WHAT ARE SOME OF WELL-MADE KOREAN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMAS? Part Two!

Wow! My last post on this blog was over two years ago. I’m glad to be back to blogging though. It’s a great way to get the mind off of life issues. A lot has changed. One: I got married. And two: I stopped watching/listening to Korean related media.

The latter has been interesting transition. I sort of miss not being up-to-date with all the latest drama (Kdrama and otherwise). Though, I’m still going to attempt to do another series of some well-made Korean High School drama post. The first one has been quite popular (especially lately) so I thought (and was suggested) to do an update version. Again, I’m not up-to-date with all the latest drama so I’m definitely going to miss a few. Still, this is an attempt.

In no particular order:

  1. Sassy Go Go (Cheer Up!)

Sassy Go Go

I have to admit…I only watched the last two episodes of this drama. Throughout the series, I kept in touch with the latest episodes through dramabeans. That is my go to when I am too lazy to watch something even if I am really interested in it. True, I didn’t experience watching the great moments in the episodes but hey, better than not watching it at all.

Anyways, this drama is a usual underdog story except for the fact that the two groups in the show are quickly intertwined. Jung Eun-Ji is really great as usual, though I would love to see her in a non high-school drama. She is really talented and her potential is not being tapped. I think. The same goes for Seo Ha-Joon. He plays the second lead. Though, the story doesn’t really explore Eun-Ji and Ha-Joon’s love story till almost at the end. He really did get the short end in the show. I wish they had explored his relationship with his abusive dad a little deeply. Such a loss of a great storyline.

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Happy Belated Siblings’ Day – Kpop/Kdrama Version

So, at work today, I was in a full day blog training. It was interesting and I learned a few really good things, one of them being copyright policies and where to find re-usable images. I don’t remember ever being too worried about that issue when taking pictures from Google. Hey, it’s there, so it must be alright to use. I guess, it was a rude awakening to the idea that I might be involved in something unethical and illegal.

Though, let’s face it. For most of people this may not be an issue at all. Hey, who doesn’t download music illegally (just for the record, I don’t), so taking images off a search engine isn’t such a big deal. Well, it sort of is for me now. Ugh. Anyways, this post is about Kpop siblings. Now, let’s hope there are images on Google that I can actually use without any issues. I’m sure I won’t be perfect but I’ll still try.

What I discovered while searching for the images was that none of the images were marked as creative common. What does one do in that case? Should I leave this post as it is because I shouldn’t infringe on anyone’s rights but does that mean that I can never use an image from Google again? Most folks don’t go through the trouble of actually marking an image as creative common. So, in that case, is the onus is on us or on them?

On the other hand, a post without a picture get’s less views and is not appreciated. So, what does one do in that case? Perhaps I can include any random reusable image related to Kpop. For now, I shall use images from Google but I would love to know the answers to the questions above.

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Songs without Konglish

Most trendy Korean Pop songs have English lyrics. Or Engrish/Konglish as some people like to call it. I think I’ve lost count of how many videos, gifs, images, text posts I have seen in regards to mispronunciation of English lyrics in a Korean song. Personally, I don’t care. Yes, I had no idea what Ravi was saying at the beginning of ‘Voodoo Doll‘, nor do I think that Boyfriend were talking about ‘Bat Girl’, in their song ‘Janus‘. Perhaps we, as in I, have gotten so used to hearing mispronounced English lyrics in Korean (Bollywood) songs.

Anywho, I have decided to take on the challenge of finding Kpop songs released in recent years that DID NOT have any English lyrics in their songs. It’ll be hard but that’s what makes it a challenge right? Let’s start!

First up is B1A4’s Tried to Walk. 

Besides the title of the song, there isn’t a single word of English in the song, thus preventing English upholders to make fun of the boys. In other B1A4’s songs, Baro has had to sing/rap a few English lyrics and let’s just say he wasn’t well appreciated for it. By that, I don’t mean that people were rude to him but that he was made fun off. I guess.

Find the lyrics here.

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Kpop Songs with no MVs

There are thousands of songs with no music videos. Which sometimes results in not charting in those major music charts that every country has. It also results in us missing out on them. Which I don’t like. At all. I like my music and I like to have options. Ugh!

Okay, I am just exaggerating. Below are some songs that I have discovered over the year, they are not in any particular order and I might be missing out on a lot of them. Sigh. I left my notebook at home which had the list. So, this list is definitely incomplete. Maybe, I’ll go home and add some more since this is not going to be published immediately. That’s a good idea, Sumaiya. You shall do that.

So, without any further rant…delay, here are my favourites. Not necessarily from this year.

My Girl from Today by VIXX

Buy on iTunes (Track 9)

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New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s that time of the year again when we create a long list of resolutions and then never look at them again. This year, though, things will be a little different. Yes, I know we say that every year and I am sure 99 per cent of my resolutions will go down the drain within the first week of the year. The goal that I do want to keep coming back to is quite simple.

When grocery shopping, buy an extra item and donate it to the food bank. 

Why? Just because.

Every year we spend hundreds of dollars on grocery shopping and eating out. Agreed this number is true only for the privilege folks but this post is meant for them and others who can afford to buy one extra item for the underprivileged of our society. It doesn’t take much but it will help a lot.

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A Year in Review – My 2013

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Corporate Communications – Class of 2013

Since everyone’s talking about their year, perhaps I should too. Maybe it’ll help me remember all the positive and get over all the negative.

In January, I started a ‘Corporate Communications’ program, in hopes that I would eventually get a job in the Communications department of Toronto Public Library. There I met some of the best group of people I know. As a class of 23, I think we became quite close. I know we all had our shares of fights and arguments but at the end of the day, we were there for each other for those eight months together.

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Most provocative Kpop songs

Aka sex songs.

So I was debating if I should make a post about this or not. And then I said to myself, “why do I even care what people would think?” Sheesh. Weird me.

Anyways, so while watching Miss A‘s Hush today I realized something. The song’s lyrics itself depicts a sex act. An innocent one of course. We are not talking about porn here. Not that is not innocent. Wait. Sigh. Nevermind. Let’s just get one with this.

First song is the one that got me thinking about this post, Miss A‘s Hushit came out yesterday I believe and has become one of my most favourite songs of the season. It is so well sung and there isn’t a weird rap break in between. It’s fabulous. It doesn’t have over the top vocals nor high notes that would make you turn the volume down, but a really nice subtleness about it. I am really glad I have pre-ordered this song.

Miss A – Hush

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