29 October 2013

KIM JAE JOONG: WWW



My ultimate bias from JYJ (previously TVXQ) has finally released a full length solo album! I really love the rock influence in a lot of his solo projects. He is undoubtedly the BEST when it comes to ballads, that's why I'm so glad to see him break away from that and try something new. He is one of the few K-POP artists that can actually pull off more rock-pop tracks.

I'm a huge fan of this new release; 'Just Another Girl' has a great dynamic feel to it and the MV shows a less perfect version of JaeJoong (but let's be honest, the man is so darn handsome either way HAHAHA).

My absolute favourite track on the album is 'Butterfly'. It definitely has a nostalgic feel to the type of J-ROCK music I was into as a young'un hahah! 'Paradise' is also a favourite; incorporating a very light and delicate feel with underlining sensuality throughout. It just makes you wanna light a few candles and let the song lullaby you to sleep.

If you like rock music, this is definitely the album for you! It still incorporates solid ballads, some with more of a rock edge to it. In fact, I feel like JaeJoong touches on a few different styles of rock in this album. I'm probably more of a fan of the ones which are J-ROCK influenced :P


Download his full album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/www/id733734708


16 October 2013


I'm two months late (◎ヮ◎) ....

I made an effort to take lots of foodporn pics for my 24th birthday this year but I put off blogging about it for two freaking months. Haha! Well, it's a beautiful day today and I can honestly say that I've exhausted my thirst for Korean variety shows, American TV shows and Japanese anime.. well not really but enough for me to sit down and start blogging again!

Twenty four. Twenty four... TWENTY FOUR!!
Wow. I actually still can't believe I am already 24! It almost feels like that older I get, the faster the years seem to pass by. Maybe I'm just a lot busier than I used to be. I've mentioned this to a few people (namely my customers) and I get the feeling that maybe we aren't THAT busy; we just get so caught up with whatever is happening that we don't stop to take a breath and reflect on life as much. My life is solidly WORKWORKWORK. SLEEPSLEEPSLEEP. Then, on my days off, SLEEPSLEEPSLEEP. CATCHUPONTVSHOWS. On occasion, I'll catch up with friends and have a super indulgent meal. For the most part, I've stopped doing things I really love though.

I really DO love TV, don't get me wrong... but what about my hobbies and interests? I don't bother doing anymore decoden (but it's probably because I've outgrown that phase), I probably don't read as much (even though I just bought 11 books from book depository the other week lol), I don't play with my makeup, go out and exercise, get entangled with photography and photo editing... the list really does go on! I don't do anything for ME anymore. I just do the simple things in life that don't involve much thought or creativity and that just help me wind down after being heavy loaded with work.

It's only now that I'm starting to really reflect on it. With summer slowly approaching, I want to be able to look at my life and feel some sort of fulfilment. Now that I've finished my studies, I have nothing but work to concentrate on and it's not even the job I thought I'd be in at this age. I know now that I need to invest my energy into more than one thing because I face so many disappointments through work and it hits me the hardest because I'm far too involved. I think I'd be a lot happier if I alleviated a lot of that into something else I enjoy more.

Anyway, this is all getting a little too D&M  for me.
ONTO THE BIRTHDAY PHOTOS!!





 Birthday dinner with my family.
This year, I wanted to take my family out for a change and treat them to dinner as a small thanks for everything they've done for me. My plan failed.

My brother has a knack for grabbing the bill really fast because his in-laws always beat him to the punch whenever they go for family dinners out. I had no chance. Dad received the bill and my brother instantly asked to see the price and then BAM! He whipped out his credit card and it was over in a flash. I was actually really  upset that he ruined my plans but he told me that because he couldn't get me anything I wanted in Hong Kong, this was his present to me. Gosh.. silly brother.

The dinner venue was quite nice. Really great service and we had a nice private booth to sit in for dinner. The wait staff cooked and cut up all the BBQ meat for us and were very accommodating. I would say the food was delicious, but not something I would crave for. It's a really expensive place to dine in, so I doubt I'll be back until there's another special occasion.



Dinner with my friend of 11 years, Ciara.
My sweet Tofu-cheeks took me out for a really lovely dinner treat at Izakaya Den and Passion Flower for my birthday. I'd never been to Izakaya Den before and I never knew it existed becaause of it's low-key entrance (hidden stairwell lol). The atmosphere was really classy; think contemporary izakaya style. The dishes were all in small serves (just like many izakaya), but there was quite a bit to choose from. My personal favourites were the corn and also the pork belly (melts in your mouth *yum!*). They also had an extensive sake and alcoholic beverage list. I got myself two yummy cocktails hehehe. I would definitely go back, even though it was more on the pricey side. That's what you get for really GREAT food!!!







Dinner at Maguro with Alice & Tri.
My friends had told me about this place a few times so they decided to take me there as a birthday treat! The restaurant is small but still full of people. We ordered a big sushi platter to share as well as a few other things on the menu to try. I loved every single mouthful!! My favourites would have to be the grilled unagi nigiri and also the softshell crab handroll which the owner recommended to us! Really lovelly fulfilling meal~ I would definitely recommend this place and would  go again :)


 Chez Dré with Julie.
On my actual birthday, my parents were all out so I decided to go for a birthday brunch with Julie! It was her first time at Chez Dré so we decided to go all out on the food and desserts hahah! I've been to Chez Dré only once before with my friend Jasmin, so I haven't been able to try a lot of their food yet. Every time I do go, I'm always very happy when I leave. The food is very comforting and I love the runny poached eggs. The sauteed mushrooms are always super delish as well! The desserts were really perfect! I didn't eat the roasted coconut pineapple tart until I got home, but it was so silky and smooth and had the perfect sour/sweet combo from the pineapple. My other favourite is the caramel eclair, which I got last time too. You really must try it if you're a fan of salted caramel~

After brunch, we ended up walking along Chapel street for some light shopping. It was raining that day so there really wasn't much to do. It would have been great if the sun had been out, because then we could have just sat in a park or something. Oh well, that's Winter in Melbourne for you! 

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All in all, I had a great birthday this year. Birthdays are becoming less of a big thing for me now that I'm getting older. That's why I didn't bother organising a birthday party this year. I expect that I might do something next year, but we'll see how things go haha. I'm just really thankful that I was able to spend some quality time with some great people in celebration of my birthday. I felt very spoilt with love and amazing food hahaha.

I hope that from now on, I can make time to blog a bit more often. Maybe once a week if I can. I'll see how things go. Anyway, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed all the delicious photos! 




15 October 2013

K-POP Spotlight: SHINee's 'Everybody'.



This morning, I started scanning YouTube to see what was new and came across one of SHINee's comeback performances for their new release, 'Everybody'. I'll admit, I haven't really been following them as much since they released 'Why so serious?'. I still found the song catchy but didn't really have any urge to have it on repeat. Part of the reason was because Jonghyun had injured himself and so he was removed from the MV and a majority of the promotions. He's always been my SHINee bias, with TaeManMin (lol) coming up as my second favourite. The song lacked that, 'JongHyun-ness'. Haha.

Anyway, their new release is.. good but not great. Maybe because I have been so hooked on music which is a lot more hard-hitting (like Block B's VERY GOOD. Holy smokes, I freaking love that song and the entire concept is so crazy. I can't stop watching their MV for sheer entertainment!). I think the vocals are good but nothing that grabs me and makes me wanna sing along (The repetitions of 'Everybody~ everybody~' really aren't making me chant along for some reason).

I think I have outgrown SHINee!!!

 I'm a little devastated. I've been following them since their '누나 너무 예뻐 (Nuna, you're so pretty)' days, so it's pretty sad that I'm not really into their music anymore.

That aside, I love the concept of the new MV. But...

The dark concept does not suit the overall feel of the song.

Okay, so I read into the lyrics a bit more and I get the feeling there's a message of perhaps not losing yourself to how society places you after you grow into an adult. i.e. stay the young, fresh, free individual you are and take off your 'adult mask'. Err.. yeah something like that. I could be totally wrong but that's the type of impression I got from reading a few translations from Korean.

I mean, in relation to the lyrics, yes they kind of relate to the dark concept. You see a child with a mask and the dance choreography looks to symbolise adults being wind-up toy soldiers; following the norm and social expectations. BUUUUT....

To me, it looks like SM is just following the trend of super dark and eerie themes which seem to be quite the popular trend these days. Not sure they delivered it that well. I definitely prefer G-Dragon's 'Coup d'etat' and Jaejoong's 'MINE' over this MV any day. One of the major differences is: The overall FEEL of the song matches the DARKNESS of the video. Would you disagree?



Blogger's note:
It's been a long time since I last blogged. Last time I mentioned that I probably frequent my twitter and instagram a lot more these days. That's still true but I'm even beginning to step away from twitter as well. Social networking is getting a bit boring these days. I'm not sure my blog is read by many people anyway but I've decided that on my days off I might start blogging about things again. I was always careful about blogging about my personal thoughts and life because I had a bad experience as a teenage but it would be nice to express myself again in my own space. I really loved being able to be honest in my blogging and receive feedback and converse with all my fellow Xanga bloggers. Good old days. I miss them.