Posts Tagged ‘태양’

Taeyang Ended 2008 with Hotness

Last night Korea’s MBC aired their 2008 Gayo Daejeon.  No less than Taeyang was one of the performers and I must say one of the best performers.  What a way to wrap up 2008 singing his 3 hits songs 기도 (Kido – Prayer), My Girl and 나만 바라봐 (Naman Parabwa – Look Only at Me)

Taeyang showcased his great dancing skills.  I always think he is the best dancer in Big bang even with the best of his contemporaries.  Movement is so smooth and detailed.   Although the sounds during the MBC Gayo Daejeon seems to be a little weird, Taeyang pulled it through.  It is difficult to sing while executing complex moves.

Prior to this, he also did well in the Piano Battle with DBSK’s Junsu.   The thread over who won the battle is one of the longest.  Well I am just one of those who thinks Taeyang did win the battle may it be just the Piano battle or overall.   I have always liked Taeyang but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate if there are better performer than him. 

So why do i think he won?

  1. Taeyang played his piece well and sang  Don’t Wanna Try well
  2. Junsu vocals was good, singing You’re My Everything of 98 Degrees almost perfect except for the poor pronunciation of words.  Taeyang wasn’t perfect too in his pronunciation but he was understandable compared to Junsu
  3. Junsu concentrated on the singing, the piano was borderline good going bad.  It was almost staccato.

So if it was purely a piano battle Taeyang wins. Overall i also think Taeyang wins because he made a good rendition of the song while playing the Piano.  A lot of people say Junsu’s voice  better that Taeyang, this is true in terms of hitting the high notes of the song but if it was a competition on singing Junsu will surely be rated low due to his bad pronunciation.  Clearly Junsu’s choice of song is better for a singing competition.  The songs were of different genre so its really hard to compare.

Nevertheless 2008 is Taeyang’s year.  He made a mark and carved his name as a solo performer.  I am actually looking forward his 2nd album this 2009.  태양 파이팅!

Post Christmas Marathon

This post wraps up all the thing that i wanted to say from Christmas eve to date.   This is the first Christmas that my kids asked for something from Santa Klaus.  They made some cute letter to Santa posted it along with their socks.



They even used an old socks hihihi.  Wanting these wishes to be granted really motivated them to behave nicely.

December 24, a few hours until early hours of Dec 25, connecting to Friendster is so intermittent.   If you get lucky enough to log in you will experience the longest page loading ever or will get that cute little message Friendster is experiencing problems right now try refresshing your page or re-logging in later.  Talking about social networking on a Christmas eve Facebook  just made my net greetings perfect.

Having to watch fancam videos of the recently concluded Soul Concert made my holiday net surfing fulfilling.   There were clips posted in You tube featuring  Wheesung’s performance in the concert but a lot has been that of Park Hyoshin. 

Hyoshin along with Wheesung and Jeongyeop gave 나만 바라봐 (Naman Parabwa – Look Only at Me) a twist.  It was a bit far from Taeyang’s well choreographed performance but the voices of these 3 great singers made it worth listening too.   For those who heard Hyoshin sing this song , which is not really his genre, it was refreshing.  To me it sounded like bit of a soul ballad rather than R&B.  Wheesung made it sound Soul/R&B, he was also the best dancer of the 3 performer.  It just goes natural the way he mimicked Taeyang’s moves.   Jeongyeop’s part was so right for him.  This was the bridge portion when Taeyangs voice is thin and crsytal clear.  Jeongyeop was perfect for it.  Wanting to see it?  See video below from kkrap22 of You Tube:

나만 바라봐 is a song that marked Taeyang as a successful solo artist.  Of course having these 3 guys sing this song is just too much of an honor for Taeyang who is a lot younger in age and career-wise.  I am just not in agreement that the 3 other guys collaboration is better than the one-man performance of Taeyang.  It was good in a different perspective but people should not undermine how good Taeyang was in singing this song.  Overall, the way he danced and sang the song was just perfect for its original genre –R&B that is.  He sounded like Chris Brown to me, a good singer who has distinct voice that characterize him from the rest.  That is how i view Taeyang.

Christmas passed just like that… despite the financial difficulties, Filipinos in the tradition of gift giving during this season continued with such cheer.  At the end of the day its not really how small or big the gift is but its how you managed to remember the person.   One observation that I had is that, there are lesser kids who went house to house to ask for Christmas presents.   I just hope this tradition won’t die the natural death.

Met Big Bang Last Night

It was a pleasant surprise to meet every member of  Big Bang last night.  For once I was able to hug Taeyang and feel those muscles *giggling*.  I never thought of meeting them face to face.  I was so surprised to see Daesung followed by Seungri, Taeyang GD and Top.  Daesung was so friendly and even shook my hands. Despite having all of them present at that point in time, I still had the courage to say that it’s really Taeyang that I like the most.  Noona was just too happy to recieve a warm hug from Taeyang.

Big Bang hit it big last MNET Music Awards

Big Bang hit it big last MNET Music Awards

I had to go inside for a while and when I went back, GD and Taeyang were no longer there. I wish to talk to Taeyang still but all these things just happened in my dream. Holy Moly! I must be thingking of Big Bang that much that my subconscious mind thinks of them.  That’s what you get when you listen to their song over and over again 😛

Big Bang and Hyori Explode @ MNET MKMF

The 3 young men of Big Bang performed on special stage for MNET MKMF 2008 along with Korean Pop Diva, Hyori.  The performance got the fans screaming to death as Big Bang’s Taeyang, GDragon and TOP take turns in performing side by side with Hyori.

Taeyang opens it up with Naman Parabwa (나만 바라봐), i missed him performing this song so it’s a bit refreshing to see him on stage.  As expected Taeyang’s dancing skill while singing is just too awesome.  The same song that is GD’s version came next.  GD is really grown up now… young man indeed.  What surprised me most is TOP.  He looks so naughty and that quick kiss to Hyori just put an endless scream until the end of the number. Is it just me?  Did i see Hyori gave out a smile after the kiss?  and why is Top hiding that smile on his face like as if he had won something big?

I bet there will be threads on whose lucky Hyori or TOP?  I am waiting for ridiculous exchanges about this hot performance.  Hyori at 30 playing sexy with these young men in their very early 20s, girl must be lucky…ooops I am no Hyori hater.

*credits to BabyBongaholic for the You Tube video

Big Bang Makes Your Day Glow

I am not sure if i would be happy of Big Bang’s return.   I have mixed emotions.  Why?  Because this will give Wheesung less chance of hitting number 1 on charts.  I love them both.  I love Wheesung truly but I also love Big Bang.  They cannot be compared because they have different music but God knows how infectious Big Bang is.  I saw the Sunset Glow MV few days ago and I was totally enjoying it.  These bunch of young adults always give their fans a pleasant surprise with their style and performances.

I love it how they dance and perform their very own music (and even other’s music too).  Just like the above Music Core number– I couldn’t help but smile on their cuteness and hotness (can you imagine combining these two factors?).  I bet this will sky rocket to the top on charts in a few days time.  Top and Taeyang for me spells hotness in this performance while GD, Seungri and Daesung are ultimate cuties. 

They performed Remember in suit and whoa~ they are really young adults exuding hotness then suddenly turning into bubbly boys next door in Sunset.  No wonder VIPs are getting nuts (and I am a VIP) about them switching gears that way.

Let’s see how this song will match the recently launched ‘Wrong Number’ from DBSK.  Seriously, DBSK is talented but I just don’t know why they don’t appeal to my senses.  I can stand listening to their song but never been addicted to it just as how addicted I am to Big Bang’s.  I would even exchange watching Taeyang alone for the 5 of DBSK performing.  Nothing against DBSK really…  I am not cross-eyed but they oh do not register in my brain’s RAM. 

I am anticipating yet another ‘big’ Big Bang success.  You guys are not a bit merciful to 휘성 형! Coming back like that 😀 i just have to enjoy your new music.  빅뱅 축하해요!

Note: credit goes to BabyBongaholic for the You Tube video post. 고마워요!

Trick or Treat

Its Halloween… Trick or Treat time. A lot of kids may have gotten treats today. I had a fair share of what Halloween has instored for everyone.  I had a few tricks received and some treats as well.

The biggest trick I had was to wait for the traffic to subside but in the end it took me nearly two hours to reach the toll gate going North Luzon Express Way.  There were too much cars on the road. 

Good thing I had a treat by watching Fun Fun Radio Show of MBC.  One way to get a treat is to be able to watch Taeyang on that show.  He was together with fellow Big Bang members. The show is different from the radio shows they had.  They were required to act as boyfriends to lucky callers and talk like one.  Taeyang was too nervous about it.  Being single till now its difficult for him to act as namja chingu to a girl fan.  He was cute and funny at the same time.  Watching that show I was laughing so hard with Daesung, Seungri and GD.  Overall, seeing Taeyang in his usual shy self was a treat!

Happy Halloween! Boooooooooo….

Missing Taeyang

Big Bang is very  busy nowadays after the successful launch of their ‘Stand Up’ mini album.  They are currently promoting their Japanese album with carrier single Number 1.  With all these activities, Taeyang is in the limelight not as solo artist but as a Big Bang member. 

I saw these pictures from YGWorld wordpress and I’d like to give them credits (specially the VIP who shared this picture Choco) for posting candid shots of Big Bang members on their site.  I am specifically mesmerized by Taeyang’s cuteness 🙂

Taeyang is sexy with his lips this way... he does that when he sings too!

Taeyang is sexy with his lips this way... he does that when he sings too!

Who will not love Taeyang nowadays, despite his height bashing at 5’7″ he is still very lovable…exuding with cuteness specially on this pic:

Cute isn't it?

Cute isn'nt it?

Even if he can’t open his eyes any wider… it would be special to have those pair of cute eyes stare at you.   

I miss Taeyang and his music!

I miss Taeyang and his music!

For a moment I miss Taeyang and his music, suddenly I want to see him comeback as solo artist.

Melbourne…Big Bang Comeback… and TKA – Marathon Post

So many things happened yesterday.  First of all after all, 2 days from now I am off to Melbourne Australia to attend the eTOM Business Process Framework Training.  I am a excited as usual as this is a travel and learning opportunity for me. Well after the hustle and bustle of picking between Le Meridien Westin, Holiday Inn and Gateway Apartments… We are checking in instead at the Windsor Hotel.  Hmmm so who doesn’t want to be temporarily cribbing (new term hehehe) to this 5-star hotel?

This is where we are staying in Melbourne...talking about 5-star!

This is where we are staying in Melbourne...talking about 5-star!

Tomorrow is a date that some people maybe looking forward to 08.08.08 (August 8, 2008), some believes its a lucky date because its 888. I think YG is inclined to believe in this as their bread and butter 빅뱅 (Big Bang) will be doing a comeback with their new album ‘Stand Up’. I am pretty excited with this… what does Big Bang have this time for their fans out there.  The teaser that they released seems to have shed the cute boys image from them.  Are they going sexy just like how Taeyang did in his solo act?  Hmmm must be a good idea but not for 승리 막내 (read: Seungri Maknae – younger Seungri).

3rd Mini Album from Big Bang -- Go Big Bang!

3rd Mini Album from Big Bang -- who is not loving Taeyang (center) these days? would you not mind looking at Top (farthest right) too? Seungri and GD sporting that pose hehe. What's with Daesung?

Am i staring too much at 태양 (Taeyang) ?  Yes I am he surely deserve the crown after his successful 1st mini album launch.  My eyes could not help but look at Top (탑) too… effortlessly projecting.  Funny how 승리 (Seungri) wants to look cool with such pose… I couldn’t help but think he is still in his teens 😀  Is 대성 (Daesung) trying to do something? Like showing off some bod like Taeyang Hyung…

Lastly, I just made my 3rd addition to my Drama-roll.  I have finished watching They Kiss Again few weeks ago and promised my self to do a post about this drama.  Finally I am posting about this infatuation I have for TKA and the Joe Cheng- Ariel Lin tandem.   I love this drama both season 1 and 2 — it has all the ingredients of a nice to watch tv hilarious and will make you feel good after. Didn’t I mention I love feel good movies and dramas?

They Kiss Again... sequel to It Started with a Kiss from the Japanese Manga 'Itazurana Kiss' by Kaoru Tada

They Kiss Again... sequel to It Started with a Kiss from the Japanese Manga 'Itazurana Kiss' by Kaoru Tada

Seems to be a marathon post for me lots of things happening and to look forward to this week.  Oh my August barely started but looks like time is flying fast, the next thing you’ll know is its 2009 already.

Taeyang’s Hot Album – A Review

Taeyang has concluded the promotion of his Hot album last week.  Now the fans (including me of course) will have to say goodbye to his live performances.  I must say he did a good job in promoting his album well. Getting three (3 ) INKIGAYO awards is a feat for someone who just recently gone solo.

The Hot Album shined just like the 태양

The Hot Album shined just like 태양

The sun has finally found his place under the sun.  In case you are not aware 태양 (Taeyang) means sun in Korea.  Taeyang becoming a certified idol has no reason to feel little and shy.   Now talking about his mini-album… with all my biases over R&B, I love this album.   Taeyang’s voice suits R&B and he raps well too.  Each of his song has a distinct R&B ingredient to it.

When I heard of his this solo album… i was a little afraid he’s jumping to something that he is not ready with.  I like his voice, in fact had I not heard that Fool’s Only Tears opening in YG’s performance at the SBS  Awards, I will not know 빅뱅 (Big Bang).  I was surprised how prepared he was.  YG did a good job in giving Taeyang the right image for the theme of his album.  His real personality contradicts the album theme.  He gave hotness a different meaning.  Being the most shy in Big Bang, it was a revelation how he could carry out that hot image.

The album talks about relationship cycle not just the happy ‘in-love’ days but of pain and cheating as well.  The album overall is suggestive of the different angles of a relationship.

The two songs with MVs launched instantly became a favorite.  When I saw him perform live… the more I was impressed with Taeyang.  His vocals was a bit shaky during initial performances but later on he became polished and more confident.  나만 바라봐 (Naman Parabwa) remains to be one of my favorites.  This is the song that attracts listener with its beat and choreography but at the same time ridiculed with its lyrics.  Funny how some fans hate a song simply because the lyrics doesn’t seem to appear positive.  I just think the lyrics of the song speaks of the double standards that the society has in relation to man-woman relationship.  Guys cheat ok but girls who cheats get crucified by moralist.  The song simply expresses how a guy wishes her girl to be pure  despite his ocassional flirting and cheating.

I also enjoy listening to 기도 (Prayer) but the MV amazes me more.   Kido heavily used computer synthesis to create an effect that distorts voice to sound like a rounded echo.  I don’t see anything wrong with that as long as it is well crafted.  Some song doesn’t even have substantial amount of lyrics. 

However, Baby I’m Sorry is the song that I like most in the album.  I love the rhythm and arrangement of this song.  The song has a little resemblance with the groove of Fool’s Only Tears not just because portion of the rap part has been lifted from it but the overall rhythm of the song.  His voice is likewise smooth, light but crisp in a way… feels like he is truly sorry with his rendition.

Lately I have been listening to ‘Make Love’ as well, a song in collaboration with Kush.   I am yet to see how Taeyang will put life to this song in a actual performance but definitely the catchy beat of the song is something that my ears will root for.  Maybe least of my favorite in the Album is Sinner but despite its low appeal to me, the song though reminds me of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me a River’.

Overall, Taeyangs album has been very explorative on beats, instruments and computer aided synthesis.   I still think its a work of art, it may be very commercial with the promotional performances of Taeyang.  It cannot be denied that his preparedness physically and emotionally gave justice to every performance he made.  Since music is meant to bring out varying emotions of the listener, I’d like to think the album has been successful this way.  The six songs in the album are all worth listening and brings out a smooth kind of feeling that will make you go with the flow of the music.  I’ll surely buy the real thing when I visit Korea next year (now I sound so sure of this travel plan).

So the HOT Album is Too HOT!

Just when I thought Taeyang (태양) is getting sexier each time he performs… the recently concluded Taeyang 1st Solo Concert proved that the album is deserving of being entitled HOT and that he is not going anywhere but to earn the HIS HOTNESS title.  I have always thought of Youngbae as the innocent boy from the band being loved by the most  of the 누나 (noonas – older sister to a guy) out there.

He is no longer just showing his abs…he completely undressed himself during the concert. I was wondering how the conservative Koreans will be reacting on it but the lady in me could not do anything but appreciate his hotness.   Six-packs well noticed…

Taeyang earns HIS HOTNESS title!

Taeyang earns HIS HOTNESS title!

The dance choreography is too hot as well.  With Wondergirls resting from promoting their HOT album now only Taeyang is left with his HOT album.  Clearly Taeyang has overpowered the 5 less hot Wondergirls.  Ma Girl has been performed fairly sexy for the past Big Bang concerts but i think it reached its pinnacle of sexiness at Taeyang’s concert ~ whew.  The girl-fans’ mind will be easily corrupted with such choreography. (credits to YBDong of You Tube for the video)

I am speechless in the fancam shots of his concert.  I was never expecting such performances from Taeyang.  No wonder the album was entitled that way.  I remember during the Big Bang documentary when he has been a little down and quite struggling over GD’s popularity among girls…well now i think he is the hottest member of the group.  He dances so well — hands up to him on that.  Now I wonder <but in a way hoping> if he is still ‘scared’ of girls nowadays.

Taeyang please don’t go any sexier than this in the future.. your fans will not grow old, they will have heart attack seeing you this way.

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