2019 Goals

          I thought about writing this post at the beginning of January to mark well, the beginning of a new year but the more I thought about it the more I realized that I wasn’t completely sure whether the goals I set for myself in December would still be relevant for me in 2019. I am the type of person who likes starting over, I like new beginnings and therefore I love starting a new year. I stand by the ‘tomorrow is a new day’ saying and thus 2019 started and I was sat down at my desk, pouring over my goals and trying to break them down into more manageable tasks, to understand how I want to go about achieving them. This is how I realized that I wasn’t so keen on some of the goals I set for myself. Of course, in true perfectionist fashion, I started to panic because January already started and that meant I didn’t have the perfect plan to get me through the year (I am an anxious person.)

          This made me realize that:

  1. You can never have the perfect plan because life’s a bitch and it likes to throw curveballs.
  2. I can always switch things up. If halfway through the year I don’t care to learn to play the guitar anymore, I don’t have to do that. I don’t have to force myself to do anything that doesn’t make me happy and that is okay.

          Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m willing to just scrap goals just because I know I won’t achieve them or because I’m too insecure about doing them (e.g – going places on my own). I just have to adjust them, tweak a few things here and there and hopefully, I’ll achieve the goals I’m not 100% sure about. This is why when coming up with your goals, be them monthly, yearly, 5-years and 10-year goals, it’s important to sit down with a cup of coffee and really ask yourself what do you want to do. What’s worth your time here on earth and what makes you happy? Tailor your plans according to the answers to those questions, have some ambition and you’ll see you’ll come out a happier person in the end.

          So, a couple of my 2019 goals (as of now) are:

          Get a first in my second year of university – this one is pretty self-explanatory and a goal that most likely won’t change. Some of the steps I’m taking to achieve this goal is to attend each lecture and seminar as much as possible, to read for my seminars every day and to start my assignments two weeks before they’re due instead of leaving them until the last minute. I already wrote down all my deadlines in my bullet journal and my calendar on my phone.

          Go fully vegan – I’m quite embarrassed to say that I’m weak when it comes to sweets and I am the worst baker ever. As in I burn everything I try to bake. So if baking my own sweets is impossible and buying vegan sweets is super expensive for my student budget, well, I haven’t been really doing great in that department… but I am working on it every day and hopefully this year I’ll go fully vegan.

          Read 30 books – not counting the reading I have to do for university, of course. My reading goal last year was 30 books and I barely managed to achieve that. I’m not sure why I struggled so much when in other years I would read way more than 30 books with no problem. It’s probably because I have to read so much for school that when it comes to reading for pleasure I’m kind of exhausted.

          Finish three of the stories I started last year – I tend to go through phases when I’m super motivated to write so last year I started three stories, one of which I was supposed to finish over the Christmas break so this year I want to at least finish two of them – the one that I was meant to finish over Christmas and the collab. I think out of all my goals this goal and the reading goal are the most susceptible to change.

          Complete my BTS album collection – this one’s pretty up in the air too but right now I’m determined to achieve this goal. I’ve always been someone who collects stuff from W.I.T.C.H. comic books to well, books and stationery to kpop albums. I currently have all their Korean albums but I still need to complete the LY Her, Tear and Answer albums and the WINGS albums. Of course, this is going to be a pretty slow progress since these albums are damn expensive but I guess we’ll see by the end of the year if I manage to achieve this.

          Learn graphic design – I used to do graphic design for forums back in 2013 and 2014 and I’ve always enjoyed it so much but of course, I wasn’t knowledgeable enough to actually know what I was doing. This year I want to learn the right way and so I am planning to achieve this goal over the summer.

          So this is it, these are my current 2019 goals. Of course, these are all (okay maybe some of them) susceptible to change but I guess we’ll see. For now, I’m really excited to see what 2019 has in store for me. I feel like for the first time in my life I am finally able to look forward to my future without too much anxiety clouding my mind which is something I’m very proud of.

          Anyway, until next time!

          With love,

          Sonny xx

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Top 7 Songs: BTS + Solos

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          As I have mentioned in one of my earlier posts about kpop, one of my favourite groups at the moment is BTS. BTS has had such amazing success both in their home country and abroad which I find very impressive. Not many groups have been able to break into the international market and stay there for as long as BTS has. Personally, I like BTS’ more upbeat songs and I think my favourite album of theirs is WINGS so you’ll see a lot of that in this post. I think the reason why I decided to do this is 1 because I wanted to share my love for BTS and their amazing discography and 2 because I think it would be cool if I could show some people who maybe don’t know much about kpop or BTS, some awesome songs! 

          Without further ado, here are my seven favourite songs from BTS, including their solo songs!

BTS – Coffee

J-hope – Mama

BTS – Spring Day

Jimin – Serendipity

BTS – Mic Drop Remix ft Desiigner

Jungkook – Euphoria

BTS – Not Today

Bonus

V – Stigma

BTS – Dimple

Jungkook – Begin

          So here it is, my top seven BTS songs! Thanks a lot for reading and feel free to let me know what your favourite songs are and also check out my last blog post which is my to-do list for my second year of university.

With love,

Sonny xx

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My Favourite Kpop Groups

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About a week ago I talked about my kpop journey and my kpop journal and how much I enjoy kpop. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I would want to write a list of my favourite kpop groups since I’m obviously a fan of Korean music and entertainment but to recap on the things I mentioned in my last post about kpop, I became a kpop fan in the spring of 2012 and have been an on and off fan ever since then. I started out with groups like BigBang and 2NE1 and although I am a soft stan (someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time streaming music videos and obsessing over comebacks) I very much enjoy this new generation of kpop groups – even though I will always prefer the second generation.

Here are a couple of my favourite groups, my bias and favourite song from each group.

SHINee

Shinee (/ˈʃaɪniː/ SHY-nee; Korean: 샤이니; Japanese: シャイニー; stylized as SHINee) is a South Korean boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group is composed of four members: Onew, Key, Minho, and Taemin. Originally a five-piece group, vocalist Jonghyun died in December 2017. The group’s popularity in their native country has earned them numerous accolades and the title “Princes of K-pop” (Wikipedia)

Ah, SHINee… They truly are the princes of kpop! I fell in love with SHINee almost immediately after I fell in love with kpop as a whole. The first song I heard from them was Lucifer and then Ring Ding Dong which then led me to watch Hello Baby and the rest is history! My first bias was Taemin simply because of his long hair in Lucifer, then Minho because he was so sweet with the toddler from Hello Baby. Then my bias switched to Key because I really liked how he wasn’t ashamed to be a bit more feminine but ultimately, my heart really always belonged to Jonghyun (it still does today). As you’ve read from the quote I got from Wikipedia, Jonghyun died in December of 2017 which of course affected me in ways I cannot even begin to describe but what I do have to say about him is that he was always such a big part of my life, even if he didn’t know it. You know how when you’re a teenager and nobody really gets you and you’re moody and upset, you find solace in music or celebrities because they seem to understand? Jonghyun was that for me. His music was legendary and the way he stood up for minorities and his open-mindedness, well, I really truly believe that he shaped me into who I am today. To me, SHINee will forever be five.

Favourite song: SHINee – The Reason

BTS

BTS (Hangul: 방탄소년단; RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 12, 2013, with the song “No More Dream” from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool. (Wikipedia)

I have to say that I pretty much watched BTS grow into the group they are today right from the beginning – not because I want to gloat or anything but because the more they gained popularity and confidence, the more I fell in love with them. At first, I didn’t really like their music, hip-hop is not necessarily my style although I do enjoy some songs here and there, as the years went by they began evolving and growing up. Their music changed, their creativity started showing through their lyrics, their music videos and their overall presence in the Korean music industry. As for my bias, well, it’s super hard for me to choose a bias in BTS for some reason. I love all of them equally even though sometimes I lean more towards one over the others.

My favourite song: BTS – Spine Breaker

Mamamoo

Mamamoo (Hangul: 마마무), sometimes stylized as MAMAMOO, is a South Korean girl group formed by RBW (formerly WA Entertainment) in 2014. The group officially debuted on June 19, 2014, with the single “Mr Ambiguous”. Their debut was considered by some critics as one of the best K-pop debuts of 2014. They are recognized for their retro, jazz, R&B concepts and strong vocal performances. (Wikipedia)

Uh, where do I begin? I am soo in love with Mamamoo. Their energy is absolutely insane and their vocals slay me every single time they open their mouths. I don’t even think there’s a member in Mamamoo that doesn’t have talent – they are all so genuinely amazing, it’s insane. I learnt about these queens from a friend back in college and although I liked their earlier songs, I am not a big jazz person but as they evolved, I started falling more and more for these four amazing ladies. I really recommend listening to their entire discography because it’s honestly a gold mine. As for my bias – Moonbyul really has my heart at the moment. I love how badass she is, her rapping always gets me and her singing voice is so unique, it’s amazing!

My favourite song: Mamamoo – Starry Night

So here it is, three of my favourite kpop groups as of now. Feel free to let me know what your opinions are on these three groups and what your favourite groups are! Also, make sure to check out my last blog post which is a list of useful tips to get over a writing block. Thanks a lot for reading! (GIFs and videos aren’t mine – credit goes to the owners!)

With love,

Sonny xx
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Kpop Journal

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          This weekend’s blog post is a bit more relaxed. In retrospect, I wanted to make a post about change and how change is inevitable so we might as well embrace it and make the best out of it, but after thinking about it and trying to script it out I decided against it. That blog post might come later next week instead. This weekend I am going to talk about my kpop journal and what it means to me. Granted, it’s not a blog post that takes too much brain power to read or write but it’s a fun one.

          I started listening to kpop six years ago in April when a really good friend of mine sent me the link to her Tumblr. Now mind you, I didn’t even know what kpop was when I went on her page and saw thousands of colourful MV gifs. I clicked on one of the links and it took me to the song ‘Haru Haru’ by BigBang which made me realize that I listened to G-Dragon before that. So technically, my first kpop song was G-Dragon ‘Heartbreaker’ but I always tell people that it was BigBang’s ‘Haru Haru’. I then went on to check out 2NE1 and fell in love with their entire discography, I even watched 2NE1 TV and their appearances on Strong Heart. Then I fell in love with SHINee and the rest is history.

          As a lot of people do, I fell in and out of love with kpop. First, it was because I still loved heavy metal and punk and as a child, I didn’t understand that I could love both kpop and rock at the same time. Then because the more social media became prevalent in the kpop industry the more the kpop I knew was changing and I didn’t like that. In fact, I hated how idols stopped being comfortable displaying affection towards one another, especially boy groups and girl groups and how fans couldn’t stop fighting over who was better. Then I learned about the really heavy stuff, the abuse that goes behind closed doors. This is not to say that kpop is bad, it’s not bad at all. These people singing and dancing and rapping on stage are just humans doing what they love most and are an inspiration for a lot of people.

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          That being said, I re-fell in love with kpop when ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ by BTS came out. I knew BTS since their debut and I always enjoyed their music but BS&T really did it for me. I spent my days and nights obsessing over kpop again because damn, everything just got better. The cinematography, the sets, the creativity, it just drew me in and I loved it. This, in turn, made me turn my studygram into a mixed account. I started posting pictures of my notes, my bullet journal and finally of my kpop journal.

          What is a kpop journal? I didn’t really know either, I just saw all these amazing pictures on Instagram and fell in love with how colourful and pretty they all were so I decided that I would make one too. I watched videos about it and stalked every big kpop Instagrammer until I finally decided to buy my own journal and give it a try. Sure, mine didn’t look like those amazing pictures online but I had so much fun with it! I started doing birthday spreads and spreads about my favourite groups.

          I don’t think this blog post has a moral or a message per say, maybe that we should be open to possibilities and always have fun trying new things. Anyway, thanks a lot for reading my rambles. Make sure to check out my last blog post which is my August TBR!

 

With love,

Sonny

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