By: LazerKim When we talk about versatility in an artist, I only have one star in mind and that is Kim Hyun Joong, name it and he has it, specially in style. He can go about to the extremes from the free style of character in the local market place of doing gendong to the clear cut of elegance and glamour as we see from one of the CD jacket on his upcoming Japanese single TONIGHT.
I’m sure most of you have already viewed the teaser of both songs Tonight and Cappuccino, that I’m so happy to have read the latest music chart as of Saturday May 26th, TONIGHT ranks No.1 on pre-order! Isn’t this a great news? For those who have not made their pre-order of Tonight, now is the time to do so, come and get it, in full force let us support and bring him up to the top of Oricon the Kim Hyun Joong’s latest music TONIGHT!
I guess Hyun Joong’s fans had been quite busy following him these past days! To start the week after watching him at Barefoot Friends Episode 5, everyone were chatting about Hyun Joong the Gendong hero!! Then on May 24th he was on stage performing for UV Concert, followed by series of postings on his 3rd single’s second teaser Cappuccino!
The teaser was so tempting as the video clip showed Huun Joong partying that can make everyone dance with him as he sings! One photo of his had captured my eyes which was taken from the teaser towards the end of the clip, was Hyun Joong in black and white that really looks so classy, as it simply portrayed another classic side of Kim Hyun Joong.
And after which, he just appeared in red jersey on Sunday morning bouncing around the field playing soccer! What else can this guy cannot do? He sings, he dances, he acts, he’s so athletic rocking the soccer field, and he loves rolling up in everything he does at Barefoot Friends from carrying a ton of watermelon to the adventure of heights, and lobster hunting!! I guess I would just simply sit here in front of my screen and look forward to whatever he would surprise me with again for this week!!
MISSING YOU DANCE
Last week Hyun Joong performed at UV concert, and watching from the video footage, now I would say I miss seeing Hyun Joong on stage dancing with the Artmatics and wanting to see him dance again! On June 7th the album Breakdown will be celebrating its second year anniversary, yes it’s been two years that his fans went crazy over his total transformation and making this album Breakdown a global big hit! Hyun Joong continued to amaze me ever since that transformation that I felt it so hard to break away from his spell!!
After I have watched the video clip from the UV concert, I can’t help re-watching different Breakdown’s video footage in 2011 as if I’m seeing this guy for the first time again and falling over again! Hyun Joong had shared a lot of good memories with us, but among all of those projects of his and memories, I think it’s in his album Breakdown for me is the most unforgettable one aside from his character Jihoo from BOF, which was a 180 degrees transformation of Kim Hyun Joong that turned the universe upside down!
And from that time on, his chain of success continued so rapidly that his fans started growing in remarkable numbers everyday all over the world and that Hyun Joong couldn’t stop himself either from hopping around from one country to another! And if ever he takes a breather from his exposure, expect him to be in his cocoon cooking something for his fans again and would just surprise them with another set of music!
In just less than a week from now, the month of June will be approaching and he’ll be growing a year matured again, but it just felt like all of these memories just happened yesterday!! And that everything seem so fresh and exciting as if I just start meeting this guy for the first time again! I know you read me kiddo, let’s dance!!
Yes I got a lot of nostalgic thoughts in mind today as I was browsing for updates, that I couldn’t help but write about looking back on his past!
Last week Kim Hyun Joong was all over his fans update posts as the Gendong hero for carrying some 15 baskets of watermelon weighing a total of one ton at least 15 times coming back and forth at episode 5 in the variety show Barefoot Friends! And I agree with Hyun Joong’s fans, he always makes us proud of him in this show, that I would like to whisper to him, “kiddo we need you for this show or the ship might sink!” The show had been improving it’s local TV ratings as Barefoot Friends goes further, although TV ratings doesn’t matter to me for as long as I’m enjoying the show specially in watching Kim Hyun Joong in every episodes.
Gendong I think became a popular Indonesian word among Hyun Joong’s fans ever since the variety show Barefoot Friends started airing in South Korea. It’s at these scenes from Episode 4 and 5 as the cast carry loads of fruit baskets from the local market to earn money in portraying their mission. From episode five, my favorite part from this episode was the scene when Hyun Joong lost over Kang Hodong from rock, paper, scissors that I really find that part hilarious seeing Hyun Joong rolled down to the floor crying over his lost, that was really cute and funny!! Next was the scene Hyun Joong did another round of gendong all by himself!
As Hyun Joong was walking towards the market, he was saying, he did a lot of work, he ate the cheapest food at the restaurant and yet he has to take this job gendong again! As I was watching Hyun Joong saying this and seeing him doing gendong for 15 baskets of watermelon, I was all laughing, but as I replayed that scene my mind just rolled to flashback!
In one of Hyun Joong’s history, I have written that incident that Hyun Joong was working in a restaurant for a part time job while he was still a trainee, and in an incident on one busy eve of Christmas at the restaurant where he was working, he was bringing down the restaurant garbage using the stairs, and the garbage spilled out all over to the stairs! Hyun Joong spent his Christmas eve picking up the trash by his bare hands and end up asking himself “why do I have to live this way?”
Of course picking up trash is even “grows” for real than doing gendong, but the same thoughts came to my mind, if Hyun Joong was just an ordinary person for real at present, he still wouldn’t mind doing the hard work. As we watched him carrying one ton of watermelon seem so hard for us, but in reality it was just a piece of cake for Hyun Joong doing gendong, because he had more than a ton of watermelon in his past challenges in life for real.
At the part Hyun Joong was counting his earnings from gendong he was saying something like “I’m gonna take these receipts home.” Too much of a hard work with little that he can earn, but in reality Hyun Joong may have little earnings from hard work at the restaurant where he was doing part time job, but was able to save a million won to be able to take his elder brother to college.
The first thing that popped out from my mind was also an incident in his past from his documentary, as his mom was relating that she and her husband would pretend to be sleeping but actually waiting for Hyun Joong to get home late at nights from his part time job. I can imagine that same scene from Barefoot Friends from his past, receiving his pay check and bring it home to help his parents in earning extra income and for him to be able to support himself while he was still a trainee from DSP, his previous agent.
As the sayings stated “Charity begins at home”, and Hyun Joong truly fulfilled that statement even in his present days. He was never a selfish person, that in so many incidents, we have seen those facts too from Barefoot Friends. He ate the cheapest food at the restaurant so that he can be able to share a bigger chunk of contribution to his friends, and that’s how I have seen Hyun Joong in reality as well. He would content himself with just enough for him and making sure he has more than enough to share with others.
For those fans who knows him quite well, do know what I’m talking about. Actually I was so filled with Hyun Joong’s past as I’m writing this article. During his SS501 days, the group had an interview in one of their TV appearances and there’s one question asked to the group, that if they won in the lottery what would they do with the money they won? The rest of the members talks about mostly tangible items or their dreams of wanting to have. But Hyun Joong had different idea as he reponded, first to give some percentage to charity, next is giving a part to his parents, and third to give free concert tickets to students who cannot afford to buy tickets to watch their show.
Actually Hyun Joong was able to fulfill these thoughts, but not through a lottery but from his own work earnings. There were so many incidents that we knew about Hyun Joong’s active participation in donating to charity, then we all know that he gave an outlet of Jaksal to his mom, lastly, the first showcase that Hyun Joong performed as solo in June 7th in 2011 and that show was almost for free given to his fans. He haven’t forgotten that wish for charity concert way back in his SS501 days, because in an interview with Lee Sora in 2011 he again mentioned, that on his last performing day he would give a free concert to his fans, but he will place a can for the fans to put in any amount to be given to charity.
LOVE FOR CHALLENGE
In this episode five at Barefoot Friends particularly the gendong part of Hyun Joong reflected on Hyun Joong’s real self and for me it highlighted his love for challenge of life for survival which he had mastered over the years in his past before he stepped on his stardom where he is at present. For Hyun Joong poverty should not be a hindrance in pursuing his dreams. A high degree of perseverance, acceptance of failure and triumph, focus on taking steps in pursuing a dream are just a few of how Hyun Joong was able to survive his journey.
Hyun Joong now harvest the fruits of what he had worked hard for, but he never fails to take a glimpse of his past where he came from and can always challenge himself with hard labor. This is not because cameras were all focus on him in facing that challenge on gendong, but in reality, in facing the future he’s much stronger and had learned from the hardships of life he had been through in his past.
Good leaders are good followers. Among the casts in Barefoot Friends I have noticed it’s Hyun Joong who doesn’t complain whatever the tasks he takes, or he may complain to himself which is just human by nature, yet he was doing the task at his best capability. All his life he was never been a quitter, and so much more challenges he faces the stronger he stays committed to his dreams until he was able to fulfill those dreams. All these years Hyun Joong remained the humble leader as ever among his peers in showbiz who may looked up to him as a role model.
SEE YOU AGAIN INDONESIA!
Still in Barefoot Friends, I think that’s just about it from episode 6 as filming this show from Indonesia had ended. Hyun Joong had a minor cut in his finger while catching lobster but did not mind it at all and continued on with the task. I truly enjoyed watching Hyun Joong in some tourist destination of Indonesia that I wish to see more tourist spots from the country and at the same time I sincerely appreciate the normal way people live and how warm they are to Hyun Joong and the rest of the casts. For me this show is entertaining at the same time I find it educational.
I shall be looking forward to the next episode which filming was done in Korea and hopefully next week as I have read that Hyun Joong’s place shall be featured, although I’m just not sure how true this is, if it’s gonna be next week or the coming weeks. Nevertheless, as always Barefoot Friends shall be my interest while Hyun Joong is among the casts of this show. And with that may I personally thank Hyun Joong’s Indonesian fans for taking care of him and for updating us during the filming and after the episodes had been aired in Korea, your effort is very much appreciated. Thank you.
I have written a lot of articles all about Kim Hyun Joong, but the most interesting topics that I have always been inspired to write is about looking back from where he was and what he had been through in reaching for his dreams. His life story had touched my heart and had inspired me to become a better person in making a wish into reality that I would always be grateful to this guy, Kim Hyun Joong.
LazerKim here writing
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