Music, Musings

2NE1 AON

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Ah…. Where should I begin? It was quite a different experience, watching a girl group for the first time, as well as being at the moshpit at a Korean concert for the first time.

Initially, I wasn’t expecting much from this concert, partly because I was afraid I’d be disappointed (like I sort of was for BIGBANG). I was also pretty apprehensive about CL’s live performance, since I felt that her style was becoming very similar to GD’s performance style. Even though it’s undeniable that they both have got great stage presence, I sometimes feel that they could sing a little more… (based on their live performance videos)

One good thing about the moshpit area this time round though was an allocated standing queue number, meaning that we would enter the standing arena according to our allocated numbers, hence it was really fair, and no need for any of that overnight queuing nonsense. However, SIS/Sports Hub ushers/crowd-control people did quite a bad job of managing the various numbered segments, which was slightly disappointing. I presume that this was the same problem CN Blue fans faced, and since this is a newly introduced system in Singapore, I hope that it will be further improved on to ensure greater fairness for the fans who are paying a lot of money to watch their idols perform.

Thankfully, Deborah and I managed to get a pretty decent standing spot (5th row, middle section) and I guess our view was pretty great the entire night (We were really close, and got an excellent view of their gorgeous legs and faces ^^). I liked how they showed all the different 2NE1 MVs, to slowly build up the hype among fans and a small group of people were also sort of teaching the rest how to do the fanchants during the actual performances (though the screaming and singing kinda drowned out the proper fanchants).

The show finally started, with them performing CRUSH, which was a great choice to kickstart the concert (well of course, what better way to start than to have your crowd waving their lightsticks and shouting ‘I’M A BITCH’). During this segment of the concert, I especially love the pink laser guns they held (during Pretty Boy… I think). Even though it was supposed to be a ‘masculine’ segment, I just thought they were really cute with the laser guns.

One thing I didn’t really appreciate about the concert were the fillers in between the different segments of the show. They had a video explaining the concept of the AON concert, which was essentially made up of four themes – masculinity (pink), purity (white), sexy (red) and rebellion (black). Though I liked the explanation which allowed the audience to better understand the way they did the line-up, I felt that the playback for half of the concert was pretty unnecessary. Though I would say they pretty much didn’t have a choice, since unlike BIGBANG, the only members who have had solo songs were Bom and CL. With that said, what happened to WINNER? Singapore was the only stop without them doing the opening, damn. Also, I was hoping Bom would perform You And I or Don’t Cry but she never did get her solo performance. CL and Minzy did not perform Please Don’t Go either…. :( What a waste, since that song is extremely good and highly underrated.

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CL’s really cute outfit for the sexy segment.

Of course, the highlight of the concert was CL’s 멘붕 (MTBD). I have been anticipating it since the very first time I heard the song. The song was not only great, but CL’s performance was amazing too. It was so much better than the performance video that was released on YT. I wished I could have recorded it down but the security was extremely strict (one girl got taken out of the moshpit oh gosh).

Overall, the girls put up an extremely energetic performance, as most of the songs they sang were fast-paced and they were just dancing and gyrating non-stop. I wasn’t too sure I liked their sexy concept, since I’ve always seen 2NE1 as a tough and strong group, rather than being aegyo or sexy. I won’t deny that the girls were extremely sexy, during the I Love You performance, when they caressed 4 lucky Singaporean guys (hell yeah, Dara sat on a guy’s laps while facing him and was so close to kissing him, and CL hooked one leg over a guy’s shoulder – DIED). But other than that, I think the shaking of their butts or doing lots of body waves didn’t do much in making me think that it was sexy. I guess, it was really more of a personal preference thing.

I really liked the stage set up too, which was very interesting, as they transitioned from segment to segment. The human motorcycles for I Am The Best were impressive, as I never knew they were literally riding on the backs of their dancers until the dancers stood up to dance.

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I was also extremely pleased with the rock versions of both I Don’t Care and Go Away. I think they’re both awesome and YG should re-release both versions.

Before the encore segment, Blackjacks started chanting ‘놀자 HEY HEY HEY 놀자’ (let’s play), instead of your typical ‘encore’ at any regular concert. After a few minutes, the girls entered from the doors into the standing area, and they started to touch some fans’ hands, while singing Lonely. Dara got a cute Kiiroitori hat thingy from a fan, which she promptly wore it on stage. Even though Minzy and Dara weren’t very fluent with English, they tried their best to engage the fans, and boy, the way they spoke English was so adorable! Some mosh pit fans started throwing soft toys for the girls and they played with them while performing. I think my love for Dara is increasing again, especially when she was getting fans to do the Do You Love Me fanchant again.

Dara: Do you love me?

Blackjacks: YES!

Dara: Do you love me?

Blackjacks: YES!

Dara: *awwww expression*

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Thank you girls for the amazing performance and time! What a great way to end my 21st celebration with a 2NE1 performance!

It’s all or nothing, baby.

P.S. Some of their backup dancers were pretty cute too.

Photos were from a lovely stranger, named Jon. I shamelessly asked him to send me the photos since he had a better view of the stage as compared to me. Thank you so much Jon!

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Photography, Travel

Hoho Myoll

One of my favourite cafes.

A nice touch of vintage with lots of interesting props that gives the cafe an extremely warm and homely feel. The cafe is adorn with customers’ artworks on the serviettes that are being displayed on various walls in the cafe, including the washroom.

I’ll definitely go back to Hoho Myoll again the next time I’m in Korea… And I’ll have to try their food, not just the beverage!

I wished Singapore had more of such cafes… Perhaps I simply haven’t been to a cafe this detailed yet.

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Food, Musings, Photography

이렇게 좋은 날

「어쩜 이렇게 하늘은 더 파란 건지?

오늘따라 왜 바람은 또 완벽한지?」

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Sometimes you tend to forget the beauty of the place you live in till you go out and wander for a bit. After living in Singapore for 21 years, I can’t help but constantly compare the way Singapore looks to other places. Singapore has a really beautiful city skyline and night scenery but somehow, other places tend to look a whole lot better. The grass is always greener where you water it I guess.

I’m still glad I forced myself out of the house to wander around a bit and the weather helped tremendously in making me love Singapore even more.

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Blue skies, slight breeze, except with a not so optimal temperature. The experience would have been a lot better if it was less warm.

 

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So I froze my butt for a bit.

Not too sure if it was the training I had in Korea during winter, but the 2Degree Ice Art Museum wasn’t as cold as I had expected it to be. For some reason, even though I was decked in many layers, a winter coat and winter gloves in the Ice Museum at Hongdae, the cold was still pretty unbearable. This exhibition was pretty lackluster though. I think even the special 1-for-1 price didn’t make me feel like my money was worth it (And we had to pay $5 to rent the outer jacket)

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While waiting for our fingers to defrost for just a bit…

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The weather was really in our favour that day. The flowers along the pavement made me felt like it was truly spring.

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Bryan using his selfie-pod to take a photo of us….

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While I took a photo of our shadow with him using the selfie-pod or what seems like an umbrella handle in this picture.

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Perfect place for an #OOTD shot. I was crazy to layer a denim shirt over my white T.

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Took some photos and thinking to myself that I don’t remember Singapore being this gorgeous.

Maybe it’s because all the times I’ve been to Gardens by the Bay, it was in the evening/night. (Not that it isn’t gorgeous but I think I prefer how this place looks in the day)

Weirdly enough, I’ve been here 2/3 times and I still haven’t explored the place fully yet.

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Thanks Bryan for the super lovely floral shades!

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We were decked out in our Timberland boots.

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There’s always a time to get fatter. I could distinctively taste the infused-tea flavour in the chocolate one.

I really should get out of the house and walk around more frequently instead of bumming around and watching my Korean dramas. I think I’ve watched about 10 dramas in just a month, along with my usual weekly programmes. No regrets though, some of them are really good.

Looking back, when I was younger, I would love romantic dramas but now these shows don’t really appeal as much as they do anymore (*cough* The Heirs and You Who Came From The Stars *cough*) Alien one was a lot better because of Kim Soohyun.

 

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[慧入韓國 #3」

So I finally got my butt down to editing all my photos from Korea… Boy, I miss that place.

Now that I have been home for 4 months now, I really can’t wait for the day where I can be back in Korea, for good, perhaps. Since this exchange programme, I have been thinking about what I want to do in the future, partially also due to the hard truth that I will be graduating in a year’s time. I first entered University thinking it would still be a long way to go but hell no, I’m left with only a year. How on earth did time fly past so quickly?

To cut the long story short, let’s just say, I’m in search for job opportunities in Korea. I just hope all that would work out somehow. *crosses fingers*

Spending a month in Seoul has been wonderful and I can imagine myself living there. I could eat Korean food all day and all the cheap cosmetics and stationery is just pure bliss. God bless the amount of stationery, stickers, letter paper etc. that I bought home. Seoul is probably the perfect city for me to live in, minus the fact that I’ll probably have major self-esteem issues of not being skinny or beautiful (Korean standards) enough.

A month definitely wasn’t enough to explore the city though I have been to several beautiful places, and spent a lot of money on coffee that all tasted so ridiculously good. Maybe it was the cold season, that’s why anything warm tasted nothing short of delicious.

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Lots and lots of snow, on the way out of Seoul to Daejeon. The thing about long travelling distances and hours is that it makes you appreciate how convenient Singapore is. I certainly do not need 2 hours to travel to the other end of Singapore.

Thanks to Kyung Hee University (경희대학교), we managed to attend the Magnolia Concert and I saw some Korean singers!

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Davichi (다비치), which instantly blew me off my seat and I was sold.

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G.Na (지나) as usual being really sexy but she slimmed down so so much it was a bit scary.

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First time listening to Juniel (주니엘)!

The weather was great for walking around all day and not break a sweat. It would get chilly but there is always a coffee place around the corner where you can seek warmth and chill with wifi!

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Insadong (인사동), one of my favourite places. All the small lanes with small shops and hidden cafes.

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Ssamzigil (쌈지길), which was an interesting building with many stores selling DIY stuff. Abit too expensive for my wallet’s taste though I guess.

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Going to Gwanghwamun (광화문) was kind of surreal because I only knew it from the infamous ‘almost-bombing’ scene from IRIS.

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Gyeongbokgoong (경복궁) was really huge that we really did not manage to explore much at all. Everywhere started to look pretty much the same, and the palace sort of ended up being a maze.

It was also at the main entrance when I realised this was the palace where they filmed Queen In-Hyun’s Man (이현왕후 의 남자). The thought of being at the very same place as Yoo In-Na (유인나) and Ji Hyun-Woo (지현우) was extremely surreal as well.

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One of my favourite parts of travelling would be looking at the city’s infrastructure. Sometimes, the densely situated tall buildings in Singapore just makes me feel extremely squeamish, and I kind of do appreciate other countries’ architecture more. There is also something different about the ancient Korean houses..

I am glad my friends and I did not give Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) a miss!

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Another thing that I love about Korea would the the random street art all over the city that is extremely beautiful and not just some hot mess.

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We did not miss out on Seoul’s amazing night view too, so what better place than going to the Namsan Tower and look at Seoul from high up in the sky.
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The Lovers’ Chair, meant for couples to slide down towards each other.

The night at Namsan Tower was extremely memorable since we bravely fought the unforgiving and harsh winds that nearly made me give up on putting up my lock, which was not an easy task considering the number of locks that were already being hung up. After endless strings of vulgarities, we finally made our way down Namsan alive (so smart, for some reason we decided to get a one-way cable car ride up, hence we had to walk all the way down the hill). It was also the night where I realised my Korean name was quite a common one too. Bleh.

Of course, the best part of Korea is her cuisine; the wide variety of food catered well to my tastebuds. Ever since my return, I have yet to try anything that has given me the kick which truly brings me back to Korea. Korean food in Singapore is pretty much catered to the Singaporean taste, I suppose? Either that or the great disparity in the quality of ingredients (*cough* sweet onions, cabbage, garlic etc.) and the lack of generosity (Most places here pretty much serve watered down soup with little to no ingredients).

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Soondae (순대)… Which was so good. Something as simple as stuffed rice in blood sausages, dipped with a little salt could taste so good. I love how the sellers are usually pretty generous with the pig innards too (thumbs up) but I don’t like how most places do not really process the meat well hence there is a stench, which I really do not like.

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I could survive on odeng (오댕) all day long, though I would die from hypertension.

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Hotteok (호떡), which I should have eaten more of.

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Ginseng chicken (삼계탕) – not really my thing.

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First time having Korean spicy braised chicken and holy shit it was so good. The sweet onions, with the well broiled potatoes and chicken. Best part of this was dumping the rice into the leftover sauce at the end, mixing it all up and just eating it like that. The description probably makes it sound like swine food but it tastes like heaven.

Another thing I love about Korea is how serious their coffee culture is. Coffee shops everywhere – huge international coffee chains (Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Coffee Bean), huge Korean coffee chains (Ediya Coffee, Holly’s Coffee, Mango Six) but the best ones are the small hidden gems. These cafes usually have amazing decor and they feel especially warm and cosy (Cafe Noriter, Rousseau & Rousseau, Hoho Myoll).

Both Hoho Myoll and Cafe Noriter are extremely cute with their decor, which makes you fall in love with the place in an instant but I love Hoho Myoll for its vintage touch and Cafe Noriter can be quite inconvenient (since customers had to remove their shoes).

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The amount of effort that the owners put into decorating the cafe… Loved all the drawings on the wall. Loved the cat that was freely roaming around in the cafe too.

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Koreans must be ridiculously talented because there were so many amazing doodles on serviettes stuck all over the cafe.

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There were mini Volkswagen buses placed around the cafe…. And a real one inside the cafe, where customers can sit inside and enjoy their cup of coffee.

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Even the cups were gorgeous.

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ET in his ride.

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Singapore has an insanely strong cafe hopping culture but the local cafes have got nothing on those in Korea. Cat and dog cafes can be found everywhere in Korea (and probably at a much lower price too), and they even have a cafe with sheep. Try beating that Singapore.

When a cafe in Korea has a theme going on, that theme is really strong and consistent. The props used, the atmosphere they create, it’s perfect. The owners really do have an eye for details and that is what makes the cafes so distinctive.

 

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죽기전에 나는 ……. 싶다.

 

 

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Musings

Red.

For some unknown reason, Chinese New Year felt sort of different this year. This CNY, we have a new member to the extended family, and with so many things that have been happening last year (my relatives not being in the best of health), the atmosphere just felt different to me. Perhaps that was why when I received my red packets, I felt like there was a surge of concern and a sense of relief when I wished the elder relatives good health.

Perhaps I have aged mentality again. As if my mental age isn’t old enough pft. Perhaps it’s that nagging feeling of turning 21 in less than a year that is making me more solemn than ever. Perhaps it’s due to me being away from home for more than a month, that it has led me to be more appreciative of the people around me.

21 years of receiving red packets; 21 years of not gaining any access to my red packet money, and I’m not complaining.

When I was younger, I used to envy all the other friends who would compare the amount of money they would receive during CNY and I wanted to be able to use that money to do shopping. For the longest of time, I’ve gotten so accustomed to simply passing my red packets to my mum that I’ve no idea how much I get every year (well, I know it’s at least $200 because that’s what my parents give me – or rather for me to see before I return it to them in a jiffy). I used to feel bad for friends whose parents took their money away to do their own personal ‘investments’. Slowly, I started appreciating my parents’ efforts in keeping my money for me and helping me save up for all these years as that would mean that I would have quite a great amount of savings by the time they hand the money over to me. Over the years, I kind of just want them to keep all these money instead, in repayment for all that they’ve done for me for the past 21 years. Sometimes, it’s just the truth that your parents make better decisions than you do, and this is one of the best decisions that they’ve made for me since I was a baby.

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So thank you, nothing feels quite as good as being home with your family (no matter how naggy and annoying they may be).

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「慧入韓國 #2」SIM Reflection

Let me begin this post by saying that I’m very thankful to have been given this opportunity by SIM to spend a month in Korea, learning the Korean language as well as visit numerous companies and knowing more about them.

Prior to the programme, I was really nervous as it was my first time being overseas without my parents, what more in a country that communicates in a language that was foreign to me. Just a month ago, I only knew all the phrases that would never have really helped with my daily life at all. Being alone, I had to be independent as I had no one else to rely on. That meant I have to be my own leader, navigator etc. Most importantly, I just had to trust my instincts and go with my gut feelings no matter how much I tell myself that I am terrible at estimation and reading maps. I guess believing in yourself means having half the battle won because I can safely say that for most of the time when my friends and I went to explore the city on my own, I was the one who would search for directions and figure out exactly how we are supposed to get to our destinations (From taking the subway to walking to the places). Travelling free-and-easy also meant that I had little to none napping time as I had to constantly be on my toes and know where we were headed to. Initially it was quite tiring but I gradually got used to it. Taking the public transport also meant being able to observe what the locals would do on the trains and gain a better understanding of them.

One of the new perspectives that I was introduced to was definitely the way we had to dispose of our trash. Having lived in Singapore for my entire life, it was definitely difficult to get used to the rubbish system initially as we had to separate our rubbish into different bags, e.g. food waste, general waste and others. However, it did not take my roommate and I too long to get used to the system and it became a very automated process whenever we would throw our rubbish. Though the Korean method of rubbish disposal is definitely a lot more tedious, I think that it is definitely a good habit to pick up as that would mean having the conscious effort to recycle.

Additionally, in Korea, there are many notable systems that seem to run on the basis of trust. Many food places in Korea have got designated areas whereby customers can get sterilised cups and water to drink. The used cups will then be promptly returned at the right areas. I casually mentioned on Facebook that Singapore’s food courts need to implement a similar system however, my cousin reminded me of how it is difficult to have a similar system back home as the cups will probably go missing or get damaged. Perhaps all these are due to the culture being built over time and Korea has managed to do this continuously and successfully for a long time. I am hoping that maybe one day, many Singaporeans will be able to prove that they can be granted a certain level of trust, to not damage public property and then we can all enjoy such facilities.

During the programme, the biggest challenge that I encountered was definitely the language barrier. As I was only able to read the Korean words initially, I could only make sense of words that originated from English. However, the lessons in class proved to be really helpful as I put what I learnt to good use in certain situations, such as ordering food or making purchases. Though my understanding was limited, I felt like the lessons did pay off as I definitely saw a marked improvement in my language skills prior to the programme and after it.

I was really thankful that the grammar structure for Korean was similar to that of Japanese, hence I had a relatively easier time understanding the use of words like 이/가/은/는/을/를. However, Japanese also proved to be quite a handicap, as I would sometimes mix up the vocabulary for both languages (‘haru’ in Korean means day, whereas in Japanese, it means spring).

Being proficient in a language is no easy feat and so my friends and I would practise speaking to one another, as well as study together. All that hard work did help me tremendously in coping with the language barrier, even though I was not able to fully overcome it.

What I find most significant about the programme would be the opportunity to interact with Korean students from Kyunghee University. Even though we were each assigned a dowoomi, I got to know a few more dowoomis through my friends. Though I had expected to meet more international students, it was still an amazing opportunity to have made new many new friends outside of my UB circle. The dowoomis brought us to places that the locals would go to, such as the Express Bus Terminal shopping area and Mokdong ice-skating rink. It was really interesting as we got to explore places that would never have been covered in a typical tourist travelling schedule. It was a pity though that we had very little time to interact with our dowoomis as meeting once a week was definitely insufficient (only managed to meet up 3 times in total, excluding the introductory meeting session). Communicating with my dowoomi also proved to be quite tough as I was not proficient in Korean and neither was she in English. Though we had to communicate mostly through a broken mix of English, Korean and hand signals, I was still able to know quite a bit about her.

Finally, the programme has shaped the way I see Korea as a working place a little different from what I had expected it to be before the company visits. I had always imagined Korea’s working system to be extremely fast-paced and efficient, just like their technology. While I have always known how respect is viewed as highly important in Korea, I would never have expected it to be a factor which impedes speed in their working lives too. Based on the talk given by the staff from Louis Quartoze, who gave a fantastic comparison between the Western and Korean working styles, he noted that the need to give face to someone in a higher position would sometimes mean beating around the bush and taking a longer time to get to the point. Though the working culture is definitely changing, with all the Western influences, I am not exactly sure if a Korean work culture is one that I would get used to. For now, I still feel that the way I work is more Westernised and if I were to be an employee in a Korean company, I might offend many without even knowing. However, that does not mean that I am crossing out Korea from my future job opportunities as I really enjoyed my stay in Korea. In fact, I can envision myself to live comfortably in Korea if I continue to pursue the language and be proficient at it.

Overall, the programme has provided me great insight into the Korean work and life culture as well as helped to improve my Korean language skills. Even though I’m back home, that doesn’t mean that my Korean language learning should stop too. After all, the friendly teachers from Kyung Hee University  have also urged us to continue studying and send them questions should we have any. I really do admire their dedication even though they have only spent 3 short weeks with us.

 

Loi Hui En

Student from University at Buffalo, SIM

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Musings, Travel

「慧入韓國 #1」

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been away from home and I can’t believe how quickly time is slipping away just like that! My journey with Seoul, or rather, Kyung Hee University should technically be ending next Thursday, but thankfully, I decided to extend my trip for a week to further explore this place.

I thought I would be able to do weekly blogs to keep up with my thoughts and all the experiences I’ve had here but I’ve been absolutely way too busy (and also lazy, because I rather spend those little pockets of time watching BIG and Running Man instead)!!! I feel like it’s been so long and I can’t exactly remember what happened in the first week.

Having Korean lessons thrice a week for 4 hours a day is intensive but I’ve learnt quite a bit too. Really glad that the language is somewhat similar to Japanese as they tend to use certain joining words e.g. 이/가/을/를 vs は/を/に/へ. I also think that I’m having the lessons a little easier than some of my classmates as I learnt how to read, write and pronounce the different Korean words on my own. Glad that I can make sense of more phrases now! /excited ^^/

Sidenote: I’m also really happy that I get to use my Kakaotalk because we have to contact our dowoomis!

In just 2 weeks, I have tried so many kinds of food and I’m definitely not sick of Korean food yet, though I really do miss my grandma’s home-cooked food…. Asian cuisine is great but chinese food is definitely still the best! ㅜㅜ 중식을 좋아해요~ I also can’t believe how I managed to watch Davichi, G.Na and Juniel perform live!!!! Of course seeing BIGBANG/SHINee/SNSD would be really great but for now, having heard those 3 is still just as amazing!

I really do miss home but there’s still so much more I want to do here – to shop, eat, explore. Arghhh!

Ok, time to go and finish my last episode of BIG! Hopefully I get to see Gong Yoo on the streets…. ㅋㅋㅋ

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#116

Final countdown: Just slightly more than a day left.

What seems like fun and excitement has slowly started to fade away. I’ve been so tired from all the endless packing, worrying that I will forget to bring this and that. Now dread is slowly filling me up emotionally, and I’m starting to worry about other things. I feel so upset that I’m alone because I’m such a dependent girl and I’ve always been so reliant on my brother to help me with my heavy luggage! I’m always the one who takes the lighter luggage and I fear so much that I won’t be able to manage with so much baggage.

What puts me off even more is that I’m only going away for just a month and the packing is already driving me nuts and has made me so exhausted before I’ve even embarked on the trip. The thought of even unpacking is so sickening, yet what a relief, to finally be able to come home. I’m dead sure I’ll be homesick (I feel like I’m missing my parents already even when we are just skyping each other from different rooms to make sure Skype works). I think of going away for a semester to US next year and I’m filled with even more dread.

Then I worry that all my worries will make me not enjoy the moment simply because I keep fearing something terrible is going to happen next. (Damnit that age test, it’s so accurate, I’m overly worried and paranoid but I simply can’t help it.) Even before I’m leaving, my luggage seems to exceed the weight limit… I’ve still got so many things that I want to buy… Help :’(

I shouldn’t be feeling like this when I’m going to one of the best places in the world. I really do blame it for being winter. All the extra clothing that has to be packed. Argh :’(

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Music

他她他

Finally managed to catch 3 Peas in a Pod with Laetitia today and I must say I had pretty high hopes for the movie as it is directed by Michelle Chong (Dunman High alumni, must support!) and many people said that the ending was unexpected, a total plot twist.

So anyone who’s reading this (oh hello there!) and hasn’t watched the movie yet AND don’t want any spoilers, please close this post because I’ve got so many questions I want to ask regarding the movie.

If you’ve watched or haven’t watched but don’t mind spoilers (but really, don’t say you don’t mind but actually you do mind, because the plot twist is really kinda mind-blowing), then read on.

If not…. You have been warned. (I really wonder who reads this though lol, except my bf hehehe)

I’ve got many many many burning questions to ask so if anyone who has watched the movie, please please please please do share what you think of the ending with me!!! (Desperate, it’s like those Inception moments, except I’ve sort of found closure for that movie)

To be honest, I actually kinda guessed 50% of the plot twist, which I think is brilliant, because I just suck at guessing plots in general. Halfway through the show, I leaned over to Laetitia and whispered to her, “Do you think Peter actually likes Perry?”

Ok so those 3 Ps went on a road trip, love-triangle yada yada yada. Then Peter dies. Then it was revealed that dundundun… Perry actually likes Peter, not Penny. Then it was revealed again that Peter likes Perry too………. (I think?)

So firstly, can we just say that Peter’s death made absolutely no sense at all? The first time they went to that place to see the sunrise, they actually drove a pretty long way down (woke up at 4.30 and caught the sunrise at like 6??) so technically that place is pretty damn far away? But when Peter went there to commit suicide, he obviously did not drive there because the car was still at the hotel. Plus, it’s in the wee hours, he couldn’t have taken a bus or anything. And it wouldn’t make sense for him to walk or run at all, because it’s like running from Singapore all the way into Johor Bahru or something – that would take too long. There’s no clear reason behind Peter’s death and we can only assume it’s because he feels restricted and he doesn’t want to live the life his father has planned for him, so he thinks that dying is the only way to find peace with himself.

Secondly, Penny accidentally stumbled upon the photos in Perry’s phone and realised that he liked Peter all along, not her. What I don’t understand is her reaction. Ok I get it if you are angry that you were being made used by Perry all along because he wanted to get close to Peter. But saying things like “you are perverted and you should be the one who died instead” really made no sense at all? Just because he liked Peter doesn’t mean he’s perverted and why should he therefore die because he’s gay….? My only theory for this would be that Penny feels Perry unintentionally caused Peter’s death because Peter wrote a letter saying “I’ve always thought 2 peas in a pod sounds better anyway.” So she would therefore assume that perhaps, Peter wanted to let Perry and Penny get together and feels that there is nothing else to hold on too and therefore made up his mind to commit suicide.

But, this brings us to the third point. When Perry was scanning through the past photos that were taken by Peter, he scrolled all the way till the end which said “I love you too :)” which would suggest that Peter felt the same way towards Perry too…? If so, why would he want to kill himself if he knew that they loved each other?! Plus he has also emailed his dad saying he doesn’t want to lead the life that has already been planned way in advanced for him. So now, I’m also confused as to whether Peter really liked Perry, but it’s probably a 90% chance thing because he knew he simply couldn’t have sex with Penny.

I’m not saying that the story is bad or anything (And well Laetitia noticed that the transcript said ‘Ms Perry Yap’ HAHA). In fact, I find the plot to be quite refreshing though all the sudden realisation moments and flashbacks really reminded me of Jay Chou’s Secret back in 2007 (which had many loopholes too but still such an enjoyable movie). It was also as though I was watching K.Will’s Please Don’t MV.

 

*rant* Alexander’s and Jae’s acting skills could improve (though understandable, since it’s Jae’s debut and Alexander doesn’t really act??). As for Calvin, he was pretty good I must say. I’ve seen him in all of the KO series and I think he has somewhat an advantage with regards to acting skills. I really didn’t like him speaking in English though. Additionally, I felt that some uses of certain phrases felt abit awkward and forced, like when Penny was breaking down, and telling Peter why must he keep taking pills, would it make him happier… (Though chill girl, he was taking like fish cod oil pills…. Like health supplements lol) And then she told him to get a life which made no sense, because it wasn’t that he had no life. He was just a really emo kid.

Well, so yeah… I’m really confused about the plot now :( Help, please.

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Musings

#115

Doing the usual thinking in my head while staring into the space thing and I thought, “Why am I so uncomfortable with the word ‘bojio‘?” I never really understood why people would use it…. /shrugs/

So well, I just thought I could pen down some reasons for me to look back on whenever I see that word and feel so ueargh, like that horrible feeling you get when you hear the sound of fingernails scratching against a chalkboard.

1. They don’t feel comfortable enough around you or vice versa and wanted to avoid any awkwardness.

2. They considered that you had plans/are busy/etc. and therefore didn’t think it was that necessary to ask.

3. They don’t like you. Who likes hanging out with people they don’t like?

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4. They simply forgot. Though if you’re good friends, it’s quite difficult to forget. So it’s probably 3.

Well, of course many people do say it jokingly, though I sometimes get the feeling that there’s a little tinge of sourness and dejection at times. I’m in no way judging anyone using this term…. Or am I?

I just can’t get that cringing feeling to go away whenever I see that word. The thought of me even using it makes my inner guts want to shrivel up so badly.

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