Can’t Say Much for the Lyrics…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 25, 2008

… But I love this video and BoA’s dancing. My study breaks for the next week or two will probably consist exclusively of me trying to imitate her moves in this version of the music video for “Eat You Up.” I’m a little hopeless when it comes to dance, but it’s something I’ve always enjoyed.

BoA, for those of you less familiar with Asian pop culture, is basically the queen of Korean pop and has a strong presence elsewhere in Asia as well. Her record company is preparing her U.S. debut, and while her music isn’t to my usual tastes, I’m still hoping it makes quite a splash since I obviously wouldn’t object to people of Asian descent having more of an impact on American pop culture.

BoA: Eat You Up

There’s an official American version for this video that’s substantially different in a very bad way. I’m hoping her record company goes with this one in the states.

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Another Week in London…

Posted in week in review by bluewellesleyblue on October 5, 2008

I’ve been in London now for about two weeks and a half. It doesn’t seem that long until I think about how one term is really only about ten or eleven weeks. I’m going to miss everyone I’ve met here so much! If anyone leans towards international politics, history, or development economics when it comes to their academic interests, I highly recommend attending SOAS for a term or a year if they have the chance to study abroad. It has been really refreshing to meet people who are so well-traveled, internationally minded, and politically aware as so many of the students here are. Here are some of the other things that have been on my mind this past week:

1. Miss Couturable wrote a nice little post about just how important it is for young women today to be confident and assert themselves. As a college student about to enter the workforce herself, I’m painfully aware about how many disadvantages women tend to face post-college. So remember: do not fear salary negotiation and while there’s still a double-standard at times when it comes to how we conduct ourselves in an office setting (that dude is just being a leader but you’re being a bitch for doing the same thing, in essence), it is important to take a stand when the situation demands. I can’t help but advocate for all high school aged women to seriously consider schools like Wellesley because it is quite empowering.

2. I have this kind of old Ebay-purchased Kenneth Cole bag of dubious provenance – the logo is in a different font from the current Kenneth Cole New York one – but it has been my indispensable going out bag for the last two years. Tragedy of tragedies one end of the strap has broken clean off the metal ring holding it to the rest of the bag! I’m going to go to a shoe repair place and hope that they can sew it back together. I feel quite lost without it!

3. My love of food is quite profound and since clothes tend to be a touch too expensive for my budget here, I’ve spent a great deal more time grocery shopping and searching for the best prices on various things. I was saddened to discover that Chinese groceries – the vegetables I’m accustomed to stir frying and eating as well as the century eggs I like to have with tofu, which gross out pretty much everyone else I know – are among the things that are more than double the price they would sell for in the US. Tragedy again! In truth though, food is not necessarily more expensive here, and my budget’s not hurting too much.

4. I am, unusually for me, suffering from a bit of fashion fatigue as of late. My excuse is schoolwork, though there really isn’t that much to do yet since the term here has only just started.

5. This is a little random – a music recommendation though I think it’s a group most people have already encountered at some point or another – but I am becoming ridiculously fond of Stars and practically every song in their album Set Yourself on Fire is beautiful. My favorite is “Your Ex-Lover is Dead.”

Here’s to hoping for another good week!

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I Think I’ll Go to Boston…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 25, 2008

It has been raining all day here in the greater Boston area, but that could not dampen my enthusiasm for going to see Augustana. Every since hearing their hit single “Boston,” which I personally find extraordinarily relevant to anyone who come here from far away as a college student, I’ve been hooked. Their most recent release, Can’t Love Can’t Hurt, is also very nice. I really like their lyrics and the kind of soft pop-rock sound they have. Since it was a free promotional event, the concert at the Prudential Center wasn’t very long – three or four songs: “Boston”, “Sweet and Low”, and “Fire” for sure – but I was really excited to finally get the chance to see them live.

Three of the five band members were present, and I bought a copy of the album which is now signed. I also got to shake hands with them, and I’m cursing myself right now for not asking if I could snap a closer up picture of them since I was standing pretty far from the stage and only got picture and videos of their main vocalist. I couldn’t even see the other two from where I was standing for most of the performance. They were all really nice and polite to the fans who wanted to get their CDs signed even if it seemed as if they were in a hurry. I was really giddy and happy for a while after the concert and signing ended since this is pretty much my first chance to see a band I really like up close.

I went to the Marc by Marc Jacobs store and the H&M before heading back to campus. Alas, they do not have those evening bags in any color but black, and I was really disappointed. Like I mentioned, more and more fall/winter H&M stuff is arriving at their Newbury Street location.

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