Taiwanese-Korean singer, Shi Shi serves golden r&b with her 2020 album – ‘Where is SHI?’

Hello, hello🤗

How’s everyone doing? I hope you all are in good health and staying warm.

This week, I’ve decided to share an album with you all instead of my traditional weekly song recommendation. Where is SHI? is a 2020 r&b record from the groundbreaking Taiwanese-Korean artist Shi Shi. If you’re an avid reader, you must have heard me mention her in a few drama reviews due to her soundtrack contributions. This time I’m switching things up by focusing on her actual work because all the ten songs on this album are undoubtedly top-notch.

Sun Sheng Xi, popularly known as Shi Shi, is a Taiwanese-Korean singer-songwriter born on November 13, 1990. Shi Shi was born in Korea but later moved to Taiwan in pursuit of becoming a singer. After participating in a singing competition known as Chinese Million Stars, she signed with Rock Records Taipei. Her official debut was in 2014 with the full-length album, girls.

I genuinely enjoy her 2020 record Where is SHI? because it has a perfect balance between the nostalgic 2000s r&b vibe and the current modern take on rhythm and blues. Some other outstanding attributes on this album include Shi Shi’s unique vocals, great featured artists, striking instrumentalization, and excellent production. Plus, eight out of the ten songs have visuals.

Here’s my brief take on each track, and I’m also noting my favourites –

Track 1 – “Midnight Movie”

Such a soft opening to the album, + the guitar/drumbeat instrumental is beautiful. Shi Shi’s voice on this is serving absolute serene vibes. “Midnight Movie” always pours positive energy into me, so I love to play it more than once before moving on.

Track 2 – “Realer Love ft. sunkis”

I enjoy the slight groove on this one, + it showcases excellent production on both the vocals and instrumental. Shi Shi has one the most stable falsetto tones, and I love how she smoothly rides the beat on this song. Sunkis also has a beautiful voice, and he nailed the harmonies.

Track 3 – “Me First ft. TroutFresh”

I adore the keyboard and drum entry on this track, + I got introduced to a talented r&b/rap artist through this record. TroutFresh is impressive. I love his flow. I always enjoy the jazzy vibe on “Me First”; I find myself dancing whenever this song comes on.

Track 4 – “Empty Track”

This song is my all-time favourite on the album. I live for this type of peaceful energy. Shi Shi’s vocals on this track are pure bliss, and I could listen to her sing all day. Every note, instrument and beat came out right with “Empty Track”

Track 5 – “Two of One ft. HUSH”

While listening to this song, all I could focus on was Shi Shi and HUSH’s beautiful voices + the lovely melody of “Two of One”. The music video is quite intriguing. At first, I assumed it was just about jealously and trust issues between the couple, but there’s also cheating?😲 It isn’t right to use someone to cover up your sexual preference.

Track 6 – “LA-LI-LA-TA”

Now this song has some elements of pop, but it’s the right blend of music styles. At this point, I sound like a broken record, but I genuinely enjoy Shi Shi’s voice. “LA-LI-LA-TA” would probably be the last on my list if I was ranking the album, but I still love it. The hazy visuals for this music video are nice, but I don’t entirely get the story. I think there’s a lot of focus on people’s sexuality & how they identify in society🤷🏼‍♀️.

Track 7 – “Not Enough”

Here is the song with that in-your-face 2000s r&b vibe. I wish the music video had English subtitles, so I could fully understand the story. “Not Enough” is a groovy bop, and I jam out to it on repeat. Shi Shi looks stunning in this video. I love her dress and makeup. HECK NO!! The gay boyfriend that cheated on her is getting married to another woman????🤯🤯🤯. Plus, someone stole the wedding ring? Woah, this is some messy tea!!!🍵. This is my first time seeing the music videos, and I love that they’re connected.

Track 8 – “Give It to Me”

“Give It to Me” is a more sensual song. Even the vocals sound very sultry in comparison to the previous tracks. I love this vibe. The music video also matches the concept of the song. I loved that they filmed it in a classy way, but the sexual innuendos are apparent. My only problem is that this track seems too short.

Track 9 – “Infected”

Once again, another music video with a confusing storyline, but I believe this one shows the details of what went down in the relationship + how Shi Shi got her revenge? All the same, “Infected” is one of my top songs from this album. It’s a slow tempo vibe but with a very captivating melody + the keyboard player on it is exceptional. Shi Shi is so talented. The emotion she pours into each note is incredible. I love this song.

Track 10 – “And Then?”

Yes, the last song on this record and one of the favourites that I always play on repeat. The soothing energy from this song does something right for me. I like to have “And Then?” playing in the background while I’m reading webtoons or chilling. It’s a perfect track and a smooth way to close the album.

Alright, If you read to this point, I hope you found a few exciting songs to add to your playlist. Where is SHI? by Shi Shi is an r&b lover’s gem, so go check out the full album on any music streaming site or app. I use Spotify, so there’s a link below. That’s all for today, have a beautiful night, everyone.💕💕💕

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yao Chen and Zhong Lili Exclusive

Happy Valentines Day 💓💞💓. I wish you all love throughout 2021 and the years to come.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First on today’s post is Yao Chen as she graces the cover of ELLE China – February 2021 Issue. Hands down, this is one of my favourite editorial cover shoots. I love the aura + the outfits, accessories, and every pose completely enhanced Yao Chen’s natural beauty to a whole other level – 


Following up is another statement maker, Zhong Lili, in a TRENDMO pictorial. I adore the serene nature and outfit colours for this shoot. Whoever came up with the theme is quite brilliant. Seeing the contrast from the snow-white images to the ones with fire is truly beautiful & captivating. Plus, Zhong Lili is stunning – 

True Beauty Star – Moon Ga Young Poses For A Marie Claire & ELLE Pictorial

I remember reading the True Beauty webtoon, but I stopped midway. It wasn’t due to the story or any particular thing I disliked; I just got busy. When I heard about the live-action, I had my eyes out to see the chosen cast and how the story would play out as a drama production. Unfortunately, after seeing many clips on the internet, I don’t think I’ll watch the live-action or resume reading the webtoon. Here are my two main reasons –

  1. I no longer enjoy watching dramas with overdramatized love triangles. Stories that revolve around the intensity of a love triangle stress me out, + they’re predictable. I know who the female lead ends up with, so why all the back and forth???
  2. Dramas in high school settings don’t excite me anymore. The storyline has to be very witty or thrilling for me to sit down and watch. Regrettably, even though I love the main actors, True Beauty doesn’t fall into that spectacular category for me.

With all that out of the way, let’s move on to this post’s primary purpose. During the airing period of True Beauty, Moon Ga Young sat for some magazine interviews & photoshoots. Marie Claire and ELLE Korea happen to have my favourite photos, so let’s enjoy the visual feast.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off are the photos from Marie Claire. I adore the outfits for this shoot. They are serving office vibes, but with a bougie flare + the bags they paired with each piece is such a statement –


Following up is the ELLE Korea photoshoot. I love how they styled her hair, and this one has a more colourful palette in comparison to the Marie Claire pictorial – 

Chen Kun and Zhou Xun’s New Film – The Yin Yang Master, Hits the Big Screens

The Yin Yang Master is a 2021 film adaptation of the acclaimed role-play mobile game Onmyoji: Master of Yin and Yang. It premieres in cinemas today and should not be mistaken for Deng Lun and Mark Chao’s version that aired last year. That one was a first part adaptation of the novel series titled Onmyoji by Yumemakura Baku. The stories have similarities, but this new movie is from a different director, production company, and cast.

Synopsis – The world is on the verge of a devastating war with monsters trying to retrieve the Scaling Stone. Yin Yang Master Qing Ming’s life is in danger, which leads him on a journey to different worlds in preparation for the upcoming assaults. During his voyage, Qing Ming finds that the key to stopping all the calamities is embracing his human and monster hybrid identity (source – Netflix).

Now here’s a more detailed summary provided on imdb.com – Captain of the City Guard, Yuan Boya, is stripped of his rank after failing to guard an imperial tribute. Unwilling to let things lie, he searches for the thieves that stole the tribute, only to end up entering a mystical world of demons. Along the way, he becomes mixed up in a feud between the Yin Yang Master Qing Ming, humans and the demon worlds. Yuan Boya and Qing Ming’s relationship grows from mutual distaste to grudging respect, and eventually, they establish an unbreakable bond of master and familiar. The two work together to solve an old mystery and prove Qing Ming’s innocence while also unravelling a conspiracy to bring the Demon King back from the dead. (I’m not too confident of this summary’s accuracy since anyone can edit the imdb.com site.)

Main cast list for The Yin Yang Master:

We have one of my favourite Chinese actors ever, Chen Kun as Qin Ming, the yin yang master/Seimei

Zhou Xun as Bai Ni/Yao Bikuni

William Chan as Ci Mu

Claudia Wang as the Peach blossom fairy

Shen Yue as Shen Le/Kagura

Cici Wang as the Snow lady –

Wang Yue Yi as the Butterfly monster

And finally, Shaw Qu as Yuan Bo Ya/Hiromasa.

This stellar cast for The Yin Yang Master truly excites me, and I’m equally eager to get more insight into the world of Onmyoji. I’ve never played the game, but I have seen the 2020 animated series. Sadly, the anime episodes were too short; hence I’m very thankful for these live-actions that allow me to dive more into this intriguing fantasy world. Since Netflix also picked up the international distribution for this version, I’ll wait to watch both the 2020 and 2021 adaptation together. As of now, there’s no official date for the international release since this film just started airing in China.

To close this post, here are all the teasers/trailers for The Yin Yang Master. I saved them for last just in case anyone prefers to go into a movie without knowing what sort of visuals to expect, so watch at your discretion –

Song Of The Week – “For the gone” by CODE KNUST, CHOI JUNG HOON & Simon Dominic

Hello, I hope you all are having a great week. I finally have some time to spare, and I’m happy😊 because I miss working on my blog😢.

As you can tell from this post’s title, my recommended song for this week is “For the gone”. It is a collaborative track from ELLE Korea, and CODE KNUST + the music video was written and directed by actor Park Jung MinCHOI JUNG HOON of JANNABI and Simon Dominic also lent their voices to this project, while Lee Je HoonLee Sung Kyung and Park Jung Min starred in the cinematic music video.

“For the gone” marked my first time hearing anything from CHOI JUNG HOON or his indie rock band – JANNABI. His vocal tone gives off a very homely vibe. People sometimes say that a singer’s voice feels like a warm hug, and that’s precisely what CHOI JUNG HOON’s singing does for me. I also love the instrumental for this song, most especially the guitar & keyboard sections. It’s such a chill and beautiful energy, so kudos to CODE KNUST for the sweet production👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Another plus to this project is the captivating rap verse served by Simon Dominic. I truly enjoyed his flow on this lovely slow-tempo track.

Concerning the lyrics, I believe it’s generally about longing for a past time and the feelings that made you feel great then. It can also relate to how everyone in the world misses their everyday lives before COVID-19 happened. Now, if any of the features I complimented above rocks your boat, then this song for you😊. Also, feel free to check out the live performance at the Melon Music Awards –

Co-Stars of Korean Film – ‘Josée’ Star In Marie Claire Couple Shoot

Josée is a 2020 Korean romantic film based on a Japanese short story titled Josee, the Tiger and the Fish by Seiko Tanabe. It is also a remake since the original Japanese version premiered in 2003. This movie stars Nam Joo-hyuk and Han Ji-min as leads. The photos I’m sharing are from their promotion period. They sat for an interview with Marie Claire Korea and discussed the upcoming project at that time.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)


Synopsis: Young Seok, a university student nearing graduation, comes across a woman in the street who has fallen from her wheelchair and helps her back home. She ends up feeding him a simple meal, and he develops a vague curiosity for this woman who introduces herself as “Josée”. From this time on, Young Seok occasionally stops by Josée’s house, receiving free meals and getting to know this woman who reads a lot, has a comprehensive knowledge of whiskey and tells him stories, which he’s not sure are true. Gradually, they come to share an unforgettable love (source – MyDramaList).

This film is available on iQIYI, depending on your location.

Hyun Bin Looks Dashing For A Recent Esquire Pictorial

I was going through the Esquire Korea website earlier last week and found one of Hyun Bin’s recent photoshoots, so I decided to share. This man looks good in anything!!! Plus, I love the classy and cozy vibe of his outfits for this shoot.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: BIBI|LAY|SECHSKIES|Kim Myungsoo (L)|asepa|CIX

This post is a compiled review of the comebacks I missed from last week –

BIBI – “Eat My Love”

I love the beat on this song, and as always, BIBI sounds beautiful + the animation for the music video is adorable. I adore her quirky personality and how that shows in all her videos and singing style. She will surely make it big in the K-r&b arena because of her versatility. People need to stop sleeping on Korean R&B solo artists in general. The English translation of this song is available using this link 👉🏽 Color Coded Lyrics. “Eat My Love” is a cute song with a lovely message but not my favourite from this artist.


LAY – “Joker”

See, I already know that with LAY, I’m getting BOPS. Hence I came into this song expecting excellence, and I got that 100%. “Joker” is a lit track🔥. The beat is not all up in your face, but it’s the perfect tempo for LAY’s groovy vocals/rap. I went ahead to watch the live performance, and his stage presence fully sold me, and now this song is on my playlist.

PRODUCER contains nine self-composed songs from LAY’s time on the Chinese entertainment show – CZR II: I’m Singer-Songwriter. In this record, he gave a perfect balance of slow vibes, R&B sweetness and lit beats. I enjoyed the mix, and even though I can’t pick a favourite song right now, I live for the vocal quality on track 5 – “Stay With Me”.


SECHSKIES – “DON’T LOOK BACK”

Another beautiful ballad from SECHSKIES. Older generation groups always have so much emotional power in their voices, so I enjoyed listening to this song. The instrumental is equally captivating, and overall the production of this song is excellent. They also did well with the acting of each role for the music video. “DON’T LOOK BACK” is already on my playlist.


KIM MYUNGSOO (L of INFINITE) – “Between memory and memory”

This release is L’s 1st single album, so I was very excited about it. You all know I love ballads, so that already gave the song a fair chance in my books. I enjoyed watching the music video. It is beautiful, and every frame could be a legit screensaver. Plus, I love the serene vibe, and L looked effortlessly stunning. The instrumental is lovely and paired well with L’s calm vocal tone + I love the choral effect they used in some sections. “Between memory and memory” is a song that I see myself replaying a lot.


asepa – “Forever”

I believe this is asepa’s second single, and I haven’t listened to their first. The visuals for this music video are beautiful, and I love their voices. They sound stable for such a sweet slow track. I was genuinely impressed by the soft vocal runs from their main vocalists (sorry, I’m not familiar with their names yet.). I love that they’re not pushing their vocals to get extreme high notes but rather working effectively within their vocal range. “Forever” is a lovely song, and I already added it to my playlist. I’ll make time to check out their debut song.


CIX – “Cinema”

CIX is one of my newer interests. I first heard “What You Wanted” from Spotify, and I got intrigued. My favourite songs from their EP – Hello, Strange Time are “Jungle” & “Change Me”. So I’ve been dying to check out more from this group, and here is the perfect opportunity. “Cinema” has a catchy beat, and the vocals are equally top-notch. The set/visuals for the music video is very detailed and perfect for the upbeat vibe. I adore the retro sound of this song; it’s something I can always play on repeat.

Hello, Strange Dream is their 4th EP with five songs. After listening to this record, I officially became a fan of CIX. They have perfect vocals, captivating music, and their vibe is right up my alley. I’ll find time to check out their full discography and learn more about the members. I enjoyed all five songs on this new album, but if I were to pick just one to have on replay for days, it would be “Stairway To Heaven”.

That’s is all for this week’s catching up with recent comebacks; see you all in my next post💕💕💕.