A couple of years ago, when Korean pop was making waves in Asia, I remember thinking that this was all silly child’s play. It is just another pop culture craze that young teenagers are chasing, much like the way J-pop fever reigned during my Secondary school days. I thought to myself that I must be old enough not to be herded along into this K-pop madness, and quite frankly, I did not think any of the Korean idols were particularly good-looking or talented anyway. Marketed in groups consisting of anything between 7 to 12 members, everyone in these groups looked exactly the same as each other and they sounded the same speaking in a language that I do not understand. Worse, these K-pop groups also had similarly strange names that mostly consisted of a combination of a couple of English letters and roman numerics (e.g. SS501, 2NE1, BTOB, 2am, 2pm etc). I did not find Korean pop attractive at all and simply could not understand what the huge hype was about Rain, or … whoever the latest K-pop idol is.
But I guess things are slowly changing… for me at least. I still do not profess to be a K-pop fanatic, but I am willing to admit that my interest in Korean TV and music has gradually grown.
It all started with me watching the Korean drama “playful kiss”, and I fell in love with a very suave Kim Hyun Joong.
More recently, I have been hooked on a Korean TV series “Global We Got Married” which basically pairs a Korean pop star with another celebrity from a different country. It then follows them through their (fake) dating, proposal, wedding, honeymoon and subsequent married life. I didn’t think much of the TV show initially, but gradually found myself completely and utterly hooked! In the absence of a love life at present, it felt so nice to secretly share and indulge in the sweet moments that belong to another couple.
Watching these TV shows have led me to further investigate a number of Korean boybands, including 2pm and FT island. This song by FTisland (sung by their lead vocalist Hong Ki Lee) has proven to be a complete earworm and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Oh, if only I knew the Korean language! I would love to learn to sing this heartbreaking song…