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Honey, Chocolate, Cooky, Goobne Chicken, A-Solution

Honey, Chocolate, Cooky, Goobne Chicken, Naeng Myun, A – Solution?

I was getting too fat and so i put myself on diet. As i watched the calories, my thoughts wandered to fried chicken, chocolate, honey and cooky and naeng myun [cold korean buckwheat noodles]. As the diet was slow to take effect, i began to question whether I was depriving myself for nothing and whether the diet was A-Solution?

In life, we choose what we eat, who we befriend, the goals we seek, what path we set for ourselves. As always, consequences arise from the decisions that we make. The effects flowing therefrom neither immediately obvious nor necessarily good or bad but they are certainly there.

If I choose to have huge steak for dinner, i run the risk of clogging my arteries. If i choose to indulge myself with fried chicken, I run the risk of a bout of heatiness. If i choose to deny myself, i feel the pangs of hunger and lack. If i endure the hunger, i might get slimmer. I choose a fancy sportbike as transport, can i complain of sore back and wrists on a daily basis?

If i choose to cling on so tightly, my pain of loss will be so much more unbearable. 🙂 If i choose a less trodden and difficult path, it is inevitable that the journey will be lonely 🙂 but destination will be no less sweet :).

In short, our actions and decisions will also set off a reaction, however minute, to set the stage that eventually will come. And when we meet the stage that we set for ourselves, we should know where it came from.

Talking about stages, the stage was set by Sones for So Nyuh Shi Dae recently on 23rd October 2010.

23rd October 2010 was So Nyuh Shi Day – the day when So Nyuh Shi Dae (SNSD) [Girls’ Generation] came to Singapore.

The newspaper reports on 25th October 2010 were all aplomb with acknowledgement that the loudest cheers and applause went to So Nyuh Shi Dae. The reporters, however, might not have perceived the reasons for SNSD’s popularity correctly. Some wrote that the loud cheers were due to the short and dark blue sailorette outfit which emphasised the long slim legs and high heels. According to one, SNSD’s songs were of secondary importance and the girls even went off key.

This to me was not an accurate description of what had happened. My vicarious experience of the concert obtained from observing youtube uploads and conversations with eyewitnesses corroborate my belief that the girls performed impeccably and that overzealous fans who could not stop cheering completely drowned out Seo Hyun and Jessica’s voices when they tried to address the crowd.

Why that kind of popularity and adulation for 9 Korean Girls singing merely 4 songs in a foreign land? How can some 9 dancing girls become so popular?

To me, SNSD is the symbolic example of how a conducive environment and culture + potential + talent + hard training + proper planning = outstanding results. The SNSD story is in short inspirational.

The night of 23rd October 2010 saw me languishing at home when SNSD was at the Expo Singapore Hall 2 less than 3km away. I did not have any right to complain. I had chosen to not camp out overnight for a concert ticket and deservingly i had to be excluded. There was no chance i can get my SNSD poster or album autographed. As i had no cause for complaint as the plight was my own choosing, A – Solution was for me to indulge myself with Honey, Chocolate, Cooky, Chicken, Naeng Myun.

The good thing to come out of the indulgence is the inspiration for yet another blog posting

Contrary to what some might expect, Honey, Chocolate, Cooky, Chicken, and Naeng Myun referred to here are not food. These are in fact the titles / sponsors of SNSD songs.

Honey (a.k.a Perfect For You) is an early SNSD song released in 2007.
Chocolate Love is an SNSD song sponsored by Samsung and used to promote Samsung mobile phones.
Cooky is an SNSD song and a cover of Hey Mickey sponsored by LG and is used to promote LG Cyon phones.
Goobne Chicken is a Korean restaurant chain serving fried chix and had adopted SNSD as its mascot or should i say SNSD adopted Goobne Chicken as its restaurant. Either way it seems to some people that Goobne Chicken = SNSD.
Naeng Myun i think is a song sponsored by some noodle brand delivered extremely well by SNSD Jessica and Park Myung Soo.

A-Solution is a brand of cosmetics with endorsed by SNSD Taeyeon.

This is by far my 3rd tribute to SNSD and an upcoming blog post likely titled the “So Nyuh Shi Dae Phenomena” is in the works. If this goes on, i just might get inspired enough to write poetry once again. 🙂


October 27, 2010 - Posted by | Life, So Nyuh Shi Dae - Girls' Generation

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