K-Pop Annual Report 2019

At this point, we will start telling what happened to K-Pop this 2019, covering from January to November.


The events in K-Pop for the year 2019 is perfectly summed up in one phrase: Rookies and Scandals.

Positives

More positives happened this year. This includes creating a special celebrity challenge called Queendom. In this show, select girl groups are given tasks and are to experiment on different genres. This helped some underrated groups rise to fame, as is the case with AOA and Oh My Girl.

For the first time in K-Pop, SuperM was created out of different groups. The select members from EXO, SHINee, and NCT were combined to form a supergroup.

Enlistments are still ongoing, with Hongki, D.O., and Xiumin joining the corps. Meanwhile, some military discharges are happening like that of Super Junior and Bigbang.

This has been also the Year of the Rookies, with so many new groups debuting and garnering attention. Listed were Cherry Bullet, AB6IX, TXT, ITZY, VeriVery, BVNDIT, Hinapia, and others. For TXT, ITZY, and AB6IX, they bagged awards, got promotions, and endorsements in a short span of time.

Another positive aspect was on proactive approach of fandoms in various issues. With the power they have, fandoms are going to be less beholden to unresponsive agencies. Take the case of Monbebes, who are taking collective efforts for Wonho to return. They even launched a fundraising to install posters at Times Square. To a lesser extent, this is happening on Merries and Produce 101 fans.

On dating scandals, some succeeded in this hurdle, but many failed to go through. Famous success stories were on TWICE’s Jihyo and Kang Daniel, and Hyuna and Dawn. Failures include that of Jennie and Kai, and Daisy and Yunyeong.

Some pioneer groups are trying to go back to the K-Pop scene. This we see with Fin.K.L, Brown Eyed Girls, Ladies’ Code, and Super Junior with their respective comebacks.

Negatives

More sad news are surfacing in the industry. First is on disbandment, namely that of f(x), Wanna One, B.A.P., Myteen, Boyfriend, Hello Venus, and Pristin.

Second, but equally painful, was the scandals. Scandals that made major impact on K-Pop were on Seungri’s case and Sulli’s death. The Burning Sun, in which various artists were involved, later crippled YG Entertainment, even if Seungri and Yang Hyun Suk were kicked out.

Sulli’s death highlighted the dark side of K-Pop, primarily pressure from agencies and hate remarks from netizens. Her death prompted several stars to suspend or cancel various engagements as sign of respect.

More and more members are going to rest due to health reasons. This is the case with Choi Yoojung, Dino, Yanan, and Minari. If not on hiatus, they part ways mainly on career change, retirement, and scandals. Notable cases were on B.I., Woojin, Hwall, Laun, Kangin, AOA’s Mina, and Wonho.

This year characterized several hiatus with Momoland and Cherry Bullet. Both have two members on hold for unspecified reason. And as of this writing, their agencies are silent on this lingering problem.

The voting scandals of Produce series are now casting doubts, not only on future shows, but also on groups born in it (IZ*ONE and X1). There have been petitions to ban these groups from future engagements.

In the next article, we will discuss on the future of K-Pop ten years from now.


Featured Image Credit: KMania Channel

How To Improve Produce 101 (?)

With recent vote-rigging scandals on Produce series, some weak points are being revealed. In this essay, we will attempt to present improvements on these shows. Side comments also included.


Overview

IZ*ONE recently suspended their comeback, which was supposed to be on November 11. X1, on the other hand, had to shy away from some engagements. Reunions of Wanna One and I.O.I are being halted.

These are happening amidst vote manipulations in Produce series, led by PD Ahn Joon Young. Producers picked talents even before actual vote began. Worse, appearances and scenes are edited to make other talents look good (which even GFRIEND’s SinB noticed when she appeared there, and Produce took her words out of context).

It led to trainees’ parents and fans to clamor for improvements, or them pressing charges against producers. While we see some fans now taking proactive approach, this revelation is definitely one of the worst events in K-Pop for this year.

To disband IZ*ONE and X1 or not, the author is strictly neutral on this. What matters for us is on how to improve these kinds of programs.

Produce series are intended to “produce” talents for K-Pop, and give fresh blood to the genre. Winning trainees are debuted for a limited time, and afterwards go back to their respective agencies.

Improvements

TheBiasList made some good points on how Produce is stifling the K-Pop industry. From that point, the author will supply the blogger’s write-up with some matters to be considered.

From the title itself, the meaning is pretty obvious. At least in theory. But if the new group turns out to be so popular, it has to be given a permanent place. Not one year or five years contract. If they are intending to debut groups for a limited time, it must be given to other shows, not for Produce.

It’s unwise to “produce” groups if they are only given short lives. More than supposed profits that might be foregone if the project group disbanded, many fans will get hurt and dismayed.

As to the nature of Produce focusing more on popularity, it must develop mechanisms to emphasize talent. This must not be overlooked. Especially that we reviewers are sensing some downturn on quality of performances unlike in the past.

Finally, voting results must be vouched by a third-party, preferably auditing firms (like EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton). Aside from vouching for truthfulness of results, it verifies integrity of voting process.

It’s already apparent that Produce lacks internal control, with overrides like vote puffing, cooking show, and “nightlife” to manipulate votes.

Final Words

Prospects for Produce series point to its ultimate demise. Nevertheless, these points are very helpful for networks and agencies who want to replicate the show’s format.

It is sincerely hoped that future shows which follow Produce will learn lessons from latter. Repeating mistakes like that today is very costly and damaging.


Featured Image Credit: Soompi

Love Advice No. 112

Narito naman tayo sa isa pang serye ng Love Advice sa site na ito. Sa totoo lang, ang susunod na love problem ay na-encode ko pa last April 2017, more than two years din.

Long overdue na, at mukhang hindi na ito applicable sa kanilang dalawa. Napakahaba ng love problem, pati ng advice. Kung naiinip ka, puwede ka nang dumiretso sa aking love advice. Sige, simulan na natin!


From University Secret Files:

“Kabit”

SPG

Bakit kapag ang lalaki may kabit natural na lang? Bakit kapag babae ang may kabit, parang sobrang baboy mo na? Sobrang laking issue? Sobrang hindi na makatarungan? Why?

Meron kasi akong loyal na boyfriend. As in loyal, may disiplina, guwapo, may diploma, may maganda nang trabaho, galante, nagiisip ng future kasama ako, at alam kong mahal ako. First love ko, first kiss, first sex. First niya din ako kaya that makes it extra special. Sabi nga ng mga tropa ko, suwerteng-suwerte na ako. Husband material na ang nabingwit ko.

Pero hindi lahat ng relasyon na akala niyo masaya, eh masaya talaga. Sobrang opposite kami ng boyfriend ko, as in lahat. Tahimik lang kasi siya at sobrang seryoso, well-organized at masinop sa pera. Walang bisyo at very brilliant pero mahina sa joke. Artistic sana pero masyadong sukat pa din ang gawa. Kumakanta siya pero hindi masyadong mahilig sa musika. Sayang daw sa oras, ika niya. Kailangan daw niyang magtrabaho. Hindi naman siya yayaman [sa musika].

Ako naman, on the other hand, ako ang type ng babae na makulit, madaldal, at baliw. Kumbaga sa classroom, ako ang laging nangungulit, tropa ng lahat, yung sa mga dulo umuupo, ganorn, at ganorn ako. Talented din daw ako. DAW. Ewan, nagbabanda ako dati. At saka, artistic talaga ako. Ako din ang tipo na maloko pero laging mataas ang grades. Ibang-iba sa boyfriend ko. Pero dahil mysterious ang boyfriend ko, doon ako na-inlove sa kanya. Iba kasi sa akin kaya nae-excite ako sa buhay niya kahit hindi [siya mismo] exciting. Humanga ako sa pagiging responsable niya. Sobra. Wala akong mapintas sa boyfriend ko. Sa sarili ko lang meron.

Nakilala ko si other guy nung sumapit ang 4th year namin ng boyfriend ko. Pinakilala siya ng tropa ko sa akin. Una pa lang, amoy ko nang fuckboy. Didiskarte pa lang siya, pero tinabla ko na. Pero ayaw paawat si gago, sanay na sanay lumandi. So kinulit ako. Ayoko talaga sa kaniya. At never talaga akong nagcheat sa boyfriend ko. Gwapo si other guy pero hindi ko talaga siya trip kasi mukhang babaero. Pero sabi nga nila, you can’t resist a playboy.

One time, nagkalabuan kami ng boyfriend ko. Nabadtrip ako sa kaniya. Lagi niya kasing kausap ang bestfriend niya. As in lagi. Minsan pinupuntahan niya pa yun agad kapag tinawag siya at umiiyak so automatic na cancelled ang date namin kapag nag-inarte si bisprin nya! (Ta@#$*!) Hindi naman ako selosa. Alam ko lang talaga na may gusto sa kanya bestfriend nya, KINGINA. Babae ako, alam ko ginagawa ng kapwa ko babae. So, dahil malabo kami ni boyfriend, pinagtyagaan ko na si other guy. Then that’s the start of it.

When I started knowing the other guy, dun ko napansin na madami kaming nakakaWTF na similarities. Una, yung nunal sa leeg at nunal sa kilay. Both on the very same spot. First time kong nakakilala na parehas ko ng nunal. Weird lang. Tapos pati mannerisms, mga ilang beses kaming nagkasabay nagpisil ng ilong and naghimas ng tyan Haha parehas din kami may birth mark sa binti. Hndi naman parehas pero halos parehas yung spot. NakakaWTF lang. Then, habang nagfofoodtrip kami sa bahay ng tropa nya, nag patugtog sya ng indie bands at put*ng*n* kami lang dalawa nakakaaalam ng kanta. Nagulat sya dahil sumabay ako sa kanta at kami lang nagsing along. Drummer din sya dati ng banda. Kaya nagclick kami parehas pa kami genre. At gumawa pa kami cover ng kanta, na nicompose nya. Pinasa namin yun sa himig handog pero hndi umubra e hahaha. At ako ang nagdesign ng pinatattoo nya sa binti. Marunong din pala si g*g* sa mga arts kaya mas lalo kaming swak. Sobrang parehas kami. Parehas talaga. Witty din sya. Parehas kami magjoke. Parehas kami trip. Parehas kami ng takbo ng bituka. Nung una talaga naging maayos kming tropa. Tropa talaga as in, murahan, g*g*han, bigla bigla magchachat skn para sabhing ang panget ko. Pag nakatambay kami sa dorm ng tropa ko, dadalhan ako ng ipis ng p&$/(&@!! Aasarin ako ng walang sawa. Huhusgahan lahat ng suot ko. Pipintasan yung ilong ko. Itatago yung mga gamit ko tapos ilalabas nalang kapag umiiyak nako. (T#$^#/^a, tinago nya iphone ko. Iyak talaga ko eh kala ko nanakaw ampota haha) makulit talaga. As in kaugali ko. Walwal talaga sya sobra pero may maayos na work. Graduate na din.

Eventually, nafafall talaga ko kay other guy, alam ko maling mali. Alam ko gago sya kasi pinormahan nya ko kahit may boyfriend nako. Alam ko niloloko ko na boyfriend ko. Alam ko sinungaling nako kasi minsan ssbhin ko mag OT ako, pero manunuod lang talaga kami ni other guy ng gig o kaya ppunta kami exhibit.

Lahat ng bagay kasundo ko si other guy. Ewan ko. Alam ko mali pero ngayon lang ako naging masaya. Yung totoong masaya. Nalabas ko yung side ko na matagal kong tinitimpi sa buhay ko dahil ayaw ng boyfriend ko pag madaldal ako at nakakahiya ginagawa ko sa public (e.g., nangungulangot) At nalaman ko pa sa tropa ko, nagka long term relationship naman daw yun. 5years. Kaso nga nagbreak na lang daw hindi nila alam dahilan tapos nagsimula ng magwalwal. As in nakikipag fubu daw si other guy. As in one week lang. Matagal na yung 1month. Nagulat nga daw sila nung una kasi loyal daw talaga yun sa ex nya. Pero eventually nasanay na silang fuckboy na talaga ang tropa nila. Aaminin kong nagulat ako sa kanya. Para sa kagaya kong isa lang ang nakasex ko. Boyfriend ko lang talaga. Kaya ako nagulat kasi he never initiated sex pagdting sa akin. Oo lagi kami magkasama pero tangina, nagmumurahan kami, nagjojoke kami about dicks and pussy. Pero he didn’t tell something about sex. He didn’t even kiss me. Hindi nya ko minanyak. For someone na sobrang fuckboy, hindi nya ko minanyak. Hello girls!!! Alama nyo naman pag nagpapahiwatig ng sex ang guy diba!? But hell no he didn’t.

Tumagal yung secret hangouts namin ni other guy, mga around 1year. Pero may mga times na bigla bigla syang maglalaho then lilitaw ulit. Fuckboy nga kasi diba? Di na nakakagulat. Pero pagnagkita kami..i can’t contain my happiness. Si boyfriend? Ayun. Laging kasama bestfriend nya. Napapaisip na nga ko kung meant to be ba talaga kami eh. Naiinggit ako sa bestfriend nya, nagkakasundo silang dalawa sa work dahil parehas sila ng linya. Parehas silang mahilig sa anime at na-oop talaga ko sa uspaan nilang mga putangina sila. Hindi nila kilala yung mga bands na gusto ko. Tangina. Feeling ko hindi ko kilala yung sarili kong boyfriend. Naaawa ako sa sarili ko.

Then until one day, pumunta ko sa apartment ni boyfriend. Papakita ko sana sakanya yung art work ko na ipapasa ko sa isang client. Pero nasurprise ako at andun yung bestfriend nya. Kumakain sila together. Wtf diba? Ako? Wala lang nag beso pa kami ng malandi. Umalis ako don then punta kay other guy. Baka kasi masubsob ko bestfriend nya sa sushi nila!!! Tangina. Parehas sila ng favorite na sushi!!! Ayoko non! Malansa!! Malansa kagaya nya.

Kinwento ko kay other guy, at di ko na din napigilan umiyak. Dun na din umamin si other guy na talagang seryoso na sya skn. Bakit ba daw hindi na lang kasi sya? Ngayon lang sya nakahanap ng taong sobrang katulad nya. As in. Tigang na nga daw sya eh. Dahil mula nung nakilala nya ko at naghahangout na kami, di na sya nakikipag sex sa mga kalandian nya na only one call away. Hahaha kadiri amputa. Haha tsaka umiyak sya skn. As in he confessed that he’s already in love with me. Ngayon na lang daw sya nainlove and alam nyang mali dahil may boyfriend ako pero mahal na nya talaga ko and he’s so sure about it daw dahil alam nya yung babaeng panglandi lang at hindi daw ako pang ganon pero mali lang talaga. Tangina. Ako? Ayun walang masagot. Naguguluhan din kasi ako. Tama bang ipagkatiwala ko ang puso ko sa ganon klaseng lalaki? May assurance ba? Iiwan ko ba yung long term boyfriend ko para mag take ng risk sa lalaking to? Pero very wrong, dun may nangyari samin. First sex sa ibang lalaki. Wtf. Di ko din alam pero yung gabing yon..ibang iba eh. Iba talaga nararamdaman ko kay other guy. Mahal ko na ata. Oo. Mahal na nga ata yung right word. He made me the happiest that night. A night that I will always look back to. Alam kong maling mali yun pero I can’t resist. I’ve drown myself into his.

Pero alam nyo yung ending? Kay boyfriend pa din ako. Kasi natatakot akong mag take ng risk. Natatakot akong baka bigla na lang akong iwan ni other guy at bumalik sya sa dati nyang gawi. Natatakot ako. Kaya after may mangyari smin, sinabi ko sakanya kalimutan nya na lang. Tangina. Ang playgirl ko sa part na yon. Feeling ko ang badass ko. One night stand naba tawag don? Tangina. Kaya eto, patuloy pa din ako sa boyfriend ko.

Sabi nila perfect relationship? Kasi matagal? Sige. I’ll post as many pics as you want para lagi kayong kiligin sa love story namin ng boyfriend ko. Kasi alam ko kapag nagpost ako ng pic namin ni other guy…everyone would judge me. Everyone will tell me na ang tanga tanga ko para iwan yung long term ko at palitan ng fuckboy. Sa panahon kasi ngayon, people believe in to what their eyes tell them.

Saklap. I was born in a very mad world.

Saklap. I was born to be so coward. Saklap. I was born in a judgmental era.

To the other guy, kung nababasa mo to alam ko malalaman mong ikaw tinutukoy ko. sorry hindi ako nagtake ng risk. Sorry hindi kita napaglaban. Sorry nakilala kita sa maling panahon. Sorry sinayang ko yung pagkakataon. Sorry tanga ko eh. Sorry at kinulong ko na naman ang sarili ko sa relasyon na hindi na ko masaya.

Sorry that I have to keep you as a secret. Sorry. But that was one hell of a journey. You’ll always be the best thing that I never had. You made me the happiest. Thank you. Hindi man kita napagmalaki sa ibang tao, hinding hindi naman kita makakalimutan. Pinaramdam mo sa akin na merong isang taong kagaya mong sobrang kaparehas ko.

If only we’d live in a different time; in a different place. Baka naging tayo. Baka sa past lives natin naging tayo na, or baka sa susunod na life natin maging tayo na. Sorry that I let you down. Tandaan mo, hindi mo ko karma don’t consider me as your karma. Dahil minahal kita hindi nga lang kita naipaglaban.

If magkita ulit tayo sana may babae ng magmamalaki sayo. Yung hindi ka itatago. Yung hindi ka gagawing kabit. Sorry.

You are the saddest playlist I’ve ever played.

-Babaeng Hindi Blooming

CEU-2015 

My Advice:

Wala namang masama kung piliin mo ang the other guy. Pero wag mo namang lokohin ang boyfriend mo.

Puwede mo din itong ikonsidera:

You: Alam mo, hon, feeling ko, kailangan nating maghiwalay.

Boyfriend: Ha? Bakit naman?

You: Alam mo kasi, napapansin ko na nagiging close kayo ng bestfriend mo. Bakit ba tuwing may kailangan siya, sugod ka agad na parang spaceship? Ano ba ang meron sa kanya, ha?

Aaminin ko na nung time na nakita ko kayo sa apartment mo, naiinis ako. Sana ako na lang ang nasa posisyon niya.

Hindi naman kita pinipigilan, pero dapat mo ring isaisip na ako pa rin ang girlfriend mo. Alam mo ba na mayroong nagkagusto sa akin, pero ayaw ko pa rin? Kasi iniisip kita. Mahal pa rin kita. Pero kung uunahin mo pa rin iyang bestfriend mo, wala na akong magagawa. Mas mabuti nang maghiwalay na tayo.

Isa pa, dapat mong pagsabihan iyang bestfriend mo. Dapat siyang matuto na maging independent. Maghanap na siya ng ibang masasandalan niya. Kayang-kaya naman niya, siya pa kaya?

[Bahala na kayong mag-usap, pero pag-usapan na ninyo kung ano ang problema niya sa iyo, at ang problema mo sa kanya.]

Sa pagkakataong ito, parang “magbabanta” ka na hihiwalayan mo siya. (Pero wag mong gagawin iyan kung ayaw niya.) Dito mo makikita kung ano ang naging ugat ng problema ninyong dalawa. Mas lalo mo ding makikita kung talagang mahal ka niya o mahal na niya ang bestfriend niya.

O puwede mo na siyang diretsahin kung gusto mo talaga ang future boyfriend mo. May basehan ka rin naman kung bakit kayo nagkakalabuan, dahil siya ang may kasalanan. Puwede mo na rin siyang hiwalayan. Mas makakabuti ito sa iyo para malaya kang magmahal.

(Side Note: Curious lang ako. Since may similarities kayo, mula sa nunal hanggang sa mannerisms, baka nga magkapatid kayo?)

Your problem?

Samantala, maaring sa parte mo ay nagkulang ka sa relationship ninyo. Tanungin kita:

  • Ipinaliwanag mo ba sa boyfriend mo na mali ang ginagawa niya? Kasi baka hindi niya namamalayan na nauubos ang oras niya sa bestfriend, sa halip na sa iyo. Maaring sumobra siya sa limitasyon nang hindi niya alam ang ginagawa niya. Pag nagmatigas pa rin, doon mo na siya hiwalayan.
  • Ginawa mo ba ang lahat para mas makilala ang boyfriend mo? Kasi kung tutuusin, mahigit apat na taon kayo, at marami pang time para mag-usap kayo. Pero sabi mo nga, “Feeling ko hindi ko kilala yung sarili kong boyfriend.”
  • Naiintindihan mo ba na kasama sa isang relasyon ang pagdaan sa maraming pagsubok, tulad ng pagpapansin ng bestfriend ng bf mo?
  • Nung dumating sa point na parang namemeligro ang relasyon mo sa existing bf, meron ka bang ginawa upang ipaglaban siya?
  • Kinompronta mo ba ang bestfriend niya? Kasi kung tutuusin, mas may karapatan ka kaysa sa bestie niya.
  • Nag-effort ka ba para ituon ang pansin niya sa iyo? Hindi talaga uubra sa akin ang alibi na “iniwan” mo siya dahil “iniwan” ka niya, lalo pa’t meron pa namang paraan para akitin si boy.

Kung susundin ko ang katuwiran mo, dapat mag-effort ka rin. Dapat ka nang dumiskarte. Hindi lang si guy ang lagi nang manunuyo at mag-eeffort sa iyo. Isa pa, sa panahon ngayon ay lalong tumitindi ang tukso sa paligid.

  • Tama ba ang reaksyon mo nang nagkakalabuan kayo? Kung ganyan ang diskarte mo sa pag-solve ng problema, hindi malabong maghiwalay din kayo ni the other guy, lalo pa’t kung may higit pa sa kanya.
  • Wala na ba talagang paraan para magkaroon kayo ng similarities? Kasi, kung ito ang major problem ninyong dalawa, aba’y gawan mo ng paraan. Maghanap kayo ng similarities ninyong dalawa, na mapapansin mo habang unti-unti mo siyang nakikilala. Baka mahilig kayong pareho sa ganyang pagkain o pelikula.

If you choose…

Isa pang tanong: Paano kung iniwan ko siya para sa the other guy? Ngayon, paano kung dumating ang panahong naging kayo na, tapos eh dumaan din ang ganyang pagsubok? Lilipat ka na naman sa iba? Wala namang ganern, bes.

Kung sa ngayon ay medyo okay pa kayo ng future boyfriend mo, darating ang panahon na lilitaw at lilitaw ang iba pang mga problema na hahamon sa inyong dalawa.

Take a risk

Sa kabilang banda, may pagkakamali din naman ang boyfriend mo. Di niya narerealize na kailangan mo siya. At wala din siyang ginagawang paraan para ipakilala ang sarili niya sa iyo.

Malinaw na personal choice mo kung gusto mong maging kayo ni other guy. Pero maiintindihan ko kung kay present boyfriend ka pa rin, dahil iyon ang tama since kayo pa nga that time.

Kung hiniwalayan mo na ang boyfriend mo, ngayon na ang panahon para maging masaya ka. Dahil kung sakaling pinili mo si the other guy, hindi na siya magiging “kabit”.

Isa pa, kung mahal mo naman si the other guy, bakit ka matatakot na sumugal? Dahil ba sa sasabihin ng ibang tao? Prove them wrong. Ito na ang pagkakataon mo para patunayan na ikaw lang ang magpapabago sa buhay niya.

Bakit? Nakikita ko na maingat din siya sa iyo, at nirerespeto ka din niya. Hindi ka niya itinuring na parang balewala, tulad ng ibang babae na nakasama niya. At mukhang malabo na bumalik siya sa dating gawi – kung tutulungan mo siyang magbago.

Base sa kuwento, naging fuckboy lang siya after ng breakup nila. Naiintindihan ko naman ang pinagdaraanan niya. Dahil may mga sitwasyon na kayang baguhin ang ating pagkatao, at ang masakit pa, dito siya naligaw ng landas.

So, take the risk. Kasi mas malaki ang tsansa na maging kayo. Mahal mo siya, at ibinabalik naman niya ito sa iyo. At kung may masabi ang ibang tao sa inyo, eh anong magagawa nila? Lalo na’t may trabaho din pala siya. May direksyon na siya pagdating sa trabaho at career niya. Ang kailangan lamang ay direksyon pagdating sa pag-ibig, at kailangan ka niya dito.

(Isa pang risk na dapat din ninyong i-focus ay ang pagkakaiba ninyong dalawa. Baka kasi dito ang magiging reason ng hiwalayan niyo, if ever. Kahit may similarities kayo, lilitaw din ang differences niyong dalawa.)


Additional Note: Gender issues

Ngayon, sa tanong mo, “Bakit kapag ang lalaki may kabit, natural na lang? Bakit kapag babae ang may kabit, parang sobrang baboy mo na?”

Hindi pa rin kasi uso noon ang “gender equality” gaya ng nakikita natin ngayon. At dahil sa panahon lang natin ito nangyari, di basta maiaalis ang pananaw na “kapag ang lalaki pag may kabit, natural na lang.” Kapag may kabit ang babae, parang “sobrang baboy” daw, dahil hindi tayo sanay sa ganitong sitwasyon.

Actually, wala namang masyadong problema kung pagsasabayin mo sila. Haha. Pero seryoso, meron akong nakausap na babae na hinayaan na maging Syota No. 1, No. 2, o No. 3. (Hindi ko na matandaan kung sino siya.) Kung sa iba na katulad niya ay okay lang, walang problema. Hindi pa naman kasi kasal ang magsyota. Kaya lang, mahirap ito dahil hahatiin ng bf niya ang oras at pagmamahal.

Pero may problema kung gusto mo nang magpakasal, which in this case kailangan mo talagang pumili ng isa.

Sa isang banda, mapa-babae o mapa-lalaki man, mali din naman na magkaroon ng kabit. Wala itong pinipiling kasarian. Yun nga lang, dahil nakasanayan na lalaki ang may kabit, nagiging normal na ito. Pero muli, mali din iyan.

Updating My Bias List (November 16, 2019)

For November, the author now follows additional ten groups, raising the total number to 29 groups and soloists under my bias list. There I will define the groups and some reasons why I have to follow them. This change will also be reflected in My Bias List page, serving as masterlist of all the groups I follow.

In the past months, the author promoted GFRIEND to be one of three most favorite groups, and demoted/downgraded Momoland as such, albeit still remaining as Merry. As to TWICE, I have to add remaining five as biases due to their attitude. With additional acts being reviewed, there are some which I liked and wanted to follow.

The author plans also to stan Cherry Bullet. But considering how FNC handles the two missing members – Kokoro and Linlin – I decided not to follow them till this issue is resolved. Why? The agency is beginning to copy wrong responses from MLD Entertainment.

If FNC resolves this with the two still remaining till December, I’ll follow the group and pick all members as my biases. Otherwise, I won’t even consider stanning them. We will discuss this further as we rate agencies at year-end.

As I write this, you may compare our own preferences to these groups.


CLC:
Yeeun and Seungyeon

  • Her cute side, plus being an emcee in The Show gave chance to know her more. As for Seungyeon, she knows how to play cute and fierce at the same time, not to mention her being very responsive to issues.

Ultimate Bias: Yeeun
Bias Wrecker: Seungyeon

(G)I-DLE:
Soojin and Soyeon

  • I take particular interest on Soojin due to her sexiness shown in Senorita and Uh-Oh. As for Soyeon, I deem her as my bias wrecker for the group, since she also entails sexiness and added strong charisma.

Ultimate Bias: Soojin
Bias Wrecker: Soyeon

FANATICS:
Doah, Sika, Doi

  • While Doah has special beauty, Sika grabbed my attention with her aggressiveness on talents and visuals.

Ultimate Bias: Doah
Bias Wrecker: Sika and Doi

Rocket Punch:
All members (Juri, Dahyun, Suyun, Sohee, Yunkyoung, Yeonhee)

  • Sensing that picking biases in this rookie group is difficult, as they project well their visuals and talents, I decided to pick all members as my biases.

Ultimate Bias: Juri
Bias Wrecker: Dahyun (till further notice)

Weki Meki:
Suyeon, Sei, Yoojung

  • Started appreciating them on Picky Picky, and picked biases on Tiki Taka.

Ultimate Bias: Suyeon
Bias Wrecker: Sei and Yoojung

Oh My Girl:
Hyojung, YooA, Seunghee

  • The group’s performance of Bungee, plus the positive responses over this song, convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Hyojung
Bias Wrecker: Seunghee and YooA

ITZY:
Yuna and Lia

  • While I am predisposed to like groups with cuter concepts, I am still okay with other groups leaning to fiercer ones (such as ITZY and MAMAMOO). Attitude and performance convinced me to stan them also. (Indirectly I have to pick the group also to replace Cherry Bullet).

Ultimate Bias: Yuna
Bias Wrecker: Lia

fromis_9:
Saerom, Jiheon, Hayoung

  • Even if I have to know them more as a group, their fun side on performance of Fun proved attractive to me.

Ultimate Bias: Saerom
Bias Wrecker: Jiheon/Hayoung

BVNDIT:
Seungeun and Songhee

  • While I do critically review their debut song (Hocus Pocus), I find it very cute, colorful, and entertaining. Their moves convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Seungeun
Bias Wrecker: Songhee

HINAPIA:
All members (Minkyeung, Gyeongwon, Eunwoo, Yaebin, and Bada)

  • As Pristin fans are dismayed over the group’s loss, and since I did not follow them previously, here comes the chance. Picked them all as consideration for the members continuing the journey in K-Pop.

Ultimate Bias: Eunwoo
Bias Wrecker: Bada

SWOT Analysis: CPA Board Exam

Sa isang inspirational message, doon natin inilagay ang mga tips na specific para sa May/October 2019 CPA examinees. Dito natin isusulat ang SWOT analysis, na malaking tulong din para diskartehan ang pagpasa sa board exam.

So far, ito ang aking SWOT analysis, from the time na kinuha ko ang October 2016 exam till naipasa ko last May 2018. Ang Strengths and Weaknesses ay tungkol sa iyo lang, at iyon ang aspeto na kaya mo pang i-improve at baguhin (Internal Factors). Ang Opportunities and Threats ay hindi mo hawak, at manggagaling iyan sa ibang tao. Mahirap baguhin iyan (External Factors).

Feel free to add or subtract sa mga nakalista diyan, depende sa estado ng buhay mo ngayon. Sana makatulong ito para pagplanuhan ang life-changing goal sa buhay: ang maging CPA in the future.


Strengths:

  • Establishing linkages sa mga kapwa reviewees.
  • Laging nakikinig sa lectures at perfect sa attendance
  • Faith in God
  • Having general knowledge

Weakness:

  • Mahinang kalooban
  • Mahina pa ang kakayahang i-absorb ang concepts sa accounting
  • Laging bumabagsak sa mga quizzes at exams
  • Medyo disorganized sa pag-aaral
  • Nahihirapang makahabol sa lectures

Opportunities:

  • Di pa updated ang coverage ng CPA board exam sa ngayon, kumpara sa susunod na board exam.
  • Maraming reviewees na handang tumulong
  • Magandang review centers sa Maynila
  • May trabaho related sa accounting
  • Laging exposed sa reyalidad at sa kung paano gumagana ang sistema.

Threats:

  • Low passing rate
  • Changes on accounting syllabus
  • Malayo ang bahay sa review center
  • Kakulangan sa oras
  • Kahirapan/kakulangan sa pera
  • Teknolohiyang hawak ay kulang para makaagapay sa itinuturo (outdated cellphone at camera di tulad ng ibang reviewees).

Featured Image Credit: HR Journal of Myanmar.

Condensed Tips for CPA Board Exam (Inspirational Message)

Hindi ko maiwasang isipin kung ano ang lagay ng 12,417 examinees na hindi nakapasa sa CPA Board Exam nitong October 2019. Ito ay dahil sa sobrang baba ng national passing percentage (14.32%).

As promised, sinulat ko ulit ang tips regarding sa CPA Board Exam. May mga tips din na tinipon ko from netizens sa Accounting Coach PH. Pero ito ay specific sa mga bumagsak nitong May at October 2019 exam, na kukuha ulit next time. Sana makatulong din kahit paano.

  1. Assess yourself. Ano ba ang strengths at weakness mo? Ano ba ang mga opportunities at threats na available para sa iyo? Importante ito dahil doon ka didiskarte sa board exam. Ididiscuss ko sa isa pang artikulo kung ano ang mga iyan using SWOT analysis.
  2. Be always prepared. Aminin din natin na hindi talaga masusunod ang nasa TOS, dahil ito ay guide at overview lamang kung ano ang magiging laman ng exam. Isa pa, computer din ang pumipili ng mga tanong out of thousand questions na inilalagay sa test bank. Which is a technological limitation. Tinetest din ng ganitong sistema kung gaano tayo ka-prepared sa exam.

So, treat every subjects equally. Mag-focus sa mga mahihirap na lessons, at pasadahan na lamang ang mga madadali.

For instance, sa AFAR. Madali lang ang Partnership at Corpo Liquidation, so iyon ang pinasadahan ko. Focused lang ako noon sa Conso problems at Forex. Sa lahat ng subjects, madali ang theories since plain common sense lang naman iyan. Doon na ako nag-focus sa problems.

  1. Analyze, analyze, analyze. Paulit-ulit kong ineemphasize ito, since malaking factor ang analysis sa passing/failing score sa board exam. More on memorization, kailangang intindihin din kung paano gumagana ang mga accounting topics. Learn the “hows” and “whys” of most concepts sa accounting subjects.

Nang nagrereview ako, pumupunta muna ako sa basic concepts ng isang topic, let’s say PPE o intangibles. Saka na nakikinig maigi sa mga specifics like cash-generating unit o PPE swap. At that point inaalam namin kung bakit iyon ang tamang sagot, at kung anong specifics ang ginamit.

  1. Take notes and listen. Malaking tulong din ito lalo na sa mga working reviewees, granted na lagi tayong naghahabol ng oras. Eat full breakfast, and have snacks kung alam mong aantukin ka.

Consider also having index cards, lalo na sa mga complex topics. Ilista kung ano ang summary ng understanding mo sa isang topic. Depende na sa iyo kung ilang index cards ang gagamitin.

  1. Be creative. You are free to make up your own understanding of concepts. Or take weird concept form your reviewers/teachers. Nung time na nahihirapan ako sa interpretation ng Currency Translation sa AFAR, tinake-up ko ang concept ni Sir Ngina. Na pag Peso to Peso, ito ang gagamitin. Pero pag Peso to Oppa (meaning other currency), ibang method naman.
  1. Have fun. Marami sa mga reviewers ang makuwela at palabiro. Malaking tulong din ito upang mabawasan ang stress. Kung tumawa ang buong batch, kailangang tumawa ka rin.

Kung ikaw ay nasa ReSA, sagana diyan si Sir Gor. May inside joke nga na inabot ng 5-10 minutes ang tawanan. Sabi niya (non-verbatim):

“FLO (Financial Lease Obligation) ang gagamitin natin. Kay Chris, anong ginamit? Fl…Flower?”

Matindi ang itinawa namin, to the point na lumuha ako sa katatawa. Kahit paano, nabawasan ang stress na dala-dala namin.

  1. Do what you love and relax. Nalulungkot din ako sa isang examinee na sinakripisyo lahat, pati ang oras para sa good time, para lang maipasa ito. Tumanda na siya sa pag-aaral. Pero di pa rin pasado hanggang ngayon.

Darating din sa punto na hindi kailangang sobrang seryoso habang pinaghahandaan ang CPA Board Exam. No need na ikulong ang sarili o itigil ang lahat ng mga bagay na gusto mo. Dahil tuloy pa rin ang buhay.

Sa kaso ko, as usual pa rin ang ginagawa ko kahit nagrereview pa, tulad ng paglalaro ng computer games, Candy Crush, o blogging sa site. Nanood pa nga ako ng Jang Geum, Team Yey, Peppa Pig, at Pleasant Goat. The point is: Iisa lang ang buhay na meron tayo.

  1. Always pray. Nung mga time na nahihirapan ako sa review at sa paghahanap ng trabaho, wala akong makapitan. Doon ko na-realize na dapat laging humingi ng tulong sa Diyos. From that point, nagdadasal na ako. Hanggang ngayon.

Darating din sa punto na ipagkakaloob ng Panginoon ang matagal na hinihiling. Basta laging kumatok sa Kanya.

Yun lang ang mga simpleng tips para maipasa ito. Maikli ito dahil alam ko na iyon ang mas nakatatak sa marami sa atin. Good luck and God bless sa lahat ng kukuha ng board exam!

Criteria on Rating K-Pop Agencies and Groups (Republished)

With the recent passing of Sulli, plus other events, agencies need to respond better to various issues. Hence, this article being republished.


This time, we are going to rate K-Pop entertainment agencies and select groups. Why are we doing this? This is to recognize their hard work in promoting and caring their K-Pop artists, and to impart some things for improvement. Ultimately, an agency must be responsive and mindful of its talents. It also has to let the groups reach their fullest potential. These things will be our focus as we rate them.

(Side Note: We’ll publish this now to let the agencies prepare and respond to issues till November 30 this year, in which afterwards we will evaluate them.)

To a lesser extent, the author will tackle some financial aspects. However, this has no major effect on ratings, since generally, if agencies are responsive, fame and financial success will just follow.

How do we rate K-Pop entertainment agencies? This is based on another set of criteria, and each criterion is assigned 5 points (except for Criteria No. 5 to 7, 10 points each). In this regard, I also decided to follow that of TheBiasList, but this is an assessment of performance in another angle. They are as follows:

  1. Promotion of groups. This appraises the ability of the agency to promote its groups through fanmeetings, various comebacks, and concerts. It is important, especially that rookie groups are being formed, drowning many others in the sea of K-Pop.
  2. Rolling out of comebacks. Preferably, groups have to be given various quality comebacks, especially when many people tend to forget them and their performance. At a minimum, one comeback per group is enough. This is also anchored on the premise that “the more comebacks, the better.”

Comebacks, as defined here, exclude Japanese comebacks (as this is intended primarily for Japanese) and OSTs for K-Dramas, but include comebacks via commercials.

  1. Handling boy groups. The biases in favor of boy/girl groups over the other cannot be avoided. Hence, rating them separately helps in tracking the agency’s treatment of them.
  2. Handling girl groups. Same reason as of Criterion No. 3.
  3. Assessment as whole. The rating gives an overview of how the agency acts and performs. Assigned ten points to this to reflect how the author perceives the company as a whole. This shall be explained further when we are now ready to rate them.
  4. Longevity of groups. In general, agencies are to be responsible in keeping their groups’ permanence. Groups are ideally not to be given limited life, as is the case on some groups today. I see this also as very important, hence the greater weight assigned.
  5. Handling issues and responding to it. Greater weight is also assigned to it, as agencies need to be mindful of various issues and ways on resolving it. Otherwise, expect lower quality of performance, lesser sales, net loss, and other negative effects, plus angry/dismayed fans.
  6. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment.

But wait, there’s more! In grading the K-Pop agencies, there will be a twist:  A separate assessment for select groups will also be provided, each criterion with rating of 5 points (except for Criteria No. 4 and 5 with 10 points each). Here they are laid as follows:

  1. Health issues. This does not mean that the group must not have any health issues. Absences due solely to health issues are acceptable. But if this gravely affects the group’s performance, we have a problem.
  2. Dating issues. This also does not mean that groups are barred from dating or having a boyfriend/girlfriend. In fact, they are free to love and be loved. However, if this affects the group’s performance, we also have a problem.
  3. Other issues (Internal). This shall be further discussed, if there’s any.
  4. Attitude. Greater weight is assigned, as this focuses more on their behavior, like absenteeism, time management, handling other commitments, concern for fellow members, and quarrel between themselves. It also includes how they treat their fans, whether in Korea or overseas. Proper attitude sets the groups to right direction and fame.
  5. Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. Greater weight is also given in this criterion. It is given that groups do have limited opportunity to hold various concerts every day. Members who are absent without justifiable reason do miss greater chances to meet, greet, and win over non-fans.
  6. Review as a whole. This shall be discussed in separate ratings.
  7. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment with them.

All agencies and groups not mentioned in various rating articles are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.


Featured Image Credit: Logo of K-Pop agencies from aminoapps.com.

Notes and Reflections on Sulli’s Death

Dedicated to Sulli, her fans, and family.


성경에도 이렇게 기록되어 있습니다. “생명을 사랑하며 행복한 생활을 원하는 사람은 악한 말이나 거짓말을 해서는 된다.
베드로전서 3:10 (KLB)

The author created this site with primary aim to spread the fun and other side of the news. To this end, the author focused more on K-Pop, as it is a genre where many are enjoying it.

Sulli’s recent death exposed the dark side of K-Pop, that is, pressure and expectations from agencies, fans, and netizens. This mostly pose health hazards for many stars. Worst, this can lead to depression and death, as is the case with Jonghyun and the young girl.

As sign of respect to Sulli, the author made this site inactive for several days. Again and again, depression is no joke.

What if…

What if Sulli did not enter the K-Pop scene? To put it into perspective, let’s intertwine her life story with that of mine, since we are of the same age:

Sulli once revealed that she left for Seoul alone during her fourth grade. Six years later, she was once featured in a show, doing taste test. While she battles the hurdles of life, the author struggled on the loss of parent and on final moments as tenth grader.

She continued her college studies by attending one in her later years. This entailed her efforts to be just a simple college girl. At the same time, the author struggled for professional degree and in managing the actual work.

Afterwards, I would’ve traveled on that school, study again, and just ignore her even if her smile was so genuine. I would try to copy notes from her if our subjects are so hard. But eventually, as I learned that Sulli once dreamed to be a mother before she dies, I would’ve offered myself to fulfill her ultimate wish.

Summing up, her dreams are simple: Be a good student, and someday a mother. Now, her dreams vanished with some netizens killing her. I wonder now if haters had slept peacefully, as they succeeded in killing the young girl with their words.

Words can kill

Words can hurt and kill, and we must admit that we can’t avoid statements that hurt. If that’s the case then we have to issue apologies. But if done out of hatred, then we have a problem.

While nasty comments can actually help improve their performance, on the downside this can lead to depression, suicide, or worst, death.

Sulli’s death further affirmed two realities: (1) We only live once, and (2) life is fleeting. If we endlessly attack our fellow people and idols with malicious remarks, we not only waste our lives, but that of others too.

Effect on reviewers

This also gravely affected us reviewers, who tend to give brutal and frank assessments on performances. With her death, we have to rethink on the way we choose our words. If we have to be brutal and frank, we have to do these out of desire for improvement. But if we have to compliment them, we also have to do so.

The author tends to settle down and review write-ups before publishing. And if there’s a beef against anyone, there’s a justifiable reason, and is not usually repeating it (unless necessary). Because they will anyway face consequences of their wrong actions (Galatians 6:7). It’s senseless and a waste of time if I always hate any group, agency, and/or fandom.

Usually, the negatives on author’s reviews would be on horror, astrology, lack of excitement of music, difficult dances, and lack of storyline. Other than that, negative reviews on artists are rare.

Enjoy without hate

Now, peoples’ attitudes are going worse, for instance with Han Seohee over Monsta X’s Wonho. Even with Sulli’s death, some netizens still do not learn their lesson. It’s not actually surprising, as they are going to be:

“unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good”
– 2 Timothy 3:3 (NKJV)

In Korean:

“사랑이 없고 용서하지 않고 남을 헐뜯고 자제하지 못하며 사납고 선한 것을 싫어하고”
– 디모데후서 3:3 (KLB)

These attitudes gone worse, and it spilled to K-Pop. It reached the point where Sulli have to carry all these insensible hate remarks. Same goes to other stars like Suga and Jihyo.

Enjoying K-Pop without the hate remarks is still possible. We made it during 2NE1, Wonder Girls, Super Junior, and Big Bang eras. Back then when K-Pop was young, fanwars and “hate comments” exist, but fans do these out of fun. In the end, fans get along with each other.

But look at us now. Fanwars and toxic comments are everywhere, and are getting worse. These came to a point where one have to die, to let us realize what went wrong.

With success of K-Pop today, the industry must undergo changes for the better. K-Pop as whole should then consider managing artists and fans to prevent another disaster from happening again.

What to do?

It’s sad to think that actions are taken only when Sulli died. Hope that the actions to resolve this would not be futile.

Agencies and fans share the burden of protecting the remaining artists. For agencies, this includes programs to help them cope up, and pressing charges against malicious commenters. It is in the same principle that we will rate agencies at year-end.

For fans, we have to protect and defend our favorites against attackers in the best way possible. It’s better if we send our artists some messages to cheer them up, or praise them for good work. If we take our part, then K-Pop is on a best path.

For “He who would love life, and see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.”
– 1 Peter 3:10 (NKJV)

Criteria on Rating K-Pop Agencies and Groups

This time, we are going to rate K-Pop entertainment agencies and select groups. Why are we doing this? This is to recognize their hard work in promoting and caring their K-Pop artists, and to impart some things for improvement. Ultimately, an agency must be responsive and mindful of its talents. It also has to let the groups reach their fullest potential. These things will be our focus as we rate them.

(Side Note: We’ll publish this now to let the agencies prepare and respond to issues till November 30 this year, in which afterwards we will evaluate them.)

To a lesser extent, the author will tackle some financial aspects. However, this has no major effect on ratings, since generally, if agencies are responsive, fame and financial success will just follow.

How do we rate K-Pop entertainment agencies? This is based on another set of criteria, and each criterion is assigned 5 points (except for Criteria No. 5 to 7, 10 points each). In this regard, I also decided to follow that of TheBiasList, but this is an assessment of performance in another angle. They are as follows:

  1. Promotion of groups. This appraises the ability of the agency to promote its groups through fanmeetings, various comebacks, and concerts. It is important, especially that rookie groups are being formed, drowning many others in the sea of K-Pop.
  2. Rolling out of comebacks. Preferably, groups have to be given various quality comebacks, especially when many people tend to forget them and their performance. At a minimum, one comeback per group is enough. This is also anchored on the premise that “the more comebacks, the better.”

Comebacks, as defined here, exclude Japanese comebacks (as this is intended primarily for Japanese) and OSTs for K-Dramas, but include comebacks via commercials.

  1. Handling boy groups. The biases in favor of boy/girl groups over the other cannot be avoided. Hence, rating them separately helps in tracking the agency’s treatment of them.
  2. Handling girl groups. Same reason as of Criterion No. 3.
  3. Assessment as whole. The rating gives an overview of how the agency acts and performs. Assigned ten points to this to reflect how the author perceives the company as a whole. This shall be explained further when we are now ready to rate them.
  4. Longevity of groups. In general, agencies are to be responsible in keeping their groups’ permanence. Groups are ideally not to be given limited life, as is the case on some groups today. I see this also as very important, hence the greater weight assigned.
  5. Handling issues and responding to it. Greater weight is also assigned to it, as agencies need to be mindful of various issues and ways on resolving it. Otherwise, expect lower quality of performance, lesser sales, net loss, and other negative effects, plus angry/dismayed fans.
  6. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment.

But wait, there’s more! In grading the K-Pop agencies, there will be a twist:  A separate assessment for select groups will also be provided, each criterion with rating of 5 points (except for Criteria No. 4 and 5 with 10 points each). Here they are laid as follows:

  1. Health issues. This does not mean that the group must not have any health issues. Absences due solely to health issues are acceptable. But if this gravely affects the group’s performance, we have a problem.
  2. Dating issues. This also does not mean that groups are barred from dating or having a boyfriend/girlfriend. In fact, they are free to love and be loved. However, if this affects the group’s performance, we also have a problem.
  3. Other issues (Internal). This shall be further discussed, if there’s any.
  4. Attitude. Greater weight is assigned, as this focuses more on their behavior, like absenteeism, time management, handling other commitments, concern for fellow members, and quarrel between themselves. It also includes how they treat their fans, whether in Korea or overseas. Proper attitude sets the groups to right direction and fame.
  5. Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. Greater weight is also given in this criterion. It is given that groups do have limited opportunity to hold various concerts every day. Members who are absent without justifiable reason do miss greater chances to meet, greet, and win over non-fans.
  6. Review as a whole. This shall be discussed in separate ratings.
  7. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment with them.

All agencies and groups not mentioned in various rating articles are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.


Featured Image Credit: Logo of K-Pop agencies from aminoapps.com.