So turns out i couldn’t handle the regularity that was required to write for a Kpop news site, so I left while still on good terms with the staff. I’m subbing on the regular and working weekends at the flower shop, so my days have gotten really early. I’m rarely staying up past midnight anymore. Fortunately for me, the snowmageddon that is NJ gave me a snow day today and a delayed opening tomorrow, so I can still be among the living. While i’m not ready to write another post yet, let me link you to some of the articles I wrote, so you can see what I was up to.
Hey guys, I know I haven’t been super active, but I wanted to take a quick second out of today to celebrate the second year of Kpop for Noobcakes. This site was started as a New Years Resolution 2 years ago as a way to commit myself to writing regularly. I would say that the first year was relatively successful, where this year has been, well… not so much. I have been writing a fair bit, my focus has been operating the Facebook page for the United States Nasties (fans of Eat Your Kimchi) and between that and monitoring the regional groups we’ve formed, that has been a daily commitment that has left me little time for writing about Kpop in general. When I’ve found things astounding, I’ve been sure to post about them, but as everyone knows this has not been the year for Kpop, which leaves me about a post a month for the past quarter. I hope to commit to more writing in the future, but perhaps I have to rethink how and what I write about (still Kpop related of course).
However, that was an apology letter and not really a celebration, so good news: I’m currently writing my top 10 Kpop videos list. These lists are fairly rampant through out wordpress and the blogosphere, but I hope to remind you of some songs I found amazing, while I attempt to leave behind what little bias I have.
Outside of Kpop, cool things that have happened to me this year:
-Graduated college with a Masters of Arts in Special Education
-Traveled to Belize, Ireland, Puerto Rico and Maui.
-My dad (who’s an airline pilot) got rebased to Miami, and my family bought a foreclosed house on Key Largo
-Painted my room and furniture up here and the entire house down there
-Traveled to Key West and did a butt ton of Kayaking
-Did not get a full time job, but started substitute teaching and had more opportunities to do the before mentioned bullet points
-My cousin had a baby girl =)
So yeah, here’s a yearly selfie. I’ll see you over the course of the next year!
Oh hello there. Sorry for the silence. This past month I’ve been putting in full hours at work, and I’ve been focusing hard on the Us Nasties group (Eat Your Kimchi’s US Fan page), because we had a meet and greet in LA for 80 people this past week. I never knew how involved gathering large amounts of people would be, and I didn’t even have to do most of the work. DAMN SON. That and I went to AnimeNext and put together some cosplays. I don’t have a picture of one; I walked around with a shirt that had the word “Life” on it and I gave out lemons. The other two:
In my defense, I didn’t miss much. I don’t report on scandals, and this month was a whole bunch of scandals and not a lot of any type of music that I enjoyed. I am happy that I’m getting back right before the F(x) drop and I’m hoping that we’ll get some good kpop soon. I’ve been very unimpressed this year with releases. These are the songs that I enjoyed during my break:
This first one is 8Dayz by Megan Lee. I didn’t notice it until about a week ago, when I heard the English version, but it actually came out mid May. I like that the English version doesn’t have the rap section, which in Junhyung’s defense was not bad. I just thought it didn’t mesh with the rest of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMxW57JjunE
I liked Ukiss’ Don’t Play, and would have been much more comfortable with the song if it didn’t seem like it was being promiscuous for the sake of doing so. I was not able to suspend disbelief that I was watching something that contained over dramatized characters, and the female character was cemented into my brain as an object rather than a person with agency. That and Eli’s rap was not something I enjoyed. However, the chorus, versus and instrumentals were enough for me to include it on this list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0pJ-mBHiV0
Then I had Eyes, Nose, Lips by Taeyang. I love the song, and the video is shot in such a way that it makes you focus on the song. I just wish there was something slightly more dynamic about the video. Because I can’t understand the lyrics, it’s a song that I play in the background and I don’t watch the video itself, meaning that when I think of good releases this past month, it takes me a second to remember it was released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwuAPyOImoI
Lastly, I found Tablo’s cover of Eyes, Nose, Lips riveting. This must be what Taeyang’s video did for people who understand Korean, because the writing in the verses was better than I expected it to be. “They say time flies, but you keep breaking its wings.” “No cure, no rehab for me/ Funny how you got the nerve to keep asking me/ How I’ve been. You’re the victor in this pageantry/ But the only trophy you deserve? Catastrophe.” It’s not impeccable, but it certainly exceeded expectations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhc_UpS6U3Y
I saw AOA’s short hair. Didn’t really have feelings either way for it. Hangover made my ears bleed. Other songs didn’t make it on my radar.
What did I miss in the kpop world? Anything stunning I need to look at now? Also, any suggestions of what to cosplay as using that short strawberry blond wig?
Hello from Belize! I’m taking a short break from posting. Instead of watching kpop videos all day, I’ll be enjoying warm weather (so glad I missed what ever the hell is going on in the US) and snorkeling. Also the wifi isn’t so great. Hopefully I’ll be back on the 9th, but I can’t promise any posts for a while because I have since new years of Kpop stuff to catch up on; apparently it’s a lot. Have fun everyone, and I’ll see you soon =)
Ever heard of Project for Awesome? It’s a campaign where people raise money, and youtubers make videos promoting charities. The money that is raised is divided evenly between the top 10 videos that are liked, viewed and shared. The bloggers from EYK have made a video supporting LiNK, Liberty in North Korea. That charity raises money to rescue refugees from North Korea out of China, with the idea that those refugees will get education and work to make their families’ lives back in North Korea better. If you are interested in helping out this Korean centered organization, please watch the video. Hopefully after you see it, you will like and share it yourself.