JYP parody against domestic violence

Hey everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely Monday! Here in Belgium, mother nature decided to play around a bit. I’ve seen blue sky, grey clouds, sun, rain and even hail!

Today I wanted to share a wonderful video with you. Most kpop addicts must know JYP’s “Who’s your mama”, right? My apologies to the fans, but I don’t like this song. Now don’t get mad at me, but let me explain first.
I actually love the rythm and the awesome vibe, but I don’t like the lyrics and the music video. I enjoy listening to JYP’s music while working out and “Who’s your mama” has a really great beat and is super catchy.
But seriously… this time it’s just too much. The way the song objectifies women is not okay for me.

BUT… that’s not what this post is about! No, the wonderful video I want to share is not JYP’s music video!

I found a lovely “Who’s your mama” parody and you should really check it out! The lyrics got changed and some sketches were added in order to raise awareness of domestic violence in Korea. As in most countries, this issue is still a bit of a taboo. But government and several NGO’s are trying hard to raise awareness of this problem and establish shelters and group homes for victims.

09_policy_06The government also has emergency hotline centers for women who are victims of violence, including victims of domestic violence. The “1366” hotline offers counselling, protection and emergency services. According to UN Refugee Agency the centers help approximately 160,000 victims of all types of violence per year. The 1366 centers also provide interpretation services in eight languages in addition to Korean and a separate national 1577-1366 hotline that serves migrant women exclusively.

Anyway, press play, watch the parody and support this great initiative!

 

In the meanwhile, I will do my cardio warm-up and listen to JYP’s rythm without getting annoyed by the lyrics 😉
Lot’s of Love
Misty

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Euroball: Roaring twenties gala

In February my boyfriend and I went to a ball organized by the Trainees Committee of the European Institutions in Brussels. The theme was “roaring twenties” so I got really exited! I love both dressing up and vintage fashion so I immediately started searching for information. I actually think the flapper style is really pretty. It looks glamorous but chic and sophisticated at the same time.

Most of the information I found on Glamour Daze. It’s a vintage fashion and beauty archive and really one of my favorite fashion websites! They provide so much interesting information about the history of fashion and combine it with many beautiful pictures and drawings. Go and take a look!

Now, I had all the information I wanted, but I didn’t have a lot of time left to put together my outfit. On top of that, I didn’t want to buy any expensive items that I wouldn’t be able to wear afterwards.

The dress

2016-04-20_11.25.06I actually borrowed a dress from one of my sweet friends. It’s a lovely grey dress with great fringes from OBJECT collectors item.
According to Glamour Daze “the fringy mini-dress- so often seen as the typical evening gown from the 1920s, is a popular misconception brought about by the 1960s revival of certain 1920s fads. In fact the normal hemline rose to just below the knee.

Indeed, the hemline of my dress reached a bit above my knees. So although it wasn’t completely perfect, I still got many compliments and I felt really good while wearing it. In my opinion, that’s the most important thing! I was able to mix flapper and contemporary fashion by wearing this cute dress and I had an amazing evening, what more could I have wished for? 😉

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No more water polo for girls in Belgium

 


Just venting my frustration…

The Belgian Swimming Federation (KBZB) just forbade mixed teams in water polo youth competitions. But in teeny-weeny Belgium, most swimming clubs don’t have enough girls to form a full all-female team! That means that those girls – formerly playing in mixed teams – are no longer allowed to participate in competitions! 

Their reason? They want “to protect the integrity of the girls” because the “physiological differences” would become to big and this would pose problems. This really made me think of the recent debate concerning girls’ dress code in schools.  ⇒ The guardian  Continue reading

Reducing my carbon footprint: cheap fashion

Hey everyone!
A few weeks ago I saw this really interesting video about how “cheap clothing is killing the planet”. The video already has over 5 000 000 views but I still decided to share it with you. I love fashion, but I do think that responsible shopping is very very important. That’s why I highly recommend you to follow the great advice given by grist.org.

 

Let’s sum up the tips Grist gives us to reduce our carbon footprint (in relation to fashion):

1. Buy less!

2. Shop smarter
3. Look for durability and good design
4. Don’t trash your clothes
5. Don’t wash your clothes as much

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Chungju… dam(n)!

Sometimes people decide to do something spontaneous and often it leads to either disasters or amazing experiences.
That’s what happened when Jay and I visited his family in Chungju in summer. We had spent the weekend at his grandfather’s place and we were driving back to Chungju to take the bus back to Seoul. Instead of taking the highway, we took some smaller roads and drove along the Han river.

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Checking out some flowers. Don’t worry, I didn’t pick them 🙂

The weather was so hot and there hadn’t been much rain for weeks in a row. Still the nature was so beautiful and along the river banks so many different flowers were growing! At one point we decided to just park the car next to the road. After a while we found a tiny path leading us down and after carefully pushing aside some branches… we discovered a paradise.
Chungju Dam was blocking the river from flowing freely just a few kilometers further up, so the water level was very low. Therefore we kicked off our shoes and we could wade the river.

This would have never happened if we had simply followed our initial plans. And although we had to run to catch the bus later on, I never regretted that we got out of the car over there. It was one of the most stunning, beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever seen, even though there wasn’t anything extraordinary or uncommon about it. Continue reading

Nominated for the Liebster award

 

Thank you Jham from nailsbyhoneycrunch321 for nominating me for the Liebster award!!! It was a lovely “100 followers” present hehe ❤ Check out her great blog full of awesome nail art!

As Jham wrote in her nomination, the Liebster Award is a fun way to recognize and promote new up and coming blogs of a good standard with less than 200 followers. By answering questions readers can get to know the blogger in a more personal way. 🙂

Here are the rules:
⊗ Thank the blog that nominated you and link back to them.
⊗ Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
⊗ Tell readers 11 random facts about yourself.
⊗ Nominate up to 11 bloggers to receive the award next. Give your new nominees questions to answer about themselves when they post their nomination.

My nominations

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Pre-competition: 1 month challenge

529141_201976529917652_1886550588_nHi guys!
In about one month I will participate to the Belgian Championship Synchronized Swimming age group 18+. But let me tell you, I’m totally not ready for it. I have been so busy with university life, exams, coaching my team of 10-year-olds, Korean evening classes etc. that I simply couldn’t find the time and energy to go to the pool. As 1st May is getting closer, I realized I only have a few weeks left to get myself fit again. Continue reading

Safe in Brussels

I’m safe at home in Brussels…

Luckily my boyfriend left home early and walked to his work instead of taking the subway. So he is safe as well.

My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Lots of Love
Misty

Hooray 100 followers!

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I posted anything. But while I was busy with university and applying for the Korean Government Scholarship, I suddenly got the following notification:

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So I just want to say thank you! To all of my 100 lovely followers! Thank you for reading and liking my posts, thank you for writing the nice comments and giving me suggestions!

 

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Lots of Love
Misty

 

Introducing: Geomungo Factory

Hey everyone!!!
Today I want to introduce a great Korean group called Geomungo Factory to all of you. The four members use traditional Korean instruments (geomungo and gayageum) to create amazing contemporary music.

You can find more information about them by clicking the following link: sonicbirds.com

20131121001485I went to their concert in Brussels and I was simply blown away by their performance! They were so so good! I really couldn’t get enough of it! The sounds Geomungo Factory created that evening were so beautiful and deep and they really touched my heart.

Because the four members all have their own style and they all like different kinds of music, their songs are creative mixes of different musical genres. It was difficult to decide which song to chose for this post, but I think “Fly to the Sky“, “Geomungo&Tango” and “Bluebird” are all so great and can serve as a lovely introduction to these amazing artists.

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