Finally it happened after months preparation the journey of self assigned representatives of Henecia Philippines 🇵🇭 to the Fanmeet was long and almost torturous route. IiHe Even before setting foot on the tiles of Inchon airport, there were all sorts of suspenseful turns from obtaining airline ticket, passport, visa, arrangement for accomodation, itinerary, and others. We had a thousand meetings, texted each other, burned the messenger pages, endless bank and credit card transactions thanks to Liz, Nadz,Tita Penny and of course our South Korean connections. I did not even mention that Metro Manila was a busy hive due to the ASEAN leaders’ meet the last week of April. They were coming in and we were going out.
Seoul was what tourists expected it to be that night we arrived. Colourful lights from giant LED screens showing celebrity endorsed commercials competed with brightly lit business signs. Buses and cars were still on the road though lessened in numbers, the number of urbanites had dwindled down except the night shoppers.It was a good hour long trip from the airport to our temporary home. We discussed what will happen the next day, the highlight of the trip. From the looks of it our schedule for the next seven days was tight. We didn’t expect it to be unforgettable.
That last Saturday of April started for us with a Lotte Entertainment World visit followed by a sumptuous meal. We feared we will be tired for the Fanmeet but the mind and heart prevailed for the man we wanted to meet. We were greeted by the sight of fans already in line ready to enter the venue. An almost spontaneous reunion happened seeing old friends -veterans of past fanmeets and concerts. It was also the right time to meet new friends or comrade in arms for Hyun Joong. That spring night was more than cool but the anticipation of the fans somehow upped the temperature. Fever pitch that couldn’t be helped after all the waiting, never mind the stress from the cases, the recent twist of the driving incident, but it was more the excitement seeing him again after four years.
Fans couldn’t go wrong in locating the venue as KHJ giant posters were all over the glass walls and doors. For the FM, fans exchanged KHJ souvenir giveaways, maybe more will come from the organisation of fans who also sent rice wreaths to the venue earlier. A standard of congratulatory gesture to the celebrity but with social intentions to benefit the less fortunate such as orphaned children.
The seats were assigned according to the ticket purchased. It was a little bit complicated for the overseas fans who had to rely on some generous souls to intercede in their behalf. At the venue it was at least organised, and fans were seated soon enough. The distribution of seats I heard were lotteried, otherwise how to explain the best seats taken. Although the venue was not completely full, the overall numbers of about 4,000 fans was impressive enough.
The lights dimmed at the venue signalling the start of the show already fifteen minutes late. Slight commotion emerged from the audience seated below the stage perhaps thinking KHJ will enter through the back. The stage backdrop was simple and the band physically played. Down at the audience level one finds 4 tables where his technical support people manned computers and many more behind the curtains. Outside and inside the venue bodyguards and guards were all over the place. One realisation was that this Facemeet now almost a concert, involved people and money, time and lots of preparations. Two giant screens,one in the left and the other on the right of the stage enlarged HJ stage presence.
The stage came alive with his band playing and after few minutes KHJ came out singing immediately. He wore an all black attire, while subdued lights serving as his background reflected on his face. Were perspiration the ones glistening on his face or tears ? The lack of bright colors at the beginning of the Fanmeet conveyed his mood in the opening numbers- serious and pensive.
He sang his first four songs with all his might, veins radiating almost ready to pop out on his neck, body slightly swaying, open palms releasing his energy in belting it all out. His audience responded with swaying of green sticks and clapping. He finally spoke, clear and direct to his point that almost everyone expected. After explaining the meaning of Anemone as ” I love you forever” he went on to say ‘it was better to go on with the Fanmeet and thank you (The fans) now than some other time later. He didn’t go into specifics as he must have assumed his fans knew about them anyway. A slice of his army life he shared while he addressed his weaknesses and frailties, and thanking everyone for understanding and standing by him in spite of them all.He promised to do better reflecting and doing good deeds.
After his talk he ventured into songs again, this time his songs were lighter, faster, happier. He dressed in white to match the change in his mood. If he “died” in the past in what had happened to him, he is now “resurrected”, revived and alive again. Seeing his fans at the Fanmeet gave him hope. That hope was intensified with the presence of his family and friends, including his SS501 members Kyu Jong and Young Saeng. He joked several times displaying his famous smiles and eyes narrowing in glee. His love for dance music, his body language gave him away : he was 🕺 dancing slightly through the songs that made him known and well loved. He looked like repressing it, the audience missing his dancing, thought he would just give in.
He paused and we thought there will be intermission but he returned strumming his guitar for a full number. After which he goes down from the stage to his audience. The audience broke into screams as he weaved into the audience still singing, at one time almost tripping while doing so. He returns only to go back again to another section of the audience at the sides and shook hands with two of our Henecia Philippines members who were mobility challenged. In his third time mingling with the audience he went to another side only to be met with surging fans prompting his body guards to lead him back to stage.
Three boxes were also laid on the stage containing questions/comments from Chinese, Japanese and Korean fans. He dipped his hands into them to get the questions but he said most were saying ‘fighting’. If they would have scolded him as he earlier said ‘gentle criticism’, he would have welcomed them. One question taken out asked for his next project, for which he replied not in
Korea, not for awhile but in Japan. Very sad indeed for a country he defended with his life, the cases he didn’t cause, and driving incident many commit he would be 🙅♂️ rejected.
He sang a total of 15 songs: Please,Your Story,Let Me be the One,Gentlemen,Gentlemen,Beauty, White Hole, Thank you,Lucky Guy,I’m Your Man,Unbreakable,Do You Like That,Nothing On You, Imademo,What I Wanted to Say and Save Today. The list is like his thoughts on what had happened to him and what he wants to happen. Was it a case of prognostication?
As the Fanmeet pressed through the night, the fans danced to his songs while other kinds of light sticks were waved about. The atmosphere was further ignited with explosions of colors of stage lighting effects. As usual the fans chanted out his name in unison.
As all good things must come to an end, the Fanmeet dwindled down to its final number. Some of the fans started leaving the venue while a greater number stayed for the handshake. Outside, what most people didn’t know that five lucky persons ( Tita Penny, Nadz, Jeng, Liz and Jackie Kim) would be able to get their picture taken with no less than KHJ. KHJ himself asked “picture, picture?” Would you have turned that down?
Some of us lingered around in the lobby, where we saw KHJ’s family : his mother and father, his hyung, young son and wife. What a delightful bonus of the night.Earlier, we saw his friends who were easily recognisable in the crowd – Jun Sang, Lucas among others.
Some fans took with them some of the smaller KHJ posters outside the venue.Others wrote down on the white paper 📝 pinned on the wall their sentiments and comments on that memorable night. A memorable night that perhaps will signal the beginning of a new era in the life of this entertainer.
Still on cloud nine the Philippine Henecians rode on the van back to their residence bubbling about the Fanmeet. Do you think they easily fell asleep that night?
What they didn’t know was they were going to meet in person in the days to follow: Shin Dong Ho of Ukiss and Jun Sang of Jaksal, HJ’s long time and close friend.
Go to YouTube to watch KHJ videos in his Anemone 2017 FM
Pay attention at mark 1:46 on Part 14, we can see Hyun Joong Shook Hands with Tita Penny and Jackie Kim and recieved gifts from Jackie’s Mom and Aunt.
Keeping the Hearth Fire Burning
This is to congratulate everyone for keeping the faith, the interest and love for KHJ. He knows it and grateful for the continuing affection given him.
Even if it seems sometimes embers are all there is left, it can still ignite and rekindle the passion. Let the cooler weather and rains not dampen the spirit . Love is livelier the second time around.
We can look at what has happened with the eyes that understand, we have the hands that can reach out to everyone, our thoughts send the warm signals we care and never will wane at all.
His recent life chapters both private and public might have ended, oh how we wish they finally did! And he now opens new pages and write new songs of a life regained.
He will not fail us, we will not fail him.
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Do you know who sits in the front row of any significant gathering? Celebrities and distinctive guests of course. It’s unimaginable to think of Kim Hyun Joong seated elsewhere. Unless he wants to be incognito or nobody knew he was coming.
Seats in the Front Rows have been reserved since time immemorial for the royalties of fashion, entertainment,arts, other known branch of Culture,political figures and other personages such as sponsors and potential investors that need to be impressed or lent their importance to the event.
Even as a newcomer in the Kpop scene KHJ in variety shows sat in front where the cameras and the mc’s prioritised his presence. You can actually see other guests strained their necks to be seen or had to shout out their contributions to be heard.
Was it a case of celebrity marketing for KHJ to seat him in front? If it was, it was successful.No he didn’t have to look outrageous. He was at his natural best- handsome, funny, witty and speaking whatever comes to his mind earning him being called a 4D. It cannot be denied he was the program’s favourite if he happens to grace one.
While the show did contribute to his increasing popularity, KHJ’ s presence pulled up the show ratings as well. Directors knew that the moment Hyun Joong’s face is flashed on the screen numbers go up. Exactly, this is why cameras stayed glued on him. One of the other perennial guests complained “why his shots were cut and not HJ”, to which he responded,”you tried too hard”. HJ was just himself enjoying his stay.
Even when he wasn’t doing anything and not on stage as performer or on the runway as a model he was seated in the front row. This was how he lent his recognizability to fashion shows or other event where he was the invited guest.He wasn’t declared a three time winner of being Style Icon for Kpop for nothing. Several years being winner of “most searched in Yahoo”strengthened his position as Hallyu star with an international fanbase in many countries.
Other Ways to Stay Front Row
Practically he is also at the front row of many advertisements endorsing products and services that no less than CNN noted “no product worth buying without KHJ saying so”. Of course the casual shirts,the athletic getup, the formal attire looked like they were precisely cut and sewn on him alone. But his sartorial good looks and the ways he carried them can rub on any wearer,or so the manufacturers think. Or pray they will.
Did he not stay front row in numerous interviews for magazines as he made it in their cover photos? The same way happened in interviews over for television entertainment portals answering truthfully ( or so it seemed) questions fielded at him or evading those intruding into his love life every time he has a music album out or a new drama.
As if having a wax figure in a museum isn’t enough, his airport fashion does not escape scrutiny, the soccer field, rare public sightings and every episode of Barefoot Friends his fans documented even the moments he isn’t playing as if he is in the front row all the time.
Yet left on his own he wishes to avoid over exposure. He does not tweet, nor do Instagram, most of all did not open a Facebook account. He chose his projects carefully seeing to it his drama appearances is not sacrificed to his concert performances and vice versa.
When he joined the military as a conscript in May of last year, camera shots gave him importance, and why not, he is the KHJ and was the only one escorted by the big boss of Key East and several bodyguards( not family members). Looking at past photos you’d think he was in the front row already a trademark anyway, as everybody is already accustomed to seeing.
Now that the inner core of his private life being played out in public by tabloid media and through exchanges between legal representatives he remains “seated in the front row” although other characters have inserted themselves to share, though pathetically, that reflected glory.
Thanks, no thanks to the unscrupulous media who jumped at all opportunities to write about him and all the salacious details to sell their products and services, KHJ can be said to maintain his position as most searched. Hence, still sitting in front though in a hot seat. There are those who commented wryly, the media coverage made his personal life like a never ending small screen Korean drama.
How Long Will He be “Sitting in Front”?
International observers of celebrities who rise and fall noted that celebrities must change through life milestones such as getting married,having a family, scandal optional to stay in the radar of their publics. It goes without saying they are able to withstand the effects of changeover in their career. Even if it means shedding more blood,sweat and tears than before.
It also translate into a fact that celebrities should not be boring, doing the same thing like a broken record. If they have setbacks from scandals ( from personal issues or public abrasions) they should eventually able to put them behind. Recovery may take short or long period of time depending on how resilient the celebrity is and how forgiving the public to accept them again.
Kim Hyun Joong is no stranger to scandals. He has had them such as when he attended a birthday celebration of a despised ex-national leader, when he figured in a motor accident and when he changed management company. The interest in these so called scandals depended on the public perceptions fueling intense fan debates. His most recent one (still going on scandal),according to some observers, is the longest period of time a celebrity has gone through to date (2 years).
Although unbelievers in his ability to bounce back has proclaimed he is finished in his career,it is said they have largely forgotten Kim Hyun Joong has the habit of surprising his public of his discipline, new talent and skills honed behind the scenes, to present his unlimited self through his work.
He showed the range of what he was able to do and what else he can do at the rate he produced and launched his music albums in the past. He put in the extravaganza in Lucky Guy, the bad boy vibe in Breakdown, the party feel in another,the angst of a lover next, playfulness and rock mood completed the varieties then. Not really aiming for commercial success but acting in characters that challenges his abilities in dramas no matter how hard it took him to be in their shoes. His works were all about him : confident without being abrasive about it, creative without being just fancy, doing the unexpected and surpassing his previous achievements.
If he can be called a workaholic, it is an understatement. His fans know this and have seen his various transformations since becoming solo artist. He burst out of his cocoon as if making up for lost time.His works are his best tool to show he is in charge.
His persona is another matter. He is transparent, brave yet vulnerable at times, happy like a child for simple pleasures yet manly to own his setbacks because he knows he can overcome them. Many times he showed he was able to.His comebacks ( a favourite expression used on Kpop stars)were nothing less than spectacular. His absence is always a prelude to something unusual and well thought out presentation of a master showman.
Even his mandatory hiatus couldn’t and HJ wouldn’t allow it to cool down his ardor for the
profession he embraced so passionately. It is not surprising if we learn that he has prepared himself psychologically and physically to bounce back, which is a very sound thing to do in order to move on. Somebody said setbacks are structured to prepare one for a comeback? Even with the legal cases raging on as long as his love for his work remains fierce and his focus steadfast, there is no way for him but to go up. If for him success is not an end in itself but the motor leading to the next chapter of his career, he will remain sitting in the front row
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August 10, 2016 the day when the local court ruled in favor of Kpop superstar Kim Hyun Joong and dismissed a compensation suit filed by his ex girlfriend after she alleged that she miscarried his son due to physical assault.
The battle has been over for Mr Kim where he locked in a legal battle as the accuser is only identified as Choi. and suffered trial by publicity and humiliations from bashers. The plaintiff claimed that she was miscarried his child in 2014, but there was no sufficient evidence from her side, and on the other side Mr Kim filed against choi that she was not preganant ,and spread false rumors about their relationship.
Today, the court dismissed the suit filed by Choi citing lack of evidence while ordering her to pay 100 million won for Mr Kim for defamation. It is that there is enough evidence that she was Not pregnant.
Kim Hyun Joong nim now serving in the military services since May last year for a mandatory service of all South Korean Man.
We congratulate Kim Hyun Joong ssi for winning this battle. Happy day for him, & to his family and all his fans around the world.
BREAKING: Kim Hyun Joong’s Ex-Girlfriend Loses Court Case And Is Ordered to Pay A Fine For False Charges
After a long, drawn-out court battle with their private life being bandied about and analyzed by the public, the civil case of Kim Hyun Joong vs. his ex-girlfriend (Ms. Choi) is finally over!
The verdict has just been announced and Korean websites and media outlets are buzzing with the news. Mr. Kim has been found innocent of the charges of assault and abuse (this was the civil case, the criminal case is still ongoing).
The famous singer and actor admitted that their fights sometimes got physical, but he continuously denied her charges of actual assault and abuse that led to miscarriages. Through it all, Ms. Choi has maintained her claims and has released private conversations and “proof” to the public that she was telling the truth. She said that she had been pregnant and miscarried due to his physical abuse, that she had gone to the hospital as a result of the abuse, etc. Due to all this, she was seeking 1.6 billion won (1.4 million USD) in damages.
After an extensive investigation and long court process however, the court has ruled that Mr. Kim is innocent of the charges Ms. Choi laid against him. Not only that but she has been ordered to pay a fine of 100 million won (around 92,ooo USD) for making false charges and defamation. The judge spoke on the topic and said that Ms. Choi had no proof or evidence to support her claims. He said she had no evidence of miscarriages either and no records at hospitals or medical centers concerning the alleged abuse.
As a result, Kim Hyun Joong fans are very happy today- saying they knew he was innocent and that they would always stick with him no matter what. One fan said, “KHJ finally has justice. All Henecia (his fandom) knew he was innocent of all charges.”
This was the civil case for Kim Hyun Joong vs. Ms. Choi, but the verdict was a very important one for the singer. The criminal case is ongoing and we will bring you more details of that later.
Can you believe that the court ruled in favor of Kim Hyun Joong? Are you surprised that they decided she had made false charges and had no evidence to back up her claims? What do you think of the verdict? Let us know in the comment section below.
10 times we were happy that Kim Hyun Joong was born
June 6 is Kim Hyun Joong‘s 28th birthday (29 in Korean age)! While I’m sure the birthday boy will receive his fair share of gifts, his birthday is also a gift for the many fans who enjoy his work. Here are ten times we were happy that Kim Hyun Joong was born:
1. When he gave us Second Lead Syndrome
There are few dramas that had the audience split between the male leads like Boys over Flowers did, and we can thank Ji Hoo for that.
2. When he wooed us with his voice
(I had to edit this part since the original video posted is not available)
3. When he made us dance
4. When he convinced us that he was both completely adorable…
5. But also a legit street fighter in his latest drama Age of Feeling.
We’ll help you tend those wounds!
6. When he melted our hearts with a single smile
7. When he wasn’t afraid to pull off basically any hairstyle
Don’t you love his shaggy, auburn look from Playful Kiss? How do you feel about this latest ‘do with the blonde top?
8. When he had a giving heart to match his kind face
Kim Hyun Joong is known for donating both time and money to a wide variety of causes, from disaster relief to scholarship funds.
9. When we wanted to make him laugh like this
10. When he kindly demonstrated the value of physical fitness
Happiest of birthdays, Kim Hyun Joong! What are your favorite Kim Hyun Joong moments? Comment below!
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The trouble with small screen aka tv watching of Kdrmas via the computer, laptops and other smaller versions is that the mind wanders and tend to replace the actor with Kim Hyun Joong. Unfair you say to other actors, but what can I do in my mind KHJ could have garnered that role,or he could have done it better.
You know what’s better is to think they got the role because KHJ is not around for now. I’m not the only one who thinks he could have moved on to another genre after Inspiring Generation if he didn’t have the misfortune of the case(s) but then it probably made his appreciation of real life richer and more in depth.I hope to see that happen when he assay another role as his comeback.
A small screen bonus watching for international Kdrma addicts is watching them in the raw meaning sans English or other languages translation. Instead of reading the dialogue, raw watching allows one to concentrate on their acting- behaviour, facial expressions, voice projections given the contextual situations they are in.
Some viewers prefer watching Kdrmas when they have completed their run but I like the anticipation and the weekly installments through the various episodes. They are part of my week schedule. Right now I am watching Monster and Royal Gambler. Like most viewers I go for certain dramas because I like the actors. Still nothing can top (yet) my excitement waiting for Playful Kiss and Inspiring Generation when they were ongoing dramas on online sites. Of course comparing notes with others who also watched made the day complete.
Some Kdramas are given super promotion and made more memorable by the OST’s sung by well known artists. Some Kdramas have the additional push by a superb casting, excellent background designs, appropriate dialogues, location shooting and excellent post production work.
It is lamentable when we hear that artists , stars and staff were not paid their wages as what happened to some dramas. Most of all when domestic rating are low or the drama did not even get to be completed and not shown at all.
While some dramas we’re slashed down when their ratings were low, some dramas have additional episodes. Or the dramas have impossible working schedules conducive to accidents, hazardous conditions to the health of those involved, still the Kdrma production is thriving,alive and well.
Kdramas’ main mission is entertainment and of course it is an industry and big business