Suspended


I’m at it again. This unwanted feeling of monotonousness is making me numb. It occurs every year – like when something happens that make you fall into boredom’s abyss. At least that’s what I was feeling as of late, not that everybody knows that, but my complete lack of attentiveness on certain aspects of my daily life is telling me that I have to do something quick to break the state of ennui I’m in.

I haven’t post a blog in a while. I cannot seem to concentrate on a task properly and all I’ve done as of late was check out Netflix, watch random videos on youtube, and binge myself on Kpop. And you know what? Every time I’m on my Kpop/Jpop fix, it meant only one thing – my life’s excitement is at an all-time low and listening to Kpop/Jpop, which has always been my guilty pleasure, is my surefire refuge at moments like this.

For months, I’ve been wanting to read some of the books I’ve hoarded since last year, but to no avail. There was this book titled “Demian” by Hermann Hesse that I really wanted to read. I have the ebook already saved. The book piqued my interest after learning that the music video of one my favorite Kpop groups was inspired by this book. The MV itself was very fascinating. The thought that it was inspired by that book is definitely something I know I should check out. However, my current attention span is limited and I lose focus a lot. I’ve read the first few lines and I just can’t concentrate on it so I end up not continuing.

Anyway, I do have a lot of things I wanted to blog. My list is piling up and as time goes by I’m no longer sure if I’ll be able to do it all. I guess I’ll just have to try again some time…

Let me end this post with the MV inspired by Demian. The song is called Blood, Sweat and Tears by BTS.

 

 

 

BTS, BBMAs, Blood Sweat & Tears


A lot of B’s there.

So I had to do this. Like I seriously had to do this…

I know I haven’t been active in my blog lately, but this news got me all fired up and ready to say hello back to my blog! It got all my brain juices flowin’. My inner fangirl is screaming and shrieking like a banshee! So just to warn you all, this is going to be a fangirl post. I lot of my followers may not be able to relate, but to those who do – Annyeonghaseyo!!!

So I woke up yesterday morning to this news all over twitter –  and I was shook!

BTS

First off, let me give a very small intro of the group, just a little, cause we might take all day if I try to dissect BTS in a post. Maybe I’ll do an appreciation post specifically for BTS if any of you requested it, but right now I’ll just go back to the topic in hand.

So BTS, an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan (english trans: BULLETPROOF BOYSCOUTS), is a 7-member South Korean legends boyband formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 and has been gaining popularity locally and internationally especially internationally ever since. They are known as one of the very few Kpop Groups who co-writes and produces their own tracks.

Billboard magazine recognized the group as one of K-pop’s top competitive music producers of today: “Co-writing and producing on nearly every track, the K-pop phenoms proved how they can compete with top pop acts.” All members of the group participate in composing and producing the group’s songs. The Daily Dot describes them as “setting a standard for the bands that will come after them. Their souls are in their performances because they helped to create them—an investment that makes all the difference between memorizing dance routines and embracing them with passion.”

Yes, they’re that talented. Plus they’re dance choreographies are LIT!

Anyway, they’ve been constantly breaking records at the Billboards for the past year or two. And now they’ve been nominated for Top Social Artist Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Going against big names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendez. This also gained them the title as the first Kpop group to be ever nominated for the BBMAs.

After the announcement last April of their nomination, fans (aka ARMYs) have questioned whether the boys will attend the award show or not, and since ARMYs are eager to see BTS at the BBMAs, this happened – the voting which started last May 1st (and will end at 6pm PDT on May 21st) produced this result in only 24 hours – a showcase of the fanbase’s dedication to BTS.

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ARMYs are BULTAOREUNE!!!

After a week of voting, ARMYs prayers were answered and an official announcement of their attendance at the BBMAs was confirmed. A photo of their invitation was even uploaded on BIG HIT’s Official Twitter Account.

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Current votes as of today (5th of May)

ARMYs are savage voters don’t you think? Gotta love all that support! ❤

Also, yesterday was also the release of BTS’ Blood, Sweat and Tears MV (Japanese Version). You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this version to get released. It was confusingly beautiful. LoL!

I am not even going to try to look for hidden connections and theories about this video BTS’ MVs are full of those because trying to do so is seriously giving me a terrible headache. I’m going to be leaving that to the experts!

Annyeong! ❤

Purplemunchkim’s Reply to Luckilylenny


Dear Lenny,

Thank you for the lovely letter you’ve sent me last time. I promised to send a response and now here it is! Yay! 🙂

I’d like to start this by greeting you a Belated Happy Birthday! It’s so cool to know that we share the same birth month. Like what you’ve said in your letter, it does seem overrated, but I do wish the same good things for you and may all your prayers and heart’s desires come true. We may not know each other personally yet and writing this now made me feel like a have a “pen pal”, but I think it’s awesome.

I would love to meet you and fellow bloggers someday and be a part of those fun events and social gatherings you all have from time to time. Sad to say that it can be difficult as my work schedule isn’t always so accommodating. Maybe in time I might be able to squeeze a few events on my schedule so we could finally meet and it would be perfect! ❤

Anyway, I am going to bore you with the story of how my birthday went, so I hope you won’t stop reading. ;D

I didn’t have a party as most people do. For this year, I endeavored to have a quiet and quality time with my beau. We had a  simple lunch at Applebee’s where I get to have the usual free dessert – because it was my birthday and I want dessert! It was a good thing that there weren’t many diners yet because being sung “happy birthday” to by 3 staffs while shaking their tambourines can feel kind of embarrassing. And yes, it was also fun 😀

After we had our lunch, I wanted to have stroll in a park and was thinking whether we should go to MIA Park or Alkhor Park. Of course, Beau suggested Alkhor Park since he knows we can go to MIA Park anytime. So off we go to Alkhor Park and we had what you would say kind of a road trip with Bruno Mars singing 24K Magic in the background. As always, Beau and I were having a carpool karaoke moment. 😀

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So I don’t know if you’ve been here yet but the place was quite charming. It would’ve been nice to see more people, but due to it’s location, it would be impractical to go here every time. However, there’s a huge play area for kids, an aviary, a water fall, a battery-operated train etc. The place is both a zoo and park at the same time. I think you should visit the place if you haven’t yet. It’s a pretty place for some nice photography to add to your beautiful collection of pictures. ❤

Well I have a feeling you’ve already fallen asleep with my letter so I’ll just cut to the chase and say that we ended the day with a movie at a mall (B Square Mall) and cinema (Roxy Cinemas) we haven’t even heard off until that day. Also, I was finally proposed to by my Beau. It wasn’t the most conventional way of proposing, and I was surprised to say the least, but I said YES! And now I’m an engaged person… whatever that means. Haha!

Anyway, I really am stopping now. Would love to share so much more but one post would not be able to hold them all.

Belated Happy Birthday to you again! ❤

XOXO

Purplemunchkim

Prompt Halt


I have decided to put a halt on my journal prompt challenge. I am terribly disappointed that I had to do this because I was really looking forward to writing about the topics in the prompt. My aim for doing it was to have fun, which I did; however, I was busy with a lot of things in my life right now that I just needed to prioritize for a bit.

I don’t plan to take a break for a long time; I think a day or two of “reality time” would be enough and I know that continuing with the journal prompt will not allow me to do so, so I understand that I needed to stop.

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Anyway, I guess that’s it. Ciao for now! ❤

FEB Day 17 : What do I want to learn?


A lot of things really, but mostly I want to learn a new language. I guess right off the bat that’s what I first thought of among the long list of things I want to learn. There’s a certain fulfillment I get when I learn a new language or at least when I’m able to understand foreign words when I hear them. Just being able to pronounce languages correctly makes me proud of myself already. 😀

I remember, because I aim of going to Japan someday, how I tried to self-learn Nihongo and even bought a Japanese two-way dictionary containing different phrases for specific situations that you can use to properly communicate with the locals. And because I was watching a lot of jdoramas and anime at that time, it helped me in learning how to pronounce words as correctly as I can without much difficulty.

Now that I’m an expat here in Qatar, I did thought of learning at least basic Arabic. I admit it was very hard for me, since my heart was not fully into it, but knowing that I live here and my profession puts me in front of locals and the arab speaking community on a daily basis, I know that I should try harder to learn.

Anyway, I’m ending this post with this video.