My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Shen Yue’s Exclusive

Recently most of the images that caught my attention were from the Chinese actress, Shen Yue. So I decided to create an exclusive post for her instead of placing her pictures among other posts I have planned.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on Shen Yue’s showcase is her look for the “Like China” 2020 Television Arts Vanguard Awards. She is a blue pastel artwork in this set of photos. Her gorgeous gown is from SeleneChow.img_3048img_3049img_3050

 

Bringing in some radiance is her recent photos for Our Street Style. img_3129img_3128Her innocent look is so adorable.img_2721

 

img_3119img_3197img_3120Shen Yue stuns in YE’S by YESIR for a CCTV Chinese New Year program. How can one be so beautiful and angelic? White and cream complement her skin tone very well.

 

Last on this list is her latest photoshoot for BLUEVISON’s February Issue. img_3084img_3083img_3086img_3087img_3085

Lu Han – Dream Up: Music Review

I have featured a song from Lu Han on this blog before, but I have not written a short bio for him yet. So Let’s do that first before getting into the review.

Lu Han is a Chinese singer and actor. Up until October 2014, he was a member of the South Korean boy group EXO. His official debut for China was in 2015 with the album Reloaded. He has also starred in several box office hits and popular TV series like Fighter of the Destiny and Sweet Combat. On January 16th, he released a new single titled “Dream Up”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_3188

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I appreciate the urban-graphic vibe of the music video.
  • Oh, it is an animated music video. Such videos tend to be interesting.
  • Thank you, Lu Han, for providing English captions.
  • Where are you heading to Mr. Dear or Antelope? Sorry, I honestly cannot differentiate both.🀭
  • Wow, Mr. Dear is looking good with his shades.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Okay, I am going to stop now. Let’s focus on the song.
  • Lu Han’s songs are always groovy. I enjoy listening to him because he brings perfect rhythm and flow.
  • So this is about staying true to your dreams no matter what you go through.
  • I love the animation style.
  • The music video also showcases the different ways people move towards their goals.
  • The other animals gave up, but Mr. Deer kept pushing through.
  • The beat is a bit mellow, but it is still a BOP.
  • Lu Han encourages everyone to not give up halfway because the future is uncertain. Try to stay in the race until the end.
  • You still have many chances, so keep dreaming.
  • This is a compelling message accompanied by beautiful music.
  • I am here for it, therefore “Dream Up” is going on my playlist.
  • Honestly, I need to take some time and organize my Asian music playlist. I would love to arrange the songs according to mood.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed watching this music video.
  • My rating for “Dream Up” is 10/10.

Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review

IT IS FINALLY FRIDAYπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ, I AM FREE. I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY THIS WEEKπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ.

I have a lot to catch up on. I have to complete music and drama reviews, variety show discussions/recaps and a winter playlist. Hopefully, I can get everything done by Sunday. To begin the marathon, let’s check out Solar and Kassy’s latest collaboration. The teaser poster for their new song caught my attention, so I made a note to check it out once I have enough time. I already know Solar from Mamamoo, but I do not know much about Kassy.

I did a little research on her and here is what I found – Kim So Yeon, known by the stage name Kassy is a South Korean singer and rapper. She debuted in 2015 and in 2016, she participated in the hip hop survival reality show – Unpretty Rapstar 3. So far, she has released two extended plays and a good number of singles. She is currently managed by Nextar Entertainment.

Okay, on January 16th, Solar x Kassy released a digital single titled “A song from the past”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

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Reaction to Live Version Video:

  • I already love the melody.
  • Kassy has a beautiful voice, and I know that Solar is going to sound great.
  • They are both stunning ladies, and I love this hair colour on Solar.
  • Wait, I just got chills. The subtle instrumental switch-up and Kassy’s breathy notes during their entry to the chorus section is so good.
  • The chorus section is my favourite part of this song.
  • Yes, to the heavenly harmonies.
  • Lol Solar cannot be serious for too long, I guess.
  • Love her happy vibes even when singing an emotional ballad.
  • Oooo, more harmonies.πŸ’“πŸ’“
  • I need to check out more of Kassy’s songs because her voice keeps on giving me goosebumps.
  • The high notes in this song are not too climactic, but they are very efficient and stable.
  • Wait a minute… Did they just subtly modulate on me? I was not expecting a modulation at this point, and it was done so quickly.
  • I am enjoying this song.
  • Yes… Solar come in with those chilling high notes.
  • Also, the way she smoothly switches back into her lower register is impressive.
  • Awwww, they ended in harmony… SO BEAUTIFUL.
  • I said it. Solar cannot hold back her happy vibes.
  • Immediately they stopped singing, she started laughing. I can’t deal.πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • I am going to have a second listen before giving my rating.
  • Although I do not have the English translation now, this song gives me some sense of peace.
  • I could see myself listening to just the instrumental of this track because it has a very soothing and lovely melody.
  • WOW. Solar and Kassy effortlessly nailed every second of this track.
  • I checked out the English translation, and the lyrics are so comforting.
  • I also watched their actual live performance on Yu Huiyeol’s Sketchbook:
  • Their voices go so well together.
  • I am in love, this is for sure, going on my playlist.
  • So my rating for “A song from the past” by Solar x Kassy is 10/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Kings

I planned not to post anything this weekend because I have to study for an upcoming test. But oh well… here I amπŸ˜‚.

I made one for the ladies, so of course, the guys have to follow suit. Here are the male celebrities that always serve looks no matter the concept or outfit assigned to them.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

img_2778img_2782Deng Lun on the cover of Esquire China January 2020 Issue. I remember watching him for the first time in Because of Meeting You and I instantly fell in love. He is so good looking, and I love the way he talks.

 

img_2994img_2992img_2993Jeremy Jones Xu for Men’s Health China. Oh, he is healthy, alright🀭🀭🀭. My draw towards him tends to be on and off, depending on the drama or photo. He is definitely doing too much in these photos.🀩🀩

 

img_2920img_2922Seong Hwa’s teaser images for the latest albums from his group. While reacting to “Answer”, he was the first member that caught my attention. He is so beautiful and also has a lovely voice.

 

img_1829img_1828This is an older photoshoot of Ji Chang Wook from 1st Look Korea, but I could not resist adding it because he is hot.

 

img_2643Zhu Yi Long for Dragon TV’s New Year’s Eve celebration. He is one of my favourite Chinese actors, and I cannot wait for him to get a lead role in a very intriguing and romantic series. I have seen him as the lead in one romance show so far, but the storyline was not the best.

 

img_2407One of the pictures from the set released by Zhang Han’s studio at the end of last year. Orange looks beautiful on him.

 

img_2880img_2879The swag daddy himself, Jackson Wang, for the 2019 Weibo Awards Ceremony. He always slays in turtle neck shirts. He looks cute, though, with that pouty face in the second image.

 

img_2861img_2864Lee Min Ho was the actor that introduced me to Korean dramas, so he always has a place in my heart. I am looking forward to his upcoming show with Kim Go Eun.

 

img_2835img_2834Zhang Binbin for the 2019 China Literature Super IP Gala in Shanghai. For some reason, I have not seen any of his lead role dramas. Anyways he is a good actor and a handsome man to plus.

 

img_2776img_2889img_2891Han Geng, Kim Jaejoong and Tomohisa Yamashita have been friends for over a decade, and recently, they were the cover stars for COSMOPOLITAN China February Issue. I am very familiar with Yamapi and Jaejoong, but I am just getting to know Han Geng. All the same, they look great.

 

img_2153This is an older photo of Shawn Duo for COSMOPOLITAN China’s digital issue and his most recent shoot for Jaguar. Another one of my favourite Chinese actors. I absolutely love his smile.img_2892

 

img_2923img_2921Another ATEEZ member that caught my attention during my reaction. These are also teaser images, and I love Hong Joong’s edgy look.

 

And last on my list is Ma Tianyu. These are recent photos from a CCTV Little New Year gala recording he attended in Ningbo. I remember seeing him in Ice Fantasy, and I was so starstruck from his beauty.Β img_2896img_2894

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Take A Second Look

I am enjoying coming up with names for each of these pictorial posts. It is so much funπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Basically, this set mostly includes photos and posters that have detailed and intriguing elements. Therefore they require more than one look to be genuinely appreciated.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

img_2664img_2999img_2663Zhou Dongyu on the cover of the inaugural issue of MiniBAZAAR. She was photographed by Chen Man, and she looks like a winter pixie fairy. SO PRETTY.

 

img_2807img_2805img_2809img_2806Crystal Zhang poses as the Four Auspicious Beasts of Chinese mythology on the cover of FHM China. These images are so intriguing. I could stare at them all day.

 

img_2738img_2737Posters of main characters in the Chinese historical drama – Royal Nirvana. I love how it looks like a painting and their outfits flow into the black strokes.

 

img_2929img_2928img_2930img_2986Xiao Zhan looks intriguingly different on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR China February 2020 Issue. He was photographed by Chen Man. He has now taken the record for the highest sales of a solo cover at 10million RMB in total sales value!

 

ATEEZ – PIRATE KING: Song Of The Week

I recently wrote an album review for ATEEZ’s latest release, and I stated that I was going to check out their discography. So I have listened to a lot of their songs since the beginning of this week, but my most played one is “Pirate King” from their debut album.

Therefore it is my chosen song for this week –

Everything about this song screams, “certified bop.” The instrumental is really amazing, and the chorus goes hard. Most notably, when they sing – “Will you be my friend?… Um OEO.” The first time I heard that part of the song, I lost it. And I still go crazy whenever it comes on.

Also, let us not even start talking about choreography, which was on point from beginning to end. These guys are seriously coming for my wigs with their killer vibes.

Another song I have replayed a lot is “Sunrise” from the TREASURE EP.FIN: All to Action album. It has an inspiring message, which I genuinely appreciate. But “Pirate King” is just that perfect upbeat track to jam out to. Honestly, if you have not listened to any of these two songs I mentioned, go check them out immediately.

TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

Taeyeon just released the repackaged version of her Purpose album, and I am excited to check out the three new songs. Since I have already given my reaction to the previous ten main tracks and two B-sides, I will not be discussing them on this post. If you still need to read my review for the original album, use these links πŸ‘‰πŸΌ TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album ReviewΒ &Β TAEYEON – FOUR SEASONS: Music Review.

This repackaged album has fifteen songs. The new songs areΒ  – “Drawing Our Moments”“My Tragedy” and the title track – “Dear Me”img_2774

(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 for Dear Me:

  • Yesss… I have English Captions available.
  • I am always captured by an excellent guitar start, so I think I might really enjoy this one.
  • I love the fall colour palette of the music video. It complements Taeyeon’s voice and also adds some sort of serene atmosphere for the listener.
  • She is so beautiful.
  • I love the encouraging message.
  • Basically, she is telling us to fight through everything that comes our way, so that one day we can all say – “I made it, I love myself and I trust myself… I am well now.”
  • The hope of saying such words should be what keeps the light burning in us to continue living.
  • I am also at a point in life where all is not what I expected, but I try to focus on the good and not overthink. So I truly appreciate this message from Taeyeon.
  • Did anyone notice that the lyric progression shows that it takes time to gain self-love and worth? Taeyeon starts by singing – I want to tell myself these words because I did not hear them before to finally concluding that now she has grown and can stand by herself to say such words freely.
  • That is some excellent writing, and she sounds very soothing on this track as well.
  • I love how the tone of the guitar switches up for each section of the song. It follows the emotion of the lyrics.
  • When the lyrics are sad, the guitar sounds soft and solemn. Then when Taeyeon sings hopeful words, the guitar intensifies.
  • Also, nice touch with the inclusion of classical instruments from the second verse.
  • I just wish I could hear more of her background vocals towards the end.
  • But I know it was an artistic choice to reduce the volume, so that is not a big issue.
  • Since I am not reacting to the full album again. I will rate the songs individually.
  • Overall, I enjoyed listening to this song. What really got my attention was the message. “Dear Me” is a letter to anyone feeling down and tired of life.
  • Also, with all Taeyeon has been through, this is a powerful declarationπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.
  • As for the music on its own, it is a well-produced and impressive track.
  • But personally, “Dear Me” falls into my great songs category. It does not make it to the mind-blowing top tracks section.
  • Therefore my rating for it is 9/10.

My Tragedy –Β 

  • This has a weird start, but okay.
  • Taeyeon sound more powerful in this track.
  • The consistent note on the keyboard makes me have high hopes for the drop.
  • I love how they layered her vocals for this song. It has a beautiful effect on the ears.
  • The drop is not what I expected. It is way slower, but I love the bass and drums that came in.
  • She sounds flawless, as always.
  • I was not expecting that switch-up for the bridge, but her perfect voice and the high note made up for it.
  • That synthesized keyboard sound from the beginning is back again.
  • Ooh, they added an intriguing effect on her voice. It seems like she is breaking off due to a bad connection.
  • I am going to listen to “My Tragedy” one more time before giving my rating.
  • Okay…. this song is not doing much for me. Maybe if I read the English translations later, I might have a different opinion. But I still do not think I will listen to it often.
  • So my rating for “My Tragedy” is 7/10.

Drawing Our Moments –

  • Hopefully, I like this one more.
  • I love how it starts out. Really relaxing.
  • Β It is always a pleasure to hear singers use the call and response technique.
  • The little humming she does is lovely.
  • Okay, I am definitely enjoying this track more.
  • It is soft and very soothing.
  • Nothing much is going on with the instrumental for now, so all focus is on Taeyeon’s beautiful voice.
  • I love this, and I am not even halfway in.
  • The way the new beat came in was so perfect. Not anything too intense, but I can definitely hear some new elements in the instrumental now.
  • Awesome production.
  • I love all the little vocal runs, and her voice has also been layered in this track.
  • Oooo, I was not expecting a modulation, but it fits.
  • Each section of this song flows perfectly well into the next. It is too good.
  • Yesss, I think I just found THE SONG for me. I am here for this style and composition.
  • Taeyeon is blessing me with her pitch-perfect high notes and background vocals.
  • My rating for “Drawing Our Moments” is a solid 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

I have already added “Dear Me” and “Drawing Our Moments” to my personal playlist. Unfortunately, “My Tragedy” is not my cup of tea.

All the same, these three songs were excellent additions and stayed with the theme of the original album. So I might go check out what new goodies come in the actual physical copy of the repackaged album.

That is all for this post, take care. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens

There are celebrities that always wow me with their looks for editorial shoots. And this is not about beauty because I believe that everyone person is gorgeous in their own right. Instead, it is about their ability to nail every concept or outfit assigned to them. I am talking about fashion queens, the ones who always make a statement. I like to refer to such individuals as Visual Queens.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

The first lady of all is Ni Ni. She nails every shoot I have seen her in. img_2459Ni Ni recently graced the cover of LEON China as the first female artist to take that spot in the ten-year history of the magazine.

img_2227img_2244img_2228She is stunning in this royal blue gown from Alex Perry during her attendance to iQiYi Scream Night 2020. She won the Award for Drama Actress of the Year with her most recent series – Love and Destiny.

img_2145Here she is again on the cover of NY Times Traver Magazine China. Honestly, most times, Ni Ni looks like a painting to me.

 

Next on this list is King Taeyeon. I have featured her a lot on my pictorial faves because she looks gorgeous in every photo. img_2773This is a teaser image for her upcoming repackaged album. I love the makeup look.

img_2908img_2909More teaser images for PURPOSE – The 2nd Album Repackage.

 

πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ – the one and only Fang Bingbingimg_2814img_2815img_2817This are cover photos for the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine. I love the gothic, wet hair concept. She is rocking this look effortlessly.

 

img_2849img_2848img_2850Lee Seol is radiant in this sun beamed photoshoot for Allure Korea. Her expressions and poses are what draws attention to these images.

 

img_2867img_2862img_2863Shin Min Ah looks quite haunting and very pretty in these photos for DAZED Korea. img_2868

She has this unique look about her that I really adore, and she is a wonderful actress as well. img_2818

 

img_2685img_2684Japanese model Koki never fails to give her best in every shoot or cover she graces. These are cover photos for the inaugural issue of MiniBAZAAR.

 

And of course, even though I do not have many photos of her. I cannot leave out the gorgeous Song Hye Kyo, who practically stuns in everything she wears. b4f30a11-c787-42bb-a4fa-3f92c32e0242-8690-0000068ab74eab1cHer beauty is breathtaking.

 

img_2832img_2831img_2830Chinese pop star Naomi Wang Ju glitters in Nicole + Felicia for the Lifestyle Media Style Gala – Youture.

img_2194img_2193She loves her blinks. In this second photo, she is wearing Blurberry at the 2019 Sina Style Awards – Multiverse in Beijing.

 

And last on today’s list is mummy Victoria Song. img_2787img_2795img_2794Victoria for NEUFMODE MAGAZINE. You all know I am attracted to red, so these photos are very appealing to me. I love how fierce she looks.

And even when she has on softer makeup for her shoot with Chanel Beauty, Victoria still exudes grace and beauty.Β img_2797img_2796

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Vault Release Edition

Sometimes when creating this kind of post, most pictures do not fit the chosen theme. So they remain on my phone for way too long. 2020 is here; therefore, it is time to let go.

Basically, this is a vault release of all photos that caught my attention but did not make a themed cut yet –

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is the Chinese actress Crystal Zhang in MIKAEL D for Esquire China’s 16th Man At His Best Award. She looks stunning in this white gown. img_2406img_2119img_2118

 

img_2141Cecilia Boey for NeufMode Magazine. I featured some other photos from this shoot in my Red Signifies A Lot Edition. This is actually my favourite because of how colourful it is.

 

img_1813Han Ji Min looks really radiant in this shoot for HIGH CUT Korea.

 

img_2214Li Meng graces the Men’s Uno China December 2019 Issue. I adore this kind of flowy gowns a lot. 

 

img_2225img_2224Chang Chen’s look for iQiYi Scream Night 2020. He won the Award for Drama Actor of the year that night with his recent series – Love and Destiny. He caught me off guard in the right way. He looks so chiselled.

 

img_1830Korean actor and singer Chani looks good in this casual shoot. I am kind of unsure about the magazine this is for, but I think it is HIGH CUT Korea.

 

img_2136Deng Lun for the documentary variety show – Palace Museum. He looks angelic and innocent in this photo.

 

img_2851img_1825img_1824Seo Ji Hye always breathes elegance. She is one of the most beautiful women I have seen, and her fashion taste is also incredible.

 

img_2402img_2401Yuan Bingyan for a Tiffany & Co. event in Shanghai. Every little detail for this look certainly stands out. The makeup, jewelry, hairstyle and dress fit so well together.

 

img_2205img_2207Janice Man glows in her gorgeous gown for the closing ceremony of the 2nd Hainan Island International Film in Sanya.

 

img_2362img_2360Elaine Zhong in Chloe at the premiere of her film Liberation in Beijing. She is lovely in yellow.

 

img_2086Xuan Lu on the cover of ONCE Magazine. I love her smile.

 

img_2553img_2552Leo Luo updated his Weibo recently with a beautiful set of pictures. He looks good in white, and I am looking forward to all his dramas set for release this year.

 

img_2138Newlyweds Lin Chi-ling and Akira strike a few poses for the cover of COSMOPOLITAN China January 2020 Issue.

 

ATEEZ – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review

This is my first time listening to anything from this group, so I am not too sure what to expect. I have heard good reviews about them, so I have my fingers crossed. I know this review is a few days late, but I have been busy, and I really wanted to check this out. img_2711ATEEZ is a South Korean boy group with eight members – Kim Hongjoong, Park Seonghwa, Jeong Yunho, Kang Yeosang, Choi San, Song Mingi, Jung Wooyoung and Choi Jongho. They officially debuted on the 24th of October, 2018 with Treasure EP. 1: All to Zero. On January 6th, they released their fourth mini-album – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer. “Answer” is the title track for this comeback. So they are a relatively new group.

Okay, it is time to see what they have to offer.

(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 first few seconds of the instrumental sounds promising.
  • Plus, the deep humming, in the beginning, is giving me good vibes.
  • This group definitely has exceptional singers.
  • Love how the rap came in and little background vocal runs going on during that section.
  • Their voices are so beautiful.
  • Who has that deep voice? I NEED HIS NAME.
  • The chorus is groovy and catchy. I love how crunchy the instrumental sounds during that section.
  • The music video also has gorgeous visuals, and I like that all members got a fair share of individual screen time.
  • They are all handsome men, by the way. I always appreciate a visual feast.
  • The scene where they have the hats on is pure art.
  • And I like that the bridge before the end took a different turn. It spiced things up and retained any attention till the end.
  • I want to see a live performance because the energy from the music video alone is incredible.
  • Okay, what does this last scene mean? Did they just leave me with a cliff hanger?
  • I am going to watch the video again and then check out a live performance.
  • I love everything about this song. The energy is astounding.
  • The instrumental fits perfectly well with the concept of this track. It gives off that feeling of marching forward while acknowledging every accomplishment on the way.
  • Live performance –
  • Yesss… they kept the same energy while performing. Good job.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • They seem to be singing live, I appreciate that.
  • Okay, I know that this album is a conclusion of an ongoing trilogy but because I have not been following this group. I do not see the need to discuss any theories.
  • All the same, I can tell that ATEEZ is a solid group. So I need to do more research on them after I finish my work for today.

Album Review: img_2718Here is a preview of the album –

  1. Answer – I am just going to chill through this track. I already said it all.
  2. Horizon – Why does this sound so Arabian in the beginning. Is it just me getting such vibes from the lady’s voice in the background? Great choice with the EDM instrumental, the start definitely got my attention. I love the switch between a soft tone to a deeper one during the singing parts. They have an excellent range of vocalists, and the rappers are also incredible. What is this trap like feel? I AM IN LOVE. “Horizon” is a very intriguing track. It has an unexpected sound, but it can be appreciated from the first listen. I am genuinely impressed. And the way the beat switches up towards the end, plus the high notes. At this point, I can clearly state that I am in love with ATEEZ. This song is πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯.
  3. Star 1117 – Okay, we are taking things a bit slower now. I love their voices, I need to finish this and go learn about each vocalist. This is so soothing. I like how the drums are used to add in rhythm. This is the classic RnB sound but still very refreshing to hear because of how beautiful they sound. Ooo, there is some guitar playing as well. Excellent production on instrumental. Yesss to the vocal runs and high notes. I have to replay this track. At this rate, the entire album will be added to my playlist.
  4. Precious – This starts out in a way that leaves you anticipating how the drop during the chorus is going to happen. Right now, I am just like okay, what is coming next? I like that all the exciting elements are not given away from the start. Yess to the flawless falsetto notes. I KNEW IT. I HAD A STRONG FEELING THAT THE DROP WAS GOING TO TAKE ME BY SUPRISE πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. By the way, I am enjoying the EDM vibe of this album. On a regular, I am not the biggest fan of EDM, but when it sounds this funky, I genuinely appreciate it. “Precious” is a BOP.  I have my stank face on right now while grooving πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ… all I need now is a disco light. The rappers are killing it on this track. YESSS. I love how they all joined in to sing the chorus at the end. ATEEX keeps on giving me more feels with each song, so I think I just found my new obsession. WHAT???… how can they end this song on such a chill and soft note, the disrespect.
  5. Outro: Long Journey – This one has a video, but it is not actually a song. More like a spoken word conclusion to their trilogy, I guess. All the same, the instrumental on this is beautiful. This articulates power and hope. I also appreciate the fact that it is entirely in English.

Final Thoughts:

My rating for TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer by ATEEZ is a solid 10/10. I was WOWED, so I will be keeping an eye out for them now. I am so glad that I discovered this group because I would have been missing out on such great music. Also, I must get my hands on a physical copy of this album.

Now I am off to go listen to all their albums. Luckily for me, they are a relatively new group.

YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review

On the 6th of January, Younha released her fifth mini-album –Β UNSTABLE MINDSET. “Dark Cloud” is the title track for this EP.img_2714Go Youn-ha popularly known as Younha is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer. In 2004, she began her career in Japan with the single – “Yubikiri”. She later gained tremendous success with her second Japanese single titled “Houkiboshi” which was also used as a soundtrack for the anime series Bleach. She even earned the nickname – Oricon Comet for charting high on the country’s music streaming sites. In 2006, she officially debuted in Korea with the digital single – “Audition”

(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:

  • She is so pretty.
  • Yesss… I have English subs.
  • Wow, she starts singing right away.
  • I like how they incorporated the sound of thunder into the instrumental.
  • The colour scheme for the music video is stunning.
  • You all know that I go crazy over soft piano songs, and this is already serving in that aspect.
  • I find myself going back to beginning way too many times so that I can pick out every little detail. Lol
  • They also included the sound of rain, which goes along with the theme of dark clouds, I guess.
  • That aside, I absolutely enjoy the sound of rain. Whenever I cannot sleep, that is what helps put me to bed.
  • I am not even halfway through this song, but I know that I am going to love it.
  • Okay, time to focus.
  • Ooo, it got me with the drums.😍😍😍
  • I am getting chills. Younha’s voice is so beautiful, and the musical progression is impressive.
  • OMG, I have goosebumps for real. The way she scales through each note is so outstanding.
  • Some songs usually give me an okay feeling, but this is one of those rare kinds that instantly wow me.
  • Basically, “Dark Cloud” is about her missing the times when she was still with her ex-boyfriend. Currently, she tries to acts as if all is well, but the time has stopped for her ever since they broke up. So all she has left is heartbreak and longing.
  • The instrumental on this track is golden.
  • Damn, her high note is majestic. I am amazed. Why have I not been listening to her music?
  • She has definitely entered my top 10 list for incredible female vocalists.
  • This is insane, how can someone voice be so good?
  • I AM ADDING THIS SONG TO MY PLAYLIST IMMEDIATELY.
  • So I went ahead to check a live performance, and she sounds smoothΒ –
  • Thank you, Younha, for this pitch-perfect gift.πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Okay, for sure, this album is about to be exceptional.

Album Review: img_2733Here is a preview of the album –

  1. WINTER FLOWER(Feat.RM) –Β  This features RM from BTS. Okay, just from the first second, I already love this song. RM’s deep voice with Younha’s soft tone is giving me life. The instrumental on this is groovy. Once again, her high notes are insane. The chorus is so good. I am being blessed this evening. What did I do to deserves such an angelic presence? Yesss….RM come in with that perfectly timed rap verse. I need to check out the English translation for this song, and whoever composed this track is a genius. The way the instrumental flows as the song intensifies is astounding. Also, the mix between Younha’s vocals and the backing track is well balanced. I went ahead to check for the English translation. The song is about how everyone struggles and might feel like giving up at some point. Do not give up, hold on because there will always be someone or people who give support and love until the end. I also researched the composer, his name is Eden. He is a solo artist and producer managed by KQ Entertainment. Oh, he also helps produce ATEEZ’s song. I am about to check out their latest comeback, so if it has this same awesomeness, that will be great.
  2. Dark Cloud – Still lovely. I will enjoy it for a while before moving on to the next song.
  3. See You –Β This seems like a more calm track. I always enjoy a good ballad. I love the soft tambourines that come in periodically at the beginning. Younha sounds more soothing here. Oh, the second verse comes in with drums and takes the tempo up a bit. The production of all three songs so far is fantastic. I have a feeling that I will be replaying this album for a while. I love how she harmonizes with herself at the end. That spiced up the song a bit more. “See You” is the kind of track you play to help you relax or meditate. I have to listen to it again before moving on.
  4. One Day of Twenty – The instrumental on this has an odd timing, but that also makes it intriguing to hear. It still goes perfectly well with Younha’s singing pace. I love it when she sings, “ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh…” A beautiful and catchy melody. This track actually has bass, and I think a xylophone is part of the instruments being played, but do not take my word for it. Younha falsetto is flawless. She has excellent control over her voice. Okay, the tempo goes up a beat during the last minute. Once again, this has been achieved with a full drum set. I genuinely love instruments, and I wish I could play at least one. Maybe during the summer, I might take a few guitar or keyboard lessons.
  5. 26 – I want to know what tempo this is going to take. Are we going to get an upbeat outro or a slow one?Β  Β  Oooh… yes, it makes sense to have an upbeat song to finish things since the last two tracks were quite slow. I am here for the guitar in this song. It almost sounds like something I will hear in an anime, most notably the guitar solo sections. Okay, things got a bit more interesting after she gave out that troll-like modulation. I call it troll-like because it sounds like a modulation, but it was actually just a high note. The guitar is what made “26”.

Final Thoughts:

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this album. There was no letdown, every track is equally captivating. I will be getting a physical copy of this EP soon because it is too good to not have in my collection. This is my first time listening to Younha, and she truly surprised me, so I have her on my radar now.

My rating for UNSTABLE MINDSET is a solid 10/10. If you have not listened to this mini-album yet, please go check it out. You are certainly going to love two songs or more.

 

 

BTS MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ‘Interlude: Shadow’ Comeback Trailer – Music Review

I was talking to my cousin recently, and she asked why I have not featured BTS on my blog yet. My answer was that I do not keep up with their activities. I simply listen to a few songs that get my attention. Plus, when I started doing more music reviews on this blog, I focused mainly on present comebacks. After our little talk, I promised her that once they release a new song, I will check it out. Finally, today is the d-day. My school has resumed, so I hardly have enough time to write. But I am a bit free now, so let us get right into this –

This solo track from Suga is a teaser for their upcoming album titled Map of the Soul: 7, set to be released on February 21st. Here is a comeback map for anyone who wants to stay up to date –img_2772(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love the instrumental.
  • The way Suga starts this song is quite intriguing – “I wanna be a rap star, I wanna be the top, I wanna be a rockstar, I want it all mine, I wanna be rich, I wanna be the king, I wanna go win, I wanna be…”
  • I feel like this is about to be some personal reflective track.
  • Of course, his rapping skill is on point, so I am just going to focus more on the message and music composition.
  • Okay, I was definitely not expecting the singing part. I thought this was going to be a full rap track.
  • I am impressed and pleasantly surprised because I love musical compositions that are not too predictable.
  • “Please don’t let me shine, Don’t let me down, Don’t let me fly, Now I’m afraid.” This is such a deep line.
  • Honestly, being famous is not all blink, there are numerous negatives. Celebrities are deprived of almost all their rights to privacy. They are also constantly scrutinized for every little mistake they make.
  • Hence even though, they would love their music to gain more recognition, I feel that there is still this fear in knowing that they might have to give up more of their freedom and individuality.
  • At some point, I am sure they contemplate if the fame is even worth all the stress.
  • This song has a beautiful message.
  • I now have big expectations for the upcoming album.
  • The production on this track is remarkable. I love the way things got quite dark towards the end, and you can sense it from the instrumental.
  • Wait a minute… the entire beat just switched up on me. Starting from the 2:19 minute mark of the music video, I was kind of thrown off a bit. I do not know if I appreciate that section.
  • Okay, it sounds better with time. It gives me a very cypher like vibe.
  • Now I want this particular section to have an entire song of its own. Lol
  • Damn all those photo clicks. That is the celeb life. You will always have cameras pushed on your face. Sad. I also noticed a few other visual representations, but due to time, I cannot point out all.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed listening to “Shadow” by Suga. I absolutely love the music and message, so my rating for it is 10/10.
  • I will be keeping an eye out for the album.

Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1-7

Someday Or One Day is an ongoing Taiwanese drama that airs every Sunday. It started broadcasting on the 17th of November 2019. It is set to have thirteen episodes. img_1569Sypnosis: The year is 2019. Huang Yu Xuan pines for the love of her life, her long-time boyfriend, Wang Quan Sheng. She continually checks his social media pages, hoping he will call her, asking to get back together. But one fateful night, Huang Yu Xuan gets hit by a car. She regains consciousness and sees a man she believes to be Wang Quan Sheng sitting by her hospital bedside. She thinks she has finally been reunited with her beloved Wang Quan Sheng! But there’s a huge twist. She is no longer a 27-year-old woman but is now a high school student named Chen Yun Ru. The year is now 1998. And the man by her bedside is not her boyfriend, but a schoolmate named Li Zi Wei. Trapped in what appears to be the past, living another person’s life, she eventually comes to realize that the traffic “accident” that landed Huang Yu Xuan in the hospital may not have been an accident after all. And Chen Yun Ru’s own reasons for being hospitalized are also shrouded in mystery. (Source – Viki).

Use this link to access all released episodes of this drama πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Expectations: This was on my watchlist way before it started airing, so I do have very high hopes for it. The storyline seemed intriguing, and if executed properly, it could be an outstanding drama. Plus, Alice Ke is the lead actress, and her acting is standard, so I have a strong feeling that I will not be disappointed. My only fear is that it might fall to the same dragged-out pace issue that most Taiwanese series face, but I am willing to give it a shot.

(warning -spoilers ahead)

Review:

This drama definitely has all the elements of a well-written project. It showcases romance, suspense, comedy, twists and time-travel. The complexity keeps you intrigued and continuously wondering about what might be coming up next. What theories might be the correct one, and who is who exactly? I am genuinely enjoying every moment.

Before I begin to rant about my thoughts and the aspects that I love, let me discuss ONE thing that could be improved on. The pacing. A massive chunk of episodes one and five felt like fillers. Not a lot of essential details were presented, so in my opinion, it was quite slow. The overall pacing for this drama is okay, but I still think they could pick things up a bit more by reducing the length of some unimportant scenes. Ride more on the thrilling feel, or else people might feel that things are taking too long to unravel. Another thing, Taiwanese dramas tend to have these over-exaggerated characters that are put in to lighten up the mood. An excellent example of one in this show is Ah Tuo. I tend to love or dislike such characters depending on their scenes. So far, they have not shown much of him, so I have no thoughts about his role. Now unto the good stuff –

I am enjoying the OSTs. I absolutely love every song, so I had to add them all to my playlist. The short cameos that happened in the first episode were good. It was nice to see Joanne Tseng as Sunny, the fake animal whisperer. But she was correct about Jesus and 32, so maybe her radar is just faulty.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Alice Ke did not disappoint as always. She is an amazing actress. She did an outstanding job of portraying the vastly different emotions and expressions of Huang Yu Xuan and Chen Yu Run. All the other actors were also amazing because their interactions were really natural. I appreciate the comedic scenes. They were not much but definitely enough to help release the tension on wanting to know who the killer is. I also commend how forward the characters are with their feelings. Nothing was dragged out for too long. Issues that could have led to a fight or misunderstanding were dealt with immediately.  Perfect. I love watching mature shows like this.

After watching the first two episodes, I had a feeling that Wang Quan Sheng might actually be from the past, and you all should have seen my face when it was finally confirmed to be true. Which means all this while, Li Zi Wei was the one dating Huang Yu Xuan. Even though I had predicted it, it was still a bit surprising to see how it happened. My next guess is that maybe after the plane crash, Li Zi Wei’s soul returned to his original body that was probably in a coma all this while. From the beginning of the drama, I was interested in knowing what connected both timelines. Now, I can tell that it is the walkman that allows them to time travel. Also, the period spent in the past or future is not definite.

Okay, let me state clearly that I was not thrilled about having best friends fight over the same girl. I have mentioned a few times in previous posts that love triangles stress me. Thankfully things progressed differently with this drama, so I hope that they can make some changes to what happened in the past. Because Mo Jun Jie likes Chen Yun Ru, and Li Zi Wei likes Huang Yu Xuan. So I hope that both couples will get a chance to be together by the end of the drama. Also, it looks like Mo Jun Jie was jailed for the murder of Chen Yun Ru, but I do not believe that he killed her. The killer might be that class monitor that happens to be Huang Yu Xuan’s doctor in 2019. He is a whole lot of creepy, and the fact that he likely killed Cai Wen Rou is evidence. Furthermore, he stalks and hallucinates about Yun Ru… HE REALLY CREEPS ME OUT.

The friendship of the three from the past ended on a tragic note. One is jailed for the murder of another, and the surviving person suffered two severe accidents. I sincerely hope that this time travel can help resolve things. Also, one of the primary reasons why I want Yun Ru to live is because the girl was so depressed. I want her to come back and see that she was actually loved. At least Huang Yu Xuan has helped improve her relationship with the mom and brother. Although Mo Jun Jie still remains the only person who truly misses the real Chen Yun Ru.

With seven episodes, we are already halfway through the show. I wonder what will happen next. I think they might focus on changing the past and figuring out who the real killer is. The situation with Chen Yun Ru’s murder could be a lot more complicated than it seems. I have a feeling that there will be a twist, or at least I am hoping for one. Six more episodes, so I hope they keep up. Please do not disappoint me.

I will do my regular character analysis on my next review. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on Someday or One Day in the comment section.

 

Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

Queen: Love and War is an ongoing Korean historical drama that airs every Saturday and Sunday. It started broadcasting on December 14th of 2019, and it will have a total of sixteen episodes. Screenshot (9)Sypnosis: Kang Eun Bo is on a mission to find the person that murdered her twin sister. She vows to bring whoever it is to justice. But during the Joseon Dynasty era (1392-1910), the only woman with the power to order a manhunt for a murderer is the Queen. So Kang Eun Bo resolves to become Queen. To do so, she must first win the heart of King Lee Kyung. After entering the palace as a candidate for the position of queen, Kang Eun Bo discovers that winning the king’s favour will not be easy. The royal court is already filled with beautiful young women who hope to marry the king. But when the king suddenly realizes that he recognizes Kang Eun Bo from a dream, the two begin to form an unlikely bond.

English subbed episodes of this show are available on Viki πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Queen: Love and War on Viki

My Expectations:Β I do not expect much from the series because I initially did not plan to watch it. Viki kept on promoting it, so I decided to check it out and know what the push was all about. My only prayer is that they will not make me spend hours watching sixteen episodes of the antagonists consistently winning and then give me a rushed finale. Please be good πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Honestly, I will have to say that as of now, there is nothing special about this drama. It is pretty much the standard Sageuk formula with revenge, political fights and the constant kdrama cliche of childhood romance. The murder mystery is the only thing keeping me glued. The first two episodes were just there, but by the third one, the story started picking up.

Okay, let me backtrack a little bit. I absolutely love the one-minute intro for this drama, most notably the soundtrack that plays during that time. I was thoroughly entranced by it. I also love the costume colours. Historical series are always a beauty to watch because of the colours and elegance.

Now the timeline arrangement in the first few minutes of episode one was quite confusing, but I knew that there was going to be a flashback that will provide an explanation. So that was not much of an issue. One thing I noticed is that everyone related to the palace has a hidden agenda, and they are all scheming towards achieving their plans. A few still have their mask on (cough)😢 – Lee Jae Hwa. Even Eun Gi was aware that the girl the king met was her twin sister, but yet she went along with his assumption. It was still sad that she died, but she was also not truthful.

In the first two episodes, Lee Kyung came off as a very naive ruler. By openly showing his affection for a candidate before the final stage, he had already put her life in danger. Also, he made promises without making plans that ensured his word. Thankfully, he has learnt, and we can see him showcases his tricks and brains in court. I hope that he gets more people on his side soon and that he actually succeeds in protecting Eun Bo this time around. Another thing – the gunshot to the king’s head, did it actually go through or was it just a graze. I am trying not to question it, but that plotline is kind of questionable because I am not sure of how deep the injury was.

Anyways, I think Lee Jae Hwa might be the gunman that shot Eun Bo’s twin sister. He is sketchy, I do not like two-faced individuals. And I am so not looking forward to the love triangle that is about to go down. Love triangles drain my energy.

Lastly, am I the only one that feels like the synopsis for this drama does not exactly go in sync with the story that has been shown so far. It does not mention that Eun Bo’s twin sister was the queen. I guess that was left out to prevent spoilers, but it also goes on to state that the King is not interested in romance. Hmmm, and apparently he sees Eun Bo in his dreams. Is that not their memory together as children? This is not important, it is just something I noticed.

Character Analysis: I am going to touch on the characters that stood out to me so far, and I will address the others in due time.

  • Jin Se Yeon as Kang Eun Bo/Kang Eun Gi Screenshot (3)This is my third drama with Ji Se Yeon in a lead role. I previously saw her in The Bridal Mask and Doctor Stanger, but I still have not gotten a real taste of her acting skills. So far, she is doing a great job in this series, and her character seems very promising. As Eun Gi, she was soft-spoken and very gentle, but as Eun Bo, she has high energy and is quite street smart. Also, I think her connections with the investigation agency might be of great aid to her as queen. She will need all the support she can access. I admire the fact that she does not act rashly based on her doubts concerning the King. She actually investigates. I hope she stops believing everything that Baek Ja Yong tells her. He is using her to achieve his goals. I know this will be a cause for conflict at some point.

 

  • Kim Min Kyu as Lee KyungScreenshot (4)Yes he does start off a bit naive and weak. But if he continues to keep up and improve on the momentum from episodes three and four, he might turn out to be a solid character. I appreciate his zeal to rule his nation in the right way and serve his people as a ruler should. Unfortunately, with all the forces against him in court, there will be a long fight to achieve that ideal. I was so angry when they showed how he was threatened as a kid to sign the petition against Eun Bo’s father. That is just brutal, so his revenge should take up the same energy. Also, I think he signed the letter with the wrong character because Eun Bo kept on looking at it suspiciously, but we will see how things go. All the same, he needs to learn how to conceal his intentions more and start working towards getting trustworthy people to his side.

 

  • Do Sang Woo as Lee Jae HwaScreenshot (5)Like I already mentioned, I do not appreciate this character so far. Yes, he is kind to Eun Bo and always saves her, but the fact that he is plotting something unknown and pretends to be someone else really throws me off. What if he actually turns out to be the gunman that killed Eun Gi?… Ooo, the betrayal. Now he is already in love with Eun Bo, but she is going to be Queen. That will only cause him to want the throne more, which means he might not stay nice for too long. I know that some people already caught the “second lead syndrome,” but I am so not going down that lane. I can clearly see where this boat is sailing to. I hope he surprises me because, so far, I do not have a good impression of Lee Jae Hwa.

 

  • Uhm Hyo Sub as Baek Ja YongScreenshot (12)Starting out this drama, I had a feeling that he was not wholly trustworthy. This actor tends to take on villain roles, so I did not believe the act, but I still gave him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I was right. He is so manipulative. I think he was manipulating Eun Bo’s father as well, but there is no proof of that yet. He does not care for Eun Bo’s safety, all that matters is the power to make the change he desires. Why does he withhold the whole truth from her? He picks the parts that suit the narration to entice her, so annoying.

 

  • Jung Ae Ri as Queen Dowager Screenshot (6)Her character is kind of intriguing. She certainly was not pleased about Lee Kyung being alive. At the same time, she does things that may look like she supports the king. My opinion is that her agenda is to fight against the Queen’s clan. Basically, she is willing to do anything to stop the Kim clan from gaining more control in court. Even if it means killing her grandson, who holds blood relations with them. I am excited to see how her character evolves and what her actual intentions are.

Although Queen: Love and War did not provide a solid premiere, it does have the potential to get better. So I will be looking forward to more episodes.

What do you all think of the series so far?

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Chinese Stunners Edition

I am back with a Chinese edition of my stunner themed pictorial faves –

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

First on this list is the beautiful actress – Yang Mi. This was her second look for the 2019 Tencent Video All-Star Awardsimg_2509And here is her first look from that night –img_2524img_2525I love this outfit. The light pink colour looks so elegant on her.

 

img_2518img_2517Dilraba Dilmurat makes aΒ  statement in Reem Acra for the 2019 Tencent Video All-Star Awards. I cannot wait to finally see her in Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book. She is gorgeous.

 

img_2515img_2513Yang Yang is really rocking his short hair, and he looks good in this suit.

 

img_2538img_2539Wang An Yu at the Doki Popularity Stage during the 2019 Tencent Video All-Star Awards. He is currently starring in Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty.

 

img_2542img_2541img_2543Bambi Zhu glitters in Tarik Ediz for the 2019 Tencent Video All-Star Awards. Honestly, she has one of the most captivating eyes that I have seen, and she suits every colour put on her.

 

img_2555Chen Yuqi is sparkling in this photo. All these actresses are making me want to finally close my eyes and bye a bright red lipstick. I have never really been a fan of bright coloured lipsticks, but I will admit that red is an enchanting colour on everyone.

 

img_2365Jeremy Jones Xu stuns for the 2019 Bazaar Beauty Awards. Black hair definitely does him more justice.

 

img_2564img_2562img_2563Wang Yibo poses for Fantasy Westward Journey game. He was photographed by Chen Man. Once I saw this, I knew it was her work.

 

img_2212Leo Wu looks sharp in this black & white photo during an Emporio Amani event in Chengduimg_2198Once again serving looks during his attendance to the 26th Huading Awards in Macao.

 

And last on this list isΒ Zhao Liying. She nailed her two looks for the 2019 Tencent Video All-Star Awards, but my favourite is the first one. She graced us in Dior for her second look –img_2534img_2533And then she stunned in Paulain at the beginning of the Awards. I absolutely love this new haircut on her. She is so pretty.img_2520img_2675img_2522img_2521

 

Tia Ray – More: Song Of The Week

Hello everyone, it is officially the last day of 2019 over where I live, but I am sure that most of you are already in 2020. All the same, My wish is that you all experience the very best in the new year.

So I actually want to recommend an entire album. I randomly discovered 1212 by Tia Ray about a week ago, and I been listening to it a lot. Now one of my favourite songs from the album is “More”, so I decided to choose it as my song for this week, but in all honesty, all the other five songs on this mini by Tia Ray are equally great. img_2502Tia Ray is a Chinese singer. She began her career as a background singer for other Chinese singers like Jane Zhang and Ma Tianyu. In 2013, she participated in The Voice China and officially debuted with a self-titled album after the competition. She is currently sighed to Warner Music Group. While researching her, I discovered that she sang my favourite OST – “Waiting For You” from the Chinese series Bloody Romance. I absolutely loved the opening theme of that drama, and the fact that I can now find it on Spotify is fantastic.

I love how soft and sultry she sounds in “More”. The instrumental is not too loud but very groovy, and the background vocals on this track are so beautiful. Tia Ray has a very captivating voice. Listening to her is like taking a journey into paradise. I hope you guys enjoy listening to this song as well and check out the other tracks with this playlist link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Tia Ray – 1212

Tia Ray has definitely caught my attention, so my radar is on and waiting for a new release. So far, she has released music videos for three songs on the 1212 album. They are as follows – “Time Wasn’t Right” – “Complicated” – “Looking Out For You”:

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Korean Stunners Edition

I woke up way too early today, and since I had nothing important to prepare for,Β  I spent my morning looking for new intriguing pictures to share with you all. So here are the stunning photos that caught my attention this morning –

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

First on my list is Taeyeon for Allure Korea –Β 

This particular photoshoot has a gorgeous and captivating set of images. I like how the makeup on Taeyeon was done.

 

img_2572img_2570Yeri’s teaser images for Red Velvet’s latest release are absolutely breathtaking. She is glowing. img_2569All the girls were giving me life with this comeback.

 

The one and only milky man – Lee Dong-Wook. He radiates beauty and grace in this photoshoot for NYLON Korea.

 

img_2581Moon Geun-young for VOGUE Korea December 2019 edition. This picture is striking.

 

img_2583img_2582Han Ye Seul serves fall season charm in this shoot for the September edition of Allure Korea.

 

img_2578Kim Seo Hyung stuns in black & white for VOGUE Korea. She looks snatched and fine.img_2609

 

img_2610Namgoong Min is as radiant as ever in this picture for COSMOPOLITAN Korean. Everything about this just oozes warmth.

 

img_2592Lee Sang Yoon is giving off mysterious vibes in this Allure photoshoot that also features his VIP co-star Jang Nara.img_2593

 

Jang Nara is fierce for Allure. She looks sensational in these set of photos.img_2589img_2591

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Red Signifies A Lot

A colour that always gets my attention. I have had difficulty deciding on a favourite colour, but recently, I am beginning to realize that it might be RED.

Here are images with the colour red that recently caught my attention. (Please Note: none of the pictures are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

img_2235Qi Wei stuns for a variety show appearance with her husband, Nathan Lee. They deserve featured image for this post. She always looks great.img_2236

 

img_2112Chinese model/actress He Sui in Ralph & Russo for Esquire China’s 16th Man At His Best Award. This dress is actually pink & red, but the entire look is fire.πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

 

Cecilia Boey for NeufMode Magazine. She looks so intense in this shoot.

 

img_2210Daisy Dai for a Gentle Monster event in Beijing. I just love the red leather blouse on her. She is stunning.

 

Xiao Zhan attends a Vidal Sassoon product launch event in Shanghai. He is so handsome.

 

img_2469Bambi Zhu in Marchesa for the 2019 Robb Robert Best of the Best Gala. Her eyes are so beautiful.

 

img_2115Xing Fei during a Coach store opening in Beijing. Her soft smile with that red lipstick captured my heart. She is so adorable.img_2116

 

Hyomin for Haper’s BAZAAR Korea. She is so gorgeous.

 

img_2202Sunnee, a Thai singer based in China, takes the cover of the digital issue for Cosmopolitian China. I really do not know much about him, but I was intrigued by this photo.

 

img_2611img_2612Korean actress Kim Seo Hyung exudes beauty and intensity in her recent photoshoot with COSMOPOLITANΒ  Korea.

 

img_2385Ju Jingyi for an Emphasis Jewellery Christmas brand event in Shanghai. A perfect show of beauty and talent. I love her so much. img_2221

Ju Jingyi for 2020 iQiYi Scream Night. She got the Breakthrough Drama Actress of the Year Award for The Legend of White Snake.

 

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The Oath of Love co-stars Yang Zi and Xiao Zhan stun as spokespersons for the 2020 Chinese New Year’s gala to be held on the 25th of January. I am so looking for their drama.

Guan Xiaotong glows in monsoori for the 11th Macau International Film Festival. I love her gown so much, it makes her look like a Greek goddess.Β img_2379img_2380

 

My Favourite OSTs Of 2019: Final Part

The second half of my favourite OSTs –

DAEON – “Liar”img_2437 This song gives me goosebumps. A badass track that served as the perfect red carpet for Mo Seok Hee in the Korean TV series – Graceful Family. My only problem with this OST is the length. How can it be only two minutes and twelve seconds long? I need more time for epicness.

 

Sa Ji – “Never Let You Go”img_2448 This is such a beautiful and calming song. Definitely my favourite OST from the Chinese drama – Le Coup de Foudre. Also, the fact that it is entirely in English is a nice bonus. I LOVE … LOVE THIS SONG. Sa Ji’s voice really embodied every word that she sang.

 

Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo – “Unrestrained”img_2472 The elegant “Unrestrained’ from the Chinese TV series – The Untamed. I love it when actors sing the soundtracks for their drama. This was a great main track from Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. Listening to this song always makes me want to rewatch the series again.

 

Lee Hae-Ri – “Maybe”img_2480 Lee Hae-Ri’s voice with the sweet chemistry from the leads of Her Private Life was a perfect combo. I remember waiting eagerly for TVN to release this particular soundtrack. Till the end of the series, it remained my top OST from the drama.

 

Ju Jingyi – “Passing Feelings”img_2475 Ju Jingyi’s rendition of this song gives me chills. She sounds so trancelike. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in my life. Listening to it puts me at peace. “Passing Feelings” is an original soundtrack for the Chinese drama – The Legend Of White Snake. I remember watching the version with Jet Li as the monk, but this new version is equally impressive.

 

Ju Jingyi – “A Millennium’s Wait For A Return”img_2473 Another artistic delight from The Legend Of White Snake. Ju Jingyi proves herself not only as an actress but also as an exceptional singer. Her soft and smooth voice was a perfect choice for the OSTs. This also has a trancelike vibe, most notably when they sing the line – “alone waiting for a thousand years.”

 

Ju Jingyi – “Bai Suzhen under Mount Qingcheng”img_2474 I live for the drums in this song. The instrumental is not so loud, but it still stands out. Yet another astounding soundtrack from The Legend Of White Snake. This drama definitely had one of the best soundtracks among Chinese dramas this year.

 

Samuel Seo – “Pain Or Death”img_2478 Doctor John had a fantastic set of OSTs. “Pain & Death” is my favourite. This is also my first song from Samuel Seo, and I must say that he has a very compelling voice. The lyrics for this song hit really hard because it speaks about the one thing that all humans most experience – Death. But all the same, it was a very befitting soundtrack for the drama.

 

MINSEO – “Star”img_2477 This was another emotional song from Doctor John. Honestly, even though this drama did not have a lot of romantic scenes between the leads, their chemistry was still undeniable. Anytime I listen to this particular soundtrack, I always remember all their sweet and comforting moments.

 

SALTNPAPER – “Look At”img_2479 A very comforting song from the phenomenal SALTNPAPER. Whenever this OST came on, I knew it was going to be an emotional but yet hopeful scene. SALTNPAPER never fails to deliver intriguing OSTs. I first heard Satelite from Chicago Typewriter, and I have been hooked since then.

 

Sean Chen – “How are You These Days”img_2494 Another OST I discovered without actually watching the drama. Fun fact: I just figured out the English title and artist while writing this post. I randomly found the OST album for the Chinese TV series – Hope All Is Well With Us on Spotify, so almost everything was in Chinese.  But I can confidently state that every track from the series is fascinating.

 

Xu Jun – “Chasing”img_2494 And last on my list is my ultimate song from Hope All Is Well With Us. I do not know much about the artist, but his voice really captured me. I have replayed this song a million times, and I even listen to the instrumental version. Honestly, I had no plans to watch the drama, but they did such an excellent job with the soundtracks, so I am quite tempted to see a few episodes.


That is all I have for this post. If there is an OST that you loved that did not make my list, please feel free to mention it in the comment section. Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.

I hope you all continue to enjoy this holiday season.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

My Favourite OSTs Of 2019: Part One

Hello, hello… How is everyone’s holiday going? I hope you all are having a good time.

In this post, I will be sharing some of my favourite original soundtracks from this year. So let us get right into it –

Lee Moon Sae – “A welcome rain”img_2434 This is a soundtrack for the Korean drama – Angel’s Last Mission: Love. This is such a soulful OST, and I remember crying the very first time I heard it on the show. Lee Moon Sae is an older singer, and all his songs I have listened to are always heartfelt and very emotional.

 

Aska Yang – “Its Fate”img_2436 This lovely soundtrack is from the Chinese TV series – Love and Destiny. Aska Yang is an incredible singer. The build-up of that happens in this song, with each chorus section gives off a very majestic vibe. This fits perfectly with the theme of the drama.

 

Shi Shi – “Someday or One day”img_2441 I already wrote about why I love this song so much when it was featured as my song of the week. If you have not read that post already, check it out with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week. I also gave a description of the drama by the end of that post. This OST is so soothing.

 

HEIZE – “Can You See My Heart”img_2438 Another song that automatically calls forth tears from my eyes. All the soundtracks for Hotel del Luna are astounding, but this one by HEIZE stole my heart. I cannot even begin to explain the emotions this OST holds. It is so heartbreaking but also quite comforting.

 

Monday Kiz, Punch – “Another Day”img_2443 Another beautiful OST from Hotel del Luna. Punch is such an OST queen; she had three songs in the same series. Monday Kiz also did really well on this track. It was the first soundtrack for the show, and it solidified the awesomeness that was about to be delivered.

 

Liver and Gallbladder – “The Street You Left”img_2482 This is my favourite soundtrack from the Korean drama – When The Devil Calls Your Name. Liver and Gallbladder is not a real band. It was created specifically for the series. This song gives off the feeling of nostalgia, and I love it. The guitar in this is phenomenal.

 

Kim Igyeong – “Say to Myself”img_2483 Another unique song from When The Devil Calls Your Name. I am not sure if this was sung by Lee Seol or Sondia. Sondia is the artist who voiced most of Lee Seol’s music scenes in the drama. Anyways, this track hit me with the feels from the first moment I heard it.

 

Juno Su – “Fortunately, We Meet Again”img_2435 This was my song for last week, but I still had to put it on here. To know what I have to say about this lovely song, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again: Song Of The Week.

 

Bii – “I miss you more”img_2440 Bii’s voice always speaks to me and then when you combine it with a good drama, you will definitely get my attention. This song is from the Taiwanese series – Before We Get Married. I just love how soft this track is. A perfect chill pill.

 

Hu Xia, Yisa Yu – “Don’t You Know?”img_2445 I have never heard of any other OST that is so poetic and soothing. I lived for whenever this song came on during The Story Of Ming Lan. Ahh, now I feel like going back to watch the scene when Ming Lan finally accepted Gu Tingye’s marriage proposal. So cute.

 

Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu – “Chasing Youth”img_2491 I featured this OST as my song for the week in September. To read that post, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌYoga Lin & Yisa Yu – θΏ½ε°‹εΉ΄ε°‘ηš„ε…‰: Song Of The Week. “Chasing Youth” is from the Chinese drama – River Flows To You. I have not seen the series yet, but I stumbled upon the music video on YouTube. The keyboard instrumental at the beginning caught my attention. Both singers are pure art on this soundtrack.

 

Elaine – “Search”img_2476 This is such a badass soundtrack that fits so well with the theme of Search: WWW. I have not completed this series. I just did a premiere watch, but I have plans to continue. I love how unique Elaine sounds, she always pulls you in with all her OSTs.


I had to make this a two-part post because I had a long list of songs. The final part will be up in a few seconds, so keep an eye out for that.Β Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.

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