K-Pop and Quarantine Life – pt. 4

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As I warned in my previous post, I may be talking about WayV’s comeback for awhile now.

So WayV came out with their own stage performance – akin to a choreography video. This is what I love about k-pop in general. Just when you are blown away with a music video, you get to relive it all over again with a choreography video.

And not just once, but twice as WayV did with a second version. I happen to like this one better as I prefer a variety of style and colours rather than the uniform look. Plus TEN’s hair falling over both sides looks ultra-cool! The man can perform no doubt about that.

For those pressed on time, you can watch both versions mashed into one…

It’s a Sunday as I enjoy day 3 of my extended long weekend. We had a late brunch and while it’s 1pm here, I’m still in my pj’s as I finish my coffee. While watching k-pop videos.

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K-Pop and Quarantine Life – pt. 3

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I’m starting this update off with sad news. Yesterday, in my inbox, I received the dreaded email from Ticketmaster… 2020 (G)I-DLE WORLD TOUR ‘I-LAND : WHO AM I’ Has Been Canceled.

The cancelled concert would have had great music, too!

I wasn’t completely surprised. Out of all the k-pop concerts we had lined ourselves up to go see (as with others, tickets were bought well before the pandemic), this was the first to be postponed. And I knew it was the most likely to be cancelled.

For one, the venue was at a nightclub down by the waterfront with standing room only. It wasn’t a large venue (not small, but the area for the concert was reduced to be around the stage and middle-main bar. Last I checked, tickets were not sold out either.

With the first postponement announcement, ticket holders were given the option to get a refund within 30 days. Not having reserved seating, my theory is some decided to get their money back in hopes of purchasing tickets again when a new date has been announced. I personally didn’t want a refund and decided to just wait and see. I understand, however, some people needed cash-flow. Especially as jobs were being temporarily on either lay-off of furloughs. It’s been tough for the economy.

Finally, this was (G)I-DLE’s first world tour. And this isn’t the best way to start it. My hopes for them and their fans, is after this is over, and I pray it will be over enough for concerts to be brought back, they can plan their first world tour. Bigger and better! They deserve it.

BTS, as always, have been busy. Even without a comeback, they seem to have an endless amount of ways to show ARMY they are still very much present. This past weekend, YouTube streamed a virtual graduation, Dear Class of 2020, for all those across the world who are not able to graduate with their class (in the physical sense). We heard about BTS being on this – the same program as The Obama’s – a month or so ago. But I didn’t realize how much time slot they were given. It wasn’t small at all.

The commencement speech, above, allowed each member to speak. To be honest, I thought it would be mainly Namjoon for a few minutes. In the end, it was over 12 minutes long and each member had quite a lot of wisdom to share, drawing on their own experience both past and present. Once again, I felt BTS honed in on their bare honesty while being true to young people – especially those who may be struggling about finding their own path.

The performance was very well done. I couldn’t help but to noticed it was the closing performance as well, slotting not one, not two but three songs! I wasn’t surprised they did Boy With Luv and Mikrokosmos but Spring Day? A bittersweet song which I felt spoke to ARMY. Due to the pandemic and the postponement of their tour, I felt they really were sending out a message through Spring Day.

Oh man – another comeback just nailing it! I may be talking about WayV’s comeback and first ever full album, Awaken the World for awhile.

You know how you watch the comeback trailers and music video teasers… many do a great job in hyping up the comeback but it doesn’t mean in the end, the actual song will do it for you.

Then there are certain teasers when you just know you will love the song! This is one of them.

Each member had their own teaser as well as their title track MV, Turn Back Time – you can find them on WayV’s YouTube channel.

I’ve yet to fully listen to their whole album but what I’ve heard so far, I’ve liked. This is another group I surely hope will go on a world tour. They are quite young so there’s hope they will have enough popularity after the pandemic is over. Fingers crossed!

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Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge (and not in 2019) – Part XV

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #30: A k-pop idol that has amazing eye smiles

Ahh… it’s hard not to use my first answer. Anyone who knows Park Jimin cannot deny his lovely eye-smiles (as well as his body-laughs – i.e. he throws his whole body into laughing).

I included these gift sets because I loved the interaction between Jimin and James Corden during the Carpool Karaoke. Just looking at Jimin in these shows how he’s obviously known for his eye smiles. [gif source]

I do have a new bias when it comes to adorable eye-smiles, though. He is known other than NCT/WayV’s Lucas! Lucas has these big eyes. It comes from his Thai dna. They are very expressive so when he smiles, it’s like his eyes are an extension of his smile..

And that completes all 30 questions of the 30-Day K-pop Challenge! It was fun and clearly a lot of my answers have changed aside from a handful.

I may add some bonus questions I felt this 30 questions lacked so stay tuned!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge]

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part V

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #10: K-pop dance you’d like to learn

Well, I haven’t fulfilled my wish to learn Blood Sweat and Tears and at this point I think it’s safer for my knees to abandon that idea.

Since then, I have learned the main parts of many k-pop choreography thanks to the downtown drop-in dance studio featuring many original k-pop dance covers (just of the chorus parts). My ultimate fave choreo was MIC Drop Remix with Anpanman being a close send.

At the moment I think I’d like to do (G)I-dle’s LION. It looks hard! But I’d be up for the challenge!

Question #11: Favorite k-pop music video

While BTS’ MIC Drop Remix music video is still one of my all-time favorites, their other classic will always be Blood Sweat & Tears. The visual creativity, imagery and theme which went behind this video is something we just don’t see much in general these days (k-pop and non-kpop alike). And so I deem this video my #1.

Having said that, there’s been so many great music videos since – from both BTS and others.

At the moment, I’ve been watching a lot of WayV music videos. Moonwalk being my favorite of theirs. The rest of WayV m/v’s so far, I have to say while the visuals are great, are not really anything other than letting their dance skills dominate the videos (which is fine – they are skilled dancers!)

TXT’s Run Away is another one I frequently watch. I look forward to more videos from TXT as they have adapted BigHit’s formula of tying in symbolism and themes so well from video to video. Also, any of SUNMI’s videos are fun to watch!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge.]

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part II

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #4: Who’s your ultimate k-pop girl bias?

Woohoo! Another one where my answer has changed drastically and multiple times.

First time answering this was LE from EXID because I wasn’t very familiar with many k-pop girl groups, or many other k-pop groups period.

Soyeon, leader of (G)I-dle

Since then, I’ve changed to Lisa from Blackpink, to Jennie from Blackpink, to Sunmi and finally, at the moment at least, Soyeon from (G)I-dle. Though I still love Sunmi. How can one not love Sunmi?

But Soyeon is a hard one to deny. I’ve gushed over her before and I’ll gush over her again – this young lady has skills! She writes a lot of their music, carries the responsibility as leader of their group, is a killer dancer, and I encourage people to watch her facial expressions in both their music videos and live performances. Soyeon knows how to look at the camera and give her iconic snarl expression right at the right moment!

Question #5: A favorite k-pop song from your favorite guy group

As before, this one is extremely hard to answers! I broke it down to the following categories last time:

All-Time Fave: FIRE
2017 Song of the Year: MIC Drop Remix
Current Fave: Sea

To stay with the same categories, here’s my updated list:

  • All-Time Fave: Dionysus
  • 2018 Song of the Year: Truth Untold
  • Current Fave: So What

Once again, this was not an easy question to answer. All-time favorites will change time and time again. How does one even pick an all-time favorite when new things come out all time with k-pop and one’s tastes or mood changes frequently?

I think any of BTS’ classics will remain my all-time favorites, such as FIRE, Blood Sweat and Tears and MIC Drop Remix. Dionysus, however, has earned it’s way to the top for sure!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge.]