Taeyeon Mini Album “I” Review!

Soulful, touching, funky and emotional, these are the words that pop into my head whenever I listen to SNSD Taeyeon’s debut solo mini album! Taeyeon is known as the best vocalist in SNSD and now she finally has the chance to show off her talent as a solo artist. That doesn’t mean she left her beloved group, but this does gives her the opportunity to be on her own.

This album has a very different vibe from her SNSD music, it appears more mature!  Taeyeon is embracing her talent and emerging fresh out of her SNSD persona. This is refreshing and different from the cutesy image the Korean audience usually expects from Korean artists/idols.  Taeyeon is not a teenage idol anymore and now she is showcasing a sassier side of her musical talent. This album is titled “I” and it consists of six singles:

1. I – featuring Verbal Jint

2. U R

3. Gemini

4. Stress

5. Farewell 

6. I – Instrumental Version

The “I” album already triumphed in all digital charts in Korea, topped iTunes main album charts in 12 Asian countries and also reached top 10 in iTunes main album charts in countries like Canada, Sweden, Hungary, New Zealand, and USA. This makes it 23 countries where the album reached top 10 on iTunes main album charts. This is quite an achievement for a recent foreign album release. The genres of this album are mainly ballads, and a little bit of R&B!

Each song from this album is unique and meaningful, her debut single “I” featuring Verbal Jint is powerful and uplifting. The music video for this single is shot in beautiful New Zealand, it also presents two sides of Taeyeon, her carefree side and the her other self that seems to be stuck in a rut and unhappy. In the end, Taeyeon breaks free and goes to meet her old carefree self. This is an inspiring song showing how Taeyeon must have felt in the music industry and losing sight of her true self. There are other wonderful ballads from this album such as “U R” and “Gemini”, her voice really shines through and some aspect of her vocal work has slight similarities to Mariah Carey. A perfect example of this is in her song “Gemini”, her vocal range shifts, softly hitting those high notes.

Shifting away from her ballads, Taeyeon’s song “Stress” is the only song with a more upbeat rhythm, a sassy song about a breakup, in the chorus she sings “You got me smokin’ cigarettes , I’m in stress baby” . I don’t know how this part of the lyrics will be perceived by the public/fans, but I love it and it shows a more mature side of Taeyeon. It is about time the cutesy image is replaced with an adult persona, let’s face it, she is twenty seven now, not seventeen anymore.

I imagine listening to this album on a road trip, the songs are soothing and enjoyable! If you want something upbeat, listen to “Stress”, if you are in the mood for a soulful song “U R” is the one for you. Download the new album now and you will experience music heaven!

Thanks again for reading my album review, please come again and see you soon!

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Be Thankful Challenge!

Hello everyone,

I was invited by fellow blogger, ScaleSimple, to complete the “Be Thankful Challenge” and I gladly accept the offer.

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The Challenge rules

  • Share this image in your bog post
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

5 People I am Thankful For

  1. My mom. She is inspiring with her perseverance!
  2. My coworker, I’m lucky to work with great person who is pleasant and kind, both of us are also nerds.
  3. My friends, I have the best friends anyone can ask for, they are supportive when I need comforting, I am truly lucky to have them in my life.

I know the rules state to list five people, but I can’t think of anyone else so I’m going to leave it at three.

5 Things I am Thankful For In 2015

  1. Being a bridesmaid! It was my first time being a bridesmaid and it was an unforgettable experience. I get to feel like a princess for a day and it was magical, I also caught the bouquet 🙂
  2. Going back to school! I finally have the opportunity to chase my ideal career path and I am so excited for the opportunity.
  3. Learning from my challenges! I have learned that it is vital to have a positive mentality, this year I learned to look at my challenges and thinking about how I can learn from the difficulties.
  4. Meeting new people! Making new friends is great and I love it, I am fortunate to have met new people this year.
  5. My job! Even though my current job is not my ideal career path, I am grateful for having it and I also got a raise this year, so thumbs up for that!

5 Nominations For This Challenge

  1. Genki Jason – As someone who loves Asian movies, this is one of my favorite blogs on WordPress! He writes Asian movie/drama reviews, as well as anime reviews.
  2. Merzybean is one of my friends in real life, not just in the blogging world. She writes engaging and fun posts about popular culture!
  3. You can’t go wrong with this blog, BlackSeatMafia will bring you various posts about music, film, theater and art.
  4.  I love Talk About Beauty‘s posts, she writes about beauty and travelling, two of my favorite things.
  5. Jackie Smith 114 is a great blog, she is writer and she also writes book reviews!

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Alright, that concludes my Be Thankful Challenge post, I hope you guys enjoyed it and I look forward to read answers from the fellow bloggers I nominated.

See you all very soon!

Be Thankful Challenge!

Hello everyone,

I was invited by fellow blogger, ScaleSimple, to complete the “Be Thankful Challenge” and I gladly accept the offer.

thankfull

The Challenge rules

  • Share this image in your bog post
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

5 People I am Thankful For

  1. My mom. She is inspiring with her perseverance!
  2. My coworker, I’m lucky to work with great person who is pleasant and kind, both of us are also nerds.
  3. My friends, I have the best friends anyone can ask for, they are supportive when I need comforting, I am truly lucky to have them in my life.

I know the rules state to list five people, but I can’t think of anyone else so I’m going to leave it at three.

5 Things I am Thankful For In 2015

  1. Being a bridesmaid! It was my first time being a bridesmaid and it was an unforgettable experience. I get to feel like a princess for a day and it was magical, I also caught the bouquet 🙂
  2. Going back to school! I finally have the opportunity to chase my ideal career path and I am so excited for the opportunity.
  3. Learning from my challenges! I have learned that it is vital to have a positive mentality, this year I learned to look at my challenges and thinking about how I can learn from the difficulties.
  4. Meeting new people! Making new friends is great and I love it, I am fortunate to have met new people this year.
  5. My job! Even though my current job is not my ideal career path, I am grateful for having it and I also got a raise this year, so thumbs up for that!

5 Nominations For This Challenge

  1. Genki Jason – As someone who loves Asian movies, this is one of my favorite blogs on WordPress! He writes Asian movie/drama reviews, as well as anime reviews.
  2. Merzybean is one of my friends in real life, not just in the blogging world. She writes engaging and fun posts about popular culture!
  3. You can’t go wrong with this blog, BlackSeatMafia will bring you various posts about music, film, theater and art.
  4.  I love Talk About Beauty‘s posts, she writes about beauty and travelling, two of my favorite things.
  5. Jackie Smith 114 is a great blog, she is writer and she also writes book reviews!

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Alright, that concludes my Be Thankful Challenge post, I hope you guys enjoyed it and I look forward to read answers from the fellow bloggers I nominated.

See you all very soon!

Giving thanks!

Hello everyone,

Canada is celebrating Thanksgiving in October, in case our American neighbors didn’t know! This week I sat down with my students and asked them to share what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving. Keep in mind, these are four to six year olds and some of the responses will make you chuckle, while others will make you think.

Common answers I received are (my toys, video games, Halloween and parties), then there were the more meaningful answers such as (my family, my dog, having a roof over my head, food and my cousins). This got me thinking how much we take for granted the simple pleasures of life and how preoccupied we become with materialistic needs. I am not going to lie and I’ll confess to you that I used to be very materialistic, having luxury and brand name goods (which I can’t afford anyway) made me think this is what it means to live a good/successful life. I felt like this is what I need to have to feel thankful and happy in life, but I was wrong. I believe that the older we get, the wiser we become and I am simply turning into an adult (even if I don’t like) and begin to view life differently. If something were to happen to you (knock on wood), lost someone, lost your home or your job, that Gucci bag is not going to make you feel better. It is an item you will have that doesn’t bring any value to your life.

My goal for this year is to learn to be thankful for the important things in my life that I take for granted! Here is my thankful list:

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1. Having a roof over my head! There are so many people who live homeless and long for a warm home t, I am lucky to have a home.

2. Food! Hunger is one of the issues in the world that is still not resolved, people die from hunger everyday. I am fortunate to have food on the table every day.

3. A job! Sometimes my job can drain my energy and frustrate me, but there are many people who would do anything to be employed. That’s why I have chosen to focus on the positive aspect of my job, the kids! These kids have brought a smile on face many times when I didn’t feel happy, I am thankful they cheer me up (I work in daycare btw).

4. Loyal friends! Meeting trustworthy people is hard, especially people who can be loyal to you. I am fortunate to have a few close friends that are always there for me when I needed it the most. You guys are the best, you know who you are 🙂

5. Making new friends! I made lots of new friends thanks to my best friend, while we were attending her wedding festivities,.It felt great to come out of my shell and be more social!

6. My mom! My family is very small, but it is enough! I am thankful for my mom who is a true fighter, coming to a new country and starting over. She is a true warrior!

7. Clothes! Nothing more to say about this one, it’s that simple.

8. Music! I guess that’s a random point, but I love music! It bring me life and joy, I am very passionate about it and I love to put on my headphones and forget about everything. Music is truly a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

9. Going back to school! I was lucky enough to find a good program at my old university, that’s only four courses and it will lead me to my ideal career path. 

10. Being healthy! I think this one should’ve been number one on the list, but there is nothing more important than your health. 

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There we go, that’s my thankful list, now it’s your turn! Share with me one thing you are thankful for this year and why 🙂

I look forward to read what you guys have to say! Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

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