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
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?conten
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!