Sunday, April 16, 2017

Our BTS Experience!! (BTS Wings Tour in Anaheim April 1, 2017)

Well, I know you are all dying to know how the big anticipated event turned out. I've been saving telling you until I had videos to show. And finally, the videos are all done!

This concert was everything we imagined it to be. These boys are awesome. Beautiful, talented, amazingly... awesome. We really can't find the right adjective to describe them, or how they make us feel. (I'm talking in the plural here for all of our group that went... six of us, plus a few more we met up with!)

It was a fabulous day and fabulous weekend. We spent lots of time in lines, and we didn't even care because the lines were pretty much as fun as everything else, just talking to everyone else there that was as crazy as us!

We stood in line for three hours to get buy merch. And then later two more hours to get through security to get into the concert. Then after an hour of sitting inside waiting for it to start, we stood for 2 1/2 more hours during the concert! It was an exhausting day both physically AND emotionally!

And it was the best day ever!

Here's the video we made of the preconcert excitment, including driving to California, going out to eat with our Twitter friends, and interviewing poeple in the merch line:

 Actually, we have a video of just the interviews which you can find here if you are interested.

 And then the second part of our experience is the concert itself. We ended up filming more on our phones than we thought we would. "Real" cameras weren't allowed and we decided not to risk it, so we didn't even bring them in. So, all we have is the crappy stuff we got on our phones. Here's what is was like... which is mostly a lot of screaming. A LOT of screaming. And crying at the end when it was over.


Afterwards we meet up with our friends again, at midnight, at IHOP and just gushed. We filmed a bit of it and here it is:
(This also includes Megs and Ryn talking on their drive home.)


 Guys. I don't know. Really, this was so much fun I can't even describe it. I wish I could find something to compare it to so that you would all understand! Anyway, here's hoping for future weekends of such joy! I can't wait to see who we get to see next!!

(P.S. If any of you book bloggers read this, and/or watch this, you might be familiar with fellow former book blogger Penelope from The Reading Fever, who has joined me (surpassed me I would even say) in the fanatic fandom that is kpop and BTS. Look for her in these videos... she's there with us!)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kdrama Review: My Shy Boss

Drama: My Shy Boss
Genre: Romantic comedy/drama
Starring: Yeon Woo Jin, Park Hye Soo
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I'm getting behind in the reviewing of the drama watching. And now I can't hardly remember what happened in this one!

I started watching this one because it looked so cute. And lighthearted and fluffy, but then the opening shot is of a girl jumping off a building and committing suicide. So scratch the whole lighthearted bit!

Turns out this suicide, which happened three years before the events of the drama itself, shaped the future of several of our characters and all those characters come together as the drama unfolds. 

We have the Shy Boss, a very introverted dude who is the boss of this PR company and he does stuff behind the scenes, but his foster brother is the one who is the face of the company and does all the public things. 

And then we have the girl, who's sister was the one who committed suicide and she the sister actually actually happened to be the secretary of the shy boss and so she, our girl, comes to work for the company to get revenge on the boss, since she blames him for what happened.
The shy boss.
He actually reminded me a lot of Ji Chang Wook... maybe because of the hood.
Also because of the smile that transforms him.

Well, of course, we gradually learn what happened and how everything is a really big mess and how it's messed up everyone involved. And of course the whole drama is everyone figuring out this mess and overcoming.

So, not lighthearted at all. And yet.. the interaction between the boss and the girl is really a lot of fun and he is such a good actor and does this shy dude so well that you totally believe it. I loved those parts! I loved seeing his transformation as he learns to get over this problem too. 

And also, it has some of the best kissing on any drama I've watched so far. Wow. Just. Wow.
Shower kisses.

So that's basically it for this one! I totally enjoyed it expected! 

Here's the long but fun trailer:

 And of course the cute song by the cute kpop star (Sanduel from B1A4) set to the cute scenes, because you know this is what it's really all about:


Friday, March 31, 2017

Introducing: BTS!

When I did my "Introducing SHINee" post I realized that I talk about BTS a lot, but have never done an introduction post, and so, you know, I had to do one. And since SHINee is over and we are on to BTS, now is the time.
Taehyung (V), Jin, J-hope, Suga, Jimin, Jungkook, Rapmon

So, BTS stands for BangTan Sonyeondan, which means Bulletproof Boyscouts in Korean. It's a weird name, I know, but it grows on you and there's all sorts of deep meaning and symbolic-ness to it, but I don't know it all really, so we'll just leave it at that.

They debuted four years ago this June with a song called No More Dream, which you can see here:

They are band that is much heavier in the hip hop and rap stuff then what I'm used to. In fact, it took awhile for them to grow on me because I felt they were so... out there. So... I don't know... trying to be bad boy-ish, or something. Some of the first videos I saw of them were tragic sad disturbing things with a story line that rips out your heart. They were a little too much.

But then when I watched more stuff and became more familiar with their personalities, it all changed and I found them to full of all the good things: substance and fun, smartness and silliness, rappy songs and ballad songs. They had everything.

But the thing that really sets them apart is their amazing dancing. I just really had no idea that people, boys, anyone, could dance like this. It's mind boggling watching them sometimes. Seeing them dance live is going to be a trip.

Anyway, here are the boys:

Namjoon, also known as Rap Monster, is the leader of this group, even though he is not the oldest (usually the oldest is the band leader) and falls right in the middle age-wise. I'm told someone (people from Big Hit? The company that they work for.. maybe?) discovered him and decided to build a group around him. Without him, there would be no BTS. He's a literal genius and has the deepest most profound thoughts probably constantly in his head. He taught himself English by watching TV and when he speaks you can barely detect an accent. He's truly amazing. He's one of the three rappers in BTS, and he's awesome. However, he's always in the back because he's not a very strong dancer. LOL! (Though, that's not saying much given the fact that they as a group are this amazing dance machine!)

Seokjin... known just as Jin, is next up. People call him the visual of the group because he's the "most" handsome, though I don't know how anyone can decide any one of them are more handsome than the others. He does have a killer smile though and he is a hoot. He loves to tell what they call "dad" (aka stupid) jokes and then guffaws a killer laugh afterwards that is the best thing ever. He's a goofball and I love it. Plus, his beautiful singing voice is to die for.

Yoongi, who goes by the stage name of Suga, is up next. He's also a genius and produces much of their songs. His rapping is insane and beautiful and some of the most emotional songs I've ever heard. For me he tends to be the quiet one of the group, and a bit reserved, but then suddenly, he'll turn into this squishy teddy bear. When they were a new group, one year for his birthday he wrote 300 personal notes to his fans and delivered them to everyone at a meet and greet. If you want more on him, we have a whole video dedicated to him.

Hoseok, also known as J-hope is next in. He's also a rapper and he is full of energy and spunk and positive-ness that is out of this world. Everyone calls him the sunshine of the group and that's because he is never not bouncing around and smiling and spreading his "hope" everywhere. Besides rapping, he's also an amazing dancer and choreographs many of their dances.

The above boys are called the "hyungs" or older brothers. The last three are the "maknaes" or the younger brothers. And for some reason, they tend to be my favorite.

Jimin, who... oddly enough, goes by Jimin, is... amazing. I just... I have no words. He dances like it takes absolutely no effort at all and he looks so graceful and beautiful it kills me. And then when he sings, he does those killer high notes that stand out in all their songs and you're just like...ah. Wow. And his personality is all over the place. Sweet and caring and shy and polite. Then savage and sexy the next minute. After Taemin (mentioned in my SHINee post) Jimin is the dancer to watch. Which is why when they did a duet dance awhile back, I went crazy for it.

Taehyung, stage name of V, is next in line. He is the first one I paid attention to in this group, which is why when I'm asked who my favorite is, I will say it's him. He has a personality that will suck you in like no other. Very cute and silly and fun and soft and goofy and... pretty much the complete opposite of the "bad boy" image they sometimes portray. I love it so so much. His contribution to the group his is deep, husky melty voice. Oh my word. The best.

The baby of the group is Jungkook, no stage name, but lovingly called Kookie by the brothers and fans alike. And everything I've mentioned above about all the other boys? Yeah, he can do it ALL. He's brilliant, he raps, dances, sings with the melty voice, is nice on one hand, and savage on the other. Everything. He's like the perfect child. The Golden Maknae as they say. And beware his smile.

Have I gushed enough about them? Can you tell I love them all? They truly are amazing.

The song that made me a fan is Fire, which is one that I bet most of you will love since it's a little more "normal" than that first one I posted above. I've shared this one before, but here it is again.

 And after that we discovered dance practices which shows their dancing and silly personality. Here's one of my favorites of them "practicing" and being silly:

 And just so you can see a softer one, here's one of their newest songs called Spring Day about losing touch with old friends. (I decided to show you a live version instead of the MV so you can see their singing and dancing better.)

Anyway. a tiny overview of an amazing talented group of boys that I can't wait to see TOMORROW!!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Our SHINee Experience: March 26, 2017

So, the concert was awesome. Crazy crazy fun. Lots and lots of screaming. Very loud. My ears hurt for a full 24 hours afterwards. The boys are as beautiful and talented and amazing as expected. We all fell in love with Taemin and his dancing and shyness and attempts at English. We fell in love with Key for his coolness, Minho for his swagger, Onew for his sweetness and Jonghyun for his voice. All of them. They are all the best.

If you REALLY want to know what our experience and our one day adventure in California, was like, we made a video:

 Some songs that I didn't know before but loved after this concert:

And now... TWO DAYS UNTIL BTS!!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bloggiesta To Do List Spring 2017

Oh my word guys! I haven't done a Bloggiesta since I handed over the reins last year!

BUT, I wanted to try and join in this week because I've been having these overwhelming thoughts about revamping my blog in a big way. I've been resisting it but then I keep thinking... dang it.. it's my blog and I should be able to do with it whatever I want. And if that means totally changing it and going after a different audience a bit (I don't want to lose EVERYONE but I know it's happening whether I change my blog or not) then just embrace it, right?

Ah, it scares me still.

And this week, like most weeks, might be too crazy to really commit to much, but let's just say I hope to START the process this week anyway.

So here's my to do list for what it's worth:

  • change my header to reflect the new focus
  • change up the menu tabs
  • delete side bar stuff that is pointless now and add sidebar stuff that makes me happy
  • organize stuff to show off all interests somehow
  • write some posts 
  • twitter chats maybe
  • some mini challenges maybe

Anyway, if I change things up to reflect my new interests, you'll all still be my friends, right?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

KDrama Review: Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Drama: Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Genre: Romance/Supernatural
Starring: Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yook Sung Jae
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Wow but everyone was talking about this one! I was so scared to watch it! Because it sounded like after this one NO other drama would hold up to the pressure. Nothing would be good again.

And, yes, it has been kind of like that because guys, this drama was amazingly well done. All of it. Cinematography, music, story line, character development, acting. All of it. AMAZING.

This one is about a guy who lived nearly 1000 years ago. He was a general for the king and fought his battles too well. So well in fact that the king was jealous. This king had issues let's just say. Anyway, so he had him killed. But he wasn't really killed, but instead cursed to be immortal and watch all his loved ones die over, and over again. The curse made him become a goblin. And the only way to break the curse is to meet "the goblin's bride" or a girl who could actually pull the sword (still embedded in him but that no one could see) out, and thus releasing him to death.

Well and so what happens if he actually and truly falls in love with that girl? Not let her pull the sword out, right? BUT.. what if she is also cursed because she is living on borrowed time (she was actually supposed to die at birth but was well...the goblin himself) and what if she doesn't pull the sword out then SHE will die?

What's a goblin to do then?

And then there's the grim reaper, who is happily escorting people to the after world, until he meets someone and then he is all torn up inside trying to remember his past life. Because it appears he is also cursed with no memories. And it pretty much drives him mad.

And when these two, the goblin and the grim reaper, become friends, then wow, it's the best bromance relationship I think I've ever seen. And they are cool. Like the coolest dang characters I've ever seen I think! And do their stories come together? Well of course they do!!

Grim Reaper on the left and Goblin on the right.
Frenemies in life and death!

There is much magic and ghosts and past and future lives, portals to other places and all that fun stuff. No love triangles though for those that hate that!

The drama is full of so much funny stuff and also many many weepy moments. It's truly one of the more emotional dramas I've seen and that's saying a lot.

The Goblin and his bride meet

Bottom line though, like I said before, it's amazing. One of the songs I will listen to forever when I need to remember how wonderful life is. You will know what I mean even without seeing the drama or without understand the words. Please listen:

Here's some more scenes set to a couple of the other amazing songs from this drama:

And then we have this amazing trailer:

Have I convinced you to give it a try? When you are moaning about there being nothing good on TV these days, or you are out of things to watch... remember this one! TRY IT!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Ten Years!!

Well, I almost missed it but TEN YEARS AGO this past week I started this book blog. I went strong for nine years straight! And then faltered during this past year. That makes me so sad! BUT, I'm still here. I'm not done. I'm too attached. And I know there's got to be a way that I can keep going and mesh all my passions together without feeling too guilty about it.

(Yes, I've been trying, but I feel like my K passion is trying to shanghai my book blog, but if I change up the blog, maybe I'll not feel guilty about it anymore, right? These are my thoughts.)

Anyway... here's to ten wonderful years that have been AMAZING. So many things have happened and so many friends have been  made and so many books reviewed and read alongs hosted and author events reported on and bloggiestas hosted so many fun things!

The next 10 years might look a bit different here, but I fully intend to still be around at the end of them! And I hope you all are too!


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