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Speaker’s Corner: Singing, Writing, Parenting

November 16, 2014

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Welcome to our second episode of Speaker’s Corner, where patrons of our cafe, You Are Here Cafe, can step into our video booth and tell us what’s on their mind for two minutes.

We had a pretty awesome appearance this week from Urban Zakapa, who are immensely fun people. Story time: this past Friday we hung out with Kevin and Eric for their birthday party in Apgujeong. We were at a place that had a piano and mic. Well, Urban Zakapa was there as well. They got on and sang a song they just made on the spot for Eric, called “Michael Jackson’s Nose,” in which they sang how Eric has Michael Jackson’s nose. It was a beautiful song, and even better than their ultra famous Cafe Latte song, in my opinion. It was just for fun, but it was a great song, and I’d love to make a video out of it. Just Urban Zakapa singing, and Eric looking at them incredulously, touching his nose.

Also, best of luck to NaNoWriMo Korea in their efforts to write a novel. I’ve really wanted to write a book as well, and I thought I’d do so in January when we go on vacation, but then I thought that writing a book isn’t a vacation, and I should do something vacation-y. But I always imagined myself sitting down for a month and pounding out a book. Not a novel, I don’t think. But a book about stuff. I could do it! I write almost every single day, and I write lots of words! There’s no coherence between one post and the next. I just wrote about Old School Korean Candy a few hours ago, and that has little to do with this blog post, so writing something on one topic for 50,000 words could be more challenging than I think, but helllllll I’ll do it one day. Just not during vacation. But soon! One day. Soon! I hope :D

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  1. BTS-Coffee, I love that song.

    5 years ago
  2. This is so wonderful and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside watching it. Honestly you guys have such great ideas!!!!

    5 years ago
  3. I love this series! One day I’ll visit Korea with my Korean and visit the coffee shop! The baby and the couple, oh the cutes!!

    5 years ago
  4. This is so much fun! I wasn’t sure the Speaker’s Corner videos would be so cute and interesting :)
    I thought about doing NaNoWriMo because a “friend” wanted me to participate and we could encourage each other. Stuff happened, and I’m more of an artist anyways, so instead I asked my husband to make me a month long drawing challenge: every day, I have to draw something that he came up with. Some things so far include creating a new Pokemon/Digimon with at least 3 evolutions, create a sword, recreate an old drawing from at least 5 years ago, and a landscape with rocks. I’ve been enjoying this much more :)

    5 years ago
    • That’s so cool! If you want the support of other people you can be a NaNoWriMo rebel like me- I’m writing and painting this month- but it sounds like you’ve got great support and a really cool project of your own. Your challenge sounds awesome and I bet it’s tons of fun!

      5 years ago
  5. I love these videos more and more. can’t wait for the next one^^ Its so nice to see the diversity of all the people that comes in and record.

    5 years ago
  6. I have heard of NaNoWriMo very often. I always wonder what people do once they finish the book? Do they just keep it or is it part of the challenge to get it published?

    Urban Zakapa sounds really good for something they started singing out of the blue, I’m impressed!

    5 years ago
    • The main challenge of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words (Mostly ficiton novels, but there are some who do other projects). If you write 50,000 or more, you are a “winner.” What you do with the words at the end of the month is up to you, but the writing community is active online year-round and revising, editing and eventually seeking publication is strongly encouraged.
      I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for six years and never done any serious amount of revision on most of my work, but the practice is still excellent for many reasons, for exqample:
      My typing speed has improved drastically
      Writing projects such as lesson plans and term papers (when I was in university) no longer seem daunting.
      It inspires me in other creative areas.
      It enriches my reading experiences.
      My non-fiction writing (blog posts and even simple facebook updates) has become much more creative and entertaining for my readers.
      I get to meet awesome people like the ones in this video!

      5 years ago
  7. I simply love this series. :) Can’t wait to come and visit someday and jump in the booth and wear that great beard! Seriously, the girl in the NaNoWriMo group rocked that so hard!

    5 years ago
    • Jay

      Hey there!
      I was the girl who rocked the beard, thanks for admiring my faux face hair. I hope you rock it just as hard!

      5 years ago
  8. OH MY GOD THE LITTLE BABY!!!!!! >_<
    i need more little cute kids in these!!!

    and my god a thought i just had- i would absolute LOVE if Miss Kika (one of my favourite illustrators and blogger for 'Cute in Korea') and her husband Nara (animator at Disney) came to your cafe!!! i would die from excitement and happiness!!

    5 years ago
  9. This series is making me so incredibly happy! Thank you!!

    5 years ago
  10. At first, I wasn’t so sure about this series, but after watching the first two episodes I think I really like it ^^.
    Nice singing from Urban Zakapa <3 and ummm well have a nice day you guys :D

    5 years ago
  11. Excited to see another video in this series. How do you guys come up with the booth questions?

    5 years ago
  12. I wish I could go to your Cafe and just sit there for a while, while drinking coffee :) Maybe someday :)

    5 years ago
  13. omg that singing though

    5 years ago
  14. I always try to unofficially participate in NaNoWriMo as a self challenging exercise but I can never get it all out by the deadline. I admire all the writers than can do it!

    5 years ago
    • If you really want to kickstart the writing process, you should try the 3 Day Novel Writing ordeal based in Vancouver, Canada. It’s held on the Labour Day long weekend so from midnight Saturday to midnight on the Labour Day Monday which is always the first Monday in September and masochists from all over the world participate. You are allowed to do an outline but the actual writing must be done in the 3 allotted days. I’ve done it for 4 years now and completed 3 so-called novels. Unbelievably intense! There is no time to edit and your writing can end up taking itself into some very strange places. It’s mostly junk but every year, I find a kernel of something useable when I finally decide to reread what I’ve written, usually about three months after the event. My longest was just under 30,000 words. I can’t write to an outline. I have a general idea what it’s sort of going to be about (it never is though) and then just I just go for it.

      5 years ago
    • How far do you get into it? I don’t even know what 50,000 words looks like. Ha!

      5 years ago
      • I’m trying NaNoWriMo for the first time. For me 25,000 words is almost 40 pages(talking takes up space). I don’t think I’ll finish though since I kind of ran out of plot but it was fun to try.

        5 years ago
      • Probably not even halfway. I’m not very good at pure word vomit and have a bad habit of trying to edit as I go. It makes for a very slow writing process!

        5 years ago
        • I used to always use writeordie- they have the free online version. I still use it sometimes when I want to pound out a blog post without thinking about it too much.

          5 years ago
  15. First!Lol! I really enjoy these segments.

    5 years ago
  16. I like how you just casually mention chilling out with Eric and Kevin, and other celebrities. xD

    Love seeing all the people!

    5 years ago
    • Ha! We don’t think of people as celebrities. Just people. People like it when you treat them like people as well :D

      5 years ago
      • I never knew I had a desire for a little brother until Kevin came into my world. Being the youngest of four siblings, I think that’s saying a lot ^_^ I love U-KISS but other than when I saw them in concert I’ve never held them on this idol pedestal. They’ve always felt like little brother’s too me that one day given the chance I’d just love to just sit and talk to or share a meal with. They’ve always seemed so approachable, especially Kevin.

        Can I just say initially I wasn’t sure if I would like the Speaker’s Corner. I had reservations about it for some reason, but I’ve loved both videos you’ve put together with the guests who’ve stopped by the booth. Yupp I’m calling all your patrons guests, not just the awesome musicians who’ve stopped by. It’s wonderful hearing stories like the married couple from LA, or seeing friends and families gather. I really hope to get the You Are Here Cafe one day.

        5 years ago
        • You know, you’ve made me really happy by saying that. Thank you! We were scared about Speaker’s Corner as well, but I’m really happy with the first two videos we’ve made. Hopefully you’ll like next week’s vid, too!

          5 years ago
      • Yeah, of course. It’s just amusing for us fans who don’t get to see them all the time. Kinda like how I get excited seeing friends I don’t get to see often.

        5 years ago