Sometimes I’m Full of Awesome Ideas

I messaged my daughter yesterday…

ME: Oh my God! I just thought of something fun we can do!

ME: Next time we go to an electronics store, lets sync my phone to a demo Blu Tooth speaker…

ME: And blast BTS!

She hasn’t replied back. I’m guessing she thinks I’m crazy and I’ll embarrass her… But isn’t that my job?

BTW, I would SO do this to her if I had the chance. Just so I could use, “Hey… remember that time I met BTS and you didn’t?”

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Confessions No. 14 – Black Sheep of the Family

Maybe it’s because from the get-go, my MIL pushed her ideas on me about the norm of a proper wife and mother. Maybe it’s because, as much as I do care about them, I find them so much more conservative than I am that I feel suffocated after visiting them for a mere two days.

Maybe I’m just a shit-disturber. And I enjoy seeing people squirm.

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RED!

When my 13-year old daughter used semi-permanent red hair dye I couldn’t help but take a photo (making sure it was in sunlight to really bring out the red) and email it out to my in-laws.  I included an image of one of her k-pop biases, too. Because her red sort of matched his. And he’ll be every image of not-conservative, bad-ass (to them) and just all wrong for them. And because I’ve been annoyed that they’ve treated her like a little girl, not listening to me to stop buying her children’s clothes that are childish and pastel, I just wanted to shove it down their throats… she’s NOT a baby anymore.

She’s an individual. She’s becoming her own person. And if they want to remain close with her, it’s better to accept it. Embrace it! And enjoy this time because it won’t last long. In a blink of an eye she will be an adult. She will really then being living her own life. And it’s better to try and get to know her as she goes through so many changes because this is, I feel, a critical part of her development of who she will become later down the road.

Is this Becoming a K-pop Blog?

I swear, I never imagined I would be posting about K-pop THIS much. Though, it’s mainly my fascination with BTS. Here’s the thing… While they are not the first K-pop band I tried out (because of my daughter), they ARE the first band I’ve experienced a K-Pop come-back with. And what a crazy comeback! With record breaking views on YouTube and top 20 iTune & Amazon sales for their latest album Love Yourself, I can feel the energy from this entire process.

With their latest come back release, DNA, I did not anticipate how much went into the hype. Not that it was just fluff-hype. I was actually really impressed with the marketing and teasers! With different concept photos and teaser videos – they know how to keep their fans on edge.

I just have one question – do they ever stop? Do they ever take a break? These K-pop idols sound like they have exhausting lives. Not only are they learning the new songs, the new choreography, practicing, going on a variety of Korean TV shows, performing come back shows, going on International Tours as well as Korean/Asian concerts, participating like crazy on Social Media on their spare time, but I’ve learned they take part in some of the production of the songs, writing lyrics, etc.

It’s insane to think some of them are still finishing university and when they were a trainee, they still had to focus on graduating high school. For these idols, they haven’t had a ‘normal’ life since they were 15 years old.

End of Summer – 2017

As we go into the last long weekend of the summer, I am saddened to be saying good-bye to such an amazing 2 months! It’s been awhile since I felt this way. Of course, I’ve enjoyed many past summer months but with work always being so crazy, it really just sort of blends into the next season for me.

This summer, though… there was something very different about this past summer, which I will get into at the end of the post. First, a re-cap of some of the memories we’ve made to end our warmer months of the year!

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March boardwalk view from one of the trails.

We did go on our traditional, week-long camping trip. This time, we selected a new Provincial Park – Charleston Lake. Being a park with a lot of great nature trails, moderate to difficult hiking trails and many scenic canoeing routes (through the diverse amounts of islands in the bay), this was a very ideal park for us to go camping.

I was able to hit the trails three times on my own during the early mornings while the rest of the family slept in. I eventually got into vacation mode during the last half of the week and slept in as well but I usually am always the first to wake up. We also, as a family, hit three trails together. All in all, I tried to stay active since it was one week away from my usual workout routine.

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Found a great hidden spot on a tiny isolated island. We stayed here for a quiet picnic.

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Our last day paddling for an hour before we headed back to the city.

We managed to rent the canoe for two days. Day one was to find an isolated and deserted island for a picnic. Day two was the same afternoon we were heading back to the city. After packing everything up, we decided it was worth to rent and paddle for at least an hour before heading back. Both times did not disappoint!

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The slowest ride on earth. Seriously – I was bored after being stuck/stalled for the 3rd time.

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It’s traditional to go on the Ferris Wheel for a great view!

We arrived back for a 3-day weekend, just to give us some time to rest and relax before heading back to work the following week. We decided, since that Friday was going be the opening day of The Ex, to head there for the latter half of the day. The last time we went was 8 years ago. Chaeli doesn’t even remember any of it.

I always realize after spending some time at The Ex why we do not go every year. It’s expensive and really, pretty much the same thing each time. I imagine the next time Chaeli goes, it will be with her friends, leaving Doug and I at home (which will be fine by me).

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Caprese salad – with fresh basil from the garden.

The rest of our days have been drinking wine, making the use of our fresh basil before it’s too late and listening to more k-pop. Which brings me to my final point…

I have had the best summer bonding with my daughter. Sure, k-pop helped as she introduced me to this fun and entertaining world. But the conversations that developed out of this shared fascination has been so wonderful.

I will cherish these summer memories forever. I hope she will too!

And Now I’m Hooked on K-Pop

It’s just very, very sad. Not only how k-pop has taken over our house but I’m now completely hooked! I can’t stop listening to the music – specifically from EXO and BTS.

EXO Review:

Compared to BTS, they are on average older. They’ve been in the scene for several years and I’m glad I caught them at this more mature stage of their career. When Chaeli first started to forward me videos they were all so very young, I couldn’t tell who was who and their performance, while good, was lacking. Now that they are a more mature-EXO, their individuality is much more evident making them more enjoyable to watch.

Singing and dancing is great – it’s obvious each members strength though, so while some may have a great solo career, others obviously will require to always be a part of the band to succeed.

Do I have a bias? Yes. Which pains me because my two biases are NOT the oldest ones. Even the older ones (late 20’s) are still too young for me but at least I can’t use the line that I’m old enough to by their mother (minus the teen pregnancy scenario that is – yes I’m stretching it). At least the one I like the most looks older, though.

I’m human. I can not turn away from this photo of Kai:

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Kai (EXO)

Their more recent concerts have also shown a more sexier style of dancing. Once again, I AM HUMAN! I watch this and think of how much I would like to be that cane (Kai is the blond one who dances blind-folded in the end). Must watch both songs, “Playboy” and “Artificial Love”:

I’m just glad that Chaeli’s biases are so very different from mine. She likes the younger looking ones. At least I’ve got that! Sort of.

Their latest album “WAR” is fantastic! I can’t stop listening to this album – especially Ko Ko Bop, The Eve and What U Do.

BTS Review:

A much younger band but they’ve climbed their way to the top pretty fast, even winning a Billboard award this year and proving their ability to crack into the main stream scene.

Music is very energetic. THEY are very energetic. I have been working out to mostly their tunes and it’s benefiting my own energy level. I’ve also been obsessed with their dancing. These boys have fast and precise footwork. And their music videos are high quality production pieces.

Check out Fire – This is probably one of my favourite videos from them. It’s fun and energetic:

As for any biases, I will just let my daughter focus on her top 3 (V, Jungkook and Suga). They are young and they look young. And they act young. I’ll just focus on their talents and leave it at that!