Freakishly Huge Eyes

Hey everyone, I just wanted to share this adorable puppy with you guys. I obviously filmed this around a week ago since that’s when I filmed the second part of my kpop reactions, but this was done on my phone. It wouldn’t upload from my phone so I had to go out and get a MicroSD chip to transfer it to my computer, so that’s why it took so long. I was babysitting and they had a dog at their house for a couple of days and her eyes are crazy! She’s adorable but I couldn’t help laugh when I saw her bugged out eyes. i think they were designed for a larger breed. Anyway, hope this made you smile even if it wasn’t all that eventful 🙂

P.S. There’s another video of dogs coming up soon, but this time they’re mine. Sorry guys, I promise I’ll do a tag video or something next so there’s some actual substance on this blog 🙂

P.P.S. I have no idea why the video and audio are out of sync. It’s not like I added the audio in later or anything but oh well, stuff happens.

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Kpop MV Reaction Video Extranaganza! [Part 2]

Here is the second and final part to the mv reaction list, there are two more videos than I originally planned , I decided to add videos from C-Clown and Glam. I’ve never heard of them before so I figured that it’d add to the surprise and newness of the reaction. So far I’ve known all of the groups and singers for these videos. I hope I didn’t say anything to offend their fans! Alright, let’s get started.

1. BoA “Only One”

This song is so gorgeous, as usual, with a setting to match. Her outfit, hair, accessories and surroundings all contribute to a pretty, calm, ethereal feeling that I think match the song very well. The whole concept of the video was kind of confusing for me, but maybe that’s because I have no idea what the lyrics mean. It just seems like an awkward conversation between a couple [who I believe break up at the end] and then a second BoA popping up behind the dude and walking around, as scenes of the formerly happy love birds flash here and there. Then she sparkles like a twampire [what I call twilight vampires] before dissipating into bubbles as if she’s turned into The Little Mermaid [the depressing original story, not the happy totally altered Disney version that we all know and love]. Anyway, beautiful song, great scenery, confusing plot line.

2. IU, Firestar “Sea of Moonlight”

Before even watching this video, I looked at the title and thought, “this is going to be super girly, isn’t it?” and what do you know, it was! But not in an over-the-top way like some groups are, such as Girl’s Day and Secret [that’s the group who sang “Moonlight Starlight” which I mentioned in the video]. It was pretty simple and cute, and the set was very creative in an artsy fartsy kind of way. Not much else to say except, if you haven’t seen it and liked what you heard of the song during the reaction, I’d suggest watching the mv for yourself.

3. Chaos “Racer

I like this song, but the video was kind of ‘meh’. They just looked intense while using odd ways to paint. A guy on a bike crashes into a bucket of paint, splattering his back wheel in black paint. One of the members hits a punching bag, causing yellow paint to explode from it like a geyser. Another guy stacks tires before grabbing a bucket of paint and throwing it at the stack. A poor guitar is even added to the list of terribly painted victims when one of the members throws it onto a bucket of paint from the top of a ladder. Honestly, none of those are very good ways to paint if you’re trying for full coverage. Also, in the very beginning of the song when some guy is running down a hallway with mirrors on either side of him, it reminded me a lot of TVXQ’s “Mirotic”. The dance was also kind of weak, it fit the song okay but it didn’t match the level of badass that they were so obviously trying to achieve in this video. Overall, pretty ‘meh’.

4. C-Clown “Solo”

As per usual, I really liked this song and the video was pretty good too. I like how it introduced the members with their names printed on the individual member’s picture. I’m not sure if all groups do this for their first mv, I know that BigBang did years ago at the end of their “We Belong Together” mv by dancing and singing while they have motion pictures with their names written on them in incredibly illegible writing. [P.S. if you watch that BigBang video, you’ll understand why I said one of the B.A.P. members in the “No Mercy” video has the same hairstyle as Taeyang…I don’t know why I can remember these things when I can’t even remember what I ate three hours ago.]

5. Glam “Party XXO”

I liked the song alright, but there wasn’t really anything to make it stand out in my eyes. It was a typical kpop song. I liked the mv too but the concept confused me. Not that I’m surprised, so many kpop music videos make no sense to me at all. Then again, maybe they’re not supposed to. Sorry if you’re their fan, I know that I didn’t say much about them but in case you haven’t noticed, I’m getting tired of the video reactions/written reviews. Note to self: next time, space the filming out a bit more so you’re not dead at the end of it all haha.

6. Psy “Korea”

We’re finally done with all of the reactions and I’m glad I ended with this one. I know it may not have looked like it during the video, but I really liked the video and song. A lot. I was just pressed for time so I was feeling pretty rushed. Honestly though, I think that Psy did a wonderful job with this song and that it’s a great anthem for the Olympics. It pretty much captures the very essence of South Korea, or what I know and have observed of it anyway. The video is colorful and historic while the lyrics are respectful and upbeat. And both are incredibly fun! I liked how the “Fantastic Baby” dog monster things were in this video as well as Psy’s Aladdin outfit. When the Korean people stood together to make the South Korean flag, that was also a nice touch. Side note: in the video I mentioned the flag’s meaning. I learned it a while ago and couldn’t remember exactly during the video but I looked it up again and figured that I’d share it here where my thoughts are a tad more coherent [although not by much]. The circle in the center really is a yin and yang sort of symbol; the red represents the positive aspects of the universe, while the blue represents the negative. Now, the four different groups of bars in the corners represent opposites, again contributing to the whole idea of balance as the center circle does. The top left represents Heaven while the bottom right represents earth [more as in land, not the planet]. The top right represents water while the bottom left represents fire. Also, the white background stands for peace and purity. So for those of you who were either wondering at the meaning or simply didn’t think there was one at all, that’s what it all means. Although, I think all country flags have meanings but I’m not sure. If you live in a country other than South Korea or USA and would like to represent your country while educating a girl who is pretty ignorant when it comes to flags, drop a comment telling me your country and the meaning of your flag. I don’t know about you, but other countries and cultures fascinate me. So until next time, see you all later and have a nice day.

Kpop MV Reaction Video Extravaganza! [Part 1]

Hey guys! Well, I decided to catch up a bit and watch some of the kpop music videos that have come out this month that I haven’t had a chance to see yet [which is why 2NE1’s “I love You” isn’t on the list, I’ve seen it so many times that I pretty much destroyed the replay button]. So, this is a lot of reaction videos all at once and I promise that this isn’t all that I’m going to do on this blog [although I’m sensing kpop might be included a lot since I’m pretty passionate about it], but I’ve always wanted to make a reaction video and A LOT of good songs have come out this month. So, this is part one of two and there are four videos in this part, and there will be another four in the second part. Let’s begin.

1. Wonder Girls “Like Money”

The beginning of this video was really weird and kind of creeped me out. At first I thought that there was something with my computer or speakers, but I figured it out after a minute. The video wasn’t super impressive, I mean they just danced in oddly lit rooms. I did like the outfits and robot concept, it was pretty cool and definitely not what I would expect for this song. I love Akon’s voice in this song [although I’m sure he sounds different live, I don’t really know but that’s what I assume]. However, he was kind of boring in this song. It would’ve been cool to see him dance with the girls but maybe that might not go well with his image or something. One last comment, I didn’t really like the rap part. It fit well with the song and everything, but I could’ve done without it. All in all, I loved this video.
P.S. I am not surprised in the least that JYP found a way into this video. I guess he had to compensate for the lack of the “JYP” whisper.

2. Psy “Gangnam Style”

Holy cannoli, this song and video are amazing! I was super amused [if you couldn’t tell] throughout the entire mv. Psy is great because he isn’t that stereotypical kpop pretty boy that pretty much everyone else in the business are, yet he still manages to be popular because his music and charisma are top-notch. I think the 33 second mark is when I got sucked into this video. When he was walking with two girls through this barrage of trash, I couldn’t help but wonder “what could he possibly do next?” Oh how I underestimated Psy’s awesome. Foam is thrown at them, he cuddles with a sweaty fat dude, sits next to two “old guys” [Daesung and Seungri from the kpop group BigBang] playing chess, he’s on a bus full of ahjummas, goes all “Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions” and then commences quite possibly the most awesome dance ever in the history of kpop ever which I’ve decided to call: Riding the Pony. As soon as I saw that I decided that i need to learn it and I have. I shall be dancing that often. At school, family functions, black tie affairs; you name it, I’ll be there to ride that pony.

3. B.A.P. “No Mercy”

After recovering from the mind-blowing experience that was “Gangnam Style”, I returned to watch “No Mercy” and I’m glad that I did. This isn’t as in your face as “B.A.PEEYUH”‘s other songs are but it still makes me want to get up and learn boxing or something. I can already see myself exercising to this song; whether it be running or ab work, this has a kick ass beat and chorus that makes you want to just get stuff done! Aside from the chorus my favorite parts of the song would have to be sung like it is at 50 seconds or so. I don’t if it’s just that boy’s voice or if it’s the melody but it has me entranced and wanted to sing along [even though I’d just be mimicking what it sounds like with absolute gibberish that I’m sure is way off from the actual words].

4. B2ST “‘아름다운 밤이야'” or “Beautiful Night” for my fellow English speakers.

As with every song so far, I loved this one. It’s super catchy and all of their voices complement this song greatly. I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard this playing in a club with the crowd jumping up and down in unison, fists in the air, when the chorus comes along. Well, maybe not in US clubs but in S. Korea? Definitely. Getting away from the song, the boys are all so cute, my favorite is definitely the red-head; what a cutie. Anyway, this song is a wonderful song that begs to be blasted in the car with the windows [or top if you’re in a convertible] down as you shout along to the chorus as best you can.

So that’s it for part one, the second part should be posted later today or tomorrow. Sorry this was late, my family kept getting in the way of me posting this yesterday. It seems that my parents only have tasks for me to do when I’m kind of busy.

Introducing: MsKassarole!

Welcome to my vlog! I don’t know if finally seeing what I look and sound like is a suprise or disappointment, but this is me. I finally got around to making a video, even though I created the channel for it last month [talk about counting your chickens before they hatch]. I know this is just an intro and nothing special but I felt like I want you guys to know a little bit about me before I jump into my vlog [I did the same when I first started this blog] so there you go. I guess I’ll explain things a bit further, starting with my interests.

Books:

I love to read, I always have and I always will. The types of books that I read vary, but they all tend to center around the supernatural. I’ve enjoyed books about fairies, vampires [no, I don’t like Twilight…anymore. Don’t judge me, I cringe at the memories of my former obsession], werewolves, mutants, elves, fallen angels, the list goes on and on. However, I’ve also read my fair share of what I like to call ‘shallow books’. A few book series that fall under this list would be The Clique, A-List, and Gossip Girl novels. You know, books about snobby rich girls who spend the entire book series whining about their frivolous problems. Entertaining? Yes. Important to the big picture that is life? No, but who cares?

Movies:

Watching movies is probably my favorite way to spend a lazy day. I like all types of genres for movies too: romantic comedies, thriller, gore, comedy, action, pretty much anything but horror. I don’t watch those, I hide behind a pillow and scream bloody murder. I’ve watched movies of all sorts from around the 70s or 80s to now. The 80s are my favorite time period for movies, probably because the 80s are my favorite time period in general. Oh what I would give to have been a young adult in the 80s. -sigh-

Asia:

Okay, I am fascinated by Asia, mainly Japan [for its manga and anime] and South Korea [for its everything]. A few manga that I have read are Kitchen Princess, Hollow Fields, Fruits Basket, Chibi Vampire, Black Cat, Godchild and many more. I’ve seen less anime than I’ve read manga, but I have seen Ouran High School Host Club, Clannad, Chobits, Vampire Knight,  Black Butler and probably a couple of more that I’m forgetting. As for South Korea, I can’t get enough kpop or kdramas. My best friend got me into kpop in 2009 with 2NE1’s “Fire”. Ever since that song I’ve been spiralling deeper and deeper into an unhealthy obsession with kpop and all that relates to the country. I’ll do a video or two with my favorite kpop groups and kdramas.

So that’s it with my interests, if you share one with me and want to discuss it, or suggest something you think I might like, I could then review it and maybe give you a little shout out for the help.

As I said in the video, this is an ‘everything under the sun’ vlog and I’ll end up talking about anything that I think of; not just beauty, fashion, cooking, health and fitness, DIY projects etc. I’m a free spirit and I’ll just see where the winds of my mind take me. Also, I know that if I create a schedule, I won’t stick to it so I’m not even going to try. Sorry, I’m just not that organized.

So that concludes this video. If you have any suggestions about videos you’d like to see or anything you’d want me to discuss, leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Thank you so much for watching and reading this, I hope we can have a lot of fun together!

[p.s. sorry for the abrubt ending, I was trying to edit out when I turned off the camera and that’s the smoothest I could get the ending. I’ll get better, promise.]

I’m a Terrible Blogger

How many months has it been since my last post? I don’t know and I really don’t want to look, but I know that it’s been a while. I’ll tell you why I haven’t updated in so long, and I’m aware that it isn’t much of an excuse, but I’m a student and as many of you may know or remember, the last few months of the school year can be stressful and time-consuming. [I spent practically no time with friends and family, so you can see how my blog would also suffer]. Not that I was a great blogger before, but I just have a short attention span and a lack of ideas. Not much happens here in Small-town, USA [not actually where I live, by the way. I don’t know if that’s a real city, but that would be pretty cool if it is]. Now if I still lived in Southern California, I might have more to blog about. Still, I think sitting down and actually writing the blog post might be one of the hardest things for me to do, next to finding ideas. So, I was thinking of starting a vlog to accompany this blog. I don’t know if it would work or if I’d even like it, but I might still give it a try. If anyone has any opinions or comment to make on the idea of vlogging and whether you like the idea or believe that blogging is better, or if you have some anecdotes or personal experiences that you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment; I’m always listening. Oh, and now that it’s summer I should be able to blog more with my hours of freedom. Thanks for reading, and I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.

The Hunger Games Movie Review

Well I decided that since The Hunger Games came out in theaters a couple of weeks ago (thus giving people enough time to see it before giving spoilers) I would write a review on the movie. Let me start by saying that I love the book trilogy; I read the first book around late 2008 or early 2009. It came out in September of 2008 so I guess that makes me a Hunger Games hipster. Lovely, just what I wanted to be. Anyway, enough about my life and let’s get to my opinions.

The story takes place in a futuristic North America which has been turned into the country of Panem. Panem was divided into thirteen districts which were ruled by the Capitol until the districts decided to rebel. The Capitol was able to reclaim control over twelve of the districts while destroying the thirteenth completely. Every year, as a reminder to the twelve districts of what happens when they rebelled, one boy and one girl from each district is selected as tribute to fight in a battle to the death against the other tributes. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is from District 12, the poorest of the districts. She lives with her mother and younger sister, Prim, but her father died a year or two earlier. At the reaping [when the tributes are selected] Katniss volunteers as tribute when Prim’s name is called and she, along with the male tribute Peeta and their drunken mentor Haymitch, prepares for the 74th annual Hunger Games. *Note: The rest of the review contains some spoilers for both the book and movie.

If I had to sum up the movie in one word, it would have to be ‘wow’. Now, mind you, I’m a bit of a Hunger Games fangirl; not crazy obsessed but I adored the books, so my impressions of the movie may be different than those who never read the books. Whether or not that’s a good thing, remains to be seen. I was so impressed with how true the movie had stayed to the book. Only a couple of details were changed, which is common for a movie that was adapted from a first-person novel. In the movie you see President Snow talking to the game maker, a riot in District 11 after Rue’s death, and an ominous scene with the game maker and a bowl of berries, which all but literally tells you that the game maker dies. All of these scenes are never given to you in the book because it is written in Katniss’ point of view, and she was never able to know that any of this was happening. One detail that they unnecessarily changed was the way Katniss received her mockingjay pin. In the book she gets it as a gift from her friend, and mayor’s daughter, Madge Undersee. In the movie, however, neither the mayor nor his daughter are mentioned or shown, instead she buys a woman gives it to Katniss for free at a shop in the Hob. I wouldn’t mind this detail too much if it weren’t for the fact that Katniss learns a piece of important information while visiting Madge at her home in the second novel. I’m sure they’ll figure out a new way to lead Katniss to that information, but I still feel that they could have kept Madge in the film. My guess is that introducing Madge as a character would have made the movie longer than they wanted it to be. Either way, I digress.

Another reason I would say ‘wow’ is because if you hadn’t read the book before watching the movie, there might be a few holes in the story for you. For me, the biggest one would have to be when Katniss had been stung by the trackerjackers and has hallucinations. I feel that it might have been hard for people to realize the explosions were the cause of her father’s death. Other than that, I can’t remember specific details but I know that there are scenes where Katniss will do something and, since we can’t hear her thoughts in the movie, her motives behind her actions will become misconstrued. I’ve had friends tell me that they think Katniss is a mean, rude person because she did something [i.e. the way she talked to her mother after the reaping] when really they just didn’t know why she had done it and after I explained, they realized her true intentions. All in all I think that the movie was very well adapted from the book and I hope the second one is just as good. Hopefully, changing directors won’t cause any harm to the way the movie is produced. I’ll be sure to have my fingers crossed!

P.S. am I the only one who loved that Woody Harrelson [Haymitch] and Lenny Kravitz [Cinna] were in this movie? Also, what are your thoughts toward the anger that some fans of the books feel about black actors having been cast for some of the roles? My opinion is that even if you thought of someone as a white person while reading the book, it’s ridiculous to become infuriated when that character isn’t white in the movie. The character’s race shouldn’t matter unless it’s specifically addressed in the novel yet changed for the movie.

Happy Egg Day!

Well today is Easter, a.k.a the religious holiday that always confused me as a child. I couldn’t remember if Easter was commemorating the day Jesus died or the day that he was resurrected [and honestly I still have to think twice about it] My family isn’t very religious so this type of information was never ingrained into my mind like it is with more strict followers of Christianity. I mean, we all believe in God but we believe more in worshipping Him in our own way instead of following what the Church says. Not that the Church is particularly bad or anything, we just don’t want to follow the rules/guidelines that are heavily present in the Christian religion [such as Lent, for example]. Okay I’m going to stop talking about religion before people come at me with pitchforks and go straight into how I spent Easter as a kid.

My little brother and I shared a room for most of our childhood and when we woke up we would quickly eat breakfast before being corralled back into our room so our parents could hide the eggs that we had dyed the night before. When I was very little [meaning the single digit ages] I would selfishly grab any eggs that I found without thinking about my poor little brother, who is three years younger than I am. However, when I got older I realized how terrible my brother must have felt not being able to find any eggs and I would leave the obvious ones for him to find. That ended up working for me because I appreciated the challenge of searching for the eggs that were better hidden more than I had when I younger. After that my brother and I would take turns hiding eggs for the other person to search for. We could do this for hours, I don’t understand how we kept finding new places to hide them considering the fact that we lived in an apartment and were only allowed to use the living room, but we managed.  Around 2p.m we would drive to my Uncle’s house and spend the day with him, my Aunt and my two cousins [both younger than my brother and I] We would play games, talk and eat Deviled Eggs until it was time to go home.

One thing that always bugged me about Easter was the whole Easter Bunny nonsense. It’s a bit like Santa Claus for me; it’s just so irrelevant to the origin of the holiday that it makes no sense for it to be its mascot, yet it somehow is. I’m sure I could merely google the answer to my question but I still wouldn’t be satisfied. No matter what explanation they give me, I’m never going to approve of the association between Jesus’ resurrection and a giant rabbit that hops around leaving eggs for children. At least Santa Claus was based on Saint Nicholas, who really did give gifts to people way back when. The Easter Bunny is just ridiculous. Oh well, at least it gives me an excuse to eat chocolate eggs all day.