Credit: Japanese-Eng trans by @lafone0606 visit her site athttp://ameblo.jp/breakdown0606/entry-11316876480.html
Eng-Thai trans by @HeneciaThailand
Like this interview. It’s not repetitive and interesting to hear his view about music and stuff in general :)
Kim Hyun Joong talks about summer
Q: ยินดีด้วยสำหรับซิงเกิ้ลที่ 2 HEAT ที่ขึ้นชาร์ทโอริกอนอันดับหนึ่งในวันแรกของการวางแผงนะคะเราเข้าใจว่าคุณได้วง B’z มาทำเพลงให้ รู้สึกอย่างไรบ้างเมื่อได้รับข้อเสนอนี้ (ในการมาทำเพลง)
KHJ: ตอนแรกผมคิดว่าเป็นเรื่องล้อเล่น ผมไม่อยากเชื่อเลยตอนได้รับเพลงมา หรือแม้แต่กระทั่งตอนได้ไปอัดเสียงแล้ว ผมพบพวกเขาเมื่อตอนเข้าห้องอัด ตอนนั้นแหล่ะครับถึงได้รู้สึกว่า “นี่ไม่ใช่เรื่องล้อเล่น” แล้ว แม้ผมจะเคยโพล่งออกมาว่าอยากจะมีเพลงที่โปรดิวซ์โดยบีซี่ ในท้ายที่สุดเพลงก็ส่งถึงมือพวกเขา ต้องขอบคุณหลายฝ่ายที่มีส่วนร่วมในคร้งนี้ ผมรู้สึกว่ามันสำคัญมากที่จะต้องแสดงความรู้สึกขอบคุณออกมาด้วยคำพูดให้ได้จริงๆ
KHJ: ก็ไม่มีอะไรพิเศษนะครับ นั่นหมายความว่าพวกเขาเชื่อในตัวผม พวกเขาห่วงใยในตัวผม เพื่อที่ว่าผมจะได้รู้สีกผ่อนคลายได้เวลาอัดเพลง ต้องขอบคุณพวกเขาสำหรับการให้กำลังใจ เพราะการอัดเสียงผ่านไปได้ด้วยดีครับ
KHJ: เนื่องจาก HEAT มีความแตกต่างจากเพลงที่ผมเคยทำมาอย่างสิ้นเชิง ผมรู้สึกว่าเป็นอะไรที่ใหม่มาก หลังจากมิกซ์เพลงเสร็จ ผมได้มาฟัง และผมคิดว่านี่แหล่ะคือ โปรดักชั่นของบีซี่อย่างแท้จริง สิ่งที่เรามักจะได้ฟังจริงๆ คือ อัลบั้มที่ทำเสร็จสมบูรณ์แล้ว (หมายถึงเรียบเรียงและมิกซ์เสร็จแล้วค่ะ – ผู้แปล) แต่จริงๆ แล้วมีความแตกต่างมากในซาวน์เพลงที่อยู่ในช่วงระหว่างการเรียบเรียง กับซาวน์ที่อยู่ในอัลบั้มที่เสร็จแล้ว (อย่างเสียงในเดโม เทป) ครั้งนี้ผมได้มีส่วนร่วมในการทำโปรดักชั่นด้วย ซึ่งเรามักไม่ค่อยได้เห็น )นั้น ผมจึงเข้าใจถึงความพิเศษและมีเอกลักษณ์ที่ทำให้พวกเขาคือวง “บีซี่” ทุกวันนี้
KHJ: ใช่เลยครับ แม้ผมจะเป็นศิลปินเหมือนกัน แต่พวกเขาก็เป็นศิลปินที่ผมชื่นชอบแม้ตั้งแต่ตอนเด็กๆ หลังจากที่ได้เดบิวต์ในญี่ปุ่น ผมได้รับเพลงที่สร้างโดยพวกเขา ซึ่งมีส่วนทำให้ผมได้สร้างสถิติเช่นทุกวันนี้ด้วย ผมอยากจะกล่าว “ขอบคุณ” พวกเขาจริงๆ ครับ
Q: ตอนนี้มีตารางงานออกมาแล้วว่าคุณจะร่วมแสดงในเทศกาลดอกไม้ไฟที่จินกูในวันที่ 10 ส.ค.
KHJ: ตอนเรามาทำงานที่ญี่ปุ่น เราอยู่ที่นี่สักพัก เผอิญผมได้เห็นเทศกาลดอกไม้ไฟซึ่งจัดขึ้นใกล้ๆ กับสะพานสายรุ้ง (งานนี้เป็นเทศกาลดอกไม้ไฟ ณ แม่น้ำสุมิดะที่มีชื่อเสียงมาก) เด็กผู้หญิงก็จะแต่งชุดยูตากะ (กิโมโนผ้าฝ้ายแบบไม่เป็นทางการสำหรับหน้าร้อน) ผมรู้สึกประทับใจมากว่าเป็นประเพณีท้องถิ่นที่งดงามจริงๆ ครับ
Q: หลายๆ คนเฝ้ารอการแสดงสดแบบ outdoor
KHJ: เป็นเกียรติของผมจริงๆ ที่ได้รับเชิญให้มาร่วมงานใหญ่เช่นนี้ ผมจะตั้งใจฝึกซ้อมที่เกาหลีเพื่อเตรียมตัวำสหรับการแสดงสด ซึ่งรับรองว่าจะสร้างสีสันให้กับเทศกาลดอกไม้ไฟนี้ได้จริงๆ
Q: เมื่อพูดถึง ดอกไม้ไฟ มีอะไรที่คุณนึกถึงเป็นพิเศษตอนช่วงหน้าร้อนไหม
KHJ: ผมเคยท่องเที่ยวอยู่สามคืน สี่วันกับเพื่อน เรามีเงินเพียงแค่ห้าหมื่นวอน เรากินข้าวที่ร้านอาหารบาร์บีคิวสไตล์บุฟเฟต์ ประเภท กินเท่าไหร่ก็ได้ เรากินกันอิ่มเสียจนไม่สามารถกินต่อไปได้อีกแล้ว จากนั้นก็อดไปอีกหลายมื้อ เพื่อที่จะประหยัดเงิน เราเดินเที่ยวไปที่นั่นที่นี่ ขี่จักรยาน ฯลฯ เราสนุกกันมากฮะ หากถามว่าจะทำได้อีกไหม ผมคงท่องเที่ยวแบบนี้ไม่ได้อีกแล้ว ตอนนั้นที่ทำได้ เพราะคิดว่าตัวเองยังเด็กและไม่ค่อยระมัดระวังตัวเท่าไหร่
Q: มีการบ้านไหมตอนช่วงวันหยุดหน้าร้อน (คงหมายถึงปิดเทอมอ่ะค่ะ)
KHJ: มีครับ แต่ผมคิดว่ามันไม่ค่อยสำคัญเท่าไหร่ ผมเลยไม่ได้ทำการบ้าน ผมก็แค่เที่ยวสนุกไปตามที่ใจอยากจะทำ (โรงเรียนไม่สนสิคะ – ผู้แปล) หนึ่งในการบ้านช่วงหน้าร้อนคือ ครูให้เขียนบันทึกประจำวัน แต่ผมไม่สามารถเขียนอะไรได้ทุกวัน เดี๋ยวนี้เราสามารถเช็คสภาพอากาศทางอินเทอร์เนทได้แล้ว แต่ตอนสมัยผมยังเด็ก เรายังไม่มีเทคโนโลยีนี้ ฉะนั้น ผมเลยจดบันทึกไดอารี่เรื่องอากาศแทน ผมจะเขียนว่า “วันนี้ฝนตก” หรือ “มีเมฆเยอะ” อะไรแบบนั้น แต่สมัยนี้อะไรๆ ก็ง่าย เราเช็คได้แม่แต่สภาพอากาศทั้งปี (หัวเราะ)
Q: ตอนนี้เป็นที่แน่ชัดแล้วว่าคุณจะรับบทพระเอกในละครเรื่องใหม่ City Conquest
KHJ: ในละครเรื่อง Playful Kiss หรือ Boys over Flower ภาพลักษณ์ของผมจะออกแนวเจ้าชาย แต่ในละครเรื่องใหม่นี้ ผมจะออกแมนและซ่ากว่ามาก และผมจะแสดงให้ทุกคนเห็นด้านอื่นๆ ด้วย เช่นความรัก ความเจ็บปวด และความโกรธ ซึ่งเป็นสิ่งที่คนที่โตเป็นผู้ใหญ่จริงๆ แล้วจะสามารถสัมผัสได้ ช่วยติดตามภาพลักษณ์ใหม่ของผมครั้งนี้ด้วยนะครับ ซึ่งจะแตกต่างอย่างสิ้นเชิงจากบทอื่นที่ผมเคยเล่นมา
KHJ: แบ็ค มิร์ เป็นคนที่มีความลับมาตั้งแต่เกิด เขาต่อสู้กับความป่วยไข้ของสังคม และต่อต้านกับระบบของรัฐบลต่างๆ เป็นผู้ชายที่เคยเป็นแค่ผู้ชายที่ใช้ชีวิตธรรมดาๆ แต่ต้องกลายมาเป็นชายหนุ่มที่มุ่งมั่นในการแก้แค้น และต่อสู้กับความชั่วร้ายในสังคม
KHJ: มีมากเลยครับ ก่อนมาญี่ปุ่น ผมไปฝึกที่โรงเรียนสอนด้านแอ็คชั่นโดยเฉพาะ ในละครเรื่องนี้ แฟนจะได้เห็นฉากบู้ที่บรรจงและปราณีต มีคุณภาพมากที่สุด เราถ่ายทำในญี่ปุ่น แม้แต่คนญี่ปุ่นเองก็อาจจะไม่คุ้นเคยกับสถานที่ถ่ายทำของเรามากนัก เช่น หมู่บ้านเอโดะ ซึ่งทุกคนจะได้สัมผัสบรรยากาศชีวิตสมัยเอโดะ (เป็นช่วงปีค.ศ. 1603-1868)
Eng by @lafone0606
Q: Congratulations on the No.1 of Oricon 1st day sales with the second single album, “Heat” ! We understand that B’z produced this song for you. How did you feel when you heard that they accepted an offer?
KHJ: I thought that it was a joke. I could not believe it even when I received a song, nor during the production process. I met them when we had a recording of the song, then I could feel “ it’s not a joke” for the first time. Though I spontaneously said that I would like a song produced by B’z, it was eventually delivered to them thanks to many people involved. I feel now how important it is to express in a word what we have in mind.
Q: Did you get any advice from B’z?
KHJ: Nothing special. It means that they believed in me. They cared for me so that I could relax on the occasion of recording. Thanks to their encouragement, the recording was a great success.
Q: How was your first impression of the song when you listened to it ?
KHJ: As it was totally different from the music I used to do, I felt it very new to me. When I listened to the song after the mixing of the song, I thought that it was really B’z production. What you usually listen to is the completed album. There are many differences in terms of sound between the album and those in process (provided demo tapes). This time, I had an opportunity to be involved in a production process which we usually cannot see, and therefore, I could understand their uniqueness which makes them “B’z “.
Q: So, you became much enthusiastic about them, right?
KHJ: Yes indeed ! Though I am an artist too now, they were the artist I admired much when I was a child. After the debut in Japan, I could receive a song from them, which made me hit this new record. I really would like to say “thank you” to them.
Q: It was decided that you would perform on August 10 at Jingu firework festival.
KHJ: When we worked in Japan, we lived here for a certain period of time. I happened to see a firework festival which took place near the Rainbow bridge ( * famous Sumida River Firework Festival ), where many girls were dressed in “Yukata” (* an informal cotton kimono for summer wear ). I was impressed that it was a traditional beautiful festival.
Q: Many people look forward to the outdoor live performance.
KHJ: It is really honor for me to be invited for this big event. I will work hard in Korea to prepare for this live so that it would be a spice which will enhansen their expectation for the firework festival.
Q: When it comes to “firework”, do you have something which reminds you of summer holidays?
KHJ: I travelled for four days, three nights with a friend of mine with only 50,000wons. We eated at “all-you-can-eat” barbecue restaurant to the extent we could not eat anymore, thus skipping meals after that (to save money). We walked here and there, riding on a bicycle and so on. We really enjoyed it. Even asked, I don’t think that I can travel in this way anymore. Maybe I could experience that, as I was so young and rectless.
Q: Did you have homework in summer vacation?
KHJ: Yes we had, but I thought that it was not important enough. So, I did not do my homework, just enjoying the summer holidays to my heart’s content. One of the homework was to write a diary, but I could not do it everyday. Nowadays we can check daily weather forecast via internet, but it was not possible when I was young. Therefore, I wrote about the weather in the diary, adding “ we had rain “ or “ it was cloudy “ like that later. It is very easy now as we can see an annual weather forecast (laugh)
Q: Now it was decided that you would take a male-lead of the new drama, “City Conquest “ in two years after “Playfull Kiss”.
KHJ: In the drama “Playfull Kiss” and “Boys over Flowers”, I rather showed the image of prince. However, in this new drama, I would be much manly and wild guy, and therefore, I can show you all such as love, pains and anger which only matured people could feel. Please look forward to my new image which is totally different from previous charactors.
Q: What kind of character do you act?
KHJ: Baek Mil with a secret in his birth. He fights against the social ills as antigovernment force. The man who had been spending an ordinary life transformed into a man, determined to get his revenge, struggling with all the social evils.
Q: Are there any action scenes?
KHJ: There are many. Before I came to Japan, I went to so-called Action School. In the drama, there are many top quality action scenes. We also shoot in Japan, but even Japanese people may not be familiar with the shooting location, such as Edo Mura (* Mura means “villedge” ) where you could feel the atmosphere of Edo
period ( * Edo period was from 1603 through 1868 ).
Some part of all of us wants to be credited and enjoys the acclaim. And a big part of all of us likes getting answers. But we now live in a world where counter-intuitive bullshitting is valorized, where the pose of argument is more important than the actual pursuit of truth, where clever answers take precedence over profound questions. We have no patience for mystery. We want the deciphering of gods. We want oracles. And we want all of it right now.
Finally..i have some ME time to put my memory of Kim Hyun Joong’s 2012 Fanmeeting in Seoul in writing. I’m sorry that i wouldn’t have any fancy details and my fancam and photos are of poor quality. I’m an amateur fangirl kekeke.let’s see how my experience of living a fangirl life…for a day or two is like ^^
I made a decision to join this event in Seoul rather abruptly when I found out that my company cancelled Seoul trip for everyone and moved to another destination. We kinda joked among us that “since we’re not gonna see F4, we have to make do with F1 instead” (one of our itinerary is joining the F1 race lol) anyhoo..digressing..since i start this like…3 weeks after his event..i gotta separate it into bullets lol..
Getting a hold of tickets…nerve-wracking 555
I knew obtaining the ticket would be a hassle. I was disappointed that KE couldn’t manage the English version of the ticketing website in the last minute. I was frustrated all day long, running around asking for help from people I know and feel comfortable to ask them to do this. I didn’t ask anyone from twitter cos i wasn’t sure if its ok to bother them with such thing and it’s involved payment so i felt erm…considerated. (is that a word?). Anyway, Jun who lives in Thailand helped me but two of us fumbled so awkwardly as the system was overloaded. she kept saying ‘ottoke eonnie, u gotta have it!’ but i couldn’t! the system couldn’t process my payment by credit card…right before my eyes..i saw floor seat tickets disappeared one by one…one by one…there came a knight in shining armor..Mr.K (alias) walked in and asked what was wrong. Then he tried. He couldn’t either. So i told him to give up. Then i pined with Jun. Ten minutes passed, he turned and said we got it! Jun & I screamed. Apparently, Mr. K managed to buy as he used his bank account in Korea to transfer the money for me. He tried with his credit card as well but couldn’t process..i couldn’t say “komawoyo” enough ^^
I also asked from a help from a very lovely Korean girl I happened to make friends with at MAMA in Singapore. I guess it was a funny coincidence. I ran into her at the backstage of MAMA. We made friends and i didn’t think we could meet each other again this soon. We exchanged contact in Singapore and i gotta ask to send the ticket to her home address in Korean. She was really helpful. Thanks Eun ji-ah..She came to meet me again when I was in Seoul to give me the ticket. There she came running out of Myeongdong tube station…looking all pretty and giving me the ticket. I was sorry that she couldn’t stay for coffee or lunch as she gotta head off to her grandma’s house because of the Chinese new year. But i know i will meet her again and spend time with her more. Thanks Eun ji..i’m happy to know you and befriend with you. You are not HJ oppa’s fan but we can connect purely because of friendship. Eonnie is looking forward to seeing you ok? *hugz*
However, i came home to find out that we overseas fans can reserve the ticket with the event organizer. So i wrote them, just to be on a safe side, to keep me tickets and i can pay at the venue. The lady was very helpful. I even wrote them again asking them not to put us too far from the stage cos we came all the way here. She remained professional and assured me that she’d try her best. Let’s see later on how it turned out :)
Passenger Henecian Taking Off…
I flew alone with Korean Air. I never flew with this airline before but i applied for frequent flyer mileage program just in case i will be wanting to use the airline service more in the future hehe. I was impressed with the beautiful flight attendants..aww her pastel blue colored silk dress and that chic hair accessory and milky skin. she was very nice to me when i asked for a tylenol cos of my headache. Before this schedule, i went to work in Chiang Mai for 4 days. I didn’t realize i could fly direct from Chiang Mai to Seoul otherwise i would just do that. So my CMX flight was delayed and landed at almost 9pm and my Seoul flight was scheduled at midnight. So i got little time to get home and pack my back and shower and wash my hair. Boarding the airplane was simply what i needed as i wanted to stop running and rest.
I so love this! the USB socket to recharge your phone. How convenient! Thai Airways should provide something like this too! I didn’t eat much on the plane. the food looked like a hotel food for me so i was…meh*
Networking with Henecians - All About KHJ Love
Since i started to join KHJ fandom. I discovered a lot of things..some were expected, some were just baffling. But one pretty thing is the friendship that started from there. I got to make more friends from many places around the world. I gotta thank ladies from Kim Hyunjoong Thailand’s fanclub (or better known as “My Cute Boy” for allowing me to tag along on the first day and for your kindness to show me around the KHJ-related places oh. I hope i wouldn’t burden you much keke
ต้องขอบคุณพี่ๆ บ้านคิมฮยอนจุงไทยแลนด์ที่หอบหิ้วเราไปด้วยในวันแรกๆ นะคะ หวังว่าไม่รบกวนพี่เกินไปนะ มีพี่แล้วอุ่นใจจริงค้า พี่เป็นแฟนตัวจริงของ “จุงจ๋า” มากๆ เราสัมผัสได้ถึงความรักและหวังดีที่มีให้ต่อฮยอนจุง ขอให้พี่ๆ ได้เจอได้ป๊ะได้โดนจุงบ่อยๆ นะคะ คิคิ (มุมแซว- แค่แฟชั่นหัวจรดเท้า ข้าวของต่างๆ มีแต่หน้าจุง 555 แค่มองก็รู้ว่าเป็นแฟนพันธุ์แท้ขนาดไหน (แซวเล่นน้าาา ใส่แล้วอบอุ่นใช่ปะคะ) ที่เด็ดเลย คุณพี่เค้ามีซองใส่พาสปอร์ทเป็นหน้าจุงด้วยอ่ะ ตม. เกาเห็นแล้วยิ้ม (พี่เค้าเล่าให้ฟัง)
This trip i felt more relaxed, compared to my MAMA 2011 trip in Singapore partly because i set my mind on a right direction. The objective of this trip is to attend his fanmeeting and see HJ sing in live. That is already plenty of happiness. At MAMA, it was my first trip of this nature so i wasn’t sure what to do and I had to do a small mission for a friend so i was worried that i couldn’t manage (To V - i didn’t mean i wasn’t happy k? keke it was just that i was nervous and afraid not to accomplish 555 kiss kiss)
Anyway i met up with another Henecian who flew in from the Philippines. Her name is M. She was waiting for me at the airport. She was a very friendly and warm person. I felt embarrassed a bit that i was never a warm person lol i wanted to but…hey ever heard of “Cold hands…warm heart”? *wink*
M. and I hopped on the bus that would take us to our motel. We spotted HJ’s face in this magazine available on the bus. So i took a snap shot and felt giddy that “haaa this is a good sign”
We arrived at the motel. In my life, i never stayed in a motel before and i was not gonna complain about it cos there was nothing to complain about (except the fact that we gotta walk uphill a bit. I am Thai. i don’t like walking 555) The location is very convenient, right across Myeongdong. So easy for us to get around. We met up with the group from khjthailand and they were kind to let us tag along. They took us to Namsadong. At first i didn’t know why. (This wasn’t my first time in Korea so…) once we arrived, they showed us the shops where we could get KHJ fan goodies. Just imagine..like a playground for Henecians. They all dug in lol. I bought a few items as i prefer official goods but still it was a sight to see. I even bargained…just for fun hehe. Of course, the ahjussi said no.
Later on, they took us to a shoe shop hidden in one corner of Namsadong. They told me it belongs to HJ’s uncle & auntie. I bought one pair though. Actually i wanted the other one but they didn’t have my size. So i found another that is of the same style more or less. The ahjussi gave me discount (I didn’t ask!) he said “For Kim Hyun Joong fan”. I smiled and said kamsahamnida. Khjthailand peepz brought gift to them then we said good bye (khjthailand is so nice. they always give gifts haha they even gave one to me! thank you eonnies!)
We split and later on we were getting ready to meet our korean friend…another die-hard henecian keke. I’m sorry that we were late. It wasn’t fashionably late even! You were so kind to wait for us. We got off at this station i don’t remember the name and J. Eonnie (our friend) drove us to Jaksal chicken at Ilsan. To my dismay…because we were late, the queue was so long and i was so cold i couldn’t function. J. asked if i wanted to go somewhere else. I said NO! She was so kind to tell me to wait at the coffeeshop across the street cos she didn’t feel cool she could line up for us. I said NO!! i would wait with you i just gotta endure 555.
Hyun Joong’s mother came out and apologized for having to have us wait. She handed the blue blanket with hearts on it to us. She is a lovely, elegant lady…long legged ommonie! Hot! haha (sorry if this sounds inappropriate but i think u r hot!)
(To be honest, the blanket didn’t help but better than nothing hehe thank you HJ ommanie :D)
So two hours passed, we finally got in. Since M. & J. eonnies cannot take spicy food, we went for original chicken instead. I think the chicken was very very good and tasty. I wanted a hot pot to keep warm so i ordered odeng. the soup was so good! awww now i am drooling again hehe.
So we were well fed and drank a few sojus. and Since J. eonnie’s birthday fell on the exact date of HJ’s fanmeeting date. So we toasted. and i prepared her a present from Bangkok. I hope she liked my small present :)
once i got into the car, i started to slip off to slumberland while M & J sitting in the front chatting like two birds, listening to HJ’s music (J. eonnie played her compilation of HJ songs CD. how nice!) HJ’s song was ringing in my ears still when i was woken up and told we were home already. I felt so embarrassed to fall asleep (my excuse is i didn’t sleep much during my Chiang Mai trip and on the plane to Seoul kekeke). I really feel J. eonnie was a heart-warming person. I didn’t know her well before. I knew her from twitter but i didn’t chat much with anyone but when i first met her, she was already so kind and big-hearted. and very matured…and shy 555 I knew we started off because of a common interest as we like Hyun Joong. But later on, i can feel that it could branch out into a genuine friendship. Thank you J. eonnie for your hospitality and everything. All the presents you gave us. I promise next time we meet, i will speak Korean to you kekeke. Please come to Thailand too, i want to give you my Thai hospitality too :D
I also went back to Jaksal the next day after getting lose in Seoul suburbs the whole day (don’t ask why or where!)..the place was pretty empty. Our table was waited on by his brother. Of course i didn’t know it was his brother until a fan told me. He is cute hehe. While i was waiting to clear my bill, HJ’s mother called him i guess she wanted him to communicate with my friend who gave her a present. He turned and asked if i wanted to take the photo. (i was holding a credit card in my hand dude!) i said no. He was apologetic that his mother would not take photo with fans. i said it was alright….can i take a photo with you? He was shy, clearly. i was laughing then he said ok and told me to wait cos he needed to clean this table. We took a snap and said good bye.
Along the trip, i spotted famous familiar faces of KHJ bloggers or fan photographers. I didn’t greet them cos it may be awkward they may be startled so i just watched and told M hey M. this is this person. oh that is this person lol. some Thai..some foreigners.. now i know i needed not to worry about taking photos and fancam thingie hahaa..thank you you guys!
Just Like Seoul Mate - Kim Hyun Joong 2012 Fanmeeting
Another objective of this trip is to visit the KHJ-related places. Of course, we went off to famous sites like Lotte Star Avenue, which you guys are bombarded with info and pix already. so i wouldn’t write much in this part. Just want to share some of my photos.
We came across the Japanese tour that came especially for KHJ fanmeeting event..i was wowed! hehe.
We got a few hours in the morning and it was M.’s last full day in Seoul and she really really wanted to visit Namsan tower. So off we went together with my other two Thai friends who just joined us this morning. To my surprise, Namsan Tower is just a walking distance to our motel. At first i thought of calling a cab (555 i’m Thai, i don’t walk i told u that). I’m sorry M. we couldn’t go up and visit teddy bear museum due to time constraint. but i hope you had a good idea what this famous landmark was like.
We arrived at the venue around 3pm and it was drizzling! i was afraid i would get sick but well it was just drizzling and later on it stopped. We were enraptured with Kim Hyun Joong the moment we first stepped off the tube. Street stalls selling KHJ and SS501 goodies were everywhere. Now this is the concert we’re talking about. i started to feel excited.
I went straight to pick up my tickets which were intended for my friends. They prepared the envelop with my name on it already. It turned out i got 7 extra tickets FLOOR SEAT in hand (email confusion long story) but i was happy. I told them i wanted only 3. Two for my Thai friends and one for myself (so i didn’t get to the tix i bought online via Mr. K cos this seat was better…nerve-wrecking for nothing haha). Later on, i managed to get the floor seat tix in my quota for another ahjumma fan from the Philippines…she is over 60 years old OMG but she was more energetic than me! Good for you ahjumma!
once we saw how long the queue that lined up to get KHJ official goods was, we were a bit chagrined. we were hungry as we didn’t eat yet. anyway we had to queue up anyway and i volunteered to go get some food. i saw M. queuing up in the Japanese line so i went to check out what was going on. Then i went to ask the Keyeast staff who managed the order as i wanted to see if the lines were different. With limited command of English, she was misunderstood and she asked to see my order slip. i gave it to her. 5 mins later she came back with my order!! i couldn’t say no right? it was like i jumped cue but i didn’t mean to…mianhe Henecians :(
The good thing is we finally got time to eat. so we headed back to this ttokbokki stall around the venue and just ate. it was really spicy. I was well-fed and satisfied.
At 6pm we were called to get in. The KE staff handed us this little notebook which was very cute. I took off my coat and wear UZOOSIN hoodie and got out my lightstick and it was SHOW TIME!
This part in my memory is blurry because seeing HJ dance and sing once again is like a dream to me. Just like the first encounter at his Hi5 event (Read FA here) in Bangkok in 2011 or TFS Event (FA KHJ Day 2) ps. You can check out some pix here - its in my previous blog. i don’t know how to export it to here hehe.
When the light went off we knew this was it. HJ showed up in his gorgeous hair with the first song “Let me go” i really like this short song. I like the music arrangement here. The first moment i saw him, i felt goosebumps. we got pretty nice seats so i could see him clear without having to look into the camera lens. I wouldn’t write much about the set list and i would write only songs that i particularly like or eager to see.
KHJ Music Lingers On
I felt so lucky to see him perform “Please” I love this song most in BREAKDOWN. The lyrics, the melody, his voice and the dance..oh the dance..i always like the dance in a ballad or slow music. just dazzling. his mercurial move…
and then this title track “Break Down” i rocked along with it cos i really really like this song. I giggle every time i see him dancing that infamous Break-it-down-break-it-down-now. kekee
i tried to take photos at the beginning of the show but i was warned so i was afraid and didn’t want to cause trouble. so i put it away. i would show some photos that would not be too much embarrassing though and some poor fancam that i asked my IT guy at work to edit. i gotta bribe him with starbucks coffee but he is always helpful when it comes to HJ…or he is simply scared of me, i am his sunbae / noona colleague hehe)
I wish I knew Korean especially during the talk session KHJ. I wasn’t familiar with this tradition of korean fanmeets so i appreciated very much the long talk. I understood 0.01% of this part but i sensed that he is a guy of a great sense of humour. Korean fans stomped their feet and clapped their hands when he broke out something funny. Before the talk started, the MC asked us to call him out with different ways to address him like:
Kim Hyun Joong ssi...(not coming out)
Hyun Joong-ah….(playing hard to get)
Honeyyyy...if i remember correctly? (still not showing up!)
Hyun Joong Oppaaaa!!! (I screamed this one and there he was!)
HJ was very handsome in his suit and polka dot trim..The talk went on for a long while. I laughed so hard with the song “Dahengida”. HJ sang so emotionally but managed to pull off the enactment with corny, comical love professing to the one lucky fan. I was laughing with the umbrella thingie and rain spraying provided by his Artmatic dancer. He sang and sang, fans screamed and screamed and he didn’t lose it. He didn’t crack one laugh but continued singing. Dahengida….i witnessed the live version of this song sung by Kim Hyun Joong.
“Love” is an impressive song..challenging. I’m glad HJ sang it. It’s very beautiful. Together with the glittering confetti…my eyes watered…he’s real..and he’s not real. know what i mean? His singing skill improved and i’m glad he took up the numbers that challenged himself to improve more and more. He gave it all and he pulled out his headset and sang his heart out..you can see his neck veins popping out. The only korean i saw with the impressive (sometimes scary neck veins) is Boa lol (i only watched a few live of korean singeres though) Not only the skill but you gotta put your heart in it too. In this number, i’d say HJ managed to get into our hearts very well keke.
When i listened to his “Thank You”, i felt that it was really for us the fans. HJ is really good conveying his feeling. I watched this song on YT many times and i always feel a tinge of sadness in this song. When i am tired and listen to this song, i felt lumpy in my throat. but witnessing it in a live act is a whole different experience. Listening to his “Komapta” live is fulfilling. I don’t feel any sadness. Just fulfilled. As a fan, i feel thankful for everything that brought me here too. You did good Hyun Joong :)
ในฐานะแฟน คงโชคดีถ้าได้ดูจุงร้องเพลง Love หรือ Dahengida หรือ Thank you แบบสดๆ คิดว่าการร้องของเค้ายังคงต้องฝึกอีก (พูดจริงๆ) แต่สิ่งที่จุงทำได้ดีมากคือใส่หัวใจลงในเพลง ทุกคนคงได้เห็นจากแฟนแคมอื่นๆ กันแล้วนะคะ ไปฟังไลฟ์แล้วอารมณ์ได้จริงๆ ร้องจนเส้นเลือดที่คอปูด ดูดีมากๆ เลยค่ะ โคมัปตา ฮยอนจุง
Dahengida…I know I am
Of course, the highlight is the appearance of Art & Matic. When i saw them, i thought so this is it..the purpose of sending A&M to a training school? lol hehe. The dogs are very cute. Hyun Joong’s interaction with them is a warm sight to see. He turned into a different person…like a common fella…rather boyish and it’s good that i got to see this side, although just a glimpse of it, too. I just smiled and watched him play with them. He even put the microphone for, i think, Art to sing during the encore?. Anyway, I think a person who loves animal is a warm person in general. (this photo is borrowed from MurdererQ) thanks hehe
The latter part of the show consisted of more upbeat tracks. He set the hall on fire. Really love Lucky Guy, Kiss Kiss and Do you like that…i can only say it was HOT!
HJ also sang “I’m Your Man” i could say its one of the most highly anticipating number. Girls screamed…deafening..it was so touching but i think something wrong or my ears may not be good anymore? i think the backing track was a few split seconds ahead of HJ’s singing. I don’t know. I asked my friends, they said it was alright and it did sound alright when i watched it from YT fancams..anyway. since it is the first time HJ delivered this song at a live event, so i felt very blessed…blessed Henecian.
What i loved most is the encore. Seeing him in loose shirt..messy hair and sweat..totally loosen up right now and again with his team and Art & Matic. He called it a night with “Because I’m stupid” I love the acoustic version so much. HJ sang it very well and the climax in the hook part was just unforgettable. Again..dahengida for me..Below is my fancam combining I’m your man & Because I’m stupid just because i like it. Apology for the quality.
something wrong..can’t post vid..just follow this link, i’ll fix it later hehe
I forgot to mention that before the concert started, i was handed out a green paper crane to fly it at the encore. i think it is a korean thing? very cute! I saw some live concert of bands like Maroon 5 in Seoul they also flew paper crane..i joined them happily keke. See the green paper crane in this pix?
The show was over. the good feeling and memory lingered on.
When we came out, we were halted at the sidewalk by a security. I saw a black vehicle coming toward us and i looked into the car. Of course i saw nothing because it is filmed. Then hordes of fans running after the car screaming so i realized it was Hyun Joong. We walked and smiled back to the tube station, replaying what was going on inside the hall in our head. It was a very good night for me and my friends.
I want to finish my very very long fan account with this photo. I love it to bits. HJ said something and knelt down taking this photo. I think it is perfect. It really translates my fan perception toward him. Kim Hyun Joong is a hard-working idol. He deserves to be admired and rewarded with fan love. On a personal note, i feel he is a very loving person and lovable..I don’t know him but I am quite sure he is. With us fans supporting him and watching behind his back, i’m sure Hyun Joong will do great.
Dear Hyun Joong, I wish you success like you dream of..and most of all true love that can keep you warm and not lonely at the end of the day..out of the limelight..then that day, you can say “Dahengida”.
Until next time
I also carried Jaksal chicken to Bangkok for friends at work lol! they loved it!
It’s 01.01.2012 at 1.49 A.M. - Bangkok
I put this self-made New Year card up to greet my friends on facebook because they would have a good laugh and know how this really reflected my 2011. Actually, i never thought i’d like some diary entry on-line again since i had quitted that before the birth of…facebook or twitter..anyhoo, just staying up late for New Year’s Eve and feel like writing the big part of my life in 2011.
My 2011 seemed to be eventful only, when in my mind, that wasn’t the case. I discovered HJ in early 2011 in a rather plain manner. Before that, i had been feeling quite bogged down with a lot of things happening to my life already. I wasn’t sad nor was I happy. Well, i still enjoy my work and people around me. but there’s some personal side of me that is pretty stagnant and when i woke up and looked around, i could say that i was very bored…very limbo. One day, i went through the piles of DVDs that my friend lent me and i had left it there on the shelf to dust for years.
And I was looking at the Boys over Flowers DVD. I didn’t feel enthusiastic about it because it is a Korean version. I was never interested in Korea except the issue of North Korea being a rogue state. and in my perception, the k-pop thingie was way too cute for me. I’m more into the kind of music that i grew up with like alternative rock and indie bands from the west. Anyway, i was bored so i thought i would give it a try. and just like the Taiwanese version, i was never attracted to the character of Ji-hoo or Ryo for he is too passive. I feel sleepy every time i look at him. On the contrary, i like Gyo Junpo / Domyoji for his honesty and passion. So you could say that after watching BOF, i went to google more about Lee Minho rather than Kim Hyun Joong. While watching some clips on YT, i happened to stumble on many clips of HJ and his band SS501 so much so that i gotta click on some just to find out what the fuss was all about. Still, the kind of music that he sang didn’t really appeal to me but i found myself mesmerized by his stage presence and dance charisma. And i was totally hooked when i first saw him perform “please be nice to me”. He danced like fluid and the rest, you know…the fandom began.
Surely my details would not be as great as those who are his long time fans. What i would like to record here are a few aspects of my being in the KHJ fandom. I must say it is an eye-opener experience. But most of all, it is in KHJ where i found my escape. Well if you are in my age and have gone through the kind of life events that i have been through, for once in many years that i started to feel the thud thud sound in my heart again. I am not attracted to HJ in the sense that i wish i could marry this guy (cos that is just a day dream haha), i’m just talking about the passionate feeling when you like someone, like his works and his music. I was most glad to find that hey he was going to release his first solo album Break Down..so instead of just spending my time the way I usually did before, i did some research about how to listen to his music, how to buy his album and explored the websites and social media where i could find his information. And there i found the world of fandom which is really intriguing.
So there i started off as a newbie and then i moved myself from my personal twitter account which i started since 2008 to a public one that i created specifically for Hyun Joong’s Break Down & the Face Shop Asia Tour in Bangkok. I used this twitter to just tweet about any HJ-related stuff and i was mistaken as a fan-based account so every now and then i gotta communicate that this is just me, one person and i giggle every time some followers call me “admin”.
I met Hyun Joong in person in Bangkok. I went to the airport hoping to get a glimpse of him and there he was! i was trembling like mad cos all of a sudden, i felt 17 again. Hyun Joong is the second artist i came to pick up at the airport. (the first one happened when i was 15 haha).
I met HJ again during the hi-5 session. Everything happened so fast in a chaotic manner that i didn’t remember anything much except the hand touch..that fast moment like 5 seconds that my palms touched Hyun Joong’s and that was it. I didn’t romanticize this experience mainly because i find hi 5 a very odd thing to do at first. like how can you hi 5 someone you never meet or know? anyway i learned later that the hi 5 is common for K-pop stars..aww i see..hehe. and then i also met HJ again in TFS event; this time i got his autograph too. and i enjoyed a good clear view of HJ on stage thanks to my press pass. I took two days off from work because of this event and almost everyone at work knew what i was up to even my MD! cos i hardly take a leave and all the girls that i am close to at work were spreading this news. So no surprise that when i got back to work, i gotta endure all the teasing and greeted with HJ faceshop postcards sitting on my desk. dongsaengs at work put it up for me. aww
the rest is usual. since i follow HJ news closely and attentively. i made some acquaintances and friends on social media and joined some activities like group buying or streaming. and i did it in an extreme manner…in the sense that i took it seriously as i believe that this is a way to help out Hyun Joong to do well on chart and his career in general. I had fun doing it but i also came across some interactions with other fans or groups that i quietly observed and took note to myself.
at the end of the day, after your personal life, drama and heartache, there is this place you find yourself in another world where your identity evolves around a public person like Hyun Joong. it’s rather surreal for me. at the end of the day, i got to ask myself “what kind of KHJ’s fan do i want to be?”..do i want to be a fan-based group, a point of contact, a center of information, a fan photographer, a fan blogger, a helping fan who runs projects that contribute to his success on the music chart, etc. i found the fan cliques here and there and stepped into some. After a while….this feeling happened to me…that i found myself being sucked into the fandom and fandom’s arguments, activities and mindset more and more that i started to drift away from Hyun Joong. don’t know how to put it into words but its just that i feel that when you join in the crowd, you inevitably have to compromise in one way or another. Not saying that i don’t find compromising constructive..its just that i felt more and more suffocated with the fandom/clique mindset.
I still enjoy loving Hyun Joong and enjoying his music that i have to find a way to love him freely. Most of all, i don’t want to neglect my personal life and the real people in my life just because i consider Hyun Joong as my comfort zone. What i feel most happy besides listening to his music and following his works is when i share information to followers on timeline in the way that they find it helpful. I often do bilingual tweets because i know there are many young girls on my TL who may not read English very well. It’s not about the number of RTs or Mentions you get, or the number of followers..it’s about the beauty of seeing this information of the artist you love being taken in and digested and appreciated…like the good philanthropic stories of HJ making charity works or donations to the needy, the information about his works/and next appearance in public..this gives a warm and fussy feeling in your heart that hey..i’m going to see HJ soon. And when i decided to take order of Lucky Limited edition for some fans here, i even questioned myself why. LOL…cos i was going to order for myself just one copy but think i wanted to make the most of the freight fee..so i managed to get some and share with friends here whom i never met. one by one, they came to pick up their CDs and posters and thanked me for doing this. some even brought a present and i was like woww..so it was like this. I didn’t want anything from them really and i just thought that since i was going to order it anyway and it made me think of the fan base groups who took order like many hundred copies..and wonder how they could manage.
As far as my personal life is concerned, i’m always busy and have a project to complete. Believe me, i am not this free or can tweet 24/7 but i really have tried because Hyun Joong is my sanctuary. So i am doing my best to stay away from fan drama and mindset only because i’m a serious person and i need a lot of space. i’m interested in Hyun Joong and his works and how I interact with him emotionally only. and it will be a bonus for me if i get a true friend along the way too.
I found myself in Singapore again..taking the trip alone to see Hyun Joong at MAMA2011. Seriously i saw only like 7 or 8 minutes on stage but i was so happy. Partly because i got to see him perform live and partly because this way, i would never look back, feeling regret and saying to myself “i should have…”. The encounter with HJ’s manager and Bodyguard was a funny too. I’m glad i ran into them hehee.
Many times i questioned about the energy and the money i put in..i thought i could do something with this for the real needy…the poor and the useful projects that are beneficial to this society and make this a better place. I didn’t try to justify myself in the KHJ fandom…i was just trying to understand why i am in this place to begin with. I really don’t know how long I can go on with this. I know that the fangirl love has come to an end..one day..one way or another. But before my time with HJ is up, at least i wanna give it a try first.
This entry is pretty scattered as its very late here. in conclusion, i could say that 2011 is a KHJ year for me. i did something i never had done. and for a long long time..i started to feel happy again and yes 10 years younger! hahaa..i am a KHJ noona fan…i wish i can all HJ oppa just because i think the word oppa sounds cute..but then again…hehe…..
Anyway, today is only the first day of 2012. too early to say what it’s going to be like. i guess i wanna say that i’m glad i have found Hyun Joong. He has healed me in many ways. He doesn’t know I exist but that’s not important…I know he exists in my world. I wish Hyun Joong a lot of success as he deserves and most of all I wish him the kind of love that will fulfill him completely.
I will support you the best I can and the longest I can. I am sure you are going to have a good life even after i’m not in this fandom anymore.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HYUN JOONG-AH *+*+Throw confetti*+*+