Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Underrated K-Pop Singers #1 : Shannon Williams 샤 넌

From now on, I will be writing a post about underrated Korean singers! Keep an eye out for each issue!

Shannon Arrums Williams (Korean name: 샤넌 아름 윌리엄스), best known as simply 'Shannon', is a British-Korean idol singer born on May 26, 1998. She is currently active in South Korea under the talent company DAP Sound (division of MBK Entertainment). 

Since the age of 7, Shannon has been participating in musicals while attending Sylvia Young Theatre School in the UK. She was once given the role of Cosette in the famous musical 'Les Miserables', and continued to take on this role until she was considered too 'old' to be suitable for acting for this character. 

She later appeared on SBS's Star King in South Korea in 2010. On the show, everyone's jaws hung from their mouths in awe at her amazing singing and opera skills. She appeared again in 2011 with a duet with Brad Little, the male opera singer who won the Barrymore Philly Award. She later signed an exclusive contract with Core Contents Media. (The video is down below)

In 2012, she released the single album 'Day and Night' with T-ARA's Areum (ex-member) and Gun-ji from Navy NJ. In 2013, she was recruited as a new member of the Korean girl group F-ve Dolls but quickly withdrew because she wanted to be like her role idols BoA and IU and debut as a solo artist.

Debut with 'Daybreak Rain'
On December 1, 2014, she released her debut single, 'Daybreak Rain 새벽비' and even had a collaboration single with Vasco and Giriboy ('Breath 숨').

Her next single 'Why Why 왜요 왜요' was released on March 15, 2015, and following, the release of the entire album 'Eighteen'. 

The album consisted of 7 tracks:
1. Why Why 
Shannon shows a very cute side of her in 'Why Why', expressing love and total admiration for a man which she falls in love with. While staring at her phone all day and thinking about him at night before bed, she asks why the man is always smiling at her :)

2. I Know

3. Gossip Girl

4. 20inch

5. Hate you

6. Breath (Shannon, Vasco, Giriboy)
With Vasco and Giriboy accompanying her in this song, it talks about a man so important to a girl that it is similar to having air to breath and without him, there is no breath left in her (and she dies). A man's love is so important to a girl that is like her breath. 

7. Daybreak Rain 
This song talks about a woman trying to get over a man after a rough breakup and not thinking about the things that he has done so that it would not hurt her anymore. A very mature and strong side of Shannon was shown through 'Daybreak Rain'.

While Shannon shows us a very musically talented part of her on stage, she is has such a nice personality and is so cute off-stage (well, technically she was also cute when she was promoting for 'Why Why' because that was the concept)! 

My Favorite Song 

 Daybreak Rain

The song is included in the music bar list! Check it out!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

How To Save Energy

Hope you like it :) I used the website called Canva to create this poster! Just realized how much I love it! 


As you might have noticed, a new function has been added to our blog for a change! The music bar! This is located at the top of the page and the triangular symbol is equivalent to the play and pause button. If you want to view the entire playlist, just click the icon on the right with a few lines (the playlist is on shuffle).

Most of the songs that I added are Korean songs, but I'll try to add a wider variety of languages of songs to suite viewers from different parts of the world!

Comment if you want to share with me any of your favorite songs! I might be able to put them into our playlist :)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Big Bang: Bang Bang Bang! 뱅뱅뱅!

As I've mentioned before, Big Bang will release a new song on the first of every month from May until August, where they would showcase their entire 'MADE' album to their fans. Well, they released their two new songs just 2 days ago with the title of 'BANG BANG BANG' and 'We Like 2 Party'! Yes!!!

They uploaded their 'BANG BANG BANG' music video at 12:00 am (KST). I really like this song!!! (Did you know they described this song as being similar to their song 'Fantastic Baby'? The first two songs 'Bae Bae' and 'Loser' were only a 'side-dish' where as 'BANG BANG BANG' is considered to be the 'main-dish' of their full album... Interesting....)

'We Like 2 Party' did not have a music video of its own, but the audio is here! I expected it be a quick-tempo-ed song... 

I didn't really get the idea of this part... WHY IS THE GIRL ON A DOG LEASH PULLED BY G-DRAGON?!

So... Taeyang is STILL shirtless, as always, with some other guys who are shirtless AS WELL...

For some reason, Seungri has become my bias (along with T.O.P.) HE LOOKS SO MASCULINE HERE and he looks SO much better with blonde hair. Good job, Seungri!!! :)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Big Bang MADE Concert HK

The kings are back! Big Bang is having their MADE concert in Hong Kong in the Asiaworld Expo on 12-14 June (Friday-Sunday) after 3 years!!! The excitement is real!

Unfortunately, (here comes the bad news; brace yourselves) I could not get the tickets :( No! Such a disappointment. The cheaper tickets (i.e. $488,$788) had all been grabbed by other people within a few hours. *Cries and hides in a corner*
'I didn't get Big Bang tickets...'

Ticket Prices
The prices for the tickets range from $488, $788, $988, $1,888, $1,388, to $1,888 as the most expensive. 

Seating Plan

Big Bang's New Comeback
The reason for their having world tour in Hong Kong this time is to promote their new comeback for 'Loser' and 'Bae Bae'. They have already held a world tour in Seoul as their first stop, as well as Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, and Wuhan. They will, later on, travel to Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka once again to bring the world tour to an end. 

Their new song 'Loser' won many awards in a matter of a few weeks and has topped the charts within days of their release.

'Bae Bae' was also released on the same day as 'Loser' and adds a fun yet sexual twist to their style. 

The idol group will release more songs on the first date of every month and releasing their full 'Made' album in September. The next song is to be released on 1 June. 

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THEIR NEW SONG I THINK I WILL CRY NOW!!!Alright excuse my craziness but they are my baes and they all look pretty even if they're dressed up as girls. (Here you go) Bingu T.O.P is back with his very own bingu-ness showing fully on stage, Seungri looks a very hot anime character with his gold hair, GD looks like a gangster with suspenders, Taeyang looks pretty much the same except for a cool split in his eyebrows, and I don't think Daesung can't really see with his hair covering his 'already-very-small' eyes (I'm sorry, Daesung.) 
Daesung looks so cute here :)

And here's our ever changing T,O.P; from being hot and mature, cute,

...and now totally crazy with his 'crown-hair'. 

How I Study for Exams/Tests

Some people find the idea of studying for tests or exams very burdening and frustrated with the fact that flipping through pages and pages of a text book takes a lot of time. Me too, that's why I invented my very own personalized way of revising!

This method works for most subjects. I always did this for math and I'm currently doing this for science as well (I'm really bad at science).

So basically I go back to the syllabus which is being tested and then I create a 'revision sheet'. I would put sub-headings and notes for that (maybe some pictures as well).

I soon realized that I am also, in a way, revising while I making this revision sheet and when I'm flipping through it. Double revision! :) :)

Here are some examples:
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What method do you use to study? :)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Bye Hong Kong :( Hello Caterham School

For some of you who I may not have already told, I will be leaving Sha Tin College and Hong Kong in the coming August for the UK :( I will miss you all but I will continue to update this blog! So don't worry! We're still connected by our hearts <3 <3 <3

The school I will be going to called Caterham School and is in the area of Surrey, UK. Caterham School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school in Caterham and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
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If the applicant performs particularly well on the entrance exam test tests, the school may award a scholarship, which in my case, was rewarded to me :) 

Academic results
Caterham School has always performed very well over the years and was always within the top 100 ranking. These results have improved significantly these few years. In the latest GCSE results, around 50% of its students received A* and 78% passed with A*-A, setting a new school record. 112 pupils took Biology or Human Biology and 101 of them achieved an A* with the remaining 11 pupils achieving an A grade. 

A majority of the Sixth Form go on to university studies. At A-Levels, pupils who were rewarded with A* took on a total of 28%. 

University Destinations
For the year 2014, 85% went to 'top tier' universities, including some of which are overseas. These universities include:

- Cardiff University    - Imperial College London    - Newcastle University    - Bristol University    
- London School of Economics and Political Science    - University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge

...and more.

Pay a Visit!
I have actually already went to visit this school during March and I really like it! I personally prefer Caterham School's boarding house more than Epsom College's (I have been to Epsom College to visit during February). But anyways, I have taken my decision to go to Caterham School.
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Does the Media Influence Body Images?

Over the years, as television and computers slowly take over our lives, the image of perfection in both males and females has taken over at the same time. As the internet develops, websites with the idea of ‘thinspiration’ and ‘dieting’ has promoted young teenage girls, women and men that thin is the way to beauty and charm. Many of those images have valued and appreciated the look of youth and, somewhat, childlike. Experts believe that there are over 10 million females suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or other types of eating disorders and that the ultra-thin models and actresses on TVs and magazines have a big impact on the still-developing minds of young girls and boys.

First of all, there are many different types of eating disorders. The most common one is anorexia nervosa, or just anorexia for short. It mostly occurs in teenage girls who often think they are ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’. They will become fixated on becoming thin in ways such as self-starvation, self-abuse, and obsessive exercising routines. The second type is bulimia nervosa, from the Greek word boulimia, which means ‘great hunger’. People with bulimia would gorge food, followed by forced vomiting. Both eating disorder victims are trying to achieve bony, fatless, bodies amongst themselves.

On many fashion magazines and ‘thinspiration’ websites, there will be numerous pictures of unattainable body types on many fashion models and unhealthy weights that are marked ‘pretty’. These will often become inspirations for young teenagers to want to become thin and ‘pretty’. If not by the pictures the media sends out, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, victims of bullying, or girls with ‘perfectionist’ personalities can also be the main causes. These teenagers will always try to fit in by wanting to become thin and start dieting. Since anorexia is largely psychological, many become starved to death because of anorexia nervosa or, for the lucky ones, are found out and able to seek help from psychologists.

Barbie dolls are considered a ‘must have’ in a little girl’s life, but these thoughts of having ‘beautiful’ body shapes similar to Barbie’s is not possible. Statistics show that a girl would usually have her first barbie by the age of three, and will collect a total of seven dolls during her childhood. Barbie dolls are often blamed for eating disorders that have developed later on in a child’s life. These dolls with fictionally proportioned body sizes have since been planted in many little girls’ young minds that give them the concept that being thin equates to happiness. We can prove that having barbie body shapes are impossible because if barbie was a real person, she would stand to be six feet tall, with a 39” bust, 18” waist, 33” hips, and would wear a size 3 shoe. She would also weigh 110 lbs and have a BMI of 16.24, thus fit in the weight criteria for being anorexic. Due to her weight, Barbie would most likely not menstruate. She would also have to walk on all fours due to her proportions. Is this what the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. wants to send out to young ladies out there who buy their barbie dolls?

However, many also say that these eating disorders were not just influenced by the media, but by many other different factors; that the media influences are not a direct cause. Early childhood development builds up the child’s self-esteem as he/she grows, but as the obesity numbers of children around the world continue to increase, many parents belittle their child’s little minds by manipulating over their intake of foods and controlling their body appearances. These can set problems along the lines of the child’s growth.

Genetics in the family can also play a big role in whether the child would or wouldn't have an eating disorder. A research led by Dr. Michael Strober at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), proves that an individual is twelve times more likely to develop anorexia if a close relative has also suffered from the disorder, and four times more likely to develop bulimia.

Going back to the barbie doll factor, many artistic and enthusiastic young men and women are fighting the idea of ‘thin is beauty’. Nickolay Lamm, an artist known online for his digital visualizations, took measurements of average American women and compared them with the normal barbie doll. He decided to make a barbie doll that would better off represent a healthy, ordinary body type. Lamm’s collaborating campaign for Lammily, the average barbie doll, is now up and running. He hopes to produce 5,000 dolls. Nickolay Lamm wants to bring out to young boys and girls that average is also beautiful.
Healthy Barbie Doll: Lammily

In conclusion, eating disorders are a very serious factor amongst 7.046 billion people in the world. This can be caused by both the photos that the media sends out or by the genes that have passed on from earlier generations. Which are they caused by? Well, I myself would not be able to answer this question. On the good side, we can at least try to prevent this by stopping the media from telling all their models that they are ‘overweight’ and ‘not fit’ to be photographed. If this was taken into action, the number of eating disorders would most likely drop immensely.

Fettner, Ann Guidici. “Britannica School/ anorexia nervosa”. 17 March, 2014. School Database.

Ballaro, Beverly. Wagner, Geraldine. “Body Image & the Media: An Overview”. 10 March, 2014. School Database.

Maine, Margo. “Get Real Barbie” Fact Sheet*”. 17 March, 2014. PDF.

Lamm, Nickolay. “Lammily- Average is Beautiful”. 17 March, 2014. Website.

Driscoll, Sally, Campbell, Tamara. “Counterpoint: Body Image is Influenced by Many Factors, not Just the Media”. 20 March, 2014. School Database.