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Writer's Block: You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch! [23 Dec 2009|03:42pm]
Are there any classic holiday movies or TV shows that you look forward to watching year after year? What are your all-time favorites? Are there any you simply can't stand?
It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street
A Christmas Story
Home Alone


I need to find these on the internets soon. I'll spend my Christmas doing that. Christmas in Korea is lonely. :(
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Writer's Block: A Bitter Pill to Swallow? [20 Aug 2009|09:18pm]
If you could get your exercise by taking a pill, would you? Why or why not?

Then I'd be able to read and learn all day AND get that primitive ordained need for activity in! Best situation ever!
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Writer's Block: To Infinity and Beyond! [17 Jul 2009|12:02am]
Are you interested in intergalactic travel? What would you hope to discover?
YES. LIFE. It'd be like Star Trek. <3
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Writer's Block: My Ideal Life Ten Years from Now… [10 Jul 2009|01:09am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

What does your ideal lifestyle look like 10 years from now?
Happily settled doing what I like, while making enough money to have a house big enough to hold my ever growing libraries and to go traveling often and be able to save up money throughout.

I think I'll need to find an elderly millionaire to seduce to

I've had a looming "your last post was..." in my face for the past 25 weeks. But I'm really bad at keeping anything up. Anyway, in the past 25 weeks I've graduated from college with a BA in Linguistics and minors in Japanese in Latin. I've attended a 2 day Latin speaking workshop which was lovely but painful for the mind. I've read a couple books and found: I still love Jane Austen, with This Side of Paradise my love for F. Scott Fitzgerald wasn't unfounded but it semi-debunked that love with The Great Gatsby. And I've also been accepted to teach English in Korea for at least a year starting September 1st. I'm currently in the Visa process and it's harrowing.

I've decided that I don't like being graduated and want to stay in school for much, much longer. But I also don't think that many classics departments will accept a student with no Greek and not-so-good Latin grades. :(

I also can't really hear a difference between Madama Butterfly and most other operas. But it's not bad on the ears.
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Music in 2008 [12 Jan 2009|06:09am]
I really wanted to make this post closer to the beginning of the new year but I kept putting it off. Now I awake at an ungodly hour on the day school starts, so what better time to do it than now?

When I listen to music I do it two ways: current and backwards. So this will first include the new music of 2008 that impressed me and then the older music that I discovered and listened to like it was new.

Music of 2008
Summary: The Smiths and Kpop ruled my life. It was fantastic.

Top Songs
Perfume - シークレットシークレット (Secret Secret)
OMGoodness, all I did was play this song for hours at a time. This song is the best song of 2008 in my book.
손담비 - 미쳤어 (Son Dam Bi, Michesso)
This song is exactly what a good pop song should sound like. Son Dam Bi really impressed me this year. After releasing this and "Bad Boy" she's become one of my favorite newer Kpop artists. Let's keep up the good work!
빅뱅 - 마지막 인사 (Big Bang, Majimak Insa)
Released at the end of last year, but from the time I bought the album to the time I left Korea (and after that) this was on my playlist to be constantly played.
자우림 - 幸福한 王子 (Jaurim, Haengbok han Wangja)
Two words: Surfer rock. And this was one of the first songs they played live! I wish I knew it then. :(
Alizee - Lily Town
BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM. It's so poppy and fast. I love French. I love Alizee.
태양 - 나만 바라봐 (Taeyang, Naman Barabwa)
The Big Bang machine hits again. Can they NOT make good pop?! I decided not to care for their solo projects, but after that played constantly wherever I was in Korea, I couldn't not love it. It's too good.
원더걸스 - So Hot (Wonder Girls)
OMG YES. Wonder Girls is awesome. I can't get enough of them. Probably my favorite active Kpop artist
安室奈美恵 - Rock Steady (Namie Amuro)
The 60s70s80s single was a big thing for me. This was my favorite of the 3 songs. Awesome concept, awesome PV, awesome song.
Girls Aloud - Girl Overboard
I love them.
Veronica Maggio - Stopp
SWEDEN IS AWESOME. I've wanted to find Scandinavian pop in any form for a LONG time, but never came across any. Enter Veronica Maggio, with her dance pop songs mixed with a very Motown-inspired sound and I found the perfect pop artist. Her first album is better all around, but this song blows them all away.
배슬기 - 다가와 (Bae Seul Ki, Dagawa)
Bae Seul Ki and Wonder Girls are really what brought me to start to listening to new Kpop. Though she wasn't too popular, both of her albums are solid. This song I couldn't stop playing.

Top Albums
Perfume - GAME
I've been hearing of Perfume on various message boards since they released "Vitamin Drop", but this si the only time I really listened to them. This album is complete perfection the whole way through. (Save for "Butterfly", which I just can't handle.)
자우림 - Ruby. Sapphire. Diamond. (Jaurim)
I SAW THEM IN CONCERT. AND BOUGHT A SIGNED COPY OF THIS THERE. Another solid album from the best Korean band ever. The fact that they sung a majority of this album in concert certainly helped me love it as much as I do.
Alizee - Psychedeliques
This really came out last November, but I got it in January so it counts. I was weary about her music quality once she split with Mylene Farmer but she came out with, IMO, her best album yet. This really solidified my fandom of her. Can't get better French pop than her.
Girls Aloud - Tangled Up
Again, released late last year but I found and fell in love with Girls Aloud. Britain is the best.
安室奈美恵 - BEST FICTION (Namie Amuro)
A best of album, but this basically spans the whole time I've been actively following Namie's releases. The plane ride home, I didn't listen to anything else. I grew to love FUNKY TOWN and Baby Don't Cry and basically ignited my Namie fan flame, realizing that I will probably eat up everything she throws at me.

Top Songs
The Smiths - What She Said
The second half of 2008 was basically me discovering that The Smiths is the greatest band ever created. This has fast become my favorite song by them. (not without intense competition) The lyrics are so lovely and moved me to read the book that it was based off of, "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept" by Elizabeth Smart. It is the most gorgeous book I've ever read with a command of the English language I can only dream to have.
정훈희- 빗속의 연인들 (Jung Hoon Hee, Pisok ei Yeonindul)
While not my favorite on the album, it's the first that really grabbed me in on first listen. The late '60s were a great time for pop, and Korea was no exception to that.
The Smiths - Hand in Glove
Probably my favorite single from them. It's such a romantic song and the beat just flows along so well with it all.
박지윤 - 성인식 (Park Ji Yoon, Sunginshik)
I got this PV back in 2003 or so, but my ears hadn't grown accustomed to dance beats and catchy tunes it seems because I hardly watched it. When I went to Korea I picked up this album (an 2 of her others) on a whim and fell in LOVE with this and her. 2000 in Kpop was lovely.
S.E.S - Requiem
I bought all of S.E.S's albums through HMV Japan for no apparent reason, but I did not regret it. This was the first song that really opened my up to the late-90s Kpop everyone raved about before, but I only really followed Baby V.O.X. Now the only music HMV recommends to me are Chinese and Korean pop, but it was certianly worth it.
Fin.K.L - Feel Your Love
Same as above. I haven't liked as many songs by Fin.K.L that I did by S.E.S, but this song is perfection.
王菲 - 悶 (Faye Wong, Men)
I think I listened to this for a fair portion of 2007 too, but it really carried on for months. My favorite Faye Wong song. She needs a new album. NOW.
엄정화 - 초대 (Uhm Jung Hwa, Chodae)
1998 is awesome. I got this CD for 3 dollars in an underground market. i didn't even really like/know about her much so I'm not sure why I bought it. But I'm glad I did. This song is the standout track and again I played it on repeat for a very long time.
宇多田ヒカル - Addicted to You (Hikaru Utada)
In 2008 I found out that I do really like Utada. I never really listened to her earlier songs, but they are REALLY catchy.
Metric - On The Sly
I got this album randomly one day. I loved their 2nd album and bought their 3rd, but that one didn't really impress me, so I'm not sure why I picked this one up. I then didn't listen to it for a good 6 months. In November I put in my CD player on a whim and then put this song on repeat for the last 2 months of the year. Now Metric has turned into more than "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now."

Top Albums
The Smiths - Meat is Murder
This might have taken it's place as my favorite Smiths album. Pure perfection is all I can really say.
The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
Unreleased tracks and singles not on albums. I originally thought that this album was vestigial, but I was completely wrong. Now I can't fathom NOT owning this album.
정훈희 - Best (Jung Hoon Hee)
SOLID late 60's early 70's pop. When I got back from my trip all I really listened to was this and Perfume's album for a good month. I only wish I knew about her while I was there so I could get more of her stuff - 12 songs isn't nearly enough.
宇多田ヒカル - Distance (Hikaru Utada)
Yeah, I listened to this a lot. I can say I'm a Utada fan. >.>;
東京事変 - 娯楽 (Tokyo Jihen, Variety)
I don't know why I didn't buy this when it came out. even though I didn't like OSCA this album is, as usual, solid start to finish. Shiina Ringo, I'll never underestimate you again. <3

For 2009 I'm looking forward to Aya Ueto coming back after an almost 2 year hiatus and anything Big Bang and Wonder Girls throw at me. Though I'm not a SNSD fan their "Gee" is my first obsession of 2009. Great pop song.
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Writer's Block: Ten for the Tenth [10 Nov 2008|09:49pm]
Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?
1. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
2. Shiina Ringo - 無罪モラトリアム
3. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
4. The Smiths - Meat is Murder
5. Faye Wong - 將愛
6. LUNA SEA - Image
7. Depeche Mode - Violator
8. Momoe Yamaguchi - 不死鳥伝説
9. The Phantom of the Opera - Original Cast Recording
10. Baby V.O.X - Boyish Story

Me cheating a little Bit:
11. Alizée - Psychédélices
12. Perfume - GAME
13. Metric - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
14. Jaurim - 戀人
15. Smashing Pumpkins - Adore

And my top 5 Compilation albums:
1. Namie Amuro - 181920
2. Chiyo Okumura - Coquettish BOMB
3. Jun Hoonhee - Best
4. The Supremes - Gold
5. Kelly Chen - Red

Real entry coming soon. I just liked this writer's block thingy. I couldn't do just 10 though. I fail at life.
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Traaaaaavelling! [30 Jun 2008|01:56pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

I remember the times of 2002 when I updated my blog-y thing at least kinda frequently. HA! 3 months later, I post.

In that expanse of time I finished school, did pretty good in all my classes despite the lack of motivation of the last entry, and started summer vacation! Whooooo! I can't believe it's already been a month and a half+ already. I haven't done much, but it's seriously nice.

Umm, so the biggest development in my life is my impending trip to foreign lands: Korea and Japan. I leave actually on July 3rd, so in 3 days. :x
My travel plans are: July 4th to the 18th in Korea, then fly over to Japan and stay there from the 18th to the 30th.

Ahhh, I can't tell my excitement for this. I was really looking forward to studying abroad in Japan over the summer, but I didn't get into that program unfortunately. But perhaps even better for me, I'm going more on a vacation rocking hostels and just going out to enjoy the culture!
But I'm also SCARED out of my mind. I've never been away before. The longest I've REALLY been away from home is the 2 nights on that shortened trip to New York City.
But I'm afraid with both children away for such an extended period of time, Mum's going to have a hard time. But she seems to have plans to stay busy. Going over to visit Family, go to the movies. I hope she'll be OK. <3

I seem to be MORE excited for Korea than Japan though. Sister's there who will be able to help me, plus I know more people there. I've more recently become entranced by the culture and pop culture. I ADORE the food. Really. (Kimchi = <3) Plus there is more for me to find that's not accessible here in the states. (Read: old CDs/records)

For Japan, it's more familiar to me. I got into liking specifically Japanese things in 2001. So that's a big 7 years of my life liking the pop culture, the language and the similarities and differences between it and US culture. And I'm not big on seafood. Ramen will probably be my best friend there.

Ths BIG BIG BIG plus for Japan though, is that I know the language enough to be confident that I can go there and be OK. 3 years of studying it will do that. However, I've only ever studied Korean by myself, and I can't say I get that far doing that. Watching dramas gives me vocabulary, but I doubt "cute" will help on the streets. But that seems to be part of the excitement. Not knowing the language now, I might progress a LOT while there. Which is pretty cool.

But I just can't wait to get to a country which speaks a language I don't know! I'll walk down the streets and not be able to understand what anyone is saying. There's something exhilarating about that thought. And really noticing the difference in customs. That is really what I want to see. I got a twinge of that while in Chinatown in Toronto earlier last month, and it was fantastic. The world is an awesome place and I need to go explore it.

I plan to come back and update this again about my travels! Hopefully I'll come back more worldly. Plus with pictures galore! YES.

But in the meantime I need to plan what to do while I'm on the 13+ hour flight. And how to get over my jet lag. x.x

OH. And on a pretty unrelated note: GO SEE WALL-E. Best movie of the summer. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pixar. <3

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dulcene et decorum est pro se vivare? [03 Apr 2008|02:43am]
[ mood | pensive ]

I don't usually post stuff like this, but I've been kinda in a slump lately and think that getting my thoughts together in some shape or form might be beneficial.
So my "slump" is basically I have no desire to do anything. And it's on such a level of indifference and procrastination that I can only hope it's not just my usual laziness.

I'm slowly realizing my competence in the languages I'm studying aren't up the the level I want or expect them to be at.
With Japanese, a year ago when I first started watching dramas I was really surprised by how much my listening ability increased. And I then thought I could understand it all when I watched Hana Yori Dango with just Italian subtitles (note: I don't know Italian), and "Attention Please" and "Bambino" with no subtitles at all. But later when I finally watched an episode of those with English subtitles I realized that I just barely got the basic meaning down, and didn't get the wittiness that goes with a fun drama. After 301 and 302, that hasn't improved all that much.
Also with trying to speak Japanese more and more this semester, I realized how much I CAN'T express. I try to think of sentences and I just get stuck. Granted I have a hard enough time to keep a conversation going in English, but I just want the sentences to flow perfectly. Plus there are a lot of grammar points I know and learned, but cannot produce. And whenever I hear it and finally connect it to a meaning I always feel especially dumb for NOT getting it earlier.

This leads into my problem with my Latin. I know next to nothing in Latin vocabulary. When I translate, I need to look up basically EVERY single word. There are only a handful I know right off the bat, and those I still need to look check in my dictionary for their case, gender and number.
I always like to say this is because we never learn how to produce Latin, just associate the words with an English meaning. HOWEVER, there's only so much I can blame on the method of teaching Latin -- there are many (and have been many more) people who are EXCELLENT at Latin and learned the same way I did. So that leads down to my incompetence as a student, which is kinda depressing when for the past 6 years or so I've had a plan to stay a student until I got my doctorate.

This then leads to me thinking about what I really want to do with my life. I really love linguistics. It really gives me insight on how Language is used and ultimately how people are on a simple level, which I've found to be one of my bigger interests. It's nice to stay interested in all your classes, even if I don't have the want to actually do the work. But however much being a graduate student in Linguistics studying a dying language or a language spoken in the remote forests of Country awesomeplace is appealing... I don't know if I have the endurance or drive for it. In reality I am a more lazy being, and would much rather surf the internets and follow the change of pop culture over the past 100 years than read and cross reference 10+ books and then write a huuuuge paper on how Old English became Middle English or something like that. Though I would find the subject of the latter interesting, I really can't stand writing papers.
Does that make me a worthless person? Whenever I don't feel like doing any of this, I feel like I should want to do all this. I should have the ability to do this. As a woman and as a Native American I need to represent in a professional field. But then I've never really had great expectations for myself, and I'm hardly forceful enough to really amount to anything.

The only thing I'm really happy about is Korean. I was so excited I was able to say "thank you" and "this looks delicious" to these ladies working at this Korean restaurant. But I have no expectations of myself because I haven't taken a real class yet, so I'm just picking up what I get from Boris and from the various Korean people I can ask about grammar I see in dramas/songs.
After my Korean drama watching extravaganza in January I really was able to catch onto common interjections and things like that, and songs have taught me lots of words like "love" and "wait", but that vocabulary won't REALLY help me when I want to have a basic conversation with someone in Korea.

Should I then try to go for something like the JET program, with teaching English in another country: which is what so many people I know went for/is in. I know grammar for the most part, so that'd help me I think. And it isn't too big of a commitment.
Maybe this point in life is when people usually go "find themselves." Sometimes th peace corps seems like a nice idea, but 2 years in the boonies of a foreign country is nothing short of terrifying.

I think another big part of this might be how ICU hasn't told me anything about whether or not I'll be able to study in Japan this summer. I kind of depended on this hope to get me through the past couple weeks, but now I'm starting to doubt if I'll be able to go.
I've never been out of the country and I really don't know what to expect, but all I know is that I've wanted to travel for as long as I could remember. I'm scared that I have an unrealistic expectation for what traveling will bring. But when I think that just walking down a street in a different place is a thrilling concept, I can't be disappointed, could I?
This then leads to my concerns of 2 extremes: 1. I'll be so excited and happy in a new place, learning all these new things that I'll never want to leave. Or 2. I'll be so homesick that I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself and realize that I'll never be able to live anywhere else.
Sometimes I feel like I really need something new (especially lately). But then I think about my family and such, and however tumultuous we can get, I love them and depend on them far too much. I've been living like this for 20 years already, and thinking about change is scary. I'm scared about leaving my mum and sister especially. It'll be scary not seeing them everyday. I'm scared that if any of us are separated our relationship we have will dissolve or change.

Also, my plan for getting skinny/pretty (because they're basically synonymous) for Summer is failing pretty horribly. I've been observing what girls in my age group look like and have become aware of parts of the body which it seems most people noticed when they hit puberty... and the more I think about it, the more stuff I find wrong with me, and the further away my goal seems.
I used to think that looks didn't matter and I could wow people with my wit and knowledge of the world. But I've come to realize that looks do indeed matter and I have come to focus a lot on them. It's mostly for self improvement -- I'm already socially awkward and laking in self confidence, but do I have to look bad too?
Another thing that I find annoying in all of this is how there are people in the world extremely malnourished, while I'm having a hard time eating less than what I'm used to. The world's funny.

I wanted to post something about how reading Horace in Latin class is teaching me all these life lessons, but I don't feel up for it now. In short = he's a close second behind Ovid for being an awesome poet.
I also have to write up a report in Japanese about a newspaper article due tomorrow. I'm procrastinating like mad, but I'll do it in the morning. Class doesn't start until 12:30 tomorrow anyway. I already know I'm going to talk about Namie's #1 and how all of a sudden she's back to being Jpop's queen. There have been so many articles out on that topic that I'll surely be able to find one that's short and from reputable news source.

Anyway, there's only 4 weeks left to school left. Here's hoping that I'll survive it.

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BREAK! [11 Mar 2008|12:28pm]


Baby V.O.X fandom isn't limited to my craziness, or just the English speaking area of the internets! (I know there's a big Thai and Chinese following too.) A Japanese person who likes BBV so much she did a review of all of their albums. AWESOME.

Yes, "go go, no no, so so" from their 4th album is かっこいい isn't it?! Hahahaha.
"LUX" isn't "星/별" though. It's 빛~! Because that means light. And lux means light in Latin! Ah, so many connections my mind is BLOWN. It's like I was destined to be a BBV fan! Or a Latin enthusiast. Either way, awesome.

They weren't TOO popular in Korea in their heyday (not S.E.S level at least), but they certianly have one of the bigger followings in the international Kpop market.
And I'm sorry Baby V.O.X Re.v, you can't compare. Don't try. XP


Anyway. I'm on spring break! I should be doing A LOT, but I'm fine sitting around doing nothing. I might go out later today (if the weather allows) with 언니 and Marke Aurelie! (Ooh hope that's right. I put it in google though, and it game me over 5 million hits, the top ons with "sister" in the title. That's cool.)
Hopefully walking on Hertel -- exploring used bookstores, little italian resturants and the Arabic shops that are popping up around there. (Which is awesome! I didn't expect there to be a big population there.)

But the streets might still be one big puddle. No good for walking in. :(

OH, and everyone in Buffalo should go to Koreana. They have lovely Kichi jjige. <3
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life! And pop culture ramblings. What else is new? [21 Feb 2008|10:09pm]
Ooh, update!

It's already the end of week 6! College is going by really fast. ;__;
Mid-terms are coming up, and I seriously don't know what I'll be tested on in my classes. Japanese is next week and she says it'll be on just the stories we've read and the drama we've been watching. But I don't know how exactly how it'll pan out. I'll do my best though.

We've been watching the drama "愛しているといってくれ" (Aishiteiru to itte kure). From 1995, so Amuro Namie-esque clothes like crazy.
We're only watching 5 episodes, but as usual with dramas I get caught up in them and I went on a rampage to watch the rest of them. And the ending was annoying: First Hiroko turned into a HUGE slut which made me lose sympathy for her, then the 3 years later thing... uhhhh. Lots of unnessecary drama-bits. I picked up some Japanese sign language though. That's fun.
Ooh, speaking of dramas; as I have harddrive space again, I started watching current dramas via-Bitorrent again. I'm currently watching "薔薇のない花屋" (Bara no nai Hanaya) and "ハチミツとクローバー" (Hachimitsu to Clover).
The latter one I was awaiting since I first heard about because I LOVED Ikuta Toma in "Hanazakari to Kimitachi e". And It's got the Hawaiian girl from the "Attention Please" special (OF which, supposedly there's going to be another one?! In Australia? I didn't think it was THAT popular. But yay, I <3 anything Aya Ueto), so it's nice to see her doing other things. The drama itself isn't bad. I'm on episode 3, and the conflicts are... interesting. The Hagumi character is kinda annoying. Maybe when she starts talking more she'll be more bearable.
I'm really into "Bara no nai Hanaya" though. It's kinda overly dramatic, but I like the storyline so far. It's my first drama ever with a SMAP member (Katori Shingo), it's got a member of F4 from Hana Yori Dango, and the BEST, it's got Momoe's husband Miura Tomokazu! And this dispells the bad taste the two 70s movies I've seen with him and Momoe, because here he actually CAN act. (Those movies were pretty horrible.) Plus SMAP guy is really good. Plus I wanna know where the overly complex/dramatic storyline will go.
And Aya Ueto's lined up for another drama in the Spring. She going to be a lawyer! I'm excited. Fierce lawyer Aya = <3.

OOH, so what about that Arashi first day sales thing? 188,456 copies in the FIRST DAY?! (Even crazier, Hikki's #2 spot sold a mere 14,882.) That's nearly as much as their last 2 singles had for their first week sales. I like the song and all, but I didn't expect it to do so well.
I wonder if there any major development in the general public liking Arashi that I missed. Or if everyone just want to go get that single. Those are CRAZY numbers for the first day. Especially compared to Hikaru Utada, because while she doesn't sell as well as she did in her heyday, she hardly sells horribly.

Speaking of Hikki's single -- It's currently one of 2 songs I'm a big obsessed with. (Watch it!: http://youtube.com/watch?v=su-Fk-UaMtI )
I really liked the coupling song "Stay Gold" when the clip first popped up on her site, but after listening to that whole song, it isn't as good the clip made it out to be. BUT the main song "HEART STATION" is GORGEOUS. Nice and mellow. I'm glad she's still got steam in the song writing abilities, where Ayu lost my interest back in 2005. ^^;;

And OMGoodness, the second one is Big Bang's "마지막 인사" (Last Goodbye). (Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=zGgPeAew_T0 )
CRAP I love Big Bang. I thought my obsession with "거짓말" (Lies) was just a fluke. I don't like boybands (save for Arashi and from what I've heard SMAP), and especially Korean boybands. (H.O.T, DBSK, etc etc. All no thanks!) And that was just one good song that caught my attention after watching Wonder Girls and Big Bang's special stage too many times. (Which is an AWESOME peformance: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-EVfg-1Yn2I ) But it's got such a GOOD beat. I'm sucker for pulsing techno beats.
AND I adore T.O.P. I don't really care about the other members, but ever since the special stage his interaction with (Wonder Girls rapper) Yoobin [Video around 5:00 - ooh I still get chills even after watching it 50+ times], I keep taking notice of how awesome he sounds. I not a good connoisseur of rapping, but his is </i>lovely</i>. But he's the same age as me, and he's the oldest in the group. And Yoobin was born in 1988. What happened to pop idols being born 10+ years before me? I feel so old.

OOH, and I don't think I mentioned this yet. More pop music love: Alizee's new album is better than her first 2 (as a whole). FANTASTIC songs. I never was able to get into French pop, but if she keeps putting out music this good and this solid I don't really need to worry about not having French to listen to. "Lilly Town" is hands down my favorite, but SERIOUSLY it's all good. The 4+ year wait was worth it.
And more in the Europop, Britian's Girls Aloud is equally awesome. Pop in English ISN'T dead! I got their best of album and their newest album "Tangled Up". Both lovely. But I seriously can't stop listening to "Tangled Up". "Call The Shots" is what made me take notice of them, "Can't Speak French" has such a good beat, and "Girls Overboard" may be my favorite by them. Awesome.

In other words, I really like some of the music that's coming out now. Hooray!

Ahhh, I wrote a lot. And mostly on pop culture. That's great. But what else is to be expected? It's not like I really do anything in my life anyway. Ah, I'm so boring. ^^;;
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last.fm quiz! [09 Feb 2008|11:58pm]
[ mood | blank ]

I'll make a real post soon, I think. I just really like the last.fm charts and found this fun. Even if no questions were asked about several artists, including Namie. Poor shafted Namie, about whom I could've answered any of the questions with ease. XP

Take your top 25 artists from last.fm and answer these questions.

1 山口百恵 2,679
2 奥村チヨ 2,016
3 Baby V.O.X 1,033
4 早見優 454
5 The Supremes 436
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이미자 [12 Jan 2008|04:03am]
[ mood | listless ]

So I have a long standing obsession with learning about things that are old in the Entertainment form. Ovid is my <3. Jane Austen is fantastic. I go head over heels for a great Hollywood movie from the 30s (and know too much about the actress of that time for my own good), or like Awaara a great Bollywood movie from the 50s. Hell, even one of the aspects I went crazy over for MALICE MIZER when I was a crazy fangirl was dating where and when the costume inspiration came from.

I have been able to find various oldie music from China (Zhou Xuan, everyone's go to girl for 30's Shanghai), Japan (Namiki Michiko, Misora Hibari) and America (Fred Astaire, The Andrews Sisters, Bille Holiday). The oldest I've gotten from France is Sylvie Vartan from the 60s (Chiyo Okumura was dubbed the "Sylvie of the East", but I like the latter better, because she's f'ing Chiyo, damnit.) And Spanish I've got Celia Cruz, who's FANTASTICLY awesome, but only from the early 50s at the earliest, I think.

But for Korean music, I could never get any information from people BEFORE Seo Taji/H.O.T, and I couldn't buy any CDs from anyone earlier than Baby V.O.X. (Of whom so far I could only get my hands on albums 4, 5, 5.5, and 7 out of 7) From what I've heard, Baby V.O.X was the best music wise from the 3 big girl groups, them, Fin.K.L., and S.E.S. (But I didn't get to hear much and never wanted to BECAUSE I could never buy a CD.)

So basically I was shut out of oldie Kpop. Which made me quite sad when I thought about how much there should be. Then I remembered I heard someone call this person, Lee Mi Ja, the Barbara Streisand of Korea. (Which shouldn't be a good thing, but I think it was more in terms of popularity and era rathar than musical sound.)

The good thing is that best of albums of oldie pop ARE in print. (They have more, I just don't know WHO's who, etc.) Recently I bought a "old song collection" by her and it's one of the best purchases I've made. She debuted in 1959, and while it doesn't have any of the songs that the Korean Wikipedia lists on their website, there are some really good songs, and the surrounding songs are REALLY growing on me. Like the time period, I think she sounds a lot like the Peanuts and Misora Hibari mixed together. Most songs are slow (kinda to be expected, as it is Korea) but this one "빨간 구두 아가씨" is LOVELY and "아리랑 목동" is happening. The two standout tracks so far, but there are 26 other songs that are starting to sound just as nice.

She's placed in the "Trot" category (as opposed to "Gayo"), which is upbeat and based off of the Foxtrot, says Wikipedia. Sooo cool. I guess that was the main form of music used during the Japanese occupation and Korean War, which gives it a really interesting history.

But then, while re-watching Coffee Prince, in the 3rd episode or so, when Eunhye's over at Mr. Man's house she plays an AWESOME record that sounds like something that Megumi Asaoka or Saori Minami would sing. And it was TOTALLY 70s. It doesn't sound dated or anything. What's her name and where can I get a CD? ;__;

But what's crazy is that her vocals don't sound like the Korean that I'm used to. I'm used to stuff liker Bae Seul Ki singing about her 엉덩이. But here the only word I can really pick up is "sarang" -- a pretty often word in songs in general. Plus I don't really hear those distinctive "-l" sounds that are so prominent in Korean. But anyway, she's lovely. I totally reccomend her to any oldies fans. <3

In other news, the last weekday of the vacation has gone and the impending doom starts. Hopefully it won't be too bad. Japanese 302 with a DRAMA(!) Which I can never get enough of. And Latin with lovely amusing Catullus. I seriously haven't done much with keeping up with those languages though. I barely read anything this vacation, even though I DID get Ovid's Amores in Latin for Christmas. F. Scott Fitzgereld was only just touched 2 days ago where I read a totaly of 20 pages. REAL progress. Oh, I'm a failure. Dramas and music take over my SOUL.

And I'm planning on going to Japan this summer! To around Tokyo for Study abroad. Sooo exciting. Expensive, but exciting! It'll be my first time of going abroad too. AHHH. Hopefully the first of 1000000+++ more times. <3 <3 <3

OH OH OH, and even though it's 6+ years old, I've discovered that the Gamecube game "Star Wars: Rogue Leader" is AWESOME. I blew up the Death Star! And I took down AT-ATs with my tow cables! The 4th level is saad though. I don't even know what to do. ;__;

Really, I like Pop Culture too much. My pop music obsession, and then stuff just fanning the fire of a long burning love for Star Wars. Sorry that I don't talk about anything else. But it's not like anyone really reads this, so it's solely for my need for output anyway. YAY.

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Thoughts on 커피프린스~! [21 Dec 2007|03:24am]
I haven't been writing as much as I usually do, so here's my ramblings on what I've discovered from and noticed about "Coffee Prince".

There's TOTALLY a reason any "Baby V.O.X alumnae" is an interest in my profile. Those girls are up for greatness.

OK, so Eunhye's (from Baby V.O.X) presence in the drama Goong is what started my descent into the wonderful world of dramas. And This summer I was all ready to watch and be enveloped in Eunhye's new drama "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince" (커피프린스 1호점). However, do to an unfortunate computing incident, I wasn't able to download videos via bittorrent anymore. I got to DL the first video but as it was unsubbed and I know next to nothing of Korean, I was SOL in the area of watching my lovely Eunhye's new drama.

Fast forward to a couple months later and the discovery of crunchyroll/mysoju. (both of which are wonderful gifts to the world) It was one of the first dramas I looked for on the sites, but even after trying the various re-uploads the videos never worked.
... Until now! Whaaahahaha. Last weekend I sat down and watched all 17 fantastic episodes, and it's officially become my favorite drama from Korea-lands. (and maybe of all time? :O)

Eunhye's acting has gotten so much better! She was pretty awesome in Goong, but has improved like CRAZY. It might be partially to the script, but yeah. There's a reason she got a $2 million contract.
But in the special she said she isn't an actor because of her looks. Pfffft. If she's not considered pretty, I don't know how I'd feel about Korean views on beauty.

One of the weird differences between this and other dramas I've seen are the kisses: usually in K-/J-dramas you have very awkward forced kisses that usually happen only at the end when the two people finally get together. Someone like Aya Ueto doesn't do them at all. (ex: in Abarenbo Mama's Wedding scene, they stop the scene with the main characters an inch apart.) Complete opposite of telenovellas, where people are going at it within the with 10 minutes.
But here the scenes were akin to American TV, quite like those of Gilmore Girls. Which was just WEIRD to watch for the first time being in Asian drama-mode.

The Eunhye/Gong Yoo romance is the highlight of the series. The other artist/musician one is kinda weird. That one is a bit more complex, but they don't go into much detail, nor do they have that much screen time, so it seems it's all jumbled. But focusing on the 2 couples equally wouldn't be practical, so it's a sacrifice needed to be made I guess.

Ooh, did I mention that Eunhye is awesome? And she's looking so nice these days! Like Boris said after I showed her some pictures of her from BBV-time and now, she looks younger now than when she was 17. Which is just crazy.

So along with this, Eunjin's music and Joseon-dynasty drama acting, Miyoun's music and stronghold in China, and EZ rockin' the TV show hostings, the former members of BBV aren't doing too bad for themselves. HeeJin just needs to do something other than modeling in magazines.

OH OH OH. And Sweeney Todd is the best movie ever! And Tim Burton's best since Sleepy Hollow. I need the soundtrack, and need to see it again. <3
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맛있는 초콜릿 [10 Dec 2007|11:59pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

MERRY CHRISTMAS! We have a tree in our house! It's really pretty and I'm totally revved up for Christmas mode.

Woah, ANOTHER update. In less than 2 months?! :O

But OMGoodness, I have to share my joy with the world.
I FOUND GOOD RECENT KOREAN POP MUSIC. Instead of just being stuck in my world of (the pretty old) Baby V.O.X and Jaurim, I'm finding and listening to some awesome pop/dance music. In a time where I'm not really finding any new Japanese artists I want to follow, and the active artists I do still follow avidly (Namie Amuro, Aya Ueto, Arashi) release so sparsely, I think that quality Korean pop music is on the rise!

Item one: Bae Seul Ki - Malguallyangi (http://youtube.com/watch?v=WIsSYc_IDLs)
Yes, this is from last year, but... still. Awesome beat! A bit repetitive, but after so many listens I've given this song, it doesn't matter anymore. AWESOME video.

Item two: Wonder Girls - Tell Me (http://youtube.com/watch?v=HQTIsi0IlZc)
I guess this is the sensation sweeping Korea! It's like their Souja Boy, except with a less obnoxious/more complicated song and dance. In fact the dance is pretty complicated (and lasts the whole song!), but there are SO MANY video on Youtube of random people who just learned the dance. (Including, the best: Korean Traffic Guards! http://youtube.com/watch?v=lPS3BSqFeDY) Another awesome video... especially the flasher. Hahaha. Yeah.

Then there's Banana Girl's "Chocolate", which is just addictive with the chorus chanting "맛있는 초콜릿!" Plus the video has BBV's Miyoun and Bae Seul Ki partying around with various candies. Quality programing.

I <3 these songs so much, I kinda had an impulse buy and got all of their CDs. Yaay, uh, New Years present? Christmas present to myself? Reward for getting through this hellish-semester? YES!

Also, I started watching the 2005 K-drama "쾌걸 춘향" ("Delightful Girl Choon Hyang"). It's pretty awesome. The first episode was LONG though. I need to watch more though.

I finally replied to Soohyun, with a lot more Korean sentences than usual! More than likely extremely grammically incorrect... however the purchasing of a dictionary/helping Boris with her 201 test really helped me. Pretty cool. I'm actually picking out words a lot easier than before now too. I'm getting there!

And I probably said earlier, but I never knew where I could find chart rankings and sales stats for the Korean music industry. (the one I have for the Japanese industry should be my homepage, I visit it so much. ^^;;) But then on a Wikipedia note, I found THIS SITE! (http://miak.or.kr/navigator.php?contents=html&usemode=list&DB=117)
Awesome. Stats back to 1999 too. SO MANY Soundtracks though! And ballads. Poor Baby V.O.X were often past the 50s spot. ;__;
But the best thing I've learned about this site: You know how The Carpenters are crazy popular in Japan? Koreans love their ABBA! In the "Pop" section of every year, there's usually ONE ABBA Best of, or Mamma Mia soundtrack. I'd totally fit in. Just watch me break out into "Waterloo". <3 <3

I don't get what makes Baby V.O.X "dance", while Wonder Girls are listed as "gayo". They seem equally as poppy and dancey. Ah wells.

Umm, real life! I just finished a day of DOOM. 2 exams back-to-back, in my 2 worst subjects this semester. Hopefully I didn't fail, but at this point I don't care. It'll be my first failing grade ever, but... such is life. To quote Doris Day: Que sera sera... or Timon and Pumba: Hakuna Matata! Yaay.

I still have Japanese on Wednesday and Latin on Friday. Japanese shouldn't be so bad, as we have a dictionary, plus not that much pressure as it's only worth 10%. LATIN however. CRAP. 30 percent, and we're being tested on ALL THE OVID we read this semester. Heaving well over 1000 lines. Semper volo dormire. Ovidie, amo te, sed spectari de te est MALUM. iuva meee. amabo te! ;__;

Oh, and I just got this book called "Athenaze" -- an intro textbook to Ancient Greek! I can never beat the awesomeness of Latin, but if Ovid was inspired by the Greek poets, it's good enough for me.

So goals for after Japanese, Latin - keep up, Korean, Ancient Greek - work on! And finally finish that F. Scott Fitzgerld book. (He's not BAD... just a little dense in some parts. x.x) I need to finish Jane Austen's books. 3 down and 3 to go! I need my romantic social commentary on 1800s Britian.

OH YEAH. I'm thinking about studying abroad in Japan next summer. Like a lot. I've never been anywhere (even after being obsessed with, uh, the WORLD forever), and next summer is the only time I'll be able to study anywhere. PLUS If I do, I might be there for the Hana Yori Dango movie's release! Which is awesome. <3

And I just realized that I've only had 5 hours of sleep today. Sooo, I'm off to sleep!

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French people are weird. [30 Nov 2007|08:25pm]
[ mood | sick ]

So, yeah. Alizee's new single is pretty awesome. The video is, uh, pretty French. It's nice to know that she can still rock the mini-skirt even POST-baby. After 4 years of waiting, her new album is definitely something I need to pick up.


Ooh so I'm having a resurgence in <3s for Baby V.O.X/Korea in general. Their 4th and 5th albums are really some SOLID materal. And their other albums (from what I've been able to hear) have some real GEMS on there. Oh if only I were into Kpop back when I started liking Jpop.
I really need Miyoun's and Eunjin's solo albums. I still have yet to reply to Ultra helper/friend Soohyun, but at least I'm finally (doing my best) to read the book she sent me, thus learning more of Korean's CRAAAZY grammar to reply to her with more complex sentences than 야/있어. ^^;;
Oh and Korea has awesome movies. "싸이보그지만 괜찮아" (aka: I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK), is awesome. SOOO weird, and starring WORLDWIDE POP SENTATION Bi... as a mental patient... who often scratches his butt. Oh, fun times.

I'm ALSO having a resurgence in my love for LUNA SEA. They were essential to my starting of Jrock/pop, and ever since my 10th grade obsession with it, IMAGE has constantly been in my top 10 albums. (Snd "Storm" = many late-night conversations with Judy around the, uh, interesting lyrics "Do you like it rough?" <3) But after being engulfed in Jpop and discovering oldie-Jpop, LUNA SEA kinda got left in the pile of "still fantastic, but former obsession". Now, however, I need all of their albums I have yet to get. Which is a lot. :(
I also need to find a way for get to Japan by December 27th and sneak into Tokyo dome. Yay for reunions! <3

And everyone needs to watch this video of my 一番 FAVORITE SONG:

They played it at their final concert! Post-love song Ryuichi + old song = ;__; (+joy).

Umm, and just because, people need to see this video too. Kouhaku Uta Gassen from 1969, with Chiyo Okumura. The '60s are awesome. Chiyo Okumura is awesome. Need I say more?:

Uhh, semester's almost over! I'm not doing as good as I usually do this semester and I'm going to have to study my butt off for the final exam to get a good grade in some classes. Lets just hope it doesn't drop my GPA too much. ;__;
AAAAND, last class with Sakamoto Sensei on Monday. She's been my Japanese teacher for the whole time I've learned the language in college. I very well may cry. (I'll be crying at the oral exam and the final too, but for different reasons. x.x)
Oh, and my school learnings of Ovid are coming to an end too. It was a fun fun semester, even though Latin murders me and sets my slain body up for show every MWF. I'm really excited for next semester's Love Poetry though, as that is what I REALLY like Ovid for. (Only Catullus and Horace though. :()

Ooh, so I decided to post this in LJ AND facebook, as I haven't updated LJ in a good 11 weeks, and Facebook seems to be my (and Judy's?) prefered internet site for this sort lately.

OH OH OH. And Dramas are AGAIN awesome, and Abarenbo Mama (along with, naturally Aya Ueto's loveliness) is FANTASTIC and I need to see more. Or I will explode.

Umm, I'm done there. Off to frolic with my Latin poetry while rockin' out to LUNA SEA and dancing to Baby V.O.X. Because that's really all I do with my life. Wheee!

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Copied from Boris~! [13 Sep 2007|11:47am]
[ mood | okay ]

I guess everyone's doing this? Anyway, it's pretty awesome.

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results

1. Historian
2. Artist
3. Multimedia Developer
4. Costume Designer
5. Video Game Developer
6. Special Effects Technician
7. Musician
8. Desktop Publisher
9. Translator
10. Composer

Rock on, translator and historian. Those other ones are pretty cool too. <3

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I'm pretty happy with that. Home Inspector though? Haha.

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Shabondama Holiday [14 Aug 2007|12:22am]
[ mood | sick ]

Best thing ever.

The Peanuts, Chiyo Okumura (who I didn't know was in it and screamed with delight when I saw "watashi wo aishite"!) and random ass shit.

Plus, I think this one guy I was JUST looking up (who dueted with Chiyo on a fantastic song) Hitoshi Ueki, was in that Crazy Cats thing. Don't know which one he is though...

I love 60s Japan.

And how did this song get 74 plays on iTunes already? I just got into it a month or so ago. o.o;;

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announcement: [23 Jul 2007|01:42am]
[ mood | touched ]

Harry Potter is the best thing ever.
And I couldn't have asked for a better finale.

More to come... when I rid myself of this whole drowsiness thing.

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ahh, I like dramas. [09 May 2007|12:02am]
So yeah. I just finished the 2nd season of "Hana Yori Dango" and, yay!

My friend from Japanese class really likes Matsumoto Jun and so she was telling me of the dramas she's been watching. I watched episodes 1-7 of "Kimi Wa Pet" on Youtube but they don't have anymore. (it's really good though!) So I went onto her other suggestion of "Hana Yori Dango"...

I started watching the first episode of the first season on YouTube sometime last week and I got hooked. However, there weren't anymore posted so I downloaded them! (6/9 episodes of the first season I could only get with, er, Italian subtitles. Heh. Latin kinda helped me with that though.)

The first season was fantastic, as was the second up until the last 2 episodes. (amnesia?! but I guess they played it out ok. Better than how they did the ending of "Goong".) But Matsumoto Jun = <3<3! The other members of Arashi are not so much though. I know, Johnny's can make super group with him and Kimura Takuya! I'd so buy that. <3<3<3

Ooh, and I've decided that I really like Ai Otsuka's "Planetarium". But Hikki's "Flavor of Life" = not so much. And I really want to watch a drama with Aya Ueto in it as she's my favorite. "Attention Please" maybe? :D

I'm too sleepy, I go like 5 hours of sleep yesterday. And I had a Japanese Final today too! I will promptly pass out when I finish. Anyway, I'm done with school until Fall! Weird. After taking Latin last summer, I don't know what to do with my summer. I need to get a job though! Boo~
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Classes! [25 Mar 2007|10:41am]
So yesterday, got up at 8:45 to I get ready for work. Did some laundry and took a shower. However, during my shower, I realized that I was supposed to register yesterday! (Hee. >.>;;) So I rushed out and was flustered for an hour afterwards.

I got all the classes I could have if I registered right at 8 though. LIN417 was already full. Boo.

LIN104 - Writing Systems MWF 9-9:50
LAT301 - Ovid MWF 11-11:50
JPN301 - 3rd year 1st Semester Japanese MWTR 4-4:50
LAI205 - Intro to Child Development and Learning T 7-9:40
GLY101 - Geology TR 12:30-1:50

I'm taking the Ovid class! Be still my heart! That's right Ovid owns all other Latin writers that he gets his own CLASS. <3 <3 <3
And Japanese with Boris! I'm excited.
Writing systems sounds awesome, and it's with my LIN teacher this semester. Yay. And the Learning and Instruction (LAI) class was one I've been eyeing for a while now, but I wanted to take it just for fun and at night. Then I found out it'd go towards my major! So I'll just party with the nighttime bit.

Sounds exciting! I can't wait.

In music news, I ordered Baby V.O.X's "Ride West" album. It's kinda bunk with the J.lo samples and stealing Tupac's stuff. But there's more songs by them and pictures! They looked really nice for that album too.
I got the last album from annyoung too. When I ordered it they took the page off of their site and so I was worried that they ran out, but it shipped so I'm getting it!
I really like Baby V.O.X. I had their 5th album which is great and overall perfect, but their 4th album (which Boris got me in China) is FANTASTIC as well. "올가미" (Orgami) is probably my favorite. That and "Patron" are the songs that have easily shot up past 100 plays on iTunes. (Which only a couple Momoe and Chiyo songs and "Stop Me if You Think that You've heard This One Before" by the Smiths have done.)
I just really want them to release a Best of album with their actual best songs. (not the ballad best of DR was going to release earlier this year) Because they insist on keeping their album OOP. Grr. And you'd expect them to rush out a CD because of Eunhye's rise in popularity thanks to Goong.
Baby V.O.X > all other Korean girl groups. Ha!

Oh and in recent news, I can romanize stuff a lot better than I did 2 years ago! I did this romanization of Momoe's "Sasayaka na Yokubou" in 30-45 minutes, when a song used to take me upwards of 2+ hours. Japanese is teaching me something! :D

Oh and "Boku dake no Madonna" is awesome. Kyoko Hasegawa is gorgeous and quite a nice actor.
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