Meet the Blogger

Hi! I'm Nicole, Nikki to my older blogger friends and readers and Nox to my real-life friends. I'm a 19 year-old senior at the University of the Philippines Diliman where I study Comparative Literature. I'm also founder and workshop head of The K-Pop Writers' Workshop, an award-winning music blogger and an aspiring music critic.

I started blogging on Pop Reviews Now when I was thirteen, and six years later I'm still at it! My passion for music writing came from my background in music and love for literature -- I thought, "why not combine them?" I believe that how you write about music is just as important as what you write, so I continuously strive to improve my craft. I plan to make a career out of this, and I know that everything starts with Pop Reviews Now -- this is where I push myself as a writer, and where I attempt to push the boundaries of English-language critical writing on K-Pop with every post I publish. I want to change the way people think about the music they consume and prove that it's possible to take pop music seriously. It sounds like an almost impossible feat, but six years ago I never thought I'd be where I am today, doing what I love and loving what I do -- so I won't rule it out completely!

Outside of Pop Reviews Now I'm ridiculously girly. My favorite colors are navy blue and pink! I have unhealthy hoarding tendencies when it comes to nail polish, lipstick and washi tape, and skirts take up half of my (sizable) closet space. I watch "Gossip Girl" just for the pretty clothes -- I want Blair's wardrobe! So if music writing doesn't work out, you may just find me writing for a fashion magazine. I'm also a huge bookworm, which is one of the reasons why I chose to study literature. My favorite authors are Natsuo Kirino, Marilynne Robinson, Banana Yoshimoto, Fuminori Nakamura and Emily Dickinson. Sometimes I'm obsessive-compulsive, other times I'm lazy -- but I never ever miss a deadline. Everything I do, I do to the best of my abilities. I believe that talent and hard work are inseparable, and that focusing on only one is never a guarantee for success.

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