Monthly Archives: February 2013

Invincible Youth and Reality Television

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Before I get on with my thoughts on Invincible Youth, I’d like to address a question that would probably be forming in your minds as of this moment.

7th Grade Civil Servant, why are you posting your thoughts on something that was aired from 2009 to 2010???

-It’s never too late to post your thoughts about something you feel so passionately about 😉 plus, in 2009 I was just a rookie in the KPop world so you’ll have to forgive me for being late with stuff 😛

7th Grade Civil Servant, you haven’t posted in two weeks.

-I know, right? I did my first posts when I was still on two weeks leave. After that I had to go back to work so I wasn’t able to creatively form an idea for my next post. Work got in the way. HAHAHA

7th Grade Civil Servant, another post on a KBS show?

-Yeah, because I could only afford the basic Korean package so that’s why I could only watch KBS World and Channel M. I wouldn’t pay an extra Php 900/month for the complete Korean pack. MBC and SBS aren’t subtitled. Haha.

Permission to carry on. Really? Okay then. Continue reading

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Discoveries of Life – My thoughts on KBS’ Gag Concert

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Last year, the family’s cable provider asked us to upgrade to a digital set top box. Because it was for free (and because we were having trouble accessing channels such as sports), opted for the free digibox upgrade. Now, I was kinda excited since when I checked the channel list, we had KBS World, MBC, SBS, and tVN on the lineup. Little did I know that I had to pay an additional fee to be able to access those channels. After much thought, I decided to subscribe to the Korean Pack which our cable provider had, which included KBS World, tVN (now Channel M), MBN, and CTS, for only an additional Php 199/month. Decided on that pack since SBS and MBC did not have subtitles while KBS World and tVN do, plus I get access to MCountdown and Music Bank!  I also got to watch Invincible Youth Season 2 (well at least the part of the season when they made it into Invincible Bed & Breakfast) and Gag Concert on Friday nights at 10:20 PM (Philippine time).

Now, my first exposure to Gag Concert was through YouTube when I wanted to look at parodies of KPop girl group songs, since they had a lot of those such as Girl’s Day’s ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ that was made into trot and Girls’ Generation’s ‘Gee’ to the tune of soldiers chanting (which apparently sounds like most fanboys fanchanting to Gee. Gee gee gee gee baby baby baby). But since I now had access to full episodes every week, I decided to give it a try.

Gag Concert is one of the longest running sketch comedy shows in South Korea. They’ve had over 700 episodes since they started broadcasting in September 1999. Now, i’ve noticed that unlike other sketch comedy TV shows such as NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ and our very own ‘Bubble Gang’, Gag Concert’s ‘corners’ or sketches do not change. What only changes are the situations in the sketch. Also, there would be times that they would be  making references (such as riddles or sayings) that only Koreans would understand so it’s best to try to make context clues when these happen haha.  For purposes of this blog post, I will be listing down my favorite sketches and provide a quick run-down of them.

Note: videos are not mine.

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“What dies though it lives, and lives though it dies?” – My Rooftop Prince Review

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While I was on leave for the past two weeks, I promised myself that I was going to do one of my favorite things, which is to marathon a Korean Drama, no matter how physically and emotionally taxing it would be. You see, I’ve been watching KDramas since High School, and when I do watch a KDrama, I have this habit of watching it until the wee hours of morning (the latest I stayed up was for Stairway to Heaven – 5:00 in the morning) until my eyes can’t handle it anymore, so I really have to watch it on the weekends or when I am on vacation. So, after finishing the first season of Homeland, I popped in my copy of Rooftop Prince while the family’s electric bill steadily rose.

For my review, I will not be going into it episode by episode but instead take the series as a whole. Here there be spoilers.

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My Dream KPop Fantasy Concert Fanaccount

First, let’s acknowledge the fact that the Dream KPop Fantasy Concert held in the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds was held last January 19, 2013. Which means i’m writing this fanaccount two weeks after the fact. Which means I don’t give a damn since I still remember everything clearly like it was yesterday. Which also means, I haven’t moved on. Haha.

Second, an aid memoire to start this post. I’ve been a fan since 2009 ever since a friend of mine told me, “Ramon, stop watching Wonder Girls’ ‘Nobody’ and look at this”. It was the MV of Tell Me Your Wish. From there, it all went downhill (or uphill, depends on what lens you’re looking at). Anyway, there have been rumors of an SNSD concert in Manila since 2009, and since then my heart has been broken since they never happen. So in that fateful day of September 2012, somebody announced that SNSD will be in Manila for a concert in January 2013 along with some other acts (i’m not dissing the other acts mind you. Once SNSD was mentioned, everything else was a blur. I hope you understand fellow fans). It would be titled “Dream KPop Fantasy Concert”. My reaction?

“HAHAHA OH PLEASE ANOTHER RUMORED CONCERT IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AND WHO NAMES A CONCERT ‘DREAM KPOP FANTASY’ ANYWAY IT SOUNDS SO FAKE TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT PEOPLE”

^By the way, I found out about that while I was in the office. And yes, that was my response. In the office. In a Government Institution.

But then, it was semi-official because Happee Sy (the woman who helps bring Super Junior and other KPop acts in the Philippines) kinda confirmed it.

By October, it was official. Rumoured ticket prices for seats in front were around 15k. My reaction?

“THANK YOU GOD FOR ANNOUNCING THIS CONCERT WHEN I HAD WORK ALREADY MAKES LIFE EASIER SINCE I’M EARNING ALREADY WOOHOO”

^Reality was, I wasn’t technically earning yet. As you know with government, you don’t get paid immediately. Hahaha.

Anyway I convinced my father to loan me some money to the tune of Php 11.3k for Standing VIP tickets which I bought in late October, a few days after ticket selling went live. (I’m still paying for my Personal Loan, btw). Decided to get SVIP because the Diamond VIP tickets were seated and I thought that it was too far from seeing my beloved Girls’ Generation and my girlfriend who doesn’t know I exist, Tiffany Hwang .

Fast forward to January 19, 2013. Continue reading

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Here comes trouble.

Ayo! This is another attempt by me to start a blog, because I feel that sometimes a Facebook status is not enough for all the feels.

So let me introduce myself. O HAI. I’m Ramon. I currently work for Government (as my friends would say, GO!vernment haha), hence the blog name ‘7th Grade (mentally) Civil Servant’. I understand that it’s a title of a Korean movie and an upcoming Korean drama, and I feel that it’s a name that captures my personality. I’m working for one of the departments in the Executive Branch (keeping that department on the down-low for the moment) but I let loose the inner child in me.

Now, you might ask, ‘Why in heaven’s name did you want to go into government?’ My answer? I always wanted to be part of government ever since I was young. Different branches of course. The earliest of which was wanting to join the Armed Forces, which eventually morphed into wanting to be a Foreign Service Officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs (which I still plan to do after I take my Masters, whenever that will be). That dream of being an FSO inspired me to take up my course in university. Also note that the Department i’m in isn’t the DFA, but i’m loving it here nevertheless. If you want your country to change, be the change.

I’m a huge KPop fan (AND I WILL SPAZZ ABOUT KPOP EVENTUALLY ON THIS BLOG, so be warned), particularly Girls’ Generation. Deeply in love with Hwang Mi-Young/Stephanie Hwang, who is known by her stage name Tiffany Hwang. Born on August 1, 1989, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Diamond Bar, California. Has a brother, Leo, and a sister, Michelle.

BUT I DIGRESS.

Am also a huge Trekkie, and a James Bond fanatic. Oh, am a Techie too so I might even review some stuff that i’m able to get my hands on. Formula One fan – I support Kimi Raikkonen, Team Lotus, Fernando Alonso, and Scuderia Ferrari IN THAT ORDER. Also a frustrated comedian so apologies in advance for bad jokes that might come your way.

Here’s hoping I update this blog regularly.

For your information and guidance.

Jigeumeun. Apeurodo. Yeongwonhi.

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Less words. More pics. Fun read.

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