104 | Fangirl Slang

So having been a fangirl for an extraordinarily protracted amount of time (seriously, with my attention span in all likelihood K-pop should’ve been done with something like 9 years ago) has made me come to appreciate the intricacies of K-pop fan language – a.k.a fangirl slang. It can be a bit hard for non-speakers of Korean to understand, but once you get into Korean slang, you’ll never want to use another half-past-six, makeshift phrase again.

(PS: If there’s any term that you’d like to see that’s not on here, leave a comment or tweet me at @chelseaaasj and I’ll have it up here in a jiffy!)

Thank you my girls Nina and Arina for helping with the examples! Y’all are precious. ❥

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68 | Heirs 상속자들

왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들
The one who wants to wear the crown, bears its weight – the Inheritors

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My, my. What a storm this drama unleashed in my life.

When I first saw Eunice watching it, she told me I should begin watching it after exams. I don’t usually watch dramas on recommendation, even less so from first episode. At that point in time, Heirs had created a buzz in the K-netizen community, what with its star-studded cast. I still wasn’t tempted to watch it.

My first encounter with it was right before exams. Yep, you got it. No amount of persuasion except exams could have made me watch Heirs. It also turned out to be the most disastrous persuasion because at that time, Heirs was at Ep 16. Within 2 days, I went from Ep 1 to Ep 16 and became a completely obsessed fan. I covered 8 episodes in a day and even found a streaming link for the next episode so I could watch it live. Talk about obsession.

This drama is fresh in many ways, and this would have heavily influenced its success. First – it depicts the life of chaebol, which is not a subject matter you often see. Rich people, yes, but children of chaebol? No, not that I remember. Second – it had its pick among idol actors as well as seasoned veterans. They also chose their leads wisely, Park Shin Hye with 10 years of acting experience and Lee Min Ho with multiple blockbuster dramas like Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter, Faith: The Great Doctor, Personal Preference under his belt. He has more Facebook likes than Big Bang, by the way, and that makes him a force to be trifled with >) Jokes aside, the two of them lent a lot of help with their popularity to the drama. Interestingly, they cast breakout actors like Kim Woo Bin, Krystal Jung and Kang Min Hyuk. Last but not least, the OST. The OST is really a work of art. I’ve never been so obsessed with the OST of any drama before! The lyrics are not only heartbreaking but fit the context of the show to a T, so much so that when you hear the song on its own, it conjures up images of the show. Powerful, poignant parts of the show. If this isn’t a success formula, I don’t know what is.

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Of course, Heirs has had its fair share of detractors saying that Park Shin Hye’s character is a flat one, simply because she’s like a rag doll being pushed around by men. I beg to differ. All along, Park Shin Hye’s character, Cha Eun Sang,  as the object of desire, has always had the last call in her hands. The boys have nothing on her if she doesn’t want to have anything to do with them, and I think that’s where the charm in their love lines lie – two men fighting for one woman’s love fiercely, and the ultimate choice being in her hands. Or at least, that’s what it is for me. It’s interesting because the two men are such well-carved characters with very distinct caricatures. Arguably, it might be a bit formulaic, but the characters painted here got me hook, line and sinker.

I won’t talk about the Kim Tan x Cha Eun Sang love line because I jumped off that ship at Ep 16. It felt like it was dragging way too long for me – one running, the other catching, a constant hide and seek. If you want this love, you fight for it. I’m not going to sit around and wait for you to finally figure out (after a long series of trial and tribulation) that hey, you actually want it. So let me focus on the Choi Young Do x Cha Eun Sang love line first.

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I hated Choi Young Do from the get-go, I really did – a really douche-y, hard-bent on revenge jerk. He didn’t seem to care for anyone at all, and that’s why I hated him so badly. But as the drama progressed, I did an about-face and fell head-over-heels for him. How does one resist the way he does things quietly behind her back, protecting her in ways that she cannot see and will never acknowledge? He is reckless at times, but even in those times we see his humanity, the softer side of him that shines through. He’s also charming in his speech – Kim Woo Bin has done a mighty fine job of portraying him.

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Let me digress for a second and tell you how capable Kim Woo Bin is. He’s a model turned actor, and he is possibly one of the people I admire most in the industry, possibly because he has a girlfriend and he’s not afraid of going public with her because according to him, “The meeting of a man and woman is nothing to be secretive about.” I’ve been into K-entertainment since 2008 and so far, he’s one of the only ones who have ever dared to say something like that. He’s also a riot during fanmeetings. 😉 Since his breakout role in School 2013, he’s only come further in Heirs, depicting a more dynamic character as Choi Young Do. Where Park Heung-Soo was rarely emotional, in this drama he maintains a fine balance of emotion and that heady mix of charm. Now you know why I like him.

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Of all the scenes in the show, the ones I loved best all involved fighting. Not because it was two guys fighting over one girl, but because the way they fought was riveting to watch. Their words were like knives, cutting just at the right spots. They were self-controlled and played mind games more than physical fist fights which I enjoyed greatly. There was so much you could feel just from someone throwing his chopsticks down or from someone approaching the table. The animosity was well-portrayed and the actual fist fights beautifully orchestrated. I wish I’d see more of these rather polite, cordial fighting scenes in other dramas instead of the usual “Hey, you deserve this!” *punch* kind of scenes.

I honestly would have loved for Cha Eun Sang and Choi Young Do to get together. I think if Kim Tan was a character who could give Cha Eun Sang what she wanted, then Choi Young Do was someone who would pull all the stops to love her. Some would say it was childish of him to do things like use his empire’s website to look for her, but quite honestly, I think that’s bravery. Choi Young Do would stop at nothing and he knows no greater loss than the loss of Cha Eun Sang, but Kim Tan has more burdens and has much more to lose. Yet the show would never have been as poignant had it been Choi Young Do who’d ended up with Cha Eun Sang simply because Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sang have come so far and had the stakes raised too high for them. Choi Young Do is the ideal character to lose in this game because of the amount of things he’d gambled away, which upped the stakes for him, but he was also assured an inheritance. Kim Tan would have lost thoroughly. The sad ending wouldn’t have done well for ratings at all, would it?

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Choi Young Do’s theme song in this drama was a song called 상장통 2 Growing Up Pains by Cold Cherry and it is by far one of my favourite songs in the entire show. Just a snapshot of the lyrics before we move on –

사랑 난 배운 적이 없는데 왜 이런 맘이 나에게
I haven’t learnt about love, so why do these feelings come to me?
감당할 수도 없게 아파서 다가갈 수 조차 없는 나
It hurts so much that I can’t handle it, so I can’t approach you.

이젠 더는 견딜 수 없는데 왜 이런 아픔 나에게
I can’t bear this any more, why has such pain come to me?
한참 동안을 이럴 것 같아 너로 인해 베어진 날개
I think I’ll be like this for a while, my wings have been cut up because of you.

How can your heart not hurt for him?

The cutest couple of the year also has to be from Heirs, none other than cloyingly sweet Chanyoung and Bona.

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This was probably the best written couple I have ever seen in dramas. What makes it so interesting is that we have two characters with very distinct impressions – Bona with her bratty, overly possessive self, Chanyoung with his straight-A, filial son self – fitted with quirks that are equally distinct – Bona’s way of showing love with her jealousy, Chanyoung who actually finds her jealousy cute – made to mesh and interact with each other. This couple gave the show an added dimension because of their links to their main pair, but they held their own as a subplot of the drama. Very well-written indeed!

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Hyo Shin and Hyun Joo were another couple in the show that I liked but felt was too flat. In contrast to Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sang or even Bona and Chanyoung, there was no healthy push and pull. From the very beginning it was already established that Hyo Shin would always be the flailing boy who lost his first love, and Hyun Joo the one who only had eyes for another man. It was flat, predictable and not necessarily a pretty sight. In fact, other than counselling and mediating Kim Tan and Youngdo’s fight, it would seem that Hyo Shin served no purpose in the entire drama.

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Here we come to the characters with the most unclear motivations of the entire drama. Yoo Rachel, whilst having a really cool Korean name, has a really unhealthy obsession with Kim Tan, and in trying to get her way she does a number of odd things that even I wouldn’t understand. For one, why would you throw Eun Sang’s uniform in the trash instead of outrightly humiliating her? Why would you stop halfway, given your intensity of hatred? As for Kim Won, seeing Eun Sang and Kim Tan’s success in dating, why would you not go after Hyun Joo? Despite your occasional softening, you still manage to maintain a steely exterior, and your mistrust in Kim Tan after a while just gets old and can’t be backed up with a simple “He could steal my inheritance.” any more, so it was slightly disappointing, but I did enjoy Choi Jin Hyuk and Kim Ji Won’s portrayal of these two characters. True to character, but I feel that the motivations could be clarified a little further.

As Joonni put it, “I’ve watched too many dramas to be surprised by any direction this drama will take me. I’m ready for all the good and bad. But I still can’t help but cry, yell, complain, and laugh as I watch the characters I have grown to love and care for, despite all their faults and for all their faults, face the realities of life and growing up. Perhaps you believed too much in love, Tan, Eun Sang, and Young Do. Perhaps your love is not enough to protect the one you want. What decisions will you make? What paths will you take? What lessons will you learn? Let me walk this journey with you.” This drama has been a journey we’ve taken with Kim Tan, Cha Eun Sang, Choi Young Do and the numerous others, to learn what it means to wear their own crowns. I wish they’d produce a Heirs 2, simply because I need to see Young Do (and maybe, pretty please, Won too?) find a *cough* favourable closure, but also because it would mean so much to see what the aftermath of putting on that crown would be.

Heirs has earned its place as the best drama in 2013 for me, and I couldn’t find a better contender to have this title. 상속자들 최고!

TAG: Wanderlust & A Place I’d Like to Visit

In keeping with the 30 Day Live For Tomorrow Challenge and the Wanderlust tag: here are my voyages across the seas!

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I have taken a keen interest in Tibetan culture after watching Chinese Idol so Tibet is pretty straightforward. Korea – even more straightforward. Greece because who doesn’t like posh white houses on cliffs that hang over beautiful blue seas? And Bora Bora – for the sunshine-sand-sea girl in me.

1. Your most treasured passport stamp?

I think my most treasured passport stamp would be the one to Cairns, and I had a blast there. I was actually young enough to have the energy to try every single thing, but old enough to remember all that I did. I mean, I went to the Great Barrier Reef and spent a day snorkelling, as well as took a hot air balloon and ate the most exquisite outback steak in my life ever. I cannot forget that.

2. Can you recite your passport # from memory if asked?

I could probably do half of the numbers, but I think I have better things to remember!
3. Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or automobiles?

I think any mode works. I don’t mind, in fact, I love long-haul flights, road trips. I haven’t properly taken a train before but I can’t imagine it’ll be bad. By the way, am I the only one around who loves airplane food? I love how compartmentalized everything is. I’ve always loved compartmentalized food! Or it could be just me being strange.

4. Top 3 travel items?

I would feel very handicapped overseas without my phone. I will not travel without my trusty chapstick/lip balm. And some identification because let’s be honest, if I ever run out of cash, I could always sing on the streets and be a busker, right? Yep, people would actually pay me to shut up.
5. Hostel or hotel?

Oddly enough I have always felt terribly afraid of staying in hostel or hotels. Too many stories of such haunted places and so many rituals to observe, such as knock the door, occupy the whole bed, don’t talk trash, etc. I’m probably being superstitious but I suppose it might be better to err on the side of caution. If I honestly had to choose, not the hostel. The last time I stayed in a hostel in Lake District I had to lug my almost 20kg suitcase up the stairs. Not enjoyable at all!
6. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

I am.. a repeat visitor. I always miss the places I have visited and have rarely or never felt an inclination to go explore some godforsaken corner of the globe before. I am just not the adventurous type. Oh, and I hate anything and everything plant-related, so that means no tropical rainforest trekking for me, no matter how people try to make it sound exotic.
7. Do you read up on your destination (culture,history,safety) or do you wing it?

The places I’ve visited have been pretty familiar. I mean, Singapore is a global cosmopolitan city so we pretty much have experienced a large number of world cultures. I have read up extensively on a few countries I’d like to visit: Tibet, Alaska and Nordic countries!
8. Favorite travel website?

None. I usually find out about travel experiences from my favourite youtubers’ vlogs or @pameloho on twitter, who’s my friend 🙂
9. Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name city & why.

Stratford-upon-Avon. Other than it being the birthplace of the Bard, which makes it fantastic for literary geeks, it is also a really quaint town. I remember enjoying a good meal of English fish and chips and buying Beatrix Potter books for 2 pounds each. What a steal! They also have cobble-stone paths, which I absolutely adore.
10, You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?

I’m hightailing it to Tibet! It’s a dimension of its own entirely, the rooftop of the world. I have been so fascinated with the culture there and I would really like to visit! Second choice would be Greece, simply because it is breathtakingly beautiful (from the pictures I’ve seen of it). It seems that the city is mostly white and surrounded by blue seas and it’s like a dream come true for me.

TAG: Top 10 K-pop Biases/Someone You’d Like To Meet

Hello sunshines!

I’m currently in the process of giving my blog a makeover/reorganization. Meanwhile, this space will be used for IG tags/Blogtember posts, so don’t miss out on those!

I decided to keep my Instagram solely for pictures that I took myself, therefore all posts with curated pictures won’t be up there and will be here instead. If you’ve been following my 30 Day Live For Tomorrow Challenge, you’ll see some days where I will be forced to post here!

This is a mashup of two tags: 30DayLFTChallenge’s Someone You’d Like to Meet and the Top 10 Kpop Bias tag.

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I am personally quite proud of this editing hahaha.

Anyway, lest you all think me as superficial, there are more people that I’d like to meet, including Lee Kuan Yew & Ban Ki Moon. However, I’m just mashing those two tags together and posting on it 🙂

Introducing the 10 handsome men above: (clockwise)

1. Xiah Kim Junsu (JYJ of TVXQ)
2. Kwon Jiyong (GD)
3. Shin Hyesung (Shinhwa)
4. N (VIXX)
5. Park Yoochun (JYJ of TVXQ)
6. Jung Yunho (TVXQ)
7. Shim Changmin (TVXQ)
8. Roy Kim
9. Taeyang (BIGBANG)
10. Kim Jaejoong (JYJ of TVXQ)

Please note that only the top 2 are ranked. The rest are simply jumbled up.

From this list it is probably quite clear that I’ve been a Cassiopeian. In fact, I’ve been a Cassie since 2008 which makes it five years now. Woah there. That’s quite a good long while!

I started with Changmin as my bias but I think somehow throughout the course of your fandom you tend to gravitate towards the one who most calls to you. For me that was Junsu and I have since never looked back. I love all the five boys of course, but I think Junsu is my favourite one of all. Also, just to clarify once and for all, I basically am an everything stan, I just support the boys in any way I can. So any of you batshit crazy stans who just want to see the fandom go down in flames please buzz off! My favourite track from them.. hmm. There’s You’re My Melody, Flower Lady, Wrong Number, Insa, Holding Back The Tears, Like a Soap, The Boy’s Letter, etc. There’s a lot of tracks from IN HEAVEN that I like but not so much from CATCH ME or TONE. Of course their old performances are to-die-for as well – Love In The Ice, Why Did I Fall In Love With You, Wasurenaide, Taxi, all these are favourites of the fandom. Sidenote: I still can’t watch Wasurenaide without crying. Four years after the lawsuit began. Sigh.

I became a Changjo back when Shinhwa came back. I mean before that it was just kind of like they were extinct. There was no news about them. Then they came back with Venus and Andy caught my eye. I still like him for being dorky, but Hyesung in the end was the little prince who won my heart 🙂 My favourite track from them so far has to be This Love because the choreography is just breathtaking. Unfortunately they’re not always blessed with the best cameramen and some just don’t know how to film the choreography well. I think their performance at Chinese Idol was filmed really well tho!

It’s not that I like the group of every single idol here though. I like GD as a standalone artist, Taeyang as well. As Big Bang, I appreciate their music, but I won’t be buying tickets for their concert the way I did for GD. I think GD is for me an outlier, an anomaly. In K-pop there’s a lot of being forced into moulds, and GD makes the moulds. He’s a crazy talented composer, lyricist, rapper, singer and a fashionista. I think his passion, drive and dedication inspires me. He seems to be so different on and off stage – he’s quiet and composed backstage but on stage he’s a riot. I am so addicted to him! As for Taeyang – well, he’s another one. He’s all religious and sweet offstage but on stage he’s a walking fire.

All these are all old warriors except VIXX, of which my favourite is N (and Ravi, but top 10 is top 10!) because a quick google of him shows just how talented a dancer he is. As compared to the rest he probably isn’t much right now, but I think he’s a fantastic leader and he’s an all-rounded idol, with the potential to be something big. Perhaps he’ll walk in Yunho’s footsteps?

The only solo artist here is Roy Kim, and who can resist his voice? His mellow, warm voice just seems to encapsulate emotions so well, and ever since October Rain I don’t believe I’ve really turned back. Passing By was a another great hit of his on my iPod, despite me not liking his newest Bom Bom Bom because once is already enough repetition for me. That song was annoying, but the rest of his repertoire is fantastic by my grading.

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TAG: Get Your Freak On.

Hey guys! 🙂

I was tagged by a youtube friend, and this tag is called Get Your Freak On and I first saw it on frmheadtotoe (Jen’s) channel. I thought it was kinda fun so I transcripted it and here it is!

GET YOUR FREAK ON TAG

1. Nicknames your family calls you?
Mun mun (canto for Min min) and Chels! Occasionally, sotong.

2. Weird habits?
I cannot live without baby wipes in my rooms. And also I cannot stand when the fan and aircon are on at the same time, so I’ll switch them off. When the aircon is on, the windows MUST be closed. My curtains are never ever drawn, unless a visitor complains, because I like sunlight. There’s also something about people putting wet things on my wooden table, eg wet tissues, bottles with ice cold water and its condensation, etc cos wood is easily destroyed like that (or so I believe).
3. Odd phobias?
I have this super intense fear of ants. I HATE to feel ants crawling on me/see it on my table. I also hate loose strands of hair on me especially when it’s wet and it clings to your fingers, makes me feel like I’m being tied.

4. Song you secretly love to blast/belt out when you are alone?
Songs that I cannot sing in public because I’ll be burnt at a stake, eg Someone Like You.

5. A biggest pet peeve?
When people keep whining to me about problems but don’t do anything to remedy the situation. It’s either you whine, then fix it, or live with it and don’t whine at all.

6. One of your nervous habits?
I will fidget and shake my legs A LOT, bite/tear at my nails. So typical, IKR.

7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
They say the men sleep closest to the door (is this true or not huh? For what? For easy escape? :O) so I sleep furthest from the door! In fact I huddle in a corner of a queen size bed.

8. Your first stuffed animal and its name?
Roger, he was a patchy camel/white dog! He had a brother called Dodger (found him somewhere after like three thousand years) and they look like complete opposites, Dodger is white with brown spots. But they look so similar too!! I’ve always regarded the pair as somewhat of a miracle cos I had Roger first but then I found Dodger in a box.. Okay this is getting draggy.

9. Drink you always order at Starbucks?
I used to like Caramel Frappe with Java Chip and then my obssesion with Mochie (Mocha Cookie Crumble) began, and since Starbucks betrayed me and decided to take it off the menu I’ve sworn onto something evergreen, the Java Chip Frappe. Yes, I am a Java chip addict.

10. Beauty rule you preach but don’t practise?
I always tell people to drink water, but unless I’m at home I’m usually too lazy to bring my bottle out or simply don’t fancy the idea of patronizing the public toilets, but in any case, it seriously clears out toxin and makes you glow so PLEASE DRINK WATER. 😀

11. Which way do you face in the shower?
The mirror because I am narcissistic like that.

12. Weird body skills?
My pinky on my left hand has 4 segments while the rest have 3.

13. What’s your favourite bad “comfort food”?
Popcorn. Because I always want to eat it but I psycho myself into thinking I’m already had enough food for one day and ought to lay off especially since i’m not exercising but it is my guilty pleasure and when I’m sad I’ll binge like MAD on popcorn. Oh and I love salty popcorn.

14. Phrase or exclamation you always say?
I find it so hilarious when people aren’t actively thinking about what they say and they state the obvious, so I just shoot them down with, “You don’t say” or “Captain Obvious”. Of course that makes it doubly funny when I’m the one doing it lah, so I’m not being vicious or anything. Oh and those who say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, I’ll have you repeat that when you watch stupid gag comedy shows.

15. Time to sleep, what are you actually wearing?
I HAVE A PJ ADDICTION. I will wear those cheap pasar malam dresses that you can find everywhere, with stupid prints like teddy bears, Barbie, etc. I LOVE THEM. Haha. Some of these have been in my wardrobe since I was 7 when it was a maxi, now it fits like a proper dress. Oh and I wear the most fugly leggings to sleep, I have fuzzy ones even. I also wear fluffy collared socks to sleep. And when I’m coughing, a scarf and if I’m in the mood, gloves. You see, I’m scared of the cold, and I like feeling cuddled. ^_^