Nassun’s New Haircut?!

OH MY FISHSTICKS, NASSUN CUT HIS HAIR AND SHAVED HIS GOATEE!

I seriously CANNOT imagine this guy:

…who rapped for Hyori in ‘U-Go-Girl’, to end up actually looking like this:

DANG, he’s cute! I mean, maybe not exactly the best out there, but compared to his old hairstyle, I have to say this is a big improvement and surprise! I used to think he looked pretty weird and old, but now he definately looks younger and less like a rich hobo.

I hope to see more of him now! Before I really disliked him, but now that I think of it, it wasn’t because of lack of rapping talent or anything, it was mostly his appearance that threw me off and left me disinterested.

Though I think his old look was a sort of trademark of his. I’m afraid I won’t be able to recognize him anymore . It’s possible this could affect his carreer if others can’t recognize him as well,but I guess that’s just some of the cons when you get a new look to look normal!

Anyways, here are some pics to reminense on the horrible days when Nassun had long hair:

Who knew under all that long, permed hair and goatee, there would be a cutie?

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Modern Hanboks

A hanbok is a traditional Korean dress:

For as long as I could remember, I loved hanboks. I’ve actually never worn one (well, I did when I was 100 days old, but that’s a Korean traditional and honestly, I don’t remember that so it doesn’t count), but there’s this beauty and essence of the hanbok that appeals to me. Sure, maybe I’d never wear it in public unless it’s with or amongst Koreans, but I still find it beautiful.

When I was watching a music show, KARA was performing when I saw them with most prettiest, cutest outfits ever. MODERNIZED HANBOKS! I’ve heard of hanboks being modernized but was honestly not interested until I saw KARA wear one.

I’m seriously digging everything about this style of modern hanbok. The shade of pink, the design in the skirt and jeogori, length of skirt, style of the skirt, and even the little accesories like what’s in the hair and on their jeogori.

After seeing KARA wear modern hanboks, I started my search to find modern hanboks with the kind of flair that I liked.

This is one that I find truely beautiful and inspiring. The earth tones and way the skirt was layered just leaves me speechless at the pure beauty. Whenever I see this hanbok I think of the different elements and life of nature. Sky, flower, water, earth. There’s so much life in this modern hanbok that never seizes to amaze me. Even the position of the bow flatters the dress.

I had no idea SNSD had also worn modern hanboks! Although these aren’t ones that I’m completely in love with, you have to admit that the hanboks are rather cute. I find that modern hanboks with shorter skirts (ones that don’t cover the legs completly) leaves a cute, girlish image that makes me wish I could buy one too! And the shoes in this picture definately top it all off!

Is it just me or does Taeyeon kind of remind you of Kikyou from Inuyasha here in this picture? I guess it’s just the clothes and bangs that are making me think that…not that I think that’s bad! It’s just something I wanted to point out. I like the touch of gold trim/print on the bottom because that gives a traditional feel.
I really like the way the top/jeogori was made in this. It looks very modern and feminine.
I also like the way this top looks. Plus the fabric design in the skirt is so pretty!
I find this one really cute because it almost looks like a traditional hanbok, yet you can tell it isn’t one. I can’t really describe it, but I definately find it cute. Especially the color scheme.
This is my favorite one out of the bunch. The way the skirt looks pleated and so naturally wrinkled, yet still elegent despite that, has a nice vintage/old feel. I also like the puffed sleeves. I don’t normally enjoy the salmon shade of pink that the skirt has, but in this outfit it works well.
Overall, a traditional looking hanbok with modern touches here and there that makes it unique.
A nice bubbly modern hanbok that fits Tiffany’s image well.
I don’t know why, but I get a sort of Chinese vibe from this modern hanbok. I guess it might be because of the vibrant red with a top that has a Chinese influence feel to it? But I’m in no way hating on this nice modern hanbok!
Besides Jessica’s hanbok, I also love this one! I think it’s something about how the colors match so well together, with the print on the whole hanbok adding a nice touch it it.  
Please do not think that I was hating on some of the members because I didn’t say much about their hanboks. I like some of the modern hanboks more than others but that doesn’t mean I dislike any of the members of SNSD. Please no bashing about their personality. This is a blog article about their modern hanboks, NOT how they act and whatnot.
If you have any pics or tips about more female Korean celebs wearing modern hanboks,  just leave a comment about it!
Also, this is all my opinion! I am in NO WAY a professional hanbok critic or anything.  I’m just a half Korean girl who loves to embrace her Korean side and share her views with others 🙂

Haircut experience results with some DBSK fangirling

I was getting my hair cut the other day when I noticed a familiar song playing in the hairshop while the guy was cutting my hair.

It was killing me that I couldn’t quite place what the song was since it was super familiar, but halfway though the song it struck me; it was ‘Stand By U’ by Tohoshinki!

It was totally unexpected since this is a hair cutting salon IN Korea. I never expected them to play a Japanese song! Afterwards, I kept my ears open for any more Tohoshinki or J-Pop songs, but none. ‘Stand By U’ was the only Japanese song they played while I was there.

Reason I didn’t recongize the song immediately is because I actually haven’t heard the song in it’s entirety, nonetheless listening to it at all unless it’s on accident (because you know how the BigEast station will play it sometimes and when they’re on variety shows there will be a little preview of the song).

The reason why I haven’t heard ‘Stand By U’ yet is because I’m waiting to purchase the album. If I listen to a song online then I’m extremely tempted to download it and thus, I won’t feel like buying the album. I’m a fan who can’t help but want to buy the albums ^^

In Korea, DBSK’s Japanese albums won’t be released until nearly a month after the Jap. release, so I have to wait for the Korean ver. to come out before I can buy any of their Jap. albums.

On a random note, the guy who was cutting my hair started talking to me in Korean and although I had an idea of what he was saying, I couldn’t reply since my Korean is limited when talking (I can understand more than I can speak XP). It was funny since he asked me something in Korean and in English I replied, “Err…I speak English. Not Korean.” and I don’t think he understood, though maybe he got that I didn’t speak Korean? 

My mom was there with me since she’s the one who’s sort of like a translator for me XD (you know, since she’s Korean and speaks the language?), so he asked my mom why I didn’t speak Korean and she told him that I was from the USA. Then he asked her who she was to me (okay, bad wording, but I don’t know how to word it more politely. Only that he was asking what sort of relationship we had?) and she said we were mother-daughter. I think he seemed shocked since he didn’t expect a Korean woman to have a daughter who didn’t speak Korean XPPP 

And that was my haircutting experience here in Korea. It was fun since they served free drink and it came in glass cups shaped like a woman’s nude body (the boobs, butt, and everything XD Well, it wasn’t detailed, just sort of the outline of the body, but my immature little brothers found it hilarious. I would have taken a pic but I didn’t have my camera that time :()

New Pair of Shoes

I recently got a new pair of shoes and everytime I see them/wear them, I think of the song ‘Fire’ by 2NE1 and ‘Hot Issue’ by 4minute. Mostly ‘Fire’ though more than ‘Hot Issue’.

I wonder why?

2NE1: Screencap of Space Ver. MV of Fire

2NE1: Screencap of Space Ver. MV of 'Fire'

4minute

4minute Single Cover

My shoes

My shoes

Another view of my shoes.

Another view of my shoes.

Trip to Seoul = DBSK GOODNESS

Although I live in Korea, I live a little far from Seoul, so I don’t go often. When I do though, it’s pretty interesting.

A couple days ago, I went to Lotte World with friends and afterwards, we shopped a bit. I decided to stop by a music store to see if they had any DBSK albums. I wasn’t expecting much since it was a really small store,  lost in the sea of other boutiques and stores. But they happened to have every single album O_O. I was tempted to buy some of their earlier albums (such as Tri-Angle and “O”), but I didn’t have that much money so I had to pass *tear*. I wanted to purchase their Japanese album ‘Share the World’ and the store had both the CD + DVD so I bought it.

While the cashier was ringing it up (he was an elderly man), he told me in Korean, “Since you bought Dong Bang Shin Ki’s album, I can see you’re a fan so I’ll give you a free Dong Bang Shin Ki poster.” <——— OMG!!!!!!!! I DIED INSIDE FROM FANGIRLING IN MY MIND.

He went to the corner of the store (trust me, it’s a small store, the cashier is in one corner of the store while he went to a different corner and it was only 4 or 5 steps away) and he gave me a free poster!!! Two of my friends were jealous because they’re also DBSK fans XD Not as big as me though (no, I don’t mean that to sound cocky or anything. But seriously, the one who likes DBSK likes SHINee and Fly to the Sky better and the other friend loves DBSK’s music but doesn’t really know much about them personality and life-wise), but they’re fans nonetheless, so they were jealous, hehehe 🙂

He gave me the Version C poster from the MIROTIC album. I was probably blushing so much from the shock XD I guess he knew I was a fan since I bought one of their albums from Japan while in Korea. Plus, I might have fangirled just a tinsy winsy bit too much when I saw the shelf full of DBSK albums ^^;;; But OMG, I’m still soooo glad I bought the album there!!! I’m not going to use the poster yet since I’m moving soon, but once I go to the new house, I’m definately hanging it up 😀 I have the Ver. B Mirotic poster already hanging in my room, but let me tell you, the Ver. C poster DEFINATELY blows it away. Ver. C poster is so beautiful and just WOOOOW *_* I was seriously thanking the elderly Korean man in both Korean and English A LOT.

Version C MIROTIC Poster (credits to yesasia for the pic)

Version C MIROTIC Poster (credits to yesasia for the pic)

Man, next time I go to Seoul I want to go to that music store again. Not to get any more free DBSK stuff or anything, but because that man really touched me in my heart. No joke. I’m tempted to buy more DBSK albums and other K-Pop albums from that music store again (actually, I was going to buy SNSD’s ‘Genie’ album but I decided not to, and I cancelled that purchase before he gave me the free poster so afterwards I felt a bit guilty). If only I can go there again. But I’m stuck with music stores where the variety of DBSK albums is not very wide 😦 Plus, I thought if you bought the Ver. C MIROTIC album, then you’d get the poster but apparently not. I remember purchasing Ver. B at the same store that I got Ver.  C and it came with the Ver. B poster with the purchase of the album. Oh well…I’m just happy that I got a free poster unexpectedly while having a fun trip to Seoul with close friends ^_^

Big Bang’s T.O.P on 2% Juice Can

I’m a huge DBSK lover, don’t get me wrong, but Big Bang is what got my into K-Pop. With ‘Lies’ and ‘Last Farewell’ being one of the first K-Pop songs I heard and got hooked onto, it’s no surprise that Big Bang would still have some sort of impact on me, fangirl-wise.

Anyways, so my mom went to the store to buy my brother some juice and later on, before I cleaned the table of trash, I happened to spot a half-empty 2% can (for those who don’t know, 2% is a juice brand in Korea). When I picked it up to throw it away, I spotted TOP *o* Let me tell you, I almost died since T.O.P is my MOST FAVORITE BIG BANG MEMBER OF ALL TIME. I knew they were promoting 2% and actually, while hanging out with friends, I bought a can (without knowing Big Bang was on it) with both Seungri and another member on it (sorry, I wasn’t paying much attention since I was too busy fangirling over the fact I got something with Big Bang on it ^^;  It might have been GD…), but I wasn’t expecting my little brother to get a can of 2% with TOP on it!

As a fangirl, I couldn’t resist taking pics of the can. Maybe one day I’ll go to the store and buy all the cans of each member…just because XP