2015-01-26

Music | EPIK HIGH & The Return Of Superman

Decided to update here a little bit despite of my busy IB life.

Recently I have an unhealthy obsession towards a Korean hip-hop band. (I have been really into K-pop nowadays haha)

LEMME INTRODUCE YOU: EPIK HIGH


Epik High (Hangul: 에픽하이) is a South Korean alternative hip-hop group from Seoul, composed of Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz. The group is known for combining different styles of hip hop, along with different musical genres and collaborations on each album.

--Wikipedia

Their latest album "Shoebox" has earned its first No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart, which is pretty damn impressive.




I was introduced to EPIK HIGH after watching a South Korean KBS reality-variety show called "The Return of Superman". 

Celebrity dads are left to care for their kids alone for 48 hours without the help of anyone, while their wives leave the home to enjoy some relaxing time off.The wives are shown leaving the home before the 48 hours begins and coming back to greet their family once the 48 hours have ended. During the 48 hours the dads and children are either doing a task the wives have written out for the dads to complete or the dads exploring new activities with their kids. Occasionally celebrity friends of the dads will stop by to interact with the kids. 

-- Wikipedia


Haru, daughter of the leader of EPIK HIGH, Tablo is my favourite. Her obsession towards fish is just too cute. If you watch the episode from the beginning to the end you'll realise that their relationships are getting closer. Tablo is such a great dad as he has done such a good job raising a sweet, caring and cute daughter like Haru.

 Her love towards Mulgogi (fish in Korean language)




She is an animal lover too.



She sings Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips" which makes me love her even more!



Andddd, how can I forget to mention that Haru is G-Dragon's No. 1 fangirl?!


and this, she just turn me into her biggest fan ever <3

I'm so sad for the fact that they are leaving the show right after I discovered them ;_;


seriously, how did she recite that impromptu mini poem about family just like that? Such a genius!

Life was hard for Tablo years ago when a controversy about his education in Stanford University. It was a shock to me as not many artists are able to study in such a prestigious institution.

Daniel Seon Woong Lee, better known in Korea as recording artist Tablo, graduated from Stanford with a seemingly uncontroversial record: two English degrees, a bachelor’s in 2001 and a master’s in 2002. But over the past six months, an Internet campaign has launched attacking Lee’s credentials and, he says, threatening him and his family.
Epik High, became aware of the allegations that he was not a Stanford graduate in March, when he began receiving threats to his Twitter account. The sources of the attacks were netizens–vocal participants in an online community–who question the validity of Lee’s Stanford degrees. An intervention from Stanford Registrar Tom Black and a letter from English professor Tobias Wolff did little to help stop the movement.
--Stanford Daily

After knowing that Tablo has gone through all these, he gained my respect not only as an artist, but also as an individual as a whole. I'm so glad that he has a great family and a job that he is passionate about.

Talking about EPIK HIGH, my favourite songs from them are "Happy Ending", "Up", "Don't Hate Me" and "Born Hater".


An unofficial video with english translation



They perform great live too!



Full album "Shoebox"

Enjoy the good music :)

2015-01-17

Music | Eyes, Nose, Lips.





WHAT NOT TO LOVE <3

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IAs, ToK essay and Extended Essay are driving me nuts. 

God bless my soul.

2015-01-13

Art is everywhere.



Watch this video. This man has inspired me in so many ways. I create art either using watercolours on paper or digital arts on Photoshop. He uses a typewriter. 

God is good. HE will never forsake HIS people.

Hope this inspires you as well.

2015-01-08

Dandioy's Video | Sea / Rain / Solitude




海// The Sea
她喜欢看海 She likes the sight of the sea
希腊蓝的天空和海洋,The blue sky and ocean of Greece,
和纯白色的海浪,and its pure white waves,
蓝白相间,the alternation between blue and white,
有象牙白的沙子。it’s as if the sand was made of ivory.

她喜欢光着脚丫 She likes to walk barefoot
感受海浪的拥抱,to feel the gentle touch of the waves
享受沙粒流过脚趾缝的感觉。and enjoy the flow of sand between her toes.
她喜欢在沙土上画画,She likes to draw on the sand
快乐,也许就是这么简单的吧?Happiness, can it be so simple?
她也喜欢在礁石上坐着,She also likes to sit on the reef
闭上眼睛聆听海浪的所进行的交响乐。and close her eyes and listen to the symphony of the waves.
她喜欢海浪的潮汐,She likes the movement of the tides
海水退潮涨潮的节奏,The ebbing rhythm of the water
紧紧地牵萦着她的心跳。Closely following the beating of her heart.
像个小孩,In the manner of a child
她会在海边嬉戏。she will play by the seaside
像个小孩,In the manner of a child,
她回归单纯。She returns to innocence. 

她喜欢在礁石上坐着,She likes to sit on the reef
闭上眼睛聆听海浪的所进行的交响乐。and close her eyes and listen to the symphony of the waves.
她喜欢海浪的潮汐,She likes the movement of the tides
海水退潮涨潮的节奏,The ebbing rhythm of the water
紧紧地牵萦着她的心跳。Closely following the beating of her heart.
她也喜欢海风,She also likes the sea breeze
她总是张开双臂,Always with her arms open
展开手掌,Exposing her palm
感受海风在手指间穿梭的感觉。To feel the sensations of the sea breeze between her fingers.

雨//
她喜欢下雨天,She likes the rainy days,
雨水滴滴答答的声音,the sounds of the constant dripping of raindrops,
总是能够抚慰她的难过。always able to overcome her sorrows.
撑伞雨中漫步的姿势,The way she walks in the middle of the rain with an umbrella,
是她和雨水交流的方式。Is her way of communicating with the rain.

她喜欢看着依偎在车窗上的雨滴,She likes to look at the raindrops on the window
也就是因为这样,Because of this,
她总是挑选靠窗的位子。She always chooses a window seat
遥望着车窗外的姿势,The posture of her looking out into the distance
就是她观看世界的方式。Is her way of viewing the world

人//
她享受孤独,She enjoys solitude
偶尔,sometimes
她喜欢一个人回荡于人海之间,she likes a person who wanders in the crowd
她总是静静地观察着这个世界,always, she watches the world quietly
她总是在想,always, she is thinking
宇宙之浩瀚,of the vastness of the universe
世界之伟大,of the largeness of the world
缘分之奇妙,and the wonderful nature of fate,
是什么神秘力量,this curious force
把人联系在一起, that brings people together
抑或是什么张力,or this tension
主宰着分分合合。that dominates our separations and reunions.


又想着,Still thinking
自己到底是一个怎样的存在。of what kind of existence does one live.

她总是在思考 总是在冥想 She’s always thinking, always contemplating.
或许有天她会找到她想找到的答案,Perhaps there will be a day in which she finds the answer she has been looking for
或许那天根本不会到来,or maybe that day will never come
但最重要的还是,But the most importantly, we should be
感受世界,experiencing the world
活在当下,living in the moment
享受美好,enjoying beauty
感悟人生。and living life.

不是吗?Isn’t that so?


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这个video是在新加坡录的。录制这个影片时的心情是蛮随性的。说真的,起初我真的不知道要表达什么,就是走走拍拍录录。一些零零碎碎的片段就像是我头脑里凌乱的思路,像是拼图,要一点一滴的凑合起来,才知道整体的图案是什么。

The video was recorded in Singapore. Honestly speaking, when I was recording some of the scenes, I really don't know what kind of video I want to make, or what kind of message I want to convey. All I do is record what I see and what I think is beautiful. Luckily, inspirations kick in in the middle of the night when I was doing my homework. I have decided to narrate the video in Mandarin because first, it is my mother tongue and my thoughts are basically all in Mandarin, second, I thought my mind could be fully expressed using this language. Some meaning of the video might lost in translation but it's okay. I think I like the outcome.

不能说这个影片我很是满意,但我觉得心情有表达到就好。

希望大家喜欢。

Hope you guys like it.

P/s: Thank you Adrian and Ivanna for the translation.

2015-01-07

HELLO 2015 // K-POP

First thing first, HAPPY NEW YEAR! :D 

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

I really hope that 2015 will be a fantastic year for me, since two of my lucky numbers are in it. (1 & 5) This year, I have decided not to have any new year resolutions even though it has been a tradition for me to write those resolutions in my blog annually. The new year resolutions just did not work for me and super ineffective. Thus this year I have decided to make GOALS instead of RESOLUTIONS. Besides, I am going to set a theme for 2015. Basically this is my way of setting a goal for myself so that I can live out for the rest of that year. When I am hesitating about my decisions, I will refer back to my theme and do what it tells me to do.

This year theme is:

Do one thing every day that scares me. Be fearless and live with no regrets.

I have realised that the main source of my misery mostly come from my fear. I am too afraid to do things that I am supposed to do. I avoid facing my problems and I run away from them. I hide away and make problems even worse. This year, I am going to make a difference. I want to do something I want to do secretly and live with no regrets.

Honestly, I really wanted to be in a band. I wanted to be the vocalist / guitarist. (Even though singing and performing are not my forté) That would be so cool. I should totally do this after IB. Also, I really wanted to draw more paintings, film more videos and write more blog posts this year. Oh, not to forget, I want to love more people. I have came to a realisation that, I don't express my love towards people, I just hide it instead. Showing more acts of love is my goal. 

What are your goals this year? :)

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Recently I had fallen in love with a Korean boy band, BIGBANG. I have always been an anti towards K-pop because they are often stereotyped as people who have gone through plastic surgeries to enhance their looks. (and they almost look the same) Besides I have no interest in songs that are sung in a language that I don't understand. However BIGBANG had changed my mind and this started with a song by one of the BIGBANG member, Taeyang, 'Nose, Eyes, Lips'. The moment I listened to the first melody of the song I had been completely captivated by his voice. And because of him, I started to watch other music videos from other group members, such as G-Dragon, Seungri, T.O.P and Daesung. I used to be so stubborn when it comes to K-pop. Maybe these days I have became more open-minded towards new things, that's why I started to appreciate K-pop. Finding out that they are super talented in what they are doing, I'm now a VIP. (fan name for BIGBANG) 


Taeyang is my bias tho <3 Ahhhh his smiling eyes are so cute.


Kbye.
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