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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). 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Expecting: Age of Youth Season 2


The Belle Epoque girls are back!! They are back sooner than what I expected, but that’s not a problem at all. I’m super happy because I’m finally having an upcoming drama I’m genuinely excited about this year. I’ve been pretty disappointed with k-drama world this year because it is not giving me a thrill of watching or expecting a k-drama like it did last year. Therefore, I’m super, super happy regarding the return of the Belle Epoque housemates.

The show has teased its viewer with several teasers and posters – which, by the way, makes me even more impatient.



There are some changes and addition to the cast of the show. Ji Woo (The Universe’s Star) will replace Park Hye Soo to play Yoo Eun Jae. To be honest, I’m a bit dissatisfied with production team’s decision to replace Park Hye Soo with Ji Woo. I still find it weird to see Ji Woo as Eun Jae in the show’s posters and teasers. Hopefully my dissatisfaction will turn into pleasure once the show started.

Park Hye Soo & Ji Woo

Aside from the changes of actress behind a character, there are also some additions to the cast. The Kang Yi Na character, played by Ryu Hwa Young, will no longer exist in the second season of this show. The Belle Epoque buddies will, therefore, welcome the new housemate named Jo Eun (Choi Ara). The teasers, posters, and articles about Age of Youth Season 2 are not telling much information about this new character, except her super tall figure and mysterious look. Oh, and her potential partner.

Kang Yi Na & Jo Eun

One of few things I love about Age of Youth is the varied romance experience the characters are having. The new season of the show will still have such element with the addition of three male characters, which, hopefully, will bring pleasant colors to the show.  

The first new male character is Seo Jang Hoon (Kim Min Suk), who will be playing the landlord’s representative and a potential partner of the new girl, Jo Eun. Romance between the tall girl and the short guy? Sounds a bit similar to Lovely Complex, but still interesting.



The second new male character is Heimdal (Ahn Woo Yeon), who will be a failed K-pop idol whose band never got off the ground after debuting five years ago. He will be romance Yoo Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri) character.



The third new male character is Kwon Ho Chang (Onew), who will be playing an engineering student who’s never had a relationship and is clueless about love. He will be paired with Jung Ye Eun (Han Seung Yeon) character. An idol pair!!



Yoon Jong Yeol (Shin Hyun Soo) and Im Sung-Min (Son Seung Won) will remain exist in the second season of the show. In this season, Yoon Jong Yeol will still become a sunbae of Eun Jae, but he’s no longer her boyfriend. Im Sung Min, meanwhile, will still having that “some” relationship with Song Ji Won (Park Eun Bin).



Age of Youth 2 will begin airing on August 25. Till then, I will keep my excitement and hopes up for the most awaiting drama of the year.