~All I want for Christmas is… NOT YOU… but THESE stuff.~

It’s DECEMBER~ I’ve been waiting for this all year. I dunno why but December has always been a special and exciting month for me. Not just coz of Christmas… There’s just something about the jolly and festive mood that lifts me up and makes everything fine. 😀 So, what’s December without my annual Christmas LIST WISH? XD Yeah. So here it goes. Wishing a secret santa out there will grant any (or maybe MOST) of them. Haha.

1. JYJ Worldwide Concert In Seoul (5DVD + 6 Photobooks) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)

The MOST expensive on my wish list. T_T

 2. Red Chuck Taylors

Red Chucks. Been wanting this FOREVER.

 3.  Korean tin cooking pot. ^^

These cute Korean tin cooking pot are my MUST-HAVES right now. 😀

 4. Pink Hello Kitty Fuji Instax Mini 7S Polaroid

I've been wanting a POLAROID camera ever since... I don't know when! >_<

 5.  Ugg Boots~ T___T Me wants! 

Me wants some UGGS! I know we have NO SNOW here but STILL! They're fashionable!

6. FTISLAND Summer Final Messenger Tour 2011 at BUDOKAN – probably the HIGHLIGHT of their career in Japan.

FTISLAND's concerts are always fun, exciting and worth it to watch. They sing LIVE, they play their instruments and they totally ROCK. 😀

 7. CNBLUE Special DVD

CNBLUE - another band that is definitely WORTH all the money. Live music ROCKS!

8. Jersey Jackets ~ fashionable and COOL ~

I live in a city where the weather is ALWAYS COLD... so jersey jacket is a MUST-HAVE. 😀

9.  Gotta have these red keds. 😀

RED KEDS. Yeah, I am obsessed with RED shoes right now. ^^

10.  Another addiction: Dark Chocolate. 😀

Life's SIMPLEST pleasure. And probably the CHEAPEST in this list. Haha.

 So there… any takers? Secret Santa? Donations? ANYTHING? Hahaha. 😀 

~Under the Music Radar~ [LED Apple]

[MV] I accidentally ran into you by LED Apple

In fairness to this ‘idol’ band, I really LOVE all the songs they released. I can say I’m a fan of their music no matter how TYPICAL Kpop it is. Although when it comes to their appearances, charisma & live performances, I’m not THAT amused. ^__^;;

This group met a lot of BAD incidents and accidents earlier into their career. I didn’t keep track of how many times they changed members, but from what I saw in this MV– the two vocalists and the bassists are NEW. 😀 They’re kinda cute… in their own way. Haha. The LED Apple that I came to know didn’t have any cute members before. 😀

So I stumbled upon them way back when I saw a pic of them over at soompi

I liked how they arranged Baek Jiyoung‘s hit ballad ‘DASH’ and made it sound cool and rock-ish. 😀 It was pretty cool. The vocals are NOT that amazing or breath-taking but it’s enough to keep me listening. Their second single “Who do you think you are” met criticisms due to the fact that it sounded like a CNBLUE song… and yeah, it DID… in some ways. But I still LOVED that song. It was catchy and the melody was easy to recall. ^^

Now they’re back with “I accidentally ran into you“. The intro sounded a bit like INFINITE’s DASI DORAWA. Hahaha. But well, well, well, the song is pretty good. I’m glad they didn’t lose their ‘touch’. I first watched the DRAMA VERSION of the MV starring the pretty, doll-like actress Nam Gyuri and I was really touched by the story… T__T Such beautiful tragedy. The guy in the MV was kinda cute, I think he’s the bassist — Kwangyeon. ^__^

Moving on… 😀

Probably the only thing that made me say ‘WTF?!’ when I first saw them perform was the fact that they were… DANCING. Yes. As in DANCING with a capital D. -.- They’re supposed to be a band but I dunno… I thought they’re trying to be different or something. Well, I was half-right. Their company, Story Ent., stated:

“Led Apple is unlike any other idol group that reveals their members before their actual debut. The group has been kept highly secretive in order to make sure their success is entirely dependent on their skills. They’ll become an idol group that can dance, sing ballad, rock, ballad, and play instruments all at once.”

OH… kay. ‘Nuff said. 😀 Let them be. As long as they make good music, music I can actually listen to and put onloop in my mp3 player, then so be it. Dance all you want boys. Haha.

Hope to hear more great music from these supposedly ‘idol-rock-band > ^__^ <

credit: gifs are from shikissun

~Under the Music Radar~

MYNAME ~ Message

MYNAME – Message

Despite the VERY Korean way of saying MESSAGE all throughout this song (ME-SI-JI), I still found it cute and tolerable. You know me, I just love POP. Dirty pop. XD

There’s nothing really special about the song — it’s traditional KPOP from roots to tips. Haha. It’s just that I found it very catchy from the minute the song started… which IS something —in my case… Since I’m not that EASY to please nowadays. 😀 I got my groove on and I almost want to dance to this song. Of course I have a fave member— Saeyong- the red hair rapper/dancer ~ Love his RIGIDING-RIGIDONG parts 😀

I think these boys are okay but I’m NOT in the mood to pay full attention to any newbies or rookies right now… I stopped with Block B and B1A4. -.- I just like the song. That’s it. 😀 Now go listen if you wanna know why. 😀

Here’s a perf @ Inkigayo

~Music Radar: Dance to the beat of N.Sonic~

Okay. Since I love music and I just like listening to all sorts of music (well, except jazz and classical XD) I will start this music-recommendation-thingy which I call the “MUSIC RADAR”. I’ll be recommending not just the popular songs and albums…

TO BE FAIR, I’ll try to listen to some indie, upcoming, underground artists and groups as well. I promise NOT to focus on KPOP. AND… I solemnly swear that I will give my honest opinion and will not be so biased. Unless… my biases REALLY deserve to be in my MUSIC RADAR. 😀

I’ll start off with this Kpop boy group N.Sonic. I just saw their album at KPOP7.com where I usually download the latest KPOP albums… and I thought they’re like a hip-hop duo or trio… I listened to their songs and instantly LOVE all four of them due to the smooth and relaxing melody and groovy beats.

Track 1 – N. Sonic is sort of like a combination of urban, pop and  hip-hop. It’s my fave track. Track 2 – Super Boy, this one I can dance to. It’s more upbeat and less hip-hop than Track 1 and it kinda reminds me of a Billy Crawford song. They kinda mellowed down with Track 3, something you’d dance to with your special someone in a club, while Track 4 – Never Stop is something that I can bob my head and raise my hands up to. 😀

I don’t know anything about this group coz I didn’t Google them AND I’d like to keep it that way. ^^ I dunno but I like them for their music and I have no intention of getting to know them na. 😀 Just strictly music.

Check em out~ 

Judge NOT.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

Look in the mirror first before you judge others.

Why do people tend to judge other people before themselves? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since God knows when. I’m not a religious person but I know that somewhere in the bible God told us to refrain from judging others. I totally get what he means. We have no right to say something about other people’s appearance or personality because He created us in His own image. So judging our fellow humans is like indirectly judging Him… right?

Anyway, that’s not my point here. Being a fan of the WWE before, I found out, the hard way, about how we shouldn’t judge people by what we see on the outside. ESPECIALLY celebrities. Or people you see on TV. -.0

One of my favorite wrestlers, Chris Benoit, apparently killed his wife and his kid then went on to commit suicide. It sent waves of horror and shock, not just in the wrestling world. Everyone who found out about it was beyond surprised, including me. Some people immediately judged him–cursed him and sent his soul to hell. Others, his fans and friends in the business, gave him the benefit of the doubt. They all stated their opinions and violent reactions. They all had their ‘IDEA’ of him. All I heard was “he’s not this and that… he’s like this and that…” It was all sensationalized to the point that the line between what happened and what people speculated was blurred. I didn’t know what to believe anymore. I always see Benoit as a good guy. Well, that WAS his image in WWE. The man everyone idolized. The “RABID WOLVERINE”. Protector of the weak. According to his friends, family and coworkers, he is a good man, a good friend… That’s THEIR image of him.

THAT judging look people give you...

One comment by a fan on the Internet woke me up to the reality of this so-called life. He (or she, I’m not sure since it was an anonymous post) said something like “we all have our ideas and images of what our idols are supposed to be but at the end of the day, they’re all just humans who may or may not be what you thought they are. What you see on television and pictures may or may not be the REAL them.” And he’s RIGHT. It doesn’t matter how you see it or interpret it. When I look at a celebrity on television, I see the word “FAKE” blinking in big bright RED letters all over the screen. Yes, you can contest my opinion here and say something like, “Oh no, MY IDOL is different. He’s as real as one can be. He’s really kind and he’s a good example. What you see is what you get.”

Please give me a moment to ROLL MY EYES.

Okay. You seriously believe what you’re saying? I’m not gonna be a hypocrite and say that I wasn’t like THAT before. I used to think wrestling in the WWE was real. I used to think Lindsay Lohan was a good example. Well, she WAS. Until she got through puberty and got famous. XD

I used to look up to Lindsay Lohan and thought she WAS the 'girl to be' ^^;;

ANYWAY, my point is… even the supposed to be “REAL” side of your ‘IDOL’ can be a ruse. Who would want to show their real selves in front of everyone? We all want to have a certain image–celebrity or not. My image at the office is a carefree, happy-go-lucky lady who thinks work is more important than having a relationship. BUT in reality, I WANT TO HAVE A BOYFRIEND. NOW. Any applicants? Hehe. Kidding…

Going back to my point…

I’m not saying all celebrities, singers or popular people that you see on TV, magazines and movies are FAKE. It’s just that, MOST OF THEM may have started to be REAL. But they all got pressured by the society and it turned them into something they’re not. Or maybe they just want to hide behind thick layers of make up and nice clothes and stuff. I don’t know. We all have our reasons.

So basically, no matter how much I BELIEVE that my idol is a good person because she does charity and volunteer work, she got straight A’s in school and in an interview her parents said she was the sweetest thing ever and all her friends said she’s a cool and amazing friend…I can’t. I stopped trusting television for quite some time now. But sometimes, just sometimes, when I’m too vulnerable… I tend to believe everything I see or hear on TV or on the Internet… which in most cases gets me into trouble.  ^^;;;

I’ve been a fan of KPOP for more than two years now. All I can say is, there’s too much FAKE-ness going on in this industry. Or maybe there is a LACK of fake-ness here. Either way, it makes and breaks most of these singers and groups. The cruel and harsh critics known as the NETIZENs always have something to say about someone. If singer A wears a boring and “not too trendy or classy” outfit, they’ll shun her and call her a fashion disaster. If she wears something sexy and “in”, they’ll throw rude and indecent comments her way. Didn’t they know that these artists actually HAVE dress or outfit coordinators who DECIDES what they’re gonna wear? Yes, that’s what they’re HIRED FOR.

Yes, she looks slutty, skanky, whorish, whatever. But IS IT HER FAULT?

Recently, the singer HyunAh from girl group 4Minute was bashed and relentlessly attacked for wearing REAAAALLLLYYY short shorts in her BUBBLE POP performances. I’m not being biased just because I kinda like this girl. But give her a break. Those people saying she’s such a $lut or a W*ore for wearing such outfits are PATHETIC.

YES, it is shocking for a 17-year-old something to wear such skimpy attire but is it her fault? Let’s take a moment to look back and think about it again. Two words. “COORDINATOR NUNA”. The Korean term for those women who takes care of what they’re gonna wear. The stylist. The designer. Whatever you call them. I don’t really think the artist has any say on what he or she is going to wear on and even OFF stage. Yeah, so they can be casual OFF STAGE and wear what they want but WHAT IF they are required to ‘maintain their image’ even when they’re not performing? What if Hyunah was the ‘sexy’ one in her group and whether she likes it or not she needs to follow the management’s order — that she must wear sexy and revealing outfits no matter what or when…? Am I the ONLY one who thought of that? Let’s not be all RIGHTEOUS and hypocritical. In THIS generation, do you think wearing skimpy or skanky outfits are NOT common among teenagers? What are you, from the 1960s? *rolls eyes TWICE*

MY POINT is… it’s NOT just Hyunah. Even male artists gets heavily criticized for how they look, what they wear or what color their hair is. And it’s DEFINITELY not just in KPOP, although it’s really becoming contagious and out of hand in Kpop, I can say the same for Hollywood as well.

What it all comes down to is this: “Never judge a man’s actions until you know his motives“. We all have our reasons for doing what we do, liking what we like and disliking what we dislike. Yes, I judge them too, I say some comments about these people on TV too, but I don’t believe that what I see is the REAL them. I give them the benefit of a doubt. Why is it so hard for some people to do that? It’s so easy to judge them and say something negative about them but it’s too freaking difficult to say even the smallest of compliments huh? Tsk tsk. Human nature.

This is so beautiful.

HELL YEAH. ^.^Source: undesired-loved.blogspot.com

DISCLAIMER: I don’t own the gifs and pictures here. Just googled them. 😀

And to end this rant, I’m gonna quote something once said my MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

credit: fuckyeahkpopmacros.tumblr.com

 

Exactly my thoughts. ^^

Ok. So I’m not a BIG fan of Park Bom… I used to think she ROCKS because she can belt out any tune with such little effort… But when she became a part of 2NE1… something changed. Well… it’s not just about her voice quality… It’s more like her FACE totally changed. She got surgery… I think botox… and some lip plumping thingy… There was a time when just looking at her is too painful… I don’t know what’s wrong with her face, but there was DEFINITELY something WRONG.
-__- It’ s like she couldn’t open her mouth properly or something… ANYWAY, she went solo with YOU AND I a few months back and I totally loved it. I though, WOW… I never thought I’d love her voice again. 🙂

 The song really fits her vocal range. It brought out the best of her singing skills without overdoing it or something. Although her voice’s distinctive sound– the belt-it-out-ear-piercing-sort-of-iffy sound that only she can create XD —  I don’t get tired of hearing it… Unlike with other singers whose voices are amazing/ awesome but you get tired (or irked) easily if you hear it often…

Now, Park Bom is back with Don’t Cry– another sure hit produced by the one and only TEDDY of 1TYM. The moment I heard it I was like WOAH! It’s very catchy and it has that TRADEMARK Bom sound… I can’t explain it but it’s the right song for the right voice and the right image (that she portrays… )^^ It’s just PERFECT for her. Teddy boy indeed knows who can sing his composition BEST. :))) I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love the other 2NE1 members, although they’re getting OUT OF REACH nowadays because of some stupid YG rule or law or whatever.. ANYWAY, they can all sing… well, except for Dara… *lols* BUT Bom is the only one who can belt out this tune. That’s for sure. ^___^

I just love the mix of her ear-piercing vocals with the beautiful and upbeat melody and the lovely beats. I bet they lyrics are good too. But I haven’t googled it yet.

This review by allkpop shared my views about this wonderful song. ^^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/05/review-dont-cry-by-park-bom

And of course, here’s the song… I prefer the ACOUSTIC version. ❤

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC2LT1Bp0rk

NOW, this is KPOP. :)

B1A4 ~ bringing back the real KPOP ^^

I’m currently listening to this new Kpop group — B1A4… I first saw the music video for their single O.K. and I found majority of the members cute… in a pedo-noona way. haha. But hey, they sound pretty cool… I mean, nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking… but their music brings back old memories of my Kpop fangirl days… It screams bubblegum pop and epitomizes the whole idea of KPOP. This is WHAT Kpop is about. ^___^ I miss listening to these cheerful and uplifting songs with melodies and beats that make me wanna bob my head and shake my butt. And those repetitive and catchy lines that sticks to your head until you start singing it subconsciously… ^^ Of course I dont’t understand what these kids are saying or implying but that’s what Kpop is all about– something you don’t understand but you still LIKE it. For me, I LOVE IT… I hope my bias Kpop groups like 2pm, Beast, Infinite, Teen Top and ZEA can go back to being KPOP… Enough with the Beastly/Darth Vader concepts guys! ~__~

And don’t get me started on Bigbang. Seriously.
OK – B1A4