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2010.10.27 Wednesday Kim Hyun Joong 1st PREMIUM DVD & Photo Book “The First Love Story”― Fan Meeting Report
Kim Hyun Joong 1st PREMIUM DVD＆Photo Book ”The First Love Story” Fan Meeting was grandly held for 2 sessions, afternoon and evening on 11th October at Tokyo JCB Hall. To Hyun Joong, this was his first solo event after moving to another management company and on this day at the venue, a lot of fans not only from Japan, Korea but also from other foreign countries who gathered before the fan meeting filled with excitement.
Hyun Joong was very busy with the filming of drama “Playful Kiss”. He had took the morning flight to Japan on the very day, went straight to the venue without taking a break and went onto the stage to do a microphone check and rehearsed together with the dancers. Been at JCB hall before during SS501 event, he was feeling very relax confirming the stage position and sound check. At the waiting room, took the meals provided by Sennohana who is also one of the sponsors and started preparation for the event.
There’s 2 sessions for the event, 2pm and 6pm. Both sessions was a sellout and before the event, the hall was filled with excitement. For this event, this is the first time footages from 1st PREMIUM DVD＆Photo Book”The First Love Story” released and to the fans, it is hard to take the eyes off from the contents.
After the opening made the undisclosed footages from Bali and Lake Hamana, Hyun Joong appeared in the midst of huge applause and sang the ballad, “thank u”. For the talk, after watching together with the fans the digest version of the making at “Bali Version” “Lake Hamana Version” and talk about the episodes related to the shooting.
On stage, the actual items such as jacket, Tshirt, guitar and the valuable ring provided by Andre Kim used during the shooting were introduced. Moving from answering fan mail questions corner, to fans directly went on stage asking Hyun Joong questions corner, to present corner and following by celebrating the DVD production sales cake corner..
Hyun Joong having doubts at the 4 standing candles. After muttering, “Why are there 4 candles?…”, as if something hits on him and he said this. “First is actor, second is singer and then me and everyone” saying the meaning for the 4 candles instantaneously and blowout the candles.
After showing the digest version of the long interview at the pool side is the long awaited dance song “Please be nice to me” which a lot of fans were pleased by Hyun Joong.
Regarding how Hyun Joong treated his fans, he gave the fan service on this day. As promised at first the high touch corner starts and Hyun Joong himself decided to change it to a handshake session instead.
Calling out to each and every fan shaking their hands firmly and the fans answered with their cheer for him. “Although activities of SS501 have not yet been decided, would surely want to reunite again.” In the event on this day, this was what fans wanted to hear most and to hear from the voice they hoped for was the biggest reward which can’t be replaced by anything else.
Hyun Joong whose drama “Playful Kiss” first broadcast in Japan has been scheduled and the event in December at Tokyo Dome has been lined up.
The album will be released next year and also planning for a concert. It will be hard to keep one’s eyes off Hyun Joong’s future activities.
[Playful Kiss] that had begun its long stretch of journey in the hot summer has finally taken a close yesterday night. And so, we are here to express our gratitude to all fans who have shown much concern and love and who have attended to the finale event of [Playful Kiss] yesterday.
Though there are some pitiable parts as well, we have indeed felt the strong love of everybody for [Playful Kiss] more than any other time. You who have always believed and guarded by Kim Hyun-joong ssi whom has given his best for this, I truly want to thank you once more.
Yesterday, after the event, Kim Hyun-joong ssi has left a statement, "It was an enjoyable shooting for the drama. Having met up with fans in such a long while made me really happy", as he delivered such a sentence. Kim Hyun-joong ssi who has made known that he is very much happier than anybody else for that meeting indeed left a deeper impression in the heart. With this sharing heart, I'm thus here to let all of you know about this by leaving a piece on the homepage noticeboard.
All profits raked in for this finale event is the same as what was in the previous notices. Kim Hyun-joong ssi who has always liked football has stated that he wishes to cheer on for the Korean Female Football Team which has been doing well these days. The female high-school football team who is always fighting for their dreams and yet battling out a good match of game - they have our support. Under the help of Adidas, we will be delivering our support for the football necessities and all. With the congregation of all fans, this achievement has achieved such meaningful results, and we are happy just thinking about it.
We express our gratitude to you all who have shown much love to Kim Hyun-joong ssi's [Playful Kiss] who is now a part of our family. He promises to show a better and more advanced side to him in future days to come.
MBC drama [Playful Kiss] ended its run in much sadness as it closes with a slight decrease in ratings.
On the 22nd, according to AGB Nilson Media Research Center, [Playful Kiss] that was aired on 21st October (finale episode, 16th) recorded 5.9% of ratings. This was 0.2% lower than its episode on 20th October at 6.1%.
This day's [Playful Kiss] portrayed the marriage of Oh Ha-ni and Baek Seung-jo, as well as a happy ending amongst the people around them.
[Playful Kiss] that began to air on September 1 recorded 3.5% of ratings, after which, since then, it has been subconsequently mulling in the 5~6% array of ratings; it was not able to escape the fate of single-digit ratings.
On the other hand, SBS 'President' recorded 28.3%, while KBS 'Fugitive Plan B' recorded 11% of ratings.
On the 22nd, according to AGB Nilson Media Research Center, the finale of [Playful Kiss] recorded 5.9% nationwide, 4.8% Seoul, and 6.9% in the city regions. Though [Playful Kiss] was receiving high attention because it is the comeback work of Kim HyunJoong, eventually, it still closed its curtains with a single-digit rating.
Beginning from 27th onwards, [Playful Kiss] will be taken over by [Happy House].
On the other hand, SBS [President] that was aired on the same day on 21st October recorded 30.3% of ratings, and this is its first time to enter the array of 30%-plus ratings. [President] recorded 28.3% nationwide, 29.8% in Seoul. KBS2 [Fugitive Plan B] also recorded 11.0% nationwide.
MBC TV [Playful Kiss] has pulled in its curtains with its 16 episodes.
Japanese manga adapted film [Playful Kiss] is undertaken by PD Hwang In-roi who has directed for dramas like [Goong]. It stars Kim Hyunjoong from 2009's hit [Boys over Flowers] who had began his first luxurious kick-start in that drama, which was what attracted about attention during the casting stage of [Playful Kiss].
However, being starkly different from such anticipation came the single-digit ratings of [Playful Kiss] that recorded 3.5% on its first episode, as it received neglect from the audiences.
Despite that being the case, reactions for this drama overseas is very enthusiastic. It has already sold its broadcasting rights to overseas countries like Japan, Hongkong, Thailand, Singapore, etc, 13 countries. Based on the selling of broadcasting rights alone, it has raked in about 4 billion won.
Also, though ratings for [Playful Kiss] is low, it has its popularity on the internet world where it enters the Top 5 Most Downloaded of All Time ranking chart.
Not only that, [Playful Kiss] will also be airing its Special Edition beginning 2nd November onwards through Youtube. It will feature totally different content and is spread across 7 episodes. For this, it is already attracting much attention from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam etc.
Song Byung-jun CEO from production company Group Eight expresses, "The Youtube Special Edition is a brand new attempt to introduce TV dramas through an on-line manner, and through this unique medium video channel we have, we get to diversify our video content; it is very meaningful that way", "At the same time where the synergy effect could be highest achieved through mediums like TV and online, it also formed a bridge to further give a chance for our Korean dramas and movies to take a leap into the foreign markets. We're anticipating", as he states.
Wed Thurs drama [Playful Kiss] will be airing its final #16 on 21st October. With that, the casts of this drama has taken time to express their sadness towards this drama coming to an end.
On the final day of this shooting (21st wee morning) at a particular restaurant in Seoul, Haehwa-dong, Jung Somin who plays Oh Hani left a sentence, "From the wedding scene onwards, my heart already began to feel more and more composed. Though successfully got married with Seung-jo eventually, the feeling of disappointment yet mixed with relief was striking itself quite starkly. Thank you to all the staff and casts who have been through so much all this while with us", as she does not forget to express her gratitude.
Lee Taesung, playing the hot-hearted Bong Jungu who hails from Kyungsan-do and loves Oh Hani one-sidedly, "It felt just like yesterday when I was rehearsing through my scripts for Episode 1 ne. So soon it's already the 16th episode. Finally Playful Kiss is now this complete in my memories.. Hope that you guys will not forget about our drama and Bong Jungu", as he asks for much unchanging love and anticipation towards this drama even if it may be coming to a close soon.
Lee Siyoung also added, "All dramas will come to a close, yes that's right, but since I joined in only from the middle half onwards, it's supposed to be just the start for me, but it's already ending now... That's why my sadness is very much larger. Gyung-su and Hae-ra will have a happy ending in the end", as she hinted a cheerful ending to it.
Kim Hyun-joong, who is receiving huge amount of love with his perfect and pretty genius role Baek Seung-jo, brings his words across, "We first started out filming in the hot summer, yet in the blink of an eye, the cold winter is already here. We had carried out really fun shooting more than any thing else, though there are also sad matters at times, I'll continue to show you my best until the final-of-the-final in the special edition", as he increases the level of anticipation for the special edition of [Playful Kiss] that will begin to show next November 2ndonwards through Youtube.
Finale of [Playful Kiss] that will depict the loveline who found her way to Bong Jungu, as well as the newly wed-life of Baek Seungjo and Oh Hani will be presenting its happy ending to all audiences on 21st October.
"I think I'm going to miss those 3 months as Baek Seung-jo".
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong expresses his grief to the ending of MBC drama [Playful Kiss] to which he stars across as the male protagonist for the first time.
On the 21st, Kim Hyun-joong expressed through his agency Keyeast that he is "very grateful to the seniors whom he respect, as well as Hani (Jung Somin), Jungu (Lee Taesung), Haera (Lee Si-young) etc, all of the Playful Kiss family members", "Once again, I've gained yet another precious experience".
Kim Hyunjoong has been displaying the other side of him to the audiences with his genius role as Baek Seung-jo in [Playful Kiss] that began its first broadcast on September 1.
Kim Hyunjoong says, "Will be taking a temporary rest for the moment and then prepare for the next activity", "In order to repay my fans' love from which I received from this drama, I will return with a more developed profile in the area of singing, acting etc. Do just keep anticipating", as he pleads.
On the other hand, Kim Hyunjoong will be pouring his gratitude on the 21st October to his beloved fans who have shown him much support all this long, where they stay together to catch the finale of this drama. After which, he will dwelve into shooting for [Playful Kiss Special Youtube Edition], along with other previously delayed work such as pictorial shoots, CF shooting etc.
On the 21st according to media research center TNms, SBS drama [President] that was aired on 20th recorded 24.7% of ratings as it further solidated its firm position as the king of Wed-Thursday dramas.
-next paragraph ommitted, about President's episode on 20th October-
On the other hand, during the same timing slot also showed Rain's KBS 2TV [Fugitive Plan B] that recorded 11.9% of ratings. Whilst MBC [Playful Kiss] recorded 6.0% of ratings.
TNms Programme Ratings - for 20th October
SBS Wed-Thurs drama special [President] - 24.7%
MBC daily drama [Golden Fish] - 17.2%
MBC variety [Radio Star] - 15.8%
SBS daily morning drama [Don't know women] - 13.1%
KBS1 daily drama [Smile, Donghae] - 12.6%
SBS daily drama [Three Sisters] - 12.4%
KBS2 Wed-Thurs drama [Fugitive Plan B] - 11.9%
MBC morning drama [Scarlet Letter] - 9.5%
KBS2 morning drama [Even Mom's Pretty] - 9.0%
KBS1 drama [Namchon] - 7.7%
MBC daily sitcom [Getting Cuter and Cuter] - 7.6%
MBC variety [Zero] - 6.8%
KBS2 info [Live Information Relay] - 6.4% MBC Wed-Thurs mini series [Playful Kiss] - 6.0%
MBC Wed Thurs drama [Playful Kiss] has faced a slight increase in its ratings.
On the 21st, according to ratings research AGB Nilson Media Research, [Playful Kiss] that was aired on 20th October recorded nationwide ratings of 6.1%. This is 0.5% higher than its 5.6% of ratings recorded for its previous episode broadcasted last week.
In this day's [Playful Kiss] showed the coverage of Baek Seung-jo and Oh Ha-ni's wedding, which was what caught the attention of audiences. This drama that will air its finale on 21st is gaining much attention from everyone as to how this drama will end off like.
On the other hand, during the same timing slot, SBS drama [President] recorded 27.4%, whilst KBS2 [Fugitive Plan B] recorded 10.8% of ratings.
Cultural and shopping medium named Hot Tracks will be producing and releasing MBC drama [Playful Kiss] 2011 Calendar for sale.
Hot Tracks has signed on an individual contract with iMBC to release the 2011 Calendar of [Playful Kiss] in commemoration of its upcoming ending of the TV drama on 21st October where fans will be sad over that. [Playful Kiss] consists of protagonists Kim Hyunjoong, Jung Somin etc and is adapted from an original Japanese manga and refreshingly stars across young stars. It is currently broadcasted amidst high popularity targeting towards the mania-level.
In the calendar, famous scenes in the form of individual and couple shots of Kim Hyun Joong (Baek Seung-jo) and Jung So Min (Oh Ha-ni) will be revealed. Hot Tracks will attempt to re-organize and decorate these photographs with beautiful backgrounds, which is exactly making use of the unique trait of this drama. It will become a highly precious possession for the mania crowds of [Playful Kiss].
Team leader Song Ki-wook of Hot Tracks' marketing department expresses, "These days, audiences of dramas don't just get satisfied by watching the drama itself; we're gradually seeing a lofty trend of these audiences purchasing merchandises that they can keep with them for a long time", "Playful Kiss that targets towards the young females age level is receiving popularity for itself, and to this extend, we expect that for its calendar as well, it will be raking in good response, too".
Hot Tracks will be carrying out its preordering on its online mall beginning 20th October onwards. As for offline sales, it will be available in its 15 chain outlets nationwide beginning 27th October onwards. Sale price is 4,900 won for both online and offline.
Source: Hot Tracks Article: http://media.daum.net/press/view.html?cateid=1065&newsid=20101020100824772&p=newswire (www.newswire.co.kr)
Fan Account 2010.19.10 Hyuniversal0606.com Pluto, Jupiter Encouter ^^ Jupiter Posted on Hyuniversal0606@Pantip English Translation: Mel@Hyuniversal0606 Thanks!
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Yesterday we have decided to act like tourists once and did some sight seeing (our 1st time doing this haha) After receiving SMS about the location, we took off at 1PM to the filming sight. It’s a Wedding Scene. We waited very long so we walked around taking pictures of the Wedding Reception Hall, thinking this may be the place for the shooting today. Well, actually the shooting was on the 9th floor. (Sorry about the tweets earlier today) About 2 PM, staffs asked Fans to leave the building and stayed outside. Nothing we could do and we waited outside as requested.
Finally the CAR of our BIG STAR arrived haha. He at first rolled down the window a bit but when saw some Fans, he closed the window at once. Well, haha that’s really Him. We waited , and waited outside and then got up to the restroom. Pluto was waiting outside the restroom. When I got out, O Ha Ni was waiting to get in !! very closed. Wahhhhh…..She’s so cute. I said sorry since I was almost bumped her on my way out. I told Pluto about my encounter with O Ha ni and she said So Min didn’t have the toilet paper so Pluto handed some to So Min. We then gave our notebook to So Min’s manager asking for her autograph. However, we haven’t got it back yet because we rushed to see Hyun Joong … hehehe… Hyun Joong’s always our 1st priority.
Hyun Joong walked out from the dressing room wearing white shirt and black pants with a Computer! He walked back and forth, here and there searching for wireless connection perhaps. I was wondering why he kept looking up why not looking at the computer he’s holding. He took a peek at all the Fans too. No smiles tho ^^
Some Fans left the scene but we still kept on waiting. The building staff saw us waiting outside then told us to come and wait inside. Haha… Hyun Joong walked out from the dressing room, in Tux !! Well, no words could really describe his charms and his great appeals. He took the elevator. His manager looked at us, 2 Thais, 2 Japanese, and 1 LAs, (Lavender ^^) and shook his head. (well, we didn’t plan to attack Hyun Joong .. don’t worry)
After a short while, 3 nations Fan club started talking, communicating and getting to know each other. The building staff walked toward us and started talking to us. He was surprised how far we’ve travelled to see Hyun Joong. He then took us all to the elevator, up to the 9th floor. He was sooooo nice taking us all to see the filming.
Finally, we saw the Groom… so handsome ever and ever… But we couldn’t stay for too long. When the staffs saw us, they chased us away.
After getting down, we waited for So Min. She came out with her wedding gown . Wowwww…she’s soooo pretty. Her manager saw us and gave us back the notebook with So Min signature.
We left the scene after this because we didn’t want any troubles with Hyun Joong’s manager. Haha with that look, it’s best not to encounter with him again. ^^
SS501 Kim HyungJun revealed about the plans on SS501 album release early next year.
Kim HyungJun who moved to another agency recently said during an interview with SportsWorld “Among our members, we were saying that we will release SS501 album in the first half of next year after ending our individual activities. We are planning to have a concert at the same time when we release the album.”
Kim HyungJun explained “Though the view of others on us is harsh when we searched for our own agencies (to sign with), we have definitely not disbanded. Like group Shinhwa, we will have our own solo activities in different agencies while gathering together when doing group activities.”
He added showing their friendship, “When we decided to go separate ways finding our own agency, we promised each other that the group existence is of the first and foremost importance. Even when we signed the contract with a new agency, that condition was the first one that we put up. Because the relationships among the members are as good as ever, we only need to decide as to when SS501 album will be released next year.”
Meanwhile, Kim HyungJun who has signed with S-Plus Entertainment who houses Kang JiHwan, will become a musical actor as he was casted as the male lead for musical ‘Café in’ which will start on 24-Nov at Baekam Art Hall in SamSung-dong.
Currently he is also busy with activities such as being DJ for SBS radio ‘Kim HyungJun’s Music High’ and MC for MBC Every1 variety program ‘Oh Bam Ah’, on top of the 6~7 hours per day practice for the musical.
The release of an album part, he says that they're perplexing over it why? underlying reason is because of each's busy schedules. which is why - upper half of next year : when will that be? that includes 6 full months of period As to concert, it's not the 1st time he's saying it; I believe they do have concrete decisions, just a matter of time+luck+chance
SS501 Kim Hyun-joong's solid video captures and still photographs will be revealed in the [Playful Kiss Photo Essay - Seung-jo's Diary] as it strikes on with the drama's soon-to-come finale, and is expected to stir the hearts of asia fans once more.
This book will be taking the form like "Seung-jo's Diary" that's been published serially through MBC Wed-Thurs drama [Playful Kiss] homepage all this while which has already been garnering popularity even in overseas. The contents for this book is expected to be translated into Korean (of course), Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Taiyu (Taiwan language), English etc. It will re-organize the famous scenes from the drama with approximately 1,000 photograph cuts and above, and is expected to flaunt the fun and more intensified reading pleasure.
In addition, in this photo essay book, it will not just consist of footage from the 16 episodes broadcasted through MBC all this while, but will also include still cuts from the upcoming Youtube-Special-Edition that will be broadcasted in early November.
This [Playful Kiss Photo Essay - Seung-jo's Diary] that will illustrate its story in a single pictorial book will be published under "Book Log Company" that has released the photo comics of dramas like "You're Beautiful" (미남이시네요) and script book of drama cum novel "The Most Beautiful Departure in the World" by writer No Hee-kyung.
This book will be making its release on November 29. Beginning from October 20 onwards, you may make pre-orders through online store YES 24 (www.yes24.com). For those that will make pre-orders will be given a very luxurious Kim Hyun-joong (Baek Seung-jo) Tumbler in first-come-first-serve order.
[SS501] Magnae Kim Hyung Jun having Fan Meeting on Sunday (10/24). Wants to eat XiaoLongBao, shop at Taipei101 the most.
A happy encounter with [LOVE JK] Ken Wu but wanted to snatch gifts meant for pet dog [Kim Choco] 30 lucky fans among those who have bought Fan Meeting tickets before 10/20 (Wed) would be picked to have a close interaction with Kim Hyung Jun
October’s 2nd wave of Halllyu wave to Taiwan! [SS501] Magnae Kim Hyung Jun would be taking Korean Airline KE691 on Sat (10/23) and arrive in Taiwan at 12:05 noon, Sunday (10/24) at Taiwan NUS Sports Center have his [I AM SS501 Kim Hyung Jun! Taipei Fan Meeting], and return to Korean the next day, spending a total of 3 days 2 nights in Taiwan. When Kim Hyung Jun previously accepted a Seoul interview by [TRENDY IDOL MAGAZINE] and [LOVE JK] Ken Wu, he expressed that for this coming trip to Taiwan he wishes to eat Taiwan XiaoLongBao the most, and hope to find time to shop at Taipei 101. Upon seeing that the organizers have specially prepared some gifts for his pet dog [Kim Choco], he couldn’t resist the food temptation presented in front of him, wanted to keep it for himself! During the interview, he exposed that [SS501] Leader Kim Hyun Joong is actually a computer illiterate! 30 lucky fans would be picked to have a handshake and photo taken withKim Hyung Jun among those who bought Fan Meeting tickets before 10/20 (Wed); At the entrance of the actual Fan Meeting day, fans are welcomed to leave their messages and there would be opportunities for these to be directly delivered to Kim Hyung Jun!
[SS501] Magnae Kim Hyung Jun would be having his [I AM SS501 Kim Hyung Jun! Taipei Fan Meeting] on 10/24 (Sun) at Taiwan NUS Sports Center. For this trip, he would first be taking the Korean Airline flight KE691 on 10/23 (Sat) andarrive at Taiwan at 12:05 noon, and his expected to spend 3 days nights in Taiwan, returning to Korea on the following Monday (10/25) with Korean Airline KE692. For his solo trip to Taiwan, Kim Hyung Jun shows his very easy-going character, and has no special requests, and got very happy and excited with the thoughts of playing games and interacting with his Taiwanese fans at close distance. As long as Fan Meeting tickets are bought before 10/20 (Wed), one would stand a chance to be the 30 lucky fans to go the backstage for a handshake and photo taken with Kim Hyung Jun, so fans please cherish this last opportunity! At the entrance of the actual Fan Meeting day, fans are welcomed to leave their messages for Kim Hyung Jun on post-it papers and stick them on the activity board at the entrance, and there would be opportunities to have these delivered to Kim Hyung Jun!
Kim Hyung Jun has previously accepted an interview in Seoul by [TRENDY IDOL MAGAZINE] and Channel[V]’s [LOVE JK] Interview, upon seeing the old pal, Ken Wu, who has hosted several [SS501] press conferences, he was happy and surprised. Kim Hyung Jun’s pet dog [Kim Choco]’s popularity is increasing tremendously, there are even fans who even left messages on the website to enquire if [Kim Choco] can be the special guest for the Fan Meeting; During the interview, upon seeing that those Taiwanese gifts were actually for [Kim Choco], not only was he not jealous, but was quite happy and even couldn’t resist wanting to try a bite. Kim Hyung Jun expressed happily that because he shares a close relationship with his pet, so they would share good food together, even though it may be dog food, as long as it is tasty, he wouldn’t mind. Due to arrive in Taiwan, Kim Hyung Jun and the host Ken Wu made a promise complete with the pinky finger swear that Ken Wu, as a local host, would bring Kim Hyung Jun to eat his dearly missed XiaoLongBao, as well as shop at the landmark building Taipei101.
While discussing about how Korean stars are recently all addicted to Twitter, Kim Hyung Jun couldn’t resist exposing that Leader Kim Hyun Joong is actually a computer illiterate, and also because he is busy filming [Playful Kiss], so there isn’t time to play (Twitter) together. When asked among all members who are the slower learners, Kim Hyung Jun sighed and replied that Young Saeng and Jung Min has to practice more on Twitter. Earlier on, they couldn’t grasp despite numerous coaching, but now they could already log on to Twitter to chat. For even more detailed contents, please tune in to 10/21 (Thurs) Evening 7pm Channel[V]’s [Love JK], as well as 11/9 (Tues) release of [TRENDY IDOL MAGAZINE]!
He talks about his feeling to be in TW soon for his first time solo individual fanmeeting, he's happy and excited, and basically his sentiments. He hope that everybody could go to attend and meet him and show him much support. As you could have heard, he also mentioned about the other members as well
english subs & translation by: Only Jun (kimhyungjun.net) yt by: OnlyJun87
His tweet: 그동안 트윗이 뜸했죠~제 여자친구를 용기내어 드디어 공개합니다...많이 놀라시겠지만....응원해주세요~^^. 봉준구의 큐피트~|~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~*기대하시라~ 미수다의 아비가일 ㅋhttp://spic.kr/2ekH
During all this while been out of this twitter world ya~ Finally I mustered courage to reveal my girlfriend... Though you'll be very surprised....Do give me your support~^^. Bong Joongu's Cupid~|~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~* Keep anticipate~ Misuda's Abigail k http://spic.kr/2ekH
(Misuda is the Arirang programme that has all foreigners come together to share talks on Korea. she's one of the frequent hosts & guest, if I'm not mistaken)
Pretty girl you've hooked on!!! Taesung gun~~~~~~~~~~~&(n_n)& Isn't that good~ Why keep holding on to Hani... Live for yourself!
MBC drama [Playful Kiss] that will be ending in the upcoming 21st will be meeting with fans again with its first ever attempt at an online spin-off special edition.
[Playful Kiss] production company Group Eight will be dwelving into the shooting for the special edition simultaneously as [Playful Kiss] will end its TV broadcast in the upcoming 21st October, and is expected to be shown through Youtube in the middle of November.
All through this while, dramas like [War of Money] and a few others had been attempting special spin-off editions that were broadcasted through cable TV, though so, it will be the first case for special editions to be broadcasted through the internet like this.
Group Eight's related personnel has said, "After our last signing on of partnership agreement for this time's collaboration in last September, our first step forward will be to release a special online edition through Youtube. Even the opening of a Youtube account is the first ever attempt".
This special edition that will have a total of 9 episodes will consist of approximately 10 minutes per episode and will portray the after marriage life -- after the TV drama ends -- of male and female protagonists Baek Seung-jo (Kim Hyun-joong) and Oh Ha-ni (Jung So-min).
Group Eight personnel adds, "We will not stray too far off from the original and Taiwan version, yet we will still emphasize on the unique traits that only our Korea version could possess".
On the other hand, [Playful Kiss] will be pulling in its curtains with its total 16 episodes this coming 21st (October).
Ouch..anyway buzzed dialogues don't exactly dont have a source from which it comes from. it can come from paid-scripts (you pay to view the real original script) which everybody is vying to do so &(^o^)&
Singer and actor Kim Hyunjoong is showered with many many CFs and work proposals throughout the body.
Kim Hyunjoong is currently in final shooting stage for his MBC mini series drama [Playful Kiss]. With its finale ahead in no time, in order to 'book in advance' Kim Hyunjoong, many showbiz personnel have already come knocking on the door of Kim Hyunjoong's agency one by one.
His agency Keyeast's related personnel has stated, "We're expected to revive his CF activities soon since it was because of his drama shooting schedules that had to delay them. There're many diversified CF suggestions received, and we're in midst of selecting the right one that fits best with Kim Hyunjoong's image", as they hint so.
Despite low ratings for [Playful Kiss], it does not seem to have much particular influence in Kim Hyunjoong's popularity. [Playful Kiss] is known to have already sold in advance to 12 overseas countries like Japan, Hongkong, Thailand, Phillipines etc. Though response in Korea is just so-so, once broadcast in overseas countries begin, Kim Hyunjoong's status as a 'Hanryu star' is certainly expected to be solidified further.
Personnel of [Playful Kiss] has mentioned that "Profit received just for the pre-sold distribution rights to overseas has raked in 4 billion won by itself. It will begin to air from December onwards in Japan. If we were to assume the failure and success of this drama just by looking at the results achieved in Korea here, it is meaningless".
Lovecalls for him to appear in many works does not end as well. With SS501 members dispersed in each different agency, it looks like it will take some time for them to resume singer activities. Because of that, possibility for Kim Hyunjoong to focus on acting career for the moment looks high. Keyeast personnel says, "Not just dramas, there're also many movie proposals received. There are so many proposals received, not at all worried. But first and foremost, to take a rest first, while also to plan for his next work carefully and seriously".
Today is my lucky day, because I saw our star, or my “pretty boy” as I usually call him.
The actual encounter is very short, please forgive me my ramblings, skip to the end if it’s boring.
After the Tokyo fan meeting, I went to Seoul and hoped to watch Hyunjoong shooting. But as I woke up the next day and a Korean fan emailed me that he left for Jeju island in the morning and will be back on Saturday. So I decided to do the tourist thing again, went to Myeongdong, with stop at the Face Shop to support his new endorsement. After walking around for several hours I was getting very bored and started to wonder whether I should go to Jeju.
After I finished watching Playful Kiss episode 14 on MBC (real live on TV), I felt like going. Then the Korean fan emailed me and told me where he might be shooting, I decided to go for a couple days to try my luck. The airfare wasn’t that bad, and I also found some cheap place to stay too. So I started packing.
All was done between 12 midnight to 2 AM.
I booked the 10:55 flight on Jinair from Kimpo, the trip on subway takes an hour, but being the always late type, I was cutting close leaving the hotel because I was checking my emails. The Korean fan emailed me that HJ might come back to Seoul today. I wasn’t too thrilled because I may miss him, or only get to see him at the airport. Only got to the airport with 35 minutes to spare, but no problem, didn’t realize Jinair is Korean version of US Southwest, no assigned seat. I was even able to check in my suitcase less than 30 minutes before the flight. Saw SS501 airport ambassador banner still hanging, brought a smile to my face and had to take pictures.
Even if I am going to see only Hyunjoong, but I miss all 5 of them together.
After I boarded the plane, some song I am not familiar with came on with “SS501” words in it, I thought that’s kind of strange because I have heard all their songs. The song was playing repeatedly, then I realized this must be the song they recorded for the airline. Also it reminded me the series they did with a fan meeting in Jeju island last year, they were the flight attendants. How I wish they were today! The Jinair flight attendants are nice but no way near as cute and handsome as our boys.
The flight was only 50 minutes, it was quite full, and I was the only non- Korean passenger. They only served cold green tea on the plane. I started to write my Tokyo fan meeting account, before I could finish the pre trip, we were going to land. It’s interesting to see all those little islands down there, never knew there were so many.
After got off the plane, I went to the information desk and ask where Saees hotel, the staff circled it on the map for me and told me to take bus 600 outside. And I was suppose to take bus 100 to the guest house where I stay.
Knowing nothing about Jeju island and only landed my eyes on a Jeju map at the moment, I marched outside and was going to take bus 100. But, but a bus was parking right outside 600, I asked the driver if it goes to Saees hotel, he didn’t say yes, just took my suitcase and motioned me to get on the bus, one lady collected 3,900won from me and told me the find a seat.
Earlier I was thinking about going to the parking lot where Hyunjoong met Hwang Buin in We Got Married, but no time now. The trip will take 50 minutes. It’s a scenic drive, totally different feeling from Seoul or Tokyo. After a week of seeing people mountain people sea, it’s a nice break.
While I was on the bus, I tried to recall some of the scenes from WGM to see if this is the same road that they took, but of course it since there are only a few major roads around the island.
The bus arrived at Jumon resort and dropped off passengers at various hotels, I was getting worried because I didn’t hear Saees name at all. Then the driver stopped at one hotel and asked the bellboy where Saees is, I was like “you didn’t know where it is and you told me to get on the bus?!!”
Fortunately the bellboy gave the direction, it’s not part of Jumon resort. Several minutes later, the bus driver stopped at a parking lot and told me to get off the bus, but all I saw was a parking lot and no hotel entrance, no buildings I could see either.
I was completely lost.
After 30 seconds panic, I calmed myself down and started walking, on the other side of parking lot was a small drive way, then I saw a small building for check in, it’s more like a lounge than a hotel lobby.
And there are some units or more like one story suites behind the lounge. I walked around a couple times and couldn’t figure out what to do. Then I saw this guy sitting by the parking lot, I thought he was a hotel staff so I went over and asked him if the Drama JaKi is shooting here. He was surprised that I speak English and hesitated, then said “Yes”.
I was very excited, and ask where they will be shooting, he got quite and said “Don’t know, no.” His walkie-talkie went off and people were running around, he looked at me, I then realized that he is actually one of the shooting team!
I kept asking him where, but he said he could not say. More people were coming to the parking lot and started to load shooting equipment to the truck.
I was able to talk to a middle-aged staff and he speak decent English, I told him that I am a fan of KHJ and traveled from US to see him, please let me watch. He was very kind and told me they were going to shoot some car scene and it would be hard to watch, but they will be back after 6 and shoot 3 more scenes at the resort. He told me to come back then and also pointed some people in charge to me. I tried to ask them where they would be shooting outside and if I can watch, but they were quite unfriendly and said ‘No.’
Anyway, now at least I know Hyunjoong is here somewhere. So I went to the front desk and staff were very nice to me, they were surprised that a non-Korean from US would come this far. They confirmed that HJ and crew are staying here, and the suite HJ stays is an ocean front one cost 630,000 won. The honeymoon suite joongbo couple stayed is presidential suite and cost over 1000,000 won a night. Goong and Boys Over Flowers were also shot here.
The units are hidden from the roads, very private, and the view and scenery are just wonderful. I was so happy to find out the Joongbo suite since it’s really the WGM got me hooked on HJ not BOF. Will for sure take some pictures later.
While I was standing there, I saw several girls and a guy coming out of one of the unit, OMG, that’s JSM, the girl played Oh Ha Ni, she was wearing shorts, very cute. I said hi to them when they walked by, they were a little taken back. I wanted to take picture but decided against it, don’t want to push my camera in front of them.
JSM is very bubbly, talking in a loud voice. I waited to see if HJ was going to come out too but no signs of him. I went to ask the nice guy where is HJ, he said he should be in the parking area.
So I went to the parking lot, there were several vans with dark windows, couldn’t tell which one. But I saw several guys were sitting in one very close to me, the 2 guys in front were not HJ, and saw the feet of the one sitting in the back, not sure, but I didn’t really want to get too close if he was resting.
They will be back anyway and I will see him. I decided to check in the guest house first and come back later.
The resort staff called a taxi for me, as I just got in the taxi, the drama crew started to move too, trucks, bus, and vans were all leaving. I just told the driver to follow them to see where they were going, so the taxi followed them for a while, actually between their group. Then the taxi driver drove fast and started to get ahead of them, I told him “slow, slow”, but too late, soon we lost them in the rear mirror. Oh, well.
Didn’t realize that the guest house was quite far, almost 10 miles away and it was hidden away in a residential area, the road is quite narrow, with brick walls on both side, like the ones in Winder Sonata. The place was quite hard to find if I took the local bus instead of the airport shuttle. I told the taxi driver to wait for me while I dropped off my suitcase. I flew into the guest house and told the owner I would be back in the evening to do the proper check in. The owner is a Malaysia lady who speaker fluent English and Korean.
Jumping back into the taxi and off we were going back to Saees!
The return trip didn’t take long, and I was scanning the roadside to see if any trucks parking along the side, no, no luck this time. I got back to Saees resort in 15-20 minutes. Total fare for the trip: 27,400 won.
The front desk staff again were so nice to me, they even took out their guest book to let me take pictures of Hyunjoong’s autograph from his BOF stay. They also let me roam the ground even the signs state “resort guest only”. I was able to take pictures of Joongbo honeymoon suite and the unit he is staying now (outside only of course).
Saw the square bench where they ate ramen noodles in the morning. The BBQ grill where he grilled meat, the view is fantastic.
There is a Korean-Japanese restaurant on site, I asked when do they serve dinner, 6 o’clock, but I was told that there was a group reservation tonight at 7, guess who, the shooting crew.
But now, it’s no longer secret, so I asked if I could make a reservation, no problem so I made it for 6:45. I would be sitting in there when Hyunjoong arrives, ha ha. Dinner costs 20-50k won, not too bad.
There is also a small café onsite but completely empty, I couldn’t find the staff so I just wandered off again. Took more pictures of the area, including the famous banquet room where Goong and BOF were shot, also outside where Jihoo gave Jandi back the necklace.
Went back to the café, someone there, I ordered a cappuccino and sat there. Then all of sudden, I had the urge to write a letter to Hyunjoong, but I don’t have any paper with me so I asked the waiter, he went out and got me a piece of paper. So I wrote a letter to him in English with some Korean words, at least I can write his name in Korean without any problem. I also brought some chocolate that I want to give him.
After I finished the coffee, (it costs 6,000 won, not cheap) I went back to the lounge to rest. By then, the two front desk ladies are like good friends, they also let me use the computer as well. So I emailed bb and liezle to inform them that I will send updates to them later.
Bb emailed right back and asked me to also write a letter on her behalf. She wants him to know that he has a lot of Singaporean and international fans who support him. So I took the liberty to write another letter to him.
As I was writing, a dragonfly flew by, I wonder if Hyunjoong would freak out if he was here! I gave the letters to the front desk ladies and asked whether they could pass them to him. Not only did they give me an envelope but also a bag so I could put all my stuff in there.
But in the end I still wanted to hand over to him myself. Now the waiting started. I must’ve walked around the site 5 times.
The sun started to go down and finally after 6:15pm, vans started to come in and dropped people off, didn’t see HJ. So I went to the parking lot and saw JSM and several other people got off and walked into the resort through a side door.
I waited some more and didn’t see HJ. Did I miss him again?
Went back to the lounge and asked the front desk, he was already in the suite, apparently he snuck in through the side door and bypassed the lounge.
Darn, but he would have to eat later, right? I comforted myself.
The crew started to set up a shooting site in one of the units, actually right next to the one HJ stays. Looks like some indoor scenes filming to be done soon. It was kind of hard to see from outside so I walked to the unit entrance.
They were shooting some entry scene, saw JSM was doing some practices. She was wearing a read coat and shorts. I will omit other stuff I saw because I am not sure what they mean, and I don’t want to cause any wild guesses.
But unfortunately I didn’t see HJ, he probably only stayed inside the whole time. By then the crew were used to me, nobody talked to me but no one stopped me either.
My dinner time, went to the restaurant and saw they set up tables for both inside and outside, I debated where I should sit. The staff had started the BBQ grill outside and the small restaurant has large glass windows so I asked to be seated outside. The first table they gave me was in the corner, I didn’t like it and asked to be moved to the middle, now I could see each table very well.
But the problem was, I was completely ignored, finally got some water. Believe or not, for almost an hour, no one came to take my orders! They just let me sit there, but I was not in any hurry because I didn’t want to finish my dinner before he arrives. There were a lot of bugs and mosquitoes flying around, no wonder HJ could kill 10 in one night to protect buin.
At 7:30, the staff got busy and started to put side dishes, drinks and utensils on each table. They set a big table with 8 nice chairs and 5 smaller tables inside, left only one in the corner. I thought they might seat him at the big table, so I asked to be moved inside because it was getting too cold.
After he checked with the manager, I was moved to the table in the corner, perfect. I think, now I can see everything inside. Little did I know that what a big mistake it was and how embarrassed I would be later.
At 7:45, lettuce (ssangcho) baskets were put on the table, I can’t help but thinking about the WGM episode that how HJ pronounced the word and he ate lettuce and meat separately. I really want to see.
One guy from the crew came and talked to the restaurant staff, he was also constantly talking on the phone, it seemed like he was coordinating the dinner arrangement.
I had the letter and gift with me and walked over to him, introduced myself and asked him whether he could pass this to HJ, he hesitated, and I pleaded, so finally he said yes and took the bag. Then I got greedy, I told him that I have two SS501 Destination CDs that I want HJ to sign, I attached a small note toe spell my name and my friend’s. They can leave it at the front desk I would pick up tomorrow. He looked very uncomfortable, said ‘No.’ Then he gave the bag back to me said “He is coming soon”, I was like “So I can give it to him myself”.
Finally I got to order my food, almost everyone else ordered Grilled pork belly, but the minimum is 2, so I settled on grilled dried red snapper. And finally I got some tea.
At 8pm, I was given side dishes, 4 of them, kimchi, marinated mushroom, dried small fish and some green stuff I don’t know the name and I didn’t taste it either. There are the same thing everyone would be eating including HJ.
More people came into the restaurant in separate groups, I didn’t want to stare at the entrance so I pretended to be busy studying maps. Finally my food came, the fish looked good and tasted good too. It came with clam seaweed soup and steamed rice.
I ate slowly, I mean really slowly even though I was starving.
All of sudden a big group came in, lots of women except one tall guy, I looked up, OMG, that’s him!
He looks slightly different from Monday in Tokyo, maybe because of the light. He still has make up on, hair is the curly kind, but straighter than before. He was wearing a white shirt and a big dark blue down jacket, and on his feet he was wearing none other than a pair of white slippers, the type you would wear inside the house not outside.
This strange boy, I think.
He was apparently in good spirit and said something loud. He came with Cody noona, the stylist noona, JSM and her staff I assume. He was pulling a chair and wanted to sit down at the table next to me! But he stopped and realized there were not enough seats for everyone, that’s the only empty table left inside.
All of sudden, everyone turned around and looked at me including HJ, because I was not part of the crew but I was sitting at a table of 4 all by myself. The stare was quite long and their facial expressions were unforgettable. I wish there was a hole in the ground so I could hide, I was so embarrassed, and of course I couldn’t say something in Korean either, maybe I should’ve said “Miane” and invited them over, why didn’t I think of that.
So after brief discussion, Hyunjoong being the man, went outside to sit with 3 guys and left the table to the ladies. My plan to watch him eat up close completely failed and I feel so guilty that he had to sit outside, especially with all the bugs buzzing around.
Now I’ve got a problem, I had to turn side way to see him, so I glanced at him only once in a while to make it not so obvious. I don’t think he realized that he had a “stalker” in house.
He looked completely relaxed, talked to his friends in an animated way, using his hands to make gestures. He must be very hungry and ate very fast. Unfortunately it was dark outside and I didn’t see him eating meat and lettuce separately. But I never saw him doing any wrapping so I assume his old habit stands.
He is just so handsome, completely stands out in the crowd, he looks so skinny and pale, my heart aches, poor boy. He eats like a little boy, stuffs food in his cheek, adorable.
Too bad I was sitting inside and unable to hear him talk, his voice was very soft when he replied “Annyeohaeseyo” to me in Tokyo.
But today he is completely relaxed and comfortable, happy to see that. He doesn’t look exhausted like when he was shooting for BOF. He ate a second bowl of rice.
He ate too fast I think, maybe it’s the habit due to the tight filming schedule. He was done in less than 15 minutes, then he just sat at the table talking to others. After a few minutes, he got up and left with the group. He didn’t come back inside the restaurant.
I only saw his back, he is taller than most of guys. Oh, well, that’s my brief encounter with him.
I decided not to take any pictures of him and I didn’t rush out to follow him. He didn’t know I was there because of him. I want to be a good fan and not too disturb him, I remember he is afraid of strangers, I might scare him if all of sudden this strange woman stops him and speaks English to him.
Just being able to observe him makes me very happy already, especially seeing him in good spirit with my own eyes makes all the crazy stuff I did worthwhile. Initially I thought I would be too excited when I saw him, but I was able to remain calm and not make a fool out myself.
I wasn’t staring at him with my mouth open, just brief glances in between eating my own food. Of course I was hoping to get a picture with him, but it’s probably not the right time and it’s OK. There will be next time.
What about the letter and gift? I haven’t forgot about it.
Since I didn’t think it’s wise to stop HJ and Cody noona was sitting 3 feet away from me. I got up and said “Annyeohaeseyo” to her then explained that I am a KHJ fan from US, will she pass my letter and gift to him. She said yes, so I gave her the bag.
Then I asked her whether HJ could sign 2 SS501 CDs (destination limited edition), I showed her the note with names and asked her to leave them at the resort. She said sure. I was very very happy, said “Komsamnida” to her and went back to finish my dinner.
The staff started to leave in groups, I happened to walk behind Cody noona, so I said “Komsamnida” to her again.
Took a taxi to get back to the guest house. I learned that he is leaving tomorrow morning at 10, but I do not plan to go to the airport to send him off, I will be a good tourist tomorrow and do sightseeing.
This is the end of my star encounter.
This is a very cute fanaccount, Cool fan, I like (Y)
The guest house is quite far from the airport and the bus only comes every hour, so in order to catch my 10 o’clock I need to get up at 6:45. I am not a morning person and hate to get up early, but somehow I woke up at 6:44. Checked my email before I left the guest house, the Korean fan emailed me that she may know HJ’s shooting site later and I can go with her. Another chance to see him, can’t complain.
The morning air was so fresh and it was still foggy, then sun hung in the sky above the mountains, beautiful scene. This is going to be a good day, I tell myself. The bus was really on time, if I missed it, I would have to take a taxi and it ain’t cheap. The bus ride to the airport was uneventful, passing all the farm lands. Some women were already working in the field, squatting down and using hands to plant or pull something. For them, there’s no Sunday. Watching them reminds me my great aunt who took care of me for several years when I was a child. She is the most generous and kindest person I know, she treated me better than her own children or more like spoiled me. She was always the first one to get up in the morning and did all the house work. She would buy vegetable seeds and planted in their small piece of land, later she would go to the market to sell the vegetables for a few dollars.
It took an hour and half to get to the airport, I was hoping to get on an earlier flight but it was full, so I got an hour to kill. Well, since I forgot to take pictures of the airport when I arrived, now it’s the time. So I marched outside to the parking lot and tried to look for the spot where HJ waited for Hwang Buin. The ladies directing traffic are very pretty and wore nice red uniform, can’t help taking their pictures. So when I figured out the spot, I asked someone to take a picture of me there, he did obligate but I know what he was thinking, is this woman crazy or something why does she want to have a picture taken in an airport parking lot standing next to a trash can. Oh well, ajussi, there are crazy people out there of course, the world needs normal and crazy people to balance things out.
Now it’s time to get some breakfast, there is a food court in the airport and I ordered abalone porridge. I asked for a corner table so I could watch WGM Joongbo honeymoon on my laptop without other people stare at me. No matter how many times I watch it, it’s still funny, the 4D prince. Now I paid very close attention to the surroundings. Oops, the spot I took the picture was not the one he stood, oh, well, didn’t want to go back out, at least it’s within 100 meters, I comfort myself. When they arrived in Saees, they walked through the court yard which is actually not the direct route, but I guess the space is bigger and easy for filming. The porridge didn’t taste that good and it cost 10,000 won, a total rip off. Soon it’s boarding time and got another dose of SS501 singing the Jinair song. Don’t know why they play this nonstop, gotta feel sorry for the crew, I love SS501 dearly, but listening to the same song over 100 times a day would drive me insane.
The plane took off and I looked down, it was still foggy. In my heart, I said anneoyo to Jeju Island and was thankful it gave me a good memory. Then I got sleepy and dozed off till landing. Took me an hour and half to get back. When I checked in the front desk, I quickly checked my email and the Korean fan emailed me the time and location. I asked the staff to call her to check when and where to meet. Shooting would be at Citizen’s Forest Park in Gangnam Gu at 1:30, kind of far from me. She was on her way and told me to hurry, it was already passed one. So I dumped everything in my room and flew out again. Since I would be late, thought about taking a taxi, but in the end I chose to take the subway. It’s OK if I am late and shooting is usually late anyway.
It was warm so I wore a sleeveless top, but when I got outside and realized everyone wore layers and no one I mean no one wore short sleeve clothes, let alone sleeveless. Aren’t they hot? I got a bit self conscious and started to look around to see what other people were wearing in the subway, aigoo, most people wore dark and long sleeves, I really stuck out. Fortunately I brought my cardigan sweater. But it is the same one I wore in Jeju, now I worry the crew might recognize me, this one again. Oh, well, too late now.
It was almost two when I got to the park, but I walked around and around and couldn’t find any filming. Saw people wearing colorful traditional hanbok, there’s a wedding, I got excited since the wedding scene is yet to be filmed. But when I got close I found out it was a real wedding. Odottke. I should call her, but couldn’t find her number, I was sweating. Then miraculously I found it and called her, she told the location. I asked around and it was right behind me, like 50 meters. There were around 40-50 fans standing around, I soon spotted her. I was screaming “Komsamnida” to her because without her email, I would’ve never had the chance in Jeju. She pulled me aside and told me HJ was still in the car. I looked up, the black van was parking on the roadside, Cody noona and the manager were standing outside the door, apparently she was fixing his hair. The fans were waiting patiently and told me no pictures were allowed, I saw some had long lens one but they didn’t take pictures. They just waited to see him getting out of the car and walking to the shooting site, that would be like 15-30 seconds. I got a pretty good spot behind the van and would be able to see him clearly, I took out my not so good camera, the Korean fans said maybe it’s Ok since I am a foreigner. Since he is in the public space and I don’t feel bad taking a few photos if I can. Just a few minutes later, some movement by the van, he is coming out, people started to move around. I zoomed in and started clicking. He wore a black coat, a white shirt and black stripe sweater underneath. Black pants, making his legs looking very I mean very skinny, he really needs to gain some weight. He was holding the script and I saw his lips moving as if he was practicing the lines. He walked very fast with a serious expression, you can see in the photos. I was able to take 5 or 6, only one clear front, how I wish having one of those can take 10 pictures in one second. I was not aware if any Korean fans took pictures, they said encouraging words to him as he walked by. The shooting site was probably about 100 meters from where we stood. Some fans brought their binoculars, well I put mine in ET’s suitcase, darn it.
While waiting for the filming to start, I wanted to show the fans my pictures of the signed CDs, but somehow I couldn’t find it, maybe they were deleted from the camera when I uploaded them to my laptop last night. Oh, well. Then my camera battery died, and my iphone battery died too, how timely. The Korean fans are quite envious and they it’s actually very difficult to get HJ’s autograph and I got two. I felt very lucky and just can’t thank the good fan enough.
The shooting finally started, HJ (BSJ) and JSM (OHN) walked together in the park, BSJ said something to OHN and she screamed and jumped around. BSJ just stood there. They did the same shoot 4-5 times, each time we could hear the scream very well. As I said before, she is loud and for sure she can scream. But I bet I can scream louder than her if HJ (BSJ) said the same thing to me! JSM had to work hard and all HJ needed to do was just standing there, not too bad. During one shoot, a kind Korean fan let me use her binocular, I saw HJ’s facial expression clearly, he was smiling when JSM screamed. I just love love his smile, heart melting!!!!!!!!!!! I was guessing that BSJ was telling OHN that he wanted to go to medical school that’s why she was so happy. But Korean fan told me that he told her that they were going to Jeju for honeymoon.
Then they did a close up shoot for the same scene, again did several takes. In between, they just stood around, Cody noona of course was trying to fix his hair every chance she got. It is really a lot of work for shooting such a short scene. For over an hour of work, we may only see 30 seconds of it on screen. The crew and manager were very strict, walking around to check and making hand gestures to tell fans no photos.
Oh, almost forgot, I was able to thank HJ’s manager personally. When I saw him coming back to the van, I walked up to him and thanked him for dropping of the CDs at the hotel. He didn’t understand much English I can tell, then I said “Jeju do, Saees, SS501 CD”, he was like “Ah.” A Korean fan who speaks English came to help me out. I said Komsamnida to him several times, I was very grateful to get it since I traveled so far to here. He was very polite and acknowledged. I am very thankful that HJ is now under Keyeast, he is in good hands.
After the shooting finished, HJ, Cody noona and manager walked back to the van, fans again lined up to greet him with encouraging words. I didn’t take pictures this time because I COULDN’T, the battery DIED. The next filming site is quite far, 2 hours away, fans were debating whether to go. After discussion, they decided not to go. I wanted to go to Jaksal Chicken restaurant, and the Korean fan I met in Tokyo said OK, so we went there with another 2 fans, they speak English very well. In the car, we were exchanging stories of how we became KHJ fans. It was very fun, I was happy beyond words. I can’t believe that I was able to meet them. They know everything so I asked a lot of questions, sorry I have to keep some to myself and can not share.
When I saw the Jaksal sign, I was so excited and screamed “Jaksal!” It’s at the corner of the streets, not big. Seems some fans were already here, I am sure HJ fans frequent this place a lot. One guy in orange shirt came to greet us, he is one of the 4 HJ chingus working in the restaurant and he speaks good English. He lived in Canada for a while. Other fans told him I am from US to see HJ. He told me he is HJ’s high school friend, the other three were from same elementary school. He and another guy went to Spain with HJ, that’s one went to the soccer game with HJ. I told him that a fan in Morocco was able to spot HJ from the TV and also I saw them playing soccer in HJ’s Spain trip videos. They all seem very nice. We asked when was HJ here last time, he said HJ stopped by last week. But he usually comes very late, now he is busy shooting drama. It’s so good to know that HJ is able to maintain close relationship with his childhood friends.
We ordered various kind of fried chicken, dobotke (not sure about the spelling, you know the famous spicy rice cake HJ can cook). The serving size is huge and we all share. The chicken tastes very good, but soon we forgot about food and just happily chatted away. I was so excited to find out the ones who were with HJ when they got beaten up by the thugs. HJ talked about it in an YYMM episode in 2009 during BOF promotion. These boys sure have grown up to be good now. We swapped stories and gossips. I got to ask him questions when he has time, he is very nice and patient. I told him that I went to Jeju island to see HJ and wrote him a letter in English, I am sure he got the letter, please translate it for him when they meet next time, and please teach HJ English. He said he would try, very cute. I like to take pictures of food so I ask a Korean fan to take them and send to me, but I got a menu flyer as souvenir, and I want the owner’s autograph, am I getting too greedy?
Of course before I leave, I have to have pictures. The orange shirt guy (sorry, haven’t got their names straight yet) got another guy (white shirt) to post pictures with me together, he is the one HJ called during one of WGM episode, I am sure you know what I am talking about, right? I told him he is famous among international fans, he was like, no no, he speaks some English too. How come our boy doesn’t! He is cute, and for sure has been working out, got very nice arms, all muscles, I don’t think those are from frying chickens. Just make sure to drag your buddy there too so he can put some meat on his body (OK, just my inner thoughts, didn’t really say that to him).
Another happy day for me in leaderland. Let me stop here for now, need to go to sleep. Will check my memory again tomorrow to see if I missed anything today. Pictures later.