adorable children, great song, and the magic of wholesale stores

The highlight of today wasn’t BTS’ new music video or that Super Junior released their travel book.

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It was when Cho Yong PIl released the music video for Sullem or Romance.
I didn’t know Cho Yong Pil was even releasing a music video today, so it was a pleasant surprise, especially since I wasn’t expecting anything and wasnt expecting it to be this good.

I personally don’t like the English title, because it doesn’t do the Korean title justice.
Sullen is more like the nervous, heart-fluttery, excited feeling you get on your chest, like when you see your crush (or your oppa). And Romance is just…not cutting it.

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In the video, Cho Yong PIl himself is no where to be seen (except as giant cardboard cutouts), but Mason Moon and Aleyna Yilmaz fill in the empty spot and they do it perfectly.

The story is pretty simple.

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A little boy goes grocery shopping with his mother when he falls in love at first sight with a girl who is also on a shopping trip. As she walks past him, something overtakes this boy, making him realize that if he doesn’t act now, he’ll never see her again. So after he gets his mother to pick him up from the cart, he dashes through all the aisles to find his first love.

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They meet and she takes his tiny little hand and they spend a magical afternoon, playing with all the goodies found inside the wholesale store (Costco – or whatever Emart Traders is – would be the best place to get lost in). They let their imaginations run wild, everyone else disappears, and it is just absolutely breathtaking at how beautiful the entire thing is.

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One of the many reasons why I love this music video (and the song) is that Cho Yong Pil sings this song about someone falling in love and unable to contain this exhilarating feeling inside. But then he goes and portrays it as innocently as he possibly can with two of the most adorable children when he could have just had two adults madly in love with each other.

There’s just nothing more beautiful than a child’s innocence, especially in times like these when children are really no longer children.

I also realized that I love this music video because it’s somewhat parallel to my favorite book The Little Prince. As adults, we view things with more logic and miss the main idea.

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But like the Little Prince, like the children in this music video, things don’t have to be so complicated.

I mean, I watched the kids run off from their moms’ shopping carts and thought to myself, “Those kids are going to get lost and their moms are going to get so angry.”

But that’s not the point of the music video.

The point is that love can be pure and quite simple, but we get distracted by unnecessary details.

So the next time you overthink things, just stop and enjoy the moment.

Photo Credit: YPC Production

g-dragon…somehow always ends up bringing me back to him

I don’t know how he does it, but every time I try not to be impressed, G-Dragon ends up doing the opposite.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been a fan of Big Bang since they were born. Even watched their documentary as it was airing.

But there was a point when Big Bang/G-Dragon and I had a falling out (because you know, we were intimately involved -_-).

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I really respect G-Dragon for his music and artistic perspective, but at times, there are things that he does that just makes me raise an eyebrow…(like not wearing pants…. and wearing…whatever the heck that is)

He can at times be a little too much, so my attention went elsewhere.

To be honest, MichiGO or Coup d’Etat didn’t really hang onto my ear, so I was just meh when it came to his new album. But when the little dude decided he’s going to release his album in three parts, I should have known he had something up his sleeve.

Part 1 was okay. Nothing extraordinary  that caught my attention.

And then came part 2.

Well, let’s just say the only song I’ve been listening to all day is Crooked. 

I.can’t.stop.listening.to.it.

The beat, the rap, the singing. But mostly the lyrics.
On the outer layer, it just sounds like an energetic, power to ya kind of song, but once you hear the lyrics, your whole viewpoint will change for Crooked. 

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It’s actually a really sad breakup song, which explains why G-Dragon is dramatically crying in a shower stall at the end of the video. When I’m listening to this song, this bubble of anguish that has been silently sitting at the bottom of my gut rises up and just swallows me whole. If it was that time of the month, I’m sure I might have shed a tear or two (TMI Grace, TMI).

I have no idea why the song hits home for me, but now I’m just stuck.

I guess the point of this post is to say that no matter what G-Dragon does that I like or don’t like, it really doesn’t matter. Because at the end of the day, he’s just an artistic genius that automatically attracts attention and ropes you back to him.

Ugh, I hate/love G-Dragon.

On an ending note:

I like this picture.

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teen top makes me want to be an idol

There. I said it.

Every time my friend Angie goes to a concert (usually of a boy band), she doesn’t fangirl over the members. Instead, she’s fuming in jealousy over the talent that these boys have. They dance, they sing, they rap, they look good, etc.

I never really understood her until I watched Teen Top’s Rocking music video.

That free step. What more can I say?

I just wish I was that coordinated and light on my feet to pull off moves like that (I can already see myself attempting, tripping, and eating dirt in the privacy of my bedroom and yet still burning up in embarrassment).

Teen Top makes it look so easy that it makes me mad. At the same time, it really shows why these boys are like stick skinny.

I’ve already told my friend Sydney (dancer, choreographer, Dancing 9 contestant) to learn the choreography and then attempt to teach me.

Until the day I master these amazing moves, I will continue to glare in pure jealousy.