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The Best K-Pop Workout Songs

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K-Pop Workout Playlist: We're 11 days into the New Year. If you're like me, you're still telling yourself you've committed to a healthier lifestyle, and vowing this is the year you'll stop eating Nutella with chopsticks at 2 am.

I need to make working out as fun as possible otherwise iHate it. Listening to the right music is crucial. I narrowed down my Kpop workout playlist to these 13 songs that reflect the 4 phases of any workout: warming up, the workout, when you want to die, and cooling down.

WARMING UP:Songs that put you in a good mood, and raise your energy level.
"It's Me" by Kahi
This is always my first song. I think I've primed my body to associate this song with exercising. In this song, Kahi exudes a subtle sensuality that I find believable and appealing. Gain and Sunmi are two others, that to me, can carry a sexy concept without it seeming forced or cheap.

"Itaewon Freedom" with JYP
WHERE IS NAMSAN TOWER? How does this not have …

6 Days in Seogwipo, Jeju Island (서귀포시, 제주도)

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I've been fortunate enough to visit Jeju Island twice, once in July of 2012 and again in December of 2013. Jeju Island is known as "The Hawaii of Korea" and is a popular vacation destination for Chinese & Japanese tourists, Koreans, and English teachers ^^.  A few articles on Jeju here, here, and here. In short, Jeju is BEAUTIFUL and can be extremely affordable if you know where to go.

Hozier at Irving Plaza 11/5/14

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Since being home (New Jersey) I've taken a bit of a break from K-Pop. I still religiously read Asian Junkie for my daily Kpop LOLz, but overall I've been more attuned to Western music these past few months. By Western music, I pretty much mean one artist: Hozier.

That time Zach Braff told me about Hozier In the summer, my friend and I went to a Q&A session in Union Square with Zach Braff the day his movie (Wish I Was Here) came out. The soundtrack features Hozier's Cherry Wine, and he described the way the song was recorded live - not in the traditional sense in that it was recorded at a concert - but recorded outdoors, with sounds of birds chiming in on the track. I also learned that not only was he a Hozier fan, but he loves Game of Thrones. He gave away multiple GOT action figures during the event. Hodor! Hodor? Hodor.
After weeks of impromptu Hozier dance parties and listening to every performance of his I could find on YouTube, I bit the bullet and paid 3x the tic…