Friday, November 15, 2013

Fangirl Friday #5: Comeback

In this part of Fangirl Friday, I am going to talk about the artist who are coming back to the K-pop scene. Of course there are a lot of artist, so the ones who I will talk about are the one that I know or the one that catches my eyes.

Please note that I am NOT a music or k-pop expert. Anything stated in this post is based solely from my subjective opinion.
 
Taeyang - "Ringa Linga"
 
 
Even though I am not much fan of Big Bang, I pretty much follow them when they comeback (or when one of the members comeback). This song is a bit different with Taeyang's previous solo singles, like "I Need A Girl" and "Wedding Dress". In my opinion, this song really sound a lot like Big Bang, doesn't it? But of course, Taeyang is a talented singer, and I guess he wants to try something new.  
 
M&N (Miryo&Narsha) - "Tonight"
 
 
A sub-unit from Brown Eyed Girls (BEG) !!! Just like Big Bang, I am not much a fan of BEG. But it is a really great group, and I adore their voices. The first time I heard the song, I am hooked. Narsha has an angelic voice and Miryo's rap is no doubt, awesome. I can't wait to see they perform it live (will they promote this or?) 
 
Davichi - "The Letter"
 

Davichi is well-known for their beautiful voices. This song too proves just how beautiful their voices are. This song is not particularly my jam though, because it sounds so ballad (and reminds me of sad OST). 

Miss A - "Hush"
 

I have a mixed feeling about this song. Like, this song is good, but it feels like it is missing something. Or is it just my odd feeling? When I first heard the song, I am not that intrigued. But, the more I listen to it, the more I think that it is actually pretty good.
 
NC.A - "Oh My God"
 
 
Even though her stage name is quite weird (like i thought it was read en-ssi-ei but it is actually en-ssi-(y)a) and she is very young (sixteen!!!), but she has a unique voice and she is too cute. I watched a lot of her live performances back then and I think she still has to work on that aspect. But of course, she's got lots of potential. Tbh, I was a bit confused whether NC.A is a solo singer or a band because she once performed with a band.

Bonus! 
 
I am too excited for EXO Showtime! I think I should start a new feature to discuss about EXO (or SHINee) weekly, but that will be too much. So, that's a wrap for now, bye!

Cheers,
Filicia


Saturday, November 02, 2013

Reminiscence


still my favorite project so far



Photos of my old projects. Taken from phone's camera and previously posted in my instagram too.
Indonesian BATIK for color theory subject // 100 variety of ORANGE for vcd 1 subject.

Cheers,
Filicia

Friday, November 01, 2013

Fangirl Friday #4: The Boys Are Here

I missed out the Fangirl Friday last week because I was busy with other things. No worry, I am back  again ^^ Because I talked about the girls previously, I think it's just fair to talk about the boys now.

Please note that I am NOT a music or k-pop expert. Anything stated in this post is based solely from my subjective opinion.

Kim Jaejoong - "Just Another Girl"


The first impression: neither the song nor the video is my favorite. The song sounds more K-rock rather than K-pop I guess. Jaejoong truly shows which path is he walking, continuing his music choice with "Mine". The song kinda reminds me of C.N.Blue songs, or probably it is because of the band, I don't know. His English, well, I believe he missed some of the pronunciation. Now that I have listened it few more times, it actually doesn't sound that bad. But still, I don't like the music video.


K. Will - "You Don't Know Love"


I have the urge to say this. This song this video, it is sooooo K. Will (who else will it be). K. Will and ballad love song with a touch of R&B are match made in heaven. The video is super cute even though the model's acting is not that good, but I still like it. And I love the room though, oh how much I wish I have that kind of bedroom (and house) haha. K. Will's songs always make me feel like all the flowers are blooming and it is forever spring.


Trouble Maker - "Now"


When this duo first debuted, I thought they will only be a one-time-project. I never expected that they will do a comeback. When I watch music video, to be honest, I am distracted to focus only on the video that I don't remember the song at all, partly because this kind of video is quite rare in K-pop. but the scene where two cars are drove in circle and they both dance in the middle is kinda odd though. The song is pretty good though I prefer their debut song. I watched the live performance, and they seem so tired because the performance is not that powerful.


While we are at it, I have some more to talk about. I can't can't wait for the full video of this teaser to be released.

JIN - "Gone"

The teaser excites me due to the fact that Xiumin is the main actor here with Yujong (she is so pretty). The music video looks very very interesting, I just can't wait to see the whole MV. The song though reminds me of drama soundtrack, but let's wait til the full song (and video) is revealed. 


Bonus of the day is the hilarious Taemin randomly covers EXO-K's MAMA song featuring Key's ridiculous laugh.



And, if you aren't aware, EXO is going to have their own reality show!!!

EXO SHOWTIME



Cheers,
Filicia
 
 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

I doodle that picture for my penpal in Japan. I doodle it based on what she talked about to me in the letter. She told me that she has two cats. Also she told me that she doesn't like vegetable especially tomato and bell pepper ^^

Too bad we don't have a Halloween tradition in my country. Some shopping malls do celebrate it though, but it's not as fun as knocking your neighbor's door and shouting TRICK OR TREAT, i guess.


Some other doodles that I made this month.







A portrait doodle of a selca that I took with my roommates //  A lame fanart of Luhan and Sehun from EXO during SM Town in Beijing

Cheers,
Filicia

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Snailmail

Let's talk about Snaimail!

These past few months, I have been into this activity called snailmail. I come across this while scrolling through my instagram feed. The moment I saw it, I knew it would be my jam. I learn about it a little, and I thought it is not enough, so I spent my time googling and learning more about how this thing works.


Basically snailmail is just sending and receiving letter to a friend from all around the world. You can write to your friend who lived far from you or you can find a completely new friend. It is really fun! One special thing is that the letter is handwritten, how sweet is that to send and receive something you write by yourself. Often times, penpals send some goodies, stationery, little snacks or treats, and anything that fits inside a letter to the other penpals. It's like going back to the old days but this time with lots more creativity and fun things to share!

So, I gather all the courage to start finding people to instagram and asking whether they want to be penpal or not. There are many sites that offer you the possibilities to find new penpal, but most of them are just interested in online penpals (or is it me who doesn't search diligently? hehe). As for me, I prefer to go to the #penpal or #penpalwanted tags. Remember to always ask politely and do not feel bad if someone refuses to be your penpal. Do not hesitate to write first, it will be a good experience! :)

Here are some of the incoming letters from past 2 months. Because I am still learning, I don't want to take too many penpals. Another thing is I am pretty slow in replying (my bad) but that's because I want to put more effort to make the letter special.
 

I am still new to this, so I would love to learn and hear more from everyone. I can't wait to talk more about my new hobby. Let your creative juices flow, and send more mails! 

Cheers,
Filicia

P.S. Please excuse my inconsistency in my photo tone.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cooking? Cooking! #1: 3 Ways to Serve Your Toast

Hello guys! Introducing you to a new feature called 'Cooking? Cooking!' The name is inspired by old Super Junior H song. Watch the funny video here! I did not get to touch the kitchen until I was in high school (i guess) because, the family is too afraid I will burn the house down no kidding. That's why I was really suck in cooking, well I still am, but I think I am improving haha. So, this feature will show you EASY RECIPES that anyone can cook. Trust me!


Oh and please note, the picture here are taken from my phone so, sorry the picture quality sucks. 


For the first installment if this feature, I am going to show you 3 ways to serve your toast. It can be sweet or savory, it can be hot or cold, it is really up to you! The variation has no limit.

For the main ingredients, you only need 2 things! Bread and butter. How simple is that? yay!

For the toast here is what you want to do:
-Spread butter on both side of the bread.
-Preheat your pan with small heat. Just wait for less than a minute for your pan to be hot enough.
-Spread enough butter on your pan and then put the bread.
-Cook each side until the color turns into brown and the skin becomes crisp.
-Your toast is ready to be served!


If you like it sweet and chill, all you have to do is just scoop a generous amount of your favorite ice-cream and sprinkle some colorful chocolate rice, and enjoy!



If  you are kind of hungry and not sure you like it sweet or savory, this is a good option for you. I have two toasts here. On one side of the first toast, I spread some sugar and on another I spread some chocolate rice (super delicious!). I also boiled an egg and fried two sausages with butter. You might want to add milk or orange juice in the corner. This is also perfect for brunch!


The last one is inspired by Euginie Kitchen's recipe. Her 3 and 5 ingredients recipes are simple and I would really love to try more of her recipes in the future. Instead of baguette and bacon, I use bread and sausages. I love this baguette/toast idea, super creative and easy! Too bad we don't have bacon here or else it will be perfect.

So, are you ready to serve your toast? Yay.

Cheers,
Filicia

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Obsessed

I am obsessed with red. Yes, that's my favorite color. I am obsessed with EXO. Yes, they are my current favorite idol. So, what happens when I combine my obsessions?




I doodle! Haha, and I refuse to use any other color beside black and red. Don't ask me why. The answer is there in the first sentence.

I drew these on my A5 sketchbook with cheap black and red markers. I am saving money to buy copic (someday, hopefully). I scanned them in my A4 printer-scanner and that's why there are grey area around the doodles. Initially, I wanted to crop the grey area, but I think the grey area has its own charm so I leave it just like that.

Cheers,
Filicia

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fangirl Friday #3: GIRLS' ATTACK part 2!

Because the previous post was long enough and I don't want you to get bored, let us now talk about the female solo artists! They all stand by themselves but they all have their own charm and power to shine.

Please note that I am NOT a music or k-pop expert. Anything stated in this post is based solely from my subjective opinion.

 Seo In-Young (feat. Gaeko of Dynamic Duo) - 'Love Again'



Okay, moment of truth, at first, I don't know who she is, at all. I first watched her performance in Music Bank and she performed nearly the end of the show, proofing that she must be a popular or senior actress. Turns out to be both. I did a little research and apparently she is the former member of Jewelry, a female group. 

Because I first hears this song through live performance, I get more and more attached every week. I think this is a cheerful song and the dance with the handkerchief is cute. Now that I have watched the MV, it turns out that it has no dancing scene at all. The lighting is so beautiful and Seo InYoung herself is so pretty. All in all, a song that you won't regret to hear.


KAHI (feat. Dumbfounded)  - "It's ME'



Even though I am not a big fan of 'After School', but I know some of their songs and Kahi has always been my favorite member. I love how she shows the mature side of a woman not just by being sexy. I haven't watched the live performance though, but I saw a lot of boyish concept in the outfit and I think it suits Kahi really well.

The music, even though it is not really my jam, I think it sparks out Kahi's charm and talent aside of After School. I don't know what kind of genre is it called but I guess this is more like hip hop than pop. And no doubt that she is a great dancer, so, I am looking forward to watch more live performances.


Lim Kim (feat. Swings) - "Voice"




I fist heard her from the song 'All Right'. The first impression was, what? The song was odd and addicting at the same time. But she attracted me with her unique voice. Her voice has a character that is different with typical k-pop singers.

So I did a little research about her background. It turns out that she is one of the Superstar K3's finalist and her real name is Kim Yerim. She is actually in a duo called Two Months with Do Daeyeon. I believe they are supposed to debut together but due to some issues, she ended up debuting first.

Though she has just debuted, she has a unique charm and she is doing pretty well in music charts. Even though I like 'Rain' more than this song, still, this song is worth to hear. I am looking forward to Two Months debut. 


Cheers,
Filicia

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fangirl Friday #2: GIRLS' ATTACK

We are back with my favorite feature of the blog! Yay! This October, the K-pop scene undoubtedly is graced by the girls' power, either it is group or solo artist, they have all worked hard in order to show the best performance to us, fans.

For this week's feature, I am going to discuss about the female artists that I am actually not very familiar with, meaning that I won't be able to match a name with a face because sadly I am not good at memorizing. I didn't always follow the latest MV teaser or MV released. Most of the time I listened first through music shows (most of the time Music Bank) or download it then watch the MV later if I feel like (or sometimes I don't watch the MV at all).

Please note that I am NOT a music or k-pop expert. Anything stated in this post is based solely from my subjective opinion.

T-Ara "Number 9"



So, T-Ara is back with the original debut team with 6 members. For some Queens, this must be like going back to good ol' days, isn't it? Back then, when they were promoting one of their hit songs, I happen to watch their performance in a music show, I have to be honest no offense that their performance back then was sucks. I mean the dance is fine but the singing is just a big no. With this comeback, I don't have that high expectation. It turns out that their live performance is much better than before. Just one little thing that I would like to suggest is their facial expression. I don't quite get what image are they trying to show? Sexy? Creepy? Party? I don't know.

Music wise, the song is quite catchy, and the dance, although the choreography is not that complicated, it suits the song very well. I especially like the part where they put their hands near their ears. The weirdest part though is when one of the member sings "I'm headache, I'm headache, I'm headache" uhm, okay?


AOA - "Confused"



This time AOA is back with a sexy concept. Actually I have never known what are their concepts before because I have never watched any of AOA music videos before. BUT, I really really love their music. It is very rare because usually when I like one artist's music, I will watch their MV and learn their names (well I do know their names but I don't remember which one is who). I have AOA songs, from their debut song, 'Elvis', and then 'Get Out' (my favorite!) and then 'MOYA' (my super favorite I can listen to this all day) from AOA Black.

Compared to their previous songs, I think this is a little bit different than usual. Maybe because I have been too attached with 'MOYA' while this one emphasize more to the dance side of the group. This song though in my opinion is just a typical female K-pop song where the members wear same clothes and dance with the sexy moves. Not that the song is bad, it is a good song but I am not really into it.

Some parts that I like is the beginning where one member sings in English. Oh, and I like the rappers' voice. And I like the set where the girls wear black outfits with the yellow lights coming from the square holes on the back. 


9MUSES - "GUN"
 



Though I am not very familiar with 9Muses, I think I should discuss about this group too. They are known as a group consists of models, but I guess they are underrated, because their voice and dance are also good. Because I am not really into this group, the last song I recall hearing from them is 'Ticket' and no matter how much I deny it, the song is actually addicting.

For this song though, even though the music video does me no justice, I think the song is fun and this might be another addicting 9Muses' song that will stuck in my mind. The outfits in the MV though is kinda mixed up with the vintage one, the sexy one, and the rest. Nonetheless, the refrain is very addictive, 그렇게 만지작 만지작~

Unexpectedly, I have written such a long post, I will then talk about the female solo artist in the next part.

See you!

Cheers,
Filicia

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fangirl Friday: SHINee and IU

Hello fellas, I know it has been a long long time since I wrote here. But hey, I am back! I have been thinking about some new features for this blog and I believe this will be appropriate for my love towards K-pop.

Please note that I am NOT a music or k-pop expert. Anything stated in this post is based solely from my subjective opinion.




Anybody who has known me either in real life or stalk me in internet must have known just how much I love these guys, SHINee. They have just come back earlier this year and promote two albums which are 'Dream Girl' and 'Why So Serious?' in a row. After that, they release the second Japanese album with the single 'Breaking News' and promote a summer single, 'Boys Meet U'. Compiling 'The Misconception of You' and 'The Misconception of Me', SHINee released an album 'The Misconception of Us' which consists of songs from both album plus two new songs. SHINee too featured in the OST of Queen's Classroom with a cheerful song called 'Green Rain'.

I thought all Shawols have been spoiled enough.

I was wrong.

I didn't know what SM had in their mind but SHINee made another comeback this year with 'Everybody'. I have to say that I have a mixed feeling towards this. As much as I love SHINee, I think the boys had done so much and they should have taken rest or prolong the hiatus before the comeback.

Nonetheless, 'Everybody' is a very good song. One thing that I love from SM is how they explore SHINee with various genre and at the same time to show another mature side of SHINee. The song is not really my jam BUT the choreography is so damn awesome. No, you can not deny that SHINee is one of the boy group with best best best choreography and live performance. Period.

On the side note, prior to the release of  'Everybody' music video, SM released a lyric video of 'Symptoms' which happens to be a very beautiful beautiful song. 



I have no idea that this song will have a choreo, but it does! And it is one of the best follow-up song SHINee has ever had. Of course compared to 'Beautiful' and 'Sleepless Night', this song is much better.

If you haven't watched their comeback, then you should now.





Apart from SHINee, I really want to talk about IU too, but this post has been long enough so I will make it short. IU is one of my favorite female singer (beside Ailee!)

I really love her comeback and I always adore her voice and her songs. Even though her live performances are not always good, especially ones that requires her dancing.



I haven't listened to all the songs from the album, but I watched all 7 teasers that Loen gave prior to the release of the MV. I love the song 'Between The Lips' and I thought it will be the promoted song, then I realize it was too ballad. And oh yes, I am biased but the song 'Depression Clock' written by SHINee's Jonghyun and also featuring him is also a good song.

To have a sneak peek of her performance, watch the showcase here:



That's all for now fellow fangirls and fanboys. See you!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Prologue

One of my resolution for 2013 is to have 100 blog posts (at least) for this year. 3 months and 19 days have passed and my posts count stay on 3. Back then I was trying to calculate that if I want to make 100 blog posts, I need to post at least twice in a week, that way, in a total of 52  weeks, I can reach my goal.



But then, things seem to be not that easy. Especially with my laziness and my bad time management. Not to mention the fear that I have to restart blogging again. Some people might not know that I have a huge interest in blogwalking. I used to love fashion blogs so much but then I realized that's not what I actually like and will apply. I still read them but my attention has been pretty much stolen by diy and craft blogs.

Here in my country, people often associate diy and craft with mother's or (old) woman's hobbies. But I love them so much. I love the fact how a diy or craft project, no matter how simple it is will become a great inspiration as well as a very personalized statement stuff. And we can simply create (almost) everything according to our preference. Cool!

I read many many blogs and magazines. I (sometimes) watch TV shows and video tutorials. And I know that I want diy and craft to be parts of my blog. Despite of that, I love doodling so much that as a result, I take visual communication design as my major. I was quite shocked how the lecturers did not even know what doodling is. My classmates either. Well, what I tried to say is that all in all, you might see my doodling or my artworks here and there on this blog.

This blog will pretty much become the place where I share my thoughts, creativity, inspiration, artworks, projects and probably daily life. Reading blogs for many years, I learn many many tips on blogging (which unfortunately I have not been able to apply). One major thing that also consume part of my thoughts is Korean culture, specifically K-pop.

I listen to K-pop music, sometimes I watch Korean dramas, but most of the times I did not manage to watch the whole drama from the beginning until the end (unless if it's Yoon Si Yoon and I don't know why either). I update on the Korean artists' news and sometimes I throw my opinions a.k.a babbling insanely (usually on my twitter), meaning to say that I will obviously share my thoughts on Korean culture too here.

I am not much of a good writer. There are many good words in my brain but as soon as I typed it, it becomes so weird and it doesn't sound that beautiful. I want to take beautiful photos but I am very very very amateur in taking pictures, I am still learning though. The conclusion is, I want this blog to live long in order to connect me with many people. I am still trying to figure out how to organize and manage this blog, meaning that there will be a lot of changes here and there.

All in all, I appreciate everyone who comes to visit this blog. Deep in my heart, I want each of you to smile when you read and to have your spirits go up and up. Have a nice day :)

Cheers!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Lately, Life

Well, hello again there. I know I have been a very bad blogger all this time. I didn't post any single word or picture since my very first post right? I apologize. sniff sniff.

I have been staying at dormitory since I came back after my holiday. No, it's not that I love staying here so much, in fact I miss my home so much, I got sick two times in two weekends *sigh* My temperature got crazily high in the morning, the heat seems to all go up to my head and my neck while the rest of my hand and feet are so cold. But I'm all recovered now. Huray.

There have been so many assignments too lately. Oh well. Short semester and those projects and those meetings to attend and those upcoming exams. Yes people. Yes, I am going to face another mid-term exam. 

Ahhh, and my tooth hurts. Hik. I'm afraid that my wisdom tooth is going to grow, no? 

nuf blabbering. Got to do something else. Ciao!

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