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Taste the Rainbow | POP! POP! C-RA-YON POP!

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I was in Korea for two weeks to attend the 2013 Youth Camp for Asia’s Future. During one of our tours in Gyeongju, I saw my Korean friends Hyun Jung, Yeah Hyun, and So Yeon taking pictures while jumping up and down. Intrigued, I asked them what they were doing, and they replied that it was a dance from a song that was sweeping Korea.

Friends, that’s how I began my interest in this rookie group called Crayon Pop.

For the uninitiated, they are a 5 member girl group who debuted in 2012 and composed of Gummi (Baek Bo Ram, 25), Ellin (Kim Min Young, 23), Choa (Heo Min Jin, 23), Way (Heo Min Seon, 23), and Soyul (Park Hye Kyeong, 22).

L-R: Ellin, Soyul, Way, Choa, and Gummi

L-R: Ellin, Soyul, Way, Choa, and Gummi

And yes, Choa and Way are twins.

That’s right. TWINS.

It also helps that they're only 4 days older than me heehee

It also helps that they’re only 4 days older than me heehee

Now, Crayon Pop shot up in popularity not only in Korea but also in certain parts of the world because of the song from their 4th Single Album, Bar Bar Bar.

Bar Bar Bar’s popularity sparked tons of parody videos, from police departments to the US Army. This song also beat out EXO’s ‘Growl’ for 1st Place on Music Bank for a week.

I will admit that at first, I thought Bar Bar Bar was going to be Crayon Pop’s only claim to fame, but having listened to their other songs (Saturday Night, Dancing Queen, and Bing Bing – I implore you all to check these songs out), Crayon Pop’s songs are catchy and addicting! I was wondering why these songs turned out to be underrated, and after going deeper in the Crayon Pop fandom (I prefer to be called a p-oppa, since pop-jusshi is reserved for the older fans – btw, if p-oppa catches on, you heard it here first, folks lol), I realized that Chrome Entertainment is a very small agency, with Crayon Pop as their first foray into K-Pop! In fact, in an interview, the agency was deemed too small that they had a hard time getting the girls on music shows! The girls turned to guerilla concerts around Seoul to get people to listen to them and bring them to the public’s consciousness (there’s one time that they conducted a guerilla concert during winter!) . Crayon Pop also got Japan’s attention, and had moderate success there.

I also read in an interview with the CEO of Chrome Entertainment, Bar Bar Bar was supposed to be their last stand. If it failed, then everybody would part ways and say that it was a wonderful adventure. I guess their gamble paid off.

I look forward to listening to future songs by Crayon Pop. I’m now a huge fan of them (they’ve entered Ramon’s Top 4 Girl Groups, and Way made it to the bias list – I should write about that some other time) and I hope they become very, very successful. Why?

Because they deserve it.

Crayon Pop’s other music videos:

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I’m still alive!

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Annyeong haseyo, yeorobun!

7th Grade (mentally) Civil Servant here. Again, I apologize for the infrequent postings. I’ve been brainstorming ideas for future posts, and some of them I will elaborate below. I’ve also made a twitter account for this blog (@Gr7CivilServant) and an e-mail address (7thgradementallycivilservant@gmail.com) so if you guys wish to drop me a message, you guys could do so on twitter or via e-mail.

Just a quick update on my life (and work) too:

-I’LL BE GOING TO KOREA SOON! Yes, this civil servant with the mind of a seventh grader needs a vacation too! I have my tickets booked for October. Only problem now is that i’m currently looking for a good and cheap place to stay. If anyone could recommend to me some good places (and some sights to see), do not hesitate to leave your suggestions at the comments section. I’d gladly appreciate it.

-The 16th Congress of the Philippines is going to start its session in the next couple of days, and His Excellency the President will also be making the annual State of the Nation Address. Why did I mention this? It’s a sign that the office will be busier in the next few weeks. Which means AIGOOOOOOOO T_T

-Birthday’s coming up in a few weeks.

-I’m still single. Eotteoke.

Here’s also what to expect in the coming days from this blog:

-An initial review of You Are The Best, Lee Soon Shin: This baby is 50 episodes long, and as of this writing, i’m still in Episode 28. Son Taeyoung is gorgeous btw kwonsangwoodontkillmedontkillmedontkillme.

-Another non-KPop related post! This time, I’ll be reviewing a gadget: the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 which I christened Kwon Yuri (explanation will be given in that review). I fitted her with a 32 GB Micro SD card and Yuri plays my MVs with ease!

By the way, i’ve been looking at the views for this blog and I saw that the post on my hypothetical Invincible Youth Season 3 post is the most read one. Thank you everybody for taking the time to visit this little blog of mine, and I do hope you enjoy reading through it. I promise to write about stuff that would be worthy of your time. Again, thank you!

Jigeumeun. Apeurodo. Yeongwonhi.

-7th Grade (mentally) Civil Servant 🙂

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan sa Republika ng Pilipinas!

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Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati’t pagsinta, buhay ay langit sa piling mo. Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi, ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.

(Land of the sun, of glory, and loving,
Life is Heaven in Thine embrace.
‘Tis our joy, when there be oppressor,
To die because of Thee.)

-Lupang Hinirang, Philippine National Anthem

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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