BLACKPINK (블랙핑크) – How You Like That: MV Review

As part of getting back on track, we will now review BLACKPINK’s first (and only?) song for this year, How You Like That.

Given YG’s tendencies, expect that this will be BP’s only song for 2020. As this is the second time reviewing the MV as a Blink, how will the author rate it?

Review proper

With respect to appearance, Lisa for the first time donned her short hair. Also, Jennie and Rosé changed their hair colors to white.

Let’s talk about visuals. Primarily, Jennie is being shown in a blue background with moving lights, as if she is swimming. On the other hand, Rosé made an effort to “dance” with the nature, as shown in her swaying inside the forest.

How about the Trojan horse shown at near-end? This they ask how do we like being betrayed and being fooled around. As to the oilrigs under the snow, we have to look yet for the deeper meaning behind it.

The chorus of the song is highly noted for its heavy but subtle beats. This is being also mixed with Lisa’s rap lines. Equally notable is on usage of Arabic tunes on second verse.

As compared to their previous comebacks, the music was simplified to the point that they don’t need heaver drops. It’s as if they’re telling us, “No need to make it fabulous or grand, as we will make up for it.”

Overall, How You Like That was quite fascinating. This also holds proof that while the group is taking on mature concepts, they are quite flexible in branching out to other song approaches.

Final Words

It’s good that YG decided to make a change by installing its new CEO. However, it remains to be seen if this will reduce longstanding complaints arising from delays and hiatus of its groups. Simply put, we’ll see if this change will translate to major improvements.

Meanwhile, due to BLACKPINK’s outstanding attitudes, we have to give five extra points in their favor. Also, Jisoo and Rosé will be added to the author’s bias list starting today, rendering all members as my biases.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 4 5
Entertainment 18 25
Outstanding attitudes 5

We Are Now Back on Track! (Plus: Brand New Logo)

With the gradual lifting of quarantines, and with enough tools needed, we are now going to resume site operations gradually starting today.

On our site operations, we are now starting to provide MV reviews for select acts. This will be added as the days go by, in time for major K-Pop releases this June.

We will give Love Advices, but in a different approach. Other write-ups like that of IZ*One’s future and Annual Awards are being written too.

For YouTube operations, misheard lyrics will still be split between Spring and Summer editions. Expected publishing date for these is on July 25. As part of deviating from standard ML vids, only famous groups will be featured. The rest may be covered in separate ML vids at year-end.

TNC will also attempt to branch out beyond ML to cover other K-Pop topics.


Part of our getting back on feet is on launching our new logo starting June 25:

This we need to make our site more presentable and have a better new look.

This logo will be used prospectively as profile picture in its Facebook page, and as logo for subsequent misheard lyrics. It replaces the simple “text-only” logo that stood well for four years. Picture of Janella Salvador will still be used as profile pic in this site and YouTube channel.

Summing up the meaning behind the logo:

  • The new logo presents three persons looking towards a blue ball. This represents focus towards spreading the other side of news to the world.
  • Three persons forming a triangle speaks of need to balance change and stability.
  • It being formed as a tricolored play button emphasizes TNC as an entertainment website.
  • Being an imperfect triangle, it tells of openness and flexibility to challenges in the years to come.
  • The old bar line and TNC’s text logo is retained as tribute to past efforts and accomplishments.

BTS (방탄소년단) – We Are Bulletproof (The Eternal): MV Review

Side Note: As we are starting this, we are waiting for items needed in our newest misheard lyrics of ON.

In the coming weeks, we will gradually resume YouTube programming. Stay tuned.


For our next important review, we will take on our assessment of BTS in their recent comeback We Are Bulletproof. As this is their newest release after Black Swan and ON, we will review it right away. How will an ARMY rate the group?

Essentially, this is their another music video dedicated to their fans. This tells us that they are only seven, and that would stay the same if not for the help of ARMYs. This is a cartoon version of them, somewhat similar in concept to their comeback Make It Right.

Most striking was in them sitting in a bonfire. Upon touching the shining violet ball, a flash of light appears on them, transporting to a pedestal with the whale’s help. The violet balls that surround them represent ARMY with their lights, as if BTS were in a concert.

A message may be drawn up upon these visuals:

“We will continue to be like a bulletproof, we will continue to be grateful to our fans, and we will continue to appreciate them being with us in our journey.”

ARMYs would like to recall the scenes presenting previous comebacks. Some instances include swaggy scenes in No More Dream (0:25), the train/alley scene in Run (2:33 and 2:36), and table during sunset in Blood, Sweat, and Tears (2:46).

Musically, the song was set to a slow echoic mode, only to fasten in the choruses. This means that it was being played in a way that makes one stop and reflect.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance
Entertainment 14 25
Outstanding attitudes 5

SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) – My My: MV Review

It has been several months since their lead track Fear was released. Plus, this is the first time we review SEVENTEEN’s work, this time under BigHit. What will be the reviewer’s comments, being a Carat at the same time?

The story revolves upon them camping and doing various travels. The latter act shows them in the sky using the boat, similar to ATEEZ’s Illusion.

Let’s talk about the dance, where it is rarely being shown unlike in their previous comebacks. This implies that Seventeen wanted to feature more what they do, and what’s the story on My My.

As a whole, even if this was less exciting as compared to previous songs, I liked the music and their concept very much. This was the song that would tell me, “While we are excited, we have to tone it down as if we are chill.”

Liked also how they integrated the rap part in the second verse. While this was featured shortly, it speaks volumes. Seungkwan was given immediate chance to display his high notes, and that’s noticeable. Plus, hooting tunes and piano tunes are fully utilized.

Another joke: If their first release was Oh My, and followed by My My, expect another MV for Oh Oh.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 4 5
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors

DIA (다이아) – Hug U: MV Review

For our another review, we will touch on DIA in their song Hug U.

This is their lead track for their sixth mini album “Flower 4 Seasons.” For this comeback, DIA promoted as five members, with Chaeyeon and Somyi not participating due to suspicious reasons. Rumors suggest that this might be their last work. Therefore, it is but fitting to review it.

The story revolves on the girls with individual work, later contacting each other to set up a meeting. Throughout the video, one reads at the library, writes letter, watering the plants, and setting the dates. Summing up the message:

“Even if we are busy, we express our longing to meet each other. As this is the moment, we have to prepare as if it’s the last.”

The music goes special with its piano tunes, followed by sparkling/watery ones used at the start. The rest of the song follows similar approach used by GFRIEND.

As a whole, it’s nothing but a typical drama approach used by the other group. What else would make me move into tears? And if not, what something else exciting would they offer to us?

From another perspective, this is the feeling they shared with Chaeyeon and Somyi. In a way this is their indirect message to the two, who are not included here.

It’s noticeable that AIDs are now seeking help for this work to be streamed. And it is worth commending that other fandoms responded to this plea.

Final Words

With DIA promoting as five and on the verge of disbandment, it seems that MBK failed – again – when it comes to talent management.

Since MBK did not issue updates, statements, or apologies over what happened to DIA and its members, zero tolerance approach now applies. This is a simple but strong reminder that incidents like this must be resolved the soonest.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 4 5
Entertainment 18 25
Other Factors

TWICE (트와이스) – More & More: MV Review

In our series of reviews, we will catch up with TWICE in their lead track More & More.

For a bit of info, More & More is their lead track for the 9th album of the same name. This was their release for this year after long periods of rest (Finally!). Plus, it is their comeback with Mina being more involved in activities. How will a Once review their performance?

Primarily, TWICE emphasized the beauty of nature. It’s apparent in their harmonizing of modern facilities with natural settings (as is the case with swimming pool). Added to that was on featuring several animals like rabbits and cheetah.

On the other side of the coin, the group wanted to impart another important lesson. This is more on consequences if we want to know more and more. It’s good to note that they incorporated Biblical concept to point this out.

With regards to music, the video starts with slow, blobby, and echoing tune. While it adds eeriness, it gives depth to the song. Another note is on their ability to use hidden tunes throughout. This is placed appropriately as mere decoration as they sing.

Fortunately, in series of reviews, no one complained of Sana’s cute voice. That’s given already, and it would be disastrous if someone attempted to change the same. For Dahyun, longer rap lines assigned to her are well maintained.

So, for those who want a more mature concept, here it is. With apex being reached, and with TWICE’s responsive attitudes, we might wonder what else will they do in the months to come.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 3 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 20 25
Outstanding attitudes 5

TweetNewscaster’s Top 100 K-Pop Groups Midyear 2020

Which K-Pop groups are the most popular this year?

This rating started last December 2020 to determine objectively how famous or reputable a K-Pop group is. Instead of releasing it annually, this will now be released every June and December. This index will help agencies to strategize their promotions and assess their weak points.

For month of June 2020, here are the 100 top K-Pop groups for the past five months. See if your favorite group is on top or is lagging behind:

Some notable and/or surprising points are noticed here:

  1. Older groups still maintain their leading presence in social aspect, particularly BIGBANG, f(x), B.A.P, and Girls Generation. Existing groups like SHINee, NU’EST and FTIsland managed to do this even with minimal engagements.
  2. Five out of 20 groups (in chart index) were able to stay on charts even with no releases for five months. Overall, nine groups made it to the list even in similar situation.
  3. Rising stars who consistently garnered reputation include (G)I-DLE, LOONA, Oh My Girl, GFRIEND, and APRIL.
  4. BVNDIT and MCND has the most number of comebacks for 2020, as compared to 84 other groups (61.31% of all groups mapped) with no comebacks at all.
  5. Other groups who topped the albums listing were ATEEZ, ASTRO, SF9, and Dreamcatcher.

Agencies assessment

  1. For Big 3 + YG, SM fielded most of its groups to Top 20. Despite being out of the scene, Girls Generation and f(x) still reigned supreme. JYP’s reigning groups are TWICE and ITZY, but DAY6 is still underrated. YG, even with mismanagement, succeeded in placing WINNER alongside top groups. iKON still haven’t established reputation in Korea.
  2. Cube’s leading group is (G)I-DLE, followed by PENTAGON. It helped that the agency gave enough comebacks and promotions for them. Still no improvements with regards to CLC, which up to date haven’t received these.
  3. RBW still has to improve on promoting its boy groups. As to Jellyfish, we have to see how far Kingdom will pull up VERIVERY, not to mention missing comebacks for Gugudan. For Woollim, it has to strategize on its groups, especially with Lovelyz. Meanwhile, PlayM improved a lot for Apink and VICTON.
  4. Most popular underrated boy groups include NU’EST, ASTRO, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. For underrated girl groups, leading are APRIL, EVERGLOW, Dreamcatcher, and cignature.

Mechanics

This index gathered all available verifiable information from January to May 2020. These are computed and assigned weight as follows:

  1. Reputation Index: 25%
  2. Social Index: 21%
  3. Album Index: 20%
  4. Comeback Index: 15%
  5. Chart Index: 12%
  6. Promotions Index: 7%

For this index, the following data were considered:

  1. Substantial changes in assigning weight per category were factored. However, the 50% sharing between Korea and global in this index is retained.
  2. Only groups listed in Korean Research Business Institute are considered in this listing. Other groups not mentioned are considered highly underrated.
  3. The “Millions Approach”, that is, multiplying a criterion to make a score millions, is used to promote fairness regardless of weight assigned.
  4. Due to the Korean chart’s delay processing May monthly album sales, its weekly sales will be assigned 10% instead of usual 5%.

Momoland (모모랜드) – Tiki Taka: MV Review

For our final set of review, we will touch on Momoland, in their song Tiki Taka. The title of their soft comeback is an outright imitation of Weki Meki’s lead track for Weekend Lol album.

The storyline simply tells of the group pressing the start button. Upon doing, they are being transported inside a game. There they do games with Pororo the Penguin like hula-hoop and tennis. Bananas collected represent the points they accumulated. (This reminds us of their previous soft comeback Banana Chacha.)

At any rate, the MV was colorful, and is simplified to the point that it’s becoming attractive. With regards to musical aspect, repeated hooks of Tiki Taka were not irritating, and in fact, served to carry the music well. The buildup of song was solid, and it was being emphasized during the chorus.

Final Words

Last year, we discussed and brought attention several times those incidents, which the agency and the group didn’t respond appropriately. And with Daisy’s departure, the trust is now lost.

As a result, failing grade will still continue, as similar incidents are being done against Cherry Bullet, fromis_9, DIA, and PENTAGON. Again, this serves as reminder for K-Pop to take these issues very seriously.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 63.08%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 17 20
Completeness of members 20

SECRET NUMBER (시크릿넘버) – Who Dis?: MV Review

For another MV Review with underrated groups, we will tackle another rookie group for this year – SECRET NUMBER. For a bit of info, the five member group consists of Denise, Jinny, Lea, Soodam, and Dita. This is interesting since they came from different countries, especially that Dita is the first Indonesian to join K-Pop.

The group explained their concept as follows:

“Everyone has a ‘secret number’ that’s usually a birthday, anniversary, or some other special number.”

Impliedly, the MV of Who Dis? shows some secret nooks and crannies. These are discernible on all places in the video like that of the train, restaurant, and vacant area.

The title track and group’s name may be connected in a different way. When we ask who he/she is, and that person introduced himself/herself as “secret,” our curiosity is raised.

The music uses heavy beats on chorus, which is fine. However, what’s not good is on their “raps” at first and second verse leading to chorus. While consistent, it loses direction and lacks weight with respect to the rest of song. 

Added to that was on not maximizing the jazz song played at the beginning, which should’ve been sprinkled till the end. That would’ve give another boost to their debut lead track.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors

Agust D (BTS’ Suga) – Daechwita (대취타): MV Review

Too bad that we haven’t reviewed BTS release of ON and Black Swan. But this time, we’ll make it in our new review here. How will a new ARMY review the soloist?

Let’s take a look on Suga’s single release Daechwita. In this case he used his alternate name Agust D. For simplicity, the author will not discuss the context behind the music and video. It’s best left to fellow ARMYs and other reviewers to do this task.

The story starts with a sitting ruler going outside the palace incognito. As with some leaders, he does this to view situations on the ground. Upon seeing a stranger, who is a modernistic twin, he held the latter captive. The modern twin is set to be executed at night, but upon execution wakes up and finally kills the ruler.

Viewed on the other side, the MV tells us of the struggle between old vs new way of life. This is on how they act, feel, and do. Daechwita’s visuals let us think, “What if these contrasts happen in real life?”

It seems that the music video fuses old and new approaches. Even if this is a way off, this adds color. The song opens with a rap, and Agust D sprinkles raps throughout the whole song. It helps in giving needed consistency to Daechwita, and tells us how powerful his raps can be.

Since the group’s attitudes are outstanding, five extra points will be added in our rating of Agust D’s work.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.11%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 4 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 0 0
Entertainment 18 25
Group’s attitudes 5

Baekhyun (백현) – Candy: MV Review

We will gradually resume site operations (except YouTube) starting with this review.

For more than four months, we haven’t written any review on latest releases due to fewer reads and the pandemic. As these take toll on blogging, we now have to gradually resume this. We will start on our first review with EXO’s Baekhyun in his latest song Candy.

The storyline consists of him going to an old warehouse, which was then retrofitted to be a dressing room and arcade room for his friends. It then tells how he spends his time together with friends, eating and playing all the time. Later on, Baek will realize upon walking that these are now memories.

The music video tries to impart that life is also full of sweets, which is relevant now amidst widespread sadness and depression going on. Tangible side is apparent on features of softdrinks, candies, and juice dispensers. Intangible side focuses on sweetness experienced upon playing of arcade games and sharing of foods together.

While the mood of the music is slow, the beats is fast enough to elicit excitement. Other noticeable additions of the song is on bubbly tunes heard throughout, and on howling tunes which give an eerie feeling.

In comparison with his famous UN Village, Candy lacked any suspense factor for it to be drawn attention with.

A little bit of improvement would be on pausing the song as Baek walks with freezing cameos. This will give an added tenseness, and will emphasize how sweet his life was before.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 20 25
Other Factors

Public Service Announcement (May 31, 2020)

Dear readers:

Due to partial lifting of lockdown, we have to gradually resume site operations. YouTube operations are still suspended till further notice.

For now, MV Reviews will be written. Criteria is further simplified, and reviews are focused on major comebacks. This is to save limited time allotted writing reviews.

Please be guided accordingly.

Public Service Announcement (April 10, 2020)

Dear readers:

Due to extended Enhanced Community Quarantine, the site and YouTube pages’ operations are suspended till further notice.

As misheard lyrics videos will be delayed due to handicaps, we will release these vids on a “rolling basis”. If finished next month, the first misheard for 2020 will include releases from January to May.

Even in times like these, TweetNewscaster is still committed in spreading fun. Thank you very much.


There will be updates for My Bias List this year.

We will add Busters in the list, with Chaeyeon as ultimate bias. Bias wrecker will be Jisoo till further notice. Rocket Punch will replace SATURDAY as one of three most fave groups, as the latter still has no improvements on its activities and promotions.

As both PSY and Hari aren’t releasing new songs for long time, the author has to leave their respective fandoms. Consequently, two slots are now open for groups to be followed.

Public Service Announcement (March 14, 2020)

Dear readers:

In light of increasing cases of COVID19, less time allotted for leisure, and lower views, we will suspend TweetNewscaster’s operations in this site till further notice.

However, Featured Images of the Day and MV Reviews shall still be continued.


Due to lack of time to cover immense comebacks for February and March, we will just give a rundown on several comebacks per week.

To add, we will simplify further criteria used in reviewing their performances. From 19 criterion, we will trim it down to just 10. This move is also done to cope up with limited time given in reviewing tracks.

So, expect major impact this will bring on their future performances, especially on underperforming groups and agencies.

This move is also in consonance with Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach being strictly implemented in our reviews of K-Pop acts.

For your information.

Love Advice No. 132 (Sarah Geronimo)

Sa isang espesyal na Love Advice, bibigyan natin ng payo si Mommy Divine. At may mapupulot tayong aral sa nangyari sa kanila.

Magiging brutal at prangka tayo pagdating dito. Dahil ang lahat ng ito’y pawang katotohanan lamang.

Background

Noong panahon na di pa sikat si Sarah, lagi siyang lumiliban sa singing lessons dahil na rin sa pamimilit ni Mommy Divine. At kahit hanggang ngayon, ganyan pa rin ang ugali ng ina. Di na nakakagulat nang nag-breakdown si Sarah sa isang concert. Doon siya biglang lumuha at nag-sorry sa mga Popsters dahil di na niya kaya ang tindi ng pressure.

Lumabas sa isang blind item ang isa pang dahilan ng pang-aamok niya kay Sarah. Mas inuuna diumano ni Tatay Delfin ang mga manok. Being deprived of basic need, napagbalingan tuloy ng ina si Sarah.

Pagkatapos pagsilbihan ang magulang sa loob ng maraming taon, “pinagbabawalan” pa rin siyang magpakasal. At iyan ay hindi na nakakatuwa.

Ngayong napaangat ni Sarah ang buhay nilang pamilya, it’s time to let her go. Ito ang pinakamagandang regalo na puwede niyang ibigay sa kanyang anak.

Mothers not know best

Sa kanilang tatlo, nasa katuwiran sina Sarah at Matteo.

Dati, sinabi natin na “Mothers know best.” Pero dahil na rin sa inasal ni Mommy Divine, hindi na ito applicable sa kanya. Nang-aabuso na siya. Bakit?

Ipinakita rin ni Mommy Divine na wala siyang taste pagdating sa mga naging boyfriend ni Sarah. Ito’y sa kabila ng pagiging prominente ng pamilya ni Matteo. Doon pa lang may problema na siya sa pag-iisip.

Kaya, magiging understandable din kung hindi nila isasapubliko ang kasal. Sa tinagal-tagal ng panahon na nakikialam si Mommy Divine sa buhay ni Sarah, ewan ko kung alam niya ang salitang “respeto” at “delikadesa”. Kahit pa noong panahong sila pa, si Mommy Divine pa rin ang “nagtitimon” ng relasyon. Kung ganito ang ugali na ipinapakita niya, how much more kung siya’y maging biyenan?

Understandable din ang ginawa ni Matteo. Sino ba namang hindi magagalit pag naudlot ang moment na deserve nila? Dito pa lang niya ipinakita kung gaano siya kaseryoso kay Sarah.

Kung tutuusin, napakasuwerte ni Mommy Divine sa kanyang anak. Ubod ng bait at masunurin pa. Iyan ang isang bagay na di niya naiintindihan. Huwag sana niyang paabutin pa sa punto na dahil sa ginagawa niya, mapapasama ang pagkatao ng Popstar.

Ang inasal ni Mommy Divine ang dapat nang magkumbinsi sa kanila na bumukod at lumayo sa kanya. Magsisilbing leksyon ito sa ina para di maulit ang ganyang kalokohan.

Brutal truths

Sa totoo lang, hindi madadala ang yaman sa hukay. At hindi lahat ng bagay ay umiikot sa pera. Merong mga bagay na di matutumbasan ng kahit anong pera: Pamilya. Anak. Moments kasama sila.

Darating at darating din sa punto na maghahanap ang ating mga anak ng sariling buhay. Maghahanap ng makakasama. Magkakaroon ng sariling anak. Hindi ito maiiwasan kahit anong gawin natin. Ito ay likas na karapatan nating lahat bilang tao.

Financial woes

Gusto raw ni Mommy Divine na ipangalan sa kanya ang lahat ng makukuhang pag-aari ng dalaga. In effect, mapapasakamay niya ang kalahati ng combined properties ni Sarah at Matteo pag nangyari iyon.

Sa kondisyones na hiniling niya bago ang kasal, lumalabas ang tunay na motibo. Hindi ito ang gawain ng isang matinong magulang, kahit sa gipit na kalagayan.

Sa mga magulang, isaisip natin ang masakit na katotohanang ito:

Dapat pala, maaga pa lang, nag-iipon na si Mommy Divine. But don’t worry. Hindi pa huli ang lahat. May WFMA na tutulong sa kanya regarding financial matters. Ang tanong nga lang ay kung willing siya.

Joketime

May joke pa nga dito eh. Sa “Divine Intervention”, nakatikim ang guwardiya ng Tala. Feeling niya, siya’y nakalutang na sa langit.

Dagdag pa ni Marc Logan:

Final words

Ngayong naipaglaban ni Sarah at Matteo ang isa’t isa, abot-kamay na nila ang road to forever. Good luck and God bless sa kanilang dalawa!

Sana maging aral sa ating lahat ang nangyari sa kanilang tatlo: (1) Mag-ipon para sa sarili, at (2) Ipaglaban ang pag-ibig, lalo kung nasa tama.


Featured Image Credit: Photo of couple holding hands.

Cherry Bullet (체리블렛) – Hands Up: MV Review

With various unfortunate incidents in K-Pop, we will be strict in MV reviews and dealings in this site.

In cases like this, the Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach will be implemented starting this year.


Let’s review for now Cherry Bullet, in their comeback Hands Up.

Storyline as whole

The storyline may be interpreted as follows: The girls are in IT research laboratory, doing experiments and research. In this process they are focused on reviewing blueprints and plans. Later on, they used the alley as their experiment place.

Let’s talk about their music. Hands Up utilizes very fast beats in music, and is more on moderate thumping beats and repetitions. Synths of a long chant is heard at the start, which then fades upon playing tunes a la detective. Clapping tunes are later on used along with fast raps at chorus.

While the music is slow, their raps are being maintained. These contrasting traits are mixed to make it equally exciting.

They changed their concept drastically – from being that of cutesy-type to mature ones similar to 3YE. And to make it different, some concepts are borrowed from their fellow underrated groups. Examples are the alley from 3YE’s Out of My Mind, and the lighting hall from EVERGLOW’s Adios.

Complaints list

Again, better for FNC not to debut another group.

What happened to Cherry Bullet clearly demonstrates gross negligence on agency’s part. While Kokoro has visa issues, she was not given chance to perform with the rest in Japanese tours. Linlin, on the other hand, “was seen with a fan outside her schedule, which is…not allowed.” Still, no constant updates, clarifications, or apologies from the agency after several months, till the two (plus Mirae) left.

These issues convinced me not to follow Cherry Bullet, and instead follow ITZY.

Major change

More than just review, we will look also on responses from groups and agencies. This is after all the incidents last 2019.

Starting this year, we will add another pull-down factor for every Cherry Bullet comeback, since FNC and the group did not fix this issue for several months. Twenty points are assigned for this. It will be their permanent feature in every review till their disbandment.

This criterion will apply to any group undergoing situations like this. Consequently, any agency doing this will be given a failing grade at year-end. Again, this is a strong reminder for K-Pop to take these issues seriously.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 68.70%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 10 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 12 25
Other Factors Completeness of members 0 20

Rocket Punch (로켓펀치) – BOUNCY: MV Review

In our series of reviews, we will tackle again a rookie group called Rocket Punch, in their new song Bouncy.

This song is an attempt for them to stand out amidst so many comebacks this month. The question is: How will a Ketchy rate the group?

(Side Note: Being a Ketchy, all members are my favorites. Juri is my ultimate bias, and Dahyun is my bias wrecker.)

Storyline starts with girls in a room with make-up. As they play, they decide to buy some stuff in a supermarket. They later on don’t know what to do upon knowing that stocks have been depleted. It ends with the group having recollections with goods they bought

Sing and dance

This is the first time that I got startled with sounds at the beginning. Thought of it as if someone shouts at me outside, while it is otherwise.

Nothing different can be heard as the song transitions from first verse to the first part of chorus. Second part of chorus slows down, but is being uplifted by shouts. Overall, it is deemed as a stronger type compared to their debut lead track.

As compared with BIM BAM BUM, this new performance is harder to interpret. Even if I try to do so, it would be very hard for me to perform it complete.

Visuals

The visual aspect is worth nothing, with their improved appearance. In fact, Dahyun may be confused with ITZY’s Yeji. Meanwhile, special effects are used with Juri playing with arrows, and Dahyun throwing a bouncing ball that later explodes. Funny scene is at 1:33 where Yeonhee gets surprised by pile of goods scattered in front of her.

However, various improvements need to be considered: (1) 2:43 – 2:47 is unnecessary, as this can be bridged directly to the girl’s chants without unnecessary twist on voice; (2) Sohee’s very fast raps at 1:26, which the author deems to confuse the listener; and (3) the song must exclude the cheerleading aspect, and place the song directly to the energetic song till the end.

Somehow, this borrowing of strong girl crush concept is considered a step forward. We then wonder what else Rocket Punch will bring to us in the coming months.

Joketime

Bouncy reminds me of another song from TWICE:

Bouncy you, ooh
Nuga meonjeo johahamyeon eottae
Bouncy you, ooh
Jigeum neoegero gallae
Bouncy, ooh!

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.26%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 29 30
Music 9 10
Dance 8 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 18 25
Other Factors    

EVERGLOW (에버글로우) – Dun Dun: MV Review

Reviews for Rocket Punch and Cherry Bullet will be released tomorrow.


For the second time we will review EVERGLOW in their recent comeback Dun Dun.

The rookie group last year made considerable strides. Even if this is considered as underrated group, they managed to be known in a short span of time. Let’s review what’s in their comeback:

I find the music very exciting. There’s a short, slow, chant of “Dun dun” before shouting again at the chorus. That’s another likeable aspect, as they are contrasting the sweetness of music with their strong chorus. Thumping sounds are heard, and these were rendered as mild.

Various symbolisms of Dun Dun can be seen here: a member floating in the sky, meteors shooting in most parts of the video, and time being swung. Summing up:

We are trying to reach our goals, but some of us fall on and dissipate without touching it. These we do as time is ticking against us.

For the visuals, some aspects are noticed: (1) They incorporate flags at their back, which they copied a bit from ATEEZ’ Wonderland, (2) Use of iconic Everglow whisper, and (3) members wandering on an icy place.

Only thing I disliked is on a member in a jail at 3:03 – 3:18. This can be deleted without any major effect on the MV.

Final notes

Everglow has its own charisma, noted in their performances. This they need to use it fully.

If preferred, this be ranked at par with Bon Bon Chocolat, and a step forward behind Adios. In that case they improved greatly in this lead track.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.21%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 8 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 10 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 6 10
Entertainment 16 25
Other Factors    

DKB (다크비) – Sorry Mama (미안해 엄마): MV Review

We will do a review of another boy group called DKB in their song Sorry Mama. For a little info, the group name is a shortened version of “Darkbee.” And they are under Brave Entertainment, which we reviewed their response last year.

At first glance, I find the title funny, as it can be related with a misheard lyric telling that “Sorry Mama, but I make a laundry.” But with Brave “catching up,” would their new group’s performance be worth all? Let’s see:

The storyline may be weaved as follows: A woman was watching over the boys through CCTVs. Fed up, the latter had to cut wires in order to stop it. This is being reinforced with their message that “Sorry, but I’ve had enough of you following me.”

As for the visuals, the boys were throwing guitar, breaking statues, and putting fire over artworks. These they do to express their disgust and desire to be free.

Some aspects need to be improved. For one, the chorus uses echoing tunes, but they should’ve used these noisy tunes to their advantage. Another aspect disliked is on howling “Sorry Mama” at the final chorus of video. Maybe they could find another way to integrate her voice without making an awful finale at end.

Final note

Judging from the way they handled Bigstar and Brave Girls, it’s not surprising if this turns to be another failure. And to put it bluntly, Brave wasted opportunities at this time where competition in K-Pop is now fiercer.

Further readings: TheBiasList

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 81.05%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 7 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 7 10
Entertainment 14 25
Other Factors

BVNDIT (밴디트) – Cool: MV Review

We will touch on BVNDIT in their song Cool. This is their lead track for New.wav project, and is technically their soft comeback like Dramatic. Let’s see how a new Banditbul will review their latest track:

They clearly illustrated what “cool” is, that is being free and enjoying life.

This is their first performance with them featuring others, fully using the freestyle dance. With the visuals they displayed, they are making it more attractive than their previous lead tracks.

BVNDIT utilized special effects to make it different. As can be seen from their thumbnails, I find their filtered cropped faces at 0:24 – 0:28, 1:19 – 1:24, and 2:33 – 2:35 very funny. This is a very refreshing concept that is badly needed, considering that long-cliché concepts are being used in this genre.

Funny scenes

More funny scenes are noted in Cool: (1) 0:39 – 0:41 was funny when he peed, and someone puts a trash beside him; (2) 2:59 was on Yiyeon (?) serving as an outlier to a picture of girls standing upright; and (3) at 2:26 – 2:28, what’s supposed to be a monotonous dance was a bit of fun. Jungwoo out of curiosity leans back a bit to Seunghee (and what is she seeing in my ultimate bias?)

In these funny cases, they are living up to the cool concept they wish to impart.

Others

Mini-clanging sounds are used at start, then it is being joined by mild beats. At any rate, they maintained the light vibe throughout the whole song.

The music video as a whole is direct to the point, and is simplified to warrant a status at par with regular comebacks.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.47%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors

cignature (시그니처) – Nun Nu Nan Na (눈누난나): MV Review

As a way of helping underrated girl groups, we will focus on reviewing cignature.

For info, this is a reconfigured group out of some Good Day members, plus two new members. Continuities like this is highly favored. We will see what’s in store for the new group:

The storyline begins with a phone calling them to dance. Or that they are going to investigate a crime. Girls inside the room play as if they’re in a beach or in an airplane.

The concept at the start of the video mixes game concept, cute concepts, and mature concepts at the first 40 seconds. I find the stairs at 1:02 fascinating, as this reminds me of Televisa’s logo. Maybe they are telling us to watch over them?

For a bit of improvement, the scene at 1:30 – 1:34 may be deleted without any effect. Also, while the music was quite upbeat, I find it lacking. They should’ve added additional beats, or made the tempo faster. This had wasted any potential for them to elicit attention. Maybe add bumps or more memorable sounds?

Further improvement is on their storyline, still being written in Korean. What is the story they want to show us? When called, what something exciting will they do? How would their performance compensate for colorful and orderly sceneries? These things they have to remedy in their next comeback.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.11%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 8 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 9 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 14 25
Other Factors    

LOONA (이달의 소녀) – So What: MV Review

We will remove incentives to vids uploaded to 1theK starting with this review.

Stay tuned for reviews with EVERGLOW, cignature, and Rocket Punch.


For our another review, we will tackle on LOONA in their newest lead song So What. For a bit of info, this video is produced with help of Lee Sooman himself. The settings of their MV were shot at Thailand.

As this is the first time we review this group, let’s see what’s in store for all of us.

(Side Note: It saddens to know that Haseul is absent. Wishing her the best of health!)

The story tells of girls marching and showing their fierce moves. LOONA provided their storyline as follows:

[#] does not mean much when it is used alone, but it means that when # is used in combination with words or letters, they realize the result of a multi-use combination when they are together, just as they perform a special function or great ability.

Through this album, LOOΠΔ want people to break out of the box, boundaries and prejudices, showing them to not to be afraid to challenge yourself…

Digging slightly deeper, this message tells us that they are going outside the box. And they proved their point in the music video.

In this case they utilize swaggy concepts similar to ANS and ITZY. The group utilized some special effects to complement their message. This is apparent with shooting fire serving as meteors, and burning moon.

Musically it sounds similar to NATURE’s Oopsie (My Bad). Going further, mild marching tunes are heard at start, then added some beats at the second part. The blobbing tune is added to the chorus, but is not predominant.

Some positive points are noted: (1) The slowdown was rendered in a way not dragging the song’s momentum, (2) the group fully utilized the shouts and raps to fuel the energy required in the song, (3) So What hook not too irritating, (4) sustained final build-up, and (5) their deeply-thought dance steps.

Most important of all, the story has its post-credit scene, with burning feathers. Apparently, they included Haseul in the MV albeit absent.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.58%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 10 10
Appearance 29 30
Music 10 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 10 10
Entertainment 18 25
Other Factors

iKON – Dive (뛰어들게): MV Review

For the first time we will review iKON in their lead track Dive. This recent comeback is their first since Hanbin left the group.

Earlier, we ranked various groups under hiatus for at least six months, the group included. In fact, it has been 395 days since their last release I’m OK. Would iKON’s comeback be worth all the lost time and B.I.’s departure? We’ll see here.

As explained, the album title “i DECIDE” sets the small “I” apart from the rest of seven letters.

More symbolisms can be linked with the title, particularly on picture frames, staying inside a door, broken bridges, and arrows. Summing up:

As we are venturing on our new chapter/new discoveries, we have to dive. We have to take risks and plunge on it, even if the cost is great.

The group illustrated a man breaking a wall, and them in stage with fire. This is to tell us that they are now ready to push on with newer concepts.

I find this song satisfying, even if it somewhat was wanting compared to other songs. Harmonica tune sets the song right, and is heard in most parts of the song (at first verse and at near-end). While not getting used to iKON and its songs, I liked it being calm and refreshing.

Final notes

This only needs proper promotions to make it stand out.

Even with its shortcomings, YG Entertainment managed to retain what B.I. crafted before leaving. This will be an added positive point for them as we review agencies at year-end.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 7 10
Entertainment 17 25
Other Factors

GFRIEND (여자친구) – Crossroads (교차로): MV Review

As GFRIEND starts to upload videos to BigHit, we will remove incentives to all vids uploaded to 1theK.

Vids will also be embedded direct from respective channels, instead of getting the same with 1theK.


We will now do a review of GFRIEND with their song Crossroads.

This comeback is their first since Source Music’s acquisition. With this event, we are expecting some major milestones for the group in the coming years.

So, being a Buddy for one year, how will the author rate the group?

(Side Note: To wit, we will not review Labyrinth, as this has no corresponding music video.)

Storyline

The storyline presented is complete. It started with Eunha seeing a butterfly, stepping backward and falls. At that point she realized that it was a dream.

Later on, the story focuses on a strained friendship. This is emphasized by them arguing, being deaf, and them refusing to hold hands. As the remaining five realized that their friendship wins over anything else, they are now rushing to help Eunha, who is now under a shaking building. It ends with them playing fireworks at near-end.

Contents

Guitar tunes give a start, then proceeds with fast beats. This similarly follows Time For The Moon Night, which is amusing. It then builds-up sufficient tension needed to illustrate what’s going on in the video. This is the case with electric guitar tunes at the end.

As is with Sunrise, the main character is Eunha. The music video only shows the story, something that they want to share with us. Even at the first listen, the music video is quite sufficient for me to be moved on it.

As a whole, this also reminds us of BTSRun or I Need You. It is more on compacting a whole movie into a music video.

More symbolisms are featured in Crossroads. These include items like a treasure box full of butterflies, mirror, trains running, and standing in a crossroad. Summing up their message:

Several times, as we journey in our lives, we meet our loved ones who will join us. While we do have disagreements, this should not hinder our relationship with them.

We also have to treasure those who are with us, while there’s still time. Don’t make it a point where we will regret, then rush to show that we appreciate them.

As TheBiasList noted, their shift from innocent concepts to being typical worked against them. Like other reviewers, I find it also quite bland and boring, and felt that it would’ve been better if they went a different concept. Or at least copy their cute concepts.

The only thing disliked is on featuring a crystal ball, which implies astrology.

Final notes

The 1theK logo is still there at 2:52, albeit not now being primarily uploaded there. The final video somehow recognizes their former distributor label.

Due to their attitude, I picked them as one of my top three groups. So, as promised, extra five points will be given to them starting with Crossroads.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.59%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline 10 10
Appearance 24 30
Music 10 10
Dance
Lessons 9 10
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors Outstanding attitude 5

Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) – 2YA2YAO!: MV Review

For another review, we will touch on Super Junior in their newest track. It seems that SM Entertainment is now making up for missed times. This is done by releasing lead tracks in short span of time.

2YAYAO is their lead track in Timeless repackaged album. With SuJu’s newest release, would they still sustain their old performance? How would an Elf review this? Let’s see.

In this video, they are trying to be at par with modern groups, considering their limited capacities. This is noted with their sceneries shared with underrated boy groups like IN2IT or D1CE. To a lesser extent I find it as a lesser sequel for EXO’s Obsession.

High-noted vocals are being sustained, especially in the chorus. While not being fully utilized, they emphasized individuality in the second verse. This also helps to be in sync with the background music.

When it comes to instrumentals, it seems that they find it sensible to simplify the same. Its structure is somewhat similar to Chungha’s Snapping, which they defined right at the start. The most noticeable part of it is on synths at the bridge.

As we pronounce the title itself (as 일오일야오), it sounds like “E-I-E-I-O” from “McDonald Had A Farm”. Kinda funny.

Super Junior is attempting to show their different side. However, as a whole, it lacked energy necessary to bring excitement to listeners. Monotony, to say the least. This is noticed as compared to Super Clap and I Think I.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.71%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline   9 10
Appearance   29 30
Music   8 10
Dance   10 10
Lessons   7 10
Entertainment   17 25
Other Factors Longevity of Super Junior 10 10

Alamat ni Rapunzel

Ano ang meron sa mahabang buhok ni Rapunzel? Simulan natin sa isang kuwento:

Sa isang kastilyo, mayroong isang dalaga na nagngangalang Rapunzel. Dati ay maikli ang kanyang buhok. Ikinulong siya ng isang witch, na isinumpa ang kanyang mga magulang. Hindi natin alam kung ano na ang nangyari sa mga magulang niya mula nang isinumpa sila.

Ang batang Rapunzel ay lumaki na at nagdalaga. Sa katunayan, ang balita ng kanyang pagkakakulong sa kastilyo at ang kanyang natatanging ganda ang tumulak sa mga lalaki na ligawan siya.

Sa dami ng mga nanliligaw sa kanya, lalong humahaba ang hair niya. Bawat lalaking dumadaan sa kanyang kastilyo ay nagdagdag ng isang pulgada sa buhok ni Rapunzel.

Samantala, ang witch ay nasa bakasyon. Tulad ng iba, dumaan ang Prinsipe upang masilayan lang si Rapunzel. Dito na nabihag ang puso ng dalaga, at ibinaba ang kanyang mahabang buhok para makaakyat ang Prinsipe. Doon na nagsimula ang pag-iibigan nilang dalawa. Araw-araw ay laging dumadalaw ang Prinsipe, at lagi ding ibinababa ng dalaga ang buhok.

Nang umuwi ang witch, nagtaka siya kung bakit maikli na ang buhok ni Rapunzel. Actually, hindi ang witch ang pumutol sa buhok ni Rapunzel. Pinutol na ito ng dalaga dahil nag-break up na sila ng Prinsipe.

And she lived sadly ever after.

The end.

Krabby Patty Recipe

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Many of us have been intrigued by the secret formula of Krabby Patty, the most-sought recipe in Krusty Krabs. Would anyone dare to open the recipe inside the bottle? Fortunately, Spongebob shares to us this wonderful secret to the tasty dish.

I deem this recipe as fairly simple, and can be cooked right at your home. We are going to divulge this for our benefit, for you to taste it also. But don’t show this to Plankton! This is strictly confidential, and it is for our eyes only. Now, how do we cook it?


Ingredients:

  1. Buns. This is a very important part in any patty recipe.
  2. Cheese. Any kind of solid cheese will do.
  3. Cooking oil.
  4. Crabmeat. This can be obtained by deboning several crabs. Otherwise, you may use lobsters, fish, chicken, or beef as substitutes.
  5. Eggs. We’ll use these…

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Memoirs: Bulkang Taal

Habang nagsusulat sa site na ito, biglang dumating ang balita ng pagputok ng Bulkang Taal. Natatanaw namin sa labas ang usok. Nakakatakot ding pagmasdan ang kidlat na kukurap-kurap, lalo pag gabi.

Paminsan-minsan, binabasa ko ang mga comments sa status ng mga evacuees. Paliwanag ng isang netizen, ang isang evacuee ay principal pala. Sa puntong iyon, napaisip ako.

Paano kaya yaong mga kakilala ko doon? Yung mga kasabayan ko. Yung ilan sa mga kaklase ko na tagaroon. Yung crush ko. Paano na? Ano kaya ang kalagayan nila?

Hindi natin alam ang bukas, pero kailangan natin itong paghandaan. Somehow, there’s something in common sa sitwasyon nila noon sa naranasan ko dati, kahit magkaiba.

Sa ngayon, marami sa mga evacuee ay nagsiuwian na matapos ibaba ang Alert Level 3. Pero nakaamba pa rin ang isa pang pagsabog. Ito’y dahil na rin sa naiipong magma sa ilalim.

Negatives

Sa mga isyu na nangyayari ngayon, may mga tao na kahit wala talagang alam, sila pa ang matitigas ang ulo.

Nandiyan na ang isyu sa PHIVOLCS pagdating sa advisories nito. Kahit noon pa, ipinanukala dati ni Prof. Clarita Carlos (pati ng dating head na si Rey Punongbayan) na ideklarang no-man’s land ang bulkan.

Alam na natin kung ano ang reaksyon ng mga kababayan sa ahensya. Walang nakinig kay Prof, hanggang ipinagbawal na mismo ni Pangulong Duterte ang pagtira doon sa isla.

Ang nangyayari ngayon sa bulkan ang nagpapatunay na tama ang sinasabi ng mga eksperto. At sa ganoong klaseng mindset, inilalagay ng ilang kababayan ang kanilang buhay (at ng iba) sa panganib.

Positive notes

Samantala, pinapasaya ng mga evacuees ang maraming tao. Tulad na lang ng nai-feature ko noong isang araw, kung saan nagsuot sila ng pang-kasal. Nakakatuwa na ang inihahaing pagkain ay kaparis din ng catering services. At dahil tuloy pa rin ang buhay sa mga evacuation centers.

Lumitaw din ang bayanihan ng mga tagaroon. Meron ding mga bahay na nagsisilbing evacuation centers, na malaking tulong para hindi magsiksikan ang mga bakwit. Madalas sila na mismo ang nagkukusa nang hindi nanglilimos ng tulong sa gobyerno.

Contributions

Espesyal sa akin ang lugar sa palibot ng lawa. Kaya ganoon na lang ang lungkot ko nang malaman ang balita.

Malaki man ang halagang binigay ko para sa kanila, isa na rin itong paraan para magpasalamat sa kanila. Isang pasasalamat sa pag-alalay sa akin, sa ilang mga araw na nandoon ako. Pasasalamat na rin sa paghubog din sa akin para marating ang estado ko ngayon.

Krabby Patty Recipe

Many of us have been intrigued by the secret formula of Krabby Patty, the most-sought recipe in Krusty Krabs. Would anyone dare to open the recipe inside the bottle? Fortunately, Spongebob shares to us this wonderful secret to the tasty dish.

I deem this recipe as fairly simple, and can be cooked right at your home. We are going to divulge this for our benefit, for you to taste it also. But don’t show this to Plankton! This is strictly confidential, and it is for our eyes only. Now, how do we cook it?


Ingredients:

  1. Buns. This is a very important part in any patty recipe.
  2. Cheese. Any kind of solid cheese will do.
  3. Cooking oil.
  4. Crab meat. This can be obtained by deboning several crabs. Otherwise, you may use lobsters, fish, chicken, or beef as substitutes.
  5. Eggs. We’ll use these to bind the crab meat.
  6. Flour. We’ll use these to coat the patty mixture. Breadcrumbs may be used as substitute.
  7. Ketchup. Please use one made from tomatoes, not from bananas.
  8. Lettuce.
  9. Mustard.
  10. Onions.
  11. Pepper, to taste.
  12. Pickles. We’ll add this due to an unfortunate incident. It can be recalled that Spongebob got humiliated because of this missing stuff.
  13. Salt, to taste.
  14. Tomatoes. Preferred choices are on red, ripe ones.

Let’s start cooking!

  1. Combine one egg for every kilo of crab meat in a container. Observe this proportion regardless of crab meat that you have.
  2. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and other flavorings of your choice.
  3. Upon combining these ingredients, form it into disk-shaped patties that you know. Coat it with flour or breadcrumbs.
  4. In a pan, place a moderate amount of oil. When it starts to emit smoke, fry the patties for five minutes or until golden brown.
  5. In a steamer, place the lettuce, onions, and tomatoes, and steam for five to ten minutes. The heat will be sufficient to cook these without frying. Otherwise, you may serve them fresh.
  6. (Optional) Place buns in a microwave oven for two minutes under low heat. Remove burnt areas if there’s any.
  7. At the burger’s bottom bun, arrange there the various ingredients in ascending order: patty, lettuce, cheese, onions, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and top bun. The Krabby Patty is now ready to be served.

Hope the author helped you in preparing Krabby Patty right at your doorstep. Just don’t tell Mr. Krabs that you made one. Otherwise, he might charge you large bucks for that. So, have a delicious meal, and happy cooking! 🙂

Love Advice No. 131

Author-constructed problem:

I have a boyfriend, and we’re together for ten years. He accompanied me several times during our high school and college years. But this time, I am thinking of ending our relationship due to his attitude.

My Advice:

Take a break with your boyfriend.

As humans, we have the tendency to be tired. And our energies have drained, but yet he does not see and appreciate your efforts. That feeling is normal.

In this case, a cool-off is needed. Break up with him – at first. Or stay away with him till the tension between you and him is defused. Before that, reprimand him so that he may reflect on his misdeeds. This will be also your chance to rest from any headache you experience with him.

As for you, you’ve done your part. You gave your best. But if he deems it as “not enough”, better end this.

In the future

If you are going to love yourself, that’s not selfishness. Go ahead. Do what you love. As what an adviser says, you have to love yourself first before loving others.

Time will come that you’ll find a better man. Just find him. Use all the experience you have to start again another relationship.

Fried Eggplant Recipe

For our another set of recipes, we will try to cook another vegetable dish out of eggplants. This time, we’ll fry them.

This recipe has been shared by a netizen who have nothing to comment. It is so simple, and I hope this satisfies our tummies. So, shall we start?


Ingredients:

  1. Eggplants. Preferably this is at 2-3 pieces
  2. Cooking oil.
  3. Salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. (Optional) Salted fish paste and crispy fried fish. These will serve as sides to our dish.

Let’s start!

  1. Wash the eggplants.
  2. Slice them diagonally, about half an inch thick. Season with salt and pepper. If there are worms inside, remove it.
  3. In a pan, place a little amount of cooking oil. Immediately fry eggplants until the color turns medium brown.
  4. Make sure to limit use of cooking oil because sliced eggplants easily absorb it.
  5. After frying, place it in a serving plate with salted fish paste with crispy fried fish. Fantastic! The fried eggplant is now ready to be served.

This simplified recipe hopes to make cooking easier and enjoyable. This is helpful, especially for people on the go. So, enjoy your meal, and happy cooking!

Love Advice No. 130

From HAU Cupid Files:

“Advice PLEASE 😭😭

Love Confession

Hello guys so please penge akong advice about my current relationship. I dont know what to do. Parati nalang akong nag hihintay. So may boyfriend ako for ilang years narin kilala sya ng buong family ko.

So eto yung problem ko napaka konti lang ng oras na iniispend nya kasama ako (yung hours lang na mag kausap kami since nag aaral ako for the whole day nag uusap lang kami for like 3-4hrs a day) mag kasama lang kami for like 2-3hrs once a week guys ONCE A WEEK. Is it too much to ask if gusto ko more than that? Kahit thrice a week lang? Phone calls ba kamo? Wala kami non. Text? Wala din. Video call? Wala din. Chat lang meron yung tipong 10mins pataas pa bago mag reply. I know naman na Im not perfect also pero kung sakaling hingin ko yun sakanya masyado bang mahirap?

Alam mo yung nag hihintay ako kung kelan kami ulit lalabas kung kelan kami ulit mag kikita kasi hindi ko sya pwde ayain since hindi ko alam schedule nya. Am I asking for too much? Sorry huh pag naiisip ko lang kasi I feel so worthless na di ba sya nag eenjoy kasama ako? Boring ba ako kasama? Hayyyy please give me an advice.

Ganito ako kasi wala naman din akong mapag sabihan since wala naman akong nakakachat na iba. Kung mabasa mo man to please make it up to me kasi patagal ng patagal na ganto the more na I feel worthless sayo that i always want to end our relationship and find someone who would treat me the way a man should treat his woman. Naiingit ako sa mga friends ko or even classmates ko na napaka swerte sa boyfriend nila and heto ako nag wiwish na ako din sana. Im not asking na bigyan moko ng flowers or chocolates every occasion na meron all Im asking is a little bit of your time for me to enjoy with you is it that really hard? Am I not worth spending your time? Am I not worthy showing to everyone? Please tell me cos I might breakdown anytime.

Minsan pinapaganda ko nalang pangalan mo sa harap ng classmates ko dahil ayoko na mapasama ka ayokong tignan ka nila ng masama sinasabi ko nalang busy sya may lakad sya pero deep inside di ko rin alam ang reason bakit. I just want to experience the feelings of a normal woman who is in a relationship.

Hawak ng kamay sa public, long messages, aalis after class, susunduin, hahatid, etc. gusto ko din kasing maranasan yung mga ganyang bagay. Babae din kasi ako. I dont know if I should let you go or I should keep you in my life. I want you to be part of my life but I dont think you want me to be part of yours. Guys give some of your thoughts on what should I do PLEASE

~Masaya pero di pala

SEA | Babae

My Advice:

Komprontahin mo siya. Baka sakaling doon mo pa lang malalaman ang tunay na dahilan. At baka doon pa siya matauhan.

Okay lang din na magalit ka sa kanya. Okay lang din na mag-demand, dahil kailangan talaga niyang maglaan ng mas mahabang oras sa iyo. Walang problema diyan.

Communication is a very important aspect of relationship. Even a simple text or phone call everyday will do. Basta huwag lang mapraning sa pag-set ng oras, (say 2-3 hours a week).

Teach him to love

Tanungin muna kita: First girlfriend ka ba niya? Kung oo, possible na hindi niya alam kung paano niya hahawakan ang kamay mo, at kung paano ka niya ihahatid at susunduin.

Lahat naman tayo – mapa-lalaki man o babae – ay dumadaan din sa firsts: first love, first relationship, first kiss, etc. Sa puntong iyon, wala tayong alam sa mga bagay na kailangan nating gawin. So, kailangan nating matuto. Same goes sa boyfriend mo.

Ang pinakamaganda, turuan mo siya kung paano ka niya mamahalin. What’s the point? Kung alam mo kung paano ka susuyuin, turuan mo siya.

Also, trust your instincts. Look at his statements and his acts. Kung lumalabas na hindi ka na niya priority pagkatapos ng ilang buwan, it’s time to let him go. Saka ka na lang makipagbalikan sa kanya pag nag-effort siya sa iyo.

Jessica Soho, Gus Abelgas starts new project

QUEZON CITY, Quezon Province, Philippines – Investigate together.

With crimes of passion expected to rise this February, a new team-up is being sought.

ABS-CBN’s investigative host Gus Abelgas and one of GMA’s leading newscasters Jessica Soho will start working together on their new program. The new show, which is also a collaboration between ABS-CBN News and GMA News, will be named as “Jessica S.O.C.O.

Prologue

Gus Abelgas had initially thought of partnering with Jessica Soho. This was due to the fact that many suspects featured in his show are still escaping punishment as of this writing.

May kuwento. Sa likod. Ng bawat krimen. Alam natin. Na hindi nagsisinungaling. Ang ebidensya. Pero ang problema. Nakatakas pa rin. Ang ilang mga suspek. Paano kaya. Magkakaroon. Ng hustisya. Kung hindi natin. Sila. Mahahanap?”

(Every crime has its own story. We know that evidences don’t lie. But the problem lies on suspects escaping. How would we get justice if we can’t find them?)

Seeing the gravity of the problem, Jessica Soho had felt the need to help the S.O.C.O. host. According to Jessica Soho, with her top-caliber team, they can find immediately the suspect’s whereabouts.

Isang malaking karangalan para sa akin na makatrabaho si Gus. Kaya ng aming team na lumipad at hanapin ang mga suspek. I am doing this para magkaroon ng justice ang mga biktima.”

(It’s a great honor to work with Gus. Our team can fly and find suspects. I am doing this to give victims justice.)

Soho’s excellence when it comes to finding missing persons was proven when she featured an OFW searching for his long-lost biological mother:

New show

The introductory message of the show is as follows:

Ngayong gabi, kumusta na kaya ang kaso ng pagpatay sa dalaga? Ang resulta, maya-maya lamang.

Narito ang mga istoryang tampok namin sa inyo, ngayong gabi.

Usap-usapan ngayon sa social media ang diumano’y pagkamatay ng isang babae sa isang talahiban sa Rodriguez, Rizal. Ito ang viral post na walang tigil na itinag ang aming programa gamit ang hashtag KMJS.

Ang tanong, “Sino ang salarin?” Tunghayan natin ang kanilang kuwento.

Si Mae at ang suspek, diumano, ay magkasintahan. Noong isang gabi ay nadinig daw ng mga kapit-bahay ang kanilang away, na nauwi diumano sa patayan.

Tumakas ang lalaki, at may nakakita sa krimen. Ngunit sa kasamaang-palad ay nakatakbo papalayo ang suspek. Kuwento ng mga nakasaksi, sinubukan pa raw nilang habulin ang motor, pero humarurot lang daw ito.

Narito ang aktwal na litrato ng pagpatay, na kuha mula sa PNP. Ayon pa sa mga eksperto, ang body fluids na nakuha sa crime scene, diumano, ay nag-match sa suspek. Ang resulta, arrest warrant mula sa Taguig Regional Trial Court.

Siya na kaya ang hinahanap na suspek sa pagpatay kay Mae? Abangan mamaya.

Second part

Binisita ng aming team ang pamilya ni Mae. Masayahin raw ang dalaga, at madali siyang makisama sa mga kapitbahay at kabaranggay niya.

Ang tanging hiling ngayon ng nanay, mahuli raw sana ang suspek sa pagkamatay ni Mae.

Samantala, lumipad ang aming team, sa bayan ng Bocaue sa Bulacan. Doon namin natagpuan ang suspek, na itinago namin sa pangalang “Jay.”

Paglilinaw ng suspek, napatay niya ang biktima dahil sa sikretong sangkap, at diumano, hindi niya iyon sinasadya.

Kuwento niya, una munang ginisa ang bawang at sibuyas, at saka ihahalo ang sikretong sangkap. Nang tanungin tungkol sa sikretong sangkap, agad niyang sinuntok sa mukha ang dalaga. Lumobo ang ilong ni Mae, na kanyang ikinamatay.

Napag-alaman namin na may diperensiya siya sa pag-iisip, kaya sinamahan siya ng aming team sa espesyalista upang masuri.


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Featured Image Credit: Edited image of SOCO, from photo comment of Felix Dadol.