KDrama and KPOP Concert Reviews, Travel Tips, Korean Recipes and more
My first encounter with KPOP was sometime in 2009 when I discover the KVariety show, “Family Outing”. Daesung from BigBang was one of the original members and I quickly began to enjoy watching his easy going personality. His laughter and eye smiles were pretty engaging too. Then G Dragon went on the show as a guest, which meant of course I had to go onto to YouTube to watch their music videos to see why the others were making such as fuss about him being on the show. Once I watched a couple of music videos of course I was hooked and have been a fan ever since.
Although BigBang was my first KPOP crush, I have over the years discovered that I have very eclectic tastes and enjoy the songs and personalities of many groups.
Do you only like KPOP?
Nope, I like it all. Drama Fever says I’ve watched 93 KDramas so far, but that doesn’t count the ones I’ve watched elsewhere. My favorite is probably still “Secret Garden”, but “Kill Me, Heal Me” is up near the top of the list too. Edit. Loved “W” and “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” and watching “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” right now.
I also enjoy a lot of Kvariety shows with Running Man being my current favorite. HaHa really liked my jacket when I spoke with him at a fan meet, so that was amazing.
Games, sports and having fun seem to be a huge part of Korean culture and I love seeing everyone, including idols and actors, playing games, laughing and having a good time. I also enjoy learning about and recreating some of the games they play. I’m still not very good at Alkkagi, although I’m pretty good at Yut.
And food, who could not enjoy all the great Korean food? I have too many favorites to list here, but the hotteok sold on the streets of Insadong was amazing. One of the first things I’ll be eating on my next trip.
And lastly, who could forget the mention all the kind and friendly people we met and spoke with, who were ever helpful, curious, and willing to share their time and culture with us.
Why ‘the jacket lady’?
Christmas 2013 my daughter gifted me with a jacket with a machine embroidered BigBang patch on the front. I was planning on going to a BAP concert in April 2014 and decided I should perhaps hand embroider a patch to commemorate that occasion. Then another patch followed and then another, and the rest, as they say, is history. Once the jacket gained a certain number of patches, people began to recognize it, and not knowing my name people started calling me the “jacket lady”. The name stuck.
The jacket has drawn attention and I have been interviewed about it a few times in various locations, such as LA, Dallas, and Austin. You can also follow me on Instagram to see more of my antics and that of my jacket!
The new jacket has started going places too, like to HyunA’s Dallas concert & Kpop Night Out @SXSW, at which I got to meet some really cool people at the pre party before the show, including Brad Moore from Busker Busker.