My favourite songs

So I recently decided to update my list of all-time favourite songs, since I haven’t updated the list in a while.

Criteria for my all-time favourite songs:

  • I like it (never would have guessed that, hm?)
  • I can listen to it for 24 hours on repeat (when listening to music) and not get bored by it (my record lies at 3 days) AND / OR I cannot stop moving/singing to this song no matter what you do to me

That’s all. There isn’t anything else. I don’t make a difference regarding music genre, artists, origin or something like that. Of course a lot of the songs are Korean though, since it is the main kind of music I listen to but there are others too.

So let’s get into it and feel free to check out the songs and watch the videos, I hope you can find some songs to love too.

Except for the last two in the list, no specific order. The last two are the ones that ALWAYS get me.

Taylor Swift (ft. Brendon Urie) – ME!

This song has totally taken over my head. There is no way I can stop this song in any way. It’s on repeat and I love it ^.^ Also while I know I sound awful singing to it, I still just sing full volume. This song is so addicting and both of their voices mix so well together.

Little Mix – Secret Love Song, Pt.II

I didn’t even know it was their song I listened to for some time. I just had this song mix I was listening to and never looked it up until I started listening repeatedly and finally did my research. Well, since then I’ve listened to the song so many times…

(the video is the actual version of the song, I like the just Little Mix version more though)

VIXX – Eternity

VIXX is my favourite K-Pop group, together with Infinite, but compared to Infinite, they have a song on my all-time favourite list. And a big one at that. Expect for the absolute number one (see list below) Eternity holds the best record. Three days only this song and I did not get desperate for anything else.

Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On

I so don’t want this song to be on this list but tbh it is…I cannot listen to this song for more than 1 hour but I still always, without exception, sing to it. I want to stop…but it’s just sooo hard not to sing. And that from a person who knows she cannot sing for the life of her…

ATEEZ – Pirate King

This song does not really fit into my usual song tastes I thought in the beginning. But then I listened again and again and realised I really like the rhythm in the verses and the melody as well as sounds in the chorus. Normally there is at least one part of the song I don’t like (most of the time the rap part) but with this song, I can’t find it. I love the song so much…and since then I’m also a ATEEZ fan!

ATEEZ – Say My Name

I thought long and hard whether I really want to include two ATEEZ songs on this list since they are my favorite group and that means I’m quite biased but let me be honest, I’ve listened to Say My Name and Pirate King so much that my head can sing it without hearing the actual music so I decided to be honest here. Say My Name kind of cemented my love for ATEEZ and I’ve never been able to go back to my old self since then. I love the song, the dance, the video, the performance…I love everything about it!

Nick Jonas – Introducing Me

Hahahahaha, this song actually comes from the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock but, well, it’s just so fun. And while some people might name it as my guilty pleasure, I’m not embarassed at all to say that I know the lyrics by heart ^.^

Teen Beach Movie Cast – Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

On the topic of Disney Channel, I have to add another song. This time kind of a guilty pleasure though. This song is great if you have to do house work and with this song you can just put it on full surround sound volume and bruise through the house cleaning ^.^ This one I have never listened to for more than a few hours (cleaning time) but I know I could, also moving and dancing to this song is a choice for me but even if it is a guilty pleasure, jumping around to this one, feels just amazing!

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I discovered this song I think about two months ago or something like that. And well, since then it’s been on pretty much every playlist I’ve created for myself on my phone. I just love the song. It is upbeat but also has a nice and fluid chorus.

BTS – Fire

There are four songs on this list you should not play while I’m working. One is Introducing Me, since I would totally start singing it without realizing, the other are two songs below but the top song is Fire. I have yet to experience a moment when the song was playing and I did not start moving. Hasn’t happened yet but I’m still trying. Not very hopeful though since the song is just so addicting and crazy strong.

Eric Nam – Potion

Eric Nam is the only artist that is featured twice on my all-time favourite artists list and I don’t regret that choice at all. I just love his voice and his songs and Poison just sold it for me that he is one of my favourite solo artists. Also the music video is really beautiful.

Eric Nam – Hold Me

This song made me fall totally in love with Eric Nam’s voice. Seriously I stopped listening to this song because when I played it once, I played it again and again and again and even if my ears hurt I wanted to hear it again…aw…I wanne hear it again now…this song is just so sweet.

Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holding Me Back

This one and the next one are the songs I have to be careful about. I always sing to There’s nothing holding me back. I put it as my ringtone and it’s always fun how I forget to pick up and just listen to the song 😀 that’s how much I love the song. Seriously, I bought the CD album just for this one song (the other songs are good too but I just love this song too much).

Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

Soooo, this one…this one gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. With some songs above I have the problem of not being able to stop singing or moving, with this one, I can’t stop doing both. And there isn’t really much dancing you have to do with this song. I just move my hands and feel the song and have fun with it. My work colleague had her fun when she played it once and I almost sang the song to our clients on the phone. Well…this one is definitely my guilty pleasure!

This is my list of all-time favourite songs. It changes from time to time but 90% of the time it’s songs being added rather than songs being removed from the list. Also, it took me a long time to gather the links since I just started listening to the songs instead of writing the post 🙂

Note: ever since watching the new Aladdin trailer I’ve been listening to A Whole New World, so I should have probably added that one too since the song is my favourite Disney song and I know all of the lyrics as well as love singing it.

Do you also have songs like this? What are your all-time favourite songs?

 

See you next time! Have a nice week!

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Review: The Gifted (Thailand)

Note, I am not talking about the US series The Gifted but the 2018 series from Thailand. That series is also NOT a remake or reboot or something from the US series. They are totally separate things and having nothing to do with each other. They just share the same name.

I still remember when The Gifted aired. I was watching a different show at the time and really had a different impression from The Gifted than what the show actually is and so I didn’t watch it even though it features one of my favourite actors.

I don’t really know how big of a hit or a flop it was but I can only say: to everyone who watched it, I seriously doubt it could be anything but amazing. The Gifted managed to get into my all-time favourite TV series worldwide list. No kidding, I mean it. It’s like with wedding dresses, you never think the first one could be the right one. With this show I didn’t think it could be one of my favourites after just two days but yes, it is. So let’s get deeper into what the series is about.

Note: I will not really mention the reality criticism behind the show since I’m neither from Thailand nor do I know much about their education system, so I’m not here to judge their system. I’m just here to judge and review the show 🙂

Note 2: the first part of the post is without spoilers but when the spoilers start, I will put a notice!

The Gifted – General

The Gifted is a 2018 Thai TV series that aired from August ’til November on GMMTV. It consists of 13 episodes and is available with English subs on the official GMMTV channel on Youtube (See Here). It is based on a Thai movie called The Gifted that came out in 2015 and that is known to criticize the Thai education system where academic success trumps everything else and unfair treatment directly relates to it (by the way, I’m not saying it is like that, I’m just saying they portray it like that). I have not watched the movie yet so I cannot tell you how that one is though.

The show has four directors according to mydramalist: O Patha Thongpan (ThirTEEN Terrors; Malee: The Series), Waasuthep Ketpetch (ThirTEEN Terrors; Malila: The Farewell Flower), Dome Jarupat Kannula (The Golden Hand Chef) and Sand Dhammarong Sermrittirong (The Gifted – movie; The Golden Hand Chef). Don’t ask me how these four seemingly totally different people got together but I compliment them on making such an amazing show.

The premise

The story is about a school that not only has the usual classes separated by years but also separates them in 8 different classes. Class 1 is academically the best and they get the best equipment, preferential treatment as well as an earlier lunch break so they get more food. Class 8 gets the worst equipment, worst rooms and has the latest lunch break when almost nothing is left. Once a semester the school holds a placement test and some students are chosen to also participate in the Gifted class, a special additional class everyone wants to get into. Pang, a student of Class 8, isn’t really keen on being the best, he just wants the unfair treatment to stop but he gets the shock of his life when he gets called to the Gifted class after the test. And since all students from the Gifted class are from Classes 1, 2 and 3, he feels like the black sheep and like he doesn’t belong. Well, soon the 10 students of the class discover that there might be a different reason they got into the Gifted class than what they originally thought. 

 

The Cast

The cast consists of quite a few actors and actresses you might know from other shows, if you keep up to date with GMMTV shows in general.

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There is Nanon Korapat Kirdpan (Oh in My Dear Loser Series: Edge of 17; S in Senior Secret Love Series) as our main protagonist Pang. He’s also gonna star in the 2019 upcoming series Blacklist (so excited for that!!). He plays the main lead who acts less like a hero than I would have expected in the beginning but is pretty much the only one really trying to change the system and realising how wrong it is. Pang, the character, does kind of have a naive perspective but he is still a teenager so you cannot really be mad at him for it. Also he does not kid himself into total naive thinking but knows when he has to play it smart. 

Also we have the other gifted students:

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Chimon Wachirawit Ruangwiwat (Sun in My Dear Loser: Edge of 17 and Our Skyy) as Wave. He’s currently starring as Prince in He’s Coming To Me. While he acted as the nice kid in other shows this time he is kind of the main lead’s enemy, although not the main antagonist. For me he really hit it home since with this role he really convinced as the bad guy while I’m only used to him as a good guy. 

 

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Lilly Apichaya Thongkham (Bell in The Promise; Snoopy in Love Songs Love Series) as Namtarn. This girl is sixteen. Yes you heard right. I have never been so surprised. I mean you do notice she is still young and does not have as much acting experience as some others but she still has solid acting. She plays Namtarn, another naive thinker who loves the gifted class and would do everything do be there. She is also close friends with Pang and Ohm. 

 

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Jane Ramida Jiranorraphat (White in Part Time: The Series) as Claire. She also starred in the main role in My Dear Loser: Edge of 17. A lot of people criticized her in My Dear Loser, although not just because of her acting but also because the role was…well, not that great. Well, in this show she plays a totally different character. Claire is a pretty girl who loves to stick it in other people’s faces that she’s better than them. But over time you see that she is still a normal girl. I loved her chemistry with Gun as Punn (see below). While I was kind of on the edge about them being something like a couple in the show, I was convinced during watching and totally rooted for them. Also her acting improved soooo much! 

 

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Gun Atthaphan Phunsawat (Rome in Senior Secret Love Series and Our Skyy) as Punn. If you don’t know him, you did not spend much time on this website or with GMMTV shows, especially not in the BL sector. He also acted in the show ThirTEEN Terrors and is starring in the upcoming 2019 show Theory of Love. Gun has proven multiple times over the years that he can act and in this show it is no different. While GMMTV does have a steady cast of good young actors now that can act convincingly, I do think there are not that many that could have pulled of Punn. He is a perfect guy that can pretty much do anything but is also under a lot of pressure from the people around him. I loved how he definitely had a weakness for Claire and suddenly became sweet every time she was there. 

 

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Sing Harit Cheewagaroon (Per in Love Sick The Series; Din in Senior Secret Love Series) as Ohm. While he’s not starred in many main lead roles he has appeared in soooo many other shows as a recurring character. From Slam Dance the Series to the My Dear Loser series. Currently he’s starring as Khiaokem in He’s Coming To Me. He’s proven over time that he really developed as an actor and while the kind of characters he plays do not change much he shows that he can show a wide range of emotions. I think in regards to GMMTV actors he definitely had the best development. He started awkward and can now convince in his role. He plays Ohm, Pang’s new friend in the gifted class with a lot of humor and who wants to make the class laugh and have a good time but tends to lose his things all the time. 

 

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Fiat Pattadon Janngeon (Graph in Slam Dance The Series; Dae in Sotus S: The Series) as Korn. He’s also appeared in a lot of shows as a supporting actor and will star in the upcoming 2019 show A Gift For Whom You Hate. For me his acting was really good and nice but I really did not like his character. His character was kind of annoying but turned around in the end and kind of got more likeable. But you notice that it is his character that was the problem because his acting was convincing and emotional. 

 

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Puimek Napasorn Weerayuttvilai (Ainam in My Dear Loser: Edge of 17; Khao Fang in Sotus S: The Series) as Mon. She’s also appeared in a few other shows and will star with Fiat in the 2019 show A Gift For Whom You Hate. She has also acted in a lot of shows I watched and I think his one is her best. She definitely developed well as an actress and shows that she can play serious characters too. 

 

These are all the main actors and mainly featured gifted students. Most of them you should know from My Dear Loser: Edge of 17 and ThirTEEN Terrors.

But now, after this long list of actors, let’s get to the real review.

SPOILERS AHEAD – I won’t spoil the ending though!

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The story – best pacing but no surprises

One thing that can cost you viewers is the pacing of a story. Some people dislike slow storytelling, some dislike if it is too fast and too many things happening at the same time. Well, The Gifted found a good solution for it. There is a general story line underlying everything but it features a lot of minor story lines that get resolved (at least to some degree) quite fast but feature as a good distraction from the main story line not really going anywhere for some episodes. The main story line is an underlying element for the whole 13 episodes but only really shows up as the highlight in the last 2 episodes. That doesn’t mean you’re totally surprised by it, no, not at all. You kind of feel the main story in all the episodes but it is necessary to feature all the other story lines of the characters too. Like this you get to know them better and start understanding them and their actions. So, like all of the characters above get an episode to their own (except for Pang, but let’s get to that later) and to show how they struggle and try to persevere in life.

And since the stories are only one episode long and always kind of connected to the main story, the story moves forward quite well.

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Scenes, amazing – surprises, not really

The show does have some scenes where they just…well, talk for some time, but the show manages to underline it with sounds and with camera angles that make it interesting and show you that even the small details are important. So even when they have a five minute conversation (as in five minutes of the episode), you don’t get bored. In general, the show features a lot of impressive scenes and camera angles that make things even more exciting.

At the same time the show does not feature a lot of surprises. You can kind of guess what is gonna happen later on (except for the ending) and you never REALLY get surprised by anything. But while this does sound boring, it is not in The Gifted. Like I said the execution of the show is different to what you usually get and even if you knew something was gonna happen you are still impressed with how it IS happening. The images and camera work of the show is just amazing.

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Let’s breath for a moment – humor

Note that the show is quite heavy. I mean, if you seriously think about it, it does feature a lot of serious topics and a lot of underlying meaning. That goes from bullying, unfair treatment and jealousy to straight-up murder. Yes, the show is no joke. Also the atmosphere of the show is quite dark. And just when you think it is too much, they put in a little bit of humor or just a normal scene with no underlying meaning but mainly as a filler, so your nerves won’t explode from all the seriousness and heaviness of the show. You might think, does it fit? Well, it does. Mainly because they start it from episode one and don’t really stop with this system until the end and stay true to it, also it’s not really a forced humor but it fits the show well. Also a lot of these scenes are there to really hit it home that these kids might be gifted and fight against an unfair system but also, they are still teenagers. They are not perfect, they are partly still kids but maybe exactly that is what makes them perfect for fighting this system.

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The Gifted (SPOILERS AHEAD!*) 

*for this paragraph

So, here a spoiler, that I also gave myself to watch this show: the gifted students are in the Gifted class because they have special powers. I won’t spoil Pang’s powers, but I will tell you that his are the most powerful and important, and I do think it matches him well. It is funny how the show gave the students powers that match the characteristics of the characters well. I mean they do mention that the powers match their personalities but they really kept with the concept. For Pang, I think his powers match very well, regarding the fact that he wants to change the system and the people living in it. He wants to make people believe in a better world and wants to change it so everyone can live with fair treatment. As for the others, their powers matched very well and I loved the fact that the potentials they had also hinted at some of them having a more evolved version. I mean, we get to know that Pang can evolve his powers but you also see that the others start getting better at what they do.
One thing I really appreciated: Compared to other shows featuring people with special powers, the potentials in The Gifted had a real dark side too. It wasn’t just “gifted powers make us different, so we can’t be with others” but there was a real disadvantage to their powers. From Wave suffering physically when using his techno-pathy, people going crazy when interacting too closely with Mon, to Punn developing multiple personalities when copying too many talents. The potentials weren’t just powers but came with their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Episode 13 – ending (spoiler free)

Soooo, episode 13…yeah, I spend the whole episode hoping and glued to the screen trying to guess how it would end. I hoped for a happy ending since I hate bad endings. Well, I won’t tell you how it ended and if I got my wish but I will tell you: The ending matches the show well and fits into the story. If it ended differently I don’t think the show would be as good as it is. Also it left space for a second season!!! Yay!
And while I did say, there are no surprises, well there are a lot of things that happen in episode 13, that I already knew beforehand but the ending itself…I had no idea, at all. That was probably the biggest surprise of the show!

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The casting and acting

In my opinion the casting was done perfectly and the acting really hit it home. Not only Nanon in the main role but also all of the others really convinced as their roles. There were no scenes where you’re like “this doesn’t really match”. No, everything matches well. I do have to give the best compliments to Nanon for his overall role, Chimon for portraying so many different emotions and naturally going from one to another and Gun for episode 5. These three really did amazingly. And really notice that Nanon acted in a lot of different roles.

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Now the bad stuff

Like every other show and movie, there are things that did not go as well as others. For The Gifted I have two things to criticize: First off, where is Pang’s background story? You do get a glimpse from time to time, like him calling home or when he interacts with his friend from class one. But other than that, the others got an episode about their background and how they became who they are now but he didn’t. I really don’t know why but I really hope we get a second season and see more of his upcoming.
The other minus of the show, the last three episodes had a little bit of a strange pacing. Just when you thought it would go faster now it slowed down and just when it picked up its pace it slowed down again. I cannot even really say if they should have cut some scenes or added more. I’m so confused by it, I cannot really say. It does not ruin the ending though since the last 30 minutes of the show go quite well again, so don’t worry, they did not ruin the ending.

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Pleaseeee, give us a season 2!

So, we are at the end of the review. I know this time I had to say a lot of good stuff, but I think that’s a good thing. I really enjoyed the show and watched it in 2-3 days. I did wait some time to write this review though since I didn’t want to be in a watching high when writing it. Some time after watching it’s always easier to see clearly than right after the show.
Now, I can just hope for a season 2 since the show is still and will continue to be in my all-time favourite shows. Please, please, please give us a season 2, GMMTV!!!

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Ending notice: I just loved the opening of the show. I seldomly rewatch openings but with this one I did. The opening just gives such an eerie but exciting feeling, hehe.

I really recommend watching the show, it is definitely worth it. It is not your typical teen drama show but also not your typical supernatural show. The atmosphere of the show in general is mysterious and totally different from what I thought it would be. I really recommend the series!

 

Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians, the romance comedy hit of 2018. The one movie that was a big hit in the US but unfortunately only aired for 2(!) weeks in my own country. So I couldn’t actually watch it in cinema but recently I bought the DVD and checked it out and I have to say. I did not really expect what I got. Read on to find out more 😉

General

Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy drama. The director is Jon M. Chu…yes, the guy from the Step Up dance franchise and Now You See Me 2. I did not expect to see his name when the credits started rolling but yeah, a pleasant surprise I have to say. The movie is based on a 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan. I saw the book in stores before the movie even aired and that was the thing that made me watch the trailer and get interested in the movie in the first place. The movie features a cast mostly with Asian descent which is pretty rare in Hollywood movies, so points on that.
The story is about Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a professor at NYU who grew up in the US and Nick Young (Henry Golding), Rachel’s charming boyfriend who wants to introduce her to his family in Singapore. Well, after deciding to go there, Rachel finds out Nick is part of one of the richest families in Singapore and next in line to inherit the whole fortune. Of course, his family is not all happy about him bringing his “common, American” girlfriend to meet his family.

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The introduction

While the first scene and introduction to the movie wasn’t that important it was a nice introduction into the movie. In the end it is mainly about showing what money and connections can do and how first impressions can be wrong sometimes.

After the intro scene we get a musical title sequence which I really enjoyed especially because the song is really nice too. Afterwards you’ll get to know our protagonist and her as well as Nick’s introduction is as normal as it can be. You see what they do, how much they like each other and how they get along.

In general, the introduction to the movie is very natural and you get to know this new world together with Rachel herself. Except for the fact that Nick comes from a rich family and that people are not that happy about him dating a common girl, you find out all the other things together with Rachel and get to experience everything with her.

The drama

The drama of the story stays true to the initial start: It keeps everything natural. Unlike other rom-coms there is no overly dramatic drama where people throw water at each other or slap the rival or something like that. No, the dramatic moments of the show seem like stuff that could actually happen which makes the movie even more enjoyable because it is not too cringy like other movies. And cringy scenes are kept pretty short. For me that makes this movie more suitable to watch with friends who may not be into romantic movies than when you want to watch movies like Love Actually or stuff like that.

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Also it features not only our main couple but other couples too and I think it’s interesting to see that they are not perfect either and that some couples might not get the happy ending they wished for, because…well, life, you know.

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I really enjoyed the dynamics between Rachel and Nick. Even if there were problems they were your everyday normal couple going through good times and bad times but at the same time being there for each other and trying their best for each other.

Also it was a fun to see them joking with each other like you joke with your partner and family in real life. They were not just lovey dovey and kissing but they had natural dynamics that showed they could just enjoy their time together withouht needing to be all “we are in so in love”. They could laugh, talk and have fun with each other. Another thing I thought was really good: While, yes, Nick did not tell Rachel he was from a rich family, overall they did not have communication problems. There were bad times yeah, but they talked about things and when someone wasn’t feeling good or something happened they talked and supported each other whatever was coming their way.

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The comedy

So after mentioning the romance let’s get to the comedy. Like 50% of the comedy came from Goh Peik Lin’s family. Peik Lin is a college friend of Rachel’s and has been asking her to visit her in Singapore. She becomes Rachel’s support during the tough times in Singapore and Peik Lin’s family is just a comedic joy. From the parents to the kids they were an awesome family, not just funny but also loving and supporting their friends.

The other 50% of comedy came from small little comments here and there, some offered by Rachel, some by Nick, some by Nick’s best friend Colin and so on. In general though, the comedy is kept low. I think that’s because if they had more it would’ve been a more ridiculous movie and less serious and honest. So I like that thing about the movie.

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The minus

I wrote a lot about what I liked about the movie, now let’s get to the part, where I talk what I did not like about the movie. It’s easy to find that one. Sometimes the story or reactions did not make sense. Like when Rachel meets Nicks mother Eleanor: the only bad thing Eleanor said was a comment about Rachel following her passion, said in a kind of mean tone, but other than that the conversation was all well…so where did Rachel get the “she hates me” from. And there were more scenes like that where I had wished they did put a little more drama into it. Of course, not putting so much drama in kept the movie more like real life but still, it’s called a romantic-comedy drama so yeah. other than that I had nothing to complain about.

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Overall

Overall the movie is really enjoyable and different from other rom-coms, not just because of the cast, but also because of the story, the acting, the dynamics and relationships. The chemistry between the leads but also all the other actors was really good and enjoyable and I really recommend watching the movie if you have not already. It’s good entertainment, especially for spring time 🙂

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Introduction to BL 105 – Information (final)

Check out the other parts here:
Introduction to BL 101 – General
Introduction to BL 102 – History/Origins
Introduction to BL 103 – Actors
Introduction to BL 104 – Couples

So this is the final part and yes, I know I’m late but I wasn’t feeling my best and I’m still not but I’m trying my best 😥

This last post is mainly about a few things you should know when going into the BL world or being interested in the BL world.

1 – There are more countries than the US and Thailand.

What I mean with this? Don’t scare away from trying movies and series from other countries than the US or Thailand. Before it’s LGBTQ ban, China produced quite a few good shows, Taiwan is really good, Philippines has a few, Japan too, I even know a few Indonesian ones. And if those examples are not enough. There are also shows like SKAM season 3 from Norway and its remakes in France, Germany and Italy…I think there was a forth country but I can’t remember right now. There are a few UK ones too. So you can find it all around the world, so I recommend checking them out too. Otherwise you’ll miss out on a lot of shows and I think that’s really sad.

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2 – Support the original as much as possible

Let’s not kid ourselves. It’s really hard for international fans to enjoy shows and movies from other countries. I mean I’m from central Europe and it’s even hard for me to watch US shows (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime!!! but I still have to buy a lot of stuff on DVD and wait for it to be send to me). You cannot watch it on TV, since most of the TV channels are local or at least restricted to a few countries. In the best case I happened to stumble upon a channel that was available on the whole continent but not farther than that. And if you want to watch it online on the channel’s site, it’s geo restricted. So what to do? Well, we all know what you’re gonna to but that’s not what I’m saying here. What I’m saying is: channels like LINE TV and GMMTV have come forward with their shows. Before they were only available in Thailand but now the also release international links for international fans, that are not geo restricted. Also there are other producers like the production company strongberry. As example they made the South Korean BL movie Long Time No See. And they released it on Vimeo on Demand and yes, you have to buy it, but it’s not overly expensive and the story is totally worth it ^.^
So please, support the original if possible. The more you support the original, the more the chance we fans will get more 😀

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3 – Facebook and update site

I know, I know, facebook is supposedly not IN anymore. Well, I still like it more than Twitter but that’s not the point here.
Facebook actually has a lot of BL groups and fandoms on there in groups and it’s really great to join one. With so many people in one group you can stay up-to-date with everything, as well as exchange some fan banter and find some friends with the same interests as yourself. I’m in one of these groups myself and I totally love the group. We inform each other when there’s something new and exchange funny and lovely pictures of our stars and so on.

Find a page that gives information on the newest releases/trailers and stick with it. I have a few pages I support and love and I stick with them because I know I’ll get all the news and updates from them. If you change all the time you will lose sight and not get what’s gonna come out soon. If you stick to one or two sites you can keep a clear view.

4 – mydramalist.com

I’ve already recommended a few sites here but this one is important. While the site does not have many articles and news items about BL (which I understand since we are very passionate fans and would totally take over ^.^) the site has pretty much all of the BL releases. You can check for titles, dates, actor info and more on there and even keep an list on there. I found some dear friends on there and when you have a problem the site’s support and the admins are really nice and supportive. The site really offers a lot of info and help keeping everything in order.

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5 – Don’t rush other supporters

There are a lot of helpers for the international fans. People who understand international fans’ problems: we don’t always understand the language. A lot of international fans, me included, need subtitles and if they are not provided with the original video it takes some time to add them. There are a lot of youtube videos (even released from the original channels) and some people only write “Subs!!!” below it. Seriously, can’t you be a little bit nicer? The subbers are doing their best to release them as fast as possible. I still remember with Love By Chance. The official subber did so well and most of the time you had it a few hours after release. And then the subber got busy or sick, I’m not totally sure now, but so many people were supportive and I think that’s what we should do. Be supportive and understanding. Subbing a video is a lot of work and I think the deserve that we compliment and cherish their work! Thanks to every subber of BL shows for your awesome work!

6 – Don’t ruin others beliefs

I’m one of these people that very rarely changes her opinion in what she likes and dislikes, at least regarding TV shows and movies. But just because I have my own opinion I don’t mess with others’ opinions. If someone else hated a show I loved I listen to their reasons, state my own, and that’s it. I don’t start disliking or disrespecting that person. Over time I realised that BL shows are seen very differently. A lot of people loved Make It Right and a lot of people hated it. So many people loved Love By Chance and I read a chat between fans of the show and some fans that didn’t like the show. Well, it wasn’t a nice conversation and I think that’s not okay. We are all allowed our own opinion and I think it’s wrong to ruin someone else’s opinion. Let’s all accept and respect each other!

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If you stick to these points I think you can find a lot of good people in the fandom and have some fun watching BL and find a lot of new things! Start your adventure now!

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My favourite music videos

So recently I rewatched a lot of music videos and discovered a lot of new ones…mainly because I discovered the advantages of Spotify and discovered quite a lot of new music 🙂

Well, after rewatching some music videos I had this idea I could share some of my favourite music videos. The selection was not easy AT ALL but I tried my best to stick with some general criteria:

  • quality that fits the concept
  • concept
  • of course, the music 😉

I did not put things like choreo in, since there are a few cool music videos where there is no dancing and they are still cool. Some of the music videos have a better quality than others, but they are also from different years, so of course. Oh and it’s NOT just K-Pop!

NO SPECIFIC ORDER!

Nico Santos – Rooftop / Oh Hello

I didn’t know the music videos to these song for a long time and only discovered them recently. Sure, they may not be as “special” as others on this list, but I still think the videos for Rooftop and Oh Hello fit the songs quite well and stay true to the concept it’s showing throughout the video. The quality of the music is also amazing and changes between showing a story and the singer himself. The videos are quite dark, but I think that’s another reason why they fit so well.

Find Oh Hello HERE

BTS – Not Today

Not Today is one of the music videos that are just really visually stunning. BTS in general produces a lot of good music videos but Not Today really plays with your eyes and not just your ears. The surroundings in the music videos and the colors are just wow. The camera work also supports the whole choreography and music and gives it the special look that makes this music video so addicting.

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

This music video may not be that special either, but I just love it because it is fun, without being funny, it fits the music well and I love the colors. I’m not really a pink fan but it fits so well together in this video I just cannot stop falling in love with All About That Bass all over again.

VIXX – Voodoo Doll

Voodoo Doll is and will always be one of my favourite music videos. It may be quite strong, considering there is the normal version and a clean (choreography) version without all the blood. The camera work, the choreo etc. all support the music video and the song. It’s a all round perfect combination and everything fits so well together. It may be quite strong with some of its images but still, I love it.

Note: please only watch if you can handle blood etc. If not here is the clean performance version: HERE

Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again

A classic for once. Oops I Did It Again is mainly here, not because it is perfect but because I think it’s just iconic. While the video is mainly dancing it still fits the song so well and I think it also shows one of the best pop songs out there, even if it is already an older one 🙂

VAV – Senorita

Senorita is actually a cover from a German song, but that doesn’t matter here, since I’m gonna talk about the music video. I think the music video fits the song awesomely well and everything compliments each other in this video. Also the color scheme of the music video is just beautiful and I think I watched it around a 100 times already.

Enrique Iglesias ft. Descember Bueno, Zion & Lennox – Subeme La Radio

Subeme La Radio is a catchy song to begin with but I also love the music video behind it. The quality is really good and it’s a good mix of showing you the singers as well as a few amazing images of the city they’re shooting in. The color scheme is slightly (!) similar to Senorita above, but the similarity is only light. The song is very upbeat and the camera work goes well with that too.

Block B – Nillili Mambo

Nillili Mambo made me fall in love with Block B. They had interesting songs before and after but this music video just topped everything. They tell a story but at the same time show the singers and it’s a good balance between both. You can just enjoy watching the music video which seems like a short film with a little bit of singing and a lot of (pirate) swag. This one I really enjoyed watching and still do.

Vanessa Mai ft. Olexesh – Wir 2 Immer 1

I’m not used to liking German songs…no, not at all. Normally I watch it for like 3 seconds and then switch to any other language and try that one, but Wir 2 Immer 1 (translates to: We 2 forever 1) really kept popping up and got stuck in my head. So one day I looked up the music video and I kinda really like it. It’s a little bit on the darker side but also features a hopeful light shimmer and some good images and quality, so I definitely like that.

Astro – Breathless

Breathless tells quite a funny and interesting story that fits the funky and upbeat song oh so well. It tells you the story of…bottles 😀 Yes, the boys in the music video resemble juice bottles being carried around by a girl at the beach. You’re curious now aren’t you? Well, I watched it and was like “wait, did I understand that correctly right now?” I did and I think the song and music video are perfect for summer.

Bruno Mars – Grenade

Grenade has a similar feeling as Nico Santos’ songs above. It’s quite dark but the darkness fits the song really well and it stays true to its concept from beginning to end. The music video supports the song really well and makes it even catchier and more intriguing. Even if it’s older it’s still one of my favourite Bruno Mars music videos.

Infinite – Destiny

The group Infinite actually had two video versions for Destiny, but one of them featured images of plane parts, seemingly from a plane crash and it got cut down. Still I think the second version is awesome nonetheless. Seriously, it fits the song really really well. It features a similar color scheme as Senorita and Subeme La Radio while at the same time being quite different. Senorita went more into the red colors and Destiny uses its colors in a smoother way than Subeme La Radio. I just like watching this really well executed music video!

VIXX – Dynamite / Fantasy / The Closer

Originally, I did not want to feature more than one music video per artists but I just couldn’t stop myself. Mainly though I’m mentioning these three because they belong together while at the same time seeming like totally different songs and videos. Actually it tells a story related to gods and humans and they did really well telling a complicated story while also sticking to each song’s individual charm. If you want to know more about the story: HERE.

Find Fantasy HERE and The Closer HERE.

 

 

So these are my favourite music videos. What are yours? Did you discover some new songs through this post or do you want me to check out some of your favourites?

Comment down below and I’ll check it out 🙂