Why I ♥ TaeYang ^_^

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I don’t know when I started to love Dong Young Bae aka TaeYang aka YoungBae. For those who don’t know who TaeYang is, he is a South Korean singer/dancer who is apart of a K-Pop group called Big Bang. TaeYang started training under YG Entertainment when he was 12 years old. He became a member of Big Bang in 2006. You may wonder how did I got into listening to K-Pop? I shall share how. I will also of how I became a fan of not only the group, but also TaeYang.
I started listening to Big Bang a year or so ago. I guess you can say that I am a newbie VIP. I still am. One of my favorite songs from them is Bad Boy. Of course I like Blue, Fantastic, Baby, Monster, HARU HARU, Tonight, Beautiful Hangover, and many others. But Bad Boy stuck out to me the most. Why? Pretty much the beat and the lyrics drew me in. But as I was watching the video for the thousandth time, I noticed one person from the other four that caught me eye.
I love GD (G-Dragon), T.O.P, Seungri, and Daesung. They are some really talented dudes. It was something about YoungBae. In my mind, I started to say to myself in Future’s voice from “Turn on the Lights”: “I think I love him.” And it wasn’t like “Oh I want to marry him and have his kids” kind of love. That would be strangely awkward and weird. Even stalker type behavior. But it was the kind of love I have for people that are talented. Like I would want to meet him someday. Talk about random stupid things or serious issues and laugh. Take some pictures to cherish this moment forever. I tend to daydream quite a bit. When that happens, I write my thoughts down. This is one of those moments.
YoungBae sings like an angel, raps like a beast, and dances with precision and skill. He also has a smile that shines as bright as the sun. His stage name TaeYang actually means sun. Whenever I look at pics of him smiling, I smile. His smile is infectious. So darn infectious. Sighs. He has a different style and swag (I shall only use this word once. I don’t even use it any more. It seemed fitting to use it.) that I have never seen before. Its funny, but whenever I see pictures or videos of him I kind of fangirl internally. There is only one other person I do that for. His name is Bruno Mars. TaeYang is the only other person that makes me feel that way.
Here are some facts about TaeYang that you may, may not, or already know about him:
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#1: Became ‘interested’ in music after hearing Brian McKnight’s first album when he was little.
#2: TaeYang has an older brother, Dong Hyun Bae. He’s an actor.
#3: He talks in his sleep.
#4: He has never had a girlfriend before.
#5: Known to be extremely shy and nervous around girls, has become better but still unable to speak or look at them.
#6: Dislikes when people make face judgements about them.
#7: Says if he weren’t a music artist, he’d be a Gag Man.
#8: His biggest conflict with GD was during trainee years and it was over a basketball game where he even grabbed GD by the collar because he was so mad.
#9:Chooses love over work.
#10:One of his favorite songs is ‘Frankie J – Don’t Wanna Try’.
#11: Always carries his ipod, bible, and English vocab cards in his backpack and sometimes energy drinks.
I know that TaeYang has put out one EP (Hot, 2008) and one album (Solar, 2010). YoungBae’s sound is R&B/Pop feel with those two albums. His second album Rise comes out on November 11th. His current album has more of an Hip-Hop vibe to it. Its been three years since YoungBae has put out any new music. I know that caused a lot of his fans to wait in anticipation. Biting their nails, pacing back and forth, maybe fidgeting a lot.  Waiting when new music was going to come out. I even wondered myself if he was going to come out with new stuff.
I can tell you some of my favorite songs from both Hot and Solar:
Only Look At Me (Look Only At Me)
Prayer
I’ll Be There
Wedding Dress
Where U At
Take It Slow
After You Sleep
I Need A Girl
Not to mention he covered songs I saw on YouTube like Frankie J’s “Don’t Wanna Try,” Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me,” and Beyonce’s song (Frank Ocean wrote for her) called, “I Love You.” Plus there is this dope dance he did on a Korean Variety Show called the “Sushi Dance” that is so cool. Some of TaeYang’s musical influences include Michael Jackson and Usher. I can see in some ways how he resemble Usher, but I think YoungBae is in a league all his own.
YoungBae recently released his first single off his second album Rise, called “RINGA LINGA” on November 8th 2013. Since its release it has topped the singles charts in Korea. The single became #1 in five countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Macao. When the Music Video (MV) was released on YouTube on November 10th, it got 1 million views within 13 hours of being released. His fans received his comeback really well.
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There maybe some people who may not like the video or his new style. I personally love it! You have to understand that music artists can’t just stay in one box all the time and just have one sound. Of course that’s what made you fall in love with them. But I respect music artists who keep evolving their sound. Challenging themselves to create something that they may be surprised would never come out from them. Is TaeYang’s sound different from the other two projects that he put out in the past? Yes. Artists who take their time to create something that not only they will be proud of but also their fans will be proud of. I really don’t think TaeYang is worried about the critics or even fans downplaying his new sound. I think he is just really excited about making music and putting it out there for the people to enjoy.
So why do I love TaeYang? Of course he is handsome and adorable. But I love him mainly because he is a talented individual who loves music and is dedicated in what he does. Music is more than just words, notes, and sounds. Its about creation and expression. Its about sharing your creative expressions to the world. I think his album Rise will do well. I am excited to hear his new music. New music always excites me. I will be a fan of TaeYang forever. How could I not be a fan of him? His smile yo. Sorry I am having flashbacks about his smile. I like guys with nice warm welcoming smiles.
So with that I will leave you with this quote:
Follow your heart, not your head. Follow your passion.
— TaeYang
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.
Sources:
TaeYang Sweeps ITunes…Also Topping 7 Major Music Charts in Korea (November 8, 2013) – http://www.yg-life.com/archives/24120?lang=en
TaeYang’s “Ringa Linga” Music Video Hits Over 1 Million YouTube Views in Less Than a Day (November 10, 2013) – http://www.soompi.com/2013/11/10/taeyangs-ringa-linga-music-video-hits-over-1-million-youtube-views-in-less-than-a-day/#.UoE-wfnBN14

AshleyNerdStar’s Five Favorite Things: Sneaker Edition

I am a bit of a sneaker fanatic. So what better way to kick off this inaugural post by listing some of my favorite things than to share my love of sneakers to the world. So I picked 5 dope sneakers that will make any avid sneaker lover happy.
#1: Air Jordan 5 (Laney)
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Released – November 2, 2013 
The dope pair of Jordans you see here above are inspired by a particular high school that one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA attended. Well it may be easy to guess who it is, but Michael Jordan attended Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. According to SneakerFreaker.com, its been 13 years since these Royal Blue & Yellow sneaks dropped in 2000. Now you can cop these sneaks and sport them with care or add them to your ever growing Jordan collection.
#2: Nike SB Dunk Hi, Tropical Blue & University Gold 
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Released – August 2013 
Blue is my favorite color. All kinds of blue whether light or dark blue makes me smile. So when I saw these Tropical Blue & University Gold Nike SB Dunk Hi’s, I instantly fell in love with them. The University Gold Nike Swoosh that creates the centerpiece to the Tropical Blue suede canvas makes the sneaker highly appealing. In addition to the University Gold accents inside and on the tongue of the shoe, the color white complements the midsole (and shoe laces) very well. I would definitely be on the search to get these awesome kicks!
#3: Air Jordan 4 (Toro Bravo)
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Released – July 13, 2013 
Jordan 4’s are my favorite Air Jordans in my mind. Why? I guess to me they are more stylish than the others. I like 5’s as well as 6’s. I don’t know what it is about 4’s. They are just dope to me. These Fire Red, White, Black, and Cement Grey Jordan 4’s aka Toro Bravo’s would make a great addition to your sneaker family. They were just released this past July. So they are still new but can grow into a Jordan sneaker classic.
#4: Nike WMNS Dunk Sky Hi, Purple Dynasty
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Released – October 2013
One of my other favorite colors is purple. I have some dark purple dunks that I call, “Purple Rain.” Its true. I may make a post showing you a little bit of the cool sneaks I have. When I first saw the Nike WMNS Dunk Sky Hi Purple Dynasty sneaks, the bright purple color pulled me in. Despite the fact that these are wedge sneakers, I would actually wear them. Not a big fan of them. I am more of a non-wedge sneaker lover myself. These dunks are designed for the woman who wants to look fresh and cute all at the same time. The design of the sneakers is pretty cool.  SneakerNews.com describes the design of the Purple Dynasty sneaker as “tonal black and Dark Loden pebbled with leather/suede combinations.” So ladies if you are looking for a stylish yet regal looking sneaker, the Purple Dynasty Dunk Sky Hi may be the right one for you.
#5: Air Jordan 1 – Retro High OG (Laney)
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Set to be Released – November 16, 2013 
We are going back to Michael Jordan’s high school alma mater with these Air Jordan 1 Retro OG Laney High School inspired sneaks. The Royal Blue (suede) seems to pop out more as the Yellow (leather) seems to be the backdrop of this classic sneaker. You can get these cool sneaks, just in time for holidays. They are slated to be released in a couple of weeks this November.
Honorable Mention: Air Jordan 5 ‘3 Lab 5 x Versace Custom
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Released – August 8, 2013
Just had to share these dope pair of kicks. These burgundy (main color) with black elephant print and gold accent custom kicks makes these Jordans to stand out from the rest. To finish off this unique design the famous Versace Medusa logo is imprinted on the heel of the sneaker.  These will make a great addition to your collection and my possibly be a covnersation starter if you sport these joints around the town.
There are more sneaker brands I like. Sorry to go all Jordan and Dunks on you. Those are my top two favs.
If you have any dope sneaks links you would like to share with me comment under the post below. Always open to see fresh new kicks!
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.

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I am the Female Peter Pan

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I honestly feel like I am going to be a big kid for life. I love cartoons. Back in the mid 80s-90’s, Saturday Morning cartoons were the best. I watched a ton of cartoons:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Duck Tales
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Thundercats
Inspector Gaget
The Jetsons
Tiny Toon Adventures
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Batman: The Animated Series
Recess
Pepper Ann
Doug
Animaniacs
Pinky and the Brain
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Goof Troop
X-Men
Spiderman
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Rugrats
Rocket Power
Tiny Toon Adventures
Hey Arnold!
Ahh!! Real Monsters
Angry Beavers
Darkwing Duck
Fraggle Rock
Tailspin
Muppet Babies
Tom and Jerry
A Pup named Scooby Doo
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Invader Zim
Danny Phantom
Bonkers
Beetlejuice
School House Rock
The Smurfs
The Super Mario Bros. Show
And many others that I remember back from that time.
Then there was the Cartoon Network 90’s-2000 era: Powerpuff Girls, Cow & Chicken, I am Weasel, Courage the Cowardly Dog, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, What Happened to… Robot Jones?, Mike, Lu, & Og, Sheep in the Big City, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Samurai Jack, Camp Lazlo, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Ben 10, Grim & Evil, Class of 3000, and many other beloved cartoons. I still watch cartoons. My favorite ones right now are Regular Show and Adventure Time. I watch anime as well. More on that later on in a future blog post.
I love roller coasters. The faster the better. I used to play video games. I haven’t played them in awhile. I want to get back into being a hardcore gamer. I love cereal (even though I have to slow down from eating it from time to time). I love to laugh. I love to smile. I love to have fun. Even though I don’t have kids of my own, I love to play with them. I used to work at my Godmom’s Daycare for a few years. Kids seem to love me. That’s a good thing! So I guess in a way I have a spirit of a child ^_^.
Now I have my moments when I need to be serious and responsible. We all do. But after those serious and responsible moments pass, I am in big kid mode. Just think of me as Robin Williams character in Hook or Tom Hanks character in Big. Even Will Ferrell playing the awesome character of Buddy the Elf in Elf. Of course I can’t overload myself with candy anymore (more on that in a future blog post). Being a kid was the most freeing time ever! You didn’t have to worry about anything. Bills, career plans, or any other adult responsibilities. You can run around in circles until you got dizzy and just pass out. Play Hide and Seek or Red Rover with your friends until your parents call you inside for dinner (or until the porch lights come on). I know there are many other childhood games that I could have named. Those two just popped up in my head.
The one thing that I didn’t like as a kid was getting whoopings. I didn’t get that many when I was kid, but when I did LAWD JESUS! Those whoopings are not fun at all. I have been whooped with belts, swtiches, and telephone cords. Then you hear the classic parent sayings before or while they are whooping you: “This gonna hurt me, more than it hurts you,” “Stop moving! Stay still!,” and the ever so famous, “Stop crying!” Yeah how am I going to stop crying when the way you whoop me feels like I am being stung by 10,000 killer bees. Maybe even worse. Remember how your parents used to whooped you and they would break up each word to complete a single sentence or statement? “Didn’t — I — tell — you — not — to — do — that?” I remember that as if it was yesterday.
There was one incident where I got a whopping. I was over my aunt’s house. I was about 7 maybe. My family was supposed to go somewhere. I think it was out to eat or something. I can remember my mom or one of my aunts telling me not to mess up my clothes. One of my good friends who stayed across the street from my aunt wanted me to play with her. So I decided to. I went into her backyard. She had the sprinkler system going on. Or was she holding the water hose about to turn it on? I can’t remember. All I remember is what my mom and aunts told me about not getting dirty. But that kind of went out the window and I ended up getting my clothes wet. So when I went back across the street over my aunt’s house, I was in for some trouble. They all got mad at me. I had to go outside, pick a switch from the tree (a good sturdy one), and bring it back in the house. I got a whooping from my mom and all three of my aunts. It was brutal. Oh the flashbacks I am having right now. If there was one thing that I do not want to relive, its that.
There is nothing wrong with being a big kid. I mean that’s what keep you young and lively. You know what they say: “You are only as young as you feel.” I maybe be paraphrasing that quote, but it still hold true. I want to laugh, have fun, and smile. Isn’t that what everybody wants in life? Just to be happy? I know that’s what I want. People can be a tight ass if they want to. I know what its like not to not be happy. To be irritable all the time. To have people look at you and ask, “Why you so look mean?” It sucks. But now I am working on making myself happy. Because its so much better to smile through life than to be sad. Life is too short to be sad people. That’s why I want to live my life to the fullest. So I am the female Peter Pan. I will never grow up!
I’ll leave you with this quote:
“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”
— Walt Disney
 
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^

The AshNerdStar Report Blog Features

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Hey you awesome beautiful people you! Since I am working my butt off making sure to post the best blog posts around for your reading pleasure, I wanted to make a few changes. So I present to you, ladies and gents *Drumroll Please* the new and improved blog feature list for The AshNerdStar Report!

Interviews

I will be posting interviews featuring some really cool talented people. The interviews will include: musicians, singers, actors/actresses, photographers, comedians, artists, YouTubers, poets, people who are doing awesome things in the community, and more.  I decided to do this because I want to show what they love to do with others so they can check out their stuff. It’s always good to showcase other people’s talents to help inspire others who are pursuing their own dreams.

If you are interested in being interviewed you can email me at ashleynerdstar@gmail.com, DM me on Twitter @AshleyNerdStar, or message me on The AshNerdStar Report page on Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/AshNerdStarReport).

You Know What Grinds My Gears

This is pretty much the only one that I kept from the past blog features list. The idea for this blog feature came from Family Guy.  Remember the episode, “Stewie B. Goode” from season four? Peter was at the LackLuster Video Store looking to score some porn to take home and watch. Then the sales clerk told him that they don’t sell porn in anymore. Peter started giving a rant about how the video store stopped selling porn.  The loveable news anchor from Channel 5 News, Tom Tucker who also was trying to score some porn overheard Peter’s awesome rant. Tom liked it so much that he gave Peter a daily news segment called: “You Know Really Grinds My Gears” where he rants about general things that irritate him.  So I decided to rant about things in the news or in general that really irritate me.  It’s kind of like an opportunity to vent out my frustrations in a healthy manner.

AshNerdStar’s Five Favorite Things

I list the top five things that are my favorite at the moment. It could range from movies, music, clothes, food, sports, quotes, and more. I just want to spread some cool things that I love with you guys.

AshNerdStar’s Quotes of the Week

I share at least five or six quotes that are really dope. Good quotes that make you laugh or think about. I guess you can say that I am a bit of a quote nerd ^_^.

Ask AshNerdStar

This is your opportunity to ask me questions.  They can be questions dealing with advice or in general. You can tweet your question to me @LadyAshNerdStar using the hashtag #AskAshleyNerdStar, send me a message on Tumblr, or through The AshNerdStar Report page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AshNerdStarReport). In the event that no one gives me questions to answer, I will just either look for good questions to answer.

So there you have it! This will be the format of the entire blog. Random blog posts will always be posted about things that I am excited to share and write about.  I hope you will enjoy!

Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.

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20 Random Facts About AshleyNerdStar

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Why hello there? ^_^. Since I am making a fresh new start in maintaining this awesome blog of mine, I thought I would share some random facts about me. Just so you can get to I am bearing my soul to you people. So here we go:


#1:
 I am scared of thunder. Thunder Buddies unite!

#2: My two favorite foods in the whole wide world are: tacos and blueberry pancakes.

#3: One of my biggest fears is not being able to reach my dreams.

#4: One of my favorite comedy movies is Stepbrothers.

#5: If I ever get a puppy, which I will, I shall name it Marshmallow or maybe even Josie. I shall love it with every fiber of my being.

#6: I loved cereal so much that I came up with at least 8 cereal combinations. I will share that with you later.

#7: My favorite NBA team is the Boston Celtics.

#8: When I eat gum, I eat 2 or 3 pieces at a time.

#9: I used to read books all the time when I was little. Some of my favorite books that I read were Judy Blume books. Favorite Judy Blume Books: Freckle Juice and Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?

#10: I used to take tap and ballet dance classes when I was little.

#11: I used to play basketball. Now I am totally obsessed playing softball.

#12: I always had a dream of becoming a b-girl and dance in a crew.

#13: I wanted to be a doctor growing up as a kid. I thought of being to be a Neurosurgeon or go into Pediatrics.

#14: I go by many nicknames: Carter, AC, AshBandicoot, Ash Bash, Ash, and Ash Loney (Older cousins used to call me that as a kid) just to name a few.

#15: I can sing. I pick up lyrics and melodies really good by ear. I can sing soprano, alto, and tenor.

#16: I would like to take a huge road trip across the US and visit my family. I also would like to travel different places in the world like Korea, Japan, Africa, the UK, and more.

#17: I still watch cartoons. My favorite show that I love at the moment is Regular Show.

#18: In my lifetime I have only cried watching of three the following movies: The Lion King, Ghost, and The Color Purple. Don’t judge me.

#19: There are three inspiring people that I would love to meet to gain  more knowledge and wisdom from: Steve Harvey, Kevin Powell, and Oprah.

#20: Dream job that I am working towards: Entertainment Magazine Writer.

Hopefully this allows you to get to know me a little bit better. If you would like to share some random facts about you, feel free to. Don’t be scared. I am always up for meeting new people are learning more about them.

Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.