Junsu: Send Happy Thoughts His Way

Isnt it funny how we were just talking about 2PM’s Junsu? He was the BKM Hottie this week after all ^_^ I even added that he had knee surgery and was hanging out in a hospital room. Who knew that such tragedy was about to take place.

Today Junsu’s appa passed away and it makes me really sad.

I don’t know what their relationship was like so I can’t sit here and say I know exactly how he’s feeling. True, I know what its like to lose my father and for me it was a pain that I should not have had to experience at such a young age ( I was 10 ). I’m sure his knee doesn’t hurt at the moment because the pain he’s feeling is else where; but I have to be honest and say this sad news hurts me.

Junsu is my 2PM bias and I know what its like to lose a parent. The combination of my adoration for him as a person and the all to familiarity with death makes me want to reach out and send as many prayers, happy thoughts and best wishes to him and his family as I can possibly create…To all the readers send happy thoughts his way ok?

Junsu, FIGHTING!!

K-Kisses KrisE!

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BKM Hotties of the Week 1-14-12: Special 2PM Junsu Edition

It’s our favourite round-the-way-boy Junsu aka JunK aka Jun2daKay!

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Nichkhun Plugs “The Help”

Just another reason why he is one of my favourite people in K-pop! Today, 2PM’s Nichkhun carried on a brief Twitter conversation about race and discrimination with his friend @peach_pachara, and ended with suggesting that he watch “The Help”, a 2011 film depicting life for 2 African-American maids who serve white employers during the U.S. Civil Rights era. See below.

I am ashamed to say that I haven’t seen this movie yet. I simply haven’t had the time to go to the theatre, but I’m going to take Khunnie’s suggestion and see it ASAP. I’ve heard rave reviews about it from just about everyone who’s seen it, so no more excuses boab81!

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Date Week with 2PM!

Ahhh, 2PM. My favourite K-pop boyband. The beastly boys with the good looks, masculine style and energetic dance choreography. Not only do I really appreciate their image, but I also really enjoy their music (namely their “1:59” and “Hottest Time of the Day” albums), which reminds me of the Miami bass music I listened to growing up in the 90s. When JYP created 2PM, he knew exactly what he was doing. He wasn’t going for the sweet, sometimes syrupy image synonymous with most SM acts, or even the alternative, eclectic image of YG’s most popular groups. No, he was intent on creating a boyband with the perfect balance between Korean pretty-boy and U.S. urban bad boy. 2PM: a boyband after my own heart. So, without further ado, read on to find out how I’d spend a date with each member…

Monday – Wooyoung
Wooyoung is a trip. I consider him the comic relief of the group and I’d love to see him do standup at a comedy club. He is also 2PM’s aegyo king. No one in the group can top his killing aegyo! I’m sure by the time my date ended with Wooyoung, my sides will be completely split from laughing so much and so hard. Good times!

Tuesday – Taecyeon
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the beastliest member of them all? Ok Taecyeon! Taec takes care of his bod and it shows. For a date, I’d like to go to the gym with him and experience a one-on-one wrestling match. I have a feeling the date may end early as his phone will continually be blowing up with texts and calls from SNSD members. Not a nice way to treat your noona-date, Taec!

Wednesday – Chansung
Sometimes Chansung seems to zone out to another dimension, so I probably wouldn’t make a lot of effort to dig into his personality. I get the feeling he likes Sci-fi movies, so we’d go check out a weird flick at the nearest movie theatre and finish up the date by playing in the adjacent arcade for a little while. This guy is also known for having a healthy appetite. We’d go to one of those all you can eat buffets and tear it up. I believe the way to Chansung’s heart is truly through his stomach.

Thursday – Junho
Junho’s an amazing dancer and I would love for him to show me how to do some of his best dance moves. Part of his appeal is that he is very serious about his career and is a very hard worker, and I believe that dedication also comes through when he’s in a relationship. I’d like to experience what it’s like to get his full attention for a day. I don’t think I’d be disappointed 

Friday – Junsu
Chilling with our favourite “round-the-way” boy would be the best way to end a hectic work week. Junsu’s got incredible personal style and carries himself in such a way that reminds me more of a sweet-natured U.S. urban boy-next-door than a stereotypical shy Asian guy. He’s a stellar singer and song-writer and I would want to spend some time listening to his musical compositions with him. Afterwards a walk down to the local, trendy ramen shop would be the perfect way to end the date. Ramen noodles with Junsu: best Friday I’ve had in a long time!

Saturday & Sunday – Nichkhun
Ah Nichkhun! Mr: Never-disrespectful-cuz-his-mama-taught-him-that!” *Sigh* and so the weekend belongs to Khunnie. He is my ultimate 2PM bias because he is a gentlemen and obviously had very good home-training. Kudos to his parents for raising such a well-mannered young man. Of course I am in complete denial if I hear anything negative about this guy. What I really like about him is that no matter if you’re someone he has feelings for or not, he’ll still treat you like a lady, which gets him into trouble often. But I can’t be mad at him. A full Saturday would be spent at a theme park with lots of roller coasters and cotton candy. Sunday would be spent watching award-winning foreign films one after the other, only taking breaks to eat by ordering takeout or rustling something up in the kitchen. No cell phones allowed! Complete quiet time with Khunnie. My year is made! ^^

How would you spend a date with each member?

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Homegrown Hottie: Jay Park

I talked about homegrown hotties in my last post on the SME Global Auditions. The men were ultra sexy and deserve to have the spotlight shined on them, individually. The first homegrown hottie is none other than Jay Park. Jay, who was born and raised in Washington State, showed an early interest in the hip-hop culture, specifically b-boying. For those who don’t know, a b-boy is someone who break-dances. He auditioned for JYP when he was 17 and was brought to Korea to undergo what I like to call “Idol Training”. Idol Training is for all budding kpop artist. They undergo months, if not years of dance and singing lessons. Since Jay was a Korean-American, he also had to receive Korean language and cultural lessons.

In 2008, 2PM debut with Jay Park as their leader and quickly rose to fame.
Jay would eventually have to withdraw from 2PM due to some controversial comments against Korea he posted on his Myspace page. I personally think the netizens blew it out of proportion. How would they feel if they had to leave their home and live a new country where they didn’t know the language or have any friends. JYP released him from his contract and he returned to the States. He made his comeback through Youtube by posting videos of himself break dancing and singing. In 2010 he returned to Korea and in April of 2011, he released a mini-album as a solo artist. He plans on releasing a full length album in January 2012. As you can see from the pictures, Jay Park looks good in and out of clothes but good grief, please raise your hand if you want to see more pictures with him shirt-less. 🙂

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SM Entertainment’s Global Auditions: Are You The Next Idol?

I would like to thank allkpop for bringing this to my attention. SM Entertainment, home of SHINee, TVXQ, and Super Junior, are holding auditions worldwide, looking for their next idol. The auditions start January 7th, 2012 in Korea and make stops in China, Japan, Canada and the United States. I am extremely interested in the States auditions. They start February 18th in New York and then moves to Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The process itself seems pretty simple. If you are auditioning to be a singer, you will be required to sing acapella for up to two minutes. If you want to become a dancer, then be prepared to do a freestyle dance to music SM will provide. If acting is your thing, prepare a monologue that showcases your skills. If you are interested in auditioning but can’t make it to the in-person auditions, you can also apply through email and youtube.

SM stresses that all are welcome to audition regardless of ethnicity or race. While I am pleased they are giving this opportunity to people who live outside of Korea, I wonder if everyone really have a chance at becoming a star in Korea. I’m sure you’ll have to learn the Korean language if chosen by SM for training. The incident with Jay Park when he was debuting with 2pm under JYP is an example of how isolated and alone a person might feel when first living in Korea.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from auditioning though. Henry from Super Junior-M and Eli Woo from U-kiss are North American born and are very successful kpop idols.  I plan on keeping a close eye on the audition process. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to see the first woman of color become a famous kpop star or costarring  with Lee Min Ho in a future drama.

For more information on the auditions, click here.

Also for those who are interested here is a list of current kpop members that are not originally from Korea (aka “Homegrown Hotties”).

Jay Park – United States
Taecyeon from 2pm – United States
Eli from U-kiss – United States
Kevin from U-kiss – United States
Zhou Mi from Super Junior M – China
Kevin from ZE:A – Australia

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Ok Taecyeon: The Ultimate Embodiment of Sexy/Goofy

22-year-old 2PM rapper Ok Taecyeon is super-model gorgeous, and he was originally picked up by JYP for that very purpose until the popular entertainment company realized he was much more than just a pretty face. Before we discuss his talent, let’s not get off the subject of his physical assets. Standing at 6’1″ tall, chiseled facial features and the body of a greek god, it would be hard to ignore someone like him in public (trust me, I know!) He’s stunning. Nuff said about that. Now that we’ve gotten his hotness out of the way…he’s one of two rappers in 2PM, and known for having a deep, husky voice and being the most “beastly” member of the 6-member boyband.

Born in South Korea, but having lived in Boston, MA from a young age, “Taec”, as he is affectionately called by his friends and fans, is quite simply, a goofball. Who woulda thunk it? If any of you have ever had the pleasure of watching any of the Idol Army shows featuring 2PM, you’ll notice that Taec is often the instigator and perpetrator of pranks and goofs and he is also known for having a “unique” fashion sense. Ok, let’s be honest. His fashion sense sucks. Unless you think monotone outfits (from head to toe) are fashionable. I happen to not think that. It is also known that Taec has horrible eyesight and may not be able to serve 2-year mandatory military service if it is not corrected. But hey, nobody’s perfect, right?

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