Yet Another Dream of BTS… and GOT7?

Okay – so this may be getting ridiculous. In fact it’s beyond ridiculous. For those who are new to my site, I have posted about my dreams of BTS here and also here.

They’ve all had to do with my anxiety and under-performing worries.

At least these last two dreams have been happier dreams.

Dream #1: GOT7 as a Gift

This actually was about GOT7. But I figure I’d jot it down as it’s a pattern towards my next dream description. My daughter happens be have fallen big time for GOT7 ever since we went to see them in concert this past summer.

In the dream, her godparents (my best friends) asked me for some ideas of what to get her for her birthday. I basically just told them, “I’m sure anything you guys give her she will love!” In other words, I was no help at all! Not much different from real life I’m afraid.

When the birthday arrives, we’re at home throwing a small gathering for family and friends. The door bell rings and one her godparents jump up to get the door, exclaiming, “Ah! Our present for you must be here!”

They open the door and in walks all 7 GOT7 members. Yup, they got GOT7 to come to her birthday party. Her friends and her reacted in the dream as they would in real life – with screams and all.

I don’t know how many of you know about those indoor playgrounds you can rent for 2 hours to hold a birthday party? You see, my friends and I did this for our kids when they were of that toddler to pre-school age. It gave us less of a headache to pay some one else to hose the party and to have to clean up the mess. AND the added bonus was not only did the party have a strict time limit of 2 hours but the parents can hover in the kitchen area, drink coffee, snack and actually have adult conversations while the kids were in eye-sight, playing in the indoor playground. The environment was safe and we rarely noticed them unless we heard either screaming or crying.

Yeah… we were awesome parents! :p

Anyway, that’s what played out in the dream. The parents were in the kitchen socializing, leaving the young teens in the living room, socializing with GOT7.

I know, what am I? Crazy? JACKSON WANG AND JAEBUM WERE IN THE NEXT ROOM AND I WASN’T WITH THEM???

I think it’s because I felt my parental duties take over. Other then greeting them and saying a polite ‘thank you’ when they left, I didn’t want to steal the moment away from my daughter. I do recall BamBam was really tall!

Dream #2: BTS and Dragon Boating

So this dream stems from my past as being a very competitive dragon boat paddler. I even tried out for nationals. And I would KILL to have my athletic body back! Ugh!

Anyway, in this dream, my family and I were at some all-inclusive resort. And you know how those resorts are – they are filled with beach activities and excursions.

As a way to bond and stay active, I signed my daughter and I up for dragon boating. Something she clearly did NOT want to do as all she wanted was to sleep in and be lazy (not at all unlike real life).

But… I had a surprised I had arranged for her. For whatever crazy, unrealistic and strange reason, I knew BTS was going to be vacationing at the same resort. And for whatever crazier reason, I somehow got in contact with BTS and arranged for them to participate in the dragon boating activity so it was just them and us (which is crazy – 7 of them plus 3 of us is only 10 people; a full dragon boat has 20 paddlers and we would need at least 16 to make it easy on all of us).

When the morning came, I dragged my not-so-poor daughter out of bed. She was grumpy as hell. We went to the beach to meet the instructor as she dragged her feet and hung her head low. Once we got there, RM came-up and said good morning. My daughter, slowly raised her head to see who was talking to her. Upon realizing it was Kim Namjoon, leader of BTS, she immediately opened her mouth in shock! She sort of made a whisper-like scream but nothing too loud to draw attention.

RM was a good sport. He laughed and asked her if she could go to the end of the doc and join the maknae line, Taehung, Jimin and Jungkook.

Then I had a moment with just RM where I thanked him for doing this for us and that she’ll live the rest of her life never forgetting this momeng

Meanwhile as we were chatting, I looked down to see her interact with the maknae line. She was all bubbly and laughing with them. Jungkook was teasing her… every time tried to stand up in the boat, he would playfully shove her down. He had that bunny-smile on him. Taehyung who watched for a bit, then stopped Jungkook saying, “Stop it! You might hurt her and she’s precious!” Then Taehyung had a thought and yelled to RM, “She’s cute – can we keep her?” That’s when Jimin did his body-throwing-laugh and said, “She’s not like a stray dog or cat that you can just adopt Taehyung!”

And that’s it. It was a happy ending!

I believe these dreams were possibly trying to calm me down and tell me everything was going to be alright with my daughter. You see, she started grade 9 recently and was coming from a private school to public school setting. She knew no one at her new school. AND we were approaching our weekend away to see BTS’ Love Yourself Tour. I was getting nervous as the concert date approached – worrying about work, about whether or not she would have homework to do, and anything which might go wrong to off-set our plans.

I just didn’t want any problems with the Hamilton-weekend because she had been looking forward to the concert for so long!

Oh yeah – We went to see BTS! TWICE! More on that later…

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5 Seconds of Summer – Young Blood M/V

I’m starting to make it a habit of listening to a song before watching the official music video. And for me, it’s working. I suppose visuals seem to have an impact of my initial reaction to a song but if I do it in reverse, the music video will either enhance my experience or at the least, does not detract from my enjoyment of a song.

And if I really do not like the song I won’t waste my time watching the m/v. Life’s too short.

So with that, I was really into Young Blood by 5 Seconds of Summer:

The outfits really floored me for once – like a modern-day Grease cast.

The story line of the video really did enhance the song – though whoa.. bittersweet ending. I’m still trying to figure out if the pill the old couple took was to launch them into an alternate reality (think Matrix) for a period of time or a suicidal pact where they had a chance to re-live when they first met and fell in love (before peacefully dying).

All in all, it felt like a powerful statement.

And it raises the debate about euthanasia – should assisted death be legal? I’m sure 5 Seconds of Summer were not thinking this at all during the making of this video. Yet like any form of art, the viewer is left to form their own questions and conclusions based on what emotions the piece of art conjures before them.

Music videos definitely should be seen as a form of art – an extension even of a song and therefore, story. Most music videos I see these days sadly take this notion for granted.

Friday K-Pop Playlist – Recent Add-ons and Discoveries

Happy TGIF everyone!

I’ll be honest – I had a pretty heavy subject I wanted to post but I need a bit of time to finish it. And summer has been going by so fast! So for now, I’ve decided to keep things light. Which is why I’m resorting yet again to k-pop!

So what has been recently added to my playlists? Ah there’s always something, isn’t there? I mean, k-pop is a full-time hobby. For those like me who has welcomed k-pop into our lives, it can be a very serious hobby at that. For me, however, it’s brought in happiness into my life. It’s provided a sense of lightness during some of my very dark moments in the past year or so.

Lets begin! And in the words of Jungkook, “LET’S GET IT!

Remember that little big concert I went to a month or so ago? Yeah, THAT ONE! If I had to pick one new song introduced to me that night, even though it was released over a year ago, however, it’s Go Higher:

I could not have asked for a better song to end the night with. This song is pure energy. That is the best way to describe it! And it’s definitely on my workout playlist.

I’m not crazy familiar with iKON but I know they’re pretty big in the scene. This recent comeback song, Killing Me was an instant hit with me. I listened to it once, went onto iTunes and bought the single as soon as I could.

Currently iKON’s Killing Me is on both my workout and summer chill playlist.

Eric Nam is a name and face I am very familiar with. Along with the discovery of k-pop music, I’ve been heavily into watching Korean talk and variety shows. So it’s obviously hard to ignore Eric Nam being the face of many of these shows, interacting with a slew of differenet idols. He’s co-hosted on shows such as After School Club and The Yang and Nam Show. Nam has also interviewed many North American celebrities. His latest was with Mr. Deadpool himself. Yes – our beloved Canadian, Ryan Reynolds went to Korea to promote Deadpool 2 and thankfully, made time for Nam’s interview.

Yet, as popular as Eric Nam is, I’ve never given his music a chance. He was even here in Toronto for a one-night concert and I’m sort of now kicking myself for not going. Talking to other people he is a great performer! His song Honestly is just lovely. It’s the perfect summer song (and therefore near the top of my summer chill playlist):

And finally, I’m not sure if anyone caught MONSTA X’s Japanese drop, Livin’ It Up? It’s normally not my style but I find myself liking it more and more each time I listen to it. The single is fun and well, MONSTA X is nothing but amazing when it comes to their dance skills. The choreography does not disappoint! After GOT7 and BTS, they are next on my list of must see live concerts.

BONUS:

With the recent news of CUBE Entertainment deciding to pull E’Dawn from upcoming fan signing events, I really want to throw a shout-out to both E’Dawn (plus HyunA) and the rest of Pentagon. I’m even less familiar with Pentagon but I find it heart-breaking to hear how they are all suffering from the supposed ‘dating scandal’ between E’Dawn & HyunA. I won’t go into specifics because I’ve made my rant clear already.

I really hope this mentally of idols’ fandom changes one day. I understand it will not happen over-night but I find it not only completely unfair to the idols themselves, but also unhealthy as a mindset for any fans. It also furthers to isolate idols who are already extremely isolated within their lifestyle. We need to remember, only an extreme top layer of the industry actually are considered rich through their hard work in this specific music industry. The majority of idols, even those whom are very famous and successful in the charts, are still scraping by while working hard to appease their fans. Like everyone else, they deserve happiness.

Netizens Latest News…

Two days ago, my feed caught my eyes, unfortunately with…

Netizens Uncomfortable with HyunA and E’Dawn’s Public Display of Skinship

Well, news flash, netizens are known to have pickles up their arses. Then they went to dissecting all the photos where E’Dawn looked uncomfortable with HyunA’s ‘aggressive’ displays of affection. And how HyunA is appearing to be a desperate ho – total slut shaming Queen Hyuna!

List, I won’t lie. I’m not a die-hard fan of either k-pop idols in the spotlight here but I do respect them. AND their privacy. AND the fact that if HyunA was a man, there would be no slut-shaming.

Two days later, the two confirm they’ve been dating for two years. So what was that again, netizens? Did I read you concluding E’Dawn did not want HyunA’s affections? Were you yet again making a story up in your little closed up minds because of some unrealistic ownership you have on E’Dawn and your poor, pathetic jealous egos couldn’t take the fact that he might very well be getting a lot of HyunA love?

Please… this is ridiculous.

I apologize for my rant but this morning, the top 10 news about kpop were all centered around 8 dating ‘scandals’ as they would like to call it. Seriously???

Meanwhile, I’d like to get back to harsher reality…

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