Oguri Shun Alert – Rich Man, Poor Woman SP

OMG!!! Scream! Rich Man, Poor Woman is going to air and SP on April 1!

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Screaming fan girl on the loose!! kya!!!!

Ok.. so I haven’t watched J-dorama for sometime, the last two that I’ve watched are Lucky Seven (because of Matsumoto Jun) and Rich Man, Poor Woman (because of Oguri Shun). — can you tell Hana Yori Dango has it’s side effects! lol

But really I haven’t watched a J-dorama in a loooong time.. maybe because I am not familiar anymore with the actors. Every time I see a new Japanese actor, I am at a loss because I don’t know who they are anymore.. there are just too many of them to keep up. And too many dramas that I haven’t watched in awhile.

Last year though, I was looking for Oguri Shun’s dramas and I found Rich Man, Poor Woman. And I love it!!!! I watched all 11 episodes in 1 day!!! I miss J-dorama but I don’t know where to start watching!

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So when I read in another blog that they were doing a Special! I can’t help but scream! I can’t wait to watch Hyuga and Makoto!

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From the pics that I have seen, it looks like they are shooting it in New York. You can read and see more pictures in koalasplayground’s post.

Omo… Oguri Shun is just too handsome here! I have to post it!

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I can’t wait!!!

**credit: koalasplayground.com + as tagged

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Standing Still – U-KISS (MV)

U-KISS is for me the most underrated Kpop idol in Korea! I don’t know why they aren’t as popular as they are all around the world. They aren’t rookies anymore actually.. but still they don’t have that much of a following in the Kpop world. I’m not sure why, it could be because when they debuted, Kpop was ruled by the likes of DBSK, Super Junior, SS501 and Big Bang. However, it’s been years now and I can’t comprehend why they’re not that popular. – end of rant..

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I like Ukiss since I heard Bring It Back to Old School. I think they have a certain charm for me that’s why I like them. Also, as I was new to Kpop that time and I did not understand absolutely any Korean, I was kind of happy to find Ukiss that time — because some of the member can speak English. I think this was the reason I liked them from before until now. I appreciate it a lot that they were the first to reach out to the international audience using English.

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So them boys have released a new single called Standing Still from their album Collage and AJ is back from his hiatus! Wohoo.

The Video

Well, to me there is nothing really special about the video… just them dancing with some screens of a girl with very scary green cat eyes. I’m not sure why she is there.. but I think it might have something to do with the song or something. I am guessing that the concept of the video was to show that the person is strong after all hardships.. love I guess in the video and is standing still. It’s just my guess.

Personally, I think this is not the best Ukiss video. I mean, they’ve done this concept before. It reminds me a lot of Manmanhani (Am I That Easy?) and Bingeul Bingeul. But every time they release a video, I look forward to their dances. I don’t want to compare them to any other group, but I am just happy to see them even after all these years, they are still doing the thing they are good at.. making good songs and good music.

Ukiss fighting!

The Song

It’s a nice song! Not the best Ukiss song though.. 0330 is still my favorite, but not bad at all. When I hear this song it’s like it’s something different from their past songs, but at the same time there is some Ukiss sound that I feel I am familiar with. I can’t really pinpoint. But this song is not as strong as Stop Girl or Manmanhani. I think it would get some getting used to appreciate it fully. But it’s Ukiss just the same so I like it.

A bonus for all Kiss Me’s is that AJ is on this song! I’m sure Kiss Me’s have missed him.. but he’s back! It’s nice to see all Ukiss together.. though I still miss Xander and Kibum. Great to have him back. Also, I like that they are giving a lot more recognition for Soohyun’s talent now. I love Kevin, but Soohyun’s voice is more powerful for me.. but he’s not given too much attention.

Now… what I really like about Ukiss songs is that they pay attention to the English of the songs. Well.. maybe not all the songs (I remember r squared pi!). But at least they try to make an effort especially with the lyrics and the pronunciation. As an international Kpop fan I appreciate that little details. Although 90% of the song is sung in Korean, but at least the other English parts are done right. No biggie– no pressure on K-entertainment companies, just a friendly reminder from an international fan!^_^

Glad to have them back!

Final Verdict: It’s not the best Ukiss song, but I like it just the same. Because it’s Ukiss. They’re underrated but they are as talented as other Kpop artists. The MV is just so-so though.

**credits: ย ukiss2008@yt + as tagged

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Cosmic Girl – Kim Tae Woo (MV)

LSchool here is finally ending! Hurray!!!! But I have to relocate again for further studies.. oh no! I know I have to move but I am slacking. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to post on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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The post for today is Kim Tae Woo‘s comeback song Cosmic Girl.

The Video

When this video came out, I watched it immediately. I like Kim Tae Woo’s voice and his song. Liked it since he was in G.O.D. As the video played I was holding on to my seat because it stars Lee Dong Wook. Ok so I’ve been fan girling over since being in Strong Heart! His humor one of the best, but maybe not as fast as Lee Seunggi yet. The video started just fine, promising a story for us. But when the the video ended I was like WTF! Pardon the language dear readers.. but this video is one of those moments you have to say it! Could they explain to me: What’s with the concept!

Honestly, it was such a waste of Lee Dong Wook in the video. If not for him, I would not have sat through all of it. This is one of the videos I really don’t want to see again. Big mistake! Also, the scene where Kim Tae Woo is singing with a cosmic/outer space backdrop… it was well to put it not believable. If you are going to put a green screen backdrop make sure it’s done properly and make sure it’s not too obvious. Why do I feel like this video was made with a very low budget! ย Not watching it again!

The Song

Hmm, how do I put it.. I like Kim Tae Woo but this song doesn’t do any justice to his voice. Comparing it to his previous songs like Love Rain and Echo, this one is really an average one. Don’t get me wrong. After listening several times, I’m liking it. But it doesn’t have that WOW factor that I had after listening to Love Rain and Echo. If you’ve just started listening to Kim Tae Woo’s music, maybe you won’t feel that way. But I know he has one of the most powerful voices in Korea. So this song.. I think is a wrong song for him. This is a miss for me… I think he deserves better songs — those that especially bring out his voice and singing style (soul).

And oh.. just a side note they really have to work on the Engrish of the song. I know it’s a Korean song, but there are a lot of people who understand and speak perfect English who are listening to Kpop songs. It’s not a biggie really, but they owe it to their international fans to at least get the correct words. Fan-service ya’ll!

Anyhow.. this song really grows on you and it’s gotten it’s roots attached to me.. I kind of like it now.

Final Verdict: It’s not really a wow-kind of Kim Tae Woo song! (blame it on Love Rain for making me feel this way) But this song kind of grows on you! WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO! Unless you want to Lee Dong Wook, else it’s a waste of time!!!

**credits: Loenent@yt + as tagged

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Backtracks: Holding On To the End of the Night by Solid (MV and lyrics)

I am bringing back old Kpop songs to my blog. I know there are a lot of new song in the K-music industry. But it’s always nice to know the songs of the past. I think it would be nice too especially for new Kpop fans to appreciate not just Kpop but the Korean music in general.

Today, I am posting a song from the 90s. Actually you may have heard this song if you still remember Fly to the Sky, but they aren’t the original singers of the song. The song I am talking about it “Holding On to the End of the Night” (alternate title: After the End of Tonight). It was originally sung byย Solid.

Solid was one of the earliest Korean R&B groups in the 90s.. right about the the same time that Jodeci or Boys to Men was popular in the Western world. I actually wasn’t a fan of Korean music in the 90s. But I liked Fly to the Sky ย and this I liked this song… And well through some snooping I knew they weren’t the original singers of the song. Solid is an R&B group made Lee Joon, Kim Johan and Jeong Jaeyoon. I am familiar with Kim Johan as he is one of the Korean rnb/ballad singers I really like. He makes occasional appearances on the music shows, but not as often. Anyhow, this group is know for their soulful voice. However, they didn’t last too long — so many may not be familiar with them.

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There are a lot of Korean singers who did covers of this song, I think… if I remember correctly JYJ was one of them.. or was it DBSK — I can’t really remember. But I like the original song just thes same so that is why I am sharing this one.

For this post, I am putting the lyrics, if you want to sing a long. Translations were made by askakorean@blogspot. Romanizations are done by me… so please credit chipskjaa@wordpress when using it.

Holding on to the End of the Night – Romanization

Dashin neol bul su eopgetji

Naui ipsuri neoui hayan eokkaereul gamsa aneumyeo
Geureoge orin i bam-ui kkeuteul jabgo sarangheatjiman
Majimak ibmatchumi ashwi-ume tteollyeodo
Binsuneuro on naege sesangi junseonmureul
Neoran geol algi-e chamayagetji

Nae mam apeuji ange
Geu nuguboda deo haengbokhage sarayahae
Modeun geol itgo
I bam-ui ggeuteul jabgo itneun naui sarangi deo isang chorahaji ange
Nareul wihae uljima nan gwaenchana

[Narration]
Geurae eojjeomyeon
Urin oraenjeonbuteo uri-ui sarange eojjeolsu oebneun ibyeori chaja oljido moreundago saenggakhasseo
Hajiman uljima
I bam-ui ggeuteun naega jabgo isseulteoni
Neon geureoke eonjena useumyeonseo sarayadwae
Jebal uljimago nareul weohae useojwo
Jebal

Majimak ibmatchumi ashwi-ume tteollyeodo
Binsuneuro on naege sesangi junseonmureul
Neoran geol algi-e chamayagetji

Nae mam apeuji ange
Geu nuguboda deo haengbokhage sarayahae
Modeun geol itgo
I bam-ui ggeuteul jabgo itneun naui sarangi deo isang chorahaji ange
Nareul wihae uljima nan gwaenchana

Naui gaseumeuro neowa hamkke nanueobdeon i bameul ganjikhan jae
Jamshi neo mudeoya hagetji
Naui nunmuri neil butjabgo itjiman
Niha himdeulji ange useumyeo bonaeya getji
Naemam apuji ange gue nugubodadeo haengbokhage
Modeun geol itgo
Naruel wihae uljima nan gwaenchana

Holding on to the End of the Night – Translation

I will never be able to see you again

My lips hugged your white shoulders
Although we loved like this, holding onto the end of this night
The last kiss might tremble in longing
To me, who arrived with empty hands, the gift the world gave me
It was you, I know, so I must endure

So my heart does not break
You must live happier than anyone else
Forgetting everything
So my love holding onto the end of this night does not become more pathetic than it is now
Don’t cry for me, I am ok.

[Narration]
Yes, perhaps
We since long ago have thought the inevitable separation will come to our love
But don’t cry
I will hold onto the end of this night
You must live on, always smiling like that
Please don’t cry, smile for me
Please

The last kiss might tremble in longing
To me, who arrived with empty hands, the gift the world gave me
It was you, I know, so I must endure

So my heart does not break
You must live happier than anyone else
Forgetting everything
So my love holding onto the end of this night does not become more pathetic than it is now
Don’t cry for me, I am okay.

Keeping this night that my heart shared with you
I must bury you for the moment
My tears are holding you now but
I must send you away with a smile so that you no longer feel pain
So my heart does not break, be happier than everyone
Forgetting everything
So my love holding onto the end of this night does not become more pathetic than it is now
Don’t cry for me, I am okay.

Holding on to the End of the Night ์ด๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ ย – Hanguel

๋‹ค์‹  ๋„ ๋ณผ ์ˆ˜ ์—†๊ฒ ์ง€

๋‚˜์˜ ์ž…์ˆ ์ด ๋„ˆ์˜ ํ•˜์–€ ์–ด๊นจ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ์‹ธ ์•ˆ์œผ๋ฉฐ
๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ์šฐ๋ฆฐ ์ด ๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ–ˆ์ง€๋งŒ
๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ์ž…๋งž์ถค์ด ์•„์‰ฌ์›€์— ๋–จ๋ ค๋„
๋นˆ์†์œผ๋กœ ์˜จ ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ์„ธ์ƒ์ด ์ค€ ์„ ๋ฌผ์€
๋„ˆ๋ž€ ๊ฑธ ์•Œ๊ธฐ์— ์ฐธ์•„์•ผ๊ฒ ์ง€

๋‚ด ๋ง˜ ์•„ํ”„์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์‚ด์•„์•ผ ํ•ด
๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฑธ ์žŠ๊ณ 
์ด ๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด ๋” ์ด์ƒ ์ดˆ๋ผํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ ๋‚œ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„

[Narration]
๊ทธ๋ž˜ ์–ด์ฉŒ๋ฉด
์šฐ๋ฆฐ ์˜ค๋žœ์ „๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์— ์–ด์ฉ”์ˆ˜ ์—†๋Š” ์ด๋ณ„์ด ์ฐพ์•„ ์˜ฌ์ง€๋„ ๋ชจ๋ฅธ๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ–ˆ์–ด
ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ
์ด๋ฐค์˜ ๋์€ ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ์„ํ…Œ๋‹ˆ
๋„Œ ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ์–ธ์ œ๋‚˜ ์›ƒ์œผ๋ฉด์„œ ์‚ด์•„์•ผ ๋ผ
์ œ๋ฐœ ์šธ์ง€๋ง๊ณ  ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์›ƒ์–ด์ค˜
์ œ๋ฐœ

๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ์ž…๋งž์ถค์ด ์•„์‰ฌ์›€์— ๋–จ๋ ค๋„
๋นˆ์†์œผ๋กœ ์˜จ ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ์„ธ์ƒ์ด ์ค€ ์„ ๋ฌผ์€
๋„ˆ๋ž€ ๊ฑธ ์•Œ๊ธฐ์— ์ฐธ์•„์•ผ๊ฒ ์ง€

๋‚ด ๋ง˜ ์•„ํ”„์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์‚ด์•„์•ผ ํ•ด
๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฑธ ์žŠ๊ณ 
์ด ๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด ๋” ์ด์ƒ ์ดˆ๋ผํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ ๋‚œ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„

๋‚˜์˜ ๊ฐ€์Šด์œผ๋กœ ๋„ˆ์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ๋‚˜๋ˆ„์—ˆ๋˜ ์ด ๋ฐค์„ ๊ฐ„์งํ•œ ์ฑ„
์ž ์‹œ ๋„ ๋ฌป์–ด์•ผ ํ•˜๊ฒ ์ง€
๋‚˜์˜ ๋ˆˆ๋ฌผ์ด ๋„ ๋ถ™์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ
๋‹ˆ๊ฐ€ ํž˜๋“ค์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ ์›ƒ์œผ๋ฉฐ ๋ณด๋‚ด์•ผ ๊ฒ ์ง€
๋‚ด ๋ง˜ ์•„ํ”„์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ ๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜๊ฒŒ
๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฑธ ์žŠ๊ณ 
์ด๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด ๋” ์ด์ƒ ์ดˆ๋ผํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ ๋‚œ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„

Oh and if you’re wondering, this is the version of Fly to the Sky from their last album together:

**credits: askakorean@blogspot + breendon89@yt + KoreanConvert@yt

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Blast from the Past: Old Super Junior Photos

It’s been a long time since I started being a Kpop fan and since I’ve been an ELF.

Last night as I was cleaning some files, I opened files from 6 years ago that I haven’t seen in ages. It’s some pictures of Super Junior. Some were even before Sorry, Sorry — back when having long hair was popular. I can’t believe how much they have changed!

So I am posting some of them here… so commence PHOTO SPAM!!!

Warning this is an incredibly long post! Sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

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Which one did you like best?

* credits: as tagged — i can’t find the original sources of the photos anymore because they’re too old.. i don’t even remember where i got it from! hahaha

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