about 1-2 weeks’ time though so I’m excited! This means I won’t be getting any presents for at least the next 10 years or so, but I’m not complaining.

I’m flying off to Chiang Mai with the fam in a couple of hours because somehow my dad got it into his head that it was a fantabulous idea to drag the entire family there to do a 10km run on 23 Dec. Well, it’s not. And the plane doesn’t come with a movie screen *cries* how will I ever survive the 3-hour plane ride~ I brought my Ikea neck pillow though so I’m all prepped for the trip, except, I’m aboooout 15% packed so… But with that said, I’m still looking forward to time spent with my favourite people in the world, even if I don’t always show it.

xx

Happy BABY day

A quick post to congratulate my boys and my favourite rookies of this year, B.A.P, for winning the Rookie Award at the 2012 Melon Music Awards! Ahh~ I’m so ecstatic for them, and it’s obvious from their acceptance speech too that they were over the moon. I love how each member got to say their thanks and was that tears I saw in Yongguk‘s eyes? And sobs I literally had to pause the video when Zelo broke down because awwww, baby c’mere.

‘You are the peach to my tea’

Music: Lover Boy – BtoB

I came back from KL last night, and it was fun flying out for a bit and pretending to be independent and all. I’ve come to the conclusion that my boots are definitely not made for walking – my feet were practically begging to be set free by the end of the night, and I’m pretty sure I have blisters in the soles of my feet, if that’s even possible. Though our spots at the concert were… ok honestly, pretty shit, seeing EXO-M live was truly……….I can’t even describe. Their four-song set was performed completely live, and really, that’s more than I could ever ask for <3 Pictures from the trip another day because I’m way too lazy to dig them out of my phone.

Anyway the main point of this post is I just want to take some time to give a shout-out to a little Tao international fansite called Peach Tea because the girls there are really nice and friendly, or at least the ones we met in KL were. And really, because more people need to stan this adorbs Kungfu Panda tbh (lol says the Lay stan o…..k). Just look at how sassy this bish is~

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Peach Tea’s pink leopard print hand banner is beyond cute, and they were asking for donations for these cute little gift bags they made (please ignore the fact that um most of the sweets have already been devoured by me). I gave them 10RM, which I guess is a lot? I was just overwhelmed by how nice those girls were T__T But omg the stickers, they’re so cute I can’t even?!

It’s only after Dinoseoul that I truly realise just how difficult it can be to manage a website, whether it’s keeping up to date with news, updating the different online platforms, constantly creating content, liaising with PR or simply trying to get the word out there about our nugu editorial website – though of course I’m blessed to be doing this with and def won’t be able to do it without some of our fantastic writers/photographers, plus my dear friend Rachel (muah xx), so I really appreciate the girls and their effort, and actually all the fansites in existence, really. Without them, we won’t get to enjoy and admire all these beautiful well-taken super HQ pictures of our oppas and unnies so a giant heartfelt ~THANK YOU~ to them.

So please do visit Peach Tea here and here, and oh wow, their site looks so fancy :O Which reminds me, Dinoseoul’s layout is in need of a revamp. …And this is where I curse the fact that no one I’m close to is a website-designing genius. :-( And before I forget, a very happy birthday to B-Bomb the Selca King, as well as SHINee‘s leader/CandyPang King, Onew!

Christmas came early

This year, I’ll be celebrating Christmas overseas, and I can’t wait. I’ve started doing my Christmas shopping, though I’m in a bit of a fix since I’m broker than ever before. Hmm… may need to suck it up and beg from the parents… to buy presents for the parents. Oh, the irony…

I’m really excited about tvN’s upcoming rom-com, Flower Boy Next Door and if the teasers are anything to go by, I think we’re all in for a good time because they’ve all been so cute so far! And all! the! eye! candy! I love the long hair on Park Shin Hye too. I don’t think I’ve seen her looking more gorgeous in any of her previous dramas – let’s hope she manages to balance the cute with the flirty in this role. Other than that, I hope to god the chemistry between the leads deliver or I’ll be sorely disappointed.

It’s 4 in the morning, but exams are over so screw the body clock. I’m off to watch Pitch Perfect! Hope it’s as good as Tumblr makes it out to be.

xx