An Update on My Life… and K-Pop!

Wow I have not posted anything for a very very long time.  But I’m glad I still get so much traffic thanks to my Bu Bu Jing Xin OST song posts!  Haha anyways, it’s been a rough school year and at this point I am just ready to give up so I am writing this to relieve stress 🙂

Initially, this blog was basically just about dramas (I have pages for books and movies…. but those have been sadly neglected haha).  Then like last monthish, I revisited K-pop, and found SHINee.  Cue end of trying to be a good student.  Although in the past, when I first tried K-pop (which was circa…. 2009?  Yeah, I think that sounds right), I kind of just glanced by them, I realized my grave mistake when I found them again.  Also, 2009 was only less than a year after they debuted, so the awesomeness of Ring Ding Dong, Lucifer, Hello, and etc. had not come out yet…. so perhaps that’s a bit why.  BUT.  I think what really got me to love them was watching all those Korean variety shows (seriously, America could learn a thing or two about getting some more interesting variety shows).  Watching Hello Baby was nice because I got to see all of those adorable members (hehe I’m still a dongsaeng, even to Taemin, not one of those crazy noonas :P), and I fell in loveee with them (no matter how scripted the show may be…)  Especially the adorkable ONEW ❤  Oh goodness he’s such a cutie and his non-physical sangtae is AAAHHH love it 🙂  Anywhoo, yes, after that I have searched for any and all shows they have been on and watched them.  And I hope I will be able to continue doing so!  Aka, they should not break up any time in the near future.

So, I am quite excited about their 2012 comeback!!!!  Especially after their Gayo Daejun Lucifer performance (MBC silly, why did you cut off the ending??!), that amazing whispering of “SHINee is back, SHINee is back, SHINee is back”….  I swear, after watching that I sat and hyperventilated while flailing my arms for about 5-10 minutes straight.  Rumors say that they will be making either a February or March comeback..?

However, SM Entertainment will be debuting a new, “revolutionary” boy group called EXO!  Basically, this group will be split into two parts–EXO-K and EXO-M.  EXO-K will promote in Korea, while EXO-M will promote in China (so a bit similar to Super Junior M).  According to SM, they will debut at the same time, with the same song, in Korea and China respectively.  On December 22, 2011, SM began releasing teasers to reveal each of the members.  The first to be revealed was Kai.  To date, Lu Han, Tao, Chen, Se Hun, Lay, Xiu Min, D.O., and Baek Hyun have been revealed through the teasers.  The other 3 members, who were seen but not formally introduced in previous teasers, are Chan Yeol, Kris (or Cris/Chris, I’m not sure), and Joon Myun.

They recently released a prologue song (not to be mistaken with a debut song, apparently) called What Is Love, for which I will be putting up lyrics for both the Chinese and Korean versions and translating the Chinese version.  I will probably also try to find the translations for the Korean version as well.

Anywaysss, I am super excited for this group.  I am really glad that I will actually be able to correctly sing “K-pop” songs!  Although I guess they would be considered C-pop in China, but pshhhh.  I am a tad worried, though, because after all, SM Entertainment is a Korean entertainment company.  Therefore, the power that SM’s name has to push groups to popularity will probably only apply to EXO-K.  Signs of disparity are already showing; for example, on Youtube, the viewer count for EXO-K’s version of What Is Love has already surpassed one million.  EXO-M’s version, on the other hand, has only reached half that.  I would HATE for EXO-M to have to disband or something and have EXO-K still continue due to not enough popularity for EXO-M.  But, as my friend pointed out to me to calm me down, China has its own websites for video watching, such as Youku (China’s version of Youtube I guess?).  So I just really hope that China’s following of EXO-M will be huge and very significant.

Other groups that I have become interested in are MBLAQ and 2PM, to a lesser extent.  I have always kept an eye out for Super Junior, since Sorry, Sorry was the first K-pop song I listened to in 2009, but I never really liked them up to my love for SHINee right now.

So anywaysss, this was my update on how my life has shifted toward K-pop!  🙂

Also, in regards to the “I ❤ KPOP” picture that I had posted a while ago, at that time I only recognized four or five of the groups on there…. the reason I had posted it was just because I really liked how it was a composite of all the groups.  But now I have heard of almost every group on there!  haha~

ANYWHOO, here are my tumblrs (don’t judge, i have more than one okay it’s a long story >///<): &&



Dream High OST Song – Dream High

I love this song from Dream High.  The beginning violin part is so so so very cool.  Like every time I hear it, it blows my mind.  It is sung by Taecyeon from 2PMSuzy from Miss AKim Soo Hyun-who plays our favorite country bumpkin, and JOO.  (Not sure who this last person is….)

Dream High Episode 3

So I realized this before, but I didn’t see any reason to bring it up until now.  The art minister guy who has to listen to the principal is played by the guy who played Director Park in Secret Garden, and in that he was also someone who had to obey orders, but wanted ways to kind of get out of them and do his own thing.  So yeah.

LOL.  The scene between Jin Gook and Hye Mi when she walks into Kang Oh Hyuk’s house and he’s standing there with a towel wrapped around him.  HAHA.  It was quite cliche, but still funny.  Also, I liked how he spit out his water on Hye Seong on accident.

And then later, their scene when he gave her the earbud and there wasn’t any music connected, that was so sweeeeettttt!!!!!  I’ve never seen that done in a drama before, so I liked it a lot.

A side note— do they not film with the heat on?  Because in every scene, even when they’re in a house or school, I can see their breath fog.  If they are filming in temperatures cold enough to fog breath, then dang.  Props.

The guy who randomly speaks English is SOOO nice and cute and AHHH.  And I guess pretty talented, since he was one of the soloists at the entrance ceremony….  His English isn’t too bad either, so woooo 🙂  He’s played by 2PM member Wooyoung, and he is a cutie!

I’m sad that the high-stakes, dog-eat-dog world that Baek Hee has gotten herself into has started to corrupt her.  Like seriously.  Putting a thumb tack into the girl’s shoe?  That’s bad in itself, because it’s just a dirty trick, but then pretending to be so concerned and “Oh, let’s get you to the clinic right now!” is just two-faced and please-let-me-slap-her.  Eesh.

Dream High: Thoughts on the First Episode

I think this drama is very very interesting.  First (but not most importantly) because they have lots of cameos by stars lined up, and they’ve already have Kim Hyun Joong cameo.  Also, the main characters that have appeared so far are all in their own respective k-pop groups, such as 2AM2PMT-ara, and Miss A.  I think that’s interesting because I do love me some k-pop groups 🙂

Anywhoo, the plot of the story so far is meh; girl has flake of a father who creates huge debt, debt leads to debt collectors chasing after girl, etcetcetc.  But I like that this drama is about artistic ability, even if it’s mostly about singing and dancing (asian b-boy, awwww yeeeeah) so far.  It’s different from the other usual, “Oh, I have to get into so and so uni because of blahblahblah something academic blah!”  I wish I could go to a school like Juilliard…. ahahaha IN MY DREAMS.  But wait!  This drama is called DREAM HIGH!  Lol ok I’m not quite sure what point I was trying to make there.

The guy who saved Hye Mi from the debt collectors the first time, I think his name is Jin Gook (spelling??), is a cool cat.  His looks notwithstanding, his character seems like a good guy under some bad boy cred and attitude.  And him giving his shoes to Hye Mi only to have them thrown back at him shows that a bit, although I’m sure there’s more to come.  Based on their little subway slip-catch scene, I guess there’s the possibility of them getting together, except I kind of don’t want the haughty Hye Mi to get together with Jin Gook, unless she has a serious attitude check.

I think that Go Hye Mi is kind of a little poopface because she is so horrible to Yoon Baek Hee, even though Baek Hee is so loyal to Hye Mi.  I kind of think Hye Mi deserves what happens….  And that test with mixing the two songs was quite clever.  I think Hye Mi’s only redeeming quality thus far is that she is protective of her little sister, which is always good in a person because it means that they are a person, not some heartless thing.

I think that the teacher had a good point in saying that Hye Mi was in the third-class students group of prejudiced people, because you can’t be a snob and just focus on what you think is superior because you think that you yourself are superior.  As my English teacher would say, cultural literacy!!!  Haha.

I think this drama is going to be quite intense, and it won’t be like those usual rom-com dramas that I’ve been watching so many of lately….