BTS MIC Drop Remix – K-Pop Dance Class No. 3

The day came much sooner than expected! Not that I’m complaining. Not that my daughter is complaining. In fact, we were going to go to the 2pm dance class. But when we saw the studio Instagram post MIC Drop Remix for the 1pm beginners k-pop class (i.e. the instructors post the day before or the morning of their scheduled class), I don’t think my daughter would have forgiven me for not signing us up for the earlier one.

I only say this came sooner than expected because I knew eventually, we would have a chance to do a BTS choreography. Whether it was MIC Drop or not (though we were ecstatic to do MIC Drop). I sort of hoped, though, I had a chance to get a bit more practice of k-pop dances in general before trying out BTS. Let’s face it – BTS’ choreography is not easy. And while this was a beginner’s class, even the instructor noted this was going to be a challenging one.

I noticed through past Instagram postings from the dance studio, both BTS and EXO songs seems to be the most popular choreography. I have seen BTS’ Dope, Best of Me, Danger and Just One Day. And also EXO’s The Eve, Ko Ko Bop and Power.  Black Pink is another popular group with Whistle, Playing With Fire and As If It’s Your Last being some of the more current choices.

How did I fare? I think I did alright considering I’m still new to k-pop. By the end of the class, I was able to do most of the sequence (we did it from start of the above tutorial to the “MIC Drop, MIC Drop” part before our hour was up). The end was a bit rushed since we were running out of time so that was where I messed up the most.

One thing the instructors do for beginners is they play the song at a slower speed while we learn the steps. As we all get use to the steps, they pick up the speed until we’re doing it at the actual speed of the song by the end of the class. This instructor must have done it gradually because I didn’t even realize we were going full throttle until class was complete.

Once again it was a lot of fun. And I plan on practicing this one at home. Thankfully, I found the above tutorial to help me through!

My favorite parts:

“Bet it got my haters hella sic…” (YouTube MV link to 1:50)

“MIC Drop… MIC Drop…” (YouTube MV link to 2:11)

Hardest parts:

“Come and follow me follow me with your signs up…” (YouTube MV lin to 1:54) – I actually started to get this part at the end. It’s just that it’s really fast and I needed to loosen up my hips more. Key tip – keeping the movement small makes it easy to keep up with the tempo.

It was also an extremely good workout. We all worked up a pretty good sweat – even the couple of students who are more advanced than the rest. So for those who want a fun way to exercise I recommend learning MIC Drop! Enjoy!

K-Pop Dance Class No. 1 – 24 Hours (Sunmi)

K-Pop Dance Class No. 2 – Rubber Band (iKON)


Sh*t Not to Ask K-Pop Fans – Fomo Daily


I just discovered this last night. I’m sure it’s not new. But now that I consider myself officially a full-time k-pop fan, I did find this video pretty amusing!

And yes, I have heard most of these questions from non-k-pop fans. And true, I have been somewhat frustrated after hearing it for the umpteenth time. I’ve even met online people who claim they are closet k-pop fans offline because they can’t stand facing either these questions or people judging them, or a combination of both.

Having said that, this post is just for fun. After all, at some point, we were all new to k-pop and though I would like to think we didn’t go along with some of the more racist comments I’ve heard from non-k-pop fans, we’ve all probably at one point and time made some similar comments/questions (of the more innocent nature). I know I have!

My personal experience involve the following questions/comments:

  1. But you don’t speak Korean. How do you follow the lyrics if you can’t understand them?
    • Actually, to put a positive spin on a negative, this is what makes me proud of k-pop and their fans. As it’s been noted before, music should be able to transcend many boundaries – whether geographical, language, cultures, etc. I love the fact I can love music so much I don’t even question it is not in a language I understand (if anything, it encourages me to learn a new language).
  2. They all look alike! How can you even tell them apart?
    • Okay – I admit I had trouble figuring out who was who when it came to both EXO and BTS. In my defense, my daughter first showed me very early group images of both when they used to match more of their styles and looks. Now, they all look so different to me – but I also attribute it them growing into their own look. Sometimes, though, this question isn’t as innocent and carried with a more racist agenda. Being Chinese, I have heard enough of the old “all Asians look alike” so this comment doesn’t sit well with me. In other words, while I thought this to myself (when first trying to learn who was who in whatever group), I never voiced it out loud because no matter how innocent my intentions were, it just does not sound good.
  3. The men look like girls – why do they need so much make-up?
    • I honestly do not get this. I don’t. When I look at BTS, I see 7 beautiful men with or without make-up. My preference is less to no make-up but that’s my preference with myself and women in general. And really, why does it matter if they have a lot of make-up or not? It’s really about their talent, isn’t it?
  4. They’re basically like the Asian version of N’Sync or Backstreet Boys.
    • Argh! No they’re not! K-pop is a whole different level of music! It’s definitely their own genre and they’ve earned it! And with this assumption comes this idea k-pop groups are manicured exactly the same way as main stream boybands. I could write a whole post arguing why this is not true – actually I touched on this already here, here and here. But mostly here.
  5. They’re obviously lip-syncing.
    • I’ll be honest, at first I also questioned this not because I doubted their vocal skills but because I could not fathom how they keep such sturdy and strong voices while jumping and spinning around like that. So I wondered if maybe they only lip-synced during the difficult parts of their choreo. It’s been proven so many times, however, they are not lip syncing (at least not all of them) and what bothers me is how many non-k-pop fans do not believe me when I tell them BTS does NOT lip sync!

And to further prove my point with #3 and #4, I do have a cousin whom I care for greatly. But she drives me crazy sometimes with some of the things that come out of her mouth. I’m not at all sure if she realizes how offensive she can be but seriously… I want to shake her at times and say, “You’re 41 years old! Come on! Grow up already!!!”

So for the times she bashed BTS for looking like girls, I like to remind her how she used to be into New Kids on the Block and then send her a comparison of the two groups just for the fucking hell of it:






JHope ‘Airplane’ Music Video



Was I the only one who thought Daydream would be the only video released from Hope World? I honestly did not expect a 2nd video. And it just… dropped. Like on my lap.


It’s like JHope’s personal agenda is to attack me.

We’re spoiled people. BTS spoils us. That’s all I wanted to say.

JHope’s Hope World – Where to stream, Where to buy


J-Hope’s Daydream MV

So yeah – I’m going to dedicate this post to the hard-working, talented, humble, positive and cheerful Hobi (Jung Ho-seok) of BTS. This can also been seen as the J-Hope Appreciation Post.

I had a difficult time searching on iTune’s store yesterday – perhaps it wasn’t available until last night (officially March 2nd in South Korea). When I finally found the link from Big Hit’s tweet, I dropped everything and paid the $5.99 for the entire album. Because Hope World is just that good and because I really want to support this man. For those who are on a budget, though, there are a couple of stream-links to choose from. Anyway, here are your options:



Apple Music:

I was so floored with the Daydream video released yesterday. I’ve lost count with how many times I’ve watched it. I have to admit, when I first discovered BTS, J-Hope, didn’t stand out for me. And that’s probably because I was too bedazzled by Jimin. Taehyung’s antics were always so extra. And Jungkook was/is mostly in the middle. I’m so glad I started to take the time and learn each and every member’s strengths because it was well worth it.

J-Hope had quite the center stage with MIC Drop and I couldn’t imagine anyone else, to be honest, in that spot. I was already starting to realize his talents but when I heard MIC Drop and watched the choreography, everything I’ve come to learn about this man became even more so cemented.

And then, I watched his live solo, MAMA, during their Wings concert.

My jaw dropped. I was so stunned. I don’t even remember if I took a breath during that entire time! I watched it with my daughter and we stayed silent throughout his entire performance. Seriously – I was speechless. I am getting goosebumps just talking about it!

I’m so happy for Hobi. He seriously deserves this moment in the spotlight. After all his hard work as lead dancer, a great rapper and vocalist, the world now can also see how he shines in writing and producing music. Take a bow, Hobi… take a bow. You are our Hope!