Last month, I went to a Korean concert for the first time in my life.
No, not K-Pop. It’s K-Hiphop.
You know, in general, in the western side as well, music genres go like pop, rock, ballad, hiphop, country, etc. But what Korean music genre is known to the world the most must be K-pop. So, many outsiders would generalize about the nation. Actually, there are a lot more in that country’s scene. I must say I even like its R&B, too.
I like the rhythm of hiphop. But, I don’t wanna understand the whole of the song somehow. That matched me well with Korean Hiphop… just because I don’t understand it.
How I got into this would be a long story short when LINE TV was introduced around the 2nd quarter of 2015. As a new product back then, the content was majorly Korean. So, I started to search about those Korean groups on Youtube, and somehow came across Show Me The Money season 3, the Korean hiphop survival program. Since then, please talk K-hiphop to me: producers, labels, artists, etc. I became a vivid fan. This year it’s season 6, and I might go to its closing concert in Seoul this summer.
One of the strong label is AOMG, Above Ordinary Music Group, led by Jay Park who was once in 2PM but with … I would say an incident, he couldn’t stay. In the end, he came back to Korea with, I would say, a greater and better situation.
AOMG Concert Follow the Movement in Bangkok
was held on March 25, 2017 at Bangkok Convention Center. Guess what?
Yes, I went.
I was fortunate to receive a couple of free tickets from my friend who was a staff at the concert. It was a short notice, I would say, I was confirmed for the vacant tickets on that morning while I was in class. Why didn’t I pay at first? Because I want the most expensive ticket with a seat, I’m getting old and want to pay for my comfort. But in this case.. it’s a standing ticket for THB 4,900. So, I passed. Until a day before the concert that during our random conversations, a friend shared her weekend plan which included working at this concert! She even said none of her friends wanted to go to this one (It’s quite a niche) so she didn’t think I would be interested.
Unfortunately, this time the crew came only 5 people: Gray, Loco, Jay Park, DJ Pumpkin, Simon Dominic, without Hoody, my favourite lady.
Thailand is famous for food stalls on street. Actually, vendors would sell anything on street such as clothes, toys, etc. The sad truth is that there are venal officers who ask for the protection fee….rental fee…or any fees?
Good thing for consumers is that they are cheap and convenient but the bad sides are of course the hygiene of intakes, the hard-to-be-clean environment, and jammed atmosphere. You will find it difficult to walk on the pathway along the street because of these stores. But for the first couple times, these will still be interesting.
Recently, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has tried to clean up the pavement by asking the sellers to leave… some of my favourite shops didn’t even have time to tell their customers…
Let’s get down to our business today!
I personally don’t like too sweet stuff and would not have too much snack …but here is
My fave street food in Bangkok
Iced Thai milk tea “Cha-yen” ชาเย็น: THB 35 less sweet please. It’s my all-time fave drink. It’s difficult to find the thick, creamy, and less sweetened Cha-yen nowadays. oh if you find cake or ice-cream of Cha-yen, please do order them!
Iced Thai black tea “Cha-dam-yen” ชาดำเย็น: above one without milk. THB 25
Iced lemon tea: get this at Au Bon Pain!, a cafe chain. I like to order from any places but my fave is from that cafe.
Hot soy milk: less sweet
Crepe: it is thin and crispy with variety add-ons to be stuffed >> “Prik-pao moo-yhong crepe” for sweetened pork and chili paste. You just need to try it.
Roti: original one is thick but if with stuff inside would be thin >> banana and egg roti
“Ka-nom-tuay” ขนมถ้วย: sweet thing served in a small size. THB 25 for six
FRUITS ! fresh fruit is cheap here. Just pick whatever is attractive to you. I love coconut the most as well as the coconut ice-cream
“Som-tam” ส้มตำ: Som-tam is a kind of salad that sweet and “VERY Spicy.”
Grilled chicken “Kai-yaang” ไก่ย่าง >> The grilled chicken especially the one on stick is juicy and tasty.
“Rad-na” ราดหน้า: thin big noodle with pork and veggies topped with slimy sauce. I prefer this one to the famous Pad-thai though
Anything you wanna add on the list? Tell me!
Any questions on food? ask me : )
For other markets, check out these posts for vibes and splashy dishes
Unbelievably I drafted this content since last year. Now it’s time to publish.
1.Photos developed from films look attractive to me.
When I was in middle school, lomography was boom. Chic people in the school back then, they all own one of the lomographic camera such as Diana, Fisheye, etc. I follow their personal blogs and always found their photos attractive. However, asking for the camera to my parents would not be reasonable at the time..
Time passed like 10 years later, I left my first job. At the time I wanted to buy a camera. My choices were either a mirrorless one or a film camera.. So it would be my first self-financed camera. Since I wasn’t gaining a lot during a leap time, it was more financially reasonable that getting a digital one was an ultimate choice. So that I could just take a lot.
Still when I saw film photos, I still thought they were so attractive.
2. Timing and Time to wait
After I started my second job for a while, my artist feeling came back during my idle time. I don’t invest in any fashion items, I would just put my money in my travel fund and some kind of gadgets. At the time, I followed many Facebook film-camera merchant fanpages and instagrams to check on prices and some beginner tips. So I decided to give it a shot.
Advantages: It is light and compact. I could take numerous photos in one film since it is half-framed. Thus it is fun to be with.
Reason: I would like to get a film camera to test my taste as soon as possible. I was originally looking for Canon QL17 GIII since I have been researched on which model would be a great and worthy choice. I have found post selling that, but I was hesitating since it was my first time contacting to buy a some-number-handed film camera…. so someone else got it. Then, at the time there were not any sellers who posted about QL17 GIII, so I decided to go for Demi EE 17 first.
Drawbacks: It is really a rangefinder.. I mean there is no overlapped image inside the ช่องตา to check whether it is focused. I have to estimate well. I would say I have improved my skill of estimating and calculating Meters.
Behind story: This is only for this specific camera of mine that led to the decision to get the second one, the ASA meter could not be adjusted. So it stayed at ISO 100 all the time. Though it is ok to use ISO 100-200, but I would like to try out ISO 400 at night time and dimmed light as well as fast-moving objects as well. And especially,, I have already bought a couple ISO-400 films… T_T
Where I have brought you to travel: Bangkok by the river and in the city. Taiwan from Tainan to Taipei. Patthalung, the southern part of Thailand. Ari, a next neighborhood.
2nd Canon QL17 GIII
Advantages: Pocketable size, low tendency to be out of focus, and easy to find reviews.
Reason: It was my first chioce, so when I was during my Taiwan trip, I could not resist to PayPal it right away. (and that was when I knew how useful of it when having no use of OTP-functioned ways which need to send the code on my Thailand’s number.)
Behind story: During the Seoul trip, I had brought 3 different films with me to try out. I have finished the first roll on my last day of the trip even though it was just 36 shots – -. I thought that was bad enough that I had timidly shot during those 6 days. Until I ran back to the room and tried to remove the film…and turned out that I turned the film rewind instead of just raising it up…so it came off and could not be put back by anyone there….so I brought it back and get it reunited at a shop T_T Bye, a one-roll-of-film trip.
Where I have brought you to travel: Seoul, South Korea, into the winter of city and suburb’s skirt.
3rd Canon EX EE
Advantages: Focus. Interchangeable lens. You see what you’ll get.
Reason: I was looking for a SLR to be able to play with the focus and depth of field. Then I was looking for Olympus OM2n in the market for a while. The appearance and its aperture priority attract me. And I also would like to try the system/ process of other brands rather than Canon. Note: when I use my digital camera, most of the time I set it as aperture mode. (Though when I use above two camera, I always use manual mode and don’t rely on in-camera light metering at all.) But since new year, there have not been posted on any sites… then one day I came home and was about to pick up something for a friend from the storage room, then I had found a Kodak camera bag on the floor! Turned out inside it was this Canon EX EE with full-body original case, a lens cover, a small tripod and a Vivitar flash! and they were really really in a mint condition! My flash thought was there must be a visitor at my home who brought this for me today! Because before I bought my first film camera, I had already asked around my parents whether they had any available and working film cameras which we had found a couple compact and quite recent film cameras but they seems not working anymore. However, turned out it was my mom’s! She just found it while rearranging things in the room : ) I have always wanted to use a camera with an attached story from previous beloved owner like this one.
Drawbacks: the heaviest of all ! It was my first time to think that how could I travel with this? I would have to be really strong to carry around this thing the whole day during the whole trip : (
Where I have brought you to travel: Bangkok and surroundings
So, we went to this ski resort twice; once for skiing and the other for snowboarding.
This post will explain about how and why. Then another post here is including only photos.
Q: Why did we choose Jishan Ski Resort?
– Free shuttle bus back and forth especially from Hongdae area: since most of other free shuttle buses would leave from Gangnam area
– Leave from ski resort not too late: it leaves at 5:30 PM while at some other places would leave 6:30, I was afraid we would get back to the city too late and too lazy to do other things
– It takes only about 1:30 hr to go there: I don’t want a long-hour bus trip
Q: How to go with the free shuttle bus? I stay around Hongdae (Sangsu Station to be specific), so the closest bus pick-up point was Sincheon.
Bus departure time from Sincheon is 7:50 am. So I would advise to get there around 7:30 am. When the time is reaching, you will find other people lining up.
Category: Walk Place/Activity: Wandering around Bukchon Hanok while wearing Hanbok
Subway: Anguk exit 3
We were there in the morning, so we were searching for a Korean restaurant but turned out they were closed for breakfast and will be opened about 11am for lunch time.
We ended up at a cafe called Athena. They had a breakfast set for a choice of huge muffin with a cup of hot Americano for KRW 5,000. Free wifi and toilet are also available.
We walked up from the cafe to the tourist information center to get a map. Then before crossing the road, my friend saw a hanbok-rental shop, 3355 shop. We went down to the basement to check them out.
At first, I was still indecisive whether to wear it because I thought it would make me clumsy while walking up and down the hills with my cameras. But then, I was turning the first dress on the row just to check out while my friend was choosing hers…. turned out I then finished with wearing it on, choosing a purse and completing with a hairpiece before my friend did T_T
Ok. So. It is sitting on my phone screen for almost a year now. But I just knew that it can do much more than just simply “text on photos” like their tagline says.
I just found out about their comprehensive skills last night…. (What!) I got tricked by their clean and sleek UI back then lol. I was just feeling sad that how could I overlook this wonderful app.
What I originally want on the app:
Add many texts on one photo
Fast and not bulky
Save to gallery for free
What they actually offer: > Common features:
Add texts on the photos. Anywhere.
No application’s watermark at all (for free!)
Various font styles offered
Able to save on the phone or share to somewhere else like Instagram
> Beyond-expected features:
Install more fonts! By our choices. It is spectacular! especially for adding other languages rather than the existing English fonts which are a lot already.
Photos on photo. sometimes I just need to reinstall my other apps just to do this.
Preset ‘word’ list. (I am still searching for preset word list with saved ‘font style’, that could me a logo)
Background style: the frame, lines, price tag, etc. T_T
And many many more I am still discovering : D
I just paid for the ad-free version since I would like to stick around the app for a while.
I gotta tell you that I first installed this application because I wanted to add some quotes on my photos… which I have never done till now. Also I thought it could set and embed some personal watermarks which I have not found out about this yet (would not say they don’t have it though haha.)
Several FREE offered features here are need-to-be-paid on other applications that I would not list them here 😃
Just try Phonto first!
Till next time,
I switched to edit things on my mobile instead of editing on laptop since I have found myself doing it so slow and procrastinating it a lot when decided to do on laptop back then (Lightroom..Photoshop… T_T) and the results are not that different.
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