KPOP Song of the Week – “Hello” by Cho Yong Pil

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For this weeks Modern Seoul KPOP Song of the Week we’ve chosen “Hello” (헬로) by Cho Yong Pil (조용필). It was released this past Tuesday April 23rd and has amassed just short of 300,000 views on Youtube. Here are our reasons for choosing “Hello” for our song of the week:

  • Firstly the song has a more unique style and sound which is a nice change of pace.
  • Secondly the video has a cool storyline and it matches well to the song. Plus it’s enjoyable to watch.
  • Finally Cho Yong Pil is old, maybe 40 years older than everyone else in the KPOP charts currently, but this song doesn’t sound dated.
  • On the negative side; the video intro is too long.

Cho Yong Pil Hello Video

More Information on Cho Yong Pil

Cho Yong Pil Hello Briefly

Basic Background: Cho Yong Pil is 63 and was born in Hwaseong, South Korea. His career started back in the 1960’s. He…

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Panda Girls

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So I walk through the ticket gates, and there in front of me is a girl standing in front of a local map getting directions.

Like most girls in Japan, she’s slim and pretty.

Like most girls in Japan, she has a distinct sense of fashion.

But something’s strange – she has the head of a bloody panda!

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She clearly likes animals…hanging from her bag: not only more bears but a variety of creatures including worms, snakes and a chicken’s head.

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There was a weird trend going on here last winter of bear-headed girls.

Not only did one see pandas everywhere around Tokyo, but also other types of bear – like this polar bear-headed girl at Shinjuku.

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Now I’m all for expressing oneself through fashion, and we all know pandas are popular in Japan (see here and here), but this I simply can’t fathom.

What is going on?

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The Reef

A Certain Slant of Light Photography

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Coral Reefs don’t just look pretty – they also provide a home to over a quarter of marine life. Formed by calcium carbonate secretions of corals, these structures are extremely fragile because they are sensitive to the temperature of the water. It is a delight to see all the different fishes swim among the many nooks and crannies, almost like a scene out of Finding Nemo.

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Shipwrecked

A Certain Slant of Light Photography

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The shipwreck exhibit is one of the aquarium tanks in the SEA Aquarium in Marine Life Park, Marina Bay Sands Resorts World Singapore. It is the first tank visitors see, and is pretty small but artfully presented.

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.
– Willa Cather

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Writing a Blog Without The Internet is Hard – And They Were All Reading

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Judith here:

Writing a blog without the internet is really hard. Today Scott was home and we went to our local science center to get in some fun family/homeschool time in. When we came back our local cable guy was here ready to get us a faster internet. The only problem was it took forever. In our home we have no cable just the internet and everything is run on the internet. So no movies, no TV, and no computers games.

So I went out to the garden to do a little weeding and when I came in it was so quiet in my home. I walked into the living room and there were all three of my children from ages 7-16 sitting reading. It was so cool.

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