A while back I decided on some things I’d like to do more in my spare time. One of those things was to watch more Korean dramas. You might think that’s all I do, but I’ve not watched all that many dramas the past year in spite of having a year subscription to Viki. I’ve mostly watched American shows and I get more satisfaction from watching Korean shows and I practice listening to Korean at the same time.


One drama I followed as it aired was 냄새를 보는 소녀 (The girl who sees smells/Sensory couple). It’s a good drama that mixes fun and light hearted parts with a more serious story. It’s about a girl, played by Shin Se-kyung, who has gained the ability to see smells after waking up from a coma. … Continue reading


It’s hard to keep up with all the K-Pop groups that come and go. AOA is one of those groups that have passed me by, more or less. I’ve seen a couple of their previous music videos when they’ve been mentioned in K-Pop news, but it’s nothing that has stuck.

A while back I decided to check out their latest album (at the time). I can’t recall why I decided to do that. Perhaps I saw Choa on a TV show or something. Anyhow, the only song that stood out to me was 휠릴리. I’ve had it in the playlist I listen to when driving my car.


Now AOA have made a comeback with a new lacrosse concept. Their new song 심쿵해 (heart attack) is very catchy. It has a pretty typical Brave Sound beat, but I’ve had it stuck in my head for days. I like the music video too. It’s playful and colourful. I don’t know anything about make-up, but I think they nailed Choa’s make-up in this video.

This is the time when the “summer songs” are released and I guess this song is up against mainly Sistar’s Shake It. I like Sistar a lot, but I must say I prefer 심쿵해.


I’ve been thinking about whether or not to write anything about the reasons why I haven’t been updating the blog for a long while, but I think I’ll just leave it at: I had to prioritize what I wanted to focus on and I had to give up many of my hobbies. This blog being one of them. Now things have calmed down a bit, so I can give you a quick recap of things I’ve done the past year and a half.

One of the few things I kept doing was studying Korean. Not at a high pace or anything. It’s just a weekend class. I’m learning slowly but steadily and I really like my classmates. They’re very cool and friendly.

Last year I went to see 4Minute when they had a showcase here in Sweden. … Continue reading


I haven’t used the computer much lately, so I didn’t see this video until today. It’s shows the recording of IU’s cover of Sanullim’s (산울림) song 너의 의미 together with original member Kim Chang-wan. The song appears on her cover album 꽃갈피.


I really like this song! It gives me such a good feeling. This album is a must-buy. Just my style.

The song starts at 1:18 in the video and there are English captions available.

You may recognize Chang-wan from the drama 별에서 온 그대 (My love from the stars), where he played Kim Soo-hyun’s “father”.


IU is so cute in this interview where she talks about how she likes to watching movies before going to bed. When she’s asked if she pays for them she turns to her manager “You paid for them, right?” :lol: “불법 다운로드 진짜 아니죠!” (I’d never download illegally) XD

That question comes up at 1:43.

You can activate English captions in the video.

I also wish I could get that vinyl LP she’s talking about.


IU recently held a series of concerts in a more intimate small theatre setting. I wish I could’ve been there! I love IU’s acoustic stuff and it would have been amazing to see her at a smaller venue like this.

1theK has uploaded a few clips from the concert to Youtube and they all have English captions.

The first two songs are from her new cover album 꽃갈피 and the last one is from the re-packaged version of her previous album Modern Times (Epilogue).

나의 옛날이야기 (My old story)

사랑이 지나가면 (When love passes by)

금요일에 만나요 (Friday)

I would beat myself up for not knowing all the lyrics though XD.



Last night I played through the game Brothers for PS3. The game was developed by the Swedish Starbreeze Studios and the director is Swedish film director Josef Fares.

The game is a platformer/puzzle type game where you play as two brothers at the same time. The left analogue stick controls the big brother and the left controls the little brother. You travel through a mythic Nordic/fantasy landscape, inhabited by trolls, giants and the like, where you have to make your way to the tree of life to bring back a cure for your sick father.


In order to progress you have to find a way to get by a number of obstacles. The two brothers have different traits that you’ll discover as you try to solve the problems presented to you. … Continue reading


I’ve been interested in the Naniwa 純白 (Junpaku/snow white/pure white) 8000 grit sharpening stone since I got my first Naniwa Chosera stones. The Snow White is not a part of the Chosera line, but it’s considered to be the poor man’s Chosera 10,000 grit stone, coming in at less than half the price of the 10k Chosera. It’s even cheaper than the Chosera #5000.

The problem was that the stone wasn’t available in Europe, so I asked knivesandtools.nl (where I bought my Chosera stones) if they would consider importing it. They did, and also sent me a stone for review! Knivesandtools.nl is their Dutch site. They also have an English site.

I’ve tried out the Snow White together with my 1k and 5k Chosera. It feels a lot like a Chosera stone in that it’s hard and fast cutting. I understand why people call it “the missing Chosera”. It’s of course smoother than the coarser stones, but it also feels much harder than the 5k stone.

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Last week, a couple of days before the Vixx concert, I went to a non K-Pop Korean concert that the South Korean embassy was arranging. Some musicians played classical western instruments, like piano and violin and others played traditional Korean instruments (gayageum, haegeum and daegeum). There was also a vocalist and a guitarist. They were all extremely good!

I really like the sound of the gayageum. The haegeum also has a frail but nice sound.

They performed both classical and traditional Korean pieces. The piece I liked the most was 바다의 사람들 (People of the Sea). You can check it out in the video below. It’s the same artist, Jung Ji-eun, that I saw.


At the end they performed Arirang, which feels pretty standard at a Korean culture event, mixing piano, violin, guitar and the traditional instruments. At first it sounded pretty plain, but after a while it turned into an upbeat fusion piece. Really good.



A week or so ago I got my Looney Tunes Golden Collection and the complete Death Note DVD box. One is pretty violent. I’m talking about Looney Tunes, of course ;) . No, really, it’s extremely violent. Death Note has nothing on it.

With this Looney Tunes box I got the classic Roadrunner and Coyote shorts that I wanted. And a ton of other classics. I’ve only watched a few – there are four discs per case. Not all are good, but it’s all quality animation. The one with the Coyote trying to steal sheep under the nose of the sheepdog is hilarious.

I actually re-watched Death Note recently, but it got me thinking that perhaps I should see if it’s available on Blu-ray. … Continue reading


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