Beautifully Made: A Hwasa & Jike Junyi Exclusive

Hwasa and Jike Junyi are both effortless beauties and equally impressive singers. This post will showcase some of their recent photos and highlight a few of my favourite songs/performances. 

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

First off is Hwasa for VOGUE Korea. I believe this is a photoshoot from last year, and she looks fierce in every shot –

Hwasa always stands out no matter what’s she doing. Her beauty and presence are very striking + she has a captivating and emotionally driven voice. Here are some of my favourite songs/performances from her 


Following up is Jike Junyi at the GQ 2020 MEN OF THE YEAR AWARD. She was glowing at this event. The outfit, hair and makeup was so on point –

Jike Junyi, also known as Summer, is a Chinese singer from the Yi Ethnic group.

The Yi or Nuosuo people are an ethnic group in China, Vietnam and Thailand that live primarily in mountainous areas. Jike Junyi is best known as the second runner-up of The Voice Of China Season 1. It wasn’t easy to find her music videos on YouTube, but I still listed some of my favourites –

This video ☝🏼 can only be viewed directly on YouTube, but try to check it out because it’s hands down my favourite performance from her.

Epik High is Here!! With “Rosario” (Feat. CL & ZICO)

On January 18th, Epik High returned with a new album titled Epik High is Here (Part 1). This record has ten songs, including the two title tracks – “Rosario ft. CL & ZICO” and “Based On A True Story ft. HEIZE”. I couldn’t skip reviewing this iconic hip-hop group, so let’s get right into it.

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

Reaction to “Rosario” (Feat. CL, ZICO) Official MV –

  • They are back with their trademark vertical videos, and for some reason, I feel like I’m watching a 3D clip. Maybe this is due to the way they filmed this music video.
  • Okay, I am 0.26 seconds in, but I already know that this song is a certified BOP.
  • I love the slight Spanish influence, and DJ Tukutz’s acting is on point.
  • Trying to pay attention to both the lyrics and visuals at the same time is impossible. For my first listen, I’m going to focus on the visuals alone.
  • Wow, the beat for this song + that guitar in the background is exquisite.
  • Tablo is flowing as expected. I love how they amplified the bass during his second verse.
  • CL came into the mix smoothly. I love her raspy voice, and her outfit is giving QUEEN VIBES!!!
  • Kudos to whoever designed the set for each artist. It’s so detailed and stunning👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.
  • Of course, ZICO came in with the heat and that three-piece suit is doing him justice😎.
  • The production on this song is serving 100% quality, and I’m in LOVE.
  • The shots for this music video are insane. Did you see the way the camera moved during ZICO’s scene?
  • From what I’ve seen, I feel like this video has a deeper meaning. Hopefully, I can get the gist of this once I read the lyrics or else, I’ll watch an explanation video on YouTube later.
  • CL truly brings the right amount of sauce to the chorus section.
  • Now it’s Mithra’s turn to kill things. Oh, the beat got even nastier on his part, and I love his intensity.
  • This music video looked simple at first because of the vertical format but Nah!! This is some A+++++++++ direction and filming work.
  • I love the instrumental outro after Tablo says “moment of silence.”
  • After paying close attention to the lyrics, I feel they’re calling out people who rudely criticize every little thing celebrities do. These same individuals turn out to be hypocrites once something terrible happens to the same artist they once hated. They try to sympathize and act like they didn’t partake in what led to the demise. Just as Tablo mentioned in his verse, their actions are equal to murder.
  • I love the message. Inconsiderate people that call themselves ‘fans’ need to know their place. PERIOD!!!!
  • “Rosario” is a solid title track. Every person on this song came through and served.

Reaction to “Based On A True Story” (Feat. HEIZE) Official MV –

  • A slower track than “Rosario”, and once again, I am in awe of the music video. It’s visually pleasing to watch.
  • HEIZE sounds beautiful, and the pianist backing her is incredible. You all know how I love a good piano instrumental.
  • I am getting chills from the soothing harmony between the piano, violin and HEIZE’s vocals.
  • “Based On A True Story” serves pure bliss energy, and I am here for it.
  • I love how Tablo came in singing before switching into a slightly upbeat rap section.
  • Nah, at this point, Epik High is just disrespectful, but what did I expect? They are killing the production on these songs. Every aspect screams excellence, from the vocals to the rap sections, the beats, and most notably, the violin & piano sections on this track.
  • I think this music video’s filming style comes off quite personal, which makes sense considering this song’s title.
  • I keep getting goosebumps because the melody for this song is so beautiful.
  • The lyrics for “Based On A True Story” are sad, but I truly enjoyed every second. Big ups to Epik High and HEIZE👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.

Album Review:

  1. Lesson Zero – Another soothing track from Epik High. The opening vocals are so serene, and the visuals for this video is beautiful. “Lesson Zero” is a befitting opening for this deep-felt and solid album. Yes, I said solid because I know Epik High doesn’t disappoint. Tablo stays spitting facts. This song holds some profound insights into the world and the systems that run us. I feel “Lesson Zero” is about tracing back to who we want to be rather than focusing on what society has set for us to become.
  2. Rosario (Feat. CL, ZICO) – No need for too many words because this is my song!!!  
  3. Based On A True Story (Feat. HEIZE) – It still gives me chills, such a beautiful song. 
  4. Acceptance Speech (Feat. B.I) – Okay, Mithra Jin started this song right off the first second, + the beat came in hard. It’s nice to hear B.I’s voice after so long. He nailed the chorus section, making me reminisce the “Born Hater” era. Yet another song with deep-felt lyrics. When you’ve met a lot of fake people in life, you begin to build up walls and, in turn, become immune to anyone that tries to mess with you again. The sad aspect is that these fake friends tend to feel entitled as if you owe them something. 
  5. Leica (Feat. Kim Sawol) – Quite an intriguing keyboard entry for this song. Tablo is riding the beat so well, and his flow is sick. The melody for the instrumental is very catchy. I think this is my first time hearing anything from Kim Sawol, and she has such a calm vocal tone. I need to check out more songs from her. “Leica” has a groovy beat; it makes me want to body-roll. Nah, this was too short. I needed more time with such a fantastic track. From the lyrics I read on genius.com, I think this song is about living in the moment rather than being consumed with storing everything in a photobook or taking countless pictures on a camera.
  6. In Self-defense (Feat. Woo, Nucksal, CHANGMO) – Ooo, this one is a hardcore rap zone, and I live for this type of energy. I love how Woo came into the mix, and his flow is impressive. All the features on this song are serving it hot. “In Self-defense” gives me cypher vibes because of how quickly they move from one rapper to the next. No time to waste on this beat, and this song is LIT🔥. I believe this song is hinting at the high level of competition in the music industry and how chaotic it can become + just showcasing that Epik High paved the way for many other rappers.
  7. True Crime (Feat. Miso) – Open up your chest for another person’s entertainment🤨? Now that’s some toxic relationship, in my sincere opinion. I love Miso’s soft voice and how the EDM drop wasn’t too intense because the lyrics seem dark. After reading the English translation, I think my initial take was wrong. This song is about two people in love that are criticized continuously due to societal norms? So far, “True Crime” is my least favourite. I need more time to appreciate this song’s sound.
  8. Social Distance 16 – Another track but very befitting for our current times with the constant lockdowns, social distancing, mask life, depression and uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
  9. End of the World (Feat. GSoul) – Alright, let’s talk about it because I’m confused. He was G.Soul, then it switched to Golden, and now he’s back to GSoul? Anyway, I love the guitar intro on this track, and GSoul’s amazing vocals stay constant no matter the stage name. This song is my kind of vibe, I love the instrumental, and the vocals + rap sections are groovy. Tablo’s flow on this one is sweet, and Mithra Jin went in on his verse. GSoul’s vocal runs are pure eargasm, and I could listen to this man sing all day. “End of the World” is that song!!! 
  10. Wish You Were – Okay, this is an outro; hence I don’t mind that it’s only 1 minute and 33 seconds long. We got some smooth vocals, a groovy beat, Haru’s sweet voice and honest lyrics. “Wish You Were” served its purpose as the perfect closing to this fantastic album.

Final Thoughts:

I had to take my time on this review because when Epik High releases anything, they serve vibes and give free life lessons. I am delighted to have them back, and I hope everyone enjoyed reading this post. There’s no need for me to comment more at this point. Epik High is Here (Part 1) is an album that speaks for itself as a complete MASTERPIECE. Hence it gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.

CHUNG HA Teases Upcoming Album With Her New Digital Single – “X”

I finally got some time on my hands, and I didn’t want to miss out on reviewing CHUNG HA‘s latest single, “X”. This song is a pre-release to her 1st full album titled Querencia, which drops on February 15th.

(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:

  • Right off the bat, I love the instrumental for this song.
  • I truly missed Chung Ha’s voice.
  • I know she’s been releasing singles since last year, but I didn’t have the opportunity to check them all.
  • So far, I’m enjoying the soft vibes of this song + Chung Ha sounds lovely.
  • The visuals for the music video are fascinating. I love how the base is black & white with a few splashes of chromatic colours. These all add to the striking presence of the music video.
  • Wow, Chung Ha is stunning, and her outfit is also beautiful. I would love to buy all the jewelry she has on.
  • I like the message of this song. If someone doesn’t support you during the downtimes, they don’t deserve friendship or love once you’re in a better place or position.
  • It’s always refreshing to hear Chung Ha’s vocals on a ballad, + the instrumentalization on this track is superb, so “X” is playlist worthy.
  • I give this song a 10/10.

U-KNOW Returns With A Cinematic NOIR – Kpop Album Review

Earlier today, U-KNOW released his 2nd mini-album titled NOIR. This EP has five songs, including the title track “Thank U”

Jung Yun-ho, popularly known either as Yunho or U-Know, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor signed to SM Entertainment. He was born on February 6th, 1986 and is currently a member of the duo act – TVXQ. U-Know debuted with TVXQ as the band’s leader in 2003. 

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • From the teasers, I know this will be a very cinematic music video. I’m excited to see the production quality.
  • U-Know looks good!!! The man is FINEEEE.
  • So he was betrayed by his fellow gang members? Damn, the acting is superb.
  • I wouldn’t mind if they produced an actual film with a similar storyline.
  • Okay, I expected him to open the song with some smooth singing, but his actual intro is still intriguing.
  • The production quality for the visuals is insane. SM spent good money on this one.
  • The chorus is catchy, and U-Know sounds beautiful on the track.
  • I wasn’t so into the sound when this song first started, but the chorus won me over.
  • The choreography for both his dancing and fight scenes is smooth and aesthetically pleasing to watch.
  • Can we give props to the music producer for that lovely jazzy instrumental bridge + U-Know’s charming vocals? I’m in love.
  • 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 The cinematography & storyline for this music video is off the charts brilliant. It kept me entertained from beginning to end.
  • “Thank U” is a masterpiece and an excellent comeback for U-Know. Now I need someone to give this amazing man a similar role in a film or drama because I’m itching to watch.

Album Review:

  1. Time Machine – I am here for the electronic-hip-hop sound on this song. U-Know is serving vocals!! on this one, and I am living my best life. The beat for “Time Machine” is sick🔥. I need to know who wrote and produced this track because I am enjoying every moment of it. It’s a whole vibe.
  2. Thank U – This song is a certified bop that I see myself coming back to a lot. The production on U-Know’s voice + the beat is perfect. Plus, the song has a nice message, so what’s not to love? 
  3. Loco (House Party) –Ooo, I adore the rich bass on this track. It makes me feel like I’m actually at a house party with loudspeakers blasting the best music ever. Nice production👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. The classic call and response technique was also a brilliant touch. “Loco” is a lit disco track, and I am digging all the energy.
  4. Need You Right Now – Okay, it looks like things are slowing down with this song. I was not expecting the chorus to be such a vibe!!! “Need You Right Now” is more chill than the previous tracks, but the melody & quality is beautiful. I adore how U-Know sounds on this track. It feels intimate because he’s almost whispering in some sections.
  5. La Rosa (Feat. SHIN YE EUN) – Okay, the guitar on this serving the right dose of Spanish flavour and the vocals/harmonies are pure bliss. I sound like a broken record by now, but I AM IN LOVE😄. I can’t even pick my favourite yet from all five songs, but “La Rosa” is hitting the feels hard for me. What a song and a very befitting closing to this album.

Final Thoughts:

I didn’t mention it earlier, but this album marks my first time listening to U-Know’s solo material. I love TVXQ, hence why I decided to check him out finally, and I am genuinely impressed. The production quality on this album is impeccable. NOIR is a straight masterpiece. U-Know served vocals and divine energy on every track. No single song on this record was a letdown, so I’m going to enjoy them without stressing about which is better than the other.

With all that said, my rating for U-Know‘s 2nd mini-album NOIR is a solid 10/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: The Older, The Better🥰

If you’re an older Asian drama fan or just a well-versed watcher, then you probably have certain older actors (i.e. 30+ years) that continuously amaze you with their acting skills and beauty!!!. Yes, that’s the focus of this post. I will be sharing pictures of some of my favourite older Korean actors. Also, I’m discussing how I discovered them + some recommendations of their dramas/films. To keep this post brief, I will create a female/Chinese version later.

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

Lee Joon-gi was born on April 17th, 1982, making him 38 years old. He recently starred in ‘Flower of Evil’, and he is one actor with a very secure place in my heart. When I dived into the Korean drama scene, Lee Joon-gi was the first older actor that caught my eye. It all started with ‘Iljimae’ (2008) and then every other drama/movie from him because I fell in love with his acting style, charisma and beauty. So here are some recent photos of the actor from Allure Korea.

Recommended film/dramas of Lee Joon-gi (click photos to see titles)


Lee Dong Wook, who recently starred in ‘Tale of the Nine-Tailed’, was born on November 6th, 1981, making the actor 39 years old. He sure is ageing like fine wine, both physically and career-wise. I first saw Lee Dong Wook in ‘Blade Man’ (2014), and I’ve found him to be a great actor after watching his other movies/dramas. Hence he is my second feature with recent shots from GQ Korea.

Recommended film/dramas of Lee Dong Wook (click photos to see titles)


Lee Je-hoon is more of a film actor. Hence, I haven’t had the time to dive into his works because that would require some days of sitting through different stories. For some reason, dramas are much easier for me to watch😆. All the same, after watching ‘Signal’ (2016), I have been obsessed with him. He’s such an engaging actor that always brings distinction and life to his character. Lee Je-hoon was born on July 4th, 1984 (36 years old). Here are some recent shots of the actor from W Korea.

Recommended dramas of Lee Je-hoon (click photos to see titles)


Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) was born on June 25th, 1982, making him 38 years old. Most people knew him as a singer, but I discovered him as an actor through the 2014 drama – ‘My Lovely Girl’. Honestly, that drama did not do much for me, which affected my perception of Rain’s acting skills. Thankfully I watched ‘Please Come Back, Mister’ (2016) and then began to notice his strengths as an actor. Plus, we all have to admit that the man is fine!!!! Hence why he is my last feature on this post with some photos from GQ Korea.

Recommended dramas of Rain (click photos to see titles)

The Blogger Recognition Award 2020

Christmas is around the corner, and although 2020 hasn’t been the best, I still have things that made my year. One of such items on my list are bloggers who dedicated their time throughout this year to provide beautiful content that comforted readers. The Blogger Recognition Award serves as an appreciation for them. 

First off, I would like to thank Hallyureviews for nominating my blog; it truly means a lot. Although I discovered hallyureviews quite late this year, I love their take on Korean music and dramas + it sometimes feels like we’re in sync with our content, and that’s so fun😄. Kindly check them out. 

THE RULES OF NOMINATION:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and feature a link to their blog in your award post.
  2. Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
  3. Share the reason why you started your blog.
  4. Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
  5. Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
  6. Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!

Why I started this blog?

I always enjoyed sharing my thoughts on Kpop/Kdramas with my friends, so at some point, I felt the need to share my love for these things with a broader audience. After researching various platforms, I decided to start a blog.

My advice for newbies:

Once you have an idea, write!! It might not be perfect, but it is undoubtedly a good beginning. Trust me, with time, everything will fall into place, and you will find your niche.

While you research and try to get ideas from other people’s blogs, never forget your originality. Always leave a piece of you in every post by appreciating your unique writing style.

To close off, here are my nominations, please check them out –

Cfensi @ cfen.si

Anime Tokoyo @ animetokoyo.home.blog

SHAN SHANS JACKET @ ckdrama.home.blog

dramapearls @ dramapearls.com

FORTRESS @ nostalgicwalksblog.wordpress.com

 

LeeHi & Crush Have A Festive Tune Just ‘For You’🎄

This Christmas melody from LeeHi came at the perfect time. It’s such a sweet birthday gift + Crush is on this. I’m so excited😄. Now let’s see what “For You” has to offer.

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

Reaction to Official Live Video:

  • Just one note from LeeHi, and I am in love.
  • She sounds lovely, and her English pronunciation is clear.
  • The set designer for this live video did such a fantastic job. The place looks magical with all the beautiful Christmas decorations.
  • LeeHi is stunning. She’s ageing like fine wine, and I love her so much.
  • The drum sections on this are excellent, + the soft guitars/piano are a perfect combo.
  • Ooo, I love the chorus. It’s so soothing, and the backing vocals on there are top-notch.
  • I also love the instrumental transition after the chorus.
  • I just realized that this song is entirely in English, which means I can understand everything.
  • Yes, Crush came in smoothly with his sweet voice.
  • I want similar earrings to the one Crush has on because he looks good.
  • It’s a nice touch to have LeeHi back up while Crush sings. Their harmonies are beautiful.
  • Did you all catch that cute fist bump at the end? Crush and LeeHi’s friendship is adorable.🥰
  • I love everything about “For You”, therefore it gets 10/10
  • LeeHi Crush did a great job as a duet.