Job Hunting is KILLING ME SOFTLY.

Not really, but it really is starting to get to me.

So basically, I’m in this co-op program in my university. For those of you who don’t know, “co-op” is basically a program in which the school gives you access to a bunch of job postings that you’re likely unable to find if you simply Google. You apply to these jobs, hope to get interviews, and then pray you get hired. Once you get hired/matched up with an employer, you go to work at that company for 4 months. Then, you come back to school for another 4 months, and repeat the job search process. This goes on for about 3 years. I don’t know if it’s different at other schools, but that’s how mines work.

So, first round of job postings? I didn’t get any interviews. I did, however, get a pre-screening job phone-call though.
I may or may not have sassed the interviewer.

Second round of job postings? There were like 3 new job postings, and I was qualified for practically nothing.
No job interviews.

Continuous round, in which job postings come up sporadically? I got 4 interviews.

Let me just take a moment to tell you about them.

The first job interview I had, I was actually super excited for. The man who interviewed me, you could tell, was super well-versed and knew everything. He was really kind, and you could tell he really took an effort to know the people he was interviewing. He told me I was the only student majoring in Legal Studies, while everyone else he interviewed was in Accounting, which made me feel more unique, and I hoped that I stood out. JOB WAS CANCELLED.

The second job interview I had, I was actually not really looking forward to. If I had gotten the position, I wouldn’t be able to live at home, which would mean more expenses for me to pay. Nonetheless, a job is a job, and after going through months of no interviews, I was hoping to impress. I then proceeded to get interviewed by 5 different people at once. Did it help the nerves? No, no it did not. Did they ask me questions I could only answer if I had gotten training? Yes, yes they did. DID NOT GET JOB.

The third job interview I got, I actually thought I did pretty well. But that aside, the guy who interviewed me was only maybe 3-4 years older than me. I thought he was pretty darn cute. Was there a possibility that his attractiveness might have caused me to mess up the interview without me being fully aware of it? Possibly. Nonetheless, DID NOT GET JOB.

Then, I was offered another interview when I was in Toronto. The catch was that it was a phone interview that was “hosted” by my school. So, I had to go back to my school, and have the interview over the phone. Keep in my mind that my school is a 1.5 hr drive away from Toronto. So, I traveled my ass back there, only to talk to someone from the company… which was located in Toronto. It’s since been over a month, and they have yet to get back to me. I’ve neither been accepted, or rejected. Although, at this point, I feel like it’s safe to say that I DIDN’T GET THE JOB.

Anyways, I just had another job interview yesterday. I really feel hopeless right now, so it’d be really nice if I get that job.

Sigh.

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Junhyung – Flower

Hello everyone! It’s been a while! I hope you’re all doing well and that 2014 will be amazing for you.

While it might not be everyone’s favourite topic, I’ll be doing a mini-album review for Junhyung’s “Flower”. Hopefully, after this post, I’ll find more time to post other stuff like recipes and other random posts!

On December 13th, Junhyung’s first solo album, “Flower”, was released. Soon after, the title track, also named “Flower”, topped as #1 on 4 different Korean music charts!

The album was completely composed and written by Junhyung himself, but we can see on the track-list that Kim Tae Joo, a fellow composer, has helped Junhyung with the creative process!

The album also features some of our favourite CUBE artists including G.NA and Yoseob!

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the MV for the title track, “Flower”!

For those of you who appreciated B2ST’s “Shadow” MV, or Yoseob’s “Caffeine”, you’d probably enjoyed this one as well! It was a great mix between dark, creepy, and artistically beautiful! The song itself was also amazing; nothing less from our talented producer, Junhyung!

For those of you who are scared that it’ll be mostly rap, and perhaps hip-hop isn’t your favourite genre, this song would prove otherwise. It struck a fine balance between rap, and a very modern jazz-RnB feel. I know I was surprised when I heard Junhyung singing in the chorus, and him hitting those high notes so perfectly!

The title track and MV aside, let’s look at the rest of the album!

The first track is an intro song titled “Nothing is Forever”! Like most K-pop title tracks, this one is only 1:15 minutes long, but it’s still quite lovely. It’s a short hip-hop like track, with the whole song being rapped. Now, if you generally have a problem with Engrish, then this short little intro probably wouldn’t be one of your favourites. As most B2utys would know, while Junhyung is multi-talented, English is really not in his forte. Nonetheless, we’re not here to critque English, but the music itself! I personally liked the song, and wish there was a longer version.

The second track is “Flower”, which everyone, if you have read this far, would probably have seen and heard!

The third track is titled “Anything” and it features G.NA. This song was highly anticipated for me because G.NA’s debut track, “I’ll Back Off So You Can Live”, which featured Junhyung, was, and still is one of my favourite K-Pop songs! While this track is really not that much alike to that song, this was still great.

“Anything” is your good ol’ medium-tempo K-pop song, but with a nice twist! The song itself was like a conversation between two lovers, with the guy asking the girl to trust him, and that he’d do anything for her. It’s your typical love song, but because of the way that it’s like a conversation, bouncing back and forth between the two, as opposed to the generic duets which feature one person singing the majority of the song, and the other doing a quick chorus, “Anything” really moves you!

If you liked the tracks that Trouble Maker did on their album, “Chemistry”, you’d likely like this song as well!

Track number four is titled “Slow”. As the title suggests, the song has a relatively slow tempo. Not something that we’re quite use to hearing from Junhyung, but it was an interesting change. Ironically, the rap itself was pretty darn fast. It’s a soothing, relaxing song, but for those who don’t like slow songs, don’t worry! Give it a try; you’ll notice that it’s likely to be faster than you expect. Junhyung actually sings for the majority of the song, which B2utys could get used to!

The last song is something we’ve already heard many times already! It’s the piano version of “Caffeine”, featuring Yoseob!

Now, put this song next to “Slow”, and you’ll perhaps find that “Slow” is actually pretty darn fast! This song is the exact same lyrics we heard for “Caffeine”, but slowed down. Junhyung sings everything except the chorus, and his voice is just so mellow, that you’re likely to feel yourself falling asleep. But that’s okay, right? Who wouldn’t want Junhyung to sing them to sleep? Beautiful song, as we already know, but just a different take on it. Maybe now you guys can choose which version you like more?

Overall, Junhyung’s album was great! We got to see the different sides of Junhyung, and how big his range of singing and rapping abilities extend!

For super cute and fun behind-the-scenes look at the production of “Flower”, check out these clips below:

 

2013 MAMA Awards

BELOW ARE MY OPINIONS ON THE AWARDS.
RESPECT THEM, KTHNX.

First of all, let me just say: Congratulations to all of the artists who got their awards! You guys all worked hard, and you deserve to be acknowledged for your dedication. While I may proceed to show disagreement with some of the results, I hope everyone understands that I respect all the artists and this is simply my opinion.

The order that I’ll be discussing is based off the order that Allkpop has listed.

Note: If I don’t mention the award/result below, it’s probably because I’m indifferent/I don’t know much about the nominees/I agree about who the winners were.

First off, SNSD for “Best Female Group”. Let me just start off by saying that I’m a SONE, and I absolutely love this group. While their songs aren’t always the best, I still watch almost all their stages because they always give such an amazing performances. As the only song they released this year was “I Got A Boy”, I felt like this award should have went to someone else. This isn’t because I don’t think they don’t deserve an award for ONE comeback, but more because I felt that song was very… mediocre. While it was catchy, it was just… eh overall for me. I personally voted for 4minute because I felt like both “What’s Your Name?” and “Is It Poppin’?” were really catchy and well done. They won a fair amount of awards on music programs for “What’s Your Name?” and I felt like they worked extra hard especially when Hyuna was hospitalized due to over-exhaustion. Nonetheless, congrats to SNSD! (Aside: Hyoyeon looked so pretty at the awards!)

“Best Male Group” went to INFINITE. I don’t know much about INFINITE, and I only got into them this year, or was it last year, when INFINITE-H released “Special Girl” and it became one of my favourite songs. From there, I listened to “Man In Love” and “Destiny”. Personally, I didn’t like “Destiny”, but not because it wasn’t good, but because it just wasn’t my preferred type of music/song. For this category, I voted for EXO. Now, before people go and say that I’m just another crazy EXO fan, let me talk. As much as I love EXO, I think many people can agree with me that they’re growing too fast. They’re breaking all these records, winning all the awards, and I just feel like it’s too much accomplishment for a group that’s less than 2 years old. Nonetheless, we can’t deny that EXO has probably garnered the most attention this year, and it would make a lot more sense if they won this award, no? That being said, INFINITE is without a doubt, one of the most popular male groups out there, and I’m happy for them!

“Best Dance Performance – Female Group” went to SISTAR for “Give it to Me”. I felt like this award probably bothered me the most because I felt like the choreography for “Give it to Me” was fairly weak. Granted, it’s not like they could have done serious popping moves for that song, but it just felt like it lacked something. I just feel like a simple dance with a chorus-dance that focused on them shaking their hands and side-hip thrusts showing off their legs wasn’t that great. I personally voted for SNSD’s “I Got A Boy”. While that song wasn’t the best for me, I really liked the dance. It was cute, sexy, and fun all in one, and I really appreciated the mild popping, the hip swaying, and everything. At the end of the day though, it’s not like I’m an amazing dancer myself, and I’m sure SISTAR worked hard to perfect that dance.

“Best Dance Performance – Male Group” went to SHINee for “Dream Girl”. Even though I’m a Shawol, and I’ve been following SHINee since the first day they debuted, I really felt like “Growl” by EXO was a better dance. Even if you’re not an EXO fan, I feel like we can all appreciate their dance for “Growl”. Especially in the MV, or in certain live performances, I really liked the camera being turned back and forth between the two sides. The dance was so smooth and just, for lack of better words, cool. It was so well executed each performance, and I couldn’t stop watching! Nonetheless, we all know that SHINee will always be known for their amazing dances and dancing skill, and “Dream Girl” was not a easy dance, especially with the microphone stands.

Moving on though, let’s look at some of the awesome performances that I personally enjoyed:

I love 2NE1’s performance here. They all look very sleek and chic, and it’s a look that works really well on them. Plus, they balance it with a bit of their normal crazy colours and accessories, and that’s also really nice to see. While I’m not normally a bit fan of 2NE1, I really like Minzy’s singing parts in their new song, “Missing You”. Overall, it’s such a beautiful performance!

If you’ve been following me, you know that I absolutely love anything that TroubleMaker releases. Two reasons why I love this performance: 1, Hyuna and gun, looking badass, and 2, TroubleMaker kissing. I don’t know why I still get excited from them kissing, since they’ve done it so many times. Nonetheless, each time, my heart still goes dokidoki for them. Please just tell me you guys are together! Now, while I love this duo, somehow… Hyunseung with only a jacket and no shirt kind of bothers me. It’s like he thought, “I’ll be a lot sexier without a top! — No, nope, no wait, too chilly. Grab me a jacket!” to which his coordi noona might say, “But wouldn’t it make more sense to wear a shirt?” Insert Hyunseung frolicking away happily with only his jacket.

And of course, this year’s awards shows and whatnot wouldn’t be complete with a performance from EXO. I really liked what they did here with Luhan and Kai fighting over the girl/camera. Not much to say other than the fact that it was another great stage.

CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND NOMINEES.
GOOD LUCK PREPARING FOR THE 3 GAYO DAEJUN TO COME!

“Snitches get stitches” … or bad grades?

So recently, I’ve had a mini project due for my online course. It’s not worth a lot; only 1.5% of my grade, but hey, after my social stats mishap, I need to grab every mark I can.

The instructions for this assignment were the most vague things you’d ever have read. It basically just tells me I have to write a report on this given topic. But… how would you like the report done? How long does it need to be? What format exactly? The textbook format and the given topic are two different things… WHAT?!

So, I emailed my teacher’s assistant (TA), and asked him for further clarifications. I waited almost 4 days, but there was no reply, and the mini-assignment was due the next day. I decided to e-mail my prof, explaining the situation, and asked for a more detailed description of what she’s looking for.

She replied back, adding my TA into the e-mail, and gave me a better, but still vague answer.

ASIDE: Something I really hate is VAGUE descriptions for tasks. If this was a basic task, like “Fetch me a water bottle”, then yeah, sure, no need for further clarification. But this is for my education, so please… please… just give me a more specific idea of what you want. All throughout high-school, I’ve encountered this every year, where I’d have to speak with my teacher 50 times for an assignment just because their instructions were so shit.

Anyways, in my professor’s case here though, while it’s vague, it still gives me a fairly decent idea of what to do. So I’m good… for now.

What I’m here worried about is the fact that she included my TA in the e-mail. Which means, he’s now going to see that I wrote, “Dear Professor. X, I have already emailed Mr. TA on Sunday, but he has yet to reply to me!”

I feel like I somehow just put my TA’s career in danger or something. What if he gets into trouble from my professor or something? What if, because of this, he gets angry at me and decides to give me a shitty mark from here on out?

Dear Mr. TA: Please don’t hate me. I just want a good mark!

G-Dragon – 니가 뭔데 (WHO YOU?)

I’ll tell everyone right now: Normally, I’m not the type to be interested in G-Dragon’s music.

As much as I respect him as an artist, and I think it’s amazing what he’s doing with his career; his musical style just isn’t for me. When I first heard “Coup d’etat”, I was kind of just sitting there in shock. While I can see the artistic sense, and supposedly, the “deeper meaning”, it just wasn’t for me.

Because his recent album wasn’t something I was really interested it, I didn’t really listen to the rest of the songs. When the music video for “Who You?” came out, I didn’t even bother it.

Luckily, my roommate was still curious, and we ended up watching the video together, and. . .

I’m in love with this song!

I love the feel-good vibe that I get from this song. I don’t want to get hate for drawing comparisons, but it gives me a “Joah”, by Jay Park, feel, and that’s something that I’m really into.

Awhile back, some of the fancams used for this video were posted online. At the time, I just thought the whole transparent-box-thing was really cool, and that GD looked really good. I had no idea that it was for this MV. This is another aspect that I really appreciate. I loved that his MV was made with his own footage, and the footage of all the fancams. Whether it was their intention or not, it really shows how much YG and GD care for GD’s fans. Fan-appreciation is always a good thing!

Now, if anyone can just explain to me… T.O.P’s “Doom DaDa”?

Backing Out

At first, I was going to do an Ailee – Allkpop post about the issue with a very in-depth talk about my opinions on everything that’s been going on.

But, honestly, at this point, I feel like it’s turning into something very angry. Way too angry for me to stick my head into without getting it ripped off by one side or the other.

There’s been so many times when I wanted to post a response to a situation that was blowing up in the K-Pop world, but I would type half the post, and then just delete it, because honestly… I feel like my safety is in jeopardy if I were to post one of those.

Don’t you guys ever feel that the K-Pop netizens/fans/anti-fans are very passionate about matters? To the point that I don’t know if serious violence and criminal activities would happen. I always have this feeling that they’ll track down my IP address or something, and come beat my ass to a pulp.

Sometimes, K-Pop debates on matters get so intense that I feel that it’s more hardcore than Presidential debates or any other serious political or global news debates.

Often times, I see really illogical arguments that I can’t help but facepalm at. It just hurts to see so many people getting caught up in something that has absolutely nothing to do with them.

Honestly, do you know how many times I backspaced this post just because I didn’t want to say anything too offensive that would get me killed?

[Unnamed] Soup

soup

HELP NAME THIS SOUP.

Note: The follow recipe is for 3 people.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tomato
  • One large potato
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Optional: Chinese Chili Pepper Sauce

Steps:

1. Cut half a tomato into little slices.
2. Cut one potato into little slices.

tomato and potato

3. Put two tablespoons of vegetable oil into a wok.
4. Add tomato and potato slices into wok.
5. Stir/cook for two minutes.
6. Add five cups of water to wok.

Let the soup cook/boil while you proceed to the next step.

7. Put three-quarter cup flour into a small plate/shallow container.

flour
8. Add two tablespoons of water to the flour.
9. Mix the flour with the water until it forms small curd-like flour balls.
(Similar to how you’d make scrambled eggs; forming a harder
substance from the egg white and yolk.)

ball

10. Move the little flour balls/bits to a separate plate/shallow container.
11. Continue to add water to the original plate/shallow container until all the flour
has been made into little flour curds.
12. Pour all finished flour curds into the soup.
(Stir while adding)
13. Stir/Cook for three minutes.
14. Add one third a tablespoon of salt to soup.
15. Stir/Cook for approximately another 5 minutes.

Optional: Add Chinese Chili Pepper sauce on soup.

Thanks to everyone who put up with my horrible instructions!
I hope this turns out well for you.

Tetris Stress

After years of people forcing me to play Tetris with them, I’ve finally given in.

And boy, do I hate myself for that. I got addicted so fast, it’s just ridiculous.

Much like those DDR games or TapTap, I’m absolutely horrible at games that require my fingers to move at the speed of light, and my brain to be even faster.

However, because I’m a total idiot, I decided to finally join my friends on Tetris Battle. I got addicted immediately, and I was feeling so proud of myself when I was promoted to Level 5 when I was still on Level 3.

“Damn right, bitches! Who’s the queen of Tetris? ME.”

Little did I know, Level 5 is almost as hard as my Stats course. I sucked horribly and then I got demoted back to Level 4 within 30 minutes of playing. In fact, because my computer has been lagging all day, I’ve been doing even worse. I might have just been demoted back to Level 3 just now when I tried to take a printscreen of the Tetris game.

tetris

“Sorry, bitches. I guess I’m not the queen of Tetris. Excuse me while I go back to my studies.”

In all honesty though, how do some people do it? I was sitting in stats class the other day, and this Asian guy who was sitting in front of me was playing Tetris on his computer. His fingers on the arrow keys were just… it’s amazing. The guy was on beast-mode, I swear.

So while he’s doing that, I’ll be here with my pudgy fingers and super-slow reactions.

If anyone wants to feel good about their Tetris skills, just ask me for my Tetris Friends username. I guarantee you a huge ego boost.

“V”, the she-devil

Apparently there’s a NaBloPoMo going on. First post of the month!

For the sake of this post, I will be referring to this imbecile as “V” instead of her real name.

So, every week, in my online Business-English course, we have to make a minimum of 3 posts regarding a general topic. For example, this week’s topic was “Delivering Bad News”, so my group of approximately 10 people, have to each make 3 posts regarding bad news messages, including topics like: How to deliver bad news, tone and language for bad news delivery, etc. You can either make an original post on a specific topic, or reply to someone’s post.

It’s often easier to write regarding an original topic rather than commenting because it can be hard to critique what others are saying when they simply got the information from a textbook.

Not for “V” though. This girl on my group is constantly replying to my posts, and it’s slowly driving me to insanity.

Nothing she says is ever a coherent thought. She makes no valid arguments, and has serious grammar and spelling issues. She doesn’t proofread her work; constantly writing sentences that make absolutely no sense whatsoever, but talking in a tone that exudes such confidence, it can be seen as cocky.

One time, I compared a situation to that of iPhone productions. She replied to me, disagreeing with what I said, and then proceeded to just simply quote what I said.

WTF WAS YOUR FUCKING POINT?

Excuse my swearing, but for the love of God, please…

If you have nothing good to contribute, then just don’t.

Every time I see her reply to one of my posts, I’m so tempted to reply with this:

Last week, we had to write a fake recommendation later to our “company manager” detailing our suggestions for producing a certain product. We were to post a draft onto the discussion boards on Monday, peer edit at least 3 people’s work by Wednesday, and then hand in the final draft on Friday.

Every time we have these types of workshops, I pray to God that either Sammi or Michael will be critiquing my work. I always feel that they have the best ideas, they know what they’re saying, and most importantly they back-up their suggestions with solid proof/ideas. THEY MAKE SENSE.

Nonetheless, my hopes are crushed each and every time. “V” always manages to be the first person to critique my work, and without fail, she always manages to say the stupidest things. Then, because other people notice that someone has replied to my draft, they feel the need to just move on and edit someone’s work who hasn’t been critiqued yet. So, I end up being stuck with no good suggestions to help me improve, and… ugh.