Jo Kwon Mini Fan Meeting

I was lucky enough to be picked to attend Jo Kwon’s (singer of 2AM, musical actor) fan meeting at his cereal cafe – Midnight in Seoul – a couple weeks ago. The meeting was to celebrate the 9th anniversary of his debut.

I applied on the 2AM Daum cafe. I was a bit apprehensive because I’m not 100% confident about my Korean skills, but also meeting someone I admire was intimidating too. Nonetheless I applied and I went.

It was a pretty chill affair, although the weather itself was far from chilly. It’s summer which means heat, humidity, and the rainy season. Luckily the rain wasn’t a problem… until I had to go home anyway.

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It was held just outside Midnight In Seoul which is the cereal cafe Jo Kwon runs (co-runs? co-owns? The place was originally run by other people, I believe). About 30-35 fans total sat outside in the outdoor seating area while we waited. Actually, Jo Kwon came in rather nonchalantly. His parents and aunts were waiting inside, so he sat with them for a bit.

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The whole event took about 30-40 minutes. He greeted us and answered questions we wrote on memo notes. My question was what’s his favorite musical, but he answered all the ones he has been in and one or two others lol. So actually I don’t know if it was interpreted as “What’s your favorite” or “What’s your favorite that you’ve done”. By the way, he said he’s working on a new solo album. No word yet on when it’ll be released since he’s currently acting in the musical “Evil Dead” in Seoul.

He then showed us how to make one of the cereal specials that’s on the menu in the cafe. We also each got a chance to go up and say hi/get a signature. I was pretty nervous, but it turned out okay.

That was pretty much the end of the event. A few people got selfies with him, but he looked kinda busy so not many did it. I thought he’d pack up and leave, but he actually stuck around and worked at the cafe! Granted, there were other staff members, but he helped here and there. I ended up buying one the menu items which ended up being pure sugar.

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See? Tasty, but holy cow that’s just all sugar right there.

Now quite a bit after the event, maybe 30 minutes or so, I ended up getting a selfie with Jo Kwon. I had stayed to snack and also because the rain got kinda heavy. I didn’t really feel like walking in the rain (I ended up having to anyway). I felt bad about asking for a photo because he looked pretty tired, and I think he was packing up to leave. He was very kind, though, and obliged to take a photo.

Quick note: The cafe itself is nice. It’s actually split into 2 sections which are on either side of the building entrance, but share the outdoor seating area. I didn’t partake in any other food, so I’m curious about the privately labeled cereal. You can actually order it on their website, so I may give that a go one of these days.

You can check out Midnight in Seoul on Instagram and their website. If you’re in Seoul it may be fun to head on over. You may see Jo Kwon or other celebs!

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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.

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!

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!

F(x) “4 Walls” Spazz Podcast with NYAN

I’m happy I get to share a new (and hopefully reoccurring) project with all of you! I recorded my first podcast with the fine people of Not Your Average Netizens yesterday.

We spazzed over f(x)’s “4 Walls” – both the MV and album. I think Shannon conveyed all da feels best lol. I don’t often get to spaz with people over Kpop so I’m not as vocal as I could be.

Thank you, Ashe and Shannon, for having me. I’m looking forward to having the chance to record more with my fellow fans.