JJ Lin’s Love U U

English in Asian songs are commonplace, but it never fails to make me cringe most of the time – that is unless the singer/songwriter grew up in an English speaking country or has studied it abroad. JJ Lin, a Singaporean singer is somewhat of an acception; the English in his songs aren’t horrible, though some things can be confusing. However, this song that I came across from him really bugged me. Love U U?? Who in the world came up with that? Although JJ usually writes and composes his songs, it all makes sense that he only composed this one. Or at least I hope he would never come up with something like ‘love u u’…

This song is from a movie titled Love U U (夏日樂悠悠) [2011], which you can watch here, starring Eddie Peng and Angelababy.

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Have You Taken Your O.W.L.s?

I used to be a humongous Harry Potter fan – after I joined the bandwagon late, that is, and only because my mom was so curious why so many people were crazy about the series, so she added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to my stack of books at the library. That started something that utterly consumed me – hello, fanfiction! – and I would start incorporating terms into my daily speech, not to mention a light British accent. Yes, I was a bit obsessed…

All right, I’ll be right there after I apparate on over – what are the coordinates again?

Okay. I kid. It was more like:

You know what? I wish I could disapparate and apparate. I could get anywhere in no time!

If only I could accio my laptop over to me right now…

If I could, I would crucio – wait, I don’t hate you THAT much – sectumsempra you right now!!!

But then life got ahead of me and I stopped having as much free time and once the last book was finished, it just decreased to a simmer, though I still made it to opening nights for the remaining Harry Potter films. However, I recently heard about the Real Life O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) – you know, sort of like the Pre-SAT’s (for those under the American education system)… or the SAT’s whereas I always saw the NEWTs as another form of the SATs and the GRE. They’re, of course, based on the books, among other things, and I decided that I must try it – however do note that the last day to take any of the O.W.L.s is on June 24th. There are a total of 12 O.W.L.s, one for each subject, though I’m sure you can choose which to take:

  • Muggle Studies
  • Potions
  • Ancient Runes
  • Magical Creatures
  • Arithmancy
  • Herbology
  • Astronomy
  • Charms
  • Transfiguration
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • History of Magic
  • Divination

Here’s the “homepage” screenshot:

As you can see, I already took Muggle Studies so it’s no longer on the list. I chose that one first because I thought it was be easy and I thought it wouldn’t take too long, but it isn’t all that easy. It asks you some obscure things that I even took to using my resources to help me out. O_O That’s all I’ll say on that. I’m planning on taking as much as I can before the deadline. So, if you want to add onto your workload or was a hardcore Harry Potter fan…

Click HERE to take your O.W.L.s!!!

(remember, the last day to take them is June 24th)

Yoga Lin’s “Forced Happiness”

Yoga Lin.

If you haven’t heard of him, shame on you. Okay, I’m joking. You probably haven’t heard of him unless you listen to contemporary, Chinese-language music, but I hope I made you feel just a little bad. Yoga (yes, very original name – I approve even though he probably got it from his Chinese name, but way better than Fish.. no offense intended as I do like some of her music) is a Taiwanese singer who began his singing career in 2007 and he’s only a year older than me. This is when I think of what I’ve accomplished in my life so far and ultimately decide that I really shouldn’t. What makes me like him is how he dabbles a bit in various music genres, not limiting himself to just one, including the usual hip-hop all the way to rock and even swing – not to mention his voice. I’ve always found it unique and soothing. In short, he’s awesome.

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King 2 Hearts

I enjoy a good amount of intrigue, action, and adventure in the forms of entertainment that I turn to, in addition to a bit of humor thrown in and the occasional bit of romance. So, when I heard about this new drama starring kick-butt Ha Ji Won from Secret Garden and Lee Seung Gi from My Girlfriend’s a Gumiho who play star-crossed lovers from North and South Korea, I was itching to watch. Sadly, I had to wait until it was finished before I could but after a week and a day of on-and-off watching around my schedule, I got to finishing it…

 


Title(s)
: The King 2 Hearts (더킹 투하츠), The King (더킹), King 2 Hearts (킹 투허츠)
Year: 2012
Links: dramawiki, dramabeans (major spoilers here)
Episodes: 20, around 1hr3m each
Cast
: Ha Ji Won, Lee Seung Gi, Jo Jung Suk, Lee Yoon Ji, Joon Je Moon, Lee Sung Min, Yoon Yeo Jung
Genre(s): Growing up, Romance, slight Intrigue/Suspense
Synopsis: This drama is set in modern day where South Korea is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Lee Jae Ha is a handsome and materialistic crown prince that doesn’t care about politics. He falls for Kim Hang Ah, a North Korean special forces agent.

[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD]

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HANNA, The Movie

I don’t know about you, but whenever I see the name “Hanna”, I think of the various variations that come with it: Hannah, the name of my childhood best friend, and Hana, the name of my coteacher back in Korea. Then it reminds me of “Anna”, my cousin’s name, but my mom occasionally adds an ‘h’ to the beginning, just for kicks. I’m sure it was unintentional, though.

In reality, though, this “Hanna” has no relation to the Hanna(h)s I’ve met in real life, because this one’s an awesome assassin in a European-American joint film production and is, therefore, only a temporary character. It seems pretty random, but it isn’t. While teaching elementary school kids in Korea, I amassed a good amount of films and other visually-stimulating files for them and myself. This one, however, I never intended to show any of my students. Anyway, I finally got to watch it last night when my Internet crashed and I only had my external hard drive to save me from insanity (I admit it: I’m addicted to my Internet).

Title: HANNA
Other Links: official site, imdb, wiki
Trailer: click here
Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): action, revenge thriller, smidge of mystery
Year: 2011
Starring: Saoirse Ronan (Irish; The Lovely Bones, Atonement), Eric Bana (Australian; Hulk, Troy, Star Trek [2009]), Cate Blanchett (Australian; The Lord of the Rings, The Aviator)
Synopsis: A 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

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JUNIEL and Yonghwa – Debut Single Duet

I admittedly tend to stay away from female singers. It’s not that I don’t appreciate them, but it’s because most some of them tend to have these really high-pitched voices that grate on my nerves or they try too hard to be cute. Perhaps it’s also because it strains my voice box too much when I try to reach those high notes when singing along, but that’s not the point. As a result, I find myself sticking to more androgynous type female celebrities if I do end up following them. However, there is one general exception: duets. I find that the male parts balance out the female one and I like contrasts and they’re usually cute (I really liked that duet by Wang Lee Hom and Candy Lo, because the male part was sung in Mandarin and the female parts in Cantonese; it helps that her voice doesn’t go too high).

Well, recently, there has been news of a new singer-songwriter by the name of JUNIEL (주니엘), who is apparently new to the Korean music scene but has already released a mini album (Ready Go) and a single album (Forever) in Japan, following her win on the Japanese version of American Idol, Niji Iro Supernova. Now, she’s signed under FNC Entertainment (under which both CN Blue and F.T. Island are signed under) and her debut album, titled My First June, is set to be released on June 7th.

The track list is as follows:
(01)  llla llla
(02) Ready Go!
(03) Everlasting Sunset
(04) Mask
(05) Stupid (with CN Blue’s Jung Yonghwa)

**links added 2012.06.08

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Norazo Surprises Once More

I’ve recently decided that Norazo (노라조) is one of my favorite Korean music acts. Sure, I started off listening to k-pop (even if you want to ignore it, it’s hard to when you lived in Korea and some of them are just so catchy that you can’t help but find yourself humming to it while doing the dishes one day – it happened to me), but I’ve recently gotten into looking up indie Korean groups. That was off topic, as Norazo isn’t an indie artist. By the way – the term “indie” when paired with a music artist’s name in Korea means “independent” – meaning they’re not signed to a particular company and is not a particular genre of music.

There isn’t much information on the group in English, but here’s the little that I gleaned from what I found (1, 2, 3, 4). Norazo’s a Korean rock (or “pop-rock” as this site says) duo, made up of members Jo Bin (real name: Jo Hyun-jun) born in 1974, and Lee Hyuk (real name: Lee Jae-yong), born in 1979.

Lee Hyuk (left) and Jo Bin (right).

Two meanings can be gleaned from the name Norazo (노라조): “play with me” from norajwo (놀아줘) and “bird earnestly blowing a [brass] horn” from nula’niao (努喇鳥). The latter sounds a bit awkward but what I have isn’t much better (a bird exerting strength to call out.. or something). The duo is famous for their unique lyrics and eccentric appearances.

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