LAY – Lit: Song Of The Week

This week’s song is coming to you all earlier than usual because I skipped last week. I have been listening to “Lit” by LAY a lot, so I’m sticking with it.

I remember being super excited about LAY’s new album. I even reviewed the pre-release single “Jade” 👉🏼 LAY – Jade: Music Review, but the timing for the album release didn’t work with my school schedule. All the same, I listened to the EP – LIT on my own and I absolutely love it. It gets a 10/10 from me because I genuinely enjoyed the modern and traditional instrument/beat fusion. LAY sounded incredible on every track, and the overall production for the album was flawless. I can’t even pick favourites because I vibe to every song equally. The title-track “Lit” is such an energetic and groovy tune. Plus, the music video and choreography is on A++++++ level.  LAY did not come to play.👏👏👏👏👏

I hope you all enjoy listening to “Lit” by LAY. For anyone interested, here is the EP – LIT on Spotify:

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

Alright, it is time to discuss the third episode of Lost Romance. My previous episode review is available with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The filming technique and scene transitions got slightly better in this episode. We also got more interactions between Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing’s characters in the novel’s world, which in turn led to some noticeable development in their relationship. I also enjoyed Zheng Xiao En’s rescue scene because it allowed Vivian Sung to showcase actual emotionally driven acting. That short moment proved that she was capable of more than the animated acting style. Furthermore, it gave me hope for the future of this drama. Hence why I’m excited to get more interactions from our leads as the story progresses.

Another good thing about this episode is that we finally got some insight into Zheng Xiao En’s fondness for He Tian Xing. He was someone who gave her strength, and comfort whenever she felt down or frustrated. His words encouraged her to continue working hard, and that’s how her “obsession” over him began. The quote that He Tian Xing gave was beautiful – “In a storm, you have to be like an adult. In beautiful weather, you have to be like a child.”

Now in my previous review, I mentioned that the supposed novel’s female lead is way too cringy for me, and I still stand by that. However, I now find her antics hilarious because how can one human being trip at every given opportunity. Honestly, Chuchu is a sweet girl, but she needs to work on her stamina and also learn some basic body balance. No wonder Zheng Xiao En stays paranoid about keeping her away from danger.😂😂😂

Moving on to our villain, He Mingli. I finally see who she got her twisted personality from. The mother is a more reserved version of her. The way she talking to He Mingli’s father in the hospital was quite creepy to me. Also, I still stand by my statement that He Mingli’s methods will become her downfall. Just because you feel threatened, you want to get rid of all He Tian Xing’s potential supporters? I personally feel that removing too many people at once will cause her to lose very essential supporters for her family’s business in the long run.

Overall, since the story has started moving somewhere, I am going to continue watching. If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyLadies – Saturday RollCall

As already mentioned earlier this week, I am sharing pictures of celebrities that naturally have an air of elegance and poise. From the way they carry themselves to how they speak and dress, they continuously keep things classy. This is my last roll call.

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

My first lady on this list is Seo Ye Ji. These are recent shots from her new management – Gold Medalist Agency and NETFLIX for her new drama –

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Up next is Sun Yi on the cover of CHC Magazine – June 2020 Issue –

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The third lady on my list is Zhang Yuxi on the cover of Beijing Walker – June 2020 Issue –

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Next is Cecilia Liu on the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China – July 2020 Issue –

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To round up, I have DAVICHI’s Kang Min Kyung for 1st Look Magazine –

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyMen – Saturday RollCall

As already mentioned earlier this week, I am sharing pictures of celebrities that naturally have an air of elegance and poise. From the way they carry themselves to how they speak and dress, they continuously keep things classy. This is my last roll call for the men.

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

First on this list is Song Weilong’s cover spread for ELLE Men Fresh – Fall 2020 Issue. I don’t get why they are rushing fall because we clearly haven’t enjoyed summer yet but oh well –img_8766img_8767

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Up next is Zhang Han for Hunan TV’s recent 6. 18 gala – img_8785

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The third on this list is Hu Yi Tian. These are recent photos that were shared by his studio on Weibo –

 

Next is Leon Zhang. These are recent shots for MOOKI Magazine and Avene x Taobao live-stream –

 

To wrap up is the one and only Kim Woo Bin for Esquire Magazine – July 2020 Issue –img_8883

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Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

If you haven’t read my review for episode one, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

In this episode, certain things didn’t sit well with me, but I tried not to over-analyze them since this is a fantasy series. For example, how was He Tian Xing able to grab Zheng Xiao En’s hand while in a coma? Also, I think Zheng Xiao En should have posted the video anonymously or reported the incident anonymously. I get that she’s scared, but how do you see something so horrid and know that they are trying to cover it up but still say nothing? Her decision made me question this character’s moral grounds, but I guess the writer wanted to use her guilt to lead us into the novel’s world. Therefore I rest my case.

Now in concerns to He Mingli, I think we’ve all confirmed at this point that she is a pure psycho. Previously I thought the uncle was just trying to keep eyes on her, but after this episode, I fear he has his own private agenda. He probably voted for He Mingli because she is not too knowledgable about the business, and that way, he can easily take over.

Moving on to the novel’s world. It was quite funny when Zheng Xiao En realized that she wasn’t the main lead but actually one of the mean side characters. In my opinion, the actual female lead is cringy. Her overly innocent and clumsy personality is kind of off. Plus, the fact that He Tian Xing was about to date her in the real world was even more surprising. Now, if his brother He Tian Jian falls in love with the lead in the real world, will that cause a problem between both boys in the future? I don’t think the writer will take that route, but we will see. I also noticed that the writer used the novel’s world to call out a lot of cliches in romance novels and dramas. Starting from the random screams for handsome men to the wall pin from the lead guy to the clumsy female lead that regularly trips, and somehow a man is always ready to catch her. These are the traditional Asian romance troupes, and in this novel’s world, we get to see how cringy and unrealistic they are.

For now, I currently do not have any strong emotions towards this drama. I am not in love with it yet, neither do I dislike it. I’m still watching because the upcoming episode looks promising. However, I am more than ready for the story to pick up and take me to the point that completely captures my attention.

If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyMen – Thursday RollCall

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

First off is Kim Soo Hyun. These are recent photos that were released by his new management – Gold Medalist Agency:img_8542img_8544

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Up next is the Chinese actor Ding Yuxi for VogueMeimg_8608img_8606

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Third on this list is Gong Yoo for La Mer Cosmeticsimg_8266img_8261img_8260

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyLadies – Thursday RollCall

As already explained in my previous post, throughout this week, I’ll be sharing pictures of celebrities that naturally have an air of elegance and poise. From the way they carry themselves to how they speak and dress, they continuously keep things classy.

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

First on today’s list is BLACKPINK’s Rose for ELLE Korea – img_8299img_8298img_8296img_8297

 

Up next is the Chinese actress Cecilia Boey for Marie Claire China –img_6817img_6816

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Third on this list is the Korean actress Kim Ji Won for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea – img_7817img_7816img_7819img_7818

 

To close this post, I have the Chinese actress Tong Yao for Bobosnap China – 

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Iron Ladies: Drama Review

I recently rewatched this drama, and I decided to use the opportunity to write a review. Iron Ladies is a 2018 Taiwanese series that stars Aviis Zhong and Ben Wu as leads.

Synopsis: Zhou Kai Ting is the youngest vice president of sales for the online shopping mall, Ai U Web. She turns to Su Can, a café barista, to resolve a work crisis and helps him discover a talent he didn’t know he had. Ma Li Sha, Ai U Web’s General Manager, has raised an 18-year-old son on her own and is jaded by love. On the other hand, Wang Qing Qing has always had everything in life go her way. Can the three women deal with their respective relationship woes, marriage issues and family problems as well as they do their jobs? (source – Viki)

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Even from my first time watching this drama, it gave off a similar vibe to the Korean series – I Need Romance. I love such stories, hence why I was excited to give it a shot when it first released. One thing I genuinely enjoyed about Iron Ladies was the chemistry between all the main characters, both friends and couples. I will say that showcases excellent acting. This drama also gave me a strong and intelligent female lead. There were times when Zhou Kai Ting made mistakes, but overall, she was a very rationale and understanding lady. I appreciate shows that portray assertive women because a girl needs such a confidence boost once in a while. I also love the soundtrack for this series. My two favourite OSTs are “Unachievable Future” by Ben Wu – and “Almost” by Shi Shi –

Iron Ladies is a good drama, but the story development and pacing did lose some of its appeal towards the end. The ending also felt rushed. To explain more, let me discuss the three main arcs of this series in detail. Starting with the main couple:

– Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting

Right off the bat, their chemistry was solid. I could also tell that Kai Ting and her fiance were not going to end well. The eight-years relationship had lost all flavour, and he went ahead to cheat. For me, that closed the chapter because it’s challenging to build the same level of trust again. Plus, Kai Ting’s heart was now longing for someone else. An important message this drama brought to the table was that marriage should not be a do or die affair. Everyone has the right to be happy and not merely settle for the bare minimum. Consequently, cheating leads the betrayed partner to question their self-worth, which is sad and frustrating. One of my favourite scenes in this drama was when Kai Ting and Qing Qing discussed the effect their partner’s infidelity had on them – 

Moving back to Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting. All round, they were a good pair, but their main issue was financial inequality. Thankfully they were usually direct with each other and never dragged out arguments or misunderstandings. Another thing that disturbed their relationship was how they both lied by omission to protect each other, but all the same, I loved seeing them together. Yes, the ending felt a bit rushed, but the happy ending made me feel okay.

– Ma Li Sha and David

These two were a case study in their own right. At first, their interactions were funny, but their arc development towards the end was such a cliche. I fully believed in the agenda that she was scared of committing to a serious relationship and that her son was scared of losing his mom to someone else. However, what I couldn’t swim along with was when Ma Li Sha starting using childish tactics to keep David away. And to top it off, they decided to use the cliche near-to-death accident to make her realize her love for David. They were still fun together, but I did not enjoy how their story was handled.

– Wang Qing Qing’s Marriage

This was an intriguing arc to sit through. I felt rage, sadness and a whole lot of emotions whenever Qing Qing’s story came up. Her relationship was pure toxicity, and it led her to anxiety and panic attacks. I found her husband to be very disrespectful and pathetic. Excuse my choice of words, but I need to be this raw for you all to get how pained I was for this lady. Take away from the emotional pain, Qing Qing also had to condone mental abuse. After seeing all she went through, I could understand why she continued to sell herself short or believed that things could become better if she pleased her husband. However, where she lost me was when she took a break, came back strong and still fell for the husband’s tears to stay and fix their marriage. Like seriously? This man is a chronic cheater. You’re fully aware that he doesn’t care for you. What are you still holding on to? Thankfully through the grace of whatever, she came to her senses by the close of the series.

Overall, I still enjoyed this drama because it got me to look at situations through the lens of different thinkers than myself. It’s honestly not easy when love and the heart come into play because rationality goes missing during such times. Zhou Kai Ting, Ma Li Sha and Wang Qing Qing were women with real and relatable relationship issues. They battled and came out triumphant, so what’s not to love about these three iron ladies.

With all that said, my rating for Iron Ladies is 8/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼Iron Ladies on Viki.

If you have seen Iron Ladies, what do you think of the series?

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyMen – Tuesday RollCall

Now I know you all didn’t think I was about to leave out the men. In what realm? Equality reigns over this blog. So it time to showcase some classy lads.

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

First on this list is Zhu Yawen on the cover of Beijing Youth Weeklyimg_8231img_8233img_8239img_8237img_8240

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Up next is Taiwanese actor Greg Han for Cadillac x GQ China – img_8175img_8173img_8169img_8168img_8170img_8174img_8167

 

Up next is Chinese actor Chen Xiao on the cover of Men’s Uno China – June 2020 Issue –img_7379img_7376

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyLadies – Tuesday RollCall

I have always admired celebrities that naturally have an air of elegance and poise. From the way they carry themselves to how they speak and dress, they continuously keep things classy. So throughout this week, I will be sharing a few pictures of such stars with you all.

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

First off is the Chinese actress Huang Shengyi on the cover of Beijing Youth Weekly  

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Up next is Korean actress Park Min Young for CeCi China Magazine – June 2020 Issue –img_7841

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Last on this list is Chinese actress Qi Wei for ELLE China – July 2020 Issue –img_7973

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Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version): My Thoughts on Episode 8

I’m doing my best to catch up, so I’ll probably be posting one episode of this show every day.

  • I hope this episode gets even better than the previous one.
  • It looks like the new girl is moving into the signal house soon.
  • I wonder who she will go for.
  • Wow, Im Han Gyeol said that he is no longer curious about Park Ji Hyun and also complemented Min Jae.
  • I can see that Seo Min Jae is really into him, but I don’t think he’s is super invested yet. All the same, they have time to grow and know each other better.
  • Why are all the housemates in beige or cream clothes? Did they code before coming on camera?
  • Oh, I didn’t know that Ga Heun was going on a date with Kang Yeol. I am slightly excited to see how this turns out.
  • So far, their conversation is flowing well enough like casual friends, but I can tell that Ga Heun’s heart isn’t there, and that’s okay.
  • Lmao Kang Yeol said he came to the signal house to be around the girls, not guys. I just vibe with his straightforward personality.
  • Are they about to play the guys like they did the ladies when Kim Kang Yeol first arrived? They just received a text message telling them to welcome the fourth female housemate.
  • I guess she is coming straight to the house, and the guys have to prepare a small event for her.
  • LMAO, these men are adorable. The way they all put on the face mask and took a selfie before laying down to chill was too cute.
  • I can’t deal with them right now.😄😄😄
  • And here comes the random cat on the roof shots again. Lol
  • The girls are finally outside spending some alone time, and I love how observant Ga Heun is of everyone in the house.
  • Ga Heun and Min Jae are expressing how they deal with not getting the attention of the person they like.
  • Basically, they either give them space or take action. Then if the response is not favourable, don’t beat yourself too much about it. Let go, sit back and watch things play out naturally.
  • Finally, the new lady – Cheon An Na, is here.img_8511_original
  • Kim Kang Yeol is a clown. He’s telling Cheon An Na that he was also shy when he first arrived. All the guys stared at him funny because Kang Yeol was very comfortable on his first day. 😂😂😂
  • The girls are finally back. Now let’s see how this goes.
  • Cheon An Na is 27 years old, and she works as a personal assistant.
  • I don’t really understand the set up for the upcoming date, but I think the girls chose a movie and who they want to see it with?
  • Now the guys have to pick one of the movies? Anyways, let me continue because I’ll figure it out as I watch.
  • So the panel has to predict which two guys each lady chose for her date and what movie was theirs. Here are their guesses –

– Park Ji Hyun 👉🏼 ‘The Notebook’ to Cheon In Woo and Kim Kang Yeol.

– Cheon An Na 👉🏼 ‘About Time’ to Jun Eui Dong and Kim Kang Yeol.

– The panel was equally divided on which of the two remaining movies belonged to Seo Min Jae or Lee Ga Heun.

– They also guessed that both Lee Ga Huen and Seo Min Jae chose Cheon In Woo and Im Han Gyeol.

  • Now here are the actual results –  Screenshot (88)Screenshot (91)Screenshot (94)Screenshot (95)
  • The panel guessed right, and I am so happy that someone finally noticed my dear Eui Dong.
  • Now we get to see one of the dates. I personally want to see Cheon An Na and Eui Dong first, but I also want them to have enough screen time, so maybe they should wait till the next episode.
  • Of course, I had a feeling. The first date is Cheon An Na and Eui Dong.
  • They seem very comfortable with each other, and Eui Dong is proactive.
  • I think I finally found my ship for this season. I am excited about Jun Eui Dong and Cheon An Na, fingers-crossed, I hope it works out.

Overall this episode was not too bad. The ending date made me happy, and I can’t wait to see the continuation tomorrow. As always, here is a link to the English subbed version of this program: Heart Signal (Korean Version) on Viki

BANG YE DAM – WAYO: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “WAYO” by TREASURE’s BANG YE DAM. img_8632Bang Ye-dam is a South Korean singer and member of the soon to be debuted boy group – TREASURE. The group is signed to YG Entertainment. Bang Ye-dam was born on May 7th, 2002, which makes him 18 this year. He gained popularity after appearing on the second season of K-pop Star in 2012. After finishing as the runner-up, he joined YG Entertainment. This digital single – “WAYO” marks his solo debut, and TREASURE will be debuting in July.

I initially wanted to write a review for this song, but since I didn’t have enough time, I had to save it for my future song of the week. I love how the song starts out with a guitar that ushers Ye-dam’s soft vocals into the mix. The way he sings “wayo, wayo, wayo” is so catchy and soothing. That part completely sold this song for me. Overall the progression of this song is relaxing and truly showcases Ban Ye-dam’s beautiful voice. I remember watching him on K-pop Star, and he was way younger then. I’m glad that he was able to train and maintain his voice. I can’t wait to hear more from him.

With concerns to his group – TREASURE, I have only heard “Going Crazy”, and it wasn’t exactly my style. But I will still keep an eye out for their official debut.

I hope you enjoy listening to “WAYO” by BANG YE DAM. Continue to have a lovely week, everyone.💕💕💕

 

Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version): My Thoughts on Episode 7

Alright, I really do not know how the love lines are going to play out at this point but let’s just continue –

  • At this point, I feel like I am watching a Korean drama that focuses only on the main couple, and shows the side characters once in a while.
  • It’s frustrating that the tempo of the season has been very stagnant. Therefore I am not too intrigued to continue.
  • In the previous episode, Park Ji Hyun asked Cheon In Woo to drive her to work, but Im Han Gyeol just asked In Woo to let him drive her instead.
  • I personally think that he should have asked Ji Hyun first before making impromptu interruption to her plans.
  • I don’t foresee this carpool change ending well because she intended to spend more time with Cheon In Woo.
  • Oh well, she rejected the change. I kind of saw it coming.
  • I feel like Im Han Gyeol does not really have a chance with her because she’s already too invested in Cheon In Woo. I kind of feel sad about it tho.
  • Finally, Seo Min Jae is getting some screen time, and she’s with the person she likes, Im Han Gyeol.
  • They both look stylish in their long coats. Screenshot (84)
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  • Another thing I want to point out is that I’m not too sure if the non-popular housemates are not proactive or catchy enough for the producers because the editing and time allocation on this show is quite crappy.
  • I can’t seem to get into the vibe of this season at all. I’m literally lost.
  • Lol Kim Kang Yeol is so odd, the way he asked Park Ji Hyun out in front of everyone was kind of funny.
  • Does Cheon In Woo feel threatened because Kim Kang Yeol asked Park Ji Hyun out on a date?
  • Boy!!!! you better make up your damn mind.😒
  • Oh, we’re getting to see more Im Han Gyeol and Seo Min Jae. Nice.
  • I love that their matching black coats and I want one.
  • Korea has a lot of unique restaurants. I love their set up and interior designs. Their food also looks delicious.
  • Lee Ga Heun is such a lovely person. She actually gave Seo Min Jae some advice on her to get closer to Im Han Gyeol.
  • I love how the conversation is flowing between Han Gyeol and Min Jae. They are just talking about random things, and there’s no heavy, awkward energy.
  • Now it is time for Kim Kang Yeol and Park Ji Hyun’s date.
  • I’m surprised that Ji Hyun is actually carrying a conversation without being too reserved, shy or awkward. She has gotten better. Good job, girl.
  • Jun Eui Dong is always third-wheeling. My poor baby.
  • Cheon In Woo made it too obvious that he was sad and uneasy because Park Ji Hyun was out on a date with someone else.
  • Lee Ga Heun, my dear girl. She seems done with his ‘situationship.’
  • It’s interesting to see how everyone is airing out their feelings without being straightforward. At the same time, they all understand what each person is saying.
  • Alright time for the love-line predictions, and just like the previous episode, I don’t have any guesses.
  • Here’s the final result – Screenshot (85)

– Cheon In Woo and Kim Kang Yeol both sent text messages to Park Ji Hyun, but only Kang Hyeol got a text back.

– Im Han Gyeol and Seo Min Jae texted each other.

– LMAO, this one killed me. Lee Ga Heun sent a text to Jun Eui Dong. I knew she was over In Woo’s mess😂😂😂😂😂😂. I LOVE HER.

– Oh, finally, everyone wants to move on from focusing on just one girl. Jun Eui Dong sent a text message to Seo Min Jae.

  • I’m glad that this show has finally displayed a slight change in tempo, but I’ll keep watching to see how everything wraps up.

As always, here is a link to the English subbed version of this program: Heart Signal (Korean Version) on Viki

Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version): My Thoughts on Episode 6

Alright, it’s been a while, but at least now, almost all the episodes are out. Continuing from where I left off, it is time to see how awkward the first meeting between the new guy and the girls is going to be –

  • I feel like the panellists are slighting too focused on Park Ji Hyun. They don’t analyze the actions of the other ladies as much.
  • A good example was when Kim Kang Yeaol cross-checked with the waiter about the fried rice, they quickly assumed that he did so because it was Ji Hyun’s order. However, I bet the guy was simply making sure they got all their orders correct.
  • I don’t think Kim Kang Yeol has shown interest in any of the girls yet.
  • Oooh, the other guys just arrived. This is about to get more awkward.
  • Cheon In Woo’s face of disbelief while walking towards the table is killing me😂. Mans is really in shock.
  • Kim Kang Yeol is 26 years old. He is into branding business, like clothes and eyeglasses. So basically, his department should be luxury fashion, right?img_0002
  • They all have exciting jobs.
  • Alright, they’re back in the Signal House. Now let’s see how the dynamics change.
  • I love that Kim Kang Yeol doesn’t stress with all the minor decisions. He readily said whoever wakes up first can cook.
  • I know It would have taken much longer if left to the other housemates to decide.
  • I love that Kang Yeol adapted to the house quickly. Even the other guys are amazed.
  • I’m really into his casual and outgoing personality, but at the same time, I hope he doesn’t overstep personal space.
  • How can Cheon In Woo and Park Ji Hyun be on a date without saying a word to each other for more than three minutes? They’re not even eating yet, so what’s up with all the awkward silence?Screenshot (80)
  • I can’t deal with them, and I’m over this ‘situationship.’
  • When she asked who among the housemates he felt most awkward with? I already knew the answer would be her. This is not something entirely negative, but it has to be worked on.
  • Okay, at least Park Ji Hyun is finally speaking up. She admits that she was upset when In Woo took Lee Ga Heun out for coffee even though she asked him first.
  • I genuinely applaud her effort and hope she continues to speak up.
  • Currently, I don’t support any of the ships. All I want is for everyone to have a shot at who they like before letting go if need be.
  • From what I’m seeing, Cheon In Woo seems more open when he’s with Lee Ga Heun, but honestly, you never know with this kind of shows.Screenshot (81)
  • Lee Ga Heun is a full-on flirting queen. Outside of all the situationship, I love her.
  • Okay, it is time for the love-line predictions.
  • I don’t have any guesses this time around because I didn’t see much interaction between most housemates.
  • Texting Results – Screenshot (75)

– Park Ji Hyun and Lee Ga Heun both sent text messages to Cheon In Woo, but only Ga Heun received a text back.

– Seo Min Jae sent a text to Im Han Gyeol.

– Im Han Gyeol, Jun Eui Dong and Kim Kang Yeol all sent text messages to Park Ji Hyun, but of course, no replies.


Honestly, I thought by now that I would be used to the momentum of this season, but it really lacks in many aspects. I will reserve all my comments for the final episode because I want to see if things get better.

As always, here is a link to the English subbed version of this program: Heart Signal (Korean Version) on Viki

N.Flying – So, 通 (COMMUNICATION): Album Review

On June 10th, N.Flying released their 7th mini-album titled So, 通 (COMMUNICATION). The album has six songs, including the title track “Oh really.”img_8313N.Flying, which is short for New Flying, is a South Korean rap rock band managed by FNC Entertainment. This band was formed in 2013, and they released their first Japanese single – Basket that same year. Later on May 20th of 2015, they officially debuted in Korea. Although the group currently consists of five members, there have been a few changes over the years. N.Flying initially started out with four members – Kwon Kwangjin, Kim Jaehyun, Cha Hun and Lee Seunghyub. The fifth member, Yoo Hweseung, was added in 2017. However, in 2018, Kwon Kwangjin left the band, so he had to replaced by Dongsung earlier this year.

The only song I have heard from this group is “Rooftop”, and since they aren’t like the regular rock bands I listen to, I never had the zeal to check them out. All the same, I am finally here. Now let’s see what they have to offer.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • Thankfully I have English captions.
  • I love the strumming guitar intro, and whoever is singing lead sounds fantastic.
  • The boys all look great.
  • I really love the first singer’s tone. He has a sweet lower register.
  • The music video is cute, and the instrumental is beautiful.
  • I love how the second singer came in with a softer tone and just melted me.
  • The vocals and instruments get a checkmark from me.
  • The set with the phone booth is lovely.
  • I love the chorus as well. It’s quite catchy, and the fact that N.Flying is singing that section in unison makes me want to sing along.
  • So they have three instrument players, and the other two are vocalists?
  • I love the rap-singing style they used for the second verse.
  • They also gave a nice flow when the actual rap came in.
  • Maybe after listening to more songs from them, N.Flying will be added to my list of favourite Korean bands.
  • I noticed that instrumental isn’t too heavy on this song, hence why the vocals really stand out for me.
  • I gave all my attention to the music that I forgot to read the captions.😄
  • I just rewatched it, and they are singing about relationship issues. Something along the lines of how hard it is to say goodbye and not wanting to let go. I think they also said something about their partner pretending not to care.
  • Okay, I love this song. Now let’s move on to the album.

Album Review: img_8310Here is the album preview –

  1. Oh really. – I absolutely love this song, so I am going to enjoy my 3 minutes and 16 seconds here.
  2. FLOWER FANTASY – Wow, this starts right away, and I love the vocal intro. N.Flying’s vocalists are incredible, and the instrumental for this song is more in your face compared to the title track. The guitar riff for this is insane. Honestly, they came hard with the instrumentalization, and I am completely in love with “FLOWER FANTASY” It sounds like something I could hear during an emotional scene of an anime. The lower register of the lead vocalist gets me every time. He is too good, and my ears are getting blessed. Their drummer is also giving me life, but the guitar players are A++++++++ on this track. LIKE WHAT???… this is insane. It’s a soft song but still hits in the right places…a whole mood.
  3. YOUTH – I love how this song came in right away. I will say this has a similar vibe to the title track, but “YOUTH” has more rhythmic drumming. Once again, fantastic instrumentalization, vocals and beautiful runs. The melody for this song is lovely and really catchy. I like how they included some finger snaps to the instrumental, it adds a sweet spice to the mix. I don’t know why but the vocalization on this track sounds very indie to me. That’s the only way I can explain the style I’m hearing. One thing I love about bands is that they give the best of both worlds in concerns to vocals and instruments. A good rock band is always pure eargasm. It’s a good sign that I am enjoying every song.
  4. I’M GONNA – The beginning is giving me a slight touch of jazz. This also has some hip-hop influence. I am enjoying the beat and vibe of this track. The chorus is excellent. I definitely expected some rapping once this started, and I got good flows. I love the adlibs because they hit beautifully out of nowhere, and I am here for the energy from N.Flying on this track. What??… I was not expecting that high note at the end. It was too perfect. Alright, this is another excellent song on the album.
  5. Last Song – It looks like we have reached the slow track of this album. Oh damn, their voices give me chills, and I absolutely adore the blend between the two different vocal tones. The guitar riff on this is a blessing to hear. Rock ballads are supreme and deserve to be heard on every album. I want to say this is my favourite, but I have equally enjoyed every song so far. Oooh, I love how they sang in unison towards the end, while the main singer powered on top with insane vocal runs and high notes. The ending is so full and beautiful. THANK YOU, N.Flying.👏👏👏👏👏👏
  6. E-YO – The last song already😥. I love that every song on this album starts right away. I love the rhythm for this one, it is groovy. Okay, at this point, the vocalists are disrespectful. They just slapped me with some crazy falsetto notes. The drummer deserves a round of applause for his skills. The chorus is perfect, and I feel the need to sing along. This song would be amazing live, I can already picture it. The instrumental progression is terrific. I have nothing more to say because “E-YO” is a well-produced BOP. N.Flying has really impressed me with this album. I am happy that I gave them a chance.

Final Thoughts: 

This album was a beautiful mood all through. I genuinely enjoyed all six songs, and I cannot even pick a fave. I was utterly blown away by their vocalists, and the instrument players also brought their A-game to this record. I have nothing to criticize, and I am officially a fan. I will be looking forward to future projects from them because I am impressed. Great job, boys.

My rating for N.Flying’s 7th mini-album So, 通 (COMMUNICATION), is a solid 10/10.

HEIZE – Lyricist: Album Review

On June 10th, HEIZE released her 6th mini-album titled Lyricist. The album has five songs, including the double title tracks, “Lyricist” and “Things are going well”

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Jang Da Hye, known by the stage name Heize is a South Korean rapper, and singer-songwriter managed by Stone Music Entertainment. She officially debuted on March 21st, 2014, with the self-titled EP – Heize. She rose to popularity after taking part in the second season of the rap program – Unpretty Rapstar. Her stage name, Heize, is actually a German word that translates to ‘heating something up or making something hot.’

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Title Tracks/Official MV:

  • I think this music video combines both title tracks.
  • I love the guitar and the jazzy instrumental.
  • Heize has such a unique vintage voice. I absolutely adore her sound.
  • Is “Lyricist” is the first song on the video? Whichever one it is, I am in love.
  • It’s so relaxing, and the visuals for the music are perfect for it.
  • I wish I had English captions, but I can check for it later.
  • This song is such a soothing groove. It’s definitely going on my playlist.
  • Heize looks gorgeous.
  • I love how the first song faded out with a soft piano at the end.
  • Oh, the transition into the next song is BEAUTIFUL.
  • The keyboard player has talent flowing through every finger on this song.
  • I am here for this R&B drumbeats, and Heize looks good in red.
  • I know that I am going to enjoy the mini-album because this style is right up my alley.
  • Once again, HER VOICE is giving me life. The way she smoothly runs through each note is impressive.
  • Also, the vocal layering for this second song is excellent.
  • Great job, Heize👏👏👏👏👏👏. I genuinely enjoyed this.

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Lyricist – I was right, “Lyricist” is the first song on the music video. I live for the jazzy vibe of this track. It’s very peaceful and a whole mood.
  2. Things are going well – Yes, I get to hear that beautiful piano intro again, and the drumbeat that gets me in my feels. Heize’s voice on this track is pure gold. This is such an easy listen type of song.
  3. Your Name ft. ASH ISLAND – I think there’s a music video for this song, but it is not out yet. I love the intro on this track, and her voice is like smooth velvet. It is very pleasing to hear. I am here for this tempo, and the instrumental is well produced. All the songs on this album seem to have some jazz influence mixed with R&B and neo-soul vibes. The rap section from ASH ISLAND came in at the right point, and I love his flow. “Your Name” is another smooth and soothing groove. I would play this is the background when I just want to chill and do nothing.
  4. 1/1440 ft. Ji Chanel – Oooh, the instrumental is really interesting on this one. It also seems denser and more upbeat compared to the rest. Still, Heize’s voice is like butter. I love that I can hear Ji Chanel doing some background harmonies during the intro verse, and he also sang during the last part. The beat on this one is 🔥 , and the vocal runs that pair with it are too good. The fact that I can hear Ji Chanel throughout the entire song is giving me life. I just love the blend between both voices.
  5. Not to see you again – Wow, the keyboard intro on this song is giving me chills. I think this was what they used as the transition between both title tracks in the music video. My bad, it is not an intro but a full instrumental-only track, and it’s so BEAUTIFUL. I love that she chose to close the album with such tranquillity. This is absolutely insane and peaceful.

Final Thoughts: 

From my review, you all can tell that this album was an amazing listen for me. It felt quite short because we only got four full tracks, but I still love the vibe, vocals and overall production on it. I usually only listened to singles from Heize, but I will start paying more attention to her because talent overflows from this lady.

With all that said, my rating for Heize’s 6th mini-album, Lyricist, is a bulletproof 10/10.

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

Lost Romance is a 2020 Taiwanese drama that stars Marcus Chang and Vivian Sung. It started airing on June 7th and comes on every Sunday. This drama is set to run for twenty episodes.

Synopsis: Zheng Xiao En works as an editor of romance novels at a publishing company and secretly dreams about falling in love with a CEO. When she isn’t working, she spends her time daydreaming about He Tian Xing, the handsome chief executive of the company that occupies the building opposite her company’s office. One day, Zheng Xiao En magically finds herself transported into the pages of a romance novel – and comes face-to-face with her crush He Tian Xing. However, she soon discovers that in this fictional universe, his name is Si Tu Ao Ran – and his personality is very different. She hopes to use all the tips and tricks she has learned from the romance novels she has edited to help snare his heart. But she soon discovers that in this fictional world, she isn’t the heroic female lead – and instead is an evil side character! Can she flip the story on its head – and end up with the man of her dreams? (Source – Viki)

Expectations: The story is nothing new, but I decided to give this drama a shot because of the main leads. Marcus Chang has done great with most of his shows, while Vivian Sung always gives her best in every project. So why not?

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Personally, I think this episode started out a bit weird with Vivian Sung’s novel narration, but I got used to it after a few seconds. From what I’ve seen so far, everyone’s acting is kind of okay, but Vivian’s style was too animated. I know her character is meant to be cheerful, but the acting style made it difficult for me to flow with her properly. That aside, I love the look for Marcus’s character. He looks fantastic with the black slicked hair and great fitted suits. In my opinion, the outfits department for each character is well suited.

Moving on to the story aspect, I can’t wait to find out more about He Tian Xing’s family dynamics. Right now, I think he’s either an illegitimate child or from his dad’s previous marriage. I seriously need more clarity on why He Mingli hates him so much. It’s only the first episode, and her character is already vile and crazy. With all the stunts she was pulling, I was more shocked about her eagerness to take over the family business even though her dad was still well and breathing. Like girl, calm down. HE AIN’T DEAD YET😒. Plus, she does not have excellent business skills. I foresee her running the company to bankruptcy. My hope is that their uncle is only pretending to support her just to keep his eyes on the company.

Overall this premiere was alright, but I feel it could have been better. A few scenes in this first episode felt quite lacklustre to me, most notably when He Tian Xing fell from the building. They didn’t do an excellent job with the direction and sequence of that scene. I know they meant not to reveal how exactly he fell down, but this omission left a lot of questions for me. Like how did he fall without pulling Mingli down, and what sort of weird fall was that? I couldn’t take it seriously. They also need to do better with the background scores.

Now one thing, I am really looking forward to is how they will tie together the novel and the real world. I hope that when He Tian Xing regains consciousness, he remembers all the time he spent with Zheng Xiao En.

In conclusion, since I do see potential in the drama, I will continue watching. All English subbed episodes of this show will be updated with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance on Viki.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Qi Wei and Nathan Lee for Beijing Youth Weekly

Oi Wei is a goddess in every photo she takes, but she and her husband, Nathan Lee, are giving me life with their recent cover for Beijing Youth Weekly. They look absolutely gorgeous together.😍

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

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GOT7 – CRASH & BURN: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “Crash & Burn” by GOT7.

Dance performance –

This was one of my favourite songs when I reviewed GOT7’s tenth EP – Call My Name. “Crash & Burn” is my go-to body roll song, and it always puts me in good spirits. I also chose it because I wanted to stick with an upbeat vibe this week. I really love this song’s choreography, hence why I included a dance performance video for you all. Plus, BamBam’s center parts are a visual blessing for all eyes.😍

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well. If anyone wants to read my review for GOT7’s tenth EP – Call My Name, use this link 👉🏼 GOT7 – CALL MY NAME: Album Review.

 

 

WayV – Awaken The World: Album Review

YESSS!!!! My babies are back, and I am super excited. WayV just released their first full-length album titled Awaken The World. It has ten songs including the title track “Turn Back Time” img_8140I already have a detailed profile post for WayV, which can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 WayV: Star Showcase. Also, if anyone needs the teaser images for this album, use this link 👉🏼 Official Tumblr Account. Most of the photos that don’t make it to my pictorial|poster faves always go on my Tumblr.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • This concept is something else. I love how the song starts with a loud siren and the heartbeat that naturally calls for anyone’s attention.
  • My babies are looking GOOD. Ten is serving me looks.
  • The song hasn’t even started, and I’m already fangirling this hard.
  • Thankfully, Label V always gives captions.
  • This beat is unusual but intriguing.
  • Wait, wait… they didn’t have to come in that hard. I need to start this video from the beginning.
  • By the way, I love their outfits or lack of in some scenes.
  • Okay, I won’t lie. The intro with Lucas kind of threw me off a bit because I wasn’t expecting it to be so hip-hop based. My ears got more in line with this song once Kun started singing.
  • Now let’s see how the chorus turns out.
  • XiaoJun is always slaying me vocally.
  • After the chorus, I’m 50/50 on this song, but I absolutely love the section that starts when Lucas says- “Stop, rewind, turn back time…5432” The melody there is catchy, and the choreography was very smooth.
  • Okay, the rap parts sound way better to me in the second verse. I love Lucas, Winwin and Yangyang’s rhythm and flow. Maybe my ears were just too shocked during the intro.
  • I can see that Winwin has a substantial amount of lines, and for some reason, Label V has decided not to give him a shirt. OKAY.😂😂😂
  • I like that Winwin gets more shine in WayV, so I always make sure to confirm that they are consistent with him in each comeback.
  • Yangyang is always spitting fire on every WayV song. I literally live for his parts.
  • Everyone sounds terrific, and I like the chorus now. I guess I just needed more time with it.
  • They are really out here not giving these boys shirts. What the heck???😳
  • Ten looks gorgeous with this length of hair.
  • As always, we have a dance break. Also, this section sounds like a score for a car racing game.
  • That “Stop, rewind, turn back time” is the standout point of this song to me.
  • Alright, I’m going to listen to “Turn Back Time” again before giving my final thoughts.
  • This is a great song, and I love that it showcases a different side from their previous title tracks, but I’m not 100% on it yet. However, visually speaking, it is one of my favourite concepts from them.
  • I think what this song lacks for me is the unique WayV touch. This seems more like a track for NCT 127.
  • Now you all know I love NCT 127, but I prefer each NCT-unit to have their own distinct sprinkle. Hence why I hope to hear a better balance with the remaining songs on the album.

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Turn Back Time – Because this has that standard NCT 127 vibe, it got better after hearing it a lot. I have listened to it four times now, and I can confirm that “Turn Back Time” does slap hard. Once I’m done with this review, I will watch the music video again to enjoy it properly.
  2. Bad Alive – This starts out with a heavily synthesized beat, and Lucas seems to be taking the lead on this album. Okay, this song definitely goes hard, and I love the inclusion of sirens again. The vocal sections are beautiful. “Bad Alive” is also hip-hop based like the title track, but I feel it has more of the balance I was looking for. Or it could just be that my ears are accustomed to this new sound for them. Whatever it is, I LOVE THIS SONG. It will be a total blast if played through a car speaker. I can just imagine the bass of it all. I think so far, what I’ve noticed is that this album is going to allow more room for every member to shine equally because the rappers are giving me life on this track. While the vocalists are also killing me with their insane runs and high notes. Plus, everyone blends well. The melody for the chorus is pure 🔥 , and the overall production of this song screams perfection.
  3. Unbreakable – Oh, I love how the instrumental flowed perfectly from “Bad Alive” into this song. XiaoJun is a vocal beast. The boy stays flexing his God-given pipes. The beat on this is body rolls worthy. Okay, WayV, you guys came through. I was kind of scared after the title track, but I love the songs. Yangyang and Hendery stay riding every beat correctly with their epic flow. Plus, Lucas ain’t helping with that his smooth deep voice. “Unbreakable” has a very sexy vibe to it, and I am just here dancing💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. I love it when they sing in unison because their harmonies are always on point. I constantly wonder where SM Entertainment gets its artists or what sort of training they give them because the talent is overflowing in this group. Some parts of this song slightly remind me of “Highway to Heaven”
  4. After Midnight – This seems a bit slower compared to the previous tracks. Oooh, I wasn’t expecting the melody to sound like this. Nice switch up, and why does the beat sound slightly retro to me? I love songs with finger snaps, and the chorus is beautiful – “Touch me after midnight…I like it better after midnight.” This seems to be “Love Talk” part 2, and I am here for all of it. Also, I noticed that the rappers are singing, but since this a more vocal track, they got fewer parts. “After Midnight” is a BOP, and it is climbing up to be my favourite. The instrumental is pure bliss. WOW, the production is impeccable. You all need to listen to those harmonies during the chorus and the high note at the end. WHAT?… WayV did not come to play with us.
  5. Interlude: Awaken The World – I wonder what the second half of the album is going to sound like, and I do love the beat for this interlude.
  6. Only Human – Things are getting soft and sentimental with this one. I’m guessing that this song has only the rap line. It is officially their time to shine, and I love the rap-singing style they are using. Plus, Winwin’s singing voice sounds lovely. He needs to be added to the vocal line, Lol. Yangyang is a whole king. Among all the rappers, Hendery and Yangyang are the ones that always call for my attention. Also, the rap line stays, giving us solid sentimental bops. Last time it was “King of Hearts”, and now we have “Only Human”. At this rate, every song on this album will end up on my playlist, and I am not complaining.
  7. Domino – The intro is catchy, and whoever started this song is too good? That voice…I need to confirm who it belongs to. I checked, and of course, it’s XiaoJun. At first, I thought it was Ten, but something didn’t feel right. Ten’s voice is slightly softer. YESSS, Lucas is the best hype man for all their songs. I live for the way he leads into the rap sections. Oh, I wasn’t expecting the chorus to be this way, but I like it. They are giving me harmonies and good background vocals, as always. The bass on this beat kind of hits hard. This album is made up of hip-hop influenced tracks and some sexy R&B grooves. A perfect combo if you ask me.
  8. Up From Here – The drum beats are epic, and the vocalists are reigning on this track. Hendery is giving me life, I am here for his energy. Oh, what is the weird beat that comes in when they start singing as if they’re counting each word? Whatever it is, I LOVE IT. The chorus is perfect, and I love the progression during that section. The instrumental feels like very smooth rhythmic claps. The production is insane. Lol when they sing, “Love me like do,” I feel like they are about to continue with, “Love me like do, what are you waiting for?”😂😂😂 “Up From Here” is another solid track.
  9. Electric Hearts – This seems to be more of a bubbly pop song. Okay, I can tell for sure that Ten is the one starting this song. I love that “Ah ah, oh, oh.” That was a beautiful falsetto right before the main verse entry. I really like the instrumental progression, and the EDM infusion is perfect for this song. “Electric Hearts” is such a classic dance song. The switch with the rappers during the bridge section is heavenly, and the build-up is pure fire. I need to blast this song on my speaker tomorrow. The ending is beautiful. I love how the stripped away the heavy instrumental and ended with just raw vocals.
  10. Stand By Me – They always end their album with this kind of casual tracks, so I was expecting this vibe. The melody for the chorus is lovely and very catchy. Whenever they sing in unison, I get chills from their harmonies. “Stand By Me” feels like something I would have heard at the ending of a 2000s Disney movie. I am getting major nostalgic waves while listening to this song.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall, I am pleased with this album. Good job, WayV👏👏👏👏👏👏. At first, I was skeptical and nervous about the sound, but I came to love it a lot with each new song. The boys truly brought their A+ game, and I love seeing them grow as artists. I already added the ten tracks to my playlist because although I have my faves, everyone was equally enjoyable and could fit what I like listening to when I’m in a very chirpy mood.

Therefore my rating for WayV’s first full-length album – Awaken The World is a 10/10.

Before I close this post, I want to speak a bit about the fashion accessories issue with Kun and Winwin teaser outfits. Now I know this caused the delay of WayV’s music video today, and also the release of their physical album has been postponed. Label V wants to make the needed corrections to the printed photos of Kun and Winwin –

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img_8119I’m glad that Label V took people’s advice and are actually working to make corrections before releasing the physical album. I noticed that they already made changes to the digital photos, so kudos to them for being responsive to the risen concerns. Moving ahead, I hope that Label V and the stylist properly cross-check everything before putting them on the boys because such mistakes could quickly escalate into more prominent scandals. I want my babies to succeed and stay problem-free.

That’s my piece on the fashion accessory issue. I hope you all continue to support WayV and keep streaming Awaken The World because it is available online. Love you all.💕