Maybe Maybe (어쩌면 어쩌면) – Alex and Horan

Yay! it’s a new song with Alex and Horan singing. It’s called Maybe, Maybe (but i think it’s better if they translated it Perhaps, it has a more dramatic effect).

I am so excited hearing them together again!!! Bring back Clazziquai Project!!!!

Anyway, this song was actually composed and written for a show called Music and Lyrics. For this particular episode, John Park and actress Park Jin Hee team up to make a song.. and this is the song they made.. and i am so happy they let Alex and Horan sing it!!!

For those who do not know, they were part of Clazziquai Project. I think their voices match really well and they sound very good together. And that I probably why I love them so much! I wish they had more songs.

Looking forward to more from Alex and Horan. Fluxus music.. please!!!!!

**credits: fluxus@yt

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Southern Island (Live) – Hajji and TJ with Alex

Ok so I am obsessing over Alex Chu at the moment. This would not have happened if I had not seen his cooking show.

Anyway.. since yesterday I have been watching the videos of not only him but as well as the other members of Clazziquai. But I was happy to see this video!! So happy..

It’s the live performance of Hajji and TJ (하찌와TJ) with Alex for the song 남쪽 끝섬 (Namjjok KKeutseom/Southern Island).

I love love love love love this song to the nth level since I heard it on We Got Married. I want to hear it again and again even though I’ve heard it a number of times before. If you’ve watched the show you will most likely remember Alex singing the part “ppoppohago shipseo (I want to kiss you)” to Shinae. Waa I miss watching the first season of WGM!

Anyway.. I changed the way I romanized the name of the band. I used to romanized it like Hachi, but the hangeul character is not the equivalent of ch. If you are interested in the lyrics, you can visit my old post for the song.. Southern Island.

However, up to now, I still don’t have the translation in English. If anyone of you knows where to find it or could do a translation, it would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

**credits: TinkerRuda@yt

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More than a Handful of Korean Songs (links for DL)

I have not posted in awhile… So busy with all the exams I have to make! Ugh!!! But just a few more days and it’s vacation time!! wohoo! ~~~

This post was meant to be a Valentine post but I got caught up with things.. But I’m posting it now.

In this post, you will find a colloection of songs that I really truly liked up till now. I wanted to share these songs so people can appreciate more of Kpop / Korean music and learn that it’s not just about the idols. There are lots of them whom you have not heard of yet. Also, I wanted people to know that usually there are some good songs in the albums of famous artist that are not their main songs, but should receive some recognition…

I hope you like them!

Click on the name of the song for the links 🙂

Touche Mon Amour – Winterplay
I’m Going Crazy – MC Mong ft. M.A.C
Good Person – Super Junior
Happy Together – Super Junior
Love in the Ice (Korean version) – DBSK
Flowepot – Alex
Love Mode – Clazziquai ft. Tablo
A Love Story – Gavy NJ
Timeless – Jang Ri In ft. Junsu (JYJ)
Listen To You – Kyuhyun (Super Junior) from the OST of Pasta
Only I Don’t Know About Love – Namolla Family
I Love You – Position
I Love You – Tim
South Island – Hachi and TJ
Let Me Love You – Yurisangja

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Oh and you probably won’t be reading this part.. but here is why I like these songs:

Touche Mon Amour – Winterplay >>> This genre of Korean music is not very popular yet. I love the jazz feel to it. It feels like I am not listening to a Korean song! I love the saxophone solo!! kk but what’s not to love about Winterplay. If you are tired of Kpop idol groups and you want to try something new, try listening to them! By the way, Winterplay is from the same company as Clazziquai. Their fron Fluxus. If you’ve grown tired of idols and want some refreshin Korean songs, check out their artist. I recommend Bye Bye Sea (Annyeong Bada).
I’m Going Crazy – MC Mong ft. M.A.C >>> I have to admit I am an MC Mong fan. I loved his music. I loved his variety show talents. I was kind of sad when he had to depart from the Kpop scene. But this is one of my favorites from his song. You should see the video too! It’s kind of funny and try to spot his manager on the video! LOL! 🙂
Good Person – Super Junior >>> This list cannot not have Super Junior. Anyway, contrary to their popular songs (yes I do like them), I tend to like the less popular ones better. Well maybe except for It’s You. This song is included in this list because its  remake from an old Kpop song by Toy (Yoo Hee Yeol from Sketchbook). I liked this song when Toy did it and I loved it when Super Junior made it. This is what I listen to over and over again from their 4th album! Oh and this song they got to sing, even Eunhyuk!! kk

Happy Together – Super Junior >>> One of my favorites in their third album. Its a refreshing sound with a very light melody but gives you a peek that these boys can sing too.. I love that it can be a theme for friends as well as for lovers. I love it when they say “Yeongwonhi Happy Together” 🙂
Love in the Ice (Korean version) – DBSK >>> This was included in the Mirotic album of DBSK back when there were 5 members. The original version of this song was actually done in Japanese but they made a Korean one for this album with the lyrics in Korean written by Changmin. This song is a very powerful one and it really lets us hear how good this group was when it came to singing in melody! It would give me goosebumps when I heard them perform this song live! Oh and Junsu dear Junsu, how can you not love him when he’s singing such a powerful part in this song!!
Flowepot (Hwabun) – Alex >>> I have three Korean songs I love the most and I can sing quite well. Hwabun (Flowerpot) is one of them. I loved this since I heard it on Coffee Prince and I loved it even more when I heard Alex sing it! He sang it on the first season of We Got Married for Shinae. His voice really fits it. I super love this song!
Love Mode – Clazziquai ft. Tablo >>> Before my fascination for Kpop idol groups came my fascination for Clazziquai. I love this kind of music and I love how they fit Alex and Horan’s voices into a DJ Clazzi song. I especially love it when they do their blending which is very evident in this song. This song may not be very popular but I love it also because Tablo did the rap in English! I miss Clazziquai and I want to hear their songs again!!
A Love Story – Gavy NJ >>> The first song I heard from Gavy NJ and from then on I’ve never stopped listening to them. I’m always waiting for their songs. I think they are one of those groups who are not given as much attention as they should have. These three girls can sing! This song is one of my most favorites (with Hwabun). I love how they can belt the high notes of their songs.
Timeless – Jang Ri In ft. Junsu (JYJ) >>> Jang Ri In’s first single with Junsu (JYJ). I have to admit I liked it first because of Junsu and because the video had Siwon. But the more I listen to this song the more I’m loving their powerful voices blending together. Most DBSK fans would know of this song, but a lot of new fans should know about this too!
Listen To You – Kyuhyun (Super Junior) from the OST of Pasta >>> I love the drama Pasta and I love that Kyuhyun (Super Junior) did this song! This voice is absolutely perfect for it. I mean I wasn’t really a fan of his until I heard him sing in the Super Junior concert! His voice is truly the best. Not too high, not too low but he can belt a high not if he has too! Very very good!
Only I Don’t Know About Love – Namolla Family >>> Love love love Namolla Family. Well they aren’t very popular oversear but their songs are quite good and very comfortable to listen too! This is my favorite song from them. I like the song because it’s a mix of pop but as well as rap.. but not in an idol kind of way, in a relaxed way.. a song you could listen to on a lazy Sunday afternoon which will get you singing..
I Love You – Position >>> Back then sad Korean music videos were a popular trend. This was one of them. And I still like this song until now. 🙂 It’s a remake from a classic Japanese song. If you are a DBSK fan, look for clips or mp3s of Changmin singing this ~~ then you’ll understand why I like it!
I Love You – Tim >>> Tim oh Tim! kkk so I am Tim’s fan. But this balladeer has a very nice voice and he was one of the original Kpop artists I really liked back when I was just getting to know about Kpop. I loved it when he sang “geudel saranghamnida…” This is by the way his first song.
South Island – Hachi and TJ >>> Ppoppo hago shipseo! kk I remember this line from We Got Married. Before all the new couples I was addicted to We Got Married when it first came out in 2008. Wow I can’t imagine that was almost 4 years ago!! Though I wasn’t really a fan of AlShin couple (that’s Alex and Shinae), I liked that songs were often associated with them. And this was one of the songs. Back in 2008 it was difficult to find sources for Kpop stuff, but thanks to my student she gave me this song and I love love it until now. I like this song also because of the island feel to it. I’ve always loved Hawaiian reggae so thus my fast attachment to the song.
Let Me Love You – Yurisangja >>> I loved this duo since I first heard their song To My Bride. And this is one of my favorites from them. It is a little popular as a lot of idols have made some covers of this but nothing beats the original performers. The songs of Yurisangja for me still sound good and I love how they can make wonderful acoustic melodies even if the song was from an idol group.

Enjoy!!

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Recommended Drama – My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

If you are curious about watching a Korean drama but you don’t know which Korean drama to start off with, I would recommend you to watch My Name is Kim Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순).

The Story

Its a story about a girl, Kim Sam Soon, in her 30’s who has just been dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve. She goes crying and eventually ends up in the men’s bathroom where she met her future boss, Hyun Jin Heon, the owner of Bon Apetit. Their first meeting is not a friendly one, but little did she know that she would be working for him as the pastry chef of his restaurant. Jin Heon’s mom is continuing to pester him about getting married so he contracted Sam Soon to be his girlfriend. Later on, they both develop feelings for one another, but things get complicated when Jin Heon’s ex-girlfriend came home. Will both Sam Soon and Jin Heon end up together?? Ok.. so I wrote this synopsis myself because I don’t want to spoil the fun of watching the drama 🙂 Although we do know what happens to most romcom (romantic comedy), let’s just pretend not to know!

The Actors…

Kim Sun Ah

This is probably the best role she has ever done! She’s very very convincing..

Hyun Bin

This drama was in 2005, thus this drama was way before Secret Garden.Though we all loved him in Secret Garden, he was pretty good here for a new actor.

Jung Ryeo Won

I super love this girl. She’s one of those who made a successful cross over from being in a girl group to being an actress, she is just absolutely talented! Though this is one of her early dramas. But if you watch most of her works now, you’d be really amazed by her — try watching My Girlfriend has Two Faces.

Daniel Henney

 One word! HOT! ahaha I saw Daniel Henney for the first time after watching this drama and I never stopped adoring him! He is so handsome! kk ok… i’ll stop now before I start typing about how handsome he is.. but he is so handsome, isn’t he??

Why I Like It?

Honestly, this is not  the first drama that I have seen, but if I were to watch Kdrama’s all over again, I’d love to start with this. Most of the other dramas that I watched before this were all melodramas with a heavy theme. But this just hit the right spot, with me thinking at times “Why do you keep breaking my heart” or laughing like crazy. It was fun and light but with a story of its own. I guess that’s what I miss watching in romcoms. Some romcoms now just don’t have the flare of the old ones like Samsooni, Full House, Goong or Coffee Prince. To me they will always be classics.

As this drama was made in 2005, I love the fact that they made a story that many would realize and understand. In Korea its a big deal for a woman when they reach 30 and they’re not married or if they do not have a family. I am not Korean, but my Korean friends who are in their 30s have this dilemma. For most of us its just an age, but apparently there, women feel like they are old and there is that pressure to find your match before you get any older. Women also there feel that the older they are, the lesser will be the chance for them to get married. And if the pressure from the age is not enough, parents and relatives ask them when will they get married. My friend hates going to her hometown because of this pressure! To me, I think this drama made girls understand that women in their 30s still do have a chance and that they can still be beautiful!

Kim Sun Ah was at her best in this drama. She was very very effective as 30 year old chubby loveless girl. And what amazes me is that she had to put on some weight to play this girl. She’s a pro.  I have to say this is Kim Sun Ah’s drama and she will forever be remembered as Kim Sam Soon! Even now, when I see her, I always associate her as Samsooni! That’s how faboulous she is!

But if you watch this drama.. please remember that this was made in 2005, so it doesn’t have all the new gadgets and high fashion of the dramas now..

The OST

 This drama also had one of the most unforgettable songs! It was this drama that made Clazziquai (Alex, Horan and Dj Clazzi) popular in the mainstream Kpop music. Here are 2 of the songs from the drama which you might have heard before.

Be My Love (first part) and She Is

Picture Spam! Don’t you just love this drama!

So if you’re looking for a good Kdrama to start  your Hallyu addiction, My Name is Kim Sam Soon will be a good one!

**credits: dramabeans.com + ashin103@yt + as tagged

Backtrack – Clazziquai Live Performances

These are really old (well not 10 years ago but more like 4 or 5 years ago, but in the Kpop world that’s really old already) performances by Clazziquai. I’m lucky to have found them on youtube!

Actually.. Clazziquai is one of my favorite groups in Kpop.. but I’m not sure if you could actually call their songs pop because it’s more on the electronic sound. I love this genre but I haven’t seen much of it in the Korean music industry.. just a handful of artists does this and most of them are either underrated or a playing their music underground.

Anyway these are a few of them..

Be My Love (060818) – English Version

If you’ve see My Name is Kim Sam Soon, you would know this song. This is played over and over again in the drama. And this song is what actually made Clazziquai popular in the mainstream Kpop world. This is the english version of the song. Yes, they do have several English versions of their song, which absolutely thrilled me during the start of my Kpop addiction. Though their English wasn’t that good, but its audible and understandable except for a few words.

Love Mode (070622)

I have to say this is my favorite Clazziquai song! I just love the electronic stuff DJ Clazzi did on this song. The original version has Tablo (of Epik High who is making his comeback soon! hooray!!) doing the rap.. in straight English! They do have a Japanese version of this one too where they sing the whole song in English while the rap is done in Japanese by M-Flo (you should hear his songs..). Love mode gets to me totally because of the Western/European sound which I love that this group is doing even before it became popular in Korea.. DJ Clazzi is a genius!

Romeo N Juliet (071228)

For one who watched We Got Married back when the variety program started, I’m sure you would know this song because it was what Shinae and Alex sung. This couple for me were too good to be true.. kk too sweet. But I think we got married that time was more believable compared to the We Got Married now. There was that certain sweetness that seemed surreal among the couples back them. I think maybe they were better actors! kk Kidding.. actually when I watch we got married now, it doesn’t have the same vibe as it did.. I mean probably the last that I liked were Jo Kwon and Ga In. Yonghwa and Seohyun almost did it for me, but sometimes they were just a bit too stiff.. Anyway.. about this song, this song is too sweet and I like the acoustic vibe of the song, paired with the rap part.

There are more live peformances, but I think 3 would be enough for now.. if I put them all I might not have any Clazziquai stuff to put anymore! kk and every now and then, when I miss them, I put them on my blog…

I wish they would produce more songs like this in the Korean music industry..

**credits: yameddae@yt

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