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[series] 116 Reasons to Love Byung Hee: #2 – Lip Service

Reason No. 2 – Lip Service

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You had to expect some shallow reasons, right?  But I may surprise you with this post even if it seems as if I am simply ogling the man’s lips! Inasmuch as the songs he sings originate in his heart, it is through G.O’s lips those thoughts and emotions must eventually pass. And what better send off than from his perfectly formed, and resplendently lush lips. Yes….I count his beautiful lips as one of the many reasons to love Byung Hee!♥

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[new series] 116 Reasons to Love Byung Hee

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I admit to not being able to contain my love and admiration for this young man. It probably borders on the obsessive but fortunately he doesn’t need a restraining order just yet! In all honesty though, I truly do admire his amazing talent as a performer in all genres he has touched. It wasn’t, however, until I had the opportunity to watch him interact with fans that I was really pushed over the fangirl edge. I was in awe as to how truly genuine and sincere he was in his appreciation for his fans! The best part is that I have been on the receiving end of that appreciation and it is truly special. I am firm believer that you cannot fake sincerity. You either are or you aren’t. G.O in every imaginable way is.

So where did I come up with this “116 Reasons to Love Byung Hee” thing all of a sudden? Seems random, right?

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TVXQ Tuesday: Holding Back The Tears

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Since I have been focusing specifically on their music for these posts, I did not realize that the men of TVXQ filmed and released a drama back in 2006 called Vacation. See, you learn something new every day. And as I am still making my way through ALL of their music as a 5-man group, I rely on discography lists to assist me.  This is how I found the gorgeous Holding Back The Tears.

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TVXQ Tuesday: Wausurenaide

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When I asked fellow blogger, the delightful Janey of Asian Fixations if she had any TVXQ song suggestions for my little series here, she did not hesitate to throw Wausurenaide right at me. It was for good reason. Janey knows her stuff. She knows how amazing these five men are at their craft. And, she also apparently knows how cute Changmin looks in this video. ^^  So thank you, Janey for this recommendation, because it blew me away!

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TVXQ Tuesday: Bolero

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If you want to witness greatness, I think you are going to find it right here. I have been putting off featuring Bolero because I have felt that I could not possibly do it justice. It is my favorite. And, it is mind-boggling how perfect this live performance is, truly.

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K-Shot Postscript: Yoo Seung Ho – Pieces of Memory

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Actress Ku Hye Sun is quite the renaissance woman it seems. She is pretty accomplished and not yet 30 years of age. She is an actor, director, writer, illustrator, and singer. I admit to knowing nothing about her and her short film, Pieces of Memory, featuring Yoo Seung Ho, is my intro to her.  I don’t even know her as an actress because I am probably one out of about a billion K-drama fans who has never seen Boys Over Flowers.  <gasp>

In this short film which she wrote, directed, scored and even sung the theme song for, we have a gentle commentary about the passage of life and how the memories we collect determine how sweet (or not) it was. Touching and poignant, the film takes us through a journey of one man in five stages of his life as he contemplates and looks back on it. We get the beautiful doe-eyed Yoo Seung Ho portraying the man in the third stage of life, or as the young man.

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This is the time in life when you are no longer a child or a teen but on the verge of starting to embark upon the journey as an adult filled with hope and verve of being ‘the conductor’ of your life. Best laid plans, right?  There is very little dialogue and primarily voice overs but the message is thought-provoking and lovely with lines like, “Fragments of sweet memories came to me”, “Life was perfectly beautiful just so long as there were those sweet memories.”

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It is the first Korean film to be shot using 4K3D technology which gives vivid and outstanding 3D effects as well as  beautifully enhanced imagery. The set is immaculate and precise and the colors vivid and rich. This is a beautifully shot film and won Ku Hye Sun the Young Director Prize at the 2013 Seoul International Silver Film Festival.

Seung Ho has such a nice presence utilizing his gorgeous eyes to pretty much communicate his thoughts throughout the film. I love eclectic independent film work like this and believe it suits Seung Ho perfectly.

[Source: ygfamily.com/Video credit: YG Entertainment]


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TVXQ Tuesday: Begin

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There is something so subtly seductive about these five guys. They are all handsome, to be sure. But I think there is more and it most probably has something to do with their voices. Jae’s voice in this performance is like velvet wrapped in silk. The tone of his voice is naturally so rich and soothing and in this performance, even more so.

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MBLAQ Musings: Panting over the Pants

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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Yes, I am having a full-blown shallow fangirl moment. When I watch the video for MBLAQ’s January 14, 2012 Music Core performance of This Is War, I admit I am highly distracted by the sixth member of the group, the pants. These pants are interpreting a reality all right – Real men built really well, wearing really close-fit pants (heck, these are nearly man-tights) really nicely. For reals! I am so mesmerized by the pants that I felt compelled to honor them here.

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Zepp Toyko – My Evening With Rain: Round Three

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I changed it up a bit this night and decided to stay back about 5 rows from the front – just to get a feel for a different view. Admittedly, I did not like it as much – closer is better when it comes to Rain! ^.^

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Zepp Tokyo – My Evening With Rain: Round Two

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Ok, before I begin reliving the second show of the Zepp Tokyo leg of The Story of Rain Tour (2013), I want to epilogue the first show properly!!!! I completely left out the encore portion of my first post and the encores of these shows were just as much fun and filled with just as much excitement as the entire show! My bad.

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