Oct 14, 2015

Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-ah for Giordano F/W 2015

I've been away for quite some time, haven't I? It seems fitting then that my last post was about Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-ah dating and now I'm coming out of recluse by writing about the power couple once again. Because aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! this Giordano CF gives me feels.

Set to Keira Knightley's "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home" from the Begin Again soundtrack, Giordano features their Fall/Winter 2015 collection with this real life Hallyu couple. Being the biggest Kim Woo-bin fan ever, I am both extremely happy for them and beyond jealous. On one hand, look at how cute they are together! They make such a beautiful couple. Yet, on the other hand, what about meeeee? *grabby hands* *cries*

In related news, Shin Min-ah will be starring in a drama alongside former Giordano co-endorser So Ji-sub, and Kim Woo-bin is set to play opposite miss A's Suzy in a drama scheduled for 2016.

Jul 22, 2015

Both agencies confirm that Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-ah are dating

I'm breaking out of my month-long silence to say that I so approve of Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-ah dating.

I've been quiet on this platform for some time, mostly because life got in the way, but I have to admit that a lot of it was because I was just plain lazy. Also, in my time away, I've been doing some (and by some, I mean very little) editing work for The Oneshots. Despite all that, I just had to write something about this dating news because 1) Kim Woo-bin is up there on my list of top biases, and 2) he's dating Shin Min-ah, goddess extraordinaire.

Both Sidus HQ and O& Entertainment (Woo-bin and Min-ah's agencies, respectively) have confirmed the news, and thank ye heavens they did. Dispatch had photos. But really those don't mean anything unless the agencies confirm (like I really wish they did with that Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye dating ~scandal -- I wanted it to be true so badly).

Min-ah is 5 years older than Woo-bin, and I have no qualms with that, seeing as how she's my age. So all I can say is, "You go and get it, girl." I mean, if I can't have him, might as well one of the prettiest girls in the Korean entertainment industry have him. HAHA. I figure Min-ah and I have the same taste in men; tall, young, talented, with intense eyes. ahemT.O.Pahem Intense eyebrows work, too.

Jun 8, 2015

Big Bang on Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook

These boys are killing me. I'm loving this comeback like crazy and I can't wait for the rest of their singles to drop.

Meanwhile, they guested on Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook for the first time ever and continued to slay my feels.

When they came out in all their 2006 glory and introduced themselves as they would have 9 years ago, I was already a ball of feels. And then they had to go and do this beautiful rendition of "Lies" that had me screaming "YAAAASSSS!"

Aside from giving us a glimpse of the past, they boys also did several of their current and semi-current hits.

Here's the full talk segment of the show with English subtitles. Man, I love fans who sub videos for the rest of us who would've otherwise waited for KBS World to release the subbed episode two weeks later.

Also, bonus clip of T.O.P attempting Deulgukhwa's "That's Only My World" on the show. He's overcome by his shyness though and Taeyang had to take over. Tabi is seriously the cutest thing ever.

I know their Happy Together episode has already been fan-subbed, but I need a better copy. The only one I've found was cropped and very low def. Also, I'm now impatiently waiting for their Running Man episode to come out with subtitles. The VIP in me is very much happy.

May 19, 2015

Currently Watching: Angry Mom, Girl Who Sees Smells, Warm and Cozy, Producer

As usual, it took me forever to do a rundown of my current dramas. So much so that I've actually finished watching Angry Mom already, and therefore not current, but I still felt the need to include it in this list because oh my god did I love it.

1. Angry Mom - First of all, I think I just "discovered" Kim Hee-sun. This is the first thing I've ever seen her in. I caught some clips from Faith but that drama failed to capture my attention so Angry Mom is officially my first Kim Hee-sun drama and she just won me over. Initially, I had decided to tune in because of Ji Hyun-woo, Baro and Kim Yoo-jung. Granted, they did not fail me and I'm still completely sold on their trajectories as actors, but Kim Hee-sun and newcomer Ji-soo made the drama for me. Yes, the writing and directing were both on point. But let's be real. Whenever I think back on this show, the first thing that will come to mind will most likely be the cutest relationship between Bok-dongie and his Bang-wool Tomato.

2. Girl Who Sees Smells - I won't claim this as the most perfect drama ever because there are glaring faults in the writing, but the actors have me invested in what happens to these characters. Cops failing to do their jobs well seems to be a trope in kdrama now, but idiot cops aside, I am loving this show. Yoochun always shines in comedies and I'm glad he's back in the rom-com game, even though he's playing yet another police/detective/bodyguard. Also, Shin Se-kyung. I'll be the first to admit I wasn't a fan of hers prior to watching this show. There's just something about her that never sat well with me. She just always looked so... self-approving. So I am beyond pleased to find out that she does well in comedies because Yoochun is one of my biggest biases and he deserves a well-matched on-screen partner. Shin Se-kyung is doing very well so far. I may be on my way to re-evaluating which side I stand on.

3. Warm and Cozy - I love the Hong Sisters, I do - most probably because they wrote the drama that first got me addicted to kdramas (You're Beautiful). They will always have a special place in my heart even though I admit that I have not loved every drama on their repertoire (Big, I'm still shaking my fists at you). However, the writing duo have slowly been reminding me why I love them. While Warm and Cozy is not the funniest or the quirkiest drama at the moment, they are serving us exactly with what the title and previews have been promising - the cutest love story set in gorgeous Jeju Island with a lot of warmth and coziness to spread around. Yoo Yeon-seok and Kang So-ra are to be thanked because of how adorable they are together. Also, I'm just glad that Yeon-seok's character is not the typical lazy chaebol we were expecting him to be. He's no typical Hong Sister lead and that's the thing that's keeping me tuned in.

4. Producer - I hear there's been a shift in tone going into the drama's 2nd week due to a change in directors. I had no real complaint from the first two episodes because I thought that was exactly the mood they were going for. I found several scenes extremely funny, and the other scenes eactly what you'd expect from a mockumentary. Granted, I'd fallen asleep on several points during the 2nd episode, but that was mostly because I've been getting so little sleep these past few days. So that's not a testament to the drama's weakness, but to mine. I still want to see what happens to our PD's. Things have gotten more interesting and I can't wait for the new episodes.

5. Orange Marmalade - Tuning in mostly because of Yeo Jin-goo but I'm totally sold on Lee Jong-hyun's acting in the 1st episode. I didn't know what to expect from him because I've only ever seen him in A Gentleman's Dignity, and while he did well in that one, Colin wasn't a hard reach. So this is a pleasant surprise. Yeo Jin-goo is always fantastic and I already know what to expect from him. I've only seen the first episode but I'm hoping they add some comedy into this. Back when this drama was still in pre-production, I had sought out the actual webtoon and read several chapters. And the webtoon was funny! This can't be all angst and tears, right? *crossing my fingers*

I think that's about it. Unless you count Winner Nam Tae-hyun's webdrama Girl of 0AM, which is totally cute but too short to write about right now. I also have several other dramas lined up that I have yet to watch (i.e. Who Are You: School 2015, Divorce Lawyer in Love, Let's Eat 2). So for now, this is it. Hopefully I find more time to squeeze in the other dramas before a new bunch of shows start coming out of the woodwork.

May 1, 2015

You're not ready for this - #BIGBANGisBACK

The VIP in me is cryingscreamingflailing. Big Bang just dropped music videos for their two singles from the M Series of their Made album - "Loser" and "Bae Bae".

I waited three years for this comeback. Am I ready? Yes. And no.

"Loser" has been stuck in my head all week, ever since I found fancams from their Seoul concert last weekend. Now it will never leave. The video is wonderfully angsty and the A+ acting from T.O.P and Daesung has my heart breaking on repeat.

I'm still on the fence with "Bae Bae" but I'm sure I'll grow to love it. The video, on the other hand, is a total trip. And T.O.P just took that high on a whole different level. I'm in love with that freaking alien, God bless his soul.

Now I can't wait for their comeback stage on Inkigayo this coming weekend. May 3, was it? Kyyaaaa! Also, when are those MADE concert tickets going on sale, yo?

Apr 30, 2015

Warm and Cozy releases adorable first trailer

Warm and Cozy, the new drama by the Hong Sisters, has been gearing up for its upcoming premiere. This new drama tells the story of the lazy grasshopper (Yoo Yeon-seok) and the hard-working ant (Kang So-ra) in what seems to be an adorable rom-com set to the beautiful background of Jeju Island.

They've been releasing stills from the set since last week and just today released its first teaser trailer which shows the grasshopper telling lie after lie in several meet-cute's with our resident ant. Here's to hoping the actual show keeps with the tone of this teaser. Because pesky Yoo Yeon-seok and annoyed Kang So-ra is something I never knew I wanted until I watched (and re-watched) this trailer. I mean, I don't think I was looking forward to watching this until this very moment. *adds drama to my growing to-watch list*

I'm excited to see if the Hong Sisters will be able to make me fall in love all over again. Crossing all my fingers for this! (Imagine though if Kim Woo-bin didn't turn down the lead role. Just imagine.)

Warm and Cozy begins on May 13 on MBC.

Apr 22, 2015

My high is Epik!

You have no idea how much I love Epik High. I do, I really do. Not only are they unbelievably talented, they're also gloriously hilarious. I was lucky enough that my city was added to the list of their stops during their ongoing Epik High Concert Parade and I could not let that opportunity pass me by. And I'm glad I didn't.

The Manila leg of the tour took place last Saturday night, April 18th, in SM North's Skydome. And we had such a blast, my friends and I. Tukutz was hilarious, Mithra was awesome, and Tablo was epic. Watching them perform live was a surreal moment for me. In all of my k-pop stanning life, I never thought it was possible to get to see them live. For one, they never used to tour extensively before. Also, k-pop is huge all over Asia but the Philippines has some catching up to do. My best bet, I thought, was to try to catch them in a nearby country. So imagine my surprise when they announced a Manila date.

Singing along to Korean music is not the easiest thing. Rapping along is a whole other feat. But Filipinos love to sing during concerts and we really did try our best. And believe you me, the crowd would erupt with excited singing whenever the English lyrics came along. So was it any wonder that the loudest singing/rapping happened when Tablo dished out his own version of Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips"? Every single person in the room was singing along, the whole way through.

After watching all these concerts and coming home with sucky fancams (photos and videos), I do realize I need to invest in a better camera. My Samsung phone can only provide so much. But, nonetheless, here are some photos and videos from the Epik night that was.

Apr 17, 2015

Big Bang drops tour trailer --- OMG

This is really happening! This comeback is real and I can't breathe.

First it was just that teaser poster with headless Big Bang. But then YG just up and drops a tour trailer on our laps like that's not a big deal. And duuuuude. This tour trailer is insane. It's literally the most awesome thing I've seen in years. I don't know how to deal with this, honestly. This is some Fast & Furious shit, if Fast & Furious were directed by Quentin Tarantino

The album isn't even out yet and it looks like they will be dropping singles on a monthly basis starting later this month or on May 1st until September -- so does this mean the actual album doesn't drop till September? Ugh. But in any case, the Manila leg of the Made Tour happens in the end of July, and maaaan, I can't wait.

Apr 2, 2015

Big Bang to embark on World Tour, album still pending

So... Big Bang will embark on a World Tour beginning on April 25 and 26 in Seoul to promote their comeback album. Tickets for the Seoul concert dates will go on sale on April 6 and 7. Hell, even the local concert promoter has already confirmed that Manila will be one of the stops of this World Tour. The concert has been set for either July 30 or 31.

Meanwhile, no one knows when the album is actually going to be released. According to that fabulous teaser poster, it could be any time between April and September. Trust Big Bang to get sold out concerts without even dropping the album first.

YG, gimme the album. NOW.

Mar 31, 2015

EXO wrecks bias lists with "Call Me Baby" M/V

I don't think I've been this excited about an Exo single since "Growl".

Exo released their second full-length album Exodus yesterday and the music video for lead single "Call Me Baby" came out today. And, man, do they slay the song. The vocals are awesome, the choreography is intense, and the music videos are on point. I'm gonna need SM to release a dance practice video. And soon.

I'm happy that there seems to be a more even distribution of lines and airtime in "Call Me Baby". We hear more from Lay and Xiumin in this new track - with vocals that are so on point that it's killing me. We also see a marked improvement in their dancing (coughCHENcough). Everyone, I feel, was given time to shine in the music video but I couldn't help but be distracted by Xiumin's energy, Lay's high notes, Chanyeol's hair, and Jongin's hips that have no chill. That's my bias list, I think. Heh.

My only real complaint is that it had nothing to do with the teasers (aside from the cities used in the teasers spelling out "Call Me Baby"). But here's to hoping they put out a video for "Exodus" where all our teaser-related questions are answered.

Can't wait for them to start promoting on music shows!

Kai and Xiumin killing this move