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My friend Jenna and I both agreed to have date nights every week. We spend our time dancing to K-POP, talking about our biases, sharing a general dislike for the word "moist" and making food. We decided to make a Korean dish that we saw on an episode of SHINee's Hello Baby and it turned out great!
What you need to make Korean Rice Cake soup: one pound of rice cakes (definitely not the thin, airy snacks you're thinking of), six cups of meat broth (but since I'm a vegetarian we definitely substituted it with veggie broth), two scallions, two fried eggs, seaweed (but we didn't put it in since it gave it a fishy taste), soy sauce and pepper. You can find directions here.
Because I also bought kimchi while I was at the market, Jenna brought rice with her and we had rice on the side with the delicious, spicy kimchi. It was definitely a meal of champions since we added Italian bread as well. It is seriously one of the most delicious meals I have ever had.
Hopefully I'll have it again when I go to Korea in two years! :)
Afterwards we did dishes (which took forever) and then we made cute cupcakes. Hopefully I'll post photos of them tomorrow.
Have you tried any international foods lately? Post photos/recipes below!
There's a lot of "beginner's guides" out there but some of them are pretty boring. I decided I should make it fun and make a guide about something not a lot of people know about, which is why I created A Beginner's Guide to K-POP!
Korean pop music isn't just famous in Korea anymore. People all over the world (me included) are totally obsessed with Korean culture and have recently fallen in love with their pop music. South Korea is actually the country with the largest active boy pop-group; Super Junior with 13/15 members. The reason it's 13 or 15 will be below.
The music is a combination of pop, r&b, hip hop, and lots more. One of the newest K-POP groups, Nu'Est (haha) has a lot of dubstep influence but fall under the category of K-POP.
So lets get started, shall we?
If you are interested in the music, the group that is more famous at the moment is Super Junior. They are made up of 13/15 members, depending on who you ask. Technically there are 13 members, but SM Entertainment (the label) decided to open auditions in China and recruite two members to be a part of a Super Junior sub-group. Some fans consider Zhou Mi and Henry as members of Super Junior, but others say it's only the original 13.
Left to right: Donghae, Sungmin, Kibum*, Kangin*, Yesung, Heechul*(hat), Siwon, Han Geng*, Kyuhyun, Shindong, Leeteuk (Leader), Ryeowook, and Eunhyuk.
The other two members, Zhou Mi and Henry are not pictured. The reason for the astrics: Kibum is currently not in Super Junior because in 2009 he left to pursue his acting career and solo work. Although he still considers himself a part of Super Junior, the speculation of him returning to the group on their next album has not been confirmed. Kangin is currently in the military. Under South Korean law, every citizen has to spend two years in the military. Kangin left Super Junior two years ago and will be back next week! Heechul left to do his military business as well but because he didn't pass the requirements, he is currently doing forms of community service. Han Geng has gone through A LOT. He is no longer in Super Junior because he is originally from China and there were complications with his visa to Korea. He officially left in 2011 and has been working on his solo career in China.
Another famous group that people just getting into K-POP should know, is DBSK/TVXQ.
Left to Right: Junsu, Yoochun, Jaejoong, Changmin, and Yunho (Leader).
There's a lot of history to DBSK/TVXQ. In South Korea they go by DBSK - Dong Bang Shin Ki which means "Rising Gods of the East". The five members left training and came together in 2003, one of the oldest pop groups. Unfortunately, due to complications with their contracts, three of the members left DBSK. Jaejoong (middle), Yoochun, and Junsu (to the left) all left and became JYJ, which makes up their initials. DBSK currently makes music but with only two members, Changmin and Yunho. There is hope the five will become DBSK again but because the three left DBSK's label, some are thinking they won't allow it.
In regards to hip hop and r&b, a group that is very popular is Big Bang. Some of you might recognize their name as the winners at the EMA's for Best Worldwide Act, beating out Britney Spears!!
Left to right: G-Dragon(leader), Seungri, T.O.P., Daesung, and Taeyang
Big Bang is another group that has had to deal with a lot of drama. Just last year, G-Dragon was stuck in a controversy after he was caught smoking marijuana. In America we would say shame on you but let them continue their work. In South Korea it's almost a career-ruiner. During this time, Daesung had a horrible accident in his car and hit a motorist, which ended up killing him. Many people called him a murderer so he hid away from the public eye. Big Bang joined together after their horrible controversies and made a new album that came out this year. They're been together in 2006 and they have overcome all the drama to be the best hip hop group in South Korea to this day.
There's your beginner's guide to K-POP! I hope you liked it and I hope you're interested in learning more. I will definitely create more guides in the future!
Want to see more Korean men? Of course you do. Check out the 'Beautiful Faces of K-POP' here!
Want more K-POP? Join the K-POP Obsessed group I created for Buzznet!
Last night, (in Korean time at least), music groups got together for day one/part one of the 26th Golden Disk Awards held in Osaka, Japan. Super Junior's leader, Leeteuk, and Kara's Park Gyuri were the MC's of the event which made it a million times better since all SUJU fans know Teuk has a talent for MCing.
Super Junior, no stranger to winning awards, left the GDA with four awards! They won in the following categories: Disk Daesang, Disk Bonsang, Popularity award, and finally the MSN Japan award. Fans were so excited for Super Junior that they started trending on Twitter!
The members of Super Junior were extremely happy with their awards. The members who have Twitters did not hesitate to post photos of them posing with their awards and tweeting sweet messages to their fans. Kyuhyun, the maknae of the group, tweeted:
"Okay, here goes nothing. Thank you E.L.Fs and everyone else who loved and supported us ‘ugly ducklings’ Super Junior so that we can receive such awards. I don’t say things like this very often, but… I love you all ❤” (Translated from hangul)
(L t R) (top row) : Ryeowook, Yesung, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Kyuhyun, Leeteuk. (Bottom three): Donghae, Sungmin, and Siwon.
It's been a long, joyous ride supporting Super Junior! They've won so many awards since they debued in 2006 yet they continue to act as if it is their first win. They don't hold back the tears, letting everyone know how meaningful it is to them. That's definitely why Super Junior is so popular - they don't take anything for granted.
Want more KPop? Join the 'Kpop Obsessed' group!
Did you watch the awards show? What was your reaction to Super Junior taking home four awards?
Today, January 8th, is a wonderful day because it is none other than David Bowie's birthday! Surprisingly, the thin white duke is turning 65 today! I can't believe we've been blessed to have such an amazing man on this earth for so long!
Not only did David Bowie change the music industry for the better, he also changed film. He was the lead role in Jim Henson's Labyrinth as Jareth, The Goblin King. All Bowie fans either grew up with this movie or watched it as a result of his fame. Not only did he star alongside Jennifer Connelly, he also starred in The Man Who Fell To Earth. I remember when my sister went through a Bowie phase she asked for this movie and my parents didn't let me watch it. I cried because I just wanted to see beautiful David Bowie.
I'm really happy to say that I grew up with David Bowie. Ever since I can remember, I have been dancing my heart out to Dance Magic, which is the song David sang for The Labyrinth. Every time the song comes on I dance and sing. I also grew up listening to his music. It wasn't until a few years ago that I began to get more and more of his older stuff and I am extremely happy I did so. I stumbled upon my all-time favorite Bowie song which is Lady Grinning Soul. I plan on getting the Aladdin Sane silhouette tattooed (lightning strip visible, of course), with the title underneath it. He's a big part of my life and always will be. Thank you, David Bowie.
His music still plays as if it was newly released, and his photos are plastered everywhere. You can't walk into a classic film shop or a record shop without seeing Bowie's face. He's truly one of the most influential men in this world and I am so glad to be wishing him a happy and healthy 65th birthday.
Happy birthday David Bowie!
Think you know David Bowie? Take this quiz made by Rolling Stone to see how well you know the Thin White Duke!
When did you get into David Bowie? What's your favorite song of his?
Today is a wonderful day. Why? The guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold, Zacky Vengeance, was born this day 30 years ago! In case you didn't know, he is kind of the love of my life. So lets all celebrate this wonderful day and wish Zacky Baker a happy birthday full of cake, candy, Jack Daniels and lots of friends!
(more photos here)
I had the chance to meet him in 2007 (to all of you who know this, you knew this was coming!). I told him that I loved him cause I am a dork and he told me he loved me back haha. It was awesome and you can tell how excited I was. I bragged about it for days. And I still do sometimes.
Anyways, Zacky is one of my greatest influences because he helped me through a tough time in eighth grade. The entire school was against me and instead of being depressed and letting everyone put me down, I became a better person thanks to Zacky's famous quote, "The best revenge is bettering yourself". I plan on getting it tattooed somewhere when I have money and the guts to actually get a tattoo. My parents tell me I have to be moved out to get one, even if I am old enough and have the money to pay for it. Oh well! One day I shall have that quote on my skin.
So happy birthday Zacky! We all love you and admire you for your strength and talent. You're a great person who will continue to do great things! Have fun today!
While enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee with my friend on campus, we decided to head to Griffin Hall which is the newest building on NKU built and paid for by Dell (even though all the computers in the building are apple haha). Anyways, there is a giant marquee that usually posts information on stocks that illuminates the bottom floor. While sitting up on the balcony with my friend, she starts to laugh and mumbles something about "Korean music". Being a huge fan of Korean pop music I asked what she was talking about and she pointed to the marqeee. In neon blue, the marquee scrolls 'Korean pop music is out to conquer the world'. My jaw dropped.
First off, I have been absolutely obsessed with Korean pop music (K-pop) for a few months now, all thanks to my best friend. Pretty much all I do is listen to a few Korean bands/groups and talk about them. Not to mention my entire dash on Tumblr is always full of the beautiful Korean men who makes up K-pop groups. So when I see that NKU is talking about/posting Korean pop-music related things, I flip.
I posted a while back about how Korean music is definitely on the rise after pop/hip hop group Big Bang won 'Best Worldwide Act' at the MTV EMAs. Now that I see at a little university in Kentucky is talking about Korean pop music, I can't help but get excited about the explosion of this type of music.
If you're new to the whole foreign music, you have to look past the difference in the language. The music itself is absolutely amazing and quite frankly, better than America's pop music in my opinion (note I do not like any American pop music like Katy Perry, etc). I didn't really enjoy hip hop until I listened to Big Bang and Block B. So are you ready to listen to some good music? Watch the videos below!
Don't mind Joon being naked in the shower in the beginning. I'm sure you don't mind, though..
There are a lot of other k-pop groups out there but those are the ones I really like and am really into. They're pretty good ones to start out on, too. I'm not a huge fan of the girl k-pop groups, but there are a ton out there. Check them out!
Are you a fan of Korean-pop music? Do you think it's 'out to conquer the world'?
Oh the 60's. A time where I wish I was a teen/young adult so I could experience amazing bands performing live. I could have seen Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie and The Who in their prime. Every so often I get a little sad knowing I'll never get to see them but I made a playlist to make me feel like I'm in the 1960's! Check out my playlist below!
Space Oddity - David Bowie
The love of my life <3
Hello, I Love You - The Doors
I'm A Believer - The Monkees*
I got to see The Monkees this Summer and actually got to meet Davy Jones!
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
I fell in love with this song after reading Perks of Being a Wallflower. Since then I learned the flute part and have listened to it over and over on repeat. It was pretty much the soundtrack to my Summer.
Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel
Yet another song I found through Perks!
Dear Mr. Fantasy - Traffic
Pinball Wizard - The Who
Wild Thing - Jimi Hendrix
Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
California Dreamin' - Mamas and Papas
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Those are some of my favorites from the 1960's. What music from the 60's is your favorite?
Time sure does fly by. I remember rushing home from school so I could go out and buy My Chemical Romance's highly anticipated fourth concept album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. My Chem seemed to have fallen off the face of the Earth after they finished touring for their third album The Black Parade. But they came back with another concept album that blew all of us Killjoys out of the water on November 22nd, 2010.
They first released their amazing single 'Na Na Na', followed by the music video in October of 2010, which made every MCR fan's dreams come true. We all know they are influenced by comic books and have even written some of their own (Gerard and Mikey) so to see a video where they follow a hero/villain plot was amazing. Not to mention we all cried when they all died. COME ON, WHY DOES A MEMBER ALWAYS DIE IN YOUR VIDEOS? (i.e. Mikey in Ghost of You).
MCR fans were even more eager for their album with the release of 'The Only Hope for Me Is You', the second single from their album. Their third single from the album, 'Sing', was released less than twenty days before their album released on the 22nd. I remember how angry I was at MCR for making me want their album even more than I already did. Releasing three songs off the album before I could get my hands on it drove me insane.
But alas, one year ago today My Chemical Romance released their fourth album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. In my opinion, their best album yet.
Happy anniversary Danger Days! You definitely didn't disappoint!
Can you believe it's already been a year since we've had Party Poision, Jet Star, Kobra Kid, and Fun Ghoul?
If you aren't into watching television, what, what, what are you doing? You should be watching Parks and Recreation on Thursdays at 8:30 on NBC. If you're an Office fan, it's the half hour before the show so you might as well watch it! The show is absolutely brilliant. But don't take my word for it. Watch the videos below.
Tom and Donna
If you aren't convinced, something is wrong.
Who is your favorite character in Parks and Rec?
The 1950s was such a great era. Rock n' roll emerged from big band music from the 40s. During this era everyone was doing the jive and group dancing, which you see in movies like Grease. I really wish I had been alive because I am pretty sure I would have been a champion at dancing.
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue Got Married
Ray Charles - What'd I Say
The Coasters - Poison Ivy
Les Paul and Mary Ford - How High The Moon
Patti Page - The Tennessee Waltz
Bobby Day - Rockin' Robin
If you're a fan of The Office, you will think of Andy Bernard's version haha.
I love music from the 50s because of how talented the singers and musicians were. Just listen to Patti's voice! No one sings like that anymore. Not to mention all of the amazing harmonies in the songs. It's crazy how different music is now!
I'm pumped for the 1960s playlist (: My favorite era of music!!
What song do you like from the 1950s?