Happy Chuseok! 추석 잘 보내세요!

Happy Chuseok everyone! ❤

For those of you who don’t know what Chuseok is, it’s basically the Korean equivalent of American Thanksgiving. And if you’re not American, Chuseok is basically a huge festival with a lot of food that falls somewhere between September 18 and September 20. (Chuseok is on September 19th this year!) Chuseok is the biggest holiday in Korea. You may have heard of it called Hangawi before as well.

When I called Chuseok ‘Korea’s equivalent of Thanksgiving’, I wasn’t joking. Chuseok is all about being thankful for your ancestors and the harvest, similar to the way Americans are thankful for the year they’ve had so far. You’ll probably see Korean celebrities in Chuseok outfits, like Crayon Pop are wearing here:

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However, Crayon Pop’s outfits aren’t very traditional. Most Korean women will wear a much longer skirt, and if they are wearing pants, they won’t be shown. The headpieces aren’t as common either- but this is Crayon Pop…

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Chuseok is a three-day holiday in Korea, and it begins on Wednesday and goes to Friday, and then, of course, you have the weekend, so it’s typically a five-day break for most Koreans. Lucky 😉

One of the biggest Chuseok events in the K-Pop world is the Idol Star Athletic Championships. This competition has a yearly Chuseok special, and features many impressive K-Pop groups and Idols. SHINee, B2ST, and T-ara have all participated in this competition, as well as many other groups. If I recall correctly from when I viewed the show on Korean TV, there were 160 Idols competing in the event. 😮

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For example, in this photograph, you’ll see SHINee competing in the Idol Star on Chuseok.

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This event is something I look forward to every year. Why? I love seeing my favourite celebrities outside of their elements- whether it’s singing, dancing, or just looking cute- and in what I consider my element. I may be extremely interested in becoming an idol, but until that is achieved, I am three things: a runner, a writer, and an artist.

These idols seem so perfect to us, with their flawless skin, big, bright eyes, and long legs, that we tend to forget that they are really just human. They aren’t any different from the rest of us once you remove all the makeup and the photoshop. They may be stunningly attractive and incredibly talented, but get this: Everyone has a talent. And everyone is uniquely beautiful. You may not fit the standard K-Pop look, but you can still be beautiful. You don’t have to be 5’6”, porcelain-skinned and able to sing like Christina Auguilera to be beautiful. Not all K-pop idols are this way, and you shouldn’t have to be, either. Beauty, in my opinion, comes from diversity, not conformity.

Not all K-Pop idols can run at break-neck speed or leap eight meters. The best part about Idol Star Athletic Championship is seeing them try, even if they aren’t that great. It’s the effort that they put into it that counts.

Chuseok is a holiday that can mean many different things to many different types of people. For me, Chuseok means Idol Star, Korean BBQ, hot tea, and friends. For other people, it might mean fancy outfits and visiting the cemetery. Chuseok can be traditional, unconventional, or just plain wacky, all depending on who you ask.

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As I said earlier, part of Chuseok for me is hot tea. I’ve been drinking traditional-styled Korean tea during Chuseok since I was a little girl. I’ll always associate it with Chuseok, no matter how old I get or where I live.

In my opinion, Chuseok is not about fancy outfits and five-days off. Chuseok is about being thankful for what you have, even if it isn’t much. Chuseok is family, friends, and being thankful for the life you’re living. I may not be the wealthiest girl (in fact, I’m definitely NOT), or the prettiest (No here too), but I’m still thankful for everything I have. I’m thankful for my education, my friends and family, and I’m thankful for you. You, the person who’s reading this right now. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the wonderful people in my life, and you are one of those wonderful people. The fact that you even attempted to read all the way through this is enough for me.

Happy Chuseok! 추석 잘 보내세요!

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Sixteen Years of Morning Musume

It’s the morning of September 15, 2013, and Michishige Sayumi is preparing herself for one of her most monumental performances, ever. And no, she’s not about to go live at the Super Bowl™ like Madonna, or preforming at the VMAs like Miley Cyrus (I should hope not!!). Michishige is the twenty-four-year-old leader of the world-famous group, Morning Musume, and they are about to go live for the Sixteen-Year Anniversary Performance.

Michishige fluffs out her bangs and examines herself in the mirror, getting ready to put on her Game Face. Her group-mates and fellow idols- Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, Suzuki Kanon, Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki, Kudo Haruka, and Oda Sakura- are all ready to go, pumped for their major performance.

“WE ARE MORNING MUSUME!” The girls shout in unison.

The curtains open. The lights go on. It’s Morning Musume time.

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Morning Musume took to the stage in angelic white outfits complete with Loli-style high-heeled white boots and subtly accented tops. They are the eptiome of in-synch as the preform ‘Renai Revolution 21’ with brand new dances moves for the first time ever.They also announced that they added another show to their upcoming tour, this one in Nippon Budokan- and this time no one is graduating!

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You can see the passion in their eyes…

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Their facial expressions upon seeing the cake are just too cute! I’m so proud of the girls! ❤

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Tears of happiness were shed

May Morning Musume have many more great years as an idol group! ❤ Best of luck, girls!

-Pei

*Special thanks to my buddy Rima Sui for getting me some exclusive details from the Morning Musume Anniversary Performance. She was there, live (the lucky bum!) and managed to send some extra information my way. Thanks, Rima-chan! 😉

Fakes, Liars, and HyunA (-o⌒) ∑(O_O;) ( ꒪Д꒪)ノ ヽ(≧Д≦)ノ

Everyone who knows K-Pop knows HyunA. You’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard of this funky, sometimes-edgy South Korean pop idol. She’s a rapper, dancer, singer, model, (and more!) and currently managed by JYP and Cube Entertainment. HyunA tackled the K-Pop scene first in the group ‘Wonder Girls’ in 2007. She then moved on to the popular girl group, ‘4Minute’ in 2009. HyunA is also part of the pop duo, Trouble Maker. She’s famous for being a mix of cute and sexy, and is known world-wide for her hit song, Bubble Pop!

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I myself am a big HyunA fan, and have followed her since Wonder Girls. Like most fans, I followed her on Twitter, Cyworld, and other social media. I followed “her” on Instagram too, thinking I had found the real HyunA. Unfortunately, I was just following one of dozens of fakes.

Just yesterday, I logged into Instagram to check up on my friends and my favourite celebs and uljjangs- like Ariana Grande, Miyake Ng, and 박형석– and realized that the HyunA instagram account I had been following was fake (hence the angry emoticons in the title). V(=^・ω・^=)v There were tons of comments on the page, saying things like “You’re just a faker” and “The real HyunA is @hyunah_aa”. Being the person I am, I decided to check out this “hyunah_aah” and see if she was indeed the real Kim Hyun-A. I realized she was after noticing that G.NA follows her!

To be clear: the real HyunA is @hyunah_aa

I immediately reported and then blocked the fake HyunA that I had been following, and I suggest all of you do the same. It’s not cool to fake someone online! I’ve had my fair share of fakes (one of them writing me off as a Mexican/Japanese gyaru model under the name Elle Sandé), and I can definitely say that it’s not fun. People will debate you and your identity, and it’s not fun. People begin to question you, even if you are the real one. That’s never a good feeling.

Moral: Don’t trust the internet, kids.

The internet is both a wonderful thing and an evil one. You can find almost any information you want… and you can also get stalked. Don’t put anything out there that you wouldn’t want anyone else to see. Just because you have 8 Twitter followers doesn’t mean that you can tweet nude pictures of yourself for the fun of it. Anyone could see those- your mom, a middle-aged creeper, your fifth-period Science teacher… ANYONE.

And don’t trust people online with personal information. That hot 19-year-old you just met on Facebook could be your ninety-three year old neighbor. Don’t meet up with people you don’t know. It’s okay to talk (I do a lot of that 😉 ) but don’t give them stuff like the name of your school or your home phone number. They can and will find you. Don’t think they won’t.

Okay, Pei’s boring ranting (that you’ve probably hear a million times) is over. But my advice still stands. That person pretending to be a pretty celebrity is just an ugly liar hiding behind a fake name and a fake image. The Internet is a dangerous place, kids. Don’t underestimate the power of Google. My buddy Rima got stalked and sent a bunch of inappropriate images because she posted her Skype online. Be careful, alright? I love you all and couldn’t stand the idea of seeing you get hurt.

….I still can’t see how I tied all that in with HyunA, but go figure. It works.

Crayon Pop Asks For Money Instead of Gifts?

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Crayon Pop is an adorable S. Korean pop group made up of five girls, including a set of twins. Their members are Gum Mi, So Yul, Ellin, and twins, Cho A and Way. You may know them from their song, Bar Bar Bar, or 바 바 바, as it is written in Korean Hangul.

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The girls are not as popular as groups like 4 Minute, or the Japanese AK48, and are generally less well-known. But as soon as something bad happens, they’re suddenly making headlines.

CRAYON POP’S MANAGEMENT REFUSES GIFTS‘ one article claims.

CRAYON POP– GREEDY?‘ Another blares.

Woah, woah, hold your horses! Crayon Pop is not a greedy group begging for money to pamper themselves. They are a group of genuinely talented girls who all have good hearts. How do I know this? It’s quite simple. Crayon Pop did ask for money instead of gifts (I will explain this in more detail further into the post), but there was a good reason!

Crayon Pop planned to donate the money they received to charity (though they did not specify which). The CEO of Chrome Entertainment, Hwang Hyun Chang, stated that,”…However, the reason for not accepting any more gifts is because people started to give expensive, designer brand gifts to the members, which made them feel burdened. Of course, they were grateful but they also felt bad. Expensive gifts are burdensome for both the person giving and the person receiving the gift. These kinds of gifts may also cause other fans who are not as financially able or young student fans to feel out of place. Also, when the Crayon Pop members use or wear those gifts, it might raise up more issues…“.

Is this not understandable? Asian idol groups, as well as other talent in general, are often extremely thankful of what they receive from fans, and we all know how some hardcore fans can get… Possessive. Crayon Pop’s management was obviously trying to do the right thing here, and please everyone. However, it wound up having the opposite effect. The fans obviously felt either cheated or irritated with Crayon Pop for “refusing their gifts”. Can you imagine how many gifts these girls receive in a single day, let alone a whole week? I’m sure the number is in the 1,000s!

“The standard of an ‘expensive’ gift may differ with each person so we cannot pinpoint an exact amount and we cannot decide on an exact standard on which gifts can be accepted and which cannot. We also cannot ignore the devotion of the fans either so we needed a method that was fair,” Hwang Hyun Chang offered by way of explanation for his decision to uphold the ‘No Gifts’ policy.

I think that the raging fans need to calm down and take a deep breath. For one, this is not Crayon Pop’s fault. Their management ultimately has the final word in public relations, and this was obviously what they thought was best. It did not work out the way they had originally planned, but you can tell they had good intentions. Crayon Pop planned to donate the money to charity, which is about as good of an intention that you can have. It’s not like they came out and said, “We don’t want your gifts! We just want your money!” (They didn’t, clearly)

Before all the Crayon Pop fans loose their minds over this, just think about it from their point of view. They receive tons of gifts every single day, and they obviously can’t use/wear every single one of them. If they tried to use/wear every single thing any fans ever gave them, they probably wouldn’t even be half-way done by the time they’re all eighty years old! So what are they supposed to do with it?! It was probably stressing them out, because of traditional Asian graciousness, they probably felt like they needed to at least thank every single fan for what they were given, and obviously, that’s not possible. (By “traditional Asian graciousness, I mean this: In China, it is common courtesy to return the “favour” done for you, i.e., a gift, with either another gift or at least a strong thanks. I imagine this translates to other countries as well.)  Their management obviously decided, “You know what, enough is enough. No more gifts, please.” which is what got us into this position in the first place.

CEO Hwang even apologized for the events, saying,”We decided the method that would please everyone would be donations but the way we decided to do it and the words that we used were not thought out properly or well enough so we apologize.”

They apologized. Please stop raging, KPoppers! They were trying to do a good thing, kay? They even went on to further apolgize/explain what they did wrong, so it’s not even worth the fussing it’s receiving!

CEO Hwang finished his apology with, “I really hope you understand that we feel it’s better to share the love and devotion you give to Crayon Pop with others who are in need. That will be a more precious and valuable gift to Crayon Pop and the members are happy and grateful enough by just receiving your love. We apologize once again for causing worry through our poor choice of words and expression and please continue to love Crayon Pop.”

As you can see, they already regret trying to be good individuals and donate to charity because of a bunch of angry fans. I know it can be upsetting to feel unappreciated (believe me, I know the feeling), but please do not take out your anger on Crayon Pop. It was out of their control, and I’m sure they didn’t mean to insult anyone by deciding to refuse gifts. They are sweet girls and they make great music, so let’s focus on that, shall we? They’re meant to be enjoyed for their music, not fought about like children. Their true fans realize this. Now, tell me… Are you a true fan?

Thank you for reading all the way through this! I’d appreciate if you’d do a few things now that you’ve read this:

1) Offer any constructive criticism you may have via comment (if possible). Tell me what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you’d like to see next. Did I address this issue is a constructive and adult manner? Tell me what you thought, because I’d love to hear from you.

2) Take the poll right below this and tell me what you’d like to see next! 😉

3) Have a great day! ❤

~Cheers!

Welcome To My Blog!! <3

I wish I could begin this blog on good terms, but I really can’t. I need somewhere to talk about this, what happened on September 5th, 2013, without being judged. What happened, you ask?

Someone attempted to break into my home between 2:35 in the afternoon and 7:09 PM. When I came home from having dinner with my family, my front door had been broken somehow, but it hadn’t been opened. There were two odd marks on it, and the wood was splintered in two separate places. The door was also dented. When the police arrived, they explained that someone had obviously tried to pry open the door with a pro-bar, but were unable to enter because I had the top-lock on. If I hadn’t locked the top-lock, I would have undoubtedly been robbed.

I know this probably isn’t the sort of thing I should be posting (especially as the first entry!) on my blog about Japanese culture, but I’m just afraid right now. I’m afraid of all the what-ifs and the could-have-beens, and most importantly, I’m afraid of what could have happened if I came home early. I just need to get this out.

On a better note, welcome to my blog!!! Here, I will be posting a variety of different things, from my experiences learning Japanese (as well as advice, because it can be difficult when you’re just starting out) to OOTDs (if anyone even cares about those, that is…) and beyond. I hope we all have a great time together, and thanks for reading!

Now, for a “brief” introduction!

My name is Pei Ton, written as ペイトン in kanji, and I would like to considermyself a Japanese Idol-in-Training. What does this mean? It basically means that I’m honing and perfect my talent so that I can properly enter the Japanese Idol mix with actual skill and maybe get something out of it. Yes, I know this is a big dream, and I have about a 99.999999999999% chance of not making it, but I am willing to go for it anyway. Why? I’m passionate. I love Japanese culture, even though there are certain elements that make me cringe, like the fact that 50+% of an idol’s fans are middle-aged men. I love listening to different musicians and genres, from J-Pop to K-Pop, and everywhere else in between. I’m not a weeaboo, I swear. I can’t be a weeaboo if I enjoy K-Pop just as much as J-Pop, now can I? ; )

My clothing style is very different, I’ll say that, but I don’t have the best closet at the moment. I’m currently learning how to sew (I need to save my $$$$!!!), and I will hopefully have a more impressive closet soon. Right now, it’s mostly athletic shorts and tee-shirts (OMG so not kawaii!)… Yuck, I know!
One of the reasons I decided to make this blog was to prove it to a greater part of the Internet-world that not all e-Idols are talentless airheads who got lucky. I am not even that pretty, so you don’t have to worry about it too much! ; ) I know a common stereotype about idols is that we ‘don’t even try’ and that ‘we got lucky’. I haven’t really gotten lucky yet, but with my careful training and effort, I know I can make it.

What I have here is not just a dream, because I will make it a reality.

I have been planning and preparing since age 12 to make this jump, to become an idol. I started with getting in shape and learning the basics of makeup. I struggled to ‘find’ myself at first, and wound up trying to be another little Beckii Cruel– which didn’t work, obviously. There is only one Beckii, after all. But, at the time, I didn’t realize that. I thought I could be just like her if I lost weight and grew out my hair… Big surprise, it didn’t work! My hair is more like a bush than anything else, so I can’t rock the smooth-as-silk look like Beckii can until I figure out how to manage it. (A mystery that will probably remain forever unsolved *cue dramatic music*) I have finally realized that there is no one I can be except me, and have since grown into my five-foot-eleven frame accordingly. (Tall idols FTW, baby!)

I will be upfront here and say this:

I have flaws. I HAVE FLAWS. I HAVE FLAWS!!! I cannot stress this enough. Everyone thinks idols are perfect, but they really aren’t. They’re regular people just like you. 

I will now list out a few of my flaws for your amusement:

1) Freakishly tall and still growing (probably)

2) My skin is not perfect. PMS ladies, is not friendly. My skin is okay until that lovely time, and then it’s like WEO WEO BREAKOUT BREAKOUT BREAKOUT!!! What, you have a life to live?! SORRY!! (TMI, sorry XD)

3) My hair rivals that of the Cowardly Lion’s

4) I have no money, like at all. I’m saving up for a higher quality camera (I need recommendations, by the way) and I have no job… So I have no $

5) I can’t dance to save my poor little life- but I’m working on it!!

6) I look like this:

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(That should be enough on its own people!!!)

Okay, that’s enough of the public humiliation of Pei. I hope you guys appreciate my sacrifice XD

*coughs* That intro was anything but brief. You’ll have to forgive me 😉 For more information about me, please visit my About Page! (But you probably don’t want anymore information hehe…)

Thank you so much for reading this random post! I promise I’ll calm down by the time I post my next entry. Writing this made me feel a lot better ❤  On the side: I’ve created a poll for you guys, asking for your input on what you’d like to see from me. It can be found at the bottom of this post!

-Pei