Showing posts from January, 2013

Getting my student visa!

This past week I was finally able to go into NYC in order to obtain my visa for South Korea. I found certain parts of the process a bit confusing, but in the end it all came together. I now have my visa and am all set to leave! (Except I don't for another 24 days...). If you are studying abroad in South Korea from the United States you are required to get a D-2 student visa if you will be there for more than 90 days.

Kpop Fridays: January Playlist

This month's playlist features new songs and videos from CNBLUE, Kim Sori, B.A.P, and Pascol. January saw a lot of new releases and it was hard to narrow down the four to put into this playlist. This month's is a good mix of rookie, veteran and popular singers with a bit of variety in genre too.

As usual the playlist is four videos that were released during the month that did not get their own post here, but caught my attention. Enjoy!

Kpop Fridays: Infinite H (feat. Bumkey) - Special Girl

This week’s video breakdown features Infinite H’s “Special Girl” which was released on Jan 10. The video is unlike the group’s videos or Sungkyu’s. Sungkyu had a rock ballad with a dramatic video. Infinite as a whole is known for their complicated dance routines. Be sure to check out the music video here and keep reading to see more :)

Random and note on Kpop post

This week's "Kpop Fridays" post will be up Saturday this week (I guess technically later today depending on when you read this...confusing). I've been busy getting everything ready to apply for my student visa for Korea. Only 37/6 days to go! It's so close now, I still seem to be having trouble grasping that I am going. Studying abroad has been a long time plan of mine, so it doesn't feel 'real' yet. Probably won't until I get to the airport or even arrive?
Other than that I'm actually off to my family's home in Pennsylvania for the weekend. I'll look for something interesting to feature here, but it's off-season in the area. Lovely in the spring/summer/autumn, a bit (very) dull in the winter. Kinda hoping for snow though.
Anyway, I think it will be the first post featuring a boy group. Here's a preview/hint for now: it's a good song by a sub-unit with a surprisingly funny video.  Any guesses? :)

Lunch at Sugar Mommy Cupcakes in Denville, NJ

If you go back to my 10 Random Questions post, you’ll see that I listed cupcakes as my favourite food. In that post I mentioned that I hoped to do a post on my favourite cupcake place Sugar Mommy Cupcakes. Well, this is that post! With the start of the year Sugar Mommy has expanded to add café food available for lunch. My friends and I decided to go today for the first time and lunch was equally as good as the cupcakes. I later saw on Facebook that Sugar Mommy had a record breaking lunch, so congratulations to them!  Read more for delicious cupcakes, cute decor and yummy lunch! <3

Kpop Fridays: Girls' Generation / 소녀시대 - I Got a Boy

Kpop Fridays are back!And for the first of 2013 this post features one of (if not, the most) talked about music video of the year so far. Girls’ Generation’s (소녀시대/SNSD) “I Gota Boy.”
If you are new to the blog, welcome! Kpop Friday posts are a breakdown/review of a music video.For the last Friday of the month I feature a playlist of four songs not featured that I heard and liked for the month. I try to keep the video featured time sensitive. However, I am more than willing to take suggestions if there is a video you think should be featured. Just comment or email it to me :)
The video and song deviate from SNSD’s usual styles in a very noticeable way. The video is filled with bright colours, crazy outfits, and fun make-up. The song falls into one of three categories you either love it, hate it or both. The song can play like a few thrown together into one. It’s possible to love one part and feel the opposite about the next.

Travel articles on South Korea and China

Conde Nast Traveler posted a few links to articles on travel news today and a couple caught my attention. One relating to South Korea and the other to China.

According to Travel Daily News tourism is expected to reach 11.1 million for 2012 in Korea. The highest numbers coming from China and Japan, but the number of visitors from outside of the continent has risen too.

Of course, PSY was mentioned as a component and his song/video probably are. However, K-pop in general has been growing in Asia. Super Junior M and EXO-M were specifically created to cater to the Chinese audience and way too many groups to list promote in Japan. It's hard to ignore the effect of Korean entertainment when it comes to travel rates, in every tourism article I've read regarding this topic K-pop or dramas make an appearance.

The article on Beijing and Shanghai visas was an interesting read too. 72 hours (three days) seems like a short amount of time as a maximum before needing a visa, still I think it…