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I have a lot of beautiful posters saved on my phone, but because of how I theme each faves post, I haven’t been able to share them with you all. So why not give them their own exclusive.
(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)
Character posters for the main leads of ongoing Chinese drama – My Roommate is a Detective. I haven’t started it yet, but I plan to check it out soon.
Yang Rong for Ximalaya audio streaming app’s interactive drama – The Royal Palace Drama. I love how these images look like paintings.
Official posters for Novoland: The Castle In The Sky II. Jeremy Jones Xu and Uvin Wang are the main leads. I have seen the first two episodes, and it seems okay. I might continue and even write a review. I love Chinese historical fantasy.
Official posters for the ongoing drama – Skate Into Love. Janice Wu and Zhang Xincheng are the leads. I have seen the first four episodes, and it seems promising, so I will continue, and I might also write a review for it.
Upcoming Chinese historical drama – The Legend of Xiao Chuo released stills of Tiffany Tang, Charmaine Sheh and Lu Shan for Women’s Day. These are not official posters, but I consider them to be character teasers. This drama also has Shawn Duo as lead, so I am excited.
Official posters for the ongoing Chinese drama – Winter Begonia. As of now, I don’t have plans to see this series, but I might change my mind later and check out the first few episodes to see if I like it.
I wasn’t able to get good quality versions of these posters. All the same, the landscape view for the second one with just Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun is absolutely stunning. I am really looking forward to The King: Eternal Monarch.
These are teaser images for EXO SUHO’s solo debut. He released his 1st mini-album titled Self-Portrait on the 30th of March. I love the art style of these images.
SEJEONG released her first EP titled Plant on March 17th. I didn’t even know that she was releasing an EP. I just saw it yesterday on my new releases column in Spotify. I am so bad at keeping track of comebacks/debuts.🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Title track/Official MV:
Thankfully the music video has English captions.
This seems to be a ballad.
I have said this a million times in my reviews, but I live for any song that includes soft keyboard playing in its instrumental.
“Plant” already has most of the elements I enjoy.
Sejeong seems to be adding soft, breathy notes at the end of each sentence she sings. That is quite intriguing, I like it.
Her voice is smooth and compelling.
So the keyboard got a bit louder, and I think a cello or a violin came in. I love the progression so far. It’s soothing.
From the second verse, I can hear some very low classical guitar strumming. Everything is coming together nicely.
I don’t really understand what is happening in the music video, but the cinematography for it is stunning.
Sejeong is gorgeous. The lighting and colours of the video are doing her justice.
I love how she draws her ending notes to showcase vocal strength instead of hitting a big note.
I am enjoying her vocal technique.
Okay, I really love the instrumental progression. It is well produced.
The note she sang at the 3:00 minute mark of the music video is breathtaking and flawless.
I got goosebumps. Sejeong never fails to impress me.
I love the inclusion of chirping birds and water droplets into the instrumental. It added more tranquillity.
“Plant” is such a beautiful piece, I am glad that I checked this out.
What I got from the music video’s story is that she was trying to grow something for a long time but kept on failing. She continued to wait, and finally, the plant bloomed.
So I guess Sejeong is singing about having hope through uncertain times.
Album Review: Plant has a total of five songs. Here is the highlight medley –
Plant – I am going to enjoy this for a while before moving on to the other tracks. This is my new bedtime song. It makes me feel like I’m floating on clouds.
hopes for tomorrow – This also seems to be a ballad. It has that classical slow piano entry. I love Sejeong’s soft tone. It sounds like she is switching between falsetto and breathy tones, so beautiful. Once again, with the cello or violin, I’m not sure of which. But I love the inclusion of classical instruments because they bring things to a very serene space. I love how they paused the instrumental before her climax note. That few seconds of silence made her note sound more prominent. Oooh, I love the vocal layering that comes in after that big note, so lovely. Sejeong nailed this ballad. She is such a talented artist.
SKYLINE – This is more upbeat, and I love the melody. I think they used chimes to start this song. Chimes are one of the most enchanting instruments ever. That aside, this is the first song on the album that actively includes drums. I can hear some vocal layering in this as well. I love the chorus, such a beautiful melody. So for this one, she used her breathy tone as a background vocal to compliment the chorus. Nice. WOW, the high note at the end is pure eargasm. Also, I love the group singing at the end, I wonder who and who sang that section with her.
Swim Away – Another upbeat track and this time, we have a groovy guitar entry. I love how bouncy the instrumental for this one is. It sounds very summerish. I can hear this song being played at a beach party, which I might not get to attend due to the current pandemic. Anyways, the thing that stands out the most in “Swim Away” is the guitar. This song is too short. I have to replay it before moving on.
In My Dream – It looks like we are back to the slow jams. Instead of a soft piano entry, we are getting a classical guitar throughout. A lot of focus has been placed on her voice for this track, and I like that. She sounds lovely, and it almost feels like she singing right in front of me. Once again, I am getting that tranquil vibe. I found another bedtime song, guys. Wow, they just took things to another level with the incorporation of a cello into the mix. I legit got chills.
I have a love/hate relationship with EPs. They are short, so writing a review is quick and easy. Unfortunately, when the EP is this good, I always crave for more. Plant has a fantastic set of songs, and I truly enjoyed every one. I can’t pick my favourites now because every track actually impressed me.
SEJEONG did a great job👏👏👏👏👏👏. My rating for this Plant is 10/10.
WINNER just dropped their pre-release single titled “Hold”. This new track is a tease for their upcoming 3rd full album – Remember. Before providing a profile for this group, allow me to share my personal relationship with them. I got into Kdramas and Kpop in 2013. Hence WINNER, along with INFINITE, were my first groups. I remember watching the survival program, WIN: Who Is Next. Back then, they had five members and were known as Team A. I watched all their shows, interviews and listened to every track they released. Basically, I was seriously committed. But in 2016, my bias Teahyun left the group, and I remember feeling so sad. Like legit, I cried, and my roommates were laughing at me for crying over a Kpop group. But to me, it was painful to see one member leave because I was with them throughout their journey. I still continued to support WINNER, but it was never the same. I feel their sound and vibe changed a bit. I was a bit thrown off at first, but after some time, I got used to it. Also, my experience with WINNER made it quite hard for me to devote my time to newer groups because I was scared😂😂😂. Thankfully I am over it now. Currently, I do have a few other groups that I am really dedicated to.
Sorry for my long rant, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you guys. Alright, here is a profile for WINNER –WINNER is a South Korean boy group that was formed by YG Entertainment in 2013 through the survival program WIN: Who Is Next. They debuted in 2014 with a full studio album titled 2014 S/S. Their debut claimed the number one spot on Gaon Album Chart and Billboard World Album Chart. They were officially named “Monster Rookies”. WINNER was initially made up of five members, but Taehyun left in November 2016 due to health issues. Now only four members remain – Jinwoo, Seunghoon, Mino and Seungyoon. This upcoming album marks WINNERS’ last comeback before the members start their mandatory military service.
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to Official MV:
I like what I heard from their teaser, so I am excited to see how this song turns out.
Also, the fact that this features AKMU’s Lee Su-hyun is a plus for me.
Is she going to sing as well, or is she just featuring in the video?
I already gave a thumbs up to the music video even before watching because they’re my babies.
WINNER is such a goofy group, I love them, and I like this green hair on Seungyoon.
I love the intro beat, it sounds like a very funky xylophone.
So Su-hyun is their little sister?
Okay, the beat sure goes hard, and l live for Mino’s raps. He always sounds bouncy and on point.
Why are they all trying to get her phone??? What is she hiding?
Oooh, how I missed Seungyoon’s voice.
I love the build-up that happens right before the chorus.
Also, the lyrics for that section are quite catchy – “1 sec.. 2 sec.. 3 sec.. (Brrrr). 1 year.. 2 years.. 3 years.. (Brrrr).” I love the melody.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 These dorks can never be serious. Their dancing during the chorus is killing me.
Also, “Hold” has already proven itself as a BOP.
I am already grooving hard💃💃💃. “na na.. na na na na!!!”
Are they making fun of Su-hyun because she is in love? Lmao, annoying beings.
They are the typical overprotective and annoying older brothers.
Seungyoon looks even more heavenly in black hair. He is my current bias, by the way. My maknae leader.
I love his rocker style vocals, it’s so distinctive and beautiful.
I’m dead😂😂😂😂. What’s wrong with these boys. The butt dancing has me shook.😶😶😶
What did they drink before shooting this music video??? LOL.
I really love this song.
Did they just scare Su-hyun’s boyfriend away with all their theatricals? And they are so happy about him leaving.
LMAO, this music video is killing me. All members of WINNER are adorable, I can’t deal.😍😍😍
“Hold” is definitely a 10/10. It is going on my playlist, and I am so excited for the full album now.
Hello, beautiful people. I hope everyone is doing great. Due to the current state in the world, I am at home practicing social distancing. Hence I have some free time to blog.
This variety section has been on hold since I completed Heart Signal because it was difficult for me to decide on the next program to tackle. Recently I saw a few clips of Youth With You Season 2, and even though I am not the biggest fan of audition programs, I still want to check it out. Now, if this program fails to keep my attention by episode three, I will drop it. My thoughts on this show will be in the form of a recap/short commentary.
Youth With You 2 is an iQIYI produced program that focuses on the journey of 100 girls as they try to realize their dreams of becoming idols. The show incorporates a youth producer representative and mentors that help guide the girls. Only 9 girls will be chosen to debut at the end of this program. Right now, I am kind of confused about how the mentor vs youth producer line up works, but I will figure things out while watching. All I need to do now is remember their names. We have KUN as the Youth Producer Representative, BLACKPINK’s LISA as the Dance mentor, JONY J as the Rap mentor and Ella as the Vocal mentor.
Youth With You 2 is available on the iQIYI app with English subtitles.
(Please note – this is a real-time review/recap. This means I am typing down my exact thoughts while watching the show.)
My Thoughts on Episode 1 – Part 1:
Finger crossed🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼. I hope this turns out good and exciting.
The intro is quite dramatic. I almost thought I was watching the wrong episode.
Ahhh!!! iQIYI is killing me with so many product placements. It’s already five minutes into the episode, and they are still showing sponsored products.
Can we just begin the actual program, please???
So KUN debuted in 2018, and he is a singer and producer. I like that they are giving us a proper introduction to each mentor.
Ella is from Taiwan, and she is also a singer. She is a member of the popular girl group S.H.E, which debuted in 2001. I know the group, but I don’t follow their music.
I really love the set design for this show.
LISA is so adorable, I can’t.😍😍😍
JONY J is the director of the rap record label known as SHOOC. He is known as “the hip-pop poet.”
I love when Lisa speaks her home language, it just flows so beautifully.
I love that the mentors get to sit and talk with the trainees first instead of just starting off by judging their performances. This is different from other audition shows I have watched.
Lmao, I live for the hilarious edits in Chinese variety shows.
Lol, the independent trainee, Jue Chen, gave very straightforward responses that made everyone feel very awkward. I like her.😂😂😂
Esther Yu. I know her from the Chinese drama Find Yourself.
I don’t know the Chinese companies, but all the girls are beautiful, and I am excited to see their performances.
Awww, KUN is so considerate. He actually asked them to stop and make sure that LISA could understand what everyone was saying. I like him.😍😍😍
Hmmm, seeing them eating dinner is making me hungry. I guess it’s time to visit my kitchen.
Chinese variety shows are always so cringy with their product placements.
Yes, now the audition begins, and we are going to get performances from each mentor.
Lisa did great. At first, I wasn’t really feeling her performance, but once she started dancing to “Attention” by Charlie Puth, I felt the heat.
Excellent stage presence and she is also an impressive dancer. So I believe these ladies will learn a lot from her.
Okay, JONY J. I love his flow, and the song is perfect. He is performing his own song – “My Man”
The lyrics are touching. This song is, for sure, going on my playlist.
I got goosebumps from his performance. He will be a great mentor for these ladies.
Up next is Ella. She is performing her own song – “How Old Are You”
Her voice is beautiful, she sounds like a calm flowing stream. The mentors keep on giving me goosebumps, and this song is also going on my playlist.
This is one of the things I appreciate audition programs for. I get to discover new music.
Ella will definitely be a great vocal coach for the girls.
It’s KUN’s turn now. His stage is way upbeat than the rest, and he is performing his own song – “Young”
He is a great performer, a good dancer, and I love his energy. He really hypes the crowd.
He was once a former trainee on the show, so the girls will see him as a success story that inspires them to work harder towards their dreams.
Alright, now it is the trainees’ turn to perform. They have to compete on stage to get a rating between A to F.
l like that have everyone’s name on screen when they speak or sing. That way, my brain doesn’t have to work to so hard.
The first group – TOV Entertainment Vs. LIONHEART: The TOV group did great. I love their energy, and they are also good dancers. The mentors gave them constructive feedback.
The trainee from LIONHEART is cute. I love her deep tone, but she seemed out of breath a lot. Maybe she was nervous.
The mentors also noticed that she was nervous and not too used to singing and dancing at the same time.
Lol, Ella is too playful.
Their ratings – Kelly Lin from LIONHEART got a C | TOV Entertainment – Marco Lin got a C, Hazel Chen also got a C, and K Lu got a B.
I think their rating was befitting to the performances they showed.
Jackson Wang released a new digital single titled “100 Ways”, so let’s check it out. Jackson Wang is a Hong Kong rapper, singer and dancer currently based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean group GOT7. The group is signed and managed by JYP Entertainment. Jackson also promotes in mainland China as a solo artist and television host. I discovered him through GOT7, and I love his solo projects, so I am excited to hear this new song.
(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to Official MV:
I love the cinematic approach they used for this music video.
I’m not sure what kind of martial art moves the soldiers are demonstrating, but I always applaud artists that include traditional elements in their music.
Did he just come out from a grave? Oooh, I love dark concepts.
Looks like this song is going to be only in English?
I love his raspy tone when singing.
I love the beat switch that happens once he started singing – “There’s a hundred ways to leave a lover…”
Yes, the drums from the instrumental are giving me life.
I find it so intriguing that they incorporated the soldiers armouring up Jackson into the choreography. Very brilliant.
“100 Ways” feels like a warrior’s chant into battle.
Okay, we are experiencing a full vocal show from Jackson.
The choreography is impressive. I just love the fusion of martial arts into every little move they do.
The production quality for this music video is 100% perfect. I love the colours, scene transitions and set design.
So is the story like a rebirth or resurrection of old-time lovers. Jackson Wang must have died a war hero, and now he is back for his bride, who passed away while waiting for his return??? That’s what I’m getting so far.
So now they are descending back into a new grave together. Which means Jackon and the lady’s souls have become one at last???
Sorry, I’m just messing around. I’m trying to figure out what the story signifies, but honestly, it doesn’t really matter.
I am going to listen to this song again before giving my rating.
After hearing it the second time, I can conclude with certainty that Jackson did great with his singing. I love that he used traditional flute to spice up the regular EDM styled instrumental. I also enjoyed the intense drums.
My most played song this week is “Beautiful Moment” by K.Will. It is an original soundtrack from the 2018 Korean drama, The Beauty Inside. Kim Hyung-soo, popularly known as K.Will, is a South Korean singer, composer and vocal coach managed by Starship Entertainment. He made his official debut in 2007 with the album Left Heart. He is known for his powerful ballads that always top music charts. K.Will is also known for his frequent contributions to Korean drama soundtracks.
The song that introduced me to him is “Please don’t…”. The music video for “Please don’t…” went viral for a while because of a plot-twist at the end. A lot of people, including myself, were taken off guard when we first watched the MV. I will leave that video at the end of this post for anyone interested.
Now, back to the song for this week –
From the very first time this soundtrack played, I was hooked. I love how it starts with the soft piano, and then we get some sort of rumbling sound in the background that ushers in K.Will’s voice. The way K.Will comes in with “don’t walk away, I’m falling down” always melts me. Plus, the instrumental progression as K.Will’s voice takes a more emotional and powerful turn from the second verse is a whole other level of eargasm. “Beautiful Moment” is a blissful ballad that I could never get tired of listening to. This song gives me some sense of peace that I cannot thoroughly explain in writing.
Also, whenever I remember the scenes that had this soundtrack, I get all soft inside. “Beautiful Moment” is a lovely piece, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I do.
As promised, here is the music video for “Please don’t…” –
In my first review, I mentioned that this drama’s atmosphere slightly reminds me of Code Blue. Now, after watching all the episodes, I don’t get that same feeling because this series didn’t focus much on medical procedures. It was more about the stories of each patient and their impact on the lead characters’ growth and development. Of course, this difference doesn’t affect the quality, but I felt the need to address it since I touched on it previously.
Okay, that is out of the way. So let’s discuss episodes four to ten –
Right from the start, this drama showed great potential, and things only got better as the story progressed. Sakura’s character continued to impress me with her growth. She was able to balance her job as a nurse and her love for Tendo Kairi. As for Tendo, he proved himself as a severe Tsundere. He pretends to ignore things or act like he doesn’t care when he actually does care. This attitude made it so fun for me to watch him being jealous. All the same, Tendo also experienced some character development. He opened up more to Sakura, and we got to see him smile and even laugh. By the way, Satoh Takeru’s smile is so cute and sexy💘💘. Okay, Tendo became more proactive in their relationship. He was an excellent mentor to Sakura and also a very supportive boyfriend. I love that he encouraged her to go study abroad.
The way Sakura and Tendo started dating was adorable and funny, but quite abrupt. The confession in the ambulance showed how desperate Tendo felt at that moment. He really loves her, so I don’t know why he was playing hard to get all this while. He is such a cute tsundere😂😂😂. Plus, I love how he went from telling Sakura to keep their relationship a secret from their colleagues in the hospital to then making a public announcement himself.
Honestly, the chemistry from our leads was insane. I felt like I was intruding into their private space whenever they had intimate scenes. I love them, and I am going to miss them so much. What do I do with my Wednesdays now???😢😢 I am going to miss hearing Tendo say – Baka!!!
Moving on to the side characters and their relationships. Even though I was not too invested in everyone’s story, I still appreciated their presence. My favourite side roles were that of Sakai and Dr. Kisugi / Ryuko and Nishi. I was seriously rooting for Ryuko to get with Nishi, and I love how the writer developed her character. She got more serious by taking over her family’s hospital but still kept her right by refusing to go along with the arranged marriage. In the case of Sakai, she became the next “Warrior-Chick” after Sakura with she way the followed Dr. Kisugi until he took notice of her.
Another thing I didn’t care much for was the love rivals, and I am so glad that this drama did not drag things out. Both leads were sure of their feelings and never allowed any secondary party to interfere. So Miori and Kamijo failed to create unnecessary misunderstandings. At some point, I was really annoyed with Kamijo because of his ridiculous entitlement, but when they gave him some back story, I tried to understand him. Still, that didn’t excuse his wrong deeds from my book until he apologized to Tendo. In Miori’s case, I was genuinely baffled about how she came to fall in love with her dead sister’s boyfriend. Plus, the fact that she was so bold about it pissed me off even more. All the same, I came up with a theory that she might still be grieving; hence she was looking for a piece of her sister in Tendo. This theory was later confirmed. I really appreciate how both love rivals were resolved.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Ari-chan is another side character that I really loved. I am glad that she was able to get her surgery and go back to school.
Now, the only aspect of this drama that threw me off till the end was how Sakura never stopped calling Tendo, sensei. I really wanted her to try calling him by his name. Since it was not a big deal, I just rolled with her calling him sensei till the end.
There were a lot of moments throughout this show that made my heart flutter. So let’s discuss a few.
– Ryuko’s Constant Interruptions: Somehow, whenever Sakura and Tendo tried to get intimate, Ryuko always came in to interrupt. This became an ongoing joke for me because it happened quite a lot😂😂😂. One of my favourite scenes of such an occurrence was in episode seven. She came in, saw that they were kissing and just started heading back out like nothing happened😂😂😂😂 –
– Sakura Vs. Tendo Tease Battle: These two enjoyed teasing each other with their constant staring battles. Sakura is also an adorable and mischievous character, so she messed with Tendo a lot. A good example was when she made him kiss her after smearing ice cream on her face. My heart always went doki-doki during such moments –
– Tendo meeting Sakura’s family Vs. Sakura meeting Tendo’s family: Tendo’s meeting with Sakura’s family was really hilarious. Her family asked him the right questions, and that actually made Sakura realize that he had not said “I love you” to her yet. My favourite scene was when they caught her family peeping at them. In the case of Sakura’s meeting with Tendo’s parents, it was awkward but still quite funny. I loved her reaction when he declared that she’s the woman he plans to marry –
– Wedding Kiss: The final kiss was by far my favourite from Sakura and Kairi. It was such a sweet scene, and I caught myself replaying it a good number of times. They are so cute. Also, they looked so good. Sakura looked very beautiful in her wedding gown, and Tendo was rocking that three-piece suit –
Another moment I loved was when Tendo listed out all the things he loves about Sakura and finally said: “I love you.” I’m not going to include that clip, so go watch it yourself. It is in episode nine. That was a very emotional scene, and I died when Sakura said she was hungry after hearing him pour out his heart to her. Like what???… BAKA!!
Overall, this was an excellent series from start to finish. I will really miss it. Satoh Takeru and Kamishiraishi Mone are fantastic actors. They truly owned their craft. The supporting actors also brought their A-game, so we as the viewers were able to get such a perfect production.
I loved everything. Starting from the main couple’s chemistry to how well developed the story was. The pacing was also impeccable. There was never a time when the story felt like a drag, and the ending was solid. The original soundtrack was also very catchy. I love how the drama used different instrumental versions of “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism. I already have a post about this OST, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Official HIGE DANdism – I LOVE: Song Of The Week
I honestly wouldn’t mind if this show has a second season, but for now, I am satisfied. Therefore, my rating for Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo is 10/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each drama, read this post 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide
This review is coming out quite late because I didn’t have enough time to check it out once it dropped, but I still want to share my thoughts on NCT 127’s latest album.NCT 127 is a sub-unit of the South Korean boy group known as NCT. They are managed by SM Entertainment. The acronym NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and the number 127 represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul. This unit debuted on July 7th, 2016, with the EP – NCT #127. The group started out with seven members – Taeyong,Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, and Haechan. Later on, in the same year of their debut, Johnny and Doyoung were included in the unit. And in 2018, Jungwoo became the tenth member of NCT 127. Currently, there are only nine active members. Winwin is not an active member due to his participation in WayV, which is the Chinese sub-unit of NCT. On the 6th of this month, NCT 127 came back with their second album titled Neo Zone. The title track for this new release is called “Kick It”
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:
I am excited, and I can tell that this is about to be lit.
I tried my best to stay away from the teasers and tweets because I want a full experience.
Already… just four seconds in and the beat is calling to me.
I hear some rock elements from this instrumental.
The colour scheme for this music video is beautiful. The yellow, brown and black are popping off.
Oh, yea, yellow and black is Bruce Lee’s colours. I watched a lot of his movies growing up.
The choreography is going hard, they are killing this.
No, for real is choreo is slick, I LOVE THIS.
So it looks like they plan on flashing their abs at me throughout this music video, I ain’t complaining.😊😊😊
NO, NO… hold up, WAIT A MINUTE. My man Johnny did not come to play with anyone in this era. He is fine.😍😍😍
I see you, Johnny –
I also love the traditional elements that were used for the outfits and set design.
Yess Haechan come in with those smexy vocals.
I love how the beat switched up for the RnB style vocal entry. Very nice production.
Okay, NCT 127’s vocalists are killing it as usual, but Jonny and Yuta… damn, they both have all my attention.
Also, can we just talk about the energy in this music video? So good.
“new thangs, new thangs, new thangs,” I am vibing.
Okay, guys, can you all tell NCT 127 to stop disrespecting me with visuals. I thought I was stuck on Johnny and Yuta, but Jaehyun just came out of nowhere and left a sister stunned😮😮😮 –
I need a break, and I am not even halfway through the video. What did I sign up for???
On that note, I am just going to leave the teaser images for Yuta here because why not. He looks so good with this hairstyle –
There are a lot of high kicks and martial art moves for the choreography. It must be difficult.
I always enjoy it when Mark and Taeyong bass the baton of flow during their rap sections.
Somebody, please hold Johnny… I’m so done. All I wanted was a bop, not a visual slap in the face.😭😭😭
The rhythm for this song is quite catchy. Most especially when they sing – “Baby we go wild… ehhh!!!, one-two seven squad… ehhh!!!, we ain’t never gonna stop. Even if we can’t see the end, just go.”
I love how bubbly and intense the instrumental is. I see myself jamming out to this song a lot.
Of course, we have a dance break that came in with Taeil’s powerful vocals.
Alright, NCT 127. This is their sound, and they nailed it as usual.
For me, “Kick It” is a BOP AND A HALF, but I know that there are people who might not really enjoy this sound because it requires a specific mood AND VIBES.
All the same, I still enjoyed every second. Every member killed their part. I can see the amount of work the boys put into this comeback.
I was slapped in the face with abs, vocals, excellent rap skills, amazing choreo, impressive visuals both from the members and the music video set.
THEREFORE, I AM HERE FOR THIS SONG. It is, for sure, going on my playlist.
I am even more pumped now to check out the full album.
Album Review: Neo Zone has a total of twelve tracks. They also released short video teasers for the B-sides. Here is the link to those videos on YouTube – NCT#127 Album Preview. This is my first time listening to a full album from NCT 127, so I am excited to hear what their B-sides sound like.
Elevator (127F) – I find it so cute that this song actually starts with an elevator’s arrival sound – ding. I always enjoy some clapping in songs. So far, this is slower in comparison to their title track. I hear some jazzy elements, and I love it. Okay… the chorus is simply the best groovy instrumental-only session I have listened to in a long while. This song is a safe way to start the album, but I don’t think it is going to be part of my favourites once I listen to the other eleven tracks.
Kick It – This here is my ultimate jam and I dying to see if any other track on this album can beat it. For now, I’m just going to vibe before moving on to the next song. 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
Boom – The starting of this one is giving me major black church choir vibes. I think it is because of the instrumental and choral notes. It feels like they’re about to bust into – “for the Bible says…”. That aside, I love it when they sing” Everyday aye…Yeah, aye” in unison. The way their voices melt into each other during that pre-chorus section is pure eargasm. The vocals in this are outstanding, and that beat switch that happens for the chorus is fantastic. “Boom” is definitely a major vibe. The vocalists are going off on this track. Even the rappers are singing, hallelujah!!.
Pandora’s Box – Remember, I mentioned that I haven’t seen any teaser for this comeback, which means I also didn’t watch the short videos they released for each song. I included the links for you guys, but I was going to check them out after completing this review. Now “Pandora’s Box” started playing, and the Spotify track clips just hit me with Johnny and Yuta’s face. I can’t… I just can’t😭🤩😭🤩😭😭. What did I do to deserve all this beauty being thrown at me? Okay, enough fangirling.. back to the song. The vocals in this are also perfect. I love it when they sing in unison, their harmonies are incredible. The instrumental on this is also really catchy and bouncy, so it makes me want to move. Oooh, that high note and falsetto towards the end is pure bliss. Unquestionably, this is another excellent track on the album, but I’m not sure if I see myself listening to it a lot.
Day Dream – So this time the Spotify clip hit me with some Doyoung visuals… okay, alright… 😊😊😊, moving on. The beginning of this song sounds like I am being put into a trance. This might be my next favourite after “Kick It.” It seems distorted but still, quite soothing. This is such a weird vibe, but I LOVE IT. Plus, the vocals on this are also pure eargasm. I can’t tell who is singing each part, but the person belting out that falsetto note during the chorus has truly blessed me. Yesss, “Day Dream” is my song.
Interlude: Neo Zone – This is simply an instrumental break into the second half of the album. So far, aside from “Kick It,” we’ve had slow tempo/groovy tracks. From this interlude progression, I feel that things are about to go up to the LITTY level, and I am so ready.
MAD DOG – I knew it, we are back to the hip-hop vibes. From what I’m hearing, only Mark and Taeyong are on this track. I love the distorted trap instrumental. “MAD DOG” is a party song but still not something I see myself listening to a lot. Oh, Taeil and Doyoung are also on this. The bass and drums on this song go hard, so if you are a core trap fan, this one is for you.
Sit Down! – Another trap vibe… okay. Maybe I might enjoy this one better. Yesss, Jaehyun come in with those hot vocals. This is is more groovy instead of just going hard, and I love it. Alright… I am here for this chorus – “ay you, ay you (Sit down!)… don’t tell me what to be (Sit down!)… don’t tell me where to be (Sit down!)…”. And then Johnny just comes in and kills things more with – “don’t get up, don’t stand up, please don’t put your hand up, and don’t make me tell you again, Sit down!”. Boys, boys, what are these lyrics???😂😂😂. I still love it, though. The harmonies on this are so good, and the chorus is very catchy.
Love Me Now – This has a classic summer sound, but they have included some EDM elements to make it more interesting. I love the short vocal runs that were used to start the song. NCT 127, in fact, the whole of SM Entertainment has really talented vocalists. “Love Me Now” will make for a great car trip song. I can imagine a group of friends driving to their next vacation destination. I really wanted to go on a short vacation this summer, but with the way things are going, it won’t happen🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️. I didn’t sign up for all this drama when entering 2020. Please stay safe, everyone.
Love Song – The beginning of this song reminds me of “That’s What I like” by Bruno Mars. The drum patterns are quite similar, but this one is slower. So with “Love Song,” we are getting some well deserved smooth RnB from the Neo Zone album. I am kind of confused about this one. I am grooving to it, but at the same time, I am not 100% into it. Weird right? Hmmm… maybe I should give it a second listen to confirm my feelings. Okay, after replaying it a few times, I actually like it.
White Night – Another RnB type of song. I love how the beat dropped for the chorus section. So smooth but still groovy. I know I have mentioned this a lot already, but they just continue to serve beautiful vocals. I love that I can really hear the piano in this track, it’s so calming. The vocal runs in this are pure bliss, and those soft background vocals are also a great addition.
Not Alone – Oooh, I think this might be another favourite. I love how slow but body rolls worthy this song is. The instrumental is giving me slight 80s vibes, but that might just be me feeling nostalgic for an era I wasn’t born into. So please don’t take my word for a fact😂😂😂. The vocal runs at the end are so adorable. This is going on my playlist for sure.
Dreams Come True – Finally, we have reached the last song on Neo Zone. This is a lovely closing song for the album. It fits the concept, but it isn’t doing much for me.
Neo Zonehas a lot of great songs, which means many people could easily enjoy at least two or three tracks from this album.
However, I still feel that the album lacked that WOW factor. I was left feeling 50/50 on most tracks. Hence I don’t see myself playing this album very often. I could let it play in the background while working on something else, but not many of the songs will be going on my personal playlist. Do you all get what I mean? Currently, my ultimate favourites are – “Kick It” – “Day Dream” and “Not Alone.” I also really like “Boom” and “Love Song,” so altogether, only five songs are going on my playlist, which falls short to me since this album has twelve songs.
All the same, the boys did a really great job vocally and rap wise, so I will give them Kudos for all the work they put in to create this album👏👏👏👏👏. I will continue to support them. Also, I hope Mark and Taeyong get a break soon because those two are working too much. To close this post, my rating for Neo Zone by NCT #127 is 8/10.
Although the premiere date for Mulan has been postponed until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, I still wanted to share some shots of the Disney warrior Liu Yifei with you all.
Before we get into the pictures, here is a video of Liu Yifei singing “Reflection” – She might not have a powerful voice, but I love the sentimental and soothing feeling of this version.
(Please note: none of these images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)
Let’s begin with Mulan’s official posters.
I love that they made an exact replica of the original animation’s poster. I am now feeling the nostalgia of watching Mulan as a child. She is one of my Disney faves, so I can’t wait to see this live-action.
Next up are her red carpet premiere looks from London and Los Angeles.
I love her selection of gowns. She looks exquisite, very much like a princess.
Aside from posters and premiere looks, Liu Yifei has been doing a lot of magazine photoshoots, and I am sure that there are a lot more coming. Here are the recent ones that caught my attention –
First off is her athletic shot for Adidas.
These next set of pictures are for the cover of Vogue China – April 2020 Issue. She was photographed by Kai Z Feng.
I think this simple and elegant look always flatters Liu Yifei. Honestly, she is beautiful.
Liu Yifei for Emporio Armani’s new S/S 2020 campaign. I love the city lights concept.
Next up is one of my favourites from her recent shoots. These pictures were captured by Chen Man for the cover of a Venezuela magazine called Ocean Drive. It is for their February/March 2020 issues. I also found some gorgeous fan art for this set of pictures. I got them from this twitter account 👉🏼 @June_crystal618
Last on this list and also my second favourite from Liu Yifei’s recent shots is a photo for ILOOK Magazine. She is full of grace and poise in this qipao look.
I really want to see the live-action for Mulan soon. So I hope that there is some progress with vaccination or even a cure for COVID-19. To all the doctors, nurses and scientists on the front line, thank you and FIGHTING!!!.
Please stay safe everyone. Try to stay away from crowded areas and wash your hands properly. Cover your nose or mouth when coughing and sneezing. I pray for good health for everyone🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼.
My chosen song for this week is “Flower” by YOON MI RAE. It an original soundtrack from the Korean drama, Crash Landing On You. Natasha Shanta Reid, popularly known as Yoon Mi Rae, is a Korean American rapper and singer. She is a member of the hip-hop trio known as MFBTY (My Fans are Better Than Yours). The other members of the group are Tiger JK (her husband) and Bizzy.
I am always amazed by Yoon Mi Rae’s ability to belt beautiful notes but still go hard as a rapper. Her duality is impressive, and once again, she has captured heart with this lovely song. Everything about this OST is comforting. From the soft start to when Yoon Mi Rae starts singing, “Always, your way… Always”. Plus, the chemistry between Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin makes it even better. I am itching to complete the drama so that I can finally write my review.
All the same, I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.💕💕💕
Finding Mr. Right is a 2013 Chinese Film that starred Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo as leads.
Synopsis: The story follows a pregnant woman, JiaJia. She is trying to avoid the scandals of her sinister, already-married boyfriend. Hopping a plane to Seattle, Jiajia meets Frank, a handsome taxi driver and divorcee who makes her see love, and herself, in a new light. (source – Amazon Prime)
Expectations: I just started watching the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty. I was really impressed by Tang Wei’s natural approach to acting, so I decided to check out more of her works. Coincidently Finding Mr. Right was already on my Viki watchlist. After reading the plot summary and watching the trailer, I had a feeling that it was going to be an exciting watch.
(warning – spoilers ahead)
This is going to be a quick breakdown.
Finding Mr. Right is not the biggest masterpiece out there, but it is definitely a heartfelt gem. It showcased a charming story, and I genuinely enjoyed every moment.
The movie focuses on JiaJia as she learns about love in different forms and creates the family that she has always wanted. So if you need a touching story of growth, this is for you.
Wen JiaJia started out as a very annoying character. She was ignorant, arrogant, and extremely rude, but by the end of the film, she became more understanding and appreciative of the people around her. She also learnt to love herself and realized that her worth was not to be based solely on wealth. Her character growth was incredible.
Another appealing aspect of Finding Mr. Right was the chemistry between Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo. They didn’t have intense, intimate scenes, but you could feel their love for each other. I sincerely appreciate a couple that can have deep conversations about life, family, and future plans. It doesn’t always have to be about the kissing scenes and bed scenes. Hence why I give more value and praise to productions that portray couples with an excellent balance of intimacy and communication.
This film also has excellent comedic scenes, and the cinematography is beautiful for a 2013 production. I adore the soundtracks they used. Every song was perfect for the chosen scene. My favourite soundtrack is “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, it is an old song but still a beautiful classic. –
Overall, Finding Mr. Right was an emotional story with great actors, and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Therefore my rating is 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide
Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.
#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love
I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILINGalbum. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link 👉🏼 AKMU – SAILING: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – Hold Me I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.
#. DAY6 – I’ll try This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the past A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review
#TAEYEON – Wine “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links 👉🏼 TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – 4AM Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school😭😭😭. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.
#. millic, HAN – Treasure Island “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.
#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozoo Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link 👉🏼 Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.
#. Punch – Sometimes This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Vincent Blue – Stupid This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.
#. IU – The visitor My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link 👉🏼 IU – LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.
#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Do Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!😍😍😍
#. Tia Ray – Ready For Love The instrumental on this track is LIT🔥🔥🔥. In fact, the entire 1212album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
#. g.o.d – One Candle g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well😂😂😂. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.
#. DAY6 – days gone by
Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am😂😂😂.
#. Ailee – Reminiscing The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Love You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.
#. 4Men – Baby Baby This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.
#. LEE HI – BREATHE This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.
#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.
#. Urban Zakapa – Wish There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbye Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.
#. BTOB – Missing You I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???🙄🙄😊 Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.
#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET,and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link 👉🏼 YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.
#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rain Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.
#. Paul Kim – Big Heart Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link 👉🏼 Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.
#. DAY6 – All Alone I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist😂😂😂. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…
#. Davichi – Dear. Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Davichi – Dear: Music Review
#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. The Rose – She’s In The Rain Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawnalbum, which contains this song, is also perfect. So all I did was choose my number track from it.
Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: 👉🏼 Youtube Winter 2020
Recently there has been a lot of comebacks and new singles that caught my attention. Unfortunately, I can’t write a review for every single one, but I can still give you guys a few words about the songs that impressed me.
#. ZHOUMI – “I’ll be there” feat. KUN & XIAOJUN of WayV It is nice to hear from Zhoumi again, and I am always delighted to listen to my WayV babies. This song is actually dedicated to encouraging China as they fight against the recent coronavirus (COVID-19). XiaoJun really stood out to me because of his distinct tone and technique. All the same, they all sounded beautiful together. “I’ll be there” is a heartwarming power ballad, and I really enjoyed second of it.
#. GAEKO – “Cold” feat. Heize This is the classic hip-hop/RnB track which I easily gravitate to. Heize is one of my frequent listens, so I had to check this out. I also know Gaeko, but I usually hear him on featured tracks. This is my first time listening to an actual song from him. “Cold” is a groovy and chill track, so I immediately added it to my playlist. The music video is also fantastic with the way it tells the story of the couple.
#. John Park – March Lover I haven’t heard anything from John Park in a while, so you could imagine my excitement when I saw the notification for this new single. Oooh, how I missed that deep and raspy tone. His vocal control is impressive. I am so happy. “March Lover” is also a groovy track, but it has some disco and jazz elements. I was dancing throughout the entire 3:49 minutes. I LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG!!! Thank you, John Park, for blessing my ears.
#. CHUNG HA – Everybody Has Chung ha continues to impress me as a vocalist. I know she always had a lovely voice, but I appreciate the growth I hear. Everything about this new single is perfect. I love the message that everyone has one of those awful days, but there is always hope. Very relatable, and Chung ha’s voice makes things even more emotional. The music video is stunning, and the instrumental on this is very soothing. I added this to my playlist.
#. Dino Lee – Be Me I stumbled upon this song while searching for Bii’s new single and I am so thrilled because this is a gem. I am mad at myself for not giving Dino Lee the attention he rightly deserves. “Be Me” is a simple track, all in English, but what drives this song home is Dino Lee’s voice. He wasn’t doing too much, but he sounded incredible to me. Also, the instrumental gives off warmth, it made me feel like I was receiving a visual hug. I just wish the song was a little bit longer. All the same, I still love it. Definitely playlist worthy.
#. YOOK SUNGJAE – Come With The Wind This is the title track for SungJae’s recent mini-album titled YOOK O’clock. The mini has seven songs in total, and the sidetracks are all from his 3X2=6 Project. I have reviewed three songs already, and they can be accessed with these links 👉🏼 YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review
SungJae dedicated this song to Melodys (BTOB’s fandom name). BTOB is honestly one of the most vocally talented groups. Every vocalist in BTOB is fully capable of singing a solid solo. I am so happy with SungJae for putting himself out there and creating this masterpiece. I have enjoyed this journey with him. His voice is beautiful. “Come With The Wind” is a heartfelt letter to his fans. Also, the animated music video is always interesting to watch. Good job, Yook SungJae. 👏👏👏
#. Dreamcatcher – Scream I have heard about Dreamcatcher, but I never had the zeal to check them out. I happened to see their teaser images for this comeback, and I was intrigued. I am genuinely impressed with this title track, so I have them on my radar now. I admire girl groups that move away from the conventional cute girl concept. “Scream” showcases incredible singing and rapping skills. I love the way the song starts, the instrumental is insanely good, and the music video compliments their concept. I am here for this kind of energy. I will have to check out the full album later because these girls are gorgeous, fierce and talented.
#. PENTAGON – Dr. BeBe I have listened to at least one or two title tracks from PENTAGON, but I never got into them like that. This comeback intensely called my attention, so here I am, boys. That whole stomping/marching band movement in the beginning already sold it for me. Plus, I love dark concepts. I lived for whenever they said “Gratatata…”, it so catchy. They have a good set of vocalists and rappers. I was jamming throughout the entire song. “Dr. BeBe” is a well-produced track, and PENTAGON ate this song up. This is already in my playlist, and I will be checking out the full album when I have time.
#. Niko Sun – 不枉年少 I am not sure about the English title. I think it either translates to ‘Not Young’ or ‘Young.’ All the same, it definitely has something to do with youth. This track is from Niko Sun’s latest EP. I also stumbled on this song while searching for Bii’s new single. What caught my attention was the traditional Chinese instruments in the beginning. I just love it when artists fuse the old and new to create amazing masterpieces. This is my first time hearing Niko Sun, and I must say that he has a great set of pipes. Plus, his control is wild. This song is already in my playlist, now all I need is the correct English title.
#.MOONBYUL – Eclipse I haven’t listened to the full EP yet, but I like the vibe I am getting from this title track. I am so surprised that she isn’t getting more attention with this song. “Eclipse” sounds like something a boy band could get a lot of hype with. She nailed every second of this track. I was genuinely in awe of her presence and energy. I just hope she keeps doing her and showing that there can be variance in the kind of music that women put out. I also love the choreography for this song because it goes hard.
My baby Bii released a new single three days ago, and I am more than ready to check it out. LOL, I don’t think I should be calling him my baby any longer because he is now married. For those who are not aware, Bii announced his marriage on Valentine’s day. It took so many fans, including myself, by surprise. I was shocked but very happy for him. His fans were very supportive, they sent him a lot of congratulatory messages.💓💓💓 I already have a detailed bio for Bii on this blog. It can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Bii: Star Showcase
For those who do not want to click the link, here is a quick breakdown – Bi Shu Jin, popularly known as Bii, is a Taiwanese singer and actor. I discovered him through the Taiwanese TV series Love Around, and I have been in love with his voice since then.
(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)
Reaction to Lyric Video:
There isn’t a music video available for this track yet, so I will be watching the lyric video.
I do not have English captions, and since this song is new, I doubt that I will find a video with English translations. All the same, let’s appreciate the vocals for now.
First of all, let me just point out that I absolutely love the picture for this single. Something about Bii sitting down in front of an antique clock is doing a lot for me.
The beginning of the song gives off a mystical feel, and I appreciate that.
Now, if you’ve read a good number of my music reviews, then you should know how I feel about an excellent soft piano entry. This track has that, so I am excited.
His voice is so beautiful and soothing. Even without understanding the lyrics, I can feel the emotions that he intends to communicate with each note.
I wonder what the music video will look like.
“You” has a lovely melody.
Bii has this breathy tone that he always uses during the chorus of very emotional songs, and I love listening to him sing like that.
The instrumental is absolutely breathtaking with the inclusion of classical elements towards the end of the first chorus.
With the second verse, the drums are more intense, and the classical elements are more resonant. I think this was done to indicate the climax.
The production for the instrumental makes sense since the vocal parts of the song do not have any strong high notes or runs.
The lyrics for this song are definitely heartfelt. Even without understanding anything, I can tell that much.
“You” is a beautiful and calming song, so I can see myself listening to it a lot. However, compared to other songs from Bii, it doesn’t make it to the top of my list.
I finally have some free time, so I am here to share with you guys my song for this week, which is “ALL FOR YOU” by SECHSKIES. I left this track on repeat while doing school work and even before going to bed.
Usually, when I’m deciding my song for each week, I try not to pick tracks that I have already reviewed or spoken about, but this is a rare case. Sechskies is a South Korean boy band that debuted on the 15th of April, 1997 as a six-member group. The members at that time were Eun Ji-won, Kang Sung-hoon, Kim Jae-duck, Lee Jai-jin, Jang Su-won and Ko Ji-Yong. Sechskies is part of the first generation of idol pop groups in Korea. They initially disbanded in 2000 but reunited in 2016 for a special episode of the variety program – Infinite Challenge. That same 2016, the group signed with YG Entertainment and started promoting as five members. Ko Ji-Yong could not continue with them due to work and family commitments, but he is still considered to be part of the group. He and his son later became a part of the hit reality show – The Return of Superman. Moving on to the 1st of January 2019, the main vocalist Kang Sung-hoon announced his departure from the group due to some controversies. Hence Sechskies currently has only four active members, which are Eun Ji-won, Kim Jae-duck, Lee Jai-jin and Jang Su-won.
Honestly, I think this is one of the catchiest songs I have ever listened to. The melody got stuck in my head, so I found my self coming back for more. I simply couldn’t resist. I love whenever they sing “tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight… I’ll do all for you.” Plus, “ALL FOR YOU” gives off a sense of warmth and love. I feel at peace whenever I have this song on. I love everything about it. From the aesthetically pleasing music video to the lyrics, which are incredibly heartfelt and down to their beautiful voices. First-generation Kpop idols always have this relaxed and nostalgic vibe that instantly draws me in. I found out about Sechskies after their reunion, and I am so happy to be a fan because they always release the best songs.
Fun fact – This song is actually dedicated to Yellowkies (the name for Sechskies’ fandom). At the end of the video, you can see people in yellow raincoats holding yellow umbrellas. Yellow is the group’s official colour, and the people represent the fans that continue to support Sechskies.
That is all for this post. I hope you all enjoy listening to “ALL FOR YOU” by SECHSKIES as much as I do.
The Ghost Bride is a 2020 Taiwanese drama. It has six episodes and is available on Netflix. Synopsis: Set in 1890 Malacca, a young woman named Pan Li Lan, is forced to marry a dead man in exchange for help with her family’s poor finances. She makes a deal with Tian Ching, the ghost she’s meant to marry. In exchange for her father’s life, she will investigate his murder. As things unfold, Li Lan finds herself in a more complicated situation than she bargained for.
Expectations: This was on my list for must-watch dramas of 2020. I love spooky ghost stories. Also, the trailers and first posters looked quite promising. I am familiar with Chris Wu. Most of his series I have seen were really good, so why I decided to give this one a shot.
(warning – spoilers ahead)
From the first poster I saw, I assumed that I was going to get a decent horror thrill and mystery, but the reality of what I got from The Ghost Bride was a lot of comedic scenes, some mystery and hardly any spookiness. Which isn’t bad, but definitely not what I expected.
The first thing that I noticed once I started episode one was the background scores. Yes, they were beautiful, but they sounded quite modern in comparison to the period the story was set in. Thankfully this got better. The next aspect I took note of was the picture quality. I absolutely love the cinematography for this drama. It was clear, simple and stunning.
This is my first time watching Huang Pei Jia. She did a great job as Pan Li Lan. The scenes with her and Er Lang were fun to watch. Chris Wu also gave an excellent performance as Er Lang. Even though I wasn’t expecting so much comedy, his character was a joy to watch. Overall most of the actors were okay, but there were still a few that gave mediocre performances.
After finishing the drama, I went ahead to read some reviews. I noticed that a few people believe that Tian Ching(the ghost) sincerely cared for Li Lan, but I beg to differ. He kept on tormenting her family members, and it was selfish of him to try and keep her in the Netherlands against her will. Even though he claimed that his upbringing was messed up, I don’t feel bad for him because he showed no sign of remorse. Plus, I blame the scriptwriter for my lack of empathy towards Tian Ching. There wasn’t enough shown that would enable me to sympathize with his character. What the drama showed me was a villain that needed to be dealt with.
Now, concerning Pan Li Lan’s affection towards Tian Bai. I didn’t care much for that pairing because there was no chemistry between them. The person she bonded with was Er Lang, the heavenly guard, and that was why her decision at the end made sense to me.
Altogether nothing really stood out to me in this drama; hence I don’t have much to say. It did showcase selfless love between family members, but overall it lacked a lot. Story-wise, The Ghost Bride did not depict excellent writing skills. The only thing that will make me want to watch a second season is the cliffhanger at the end. Aside from that, I don’t see myself rewatching this drama. My rating is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide
The Ghost Bride wasn’t to my taste, but someone else might actually love it. So if you need some lighthearted ghost story, then give it a chance and form your own opinion.
This post does not have any particular theme. These are just pictures that recently caught my attention, so I wanted to share it with you all.
(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)
First is Jike Junyi for the cover of The NY Time Travel Magazine, February 2020 issue. The Chinese singer, also known as Summer is from the Yi ethnic group. For this shoot, she returned home to Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan. She is so beautiful and fierce. I love discovering new cultures, so I did a little research about her people after seeing these photos.
Upcoming Chinese drama – WuXin: The Monster Killer 3 releases striking posters ahead of its premiere. The characters look very elegant, and the costumes are beautiful. Also, you all know that I absolutely love the colour red. I remember seeing a few episodes from season one of this series, but DramaFever died before I could complete it.
Up next is Angelababy for the cover of Rayli Magazine, March 2020 issue. Photographed by Chen Man. I feel at this point, I can immediately identify Chen Man’s work because of her unique abstract-fantasy style. I love the concepts she comes up with. They seem odd but very befitting. Also, Angelababy looks very much like a princess frozen in time.
This is a poster for the 2018 Chinese film – Shadow. I haven’t seen this movie, but something about the simplicity and elegance of this shot is stunning to me.
Last on this list is the Chinese actress Annie Sun for Mode Magazine. She also goes by the name Sun Yihan, and I remember seeing her in the 2018 Chinese version of Meteor Garden. She is so gorgeous, and this flower concept really suits her.
At the end of episode 10, Baek Ja Yong told Eun Bo to poison the King. The drama continues with Eun Bo refusing but complying at the end because she was threatened with her mother’s life. Honestly, I knew they were going to use her mother against her, but I had hoped for her to open up about everything to the king. Sure, things still tuned out okay, but she could have saved herself from all the stress.
I felt so vindicated when prince Jae Hwa finally admitted to his greed for power and revenge. He never had any intentions to create a better world in the first place. Because I have been thinking, why do they hate the king so much? He is smart, just, kind and willing to work with good ministers. There also wasn’t any show of him disregarding his people’s wellbeing. So what exactly was their problem if not wanting to acquire power for themselves. Jae Hwa and the left minster’s daughter are so alike. If someone says they don’t love you, leave them and give yourself space to heal. Why do you have to take your heart to the deepest part of hell just to get their affection or destroy what you can’t have?🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
On a side note, am I the only one that finds the King’s tonation odd? Something about his pronunciation throws me off. I noticed this since the first episode but never mentioned it. I’m only pointing it out now because this my last time discussing this drama. Anyways it’s not a big deal.
The characters that impressed me a lot in these final episodes were Wal and the King. Aside from his prophetic dreams, the King is brilliant. He was able to decipher most of the plots coming his way. That made things more interesting for me.
Wal played by Lee Si EonHe proved himself to be more than comic relief and showcased his skills from years of running an investigation agency. He was the one that discovered most of the critical details that helped the main couple deal with the criminals around them. I adore his relationship with Eun Bo. He acts like an older brother that scolds her when she’s acting silly, and he is also her best friend who supports her relationship with the King. I was so grateful that they didn’t kill off his character. At first, I thought he was going to jump ships and betray Eun Bo, but thankfully, his role did not take such a predictable route.
So far, most scenes in this series have been quite smart and realistic, so I was absolutely disappointed during that assassination attempt. I understand why the queen stood still because it was her plot to get Eun Bo killed. However, why were Eun Bo and Song Yi just standing still when a man was pointing a gun right at them? No one even tried to dodge or run. Also, the guards could not even shoot him in the leg or something. They gave him the space to pick up his gun and fire. What was going on there? I’m confused. I honestly think that the scene could have been handled better.
Once all the traitors started getting exposed, I knew what was coming next. They were all going to band together and attempt to get the throne. It is like once their plan A fails, they just rush into the next dense plot and end up in deeper holes of no return. That aside, the Kim family are certainly bad schemers. All their plans backfire, and it is always fun to see the outcome 😂😂😂😂. I was kind of sad that prince Jae Hwa killed minister Hong. He was the only true one on the king’s side, and his death at the end didn’t make any point, but okay.
The person who surprised me to the end was the Queen Dowager. I assumed she had some plot, but she was actually doing things for the best interest of the throne in a just manner. That was an unexpected turn of events.
Now with concerns to the ending, I knew Eun Bo was going to be pregnant and give birth to a son. And, of course, they would meet again before the drama wrapped up. Although I had hoped to see how they will make her queen. I feel that would have been a more exciting way to end things.
Overall I think this was a good drama, but there were some let downs. I am going to discuss the disappointing factors first and then conclude with the aspects I enjoyed.
Storywise, Queen: Love and War is nothing new to me. I have watched enough Korean historical dramas to know the usual formula used. Actually, most Korean dramas nowadays are similar, but a few still go the extra mile to make slight changes that separate them from the majority. That was what I was waiting for, but I never got with this series. I knew most of what was coming, I simply waited to see how things would unfold. There wasn’t much that enticed me as a viewer, and I do not like feeling that way because it means something is missing.
Another thing I have issues with is writing. This might just be me over analyzing things, but I think the emotions and developments for most characters were not handled properly. The characters were losing their spark as the story progressed. Also, for some, the intense emotions they displayed were not groomed well enough for the viewers to understand or relate with. Now, this might just be my brain overworking, but that is what I noticed.
Enough with the let downs, here are the remarkable aspects of this show –
I love that I could see the queen selection process in detail. The main couple’s chemistry was great. They both did a fantastic job as the centers. The cinematography and costumes for this show were also well crafted. On a regular, I do prefer the odd and moody artistic style of filming, but I also enjoy filming that focuses on the use of vibrant colours. So I genuinely enjoyed how colourful this production was. Kudos to the actors for a job well done👏👏👏👏👏. From the main actors to the supporting casts, everyone carried their weight. They all showed exceptional acting skills, and that is the main factor that sells any story for me.
Aside from the few misses, Queen: Love and War is a good drama. Therefore my rating is 8/10. To understand my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide