A long, but temporary, hiatus

So, for those of you who didn’t see my earlier post, I am not actively blogging at the moment. Actually, I haven’t been actively blogging for the past few weeks, since I have been in Jinan, China since mid-March. The posts you’ve seen have been scheduled in advance, but don’t worry if you’ve commented on them, because I’ll get back to you eventually!

I will be away in China for anywhere between 3-6 months. During this time I will not have access to WordPress. However, I do plan to continue blogging on my return. Hopefully I’ll have some exciting stories to share with you all!

Until then, keep safe my pumpkins, and you’ll hear from me soon!

-S

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Rewatching Harry Potter: Wrap Up and Has My Opinion Changed?

Finally, we’re through. All eight Harry Potter movies have been re-watched. As you probably remember, I rewatched the series after a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London prompted me to think my original opinions were too harsh. Although I’ve given my thoughts on each individual movie, I thought I’d wrap up the series by talking about it as a whole.

I was genuinely surprised at just how much I enjoyed the movies when watching them again. I honestly never liked the later movies, but this time I was entertained during each one. There are plenty of funny and emotional scenes throughout the whole series, and I found myself laughing in every movie.

I was also amazed that after all of this time, I still found it very, very easy to be sucked into the magical world of Harry Potter. I think this has everything to do with all of the effort that went into creating the movie series. I really do appreciate every little detail, and I think that this attention and care from the creators means that the series will last the test of time.

I still think that there are some serious plot problems in the later movies, and they start in Goblet of Fire. It’s here that we miss the explanation of Harry and Voldemort’s wand connection, and this lack of information starts a snowball of plot problems later on. I still think that Half-Blood Prince is the weakest in terms of the overall plot, and leaving out vital background information in this movie results in the two Deathly Hallows movie lacking a certain level of depth and meaning. I also wish quite a few scenes were done differently, the most significant being the final duel between Voldemort and Harry.

In conclusion, I’m really glad I rewatched these movies, as it gave me a greater appreciation for them after all of these years. They all have their moments where they are very enjoyable. However, at the same time, I will always wish for certain things to be different, and will continue to wonder how much more the movies could have been. I guess all I can say in the end is that the books are always better than the movies.

-S

Celebrating: Xiumin, Jackson, and Yongguk

Welcome to a new segment where I celebrate some of my favourite Korean celebrities, not in order of how much I love them, but in order of birthday. All ages are international ages. -S

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Xiumin

First up for this post is Kim Min Seok, who uses the stage name Xiumin, the oldest member of the group EXO… not that he looks it. Every time I see Xiumin, I’m always surprised by just how baby-faced he is. I can’t help but wonder what he’s going to look like when he’s much, much older! He is rather undeniably cute. However, don’t let the cute face fool you, Xiumin is known for his impressive body and, ah… mature dancing. Actually, in his group, Xiumin is one of the lead dancers, and he’s been known to both sing and rap, although I always feel he’s underappreciated and underutilised. Fortunately, his sweet vocals have been recognised elsewhere, such as this duet with AOA’s Jimin, and in the EXO-CBX subgroup. Hopefully Xiumin will get more opportunity to show off his talents in the future! Happy 27th birthday on March 26th!

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Jackson

Next we turn our attention to GOT7’s rapper and all-round funny man Jackson Wang. Jackson is arguably one of the most well-known members of his groups because of his appearances on variety and talk shows. He has a very friendly, easy-to-get-along with personality, and he’s also naturally funny. I really love Jackson’s comedic timing and facial expressions, he’s such a fun guy to watch! His happy personality means he knows a lot of different celebrities in the Korean entertainment world, and he’s particularly close to other foreigners. Jackson was born in Hong Kong, and can speak several languages. He was actually on his way to becoming a talented sabre fencer, but ended up persuading his parents to let him pursue his dream. Now, he is a rapper (sort of!) and a talented dancer, known for his body and his flips. Happy 23rd birthday on March 28th!

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Yongguk

Our last celebrity for today’s post is B.A.P’s Bang Yong Guk. Not only is Yongguk the leader and a rapper in the group, he has also played a role in writing and producing the group’s songs. In fact, Yongguk has been doing this right from the group’s debut. As the leader, Yongguk has led the group through some troubled times, but has overcome them successfully. As a rapper, Yongguk is known for his deep ‘cave voice‘, arguably the deepest rap in K-Pop. His career as a rapper is also longer than his career as an idol; he rapped underground before joining TS Entertainment, and has even done some featuring and solo work. On camera, Yongguk often comes across as quite and serious, but he is actually surprisingly cute and adorkable. He is also very kind, as evident by his long commitment to charities. I hope Yongguk continues to lead B.A.P in the future, and continues to grow as an artist! Happy 27th birthday on March 31st!

Day 30: A song that you haven’t listened to in a while

We’re finally here, on the last day of the 30 Day Song Challenge! I certainly had a lot of fun doing this challenge, and hopefully you’ve had fun seeing what songs I’ve chosen. You might have even found a new song that you like, or seen one of your own favourites appear!

For the last day, a song that you haven’t listened to in a while, I went with a classic 2000s emo/pop punk hit… Panic! at the Disco’s ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’. This song was played everywhere in Australia when it was first released, but I haven’t heard it in years. It remains a pretty good song.

-S

Day 29: A song currently stuck in your head

The song currently stuck in my head is DAY6’s ‘I Wait’. I’m yet to actually own any songs by this group, as I feel that their previous songs sound very similar. However, ‘I Wait’ takes the band in a new direction with a different sound. It really suits the group’s voices, and makes me think of FT Island meets NELL. I like it.

What song is currently stuck in your head?

-S

Day 27: A song you make fun of

To be honest, as much as I love K-Pop, I can’t help but make fun of it. I think a true fan of something can laugh at it when they recognise that it’s either not that good, or just unintentionally funny. For example, take a look at the way English is often used in K-Pop in the clip below. Fortunately, this is improving, but in the early days of K-Pop you’d have a hard time understanding what was being said as an English speaker! (Feel free to ignore the uploader’s comments in green, just pay attention to the lyrics in white).

Secondly, K-Pop is really well known for its misheard lyrics. Often these are Korean lyrics that just happen to sound like English words, and sometimes they’re mispronounced foreign words. The main problem is that once you’ve misheard the lyric, it’s very hard to hear it back the correct way!

Of course, this isn’t something that’s unique to K-Pop, you can find instances of both of these things in English songs. It just happens to be more common in this genre. Do you know any misheard lyrics or bad grammar that you always notice when listening to a song?

-S