Most of you probably know that we live near YG Entertainment (big entertainment company for huge Kpop stars like BIGBANG) and somehow I became the person with the big scoop simply because I was walking by at the right time. The YG Building is famous for it’s unique design and as a must-see destination for Kpop fans visiting Korea. With so much success in recent years they have outgrown their building and have now started building a new one right next to the original one. While this was known, no one knew what the new building is going to look like. I was one of the first people to see the new design on the wall of the construction site. I tweeted it as I was walking home and very quickly had so many comments and retweets and even Kpop news sites using my photos!
Because it was funny and many people believing I had somehow illegally obtained secret information, I decided to make this video:
Just a little vlog about Pokemon Go finally being in South Korea. South Korea is very late getting Pokemon Go because of mapping concerns (to do with North Korea or something) but it’s finally here! On one of the coldest days! It was about -10 when we were walking around. Since YG Entertainment (entertainment company of massive stars like BIGBANG etc) is in our neighbourhood, we walked by to see what was there in the game.
That time Seungyoon from Winner sat next to me in a little ramen restaurant.
Occasionally we see Kpop stars around because we live near YG Entertainment. I don’t think those experiences are what fans from overseas think they will be. If a celebrity is all dressed up and looks happy to be photographed it’s okay to approach them. But the hat and mask look is usually very clear sign that they may not appreciate being approached, and that’s usually how celebrities look in public. It was pretty clear Seungyoon had just popped out to eat dinner quickly and was probably in middle of recording or something. I actually really like Winner so I really respect Kang Seungyoon and that made me not want to say anything at all. So I ignored him the whole time. Luckily I was with Hugh and Han, so I did actually talk to them and hopefully wasn’t as awkward as I portrayed myself in this comic.
I tweeted about it later because I know some Winner fans follow me and someone retweeted my tweet and said something like, “Oh my life goal happened to someone else!” It made me laugh and hopefully it was a joke and they want more out of life than just eating Japanee ramen next a Kpop star.
This BTS song is Hugh’s favourite song at the moment and he whispers it in my ear whenever he can. The lyric translation is “burn it up”. Kinda creepy!
Hugh’s first Kpop concert! We were given some tickets for Block B so it was the perfect opportunity for him to go (he always complains about ticket prices other times I’ve tried to get him to come). Luckily Block B is considered a cool enough group… haha… especially since member Zico was a producer on the popular Rap elimination TV show ‘Show Me the Money’. Bobby from iKON was also a previous winner on that show, for those who want to know how rap and Kpop and ‘Show me the Money’ is all related.
Something I also said in the video, but was edited out because of length, was that this stereotype of Kpop stars just being guys with pretty faces who are not talented and can’t sing so are just auto-tuned, is not really that true. It is for some groups. But the groups that make it really big aren’t like that. They have to be super talented, they have to be able to write and produce. The title of “Kpop” can be really damaging to a lot of groups because of that dismissive way people talk about it. Especially because it’s popular with teenage girls (and we all know how much people want to shit all over teenage girls). G-Dragon has even made the point recently, that all music from Korea gets labelled as Kpop and can have those negative associations, but he doesn’t feel that BIGBANG necessarily fits into that label. I think in recent years especially, there has been more of a push for creative control for Kpop stars. There will always be completely manufactured groups churning out crap for a certain audience, but most really successful groups that last the distance are hardworking, talented, and capable of writing and producing.
This was filmed at the end of November during the Eat Your Kimchi closing studio party. We were sad to say goodbye to the studio, but it was a great party! A lot of the costumes and weird stuff were there for anyone to use so Amber, from the very popular girl group f(x) and Toy, a rapper you may have seen on Show Me The Money 3, decided to dress up and go for a bit of a walk around Hongdae. Joel, often seen on the Korean Englishman’s channel, was also there! It was spur of the moment idea to film it, and we didn’t plan on using the footage, but later realised we could make it into a video. So here it is!
Yes, there is such a thing as Kpop Olympics. It was on tonight as we ate dinner and it was the boys soccer match. I recognised some Kpop stars but since YG Entertainment doesn’t join there are none of my favourites. Since Kpop stars are usually really athletic because of all the dancing they do it is actually interesting to watch! Hugh rolled his eyes at the girls’ event of traditional Korean wrestling but I discovered him watching it later!