Miracles in December (the fact that I finally can post is the miracle)

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I know that I had mentioned that I wanted to do a 12 days of kpop Christmas but due to a high volume of drama and stress and then a high workload I just found no time to post.

But now that I have a little free time and with Christmas only 5 days away now, I figured I would post a Top 10 type of thing to get us into the Christmas mood (which is sorely lacking in Korea due to the fact that it’s a “couples holiday here”…strange.) These also aren’t in any particular order…just the way that I think to remember them.

But if you are like me sometimes become tired of the usual Christmas songs you’ve heard for 27+years ….then it’s really nice to listen to some of the songs I’ve listed below (as well as others I haven’t included) to get you into that Christmas spirit!

1-Jelly Christmas 2012

 

2- TTS- Dear Santa

 

3-BTOB – Winter’s Tale

4 IU You&I (It was hard to choose between this and Good Day but this just to me reminds me more of Christmas)

5 Starship 2013-Snow Candy

6 Infinite-Lately

7 Jessica -Wonderland (I’ve never been a huge fan of her voice but oddly enough I really find this song catchy and her voice fits the song well-plus this MV is so beautiful)

8 EXO – Sing For You

9-EXO Miracles in December (yeah…of course you know I would EXO two spots ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t include their most recent one because I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and listen to it)

10 SHINee Winter Wonderland (their latest Japanese single)

Bonus Video ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Halloween!

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Today it is Halloween in Korea!

And thus it is also our last day of the 13 days of Halloween song challenge.

I will be posting our final 3 Halloween songs below.

Updates will go back to what they were originally-once a week-usually Thursdays.

Though I am planning a 12 days of Christmas project closer to the date.

So here are our final 3!

Witch by the poor underrated “Boyfriend”

stalker by UKISS-even though this is borderline pervy in an illegal kind of way, it fits creepy pretty well

and of course what would halloween be without the kings of dark concepts most disturbing MV of all time… this is not for the faint of heart (though there is a clean version if you can’t stand it)

so there we have it! hope you enjoyed the countdown to halloween!!

The strange case of VIXX

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Last night I went to bad, finally losing the battle of not getting sick. My plan today was to post 3 videos as to not forget this weekends post.

But seeing as I will be using one of my sick days to leave work early (I am proud to say I’ve never missed work…simply asked to leave after my classes are done) I am only going to post one today.

It’s VIXX once again because who does dark/creepy/concept better?

It’s HYDE which came out first. It’s dark, it’s creepy. Then they had a repackage a few months later called Jekyll which was their super happy, fun single (and my personal favorite song).

I thought it was so well done: not only did they use literature to convey their concepts (Hyde talks about not being a bad person but just someone they “can’t control” while Jekyll talks about falling in love and thinking about “losing control”) but they pulled it polar opposite back to back concepts SO well.

So enjoy!

 

And then there were 5 ….

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Can’t believe there are only 5 more days of this 13day of Halloween Song challenge!

Today will also be an update as well because it’s Thursday and due to another school event (the amount in this month alone is staggering) I have no class.

Lesson Plans:

So with the Halloween holiday coming up, I wanted to do something special for my kids. I remember as a student, anytime there was a holiday, school schedules were a little different. It was exciting and fun and the best time.

But Halloween isn’t really a thing in Korea (like it is apparently in Japan). The students know the general idea-costumes and candy. But that’s about it. There’s no special event or anything (which makes sense) but I always was told that I’m not only introducing English to them but also to bring a little American culture as well.

So I decided last year to do some things that I remember loving as a student myself.

Now sadly there aren’t really costumes and I doubt the school would be happy if I asked the students to dress up next Monday.

So I decided to purchase some cheap things from the local store.

The first activity is called “Candy Guessing Game”

And to celebrate the holiday in class, I bought a clear glass jar, filled it with peanut M&M’s (I hate regular M&M’s and I will be eating them afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚ I counted them as I put them into the jar. Then I have the students line up, look at the jar and guess how many candies are in the jar.

Now in my youth, the winner usually kept the jar of candies, but due to the fact I have 8 classes and Peanut M&M’ s aren’t cheap here, I bought chocolate bars for the winners. If you have smaller classes or find cheaper candy, then you can give the winner the jar of candy. I used Peanut M&M’s because of their color, size and the fact I want to eat them afterwards. I’m a little selfish.

I suggest though if you have multiple classes you wait until all classes have done the activity. If you announce the winner, students from other classes will ask what the winning number is and eventually all the kids will know the winning number. It sucks especially if some of your classes are on different lessons (trust me I know) but unless you want to put them in a different jar and redo it, it’s just better to wait until all of your classes have guessed.

The next activity is a Halloween word search to be done while waiting for their turn to guess the candy. Korean students really love word searches for some reason. It’s really easy to find these online. I chose a medium level one so the smarter kids have something to keep them busy for a while, and the lower level students can work with partners.

The final activity is showing a little bit of “Nightmare before Christmas”. Kids here love slightly bizarre things and animation-so I assumed they would love this. It’s a different type of animation than they are used to and as we all know Tim Burton is into some weird shit. I would suggest if you don’t have this than try Corpse Bride maybe….Corline apparently has a weird scene that involves some…kind of animation nudityย  or something and showing that to kids without parent supervision might be considered bad taste.

Music:

Since there are only 5 more days left I chose Beast/B2st “Shadow”. This is one of my all time favorite KPOP songs though it’s less popular than their infamous “Fiction”. It’s maybe not as “themey” as other videos, but it’s definitely creepy…..especially the end.

It’s also appropriate I chose this for the 5th spot if a little sad.

Though not entirely surprising, Hyunseung left the group earlier this year.ย  He’s always been a little bit quieter and 4D but I felt like after his dad died he really changed a lot. I thought he was getting better the past year or so but with all the “scandals” he’s been involved, and his own solo album, it really felt like he didn’t want to be part of the group anymore. I think the saddest thing is that the members revealed they don’t speak anymore.

So now there are only 5 members.

To me this was a group that was way more talented than some of the bigger groups out there-because every single one of them had a talent. And while as individual members they were great, together they were perfect. They always sounded like the swallowed a CD. Their performances were always on point. There really was no fault with this group.

And then CUBE really ran them into the ground. No promotion, nothing. And they weren’t the only group to feel this in CUBE.

So I was relieved to see them leave. I’m grateful to CUBE for giving them the second chance they all deserved but it’s time for them to make their own label.

 

Aside for the typical post about music, I also went to the Lotte Duty Free Family Concert last Saturday. It was a first come first serve type of thing so I didn’t really want to wait too long because I would be far away anyway. Didn’t really matter because the seats didn’t fill up as much as I thought. I was pretty close to the field, though still far away. Luckily I was alone so finding 1 seat open is much easier.

Bad news, my EXO lightstick batteries died. Good news…I was surrounded by EXO-L’s.

I always forget how crazy EXO-L’s go at any event EXO is at. I mean this in the best way possible.

Other than EXO, TWICE, NCT (both units minus Dream), EXID, G Friend (the place was really quiet during their performance…I’m not a huge fan because I think all their songs sound the same, but I felt bad for them), Mamamoo (who were SOOOOOOOO amazing-the past few times I’ve seen them they looked super tired but they were all on fire and the place was SOOOOOO loud for them)….I think that’s it. There weren’t many groups but they each did at least 5 songs so it was really nice.

Also there weren’t any idiot hosts and filming so it went super smooth. It was nice seeing Lay do his song, but sad that EXO only did 4 songs. Though they finished with “Lucky” which is one of my favorite songs of theirs so it was okay.

 

Travel:

So I’m hoping finally this weekend, I can get to hiking in Goyang. My weekends have been so busy and I haven’t had time -plus it rained last weekend. I was invitied to go hiking with some of the teachers at my school last week but they didn’t tell me until I had been at school for a few hours already…and had no way to change before they left (I don’t understand how they thought that I would be able to go with no warning-like a day in advance would have been nice).

I really wanted to go hiking in the fall for the colors, but it’s been on and off rainy this fall (wow rainy season is finally here!)

So I’m hoping, weather barring (and physically -I started a new workout regime) I can make it to the mountains this Saturday and see some great fall colors, enjoy the crisp air, visit the town, and get a great hike in.

 

 

You’re Once, TWICE!

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Happy 8th day of this 13Days of Halloween Song Challenge!

Today’s song is “Ooh-ahh” by Twice.

Twice is a group that I’m still really torn about. I really like some of the members, and think they are super talented but the others…I’m not sure about. Also the fact that they put out Cheer Up will never fail to make me mad.

This was their debut song which came out about a year ago-so right around Halloween time.

Though I really HATE zombies, it’s not too noticeable in this MV, and the song is so catchy! This is my favorite TWICE song and when I saw them last Saturday, I totally rocked out to this.

I think that even though the song at times is a little disjointed and kind of messy it works really well…unlike Cheer Up which was messy and disjointed to the point of no return. (Thank god their new comeback wasn’t anything like that).

It’s the kind of song that will get stuck in your head in a good way. So enjoy!!!

3 days a week

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So clearly I forgot to factor in that I would be gone on weekends. So I will be doing a total of 3 MV’s today.

I will preface this by saying this because it’s been annoying me a lot lately (especially in this country of Korea) if you are sick please stay home-not only are you going to be making yourself worse but you are going to infect other people. It’s not a badge of honor if you come to work or school, it’s a sign of stupidity that you are willing to get everyone else sick as well. This is why MERS was such an issue here.

Anyway moving on.

Saturday:

Now this isn’t what is considered “Halloween” per say but my two best friends and I were talking about how Princess and the Frog is a little dark. One of my best friends is actually terrified of Voodoo in the same way I am terrified of zombies (I also made the error of showing this friend Voodoo Doll by VIXX). Now I didn’t find this particularly scary (yeah the dolls with the pins are creepy because animated dolls are always creepy) but my friends agreed that it is a little scary.

So Saturday’s song is “Friends on the other Side” from Princess and the Frog

Sunday

It seems these days there aren’t really “themed” kind of songs or MV’s anymore (at least in American music). So we are going back to a time when high waist jeans weren’t a trend but a staple in fashion as well as neon everything.

Now I don’t really have too many memories of this movie because it was before my time, and I didn’t see the new one either, but I do remember this song was always on the radio during Halloween season.

My mom did tell me though that she took me on this ride in Disney World when I was a kid and I screamed so badly that she had to take me out of the ride.

So going back to my childhood, we have “Ghostbusters” but Ray parker Jr.

Today-Monday

6th day of this Halloween countdown!

Venturing back into KPOP because KPOP loves a good concept in their MV’s.

Now Twice isn’t a group I’m overly fond of-especially with their success of Cheer Up. I thought their debut song was great but Cheer Up was easily one of the worst KPOP songs I’ve ever heard. Yet it blew up for reasons I’m still trying to understand.

But now they are back with their new song which is also Halloween themed (their debut was around this time last year and had zombies but I’ll be showing that later).

The song itself isn’t too bad-it’s 10000X better than Cheer Up but still I like their debut better.

Also I’m assuming that it will be a two part (at least) series since it says “Lane 1”

What I don’t understand is what this has to do with Halloween at all?

Jihyo looks awesome as the Snow Queen though!

So here is Twice’s “TT” which was released today.

 

It’s just a Fantasy (I wish was real!)

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Ok so true to my word, today is the second day of the 13 Days of Halloween Song Countdown.

We kicked things off with the iconic “Thriller” but today we are venturing back to the KPOP world.

Usually KPOP fans think of creepy/dark concepts and think VIXX. So today is one of few VIXX songs in the countdown.

This was the most recent comeback in August which actually felt a little out of season which is why I think it took me a little longer to get into it. The sound and MV both feel like they should be set in the Fall, not summer.

However after listening a few times it really grew on me. The orchestral arrangement is really impressive, not to mention the Moonlight Sonata in the opening chords.

This is actually the second part in their 2016 3 part series-the album is called Hades.

I chose this one as the first one for VIXX because even though it’s not as dark as some of their others, it is devious in it’s own way-not to mention the creepy fairy tale-like aspect.

Hope you enjoy it!

(They also released a full dance and drama version that is worth checking out as well)