Goodbye Wonder Girls

When I first got into Kpop, thanks to PSY, I was searching for other Kpop artists and I discovered Kara and Wonder Girls. These two girls groups led me to finding out more amazing Kpop musicians.

This week I woke up to the news I didn’t want to read, Wonder Girls are officially disbanding. I’ve heard and read rumors about their so called disbandment, but I disregarded it because they had a successful comeback. Why would a group disband if they did well? It was upsetting to read the news, especially when I’ve been listening to their music since 2012. That’s a long time.

For those of you who haven’t heard Wonder Girls, they are a South Korean girl group who debuted in 2007 with their album “The Wonder Years”. The original members of the group were Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye, Yeeun and Hyuna. Hyuna was not part of the group for too long, due to problems with chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells. However, Hyuna ended up being part of another popular Kpop band, 4 Minute which also disbanded last year. Following Hyuna’s exit, in autumn 2007, the talent agency Good Entertainment sent their trainee Yubin to JYP Entertainment to replace Hyuna. Yubin made her debut in their popular music video, “Tell Me”.

Image result for wonder girls debut
The original lineup! Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Hyuna and Sunmi.
Image result for wonder girls debut
Group lineup, after Hyuna’s departure! Yenny, Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye and Yubin.

Wonder Girls have quite a legacy in South Korea, they are known as one of the top girl groups in the Kpop industry, along with other legendary groups. Wonder Girls had a tremendous success, very quickly they began to release chart topping hits like “Tell Me”, “So Hot” and “Nobody”. They were unstoppable and ready tot take over the world with their music. In 2009, it was announced they would go and try to breakthrough the US music market. They debuted with an English version of their song, “Nobody” and recording a new album. In that same year, JYP announced Wonder Girls will be joining the Jonas Brothers on tour. Considering their successful career, there have been a number of member lineup changes. In 2010, Sunmi postponed her music career to pursue her academic career, it was not certain when she would return to JYP again. Following her departure, Hyerim (Lim) a JYP trainee was chosen as Sunmi’s replacement. The group continued to promote their music, while actively working in South Korea and America.

Image result for wonder girls debut
Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Yubin and Hyerim.

In 2012, Sunye announced she would be getting married in January 2013! JYP, the CEO of the JYP Entertainment announced the group would go on hiatus. Many fans feared the group will disband, but JYP reassured there was not such thing. On June 24, 2015, it was announced the Wonder Girls would be making a comeback as a band. Yet again, more lineup changes happened with Sunmi returning to the Wonder Girls and Sunye and Sohee ending their contracts with JYP Entertainment. On August 3 2015, they released their comeback album, “Reboot”. To this day this is one of my favorite albums by the Wonder Girls, with their 1980s inspired tunes. The girls took their talent one step further by learning to play an instrument, compose and write their own songs. “Reboot” was a successful album earning a number five spot of the Gaon Album Chart and number two on the Billboard World Albums. Following the success of the their previous album, the Wonder Girls released a new single, “Why So Lonely”, in the summer of 2016.

Image result for wonder girls reboot

Image result for wonder girls why so lonely
Final member lineup. Yenny, Yubin, Hyerim and Sunmi.

Now it is time to say goodbye! There are many questions as to why the group is disbanding, some have stated it is because JYP invests more time and money to promote newer groups. Yubin and Hyerim have renewed their contacts, while Sunmi and Yenny did not. According to some reports, Sunmi and Yenni are meeting with new agencies to continue working as musicians and hopefully continuing their activities as the Wonder Girls. It’s not certain how that would work out, considering they might be with different companies. Nevertheless, I know they will do what’s best for them and their career.

We are saying goodbye to ten wonderful years with the Wonder Girls, they have left behind wonderful music and memories. I may have not followed them from their debut days, but I am happy I got to know them before their disbandment. The girls will be releasing their final single on February 10.

Good luck and thank you for everything Wonder Girls, you were wonderful! We will miss you.

Image result for wonder girls band

 

 

Advertisements

The Future of This Blog?

Do not let the title of this post scare you, I am not closing my blog.

As you all know, I have made so many changes to this blog, from the content of the blog, to the title and layout. When I called my blog, “Lights, Camera, Play”, I thought that would be it for blog changes.

However, I’ve recently felt the need to write about more topics i.e. some of my favorite movies, TV shows, books, nerdy things i.e. attending Comic Con or FanExpo and much more. I have limited the content of this blog to music and photography. I am itching to write about more of my favorite things from popular culture, but now I feel like there is a barrier.

Being a blogger is not easy, especially if you want your social media platform to grow. A while back when I first started this blog, I began reading about how to have a successful blog. In the article it said it is preferable to focus on one or two topics. At that time I wrote about fashion, music, books, fitness, a little bit of everything. That’s why I decided to limit my blog to two topics, now I have a dilemma again. I promise I’ll figure it out but in the mean time I’ll continue to post on this blog.

Also, I have created another blog about lifestyle. It is called Daily Talk, please check it out. I mainly write about food, fitness, beauty, travel and motivational posts. Daily Talk is a hobby blog, this blog is my main one and for professional purposes.

When I figure out what exactly I want to do my current blog, I’ll let you all know.

Thanks for reading and see you soon! 

Top 10 Locations for Photography in Toronto!

Happy New Year everyone,

I wish you all great health, happiness, success and peace of mind for 2017. A new year means new chances and new opportunities!

With that being said, it is time to move on to today’s topic and today we will talk about the best photography locations in Toronto. I am a huge lover of photography, and  Toronto is a dynamic city and there are some great spots for taking photos.

So let’s take a look at my top 10 picks.

 

1.Scarborough Bluff Park

Image result for scarborough bluff park

For beautiful scenic photos, Scarborough Bluff is the place to explore. The Bluff Park is located in the Scarborough district, which forms much of eastern portion of the Toronto waterfront. I went to the park for the first time last summer and it was stunning, there are some hiking trails and of course, the beach. You will feel as if you have gone on a tropical vacation, well almost.

2. Distillery District

Image result for distillery district

The Distillery District has an industrial look, but yet classy. It is located east of downtown and  it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Dstillery (former distiller of alcoholic beverages). The architecture depicts the Victorian era industrial look, it is quite beautiful and different from the typical city architecture. I like going there because it feels like you are somewhere else, I love historic architecture more than modern design.

3. Graffiti Alley

Image result for graffiti alley

Street art is my favorite and the Graffiti Alley has endless alleys of graffiti art. The Graffiti Alley is located in the Fashion District, and it runs south of Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street beginning at 1 rush lane. It has a unique charm and it is a great spot for edgier photos.

4. Evergreen Brick Works

Image result for evergreen brickworks

Evergreen Brick works is a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River Valley. The park offers lots of fun activities and events for the family such as farmers market, restaurants and shops. Evergreen Brick Works has a lovely view of downtown Toronto, surrounded by trees. This is also a great spot for hiking, and discovering new spots in the park to gain a different perspective of the city.

5. Harbourfront.

Image result for harbourfront toronto

The Harbourfront in our city is dynamics place, there is so much to see and do. You will get a great view of Lake Ontario, the beautiful harbour and a view of the Toronto Islands.

6. Toronto Islands

Image result for toronto islands

The islands are buzzing with people in the summer time, there is so much to see and explore. The islands offers a wonderful view of the Toronto’s skylines, while exploring the islands you will finds many beaches, gardens, the lighthouse and so much more.

7. Toronto Light Festival

Image result for toronto light festival

There is something brand new coming to Toronto this winter to keep us entertained and encourage us to leave our house without hibernating all the way till Spring. The Toronto Light Festival will be running from January 27 to March 12, 2017! According to their website, you are expected to see this at the festival. I am personally very excited about this one, and I can’t wait to go and explore the cool light installations.

Discover lighting creations of
every size and type.

View installations appearing
to float in the sky.

Experience magical light sculptures, breath taking light canopies, neon artworks & futuristic laser formations.

8. Polson Pier

Image result for polson pier

Polson Pier was previously known as, The Docks Waterfront Entertainment Complex, it is located in the largely industrial Port Lands area along the shore of Toronto Harbour. It is a great spot for photography because it offers a different angle of the city, and it looks very interesting in the winter time when everything is frozen.

9. Humber Bay Arch Bridge

Image result for humber bay arch bridge

This summer I decided to go on a short photography trip to the Humber Bay Bridge, it is located south of Lakeshore Blvd. West. It has a stunning scenic lookout of the city, if you ever come down to south Etobicoke, make sure you come down for a visit.

10. Young-Dundas Square

Image result for yonge and dundas square

Think of it as a smaller version of Times Square! I was lucky enough to complete my undergraduate degree in the heart of downtown Toronto, so that meant I was always in Younge-Dundas Square. This part of the city is buzzing with people and it is probably the busiest spot in the city. You will find large billboards, street performers and many exciting events happening there. It’s a must see.

Ok, this concludes today’s top 10 list pf photography spots in Toronto! Of course, there are many more places, so I’ll be writing a part two post soon.

I’m curious to know, which is your favorite photography location in Toronto. Let me know in the comments below, and with that being said I’ll see you all soon!