Halloween Costumes – KPop and Me

I’ve always liked dressing up for Halloween. The more elaborate the better. The most recent times, I’ve been obsessed with top hats. Last year, I was the Mad Hatter. This year…well… I’ll tell you later.

The thing is, at the end of Halloween last year, I wanted to recreate VIXX’s Voodoo Doll concept. 

And try something like this…

Yes, Including Microphone skull thingy. 

So, I go to thinking what else I could try. VIXX being one of my faves has so many!

Cyborgs.

Voodoo Doll as mentioned above.

Dark angel concept.

Their recent one… 

Dark gods concept…

I suppose others could easily pinpoint other groups. And other people. 

Perfect! LOL! 

Or…

The thing is, VIXX has also done wolves…

And a Chinese thingy concept.

I really liked that!

However, back to this year’s Halloween costume. Ugh, I was hoping for something like this…

But instead I have to go in something like this…

Life just isn’t fair!!!!

However, I guess it’s better than these…

Maybe one day, I can pull off this…

I don’t think so. But I sorta pulled this one off.

Too bad it wasn’t Halloween!

On that note…

Happy Halloween!

A Quest

Since the years have been advancing, I have this thing about nostalgic things. And so, I have been searching for, of all things, a clay pot. Nope, not just any clay pot, but one made of black clay within which you can cook delicious foods. 

One that looks like this. 

The proper term from the internet is “palayok” from the tagalogs. I just knew it as “banga.”

Of course, the companion stove that SHOULD come with it would be nice, too. But it’s heavy as @#$%&, but beautiful nonetheless. Would make a great outdoor kitchen for such as I am. And this one I knew is called “dalikan.”

Obviously, the pictures aren’t mine. They look like photos from some museum. Considering the many many places where terracotta wares are coming from, I don’t understand why these particular ones are just lost in the good old’ US of A!

Even in Filipino infested California, there is nothing! A dearth of these beautiful black clay pots exists here! It’s making me crazy!

Really! Why can we have Italian pottery for our gardens and nothing about the “burnay” that I had scooped cold water from in my childhood? Or where the “bagoong” (fermented fish sauce) was stored?

I bet these have fish sauce fermenting in them now. If not basi vinegar. 

I want these things! Where can I find them? You really think I’m gonna ferment fish sauce in those things? Hah! But they’d be great at catching water during rainy season for watering the yard!

If we get stuff from China and Japan, and Balinese pottery makes it here to the US, why can’t I find these three?  Maybe someone can point me in the right direction as to where I can get my hands on a few pots. 

KPOP & me – Kdrama “The Entertainer”

In the drama, the band is called “Ddandarra Band.” Literally, the Entertainer Band. And I have not stopped laughing and crying. The romance is minimal, but Man!!!!!!! The bromance is overflowing!!!!

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Kang Minhyuk was the reason I looked up the drama. And in the second episode, I remembered why I fell in love with the little boy. No longer a boy, but still…. His voice is still soooo honest… clear…. beautiful. And he shines as Jo Ha Neul.
However, his band mates are just as precious!!!
You will fall in love with each of their individual stories. Generally a story of a life gone wrong and the corrective steps taken to right a series of wrongs. A great fairytale in short… Still, do not watch without a box of tissues. You will cry each time one of them cries.
You will also wish you could adopt all of them. Including the wayward president of Mango Entertainment.

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You will definitely fall in love with these four dorks. Really!!!

The thing I love about these actors are that they make me forget who they are and allow me to watch them as the characters they portray. And that’s why I loved watching this.
The next pictures are more of the four! None of these are mine. Credits to those that took them!!!! Go watch!!!! Dramafever has it!

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KPOP and me – CNBLUE MinHyuk

My forays into KPop has a few notables. And it started with CNBLUE.

Arguably, I’ve always liked Kang Minhyuk. His acting is pretty good as well. Loved the song he did in Heartstrings – Byeol.  Ah… Star. It was, at that time, quite innocent and the song reflected that. But in CNBLUE, the most notable of the four members is dynamically voiced leader and lead singer Jung Yonghwa.
Then this drama came out called “Entertainer.”

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Second episode in…and you hear Kang Minhyuk’s clear vocals.

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I’ve always liked guys with those upturned eyes. And one reason why Kang Minhyuk was just too cute not to notice even if he was drumming in the back. 

One of CNBLUE’s songs I have in my playlist is called “Teardrops in the Rain.” Minhyuk and their other lead vocalist, Lee Jonghyun (another guy with a voice suited for ballads), sang this song. The one I have is of Kang Minhyuk. It’s entirely in English.

Lee Jonghyun’s version has the hard ESS sound as if his tongue cannot curve through the English words properly. Minhyuk’s voice though… It curves through the words just fine, giving the song what it needs… The right amount of longing, of soft echoey whispered flow that evokes the thoughts of rain and longing.

And here again, Minhyuk’s vocals shine. I cannot wait to see the next episodes of the drama.

I should note that in this particular scene when he sings, he reminded me of another KPop singer I’m currently watching. Jung Leo of VIXX. Must be those upturned eyes.

I love the boys of CNBLUE, but this one. God, sometimes, I wish this one was my son.

KPOP And Me – Kim Jaejoong’s album

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Kim Jaejoong’s released his album! While in the army no less!
Truthfully, I’m not here to critique the album. In fact,  I’ve fallen in love with Run Away.  It’s sad, melancholy.  Supposedly, saying goodbye.  So why does his voice sound so… regretful…  I like most of the songs on this album.  Jaejoong’s voice does not forgive, give quarter, or release you from your chains.  It abuses your senses.  It permeates the very marrow of your grey matter and you wonder where in heaven’s name have you heard this!  For a while in Run Away, I thought I may have been listening to Adele.  Don’t ask me why!

There is also Love you to Death.  And that’s interesting.  Supposed to be sad, but it’s more… sing songy.  Of course, I don’t know the translations yet.  It’s just a lot of things about it is catchy.  Don’t ask.  I’m in a weird mood.

And All that Glitters…

I think I like the simplicity of Breathing a lot though.  The guitar strums in the beginning is a great touch.  This song showcases Jae’s voice so well.   Maybe because I really like acoustic guitars, thinking of the islands a lot. 

I really really really like a lot of these songs.  I do.  Then again, I’ve always loved Kim Jaejoong’s expressiveness. 

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BUT!!!!!!

I’m really really interested in why NoX.  This is Kim Jaejoong’s 2nd album and yet, we’ve got NoX.  This can’t refer to their 10 years as JYJ, or his 10 years as a singer.  Can’t be that he’s counting since his debut because that’s two years ago, right? I mean the 10 year anniversary.

Does he mean.  ‘No.  X.’  Or is it really number 10?  Or is X a place holder? 

No as in N-O! Hell no! And X. Like no exes.

The puzzle within a puzzle is just that.  Even his album cover is a puzzle.  A maze.  A giant X with NO incorporated into the top v of the x.  Can it mean. X No.? 

But the tiny bar at the bottom says No. X. 

And I’m back down the rabbit hole that Kim Jaejoong somehow threw me into.

The album has 12 songs.  Song 10 is “Meeting again… we will meet again… but…” Unless we’re supposed to count from the bottom up, then Song 10 will be “Love You More”, coincidentally the title song.

Nox can also mean Nitrogen oxide.  A noxious gas. 

Of course, truly, the whole thing is a puzzle.  A puzzle within a puzzle within a puzzle.  X definitely marks the spot.  Just what kind of spot is it?  And why No?

Coincidentally, NOX in Latin means “night”.

Does he mean it’s the 10th night?  Like Shakespeare’s Twelfth night?  Where disguise, subterfuge and love triangles abound?  Come to think of it, the puzzle that is the cover has many triangles.  The circles for the O, three of them are completely closed.  There is no way to get into the middle of those circles.  All the triangles, you can trace your way into the middle of them.  While artistically rendered, it is indeed a puzzle. 

So, Jaejoong’s voice leaves me liking the songs (didn’t look at translations yet), and has me puzzled at the title.
 
If only I could get an answer to the puzzle that is Kim Jaejoong and his cryptic albums, I may just be able to stop scrunching my forehead.  🙂

On another note… They said that Do you know? #11 on the list is supposed to be something a man would sing to his boyfriend… er… Girlfriend!!! Yes. Another puzzle…

Either way, enjoy the songs.

Citrus Experiments

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This is what happens when you leave RhB with time on her hands and episodes of 2days1night under her belt.
This was the yuzu farm episode.
I saw how DefCon and Junho made Yujacha and wanted to try. Unfortunately, a dearth of yuzu is over my little town….Oh, what to do?
Someone brought a great deal of sour huge kumquats to the church and voila! Kumquat cha!!!! Why not, right? I’m just hoping that I put enough sugar to the mixture. It is currently… Fermenting…
I would love to try this with calamondin. So, friends and family with a tree…. Can I get like a tub full? Just a small tub will do….
I will let you know on Saturday how it tastes like.☺

Update: the “tea” or cha actually tastes like warm lemonade. Very delicious!