HallyuSurfer | Thursday, 16 May 2013 |
I can't find Kpop videos without having reaction video on the result. At first, I thought cool, non Asian likes to watch Kpop...but I already know that from Allkpop, which I believe had lots of Non Asian fans judging from the comments.
Speaking of reaction, I can SLAKPF (speak like a Kpop fan) on it. If you watch Korean variety shows, you would know that reaction is a big part of talk show. That's why there's numbers of guest to make the show lively. For example Star King has a lot of "judges", the guest spot is often a challenge for comedians, idols or actor because everyone wants to take part. Only guest with talent or great reaction will be allowed to be guest. Which actually a part of the show I don't like.. It put less spotlight on the actual contestant.
Another thing why reaction is so important in variety show is the PD (Program Director) often like to pick exaggerated reaction on film because it looked better for the show. Guest always overact so they got better screen time. If your favorite guest didn't show up on screen, his/her reaction was weak. Korean shows love reaction a lot so much you will see them in slow mo, added effects like "!!!" or "대박" or "OMG" across the screen. More often you can see them repeatedly in different shots.
To all the "reactors", it's better to just do a Vlog, commenting on what you thought of the video. You can take eatyourkimchi as a guide but don't blantly copy everything! If editing video isn't your thing, do commentary as you watch.
HallyuSurfer | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 |
Girl groups aren't my thing, but lately Girls' Day caught my attention because I think Hyeri is gorgeous in Don't Forget Me and Yura was my fave in Expectation. H.O.T wasn't a group I know well since they disbanded before I was a Kpop fan. I have seen Tony on variety show and old clips but that's it.
I dislike the idea of big age gap relationship but who am I to say anything... I just find them weird. Let see how long this relationship last but I rather them not being together for long.. It's just not good image for her.
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I didn't want to blog yet because no date was released yet but I was angry at the top comments on Allkpop for not leaving nice words. Sure, there were some people commenting on Byun Jang Moon, whom is my favorite already but I have to blog because I'm so excited.
Impact is a male vocal group from Star Empire (Jewerly, ZE:A, Nine Muses) with members Van, Sungho, Junghu, Jangmoon, and Pilrib. For now, I'm just going to talk about Byun Jang Moon, because I only know him. He is the former member of A'ST1 whom I really really love. His voice is easily on my top 3! It's not only me, but go to any A'ST1 old videos, you are bound to see people talking about his voice. The tone of his voice is unique, there's something about it that make me go crazy. He is the reason I love A'ST1. I was completely devastated when they disbanded. Miss you so much Sung In Kyu oppa, RIP.
There's no one else I wanted to redebut more than him, so when I got the news back in 2011 about him redebuting, I was excited but this Star Empire only debut him now, well about time!
That said, I understand the fan who were against Star Empire to debut this group. I clearly remember how DSP debuted Rainbow and neglect A'ST1... They had so much potential to be great but no, girl groups was more popular that time hence Rainbow got more attention. However, this is vocal group! I really hope it stay that. Byun Jang Moon can dance but no, don't ruin my chance of hearing more ballads from him. I would be very sad if his part is short.
On the bright side, if Impact daebak, it will naturally benefit ZE:A, Jewelry and Nine Muses. IT MUST BE GREAT, PLEASE!
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In short, I don't love it. The music isn't something I would voluntarily play and the video was not funny..my humor is weird so there's that. For me the whole thing felt like recycle. I always like familiar things but Psy Gentleman felt like a bag of ideas that I already know.
I would have stop watching at the part where Psy unties the bikini string, because that's borderline offensive for me. I only manage to finish up to end without seeing behind the scene footage. BTS stuffs are something I avoid..I rarely watch bloopers.
After a while, the video reminded me of Nice Guy video by NigaHiga, KevJumba and Chester See. That was good. Maybe I get their humor more than Psy version. Psy was being rude in a way I can't laugh about. It's like laughing at someone falls down, which is mean.
I know why GaIn was selected as a cameo but I wish she didn't. It reminded me too much of Abracadabra (I know that's the point) that I can't help but to compare it. Why not go all out by inviting all of BEG members? Why only GaIn?? Is it necessary to include all Infinity Challenge members? I don't watch the show so I can't relate. Haha and Jae Suk was good but still meeeh, seen it.
For me, I think it could have been done better. I think Psy had all of these ideas that he wanted use and I would say to drop some ideas. Mostly stuff that reminds us of Gangnam Style.
HallyuSurfer | Friday, 12 April 2013 |
At this point I am so not sure if i could board the plane or not. There's new obstacle everyday. The trip suppose to happen in a month.
I wish I could blog comfortably but it's so hard because Kpop just give me reminder about this whole trip which makes me headache. Expedia, you ruined my life.
Anyway, since I'm already writing.. Let me do a quick review on stuff. I didn't quite like Phantom's "Come as you are" despite the featuring with Verbal Jint. It's just not my style of music with all that jazzy feel because I hate jazz music. It's difficult to explain because to be honest I describe song I don't like as "jazzy".
As if I need any more reminder, Korea is now in the spring season.. Kpop is filled with many spring theme songs. Busker Busker is sure big this time round, wow. 2AM ballad is fine, not really catchy but good. K.Will's Love Bloosom is not my favorite of his. I really like him singing more sad song because his voice has this great sad quality. Infinite Man in Love isn't exactly "spring" but the feel is definitely spring like. I like the song but it doesn't stuck in my head for some reason. I keep on forgeting the beats....
I'm actually worried about the N.Korea threat. I do know it's common for them to give threats every now and then. However it feels different this time, not because I'm actually probably going to S.Korea but Gaesong closing and their warning for foreigners to evacuate makes me feel anxious. With Chinese tourist no longer entering N.Korea, the income of N.Korea is becoming lesser each day. Not having money can make people go crazy and I'm afraid it will get crazy.
I hope N.Korea can reconsider their decision, not fighting with their neighbours but to come together to share.
HallyuSurfer | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 |
The members are quite young, apart from Ren, I didn't find any factor that makes me want to learn more about them because I don't have much space in my brain for all the kpop idols. I still at least try to listen once of their song. Yeah, finally a song I like!
I'm more of a dance ballad fan than faster song so this fits right for me. The thing that caught my attention was the choreography, it was different that usual with all the props and more interaction with background dancer. Haha, to be honest..all I wonder was how they were going to Random Play Dance to this song. It's a popular segmen on MBC Weekly idol where idols have to dance on spot to song that are randomly play in different parts.
I don't know the members name yet but their vocal were good in the song, I was attracted to the first guy who sing. His voice totally capture my attention. I guess he shines better in slower song because I hardly notice him before. I'll check other past video to be sure.
Whether you like ballads or not, do give the performance video a try.. The choreography is fun to watch. I would skip the MV.. It didn't do much for me.
For this first post, the first topic is IDOL. It's no brainer really, without idol.. Kpop wouldn't be the thing you know today. Idols are so common today, more than 80% (totally made that up) of the singers on today kpop music program is saturated with idols.
The word "idol" is an English word, and yes it does mean like what you read in the dictionary back in the days when idols are first introduced in Kpop scene. My generation probably cite H.O.T., g.o.d., Sech Kies and many more in the late 90's group as idols. Older generation would probably refer SoBangCha (Fire Truck) and "Seo Taiji and Boys" as originator. I didn't experience both since I only a Kpop fan in the late 00's but from what I have learn, it was mad crazy.
I could go on and list all the craziness of fans do back then but this post will be long. To give you a picture, have you seen Michael Jackson concert videos? That is tame compare to Kpop idols concert. Belieber fandom are pretty crazy too, but Kpop idols are crazier times 100. Koreans are extremely passionated people. While no one get assasinated, there were incident of almost poisoning.Basically, idols are literally idol.
Today that meaning change. Idol of today is define as a group of either female, male or co-ed singers. The numbers of members are varied typically from 4 to infinity, current largest membered group is A-Peace, a whopping 21 member. Lately trio groups are considered idols but not common.
Although the term idols is not really what it originally meant today, some bigger fandom do experience a high level of craziness. Sasaeng fans are individuals or sometimes group of crazy fans that would stalk, harass and a whole lot of dangerous thing towards their favorite group. DBSK had the worst Sasaeng fan experience. The sasaeng are known to follow every move of their idols, to the point of chasing cars, trepassing their house and hack their personal info.
Top 10 Idols you must know (rank by seniority)
1. Dong Bang Shin Ki
2. Super Junior
3. Big Bang
4. Wonder Girls
5. So Nyeo Shi Dae
HallyuSurfer | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 |
Ahem, excuse me. I was trying to sound like myself...instead of boring reporting.
This is written based on one article, so this is my first reaction. I totally did not see this coming. I had to rub my eyes and read twice when I first saw the news on allkpop. I scan through the comments, clearly no one has yet to claim they knew/suspected it. I can't wait for netizenbuzz to post the Korean netizen reaction next. I've been refreshing 10 times already.
I'm not the biggest DMTN fan, but I support them because they were from MC Mong agency. I was upset they left the company but understood the decision. Hemmm..by the way, If DMTN can, why not Block B? That's for another post. I am especially supportive of Daniel, because he is Yoseobie friend. WHYYY DO THIS TO ME?!
I've seen him trying hard to audition, saw clips of him on Strong Heart, Oh My School and Qualification of Men. The point is, I know DMTN members are working hard for every opportunity. I wanted them to succeed somehow because hardwork should pay off.
Imagine how I feel upon reading this news..this is completely at the wrong timing. Am I hoping this will be fake? Sure..but the damage is partly done. The company already stated that the matter is complicated than it is seen.. No denial. That's all I need to know.
I guess it's shocking because Daniel seems to have that good boy image. I can't even imagine him smoking to be honest. Yeah, news flash..I'm so naive. He is reported to sell too, there goes my everything. I am starting to feel sorry for those Kpop idols, but this time I can't defend him.
I just hope everything will be alright for the rest of the members. Daniel, I am disappointed.
UPDATE: according to netizenbuzz, reps denied smoking but admited to selling..well okay then, that's like worst. Huhu
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Perhaps because I studied multimedia, I like the aspect of advertising interludes the drama. Some of the ideas are predictable..lol maybe just me? But I like to be right. :P The thing the drama lacks right now is love line.. I wish it was a little more than just friendly kind. The past stories can give a miss and erghhh why make me hate Han Chae Young!!! I will never forget her in Sassy Girl Chun Hyang! I wish she wasn't so spiteful.
Park Ha Sun is so pretty! I can't help but smile along whenever she smiles. Even if this drama sux, I would continue watch for her and.... GO CHANG SEOK! I was so happy to see him in the drama. That's like a sealed deal for me. I like his personality a lot, especially in 1n2d and Running Man! so glad his character on the drama is just like him!
I recognize the foreign worker, he appeared in 1n2d.. His Korean is so good! This drama has two idols, but don't matter since both are only playing small part. Secret's SunHwa is playing TaeBaek's sister and Dalshabet's Ayeong working at GRC. For fun, both of them are love rivals.
It's a light drama..like it's not going to make you bawl but there are touching moments. It's funny in some parts but not tummy pain funny. It's a good filler between drama in a good way.