BTS Mic Drop

I have nothing really to write about as far as my life, currently. But I did want to just add this BTS live performance of Mic Drop because it is crazy good! Good song, good choreography and just overall a really good performance!

There are so many elements I love about how BTS raised the bar up from just this one song alone…

0:22 – 0:45 : J-Hope is just so badass here. Even before he starts rapping where he continues his badass-ness. Honestly, I can’t describe it in mere words. All I can say is after watching his intro, he’s my new hero.

1:40 : Jimin does this body/hip shake that reminds me of Bollywood. I love it! Any world influence when it comes to music/dance, always catches my attention. It means the band isn’t afraid to be open and try new things.

2:03 : Jimin leading this sequence where he leans to his left and bobs while circling his arms in the same direction. Everyone else follows in sequence. This is my favorite part of the choreo.

2:15 : Epic Rapmon entrance. And he keeps going with such fierceness I think he’s about to bust through the screen! I love the way he punches the air to emphasize his rapping.

2:37 : Jungkook, always the hard-working maknae. During this whole comeback, I really feel like all his hard work has paid off. In this part of the dance sequence, V joins in and they both just rock that stage together!

3:33 : Jin gets his moment in here too. And I’m glad because he really brings out this slow-bit of the song with his vocals. In fact, as much as I like Jungkook, it’s nice that this song didn’t focus as much on him (something I find happens often). I felt it was an even distribution of all their parts together. As my daughter points out, they are pros in how they transition from one member to another during their choreo and I couldn’t agree more!

3:40 : Lets talk about V for just a bit. One thing that always impresses me is how he can bring such animated facial expressions to the plate. He does not disappoint during this performance.

4:08 : Suga. Mic. Drop. Enough said. 🙂

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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!

K-Pop Has Taken Over Our House

It’s part of parenting a teen. And no matter how you think you’re being on top of things all pop-culture, as most of my fellow parents are in my generation, it never fails – your teen will get into something which you didn’t see coming.

Lets face it – most of us have seen it all. We’ve been through the different types of fashion fads as they have recycled through time (with modifications of course). We’ve listened to all genre’s of music as well as movies and TV shows.

And until there’s a new form of STD, we’ve learned all about those, too! (And if we haven’t, we should – and we should also get up to speed of the latest drugs on the streets because it is just good practice to be prepared for these types of discussions with our kids).

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K-Pop Band – EXO

The thing is, my 13 year old daughter and her friends, are now just CRAZY over k-pop. And I mean crazy-CRAZY! I have no problem with this. I didn’t expect it, to be honest. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am over-the-top thrilled they have discovered something outside the mainstream of North American pop-culture. I just didn’t know a thing about this subculture which actually, has a huge fan-base – and not just in South Korea but internationally.

I’ve been trying to keep up with her. She comes home and introduces me to new singles. I download them for her iPod. And I watch the YouTube music videos she sends me (well, not all, she sends me a lot!) While I have no idea who’s who in whatever band she is into at any given time, I’ve at least figured out a couple of the boys she crushes after.

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BTS – Winners of the 2017 Bill Board Awards

As I bond with her, while she teaches me everything she knows about the K-Pop culture, I have to sit back and smile.

I remember what it was like being her age – I remember becoming “boy-crazy” and crushing after popular band members and teen beat heart throbs. The feeling was new and exciting. And innocent. It was, after all, uncomplicated crushes to be shared with girlfriends who had similar crushes.

This is a stage that is both amusing and adorable at the same time. And I have to admit, some of the songs are quite impressive. I’ve been listening to the ones I’ve downloaded for her while at work. And strange as it sounds, her friends are envious that her mom is into the same music and buying the songs/albums from iTunes for her.

Who would have thought this would bump up my popularity among her friends?