Inspired: No Regrets

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“The gods asked me if I wasn’t gonna regret this. But I answer without hesitating, why would I regret?” (Team B-Climax)

About 6 months ago, I did an ‘Inspired’ post for one of WINNER’s songs, and, recently, I haven’t been able to stop listening on one of Team B’s songs, so I decided to do one for theirs, too (Even though they’re technically not an actual K-Pop group or anything).

The lyrics above are from B.I’s rap, which is my favourite part of the entire song. The entire song is really meaningful and inspiring, but B.I’s part was what really struck me when I first listening to the song, and the lyrics of not only his part but the overall song is the main reason why I love this song so much.

I think the lyrics for this apply not only to the competition they were in, but a lot of things in general (Or at least to many idols). This is one song that I will probably always feel a little bittersweet about, because it’s not only inspiring but also filled with a lot of emotion.

“Even if this is my last time, I will sing without regrets.”

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11 Signs You Are Officially Growing Up

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1. When you realize that wearing clothing plastered with name brands isn’t the most important thing in the world. No one is going to care if your shirt or bag is by Marc Jacobs (even though Marc Jacobs really wants people to know their products are by Marc Jacobs…have I said Marc Jacobs too many times?). No one worth your time is ever going to judge you based on the fact that your jeans are from Hollister or Target. So why not save money while looking fabulous?!

2. When you start voluntarily eating healthy, and trying to suppress your inner 5-year-old-around-cake-at-a-birthday-party self. Adults are supposed to have self-control, right?

3. When you re-watch your old favorite TV shows that are totally aimed at 10-year-olds because you just can’t resist! You watch for hours just to remember the feeling of waking up early in the morning and curling…

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[Rant] Opened Lip Products (And Many Other Beauty Products)

So…I saw a lipstick that I wanted to get the other day and, after sifting through all 4 tubes (They didn’t have very many out), I realized that none of them had seals of any kind on them. And they all looked used. Well…okay.

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I decided to go to a different store and discovered the same thing except I saw that one of them had some plastic wrap on the bottom, and realized they were all packaged up before, but people opened (and used) them all.

Well, okay then. I guess that explains why I never saw more than 4 tubes in any store, because if there were more, people would just open and test those ones. And they were plastic wrapped, too.

I don’t really get why people do that. Yes, there’s no tester (And it would be nice if there was one, because I’m sure people would be less prone to opening new ones if there was) so I can understand you want to know what the exact colour and consistency are like. But why open every single one? That seems pretty pointless to me.

This goes for a lot of beauty products. People opening new ones, even when there are already testers. It especially bothers me for lip products because, well…those things go on your lips. I don’t really want to buy something that I’m going to use on my lips that some other stranger has already used.

Okay, the testers have been used by who knows what kind of people. Fine. Then just don’t use them. That doesn’t mean it’s okay to open and test new ones, because if you do, then people are probably not going to buy that one so it’s a waste if you’re not going to buy one.

It honestly annoys me to no end when I see that people have opened and tried pretty much every single one on the shelf. Please, let’s just all be civil and respectful and good consumers, and not do things like this, okay?

Inspired: If You Hear This Song

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“The anxious days when I couldn’t tell you I loved you. Did you know about that? The beautiful nights of the past when were were childish. I am still in love.” (IU-My Old Story)

Another female vocalist added to this ‘Inspired’ series…one that some of you may know!

It was hard choosing a favourite song out of the all the ones IU has out, but I decided to go with this one.

The lyrics are a little nostalgic and a little sad, a mixture which gets to me almost every time. Add some piano into the background, and it’s no surprise at all that I fell in love with this song at first listen.

The MV itself is nice and simple, but also captures the nostalgia of the lyrics, which I really like. There isn’t too much going on, but it’s not boring, either. At least, I didn’t find it boring.

I know this song was a remake of an older one, but I think that IU did a beautiful job.

And now, without further ado…the final lyric to finish this post off.

“If you hear this song, please come to me. My dear…I’m waiting.”

Inspired: Slowly…I Got Over You

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“It’s all over now, after losing you, I earned a bigger hope. It’s really really so fortunate.” (Ailee-Singing Got Better)

Happy last day of February, and welcome to yet another ‘Inspired’ post!

Ailee is one of my favourite K-Pop vocalists, so I thought I’d write an ‘Inspired’ post for my absolute favourite songs of hers. Also, I felt like I should get some more female artists in my ‘Inspired’ series.

The MV for this song was short, but got the message across…and I really love the message.

The lyrics of this song are powerful, and even though it’s about a sad break-up, it’s still hopeful. I love how the very last lyric emphasizes how, even after all that, she was able to stand up stronger and better than before.

“Little by little, slowly, my tears dried. Slowly, I got over you like that.”

2015 Resolutions: Update!

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So, a little while ago, I made a post about the resolutions that I was making for myself this year. I decided to take a little time to share how things are going with you guys.

I’ve been exercising more (Hopefully I can keep this up for the rest of the year), and even though it’s only been a little over a month, I can already start to feel and see the difference it makes. At least, in my dancing. 2 additional days a week on top of dance practices is a good place to start, and I may be able to add a third day if things continue going this well!

Drinking more water has also been great for my skin, although it’s probably been beneficial to a whole lot more than that. Some days, I still don’t drink very much water, but those days are becoming fewer, so that’s an improvement. I’m not quite at 6 cups at day yet…most days, it’s more like 5. But that’s still better than before.

This has actually been the most difficult resolution for me. I’m the type that feels the most productive, or at least the most awake, at night, so I can’t really get myself to sleep earlier most days. However, I have been getting more sleep, mostly since I sleep late only when I know I can sleep in the next morning. Well…usually. During busier times (Like this week), it’s been a bit of a struggle.

I also added another New Year’s resolution a little while later, and this one isn’t as easy to keep as I thought it would be. It has, however, made me feel a little more organized, writing down what I have to do when.

Anyways, I hope I will continue to be this productive during the year…or at least continue being able to keep my resolutions!

And to those of you who also made resolutions this year, and readers out there in general: I hope that you guys are doing well, and that the start of 2015 has been a good one!

Inspired: The Village of Our Memories

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“Like a melody, it’s so familiar. If you call me again, I see the blurry memories.” (Shinhwa-Memory)

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog…and I am so sorry. I’ve been quite busy lately, but I’ll try to post more often from now on (I know I say that a lot…I really am trying, though!).

I decided to post this because Shinhwa is making a comeback, but also because the lyrics are so nostalgic and beautiful. I had a hard time deciding which parts of the song to post, because the song as a whole was just so great.

This is the perfect song to listen to when relaxing, and though it’s a little sad, on the whole, it’s a nice song. It’s not quite sad…it’s a little difficult to describe. I’ll just finish off with one last lyric, as usual.

“Like the globe, you revolve around me. Let’s leave to the village of our memories. Memories are never gone, forever young inside my heart.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a great Valentine’s day so far (Or Singles Awareness Day, which is cool too).

It seems like everywhere I go, I’m surrounded by pink and red fluff and lace and, of course, chocolate. Oh, and florists. Can’t forget florists and their multi-coloured roses.

I’m already anticipating all the chocolate that will go on sale starting tomorrow…I know that sounds a little sad, but hey…you can never have enough chocolate. At least, that’s what I think.

Anyways, just wanted to stop by and say Happy Valentine’s Day, and I hope you have a great one!

Inspired: Shouting to You

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“Saying I’m sorry, saying I love you, you can’t hear it anymore. But now I am shouting out to you.” (Lee Hongki-I’m Saying)

I remember when I first heard this song while watching ‘Heirs’…I fell in love with it almost instantly. I also recognized Hongki’s voice, strong as usual.

I thought that the lyrics were a pretty good fit for the song and, though there is a hint of sadness in the lyrics, it is definitely a song that’s hopeful and touching. In fact, I thought that the sadness and the feeling of wanting to overcome that sadness present in the lyrics makes the song even better!

“I’m saying that I only look for you, I’m saying that I love you. I’m saying that I only see you, even when I close my eyes.”

[Rant] Irresponsible People

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Haven’t done one of these in a few months…but something I experienced a few days ago made me decide to write one.

When you tell someone that you’re going to help them with something, you should at least take it seriously. At least, that’s what I think. Apparently, though, some people seem to feel like this sort of thing comes with an unspoken, “If I feel like it” tacked on at the end.

I should probably give you a brief (Sort of) description of what happened.

I was part of an outdoor event that needed volunteers to help out, and we were seriously short on volunteers so I asked some friends who were planning on coming anyways to help out. They didn’t want to get up early in the morning, so I arranged it with the organizer so that they could come later. They helped out during the first part, and then told me they were going to explore a little bit. I wanted to get lunch, so I told them the time they had to be back and left.

A little while later, I thought maybe I’d explore with them, spend a little time with my friends, since they came to this event because of me. I text them and find out they’ve apparently bussed to a completely different part of the city. I asked if they were going to come back soon. You know what reply I got?

Something along these lines: “It’s too cold, so we don’t want to help anymore. We’re not coming back, we decided to go to the mall and we’re going out to eat later instead.”

Great. Thanks.

It was so last-minute that for the next part of the event, where we needed more volunteers, some of the volunteers ended up having to take way too much of the work. And we scrambled to think of a way to make things a little easier on them, but didn’t have much time (We had less than an hour).

No apologies or anything, either. No, “Hey, sorry, we decided to bail. Good luck.” Just straight up leaving because they felt like it, and not even knowing they did anything wrong. Really?

One of the only reasons this gets to me so much is that these were people who I thought I could trust, because they were my friends. I thought, “Hey, we can all take care of ourselves here. It’s fine if they want to explore a little on their own”, not “Maybe I should babysit them to make sure they don’t run off”. I really thought that they wouldn’t bail on me just because they felt like it because I would never do that. Guess I was wrong.

Irresponsible people in general, though, have always bothered me. Sure, we’ve all broken promises. I have, too. But it’s things like this especially that irritate me. When people break promises on a whim, only thinking of themselves, and not of the people who may be affected by it.

When you commit to helping with someone, if you end up not doing it, then somebody else has to do it. So, basically, you’re being irresponsible and forcing somebody else to take up your responsibilities at the last-minute.

And this means that your friends will probably see you as much less reliable. That should be a given. But maybe having your friends think of you as reliable and dependable isn’t important to you. If nobody thinks you’re reliable or dependable, you’re never going to be asked for any favours, right?

I know I’m being totally cynical right now, and yes, I am exaggerating. But that doesn’t mean I think any of this is untrue or that I am any less annoyed than I seem to be with with this kind of irresponsibility.

Another thing that comes out of this?

Now all the people who organized and volunteered at the event (Many of whom I know personally) also know how…great my friends are.