Once an ELF always an ELF – My Super Junior Love Story

There is no age limit when it comes to FANDOM – and this is proven by this Lola (Filipino word for Grandma) who recently went to a Seventeen concert in Manila.
Note: Me was super impressed! You go Lola Carat!

Also, once you claim yourself to belong to a certain FANDOM, you will find yourself being pulled back no matter how hard you tried to shake it off because you were “adulting”. This is basically – in a gist – my love affair with Super Junior.

I did not start out to be a Super Junior fan. The first time I was hooked to Kpop was because of DBSK – and it was during their Mirotic days back in 2008. Also, I was hooked to Jpop then (oh Arashi!). And since DBSK was heavy on doing Japanese promotions, I kind of liked them immediately. Their sound had a Jpop influence (at least to my ears). Fandom at this moment was still at it’s early stages – but I never really considered myself as Cassiopeia (in case your wondering, that’s what DBSK fans call themselves).

I had a friend who was studying in China in December 2008. While Skyping her one day, she convinced (more like forced) me to watch a show of a group called Super Junior. She knew I was interested in Kpop and she wanted to introduce me to the craziness of the group.

Her bias? Hangeng
The Show? Explorers of the Human Body (인체탐험대)

Truth be told, I was a bit indifferent at the time, also because I just discovered a little group called Big Bang and I had Haru Haru and Majimak Insa on repeat. Also, when I asked how many members the group had, I wasn’t prepared for the answer she gave me – 13! I faintly recall telling her that it was ridiculous – I couldn’t even distinguish 5 boys in a band – but 13?? How long would their parts be?

But since my friend can be very persuasive (she works in Sales!), I watched an episode. And one episode turned into 2 and then 3 and then I finished all of them. And since I rather enjoyed the craziness of these 13 boys, I looked for more of their videos and then their songs. (There was a site called super-legacy.com that fed this addiction but I guess it doesn’t exist anymore). I was hooked!!! And then in March 2009 they released Sorry Sorry – I was more than addicted! I couldn’t stop the fandom – I (un)officially considered myself as an ELF.

To me Super Junior was the funniest, most talented (I mean 13 boys, each bringing something to the table) and most real Kpop group at the time. They didn’t seem as untouchable as other groups. Their hardships were very those one that can relate to (Kyu’s and Teukie’s accident) and they were one of the most hard working groups. Who wouldn’t love them? (Yes, this is my bias talking).

But who could write about their love for Super Junior and not talk about ELF (Everlasting Friend)! Oh my Sapphire Blue friends 🙂

I started this blog in 2009 – pretty much when blogging wasn’t a popular as it is now. I posted a lot and did not really care what I posted – so long as I think it was interesting. One time, I saw a post on a forum a frequent about It’s You leak. Because I wanted to be one of the first to tell the world about it, I posted it on my blog. No more than 2 hours after I published the post, I received comments from ELFs telling me to take down the post. (Don’t believe me, this was a post I wrote after deleting the leak).

I was pretty freaked out by the incident. Didn’t really occur to me that someone would be monitoring my blog posts. But then it dawned on me – that only shows how much love and respect ELF has for Super Junior. They were willing to protect their oppas whatever means they can. From that day, ELF has earned my respect and I can say I’m proud to be one!

If you haven’t read on my post already, it has been 4 years since I swore off anything Kpop / Kdrama. The last Super Junior song I remember was Sexy, Free and Single. I was adulting. I missed out on a lot of their songs – or during the time when my boys went to the army and came back out. But this year, I sure am very excited for their comeback in November. My love for these boys are eternal. I’m ready to be an Elf again!

And like Lola Carat – I shouldn’t be afraid to admit it because Fandom has now age limit! I’m Tiny and I’m in 32 – and will always will be proud to be called an ELF!

We’d love to hear your FANDOM love story. 🙂 Share it with us in the comments below.

**Credits: as tagged + happycheek@redbubble.com + TaMiTokki@yt
(Note: was not paid to advertise, but the design above hits the spot for every ELF!)

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Struck with Asian Fever – Again!!!

오랜만이다!
잘 지냈어요?

It’s been a bit more than four years since I’ve last posted on this blog.
So much has happened in those four year ~~ life happened. 🙂
In the span of 4 years, I wasn’t able to write anything or keep up with the trends. I had to withdrew from my Asian addiction because life demanded more.
So this blog was shelved.

But about a month ago I was stuck at home ~ advised by my doctor to rest for 2 weeks.
I was bored as hell! I finished most of the shows on youtube I was subscribed to and Netflix shows didn’t interest me (because I’ve seen most of them).

Then my sister was raving about a Korean drama called Goblin (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비).
I didn’t really feel like watching any Kdrama – I basically swore off anything Asian for fear that my addiction would come back. But because I was bored – I tried to watch it.
Was not expecting much – but I was looking forward to seeing Lee Dongwook.


Started episode one – then it became episode 2 – then 3… then before I knew it I finished all 16 episodes in a day!!! Goodness! Asian fever has slowly descended once more.
Then I found myself watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. Went crazy over Bok Joo and Jun Hyung.

And then Love in the Moonlight happened.
And I’m totally SOLD! Damn you Bogum-magic! I’m definitel struck by Asian fever again!

Who would’t fall for this kid!

I couldn’t get over this dance – I still watch it over and over again.

He’s too cute for his own good!

In all honesty, I was still contemplating about writing again. A lot of friends have urged me – but I was afraid to write again. One was because I felt stuck in 2013 – I didn’t know the trends. I didn’t know the dramas. I didn’t know any of the new songs – the last band I followed was Block B and Apink. (Old school much?)

And then one day, I went to the cinema in Cebu (Philippines) and guess which poster I saw:

Yes! This is definitely a sign.
Then I heard a lady in her late 40s say – “Naa na diay na? Kana lang atong tan-awon kay naa si JoongKi”.
(Translation: Oh, is Battleship Island showing now? Let’s watch that movie instead because JoongKi is in it.)
Sign #2.
And right then and there I decided ~ it’s time to resurrect the blog!

I might be a little rusty when it comes to writing and giving life to this blog.
However, this time, I won’t be alone.
I’ve convinced some of my Asian crazy friends to create content with me. I’ll be introducing them soon.
And so chipskjaa@wordpress is alive again!!!

So dear reader, sit back and enjoy our content.
By the way, we’d love to hear from you so make sure to drop a line or two 🙂
After all – the contents we will be making will definitely be for you.

Credit: Images as tagged (Images are not mine) + [ KBS 안테나 ]

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Rantings: Of New Kpop idol groups…

My students in Thailand love Kpop! And that is why I get along with most of them (because I am the teacher who adores Kpop!)

This is my first time really writing about what my day job is in my blog, though some people already know. Yes,  I am teaching here in Thailand. And my students are in middle school and high school. Anyway, like I said we get along pretty well because of Kpop. Most of them warm up toward me especially when they know their teacher goes gaga over Super Junior, Big Bang and 2NE1.

But something about what one student told me made me write this post..

My students know I write a blog as a hobby. I told them it’s because I like Kpop and because I want to practice writing. So I sometimes encourage them to check my blog once in a while just to practice their English.

But today, someone asked me.. “Teacher why is there no EXO article in your blog?”

I was suddenly shocked! I didn’t know what to say. I knew that student really liked them.. however I only know EXO by name (I know they released MAMA) but I don’t know anything about them! Come to think of it I have no clue about all the other recent debuts made in Kpop. I guess I am pretty old school.

In the past year, there were a lot of Kpop debuts. I don’t even know who the new girl groups are or who the new boybands are.  I knew something about EXO. But doesn’t everyone know about them. I remember thinking it was so crazy having lots and lots of teasers for a new boy group. But I never really paid attention to them. It’s not that I don’t like them it’s just that I can’t keep up! They have been debuting left and right that I don’t know who is who. And also I have a day job that I have to do so I can’t give it 100% of my time.

The last debuts that I really kept track were that of Teen Top, B1A4, and Infinite. And that was like so long ago! But I still do like these idol groups. But I think to me I am sticking out to the original idols. I don’t why but I guess I am one of those fans who grew up with the idol group who was popular during their time. Maybe this is also one of the reasons why I am not really welcoming the new debuts.

Also, my tastes in Korean music have evolved from just listening to pop music, to listening to the different Korean music genres. I tell you there are a lot, just that when we think of Korean music, we just associate it with Kpop. But the Korean music scene has lots more to offer like Hiphop – Yoon Mirae (Tasha), Tiger JK, Leessang, DJDOC – Ballads – Sung Sikyung, Hugak, 4Men, 10CM, Nell – Acoustic and Indie – Standing Egg and Peppertones, among others.

I have also started to listen to old Kpop songs.. actually I hear them most of the time in shows like Immortal Song 2 or I am a Singer. I like it and so I look for them. Most of them were released even before Kpop created a storm all over the world.

I guess because of these reasons, I never really paid attention to New Kpop idols.

So if you are wondering why EXO or VIXX or NU’EST or AOA or B.A.P doesn’t make it to my blog.. come back and read this post 🙂

Oh and to keep from hurting my student, I just said… I’m not really into them.. I’m still gaga over groups who debuted way way before them!

credits: as tagged

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Sexy, Free and Single – Super Junior MV

Finally!! I’ve been waiting for the MV. The song had been released 2 days ago, but I wanted to post the MV instead of just the song.

My Super Junior craziness is back on track with their release of Sexy, Free and Single.

The Song

When the teaser was released, I was afraid it was another track that would sound like Mr. Simple. Though, there is still a touch of the funkiness (I think this would be their trademark sound), I’m relieved that the song is not only a funky one, but with a mix of rnb and a bit of electronic. It’s also a bit slower compared to previous dance tracks that they have released. Though, there are still a lot of parts that are autotuned. But I’m glad that not more thatn 50% is autotuned. They are still singers, so I think it would be better to hear their real voices and not some computer generated ones.

I’m also glad, that they not only gave the singing part to KRY and included Sungmin and Donghae as well as gave singing parts to Eunhyuk and not the rap parts only. I think it’s time that they tell people that the other members can sing too! I have to say that from the time they have debuted until now, their singing has greatly improved.

But I think they still have to work out their English though. I’m not sure weather I heard Mingle or Bingeul. 🙂 Mingle would be the appropriate word, and I think it’s the correct word. But if you know a bit about Korean, you will know that M and B may be interchanged in terms of sound, so that’s maybe the reason why it did not sound quite right. So SMent, please invest more with the artist English ability, especially because you are targeting the global market. If Wonder Girls has done it, I’m sure you can!

The Video

Hmm, there is nothing new about the concept of the video, it’s like the same as the past videos they’ve done. I don’t know if this is a trend with SM videos, or Super Junior videos in particular. It’s just them walking and dancing. I have no complaints as a fan. But if I turn into a critic, I think it’s pretty boring. I mean, they should have a video with a story or something else. Just a fresh idea would do. I know they’ve done it in the past like in It’s You (Neorago) and No Other. So they should have come up with something that screams “We are Sexy, Free and Single and we want to mingle”. That is after all the meaning of the song. It’s weird that you only see them mingling with each other if you know what I mean. But having to many people would make it too crowded.

How many of you were trying to spot Kangin? Well I was! I don’t really go gaga over Kangin, but I kind of miss him during his 2 year hiatus. I have to say I was pretty excited when he sang his part. And I think you noticed that he is back to the lean Kangin! I like him better this way!

For a song that’s not really fast, the dance is very very good! This is way better than the Mr. Simple dance! I would love to see it live though and of course I can’t wait for the dance version!

Final Verdict: The song still has a touch of the SJ Funky sound, but thank God for them adding other beats like. The video is nothing extraordinary but the ELF can see their favorite boys… That enough to make them (and me included) happy!

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s come back on Mnet!

**credits: SMTOWN@yt

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How Have You Been???

OMG!!! It’s been over a month since I posted something on my blog.. mianhae-yo..

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for me here because I had to transfer to another place for my job. And unfortunately because of unforeseen circumstances in this place, my internet took more than a month to be connected. But anything goes here so I understand that.

I’m going to try to post as much as I can now that finally my internet is ok. I mean probably writing this blog will that think that will make me sane here. Don’t get me wrong, I like this country just fine but I still miss home, especially during the holidays.. 🙂

So these days I’ve been watching old korean dramas and I have been once again addicted to Ji Sung. I mean he is not super handsome like Jo In Sung or Won Bin or Hyun Bin. But I guess it’s the appeal and how good he is as an actor plus I super loved him and his character in Protect the Boss. Makes me wish to be Noh Eun Seol!!!

So for my great comeback, this is from the drama Save the Last Dance For Me (Eugene and Ji Sung) and it’s called Give My Love by Edward Chun. This is the English version by the way!

Later~~

credits: ashishi84@yt

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Back! ^_^

So I am back after a long hiatus… and yes it was a little difficult to stay away from writing something on this blog. It was tempting… very tempting.

I actually did not go somewhere but I had to do some sacrifices for the Holy Week. I had to give up some of my favorite things to do in the world.. (1) watching 2 days 1 night (Il Bak Ee Il), (2) watching Running Man (OMG I didn’t even know Song Joongki changed his hairstyle!!), and (3) writing something on this blog.

I’m way behind all my favorite things to do… and I have to do a lot of catching up! kk

But I’m back and I have a lot to post on this blog! kk

And because I’m back I’m posting a real wicked video! kk Itaewon Freedom by UV ft. JYP (kk 80’s feel!!!)

credits: jypentertainment@yt

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At last… I could access my blog!

I was very frustrated for a week because I could not post any entries to my blog. My IP address got blocked by wordpress. But all is good now because at last I can access it!

So because I could not post, I engrossed myself with watching lots of youtube videos. I found myself watching lots and lots of commercials or CFs as the Korean people would call it.

And this has got to be my favorite:

Mani Mani Juseyo!!!!

I absolutely love love love Wang Seok-hyun (the name of the kid). He is perhaps the cutest kid I know. I saw him first in the movie Speedy Scandal (with Cha Taehyun). Oh so cute!!! I love it when he smirks!

Love this kid… more posts to come… when I finish my report~~~~ kk

**credits:  summasnow@yt

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Already Been Two Years…

I can’t believe it, it has been two years (and a day) from when I started this blog. Two years!!!!

I first started the blog just to share my craziness over Asian stuff… Though I have not updated it as much as I wanted to because of my crazy schedules, I try to write as much as I can.

In two years I have 395 posts (this one doesn’t count), 154 categories, and 399 tags. Well, if you compare it to other sites, they may have more, but to me this is an achievement. I did not expect to have written those many posts.

And to those who have visited or accidentally came across my site for whatever post you visit… Thank you! Kamsahamnida! Xie Xie! Arigatou! Salamat! ^_^

Though a lot of Asian blogs have surfaced over the two years.. I will continue to share the Asian things I love most…

And to honor this.. I’m leaving you with one of my favorite Korean ballads… Brown Eyes’ Already One Year

**credits: Sunghan90@yt + as tagged

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Haven’t Blogged for Ages

Yes I haven’t blogged for ages… because of my crazy schedule, I haven’t had the time to post anything on my blog.. I have just been frequenting other kpop and kdrama related websites.. and I was amazed with the increase in the number of these sites.

Not so long ago, if my memory serves me right, there were only a handful of those sites. But now I have lost track of the number of kpop, jpop and cpop blogs. It’s amazing what technology can do! We’ll to me it’s a good things as now shows have now become so readily available. I don’t need to try too hard to do a search. But on the other hand, I feel like most contents are about idols… don’t get me wrong, I am a a fan of an idol group. If you take a look at my blog, I also write about them, but sometimes I feel like the other artists have been overshadowed by them. And a lot of new idol groups are coming out. For someone who has been addicted to the hallyu wave for quite some time, I realized that  it’s difficult to keep up.

But nonetheless, I am still an avid fan of all things kpop! and kdrama 🙂

So what do I share in my post today… my not so new obsession.. and he goes by the name of Song Joong Ki..

Just some pictures.. who knows I might be inspired to write another entry ^_^ till then!

credits: as tagged

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Posting Again!!! :D

After a very long hiatus… I’m going to be posting again!

It’s been awhile since I last visited this blog.. and a lot of things has happened to me.. but I am glad to say that I am back and I will be posting again! Yay…

My schedule has been pretty tight for the past few months but I managed to find some time and I will manage to  find some time to post something to this blog… and I have to thank Rain’s new video for this! and my friend who actually encourage me to post something new to the blog!

When I was posting this entry I realized how much I miss posting something on the blog.. For quite some time I was just contented reading other sites and downloading some songs.. but I still want to share.. so I’m back now and I am posting again… I can’t wait to post a lot of things!!!! 😀

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