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How Much Does a Toga Cost, Actually?

… Sorry, this isn’t about toga prices. Not literally. But I hope it’ll give you a hint on the price tag of education…

Date of Writing: 2015 April 02

Lots of people wonder why I only graduated today. It was because I could not afford a toga rent in 2013…

Okay, that’s the short version. Here’s the long one:

After high school, I had to wait for 4 years before I could step into college. During the first two years of “waiting”, I was in Manila, working on any job available… housemaid, yaya, sales girl, seafood plant worker, and a beer house waitress (yes, you read it right ).

It was during those years that my eyes opened at how harsh life can be for a mere high school graduate. I would ride jeepneys along with lively uniformed college students, and my eyes would pop out with yearning, my heart green with envy of the opportunity they have.

And then I found a nice man, 18 years my senior, who agreed to send me to college in exchange for an engagement. And so I got engaged and left Manila with a promise: that I’ll never go back there unless I hold a diploma in my hand.

But then my nice man failed to mention that schooling will have to wait (again) until we build a farm for ourselves out of his 10-hectare land. So I became a farmer’s “unmarried wife” for another two years, in the remotest part of Bukidnon province. For the first time in my life, I learned to use the farmer’s tools… plant, care for, harvest, and sell crops and vegetables. I even learned the ways of the wives of local native tribes. We would wait until a harvest is done, and then forage through what’s left in the corn fields, or rice straws after threshing… all under the unforgiving heat of the sun.

The calendar announced 2008 and my “inner monster” refused to wait any longer.

Not even our constant failure of rice and corn harvests or the disapproval of my fiance’s cousins could stop me from enrolling to college. Stepping into the gates of Bukidnon State University for the first time to take up my entrance exam felt like a fairy tale to me. I drank everything in, hungry and thirsty of the scent of school and everything it offers.

But first year was hardly a fairy tale. I would go home to the farm every other week, my little pocket hoping for some allowances, but sometimes there was not enough.

There were days that I’d have to harvest what’s left of the vegetable garden, or catch one or two chickens, carry them with me to the “barrio” (about 4 kilometers walk from our farm) and sell them from house to house, just so I’d have enough fare for a bus going back to the city. Sometimes, a whole week would pass by with only salt and plain rice for meals, but I was just too happy to go back to school that I just shrugged off every hardship thrown at me. Expenses on school projects seemed like a nightmare, but I managed to comply with the help of my then best friend, Kim Delfin, who’s always ready to lend me money.

For my first required summer OJT, I was fortunate enough to have it at “our” municipal hall. Though it meant I won’t need to spend on rent in the city, there was still the challenge of having to walk up to 8 kilometers everyday just to get to the municipal’s Human Resource Office where I was admitted as Computer Operator intern. Sometimes, there would be “little” adventures on the side when it rains hard and I’d have to cross angry rivers (with the aid of that little flashlight at the butt of a lighter) just to get home.

And since floods and “heat stroke” and occasional rice field cobras failed to kill me, I completed my first year in college… but was forced to stop for a year after that because finances were just not enough. I spent that year with my mom, whose employer opened a plant branch in Surigao City, and so I worked again as a seafood piece-rate worker.

After a year, “inner monster” woke up again and refused to stay any longer with the lobsters and frozen octopus…

When I came back in 2010, I faced the challenge of adjusting to a new batch of “alien” classmates, getting envious with my former batch mates who were already a year ahead of me… and still struggling with tuition fees. My pockets almost gave up again by just the end of first semester. Making things worse, I became a victim to robbery that left a minor knife scar on my neck.

But I refused to get crushed by circumstances and converted them to stepping stones. As soon as the culprit was caught, the native “Datu” who settled the crime demanded a sort of “damage fee” from the culprit’s family. And that damage fee became my tuition fee for the second semester! What better way to end a “tragedy”, don’t you think?

By the end of 2nd semester, It all seemed to me that two years is all I could afford to complete… until one of my classmates stopped schooling, and I became her successor to a scholarship (all thanks to Ma’am Marilou Ondap Espina who recommended me, and to then VPAA Dr. Cornelia T. Partosa who admitted me to the scholarship program).

I managed to pursue my two remaining years through the big help of Negros Navigation Scholarship.

Then came my Internship in OXIOR Inc. (formerly Doworth Corp.) in Cebu City. Because I could not afford to take my two required summer OJTs during my 2nd and 3rd year, I had to take all three of them in OXIOR, including the 490-hour internship. I finished after 8 months (by the end of August, 2013), the reason why I could not graduate together with my classmates in March that year.

A hard work rewarded, the company hired me immediately after my internship. I grabbed the offer, since I didn’t have any money to come back to Bukidnon anyway, which became the reason why I could not graduate in 2014, either.

Then came my regularization at work. With my supervisors, Sir Kenworth Sicsic and Ma’am Nympha Espanueva in all-out support, and with my ever instant “credit card” mom and all-time hero, Rachel Descalso, I managed to earn my keep and finally able to squeeze this day into my schedule… and budget.

Then there’s still the battle with INCs that greeted me as I stepped back into Bukidnon – unreconciled responsibilities caused by my 2-year absence. But all thanks to my understanding mentors, and with the ultimate support of my amazing chairperson Ma’am Rozanne Tuesday Gonzales-Flores, my name has finally joined the list of candidates for graduation… literally, in the nick of time!

And… that’s it.

I am 7 years late in wearing this toga. It’s been a long wait, but it’s all worth it, because now I can officially claim that I am Rose Eden S. Descalso, a graduate of BS Information Technology.

… and now that everything’s said and done, you may now forget my real name and go back to calling me Flame Denise! Thanks for reading 🙂

Ilocos-Baguio Tour in Four Days

We planned this trip out of impulse about 7 months ago, which was rather long. But being  working singles, tied up to our jobs full-time, it was just necessary to plan ahead (not to mention to budget ahead).

Starting Budget: [bar here]

Hey, tired of reading already and just came here for some info gathering? You might want to skip to the Full Itinerary or the Expense Summary, or watch the full video. By the way, some travel tips are scattered all over the article, so reading from top to bottom won’t be a bad idea, either 😉

As someone whose lived in various places across all 3 regions of the Philippines, maybe you can say that I am well-traveled, but in terms of travel-for-pleasure, this is just my 4th time, with the first one in Camotes, and the other two just trekking rivers and climbing mountains. Therefore, as a “noob” backpacker, boy am I thankful to have a pro wanderer among us spearhead the planning! (thanks, Kim) :3

Our tour package was provided by JNC Van Services (full details below) and includes a 12-seater van, rooms accommodation, and two-day breakfast meals. Three months in advance, we paid 1/3 of the tour fee as reservation.

Day 0

Expense: 1,000

Remaining budget: (9000) [bar here]

Day 1

So at 0400H of June 10, with all our vacation leaves approved and our pocket money secured, we got on-board Flight No. [number here] bound for Manila.

Expenses:

McDonald’s coffee and sandwich: 70

taxi to Mactan airport: 150 (GrabCar promo)

The moody weather successfully prevented me from witnessing my would-have-been first airplane sunrise, but despite that, we barely felt any turbulence and landed at NAIA an hour and a half later.

Our “sundo” was already at the airport waiting for us, so we wasted no time and got out of EDSA to avoid the usual morning traffic.

Being a hungry pack with lack of sleep the previous night, we stopped at Marilao, Bulacan (by unanimous decision) for a quick breakfast. Native restaurants were still closed at 0730H, so we settled for KFC.

We left Bulacan at 0830H.

[5 hours road travel]

We stopped again at Pangasinan for lunch at 1300H.

I settled for Sinigang na Hipon [5-star] and some meatballs [1-star], without rice because I didn’t feel so hungry at all.

Normally, Manila to Ilocos roadtrip is estimated to be up to 8 hours long only, but due to the bad weather and a bit of traffic, it took us more than 12 hours to reach the City of Laoag.

After a drive-thru at Chowking and a short stop at 7 Eleven, we arrived  at the two rooms reserved for us at Denise Pension House around 2100H.

business-card-denise-pension-house
Being on the road for the whole day was very tiring, so we are all thankful to find that Kuya Josh has picked a very nice and cozy place for us.

We wasted no time in unloading our stuff, did a quick shower, dinner, and a bit of drinking session to ensure a sound sleep.

I hit the sack at exactly midnight, about an hour later than my companions.

Why Fans Go Crazy About JKS’ Song “Darling Darling”

To some KPop and JPop fans, JKS’ song “Darling Darling” may seem like just another one added to their playlist. But for JKS’ loyal eels, it’s so much more than that. That is because “Darling Darling” is a song that Keun-Chan dedicates to his fans all over the world.

Most commonly, you fall in love with a song because you can relate to it… because it somewhat tells your own story, or sympathizes with the bliss or sadness you are going through. But when a song is actually dedicated to you, that gives it a super extra boost in winning a special place in your heart.

Our World Prince has been receiving tons of love from his fans through thick and thin, supported him through good news and bad news alike. So now it is his turn to show his gratitude in the best and sweetest way possible – singing a song especially written for them (and of course with some dance moves and cute gestures that makes him all the more adorable)!

So tell us, fellow eels, do you like this song as much as we do? And if you get a chance to request the next song from Prince JKS, what kind of song would you wish for? Let us know in the comments 😉

Music Video

Credits: JangkeunsukVEVO

Lyrics: Romanji

Darling Darling nakitaku naruno
kyu ni tumetaku sareru to
sono kotoba hitotu de mirai mo kawaru
kimi no risoh no koi tte nan desu ka?

matiawase eki ga tikazuku to dokidoki
mado uturu kamigata meiku mo kanpeki

day by day yamazumi no sigoto datte
kyoh no tame owarasete
kokoro ga isogu yo zattoh no naka de
sugu ni mitukeru no kimi no koto wa

Darling Darling uresiku naruno
fui ni yayasiku sareru to
sono egao hitotu de watasi wo kaeru
kon na ni suki ni natte mo ii desu ka?

aeru hi wa speed wo agete tick tack
chotto sita sigusa demo kizuku kan kaku

step by step “kangaeteru koto kurai wa omitohsi sa”
nan te ijiwaru na serifu amaku sasayaite
atama naderu no wa hansoku dayo

Darling Darling setunaku naruno
kyu ni dakisime rareru to
sono tuyoi tikara de watasi wo kaeru
motto suki tte itte mo ii desu ka?

hajimete no koi demo nai noni
kon na kimoti
motto motto soba ni itai yo

Darling Darling aitaku naruno
itumo mo denwa nai yoru wa
sono chakusin hitotu de asita ga kawaru
kimi mo konya onaji kimoti desu ka?

Darling Darling nakitaku naruno
kyu ni tumetaku sareru to
sono kotoba hitotu de mirai mo kawaru
kimi no risoh no koi tte nan desu ka?

Lyrics Source: Metrolyrics

Lyrics: English

English translation: tenshi_akuma

Darling Darling I feel like crying
When you suddenly become cold to me
Just a simple word can change my future
Tell me what your ideal love is

Heading for the usual meeting spot at the station, makes my heart beat faster
Today’s hairdo and makeup looks perfect through the reflection on the window

day by day a pile of work
I managed to finish all for today
I’m getting nervous
Even in the crowd
I can recognize you immediately

Darling Darling I feel happy
When you abruptly become kind to me
Just your smile can change me
Can I love you so much?

When we meet, the clock ticks faster than usual
Even a small sign I can notice

step by step “I already know what you think”
Whispering such a mischievous phrase sweetly,
it’s unfair to stroke my head

Darling Darling I feel a lump in my throat
when you unexpectedly hold me in your arms
That strong power can change me
Can I declare my love for you more?

This is not my first love
But I’ve never felt this way before
I wish to be with you longer

Darling Darling I start to miss you
When I don’t get a regular phone call at night
Just a phone call will change my tomorrow
Do you feel the same tonight?

Darling Darling I feel like crying
when you suddenly become cold to me
Just a simple word can change my future
Tell me what your ideal love is

Lyrics Source: Metrolyrics

Jang Keun Suk’s Future Plans Include His Fans

From starting as a child model in a clothing catalogue, Jang Keun Suk has come a long way now, thanks to his ever supportive fans. And as a reward, it seems that Jang Keun Suk’s Future Plans will also be considering activities that will definitely bring smiles to them.

Lined up with the most popular of Korean celebrities, he is frequently included as one of Hallyu stars representative. That is why he was among the stars which X Sports News chose to interview as part of their recent 9th Anniversary celebration.

Since his rise in stardom, his name has echoed abroad and has gained the title of “Asia Prince”, which his fans are very proud of. And he seems to be totally comfortable hearing his title, too.

When JKS was asked how it must have felt for him being labeled as one of the Hallyu Stars that represent Korea, he says:

I feel honored and proud having been able to expanded my activities even throughout Asia and Japan. I am also aware that it would mean a lot more responsibility, which I am also willing to take.

Concert venues, fan meetings, and airports are the places with the most concentrations of his eels (that’s an endearment he has given to all his fans). Even amidst rumors that his number of fans are declining, JKS doesn’t seem to notice it at all.

Declining or not, I still see a lot of overseas fans waiting and greeting me wherever I go. I am even surprised to meet younger fans, even male ones. And I thank them for making me feel so loved, and that is all that matters.

JKS’ fans are not just located in Korea and in Asia. They can be found all around the globe. There are even hundreds of fan clubs established out of the fans’ love and support for him.

In return, JKS is most grateful and would always declare that they are the source of his inspiration for the future.

To my Eels abroad, Are you doing well? I think of you always and will continue to thank you for your wholehearted support, even if you are far away.

And What are Jang Keun Suk’s Future Plans?

The future may be too vague to predict, but it doesn’t stop him from cooking up plans for it.

As an actor, I’d like to keep building my filmography. As a singer I look forward to expanding into an Asian tour and even a world tour. Trying out new productions and having solo promotions abroad would be very exciting, too. And most of all, I really want to finally meet all my fans around the world, face to face.

Jang Geun Suk has just wrapped up earlier this year his latest drama “Jackpot” or “The Royal Gambler” in its English title.

Jang Keun Suk's future plans after filming a historical story
Credits: Viki

He engaged on an Asia tour and a Japan concert right after that, where he promoted his singing career. He recently released his single ‘Darling Darling’ last month and soon will also be releasing anther song entitled “Endless Summer”.

Jang Geun Suk is also appearing on “My Ear’s Candy” and has recently shared some sweet chemistry with Yoo In Na. However, those fans who are looking forward in seeing him back on the small screen may need to wait a little while longer.

I would like to rest for a while after filming my recent historical drama, but I haven’t stopped looking at scripts, and once a good project comes along, I will always be ready.

Now that’s a good hope for eels, isn’t it? As a loyal eel, being included in jang Keun Suk’s future plans is indeed an inspiring thing.

Are you one of his million fans who is also excited to see him back on TV? What character do you think he should try out next? Let us know in the comments!

Sources: SoompiNaver

IT Career: From Highest to Lowest Peak

I was at the highest peak of my IT career. In just a span of three years, I rose from being a lowly intern to an IT department head. From merely accepting tasks assigned by project managers under my first job, I was called by another company. It offered a much more promising mission. I was designated to spearhead the establishment of their pioneering IT Department. I transitioned from being a developer to managing other developers. My carefully-invested patience in building my portfolio was finally starting to pay off. My ultimate IT career goal (or so I thought, then) was finally starting to take shape. Until, it all had to be put to an end.

When I started with the new company, I really believed I was, at last, headed to where I was always meant to go. But then complications, one by one started to reveal themselves. The environment proved to be less conducive for us programmers to perform at our best. No, I’m not blaming the company for it. It was only proving itself true to its nature – a call center company by roots.

What Kills an IT Programmer?

Rules and more rules sprouted like mushrooms one after another. I’m not saying that rules are bad, but with the best programmers, they’re like devil’s snare vines coiling into our necks, choking all creativity out of us. You know what devil’s snares are? The more you struggle, the more it strangles you. Programmers will never be “friends” with devil’s snares. That’s because the more we conform and “stay still”, the less effective we get. Freedom is not just a capricious demand of IT programmers, as what most ill-informed managers claim. Freedom is vital to our survival. It’s an irreplaceable booster to the healthy growth of our IT skills. And with our skills growth comes company growth, to put it simply.

As the then member of the leadership team, I attempted at my best in contributing some “programmer’s blood” to the company’s veins. But its “call center DNA” proved to be stronger, and prevailed. It was then that I have realized, it’s time to open the exit door, to let the light shine in. Devil’s snare hates light, after all…

The Fall of the Great and Mighty IT Witch

Okay, enough with the Harry Potter metaphors. What I mean was, as much of a waste it may seemed, I had to throw it all away. You know, to make room for the right things, if not better ones. I’ve come that far, yes, and believe me, it was not easy reaching that level of my IT career. But I knew I had to let go of everything. I had to stop, retrace a few steps, take another route. This, and mixed with all other factors (which I no longer have the pleasure of putting into words), I quit my second IT job.

It felt like hitting rough, solid ground. It felt like clipping my own wings while on the top of a flight, and not having any other choice. It was a very painful descent, and I “bled” terribly, not to mention a great sense of loss clouding over me. But again, I had no other sensible choice.

It was my first taste of a “career death”.

How an IT Career is Revived

Luckily, there’s reincarnation in the IT career world, or so I claim for myself. As dead as it made me feel, I was determined to get it over with, fast. So I treated my “fall” as a go-signal, to start on my long overdue plan of finally trying out freelancing. During my previous jobs, I was exposed to finding, negotiating, and communicating with clients online. It was so much like freelancing, only with a company in between who receives the client payment and allocates a fixed salary for me. Nevertheless, I learned a lot from it and intended to use that learning on my now lone IT career path.

I was already on my second week of finding clients – browsing on Craigslist, OnlineJobs, LinkedIn, and sending applications via email and Skype. I got my first client who gave me some short, part-time projects. But despite that, some hints of frustration were starting to crawl up on me. Two weeks, and I still haven’t got at least half of what I owe my mom for buying me a brand new laptop and LTE connection.

And TopTal Comes Into the Picture

It seemed that my online sources were not big enough on freelance job listings, so I searched further. Then, I came across this article about The 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Jobs. Some websites I’ve used way back on my employed days were there, which was not a surprise, really. What caught my attention was Toptal on rank 2. I mean, it’s the first time ever that I’ve heard (or in this case, read) such a name, and it’s ranked second on that list?! Was I really that outdated, or what?

In other words, it made me plain curious, so I checked it out. I found an application form on their website, completed it, and then got this some kind of a tip that writing a blog (like this one) would actually increase my chance of getting hired (or was that ‘getting approved’?).

Anyway, this happens to be in my favor, since I’m into blogging, so I thought “Why not?”. Besides, I was impressed by Toptal’s line of featured clients in their website. My, all those big names! Only a laid-back programmer would not drool over the thought of working with them! And I am, after all, as ambitious as it gets when it comes to furthering my  IT career. Well, given that I don’t end up in another environment packed with Devil’s Snares, of course.

And Now to Prepare for My Own Rebirth…

I may have fallen hard, but I believe it was all worth it. There’s just so many online opportunities out there. Glittering like fireflies, they’re waiting to be caught by freelancers and freelance wannabes. Some of those are offered by Toptal, big time! And oh, it doesn’t really matter if I don’t have wings right now. I’m certain I can still catch the right “fireflies”. All I need is a sturdy net made out of strong skills, perseverance, and the right attitude.

One of these days, I shall claim my own name in the freelancing world, and my wings will grow back, once more. In the meantime, I’ll look forward to that TopTal interview, and that glorious day when I can finally be a part of the Toptal Web engineers network.

And if it doesn’t happen, well, I’d still have this article added to my writing portfolio. Nothing’s wasted.

From Tissue Rollers to Stylish Canisters

Don’t throw away those tissue rollers just yet! They deserve a second life. How about transforming them into pretty little canisters for your little bits and pieces? They’re very easy and fun to make. You get to save some cash against buying containers and organizers. And in the process, Mother Earth will be proud of you, too 😉

Don’t throw away those tissue rollers just yet! They deserve a second life. How about transforming them into pretty little canisters for your little bits and pieces? They’re very easy and fun to make. You get to save some cash against buying containers and organizers. And in the process, Mother Earth will be proud of you, too 😉

Things you’ll need:

  • tissue roller
  • colored papers (slightly thicker than plain bond papers)
  • adhesive tape
  • glue
  • scissors
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To Hope for Something Hopeless

The pain is telling you that letting go is the best option. But your brain is failing you to the extent that it insists on hoping, and holding on to something that’s already out of reach.

November 22, 2014.

It was, by far, the happiest day of my life. After years of falling in love with countless men who never even bothered to look at me, finally, someone has come. I was 27, but it was the first time in my whole life that I’ve experienced being courted formally. He was the first ever man to wear a ring on my finger. I was on the verge of giving up believing that there’s a man out there who can love me for real. And then he came, and made me believe again.

I was afraid to love again, because I know very well how painful it is when it ends. But he promised me two things: that he would take care of my heart, and that he would never hurt me. And I trusted his words.

And I was very happy.

All those years of being love-deprived, of being envious with other happy lovers around me, of longing to have someone by my side, of having a hand to hold, of having someone to chase away my loneliness… he fulfilled everything.

And I was very happy.

Back on the times that I was still searching, and waiting for him, I have promised myself that I am going to be the best girlfriend this man has ever had. And when he came, I had my chance to fulfill that promise. I served him, took care of him, stood by his side against adversaries. I supported him in all his dreams and aspirations. I was always there. After all the years of waiting, there’s finally someone I can pour all the love I’ve saved for so long.

And it made me very happy.

But then, everything began to change.

Slowly, I lost track of where we are. Our minds would not connect anymore. Words suddenly lost their meanings. No matter how much we talk, no matter how much we try to understand and be understood, we remained disconnected. It seems like, the more we try to reach for each other, the more the distance between us grows.

He wouldn’t listen to me anymore, and the more I try to listen to him, the more he insist that I’m not listening. I tried my best to tell him what my love language is, but still he refused to speak it.

And all those feelings of being loved by him started to grow cold. Every little request I make, he refused to grant. While I vowed never to let the sun set over any misunderstanding, he started going to sleep even if he knows that I’m still crying. The very thing that I dread the most managed to slowly creep into our midst…

I began to feel rejected.

And because I was hurt by his rejection, I ended up hurting him, too.

All I ever wanted was little drops of attention. I was willing to be patient in collecting them, until my cup is filled up. But he wouldn’t spare me any.

Somehow, I considered the thought, that maybe, I was the one who’s wrong. He keeps telling me that he’s doing his best, but I still find it lacking. Maybe, it’s my fault that I was not contented.

I want to despise myself, blame myself, but the pain he’s caused me, of which he refused to lift away, blurs my resolve.

Maybe I’m just too proud, but how can I melt away the pride that was nurtured by years of being hurt and rejected? He was the very person I hoped to end those painful years, but somehow, he added another one to it.

Maybe it’s beyond repair now. I tried to reach out to him, even though it meant trampling over my own pride as a woman. But he rejected me, again. I tried to save us both from falling apart, even though it meant nurturing on my own the wounds he inflicted, but he wouldn’t let me in anymore.

The most painful part is the thought that we can still do better than this, that we can still fight for each other, but somehow, we couldn’t, because both of us have grown weak, and one can’t give strength to the other anymore.

JKS Apologizes to His Fans

I haven’t been active for a while now, but as a loyal eel, I still keep myself updated on what’s happening with our World Prince through Google Alerts. And the recent news I found were simply heart-wrenching that I finally had to break my silence.

It was recently rumored, and was finally confirmed that Keun-chan has been facing tax charges. However, it was not personally his fault but of his agency. As it turns out, his fans all over the world deeply grieve in seeing him face “punishments” that he doesn’t even deserve – like being forced to leave “Three Meals a Day”, for example.

Still, as a good-hearted and down-to-earth star, he mustered all courage to address an apology note to his fans for “disappointing them”.

Kyaaa! Oppa, we’re not disappointed at all. If anything, it makes us even more proud of how concerned you are with our feelings. And with that alone, we continue to support you until the end. Cheer up, oppa! Fighting! 🙂

Read the full story here.

Learning Korean through a Song – Teen Top (틴탑) To You

Since I’m a self-proclaimed multilinguist, and a brokenhearted fool (again), and obsessed with both, I thought:

… why not combine them and create a post for this long abandoned blog of mine?

And that’s when I started listening to this song for about 160 times (that’s 8 hours divided by the song’s duration which is 3 minutes), until I was able to come up with this one heck of a translation below. Geez, what an insomniac night it has been, but all worth it! The 한국의 monster inside of me had a wonderful time gobbling up new words! And now that she’s full, I can finally take my zzzZzs.

Wanna feed yours, too? Here you go… oh wait, just help yourself for some laughs at the “broken english” translation (the 3rd line of each). They’re mostly “word for word” and would sound nonsense more often than not. Don’t take those lines seriously and get your monster a constipation!

Digest it well! This is a very good song, I assure you 😉

 

To You

by Teen Top (틴탑)

We gotta go
Teen Top & Brave Sound

Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now
Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now

넌 ••••• 내 맘이 •••••• 들리긴하니 ••••••• 모른척하니
neon•• nae mami•• deulliginhani •• moreulcheokhani
you ••• my heart ••• do you hear •••• do you pretend
Can you even hear my heart or are you pretending not to?

왜 그리 •••••• 몰라 ••••••••••• 이 멍청한 •••••••••••••••• 바보야 •••• oh
wae geuri •• molla ••••••••• i meongcheonghan •• baboya •• oh
why so ••••• don’t know •• you stupid •••••••••••••• you fool •• oh
why don’t you know, you stupid fool oh

I’m falling down •• 점점 ••••••••••••• 깊어 •••• 져가
I’m falling down •• jeomjeom ••••• gipeo •• jyeoga
I’m falling down •• increasingly •• deep ••• low
I’m fallin’ down, getting deeper

니 •••• 그리움에 ••••• 너무 •••••• 숨이 •••• 막혀와 •••••••••• girl ••• 오늘도
ni •••• geurieume •• neomu •• sumi ••• makhyeowa •• girl •• eoneuldo
you •• longing •••••• too •••••• breath •• blocked •••••••• girl •• today
Because of my longing for you, I can’t breathe, girl again today

다들 ••••••••• 미쳤다고해
dareul •••••• michyeottdagohae
everyone •• was crazy (I is implied)
Everyone says I’m crazy,

그만 ••••••• 잊으 •••• 라고해
geuman •• ijeu •••• ragohae
stop •••••• forget •• is said (they is implied)
they tell me to forget you

그개 •••••• 안되자나 •••••• woo woo hoo, •• 도대체 왜
Geugae •• andoejana •• woo woo hoo ••• dodaechewae
it •••••••••• useless •••••• woo woo hoo, ••• why (in the world)
But that’s not easy, woo woo hoo, exactly why?

나도 ••• 지칠 ••• 것같애 •••••••• 시간이 •• 흐를수록
nado •• jichil •• geotgatae •• sigani •• huireulsureok
I •••••••• tired •• I think •••••••• time •••• goes by
I think I’ll get tired too as time goes by

변해가는 •••••••••••••• 내 •••• 모습을 ••••••••• 보는데
byeonhaeganeun •• nae •• moseubeul •• boneunde
changing ••••••••••••• I ••••• look ••••••••••• viewing
I see myself changing

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, ••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

내 •••• 맘이 •••• 아파 •• 오는데
nae •• mami •• apa •• oneunde
I •••••• heart ••• hurt •• coming
My heart hurts

답답한 ••••••••• 맘을 •••••••• 니가 ••• 알리 ••• 없잖아
dapdaphan •• mameun •• niga •• alli •••• eopjanha
tight ••••••••••• heart ••••••• you •• know •• cannot
but you won’t know my frustrated heart

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil, •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, ••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

나 •• 혼자 ••••• 슬퍼 •••••• 지는데
na •• honja •• seulpeo •• jineunde
I •••• alone ••• sad •••••• on my own
I am getting sad alone

너는 •••••• 지금 •••••• 어디서 ••••• 뭘 하는데
naneun •• jigeum •• eodiseo •• mweol haneunde
you •••••• now ••••••• where •••• what is doing
but where are you and what are you doing?

Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now
Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now

오늘도 •••• 니가 ••• 없는 ••••••••• 방안에서
oneuldo •• niga •• eomneun •• banghanaeseo
today ••••• you ••• absent ••••• in the room (방 room + 에서 within/present)
Again today, in this room without you

하루종일, •••• woo hoo woo hoo, •• 눈물짓네
harujongil •• woo hoo woo hoo, •• nunmuljitne
all day, ••••• woo hoo woo hoo, ••• shed tears (눈물 tear + 짓네 to make it a verb)
All day, woo hoo woo hoo, ••••••• I shed tears

모든게 •••••••• 거짓말이야 •••••• 날 ••••••• 사랑한단 •• 말
modeunge •• geojitmariya •• nal ••••• saranghandan mal
everything •• lie ••••••••••••••• I/me •••• one love •• words/speech
Everything was a lie including you saying you loved me

바보가 •••• 됐어 •••••••••• 이렇게 •••• 나 •••••• 혼자
baboga •• dwaesseo •• ireohge •• na •••••• honja
fool ••••••• was •••••••••• like this •• I/me •• alone
I became a fool like this all by myself

야!… •••• 뭐?
ya!… ••• mweo?
Hey!… •• What?
Hey… what?

아 진짜 ••••• 나더러 ••••••• 뭘 •••••••• 어쩌라고?
a jinjja ••••• nadeoreo •• mweol•• eojjeorago?
Oh really •• you want •• what •••• about me?
So what the heck do you want me to do?

날 ••• 떠나 ••••• 얼마나 •••••••• 행복할라고?
nal •• tteona •• eolmana •••• haengboghalrago?
me •• leave ••• how much •• happy?
How much happier do you think you’ll get by leaving me?

끝이란 •••••• 한마디로 ••••••••••• 나는 •••••• 님이 •• 남이되?
ggeutiran •• hanmadiro •••••• naneun •• nimi •• namidoe?
finished •••• saying in short •• you ••••••• by •••• stranger / being someone else?
Can we become strangers again with just one word saying it’s over?

나는 •••••• 못하겠으니까 •••••••••••• 그딴건 ••••••••••••••• 바라지마요
naneun •• mothagesseunikka •• geuddangeon ••••• barajimayo
I ••••••••••• will not ••••••••••••••••• do a damn thing •• don’t expect
I can’t do it so don’t expect that from me

넌 •••••• 너무 이뻤어 ••••••••••• 널 •••• 만나 기뻤어
neon •• neomu ippeosseo •• nal ••• manna gippeosseo
You ••• so pretty •••••••••••••• I/me •• glad to meet
You were so pretty, I was so happy to have met you

하지만 ••••• 넌 •••••• 나와 •••• 달랐나봐, •••••••• huh?
hajiman •• neon •• nawa •• dallattnabwa •• huh?
but •••••••• you •••• out ••••• different, •••••••• huh?
But I guess you were different from me, huh?

널 ••••• 잊고 ••• 사느니 ••••• 나 •• ha.. •• 차라리 •••• 죽는게 •••••••• 낫겠어
neol •• itgo •••• saneuni •• na •• ha., •• charari •• jukneunge •• natgesseo
you •• forget •• living •••••• I •• ha… •• rather ••• dying ••••••••• would rather
If I have to live while forgetting you, I’d rather die

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil, •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, •••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

내 ••••• 맘이 •••• 아파 ••• 어는데
nae •• mami •• apa •• eoneunde
my •• heart ••• hurts •• coming
My heart hurts

답답한 ••••••••• 맘을 ••••••• 니가 ••• 알리 •••• 없잖아
dapdaphan •• mameul •• niga •• alli ••••• eopjanha
tight •••••••••• heart ••••••• you ••• know •• cannot
but you won’t know my frustrated heart

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil, •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, ••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

나 ••• 혼자 •••• 슬퍼 •••••• 지는데
na •• honja •• seulpeo •• jineunde
I •••• alone •• sad ••••••• on my own
I am getting sad alone

너는 •••••••• 지금 •••••• 어디서 •••• 뭘 하는데?
neoneun •• jigeum •• eodiseo •• mweol haneunde?
you •••••••• now •••••• where •••• what is doing?
but where are you and what are you doing?

Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now
Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now

All I can say is
Please give me one chance to make it right?
This song is… to you

Here’s a bonus:

To download the song:
http://www.musicaddict.com/mobile/mp3/teen-top-to-you.html

And to watch the music video (please be a good angel and hit “Subscribe”. Don’t worry, it’s 틴탑’s official channel, not mine):
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3XCrWhZPDFo

Sources:
English translation (broken):
Google Translate

English translation (not broken):
princessoftea.com

The rest:
My plain common sense 😀 😀

Phew! And now to sleep. I need to self recharge, you know, ‘coz I’ll be singing and dancing to the tune of this song for another 160 times (or more) when I wake up.

PS: If you love Teen Top too, or if you’re also brokenhearted (or if you just happen to hear me snore), just leave a comment or violent reaction below. g’nyt 😉

For Gemini

Hi! Just wondering how you are now. Hope you’re alright.

I’m alright. I want to tell you that even if you don’t care to know.

 

I just thought I should reach out. I want to tell you that I’m staying away because I’m just scared of ruining you… or ruining myself if I’d come close and you’d run away.

 

I’m not staying away because I hate you. How can I hate the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me? I want to tell you that I still want us to be friends, hoping that someday we will, again.

 

I was deeply hurt, but there’s really no one else to blame but me. I was so lonely for so long that when you came, I couldn’t help but be completely intoxicated with the attention you’ve showered me. I became so irrational and hoped too much. But I have no regrets, no hatred.

 

Before I met you, I already had very high standards. Then you came, and just made it impossibly higher. (Now I’ll never find a man who’ll meet those standards, but oh well, I’m too tired already to care about that.)

 

I really want to tell you that I want you back, but don’t worry, I won’t beg and give you a hard time.

I won’t act selfishly, snatching away the best years of your life ahead.

 

Still I want to tell you that I’m here. I’m just here, and… well, there are so many things I’d want to tell you, but it would take me a lifetime to say them all.

 

Maybe they’ll just remain unsaid… or maybe someday I’ll find someone else to say them to… I don’t know.

 

For now, I’ll just be contented with the thought that I’m able to say here what I could form into words. Life is so uncertain and temporary and unfair, but I won’t have any regrets if it gives up on me anytime, now that I’ve let you see a glimpse of my heart.

 

You don’t have to give me a response. If you don’t want to talk to me, your silence is more than enough. There won’t be a need to push me away. I’ll manage to keep my distance somehow.

 

I won’t force you anything you don’t want. I only have one request… please don’t hate me.

White Squall – A Movie Review

So, my friend and one of “my boys” (that’s what I’m fond of calling them as I have appointed myself as their official keeper) in the house I’m currently living in bugged me yesterday to watch this movie and help him come up with a movie review afterwards, that’s why I have discovered it.

We watched the movie in The Porch, my favorite part of the house, accompanied with a bag of Marty’s Cracklin’ and a big plate of Nissin’s Pasta Express Creamy Carbonara. And after that, came my very first one-page A4-sized movie review:

White Squall Cover
Image Source: Allflac

Although the story did not take much effort on building every individual cast, still, it was successful enough in portraying each one of them in becoming unforgettable characters.

Chuck Gieg, one of the ship’s student crew and the storyteller in the movie started off and has has maintained to be a neutral type of character – not standing out, not lagging behind. I agree with one of the boys saying that he’s like a glue, making people around him stick together.

The bad boy Dean Preston was annoying enough at first, but gradually grew into an admiring character as the story progressed, being able to accept his weakness and accept help from the very ones whom he used to bully.

Skipper, the ship’s captain, is a type of mentor that the more he becomes difficult to please, the more you would want to please him. This is because he undoubtedly earns respect by proving the wisdom behind his every action. This was best portrayed on the part when he forced Gil Martin, a boy with acrophobia to climb up the sail of the ship. He did this to quickly confirm the boy’s fear of heights, and at the same time make him realize that he has to overcome that fear in order to do his part on the team.

White squall portrays vividly how happy adventures combined with harsh experiences can create a bond between people of different economic backgrounds and personalities. Even the tragic end to the crew’s adventure with the ship was not strong enough to break this bond that was formed among them.

One valuable lesson that this movie brings is that in forming a team, aside from following orders of the team leader, one must not look at his comrad’s strength as a reason to be competitive, but rather look at it as a healthy challenge to also offer the best of his own. Also, one must not look at his comrad’s weakness as a reason to see himself superior in any way, but rather look at it as an opportunity to help and be a part of the other person’s self-improvement. Just like how the ship Albatross’ motto goes “Where we go one, we go all”, being a part of a team means setting aside the desire to stand out and focus on striving to be a part of a bigger entity, by being responsible not only of oneself, but of each other, and realizing the value of friendship, the only thing that remains when everything else ends.

Oh, and I must add:

If you’re a seaman, or a marine or nautical student, or a girl (like me) who’s in love with one of these boys, I recommend you watch this movie. (wink)

Your Dream Date with Prince JKS – Coming True at Last!

Have you ever dreamed of a romantic date with Jang Keun Suk? Let’s admit it, all eels do wish of a dream date with Prince JKS. Well, now you can start rejoicing, for your dream can finally come true! I mean, inside a romantic game, at least 😉

Recently, a mobile game has been released in Japan t the delight of all Japanese eels. The game was called “Jang Keun Suk Tokimeki (Heart-Beating) Love Story”. Prince JKS has become so popular and well-loved by his Japanese fans that he now holds the record as the first ever Korean actor whose TV CM of mobile game was aired all throughout Japan.

The game features Keun-Chan himself as the main character, and with the player as his love interest. How romantic is that? In the game’s love story, the player works in a company owned by Jang Keun Suk, and then enjoy lots of sweet moments and stimulating dates with him.

Tree J Agency says:

“A dating relationship with Jang Geun Suk will become a reality for fans, when it has always been a fantasy, and we look forward to the response.”

There will be three commercial films to be aired all over Japan until November this year in connection to the game. The CM of “Jang Keun Suk Tokimeki Love Story” will be divided into 3 episodes which will be aired in October, November, and December”. Every player can expect a date with Prince JKS that starts from Meeting Episodes, and then to Working Episodes, and then on to the most awaited Dating Episodes.

The game is now available for purchase in Japan, as revealed by Tree J Agency. It was released on September 20, 2013. The rest of the fans around the world, also dreaming of a date with Prince JKS will just have to wait for the game’s international release, it seems. In the meantime, we can always take a peek here:

 Video credits: Saad Otaibi

If this game becomes available in your country, will you play it, too? Let us know in the comments 😉

Sources: Soompi and The eels Family

Basic Korean Lesson 1.06: The Vowel 오

In Lesson 1.05, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like soft “ae” as in speck.

In this lesson, we will learn a new vowel – the vowel , which sounds like “o” in toss or “ow” in float.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ o ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization o *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, this vowel looks like the vowel that’s been rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Sounds a bit complicated? Let’s put it more simply then. The vowel is like letter O resting on an upside-down letter T. That’s your vowel ! Very easy to recall, isn’t it?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we have studied before and the rest of the vowels and consonants that we will be studying on the next lessons.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels. We will begin by using it as a substitute for the sound /o/ in English words.

ver
mrnng
bwte
crssrd
stne
lwnm오애r
wrdrbe

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

ppa older brother (of a female)
s clothes or dress
Jeunghaeyo detest
da come
radi radio (a borrowed word)
cheonwoneochi five thousand won worth
niy, moreugessyo. No, I don’t understand.
Annyonghi kashipshiy. Good-bye.
Yogi kyesanso chom kacho-osey. Please bring me the check.
run-jjok uro doll ka-jusaeyo. Please turn right.

(… to be continued)


Korean Lesson 1.05 ↞|↠ More Korean Lessons

Learn Korean – Lesson 1.05: The Vowel 애

In Lesson 1.04, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like soft “ey” as in paint.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks a little like – the vowel , which sounds like “ae” as in speck.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [e/Ɛ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization [ ae ] *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

This vowel looks very similar to the vowel . But for a clearer perception, let’s put it this way: the vowel “ae” in Hangeul is like the letters “O” and “H” written very close together. That’s your vowel ! Very easy to recall, isn’t it?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we have studied before and the rest of the vowels and consonants that we will be studying on the next lessons.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels. We will begin by using it as a substitute for the sound /e/Ɛ/ in English words.

crmpts
scnry
mttrss
tst이애r
pnkllr
thopia
ppr

(… to be continued)


Korean Lesson 1.04 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.06

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Learn Korean – Lesson 1.04: The Vowel 에

In Lesson 1.03, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like soft “uh” as in bought.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks a little like the vowel – the vowel , which sounds like soft “ey” as in paint.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ e ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization e *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, the vowel looks very similar to the vowel . The only difference is that it has an extra vertical line on the right side.

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels that we have learned. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /e/ in English words.

spde
snl ml
tster
pnkller
asslnt
rdo

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

Chilpan sseuseyo. Write it on the chalkboard(, please).
Urin seoro cheonnun banhaessyo. It was love at first sight.
PAL 112 Pyeon yeyakago sipyo. I’d like to reserve a seat on PAL Flight 112.

(… to be continued)


Korean Lesson 1.03 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.05

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Learn Korean – Lesson 1.03: The Vowel 어

In Lesson 1.02, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like “a” as in smart.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks quite similar to – the vowel , which sounds like soft “uh” as in bought.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ Ɔ/Ә ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization eo *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, th vowel looks very similar to . The only difference is that the small horizontal dash attached to its vertical line is on the left side instead of having it on the right side.

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels that we have learned. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /Ɔ/ or /Ә/ in English words.

brght
pper
sft
mck
cgh

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

Algessyo? Do you understand?
Ne, algessyo. Yes, I understand.
아niyo, moreugessyo. No, I don’t understand.
Jilmun issyo? Are there any questions?
Ne, issyo. Yes, there is.
아niyo, eopsyo. No, there aren’t. / No, there isn’t.
Urin seoro cheonnune banhaessyo. It was love at first sight.
Uri heeojyesse. We split up.
Nae yeojachinguga doejullae? Will you be my girlfriend?
PAL 112 Pyeon yeyakago sipyo. I’d like to reserve a seat on PAL Flight 112.
Yeongrul malsum halsu issyo? Do you speak English?


Korean Lesson 1.02 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.04

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Learn Korean – Lesson 1.02: The Vowel 아

In Lesson 1.01, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like “i” as in beet.

In this lesson, we will learn about a very similarly-looking vowel, the vowel , which sounds like “ah” as in swan.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ a ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization a *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, this vowel looks very similar to the vowel , but note the difference on the right side of the vertical line in . It has a small horizontal dash attached to it.

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the vowel previously. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /a/ in English words.

hrd
md
smrt
sld
swrmng
mttress

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

niyo No (informal)
niya (It’s) not.
Orun-jjok uro doll ka-jusaeyo. Turn right (, please).

(… I’ll be posting more examples here as soon as I find more)


Korean Lesson 1.01 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.03

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Basic Korean Lesson 1.01: The Vowel 이

In this lesson, we will learn about the vowel which sounds as “i” as in beet.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ i ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization i *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

This vowel, as you can see, is written as a small circle with a straight, vertical line on its right side. That’s your vowel /i/. Very simple, right?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel, we will put it into use. You might find this technique a little strange, but all the same, as long as it is effective. First, we will use the vowel as a substitute for the sound /i/ in English words.

bt
mtshop
shorse
Ethopia
stl
snior
scnery
swarmng

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

dar이 the moon
ra이to lighter (a borrowed word)
jusoui upyeonbeonhoga mwoyeyo? What’s the zip code for this address?
Urin cheonsaengyeonbun이ya. We’re a match made in heaven.
Gaeuleun dokseoeui gyejeol이ya. Autumn is a season for reading.
이geo eolmayeyo? How much is this?
jusoui upyeonbeonhoga mwoyeyo? What’s the zip code for this address?
Naneun silmang이yeyo haeyo. (I am/I feel) disappointed.
Geugeoseun) maeryeokjeok이yeyo haeyo. It is charming.
Geugeoseun) gamdongjeok이yeyo heayo. It is moving. (moving here refers feeling, not movement)


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Keun-chan’s Look-a-Like: Will This Rookie Steal Away His Throne?

One “Super Star K5” contestant has recently drawing attentions online and has topped headlines for being a Jang Geun Suk look-alike!

Three days ago, the 26 year old Ahn Sung Hyun has caught the eyes of the public, not to mention the judges in “Super Star K5″ becuase in more that one way, he seemed to look a lot like Jang Geun Suk.

During the audition, Ahn Sung Hyun performed an acoustic version of Dynamic Duo‘s “Go Back”. He was able to please the judges with his soulful vocals and guitar skills.

Though not all of the review were positive, the special judge Yoon Min Soo has taken the rookie’s side by commenting:

“If you try a little harder, I think you will become a very unique artist.”

Now, now. Is this a possible threat to Jang Geun Suk’s career in the future, seeing that this rookie indeed is talented, not to mention their striking resemblance?

Could be. But if we dig a little farther back in the past, there’s been a handful of other stars that’s been rumored to look like the Prince in one way or another, but has not become a major threat to Keun-chan’s career.

As a bonus, I’ve collected them for you. Here they are.


I have discovered an article seeming to claim that JKS is like Hyde reincarnated. Hyde or Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人 is a 44-year old Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, and actor.
Searching further, I have found out that this is not just some random claim of some attention-seeker blogger. The fact is, Keun-chan is a fan of Hyde! Nw that gives us a slight clue as to why they look similar.
 
 
 
 

Image ideas: The Dream Catcher
Here’s another one. Do you know T-max, a South Korean pop group under Planet905? Their former member Park Han Bi was also once praised for looking like Keun-chan.

Image idea: Ningin

And here’s a little peek into the future Keun Suk ahjussi. I wonder if Harry Potter fans would agree to this, but there’s this one photo of Keun-chan that he actually looks like Professor Snape! Really, how can I disagree to this?
Image credits: cheezburger

And how can we leave this one off the list?

 
 Image credits: netizenbuzz

 

Others have claimed that Hwang Tae Kyung and Jeremy had a common surgeon that’s why they look qute similar, but really, why don’t they just admit that it’s all because of these boys’ charming smile. Come on now, tell me I’m wrong.

???? You and me, I love my boy ????
 Photos from: crunchyroll and flickr 
So, what do you think? Can any of these faces actually compete with our World Prince’s charms? Share your thoughts below. ^_^