Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Found a New Love - Lady Antebellum

Yep! I'm now inlove with Lady Antebellum's music. The first track I heard from them was Need You Now. Then last week, as I was browsing through the Billboard Top 100 site, I saw their new song American Honey in the charts. I checked it out and I instantly fell inlove with the song. I downloaded the whole album and tada I'm now officially inlove with their music. I like my dad's choice of country songs but the among the new and young country singers today I don't really have a favorite until today. Haha! Their album is currently playing on loop in my music player. This is gonna be one of the soundtrack albums of my summer.

From wikipedia:
Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. It is composed of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone", before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing "Love Don't Live Here". The song, which peaked at #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, served as the first single to the group's self-titled debut album. Certified platinum in the US, the album also includes the singles "Lookin' for a Good Time" and "I Run to You", the latter of which became the group's first Number One in July 2009. "Need You Now," was released in mid-2009 and is the first single off the band's new album released in January 2010; it is also the group's second number one single.
 Lady Antebellum has been awarded Top New Duo or Group in 2009 by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year in 2008 by the Country Music Association. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 51st Grammy Awards and two more at the 52nd Grammy Awards; of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for "I Run to You." More recently in November 2009, the band was awarded Single of the Year (“I Run to You”) and Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association.

If you haven't heard any of Lady Antebellum's songs yet, you better check this out. It's called American Honey.

SNSD's Run Devil Run MV - My Fave SNSD MV

This is by far my favorite video of SNSD. I'm so inlove with the song, their outfits, their bad-girl look, and the concept of the whole video itself. After the success of Oh!, the girls released Run Devil Run  last week. If Oh!'s music video featured a very cute cheerleading SNSD, Run Devil Run's concept is the whole opposite.

Taeyeon, Yuri, Yoona, and Tiffany looked fantastic in their bad-girl outfits. And I'm also surprised that Seohyeon, despite her very young and cute image (which I thought she can never wear off), can fit the bad-girl image for this video's concept. She's one of the best voices in the group I think but I hate that he's being paired up with C.N Blue's Jong Yonghwa in We Got Married. I'm damn jealous. But I'm actually liking her more now with this image.

Ke$ha has a version of this song too. SM Entertainment bought the rights to make a Korean version of this song. I like SNSD's version better.*biased. i love Yuri too much.* :]

Here's Ke$ha's Run Devil Run. Which one do you like better?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Let Kpop Make You Smile - Smile by Mighty Mouth feat. Insooni

This is an old video but everytime I hear this song or watch this music video I can't help but smile and be happy. The music video features a lot of Kpop artists including Epik High, 2AM, Kara, After School, Lee Seung Ki, Kim Taewoo, Baek Ji Young, Taegoon, and a lot more..

Insooni is one of Korea's best singers. Her song A Goose's Dream is one of my favorite songs. Mighty Mouth on the other hand is a famous rap duo in Korea. They have also been to the Philippines during the Korean Cultural Festival and performed this song at the CCP.

Watch the music video and SMILE! :]

Here's the English Translation of the lyrics of the song..

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Great English Cover of Taeyang's Wedding's Dress

I was doing my usual Youtube rounds when I found this video in Recommended Videos section. I really love Taeyang and I love, love, love, his song Wedding Dress. The melody, the painful lyrics, the music video, and Taeyang himself in the MV - it's just perfect. The song played on loop in my head for weeks since it was released. So what made me click the link to this cover was that it was an English cover. I've always been very keen about song lyrics. No matter how bad the melody or how much I hate the singer, I can love the song if its lyrics are good or something I can really relate to. So I wanted to know how he interpreted the song in English and much to my surprise, it's really good. There was also a rap verse added and it sounded really cool. If I have never heard of Wedding Dress before then I hear this song, I would definitely still fall in love with the song.

About the artist, I don't know if he's already signed or if he already has an album or if he's popular in Youtube or any place. Haha! This is my first time to hear his cover and I like it so I'll check his other videos out later. He's Korean by the way.

It's such a sad song. If you've seen the original music video, you can really feel sad for Taeyang giving away the girl of his dreams to his best friend (or is it his brother? I'm not really sure). It must hurt like hell for him seeing the one he loves so beautiful in a wedding dress but marrying his friend and not him. Worse is seeing the woman you love get out of your bathroom door, in her bath wrap, and waking up to the truth that you're only imagining. Haha!

But speaking of weddings, I also came across of some fun stuff that can be given as gifts to women today. These personalized ink stamps might just be perfect for your workmate who's getting married. A personalized platter would also be great if you want to stick to the traditional way of giving things for the kitchen as wedding gifts.

So enjoy the cover of one of my favorite Kpop songs. I know you would really like it if you're a kpop fan.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Is Hankyung Really Leaving Super Junior?

Last year, Hankyung complained about the unfair terms of his contract with SME and filed a lawsuit against the entertainment company. There's a video clip I saw today about him finally speaking up about the lawsuit. It's just a preview of his whole interview but I believe he's implying that he really wants to leave Super Junior.

Everybody's still waiting for the decision of the court but fans can't help but worry about the 13-1 Super Junior. Kim Kibum, the youngest member did not participate in the 3rd Album and all of Super Junior's promotions last year because he wanted to focus on his acting career. Kangin, on the other hand, got into some serious trouble so he was suspended from participating in any Super Junior activities for the 3rd album (including Super Show2 Tour and commercials) after that as punishment. This leaves 10 Super Junior members to land in Manila on April 9 for the last leg of their Super Show 2 Asia Tour on April 10.

I'm very sad about this.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kpop Idols in the Philippines

It started with Kim Bum. Because of the high popularity of Boys Over Flowers here in the Philippines, he was warmly receive by many Filipinos last September 2009 when he arrived here for his commercial shoot with Maja Salvador for RC Cola. He even participated in volunteer works because he arrived here just after we experienced the wrath of typhoon Ketsana.

Then came SHINee. They attended the Korea Cultural Festival here in the Philippines last Nov. 2009.

Next was 4Minute who promoted their album during the first week of February 2010. They also performed in various TV programs.

On the last week of February, Doojoon and Nickchun of 2PM also went to the Philippines to do charity work.

Yesterday, FT Island performed on Showtime, a morning talent show here in the Philippines. They are here for their concert at the PICC Plenary Hall, today, right now, as I am writing this blog post.

 After I watched and screamed like crazy yesterday while watching FT Island perform, I couldn't help but worry about Super Junior's upcoming Super Show 2 here in the Philippines. If I almost died seeing Choi Jonghoon, Hongki, Jaejin, and the rest of FTI on Philippine television, how much worse would I feel if I see Super Junior only on TV. This is their first time to have a concert here and I really don't want to miss the opportunity of seeing the boys I really adore. If only I live near Manila. I love Iligan and I certainly love province life but during times like this, I can't help but hate that I'm living in the province. Aside from the concert tickets, the costly transportation is more painful for my pocket. IT'S SO HARD TO BE A FAN GIRL. haha! That's all I can say. Only God knows how I can attend Super Show 2. Actually there are also minuses if I go. First, the 13 of them won't be there. 2nd, the 13 of them won't be there. I might miss our visit to my grandparents' place again (I wasn't able to go last year). 3rd,..the 13 of them won't be there. *sigh* I really want to go. I don't want to cry like a baby watching them being interviewed or guesting on TV.. on Philippine TV! I don't think I can take watching them on TV when they just standing on the same country as me.

Don't get me wrong. I'm actually happy that Kpop idols are getting a lot of love from Filipino audiences. Jang Geun Seok is also coming to the Philippines this year. And the Philippine invasion of Big Bang and more idols are already in the works too. If only Super Junior and FT Island didn't decide to have a concert here sooner...

Adorable Korean Child Actors

If you have seen the movie Speed Scandal, or watched 2PM's guestings on Star King before, then you probably know Wang Seok Hyeon. He became popular because of his role as Hwang Gi Dong, Cha Tae Hyun's grandson in that box-office movie. It's a very good comedy film and after I've seen it I just can't get enough of Wang Seok Hyeon's cuteness.

Who can ever forget this smirk?

That scene when they were playing Go-Stop, a Korean game, really made him famous. Because of that movie he appeared in a lot of commercials in Korea. He even recorded a song, a very cute song and performed it live too. He's really adorable!

I mentioned before that I have been following Chuno (The Slave Hunters), a new period drama in Korea. Well the crown prince in the drama, Prince Seok Gyun (real name, Kim Jin Woo) is really really cute too. He's the only remaining heir to the throne of Song Tae Ha's master the late Prince So Hyun. Since his family was killed because of some plague that spread throughout Jeju Island, the little prince must be saved for the future of the kingdom. He had a lot of scenes with Lee Da Hae and Oh Ji Ho in the drama. Lee Da Hae even posted some pictures of her with Jin Woo. He must be receiving a lot of love from Da Hae and the rest of the Chuno cast too. Another adorable and very cute kid on TV!

I wonder if these kids know that they are already working. I envy them because at such a young age they have already met a lot of famous and gorgeous people. How I wish I could adopt either or both of them. I'm sure our house will be filled with loads of joy if these kids are around. Since Wang Seok Hyun is now turning 7, I think he'll be enrolling in school soon. These cute personalized backpacks would be a good gift for him from a "noona" fan like me. A nap mat that comes in many playful colors is a nice buy for these kids too. I bet they (and their moms) will like it because it's really useful especially during their film or drama shootings. And I'm sure they will all look good wearing one from this collection of Stephen Joseph backpacks. I can just imagine Wang Seok Hyeon singing his I Love You song, and Kim Jin Woo enjoying some behind-the-scene bonding time with Da Hae, and wearing these cute bags like themselves. ^_^

PS. Kim Jin Woo didn't have many photos in the internet. I guess he's not that famous yet. But I really find him cute.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Glasses for Fashion or for Function?

When I was little, I really wanted my eyes to have defects so I could wear glasses. Haha. I wanted to wear glasses because I thought it was cool and when you see people wearing glasses your first impression of him/her would always be that she is an intelligent person. I thought the people who wear glasses for its function got eye defects because they read too many books especially at night and during brownouts. Wanting to be regarded as a bookworm, I tried reading books in the spots of the house where there's insufficient light for reading. But I eventually stopped it because I can't finish more than 2 chapters and I just fall asleep. Reading thick novels really make me want to sleep so never did it again.

As I grew older, I met and had friends who don't have good vision and I realized it's not easy to have eye defects. And also, reading glasses isn't only for fashion or for one to be regarded as genius. It can also mean that you didn't take care of your health. Up to now, when I remember how much I wanted to have bad eyesight before just to wear glasses I just laugh at how stupid I was. It really pays to take care of your eyes. Isn't it good to know that you can still teach your grandchildren and help them with their assignments even when you're already 50?

But wearing glasses for fun and for fashion is really popular too. Having seen a lot of Korean celebrities' and friends' selcas, I think Asians really look good in glasses. And I know most of them are just wearing it for fashion. A lot of cute and fashionable glasses can be bought anywhere at very reasonable prices too. So whether for its function or for fashion, glasses are definitely in especially in Asia.