Eric Nam – The Other Side: Album Review

Honestly, procrastination has been my second name recently. I have been chilling without allocating time to work on this blog. Henceforth, I refuse to fall to that disease, so here I am. Let’s check out Eric Nam’s new album🎉🎉🎉. On July 30th, he came back with his fourth mini-album called The Other Side. It has five songs, including the title track – “Paradise”. I have been looking forward to this release!!!

If you need a profile for this artist, use this link 👉🏼 Eric Nam – BEFORE WE BEGIN: Album Review.

(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:

  • The intro melody is catchy, and Eric Nam’s voice is beautiful.
  • Nice drumbeats. I love how they intensify as the song progresses.
  • The chorus also has the same heavy drums but with an EDM feel. This instrumental is interesting.
  • I guess “Paradise” is a virtual reality game?
  • Hmm, I don’t see multiple Erics🤩😍🤩.
  • He looks good in that flower suit. I honestly can’t believe this man is 32.
  • Unfortunately, this video lacks English subs, so here is a link for the Romanized and English lyrics 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics: Eric Nam-Paradise.
  • The music video’s visuals are not anything mind-blowing, but they are alright for the given concept.
  • I don’t know why this song felt short to me. Let me listen to it again before giving my final thoughts.
  • “Paradise” is great, but it took a few listens for it to actually kick in. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I was in a very hyper mood, but overall, it’s definitely a grower.

Album Review: img_1463Here is the full album – 

  1. Trouble With You – Wow, this song started right away. No instrumental intro or anything, just Eric’s voice instantly, and I don’t mind. “Trouble With You” suits my current vibe more. It’s upbeat but still has a chill melody. The background vocals are incredible. Eric Nam sounds fantastic on this track. The breathy notes are so lovely to hear, and the tune for this line – “trouble with you…” is very catchy. Oh, I will be overplaying this because it’s way too short. How could he make it only 2 minutes and 33 seconds long? It’s always the best songs that artists decide to leave us wanting more on. This is my first favourite.
  2. Paradise – Since I am used to the tempo, it sounds great.
  3. How You Been – I love the intro for this one. It gives off a tranquil vibe, and since it’s late over here, I am all about this type of energy. Oh, I wasn’t expecting the tempo to change. Anyways, excellent progression and Eric Nam’s high notes are flawless. The instrumental build for this song is heavenly. This is another favourite of mine. Just like “Trouble With You”, this track is upbeat but chill. Although I feel “How You Been” is way smoother. Yet another song on this EP that it’s barely 3 minutes long. Why is Eric Nam giving me short bops?🤦🏼‍♀️
  4. Down For You – This sounds like a classic R&B summer bop, and I am already dancing. Okay, whoever makes Eric’s beats is very innovative. If he does it himself, then kudos👏. The tempo variations in this EP always caught me off guard, but that made each song exciting. I am living for the jazz influence on this track’s instrumental. It is bassy and really groovy. Right from the start, I was moving my body💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. YESSS!!! Eric, please bless me with those smooth vocal runs. This song is a whole vibe.
  5. Love Die Young (Korean Version) – This is from his English album – Before We Begin, so there isn’t much to say because it was one of my faves on that record. I’m just going to enjoy my time here – “Please don’t let this love die young…If I’m going to love someone, then let it be you.” Lol, I am used to the English version.

Final Thoughts:

Here is my ranking for this EP –

  1. Love Die Young (Korean Version)
  2. How You Been / Trouble With You (Don’t mind me, I couldn’t decide😊)
  3. Down For You
  4. Paradise

I absolutely enjoyed listening to this album. The production of every song is of high quality. Eric Nam sounds flawless as expected. His voice is the perfect R&B flavour that never fails to bless my ears. The only song that I can say fell a bit short for me at first is “Paradise”, which is why it’s that low in rank. Nevertheless, the entire body of work is solid. Therefore this fourth mini-album – The Other Side gets a 9.5/10 from me.

 

 

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi is an ongoing Japanese drama that stars Ishihara Satomi as the lead. It started airing on July 16th and will run for eleven episodes. This show is adapted from a manga series written by Mamare Arai, which is also titled Unsung Cinderella. 

Synopsis: Aoi Midori has been working as a pharmacist at Tatsuya General Hospital for 8 years. She believes that pharmacists need to know about the patient’s daily life to ensure the proper medication is prescribed to them. She faces a lot of criticism, especially from the doctors, but she stays true to her beliefs and continues to help the patients. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I have been looking forward to this drama for a while, mainly because of Ishihara Satomi. Its premiere date was also postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus. So I had to rush in once a good number of episodes were released. Plus, this is my first time seeing a medical drama that focuses on pharmacists, hence why I was intrigued.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:  

The premise of this show is promising. I absolutely adore watching medical dramas because I get to learn new things all the time. I think they did an okay job with the execution of this drama, but I will admit that some aspects are quite unrealistic. I honestly do not need any pharmaceutical knowledge to tell that most scenes in this drama are over-exaggerated or out of line for a pharmacist. If I was a medical professional, it would be quite hard not to nitpick on every wrong detail, but since I’m not, I have been dwelling more on the overall sentiment of the show.

Before watching this series, I had the assumption that nurses were the ones who dealt with all medication-related matters. Although I don’t think pharmacists get invested as Aoi Midori, it has been educative to see the roles they play behind the scenes. Like assisting the doctors during emergencies and instructing patients on how to take each medicine. They are indeed part of the unsung heroes in hospitals. This is what I genuinely appreciate about Japanese dramas. They have a unique and raw way of providing viewers with very heartwarming stories. Therefore even though I do not agree with how Aoi Midori tastes new medicines or her attachment with every patient, I do acknowledge and value the emotional aspects of each patient’s story. Since this is based on a manga, a lot of cliches and exaggerations are expected.

From episode one to three, I appreciate how the writer used Hakura Ryunosuke as the layman information giver. This character was used to break down the medical terms to ensure viewers’ understanding. I also love how they tackled the difference between Aoi and her senior Kariya. These two proved that people in the workplace can have different valid opinions or personal approach but still work well together as partners. Kariya Naoko is practical and strict with separating the job from her emotions. She still cares for her patients but doesn’t go the extra mile like Aoi Midori. Aoi, on the other hand, familiarizes with each patient to be the best pharmacist for them. Both have their ways that work, respectively. Basically, they ‘agree to disagree.’ Another great touch of this drama is how we get to see each patient’s possible future after leaving the hospital. I think that aspect is remarkably exciting and beautiful.

Now here are a few lessons I got from Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi

  • Be careful with the amount of unprescribed medication that you take, and this includes off counter vitamins. Once you notice something odd, talk to a professional.
  • A lot of individuals depend on daily medications or regular medical procedures to survive. So every day you wake up, be grateful because you can do a lot of things generally without any assistance.

To round up, here is one of my favourite scenes –

The way they all kept working and even clapped with their feet. Plus, the pure distress on Aihara Kurumi’s face was funny to see.

If you’ve started watching Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi, what do you think of the story so far? Let me know in the comment section.

This drama can be found on sites like Dramanice or Kissasian.

 

Intense Love: Drama Review

Intense Love is a 2020 Chinese drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ding Yuxi as leads. img_5139_originalSynopsis: Actress Su Jin Bei and the genius doctor, Zhou Shi Yun, were betrothed to each other from a young age. Now, as adults, they both refuse the idea of an arranged marriage. Yet fate has other plans for them as they meet coincidentally and begin to fall in love.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Intense Love is a sweet romance story. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it, including the cheesy aspects. I really appreciate what Chinese dramas have been doing recently with their modern romance stories. They show more natural skinship and conversations, so the couples seem very real, unlike Korean shows. No shade, it’s just an observation. The main couple in Intense Love had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and I personally think this is one of Zhang Yuxi’s best pairing. img_2105Su Jin Bei and Zhou Shi Yun were adorable and quite mature together because they never dragged out their misunderstandings. I also love that there wasn’t much emphasis on love triangles. Both leads were sure of what they wanted and stayed focused until the end. While watching, I couldn’t get over how beautiful Jin Bei and Shi Yun were together. Honestly, both actors are remarkably good looking. The only part of their story that threw me off was Jin Bei’s supposed pregnancy in the last episode. I don’t remember when they showed or implied that this couple had sex, so the pregnancy troupe was totally out of place for me. Was I the only one confused, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

The side couples were also great together. Although I didn’t care much for Zhou Su Ying and Xu Jia Wei’s relationship because of how both characters started out. img_2102We all have to admit that Su Ying was pretty disrespectful at first with all her schemes to break up her brother and Jin Bei. Of course, she got better, but by then, I was no longer invested in her story. Nevertheless, I was still happy that she matured and got a happy ending. Now in Jia Wei’s case, I didn’t appreciate how he kept telling Shi Yun that he was the better partner for Jin Bei because of their similar careers. I also did not understand why he went ahead to prepare the big confession event while unsure of Jin Bei’s feelings. At least have a small talk with her before going all out. He was definitely a pleasant supporting character, but his earlier actions did not rub off well on me.

Moving on to Xiao Yuan Song and Wu Di –img_2103As much I love these two together, their arc and story development did not have me intrigued in them 100%. All the same, they were fun together and balanced out each other’s personalities flawlessly. I love that this drama showcased very assertive ladies with both Wu Di and Su Jin Bei. Both women were willing to take the first steps for certain things in their relationships.

Character Analysis:

I only want to touch on three roles, starting off with Gao Zi Tongimg_2128

  • Her anger and bitterness were utterly misplaced. I just couldn’t comprehend her hatred for Xu Jin Bei because she was well aware that Jin Bei only considered Jia Wei as a colleague. While watching, I gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she always disappointed. Now once she went further to attack Jin Bei’s and Shi Yun’s relationship, I was done and dusted with this character. I’m relieved she changed and moved on at the end, but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with such a person in real life.

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  • He started out quite cold and couldn’t care less about BeiBei, or at least that is what he wanted everyone to believe. As the story progresses, he becomes more accepting of Jin Bei. I enjoyed how he played along with BeiBei’s dramatic antics even though he knew she was faking most of the time. This shows Shi Yun’s supportive and understanding personality. While watching, the only flaw I could pick on was that Shi Yun seemed too perfect. Though, before the show wrapped, we saw that he could also do some wrongs when he doubted Jin Bei’s ability to get a role through her own hard work. In the end, he apologized, and we got our happy ending.

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  • She is very innocent, kind, understanding and quite naive to negative people around her. However, that does not make her weak because she isn’t easily bullied. I absolutely enjoyed her dramatic personality. Whenever she had those weird inner monologues or all the numerous times she tried to seduce Shi Yun, I stayed laughing. How can someone be that cute?😂 Especially when she started calling Shi Yun – Zhou baby(honey)😂😂😂. Another thing I loved about this character is that she acknowledged her flaws and did her best to work on them.

To round up, here is a compilation of my favourite moments from this drama –

Also, my favourite ost from this show is “When Love Comes” by Li Ruo Xi

With all that said, my rating for Intense Love is 9/10. It was a beautiful story from start to finish, but I still think they could have done a better job with the side couples. 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 👉🏼 Intense Love on YouTube.

If you have seen this drama, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

Hwa Sa – LMN: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “LMN” by Hwa Sa. img_1787Ahn Hye-jin, popularly known as Hwa Sa, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper born on July 23rd, 1995. She is also a member of the girl group Mamamoo that is currently managed by RBW. Hwa Sa made her solo debut on February 13th, 2019, with the digital single – “Twit” and then released her first EP – Maria on June 29th of this year. “LMN” is one of the songs on this new EP.

This is one of the most brilliant songs I have heard in a long while. Even the word ‘beautiful’ does not do this song justice. Hwa Sa’s voice gave me chills throughout. Plus, the lyrics are very poetic. Overall, the music video and production for “LMN” gets a 10/10 as pure art. I have been replaying this song, and I just can’t get enough of it. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: EXO-SC|Crush|JEONG EUN JI

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

“1 Billion Views” by EXO-SC (Feat. MOON)

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love their drip and outfits. They both be looking good.
  • Chanyeol’s voice at the beginning tho, It’s so deep and sexy 😏🤭.
  • I appreciate the vocal layering on this track. It feels like an eargasm😂.
  • As the two rappers in EXO, I was expecting them to take the hardcore rap route, but they are giving us smooth retro vocals.
  • My favourite outfits are the blazer looks.
  • I love the music video’s visuals and the arcade concept.
  • This line  👉🏼”I cry I cry, I cry…” is so catchy. The entire chorus makes me want to sing along.
  • Oh, I forgot that this song has a featured artist until she came in. I love her voice; it blends well with Chanyeol and Sehun.
  • Finger clicking in any song instantly captures my attention, and this one makes me want to dance.
  • I don’t need to say much, I LOVE “1 Billion Views” from EXO-SC.
  • It gets a 10/10 rating from me.

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

  • Love how this started right away, and the instrumental is bouncy.
  • Honestly, the vocal layering on both songs is so seamless.
  • It’s also lovely to hear how well Changyeol and Sehum harmonize.
  • The animation for this music video is charming.
  • I live for when Chenyeol goes into his lower register. It’s so sensual.🥰
  • I want Sehum’s colourful sweater.
  • “Telephone” is the perfect head-bopping song.
  • Okay, that black sweater look on Sehun is a grand mood, and let’s not even talk about how fine he looks with his hair slicked back.
  • WHAT??? I was not expecting the featured artist once again. 10cm just blessed me with his high pitched voice.
  • It is such a sweet background vocal to Chanyeol and Sehun’s harmonies.
  • I enjoyed every minute of this song; therefore, it gets a 10/10.
  • Now let’s check out their album.

Album Review: The album is also titled 1 Billion Views and has nine songs. Here is a preview –

  1. 1 Billion Views (Feat. MOON)
  2. Say It (Feat. PENOMECO) – This also follows the same upbeat flow and singing style. “Say It” is a BOP, and I am already grooving. Since this is a compiled post, I don’t want to write much, so I will just end on the fact that I enjoyed this song.
  3. Rodeo Station – I love the melody, and the background vocals are soothing. The beat also follows the same retro influence. The production on all four tracks I have heard so far is excellent, most notable with the vocal layering. It is so fascinating to me. “Rodeo Station” is another great track on this record.
  4. Telephone (Feat. 10cm)
  5. Jet Lag – Now, this has a slower tempo compared to the rest. I can’t stop ranting about the vocal quality of this album. “Jet Lag” might just be my favourite so far. The chorus is captivating. I appreciate the smooth and chill vibe.
  6. Fly Away (Feat> Gaeko) – The start for this is quite enchanting. I love the rap-talking style on this track and vocals…WOW. Gaeko is blessing my ears. No song on this album has disappointed. It keeps getting better as expected from EXO members. All I need now is a light stick to fully jam out. THE PRODUCTION!!!… I feel like I’m actually flying.
  7. Nothin’ – The instrumental for this one stands out a lot from the rest, but it still fits the album concept. Already, I LOVE IT. The guitar on this track goes off, and I am here for all that energy. I honestly don’t want to analyze these songs so much because I might write too much since they are all equally amazing. Chanyeol and Sehun deserve an A+++++++ for this album.
  8. On Me – OH JUST FROM THE INTRO, I KNOW THIS IS ABOUT TO BE 🔥. This one is the hardcore rap track on a classic trap instrumental. I am in cloud nine right now, all I need is a speaker because it is party time 💃🏼. It’s not heavy EDM, but it just makes me want to turn up.
  9. 1 Billion Views – Instrumental

1 Billion Views by EXO-SC is an excellent album from start to finish, and I will be going back to it a lot. I do have my favourites, but I enjoyed every single song on here, so my rating is a solid 10/10.

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • Oh, I wasn’t expecting an upbeat start. I thought this was going to be a slow song because I didn’t check out any of the teasers.
  • I love the beat, and I feel this is about to be a good one.
  • His voice is fantastic, as always.
  • That little dance Crush did, in the beginning, was so adorable.
  • So this is about him going all out on partying to forget his heartbreak?
  • The melody for this song is catchy and very bouncy. It makes me want to pull out some weird dance moves.
  • Fun fact, Tablo from Epik High wrote the lyrics for this track.
  • I love that little breakdown clapping section. The rhythm is so good.
  • The pianist is also going off in the background. I am enjoying the jazz influence we have going on with the instrumental.
  • Okay, Crush is going off vocally. He isn’t doing anything too crazy, but his flow and smooth vocal runs are such a vibe.
  • “OHIO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is such a groovy song, and I already want to sing along.
  • Plus, Crush’s crazy dancing in the video is a delightful visual feast. 😂😂😂
  • “OHIO” gets a 10/10 from me.

Review of B-side – “Let Me (Feat. Dean Morrison)”

  • Oh, I guess this is the softer track.
  • It seems to be entirely in English.
  • This song is so delicate, and I already love it.
  • I approve of the instrumental mix with the keyboard and shallow drum beats.
  • “Let Me” is a romantic track, and I am here for this kind of energy.
  • It reminds me so much of songs I would hear from the 90s American boy groups.
  • Wow, whoever is doing the backing vocals has a rich deep voice. Is that Dean Morrison, or is he just the producer? Kindly let me know in the comment section.
  • Crush’s voice on this track feels like butter melting into my ears.
  • “Let Me” really follows the classic 90s/early 2000s R&B style.
  • I LOVE IT. My rating is 10/10.

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m sad.😥 There are no English captions on this video.
  • All the same, I am here for this summery vibe.
  • Her voice is so beautiful, and I love how the instrumental brings high energy into the song.
  • The chorus didn’t drop as I expected, but that makes things more interesting.
  • Plus, I think the melody is catchy and easy to sing along.
  • The cinematography for this music video is stunning. The colours pop with a soft glow effect.
  • I am enjoying the overall vibe, and I wish I could go on a road trip while jamming to this.
  • Jeong Eun Ji’s make-up is pretty. Her make-up artist went in.
  • Vocal wise, her high notes are effortless. I also hear some lovely whistle notes in the background.
  • Eun Ji is very talented and blessed with a powerful voice.
  • “AWay” gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Now let’s check the full album she dropped.

Album Review: This EP is titled Simple and has six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. Simple is the best – I adore the soft vibe of this one. The piano is on it is brilliant. I could listen to just the instrumental on its own and still enjoy every second because it’s that fascinating. I love how the tempo switched up throughout the song but came together as a perfect mix. Jeong Eun Ji also sounds breathtaking on this track, and the overall production is excellent.
  2. AWay
  3. Whoo – This is way more chill compared to the previous tracks. I love Eun Ji’s vocal tone. It almost sounds like a neo-soul style to me. It’s like a breath of fresh air that hits you in at the right moments. I’m swaying from side to side while listening to this track because it’s that soothing with the shallow vocals and soft guitar instrumental. “Whoo” is my favourite song so far.
  4. Stay – This is a full-on ballad with the classic piano entry and entrancing vocals. I think this might be my second favourite. It feels like a lullaby that could quickly put me to sleep, and I live for this kind of relaxing songs. I’m just going to stop typing and enjoy every second of this one.
  5. Moisturising – Another soft track but with a guitar entry. The progression of this is intriguing. It’s not too upbeat but not very slow like “Stay”. The guitar and drums give it a more cheerful essence. I feel like it was too short, or maybe the 3 minutes and 25 seconds just went by too fast for me.
  6. A Slow Child – Oh, this is about to be a whole mood just from the first few seconds. I love the deep rhythmic drums, and the way Eun Ji came in was elegant. This track makes me feel light, almost like I’m floating. Also, the inclusion of classical instruments took the song to a grand lev. “A Slow Child” is my third favourite song from this record.

Jeong Eun Ji truly impressed. The EP – Simple is sold, and it will be on repeat for a while. My rating is a definite 10/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Yang Mi and G.E.M Exclusive

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

Yang Mi takes the cover of T Magazine China – July 2020 Issue. I love the play on shadows and lens effects for this shoot. Plus Yang Mi looks beautiful in every photo –img_1490img_1491img_1492

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My next feature for this post is the singer-songwriter, G.E.M, for KNIGHT Magazine. The concept of this shoot is stunning. I absolutely love the gold crownlike eyewear she has on for the cover photo – img_1448

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Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: AleXa|BIBI|Bii

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

“Villain” by AleXaimg_1287Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my first time hearing any song from her, so I have my fingers crossed.
  • Alright, we don’t have any English captions, but I can check for them later.
  • I love the intense instrumental, and she has a beautiful voice.
  • The choreography is also good. AleXa and the dancers are synchronized.
  • I love how they used the two outfits to represent her different sides. There must be a theory for that, but of course, I have no idea.
  • The beat goes hard and actually makes me want to move, but I’m not fully vibing with the song.
  • I’m going to listen to it again before making up my mind.
  • I absolutely adore her vocal tone. It sounds unique to me, and the production on the track is quite okay.
  • Overall, “Villian” is a great song, but since I’m not too invested it right now, it gets an 8/10.

 

“I’m good at goodbyes” by BIBIimg_1781Reaction to Official MV:

  • I absolutely loved her previous single – “KAZINO”, and if you haven’t read my review for that song, use this link 👉🏼 BIBI – KAZINO: Music Review.
  • Now let’s see how this one goes.
  • Wow, the visuals for this video are stunning. Most notably that scene with BIBI lying in the grass.
  • I need that red dress, it’s gorgeous.
  • Already this shows her versatility because it’s completely different from “KAZINO”
  • BIBI is so cute and weird. Talent just overflows from her.
  • This music video… DAMN. Who came up with the concept? The visuals are incredible but surprisingly simple.
  • I just noticed that I do not have English captions, but it’s okay.
  • I love the drum beats and piano instrumental for this song. They are soft, groovy and complement BIBI’s singing style really well.
  • Her voice is calming and always draws me in. Honestly, she is too underrated.
  • Her vocal runs and range are very intriguing. I also love the falsetto runs she throws in once in a while.
  • This is such a chill song, and I cannot wait to read the English lyrics.
  • There’s nothing more to say, I LOVE IT.
  • “I’m good at goodbyes” gives off a very serene and trancelike vibe. The music video is also well thought out.
  • A definite playlist worthy track.
  • BIBI never disappoints. This song gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • The English/Romanized lyrics are available with this link 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics – BIBI (I’m good at goodbyes)

 

“Be Alive” by Bii

img_0211Reaction to Official Lyric Video:

  • Bii released “Be Alive” to mark his 10th Anniversary, so as one of his biggest fans, I have to give him a review.
  • Already from the guitar intro, I am intrigued.
  • No song has English captions today. WHY???
  • Awww, his voice is so sweet.
  • Oooh, I love the rocker vibe of this track. The guitar is going off in the background, and Bii’s runs are beautiful.
  • The instrumental of this song is incredible. It displays astonishing production, most notably when he sings – “Oh, Oh, Oh… Oh, Oh, Be Alive.” 
  • The drums and guitar strumming during that section are insanely good.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song because it’s very captivating.
  • Yet another substantial addition to my playlist.
  • Wow, the guitar player is mighty talented. I won’t lie, I think I’m in love.
  • Okay, “Be Alive” by Bii gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Leo Luo and Ayunga Exclusive

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

Leo Luo takes the cover of Rayli Magazine’s August 2020 Issue, and I love the luminous/neon lights concept for this shoot. As always, Leo Luo served looks in all outfits because he just too handsome 💓 – 

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Moving on to my next feature on this post – Ayunga. He partnered with COSMOPOLITAN China for a promotional shoot geared toward his new album titled ‘THE ART’. I absolutely adore the mysterious/romanticized aura of these photos, and it actually makes me want to check out his album –  img_1505img_1504

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HYO (Feat Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE – DESSERT: Music Review

Another comeback I was looking forward to. On July 22nd, Hyoyeon released her new single titled “DESSERT”, and I am ready to hear what this song sounds like. img_1667Kim Hyo-yeon, popularly known as Hyoyeon or DJ HYO, is a South Korean singer and DJ born on September 22nd, 1989. She is also a member of the popular girl group – Girls’ Generation and is currently managed by SM Entertainment.

(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:

  • SOYEON always comes in fierce, and she is already serving it hot on this song.
  • I am happy with all the videos today because they all have English subs.
  • The beat goes hard, and I am here for all this energy.
  • I love the raspy tone of Hyoyeon’s voice. She sounds great, and I like how she came into the mix smoothly.
  • I was so focused on the visuals that I forgot to pay attention to the lyrics.
  • The music video set is quite impressive.
  • OKAY!!! ALRIGHT!!! THIS IS LIT!!!🔥🔥🔥
  • “You know what I deserve (What?)… DESSERT! DESSERT! DESSERT!” 
  • The chorus goes hard💃🏼.
  • I love that red outfit. Hyoyeon looks so good, I can’t deal.
  • How can someone be this gorgeous and slay effortlessly?
  • She is a full truckload of talent, and I love seeing her win.
  • The choreography is solid, and the way Loopy came has me grooving hard.
  • “DESSERT” is a certified BOP and a half.
  • This was made for my playlist, and it must go on there for constant replays.
  • It is such a simple track but well produced with the right artists on it.
  • The beat switch up for the bridge got me hollering. This is a perfect EDM track that will feel right on every listen.
  • I don’t care what anyone says, but I am giving my rating even before the song ends.
  • “DESSERT” by HYO (Feat. Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE) gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.
  • The 👑 did not come to play with you all. So kindly put some accolades on Hyoyeon’s name because she served.
  • 🎤🎤🎤

SOMI – What You Waiting For: Music Review

On July 22nd, SOMI released her second single titled “What You Waiting For”. The teaser images she dropped hinted at a more matured concept compared to her previous song, so let’s check it out. 

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Ennik Somi Douma, known by the stage name SOMI is a Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer active in South Korea. Her Korean name is Jeon So-mi. She participated in the audition program – Produce 101 and finished first. This led her to debut in the resulting girl group known as I.O.I. After the contract for I.O.I ended, all members went back to their respective groups and solo careers. SOMI made her debut as a solo act on June 13th, 2019, with the single “BIRTHDAY” and she is currently managed by The Black Label.

(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:

  • Already this gives off a more grown-up vibe than “BIRTHDAY” Don’t get me wrong, I love that song, but I like to see growth as well.
  • SOMI looks stunning with blonde hair.
  • I hope she starts putting out music consistently, and maybe we can get an EP soon.
  • Thankfully, I have English captions, so let’s continue.
  • The instrumental for this song is quite intriguing. I think I hear a xylophone?
  • The set design and her outfits are stunning.
  • The ocean scene reminded me so much of AKMU – “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love.”
  • The build-up towards the chorus is excellent.
  • This song is upbeat, but it still gives off a mellow vibe. I like the tempo variation.
  • Is so cute how she said, “Ring the alarm.”
  • I feel SOMI got to showcase her vocals better in this song, but there’s still some room for her to fill with future releases.
  • “What You Waiting For” is a great song but not something I see myself listening to a lot.
  • I might come to enjoy it more after a few replays, but for now, it gets a 9/10 from me.
  • I will keep following SOMI’s career in hopes of her releasing something that completely blows me away.

LEE HI – HOLO: Music Review

Just yesterday, LEE HI released her new single “HOLO”, and I am here to support my vocal queen. I am excited to hear this song because her voice never disappoints. img_1651Lee Ha-yi, popularly known as LEE HI, is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on September 23rd, 1996. She garnered fame after participating in the audition program – K-pop Star Season 1 and finishing as the runner-up. Her official debut was on October 8th of 2012 with the single – “1, 2, 3, 4.” Lee Hi was managed by YG Entertainment up until December 31st, 2019. She is now signed to AOMG, and this new single marks her first release after parting ways with YG.

(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:

  • Yes! I have English captions.
  • Oh, no girl, you better not jump. Suicide is not the answer, my love.
  • I feel this is about to be a very heartfelt track.
  • I really missed LEE HI’s voice. YG definitely did not give us enough of her, so I am very excited about this fresh start with a new company.
  • She is stunning and black hair always flatters her features.
  • Back to the song, The lyrics are absolutely beautiful.
  • The piano on this track is soothing and very comforting.
  • Exactly. Sing it LEE HI – “One day, it will stop.” I genuinely believe that no matter what we’re going through, it will pass away, and our happy moments will last for a longer time.
  • Fun fact – LEE HI and I are born in the same year, but I’m a December baby. I just felt the need to share that.😊
  • Her voice always gives me chills because it’s so soulful, and this song is really touching.
  • I love how the instrumental went up in tempo for the chorus. Also, nice touch with choir backing for that section, It created an uplifting aura.
  • Basically, she is the little girl’s guiding angel. Giving her strength to continue living, but I think the little girl also represents LEE HI.
  • This means “HOLO” is a letter to herself to continue fighting the sadness, loneliness, depression, and sad feelings because one day, it will all go away.
  • “HOLO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is a lovely song with an important message.
  • It gets a solid 10/10 from me. Good job LEE HI👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

LAY – LIT Part 2: Album Review

There is no way I could miss reviewing LAY‘s album again. Although I couldn’t react to part one of LIT, I did listen to it, and it’s a solid 10/10 for me. Both parts of LIT have six songs that combine to form a full-length album with twelve tracks in total. I know all the titles for this record are in Chinese, so here are the track titles for part one: “Lit” – “Jade” – “Eagle” – “H20” – “Fly” and – “Soul”

Now let’s check out what this second part has to offer.

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

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Changsha – Okay, I love how this started. I think the first instrument is a traditional flute, but don’t take my word on that. I truly appreciate this album for the fusion of traditional and modern elements. As expected, the beat came in hard, and LAY sounds fantastic. I am already dancing, which means “Changsha” is a vibe. In some verses, LAY seems to be rapping or is someone else featured on this track? I am intrigued by his vocal technique. He’s not really singing or fully rapping, but whatever artistic choice he made lead to this BOP. I absolutely love this song. The continuous flute melody for the instrumental is catchy, and it will be stuck in my head for a while. I think the overall production is solid, and this is a perfect way to start out this second part of the album.
  2. Mama – The beat on his songs are so epic. You all need to get a speaker or headphones to fully appreciate the bass. I love the lyrics for “Mama”. He’s basically talking about the support and care from his mother, right? I love the line when LAY says – “If I fall, at least I tried.” This is honestly the key to life. You just have to try. If you fail, stand up, dust yourself and move on to the next agenda. Do not stay down because that’s when you’ve failed. I love this song, it’s upbeat but on a different vibe from the previous one. I personally feel it was too short, but that’s not a big deal when I have a loop button.
  3. Boom – This I have already heard, and I honestly was not the biggest fan, but let’s see how my second listen goes. I love the beat, and this line – “to the right, to the left…” is really catchy. I think “Boom” is a casual dance song just like LAY intended it to be. The chorus actually makes you want to move. I certainly enjoyed it more this second time, and it’s a definite grower. I might not go back to play this particular song a lot, but on this album, it is a substantial entree.
  4. Call My Name – Alright, we have arrived on the slow train of this record. Excellent start with the guitar instrumental. It made me feel relaxed and ready to soak in LAY’s vocals. Plus, he sounds so soft and soothing on this track. I noticed that they doubled his vocals in certain parts, it almost seems like an echo, and it gave me chills. The production is incredible. The chorus didn’t go where I was expecting, but it is perfect. I thought it was going to be slow all through, but he gave us a groovy vibe with the introduction of a smooth bassy beat. “Call My Name” is an ultimate BOP and a half🔥. LAY’s voice on this track is pure eargasm. The effortless vocal runs in the background… WOW!!! I AM IN LOVE.
  5. Late Night – The intro gives off such a serene and trancelike vibe. I am enjoying these last few songs a lot. Their calm but swift energy is giving life. The fact that I get to hear more of LAY’s singing is also adding to my joy. I need to know who creates his beats. If he does it all by himself, then he’s a genius because the way they hit is LIT… yes🧐, pun intended. I couldn’t resist, sorry😂🤣😂. I love how the tempo goes up a note during the chorus and then comes back to the chill mood for the verses. The falsetto notes in the background are soothing. “Late Night” is another great song on this album and also one of my favourites.
  6. Wish – The last song already? This was too fast. Still following the slow tempo with beautiful vocals. I enjoy how the slower songs start out with a guitar, which is an excellent differentiation from the regular piano intros. Okay, hold up, I just looked at my phone, and this song is only 2 minutes and 43 seconds long. That is way to short LAY. You can’t be making short length bops like this. This is unacceptable because I need more time. “Wish” is definitely the softest song on the album because there aren’t any heavy beats on it. We just have LAY’s voice and the guitar doing their best all through, and I LOVE IT. This is a perfect way to end the album.

Final Thoughts: 

I am genuinely impressed by all six songs. LAY did an excellent job with this record. I once again want to point out how much I appreciate the fusion of traditional and modern musical elements. Although I did notice that blend was more prominent in the first part of the album in comparison to this one. All the same, every song on the LIT album is playlist worthy to me. Therefore my rating for LIT: Part 2 is a bulletproof 10/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Park Shin Hye and Vanda Margraf Exclusive

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

MOJO.S.PHINE’s new ad campaign features Park Shin Hye in their #20AUTOMNE collection titled ‘Signet a fleurs’. As always, she looks stunning in every outfit.💕img_0571img_0572img_0577img_0573img_0575img_0576img_0574

 

My next feature, Vanda Margraf, recently posed for the cover of InStyle China. This is my first time seeing this actress, and she is gorgeous. I did my research, and she has only acted in two movies – ‘Ip Man 4’ and ‘Cry of the Birds’img_0638img_0636img_0637img_0634img_0642img_0639img_0641img_0635img_0640

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Darren Chen and Leon Zhang Exclusive

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

Recently Darren Chen posted some pictures on his Weibo, and he looks good💋. img_0823img_0825img_0826img_0828img_0827img_0824

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Darren Chen has two upcoming dramas slotted for this year – ‘Yu Zhao Ling’ and ‘My Unicorn Girl’. Both shows have not announced a release date, but ‘My Unicorn Girl’ has started promotions with a teaser and official posters.

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Synopsis for ‘My Unicorn Girl’: Sang Tian is an aspiring figure skater. On the day she turns 18, she vows to her family that she will be accepted to the same university that her mother once attended. To get in, she must pass a test, which she – an exceptionally competent skater and student – expects to ace. However, things do not go according to plan, and she fails the exam. Undaunted, Sang Tian decides not to give up. In desperation, she dresses as a male ice hockey player and joins in a trial match for the college team. She unexpectedly shines and is selected as part of the men’s ice hockey program. Things get even more complicated for her when she realizes that Wen Bing, a young man she has crossed swords with in the past, is also part of the team. Worse still, she finds she must share a dormitory with him, and struggles to keep her true identity a secret. On the ice, Sang Tian and Wen Bing prove to be the catalysts for their team’s newfound success, and the team finds itself in with a shot at the championship. As the two students start to get to know one another, they develop mutual respect for one another…but could that one day turn to love? (source – MyDramaList)

 

The next feature on this post is, of course, Leon Zhang. He also posed for Our Street Style in the themed shoot titled ‘He Came from the Portrait.’ I absolutely love the fusion of modern and traditional elements for his outfit. img_0787img_0784img_0785img_0783img_0782Leon Zhang has three upcoming dramas slotted for this year – ‘Together’ – ‘Player’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’. None of these shows have a set release date.

I have been waiting for ‘Tears in Heaven’ in years. I still don’t believe that they will let that drama out of the dungeon this year, but I have my fingers crossed for it to finally premiere.

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

Yes!!! I got the pleasure of watching three episodes in a row by waiting. Honestly, I wish it wasn’t just one episode per week, but who am I to complain? Now let’s discuss the story progression so far.

If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

All English subbed episodes are uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I am officially inside the rabbit hole of this drama. They got me with their comedic timing and witty/sarcastic dialogues. My favourite character from episode four to six is definitely Zheng Xiao En. She might not be the brightest or most practical person in the room, but I admire her extra and straightforward personality. I literally laughed to tears when she told Qing Feng that unless he wanted to be her sugar daddy, she didn’t want to hear anything from him😂. That line was a whole mood😂🤣🤣😂. Plus, do not even get me started on Zheng Xiao En’s wild imaginations. This woman creates different versions of melodramas in her mind, and I stay dying😅😅😅. I seriously did not expect her character to grow on me this much. How can someone be so shameless and talk nonsense to the point that they make you feel like their right? Take the scene when she was caught peeking at Situ Aoran in the shower. At first, I was firm that no matter what she was wrong but her arguments took the situation too left and Sito Aoran’s reaction did not help me at all😂🤣🤣😅😂🤣 –

Now there was also a character that tired me out during these recent episodes, and that is Chuchu. I was kind of intrigued to discover that her name is also Chuchu in the real world, and her role in the novel was starting to balance out. Then came the constant damsel in distress situations and crying again, which was seriously unbearing to watch. I kept on asking myself why Situ Aoran and Qing Feng like her because, at this point, we just need to give her a permanent wheelchair to prevent more accidents. And what even pinches me more is how Situ Aoran blames all her mishaps on Zheng Xiao En, while, in reality, Chuchu is a walking time bomb.

Anyways moving on, let’s touch on the potential love lines. Starting off with Zheng Xiao En & Qing Feng – As of now, the chemistry between these two is more evident in comparison to the Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran’s ship. They are very casual and relaxed with each other. By episode six, I noticed that Qing Feng had started developing romantic feelings for her. I also have a theory that he might even be somehow connected to them in the real world. Although I love the bond between these two, I am still currently invested in Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran because I want to see Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing connect in the real world.

Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran – It was a great idea to have both of them live in the same house because we are now getting more interactions, and they are slowing building chemistry together. I love their bickerings because they never give the replies or do the things that the other expects. The same change of feelings also applies to Situ Aoran by episode six. He now enjoys taunting her and also leans on her for strength.

To close things, let’s touch on the happenings of the real world. Now you all know I do not support He Mingli’s ways, but the statement her mother made about protecting the company for He Tian Jian to take over as the rightful owner was utterly messed up. Why does she have to do all the dirty work and give him the fruits just because he is the son? The mother definitely failed both her kids in most aspects. I can’t believe her words actually made me feel slightly bad for He Mingli, but at least now I know why she turned out so vile.

In conclusion, Lost Romance has been showing more potential with each new episode. I love the comedic aspect of things, and the characters are developing nicely so far. I am also looking forward to finding out more concerning Uncle Hu’s schemes. The man acts like a snake in sheep clothing, and I don’t like the uncertainty of his actions.

What do you all think of this drama’s current pace and story? Let me know in the comment section.

 

 

 

Golden – Hate Everything: Song Of The Week

Throughout this week, I have been going back to “Hate Everything” by Golden, so it had to be featured.

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Kim Ji Hyun is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on June 16th, 1988. He debuted as an R&B/Soul soloist in 2015 with the EP – Coming Home. At that time, he was signed to JYP Entertainment and known as G.Soul. After leaving JYP in 2017, he signed with H1ghr Music and later changed his stage name to Golden in 2019.

“Hate Everything” is actually the title track of his first EP under the name Golden. This song has two versions – English and Korean. I listen to the English variant more.

His voice on this song is pure bliss. Honestly, Golden is one of the most beautiful/powerful voices in the K-r&b scene. Plus, the emotion he pours into each song is just incredible. I absolutely love the lyrics for “Hate Everything” because they are very relatable and touching. Thankfully with the English version, international listeners can understand everything at once, and the Korean one is basically a direct translation.

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song. If anyone wants something more lively from Golden, try listening to the full EP, which is also titled Hate Everything. You all are bound to enjoy at least two or more tracks on it. Apart from the Korean version of “Hate Everything”, all other songs are in English. If I was to describe this EP, I would call it a ‘Soul Healer’ and rating wise, it gets a solid 10/10 from me.

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Here is the EP on Spotify –

I Just Discovered My Favourite Web Comic Character Ever!!!

Honestly, I have not been this excited about a comic character in such a long time. I somehow stumbled on this webcomic titled ‘Beware Of The Villainess’, and I am utterly in love with the female lead. She is a certified girl crush. Her attitude and narrative give me life on a big scale. img_0801-1This webcomic tells the story of a unique villainess who has been reborn into the word of a novel to overthrow everything! Why? Because she could not stand by and watch the female lead get manipulated by all four shitty male leads. This is the story of a pragmatic villainess, Melissa Foddebrat, who intends to eradicate all the jackasses, the friendly heroine, Yuri, who is equally irritated at the said idiots, and a wolf named Nine that only yearns for the villainess.

Just from the synopsis alone, anyone can tell that is about to be a weird story and hands down, ‘Beware Of The Villainess’ is the most refreshing ‘reincarnation into a novel world’ comic that I have read. Our villainess, Melissa Foddebrat, is an odd and intriguing character. She does not intend to change her fate or impress any of the male leads. She simply wants to live her villainous life as she dims fit, and I am here for that mindset. She is smart and also not a damsel in distress. My new found favourite character ensures that anyone who looks down on her either gets a well-deserved beating or thunderous words of wisdom. 

This story even goes further to give us a nice and genuine heroine who is also not tolerant of cliche and annoying male leads. img_0883Another exciting factor is that the potential romantic interest for Melissa Foddebrat is not the typical prince or duke. Nine is an adorable and somewhat clingy wolf. 

Plus, the dialogues and facial expressions from the characters are really hilarious. The writer and illustrator surely have a unique sense of humour. Like for real just looks at these – 

WHAT’S UP WITH MELISSA’S FACE???😂🤣🤣🤣🤣😂

Every narrative for this story is new and exciting to me, including the novel’s four male leads. On the surface, they all look dashing and perfect, but they are actually the most annoying folks on the planet. 

Kudos to the writer for taking a different route with a known story troupe and making it work like this. I will definitely continue reading ‘Beware Of The Villainess’

To avoid more spoilers, I will stop my rant here. If anyone is interested in this webcomic, head to the Tapas website or app. It is titled “Beware The Villainess’ on there. Now, like many other webcomics, this story is based on a Korean novel, but unfortunately, there is no translated version yet, hence why I do not have a link.

I hope everyone has a great start to their day. I will meet you all again in a few hours.💕💕💕

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Cheng Xiao for GQ China

The center of my pictorial faves in this post is Cheng Xiao of the South Korean-Chinese pop group, Comic girls (WJSN). What I love about this photoshoot with GQ China is the slick metallic look, and I think they took some inspiration from Egyptian headpieces. Plus, Cheng Xiao completely stunned in every outfit.

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

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Chen Linong – This is How I Feel You: Song Of The Week

The song I have been going back to a lot throughout this week is “This Is How I Feel You” by Chen Linong.

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Chen Linong is a Taiwanese singer and actor. He was born on October 3rd, 2000, which makes him 20 this year. He participated in the Chinese audition program – Idol Producer, and debuted as a member of the resulting boy group known as Nine Percent. The contract for Nine Percent officially ended on October 6th of 2018, and all the members moved on to there respective groups or solo careers. Although Chen Linong had released a few singles and featured on some OSTs, his official solo debut was on May 29th of 2020. He released a full-length album titled 格格不入(Out 0f Place). This record has twelve songs including the title track “This Is How I Feel You”

I remember seeing the MV teaser for “This Is How I Feel You” on twitter, and I took a screenshot. I listened to the song a week after it dropped, and I was utterly wowed by the power of Chen Linong’s voice. I have never listened to him sing before. I did like a few of his pictures on twitter, but I don’t follow his music career religiously. So imagine the disappointment I felt when I realized that I had been neglecting such a gem🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️. Therefore I embarked on my research until I found the full album on Spotify.

“This Is How I Feel You” is a beautiful song, and when I first heard it, I got goosebumps. It starts out slow and gradually progresses into this intense guitar instrumental before fading out again. The other eleven songs on the album are equally amazing. It has a mix of ballads, pop and R&B music, and I have never skipped a track when listening to the full album. That’s how impressive Chen Linong’s debut is for me. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Here are the other songs from 格格不入(Out 0f Place) that have official music videos:

“Unsure” (Features Lala Hsu ) –

“Taste Of Summer” –

“Lost In You” –

“Unmask” –

“Masterpiece” (Features Hailee Steinfeld)

And here is the full-length album for anyone interested –

I hope you all enjoy listening to “This Is How I Feel You” by Chen Linong. Take care, everyone.💕💕💕