Monday, December 26, 2011

My own two cents: KBS Entertainment Awards 2011

One day has passed and now all sorts of news articles are coming out about how enraged people are that the entire cast of "1n2d" won the Daesang at the KBS Entertainment Awards 2011 without being nomintated, save for one cast member, Lee Seung Gi. But did KBS do the right thing? By awarding all the members when only Seunggi was nominated? Shouldn't they have just let the boys win Best Team instead of "Hello"? Yeah, I must admit, it was a big shock to all, including the members themselves, and also to the viewers. But I think this is the industry's way of honoring the guys for 5 years of hard work before the show ends in Feb 2012. And why not? 1n2d taught us a lot about what brotherhood, camaraderie and friendship is all about. Not to mention, travel, laughter, bolbubok... being a cultural icon....

When the show got passed over at the Best Team category, a whole bunch of us were really really pissed. We were thinking that KBS had gone nuts this year for not acknowledging the awesome teamwork the guys displayed after KHD's exit. When Sugeun won Best Excellence Male MC, I thought, "Okay, he deserves it for doing 4 shows." All of us thought that was the end. Only Seunggi was nominated for Daesang and I didn't think he would win, and even if he did, Seunggi would definitely stand on the stage and ask someone else to come up and take the award from him. I really thought he would do that. Like he'd say, "Kang Hodong, this is for you." Then when they were announcing the Daesang without first recapping who the nominees were, it already felt fishy. Then we were totally floored!! The whole cast won. Seunggi said he was able to accept the award since all the members won it. As Jongmin said, they suffered a lot (and deserved it). This is the way to end the show. You can't get any better than Daesang. And now they can all feel good about going their separate ways next year. They won't be asking each other "what if..."

So KBS did a good thing.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sultan Selangor's birthday

The kids' school is closed today due to it being the Sultan of Selangor's birthday. It's only public holiday in Selangor, and not KL, so I had to apply for leave today (since I work in KL and not Selangor) to take care of the kids at home.

The kids did not wake up late as I had expected [T_T] ... I wanted some downtime for myself to finish my ironing, but I managed to do that anyway while they were watching tv. After that I spent some time watching videos on YouTube of Beast's dance routines (the penguin shuffle) and fancams of Seunggi's concert that took place from the past 2 nights. There was a very kind soul that recorded the entire length of Seunggi performing "Time for Love", and I thought it was brilliant how he engaged the audience during Han Hyo Joo's talking part. He's such a seasoned entertainer, I thought. Wished I was there, dammit! Still mad at not being able to go (even though it's over).

I think my eldest, Salma, has an innate passion (and maybe talent) for music, because while I am watching Seunggi's concert fancams, she is singing and playing her keyboard piano in her room. A few days ago, I was in the kitchen, and she was in her room, and she was singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star into her microphone (it came with the electronic keyboard), and when she was done she said, in that concert performer tone, "Thank you! Thank you!" Hahahahahahaa... I was laughing to myself. I'm wondering where she learned that, because the only live concert shows she's watched with me are Music Bank and Inkigayo, and the artists don't get to say "Thank you" at the end cos they roll the next song straight away... so I'm totally baffled on that one... but at the same time, totally pleased at how smart she was.

Salma's current favorite song is "The Boys" by Girls Generation. She'll ask me to put on their music video before going to bed. I'm wondering whether The Boys is SNSD's best song on their latest album? For some reason, I can't get into the other songs that much...

Salma's gotten older and smarter now that she asks me what each SNSD girl's name is when they come on. I haven't memorized all their names yet, so like sometimes I can't tell her. And she will tell me, "I like that girl, the girls generation one..." "Which girl?"  "That one..." "???" There are so many of them, poppet!

It's spaghetti for lunch today... spaghetti and reruns of Music Bank. :)

*Update*: Even Salma asked why we didn't go to Seunggi's concert... Maybe next year, ok?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Missed the concert again

So Lee Seung Gi is having his concert tomorrow, and I am so envious of Yoke Leng and the rest of the Airens that are going! Initially, when I was pregnant with Sophie, I had planned to go to his concert at the end of this year, and I had actually saved $100 per month just for the trip. But then when the baby was born and we got divorced, I had to use that money I saved to pay for the rental deposit and other stuff, so by the time November came and ticket sales were open, I didn't have money to go. Plus I'd have to pay for flight tickets for me and two kids, which would not be cheap if I were to fly with MAS. I don't think I could fly Air Asia with two kids.

And such a shame too, because Clover is guesting on Seunggi's concert tomorrow! Aargh. If I had gone, it would've been a double whammy (get to see both my favorite ilbak boys). You owe me big time, man.

So, if my income allows it, I'll save up for next year. But not knowing if there will be a next year concert for LSG, cos he may be going off to military service soon. Oh woe is me. Plus 1n2d is ending next Feb. God knows if the boys will be doing stuff together after that or not. I hope they will though.

Was also planning a reunion with my Korean ex-schoolmates who live in Seoul. Argh, so regretting it now! I wish I had saved up more.

But I hope they (our eternal bloggers) take good pictures and post them up and have nice write-ups. It would have been nice to show the girls snow for the first time in their lives, cos it's snowing now in Seoul. Wouldn't that have been a great memory? Ohhh ... missed opportunities. I hope better ones come my way.

Whew this dusty blog!

Can you imagine me blowing the dust off of this dusty blog? I haven't posted anything here in ages. Feels like a lifetime.

But anyway. Here we go again. Gotta try to get back into the groove of blogging again. This blog used to be known as "Bleach fan becomes a new mom" and then it changed to "Bleach fan (re)discovers LSG." And now it's evolved into "LSG fan becomes a single mom and a G-Crew." haha!

I do envy those constant bloggers (aka tryp96, lsgairenint, etc I shall not name them all), but they are fansites, so that's different. I don't read any other blogs nowadays except theirs. Once the Arrancar thingie was over, I've put Bleach back on the shelf, too, and most probably will let it stay there. That part of my life is over. So welcome K-pop. (And the international K-pop community! Woot Woot!!)

So if there was ever a twist of fate, it was when I, as an Airen became a G-Crew. (laughs) Thank goodness Seunggi and Jiwon love each other like brothers, otherwise it would be quite strange for someone to have 2 loyalties. Does that even make sense? To be loyal to 2 different fandoms, that's what I meant.

Amidst of all of this, I became a single mom. Everything happened at the same time almost. But it's been good. More positive people have come into my life, and I think that just goes to show that "we don't stop, we can't stop, until we reach the top." Okay, so that was cheesy, but I think this is a good mantra.

I would like to thank my G-crew sisters for being on this journey with me. Though they are far away, they are always with me, day in and day out. I don't know if y'all are reading this or not, but if you are, you know who you are... I don't need to mention names. We can do this, ladies! If you believe, then it'll be reality. I think so.

So this blog started as my way to chronicle my life as a new mom, and musings on my children, and that part's not going to change much. Just that hmm... now that I have two kids, I'm not that surprised any more at the stuff that they do. So I am not tempted to blog about it much... you get what I mean? But let's see what I come up with when I have the time.

Well until then... watch this space. I'm back.