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When The Tears of Your Bias Beckon You

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Our heart controls our inner most emotions, allowing us to be forthright, dynamic, and sometimes impulsive.

It was to be just another appearance by MBLAQ. One of those appearances where they chat a little, sing a little, then call it a night. However, the seemingly ordinary evening of October 2nd at the Hwangryeong Festival in Busan turned out to be anything but ordinary. The air seemed heavy. The mood heavier, and something simply did not feel right.

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Fangirl Confessional: Forever Jung At Heart

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I think I am suffering from “Double Jung Syndrome.” You know that uncontrollable and feverish urge to love on two Jungs at once? Yes, I am here to set the record straight on my fan girl affliction mostly because I have been living with the fear of being ostracized by the Cloud (Rain’s fans are called ‘Clouds’) community for showering my love, affection and attention on another Jung besides Jung Ji Hoon – Jung Byung Hee (also known as G.O, main vocalist for MBLAQ).

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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.

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K-Shot Postscript: Yoo Seung Ho – Warrior Baek Dong Soo

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I seriously do not know where to begin. This drama took me on such a ride, I simply was not prepared. There is so much to say about it, but since this is a postscript to my K-Shot post on Yoo Seung Ho, I am going to focus solely on the agonizingly conflicted Yeo Woon (Un). Gosh, the minute I say or think of his name, Un, I am filled with such incredible emotion. Yoo Seung Ho became Un – he wasn’t Yoo Seung Ho playing a character, no – he became the character he was cast to play.  And it was amazing to watch unfold.

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[series] Rain’s World of Endorsements: Harmony Meets Handsome in Ho Chi Minh–Cantavil Premier Apartments

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When Korean corporation Daewon Company partnered with Vietnam’s Thu Duc Housing Development Corporation, the Cantavil Premier Apartments were born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  New, modern, and high-tech, this new development offered a plethora of amenities if you chose to live in one of its exquisitely designed and architecturally harmonious apartments.  Complete with a Lotte Modern Cineplex, the Cantavil Premier had it all.  And they had one very famous world star to tell you all about it.

Rain just oozes style and class.  So he was the perfect spokesperson for a new and classy housing development.  He happens to be one architecturally harmonious human who wears a suit like it was born into creation and designed solely for him.  See if you can catch that Yves Saint Laurent belt buckle. Hot.

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Even as he languidly awakens in his loose-fitting loungewear, he makes it…

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[series] Rain’s World of Endorsements: Refreshing Sereni-TEA – Today’s Tea

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Tea is definitely a wildly popular beverage in Asia.  Likewise, Rain is a wildly popular entertainer in Asia (and around the world).  Ok, that sounds like another winning collaboration for an endorsement!  And, what a delight to see a fit and serene Rain, dressed in white, going through his morning workout.  Is it me or does he look absolutely sensational in white?

We see him stretching and bending and curling those weights – and then the pièce de résistance: he levitates in a very yogic-inspired pose.  Well, that just had me squeeing with fangirl joy.  I am a huge fan of yoga so when you throw Rain into that mix, it would pretty much be the equivalent of a narcotic!!  Hey, don’t judge.  We all have that point where we just go over the edge when it comes to Rain. He caps off the…

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[series] Rain’s World of Endorsements: Raising the Bar, The Chocolate Bar – Scalar Chocolate

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Cloud cover by: Michele, Staff Writer

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I absolutely adore young, baby Bi!!

His very early endorsements just make me feel all warm and fuzzy probably because he exudes such pure energetic innocence.  There is something so endearing and honest about him and that is something that is consistently present in all he does.  There is no pretense with Rain.  What you see is what you get.  I admire that about him.  That honesty is always present be it in his live stage performances or on the screen, CFs included. I refuse to believe he has it in him to fake the kind of fun he seems to have in these early commercial films!

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In this early CF, however, that innocence I was talking about went right out the window.  This here is kind of pushing the provocative envelope, if you ask me!!  The only thing remotely innocent in this one…

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