So the end of a year is approaching. I’m relaxing in my air-conned apartment, ignoring things I should probably be doing before that 1-year mark actually hits. I realize that I’ve neglected this space, opting instead to climb mountains and say goodbyes to great friends.
I’ve made a list of my top ten favorite things in Korea. I plan to dedicate a page to each as I cross each remain work day from my calendar. Stay tuned (tune in is probably the better phrase).
P.S. I took finally took a picture I am legitimately proud of:
One of the few pictures I've taken that faintly suggests I know what I'm doing with a camera.
I’ve been grading a slew of journals tonight, but I had to pause to share this horrifying entry. This is from Amy II, a 10 year-old at my school:
Let me introduce my school life to you. I’m satisfied with my school life. And, I made my life a hell when I was a elementary school senior.
But, now my kid has has completely adjusted to school life.
So, I’m relax. ^^ [sic]
K-pop is equal parts glamour, swagger, and absurdity. I eat it up like my main man, mayonnaise. Unfortunately, I can’t listen to Korean music around my English students, and I don’t own a radio. So, the only time I really discover new k-pop is while at bars and clubs. Luckily, my clique’s favorite haunt in Anam, Kingstraw: Fusion Conestoga Wagon, has massive flatscreens that blast the latest and greatest the ghost of King Sejong has to offer. Last night, I discovered 3 new jams. Behold
BigBang, Tonight. The heavy-hitters return after a supposed two-year hiatus (one of the members may have been serving their military conscription). Tonight seems to be along the same lines as GD & TOP’s album, in other words, awesome. [Edit: Apparently the video hosted on BigBang’s Youtube channel isn’t available stateside. Try this vijeo instead, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beLeeg_gnnU]
JTONG, 구구 가가 (GuGu GaGa). Jtong appears to be a rapper out of Busan, and possible a member of some group reffered to as Illest Konfusion. I’m not sure what he yelling about here, but it seems he is calling most k-pop artists babies, thus the baby-talk title. Anyway, he’s angry, the video is grayscale, there are lots of chains, and he has a mohawk. Wins all around.
JYPark, Itaewon Freedom. I just don’t fucking know. I’m not even sure of the artists name. “Where is Nam-san tower?” This is hilarious and infectiously catchy. This cannot be unseen.
Things I like to see: MN hip-hop (or any MN artist, really) gettin’ big props on the iTunes Store mainpage. RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT, YOU KNOW THE NAME?
I actually brought up the store to buy this very album. I didn’t think it would be so easy. So it goes (nobody died, though).
Tonight’s conquest from HomePlus. Needless to say, the beer selection has improved drastically since August. To quote Bruno Mars, “Grenade.”
You’ve seen the still version. Now soak in all that meaty, grilly goodness in a rapidly changing series of 1280×720-pixel images, set to a soundtrack of some guys performing a cover of a song by some other, more well-known guys. Enjoy the blairwitchesque proof that spring is finally rearing it’s awe-inspiring head (awe can be used interchangeably with galbi).