May 8, 2012 § 2 Comments
I’ve postponed Music Monday for a day since I was trying to find another song that isn’t kpop, so I won’t seem that obsessed. Obviously, I failed, as kpop is the only thing I’ve been listening to. So here it goes, one of my currently favourite songs.
The song is a duet between Secret’s vocalist Song Ji-Eun and one of my currently favourite artists, the rapper Bang Yong Guk, leader of B.A.P.
The song tells the story of a one-sided love for a woman. While I’m totally in love with Song Ji-Eun’s vocals, what won me over was Bang Yong Guk’s rapping. The song is amazingly catchy and just really good (at least that’s how I find it). My mum listened to it once and she kept telling me that she likes it and she can’t sleep because it’s stuck in her head *laugh*
The music video comes is two versions. I’ll post both since I like them both.
The first one, which I like to call “Commander version” is more commercial and is the official version. I call it like that because Kim Himchan, a member of B.A.P, that we also know as Commander Himchan, is playing the lead male role in the MV.
I personally like this version better. I love the parts where Bang Yong Guk is tied up, because even if he is singing from the point of view of an obsessed man in love with a woman, it gives you the feeling of how it is to be stalked (feeling always watched and being deprived of your freedom). I also find the female actress very beautiful.
The second one is the “Bang Yong Guk’s tutorial on stalking” version, where Bang Yong Guk looks like a nerd (and awfully hot one) and teaches you how to master in the art of stalking.
As much as I found this video amusing (the stare at 1:56 is so damn creepy but I find it incredibly funny), I think the first version is so much better. However, I enjoy having a more elaborate storyline.
And to end it nicely, I’d really like to know which one was your favourite?
April 30, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Been skipping this lately, so I should apologies. I could make up a really good excuse, but other than “I had an exam” nothing really pops into my head.
After this you will all wonder what is with this girl and kpop. Well, the kpop fever isn’t over, especially since my favourite kpop band, which is, actually, one of my favourite bands, has released a new single and of course a music video.
They have different hair colours this time, and guess what? I learned their names and I know who is who.
No, I’m not a stalker! I’m a private investigator!
I hope you all watched it, as I am going to spoil it a little bit.
Besides their personality and songs, what I love most about this band is the dancing. And oh my, the dancing “solo” (or what is called) in this video is amazing and also funny (I’d make a k-drama reference, but most of you probably don’t watch k-dramas).
I just fell in love with this song. The sound is great, the voices are great and the dancing is great. What is not to love about this band? They really are Best Absolute Perfect!
April 21, 2012 § 1 Comment
Although I spent most of my second week in London in China Town, I only took the camera with me 2 times. This was the first time me and Ioan went to China Town, and we went by foot, from Camden.
I have an obsession with taking pictures of the sky.
Ioan took me to this park close to his house. It was one of the most amazing parks I have ever set foot in.
This is The Hardy Tree. I have to admit that it’s one of the most amazing things I have seen.
We found another park, in which the trees were dedicated to someone or something. I was really happy that I found a sakura tree in full bloom in that park.
We also walked around Covent Garden a little bit, and found the Kidrobot shop.
Where we spent so much time, because Ioan kept taking pictures.
I really like taking pictures of people.
This is an Asian girl, and what I like most is her style. Unfortunately I managed to take a picture only of her back, but she was was so pretty.
After a long walk from Camden, we reached China Town, where we spent most of our money on food.
Then we made our way to the Royal Exchange building, where Ioan had to meet someone.
And then I went home by myself.
This is a pub, I always walk by, every day. I really loved the lights.
April 12, 2012 § 3 Comments
What music do you listen to? has become such a popular question when establishing relationships with other people. I like a lot of genres and a lot of bands, but whenever this question pops up I find myself answering without hesitation “J-rock and K-pop”. After explaining the fact that J stands for Japanese and K for Korean, the immediate question I am asked is “How can you listen to music that has lyrics in a language you don’t understand?”
I always seem to find myself at a loss of words when that question is brought up. I came to the conclusion that this is because I can’t seem to understand why someone would ask me that. After more than 6 years of listening to Japanese and Korean music you would think I would have came up with a witty answer, and I like to think that I have, but I probably didn’t.
Why does one like pop and not rock? Why does one like rap and not classical music? Should this be my answer in return to their question? After all, how do we start liking a genre?
The only rational explanation I could come up with was that everyone has something that makes them tick. And this goes for music as well. Some people like punk, while others like dance. Some people like hardcore while others like j-rock.
It’s that feeling that music gives us. For me, the music I love makes my heart bloom. It genuinely makes me happy. Maybe it’s because music has always played an important role in my life and it was always the one constant I desperately needed. However, I don’t really think about things like that when listening to something I like, because only the feeling that song gives me is more important. Obviously, the language isn’t that important, especially nowadays when you can easily google the song name and you will probably find at least one translation. So why are people so narrowed minded when listening and finding out about music that is in another language than English or their own?
It seems that this post has a lot of questions in it, mostly because I can’t seem to understand why people are so judgmental when learning about my music tastes.
I’ll leave you with another 2 questions: What is your favourite genre and why? What do you think about music in languages you can’t understand?
April 11, 2012 § 4 Comments
Today was such a crazy weather day. It rained for 10 minutes than suddenly the brightest sun ever would be conquering the sky. All in all, I enjoyed the sun so I took a few pictures.
Amazingly, we managed to wake up at half past 11.
And made it to brunch, at Camden Kitchen. I found the place really nice and cozy and the food was great.
I got American Pancakes. I really really liked them and actually ate everything. The bacon was really good too, probably the best bacon I ever ate. Things like this make me sad that I have to go back to Romania.
After brunch we walked around Camden, wanting to spend some money on things I don’t really need, but sadly, I was unsuccessful.
We met Darth Vader!
And gave him 2 pounds so the Empire could prosper (Death to the Republic haha~).
And then clouds started taking over the sky all of a sudden and we had to go home (sad face).
April 11, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I know I skipped a week, and I’m sorry for that. But I hardly had any time for computer since I was packing and spending time with my family.
Truth be told, yesterday I forgot to update Music Monday.
Lately, I’ve been really into k-pop, so once again I’m posting a k-pop song. This time, I’ve chosen a new band called b.a.p (Best Absolute Perfect).
I really like this song, and what I enjoy most about the video is their dancing. Watching so many k-pop videos with my friend and having such a great time in London, I can definitely tell you that this song (along with Big Bang’s hit “Fantastic Baby”) will always remind me of this 2 weeks spent here.
What do you think of k-pop? I’d really like to hear others opinions, since I got into it only because of Big Bang and I used to avoid this genre as much as I could.
April 7, 2012 § 2 Comments
I’ve skipped the last week of school before spring break to come on holiday in London. I came here alone, but I’m staying at my best friend’s place and I’ll be here for a total of 15 days.
Today, because it was rather sunny and warm, we decided to walk around London a little bit, mostly around Big Ben and London Eye.
The only thing we had to do today in Camden was Ioan getting a new haircut. So, our business there was done in half an hour, and we headed to Charing Cross. After the disappointing discovery that Orange Shop was closed (yet productive for me as I bought a ton of make-up from SuperDrug), we bought two Cheese Puffs.
Ah oh my, I must say, it was one of the most amazing things my tongue ever touched.
Ioan enjoying his chocolate puff. I got a cheese puff (strawberry cheese-cake) and I was so happy with my choice. However, Ioan said he ate better ones.
After the short snack break we continued walking around.
The good weather came like a blessing, along with me and Ioan finding his sister’s camera around their house.
However, the sun was in a horrible place and taking pictures was rather hard, but I’m really proud of the outcome.
I’m so happy that spring is here. I’ve really missed the smell of trees and the warmth of the sun.
When our feet started hurting, or tummies started rumbling and the clouds started blocking the sun, we decided to go back home. Me and Ioan entered the underground maze, where we spent another hour or so until we arrived at our warm and cozy place.
This was just a glimpse of my holiday in London. Hopefully, more will come.