Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nichkhun to be edited out of Shinhwa vs 2PM ‘God of Victory’ duel

The producers of MBC’s ‘God of Victory’ have decided to edit out Nichkhun, who had been involved in a DUI accident, as much as possible from the upcoming episode to be aired on 2nd September.
The 3rd episode of MBC’s ‘God of Victory’ features Korea’s longest-running idol group Shinhwa and idol group 2PM, where the members compete in 10 rounds of matches.
‘God of Victory’ producer Kim Min-jong told Star News, “For the upcoming 2nd September episode, we will be editing out Nichkhun’s scenes as much as we can.”
He added, “We will edit out his scenes as far as we can without disrupting the flow of the programme.”
The first episode of ‘God of Victory’ was aired on 19 August, and the show features rivals from various fields of sports and showbiz pitting themselves against each other in 10 rounds of competitions. The show has adopted the format of Infinity Challenge’s highly popular ‘HaHa vs Hongchul’ special into a regular programme.
The first episode featured Kim Suro and Tak Jaehoon, where Kim Suro was declared the victor with a 6-4 victory over Tak Jaehoon.
The next episode features the battle of the idols, with original idols Shinhwa pitting themselves again beastly idols 2PM. The recording of this episode had already been completed in May.
However, as Nichkhun was involved in a DUI accident on 24 June, the producers have no choice but to edit out his scenes.
Meanwhile, even though ‘God of Victory’ is a spin-off from ‘Infinity Challenge’, the competitive spirit of the participants is keeping audiences entertained. All eyes are now on ‘God of Victory’ for the upcoming match-ups to be featured on the show.
Credits: Star News + Absolut Shinhwa

Dongwan’s photolog: Nanjing

 The entrance of the Nanjing International Conference Hotel. Where the air is really~ good.

 A lot of people played with the girl’s hand…

 People of all ages huddled here..^_^

 A grandfather with a really cute grandson. The grandson who resembles cute and brave Sun Wukong…ㅎ 
That child won’t see my blog, right?

 A young girl and I, taking photos of each another~ Keep it well~ Nanjing’s night market

 In Nanjing, there are exceptionally many smiling people and many children too.

 Awesome alleys of Nanjing.

 I saw this!! ^0^/


credit: Dongwan Photoblog + Absolut SHinhwa

Kim Dongwan makes his return to the small screen in KBS daily drama ‘Cheer Up, Mister Kim’

Shinhwa member Kim Dongwan has landed the leading role in upcoming KBS 1TV drama ‘Cheer Up, Mister Kim’.
‘Cheer Up, Mister Kim’ is set to follow ‘I’ll Give You the Stars and the Moon’, and is a family drama that brings warmth to the small screen by depicting family love and sweet romance. Kim Dongwan will play the titular character, 32-year-old Kim Tae-pyeong, who suddenly becomes the guardian of 4 kids each bearing a different surname, and is an expert in domestic help who is popular among housewives for his good looks and skilful hands. Kim Tae-pyeong has overcome his tough lot in life through perseverance and tenacity, and showsfamily love and warmth that goes beyond blood ties to the children who share a similar childhood to his own.
Kim Dongwan has established himself as an actor with his roles in the award-winning MBC special Liberation Day drama ‘The Peak’, and the box-office hit ‘Yeongasi (Deranged)’, and the fans have reacted excitedly to his new project.
Kim Dongwan said, “I’m a little nervous about the long commitment to a daily drama, but I have faith in producer Mun Bo-hyun who I’ve known since ‘Goodbye Sadness’, director Hong Seok-gu who’s known for his stylish directing, and writer Jo Jeong-joo who has received lots of love for ‘The Princess’ Man’. The cast members all have high hopes for the drama being different from the daily dramas so far, and are all doing more research work to better play our roles. We’ll work hard together with the great team of staff members, and please support and look forward to it.”
‘Cheer Up, Mister Kim’ is expected to start airing on KBS 1TV in early November.
Credits: Sports Hankook + Absolut Shinhwa

Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (The typhoon is scary)

The typhoon is scary.
A thought suddenly struck me as I was watching ‘Answer Me 1997′.
Seo In-gook looks like Gundam.
credit: Absolut Shinhwa + Dongwan Blog

Minwoo’s FB photo update: Merong~ with Eric

Merong~~~Leave a comment if you’re ruffled up! If you just look without leaving a comment, you’ll have no luck~

(*Merong – :Þ)

credit: Absolut Shinhwa

6 different flavors of Jang Hee-bin on ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’

*Lady Jang Hee-bin (Jang Hui-bin) is one of the most famous (or rather, notorious) royal concubines of the Joseon dynasty. Read more about her here.

Shinhwa members turned into 6 different versions of Jang Hee-bin for the upcoming episode of jTBC’s Shinhwa Broadcast.
The ‘Sageuk* Channel’ episode features games involving popular sageuk characters for the ‘Sageuk Olympics’.
(*Sageuk – historical drama)
For the first time in 14 years since their debut, Shinhwa not only had to put on hanboks but also had to raise their voice pitches to sound like women, completing their perfect transformation into Jang Hee-bin

Gagman Jang Dong-hyuk who took on the role of King Sukjong, attempted to find the real Jang Hee-bin by demanding that they proclaim “I am Jang Hee-bin!” in a coquettish manner, and through aegyo and other tough tests. The members then tried to prove their identities with bizarre dances and never-been-heard-before feminine voices.
The members attacked one another’s appearances and in particular, after seeing Eric dressed up as a woman, Andy even commented that he looked like “Wesley Snipes wearing make-up”. (Hahahahaha ANDY! SO MEAN!)

Fanpics: Shinhwa spotted filming Shinhwa Broadcast in Uijeongbu

credit: Absolut Shinhwa

Info: Shinhwa 14th Anniversary Special DVD + Seoul Concert DVD

Minwoo’s FB status update: Nosebleed from exhaustion… (added Eric’s comment)

The 3-day schedule in China~ It was totally tiring from the first day and after getting back to Korea the nosebleed just hit~!! I must be really exhaustedㅜㅠ Hehe it’s been a long time since I had a nosebleed because of exhaustion ㅋ Tomorrow there’s the recording for Shinhwa Broadcast, phew… What I need now is sufficient sleep and an aromatherapy massage ㅠ Ah…. My eyelids are getting heavyㅡㅡI have to sleep early and soundly today.
Eric: If you didn’t buy me any presents, I’m not going to say a word to you during the recording~
credit: Absolut Shinhwa + Minwoo FB

Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (Going to Nanjing with Hyesung)

The thought of going to Nanjing with just Hyesung alone for a concert makes me happy~ Kehehe
Gundam is 80% completed.

credit: Absolut Shinhwa + Dongwan Blog

Minwoo’s FB updates: Mental breakdown day

#1: What have I been doing since 3am til now ㅠㅜ I came to the airport not having gotten any sleep, and the trip got cancelled because of problems with the visa, and the staff members are having a hard time, and it’s raining, and my injured leg is hurting heol~~~ Major issues ㅎㅎㅎ Stressed out… Please give me a bottle of Red Bull~
(* | heol – Korean slang expression that conveys feelings of shock and disbelief.. Something like WTF or OMG)
#2: In the end we did set off~ Ah…..It’s been a mental breakdown the whole day ㅜㅠ

credit: Absolut Shinhwa + Minwoo FB

Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (Herniated cervical disc relapse)

I have a cervical disc herniation relapse.
Is it because I suddenly started a new workout,
Or is it because of the cheap deep massage…
In pain………..ㅜ_ㅠ

credit: Absolut SHinhwa + Dongwan Blog

Minwoo’s FB status update: The aftermath of the Asia tour

credit translation: Absolut Shinhwa + Minwoo FB acct

Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (I’ve forgotten how to rest properly)

Taking a break 20 months on but I’ve forgotten how to rest properly.
I have so many things on hand that it won’t be easy to just leave everything behind and go off like that.
After working like crazy for so long I can’t even enjoy the peace and quiet I have now.
I should recharge myself before autumn comes…
What should I do?

One of the big projects I have on hand.
The Gundam Mk2 that I’m working on.
When can I paint it…
I’m sitting at the desk that I bought for studying to build Gundam… ㅜㅠ
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (Going crazy)

Because people only see me in a good light, I think I’m finally going crazy.
Credits: Absolut Shinhwa + Dongwan’s blog

Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (Searching for love in the wrong place)

A man walking down a dark street at night comes across another man on his hands and knees in the gutter searching for something under a streetlight.
“What are you looking for?” asks the man.
“My car keys,” the second man replies.
“Let me help,” the first man says as he gets down and starts to look.
After a few minutes he asks, “Are you sure you dropped them here?”
The other man replies, “Actually I dropped them half a block back.”
“Then why are you looking here?” the man inquires.
“Because this is where the light is,” is the answer.
Likewise, searching for love in the wrong place or hoping to evoke it in the wrong person seldom produces lasting happiness. Jumping off a dark cliff may feel like flying for a moment, but it can be risky if you cannot accurately anticipate a soft landing.
This is where learning comes in.
If you have a clear idea what character consists of and what qualities in other people you need to pay attention to, you are much less likely to make the catastrophic mistakes that now plague the institution of marriage.
Life has no guarantees, but why we pay less attention to this body of knowledge than we do to learning algebra is a persistent mystery.
‘How To Love’, Gordon Livingston
p.s. In the first place, don’t go to the wrong places.
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + ‘How To Love’ by Gordon Livingston
*Translation note: The excerpt above is taken directly from the original English edition. The Korean version that Dongwan quoted in his entry has some differences in terms of the words used, but the overall message is the same

Sunday, August 12, 2012

[12.08.11] Minwoo’s FB update: Watching the Korea-Japan match

Must win the Korea-Japan match at all costs~ Daehan Minguk (i.e. the Republic of Korea)!!
(note: Korea did win the match 2-0, with goals scored by Park Chu Young and Koo Ja Cheol)

Lee Minwoo: Everyone please give some words of support~^^
Park Ji Young: Dae~han Mingook fighting!
Mun Jung Hyuk: Don’t tell me to do this and do that.
Lee Min woo: I hope Park Chu Young will stop getting scolded and become a hero~^^
Mun Jung Hyuk: Koo~~~~Ja~~~~~~~~~~Cheolㅜㅜㅠㅠㅠㅠ!!!!
Lee Minwoo: Grow up, Erook ah.

credit: Minwoo FB + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.08.10] Kim Dongwan: I’m not serious (1st Look interview)

It’s no longer unfamiliar to see the title of ‘actor’ being added to Kim Dongwan’s name. Having achieved commercial success with the movie ‘Yeongasi’ (a.k.a Deranged), Kim Dongwan says he’s proud to be a part of Shinhwa, the longest-running idol group in Korea. But when the topic of acting comes up, his typically polite self becomes serious. Although he waves it off and says that’s not the case.
Editor: Shin Yumi / Photographer: Lee Sang-yeob / Writer: Park Jiho

The movie ‘Yeongasi’ has really been a hot topic of discussion. Having been attacked by Hollywood superheroes like ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, ‘Dark Knight Rises’, and ‘The Avengers’, Korean movies have again been revived with ‘Yeongasi’. What’s surprising is that this summer, the revival of Korean movies has been kickstarted by ‘Yeongasi’. These days, be it Korean movies or Hollywood movies, it’s not considered a blockbuster if the production budget doesn’t exceed 10 billion KRW. And such a landscape gave rise to an idea of effectively using a small budget, and then directing good actors in the right roles, and through this, a good production with mass appeal was born.
The main reason behind the success of ‘Yeongasi’ is its enterprising ability to keenly capture the urban legend that was circulating between high school students through the Internet. Gradually, the concept of bringing a good idea to the forefront worked, bucking the trend of productions growing bigger in scale and becoming more mainstream. And more than anything else, the power of the cast underlies all of that. Kim Myungmin is of course recognized as a good actor. As for Kim Dongwan, as an actor of great promise who has yet to receive 100% recognition for his acting, he has an ability to draw intense energy. On that note, more than anything else one can say that ‘Yeongasi’ is an actor’s movie. With amazing scenes achieved with making the most of out of the many extras, the main cast members shine even brighter.
Now we come to Kim Dongwan. As a Shinhwa member, as someone among the current crop of top idols, from some point onwards, he has been quietly widening his scope of activities in acting, working towards the goal of getting noticed by Chungmuro as one of the young actors to watch out for. His gentle smile is charming, but when the camera starts shooting, the actor Kim Dongwan immediately exudes his unique charisma in its full glory. Though he’s still awkward with the term ‘actor’, more than anyone else he fully enjoys acting itself. I heard him out as he shared his innermost thoughts.
It feels like you have now solidified your status as an actor. Have you thought about why ‘Yeongasi’ has garnered such an explosive response from viewers?
Actually I can’t come up with an analysis. Occasionally there are cases where an album is released and a song that’s not the title track becomes popular, but it’s difficult to analyze why that happens. I’m just thankful that the movie has done well. Actually my main intention was to learn as much as I could from Myungmin-hyung and to get along well with him, I didn’t really worry too much about whether the movie was going to do well at the box office. Even though I worked very hard on the movie.
What specifically did you want to learn from Kim Myungmin?
Actually it’s not in terms of acting. This movie is on a much greater scale than what I’ve done before and I was really looking forward to acting in it. In fact, in the process of filming I really grew to like Myungmin-hyung a lot. To begin with I’ve always liked cool senior actors. Seniors like Lee Jung Jae and Lee Byung Hun. They really lead their lives like actors. For me, I don’t really like having to manage and maintain a nice image to receive love from everyone. I respect actors who steadfastly hold on to what they believe in.
I heard that there were people who tried to stop you when you wanted to take up ‘Yeongasi’.
Ah, they weren’t strongly against it, just a little. (laughs) They pointed out that the role somehwat conflicts with my existing image. But I’m the type to ask for advice and then do it my way. Most people, when they’re asked for advice, they tend to give the easy and safe route. But you seldom see cases where the safe route leads to great success. There are many times where courage and boldness are needed. Even now, I’m now at a crossroad where I have to pick my next project, and I’m so troubled that I can’t really sleep well at night. Ah, which project did you ask me to talk about? I’m sorry, but I have to make the final decision by tomorrow so… I’m sorry. (laughs)
I think while watching ‘Yeongasi’ at the cinema, there are scenes that you feel that you could have been done better, and scenes that you like.
There’s a scene where the fire was really strong. Usually the final cut to be used is decided after a few takes so you can take a little bit of time to fine-tune the acting. But I forgot that there couldn’t be multiple takes because the set had to be completely burnt down. Later on, my friends told me that I came out looking like a fool. Even if the viewers don’t realize that, friends have frighteningly sharp eyes. As for a scene that I like, it’s the scene where I run into Honey Lee in the research lab for the first time and I ask her for money. Initially I played out the scene with even more pathetic lines but it got edited out. Because she’s taller than me, it looks even more pathetic.
Usually celebrities don’t really like to look bad, that’s surprising.
I think I can’t pull off roles that need me to be classy. Perhaps we can say that I don’t seem sincere or serious. People say to walk slowly, to carry myself well but it’s naturally difficult for me. I think if it’s possible, I’ll try to avoid playing the role of a boss or a classy role.
Let’s talk about your first movie project, ‘Spin Kick’. It didn’t do well at the box office but I understand that it’s a very meaningful project for you.
It’s a project that I worked hard on and learnt a lot from. But I feel a little unhappy that it’s used on variety shows to elicit laughs. I have no choice but to laugh and go along with it but I wonder how bitter the people involved in the movie must be feeling. It’s a project that I’m really grateful for. I think I couldn’t realize my full potential so I still feel apologetic about it. When I was at my peak as a singer and as an idol, I chose to take up acting. As a singer, when I stand on stage, there are many things to prepare. Of course singing with Shinhwa is great, but I have to pay a lot of attention to things like whether my clothes look nice, whether I look good. On the other hand, when I’m acting, even if my hair is entangled and I’m looking haggard, I don’t have to bother about it. It’s difficult to go into the specifics, but I suppose there’s a sense of freedom when I’m acting? I feel something like a sense of liberation.
Given that you’ve established yourself as an actor, in the past year you also appeared in the drama, ‘The Peak’.
It’s a project that has given me so much. Even when I was cast for the movie, many of the production team members said that they decided on me after watching the drama. The filming process was really tough. Because of the rainy spell, there was a landslide at Mount Umyeon and filming was frequently cancelled. Whenever there was a break in filming, director Lee Sang-yeob would call us in for script reading sessions. Once when I was spacing out, I even thought about whether the spirit of Lee Yuk-sa (the historical character that he was playing) will look for me and possess me. (laughs) Seo Hyunjin and Yoon Jihye, who were also part of the cast, really worked very hard too. I think I was just tagging alongside these outstanding actors. It’s like this during our group activities too, but in acting, but for acting too I think I naturally choose to be surrounded rather than to be in the limelight.
And why is that?
Like group activities, a drama or a movie is a project created by many people. That’s how I see it. You can’t be using both your strength and your head at the same time, or play the guitar and the drums all at once, isn’t it. The most effective way is to have everyone doing what he’s best at. And I will try not to go beyond what I do best. It’s not about playing it safe. You throw yourself into a fire pit, but you go into a fire pit where it’s bearable. I don’t like unjustified confidence. I really hate sayings like ‘if it can’t be done, do it’. (laughs) If it can’t be done, isn’t it wiser to go back and look for another method?

You have really good luck with friends. You’re still doing very well with Shinhwa’s group activities after so long… And isn’t doing ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ tough? The filming hours seem to be very long.
There are often times when I don’t notice that there are cameras around because I’m working with such longtime friends. It’s really fun on days when we’re in a good mood, and when our condition isn’t so great, it’s as bad as what comes out on TV. We’ve gained a lot more from living as a group for a long time. Now that I’ve gone on to solo activities and acting, I have no regrets. There are many singers who can’t get to sleep the day before a concert. But there’s a sense of stability from being in a group, we feel more at ease because we are pillars of strength for one another.
Don’t you have anything to say to the young idol groups who are very active these days? 
Everyone’s working very hard. So there’s nothing in particular that I have to say to them. These days idols are like monsters. They’re nice, they sing well, they dance well… There’s nothing missing. During our time, if you were kind then you weren’t really talented, if you had outstanding talents then you were probably unlikeable. (laughs) Even if I don’t tell them anything, they know what they’re doing, and they will continue to do so in future too.
So, to wrap things up, tell us about the plans you have as an actor. 
Of course my goal is to have people recognize me as an actor. Not as a singer who acts, but to receive undoubted recognition as the actor Kim Dongwan. Ah, no. Actually I just like acting. People often advise me to pick my projects carefully, but if I mull over everything then when will I get down to acting? Like what soccer coach Guus Hiddink said, “I’m still hungry.” (laughs) Ah, I should have ended with something cool but I’m just rattling off. People who’ve acted before know this. When you go to a film set, from young children to elderly grandfathers and grandmothers, they’re all gathered there. The moment when people who usually don’t say a word to one another starts to cry, laugh, and embrace one another on cue, it really blows my mind away. Don’t we often hear that women past 30 turn into the protagonists in makjang dramas and want to cry all the time? When we act, we feel the rush of real emotions. Really, you just keep experiencing those indescribably mind-blowing moments. Some time ago, I watched director Kim Kiduk’s ‘Arirang’, and while I’m not personally acquainted with him and I don’t really know him well, I can keenly identify with the parts where he really wants to make a film. That part is sad too. That’s right, because I want to do it too, I will do it. Of course, the fact that I’m a singer and a Shinhwa member won’t change, but I want to become the actor Kim Dongwan who has a thirst for acting.
Indeed, Kim Dongwan does have a pair of wings attached to him now. His group Shinhwa is still riding high on ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ and their Asia tour, the movie ‘Yeongasi’ has given him the title of ‘actor’. Just like what he hopes for, we’re now entering the time where ‘actor Kim Dongwan’ comes to mind before ‘Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan’. When talking quietly to people, his eyes are full of gentle warmth, but staring intently at the camera, his gaze is infused with a sharp charisma that can’t be expressed without experience and effort. Kim Dongwan is advancing this much as an actor.

Credits: www.firstlook.co.kr + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.08.09] Minwoo’s elder sister Twitter update: My kind brother who has never forgotten my birthday

My kind brother who has never forgotten my birthday and always taken care of me~~♥ I really like this picture ㅎㅎ

[12.08.09] The Counterattack of the Idols: A look at the 1st generation idol-turned-actors

At a time where increasingly many idol singers are turning to acting, let’s take a look at some of those who have juggled their acting careers alongside their singing day jobs.

Recently, the hot topic in showbiz is how idol singers are taking on the challenge of acting. Among the recent crop of dramas, trying to find a drama that doesn’t feature a singer-turned-actor is like trying to pluck a star from the sky. Im Shi Wan in ‘The Moon That Embraces The Sun’, Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Gook in ‘Answer Me 1997′, have all received good reviews for their performances and have successfully established themselves as ‘acting-dols’.

At a time when it’s difficult to leave an impression just by singing, who are the singers who have taken up acting in the past and then going on to straddle both fields?

# The Nation’s Fairy, S.E.S Eugene
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# Fin.K.L’s maknae, Sung Yuri
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# No.1 popularity in g.o.d, Yoon Kye Sang
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# Shinhwa’s Eric, isn’t there a burning smell somewhere?

In 1998, H.O.T’s management company SM Entertainment unveiled a 6-member idol group Shinhwa in grand fashion. 14 years later in 2012, the group has stood firm by their name and has gone on to become the longest-running idol group in Korea. At some point, Shinhwa member Eric took a step to stand in front of the public as Mun Jung Hyuk.

After his debut drama ‘Breathless’, he went on to romance the late Lee Eun Joo in MBC’s ‘Phoenix’, where his line ‘do you smell something burning’, became a popular phrase. Word has it that his fellow Shinhwa members, who were monitoring him in the drama, were cringing upon seeing him onscreen.

For Eric, the public’s criticisms targeted at his acting skills didn’t last very long. After taking home a Top Excellence award at the MBC Drama Awards for his performance in ‘Super Rookie’, Eric went on to establish himself as a bona fide actor with his roles in ‘Super Rookie Ranger’ (aka Korea Secret Agency / Invincible Parachute Agent) and ‘Que Sera Sera’. He further ventured onto the big screen with his turn in the movie ‘Diary of June’ (aka Bystanders).

However, his next drama ‘Strongest Chil Woo’ suffered from low ratings, and he suffered more humiliation when his post-army comeback drama ‘Spy Myungwol’, was plagued by controversies arising from the Han Ye Seul incident and his Twitter comments. Low ratings aside, for someone who had won acting awards such as Best Newcomer and Top Excellence in Acting, his acting skills once again came under fire from the general public.

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Credits: TV Daily + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.08.09] Lotto Talk with Kim Dongwan: 6-17-20-25-30-34

Hello, I’m Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan. Thank you for showing so much love to the movie ‘Yeongasi’ which I was a part of. Back when the movie first opened, I had hoped that it would be able to cross the 400,000 viewer mark, but the movie has really received a lot of love.
The numbers that I’m going to talk about are: 6, 17, 20, 25, 30, 34. You must be curious about the hidden stories behind these numbers, right?
If you like Shinhwa, you’ll be very familiar with the significance of this number. When six has to become one, the 6 Shinhwa members. For me, Shinhwa is my life, and in turn, the number 6 is something that can’t be omitted in my life.
When I was studying at Whimoon High School, I started a rock band called ‘Impact’. And I also took on the main role in an EBS short drama. During my first year, I appeared in a youth drama titled ‘We Are Y-Teens’. It was the age where I did many things like this. I was 17 years old.
At the age when most students head to university, I entered the working world. Making my debut with Shinhwa was a great turning point in my life, and a time of challenge for me. The age where I became Shinhwa, 20 years old.
Do you remember ‘Brand New’? It was the title track of our 7th album that we released in 2004. It was this song that gave us our first Golden Disk award. It was a completely unbelievable moment for us. At that time, I was 25.
It was a time where perhaps I started living another life. It was when I started my duties as a public service officer. I enlisted for military service at a very late age, and I had a lot of fears and concerns. But starting public service late seemed to allow me to adapt better. It was a time where I was able to lead a regular life and reflect on my life, which I couldn’t do when I was busy with showbiz activities. I was 30 years old then.
You probably can guess the significance of this number, can’t you? That’s right. It’s how old I am right now, now with Shinhwa’s successful comeback. 4 members are 34 years old this year. Actually back then, I used to think that all of us would have gotten married at around this time. But in any case, being able to achieve new successes with our comeback, that makes me really happy.
Five of the numbers are my ages. All these ages were times of my life when I encountered challenges and turning points. I hope these numbers, which are meaningful to me, will bring everyone good luck. Please be happy always.
Credits: OBS News + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.08.08] Jaejoong: There are no idol groups who don’t experience conflicts

JYJ’s Jaejoong shared his thoughts on conflicts within idol groups in a recent interview with Star Today.

“Honestly speaking, I don’t think there are any idol groups who don’t experience conflicts. After all, the members are not family, and there will be members who are closer or get along better. In our case, we’re the type to talk about things openly.”

Sharing feelings and thoughts candidly, as opposed to keeping things bottled up, is the secret to good teamwork. Jaejoong then brought up the example of group Shinhwa, whose members have stuck by one another for the past 14 years.

“Not too long ago, Eric hyung uploaded a photo of the whole team, and I replied, ‘The hyungs look great. Shinhwa’s awesome’, after which he replied, ‘We’re just pretending to be close’. I think being able to say that so spontaneously, that’s amazing in itself.”

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Credits: Star Today + Absolut Shinhwa

Saturday, August 04, 2012

[12.08.03] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (main page updated)

Late yesterday night I went home dead drunk, and I shouted at the two dogs from the house next door that were barking at me.
“What are you doing you sons of bitches!!”
The above is an eyewitness account from Hwang Sang Hoon (Dongwan’s manager).
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.08.02] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (main page updated)

South Korean weightlifter Sa Jae-hyouk has suffered one of the worst injuries seen yet at the London Olympics. The defending champion was forced out of competition when he suffered what appeared to be a dislocated elbow, leaving him screaming in pain.
The link below contains some pretty graphic images, so don’t click if you’re not in the mood to look at a twisted elbow… *OUCH*
Praying for Sa Jae-hyuk‘s quick recovery.
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.08.02] Minwoo’s FB updates: Watching the Olympic games

Watching the Olympic judo final with Asahi beer, and the gold medal flavored beer tastes awesome~ Long live Song Dae-nam!!! The full-point win legend~ Now we have to watch the soccer match^^ Sung Yueng ah, score a goal!!
One shot with my dad and sister for the victory of Korea’s soccer team~^^

credit: Absolut Shinhwa + Minwoo FB acct

[12.08.01] Liveworks CEO Lee Jangeon’s Facebook update: Shinhwa Company’s 1st anniversary

The company directly set up and operated by the Shinhwa members who are writing Korean idol group history everyday…
Shinhwa Company is already celebrating its 1st anniversary^^ I hope it will continue to be a reliable pillar of strength for Shinhwa in future…
CEO Eric, the Shinhwa members and the staff… And everyone who has been supporting us… All of you have worked hard, and please continue to work hard in future^^

Credits: Lee Jangeon’s Facebook page + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.07.30] Dongwan’s Naver blog: 2012 (main page updated)

This quote comes from the Korean edition of Gordon Livingston’s book ‘How To Love’, but as the Korean edition isn’t a word-for-word translation of the original, As transcribed by Sumi, she can't find the exact corresponding English quote in the original edition after reading the whole book once through…
So what’s below is my attempted translation of what’s in the Korean edition of the book, and it paraphrases some key concepts and ideas from various chapters across the original edition. If you’re interested to read the original book, here’s a PDF version of it: Gordon Livingston – How to Love
For people who absolutely don’t want to get closer for fear of falling a step behind,
They sometimes foolishly get blinded by love. They mistake violence for masculinity,
They misunderstand depression for humility, they consider a self-centred attitude as confidence.
And even think that they can change the other party’s flaws with the power of love.
But love is not as powerful as we think it is.
Love is not a magic spell that makes everything possible.
Moreover, people’s fatal flaws cannot be changed easily,
And in the worst case, you may even get infected with their flaws to become more and more like them.
Gordon Livingston
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa

[12.07.30] Minwoo’s FB photo updates: Took me 3 hours to unwrap my birthday presents…

Took me about 3 hours to unwrap my birthday presents and read the fan letters ㅎㅎ Thank you for the pretty 3-tiered cake too~~^^

credit: Absolut Shinhwa

[12.07.30] Minwoo’s Facebook photo update: With Tiger JK and Bizzy

Tiger JK hyung and Bizzy who came to the ‘Minwoo’s Dignity’ club birthday party today and completely turned up the atmosphere^^ It’s been 13 years since I’ve known hyung ㅎ Time flies… But we haven’t changed. Thank you bro~ Thanks to all of you who have wished me a happy birthday! Today is JK’s birthday~^^ Please wish him a happy birthday~!!! : Absolut

credit: Absolut Shinhwa

[12.07.28] Minwoo’s Facebook updates: On my birthday…

On my birthday 7.28, thank you my parents from the bottom of my heart, and I love you~♥
Our Anthony-hyung~ At his wedding^^ Congratulations with love ~~♥

At Dara’s invitation I’m now at the 2NE1 concert~^^ It has started! Opening with ‘I’m The Best’~ ♬

It’s my birthday today~ At the 2NE1 concert together with the family^^

Shinhwa's Hyesung and Eric have a cook-off on 'Shinhwa Broadcast'

Shinhwa‘s Hyesung will showcase his excellent cooking skills.
This week’s episode of JTBC‘s ‘Shinhwa Broadcast‘ will follow the Shinhwa members as they live the country life for the special “Farm channel – Shinhwa is here” episode.
On the broadcast, Eric and Hyesung will each compete in a culinary battle, cooking fish stew or spicy braised chicken in a dinner cook-off.
Eric, who chose fish stew, skillfully cleaned the fish, while Hyesung went with his own cooking philosophy, carefully choosing the ingredients and controlling the open flame for his chicken.
Hyesung especially didn’t stick to the usual recipe and showed off his excellent cooking, relying on his senses. The members were worried and stated, “If you don’t know, then look up the recipe on your phone.” Hyesung confidently replied, “Don’t doubt me. Trust my senses!
You can find out the results of the epic cook-off between confident Hyesung and quiet Eric on this week’s ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ on the 28th at 11PM KST.
Source+Picture: E Today via Nate