Woohyun (Infinite) and Lucia – Cactus (MV)

I don’t know what is it with me and feeling sentimental these days, but I am on a roll of ballad and sad songs.

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But I am glad I found this song. I love it! It’s the new duet featuring Woohyun (Infinite) and Lucia 심규선. It’s called Cactus 선인장.

The Video

OMG! I love videos like this. I love it that Korean videos are now exploring this kind of story telling in their videos. Such a unique video for a nice song. I love how artistic it is. Whoever thought of this is pure genius!

The video shows two frames. And if you look at it closely and slowly follow the story of each frame, you would see that the top one tells the story from the girl’s point of view and the bottom frame tells the story of the guy. Both stories start at different times, the girl from the present (or could be the future) and the guy from the past. Both of the meet at a specific moment, when the guy was trying to break up with the girl. From the girls view, you will see that she is tracing back her steps, while the guy is moving forward. My take on the story is that the guy is sick and he was breaking up with the girl to keep her from feeling the pain. On the other hand, the girl can’t take the break up but later on realizes that the guy was really trying to protect her from being hurt too much. In the end the guy died, and the cactus is there to remind the girl of the love the man had for her.

I love how beautifully the story was made into the video. Especially with the frames telling different stories past and future, but were related to each other. This is effective story telling. I still can’t get over how nice the video was and how well the director played with the symbolism in the video. And let’s not forget the reference of the cactus in the video.

I’ve read that some would have liked to see both singers in the video, but I think this video is just the right thing the song needs. If they were present, they would have ruined the concept and story of the video… I think sometimes, you don’t need to see the singer of the song to appreciate a good song or video.

The Song

I love Infinite, so I was really looking forward to this collaboration. But when I learned that the title of the song was Cactus. I had to do a double take. But after listening to it, I couldn’t believe the symbolism of the song. The lyricist’s way of telling us the story of a cactus — and giving it life is very beautiful. Who would’ve have thought of relating that feeling to the cactus! (Also, we have to thank Loenent for making the translation!)

The melody of the song though, is a bit simple. Something that we might have heard before. But, the feeling of sadness is still there. Also, though I love Woohyun’s voice, I would have loved listening to more of Lucia in the song instead of just the last part. I think the part where they did they’re blending, Woohyun’s voice was too loud that I could barely hear Lucia’s voice. Their blending would have been nice if both had the right volume.

Final Verdict: I’d never thought I’d listening to a song called Cactus. But don’t let the title of the song fool you, because the lyrics are very meaningful. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen (so far) for this year. I love that Korean MVs are trying out new concepts and not just the same old things they done in the past.

**credits: LOENENT@yt + as tagged

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One Shot – B.A.P (MV)

I’ve already made a post before about my feeling towards the increasing number of idol groups. I still feel the same, but I am always open to listening to their songs. I do like some of the new songs for new idol groups.. but I still don’t recognize most of them because of the increasing number.

bap one shot

For the year that I have been teaching here in Thailand, one group is really very popular. It’s B.A.P. I do know this group but I wasn’t really a fan of their music, though Power was a good one, but it still wasn’t doing it for me. Then there was Stop It. It sounded nice, but it was still a bubble gum pop song. When I knew they released a new song, I decided to give it one more go. And I think I quite like this song. It’s their recent single One Shot.

The Video

Boy was this one brutal video!!! And for an idol group to release this kind of video… but on the other hand, I think the video made a very good effort to tell the story. And I love the twist in the ending. I’m totally a sucker for twists in plots!! I was kind of surprised when I saw the video because of the excessive use of guns and blood! haha.. but at least it’s not the same old bubble gum pop aegyo video. Hay don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see aegyo sometimes, just not in every idol group video!

But what I don’t get in this video is the yacht scene. Umm anyone care to explain? Sorry B.A.P fans, but I’d rather skip to the 26th second of the video. I know they are idols, but in that scene they looked too young. And the sexy girls at the back didn’t help much either. And why do I have to see that guy eating grapes that way?? Oh well I am not a B.A.P fan yet, so I guess that scene was for fan service… but what’s with the girls?

The Song

I know B.A.P is known for their power tracks. But their past singles were just too powerful and strong for me. That I couldn’t appreciate it that much. But for this song, I think it’s strong but at the same time, I could feel the vocals as well as hear the powerful rap. Although the group is known and acknowledged for their rappers abilities, they shouldn’t forget that there are some members who could belt a powerful tune.

I also liked that this song reminded me of some western hip hop tracks in the 90s and early 2000’s — think the likes of Lose Yourself (Eminem) and Gangster’s Paradise (Coolio). I guess I have to say B.A.P pulled it off. Now I kind of understand why my students go gaga over their songs — because it’s strong and it’s not the usual bubble gum pop song. I’m seeing B.A.P in a new light.

Final Verdict: I’m glad I gave B.A.P another try. I like this because it’s not only a rap track, but it’s also pays homage to the members who do the vocals. I hope their upcoming songs would be like this.. they maybe I’ll like them more!

**credits: TSENT2008@yt

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Who’s ready for 2AM’s Comeback?? + Happy 5th Anniversary!

Yay! I can’t contain my excitement!

2AM is finally making a comeback next month!!!!

I have been waiting for this come back since their I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me. Although the boys were still active through individual promotions, variety shows and dramas, nothing beats them making music together.

2AM is actually one of those groups I really like. Yes they are a boyband, they can dance (well maybe not as good as other boy idol groups) but boy can they sing! I love the fact that they are an idol group but at the same time the songs they release are mostly ballads. It’s a ballad but it would still have high ranks on the chart.

The new album is called One Spring Day. From the look of the teaser, it could be a sad song. A set filled with pianos outgrown by roots and trees that are in full bloom — hmm it could mean recalling a love lost in the past? Ok so I’m just guessing. But I really can’t wait for this new album!

I’ve never been disappointed with their songs so my expectations are a bit high. I hope this would not be the first one! Can’t wait for March 5!

Oh and as a bonus… 2AM has been in the industry for 5 years already. This video is a video of that 5 year journey.

Oh how they’ve grown and matured since 2008. I hope they won’t stop bringing beautiful ballads. Congratulations!!!! Please don’t break up. Sorry for that statement but since DBSK broke up on their 5th year, I am almost always scared the idol groups I like will break up.. Please don’t!

2AM fighting!!!

 

**credits: ibighit@yt + 2am@yt

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Flower Boy Next Door’s Last Week

I can’t believe it!!! This is week is the last week of Flower Boy Next Door (이웃집 꽃미남).

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I wouldn’t get to see Ke-Geum or Go Kyung Pyo who exactly looks and sounds like Choi Siwon!

I know I haven’t posted much on the blog but I religiously watch out for this drama… well maybe i don’t have time to watch all 40 minutes of it, but I do watch out for the recaps! Yes, I am still busy but i succumb to one indulgence, which is this drama.

flower boy next door

I love this drama! It’s the last installment of TVN’s Flower Boy Series. Oh TVN, you’re a cable channel but your dramas are so wonderful! The drama PD’s they have are absolute geniuses! Most of their dramas are hits on my book, especially the Flower Boy series. There is not one that I did not like. I like this because it’s something that is very easy to watch, yet it’s something that is close to reality. I like that they do not follow the usual rich chaebol falls in love with a poor girl story line (though there is a chaebol in the story but it’s not following the same pattern). I like that they aren’t afraid to deal with an issues that are real and that really happen and I like that they throw a story line to incorporate a lesson which most teens can relate to.

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go kyung pyo

Park Shin Hye and Yoon Shi Yoon could’ve fooled me to thinking they were really together! haha that’s how their chemistry works! I think, this is the best pairing Yoon Shi Yoon has had over the years. I really liked him in Kim Tak Goo.. In Me Too, Flower, he was funny but looked so young for the character. But this one, I could swear he is the perfect person to play Ke-guem!!!  I also love Park Shin Hye here. I think is the the best drama that I have seen her in. I love that she can Go Gok Mi’s character come to life. And Go Kyung Pyo… from the time I saw him on SNL where he played Siwon doppelgänger I like him. And now after Flower Boy Next Door, I totally think he sound the same as Siwon!!! Someone to look forward too.. and his acting is not that bad either.

That all said, I am going to be sad when this drama ends tomorrow. I hope I can find another as fun and deep as this drama.

Thank you Dok Mi, Ke Geum, Dong Hoon and Jin Rak for adding color to Monday and Tuesday drama. TVN keep this good dramas coming!!

Bonus, bonus!!! KE GEUM’S PANDA DANCE! Now who wouldn’t love this drama!!!

**credits: CJENMUSIC@yt + JE Kim@yt + as tagged

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Because of Different Times (시간이 달라서) – Standing Egg (Lyrics and Translation)

I am currently in love with this song!

Well actually I have long been a fan of Standing Egg. Next to Clazziquai Project and Winterplay, they are my 3rd favorite Korean Indie artist. I absolutely love their music. I’m and Egg-fan!

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Their new song is called Because of Different Times (시간이 달라서). There isn’t a video yet of the song on their website, so I’m just posting the audio.

The Song

The first thing I noticed when I got the Melon 100 Chart last week was that there was a Standing Egg song! I think they are becoming popular not which is good. So when I listened to this song, I immediately fell in love with it. One because of the melody (I love acoustic songs, something that Korean music doesn’t have too much) and another for the lyrics. Although my Korean is limited, I am surprised at myself because I understood the song without looking at the translations. And when I saw the translation, what I understood was correct! Hurray!!! I have to study more though.

Anyway, this song is a bit of a sad song, a song that a lot of people can relate too. Like I said before, I love sad songs.. I don’t know why. On the contrast, though the lyrics is sad, the melody is not quite sad. I think this is the time when one says, “It’s time to move on now and accept that it can’t happen anymore”. I love the song for the contrast in the melody and the lyrics.

Final Verdict: Another Standing Egg song I’m loving a lot! Something different from the Kpop songs that are so popular now. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Lyrics:

I actually made the effort to romanize this song! Haha.. not lazy today.. that’s how much I like it. I also found some of the translation on youtube, but some of the verses were missing. So I added the parts that were included and made a few changes. Thanks to Glicious0219@yt for translating most of it. If you take out the romanization and translations please credit: Glicious0219@yt and chipskjaa@wordpress.

Because of Different Times – Romanization

Cheoeumen bappaseo jaraejuji mothaesseo
Najung-en nappaseo apeugeman haesseo
Geuttaeneun mollasseo geuttae geununmuri majimagirangeol

Geuttaen naega bujokhae haejuji mothaetjiman
Ijen nega eobseoseo haejulsuga eobseo
Geuttaeneun mollaseo geuttaega animyeon soyong oebdaneungeol

Geuttae geugeori-en nega isseo
Jigeum igeori-en naega isseo
Seoroga meolliseo marago isseo
Saranghae saranghae saranghae

Geuttaeneun nega nal gidaryeotgo
Ijeneun naega neol gidarigo
Shigani dallaseo mannalsu eobseo
Mianhae mianhae mianhae say goodbye

Geuttaeneun eoryeoseo nabakke mollasseosseo
Hangsang nega naegyeote isseuljul arasseo
Geuttaeneun mollasseo neoui binjariga naui jeonburangeol

Geuttae geugeori-en nega isseo
Jigeum igeori-en naega isseo
Seoroga meolliseo marago isseo
Saranghae saranghae saranghae

Geuttaeneun nega nal gidaryeotgo
Ijeneun naega neol gidarigo
Shigani dallaseo mannalsu eobseo
Mianhae mianhae mianhae say goodbye

Geuttae geugeori-en naega eobseo
Jigeum igeori-en nega eobseo
Seoroga meoreoseo deulliji anha
Saranghae saranghae saranghae

Geuttaeneun nega nal saranghaetgo
Ijeneun naega neol saranghago
Shigani dallaseo mannalsu eobseo
Mianhae mianhae mianhae say goodbye

Because of Different Times – Translation

At first, I couldn’t pamper you because I was busy
Later, I only gave you pain because I was a bad person
At the time, I didn’t know that the tears then would be the last

At the time, I couldn’t do much for you because I was so lacking
Now, I can’t do anything for you because you’re no longer here
At the time, I didn’t know nothing would come to matter if it wasn’t then

At that time, at that street, you are there
Now, at this street, I am here
We’re talking to each other from far away
I love you, I love you, I love you

At that time, you waited for me
Now, I wait for you
But we can’t meet because the times are different
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, say goodbye

At the time, I only knew of myself because I was still young
I thought you would always be next to me
At the time, I didn’t know that your absence was my everything

At that time, at that street, you are there
Now, at this street, I am here
We’re talking to each other from far away
I love you, I love you, I love you

At that time, you waited for me
Now, I wait for you
But we can’t meet because the times are different
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, say goodbye

At that time, at that street, I’m not there
Now, at that street, you’re not there
We can’t hear each other say from far away
I love you, I love you, I love you

At that time you loved me
Now, I love you
But we can’t meet because the times are different

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, say goodbye

Because of Different Time – Hangeul

처음엔 바빠서 잘해주지 못했어
나중엔 나빠서 아프게만 했어
그때는 몰랐어 그때 그눈물이 마지막이란걸

그땐 내가 부족해 해주지 못했지만
이젠 네가 없어서 해줄수가 없어
그때는 몰랐어 그때가 아니면 소용 없다는걸

그때 그거리엔 네가 있어
지금 이거리엔 내가 있어
서로가 멀리서 말하고 있어
사랑해 사랑해 사랑해

그때는 네가 날 기다렸고
이제는 내가 널 기다리고
시간이 달라서 만날수 없어
미안해 미안해 미안해 say goodbye

그때는 어려서 나밖에 몰랐었어
항상 네가 내곁에 있을줄 알았어
그때는 몰랐어 너의 빈자리가 나의 전부란걸

그때 그거리엔 네가 있어
지금 이거리엔 내가 있어
서로가 멀리서 말하고 있어
사랑해 사랑해 사랑해

그때는 네가 날 기다렸고
이제는 내가 널 기다리고
시간이 달라서 만날수 없어
미안해 미안해 미안해 say goodbye

그때 그거리엔 내가 없어
지금 이거리엔 네가 없어
서로가 멀어서 들리지 않아
사랑해 사랑해 사랑해

그때는 네가 날 사랑했고
이제는 내가 널 사랑하고
시간이 달라서 만날수 없어
미안해 미안해 미안해 say goodbye

**credits: standingEGG@yt + Glicious0219@yt

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