Saturday, September 27, 2014


So, a lot and nothing at the same time has happened since I last updated… I've kind of (actually I have) figured out the direction for OPPA BLOG and where to go from here.

When I first started OPPA BLOG, I had a few former friends wanting to help make it a thing, and together we became this huge team working together, which at the time was like a dream to me. 

But with that came the figuring out the dynamics of working in a team. While it's not that I don't play well with others, working in a team developed into a situation where everything that I had wanted to do with OPPA BLOG was going on the back burner. Suddenly the goal was about making OPPA BLOG into something way bigger than it was ever supposed to be - all of this before we ever really even began! And instead of speaking up, I let things just happen - until I got kicked out of the group.

But then once I restarted this project, and even as I began doing it by myself, I was repeating history. This time I was alone, and I didn't even realise until like a week ago: I was trying to make OPPA BLOG into something big, instead of letting it grow organically. So, I decided I'm just going to have OPPA BLOG happen and have it grow slowly instead of trying to go for a big launch and all that junk.

That being said, stay tuned for OPPA BLOG happening within the next few weeks. I just need to get a few things organised and things. I'll still keep this blog to voice my thoughts and things with OPPA BLOG and maybe put some BTS stuff or something. 

What else…?

(L-R Jinuk Jeong (bass), Sang Geun Lee (drums), JH Park (vocals/guitar), Il Jun La (guitar) 

I've also made some new friends recently, it was a nice surprise… I actually wanted to interview this band for OPPA BLOG but it somehow turned into this whirlwind of a friendship, and I couldn't be more happy and excited to have the band on OPPA BLOG soon. Everyone should go check out the band we hate jh.

I actually went out with Anna (of IndiefulROK), who I’ve written about before, on Thursday night and we attempted to have a low-key night out much different from our usual shenanigans filled with too much booze (and good company). But it somehow ended up with us drinking again till 3AM (which I guess is still earlier than our usual 6AM ways…?)

I called JH of we hate jh over to join us at around 3AM, but the night ended up early due to unforeseen circumstances. So he basically just walked me to the bus stop and waited with me till the bus came… If that's not friendship, I don't know what is.

And with that said, I forgot to congratulate we hate jh for making it to the finals of Hello Rookie 2014!!! 

So well-deserved. Everyone send them love and good vibes so they can win the whole thing and have an easier time making their first album (which is in the slow process of happening right now). I can write a million things on how hardworking they are but I won't bore you. Instead I will say considering they've only been a band (officially) for about a year, I think they deserve all the help they can get. Out of everyone who made it to the finals, they are the underdogs… and who doesn't like rooting for the underdog?

What else did I want to say? I promise to get on this… I really do. I don't know why fear cripples me in every aspect of my life ever since I moved here. Honestly, I just need some hugs lately… maybe I should go to the puppy or cat cafe to lift my spirits up. They have healing powers, right? 

we hate jh on social media-- listen to their music, drop them a line, be a creep and lurk! Tell them I sent you, I get a dollar for every referral I make… I'm kidding. Maybe jh will buy me a cookie or something though (I'm dreaming big). 

we hate jh- "20" (audio)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


First off, congratulations to the first OPPA BLOG giveaway winner— Ciara! As the winner, she got to pick any CD of her choice. She decided to get HA:TFELT’s EP, so I got a signed copy of that for her along with a small package of goodies from around Seoul. Some of my favourite things from brands/stores here and some things Ciara mentioned that she would enjoy. Hopefully when she receives the package in the near future she'll enjoy it as much I did making it.

Preview of the giveaway package for Ciara 

So, what has happened since the last time I updated?

Nana came and visited but we didn't get any work done cause she actually has a social life here and had her own fun adventures during her stay here… so much for saying I'd be productive hahaha. 

Illustration by Senka
The lovely Senka did some illustration work for me and will continue to do some for OPPA BLOG in the future! I am super super super excited, and honored that she’s offered to lend her wonderful talent to help. I am also recruiting a few other friends to possibly do some stuff with me for OPPA BLOG, including portrait illustrations of the wonderful oppa friends, fun (even maybe informational?) videos, and things . Keep an eye out for that! I'm actually really excited for all these possible collaborations, especially since they're with friends who I really admire and love on every possible level.

I've been hanging out with my friend Hyang a lot lately to get my mind straight. I have a lot of friends I ask to keep me in check/accountable to update this blog and to make OPPA BLOG happen and for the most part, everyone is busy with their own lives and we all forget after a few days but Hyang always seems to ask me every week if I'm doing things for OPPA BLOG or asks to meet so she can help (her penmanship in Korea is way better than mine— I apparently write like a dude). Basically, I'm super thankful for her. But if anyone else wants to join the "make sure Genie is on track/keep her in line/accountable for things" please do join. The more the better! But anyways, we've been doing things like instax photo sessions, making OPPA BLOG Q&A templates, scouting out places/people, as well as things to get me motivated and keeping me on track. I don't know if it's completely working… but it's better than just being in my own weird headspace.

But I always say I'm going to update more and then… I don't…

There is no real excuse for it to be honest. More than anything lately I just am… in a weird headspace (more so than usual). I'm so unmotivated by life in general. Which sounds depressing, and is depressing. Like, living here for the past three years has been such a struggle, mostly internally — moving across the world, living in a new environment, and just adapting to a different culture than what I grew up in. On top of that, making new friends,  a new social circle, things like that — it's all very much like being born again.

To an extent, I never really wanted to admit that this whole process, that this whole sense of growing up again is just… hard. And at times just not fun. But you know, over time and through new experiences, I’m learning a lot about myself. I don't regret my decision to move here. Despite living here often being difficult, it never felt wrong moving here, nor does it feel wrong now, even with all the bad shit that’s happened.

I think that's the biggest reason why I haven't just thrown my hands up and hopped on a plane and run back to the States. Because I feel like I have yet to do what I want to do here (what I need to do here) I've always had big dreams for myself. I shouldn't waste them by just letting them be dreams.

At times I find myself wishing I could catch some kind of break at some point… but I have remember the world owes me nothing, and I have to strive for better things.

(All all easier said than done…!)

Movie date nights with Hyang & OPPA BLOG brainstorm session.
I have so many friends in the same boat as me — and I’ve seen them push through all the struggles, never giving up. It's such a great reminder that, I am not alone and I have awesome friends. It's just really inspiring. Plus, as much as I wish for them, and cheer them on for great things with their dreams — I know they're doing the same for me. I'm glad I can lean on them for support… despite feeling alone at times, it's good to know I'm not actually alone.

There is this great quote by Henry Rollins (Black Flag) that I've been reminded of and I think if I remind myself to live by these words, it'll all be a bit easier.

"If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way."

Everyone, please send me all the good vibes and positive thoughts you can. I really need it. I need to stop being so bummed out by my own life.

I hope you guys are all doing well!!! I also recently got Netflix-- it's simultaneously, the worst and best decision I ever made (I don't know why I choose to watch Criminal Minds in the dark).

Sunday, July 20, 2014


So, it’s been forever and a day… I could give you a million excuses on the lack of updates, I’ll keep it down to a select few: my cousin came from America and stayed with me for the month (this taught me I know nothing about 14 year olds and how their minds work even though I once was one), I’ve been working (actually, one of the things I’ve been doing is subbing for Ladies’ Code and their web series called, “Hashtag Talk”), and then life happened (I did go to Seoul Record Fair the other month, which was fun. It was my first time going and it was a wonderful Saturday afternoon spent going through crates of vinyl and CDs among many other things).

But honestly, a small part of it all has been crippling doubt/fear for this project...

Like my heart is in it, but I don’t know how I should go about this all at times? Am I even making any sense? I’m the type of person who would just sometimes rather not try at all, because the idea of failure freaks me out to such an extent. I'd rather just not try, so I don’t have to feel rejection or failure, instead of seeing what the positive possible outcome could be. And I know that’s horrible, and that it’s a habit I should try and break. I'm getting back into the grind of things and going to old and new places to get inspiration and motivation.  I just need motivation and a jolt of inspiration again… or at least I hope that’s all I need.

That being said, as an “I’m sorry” for the lack in updates, I want to do a giveaway for you guys!!!

To (hopefully) boost reader interaction and things, I think the theme of the giveaway will be, “My favorite things” and it’ll be like a care package featuring random things that I’ve been loving lately (from stationary, beauty stuff, random bits and bobs, and maybe even a CD?—it’ll be a surprise, that’s for sure!)

The rules are simple:

The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere around the world.
  • Must be following OPPABLOG on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
  • With the hashtag #OPPABLOGGiveaway tweet me what’s been some of your favorite things lately (it can be anything)
  • RT/Favorites won’t count as an extra entry.
  • Your twitter has to be public so I can see the @replies
  • Winner will be picked at random and contacted via DM on Twitter.
  • Extra entry: Instagram some of your favorite things at the moment with the hashtag #OPPABLOGGiveaway
The giveaway ends July 26th, 2014 (Saturday) 11PM PST

I might be doing a mini giveaway on Facebook too... so keep checking the OPPABLOG Facebook page in particular!

If you haven't and would like to please check out OPPA BLOG or me on these SNS related sites via the contact page (I will probably post some exclusive stuff on certain outlets!).

I hope you guys are having a great weekend! My platonic life partner Nana is coming to Korea on Tuesday, I’m sure she’ll be hassling/making me update/helping me do some stuff. So keep an eye out… I promise this time for reals, I’ll update more often.

Throwback to my EUROLAND ADVENTURES 2013 (Chamonix, France)