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Kpop deja vu: Wonder Girls, T-ara and Supernova

Is this kpop deja vu: Wonder Girls, T-ara and Supernova in the news at the same time?!?

What year is it? It feels like I’m back in 2009? It seems way too familiar.


Back in 2009 the Wonder Girls were in the news because SunMi was leaving the group to finish her education and Sun was getting married. It was really big news back then, first of all because the Wonder Girls were trying to break the American market, and second because they were the top girl group in kpop.

Wonder Girls with SunMikpop deja vu: Wonder Girls, T-ara and Supernova

I admit I was really heartbroken back then, because I really loved them (as a group, as individuals, for their songs and concept).

Now, Sun is officially withdrawing from the group to focus on her married life and SoHee because she is pursuing an acting career. The Wonder Girls will be left with 4 members for their comeback (I’m guessing no new members will be added this time!). It’s great to see SunMi back with the others and it’s even more awesome to see them make a comeback. But, Sun was the voice behind Wonder Girls (I know there’s still YeEun and SunMi with great vocals) and SoHee was the charm.

The teasers for the Wonder Girls comeback have started coming out. The concept is incredibly different from the vintage/retro/cute concepts they had before. I’m guessing it was time for them to grow up and show the kpop scene that they’ve matured. Truthfully, I’m not sure what to expect just by watching SunMi teaser.


Then we have the long awaited Korean comeback for T-ara. Ever since the incident with Hwayoung, the girls of T-ara have been more or less inactive on the Korean scene. But, they were busy promoting abroad, either in China or Japan. Their popularity hasn’t decreased at all. IMO they are one of the top Korean groups. They are versatile, talented (both in singing and in acting) and have that thing that very few idols have: staying power.

kpop deja vu: Wonder Girls, T-ara and Supernova

They will be making a comeback at the beginning of August. Around the same time as the Wonder Girls.

Back in 2009, they were really hitting it big with one of my favorite songs: Time To Love. This was a collaboration with the guys from Supernova.

I would LOVE to see another collaboration between the two groups. While, Supernova is almost unknown on the Korean scene, they are pretty active and famous in Japan. They are one of the first Korean groups to break the Japanese market, make it big and keep their fame. They are also pretty low profile and I haven’t heard any scandal regarding them. They are like the perfect boy group.

kpop deja vu: Wonder Girls, T-ara and Supernova

They will be making an appearance at a very important event this year, and they will also have a Japanese comeback in September.

As usual, it’s really hard to keep an eye on Supernova. The only way you can keep track of them is by visiting the fan cafes or the fan forums. The news websites, rarely mention them. Which is a pity!


This truly feels like a kpop deja vu: Wonder Girls, T-ara and Supernova for me. Makes me feel nostalgic actually. My 3 favorite groups are in the news (some are getting more attention than the others), but it feels great nonetheless.

SunMi will make a comeback!

The Internet has gone crazy. SunMi will make a comeback, but not as a Wonder Girl.

I don’t know if I should feel happy or sad. I always imagined that SunMi will return to Wonder Girls after finishing her studies. But it seems they (JYP, the agency, SunMi) have different plans. It kinda made sense that she should return as a WG member. It made so much sense now since WG are doing solo promotions and SunYe is busy with her personal life (marriage, incoming baby).

Well, we won’t have the full package but at least we’ll see an old favorite.

The best part of this news is that we won’t have to wait long for it. It will all happen at the end of this month. Until then, here’s an oldie but goodie:

Waiting for my vacation

I’ve been a good kid this year. I did all I could to complete my goals for this year and a little bit extra.

I’m happy to announce that I finished my second year of university without failing any exam, that and I have good grades. There is one more thing that needs to be taken care of but its just a 3 week practice project and that will be in August. I still don’t know what I need to do but I will find out, eventually. Then my third year of university will come and that is actually the one that I dread the most. But, we’ll get there.

Second, I started my driving lessons. I had my first try last Friday and all I can say is that I had fun. Since I’m the beginning I won’t say anything about my “skill” as a driver but I will mention that I am OK. I didn’t hit anyone or anything and hopefully I won’t. Tomorrow I have my second lesson at 8 AM. I won’t complain about the early hour because the city isn’t that crowded around that time. Meaning I can focus on me learning how to drive then how to stay in line at a busy intersection.

I guess the lack of proper sleep/rest will eventually catch me up and I will need to take a vacation. The fact that I’m a nice person and doing favors at work for co-workers, like doing someone else shift ending up working 6 days per week, is a bit tiresome. Add the fact I need to wake up early for driving school, clean, wash and even cook (since mother is away) gives me no time for anything else. But I can’t complain. I mean I’m not the only one doing multiple things at once.

It just means I’ll need to give it my best till my vacation will be approved.

Yup, I submitted a request at beginning of June and even till this day I don’t know if it’s okay or not. The saddest part is that everyone keeps making plans for me with my free time and I don’t even know if I’ll be off. All I know is that I want to go to the beach and get a tan, eat, sleep and take lots of photos. I don’t care much about anything else.

Another trip to the Zoo

Today is my only free day and I actually convinced Johnny to take a small road trip to the nearest town… just to visit the Zoo.

So, we went to Ploiesti!

I love going to the Zoo, if it would be possible I would visit all the Zoo’s in Romania and in other countries as well. I will never get tired of animals.

This trip was fun. The zoo in Ploiesti isn’t that big and they don’t have many animals but its really beautiful. Plus the animals there are as gentle as the animals we have at the country side. I mean, they have signs all over saying “Please, don’t feed the animals” but they come to you and let you pet them and feed them grass.

My favorite animal there was this beauty. The horns were huge, yet she still managed to maneuver them so she can get to the grass.


I love cows (bovines) a lot and I’m giddy as a little kid right now. I actually fed it!


Of course there were tigers, lions and bears, but they were hidden from view or napping (in the case of the big cats). Instead we had fun feeding grass to any herbivore that came our way, including donkeys.

After the Zoo, we went and ate and back home. And all of this in 5 hours! I know it would’ve been easier to go to the Zoo in Bucharest, but we’ve seen it about 3 times so far and I really wanted a break from the big city.

WIP: The Market Square Tavern

I haven’t finished my tulips needlepoint from Draga Decor and I am aware that if I put my mind on it I can finish it in a couple of days. I just got bored of it and I don’t see the point into rushing to finish it if I don’t feel like it. It’s a hobby after all.

But, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t stitch at all in the last period. Instead of focusing on my studies (well I passed two exams out of two, so I can’t complain … so far) I like wasting my mornings with a good audio book (Agatha Christie book most likely) and the cross stitch project from Ronnie Rowe: The Market Square Tavern.


I’ve started this project a long time ago but I never paid too much importance to it since I had no motivation. Recently, on the stitching forum I visit, I found out that there is another person working on the The Market Square Tavern and we kinda agreed that we will work together on it. Well, in my mind it was more like a competition, who finishes first. I’m simple minded I know, but its fun and its good motivation.  That and it’s very easy to work with just one color.

I’m also happy to say, that I almost finished 1 page from 4 in total.


I really like my progress so far. Half of it I’ve done in the last 2 weeks. 4 days each week I stitched around 2-3 hours before going to work. I am not sure for how long I will be able to keep up the motivation, since the two other stitching kits that I bought arrived and my hands are itching to open them. But, I’m trying to be rational and I try to remind myself that I still have other projects that need completing.

And, of course I couldn’t post about stitching and audio books without my assistant.


Kiki’s Delivery Service Live Action Film!

Yup, they are making a live action film about Kiki’s Delivery Store. I don’t know if I should be happy or upset about it.

Here’s a little video…

It seems like they are trying their best to make the movie as loyal as they can to the animation, but I still have my doubts regarding it. I was actually looking for info regarding the new animation movie which will come out soon from the Ghibli Studios and I stumbled upon this little piece of information.

New things

After a few years I decided it was a good time to reward my patience and actually buy something online. I decided on two things: stitching materials and books. Shocking, right?!

Well, It’s been 3 years since I last bought any manga’s, stitching kits/materials or any other random things that I used to buy before. Its not like I saved any money by not buying anything, is just that I stopped my impulsive shopping. It became an addiction in getting things by post every two weeks and it was not healthy for my budget, the free space in my room or my mental health in general.

So, after much deliberation I bought 2 needlepoint kits, both from The first one I liked because it resembled Marlanu’ in a way and I can always do the background a different color. Its very easy to customize it to your own needs and cute at the same time.


The second needlepoint kit I just loved it. It’s just beautiful! Its like in video games, you go to the next level. No mode 20 colors and small size stitching, but 30+ colors, the stitching will require more attention on my side and also it is pretty big compared with what I’ve stitched so far.


 My second purchase was for 6 books, all of them were written by Georges Simenon. There were on sale and I took advantage of it. The Maigret books are the only ones I cannot find online in audio format or in any other format. It’s not that I mind buying books, heck no, its just that he is Belgian writer, his books are in French and my French is not what it used to be.

I think if I try hard enough I might get some books in French, but at the moment I’ll stick to English and Romanian.

Hopefully, soon the post will come and I’ll be one happy hippo.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Everyone who saw me read this book asked me what came over me? I mean, how could I read a book about tractors?


Well, I would lie if I would say this book has nothing to do with tractors. It does in a very strange way. You see, the character that begins all the madness is an engineer, an 80 years old engineer. His name is Nikolai. He’s old, half bonkers and bent on rescuing poor Valentina and her genius son from the hard life they live in Ukraine.

And so begins his old age adventure. You see, Valentina is anything but a nice lady, she is bent on doing anything to stay in UK and provide her son a good life, after all he is a genius. So, after much deliberation she marries Nikolai and moves in his house. But Nikolai’s two daughters are not so sure about this reunion. They come in the rescue of their father who is too blinded by Valentina’s big boobs love.

In between chapters we learn a little bit about the history of the Ukrainian tractors and of the black periods in the history of Ukraine itself.

You can’t actually hate any of the characters in the book but nor can you love them. They are all humans, with flaws and good parts as well. The best part of this book is that everything ends well for everybody. The two sisters make amends, Nikolai ends up in an elderly home (but where he can keep his independence and practice yoga butt naked), Valentina, her not so genius son and her baby daughter (not Nikolai’s daughter) go back to Ukraine to her former husband.

It took me around two days to read this book. It was refreshing from my British novels. And, true to one of my resolutions I started reading the books I have in my own bookcase. This way, I won’t hear anyone blame me for hoarding books but not reading them.