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The BTS Listen: Dark and Wild by BTS

Posted January 13, 2021 by Rowena in Music, Reviews | 0 Comments

I started listening to BTS albums from the beginning of their musical journey and this series will feature my thoughts on each of those albums. There are a lot of albums but there are also a lot of solo work that I’m interested in covering here on the blog so I decided to just name this feature, The BTS Listen because I’m an organization nerd and things need to be well organized for me or I get itchy.

This week, I’ll be featuring the following albums: Dark & Wild. So let’s get started, shall we?

Dark & Wild

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Run Time: 51 minutes, 31 seconds
Tracklist: Intro : What am I to you, Danger, War of Hormone, Hip Hop Phile, Let Me Know, Rain, BTS Cypher PT.3 : KILLER (Feat. Supreme Boi), Interlude : What are you doing now, Could you turn off your cell phone, Embarrassed, 24/7=heaven, Look here, So 4 more, Outro : Do you think it makes sense?
Songs in Order of How I Liked Them: 24/7=Heaven, Embarrassed, Danger, 2nd Grade, Could You Turn Off Your Cell Phone, War of Hormones, 2nd Grade, Outro: Do You Think It Make Sense?, Look Here, Let Me Know, Hip Hop Phile, BTS Cypher Pt. 3 Killer, Rain
Favorite Line from Song: Tomorrow is the date day that I’ve been dreaming of, Such pretty stars and such a pretty moon, The light that lights me up seems even more tonight, The whole world seems made for me, right?

In their first studio album in a year and two months, BTS sings about love gone awry in DARK & WILD. They warn the girl who acts like she doesn’t love them not to test their love anymore.

The boys are no longer in their school uniforms. They have become tougher, singing that their love is not to be treated lightly. A year and two months into their debut, BTS made sure that the visuals, performance, and all the elements of their first studio album are flawless. Tracks that highlight the different genres of hip hop—South, West, Boom Bap, and Trap—provide a clear direction of BTS’ music. The title track “Danger” is a tightly-composed hybrid hip hop song with a piercing punk-rock guitar sound that features stark rap, a powerful hook, and exhilarating shouting.
This album was longer than the other albums that I’ve listened to so far, coming in at 51 minutes long. There are 14 songs (1 of them was just an intro though but it was a bomb-ass intro, I wanted more from that one) and most of them are more on the hip hop side but I enjoyed the entire album. I don’t think I skipped any of the songs at all. Rapper Jungkook makes an appearance and I’m a huge fan of that. I wish he rapped more now but then I’d probably miss Singer Jungkook more because that guy is badass.

My favorite song from this bunch is definitely 24/7=Heaven. That song was such a sweet song and I’m a sucker for those kinds of songs. It’s a young love kind of ballad that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I looked like a little schoolgirl grinning like a crazy person listening to this song, I’m sure but I don’t give a damn. This was a great song. I was scared of V with his grown man’s voice in this song too, haha.

All in all, this was another fabulous album with a great balance of songs for the rap line and songs for the vocal line. There was enough goodness to share the spotlight and it was another album that hit every high note for me. I’m loving this musical journey through all of BTS’s albums. There’s so much to love and just when you think you can’t love another song of theirs more, you hear hidden gems like Embarrassed, 2nd Grade, and Could You Turn Off Your Phone to prove you wrong. So much good stuff on this album. I definitely recommend it.

Favorite Performance from This Album

This is one of my favorite dance performances of theirs. Their lines are clean, their moves are sharp and they all know where they’re supposed to be at every second of this dance. This is such a fun performance and though I love the War of Hormone dance, Danger is my top favorite performance on this album.
Final Thoughts

Loved It

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Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Posted January 12, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Strong Woman Do Bong SoonStrong Woman Do Bong Soon
Starring: Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, Ji Soo
Year Released: 2017
Number of Episodes: 16
Recommended By: B Nice
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Format: Online Stream
Source: Viki
Buy It: Amazon

Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Gook-du (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft.

Contrary to Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked on an occasion. One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted.

I watched this show at the recommendation of my friend, B Nice and she didn’t steer me wrong at all. This was a great recommendation as I enjoyed this show from beginning to end. The characters, the main couple, and the second lead were all wonderfully entertaining and I couldn’t get enough of this entire show.

This show was my introduction to Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, and Ji Soo. All three of these actors wormed their way into my heart and I’ve added all of their stuff to my watch list because I want to support their careers…all because of their work on this show. I really enjoyed all aspects of this show. The characters were well rounded and even though you have to suspend belief at times, I didn’t even care. I was entertained in every single episode and I even shed tears at different parts. I especially shed tears during this scene…

I waited so damn long for Do Bong Soon to finally notice my guy Ahn Min Hyuk. She was so blinded by Gook-Du that she never gave the guy that loved the real her all along. I mean, I don’t blame her for being blinded by Gook Du because that guy was fine as hell too but he wasn’t Min Min.

There was much to love about this show. The humor for one had me cracking up at every turn. When Min pretends to be gay because that’s what Bong Soon thought and how extra she got whenever Gook Du and Min Hyuk were together had me dying. I also loved the friendship between Bong Soon and her friends and her brother. She had a great relationship with her family (even her extra ass Mom) and it was fun to see their relationship in action on the small screen. This was a fun show with sweet moments and characters that will charm the socks right off of you. What more could you want? If you’re looking for a fun show with a cute romance, check this one out. It’s super good!
Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

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The BTS Listen: 2 Cool 4 Skool, O!RUL82?, and Skool Luv Affair by BTS

Posted January 7, 2021 by Rowena in Music, Reviews | 10 Comments

I started listening to BTS albums from the beginning of their musical journey and this series will feature my thoughts on each of those albums. There are a lot of albums but there are also a lot of solo work that I’m interested in covering here on the blog so I decided to just name this feature, The BTS Listen because I’m an organization nerd and things need to be well organized for me or I get itchy.

This week, I’ll be featuring the following albums: 2 Cool 4 Skool, O!RUL82?, and Skool Luv Affair. So let’s get started, shall we?

A few months ago, I fell down the rabbit hole that is BTS. I haven’t dug my way out of it and don’t really plan on it since I like this rabbit hole and I’m so here for all things BTS. I’ve been making my way through each of their albums and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each of them here on the blog. I plan on making my way through their discography as broken down by era in this post. Lots of different fans have their take on eras but the post that I included makes the most sense to me so I’m going with their explanation of the eras.

I’m going to start with the School Trilogy, which includes the 2 Cool 4 Skool, O!RUL82?, and Skool Luv Affair albums. These albums are the very first albums that BTS came out with and the stuff is a lot different from their newer stuff but man, they’ve got some bangers on these albums.

2 Cool 4 Skool

Release Date: June 12, 2013
Tracklist: Intro: 2 Cool 4 Skool (feat. DJ Friz), We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2, Skit: Circle Room Talk, No More Dream, Interlude, 좋아요 I Like It, Outro: Circle Room Cypher
Songs in Order of How I Liked Them: No More Dreams, We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2, Like
Favorite Line from Song: “The name is Jungkook, my scale is nationwide. I pulled all-nighters at the practice rooms. Instead of school, dancing, and singing. While you guys partied, I gave up sleep for my dreams.”

2 Cool 4 Skol is the debut single album by South Korean boy band, BTS. The album was released on June 12, 2013, through Big Hit and distributed by Loen. The album was promoted by two singles, “No More Dream” and “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2”. Commercially, the album peaked at No. five on the Gaon Album Chart and sold more than 230,000 units since its release in South Korea.
There are only 7 tracks on this album and only 3 are actual songs. I didn’t even care because I loved listening to the songs, the skits, and that Outro: Circle Room Cypher? Yeah, I loved that shit too. I’m trippin’ hard though because they sound like babies on this album. You can tell that this is one of their older albums too because their English isn’t as natural as it is now. Holy shit, they’ve come such a long way in the seven years since their debut.

This was a fun album that taps out at 20 minutes and 47 seconds. So while it’s an album that starts the party, it’s a very short party but still packed with some great songs that will make you thirsty for more. The other intros, skits, and Cypher bits were a lot of fun to listen to as well. Listening to young Jungkook and V get their rap on had me laughing and I didn’t even know what they were saying, haha.

Favorite Performance
Final Thoughts

I’m not going to rate these albums, but I am going to share a gif that shows what I think about them instead. Here’s some old school Jimin for you. 🙂

Loved It


Release Date: September 11, 2013
Tracklist: Intro: O!RUL8,2?, N.O., We On, Skit: R U Happy Now?, If I Ruled the World, Coffee, BTS Cypher Pt. 1, 진격의 방탄 Attack on Bangtan, 팔도강산 Paldo Gangsan/Satoori Rap, OUTRO : Luv In Skool
Songs in Order of How I Liked Them: Coffee, Outro: Luv in Skool, Attack on Bangtan, N.O., If I Ruled the World, BTS Cypher Pt. 1, We On, Paldogangsan
Favorite Line from Song: “Everybody say NO! It’s not going to work anymore, don’t be captured in other people’s dreams.”

O!RUL8,2? is the first extended play by South Korean boy band, BTS. It was released on September 11, 2013 as the second album after 2 Cook 4 Skool. The album consists of ten tracks, with “N.O.” as the lead singer. The group later promoted “Attack on Bangtan”, another track from the album.
This album had a lot more songs on it and there were a lot of songs on here that I wasn’t familiar with but damn, they are some hitmakers because this whole album bangs. Right from the jump, NO hit you with that hell nah, I’m not going to live my life the way you want me to, I’m gonna do what I want and then hit after hit played sprinkled with some skits in between and I loved it all. So BTS started as a hip hop group but they had some pretty bangin’ R&B jams on this album that I was all the way here for. I love hip hop but I LOVE R&B so yeah, this album was my exact speed.

So this album gave us 7 new songs and took about 30 minutes and 35 seconds to listen to. You can tell that there is a lot of promise with these guys. The rap line really shines in this album but the vocal line sang the shit out of that Outro: Luv in Skool. That song wasn’t nearly long enough and it made my R&B loving heart happy. It sounds like they’re trying to figure out who they are as a group but are enjoying themselves in the meantime. I really dug the musical journey that they took us on and I’m eager for more. This was definitely another winner of an album for me. I definitely recommend listening to this if you’re interested in hip hop and R&B, it’s good stuff. I promise!

Favorite Performance
Final Thoughts

Here’s baby Jungkook coming through showcasing how happy this album made me.

Loved It

Skool Luv Affair

Release Date: February 12, 2014
Tracklist: Intro: Skool Luv Affair, 상남자 Boy In Luv, Skit: Soulmate, 어디에서 왔는지 Where Did You Come From, 하루만 Just One Day, Tomorrow, BTS Cypher Pt. 2: Triptych, 등골브레이커 Spine Breaker, Jump, Outro: Propose
Songs in Order of How I Liked Them: Just One Day, Boy in Luv, Jump, Where You From, Tomorrow, BTS Cypher Pt. 2, Spine Breaker
Favorite Line from Song: “No matter who tries to stop me, I will go my own way. You only live once. Leggo (Leggo!), Leggo (Leggo!) Even if I live for a day, I’ll have no regrets. Let’s jump!”

“Boy In Luv” was the lead single of the album, and the lyrics of the song are about a typical high school crush, as well as a boys’ confusion over having feelings for the girl.

Even with the cute theme of the song, BTS still put a hip-hop twist on the sound which makes it stand out.
Oh man, these albums are really coming together musically for me. Skool Luv Affair is the third album in the BTS collection and it’s the album that has my first favorite BTS song on it. Just One Day. Dude, a lot of my favorite BTS songs are on this album. Just One Day, Boy in Luv, Where You From, these are all fantastic songs and there are still so many other great songs on this album. The vibe of this album is a good one. I danced my way through every single song. I haven’t heard one song that I didn’t like. I didn’t skip a song even once. These guys are great musicians and Jungkook’s vocals hit all the right spots to make these songs bops.

This album gave us 7 more songs, some more skits, and catchy intros and outros that made the album just that more enjoyable. There are 35 minutes and 29 seconds of musical goodness here and it’s another album that you can turn on and not have to skip any songs because they’re all good. This is one of those feel-good albums and I’m mad that I’m late to the BTS party but I’m also hella glad that I’m finally here. This album showcases what makes these guys bomb as hell and I’m here, Army as hell. It’s hard to imagine RM and Suga getting shit for becoming idols because their rap skills are on point. I can listen to them rap all day, every day and I don’t even listen to Korean rap. This Cypher Pt. 2 was ridiculously good. No wonder V loves them so much.
Favorite Performance
Final Thoughts

I looked just like Namjoon does above the entire time that I was listening to this album. This is my favorite album of the bunch.

If I wasn’t already impressed with these guys, these three albums would have definitely made my mind up about them. Their story, their message, and just everything that they stand for continue to impress me each and every single day. These guys are the real deal and their worldwide influence is impressive as hell but their music puts them over the top of everyone else for me because they really are that good. These albums were a great introduction to the music of Bangtan Sonyeondan. I’m glad that I’ve finally arrived at the BTS party and I’m looking forward to the other hundreds of songs that I still have to discover for myself. I love these albums!

Loved It

Are you a fan of BTS? What’s your favorite album? What are some of your favorite songs? Who’s your bias? Let’s be Army friends!

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Review: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Posted January 5, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 Comments

Review: It’s Okay to Not Be OkayIt's Okay to Not Be Okay
Starring: Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji
Year Released: 2020
Number of Episodes: 16
Recommended By: Nobody
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Format: Online Stream
Source: Netflix
Buy It: Amazon

A story about a man employed in a psychiatric ward and a woman with an antisocial personality disorder, who is a popular writer of children's books. The drama tells the story of Moon Kang Tae, a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who doesn't have time for love and Go Moon Young, a successful children's book author who suffers from an antisocial personality disorder and has never known love. After meeting one another, the two slowly begin to heal each other's emotional wounds.

This drama was the first one that I watched while it was releasing episodes each week. I was so used to binge-watching all of the k-dramas that I watched so having to wait a week between episodes took some getting used to (I was so spoiled) but oh my holy shit (in Jungkook’s voice), this show was so stinkin’ good. Like, one of my top shows of 2020 good.

This show was a lot darker than I’m used to but I was here for every single thing that went down. In the beginning, I was super confused about just what was going on and why we were supposed to root for a freaking crazy lady but once I was all caught up and not confused anymore, I was all the way in. I was Team Moon Young all the way. I ugly cried through every single episode from like the third episode on.

This story follows Ko Moon Young, Moon Gang Tae, and Moon Sang Tae as they finally deal with old wounds and work to overcome a dark past. Gang Tae has grown up taking care of his autistic older brother Sang Tae. After their mother died when Gang Tae was twelve years old, he and Sang Tae have lived on their own. They’ve moved from place to place, trying to stay out of the system and stay together. For so long, it’s been just the two of them but when they come across a girl from their past, Ko Moon Young, she worms her way into their lives and starts wrecking Gang Tae’s carefully crafted life. He works and then he goes home and takes care of his older brother. He doesn’t have any time for anything more but Moon Young is making him want things he hasn’t let himself think about or want ever. He’s all filled up with responsibility and he’s been holding all of those day-to-day burdens for him and his brother for so long, he is not willing to add another person to his life to care about. Staying away from Moon Young proves to be difficult because for the first time ever, he wants a life just for himself.

The romance between Gang Tae and Moon Young was such a hard one to get through because just when they were finding happiness, something would happen that would yank Gang Tae back to reality and every single time that it happened, it was so much harder for him to readjust. He went from feeling nothing and living his life for everyone else to feeling strongly for a girl that is part of the dark past that he is running from. Gang Tae was the very reason that I ugly cried my way through this show. Every time he was yanked back to reality, my heart broke for him. Every time he smiled, something bad happened and because of that, he stopped smiling. So with Moon Young coming into his life and showing him what he could never have, makes him mad. He’s mad at her for making him feel, he’s mad at his Mom for dying, he’s mad at Sang Tae for not being able to take care of himself and he’s mad at himself for feeling the way that he feels where Sang Tae is concerned.

There was a lot going on and I thought that every single part of this story was handled well. The character development between each character was well written and the romance between Gang Tae and Moon Young was handled so well and don’t even get me started on the relationship that blossomed between Sang Tae and Moon Young. They were at the top of my favorite parts of this show. With how dark this show was, there was still a surprising amount of humor throughout. At least for me. I cackled just as loud as I ugly cried. Each episode felt like a season finale where I was blown away time and time again. This show was extremely well written in my opinion and the cast did such a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life. I enjoyed every aspect of this show and can’t recommend it enough. This show was damn good and I highly recommend it. Just…chef’s kiss.
Final Grade

5 out of 5


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Review: Cheese in the Trap

Posted October 8, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews, TV Shows | 2 Comments

Cheese in the Trap

Male Lead: Park Hae Jin
Female Lead: Kim Go Eun
Secondary Lead: Seo Kang Joon
Also Starring: Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Sung Kyung, Park Min Ji
Year Released: 2016
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Recommended By: Kim Go Eun, Nam Joo Hyuk
Watched it For: Nam Joo Hyuk, Kim Go Eun

Are even the most unlikely of people destined to be together? Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) is a dedicated student who has just returned to college after taking some time off to work part-time jobs and make money to pay for her tuition. Nothing has come easy for her in life, but she is determined to study hard and overcome her impoverished background. Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) is a handsome, athletic student who has returned to college as an upperclassman after serving his mandatory military service. Despite Seol’s best efforts, she keeps having unfortunate run-ins with Jung that irritates her while her friends, Jang Bo Ra (Park Min Ji) and Kwon Eun Taek (Nam Joo Hyuk), try to run interference. But when the broody Jung is somehow responsible for Seol being able to get one year’s free tuition, thereby eliminating her financial woes, Seol is confused by Jung’s actions. What will Seol do when she gets caught between the attentions of the mysterious Jung and his estranged friend, Baek In Ho (Seo Kang Joon)? “Cheese in the Trap” is a 2016 South Korean drama series directed by Lee Yoon Jung. It is based on a webtoon written by Soon Ggi. This series marks the television debut for film actress Kim Go Eun.
I watched this show because I’ve become a pretty big fan of both Kim Go Eun and Nam Joo Hyuk and they’re both in this show. I had really high hopes for this one since I’ve had a good running streak of really great Korean dramas set in college. I really enjoyed Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo and so I was riding that high when I started this one.

So this show follows our main female lead, Hong Seol. She’s a struggling college student that is trying her best to stay afloat. She’s working, she’s studying, and she’s trying to figure out how she’s going to pay for next year’s tuition because she doesn’t have a lot of parental support. Plus, her family isn’t well off and whatever money they have was used to send her younger brother abroad to study in the states. So yeah, Seol’s on her own. She doesn’t have a lot of free time but the free time that she does have, she spends with her two best friends. When she meets Yoo Jung, a rich guy that all the girls love, Seol isn’t that interested. They have nothing in common and she keeps catching him doing weird things. Things that she’s not a fan of and because of that, she tries to steer clear of him…but he keeps showing up wherever she is and…he’s interested in her. Getting to know him wasn’t in her plans but because they keep bumping into each other, she gives him a chance.

This show started off really strong. The main character, Hong Seol did a great job of hooking me into what she had going on. Between her and her two best friends, I was really rooting for this show to be a huge success and it almost was. The lengths that the hero went to get shit done was low key a turn-off. He had a God complex that didn’t sit right with me throughout the entire show and even in the end, I wanted to knee him in the balls because ugh. There’s only so many times that I can forgive someone for doing some creepy shit and letting it slide. Even after understanding the way that he thought and the way that he was, I still didn’t like it. Or him for that matter. I was much more invested in Hong Seol’s relationship with Baek In Ho (the second lead) and that almost never happens. I’m usually a stickler for the main couple no matter how much I like the second lead but this is the first show where that wasn’t the case.

I wanted to like this show because of Kim Eun Go and Nam Joo Hyuk but even with that strong start, the middle and the ending didn’t do anything for me and that bummed me out. I can’t rate this one higher than a 2.75 out of 5 stars. Oh well.
Listen to the OST
Final Rating

2.75 out of 5

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