One of the most frequent words we used while in Korea was 여기. It was constant…mostly to cab drivers as they tried to get us as close as possible to one of our ‘off the main road’ Airbnbs. It was one of the first words I learned in Korean and it recently popped up in the app I’m using to expand my vocabulary. As soon as I heard it, memories of our trip crept into my mind and I felt all happy and sad at the same time. I love to travel, but it’ll be almost a year and a half before I can go on a big international trip again. That future trip is going to be back to South Korea to see some of the things we missed the first time around.
The word, 여기, also popped up…over and over and over again as part of today’s song…as I sat on the plane heading toward Denver after the weekend of blissful girl time and fabulous hip hop. In a song. In this song.
Halo is a six member group that debuted on High Start Entertainment in 2014. That’s a long time ago in Kpop. That’s especially long for me to barely know anything about them. This song, Here I am (여기여기), popped up on my recommended list several months ago and I loved it from the moment I heard it. Turns out though, it’s another song that I thoroughly enjoy when it’s playing, but doesn’t stick around when it’s done. As I listen to it now, I can distinctly remember thinking about looking into Halo’s back catalog while walking the dog, wanting to maybe search for some photos of them online and see what sticks out when I was driving in my car in a few months ago, even reminding myself at work that I wanted to check out the video when I got home. It just never happened. Something else captured my attention and I was off on another tangent. Poor Halo left in the dust.
So this time, I was smart. I actually wrote여기 on a piece of paper that I KNEW I would see again as a prompt. Because writing Halo would have been too easy. So today, I’m sharing Here I am, but tonight, I’m going to listen to some of their other stuff and try to learn a little more about them. The only thing I know to this point…and really it’s a vague memory confirmed by a questionable site, was that they had a scandal a few years ago having to do with their treatment of fan gifts and letters and one or two of them sharing gifts with their girlfriends instead of, I don’t know, wearing all of the bracelets and using all of the phone cases on their own phone. I think idols get a lot of phone cases as gifts. It’s a thing.
Please, if I ever send a gift to an idol, may he please share it with his girlfriend. It’s better than going in the closet never to be thought of again.
HALO, Here I am