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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

[Gem of the Week] Day6's I Like You

I know it's too early to post something under [Gem of the Week] category since it's only Wednesday and I have more days to explore other things that have the potential to become the "Gem" of this week. However, since I'm pretty sure that nothing will beat this one, I'm decided to post this anyway.

Let me introduce you to my "Gem" this week. It's Day6's new release: I Like You.



I'm still pissed at MAMA for underestimating these hardworking and talented boys by giving them no trophy and no solo stage. Shame on you, MAMA!! This song proves that they deserves better.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

[Gem of the Week] New Duo on the Block: Monogram


As a person who gets bored fast, I always love discovering new things. I recently found out about this cute and lovely duo when searching for MeloMance’s new songs. Downloaded their works with let’s-give-it-a-try spirit and ends up being in love with them.

Monogram is a new duo, consisting of Kevin and Riwon, from SidusHQ. They have launched their debut mini album or extended play (EP) ‘Diary’ on 23 September, 2017. There are two songs included in the EP, namely “Hello, Good-bye” and “The Child.”

Personally, I love “Hello, Good-bye” more than “The Child,” though both songs are excellent and I have no problem listening to them. But, if I have to choose on what will I recommend to hear first from Monogram’s, I would like to go with “Hello, Good-bye.” I, myself, listening to “Hello, Good-bye” first before “The Child.” And that song is what got me into liking this duo.

Anyway, both are good and both are worth to listen to. So, without further ado, I present you, Monogram. Enjoy~~


Thursday, November 16, 2017

[Gem of the Week] MeloMance

MeloMance is not a newbie in my playlist. They have stayed in it for a while now, but their newest songs managed to make me fall in love again with their brilliant music. And, their latest songs happen to be the original soundtrack of my current favorite dramas: “Because This is My First Life” and “20th Century Boy and Girl.”

The first song is I Want to Love You, the original soundtrack of “Because This is My First Life.” I knew it was MeloMance as soon as I heard this part of the song “dajimhaedo neon nae ape.” I remember this was played when Ji Ho (the female lead character) looked at Se Hee (the male lead character) when he arrived in the bus station before both of them going to meet Ji Ho’s parents and tell them about their plan to get married. There’s something special about the singer’s tone of voice. It makes you know right away that it is his voice, especially when he sings high notes.



The second song is Not Too Distance Day, the original soundtrack of “20th Century Boy and Girls.”


Love love love these songs!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

[Under the Spotlight] The Awkwardly Attractive, Lee Min Ki


Finally! Oh how I miss writing something in this not-too-long-abandoned blog. To be honest, I did try to post something before, but then my body starts to give up before even do it. Classic me. But for this one, I have to post it because I’m completely in love with “Because This is My First Life” and one of the reasons of my love for the show is this man.  Without further ado, let me introduce you to the awkwardly attractive, Mr. Min Ki Lee.

From my perspective, Lee Min Ki is not an obviously handsome actor. There’s something attractive about him, but it is definitely not his face. It doesn’t mean that he is ugly. How can I put it? His face is fine, in fact it is beyond fine; his face is so unique it makes it hard to forget it. It’s the kind of face that I would not forget. His amazing height and slender body makes his appearance even more striking.


I have known him for a while but never this mesmerized by him. His character in “Because This is My First Life” is so well-written and well-played, it makes me fascinated by the model turned actor.
I first watched him in “Spellbound.” At that time, I was just felt he’s an okay actor. Honestly, I don’t really remember what he did in the movie, but I do remember his face, since, you know, it’s so unique it makes it hard to forget. I never watched his other movies or series after that.

Enter “Because This is My First Life.”


I watch the series with zero expectation. I’ve been in a k-drama slump and decided to give the series a try due to my boredom and reduced stock of good dramas/shows to watch to. And click clack bada bing bada bong, I fall in love with the show right from the very first episode of it. I’m going to discuss how amazing the show is in another post (if I’m not too lazy to write it) and discuss how amazing Lee Min Ki in the show is in this post since this is an appreciation post toward him.

I can’t picture other actor that will play the role of Nam Se Hee as awkwardly good as Lee Min Ki does. It is so good to the point where I think his character in the show is also his character in real life. It is probably because he has excellent acting skill or merely because his look is the right fit for the character. But looking at his wikipage and his experience in acting department, I think I will go with the former.


The reportedly model friend of Kang Dong Won and Lee Chun Hee has starred in 15 movies and 7 drama series. That’s a pretty amazing achievement, right? He has also received Best New Actor award during the 2010 (46th) BaekSang Arts Awards for his role at the movie “Haeundae”.

I haven’t found anything about who he is dating currently or previously. I think he’s pretty guarded about his private life. Last year, however, he was accused and acquitted of sexual assault charges. Fortunately, after careful investigation by the police he was declared innocent. Fyuh.

I think I’m going to look forward to his next project, whether it’s a series or a movies or a reality show. Now, let me finish this post by giving several of his quirky yet gorgeous pictures.






*Bonus pictures of Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min (Min Ki's co-star in "Because This is My First Life")





Thursday, August 10, 2017

[Editorial] 7 Frequently Visited Places in K-Dramas



I cannot believe that it is August already. Why does time seem to pass so quickly? I have list of places I want to go this year, yet I haven’t visited one of those places and keeps going to the same-old places I frequently visited. This “constant” hobby of mine got me thinking that just like me; many drama characters also have their frequently visited places. I know. I’m comparing “my life” with “drama character’s life.”

As an avid drama viewer, I kept looking at the same places where drama characters spend their morning, afternoon, and night. And below, my friend, are those places.

Mini Market


Mini market has become the place where the drama heroines often spend their time in. Whether it is only to buy and eat a cup ramyeon.

Coffee Shop


I’m a hundred percent sure that Koreans love drinking coffee. It can be seen from the regular appearance of coffee shop in k-dramas. In fact, some of drama fans tend to visit coffee shops just to “experience” what it is like to sit and drink coffee in a coffee shop just like their favorite drama characters have done.

Cinema 


What place you choose to go on a first date? Well, k-drama characters often choose Cinema. This place have become a silent witness to the flirt, awkwardness, and being dumped on the first date, just like what Si Jin did to Mo Yeon long time ago in Descendants of the Sun.

Fancy Restaurant


If the first date develops into something more meaningful, the kdrama couples often choose to spend their second or next dates in a fancy restaurant.

Tent/Food Cart


Many drama characters chose to vent their frustration and anger by drinking. And a place where they often go to do such “ritual” is no other than the closest tent/ food cart to their office or house. A busy ahjumma will always be there to give out bottles of soju and muscle soup for accompanying them while grumbling about their never-ending problems.  

Bar


And if the drama characters are having more money, they chose to go to a fancy bar with fancy music and chair. In this place, instead of having an ahjumma serving them, they will be served by a handsome bartender. And instead of having soju and muscle soup at the table, they will have a glass of vodka and a plate of fresh fruit or peanuts. Yes, I’m looking at you Suk Joon Soo.

Department Store/ High End Boutique


Many k-drama heroines need a makeover. And place where they go to do such practice is department store or high end boutique. But, aside from being the “makeover” place, department store also often becoming the workplace of k-drama characters. Take Lee Hae Joon in Come Back Mister for example.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

[Music] 6 Reasons to Love Day6


I’ve been listening to Day6 lately and I can’t stop loving this band. They’re coming to Indonesia for a fanmeeting and a mini concert, but the ticket price is beyond my capability, so instead of crying and wondering why oh why I don’t have enough spare money to buy ticket for concert of my favorite artist, I decided to write this post.

There are many reasons to love Day6, but to be “poetic,” I decided to write only 6 reasons to love Day6.

Oh, for you who – probably – doesn’t familiar with Day6, they are a band, consist of five members and working under JYP Entertainment.

First Reason – Their Songs

Honestly, I don’t even know who the hell Day6 is until about three months ago. Yes, fellas, I fall in love with this band in only three months. The story is, my YouTube playlist accidentally played one of Day6’s songs – You Were Beautiful. It’s impossible to hate that song. If You Were Beautiful is a person, he will look like Jo In Sung, the one you can’t resist to look at. The one who is super handsome and charming, it makes you want to dig more about him.

After listening to You Were Beautiful, I’m starting to listen to more of Day6’s songs. And the result is: I like all of their songs. FYI, I literally only listened to the song, without watching the MV or searching about Day6 in Google. So, no people, I don’t like Day6 because of Wonpil’s dazzling eyes or Sungjin’s charm or Young K’s perfect look, I like Day6 in the first place because of their songs are simply amazing. That’s it.

Seriously guys, their songs are amazing. The lyrics are great. The music is incredible. And their voices are so diverse yet so pleasing to listen to. It’s hard to pick any favorite song from this band because their songs are that good. However, if I have to recommend one or two songs to attract people into liking Day6, I would recommend You Were Beautiful and Letting Go. Go listen to it and get mad at yourself, saying, “Where did I go these past years, why did I do to just found them now?” like what I did three months ago.




Second Reason – Their Voices

An ordinary band usually will have one main vocalist and one or two backing vocal who also plays guitar or other instruments within the band. But not with Day6 pal. They have five members. And all of them are singing – well except for Dowoon (the drummer), he sings, but the portion is not as many as the others.

They have four main vocalists, which consist of Sungjin (the guitarist), Jae (the other guitarist), Young K (the bassist), and Wonpil (the keyboardist). So, what’s the special thing about that, you may ask. The special thing about it is all of them have different tone and voices. I personally love Sungjin’s manly voice. I’m not lying, my heart skips a beat every time I heard his part. But many people love Wonpil’s voice because it is so unique and different. Jae’s voice is so tender and matches perfectly with him. Young K, on the other hand, is a double trouble; he can sing beautifully and rap awesomely.

Even though the tones of their voices are different, it will turn into something ah-mazing when they’re harmonizing. Don’t believe me? Just Watch Go listens to intro of Letting Go or the middle part of Dance Dance.



Third Reason – Their Best PR Staff, Jae

As an international fan who can’t read hangul or speak hangul, I often get frustrated if someone I admire is saying something in hangul in his/her social media. It’s my fault, honestly, to be too lazy to learn hangul. Thankfully, Day6 has Jae, their best Public Relations staff; in charge of maintaining Day6’s relationship with their international fans through weird Q&A session in twitter.

Even though what he posted sometimes too bizarre to be understood by my brain, Jae’s tweets in English really helps international fans – like me – to, at least, know what Day6’s current activities are.

Fourth Reason – Their Hongkira’s Session

Correct me if I wrong, but from what I heard, Day6 is one of regular guests in Lee Hong Ki’s Kiss the Radio program (Lee Hong Ki of FT Island’s radio program). I’ve watched three of their sessions in the Hongkira. And it’s hilarious. All of them are entertaining.

And, as a bonus, I got to see their wonderful covers of another artist’s songs or their own songs in acoustic version.



Fifth Reason – Their Fanservice

Another reason to love Day6 is their great fanservice. I’ve never experienced it myself since I never watched their live performance (cray-cray), but from several videos of their showcases I watched in YouTube, I can see that they’re really respecting and loving their fans. They even made a video to My Day (their fandom name) to thank them. Sweet, isn’t it?

Oh, and I heard that Day6 prefers to perform in small concert or mini showcase instead of having a large-scale concert because they want to connect more to their fans. In Korea, their showcase is more private and grassroots. I have nothing but love and respect for this.  



Sixth Reason – Their Visuals

Who will resist a handsome face, right? As a bonus to their remarkable songs, beautiful and manly voices, quirky member, entertaining personalities, and grand fanservice, they also have stunning visuals. To this end, Day6 is pleasing to ears and eyes.

Poster of Days6's EveryDay6's August Project

That is it from me. Hopefully this post will help you love Day6 as I do. I’m still praying that an angel-like human will give me Day6’s concert ticket for free or half price or there will be a quiz or something to win a free ticket or I will be super tired after karaoke-ing Day6’s songs all night long and go to sleep throughout 26th of August (the day of Day6’s mini concert and fanmeeting).