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Fangirling 2019: A Retrospective

Being forced to shelter-in-place during what is perhaps turning into one of the most incredible and frightening situations I may see in my lifetime (yes, I am talking about the COVID-19 pandemic) has given me time to reflect on the tumultuous fangirl journey I have been on these past seven years. By the close of 2019, I realized that I had burst through a rather stringent guardrail when it came to Korean entertainment and in particular, Korean music. After my honey baby bias G.O of MBLAQ completed his military service, went from AfreecaTV BJ to YouTuber and yes, even became a husband, I kind of went on a bender. I wanted to write about my explorative fangirl year of 2019 before 2019 ended but failed to actually sit down and do so. Then, I pretty much abandoned the blog altogether. Now that I am in forced lockdown, I really feel the urge to return, show the blog some love, and write again. I have truly missed writing. So, humor me if you will, and let me tell you about my 2019 fangirl adventures  (albeit a little late and wordy) and my hopes for 2020.

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On My Playlist ~ Remember [Winner]

If you were to ask me one word to describe the Korean group, Winner, I would say FAMILY. I would challenge anyone to show me a closer-knit group. To me, Winner has elevated past the general colleague-based relationship most professional groups have. Moreover, this feeling of family is not exclusive to the group itself. No. I think the group’s fandom Inner Circle would agree that it not only encompasses the relationship Yoon, Jinu, Hoon and Mino have with each other but, that it also extends further to their fans. Winner’s latest, the title track Remember on their newly released full album, brings the family together, soothes my fangirl heart, and waxes nostalgic in a way only Winner can.

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[News] Winner’s Kim Jinwoo Begins Military Service

It is never easy to say good-bye to our favorite Korean entertainers when they leave to complete mandatory military service, even when we know it is temporary. Winner’s Jinu left for training camp on 2 April and for some reason, it was a lot more emotional than I expected.

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On My Playlist ~ 또또또 (Call Anytime) [Kim Jinwoo]

I did not see it coming, but am pleasantly surprised and absolutely thrilled. Winner’s demure eldest brother who is nevertheless, and indeed, the thread that binds the group together, has released his first solo single, 또또또 [Call Anytime], and it is every bit as charming as the man himself.

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On My Playlist ~ Mola [Winner]

Friends, I’m shook. You know when you listen to a song on an album and yes, it sounds and feels good but you never fully understand the impact of it until you watch and listen to it by way of a live performance? You know, when the visual concept coupled with aggressive choreography, stinging lyrics, and powerful vocals take the song to another level, whisk the group with it and make you pause a moment to say, ‘oh my god, what just happened?!’ This is exactly the mind-blowing experience I had when I watched Winner performed Mola from their latest EP release, We.

I need a moment.

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[News] Winner Drops MV Teaser for Ah Yeah

Guess who’s back? Yes, indeed, Winner will return on May 15th with a new EP, We along with an MV for their title song, 아예 [Ah Yeah].

Sounds energetic, catchy and fun . . . perfect for the summer!~ヽ(⌐■_■)ノ♪♬

[Image & Video cr. YG Entertainment]


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[News] Winner Is Coming

On May 3rd, YG Entertainment released a comeback teaser photo announcing the release of new music from Winner coming on May 15th!! Wow…the perfect early birthday gift if I do say so myself. Yes, I am a May-baby! As much as I was hoping for a full album release, I am happy to to hear whatever the talented quartet has in store for us. And besides, I am quality over quantity kind of girl.^^ Hmmm, I notice that the 15th is 스승의날, or Teacher’s Day in Korea. Any significance? Probably not…or, perhaps just a lesson in learning that good things happen to those who wait.

~♥~