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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 95

I honestly did not realize how much of a K-pop bubble I have been living in until I came across this Hunnie Cam offering which is a focused fan cam of Donghun taken during an A.C.E fan sign back in November 2019. The sheltered K-pop bubble thought became abundantly clear when I realized that I only recognized/knew three of the eight songs of the dance medley A.C.E performed at the fan sign. Yes folks, I have never heard a BTS song . . . and there are three featured in the dance medley. What can I say other than I am probably the only K-pop fan in modern history that has not been wooed, wowed or caught up in the BTS maelstrom. I have always preferred to walk to the beat of my own drum, but this is probably unprecedented!

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 94

Merry Merry Donghun Christmas!! Sending out my warmest wishes to all stopping by on this Christmas Day to continue along this countdown journey to Donghun’s discharge. Today we will travel back to Donghun’s Christmas message from 2020 because it comes with a song and a song from Donghun on Christmas is probably one of the best presents we could ever receive while he is away serving his country. Looking so warm and lovely in  red velvet, let’s turn back the hands of time and relive this delightful Christmas moment.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 93

Today we are going to travel back to that in between time from Superstar K5 and Donghun’s debut with A.C.E. After his stint as a contestant on Superstar K5, Donghun signed with CJ E&M and became a trainee. That is where he met Jun and Wow. It is also where he met fellow trainee, Kim Minjae. Before he was an actor, Minjae was pretty much in idol training along with Donghun, Jun and Wow. That meant singing, rapping and dancing. Even before Donghun hit the busking circuit with his A.C.E brothers, he hit the streets in dance crew mode with his fellow trainees and there is video proof to back that up.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 92

I am not an artist, nor have I ever endeavored to be one, but common sense tells me that it is not an easy road to travel. Especially in the world of K-pop where so many begin training as early as middle school (maybe even earlier). I cannot imagine being 11 years old and having to face monthly evaluations of my singing, dancing, acting or whatever medium it is I have chosen to pursue. Now don’t get me wrong, if I had a child who was passionate about anything be it the arts, sports, anything really, I would encourage and nurture that passion with a keen focus on their mental well-being. Where am I going with all this? Well, I came across this VLive broadcast Donghun did back in September 2020 wherein he talked about the often elusive ‘first place’ win on any one of the given music programs K-pop artists and groups make the rounds on during comeback promotions. His thoughts about it are so healthy and grounded that I wanted to share.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 91

It’s time for another DH One Shot. Whew . . . these sneak up on me so quickly! I guess that means time is moving faster than I imagine which of course is a good thing. I am actually rather excited about hitting the hundred day mark and it would have been so perfect if it landed on Christmas Day, but as it turns out, Day 100 will actually land on New Year’s Eve – what a way to say good-bye to 2021 and ring in a new year, don’t you think? Anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Today a one shot GIF of a charming and playful nature because, why not?

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 90

I know that I cannot be the only one charmed endlessly by Donghun’s ASMR videos. I have shared a couple thus far and have another gem to drop here on this 90th day of his service. Ninety days — we will soon hit one hundred. Seems like a crawl to get there, but we will make it. Back in April 2020, the official A.C.E YouTube account posted a DH TV (one of my fave networks, by the way) video of a simple talk/conversation themed ASMR session with Mr. Lee. No eating, drinking, or outrageous sounds with this one. Just the calm gentle sounds of Donghun’s voice as he shares his thoughts about everything from songwriting to insomnia.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 89

When A.C.E debuted in February 2017, they did so with a single. That single was Cactus. They followed Cactus up with another single in October 2017, Callin’. My point here is that they did not release a full album until the following year, June 7, 2018 to be exact. So when it came to live stage performances, the group often included many covers in their sets. Today a Vocal Magic moment taken from a Sofar Sounds live performance in May 2017. Donghun’s solo cover of Crush’s gentle ballad from the Goblin OST, Beautiful. Continue reading


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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 88

 

I am sure it will come as no surprise that in preparation for this countdown series, I am often writing posts well in advance of their publish date. It’s collateral. I need to have a few in the draft bank as it were. So, it should come as no surprise that I wrote this particular DH Selca Magic post some time back in November. When I came across the picture I wanted to share, I jokingly told myself, ‘Ahhh, this picture is easy like a Sunday morning ~ wouldn’t it be great if Day 88 turned out to be a Sunday?‘ And here we are on Day 88 and a Sunday it is! Selca magic indeed.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 87

It’s time for a little Day In The Life with Donghun. Today, I will take a clip from his May 19, 2019 Vlog when he spent some time with Wow. It is the little bits of conversation and comments that make these vlogs so incredibly enjoyable to me. I don’t know if it is intentional for Donghun, and the rest of A.C.E for that matter, to show us how relatable they really are and that, even though they are artists and idols, their day to day lives (when not idol-ing) are really no different than yours or mine. I mean . . . Donghun takes a subway train to meet up with Wow. You cannot get more relatable than that, right? Come check out the clip, it’s really chill and cute.

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Waiting For Donghun ~ Day 86

Today another piece of Donghun fan art that was sent out into the world prior to A.C.E’s debut. In fact, Polish artist, Alitaya, drew this piece in honor of Donghun’s birthday in February 2017. A.C.E was about three months away from their official debut and here comes Alitaya with extraordinary prescience, capturing the essence of Donghun adrift in song.

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