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[02] Fandomly Bookish: On Repeat

5d9d8890a2f14BLIND FOR LOVE by AB6IX

Now, , I get why they’re bagging Rookie of the Year awards left and right.

I recently discovered them (thanks to Wanna One) and I’m amazed. I originally went in with only Daehwi and Woojin in mind but I guess I’m clowning myself, again. It was a few days back when I watched two episodes of their reality show and then knew how they ended up having five members in the group. I got curious. I fully dug deeper into their discography…and only to find real bops.

Blind for Love is just one of those songs and my goodness, it’s stuck in my head ever since I heard it. The song is so neat that I find myself constantly bopping my head to its tune.

“neoye nun sogeseo heeomchigopa
api boiji anneun
naye soneul jabgo deryeoga” 🎵🎶

Girl, that part of the song is such a blast to listen to. I’m in love with the blending/layering of Woojin’s low toned voice to Donghyun’s & Woong’s high toned ones. It was perfection.

Their voices, I love. It’s so easy to differentiate their voices and only took me a couple of listens to distinguish them. With Daehwi’s voice having a character of its own, Woong’s sophisticated voice, Donghyun’s sexy yet soft one to Youngmin and Woojin’s deep voices. Also, correct me if I’m wrong – but they are self-producing idols too, right? Hnnng!

I’m so looking forward to their next release! I can’t get enough of them.

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[01] Fandomly Bookish: On Repeat

Welcome to ON REPEAT, a new Fandomly Bookish blog feature!

I conceptualized On Repeat before year 2020 started but real life happened. I had to push it back to a time where I can breathe, sit and write things down. My original goal was to start the year, update my Facebook Page daily and compile songs that I’m currently listening to repetitively in an album. While I’m also going to do that, why not update my blog with it as well? It’ll just be a short post with me sharing what I felt while listening to it and other ramblings. 

Today, I’m sharing with you the ACTUAL top two songs that I’ve been constantly listening to on Spotify – Spring Breeze and 360.

DsBLJ_TVsAAMmsoSPRING BREEZE by WANNA ONE

“We’ll meet again
When the spring spreeze passes
I’ll smile brightly
When the spring breeze passes…” 🎵🎶

It’s quite funny to think that I fell in love with Wanna One backwards. How I fell in love with them when they aren’t active as a group anymore. (But that’s a great sign for them, tho. They can still attract listeners given the situation. That they really had a great run for a year and a couple of months.)

I’m sure I’ve (you’ve) heard their songs in the past, mostly in passing. I’m sorry I didn’t give any effort to really look into them. But again, it’s never too late. When I started to dig deeper into them, I randomly picked Spring Breeze as the first song to listen to and not knowing anything about it. It being the group’s last title track and what mood I’m getting myself into.

First Listen: I was instantly hooked with it and got affected by the emotion of their voices. There’s just something heart-clenching about their voices in this song.

I went into a research spree about Spring Breeze, the English translation, fancams and everything. It’s a bittersweet yet beautiful song. Especially, if you’ve been with them since the beginning. I’m sure all your memories with them flooded through your mind upon listening to this. Am I right? I wasn’t even there but I really felt it. The lyrics just cuts deep into the core and together with its beat…I’m glad that this was their final song. No games, just overflowing with gratefulness, love and promise. It was really a well-celebrated run with their Wannables. 💙

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park-ji-hoon360 by PARK JI HOON

360 a hypnotizing song from former Wanna One member and now a successful soloist – Park Jihoon. With its beat, dreamy synths and Jihoon’s mellow voice during the intro, the song just compels you to listen to it. For you to give its full attention. Apparently, that feeling really coincides with the lyrics of the song. As it goes like this:

“The flash burst 360°
Pay attention to me hurry up
I want to go further, to the top
I prepared to show myself properly
Just follow me
Can you see that?…”

You see that?

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Feature: YouTube Channels That I Frequently Visit

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How often do you use your YouTube account? What are the videos that you look for and watch whenever you are on that app? On today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing some of the YouTube channels that I frequently visit and truly enjoy their respective video contents.

In the past, I only use YouTube to check up on the latest music videos, movie trailers, interviews and basically the official releases from various media outlets. It was just recently that I found myself getting hooked with all things YouTube, being fascinated with some YouTubers and their contents. It all started when I saw a lipstick collection video on my home page and because it got me curious, I clicked on it. The next thing I know YouTube kept on suggesting videos from different YouTubers (international and local) and me, watching and watching and watching videos endlessly.

I’m not into beauty and makeup but two out of six YouTube channels that I listed below are of that content. Oh the irony. It’s just that I’m fascinated and I enjoy watching these vloggers testing out and putting on different products. Their videos are done creatively and definitely informative. The other four are of random channels about nails, culture, song covers and ChanBaek compilation videos. If you have questions and looking for a particular account that would suit your wants and favorites (like BookTubers), I’d gladly help you out and suggest some. Just comment down below! 😊

Shall we get started with my list?

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1. Shaaanxo by the beauty vlogger, Shannon, from New Zealand. It was her lipstick collection video that popped into my home page and started it all. This particular video runs to almost 30 minutes and I found myself finishing the entire thing. How can someone own such an amount lipsticks? Her collection left me in awe because of the number of lipsticks that she owns, the wide-range of brands that it includes and just seeing stacks and stacks of it. At first, I thought that she’s kind of “maarte” (like someone who can be too nitpicky). But she proved me wrong. Shannon does have a great personality, as seen in her videos. She’s so girly and I love it when she suddenly does some funny reactions and facial expressions. She’s so comfortable in front of the camera and sometimes it feels like she doesn’t even care that her funny yet weird expressions are captured and can be seen by millions of her subscribers.

Her YouTube channel is filled with lipstick swatches (most of the times she makes sure that she have the complete collection before she films this particular vlog feature), her first impressions on beauty products, reviews, tutorials, hauls and she also did some beauty tags & Q&A. Visit Shaaanxo’s YouTube channel!

Other International Beauty Channels that I visit, too: Tina Yong (I love her “Tina Tries It” feature), Tati, Safiya Nygaard, The Beauty Breakdown and Meejmuse.

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2. Chinkytita by Chinky from Cebu Philippines. I believe she’s just a starting YouTuber but her community is growing at a steady pace. I’m fond of using lip tints and when I searched for some swatches on YouTube, her account appeared. I went through her lip tint videos and I found myself enjoying everything that she puts out. She is bubbly,  funny (makes fun of herself whenever she does something wrong) and always up for a challenge. Add in her boyfriend who’s also a jokester, definitely expect some craziness. Her contents are always light & fun which makes her videos highly addictive to watch. A great daily dose of entertainment.

Her videos mostly consists of lip tint reviews, hauls here and there (even online and Divisoria), makeup product reviews and random travel & life vlogs. With being just a budding YouTuber, I love how she focused on featuring local and affordable makeup products. She knows how maximize the products that are easily available within her reach and in turn setting the general public as her viewers. I know she’s slowly getting her name out there, receiving some PR packages and I can’t wait for more things to come her way. Visit Chinkytita’s YouTube Channel!

Other Local Beauty Channels that I visit: Anna Cay, Anne Clutz and ThatsBella.

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In Photos, Korean, KPop, Music, Seventeen

In Photos: Seventeen 4th Mini Album (All 13 Version)

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I didn’t saw it coming. It just happened. One moment, I was chillin’ and the next thing I know…I slipped.

To be honest, before Don’t Wanna Cry was released I was just a casual listener of Seventeen and do so to keep myself updated. I saw their comeback teasers floating around on my timeline but I didn’t gave it much attention since I still have no idea with their members and the could be existing theories connected with their comeback. But I just have it in my mind that I’m going to anticipate for their MV, this time around, and see if their song is going to stick with me.

When they released the highlight medley for their mini album, I made sure to listen to it so that I have an idea on what to expect from them. Quick run through the album, I was impressed by all the snippets and it made me anticipate for it even more. But them releasing their Don’t Wanna Cry Special Spot was the game changer. For real. Just a few seconds of hearing some of their members sing and I loved it already! (Wouldn’t you know it but that part from the special spot is one of my favorite parts of the song?) My instinct told me that it’s going to be a good comeback for their group.

I was right and I’m glad that I witnessed everything during their Don’t Wanna Cry promotion period. From their comeback performances to their wins, I’m glad that I cheered them on.

The day of their comeback and Don’t Wanna Cry M/V release (May 22, 2017) marked the date of me slipping into their fandom. Into the Carat life. How can I not end up stanning them? I love Don’t Wanna Cry during my first listen. (I even blogged about it here and said all kinds of praises for it. Because it deserves to be praised.) I love the M/V. I love the choreography and how synchronized they are when they move. Furthermore, how can I not stan them? When they write their own lyrics, produce their music, make choreography for it and more. Seventeen has so much to offer and I’ll gladly give them my love and support.

The next thing I know, I was watching their variety shows, Youtube videos and listening to their songs repetitively. (Shoutout to Kim (@anoganap) for supplying me with links and educating me about Seventeen). Tip: Watching variety shows is always a good way to get acquainted with the members of the group you like. Through that you’ll be able to match them up with their names, faces, voices and bonus with their personalities. I decided to do a marathon for One Fine Day 13 Castaway Boys and One Fine Day in Japan. I fell in love with them even more.

What am I doing to myself? I seem to have an affinity towards groups with lots of members. EXO (9), NCT (limitless??) and now Seventeen (13). Oh how I love giving myself a bit of headache. Did I struggle getting to know them? Actually, I expected that I would have a hard time pinning who’s who but I easily get a hang of them. I enjoyed the process of learning about them individually, as a unit, as a group and as ships. Yes, I was educated (Hi, Kim!) early on about the ships that exist in the group. Meanie… 😆

Now that my Carat story is out of the way. It’s now time to talk and show you the first Seventeen album that I bought.

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How can I resist such beauty? Just look at that gorgeous cover and you’ll know you won’t be able to.

I’m the kind of person who’s big on meanings and memories. So it was truly a must for me to buy a copy of their 4th mini album. It comes in three different versions – Alone (01), Al1 (03) and All (13). How did I choose which version to buy first?

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Fresh Release: As If It’s Your Last by BlackPink

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Seven months since Square Two, BlackPink makes a comeback with a track titled ‘As If It’s Your Last’. 

As If It’s Your Last is definitely different from their previous releases. It’s more of an upbeat song that gives you the feel of making you want to jump and dance along with it. Also infused with synths in places. It’s a total bop!

The music video is a splash of bold colors and captured three sides of BlackPink: their sophisticated, school-girl type and fun side. The play of colors and how they were styled perfectly fit the sense of the lyrics since it revolves around someone’s excitement and bold take on love. You can check the English translation here. (Though, I just have to say that this song and MV gave me a 2NE1 vibe…)

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Click on the picture to watch AS IF IT’S YOUR LAST M/V! 🙂

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