Jan. 14th, 2016 04:24 pm
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It's 2016! Happy new year!

I've been neglecting my LJ for a while =/  But I've been busy and my life has been mostly uninteresting lol. Well, I did go on vacation to California (and a side trip to Nevada and Arizona to see Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon respectively) in October with my bro and sis. Other than that I got back into knitting, this time socks. My first try but they turned out pretty well XD

Lately, I've been listening to more kpop because I find western pop music to be very boring nowadays. Both structure and melody of the songs aren't as complex as kpop songs. I don't feel challenged =/ Add to that, their dance music videos are amazing. Like how can they move their bodies like that?! Unreal. FYI I'm referring to the boy bands because all the girls do is shake their ass, gyrating their bodies and looking seductive and/or cute >_>;

The horrible thing about getting into kpop is learning about the industry itself. I know that the entertainment industry as a whole is really shitty but at least in the west you have unions to protect the artists. In SKorea that's nonexistent - and so is their health and breaks and vacations and love life and perhaps their sanity. They get worked to the bone without breaks and sleep, constantly moving, constantly being entertaining to the public. If you're interested in hearing more and in more detail, check out the youtube channel "eatyourkimchi". The youtubers live in SKorea and have worked in the entertainment industry for a bit and have friends there.

But even just looking up one band and watching their interviews and bts stuff, you can see how fucked up they live. You see them constantly sleeping/napping somewhere because they're just so exhausted. One band casually tells the viewers how they were basically starved when they were 13/14-year-old trainees and had to live in a rat-infested apartment together. That's child abuse FFS!! Another band is shown living in a 2-room apartment - all 7 of them sleeping in one room, 3 bunk beds and 1 single futon on the floor, 1 bathroom for them all and the other room was basically a storage for their clothes and also laundry. That's what I could make out from the video but JFC that's no way to live! I watched another video of a third band. I think the episode was part of their own show, and at the beginning of it, they were told they would get to go on vacation. The look of surprise, astonishment, utter glee and disbelief was plastered on all of their faces (and that should tell you sth already). But of course there was a catch: They could each choose their destination but a camera team would go with them to film........................... They were still happy about it of course because otherwise, they wouldn't get a vacation, ever.

I admire their talents and skills, their music and works but mostly I feel sorry for them. Being able to follow your dreams and to live out your passion is one thing but working oneself to death for it can't be worth it.

One short note about the Korean fans: I'm sure not all of them are like that but from what I could gather, they are fanatics, like completely crazy fans who will go to any lengths to get the attention of their beloved idol. Stalkers seem to be absolutely common but what really baffles me is how they treat their idols when they aren't "working hard". There's a story about an actress who was so exhausted from filming non-stop that she couldn't stand it anymore, booked a flight to the US for the weekend just to get a break. And the fans attacked her, railed at her for daring to take a break. It's apparently also really common to get an IV drip if an idol faints or collapses during work. They get the drip and are back on set right away. I watched a video of one calling his band member during a show. He asked the other one what he was doing, and the other guy just casually says that he's getting a drip. The reply was sth along the lines of "Ah, I see." How is that not a big deal??

Anyway, somehow this turned into a kpop rant. Well deserved to be honest though.

I hope you all had a good start into the new year.

Until next time!

Date: 2016-01-15 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jukebox-csi.livejournal.com
Wow that sounds like a horrible life to have :( Makes you wonder why they do it. I'd think they could say they don't want to be a star anymore, but it sounds like the fans would flay them alive. How awful.

Did you have a good time on your trip to California, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon?

Date: 2016-01-15 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icassop.livejournal.com
I didn't even mention diets... They take "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" quite literally. Or I also heard about the 5 days of water "challenge"... They must really want to be idols to endure all that. But I did hear about one guy who quit the band to live a normal life. So it's not impossible. Probably depends a lot on their (slave) contracts.

Our trip was great. A 2-week road trip to LA, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco +Alcatraz, Monterey and Morro Bay. We had fun, got to see a lot, roads were confusing though and long stretches of them were just plain boring. California's road signs are a mess, too. Not sure if it's as bad in other states. Surprisingly, we didn't eat at as many fast food places as we expected but my sister's and my favourite was Five Guys. Their fries are magical *O* lol...

Date: 2016-01-16 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jukebox-csi.livejournal.com
lol ah Five Guys Burger & Fries. It is pretty good. I really wouldn't consider it a fast food restaurant though. We usually think of fast food places as having a drive through window and dollar menus - like McDonalds, Taco Bell, etc. So glad you all had a great time on the trip :)

I am mac.

Date: 2016-01-16 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iammac.livejournal.com
And I am back!


Felt very nostalgic and finally remembered my lj name and here I am. Here to stay! Wooohooo!!

Re: I am mac.

Date: 2016-01-24 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icassop.livejournal.com
Hahaha, welcome back! ;)


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