Friday, December 19, 2014

My 2014 Fave Solo Songs from K-pop Girl Group's Members

This will be my second year doing a top 20 list of my favourite songs from K-pop girl groups, but while I'm finalizing the chart, I thought maybe I should post something about solo songs from member (or former member) of K-pop girl groups too. There are some pretty impressive songs this year so I would list here two standouts which are my personal favourites, and both songs happen to be their respective solo debut. Who are they? Read on to find out.


Nicole was a former member of KARA. I'm not sure what led to her leaving her former agency and, ultimately, her group but one thing I'm sure of is that I like her more being a solo artist than a member of a girl group. Somehow I always felt like she was being overshadowed by the other members of KARA and only now I can truly see her talent. I love her debut song, 'Mama', and she has a nice voice which I never noticed before too. She can also rap and has great dancing skills. I love Nicole and seriously I think she has huge potential to become a successful solo artist, so I wish her all the best with her solo career. She was born and raised in the US so may I suggest she expand to promote her music internationally with English songs?

Watch 'Mama' by Nicole.

Monday, December 15, 2014

What to watch? ~ 2014 movies: December

Apologies for this late post but better late than never right? We are finally at the final month of 2014. How's the year have been for you? Before we step into 2015, which will probably be one of the big year in movies, let's take a look at some interesting movies that are coming (or may already have been released) in December. Let's start!

1. The Pyramid

The Pyramid had received a lot of negative reviews from critics, and to be honest, the trailer for this movie didn't show much promise either. But I include it in this list anyway because I'm curious about it. What is it about? I saw a glimpse of some kind of humanoid creature in the trailer, so are there monsters or creatures living inside the pyramid? Or is the plot lean more towards the supernatural side like ghosts and spirits? My curiosity that had piqued my interest towards this movie, but as I mentioned before, it had received a lot of negative reviews, so I'm still thinking whether to watch this in the cinema or not. Directed by Grégory Levasseur and starred Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare and James Buckley, The Pyramid was released in cinemas on December 5, 2014.

2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I've watched the first two movies in the The Hobbit movie series in the cinemas, so it would be silly not to catch this final installment in the cinema too. The trailer looks good and the ending to the second movie left us with a cliffhanger, so there's definitely something to look forward to. From the trailer to the name of the movie, they somewhat alluded to a big war, I guess we can expect more action in this movie then? Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner and a lot other actors would all be back for one final round in Middle Earth, and you catch them all in action in movie theaters starting December 17, 2014.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What to watch? ~ 2014 movies: November

Quite a few big movies are coming out soon so let's just jump straight to business, shall we? Here are the movies that will be released in cinemas in November that I'm most interested in. Let's start!

1. Interstellar

This movie is shrouded in mystery. Nothing much is revealed about the plot and yet audiences are expected to be blown away by the movie. Well, if it's some other movie, I might not be tempted but it's a Christopher Nolan movie, so of course I believe whatever they are saying! I started to like his movie since The Prestige and I think he's going to deliver yet another amazing cinematic experience with Interstellar. Reviews for this film started to come out from the movie critics and surprisingly, they were quite unimpressed with his latest effort. Maybe he had set the bar too high before that even he has difficulty to overcome now? Nevertheless, I love science fiction movies so I'm looking forward for this, and you can bet I'll be watching this in the cinema the weekend it come out. Starring big names like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Jessica Chastain, Interstellar is scheduled to be released in cinemas on November 5, 2014.

2. Big Hero 6

This will be Disney's first animation movie that will be based on Marvel's properties. The 54th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios is inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team and will tell the story of Hiro Hamada, a boy genius, together with his robot, Baymax, and his fellow friends who will fight to uncover the crime plot by a mysterious masked supervillain. The movie looks promising based on the awesome trailers, and Baymax looks extremely adorable too! I'm pretty sure he will be popular among kids soon. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and featuring the voice of Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada, Jamie Chung (GoGo Tomago), Scott Adsit (Baymax), Genesis Rodriguez (Honey Lemon), Damon Wayans, Jr. (Wasabi) and T. J. Miller (Fred/Fredzilla), Big Hero 6 is scheduled to open in movie theaters on November 7, 2014.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YuYu Hakusho Volume 18 ~ review

The final story arc continue on in Volume 18 of YuYu Hakusho manga. Will the friendship between Yuusuke, Hiei, Kurama and Kuwabara crumbles under the pressure of the powerful demons that are now conquering the Demon World? How will the story develop? Here's my review of the penultimate volume of the manga series.

This review will contain spoilers, so if you haven't read the manga and planned to do so, please stay away from this post if you don't want the story spoiled for you.

Just to recap, this final story arc began in Volume 17 with Yuusuke, Hiei and Kurama were each visited by representatives of three powerful demons that are currently fighting for supremacy in the Demon World. Each of them were invited to join the respective group/clan to strengthen their territory that they each conquered and finally take over all of the Demon World. Yuusuke then decided to join his "demon blood-related father" Raizen, Kurama joined the blind demon Yomi, while Hiei went to join Mukuro's group. So what has our protagonists been up to in the Demon World within each group?

There are altogether 9 chapters for this volume, and the first 4 chapters are interestingly different than the others, which set up the stage beautifully for this volume. In the first two chapters, we get to see how's Hiei been doing with Mukuro's group/clan. Although Hiei had been a very popular character in the manga (at least based on the readers poll), we don't really know much about his character, or more specifically his past, and in this two chapters we got the chance to do that. It's interesting to learn and explore his dark past, and even though it was not much, at least we get to know more about his background and the history behind his cold behaviour.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Music Jam ~ Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Alif Satar for October 2014

It's been awhile since I last post about music that I like so let's talk about music now and what music I've been jamming to lately. There's a lot of good stuff out there, so below are some of the music that I keep on repeating on my laptop while working, or dancing to in my car while driving. Just a side note, even though I put 'October' in the title post, it doesn't mean that the songs I'm listed below were released in October. I just want to differentiate this post with my older post about music, hence the month and the year in the title. Make sense? Now let's turn on the music!

Ed Sheeran ~ Don't

Ed Sheeran had released a new music video for a new song a couple of weeks ago called 'Thinking Out Loud' but I'm still enjoying his song 'Don't'. It is such a cool song with interesting lyrics. I've read an article my friend forward to me before that this song is about Ellie Goulding, who he had a fling with (or so he thought) before she hooked up with Niall Horan from One Direction instead. I'm not sure how true is that article though, you could never 100% sure what you read online nowadays. Whatever it is, I hope everything goes well for him and I hope he keeps continuing on making good music.

Check out Don't MV here.

Sheppard ~ Geronimo

When I first listen to 'Geronimo', I thought it was an odd song with strange arrangement. But after awhile, the song grew on me and I thought to myself, "Hey, it is a good song!". It was truly addictive listening to the song and it was not even your typical pop song that usually have that addictive vibe. This indie pop band from Australia had even been signed with music manager, Scooter Braun (the one who discovered Justin Bieber on YouTube), for their US launch. I'm pretty sure we will be hearing a lot from this band in the future. I hope they have great success!

Enjoy Geronimo MV here.

Colbie Caillat ~ Try

This is truly an inspirational song, and it's accompanied by an inspirational music video too. Although the lyrics and music video suits more to girls and women, I don't see why boys and men can't learn something from this song too. Boys and men do face peer pressure to 'fit in' too sometimes but I have to say in these days and age, girls and women face tougher challenges and pressures amidst all these unrealistic ideas on what beauty is. Yes, we all can learn a thing or two from this song. Let our inner beauty shine everyone.

Watch Try MV here.