Monday, September 17, 2018

This Week In Kpop: September 17, 2018



Well, it appears I haven't done a kpop weekly wrap up for a long time! LOL... why did I name it that? Whatever, I will tell you about what happened this past week I guess anyway...

E'Dawn and HyunA

Awhile back a couple of kpop idols (celebrities) announced that they were dating and had been for two years... that they were sick of keeping it a secret and that they wanted to share with the world. Of course, while international fans seem okay with the idea.. Korean fans HATE the thought of their idols dating, and so they freaked out. The company for these two then also freaked out and said that they were now on hiatus... and they stopped all promotion for their groups. The dude was supposed to come with his group to KCON but of course he didn't and so we saw his group without him, which was a sad sad thing. So this past week they announced (we think they officially announced... I don't think it was a simple leak) that these two were being fired basically. And kicked out. Well... we ALL went crazy on Twitter and after a day.. the company's stock fell a TON and then they said.. okay wait... wait... maybe we won't fire them. Calm down everyone! So then after a few more days they said... yeah... we will keep them after all... and so now we are all... NO NEVERMIND! WE WANT THEM TO LEAVE AND MAKE ALL THE MONEY WITHOUT YOU! It's such a mess and such total drama. But real lives are messed up. The poor boys left in the group, trying to do their job... keep breaking down in tears. They had to release a new song and MV without him and it's so cute...but it's so hard to know that inside they are all hurting so bad.



The dude wrote a letter to fans that was seriously heartbreaking saying he just wanted to live a truthful life and that he never meant to make such a mess. I was proud of him though, for NOT apologizing for actually falling in love... or telling the truth. Anyway. It's still going to be seen what happens, but I hope they figure it all out. It's such a mess.



BTS came out with more songs and more awesome MVs. And a complete repackage album of all their recent best stuff. Currently they are on tour in the US and making everyone lucky enough to go to their concerts pretty much die in ecstasy over them. They really are amazing. Of course, we didn't get tickets this time. We tried and failed. They have been nominated for a Grammy... it's in the social artist category, but soon they will be nominated for an actual musical award, I'm pretty sure.  Just wait :) They have been having drama of their own with the Korean fans since they wanted to do song on their upcoming Japanese album writen by a dude that the fans do not approve of... so the company listened to the fans... again.. .and pulled the song. Those Korean fans are NOT to be messed with let me just say!

Our favorites, SHINee, released a video and new song this past week too and their video is the cutest thing ever....you should totally watch. And Minho is reading a book... can you see what it is? I couldn't but someone told me in a comment on our channel. I will let you guess first. :)




I can't think what else to report on for now. But it seems like there's always something going on!



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Currently: Life... It Goes On



Do we still like these Currently posts? Even though I forget to do them very often?

Listening: Spotify, as usual. The playlist at the moment is the one they make for you based on what you listen to a lot. Daily Mix 1 (they have different mixes based on my different genres.) This list is kpop of course. The song at the moment is the beautiful Leo singing this song:




Maybe I'll get to see him sing this live some day like the lucky people in this audience. :)

A favorite song lately is this one:



We got to see them sing this for the first time at KCON and it was awesome.

Watching: I started a little series on Netflix that the husband recommended called Shetland. Based on mysteries by Ann Cleeves taking place in the Shetland Islands off Scotland. Very intriguing. I watched 3 episodes and need to finish the last 3 to see what happens!

Still watching lots of dramas. I was excited this week when my friend Jenny got sucked into a drama (FINALLY!) and wanted to talk about it (I feel your pain girl!) and so I dropped the one I was halfway into and started this one with her. It's so good!

Not sure what that Hangul says, but people are calling it all sorts of things:
Beating Again... or Falling in Love with Soon Jung are two... lol. 

Survivor starts up again soon too I think. Not even sure when, but I said to the husband... "are we watching still" and he said why not, so... why not!


Reading: I'm still being captured by the series and world created by Leigh Bardugo. Currently finishing up Crooked Kingdom. Love these characters so much! But they are KILLING ME! AHH!!!

Writing: Guys I really want to start up again. But I waffle back and forth on why should I? Just to finish the stories I've started? To say that I did it? To actually try and publish? To just make my brain do creative things? I don't really know why and I don't really think I'm good enough to do anything with it, so.... why? Ah... it's so hard to have a positive attitude about this one! I would LOVE to attempt Nano again, but I'm going to be gone being a grandma for some of that month and so I know it will be a crazy endeavor... but still...

Blogging: I decided I need to get all my blogs printed in a hard copy and stuck in binders. I did this for a long time, but got totally behind, so this past week I copied year 2013 of my blog. Wow, but it's fun to look back. I did so freaking much back then!! How did I do that? LOL! Anyway, it's like reliving that whole year again, and it was a pretty great year! This week I hope to get 2014 and maybe even 2015 done. I wonder what I did during those years!

But CURRENTLY, I had a dry spell and then I have been doing okay trying to catch up  on some things, yeah? I think Bloggiesta is going to be happening later on this month.. and I was wondering about the Readathon too.. I bet it's coming up! And also, I'm wondering what fun weekly memes are people doing these days. Anything? What's a good one to start doing? Suggestions?!!! I need a regular weekly feature to look forward to.

YouTubing: Well, as you know KCON was a highlight... being guest panelists at a huge convention. Yeah? But now that high is passing and I'm left wondering what we do next to keep things going. We are sick of doing reactions on the channel, so we are trying to figure out what else would be fun. Sister and YouTube partner Megs will be traveling to Korea in a month and the plan is to have her do travel and experience vlogs for the channel, so we are hoping that will be a fun and popular thing! I still have the most fun compiling song lists, but people don't seem that interested in watching them. It's always a struggle figuring out what people DO want to watch... that's not reactions. LOL.

We'll be going to a the local social media  conference this week. It's always a good thing for getting ideas and revitalizing the enthusiasm, yes?


Asking: Can we PLEASE get some rain? We need the fires out and the smoke all gone.. and we need the weather to cool down! Please???!!!

Picture Taking: We went camping over Labor Day and I enjoyed the sunsets. :)







Looking Forward To: 

  • Going to Illinois around Thanksgiving to visit the daughter and family, bond with the 2 year old granddaughter and welcome another granddaughter to the world. 
  • Markus Zusak's new book (only a few weeks to go!!) and visit in October! Ah, I think it was a dream that he came here years ago. Did that really happen? I'm so glad it gets to happen again!
  • Hosting another Kpop party at Bumblebees, hopefully in also in October. Did you see the last one? Maybe you even came? Dang, we had a fun and crazy crowd! 
That's about it that's going on around here. What's happening with you all?





Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kdrama Review: Longing Heart

Drama: Longing Heart (also called My First Love)

Genre: time travel romance
Starring: Lee Jung Shin, Lee Yeol Eum, Seo Ji Hoon
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I was going to give the drama watching a break... and read. But I finished my book fast, and I crave the dramas after even only a couple of days of not watching one, so I caved and decided to watch this one because it's so short... only 10 episodes. And the episodes are short too, like only 45 min long. And besides it's been on my radar since last year when it aired.

This one is about a dude who has pined for his high school crush for ten years. And is so sad that nothing everncame of this love he had. And is still baffled after all this time why she just up and disappeared after high school without a word and never came back.

But she suddenly appears in his current life and he tries to approach her. But she is cold and brash and mean and basically drops him flat. So sad. He feels like something is up and he is determined to figure it out.

That's when something happens and he finds himself suddenly 10 years in the past when he was in high school. Only wait. He is his current present day self, gone back in time. And so he is a teacher now to his friends, this girl he loves... and himself... from 2007.

It's trippy.

He's determined to figure out what happened and to change things up a bit so that he can be with this girl.. either now... or in the future. But the minute he gets there, he has already messed things up and dang it, but the girl now has a massive crush him, the teacher, and not him, the student. What to do??

It's great! There are like three parts to this drama. The first few episodes are in the past in 2007 with both our dudes there, both the student main lead and the teacher main lead. Then we come back to the present day 2017, with BOTH our guys again... the student AND the teacher! And then we have the episodes were the guys are both finally back to the proper times, but their memories are so messed up because of the events that have now happened that they don't know what time what happened!

Anyway, our lovely student boy (dang I loved him!) thinks he has it all figured out and he is sure he is going to fix things so his future self will be happy once and for all!
Our two boys! Their banter is the best!

Okay, so my favorite part of this drama was the banter between these two leads. The student character and the teacher character.. because they are the same character, but not really! It's awesome! And they banter like frenemies and big and little brothers or best buds forever. A great bromance drama. And we all love bromance dramas.

The other thing I liked was the mother son relationship. Man, these dramas like to play that up. There are great daughter dad ones, and some mother daughter ones... I can't think of good son dad ones because usually those ones are toxic. But the mom son ones really get to me and this one was no exception. So good.

The romance was fun but frustrating because the girl was so confused as to who she was in love with, as you can imagine! LOL! And even though it's a short drama, it seemed like it took forever for her to finally figure it out!
A love triangle with yourself. Awesome!

Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot. Time travel stories are always fun, but they do totally mess with your mind!

(This one reminded me a bit of Back to the Future in parts and I about died when at one point the character was watching Back to the Future on TV! LOL! So funny!)

The teacher dude was played by a guy from the band CNBLUE (those guys seem to get around!) and I've seen him in something else but it took me nearly the whole drama to realize it was him. The kid was someone new I haven't seen before and is so freaking cute. I hope to see him around in more.

Here's a trailer:





And this song sung by IMFACT, a band we discovered this year when we saw them at KCON. Awesome!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Book Review: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Book: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Genre: novel based on a true story (is that it's own genre? Sort of a novelized memoir?)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Hey it's our book club book and book club isn't happen for another week and a half and I have the book read already! Things are CHANGING around here!! LOL.

I loved this guy's other book, The Rent Collector and this book has had it's fair share of buzz (man I seem to be catching up on all the buzz lately.. well some) and so the book club voted it in and here we are!

It's about a boy who grew up in India until he was about 8 years old, and then bam, one day he was kidnapped and sold to an orphanage where he was then adopted to an  American family, which happened to be located here in Utah. This is that crazy crazy story!

Because later when he grew up, he went back and found his Indian family! With hardly ANYTHING to go on. He had no idea what city to look in... and we are talking INDIA here! It's really an amazing story. And I loved it! I devoured this book in fact.

The story is novelized to fill in all the missing blanks from when he was a kid and to change around a few characters, but if I'm understanding correctly, it's basically following exactly what happened. Someone just took him off the street one day when he was waiting for his dad and they took him to an orphanage. Luckily, it seems he was treated well and life was actually better for him, but still... his family! His mom! He even tried to escape at one point, but went back to help the sick girl that needed his knowledge because he knew what plant would help her.

When he arrived in America, he tried to explain to his new family that he still had a family, but it took awhile for his English to be good enough to get through to them. And once it did, they tried as best they could to figure it out, but everything led to a dead end. So after awhile, they gave up.

So it wasn't until he was in college that he started feeling a draw to his country. He meet some wonderful people and they helped him get back (mostly.. he had some resistance too.) And once he was there, he went off just some small clues and started combing the area to figure it out. The way he finally ends up finding them is... amazing. And yes, I cried.

Anyway, his life has turned out be be pretty good in the end.  And he has been able to live sort of teh best of both worlds. But he still struggles. Because of this question: Is it good that he was kidnapped and taken from his family? Because look at what he has now... and how he has been able to help the people in India... so, was it good thing?  Ah, it hurts my heart to try and answer this question! I'm sure we will discuss at book club and find all the answers!

The book was beautifully written. Sometimes a touch too flowery in description for my taste, BUT I did devour it and could hardly put it down, so it's obviously engaging and paints a wonderful picture of what life must have been like in India... and afterwards... for this guy.







Monday, September 10, 2018

Kdrama Review: Are You Human Too?

Drama: Are You Human Too?
Genre: science fiction thriller/romance
Starring: Seo Kang Joon, Gong Seung Yeon
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 


This is a drama that grabbed me from the very first moment. So much happens in the first couple of episodes! The premise here is that our guy is a robot... his genius mom made him because her human son was kidnapped from her when he was about 10 years old by his grandpa (her father in law) and she was never able to get him back.

So he was raised by this crazy powerful guy and so she, because she could, made a robot replacement.

The robot is nice, mannerly, kind, rule abiding, sweet, compassionate and etc. The human is... arrogant, mean, ruthless, playboyish, snotty, greedy, and etc. They are as different as can be.

The robot, with his adorable smile.

One day, the human son is trying to track down his mom, but he is being followed by a hitman hired by the bad guy and is nearly killed. The robot son witnesses this and is freaked out. The mom rescues the human son and begins to nurse him back to health.

Meanwhile, she asks the robot son to step into his place in the corporate crazy world so that the bad guys don't know what happened, and so that the human son doesn't lose his place to inherit the company.

Yeah.

So they teach him to be all the bad things so he can pull this off. But deep down, he is still all the good things. And it might get him caught!

(I found it funny that he, this robot character, continually said he doesn't have emotions, but dang, he totally did! He was chuck full of emotion! How is that possible!? LOL!)

He gives lots of hugs because it's a rule.

And so it goes. He has a bodyguard that he had had a run in with as the human, but the robot took a liking to the bodyguard and won her over quickly. She discovers his secret pretty fast. Which was nice (I hate it when secrets like this get dragged on forever!) and she becomes a great ally. And of course, she falls for him. He is TOO DANG SWEET not to fall for! And of course, even if he doesn't have emotion or a heart, or whatever, he totally falls for her too. It's the best thing ever!

But wow the story gets complicated and all messed up and so much is happening and dang the bad guys ! And then when the human son wakes up... oh boy. It's not pretty.

Robot left, human right. Yeah?

Of course both parts are played by the same guy and that lets you know his acting is spot on! We can usually tell which one it is by the way he holds his face, the way he smiles , the way walks. He can go from human to robot in a flash. Though he does trick us a few times! Beware....

And so I loved it. The end was a bit.. weird and frustrated me. I could have thought of better ways, you know? But all in all it was extremely engaging and fun and suspenseful.

Here's the trailer. It's a bit long, but the best one out there:






This drama is another one with a ton of great songs. Here's the one that seems to play at all the best parts!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Recent GIF Making Fun!


A few of my favorite GIFs I've made lately. Dang I don't know what it is about GIFs that make me so happy! Since I posted last about making GIFs I've learned how to edit them... slow them down and chop off the bits I don't want and zoom in and etc. Way too much fun I'm telling you.

Jun (the epic eye roller) and DK (the epic smiler) from Seventeen.
I swear I could look at this one forever.
Snagged from some random gif I saw somewhere.
Jooheon (Monsta X) snagged from his solo song: Red Carpet
Taehyung (aka. V from BTS) at the concert just this past weekend
that I was not at. :( 

Yesung (Super Junior) at a recent concert... I think. Or maybe it's from a random selfie?

Wei (Up10tion) during a photo shoot I think.. or from the MV So Beauitful

Wooshin, Xiao, Gyujin, Kuhn, Wei (Up10tion) snagged from their recent MV So Beautiful

Jungkook (BTS) from their recent MV Idol

Bomin (Golden Child) from a performance we saw at Klub Kcon when he noticed
that Toto was wearing his name on her head. See how his eyes and smile get bigger?
Yeah. EYE CONTACT!

Minhyuk (Monsta X) from I have no idea what. 

Eunhyuk (Super Junior) from a recent concert that I wish I was at...

Eunhyuk (Super Junior) from his MV with Donghae called Sunrise

Kwangjin (N. Flying) cutie pie bass player... from his own instagram selfie

Dino (Seventeen) from their recent MV Oh My!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Movie Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Movie: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Genre: romantic comedy
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
Rating: two thumbs up


This movie, found on Netflix,  is yet another thing that was making a lot of buzz and so guess what? I watched it the very weekend it came out! WHAT? I know, right? I'm so with it!

Anyway, I loved the book, so I had to support the movie, right? And I was really curious what they did with it, and I am happy to report, that... I like what they did with it! Great job movie people!

It followed the book quite closely in plot, which is that Lara Jean writes letters to her former crushes just to get the feelings out, but then one day those letters get mailed somehow and then she has to face all these guys.

One guy is her sisters just barely ex boyfriend and she can't like him. He is off limits. So when the other guy comes around asking about his letter, Lara Jean pretends to really like him still so that the first guy is thrown off.

Well, and so then these two (the second guy Peter) decide to keep pretending they are a thing, just for now, until Josh (the first guy) forgets about things. And in the meantime, they find out that they really click and are comfortable with each other and talk well, and etc.

With the two boys

But then stuff happens and Lara Jean isn't sure about Peter any more and feels totally played... even though they were pretending all along.

Peter is a great character. The dude who played him I wasn't sure about at first, but I really warmed up to him. Maybe that was the idea, but he ended up great for the part and was really quite endearing. The Lara Jean girl was great too (though I think she looked way too old for the part) but I think the kid that played the litter sister stole the show! She was awesome!

I really enjoyed it and am glad I fit it in between all the other things that take my attention! If you haven't watched it yet, you should check it out!

The cute sisters!


The fun trailer:


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