로이 킴- 왜 몰랐을까 | Roy Kim – No Longer Mine

So after skipping the first slightly over the top episode of 아는 와이프, and skimming through the second episode, I didn’t expect to be fully hooked by episode 3. And by hooked I mean completely invested in knowing what was going to happen, the way a great book makes you want to keep turning the pages. I guess it’s because I never imagined that anyone would want to go back and change their lives instead of just trying to fix their problems in the present. No one knows if life would be any better if we’d decided to do things differently… every choice we make is a gamble and we just have to learn to deal with the cards we’re dealt. But I suppose there are some regrets that just run too deep.

 왜 난 그땐 몰랐을까
내 품에 안긴 너를 보고도
미련한 건 나였을까
Why didn’t I know back then
even though I was holding you in my arms
that I was the foolish one?
추억 속에 묻혀있던 우릴
시간 속에 흐려지던 널
되돌릴 순 없는 걸까
Buried under our memories
Time has swept you away
Can’t we go back?
달빛 아래서 춤추던 밤
별들도 우릴 비추던 날
세상 가장 아름답던 그 순간
The night we danced under the moonlight
The day even the stars shined upon us
That most beautiful moment in the world
처음의 우린 사라지고
시간에 묻혀 지워졌네
우리 지금 어디쯤에 있을까
Who we were when it all began has disappeared,
buried under time and erased
where exactly are we right now?
You are my life
아직도 난
I feel you shining
No longer mine
You’re no longer mine
You are my life
Still,
I feel you shining
No longer mine
You’re no longer mine
매일 아침 날 깨우던 순간
네가 제일 좋아하던 영화
선명하게 기억나
The moments that woke me up every day
Your favourite movie
I remember them so vividly
우리 함께 같이 걷던 거리
우리 처음 만났던 그 날
아직 난 다 기억나
The streets we walked together
The first time we met
I still remember everything
달빛 아래서 춤추던 밤
별들도 우릴 비추던 날
세상 가장 아름답던 그 순간

처음에 우린 사라지고
시간에 묻혀 지워졌네
우리 지금 어디쯤에 있을까

You are my life
아직도 난
I feel you shining
No longer mine
You’re no longer mine

The night we danced under the moonlight
The day even the stars shined upon us
That most beautiful moment in the world

Who we were when it all began has disappeared,
buried under time and erased
where exactly are we right now?

You are my life
Still,
I feel you shining
No longer mine
You’re no longer mine

김유나- 나인 너에게

So this song is the OST of one of the best K-dramas I have ever seen – Mother. It’s a remake of the Japanese drama Mother and has got me hooked like only “On the Way to the Airport” could. The storyline, the acting, the OST… everything is designed to pull at your heartstrings.

Lyrics (with my best efforts at translating)

 

 그리워했던 목소리마저
사라져버렸네
모두 떠났네
Even that voice so dear has disappeared
Everyone has left
달콤했었던 그 기대까지
꿈처럼 아득해
흔적조차 없네
Expectations once so sweet
are now as distant as a dream-
no traces remain
끝없이 긴 외로움
그 맘 알아
Endless loneliness-
I know the feeling
꼭 삼켜야 했었던 기도까지
모진 하루에
다 지쳐버린
부서진 너를
내가 안아줄게
Prayers that even had to be suppressed…
On those cold, heartless days
when you’re exhausted
and feeling broken
I will take you in my arms.
꾹 다문 입술
불안한 두 손
숨길 수 없는데
홀로 두려운데
Mouth shut tight,
nervous two hands
that can’t be hidden
Afraid and all alone.
차가운 바람이 그친 후엔
아름답게 우리 남을 거야
기억도 아픔도
모두 빛날 거야
After the cold sharp winds have died down
We will remain in all our beauty
Every memory, every moment of pain
everything will shine bright
긴 외로움
그 맘 알아
Endless loneliness-
I know the feeling
꼭 삼켜야 했었던 기도까지
모진 하루에
다 지쳐버린
부서진 너를
내가 안아줄게
반드시 나 너를 다시 안아줄게
날 닮은 너를
꼭 다시 안아줄게
Prayers that even had to be suppressed…
On those cold, heartless days
when you’re exhausted
and feeling broken
I will take you in my arms
I will definitely hold you in my arms again
You, who resemble me so,
I will definitely hold you in my arms again

선우정아- City Sunset

On the way to the Airport was by far one of the best Korean dramas I have ever watched. The plot was human and relatable, the dialogue subtle and profound, the acting classy and the OST was a masterpiece, from which the song City Sunset had to be the icing on the cake.

Lyrics (with my best efforts at translating)

 Hey citizen
두 눈이 빨개져서는
건조함에 얼굴을 부비네
Hey citizen,
My eyes are getting red
and I’m rubbing my dry face
해가 녹네
답답한 한숨의 열기 지고 마네 내 웃음처럼
The sun is melting
The warmth of a defeated sigh fades like my smile
나만 힘든 건 아냐
모두 나름의 아픈 눈물 한숨 애써 숨기며 미소 짓지 저 노을처럼
I’m not the only one going through a hard time
Everyone tries hard, hiding their pain, their tears and their sighs with a smile like the setting sun
그래 오늘도 살아내야지
지켜낼 것이 나는 참 많으니
나로 인해 또 누군가가 아픈 게 난 싫어 싫은데 사실 오늘 하루도 버거웠지
내 맘조차 지키지 못했는 걸
초라한 발걸음 끝에
다 내려놓고 싶은 날
지고 마네 내 웃음처럼
That’s right… I’ve got to make it through today as well
because I have too many things I need to protect
Honestly, today too has been too much for me to handle
I couldn’t even protect my own heart
At the end of my miserable steps,
a day I just want to lay everything down
fades away, like my smile
나만 힘든 건 아냐
모두 나름의 아픈 눈물 한숨 애써 숨기며 미소 짓지 저 노을처럼
I’m not the only one going through a hard time
Everyone tries hard, hiding their pain, their tears and their sighs with a smile like the setting sun
그래 오늘도 살아내야지
지켜낼 것이 나는 참 많으니
나로 인해 또 누군가가 아픈 게 난 싫어 싫은데 사실 오늘 하루도 버거웠지
내 맘조차 지키지 못했는 걸
초라한 발걸음 끝에
다 내려놓고 싶은 날
That’s right… I’ve got to make it through today as well
Because I have too many things I need to protect
I can’t stand anyone hurting because of me but
honestly, today too has been too much for me to handle
I couldn’t even protect my own heart.
At the end of my miserable steps,
a day I just want to lay everything down
Hey citizen
얼굴을 부비네
다 내려놓고 싶은 날
Hey citizen
I’m rubbing my face
Another day I want to lay everything down

김연지 – 넌 또 다른 나

Some of the best music I’ve ever heard comes out of 불후의 명곡 and 김연지’s version of 이승철’s popular 넌 또 다른 나 is no different.

Lyrics

세상 끝에 홀로 버려진 나를
어느새 넌 다독거렸지 헤아려주고
I was left alone at the edge of the world
But then you comforted me and tried to understand me
그래 나 살고픈 이유는 바로 너 Yes, you are the reason I want to live
나른한 햇살이 내 머리칼 비출 때
불현듯 난 말하고팠어
When the fading sun shone on my hair
I suddenly wanted to say
이럴 땐 촛불이 더욱 어울리지만
지금 내 입 속에 소용돌이치는 한 마디
Candlelight works better at a time like this but
There’s something I want to say
내 눈감는 날까지
널 곁에 두고싶다는
Until the day I close my eyes
I want to keep you by my side
세상 끝에 홀로 버려진 나를
어느새 넌 다독거렸지 헤아려주고
I was left alone at the edge of the world
But then you comforted me and tried to understand me
그래 나 살고픈 이유는 바로 너 Yes, you are the reason I want to live
사소한 일들로 많이도 다퉜지
그래서 오늘까지 왔어
We fought over a lot of small things
That’s how we came this far
작은 어려움도 같이 염려해줬고
속 깊은 대화도 나눌 수가 있었던 거야
We overcame even the smallest of troubles together
We were able to have meaningful conversations
알아주길 바래
넌 또 다른 나인걸
I want you to know
that you are another me
세상 끝에 홀로 버려진 나를
어느새 넌 다독거렸지 헤아려주고
I was left alone at the edge of the world
But then you comforted me and tried to understand me
그래 나 살고픈 이유는 바로 너 Yes, you are the reason I want to live
나와 또 다른 너를 보면서 With someone who is so different from me
어느새 여지까지 왔어
알아주길 바라
We came this far
And I want you to know
그래 나 살고픈 이유는 바로 너 Yes, you are the reason I want to live
바로 너 Yes, you x 2
세상 끝에 홀로 버려진 나를 I was left alone at the edge of the world
세상 끝에 홀로 버려진 나를
어느새 넌 다독거렸지 헤아려주고
I was left alone at the edge of the world
But then you comforted me and tried to understand me
그래 나 살고픈 이유는 바로 너  Yes, you are the reason I want to live
세상 끝에 홀로 버려진 나를
어느새 여지까지 왔어
알아주길 바라
I was left alone at the edge of the world
We came this far
And I want you to know
그래 나 살고픈 이유는 바로 너 Yes, you are the reason I want to live x2

The Long Road to MBLAQ- Part 2

… we were jostled into the hall in a sea of black, but were able to get seats pretty comfortably, and that too behind people who weren’t too tall.

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Lights out…first view of the stage

Since the showcase was part of the bigger exhibition on medical tourism, there were a lot of video clips played about the medical facilities in Korea. Don’t get me wrong…it’s nice to know what facilities are there but I hope to God no one ever falls so sick that they’ll have to use them… The Miso performance was delayed about 20 minutes so we ended up watching lots of videos while waiting. Let’s just say the Miso performance was well worth the wait. There were around 4-5 traditional performances and I was lucky enough to capture my favourites on camera. I didn’t bother to take videos of the rest and just enjoyed the mesmerizing performances. By the end of the performances I wasn’t sure if I wanted MBLAQ to come on stage or just have an encore for Miso. 🙂

Of course when MBLAQ finally came out, that’s when my ear drums blew. The screaming was just… shrill… I’m a fan, just not a screaming kind of fan (I’m the passive LED Scroller app kind of fan), so I was fairly regretting not wearing any ear plugs. The band had flown in the same morning, one member short, and the jet lag was pretty obvious. Notwithstanding, the fans greeted them with screams that overpowered the music system for the first couple of songs, so much so in fact that we thought for a moment that there was no music on…that could also be because we were in an exhibition hall, so the acoustics weren’t so hot. After the first few songs, they came out for their talk show segment, complete with lots of selfies, before performing their last hits of the night…They mentioned that they might stop by Ferrari World the next day and made good on their promise so lots of lucky fans got to take pictures and autographs. I didn’t take too many videos of the performances again because nothing can compare to the live experience but enjoy the clips anyway… ^^

We finished up at around 8pm (right on schedule) and headed back to the hotel (or rather, ran backwards on escalators back to the hotel), ordered room service and called it a night. Since room service had been disappointing at night, we decided to make use of the fact that we were practically in the exhibition centre, and ended up having breakfast at one of the cafe stalls there. We were aiming to check out early so we could catch the 11am bus back to Ibn Battuta but ended up being held up at the hotel and decided instead to take a cab to Al Wahda Mall, right opposite the bus station. We hung out for a while before walking down to the bus station where we could see some buses were already waiting. We got in, confirmed that we were going in the right direction… only to find out 2 minutes before departure that we were not, in fact, going to Ibn Battuta but were headed instead to the Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai (E101 goes back to Ibn Battuta while E100 goes to Ghubaiba). We decided not to change bus, partly because I overheard the bus to Ibn Battuta was already full and partly because that’s what being adventurous is all about. We looked up the bus station on Wojhati (Android App available too) and decided we’d get off at Jafiliya, grab the metro and then a taxi to our home away from home – Mirdif City Centre  for a much needed lunch. The bus on the way back, by the way, did not feel as slow as the one getting to Abu Dhabi… or maybe the eager anticipation to get to Abu Dhabi had made the bus seem slower than it really was.

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Lunch at Gazebo

The taxi from Rashidiya Metro Station to Mirdif City Centre drops you off right in front of Gazebo and we decided that we were so famished that’s exactly where we’d have lunch. We had a much needed Biryani, finished off with a Matka Firni, walked it off and then headed to the taxi stand… where there were a million people waiting for a taxi. Okay that’s an exaggeration, but there were at least 25 people already in line. It was close to 5pm and I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to get a cab before Maghrib. If you’ve ever been at Rashidiya Metro Station near Maghrib time, you’ll know there are no taxis to be had there for love or money. We were lucky enough to get one by 5.30pm and finally got home about an hour later.

Overall, I had a great time using 3 different RTA services- taxi, metro and the bus and for anyone going to Abu Dhabi who doesn’t want to drive… I’d highly recommend the bus. It’s time consuming, but stress-free so if you don’t have other demands on your time, the bus is the way to go. If you are a busy bee though, driving down is the only other feasible option because taking a taxi will all but kill your monthly budget. The cost breakdown for the entire 2 days, 1 night (2박 1일) trip for 2 people from Ajman – Abu Dhabi- Ajman is:

Public Transport AED 300
4 star hotel (1 night) AED 500 incl taxes

 

Depending on how much and where you eat, the entire trip will cost less than AED 1000 (USD 272) for 2 people. Not bad at all, if I do say so myself. 🙂

If there’s anyone else who went to the concert, let me know what was your favourite part of the night and also, how did you get to the concert? Share your pics! 🙂