So, I’ve not actually started my new exercise regime just yet but it’s definitely in the pipeline. I was meant to start last week but I caught a virus and was at home resting for two days. It was not pretty. Since then, I’ve not really had the time to start but I did wear my new trainers for the first time on Saturday – they gave me a blister! I was not impressed! These teething problems are to be expected though.
I’m approaching this exercise stuff from an easy going point of view – I want to do it for fun, not as a complete lifestyle change. I like carbs far too much to give them up (especially cake, I can’t imagine a life without cake; sometimes I’ll just have cake for dinner). Part of my relaxed approach is to have a fun workout playlist to listen to. I spent some time the other day creating what I think will be the perfect playlist – and it’s all K-pop songs! Hurrah!
K-pop Workout Playlist:
1. SNSD – Run Devil Run*
2. T-ara – I Go Crazy Because of You
3. Park Bom – You and I
4. Chae Yeon – Shake
5. SNSD – Girls’ Generation
6. T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep
7. Wonder Girls – 2 Different Tears (Korean Version)
8. Sandara – Kiss
9. SNSD – Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)
10. IVY – Touch Me
11. T-ara & Supernova – TTL Listen 2
12. SNSD – Gee
* = power song
I think it’s a pretty good playlist for working out. It’s got a lot of fast paced songs with lots of thumping, hard beats to really encourage you to push that bit further! A couple of songs are a bit slower, but they have really strong choruses. Like Park Bom’s You & I is a slower, mid-tempo ballad but all the emotion is going to spurn me on! The power song, SNSD’s Run Devil Run, is the song I’m going to listen to to give me a bit of a boost! At the moment it’s first to place but we’ll see how it goes.
Hopefully I’ll get to go on a run soon and this playlist will help me concentrate and focus. Jia you!
I know I’ve not actually posted this post yet but I have gone on a run! I’ve gone on two with varying degrees of success. I’m not try to run too hard and stress myself out or injure myself so when I run I take a lot of breaks and walk a lot too. The first one I ran with my friend who runs often and is very health conscious and he gave me lots of tips. The second run was hampered by my agonising hay fever which meant I couldn’t breathe properly and everyone knows breathing properly is crucial when doing exercise. However, the playlist worked really well! I did have to chuckle to myself though – Run Devil Run whilst running? The irony is not lost on me. I’ve not yet had a chance to run again but I might try to go tonight! Jia you! Cheer me on ;_; It’s far too much hardwork!
Why isn’t Ivy getting more recognition? I know about the controversy from before, but she’s back with a great album and a voice that is better than 80% of the K-pop world at the moment. I know she covets controversy too (poor Nichkhun) but she has so much talent. I feel bad for her. Anyways, she actually has a new song to promote. Goodbye Tear is a beautiful ballad and she really shows off her softer side.
So, I thought I’d post my own End of Year Music Award list ^_^ This is just my own opinions but I thought it’d be fun. So, without further ado~
Favourite Korean Artist
Winner – T-ara
T-ara are definitely my favourite k-pop artist at the moment. I like them over other favourites, SNSD, Wonder Girls, 2PM and so on. It’s for a few reasons. Firstly, Good Person (their unofficial debut) is a great song. It’s a great ballad that really showed the girls can sing. I think sometimes the k-pop world is all about great pop music and the concept, but they forget the singing. It’s clear to me that T-ara has members that can out sing many other members of bands. That brings me neatly on to Soyeon. I *love* Soyeon. She’s a fantastic singer and is amazingly beautiful. Plus, she’s an 87er and that’s the same as me! When I found out that she got dropped from SNSD because she was an 87er then I just loved her even more. She’s definitely my favourite~ Lastly, they have great songs. Good Person, Lies, TTL, TTL Listen 2, Apple is A, Like The First Time, Bo Peep Bo Peep, that’s 7 songs they’ve released and all of them are great and that’s not to mention their album. The girls aren’t afraid to change their concept and I think they work harder than any other band at the moment. I have so much respect for them. This is the year of T-ara~
Notable mentions – SNSD, Ivy, 2PM, Chae Yeon
Favourite Korean Song
Winner – SNSD – Gee
Gee is by far my most played song ever. It has probably 500+ hits (I’ve had to reformat my computer a couple of times). It’s so insanely catchy and the dance routine is hilariously good. I want to learn it ;_; I want to bust out some moves walking along the street. You know you have that song you listen to and suddenly you find yourself skipping down the street as if you’re 7 years old and it’s Summer? Gee does this to me :)
Notable mentions – T-ara & Supernova – TTL Listen 2, Chae Yeon – Shake, 2PM – Heartbeat, Ivy – Touch Me
Stay tuned for my personal favourites from the J-pop world and the C-pop world; what are your favourite 2009 artists?
I’m rather sad that Ivy’s promo work hasn’t been as full on as it should have been. She’s a great performer and her latest album was pretty slick, mature with a very edgy euro electropop style, something that I feel is generally missing from the K-pop scene at the moment. She’s not afraid to push boundries and she should be given lots of respect for not being afraid to do her own thing. She performed Touch Me at the MAMAs, which was great! Very proud of her! Check out the performance below.
For the MAMA awards, Ivy and 2PM’s Nichkhun gave a special collaboration performance! Check it out!
Ivy recently made a comeback with her lead single Touch Me (cue much controversy) and new album, I Be… One of the songs on there is the rather splendid pop song, You Are The Ace. It borrows heavily from early 2000s Timbaland’s production style with Middle Eastern influences and instruments. Ivy gives a very polished vocal. The song is very euro-pop, but I think most Asian pop music is like that.
I love the Inkigayo performances, everyone always brings their best. Ivy continues her comeback with a pretty flawless performance of Touch Me on Inkigayo’s stage. It’s pretty cool to see a veteran up their, out performing many of the rookies. Good luck to her ^_^
I did have a much longer post here, but the internets ate it ;_;
So enjoy Ivy’s PV for Touch Me~