Category: Monthly Faves

July Favourites

July Favourites

Well,yet another month has passed (the days are just going by so quickly these days). Now it's time for another round of favourites!

Dramas

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So I finished Circle: Two Worlds Connected earlier in July and all I have to say is WOW. It. Was. Amazing! I really don't want to spoil anything, I'm afraid that if I say the littlest thing, then I might spoil it for someone. So all I'm gonna say is that you should watch this TvN drama and be prepared for the plot twists (P.S: all TvN dramas are good and you guys should check them out when you get the chance)

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I recently started The Bride of the Water God: Habaek, but I haven't really been watching it because I prefer to watch dramas after there's a bunch of episodes or if all the episodes have already been released. So for now, I'm just taking my time and waiting for more episodes to build up (I'm not in the business of waiting each week for new episodes)

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Also, I started Signal (another TvN drama; seriously, they're really good). The premise is that Park Hae Young (Lee Je-Hoon), a police profiler in the year 2015, starts receiving transmissions on a radio (that's decades old and shouldn't be working). The transmissions are from Lee Jae-Han (Cho Jin-Woong), a police officer in the 80's/90's and together, they try to solve cold cases (my description sucks, I'm sorry)

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I also watched two movies, The Flu and Kim Seondal: The Man Who Sold the River. I don't think I can do these movies justice with my lame descriptions, but I will say that they're both really good movies. The Flu, (featuring Jang Hyuk, Soo Ae & Park Min-Ha), is about an outbreak of a flu in Bundang caused by an illegal immigrant. Kim Seondal, (featuring Yoo Seung-Ho, Ko Chang-Seok, Ra Mi-Ran & EXO's Xiumin), is about a genius swindler who tries to deceive the most powerful man by selling him a river.

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K-pop

BTS- Come Back Home

So this song is a remake of a Seo Taeji & Boys for their 25th anniversary. This song was amazing (of course it was), but the music video was very interesting as well. New lyrics were added to the song as well and the music video emulated the BTS style of having inspirational messages. The boys of BTS weren't featured in the video either; instead, there were young people going through life's troubles.

Red Velvet- Red Flavour

One of the things Red Velvet does best is release fun summer songs and Red Flavour was no exception. It was a fun, upbeat song with a kooky video that just screams Red Velvet. The first ten seconds of the song would have you hooked and you'll be stuck singing it for the rest of the summer. The only thing I found weird about it was that they were interviewing fruit 😅 but this is kpop and nothing should phase me anymore.

ONE- heyahe

I was anticipations so much and I definitely wasn't disappointed. I remember when I first saw ONE, in the video for 1PUNCH's Turn Me Back. TBH, I really wanted to see more from this duo, my they ran their course and now they've both released music of their own. I was so happy when YG decided to sign him because I knew he'd fit in just well at YG Ent. The video and song for heyahe was just so pleasing in every way possible and I loved all of the visual effects as well 💯

Zico- ANTI ft. G-Soul 

There's never gonna be a song from Zico that I don't like and ANTI was no exception and it was just made better by having G.Soul's sweet vocals. There's so much happening in the video that I know what's going on exactly but at the same time, I feel like if I'm missing something (I won't confuse you guys with my stupid understanding of the video either 😅) but if you haven't seen or heard this song, then you should definitely give this, and Artist, a listen 😊

Jessi- Gucci

My girl Jessi is back at it again with another killer rap song. She's definitely on of my favourite rappers, both in and out of kpop. The entire song is fun and you can tell that she was enjoying herself during this comeback. Did you see her live performances? She looked sooo happy to be performing on music shows :'). So go and show my girl Jessi some love

EXO- Ko Ko Bop

"Shimmy shimmy Ko Ko Bop. I think I like that~". That will forever and always be stuck in my head. Being very honest, I wasn't feeling this comeback from the teasers. I felt like if SM was pushing EXO to do the most and I felt like if their Lotto comeback was just yesterday (I was also being salty because Lay wasn't gonna be promoting with them this time), but I decided to give the song a listen and I'm so happy I gave it a chance. I love the reggae vibe and the beat drops and the dancing…I could go on forever 😅. I also watched them on Knowing Bros., and I really forgot how much I love seeing EXO on variety shows; I felt like I was sent back to 2014, when I was really getting into kpop and I had just come across EXO (and I was smitten) and I remembered all the fun times from EXO Showtime. :")

K.A.R.D- Hola Hola

They've finally debuted! I'm so happy for them! I really expected something a little bit different because this really seemed like their previous songs but I can't find it in my heart to hate on K.A.R.D. It was a song that got so well into summer and it was a great debut song. I was also blown away by my girl Jiwoo and her rap 😁. But this is a great song, it had a great video and I wish K.A.R.D all the best in the future!

Stella Jang- Vanishing Paycheque

Now, this song was released back in April, but I just heard it this month (I'm mad at myself for not finding this earlier), but, it's a great song with a great melody and awesome lyrics. I love songs like this. For some reason, this song reminds me of Ivy Levan's music, but just not as flambouyant (if that's even the right word to use there). It's like if Charli XCX or Lana Del Rey sang an Ivy Levan song; like pop meets indie meets jazz meets soul. (I'm not comparing these women at all, I'm just saying that I get the same vibe from their music). Also, I connect with this song on a spiritual level because my paycheques always vanish after I'm done with my bills)

Honourable Mentions

Bang Yongguk- Yamazaki

Day6- Hi Hello

Xiumin & Mark- Young & Free

ONE- Gettin' By

Zico- Artist

Dreamcatcher- Fly High

Monsta X- Newton

JJ Project- Tomorrow, Today

Jay Park- Yacht ft. Sik-k

June Favourites

Hey there everyone! I almost didn’t remember to make this because I’ve been so busy with school but I finally got a grip and now I’m ahead on my work (which means free time for me!!)

So let’s jump right into it!

Dramas

So in June, I started one drama called Circle: Two Worlds Connected. It’s amazingly good and I like it a lot because it doesn’t follow the general kdrama formula. It legit has me on the edge of my seat each time I watch an episode. I haven’t finished it as yet but I’m on episode 7 out of 12 and I hope to finish it by the end of the week! Now, I don’t want to say too much about it (mainly, I can’t say much about it because this showing has been constantly flipping the script on me and I’m just starting to figure out what really going on), but what I can tell you for sure is that each episode is split into two parts: the present (Beta Project) and the future (Brave New World), there’s a couple scenes from the past as well that are integral to the plot, but because of this, be prepared for double cliffhangers! The show also features Yeo Jin Goo (Orange Marmalade), Kang Seung Yeon (My Shy Boss), An Woo Yeon (Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon), Lee Kikwang (Beast/Highlight) and Kim Kang Woo (The Treacherous)

Circle: Two Worlds Connected

K-pop

Sik-K- party (Shut Down)

My. Man. Did. It. Again! 2017 is definitely Sik-k’s year! I remember like 2 years ago or so when I first heard his song Now You Tell Me/No Bluffin’, since then I’ve been hooked. And he’s just been dropping amazing song after amazing song! His albums (Flip and H.A.L.F) are super legit as well, plus all the songs he features on are to die for. Now, this had me grooving my butt off,then he hit me with dem high notes (my inner thirsty-ness was immediately awoken) and then he had Crush on the track as well which just slayed my existence. Sik-k is a really great; very promising performer and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future! Please give him lots of love!

G-Dragon- Untitled, 2014

GD came at me hard with this comeback (now I didn’t listen to the other song, idk why, I just didn’t). There’s not much I wanna say about this song except for the fact that GD really showed us that he’s a well rounded artist. The song is amazing and it sounds very sweet (It’ll make you catch feelings out of nowhere)

NCT 127- Cherry Bomb

I’M THE BIGGEST HIT! I’M THE BIGGEST HIT ON THIS STAGE! Every time an NCT subunit comes back or debuts, they kill me. They always release exactly the type of music I love and Cherry Bomb was no exception. I loved the overall aesthetic and I love how their stylists didn’t do them dirty this time and they have great outfits and hair (not that I hated their past looks, I’m just really pleased with this Cherry Bomb era look). The dancing was on point too (I wish i could dance like that). My babe, Jaehyun was looking fluffy and hot at the same time as usual (idk how he does that), my bby Donghyuk is growing up so quick 😭 and last but not least Mark’s raps have just been getting sooo good since High School Rapper, his rapping in this song was so on point, not gonna lie 👌

Blackpink- As If It’s Your Last

My girls BLΛƆKPIИK are back and they’re as beautiful as ever! They were so cute in this MV and I was shook all the way through. Aside from the dancing and the song itself (which were amazing btw), I was so pleasantly surprised to hear Jennie singing! And then Jennie and Jisoo were so cute throughout this whole video. Plus rose with that natural hair colour and Lalisa with that red hair out here killing everyone 😅.

UV X Shindong- Marry Man

S.M Station was the best thing to happen to S.M Ent. I love the freedom it gives to its own artists to create the kind of music they wanna make and I love how other artists who aren’t from S.M get to gain reputation by their music being put out by one of the Big 3 of Korean music. That being said, this song was a riot! I love the 80’s/90’s sound that it had (I picked up on a bit of trot music as well but I’m not too sure about that). The costumes and antics and choreography of Shindong and UV made this music video even more enjoyable as well!

Honourable Mentions

Day6- I Smile

Monsta X- Shine Forever

Mamamoo- Yes I Am

In other great news, K.A.R.D has announced their debut date (July 19th)! I can’t wait to see what they’re gonna hit us with next and I hope they get lots of love with their debut!

≖May Favourites≖

I was considering skipping this month because I didn’t really get the chance to listen to a lot of kpop or watch a lot if drama because I recently started college (future doctor!)

(I haven’t listened to Sistar’s new song either. My heart refuses to believe that they’re disbanding. All my faves have been disbanded, like History and the The Legend)

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April Favourites

Dramas 

I didn’t start any new dramas this month, I just continued watching those I started in March (mostly just Ten Miles Of Peach Blossoms). I did however, start a show I’ve been hunting for since forever. It’s Called Potato Star 2013QR3, it’s super hilarious but it has its sad and serious moments. It stars Go Kyung-Po and at first that was the only reason I wanted watch it but as I watched, the other characters grew on me quickly. Potato Star has a lot more episode than your regular kdrama (120 to be exact) but the episodes are short so it shouldn’t take too long to finish if you do decide to watch it.

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March Favourites

In March, aside from kpop, I started and finished some Korean and Chinese dramas.

Dramas 

I started watching ‘Missing Nine’ and ‘Tomorrow With You’ late last month. I haven’t seen much episodes yet but these two dramas are looking amazing so far. The mystery and suspense of ‘Missing Nine’ has hooked me and I found the time travel aspect of ‘Tomorrow With You’ very intriguing.

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