My Bucket List

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I was inspired by my friend Becca’s post which you can read here [x] – her blog is fantastic by the way so make sure you give her posts a read. Looking at Becca’s list made me realise some of those things were pretty achievable (like throwing a pizza like a Frisbee, something we have been on about for years now but never done even though it’d be so easy) so I wanted to write an OFFICIAL bucket list.

I’ve written a couple and I’ve actually managed to achieve some for example seeing a Broadway show, going to a different continent and meeting the Supernatural cast but I wanted to write a new one and then next year I wanted to write a post about what I achieved and what I still have left to achieve.

Bucket lists are a lovely idea because I feel like we get so caught up in work, family, friends, and all our other commitments that we kind of forget to just have fun and do something different once in a while. So here’s my list, 50 things I want to achieve or do before I die – not in any particular order!

1. Go abroad by myself
2. Learn to speak the basics of another language
3. Lose weight until I’m at least a size 14
4. Leave copies of my favourite books around London for strangers to find
5. Go to Japan
6. Publish a book
7. Spend at least a month outside of England
8. See five Broadway shows
9. Keep a journal for a full year
10. Go to a K-Pop concert in Seoul
11. Get a job that I love
12. Take my Mom on a holiday abroad that I’ve paid for
13. Go to all the Disney parks across the world
14. Own all the Studio Ghibli films
15. Get a tattoo
16. Go to America with Becca, Hirst and Jess
17. Join an amateur performing arts group
18. Visit Stonehenge
19. Learn sign language
20. Raise money for The National Autistic Society
21. Meet Achievement Hunter
22. Go ghost-hunting
23. Visit every continent
24. Wake up before 6AM every day for two weeks
25. See a ballet
26. Order room service
27. Send a message in a bottle
28. Sponsor a child
29. Do a colour run
30. Throw a dart at a map and just go
31. Celebrate a holiday in a different country
32. Go to the Crooked Forest in Poland
33. See the northern lights
34. Walk on the Great Wall of China
35. Book a holiday where I find out the location at the airport
36. Move out
37. Go somewhere in a limo
38. Visit the Doll Hospital in Lisbon
39. Float in the Dead Sea
40. See elephants in the wild
41. Watch the sunrise on the beach
42. Fly first class
43. Visit the Warrens Occult Museum
44. Keep a dream journal for a full year
45. Learn to play at least one song on an instrument
46. Dedicate my first book to my Little Nan
47. Learn to drive
48. Have a year where I read at least two new books a month
49. Go to Canada
50. Watch every Studio Ghibli film

There we go, 50 things that I want to achieve before I die. I tried to keep them relatively realistic and with things that I’ll still be interested in when I’m a bit older. For example I had a few more K-Pop related ones but I removed them because by this time next year I might not like them anymore. I think everything else on the list is something I’ll still want to do by the time I’m forty so it gives me something to look forward to.

A couple of things on the list were slight cheats because they’re things I already know I’m going to achieve this year but I made sure they were things I would’ve included regardless.

I’ll post an update at the start of 2019 of how many things on this bucket list I managed to achieve and I can’t wait! Feel free to comment what’s top of your bucket list or a link to your own bucket list.


Ten K-Pop Songs I Can’t Stand


I don’t mean any offence by this I’m literally just making it for fun. Some of the groups on here are groups that I love they just happen to have one song that I honestly can’t stand. I wanna make it clear that I think all these groups are talented; I’m just not particularly a fan of the song.

10. CLC – Pepe

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I’ve put this song at the bottom because I feel like I could probably eventually learn to love it. I do like CLC but when I first listened to them I didn’t because ‘Pepe’ was the first song I listened to. I’m going to be truly honest and admit I listened to it because I like the Pepe meme. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? I didn’t like it so I assumed I didn’t like CLC but luckily I was wrong because they have some great songs! I’m just not sure how much I like ‘Pepe’.

9. GOT7 – If You Do

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I’m aware that this isn’t a bad song but it’s just really not my taste in music. I love GOT7, my favourite songs are ‘Just Right’ and ‘Hard Carry’. Interestingly a lot of people hated ‘Hard Carry’ and said they hit rock bottom musically but like that’s one of their good songs? Some of their earlier songs aren’t great like their debut ‘Girls Girls Girls’ but I actually quite like that one to a point. I don’t really like ‘Stop Stop It’ either. I feel like GOT7 has a type of music where you either love that song or hate that song. And I happen to dislike ‘If You Do’ unfortunately.

8. Tiffany – I Just Wanna Dance

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I was so excited for Tiffany to get a solo because I love her and I was so ready to support her and have the MV on repeat… But I didn’t like it. I wasn’t a fan of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ either. Again, it’s not that the songs are bad but they’re just not my type at all. They’re too chill and I just can’t get into them. I still love Tiffany and think she has an amazing voice but I just wasn’t a fan of those songs.

7. Big Bang – FXXK IT

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I remember my friend Becca moaning that she couldn’t watch Big Bang’s new music video because she was at work and I was at home at the time so I decided to watch it just to annoy her. I’m not like a massive fan of Big Bang but I like ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘Fantastic Baby’ so I thought I’d like this one. I did not. It’s another one that’s just a bit too chill for me.

6. 2NE1 – I Love You

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2NE1 have some amazing songs but this is not one of them. It’s so boring and when my friend listened to it she remarked “It sounds like a Pussycat Dolls song.” 2NE1 songs can be a bit hit and miss because I also don’t like ‘Hate You’ but most of their songs are so good like I love ‘Go Away’, ‘Ugly’ and ‘I am the Best’. But this song just doesn’t do it for me unfortunately.

5. Oh My Girl – Cupid

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I love Oh My Girl, they’re one of my favourite girl groups at the moment but their debut song is one of the most annoying things I’ve ever heard. I actually quite like cute girl group concepts but this one is just nothing but irritating. It’s kind of catchy but it’s not catchy enough to forget it’s a bad song. I have tried several times to get into it because I love Oh My Girl but I just can’t do it.

4. Solar & Wheein (Mamamoo) – Angel

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This is another song that I’m aware isn’t bad but I still don’t like. I was excited at the thought of two sub-units in Mamamoo and I loved Hwasa and Moonbyul’s ‘Dab Dab’. So I was looking forward to listening to Solar and Wheein’s ‘Angel’. I was so bored! I’m not a massive fan of slow songs but there are some good ones. This is not one of them unfortunately. I get bored listening to this so quickly and I can’t understand why it was more popular than ‘Dab Dab’. To be fair the studio version of ‘Dab Dab’ isn’t great, the live version is much better.

3. EXO – Wolf

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I will admit that I do have this song on my iPod because it’s pretty funny, let’s be real. Even most EXO fans don’t love this song and I’m not really sure what SM were thinking at the time because EXO have some really good songs – ‘Monster’, ‘Lotto’, ‘Overdose’ and ‘Call Me Baby’ just to name a few! ‘Wolf’ is horrendous but I must admit it does make me laugh so I do listen to it every so often. But I wouldn’t go as far as to say I genuinely liked the song.

2. CL – Doctor Pepper

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I love CL and I think she has some great songs but this is not one of them. I’m so glad she redeemed herself with ‘Hello Bitches’ a few months later because if her songs had continued to sound like ‘Doctor Pepper’ I would’ve given up being a fan there and then. I’m having a look and technically it’s Diplo’s song but the fact she heard the song and still agreed to collab with it is enough. I can’t stand this song but I still love CL.

1. AOA – Heart Attack

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I love AOA but oh my god I can’t stand this song. I’ve written about this before but this was the first AOA song I’d heard and I thought all of them sounded like that so I didn’t attempt to listen to anymore. When I eventually became a fan I decided to give this song another listen just to give it a go. Nothing has changed, I still can’t stand this song and I’m not even 100% sure why. I just think it’s really annoying! I love you AOA but this song is bad, I’m sorry.

So there are ten K-Pop songs that I just can’t stand, feel free to leave me a comment with K-Pop songs that you can’t stand!

Travel Fails!

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I love travelling so much, especially with my three best friends but it’s safe to say that something goes wrong on pretty much every trip we go on. So I thought I’d write a quick post about some of the things that have gone wrong on our trips because although they weren’t fun at the time they do make good stories now!



Our first trip abroad was to Paris so that we could go to K-Con Paris (except for Hirst who just wanted to come to Paris) – the concert tickets weren’t released until a month before we’d need to leave so we rushed to book everything in time. Unfortunately everywhere we looked plane tickets were quite high so in the end we ended up booking a coach which was extremely cheap and would get us to and from Paris!

The coach on the way to Paris wasn’t too bad; it was an overnight trip so it wasn’t the worst – however there were a number of delays, the biggest one being when we reached the ferry. The captain wouldn’t let us on the 11:30PM one (which our driver was pissed about) so we had to wait for the 12:50AM ferry. This wasn’t too fun but we didn’t have any commitments in Paris to worry too much about so the delay wasn’t the worst thing ever.

However, the journey back was Hell. We had to get up at stupid o’clock the morning after the concert (I blame Jess for insisting we watch the concert videos before we went to sleep, I knew it was a bad idea) so we were all extremely tired and during the journey back we realised the only food we’d thought to bring with us were three mars bars and a box of maltesers. Hirst and Jess had woken up so late they hadn’t been able to get breakfast and for some reason we’d left the boxes of cereal on the side instead of bringing them with us. I shared out the mars bars (poor Becca didn’t get one), Jess shared out the maltesers and that was that… All of us were looking forward to getting on the ferry as there was a proper café so we could get a proper meal. We were all disappointed to discover we were actually going on the euro tunnel and not the ferry. We wouldn’t be getting a meal.

Luckily the driver did pull into a service station when we got into England so we finally managed to get something to eat but I just cannot believe our stupidity? Bloody three mars bars and a box of maltesers for a nine hour journey? Hirst had about 999 kinder Buenos but they were in her suitcase in the hold area of the coach so they were no good.

We had more delays on the way back meaning we missed our coach from Victoria that would’ve taken us back to Wolverhampton so we could catch the last train home. Instead we had to book a different coach which took us to Heathrow where we had to catch another coach to get back to Birmingham International. Luckily Hirst’s Mum came to pick us up as there weren’t any trains running by this point and I don’t think I’ve ever been so relieved to see her to be honest. It took us about eighteen hours to get home. Eighteen hours from bloody France to England. It’s less than an hour on the plane.


Unfortunately that wasn’t the only bad luck we had in Paris. I wasn’t impressed with the hotel we’d stayed in so when we got home I decided to write a quick review on tripadvisor because I love writing reviews. Because we’d booked everything in such a hurry we hadn’t bothered reading the reviews of the hotel beforehand so I was pretty horrified to read so many reviews of people claiming their rooms had been broken into whilst they were asleep and their possessions stolen.

I popped up to my friends to tell them and they recalled the moment we’d checked in the man at reception had fished out a key at random from a basket and given it to us. We are 100% certain that the keys open every hotel room as most of the other reviewers believed too. We were very lucky not to have our room broken into – when we went to K-Con Paris we left Hirst in the hotel room by herself. I dread to think what could’ve happened.

Also the room next to ours had suffered a fire the week before and the whole corridor stank. For our first trip abroad together it wasn’t a very comforting hotel.

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We did have a lot of fun sightseeing but disaster struck even then. This one is down to my own stupidity and awkwardness more than anything else. When we visited the Eiffel Tower I somehow got split up from my friends so Hirst and Becca were walking at the front together, Jess was off to the left and I was off to the right when some lady with a clipboard approached me. Now I hate being mean to people so I smiled and listened to what she had to say and signed her clipboard for her charity. I tried to ignore the part about a ‘donation’ but she pointed at it so I fished in my purse and gave her five euros which I had thought was pretty generous.

Now some lady had also been talking to Jess, had taken her five euros and walked off but for some reason came over to me and said “Actually it’s five for the disabled and five for the orphans.” Hang on, what kind of bullshit charity collects for both the disabled and the orphans? But I was confused and still trying to be nice so I also handed her a ten euro note and then she stuck her bloody finger in my purse and was like “Give us that twenty” so by this point I was like um no, I asked for my five euro note back and let them walk off with the ten. I was salty for the rest of the day. I hope they were happy with that ten euros, I truly do.

I also got called ‘Lady Gaga’ because of my outfit by some random man selling mini Eiffel Towers – I didn’t have the best time at the Eiffel Tower to be truthful.


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After the hotel disaster in Paris we decided to do more research for our trip to Amsterdam. This time we used airbnb and found what we thought was a nice apartment. It looked cosy, convenient and for some reason we were all really excited at the thought of looking after this man’s cats. We messaged him and he agreed we could stay there. Our accommodation was sorted and we were free to enjoy the trip!

We flew there on Hirst’s birthday – it wasn’t great timing but me and Becca really wanted to see 24K so we couldn’t go at any other time. When we reached the apartment I did start to feel bad because Hirst looked like she was going to have a break down. Although the apartment was a good size it was a bit grubby and filled with weird stuff. While most of it was interesting I did have to remove a creepy mask from mine and Hirst’s bedroom (and placed it in a room designed for a child that our host just hadn’t mentioned at all) and Becca came into our room with a jar she’d found which said ‘Every Artist is a Cannibal’. There were teeth in the jar.

It wasn’t too bad but it was bad enough for Hirst and Becca to say that next time we’d just pay the difference and stay in a decent hotel. However apartments are convenient because you can cook your own food etc. Or so we thought.

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The next day after a long day of sight-seeing we came back to the apartment really hungry so we decided to make some of the food we’d bought earlier. Me, Hirst and Jess were going to have microwavable burgers and I’m pretty sure our vegetarian friend Becca was going to have microwavable pancakes. Luckily for me and Becca we offered to wash up while Hirst and Jess ‘cooked’ the food so we escaped the horror of what they found.

Bear in mind his kitchen was already the grubbiest room in the apartment like we’d had to lay down towels in his fridge so that our food didn’t touch his dirty fridge but again it wasn’t too bad at this point. Until Hirst found a plate in the microwave with another plate on top. She brought it down, took the plate off and discovered the mouldiest plate of food she had ever seen in her life. It must’ve been there months. I’m pretty sure Hirst actually vomited and both of them lost their appetite.

We decided to text our host, who had told us he was only 15 minutes away if we needed him so we decided to ask him to come and clean up his grubby food and maybe give his microwave a wipe while he was at it – you know, if he felt generous. He replied to tell us he was in Belgium and that he didn’t see what the problem was.

In the end we sat in mine and Hirst’s room making sandwiches whilst we made an official complaint to airbnb. We packed our bags in case he came back and kicked us out of his apartment. Luckily he didn’t kick us out and we could finish our holiday – we just couldn’t make any of the food we’d bought now and had to eat out for every meal because his kitchen was so rank that we couldn’t use it.

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When we went back to his airbnb page we realised that although all the English reviews were positive, which were the ones we’d read before booking, all the foreign ones we now translated said the general hygiene wasn’t great. I guess we just can’t win.


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Luckily our accommodation in Luxembourg on Jess’ birthday was a lot nicer. Which was just as well as from the moment we made it to Luxembourg the four of us were absolutely exhausted. That morning Hirst’s Mom had driven us to the airport at 4AM so we could make our flight on time. Therefore I’d been up since 3AM, I’m pretty sure the others had been up even earlier so by midday I was ready to drop.

We did our best. We walked around sightseeing as much as possible before the four of us flopped onto a tour bus to look at what we could do the next day. I was sat by Becca and the music played through the headphones between information was making me even sleepier. Not as much as Becca though who genuinely fell asleep several times. In the end we had to mess around on Snapchat to keep ourselves awake.

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We were in the hotel by about 5PM and in bed by about 9:30PM. We completely underestimated how tired we’d be – even the next day after a long sleep I was still exhausted.

Another slight fail we had while we were there was that we kept entering tourist attractions and not realising what they were. We took a photo outside of what we thought was a famous art museum – it was an opera house. We went to the bock but didn’t realise we were there so left. We visited the palace and thought it was a parliament building so we didn’t appreciate it at all. We kept doing it everywhere we went – I apologise to everyone in Luxembourg, we’re such idiots.

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The biggest disaster in Lithuania had to be Jess getting sick. We all completely blame Becca. The same week we went to Lithuania Becca had just decided to become a vegan. I imagine eating out in England would be hard enough for a vegan but it was much worse abroad. So on Saturday night after Becca had barely eaten anything all day we went to a vegan restaurant where she could take her pick from the menu. I’d never heard of anything on the menu and they didn’t have the random thing I ordered so I ended up going for pumpkin ravioli because Jess and Becca had gone for it.

I remember taking the first bite and telling my friends “actually its bearable” which was a big deal for me as I’m a fussy eater. However, by the third mouthful I’d completely changed my mind. I tried to eat it as quickly as possible but I just couldn’t do it so I ended up leaving a lot. Becca ate most of hers but Jess completely finished her plate. That night she was up and down all night vomiting. I was dead to the world as was Hirst so luckily Becca got up to take care of her.

First thing in the morning we left Jess in the room whilst the rest of us headed to the nearest convenience store (a fifteen minute walk away and up a bloody hill, of course) to get her a good stock of water, dry food and a teddy to cheer her up. We brought them to her and then headed back out for a day of sightseeing. We all felt pretty bad about leaving her.

We followed Jess’ itinerary that she’d printed beforehand and went to a park that was about a forty minute bus ride away. After all the walking we’d done the day before none of us particularly minded being on the bus for forty minutes. However we paid to enter the park where we spent maybe an hour before realising we could either get the bus in ten minutes time or wait two hours for the next bus. If we waited two hours we’d miss our reservation at the cat café so we had to sprint back to catch the bus back into town.

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Once back we realised we had a bit of time to kill before our cat café reservation so we went to a museum that was free with our pass thing we’d bought the day before just to kill some time. To be honest we always go to museums but most of the time we end up a bit bored.

So we went to this museum, I think it was the ‘National Museum of Lithuania’ or something like that and it all started out pretty well. Then when we got to one section we noticed this lady was following us and we were like ‘oh okay’ but she was trying to be subtle about it and she really wasn’t? Eventually we decided we’d had enough and headed off and she glared at us as we left! So we kind of laughed it off but when we got down to the reception area there was a long corridor full of exhibits and there were like four staff members in this long line and I kid you not they were all giving us the most foul looks ever.

Neither of us really knew why but we quietly left the museum and had a bit of a laugh about it outside because we honestly hadn’t done anything wrong. We’d had a bit of a giggle but we were quiet and we didn’t touch anything. I told Hirst and Becca I wanted to take a Polaroid of them in front of the museum and as I went to do it I noticed two of the staff members standing in the doorway of the entrance, still glaring at us! They’d been quite nice to us when we’d walked in, I honestly have no idea what changed and how every single one of them hated us for the same reason?

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The staff at the cat café were lovely and we had the best time ever anyway.

So there are our trip fails so far! I imagine we’ll go on plenty more trips so before long we’ll have way more trip fails and I’ll be sure to share them with you guys. Please feel free to comment your own travel fails, I’d love to hear them!

Telling People I’m a K-Pop Fan


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I haven’t been a fan of K-Pop for as long as some people but it has been a few years now. Most people are used to me being a K-Pop fan and it’s not a big deal at all but people’s first reactions can be interesting, especially considering it’s literally just music. I thought it’d be fun to write a quick blog post about what people say when I tell them I’m into K-Pop.

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“Oh so like Gangnam Style right?”

I’m pretty sure every K-Pop fan can relate, it’s always the first thing people say. What’s funny is that people are never like ‘oh, you mean like PSY?’ It’s always very specifically ‘Gangnam Style’. Listen, PSY has some absolute bangers but that’s not really what I mean. I remember my brother asking me but I really didn’t want to go into detail because he just wouldn’t understand so I sighed and went “Yep. Like Gangnam Style.”

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“How can you like it if you don’t know what they’re saying?”

Good music is good music no matter what language it’s in. Have you rocked out to ‘Despacito’? Would you ask me how I can enjoy classical music with no lyrics at all? It’s not just Korean, I’d listen to music in any language if it was decent. Why limit yourself to one specific language when there’s so much good music out there?

“Why are there so many of them?”

I don’t know. Yes, some groups have a lot of members and I wasn’t a massive fan of that when I first got into K-Pop but you soon get used to it. After a while any group with five or less members feels really small. Personally I now prefer larger groups than small ones.

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“It’s all really weird though isn’t it?”

Korea has a reputation of having weird music videos. I don’t know if I’m like desensitising from it but like I don’t think most K-Pop is even that weird. Obviously there are weird ones like CocoSori’s ‘Dark Circle’ or Orange Caramel’s ‘Catallena’ but most of them aren’t even that strange. However if you watch any ‘YouTubers re-act to K-Pop’ video they act like every music video is the weirdest thing they’ve ever seen in their lives.

I really don’t think it’s that weird. Obviously there’s the odd exception but it’s like that with Western music videos too. A lot of music videos just don’t make sense, Korea’s not an exception. However I’m not sure if I just think that because I’m used to it.

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“Did you know in Korea they eat…”

I’ve never been to Korea so I can’t comment but like, I don’t care.

“Ooh so you’ll get yourself a Korean boyfriend/girlfriend then?”

I just don’t see why people make this connection at all? If I end up with someone it’ll be because I like them and their personality, not their nationality? If I listened to purely American music no one would be asking if I was gonna get myself an American boyfriend, why do it when I say I’m a K-Pop fan? I don’t have a fetish, don’t fucking ask me that.

“They all look the same, how can you tell them apart?”

They literally don’t, I use my eyes.

“Oh yeah I’ve heard of K-Pop, that’s like BabyMetal/Kyary Pamyu Pamyu right?”

I’m a fan of both Kyary and BabyMetal and I get this so often. Kyary’s a Japanese singer and BabyMetal are a Japanese group. But whenever I’m asked I always feel like such a douche going “Oh actually they’re J-Pop.” So a lot of the time I just nod because what’s even the point in trying to explain?

Another favourite is the rare occasions I do point out that it’s J-Pop and people ask “What’s the difference?” The amount of people who don’t know the J stands for Japanese and the K stands for Korean amazes me.

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“Oh, I’ve heard of BTS!”

This one’s a good one, I’m not mad about this one.

*begins pointing out literally anything slightly related to Korea*

Sometimes this is okay, like my friend from work tagged me in a post about a Korean group coming to the UK and that’s fine. But it’s so annoying if anything about Korea is mentioned in the news or something and suddenly everyone’s on at me asking whether I saw it and my opinion etc. I just listen to music, I’m not the expert on Korean culture!

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I’ve read other blog posts about people being like ‘supportive’ when they told them they were a K-Pop fan and stuff which confuses me a little bit because it’s literally just a music preference. I don’t need support. If you don’t like it that’s fine, that’s not going to stop me listening to it. When my Mom found out I was a fan it wasn’t a big deal or anything. In fact she was probably relieved I was over my ‘My Chemical Romance’ phase.

I used to do my friends heads in singing all the songs (especially since my Korean skills are literally zero) but it paid off because in the end two of them became fans so now I don’t have to be a fan by myself! Very convenient for when I wanna travel abroad for K-Pop concerts.

Ultimately if you are someone who told your friends you’re into K-Pop and they had an issue with that then you need friends because like it’s just music. People need to calm down.

What I’m Looking Forward to in 2018


I wrote one of these last year as a way of getting myself excited for the year ahead so I decided to write one for this year because I already have some quite exciting things lined up for 2018 and I wanted to share them with you guys!

1. Seeing Dreamcatcher live


Tickets go on sale this Friday and I am determined to get one! I was originally going to go for seated but now I’m going for the cheaper standing option because I’m an apprentice and have like no cash. I’m going to this concert on the cheap, I’m gonna stay in a hostel and get the cheapest train tickets possible and it’ll all be worth it to see Dreamcatcher. I’ve seen a few K-Pop boy groups but way less girl groups – so far I’ve only seen IOI, f(x) and EXID. I bet Dreamcatcher will be amazing live because their choreographies are so good and I’m really looking forward to it, here’s hoping I actually get a ticket!

2. Getting my first tattoo

I have been on about getting a tattoo for absolutely ages now but it’s one of those things I’ve talked about but never turned into a reality. Until the other day when I had a burst of motivation and finally booked it. I’ve only told my best friends and Mom about it so far, I’m a bit worried about my Dad’s reaction. I’m seeing him tonight so let’s see if I have the nerve to tell him! I’ve paid the deposit though and I’m due in on January 24th so there’s no going back now! Here’s hoping I don’t wimp out. Here’s what I’m going for:

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I am a bit nervous about getting it done but I’ve wanted it a few years now so I’m going to go for it!

3. Going on my first solo trip abroad

I don’t know how many of you read my ‘tips for nervous flyers’ post [x] but last year I was terrified at the thought of going on a plane with my friends or family. This year I have booked a trip abroad by myself. I’m going to have to catch the plane by myself. Am I terrified? Yes.

I’m going to Poland on Sunday 4th February because I had some annual leave days left at work and I didn’t want to waste them so I booked a cheap holiday to Poland. I’m not fussed about actually being in Poland by myself because I’m used to going places alone so I’m looking forward to that, but I am extremely worried about the flight itself. However I’m also really looking forward to exploring a country by myself for the first time!

4. Looking for a new job

I put this on my list last year and I got a new job the next month but unfortunately it’s an apprenticeship which was originally a 12 month contract but was luckily increased to an 18 month contract. So that means my apprenticeship comes to an end this October so therefore, I will be job hunting for the majority of August. I’m very worried about getting to the end of my apprenticeship and finding I’m unemployed but I’m determined not to let that happen! I will get a job and I will love it!

5. Doing something fun each month

I made this my goal in 2017 and I feel like I did pretty well, I always had at least one thing a month to look forward to. This year I already have something planned for January, February and March so far. I’m seeing two shows in January, the first is ‘Hedda Gabler’ which I have honestly not heard of but my brother’s girlfriend got me and my Mom the tickets for Christmas so I am really looking forward to it. The second is ‘Elf the Musical’ which I’m also seeing with my Mom.

In February I have my trip to Poland to look forward to (and hopefully the Dreamcatcher concert!) and then in March me and Becca are finally going to see ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ in London. I booked the tickets last January. We’ve waited so long that it still feels so far away even though it’s not.

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As for the other months I’m sure I’ll quickly find something fun to fill in the time but the year is so much better when you’ve got stuff to look forward to!

6. Going to Japan and South Korea

Now this is the big one – I have wanted to go to Japan for so long now, I can’t even remember how long. I remember sitting in college watching Dan and Phil’s Japan vlog with Jess and being so jealous because I really wanted to go but I didn’t think I’d ever be able to afford it. Well, thank God for tax returns because me, Becca and Jess have now booked our flights to Japan! And instead of coming straight home we’re going to visit South Korea before heading back to the UK!


We’re gonna spend most of our time in Tokyo but we’re also going to Kyoto and Osaka before heading to Seoul for four nights. It’ll be the longest trip I’ve been on and I’m a little worried me and my friends will get to the end of it and want to kill each other but I’m so excited to go outside of Europe with my best friends – I just wish Hirst was coming.

We’re going to be there for our 22nd birthdays and I have told the others we’re doing Tokyo Disneyland for my birthday. We’ll be in Tokyo for my birthday, Kyoto for Jess’ and Osaka for Becca’s. We have so much planning and spending to do between now and then but I’m so excited! It’s going to come and go so quickly so I’m going to make the most of it.

I’m sure tons more amazing things are going to happen in 2018 and I’m just looking forward to seeing what the year brings. Whatever happens I’m going to aim to be more positive than I was in 2017 and to just relax and have fun instead of stressing about everything. Here’s to a brilliant 2018!

Favourite Memories from 2017


I originally wrote a sort of ‘thank you’ note for 2017 but it was lame so instead I decided to write about my highlights from 2017. I’m sure I’ll accidentally miss some stuff out but here are my current favourites!

21st Birthday

On 30th September 2017 I turned 21 and I had a really nice day. I didn’t do anything particularly special because the weekend before I’d been to London and the weekend after I was going to Luxembourg so I had a pretty chill day. My friends came over to give me my presents (which they nailed by the way) and then they gave me my cake. I know I’ve already posted a photo of it but it was the funniest thing ever and I wasn’t expecting it.

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We went for a meal, went bowling and then played in the arcade and I had a ton of fun. Then in the evening I went out for a meal with my family. So nothing too special but I had a really nice, chill day and I enjoyed every second of it so thank you to everyone who made my birthday so good.

Birthday Trip to London

I mentioned I was in London the weekend before my birthday and that was a trip I had been planning for absolutely months. I love going to see shows so I decided to book a weekend in London where I saw five shows. It took months of planning, I started booking the theatre tickets in like February and planned everything to the last detail. I got myself first class tickets for the train and booked a slightly more expensive hotel than my usual budget hotels. And honestly, I had the best time ever.


I watched ‘Annie’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Dream Girls’, ‘School of Rock’ and ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’ and they were all brilliant. The hotel I stayed at was hub by Premier Inn London Westminster Abbey and I honestly can’t recommend it enough, the bed was so comfy, I had the best few nights sleep ever and the shower was brilliant. I was so sad when that weekend end because I’d honestly had the best time ever, I love going to London so much.

Luxembourg for Jess’ 21st Birthday

I also mentioned I was in Luxembourg the weekend after my birthday. Two of my best friends Becca and Jess have very close birthdays to me – Jess was born a week after and Becca is two days after Jess’ birthday. For my 20th birthday the girls made a big fuss of me – they told me they were too busy to hang out and then surprised me with a trip to Harry Potter studios (which we vlogged – [x]) so this year we decided to make a big fuss of Jess.

You have no idea how hard it was for me, Becca and Hirst to plan something – planning this nearly ruined our friendship! After many fall-outs, arguments and failed attempts to sort something we eventually booked flights to Luxembourg. It had reached that point where we were so happy to agree on something that we were all a bit giddy, I for one was peeing myself with laughter because I’d never even heard of Luxembourg. We also vlogged this trip and I recommend watching part one just for the reveal when we tell Jess we’re going away for her birthday because it was flawless, we will never top that in our lives [x].

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We were only there one night and we were exhausted for most of it since we had to catch the plane at stupid o’clock in the morning but it’s a beautiful country and I had a brilliant time. I hope Jess enjoyed her birthday because I know I did.

Meeting 24K in Amsterdam

I would’ve put just ‘Amsterdam’ in general but to be honest it wasn’t the best trip ever. I went with Hirst, Becca and Jess and we were all low-key mad at each other the entire time and I had a really crap time on the last night we were there to the point where I sat in the room I shared with Hirst by myself and cried. However Amsterdam is a lovely place and there were some good highlights from the trip – my favourite being meeting 24K for the first time.

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We only went to Amsterdam so me and Becca could see 24K, that was the only reason the trip was planned. We bought VIP tickets and on the day we were both extremely nervous. Becca is probably my favourite person to go to concerts with because she freaks out just as much as I do and she always makes me laugh so much, therefore keeping me that little bit calmer. Now we had to go up in queues to do the hi-touch then we’d go back round to do the photograph. Me and Becca realised Cory and Kisu were stood next to each other and they’re our biases so we plotted and schemed in the hopes we could be in front of them.

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We were both like “Let’s ask to do a heart” and I did look up to ask but then I was like ‘um nope’ and didn’t because I was too nervous. Bear in mind the meet and greet lasts like a minute, if that, but me and Becca talked about it for ages after the concert had ended. 24K were all really nice and we had the best time ever to be honest. I hope 24K come back soon because Becca didn’t come to the fan meet with me and I wanna meet them again with her. We saw 24K for the first time in January and after that we became absolute trash.

Block B

Speaking of fun concerts with Becca we both went to see Block B in London back in March and although the tickets cost an absolute fortune it was worth it. We had one of the most basic ticket types but it didn’t matter, I couldn’t have afforded those fancy VIP tickets we’d already spent £100 each on ours. Also the venue was not great, I’m just gonna put it out there I feel like MyMusicTaste book the weirdest and most random venues like can you maybe do some research beforehand? Like I appreciate that you bring these groups to Europe but like…

Anyway, I’m getting off topic! The concert was amazing, Block B were so lit but the highlight had to be during the encore. Me and Becca had been given some signs to wave so we did – now at every concert we go to me and Becca always try to get a wave off one of the members. So one member, I didn’t know his name at the time, looked in our direction so I started waving and Becca did too AND HE WAVED BACK. It was quite funny ‘cos for me it was like time had stopped so I kept waving but Becca freaked out, grabbed my shoulders and was going “Hollie! Hollie!” whilst he was still looking and waving at us. The moment he walked off I turned to Becca in a daze and went “So which one was that?” It was Kyung who’s now my bias.

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I thought I was happy about the wave but it was nothing compared to Becca’s excitement. One thing that Becca hates is dabbing but that night she was so happy that when I asked her to dab she immediately did it. She also fangirled so hard she fell off the bed. What an amazing night.


On Becca’s birthday we were given a joint birthday present from Jess and Hirst – they were surprising us with a trip abroad but we weren’t allowed to know until we got to the airport because we hadn’t let Jess know before we got to the airport either. I was very nervous about getting on a plane again especially as everyone was being vague about the flight time but I knew it’d be worth it to have a good time with my friends. And we did have a good time, it’s one of my favourite trips I’ve been on.

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What I love about my friends is they can make me excited to go somewhere I’ve never expressed an interest in before. Like when I was a teenager I wasn’t that fussed about exploring Europe, I wanted to go somewhere further away but now I’ll happily go anywhere and be really hyped about it. So when we got to the airport and I found out it was Lithuania I was excited – even though I’d never heard of it before.

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We had a brilliant time, my favourites included the Museum of Illusions and the cat café. Unfortunately Jess got extremely sick on the Sunday (we all blame the pumpkin ravioli, thanks a lot vegan Becca) so she couldn’t come out but other than that we had a good time. Although I’d never heard of it or considered going before Lithuania is actually one of my favourite places I’ve ever been to and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Tulley’s Farm

Becca had been on about us going to Tulley’s for a couple of years but we’d never really gotten round to doing it. This year she pushed for us to go so in the end me, Becca and Jess booked the tickets, booked train tickets and a hotel and before we knew it we were off.

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I kind of booked this without really thinking about it and when I got there I was a little worried about what to expect but it was so funny. I already wrote a really detailed post on this [x] so if you want more info give that a read but it was so fun, I had a great time and I’d love to go again this year assuming the three of us aren’t too broke after our trip to Japan and South Korea.

New York

I finally went outside of Europe! My entire life I have only ever been to a different country within Europe but finally at 21 years old I went outside of Europe. Me and my Mum went to New York as my 21st birthday present and we had a brilliant time. My Mum had already been to New York once but she was happy to do all the tourist stuff with me all over again. I also finally saw my first Broadway show which was Anastasia and I loved every minute of it.

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Big shout out to my Mom for what was the best birthday present ever and for just genuinely being the best Mom in the world. My highlights from the trip were seeing Anastasia, proper American pancakes, top of the Rockefeller Centre and Times Square. It was an amazing trip and I’d love to visit more parts of America in the future.

24K London Fan Meet

We all knew this was gonna be on here, let’s be real. This was my favourite moment from 2017. In fact it’s probably my favourite moment from my entire life. Those 3 minutes were truly amazing to be honest. I wrote a whole post about it here [x] in way more detail than anyone has ever asked for but I’m gonna talk about it some more because nothing better will ever happen to me in my entire life.

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I’m still in shock to be completely honest like if there wasn’t photo evidence I might’ve thought I’d made the entire thing up. A girl that went to the fan meet recorded the audio (I don’t wanna get her in trouble cos like I dunno if she was allowed) and very kindly posted it in the 24K group I’m a part of. Whenever I’m feeling down I listen to the audio and play the part where they call me on stage again. I’m not over it and I doubt I ever will be to be perfectly honest. If by some miracle 24K are reading this (which they’re not) thanks so much for everything – it was the best night of my life and I’ll never forget it. Thank you.

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So there you go, my favourite memories from 2017! I’m going to post what I’m looking forward to in 2018 soon and I’m sure 2018 will be just as good of a year as 2017. Massive shout-out to everyone who helped me have such a fab year, especially to Hirst, Becca, Jess J and my Mum. You guys are the best, I don’t know what I’d do without you.

Top 30 2017 K-Pop Songs

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Before I start I wanna make it clear that as with all other posts this is just my opinion! I’m pretty sure there are tons of debuts and comebacks that I missed this year so I may at some point change my mind about this list but right now, I wanted to make a quick list of my top thirty favourite K-Pop songs from 2017. This could include comebacks, debuts or solo releases. This list was originally only supposed to have twenty songs but there were so many good songs this year that I had to extend the list to thirty!

Any artist listed won’t be included again with any other songs they had this year.

30. Momoland – Freeze

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This song is really cute and I like the music video for it. Momoland are all really talented but unfortunately pretty underrated. I did enjoy this song but it wasn’t one of my favourites this year. I still recommend giving it a listen though!

29. Winner – Really Really

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I wasn’t really a big fan of this song when I first heard it but after listening to a cover of the song by ‘Dreamcatcher’ I realised that actually it’s brilliant. I do low-key feel like Winner got robbed of the Song of the Year award because this song was extremely popular. Although it wasn’t one of my favourites this year I did like it and I hope Winner continue to rise in popularity!

28. CLC – Hobgoblin

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This song was amazing, I hadn’t listened to much CLC beforehand but I am a fan of ‘High Heels’ and ‘Oh No No’. I’m sad that most fans dropped CLC after the hype of ‘Hobgoblin’ but to be fair although I’m a fan of some of CLC’s older songs I did think ‘Where Are You’ was pretty boring and probably wasn’t the best move by Cube after the success of ‘Hobgoblin’. Either way this song was great and brought some well-deserved attention to CLC.

27. Weki Meki – I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend

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I hated this song when I first heard it, I thought it was really annoying. But after a few listens the song did grow on me. I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourites or anything but I am looking forward to seeing what Weki Meki release in 2018. I hope they can continue to do well!

26. Cosmic Girls – I Wish

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For a while I really couldn’t get into Cosmic Girls. I thought their music videos were so aesthetically pleasing and I liked the idea of them but I wasn’t a big fan of their songs until eventually I started liking ‘Happy’ which lead me to start liking ‘Secret’ and ‘I Wish’. Although ‘Secret’ is probably my favourite I still think ‘I Wish’ is brilliant with such a pretty music video. Cosmic Girls are great, they deserve more views!

25. Hyuna – Lip & Hip

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I wasn’t particularly a big fan of ‘Babe’ but I do love Hyuna so when she released ‘Lip & Hip’ I gave it a listen. It’s such a good song! And I love the music video, I don’t care what anyone says. This song was lit and now I’m willing to give ‘Babe’ another chance.

24. Girls’ Generation – Holiday

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It was the comeback I’d been waiting for, I was counting down the days until their ten year anniversary so I could finally hear something new from my favourite group. Although I loved both ‘Holiday’ and ‘All Night’ I’m a bit disappointed that there wasn’t particularly any meaning behind the two songs to celebrate ten years of them being together. ‘Sailing’ was a nine year anniversary song and it held so much meaning. I’m not saying it had to be slow but I don’t see the point in either of the songs like they’re great as just songs but ten year anniversary songs? Anyway I’m getting a bit salty. Either way I’m glad my girls finally came back this year.

23. NCT 127 – Cherry Bomb

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I’m not a massive fan of NCT, mainly because I’m not a fan of the amount of members and units and I just find the whole thing a bit confusing so I don’t really want to get invested in them personally. I gave this song one listen and didn’t particularly like it until my friend sang it nonstop on a trip we went on. I came home and had it on repeat for ages because it’s actually a pretty decent song. It hasn’t quite convinced me to get more invested in NCT but I can’t deny it’s catchy.

22. EXID – DDD

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Although I’m sad that Solji isn’t currently promoting with EXID I can’t deny that this song was good. Although I thought this was good and ‘Night Rather Than Day’ was good I still can’t help but feel like EXID have lost something. Like I feel like ‘Up & Down’, ‘Ah Yeah’, ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘Lie’ are all so iconic but their releases this year have been relatively average for EXID. I still love EXID and will continue to support them in the future and although I loved their releases this year I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed. ‘DDD’ is still a great song though.

21. iKON – B-Day

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I’m not particularly a massive iKON fan but this song was really good! I’m not really invested in iKON personally but I can’t deny that their songs are always so catchy and fun! They’re another group I’d love to see live one day because I bet it’d be a lot of fun. This song was great along with ‘Bling Bling’ so if you haven’t checked them out I really recommend it!

20. IOI – Downpour

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I’ll admit it, I cried whilst watching the music video for the first time. They were doing so well together and I loved them so much as a group, why did they have to disband? I hope they do some kind of reunion at some point to perform because I miss them and it hasn’t even been a year yet. I know they’re doing well whether that be returning to their old groups, debuting in a new group, going solo etc. but I still miss them! ‘Downpour’ was so good and I wept so much, if you haven’t listened to it then you’re missing out.

19. Block B – Yesterday

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I became a fan of Block B when I saw them at ‘K-Con Paris’ last year – I wasn’t a big fan at the time but their set was so lit and they were probably the most fun group to see live. I was very happy when they announced a European tour earlier this year. Me and Becca went and had the best time ever – especially when Kyung waved at us! This song was released just before the concert and I love it. If you haven’t listened to Block B then you’re really missing out.

18. Black Pink – As If It’s Your Last

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Can you imagine how well Black Pink would do if they actually had regular and decent promotions? The girls are already amazingly popular so if they were promoting regularly they could easily do well. But unfortunately YG only gave them one comeback this year for some reason? I’m salty but whatever. I did love ‘As If It’s Your Last’ but I still think compared to their debut songs it wasn’t as good. I can’t wait to see what else they release though!

17. HALO – Here I Am


I heard of HALO because they announced a Europe tour and I’m tempted to go and see them, assuming I have enough money. Before I made up my mind I decided to listen to some of their songs. To be honest with you I’ve only listened to ‘Here I Am’ so far but it’s brilliant! I really hope I can go and see them next year, they’re a brilliant group and I highly recommend them.

16. Oh My Girl – Colouring Book

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I couldn’t stand Oh My Girl for a while but now I love them! Although I think some of their older songs like ‘Liar Liar’ and ‘Closer’ are better, I still think ‘Colouring Book’ is great. I’m sad that JinE had to leave but completely understand, it was definitely the right decision and I hope she starts to recover. I’ll continue to support the girls as a seven member group because I know they’ll continue to do well – I’m looking forward to their comeback in January!

15. Sistar – Lonely

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This is another song released just before the group disbanded that made me want to cry. I’d just become a big fan of Sistar when they announced their disbandment, how cruel is that? The music video for ‘Lonely’ is probably one of my favourites and the whole song is definitely one of my favourites this year. I’ll miss you Sistar!

14. Good Day – Rolly

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I love this song! It’s so cute and puts me in a good mood. I also love the girls’ sparkly outfits. There’s nothing about this song that I don’t love. ‘Good Day’ aren’t that popular but they’re really talented and I recommend giving them a listen!

13. Pristin – We Like

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I didn’t like ‘Wee Woo’ when it was first released but after trying it a few times it grew on me and I ended up quite liking Pristin. When ‘We Like’ was released I didn’t like that either at first listen but by the second listen it had grown on me a lot. It’s so catchy and just really a fun song! I’m looking forward to seeing what Pristin release in the future, their songs are so catchy and I love them.

12. MiSO – KKPP

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I’m quite a new fan of MiSO but she has some good songs. She’s the maknae of girl group ‘Girls Girls’ and she made her solo debut earlier this year. I first listened to ‘Pink Lady’ which I thought was really good then ‘KKPP’ which was even better! It’s a shame she’s from such a small company because she’s really talented and I’ll definitely be looking out for her work in the future.

11. Jessi – Gucci

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Jessi is honestly so good, I think her voice is absolutely amazing and ‘Gucci’ is now one of my favourite songs. I liked some of her other songs like ‘Ssenunni’ and ‘Unpretty Dreams’ but ‘Gucci’ absolutely blew them away, I thought it was so good. Definitely one of my favourite comebacks this year!

10. Hyoyeon – Wannabe

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I’m so glad my girl Hyoyeon is finally releasing solo music and proving to everyone that yes, she can sing despite everyone claiming she couldn’t and that she was only in Girls’ Generation because she’s a talented dancer. Hyoyeon can do both, believe it or not! Although I did like ‘Mystery’ I found it was a bit repetitive and didn’t really showcase Hyo’s talent. ‘Wannabe’ was perfect though, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I hope she releases more solo stuff in the future because she’s brilliant!

9. BTS – Not Today

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When ‘Spring Day’ was released I was a little disappointed. I love that song now but I didn’t like it at the time because I’m not usually a fan of slower songs. So I was really happy when they dropped the music video for ‘Not Today’ because it was so my taste in music. I loved everything about it, especially the choreography. I’m glad BTS are doing so well but I hope they get chance to rest, I’m low-key stressed about them. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing what they release in the future and I’m still hoping they’ll do their own show in Europe someday but I won’t hold my breath.

8. TWICE – Heart Shaker

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TWICE were on the first draft of this list but a lot lower down with ‘Knock Knock’ because I did love that song. I wasn’t as big of a fan of ‘Signal’ so that wouldn’t have been included. Then they released ‘Heart Shaker’ and they were immediately bumped up the list. I don’t know what it is about that song but I love it so much. I can’t stop listening to it! I hope TWICE continue to do well in 2018!

7. Mamamoo – Aze Gag (Dad Jokes)

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To be honest when I first saw the teasers for this song I wasn’t impressed – I didn’t think it looked that great. When it was dropped I actually really liked it and it quickly became one of my favourite Mamamoo songs. I wasn’t as big of a fan of ‘Yes I Am’ which was the song I thought I’d prefer. I can’t wait to see what Mamamoo release in the new year!

6. 24K – Only You

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This comeback was amazing and I don’t care what anybody says. I love 24K so much! This was a bit different to their other comebacks like ‘Bingo’ or ‘Superfly’ but it was still just as good. Please listen to 24K if you haven’t already, they’re so good and so lovely and I could talk about them all day so just give them a try! I hope they come back to Europe soon, I know they’re going to America next year but I really need to see my boys again soon even though I’ve already seen them three times this year. Am I being greedy or…?

5. Dreamcatcher – Fly High

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I think Dreamcatcher are amazing, I love their unique songs and they’re so talented at dancing. I’ve loved all their releases this year but I think ‘Fly High’ is definitely my favourite. I can’t wait to see what Dreamcatcher release next year. It’s been officially announced that Dreamcatcher are doing a Europe tour next year which will include London! Tickets go on sale in the New Year and I hope I get one! I haven’t seen many girl groups live compared to boy groups so I’d love to see Dreamcatcher.

4. AOA – Excuse Me

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I kept reading that AOA had completely ‘flopped’ with this comeback and everyone was saying it sucked and I really don’t understand? It was my favourite comeback of theirs so far, I loved everything about it! I had it on repeat from the moment I first listened to it and I still love it. Why does everyone else seem to dislike it? Most people said they preferred ‘Bing Bing’ and while I also loved that, I still thought that ‘Excuse Me’ was so much better. I’m sad Choa left but I hope AOA continue to promote, I’ll be devastated if they split up!

3. Red Velvet – Peek-A-Boo

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Red Velvet have had a few comebacks this year and whilst I enjoyed ‘Rookie’ and ‘Red Flavour’ so one of them would’ve made the list, they would’ve been quite a bit further down. Until they released ‘Peek a Boo’ and I was absolutely slayed. It surprised me because I’m not normally a fan of this type of song but I’ve had it on repeat since its release. I’m a little salty it was released mid-November when it would’ve been so much better to release around Halloween, it’s the perfect Halloween song but whatever. I was a bit worried I was going off Red Velvet but nope, they’ve brought me back in again.

2. Girl’s Day – I’ll Be Yours

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When I first heard this I hadn’t even realised it was a new release. I don’t know much about Girl’s Day but I assumed it had been out a while and I’d only just got round to finding it. I only know a couple of Girl’s Day songs and those are ‘Ring My Bell’ and ‘Something’ both of which I liked but didn’t particularly love. ‘I’ll Be Yours’ was amazing though, I loved everything about it. I haven’t seen the music video so I can’t comment on that but I love the song so much, I feel like I need to listen to more Girl’s Day now and I can’t wait to see what else they release because I honestly thought this song was brilliant.

1. G-Friend – Fingertip

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I love G-Friend so much but you can’t deny that they have a particular sound which makes the majority of their songs sound very similar. That’s probably why I was so impressed when they released ‘Fingertip’. It’s quite funny because all the people who moaned about their songs sounding too similar moaned that this one sounded too different! Like what do you guys actually want? ‘Fingertip’ is so good and I was actually a little disappointed when they released ‘Love Whisper’ because I thought it sounded very similar to ‘Glass Bead’ which was my least favourite song by them.

Either way I love ‘Fingertip’ so much and I hope they release more songs like that in the future!

Let me know what your favourite releases this year were and whether you think I missed out on any absolutely great comebacks or debuts. I can’t wait to see what my favourite groups come out with in 2018 and here’s hoping some of them actually come to Europe so I can see them live!