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I’ve made a list of the best 20 K-pop songs/MVs to me.  The result of this list… is here:

*NOTE: Click the title of the song to watch the MV on YouTube.  I was unable to embed them due to copyright laws. 😦 *

1. Lucifer by 샤이니 SHINee

2. 주문 Mirotic by 동방신기 DBSK

3. Sorry, Sorry by 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior

4. Hurricane Venus by 보아 BoA

5. 링딩동 Ring Ding Dong by 샤이니 SHINee

6. Gee by 소녀시대 Girls’ Generation

7. NU ABO by 에프엑스 f(x)

8. 왜 Keep Your Head Down by 東方神起 TVXQ

9. Bo Peep Bo Peep by 티아라 T-ara

10. 훗 Hoot by 소녀시대 Girls’ Generation

11. 너 같은 사람 또 없어 No Other by 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior

12. I’ll Be There by 태양 Taeyang

13. 라차타 LA chA TA by 에프엑스 f(x)

14. Heartbreaker by G-Dragon

15. A.Mi.Go by 샤이니 SHINee

16. Hello by 샤이니 SHINee

17. Love Ya by SS501

18. 너 때문에 미쳐 I Go Crazy Because of You by 티아라 T-ara

19. 누난 너무 예뻐Replay by 샤이니 SHINee

20.츄Chu~♡ by 에프엑스 f(x)

********Special Mention********

미인아 Bonamana by 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior [I didn’t include this in the list because I really don’t like how the background music masks their voices, but nonetheless the tune and choreography are amazing.]

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Day 6:

This was the beginning of the best part of this entire trip.  It was the first day of homestay.  Before day 6, everything was OK… nothing wowed me and I wasn’t exactly enjoying my stay in South Korea too greatly… especially the dorms at Yonsei.  But early in the morning, we met with our Korean host sisters or brothers in the New Millennium Hall.  There, I met my host sister, Kim Min Kyoung.  Because there were so many people there, I had trouble finding her at first.  I was so lost and at one point, I was even directed at the wrong host sister… But, in the end, I was placed with the right host sister and we got along fairly well.  For one, we both love Super Junior!  A little awkward at first, we eventually talked more.  I guess it was because we were both shy and didn’t really know what to say.  Anyways, hhaahaha~ We all sat through a lecture about Korean schooling… The thing that amazed me was the amount of schooling they go through.  O.O  It was horrifying… They spend more time at school than at home with their family! *gasp* Their typical day: school from around 7ish to 10ish >>> then Hagwon for another 2 or 3 hours >>> back at home finally… but time for another 2 hours worth of homework >>> couple of hours of sleep and then back at school…

Where did their free time go?!?!!?  and apparently they eat dinner at school too!  and they have a study hall that they technically don’t have to go to if they don’t want to… but it’s kind of mandatory since if you don’t show up, you get in trouble.  aiiissshhh~

what else, what else….hmmm… oh yea, they don’t really date… because if their teachers find out, they will call home and tell the parents that their children are dating… it’s seen as bad because dating distracts the kids from their work… and their ultimate goal?  get into a SKY school (Seoul National University, Korea University, Yonsei University).

So education is extremely important in Korea… for example, I told my host sister that if I come back next summer, we could meet up and hang out and she says “Oh… in 2 years after I get accepted into a SKY school!” lol…

But Hagwon is an interesting thing… because it’s a prep school to help students “get ahead.”  Only rich kids can afford it and in school, teachers expect the students to be ahead of what they are being taught… Hmmmm… that sounds awfully familiar.  You see, every summer, my parents have sent me to summer prep school to help me “get ahead” of everyone else… I would learn things in advance compared to everyone else at my school… it was school over the summer… and the places were owned by Korean-Americans… was I being sent to a Korean-American version of Hagwon?  Food for thought… 😉

Then, after the lecture, it was time to make Bibimbap (which is so yummy).  So, the funny thing is that we were actually supposed to decorate our Bibimbap and make it creative and pretty… only, for some reason, I did not hear that and just dumped all of my vegetables and items into my bowl on top of my rice.  While everyone was carefully placing their items down and all that jazz, I started mixing mine… and I was thinking why everyone else was taking so much time to mix their Bibimbap… hmmm by the time I found out what was going on— oh wait… so my fellow table people started commenting on this kid’s Bibimbap and how decorative it was… the judges came over and declared him the winner of our table… THAT was when I realized that it was a competition.  oops… too late…  the winner received a prize too!  darn… missed that…

Following the Bibimbap session, we basically went home with our host family and began the 3 day adventure.  That night, my sister took me out to the Coex mall to meet up with 2 of her friends.  It was going to be my first time on a Korean subway.  lol EXCITING~  Surprisingly, the subway station was so so clean!  And there were stores everywhere with cheap, but decent products!  Hahah but the Coex was really cool.  It was a huge mall~ Apparently, the Coex is available for shopping, watching movies, and taking standardized tests.  The mall was really amazing looking!  I didn’t buy anything though because the same stuff could be bought in Shinchon at a cheaper price.

After Coex, we all went out for noraebang (노래방), which is karaoke.  I’ve never been to noraebang before, so this was quite an experience… well, at first, I had no idea what was going on.  lol… I just kinda observed how I was supposed to go about noraebang… kekekeke~

By the time we got back home, I was worn out… I was sweaty from running everywhere and tired from the long day.  My family was really nice to me~ lol Min Kyoung lent me her bed for my stay, I was very thankful~ for once, I was not sleeping on a hard bed with solid blankets in Korea.  <33333

Day 7:

(btw, I’m starting to get really tired from all this blogging!  but, I must get everything down before I forget!)

Uh, so the morning began with a trip to the Han River.  My sister planned for her friends and us to ride bikes by the Han River… only it started to rain.  While we were waiting for people to arrive, the rain started to pour really heavily.  With that said, we could not ride bikes (woo~ i don’t know how to ride bikes… so i’m glad that plan was cancelled… Min Kyoung was going to teach me… but i don’t like bikes 0.0).  But the view of the Han was beautiful… even though it was foggy and I couldn’t see too far off into Seoul.

So we all took a taxi to Lotte World. lol that was how we were going to spend our Saturday.  Lotte World was amazing~! It was like any other amusement park, but half of Lotte World is indoors lol.  and many girls and GUYS wore “ears.”  haha it was cute for the girls but when I saw guys wearing the ears… it looked funny lol… you know, I was actually contemplating buying one, but i didn’t think it was worth 5000 won. lol there was not a chance that i would ever wear it again, besides in amusement parks in Korea lol…

But here is the highlight of Lotte World>>> so pay attention…

I SAW THE UP AND COMING KPOP BAND “D-NA!” Yep… I was waiting to go on one of the roller coaster rides with a couple of people when one of the girls I was with pointed out some hot guys.  They looked awfully handsome to be in a crowd of ordinary people… I was suspicious… but then my Korean friends were saying how they are an idol band but they cannot remember their name at the moment… If you ask me, honestly, I would have to say that they were quite “douchey.”  They had this arrogant, cocky look to them, almost as if they ruled the whole amusement park with their handsome features.  Me?  I didn’t like that, despite the fact that they were handsome and famous.  While I was figuring out how I was going to tackle the roller coaster, which goes upside down, my Korean friends approached them asking who they were… they were obviously ignored… and when the other student I was with asked if he could take a picture of them, they said no.  Apparently, they only answered him because he was a foreigner.  Pffft…. “douches.”  It was only later that we figured out that they were a new idol band known as “Dae Gook Nam Ah,” or D-NA.  Aisshhh…

For lunch, we ate the yummy yummy jajangmyeon.  Mhhmmmmmmm… unforgettable taste…

Overall, Lotte World was pretty fun.  I went on many rides that I would not normally go on.  For instance, there was one ride in which it went in a loop and we were only held down by a metal bar.  SCARY… because every time we went upside down, I felt like I was dropping out of my seat.  Some of these upside down rides really flipped my brain all over the place.  Maybe all that tossing and turning will make me smarter! ahah~ I mean, the day was great, the sun even came out later… allowing us to go on the outside rides!  My only disappointment then was that it started to pour very heavily when I went on this “gyro spin” ride in which I was whipped through the air at a great height above water and whatnot.  As I was being flipped and tossed in the air at a great height, the rain sliced and diced me.  Ouch… as I came off the ride, I still felt the stinging from the hard whips of the rain.

At around 6ish, we all left Lotte World for dinner.  At a small little shop, we ate ddeobokki and sundae.  It was quite delicious, but the ddeobokki was really hot and spicy.  Yikes!  After, we said our “kamsahamnida” and left.  Yup… we crossed the street, and ate luxury patbingsu!  haha~ we just ate ddeobokki and sundae, but I really wanted to try patbingsu! haha finally did it!  and i have pics too~  we sat around for a good hour or so just talking over patbingsu and fruit bingsu.

Finally, we ended the day with how all Koreans end their day: Noraebang!  lol~  I had a little more fun this time because I knew how noraebang went.  Again, I sang “U” by Super Junior with my host sister lol~ lots of fun~ I also sang a couple of American songs… yup yup…

Again, by the time I went home, I was sweaty and tired… ready to shower and sleep.

Day 8:

Knowing that it was the last day of homestay was quite sad.  I woke up and was kind of sad to leave my host family. 😦 I had until 6PM with them, before I had to return to Yonsei.  Our last plans for today was to visit the Seoul Tower, go to Myeongdong, and go to the tutor center with my host sister.  It happened to be August 15th, Independence Day for Koreans.  The South Korean flag was hung around the city of Seoul, north and south (my host family lived in south Seoul where it was more modern).  There were Independence Day events, but we did not attend any.  We met up with 2 of her friends at the Seoul Tower.  While we were waiting, she bought me banana milk, which was so, so delicious.  nom nom nom~ <33333

At the top of the Seoul Tower, I saw the entire Seoul area.  The only thing was that it was kinda foggy, so I could have a great view of Seoul, but it was decent.  There was a poster shop at the base of the tower where I saw IRIS, Girls Generation, SHINEE, and Super Junior items.  Most of the SuJu posters were sold out… so my host sister gifted a Kyuhyun cell phone charm for me!  I was so excited and happy for that generous action~ lol I now have the charm on my phone and every time I look at it, I think of her… 😀

After, we took a cable car down and headed for Myeongdong.  Another shopping district that was quite expensive, I was not too interested… lol the area was slightly familiar, speaking that I was there a couple of days ago for NANTA.  However, the six of us (3 Korean high school students and 3 American high school students) ate some more ddeobokki and sundae… and because the ddeobokki was extremely hot, there were 2 tubs of patbingsu… only this time the patbingsu was ordinary patbingsu. lol~ Following the feast, we went for sticker pictures.  yay! lol this was my first experience with sticker pictures and I LOVED it.  So fun… I can’t believe we don’t have sticker pictures in America… or it’s not very popular… as noraebang isn’t popular in America either… It was about 3 PM then and we all went our separate ways as we had to head home to pack for 6PM… aishhh… but my host sister still had to volunteer at a Vision Center… she had to meet up with this girl and tutor her English for an hour.  The place the tutoring took place at was in a poorer part of Seoul and I was amazed at how Seoul had such a side to it.  Since I came to Seoul as part of this program, I had only been exposed to the beauties of Seoul… we went to the richest of the richest places and experienced all the good… but we did not have any time in a more average area.  It was quite sad to see this… the girl that was being tutored… well her parents could not afford to send her to hagwon, so she is behind in her English in school, therefore she has to go to free tutoring.  I tried my best to help as I was from America and had the best pronunciation.  And the head of the center was quite nice too.  When he found out who I was and why I was there, he shook my hand furiously lol~

Then it came time to go back to the SK Global House.  When I went back, everyone was talking about their homestay and how much they loved it.  I joined in on the conversations and the Global House rattled with excitement.  After dinner, we were given some time for family and friend visit.  But since I did not have family in Korea, I went out shopping in Sinchon with a couple of people.  It was great because some of these people were new to me.  But, this was a great time to get to know them better.  In a way, I think it was hanging out in Sinchon that helped us to get closer.  <333

With that said, homestay was over… and I had, for the first time, really started to live the Korean experience.  I made many friends over these 3 days and the memories I made were amazing.

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First of all, I’d like to apologize that there will not be any accompanying pictures with my blog.  Unfortunately, I did not bring my connector thing for my camera to the computer.  But, I will update with pictures once I get back home.

So anyway, I’ll begin with the flight over to SK.  I have to say, the flight was pretty decent.  I mean, when I used to go on long flights, I always had air sickness.  So I expected to puke like a madwoman and not be able to eat the food offered on the plane.  But, I was able to eat this time!  Yay!  I had Bibimbap (for the first time) and chicken.  Yea, the second meal wasn’t so great, but I loved the Bibimbap.  Yummy!  I remember after the first meal, I was so nervous of getting sick… 😦 I kept playing with the air sickness bag because I thought, any second, I was going to throw up everything I ate.  Hopefully the flight back will be just as fortunate.  And besides the whole food thing, the 2 men beside me were really kind.  They were both really Korean.  They used Korean to speak to the flight attendants, I mean, I was the only one using English.  Dammnnnn….  Any who, the old guy next to me (btw, I was the middle seat on the window side) kept talking to me on the flight over to Seoul.  He was asking me questions about New York and my family, and whatnot.  And, of course, he explained his story to me too.  He was chatting up about how he was a business man and he’s been to America several times to attend conferences and speeches by professors.  The guy also talked about how he loved ‘Mamma Mia.”  Quoted exactly: “The Korean culture is so conservative.  It was weird to see a girl not know her father because the mother was with many, many men.  But, you know, they could just look at her face, or take a DNA test.  Technology is so advanced.”  LOL The last part made me crack up.  And then he also bought a whole bunch of stuff… like, dude, plane stuff is so expensive… he bought a Lancome make-up set for his wife, chocolates, Cognac wine, and a set of crayons for his soon-to-be grandson.  So, so sweet.  😀  The best part of it all, was that when it came time to take your stuff out of the compartment, I was too short to reach.  Yup…. 1 of the guys next to me helped open the compartment and the other helped to take my stuff down.  Thankful!

Anyway, I have to go quick because it’s like, 11:40 PM right now.  I have to sleep or else I won’t be able to get up!  I still have circles under my eyes…. it’s kinda creepy 😦  So, I’ll move onto Day 1 now, which was very short may I say…

Day 1

The New York group was the last to arrive.  How wonderful… So, my roommate is this girl named Ting.  She’s really nice and funny, but really sleepy at the same time.  I feel like we get along well (I hope she feels the same way >.<).  But, I mean, okay.  We walked into our dorm expecting this luxury dorm room because the SK Global House is fairly new (opened in Feb. 2010) and it was beautiful outside.  Yea, no.  Nothing like I expected.  There was no balcony because my room is on the 7th floor and the 7th floor has no balconies, I guess?  But you know what else, me and my roommate are the only ones on the 7th floor.  😦 I feel isolated.  And I can only begin to name off the crazy stuff about our room.  Here we go!

1. No lesson in how to turn on air conditioning.  So the first day was spent w/o air conditioning in our room.  Extremely humid, I was sweating a pond!

2. There was a woody smell to the room, which made me feel sick and light headed.

3. No door exists for the shower area.  It’s just out in the open.  And the toilet is separated from the shower and sink.  Weird?

4.  There is a garbage pale the size of a large cup of McDonald’s soda.  It is located in the toilet room.  How sucky.  2 pieces of garbage fills up the pale!

5. The linen was definitely not clean.  I dusted it, yet there was still hair all over the place.  Especially on my blanket!  So disgusted, I just grabbed that blanket and shoved it under my bed.  Bleh…

6. NO T.V. OR FRIDGE IN THE ROOM!  So, so boring without the T.V.!  and oh my goodness, I was dehydrating last night!  I avoided water on the plane so that I wouldn’t have to bother the old man next to me to go potty.  So I ended up screwing myself over.  Darn.

I’m sure there were plenty of other stuff I complained about.  But that’s long forgotten.  I’ve learned to just get used to it.  I guess…  My roommate and I filled out this survey we were given and basically complained about every freakin’ thing in the room.  We requested maid service and all!  LOL… This morning, when we handed it in to the lady downstairs, she was so shocked, her face-  she kinda looked like this: “-o-”  I can’t get her face out of my mind LOL.  So yea, I went to sleep… woke up every 1 to 2 hours though.  It was hard to sleep through the night.  Don’t mean to complain and whine so much, but knowing that last year, the kids stayed at a luxury apartment, it’s bothersome.  arrggghhhhh!

Day 2

Woke up in the morning at 6.  It wasn’t that hot, but whatever.  Went down for breakfast with my roommate and all.  Satisfied my thirst with lots of orange juice.  lol… and then we happened to have to wear formal wear today.  but we also did a lot of walking!  Oh man, my pants were suffocating my legs!  I was sweating like a beast and my legs were numb with heat!  August is so freakin’ humid and muggy in SK!  Well, anyway, we did an orientation to welcome ourselves and then moved on to our First Lecture.  The lady professor talked so much and she went really slow with the teaching Korean part… Oh my goodness, I was falling asleep and whatever she taught just flew out of my head the second it went in.  It was more of a cram session than it was actual learning!  Ughh… but I took notes and hopefully I’ll use it to do some self-studying.

After, we went to this formal luncheon that had a cool buffet.  Food was good, I ate some sashimi.  Yum… but it was only salmon.  😦  Then, we did some more walking.  We did a campus tour.  Extremely hot. I was sweating non-stop.  Uncomfortable.  Then we just chilled in the Global Lounge.  They gave snacks and drinks.  Perfect.  Honestly, I’ve never cherished drinks so much before.  Nothing big.  I feel like I’m leaving something out, but I’m doing this really rushed.  I need to get to bed soon!  gahhhh~ Dinner happened.  The meat looked gross, but it tasted pretty good.  After, I shopped around with groups of people.  Didn’t buy too much.  I bought a cellphone key chain for my sister and 11 clips for my mom.  Hair clips are expensive in Korea!  Damn…. they must make some pretty hot clips.  These better be sturdy.  They feel sturdy, so I hope my mom likes them.  Mad expensive.  life sucks.  Some more sweat happened.  Went back to the dorm and ended up here blogging.  My roommate is probably sleeping now.  lol… I should go back, but I want to watch Autumn in My Heart.  erghhhhh…  Sleep doesn’t exist for me in SK.  Lawllzzz.  We got a free t-shirt too.  Yup, it’s pretty hot… small… really small… I should try it on later to see if it fits.  I’m like a small/medium.  Whatever, I’ll lost weight on this trip anyway.  Lack of sleep and loss in appetite.  Yup… my weight is going to drop pretty soon.  Okay… I’m going to stop blogging now before I really lose it.  I even feel like I’m hallucinating now.  I’ll be back tomorrow for more blogging about Day 3!  Woo~ I mean, this time, I won’t squish 2 days in one post.  Too long of a post and too much of a hassle to type.  Ugh.

O wait, I must mention that I took a picture with Kim Hyun Joong of SS501 today.  LOL, or should I say the cardboard version of him.  lovely… new fb picture, no?  and Goo Hye Sun was everywhere… I guess it’s because she’s really pretty and has beautiful skin.  And….. I saw Super Junior albums in the music store, along with SNSD, 2PM, Arashi, Kat-tun, Autumn in My Heart OST, Personal Taste OST, Boys Over Flowers OST, and etc.  Okay.  Time to watch a part of an episode to Autumn in My Heart before bed.  Night!

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1 Hatched on April 28, 1993 in New York, I began my clumsy adventure in search of who “[Kokoseyo]” was.  As a child, I had no other interests except art, specifically fashion designing.  Choosing to do nothing else but draw all day long, I was quite a boring child.  Then, one day, my parents reminded me that I need food to survive and that working as a fashion designer was not going to be enough for me to put food on the table.  Once I dropped fashion designing and began to poke and prod around other activities, I found a different side of myself.  The journey to  discover who I really am is not yet complete.  But, I have traveled a long way since my isolated fashion designing days.

2 All through my elementary and middle school years, I spent every Saturday and Sunday scribbling solutions to difficult math problems.  Sometimes I could not help but look outside the window and see my neighbors playing in their backyard while I was stuck inside working out of a math book.  I could not even pretend to work or shove the book aside and do something else because my dad checked all of my math work; I considered this child labour.  The only thing I was allowed to do during my “break” was play the piano.  When Dad looked over my hard work, he would point out every mistake I made, even if it was a minor one.  It sucked to have no choice but to sit there and listen to my dad explain the “correct way” to solve such and such problems, while my peers were riding bicycles, watching Spongebob Squarepants, etc.  By the time I entered high school, my dad finally gave me more freedom; this was due, in part, to the fact that I had completed every math workbook that was available at the library.  Though I was frustrated with the work as a child, I grew to be proud of my efforts as my high school math courses increasingly became difficult.  When my classmates struggled to understand a topic in class, I knew it like my own birthday.  For the first time, I was thankful of having such a strict and math-loving dad.  Even when I had problems with certain questions here and there, I had a dad who could assist me at any given moment.

Over the years, Dad aged.  His myelin sheath began to wear, essentially affecting his originally sharp math skills.  All Dad does now is watch television and sleep.  He’s forgetful and introverted.  There is an eraser in his head.  “Once your memory is gone, your soul is gone as well.”

3 When I was fourteen years old, I developed an obsession with horror films.  Actually, I would have started watching horror movies earlier, but I did not have the luxury of high-speed internet.  Watching American horror was not enough.  I would be scared for a moment or two, but the feeling came and went.  I was seeking horror films that were going to leave me sleepless and give me nightmares.  Every time I watched a Japanese horror movie, I felt a high.  Starting with Japan’s horror film of the decade, “Audition,” I was captivated by the torture scene at the end and the infamous “body bag” scene.  The movie was so spine tingling that I had to turn away from my computer screen as the man’s foot was being sawed off.  However, I wanted more horror movies.  So I searched for every Japanese horror film that was available on YouTube and Crunchyroll.  When I watched all that there was, I moved on to Korean horror movies.  Everyday, I craved for more horror movies.  Japanese and Korean horror was gorier than American horror; they satisfied my craving for blood and increased my adrenaline.

4 In the third grade, my then best friend and I pretended we were princesses in other worlds that we made up.  We had different teachers, so the only time we were able to talk during school was recess.  While everyone else was on the swings or playing on the jungle gym, we isolated ourselves by these two lone trees- one was my tree and the other was her tree.  All we had to do was touch our fingers to the trunk of the trees to travel to our own imaginary worlds.  Everyday, we took turns going to each other’s “worlds.”  Her world was known as “Dreamland.”  In “Dreamland,” she was the princess and I was her guest.  There, we were able to do anything we dreamt of, so we would prance around and do somersaults.  My world was called “Wishland.”  Similar to the concept of “Dreamland,” I was the princess this time and she was my guest.  “Wishland,” rather than being a carefree and childish place like “Dreamland,” was a world where we would lay on the grass and rest.  Sprawled on the fresh grass and protected under the shade of the “Wishland” tree, we would reminisce about our memories together and about our personal life- the time we went to Boomers and I was too short to drive a cart, so she gave me one of her sandals, the boy that she had a crush on but was too afraid to approach, or what potions we could concoct the next time we had a sleepover.  In “Dreamland” and “Wishland,” it was just the two of us-best friends- with no other thoughts but our childish fancies.

5 My mother is a homemaker.  She is always home cleaning, cooking, and caring for me and my sister.  I spent so much time with her that I am still very attached to her.  She was the one who taught me ABC’s and how to add and subtract.  On top of that, she also taught me a bunch of other little things as I was learning how to speak.  When Dad yelled at me and smacked my forehead for not getting math problems correct, Mom would come to my defense and take those feelings of hurt away.  That time I touched the stove and burned my finger, she gently placed a band-aid around it.  That time I touched a light bulb and burned my finger, once again, Mom yelled at Dad for not watching me.  That time I fell off the kitchen counter and had a bad nosebleed, Mom rolled some tissues to stuff in my nostrils.

Searching for a way out of Communist China, Mom found a way to Macau and then America, her ultimate goal.  She wanted to come to America to give her children the best opportunities available.  Here, she did everything in her power to raise me and my sister to be respectable and filial daughters.  “Listen to mother’s words, don’t let her get hurt.  You want to grow up quickly so that you can take care of her.  Beautiful white hair, growing inside happiness.  Angel’s magic benevolence within her gentleness.”

6 Up until early last year, I only listened to American, Taiwanese, and Japanese music.  For some reason, I never cared to try Korean music, even though I had heard that they have amazing choreography accompanying their music.  One evening, I was cruising on my Facebook, when someone posted up the latest DBSK video, “Mirotic.”  Bored, I was tempted to watch the video.  After watching the music video, I was blown away by the amount of talent DBSK had.  The choreography was extremely complex and the beat was very catchy.  From here on, I changed into a new person.  I was more involved in the Asian entertainment business than ever!  It was weird because one music video, one song, made me respect the Korean culture in a new way.  There is no other word to describe my craze but “obsession.”  Following “Mirotic,” I was on a hunt for other DBSK songs and Korean entertainers.  My friends were so shocked at my change that they asked me “what happened?!”  Beyond Korean music, I grew to like the Korean culture, as a whole, more and more.  I felt the desire to learn the language, eat their food, and experience their lifestyle.  Finally, this summer, I will be traveling to South Korea for a cultural experience- the opportunity I have been waiting so long for.

7 Ever since I was a child, I did not enjoy reading.  Though my parents made me take out books to read, I was never captivated by them.  To me, books were just packets of paper filled with nonsense letters and pointless plots.  The fact was that most of these books were fiction!  I never understood how reading about something that did not even happen was “interesting.”  Despite that I loathed reading, I did it anyway because school work required me to.  Bored, I would skim through chapters and take “breaks” from reading.

When I was in the seventh grade, there was a book recommendation in the New York Post for The Pact by Jodi Picoult.  The summary in the advertisement caught my attention.  For once, I wanted to read something.  As weird as it may seem, after reading this book, I regretted wasting all those years not reading!  People always say that there is magic in reading; though it is sad to say, I finally found the magic of books when I was in the seventh grade.  Books, it seemed, explained things, things that made no sense on any normal occasion.  But, once I read, there were hidden messages and ideas that the author was hinting at.  On many occasions, the different themes of each book helped me understand life from different perspectives.

I spent the rest of that summer entangled in Jodi Picoult books.  Reading every book she had written to date, I was so intrigued with her stories.  By the time I had finished reading all of her books, I grew an appreciation towards reading and English class.  Like never before, I actually listened in English and felt a closer connection to the books I was assigned to read.  Books were no longer distant objects in my life, they were symbols of a new passion I developed.  After Jodi Picoult, I pursued other “thought- inspiring” pieces of work, such as Gone with the Wind, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Anna Karenina, etc.

8 One of my hobbies is watching dramas.  Early 2008, I began a drama known as “Fated to Love You.”  This drama followed a period of time in my life where I stopped watching dramas for awhile.  I was bored with the same love stories repeated in Taiwanese dramas.  Plus, the silliness in these dramas was getting ridiculous.  I was seeking dramas with more meaning in them, perhaps ones with themes and morals.  “Fated to Love You” introduced something I had never thought about before: fate.  Every person I meet in life is important in some way; they add to my life and make it what it is.

I used to be easily frustrated by my mistakes.  Things that I did wrong never left my thoughts, rather, they remained as a reminder of how stupid I was at one point or another.  Regrets haunted me all the time.  However, I never thought that my life was controlled by something called fate.  Is my life planned out already?  Did fate set everything up to get me to a specific destination?  The strangers that I met and have yet to meet, are they a key to another event in my life?

9 My iTunes was always dominated by soft rock and pop songs.  I was never the type to enjoy upbeat dance music.  For one, it hurt my ears and the music sounded choppy and unflattering.  Especially, I hated techno sounds because it was not real singing.  There are singers with beautiful voices, but choose to hide it with robotic technology.

“Bonamana” was my first experience with a new genre of music.  I am a huge fan of Super Junior, but their new style of music shocked me.  When “Bonamana” was first released, I was surprised at the change in their style of music.  They were experimenting with something called “SJ Funk” and “Bonamana” was supposed to represent this new genre of music.  I neither hated the song, nor liked it at first; my initial reaction was a blank stare.  Something inside me told me to hate the fact that my favorite band was singing a song in the exact type of music I disliked.  On the other hand, I wanted to hit the “replay” button and get up and dance to the song.  Confusion- that was what I felt.

Music is a funny thing.  Especially when it is made by Super Junior.  Beyond “Bonamana,” which I absolutely adore now, I have been and am crazy for anything by Super Junior.  Many people do not think that musicians can change them, but I beg to differ.  Loving Super Junior has  made me do many things I would not have done.  Take “Bonamana” as an example- I never thought that I would listen to upbeat, party music.  It has also been quite an experience learning to dance to some of their songs.  I never enjoyed dancing, until I came across Super Junior.  And everyone can remember their first celebrity crush.  I mean, a celebrity crush is an experience that everyone should have.  Well, Kyuhyun is my first serious celebrity crush.  I’ll be honest, I have never liked a celebrity more than Kyuhyun.  It’s quite funny because I know I am such a “fangirl,” but I cannot help but save pictures of Kyu and create collages with them, or write long blog posts about him.  I bet ten to twenty years from now, I’ll be laughing at my behavior.  For now, Kyu is my perfect idol.  We have so much in common, beginning with our names…

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World Cup 2010… such a big event… in the sports world~  Who are you supporting?

… that, I don’t know.  Brazil might be popular pick, and usually people will give huge support to their home country.  I know I should probably support the U.S., but I think I’m gonna give it my all for South Korea this year.  Of course somewhere in me is rooting for the U.S., but I’m totally intent on getting those South Koreans to win this year!  Wooohooo~

Unfortunately, this will be a long and hard fight for South Korea because they are putting themselves up against some amazing teams (i.e. Brazil, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Germany).  But, hey, things happen… 😉

Any who, it seems like those Korean entertainers are also pumped over South Korea’s victory over Greece and chance to enter round 16!  Let’s see, I’ve seen Super Junior, Kim Yuna, and Big Bang ads for the “Go red” chant… or rather I’ve only noticed SuJu, Kim Yuna, and Big Bang ads.  LOL…

No idea why I really want South Korea to win… there isn’t a China or Taiwan team to support, so for some reason, I channeled all my patriotism in South Korea?  Who knows… I think I just really like Koreans and Kyu <33333

Speaking of Kyu and all those silly SuJu boys… take a look at their reaction to the victory over Greece:

LOL… in the second one, Ryeowook looks like he is being pulled upwards by an unknown force… 😀

While you’re here on this page reading my blog… watch this video… it’s of Super Junior singing a “victory” song:


Let’s give a round of applause for South Korea’s efforts so far~  Wish them the best of luck in the World Cup 2010… and I believe their next game is June 22nd at 8:30 PM South Africa time.  They will be playing Nigeria.  LOVE YOU SOUTH KOREA~  SEE YOU IN AUGUST!!!!!!!


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After reading some other compilations of lists of reasons for Kyu’s hotness, I’ve decided to create my very own personal list of reasons for why I love him so much.  And of course there are more than 10 reasons why I love Kyu, but I’ll just give you a bite of why he’s mine (that’s right).

Top 10 Reasons Why I Am In Love With Cho Kyuhyun:

1. His voice- the first time I heard his voice was his solo in U (korean version).  oh my gah… his voice is to die for!  when he sings, it vibrates you like an opera singer’s voice vibrates glass~  he absolutely makes beautiful music, I can never get sick of it.  At the sound of kyu’s voice, I melt into a little puddle…

2. Awkward but cute- his presence is always so awkward… lol but it’s not weird or anything… I mean, most people can’t pull it off, but kyu can still manage to be cute even though whatever he says or does is soo soo awkward.

Lol… I just love how right after the awkward moment, he’ll just purse his lips together and smile.  It’s like what they always teach little kids to do when they are in a sticky spot: smile and act “kyute”!

3. The cute smile- I know I mentioned it briefly before, but I must make a separate listing for his smile!  The smile is enough to make you feel all giddy inside.  His smile is kind of like a “teeheehee” smile, like he knows a secret, but won’t tell it.  And he always has this smile on his face!  lol I could stare at his face all day, every day, and not get sick of it.  When I’m in a bad mood, I just search up a picture of Kyu and look at it- it makes things better for me 😀  Awww… looking at his smile makes me want to smile!  Lol, watch this video of him laughing at Zhou Mi- I know it’s not exactly high quality, but Kyu is so cute when he collapses from laughter…

4. His shyness- he’s so modest for a guy.  When you watch all those SuJu MVs or concerts, the other SuJu members have a tendency to bare some skin, such as their abs or their arms.  But the majority of Kyu is always covered up.  Once in awhile, he’ll hint at his arms by rolling up his sleeves, or wear a V-neck to show a little bit of his neck and collarbone area… the mystery is nevertheless very tempting lol… I love how he doesn’t bare it all for the world to see… it’s like sluts- they bare it all to the world so no one wants to look at them anymore.  But with Kyu, at least there is some mystery left in him… *drool*

5. When he pelvic thrusts… he puts every man to shame, including the hottest of the hottest.  This might sound weird as a reason to like someone, but if you have never seen Kyu pelvic thrust in his MVs, then you have no right to judge! 😉 It’s totally worth it to watch Kyu pelvic thrust.  Here is the epic Kyu pelvic thrust- it’s a Kyu cut from Bonamana…

6. His hair- it’s perfect… absolutely perfect… it’s so soft, fluffy, and light.  Usually, I hate guys with curly hair… it just always appeared kind of funny looking to me.  BUT… for Kyu, it’s incredibly adorable!  A light curl or straight hair (like he has now) is all cool with me.  If I ever have the chance to see him in person, I would love to twirl my finger in his curls…

<—– This is what I call “perfection.”

7. His skin… oh my gah… so, so smooth~  I’ve never seen such beautiful skin before!  Unlike how some people like the whole “tall, dark, and handsome” look, I love how he’s fair skinned.  It’s so pure-looking… That’s it!  He’s an Angel!  That would explain his smooth, fair, and beautiful skin!  If you think about it, he kind of glows too…

No one can beat Kyu’s angelic glow —–>

8. The nice Chinese accent he has- When Kyu speaks Chinese, I am floating on Cloud Nine.  As if it’s not hot enough when he speaks Korean, he’s super hot when he speaks a language I can understand~!  Oh, every time he speaks Chinese, I like to imagine he’s talking to me 😉

9. The feminine side- lol this one is super weird, I know… but every man has a girly side… it’s just that for other men, it’s odd behavior.  For Kyu, his girly side makes him extra cute!  His feminine side is what makes Kyu… Kyu. 😀  *sigh*

10. Kyu’s lips are absolutely irresistible.  Though they are fairly thin, I think it looks super hot on him.  Take notice that in his poses, his lips always look like they are slightly parted.  It’s like the photographer always takes a picture while he’s taking a breath. hahaha… Oh how I love Kyu…

Kyuhyun’s delicious lips *yum* ———->

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Yesterday was a really good day for me!  I was so excited that I did not even have a chance to blog on here about the wonderful news I was hit with…


Woo!  Haha I was typing up something and had to go on google for a second.  And then… in my inbox (which shows up on my iGoogle homepage), I saw an email from the program I applied to.  I opened it… and I WAS ACCEPTED! heheheh I made it to being one of the 100 finalists!  Yay!  Now I’m officially going to Seoul for the first time in my life!  This is going to be so so exciting!  I am so happy that I’ve been blessed with this opportunity!  Thank you God!  🙂

Omgzzz now for all the prep work… lol I’m so happy that I can’t wipe the goofy smile off my face… I really must look like a fool when I walk out of the house.

Lalala~ I can’t wait for this experience to live the Korean culture, breathe the Korean air.  I really need to get my excitement out so that I can make room for organization and rational thinking in my brain.

Oh, how fun this will be!  (As you can see, I’m still not quite over this initial shock that they… accepted me.)  I’m definitely going to take many pictures and share my adventures on here as well as my tumblr site.  Finally, my travel category will be able to expand!  kekeke… Oi, I’m so excited!

So, please subscribe if you want to experience Korea with me this summer!  All you have to do is find the little subscribe button on the sidebar and add your email to keep yourself updated!  There will be lots of cool stuff, GUARANTEED. 😀  I usually tend to be clumsy, so maybe that’ll keep everything comical if you like funny stuff. 😦

And one last thing.  I’d like to make it a point that if I am truly blessed, as I believe I am right now, I will meet Kyuhyun… up-close…  *melts into a little puddle*

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So. This Heechul… I don’t like him one bit!  A;LDKFJEOUR!

He… he… acts and dresses so womanly, and get this!  He thinks he can kiss any guy he wants!  Yet, he claims he’s not gay and has a girlfriend… psshhttt that is bologna!

See, the other day, I was cruising around YouTube, and then one of the videos was titled “Heechul and Siwon Kiss.”  Being a little curious, I clicked it and that led me to a whole string of these Heechul and  _________ kiss videos!  The worst part of it all was that he slobbered his mouth all over Kyuhyun, Henry, and Hankyung (Han Geng)!!!!!!!  Those are 3 out of 4 of my favorite Super Junior members!  gahhh!!!!!  Why Heechul?  Why must you do this to me Heechul?!!?!?!?!?!

The only thing that comforted me was the one video where Heechul tried to kiss Donghae (the 4th SuJu member that I like) and Donghae actually had the guts to MOVE AWAY from the man… or woman… whatever Heechul is.

DANGGGGG…..  I haven’t been able to get those images of Heechul’s kissing moments with my fav SJ members out of my head!  It’s making me sick!… for real… I started gagging at the thought today!  Omgzzz… Ewww…. especially Kyu!  He’s my favorite of the favorites and Heechul slobbered all over his cute face!  😦


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