After seeing Crystal’s kpop list, I decided to make my own to get ready for my trip to Seoul! I’ve been a kpop fan since my freshman year of college and let’s just say, I can get pretty hardcore when it comes to fangirling. Just ask Mark. He witnessed me at a kpop concert and he was… amazed.
If you’re interested in an introduction to kpop, here are few songs from my favorite artists that I love. I tried to find songs from groups I don’t fangirl over, but I ended up with this list. If you’re not interested in an introduction to kpop, then you may click the ‘x’ on your tab.
Taeyang – Wedding Dress
This is also my top favorite music video. It’s just so heartbreaking. I cried when I read the translation for this song.
2NE1 – I’m the Best
2NE1 is my favorite girl group. I love how their style and songs are unlike any girl group out there. I always listen to this song before I have to do something out of my comfort zone to give me confidence (my JET interview, speeches, etc.). This is such a fierce song.
2NE1 – Ugly
Okay, 2NE1 gets another song on my list because, well I love them and I love this song. The first time I ever heard this song, I cried. It was basically what I was feeling at the time. I think I’m ugly and nobody wants to love me… I’m all alone. I’m always all alone. This was before I met Mark and I was lacking confidence in myself. However, this song has a simple, but powerful underlying message, to be yourself.
CN Blue – Intuition
I love CN Blue. I’d list all their songs if I could. The end.
MBLAQ – Cry
This is definitely near the top on my list of favorite kpop songs. I love how much emotion they put into singing this song, that I can feel how heartbreaking it is. Not to mention, they’re dancing in the rain…
Yesung – Waiting for You
Yesung is one of my favorite Korean idols and I just love this song and his voice.
I hope you enjoyed this little introduction to kpop. If you ever have any questions or want any recommendations, just ask! I’ll try to be as unbiased as I can, but I can’t guarantee it… I really can’t believe that I’m leaving in two days! I’m so excited!
I just discovered the Travel Tuesday link up headed by A Compass Rose and Found Love, Now What? and I was excited! I really wanted to take part of this link up because, as you may know, I love to travel. I’ve traveled a ton since I was young and have so many stories and pictures that I probably will never be able to show. Sad face. Because of this link up, it has inspired me to post more of my past travels! The purpose of this link up is to basically talk about travel. Past, present, future, dream vacations, you name it.
The first trip that popped into my mind when I saw this link up was my Korea trip. This was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had so far in my life and I love sharing it. It’s impossible for me to go through my whole trip since soooo much happened and I have like 50 bajillion pictures, so I chose pictures that show the diversity of my trip.
I studied abroad in Seoul for 2 months at Yonsei University during the summer of 2011 and was able to do a lot of traveling around Seoul and other cities throughout South Korea. Lets just say my trip was probably a lot different than most of your trips will be. I’m a huge fan of kpop, so everything related to that took up a great amount of time. However! That was not the only thing I did there. There were so many palaces, museums, restaurants, shopping areas, and parks to visit. My friends and I were never bored.
Hello North Korea! I technically crossed over into North Korea through that blue building on the left. Half of the building is in SK and the other half is in NK. So yes, I’ve stepped into North Korea. How many people can say that? This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and like nothing I’ve ever done before. It was, honestly, kind of scary.
And I have to add this… OMG IT’S YESUNG!!!!! I saw him at the grand opening of Handel and Gretel and it was amazing. I trekked through a typhoon go to the cafe and was totally not expecting for him to show up. I WAS FROZEN. I couldn’t move. He was right there in person. He brushed right past me and it was so magical!! My friend and I were going to leave right after we got our drinks, but he came right after ordered. OMG PERFECT TIMING. This was probably the highlight of my trip. No joke. I will save you all the spazzing, because I already wrote a post about it on my Korea blog. If you have no idea what I’m talking about and you want to know, you should read that post. You’ll definitely see a different side of me (pwahaha)!
Do any of you know who Yesung is? Because if you do, we’re already best friends :) Also have any of you studied abroad?