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CNBlue Showcase in Singapore

…I officially admit it. I’m a fangirl. I can’t deny it! It’s probably a bad thing, and I really do have to stop, especially since the holes this being-a-fangirl-thing is burning in my pockets have started to expand…

CNBlue in UCC

Still, the CNBlue showcase in Singapore was pretty awesome and totally worth the SGD $88 (+$2 booking fee + $1 collection fee) I spent on a Category 3 seat. The showcase was held at NUS’s UCC (University Cultural Centre…ahhhh…fond memories there…) and since I knew the layout pretty well, I managed to wrangle really decent seats for Category 3 (Row V, just in front of the sound control box).

The showcase was meant to start at 3 pm but, naturally, started late. Still, it lasted a solid hour and a half, so I wasn’t too fussed. As usual, lots of screaming randomly when stagehands ran off the stage, or media were snapping photos onstage, and when the stage blacked out. Hilariously, there was this guy who yelled, “YONGHWA!!!” as the stage blacked out in preparation for their showcase, and there was a split-second of stunned silence and then everyone in the audience broke out laughing. It was mean but…fanboy much?

YONGHWAAA! ...except mine would be "MIN HYUKKKKK!"

YONGHWAAA! ...except I'm really into MIN HYUKKKKK!

The boys sang quite a few songs, which I don’t quite remember the order of. I think they started with Let’s Go Crazy, and went on to Love Revolution. They were going to sing I’m A Loner when Min Hyuk discovered an issue with his ear-piece and had to get the technicians to fix it, so lovely Jong Hyun entertained us with a verse of Sunday Morning (by Maroon 5) until Min Hyuk’s ear-piece was fixed (and even during the song I’m A Loner, the technicians came running on stage to try and get it fixed!).

Jonghyun with his version of Sunday Morning - he's fairly decent, and his English pronunciation was more or less there, and his voice was gorgeously melting as he sang this...he almost but not quite convinced me to abandon Min Hyuk fandom for him!

After that, they sang Love Light and Love, and then they broke for an interview session. The interview session basically consisted of the host asking them questions that fans wanted answered, like – “Will you ever write a song for boys?” (The fans’ response to that was hilarious) – “Have you tried Singapore’s chilli crab?” (Answer: Heard a lot about it, and we have a ‘schedule’ to go try it out) etc. Lots of fans were randomly screaming SNSD out whenever Yonghwa tried to answer any question, which was on one hand, vaguely annoying, and on the other, quite entertaining especially when you monitor his reaction, which was a mix of exasperation and resignation. (They did that when he was asked, “Which artist, Korean or otherwise, would you most like to collaborate with?” and wisely enough he answered, “Jason Mraz.” Since Mraz is a favourite of mine, Yonghwa gets brownie points. Min Hyuk has all the rest of the brownies for being so hot with the drums, and Jong Hyun has a couple for being able to sing. Jong Shin is…just…Avatar. LOL)

JongVATAR! He's kinda cute when he flips his hair back.

They ended off the interview by granting fans’ “wishes” like getting hugs, receiving autographed CDs, being serenaded by the boys and receiving a “personal item” from each of the boys (a shirt from Jong Shin, a guitar pick from both Jong Hyun and Yonghwa and a pair of drumsticks from Min Hyuk). Speaking of the guitar picks, both Jong Hyun and Yonghwa kept tossing theirs out to the audience in front and then having to surreptitiously sneak another pick out from their back pocket. Then the fanclub surprised them with a cake, and a fanvideo, which was sorta sweet. After which the boys went off-stage and we almost thought that was the end of the set…but fortunately it wasn’t.

They came out to finish off the showcase with I’m A Loner (Burning Version), One Time and Now Or Never. When they were finally done, a lot of people were really reluctant to leave, since…y’know…it’s possible they could come out for another set…except, nah. They didn’t. Still, the showcase was awesome, I got kickass videos (they banned videography but seriously, how the hell will you stop 500-over insane fans from whipping out their cameras?) and some really fantastic close up pictures (especially considering how faraway I was sitting). Ran out of SPACE on my memory stick midway through the interview (which was a damn pity!!) but at least it meant I got to enjoy the rest of the songs without having to worry about recording them since…well…it wasn’t like I had anything to record with.

I’ll probably put the videos up on YT but make them private so if you want to watch them, please PM me or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. In the meantime…

CN to the BLUE

We Got Married ‘Sweet Potato’ couple – Seohyun (SNSD) & YongHwa (C.N.Blue)

By the by, for those of you coming to my site to look for GaKwon’s Episodes 1, 2, and 3…you can’t see them anymore because the vids I linked to got pulled from Youtube. However, if you do a bit of searching on Youtube, you’ll stumble across 2OneDay subs video channel (linked here if you’re too lazy to do the actual searching) where you will find a surplus of GaKwon, not to mention other 2AM / 2PM videos (…although I don’t know how many of you will still be supporting 2PM…).

In any case, thought I would talk about the latest addition to We Got Married (which used to be my favourite variety show, until I discovered…well, the rest of the variety shows. Still, I have fond memories of the Lettuce, Ant, AnSol, AlShin etc couples) – the ‘Sweet Potato’ couple i.e. Seohyun from SNSD (or Girls’ Generation) and Jung Yong Hwa from C.N. Blue (of ‘You’re Beautiful’ fame).

They’re a rather quirky addition that I enjoy, mostly because of Seohyun’s absolute naviety and Yonghwa’s (relatively) normality. They’re dubbed the ‘Sweet Potato’ couple in true blue WGM style due to the first episode where Seohyun’s fellow SNSD members tell Seohyun: “If you are satisfied with a husband like him (the unknown person at that point in time), then give us a hint by saying ‘sweet potato’ on screen. If you’re unhappy, then say ‘hamburger’!” and Seohyun does exactly what they tell her by suddenly surprising Yonghwa with the question: “…Do you like sweet potatoes?” (He was all EH?…o.O *blink* how did we get here LOL)

Their meeting was awkward, but cute and realistic. Honestly, of all the people who have appeared on WGM, Seohyun probably resonates the most with me, because she takes a while to warm up to people, which is what I feel most people actually do in real life (and not on reality shows that are scripted). You can see she’s determined to keep an open mind about this because whatever Yonghwa asks her to do, she’s like, “Ah. Yes. Okay.” (In Korean, it’s just “Ne…”) It’s strangely funny because Yonghwa tries REALLY HARD to get her to open up by asking questions, and the whole car scene where they’re on their way to his group’s practice studio is hilarious.

Seohyun: “I have some questions to ask you…[pulls out notebook from what Yonghwa later terms the miracle bag due to the numerous items she has in that bag]”

Yonghwa [can’t quite believe what he’s seeing]: “Eh…Yes, please go ahead.”

Seohyun: “…Who do you respect the most and why?”

Yonghwa [taken aback by the ‘profound-ness’ of her question]: “Eh? …That question’s quite…deep. *thinks very hard* Bon Jovi, because his music is always evolving. What about you?”

Seohyun: “Ah. I respect [the name of a Korean politician – I’m sorry I didn’t catch it, but I presume he’s a really good role model from what she says later]. My motto is that you have to be nice in life because what comes around goes around [or something to that effect – please feel free to correct].”

Yonghwa…blinks. The flabbergasted expression on his face is priceless. Repeated later on in the studio when she goes on about her self-development books (when Yonghwa apparently falls asleep at the sight of a book LOL).

I enjoy their interaction, so far, and it helps that they always show Yonghwa playing “I’m A Loner” (which I have developed a newfound love for) so I always enjoy those bits. Not to mention deciding to call each other “Yooong” and “Hyuuun” in order to become closer was just a genius move because it’s so funny to hear Seohyun go, “Annyounghaeseyo…Yoooong.” (Watch me splutter in laughter here.)

For those of you dying to catch it, the Chinese subtitled ones are here and the English subs are here. (It is at times like this when I thank Singapore for its strict bilingual educational system.) Have fun and let me know what you think of it. I’ve gone through Episode 2, and it’s awesomely funny (in my opinion, although I think I’ve heard people say it’s terribly boring too because they’re so awkward with each other – I thought that was the whole POINT).

News and a speech

The official announcement that went out recently about 2PM’s ex-leader’s Jaebum’s withdrawal from the group has, if you have not noticed, created huge waves within the industry and amidst the fandom – it’s created a huge sort of drama that the Sister and I unabashedly pored over, while providing our own (snarky) commentary.

I like the group, and so does the Sister, but we can’t help feeling outraged that the leader has been so unequivocally pulled from his position, without even a clear explanation. The group may have gotten away with the September debacle because, unofficially, it seemed from various peoples’ perspectives that they were waiting for him to come back, except, suddenly, they aren’t. Many of the Hottests have deemed this a ‘turning of their backs’…a betrayal of sorts. Certainly, they didn’t help matters when they held a conference where many fans left, chilled by what they were perceiving from the group; ironically, many of the Hottests have now turned ‘Coldests’ (anti-fans – who are, by their definition, an oxymoron onto themselves).

The Sister and I are…Lukewarmest, according to someone from Omona. The drama’s highly entertaining, but K-pop fandom isn’t fun, as I can attest to, and I think we both sort of faded away from that – the vitriol that goes around can be rather nasty. So, we’re keeping an eye on it, seeing as how the Sister likes 2PM and I’ve always sort of burst out laughing whenever they appear on variety shows, but I don’t see us investing too much effort into this. I mean, I don’t know? I see both sides of the story – why the fans are so angry and lashing out at them, but at the same time, why the group just wants to carry on (and obviously there is some MAJOR story behind the scenes here that we are not being told, and being told that we aren’t being told isn’t helping to calm the waters. Obviously JYPE needs some new marketing / PR people), so…I’m staying out of this storm. Somehow the two years in which I’ve spent in K-pop hasn’t been the best of years for various groups for various reasons…

For some happy news, Kim Yuna (S. Korea’s most famous female figure skater) has just pulled off a fabulous gold medal for the Winter Olympics with an ankle injury just a month before the competition. Congratulations to the pretty 19 year old for her gumption, brilliance, talent, and perseverance in the face of pain and competition like you wouldn’t believe it.

In other news, just caught J.K. Rowling’s speech (the full transcript is here, for the interested) on Fashion Nation for Harvard’s Commencement Address 2008 (don’t ask me why it’s only been brought up now – my only excuse is that 2008 was an abysmal year for me so I barely recollect it, and may have thus, missed out on the fabulous speech by one of my favourite children’s authors. She is, certainly, one of the better ones, on par with Eoin Colfer, author of the ever witty Artemis Fowl series, even if I had amnesia during her fifth Harry Potter book, and never bothered with the sixth or the seventh, having had such trouble with the fifth).  Her experiences are humbling – one day, I wonder, will I ever write like that, and put words to what people think without ever saying? …I can only hope so.

“Oh Joon-Sung Drama Concert” – with performances by Bobby Kim, Mario& and SHINee! [01.02.2010]

Have been missing in action for a while, since it’s kind of hard to juggle eight dramas a week, on top of work, dance, Korean and Japanese classes, but I’m finally back – and mostly because today has been the BEST NIGHT of my life so I couldn’t possibly go to bed without letting everyone know!

This is old news on the K-entertainment sites like Omona by now, but just a short recap – The Esplanade (Singapore) brought in Oh Joon-Sung (Korea’s most sough-after composer/lyricist) to perform pieces that he has written for the soundtracks of several famous dramas, including: Boys Before Flowers, My Girl, Great Inheritance, My Love, Witch Amusement, The King and I, Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung, Dream, The Queen Returns, and Heading for the Ground.

This is what the blurb from the official SISTIC site says:

The Korean wave sweeps to Esplanade in February for two special evenings of songs and instrumental pieces from soundtracks of some of the most popular Korean drama series written by composer, arranger and lyricist, Joon-Sung Oh.

Considered one of Korea’s most sought-after composer/lyricist, Joon-Sung Oh, will direct his 9-piece band, Green Cacao and a 23-piece orchestra specially put together for the concert. Some of these songs will be accompanied by music videos from the dramas. Joining them will be Korean popstars Bobby Kim, Mario& and Shinee who will perform their signature tunes from the dramas, Dream, My Girl and Boys Over Flowers respectively.

So it’s not too hard to guess what I was doing tonight – I’m still on an adrendaline high from coming back from the concert.

I loved all the songs – Mario& was fantastic, Bobby Kim was great especially since he could actually speak English and we actually understood him, Oh Joon-Sung was hilarious, and if I hadn’t mentioned it by now, I’m also an absolute fangirl of SHINee, who performed two songs (Countdown in Dream, and Stand By Me in Boys Over Flowers). I’ll give a quick review of the concert (I’ll try to do the quick account on another post), which I thoroughly enjoyed and was worth the $130 I had to fork out for a Circle 1 AA row seat. The view from there was pretty good (I highly recommend either Circle 1 or Stall seats for those trying to figure out the best view for Esplanade’s Concert hall) and the acoustics were excellent. Not to mention Mario& were really strong live performers – their voices were brilliant, and basically held us spellbound. They did most of the singing – Bobby Kim came out for one song called Live or Die in Dream.

I didn’t have high expectations for the concert originally – I mean, I liked all the dramas that were highlighted in the programme, but I hardly expected to be entertained by all the “instrumental” pieces, yet I was. It also helped that they had a projection screen at the back that flashed drama scenes of whichever drama they were performing to – although there were two dramas in there that I’d never watched (amazing, considering my appetite for dramas), I determined to watch them as soon as possible. (In case you were wondering which dramas I was referring to, it’s “The King and I” and “The Queen Returns” – I’ve watched everything else.)

Oh Joon-Sung was also highly entertaining, although he spoke almost zilch English…perhaps, because he spoke almost zilch English and could only keep saying, “I love Singapore! I love Singaporeans”, to which we all cheered like mad. He also kept saying, “Thank you!” and “Music start!”, and when it came to Heading to the Ground (a drama led by DBSK’s leader, U-know Yunho), he asked us, “You know Yunho?”. Obviously, the immediate screams that accompanied that question answered it for him (I think it’s adorable how fangirl/boy-ing is internationally recognised). Upon hearing our response, he continued throwing out, “Dong Bang Shin Ki? [cue: fan screaming] Sunny? [repeat fan screaming] Yuri? [ditto the screams] SHINee? [cue: volume of fan screaming trebles! …including my own. Here, he actually had to pause for quite a while for us to calm down] Bobby Kim? [seriously I thought he said barbeque, and I bet that’s what half the crowd thought too cos there was an immediate drop in screaming…everyone was just going, huh? Why’s he talking about Korean food?]”

It’s quite hilarious because after he realised that about eighty percent of the crowd were here for SHINee, he kept telling us, “SHINee my best friend! Bobby Kim my best friend!” which was all sorts of win since everyone got worked up every time he threw out their names. (Poor Mario& just got sidelined. I honestly didn’t recognise them until I went home and pored over the programme.) There was a short interview in between, with the effectively bilingual host Li Yi, asking Oh Sung-Joon how he came up with his pieces (he told her that it was basically through experience and inspiration) and why he tries to intertwine classical pieces into his compositions (he said it was because he wanted to engage everyone faster by using something that they were already familiar with).

By this point in time, I was also really impressed by Mario& (I need to mention them, since I really do love their voices, and their live performance was just mindblowing) and Bobby Kim. Li Yi also came out to interview Bobby Kim (probably because he was the only one in there who could speak English) and the first thing she asked was, “Are you enjoying yourself in Singapore?” and he replied, “I love Singapore! [cue: fan screaming] Oh, and I love chilli crab! [cue: volume of fan screaming doubles…honestly, I was extremely pleased as well since it’s a dish we pride ourselves on.]” Apparently, Bobby Kim also realised that about eighty percent of the audience were SHINee fans because he then yelled out, “All the SHINee fans, hello!” […or something to that effect. The minute he mentioned SHINee, we lost our minds and yelled like mad, so I could hardly hear him over the noise]

After his song, before SHINee came on, Li Yi came out to introduce them. It was a bit of a joke because she barely said two words before the fans started screaming down the roof, and she was all like, “But…I haven’t even introduced them!” She then said, “For all the nunas in the crowd – I’m sure you know their song Nuna nomu yeppeo!” [Please just assume there’s consistently massive screaming going on everytime anyone even says SHINee]

Now, technically there’s supposed to be no photography or videography in the Esplanade – but c’mon. You kidding me? These are fangirls. They’re like, a right unto their own. I’d like to see the Esplanade staff try to stop a hundred people whipping out their cameras for SHINee’s performance (I think they only let us get away with it because we only did it during the last song, which was Stand by Me). Unfortunately they didn’t let us take photos (although I still did secretly…the photos came out quite badly though because I was trying to take without looking at my camera since I was afraid the Esplanade staff would confiscate my camera or something if she found out).

Picture of Onew, Taem, Jong, Minho (Key got cut, because I obviously wasn't aiming)

From right to left: Onew, Taem, Jong, Minho (Key got cut off because I wasn't aiming this properly since I was afraid the Esplanade lady would confiscate my camera)

But apparently even my camera realises that I have a Key bias, so even though I was snapping randomly without checking, it got me this beautiful shot of Key

But apparently even my camera realises that I have a Key bias, so even though I was snapping randomly without checking, it got me this beautiful shot of Key

I felt a little terrible because right after SHINee performed their last song, there was a mass exodus of people – because there was an autograph session with all the performers after the concert that was to last for about 30 minutes. Obviously all the SHINee fans left, and I struggled with myself for one whole song whether I wanted to leave…and made up my mind to go just as the song ended (there was only one other song left, which was Paradise and I hate that song). It was a good thing though, because I managed to rush down in time to join the queue for the autograph session – and got to meet ALL OF THEM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. My only regret was that Bobby Kim wasn’t there but I guess I shouldn’t be too greedy, since it was good enough I got SHINee’s autographs on my program (it has now been laminated and will be kept forever and ever).

For a good while I was really worried I wouldn’t make it, since the Esplanade shortened the autograph-ing session to 25 minutes, for the sake of the celebrities (I do think they were exhausted, poor things). Fortunately, I made it past the screen so I knew I had a damn good chance of getting the signatures, and I basically started having silent panic attacks when it was my turn to get the program signed. I wanted to say a lot to them, but my brain shut down when I saw the boys smiling in my direction (their grins are lethal). I did manage to thank Oh Joon-Sung for the concert, and said his music was brilliant (which it was, no regrets about the $130 – would’ve been worth it even without the autograph session, although the autograph-ing just made it 10,000 times better).

When I got to Onew, and he looked up at me and smiled and said, “Thank you.” I swear my heart stopped for a moment. My friends and I did this collaborative polaroid book project for SHINee in commemoration of their trip to Singapore, by building them a ‘trail of photos’ through Singapore. We even made sections specifically for each member, tabbing the colours to what they wore in Nuna nomu yeppeo.

Our book project - I honestly hope the boys get to read it because we spent a week and heaps of money on it, and it's frankly quite amazing, even if I do say so myself

We even prepared a fancy ribbon for it!

So anyway, when Onew smiled at me, I lost my mind and shoved the book at him, to which he politely placed aside since he still had to sign my program (and then a staff took it and gave me this look…like she was frankly amazed at all the various efforts people go to for them). To be honest, the first impression I had of Onew was that…he was actually larger than I thought he would be in real life. (Makes a girl feel oh-so-secure and warm, doesn’t it??!)

When I finally got to Key, my bias, I almost couldn’t breathe – I wanted to reach out to stroke his hair because of the colours. Despite the temptation, I managed to keep my hands to myself, and then he looked up at me and said, “Hi!” in that fabulous voice of his and I seriously almost lost it. I think I was screaming inside.

Taemin was cuter than I thought in real life, and so absolutely precious – he smiled shyly and thanked me after signing my program really quickly (his was probably the fastest signature since Onew had to draw a smiley face on his, and Key, being Key, just took up the biggest space on the program and made his signature really complicated looking).

I got to Jonghyun next – and that boy practically glows. I have to hand it to him – he’s either got a better skincare routine than me…or just damn good genes (or both). As he signed my program lazily, he looked up at me and STUCK HIS TONGUE OUT (in that “Merong” manner he does in Hello Baby). I was honestly a litte star struck. Okay, a lot star struck.

When I got to Minho, I think I couldn’t stop smiling, and he was such a sweet boy he smiled back really brightly. In real life, his eyes are huge, and really, really beautiful, and his voice is quite amazing. I think I couldn’t stop saying, “Thank you very much!” to all of them.

After they signed, Mario& signed and I was a little less star struck by them (considering I didn’t know who they were – I’m sorry!! But they’re actually really fantastic!) so I managed to tell one of the vocalists, “Your voice was really good!” (or something to that effect. I honestly can’t remember after having lost my mind so many times.)

I managed to hold myself in until I left the building…and then I jumped up and down like a wayward teenager (which I haven’t been for years, unfortunately). A few real teenagers gave me this look, especially since I was dressed really inappropriately to be hopping up and down so. I realised I had a really good vantage view of them from the outside, so whipped up my camera to take one last video…which turned out to be really clear and had a really good view of them signing the last few autographs and then leaving. (Thank goodness I lost the struggle with my morals when I did, because if I left any later I wouldn’t have been able to get the signatures! Or seen them in real life!)

If you want the video, leave a comment, because I’m not sure how to load it up on my blog. If I figure it out later, I’ll try to upload the video. It’s seriously quite excellent. I even managed to capture their manager hyung, Yoonduk (I recognised him from the disastrous episode I had trying to catch them at the airport. That didn’t work very well. I didn’t even manage to get to see them at the fansigning…but this concert COMPLETELY made up for it, and was like an extra bonus I didn’t expect! I was almost ready to quit the fandom, but this has completely resuscitated me).

All in all, an excellent night – the music was the rousing, the vocals were fantabulous, the people were hilarious, and I got to meet my favourite K-boyband. I am ready to take on the world!

P.S. Will update soon with more stuff I’ve been thinking of blogging but haven’t gotten around to.

[Edit: Took down the video because I am not pleased with hypocritical fans who get on their high horses and say they will NEVER do these kinds of things due to concert etiquette…my ass. Normally I would never, either, and I’m not proud that I have done, and did, but to hurl judgemental comments like that…all I can say is, that doesn’t reflect very well on their maturity EITHER.

Have closed off all comments. Sorry, this is my world, you can listen to me rant, but you can’t rant back, thanks.]

SHINee (Sans Jong Plus Yesung) Won in MuBank Performance 061109!

MY BOYS WON! (Close shave, since SS501 was really near to winning as well)

And can I just say, how awesomely fierce it is to see a combination of my bias from Super Junior together with my greatest love in Kpop i.e. SHINee?

Video below:

Source: CodeMonmon Season 4

For a second I thought he would only sing the front bit (LOL at the fact that he walks away coolly ignoring the fact that all of them have launched into their hip thrust movements) but since he came back just before the chorus, he DANCED TOO! I started laughing the minute I saw him hesitantly shuffle – and the fact that he’s half a beat slower than everyone else? Precious. I love Yesung for good reasons. He reminds me of Onew, really. (More Yeonew love below!)

Their win:

Please note the “Jonghyun Hyung, saraenghaeyo!” shout-outs from all the members after the win, and then Yesung walking off in awkwardness thinking he wouldn’t be needed – BUT ONEW RUNNING AFTER HIM AND BRINGING HIM BACK! Is Onew just not the SWEETEST PERSON IN THE WORLD (and this is why he is my bias in SHINee, if it’s possible to have a bias within a bias)! He is so darling.

Jo Kwon & GaIn We Got Married Ep 2 & 3 (EN-subbed)

Patience is a virtue often rewarded with little goodies in life like the drama that is Jo Kwon and GaIn in We Got Married. Since we were patient, Time2Sub (the subbing group that is 2PM & 2AM’s fandom) kindly gave us an extra present in the form of the most recent episode of WGM – SUBBED. So we get to watch more of the awesomeness that is Jo Kwon (and as I watched the subbed version of Ep 2, I realise anew how much my Korean fails since there were quite a few things I managed to misintepret – sorry to mislead everyone! I DID say I couldn’t understand i.e. I was guesstimating most things and yes I coined the term guesstimate, do you have a problem with that?).

Episode 2 first:

Episode 3:

Since I already commented on Ep2, albeit raw, I won’t say too much on it, except how I really love the way they harmonize at the end (you tend to forget Jo Kwon can actually sing especially when he goes into drama-mama mode!) so let me spazz out a bit on Ep3 instead. Love these bits:

1. Where Jo Kwon pulls out the 100 rules that his fans wrote for him to live by and started lecturing GaIn about it (man, I never knew Jo Kwon was like that – if I’d lived with him I’d probably have ended up going crazy because the thing I hate most is nagging).

2. Where Jo Kwon and GaIn wake Jin Woon and Seul Ong up (HAHA JIN WOON IS ADORABLE and even better, it felt like Jo Kwon was really jealous when they woke his two other members up, which is kind of…cute).

3. Where Seul Ong and Jin Woon start teasing GaIn about living at their dorm

4. Where Seul Ong keeps calling her “Hyung sun nim” by mistake (and only realising 30 minutes later that he’s supposed to be calling her something else)

5. Where GaIn breaks out a much needed drink on the first day in her husband’s house (LOL I DIED AT JO KWON’S EXPRESSION)

Can’t wait for the next episode; it’s full of all sorts of win.


2PM: Tired of Waiting [Full Song: Download & Lyrics]

And even though they are NOT my bias, I actually really liked the song, although I think it’d be a really good idea to release the non-autotuned version of this (i.e. the ballad) because…I kind of actually to hear singers sing?


Lyrics: Hangeul, Romanized and Translated, thanks to Soompi (and since I am not the one who wrote this, please excuse any grammatical errors, intentional or otherwise)

기다리다 지친다… U Know? 기다리다가 지친다 음~ U Know 넌 넌 내맘아니? 우~
기다리다가 또 지친다 음~ 너는 아직도 날 기억하니? oh~Know
하루가 지나도 난 너를 못 잊어 한달이 지나도 난 너를 못 놔줘
아직도 널 원한 내 맘을 아니? oh~Know~
너를 기다리다 지쳐 미치고 또 하루하루 매일같이 일년이 같고
오~난 나 나 나~ 기다리다가 널 기다리다가 yeah~
금방이라도 니가 다시 올 것만 같고 뒤돌아서면 다시 너를 볼 것만 같아
오~난 나 나 나~ 지쳐 미치고 난 지쳐 미치고 yeah~
니가 올까 봐 또 참는다 oh~yeah 너를 아직도 난 기다린다 oh~yeah
한달이 지나도 난 너를 못 잊어 일년이 지나도 난 너를 못 놔줘
아직도 널 원한 내맘을 아니? oh~Know~
너를 기다리다 지쳐 미치고 또 하루하루 매일같이 일년이 같고
오~난 나 나 나~ 기다리다가 널 기다리다가 yeah~
금방이라도 니가 다시 올것만 같고 뒤돌아서면 다시 너를 볼 것만 같아
오~난 나 나 나~ 지쳐 미치고 난 지쳐 미치고 yeah~
왜 이렇게 난 자꾸 힘든데 머릿속이 복잡해 죽겠네 기다리고 기다리던 나인데 아직도 소식이 없는데
너 땜에 울던 내가 아닌데 나 땜에 떠날 니가 아닌데
어째서 이런 내가 힘든데 어떻게 지금 너무 힘든데
일년이라도 난 기다릴거야 십 년이라도 난 기다릴거야
oh~난 난 난 난 난 난 난 난 기다리다가 난 지쳐도 좋아
너를 기다리다 지쳐 미치고 또 하루하루 매일같이 일년이 같고
오~난 나 나 나~ 기다리다가 널 기다리다가 yeah~
금방이라도 니가 다시 올것만 같고 뒤돌아서면 다시 너를 볼것만 같아
오~난 나 나 나~ 지쳐 미치고 난 지쳐 미치고 yeah~


gidarida jichin da YOU KNOW?

gidaridaga jichinda… MM~
YOU KNOW non~ non ne mam ani OOH~ (YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW)
gidaridaga to jichinda… MM~
nonun ajigdo nar gioghani OH NO, NO~~

haruga jinado nan norur mod ijo
handari jinado nan norur mod nwajwo
ajigdo nor wonhan ne mamur ani OH NO~ NO~~~

norur gidarida jichyo michigo
to haru haru meir gathi irnyoni gadgo
OH~ nan (na na na~~) gidaridaga nor gidaridaga
gumbang irado niga dashi orgodman gadgo
dwidorasomyon dashi norur borgodman gatha
OH~ nan (na na na na~~) jichyo michigo nan jichyo michigo YEAH

niga orka bwa to chamnunda (OH~ YEAH, YEAH~)
norur ajigdo nan gidarinda OH YEAH~~~
handari jinado nan norur mod ijo
irnyoni jinado nan norur mod nwajwo
ajigdo nor wonhan ne mamur ani OH NO~ NO~~~

norur gidarida jichyo michigo (OH~ NO~)
to haru haru meir gathi irnyoni gadgo (NO, NO~)
OH~ nan (na na na~~) gidaridaga nor gidaridaga YEAH
gumbang irado niga dashi orgodman gadgo (OOH, OOH~)
dwidorasomyon dashi norur borgodman gatha
OH~ nan (na na na na~~) jichyo michigo nan jichyo michigo YEAH~

we irohge nan jaku himdunde
moridsogi bogjabhe jugethne (YEAH, YEAH, YEAH~)
gidarigo gidaridon nainde
ajigdo soshigi obnunde (OH~~)
no teme urdon nega aninde
na teme tonar niga aninde (OOH~ YEAH, YEAH, YEAH..)
ocheso iron nega himdunde
otohge jigum nomu himdunde

irnyon irado nan gidarirgoya
shib nyonirado nan gidarirgoya
OH~ nan nan nan nan~ nan nan nan nan~
gidaridaga (OH!) nan jichyodo joha (OH~ YEAH)

norur gidarida jichyo michigo (jichyo michigo~~)
to haru haru meir gathi irnyoni gadgo (irnyoni gadgo)
OH~ nan (na na na~~) gidaridaga nor gidaridaga YEAH
gumbang irado niga dashi orgodman gadgo (OOH OOH~~~~)
dwidorasomyon dashi norur borgodman gatha
OH~ nan (OOH~) (na na na na~~) (YEAH, YEAH~)
jichyo michigo nan jichyo michigo YEAH~


Getting tired while waiting… (U know?)
Gotten tired while waiting and~
U Know, do you know how I feel?
Gotten tired while waiting~
Do you still remember me? (Oh~ no)
Even if a day goes by, I’ll still remember you
Even if a month goes by, I still won’t let you go
Can you understand my desires for you? (oh~no)
Going insane while waiting
and each day feels like a year.
Oh~ I, I I I~ was waiting and while I was waiting,( yeah~)
It felt as if you would come back
or if I look back I would see your face

Oh~ I I I I~ am going insane, going insane (yeah~)
I am holding back just in case you come back, (oh yeah~ )
I am still waiting (oh yea~)
Even if a month goes by, I’ll still remember you.
Even if a year goes by, I still won’t let you go
Can you understand my desires for you? (oh~no)
Going insane while waiting
and each day feels like a year.
Oh~ I, I I I~ was waiting and while I was waiting
It felt as if you would come back
or if I look back I would see your face
Oh~ I I I I~ am going insane, going insane (yeah~)

Why is it so hard
and everything’s so complicated in my head.
I was waiting and waiting
and yet no answers from you
I didn’t cry because of you
and you didn’t leave because of me
So why is it so hard, why is it so hard?

I will wait for a year
or even a decade if I have to.
Oh~ I I I I I I I I will wait and it’s fine if tire myself out.
Going insane while waiting
and each day feels like a year.
Oh~ I, I I I~ was waiting and while I was waiting
It felt as if you would come back
or if I look back I would see your face
Oh~ I I I I~ am going insane, going insane (yeah~)

Jo Kwon & GaIn in We Got Married Ep 2

So, in case you were waiting for it, the next installment of the mini-drama that is Jo Kwon (from 2AM) and GaIn (from sexy ladies Brown Eyed Girls) is out in the latest release of We Got Married on Youtube. Unfortunately, I think the subbers are still working on getting them subbed (since subbing is not an easy task and neither is translating, and we should all be damn grateful that people are actually doing this for free…I translate stuff for work, and hate doing it, so I know what I’m talking about), so it’s only the raw videos, but if you’re craving for some laughs and if you understand any teensy bit of Korean…go ahead. Watch it. You can always rewatch the videos when the English subs are out.

Credits go to: RIcEBoIAnTh (Many thanks for the upload, I’m sure many fans appreciate the effort!)

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Although my Korean is fail, I laughed my ass off watching the two of them. GaIn reminds me, a little, of Seo In Young (from Jewelery; she was one of the first couples on WGM and was paired with Crown J) in the way she acts towards Jo Kwon. At the end of the first episode, the two of them had just discovered their “new house” (the kind of house on wheels I never quite want to get, unless it’s a swanky upgraded and larger version of a caravan with satellite and internet connection) so this episode showcases what else went on that night; and of course, as with any new house, the first thing that goes on is the unpacking of their ‘furniture’.

I thought it was hilarious that, even though Jo Kwon was working on getting onto GaIn’s good side by killing all the insects for her, and unpacking leg massagers in excitment, he immediately earned a black mark when GaIn unpacked a broom and dustpan. “What’s this?” …and I couldn’t believe Jo Kwon actually said, “Well, first of all…you’re the wife…and since you’re the wife…cleaning is a must.” He even brought his mother into the conversation! (I think what he said was, “I can’t imagine what my mother would think if she saw that the house is this dirty.” but it’s a guesstimate since my Korean is fail i.e. I have never bothered to go learn it, so I could very well be far off from the truth). The best part? THE SILENCE THAT FOLLOWS and then Jo Kwon backing down and going, “Anyway…”

I DIED. GaIn is gorgeously fierce, and I love how she keeps dodging the cleaning issue and trying to make Jo Kwon do the housework instead – this is a massive power struggle in the house that I’m thoroughly enjoying! It’s seriously funny the way Jo Kwon nags on like a grandfather, and how GaIn just blatantly ignores him (SEO IN YOUNG reincarnated, I swear), although Jo Kwon gets her back by pretending there’s an insect behind her (when there isn’t). I killed myself with mirth when he burst out into song after that, and returned to the conversation of their nicknames, basically telling her he wanted to call her Baby, but he dislikes being called that himself since he wants to be thought of as a man (HAHA).

Here are more of my favourite moments:

1. When Jo Kwon ruins the new floor by dragging the glass coffee table across the floor – and how the both of them decide almost simultaneously to use the carpet to cover the scratch!

2. When GaIn discovers the “file” on Jo Kwon i.e. his whole life story (they started playing X-Files music, so how could one not love it?) and starts reciting all the women he’s had in his life (and then that whole segment where they keep yelling out stuff about each other that they’re reading from each other’s files!).

3. When they decide to burn the “X-File”s. (And also when GaIn said in her personal interview, “I will believe in Jo Kwon.” AWWWW…so sweet!)

4. When it becomes obvious that GaIn cannot cook – I shuddered at all the stuff she was dumping into the pan, and then when Jo Kwon was all like, “How can that be edible?”, she’s just like, “JUST EAT!” OHHHH I died at the expression on his face. (Even though he did say it was actually delicious…I’m just like…boy, you guys couldn’t even cook ramen properly. In fact I think it’s safe to say Hyun Joong from SS501 did a better job when he did it for Hwang Bo during their ‘honeymoon’!)

5. When Jo Kwon basically got GaIn to promise to make kimchi for him after long minutes of various strategically voiced complaints (that was hilarious).

6. When Jo Kwon exchanged the front seat of the two-seater bicycle with GaIn (GaIn takes the lead!) and they take off smoothly, even though when Jo Kwon was in front they kept stopping and falling off (in the back you can hear one of the commentators going, “…Just as I thought, females are stronger!” or something to that effect).

7. THE BEST WAS THE BIRTHDAY SONG! Although the matching PJs that Jo Kwon for them was cute – but oh, the birthday song where Jo Kwon started off normal, and went into diva ballad singer at the end just has to take the cake – literally!

8. When Jo Kwon played Falling Slowly for GaIn, and they harmonized so beautifully at the end! THEY SOUND SO GOOD TOGETHER I JUST WANT TO HUG BOTH OF THEM SO HARD.

Okay, end of highlights, and now I am just waiting for the English subs to come out so I can actually understand their banter (which I gather is actually very funny from body language, and also because I found myself laughing for no reason).

Random updates: Shining Inheritance, You’re Beautiful, Hidarime Tantei EYE, Jo Kwon & Ga In in WGM

In case you thought I was finished with all the dramas I could possibly handle…well, to be honest, there was never really an end in sight. As such, after I was finished with the ever beautifully crafted Buzzer Beat and the outrageously crazy Otomen, I turned my eye towards some sister dramas in Korea. I did a one episode review on My Fair Lady, the comeback drama for Yoon Eun Hye, but as the weeks went by and the episodes continued to disappoint, I dropped the drama like a hot potato (as much as I love the girl and Moon Chae Won from Shining Inheritance, it’s not worth it to sit through an hour of pain). If you’re still looking for recaps for My Fair Lady, I can point you towards Dramabeans if you’re not aware of her already (shame on you!) since her reviews are extremely detailed, insightful and witty, all of which are highly important when reviewing. I don’t agree with everything she says, but her reviews are beautiful, and fast, and she’s quite happy to have people disagree (politely) with her perspectives (please don’t be rude), so it’s always fun to hang out there.

Going through 24 episodes of Shining Inheritance was no joke, and to be honest, I have lots to say about it, but I’ll save that for another post. I’ve also caught up on a couple of other dramas – You’re Beautiful for one, which is shaping up to be the best opening two episodes I’ve seen in KDrama this year at least; I adore Jang Geun Seuk for his portrayal of Tae Kyung and his sneer is fabulous. If Lucius Malfoy had looked this good in Harry Potter, I’d have been on the side of the Deatheaters for sure! Some reviews have been posted on Dramabeans, and I’m tempted to do my own, so if there’s time left over, you’ll probably see what I’m gushing over.

I’ve also been struggling through Dream in which Kim Bum (from Boys Over Flowers fame) acts, and despite the fact that there’s nothing wrong with the acting, or the storyline, there’s a strange sluggishness about it that makes it hard for me to waddle through each episode. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that there’s nothing, really, about any of the characters in particular that make you want to cheer for them, or cry with them, or laugh at them. In other words – bland. I do like the acting though, and I’m curious to find out how it all turns out, so I’m still holding on and going slow.

And just when I ran out of patience, I switched back to the world of Japanese drama, and what do I find?

Hidarime Tantei EYE! Yes! The exact show I was telling you to keep an eye out for! It stars one of my favourite upcoming JE boys from Hey! Say! JUMP – Yamada Ryosuke. I admit a bias right here right now, but I do think the boy can certainly act, so this is a definite plus. I’m about to make a recap of it now, but not in this post since it’s going to be long enough without the recap.

Last update: for all of you who were waiting for the English subs of Jo Kwon and Ga In on We Got Married, here it is (many thanks to time2subs2@YT and omona for the links):

Jo Kwon (2 AM) and Ga In (Brown Eyed Girls) on We Got Married

It’s finally out – all we’ve been waiting for! Jo Kwon and Ga In appear on the Chuseok special for WGM (a Korean variety show). I stopped watching the show after the end of the second season I think, when the Gundam couple (Junjin from Shinhwa, and Shiyoung, an upcoming actress) made their final curtain bow – but I couldn’t resist the Jo Kwon and Ga In pairing (judging from comments in Omona, neither could they!) because Jo Kwon is just about my favouritest 2AM member now (yes, I coined the term, so sue me).

Videos here, from youtube: bewarned, they’re raw, so you have to decipher the korean yourself…

It’s all low-res and I apologise for the quality, but hey, at least it’s all out (and I promise to change the videos once I get my paws on some high-res and subbed ones). Nonetheless, even though these aren’t subbed, I’ve gone ahead to watch them, and Ga In is quite funny (she reminds me a little of Seo In Young, who was half of the Ant Couple) while Jo Kwon is of course his regular hilarious self. The part that tickled me most was when she got off the car, but was so worried about who her partner would be in WGM that she almost didn’t want the rest of BEG to leave (in fact she asked them if they could go with her, and when the car made to drive off, she actually stood in front of the car and was all like, “No! Don’t leave me!” which was absolutely priceless).

When she saw Jo Kwon in the bear suit, she almost thought he was Boom (because the rest of BEG kept teasing her about being paired with Boom) and she tried her hardest to rip the bear head away just so she could check to see who it was. She finally figured it out though, when Jo Kwon jumped into the Abracadabra parody dance, which was another LOL moment. Even after she figured it out, he didn’t want to take  off the costume head, and after he did, there were these cute moments of embarrassment where Jo Kwon was all shy. I think I almost fell off my chair laughing. The two then got into a cute car that Jo Kwon had specially decorated (the heart-shaped wreath of roses was a very sweet touch) to go to their “new home” and promptly launched into a discussion of what nicknames they should call each other in order to become closer faster. (It was very funny when Jo Kwon kept coming back to “wife” in Korean i.e. 여보 (“yo-bo”) and you could see the corner of Ga In’s lips quirk, which means that she secretly likes it, but she kept telling him that it didn’t sound right. Everyone else in the show i.e. the hosts of the Chuseok special as well as the rest of 2 AM were also speculating that this was the nickname that Ga In liked the best.)

Their “home”, which was a mobile home created specially for them keeping in mind their packed schedule, is probably one of the most unique houses to appear in WGM to say the least (you can’t help thinking about the poor budget that keeps getting cut for the show, since the houses have been steadily getting worse since after the first season). It also appears that the day of the WGM shoot was Ga In’s birthday, and it seems like she expects Jo Kwon to make it up to her, so I’m looking forward to the release of the next episode. Is anyone else thinking they’d do an Abracadabra duet/parody?