Is It Okay To Be in 2 Kpop Fan Clubs?

There’s no question that Kpop fans can have a fierce loyalty to their favorite groups. From fansite managers, to people who run Tumblrs, people who go to pretty much every event and take videos, and people who buy multiples of CDs just to get into a fan sign event. Those people are super into their groups!

But are we, as fans, allowed to have more than one bias? Or are we supposed to swear unfailing loyalty to our one ultimate group/singer?

I was kind of wondering this when I saw that GOT7 was having their 3rd recruitment for IGOT7s. I’ve been an official Hottest for about 4-5 years now. Even having moved back home I still sign up when the new period starts. However, last year I had been considering being an IGOT7 too. I didn’t sign-up then, though, because I didn’t feel super into GOT7 at the time. Not enough to shell out around $60 anyway. This year was different! I’ve been getting more into the group and I decided to just go for it.

And, really, we shouldn’t feel hesitation in terms of whether it’s “okay” to be part of 2 fan clubs. Why not? We international fans almost never get to see our groups live anyway. We’re just doing it to support them.

I do get that there are people who only want to support one group, and that’s cool too. You want to put your energy into that group. As for me, I’m mostly a casual fan of many many groups, though I have a weakness for people from JYPE obviously haha. I’ll cheer for the big guys along with the nugus if I like the group.

Anyway, my point (along with a few others in the video) is that you can like as many groups as you want. Just respect each other, respect the artists, and enjoy the music! Because that’s what it’s really about.

NYAN 3/6/16 GALAXY QUEST

This week on Not Your Average Netizens, can K-pop fans somehow make themselves look crazier and more insane than they already are? The answer will surprise you! Also, we reluctantly accept GFriend as next in line to SNSD’s throne and kneel at the altar of Mamamoo. More importantly, a boatload of MVs are just sitting waiting for our ridicule and review so, we’re mostly gonna do that this episode.

MVs reviewed:

[Mv] Ladies’ Code – Galaxy
브레이브걸스 (Brave Girls) – 변했어 MV
[MV] NU’EST(뉴이스트) _ OVERCOME(여왕의 기사)
CLC(씨엘씨) – ‘예뻐지게(High Heels)’ MV Short Ver.
TAEMIN 태민_Press Your Number_Performance Video Ver.1
마마무 (MAMAMOO) – 넌 is 뭔들 (You’re the best) MV
ASTRO (아스트로) – 장화 신은 고양이 (Cat’s Eye) MV
[MV] Rainbow(레인보우) – Whoo Music Video
[MV] VOISPER(보이스퍼) _ In your voice(그대 목소리로 말해줘)
[MV] 우주소녀(WJSN)(COSMIC GIRLS) _ Mo Mo Mo (모모모)
[Debut Stage] 160225 우주소녀 (WJSN (COSMIC GIRLS)) – Catch Me (캐치미) @ 엠카운트다운 M! Countdown

*I’m finally back for an episode! This time it’s ladies’ night with plenty of MVs to look at.

Why do I still study Korean?

Even though I don’t study nearly as much as I did when I lived in Korea, I still like to study Korean in my free time back home. But people have asked why do I keep studying even though I’m no longer in Korea?

Well, honestly, why not? Why do we, when we are young students, have to study other languages? There’s no guarantee we will use it in those specific countries. But it’s good for you! It’s good for your brain.

Also, I spent quite some time studying while I was in Korea. Why should I give up that skill? There were days when I was deskwarming and I would spend a couple hours (or more) listening to Talk To Me in Korean podcasts. Or I’d go to cafes after work and study by myself or with friends. I even took the beginner level TOPIK. So why stop? Even though I don’t keep a consist schedule for studying, and I really should, I like that I’ve kept it up.

Another reason is that it’s comforting. Daejeon became a second home and there are many times I miss it there and all my friends. I even had occasions to meet and hang out with the fine folks at Talk To Me in Korean. ^^ So hearing them on podcasts and watching their videos makes me feel like I’m back with them.

Speaking of which, I highly recommend TTMiK if you haven’t been there! Both the website and their YouTube page are very, very useful. Honestly they account for, like, 90% of my study materials. You can also listen to music and watch TV programs to study. Keep word journals of vocabulary you hear while watching. Write down unfamiliar words and go back to them later for review. These kinds of exercises make for more effective vocabulary learning.

And even if you take breaks, it’s no big deal. Just get back at it. You can do it! 화이팅!

Let’s Eat – Kimchi & Tuna Canapé

I recently fell in love with Jisook’s (from the girl group Rainbow) little show on KStyleTV’s YouTube channel. The show is called “Coming Sook”, I believe, and it’s so fun! Jisook tries all these different things like calligraphy, cooking, and making crafts.

In a show last month she brewed her own beer and made finger food to go with it. They looked really good so I had to try it myself. So I present Jisook’s kimchi and tuna canapé.

What is a canapé? Well, I had to look it up on Wikipedia: “A canapé is a type of hors d’œuvre (“outside the (main) work”), a small, prepared and usually decorative food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite.”

Let’s try it! While Jisook fries her tofu, I decided to bake mine. Frying it certainly faster, but baking tofu gives it a firmer texture. Plus, it’s slightly better for you than frying.

 

tofu

Baking da tofu

I cut the tofu block into squares, and lined a baking sheet with parchment paper. Different cooking sites give different oven temperatures for baking tofu, but I’d say 400 degrees is good. Bake it for around 20-25 minutes, flipping them over half way through.

Meanwhile you can cook up the topping. Jisook didn’t use precise measurements, and I didn’t really either. I used –

  • 1 handful of chopped kimchi
  • 1 small can of skipjack tuna
  • approx. 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • approx. 1 tsp of sesame oil

Jisook used soju (or possibly cheongju [rice wine]) for the tuna smell, but I don’t mind the smell of tuna so I didn’t add anything like that. I also added a very small amount of garlic powder because I like garlic. Next time I think I’d use chopped garlic instead.

Once the topping and tofu are done you just enjoy!

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I didn’t eat it all in all in one go, but as long as you keep the tofu and topping separate they’ll keep for a few days until you finish it off.

Thanks to Jisook I now have a lovely, yummy recipe for parties or snacks. 잘 먹었습니다 ~

Plus, you can totally make the kimchi and tuna topping with other things like rice, noodles, or vegetables.

Happy eating!

New Year, New K-pop Exercise Playlist

Can’t deny it, I was slacking over the holidays in regards to working out. But here we are, a new year, and it’s time to get back in the game.

I did a K-pop exercise playlist quite a while ago, so I’d say we’re about due for a reboot. I picked 10 songs from my current running playlist that I think you’ll enjoy (plus a few that didn’t quite make the list).

1. 4Minute – Crazy

2. SNSD – Love & Girls

3. SISTAR – Shake It

4.  Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb

5. MYNAME – 너무 very 막

6. Block B – Her

7. Brown Eyed Girls – Hot Shot

8. 15& – Sugar

9. KARA – Mamma Mia

10. Big Bang – Bang Bang Bang!

Honorable Mentions:

EXID – Up & Down
EXO – Growl
f(x) – Red Light
Super Junior – SPY
2PM – Go Crazy!

I do rotate songs in and out, but a lot of songs have stayed on my playlist for a really time. I guess they have staying power!

Best Dakkalbi Ever!

I’d been dreaming of one particular place in Daejeon since returning home, and I couldn’t wait to go there when I was on vacation in fall. That place is 맛존 (mat-jon or Mat [flavor/taste] Zone). I have never tasted better dakkalbi than there.

The first time I went there was a few years back when my friend was working there part-time in college. It became a favorite place among our group. I always get “mild” spice because even that makes my nose run. I had “hot” once with co-workers and I could barely handle it. So good though! It’s secret too. The owner makes the sauce off-site and brings it in to the restaurant. Wow!

You can get add-ons like cheese or have them make it into bokkeumbap (fried rice) with your leftovers. Plus, they have yummy pineapple makkeolli!

Mat-jon isn’t too hard to find. It’s in Gungdong (궁동) which is the area right by Chungnam University. Start from Sobija Mart, where all the taxis drop off/pick up. Walk straight for a minute or so. Turn right at the first large street by Paris Baguette. Then make a left at the next street. Mat-jon will be on the right side. Enjoy!

matjon map

Address: 대전광역시 유성구 궁동 408-14
(You’ll probably get more accurate results plugging that into Naver Maps as opposed to Google Maps)

NYAN – Best of 2015

Well, 2015 is past us, 2016 is here. So some of us at NYAN did a 2015 best of show to wrap things up.

Before the show I went to look at all the releases that came out last year and, holy cow, there was a lot! So many I forgot about. I had a hard time choosing my best-ofs and I probably left too many out. Also Tim noticed my SHINee bias which I was somewhat oblivious to haha. I’ll try to branch out more.

We also played a little Cards Against Humanity a la Kpop (from KSoul Magazine). We’ll have to add to the deck in the future because I think it could be a funny/silly thing to play once in a while.

Thank you all for listening! I know not everyone agrees with the people on the podcast, and we have strong opinions, but thank you for keeping an open mind. The great thing about this community is that there are so many fans and so many groups/singers to be a fan of. We may not all love the same people, but hopefully we can listen to each other and appreciate different view points.🙂

Cheers to 2016!