Sunday, January 31, 2010

[10.01.30] Dongwan’s reviewlog: The Time Traveler’s Wife

I havent watched that movie yet so I am going to reserve my comments till later :p

From Su-mi: something tells me that Dongwan’s a hopeless romantic at heart so maybe thats why he likes the movie as well, hmmm ……

On a side note, here’s the new picture that he posted as his profile pic… CUTE!

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Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams
Released: 2009 U.S, 107 minutes
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“I never wanted to have anything in my life that I couldn’t stand losing.
Hah, but it’s too late for that.
It’s not because you’re beautiful and smart and perfect.
I don’t feel alone anymore.
Will you marry me?”

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

And here’s a vid of the scene where this line came from:

credits to hitfixcom@YT

credit: Dongwan Naver Blog
Source&translation: Absolut Shinhwa

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shinhwa ~ Their past and will forever be here

a long reading but worth it :)


Year 1 (1998) – The birth of a New Legend

Hyesung: “The first album title song “Hye Gyul Sa” didn’t receive any reception due to the IMF in the Korean economy.

Hyesung: So we changed the song to “Eusha Eusha”.
It was a song about having fun at the beach and playing with water.
But right at the time there was flooding and disasters with water problems…
in that situation would a song about having fun with water do?”

Hyesung: 1998 was the most difficult time in which Shinhwa struggled in.
Everyday, we were busily taking part in all sorts of programs and almost didn’t have time to eat or sleep.
This type of intensity was difficult to even a superior singer, let alone the fact that we were just beginners. There were programs everyday.
While we were busy promoting our first album, we were awaiting for a breakthrough in our responses.
However, there was none, so we suffered a huge setback.

SM entertainment : Shinhwa was a late developer, so there wasn’t any special attention paid to them as we were focusing on H.O.T. They suffered a lot during the first album.

Minwoo: We each did a great job on the first album but the result really shocked us.
I thought our luck would always stay with us but the albums didn’t sell well.

Hyesung: The company decided to split the group up if the second album couldn’t get the results that they wanted.
The Shinhwa members made an agreement, “If the 2nd album doesn’t work too,
lets cleanly finish it there and study hard at school and be successful through that.”

Year 2 (1999) – LEGEND in the Making

Hyesung: The lucky thing was that the second album was a big success and T.O.P managed to fight it’s way to the top on music shows.

Eric: Usually singers will cry when they get no. 1 spot for the first time..
but in our case, we were really calm when we won..
our friends, seniors, families who watched the show asked us ‘you just got the first spot, why are you not happy?’
but at that time, we were too happy that we just stood still.. after the show ended, after we got into the car and left..
one by one, our members started to cry in the car.. we took out our cell phones and
called our trainers and teachers said ‘we finally got the first spot, thank you for your training.’
One person, 2 persons, 3 persons cried.. Hyesung, Minwoo, and I..
at the end, everyone cried together.. we cried for the difficult times that we had to go through..

Year 3 (2000) – The LEGEND is begun

Eric: I, Eric, promise to love each and every one in Shinhwa Changjo forever. My heart is always with you.
Hyesung: I, Shin Hyesung, promise to sing for each and every one in Shinhwa Changjo. Every song that I sing, I’ll only sing for you.
Dongwan: I, Kim Dongwan, promise to only see Shinhwa members and Shinhwa Changjo. I will only walk on this road forever.
Junjin: I, Junjin, promise to love Shinhwa Changjo forever. In the future, I will only see Shinhwa Changjo.
Minwoo: I, Lee Minwoo, promise to forever love Shinhwa Changjo. Every time I dance, I’ll only dance for you.
Andy: I, Andy, promise to always be the same to Shinhwa Changjo’s heart. I’ll keep this promise until I’m old.
Hyesung: We just said our promise, the engagement ceremony with Shinhwa Changjo.
So in the next concert, we’ll do our marriage ceremony.
Minwoo: Without Shinhwa Changjo, we are nothing.

Year 4 (2001) – 1st Quest for the LEGEND

Shinhwa: 6 is just a number without any special meaning..
but to us, 6 represents SHINHWA.. all the waiting.. all the hardship..
it wasn’t a waste.. we’ve made it..

Eric: During Shinhwa’s 4th album activities, andy left the group because of school problems and his personal situation..
that was the worst crisis of shinhwa ever faced..

Minwoo: The guerilla concert was the most cool.

Minwoo: jinnie, dongwanie, hyesungie, eric who are here, and a close friend whom we wish is here with us – our andy..
really.. I want to spend the rest of my life with you..
I love you, guys..

Junjin: because of hyungs.. andy and I.. always.. can bear up for 4 years..
but I haven’t said ‘I love you’ to hyungs.. not even once.. to andy too..
hyungs.. I sincerely love you..

Dongwan: Although we are not related by blood, we thank God for letting us meet.
This is the greatest fortune of my life. No matter what happens to our lives in the future.. I wish that we will keep this memory of us forever.
Until we die, let’s never forget this friendship of ours.

Minwoo: I honestly couldn’t say anything at that time, but we just wanted to hug all our fans as we were hugging each other and crying together.
Jin cried so much then, didn’t he? We all cried. You and us…

Andy: As the members were very busy at that time, contacting them was not easy. As time went by.. I thought.. that even without me, shinhwa with 5 people will do well.. thinking about it brought tears to my eyes.. but even while I was crying.. I didn’t dare to say a word.. I didn’t want to hurt our fans..

Eric: At first I didn’t know how to help Andy during that year.
But I think it helped when he watched us perform on stage.
Why is Andy such an important part of me? Because I love him.
He seems to be so cute that way.
When he’s singing, he’s like a little girl who you just want to kiss.
He seems to be working so hard….

Andy: when I became extremely depressed, I was determined to leave the group. However, in the end, standing on the stage of Shinhwa’s Fan Meeting, the members cried while trying to stop me from leaving

Eric: If Andy hadn’t come back for our fifth album, there wouldn’t be Shinhwa now

Year 5 (2002) – 2ND Quest for the LEGEND

Junjin: there was a time when I was really badly injured…
I was rushed to the emergency department at the hospital.

Junjin: The doctors managed to stop the blood which was flowing from my head injury..
but it was a very critical situation!

Junjin: All members were really worried.. dongwan hyung was hysterically shouting ‘119!!! 119!!!’ (emergency contact number in korea)
When I woke up I was already in the hospital.. Eric hyung had already been waiting there for a few hours..
he was sitting in a pose that you do when you do yoga.. minwoo hyung was walking back and forth..
and hyesung hyung was over there crying ‘this is the first time I’ve ever seen jinnie this hurt..’
Hyesung: I really thought he was not going to make it..

Hyesung: at that time when junjin was injured, when I went to the emergency room.. the doctor said..
‘the situation is really dangerous since a lot of blood seems to be flowing from the head.’
He said ‘surviving through tonight would be really difficult’.. as soon as I heard that, really.. I was so.. I was so shocked..
I went to outside.. the rain was falling down.. I was crying so much.. I felt like a close brother was going to leave me..
really.. I couldn’t express it through words.. Jinnie ,you have to be careful.. don’t make me cry again..
Eric: that’s right.. you better be really careful.. every time you’re always like that..
each time.. every time we do a performance.. you always get hurt..

Year 6 (2003) – the Revival of the LEGEND

Dongwan: we’ve moved to a new place.. we’ve been under a different music label and company..Year 7 (2004) – We are the ‘LEGEND’Junjin: I didn’t believe it although they called our names two or three timesYear 8 (2005) – SHINHWA: Separated yet TogetherHyesung: The first solo activity of all the members of Shinhwa was Junjin. He did a CF and
all the members of Shinhwa split the income that Junjin earned on his own, six even ways.
Now we keep all the income to ourselves, but Junjin was too sweet.
He said, ‘Even though I shot the CF alone, we’re Shinhwa, so let’s split it.’

Dongwan: We’re united in our loyalty.. until the end we’ll be loyal..
And we’ll give back as good as what we got.. we’ve always done that..
With a new album, with new music, with a new style. We’ll pay you all back with that..

Hyesung: it was such a hard and important decision that we had to make.
Fortunately we made the right choice and we hit it off. It looks like we’ll get a new start again as Shinhwa.

Eric: I was really surprised. The group can tell you all about it

Junjin: The last few years were so hard..
Eric: Just like a movie, those hard times came back to us so suddenly

Hyesung: our fans’ tears turned into tears of joy today.. that makes us very happy..

Eric: to be honest, every year each of us had been hopeful..
that’s why I thought we would feel indifferent this year..
but after the award, it’s a totally different feeling..

Shinhwa Changjo: Outside, in the dark, without any lights, and with a microphone system that wasn’t meant to be used for these purposes,
Shinhwa came out to see us all. With only one bodyguard,
Shinhwa left over 20 reporters waiting for interviews to come out and have a moment with us.

Hyesung: Thank you.. as all of you and we had hoped and hoped for 7 years, we finally did it today..
we didn’t have this fanmeeting planned but we know we got this all because of you,
so we came out just to say how much we thank you..

Jun Jin: Seriously… I dont want to show you any tears… but inside I’m crying my heart out..
we never expected this.. this is all because of you.. after debuting in 1998… it’s been seven years..
we’ve been through a lot but we’ve made it this far because of you.. thank you..

Minwoo: I love you Shinhwachangjo!!!!!.. Thank you so much… this is all because of you….. WE WON THE AWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[as he screamed this he flung up the daesang in the air and screamed like the happiest child in the world]

Eric: ah…. truthfully we all didnt have any greed for getting a Daesang.. really..
when others got it, we were seriously so happy for them and their happiness seemed like ours..
but every year when we didnt get the daesang…. and we saw how much you had looked forward to it and then got sad and disappointed…
and after seeing it so many times.. it made us want to get the daesang… at least for you…
to make you happy… So we are so happy now… to have finally made you not cry…

Dongwan: Ah…. all of the members have said everything there is to say… so.. we’re having a concert on the 19th~~
so we hope to see all of you there~~ *^^* Sarang hae~~ Thank you..

Andy: ahh really.. thank you… we will work really hard in the future..

Shinhwa: URINEUN!!!!???? (We are……!!????)
Shinhwa Changjo: SHINHWA IMNIDA!!!!!!!!

Eric: It gets lonely when there is no one to play and make trouble with. When busying with Shinhwa activities, no matter how busy the schedules are, members will still play around with each other, however during solo activities, you will have to tolerate alone and solve your own problem.
It’s really lonely.

Minwoo: While I was active as a solo singer M, there were so many moments when I was lonely. In particular when I was preparing for the solo concert and my health was at its worst,
I missed the members a lot. Although I received many help from the members when doing M activities but when I am on stage, I will be alone. I will then feel pressurized during that time and then hope to have activities with the members.

Dongwan: I will feel really lonely when doing solo activities and I will start to think of the past
when we are staying together in the hostel. Although it’s tiring, but there are many interesting memories with the members.

Hyesung: I felt the burden during solo because a stage which is meant for the six is now left only for me. During solo activities, I spend a lot of time alone, so it gets boring. When having activities with the members, we often joke and play when resting. So I often miss those times.. I really appreciate my members’ presences.

Junjin: I will think of the members when I fell sick. It is most tiring to grasp the whole stage,
it is also sad when the members aren’t around to carry off my part when I am sick. If I am not feeling well when doing activities with the members, members will help to share out my parts, however, when doing solo activities, no one can help you and I felt really lonely.

Andy: When being the MC for SBS Inkigayo, seeing all the hoobaes like BATTLE, SS501, DBSK, Super Junior playing together makes me miss Hyungs a lot.

Minwoo: As soon as I said my thank you speech.. I suddenly remembered the Shinhwa members. ‘Sob!’ Actually as soon as I arrived at the airport I felt empty but once I got on stage, I missed them even more.

Dongwan: Whenever we have shoots together with the members, if there are awkward moments or whatnot, we all make jokes and help raise the mood. [his facial expression shows his loneliness from realizing that he was lonely for not being with the Shinhwa members]
Besides getting all the money from it, I don’t think there’s anything else that’s good about doing CFs alone. Hey, you members, we agreed to meet tonight, right? If I told you ahead of time about this CF job, then I figured you would have made me pay for tonight. So I didn’t tell you on purpose. Today… I hope Eric pays for it!

Hyesung: I felt colorless when I was doing my solo activities without other members around.

Eric: For me, who had always worked together with the Shinhwa members, the emptiness I felt on the days of filming was unexpressable…

Dongwan: When I lived with the members, I never had insomnia. But these days, living by myself, there are days when I cannot sleep. When I cant sleep at night, I miss the days when we lived together and how when we couldn’t sleep we’d talk together throughout the night.
Then I just miss the members so much.
Hyesung: These days Dongwan must not be able to sleep every night. Every day he calls me late at night and asks ‘Can’t you sleep over at my place tonight?’

[Hyesung left very early so they could go see Junjin act. Junjin was very happy since he hasn’t seen HyeSung in over 2 months and immediately hugged Hyesung]

Junjin: I was very thankful and happy they came, I had a hard time that day and when I saw Hyesung I forgot all my worries and had a good time.

Eric: I rushed over from the “June’s Diary” shooting set. I came here (minwoo’s 2nd album showcase) in a rush so I wore slippers and because of this, Minwoo gave me a hard time.

Junjin: Hyesung always comes to the recording room, and when I have faults, he criticizes me and gives me very valuable advice.

Minwoo: Eric gave me the biggest support by sending me the message
‘Are you tired?
Minbong Fighting.
I love you.’
Members feel that such messages are very mushy and we do not send it often.
[After saying all these, Minwoo smiled happily]

Eric: I was so thankful that my members came to the premiere to support me. Really, there is no one that can compare to my members. We really don’t compliment each other, but after the VIP premiere, amazingly all members sent me the same text message saying, ‘F***, buy drinks!’ and I knew that in that statement they were proud of me.

Minwoo: When I was doing the recording, I received written encouragement from the members but there was this one evil person who sent a really weird message. Very soon, I found out it was Eric who sent me the surprising message ‘Go die’ (죽어)” so I sent him a reply and wrote, ‘Get lost’ (꺼져).

Junjin: The band member who were most unhelpful is Eric. Eric had, many times, sent me messages like ‘샤릉훼’ (syareunghwe) this kind of alien language had often disturbed me during practice.

Junjin: I’d rather have one joking message from one of the members than ten other people giving me praises when I am down and need my spirits lifted.

Shinhwa: Although we are a group, we are also each active personally.. doing the work we want to do each day… However when we are united together we are the strongest force there is!

Year 9 (2006) – The LEGEND is Back…

Shinhwa: There were hardly any times when all six of us could record at the same time. But we were able to take a lot of strength from the notes filled with what we wanted to say left for each other.Year 10 (2007) – the LEGEND lives on…

Andy: what I wish for is that shinhwa goes on healthy and release the 100th album.Dongwan: to me, Shinhwa is not a choice, but fate. (This made me love Dongwan more)

Eric: I became an entertainer at the age of 20, and all of my youth was spent with Shinhwa.
I feel so fortunate that I’ve found the meaning of life, and being able to live such a meaningful life with them.

Bonus: The ‘Untold’ LEGEND

Andy: we know everything there is to know about each other..
Minwoo: know what?? What do you know, Andy?
Andy: I know a lot about minwoo hyung.. minwoo hyung has a mole on his butt..^^

Hyesung: The notes were full of attacking comments towards me. I don’t know if the other members took strength from that but they all attacked me too much.

Dongwan: All the members just love Hyesung too much.

Junjin: I was able to take a lot of strength from making attacking comments.

Minwoo: There was a time while recording one of the albums tracks ‘Weak Man’ (약한 남자) was recorded wrong so I had to record again but then Hyesung who was with me, looked at me with a satisfied look in his eyes and laughed.

Eric: I really want to meet the members and go on stage together quickly.
Our members who know what to do just by looking at each others eyes.

Hyesung: We only slept for 2 hours that day, and we had been very busy since the morning, thus we were very tired. We can overcome the tiredness though, because it has been a long time since we were gathered together, and we are really happy to see each other again.

Junjin: To be able to work together with the members, this is the best way to de-stress.

Junjin: We are all busy seperately but once we get together its enough to bring a tear to the eye, its heart-rending and great.

Dongwan: Our Shinhwa members all do not want to remove the title of ‘Shinhwa’. After busily working separately and then getting all together again and singing is something we love so much. The ecstasy like taste that is given from the stage, it’s so amazing and exhilarating. Not only does it give the synergy effect, it brings you income too. That’s a joke. [laughs]

Dongwan: I want to have concerts like this for 20 years more.

Hyesung: I want to leave our name in the Korean pop history. What I mean is not that we should be in the first place whenever we release an album, but that we stay together till the end.

Minwoo: I want to stay with our members till we get older and die.

Junjin: we’ll stick together till the end. Every year, our members always get hurt. So I wish in the future no one gets hurt and shinhwa changjo stays healthy.

Dongwan: The thought of going on stage with the Shinhwa members together even past the age of 40 and 50 fills me with excitement. After all the members go to the army, I’m sure everyone will have things to do, but we’ll always do everything together

Junjin: Shinhwa breaking up? I think you should worry about things that really need worrying about. The members have all promised each other to keep going until in the very distant future when we get married and have children so you cannot possibly say the words of ‘breaking up’ to us. And we also promised each other that with our children we will make another group entitled ‘Shinhwa Junior’.

Hyesung: Just because we’re busy doing our own things, doesn’t mean that we’re not friends.
There is still a strong relationship that continues to grow in our group everyday. We’ve come a long way and we’re more than friends-we’re mentors and brothers to each other. Don’t doubt that.

Junjin: The reason for us being together for so long is trust. Although we’ve quarreled, fought, and bore grudges against each other, but because we trust each other so much, Shinhwa was able to continue for so long.

Eric: We’ve overcome all sorts of trouble and made a really special friendship. At certain points we hit, beat, fought each other and even with other members helping, but the most important thing was that whatever the conflict, it would never last a day.

Dongwan: the reason that we can stay together for so long is………the contract!!! ^^

Minwoo: that was a joke. The time where we all lived together brought everyone closer. We are so happy that we have each other, to support and stay with each other all the time.

Dongwan: some people think we’re as close as brother, which is not true.. ^^

Eric: though I may not be old enough to say this, I can say I’ve experienced the best and worst times of my life as with Shinhwa members. That’s why we can keep our relationship going…
even though we have Dongwan. ^^ so even without the contract, and even with Dongwan, Shinhwa will always be together till the end.

Eric: In the future, if there comes a time where no company wants us, we might just form our own company and carry on.

Andy: When all six of us are together it is seriously noisy and chaotic.. Sort of like the feeling of meeting the family members after being apart for a long time. Jinnie hyung who had just returned from filming in the country hadn’t slept yet, but being with the Shinhwa members of course~ he forgot about his tiredness and returned to his cheery self. Eric hyung kept being called ‘CEO’ and was affectionately teased by us, but everyone was so happy his drama is doing so well and congratulated him. And, the hyungs as usual… imitated the Nonstop lines that are so familiar to me, and still got them wrong. Although they’re only one or two years older hyungs, everytime they do that, I feel as if I am they’re real little brother..

Eric: I monitor the activities of the other Shinhwa members in order to catch funny phrases and actions. It’s because the other group members can take one such funny phrase and make fun of me for more than a month.

Andy: The members are very playful. Aside from Dongwan hyung, the rest of the members don’t seriously give advice on my acting. Instead, if they find something lacking they tease with it. Every time they see me the first thing they say is “Are you Hye Joo?” (a line from andy’s drama ‘lovers in Prague’) We met up recently in a place where there was a lot of people and they shouted loudly “Are you Hye Joo?” It was so embarassing.

Minwoo: Because we were so comfortable with each other, 2-3 of us usually took showers at a time. Once, Andy came in while I was taking a shower and sprayed ketchup over my head as a joke.
I thought my head was bleeding and was so shocked. I almost fainted!

Eric: Whether it’s pushing against people in moving cars, or throwing really hot water on other member’s butts when we are bathing are some of the funny things we all do to one another, not just me.

Japanese reporter: I was surprised of the Shinhwa I saw. Their relationship is extremely good,
and they are like children at heart; noisy and mischievous.

Lee Ji Hoon (singer/actor): I envy them because they’re always together. They are so funny and close to each other. It seems so good.

GoodEMG: Their relationship is like friends who are so close that they are like family. Even if they had not seen each other for a long time, they can immediately start chatting just like old friends.

Dongwan: During these years, I’ve had some of the toughest times… And we’ve shared all the important times with all 6 members together… We’ve had fun and made each other laugh… Also when we’ve had serious days, we’ve drunk together… We’ve always been together like that..

Junjin: Everytime I went through hard times I would think a lot about the other members.

Hyesung: In the old days, when Jin was hurt, then I could feel it… When one of us is hurt, or something bad happens to one of us… Then we would all feel sad., We’d all be down. But we all knew that it would heal and that we’d be back to work soon..

Junjin: I truly want to say this to Hyesung hyung. We are Shinhwa till we die so I want to be there for him when he needs me and he would definitely be there for me when I need him…

Minwoo: Just staying with each other without saying a word, we could feel each other..

Junjin: I think of the other members first, and even now I still think of them when I am hurting. Or when I’m confused. Sometimes I’m really worried that I would wake up and find myself alone. That this situation was really just a lie… But our members are always there for each other..
even though you may not be able to see it, I could feel the love that all our members really have for each other..

Hyesung: when I was alone I wan’t just one-sixth of a group… I wasn’t just one of six, nor one of ten, nor one of 12, nor one of 20…

Hyesung: I feel that Shinhwa exists just like parents. It brings us to meet, let us grow, nurture us into who are now. It is the group called ‘Shinhwa’.

Eric: Shinhwa is everything. Without Shinhwa there won’t be the present me, and I would not meet precious friends and members who love me.

Dongwan: Like what Eric said, there won’t be a present me without Shinhwa.. I will never forget that I come from Shinhwa.. It is the mineral source of my life.

Junjin: to me, Shinhwa is like home. Shinhwa is like a place where I can return to anytime, a place that exists to welcome me back at any moment..

Shinhwa: To us, the number ‘6′ is so unique and so special. It was through all six of us being together that we became the “Shinhwa” we are now, and it is our desire to continue to be together as six and as Shinhwa… That’s why the number ‘6′ is so special to us.. When we first practiced together there wasn’t six of us, but the day we first went up on stage as “Shinhwa” we became six… it can be seen as destiny…
To us, to be together as “Shinhwa” is only too natural, and we hope people will just continue to accept “Shinhwa” as we all hope to become better within that name..
(If you keep calling us the longest running dance group then we feel old…^^)

And because of all this, now all our members would probably pick the number ‘6′ as their most special number… Its because there are six of us that we become a more brighter “Shinhwa”, and because its only too natural to have six of us as “Shinhwa…

PS: None of these quotes is made up. Some quotes are self-translated from either non-subbed videos or chinese-subbed videos. Some quotes are taken directly from english subbed videos. And some quotes are taken from english articles, translations, lyrics, etc.. but they were all said by SHINHWA themselves.. except some quotes which are taken from other parties such as SM entertainment, GoodEMG, reporter, etc..

In dedication to:

- SHINHWA (Eric, Minwoo, Dongwan, Hyesung, Junjin, Andy)

Hyesung: The fans came to our performances..each time.. truly..
each person who came seemed to be a part of the work I was doing just by being there for me.
They give me the strength to perform, and without them I probably couldn’t do it!

Junjin: The best gift for me is….. no matter we are having solo activities or working as group ShinHwa, you can always give us love and support~~ Then it’s enough~~~

Dongwan: now that all the “temporary” fans have gone and only the real fans that have been with us through thick and thin remain, it strikes me that all we have are our fans. (laughs)

Hyesung: Everytime when I meet all of you, the reason I raise my thumb is because I’m very proud of all of you. Making me such a valuable person, to me, all of you are not fans but a very important part of me.

Andy: The fans have always made us feel more relaxed.. we didn’t need to say anything, yet the fans understand fully how we feel.
These are the bonds between the fans and Shinhwa that cannot be described.

credit: kriza

Q: How are you going to spend your vacation breaks?

Junjin: I plan to go to HyeSung’s place to play, so I must say a word to him here…Hyesung, thanks!

Hyesung: Apart from DongWan, the rest of the members are all planning to come to my place.

Dongwan: Then I want to come too! (laughs)

Hyesung: Not taking any more reservations. (laughs)

Junjin: I’m always sticking to HyeSung, so I am always playing with him, and it doesn’t matter if he’s sleeping or eating, I will still follow him closely! ^^

MinWoo: DongWan is very smart and is one of the main vocals in Shinhwa. Without him, it feels like a medicine shop without medicine. (laughs)

Minwoo: In junjin’s case, if the team broke up, he would be so stressed while releasing his solo album.. how many folds?

Junjin: 15020 folds.. ^^

Q: In this album, which one of Shinhwa’s charm are you trying to show us?

DongWan: Handsome faces.. ^^

Thai reporter: Which type of girls do you like?

Minwoo: you! ^^

Q: What lead to the decision that Eric and Dongwan play the lead characters for MV ‘Throw my fist’?
Dongwan: when we were discussing, the management asked ‘so who’s gonna be the male leads?’ the other members had their heads down, but Eric and I immediately turned our heads and looked at each other.. so that’s how it was decided..

MC: The follow-up single in Shinhwa’s 7th album – ‘Crazy’. I heard that there’re 2 lead actors in this MV. Dongwan and Junjin! What’s the criteria for choosing the male leads for this MV?
Dongwan: People who’ve never played lead characters before! ^^

Q: What’s the reason behind Eric and Hyesung being the lead characters for MV ‘Angel’?
Shinhwa: to cut down the expense.. we don’t have to pay anything if we use our own members as the actors.. ^^

Q: how long will shinhwa stay together?
Eric: until our contract expires.. ^^

Eric: Eric only loves Hyesung when Hyesung doesn’t like Eric..

Q: 5 members went to Germany for World Cup?

Hyesung: Yes, we had watched the competition of Korea VS Togo. But what a pity that Dongwan didn’t go. It’s because tickets price were expensive (laughed). It’s a joke!

Dongwan: It’s true…^^ all of us haven’t stayed altogether for long time, it’s happy that we can stay together again.

Who has the highest amount of popularity here in Thailand?
DongWan: JunJin is the most popular. As it is also coincidentally his birthday. His room is filled with presents. We did not even receive one… (laughs)

Q: Which group of fan base do you think each of you appeal to?
Hyesung: Older people like Andy and young friends like Minwoo or Junjin.
Junjin: A wide range of fans like Hyesung, after all he’s our main vocal. As for Dongwan.. we see very young fans aged 4 or 5 going after him. Those in the age group who don’t really know much…

Dongwan’s diary: Good points about being a Singer
-You can give your own cd as a present.
what other job besides a singer can you give all your hard work so easily as a present to another?
if you’re an actor you could give your dvd as a present, but isnt a cd cheaper!!^^

MC: Was there any instance where the group almost broke up?
Minwo: Yes…one time when we were living together, we had strict rules…couldn’t do anything without the manager’s permission….I asked Eric to go out for a drink….we were late the next morning for practice because we overslept.. when we got to the studio, the rest of the members were already on their knees for 2 hours. The manager knew that Eric and I went out and everyone was being punished. Manager got mad and told us to quit!

Minwoo: Andy started crying and got up and told the manager ‘I quit too!’…but when the manager yelled at Andy to ‘SIT DOWN’, Andy said ‘yes sir!’ and was on his knees again right away again!

Andy: When you are on your knees for 2 hours…it hurts a lot..

Minwoo: Eric and I came back to apartment to pack….I asked Eric, where/what am I going to do… Eric told me I can go with him back to US and we can do something together

Minwoo: As we were packing, we heard loud hurried foot steps…so I thought they are coming back to tell us good news that we don’t have to go

Minwoo: Hyesung came first and said, ‘you didn’t go yet?….what can we do…if there’s a chance, we’ll meet again’

Minwoo: Junjin came next and said, ‘hyung….keep in touch’

Minwoo: then another running step and this time it was Andy running up crying saying, ‘hyung, you don’t have to go’ then Junjin and Hyesung hit Andy’s head because he wasn’t suppose to say that yet…they agreed to play tricks on us..

Eric’s diary: young puppies that do not require potty-training is very rare, this little one is a genious, i will teach it to speak, i will teach it korean and english..

Radio host : Who is the weirdest member in shinhwa?
Dongwan : I think Junjin and Eric do a lot of weird things.
Dongwan : They’re unbelievable. When they wake up, they fold their blanket into an origami airplane..
Hyesung : And they’re walking down the street when they suddenly turn to each other and start fighting with each other in Chinese!
Dongwan : They sing about Bap (rice) in vietnamese..
Eric : No, Jin is the really weird one. How can a person do that to a doll that doesn’t even speak..
A bumblebee doll.. It was about 3-4 in the morning, and he was beating up that bumblebee doll in the night..
if i didn’t stop him, he would have kept beating it up all night.
JunJin : Eric is the even weirder one. When i was beating up the bumblebee,
he came up beside me and scolded the bumblebee, asking what it did that was so wrong.. (laughs)
Eric : But the bumblebee must have done something wrong in order to get hit, right?
JunJin : Of course!!!!

Source: crunchyroll

[10.01.26] Dongwan’s blog: Reply (updated and deleted)

First of all be true to yourself.
You need to do what you need for your own growth and for yourself
Only after that can you work hard for the growth of other people.

From ‘The Wisdom of Indians’

You take care of others,
But others won’t take care of you.
Take care of yourself.

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Six Senses + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.26] Dongwan’s memolog: The restaurants of those damned bastards..

I wanted to eat crispy tonkatsu lightly fried in 170-degree oil, that is fragrant and not oily at all.
Why is it all the same with tonkatsu shops in Sinchon, where oil will start oozing out when lightly pressed with a paper napkin.
Is this all fine because it’s cheap and the sauce is tasty.
[My senior who was eating with me said that that was the best among the cheap ones.... He ate the cheese tonkatsu too. -_-;]
Haa.. I want to eat crispy croquettes lightly fried in olive oil.

p.s. Lately my cholesterol index has gone up so I’m becoming sensitive..ㅜㅜ
I have what is called blood obesity…-_-;

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.26] Dongwan’s reviewlog: Anti-Suicide Club (Ikebukuro West Gate Park V)

Written by Ishida Ira Translated by Kim Mi Ran
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I received the original version. And after getting a feeling of despair.-_-
I ordered this today.
So that I can read it…
‘Ishida Ira’
I like this person.

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Monday, January 25, 2010

[10.01.24] Dongwan’s memolog: Goguma

Goguma has been sleeping more and more.
No matter what, the lifespan of a dog is shorter than that of a human… It’s like that when old age hits.
Since I bought him a bed he never gets out of it.
I should have bought it for him sooner…
Goguma having a relaxing time with his favorite dried pollack snack.

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hyesung’s hairstyle for his Japanese album…

Hyesung’s hairstylist uploaded these photos of him, which I’m gonna guess were taken during the album shoot for the new album…

Some of the pics you might have seen, but enjoy anyway!

Credits: hairdesigner 유성

[10.01.23] Recruit Andy wants to send his first package to Shin Hyesung

Shinhwa member Andy (Lee Sun Ho), who enlisted on 11 January, made an appearance on the 22nd Jan edition of Chuncheon MBC’s ‘Happy Army’.

During the interview, Andy said that he has written a letter home to his mother and grandmother to tell them that he’s doing fine. “At first I was very nervous and worried, but now I’m getting on fine.” He added, “The (Shinhwa) members sent me off, maybe because they’re all serving as public service officers so they’re taking better care of me.”

When asked who he wanted to send his first parcel to, other than his family, Andy said, “I want to send it to Shin Hyesung, who isn’t enlisting.”

He ended off the short interview saying, “Although the 22 months of military service will be tough, but I’ll get through it fruitfully and meaningfully.”

Having enlisted after giving up his US citizenship, Andy is the only Shinhwa member to serve active duty.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

Audio teaser: Over The Rainbow (Hyesung’s Jap album)

Credits: chose1127@YT
Source: Absolut Shinhwa

Friday, January 22, 2010

[10.01.20][News] Once enlisted, you are forgotten!

Shinhwa enlisted guys wont be forgotten, we will wait for your comeback concert guys :)







Source:Osen +

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our Army Men

Picture credit: Many thanks to Su-mi@absolutshinhwa

[10.01.18] MV for Andy’s final single before enlistment released

Hi, how is everyone?

Thank you all very much for attending Andy’s fanmeeting and sending him off despite the cold weather. At the same time, thank you very much as well for the support that you’ve given ‘One Love’, which was released on the day of his enlistment.

The music video for ‘One Love’, featuring scenes from the fanmeeting and his enlistment, has been released on the official homepage and theGOM TV TOPstar channel (

We hope the fans will give your support and comments.

Credits: ND Entertainment + Absolut Shinhwa

Andy - One Love MV

Images of Andy getting his haircut before his enlistment on 11 Jan have been released

The MV for ‘One Love’ – the single he released on the day of his enlistment – features scenes from his final fanmeeting, the pre-enlistment press conference and also of him getting his hair cut for enlistment.

Looking at Andy’s shy expression as he got his hair cut, fans have commented, “My heart hurts just thinking of Andy receiving training in the cold weather”, “He looks younger with the shorter hair”.

For many fans who are sad that Andy has enlisted before his birthday on the 21st, the MV is a great gift to them.

‘One Love’ also features Andy’s fellow Shinhwa member Kim Dongwan. On top of that, Eric and Kim Dongwan both sent him off as he reported for duty, clearly demonstrating the strong friendship among the Shinhwa members.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

Spot Recruit Lee Sunho!

Can you find this guy in the photo above? Hehe…

Source: Absolut Shinhwa

Jung Ga Eun’s selca pic with Eric…

I won’t translate the articles about model/TV personality Jung Ga Eun (she’s part of the original Infinity Girls and you often see her on variety shows like Star King and Star Golden Bell), but in summary she posted selca photos she took with top stars like Jang Dong Gun, Lee Na Young and Eric, among others, when she shot CFs with them.

Along with Eric’s photo, she wrote a little comment that reads:

It’s from a really long time ago. I went to Prague to film the CD, but it didn’t make the cut… Very sad. But I’ll start all over again. Looking at this photo really brings back vivid memories, Eric is getting better and better. Cool cool!

If you recall, Eric shot a CF for Anycall where he dances to “Singin’ In The Rain” (sung by Minwoo ) and Lee Hyori was featured in it too:

Jung Ga Eun was on Sang Sang Plus recently and shared this story – she actually finished shooting the CF with Eric, but Anycall decided that they wanted Lee Hyori instead of an unknown face for the CF instead, which meant that all of Jung Ga Eun’s scenes were cut out… Which also explains why you don’t see her in the CF…

Poor girl. But she did get herself a photo with Eric, so I guess that’s making the best out of a really bad situation? :/ I mean, I personally wouldn’t mind getting flown to Prague (with Eric, no less!) and then getting to film a CF (though she was completely edited out) and then a selca pic with Eric! I’d sell my organs just to sit beside him… *sigh*

But she did make another video with Eric, and this time, though we don’t get to see her face much, her scenes didn’t end up on the floor of the editing room.

Vid credits: na13t@YT

Yep, she’s the girl wearing the red dress…

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spot Recruit Lee Sunho!

Can you find this guy in the photo above? Hehe…

Source: Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.18] MV for Andy’s final single before enlistment released

Hi, how is everyone?

Thank you all very much for attending Andy’s fanmeeting and sending him off despite the cold weather. At the same time, thank you very much as well for the support that you’ve given ‘One Love’, which was released on the day of his enlistment.

The music video for ‘One Love’, featuring scenes from the fanmeeting and his enlistment, has been released on the official homepage and theGOM TV TOPstar channel (

We hope the fans will give your support and comments.

Credits: ND Entertainment + Absolut Shinhwa


Images of Andy getting his haircut before his enlistment on 11 Jan have been released.

The MV for ‘One Love’ – the single he released on the day of his enlistment – features scenes from his final fanmeeting, the pre-enlistment press conference and also of him getting his hair cut for enlistment.

Looking at Andy’s shy expression as he got his hair cut, fans have commented, “My heart hurts just thinking of Andy receiving training in the cold weather”, “He looks younger with the shorter hair”.

For many fans who are sad that Andy has enlisted before his birthday on the 21st, the MV is a great gift to them.

‘One Love’ also features Andy’s fellow Shinhwa member Kim Dongwan. On top of that, Eric and Kim Dongwan both sent him off as he reported for duty, clearly demonstrating the strong friendship among the Shinhwa members.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.19] ND notice: Address of Andy’s training regiment

You can only send letter/s to Andy.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Hi everyone, how are you?

Andy has been assigned to his new training regiment and the address of his new camp has been issued.

층남 논산시 연무읍 죽평리 사서함 76-11호
27교육연대 5중대 3소대 이선호 훈련병
우편번호 : 320-839

POSTAL CODE: 320-839

You can only send letters.

We hope the fans will send your support and love.
Thank you ^^.

Credits: ND Entertainment + Absolut Shinhwa

Thursday, January 14, 2010

[10.01.13] Dongwan’s memolog: That’s possible.

People who consistently criticize anything that happens are increasing.
So-called critics have somehow gained fame from being called critics.
Rather than a small community where everyone is praised,
The society becomes a clear-headed place where there is only criticism and a pessimistic outlook of the future.

Although anyone who makes an obvious mistake deserves to be criticized,
But when the arrow of such harsh habitual criticism is pointed in your direction
If you can’t pull yourself out of the swamp of cruel self-reproach and despair
The world will be filled with darkness and you won’t be able to find hope even in the size of a chestnut.

Remember “That’s possible.”
Nothing in this world is impossible.
When an irreversible mistake has been committed
To the person itself,
Though at that moment it’s as if darkness descends with no end in sight
After you walk out of the darkness and create other rays of light
Remember that you can create even more precious and beautiful rays of light.

To yourself, you have to often, from the bottom of your heart,
Encourage yourself with “That’s possible.”
As far as you can, minimize the time that you’re mired in the swamp of despair.

Kim Dongwan

[10.01.13] Lee Minwoo discharged from hospital on 13th Jan

Shinhwa member Lee Minwoo has been discharged from the hospital after a 19-day stay.

Lee Minwoo met with a car accident near the Yongpyeong Ski Resort on 24th Dec last year and was sent to a hospital in Seoul on 25th Dec. He has apparently been discharged on 13th Jan and is currently recuperating at home.

A rep from Lee Minwoo’s management company told Newsen in a phone interview on 13th Jan, “Lee Minwoo has been discharged from the hospital today, and he’s currently resting at his own home.”

Lee Minwoo suffered injuries to his neck, waist and spine, and also showed signs of a concussion. He was transferred to a Seoul hospital on 25th Dec. Following that, he had to usher in the new year in the hospital and also had no choice but to cancel his concert ‘M’s Suite Room’, previously scheduled for 16th and 17th Jan at Ewha Women’s University.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

[10.01.13] Shin Hyesung makes official debut in Japan; no plans for activities in Korea

Singer Shin Hyesung has kicked off his promotional activities in Japan after being fined for gambling in October last year. He will be releasing his first official Japanese album ‘Find Voice In Song’ and a compilation album ‘Shin Hyesung Collection 2010-My Everything’

Shin Hyesung has previously been active in Japan as part of Shinhwa but it’s his first time releasing a full album, which marks his official debut in Japan.

He has just participated in the portal opening event on 9th and 10th Jan where he appeared in front of fans after a long hiatus.

Shin Hyesung apparently has no plans for activities in Korea at the moment.

After being fined for gambling in October last year, Shin Hyesung had stopped all activities in Korea and overseas for self-reflection, but he has recently released a photo essay ‘The Melody Of Snow’ on 26 November last year. This has attracted some criticisms from netizens who questioned, “Wasn’t he supposed to be doing self-reflection for the past 3 months? Looks like he’s been preparing for his Japanese album during this time.”

According to Shin Hyesung’s management company, they explained that the photo essay had to go ahead with its release as there is a contract with the publisher and it was not possible for the publisher to reschedule the release date.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

[10.01.11] Junjin’s Cyworld updated: We… are forever Shinhwa! @

One week before I entered the training center ㅎ

With Sabi ㅎ

Jongwookie hyung ㅎㅎ

Credits: Junjin’s Cyworld minihompy + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.11] Andy enlists: I’ll come back well (consolidated news)

Shinhwa member Andy enlisted for military duty today afternoon at the Nonsan Military Training Center after spending a brief moment with more than 200 fans from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong who braved the cold to send him off.

Andy had given up his US citizenship in 2003 and was previously assigned to Level 4 as his academic qualifications were not recognized in Korea but he subsequently passed a test which qualified him for active duty. Andy will be assigned to serve in active duty for 20 months after spending 5 weeks in basic military training.

Andy appeared with short hair and proceeded to cut a cake that fans had prepared, and also gratefully ate a choco pie – a favorite snack of Korean servicemen – before promising, “I’ll be back in good health. I’ll see you at Shinhwa’s 15th anniversary reunion!”

During a brief press conference, Andy said, “Shinhwa will kickstart group activities again. I’ll receive training for the next 2 years and come back healthily, please wait for me.”

He added, “I’m not too sure about how I feel now. More than anything else I’m worried about the cold and I’m really thankful to the fans who turned up in this cold weather.”

According to the weather forecast, temperatures will drop once again from 11th Jan onwards, which means that temperatures in the Choongnam region will dip to -8°C on the 12th and reach a low of -11°C on the 13th and 14th.

Much to the amusement of the fans, he also shared, “Last night I slept while holding my mother’s hand, and my mother and my grandmother had to tell me, ‘Wake up, you have to go to the army’ before I got up.”

“My mother and my grandmother prepared so much food, so I finished 3 meals all a once. And since I’m enlisting so late, it will be great to come back healthily after serving my duty. I hope Minwoo hyung will enlist and return in good health too.”

He also expressed his views about the possibility of being assigned to the entertainment division.
(note: An example would be like Gong Yoo, who was a radio DJ for the Korean Forces Network (KFN) a.k.a the broadcast station run by the national army.)

“It will depend on how the allocation works. Right now I still don’t know, but I’ll be praying”, indicating his hopes.

This afternoon, fellow Shinhwa members Kim Dongwan and Eric – both currently serving as public service officers and now on vacation – came along to send him off. Both Kim Dongwan and Eric will complete their military service in 2010.

“The other members can’t make it today, but I’m really grateful that Eric hyung and Dongwan hyung came along with me.”
(note: Eric and Dongwan remained in the vehicle and didn’t appear in front of the media and fans.)

Andy also expressed that he will miss his fellow Shinhwa members the most. “Right now I’m thinking of the Shinhwa members the most, and particularly Hyesung hyung since I didn’t manage to get in touch with him today. When it’s all over we’ll start all over as Shinhwa again.”

Andy made his debut with Shinhwa in 1998, which went on to become the longest-running idol group in Korea. He released his first solo album in 2008 and also produced for newcomer duo Jumper. Just prior to enlisting, Andy also released a digital single titled ‘Saranghana’ as a gift to the fans.

Source: Newsen + Star News + Edaily + Asia Economy + Absolut Shinhwa

Monday, January 11, 2010

What they thought when they first met each other?

old interviews of the guys, just want to share them, I miss them much :(


What they thought when they first met each other?

What they thought of MIN WOO:

DONGWAN: He looked like a teacher
ANDY: He was funny
ERIC: He had a lot of charisma and was good in dancing, singing, and his looks
HYESUNG: He had a lot of talent, dances so well
JUNJIN: He was really reliable, just like a brother

What they thought of DONG WAN:

MINWOO: He was funny
ANDY: He had a lot of talent
ERIC: He acted well, had a great voice, fun to be around
HYESUNG: Very handsome, sung well too
JUNJIN: He was like a father to me

What they thought of JUN JIN:

DONGWAN: He was so cute and was like a little brother
MINWOO: He looked really clean
ANDY: He always made me laugh
ERIC: He was the last one to join, so I was very shocked by how well he danced
HYESUNG: I was worried he was too goodlooking and was too talented

What they thought of ERIC:

DONGWAN: He looked quiet
MINWOO: He looked nice
ANDY: He was like my real brother
HYESUNG: I knew him from America, but he was like a big brother
JUNJIN: He had a lot of cuteness

What they thought of HYE SUNG:

DONGWAN: He looked like he was very neat
MINWOO: He looke really sweet
ANDY: He looked nice and sweet like a brother
ERIC: I saw him first at the 'Vally K Festival' singing contest, and i wanted to be come a singer with him after that
JUNJIN: He was cute like a little brother

What they thought of ANDY:

DONGWAN: He was such a cute lil brother
MINWOO: He was cute
ERIC: I kne whim way before everyone else, so he was like my own brother
HYESUNG: He was so cute
JUNJIN: Cute like a brother

credit: Shinhwa-Sarang & Mcr3ations


- If your student came to you crying that they pooped on their pants than what will you do/say?-

ERIC- WHAT? U pooped! Uuuaccckkk~
DONGWAN- eeeeey..don lie~
MINWOO- don worry! I'll go change you into new clothes.
HYESUNG- I'll go to the bathroom, and start washing them up.

-What would u do if your student said " I want to marry you when I grow up teacher?"-

ERIC- if it a gurl, I'll be nice to her, but if it a guy ill punish him.
DONGWAN- I'll wait.
JIN- I'll just laugh, and take it as a yes.
MINWOO- "SURE? okay?"
HYESUNG- ill feed them with food so that they could grow, but I will feed them w/ food they dislike such as vegetables.

-If you are driving the kindergarten bus, and a kid started crying... -

ERIC- ill give them some dried fruit.
DONGWAN- I'll stop by McDonalds and buy them an ice cream.
JIN- I'll first find out why their crying, and make stop the crying.
MINWOO- I'll turn on some exciting music.. change the music to "TELETUBBY TECHNO".
HYESUNG- I'll try to make them stop crying.
ANDY- I'll first stop the car, and calm them down.

- if you liked one of the gurl teachers that worked at the same skool as you, what would u do for her to like you? -

ERIC- I'll give the kids money, and tell them to go do something for me.
DONGWAN- ill go sneak on her.
JIN- ????
MINWOO- "umm~ do you like to dance?"
HYESUNG- how bout writing her a letter?
ANDY- i'll listen carefully.

- if you were to teach ure kindergarten students bout sex education, than how will u explain? -
ERIC: I'll show them the materials, and ask them a question of what I just explained.
DONGWAN: I'll read them a poem.
JIN: they'll know when they grow older.
MINWOO: I'll teach them with a kyoote expression.
HYESUNG: "hmm~ how can I explain to them?"
ANDY: "as it is".. show them everything with the truth

- One of your kids just went pee on their pants, and now two other kids are fighting and kicking eachother.. -
ERIC: I'll first judge them, and give them a penalty whoever caused the fight.
DONGWAN: I'll teach them TAEKWONDO.
JIN: I'll just leave them alone.
MINWOO: " they shouldn't fight because if they do fight than their bad kids"
HYESUNG: first of all, ill calm them down, but will slightly punish them.
ANDY: I'll stop the fighting and punish them.


[10.01.11] Andy’s official ND diary: The letter I wanted to read out at the fanmeeting

This is the letter that I wanted to read out at the fanmeeting but didn’t manage to do so properly, so I’m posting it here with an apologetic heart.

Hi everyone, I’m Shinhwa’s Andy, in charge of rap~

Before I even realized it, it has already been 3 years since I’ve started awkwardly introducing myself with ‘Hi everyone, I’m Andy’.

I still remember the first mistake I made in my first musical, the trembles I got during my first solo concert ‘The 6-Day Miracle’, which I completed with the confidence you gave me… and the staff who worked hard together with me, lately I’ve been reminiscing through these memories frequently.

Talking like this makes it seem like I’m leaving right now, but it’s really a short period of time if you think about it. During this time I’ll be under the same sky as all of you, just that I’m earnestly serving my duty in the military.

So just smile and wave~ It’s somewhere really near.

Having all of you gathered here for me; colleagues that I’m thankful to; family members who love me; I think I’m a really blessed person. And, the Shinhwa members, with whom I can drink to my heart’s content.

Because I have all of you, who understand me more than anyone else, to share my bliss and happiness; trials and tribulations; and sorrow, I’m a lucky guy… This moment once again lets me feel that this is only a temporary farewell.

Although I don’t know what words I can use to express this
Thank you everyone, and, I love you…

Credits: ND Entertainment + Absolut Shinhwa

Andy – 사랑 하나

i love it, love it much, dongwan was featured in the song. thanks for sharing urnobody191

Source: Absolut Shinhwa

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Across all ages and countries, world-changing historical figures have suffered from a sense of inferiority.
The mother of Jang Yeong Shil, the greatest scientist of the Joseon era, was a gisaeng,
And Yi Sang, the cornerstone of modern Korean poetry, was a tuberculosis patient who coughed out blood as he wrote poems on winter nights.
Napoleon, who conquered the whole of Europe with military power, was of such small stature that he would put a dwarf to shame,
And Stephen Hawking, the cornerstone of modern space physics, suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

I should stop here.
I don’t have enough time or energy to list out all the people who have used their inferiority complex as a springboard to success.
If you look at these successful people and think that they were tormented by an extreme sense of inferiority, you’re not wrong.
Now let’s come to a conclusion.
If you’re now suffering from a serious inferiority complex, I’d rather applaud.
Because you’re blessed and you’ve been chosen, there is no reason why in the world you should receive any consolation from anyone.
Do everything in your power to strive solely for success.
But first get rid of the petty person in your heart who’s looking forward to success for your own advancement in life.
Success that cannot guarantee the happiness of others, is by no means true success.
And keep this in mind.
No matter how severe a person’s inferiority complex is, hold on to at least one strong point
And find a way to develop this strong point as far as possible.
Fighting to eliminate ten thousand kinds of inferiority complexes, the likelihood of losing every battle is high,
Fighting to eliminate one kind of inferiority complex, the likelihood of winning every battle is high.

The moment you turn one inferiority complex into a superiority complex
Surprisingly, the ten thousand kinds of inferiority complexes that you’ve been holding on to until this moment, completely disappear.
Lee Oi Soo’s Revival Method, in ‘Invincible Youth’

Since I directly moved the contents of the book here
I won’t post more than two essays~

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.09] Andy’s tearful farewell fanmeeting (related news)

Shinhwa member Andy, who’s due to enlist for military service on 11th Jan, bid a tearful farewell to his fans at his fanmeeting ‘Andy Farewell Party – Bye For Now’, at Sowol Art Hall held on 9th Jan at 7pm.

At the fanmeeting, Andy performed his latest single ‘Single Man’, and thanked the fans for attending the event. He also mentioned about hearing protests from Korean fans who asked why he didn’t hold a concert in Seoul after his overseas concerts. To this he replied, “As the enlistment date was sooner than I thought, there were too many things to take care of”, and he expressed his regrets at not being able to hold a concert for the fans before enlisting for military service.

“Because I’m about to enlist, I’ve been out drinking with my friends and the members. Right now I’m actually hoping to enlist earlier. Isn’t it better to return earlier?”

Andy also mentioned, “I had a drink with the Shinhwa members recently, and we talked about how we must hold our 15th anniversary concert when we’ve all served our military duties… But everyone is pretty concerned about whether we can still dance”, much to everyone’s amusement.

“Eric hyung said that he recently had a nightmare, where he was in the midst of the concert when he forgot the dance steps and stood on stage in a daze. Then he started to cry.”

Andy also talked about how he hopes to continue hearing the phrase ‘Shy Guy’ being used to describe him. “The term ‘Shy Guy’ has been used since I made my debut, so I’m already used to it.”

For the fanmeeting, fans also prepared a video montage and a heartfelt letter for Andy. In the letter, the fans wrote, “Even if you don’t get to receive many letters during your military service, don’t forget that the fans are waiting for you, and we hope that you will return safely and in good health.”

The letter also wittily expressed the thoughts of the fans. “Even if 2PM rips their shirts, even if Shinee flashes their smiles, we won’t take a single look, we’ll just wait for Andy.”

Andy said, “I really don’t want to cry… ” but being reluctant to leave his fans, his tears started to fall uncontrollably.

“Having fans who are always with me, my family, and the Shinhwa members, I feel that I’m a really lucky person. Although there’s nothing i can say to express what I feel right now, I still want to say ‘thank you, I love you’”.

Credits: TV Daily + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.08] Dongwan’s memolog: Oh you, don’t worry about being not good-looking.

i love this passage. thanks Su-mi for translating and Kamsa hamneeda Dongwan-shi for quoting this. You made me feel so beautiful
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Oh you.
Don’t worry about not being good-looking.
There’s a saying that goes, beauty is only skin deep.
If possible, I want to ride in a lightweight airplane made of flyers and fly around everywhere in the world to spread this saying.
But no matter how you think about it, women who aren’t charming have more to be bothered about than women who aren’t good-looking.
Generating charm is in your personality,
And personality is not about your outward appearance, but your inner nature.

A woman with no charm is like a flower with no fragrance.

Bees and butterflies fly from flower to flower not because of their color, but their fragrance
No matter how brightly-colored plastic flowers are, no bees and no butterflies will fly towards it.
If no bees and butterflies are going to fly towards you, what’s the point of lifting your nose,
And what’s the use of shaving your jawbone.
Oh you. Don’t get bound by the lowbrow aesthetic standards of the secular world.
Beauty that’s produced from merely frequent visits to the plastic surgeon to cut up your face
How can it be comparable to beauty that emerges from the blossom of lotus flowers in your heart.
Even for people who are born lacking in appearance, if they focus on cultivating inner beauty
Their inner beauty will radiate from within to create a special aura around them. That is charm.
When you are equipped with an exceptional charm,
Then you’ll have all kinds of bees and butterflies flying towards you in swarms.
If anyone asks you for your secret with envy in their eyes, don’t say anything and just use your fingers to make a pistol to go ‘bang’,
And fire a talking point at the head of the person who’s asking.

Lee Oi Soo’s Revival Method, in ‘Invincible Youth’

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Friday, January 08, 2010

New Hyesung pics from Tokuma Japan + tracklists of Jap albums


「Find Voice in Song」
2010.2.24 on sale

1. 虹の向こう (Over The Rainbow)
2. 君の夢 (Your Dream)
3. 友達 (Friend)
4. Night Date
5. Gone Today
6. コトバにできない (Unable To Speak)
7. 僕らの永遠 (Our Eternity)
8. もっと君と (Even More With You)
9. 春の中で (In Spring)
10. 銀河 (Galaxy)
11. 遠い世界 (Distant World)

「SHIN HYE SUNG Collection 2010 ~My Everything~」
2010.2.24 on sale

1. Mirror
2. Same Thought
3. Buen Camino (feat. Kang Soo Ji)
4. Everything
5. First Love
6. Everything Is You
7. The Day We First Met
8. Because Of You
9. Sequelae
10. Even If It’s A Lie
11. Why Did you Call…
12. I’m About To Die
13. Love Letter
14. It’s You (with Lyn)
15. Echo
16. Lover
17. Why Did You Call… (Jap version)

Credits: Tokuma Japan + Absolut Shinhwa

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

Please do not use any material posted on this blog for commercial purposes.
Please do not use write news articles using just materials from my blog.

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

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

A news article on Newsen reported on Andy’s impending enlistment and took the pictures from Dongwan’s blog without requesting for permission prior to doing so. The pictures have since been removed from the article. I hope the reporter apologized. -_-


6th Jan entry:

Park Se Yon
Article information and news report
News that’s accessible and visible (
copyrightⓒ Newsen. All rights reserved & redistribution is prohibited.


Reporter Park Se Yon.

Without sending even an email you just took the photos and wrote an article with them.
Even though this is only a blog there are still ‘rules’ to protect the rights of bloggers.
But more than the fact that I’m in a bad mood because you didn’t abide by these rules and took the pictures out without permission,
I’m even more peeved off by how these everyday pictures of Andy, which I meant to share only with the fans, were thoughtlessly reposted.
If the photos are thoughtlessly infringed upon like this, I’m going to get screwed over by Andy and his company.
Please remove this article before tomorrow noon.
For now….

6 January 2010, Kim Dongwan

Original article

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.07] Chun Myung Hoon: Subway officers are the Marines of the public service

Former NRG members Chun Myung Hoon commented on the 6th Jan episode of MBC’s ‘Golden Fishery- Radio Star’ that “Eric is in the Marine Corps of the public service.”

On this episode, Chun Myung Hoon talked about his own army stint. “I was serving in the Yangpyeong County Office. I had to sweep the yard and on Independence Day I had to put up the flags. I was doing chores like a farmhand.”

In addition, Chun Myung Hoon also made reference to Shinhwa leader Eric, who’s currently serving as a public service officer at Seoul Metro. “I heard that working at the subway station is the hardest. It’s said to be the Marine Corps of the public service, it’s that tough.”

In a short video message to Eric, Chun Myung Hoon said, “Hang in there until the end and return well.”

Other guests on the episode include Noh Yoo Min and Kim Jong Min.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

Thursday, January 07, 2010

[10.01.06] ND notice: About Andy’s fanmeeting

This is to inform everyone of the participation method for the fanmeeting for overseas fans.

Foreign fans, not including Japanese fans, please send your name, nationality and passport number by email to the address below, from 7 January, 2PM onwards. An attendance list will be compiled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The entrance fee can be paid at the event and seating will be assigned on the day of the event..

*Japanese fans can apply on the official Japanese fanpage.

Please send the email to:

Passport number:

Credits: ND Entertainment + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.06] Andy to hold farewell fanmeeting on 9th Jan before enlistment

Shinhwa member Andy (29) will be holding his farewell fanmeeting in Seoul on 9th Jan, prior to enlisting for military service on 11th Jan.

Besides fans from Korea, overseas fans from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan are also expected to attend this fanmeeting. A rep for Andy said, “This fanmeeting is to allow Andy to express his gratitude to the fans who have been supporting him for more than 10 years now. Also since 21 Jan is Andy’s birthday, fans will also be celebrating his birthday for him at the fanmeeting.”

Andy will be reporting for duty at Nonsan Military Training Center on 11 Jan, where he will receive 5 weeks of basic military training before being deployed for active duty. Andy is the first Shinhwa member to serve active duty after giving up his US citizenship in 2003. Fellow Shinhwa members Eric, Kim Dongwan and Junjin are all currently enlisted as public service officers.

Andy made his debut with Shinhwa in 1998 and has gone on to become a solo singer and actor, enjoying much popularity in Korea and overseas.

Credits: Star News + Absolut Shinhwa

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

[10.01.05] Hyesung’s handwritten New Year greeting note

“2010! Happy New Year”

From: Hyesung

Credits: ForeverHS + Always Hyesung + Absolut Shinhwa

Leader caught skiing!

Pic courtesy of grumpynomore + erimania @ soompi + uberic

Source: Su-mi@absolutshinhwa

[10.01.05] Lee Minwoo’s stay in hospital will be extended

Shinhwa member, who is currently being hospitalized after a car accident on Christmas Eve, is likely to get his hospitalization period extended.

On Christmas Eve, Lee Minwoo’s car slipped on an icy road outside Yongpyeong Reosrt in Gangwon-do and he suffered injuries to his neck, back and spine, as well as a concussion. He was admitted into a hospital in Seoul on the 25th and is currently recuperating there.

A rep from Lee Minwoo’s management told Newsen on 5th Jan, “He’s still receiving treatment in the hospital, but it looks like he will be hospitalized for a longer period of time. Injuries take longer to heal since he’s older now. Initially we thought he would recover very soon, so we’re very concerned right now.”

Besides a concussion, Lee Minwoo sustained injuries to his neck, back and ankle. However, looking at the state of the wrecked car, it seems that he is considered lucky. The rep said, “When the police sent us the photos of the scene of the accident on the 4th, it looked absolutely dismal. Although he welcomed the new year in the hospital, it was really an escape from what could have been much worse.”

Meanwhile, Lee Minwoo’s concert ‘M’s Suite Room’, which was initially scheduled for 16 and 17 Jan at Ewha Woman’s University, has been cancelled due to his accident. However, Lee Minwoo may still consider proceeding with the concert after he has recovered from his injuries.

Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

[10.01.04] Dongwan’s reviewlog: Nine


Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren
Produced: 2009, United States, 118 minutes
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Although Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago were really awesome works…
All I can say is ‘How come!!!’…
I’m not a professional so I’m just going to give my personal opinion.
I yawned 19 times, went to the restroom once, and turned my cellphone on and off twice.

Fergie the heavenly voice, doesn’t look good on screen.
The only one who shines is Marion Cotillard…
Perhaps it’s the story of the director Rob Marshall himself.
And if that’s true, this movie might even have been made under pressure from the filmmaker…

The things that Mamma Mia and Chicago have, don’t come through in this movie.
It’s worth watching if you’re a big fan of Marion Cotillard.
You can see clearly the tears in her smile~
But Marion Cotillard was born in 1975… so Nu… Nuna!

I give it 1.5 stars with half a star each for Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz.

Credits: Kim Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[10.01.04] Andy seeks advice from Shinhwa hyungs prior to enlistment

Shinhwa’s maknae and now solo singer, Andy, will be reporting for military duty on 11 January at Nonsan Military Training Center. He will receive 6 weeks of basic military training after which he will be deployed for active duty.

Having given up his US citizenship in 2003, Andy will be the first of the Shinhwa members to serve in active duty.

On the 4th, a rep of Andy expressed, “Andy is determined to serve his military duty well, and he is grateful for the love from the fans for more than 10 years.”

Andy made his debut with Shinhwa in 1998, and moved on to become a solo singer and actor, enjoying immense popularity both in Korea and overseas.

The rep added that Andy has been meeting up and talking to his Shinhwa hyungs Kim Dongwan and Eric to seek advice regarding military training.

“Andy has also made plans to meet with the other members, Junjin, Shin Hyesung and Lee Minwoo.”

Credits: Star News + Absolut Shinhwa

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

hahahaha, Dongwan wants to get back at those who shove snow from their walkway to the streets...
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In the midst of clearing out snow from the roads…
I want to press snot on the face of the lady who sweeps the snow from the front of her own shop onto the walkway.

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Monday, January 04, 2010

[10.01.03] Dongwan’s photolog: A meal with Andy.

the guys are together, though sad that we miss one…. Minwoo please be well soon

Appearing with shorter hair, Andy.

Dressed-up Eric holding a pose

Hyesungie who’s breaking my camera

Jinnie doing his 1st album pose

Eric who’s in the midst of transforming and me with a short neck.

Andy ya! See you soon!

These rascals. While I was in the washroom they left the bill on my bag and ran away…..-_-;

As Minwoo is still hospitalized…ㅜㅜ

Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa