My brother visited for a weekend and went busking in Hongdae. Unfortunately we had torrential rain for most of the weekend, but it cleared up enough for him to go busking for a short time. He has performed in many countries but this was the first time in South Korea. A lot of people commented later saying they wish they had known he would be playing, but until the last minute we really were not sure if he would be able to. He will come back sometime though. My brother is a full time drummer (and also plays real drums of course), he plays in bands but also regularly does bucket drumming. A video of him playing went viral a few years ago and since then he has been invited to play at events around the world. He also does a lot of live streaming now where he teaches some drumming techniques or streams his busking.
Just a little video about these types of jumping spiders in Korea. I’ve shown these spiders in the Nicholalala Webtoon before.
The more I filmed him, the more I thought he was cute, so I carefully put him outside.
Since I’ve been photographing bees and blossoms a lot for my paintings, I’ve noticed how many flies were hanging around too. The bees are very focused and busy and have an important job, but I always wonder about the flies…
Although it’s a lot easier to go to Kpop concerts in Korea, it can still involve some traveling. Last weekend we went to Daegu for the day for a concert.
This is quite hastily edited because we had to re-edit when the program crashed… nooo. If you are only interested in travel in Korea skip the concert montage and if you are are only interested in iKON, skip the travel bits if you want.
So some extra stuff about the concert: Daegu was very different to Seoul. It was a smaller, all standing venue. The crowd was a lot younger in general and there were many families. Lots of kids. It wasn’t organized as well and there were many young girls who hadn’t been to a proper concert before and were lacking some concert etiquette. It was really pushy at the start! There were also many people who were new fans or maybe got free tix so didn’t know that much about iKON – like didn’t know the Show Me the Money stuff. BUT it was still very fun. Awesome concert! I’m sorry my camera work was so shaky, like I said, it was more pushy. A lot of the footage is the encore where they run everywhere which is why we were moving around at that time. That’s the end of the concert when everything gets crazy. The moment where B.I stuck his face into the crowd was longer, but I almost dropped my camera, so cut all that hahaha. Security also did not care about filming at all… in fact there was hardly any security at all.
This Nicholalala episode was inspired by Lunar New Year.
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Words can hold a lot of power, but they can also lose that power very quickly. We don’t get that many hate comments on YouTube but they are usually the racist variety. We’ve seen it all, so when the only thing someone can say is a very old and stereotypical racist insult, it was hilarious to us. Hugh really burst out laughing like that because it’s so ridiculous: it’s not hurting him and instead just makes the commenter look stupid. (For those that don’t know, the word that was used is very racist and offensive but has been around for a long time). We get comments from neo nazis sometimes… that ‘c’ word seems almost quaint in comparison.
We’ve talked a lot with YouTubers about hate comments and everyone has come to the conclusion that hate comments are not usually a representation of you and what you do, but rather a reflection of that individual commenter. It shows more about them than it does about you. A lot of YouTubers just end up feeling bad for those people that leave a lot of hate comments or spend their energy actively hating them, because people that are happy in themselves don’t do that. It’s people who are miserable and troubled, or have some type of issue in their own life that are doing it.
Particularly nasty hate comments can be hurtful but they often end up as funny stories to tell to other YouTubers/bloggers. I’m also quick to copy and paste horrible comments to share with my friends so we can laugh at how ridiculous it is.