Musical Monday – In These Unprecedented Times

Posted by SaraG on July 13, 2020

Music

It’s been yet another trying week in the world, and particularly so in public health and pandemic response. It’s rough out there. Luckily, I have a well-established path to escapism by way of Kpop, Kdrama, and other Asian entertainment. I don’t know where’d I’d be without the pics, gifs, and links to YouTube content that I get on a routine basis or without the neverending supply of dramas available to suit almost any mood. And as I’m sure you’ve seen and probably heard, a lot of recent stuff is being influenced by the pandemic and not just because there’s no live audience. Liberal use of hand sanitizer during every variety show, stringent hand washing in dramas,  and even clever marketing by entertainment companies to support public health messaging has been popping up in all sorts of places (thank you for the group logo updates, Nu’est and Seventeen, public health loves you too). 

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Khottie of the Week: Squishy Love, Seventeen’s Hoshi!

Posted by Stephanie on July 12, 2020

Khottie of the Week

It’s been a bit since we’ve been able to do a Khottie, with so much going on, it just seemed…ick. However, I don’t know about you, but I could use some happy and looking up Khottie picks? Well, that makes me happy. You know who else makes me happy who just turned 24? Seventeen’s Hoshi. I mean, how can you look at this face and not want to smile?

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Reference Points

Posted by SaraG on July 9, 2020

Music

One of the things I find enormously humanizing about artists from thousands of miles away is their musical reference points. I struggled with this a little when I was first getting into Kpop 6,000 years ago and I shared not a single common memory with anyone that I was falling in love with. What’s better than singing your favorite lyrics to some long lost song with a newfound friend? Not only was I not likely to meet any of these idols in person long enough to actually get to the singing together part of an evening, but I also wouldn’t know any of their fav childhood classics – besides Michael Jackson, and we’re not going there.

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Twogether – Touching All Your Emotional Holes

Posted by Stephanie on July 7, 2020

General

As I mentioned in last week’s Stay At Home Saturday, I have travel on the brain. Thoughts of foreign locals dance in my head. Looking at my ever-increasing PTO balance makes me sad. Since we can’t (hopefully only for the time being) go anywhere, I find myself turning to travel shows.

Last week SaraG suggested the new Netflix series, Twogether, keeping an ongoing commentary of where they boys where this episode, and what fun activity they were doing. After deciding to watch something on the fourth, I decided I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Of course, the promise of hours of watching Lee Seung Gi and Jasper Liu really made the decision easy.

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Musical Monday – Still Young and Hot In My Mind

Posted by SaraG on July 6, 2020

Music

For me, one of the absolute biggest joys of my kids getting older is that they are now interested in many of the same books as me. When I was a young teen, there wasn’t this glut of crazy good YA fic floating around and I really feel like I missed out while I was sneaking my grandma’s Harlequin’s. Give me The Hunger Games over Italian Escape With Her Fake Fiance any day.  Read more

Stay At Home Saturday: Let’s Travel!

Posted by Stephanie on July 4, 2020

General

Stay At Home Saturday: Travel

Believe it or not, its Saturday again! A Stay At Home Saturday. Again. And again. And again. Anyone else bored looking at the walls of your home? Anyone else get thoughts of anywhere else popping up in their head? I literally sent a message to LizC this week “Ohhhhh, remember Miniso?” (A store we like to visit when we go to La for concerts?) The lady group is passing around photos of places we want to go “When we get out of here?”. Do you have those thoughts? It’s currently the hot summertime, remember going to the ocean? Or a beach? Or a POOL? Eating things you didn’t make yourself? Or handed off to you via a contactless messenger service? (UGH, or handed to you through a drive-through window where you can see everyone is wearing the masks under their noses and you almost cry because you realize this bagel now has the ability to kill you?)

I miss it. Gah. I miss travel so much. International. Nationwide. Statewide. Alas, for the foreseeable future, we’re going to have to sit here in our homes remembering the times and hoping that they’ll come around again. One way that’s fun to temporarily placate (or poke at) the travel bug? Watching the travel variety shows! You know the ones, idols or actors going to some foreign local, we all pretend there is a hoard of people/cameras following them and watch them all be all fish out of water? Trying to get from place to place, eating local foods, going to local touristy spots? Yeah, doing all the things you wish you were doing right at this very second?

Well, luckily, there’s a lot of them! So many so, you can pick your desired locals, your desired stars, and find a show to fit your taste! The following is a list of some of the more popular or notable shows. Read more

Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Wide Open

Posted by SaraG on July 2, 2020

Music

It’s not a secret that I’m very multi-fandom. Given time, I will fall in love with pretty much anyone. It’s not that I adore everyone’s music or that I have chemistry with every single idol or group, it’s that I can’t stand to see someone not being cherished. If I hear that someone is struggling, even a little, I will inevitably feel the need to watch things on YouTube and then fall in some sort of love. And right now – whether it be because I’m wiped out from work and need a distraction or because the stars have shifted into some sort of precise alignment – I am wide open to any group currently recruiting my attention. 

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Nu’est’s Minhyun Lands New Drama

Posted by Stephanie on June 30, 2020

Casting News

Nu'est Minhyun Nocturne

It’s confirmed! Nu’est’s Minhyun has been cast in an upcoming drama. This is not a drill Nu’est fans, THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

LAUGH. Sorry. There’s no way I can be chill about this. Chill has left the building. Chill has been recast by arm-flailing fangirling. Would you care to join me?

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Musical Monday – Worth the Wait

Posted by SaraG on June 29, 2020

Music

Rember back in 2019 when I said that I hated how long Golden Child had been tabled and how resources had been focused on trainees instead of the already debuted group? I feel so much better now. A little worse too because of RtK, but mostly a whole lot better. The group debuted in the summer of 2017 (it’s almost their third anniversary!!) and has had all of these loooong breaks in between releases. As I mentioned previously, they came out of the gate really aged own – probably owing to the fact that a few of the members were very young. Their maknae, Bomin, had literally been 17 for four days when they released their debut.

I understand the confusion – he’s a very well put together maknae.

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