Weird. This blog is called Bandstalker Blog, yet on the first post (aside from the intro post, that is) I will NOT be talking about bands.
Actually, my initial reason why I put up a blog for Bandstalker.com is to continue my old ‘job’ at The Dawn Community Forum – before it got the unexpected axe – as Aftermath writer. Side track: For the benefit of those who never visited TheDawn.com.ph, Aftermath refers to gig reviews/recaps as posted by someone who was there to actually witness the gig. It was first coined by BBS Junkie Myke, but since I’m the junkiest of all Junkies and I’m the band’s resident ‘stalker’, I eventually became the unofficial Aftermath writer. Since the site was torn down – please don’t make me go into details coz it won’t be pretty – I had stopped writing gig aftermaths and while going to gigs and not thinking about remembering everything had a liberating feeling, I must admit I missed doing it. It’s been a while since I tried recalling and writing everything with eyes half-closed coz I have to post the aftermath as soon as I get home so that everything is still fresh in my head. I miss the challenge.
BUT! Since bandstalker.com is not an exclusive The Dawn site, and yes, contrary to what some people think, I do watch other artists aside from The Dawn, I will be tackling other topics in this blog. As I wrote in the front page of bandstalker.com, I’ll be writing about gigs, travel tales and other photo-laden stories here, where applicable.
Now, for my first official post, I will be discussing… Koreans. :grin: Specifically, K-entertainment.
I can almost hear a collective gasp from my band-stalking pals. hehe
I dunno why, but I’m currently hooked to Korean movies, TV shows and music. I’m not yet obsessed, but based on past experiences, I’m already having symptoms of being a K-addict. No, K doesn’t stand for kimchi. I still couldn’t stand the stuff.
I’m actually a late-bloomer to K-entertainment. It’s been a while since Pinoys got hooked to Asian drama (remember the [in]famous F4??) but I only got the hang of it now, and I exclusively like K-stuff. My initiation with K-entertainment came when my K-obsessed friend gave me a copy of the movie My Sassy Girl, and I saw it mainly because everyone was talking about it and I’m curious why. I liked the movie, but it wasn’t enough to make me hooked to it.
And then, GMA7 aired Stairway to Heaven and introduced me to this man named Kwon Sang Woo. That’s it, I’m hooked. Good thing I have friends like Rizza and Marissa (no, they’re not twins; they’re not even blood-related) who are so effin’-obsessed with it and supplied me with necessary information about what DVDs to buy and which actor(s) to check out. It also helps that Rizza is always gracious with her ‘contributions’ to my study of K-entertainment.
However, the current object of my affection is not KSW but the singer/actor Bi (pronounced BEE, not BAY as in bisexual. Just to make that clear.), aka. Rain, but more popularly known to Pinoy audiences as Justin in the Koreanovela Full House. I initially wasn’t interested with Full House coz I didn’t care about Song Hye Kyo (the famous ‘Jenny’ from Endless Love 1: Autumn In My Heart) and I thought Bi was ordinary-looking (I mean, compared to KSW). Then, I chanced upon Bi’s music video at the Korean channel Arirang. Gosh, he’s good. I mean, he’s so unlike our local actors who force themselves to sing/dance even if they can’t, or our singers who force themselves to act even if they can’t. This guy can do ’em all.
And to top it off, I finished my Full House DVDs ahead of the GMA7 airing and Bi’s cuteness sort of grew on me. Hence, the Bi obsession.
Actually, if you really know me, you wouldn’t find this ‘kagagahan’ as weird. If you had known what I used to do before I became a band stalker, you’d actually wonder how the hell did I get into this bandstalker business in the first place. Right, Rizza? Right AFRM-ers?