I have nothing but good memories for my first dating experience. Although our time together was brief, there were some moments when it felt like an eternity because I tried my best to live in and cherish those moments. It doesn’t really hurt to have lingering thoughts about him.
He saw me reading magazines in an office at my college. Then, the following day, we were at a conversation event for foreign exchange students. I was one of the few native English speakers and local students there. We were divided into two groups, and by chance I ended up sitting next to him. He asked me for my Facebook, and without thinking twice I stupidly accepted his friend request (him, a total stranger then). He also asked me if I was free after the event, and I was like “Yah”.
As we walked down a flight of stairs together, he complimented me on my outfit and how he remembered me from the office. He said something like “When I saw you again today, I knew you were the same girl I saw in the office because you dress so nice and colorful.” I kinda felt embarrassed, and tried to return a compliment to him. “You too.” But ugh… I failed miserably because he wasn’t wearing colorful clothes. (Heheh.)
We had late lunch together. I could tell that he was a little bit shy and nervous. Something’s up.
One of the first things he asked me was “What’s my ethnicity?”, to which I replied with “… Hawaiian?” I guess that was our first time laughing together. He’s unusually tan… for a Korean. On top of that, his English is pretty good. “Can you guess what ethnicity I am?”, I asked. “Chinese?” “Close. I’m Filipino-Chinese.” Just like him, it’s hard for people to tell my ethnicity.
Deep down, we also had insecurities about our appearances. He was teased for looking ugly because he doesn’t meet the Korean male beauty standards. Me, on the other hand, was teased for not looking Filipino when I identify as a Filipino.
(For these next couple of things, I don’t remember which order they occurred in. All I remember is that they happened during our first meeting.)
He showed me what his favorite type of music is. The YouTube video he showed me was a Korean R&B MV with a ballerina in it. (I already had a hunch that he had a crush on me because he asked me for my Facebook and then proceeded to hang out with me as soon as possible. But watching the ballerina MV confirmed what I suspected.) When he asked me what kind of music I liked, I pulled up a Korean MV – “Eung Freestyle”. I didn’t think through my choice. He was shocked to hear the cursing and heavy rapping. I laughed at his reaction. To save my image (LOL), I told him “My #1 all-time favorite singer is Michael Jackson.” “Ah. What’s your favorite song by him?” “Thriller!”
“Why do you like Thriller?”, he asked. “Because I love horror. The voice in the middle of the song, Vincent Price, is my favorite part of the song. He’s a famous actor for horror movies.”
“What’s your favorite movie?”, he asked. “I think it’s House of Wax… because of Vincent Price’s voice and acting performance.” “How did you learn about that movie?” “I looked up Vincent Price because I heard his voice in Thriller.”
I looked at his book bag. It was a greenish/beige military-styled book bag with a lapel pin of the Korean flag. I asked him “You like guns?” Puzzled by the question, he went with a safe answer: “… I was… in the army…” And then I added, “I like hunting.” “… Hunting?” “Yeah. I was certified at age 13.” “… What’s your favorite gun?” “Muzzleloader.” “… One shot, one kill?” “YEAH~.”
After learning so much about me, he commented: “You dress so lady-like, but you’re so… tough.” And I was like… “Yah!”
Just as we were about to leave, he noticed that it was raining outside. “Ah~, rain…” I said. “…I like rain.” The afternoon was quiet enough for me to hear the rain tap the windows and my heart softly thump. Since I couldn’t really process my feelings toward him, I thought a second meetup would help me decide if he’s worth my time.
I was surprised to hear BLACKPINK’s Rosé sing “Eyes, Nose, Lips” by BIGBANG’s TaeYang, her label-mate… because of how unstable and off-tune her voice sounded.
One of the reasons why 2NE1 disbanded is because Minzy – the girl group’s main dancer, lead vocalist, and youngest member – decided to leave YG Entertainment during her group’s ridiculously long, two-year hiatus.
Since YG singers, producers, song writers, etc. work under the strict restrictions of their “company” – which is run by brothers Yang Hyun-suk and Yang Min-suk (both of whom I’ll refer to as the “company” throughout this post) – they seldom see their ideas and dreams realized.
That’s why Minzy left YG, and why CL has either left the company or is most likely leaving the company soon. 2NE1’s members didn’t just suffer from their final group hiatus; they became tired of wishing for group and solo activities to happen (since everything from song and TV appearances have to be checked and approved by their bosses), and annoyed by the lack of support from their company whenever they were criticized (about their appearance, skills, behaviors, and thoughts).
2NE1 will probably reunite. I don’t know how soon, but it’ll probably happen for a YG Family Concert. And it’ll probably be one of the most popular “2nd gen.” K-Pop comebacks of that year.
Jisoo officially serves the visual role in YG Entertainment’s girl group, BLACKPINK.
In BLACKPINK’s latest comeback, she stole the spotlight and captured the hearts of many with her huge vocal improvement, versatile beauty, and powerful dance in the music video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”.
But few noticed how she has always exceeded the expectations of a visual even long before the group’s debut.
Today’s my third time watching the MV.
I don’t have any new impressions since the first time I saw the MV. So everything that I’ll be saying about Lisa will be my impressions of her since I first saw the MV.
Since I’ve always believed that Lisa was the group’s best rapper ever since I heard the song “Stay”, I was kinda hoping that Lisa’s wardrobe would look better for the “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” comeback.
Honestly, I wasn’t too disappointed with Lisa’s fashion in the “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” MV. My three favorites would be her pink, white, and red outfits (all ranked equally). Those outfits really make her look like a fierce lady – not quite the same kind of fierceness as Beyoncé or CL, but much better because Lisa ~owned~ those looks.
On the other hand, there were some outfits that weren’t too bad, but weren’t too great either. Lisa’s outfit with the checkered top and red leggings kinda looked like an outfit that an Instagram model would wear – basically, it looked… basic. Then there’s Lisa’s grey outfit with the orange jacket and pink fox tail. The outfit doesn’t really seem to suit Lisa, but I guess the stylist gave it to her because she wanted the outfit to compliment Lisa’s verse – “I’m foxy”. And then there’s her black outfit at the end of the MV. I wish she and Rosé were given colored outfits because it looked like they blended in the background. But, like what Producer of the “Form of Therapy” YouTube channel said, it looks like the stylist gave black outfits to the members with vibrant hair colors (Lisa and Rosé), and colored outfits to the members with natural hair colors (Jennie and Jisoo).
Last, but not least, I was kinda expecting Lisa to comeback with a different hair color.
I’m disappointed by how all of the members except Rosé had the same hair color for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”. I get that it looks like the members have “found” their signature hair colors – Lisa rocks different shades of red hair; Jisoo mostly has black hair, but at one point had purple hair; Jennie mostly has black hair, but seems to be rocking the dark blonde hair pretty often; and Rosé is mostly known for her warm blonde hair, but now shows that she can pull-off the red hair look as well (because her name is Rosé).
Lisa can probably look great in hot pink hair. Now that’s a brilliant concept. I guess it’s because Lisa has doll-like features. That kind of hair wouldn’t make her look too similar to Rosé because Rosé’s new hair color is pretty dark. Giving Lisa hot pink hair can probably give the BLACKPINK name a little more ~oomph~ because in MVs, Lisa seems a lot more fiercer than the other members. (Maybe it’s just me who sees Lisa that way.)
Lisa isn’t always given great outfits, yet she somehow pulls them off like Dara of 2NE1. Perhaps the YG stylists were consciously giving her “ugly outfits” because they wanted to showcase BLACKPINK’s beauty the same way they did for 2NE1 – through giving the “most beautiful member” the oddest looks.
When Lisa does wear beautiful outfits, there’s no doubt that she’s really beautiful. This image below shows the kind of outfit that we sadly don’t get to see Lisa in for performances and MVs.
Now, there have been moments when everyone in BLACKPINK had questionable outfits, like what’s shown in the left picture:
But I think for the most part – in MVs, performances, guest appearances, and interviews – Lisa’s outfits look “Instagram tacky”. I guess that’s the best way I can describe them.
It’s no joke that the BLACKPINK members are wearing expensive and trendy outfits. Lisa’s boots in the MV “As If It’s Your Last” were kinda made popular by Kylie Jenner and some other American celebrities. Seeing them on Lisa made me think that the stylists were choosing clothes for their name and trendiness, and I guess there’s nothing wrong with that when you’re trying to help make BLACKPINK marketable and trendy. But I wish that Lisa’s outfits, or all the BLACKPINK members’ outfits, made everyone look more harmonious and united.
I don’t know if the stylists of BLACKPINK are necessarily the same people who worked for 2NE1, but regardless they should take notes on 2NE1’s “revolutionary” and “unique” K-Pop styles in order to make Lisa and everyone in BLACKPINK stand out in their own way and equally together.