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Idol Chit-Chat: Sandara Park

According to The Telegraph, idle chit chat can make you unhappy….

But you know what will make you happy?

IDOL Chit Chat! (Teehee, like my little play on words there??)

I’ve decided to start a new segment on idols and just my own personal view of them. I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting on this segment, probably just once monthly… maybe a bit more once I get the ball rolling…. but without further a due, I’d like to welcome you to the first edition of Idol Chit-Chat!

This blog came about quite simply. All I knew is that I wanted to write a little something about Sandara Park aka Dara of 2NE1 fame and the idea of writing about other idols stemmed from that.

Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, Eh, 2NE1!

This is just my own personal take on Dara. Basically, I’ve been following her for awhile now. I come from a Filipino background and of course, my house has TFC (the Filipino Channel) blaring 24/7. Because of this, I was exposed to Dara back when she was good old Sandy – the Korean Beauty – on the TV show Star Circle Quest.

In all honesty, I didn’t think she’d achieve much after this show. She was a beautiful girl however she only came in at second place after Hero Angeles (her rumoured love interest).

Hero & Sandy :3

After having a successful career in the Philippines with a few movies, shows and songs under her belt , Sandara finally moved on to greater things (namely: 2NE1 and the YG family). After training with YG for four years (I think), Sandara’s star has only continued to rise and grow brighter. I mean, Dara’s kissed Lee Min Ho! OMO! (Inner fan girl coming out, I apologise)

She doesn't look too interested... if you want, I can take over for you Dara.

The one thing I absolutely admire about Dara though, is that she has remained humble over the years throughout her transition from Filipino reality-TV star to international K-Pop star! She always goes back to her roots, and her fans are always her first priority. I recommend that you read THIS post about her generosity to her fans.

But the one thing that attracts me to Sandara so much is the fact that she’s accomplished most of the things I have always wanted in life. Namely, 2NE1 recently performed at the Araneta Colliseum in the Philippines. I can only dream of one day accomplishing such a feat (but I’ll keep trying anyway… 화이팅~!) Also, she has become the face of etude house along with SHINee.

Mwah~!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now… keep an eye out for more Idol Chit Chat in the future (I promise it won’t all be YG family). I hope you enjoyed your first dose. As for now…

안녕~!

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YG Entertainment Month: 2NE1 vs BIGBANG

So in the past 72 hours alone, YG Entertainment have released two new videos from their two biggest acts: 2NE1 and BIGBANG.

Which one is your favourite? Check them out below:

Scream – 2NE1

Fantastic Baby – BIGBANG

Personally, I have no bias here. They are my two favourite K-Pop groups and I like them both on an equal level. I find that their colour schemes are very similar in their respective MVs however I enjoy 2NE1’s clip more. I find that 2NE1 are more into their clip (movement wise) and it makes me want to get into it more, whereas Big Bang’s MV is more laid back. On the other hand, I love Big Bang’s set design and just overall costumes more (however I’m definitely going to be stealing 2NE1’s style from “Scream”).

Don't make me choose.

In terms of the actual songs itself, I can’t choose a favourite. They’re both extremely catchy and both have great hooks… I don’t know whether I want to “Boom Shakalaka” or “Scream! Ah Ah Ah Ah!”

Anyway, I’ve just got to say that Dara looks amazing! Loving all her styles. And Minzy’s hair looks great!

Annyeong~!

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Saving Update: Saving on the side

Being a full-time musician and student makes it a great deal harder to save up for anything. I get the occasional gig here and there but as many of you know, unless you’re a worldwide superstar, being a musician doesn’t pay greatly. But don’t get me wrong! I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way however it becomes a great dilemma when you’re trying to save up for Korea!

Performing with my band "Enter the Ninja"

So how can I save any other way?

Obviously, there’s having a job which would be my number one option. I quit my job last year once I became a full time student and since then my bank account gradually became emptier and emptier. Being a student isn’t cheap. Every week my public transport expenses costs me $30, I have to spend for food if I don’t want to starve myself, plus there are tuition fees. As I mentioned in my 10 Ways to Save For Korea post, I’ve begun packing lunches for uni but occasionally I do want to eat some nice hot food and sometimes my packed lunch just isn’t enough. Either way, if I’m packing lunches or buying at uni, I’m still spending none-the-less.

Anyway, I’ve applied for a few jobs and I have an interview on Thursday! (Woo!) I’ll just have to deal with being an employed full-time student somehow.

Regardless of what I’ve mentioned above, here are some things I’ve been doing to help fill up my piggy!

  1. Busking


    Yesterday I went busking for the first time with Frances! We used this opportunity as a paid rehearsal before a gig we had afterwards. It was daunting at first singing in public in front of strangers but then, think about it. As a musician, I sing in front of strangers all the time. Most people loved it, and we even had a little audience by the end of it all. It was great! And to be honest, the income was fantastic. I made more money busking than playing actual gigs. The money you pay for a busking license is pretty much remitted back to you on your first busk.I think I’ll be busking more often.  Yep, definitely.
  2. Giving Lessons
    We’re all particularly good at something and there are always people wanting to get better at that something you do. I’m a singer so recently I decided I’d give some singing lessons to beginners for heaps cheap. And when I say cheap, I mean cheap. You get more business that way.
  3. Gigs

    One day I'll have my own Big Show

    My band Enter the Ninja and I have been gigging around Sydney since late 2010. However, until the day we get as big as Big Bang, originals bands just don’t earn nearly enough but it is a great way to save on the side. Fighting~!

Anyway, Piggy is getting fatter and fatter! I’ve just got to keep finding ways to feed her!

Feed me~!

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Major setback

Bring the boys out!

So unfortunately my keyboard decided to die this afternoon. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a music student so having a keyboard is vital to my education. Because of this, I had to dig out some $$$ from my Korea Kitty to buy a new keyboard ASAP.

This sucks terribly because it has placed a massive dent in my savings.

But in other news, I have applied for a job to help speed savings up a bit faster so hopefully I get hired so I can check-out chick my way into Korea.

Fighting~!

(Also, the song I was charting out when my old Casio died was The Boys by Girls’  Generation. Ha! I just thought you should know!)

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