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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 Family Auditions!

So as some of you may know, I am an aspiring singer and a major YG Fan! So when I heard YG Family were having auditions right here in Sydney, I grabbed the opportunity!

I won’t bore you with the minor details but basically, we got to Chatswood very early (mind you I live almost two hours away) and I got to be the 14th Auditionee (is that even a word?) !!

Lucky Number 14!

Like my haircut? 🙂

I sang 아파 (slow) by 2NE1. I knew it was a popular song…. but I didn’t think it was that popular… I was Number 14, and I met two other people who sang the same song before me. Can you imagine how many other people would have sung it after?

Anyway, here’s a little snippet from my audition….

The night before I had completely lost my voice from recording with my band, but thanks to steam inhalations, ginger, honey, lemon and prayers I got my voice back long enough to sing!

Did you audition for YG? Or any other Korean companies such as JYP last year? Rumour has it that SM Town will be having auditions in Sydney later on in the year, so for you Sydney siders out there, keep your eyes peeled!

Anyway, I’m keeping positive but if I don’t get it this time around, YG, you’ll be seeing me again. I’ll be auditioning in Seoul next year. 🙂 I’ll leave you guys with Park Bom’s audition for YG Family!

Extra trivia: Did you know Park Bom was rejected from YG multiple times before finally being accepted after three years? (So to everyone who auditioned, stay positive!)

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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Major Setback: Pt. 2

Piggy isn't happy.

I’ve been doing so well saving up but some things you just can’t help. Today I bought Big Bang’s new album “Alive”. I bought two copies. One with all of Big Bang on the cover and the other was G-Dragon’s edition. Don’t worry, they’re not both for me! One is for Chantel who is turning 20 in approximately 10 minutes! (Happy Birthday Chantelly Belly! I hope you don’t see this until tomorrow)

Also, Die Antwoord’s concert is next Friday and as I said in my first blog “10 Ways to Save for Korea” they’re one of my Must See concerts of 2012 and I am not going to let myself miss this.

So in the past two days alone I have spent just over $100 … and I have to buy my $30 train ticket tomorrow. Damn.

But on the other hand, I went for my job interview yesterday and I’d have to say it went pretty well! The rates are incredible and if things go well, I’ll have enough for Korea sooner than expected. I don’t want to count my eggs before they’ve hatched though so we’ll just see how it goes and I’m just hoping for the best. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a banana with a face on it.

Omnomnom~!

Welcome to my little (but growing) YG Collection, Alive!

🙂

That’s all for now! Wish me luck for this job!

Annyeong~!

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K-Talk Tuesdays: 내가 제일 잘 나가

Welcome to the first edition of K-Talk Tuesdays!

This week’s phrase is:

내가 제일 잘 나가   –   Naega Jeil Jal Naga   –   I am the Best

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since about July last year, you’d know where I got this phrase from. If not, check out the video below:

BamRaTaTaTaTaTaTaTaBeat

At the time I’m writing this post, 2NE1‘s “I am the Best” video has had over 34 million views on Youtube.

So why did I choose this phrase? Because why not??!! I was going to start off with something boring like “Annyeong” which means “Hello” but I’m sure if you’re reading this blog or have access to the internet you already knew that.

Anyway, it’s just such a catchy song and I’ve heard (K-Pop influenced) people using the phrase in colloquial conversation. I mean, I’ve slipped it into conversation with my friends here and there. It’s such an easy phrase to use! For example:

*Gets 100% on an exam*
“Naega Jeil Jal Naga!” 

*Scores some tickets to a sold out concert*
“Naega Jeil Jal Naga!”

*Wins at life*
“Naega Jeil Jal Naga!!!” 

Obviously, the phrase was made popular by 2NE1 when the song and video clip came out on June 27, 2011, and even more so when the second mini album came out in July 2011.

I'm a massive fan, can't you tell?

Anyway, I hope you’ve liked your first taste of K-Talk. If there are any particular words or phrases you’d like me to check out and write about next week, let me know in the comments below!

Annyeong~!

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Why Korea?

Over the past few weeks, this has been the most common question I’ve received from my colleagues, my family, friends and just everyone really.

Of all the places in the world, why Korea?

Even the Koreans are asking why.

Initially, Korea wasn’t high up on my list. I just got back from a 3 month holiday in the Philippines and during that time I brainstormed a few places my friends and I could visit next year. Top on my list were Boracay (Philippines) or the Gold Coast in Sunny Brisvegas. Both beautiful places with tropical climates. Neither one too far from home and both well within our price ranges.

So I messaged my friends on facebook to suggest my ideas… turns out since I was gone for such a long period of time (2 and a half months at that point), there were already ruminations about going to Korea! So there goes Boracay and the Gold Coast… but at the end of the day this was actually a lot more exciting for me. It’s a lot different to what I’m used to in terms of holidays. I’ve already been to both Boracay and the Gold Coast, both of which are summery beach places. I’m from Sydney so I could easily just drive down the coast to Bondi, but how often do I see snow?? Never! We’re going in February which most probably means snow! YAY!

Anyhoo…

My friends have been massive fans of Korean culture for a long time. Kpop, Kdrama, Kfashion – you name it.

Btw, Happy Valentines Day 😉

I was fairly late to the entire Korean Culture boom when I got into it in 2009. Chantel introduced me to f(x)’s songs “Chu” and “La Chata”, and Cat introduced me to the Kdrama “My Girl” and I guess that’s what got the ball rolling for me. Also, during this time was the massive WONDERGIRLS boom and  fortunately (or unfortunately?) for me I was holidaying in the Philippines (read: Asia) at this point and “Nobody” was playing on the radio, on TV, in shopping centres and everywhere, constantly. You’d think the radio DJ had fallen asleep and left “Nobody” on repeat.

Anyway, I guess from that point my interest in Korean culture started to grow. From there I started discovering my own favourite Korean related things (2NE1 and Big Bang anybody??) and basically, I developed an interest in all things Korean (which was fed by my slightly K-obsessed friends).

So now you know a little about my background in regards to Korean culture, still, why Korea?

Personally, I am going because I want a change. Korea is very different in terms of what I’m used to in terms of culture,  climate and latitude/longitude. Korea will be my first holiday as an adult and by that I mean it’ll pretty much be the first time I’ll be away from Mommy and Daddy (aww) for such a period of time, and it’ll be my first non-family oriented holiday. I’ve been to other places but I’ve always gone with my family and I guess this upcoming holiday will be testing  my independence and my ability to hold myself as an adult in the big wide world. This is my main reason for going.

Otherwise, other than the fact that my friends are going, I have many reasons for going… especially after discovering Eat Your Kimchi’s youtube channel last year singing praises for Korean life. If you haven’t met Simon and Martina of Eat Your Kimchi yet, I suggest you head over to their website now. NOW! (Just make sure you don’t have any work to do because I can assure you that you’ll be there for awhile.)

Simon, Martina & the Spudgy!

Anyway, Eat Your Kimchi have started a segment recently called W.A.N.K. (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea!) where they travel to different places to review it so I suggest you check that out if you intend to travel there anytime soon. Other than that, they have K-Pop Mondays where they review songs and they also have TL;DR for any of your (mostly) Korea related questions.

In their blogs they make Korea look so amazing, which I’m very sure it is! Pretty much everything they have reviewed is on our itinerary from Namsan tower to Se7en’s restaurant.

So I’m going to wrap this blog up now and in my upcoming posts I guess I’ll write a little about the places my friends and I plan to visit.

Are there any places in Korea that you recommend? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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