Rest in peace, Park Yong Ha.

30 Jun

I am having the shock of my life right now. When I saw a post in allkpop that said Actor Park Yong Ha Commit Suicide, I was like ‘bleh, allkpop really loves to shock people when it’s all but a gimmick.’

Noncommittally I just click on the post and my eyeballs nearly popped out from their respective socket. The first question that comes to my mind was WHY? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY?

I still remember him in Winter Sonata. The drama was the first drama of his that I watched, and instead of rooting for Bae Yong Joon’s character, I was rooting for him. Then came more dramas featuring him. I watched. I laughed, I smiled, I cried with his characters.

And I also remember how much I love his voice. I still remember wondering whose voice was it that tugged my heart every time I was watching All In. When I discovered it was him, I was pleasantly surprised. Happier when I heard his voice once again in Full House. And of course, in On Air.

But now, neither can I see him in a new project with Yoon Eun Hye nor can I heard him singing with that somewhat soothing husky voice.

I am asking over and over again why is he doing this… but I know the answer will remain with him forever. He was taking it all with him to his grave. Reading a report at dramabeans, I felt sorry for his family and close friends. Especially those he talked to just before the incident happen. Park Si Yeon, please be strong!

I think this post by Elizabeth Tai rang a bell. It’s sad that some people, celebrities or common folks suffered from depression and nobody around  had realised what was happening to them.

Suddenly I was reminded of late Lee Eon. It was extremely sad the fact that an accident took his life, but it would had been even more devastating if he commit suicide. Just like Choi Jin-shil, Choi Jin-young, Ahn Jae-hwan, Jang Ja-yeon and Kim Ji-hoo, to name a few.

Joining the list now was Park Yong-ha, and even though this is very heartbreaking… I felt regretful just thinking about him.

Rest in peace.

Kim So Yeon… the mistress of facets.

1 Jun

The title sound so corny. Hahaha ^^

Anyway~! Because today I found another display of talent from Kim So Yeon, I’m gladly updating my no-visitor blog for the sake of having fun. *(^o^)*

I think now almost everyone who follow K-drama closely knew Kim So Yeon. She is the badass anchor Young-mi in All About Eve, the tough-and-level-headed spy Seon-hwa in IRIS and the latest, adorable lawyer Hye-ri in Prosecutor Princess.

If people still stay she cannot act, they really don’t have eyes. She shows so many facets in her acting career, and nobody who watched IRIS doesn’t like Seon-hwa! To be honest, I watched IRIS because of her! Her character, albeit with limited screen time, she always manage to steal the screen with her flawless performance. Actually, in my humble opinion, she was far better than the heroine herself (sorry, Kim Tae Hee fans…).

Enough about IRIS, I just watched something really interesting in YouTube. Look what I found! The two IRIS casts who usually displayed such charismatic auras whenever they were on, Kim So Yeon and Kim Seung Woo (the guy who played the cool North Korean agent, Seon-hwa boss)!

I must admit that KCM, the singer of these MVs (they were trilogy, so… go figure) has really nice voice, albeit sorrowful. And the MV itself was WOW. Give the props to Korean for always giving all out in making extravaganza MVs. Anyway, do enjoy. If, you stop by. ^^

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The Relation Between Leadership and Loving your Work

26 May

Since I started working last January [yeay, no more freelancing and binge eating], I never actually feel attached to what I am doing. Things didn’t go around as I expected them to. So I barely hanging on, trying to find something to make me love this job.

And today, even though I didn’t exactly found something worth to love, the sense of satisfaction just washed through me when my boss said,

Well done. You did a great job.

with a smile on his face when I thought I didn’t particularly do well. That’s because I was even reprimanded by my ‘higher in hierarchy’ boss for what I did [we had a discussion-meeting with 60+ people from all over the state attending] and from that moment on, I wasn’t feeling that great either.

But my immediate boss comment before we went home had greatly motivated me, a lot. It doesn’t take much to smile and say something like that, and I would love to remind myself if I get a promotion and become somebody else’s boss, this is the approach I should be taking when it comes to dealing and treating my ‘future’ subordinate.

I mean, does it hurt to talk gently and smile a lot, so other people will feel a lot better just by looking at your face? No, my boss had proven that, so I’m going to follow his footsteps.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– John Quincy Adams

I Came in Search for a Flower…

25 May

One of my favourite saying is

Better late than never…

Finally watching this drama, suit that saying best. If I didn’t tune in to KBS World on that one fateful evening, I would be missing one of the greatest drama made in Korean history. [Am I overdoing it? Well. Dramatic = me.]

I am an official Cha Tae Hyun’s fan since I saw him in Speedy Scandal [anybody catched the movie? He’s cute and funny in there], although I had been watching his few dramas and movies, namely Prince’s First Love, My Sassy Girl, Lovers Concerto, My Girl and I etc.

But in this particular drama, I Came in Search for a Flower [Flowers for My Life in KBS World], he really did a great job in here. Not to forget the backbone of the drama, Kang Hye Jeong as Hana. I am not really a fan of hers after seeing her in Rules of Dating [errrr…], but she really is one of the greatest actress Korean cinema had produced!

Kang Hye Jeong as Hana had made me laugh, cringe, pissed and cried. She’s the only one actress that made me do that in one episode. Cha Tae Hyun as Dae Bak or Ho Sang made me fall in love with him, despite his shortcoming. He’s the type of guys you wanted to protect from the rest of the world.

The best thing about this drama was the strong and solid supporting cast. I had never seen a very good supporting cast since  Resurrection [anyone saw the Uhm tae-woong’s starrer? If not, you are missing out!] and Dal Ja’s Spring.Kim Ji Hoon was charming as Eun-tak [by the way, this is the first time I watch him in a drama] and Gong Hyun Joo as Nam-kyung is loveable, albeit a bit calmer and reasonable than her character in Wedding, Oh Su Ji [Jang Nara’s character’s friend].

Out of the norm, this drama deals with death in almost every episode, and the direct connection sometimes left me flustered. Dying is not exactly what I had in mind, but people die when God said it’s time. It might be a different journey of life altogether when you know you are dying, or you know someone you held dear in your heart will be leaving you. This is the main theme of the drama, and of course it dealt with love, friendship, loving your parents, relationship, all sort of things.

But the way how the director captures the scenes, how the script was written, it can only be describe by one word – BRILLIANT.

And I am only left with 2 more episodes to watch, and I’m feeling sorry that the series would end already. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried too many times already watching this drama. Maybe at least 4-5 times per episodes since the drama started? [Not outright in the first episode, but more likely 1/3 through the series.]

This drama is moving, poignant, heartfelt and most importantly, engaging. It was never boring and I would recommend this drama to those who wanted something more than your usual glossy or melodramatic k-drama.

I knew I’m going to cry watching those last 2 episodes, but the drama will be worth my tears. ^^

Controversies at Dream Concert – JYPE, 2PM and Jay Park Part II

24 May

I was reading a few audiences account on Dream Concert. And I am getting more and more upset as I read on.

But when I read the translated press conference Q&A sessions (the incident where this hatred for 2PM or 6PM, whatever fit your spandex, began), all the comments left there made me laughed out loud.

Coldest? Hottest? Real fans? International fans?

Blehh.

I’m sorry to say all this, but for the current and bouncing 2PM, whose member Junsu, Taecyeon, Nichkhun, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. For whatever happened in the press conference, I had a new-founded respect for you guys. If I were in your places, I’ll be throwing my shoes (a la Bush infamous incident) at the rude fans faces. Good thing I am NOT you lot.

Good thing you guys, albeit young and hot-blooded, loses your cool only for a few times during those hours. If it were me, I’ll be abusing them with curses they deserved.

But yep, not all fans though. Some of them (I believe), behaved. But some of them, were just being plain rude.

And I do have to quote this though.

“Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being.”

– Daisuke Ikeda

Controversies at Dream Concert – JYPE, 2PM and Jay Park

23 May

I thought the day I will talk about the departure of Jay Park from 2PM and the controversies surrounding the incident is far away. But alas, the day had come. A little bit unexpected, but I think I should have my say now. [Even if nobody is reading this. I just need a channel to rant. Excusez-moi.]

Okay. First thing first. I am a 2PM fan. A JYPE supporter. I supported every single artist under the label. From the former to the latter. You name it, god, Bi, Byul, Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, JOO, Min, G-Soul, Im Jeong Hee, and several others and even the CEO himself, JYP. I might be biased writing this, but I’m being as natural as I can be.

Firstly, I’m not going around blaming Jay Park  for what had been happening to 2PM lately, but seriously, to those narrow-minded fans in Korea [oh, you know who you are], just leave that boy alone already!

Why are you chanting his name, for the love of GOD? Do you lot really need to do this?

  1. IF you are not pleased by 2PM’s behaviour and attitude at that bloody conference…
  2. IF you are not pleased by the rumour that JYPE bought $50,000 or more of 2PM CD’s so that they could win on Music Shows…
  3. IF you are not pleased that Music Bank and Inkigayo changed their point system to determine the winner…
  4. IF you think that they stole some other singer/band awards on music shows…
  5. IF you think they did not have any right to perform anymore…

then, WHY, do you have to use Jay Park’s name in order to HURT the boys? The boy had been bravely accepting the damages he had done in the past, had tried to get on his feet again and were trying his best to move on with his life. Do you think he would love to see on the internet, people shouting his name to hurt those he once held dear in his heart?

Secondly, if you are expecting some kind of apology from 2PM because of their behaviour at the conference, then bash them. Don’t bash anyone else. When they got on any stage, just stay put and quiet. Silence is the new loud, you know? And as much as I wanted to say this, I think it’s useless for me to tell to them to put yourself in their shoes. It is useless, and will be forever useless to say this because these people care more about themselves. Demand an apology? HAH! Why do you even need an apology? Did they fucked up your life? No. Of course not.

Do you think the boys were not upset at all during the conference? Do you think nobody told them to watch out whatever they were going to say? Do you think the boys were not tired because of what had happened? Do you think the boys were happy for the fact that they were left with 6 members because Jay Park decided to quit?

Why do you think Jay Park quit in the first place? Why do you think the boys had to let him go?

For all of these questions, we DO NOT know the definite answers. Only God and them knew. When we didn’t know anything, the turmoil in their hearts, how can we judge them? How can we, a mere third-party on the sideline, decide that they were right or wrong? We are not GOD. We don’t have the right.

Thirdly, if it’s true that JYPE bought those CD, so what? Did he bought the CDs using your money? He used his own money, I bet. And yes, I know that’s morally wrong. But I am someone who believes in karma. If he did wrong, it won’t be long when he got his punishment. Oh, if you said this incident is the punishment for JYP for hoarding the CDs, then JYP really has luck by his side. He had been doing things that was worse, and the punishment was just a… very small price to pay?

But why would a smart CEO waste his time and money hoarding CDs in order to let the boys win on music shows? A theoretical question though, what if the rumour was spread by JYPE themselves? Bad publicity is still a publicity. [Sarcasm intended]

Fourthly, if you are not pleased Music Bank and Inkigayo changed their format, go in front of their building and stage a strike or a protest. Didn’t you all have lots of time to spare in your hands? Besides, MBC or SBS had the reputation to listen to their audience’s voice more than they did listen to the artists or company labels. They’ll sure convert the system back to the one they used the last time.

Fifthly, stealing is bad. But what to do? The MCs presented them the awards. Should they step aside and say ‘We can’t accept the awards because we stole it’ ? Oh, come on! That’s the way of life. Other people’s loss is somebody else’s gain. Geez, grow up already [even though I know these people won’t]. We did not live in world that is black and white. Everything is grey.

Next, if they don’t have the right to perform, then why on Earth there were people who turned up for their Guerilla Concert? The one where Taec shed his manly tears for the first time on stage. There were still people or fans who still like [if not LOVE] them, and as far as I am concerned, fans kept a band alive. Zero fans, and you are out of the industry. Like Nichkhun said,

We’re living coz we have you.

I felt sorry for both 2PM members and Jay Park for the ugly turns in their respective lives. But they were trying to move on.

Why can’t we?

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2PM & Yoon Eun-hye for Cass Beer

22 May

I know I shouldn’t be doing this. XD [shite. It’s time to sleep.]

BUUUUTTTTT! I couldn’t help but to spazzz! OH. EM. GEE.

I just watched the MV for Cass Beer with Khun, Jun-su, Eun-hye, Boram (T-Ara), Taec-yeon, and Woo-young (in order of appearance ^^), and yes, I know, I am VERYYY late, but better late than never!

The MV was excellent! Two thumbs up! OMG, I don’t know what kind of words I should use to describe the feelings I’m experiencing now, but heck, for a beer ad, that was nicely done!

Maybe I’m over-reacting, but to be perfectly honest, I didn’t have any expectation before watching this. I was just like, it’s just an ad, just watch it and the deeds done. BUT who knows this made my day! XD

Yoon Eun Hye had just proven she’s a good actress with different types of facets yet to be explored. I can’t believe she’s the one. OMG. Boram, albeit just there for couple of scenes, she really did make me believe the culprit was her.

Nichkhun was his usual self, with a little sprinkle of a bad boy behaviour. His expression and body language were perfectly timed. Junsu is a natural. He delivered his limited lines brilliantly. Taec is too good-looking for a cop. [fans self] If I am a criminal, I wouldn’t mind to get my hand cuffed by him [don’t be getting any other ideas… ^o^] His expressions were spot on. The scenes where ‘he was trying to woo Eun-hye but in the end, he didn’t’ were acted well. The last scene with him was bombastic! About Woo-young, he really did provide some comic relief. The scene where he fell from the chair was so natural. As if he really fell, I mean in a unscripted way. Haha.

Seriously, 2PM can act. Boram is a good actress in the making [did anyone seen her in Hon?]. Yoon Eun-hye really prove that she might as well be one of the best actress [who can deny she was soooo gooood in Coffee Prince?]

Well. Let the MV speak for itselves (?).

Now, if only Chan-sung and Jun-ho were around for this CF. Sadly, they were still underage at that time. I do hope a chance like this will came out in the future. Would love to see all 6 beastly idols to share the screen. ^^