Oh my goodness gracious Mr. Lee Donghun is officially 30 years old!!!!! Now I know by some K-pop standards and to some K-pop fans, that pushes him right into ahjeossi-land. But when you are a mature K-pop fan such as yours truly, dirty thirty is prime! Oh, and let me be clear: when I say mature, I mean senior citizen halmoeni-esque mature! So, how shall we celebrate such a momentous occasion on Day 524 and Donghun’s 30th revolution around the sun?! How about an explosion of DH fan cams? It’s his special day, so why not? Let’s go!
It is the 500th day of Donghun’s military service!! 5-0-0! Amazing, right? The end of his service is a mere 138 days away ~ we are truly almost there! I don’t know if you would agree, but these 500 days have actually moved rather quickly. Of course for those yearning for all of our A.C.E men to return, I know, I know ~ it’s draaaagggging!! Anyway, for this special marker, I felt like traveling back to 2019 and the Savage era. This was actually the era where I became an official Choice and it was during this era where I first saw A.C.E live on stage in my city! So both the era and the song itself hold special meaning for me personally. That said, A.C.E turned things up a notch with Savage, served up some formidable violence, and our Dong Dong was there every step of the way full of swag, attitude and fire.
Day 400!! Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel yet? It seems to be getting brighter and brighter, right? For this milestone I thought we might enjoy some fan art. This Fan-Artastic selection comes to us all the way from Indonesia and I think it is so very, very cool. Putri Sabrina Ramadezky imagined Donghun in a playing card setting where she aptly drew him as the Ace of Hearts. What I absolutely love about her rendition is the medieval, Game of Thrones look she gave our regal main vocal.
YEAH!!! One year successfully completed!!! So, let’s have some fun. K-pop fans are genuinely spoiled. Having our favorite artists and groups simply singing, dancing and performing is already a lot. But our K-pop idols go several extra miles to entertain and connect with their fans. And A.C.E is no exception. And while we often get to see our fave idols making the variety show circuit, the exclusive content they create on their own is the proverbial icing on the cake. Take for example, A.C.E leader, Jun’s ridiculously entertaining Reaction Master.
Another milestone!! Yes, Donghun officially has under 300 days remaining in is his military service! Hoorah! These baby steps are adding up, aren’t they? For today, a Donghun Selca Magic moment. I feel like a selca from the Take Me Higher era and was a little inspired by a line from the song that read, ‘. . .the prettiest flower is always so far away.’ Yes, our pretty flower Donghun may seem far away, but discharge day is indeed getting closer. I love the Take Me Higher era even though maknae Chan (my confirmed bias wrecker who has, in all honesty, made the wreck complete ~ 🤷🏻♀️) did not participate in this comeback due to his promotions as a member of the temporary boy group, UNB. The Wonderland album was a reissue that included three single albums the group had previously released and Take Me Higher was the vibrant, colorful and energetic title track. During this era, Donghun was sporting short spiky hair that was for a time it was a brilliant neon orange color. For the selca today though, a little toned down version.
It’s Day 300 and we are almost half way there! To celebrate this 300th day, I want to turn back the clock to the Under Cover Tour and see a little bit of it through Donghun’s eyes. In June 2019, A.C.E brought their Under Cover Tour to Canada. Oh how I would have loved to see A.C.E in Canada, especially Montreal. I have never been to Montreal but it would have been super special because from what I have been reading, A.C.E was the first K-pop group to hold a concert in Montreal. That’s a big deal, in my opinion. The focus of this post is not on the show, however. No, I want to share Donghun’s short vlog that focuses on the group’s arrival into Montreal and then on to Toronto, and his cute way of documenting being in the fresh air of Canada under beautiful blue skies.
We have reached another milestone in the Waiting For Donghun countdown and, in this instance, a rather auspicious day for both A.C.E and Choice. It is Day 243 but today also marks A.C.E’s fifth anniversary. We celebrate with joy, but do so somberly as four of our amazing five are currently on hiatus serving their country. For some reason, it feels right to celebrate with the artistic and moving Jindo Arirang (Prehistory). If you are even a fraction of the history nerd I am, you are no doubt fascinated by A.C.E’s take on this much revered and historically rich and moving Korean folk song.
You wouldn’t mind if I was a little sneaky with today’s DH One Shot, would you? Because . . . it is another milestone day and I am feeling happy and cheeky! Donghun officially has UNDER 400 DAYS remaining in his service!! And…well, I kind of felt like something playful. I came across a GIF that is indeed playful, only Donghun is not alone. It just so happens that little bias wrecker of a maknae of mine joins him in this GIF and I guess it is just my sneaky way of getting two for the price of one today . . . hehe. Trust me, the cute is worth it, especially if you have a soft spot for Chan which is easily had even if he is not your A.C.E bias. He is without question the A.C.E mood maker and resident happy pill and it is well-documented that even our eldest, Mr. Lee, has a super soft spot for this cheeky maknae. So, if you don’t mind, humor me.
All milestones along this countdown journey are important but none are more than a birthday!! On this Day 159 of Waiting For Donghun, we celebrate one of two birthdays Donghun will have during the course of his service. I do not think it will thwart celebrations, to be honest, but I will definitely miss the midnight VLive group celebrations that often come with an A.C.E member birthday. For this stop along the way, I want to share a celebratory DH Fan-Artastic work from Italian artist, Erika, who partnered with A.C.E Global back in 2018 to create a banner for Donghun’s birthday. Even though it celebrates a past birthday, it is a delightful art piece all the same.
Well, well, well, another milestone achieved and I missed posting it on the actual day . . . my bad!! 😞 Hopefully this faux pas is forgiven. That said, Donghun officially has under 500 days remaining in his service. Yay!! Let’s celebrate with a DH Dance Break, shall we? Okay . . . how about we do it with A.C.E’s last comeback, the energetic Changer? Sounds good to me! So buoyant and fun, Changer is the perfect mood for any celebration!