Friday, December 31, 2010

[10.12.31] Dongwan’s memolog: I can’t go to Ansan. ㅜㅜ

I can’t go to Ansan. Although Ten Ten will also end late..
It’s because something suddenly came up in my schedule for 1 January…ㅜㅜ
Regardless, all of you who are going must put on your climbing irons~
Ansan may look easy but it’s quite dangerous.
The snow is really piling up too. ^_^

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.31] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2010 (main page updated)

Let’s all receive the new year with a bright mind~

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.30] Liveworks Twitter update: Dongwan’s TV appearances

★2011/1/14 12:10AM~ *i.e. midnight on 13 January 2011
[ON-AIR] tvN Taxi

★2011/1/15 05:05PM~
[ON-AIR] KBS2 100 Points out of 100

Credits: @LIVEWORKSCP + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.30] Kim Dongwan kicks off activities in Korea with guest stint on “Ten Ten Club”

Kim Dongwan – who completed his military duties on 7 Dec – will officially kick off his activities and promotions in Korea.

Having held a fanmeeting in Korea after being formally discharged from military service, Kim Dongwan crossed over to Japan for a series of promotional events and activities in conjunction with the release of his first solo album in Japan, “KIM DONGWAN PREMIUM BEST”.

After successfully concluding his activities in Japan, Kim Dongwan will take over DJ hosting duties for a day on SBS Power FM’s “Sweet Sorrow’s Ten Ten Club”, which is a start to his activities in Korea. From 2000 to 2002, he had been active on the radio scene as the host of “Kim Dongwan’s Ten Ten Club”. He is temporarily taking over for Sweet Sorrow whose concert will be held on 31 December.

It’s very unusual for an artiste to start off his activities with a radio stint rather than on a TV show, but Kim Dongwan has expressed his intention to interact directly with fans for a start.

Kim Dongwan said, “During this period of time, I’ve really missed the love from the fans. I’m excited to be a DJ after such a long time, but I’m actually more excited about being able to spend the end of 2010 and the start of 2011 with the fans.”

Kim Dongwan is scheduled to take part in the recording for tvN’s ‘Taxi’ on 4 January, where he will share more about the 12 years since Shinhwa’s debut. He will then go on to participate in the recording of KBS2′s “100 Points out of 100″ on 5 January.

Credits: Star Today + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.28] Eric’s comeback drama ‘Poseidon’ to be aired on SBS in 1st half of 2011

Eric’s comeback drama “Poseidon” has been scheduled to air on SBS in the 1st half of 2011.

“Poseidon” is Korea’s first drama about the coast guard, and will depict the friendship and sacrifices of the members of the marine police special unit. The drama stars Eric, Kim Kang Woo, Kim Ok Bin, Jung Yun Ho, Jeon Hye Bin, Kim Ga Young, Kim Gab Soo and Son Hyun Joo among others.

(previously reported details omitted)

A staff member from the “Poseidon” production team said, “We’ve already received the letter of intent from SBS to broadcast the drama in the Mon-Tue slot in the first half of 2011. But due to possible changes, we can’t say that the broadcast schedule has been confirmed.”

According to the letter of intent, “Poseidon” will only be aired after “Athena” and “Midas” wrap up, so it’s likely to hit the TV screen only in May.

Credits: Newsen + Mydaily + Absolut Shinhwa

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

[10.12.27] Dongwan’s Ameba blog: It’s my last day of activities

It’s my last day of activities in Japan this time

I’m sad that I can’t have Japanese breakfast
And lonely that I can’t meet everyone in Koguma for the time being

I’ll definitely come to Japan again in 2011, I’ll see you again^^

Credits: Dongwan’s Japanese blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.27] Eric’s radio message for FM Osaka

To all listeners of FM Osaka, this is Eric. It’s been a long time since I greeted everyone. I’m now here in Osaka, after holding my fanmeeting in Tokyo yesterday. I took the Shinkansen here to admire the beautiful scenery in Osaka and to enjoy the delicious bento, I’m very happy to be here.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been here, and Osaka is indeed a beautiful city. I woke up early to work out, I also did some shopping and sightseeing, I had a swim and I also had some delicious Kinryu ramen.

The fanmeeting went well and I’ll be going back to Korea to carry on with the filming for the drama ‘Poseidon’. I’ve been filming all this time and I’ve come to Japan in between filming. I’ll work hard on the filming after I return and everyone should be able to see me in a good drama in the first half of next year.

Fans in Osaka, please always stay healthy and happy, I hope you’ll have an enjoyable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Vid credits: ericchoachoa@YT
Translation: Absolut Shinhwa

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fanpics from Dongwan’s Osaka fanmeeting (23 Dec)…

Credits: Yoenin + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.27] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2010 (main page updated)

Oppa will be leaving (for Korea) now.
I’ve already turned down the TV appearances on 31 Dec.
So that I can have a nice little chat with all of you~

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

I think the reason why he posted the above was because of this :)


[KimDongWan_RADIO] 2010/12/31 10:00PM~12:00AM SBS POWER FM(107.7MHz)
Spend the last night of 2010 with DJ Kim Dongwan

[KimDongWan_RADIO] 2010/12/31 10:00PM~12:00AM SBS POWER FM(107.7MHz)
Meeting you as Ten Ten Club’s one day MC~ (visual radio)

[10.12.27] Ordering Eric’s 2011 calendar…

For those who want to order Eric’s calendar, follow this instruction from Sumi. If you’re still having problem, email her at the address provided below :D

Hi guys – Sorry I took so long to get back! Was away on a Christmas hiking trip… ㅋㅋ

In any case, it’s very clear that there’s a lot of demand for the calendar! Which is a good thing of course…

And the good news is, there’s a way to get it with FREE SHIPPING – how cool is that?! The not-so-good news is, for you to enjoy the free shipping, I won’t take in the orders via this blog…

But it’s still an easy process so don’t worry about it… Let’s go through the steps here:


1. If you’re not already a member, register with

2. Once you’ve registered as a member, go to this post.

3. Follow the instructions and the payment method and we’re done!


Should you have any questions or anything, just drop me an email at ^^

credit: Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.25] Dongwan’s official Japanese website update: See you in Fukuoka~^^

See you in Fukuoka~^^

Credits: kimdongwan-jp + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.25] Dongwan’s Ameba blog: Acorn

An acorn fell while I was resting!
It’s a lucky acorn
In any case I’m very happy!

Credits: Dongwan’s Japanese blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tis the Season of Gift Giving ~ A Warm Message to All!!

A Merry Christmas this year ... (Not "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" )

"To one and All . . . Jesus is the reason for the season!"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas to All

Have A Meery Christmas Everyone... After this update, I will be signing off for the meantime to rest some more....

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad... Meree Kureesumasu, Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung, Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan, Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto, Sawadee Pee Mai, Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo.... No matter how it is said Christmas mean only one thing...

Christ our Lord came down to bring Peace, Joy and Happiness to each one of Us. May the Spirit of Christmas be always with You all....

Take care and don't get sick :)

Survey: Eric’s 2011 calendar

If you haven’t already seen how the calendar (which was only sold during the Japan fanmeetings) looks like:

Eric’s Korean fansite Ubiquitous Eric is now doing a survey to find out the demand from non-Japanese fans who would like to purchase the calendar.

The estimated price of the calendar is 15,000KRW (excluding shipping charges) – if you would like to get your hands on it, leave a comment with your name and country, so that I can tally the numbers and inform UBEric accordingly.

I’m not too sure how UBEric is going to organize the purchase so I’m not sure if I will take orders through this blog ( Will update with details later.

But for now, let’s see if there is enough demand for the calendar first – check back for updates

Fanvid: Eric’s 18 Dec fanmeeting in Tokyo

If you’ve already read Part 2 of the fan recap of the 18th Dec fanmeeting, these parts are where he dances to Shinhwa’s past hits and where the video messages from the members are shown… ^^ Enjoy~!

Part 1

Part 2

credits: Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.22] M’s Cyworld minihompy diary update

Reporting before the year ends that I’m still alive ㅋㅋ
Today I went to watch the musical “The Great Catsby”^^
My thoughts after watching it… It’s the m~~~~ost interesting musical I’ve seen so far ^^
Thank you~ (Shim) Eun-jin ah!! Well done Danny-hyung and everybody, FIGHTING! until the last show
During the 150 minutes the show was so enjoyable that I relieved my stress in one shot
So I sincerely thank you for that ^^
From now onwards I have to enjoy a more cultured life ㅎㅎ

Though my cold is killing me ㅠㅠ But…
Today my musical instruments whispered to me to love them ㅋ
Let’s get working Minu~^^

Credits: M’s Cyworld minihompy + Absolut Shinhwa

Recent pics: Minwoo at the dentist!

Not the clearest pics… But I think we can still get a decent look at how Minwoo looks these days!!

Credits: White E Dental Clinic blog + Absolut Shinhwa

“New” old pic of Eric & Junjin…

Probably taken when Eric was still serving at Seoul Metro…

Credits: Mun Jung Hyuk DC

[10.12.21] DW’s official Japanese website: Thank you for your support for the Shinagawa fanmeeting

Thank you all for your support for the Shinagawa fanmeeting.

We hope to be able to see orange lightsticks and orange towels filling the venues in Osaka and Fukuoka too, we hope for your continued participation and support.

Credits: kimdongwan-jp + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.21] Dongwan’s Ameba blog: 2 updates

20 Dec: Hitsumabushi

Today eels have given me strength ^^
Waiting for my hitsumabushi (a variety of una-don, barbecued eel on rice with sweet soy sauce in a bowl)
Eels in Nagoya are really delicious!


21 Dec: Good Morning!

Good morning!

Lately my manager has also been studying Japanese,
I also teach him some Japanese sometimes
My manager’s a really funny guy ^^

I’ll work hard today too!


Credits: Dongwan’s Japanese blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Fanpics: Eric’s 2011 calendar

Credits: Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.20] Fan recap: Eric’s 18 Dec fanmeeting (Pt 2 of 2)

Pic credits: The Eric

After this we get to see Eric the singer, and the MC asks him to perform parts from Shinhwa hits. She gets him to pick 3 numbers from a list of 10 songs displayed on a screen behind him. Because he can’t see what he chose he gets nervous and he runs over to the side table for a sip of water. He seems to drink waste whenever he gets nervous.

Eric chose No.4 which is ‘Brand New’, and he quickly performed his rap parts. Them he chose No.3, and a staff member carries a chair out, to the cheers of the fans. Expectedly ‘Wild Eyes’ starts playing. It’s my first time seeing Eric performing this dance live, I’m so excited! Pity he only did a short segment…

Then he chose No.8, which is ‘Only One’ but Eric can’t remember the steps. He seems really sorry about itbut the fans are still cheering like crazy. Shinhwa songs are really classics!

Then the screen starts to show the video messages from the members. First up is Hyesung, he congratulates Eric on completing his military service, and that he has just released a single with Eric, and asks the fans to give Eric their support…

Next up is Minwoo, with short hair, visibly slimmer and looking sharp. He also congratulates Eric and asks the fans to give Eric lots of love. He ends with a shoutout to Eric, “Eric, I love you! Haha…” Eric breaks out into a big embarrassed smile.

Next we have Dongwan, who’s all smiles. He says he wanted to come by, but he has something on, and asks for the fans to support Eric.

Then we have Junjin, wearing a cap, sporting stubble and slimmer too. He looks really mature. He also congratulates Eric, and says that he really misses everyone. He sounds really macho, so cool…

Pity Andy is in active duty and can’t do a video.

The MC asks Eric for his thoughts on the messages, he says, “I noticed something after watching the videos. Dongwan’s eyebrows are thinner now. I’m worried about what will happen to him later…” (hahahaha)

Everyone is dying of laughter. The MC then says to Eric, “If you’re so worried, why don’t you give some of your brows to him?” And he refuses to, haha.

Then 3 fans get to go onstage for a game. There is a spinning wheel and each number represents a task e.g. a hug, looking into each other’s eyes, photo taking. There are 10 numbers and No.0 is the best – all of the tasks!

The first fan actually got 0 and both Eric and the fan are shocked. After some negotiation they decide on a Titanic back hug, looking at each other and a photo together. Eric gets really shy standing behind the fan, nothing like how we see him in dramas, haha. And he only managed to look at the fan for one second before collapsing in laughter.

The second fan gets a gift from Eric, and he gives her his No. 1 copy of the black edition 9th album! The fan is ecstatic and tells him that her sister liked him first and she is going to shares the gift with her, so the MC gets her sister onstage too.

The third fan gets a hug and a photo.

Then Eric walks to the audience seating area and takes question from the audience.

Q1: How do you maintain your masculine charisma?
A1: Half of it is inmate, I picked up the other half from Minwoo.

Q2: You’re such a good actor, have you been receiving offers from Hollywood?
A2: In the past, yes. Not now.

Q3: When will Shinhwa make their comeback?
A3: Probably in another 2 years. By then Minwoo will be done with military service and we’ll start our preparations.

Then he goes to level 2. He’s really slim, with long legs and broad shoulders. His face is really small, with big eyes and an intense gaze. But his expression is really gentle.

Q4: Heard that both you and Hyesung have moved recently and now you’re next door neighbors? You two are actually very close, right?
A4: Yeah, actually we were living on different levels, and he refused to open the door when I went to look for him. Now we have moved, and he’s just next door. We’re closer now, and he’ll open the door when I knock.

Then he ended the fanmeeting with a handshake session.

Credits: Shinhwa Baidu Bar + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.20] Fan recap: Eric’s 18 Dec fanmeeting (Pt 1 of 2)

I still feel like I’m dreaming, I can’t believe such a tall hunky guy has such delicate hands, as soft and warm as a rabbit, no wonder he’s nicknamed “Rabbit”.

At 3pm on 18 Dec,Eric’s Japan fanmeeting “Hello Again” begins! Eric makes his entrance amidst the strains of “Brand New” playing in the background and the cheers of the fans. He says in Japanese, “Hi I’m Eric, glad to see you”. And the fans start chanting “Welcome back Eric” with hand gestures, which they had rehearsed earlier. The chant/gesture ends with the hands forming an overhead heart sign, and Eric is a little surprised to see this but quickly makes an overhead heart sign with his hands too.

Eric is dressed in a dark grey suit, with his hair styled up. He’s tall and thin, with his long arms and legs, and cuts an impeccable figure. His perfectly sculpted face, with his big blakc eyes that seem to pierce right through you, and from the 2nd storey I could feel the intensity from his eyes. Too good-looking!

Next up Eric introduces his upcoming drama as well as his past projects. The MC asks Eric to rearrange photos from his dramas in chronological order within 10 seconds but Eric takes his time and doesn’t complete the task in time. His punishment is to do 5 pull-ups with 4 two-liter water bottles tied to his waist but Eric can only complete 4 pull-ups before admitting with some embarrassment that he can’t go on. The MC is really witty, she keeps complimenting him on his V-shaped figure and even gets the cameraman to do a close-up on the veins on his arms and his muscles. Eric gets a little embarrassed. Too cute…..

Because he didn’t finish 5 pull-ups Eric says he will give a present to one fan to make up for it, and gives a pair of cufflinks that he used in “Bulsae” to a fan who’s about 30. She goes onstage and keeps saying “sugoii”, so the MC asks her what’s so amazing. The fan replies that “Eric looks even better than when he enlisted, it’s amazing!”

The MC asks Eric what he thinks of the fan’s comment, Eric replies somewhat complacently in Japanese, “The best!”. Eric is so slim now that there doesn’t seem to be any excess weight on him.

After that it’s the Christmas present segment, and Eric has to propose to a fan. The lucky fan is a Japanese lady around 60 and says embarrassedly that she feels bad for Eric for having to propose to her. Eric seems a little lost and says that he has never done it before either. He looks so innocent haha…

But in any case there are lots of props that he can use for his proposal: First there’s a bell which he presses and says to call him if she needs his help; then there’s a stack of dollar bills, which he stuffs into his own waistpouch; then he puts on this big Afro wig which makes his face even smaller, so cute. Then he goes down on one knee with a ring in hand and says, “Please be my wife.” The obasan is so nervous she doesn’t know what to say and Eric just keeps kneeling there until the MC prods the lady for an answer before she embarrassedly says she’s really happy. After that she even gets a hug and a photo with him.

After that the 4-member girl group performs the song written by Minwoo. For their second song, Eric raps and he changes into a long coat with denim jeans and boots, and sports a pair of shades. His gangsta style is back, so cool. After the performance he removes the shades and turns into a meek rabbit again. He says it’s been a long time since he rapped and putting on shades makes him feel less nervous.

Credits: Shinhwa Baidu Bar + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.20] Eric proves his undiminished popularity in Japan

After a fanmeeting in Tokyo on 18 Dec, Eric went on to hold another fanmeeting in Hyogo on 19 Dec. Tickets to both fanmeeting were completely sold out, which only goes to show Eric’s undiminished popularity despite his 2-year hiatus.

During the 2-hour fanmeeting, Eric gave a short introduction to his upcoming drama ‘Poseidon’ and its cast. “The drama will be aired early next year.For a human drama and love story, there are many exciting scenes such as us jumping into the sea.” (Erm… Okay… LOL you dork)

He also gave the fans a sneak preview of a song that’s featured on his upcoming album.

The new 4-member girl group that Eric is producing for also made an appearance at the fanmeeting with a dance track. Member Lee Seul also performed a song with Eric on rap.

After seeing the video messages from members Shin Hyesung, Lee Minwoo, Kim DOngwan and Junjin, Eric said, “All of us will be meeting up on New Year’s Eve. And we’ll have our 15th anniversary concert once Minwoo finishes with his military service in 2 years’ time.”

He added, “It’s been 2 years since I’ve last been to Japan, and thank you for giving me such a big welcome. It’s a pity that the other Shinhwa members couldn’t join me here, but I’ll try my best to come and meet the Japanese fans as often as I can.”

“You won’t have to wait another 2 years for the next meeting.”

Eric will be returning to Korea on 20 Dec to work on the drama and his album.

Credits: Sports Chosun + Yonhap News + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.20] Dongwan’s Ameba blog: Thank you very much ^_^

I had a taste of homecooked food^^

I like the taste of homecooked food

Everyone from KOGUMA (his Japanese fanclub) has really given me a lot of strength~!
Next I’ll be going to Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka
Thank you for your support!

Good night~

Credits: Dongwan’s Japanese blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Saturday, December 18, 2010

[10.12.18] Kim Dongwan is “making a fresh start, with a newfound determination”

“With a newfound determination to make a fresh start, I will work hard on singing”

Kim Dongwan who recently ended his 2-year military service on 7 Dec, held a commemorative event at for the launch of his first solo album in Japan “KIM DONGWAN JAPAN PREMIUM BEST” at the Fountain Square at Ikebukuro in Tokyo on December 16, where he performed his new song.

Japanese fans, holding orange balloons, packed the venue, and amidst their cheers Kim Dongwa took to the stage and performed ‘Where You Should Be’, a new song on the album for which he penned the lyrics. After that he said, “Lately I’ve been learning Japanese with the mindset of starting anew, and I will start anew and work hard on my singing too.”

“This is my first time challenging myself with Japanese lyrics, and my knowledge of the language really puts me to shame. In Korea I’ve never sung a song over 5 minutes, this song needs a really long breath.”

“I want to work hard on my activities in Japan, please give me the strength to do so. I’ll become your strength too.”

He also added, “Singer K features on the song, and you can feel that he’s really an artist from the way he takes his work very seriously.”

“I hope everyone, just as they always have, will support the singer Kim Dongwan, who is now starting anew.”

Credits: Yonhap News + Absolut Shinhwa

Plus some pics from Biglobe Japan

AND some fanpics courtesy of Nijina from Japan! ありがとうございます~ ^_^

Credits: Absolut Shinhwa

[10.12.17] Guess who just arrived in Japan?

See pic for credits + Absolut Shinhwa