BTS ‘Love Yourself’ HER and My Fangirl Feels


BTS (aka Bangtan Sonyeondan, Bangtan Boys, Beyond The Scene, Boys That Slay and all kick-ass names you can think of) finally dropped their much-anticipated music video last September 18, after months of pleasurable agony ARMYs have experienced along the wait. It was an exciting ride nonetheless; for BTS has been feeding ARMYs with tweets, posters, highlight reels days (and weeks) before their comeback.

I’ve yet to receive the album I’ve pre-ordered through their official site; however, I’ve finished listening to the full album as soon as it became available on iTunes. I just needed to hear it ASAP. Also, since my Korean is almost non-existent, I did took the effort to check out in Youtube the English subs and Romanization of each songs. So here I am now, wanting to share all my thoughts about the whole album.

But first, let me just get this out there… I FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!

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Intro: Serendipity

ARMYs have already heard this song before the track list was dropped. Thanks to it being the INTRO for the album, a Comeback Trailer MV featuring Jimin was released on September 4.

It was the first time that someone from the vocal line was featured and I can’t help but think how perfect Jimin looked in the MV. The video itself was aesthetically pleasing to watch and adding Jimin, with his angelic blonde hair, makes everything more beautiful. The dominant yellow color and blue hues against the neutral backdrop is just too appealing for all my senses. Jimin’s voice fits the song perfectly.  It is a pretty chill and relaxing song and I’ve played it too many times to count. My favorite part of the song was where he sang 넌 내 푸른 곰팡이 (You are my blue mold/penicillin) at 1:14. The melody and Jimin’s voice is just overall perfection.

DNA 

This is BTS’ Title Track and I was at work when the MV was released last September 18.

As a title track, it took me a few listens to really get down to it. I find the sound totally different from their previous releases, which I know isn’t a bad thing because they always try something new with every comeback and we have their albums to prove it, it kind of left me wondering the first time if it’s a good Title track or not. Don’t get me wrong, the song itself isn’t bad, it’s just me questioning if it was a great Title track. Nevertheless, I love all of V’s parts in this song (not that I am biased, but yes he’s my UB) and I really appreciate that he was singing in his natural voice. And Jin! We finally get to hear Jin sing more lines and have more solo shots in the MV. I’m pretty sure a lot of Jin stans are very happy.

BEST OF ME

The song they’ve collaborated with The Chainsmokers.

I find this collaboration a great success. Best of Me is a really good BTS song and you can definitely hear the influence of The Chainsmokers in the beats and melody as you listen to it. Though I’m not a huge fan of The Chainsmokers, they do have songs that I really love and made me look forward to a lot more of BTS’ collaborations with other artists. If this song is any indication, ARMYs would hear a lot more of great music from BTS.

DIMPLE (보조개)

Vocal Line in their element. Probably my favorite song from the vocal line second to House of Cards (because that song is just sexy af). The line distribution for this song is so satisfying and the song itself is very catchy. Of course, I can’t get over the fact that they’re able to create “illegirl” and use it in their lyrics – only BTS can do that.

That Dimple is illegal (ille-gal)

No, it’s dangerous, oh yes

So I call you illegirl (ille-gal)

You’re existence alone is a crime

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Before I heard this song, I’ve already seen a lot of tweets saying that this was BTS’ diss song to ARMYs. Of course, dissing ARMYs is never a good idea unless you want to dig your own grave, but BTS is the only one who can diss ARMYs and get away unscathed. In fact, ARMYs find it so sweet and endearing that BTS would create such a song. Yes, I know… it’s weird and funny but cool for us ARMYs.

Anyway, after I’ve heard the song for myself and seen the lyrics, I don’t think it’s a diss song at all – it’s a SEDUCTION SONG! Don’t believe me? See these lines….

You’re not being punished

Come here, I’m your paradise

Can’t close your eyes (2x)

You can throw a fit but it’s no use (Don’t reject me)

Just close your eyes, tune your ears

And that is just a small part of the lyrics. Probably the reason why I’ve seen someone (fan of another group) who is trying her best to petition the banning of this song and BTS – I would love to post the receipt for this claim but I cannot find the tweet anymore. Will do a screenshot if ever it still exists because last I saw it, ARMYs are everywhere in the comment section.

SKIT: BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS SPEECH

The iconic speech of Bangtan’s great leader Kim Namjoon. Why am I not surprised that they’ve included this in the album? One of the things I love with BTS albums are the Skits and I must say that their Billboard moment is the perfect Skit to add in their new album. Pretty cool actually.

MIC DROP

Now this is a BTS Song! I knew this song will be my jam the first time I heard it. I actually wished Mic Drop was the title track after hearing it – I was that in love with the song and I have not even seen the English lyrics yet. The song just gave me this visual image of a sexy Bangtan and with kick-ass choreography. Well, I wasn’t far off the mark on that one because in their first Comeback Stage they performed Mic Drop and it was LIT!!! I can’t stop (internally) screaming!!! It’s pure perfection – the outfits, the choreography, the stage, the camera works, the boys themselves! I knew MIC Drop is THAT song and I just can’t stop playing it!

Take note: this song also has the most perfect line distribution among the members.

고민보다 GO

Loosely translated as “Rather than worry, Go”, but mostly known as Go Go, is another one of those songs with a very catchy tune. The YOLO YOLO YOLO part sticks to you the same way it did for me with BST’s (Blood, Sweat and Tears) WONHE MANHI MANHI. I also adore its’ fun lyrics of spending earned money while still young and to just don’t worry too much and have fun. BTS also performed this song in their Comeback Stage and I was really caught by surprise by the choreography. I never expected it to be cute, fun and full of memes. This is like the 21st Century Girls of this album. I have a feeling that this would be the song they would do a Halloween dance version of and I just knew it would be full Bangtan fun!

OUTRO: HER

If the vocal line has their own song, so does the Rap line. The song was co-produced by our genius Suga and is the perfect Outro for this album since the album is basically named HER. The song reminds me so much of the classic BTS sound – somewhat School Love Affair Era if I’m right, and I believe ARMYs who have been with BTS from the start would feel a little nostalgic with this classic tune.

 

So those are the main track list in the album. There are, of course, two hidden tracks that Rapmon mentioned and I’ve already heard both in Youtube. One was a Skit: Hesitation & Fear where BTS basically mentions they’re BBMAs win, they’re achievements, of how far they could go up and their fears of falling after reaching the top. It’s a very heartfelt conversation and I can’t help but admire them more. They are just so real to me and I never stanned a group as much as I do with BTS.

The next hidden track was called SEA and it has the most soothing melody I could fall asleep with it on repeat. It was produced by Rapmon and said to be inspired by Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84” (I feel the need to check that book out). It’s also another of BTS’ songs where I feel is very personal and real – I guess that’s what differentiates BTS with other idols I’ve admired. BTS songs just felt more personal for me. You know that they have a hand and a say in every song they release and that makes their music so relatable.

 

As a whole, this album is a 100% BOP! The vocal line shone bright in this album for me – Jin has the lines he deserves, Taehyung is no longer growling but is singing in his deep, natural voice, Jimin did the perfect Intro, and Jungkook is just overall the golden maknae that he is. Of course, I’m not going to forget the rap line because seriously they add the perfect spice to every song and are the embodiment of BTS’ sound.

After hearing the whole album, I also understood why they chose DNA as the Title track, despite me thinking that MIC Drop would have been a better choice – DNA just has that fresh sound that is really different from the rest of the songs. It’s a new and unique BTS sound and worthy of being the Title track on its own.

 

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The Mediocrity of Netflix’s DEATH NOTE


I tried. Seriously… I tried. But like all American adaptations of great Japanese anime, it has disappointed me in more ways than one.

I did, though, tried.

I tried to watch it as it is supposed to be – an adaptation. However, it still failed to deliver. I must stress that everything that made the original great and remarkable was non-existent in this film. I wondered what was going through the minds of the writers, producers and director during its production.

Have they watched the original anime series? How about the Japanese movie adaptations? Have any one of them read the manga as well?

It may be just an adaptation, an American version of the original, but why take away a big factor of what makes Death Note extraordinary and create something so cliché and mediocre?

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The characters have no chemistry. Lack character development. Entirely Lacklustre.

I find it a total shame not to have seen in this film one of the reasons (if not THE Reason) that made the anime so great – the chemistry between Light Yagami (in this case, Light Turner) and L. Two geniuses clashing brain power is electrifying to watch, it keeps you at the edge of your seat as you wait to see how each one would try to overwhelm the other. Two chess players patiently deliberating strategies and moving at their own pace until one cries checkmate.

You won’t see that in this movie.

Unlike the cool, calm and collected genius that Light Yagami was, Light Turner turned out to be a loser in high school who just happens to be quite smart (total american high school cliché). Of course, we don’t really have much proof of his supposed genius because of lack in character development, but he did get a chance to use his head by the end of the movie; albeit in a rather uninteresting way.

Also, they made him into a pathetic fool, controlled by a psychotic girl who is just plain annoying and with no depth in character whatsoever. An extra on the side who is mainly there to serve its purpose then discarded afterwards. Totally unlike the sweet Amane Misa.

L, whose actor I’ve been initially disappointed with and mentioned HERE, was not as enthralling as the original one either. Though I did like the contrast in his clothing from the original L, the character is just lacking in so many ways. And when he started being overly emotional and acting like an immature brat, I just gave up and just wished the film to end.

L and Light

Willem Dafoe, who played the death god Ryuk, and whom I thought would be this film’s saving grace wasn’t enough either. They’ve turned Ryuk into a manipulative monster who doesn’t really add much spice into the story.

He doesn’t appear much either…

The storyline was too fast-paced for its own good. The two main characters (who basically are the core of the story) have suffered greatly due to this and the way they’ve concluded the story was too rushed to the point where it seemed like the people behind the film just wanted to get it over and done with.

The result? The ending didn’t left me wanting more… I was just glad it ended.

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Overall, Netflix’s Death Note is an utter let-down and an entirely forgettable version of a great anime series.

EXO (Shimmy Shimmy) KO KO BOP


I can’t help it. That “Shimmy, Shimmy” needs to be added on the title.

Last July 18, SMEnt finally released EXO’s comeback song Ko Ko Bop, much to EXO-L’s delight. EXO’s been lying low for a while so this comeback is definitely much-awaited and considered long-overdue to fans.

So here are my two-cents on the video and the song. Yes, I do have two separate opinions about the MV and the song itself.

The MV is trippy (in very good way)! As expected of most Kpop music videos, the colors are basically “in your face”. The blues and greens, which are very prominent in the video, give off a pretty cool aesthetic. Combined with the splashes of reds, yellows, pinks here and there reminded me of those colorful gumballs. Basically, I think, the whole video is one Gumball Machine and EXO and everything else are gumballs.

No? Ok, I’m stopping right here.

As always, the boys’ visuals never disappoints, and though I facepalm myself everytime I see Baekhyun’s mullet and Kai’s dreads, the group’s overall look still hits a punch.

And yes I have to make mention of Kai’s well-toned abs, Sehun’s slightly open shirt, and Xiumin! OMG have you seen Xiumin?!? His visuals in this comeback definitely stood out!

Ko Ko Bop is… I don’t really know how I feel about the song. I didn’t like it when I first heard it so I’ve listened to it a couple more times just to see if my opinion would be slightly different. I think after doing so all I can conclude is that it is an okay song. There are definite parts where it sticks to you like Chen’s “It goes down, down baby” (Chen’s vocals always gets me) and the part where they sing “Ah woo”, which sounds really good by the way, BUT was it a strong comeback song? I think no.

I remember when I heard Growl for the first time, I knew right off the bat it was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G song, and I still think so. I even blogged about it at that time because I was that impressed by it. You can check out the post HERE if you’re interested. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same impact with Ko Ko Bop.

As a whole, EXO’s 4th album “THE WAR”, is for sure better than their previous ones. Their sound definitely matured and got better and I really dig that. I just happen to finish listening to the album last night,  and I must say, for now, my favorites are “Going Crazy” and “The EVE”.

Speaking of The EVE, how excited was I to wake up and see this golden fancam on my youtube feed?

There’s a non-fancam version of this performance, but I prefer this one better, because I get to see the group dance as a whole without the camera going back and forth between members and making me dizzy af. Plus, we can all better appreciate their very rude choreography in this angle more.

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I want an MV of this song ASAP!!!

 

Burger Boutique


It is Friday again, the only day I’m able to call mine. I do miss the days when I get to have two days off. Anyway, it was afternoon and I was strolling around with a friend at Gulf Mall and doing one of my favorite past times – window shopping – when hunger strikes us both. As usual, we wanted to dine somewhere we haven’t tried before, so I checked my ever helpful Zomato app to see what restaurants around the mall’s vicinity we could find, so as not to go too far.

Browsing for a place to dine didn’t take long despite having too many choices. Food reviews and photos alone already helped pique my interest and a photo of a flame-red burger at Burger Boutique certainly stood out.

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Obviously, I’m not much of a food blogger. I don’t normally blog all the foods and restaurants I’ve tried and been to. However, I do make exceptions for places that made quite an impression or has really tasty food that I would confidently recommend to friends and to people in general.

And so to start of, these are what we ordered.

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Sticky Maple Buffalo Shrimps (42 QAR)

I love these Buffalo Shrimps! They are sweet and tasty and definitely one of my faves. One thing I should remark though is that it was kind of pricey since it was just a small portion. About 6 or 7 pieces only.

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Commando Fries (35 QAR) – Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Grilled Onion, Jalapeno, Crispy Roasted Onions and West Coast Sauce.

Good for two people! It’s well seasoned and real tasty. Both my friend and I enjoyed it.

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Dynamite Slider (30 QAR) – Cheddar, Grilled Onions, Jalapeno and Chipotle Ranch Sauce

The very reason why I chose Burger Boutique. These sliders are so pretty! Instagram-worthy to those who like to post pretty foods on their IG. Was it good though? It is. It was very spicy with the Jalapeno though, but you can certainly request not to add it if you prefer a less spicy one. The bun was really soft, which I would have liked if only it was able to hold the chicken patty well.

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Midnight Slider (24 QAR) – Cheddar, Lettuce, Mustard Saueteed Onions, House Pickles and West Coast Sauce

Unlike the Dynamite sliders, the soft buns worked well with the beef patty and the combined taste of the mustard and west coast sauce is really delicious. Between the two sliders we’ve ordered, we both agreed that this tastes better and is perfect with the soft bun.

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The Amazing Waffle (50 QAR) – Banana, Fress Berries with Milk and White Chocolate

Being a sweet-tooth that I am, I can never not order dessert when I dine out. So we tried out their amazing waffle since I was legit craving for a waffle. You could say this one satisfied my craving.

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Vanilla Shake (?) and Lemon & Mint (22 QAR)

For drinks, I always order anything lemon and mint, while my friend ordered for a vanilla shake. Note that the vanilla shake was not on the menu and was something that we tried to ask if they make one. Fortunately the do and so my friend was able to have one.

Overall, would I go again? Totally! The service was pleasant and so is the ambience. Moreover, I’m looking forward to try more of their menu. I really do feel like there’s more to try and that, for me, is something.

 

Burger Boutique Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.