Fandom collision and a reclusive weekend

Before I dig into dinner, and then dive headfirst into the freelance SNSD article I’ve been working on, just a quick update on some of the goings-on in my…cyber life.

Idol Sports Championship is literally happening right this moment as I type, and I’m dying in anticipation just reading bits and pieces of fan accounts from Twitter – Luhan, Daehyun and Youngjae sharing snacks?! Luhan waving at Myungsoo??? Let me just weep from the beauty of all these fandom collisions. It airs on February 11 but it’ll probably only be a couple more days later before the subbed version’s released, so basically it’s a lifetime away before I can indulge in idol interactions between my favourite groups. I’m giggling just thinking about Baekhyun speedwalking, as well as my China-line boys Luhan and Tao totally dominating the competition.

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And once again, B.A.P are showing off new hair colours in preparation for their Feb comeback – they’ve all gone dark-haired again (Himchan must be rejoicing), though Zelo‘s hair is a dark blue-purple. Poor boy’s gonna lose all his hair before he even hits 20 u___u Jongup looks like he’s lost a ton of weight though, I don’t know if it’s the haircut but he looks scarily gaunt in some of the preview pictures. And from what I’ve read, Himchan really is poised to be the next Woohyun with the amount of fanservice he gives out. Look at how adorable he looks with his new hair?!? Sorry for the upcoming fantaken picspam, but not sorry *__*

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As for my weekend, I spent a better part of it away from social interaction and I blazed through 22 episodes of New Girl so I’m finally all caught up, and just in time to watch my dearest OTP Nick and Jess finally kiss on tomorrow’s episode. Watching New Girl has really made me come to the almost depressing conclusion that I…am basically Nick Miller. He’s a cynical bum who’s a self-declared writer, broke like 90% of the time, has uncontrollable anger issues and is so self-deprecating it hurts.

   

   

   

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See what I mean? He’s so frustratingly lazy sometimes, but I just want him to do well in life and get his girl in the end because how can you not root for him? When he finally finished his book ‘Z is for Zombie’ after a million and one bouts of procrastination, I just wanted to give him a great big hug and tell him good job, even though it was probably the crappiest piece of work ever written.

I also finally watched Silver Linings Playbook, the movie that won Jennifer Lawrence a Golden Globe recently. I don’t really have the time to go too in-depth into it, but I think I set my expectations way too high because it really fell short, and didn’t make me really feel anything like I thought it would. Still love Jen though.

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And lastly, I can’t believe I missed it when it aired, but this happened.

How absolutely perfect was his rendition? His English pronouciation has definitely improved by leaps and bounds, and I can’t wait for CNBLUE to get their flawless asses back here on April 13 as part of their World Tour. Finally. I’ve only waited for forever for this.

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Name cards for Dinoseoul!

For those who don’t know, I’m currently an Editor at Dinoseoul, an online editorial website that covers Korean entertainment content – a website co-founded back in May. Rachel and I decided we needed name cards to appear more professional or whatever whenever we’re invited to events so we previously printed out some name cards on a couple of A3 sheets, which we then had to manually cut out ourselves to cut costs. Thankfully, I’ve managed to get rid of more than half of them at Han Ga In‘s press conference for Korean Film Festival 2012 a few months back, because looking back, my, it really is pretty ugly looking…

Anyway, the point is, our new name cards are here! This time, we learnt from our mistakes and we got them professionally printed and cut in boxes of 100 – at a really reasonable price too. I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I can’t wait to start doling them out at our next event/press conference! And lmao at my dad who told me not to give these out randomly, in case boys started calling me up out of the blue (…..because that’s a possibility and all *poker face*). But I did blank out part of my number here just in case though, cyber safety and all that…

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CN-Blew me away

I haven’t really blogged about the two main K-pop releases of January that I’ve been anticipating, and that’s because I really haven’t got the time to properly sit down and put pen to paper. I’ve sort of put together my thoughts for B.A.P‘s pre-release track ‘Rain Sound’ into a semi-coherent MV review which you can read over here, but as for CNBLUE…….. I just, I can’t.

I am so, so glad they’re finally back and they’re definitely one of the few groups that for me their music trumps the group itself in every way – which is you know, kinda rare in K-pop. Because most of the time it’s the personalities of the group members that attract me to them first before I get into their music and it’s always a package deal but even if CNBLUE were the most boring boys on the planet, if they still put out the same kind of music as they do now, I’d genuinely still be all over them. I’ve had ‘Re:BLUE’ on repeat for awhile now, and I don’t really have the time to type out an album review, but ugh, it’s sooo good – like every single track on there can probably be a promoting single. They’re not exactly breaking any boundaries with the album, but it’s still so listenable, I cannot even stress enough.

They’ve promoted ‘I’m Sorry’ for a week now, and their live performances are asdkhjgsjkfks so effin’ amazing (though Yonghwa, that hair has got to go). But I really miss Jungshin‘s long hair, and I think he kinda does too… Idk he just kinda looks a bit moody during their performances, as if he wishes he could flip his hair around fabulously like he used to. :( I hope it grows out by the time CNBLUE finally return to our shores for a concert. For the music shows, besides ‘I’m Sorry’, they’ve done ‘More than You’, Where You Are’ and on yesterday’s Inkigayo stage, they performed ‘Coffee Shop’ which is probably my favourite track on the album (but omg the Engrish on this can I just-), next to ‘나란 남자’ which I can’t wait to hear live.

Other than that, Dinoseoul is having our very first giveaway! Ah, so exciting~ We’re giving away four copies of Jaejoong‘s mini album ‘I’ and it’s open to all countries, so please support! Details here. And just a little bit of promo, it’d mean so much if you’d like our Facebook page here, and you can also find us on Twitter and YouTube.

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Some much-needed R&R

I’ve had a total of four hours’ worth of dance practice for these past two days and I’m exhausted. My eyelids feel all heavy and my whole body aches. Now I know what it feels like to be a trainee — I kid, I kid…. u__u It’s a little startling to note though, that these trainees in entertainment companies go through this every single day, for probably 14-15 hours a day and here I am, feeling so drained after working out for a mere percentage of what they’re used to.

Regardless, I’m in that sort of mood where I’m just too tired to really do anything that requires too much brain work, so the rest of my night will probably consist of me glued to my computer, chilling. Just for tonight, I’m not going to do any writing, or worry about how school is literally starting in two days (NOOOOOO) and I’m not going to get overly stressed out over my poor grades or over FOC. Thanks to Tumblr, I managed to find an online stream of Jackal is Coming with English subs (HALLELUJAH), the Korean movie which was released late last year and stars JYJ‘s Jaejoong. I was meaning to catch it once it hit theatres here, but since there’s an opportunity to catch the show earlier (and for free, too), well I’m definitely not gonna say no to that (link’s here but shhhh).

But before that, I’m gonna try out the nourishing Orange Pekoe mask from the Banila Co. Tea Party Mask Sheet Set that Rachel got from Korea. Ahh~ it’s so pretty, thank you ^-^ They come in various tea flavours, and it’s basically a freaking tea party on your face (or so I hope) – I bet it smells lovely!