My Review of f(x) @ SMTown IV in Taiwan: I Miss f(x) – #IMISSFX

21 Mar

SMTOWN IV

This isn’t one of my informational articles. This isn’t an article that is truly objective at all. This isn’t a persuasive piece. This is simply me expressing a strong feeling and/or desire of mine.

SMTown IV Tour has recently made its way to Taiwan.

SMTown Live

I’ve been roaming online looking at all of the amazing pictures. Of course, I was searching for f(x). If you readers don’t know about f(x) (and my obsession with this group), take a detour:

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

You should have seen the wide grin that spread on my face when pictures of four members, all with busy schedules, managed to show up on stage and perform a set of songs from their albums:  “Jet”, “Vacance”, “Hot Summer”, “Rum Pum Pum Pum”, and “Red Light”. Amber, one of those members, also performed her solo song “Shake That Brass” and this time with SNSD (Girls’ Generation)’s Taeyeon.

Looking at my favorite K-pop group idols on that stage, I had a bittersweet moment. It was such a happy time, and yet, I could feel that it wasn’t going to last. It was over as quick as it had begun. f(x) was on the same stage for the first time in months, and then, afterwards, back to their usual separate schedules.

And that’s when reality set in. And my feelings… I just felt something. Guess what? I miss f(x). And four is just not enough. I MISS ALL FIVE MEMBERS.

The thing that really gets me is the fact that I just became a true blue fan of f(x) February 2014 (though I’ve been knowing about them since 2011). Because I’ve just become a fan, I feel like I didn’t really get a chance to know the girls as much as I would’ve liked.

My dream is to one day either see f(x) live in concert or BoA live in concert.

I have no control of circumstances. Things always change, and the ladies in f(x) are no exception. I’m in my 20s and I understand that, as adults, we all have choices. I understand that Sulli had to go on hiatus. I do. But last year was my first time experiencing an f(x) comeback. Those few weeks of anticipation meant so much to me. f(x)’s music has gotten me through rough times. Their music has cheered me up when I was down and even mellowed me out when I was hyped up. f(x) got me interested in Korean music, dramas, and ultimately, Korean culture.

With all of that being said, I REALLY am hoping for an f(x) comeback with ALL FIVE MEMBERS this year. Even if it’s the last one ever, I really do hope that I at least get one more chance to enjoy the true full-out f(x) experience.

Last year, I really fell in love with this group. Anyone who is into K-pop knows what I’m talking about. In fact, most of you fans are probably experiencing that “group idol comeback” bliss right now.

I hold on to that little hope of seeing them again. Seeing them on stage gives me hope.

There are two things that could stand in the way:

1) Fans, particularly Korean Netizens, Regarding Sulli

Last year, fans made things so difficult for Sulli she had to step away from the limelight. When Sulli went on hiatus, the comments and malicious rumors intensified. Even now, people will still have something crazy to say. As I said last year, her hiatus has less to do with SM and her boyfriend, and more to do with the way fans reacted to the situation of her dating a man who is older than her. Really, at the end of it all, the fans are the profits and they are the reason SM makes decisions the way they do. I worry that fans will tear the group apart. They will drive Sulli away and it will leave a sour patch in the f(x) group.

I was so happy when I saw Sulli with Luna at the Opening of the SM COEX Artium. I was extremely happy when I heard Sulli attended one of Amber’s performances at Inkigayo. And I was happy that Sulli appeared in High Cut magazine looking stunning.

f(x) Sulli and Luna

Sulli visits Amber

sulli high cut

I feel like this group has so much potential. I’d hate to see their gifts go to waste because of ridiculous scandals and negativity.

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna?

2) Krystal’s sister is out of SNSD (Girls’ Generation). What’s next for Krystal?

Krystal and Jessica were both asked to join SM at the same time. Jessica was older, so she was trained much sooner. With Krystal and Jessica working under the same label, the sisters were closer and had an easier time working on projects together. With Jessica out of SM, and in such a swift way, would Krystal want to stay under this label?

The sisters, despite being related, have their own individual careers to worry about. Krystal has grown and developed herself as an individual outside of Jessica’s shadow. BUT she may not feel the same toward the label after what happened to her sister. I’m a little worried that Krystal will try to join her sister and leave the group.

I really, really hope that Krystal doesn’t leave too soon. :(

I feel like I get involved in fandoms at all the worst times. :/ Back when the Spice Girls were popular, the moment I got into them, Geri left a few months after I became a fan. I became a huge fan of Avril Lavigne AFTER she toured my hometown. :( I almost won tickets to go see New Kids on the Block in my city. Too bad I didn’t learn about them until after the drawing…My tickets went to someone else.

Maybe I carry a shadow around me. Whenever I promote a group or artist, whenever I start to like something, it seems like I can never fully enjoy it.

I hope that this year will be a great year of K-pop for me. I really miss f(x). I want to see them on stage again, happy, showing off their skills, and giving us their “surprise” comebacks once more.

That’s all I wanted to say. I’m getting a bit sentimental here. :'(

 

Which f(x) Member Are YOU?

20 Mar

generationnext:

Which f(x) member are YOU most like?

Originally posted on Generation Next:

tumblr_m64x26eyfr1rw1et4o1_500

Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m f(x) obsessed. I can’t help it. I love this girl group. I can’t even explain why. Maybe it’s when I see them live, they just blow me away.

Or maybe when I see them interact with fans, I just fall in love with their personalities all over again.

Or maybe I just have ultimate respect from watching them in Amazing f(x) (bungee jumping and sky diving? How many females try that?).

Or I get entertained for hours watching them in Funny or Die

To my list of f(x) articles, I’m adding this one: the personality quiz!YAY!

f(x) has their own style f(x) has their own style

F(x) is known for their individual charms, and their distinct styles. I find f(x) to be bursting with individuality. Each girl let’s her own light shine, which is what I like.

As the saying goes, “There is someone out there for everybody.”…

View original 1,122 more words

#LastBrass Amber’s Final Stages For Shake That Brass-So Which Vocalist Was YOUR Favorite?

14 Mar

fx-amber-beautiful.jpg

Amber is the charming “tomboy” of the f(x) group.

To learn more about f(x): f(x), the Korean Spice Girls + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

Back in February, f(x)’s Amber released her first solo music video “Shake That Brass” featuring Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon. Soon after, Amber dropped her first solo album Beautiful. Amber has been getting a lot of attention for the music video as well as the album.

Shake That Brass MV-Unique in Kpop

Snap! Crackle! Pop! Amber’s Solo Album Drops

Amber’s Beautiful Album Review

The album showcased Amber’s “hidden” vocal abilities, as well as revealing personal sides to Amber’s personality, something fans never got the fullest extent of in her quintet group, f(x).

To see more of her talents: Just How Talented is f(x)’s Amber Liu?

The music video for “Shake That Brass” was known for it’s cameo appearances from other K-pop idols, revealing Amber’s social networking skills and popularity.

For the last three weeks, Amber has been performing “Shake That Brass” on several Korean music shows. Each stage has been a little different from the other. Though Amber featured with Taeyeon on the original track, she featured with other artists from SM Entertainment, YMC Entertainment, and Woollim Entertainment on stage.

So my question for you K-pop lovers is which feature did you like best?

This is not a question just to make any of the artists feel bad. All of the ladies who featured with Amber were amazingly talented, but they each had their own charm. I’m curious to know which performance impressed upon viewers the most, and I also want to know people’s opinions about each performance. Maybe you liked them all. Or maybe there was another artist that didn’t feature that you would have liked to see perform. Whatever it is, I want to know people’s opinions.

1) Amber featuring Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s Taeyeon

Taeyeon, of all the performers, carried the most confidence. It was pretty obvious that she was used to performing. She has an amazing voice that was well-suited to the song. Amber personally asked Taeyeon to feature in the song.

Taeyeon struck that balance between shining in the spotlight and supporting Amber. In her performance, she didn’t take over the music video, but when her part came, she made sure it was her best. She carried a hint of elegance about her, but her soft, melodious voice added a lovable charm that fit well with the song. She had a queen-like presence in the video.

During promotions, Taeyeon only featured in the video. But after promotions, at SM Town Taiwan, Taeyeon happened to perform the song with amber for the first time on stage.

2) Amber featuring Red Velvet’s Wendy

Rookie Wendy featured with Amber and did pretty well! This is probably Wendy’s first feature. As Amber’s junior, she obviously did well not to outshine Amber. Wendy has a very strong voice. What I appreciated about this performance was the fact that Wendy suited the hip-hop imagery better than the other features. Even her outfit fit well with the theme. Her use of caps made her blend in well with Amber as well. Amber dresses comfortably,  so Wendy adding a bit of “tomboy” in her look made it perfect.

As someone who carries a young and fresh vibe, this kind of song invites rookie artists like Wendy. I applaud her courage. She stood in for one of the most popular idols in K-pop, Taeyeon. She challenged herself, hitting those notes within the song. She also seems to carry a little sass about her, giving it her own unique charm. The cherry on top is that she speaks fluent English…

3) Amber featuring f(x)’s Luna

Luna was the third person to feature on Amber’s stage. It’s clear to see from the number of performances with Amber that Luna was in demand by fans. This is natural, considering Luna is from Amber’s group. Luna felt the most natural. Luna was more in sync with Amber, and it was clear to tell they have performed together before. Luna’s bubbly and upbeat personality fit well with the song. Of course, Luna is a vocalist. Her vocals suited the song well.

At the end of these performances, there are interesting interactions between Luna and Amber. Their close relationship is clearly obvious. To add, Luna’s outfits are just as quirky as Amber’s, which added that f(x) flair.

Though Amber said she really wanted to work with new people this time, for f(x) fans, it was a dream come true to at least see two members from the group together on the same stage. f(x) comes out with ONE comeback a year after all.

Amber featuring Ailee

This was the one and only performance Amber had with Ailee, and yet it was a powerful one. Ailee made the song her own rather than following the “standard”. Ailee is known as the “Beyonce of Korea”, and her vocals were clearly shown in this performance.

To add, her chemistry with Amber was noticeable. She and Amber are best friends, according to Amber. Rather than seeming like Ailee was featuring in the performance, it almost seemed like a fun duo between friends. This performance is so impressive, it’s hard not to watch it more than once. Amber and Ailee seemed really excited to be performing together, and this performance seemed like it was the most fun.

Ailee’s asset is also the fact that she speaks English very well.

Amber featuring Lovelyz’s Kei

Kei is even more of a rookie than Wendy, but she took up the challenge. Kei is probably more similar to Taeyeon as far as performances. Lovelyz sort of reminds me of SNSD. They both give off an element of “sweet charm”. The difference is that Kei is even more adorable! Her performance with Amber was charming as well as entertaining. That ending bit though! So charismatic! And very energetic! Kei brings so much energy to this performance.

Kei gives it her all with her vocals. Kei helped in providing the entertainment for our final “Last Brass” week. She gave her cute, “lovely” addition to it. It really suited the upbeat song well. She felt like the perfect girl to attract a young and lively crowd.

So now that the promotion weeks are coming to a close (hu hu :'(  ), I just have to ask: Which did you like? Give me reasons for why you liked that stage! Who would you have LIKED to see Amber perform with? I’ve heard a lot of people say f(x)’s Krystal…

Top 5 Youtube Comments That Are Annoying

7 Mar

youtubelogo2

Internet has become the new social hang-out. Many people spend most of their time browsing SNS. Youtube is one of those websites that receives a lot of traffic. I am one of those people who love to spend endless hours watching uploaded videos by both music artists and Youtube entertainers, like Nigahiga and IISuperwomanII.

But you all know that not everyone is mature enough to handle being on such a free website like Youtube. With a “comments’ section” and “reply” button freely available, people can say just about anything. Since just about anyone can have access to Youtube, you’ll find many people talking with one another, no matter the nation, history/background, ethnicity, gender, or age. These factors are also why discussions vary so much in their direction on Youtube.

Well, because of all of these random people on Youtube, there will be idiotic comments. I mean, Youtube is basically where “troll” and “spam” were born.

And as if trolls and spammers weren’t bad enough, some of the other most annoying comments may not be posted by spammers or trolls at all. Some of those annoying comments are by people who believe they are trying to strike up an engaging conversation, but fail miserably. Some of the most annoying comments are made by people who really just didn’t think a post through.

Now, I know all of us have posted something ignorant, something we didn’t really think about too deeply. But isn’t that kind of annoying to people?

With all of that being said, I’m just going to get straight to the point. There are FIVE types of Youtube comments that really ANNOY me (and possibly others).

1) “Well, this is my opinion, so stop talking to me.”/ “Well, that was their opinion, so why are you trying to convince them otherwise?”

My-Opinion

Usually this comment is made after someone posted a comment that many people disagreed with. Often, the comment either seems ignorant to readers or is highly critical of whatever video they are watching. Very seldom is the comment a comment of praise. Thus, this comment possibly provokes a negative response from the public.

However, instead of giving more justifiable reasons as to why they did/didn’t like the video (you know, supporting evidence), they would rather retort with “That’s my opinion, so stop responding to me”. And if someone among their posse wants to support them, they’ll say, “Well, that was their opinion, so why are you trying to convince them otherwise?”

Let me let you in on a little common sense. When you post something negative, even if it’s “your opinion”, you should expect it to spark a debate. After all, isn’t that what a REPLY button is for? So people can respond to your comments. If you don’t want people to respond to you, stop posting comments! I look at Youtube “opinions” as persuasive speeches. Why do people post their opinions for the whole world to see it? Why do people feel this is necessary? We post opinions to share ideas with OTHER people, right? We are not sharing it with ourselves, otherwise we would keep it TO OURSELVES. So, if a poster like this is willing to tell OTHER PEOPLE their opinion, those same people will respond to it. If a person posts looking for attention to their ideas, they will get it one way or another. But they shouldn’t expect all responses to be positive.

You know what’s really interesting? Lately, people no longer think that they are RESPONSIBLE for the things that they say. People today feel that they can say just about ANYTHING without anyone responding back, as if there are no consequences for expressing “opinions”. It’s as if they think having an opinion is a good reason why no one should respond to them.  It’s as if they feel they are the only ones entitled to an opinion. But if you have an opinion, shouldn’t someone be able to express their “opinion” about your opinion? And yes, if what you said truly was ignorant, people have the right to prove you otherwise!

Just_My_Opinion_by_mjranum

This is especially so because possibly what you said was so thoughtless, people might be trying to help you find the “light at the end of the tunnel”. People wouldn’t be responding to you if they didn’t know other sides of the story. Perhaps, in your observations of something, you missed the details that someone else picked up on. How else would you know the details you missed if people didn’t respond to your “opinions”? You would be left in ignorance. We learn by communicating and exchanging ideas with people. If you try to cut that off, guess what? You stay stupid.

Anyone is capable of changing their minds. It takes a mature person to admit they didn’t think a post through, and it takes maturity to actually consider what other people are saying. But again…A mixture of pride and immaturity keeps ignorance rampant on Youtube.

And then what will usually make this comment worse is when you call these people out on how ignorant they are being, and they respond, “Okay, it’s just Youtube, I don’t take internet that seriously.” Which is usually an indication that the person had no business posting a comment in the first place because they had no intention of being intelligent. They are thus letting the public know that the words that they post aren’t meant to be taken seriously, so basically they’re a troll. To me, it just means they suddenly realized how ignorant their comment was, but they didn’t know how to take responsibility for their ignorant comment. Thus, this was their best comeback.

2) “Well, if you don’t like the video, just don’t watch it.”/ “If you didn’t like the video, why did you watch it?”

stupid trolls

This is really one of the most annoying comments on Youtube. It is usually posted by a fan of the video in response to someone who criticized the video. The criticism might have been constructive or destructive, but the response the fan gave was not effective. Why isn’t this sort of comment effective?

Well, for starters, the comment is implying that “disliking” a video comes BEFORE watching a video. How would someone know they don’t like a video if they didn’t watch it first? A person is capable of learning about an artist and song that has just released, giving it a chance to see how it sounds, and then maybe, sometimes, discovering they don’t really like what they see or hear, right? Therefore, these are illogical responses.

Second, people have the right to comment and give criticism if they don’t like what they see or hear. Again, that is what a comments’ section is for. If you don’t agree with someone else’s negative comment, there are intelligent ways to combat it. But the above comments are not some of those ways.

3) “You are just a hater.”/ “You are just jealous.”

dumb pictures

“You are just a hater” is another ineffective response by a fan of a video, usually provided by females under the age of 16, but not exclusive to girls. Yea, there are people of all ages and genders who have responded this way.

Calling someone jealous isn’t always a bad response, especially if you are responding to someone who clearly is just hating or is really jealous of someone else’s success. But more often than not, most people are not commenting out of jealousy. I wouldn’t say everyone has a clear reason for hating something, but everyone has their own taste.

Just because someone criticizes something you like doesn’t mean they are just being a hater or are just jealous. In fact, it’s healthy to see both the pros and cons in everything. Being too negative shows a lack of maturity, but only seeing the good and never seeing the bad could show that person lacks discernment. So if someone says they don’t like something in a video, it doesn’t mean they are being a hater. They may have good solid reasons for why they didn’t like something.

The best response would be to ask why the person did not approve of the video and provide convincing arguments as to why they should reconsider their stand on the issue. If they refuse to see your side of the coin, then let them continue in their ignorance. But don’t stoop to that same level of ignorance with a comment like this.

4) “u is dum i cant beleiv this this why the world mess up”/You are contradicting yourself when you said you see blue as blue, but to some it is green”/”I said Attractive, Not Appealing, don’t put words in my mouth”

i see spelling errors

Don’t you hate those comments that try to call someone else dumb, and yet, the sentence structure definitely looks like a dummy wrote it?  If you are guilty of this, I have a word of advice: If you’re going to call someone dumb, you might want to start with educating yourself first on proper spelling and grammar…

In fact, all three of the above comments are people trying to point out the “dumb” in someone else, but obviously projecting their own issues.

I mean, I can’t say that I have the best grammar and spelling, but I at least try to make my sentences understandable.  And I hardly ever call anyone dumb on Youtube unless they try to attack me with comments like these. And then, I just can’t help myself. XD I’m sure other people feel the same way.

I can’t say that I’ve never contradicted myself, but I try not to use words out of their original context.

The third one is just…A lack of the person understanding how words with the same meaning are interchangeably used…

Therefore, these people irritate others.

You-are-so-dumb-you-are-really-dumb-fo-real

This reminds me of a little song called “Word Crimes”…

The second comment emphasizes another language error. The comment “you contradicted yourself when you said you see blue as blue, but some see it as green”. People love to fling around the words “contradiction” and “hypocritical” (and people do not even often know the difference between THESE words). But most people do not have the slightest idea what these words imply, and therefore end up using them way out of context. In a comment like the above, for me to say I personally believe blue is blue is exactly what it means. But for me to say that “some may think it is green” is an implication that I’m speaking on behalf of ANOTHER. A contradiction is for me to make a statement that contradicts or denies another statement made or the current statement being made. To say that “someone else” may think the color is green is not denying the FACT that I think the color is blue. Therefore, it is NOT a contradiction. It is me understanding that others do not see the world the same way I do, and therefore, I’m keeping the possibility open to that fact. But I still think the color is blue. This is just one example of a comment like this. These comments show the ignorance of the person who is using the word ‘contradiction’. My advice is for people to always keep a dictionary handy.

The third comment is just a lack of knowledge about both words. In cases like this, the comment is usually made by a person who is trying to prove that someone else is “trying to put words in their mouth”, BUT the comment fails to comprehend how the two words really mean the exact same thing! The words are interchangeable.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/appealing?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/appeal?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/attractive?s=t

To be appealing is to arouse interest, and to be attractive is to also arouse interest…They are very similar in meaning and can be used interchangeably. To correct a statement like this is petty and will more than likely not help you prove your point any more than you have been trying to.

The moral of the story is: If you’re going to call someone else out on dumb statements, don’t be dumb yourself.

5) “this song sucks. why does it have so many views? Serious delusional fans”/ “this singer (youtuber) sucks how do they have more views than ‘xyz’?”/ “They suck and I don’t have to explain myself”

youre-a-douche

I do not hate when someone gives an opinion, especially when that opinion is enlightening with useful descriptive details and sources to back it up. That’s fine.

But it gets really annoying when these sort of posters think OTHER people should think the way they do, and when people don’t, these posters want to call those people “delusional”.

As I mentioned before, being too accepting of everything DOES show a lack of discernment. But exaggerating how bad someone or something is, while ignoring convincing arguments that prove contrary, also makes you delusional. Definition of delusional —>Delusional

People are especially more than likely to call these posters haters and jealous (like the comment above) when they don’t give a GOOD reason why something is written off as “sucking”. I hate when someone says, “This sucks” and that is it. Can you provide a little more information? And when I ask that, these posters often say, “I don’t have to explain myself on the internet.” Then why did you post at all? You could have kept two minutes you spent typing two words to yourself…People can’t take these statements seriously, and it’s more than likely considered trolling.

This kind of post is usually provided by a male, but it’s not exclusive to them. Where women usually can enjoy a variety of different artists and can have fun with videos, some males tend to be a little more rigid in their choices. They have a hard time just “having fun” with a video, and tend to be a little mad when they see someone famous (especially when that someone is not them) for something they feel is gimmicky. Why do some posters hate when someone uses gimmicks to get famous? Deep in their subconscious, these posters see themselves in the underdogs, the people who work hard but can’t seem to make it famous. And yet, what the poster doesn’t realize is that as long as they side with the underdog, they will never accept someone who is famous, even if it was their favorite singer once before. The reality is people do not like to see others living a life of fame and glory, while the people who put them there are still on the bottom. These posters have experienced this feeling. It’s easy to tell.

Usually, it’s even easier to tell these comments are made by a male because another comment will be tacked on it: “The only people who like this artist are teenage girls”. Boys are not usually included in this conclusion…And it is used as an insult towards girls…

don_t_feed_the_troll-300x287

As if calling someone delusional isn’t bad enough, these posters often go around comparing this video with “xyz’s” (who can be anybody) video, making their whole comment seem like a big joke. It makes it pretty obvious they are trying to promote another Youtube channel by tearing the video down. They make obvious haters and/or attention seekers.

“How does this video have this many views?” If you’re wondering why a video you hate has so many views, ask yourself how you got there…Yea, you just added to the view count, buddy. I’m sure other people got there the same way you did.

Troll-No-Powers

So that’s all I wanted to share with you people. I guess I needed to vent. :P Leave me a comment and let me know some of the Youtube comments that annoy you. Or have you been guilty of making comments like the ones I’ve mentioned above? XD Please share your stories!

I’m Late But…#TheDress doe!

28 Feb

Yes, the internet is exploding about this DRESS. No one can seem to agree on the color of this one DRESS! And yes, I’m following this trend. I’m posting this post. How one DRESS can cause such an uproar is both sad and also fun! At least the news is positive, right?

The dress was originally posted by singer Caitlin McNeill who lives in Scotland. The picture was of a dress worn at her friend’s wedding. The dress was worn by the bride’s mother. She sent the picture to her daughter, the bride. The bride then showed the picture to her fiance. They suddenly disagreed with the color of the dress…It was posted on her fan page on Facebook, where the debate continued. Soon, celebrities like Taylor Swift and Anna Kendrick were trying to figure this out. Even K-pop star Amber Liu joined the debate!

Is this dress white and gold? Or Blue and Black?

To me, yes me, and many others, the dress looked white and gold. BUT it has been confirmed that #TheDress is BLUE AND BLACK. O.o Say what now?

How can this be happening? How can all of us see different colors? Are some of us really colorblind? Or was it the lighting? The shading? What is the answer?

Even experts have argued about why this strange phenomenon has occurred.

Wired , a news outlet with a “Science” section, even agrees that this image “hit some sort of perpetual boundary” in eye-vision science.

The science article from news outlet, Slate, really left an impression.

The brain lives in a bony shell. The completely light-tight nature of the skull renders this home a place of complete darkness. So the brain relies on the eyes to supply an image of the outside world, but there are many processing steps between the translation of light energy into electrical impulses that happens in the eye and the neural activity that corresponds to a conscious perception of the outside world. In other words, the brain is playing a game of telephone and—contrary to popular belief—our perception corresponds to the brain’s best guess of what is going on in the outside world, not necessarily to the way things actually are.

Because of this phenomenon, I only know one thing: This dress will probably be worth a lot. In fact, companies will try to start making their dresses like this! The dress actually is available in white and gold, red and black, and pink and black! The company that designed that dress, Roman Originals, is probably receiving all kinds of attention now. Scientists may even want to get hold of it to study it more. Would this be the new trend of wedding dresses for 2015?

Model Laura Coleman was the first to model THE DRESS and confirmed the color of THE DRESS. Because of the dress’s popularity, it’s now back in stock. XD

thedress

This got me thinking…What color are my dresses REALLY?

Come to think of it, I used to think Rapunzel’s dress from Tangled was pink…but everyone tells me it’s purple… Then again, when I look closer, it is both purple and pink…

Rapunzel

Anyway, back to THE DRESS.

the dress 2

What does the above dress look like to you? You decide!

But this is how it really looks:

the dress

O.o I haven’t been this dizzy since the debate on whether snow is blue or white came up in my science classes back in high school…

Snow Debate

You might ask, “Why does it matter?” It doesn’t now, but who knows. The answers behind ‘what we see’ could lead to other discoveries. Who knows…

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Who knew one dress could be the trending topic among so many people? Who knew one dress could teach us so much more about science? XD SNS, Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

f(x)’s Amber Opens Up About Herself on Mnet’s 4Gaji Show (4 Things Show) , Season 2: Episode 7

26 Feb

Amber’s appearance on Mnet’s 4Gaji has been circling everywhere across the internet. Many K-poppers get the chance to get inside the mind and heart of K-pop star Amber of f(x). Amber’s album just dropped more than a week ago, and already she has received attention for her “hidden” vocal abilities, her popularity within the music video “Shake That Brass”, and her very personal and intimate feelings in the song “Beautiful”. To promote the album, Amber has been performing on Korean music programs, has become involved in fan signing, and has allowed shows like After School Club and 4Gaji to understand the meaning behind her album even more.

Ailee, Got7’s Jackson, Miss A’s Min, Crayon Pop’s Ellin and Eric Nam, some of Amber’s closest friends, also reveal hidden secrets about the artist on the 4gaji show. Amber also shows us her new Music Video for her song “Beautiful”.

Check out the episode below if you missed it February 24!

http://www.ondemandkorea.com/4gaji-show-season2-e07.html?lang=en

Check out other articles about f(x) and Amber:

Just How Talented is Amber Liu?

Amber’s Music Video “Shake That Brass” is Unique for a Kpop Idol

Amber Beautiful Review

f(x), the Korean Spice Girls + Amber Liu In the Spotlight

SBS Roommate 룸메이트 Season 2 Honors f(x)’s Amber, Super Junior-M’s Henry, and Got7’s Bam Bam As Guests

17 Feb

Amber bam bam henry

Roommate is a popular show in Korea on the SBS Network that brings together many Korean celebrities/idols to stay at one house called the “Share House”. Roommate is in it’s second season.

Current Idols:

Lee Dong-wook

Jo Se-ho

Park Min-woo

Seo Kang-joon (5urprise)

Nana (After School)

Jackson Wang (GOT7)

Bae Jong-ok

Sunny (Girls’ Generation)

Heo Young-ji (KARA)

Lee Guk-joo

Ryohei Otani

Park Joon-hyung (g.o.d)

This time, three extra idols will be paying a visit to the Share House!

f(x)’s Amber, considered by most to be the most “popular K-pop idol” will be visiting in the midst of promoting her first solo debut album Beautiful. Amber is known to be close friends with Got7’s Jackson. But she generally knows everybody.

Got7’s Bam Bam is also joining as a guest. He is also close with Amber and, of course, fellow group mate Jackson Wang. Bam Bam is one of the “cutie” maknaes of Got7.

Henry from Super Junior-M apparently also knows Jackson well. Henry is also close with Amber and has collaborated with her on music projects before. Henry is known for his remarkably talented solo projects, including “1-4-3″, “Trap”, and “Fantastic”.

All three guests are foreigners, so they show a particular connection with the foreign residents of the house, particularly the two residents Jackson Wang and Park Joon Hyung.

Producers have already said the reunion of friends showed “infectious energy”. This is certainly an episode to look forward to!

Look for it to begin airing in March!

The New Ever After High Interactive Music Video…Is…Dope…

16 Feb

I’ve just got wind of the new interactive Ever After High Music Video. It is SO DOPE. It is way ahead of it’s time, and in fact, the start of something revolutionary! Imagine all of our music videos interactive like this! On Vevo! On Youtube!

Sure, it’s a music video for a doll brand, but that’s usually where all of the most innovative ideas come from: TOYS! Technology starts with the kids, right?

So, I think you guys should check it out. It’s pretty cool.

I wish Monster High had something this cool…

Check it out!

http://spellbind.in/16zyEFo

 

GN’s f(x) AMBER 엠버 #Beautiful Album Review ( #ShakeThatBrass )

14 Feb

With two months of tumultuous drama, f(x) Amber’s solo debut crept up on me! Before I know it, I hear that Amber’s ALBUM has dropped! I had heard that Amber’s solo was due to come out in February, but so much had happened, I was taken off guard. Anyway, I immediately purchased the album as soon as it dropped.

I suppose it’s a good thing I was so busy. Last year, when I was anticipating f(x)’s Red Light comeback, I was so anxious and excited, I couldn’t stand waiting.

This time, it showed up at the right time, right when I needed a smile on my face.

If you don’t know who f(x) is, read my article f(x), the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x)’s Amber is considered the “charming” tomboy of the f(x) group. She debuted with her group in 2009 and has garnered much attention since then.

Amber is one of the few females in K-pop who presents a “boyish”, or rather comfortable, image. Within f(x), she already stands out. But among other female K-pop idols, she is also very unique. This made her popular first. What added to this imagery, was her likable personality. Amber is known as a “social butterfly” in K-pop. Who DOESN’T know Amber? She knows everybody! She has featured in others’ music videos often, collaborated with several artists, is always asked to MC for shows, and everyone calls her “friend”. She is liked among her fellow idols, but also among those idols’ fans.

Amber has “layers” to her personality, and that makes her interesting. She’s funny, she’s always showing herself having fun, and she has the “heart of a teenage girl”, as one Korean radio station put it. In other words, she’s very youthful and high-spirited. She’s straightforward and down-to-earth, but has also shown herself to be understanding and open-minded. Although Amber has a tomboyish side (where she likes basketball, skateboarding, taekwondo, and wears baggy clothing), she has also shown more feminine sides to herself (where she enjoys cute doggies and stuffed animals, enjoys shopping, and doesn’t mind wearing heels here and there). All of these qualities make Amber interesting to people.

Amber has a “humble” air about her. She’s an idol, but acts like a fan. She’s a queen, but mingles with commoners. She’s a senior, but makes friends with rookie idols. She has many talents, but hides them quietly. K-poppers can only fall in love with her.

Thus, it was no surprise that Amber was the first f(x) member to go solo…

Well, it may have been shocking for some…

Amber is known as the “rapper” of the f(x) group. Many people only knew Amber as a rapper. Some other f(x) members, such as Luna and Krystal, were better known for their vocal and dancing abilities. To add, Amber never had the perfect female idol “look” or image. To add even more to that, Amber is from the USA. Her accent and language skills are not as fluent as some of the other members. Some people assumed Luna or Krystal would be the first to debut for these reasons.

So, there are some who don’t know what to expect from this album. I’ll bet people’s expectations are very low, which will be good. Why is this good? Because it will be fun to see the surprised look on many K-poppers’ faces when they actually hear this album.

The title of the album is Beautiful, which is the name of the first track on the album. It suits the album. I’ll explain why later…

First, like I do with every review, I want to review the debut as a whole. I usually start with the teaser images and overall packaging…Especially when it comes to f(x) and their members…

If you want to read reviews about f(x)’s other albums, click the links below:

Electric Shock Review

Pink Tape Review

Red Light Review

As you all may know (or not), f(x) is a group from “powerhouse” label SM Entertainment that pulled me into the Korean Wave officially. I’d always been interested in BoA since 2003, but I purchased more of her Japanese material than I did her Korean material (though I enjoyed both). I’d heard about f(x) on one of BoA’s fan websites. I didn’t initially take off with them…At first, I just couldn’t understand the big deal with the K-pop group craze. But then…

Amber. Yes. I was doing an article about androgynous fashion. I was super interested in that sort of look. Amber was one of the first women to pop up on google when I was looking up artists who embrace the style. My interest in her grew. Later, I found out she was from the USA, the same country I’m from. Her English made it easy for me to relate to her. Soon, I’d given many of f(x)’s songs a chance. I heard some good stuff.

f(x) is an unconventional group. In other words, you never know what to expect from them. I can honestly tell you to expect the unexpected when it comes to their solo debuts as well.

I explained more here —> Why I chose f(x)

So, yes, it seems that I might be a little bias in this article. But I just want to be honest: I will give it what I think it deserves. I may be a fan of f(x), but as most of my readers know, it doesn’t mean I thought everything f(x) came out with was perfect. You may have gathered that if you read the reviews above…

With all of that aside…

fx-amber-beautiful.jpg

Amber Liu solo

Amber Liu solo debut

fx amber beautiful

There is only one way of putting this debut: It’s very “Amber”. If you know Amber, she is lively, bold, and colorful. She presents herself confidently, even when she is not really feeling that way. The teaser images for Amber show Amber’s unique and humorous personality. She is seen wearing her usual comfortable clothing and everything is absolutely colorful. Amber’s favorite color is red, and so we see a lot of that color in the photos. Amber reveals her striking charisma throughout the debut.

Most people have seen the “Shake That Brass” MV that accompanies the album and promotes Amber’s debut.The MV has received a lot of attention for reflecting Amber’s personality to a “T”. Amber shows all of her interests: She plays basketball in the MV and hangs out with all of her friends. There is even a reference for her affectionate nickname given by fans, Llama.

Amber has stated in her mini biography: “Creating a stage where there are no restrictions is my dream. And it doesn’t even have to be on a real stage, a street is fine. Just as long as it’s a place where everyone can join in and have fun!” In this MV, Amber seems to be living out her dreams. The song and overall style of the MV is without the normal K-pop restrictions. Everyone seems to be having genuine fun. The most genuine person is Amber herself.

Read more about the MV here: Amber #ShakeThatBrass MV

In interviews, Amber revealed the freedom she had when dealing with this album. She personally asked SM for this solo debut. She personally requested Taeyeon to feature in the song “Shake That Brass”. She also wrote several songs for the album. So, this debut is pretty much ALL AMBER.

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2015/02/amber-explains-how-she-got-taeyeon-to-feature-in-shake-that-brass

The MV included all of her friends, and all of those friends were idols themselves. Of course, her connections made this a spectacular debut.

The album itself didn’t disappoint, but it may have been a bit shocking. Just from listening to the first song, you wouldn’t expect the album to carry such substance and depth…And if you don’t know Amber well, you really wouldn’t be expecting what’s about to come next…

This album was truly for the fans. Fans have been asking for the following things FOR YEARS from Amber:

1) For Amber to sing more (Because her die-hard fans knew she could sing all along)

2) For Amber to write more music (Because her die-hard fans knew she could write music)

Fans also love Amber for her charm, youthful spirit, humor, and all of her darn K-pop connections.

Combine all of the wants and desires of fans with her personality, and this album delivered it.

This was Amber’s goal for the album: “This album is like an introduction about myself. Every track represents my experiences in life. It’s kind of album that saying ‘Hello~ I am Amber’. I hope to get a lot of support from you” (Amber).

I will review each song.

1) Beautiful

This is the first track on the album. It is also the title of the album and it was the first song Amber promoted on Twitter. In far contrast to “Shake That Brass”, “Beautiful” is a meaningful ballad with acoustic undertones. Amber personally wrote, composed, and arranged the song herself. It sounds like her style of music, if any of you are familiar with the songs she has written before.

Amber reveals to the “less-informed” her melodious voice in this song. This song is sweet, but also carries substance. Amber revealed that she wrote this song three years ago.

It’s a song that seems to focus on Amber’s struggle with having a tomboyish image and her fears of being judged. Tomboyish Amber is not like all the other girls, and she is constantly pressured by people (including fans) to be more feminine. But Amber has learned to be proud of herself and love herself. There are plenty of fans who love Amber for her tomboyish appearance and support her (that’s how she got to where she is now). But there will always be closed-minded individuals out in the world. Amber has had to deal with this. In the lyrics, she mentions how people have said “Hurtful things” and how she had to suck it up and put on a smile. However, instead of being angry at those who criticize her, the song expresses Amber’s happiness with “being herself”. The song truly is “beautiful” and inspirational. Fans who listen to the song know exactly where it is coming from. The lyric video is moving, displaying a collage of photos from when she was a little girl, photos during her debut, and her new, more mature images for Red Light. Amber thus shows us how much she has blossomed. This song reveals a side of Amber most don’t know or understand. It reveals the first part of Amber’s personality.

This song is tasteful and refined. I love this song. It brings tears to my eyes. This is a must-listen.

Amber has a brief rap segment in the song. It almost feels as if Amber is featuring herself. lol <3 doe.

2) Shake That Brass

This is the promoted song and the second track off of the album. I can see why this song was promoted first. 1) It is the only upbeat song on the album. 2) It reflects the “Amber” personality everyone knows and loves the MOST. She gives us the “rapping” Amber that she’s known for.

The song is lively and upbeat, just like Amber herself. Within the lyrics of the song, Amber refers to her “pet name” Llama, given to her by one of her fans. The whole phrase “shake that brass” is exactly something “Llama” would say on some posts on her Twitter or Instagram. The song is exactly a reflection of Amber. The first two songs on this album reveal Amber’s two very different sides.

“Brass” is in reference to a “brass” instrument. And, of course, it also is meant to be a a cover-up for “ass”.

Amber stated in a radio interview (SBS Cultwo Show) that she made this song last summer. She also said she wanted a song that talked about herself…Which was pretty obvious.

This song seems to, again, fulfill Amber’s dream of a “free stage”. It’s a song anyone can dance to. It’s not over the top. It conveys Amber’s cool and yet dorky charm. But the song is just so darn catchy. It doesn’t have the same depth and substance that the other songs have, but it certainly livens the mood a bit.

The song has the light message of letting go of all of your troubles for awhile, just having a good time, and letting go of shyness.

For some, the song seems a bit out of place on the album. But I thought it fit well with an album that is meant to reveal more about the artist.

Amber sort of reminds me of Will Smith in her rapping style and with how fun she is. Songs like “Switch” and “Getting Jiggy With It” come to mind immediately.

This song is featuring Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s Taeyeon. I personally enjoyed hearing her voice in the song. I thought it added some sparkle. But there are a lot of people who hoped that Amber would do all the singing and rapping by herself, which is understandable. Many people are hoping that Amber herself would shine for her title song, rather than letting the vocals of an SNSD member shine. Some people felt Taeyeon was a random debut because most people do not understand Taeyeon’s relationship to Amber or the song. Personally, I felt her vocals made the song great.

Amber personally asked Taeyeon to be in her song. She was thinking over who she wanted, and thought Taeyeon would be perfect. This works for live performances. Amber is not used to performing alone, and said she needed someone around to critique her. I think having a feature in the title makes Amber feel more secure about the performance. She’s used to working in a team. I think Taeyeon is the perfect teammate. Taeyeon is her senior and has experience with music.

3) Love Run

This song is one of my favorites. Amber’s English shines in this song. It’s a moving, soft pop number, revealing Amber’s soft vocal abilities yet again. I absolutely love this song. It reminds me of some of Utada’s songs, like the “Flavor of Life”. And y’all know how much I love me some Utada.

Amber’s vocals also shine in this song, and it’s surprisingly catchy for a soft tune.

Believe it or not, this song was said to be based on a drama about a dog. XD All of Amber’s fans know how much Amber loves dogs. This song has thus become an addition to the album as a reflection of Amber’s personality. Amber seriously has a soft spot for those little dogsies.

I’ve really enjoyed how deeply personal and expressive the album is…

4) Heights

This song also reveals Amber’s vocals, but it is more of a synth-pop number. The song is really catchy. It is one of my personal favorites. The song seems to be about Amber’s time as an idol. One line mentions how tired she gets sometimes, but then it seems in the bridge she mentions how others remind her to keep pushing forward. She even mentions that sometimes she gets scared. This song seems to be about her long, hard journey through K-pop, and thus another puzzle piece to Amber’s whole picture is revealed.

The song is encouraging in a wistful way. It both makes the listener reflect on days gone, but also encourages the listener to keep moving forward. Man, so many songs take me to another world. Amber’s voice is addictive as well.

5) I Just Wanna

The final track of the album (Yea, I know just five songs, right?) is “I Just Wanna”. Does this song sound familiar to you? That’s because there was a song called “Good-bye Summer” from f(x)’s Pink Tape album with the same sound.

What most people didn’t know is that Amber wrote this song originally in English. It was called “I Just Wanna” before it ever became “Good-bye Summer”, re-written and translated for a Korean audience. Plenty of f(x) and Amber fans got wind of this and were upset that Amber did not get a chance to sing it. In “Good-bye Summer”, it was sort of hijacked by Krystal, Luna, and EXO’s D.O. Everyone felt it was sad that Amber wrote a song and didn’t even sing her own song. Fans begged and pleaded for the full English version.

So, this caters to the English-speaking fans, and makes this album multilingual.

Well, surprise, surprise! Amber put the song on her debut album! This is “fanservice”. That, in itself, shows that Amber is very connected with her fans and their interests.

The song itself feels a little different from “Good-bye Summer”. It adds Amber’s personality in there. “Good-bye Summer” focused on friends who love each other but can’t seem to tell each other. “I Just Wanna” was also about friends who love each other, but it’s not as evident that the feelings can’t be expressed. One line says, “I wish I could say these things to you”, so the two lovers can’t quite get their feelings across in the English version either.

Eric Nam featured on this track. Eric Nam and Amber did a phenomenal job with their duet. I always knew Eric Nam was an amazing vocalist, but he and Amber harmonize their voices well. They are best friends after all, so it’s only natural that they would sing so well together and convey the feelings of the song like it was meant to sound.

The interesting part is that Eric Nam is NOT an SM artist. Since when has an artist from another unrelated label featured in a SM album? SM, the Korean label that Amber is under, usually recruits artists within their label as features on fellow label mates’ albums. “Good-bye Summer”, the Korean cover of this song, featured an EXO member.

I wonder if B2M is getting some of the profits from this song…

Well, that’s it. I know. That is all. This is an EP, so it was not meant to be too long. But honestly, everything was so good, I really wanted more.

Overall, the album had some amazing surprises. The concept and overall feeling of the debut was very true to Amber. It was genuine. The concept was not at all surprising or different from what most fans expected, but Amber was definitely being herself. The most surprising sides to the album were the number of ballads and soft pop numbers introduced on the album. And not one song is horrible. Most of the songs are beautiful and meaningful, hence why I think “Beautiful” was the perfect album title. To add, I think this album showed Amber’s natural beauty and the things that make her attractive as an artist. She’s a rapper, singer, song-writer, and composer. She also speaks both Korean and English throughout the album, appealing to a wide-ranged audience. All of these talents and skills are valuable in K-pop, and even somewhat rare to find, especially among female K-pop artists. Thus, the album itself is valuable.

The only disappointment was that there were only five songs. This lead to other disappointments. Because there were only five songs, it was lacking in variety. Only one song was upbeat. The other songs were softer. If there are people out there who hate ballads and soft songs, they may be disappointed to find only ONE upbeat song. But that doesn’t necessarily take away from the album. The songs are high quality and really good. This is a strong debut album and shows Amber’s professionalism. She has music experience, and this album shows it.

I give this album a 9/10. It is a very professional album. The songs are amazing, surprising, and shows the best of Amber’s talents. Amber’s inner beauty shines, making the title, “Beautiful”, perfect. The only issue is the lack of variety and the fact that this is not a full album, which are not major issues, just my preference. The overall album is a must-listen. I recommend this album to all K-poppers. It’s the perfect debut from a solo female artist, and possibly my favorite.

If you want to see more of Amber’s talents:

Just How Talented is f(x)’s Amber Liu?

You can purchase this album on MeLoN or order a hard copy at Yesasia, Kpop Town, and KTown4U.

You can purchase “Shake That Brass” merch here: Shake That Brass @RedBubble

So far, most people have had mostly positive things to say about this album. f(x) fighting! Amber fighting!

Vote for Amber on:

MCOUNTDOWN

Show Champion

Just How Talented is F(x)’s Amber Liu?

13 Feb

generationnext:

With f(x) Amber’s Solo album on it’s way, many are beginning to discover just how talented Amber Liu really is! For those of you who want to discover more about Amber’s talents, I created a “portfolio” of sorts so others can learn about her other work. Check it out!

Originally posted on Generation Next:

By now, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been f(x) crazy for the last two months, and my obsession doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. It won’t slow down until my big “promotional move” I have planned this summer. But that will be kept under my hat until then…

Just remember to #bfx2us and put your town behind it to show where your love for f(x) is coming from, if of course, you’ve fallen in love with this group as much as I have.

Well, this article is a part of that promotion. My goal is to push for an f(x) tour for, at least, next year.

To learn more about K-pop group f(x):

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Red Light Review

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is…

View original 1,212 more words

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 290 other followers

%d bloggers like this: