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Just in case you’re losing faith with our ship because of the recent happenings and preview of our favourite drama, Reply 1994, here’s a compilation of clues on both Trash Oppa and Chilbong as the end-game that will make you see that clues pointing to Chilbong overweighs those of Trash Oppa’s. And there’s just too many on Chilbong’s side that it will be a complete destruction of the narrative if the writers pull it as moot. But if indeed Trash Oppa will be the winner, then I would like to see how the writers would explain things.
Granting that the script is already done and that the writers won’t be swayed by the general Korean viewers who are mostly Team Oppa, I must say I am 99.9% that the end-result is going to be Chilbong. And I expected that by boarding that ship would mean a ride of pain for some time in the drama. In the first place, in most cases you don’t actually win easily. But I have to agree that what we’ve had of Chilbong in the past scenes isn’t enough to land him the husband position in 2013. So I am curious as to how will the writers develop him and his relationship with Na Jung for this matter in the next remaining episodes. I mean there should be a justifiable reason why Na Jung would have a change of heart, right? That is if that occurs, of course.
Anyway, here is the list of clues. But, of course, before anything else, I would like to clearly emphasize that these are just my observations.
Team Chilbong VS Team Oppa
Episode 13: In the 2002 wedding ceremony, the 2 ahjummas conversing mentioned that the shillang has a good body. Between Trash Oppa who is a doctor but lives like a trash and Chilbong who is an athlete who has a disciplined lifestyle (as told by his teammate), who do you think will have a more fit body?
- Chilbong’s “it ain’t over till it’s over” clearly argues that it’s not yet the end for him and Najung which is true to the drama since we still have 7 episodes and a lot of turning tables could happen in that time which of course could work for both candidates.
- Chilbong narrates about the 10,000 hours rule and how success is achieved through tireless effort and suffering with the wedding video as the background. Doesn’t that seem to send a message that after his effort and painful heartbreaks he will eventually win over Najung?
- Oppa is the first love and they got together. But will he be the last?
Episode 12: There were no 2013 scenes. But this episode clearly showed that Najung care about Chilbong big time even if it’s just pure friendship.
Episode 11: While watching the TV drama, Sandglass, Najung described why Lee Jung Jae is her ideal man which basically describes how Chilbong is to her.
- And what’s with Dad’s antagonism towards the groom saying he is ugly? We know that Dad is a big Chilbong fan, so it doesn’t fit the puzzle if he was the shillang.
- Doesn’t Oppa’s moving out and Chilbong’s moving in at the boarding house a kind of symbolism? Oppa went out of Najung’s heart and Chilbong went in.
- But isn’t that last head on throw made by Chilbong which was totally ousted by the batter a kind of signal that he won’t win?
Episode 10: Again, we all know that dad is a big Chilbong fan. But in the 2002 wedding ceremony, dad hesitated to give Najung’s hand to the husband. Does that mean it is Trash Oppa or more shockingly, Haitai because they never even considered them? Or was it just a father-daughter thing?
- Am I the only one who thinks that the way Chilbong asked Najung about Kim Jae Hyeon’s attending the wedding seemed all too familiar?
- When Trash Oppa mentioned that Player Kim Jae Hyeon is good looking, Najung said, “My husband is way more handsome,” which the only one who made a sound reaction was Chilbong. And why would she compare her husband to him? Perhaps because her husband is a baseball player too?
- But Kim Jae Hyeon said that if the groom and the bride look alike, they will live well. Granting that the one who marries Na Jung has somehow similar features as hers (in the face), between Trash Oppa and Chilbong, I think Najung resembles Trash Oppa more.
- Najung complies to drink Dad’s ginseng alcohol only after she was chided by Chilbong.
Episode 9: Isn’t Yoon Jin’s comment about the husband’s long legs in the wedding video says that the husband is a tall person (even if the one we saw was a stand-in)? And between Trash Oppa and Chilbong, we all know who’s taller, right?
- But is the magic eye picture that Na Jung was never able to see a kind of symbolism that she will never see Chilbong’s heart?
Episode 8: In 2013, Na Jung clearly still addresses Trash Oppa as Oppa. But throughout the entire 2013 timeframe, she refers to her husband as Yeobo whenever she calls for him.
- The wedding photograph where we can vaguely see the husband in his knees handing the flowers to his bride at the same time Na Jung accepting it resembles Chilbong and Na Jung’s catch-the-ball moment in Episode 7. (Try to look for the comparison of that picture and that scene; I’m sure there’s one in tumblr who posted about it)
- Doesn’t that scene where Na Jung choose Chilbong in that little game they played a signal that she will eventually respond to him because Trash Oppa didn’t immediately go for her?
Episode 7: Am I the only one who thinks that Kim Gi Tae’s weird looks towards Na Jung and Chilbong seems to kind of send some message?
- If Trash Oppa was the end-game, why didn’t that couple who met through the blind date set up by Na Jung and Trash Oppa didn’t mention Trash Oppa at all? They sent their thanks and congratulations only to Na Jung. Shouldn’t they at least recognize Trash Oppa if he was the groom?
- In Baseball, they refer to the catcher as the pitcher’s wife. Well Chilbong was a pitcher and Na Jung was the catcher at that catch-the-ball moment.
- That catch-the-wallet in the 2013 scene is similar to that catch-the-ball scene in 1994. And since she had done the latter with Chilbong in 1994, so probably it was him too in 2013. Further, I thought I heard Trash Oppa’s voice complimenting “nice catch.” Would you say to yourself “nice catch” out loud if you were the catcher?
- Am I the only one again who thinks that their sleeping position was a kind of symbolism pointing to Chilbong as the end-game?
Episode 6: The coffee scene in 2013 is a big clue. Na Jung and Chilbong seem to be all too familiar with that kind of situation. And how would he know that Sook sookie has been coming home late? It’s either he keep in touch with Na Jung’s family always or he’s living with them.
- Chilbong was the only one who answered right regarding Na Jung’s question. Does that symbolize that he is the correct answer for Na Jung?
- Dad’s joke about making Chilbong Na Jung’s husband isn’t some sort of prediction of the future, right?
- Then again that choice of date of wedding in 2002 is something Trash Oppa would do.
- But even if the groom standing there was just a stand-in, he did sport some of Chilbong’s mannerism.
Episode 5: <No clues>
Episode 4: In the 2013 scene, why was Chilbong so comfortable around the house? He seems to be knowledgeable also on where to go exactly. And if it is indeed the master’s bedroom at the end of the hall, why was he going straight there unless of course he is the husband?
- We know Kim Gi Tae is a big Chilbong fan. So by saying that Na Jung plucked the best among them, isn’t that some kind of reference to Chilbong? Plus he was not acquainted with Trash Oppa and Binggeurae (that’s why they don’t know his name) so I’m sure he was not even considering them. It’s only Samcheonpo, Haitai and Chilbong. And we know that Samcheonpo ends up with Yoon Jin whereas, Haitai’s probability is very little from what we have in the episodes so far. So that leaves us with Chilbong.
- There’s a recurring theme from that 1994 scene when Binggeurae was calling Chilbong but he couldn’t hear him so he used his name instead—Joon and that 2013 scene where Na Jung keeps calling “Yeobu” but there was no response and call out Kim Jae Joon instead.
Episode 3: Chilbong naming all the games Na Jung played on her phone, isn’t that a sign that they have a close relationship?
Episode 2: <No Clues>
Episode 1: Isn’t the Seoul accent she used to give directions was for Chilbong who is a Seoul saram?
- On the other hand, I think Chilbong pretty much know his way around Seoul which direct us to Trash Oppa?
Anyway, I guess that’s all. There are some other clues too which do not pertain to the episodes. But I will not touch them anymore because they are more likely speculations only and holds no water unlike those mentioned above.
So, Team CBs, be positive. Our ship hasn’t sunk yet. It’s just fighting a bad weather. Keep the faith!
P.S. I’m sorry I’m just so invested to this drama. Who wouldn’t be?
So, okay Luhan and Chanyeol have acted in Music Videos. But this is the first time where one of the EXO boys will be in a real film not as a singer but as a full-fledged actor. D.O. will be in the movie Cart. He will play Yum Jung Ah’s son. The plot is about a single mom (Yum Jung Ah) who loses her job at a department store at the same time, the people who fight for her.
The filming is said to begin at the end of December.
Or am I just impatient and losing tactics?
I was never planning to write about this but just to let you in the know, uri Chilbongie of Answer Me 1994 or actor Yoo Yeon Seok is the leading man in this music video. So I had to win many wars against myself on whether to tackle this one or not because it will be really hard for me to write this without involving my preferences. Then again, there is such a saying that goes, “to write is already to choose.” Hence, finally, I have come to terms on an agreeable settlement on what I should touch.
And of course first on that list would be Chilbong. His role and acting in this music video certainly proves that he is a well-rounded actor who can take up various sorts of characters excellently. I’m just not sure though if he’ll be able to prove that he is Korea’s Soondongie (pure and innocent boy)with this one. Remember him in A Werewolf Boy and Introduction to Architecture? His vibes in One Way Love exuded 75% of those and 25% only of Chilbong. Maybe it’s due to the fact the plot was a love-hate relationship?
But you know, in the first place, his versatility is what I have come to like about him. Nevertheless I have to be honest that I don’t like seeing him with that kind of concept. Being the napeun namjaI guess is alright. But to be the slightly napeun namja doing all those scenes with a girl spewing a lustful desire is just hard to intake. I don’t blame him though. I fault Starship Entertainment and their ways and maybe Hyolyn too.
I admit I am not knowledgeable about the methods of Entertainment companies in South Korea but I surmise that it’s impossible for artists to have no say at all on what kind of music or concept they would like to promote. I mean, even just a tiny bit, eoppseoyo? For heaven’s sake, dear friends, she’s wearing a panty! Shorty short shorts are not even enough?! How could they? It’s just too much. I think it’s very degrading for the artist. In that way, Hyolyn’s talent will be overshadowed by her concept. It’s not very empowering for a woman, y’know. It feels like she’s being used. As to what, I’ll leave that in your imagination.
Anyway, speaking of being overshadowed, since I don’t like sexy concepts, I am prejudiced not to appreciate the record too. Maybe if I try the song without my prior knowledge about it, I will eventually put it in my playlist. But I don’t really want to encourage this sort of releases. So, that’ll be hard. Look at Give It to Me, it took me this long to really have fun listening to it and the credit to that does not even go to SiStar but to Yoo Seung Woo who had an acoustic version of it.
All in all, to summarize, One Way Love has created no neukkim or whatsoever in me aside from the casting of Yoo Yeon Seok.
P.S. I didn’t bother about putting up a picture since I’m half-hearted about this. And I just watched Old Boy by the way. It seems like uri Chilbongie is a master of taking jerk-roles. Just saying. Still adore him though.
I changed my mind. I will be doing it here and there.
It’s been what, 3 days already? Should I just give up or keep chasing pavements like Adele does? Really, this is not how it was before. Maybe I have to put up a 10,000 hours rule too? I’m depressed of the result.
I was never planning to write about this but just to let you in the know, uri Chilbongie of Answer Me 1994 or actor Yoo Yeon Seok is the leading man in this music video. So I had to win many wars a…
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I woke up yesterday and suddenly I had an urge to start a new blog. I realized that I want people to read my work like REALLY peruse it thoroughly and receive real judgement on it. And I feel I wouldn’t get that in tumblr. Or maybe my writing just sucks? Well, for whatever reason it is, I decided again to have it on wordpress. I know I did dump not so long ago my first wordpress because I find it hard to maintain. But this time is different, I hope.
My last wordpress was a blog on the sensible things I feel that I should write about like book and movie reviews, Journal entries and some other things not about K-Pop. But now that I have come to an understanding with myself that I do actually most of the time talk about K-Pop, why not begin a true blue K-Pop blog instead? It isn’t a bad idea, right? You see unchartedthoughtsbyjmam.tumblr.com is still to me a personal blog that mixes whole different kinds of topics. Even though it’s mostly K-related, I just can’t seem to let it go and be transformed into another form from the original idea it was founded. So, I opened http://www.naekkeo.wordpress.com.
UnchartedThoughtsbyjmam will stay. But instead of directly putting up my K-related post on this tumblog, I will just share the links as an alternative. The original entries will be on the new site. Whereas my usual book, non-K-related movie and TV reviews and other types of entries will be as is here.
So my genteel tumblr friends / followers, I wish you’d like it too.
This is this blog’s official say on the recently concluded 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong. Haha… feelingon lang. Well, as starters for those who might not know, the MAMA is the biggest event for Asian Artists especially Hallyu stars for it gathers and recognizes some of the most famous musicians all over Asia. But of course, since Mnet is originally Korean-based, it’s mostly for the love of K-Pop.
Gangs of Hong Kong (Trouble Maker & Infinite)
Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to Trouble Maker’s performance because I’m not fond of them. You can call me conservative but I feel that their sensuality was way overboard for Asians. So, I focused only when it was time for Infinite’s.
Their entry was strong but not really full of decorations, you know what I mean? They started out with BTD and everybody was all jerking their heads up and down especially GD and Seung Ri of Big Bang. It was really a simple entrance but they caught the audience’s attention. And my, their dancing is superb as usual. I mean generally, their MAMA stage was almost plain but they brought the interest of the people with their powerful moves. And in fairness, the ending was intriguing even Big Bang’s Seung Ri couldn’t hide his surprise and that was captured in the camera.
4 Love (2NE1 & Icona Pop)
I listen to slow songs. In fact I have a quite a number of favourite slow tracks. However, in stage performances, I’d rather see the artists pumping all they’ve got than getting all emotional kunwari. So, I find 2NE1’s stage a bit dreary even though they even sang their latest hit, Missing You. When they did this kind of stage during the 2011 MAMA, I admit I had fun with it. But to do it all over again is just insipid. Then again listening to them at least is diverting.
Whereas CL and Icona Pop’s? Who are these Icona Pop again? Maybe I traipse to long in the K-Pop land that I don’t have any inkling about them. During their stage with which CL joined them eventually, I was like oh, okay.
The Fox says, “Bar, Bar, Bar” (Ylvis and Crayon Pop)
Are wolf and fox the same animal? If they are, it seems to me that 2013 is their year for they went viral. All the wolf/fox in the world must credit Jacob Black for popularizing them. *LOL* Anyway, onto their performance, I should say that theirs was a humorous respite from the rather serious atmosphere of MAMA. I especially appreciated the beginning of their presentation, all thanks to the special effects played in the big CG screen. However, I can’t make out the rest of their show. They sang in English but the only sentence I understood was what the fox sayswhich I’m sure I’m not the only who thinks it’s double edged.
Gah, what do the people eat nowadays? Why does stuff as this go viral? I mean, is Gangnam style that catchy or the fox says for this matter? Enlighten me.
The girls though of SiStar and A-Pink were totally into it.
Moving on with Crayon Pop’s, of course they had done their own viral Bar, bar, bar. It was entertaining especially when Ylvis joined. The celebs were all amused too. But at the back of my head I was don’t they have anything new? I’m afraid Crayon Pop is to a certain extent a one hit wonder which is almost true for almost all youtube sensations.
Ein Süßer Traum (EXO)
This is a stage performed wholly by EXO—no back-up dancers, just them. And I don’t give human/animal excrement if you tell me I’m biased for pronouncing them as one of the best performers of that night. From the introduction video up to the next 11 minutes or so, they pretty much had done an interesting remake of their hits Growl and Wolf. There was a plot of action romance which is so engaging. There were a few surprise dances too which are fitted together with the new arrangement of their songs. And I love those particularly that dance intro and that dance battle between Kai’s (Baekhyun, Chen, Sehun, Tao, Xiumin) and Luhan’s team (D.O., Chanyeol, Suho, Kris, Lay). You see, it’s that sort of drama and creative arrangement of the songs which are lacking in Infinite’s stage or the rest of the performances for this case.
Anyway, despite his reported right ankle injury, I was astonished to see D.O. still putting his all in their stage. I did notice some choreography which he didn’t exactly carry out the way it should be. But those were futile actions only which may not even be perceivable at first look through of their performance. And although I am already aware that HunHan are skilled dancers, I’ve never really taken a proof of that until this 2013 MAMA happened. Plus, speaking of Han—Luhan—he is practically the main lead of EXO’s stage. He dominated in a manner that he had his usual singing lines (which is above average for a 12-members group), large portion of dancing, and the role being the front man from beginning to end.
I hope though that they were not lip syncing for I would be fairly disappointed. For such an extensive and tough show with heavy dancing, apparently you wouldn’t hear their breathing. It’s either they are doing a lip sync or they have already developed the stamina for this kind of fete since they have been executing this for months (including practices) by now. Take your pick.
P.S. Wasn’t Süßer supposed to be Süßen, like Ein Süßen Traum (A Sweetened Dream)? Anyway, those who were singly videoed in the video introduction are potential actors. Mianhae-go Aja Lay-sshi rang Tao-sshi. And before I forget, I give my recognition to the cameraman who took their one-shot performance on a live stage. Boy, wasn’t that hard?
The Human (Big Bang)
It is clear to me that Big Bang’s performance is the much anticipated one in this event. As I have experienced with award shows, the most awaited performer or performers are typically placed almost at the end of the list. Just like how Big Bang is in this 2013 MAMA.
Disappointedly though, Big Bang’s individual stage was not so much special. I appreciated Taeyang’s part but not T.O.P’s or Seung Ri’s or GD’s. Although I must admit that the Aria World Expo Centre came alive when they performed as a group (with Daesung of course) with their hit, Fantastic baby. It was a very spontaneous act but its appeal was genuine fun. They were carefree around the stage and just having the time of their lives.
P.S. The interaction between Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun and Hyoyeon with Big Bang during their performance was one of the highlights.
The Rest of the Performances
Basically, I could not relate to those performances which I didn’t delve into details. The opening act band with Jay Park, Aaron Kwok, Park Jae Jung and Zhu Jiajia were all someone I’m not so acquainted with, so they attract no magnets in me. Whilst Lee Seung Gi’s and Stevie Wonder’s pieces of the event were dull for my taste. Then Rain’s stage felt a little forced although I might have looked at it differently if I were his fan. However, Dancing 9’s part was a bit fascinating.
The only compensation that the 2013 MAMA has to offer to the Reply 1994 fans when it replaced the show for the mean time last Friday was that they presented an Eungdaphara-relatedshort skit and invited 2 of the main leads of the drama in Hong Kong. Well, in my case, their effort did work. I was indeed glad to have them in that event because it proves how the Reply franchise is really doing well. But had it been Chilbong and Najung on the stage, I would be more than thrilled.
Imagine our sweet and earnest Chilbong standing with Najung. In their formal attire, maybe we’ll witness their great chemistry and find some light on who is the real deal in the drama. Well, maybe it is for this exact reason why Yoo Yeon Seok was not there.
On a separate note, the appearance of other actors and actresses were rather attention-grabbing too. Kim Joong Kook and Song Ji Hyo were there as representatives from Running Man and they received such warm applause. It’s nice to had Lee Bo Young too who appeared in I Hear Your Voice this year.
Some random thoughts that came to pass me during this year’s MAMA was how A-Pink have taken a step ahead against BtoB who are their sunbaes in the industry from the same company. Indeed, drama does magic. And has anyone noticed the witty fact that the Reply 1994 casts were the ones handing awards to each of the group of Reply 1997’s Jung Eun Ji and Hoya? You did too, right?
Well, on the other parts of the show, mostly I enjoyed watching the hallyu stars’ reaction when they were just seated. EXO, Big Bang and Infinite were favourites of the camera. And since I am an EXO fan, it was entertaining for me to catch a glimpse of their awkward expressions in the beginning and their open fanboying to some artists. It was very relating too to catch sight of Yoo Seung Woo. Then Jay Park somewhat taken the people aback with how he appears when he presented an award. I was weirded out and I had to laugh. Whereas, Paris Hilton didn’t seem to matter at that night. Just saying.
Best dance female solo : CL “The Baddest Female”
Best dance performance female group : SISTAR “Give It To Me”
Nissan Juke Best Music Video : G-Dragon
Discovery of the year : BaeChiGi
Best New Female Artist: Crayon Pop
Best Asian Artist Singapore : Derrick Hoh
Best Asian Artist Vietnam : Thu Minh
Best Asian Artist Singapore : Tor Saksit
Best Asian Artist Indonesia :SM + SH
Best Asian Artist Japan :Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Best Asian Artist China :Aron Kwok
Best Male Artist:G-Dragon
Song of the year: Cho Young-Pil-Bounce
Best Dance Performance – Male Solo: G-Dragon – “Crooked“
Best Female Vocal Performance: Ailee – “U&I”
Style in Music Award: SISTAR
Next Generation Global Star :A Pink
Worldwide Performer Award : Infinite
International Favorite Artist: Ylvis
Artist of the year: G-Dragon
Best Dance Group Performance:SHINee
Best Male Vocal Performance: Lee Seung Gi
Best Rap Performance: Dynamic Duo
Best Band Performance: Busker Busker
Best Female Group: Girls’ Generation
Best Male Group: Infinite
Best Concert Performer: Lee Seung Chul
Best Female artist: Hyori
Album of the year: EXO